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GLAMORGAN COUNTY COUNCIL. ^HE CONTEST IN THELLANWONNO LLANFABON, AND LLANTWIT FARDREWARD. MR EDWARD EDWARDS AT GRAIG- BERTHLWYD. On Monday evening a representative meeting • x>i electors was held at Libanus Chapel, Graig- berthlwyd, to hear addresses in favour of Mr Edward Edwards' candidature for the represent- ation of the above division in the county council. The proceedings were enthusiastic throughout,and the remarks of the several speakers were of a telling character. The chair was occupied by Mr T. Miles, Berthlwyd Farm, who said the duties which would devolve upon the county council would be both arduous and important, more so, perhaps, than the generality of electors anticipated. They felt indebted to Mr Edwards for coming forward to champion their interests. He knew Mr Edwards most intimately, and had always found him straightforward, obliging, and full of public -capacity. (Hear, hear.) He had already proved himself an excellent member of public boards, and as guardian had been instrumental in re- ducing the rates of the parish, and in other ways had protected their interests as parishioners. These qualifications Mr Edwards would doubtless also br.ng to bear upon the county council, and he hoped they would exercise every means to ensure his election. (Cheers.) Mr Edwards, the candidate, was the next speaker. He commenced by expressing pleasure at seeing ladies present. Many of the female -electors did not know even that they had votes, but he was glad to see some of them at least arousing themselves to their sense of public duty. (Hear, hear.) It had been urged against him that he was, as guardian, against the poor, and his opponent had gone so far as to say that he had said at t.ie board of guardians that eighteen pence a week was sufficient for a certain poor old man in the Rhondda Valley to live upon. He gave thij his absolute denial, and defied his enemies to prove the charges which they had brought against him. (Cheers.) He did not see why personalities should be indulged in in connection with the contest, but in Nelson there was an organisation known as the pop shop caucus." (Laughter.) These people went about circulating false reports about him, but they should see on the polling day what effect these reports would have. (Applause.) Mr Edwards then proceeded to enumerate his qualifications for a seat on the county coitacil. He had had large experience in connection" with the manage- ment of roads and bridges as member of the Gelli- gaer Highway Board, and it was through his instrumentality that, some years ago, in spite of opposition, he succeeded in having the road made between Abernant and Nelson, and they all knew how useful that road had proved. (Cheers.) When he was elected as guardian for Llanfabon, the rate of the parish was very much higher than it was at present. Well, how was the reduction brought about ? He found that they had a surveyor who did not do his duty properly, and --after repeatedly cautioning him, he (the speaker) was 'obliged to bring the matter before the authorities, and the surveyor was dismissed. Some might blame him for that, but he had been elected to look after the interests of the rate- payers, and had done so faithfully. (Hear, hear, and renewed applause.) After dwelling upon the duties of county councillor, Mr Edwards con- cluded by saying that if they found anything in him worthy of election he would be happy to serve them to the best of his power. (Loud cheer- ing.) Mr Edwards, Maesmabon, in a telling speech, proposed a resolution of confidence in Mr Edwards as the Liberal candidate, and pledging the meeting to use the bast means to secure his rjuur~t- Mr Edwards had been bred and born in the parish of Llanfabon, and as that portion of the district had a considerably larger number of electors than that of Llantwitfardre, it was only right he should be elected. (Cheers.) Mr Edwards was an ex- tensive employer of labour, and a large ratepayer, and consequently the public interests were con- sonant with his own. It must be said that Mr Edwards was not a fluent speaker, but if Mr Edwards had not the gift of the gab," he certainly had the gift of the brain." (Cheers.) It would be a discredit to the parishioners of Llanfabon if they did not return him as their representative, and that most triumphantly, for Mr Edwards had been promised two to one of the votes of Llantwitfardre as well. Mr Edwards had been described by a prominent guardian at Pontypridd as a most careful and painstaking man, and this was a valuable testimonial in his favour. (Cheers.) Mr Robert Davies seconded. Mr Daniels having replied to certain remarks made against him by Mr Jabez Evans, at a meet- ing held at Nelson, he said he supported Mr Edwards on the ground of his sound principles and good oharacter. Mr Edward Thomas, Navigation, supperted the views of Mr Daniels, that Mr Edwards was a man of sound stable principles, and remarked that they ought to send to the council one who had a higher object in view than that of vain glory. Mr Edwards had proved his "eminent qualities to their entire satisfaction, and he hoped they would accord him an extension of their con- fidence. (Cheers.) Mr D. Davies (Dewi Mabon), Cwmaman, although not a voter in the district, said he had lived in the parish for 30 years, his father was there for 60 years, and his mother's family had lived in the parish for centuries. He thought then he was entitled to say a word in favour of Mr Edwards. (Applause.) He traced the politi- cal progress of the Principality during the last 30 years how it had gradually moved onward through a host of difficulties from its former in- significant position as poor little Wales," up- ward to the dignity of gallant little Wales," pntil at last it had acquired new life and hope Tinder the striking appellat: >:i of young Wales" -the land of divines which had supplied London with some of its best preachers. (Applause.) As Mr T. E. Ellis, one of the greatest WeLli poli- ticians of the day, had advised them, let them not lose a single opportunity to have Liberals returned to the county councils, and if Mr Ellis had sent forth this advice would they as Liberals in Llanfabon do otherwise, and return a Conserva- tive.(Cries of"No,"and applause.) Let them,there- fore, with one consent, elect Mr Edwards, as he would be the right man in the right place." (Cheers.) In reply to questions from the Rev E. Jones, Berthlwyd, Mr Edwards expressed himself in favour of the Welsh language being taught in elementary schools and colleges and also the rearrangement of electorate districts. Rev. E. Jones said the great cry of the Tories was "no politics," and yet, with strange incon- sistency, Mr Jabez Evans had held all his meet- ings in that district under the auspices of Con- servatism. He (Mr Evans) had canvassed the Tories from the outset, but had not dared to ask the Liberals fur their support. They had brought out Mr Edwards on political grounds because the Tories did precisely the same thing. (Hear, hear.) A unanimous show of hands was then made in favour of Mr Edwards, and the meeting termin- ated with a vute of thanks to the chairman, and loud cheers for the candidate.

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