Papurau Newydd Cymru
Chwiliwch 15 miliwn o erthyglau papurau newydd Cymru
13 erthygl ar y dudalen hon
- NEW SCHOOLS.
NEW SCHOOLS. There are two schools at Cemmes. For some reason or other best known to the parents, the Church of England School has lost so many of its pupils that it now falls short, of the minimum prescribed for its recognition by the Education Authority. On ihe other hand, the attendance at the Council School has largely increased. It is simply a case of the transference of the children from one school to the other. Under the circumstances the process is plain. Both schools cannot remain a tax on the ratepayers. The Church school must disappear, and if the Council school is in- capable of comfortably accommodating all the children of the neighbourhood, a new one will have to be erected. Facts can sug- gest no other course. The proposal to pro- vide a school at Pentyrch is backed by hardly less pressure of circumstances. The boast of having brought, education to the very doors of the home is scarcely justified by the compulsory attendance of children resident between two and four miles from a school, as is the case in this district. We agree with practical educationalists like Mr Lane Griffiths, that the interests of effi- cient education are better served by large, well-equipped schools than by a multiplicity of small ones, but there must be a reason- able limit to the sacrifices demanded of par- ents and pupils. The idea of conveying children long distances to and from school is certainly nothing like so satisfactory as bringing the school to the child, and if in the Pentyrch district there are 52 children to be provided for, an additional school seems abundantly warranted.
--COOKERY, LAUNDRY, AND HOUSEWIFERY.
COOKERY, LAUNDRY, AND HOUSE- WIFERY. The resolution of the County Education Authority to instruct elementary school children in these three domestic subjects marks an admirable advance in educational progress, which is certain eventually to help materially improve social conditions. Such needful instruction will equip young women for the position in life to which nature has assigned them. Motherhood en- tails such tremendous responsibilities that early training is of the utmost importance. The conduct of a mother and the wisdom of her knowledge and experience always give a lasting direction to the life of her off- spring. Every well-managed home is an invaluable asset of the commonwealth, just as a badly managed one is the reverse. To the woman ignorant of her maternal duties is largely owing the enormously high infantile death rate so, too, is she respon- sible for much of the unhappiness of family life. Leaving school, the majority of our girls find work in workshops and factories, where, of course, they are taught nothing of the domesticities, and they marry with little or no knowredge of housewifery. We hope to see this instruction, which for a beginning will be taught in four town centres, extended to all parts of the county.
--THE LAST OF AN INSANITARY…
THE LAST OF AN INSANITARY SCHOOL. The forthcoming closure of Berriew En- dowed School must gratify the parents of children whose health has been endangered by compulsory confinement in premises de- plorably insanitary. Impatience, certainly, cannot be imputed to the County Education Authority, who have, in our opinion, dallied much too long with trustees by whom denominational interests were, per- haps, regarded as of more importance than the physical and scholastic well-being of the pupils. Long ago the authority should have ceased to recognise a school so no- toriously inefficient, and so grievously lackirfg in the elementary essentials to health. The Board of Education has de- creed that these premises will not be recog- nised as an elementary school after the end of the present year, and this notification naturally directs the erection of a new building upon the excellent site generously gifted by Mr Humphreys-Owen. The par- ishioners of Berriew will be glad to learn that plans of the new school have been or- dered, and ere long they will witness its construction.
- THE BICTON PROBLEM.
THE BICTON PROBLEM. After years of heated controversy, the Bicton Asylum problem is to be. solved by dissolution of the partnership between Salop and Montgomery. The Home Secre- tary has dated the dissolution for March of next year, but no doubt the time will be extended in order to permit Montgom- eryshire to make at least temporary pro- vision for the care of its patients. What proportion of capital sunk in the asylum belongs tp our county is to be determined by arbitration, failing an amicable settlement. This allocation will fashion the County Council policy in regard to the erection of a separate asylum. That proposal is generally approved, pro- vided that financially it will not greatly increase the present cost of lunacy administration. Meanwhile, the issue of the question waits upon the development of events, but it has reached a point at which we can congratulate Mr Richard Lloyd and Colonel Pryce-Jones upon the successful opposition which they have offer- ed to the proposed costly extension of Bicton Asylum, occasioned exclusively by' increas- ing lunacy in Shropshire.
. SMALL HOLDINGS IN MONTGOMERYSHIRE.
SMALL HOLDINGS IN MONTGOMERY- SHIRE. It seems likely from what transpired at Friday's meeting of the County Council that the failure to provide small holdings under the Act will have to be transferred from the responsible Committee to the ap- plicants themselves. We learn with regret from the Committee's agent, Mr Wilson- Jones, that applicants are opposed to a scheme of co-operative holdings. The spirit of independence and possibly dis- trust of one another apparently predomin- ates," says Mr Wilson-Jones. Then the consequences of this short-sighted indepen- dence and suspicion must fall- upon them- selves. The Act never contemplated the taking of land just wherever applicants de- cided to have it. Plainly, this thing cannot be done for the purposes of small holdings at rentals low enough to ensure their suc- cessful working. The Act particularly em- phasises the necessity for co-operative schemes, and grants special facilities for their organisation and support, and, as we have repeatedly pointed out, the success of small holdings in other counties is almost solely ascribable to a co-operative basis. We cannot be charged with indifference to the slow progress of the Committee, but if this tardiness is resultant of impossible demands by applicants, there is some reason for it.
