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FOOTBALL NOTES. [By VETEKAN."] The Welsh League match between Oswestry and Newtown was the best I have seen for many years on the O? -strv ground. It reminded me of the sturdy contests between these teams of a dczen years and I would not have missed it for a trifle. Right from the kick off it was a game of hammer and tongs with plenty of sjood play thrown into the bargain. After the moderate display of Oswestry against Rhostyllcn it was great odds on Newtown scoring a couple of points, but Oswestry lads were burning to show that they were much superior to their form against the colliers, and they proved this pretty conclusively. From the com- mencement they played np like heroes. The for- wards did not seem in the least afraid of the formidable array of talent against them, and on many occasions gave the Newtown defence plenty to do. Watkins, Benbow and Pierce were very persistent in their efforts to penetrate the strong defence of Newtown and the other two forwards ably assisted them, but Goodrich and Plimmer were not of the class of their partners. In the half-back line Lloyd, Roberts and M. Parry were distinctly good, though Roberts did not show to so much ad- vantage as on the previous Saturday. The reason was that his two partners were equally prominent in tackling aud feeding. The feeding part, how- ever, was not so good as the tackling, and all three have a good deal to learn in this respect. They should watch their forwards a little more, and pass the ball to the man in the best position for good work. M. Parry tackled grandly at times and showed much improved form. Very few wild shots came from him, as on the previous Saturday. But it was in the back line and goal keeping that Oswestry shone. Jim Edwards was magnificent and rose to the occasion like a hero. F. Lewis was nearly as good and both worked grandly to the bitter end. We had none of the wild wandering of last week, and when either left his post the ball was secured as a rule and removed out of danger. Edwards in goal never showed better form especially in the first half when he stopped several grand shots from the Newtown right and left. How he stopped one from a grand bit of play by Parry, Nock, and Swettenham is best known to himself, but it was a magnificen* save, and the lengthy one well deserved all the applause whi"h greeted him at half-time. The second half was a repetition of the fast play of the first-if anything the players increased their efforts instead of re- laxing them. Indeed, if either team had relaxed in the lease it would have been all over with them. The game had been in progress some time ere a goal was registered, and this was from some good play by Pierce, who banged the ball beautifully across goal, where in a general scrimmage it was rushed through. The applause which greeted this unlocked for success of Oswestry was something to remember. Hats were waved and thrown up, and the shouts might have been heard at the other end of the town. Nothing daunted at this reverse the doughty Newtown men played up with in- creased energy, and the pace to the end was a caution but although pressed severely the home defence could not be penetrated, and the plucky United finished up with registering a couple of thoroughly well deserved points. 1 he Newtown men played a great game, but with the exception of Miller and W. Parry the forwards were not so 8i*art nor sure as wual, and several chances were y mulled. W. Parry on the left was capital, and several of his good centres deserved a better fate. Miller on the other side was, if anything, better even than Parry, and in my opinion was the most usefnl forward on the field. His centring thfim? °u features of the match, and some of ou cer.am y aye been improved upon. :N ock was not hImself at all, L scarcely re- good at times, but both missed fQ IV, The halves were not so saffor In eaf? chances" them, but the backs and JLit aS seen best. Reea was as cool a?*??? the!r Parry's experience in good matfh 6' ,e. Charlie service to his side. Edwards W&S °i lmmepse several fine shots, though he did h atoPPed to do as bis vis-a-vigt and he conia 9° muc'1 blamed forth* goal scored against him° ItlJl fine game—equally creditable to w; n" losers. Oswestry deserved to win for tw i a? show against such redoubtable foes v P y did not deserve to lose for theTrJw NeWtown good. It was a treat to watch Mr Very Pritchard's face as time wore on and his ecretary holding their own, and when the forwards ruu\Zd the ball through he gave vent to his pent feelings in no feeble manner. Probably the good gate and the certain prospect of uture success and of course good gates, cheered his heart, and well he deserved this success for he has worked hard for the club. The victory of the home team will be of immense benefit to them in many ways, and it will do Newtown no harm. Abervstwyth have yet to break their somewhat spell of bad luck. I expected them to add a couple of points on their own ground from the Druids, but the latter are old birds and on this occasion were too knowing for Aberystwyth. Never mind my friends do the trick te-day. Roose did not play and that made a vast difference to the team. To- day it i3 to be hoped he will be behind the team, and give them the confidence they require jnst now. W.R. has not yet fully recovered from his late in- disposition and was not quite himself. Green was the pick of the halves although he is without doubt a wing player. Loveday stuck to Vaughan like a plaster. Edwards was in some degree responsible for the first goal scored by the Druids, but he after- wards did very well. Morris put in some of his famous corkscrew runs, and one goal that he bagged was a real gem. Rea's runs and centres were capital, but he was too closely watched to be quite as dangerous as usual. Owen played a nice game, and Dewi Ellis worked as hard as anyone on the ground. J. F. Jones did better, but he is not yet up to last year's standard. Rees and the goal- keeper p!ayed well, and although the latter had six goals scored against him he stopped many vary dangerous shots. The Druids know how to send them in. All round the Druids played well, Vaughan especially shining. Trevoi Owen too was a very tricky centre forward, and it was a treat to see how his "brother forwards gathered round him when he neared the town goal, and them all work- ing together in pretty and effective style. The home team seem in need of more good practice and they also need a man or two of Di Morgan's stamp to keep the opposing forwards back and break up their combination. Play up to-day my friends, and let me see you give the Druids a lesson. It can be done as you well know. Welshpool, though beaten by three to none at Westminster, were not in any way disgraced. In fact, a friend who was present at the match told me that with a bit of luck they should have won. In the first half of the game the Welshpool backs were for a long time over the half-way line, and continually dropping the ball in front of goal where the forwards were either too slow or unlucky to make a proper use of it. Cronk and Mytton each had fine chances, but failed to utilise them as they usually do. Jarman was the best of the forwards, but he had little to do in the second half and was fed very badly. Austin played a good game in the ft t half but he either seemed to tire or dread Samuels'in the second, and instead of crossing the ball he kept sending in long shots which were easily saved. The halves, backs, and goalkeeper did capitally, but it was through Dan Jones missing his kick that the second goal was scored. Hughes saved in grand style on many occasions, and in the