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LOCAL NOTES. One of our notes in our issue last week we find has conveyed an incorrect impression on Mr Blackmore's conduct in connection with his application for an increase of salary as librarian. We find that we have conveyed the impression that Mr Blackmore was unwilling to continue to act as librarian at a salary of £ 45. This is not so, although Mr Blackmore expressed him- self as not being satisfied with the amount of the increase which the Public Libraries Com- mittee fixed, he did not in any way state or imply that he would be unwilling to continue to act as librarian. As we find our comments of last week might be construed to mean this we hasten to make the matter perfectly clear. EARLY CLOSING. We are pleased to find that the shop assistants of the district have at last taken up the question. of early closing, and have organised themselves. Some time ago an effort was made to bring about a change, but after a time the movement died, as it were, a natural death. It is evident, from what we learn, that a more determined stand will now be made, and that with the object of bringing about a mutual and better understand- ing among the local tradesmen and their assist- ants the present Association, known as the United Closing League" has been formed. We wish the promoters every success, and hope that they will be able to render a service to the district. SCRIPTURE AT THE LOCAL BOARD SCHOOLS. The Barry School Board are doing well, in view of the future' as well as the present wel- fare of the young of the district, in teaching Scripture to the children in the different schools under their charge, and it is both interesting and hopeful to see the encouraging interest felt in the second annual examinations by the little ones on Saturday last. In express- ing our hearty sympathy with Scriptural in- struction in elementary schools, we must not be misunderstood, for it has been the uniform policy of the Star from the outset strongly to oppose the principle of sectarian religious teach- ing. The early training of a child in the way he should go in Scriptural matters is as desir- able, if not more so, even than instruction in secular subjects, and we consider the duty in this respect devolves upon the school authorities equally as imperatively as it does upon parents themselves. What has been, for instance, the effect of an exclusive system of secular education upon the morals of France ? One effect of materialism consequent upon the abolition of religion teaching in the French schools is that crime has gone up at least eight per cent., whilst the population has remained almost stationary. The same deplorable condition of things may, with equal reason, be looke i forward to among the youth of our country unless the example of our School Board is uniformly followed, and the child of the period is systematically the truths of the Bible and Bible history. BARRY THROUGH TRAINS TO CARDIFF. Considerable satisfaction was created amongst the public of the district by the intelligence exclusively published in the Star last week to the effect that that the Barry trains will commence running through to Cardiff on August Bank Holiday, and has given rise to a general concensus of opinion that the anticipation will be realised. The Evening Ej-prem, referring in its editorial notes to the announcement on the following day stated :—" It will be a decided boon when the public find themselves able to travel between Cardiff and Barry without change. The inter-communication between the towns is rapidly increasing, and with it the annoyance that springs from the present arrangement. The Great Western Riilwuy moves slowly, but we must must hope for the best, and that before long a change will be introduced which will be very grateful to a patient and long suffering public." SUNDAY CLOSING. Licensed victuallers will do well to ta^e notice of the remarks made by the chairman of the magistrates at Penarth on Monday last in a Sunday Closing case. It is of the greatest importance that the Act should be enforced and no violations allowed, nnd it is the duty of all licensed victuallers to tee that they take every reasonable precaution to nscertain the bona fide, of those who call at their houses for refresh- ments. The lucid manner in which the chair- man of the Bench laid down the law upon the subject was of the greatest interest to the parties concerned, and it will be well if pub- licans take a warning by it.

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