WELSHPOOL'S PROBLEM. ---
WELSHPOOL'S PROBLEM. Henfaes Scheme Another Side Track. Temporary or Permanent-Which? The only objection I have, and always have bad, to any place in the direction of the proposed field is that it is south-west, where the prevailing wind of Welshpool might blow offending matter towards the town.-The Ex-Mayor (Dr. R. D. THOMAS). A harmonious sequel to last Tuesday's special meeting of the Welshpool Town Council (which is reported on page 6) took place on Friday, when a truce was prac- tically declared between the Henfaesite and the anti*Henfaesite councillors—until the next November elections? The opponents of the Henfaes scheme have dropped the proposal to lease two fields off Severn-road for tipping the town refuse—a scheme which the recent town's meeting condemned. And the other party has agreed to negotiate for the yearly tenancy of a field at the Pwllau (or The Pits "), the property of the Earl of Powis, which lies some distance be- yond the football field" between the Shropshire Canal and the Cambrian Rail- ways. But it was clearly stated that the Progressives accepted this only as a tem- porary measure. There was a large muster of councillors at the meeting, the only absentee being Alderman Rowley Morris, who is still, un- fortunately, unable to attend owing to ill- ness, and Councillor E. H. Jones (Pool Quay). Mr George Court put in an appear- ance as a burgess, who takes a keen inter- est in municipal politics. The Town Clerk (Mr C. Pryce Yearsley) read the minutes of Tuesday's special meeting, which recorded the following business done in committee:— On the motion of Councillor Hiles, seconded by Councillor Jenkins, it was re- solved that the Council, with the Medical Officer, inspect the field near the canal in the occupation of Mr James W. Davies, butcher, with a view of acquiring the same for the purpose of depositing refuse. It was further resolved, on the motion of Alderman Harrison, seconded by Coun- cillor Pryce Jones, that in the event of the Council and the Medical Officer approving the site, the Town Clerk be instructed to write Mr Addie, inquiring whether the Earl of Powis would let the field to the Council, and to ask for a reply to be considered at the next meeting of the .Council." Alderman Harrison: Will you permit me upon that to move a resolution ? The Mayor (Councillor T. J. Evans): Yes. Alderman Harrison: I am exceedingly pleased to say that I think the Council and the community at large will now very readily confirm the procedure of the Coun- cil at their last meeting in ADJOURNING A VERY DEBATEABLE SUBJECT for further consideration to-day..And I feel the more gratification because I have reason to believe and know that the resolu- tion, which I am about to submit to this Council, is one that will find ready ac- quiescence from everyone around the table. We have had long and strenuous argu- ments, and perhaps a good deal at some time of some warm debate. But, neverthe- less, I hope the friendship and cohesion of the Council still exists. We have all been actuated according to our best ideas for the interest and welfare of the community at large. After we had-AI say we, the Sanitary Committee—had more or less accepted the idea of a refuse disposal on two fields near the Henfaes, at a very late hour indeed another field presented itself to our notice, one which had hitherto—except, I think, on the part of some gentlemen of the Coun- cil-escaped certainly my attention alto- gether. From what we heard and had reason to believe, it was in every way likely to be adaptable for our requirements and purposes. I took upon myself to move the adjournment of the Council in order that the Council might individually and collectively have an opportunity of inspect- ing and examining this new proposed site. We have done so, and I have reason to be- lieve that the proposed site is one that will 'commend itself to every individual member around this table. I am bound to say with perfect frankness and candour, that although I may have appeared to take some ac- tive part in connection with the fields ad- joining the Henfaes, the land now suggested is far and away superior from every point of view. We have every reason to believe that we shall obviate the entire expense of drainage or of a retaining wall. It is above flood-level. It is far remote from any dwell- ing, and the sanitary surroundings are such that we believe that it will in every way comply with what is requisite. I think the motion which I am about to submit will END ANY LITTLE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION that have existed, and we shall be in per- fect harmony in moving the adoption of this site. I may say we have been met by the tenant, Mr James Davies, and by the landlord, the Earl of Powis, in a most syni., pathetic and liberal spirit, and I am per- fectly satisfied that the town at large will have every reason to appreciate the terms that will be submitted to them or to a com- mittee, whom I suggest should deal with the matter—the Sanitary Committee. I beg to* move:- That this Council, having inspected a field lying between the canal and the rail- way, belonging to the Earl of Powis, and now in the occupation of Mr James Davies, and having been advised by their Medical Officer of Health that the same is in every way adaptable for their requirements, and free from any objection from a sanitary point, of view, resolves unanimously that, provided his Lordship has no objection, immediate negotiations should be opened with Mr Davies to secure a portion of land at the earliest possible moment for purpose of refuse disposal, for which, in their opin- ion, it is in every way suited, and that it be referred to the Sanitary Committee to negotiate the terms of tenancy with Mr Davies and the landlord, in order to secure the occupation of the requisite quantity of land with the least practicable delay, and wiith full power to act generally in the mfltfpr >y "I suggest that to you," added Alderman Harrison, referring to the last clause, be- cause I think it is most desirable, in fact two members of the Council told us at the last meeting that