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THE YSTRADYFODWG SCHOOL BOARD CONTEST. The result of the Ystradyfodwg School Board election on Saturday, was looked forward to with a considerable amount of interest by the residents of the various populous towns" in that huge parish. The contest had been a keen one, but, we venture to say, that there was an absence of the sectarian bitterness and rancour" which some of our contemporaries are so fond of painting as part and parcel of almost every election, be it Parliamentary, Munici- pal, or parochial, that takes place within the confines of the Principality. The struggle was not as to what denomination should have the supremacy, but what places should be represented, so that oh the whole, it was a case of prophets testing the amount of honour accorded them in their own country. There is no doubt candidates have been disappointed—some favourably, and others the reverse—and their supporters have canvassed and worked for them in vain. But, it was a matter of impossibility to place fifteen candidates in eleven seats' and they must console themselves with the reflection that 'Tis better to have fought and lost Than never to have fought at all." The new School Board will comprise the following gentlemen who were, on Saturday, declared by the returning officer, Mr Spickett, to be duly elected, and the figures indicate the votes recorded in their favour:— Mr W. W. Hood, Llwynpia, 6214; Mr W. Jenkins, Ystradfechan, 4855; Mr Henry Lewis, Ynysfeio, 4]51; Mr David Evans, Bodringallt, 4063; Mr Moses R. Rowlands Penygraig, 3305; Rev. W. Morris, Treorky, 3l66;|Rev. J. R. Jones, Llwynpia, 2700; Mr D. D. Joseph, Tydraw, 2610; Rev. W. Lewis, vicar, 2279; Mr Edmund Thomas, Maindy Hall, 2232 Mr W. Taylor, Fernhill Colliery, 2014. On the whole, we think this may be taken to be a fair representative Board. Mr Hood, who stood at the top of the poll, is a conservative in politics, bat his actions are so liberal, and his manner is so genial that he has, during the years he has been in the district, rendered himself exceedingly popular. He has about him none of the hang-dog look which some people ascribe to conservatives, but, on the other hand, he is open and conaoiencioas n the performance of his duties on the Board, and the best man that could be found to "keep the balance of parties." Mr Jenkins is well-known in the district, is i shrewd business man, well able to watch the interests of the ratepayers, as also is Mr Lewis, of Ynysfeio. Mr David Evans, Bodringallt, is an old resident who takes ° great interest in the public affairs of the valley, and almost ivariably takes the lead. Mr Rowlands's connection with the works. renders him a very fit gentleman to look after the educational interests of the young colliers of the district. The Rev. W. Morris represents a very large section of the parish and his experience as a member and chair- man of committees will be valuable. Rev. J. R. Jones is a new man on the Board, but we think be will prove himself well worthy of the confidence placed in him by the rate- payers. It was but just that the vicar of the parish should represent the church people of Ystrad on the School Board. Mr Thomas, of Maindy Hall, has a large stake in the parish, and will be sure, in the future as in the past, to look after the pockets of those who bear the burden of the rates. Last, but not least, comes Mr Taylor, also a representative man in whom we have every confidence. The non-elected candidates are :-Mr E. H. Davies, Baglan House, 1979; Mr W. Morgan, Tynewydd, 1903; Rev. W. Jones, Ton, 1798 Mr John John, 1317. Mr Davies thus stands in a similar position to that which he occupied at the last election, only owing to Mabon's non- atterdance, he was then declared entitled to the seat. We will only just remark that it is possible to do too mucb in public matters, and, though Mr Davies is a useful man in many respects, he may be claiming too many honours at the hands of his fellow-ratepayers. Hence, the present result. it is to be regretted that so able a representative as the Rev. W. Jones, Ton, was ousted, for he did his duty remarkably well, and was pre- eminently fitted for his seat. The supporters of the four unsuccessful candidates may have been Qver-confident, and through want of energy lost the day.