second portion played a really good game at centre half. The third goal scored by Westminster had rather more than a flavour of offside about it to begin with, and just at the finish was hit through though the referee did not see it. The game was a very pleasant one, and the losers were delighted with the gentlemanly play of their opponents. Pountney was the pick of the Rovers' forwards. Barrett and Lewis also played well, but it was in the defence that the Rovers shone. This was very strong and undoubtedly saved their side from losing a couple of points. Rhostvllen, on their own ground too, failed to keep up their Oswestry form and were well beaten by the clever men from Chirk by 4 to 0. The win- ners played a very smart game, and when Mates is fit to take his place in the team they will be a good lot. In the North Shropshire Junior League Sweeney United made ample amends for their first defeat by Ellesmere Rangers by taking down Baschnrch by 4 to 0. The winners played a capital game and were a class above the Baschurch players, who have much to learn. In first class football the Bolton Wanderers and Everton and Blackburn Rovers holn their own well, while the new addition, Liverpool, stands No. 5 on the list with 7 points. Several hard -,auies were fought on Saturday, but the most exciting and best paying too, was played between the rival teams of Liverpool on the Everton ground. Sun- derland hold the wooden spoon and seem destined to continue for some time in their present position. FIRST-CLASS LEAGUE. The following are the results up to and including Saturdtv last:- J Goals r""J' P. W. L. D. F. A. Pts Bolton Wanderers 6 4 0 2 10 4 10 Blackburn Rovers 6 3 1 2 10 5 8 Everto.i 5 4 1 0 9 6 8 Sheffield United 5 2 0 3 8 4 7 Liverpool. 7 3 3 1 7 7 7 Preston North End. 5 2 1 2 12 10 6 West Bromwich A. 6 2 2 2 7 8 6 Aston Villa 6 2 2 2 9 10 6 Sheffield Wednesday 6 3 3 0 11 12 6 Notts Forest 4 1 0 3 9 5 5 Dfrby County 5 2 2 1 12 9 t Wolverhampton Woo. 6 2 3 1 9 8 5 Burnley 6 1 3 2 9 12 4 Burv 5 1 3 1 4 10 3 Stoke 5 1 4 0 8 14 2 Sunderland 7 0 5 2 5 15 2 WELSH LEAGUE. The following are the results up to and including Saturday last:— Goals. p w L D Fr Ag Pts Druids 5 4 0 1 12 5 9 Brymbo 4 3 0 1 29 1 7 Newtown 4 2 1 1 13 3 5 o swestry 4 2 1 1 8 6 5 Westminster Rovers 4 2 2 0 16 16 4 Welshpool. 4 1 2 1 4 13 3 Rhostyllen 5 1 3 1 14 14 3 Chirk* 4 2 2 0 10 6 2 Aberystwyth 3 0 3 0 5 13 0 Rhos 3 0 3 0 0 33 0 Chirk have had two points deducted for plaving an ineligible man. NORTH SHROPSHIRE AND DISTRICT JUNIOR LEAGUE. The following are the results up to and including Saturday last :— Goals f' P W L D F A Pts Ellesmere Rangers 3 3 0 0 24 2 6 Whitchurch Reserve. 2 1 1 0 13 3 2 Sweeney United 2 1 1 0 4 7 2 Whittington 1 0 1 0 0 14 0 Baschurch 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 Ruyton-xi-Towns 1 0 1 0 0 11 0 Oswestry Reserve 0 0 0 0*0 0 0 WELSH LEAGUE. OSWESTRY V. NEWTOWN.—This important league match was played on the Oswestry ground on Satur- day, in the presence of a large numberof spectators. The kick-off was advertised for 4.15, but it was after 4.30 before the ball was set in motion. From the kick off the Oswestry forwards worked the btill up and Ed. Rees kicked out. From a foul given against Tucker, Oswestry gained a corner but Watkins sent the ball behind. M. Parry got the ball from the kick off and finished up a good run with a fine centre. Roberts headed back and Ben- bow got the ball but instead of racing up to goal, shot too soon. J. Edwards removed a little pressure with a fine kick, and the Oswescry for- wards got the ball towards Newtown goal. M. Parry robbed the clever Newtown left wing pair. From a free kick to Oswestry, T. Lewis sent the ball yards over cross-bar. Some very hard pressure was now put on by Newtown, and A. Swettenham with a smart shot bit the upright. F. Lewis and then M. Parry in succession saved from further raids. Plimmer spied an opportunity shortly after and sent in a stinger to the Newtown goal keeper, who grandly saved. The home forwards put in some good quick passing and C. Parry saved by rushing well and kicking out. Even play followed for a time and then some fine play was seen by Miller and Swettenham and F. Lewis kicked out to save. M. Parry stopped the onward rushes of of the Newtown forwards. Watkin landed a good shot in goal and from the return Miller and his partner got down well and the elder Swettenbam failed at the centre. C. Parry sent a well directed shot from a free kick, but the ball was sont behind. Back went the ball, and C. Parry was instrumental in removing danger. J. Edwards was a little slow and nearly let the quick Newtown forwards in, but F. Lewis rushed across and saved. The home for- wards showed up well, but a free kick for handling gave Newtown a chance. Again C. Parry placed the ball well but J. Edwards returned it, and Pierce and Plimmer raced away and gained a corner. Benbow had a fair chance but shot wide. Up to now the game had been very fast and even. Miller put in a very fine run and sent the ball beautifully across goal but just a little over. It was a splen- did effort and well deserved better luck. J Edwards was prominent in a melee and Benbow seut in a good shot but E. Rees cleverly saved. In a minute the Newtown forwards were round goal and the ball sent against the net. Watkin soon after centred well, and Pierce just failed to meet the ball. Gooderich and Watkin again troubled C. Parry, but the burly one was equal to the task. After a bit of even p!ay W. Parry and A. Swettenham got up to goal nfcely, and the Oswestry goalkeeper was loudly applauded Pa r°U?c* ^.e ground for a marvellous save. W. ■wvT m time sent in two very fine centres, in«fC ^ere w^th difficulty saved. The last one was A Tr)1ssed by Miller and the two Swetr.enhnms A- .o..ln the Newtown forwardsplaglled the Oswestry were eauil .<?wa™18, Lewis, and the goalkeeper gained a corner' and"at ^cfore ,lalf'time Oswestry Newtown ended in W p ,ier time was T' ^ari7 shooting behind. No business-like manner 8econd halt began in a attack, and A a Oswestry were the first to first minute. Aeain'tu cb^culty saved in the goal, and Roberts shot^r. °me forvvar(ls got round Swettenham got down +.ery D?ar- Miller and A. swung the ball well ar-™! W1Dgi and the formor returned by F. Lewis, and WatV v/1^0 bal1 was but C. Parry robbed him o a 'or>k 1D> Rees coolly removed danger Li f wing E. well. The Newtown goalke'enor k ? j forwards shot and the ball quickly went nr. t e*u°Ut a arnart whm P. Lewis robbed ™d' with a fine overhead lick, retMnej ? ,™d'> an ugly rush. F. Lewis stopped Miller t! m cleverly, but the second time gave a corner^ was well taken, and Lewis saved in an u»l • mage. Edwards returned the ball from rtZ,SCntn' shots by W. Parry and Nock. M. Parry by^^t8 play, stopped Nock, but soon after this nW^lT W. Parry caused the Oswestry goalkeeper some trouble. From a corner the ball was sent behind Watkin got away with the ball from a free kick but over-ran it and spoilt a fair chance. Lloyd fouled the ball, and Plimmer got his head in the way of a hot shot. Pierce, who had not been fed for a time, now put in a good run, but the ball was sent back. F. Lewis stopped Miller, and J. Edwards soon after was very lucky in saving. Miller, at this time, sent in some very fine centres. Swetten- ham received a beauty from this player, but unfor- tunately for his side handled. A foul against Newtown relieved the pressure on the Oswestry goal. J. Edwards, with a hard kick, give Watkin the ball which he sent just outside. Hands against Oswestry near goal looked blue for them, but J. Edwards saved. W. Parry again centred well, but the Newtown forwards again failed. Pierce got the better of his opposing half-back and C Parry kicked out to save-the best thing he could do. From the throw in Pierce, Watkin and Benbow, rushed the ball well up to goal and one of them breasted it through amid tremendous cheering. From now to the end the game was tremendously fast, and the Newtown men made almost super- human efforts to score. Miller, in particular, executing some good runs and swinging the ball grandly across goal, where, either J. Edwards or F. Lewis received it and put it safe. Pierce had a r.ice run, but C. Parry returned the ball, and the New- town forwards were pegging away when the whistle blew, and the home team were loudly cheered for a thoroughly well deserved victory of one goal to none. The teams were fo-oWs:- Newtown Goal, A Edwards; backs, E Rees and C Parry; half-backs. Tucker, Gentle, and Teddy Davies; forwards, J Miller, R A Swettenham, J P Swettenham, W Pürry, and Nock. Oswestry Goal, Edwards; backs, J Edwards and F Lewis half-backs, M Parry, Roberts, and E Lloyd; for- wards, Pierce, Plimmer, F Benbow, Watkin, and Gooderich. Referee, Ur J Davies, Ruabon. ABERYSTWYTH Y. DRUIDS.