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I Farmers' Fun I


Brecknocks at Aden.I

War Funds Sale.

M.Ps. RECRUITINC-Contlnued.…

The Registration Bill.

Recruiting and Labour.

Welsh Rechabitas in Council.

Times of Tumult I I






———— + WORTH THE COST. It may seem incongruous, at a time when greater and more urgent questions Are vexing us, to refer to matters of edu- cation curricula. The subject, however, has a greater importance than appears 4t first sight. It has an immense future, if not a present, value. Take, for instance, that of Nature-study in our elementary schools. We were reminded of it in an extremely interesting article which appeared in our columns last week, describing the visit of the Builth Wells naturalists to Aberedw. Carlyle, we are told, bewailed the fact that, in the curri- culum of his early training, there was no provision for Nature-study. Ample pro- vision is made to-day, and the fullest ad- vantage should be taken of the lessons which the wood, the river, and the moun- tain teach. From an education point of view, Nature-study means much to the ell-being of the children. It means JOy-the greatest joy of all, life in the ?en-air, bringing with it the strong foun- dations of robust health-joy through knowledge acquired by the sharpened Senses of observation. In short, it widens the true culture and makes for the fuller and happier man. But the study has its 1-naterial value. In the future, there will be, if we mistake not, a larger population Necessary for the tilling of the soil. With this in mind it is well that the children's interest should be deepened in rural pur- suits and pleasures. This interest can be awakened first by Nature-study and, afterwards, by agricultural instruction. It would, we think, be false economy to cut down the estimates for the provision °f such instruction, as, we note, was sug- gested only last week in Radnorshire. A truer economy seems to be to foster and encourage such teaching. The report of the Agricultural Organiser for Brecon- shire and Radnorshire, which we publish "a this issue, points to this conclusion. lie says that a great majority of the boys, who will eventually be employed on the land, do not enter the secondary Schools, and it is evident that the only Way to create interest in agricultural is "by some kind of Nature-study through the medium of the elementary sCools." It appears a strong effort is £ ing made in several Welsh counties to establish school gardens, but Radnorshire specially is sadly lacking, since out of J1 schools, onlv four have taken up the ùbject. Yet, i 1 he neighbouring county Of Montgomery, gardening is thought of o great importance as to be taught in 1bout 50 schools. Why the disparity? -1 Montgomery farmers are not more far- seeing than those of Breconshire and Radnorshire!

Notes and Notions.I

Policeman's IChase.I


Builth Congregationalists.…

Removing -Pigs. ' I

Mr. Sidney Robinson and Sir…


Well-Known Solicitor.