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THE WELSH OUTLOOK Where there is no vision the people perish." CONTENTS: PACE PACE PACE NOTES OF THE MONTH 283 THE EXILES' CORNER 294 THE NEW OUTLOOK FOR WILLIAM PANT-Y-CELYN 286 AN EDWARD THOMAS RE- LABOUR 305 A CONSTRUCTIVE POLICY VIVAL W WALES AT WORK-A SOCIAL FOR WALES 289 S'NELLIE'S WELSH FAIRY DIARY 306 TALES 298 LITTLE TALES 292 THE TRUCK SYSTEM IN REVIEWS 308 CENSORSHIP 293 WALES 302 POETRY 301 NOVEMBER, 1927. Annual Subicriptioa, 7/6. Half Year, If) (polt free). NOTES OF THE MONTH HE Calvinistic Methodist (or Welsh I Presbyterian) Church has been faced with a difficult situation in connection with its theological colleges and the education of its future ministers. Five years ago the North and South Wales provinces agreed to a scheme under which training of an academic character was limited to Aberystwyth and the students afterwards proceeded to Bala for a final year's instruction on the practical side of a minister's life and work. From the very start, difficulties confronted this scheme and opposition to it has grown rather than lessened during the five years which end next June. Some believe that the addi- tional year at Bala adds unnecessarily to the length of a preparatory training which is already too long and they declare that the academic and practical training ought to be given concurrently from the start. South Wales students are reluctant to spend their closing year at Bala, and in North and South Wales there are leaders who do not believe whole-heartedly in the scheme which was adopted with seeming unanimity five years ago. More recently quite unworthy criticism has been levelled against the Bala curriculum and against the splendid work which Professor Phillips has done there and it is not surprising that he sent in his resignation to the College Com- mittee a few weeks ago. This compelled the Committee to face the situation quite frankly and, as a result of a great clearing of the air, the North and South Wales Synods have now ratified the Committee's appointment of Professor Phillips as Principal at Bala and agreed to appoint an assistant. Thus it would seem that the old position is again re-established, and the academic training as before will be given at Aberystwyth and a closing year at Bala for practical instruction will follow. There will be the two Colleges and two Principals but one governing body representing North and South Wales. The history of the past five years, not only among the Calvin- istic Methodists but also in other religious quarters in Wales, shows that there can be no permanent or satisfactory solution of of this problem until there are established in Wales two inter-denominational theolog- ical colleges-one serving the need of North and the other of South Wales-or until a Faculty of Theology finds a place in one of the University Colleges of South Wales (Swansea or Cardiff) as well as at Bangor, where one exists already. PRINCIPAL Stuart Jones struck a new note in his recent statement to the Court of Governors of the University College of Wales. We do not here refer to his welcome announcement that a Chair in Welsh History is at last to be pro-