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Vol. 3, No. 6 June 1916

Welsh University reform : I. Education in fetters. II.The pathway to reality. III. A real school of science and technology in Thec University of Wales.

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they ought to be, its government and its examinations
imposed on it and not the natural outcome of its
own problems and teaching. It might conceivably
be argued that if Cardiff has the one real technological
school, that school will be as free within a university
which contains no rival, as it would be as part of an
autonomous university. That is not, in fact, the
case. The whole prosperity of such a school depends
on the spontaneity and vigour with which its heads
respond to the needs and opportunities of their
environments. And that is prejudiced, with every
increasing degree of complexity and remoteness in
the government of the college. But even if the
argument were in fact true, there is a very simple
answer. The school would be no better off;
and surely that is what the advocates of centralization
must prove to make good their case.
A point of great importance remains to be emphas-
ized. We have seen that a school requires very
considerable financial aid from its own local authori-
ties and from its own local industrial magnates. The
latter will naturally be more willing to subscribe to
an institution which is governed and developed along
the lines of local industry. Precisely the same holds
true of the former. It may be possible to persuade
Glamorgan and Monmouth authorities that the
support of a first-rate technological centre in South
Wales is as remunerative an investment of public
funds as they are likely to find. They will not be so
readily persuaded if they see their contributions
handed over to some external body, and divided up
THE THEATRE
BY A WOUNDED SUBALTERN
DEATH stood by, haggard, hungry-eyed, yet
patient. He laved his hands in air, otherwise
he did not move. Only his eyes glittered, two tiny
points of fierce red flame, seeming to ebb and to
flow again with the man's slow breath. And he
slithered at the mouth as a famished beast at nearing
prey. Yet he must wait, for he may play no part
in the fight. Like a general of armies he has
launched his forces to do battle, and though seeing
all the passing phases of the struggle, is yet powerless
to interfere.
He looks around and sees arrayed in orderly
fashion the keen knife-blades, the cruel-edged saws,
the stiletto-pointed needles. These are the things
that slay in their various fashion, needles piercing
the heart, sharp knives biting into the throat. Their
between three colleges, in two of which they have
no direct interest. The allocation of the money
may be perfectly fair and just; but the mere fact
that the payment is not directly made to the college
in which the local interest is strong, and therefore
that it is always possible that part of the money
should be diverted to other purposes than those
for which it was intended, will certainly incline the
local authorities to do no more than they can help.
One exception must however, be made. Wherever
the agricultural school is placed, it ought clearly to
derive part of its support from South Wales. There
are large agricultural interests in the South and
these, in common with the whole of Wales, should
benefit from the advancing level of rural economy.
It is fair, therefore, that they should contribute to
the cost of that important department.
On the financial side, therefore, as well as from the
points of view of administration and teaching, the
case for separate schools is overwhelming. The
freedom of the teacher is the first condition of genuine
teaching in the arts and pure sciences that necessity
is reinforced in the case of applied science by the
most urgent practical considerations. We hope
that now that this great opportunity presented by the
Royal Commission has come to Welsh educational
leaders, they will approach the grave problems of
their national life without prejudice and with fore-
sight and serious deliberation worthy of the occasion.
only use must be to wound the flesh, to set free the
spurting blood and to cut open a way for the spirit's
release.
He sees, too, the rows of great glass bottles, some
blue in colour, some a brownish red, and some
transparent as crystal. These also are his allies,
for they have brought many to his feast. Within
them lie the great drugs of sleep, sleep deep, heavy
and moveless, which is near akin to death. There is
ether here and chloroform, morphia, opium and
alcohol, and many another seductive opiate which
brings man nearer to his embrace.
Meanwhile the man with the shrapnel-torn limbs
lay gasping for breath on the polished, wooden
table. Death emissaries, jagged splinters of hot
steel, had gashed and hewn their furious way through
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