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Correspondence. The insertion of a letter does not neces- sarily mean that the Editor agrees with the views expressed therein. All correspondents must write on one side of the paper only, or their letters will be rejected. No letter will be published unless the writer sends his name and address, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. Religious Revivals. To the Editor of the It Rhondda Leader." Sir,âThere is great talk just now about reformation in many parts of Wales, and we have had good revival meetings at Jerusalem, Llwynypia, towards that pur- pose. Now, I ask anyone, is it reasonable to believe that God interferes with the sinner to turn him from sin? Every sin- ner gets every chance in the world to turn from his sins. In Wales, he is sur- rounded with morality and kindness; everything that a sinner wants is to be had easily. Then, is it reasonable for a man to believe that God interferes with a sinner in that possession. We live in, and form part of, a system of things of immense diversity and perplexity, which we call Nature, and it is a matter of the deepest interest to all of us that we should form just conceptions of the constitution of that system and of its past history. Sir Charles Lyell said that 30,000 years have passed since the first appearance of man on this earth, and not more than one-third of the population of the world have reached the state of civilisation to-day. And what about the millions of millions who have gone to eternity before reaching the state of civilisation, who have had no chance whatever to turn from their uncivilised possession. Then, are we to believe that God turns the sin- ner from his sins to-day, with all his good chances, and leaves the biggest part of the world to be in their sins without any chance whatever? I should like to have a word from some of your readers. JOHN JONES. 75, Dunraven St., Tonypandy. Education of the Deaf in Wales. To the Editor of the It Rhondda Leader." Sir,âThese are the days of educa- tion someone said, and now that the Welsh Education Committees are taking up the work, it is urgently necessary that they should bestir themselves to take up the education of the deaf of our land and deal with it in a thorough and business- like way. This branch of education has been sadly neglected for too long a time in Wales, and it is a great pity for these affiicted children, who are handicapped so much in the battle of life. Let us hope a new era will soon dawn on them with the present educational awakening. Gallant Little Wales should leave not a stone unturned to improve the facilities for the education of her deaf, so as to make it on a level with that of the hear- ing. We need to be imbued once more with the patriotic spirit of our late good countryman, Sir Hugh Owen, who took so noble a part in forming the first school for the deaf in the Principality. It is most gratifying to see the great atten- tion Welsh people devote to elementary, secondary, and university education, and we all feel proud of it. At the same time, how disappointing it is to one who knows anything of the work of teaching the deaf, to see the 'disorganisation that prevails as regards their education. It does not speak much for our zeal for education when we have had to close some of our deaf dav classes on account of inefficiency, and, if I mistake not, send the children to another country to be trained. We may pride ourselves on the fact that we have made great sacricces for education, and that we spend more money per child on his elementary educa- tion than either England, Scotland, or Ireland; but there is not the least shadow of a doubt that we should show more enthusiasm for the education of our poor deaf and dumb. It is high time to wake up. If Wales would only take a leaf out of London's book, and appoint an expert, who has a thorough knowledge of the work in all its branches, as an organiser or special director of the educa- tion of the deaf, we should then have made a, splendid initial step in the right direction. The education of the deaf and blind children of London is supervised by an expert organiser, who pays regular visits to the schools and sees that every deaf child receives a careful education, and reports on the schools generally to the Education Committee. It is doubly necessary that an expert should be ap- pointed as special director to supervise this most difficult branch of education in Wales. Shall we hope that Glamorgan- shire will take the lead? ATHRAW. Male Altos. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." Sir,âI should like (through the columns of your valuable and widely-read paper) to ask the musical section of your readers, why it is that no natural male altos are to be found amongst the many choirs which exist in the Rhondda Valley? When taking up my residence here two years ago, I came her.e in the expectation of finding really musically complete male voice choirs, including male altos. Being an Englishman, from a, long way over the borders, I had always heard Welsh vocal music spoken highly of, and being passion- ately fond of orpheus and mixed choral singing, I anticipated that in taking up my residence in Wales I was, from a musical standpoint, in for a rare treat. Since I have been living in the Rhondda Valley, however, I am greatly surprised to find that amongst the many male voice choirs there are few, if any, male altos. Why this scarcity or apparent non-exist- ence of natural altos in the Rhondda Valley? Is it because the inhabitants cannot produce natural altos? It was said a short time ago: That so long as we have cathedrals, we shall have male altos"; but surely, Mr. Editor, this is not the only source of cultivation or pro- duction. During my stay in Wales, I have heard many singers who can falset almost to perfection, but as every musi- cal man knows, this is not a natural voice, but an unnatural voice. Surely,, it can- not be argued that male choirs can be completed by an unnatural voice, because, certainly, so long as the air" is sung in a falsetto voice, it is incomplete. Per- haps, Mr. Editor, some of our gifted musi- cians in the district can enlighten me with regard to the scarcity of male altos in the Rhondda Valley. A LOVER OF COMPLETE ORPHEUS SINGING. Rhondda County School Old Boys' Association. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." Sir,âI shall be grateful if you will allow a small space in your columns to draw attention to the Old Boys' Associa- tion of the Rhondda County School. We had our summer meeting last July, a re- port of which appeared in your paper. The meeting was a, decided success. We propose to have our annual reunion on Thursday evening, December 22nd. There are still a large number of old boys who have not joined. It is evident that they can do nothing more practical to show their regard for their old school than join this association. All old boys who have been pupils at the school for at least three consecutive terms, and are 17 years of age or more, become members by pay- ing an annual subscription of one shilling. We earnestly hope that those who have not yet sent their subscription will send it immediately to the treasurer, Mr. Walker, B.A., Intermediate School, Porth. Will all old boys with whom 1 have not communicated please send me their present address? On behalf of the Association,âI am, yours sincerely, J. R. EVANS. Manchester House, Ynyshir.

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