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CORRESPONDENCE. CARDIFF PILOTAGE BOARD BILL. To the Editor of the CARDIFF TIMIS. SIR-Thoughtful and intelligent ratepayers'who desire that o ir local government should be ad- ministered with proper economy, and a freedom from all bias or prejudice against any particular section of trade or commerce, especially when that particular branch of trade or commerce has so greatly aided in the prosperity of our town and port as the shipping trade undoubtedly has, will thank you for the very sensible article in the South Wales Daily New., of the 17th inst. The promoters of the above Bill have gained from a Committee of the House of Commons what they desired to attain, viz., direct representation on the Pilotage Board for shipowners and pilots, solely in the interests of trade and commerce, and in the furtherance of a principle fully ad- mitted in all recent legislation, viz., that, upon such port authorities as harbour trusts, pilotagG boards, port or n vercommlsioner., &c., shipowners as a body should always have direct representation. It may poesibly be said that it is absurd to talk of the Corporation having any bias or animus a"ainst the shipowners of Cardiff: but II submit that the whole,course of action taken by the Cor- poration in the matter of this Bill goes to show considerable feeling of this kind among a leading section of our town government, and I much fear that the majority of our Corporation, who incline to more reasonable and common sense views, are not taking a sufficiently independent stand in this matter, and are consequently particeps criminism an unnecessary and extravagant waste of the ratepayers' money. What has been the course of events? In the first instance grave and admitted defects or faults were found to exist in the admin- istration of the Pilotage Board. One member, or two members, were found to be virtually the administrators. It was found that prosecutor and judge might exist and might sit in both capacities unlthe board; that timely representations as to the:existence of a shoal had not been madejto the proper authorities; and that the pilots had no voice in the management of their own superannua- tion fund "and, lastly, that the shipowuiwg -in- terest as a body had no representation whatever. The Shipowners' Association waited upon the Pilotage Board for information they were coldly received, and got no information. They then waited upon the Corporation, opened their minds, and asked that one of the three members of the Pilotage Board whom the Corporation had power to place on the board should be a representative of the shipowning body, viz., the chairman of the Shipowners' Association, whoever he might be, for ti e time being. This request was declined. A Biil was then prepared by shipowners and pilots jointly, but previous to definite steps being taken, every means was exhausted by shipowners and pilots to induce the Corporation to consent to a moderate representation of shipowners, pilots, and merchants, wi hout avail, although a large number of members of the Corporation were in favour of such representation. With the vindic- tive opposition which the Corporation, in conjunc- tion with the Bute Trustees, have given to the Bill, I do not believe the to vn sympathises, and for the reason that t: e objects sought to be ob- tained by that Bill do not affect the interestsof the ratepayers prejudicially in any way whatever; and should the town a ithorities decide to follow the lead of the dock authorities, and again oppose the Bill in a higher House, I trust before doing so they will take such s-teps as will give to them a fair and reliable knowledge of the opinion of the ratep yers. I do not wish to pveat. at length what has been done inthe course of this opposi- tion. The passing of a formal resolution not to oppose, the pilots representation the signing » petition on the same day, to oppise the Bill in toto the vacilation and indecision at first shew n by the Corporation as a body, then the epger junc- tion with the Bute authorities, and the determined opposition ef a section of the Council to the Bill and its promoters there, as well as the large gath- ering in London, the Banquet at the Bedford." tl:e SIX dars fight.nd the six "refresh- ing of diffeieot kinds to Council and witnesses respectively, these are now things of the past. Whatjof the future ? Are the ratepayers' funds to be med for the purpose of carrying out the cap- ricious views of a certain section of the Council Are the independent members and their views to he totally ignored, and is the Pilotage Board to be the administrator of the bye-laws of the Bute Docks, with dock-masters sitting as judges and jury combined ? Or are we to have fair play to shipowners and pilots? Fair play Is always U a I je.vel." and I trust that yon, sir, will assist in gating it for the ratepayers of .rune 21st, 1880

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HOWELL'S SCHOOL, LLANDAFF.

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BIBLE CHRISTIAN DISTRICT MEETING.

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