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MERTHYR TYDFIL URBAN DISTRICT…

MERTHYR TYDFIL SCHOOL BOARD.

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MERTHYR TYDFIL.

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Family Notices

THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 1896.

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THK present Government, despite their huge majority, are not getting on so very well. They seek to cripple debate in the House of Commons. That may be a blessing in disguise. But what can be said of their museum-crippling propensi- ties ? France, we read, is spending more and more on commercial museums, and even Turkey is waking up to the importance of that factor in popular progress. England, however, is apparently going to adopt a reactionary policy. The Science and Art Department is to be crippled to the tune of £ 4,740 this year. The Jermyn-street Geological Museum is to suffer a re- duction of £ 160, the Edinburgh Museum £ I ,HOO, and Dublin Museum JB900. Wales, alas has no museum to he docked in this ruthless was. The total grant is to be lowered from £ 24,000 to £ 17,000. This is how the Tories encourage and assist intellectual development Lord Beacous- field used to pride himself on his patronage of science, literature, and art. But then, as Mr. Balfour would say, Lord Beaconstield is dead." The Liberal Government did all they could to render more effective the educational machinery. But now a Ton- Government have conic in, and though they have an immense surplus to dispose of, one of the very lirst things they do is to aim a cruel blow at popular education. Yet the Tories hold up their hands in pious horror at continental competition, and wonder how the workmen of European countries beat us even in our own markets.

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|SPAllKS FROM THE ANVIL.

IMUSICAL GOSSIP.

M EET OF THE LLANWONNO HOUNDS.

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