—These teams met on the Vicarage Field, at Aberystwyth, on Saturday, and the men lined up as follows:—Aberystwyth: Goal, D. Thomas backs, W. R. Jones and T. Rees; half-backs, Geo. Green, J. II. Edwards, and Loveday; forwards, J. F. Jones, Dewi Eilis, Morris, A. Owen, and J. C. Ilea; linesman, Mr T. II. Edwards.— Druids: Goal. Upton; bncks, Humphreys and Hughes; half-backs, Owen, C Thomas, and T. Davies; forwards, Vaughan, Butler, Trevor Owen, Jones, and Butler. Linesmau, Mr Wilkes. Referee, Mr Taylor, Wrexham. The Druids went off at a galop and the inside left got in a shot backwards which rolled behind the goal. This was followed by a run on the Druids' goal, and Morris got in a hot 'un from a pass by; Ilea. Jimmev Vaughan scored the first goal from his head. The attack on the home goal was very fierce and delay by Edwards in clearing was responsible for this. Rea got in another beautiful centre from a pass by Owen, and Green who was well up ventured a shot from the return which went behind. A similar shot followed from Ellis. The home right wiug had a rough time of it and did not liive clear running ground therefore. Rea was looked to for something good and his passing was a treat, Owen his partner fearlessly responding. The "Druids were now fairly penned in, but a pass from T ?i-or Owen to Jiuimj Vaughan gave the latter an opening and a fast shot flew across the month of the goai A corner was forced at the Druids end of the ground, which they cleared, and there was a sitniliar accident at the town end. This was like- wise got away and an effort by Morris who made a smart run was loudly cheered. Two corners followed and then one of the backs handed, awl from the free kick Morris headed into tho net. This brought the teams equal and the fight re- opened with increased force, the Druids doing the pressing. A neat pass to Rea, from the centre was followed by a beautiful shot from him and the Drnids goal was fairly at the mercy of the town men, WHen Green relieved the anxiety of the visitors bv kicking tbe ball over the bar. Thomas earned the good will of the crowd when he snatched the ball fairly off the foot of a Druid. Neat play by the whole of the home team fipi? hed in a second goal being scored for them, Jones being the lucky man, getting in a swift shot from a pass by Owen. The Drnids pulled themselves together and in less than a minute Jones the outside left scored with a terrific shot. The homesters wer" dead on the Druids goal and pressed throughout. Although this was the case there were instances when the home. backs and half backs were run off their legs, by the rapid passing and re-passing of the Druids, In one of these incursions W. R. Jones gave a corner in clearing, and Vaughan headed behind. Thomas was then called upon to s;we and he struck the ball on to the top of the net. An off- side goal was scord by Trevor Owen and the kick off had to be taken from under the bar. Jimmy Vaughan scored the third goal for the Druids after a free kick given by Green handling the ball. It was without a doubt the smartest goal scored in the game, and was secured whilst the homesters were looking on. The town men were soon back in then old quarters, and there was a running fire at the goal, J. H. Edwards sending a neat shot over the ball. Half- time arrived with the play in the Druids territory but the score 3 to 2 in their favour. The Druids opened the pressure in the second half, and Thomas's charge was greatly endangered. It was but of short duration, and the way the homesters pounded at the Druids goal for the next five minutes was a treat, finishing up by hands in the inou-,ti of the goal, Morris heading behind from W. R. Jones's kick. This was succeeded by a corner, and too loose play robbed the homesters of a point. A hard run by the Druids front rank took the play to the other end of the field, and a corner felt to their luck after a good save by Thomas. Rea re- lieved the pressure with one of his usual sharp run?, and Charlie Thomas handled the ball near his goal. This was soon cleared away, and out of a scrimmage the Druids put in a fourth goal. The home team made a worthy attempt to redeem their lost ground, and there was every chanco of this being accomplished had not Loveday, who bad been playing a paying game, drove the ball yards the wrong side of the posts. Five minutes after this Butler scored the fifth goal, Thomas being faced by three menjall bent on scoring. Morris, amidst a thundering cheer from the crowd, dribbled the ball from the middle of the ground and scored the third goal for the homesters. The excitement was now very great and the Druids were warmly pressed, the hacks driving the ball out of play to save their goal. Trevor Owen piled on the sixth for the visitors after some really excellent play; but nothing daunted the home team kept pegging away and forced the play back to the visitors' goal. Jimmy Vaughan was temporily disabled. There were few interesting events towards the end of the game, Ellis makisg one splendid effort to score and sending the ball into the side of the net. Another combined run of the home forwards was spoiled by Charlie Thomas driving the ball out of play, and this style of play was joined in by Trevor Owen. Full time arrived with no alteration in the score, and the Druids won by 6 to 3. WESTMINSTER ROVERS Y. WELSHPOOL UNITED.— Encouraged by their victory over Rhostyllen and Llauidloes and their excellent performance in making a draw with Brymbo, the Welshpool team journeyed to Gwersyllt on Saturday full of con- fidence to try conclusions with the Westminster Rovers. The team was slightly different to the one which did so well in the last three matches, Walter Davies filling Heath's position in the forward rank and Tom Jones going centre-half, whilst Hughes once more appeared at full back. It was some fifteen minutes after the advertised time when the referee sounded his whistle, and the teams lined up before about £ 00 spectators in the follow- ing (,r(ler :-Westminster Rovers Goal, W. Jones; backs, Samuels and Bithell; half-backs, Weldon, Elias Jones, and W. Griffiths; forwards, Pountney, Phoenix, Barrett, A. Griffiths, and J. Lewis. Welshpool United Goal, C. White; backs, D. R. Jones and Sil Hughes; half-backs, J. Jones, T. Jones, and W. Holloway forwards, C. Jarman, C. T. Cronk, G. H. Mytton, W. Davies, and T. Austin. Linesmen, Messrs E. Evans and J. Powell; referee, Mr Cotton, Rhostyllen. The United won the toss and Barrett started for the Rovers, who at once went away with a rush, Pheenix shooting