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IN AND AROUND * BARRY.

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IN AND AROUND BARRY. THE SOUTH WALKS STAR. Good readers! Give it a right good welcome. We have launched our bark on the seas. May it have flowing tide? and favouring breezes. Happy augury. The inhabitants of Barry have shown their yearning- for knowledge and informa- tion by adopting the Public Libraries Act. Let us trust they will accept this new illuminant. Tin: SOUTH WALES STAR, as well to lighten them on their way. Taking into consideration that a large number of voters. :,ouch as those employed by the late Mr. T. A. Walker, have left the district, and that a large number, by removals from Cadoxton or Barry to other and newer parts of the district, did not re- ceive their voting papers,' the poll must be con- sidered a heavy one. and the minority of those who voted "No" was a very small one. Well done. Barry and Cadoxton The Trades Council of Cardiff is starting a new 'Bus Company. A mild sort of co-operative in- dustry, I suppose. Here is a hint for them. Let them enlarge the scops of their enterprise and include Barry. Within a very short time the con- tracts for the main roads between Barry and Cadoxton will be completed, and a series of "busses running from Cadoxton up around the Royal Hotel and new Cadoxton Market, along the New-road to the Police-station, and then on to Barry, and per- haps as far as the Island in the summer, would prove a great boon and a good speculation. But where in the world are our numerous local com- pany promoters Last week the Theatre Royal, Cardiff, was "house full. standing room only." filled nightly with a throng of people, all delighted at Sullivan's charm- ing music. "The Gondoliers," "Yeomen of the Guard, and "Mikado" were all three staged, and the company was really an excellent one. Mesdames Rose Hervee and Manvill Harding, together with George Thorne and Billington, are firmly established favourites with Cardiff playgoers. and though Miss Haidee Crofton was sadly missed. i Miss Duggan proved an all-sufficient substitute. Mr. Fletcher. the enterprising lessee, is giving quite a run of excellent companies. This week the playbill announces the production of -Tudali." Mr. JI, A. Jones' successful drama from the Shaftes- bury Theatre. Briefly, the story runs The Rev. Judah Llewellyn is a Welsh Calvini.-tie Methodist minister, in love with Vashti Dethic. a young girl supposed to be endowed with powers of faith- healing. She is sent for by the Earl of Asgarby to his castle, and her prowess is to be put to the test in the ease of the Earl of Asgarby's daughter, a young girl dying of consumption. It seems that the faith-healing can only be applied when the faith-healer fasts: so. at the instigation of a scientific gent." Professor Jopp, she is securely locked up and watched to see whether she really does fast. Amongst others put to watch her is Judah. and, to his dismay, he discovers that old IJcthic-Yashti' father—issecrctlyconveying fowl to her. Then comes his great struggle. On the one hand. love for Vashti; on the other, love for the truth. Of course love for Vashti has it. So he becomes accessory after the fact, and says nothing about it. In the end remote compels him to give up his church, and he goes forth to buttle the world. That is a slight "sketch of a drama which is certainly strongly written and abounding in good dramatic situations. A really excellent company plays it. and there is no doubt that it will well repay going in to Cardiff to see. Z, I commend to the notice of all our working men this month's Ifdl" a penny monthly under the editorship of Mr. W. T. Stead, and issued from the Itrrinc of Kr-rinrx office. In it there is a Social Progrnmme" for ameliorating the condition of our labouring classes. It is well worth the close attention of everyone interested, and who is not. in bettering the bulk of the community. Space merely allows me to enumerate the various schemes. First, compulsory insurance against accident of every workman, and. as in Germany, the insurance money to be paid by the employers. Secondly, protection of our sailors no ship to be insured up to its full value, and in every case of lose of life at sea a species of inquest to be held as soon as the ship reaches a home port. Third subject, freedom of combination legislation to prevent any disability through belonging to any Trade Union. Then there is to be an official arbitration in all trade disputes, something on the lines of that which obtains in Germany. Then a dispute between master and man, such as wrongful dis- missal. may by mutual consent be referred to the factory inspector. No child to be employed in any factory or mill under the age of twelve. As it is new. it child over ten years of age may be a half-timer. The next scheme is one to secure in every case one day of r.-st in seven to all workmen, Other questions are those of technical education, allotments, and. lastly, a Minister of Labour. It is rather a good sign that all these schemes are approved of and advocated by a member of the [ present Government. Sir John Gorst, one of Britain's representatives at last year's Labour Con- < gross in Berlin. Surely, it a Conservative is [111- vanccd enough to accept all these excellent measures, there is some hope that they will very speedily become accomplished facts when the party of progress is once more in power. That r 11 Liberals will accept them almost goes without say- ing. No doubt the forthcoming Labour Commis- sion is the outcome of this ''National Social Programme." So we are to have an Inrermediate School. Practically, it will most probably be on the same lines as the Cardiff Higher Grade School, and the only difference will be that the cost of the site and building will be given free to the inhabitants, together with cost of maintenance (except our (lis- trict's share of the halfpenny in the pound which is now being levied all over Glamorganshire). instead of being added to our School Board rate, Already a local syndicat", through their agents, Messrs. Seward and Thomas, has presented a site. and it subscription list is being opened to raise the £ 1.500 required. Three prominent gentlemen at h'st week's meeting promised handsome donationf. viz.: Mr. John Cory. i:250 Mr. Meggitt. C50 (probably I: 100) and Mr. L. W. Jones, the manager of the South Wales Union Bank c25. Without doubt other gentlemen will contribute equally liberally, and the amount will soon be raised. The County Council wUI then at once pro- ceed to erect the necessary buildings for seventy boys and thirty girls. It is earnestly to be hoped that some arrange- ments will be come to between the Barry Dock arid Railways Company on the one hand, and the Dinas Powis Highway Board and the Barry and Cadox- ton Local Board on the other, which will result in the removal of the four toll-gates which have just been erected on the Barry Company's new road. The general impression has been that the Company had no power to put up the gates, but it is now only too palpable that the Company think differ- ently. On the other hand, Mr. O. H. Jones. J.P.. himself a barrister, has spoken out in no uncertain or mistakable language to the effect that the action of the Company is illegal. But the fact. remains that the road in question should be a public one. Let the Company place it in a satisfactory state of repair, and offer it free of all restrictions, and there should be no lliffieulty or apathy on the part of the two local authorities in taking it over. ) I notice with pleasure that the promoters of a leading Lontton railway company have consented to run workmen's trains the whole length of their 11 line for one penny each journey. The Great i Eastern Railway Company, too, by an Act of Par- 1 lament passed as long ago as 1364. is required to issue workmen's tickets from Edmonton to Liver- pool-street—a distance of 8 j miles—for one penny each way. A working man on the Barry Railway is compelled to pay at least six times that sum for < a journey of lesser length. True, an agitation was inaugurated several months ago, but it was not conducted with any particular vigour; eonse- f quently. it fell through. It has been stated, and with truth, that the traffic on the Barry line is i greater than on any line of equal length in the i i kingdom. The company, therefore, should be in a fijtood position to meet a demand for reduced fares 1 for workmen. <

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