THE magnificent proposals which Lord Rosebery A laid before the County Council in his letter to its chairman, Lord Monkswell, on June 27 have roused feelings of keen interest and high hopes in many who, for years past, have been crying, as it seemed in the wilderness, to the nation, to the Government, to public bodies, and to private individuals to do something to improve our higher technical educational methods. Generally speaking, the cry has been ignored or else met with the reply that our fathers obtained the command of the sea, extended our commerce and made the country the greatest commercial*centre of the world, so surely methods which were good enough for them are good enough for us. Passing strange, but were they content with the methods of their fathers? did the eighteenth century show no advancement upon the seventeenth century? At the beginning of the nineteenth century we were ahead of all nations in the use of gas as an illuminant; later on, our railway systems and our steamships became the envy of the world; other nations could not approach us in engineering. In the middle of the century we were pioneers in many chemical discoveries; but then, apparently, so much prosperity and success seems to have been too rich a diet, and we waxed fat and kicked.