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Revival and Revolt.


Revival and Revolt. DR. HENRY JONES'S MESSAGE TO WALES. At a public meeting in connection with the North Wales quarrymen's Labour Day at Carnarvon on Monday, Dr. Henry Jones, of Glasgow, spoke for nearly two hours. His address was devoted to the Revival, with occasional incursions into politics. He regarded himself as probably the only one present who had not seen the Revival, except through the medium of the Press and in letters from friends, and in some respect that was an advantage. The Revival brought Wales to judgment, and it was a very serious day for the Welsh nation. Their most pressing duty was to consider how to turn the Revival to the best advantage. It had been suggested to him that there was need to counsel the young men to respect their leaders and pastors. Let them not think that because they were now exultant and zealous they were better men than those who had borne the burden and heat of the day for many years. There was some degree of truth in the belief of the English and Scotch people that the Welsh were too emotional, but there was also a time in the history of the English people when religious questions possessed their whole life- the time when Cromwell and the Puritans laid down the foundations of religious liberty. Even in these days the English people had lost their self-possession over victories which were con- cerned only with the spilling of blood. Under the spell of ardent zeal Wales had secured for itself laws to provide for the well-being of its people. It still clamoured for a more peaceful Sunday, a more enlightened people, and greater religious freedom, and was it not a pity that the nation was not permitted to follow after its own ideals when it did no harm to anybody else ? They would then become more loyal members of the Empire, an Empire for which no less than Englishmen they had lost their blood. The Government Condemned. The present Government had insulted not only the Welsh, but also the English. He referred not to the Education Act -which had in it some good things, but which was also unwise and unjust, because it trampled upon the consciences of people-but to the Act for coercing county councils. Never before had such an Act been put on the Statute Book of a free country. It deserved the condemnation of Conservatives no less than of Liberals, because it was opposed to the principles of the British Constitution, and had the political vision of England been as clear as that of Wales the people of England would not have permitted the passing of such an enactment. The Govern- ment expected Wales to fight the cause of the two countries. He was proud that Wales was prepared to take the field. Let them see to it that victory was emblazoned on their banner. In another portion of his address Professor Jones warned the Welsh people against the intermixing of superstition with true religion. Phenomena which had been seen by pious people of all ages had all a natural origin. They had heard of strange lights in the heavens. Had those lights redeemed anybody's character, enlightened the mind, or forgiven sin ? Even if the lights had existed, they were not spiritual. He would rather look for their origin to Him who had suspended the stars in the heavens. As an outcome of the Revival, let the schools be thrown open in the evenings, and let even chapels be available, for all things calculated to cultivate the mind and raise the people's affections above the sordid attractions of public-houses and other questionable resorts. Let them also set their faces against proselytism, which was immoral and dangerous, from whatever direction it came. Before the conclusion of the address a quarry- man, as if by a sudden impulse, went forward, dropped on his knees, and uttered a fervent prayer for the progress of the Revival movement. Dr. Jones immediately gave way, and afterwards resumed without alluding to the interruption. He was warmly thanked for his address.