THE retirement of Sir Percy Watkins from the post of Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Department of the Board of Education and the appointment of Mr. Wynn Wheldon in his place serve to remind us of how much we owe to our own great public servants. These two men have won the confidence and respect of all who know them, and the nation is satisfied that in whatever positions they are placed they will fill them with ability, with wisdom, and with unfailing courtesy. Neither of them is bureaucratic or academic in the sense in which these terms are used as epithets. Both are men of broad sympathies and varied interests, and their devotion to Wales is plain for all to see. Mr. Wheldon's ancestry, his training and experi- ence of law and administration, his work for Col- lege, for County Council, and for League of Nations, all emanating from and fused in a bal- anced and genial personality, marked him out for the high office to which he is now called. The absence of surprise at the President's choice is the best testimony to its rightness.