outside. The visitors' got well up and for a time severely tioubled the home defence, several good shots nearly taking effect. Dan Jones stayed an attack by Pountney and Phtrnix and sent the ball to Jarman, who made a good run, Bithell having to concede a corner. This was got safely away, and then the homesters worked the ball well up. "Hands" against the United close in proved disastrous to them, the free-kick being converted into a goal by Barrett. From the centre kick Austin raced away, but Samuels proved too good for him and saved well. Dan Jones stopped a run by Griffiths and Lewis, as also did Hughes one by Phoenix. Austin received the ball and got well away, Samuels kicking out to save. From a foul against the Rovers near goal the ball was got away, and the home team pressed, Tom Jones kicking out to save. Scotty proved one too many for Griffiths and Lewis, and for a time the visitors' fairly bombnred the Rovers' citadel, bat luck seemed dead against them, and try as they would they could not score, the ball going every whr re but in the right place. Cronk missed two very easy chances. A break-away by the homesters' left wing was repelled by Dan Jones, who placed the, all nicely in front of aoa 1 Mytton failiug to take ?^vailtage of a splendid opening. Poutllty and nunnx were next conspicuous for a well executed run, but Hughes proved himself master of the 8ituation and sent the sphere well away. Jarman made a nice run, Austin being just too late to take adval) tage of a magnificent centre. Pheenix A fn,?!* a?gcrous but White was sot to be beaten. ROVPM ^ains^ Elias Jones looked bad for the which 'lm? „s s:'ving at the expanse of a corner, saved LYtSck to V™teA. Bithell play s Jarman and Cronk aud then Pheenix and Barr^ the vis'l0T's' quarters, Hughes stopped a HghtnWXTfr f%. them- The h°neS td°ing tll° Same with a shot by Lewis' I he homesters were still dangerous Ph«>mv » £ ing over. Hughes saved two WDT wdnBarreU' and "^arman receiving made from°+V F m 1DK hard linea in not scoring from the former s centre. Dan Jones stopped a rush by Lewis and Griffiths, and Austin had very hard lines with a shot which struck the bar and rolled over. Hollowy saved well and passed to Austin who shot wildli- when in good position. The Rovers again troubled the Welshpool defence, Hughes effecting a marvellous save. Jarman next showed up and sent in a warm shot which Jones got away. Half-time was now signalled with the score one to nil in favour of the Rovers. On resuming the homesters went. away with a rush, and it was apparent that they meant business. White, however, sent shot after shot to the right- about, but they were not to be denied, and Dan Jones missing his kick proved disastrous for the United, Poutnev rushing up and putting the home- sters another goal ahead. This put new life in the Rovers, and they played with great determination. Whits and the backs found plenty to do, but they proved equal to the occasion and kept all shots from taking effect. The visitors now had another turn, Austin failinr when in a good position. Pheenix received the ball from Weldon when in an ap- parently off-side position, and raced away finishing- up with knocking the ball through with his hand. The point was however allowed, the referee evid- ently not seeing Pheenix handling the ball. The Rovers were soon again around the visitors' goal Tom Jones conceding a corner from which nothing re ulted. Scotty stayed an attack by the homo forwards and Jarman had hard lines with a good shot after executing a splendid ran. The homesters again got well down Elias Jones shooting yards over the bar. Jarman got away and crossed to Austin, who was robbed by Weldon. White next saved in grand style when a goal seemed certain. Lewis executed a pretty run, Barrett being just too late to take advantage of his centre. Hughes robbed Barrett when getting dangerous, and a "rod- hot" shot by Pountney was well saved by White. A corner fell to the Rovers which proved of no ad- vantage, and play was once again in the home quarters, several good shots were sent in, the ball, eventually going outside. Mytton shot yards wide when in good position. Jarman placed the ball nicely in front of goal, Austin failing to take ad- vantage of a very easy chance. Griffiths and Lewis broke away but Scottr" hampered them very much, Jarman sent a beautiful shot across goal, Austin being just too late to couvert it into a goal. The homesters removed the play to the other end, but the Welshpool defence nowseemed impenetrable. Several splendid shots were sent in, but they were got away, Hughes saving once when the down- fall of the goal seemed certain. Jarmam broke away and shot well, Jones saving in grand form. Griffiths and Lewis got dangerous, but Dan Jones saved well. From now to the end the game was of a verv eyes character, neither side having any ad- vantage over ths other. No furttior scoring took place, and the Rovers ran out very lucky winners by three goals to nil. FOOTBALL MATCHES. WKLSHPOOL ALBION V. POWYSLAND. Tlie,-Q teams met in a friendly encounter on the Town Ground on Saturday last before a poor attendance, each team being respectively captained by Messrs. J. H. Addie and A. Grice. The Albions won the toss, and Baines kicked off for the Powysland. Fifteen minutes from the start Heath notched the first point for the Albions, and from now to the in- terval11 rather even game ensued, with the Albions getting slightly the better of matters. During the second half the game was of a "give and take" character, but the Powysland failed to score with all the opening: that fell to their lot. The Albions were again successful, and Goal No. 2 was scored from a scrimmage in front of goal. From now to the end the Albions figured more prominently, but failed to increase thpir score, and the game ended in their favour by 2 goals to 0. LLANIDLOES Y. ELAN VALLEY, RHAYADER.— These teams met in a friendly encounter on the Sports Field on Saturday before a fair number of spectators. The visitors have greatly improved since last season, and were further strengthened by the inclusion of two of the home players, viz., E. Hamer and Simon Edwards. Consequently the home team had to be re-organized, F. Williams and Joe Hampton being drafted iu the team, Owen going centre. The visitors won the toss, and played down the slope, with the sun at their backs. The home team soon made their presence felt, and at once went for goal, but they were pulled up for hands when in a good position. Following this some tricky play by W. Evans and his partner ended in Owen scoring with a swift shot. En- couraged by this early success the home team came again, a good shot by Owen going behind. From the kick off Reacher secured, and made a good run, but he over ran the ball. The visitors, however, came again, Hampton having to give a corner, which was sent behind. Joe Hampton secured, but he sent behind. A foul against the visitors ended in several shot-, being rained in, but Salmond, Hamer, and Keating saved grandly, Keating using his head to advantage. Play was again in favour of the homesters, a good centre by Hughes being sent behind by W. Evans. The visitors now pressed a little, but Kerr and Hampton were too gojd for them. Owen secured and passed to the left a good shot by Jones, being equally well stopped by Salmond. Th vifsitols outside left now showed to advantage, Hampton at this stage being very erratic. The game tamed down considerably throws in being numerous. The home custodian who had up to now been idle was called upon to save, which he did in his old time style. The ball was quickly taken to the other end, Hughes with n an overhead kick giving Owen a chance which