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°%IEXTS OF THE XATITE PRESS), "r —— tj^les^yf been supplied with translations of ei!? "ArJ fc. ^ave recently been appearing in a va.no ,Q^ne Press" with reference to the v*<i not s °f the Welsh colonists in Patagonia, a?11 intS Upon the different points raised have vM LlwevrH3Cersed hy Messrs. Benbow Phillips •^in* ap Iwan, who are in this country tg, Va 6 cause of their fellow-colonists: — Th« n°1011'" Buenos Aires, December 9, 1898. ^vefn0 e^s from Chupat speaKs of the new th ^est 'i ^°^01?€1 O'Donnell, as animated with reB. entions to Savour the inhabitants of totv?11"' w^°h is the more noteworthy Shf^ bami J1resent time the authorities have y shown signs of life. We are U? t^ad «.at the governor has re-organised, th territ e c^ive> the different departments of th administration, and has taken i'6 Proc,» Ve' which, if carried out, will tend to A ^rovpv^68s °f Chupat, as, for example, the W a °f the bar of the Eiver Chupat. i a P°rt is almost closed, and the "'ve diSa flags which marked the entrance the river trade has become Cojjs ly Paralysed, and the inhabitants have rticles quence been in want of the commonest b deDe of consumption, as they are obliged <4 its h on the Port Madryn Eailway, which, a^Ses management and burdensome b local On articles of prime necessity, as well cent Eroduce. entails a freight loss of 24 over what would really be the cost n taif r^Ver open. The same governor has is n Up a topic which, although an old t Ha olet of great interest. It refers to the h* th6 edUcation in that territory, which up *^tiQ Present time has failed to imprint the 4o character on the colonists as it ought j^hofu- ^herefore, it is now time that the to n 3 should adopt energetic measures so flirsDllt a top to such an irregular state of 5^8 ge" In the note which Colonel O'Donnell ih ^8 i\}° National Education Council, he m ^he r4* °f the seventeen primary schools cat terl"ltory. and which are destined to form the future men of this part h Public, sixteen of them are presided Welsh schoolmasters. He also adds 6 has met here (Chupat) Argentine born in the place who are ignorant of *116 Spanish word, owing to their having jho ,ail&ht exclusively by Welsh teachers, and to rOm childhood learn and practice the j 1§ljs,3 °f their homes. The children of the 0t- French, German, and Italians located Parts are obliged, although much a v.^heir will, to learn the language in tik 3°°l3- Undoubtedly, terminates the these men grow as Welshmen — they as Welshmen, they act as c» and their families will i t6en> an exotic plant in the midst of the t^ota ?e family. These Argentines are » 6 tn as he their Argentine sons, of Mit St e'ementary notions of our glorious and in the day when the country them in its defence they will be ^capable of understanding the word of r^Ve Q.d" To the end, therefore, that this V inconvenience may disappear, the n.terntnent is asked, independent of the pre- Jtlcg easures which are being adopted, to at Substitute Argentine schoolmasters in ^ot,°f the present Welsh ones." Os.-The Rivr Chupat is practically jjte j, *esfiels have been 6ix months inside pVer unable to go out. The strictures of °vernor as to the management of the °vernor as to the management of the ^s.y is without any foundation. The rail- 'hai-t ^^tish, hence his hatred of it. His n- on °n the colonial education is worthy 6 who has been sent down especially to every vestige of the nationality of 2^at their constancy and heroic deter- .^try11 ^aTe made a desert into a habitable tlrib^a Popular," Monte Video, January ^r:Telegranis.—'Buenos Ayres, January the newspapers make commentaries ^nsational news of yesterday that the .c°l°nists of Patagonia have sent dele- the English Government to ask for .j Protection or independence. The Vice- ^»j^eriti Quirno Costa intended yesterday to ^nicate the news immedia'oly to General Qt from the absolute failure of the ,Vyf °f communication with Port Madryn v habie to do so." Orreo EsPan°l" says that this ridiculous cannot be taken seriously or oven ed to by the English Government, not from want of desire to plant its banner in this part of South America, but because its position is not such as to allow it to venture on such a dangerous enterprise. But, although there is no present danger from the attitude which the colonists have now taken, yet neither can the Government afford to laugh at it without taking measures to secure itself against the tendencies of those people in the future. The "Standard," commenting on the same, says that it has caused a general sensation of surprise and hilarity, because the said petition cannot be taken seriously, and wonders at the readiness of the "Times" in publishing it, and thus showing its tremendous ignorance of the political spirit of the Argentines. "The cause of this movement," it continues, "is due to the want of Spanish schools in that Welsh colony, as in no college is taught any other language except English, and that another cause is the neglect of the Argentine Government in leaving the colony isolated from civilisation, as there is no telegraph to Chubat. In the meantime, Roca has gone to the south, and will (werhaps) study how to manage these difficulties, especially as he has an idea of naming a colonist as governor of the territory." "The Standard" concludes by recommending the colonists to recall their delegates, and to have faith in the experience of Roca to smooth their difficulties." Neither does La Nacion," in its leading article, take the matter seriously. It says the colonists did not read the National Constitu- tion when they came to the country. jSTote.—As will be seen, "La Tribuna Popular," a Monte Videan paper, simply gives a resume of the commentaries of the Buenos Airean press on the mission of the Chupat delegates, and, naturally, they are on the side of their own Government. or of the country where they live; but the very fact that they have com- mented is an admission that the governing of the colonists has not been the proper thing, or that the Argentine claim to Patagonia rests on a, weak foundation. The promise of General Roca to appoint a colonist as governor of the Chupat territory was made to the delegates in the early part of last November, and it was followed the next day by a proposition to establish a garrison in Chupat to terrorise the colonists.

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