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TRAINING COLLEGE STUDENTS

AND PUPIL TEACHEBS. ADMISSIONS AND APPOINTMENTS. At this morning's meeting of the Otago Education Board the in.-pectors' recommendations were agreed to as under: —Training College.— Division A. The following pupil teachers having completed their courses, we recommend that on their producing the necessary certificate-, required by regulations they be admitted as students of Division A: Athol M. Anderson (Auckland), Hhoda M. Ulaekie (Otago). Alice Blair lOtago), Escott lionthroii (Southland!. Alice S. Booth (Otagoi. Howard A. K. Hotting l(Otagol, .lean M. M. Bowie (Southland). Violet L. liable (Otago). Bertha Clement (Southland), Grace M. Connor (Otago). Ruby A. Cork- | hill (Southland), ivy S. Edgington (Southland), Jane A. Farquharson (Otago), Isabel ) O. Ferguson (South Canterbury), Agnes M. Ferguson (South Canterbury), Muriel ! I). Howard (Otago). Annie M. Irwin (Southj land). Ernan L. Kilpatrick (Otago), Donald F. Maedouald (Southland), Bob Roy Mac gregor (Southland), Annie Mackay (Southlands Ezekiel Mawhinnev (Otago). C'ath. R. M'Erlain (Otago). Eliza J. M-Callum lOtago), Ivatherine A. M'Glone (Otago), Hester L. M'lntyre (South Canterbury), Vera I',. MT.ean i Southland I. Motia M'William (Otago). Josephine Miller (South CanI lerburyi, Alexander Milne (Otago). K f \. ward 'W. Morrin (Otagoi. Muriel Movie (South Canterbury), May C. Mul'lay (Southland:. Constance O'Callaghan (South Canterburyi. Marjorie M. Price (South Canterbury*. Stena R. Ren/ lOtago). Lilv 1). Robertson (Otago). Marv E. Row'e j (Otagoi, Ague. X. Shanks (Otago), Vera j 11. Shcppard (Otagoi. Alice E. Sinnnonds j .'Southland). Oswald J. Smith (South (,'anJ terbury). Marian A. Steele (Southland), j Gertrude A. Smith (Southland). Dorothea 1!. T. Strachnn (South Canterburyi. Ada E. \V. Stringer (Otagoi. Annan M. Westplial (Otago), Muriel L. J. YVhitclaw (South j Canterburyi. Hazel E. 1). Wood (Otago), i Annie K. York (Otago). Marjorie 11. Sutton (Soiitlilniidi. Frcdk. A. Crimp (Otago). Muriel Macdnnald (probationer, RavensI bourne,. Division P.. We moninicnd the following applicants for admi--ion to the Training College nnI der Division B, subject to their forwardI ing the evidence of qualification required ! by regulations. Many of them will not | lie able to do -o until the results of the i matriculation examination are to hand : [Alice O. Bodkin (Clyde), Water J. Boraman .lio.-lyn', Margt' H. ('aider (Mahenoi Catherine H. Dallas (Mnlcluthal. Mabel E. Hewton 'Xgaparaj. Jan If. MT,ean (Port Chalmers), Flora M. M'Donald (Dtmedirii. Francis 11. B. Rogers (Alma), Kato Louisa Sinikin lOamaru). Phyllis Tinnbull (Dunedin 1 . Nesta Tyndall "(Middlemarch). Marearcnt M. Willoek.-- (Dunedin), Ella Young iDimcdiiil. Florence Henderson (Anderson Bay). John M. Wilson (Popotuuoa). Oraduatc recommended for one year: Phoebe A. Harrington (Southland). —Pupil Teachers.— The inspectors recommend the appoint- ' iiient of the following applicants as pupil fe:;chcrs to the schools mentioned :-—To Noith-ea-t Valley: Robert Walker. Margaret Smith, and Vida Charlton. Macandrew Road : Mabel Twhigg. Florence M'Crone. George Street; Francis Wilkinsosi. William Bond. Doris Muir, Isabel Cmm. Albany Street: Lilian Finlav. Kaikorai : Doris Miller. Balclutha : .Margaret H. W. Johnstone. Kaitangata: Maud Nicr.lson. Tokomairiro: Ella Grev. > Oamaru Middle : Muriel Beattie. Ander- j son Bay: James Skinner. Roxburgh: Thomas Rae. Sawyers Bay: Jean Mar- j shall. Also the transfer of pupil teacher I Alelhea Wood from Sawyers Bay to Caversham. There was a further recommendation that Alex. Milne, of Musselburgh, be continued as a. fifth year pupil teacher. All the recommendations for appointment above are subject to the candidates producing satisfactory medical certificates, j