he nicely placed in front of goal, but Hamer returned. The visitors' custodian saved good shots from Jones, Hampton and Owen, Evans ultimately missing an easy chance. From a good centre by Jones, Owen had a chance, but mulled it. Further pressure by the home team, ended in Joe sending in a swift ground shot, but Salmond kicked away. The two outside men ef the visitors occasionally made off with the ball, but Fred Davies and Fred Williams were always on the spot and robbed them time after time. Nothing daunted they came again which resulted in a melee in the home goal, Harris ex. periencing great trouble in getting the ball away. The interval arrived without any addition to the score. Resuming, play having been transferred to mid-field, some pretty passing by W. Evans and Jones enabled Owen to register number two. This success put life in the home team, and in a few minutes Owen scored another. By a series of long kicks and rushes the visitors were enabled to invade I the home quarters, and from a poor return by Kerr they scored their only goal. Nettled by this unex- pected reverse the home team returned to the attack, and had it not been for the good goalkeep- ing of Salmond, the goal would have fallen on several occasions. After a smart run by Beacher, hands by Simon Edwards nearly proved fatal for the visitors, Hughes and Owen missing by inches only. The visitors from now to the finish were penned in their own quarters, shots being rained in on Sal- mond from every direction. J. Jones especially distinguishing himself with some fine centres, but just before call of time Joe Hampton and Jones registered goals for the home team, and the game ended Llanidloes 5 goals. Elan Valley 1. The teams wore as follows :-Llai-iidlous Goal, Harris Davies; backs, Fred Kerr and T Hampton; half- backs, Fred Davies, F. Williams and R Evans; for- wards, J 0 Owen, W H Hughes, Joe Hampton, W Evans and J Jones. Linesman, Mr C Edwards. Elan Valley Goal, Salmond backs, T Keating, E Hamer; half-backs, W Hartland, Simon Edwards and Harris forwards, Berber, W Jones, T Hart- land, Davies and Macisch. Linesman, Mr C Jones. Referee, Mr L. P. Marshall.
FOOTBALL FIXTURES. All matches played on the ground of the first- named club. OCTOBER. 10 Welshpool v Oswestry 17 Newtown v Welshpool 17 Aberystwyth 7 Westminster Rovers (w L) 24 Aberystwyth v Newtown (\v L) 31 Welshpool v Shrewsbury Athletic 31 Aberystwyth v Chirk (w L) NOVEMBER. 7 Rhos v Welshpool 7 Rhostyllen v Aberystwyth (w L) 14 Oswestry v Welshpool 14 Aberystwyth v U C Wales 21 Aberystwyth v Welsh pool 28 Newtown v Aberystwyth (w L) DECEMBER. 5 U C Wales v Aberystwyth 12 Welshpool v Aberystwyth 25 Aberystwyth v Rhosllanerchrugog (w L) 26 Aberystwyth v Brymbo (w L) JANUARY. 2 Whitchurch v Welshpool 9 Welshpool v Rhos 9 Druids v Aberystwyth (w L) 16 Aberystwyth v U C Wales 30 Welshpool v Druids 30 Chirk v Aberystwyth (w r.) FEBRUARY, 6 U C Wales v Aberystwyth 6 Welshpool v Newtown 13 Druids v Welshpool 13 Westminster Rovers v Aberystwyth (w L) 20 Shrewsbury Athletic v Welshpool MARCH. 6 Welshpool v Chirk 6 Rhos v Aberystwyth (w L) 13 Chirk v Wolshpool 20 Welshpool v Whitchurch 20 Aberystwyth v Rhostyllen (w L) 27 Oswestry v Aberystwyth (w L) ApRIL. 3 Rhostyllen v Welshpool 10 Welshpool v Westminster Rovers
WELSH JUNIOR CUP. The draw for places took place at Wrexbam on Tuesday night, and resulted as follows.—St Asaph Athletic Peumaenmawr Swifts, Bangor Reserve v. Carnarvon Ironopolis Reserves,; Flint Swifts v. Llandudno Swifts, Gresford v. Brymbo Reserves, Mold Red Stars v. Coppenhall, Buckley Town Reserves v. Buckley Victoria, Stansty Villa v. Westminster Rovers Reserve, Ruabon Albion v. Ellesmere Rangers, Rhos Reserve v. Adwy United, Rhosnessy v. Erddig Albion, Chirk Reserve v. ( Druids Reserve, Rhos Eagle Wanderers v. Wrexham St. Mary's, Rhostyllen Reserve v. Wrexham, Shrewsbury Athletic v. Dawley Town, Llanidloes Reserve v Royal Welsh Warehouse, Newtown Excelsior v. Oswestry Reserve, Newtown Half Holiday v. Welshpool Reserve.
-+- CYCLING. r By" P r M p HARDER."] CYCLISTS AND THE RULE OF THE ROAD. There seen.s to be some doubt as to whether the rule of the road under the Highway Act; with its consequent penalties, applies to cyclists, says the Justice of the Peace." An examination of the statutes shows that the rule of the road applies to riders of birycies as forcibly as to the driver of any carriage. By section 85 of the Local Government Act, 1888, bicycles, tricycles, velocipedes, and other similar machines are declared to be carriages within the meaning of the Highway Acts." The effect of this provision is to put the riders of bicycles in exactly the same position as the driver of any carriage or waggon. Even before the Local Government Act, 1888, it was h ld in the case of Taylor v. Goodwin, 4 Q.B.D. 228 (decided in 1879), that a person riding a bicycle furiously could be convicted under the Highway Acts in the same way that a person driving a carriage furiously could be convicted the ground of the decision being that a bicycle was a carriage." The rule of the road is contained in section 78 of the Highway Act, 1835. That section provides that if the driver of any waggon, cart, or other carriage whatsoever or any horses, mules, or other beasts of draught or burden, meeting any other waggon, cart, or other carriage, or horses, m a los, or other beasts of burden, shall not keep his waggon, cart, or other carriage, or horses, mules, or other blasts of burden, on the left or near pjdo of the rpad," h,, gn con- I viction, he liahleto a fine Hot. exceeding -25 if he is not the owner of the waggon or carriage, and to a fine not exceeding zClO if he is the owner. If, therefore, a cyclist commits an offence when riding a friend's bicycle, he is liable to a fine cf C5, but if lie commits an offence when riding his own, he is liable to a fine of zelo. There is no legal obligation that a cyclist should always be on the left or near side. It is only necessary that he should be on his left or near side when he is meeting another carriage, &c. It is then that the rule of the road applies. On other occasions he may use with impunity, provided he is riding cautiously, any part of the h i ghway.Globe.
-+- CHESS j All communications for this department should be addressed to the Chess Editor, who will be glad to hear from Secretaries of Chess Clubs as to tournaments, matches, & All letters to reach this office by Wednesday morning. Local intelligence will be given the preference to other news. Soluti:)n to Problem No. 45 Q-B5. Correctly solved by F. Joues, S. Carter, Maurice Whitticgham and W. A. Doody. Additional solution to Problem No. 44 received from W. J. Twyford and E. J. M. 11 PROBLEM No. 46.-Solutions invited. By R. L. HODGSON, Melbourne. BLACK-6 Pieces. WHITE—10 Pieces. White to play and mate in two moves. Position White-K at QR7, Q at QR5, Rs at KKt2 and KB6, Bs at KKc7 and KR7, Kts at QB3 and QB7, Ps at K2 and QB4. Black-K at Q5, R at KR4, B at Q5, Ps at QR3, Q2 and KB4.
