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i , j THURSDAY, JULY A, 1872.…



NEWPORT SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. To-morrow, a contest of no ordinary interest will Le waged iu Newpftrt, and the ratepayers will havo to decide which of two candidates shall represent them at the Board. For several weeks past, the question at issue and the principles involved,, have been discussed, argued, and debated by both parties to the conflict, with an extraordinary amount of zeal, energy, and perhaps ability, so far as some of the advocates are concerned. Questions of so intricate and perplexing a nature Lave seldom, if evtr, characterised any specific Act of Par- liament as those which surround and invest the Ele- mentary Education Act, and it is not a little surprising therefore, that the bulk of the electors of Newport should require to be elnca.te.1 into a clear comprehen- sion of their duty in this all important crisis. Much has been written, and much more said, of the claims of the respective candidates, who are put forward as the representatives of conflicting interests. One the one band, Col. Lyne is the chosen candidate of Liberal-Churchmen, and the Dissenting communities in general, whilst his opponent, Mr. Mitchell is the nominee of a clique, and stands before the electors as itho"represeiitative-.of the High Church, Ritualistic, and Romish section of the community. The contest is ostensibly based on other grounds. Colonel Lyne's pledged policy is non-sectarian education, the reading of the Dible, and non-payment of fees in o denominational schools. Mr. Mitchell is the unflinch- ing advocate of sectarian (religious) education, and the payment of fees in denominational schools. On these issues, so far as the School Board is concerned, the elec- tion virtually depends. There is, however, another aud a political aspect, in which the contest may be viewed, and it cannot be disguised but that, as an ulterior object, the probable result of th6 next Parliamentary election is to be gauged by the results of the present contest. The Tories have selected as their next Parlia- mentary candidate Mr. Thomas Cordes, a partner with Mr. Mitchell, and it is publicly affirmed that the latter gentleman is put forward as a test of Conservative strength. Tho Xoucobformists repudiate any political designs, and' base the election on its proper principle, wisely contending that it is purely by an education question. They strongly believe, and naturally so, that the return of Mr. Mitchell to the School Board would inflict upon them, gross injustice, inasmuch as they would be called upon to pay for teaching religious dogmas in which they do not believe, and which, if generally promulgated, would produce disastrous results in this country. An unholy alliance, for religious purposes, has been formed between the Roman Catholics and High Church party, whose selfish motives are but too apparent. Mr. Mitchell's strongly Ritualistic tendencies are of such a nature as to leave no doubt of the class of training which he would support in elementary schools, and hence it behoves all who support religious liberty and equality to oppose, by every means in their power, the election of a candidate who would uphold the teaching of Romish doctrines in rate-aidyd Catholic schools, and Ritualism •in rate-aided Church of. England schools. Mr. Mitchell is opposed to School Board schools, and if his policy were pursued, the'ratepayers would not only have to pay for the education of the poor friendless children, who would be sent to a School Board school; but an enormous drain would be made on their pockets for the education of thejjmass of children of needy Roman Catholic parents, and others who may be allured to the Romish as well as Church of England schools. It has been proved to demonstration that if the poiicy of Colonel Lyne and his party be adopted, the cost to the ratepayers and the borough will not exceed lid. in the X, whilst the cost to the ratepayers, if Mr. Mitchell's policy is pursued, will at the most moderate estimate amount to Gd. in the JB, with a prospect of I more. With such a prospect, can it be possible that those upon whom the burden of taxation falls so heavily will be induced to give their support to the Mitchellite party ? We trow not; nor can we believe that the electors will prefer an untried to a tried representative. Up to the present Itime Mr. Mitchell has manifested but little interest in the welfare of the borough. His energies have for some time past been chiefly expended in the decora- tions of Llanvrecha church—a [really ritualistic temple, and in antiquarian researches. Colonel Lyne is a long- tried servant of the ratepayers, in several capacities; | has been the most stmmous advocate for a reduction of the rates, so long as the prosperity of trade and COlll. merce was not crippled thereby. If past services are to be takeu into account, or if honest principle was to be regarded as a criterion, then there can be no doubt as to the result of the contest to-morrow, when Colonel Lyne will be elected, and Mr. Mitchell be the rejected candidate. Nonconformists have only to be true to themselves to obtain not only ja large majority, but to achieve a splendid victory.



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