Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

9 erthygl ar y dudalen hon



THE NORMAL COLLEGE FOR WALES. THE tug of heroic war is at length sounded. Our Go- vernment aid men being from the first fully convinced that they were to expect no aid from the people,-knowing well and intimately that the great majority of the young ministers and rising men of the country were decidedly 0 y ;a,aiiis,t tiieir seliomes,-ivis,-Iy determined at the onset to try for& Norriaal School, in order to upset the present FREE insti- tution. As the proceedings of the hole-and-corner council held for the purpose were brought into light inconveniently aoon, the manifestation of public opinion on the subject, com- pelled them to abandon their project. For a time the little band were ignominiously scattered by the glance of the publici, but at present the trumpet is sounded and the force is concentrated to make an attack upon the constitution of the Normal College, in the hope of finding a retreat within the provisions of the trust deed, where in a case of emer- gency they may fight a great Armageddon battle, some time before the end of the world. Well, we confess, we are almost overpowered with tenderness we scarcely know how to refuse a request so urgent, couched in language so modest. Tho little valiant band earnestly protest that if this parch- ment citadel be allowed them that they won't fight until the voluntary principle fails—no, not they; not a pike will be seen, i-i,)t a sword will be unsheathed, and not a single etun >n shall boom, until the voluntary principle, poor thing, will be as dead as a door nail, dead and gone, and, decently interred. 'The evil day may be distant, but we know the party too well to commit Free Education into their safe keeping at the risk of an annual agitation. The leadership of the little band is now consigned to our respected friend Mr. Davies, who pelted us with storms of anecdotes in our last number. We admire the choice. It is .ingularly characteristic of the party, and significantly omi- nous of their fate. Mr. Davies will make a valiant leader undoubtedly, but time will show the result of his far-sight- pdness in the assault which he has made. His onslaught has been followed up by the organ of the late M,P. for Coventry, the Rev. D. Lloyd, M.A., Carmarthen, A Swaw e t Voluntary, a Subscriber to the Normal College, and he him- self has made another attack. These formidable antagonists are most anxious to show fight. The gleam of arms and the thunderous roar of the Government artillery is really im- posing and perhaps not a little amusing to persons like our- igelves, who are out of harm's way. And then that most .serviceable man-of-all- Government-Edueation-work,—the su- preme convener of hole-and-corner councils,—their most indefatigable corrospondent-in-chief, and rough-and-ready secretary at war, Mr. Mordecai Jones, of Brecon, is busily aud widely distributing the "winged satans" of his valiant leader in the shape of slips in the hope that they will ex- plode and blow up the enemy's camp. Lot our readers not be misled. We understand the fame; and we are prepared to say with Lord John lusseil, "Oh there is nothing in it, decidedly no- thing." We know how the uproar is got IIp-we un- derstand whence it came, and whither it goes—but there is nothing in it. It is only a little "sound and fury signify- ing nothing." Mr. Davies thinks there was a good deal in it, or that we should, not have noticed his first letter. That does not at all. follow- Mr. Davies is neither an ordinary I old applewomau' nor a common cur." He knows that a cur may bark at the.moon without biting it, but it may be necessary to moutliseal him for the comfort of the bystan- ders. As we have not invited the simile, we likewise leave its application at the disposal bf our friend. He need not be at all solicitous as to the last word—that will depend en- tirely on the character of the words he may address us. We have but very few words to say in reply'to his letter which appeared last week. As to the number of subscribers who passed the resolution of September, 1847, we need say no more than we have already done. Suffice it to say that second-hand assertions—assertions already proved to be en- tirely unfounded-are not the best weapons of defence. Mr. Dayies complains that we have too many ifs." If we had double the number, that would not prove that the Welsh are unable to support the Normal College. The ground of ap- peal to Government is said to be poverty and not unwilling- ness. If we prove that the poverty plea is fallacious, the present Government outcry will become as quiet as a dor- mouse in the depth of winter. The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. As to the propriety of dismissing religion entirely from the Normal and day school, we are persuaded that the most disastrous consequences would follow. The history of purely secular education, wherever it has been attempted, amply justify our coming to this conclusion. And then if education is purely secular, we cannot see what Christian ministers and religious denominations have to do with it as such. If Mr. Davies intends to sever religion en- tirely from education, and let secular education be treated as any other commercial enterprise or private business, he is so far consistent. But in seeking to place education under the direction of Government, it appears to us that he wants for that secular concern a protection which he does not wish for any other. His attack on religious education is therefore a mere pretext for an attack on the constitution of the Normal School. They have no necessary connexion with each other. In fact there is no party in the country that embraces Mr. Davies' views on the subject, if we except the Unita- rians, and a few other individuals. In conclusion, we hope that the friends of the College will be active and stirring. The institution is worthy of being supported; and the noble and systematic exertions of the Swansea committee are beyond all praise. The annual meeting advertised in another column, ought to be well attended, that the constitution of the school may be defi- nitively settled. Let the College be at once placed in a po- sition where it may render us some assistance against the inroads of ecclesiastical tyranny and despotic centralization.