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GWAUNCAEGURWEN A public meeting was held at tlie Public Hall on Sunday evening, Feb. 17th, to support the Swansea and South Wales Institution for the Blind. The chair was taken bv Mr G-odfrey Evans. and the meeting was addressed by Mr R. il. Turral, the blind organ- isar of the Institution. Mr Joseph Dicks, secretary of the G.C.G. Lodge, and Mr J. J. Jamas, Miners' Agent, supported. Air Turral dealt with the history of the Swansea Institution since its in- ception in 1863, stating that it had provided a home for some hundreds of blind children throughout tho whole of Wales for the last fifty years. It is the only institution of its kind in the whole of Wales. The organiser, who lost his own sigiit some years ago in tlie Argentine, stated that jil -LIIL(' past they had to rely for their support on the casual subscriptions of the well-to- do cf Swansea, and district, but the campaign which he had. now io hand had as its aim the placing of this servieable institution on a sound a He further posited out to his audience that not only did they provide a home far the blind, but also taught to many of them a trade which they could profitably fol- low in after life. Mr Dicks supported the appeal made on behalf of the institution, and aaid that lie had lately paid a visit to the institute and had seen the blind at work following various occupations; mat-ma king, chair-caning and basket- making. This had at least two good effects upon them; it kept their minds engaged upon soimie interesting work, and thus prevented them from continu- any pondering and reflecting upon their own unfortunate position in life. Also it enabled them to gain some skill in these trades which would pro- vide them with some .economic assist- ance and independence. The speaker contended that the proper place for the authorities of this institution to appeal for fuiwjs was the National Treasurary, and not to the wa^e-e^rnor.- of the principality. The reason for that being that the workers were only able at best to secure, as wages, that amount which served as a minimum standard of life, whilst the National Treasurary had control over those sources of revenue which provided in- comes which were far in excess of the weekly income of the average working- man. But the workingmen of the princi- pality in the past I)o.,Aessed the repu- tation of the "Good Samaritan." and '.t was to this humane instinct 'that the institution for the blind waa now appealing, and he hoped not in vain. Mr John J. James made a stirring appeal to the audience on behalf cf the blind, both at Swansea and at the St. Dunstun's National Institution. He stated that the Executive Council at Cardiff had been approached by Sir Arthur Pearson on behalf of the Xati-onal Institution. He said that it w as the duty of all thotie who possessed the invaluable fai.ulty of sight them- selves to assist those who had been less fortunate in life by contributing towards their maintenance, in a prac- tical way. The speaker (ontended that the main afrce behind siidi causes wa.s the IHKIV of workingmen in the country with their pennies and shillings. Under the auspices of the Caegur- wen Gardening Society, Mr Isaac Jones, N.D.A.. N.D.D., lecturer at the Uiviversity College of South W^ ales and Monmouthshire, delivered an In- structive lecture in Welsh oil thia principles cf manuring, to a large and appreciative audience at at fhfc Gwauncaegurwen Ctatmeijl School oai Wednesday evening of last week.. He dealt in an able manner with nitro- geiwus, phosphatic, nitrogenous-phos- phatie, and }K>tassic manures, and also I with the effec-tive use of artificial, as well as with farmyard ma-tiures.

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