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LLANTvVIT-MAJOU NOTES, Persecutions did not die with the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. But the wheel of time has brought a wonderful change. Instead of the apostles of Jesus of Nazareth being persecuted we find those who claim apostolic succession by to-day turn persecutors. The latest which has come to my notice is that of a rev. gentleman who has given notice to his tenant to give up his farm (which, by the way. is glebe land) for no other reason than that the said tenant is a staunch Radical and advocate of disestablishment. The tenant is a model farmer, a man who is respected by all who have any business transactions with him. and one who is always foremost in every movement to advance the cause of agriculture. And yet, for- sooth. because he has the manliness to advocate the principles he believes in he has notice to quit his farm, which he has brought to a high state of cultivation, and to loose the benefit of his skill and energy, and that at the bidding of one who pro- fesses to preach goodwill to all men. When young and impetuous, before my hairs had become white, and when time had not made its impression on my brow, I used to wonder why the farmers of the vale were so subservient to the will of their landlords. But experience has taught me that our land laws give such unjust privileges to the landlord that the wonder is that the spirit of independence is not completely crushed out of the tenant farmer. And when I find men standing up for what is a Briton's right—freedom, freedom' in its highest and noblest form, the freedom of conscience—I still have faith and hope that the day is not far distant when our agriculturists will exclaim with Lowell- Men whose boast it is that ye Come of fathers brave and free, If there breathe on earth a slave, Are ye truly free and brave ? If ye do not feel the chain, When it works a brother's pain, Are ye not base slaves indeed, Slaves unworthy to be freed ? Is true freedom but to break Fetters for our own dear sake And with callous hearts, forget. That we owe mankind a debt: > | No true freedom is to share All the chains our brothers wear, And, with heart and hand, to be Earnest to make others free They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse. Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think. They are slaves who will not dare All wrongs to right, all rights to share. f! Time is with us, and if the spirit of Lowell, as breathed in the above extract, was once engraved on the minds of our agriculturists of the vale, we should shortly see right triumph over the might of of the oppressor. One of the plums of the teacher's profession is now in the market. From an advertisement in one of the local papers. I find that the Penllyn School Board are advertising for a certificated master, at the extravagent salary of :1.:35 per annum, with half the Government grant and the school pence, which added together under the most favourable circum- stances may reach the grand total of t 6 0. and the testimonials must not exceed three. What irony What master,worthy of the name, will.having spent his time to learn the profession, accept such an offer, or what testimonials can the board expect with a certificated master for such. a beggarly pittance. If this is a specimen of the way the School Board and school managers treat their masters, I hope the time is not far distant when the School Board areas will be extended in conformity with the resolution passed by the S. U. of Teachers at Cardiff, otherwise onr system of education will prove itself a fraud and a sham. The first part of the advise given by the Master to his disciples, Be ye as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves," has been well engraven on the minds of our clergy if the latter part has been sometimes forgotten. The invitation given by the Rev. Mr. Nichol to the teachers of the Cowbridge district proves the fact. Free education is coming. and the rev. gentlemen wishes to take the sting out of its Radical tail, and invites the teachers of the above districts to meet himself and other gentlemen of the cloth to discuss educational matters at a garden party. What a sad plight those poor schoolmasters must be in Would it be believed only the teachers of two school boards are in the district who are members of the associ- ation. I pity their plight, wishing for freedom and held fast in the toils of clerical bondage.