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UP TO DATE. I BY PETER.] --==.. Contrasted with the unaccountable attitude of aversion displayed by many prominent members of the teaching profession in the Principality-anà even in the Barry district-in relation to the newly-developed forward movement" of the I Welsh language in connection with day schools. it is agreeable to notice that at the general assembly of the Calfinistic Methodists held a few Says ago at Bootle, a resolution was passed expressing satisfaction at the concessions just just made by the Education Depa,rti»6fiih 3,'nd according, with great acclamation, & VQte of thanks to the Right Son. Mr. Aclatid. fot what he has done on behalf of Welsh Education and for the deep interest which he evinces in Welsh matters generally. This sounds decidedly healthy, and augurs well for the glowing future of Young Wales." At the same representative assembly the Rev. Griffith Ellis, M.A., submitted the report of tie Education Committee, containing, amongst others, the following significant suggestior :— That it is ot Ae greatest importance for Wales as a nation to take advantage of the provisions of the New Code, and not to allow any trouble or expense to stand in the way of enjoying the full advantages held out in it." In face of so pronounced expres- sions of opinion as these vested interests will gradually become converted to the truth of our legitimate claims as Welsh people, anxious to qualify ourselves, linguistically and otherwise, for the highest positions in our land. --0- The Calvinistic Methodists at their meeting certainly did much useful work, and I can only hope that it will result in good to the country at large. The stand taken by those present with regard to elementary education was such as to commend itself to every true educationist. It was as follows That it is of the greatest importance for Wales as a nation to take advantage of the provisions of the new code, and not to allow any troubles or expense to stand in the way of enjoying the full advantages held out in it. Some of the friends fear'that the provisions are too perfect to be workable at present in some districts. -0- The meeting deeply thanked the Go rernment for introducing the Suspensory Bill, but hoped that it would be immediately passed into law as that would be the pledge of the immediate introduction of a measure of the Disestablishment and Dis- endowment of the Church in Wal&k Approval was also expressed of the Liquor Traffic Local Control Bill, and the Local Veto Bill for Wales. -0- The Labour Gazette has been published, and I understand that it will be sent gratuitously to all free libraries, trades unions, workmen's clubs, and other organisations of a non-political character. In the introduction of the first number it stated that the Gazette is a journal for the use of work- men, and all others interested in ascertaining prompt and accurate information on matters specially affecting labour. It is intended to stand to labour questions in the same relation as the Board of Trade Jmirnal to questions of trade and commerce. With mere questions of opinion the Gazette will not be concerned, but will provide a sound basis for the formation of opinion. A question has been asked in the House of Commons concerning the objections raised by Trades Unions to the instruction in technical schools of persons not connected by employment with the industry about which they desired to be taught, inasmuch as they were without the foundation afforded by workshop training, and Mr. Acland stated in reply that the object of these schools was not to teach trades, but rather to supplement workshop training with a knowledge of scientific and artistic principles. This was a question for the governing bodies, and he saw no reason for interference in the matter. —o— Those of my readers who take an interest in labour questions and representation will be pleased to learn that Mr. Gladstone recently, in referring to the direct representation of working men in the House of Commons, said he rejoiced to see the growing introduction of labouring men into Par- liament, and their appointment f, > inspectorships under the Crown, and to the magisterial bench. There had not been a single person returned direct by the working classes to represent them in Parlia- ment except such men as were both high in intelligence and thoroughly sound and trustworthy in character. -0- In a district like that of Barry the expense of safeguarding against the inroad of cholera from foreign parts is most keenly felt, and there are a large number of persons who think like myself that some steps should be taken to provide for such cases of emergency out of the Imperial Exchequer. Because certain towns are situated on the coast they are called upon to protect the whole country, and to locally bear the expense. I am pleased to aay that a circular, signed by certain members of Parliament, has been forwarded to the whole of the members of the House of Commons relative to the probable approach of cholera to the shores of England during the present summer, and to the cost of taking the precautionary measures neces- sary for combating the same, wherein it is argued that the whole of the extra expenditure, which thus becomes a burden on port sanitary authorities, should not be borne by the ratepayers of the respective ports, but, inasmuch as the whole country is interested in preventing the introduc- tion and spread of this fatal epidemic, it is only in accordance with sound principles of finance that the burden of extra expenditure incurred by local autherities should be borne by the Imperial Ex- chequer, and calling upon such M.P.'s to support in Parliament any measure necessary for bringing about this result. -0- It has been suggested that the licensed pilots could be utilised for the formation of a cordon or line of defence against the introduction of cholera, but it is stated that while appreciating the assist- ance rendered by the pilots the Government cannot see how their services could be more fully utilised. —o— I learn that the Bill has been brought in by Sir J. Lubbock and others providing for the earlier closing of shops. Such earlier closing may be enforced by the local authority if approved by not less than two-thirds of the shop-keepers within the district. The hour may on any one specified day be not earlier than one p.m., and on any of the others not earlier than six p.m. Fines are also provided for in cases of contravention of such order. —o— I have received a short account of the work of the Missions to Seamen's Society, of which the Rev. C. W. H. Browne, B.A., Penarth, is the local chaplain. Much excellent work has been done in the past by the Mission, and I feel certain that in Barry many will be found who thoroughly ap- preciate the efforts made by the society. -0- The Missions to Seamen (originated 58 years ago on board the wind-bound fleets in the Bristol Channel) of 11, Buckingham-street, Strand, London, W.C., now employs 56 mission vessels and boats to carry 89 chaplains and readers afloat to hold services with the crews, day by day, every day of the week, all the year round. At least 13,000 merchant ships, fishing ships, and barges, were so boarded at a distance from the land, last year, some 2,300 religious services of various kinds being held out on the waters in the roadsteads, where, otherwise, no clergymen officiate. The total income of last year is reported as £35,496, being an increase of nearly £ 5,000 over that of the previous year. The wide extent of the operations «f The Missions to Seamen is indicated by the fact that last year upwards of 17,000 outward-bound ships and fishing vessels had small fcrecastle libraries placed on board. Wholesome reading is much valued at sea, and contributions of disused books, magazines, and pictorial periodicals are much needed, and may be sent, prepaid, to The Missions to Seamen chaplain or reader at the nearest seaport; or to the Secretary, Missions to Seamen, 11, Buckingham-street Strand, London, W.C.

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