» NEWTOWN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS. ANNUAL PUBLIC SPEECH DAY. The annual public speech day in connection with the Newtown Intermediate Schools took place on Thursday afier-noon, in the Boy's Schoolroom, New Road there being a fairly good attendance of the parents of the scholars and of the general public. The chair was occupied by Rev T. E. Williams chairman of the Local Governing Body, and on his rigkt sat Principal Reichel of the University Col- lege, Bangor, and Mr A. S. Tetley, the headmaster, and on his left were Mr Hugh Lewis, Miss Nott, headmistress, and Mr Richerd Lloyd. The majority of the members of the local governors were also present among the audience. The afternoon's pro- ceedings opened with a pianoforte duet en- titled Voices from the hillside by the Misses Gwendoline and Muriel Wood which was followed by the school song Where the Bee sucks." The Chairman n-xt offered a few words of congratulation, first to those present upon having such excelleut schools in their midst; next to the head teachers and their efficient staff for the successful way in which they had conducted the school during the first two years of their existence; and last but not least to the scholars, upon the gratifying results which had attended their studies Miss Ella Ellison having contributed a pianoforte solo, entitled Paquita," the Chairman called upon the head teachers to submit their reports upon the year's work Miss NOTT was the first to report, and said that she must confess that when she arranged with the head master that their two schools should, have a joint prize distribution and speech day, she was secretly hoping that she should safely escape the painful duty of saying anything in public (laughter). However, it seemed that she must speak for herself, and she would not be long. It was un- necessary to trouble them with many details of the year's work. By lookihg at the programme they would see for themselves that they had a few tangible proofs of what they had been doing (hear, hear). Their report from Aberystwyth was quite as good as it was last year, and she thought it could be rather more readily understood by the majority, as showing that the examiners had im- proved in method. There was no reason why the criticism should be all one side, and she therefore gave hers for nothing (applause). They had made a small beginning in the way of public examina- tions, and she hoped the number of successes would increase each year (hear, hear). Their last, per- haps, was that of which they bad most reason to be proud. Sh i referred to the exhibitioa gained by Lily Trow at Aberystwyth (applause) which showed what they were intended to be —schoo's leading right on to the Uuniversity Colleges (renewed applause). As Lily Trow had entered into residence at Aberystwyth, she was unable to be present that day to receive her prizes, and she regretted her abserce very much. Miss Xott proceeded to point out that these schools were very similar to some of the good Loudon secondary schools. Of course, she did not mean to say that they—for they were only two ye^rs old—could favourably compare with a good secondary school fifteen or twenty years standing—for county schools, even in Montgomeryshire, must have an infancy (hear, hear). She congratulated the school upon having a school library, and in conclusion addressed a few words more particularly to the parents who might be present. She always felt that there was a great bond of sympathy between all parents and teachers, for were they not both striving after the same object ? Were they not both anxious ior the best welfare of the child ? She therefore urged them to give their children as long a time at school as possible, for besides the book-knowledge gained, many advantages accrued from an unbroken course of regular school life-- the systematic train- ing and instruction helping greatly to mould the mind and character. For that reason they should not be too eager for their children to enter the battle of life and earn money, for they could never be children again, or §o back and take up a thread once broken (" hear, hear," and applause). Mr TETLEY, in the course of his report, remarked that they had been busy since last Speech Day. There were a few points of interest in the history of the school. At Christmas Mr Saunders joined them as the English master, whilst Mr Thornton, a valued colleague, unfortunately left them at Easter and his place was now filled by Mr Ware, science and mathematical master. Mr Tetley paid an appropriate tribute t,o the help reudcred by these colleagues. Their successes certainly had been few, but more could n >t be expected when con- sidering that they had "ny been two years fir. work. One boy, he was pleased to say, bad gone up to the University College, Aberystwyth, after parsing three parts of the Welsh Matriculation examina- tion (hear, hear and applause). He thanked the parents for their support, and pointed out to them the need of all round training for the bovs in all subjects. As to the status of the schools, the range of subjects taught, proved them to be rea! secondary schools, as also did the fact that seventy candidate's had entered for the forthcoming Cambridge Local Examination for the Intermediate Schools (loud applause). [II conclusion he thanked the Governors for their support throughout the year (applause). A two-j art song- entitled Greeting," having been contributed to the programme, the distribu- tion of prizes was next proceeded with, the books beinjj handed to the successful scholars by Principal Reichal, as follows: GIRLS.—Examination prizes were offered to all I girls who obtained a total average of 70 per cent. and over. Special prizes were offered to tho g-irl who came out first in certain subjects, provided the whole class obtained satisfactory results. Sixth Fonn-Lily Trow, prizes for Examination and Science. -l'if L,i Form—Dorothy B Wood, prizes for Examination and English Literature; Bessie Evans, Examination and Mathematics; May Breeze, Ex- amination. Fourth Form -El&ie Lowe, prize for Examination Elsie Jones, Examination and French; Lily Davies, Examination; Muriel B Wood, Exami- nation and Scripture; Gwendolyn 1> Wood, Exami- nation. Third Form —- Ruby Morris, prize for Examination Ethel Bird, Examination; Grace Patterson, Drawing; Hilda. tkidrnore. Drawing. Public successes: Cambridge Local Examination, December, 1895—Gladys Morgan, Junior Pass Cer- tificate; Mabel Hughes, Junior Pass Certificate; Bessie Evans, Preliminary Pass Certificate. Queen's Scholarship Examination, December, 1895-Lily Humphreys, Third Class. South Ken- sington Science aud Art, hy, 1896—Mathematics (Stage I), Lily Humphreys, Mabel Hughes, Gladys Morgan, Claudia Thomas, Liiy '£ro/ drawing (freehand)—Liiy Humphreys, Claudia Thomas, Lily Trow. Entrance examination, Uni- versity College, Aberystwyth, September, 1896— Lily Trow, exhibition of CIO. BOYS.—Prizes were awarded to all who gained in daily marks throughout the year au ave;age of 80 per cent. Fifth form—F Evans, 0 Jonts, G Barrington, N Ilnghes, J Evans, E Williams. Fourth form—S Hughes, W Milnes, A Thomas, E Edwards. Third fc,rm-.N Watkin, F Gooawia, J Lewis, C. Goodwin, S Shute, M Stokes, C Lambert (special examination prize), S Hendy (special prize 1 for diligence). Second form—(Prize average, 70 per cent), T Skidmore, H Lewis, F Ford, T Griffiths, M Woosnam. Successes in public examinations, 1896: Welsh University Matrioulation, June, 1896 B S Williams. Oxford Local Examination, July, 1896-G T Barringtou, Junior Pass Certificate. Science and Art Examination, May, 1896: Mathe- matics, Stage I-F Evans, H Gethin, C Jones, E Williams, J Evans, G Barringtou. A violin solo Early Blossoms," was next given by Miss Gladys Morgan, after which Principal REICHEL addressed the meeting. He said It affords me the greatest possible pleasure for three reasons to be here this afternoon.