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The Welsh Revolt.



MR. SAMUEL SMITH, M.P., COUNSELS PATIENCE. Mr. Samuel Smith, M.P. for Flintshire, who paid a visit to Rhos, Ruabon. on Saturday evening, and took part in two revival meerings, was asked by a correspondent for his views on the Education struggle in Wales. The corre- Z:5 spondent writes :— Mr. Smith said that, although he sym- pathised with the Welsh Liberal members to a certain extent in the Welsh revolt against the Government, he failed to grasp the idea that victory would attend the vigorous efforts of the Welsh National Party. The Government would evidently remain in office for another eighteen months. It was easy enough to hold confer- ences and pass vehement resolutions of protest, but he was afraid the Government would remain impervious to such protests. The education committees were bound hand and foot, and his advice to Wales was to grin and bear it until the next general election, when the Liberal Party would undoubtedly be returned to power. Until that time he thought the existing laws should be rigorously obeyed, as he objected to lawlessness. When the change of Party came the Education Act could be amended so as better to suit the consciences of Nonconformists. There was a difficulty which the Welsh National Party might more fully consider. If the Non- conformist scholars were withdrawn from Church schools, it was highly questionable whether the chapel schoolrooms placed at their disposal for educational training would be suitable and satisfy the requirements of the Board of Edu- cation. Although he was a Scotsman he sympathised with the Welsh Nonconformists, but he strongly favoured more peaceable methods under the circumstances, as the laws of the country must be upheld."