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I THE GELLIGAER CHARITY. At a meeting of the Merthyr Board of Guardians, held on Saturday last, Mr. D. P. Davies, J.P., in the chair, Caoon Wade, in accordance with a notice given, proposed that a petition be sent from the Board of Guardians to the Houses of Parliament in favour of the retention of the Lewis's Charity for the parish of Gelligaer. A petition to this effect had already been sent by the Gelligaer District Council. Canon Wade proceeding, said that the matter had already been before the Guardians three or four times, and they had agreed that it was necessary to have this Charity kept for the poor of Gelligaer, and perhaps this would be the last opportunity they could get of send- ing up a petition, and he helieved it waa their duty to do something for the people of Gelligaer before it was too late. If the course of procedure, proposed hy the County Council, was to oe carried on, and every parish robbed of its endowments, it would eventually come to pass that no good hearted man would leave charities to hie parish as had been the ease for the past eight hundred years, because he would know that in the course of a few yearn the county authorities i would appropriate them, and that tbl-y would be of no good to those people they were intended for.—Mr. G. Sea bourne seconded, and said that the value of the I Charity bad greatly increased during recent years.— Mrs. D. M. Richards asked if the relief had always been given to the poor of the parish (hear, hear). Was it the children of the poor whe received the free education.—Canon Wade proceeded to explain how the charity had be-n given.—Mr. bailey rose to order.—Mr. Seabourne said the money had been given to teach 15 poor children. When Mr. Lewis, who gave the charily, died, be waa not aware of the minerals that were under the ground, and consequently the charity bad increased in value but up to 1874 15 poor children were educated free, and since that time arrangements had been made to give them a good education at a poor rate.—Mr. E. Edwards said be did not see what the Guardians had to do with the question at all, unless it took away the charity from the poor of Gdligaer.—Rev. J. P. Wil- liams said that the charity had given education to several poor children, and up to 1891 had kept many from coming to receive parish relief for years. Ninety per cent. of the children who attended were the children of the working classes who received free education, free train passes, free books, kc. Some children who were able to pay were charged JS50 a year, and by this means the goverr.o ■ were able to grant scholarships to others. He believed it would be a great IOM for Gelligaer, and would not be of much benefit to the county. He hoped they would be able to come to an amicable agreement with the county authorities within the next two months.—Mr. D. Davies (Glebe- land) moved the previous question. He regretted very much that this matter was forced upon the Guardians from time to time. A good many of the Guardian" knew nothing of Gelligaer except by history. They knew it adjoined Merthyr Parish, and that was about all. If they were going to adopt this course he did not know what was going to become of them. There were five intermediate schools ready for opening, and several others nearing completion in the county yet the Council could do nothing because of this dispute with the people of Gelligaer, and people who supported them, not in the interest of the education of the poor (" Quegtion "). The mover of the resolution had stated that be did so in order to give a higher education to the poor of the parish. That was not the intention of Edward Lewis. His intention was to give education to the poor of Gelligaer. Thai Mr. Williams spoke of g;ving free education was he talking of tDe old time? The will had been set aside long ago under the Endowed Schools Act. It was all very well to try to throw fresh dust in people's eyes. He regretted very much that his friend, the Rev. Aaron Davies, was not present, for he would be able to give his opinion as to the matter better than any- one else. At the same time, he hoped they were not going to hinder education. One good county scheme such as proposed by the county would be managed a good deal more economically, and in a more acceptable way than two or three different ones. The late Lord Swansea was very strongly in favour of the scheme. This fert of thing was very detrimental to the interest of Welshmen. It was not the proper thing, and his Welsh blood warmed up when ne found people of other nationalities, who knew nothing of the place, coming to interfere with their right inheritance (hear hear).—Mr. E. Edwards seconded.