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SILOA. ABERDARE, AND THE BALA.BANCOR COLLEGE. 25 PRESENT OUT OF 600 MEMBERS. Tho circumstances connected with the action of Siloa AVelsh Congrega- tional Church members towards j Bala-Bangor College are so little known in the town that it would be well to give publicity to the real facts. An ordinary church meeting was held some days ago, and a resolu- tion was passed by a majority that the church during 1918 do not make the usual collection in support of Bala- Bangor Theological College, Bangor. the reason assigned being that the Principal of that College, Rev Thoc. Rees, M.A., held Pacifist views. It has to be pointed out (1) That the members were not aware that such a resolution was to be submitted. (2) That only about 25 members (or less) were present out of a total church membership of over 600. (3) That the chief instigator of the motion was Mr Evan Williams, head- master of the Higher Standard Bojc' School, Aberdare, together with Mr Richard Morgan. (4) That the motion was forced (through in face of the chairman'& "(Rev D. Silyn Evans) strong appeal to postpone the matter for a month. (5) That the total amount collected towards the College by Siloa last year was only k5 16s. 4d. Undoubtedly the hulk of the church members, together with their respect- ed pastor, heaitily disagree with the conduct and policy of the Principal, but it is quite a different matter to take a mean and unfair advantage of a sparsely attended meeting 'to force such an important motion through. It is difficult to know what exactly influenced Mr Evan Williams' mind, for he not only criticised the Pacifist leanings of the Principal, but lie made an attack on one of the Pro- fessors of the same College, viz., the Rev J. Morgan Jones, M.A., late of •'J^aUernaclei, Aberdare. It is feared that Mr Evan Williams has never forgiven the Rev J. M. Jones because the latter, who was a member of the Aberdare Education Commit- tee at the time, voted, for reasons best known to' himself, against Mr Williams' appointment to the head- mastership of the Higher Standard School. That this statement is no matter of conjecture will be seen at once when we quote just one sample of what Mr Williams said at the meet- ing in question: "I don't believe that there is any more religion in the Rev iollit :uorgau aones ttlati III tins seat," placing his hand on the back of one of the seats. The church members have hardly realised what has been done, and not tiIT tliey read a reference to the mat- ter in the "Western Mail" on Satur- day did they know that the question had been discussed at all. It may safely be said that three-fourths of the members, if not more, are en- thusiastic for the war and opposed to the Pacifist Policy which Principal Rfees represents, but that does not say that' they are prepared to cripple the efficiency of the College by with- drawing the annual subscription. More will certainly be heard of the matter. As one prominent member of Siloa remarked: "I shall be sorry to create a division in Siloa, but we' can preserve peace at too dear a price, just as our country could have preserved it in August, 1914." It is certain that the College shall not suf- fer financially. Members of Siloa, who are disgusted with the paltry ac- tion above referred to, will quickly subscribe the jL5 16s. 4d. It is gen- erally felt that the vote does not re- present the feeling of the church members, and that the whole miser- able business is unworthy of the tine traditions of Siloa.