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Preachment and protest

21 February 2020

February 20th, 1920.

DURHAM CATHEDRAL was filled last Sunday with a congregation described by the Press as “excited and expectant”, and composed in very large part of Dissenters. A protest against the appearance of Dr Jowett in the pulpit was made by a priest who, having himself been a convert from the Dissenting ministry, had some cause to make it. “Immediately” — we take our information from Northern papers — “there was a distressing uproar. ‘Chuck him out!’ cried many masculine voices, and the angry murmurs sounded like distant breakers. There followed much scuffling and commotion, and a vigorous clapping of hands. Mr Casey could still be heard shouting above the clamour, and then someone started to sing, ‘When I survey the wondrous Cross,’ and half a thousand men’s voices took up the hymn and sang loudly and triumphantly, whilst the police with assistance bundled the interrupter out of the cathedral by the north door into the arms of a huge crowd,” among whom he ran some risk of forcible handling, according to another reporter. This glorious victory was due to the foresight of the cathedral authorities in providing for the presence of a dozen policemen in readiness for the signal for action. We do not doubt that Dr Welldon [the Dean] still thinks that he has made a serious contribution to the cause of Christian unity.

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