— (1) As Arnember from the first of the Joint Educa- ion Conference who has had some share in selecting the general lines of the system on which our new Intermediate Schools are being based (2) As head of an institution whose .vork has for years been crippled by the absence of a proper system of schools (3) As one in whom the conviction grows stronger and deeper every year that we are being outstripped in the industrial race by other nations owing to the inferiority of our educational equip- ment. We often hear it said that we are being over-educated, and many of our best written news- papers are fond of repeating the parrot cry of extravagance in educational expenditure. What wonld these good people say to the system which prevails in Sweden, where I spent several weeks this summer ? While staying in Sweden I took the opportunity of visiting some of the best equipped schools of the country and of getting information from my host, a man who enjoys a European reputation as an educational expert. I found a great system of secondary schools of different sizes and types-classical, modern, and technical—but all so graded and organised that a boy migrating from one school to another would know at once what place he wonld have to take. An incidental remark of my host then apprised me that secondary education for boys at least. was entirely free, and that no fees were paid in them any more than in the elementary schools, and that the same held true of the Universities; that educa- tion right up the whole education ladder was open to whoever chose to take it, free of charge. Fancy the feelings of our educational critics on hearing such an announcement. I own myself to a certain degree of surprise and misgiving. How then do you maintain your schools?" I asked. They are all kept up by the State. But is not the burden of taxation too severe ?" In Sweden, was the answer, no tax is paid so cheerfully and with so little grumbling as the education tax (applause). Nor is this principle allowed to remain a dead letter. In the town of Gothenburg, which I visited, a "Seaport of about 120,000 inhabitants, there are two large Intermediate day schools for boys, the classical school containing about 600 boys in which classical study preparatory to the Univer- sity is pursued, and the modern school containing about as many more, 1,200 places in all everyone of them filled. Besides these there are four or five large high schools for girls, receiving small grants from the State, but supported in the main by fees. These, one and all, are day schools which means that they draw their pupils almost entirely from the town. And what is the result of this (in the opinion of a certain section of our public) flagrant over education ? Pauperism ? I did not see a beggar the whole time I was in the country. I was struck by the absence of anything resembling our slum population. "Over competition producing a pinched style of living ?" I was never amongst a more quietly comfortable and well-to-do set of people in my life. Pout hoc ergo propter hoc, we all know, is an unsound syllogism. I will not therefore urge that ail this physical well being is the result of proper education, but I think i am within the bounds of logical modesty when I say that the ex- ample of Sweden is fatal to the pessimistic forecasts of those who consider that the wide extension of intermediate aud higher education In ust load to social dislocation, and economic distress. Nevertheless there are few cases where one can derive no in- struction from the arguments of an opponeut. Error is often truth slightly warped. There is un- doubtedly a sense in which over-education is possible and exceedingly mischievous. Those who dilate most loudly on the dangers of over-education are perfectly right from their own point of view. For if you press any advocate of this view you will find that by education ho means that classical and literary teaching so admirably given in our large public schools and Grammar Schools, which is intended as a preliminary preparation for one of the learned professions and which naturally leads on to the University. And if we once admit that this is the sole type of education which is to be given in our schoo's, our opponents have proved their case, and the policy adopted by the Joint Education Committees has been entirely mis- taken. Two courses were open to those bodies, (1) to establish a small number of schools of the grammar school type enlarged on the science side so as to meet modern developments these would be available to the greater part of the population only as boarding schools (2) to accept the principle that the great bulk of the population ought to be within reach of a secondary day school, and to es- tablish a separate day school in every small town the inhabitants of which were prepared to put their hands into their pockets to provide the funds for building it. There was much to be said in favour of t.ie former plan it was the more cautious and the more easily worked, being nothin"- more than the adoption and completion of a system already in partial operation. But to adopt it was to give up once for all the idea of a secon- dary system open to the whole population such as prevails in Switzerland andpther countries, and to accept the view that secondary education should be confined to preparing for the learned professions. This view the Joint Education Com- missioners declined (rightly, in my opinion), to accept. They determined to look rather to the Continent than to England for their model, and deliberately chose the second alternative, a large number of day schools instead of a small number of boarding schools. But this being so it follows that the new schools must not follow the old grammar school traditions, which would simply resalt in their training for literary and professional life, five times as many applicants as there is room for, and thus creating what has well been called an educated proletariate," a class which, wherever it exists, constitutes a:standing menace to society. But this is not the only evil effect. So wide reach- ing a system, which practically brings secondary education to the door of every cottage, will inevitably through the attraction of scholarships sweep into its net nearly all the clever children from the elementary schools, thosr. who a; present supply most of the skilled labour requireO in our different handicrafts and manufactures. Are they in the new schools to receive an educatioll which will stamp on their minrls the feelingthat to jf" to manual work would be to lose caste ? If s° ofl^ new schools will cut the very sinews of our industries. Their main business will be to divert the stream of talent and energy which at presen keeps our sorely taxed industrial svsi em at wor into a channel where it will be not merely users' but positively dangerous. The danger is one whiC» was foreseen by those educationists whose was adopted by the Joint Education Conference. hostility to manual work hitherto fostered and de?e'" oped, however unconsc-ionsly, bv secondary educa- tion, could only, thev believed, bn'crot rid of by making manual work an integral part of secondary ednca-tio"* Hence all the county schemes under the Welsh -A-C" contemplate the introduction into the schools manual instruction, and several schemes, notably that of my own county, make it a compulsory sub- ject. Here again the problem has been worked out for us on the Continent, so that the difficulties are not so great as they mi<?ht at fi''s sight appear. The importance of the subject cannot, in my judgment, be over-estimated. On0 of the first duties of the Central Board, of the new Governing Bodies, and of the headmasters, 3 to organise an efficient and attractive system ° manual instruction, and to make it part of the regular school curriculum. If this be not done, must confess that our opponents were in the rig" all along, and that the main principle o i which onr system has been constructed isa deplorable The most serious difficulty in the way, the oB'J serious difficulty 1 am inclined to think, lies in time-table. subjects required for various public examinati00?' and yet find room for manual instruction P Tb1 brings me to another danger against which ought from the very first to be on t guard, I mean the tyranny of a multiplied* of external examinations. It is a and only too true a complaint of Headmaster that preparing for examinations leaves them 00 time to teach. One parent demands that his se shall sit for the Oxford Locals, another that shall prepare for the London Matriculation, a thi^ that he shall try for a South Kensington none of these courses are quite the same, separate instruction has to be ijiven, and instead j> one fourth or fifth form, as the case may be, unfortunate teacher may find himself with hree feur or, his hands, complicating his time tabls a° frittering away his energies. Only those who tried to teach know hew impossible it is to rise mechanical drudgery unless the mind is allowed | concentrate on a subject and teach it for 1 own sake. The fault here lies in the utter (15a.