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I UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH WILES. MEETING OF THE COURT OF GOVERNORS. LORD KENYON RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT. THE FINANCES OF TIlE COLLEGE. (From Our Ovra Reportoe.) A half-yearly tnoet>i of t-he Court of Governors of tho University College of North Wales was held yesterday (Wednesday) at the Queen's Hotel, Chester, Lord Kenyon, tho pre- tidcrit, occupying the chair. Too attendance inckkdod Sir J. Prichard Jones, Bart. Sir Vincent Evans, Mr J. Herbert Lewis, M.P. Lady Osborne Morgan, Principal Sir Harry Reichel, the Hon. Mrs Bulkeley Owen, Colonel Thomas Gee, Principal D. R. Harris, Bangor; Messrs J. G. Bacon, Monai Bridge; D. Griffith Davies, Bothesda; Miss M. Bakec, Holywell; Miss M. T. Hole, Denbigh; Miss H. M. Bousfieki, Ba-ngor; Miss M. Crow- tber, Carnarvon; Mrs A. Parker Davies, Aber- gele; Mr H. R. Davies, Treborth; Mr R. M. Davies, Llangollen; Mr J. M. Edwards, Holy- well Mr E. D. Evans, Wrexham; Mr A. Fouikes, Abergele; Miss Goe, Denbigh Coioniel Thomas Gee, Conway; Mi's Gee, Conway; Miss A. B. Gittins, Abergele; Alderman E. Hughes, Winexham; Mr Lowis Hughes, Amltwch; Mr T. Rowland Hughes, Mr L. Lloyd John, Corwen; Mies Annie J. Jonas, Wrexham; Professor E. Taylor Jones, Bangor; Messrs J. Kinsey Jones, Llanidloss; O. Isgoed Jones, Llanrwet.; R. Hughes Jones, Vron, Wrexham; R. O. Jones, aenau Festiniog; Walter 0. Jones, Ruthin; Prof. Lewis Jones, Bangor; Mos-rs Henry Lewis, Bangor; John Mahler, Chirk; and M. F. Mason, Bangor; Colonel Mesham, Pont- ruffydd Mr W. Lloyd Parry, Mold; Mr Samuel Perks, Rhyl; Prof. R. W. Phillips, Bangor; Messrs J. E. Powell, Wrexham; and J. R. Pritahard, Carnarvon; Miss Mary F. Rath bone, Morsai Bridge; Dr. D. Lloyd Roberts, Manches- Ibsr; iir Ed. Roberts, Buokiov; Mr W. B. Ro- berts. Llajigollen; Miss Anna M. Rowliands, Ruthin; Messrs W. T. Rowland, Corwen; E. Sydney Taylor, llawarden; Dr. Jail-tos Taylor, Chester; Mr W. P. Williams, B/uigor; Rev. T. C. Wiliiaffiis, Meiiai Bridge; and Mr John Wiright, Hawardien; with Prof. J. E. Lloyd (the Registrar), and tho Assistant Registrar (Mr Richard Williams). THE LATE KING EDWARD. The President, at 'the outset, referred to the death of King Edward, the Protector of their University, and said that on behalf of the College he conveyed in a telegram their heantfelt sympathy with the relatives, and he received a reply tiwi'oking the Governors and tho Council for their sympathetic message. There was no question, proceeded the President, that they in North Wales venerated King Edward in company with the rest of the Kingdom. To them, he Was a very live personality, and they all re- ooliected with pride and pleasure his laying of the foundation stone of the new College build- ings. In their College and the University of 'Wales generally, the late King always evinced the greatest interest, and in cammon with the reat of the nation they deplored and mourned his death. THE LATE MR P. P. PENNANT. The President moved a resolution expressing deep sorrow at the death of Mr P. P. Pennant, who Lad been a member of tho Court and of the Council of the College on the nomination of the Crown, since its establishment, and who rendered Valuable service as one of the vice-presidents His keen interest in tho work of the College in all its branches and his devotion to the cause of education in Wales, stated the res^ution, were constantly manifested throughout his long and distinguished career. Lord Kenyon, in moving the resolution referred to the late Mr Pennant as one of the greatest friends the College ever had. One of the most faithful in attending the meetings of the College committees, he aided it in every way he could. He had known him for 25 or 30 years, and during tho whole of that time he had never known him to shirk any responsi- bility or duty which fell to his lot. Possessing very keen and excellent intellect, his presence -,nd advice on the Council was always valued and his opinion was always useful and generally acted upon. By his death North Wales had lost a most valuable and useful public s' r- Fant (hear. hear). The most modest of men, he never pushed himself forward, but nevertheless there was always a demand for his services, es- pecially when difficult matters of business, or Negotiations were on, for there never was a bet- ter mediator than Mr Pennant, who was a genius for soothing injured feelings or arranging matters between two parties. Sir Vincent Evans seconded the resolution, and remarked that he came