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I Howell's School.


I Howell's School. I The extensions to Howell's Schools, Llandaff, were opened on Tuesday afternoon, by Ludy Verney. The visitors were received by Lord Tredegar and other governors in the main entrance. His lordship presented Lady Yerney with a hand- some silver key, the handle of which bore the county arms in enamel and gilt on ene side, and a suitable inscription on the other side. In making the presentation Lord Tredegar said that the governors gave it as a token of their appreciation of Lady Yerney's services to education, not only in this district, but all over the country. Lady Verney, having thanked Lord Tredegar, unlocked the door and declared the hall open. A meeting was then held, when several speeches were delivered, and a short musical programme was gone through. j Lord Tredegar presided, and said that he was sure he would be right in thanking, on -.behalf of the governors of the school and those present at the gathering, the representatives of the Drapers' Company for their attendance. (Applause). It was through the assistance given by the company that the governors had been able to do as much in the school as they had, and he hoped that the repre- sentatives would approve of what had been done. i'he necessities of the school increalled considerably, and the governors were obliged to carry out the addi- tions in order to bring the school "up-to-date." (Hear, hear.) His lordship confessed that his satisfaction was rather watered down by regrets He was old enough to remember Howell's School when it was what he called a typical girls' school. The surroundings were exactly what one would wish for such an institution, and always reminded him of Gray's poem, On a Distant Prospect of Eton College," because they had the spires of LJan- daff Cathedral and the green fields in front, and places where the girls could walk about free from the annoyances found in the towns. However, they had been obliged to build that hall, and he hoped that it would prove of signal service to the school. He wanted to speak to them that afternoon about the influences of the female mind upon affairs generally. Ladies exercised a great deal of influence upon the affairs of the country, even without taking part in business, or politics, or anything of that sort. (Hear, hear.) For all he knew, there might be some girls present that afternoon who would alter political and many other things in connection with the business of the nation. Girls ought to think of this, that they would have great power in the future. They ought to b6 conceited, and to realise that they might be able to influence someone for good—[hear, hear]—not by their great learning so much as by the influence that a good girl or good woman exercised 'over men. [Applause.] He heard the other day of a young lady who wan engaged to be married, but who broke off the engagement because the young man said that he had never heard of Browning. He was glad to be able to tell the meeting that she thought better of it afterwards. (Laughter.) His Lordship's feeling on the matter was that he would not mind a bit if those present that evening did not know anything about Browning. [Laughter.] That was only his private opinion. It was said of tho great Queen Cleopatra that when the Roman Emperor fell in love with her she was the means of altering the history of the world. Some said that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter the face of the world would have been different. [Liughter.] The fate of some young men m.,gyht depend upon the noses as well as upon the learning of some of the girls present. [Laughter.] Amongst other things taught there he noticed music. That reminded him that a noted musician was asked whether he thought that it was right to carry out capital punishment. He replied, No, because you can do a man to death with a piano." [Laughter.] They ought to keep that in mind as a warning against strumming- a piano too much. [Laughter.] He was glad to find that their school had gained such a good report at the last examination. The head-mistress, the teachers, and the girls ought to be very proud of the report, for there was not a single bad word in it. [Applause.] Lady Verney said thit their chairman was one who had helped to make the history Iwhat the poets had to celebrate. The British soldiers had been giving the poets a great deal to write about lately by their chivalry, their patience in disaster, and their moderation in victory. (Applause.) The girls and women ought to be proud of such national heroes. There was a great deal of beauty in Wales—beauty of noses, of mouths, and of eyes- but they wanted the influence of such schools as that to be beauty of the intellect, spiritual beauty as well. (Applause.) That school was passing from an old chapter to a new chapter, and was being thrown open to the public more. She wanted the goirls to feel that they must maintain the honour of Wales, and to be women that people would be proud to know. (Applause.) The Master of the Drapers' Company said that the company hud watched the change in the constitution of the school with a great deal of anxiety, but he was glad to find that under the new scheme the school was prospering. Other speeches and votes of thanks followed and refreshments were afterwards provided by the governors and head-mistress on the tennis lawn. -C-

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