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University College of North Wales. CLOSING CEREMONY. The closing ceremony of the College took place on Wednesdav. when a large and fash- ionable audience thronged the new College Hall. The proceedings were presided over by Mr W. Rathbone (president of the Col- lege), who was supported on the platform by Dr Alexander Hill, M.A., M.D., Master of Downing College, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Dr Isambard Owen, Senior Deputy Chancellor of the Uni- versity of Wales, Principal Reichel, and the professors and lecturers of the College. The President, in opening the proceed- ings, said that -3 had great pleasure in again congratulating the College upon its conti- aiued success (hear, hear). Principal Reichel,in reviewing the Session said that on several previous occasions he had prefaced his remarks upon the work of the session by stating that it had been one of growth and development, and the same re- mark must be repeated this year (cheers). There had been a marked increase in the number of students taking the degree course of study, and the proportion of students who had matriculated before entrance was much, larger than in previous years. This might be attributed (1) to the operation of the new, County Schools which were now beginning to make themselves felt, (2) partly to the attractiveness of the curriculum of the Uni- versity of Wales, (3) and partly also to the encouragement given to the women side by the opening of a Women's Hall. The found- ation and growth of Welsh education was, if they believed" such aft authority as Mr Fearon, the secretary of the Charity Com- mission, the most remarkable educational achievment in modem history (cheeJrs. At present there were about 7000 pupils in the 80 or 90 County Schools already es- tablished. At Bangor the historical -school of Friars', with its noble tmditions, was be- ing erected on a new site, and would have buildings worthy of the town and more suit- able for those who sought education therein. Having referred to the policy which the Col- lege had adopted of throwing its strength into the degree courses of the Welsh Univer- sity, the Principal congratulated the town upon having founded a hostel for wo- men students. It had added to the archi- tectural appearance of a eity which, in spite of ecclesiastical traditions, was none too rich in fine public buildings (laughter). The hall provided accommodation for 54 stu- dents. It was felt, however, that further accommodation would have to be provided! (hear, hear). The day training service had been most admirably carried out, and the agricultural side of the college had received a development in the acquisition of a farm near Llangefni, towards the equipment of which the Drapers' Company had made a most liberal grant, as had also two of the county councils. Great attention was also being paid to the study of electric engineer- ing, which had for some years been carried on single-handed by Dr Gray, who subse- quently received the assistance of Dr Taylor Jones. This detail of an important work had been supplemented by the liberality of Sir Henry Tate, who bad ever been a muni- ficent benefactor of Welsh education (ap- plause). He much regretted the loss the college was about to sustain. in the removal of Mr Hudson Williams, assistant teacher in modern languages. He was about to leave them for the Liverpool Institute in prepara- tion for school work in some of the intermed- iate schools that were now springing up in Wales. The Principal concluded his review by referring to the formation of an Old Stu- dents' Association, which he wished every, prosperity. <, The Principal read the following awards made by the Senate in June, 1898, upon the results of the work of the Session 1897-98 — I.—FIRST YEAR STUDENTS. Alice E. Smith, exhibition of £15 raised to de25. Fanny Ellis, exhibition of t25 raised to O. II.—SECOND YEAR STUDENTS. Guy Barlow, exhibition of J615 raised to t20'. R. M. Kinsey, exhibition of tl5 raised to JE20. Mary E. Owen, exhibition of L20 raised to R25. John Griffith, Tate exhibition of Rio raised to t20. John Griffith Jones, exhibition of £ 15. Ellis J. Roberts, Tate exhibition of JE1 renewed for a third year. Janet M. Fernie, exhibition of L15 re newed for a second year. Aline B. Grapel, exhibition of £10 renewed for a second year. Eiddon Rhys Jones, exhibition of £10 re- newed for a second year. Charles W. Perfest, exhibition of £10 re- newed for a second year. ni.—THIRD YEAR STUDENTS. Horatio. Nelson, exhibition of LIO. William Roberts, exhibition of £ 10. J. H. Wimons, exhibition of 910. M. E. Phillips, award of R5. IV.—FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS. Allan Baguley, exhibition of LIO. In caSe any of'thejforegoing awards'jshpuld ~tfcoH>e taken up," the siynjbhus left at the dis- posal of..tBe Senate wjl.jbe dfcvotea-1$the fqainatfcn oft wo exhibitions, not exceeding 4t-M £10 each in value, to be given to E. P. Strutt and M. H. Taylor, and, should funds permit, of an award of E5, to be given to E M. McDonald. R. A. Jones,s prize, Guy Barlow. Awards to Day Training Students, Wo wen Ella Edmonds, £ 10; Rhoda H. Smith £ 5. Men: R. F. D. Longford, £5; A. H Rowlands, 25. Special award to second year student O. R. Hughes, 95. All the above awards are for one year, and are conditional upon pursuance next year session by the student concerned of a course of study approved by the Senate. *The t5 grant of the Old Students' Asso- ciation is assigned to this exhibition. ADDRESS BY DR HILL. Dr Hill, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, delivered an address on "Old Ways and New in Education," a verbatim report of which will be found in another page. VOTE OF THANKS. Dr Isambard Owen, who was received with cheers, said that the President had honoured him with the task of moving a resolution, which he did most willingly. The President, from Parliamentary experience, would bear him out when he said that it was always very pleasant to be in the majority and still more pleasant when one was sure of a unanimous vote, as he (the speaker) was at that present moment—(hear, hear)—for he was going to ask them to support him in a cordial vote of thanks to Dr Hill for the address to which they had had the pleasure of listening (hear, hear). It was a resolution which he was asked to move in so many capacities that he was in fCàr of leaving cut something that he ought to say. v In Dr Hill he had the pleasure of meeting not only the Vice-Chancellor of his (the speaker's) old University, but the Master of his own College, and a very dis- tinguished member of his own profession, and in all these capacities he had learned to re- gard Dr Hill with profound admiration and respect. As a Vice-Chancellor he was told that he was leaving his mark upon the con- duct of affairs in Cambridge, and as a Master cf Downing College he knew that he had in- fused a new spirit into that institution that had made it different from what it was before be began his reign (hear, hear). He had done this in spite of very serious difficulties arising from that lack cf funds which was now so common at Cam- bridge as the result of agricultural depression. He was asked to move the resolution (1) as a representative of the University of Wales; (2) owing to the regrettable illness of the Vice-Principal, as a. representative of the University College of North Wales; and (3) he was asked to syeak in the name of the medical profession of North Wales. He (Dr Owen) used to know something of the medical profession of North Wales when he indulged in a, pursuit called colective investigation and he had pleasant recollections of several visits paid to the ineetingsof the North Wales branch of the British Medical Association. He found this to be one of the most efficient branches of the whole association, the organ- iser (Dr Jones-Morris (Portmadoc), who was a member of the Council of the College, being well-known to those present. Of the North Wales College and the University of Wales he could speak from more recent knowledge. That day they were receiving from the re- presentative of one of the oldest Universities in Europe a visit to the youngest University in the United Kingdom, but though so young yet he thought they might claim that what had been done up to the present afforded some reasonable hopes of future success (cheers). They cbuld not vie with Oxford and Cambridge in the splendour of their buildings or in the magnificence of the sur- roundings amid which the buildings were placed-or rather in the magnificence of the immediate surroundings, for he thought Dr, Hill would admit, that the surroundings of Cambridge could scarcely <<e with the magni- ficent mountains of their own. But univer- sities were not made of buil^ngs—they were not constructed of brick and mortar—(hear, hear)—they were made of men and women. He said women with hesitation, for he feared that that was a somewhat delicate subject with the Vice-Chancelor of., j Cambridge (laughter). Of the men and' women to whom they looked for the making of the University of Wales they had, at any rate at present, no lack. Lately he went through some of the statistics of matriculation in the.University of Wales, and, although only in their fourth year of operation, he found that during the i,rst three years the Univer- sity had been at work no less than 430 under- graduates had entered its doors (hear, hear). The matriculation number had been rising from year to year, and the number of 1897 had only been exceeded in the Victoria Uni- versity by that of the same year, and had not been exceeded in the University of Lon- don for 21 years after it had been established (hear, hear). He was glad to see that they had again to record a considerable increase in the number of candidates for matricula- tion this year. The number of candidates, including those who matriculated in virtue of equivalent examinations amounted to no less than 485 up to the present date. Of the College he was sure that Dr Hill would carry back some favourable impression, if only for the deep and intelligent interest with which the students had listened throughout to the address. Dr Owen then formally moved the resolutions. Professor Gray, who was received with much cheerip" by the students, seconded the motion .on behalf of his colleaguesi and: he might also say on behalf of the students. The motion having been unanimously ad- opted, Dr Hill briefly acknowledged, and referred to Dr Owen as one who had done as much as anybody to bring distinction upon Downing College. GARDEN PARTY. At the close of the ceremony a garden party was given by the President and the Principal in the College grounds. Selection of music was played by the NantUe Vale Sil- ver Band, and the final ties of the students' lawn-tennis tournament was clayed off on the College court.

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