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A SHIRKED CHALLENGE. I I

- - - - - THE VEXED QUESTION…

ICOAL AND IRONY.

THE WELSH NATIONAL I LIBRARY.-f

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THE WELSH NATIONAL I LIBRARY. f There are not many members of the Pontardawe Council who can be accused of taking too keen an interest in the higher things of life. The vision of the majority does not extend beyond rates. They are on the Council to keep down expenditure, not to ad- minister laws for the well-being of tho community, certainly not to take an independent i nterest in the mental and physical health of the people. A letter written by Mr. Lleufer Thomas, the Rhondda stipendiary, one of the most disinterested and influential of Welsh Nationalists, was read at the last meet- ing of the Council, and this letter con- cerned the Welsh National Library. Now to most members of the Council the word "library" has most sinister associations. It does not produce "cash"—a fatal failing to the trades- man-lawyer type of mind. Its upkeep is in many places a "burden" on the rates. Then, too, it has an uncomfort- able suggestion of thinking, a function that some of the councillors must find exceedingly painful when they try it. The letter asked the Council to open a fund for subscriptions to raise an amount on the collection of which a Government grant of £ 50,000 is con- tingent. The Council refused to ac- cede to Mr. Lleufer Thomas's request, and decided that the letter should lie on the table. A similar request made to the Miners' Federation elicited a de- claration of approval of Mr. Lleufer Thomas's work, and a recommendation to the lodges to assist. Where "igno- rant" miners, who are supposed to be materialists and anti-nationalists among other things, are supporting the Welsh National Library, why should "en- lightened" people of the middle-class like the Pontardawe councillors give it the cold shoulder?

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