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EDUCATION BILL. Condemned by Sir Chas ¡ Dilke. SPEECH AT TH E SWANSEA LIBERAL CLUB. Sir Charles Dilke, M.P., paid a visit to Swansea—the first for many years-yester- day. After attending a private conference of shop assistants in connection with the Shop Assistants' Union and the Trades Council, he delivered an address on the Education Bill at the Liberal Club. Through a delay the speech did not commence until 10.30. Sir Charles said the Bill was one which concerned Wales closely. because Wales had playe<f a conspicuous part with regard to it. Speaking of the past history of education, Sir Charles said he seconded the motion of Mr. Henry Richard against the second read- ing .of Mr. Porster's Bill in 1870, and he had never regretted it. He understood the action of Mr. Forstcr on that occasion, for Mr. Foroter then believed there was no time to get a proper system of national education estab- lished. but he (Sir Charles) believed that if they did not get it then they would never get it. Subsequently he had fathered" the school board system in the country. By the establishment of school boards they had found a means of leavening the whole lump, and hoped it would lead to some system of national education. It WM intolerable that such a measure should be used for denominational purposes. The Welsh county councils and educational committees were well constituted and doing good work. Three years ago it was inconceivable that such legislation as was now proposed should have been possible. The lesson of the Seveqoaks election was that the ordinary man found there was a danger of reactionary legisla- tion from the present Government. Having referred in complimentary terms to the work of Mr. S. T. Evans and Mr. Lloyd-George, Sir Charles stated that the position in Wales was not so bad as in some parts of England. They in England recognised the good work done by Wales for Liberalism. If it were only for the Nonconformist vote. however, he felt there would be no chance of preventing the measure being passed, but they hoped that it would be seen that such reactionary legislation would tend to sever the country from the Colonies. The Bill was a backward step and a consecra- tion of a denominational system in education about which the English people had been weak enough to compromise. He hoped it would not be the case in Wales, and he assured his hearers that the fight against the Bill would be supported by himself. (Cheers.) Opposition of Swansea Trades Council. The Swansea Trades Council on Monday evening passed a resolution calling upon all affiliated societies and Trades Unionists of Great Britain to show their disapproval of the attitude of all those members of Parliament who have voted for the extinction of school boards and to take steps at the next election to secure the defeat of every member or can- didate who will not promise to vote for a national system of secular education main- tained out of public funds and controlled by the people. Resolution by Blaenavon Free Church Council, At the Free Church Council meeting a.t Blaenavon on Monday, when the Rev. W. A. Johns presided, it was resolved to enrol the names of those who were determined to refuse to pay the rate which would be levied under the Education Bill should that Bill become law, this to be done before Parliament re- assembles on October 16, and a resolution was unanimously carried urging the executive of the National Free Church Council to make arrangements for sending the petitions of the branches to the King in person, asking him to use his influence as Sovereign against the passing of this Bill, as being unjust to a large number of his Majesty's most loyal* subjects.

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