The duty of every elector in Otago tomorrow is clear and " Fit and Proper wimple. It ia to forPersons." get the exaggerated, politically honest, assertions and promises of rival parties, to ignore the instructional advice of philosophers, Prohibitionist.':, publicans, and soap-box orators, and to vote in a spirit of individual freedom and only with, a mind for personal merit in candidates, and for principle in controversial questions. If this duty were performed completely, impartial observers of a campaign which is singularly discreditable during a state of Imperial warfare would not expect marked changes in the. recent representation of the public in Parliament. But there are many queer influences at work openly and secretly, and possibly the normal independent judgment of a number of people will ho bent to support party necessities. The majority of those electors who desire to advance tho cause of Labor—a good cause in itself have forgotten their bitterness against the Liberal party, and are determined to vote against Reform representatives irrespective of individual merit or principle. Leaders in the Church are- so anxious to delegate to the schoolmaster tho somewhat neglected work of impressing the young mind that this world, with all its wars and noisy warfare of politicians and ecclesiastical disputants, is not the only sphere, that they are determined to ignore the calibre of a candidate and vote for the man who is prepared to help embarrassed spiritual teachers to distribute their appointed task among secular tutors. And the Prohibitionists, tired of the thwarting strategy of politicians, have no interest in the political equipment of candidates, but are only desirous of sending to Parliament men who will vote against individual freedom as regards drinking liquor. This combination of partisan purposes may effect surprising changes, hut wo still believe in tho independent wisdom of electors to vote only for real merit and genuine principle. Of all the contests now going forward the campaign for Dunedin Central seat is the most interesting. It is stated by those industrious enthusiasts who have counted heads and know all about the position that Mr C. E. Statham is marker! for a decisive defeat. The reasons are not discreditable to Mr Statham, who has elected to stand or fall on manly principle. The Church of which he is a, loyal member is reported to be very angry at his daring to resist the preposterous demands of the Bible-in-Schools League, and in a pre cious "pastoral," which represents the lovely tolerance of spiritual teachers, has called upon its people to punish a very wicked man, who would keep the Bible from helpless little children. But this is not Mr Statham's only vicious defect. He is so actually depraved in his politics as to be willing to allow an honest, sensible workman a glass of beer if ho wants it.' So tho Prohibitionists mean to frustrate I his demoralising career in active politics. I Strange how political fever 'brings intelliI gent men to farcical exercises. Those who have, studied Mr Statham's public services must have noted with satisfaction that at all times and in all situations ho- stands for honesty, fixed principle, and those characteristics wliich make, men "'play the game" on athletic fields and at war. Calm consideration of Mr Statham\s attitude on controversial questions which force j some men to exercise a blind anger, shows | that he is consistent in his ad\n->'. , y <f principle. He. believes that the surest way to secure the effective cducatijn of children in material knowledge is to keep the system purely secular, since it make,? for peace and freedom in the schools. Cool-headed men and women will acree with him in this. Hi.s political opponent adopts t lie tame attitude. Considered in other aspects, Mr Statham's fitness for Parliament has been proved. His preparatory training \va<» sound and thorough, his I knowledge of politics is broad, his honesty of purpose is beyond dispute. To reject him is to ban principle and to belittle manliness. Doubtless the electors in Dunedin Central will think twice before 1 they cast aside a moderate, manly man j 1o make way for a candidate who must j be at the heck and call of extremists. I As regards Dunedin North electorate. M r \ (i. M. Thomson has earned a renewal of ! the electors' confidence and support. His ! service has always been in the general j interest., and his enthusiasm for move- I ments which may not appeal to the. hulk ! of the public makes- him extremely valu- • able in a democratic Parliament, where, the majority of members do not worry i overmuch about the important branches i of higher education and the scientific as- j fleets of national development. No poli- ; tician lias worked harder to promote the : development of neglected national re- I sources. His opponent is shackled by the I cnt-and-dried programme of Labor-- :i fact. ! that militates against parliamentary offce- | tiveness of individual members. '

I In Dunedin West circumstances in | dicat-e the election of M-- \\\ ]), I .Stewart. whoso civic services and I whose penctrativ? knowledge of poli- ! ti-xi] questions have .sot him high in public estimation. Mr J. T. Johnson has not taken the: electors into his confidence as regards his real position with the Liberals. Formerly ho was an I anti-Wardite, anrl ho ha.s not definitely removed a general belief that ho. is still opposed to the Loader of the. Liberal party .'ind to the extreme seel ion of Labor. Then he has the: additional handicap of having at the. will of party managers left the constituency of his own choice—Chalmers—in order to win a City sent for the Liberal parly. His prospects for success arc decidedly thin. The electors of Duncdin South will have no difficulty in as in the past, that Mr T. K. Sidey is a dependable member of Parliament., and a rcticnt. painstaking representative of all the electors. Mr Daiton has yet to prove fitness in less prominent branches of public service. The position in Chalmers lather favors the election of Mr Dickson, the Reform candidate, who has gained some advantage from the regrettable breakdown of the health of hjs original opponent and close, friend, Mr H. E. Mcilev, who. we are pleased to learn, is progressing at i liotorua. Mr Mason, the Libera] candi- , date, has much difficulty in overcoming the. handicap Gf time and the competition of Mr G. S. Thomson. Unless Chalmers proves to be a Liberal stronghold. Mr Dickson, who stands for steady political progress, looks Ike winning. The

principal .objection many electors ril* have, to Mr Mason's candidature is t*V> several of his views are decidedly on In* extreme side. Further afield in Otago indication* point to the easy victories of the Hon. J. Allen (Bruce) a.nd Hon. W. Fraser (Wakatipu). The contests, for Otago Central. Oamarn, and Clutha. veil! he keener than usual, and it is quite possible that a surprise may come from any one of these constituencies, though in each there is reason for anticipating that the late member will retain the seat by a narrow margin. If a "turnover" should Jrappen in either Oamaru or Central, the refusal to meet the Opposition charge in regard ti> the Omarania runs will have influenced the result.

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TRAINING COLLEGE STUDENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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