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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1914. Topical Tattle. Why Pay the Teachers more ? What a quesijoij Because there is no help for it ♦ Thank goodness we appear to be at the end of the educational upset, and things will soon resume thoir normal course, let us hope. The Special Committee of the County Council did last week-end what they ought to have done months ago, and thus have saved all this bitter struggle and the setting back of the education of the youth of the county. What the Board of Education think of the humiliating position of this county can be gathered by their action, which has in effoct put an end to the strike. The teachers have won handsomely, and it now only remains for all concerned to settle down with a will and make up for lost time. # Alderman Corner has cornered many people in his time, but he himself has at last been cornered. Hence his resignatioij from the Special Committee. The business of this county has far too long been conducted on lines laid down by the autocratic few, and it is time we bad a little common sense method introduced in place of high-banded autocracy. Hereford- shire has a very poor standing amongst the County Councils of the country for progress, and goodness knows no county needs it more than this. And this lack of progress can only be set down to the methods employed, which were all very well 10 or 20 years ago, but things have got a move on since then. Herefordshire has always seemed to be the last to fall in the march of pro- gress, and the reason is not far to seek. If it serves no other purpose let us hope the teachers strike will have a beneficial effect on our County Council as an administrative body. t The local amateur minstrels who have been disporting their talent this week at the Royal Hall, Ledbury, surprised a good many people, and no member of the troupe contri- buted more to that surprise than Mr Harry Barnard, who — whether as a cornerman, comedian, or lightning sketch artist, was exceedingly good. His sketches were ex- tremely clever, though as usual when a local amateur does anything out of the ordinary some of the suspicious and sweetly disposi- tioned people who live amongst us suggested "fakes," The artist promptly replied by asking one of the audience on the stage on Wednesday night, to turn over the sheets for him and see that there were no fakes." By the way, Harry, the news paper of the one and only proved pretty good sketching paper, didn't it ? The debate at the Town Hall on Wednesday night on the propobals of the National Ser- vice League proved to be one of the most interesting evenings, personally, that I remember spending in this relic of the old days. Mr Barnes proved himself a clever debater, and Mr Baily presented his case very well, though I thought he let go by certain arguments of his opponent could well have been answered. After all there was not time for all the pros and cons of this great national question to be discussed, and neither of the participants could be expected te cover the ground thoroughly in the time at their disposal. All the same those who were present must agree that the time was far from wasted, and their knowledge of the subject was added to. If the debate does nothing else it should bring home to the people of the district a realisation of the extravagant waste of money which annually goes on in armaments amongst the Great Powers. If the present rate of expenditure continues it will ulti- mately mean that taxation will reach the breaking point for some of the countries. To this country, of all others, naval supremacy is a matter of life and death, and so long as other countries continue to add to their navies, so long is it necessary that we should move and keep pace with them. From time to time responsible statesmen in this country have thrown out the suggestion that there should be a ship-building holiday, and we all know how that proposal has been received. Consequently for this nation to take the initial step in that direction is tantamount to committing race suicide-and that a Britisher will never be guilty of. TATTLER. j






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