the present very insanit- ary mode of taking refuse will not be al- lowed to continue." The Town Clerk There is A LETTER ON THE SUBJECT. I don't know whether you will take the cor- respondence first ? Councillor W. A. Rogers: I beg to second that. Councillor Pryce Jones: I move we take the correspondence on this matter first. Councillor A. E. Bond seconded Mr Pryce Jones' proposal. The Town Clerk: We have a letter from Mr Addie and from Mr Stroud Williams (smiles). Alderman Harrison: I have not the slightest objection. I thought it would save time. The Town Clerk then read a letter from the Rev J. Stroud Williams, Pentrefelin, as chairman of the town's meeting held on June 3rd, enclosing the following resolu- tion, which had been almost unanimously passed ":— That this town's meeting tloes em- phatically protest against the Town Council's proposed lease of unsuitable fields for refuse disposal, and calls upon the Council to respect the expressed will of the townspeople by acquiring the freehold estate of 25 acres, called the Henfaes, in order to adequately meet the sanitary needs of the town (present and future), and to help forward the industrial development of Welshpool." Dr F. E. Marston (Brithdir Hall): Mr Mayor, I hope that letter will be laid on the table Alderman Harrison: May I, sir— The Mayor: Excuse me, Mr Harrison, I don't think we have quite gone through all the correspondence. Alderman Harrison: The resolution I submit is A COMPLETE ANSWER TO THAT! Dr Marston: I simply rose to propose that it be laid on the table, simply because we have already gone through this ques- tion, and the resolution which Mr Harrison is putting before us will decide the whole question, I should say. The ex-Mayor (Dr R. D. Thomas), who had just arrived at the meeting: I don't know what resolution- The Mayor Order, please I understand from the Town Clerk he had one or two other letters relating to the same thing. The ex-Mayor: Whatever resolution is brought forward, we cannot ignore a reso- lution passed by the body of people present at the town's meeting. Alderman Harrison: It's not intended for a moment--(addressing Dr Marston)—you don't propose that it lie on the table ? You withdraw ? Dr Marston: Well, I mean- Alderman Harrison: I quite understand, but if you will allow me to' suggest— Councillor Bond: I think Councillor Marston has already proposed that it lie on the table. I shall object to that. We ought to deal with it. Alderman Harrison: After all, sir, it is not seconded, and if Councillor Marston will kindly- The ex-Mayor: I think the matter before the Council now is the letter from the chair- man of the town's meeting which has been held. Alderman Harrison: I am very much obliged to Councillor Dr Thomas for calling attention to that, because I rise, with the permission of the Council, to speak to it. This resolution does not for a single in- stant suggest any want of courtesy to the movers of that resolution. On the contrary, we recognise, and we have so far recognised it, that the resolution I have submitted to the Council complies, if I may say so, with THE MANDATE OF THAT RESOLUTION (Henfaesite laughter). That is our object, and I say with all possible respect we have endeavoured to meet all reasonable objec- tions in every possible way. And I don't complain for a single moment of any indi- vidual or any meeting or the spirit of any resolution. I rise with the utmost sin- cerity to move this resolution, which I think will satisfy the movers and those who adopted the resolution which has been sub- mitted to us. Having again read his own resolution, Alderman Harrison repeated: The object of it is in no way contrary to the spirit of that (town's meeting) resolution, but. rather with the idea of meeting it. Dr Marston: That is the reason I got up to propose that it be laid aside—simply because all the townspeople will hear our decision on the matter. I think that an- swers it. Councillor Hiles: Am I in order now ? The Mayor: Yes. Councillor Hiles: Thanks! I have the greatest pleasure in seconding this resolu- tion. I believe Councillor Rogers has al- ready seconded it. At any rate, I will second or support, whichever is in order, for the following reasons: I regard this field as a necessary expedient, which is most necessary at this time of the year for the immediate disposal and treatment of our refuse. And as a temporary expedient, I give it my most hearty support. There is no question about the two fields down the Severn-road being unsuitable. Any field would be acceptable that would do away with the present nuisance. The question of the Henfaes, I take it, is not on the agenda, but this field, I hope, will be taken on a YEARLY TENANCY, ELSE I SHALL HAVE TO OBJECT TO IT. As a temporary expedient, a yearly tenancy is all that is necessary, I maintain- Councillor Bond: Hear, hear. Alderman Harrison: Hear, hear. Councillor Hiles: Alderman Harrison said that taking this field is in direct com- pliance with the mandate of the public meeting. Well, I don't say it is a direct compliance. I say it is partly a compliance. It is a compliance in part, and as such I am most happy to accept it for my own part—without any prejudice to any further proceedings whatever. Councillor Pryce Jones: Shall we have the letter now from Mr Addie ? Mr David Jones: Like Mr Hiles, I have great pleasure in supporting this resolution as a temporary expedient. We were unable the other day to see it all, on account of the hay. It would be unfair for the tenant of the field for us to tramp over it, and, when we go over it more carefully, we might not find it exactly so suitable for a per- manent place. But at the present time there is no doubt we are bound by some means or other to get some place that will get us out of this difficulty. I am very pleased that the gentlemen who had held out the two fields in Severn-road before us in such a plausible way have seen the errors of their way and repented,—(laughter) —and confessed this morning that they were wrong. I am sure we accept that. this morning with all sincerity. But with regard to permanence, I doubt'whether that lace, as far as a