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ECHOES OF THE WEEK. [Bv "SIRIUS."] PUPII. TEACHERS' CENTRE CLASS. Mr. J. Duckworth, B.A., chief of the pupil teachers' centre at Llanelly, is to be warmly congratulated on the splendid success obtained by the students of the class at the recent Queen's scholarship examination for admission into the various training colleges of the country. I believe I am correct in saying that this year's successes establish a record, gratifying both to Mr. Duckworth and all those concerned in edu- I cational work at Llanelly, together with the public generally. Out of sixteen candidates presented there is not a single failure, and eight of the sixteen won places in the first division, some taking very honourable positions on the list. This is eminently satisfactory proof of good work done at the centre. These results go to shew that the centre is now firmly established on a sound basis, and the work, having once commenced to tell, one is entitled to hope that even more gratifying results will be registered in the future. THE JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS. I It seems to me that the time has come for making preparations for the celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Llanelly. I am not referring to the steps needful for establish- ing a permanent reminder in our midst of the long and beneficent reign of Her Most Gracious Majesty. If an allusion to the permanent form of the celebration may be permitted here, it may I think with propriety and accuracy be remarked that all sections of the population are pretty well agreed that the Hospital, the liquidation of the debt, and the expansion of its boundaries, should be the recipient of our philantrophy. I wish to direct attention, how- ever, to the necessary details connected with the fleeting- commemoration of the great reign. As June 22nd is to be a general holiday, it appears to me that Llanelly ought to come out handsomely [in the celebration of the great eveiat. The children, I imagine, ought to have a genuine day out," and a pyrotechnic exhibition ought to be guaranteed for the evening. These, how- ever, are only a few suggestions, and the real purpose of this note is to stir up the patriotic spirit in the town with the view of having a celebration committee formed to take the work in hand, THE CONTEST IN No. II WARD. j Your Unionist contemporary in its issue of last week made a few obviously spiteful references to the successful candidature of Mr. Arthur Edgar Davies in Ward II. I have no objection to criticism, however strong, provided it is fair. The criticism under notice, however, is the apotheosis of unfairness. Your contemporary objects not so much to the fact that Mr. Davies was returned at the head of the poll by a tremendous majority, but to the fact that Mr. Davies occupies that dis- tinguished position without any assistance from itself. This, however, offers no excuse for the under-the-belt-hitting in which your contem- porary indulged last Thursday. The allusion to the fictitious confusion in the minds of the ratepayers of Mr. Arthur Edgar Davies with Mr. Arthur D. Davies appeared to be introduced for the express purpose of instituting, in the worst of bad taste, a contrast between the philanthropic intuitions of both gentlemen, whereas your contemporary had no ground for suggesting that a contrast was possible. The absurdity and illogicalness of your contem- porary's criticism, however, appeared chiefly in the other reason offered for the large majority of Mr. Davies. The supplementary reason was that Mr. Davies and some of his friends had made a thorough canvass of the ward. Anyone with a grain of common sense would see that both reasons cannot hold good together. If, as your contemporary stated, Mr. Davies and his friends made a thorough canvass of the district, there could have been no confusion in the minds of the ratepayers as to who and what Mr. Davies, the candidate, was. I PROPOSED FREE LIBRARY. It is extremely gratifying to me to find that the governing body of the Llanelly Mechanics' Institution is vigorously and thoroughly inves- tigating the question of converting the present institution into a free library. As one in sym pathy with the free library movement, this thorough investigation is especially gratifying, because I am convinced that the more exhaus- tive the investigation is, the more certain will be the decision of the committee in favour of the proposal which the Rev. Elvet Lewis has so ably submitted to his fellow-committeemen. The debate on the question at the last meeting of the committee on Friday evening was ex- ceedingly full and interesting, most of the ground both for and against being well covered by the respective advocates of both principles. It seems to me, however, that the opponents of the proposal, skilful as they are in debate, are fighting against a great and irresistible development of contemporary civilization and developments of this kind, thwarted perhaps for a time, are bound eventually to prevail. I would recommend to the attention of my readers the excellent editorial note in the Western Mail in support of the proposed change, and especially that portion dealing with the success of the free library movement at Cardiff and Swansea, to which the supporters of a free library at Llanelly have referred as evidence of the use- fulness of the movement. I fervently hope that the committee will speedily give their assent to the proposal and accelerate so far as they can the preliminaries connected with carrying the proposal to a successful issue. One word of caution I would offer, and only one. I have already said that the committee are pur- suing a thorough and exhaustive investigation, but it is necessary that the investigation should not be unduly delayed in the interests of the existing institution. If the latter is to be con- verted into a free library, the sooner we know it the better. The question, moreover, has been simmering for months, and it is time that a decisive settlement was come to one way or the other. THE VOTING AT MOREWOOD'S. I The voting at Morewood's in connection with the appointment rendered vacant by the lamen- ted death of Dr. Jones presents one eminently gratifying feature. I am not concerned with the appointment per se. It seems to me that this is a question that had best be left to the men themselves. For myself, at any rate, I propose to say nothing thereon. The gratifying I feature to which I have referred is the small number of spoilt votes recorded in the initial ballot on Saturday last. Out of nearly a thou- sand hands who went to the poll, there was only one who absolutely ruined his paper. There were five men who did not rigidly o bserve the conditions imposed, but four of those left no doubt as to the doctors of their choice. The votes of those four men would have been considered valid in any parliamentary or a municipal election. The number of spoilt votes, therefore, is reduced to one. This is extremely gratifying and reflects the greatest credit upon the intelligent interest taken in the contest by the employees of Messrs. Morewood & Co. This irreducible minimum compares very favourably, to say the least, with the spoilt votes which went unrecorded at the recent selection at the Borough Council in relation to the appointment of a town clerk. I ECHO OF THE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTION. In one of your contemporaries last week an unfortunate and misleading comment was made in reference to the recent Borough Council Election. The comment is doubly unfortunate by reason of the fact that it is calculated to embitter the relationship existing between two powerful Nonconformist bodies in the town, denominations between whom the incautious and imprudent statements of over-zealous friends had previously hastened a spirit of strain and division. The reference in question was to the effect that the defeat of Mr. David Thomas and Mr. Owen Charles in Ward III was due to the fact that both the Rev. Idwal Jones and the Rev. W Trevor Jones had been actively engaged in canvassing on the other side. Now I happen to know fiom personal investigation that there is absolutely no truth in this state- ment, and inasmuch as the reference is not unnaturally calculated to deepen an already accentuated sectarian difference, it is a thousand pities that the allusion was made. I am informed on good authority that neither at Bethel nor at Bethania was any special interest taken in the contest. There was cer- tainly no advice, not to speak of instructions, offered to the worshippers as to the men in whose favour they should register their votes. Then as to the specific charge against the reverend gentlemen who minister to the needs of the congregations mentioned, in both cases it is particularly wide of the mark. While the polling was taking place, the Rev. Idwal Jones was, as a matter of fact, in North Wales. As to the Rev. Trevor Jones, he contented himself with going to the polling booth, registering his vote, and returning home.