into contact with Mr Pennant in connection with the preservation of Flint Castle. His appeal in connection with that old fabric greatly impressed the Commissioners, and it showed his desire that the great deference should be paid to the wishes of the people of ,Wa3es. Mr S. Perks, Rhyl, added his testimony to the fine character borne by Mr Pennant, and Prin- cipaJl Sir Harry Reichel said that he had ben Acquainted with Mr Pennant's work on behalf of. the College for about 26 years, and he was a: tWays impressed with his tolerance and absolute serenity of temper even in times of heated tee:- ing. It was said that it was easy for a man tc be tolerant if he had no principles, but that was cot the tolerance of Mr Pennant (hear, hear). It was to him more than to any other m;¡n that they owed the development of the College agri Cultural department, by opening the CollegeTarm. Tho resolution was carried, the Governors up standing. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. Mr R. O. Jone3, Festiniog, proposed the re- jection of Lord Kenyon as president,, saying that his lcrdihip had always faithfully discharged his (duties in connection with the College (hear, hear) Mr Isgoed Jones, Llanrwst, seconded the mo- tion, which was carried with acclamation. The President said he could assure the Cont that though he bad now been connected with the College for many years his interest in it had not diminished. He thought they in North Wales .ought to feel very proud of their College, an cf fixe new buildings which were now about to re- ceive their final crown. He sincerely hoped that that great monument to Welsh education and to the aspirations of the Welsh people would be a reminder to them of the higher duties all of them owed to their country. They themselves must not forget that the buildings were not coiii plete, and alhough they had done as much as one generation could hope to accomplish, they must still look forward to the completion of the buildings, and still urge the claims of education upon their countrymen, and see that the CaUe-ze 5 adequately supported and maintained after being built He was glad to learn that the Col- lege itself was in a prosperous condition, and that the increased grant from the Treasury had en- abled them to pay more adequate salaries to the professorial staff and afford "them more assist- ance in the noble work they had undertaken. "Of course, when we get into our new buildings the expenses will naturally increase," pointed the President, "but it is hoped that the increased number of students will help to diminish the con- tingent liability. Many good friends of the Col lege have done their best to make the new build ings wortHy of the College, and I mus| mention the gifts of Sir J. Prichard Jones, Mr H. R Davies, Treborth, and many others, who have oomo to our rescue (hear, hear). I hope we have not exhausted the generosity of th-e people of North Wales, because there arc still many things required." 0 ELECTION OF OFFICIALS. Judge Bryn Roberts, Bangor, was re-elected treasurer, and Mr W. J. Parry, Bethesda, auditor Sir John Rhys, Oxford, Messrs D. P. Williams, Mid W. P. Matthews were re-elected members of the Council to serve for five years. THE FINANCES OF THE COLLEGE. SATISFACTORY REPORT. In submitting the annual report of the Council of the College, Mr Henry Lewis, Bangor, stated that the financial statement showed a small bal- ance in hand for the first time for many years, That was to be accounted by the fact that last yoar they reoeived five quarters grants from the Government owing to the different method which had been adopted by the Government in paying the grants. Notwithstanding tho great increase in tho receipts on that account, if only four quar- crs Government grant had been received their adverse balareo would have been reduced from C1911 to JM12 last year. "The College," proceeded Mr Lewis, "bLs Reyer been in a 'better financial position than it is in to-day, and that wiN be apparent when I befi you that ten years ago we bad invested tends amountiag to £ 52,794; and that now our invested funds total £ 75,726, an increase in ten years of £ 23,000. This has nothing at all to do with the funds raised in ooimeoticm with the new College. Tho funds I am referring to, have been invested for the sake of paymg the ordi- nary expenses of the College and the sohoiar- shapa dwith it. The interest on the in- vested fundi TO 1900 amotmted to £ 1900; last year they amounted to about £2.500. Paraiie! with this increase in the funds of the Coilege ifi the increase