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Aberdare County School.


Aberdare County School. SPEECH DAY. LORD ABERDARE ON CONSCRIPTION. The third annual Speech Day in connec- tion with the Aberdare County School was held on Monday night at the Constitutional Hall, Aberdare. Mr D. P. Davies, J.P., Ynysllwyd (Chair- man of the Governors), presided. The Chairman was supported by the Rt. Hon. Lord Aberdare, who was accompanied by his daughter, the Hon. Miss Bruce Rev. J B. Lloyd, B.D., Mountain Ash; Rev. T. Jones, Aberdare Mrs W. Lloyd, Aberdare Messrs G. George, J.P., Lewis N. Williams, Rev B. Evans, clerk to the Governors, Miss Lloyd, Aberdare; Councillor John Howell, Afceraman; M. Morgan, J.P., Mountain Ash P. F. De Winton, Lloyd's Bank Mrs Morgan Morgan. Besides the Head Master (Mr W. Jenkyn Thomas, M.A.) thrre were also present the other members of the staff, Mr J. Wallis Dodgson, B.Sc., Miss F. J. White, Mr W. Charlton Cox, B.A., Mr Evan Williams, Mr E. Ogwen Williams, Miss J. Griffiths, Miss Gardner, Miss E. Madge, and Mr Tom Price. The Head Master then read his third annual report of the progress of the School. (Readers will remember we gave a full list of the successful scholars a few weeks ago. -ED. A. T.) His Lordship then presented the success- ful scholars with their prizes and certificates. In his address, Lord Aberdare said it was a great pleasure to him to come to that prize distribution, as he was able to congratulate the inhabitants of Aberdare and the sur- rounding districts on the possession of that excellent intermediate school. From what the Chairman had said, and from the head- master's report, one could judge of the success of the school, and one was pleased to find that in its second and third years it should have taken so many certificates it not only proved the excellence of the work done, but would ensure the success of the school in the future. The school had an excellent staff of teachers, and had also a full number of boys and girls; but that alone was not enough to ensure the success of the school. What was really wanted was the co-operation of the parents of th-se children. He knew it was not easy for some parents to keep their children in school to foLow up their education to the utmost, became of the expense involved. He was struck by a remark made in the Department Committee of 1880, by one of the members, that in Wales enthusiasm for education was combined with a singular ignoranco of what was meant by that word. He was sure that remark would be entirely out of place now. He would like to say a word to the manager- and teachers of the elementary schools. It was necessary, when the child-en moved about from one school to another, thnt the schools should be in concert wiLh each other. He thought he would say a word or two about the war in South Africa. N w, all the boys setmed intelligent osies—esp.-ci.dly those who had taken prizes. He was sure they had all been interested in th- wai, because he had seen some very spirited drawings of Kruger and Jouhert on w ills and other places. It was sufficient to shuw the patriotism in the boys. He would dare- say it struck them as a curious -act, that we considered ourselves among the 1 a ling nations of the world, and that we should have sent so small a body of troops to South. Africa and were apparently not ahle to send more. Well, he would like the boys to r memher that the very fact of our being able to send only a small body of troops was a secret of England's greatness. WI" were not over-burdened by having to maintain a large standing army. France, with a small- er population than our own, had 3 million of men in the war establishment; Germany, with a population of a little more than our own, had a war establishment of four millions of men while we in England had a total army—our reserves, our militia and volunteers, &c.—of about 600,000 men Well, that fact constituted one of the reason. of England's greatness, because they were not called upon to bear the enormous ex- pense of keeping these millions of men. The question was what would be d ui- in tha future and the boys should remember that they were the men ot the future. He did know whether each of the children pre- sent knew what was meant by conscription. Conscription in France meant that every able-bodied- man had to serve in the army for about three years. lie was sure the young men present wnv very grateful to their parents for what h..d been done for them in educational matters. He was sure it was one of the greatest wishes of each buy to return some good results for the consider- ation which had been shown by their parents. Think of what it was to bo taken oft, for three or more yeai* to serve in the army. Instead i)f being a help to their parents 'he boys would be it hindrance and expense. But, nevei theless it was the duty (,f each boy, in addition to the duty of helping his parents, to also lend a hand to defend bis country (Hear, haar.) He was glad to say that conscription was a thing of the past. Ali, he thought, should recognize 'n I ize that they owed a great- deal of gratitude to the country, and ought to in some way pre- pare themselves so that in case of necessity they would be able to help their country. The boys went through a course of drills. That was an excellent thing; it would be of great service if any of them joined the Volunteer corps. He hoped that in ad- dition to that, the boys, when they grew up would, if unable to join the Militia or the Volunteers, join the Rifle Clubs which he hoped would soon be established, so that they would be able to shoot if necessary, and not be shot down. (Hear, hear.) It would bo to him a great pleasure to see their names enrolled on the lists of Volun- teers. Evcry-one owed a certain amount of gratitude to their country, and every man who belonged to the army or to the reserve forces was a man to be hououred for having done his best toward his Queen and country. (Hear, hear.) Mr Griffith George, J.P,, in a brief ad- dress, said they had to thank his late lord- ship for the ground upon which the County School stood. The Rev D. Lloyd, Mountain Ash, in a fitting speech, humourously alluded to a 0 y paragraph in the Western Mail the other day, to the effect that the Abeidare County School was one of those in which the head- master embraced the headmistress. (Loud laughter.) Mi.' Lloyd moved th:1. a vote of thanks be a'C iided to the lit. iL-n. Lord Aberdaie for his able speech. H"r memory went back far, and she could remember the kind- ness which had always b en shown by his loidspih's family. The Rev T. Jones seconded the motion, pointing out that it would be a better policy for the Government to encourage more edu- cation and less war. (Hear, hear.) Mr L. N. Williams proposed a Yote of thanks to the Chairman, a motion which was s. c tided by Councillor John Howellt Aberam in, and carried with applause.



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