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TO OUR READERS. In making our first appearance we feel in duty bound to to lay before our readers at least an outline of the course we intend to pursue in these columns. Starting in the midst of a densely populated district, which has, we consider, hitherto, had no organ re- presenting the views and interests of the people, we are confident of success, as our endeavour shall always be to supply a want long felt and frequently expressed. A great change has taken plaee in this portion of Glamorganshire during the past twenty years or so. The population has rapidly increased, and continue* growing. There was a time, within our memory, when the neighbourhood was nothing more than on- of the ideal sylvan glades of the poets, with but a farmhouse studded here and there, and the few inhabi- tants of the Vale of the Rhondda, Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife," might gaze upon some magnificent bits of the scenery of "Wild Wales" and revel in the sound of gurgling brooks and the music of the feathered choirs. Later on, when Pontypridd had grown into a comparatively important town, the roads in the Valley were next to impassable, and, closed in by trees and over- hanging bushes, were dark even at mid-day. These things have passed away, and the Valley can boast of some thirty thousand inhabitants. We have lost our scenery, but in its plroe we have trade and commerce flourishing to a marvellous extent when compared with those days, And when one considers the short period it 4os taken to create the huge industries of the district. But literary pro- gress haa not kept pace with the industrial prosperity, and it is to aid in this necessary advance that the Pontypridd Chr&nicle is established. The numerous population we bave yuntioi^d is composed of men whp are decidedly Liberal in politics, and the majority of whom, to say the least of it, are favourable to religion and to Nonconformity. We frankly admit that morality has not reached that high standard amongst us which is wor.hy of the land of the Puritansâworthy of the efFoits of Thomas Llewelyn, of Hht grn s, an I his associates upwards of two centuries ago. But it is very unfair to deal heavy b'oirs! t's -rcasm and slander upon the Bethels" and the "Ebenezers" of the people, simply because crime has not been eradicated and molality established upon its throne. Yet this has been done. But such deolaimers forget that the principles of Dissent are not changed be- cause their progress may be slow. It is by a gradual process that the most important changes are effected in nature, in politics and religion. The formation of the strata of coal so largely worked around us occupied a period of thousands of years. It took many cen- turies to preach the doctrine of liberty of conscience ere the Act of Toleration obtained the seal of the crown of England. It was only after very many years of fearless advocacy and careful tutoring that the repeal ofjthe crushing Corn Laws of Great Britain wns brought about. It cost a hard struggle for a long period before the consecrated burial grounds of the parish churches were thrown open to Non- conformist ministers. And if it take a long period again for the miners and colliers of Glamorganshire to erect their places of worship and support a ministry by. the sweat of their brow, the glorious results will only rebound the more to their honour and faithfulness. Just as the labours of Walter Craddock, Vavasor Powell, William Wroth, and William Erbury are crowned with success in the present state of Noncon- formity in Wales, so will a future day res- pond to the efforts of the labouring classes who build and have erected their Bethels and their Ebenezers." The recent com- mission appointed by Government to inquire into the state of Education in Wales elicited the fact that these same working men will compare favourably, morally and mentally, with their brethren across the border; and the mere fact that crime is lower in the Principality than in other parts of the Kingdom proves that these men take a lively interest in all matters affecting their welfareâwhether they relate to trade, com- merce, education, morality, or religion. These things also prove that the institutions which are here so highly regarded as to ex- cite the envy and elicit the jeers of those who cannot understand them, or sympathise with them, have had their elevating influen- ces. The interests of the great mass of tho mining and industrial classes by whom we are surrounded must of necessity be our interests, too, and for that reson we claim their support and shall open our columns to the free discussion of topics which they desire to ventilate. There is, at present, so far as we are aware, not a single English Newspaper in the Principality which fairly represents the views of the men, and now- when fresh laws which seriously affect em- loyern and employed come into operation, when important projects are set on foot for the prevention of the disastrous explosions which periodically occur in the South Wales Collieries, and when suggestions are so rife as to the formation of Societies of various kinds-now, we think, is an opportune mo- ment to enter the field. We shall give the news of the district minutely and impar- tially, and in our comments on local events we shall endeavour to adhere to the principle laid down by the immortal Bard of Avon, "Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it." We intend giving Parliamentary, home and foreign news also, and whenever matters concerning Cambria and the Cambrians may be dealt with in quarters high or low we will give special attention to them, but we wish it to be distinctly understood that the Pontypridd Chronicle is to be pre-eminently a local joarnaL, and "A PAPEK FOR THE PKOPLE."

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