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THREE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

NOTES OF THE WEEK,

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NOTES OF THE WEEK, A short while ago the Pwllheli Town Council resolved to confer the freedom of the borough upon Sir George White, the hero of Ladysmith, as a mark of their ap- preciation of his valour. Sir George, however, has replied, stating that he must deny himself the pleasure of going to Pwllheli, because he was resting at home for a short time preparatory to going again, on foreign service. If the Pwilbeli Town Council are anxious to confer the freedom of the borough upon someone we would suggest that they offer the honour to one of the many distinguished Welsh- men who have served their country faith- fully and well. The "Cambrian News" says that Mr Lloyd George, M.P., who spoke at Car- narvon last week, has unquestionably rendered Wales a great service by insis- ting on the right to speak his mind, and that Professor Hughes will have ample cause to remember the Carnarvon meet- ing. Mr George's speech at the Guild Hall was generally admitted to be a masterly one, but a Conservative contemporary has thought fit to describe it as "pothouse oratory!" The writer's invectives, which -3 coo ridiculous to be taken seriously, show plainly that Mr George's argumenjts have struck home. f ♦ At Conway, on Saturday, Mr E. Gray, M.P.,—who appeared in the role of an im- perialist at Bangor the other week—ad- dressed a meeting of teachers, upon the subject of the irregular attendance at the elementary schools of North Wales. A resolution deploring the irregularity of attendance, and calling upon the local authorities to take immediate steps to remedy the evil, having been carried una- nimously. Mr Gray said it was a marvel to him that Wales should have attempted to build up her excellent county schools upon a rotten foundation, because every observer of educational work would agree that to hope for good technical institutes and good technical schools there must be a foundation well laid in the primary schools of the country. The Central Welsh Doard met for the first time at Carnarvon on Friday, the meetings being held in the ne<v Intermed- iate School, which was informally opened on Tuesday. A variety of subjects were discussed, not the least interesting being the teaching of Welsh history in the schools. It was argued that Welsh child- ren were ignorant of the history of their own country. The absence of proper text-books was stated to be the reason for this, but one or two of the speakers thought that Professor Lloyd's historical readers would supply the want in a great measure. There was a short discussion upon a motion by Mrs Humphreys Owen that examination in vocal music for pupils between the ages of twelve and sixteen be not choral, but confined to solos, duets, or three-voice pieces. She urged that indivi- aual tuition was necessary, and quoted the opinion of some prominent choir-masters to the effect that the choir boys rarely had voices when they became adults. The proposition was, however withdrawn, one speaker holding that if passed the pro- posal would tend to destroy singing in the schools. The opinions of choir-masters do not apply to elementary and intermediate schools, where only music of the simplest kind is sung. The London correspondent of the "Wes- tern Mail" says that the question which many members of Parliament asked Mr Lloyd George on his return to the House of Commons was—how did he escape from the or cafe? But to their query Mr Lloyd George would give no definite reply. All that he would say was that, whilst the crowd surrounded the cafe until two or three in the morning, he him- self was tucked up in bed hours before. Evidently there was some backstairs creeping, but where and how must remain a mystery. "I understand" (continues the correspondent) "that the 'bard of the house,' as he likes to be called, is putting certain incidents of the demonstration into verse. Their publication should pro- vide interesting reading." Mr Lloyd George took part in a dis- cussion on local taxation In the House of Commons on Tuesday night. He de- nounced the idle system known as "grants in aid," and condemned even more strong- ly the method of this Government of picking and choosing certain favoured sections of the community for this form of assistance. The speech, according to the writer of the London Letter the "Liver- pool Daily Post," was "full of information and argument, bristling with telling party points, and enlivened by flashes of unex- pected repartee."

."Y Genlnen."

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