DISENDOWMENT-IS IT PLUNDER? Of all the reasons urged against Welsh Disestablishment the most unworthy and incongruous, the most ignoble and imper- tinent is that, Disendowment is plunder; that a State recovery for public purposes of part of the property of the Church is a mischievous interference with the rights of property. It is argued that no degree of neglect of duty by the Church in the past will justify the perpetration in the present of what opponents of disestablishment regard as the terrible crime of invading the rights of property. All other considerations-the right of the people to manage their own affairs, national aspirations, religion itself- must be sacrificed to preserve inviolate this sacred thing called property. We read that He who was so poor that He had nowhere to lay His head, once drove from the Temple the merchants and the moneychangers who turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves. One cannot help wondering whether Christ would not find it necessary to make a scourge of small cords again were He to visit his church to-day. One thing is certain; He would meet with a stouter resistance to-day than He did in the Temple of old. There are some who, if they spoke the thoughts of their hearts, would tell Him that the church that bears His name was no longer devoted to His religion, but had been converted into the temple of the idol property. There is no denying the political sagacity of those who make property the bulwark of the Church. There is no battle-cry better calculated to rally the forces of blind ignorance, unreasoning intolerance, and despotic prejudice, than the cry that rights of property are in danger. The incongruity of raising that battle cry in the sphere of religion is another matter one that does not appeal to those whose concern is not the religion of Christ. They are fighting for their class interests and their political supremacy and they reckon on the common ignorance of the meaning of property, and the innate cowardice of men in presence of something which they do not understand, and which they have been taught to regard as of fundamental importance, to help them to a victory. Men have been taught for centuries that the rights of property are a condition of the stability of society and the progress of civilisation. They accept without criticism or examination the doctrine that in the interest of everything that is best and progressive the rights of property must be inviolate. To proclaim loudly enough that the interests of property are linked with those of a threatened cause will gain a sufficient defence for any unjust cause-for a time. On the principle that a known and commensurate evil is less undesirable than one unknown and incommensurable, men will allow an injustice to remain rather than do anything to hasten the horrible disasters they have been taught to believe will follow any relaxing of the defences of the sacred rights of property. It is only after they have acted that they begin to question whether the connection proclaimed with such open-mouthed garrulity ever had an existence in fact. But woe to the man who has gained their support by trickery, when they discover the falsehood, as some day they always do. The destruction they work is then proportioned to the indignation they feel, as their erstwhile support was a measure of their ignorance. And if the cry of plunder serves to delay yet awhile the dis- establishment of the Church in Wales the Churchmen of a later day will learn that resentment of a deception practised on their ignorance leads the people to carry out more radical measures to remove an injustice which they have once been tricked to sup- port. The calm spirit of to-day will rest content with a partial disendowment; the fierce indignation of to-morrow will sweep away all endowments, and probably the whole system of religion as well. D. (To be continued.)
The Cymric Hockey Club. The general meeting of this Club was held on Saturday, the 15th inst. Up to the present it has been run as a private team. It was resolved to have the Club opened to subscribers, and the subscription for mem- bership for the coming season was fixed at 3s. We believe it is the only Welsh Hockey Club in the Metropolis. All information will be gladly provided by the hon. sec., D. Tegid Jones, 136, Shaftesbury Avenue, W. To "Soccer" Enthusiasts. The City Celtic Association Football Club invite applications for players for next season. Average age, 18-21. Apply to the hon. sec., J. Lewis Owen, 33, Orpington Road, Winchmore Hill, N. Die Aberdaron. The statement,' writes Ap Nefydd, that no portraits of Dic Aberdaron were extant during his lifetime is, I venture to point out, open to correction. The Imperial Magazine for July, 1826, contains a full-page wood engraving of the eccentric old linguist, who would then be in his forty-sixth year, and whose earthly career did not close until 17 years later (1843). He is standing with head inclined forward and eyes intensely fixed upon an open book supported by both hands, while another book leans upon the right forearm, with one corner of it tucked into the armpit. Around his neck is suspended the French horn, upon which he was an indifferent performer, the mouth of the funnel resting upon the right shoulder, and the stem lying athwart the chest; while near his hat, which rests crown downward upon the ground, is the head piece of a Welsh harp, which he carried with him, and to which was attached a scroll con- taining, in Greek characters of his own forming, what he called the Six Orders of the Harp." The engraving is signed W. Clements," and its whole tenour is sugges- tive of having been posed for. It is also stated in the Dictionary of National Biography" that an original por- trait of Dic Aberdaron, painted in oils, is preserved at Kinmel, Flintshire. The portrait is by Wm. Roose, who, I may add, was the painter of a portrait of Christmas Evans, which was in the possession of my late father.
WE are often reminded in these days," said Mr. Ellis J. Griffiths last Tuesday, "of the agonies of the pious ancestors who gave the money towards the Church of England in Wales during past centuries. These pious ancestors are pictured by Church Defence orators as looking down on the spoliation work of the Radicals, but I should like to ask some of these orators are they certain that not a few of these ancestors might be looking up ENGLAND is stated to be the dumping ground for foreign produce, and it looks as if Wales is to become the dumping place for wealthy Liberal M.P.'s, who are anxious for a safe seat that requires but little nursing and only few small subscriptions to maintain. MR. ELLIS J. GRIFFITH was in his happiest vein at the Welsh Liberal meeting, at Hol- born Town Hall, on Tuesday last. He was ably supported by the Rev. Herbert Morgan, of Castle Street, and Mr. G. Hay Morgan, M.P. A POPULAR fete and bazaar is being arranged at Hounslow in aid of the local hospital. The chairman of the promoters is our fellow-countryman, Mr. E. R. Cleaton, who is very strenuous on behalf of the move- ment. The chief events will take place at Pears Athletic Club Ground, on June 30th and July 21st, when the famous Welsh Male Voice Choir will entertain the crowds.
St. Padarn's Welsh Church, Hornsey Road, Holloway, N. Special Services, SUNDAY & MONDAY, May 23 & 24,1909 ''r- ">J, -'j' '-J' Preacher- THE REV. BENJAMIN THOMAS, B.A., B.D., Port Dinorwic. Services as follows SUNDAY: 11 a.m., Morning Prayer and Sermon. 3.30 p.m., Litany and Sermon (English). 6 30 p.m., Evening Prayer and Sermon. MONDAY: 8 p.m., Evening Prayer and Sermon. Collections towards Church Funds. Tea will be provided on Sunday afternoon at a nominal charge. THE GREAT WELSH REMEDY. DAVI F^ RELIEF FR0MC0UGHIN 5 FOR COUGHS, FOR COLDS, FOR ASTHMA, FOR BRONCHITIS, FOR HOARSENESS, FOR INFLUENZA. I/S. FOR COUGHS, FOR SORE I *11 I IfnH THROAT, MOST SOOTHING. W VJ I I WARMS THE CHEST, DISSOLVES THE PHLEGM. FOR SINGERS, FOR PUBLIC SPEAKERS. MI XT URE 1 < W < U— 25 9D. Postage, 3D. Proprietor, HUGH DAVIES, Chemist, Machynlleth. London Agents: Mr. Morgan, Chemist, Tavistock Place, ■Sr'xi ¥r" Thomas, Chemist, Upper Baker Street, W. Wholesale: Barclays, 95, Farringdon Street. DELICIOUS COFFEE. RED WHITE & BLUE For Breakfast & after Dinner. MlIDÐe OHYIES, A.R.(I.M., Teacher, L.C.M. Voice Production and Solo Singing. Telephone 8914 Central. NOTE NEW ADDREss:- 495, OXFORD STREET, W. (Near Marble Arch).