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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 1896.

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SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL.

SOCIETYOF SOUTH WALES MUSICIANS.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP.

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MERTHYR GUARDIANS.

THEATRE ROYAL, MERTHYR.

DROWNING FATALITY AT ABEH-DARE…

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Correspondence. THE COMING ELECTIONS IN THE MERTHYR VALE WARD. SIR,âSome time ago you very sensibly commented in your columns anent the practice 130 prevalent of public men holding three and even four seats on our various public bodies. With those remarks I heartily agreed, and seeing that we, the electors of the Merthyr ale Ward, are likely to have several contests, I thought the time opportune to call attention to this and another important matter. I have no doubt that if the late Major Bell had been blessed with health and strength, he would have filled the duties apper- taining to the three seats he held with marked ability. But there are other gentlemen in the ward who are desirous of attaining public honours, all of whom, I feel sure, would, if honoured with a seat, display some ability to the advantage of this growing district. You have gentlemen in Merthyr (and they are in our ward too) who preach one man, one vote." But their sincereity in that declaration I very much doubt, for they do all they possibly can to monopolize the different seats, and so violate the spirit of the Acts of Parliament passed for the better administration of local affairs, and by so doing keep perllars far abler men than themselves in obscurity. I condemn this system tooth and nail, and blame my fellow-electors for giving them this monopoly. Any gentleman hold- ing three seats, and posing as a Liberal sails, to mv humble mind, under a false flag. I am a Liberal, bu't I have been thinking a good bit of late about the Acts of Parliament passed for the public good, and after mature consideration I came to the conclusion that I had not yet seen an Act passed that did not increase the rates. Take the Education Act as one illustration. The late Mr. W. E. Forster. when intro- ducing his Bill, said that the School Board Rate would not exceed threepence in the JB. Look how that estimate has been exceeded. I see your popular Senior Member, known as "D.A. has very properly taken some action in St. Stephen's with a view of mitigating this great public burden. We are now taxed up to the hilt, and the long-expected relief seems as far off as ever. Fancy the Taff Vale Rail- way Company paying in one half-year £22,000 in rates, equal to nearly one per cent. dividend on their ordinary stock. A poor working man decides to build a house, and before he can scarcely get the bricks and mortar together he is taxed. Rates and taxes we must pay, but my object in writing you in addition to what I have said above is to try and reach the ears of the Merthyr Vale Ward electors, and impress upon their minds the necessity of binding all candidates seeking public honours to strict economy in the spend- ing of the ratepayers' money, many of whom at the present time can scarcely keep body and soul together. âI am, sir, A POOR RATEPAYER. February 17th. I.L.P. AT TREHARRIS. SIR,âPlease allow me to vindicate myself from the assertion of Anti-Socialist" in reference to my change of front which he loudly asserts has taken place. I will not again dwell upon Anti-Socialist's ridiculous charge of connection with the local church. Anti-Socialist is now throwing mud by enquiring where the finances come from. I may say in reply that it is not from the clan of Anti-Socialist." Tom Mann, in an article in the Clarion a little while ago, ably explained that latest and nearly-forgotten bogey of Anti-Socialist's." Perhaps it is Mr. Keir Hardie your reactionary contributor refers to yet who, in the name of common sense, would imagine that Con- servatives contributed funds to fight a Tory candidate ? Anti-Socialist thinks that Welsh political opinion is most progressive. On the other hand, I was incidentally informed one day that what the Welsh thought was revolution the English considered evolu- tion. The Liberal Party's mission has been accom- plished. It is firmly and rapidly being replaced on the lines of the I.L.P., and we are fast meeting the common enemy hand to hand. Anti-Socialist" has queer ideas about Socialism. Is not the Truck Act a Socialistic measure ? Does not the Truck Act protect the interests of the employed ? Now, sir, there are Socialists and Socialists. We will divide these into true and false. I emphatically assert that the former cannot by following the dictates of his conscience support the aims and objects of the Liberal Party. Anti-Socialist" asserts that the I.L.P., by their action, are impeding progress. I say no. Even the Free Labour Association is incapable of such a distinction. We will impede and harass parties lyinr between us and our ends, but not progress. "Anti- Socialist" looks to the great Liberal Party for reform. So did we, and we were disappointed. What is the great Liberal Party doing to prevent the land going out of cultivation?