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RETURN HOME OF MISS E. P. HUGHES, M.A., BARRY. RECEPTION BY THE BARRY EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY. INTERESTING GATHERING AT HANNAH- STREET SCHOOL. MISS HUGHES ON HER RECENT TRAVELS. In honour of the recent return of Miss E. Price Hughes, M.A., of Barry, formerly Principal of Cambridge Training College, from her extended visit to Japan and other countries in the far East, a reception was held on Friday evening last at Hannah-street School, Cadoxton, the central hall of which was very tastefully decorated for the occasion. There was a large attendance of teachers, and many ladies and gentlemen of the town. The chair was occupied by Mr A. G. Legard, M.A., H.M. Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales, and amongst those present were Mr J. Lowdon, J.P., Dr W. Lloyd Edwards and Miss Edwards, Alderman J. C. Meggitt and Mrs Meggitt, Councillor J. A. Hughes, Rev J. Byrne, Miss M. E. Meredith, Rev D. H. Williams, M.A., Councillor Dr P. J. O'Donnell, Mr Edgar Jones, M.A., and Mrs Jones, Mr J. E. Rees, Miss Fleming, Miss G. Masterman, Mr E. T. Williams, Mr J. Lloyd Jones, Miss Fraser, Mr R. E. Hughes, B.Sc., H.M.I. (Swansea), Mr Bell. M.A. (head-master of Ponty- pool County School), Miss Raw (Normal Depart- ment, Cardiff University College), Miss Pointon and Miss Hagarty (Aberdare Hall, Cardiff), &c. During the interesting proceedings, Miss Mary Evans, R.C.M., who, like Miss Hughes, is a native of Carmarthen, sang several songs in excellent style. Miss Evans is a favourite pupil of Signor Randegger; she possesses a mezzo-soprano voice of very sympathetic timbre, and sang with remark- able effect" The Rose and "The River and the Sea," Y Fam a'i Baban," and 0 dry those tears," being warmly applauded after each song. The Chairman, in opening, the proceedings, expressed the pleasure he felt in offering on behalf of the Barry Educational Society, their warmest welcome to Miss Hughes, whose name was a house- hold word in Barry and throughout the Princi- pality. Miss Hughes had travelled much in foreign countries for a long time, but her affection for home and her native land had not changed. Miss Hughes had been away nearly three years, Thi3 Society was started about the time she" left, and now, on her return, she found the Society a very successful institution, popular amongst all grades of teachers. They wanted in Barry to keep abreast of the times, and he hoped Miss Hughes would tell them something as to how to improve their Society. They were not narrow-minded, and would welcome any hints which Miss Hughes had to offer. When the Prince of Wales returned from his Colonial tour, he told the people of this country to wake up." Mr Moseley, addressing a Cardiff audience last week, also said the people of this country must keep abreast of the educational progress of other countries, or they would be left behind. During her travels abroad, Miss Hughes had seen schools and school methods in about thirty different countries of the world, and they would be glad to hear whatever impressions of her experience she had to offer. Mr Legard concluded by cordially welcoming Miss Hughes, both as an educationist and also as an old friend. (Cheers.) Miss G. Masterman, the hon. secretary of the Society, read the address of welcome, which was couched in the following terma :— The Barry and District Educational Society desire to take this opportunity of offering you a hearty welcome on your return home from your extended tour. We esteem it a high privilege to be able to greet one who has worked so enthusiastically and faithfully in the cause of Education, and one whose name is honoured both at home and abroad. We rejoice that, although your sympathies with Education are universal, yet above all you are zealous for the good of your native land, and cherish equally with us all that we hold most dear in our national life. It is graoifying to us at Barry that one, who is such an authority upon Educational matters, has come into our midst, and who, we feel sure, will extend to this Society warm sympathy and support in its educational work. Therefore, in the name of the Barry and District Educational Society, I offer you Croesaw Miss E. P. Hughes, on rising to acknowledge I the address, and the cordiality of the welcome accorded to her, was heartily greeted. Miss Hughes expressed the thanks she felt not only for the warmth of the reception but also for the kind thought which lay behind that meeting. She had been present at many welcome gatherings, meetings at which welcome was extended to her in many places in America, Japan, and other countries, by brown people, yellow people, and white people not of one's own race, but it was all the more gratifying to receive such a reception as she had this evening from her own people, from her friends at Barry, some of whom were Britons, and some like herself Ancient Britons. (Cheers). She was glad of the opportunity of saying a few words on this occasion. Since she left Barry more than two and a half years ago, Miss Hughes said she had been round the world." Fortunately, unlike many travellers, she had time to go from place to place slowly, and in each country she had an opportunity of living with the people and amongst I the people, which had proved to her a great advantage. First of all she wen h to America, and had opportunities of visiting the slums of Chicago as well as the palaces Of millionaires in New York. She had visited the crowded cities of the East, as well as the lonely cattle ranches of the West In continuing her journey, Miss Hughes said she had her first taste of the arduous experiences of camping out. In Japan she gained many hearts by calling that country The England of the East." After spending some time in Japan, Miss Hughes continued her tour, visiting the Malay States, Java, Burmah, Ceylon, and then home. It was a long journey, but on the whole it was a, very pleasant and interesting one. Whilst in Japan, Miss Hughes said, she was invited to take up the professorship of a men's college, which she accepted, and she was struck with the noble and chivalrous manner in which she was alwavs treated by the Japanese students of that college." In the course of a graphic description of her travels abroad, Miss Hughes spoke of the intense appreciation cherished by the Japanese for nature and art. Two striking lessons she had learnt in connection with her tour. We, the inhabitants of the British Isles, could no longer afford to regard