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CORRESPONDENCE. i [We do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinions of bar correspondents, j YSTRiDYPOD ff 6 SCHOOL BOIRD liD ITS BLUE BOOS. To the Editor of the Chronicle. SIR,-A few days ago I was shown a letter which appeared in your issue of the 2nd inst., subscribed by one "Economist," and purporting to be a criticism upon the Blue Book of the Yatradyfodwg School Board. Most of the statements made in that letter have already been docmed to the worthy fate of ob- livion. Had I been sooner aware of the existence ot this scoffing epistle, I should have sooner endeavoured to unshroud the effete statements made by the cowardly scribbler, who veiled himself trom Publicity behind a fictitious name, and dsnounced an efficient and experienced public official-the Inspector of the Ystradyfodwg School Board. Had this been all-the latter gentleman's repatation, woven b., faithful public service of 20 year* would, naked and unarmed, withstand and flatten tha treacherous bullets, and turn aside the poisoned dart of any such roguish sharp-shooting. But when an attack is made npon a public institution, such as the Higher Grade School, it is necessary, in the interests of parents who see* superior education for their children, that mis-repre- sentations of the work done at such places, shouldnot go unmasked, even though the misrepresentations be conveyed in a scoffing and slip-shod epistle. The "higher education" of the Ystradyfodwg School Board it teated in this epistle by the per centage gained. The Higher Grade in the past year, you were reminded, scored only 87 per cent., whilst under Mr Ho^g, the previous year, ifc reached 93 por cent, Were I Mr Hogg, I would certainly feel extremely grateful to this scribbler, whatever he be, for thus effectively advertising my school, for undoubtedly the p excellent abilities of Mr Hogg that (all alore, I pre- sume) procured him 9# per cent, in a public Higher Grade School, will accompany him to a private High School;" Evidently the last spark of the humane embers that lie smothering in the writer s bosom has notdeparted, unless it did, on this occasion, when is flew off to warm the genial spirit, and P1?0^16, ^0 eternal gratitude of Mr Hogg.. At the ever, it wantonly "kicked against public mstitutio and public officials. To guage instruction imparted at a school, by refer- ence to the per centage, scarcely commends itself to exnerienced educationists. This would hardly be fair toWM-ds the most elementary school. As far as higher education" is concerned, bare mention of percentage should be as nauseous as fat bacon to orthodox Jews. But to humour the flighty "Economist" let us vault these scruples, and accept the statements made by him that under Mr Hogg the Higher Grade School scored 96 per cent., whilst this year it reached 87 per cent. In the same Bine Book, from which this state- ment is deducted, H.M. Inspector states Jhat the falling off may be accounted for bv the fact that there was a change of teachers in the middle of the school vear. All the members of the staff appear to nave woiked hard, but during the early part of the year, the conditions were not favourable. Who was res- ponsible for the condition during the early part of the year, when the foundation of the whole was to be Ian., and who is, therefore, partly, if not wholly. respon^ sible for the astonishing perc entage of^87. jThat the responsible person was the self-same Mr Hogg, who scored 96 per cent, the previous year, can scarcely be known to an honest "Economist," for he of all men is flware that half a truth intentionally suppressed is the blackest of lies. The Higher Graie School lay neglected ior monsns, I wbilst the cata were wrangling over the cheese ill. report nibbled away, bit by bit, the reputation of tne school. From the ill-treatment the school snffered I during those months of warfare, it can but slowly recover. Under the strict discipline and superior attainments of the present principal and his staff, it is, however, making great headway, and is fast gaining & reputation which it has lacked since its start. The average attendance for the last quaiter under Mr Hogg was 75, whilst for the corresponding period this year it is 86. The blackblight that almost gnawed away the only source of higher education in the valley has at length succumbed to the combined and eftec tual efforts of the Inspector and the staff of the school, and once more the school bids fair to realise the ardent wishes expressed by its promoters. The sucoess of the Science Classes under the Board were referred to in the letter. I have no tenure at nreeeut to enter intq deltaiii on that point, but cer- tainly the writer of the letter had better be wary in tt'.rring up some effete matter that mi^ht, unwitting- lv on his part, prove detrimental to his fncsud, Mr ^Other matters referred to, being of little impor- tance. may be allowed to lie peacebly in their ashes. With many thanks to you, Mr Editor, for inserting above, I remain, yours, acc., X. Y.

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