glance goes—we just looked at it—will be acceptable or suitable for the town refuse altogether. But there is no doubt it will answer the purpose to get us out of the present difficulty, and I think we must be GRATEFUL TO THE TOWN'S MEETINGS far the interest they have taken in this great question. At last the three town's meetings have brought to bear upon the Council something of a pressure. The Coun- cil in some cold, indifferent way ignored the opinion of the two first public meetings. At least I think it was rather indifferent on the part of a public body to ignore those who have to pay the piper. Alderman Har- rison said at the last meeting they were quite willing to take only a temporary agreement for it. We may differ, and we do differ-it is a very good thing that we do, I think. There are good points and bad points in everything, and I shall be very pleased to give every support to this as a temporary measure, until such times as it does liot prove satisfactory. The Mayor: Does any other gentleman ,p;Ol. t.r. i""O"Y'>r:. 1, !) J,.Jl lV !lt:étJ\ The ex-Mayor: As one of the agitators in this matter, I may be allowed to say a few words in support of it, provided it is a yearly tenancy, with a result that we may move from there, if we require. I must acknowledge that this alternative is cer- tainly the best or second best to the Hen- faes I have yet seen. We ought to be very glad to have that place, as events have turned out. I have told the committee I was informed that further complaints have been made about the refuse tip at the Wern, and we are threatened for it. The only ob- jection I have, and always have had, to any place in the direction of the proposed field is that it is south-west, where the pre- vailing wind of Welshpool might blow offending matter towards the town, and es- pecially so if we are to cart stuff there to be burnt. At the same time, it is, no doubt, the second place in my opinion to the other place. I take it then that the other part, as regards the Henfaes, will be simply LEFT IN ABEYANCE FOR THE TIME BEING. The Mayor: There is nothing mentioned about the Henfaes. Alderman Jones: It was in the resolu- tion from the public meeting. Councillor William Humphreys: About three years ago I and Dr Thomas, with the Surveyor, selected this field as one of three sites as an ideal spot. Also I think our thanks are due to Lord Powis for his kind- ness in meeting us so promptly in this mat- ter( hear, hear). Councillor Pryce Jones: May I ask the terms of Mr Addie's letter ? The Mayor: Yes, with pleasure. The Town Clerk then read two letters, ad- dressed from the Estate Office, Powis Cas- tle, Welshpool, and signed by Mr Forrester Addie. In the first, dated June 15th, Mr Addie acknowledged the Town Clerk's letter of the 14th inst., and said that, if possible, he would let them have a further reply be- fore Friday. The reply was dated June 17th—the day of the Council meeting—and read: Refuse Disposal. In reference to your letter of the 14th inst., to which I have been unable to reply until this morning, Lord Powis would be willing to let the field in the occupation of Mr J. W. Davies, pro- vided he is willing to give up his ten- ancy of this field, and subject to proper terms being agreed upon between Lord Powis and the Corporation and, fur- ther, that the Medical Officer of Health can recommend this field as being suit- able for the purpose, and no way in- jurious to the public health." Dr Marston: I think before we go any further we should ask the Medical Officer of Health to give his opinion of the site. The Mayor: Dr Crump ? The Medical Officer: I have great pleas- ure in certifying this field as suitable, and in no ways injurious to the publfc health. —(Alderman Harrison: Hear, hear). Councillor Bond: I should like to ask the Medical Officer if we shall be put to the expense of covering up the refuse, as it was supposed to be done at the fields adjoining the Henfaes-lane ? The Medical Officer: No, I don't think it. will be necessary there. But I didn't in- tend it to be a very big matter to cover the refuse in the other fields. I simply sug- gested that the turf and a certain amount of soil underneath should be removed, and the soil removed be sprinkled on the top of the refuse again, as is done' in other places. But I don't think even that will be necessary, IF IT IS CAREFULLY STACKED AT THE NEW PLACE. Alderman Harrison's motion was then adopted unanimously, aiter which Coun- cillor Bond said he took it they would com- mence to tip on the new field at once. The Mayor: First of all we must get per- mission from Mr J. W. Davies. Councillor Bond There is one matter I should like to mention at this particular point. I understand we have been tipping into this canal boat for about five years. I have been there and found the road ap- proaching that boat is in a very bad state. I think the least the Council can do is to put the road into thorough good order for Mr Humphreys. I move that be done. Alderman Harrison: I think we shall be all agreeable to that.—Agreed. At this point the ex-Mayor had to leave the meeting, and as he went, Alderman Har- rison voiced a genial salute: We are a happy family again, doctor!" u. I am pleased to see it so," agreed the ex-Mayor. The Town Clerk reported that he had some tenders for pipes to be used in carryT ing out the scheme at the Severn-road fields, and lie had had numerous inquiries as to whether they were accepted. Alderman Harrison suggested and it was agreed that they be destroyed unopened. Councillor Jenkins I think the time has now arrived when we should give Mr Carter and the people at the Wern some notice that we are about to remove from very bad premises to good ones (laughter). Councillor Humphreys: I will second if he will take one word back (lauglter). For myself I am very pleased to see you going. It has been a great nuisance to me for many years. Councillor Jenkins' proposal was adopted. The Council last Friday confirmed the following INTERESTING SERIES OF MINUTES, which throw some sidelights on the dis- carded scheme to utilize for refuse disposal the two fields off Severn-road:— MAY 26TH. At