ourselves, from an insular point of view, merly as citizens of the western world. We, in this small island, were the heart and centre of an enormous Empire. If the whole of the subjects of King Edward VII. were gathered together in one place, only one face in seven would be white. This fact in itself imposed upon them a tremendous responsibility, which, as sons and daughters of the Mother Country, they should endeavour fully to realise. She had never known before how it was to look at things from an Oriental point of view. Great Britain had a mass of Oriental subjects to- wards whom those at home should learn to realise their grave responsibility. As teachers they could best impart to the children how to become worthy subjects of this great Empire. While she admired the splendid characteristics and superb sense of justice displayed by British subjects abroad, yet 3he was struck with their marvellous ignorance. In Hong Kong (China) and Upper Burmah, for instance, she visited schools, maintained with British money, the native children at which had not the remotest idea that they were subjects of the British King. The Americans were right and we jwere wrong in not cultivating a spirit of patriotism in the schools. Patriotism was system- atically taught in the schools of America, and also in Japan, in fact, in Japan it was the one religion "1)J)le, and their greatest ambition seemed the privilege of dying for their ■>vas not an empty Jingoism, bat if the people, created and and it was time ^^oire, to 'O!l:e of country. Referring to the new Education Act, Miss Hughes said the measure was passed during her stay abroad. If she had been Minister of Education in England she would not have framed such a Bill, and it was a measure that must be altered. (Cheers.) But as teachers they must remember that education was something above and beyond sectarian differences and party politics, and the Act must be carried out in a true educa- tional spirit. There were parties which had been wronged by the Bill but there was one party which above others had been wronged, and that was the party of women. Why should women not be represented by themselves in the operations of the measure ? The reason was obvious; women were, politically speaking, non-existent, and that was the reason why they were being ignored. Co- option was a very sorry thing at best, and while it was necessary that a few experts should be co- opted — men who probably would not be publicly elected, men who would represent no one but themselves-still she felt that women should take a necessary part in the administration of an essentially democratic organisation like the Education Act. There were more girls in school than boys, and more women teachers than men. She hoped, therefore, that this much-needed change in the measure would be made when the other changes were being effected, and that women would be granted, not only the privilege of being co-opted, but the right of being elected to seats on the Education Committees. Concluding an ad- mirable and exceedingly interesting address, Miss Hughes said it was difficult to explain adequately the lessons which she had learnt during her visits to other countries it was also difficult for many of her hearers to appreciate those lessons, difficult to get them across that gulf which necessarily existed, to comprehend the relations between the East and the West, but she hoped that the two lessons which she had pointed out would be realised and acted upon. Miss Hughes expressed the great regret she felt that, owing to ill-health, she was obliged to abandon the work she so muck cherished at Cambridge, but she was greatly com- forted by the fact that she had decided to settle down in Barry, a town which was so intensely democratic, composed so largely of working-men, and a town the people of which were so keen on the subject of education. It was gratifying that the Educational Society had done so much good from an educational point of view, and here again she understood the women preponderated as members. She hoped to spend many years in Barry, and to have an opportunity of using any knowledge and experience she had obtained for the benefit of the town generally. (Cheers). Dr W. Lloyd Edwards said he was glad that Miss Hughes was now a citizen of Barry, and expressed the hope that at the next opportunity she would be elected by the vote of the people to a seat on the Town Education Committee. (Cheers). Describing the work of the Society, Dr Edwards said papers had been read during the session by some of the best authorities on educational matters in South Wales. The motto of the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth was "Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth (not a world, a world without knowledge), and he thought that this motto appropriately applied to Barry, where there existed such an intense love for education. (Cheers). Mr R. E. Hughes. B.Sc., Swansea, on behalf of the western side of Glamorgan, welcomed Miss Hughes back to her native country after her long travels. By her return Wales had gained a great intellectual strength, and her counsel would be sought on educational matters throughout the Principality. Welsh-people had a great part to play in the British Empire, and the educational strides which Wales was making by means of her colleges and schools, with all their faults, were daily qualifying her young people mora and more in this direction. Referring to Miss Hughes' remarks with reference to the teaching of patriotism in the schools, Mr Hughes said that there was probably a greater necessity for this in America than in this country, but he did not think that even in America they were doing more in the direction of manufacturing patriots than in Great Britain. Englishmen had a natural aversion to being manufactured by the State, and would be equally unwilling to having patriotism taught in the shcools. More in his opinion had been done in this direction by means of an intuitive feeling, and whatever was done to promote and encourage patriotism amongst the young should be done very carefully. (Cheers.) This concluded t:ie formal portion of the pro- ceedings, and some time having been spent in an informal manner, during which Miss Hughes renewed the acquaintance of her many friends present, the conpany partook of refreshments at the kind invitation of the Educational Society. The gathering altogether was most pleasant and interesting, and was a pronounced success.

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