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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