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"Y SASSIWN" AT HOLYWELL. (Continued from Page 8.) have to be evangelised by the Methodists of Wales; no othei denominations will enter there to labour. The Rev Pengwern Jones also rendered several hymns in Hindustani and Bengali, and aooompanied with his Organette. This proved very interesting as it afforded a glimpse of his method of work there. The words had been composed by Native Christians and rendered into Welsh by the Missionary. BOMANISM IN FLINTS HI BE. The Rev J. Idloes Edwards, Buokley, submitted an aooount of the Lancashire Presbytery. The churches numbered 48 pastors, 12 deacons, 107 communicants, 3713; church members, 6789; Sunday schools, 60; officers and teaohers, 744 members of Sunday schools, 6718 average attendance, 4652. There were no less than 11,710 adherents; 40 churches were under pastoral care, 2 practically so; and six were at present negooiating for ministers before the end of the present summer. The figures showed a substantial increase all round, and with the minimum of material they had effeoted the maximum of progress. They had many difficulties, particularly with the young in retaining them. The clerios lured their children from the Sunday School in which they were being brought up, and they were turned to the High Ohnroh Sohools, or in some cases to Oatholio and Convent Sohools. Extensive alterations had been carried out in a number of churches and they were much endebted to gentlemen for the support they had given to the work. If the Presbytery progressed as in the past they should be out of debt, in five years. The state of the Ohurohes was a fair indication that the life of the connexion was full of energy in every department of its work. The Rev G. Ellis, M.A., of Bootle, expressed his sense of gratitude at the favourable report presented by Rev Idloes Edwards, on behalf of the Lancashire Presbytery, and espeoially because 42 out of 48 churches are now under pastoral care, and that the remaining six are also negotiating with a view of securing some before the close of the summer. He wished the same was true of the Flintshire Monthly Meeting. He wlseed on behalf of the Association to say that its sympathies were with the Monthly Meeting now in their time of trial, and that it was alto prepared to back up the efforts put forth in Flintshire to oppose the Romanizing tendencies that have recently come In. He was not inclined to make light of it, but that the Protestants of Flintshire deserve every credit and sympathy for their efforts. The essence of Romanism is found in the faot that they put the priest between man and God, and it was a source of great grief to him to hear that there are some parents in Holywell and other places who sent their children to Catholic Sohools. Another source of danger is the High Oharohlsm that pre- vails in the Ohuroh of England. One Church in Flintshire belongs to the English Ohuroh Union where incense is being burnt, and he trusted that the Nonconformists of Fiintehire would never bo ensnared by Romanizing tendencies even when practised under the guise of Protestantism. He trusted that they would take heart, and take their stand upon the truth as it is in Jesus. The Ravi, Roberts, Talhen, and John Williams, Pxmues' Road, and Richard Jones, Mancott, also spoke to the same effeot. The report of the Committee on I Popery in Flint- shire,' was submitted. The Committee recommended the issue of booklets on Protestantism, and the Rev J. M. Jones was appointed translator. The General Committee arranged to meet the Holywell Local Oommittee next month to take into consideration the position of popery in the looality. The Committee reoommended the adoption of a resolution of protest add of further investigation of the practice of Methodist parents sending their ohildren to Oatholio Sohools. The Rev W. James, Manchester, said he under- stood that a number of Protestant ohildren in the town of Holywell were being educated at Oatholio Sohools. He hoped the local committee would do their utmost to counteract the practice to the ut- most of their power, and that the Free Church Council would take the matter up in an earnest and zealous manner. The Association had been making grants to Churches in the neighbourhood to counter. act the Romanizing tendencies, and it was regretable to see the number of Nonconformist children that were being sent to Oatholio Schools. He approved of a strong protest against the practice and that the people of Holfirall would rise to a oonoeption of their duty and perform it. Mr J. Stth Jones corrected the statement of the number of children of their oonnexion attending the Catholic Schools being large, and said that there were very few of their own church. Mr David Williams said there were from 16 to 18 children of Methodist parents who went to the Oatholio Sohools. The report was made that there were 200 ohildren attending the school. Such a statement was incorrect. The Holywell Oommittee had not negleoted their work they had done what they could, and he had himself been able to induoe parents to transfer their ohildren from the Oatholio to the Board Sohools. The Rev J. Ernest Jones said there were 167 protestant children attending the Catholic Schools, only 19 of whom number were Methodists. The Free Ohnroh Oouncil of Holywell, did its work as well as possible, and strove to prevent the Romanizing of the county. Up to reoent times the education in the Oatholio Schools was free and the impression prevailed, whether right or wrong he could not say that the oduoat i, ii v. b t r than at the other sohools. Mr E. Bryan replied that the Government reports showed that the Board School education was superior to it. lt_ Mr Seth Jones said that though the children attended the schools they did not turn Catholics. Mr U. Bromley oontended that the resolution would have greater effeot were it submitted to the public meeting. Mr John Williams, Liverpool, held that the Holywell people were not to be blamed, they were peoullsrly oiroamstanoed and in the very centre of the attack. In the discussion that followed it was decided to modify the terms of the resolution that it be an expression of sympathy and not a protest. Mr E. Bryan suggested that the Rev W. James, Liverpool, introduoe the resolution by an explanation of the opinions of the Association on the question. II. David Williams thought that the preaching would be suffioient for the night. The Holywell people knew best how to ooonteraot the spread of Romanism without the Association giving greater publicity to it. It should also be remembered that the Holywell people had to live in the town and among those they were opposing. It was decided that the resolution be submitted to the public meeting and that the Rev W. James speak on the matter. The Rev. Thos. Roberts submitted the annual report of the Home Mission," and the Rev Edw. Jerman that of the English Causes." The resolution of sympathy and oondolenoe with Mrs Gladstone and family, on the death of Mr W. E. Gladstone, as drafted by the appointed Oommittee, was adopted. Other matters of minor importanoe were transacted The evening was devoted to preaohlng at Rehoboth Chapel, the Rev Rodwick Lewis, Liverpool opened the meeting, and the Revs John Williams, Liverpool and Thos. Roberts, Chester, were the preaohers. At the English Presbyterian Ohuroh, the Rev James Jones, Rhostyllen, opened the English service, and the Rev Griffith Elite, Bootle, preaohed. To-day (Thursday) was entirely devoted to preaching. At six o'clock a.m., a service was held at the Baptist Chapel, when the Rev Wm. Jones, Port Dinorwie, was the preacher. At 8.30 a Church Meeting was held at Rehoboth Chapel. During the day, at 10 a.m., and at 2, and 6 p.m., preaohing took place in a field at Perthyterfyn. The preaohers were:-At 10 o'clock—Revs Evan Jones, Carnarvon and Franols Jones (Moderator), Abergele 2 o'clock —Revs W. Thomas, Llanrwst, and Thos. Gray, Birkenhead 6 0 clook-Reve W. Thomas, Maesteg, and A. Roberts, London. »









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