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ORGANISED DISTURBANCES. Another of those disorderly scenes which ^re inseparable from all. public meetings of a reputable class in this town occurred on Tuesday afternoon, at the meeting held for the distribution of prizes at the College. Judge Williams, in a most able speech, which should be printed in pamphlet form and circulated broadcast throughout the "whole country, stated in a clear and impartial manner the history of the College movement flaring the eighteen months which have lapsed since the famous Chester conference. seme such statement had become absolutely necessary in consequence of the persistent alteration of falsehoods by persons in this own. For years past some men have not shrunk from violating the first principles of truthfulness, and have repeated, with con- stant regularity, the most barefaced fabri- cations, which they must have known to be untrue. These persons are actuated simply by personal pique and malice, and in the pursuit of revenge they have spared neither time nor money. The group of malcontents to whom we are referring, which is numeri- "cally small and of no social influence, is comprised of what has deen aptly described as busy idlers," and whose influence, such as it s, lies iu the fact that they have be- came possessed of a limited amount of wealth, accumulated by the industry of others, to which is to be added unbounded affrontery, both of which they use freely for the attain- ment of their ends. The resolution which Dr R.D.Roberts had to move was in entire harmony with the views of every member of the Council, and similar resolution have been passed in this town more than once. There was nothing new in it, and nothing that could do any harm. But it was very bad taste for Dr Roberts, who might have been expected to have learnt better during the many years he has been at Cambridge, to interrupt a large and influential meeting in ordei to gratify his own childish fancy. Such a freak should have been nrmly resist- ed by the Chairman. The meeting was called for a special purpose, and the resoluton formed no part of the business, nor was it an amendment upon any other resolution, and should not have been allowed to have been put. It was quite competent for Dr Roberts and his friends to have called a meeting on their own account in order to submit resolutions and give vent to their spleen against the leading members of the Council, who have so grievously offended by ignoring them. Interruptions caused by the behaviour of organised disturbers should have been suppressed, and it was a mistake en the part of Mr Humphreys-Owen to have moved the previous question after the dis- turbance had taken place. Once the order of the meeting had been broken, it mattered not what was said by those who bad broken -it. Indeed after that it was essentially necessary that they should be permitted, and even encouraged, to give vent to their dis- content. It is out of their own mouths that such men can best be condemned. For in- stance the learned Doctor who led the dis- turbance said that it was the report of the Departmental Committee that placed the College in peril. If there had been no report and no Departmental Com- mittee, grants would not have been given to Bangor and Cardiff, nor yet to Aber- ystwyth. It was in consequence of the Committee's report that a grant was origin- ally given to the College. Bnt when Dr Roberts leads his hearers to suppose that the Committee recommended the extinction of Ihe College he does what he is jaofc entitled to do he says what is not true, and what he himself must know to be untrue. Ris asser- tion that the Council only asked for about £ 2,500, and no more, is equally fallacious, as he knows perfectly well. This is not the first occasion that he has made misleading remarks. Some years ago we had to point out that he was in error in reference to a change in the professorial staff. Last week, at the Lam- peter meeting, be is reported to have made a statement in reference to Mr Pugh which he could not possibly prove, because it was not in conformity with fact. Of course Mr Gibson simply follows on the lines laid down for him. The organised disturbers who in- terrupted Tuesday's meeting are the same who have interrupted previous meeting's of various kinds during some years. Mr B. T. Williams, Mr T. Davies, and others would not have left the room without good cause. The result of the conduct of the discon- j tented faction is already apparent. Their continuous bickerings and lying insinuations have alienated some of the best friends of education, and there is a danger of others holding aloof. Gentlemen of ability have always great demands on their time, and they can hardly be expected to submit to personal insults from quarters for which they are doing so much. It was intended that under changing circumstances alterations should be made which would induce gentle- men in Mid-Wales to take a more active in- terest in the welfare of the College, and it was hoped that ere long the business of the College would be transacted in the College instead of London, Rat the conduct of Dr Roberts and his friends has completely shat- tered all hopes in that direction.









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