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—— ♦ INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION AND THE CHURCH. BISHOP Owen of St). David's struck a fcote of natural ring at the recent diocesan conference in Swansea. We refer particularly to the following remarks :—" Our work lies in Wales, -and in the first plaee, for Wales. To do our work aright we must love Wales With real love, we must first sympathise With and support all that is good in Welsh life—for instance the Educa- tional question." There aie words Witting a Welshman irrespective of church or policital creed, and are of good omen for our national life. To estions affecting our progress as a iiation, creed either relgious or political should have nothing to say; these are matters of personal interest. All the aspirations of a nation should have their motive rooted in love. Those who have realised the intensity and deep seated meaning of This is my own my native land are ready to sacrifice all matters of individual consideration to the one ^bject of national development. Bishop Weri has mounted the higher platform with a far-reaching voice summons hiS followers to duty in the march of fducation in Wales. Our Anglican friends in the past have strenuously Opposed the establishment of secondary schools on a national basis, but their opposition has been futile. The system is founded, the machinery is in full operation, and about ninety schools by their diffusion of sound healthy educa- tion are already moulding the life of C, the people. We reiterate the call of Bishop Owen and Principal Ruchel not because the schools are going to fail without the assistance and sympathy of the church; but because our national life cannot attain its full growth with- out the life blood of all classes flowing freely into the centre of its organism. On matters religious and political we agree to differ; but on the question of education we should all be found on the same platform. Wales is destined to lead the way in formulating the course of general education in these islands and its consummation is full in view. Our schools are not to be nurseries for sect or creed—their function is educative, secular, cosmopolitan. Bishop Owen is eminently practioal, and his lead demands a following. With a throb of patriotic feeling, and a breadth of sympathy born of higher mindedness, he has left tne narrow fold of ecclesi- asticalism and voiced the sentiments of a trwe lover of his country. We are building for the nation's benefit and we need a nation's sympathy, then Gallant little Wales" will some some day join in the review of the old Venetian poet and proudly declare" Exegi monu- mentum sere pereiinius."

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