in its popularity, for last year there was a record number of students, 350. The foes received from students ten years ago amounted to L1955, last year the amount bad increased to JS2445 exclusive of (the fees paid in the Kindergarten, the Agricultural, and Forestry Departments. The reports of the different pro- fessors are also full of hope for the future, and of gratitude for the additional assistance the Council of the College have been aJble to give isbom. throughout the College there is apparent an excellent spirit of conAerrfcmcnt, satisfaction, and confidence in the future (hear, hear). There is only one slight apprehension (mingling with our satisfaction* and that was the possibility of a considerable increase in the maintenance ac- count next year, for wo sahil have to maintain practically two institutions—the old College and the now one, but I a.m sure the Council when they look the facts in the face will be able to make both cuds meet." With regard to the Biriiding Fund, Mr lew-s aa-id that when the College waj first established, and it was proposed to raise a building fund in North Wales, the figure at which 800lC of the most sanguine friend's of the College placed the total collections was £ 30,000. That was about the inaxini-tim sum they would ever ccjiect, it was then said, but that day they were able tc report that:, tho sum already promised was 1;116,000, of which only £ 20,000 had been re- ceived from the Government (cheers). Of this large amount £83,340 had already been, reeo vcd. that being in addition to tho cost of the sue — £ 15,000, presented by the Corporation of Ban- gor. Of the whole amount promised tbero re- mained only £ 13,000 to be collected. But even after receiving the E13,000 they would not be able to enter their new buildings free of dobt. So far as they oould see, the sum of £ 12,000 was required before the opening day if the new College would have to be opened free of debt. He had been srtruck wl th one feature in con nection with the new busings, and tha. was the readiness with which friends of the College had rendored assistance in providing atatues, wrought iiongatee, stained g-liuss windows, and other ornaments which were not included in tne builder's contract. A special a,ppe-al was made for these things. lie was happy to isay Jla.t the special donations (some of which were unsolici tod) received to provide these ornaments amounted to something like 10N. It was pro- posed to put up the statue of a historical olsli character in the porch of the Prichard Jones Hall, and the secretary of one cf the most ancient Welsh societies in London, had promised to provide that statue (hear, hear). These who I were interested in music would be glad to learii that a space had been reserved in the Prichard Jones Hall for an organ, and the Council would not feel their consciences at rost until tnat space bad n filled (laughter), They had also been offered. a gTand piano worth £350 for £ 175, and he was sure there were many who would be pleaded to contribute that amount. DEPRECIATED RAILWAY STOCK. Mr S. Perks made inquiries with regard to the preoeIlí va'-ue of railway stocfc possCS18ed by the College, He pointed out, that the value of every stook had depreciated, but the committee « £ >parentSv made ro allowance for that. He thought in future that the actual value of the stank should be stated, and not their value a few years ago. The President replied that that could be done, though it. would occasion certain amount of work. He did. not thrirk tho sugges- tion made by Mr Perks would prove of much advantage, befcaueo they did not wish to aali cut these investmewes, and certainly not the stock which had depreciated. Mr Henry Lewis said the suggestion would receive (the attention of the Financo Committee, so there was no necessity to pass a resolution. In administering tlio funds of the Coll ego they had the invaluaJb'e assistance of Mr Rowland Hughes, of Liverpool. THE PRINCIPAL'S STATEMENT. Principal Sir Harry Reichel, in presenting the report of the Senate, stated that in looking down the list of scholarships awarded, the governors would notice that a large number were marked "Eyton Williams," and that was an indioation of a great improvement which had taken place in the position of tho College finances as the re- sult of the Eyton Williams' legacy. A commis- sion which had inquired into the Universities reported that it was not desirable that entrance scholarships should bo paid out of the general College funds, and ho thought it would be agreed that that was a