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CARMARTHEN SCHOOL BOARD To the Editor of the SOUTH WALES DAILY NEWS. SIB,—Without wishing that this Board, or any other public body, should be over ruled by parsons or preachers, I must yet say, that the Carmarthen School Board ought to have paid more deference to the memorial presented to them recently by the various ministers of the town. The memorial called attention to the fact that the vast majority of the children for whom education must be provided be- long to Dissenters, and that it would not be right to drive them into Church schools. The four compulsory members of the Board cannot alter this state of things. They can- not bring Church schools under the Board, nor can they make them -Suitable to Dissenting children they ought, therefore, to have said We must not think of compelling you to send your children to them." It is of no use to tell us about the conscience clause; Dissenters know too well what it is, and that it is neither more nor less than a great cheat, a something to dull the eyes of Dissenters, and to induce them to allow their chil- dren to go to Church schools, that parsons and ladies who have more zeal than knowledge, may make Church members of them in the end. Let the four members know therefore that if they compel, they must provide suitable schools, otherwise their bye-laws will fail or will cause much annoyance and unpleasantness. And what right have they to send poor children to Church schools, and not pay for their education ? Will not Church school managers say, we have enough of property upon our hands already and why will you burden us with more, and not give us help ? And let me tell the four that they have no more right to compel my children to go to Church schools than they have to send them to church, for the one is the door of the other-the Church school is the nursery of the Church Established. I am sorry to tell you, sir, that Messrs. Morris, Warren, Hughes, and Smith have greatly disappointed all liberal-minded men m the town by passing a compulsory, bye-law, under the the present condition of school acommodation in Car- marthen. But the last gentleman (Mr. Smith) did well in resisting the bye-law for the payment of fees in de- nominational schools. He has crowned himself with honour, and has saved the town from the unsightly scenes of seizures for school-rates, and public sales of chairs an 1 tables, &c., that would certainly be taken from the houses of sound Dissenters. Did the Messrs. Morris, Warren, and Hughes think of this ? Or did they wish to see the old tricks of the Citui-ch-i,(tte acted once more in our midst? for I can assure them that there are many in the town who would suffer spoliation rather than support sectarian schools. When the three crentle- men already named, will ruminate upon this, I am sure they will thank Mr. Smith for saving them from disgrace and for voting wi!h Messrs. Morgan, Evans, and Lewis' and thus prevent the ugly sights of the distraints and sales of the furniture of honest Nonconformists. Before I close, I would say,—Let all schools be placed under Boards, and then Dissenters will not r, fuse to pay their rates, nor will they complain of compulsion but till then all Goercion and fees will be resisted to the very last. And may I ask of all managers of Church schools to prace theirs under the Board, and by so doing they will lose nothing but will secure the support and co-opera'ion of the Nonconformists. Dissenters of Carmarthen, until your just rights are granted you take care of your children, bring them up in your own ranks don't enlist them into the armies of those who fought and killed your ancesters in past ages. Send your dear ones to froe schools, and keep them from all Church and Papists' schools, unless they are put under the Boards and when you have no places to send them, tell the Board that they must pro- vide suitable schools, or cease to talk about compulsion. Carmarthen. LECTOR.

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