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THE REPRESENTATION OF MERIONETH.

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THE REPRESENTATION OF MERIONETH. To the Editor. SIR,-It is difficult in these days to get people to speak or think of hardly anything except the war in its various phases. Still, the above subject is one which must be seriously faced before long, and nothing is to be gained for the county or its re- presentative by delaying right consideration of it till the last moment. Mr W Evans, Birmingham, deserves the hearty thanks of Liberals for his generous offer to contribute £100 a, year for five years towards the expenses of Mr 0 M Edwards, if he continues to represent the county. Nevertheless I do not believe it would be wise for this plan, or any other plan, to compel Mr O M Edwards to retain the seat, to receive support. I was among those of the Liberals of the county who thought it was a grievous error to bring such pressure to bear upon Mr O M Edwards to consent to put himself in nomination for the seat vacated through the death of Mr Ellis. He appeared to me to be under- taking from a sense of duty work which was repugnant to all the inclinations and work of his life. Mr Edwards has done great work for Wales, and if his health and life are spared the debt of Wales to him will, I believe, become greater each succeeding year, for work that no one else could do so effectually. It would be of incalculable benefit to Wales if he were given autocratic authority to mould its system of education, and to breathe into all the schools and colleges his own spirit-a spirit which would be the death of the contemptible worship of everything English, of sectarian bigotry and of moral libertinism. I believe, therefore, that it is wise and prudent of us as Liberals to accept Mr Edwards's resignation, and to set him free for more congenial work-work also which will be of as much if not more value to Wales than any service he could render her in Parliament. We need not go out of the county to seek for a member. It is vain to expect anyone to fill the place which Mr Ellis held latterly in the politics, not only of Merioneth and Wales, but of the kingdom. We have one, if we consider in the county, who will not fail far short of filling the place held by Mr Ellis at the beginning of his career. A cautious young man, of strong con- victions, possessing a thorough knowledge of the needs and aspirations of Wales, and a capable, fluent speaker in both languages. He is not either one of that class who are ready to serve their country in the posts of greatest honour, but one who has done, and is doing, invaluable work in every capacity, the responsibility of which has been laid upon him. I refer to Mr Haydn Jones, Towyn, to whom some districts clung when Mr 0 M Edwards was chosen. He is a Nonconformist born, being a son of the late Rev J D Jones of Rhuthyn, a well-known and highly respected minister with the Congregationalists in his day; and he is himself, I believe, a deacon with the Calvinistic Methodists. The great ones of the Church of England in the county know him well as the man who was mainly instrumental in securing the endowments of Llanegryn to give scholarships for the children of the parish in the County Schools, rather than that they should be used as they had been till then to pay the stipend of the clergyman, and to furnish him a house rent free. The splendid position attained by the Towyn County School as one of the best in the Principality is a monument to his energy, his capacity, and his boundless desire to extend the advantages of a sound education to the children of the district. And concerning his work on the County Council, of which, I expect he will be Chairman next year, is ic not known to all who follow the proceedings ? The county would certainly be the gainer by giving a young man of his high character the opportunity to serve it in the highest position, and I have no doubt he would throw himself into the work with the same devotion and thoroughness as he has manifested in every work he has undertaken.—Yours, &c., F. — +

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