Notes from South Wales. (From our Special Correspondent.) The Welsh Revivalist. Mr. Evan Roberts, the Welsh Revivalist, will probably visit Cardiganshire in the course of the coming Spring. The great charm of Mr. Evan Roberts is the fact that fame has not spoilt him. He is still the same unassuming young man that he was prior to the outbreak of the wonderful religious revival that set all the civilised world talking. By the way, whilst passing along a street in a South Wales town the other afternoon, I noticed a poor "pavement artist." He had drawn a number of crayon pictures of notable men. The list included General Buller, Lord Roberts, and Mr. Evan Roberts. Swansea Mayor's Bible Class. It is interesting to note that Mr. Gwilym Morgan, the Mayor of Swansea, conducts a well-attended young men's Bible class in that town. In fact, it is one of the most interesting and successful Bible classes in South Wales, and, in these days of Blatchfordism, it is pleasant to find such a strong body of well-educated young men remaining loyal to the teachings of the Greatest Book in the world. To mark appreciation of their teacher's services, the members of the class recently presented his worship with a splendid framed photo group of the members. St. David's Day. A striking feature of the times is the increased interest that is being taken in the observance of St. David's Day. Already I hear of pre- parations for Welsh national banquets to be held on St. David's Day next, at Barry and the Rhondda, places where such celebrations have not been very much observed in the past. Cardiff, of course, is right in front, and it is expected that this year's celebrations will be the largest ever held in the city: There will also be celebrations at Swansea, Newport, Aberdare, and probably Merthyr. It rejoices the heart of every true Cymro to find that the spirit of Welsh nationality is advancing, and not otherwise. A Hint. It is to be hoped that Welshmen will wear the national emblem, the leek, as much as possible. In past years this has not been very
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HOME RULE IN EDUCATION. Welsh Demand for a National Council. Sir Isambard Owen presided at the second Welsh National Conference on the Training of Teachers, held in Shrewsbury last week. Mr. J. E. Powell, on behalf of the Denbigh- shire Education Committee, moved that the regulation for the training and instruction of pupil teachers ought to be modified to the extent that the method of dividing the time as between primary and secondary schools may be deter- mined by the local education authorities accord- ing to local needs and circumstances, so that it might be possible for pupil teachers to spend the first year at secondary schools and the second at primary, schools, or vice versa. Mr. Powell said for himself he was convinced that the time had come when the pupil teacher system as such ought to be done away with. Miss C. P. Tremain seconded the resolution on behalf of the Cardiganshire Education Committee. Principal Reichel said that Sweden had given up the pupil teacher system as radically bad, and in America the idea was scouted as absurd, yet neither country had difficulty in getting teachers. Professor Phillips said it would be far better if they gave up the pupil teacher system abso- lutely. Colonel Pryce-Jones thought they should have no half measures. He was convinced that in the future education must be made a national charge. Other solutions might be more economical, but he was absolutely of opinion that the pupil teacher system should be done away with. Lord Stanley of Alderley said that the Government had destroyed the pupil teacher system and they were now trying to "botch," up a thing that had gone. They should press the Government to give the new authorities or combination of authorities a very free hand to solve the problem on the spot. The resolution was carried. Professor Rees moved that in the opinion of the Conference immediate steps should be taken to establish a Council of .Education for Wales, which should proceed to provide for additional college facilities for the training of teachers. Mr. D. C. Roberts, on behalf of the Cardi- ganshire Education Committee, seconded the motion. Professor Anwyl said he considered a national council of education for Wales absolutely neces- sary if they were to organize a national system for the training of teachers. For his own part he felt that the national council should consist for the most part of representatives of the Welsh people knowing thoroughly the needs of the different districts. They ought to get the very strongest possible national council for Wales. Eventually the Conference agreed to the motion in the following form That the estab- lishment of a Welsh National Council of Edu- cation should be immediately carried into effect, and the Conference begs to call the urgent attention both of the Government and of the local education authorities of Wales and Mon- mouth to this point. The Conference trusts :hat the National Council will proceed at once :o the provision of additional facilities for :raining teachers.
much observed. Let readers of the LONDON WELSHMAN make a note of it. If some of them do not care to wear the plant itself, let them obtain a badge with the leek emblazoned thereon. The Irish people in South Wales towns teach us Welshmen a good lesson in this respect. Of the thousands of Irishmen resident in Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr, Newport, and other places in South Wales, it is a rare occurrence to see one of them unprovided with the bit of green on St. Patrick's Day. Interesting-if True. A storyette is going the rounds of the British Press to the effect that an Irish resident of Bangor who shook hands with the President of the Board of Trade the other day has made a solemn vow not to wash for a month the hand which Mr. Lloyd-George grasped. It is a pretty story-if true. Doubtless the brilliant Cymro did shake the Irishman's hand very heartily, but the other portion of the story is, probably, fiction. Still, one" bard" evidently believes in the entire storyette, for he sings as follows, I notice, in the columns of the London Daily News There was a young man of Wales Whose right hand was black to the nails, The reason he gave For refusing to lave Was regarded as cogent in Wales. Ignorance—or Stupidity? Last week the London Graphic, a paper of influence and standing, published a pictorial electoral chart showing the results in the various nationalities composing the British Isles. There were separate maps of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Wales was included in England, and its distinctive title was not mentioned. The editor of the London Graphic may be a clever man, but it is evident that, like the vast majority of London journalists, his knowledge of Welsh history is sparse. Wales is a distinct nation, with a splendid history of her own, and is as much entitled to be specialised in pictorial representations such as the one referred to as is either Scotland or Ireland. The Welsh Language. The Cardiff Education Committee have just appointed a number of male teachers, and one female teacher, to teach Welsh in the elementary schools of the city. They are all excellent scholars. Patriotic Welshmen all the world over will heartily applaud the Cardiff authority's action in the matter of Welsh teaching. Of course there was a certain amount of criticism by a few bigots, but the general bulk of Cardiffians extended the movement their heartiest sympathy. Crimeless Carmarthenshire. Carmarthenshire is a Welsh county in the strict sense of the term, and the remarkable absence of serious crime therein is an excellent testimonial to the moral character of the real Welsh people. At the recent Carmarthenshire Assizes the judge tendered his congratulations on the comparative immunity of the county from serious crime, as indicated by the very few cases at that as well as the previous assizes. This fact showed that there was a great im- provement in the county, due to the spread of education and religious feeling, and that regard for law and order which were bound to increase with the further extension of education, and the appreciation of moral qualities. Welsh Lady and the Japs. Mrs. Richardson, the Swansea lady who acted as a nurse with the Japanese Army in the recent war, has written a very entertaining book upon her experiences. Mrs. Richardson states that one of the reasons why the Japanese officers are so greatly beloved by their soldiers, is because they share their hardships, and treat them as comrades in the field. In support of this contention, Mrs. Richardson writes I ] heard of a case where a wounded lieutenant i was surrounded by his men who, when their 1 ammunition was expended, forcibly sheltered 1 him with their own bodies, many losing their t lives in order to save his. There is a prevalent idea that the Japanese do not suffer pain to the same extent as Western people. Possibly, the belief is due to their undoubtedly strong nerves. They appear to be much less afflicted with headaches and prostration. Women seldom give way to hysteria, having been taught to control their feelings, and to cause as little trouble as possible to others, and their calm demeanour and gentle voices often seemed to have a soothing effect on the patients. On two occasions, I have seen men in a dead faint, after undergoing the painful process of extension of limbs, and noticed the entire absence of fuss, the nurse bending over them with bright smiles when they were regaining consciousness."