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IWELSH IN SCHOOLS. I

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I WELSH IN SCHOOLS. I I I SHALL IT BE MADE I COMPULSORY? I NATIONALIST CONFERENCE I AT SWANSEA. At the Guildhall. Swansea, on Sa/tm»dia,y, was held the first meeting -of the West Glamorgan section of the Welsli Nationalist j Societies, when about thirty deilegiartes re- ixresented tihe Swansea CymnirodOrion Sooiety, the Swansea Mabinogion Society, and the Old Homes of Wales Society of Swansea, tlie Gower Welsh Society, and the I N^aiath, Gowerton, Pontardanve, Briiton Ferry, Glais, Garvv Valley, Pontardulais, Penclawdd, and the Afan and Marga-m Cvminradorion Societies. Tlie conveners of l the meeting were Mr. Rhys Phillips (Welsh Librarian at Swansea) and Mr. D. Morlais j Samuel, and the Mayor of Swansea placed the Crown Court at the disposal of the dele- gates amd entertained them to tea. Mr. J. Meredith (Morristmn) was ap- pointed chairman pro tern. The Mayor ex- I pressed his cord ia-i approval of the objects of the movement, Nvliieli, be took it, would tend towards perpetuating the Welsh language. Of course, he said, there was a difference of opinion as to the value of Welsh commercially, and he agreed there was a lot to be said in favour of those who afligued that for the purpose of commercial education children ought rather to be taught French and German. There was no time for acquiring languages like the eaalv youth, a.nd so the proper time was when a I child started school. Therefore it wm a moot question whe-ther it would be better to TEACH CHILDREN FRENCH OR t GERMAN rather thai i Welsh in tlie EHemeofbary schools, leaving it to be decided whether Welsh should be taujght later on. Tilmt as- pect of t,he question had not yet been fully discussed bv the Swansea Education Autho- rity, but tii-at the Wekh language should he perpetuated he cordially agreed, and that they should by .ome mewns make it impera- tive tha.t Welsh dhould be taught to the Children. i'n his opinion it was very hard to teach children Welsh lwil eass the portents j taught it at home. Mr. A. H. Thomas, J.P., was elected chairman of the section, Mr. Morlais Samuel secretary, and Mr. J. Mtredith treasurer. Mr. A. H. Thomas, in taking the chair, said he oid not share the Mayor's opinion with regard to the commercial utility of the W elsh language. He ansidered a know- ledge of Welsh a tremendous asset, and, as a vehicle of conducting business, his experi- ence showed that it was not only extensively used, but increasingly so. The objects of the society were then dis- cussed on a letter from Mr. D. Arthur Evans, the general secretary, who enjoined the necessity of being prepared to go about and preach with missionary zeal the gospel of patriotism. Messrs. <L Meredith (Swansea district), R. R- Griffiths (Grower), Philip Thomas (eath), amd Lewis Davies (Afon Valley) were elected representatives on the Exeoi- tive. The delegates then at considerable length discussed the best means of securing active units of the generw, society and of promoting its objects. On the motion of Mr. Spurrell Davies, it was resolved, with a view of extending the movement, that the Swansea Cymmrodorion Society be responsible for the extension of societies in the Swansea district and Valley, that theN eath Society be regarded as the parent society for Neath, and that the Aberavon Society be responsible for the ex- tension of Cymmrodorion and National Societies in the Afon Valley and neighbour- hood, and that the section meet, quarterly. At the close of the proceedings the Mayor I entertained the company at tea in the Council Chamber, for which he was accorded cordial thanks.

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