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mil, ELECTION IN I GLAMORGANSHIRE.!

EAST GLAMORGAN.

PONTRHYDYCYFF NATIONAL SCHOOL.

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PONTRHYDYCYFF NATIONAL SCHOOL. FURTHER PROTESTS AND OPPOSITION. A public open air meeting was held near Ebcnezer Chapel, Garth, on Friday evening, when a large number of workmen from Garth and Cwmfelin attended. Mr. Evan John was voted to the chair. Mr. Thomas, miners' agent, Garw Valley, intended being present, but sent a letter of apology to the Chairman. The Chairman said their present school was British, and the management of it, and all the appointments in connection with it were in their own hands, but now they were having a school built which was entirely different. Their school had been supported by the men in the colliery, and the children's pence up to the time of the passing of the assisted Education Act. The Government demanded enlargement of their school, but on account of the slackness of the work the men could not see their way to it just then. The Government then demanded a School Board, and a vestry was convened to consider the question, and at that vestry they were told that if they would abandon the idea of a School Board a new and open school should be built. Believing that they gave up their contention, out the result was a National School. They met that night to try and rouse the Cwmfelin people to help them in their battle for freedom.—Mr. T. L. Roberts spoke in Welsh, and so did the Rev. W.Joseph, both urging the men to continue the agitation, and rest not satisfied till they either had a Board School or their present one sustained.—The Rev. I. Lloyd said it was a great contradiction that in this enlightened and advanced age there should be any necessity for a meeting of that kind. But the more they looked into the way that National School had been thrust upon the hamlet, the more necessity arose for re- sisting it. It was entirely contrary in nature and constitution from what had been promised. He related the story of the farmer's wife, who, seeing a hen wanting to sit, told the servant to put ten hen's eggs under her, and then during the whole time told every one she met what a fine brood of chicks she would soon have. But the servant had by mistake put duck eggs under her, and when the shells were broken the farmer's wife was greatly surprised to have a brood of young ducklings. So they had been told for weeks and months that the new school would be an open and undenomina- tional one, but the parson had put sectarian eggs under the hen, and when the shells were broken there came out a full-fledged National School. —(Laughter, and hear, hear.)—That National School would, in his opinion, always stand as a monument of falsehood and fraudulency. They had been promised in vestry meetings and else- where a Parish School, a Board School, a Voluntary School, in fact anything but a National School, and yet that was the very thing which was foisted upon them. He had fully explained to them the nature and partiality of the new school, and there was no need going over the same ground again. But there was one feature about the management which had not been mentioned, and that was in respect to the use of the school for any other than Church or Tory party purposes. With the Christian World before him, Mr. Lloyd gave the names-of places and parsons where the National Schools had been refused the Liberal party during this election contest. He urged upon them to get or keep an unsectarian school under popular control. He gave an instance from the South Wales Star of last week of the poor Nonconformists of a village in North Wales, refusing an endowment on condition that the Board School be made National, and urged them to the same heroic action, and not for the sake of a small rate allow a National School to have com- plete sway in their midst.—Mr. David Thomas said Mr. Barrow had told him in the vestry that the school was not to be National. He proposed that we have a School Board.—This was duly seconded by Mr. S. Lewis, and was unanimously carried.— A committee of eleven was appointed, and the usual votes of thanks brought the meeting to a close.

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