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WELSHPOOL AN i) TITE UNIVERSITY OFFICES To the Editor of the COUNTY TIJIKS AND POSX. SrR, If Welshpool is to advance in material prosperity and educational advantages its in- habitants outrht to consider the question of the location of the Welsh University Offices as of the first importance to the town. Strange to sav. how- ever, many well-meaning individuals to whom 1 have spoken on this subject have shewn complete indifference in the matter. "What,"theva-!k,"do you exactly mean by the University Offices ?" Then, What would be the advantages accruing to the town from the location of the same hei,e And thirdly, "Is there any chance of securing them ? In this article I shall endeavour to the best of my ability to answer these questions. The University Offices-What are they t-The registrar of the young University of Wales resides at present at, Newport, Mom, and has his staff and offices there. Tbs, however, is onlv a temporary arrangement. The University Court will shortly —in their June meeting at Aberystwyth, I belit-N-e- pro eed to the selection of the town where the registrar ana his staff shall permanently reside. The buildings for the use of these officials of the University will constitute the material part of the offiees. Adva-itages fr, m their location I here T iesewill be numerous and important. I will mention only a few :—(a) The pecuniary advantage of having the Registrar and his staff resident in the town. (b) The University Court will be continually held here. Such meetings must entail upon the members a considerable expenditure of money in the town. (c) The town will probably be made a centre for the University Examinations. This again will be a pecuniary advantage to the town. (d) It will give a greater intellectual air to the neighbourhood. A feeling of a direct connection with the University will stimulate our young men and women to a new and more ambitious life. It will give them new aspirations and new ideas. To me it is a well attested fact that there are many young people in our town who are allowing their excellent abilities to lie dormant and unused because they have never been brought to realise the great possibilities of their lives. They are not half conscious enough of their own powers. It will be the dawn of a new era, the start of a new life and the beginning of a great material prosperity to this town and neigh- bourhood when the sons and daughters of Welsh- pool begin to play the part cut out for them in the life of the nation to which they belong. Of course we have noble exceptions already, but they are not half as numerous as they should be. This is an end devoutly to be wished and the establishment of the new offices in our midst will be a great power towards its consummation. Now when these possibilities are realised bv the people of Welshpool, Ifeel confident they will strain every nerve to secure the offices for our town. But are we likely to succeed? We have, by far, the best case of any town in Wales (a) Our Town Council has wisely and generously voted the free use of temporary premises and a site for the per- manent building. Without this the authorities, I feel confident, would not listen to our claim. But it is not enough, for most of the other towns that compete against us, make the same offer. (b) Ours is the most accessible town in Wales. Welshpool is more easily reached from north and south than any other town in the Principality this is an important consideration, for it is the very question of centrality that now drives the University Authori- ties to Shrewsbury to hold their meetings. In this, like many other respects, our claim is far superior to those of a town like Machynlleth. (c) We are pretty equally distant from Aberystwvth, Bangor and Cardiff, and are, therefore, less likely than any other town in Wales to fall under the influence of any one college. It is the danger of this excessive influence of any one college that has induced the above three towns, I believe, to relinquish their claim to the offices. Now Machynlleth, e.g., ie virtually a mere suburb of Aberystwyth, and would, therefore, on this score, be a highly undesirable locale for the offices. (d) The last, and perhaps most forcible argument of all, is the fact that it would be to the interest of the colleges to establish here a tangible form of the Welsh Universitv. We are the centre of a large district in Wales which is, so to speak, uneared for by the colleges. We seem to lie outside the sphere of their operations, and the inspiration to be derived from contact with the colleges has not reached this district to raise it to high educational aspirations. For that reason we have supplied but few students for Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff. If we had here a palpable material form of the University to rouse our in- terest and inspire us with zeal for a college educa- tion, I can assure the authorities that we would swell the ranks of their students by as promising young men and women as ever did honour to their institutions.—I am, Sir, &c., County School. SAMUEL J. EVANS.

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