sound recommendation. The lrkm Williams' legacy had released their Col- lege from that difficulty (hear, hear). As to the number of students admitted a record was con- stituted last year with 346 students, the number this ssesion being about half-a-dozen or ten less. He would like to draw attention to the large proportion of students who came from the Coun- ty Schools of North Wales. No fewer than 242 out of the total of 346 came from the County Schools of North Wales. No fewer than 242 out of the total of 346 came fro.m the County Schools, and of that number 146 entered the County Schools by meaois of scholarships from elementary schools. They would notice that 44 students took German, and in this connection he would like to road the report, of ths head of that Department, who sad, "Few, if any, of tho students enter the College with any knowledge of German with the result that little work of an academic nature can bo pursued. As long as this state of tihinga oontinues the Department is threatened with stagnation possibly with total extinction." Perhaps tho threat of "total ex- tinction" was a little alarming, but he thought the fear of stagnation was justified. Anyone who viewed the matter calmly could not help admitting that the two most important languages from every point of view were English and Ger- ma.n, and that any system of education which put German aside was open to grave question. For one thing no branch of strudy could be pur- sued to a high point without a good working knowledge of German, and that could not b? said of any other modern' language. The statis- tics oontained in the report showed that half the work done at the College readied a good hon- ours standard. Of the three University fellow- ships awarded in Wales last year, two to Baaigor (hear, hear). With regard to the George Rao lectures, they were carried on under an cn-dowment left by Mr Rae, whose idea was that it should form the nucleus of a fund. to establish a cthair. The endowment produced something like J350 a year, but., of course, a much larger eumi would have to be secured before anything like a department in economies could be estab- lished at the College. The library was being catalogued so that each book could be easily available. The value of that class of work strongly impressed him a few years ago when She acoompanicd the Commissioners who visited the Theological Colleges on behalf of the Uni- versities of Wales. At Lampeter they found a library upon which an expert cataloguer had been engaged for three ye and the e-ffect of that work was that the value of the library for tha purposes of study had, at least) been trehlod. In connection with the new buikihiga he pointed out that in the recent Treasury report upon Scottish Universities it "was held that the addi- tional charges upon an University as the result of the erection of larger building's were a reason- able claim for further Government grant (hear, hear). They could get people to build colleges and other institutions, but it was difficult to get them to provide endowments, and, therefore, a just claim could be made upon a oontral fund, the oecurit-y of the Treasury being, of course, the fine and noble buildings orected, at private empense. RESEARCH WORK AT THE COLLEGE. Dr. R. W. Phillips seconded the adoption of tho Senata's report. He said that no one con- nected with the work of the College in its earlier yea-rs could help being- struck with the change which had oome over the general character of the work now carried on there. Time was when they were obliged to hold junior classes in a grea.t variety of subjects, but that era, had now disappeared. Very few etudenta now entered the College who had not matriculated, but, of oourse, in subjeots like Greek and Hebrew, it was still necessary to offer facilities to students who wished to commence studying those lan- guages. Generally speaking, however, the stu- dents who were admitted into the College wore prepared to enter the degree clasgm-(hear, hear)—and the whole level of the work of the College had been elevated. There waa AnOther striking featurfc, and that was the number of students engaged in research work at the Col- !ege—stoudents who had graduated, and who, having been inspired with the love of learning were prepared to tread new paths of learning. Students were now returning to the College to pursue their studies on their own initiative when the University had finished instructing them. That was a matter upon which the Court and I the Cortege should oongTatula,to itself—(hear, hear),—and