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CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS. I ARRIVAL OF MR. LEGARD AT CARDIFF. DECLINESTOB 1Jj DRAWN ON THE WELSH QUESTION. Mr. Albert G. LegMd, over whose ap!'oint.1 ment 68 chief -"mpector of hool8 for Waleq ? and Monmouthshire an agitation has recently been raised by members of the Welsh for Wales cult, arrived at Cardiff from York- shire last evening, on a short visit, with a view of preparing for his temoval here in the course of the next few weeks. In regard to the allegation that Mr. Legard is unfitted for his new appointment because he does not know Welsh, it may be noted that the dis- trict in which he will exercise inspectorial -ovenight, consisting of the Cardiff and New- port unions, is practically English, and does not contain even the germ of the bilingual diffi- culty. As to the remainder of Wales and Illonjnouth«hire, Mr. Lo^ard's office as chief inspector will only blir..g him into touch with the district in case fc.ny appeal arises from the daision of a district inspector, and the bilingual difficulty will only operate in the remote contingency of such appeal being based on, say, the olassing of a school at inefficient turning upoa the examination of Welsh-speaking s«holar. How remote such an eventuality really is our readers will, perhap*, be able to judge for themselves; at any raje, it cannot be regarded as a potent factor it the case under discussion. Allega-, tions hwve been made to the effect that the late W. W. Williams was appointed chief inspector (because he knew Welsh. It is a very long' time-about twenty years-since Mr. Willi ams was appointed, and it is not easy to g"tge at this interval the exact con. siderations which influenced his appointment, but it is patsible that his knowledge of Welsh was taken .into account, beeing that twenty years ago Aberystwith was selected as the central point of the division. Now, the department, which generiiliy associates the chief inspecttirsJxip with what is regarded as the mosj. important town in the division, has selected Cardiff as the centre, and the Cnrditf district, as w«> have said, is free from the bilingual difficulty. Mr. Lelaxd was seen by a representative of the "VVesterfi 11ail" last night, but cour- teously declined to be drawn on the question which haa agitaited Waies for the last week or two. "I hold," he sa id, "an official position which precludes me b.%xu discussing the policy of the department." On the general question, Mr. Legard said he fully approved of the use of Welsh, if necessary, for tae more efficient teaching of English. "I shall have to write a general report every two years, and "there I shall be able to ex- press my opiniaa but at present I prefer not laying anything. 11 OJ" bv has Cardiff been selected as the centre of the chief inspector?" Because, I believe, it is regarded as the most important town. That, at any rate, ii one of the amsidnrations which influence the department in sudi selections." MR. LR»ARD'S CAREER. Mr. Albert G. Legard is a native of the East Riding of Yorktihire, and is lifty-oiie years of age. He was educated at Durham Grammar tichool, where he had as a class- nmte Dr. CreightlJn. tho present Bisliop of London. From Ihtrham he went, in 1364, to Balliol College, Oxford, *nd 'r d ted in 1868, taking & ft^t cIao in "g" r,a,,T" dis- tinction which he shared, among ot, with Mr. Andrew 1ADf and Professor Sayoe, tlie eminent arcbttolojpst. In 1871 he was appointed an inspector of schools, being one of the first batch of ten selected under the Act of 1870. Of these, Mr. T. W. Danby, Mr. T. King, and Mr. W. P. Turnlwli Are now chief inspectors. His first appointment WIll all second inspector at Sheffield, but a year later (in 1m. he wu removed to the Leeds dittnot, he bm remained up to the present. The rirea of his operations has been re-adjusted from time to time, but it has always included the, borough of Leeds, and it now also embracer the Poor-law unions of Pateley Bridge, Kinresborough, Leybum and Aysgurth, and Rijxm, each of these being extensive districts, chiefly of an agricultural character. When Mr. Legard entered upon his duties in Leeds there was not a single per. manent board school in the town, and some idea of the progress made sinoe may be gleaned from the fact that there are now about 150 schools iit. the city. Mr. Legard has at all times bten unwilling to cramp the teaohers in their work, and, so far as was consistent with th-, requirements of the Code, he has given them noope for the development of their own ideas m educational work. He makas no secret ol his rejoicing that the hide-bound system af "payment by results" is becoming a thing of the past, and a little over a year ago he availed himself of the discretion given to atepictors to exempt the whole of the board uchools in Leeds from examination, considering that the standard of education they had attained warranted the etep.. Mr. Legard displayed warm inte- rest in the effort to bridge the gap between elementary and higher education, and Leeds can already boast oif boys who have made their way from the pnblic elementary schools to the university. This and similar move- ments have always hald his sympathy, though his official position ham kept him from taking any other than an isiormal part in them. It is interesting to however, that almost the whole of the movements, public and semi- twblic, with which he las, as a private citizen, been Associated have been of an educational character. He was, for example, a member of the council of the Lends Girl' High School, a governor of the Yorkshire College, and is a member of the council of the Leede Literary and Philosophical Society. He is on the brard of examiners to the North Riding County Council, and is one of three.cr four educatinr-al experts who have been co-opted on to the technical mstrnction committee of the West Riding Council. REMOVAL OF