a special meeting of the Sanitary Com- mittee, the Surveyor submitted an estimate of the cost of the work, required by Mr Addie, to be done before any tipping could be allowed on the fields in Severn-road, but the same being considered inadequate, it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Harrison, seconded by Councillor Marston, that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare full detailed plan, specification, and esti- mates of the work necessary for complying with the terms and conditions laid down by Mr Addie, and submit same to a special adjourned meeting of this Committee, to be held upon the 28th inst., at 10-30 a.m., for the purpose of dealing with the same. MAY 28TH. The Surveyor submitted plans, amended specifications, and the following estimate of work required to comply with the conditions laid down by Mr Addie, the agent of the Earl of Powis, before an agreement could be entered into whereby the Council could deposit refuse in the two fields in Severn- road:—To constructing well in brick and cement; 135 yards of 21in. pipes caulking and cementing joints, etc. laying and deepening ditch cartage of pipes and soil; and covering pipes, etc. 25 yards of con- crete retaining wall and backing, etc con- tingencies, etc.-F.162 2s 6d. On the motioR of Alderman Harrison, seconded by Alderman Wyke, it was recom- mended that the Council accept the tenancy of the field adjoining the Henfaes land, now, or late, in the occupation of the Church Stretton Hotel Company, as from the 25th of March last, upon the terms and conditions laid down by Mr Addie, provided the land- lord (the Earl of Powis) is willing to let upon a yearly tenancy with the option of a 21 years lease, if desired by the Council, and that the plan and specification now submitted by the Surveyor for carrying out the protective works, be approved and adopted, the pipes to be of a diameter of 21 inches, and that tenders for the work be invited to be sent in 10 the Town Clerk on or before the 8th June next. JUNE 10TH. At the monthly meeting of the Sanitary Committee, on the motion of Alderman Har- rison, seconded by Councillor Marston, it was recommended that the Council accept the offer of the tenancy from 25th March last of the two fields under the Earl of Powis, at the rent formerly paid by the Church Stretton Hotel Company, provided his Lordship is willing to give the Council the option, if they so desire it, of taking a lease for a term of 21 years from March 25th, 1911 also that a special meeting of the Council be held on Tuesday next, the 14th inst., at 10 a.m., to consider the reply of the Earl of Powis to the foregoing request of the Council.
Commandeering the Colonel.
Commandeering the Colonel. At Friday's meeting of the County Council a communication was read from the Carnarvon- shired County Council, asking that 4 representa- tives should he appointed to confer with repre- I sentations from other County Councils, with respect to the restoration and preservation of Crown and common lands. Mr David Hamer, David Pryce and Richard Jones having been selected. Mr Richard Jones: I beg to propose Colonel Pryce-Jones as a member. The Colonel: No, No! (laughter). Mr David Pryce: I'll certainly second that. The Colonel again protested, but the Chairman asked those present to raise their hands, and he was unanimously elected.
Cemmes Church School.
Cemmes Church School. MANAGERS WILLING, BUT TRUST DEED OPPOSED. Messrs Richard Jones, A. E. Humphreys-Owen, Edward Powell, and J. B. Willans (as representing the Education Authority) held an inquiry on Wednesday at Cemmaes Council School in re- spect to the proposed repair and enlargement of the present school, or the erection of a new school. There are two schools at present, one a Chureh school and the other a Council school. Owing to the average attendance at the Church school falling below 30 the Education Committee had given notice to close it. From an opening statement made by Mr Richard Jones, the Chairman of the Authority, it appears that there are at present in the district, and in close proximity (within about a quarter of a mile), two schools, one a non-provided school and the other a Council school. At the Council school there are 66 children on the books, the cost of teaching staff being X115 per year, or J61 14s lOd per head, while at the non-provided school there were 33 children on the books, the cost of teaching staff being £ 129 5s per year, or X3 18s 4d per head. The Authority were of the opinion that one school should serve the district, and that the ratepayers should be saved the burden of maintaining two schools situate so near to one another. Messrs John Edwards, M. E. Francis, and W. Francis explained the views held by the Mana- gers and Trustees of the Couiicil school, and stated that at a jeint meeting recently held a resolution was unanimously passed that a new school be provided to accommodate all the children of the District. The Rector, the Rev. R. J. Morgan, read cor- respondence he had had with the Education Committee, in which he had said that his Managers were prepared to enlarge the Church school free of all cost to the ratepayers, and allow access to Nonconformist ministers to give religious teaching to Nonconformist children- but that his Managers were to retain the right to appoint the head teacher. From questions put to Mr Morgan he said he believed the School was in union with the National Society, and admitted that if this was so the offer of facilities to Nonconformist could not be carried out. On being asked how he would suggest that Nonconformist children could be compelled to attend a Church school, Mr Morgan stated he was unable to say. He further stated that it was not possible to obtain a proper water supply for the Church school, and that he would be willing to transfer the School to the Authority if this was possible, but it was not possible owing to the School being in union with the National Society. After hearing statements from other ratepayers the Chairman declared the Inquiry closed, and it is understood the members will report in due course to the Education Authority.
