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LIBERAL CHURCHMEN AND WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT. A meeting of the Church of England Liberal and Progressive Union was held at Lord Aberdare's residence, Eaton Square, London, on Wednesday, the 16th inst., when the question of Welsh Disestablishment was discussed. The main object of the meeting was to consider the attitude that Liberal Churchmen should take with reference to the question. Lord Aberdare, as chairman of the Welsh branch of the Union, occupied the chair, and, in opening the proceed- ings, said that he knew as a fact, from living in Wales, that the Welsh people as a body were not going to be satisfied with Disestablishment only. They would look upon that as a small part of the question, and without Disendowment a scheme would find very little favour in the eyes of the Welsh Members. The Welsh Church was a different thing, and if they polled the Welsh clergy they would find a larger number than they expected in favour of Disestablishment, but a small minority in favour of Disendowment. Before the actual business of the meeting was taken, Mr. Noel E. Buxton proposed a resolution on Education. It expressed the view that Mr. Birrell's Bill offered a basis for equitable settle- ment, but suggested amendments to the effect that-( I) religious teaching should be within compulsory school hours; (2) teachers to be permitted to give denominational teaching at the cost of the denomination; (3) that clause 4 should be mandatory; and (4) that the facilities to be given to transferred schools should be extended to all schools. This was agreed to, and sent to a meeting to be held at the House of Commons. Bishop of Hereford's Views. The Bishop of Hereford wrote regretting that he could not attend, but with regard to Welsh Disestablishment said that his feeling was that it should depend upon the decision of the Welsh people. His lordship added The expediency, or inexpediency, of keeping a Church established should always be determined by the general I sentiment of the people immediately concerned. Wherever an establishment has come to be opposed to the general sentiment of a people it can hardly contribute to the moral and spiritual advantages of the community. In the struggle Which will, I suppose, come up on this subject In the course of a year or two I earnestly hope that English Churchmen will not make the ftfistake of treating the Welsh Establishment and the English Establishment as one and indis- soluble, to stand or fall together." "A Drastic Measure." The Rev. A. W. Hutton, M.A., rector of Bow

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