SKITS AND SKETCHES. BY OUR ROVING ARTIST. It appears to me that a great number of the Rhondda inhabitants will never come to look on stealing coal as a crime. They stem to think that they have perfect right to all the 101 se ooal which they can lay hands on about the colliery yards, and other similar places. At nearly every magisterial sitting in the Pentre, there is a great number brought on to answer to this charge, and what makes it so bad is that most of these are respec. table looking women-women that set a bad example to their children, to tell the plain truth, women that train and bring up their children as thieves-it is irue some of them are really poor, tind are more to be pitied than blamed, but nevertheless it is theft, and not as some argue, picking coal. On Monday two men, occupying a respectable position-one having been working at the Colliery from which the coal was stolen for 10 years, and the other for five years,—were sent to Cardiff gaoi for 14 days' each with hard labour for stealing coal from the siding of the Fernhill Colliery. They did not steal it for themselves, but for another person. These men betrayed their employers intentiorally. 'ihey could not put in the plea that they thought there was nothing wrong in it. Police-sergeant Hoyle, who had been authorised to watch the yard, detected them in the act of taking a quantity of coal, but he failed to catch them. They came back the same night again to accom- plish their purpose, but the sergeant was too sharp for them, and they were trapped. I dare say the term of imprisonment will bring them to repentance. *#* Many will hear with regret of the accident which the comical Lewis Williams has bad. Perhaps all his friends will not know who I mean by saying Lewis Wi'liams, for their benefit I shall ghe his aliases, Lewis Caerphilly," alias Mochyn Mario" (dead pig)." He was at a public-house-a place where he spent most of his time, I understand—at Ton Ystrad, amusing a few of his companions, when in performing some of his antics he fell down and fractured both bones of one of his legs. # The people of Ystrad are rousing themselves in more than one respect. They agitate in the first place in consequence of the action of the Pontypridd Board of Guardians with respect to Mr Idris Williams's salary. There is some talk too of starting a ratepayers' association, to look after our public bodies, and to let them know that they cannot do us they please once the election has passed. It could easily be seen that the people here took an interest in the action of the Looal Board for dividing the district into wards, and that they were not like the Pontypridd folks when that district was divided, the latter did not seem to care whht the Board did. Not only do the ratepayers wake up in this direction, but they have also been seized with the martial spirit, and a iiifle Volun- teer Corps has just been started consisting of 70 able-bodied men, who are ready, no doubt, should a burst of Fenianism occur, to march along the banks of the Rbondda to meet their foes. They have secured for their captain, Mr Warburton. I wish them every success. # # Walking feats are not thought much of now. We can well remember, however, the excitement caused by William Gile when he walked 1,500 miles in 1,000 hours at Canton. A man named William Dawkin has commenced the feat of walking 2,500 miles in 1,000 hours, at Eymney. If he suc- ceed in doing it, that will be twice as much as Gale did. Very little interest is felt so far as spectators are concerned, though it is said that speculation is considerable. :)I: :11= I have been given to understand that an advance of 2! per cent is to be given at some of the Rhondda Valley Collieries.
Amongst the notable features of the late visit of the Prince of Wales to Swansea must be men- tioned the treat afforded by the playing of the famous Gyfarthfa Band. After playing for some time. His Royal Highness stepped up to the conductor, Mr Livesey, and warmly congratulated him. with the remark that "I have never heard so good a brass band." Mr Livesey thanked His Rcyal Highness, but the Prince rejoined, 'You are really not indebted to me. You deserve all I have said. We have been vwry muqh_ jjleajed indeed with you."
VESTRY MEETING AT PENTRE. MR IDRIS WILLIAMS'S SALARY On Thursday evening a vestry meeting was held at the long room at Pentre Hotel to consider the action of the Gaurdians in advancing Mr Idris Williams' salary as assistant overseer, so unneces- sarily and extensively as to pass a resolution to petition the local Government Board on the matter." Mr George Davies, Danyrallt, was elected to preside. There were amongst those present-Mr Edmund Thomas (Maindy Hall). Mr Evan Davies (Bwllfa), Mr John, (guardian of the parish), Mr Idris Williams, Mr Hopkin Knill, Mr George Knill, (Llwynypia), Mr Josiah Williams (Treorky). Mr Idris Williams opened the proceedings by reading, at the Chairman's request, the convening notice. Mr Josiah Williams moved: That we, the ratepayers of Ystradyfodwg parish, at a vestry meeting held this 21st of October, 1881, beg to ask the Local Government Board to persist in their determination not to sanction such an entravagant increase in salary of the assistant overseer, believing it to be both unnecessary and excessive." (Loud applause.) It transpired that Mr Idris Williams was paid JE180 a year for the assistant overseership; that the amount had been increased by the Pontypridd Guardians to 2300 a, year, bnt that" the Local Government Board were not willing to sanction an increase to more than £ 250. Mr Idris Williams; the assistant overseer, here made a lengthy statement respecting his duties and emoluments, averring that if the Looal Govern- ment Board had sanctioned the increase of salary voted by the Guardians it would not have been too much for the duties he had to perform, and giving statistics of the proportion of neighbouring unions to show that his salary was not equal to that given elsewhere. A discussion then ensued in which a number of personalities were indulged in. Mr Edward Thomas, one of the Guardians, then gave a resume of the salary question as it was con- sidered by that body. Mi J. R. Hosbon moved as an amendment to the motion—" That having heard Mr Williams's clear statement of affairs, and Mr Thomas's able defence of the Guardians, we desire to express our appro- bation of the conduct of the Guardians, and believe the assistant-overseership is fully entitled to the advance awarded him." Mr Idris Williams again compared the salaries paid to other local board officials with this Board, and argued that the disproportion was great when the scope of his and their duties were borne in mind. £14,000 of the ratepayers' money passed through the hands of the assistant-overseer every year, and he had to give £3,000 sureties. Mr John Davies (Treorky) There must be something wrong in the proposed advance, or why should not the Local Government Board sanction it ? Mr David Jones (Graigddu) seconded the amend. ment. Mr John Davies (Treorky) seconded the motion. Upon being put to the meeting, 12 voted for the amendment. Alai ge majority voted for the motion, which was accordingly declared o. rried by the chairman. There were also a considerable number of neutrals. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the vestry to a close.
