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One of the Welsh ^TWITKIX WILLIAMS, has been addressing ^ja constituents at Wrexham. The hon. -,entleT speech is said to have been an excellent otlT" and was certainly received with very great favour by a large and enthusiastic audience. Mr WILLIAMS, we are glad to observe, seems to be ridding himself of the crotchets which at first marred his political character, and to be bringing a considerable amount of shrewd common sense to the criticism of public affairs. He has wisely deferred to Mr MIALL, on the question of disestablishment, on which the hon. and learned gentleman represents the feelings of the great body of Welsh electors and next session, if Mr MIALL'S motion is pushed to a division, we shall see a not inconsiderable body of members followin, I the member for Bradford into the lobby. Of course Mr WILLIAMS devoted a portion of his speech to warlike matters, and we notice with satisfaction that he has not been carried away by the panic of the last few months. More nonsense, perhaps, has been talked about England and War than about any other subject of recent times. Mr W ILLIAMS wants the Reserve Forces encouraged, but deprecates spending immense sums of money upon our armaments. We spend enough of money already; and England can be placed in as good a position as she needs without an extravagant outlay, or that still greater evil of compelling every man to become a soldier. We hear a great deal about large armies' preserving us from war but it is an instructive fact that it is the nations with large armies which seem to fight the oftenest just now. 0 There was no business of special interest at the Merioneth- shire Quarter Sessions this week. A petition, however, which the Court agreed to, praying for the removal of certain charges from the county rates to the imperial taxes opens up a subject which requires discussion. The whole subject of rates and taxes, however, must shortly be dealt with. The present system of irresponsible county government is not likely to continue much longer, and perhaps we may look for a comprehensive measure, introducing the representative element and at the same time altering the incidence of local taxation. We record some disreputable proceedings at Dolgelley. Comment is unnecessary. The people who commit these social barbarisms must have both heads and hearts which do them very little credit. The silliness of the offence is one of its most contemptible features. A selection of three churchmen, three nonconformists, and one Roman Catholic, has been made at Wrexham, as candidates for the School Board, so that a con- test may be avoided. In Wrexham almost anything is better than an appeal to the ratepayers. To barter votes for town councillors for mugs of beer is bad enough; but it is, or rather seems, worse for candidates to float into a School Board on beer barrels. It is satisfactory to observe that at Llandinam the clergyman heartily advocates a School Board. Where this joint action between parson and people is possible, how much pleasanter than the contest which ■Wf too often witness, and which injures the Estab- lished Church so much The letter which we publish in another column, from the Education Department to Mr GRIFFITHS, of Llan- gollen, is one of considerable importance, and should be reaj by all who are moving in connection with the new Education Act. We may return to the subject next week. In Hansard's Debates, on page 1653, we find the follow- ing words of Mr GLADSTONE'S, which will convince any reasonable man that in that gentleman's opinion the edu- cation rate ought never to exceed 3d. in the pound except perhaps in the case of a heavy expenditure for building, when another penny might be added He might state generally that the question of deficiency after the rate of 3d. in the pound had been levied would be reduced within exceedingly narrow limits. That rate would he made up by the Privy Council grant according to the proposal of the Government to 7s. 6d. Then there would be the school fees, said to amount on the average to 6s. 8d. that was altogether 14s. odd. If the school was a well conducted school, the Privy Council grant, dependent on results, would very nearly double that sum. Assuming the school to be efficient, after the rate of 3d. in the pound had been levied, there would bo a sum of 28s. or s. available. Even if he were wrong to the extent of a shilling or two, there would be 27s. per head, and his right hon. friend (Mr Forster) had stated that the education of children in an efficient school cost only 25s. 7d. per head.

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