°tj ganisation and want of system into which intermediate education has stumbled, aud consequent idea which has grown up iu the mind3 parents that the tnain object of a boy's school'11?^ to enable him to pass some qualifying examinfttiO or other. Let the urge the Local G''vel? ing Body to suppOft their headmaster ing Body to suppOft their headmaster io 1, stoutly resisting all attempts to convert school, which should be a place) of steady growth and slow assimilation, into a CfrtrHtriin# XK stitution the curse of modern education. more aud more banishing this from our pn'olar' more aud more banishing this from our pn'olar' schools, and we have eliminated it, so far as it be, frotn our new University—let ug not sufferyf evil spirit to take refuge in our Schools. And here we enjoy an advantage the English schools still lack. We are an organise body, we can act together, and we have been by the legislature with a machinery for testing efficiency of our schools, which we can work out, selves and adapt onr own curricula. I refer, 0 course, to the Welsh Central Board, which is n° constituted and will shortly meet. In this the re' presentatives of the masters and the Govern"1* Bodies in concert with oth«r Welsh educatiofli3 will have to construct a system of examination aD inspection for the new schools adapted their special needs, and the system f* established will, it is almost certain, accepted by the Government as the instrument the allocation of the Treasury grant. This body 9,1 perform much the same function for the Secondary Schools which the University does for the Coll4"#?"' It secures for them, if they only choose to take1' the priceless gift of teaching freedom, without vvhiC indeed teaching in the highest sense is impossible- Whenever any demand in future is made for sPeC,^e preparation for some external examination, headmaster's reply be This sell ^ol is organic under the Welsh Central Board, a public author1 J called specially into existence for this very P urpo by the Imperial Parliament; to make extra arrang^ jjjr mental for your SOt would be to havoperjjpwaoopr to of that system and thus do onjus-tice to, every other pupil in the school," let th« Governing Body be thankful the? have as> troug man and support him. 00 word to parents. Most of the mistakes the averag^ parent makes in connection with the schooling his son proceed, so far as my experience goes, froof a fundamentally wrong conception of the kind 0 work a schoolmaster ought to do. A large regard him as a sort of intellectual mechanic; takes a boy as a carpenter takes a piece of WLod, he fastens him to the bench intellectually speakio^' works at him with certain tools and method > gradually chisels and planes him into shape, and. if he stays long enough, sandpapers him off sends him out with the final polish, a finished [11an. factured article. It is not so. The schoolmaster is an intellectual gardener, not an intellectual penter. He has to deal with living, growth organism, the minds of his boys; his business s to furnish proper nntriment and to secure c°a\*e tions favourable to healthy growth. For this h must have time, and his work must not be by the apparent progress of a term or even of a yeir, Many parents argue in this way. The course 0 such a school is three or four years, as the caSØ may be; therefore if my son goes for year n ought to cover A or J of the whole syllabus. The b is taken away at the end of the year and the par0l\ is surprised to find how little he has learnt, a°. concludes that the school master doesn't know bJ business. Gentlemen, the progress of edllcatlø with a growing mind is not to be expressed 111 terms of a simple arithmetical progression so filuch in one year, twice as much in two, three times much in three. A squared pro xression 1, 4, would much more nearly represent the true P1^ portion. The more a miud assimilates (assimil3^ mind, not crams) the more its power of tion grows, the more fresh knowledge, it °a acquire in the same space of time. Give boy's mind a chance to grow, give your masteT chance to teach You do neither if yon send son to a new school for one year, a eonsida^b portion of whicii time must be lost in adap ing himself to his new surroundings. LastlY: let me urge you to give the master yoU representatives have chosen your confidence, Believe me, he cannot do his best work unl0 you do, and it i3 precisely the highest t/P of minds on which the latent antagonism of f'0 who ought to bo friends and supporters has tn most paralysing effect. Finally, I would appeal all the inhabitants of the district to support t new school every way. Remember that in t formation of an educational system we in Wales ar the pioneers for the United Kingdom. We cann" hope to lead English in politics, in trade, in religion: but if we do our duty, I have little doubt that tb system we are now inaugurating in Wales w*iH recorded by the future historian as the source ^n model of the national system of education then esta lished throughout Great Britain, and to which o country will look with gratitude as the instrume of national elevation, social, industrial and politlC (cheers). Mr. RICKAKD LLOYD, in a short speech, RE^ER^Y to the financial position of the local governing bo with regard to the new school buildings. will be found in our report of the meeting of governors held on Wednesday.] He also poi,ted out the necessity of getting the subscriptions in the 23rd prox., aud hoped all present would their best to attain this result. R Mr. HUGH LEWIS proposed, and Mr F°9? seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to PrIDC IJ. Reichel for his excellent and instructive addre and this was carried by acclamation. 80S The school song The British Grenadiers v nl next rendered, and a, verse of the National Ant having been sung, the proceedings terminated.
IMPROVED WINTER TRAIN SERVICE. SOUTH WALES AND CAMBRIAN effecte The Cambrian Railways Company have eff e to great improvement in their winter train servi and from South Wales. A new train has beer, on from Builth Road to Moat Lane, connecting Cardiff (T. V.) 7 50 a.m., Cardiff (R. R-) 8, 4U o 38 Newport (B. & M.) 8 25 a.m., and Mert.hy^r a.m.; also with the L. & N. W. train from j^iao- due at Builth Road at 12 20 noon, and from^ erg drindod due at 12 48 p.m., thus enabling alJd to reach Newtown, Welshpool, Oswestry^e^. Whitchurch some two hours earlier than 1 the A new train also runs in connection a,m- 12-40 p.m. train ex Aberystwyth, and 10- ex- ex Pwllheli, forming a connection from eStini° £ mediate stations, including Minffordd (for -jjerthyr' line) which accelerates the journey t° ^rale3 Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, and other Son stations something like two hours.