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The Welsh Campaign.


The Welsh Campaign. LORD RENDEL'S DONATION AND MESSAGE. The prospects of success (writes a London correspondent) in regard to the Education Campaign in Wales are exceedingly bright. Sub- stantial subscriptions are pouring in, even from unexpected quarters, and arrangements are now completed which justify the leaders of the movement in the confident belief that the aim which they have in view will be fully realised. They aim, in the first place, at securing the name of every Welsh Nonconformist for a sum, large or small as the case may be, on their roll of subscribers. Mr. Lloyd-George, whose health, I am happy to state, is somewhat improved, although he is yet far from well, has this morning received, among several other amounts, a contribution of £ 500 from Lord Rendel, the former chairman of the Welsh Liberal party. Another donation reached him from a sympathiser in Montreal, and another from a Londoner who is in cordial sympathy with the Welsh fight." A distinguished member of the Liberal Party, now retired, has written a letter full of encourage- ment, with the cheering addition that whenever he is called upon to do so he will be delighted to subscribe. At the present moment, however, Mr. Lloyd-George prefers to get a general Welsh subscription, which in itself will be a great national demonstration in a thoroughly tangible form against what he regards as the most oppressive Act of modern times. Lord Rendel's donation was accompanied by the following letter :— Hatchlands, Guildford, 29th May, 1905. "My dear Lloyd-George,—The manifesto -reaches the level of a great occasion, and I feel sure that Wales will not fall short of it. Sub- scriptions will be numerous, but only in rare cases can they be large. Yet I trust that men will give in generous proportion to their means, because, after all, this Coercion Act is in its essence an attempt to starve Wales into submission. "Anglican clericalism can count upon the circumstances that after depriving Wales for English benefit of much of its ancient endow ment, it has also compelled Wales to undertake the honourable charge of its spiritual needs, and it attacks Wales now, as a counterstroke for the Welsh Disestablishment Bill, upon its tenderest points—its love of children, faith, and learning. For what is this Coercion Act but a plot by which the pious upbringing of Welsh children is to be paralysed in furtherance of English Church ascendancy? Unhappily it is for the working of plots like this that the Government prefers office to honour, and if it can face the contempt of the entire nation for another 12 or 18 months, it may undoubtedly strain the money resources of the Welsh people. For this reason I earnestly hope that there will be a liberal as well as a universal giving in Wales. And I cannot but hope that Englishmen and Scotchmen will see to it that their valued Welsh ally is not made the victim of a sordid manoeuvre. If such should be the case, then the ^500 which I ask leave to offer will be a subscription not only freely followed, but, I trust largely outdone. Always believe me, very sincerely yours, RENDEL.