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MACHYNLLETH. I TilE agents for the pa!e of the CouxtY TniSb arc T Parsons & Sous, Bui combe House, Messrs W If Smith & Son, Railway Bookstall. Fox HOUNDS.—Tiie Plus foi hound met at MRIEH- lyn, near Pennal, on Monday. Bona ill and Mr Richard Gillart were present on horseb.tck and a large number of farmers were err foot. A fox was soon found and for th» spac~'f>f two hours a gallant hunt ensued, the hounds evc^t'iallv killing the fox ill the open. COUNTY SCHOOL. -A corj-espoadent writes •. —The School football teams had a o ipita! practice on the Rectory field on Tuesday afternoon. The first eleven forwards played a.gainst the first eleven halves and backs. A capital a'ame followed, but the first forward striug won the day. The County School ground seems to lie getting'on verv si owl v. Here is the schoo. numbering 80 pupils without a playground. Month after month go°3 by and still no hope of the ground getting ready. And if it I were not for the kindness of the Rector of the parish, Canon Trevor, who gladly lends his field to the scaooi, the bovs would have to undergo their games of recreation in a short, narrow, cramped and nailed-in space adjoining the school buildings, which place hardly admits of two persons walking abreast. This is not as it should be, it is not fair to the headmaster, it is not fair to the scholars, and it docs not tend to the welfare of the school. From what I can see the school ground will be as good as useless to the scholars for at least another 12 months. The Rectory field is a mile off, and Dr Davies has failed to find a field near the school the consequence is the pitiful sight of 40 or 50 boys cooped up and lounging with no playground in which to exercise their limbs freelv. I feel for the hoys keenly and the one thing wanted is a good shake up to the so-called contractors. LITERARY.—On Wednesday evening two excellent papers were read before the Cymdeithas Cvmreig- yddion Cyfeiliog in the Town Hall by J J Tvuv- braich, Mallwyd, and "Tegwyn" of Dinas Mawddwy. The subjects were Dr Davies, Mallwyd," and Hugh Jones, ill respectively. Till- subject of the first paper is a most interesting personage, as Dr Davies played a very prominent part in the translation of the Bible into Welsh, produced a. gigantic Welsh-Latin and Latin-Welsh dictionary, besides several very important works, historical and theological. He was a ripe scholar in the classics, and the period in which he lived Was a most interesting one, historically and ecclesiastically. The old parish church of Mallwyd is very aneieut, and the walls are built in two counties, viz, Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire. The altar was foi-nierly in the eciitre of the church the famous Archbishop Laud requested Dr Davies that it should be removed to thA east end of the church. Dr Davies refused, feeling ran high, the Communion table was temporarily re- moved by force, but not for long, for Dr Davies soon restored it to its old position in the centre of the church. We do not know whether it sta?ids there still or not. The paper threw light upon the ignorance which then hovered over Wales-the clergy alone had the key of wisdom and knowledge but even their knowledge of Welsh was for the most part shamefully imperfect. The paper was listened to with very much interest. The second paper referred to another well-known Welsh writer on religious subjects chiefly, a man who published 26 Welsh books under very trying and difficult circumstances. This paper was also very much enjoyed. In tne nnavoidaole absence of the President of the Society-Mr John Rowlands, solicitor-the Rev D T Hughes ("Morfa") the vice-president, occupied the chair. The rev o-entle- man was supported by "Å P Gwyddon °(Dr E Davies-Rees), and "Wniou" (the Rev E W Evans), the two faithful recorders of the society. Amongst others present were the Rev E Roberts, Se., Mr David Evans, solicitor, Mr Jenkins, National Provincial Bank, Mr Edward Kees. chemist, Mr D Phillip Jones, &c. Interesting discussions on the papers followed. The readers, Troyhraich" and Tegwyti," were heartily thanked for their kind- ness, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman, pro- posed by Mr Edward Reos, seconded in a wittv speech by Mr David Evans, and supported by "Wnion" having been given, a very pleasant and highly instructive everting eame to a: close. SCHOOL BOVRD. The publication in onr columns last week of a report nf the meeting of the Machvulleth School Board haa given rise to a good deal of discassion amongst the ratepayers of that place upon the pro- posal of the Board to spfJnd £ 3,500 for a new school. In quarters least expected out-spoken comment is made of the fact that of the five mem- bers on the School Board, one only is a layman, three are ministers, and one is a clergj-mau. This of course, is the result of a pernicious system, com-' moti throughout Wales of electing ministers of each denomination, and where there are more than enough to select the representatives of the strong- est chapel to seats upon the Board. The laymen complain, and they do so in some instances with a ,VIY good deal of cause, tha'- ministers and clergymen are not the best custodians of the public purse, and that business men, the men who have to make the money before it can be sp-nt, should have control of the affairs. It is, of course, a compliment to the minister to appoint him on the Board, but there appears to be a feeling that paying compliments at the expense of the ratepayer is a pastt,ime no longer tolerable. Probably this matter will be revived in a vigorous fftrm at the next School Board election. Turning to the qn(,<ti()n of the proposed new school the ratepayers are confronted with Ihr demand of the Inspector for a. new buildiiv-. Fur- ther alteration and improvement of the orcsent building will not be permitted, and, therefore, the Board are forced to comply with the request. As to the need of a new building there does not appear to be two opinions, but as to the cost this will need further elucidation. A remark too, which fell from the lips of Canon Trevor*, would lead to the belief that a third building was needed for the establishment of a ragged school with separate equipment and additional charges. One is inclined to ask why should there be a ragged school in Machynlleth. The Man in the Streer, I knows the reason and gives it in his own words. All the poorer children, all the little waifs who have to put up with an existence, and barely that, of the threadbare order, are drafted to the National Schools and this wedging in at one school of all the children of one class had simply driven the better class away to the Board School. Canon Trevor and the managers of the National School are called upon to handle a perplexiug situation in which fairness alone can do any good. Tne managers should inquire (1) are these children refused at the Board Schools (2) upon whose authority were they removed from the Board School; (3) is the attendance officer allowed to dictate as to which school the children must attend. If these questions are satisfactorily answered probably a solution of the difficulty will be found, and the need of a ragged school removed for ever. The ratepayers of Machynlleth are not at all anxious to see further expense thrown upon their shoulders, and the closing of the National Schools-a contingency which we hope is very remote—would be the last they would seek. Therefore it is to the interest of the ratepayers to see that the children of the poorer classes are not crowded into one establish- ment, but that instead they are distributed accord- ing to the part of the town in which they reside, and by this means they will undergo that process or evening up -o essential to the education ot children generally.

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