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FUNERAL OF LORD ABERDARE.

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Merthyr School Board Election.

Merthyr School Board Election.

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THE results of the County Council elections are far from being satisfactory. The grand victory of Mr. David Morgan in Aberdare, it is tuie, is verv gratifying. Mr. David Davies has also secured a triumph in Penydarren. The Liberals, however, have sustained grievous defeats. In Treharris a seat has been lost, and Mr. Arthur Daniel failed to oust Mr. H. W. Lewis, whose politics are so mysterious a problem, from the Plymouth Ward. In the Cyfarthfa Ward Mr. Thomas Thomas has been defeated by Mr. Wat kin Moss. This unfor- tunate result is due, in a great measure, to the fact that Mr. Thomas already held seats on various other public Boards. His opponents relied almost entirely, as far, at least, as their public utterances went, on the one ..an one Board" cry. We must admit that, in this respect, they had a strong case, and we hope the Liberal Party will take the lesson to heart. The tide of public opinion is setting in with unmistakable strength against a monopoly of offices, and it is only our strongest men who are able to stem the current. But the elections in Merthyr were influenced by another powerful factor, to wit, the beer barrel. In the Town, Cyfarthfa, and Penydarren Wards the publicans strained every nerve to secure the return of Messrs. Lewis, Moss, and Morgan respectively. In Penydarren Mr. Davies was too strong for them, but in the other the Liberal candidates were swamped by the alcholic floo(l. This is a fact which the Liberal Party had better look straight in the face, and that without delay. Not for a moment would we desire to debar publicans from fully exercising their rights as citizens. But that alcohol should develop into such a powerful electoral factor in our midst, and that public-houses should be turned virtually into active political centres, is a thing which the community, in the interests of 11 progress and liberty, is bound, sooner or later, to take into serious consideration. And the sooner the better. Ten thousand times preferable is the L- <i1 £ > mux uie capitalist, or even the supremacy of the three com- bined, to i",uit uf P.nnir. Another lesson taught by the recent election is the deplorably demoralised state of the Liberal Party. The Town Ward was lost, if the figures are to be relied on, simply on account of Liberal apathy and abstentions, these again being due to lack of organisation. The other side did. their best, and the votes they polled show their mauimum strength. Yet their majority was only 100, though the Liberals had acandidate that was not as strong as might be desired, and absolutely no organisation. The moral is obvious. W ith an efficient organisation and a strong candi- date the Liberals would sweep the board, and defy the Tories and the publicans to do their very worst. We have preached this evangel over and over again. But a far more effective ministry is needed, we fear, to bring about the desired result, the ministry, to wit, of further defeats, and still more serious disasters.

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