—Mr. Evan Lewis I rose to support Canon Wade, and thought that a greater act of injustice than that proper by the county scheme had never been perpetrated in any parish. He had to be in the minority at the County Council upon the matter, and he still considered the scheme to be a piece of sacrilege on the part of the county to rob the poor of Gelligaer Parish. It was all very well for the Rhondda people to talk, for they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. When a man endowed any place he never meant that the county should take it for general distribution. He hoped they would be just to other people and deal with the people of Gelli- just to other people and deal with the people of Gelli- gaer as they would wish to be dealt with by them- selves. He sincerely hoped they would able to save this charity tor the people of Gelligaer,. for they were their nearest and dearest neighbours.—Sir. Alfred Phillips also spoke in the same strain, and I said that he had been returned on pledging his word ¡ to use every effort to retain the charity. -Alderman I T. Williams (Gwaelodygarth) said they had already done all they could in the matter, which was now in hands of the Commissioners. It was full time they put a stop to all this wrangling (hear, henr). As far as the Guardians were concerned they could make no change whatever. The Commissioners had done their work they had done noble work, and the Council i had fallen in with their views, and accepted them. The poor would not suffer according to the scheme of the Commissioners, for they would receive a larger sum a good deal than could be divided llHlong-them at I' present. The Commissioners hud done <ee!lent work, and he thanked heaven that it was being appreciated throughout the country. If the Gelligaer frieuds were going to suffer, he assured them the poor of I Gelligaer would not suffer in the matter of education, I and all the Guardians would do if they passed this petition would he to prolong the scheme perhaps for another six months. He hoped they would pause and ¡ consider before they did such an injustice to the cause of education in Glamorganshire (hear, hear). The question was then put to the meeting, and the members voted as follows i FOR THE PETITION.-20. Rev. J. P. Williams G. Seabourne W. D. Powell Thomas Thomas Evan Lewis Edmund Lewis Alfred Phillips Joseph Owen M. Trqran Lewis Evans Father O'llcilly Rev. Canon Wade J. H. Jones W. Bell J. W. Morgran John Roger:- T. Jon kins Dan Thomas Thomas Morris R. H. Rhys FOR THE PiiKvrous QUES- Tlûx-17. The Chairman T. Williams J. E. Mills J. Rees Augustus Davies Emma Williams Margaret T. Williams Margnret Williams Maria Richards B. Ed wanL D. Divie* (Aberdare) T. H. BOIilpy D. Evans John Edwards E. Ijewis D. Davies J. Lloyd It waa therefore vesohed that the. petition be sent, j MEETING OK THE GOVKRNOU.S. —At the committee- room of the Merthyr Worklruse on Saturday, a meet- ing was held of the Gelligaer Charity Governoi-s, Alderman G. C. James, chairman, presiding.— Tlie draft of the lease between the Charity and the Rhymnev Iron Company for t IU! acquisition by the latter of mineral right- wa* adopted with a few modi- fications. SccvKKsiTi. -T lit-, following is a li^t of boya from the above school who have passed the College of Preceptors' certificate examination, held in Decomljer last.Fir.-t class. Thomas Price, Rhymnev. Second class, first- di\ision, A. J. Timothy, TCon Ystrad T. B. Davies, Hhynmn-y L. A. Williams, Rh vrnnoy. Second division, R. Pereival Jones,, Gelligaer E. Jones Rhys, I fengoed Collwyiv David, Nantymoel Ithel Jones. Aberdare D. Llewellyn, Tynewvdd, Cgmore. Third division, E. D. Evans, TafFs Well Harold Johns, Gilfach F«rgoed. Third class, first division, Clifford Phillips, Cathedine, Bwlch A. J. Proper, Treharris David Evans, Brynmawr H. H. Evans, Bargoed G. D. Watkins, Brynmawr D. Rees, Aberdare D. E. Thomas, Deri J. H. Harvey, Cowbridge J. Jones, Bryn- mawr E. R. W. Bull, Ystrad Mynach A. 10. Jones, Hengoed W. J. Evans, Dowlais. Second division, Fred L. Evans, Brynmawr 1. L. Rolierts, Ebbw Yale J. Jones, Tredegar G. Christopher, Cwmdn C. W. Thomas, Rhymney; T. R. Jenkin*, Anetcam T. G. Eilney, Deri W. S. Lewis, Cruralin W, L. Howe, Fleur-de-Lis J. C. Lewis, Pontlottyn T, Timothy, Ton Ystrad. Third division, Basil M. | Jones, Whitchurch W. J. Jones, Bargoed E, T. Radcliffe, Saint Well T. F, Greening, Pontlottyn T, Perry, Pontypridd C. 0, Thomas, Blaina T. H. Richards, Cardiff. Oliver Long, of Bryn, Fontllan- fraitli, obtained special ceitificates (n. warded only to candidates who obtaiued not less than three-fourths of the maximum of mltrks assigned to any first-class paper) in eucHd, mechanics, and ohemistry, being placed first of all England in mechanics, and bracketed second in euclid.