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t>— . (From our own Correspondent.) Every broad-minded person who has the caaae of true religion at heart will rejoice over one of the statements made by Bishop Barry, at Ballarat laßt week I am a broad minded person and rejoice aooordlugly. His Lordship speaking of the late Lambeth Oonferenoe said, thai II with regard to the re-union of the Oharoheß of Christendom, It had boon resolved to hold oat the right hand to fellowship to ali ohnrohee, luoln ling the Church of Home." There Is a fine Christian ring about this resolation which I like exceedingly. The heathen has bad reason to m«kn 80;.'in of ub for our squabbles long enough* The heatheu enjoy a this satanlo sort of pleasure, and njw when we deprive him of 1c he will baoome a Christian if on no higher grounds from sheer ennui It is the bent move made by the charohea yet. Another incident of the Conference related by the Bishop, if not so edifying, was at least ourlouu. It appears that tho Biahop of Darham read a p^per (n which he stated th*t " with regard to the sanctity of marriage, the most difficult aspaok was the question of polygamy of heathen converts." The subject had been keenly debated, and It had been decided that the polygamy of ohlefs precluded them from being baptised, aud neoeaslta.ed their remaining m the position of oateohumens, although their wives might bo admitted to baptism at not being consciously polygamous" There is an Innocent subtlety abom this which reminds me of some of the spider-thread splitting arguments that usud to occupy the minds of tho schoolmen In the middle ages If some of the right reverend divines who met at Lambeth had ever seen the wlvoa of an eminent nigger tearing each others' hair, out of jealousy, renumber, they (the dlvlnei) would soon oome to a conclusion as to whether the simplest of these married female heathens were conscious of polygamy or not, Is all reverence dead T Mr Speight— our Mr Oonapl»te Vlotorlan Railway System Spoight, bear m mind— has beon ■nubbed— aotually snubbud— by a commonplace foor-fcr a-Phllllng South Australian Mlnlßtor of Kduoatlou, Mr Speight -Sppiß«oondeji tptell an interviewer that •'in his oplnloffr~toiographio- f«K,uui«»,. ■hould be given to tha Irrigation colony of Renmark." Very kind of him to take the trouble to nay so, you would think. And what thanks does he get ? Well, he Wad simply told by the aforesaid ordinary person that •• it would be better if he confined hlmielf to bualaeas connected with his own colony." We are now waitIng for Mr Qlllleo to send an ultimatum to South Australia demanding the head of that Minister fellow on a oharger, m default, war to the kenlfe.and the cadets ordered aorn»s the border, It would be too barbarous In the present depressed condition of the slater colony to send fie mounted rifles across, as they would roln her m a three weeks campaign, merely by the amount of food they consumed,. ' The Exhibition goes on its heavy monotonous way, and has so become part and parcel of the place that nobody i aeems to pay it muoh attention, or regard it now as a ourloelty at all. It has oomo to this— that the only attraction thare now is the muslo, People go to the concerts beoause they are good and oheap, and after they are over, stroll about for balf-an-honr or so, and then disappeir. Nobody thinks of looking at the exhibits — exoept those who put them there. Nothing could be more melanoholy and deserted than the various courts, and no greater Ignorance or indifference about suoh things oould be shewn than Is the case with the genetality of the people he «. As to the Exhibition being a great national teacher. I have oome to the conclusion that that is all bunkum. As long M It amuses the people they go ; when they are tired of it they leave it severely alone.* I don't even notloe that visitors eeem impressed with what they see. They look Indifferently at the various objtiotß— ma,uy of wb.lqh qre • • oavlare to the multitude," utter a few oommonplaoes, and stride off to the refreshment bars. Very awful this, you will say, and shows terrible want of appreciation. But after •11 human nature la human nature, and the age is unimpressionable, I must oonfess that tho Commissioners are beginning to wake up at last. They are comnaetiglog to maka a g ßß at effort to make the show p pulnr. At first they relied (foolishly enough) for soooess on tho educational aed utilitarian phase of the thing ; now they are beginning to be alive to the faot that the people want amusing and not eduoatlng. &o they are going m fjr side ahowa galore. Besldeo the roaring switchback railway, they have now an electric tramway m the grounds. Thoy ore going m for athletic shows, military displays, various other kinds of tournaments, M*orl dancprs, flower shows, el hoc genus omne. In a word they are trying to transform the dead-and-alive «how. fanotlon into a variety side-show entertainment I hope the Commissioners may bo successful ; for tho gross expenditure of tho whole affair during the six months is likely to go up to the neighbor hood of £200,000, and taking tho average of what has been done, tho gross receipts may pouelbly tot up to £00,000. Certainly not more, Hence we a,re faoed with a defiolt of over £100,000, and my readers will admit this Is rather a severe burthen for the taxpayer to bear. Mr Gillies' brilliant Exhibition conception was oortalnly lmpressivo, but it is proving a very expensive one for the country —a very expensive one Indeed.

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MELBOURNE GOSSIP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888

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MELBOURNE GOSSIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888