they undoubtedly heM their own with the other Welsh Universities and with Uni- I versities of similar status elsewhere. The fact that they wore about to enter new buildings should act as a great stimulus to the students. In raising" the amount they had for the new buildxijgte they had done more than their most ardent hopes oould suggest, but there remained E12,000 before they could open the new build- ings free of debt, and that was a matter which affected everyone of them. If thoy could open I the tOOW buikiiugB free of debt it would be a great moral lesson to tbe whole community in ■which they lived. I TELE OOLLEGE AND THE EISTEDDFOD. Principal Sir Harry Rachei semaxjted that I it was soxaeftimes said that the colksges in Walcp pursued their way on a path which was no doubt the proper University path, but "which had nothing to do with Welsh life and character. He did not think that was a oorocct statement, and the fact that both the ch aii-ted and crown-ed bardis at tho rcosnt National Eisteddfod at Colwyn Bay wore oiLd efcudisnts of the College was a sufficient refutation of the stateinent (hear, hear). Mr Perks spoke appreciatively of the lectinres given at Rhyl undei the auspices of (the Colloge. WELSH LIBRARY COMMITTEE. The following were re~eiLected on the Welsh Library Committee:—R?ev. Ivan T. Davies, Mr R. Gwyneddon Davies, Rev. Owen Da- vies, Rev. J. Puleston JOIKS, ,Mr L .D. Jones, Ik-v. J. C. Morrioe, Sir Isambard Owen, Pro- fessor T. Hudson iWdlliams, and Mr W. P. Williams. Mr S. J. Evans, Llangefni, wrote intima- ting that he did not wish to be re-elected on the committee. A [Governor inquired how often the mem- bers had attended, and the Registrar replied that no meeting had boeu held (laughter). The President: [Then they have attended the maximum number of meetings (laughter). Mr Isgoed Jones moved that Caaion T. Ed- wards i(Gwvnedd) should be elect-cxl on the oommittce vioa Mr S. J. Evans, and this was carried. Asked if there was any understanding be- tween the Welsh National Library and thø- College Library, the Registrar stated there was. A SPECIAL STATUTE. In the absence of M'r Glynne Jon-os. Dr. Phillips proposed that the following special statut.e ,be adopted "That clause 2 (c) in the Special Statutes adopted by the Court of Governors on April 15th, 1908, and confirmed on April Gist, 1909, and approved by the Privy Council on November 11th, 1909, be amended as follows By inserting the word 'British' -before the word 'University' in the said clause." The amending Statute, is proposed in order to jmeet the objection raised to the original Statute in a letter from the Privy Council, which approved the Special Statutes adopted by the [Court on the understanding that the Court will submit, in dUiC course, for their lordships' approval, an amendment of the Special Statu tc restricting the qualification for election in the case of governors appointed by teachers in secondary schools to persons holding the degree of a British University, or in the case of a woman an equivalent qualification." I 'The resolution was adopted without com- ment.. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES. It was reported that six meetincs of the Court of Governors of the University'of Wales had .boon summoned during the year, aiid that two of the representatives of the Univer- sity College of North Wales did not at lead a single meeting. Mr (Lewis Hughets, Amlwch, said that it would be just as well to abolish the repre- sentation if the members did not attend. The President: Aberystwyth is so difficult to get to. I Principal Ellis Edwards. Mr Edmund Jones, Barmouth, and Mr Kensey Jones, Llanidlo-ps, were appointed representatives. NEXT MEETING TO BE HELD -,VT BANGOR. Professor Lewis Jones proposed that Ban- gor should be the venue of the next meeci-io, of the Court, who could then for the first time meet in the new buildings. That midlife influence the subscriptions of some of them, A friend of his, altei- soeing the noble pije, immeaiatoly doubled his subscription (laughter). Mr Perks proposed that the meeting ghouJd c* but found no seconder. Vincent Evxms fa-vourod Bangor, and Canon Edwards pointed out that the governors at their :uext meeting might have to ooiiswier certain arrangements in connec- tion with the new buildings, and it was wøll that they should be on the spot (laughter). Mr Perks: I will withdraw my motion in the hope that you will visit Rhyl next time. It twas then decitied to hold the nest meet- ing at Bangor.

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