DIVISION OF THE YSTRAD DISTRICT INTO WARDS. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD INQUIRY. At the Pentre Hotel, Major Tulloch has held an inquiry to consider an application of the Ystrady- fodwg Local Board to divide the district into five wards, and also an application for three more members. Mr Walter H. Morgan, the clerk of the Board, was present to support the application. Mr Walter H Morgan, in opening, stated that the Board Irad considered the district was large enough to be divided into five wards. The rateable value was £ 247,000, and the population 56,617. The district formerly comprised the Ystrad parish only, but it had recently been extended so as to include portions of Llanwonno and Llantrisant, and as there were 12 members wheij the Board was formed in 1877, they now felt that with the .ncreased area and population they were entitled enough to be divided into five wards. The rateable value was £ 247,000, and the population 56,617. The district formerly comprised the Ystrad parish only, but it had recently been extended so as to include portions of Llanwonno and Llantrisant, and as there were 12 members wheij the Board was formed in 1877, they now felt that with the .ncreased area and population they were entitled to 15 members, wh'ch would give three members for each ward He then gave the population, area, and rateable value of each proposed ward as follows Rateable value. £ a. d. No 1 Ward 45,129 5 0 No. 2 Ward 65,068 10 0 No. 3 Ward 42907 15 0 No. 4 Ward 41,836 6 6 No. 5 Ward 52,058 5 0 Population. Acreage. 11,367.7,342 14,639.4,160 11,161. 3,334 12,342 3,778 7,108.5,384 Mr J.'Griffiths, Porth opposed the scheme, and said that the top of the valley was more likely to decrease than to increase. He proposed another scheme; The C mmissioner, however, pointed out the inequality of Mr Griffiths's division. After several remarks by other ratepayers, Mr Walter H. Morgan replied to all the objections. Thp. Commissioner said he could not see how the district could be fairer "divided than as proposed by the local Board. If in 10 or 12 years it was considered necessary to. alter the boaqdairoi, it could easily be done. The final decision was not given, but it is believed the Board's scheme will be confirmed. :)
MOUNTAIN ASH LOCAL BOARD. ho The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held on Monday, at the Workmen's Hall, under the presidency of Mr T. Yeo. There were also present Messrs. W. Little, T. Edwards, Gwilym Jones, W. Morgan, E. Evans, Lewis Edmunds, W. Pritohard, and D. Coleman. The Clerk stated that Mr Taylor, the contractor of the new road to Penrhiwceiber, having removed the inoitar mill to the site of the works, he had been allowed to proceed with his contract. It transpired that the committee appointed to consider the office accommodation recoriimended the Board to offer Mr Richard John JE30 per annum in lieu of 232 per annum paid hitherto, which had been accepted by Mr John. The recommendation was adopted on the motion of Mr Prichard, seconded by Mr Evans. In reply to a communication of the Board, a letter was read from Mr Bell, on behalf of the gas company, stating that on the Board undertaking to consume about the same quantity of gas per lamp per annum, and adopt the Aberdare system, they would supply the Board at 4s 9d. per 1,000 cubic feet. The gas committee having considered the letter, recommended the Board to accept Messrs Nixon's terms, provided they would be satisfied to keep lighted the same number of laimps. The recommendation was agreed to. The Inspector of Nuisance reported a slight case of scarlet fever having taken place in the district since the last Hoaid meeting. The medical officer's report was read, from which it appeared that the total number of births in the quarter had been 102-52 males and 50 females last quarter, 95-38 males and 37 females. The birth rate in the quarter would be 38'6 per 1,000 per annum The total number of denths in the quarter was 43 last quarter, 53. ) he death rate was at the ratio of 16'4 per 1,000 per annum. Total number of vaccinations in the quarter was 89 last quarter, 61. The Chairman remarked that it was gratifying to hear so favourable a report on the state of the health of the district, and it was but justice that the officers of the Board should have the sole credit for the piv sent state of things. On the motion of Mr Edwards, it was resolrer" that the report should be placed on the minutes. With reference to an appliction of Mr W. Thomas for a licence to sell petroleum, the C • man desired it to go forth through the prf f j there were certain penalties for selling pe'i.-i-^y without a licence. On the motion of the Chairman, it was ct that the attention of the surveyor be t^ied < certain resolutions on the books requesting hit? ,,) report the progress made with all works carried on in the district, and to report a ecially at the next Board meeting on the progress of the street im- provement carried on at Cwmpennar. The finance report went to show that an over- draft for J6514 7s 9d. had been drawn at the bank on the general aocount, and 9U lis 104. mihs saweaw accona.