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Thomas (The Bank), Mrs. J. W. Lumley, Mr. ) T. H. Roberts, Mr. Thorn",s Jones, and the Clerk (Mr. Edward Roberts). THE NONCONFORMISTS AND THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL. The Clerk read the following resolutions passed M a meeting of representative Noncon- formists, held at Ruthin on Monday, under the presidency of the Rev. W. T. Davies, Llanel- idan 'Copy of resolutions passed at a meeting of Nonconformists, held at Ruthin, February 15th, 1897:- That this meeting of Nonconformists repre- senting over 9,000 people out of the 13.000 population in the Ruthin School District, fail to see why a High Grade Schoel for boys as provided by the County Inter- mediate Scheme, and a day school for girls should not be established at once at Ruthin, and this meeting is not willing to forfeit its rights to a share of the benefits of the Welsh Intermediate Act for the sake of supporting a Church School, however well it may be managed. The Ruthin Grammar School, which we are aiked to substitute and accept instead of an Interm A ate School being a Church School with a Conscience Clause, does not command our support, not being under the control of the Welsh Intermediate Educa- tion Act, and which, consequently, will re- ceive no support from County Funds, which this district is entitled to receive. We therefore claim the right to have establish- ed at Ruthin a High School for boys in accordance with the scheme, such as are already opened in other parts of the county for the following reasons :— 1st, The Elementary Schools of the District would be deprived of their scholarships and bursaries under the scheme, they being avaiKble only at County Schools within th- -istriet. 2nd, The present available annual grants under the scheme would be transferred to other parts of the county. 3rd, The rates compelled to be paid for Inter- mediate Education purposes by ratepayers of the District would go to benefit other Districts in the county, depriving our boys of all advantage under the scheme. 4th, The establishing of an Intermediate High Grade Boys' School need not inter- fere with the success of the Church School, which has in view the traiming of boys for the Church of England, and will com- pete with County Intermediate Educa- tion. Resolution II.—As there has been such a long delay in connection with the establish- ment of Intermediate Schools for boys' and girls' at Ruthin, and as the place which is intended to be purchased (-iz. Bryn- hyfryd) is admirably adapted for both schools, this meeting begs to express an earnest hope that the Charity Commission- ers will authorise both the County and Local Governing Bodies to proceed with -B the purchase of the property and the adap- tation of the premises according to the plans and other details which have been submitted to them, so that the inhabitants of the District may have the advantage of Intermediate Schools for their children- which they feel they are entitled to-with as little further delay as possible. Resolution III.-That copies of the resolutions, singed by the Rev. Chairman, be forwarded to the Charity Commissioners, the County Governing Body, and the Local Governing Body. The Chairman asked whether they would send any answers to the resolutions just read. The Warden: I don't think it would be regu- lar. It was decided, on the motion of the Mayor, that the Clerk should acknowledge the receipt of the resolutions. THE CHAIRMAN AND HIS COLLEAGUES. Tho Chairman said that before proceeding with the agenda he would like to make a per- sonal explanation. He had heard it reported that the remarks he made at the inquiry before the Assistant Charity Commissioner were highly objectionable to the majority of the members of the Governing Body. That being the case, he hoped and took for granted that it was not their intention to re-appoint him as Chairman of the Governing Body. He knew very well that they could not be expected to avoid coming into collision in their views on such matters to a certain extent, but he felt that no chairman could carry out his duties efficiently unless he had the sympathy of at least a majority of the members. He therefore begged them not to re-appoint him. He also feared that he would not have time to attend to the duties of the chairmanship, as he knew that there was a great deal of work to be done, and felt that they would have no difficulty in getting another gentleman who would be able to discharge the duties of the office better. The Mayor said he begged to propose the re- appointment of the present Chairman, not- withstanding the remarks he had just made. He (the Mayor) was afraid that someone had been misleading the Chairman, and he fully believed they could do nothing better than re- eleet him. He had only been in office for a year; that was certainly not sufficient exper- ience fora chairman, and they had not yet entered upon the real werk they had been elected to perform. They knew he felt great interest and anxiety for the schools so far pro- vided under the general scheme. Perhaps they did not entirely concur with some of his re- marks at the inquiry, bat he did not think that that should for a moment deter them for re- electing him on the score of general fitness for the post, and probably the remarks referred to did not differ very much in substance from the viewa of the majority of the members of the Governing Body, although they might per. haps have been worded somewhat differently. Therefore, he hatf great pleasure in moving that Dr. Hughes b4 re-appointed chairman. Mr. Edward Jones: I have great pleasure in seconding the motion. The Chairman: I would be obliged to you if you appointed somebady else. 1don't wish to be stupid or disobedient, but I would infinitely prefer if you appointed somebody else. f On being put to the vote, Dr. Hughes' re- election was carried unanimously. The Warden: He will not refuse a unani- mous request. j The Chairman said that he felt obliged to them for the honour they had conferred upon t him. As he had said, he would have preferred the appointment of some other gentleman, but he would accept the office, and would do his level best to discharge the duties to satisfac- tion. On the motion of Mr. John Edwards, secon. ded by Mr. J. Harris Jones, the Rev. J, F, Reece was re-elected vice-chairman for the present year. It was reported that Mrs. Thomas (The Bank) ,A \o.n litTr CI wtqt« r\« 4 lill vau UCCU Civvuvu j 'J, U,V J. uV 1111 IIfle vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss Knibb. The report of the Finance Committee was read and adopted on the motion of the Warden, seconded by the Rev. J. F. Reece. THE, ESTABLISHMENT OF A GIRLS' SCHOOL. The Mayor had given notice to move a reso- lution To take immediate steps to establish a Girls' School in temporary premises.' Upon being called, ¡ The Mayor said he had been rather put out of his path since he came into that room. When he put the notice on the agenda, he was under the impression that the resolution passed with regard to this matter was to the effect that the consideration of it should be pestponel until after the visit of the Commis- sioner. That was his belief at the time. How- ever, he now fouiid that it was otherwise, and that the matter was to be postponed until the reply of the Charity Com mission era was re- ceived. He should like to know whether they considered he would be in order in moving the resolution ot which he had given notice. The Chairman: I don't think you would be I in order, Mr. Mayor. There should be notice to rescind the fotmer resolution- If we could rescind that resolution, we would be in order today, A member asked whether the moving of the resolution of the Mayor would not amount to rescinding the former resolution. The Chairman: It is not formally rescinding it, and it should be formally rescinded. I was under the impression that the resolution was worded, as the Mayor thought, to the effect tftab the mattei should be postponed until after the visit of the Commissioner. The Clerk said, in answer to a question, that he thought they were qualified to rescind the resolution. The Rev. J. F. Reece: Is it necessary to move it formally? Th Chairman: Yes. The Mayor: In order to put things right, I move that the resolution be rescinded. The Rev. J. F. Reece seconded. Mr. Edward Jones moved as an amendment that they wait for the reply of the Commis- sioners. This was seconded, and on a vote being taken, six voted for the amendment and four for the motion, the amendment therefore being carried. Mr. Thomas Jones: When do you expect the reply of the Commissioners ? The Chairman: Oh! sometime before Christ- mas (laughter). The Warden: We are in great danger of losing the money, ladies and gentlemen. The Chairman: I will take great care to call a meeting to consider this matter as early as possible. The Warden: The reply will not conclude the matter, according to my experience of the Commissioners. The Chairman said that if they did not get the reply in fourteen days, it weuld be well to call a meeting. Mr. John Edwards: Upon whom will it rest to deprive us of this money? The Mayor: Upon the Commissioners. It distinctly says so in the seheme. The subject then dropped, and the meeting terminated.