< Why Punish Montgomeryshire…
< Why Punish Montgomeryshire ?' ALDERMAN REES ON THE SWINE MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS. I should like to move a resolution concerning the removal of swine," said Alderman John Rees, at the County Council on Friday. When I re- member that we are an agricultural county, I think that we, as a Council, ought to do every- thing that favours the farmer. To-day we have only one-fourth part of Montgomeryshire open for the sala. of swine without some restrictions. I had a letter the other day from the Town Clerk to Oswestry Council, who said that by an order which came into force, Cheshire had been incor- porated into one area with Stafford and Shrop- shire, and these three counties are now open for the free movement of swine. Then I ask why punish Montgomeryshire ? (laughter). It is time we took this matter in hand and send up a strong petition in favour of one ot the best counties in Wales not being punished in this way. I propose that we send up such a resolution press- ing for the whole of Montgomeryshire to be thrown open. At Meifod they dare not even take swine to their market town of Llanfyllin. It entails a great loss to the whole of the farmers in Montgomeryshire through these severe restrict- tions. I beg to propose that a strong resolution be sent for this county, to the Board of Agri- culture, asking them to include Montgomeryshire, Cheshire, Stafford and Shropshire. There is no reason why Montgomeryshire should be left out in the cold." Mr. Robt. Griffiths: I beg to second that. I cannot see any reason in these regulations. In Llanfyllin parish they cannot take the swine to their own market, and yet they can take them to Welshpool. I cannot see why tenant farmers should suffer, and I hope we shsill get more fair play. It is we, the farmers, who have to pay the rates, and it is time something should be done. Mr Dugdale: Speaking in support of the resolu- tion, I see no reason why these restrictions should be made. If you send up a petition, a strong petition, it will probably be met with sympathy by the Board of Agriculture. At present, there is no sense in them. Mr Ed. Hamer also wished to associate him- self with the resolution. Mr W. P. Jones said that at a previous con- ference with the Board of Agriculture, what they had complained of was that a certain portion of the county should have been put with Shrop- shire. The cause of the complaint now was what they had asked for then. The Chairman: What is your resolution, Mr. Rees ? Mr Rees: My resolution is, that in the opinion of the County Council, the whole of Montgomery- shire should be included with Cheshire, Stafford, and Shropshire for the sale of swine. Mr Rd. Jones: Don't you want to include Denbighshire P Mr Vaughan: Denbighshire will include itself. Mr Rees: Fighting for Montgomeryshire I am, sir (laughter). Mr Rees' resolution was then carried unanim- ously.
SEEN AND HEARD.
SEEN AND HEARD. Nothing extenmate, nor let down aught in malice. SHiXK8FEAtt». The sun had gone down in a dreary dip, but by and by his setting reddened the western sky, 'gainst which some observant chiel sighted a strange looking object from off the Long Bridge at Newtown. Astonish- ing how quickly one may mobilise one's fellows by a stationary stare at some invis- ible object. Soon the observer was the mag- net for passers by, whose natural curiosity commanded a pause and a focussing of the vision in the same direction. What was that motley moving object far up in the purple glow? Local quid nuncs were, of course, ready with their guesses, chief of l which was It'll be Rolls on his bi-plane, sure enough," and, imbued with a sense of I his own correctness, the man who had thus opinionated skedaddled for a binocular. Meanwhile the group bulged larger on the bridge, and a sheaf of opinions was vouch- safed, all being decided on at least one point —it was no ordinary affair. One individual whose imagination was working strong, ex- claimed that he could see the mechanic and the navigator at the wheel, while another was certain he heard the engine throbbing. Then the man with the glasses arrived on the scene, and amid an intense hush h trained his lens on the aerostat. His gaze was brief. His arms shook, his frame quivered, and then he exploded with a. spasm of uncontrollable laughter. Saying nothing, he handed the spy glass to another- The joke proved infectious, and one by one the group broke out into a fit of merriment, although not a word was uttered. The glasses told the tale. No aeroplane was that visitor in the western sky it was no mili- tary dirigible, nor was it manned by any daring aviator. It was nothing more nor less than a kite successfully flown by a small boy on the Common field. If I were invited to mention one of the most prominent vices besetting the working classes in our neighbourhood, I should say it is swearing. Such addiction to coarse language is surprising in people whose in- herent love of music brings them and keeps then more constantly under refining influ- ences than those of most other nations. Walking behind young men proceeding to or from their work, I notice that oftentimes their ordinary conversation reeks with swear words as ridiculously inappropriate as they are detestable to the ear. Behind it all there seems to be no studied im- morality, but yet it is surely significant. of a certain looseness of morals acquired of vulgar associations. Even innocent lads enjoying a game of marbles are seen to be infected by the vice. Their elders swear, their fathers employ ugly adjectives at the fireside, and so they regard the habit as an attribute of man- liness. As the twig is bent so the tree grows. What we badly need is a crusade against this impure speech. Ministers should urge war against it from the pul- pits, and Sunday and day school teachers can help greatly to diminish this abomina- ble practice. I never yet knew an inordin- antly intelligent being who had to employ- indecent language, and were I an employer, no blasphemer should ever serve me. And if I were a magistrate, such indecency would receive precious little consideration at my hands. Discussing the weather with two farmer friends in Tuesday's market, I regrettfully announced that the barometer showed a downward tendency, and that not unlikely we should experience a renewal of the thun- derstorm and deluge. They took me too seriously. They accredited me with an oc- cult knowledge, which I disclaim. They nearly