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ABERY ST WITH COLLEGE.. A CONDITIONAL GRANT OF X10,000 FROM THE EXCHEQUER, LONDON, Thursday. This aiftemoon the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer (Sir William Harcourt), who was accompanied by Sir Francis Mowatfc (Secretary to the Treasury), received a large' deputation from Aberystwith College. The deputation included Lord Kensington, Sir G-. 0. Morgan, M.P., Mr. Thomas Ellis, M.P., -Air. Lewis Morris, Dr. Isambard Owen, Priue pal Iloberts, Major Rowland Jones, M.P., Mr. W. Rath- bone, M.P., Mr. Bo wen Rowlands, M.P., Mr. Humphreys-Owen, M.P., Mr. Alfred Thomas, M.P., Mr. Egerton Allen, M.P., and others. Sir George Osborne Morgan, M.P., in intro- ducing the deputation, said it would be-diffi- cult to imagine an institution more in need of State help, or more deserving, than Aber- ystwith College. The University College of Wales was the of the Welsh University Colleges. It was established by the efforts of the people themselves, a hundred thousand persons having subscribed to its foundation. The college had had a hard struggle. It was not, like Cardiff, situated in the midst of a rich industrial district, but was in the middle of a country sparsely populated and, on the whole, very poor, indeed. At the same time, it was situated between North and South Wales, it was in the heart of the more strictly Welsh portion of Wales, and it was the educa- tional centre of many of the Welsli counties which had contributed most towards the in- tellectual life of the Principality. The lecturers and professors were very in- adequately paid. One great object of the present appeal for help was to provide a hostel for women. The results achieved in the col- lege supported their present appeal, for the number of students had steadily increased since the opening, when there was only 25 to 184 men and 131 women, of whom not less than 310 were students attending three or more courses of lectures. In the course of twenty years the Aberystwith students had obtained no less than seventeen first classes and fifteen second classes at Oxford. Mr. Rathbone, M.P., as president of the sister college of North Wales, corroborated and supported the appeal made by the pre- vious speaker. Principal Roberts, after stating that com- munications had been received expressing the regret of Lord Aberdare, Lord Rendel, and others at their unavoidable absence, stated that £ 7,000 of the restoration fund after the still remained unpaid. Nearly £ 2,000 of that balance was due to extensions of the building, which had become necessary within the last two years, and further extensions were urgently necessary owing to the con- tinued growth in the number of pupils. The temporary arrangement made for a hostel for the women students would expire in June next, and permanent accommodation for them must be provided about that time, which would alone involve an expenditure of not less than 215,000, towards which they already had a trust grant of £ 2,000 and a site granted by the corporation of Aberystwith. Sir William /larcourt, in reply, said this was a special application justified by special circumstances. His duty—not ajlwaj's a pleasant one in applications of this kind- was to protect the interests of the general taxpayers; and, therefore, "lie was obliged. jealously and carefully, to watch that he did not create precedents which might have an injurious effect upon the taxpayer at large. In the present instance he 'had been rather anxious to find reasons for acceding to some portions of their request, rather than 'objec- tions to it. for he had great sympathy with their remarkable efforts in favour. of higher edueatioin Wales was not rich in its resources, yet it had made great educational efforts, and the Aber- ystwith College had led the, way. Tie knew something1 of its products, one of its most dis- tinguished students being a valued colleague (Mr. Ellis), with whom he had a great deal to do every day and every night. (A lauali and applause.) He found that Aberystwith had got less than its share of the original grant of £ 4-, 000, besides the misfortune of the fire. Their claim divided itself into three heads (1) the liquidation of the debt on the college building, (2) the completion of the buildings, and (3) the erection of a hall of residence for women He wMafraid he could not deal with the third demand; but the two others amounted to £ 15,000. Dealing with this ass ?o special case, he was prepared to promise grant' of £ 10,000—(applause)—in respect of that building fund, on condition that the locality found the additional sura of £5,000 within two years. He hoped that help, might be of use to an institution with which he had great sympathy and to which he heartily wished well. (Applause,) Sir G. Osborne Morgan then. in the name of the deputation, thanked the Chancellor of the Exchequer for his courteous reception and kind promise. This concluded the interview. e IIU:




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