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The school question at Llanegryn has, at last taken a definite form. The Merioneth County Governing Body (into whose hands the care of the school buildings has been transferred since May last) have decided to send a committee to inquire on the spot into the circumstances connected with the school and to find out the powers invested in the County Governing Body. In the first place these gentlemen will find an endowed school trans- ferred into an elementary school, they will also find what is known as the headmaster's house tians- formed into a Vicarage. But it may be argued that the Vicar is the headmaster. If the Vicar is the headmaster then there is ground for saying that he has not adequately fulfilled his duties. At any rate the ratepayers are not satisfied with the way he fulfils them. The inquiry will clear the air and show the public on whom they should lay blame, if blame there be. The actual if not nominal head- master of the school has to be content with a private house. The charity has not been satis- factorily administered in the past, and unless some change is brought about this school question may be settled by the parishioners demanding a School Board. The ratepayers of Barmouth will have to pay heavily for the serious blunder made by their Dis- trict Council. That the Council has made a grave blunder seems evident from the fact that the Master of the Rolls last week dismissed their appeal with costs without calling upon the respondent's counsel to speak. Of the sincerity and good faith of the Council in defending what they believed to be the rights of the ratepayers there may bo no question, but there can be as little doubt that they have been exceedingly ill-advised and have from first to last played a losing game. They have been bpaten hopelessly, and whosesoever the blame may be those who will have to bear the burden will be the unfor- tunate ratepayers. The Assizes for four of the counties in North Wales were held at Ruthin on Saturday last. The cases were more serious than usual. The case from Towyn was a very blundering attempt at fraud, and from one point of view the sentence was pretty severe. The offender was a novice at de- ception evidently, and the fraud was of such a character that Friendly Societies under ordinarily stringent rules should have little difficulty in pre- venting them from occurring. #

TOWYN.

ABERDOVEY.

DOLGELLEY.

CORRIS.

MACHYNLLETH.

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BARMOUTH.