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things, and is as necessary to the life of his of engines,-a school should be full of neighbourhood. The successful man knew these. how to amass wealth, but the much harder lesson of how to spend it he has not learnt There is a danger that Wales will yet. I knuw at least one wealthy man in become full of clerks and teachers, between Wales who says that he does not own his whom competition will be so keen that money for himself, he holds it in trust for they will be living on the margin of others, and he spends it. He is like a tree starvation. Such a calamity will be the planted by the streams of water, that result of taking a wrong view of education. bringeth forth its fruit in its season, whose Our educational system should strengthen leaf also doth not wither; and whatsoever our national life in every direction; it he doeth prospers. It is the glorious should produce good handicraftsmen as privilege of these men to make their well as learned men. If we do not speedily wealth of eternal value by building colleges develop the technical side of our schools, and schools for the Welsh generations of our condemnation in the future will be the future.
without forgiveness. I see that Mr. Rath
bone offers to help Merionethshire and Our bare and poverty-stricken school- Carnarvonshire to get a travelling technical rooms contrast sadly with the bright and teacher of experience, to organize the promising young beings with whom they technical teaching necessary to each disare crowded. I always think that a school trict. So the quarrymen get another ought to be as like a child's ideal home as opportunity of leading the way in Welsh possible, but in Wales it has the appear- education. ance of a workhouse or of a prison. A kindly interest taken in the school by The glorious privilege will not be people of leisure and of means would end rejected by Wales. It is a happy sign in making it more comfortable for the that it is by serving our education that children and better adapted for their real Government tries to please us. In Wales education. Turn, gentle reader, into any the difference in a Welshman's mind village school. You will find there vile between his own interests and those of his coloured prints, and that disgusting picture country will gradually lessen. Public of the respective careers of the well-dressed institutions, schools especially, will be the and the badly-dressed,--the one ruining pride of the country. the children's taste and the other ruining We owe much to the influence of their morality. Could you not present the England. Our poets are under the inschool with a good engraving or a good fluence of Wordsworth to-day, our men of painting? If it illustrates Welsh history business are emulating the adventurous or Welsh life, all the better.
spirit of Englishmen. But the belief in The walls of our intermediate schools personal wealth as against public wealth are, so far, better than some walls I have has come from England also. As compared seen,—they are bare. There are inter with continental towns, how despicably mediate schools where girls have to learn poor in public institutions our towns are? geography without wall maps, where boys If our rich men do what our poor men are have to learn cheinistry and agriculture doing,—the farm labourer gives a day's without apparatus of any sort, and naviga- wage to a missionary society and another tion even without ever seeing a mariner's towards a school,—we can teach England compass. Embossed maps can be bought that it is more important to have a rich for sixpence each, a good telescope or people than a collection of rich individuals. microscope can be bought for three or four At any rate, do not let us neglect the pounds,—will it not be a pleasure to the privilege that is offered us of making our friends of each school to present the eager children and our country happy and little students with these? A ther- prosperous. mometer, samples of seeds and grass, a carpenter's tools, models of ships and
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