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MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1391 NOTES & COMMENTS The organ of the Liberation Society is more hearty in its defonre of Welsh Non- conformity than Welsh Nonconformists are generous in their support of the society. Some weeks ago the fact that the sum total subscribed to the funds of the lalter from all Wales in a month w::s less than a sovereign gave the KCoffers a chance to make sport of the unremitting zeal of Welsh disestablishes. This seems to have hurt and moitiiic J the editor of the Liberator, who, in the current issue evades the real p-jint by directing the attention of •' th se too hasty journalists to the fact t Lhat the Welsh JD'sestablishmenfe rartv, I having exhausted one campaign fun l, have now commenced raising another for I carrying on the war both in England and I Wales, and that it is reported that sub- scriptions are flowing in." This statement of the Liberator raises two points of interest apart from that which originated the controversy. It is an undeniable fact that one campaign fund has been exhausted. But how, where, and by Mrhom ? Some JE1,700 was collected in I South Wales. Every sou of it has gone apparently, but up to the present the pre- cise destination of the money is unknown even to those who subscribed. N" balance- sheet has been furnished to them, and no balance-sheet is likely to be ever seen. Appeals have been made for it in private and in public without producing the slightest effect. In ordinary business aii'-tirs such conduct would be regarded as intolerable, but commercial laws are, it I would neem, suspended in polities, and the only alternative left to reasonable subscribers is to profit by expetience and tighten the necks of their money-bags when the party send ithe hat around. Closely connected with the administra- tion of the first fund is the failure to float the second with any degree of success. We may have no sympathy with the objects inteuded to to. served by the fund, and may feel. no particular anxiety as to the disposal of the tolls levied on the wealthier members of he party who have to pay in meal or malf for distinctions given to or I, Loped for b^ them. But it does seem a J ahajae tiij^ be zeal of men who can ill- spare their shillings and sovereigns should be exploited in this fashion, and that the subscribers in the end should be denied even the satisfaction of knowing how their money has been spent. The Liberator has somewhere found it reported that subscrip- tions are "flowing in." Not in the Welsh press, where more than one writer is now wrestling with the problem why the fund has failed to catch on. Since the 24th August the organ of Welsh Liberalism has been making daily appeals to Welsh Nonconformists to take "prompt and instant action by subscribing. What has been the result up to date ? Less than JE800 has been promised, though each subscriber is offered the daily adver- tising of his generosity—no small considera- tion to the aspiring solicitor or enterprising tradesman. Of the JE800 Messrs. Cory Bros, giveJE200 and Mr. D. A. Thomas £100; there are three subscribers of £50 and four of £25. So that £550, or nearly three-fourths of the total sum, has been given by ten persons, and about 70 persons contribute the remaining £250. This, then, is (the practical response to an appeal to Welsh Nonconformity for help in pushing forward Dis- establishment. Over half the t.m has been contributed by English, Scotch, and Irish people, and three only of the Welsh Liberal members have sent a penny. What inference are we to draw from these figures r Is the failure to raise a respectable fund due to distrust of the party organization or to wÎnt of genuine feeling in favour of Dises- tablishment. or is failure the effect of both factors working together P When Mr. Asquith's Welsh Bill came to be examined, observes the Pall Mall Gazette, some of the Welsh patriots found certain grievous inequalities which at once proclaimed themselves as a decided weak- ness in the measure. The Natimal Church is at some pains this month to rub in the facts and assist Welsh electors to understand that many of them will get nothing from the Dili. The seizure of the Church tithe may by welcome enough in rural districts, but what will the busy towns fay when they fully understand that they will get little or nothing ? Cardiff, for example, will have to squander an additional income of £l3G: Swansea will get £J4: and Aberdaru will not on £ 68; Lianelly and Aberystwith will take not a farthing of these spoils. The Libera- tionist lecturers and writers revel in des- cribing the beneficent purposes to which the alienated tithe will be put, and in de- fending that alienation as a boon to the poor. With admirable caution they refrain from pointing out that the places where hospitals, libraries, and other insti- tutions are most needed have littie or no tithe to seize." The parties to the dispute at the Fox- hole Works have given effect to a sugges- tion mads on Wednesday last by the Post in splitting the difference." A sum of I £200 is to be paid to the employers—pre- sumably by the Tinplaters' Union—and the works are to restart as soon as possible with the standard rate of wages. So thaf, after all, tho negotiations which we announced eight or nine days ago have resulted in a compromise which recognises the breach of con tract by the men, but does not penalise them to the extent covered by the magisterial decision. We are sincerely glad the sore has been healed. This is not the time to have disputes in the tin-plate trade, when it is slowly emerging from the wilderness after sojourning there ] many trying days. Gooilluck-whlch is generally another name for good management-Is helping the Lianelly National Eisteddfod in a marked degreo. The chief choral competition will probably establish a record. Choirs from Swansea, Cardie, Carmarthen, Merthyr, Dowhiis, Rhymney, and the Rhondda are already entering upon the preliminary work, and an intimation has just loen received that the famous Carnarvon combination is determined to be there. A choir from Scranton is a possibility—almost a cer- tainty. The objection urged to the test pieces by Mr. Dan Davies as too similar in character and affording little scope for delicacy and refinement in singing does not meet with general support in musical circles. One competent musician—his name would carry weight if disclos2d- assured a representative of the Posi a day or two ago that Mr. Dan Davies's criticism was founded on an imperfect knowledge of the circumstances. The Eisteddfod authorities hadt make their selection with due regard to the fa-t that each choir was to sing tc an orchestral accompaniment. Such an accompaniment would not suit a glee cr part song. Far from departing I" from utagc in excluding the latter and selecting three choruses, the Lianelly Com- mittee are repeating what was done at the highiy-successful Swansea National Eisteddfod.







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