âYours faithfully, EXPECTANT. TEMPERANCE AT CEFN. SIR,âMy letter of the 6th inst. seems to have troubled Mr. Justice and his clique very much. They are much concerned about my ignorance, and pity me in consequence. He has, however, found out his mistake. He says the committee was made up of two deacons from Ebenezer and two from Tabor. I have asked him to produce the names, and he has failed to do so. That proves that the committee was a clique. Come to the point, Mr. Justice and Co. He pities me very much because I am, as he thinks, a mere cat's-paw to my friends. He is a cat's-paw to the clique, but I am not. "Justice" saya Mr. Davies was right. I have proved that he was wrong, and that it was the Moriah Temperance Society that gave them the authority. I ask again, how was Mr. Davies chosen chairman? He told us at the meeting that he was chairman when Plenydd was here before. Is there no one in Cefn who is tit te preside over a Plenydd meeting but Mr. Davies ? If that can be proved, I give in. The general custom is that the minister of the chapel where the meeting is held occupies the chair at gatherings of this sort. What do you think of Dr Thomas Rees, a man who has upheld the Temperance cause for over 40 years ? Where were the doctor's friends ? Four of them were present, three of them being very warm friends of the doctor. I should be very glad to know which of the clique wrote the epistle signed "Justice." We know that the clique has four smoking-rooms in Cefn, all situated within a few yards of certain public-houses. We know where the headquarters of the clique are. It is very doubtful whether there were two deacons from Tabor and two from Ebenezer on the committee, and these churches, I am told, are going to investigate the matter, and call soiaebody to account, and make them go down on their knees, a thing which they have done very little of in their life. Which of these prominent men were present at the Plenydd meeting? Some time ago we saw some Temperance men in Cefn having something to do with the taking out of a licence for a public-house. Do these men belong to the clique ? I am very sorry that" Justice and Co." should be so anxious to see me hauled over the coals by the church to which I belong. I am quite ready for that operation any day. There are men in Moriah Chapel who have a strong moral backbone, and I would be willing to leave my case in their hands. But heaven save me from the clique.âYours, &c., 4, Field-street, Cefn. M. L. PRICE. THE RAPE CASE AT CAPCOCH. Sin,âIt is written, My house is the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves." What the people of Capcoch are trying to make of their chapels I fail to make out. They have just utilised the Baptist Chapel in that place to hold an indigna- tion meeting to protest against the sentence passed on a lot of ruffiians for committing a rape under the most dastardly circumstances. One of the men was married, and had five children. How would that person like his wife or daughter to be treated in a like manner. Both the judge and jury have, by the verdict and sentence, taken a very just view of the crime, and in the words of a popular song And it don't seem a day too much." I hope that when the Baptist Chapel at Capcoch is next used it will be for a more legitimate purpose.âYours, etc., ONE or THE CUOWD. Y GYMRAEG YN LLYTHYRDY MERTHYR. SYR,âEr vnwyn "Chwareuteg a'r Cymry cyflog- edig yn y Swyddfa uchod, a fyddwch chwi garediced a rhoddi ychydig ofod i ni i newid gair a Fairplay" ? Nid am ein bod yn credu ei fod ef yr hyu a ymddengys yn ei lythyr yr ydym am ei ateb, canys dywed ei fod yn unieithog, ond pur anaml y canfyddir Saeson un- iaith a fuasent yn debyg o ddal sylw ar ddigwyddiad fel yr un a nodir gan "Fairplay" mewn swyddfa gyhoeddus, ag a barai lddo fyned 1'r drafferth o anfon nodyn i nevvyddiadur er ei fwyn, a sicr yw mai anamlach fyth y canfyddir yr "Elfen deneu ysblenydd" hyny o gydymdeimlad ag sydd yn ei nodyn, o barthed cysuron y Cymro uniaith. I'r gwrtliwyneb, fel rheol, y canfyddir pethau, ac os mai Sais uniaith gonest ydyw hwn, wel, dyma Sais eithriadol. Yr ydym yn rhwym 0 roddi credyd iddo am gywirdeb y digwyddiad a nodir ganddo, ond cofier yr un pryd mai digwyddiad ydoedd, oblegid gellir cael tystiolaeth oddiwrth y Cymro uniaith fu yn achos o'r digwyddiad hwn, ei fod ef wedi bod yma droion yn flaenorol I hyn, a chael rhai o'r tu ol t'r bwrdd cyfnewid yn llavvri mor alluog ag yntau i ymddyddan ag ef yn ei un iaith anwyl. A dygwydd- odd hefyd y tro hwn, cyn iddo fyned allan, i Mr. Fred Wilkins, ein pnf glerc, ddyfod i mewn. yrhwn oedd yn alluog i ddwyn yr hen frawd drwy ei holl anhawsderau. Y mae Mr. Fred Wilkins bob amser yn barod, er nad yw yn drylwyr hyddysg yn y Gymraeg, i wneyd ei oreu gyda phob Cymro uniaith a ddaw i mewn i'r swyddfa. Ein rheswm peuaf am wneyd sylw o nodyn Fair- play" yw ei fod yn rhoddi argraff ar feddwl y cyhoedd, yn neillduol Cymry, fod y tri Chymro ganfyddir yma yn eu tro, bron bob awr o'r dydd, wedi myned, fel canoedd craill o Gymry sydd wedi cyrhaedd ychydig o safle, yn rhy falch i arddel Cymru, Cymro, a Chymraeg. Mae un o'r tri Chymro hyn wedi treulio dros saith mlynedd yn y swyddfa hon; un arall yn frawd iddo, dros chwech; a'r trydydd oddeutu tair. A gallvvn fod mor hunan- ymffrostgar a hyn, ein bod mor deyrngarol i'n hiaith, ein gwlad, a'n cenedl ag unrhyw Sais unieithog, pwy bynag yw. Heblaw hyn, y mae eraill yn fynych iawn o gwmpas y bwrdd cyfnewid" yn alluog braidd i wneyd yr hyn oil ag sydd yn angen o'r gwaith yn Nghymraeg, er hebfod yn hyddvse iawn yn yr iaith. Hefyd yn mhlith y llythyr-gludwyr ceir amryw Gymry o waed coch cyfan, rhai na fyddant hvtli yn gwrido wrth amddiffyn eu hiaith a'u gwlad. Gresyn meddwl, o'r ochr arall, fod yma feibion i deuluoedd Cymreig wedi eu gem a'u magu o fewn ergyd careg i'r swyddfa, heb fod yn alluog i ddeall fawr, nac i siarad dim o'r Hen Omeraeg anwyl." Bydded i'r digwyddiad y mae Fairplay" wedi nodi godi gwrid i'whwynebau, a'usymbylu i fynu meistroli Mamiaith pedeiriaith dirion,âa chwaeriaith Chwe' eraill, sy' feirwon Ond iaith fyw heddyw yw hon, Yn llaw Ner a llenorion." CYMRO O'R SWYDDFA.

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