suffered a fit of distraction. On getting home I felt overtaken with severe qualms- of conscience, and cudgelled my brains for some means of atonement. Happy thought! I would petition his Weathership and woo his kindly sympathies with the beauty of the muse. But, alas, the poetic lyre is not always in tune. And so this broken ballad:— "Somewhere," according to-the ditty Warbled by spangled nymphs in panto- mime, The sun is shining," (but more's the pity) 'Tis also mentioned at the self-same time, Somewhere a little rain 'Tis that occasions pain. We who are quartered 'tween Caersws and Kerry To-day are basking in a watery sun. (It's mighty difficult to get a rhyme to Caersws and Kerry." However, we try again). We who are quartered, who are quartered, are quartered, are- (We will take that as read, and make a fresh attempt.) We who are resident— (No, that won't do.) We who within this town's confines sojourn Accept in climate what is meted out Sunshine is seldom— (Stumped again Hang it Can't find a suitable rhyme to sojourn.") We who within this town labour daily, Could take of sunshine just a little more, And pack away our old umbrellas gaily And think of them no more. We do not like the deluge No, we- (Bother the muse What can chime with deluge ? Never mind.) For sunshine given us to-day we're grateful, We gladly make a meal of it, and pray That humbly pleading for a second plateful, The carver of our destinies may say "Certainly you shall have a little more of The solids you've had enough of soup." (Of course, that, isn't rhyme, but it ex- presses our meaning, and we are getting on.) Shine out fair sun, and shame the envious moon- (That is our best line yet.What ? It's Shakespeare's ? Not at all. And, anyhow, who is Shakespeare ?) Shine out fair sun, and shame the envious noon- (Shakespeare never thought of noon.") Shine out and bid the rain to banishment, And in thy warmth the populace shall soon (The next line we have the idea of, but in editorial linguae, it must be held over until next week. 'Twill be better for the keeping.) And soon again the bees will hum, And all the world proclaim that summer's come. (The divine afflautus positively refuses to soar further, but I am determined to say-) That the Ancient City prays for more and i better water From distant hills around the Clatter Till then it won't be very merry, Though the honoured belt is wrung from Kerry. (But a truce to this feud and an end to my scarlet rash of disordered rhyme. King Sol is now smiling broadly, and so is the farmer. Shine on, shine on 1 LUKE SHARPE.
A BOON TO MONTGOMERYSHIRE.
A BOON TO MONTGOMERYSHIRE. THANKS to the progressive spirit that presides over the maintenance and manage- ment of our County Infirmary, we have recently witnessed a strikingly practical conception and appreciation of the benefi- cent purposes which this institution was designed to serve. The erection of a new and up-to-date building upon an ideal spot provides the governors with facilities for developing and increasing the public utility of the infirmary, and accordingly they have conspired with praiseworthy zeal to make the utmost of their splendid trust. We have this week the pleasure of announcing the adoption of a scheme, the ostensible objects of which must deepen public attachment to the institution, and win for it a much more extensive support, particularly in those parts of Montgomeryshire where monetary assistance has not hitherto been obtained. Recent legislation in the interests of child life has created a system of medical school inspection, which, however, requires to be followed up by skilled treatment of the many physical defects discovered atuong the children. Education, however efficient, cannot be effectively imparted to young folk physically deficient. The law now se- cures for every school child a sufficiency of food and clothing at the public expense, if need be, but there are other essentials to the production of a sound and healthy race which the legislature still fails to ensure. This medical inspection has revealed gener- ally that a very large percentage of children .are suffering from defective vision, hear- ing, and various kinds of throat complaints, and it will be found in the forthcoming re- port of Dr Humphreys, our county medical officer, that these ailments are common among the school children in Montgomery- shire, seriously retarding their education, and rendering them incapable of filling efficiently, or at all, various positions in life. We understand that no fewer than 300 children in our elementary schools are pronounced to be stricken with impaired vision, demanding immediate attention by an ophthalmic surgeon. A similar number are suffering from nose and throat com- plaints and defective hearing, which not only arrest their scholastic advancement, but endanger their lives. Now the scheme which the Infirmary Governors have adopted admirably over- takes this most important work, beginning as it does where the medical school inspector leaves off. They have decided to secure as a permanent member of the medical staff Dr Russ Wood, the well-known expert in the' treatment of eye, ear, and throat diseases, and have come to an arrangement with the County Education Authority, whereby for an annual minimum subscription of thirty- five guineas, three out-patient tickets will be granted for each guinea subscribed. Every child suffering from one or other of those ailments, whose parents are unable to pay for the services of this expert, will enjoy free treatment for four months during the year to which the ticket applies. The benefits certain to accrue from this excel- lent scheme are well-nigh incalculable. These benefits will not be confined to school children. Dr Russ Wood's services will be available to all persons in the county wish- ful to consult him in these special cases, and the public convenience has been studied by an arrangement for his presence at the infirmary on Newtown fair day-the last Tuesday in every month. Thus patients will be saved the sacrifice of time and ex- pense consequent upon visits to Shrewsbury. Besides, for an annual private subscription of a guinea, three out-patient tickets will be granted for treatment upon the same con- ditions as have been fixed for the school children. We congratulate the Infirmary Governors upon the conception of a scheme which will so materially enhance the use- fulness of the infirmary, and confer a price- less boon upon all classes of people in Montgomeryshire.