MR. WHITMELL TO LEEDS. HIS THIRTEEN TEARS' woax IN CARDIFF. "No district in England has a more efficient inspector or one who has a larger degree of personal popularity than Mr. Whitmell. So Mid the "Schoolmaster" in a recent sketch of the gentleman who is severity his connection with Cardiff after & residence ct thirteen yean, and the dictum will be heartier echoed by all those who are competent to jedpre. Charles Thomas Whkmell in a ton of Mr. Thomas W hit. men, -formerly cashier of the Rank of Enpland, who is still living, and was barn at Leeds, obtaining his early education in the grammar school at that town. Matrieulatwis with dis- tinction at the age of sixteen, yonng Whitmell -who evinced a strong predilection for science -pmed the intermediate t-xamiuation of the London University with honours, and gained 'his B.Se., again securing honours in geology or.d ohieraistry. Proceeding to Cam- bridge, Mr. Whitmell had a distinguished career, taking his B.A. with special distinction in mathematics and natsrsl science, aud later on iiit M.A. degree. On leaving college Mr. Whitmell was for some time engaged as a un,-onity extension lecturer, his special subjelts being light and spectrum analysis, the conservation of energy, sound aud tlm physical basis of music. After obtaining considerable practical experience as a teaehor, the subject of this notice was in 1819 appointed one of tier Majesty's inspectors of schools, atad was stationed for three years at Sheffield as assistant to the lute Rev. Henry.Sandford. The relations both of Mr. Whitmell and his fihief with the teaohers were of the most cordial «hitt«.cteir, and when Mr. Sandford died Mr. Whitmell wrote of him: "Transparently simple, and single-hearted, he wore the white flowar of a blameless life,' a life wtiich leave* a olondless memory behind it, a memory of high-wmled integrity, of faithful devotion to the dutiM Pntruated )lim by Ilia Bovweip, of man kindly oonsidemtibon r work he was called upon to judge." This estimate may, with the ubnost tmtk in every line and every wwd of it, be applied to WhittMU hhMeM. ?o iwt, iU be 1,. Ai?*W M C4adif by .u who mjrrved jAiMp of his amus;,utmwc Itnm MhetHeJd-mxoh to the p6)?t 01 tha 4=has-- Mt WMhuett was removed to I?fMct, *ad t<M<M?MlBM,.toC))MM. H?UteMtaec- t?n W? ?htO)tttoaM« of au SnAes ho h?? < UpQ fCluoatiODÎltil of .u andea has bt1D throughout of the happiest, end the following quotation from Mr. Wt?tmeU't own pen H?y r<*v<?t the forst of W uniform w= in po?t- tion not without its difficaltios:- "Are we not all, managers, teachers, and inspectors, co-workers in a common cause, that of setting forward the intellectual salvstion of the voting? Sympathv with, and courtesy t(I. teachers, due recognition of their honourable position, patience, power of adaptation to chil- dren. the happy knack of finding, not what children are ignorant of—doubtless a very exten- sive field-hiit what they know these are some of the qualities required of those who have to do with schools. The true interests of teachers and inspectors are rot opposite, but identical: those interests arc the furtherance of education in its best and highest sense. Again, look- ing at the inspector's relation to the children, it has always been to me one 01 the rrtoat precious qusllities of the work that it brings Wore us some of the ver;r poorest and humblest of our fellow creatures. We--and all who have to do with elementary school*—have the rare privilege of ehowinif courtesy and consideration to those whose homes are in some cases full of evil, and whose parents, it may be. are likely rather to Sower than to raise their ohildren. I believe that to treat these poor children with MR. C. T. WHITMELL. gentleness and trust does much to lift them in the scale of humanity, and helps to break down iths-antagonistic feelings which divide class from class." In all local educational movements Mr. Whitmell has been an enthusiastic worker. He in a member of the OO\1nril of the University College and a governor of Aberdare Hall. He has also been el-?ly connectPd with the Cardiff IWcreative Evening CI88f'8 Amocia- tion, the A.ociation for Promoting the EduL&- ti,?n of Girls in Wales, snd the local branch of the N. U T Of varioua learned bodies Mr. Whitmell has long been an active member, in. cluding the Chemical and Geological Societies. His lectures before the Cardiff Naturalists ;cit which body he is a put president) will long be rememtxred for their quiet humour, heir comprt?fuMvoneM. and <hwr admirable lucidity. To the British Astranoi;,al Associa- tion he has contributed many valuable pa,pers, and he is nominated an t>rjdmt for 1BApS ers. fh< Attronomi«l Society of W*!M. in which he has taken the livrfieat interest since its incep- tion. As an author, his handbook on Lignt and Colour is one of the most exhaustive of the kind that has been published, and is the very antithesis of the psste-and-icissors work only too common nowa- days. To an aU.round knowi«ige of acienœ Mr. yVhitmeill adds mathematical powers of a high order, and he is never so happy as when dis- cussing knotty problems in the company of itrrme kindred spirit. An extmdve traveller, Mi-. Whitmell has seen many phases of hfe in Arperica and on the Continent. He has studied on the spot the school system of San Franoisro, and examined a class of native children in the neighbourhood of the North Cape r Wearing liis "weiht of learning lightly as a flower," Mr. Whitmell is one of the most modest and retiring of men; one of the most kind-hearted, too, as witness his efforts in connection with the memorial to the unhanpy pnrschutist who met her death jI() sadly in the neighbourhood of CaH'ff. For many a rear to come the memory of Mr. WbHmel'. will be a fragrsnt one in South-east Wale*, amd heartiest good wishes will follow him to hi. new sphere of labour in the "north countree."









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