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SLINGS AND ARROWS. "°, 'J''¿-/ 'j- [BY A YEOMAN OF THE GUARD], If any man ever hud a plain hint how to j proceed, it is the present Rector of Naot- glyn, the hint' emanating from the Edu- cation Department. I have nothing to say against the Rector. He is new to the ¡ parish, and it id possible, although not very probable, that he does not as yet under- stand the merits of the dispute between the School Board of JSTantglyn and the mana- gers, or trustees of the Nantglyn school buildings. Before alluding further to the hint,' it would be just as well to recapitu- late as shortly as possible, the history of the dispute. The School Board of Nant- gl-n whicii has been in existence and doing good work for many years-rent the school buildings on a lease from the mana- gers of the National School, whose school was held in the buildings, previous to the formation of the Board. Recently, the period for which the lease was granted expired, and when the Board asked for a renewal, the then Rector-at present the Rector of Llanynys-coolly intimated to the Board the desirability of their ceasing to exist. If the Board consented to commit suicide, he promised that he would have a Voluntary School in the building, on the Board of Management of which, the rate. payers would have three members, which were to be balanced, and more than balanced by three members elected by the Rector, together with himself making a fourth, thus ensuring a majority. Even to such a Board as this, the Rector would not give absolute control, but vested the right of appointing teachers in himself. v • e The School Board as might be expected, refused the Rector's ridiculous terms. Therepon he gave them notice to quit. Upon receiving this notice, the Board after iue consideration, decided to build a new school, and land was secured, and an archi- tect engaged. The Education Department did not at once sanction the plans, hub advised the Board to try to come to an arrangement with tha Rector. This the Board did, but without success, except that tha Rector offered to withdraw his notice, and to allow the School Board to continue as yearly tenants. Just than the Rector was promoted to another parish. The Board then approached his successor, and stated that they wanted a ten years' lease, and the use of the building on week nights. The new Rector refused to budge, and told the Board that he could only follow the policy of his predecessor. After further consideration, the Board consented to with draw their demand for the use of the school building on week nights, and offered to take them on three nights of the week only, the Rector to have them on the three other nights, and on Sundays, Good Fridays, an i Christmas days. But the Rector would not treat even on these terms, and the Board finally decided to go in for a new school c. « And now comes the 'plain hint 'to which I have referred. The Rector receives a letter from 'My Lords' of the Education Department. In stately language, the De partment tells the Rector that'My lords regard the contention of the Board; that a lease for not less than ten years certain is desirable in order to give sufficient per- manence to the arrangement, as not unrea- sonableIf it is not uureasonable, it is reasonable, and therefore,' my lords hope that on further consideration, the managers will see their way to conceding this point, which they understand is the only one still remaining at issue.' But as my lords 7 have had experience that 'reasonable' requests are not always received as they should be, by the Rectors of Nantglyn, the letter contains a further most significant bint If the reasonableness of the demand is again not sufficient, my I lords' state that should the managers decline to effect a transfer on these terms, they (' my lords') would not withhold their sanction from the Board's alternative proposal of building a new Board School, and in that case the existing school could not be continued on their Lordship's Grant list, as a Voluntary School' w w o a It is impossible not to notice the signifi- cance of this statement. Divested of their official garb, the words of the Department to the Rector are, if you will not give a ten years' (or longer) lease to the Board, the Board will be allowed to build a new school; and when they do that, and if you attempt to keep up an opposition school, you will not receive one penny grant!' • • • • What is the answer of the Rector to all this? When the clerk of the Board asked him if he was now willing to grant the re- quired lease, he curtly replies your Boatd having appealed to the Education Depart- ment, must now await the issue of my cor- respondence with that Department l' Such a reply is neither courteous, nor worthy of the position held by the Rector of Nant- glyn, after the very plain words addressed to him by the Department. I shall be rather curious to know the issue he now refers to. « 9 • 9 I am glad that the Denbigh Town Coun cil are in earnest about the need for im proving the railway station. The commit- tee which was appointed to take the matter up met last Tuesday, and I am informed that a very determined tone prevailed. The members of the Council, and the members from outside the Council, were unanimous as to the urgent need of enlarging the station; and tha tales of woe' that were unfolded were many and various. Whether the railway company will take any heed of the complaints remains to be seen. I am afraid that whilst the company is allowed to have a monopoly in the Vale of Clwyd, they will not care much what the gene- ral public suffer. Could not a case of this sort be brought in some way before the Railway Commissioners? The accommoda- tion now provided is so utterly inadequate that I question veryoniuch whether such a state of things would be allowed. 'lIT

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