A TRUCE AT WELSHPOOL. -
A TRUCE AT WELSHPOOL. FOR the time being, the civic rising of Welshpool has been stilled. A temporary ex- pedient has counselled the wisdom of a truce to the Henfaes conflict, the issue of which will be determined at the municipal election next November. Tuesday's private meeting of the Corporation plainly enough suggested that something had happened to the anti-Henfaesites. Their attitude of un- compromising obstinacy had given place to a spirit of sweet diplomacy. They had evidently realised, as we observed last week, that the inhabitants could not be brow- beaten, nor thwarted in the desire for a thorough-going measure of sanitary reform. Friday's meeting furnished the explanation. They had departed from their resolve to lease two fields off Severn-road, and Alder- man Harrison promptly announced the reason why in moving a resolution to ac- quire another dumping ground known as the Pwllau. This receptacle for town's refuse he described as much superior to that of the Severn-road site, adding that it would obviate the expense of drainage and the erection of a retaining wall, requisite in Connection with the other scheme. Thus has the protest of the townspeople been justified by one who opposed it at the re- cent public meeting. The result of that meeting has saved the inner ratepayers an initial outlay of something like £200 upon drainage and building. Charitably passing over the insulting proposition of Dr Marston that the communal resolution should be ig- nored, we note Alderman Harrison's asser- tion that this alternative scheme is a com- plete answer to the town's objection. Any- body who troubles to read the resolution passed at the town's meeting will readily see that this is not the case His proposal shirks the expressed wish of the community to acquire the Henfaes, in order to ade- quately meet the present and future sanit- ary needs of Welshpool, and to help forward industrial development. The Henfaes scheme makes for a modern system of sewage disposal, and is desirable from other points of view which cannot be associated with a mere dumping pit. Councillor Hiles, while seconding the adoption of this tem- porary method of getting rid of the town's refuse, took care to explain that he is prompted by the urgency of abolishing a serious nuisance incident to the present sys- tem, and of obviating the probability of litigation thereanent, all which must be cast upon the opponents of the Henfaes pro- ject. Nor did other Henfaesites conceal their conviction that this alternative pro- posal is at best a temporary tiding over of the difficulty We look upon it, and no doubt they share the view, as but a con- tinuation of that patch policy in sanitary administration, which has discredited the town for many years. One dumping ground after another has been acquired, only to illustrate the ostrich-like character of men to whom sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. They have from time to time ignored the stop which will eventually be put upon their pollution of the river, and upon the dumping of refuse in this hap- hazard fashion. Let one important point be kept uppermost in the minds of those coun- cillors who represent the wish of the com- munity. They must stoutly oppose any attempt at acquiring a lease of the Pwllau field, by which means the anti-Henfaesites would contrive to defeat them. As a tem- porary expedient, a simple tenancy will save the purpose of postponing the conflict until November, when the ratepayers will have an opportunity of clearing all the ob- structionists from the path of this much- needed reform.
ODDFELLOWSHIP IN MONTGOMERY…
ODDFELLOWSHIP IN MONTGOMERY SHIRE. It is flattering to learn that the Mont- gomery District" is one of the worthiest units of the great Manchester Unity of Odd- fellows. A membership of 2,930, with a capital of £ 34,541, indicates the popularity of Oddfellowship in our pari;, and the ex- tent of its benevolent operations among the working classes. At the anniversary of the Berriew Lodge on Thursday, Mr Charles Shuker regretted that the general rate of increasing membership had not been main- tained during the past year, which fact he attributed to Workmen's Compensation Act and Old Age Pensions. While not dis- counting the beneficence of these measures, he seemed to complain that they injured Friendly Societies. It should not be for- gotten that the majority of working people are, unfortunately, outside the pale of benefit clubs, and for them especially this humanitarian legislation makes provision. While Friendly Societies are doing an im- mense amount of social good, there is much which legislative social reform alone can accomplish.