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CARMARTHENSHIRE TEACHERS' SALARIES. Sir,—R'o cure the ig-norance, of your mjr- 1-esponifent, S'GwynA-ir-D)af," c^onicertung education and the teaching profession -neraily, would be too much of an under- taking in a letter; it would require a, couwe of treats lent extendin,,i over a, lengthv period. To prove the falsity of aome of his contentions, however, ia an easy matter, as indeed it always Î8 in the case of a man who et8 out deliberately to harm another by publishing false and malieioun statements. His puerile attempt at sarcasm we may ignore, putting it down either to ,temper or toothache, and proceed to exa- mine his figures and conclusions. "Gwvn-ar-Dai" aaye that the head tea- chers of the county receive from one hun- dred and twenty to two hundred and fifty pounds a year. He is wrong. I am a county head teacher and have a family to maintain. My salary it twenty pounds less Ithari the smaller of the two sums he talko about so gliblv. Indeed, if I were to re- ceive the hundreds and twenty pounds I should be sincerely grateful for rt. ac it might meatn a possibility of my being able to purchase butter for my bread instead of the margarine, which delicacy I have to enjoy at the present time. Does "Gwyn- ar-Daf' use margarine? Having made a few remarks about rate- payers (and I hope he knows more about them than he knows a.bout schools and schoolmasters) he goes on to say that t.hpre ie not one !»choolma?ter in the county who does not receive a living wagd at the pre- sent time. Well, I do not wish to split. hairs on tho question of what constitutes a living, and 1 do not imagine that there are no people worse off than 1, but a man who is forced down to margarine can hardly be considered to be in receipt of a "living wage." Again, any fair-minded man will f, admit that a school master cannot, nay, he dare not, adopt the same standard of liv- > ing as a labourer. By the way, may I ask "(1wyn-ar-Daf" whether he has to pwy at least five shillings for having a ton of coad hauled to his house I have to pay it. With regard to tho staffing of schools, why not draw up a list of sahoous whi:h overstaffed and present it to the chief education official? I f.l sure he ootild be gratefuL The inspectors, too, would be glad of a few tips. Why does not "Gwyn- ar-Daf" offer his wrv&s? Speaking of staffing, hiere is a sample .starting problem for Gwyi\-ar-Da.f "—One man tenches 'thirty pupils, ranging from eight to four- teen years of age—one standard. In which case is there over-staffing, if any1 The fine opportunity of reaping a golden harvest I .ronf'. How strange it i that i candidates for entrance to this gold-mine are so few! Where money is concerned there ie usually a rush HM" Gwyn aa- Daf' any idea of what it means to parents 1 rf the lower middle cla«s to educiaie their children up to the age of entrance io i college, and tti-n to maintain them in col- lege for their period of training" Is lie ignorant -of the fact that they are usually in debt for some y4-arg? Finally, does he .'sincerely Ixdiijrc that a qo certificated master should receive no more 1 pay than a labourer? If so, we may leaVe him in the miro to wallow and grunt. Bottom Dqu.

LUTH TWM/BARELS.

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LUTH TWM/BARELS.