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NOTES OF THE WEEK. WHLSH MEMBERS' KEVOLT. The Prime Minister's announcement that the Government could not carry the Disestablishment Bill further than the second reading this Session has been received in Pembrokeshire, in common with other parts of the Principality, with feelings of regret and disappointment. Why precedence should be given to the Irish Land Bill it is difficult to say unless there are reasonable grounds for supposing that this measure will be more acceptable to the House of Lords than the Bill for the separation of Church and State in Wales. We cannot suppose, after the magnificent stand made on behalf of Temperance Reform, that the great Liberal Party dislike fightmg for great moral principles, though the materialisation of politics since the disappear- ance of Gladstone is not without significance. This postponement of another great measure to which the Government stand committed is another example of the futility of legislating on sufferance. The Welsh nation does not want any theatrical display, will not, in fact, be satisfied at the measure for which it has made repeated demands being carried merely through the House of Commons. That would not bring Disestablishment as a reality any nearer, although it would enable the Welsh repre- sentatives to say that they had fulfilled the pledge they gave to the constituencies. But the Govern- ment cannot afford to see. rejected another first-class measure and yet to continue in office, with the House of Lords gaining in prestige and authority after each successive victory. It may be retorted that unless the Government are prepared to fight, and if need be, to go down fighting on the issue which they have raised, it was an error to have placed Disestablishment in the King's Speech, and a greater error still to have introduced the Hill. To raise hopes which cannot be fulfilled is not States- manship and it is not good tactics. One of two courses we could have understood. We could under- stand the measure being deferred until the Govern- ment were in a position to carry it through, or we could understand a Government deciding to make Welsh Disestablishment an integral part of their policy on which they are prepared to stand or fall. But the middle course of an insincere theatrical display we cannot understand, and now that the Bill has been introduced the Welsh Parliamentary Party must, unless they are to become an absolutely discredited and ineffective group, act as Mr Walter Rocb wishes them to act and insist on the pledges given to the Party being faithfully observed. I THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL. The Haverfordwest Grammar School, which has now over 100 pupils in attendance, continues to pro- gress in various directions. This is the tribute which is paid to it by Mr Owen Owen, the Chief Inspector of the Central Welsh Board, who has never been biased in favour of Haverfordwest. Mr Owen is especially pleased to learn that an additional master who is capable of teaching Welsh has been appointed. This appointment was a very sensible departure, because of recent years there has been quite a revival in the popularity of the Celtic tongue. It is now recognised that the Welsh language has a great future, and the number of scholars who desire to explore the rich fields of its literature is every dav increasing. It was because of the richness of its poetry and literature that Matthew Arnold submitted himself to the ordeal of learning Welsh, and we hope that many pupils of the Grammar School will desire to familiarise themselves with the Celtic tongue. The friends of the school will be pleased to hear of its greatly improved financial position and will wish it even more brilliant laurels in the future than it I has won in the past.

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