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THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. THE public bodies of Wales have been asked by Lord ABEBDARE, the president of the University College of Wales, to pass a resolution in favour of a Government grant towards completing the College buildings, and an annual grant towards the maintenance fund. The sums asked for are moderate enough, when compared with the grants made to Scotland and Ireland. The University College has been at work seven years, and during 0 that time has either converted opponents into friends, or, at any rate, silenced them. Misrepre- sentation has been lived down, and to-day the College stands deservedly high in the estimation of the people. A few men whose reputations are virtually wrapped up in the institution, have worked hard and long in its behalf, and if Govern- ment refuses to grant Wales the trifling favour about to be asked, it must not be thought that the College will therefore be left unsupported. Nothing of the kind. But still it is right that the 0 Principality, which costs the country very little for ciime and nothing for higher education, should be acknowledged and supported. The College is open to the United Kingdom, and the Professors are able to give a high class education, of whose thorough- ness the degrees of London University are a suciffient guarantee. Two years ago a grant was asked for, and the request then made is still under the favourable consideration" of the Govern- ment. The delay, though tantalizing, has been anything but an unmixed evil. Indeed, it is not proved that a grant would be a good thing, unless the maintenance fund, which does not grow satis- factorily, could in Wales be brought up to 2,50,000. The sum of zC2,500 a year, if granted just at pre- sent, would seem so large a sum that private effort would be more likely to be weakened than stimulated by it. Let the Council have faith in their countrymen, and at once proceed to the completion of the building, grant or no grant. Whether the money to pay for the work is pro- vided by Government or by the people is a ques- tion of little moment in comparison with the much larger one of the College's growth and per- manence. The Council have nothing to lay before the country. The building is unfinished, it is true but if the completion of the building is necessary, why not complete it ? The Council surely do not expect to have funds in hand before they let out the contracts. With a de- creasing revenue, it is scarcely probable the memorial about to be presented to the Duke of RICHMOND will end at present in anything more substantial than a little more favourable con- sideration. Since the memorial was presented two years ago, some progress has been made. The Council can show that the work of higher edncation in Wales has not stood still, because the grant was withheld. The College buildings have been partially completed the guarantee fund has been increased additional scholarships have been established the museum has assumed shape the library has grown the College has become more firmly fixed in its position as a non-theological institution intended for the benefit of allfwithout regard to sect or party. If two years more should pass after the next attempt before a third trial is made to obtain a grant, let care be taken that the same story of progress shall be continued, with fresh examples of vitality. In some quarters there is evea yet a lingering notion that the College will ultimately settle down into a middling grammar school. This notion must be got rid of, and one way to do it is to keep up the professorial staff. Professors GRIMLEY, ANGUS, ETHE, ROBERTS, KEEPING, and CRAIG, together with the PRINCIPAL, form a staff to which Wales may safely entrust her sons for a liberal education. And an institution that possesses this staff clearly deserves help from Government, especially in Wales, where so little has been done for higher education Public bodies cannot go far wrong in snpporting the memorial which has been forwarded to them for their approval, and if the application for assistance should be in vain, Jet failure only stimulate the Council and the nation to a more determyied self help.


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