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CO RRESPONDENCE. THE LAUNCH OF THE PORTHCAWL LIFE- BOAT LAST WEEK. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOCTH WALES ST AIL i r.-I was present at the launch last week. and was rather curious as to the time taken by the men in getting her afloat. I believe, sir. that the time for practice is that of neap tides at' all seasons, because they flow neay noon as a rule, and are. therefore, convenient for persons coming by train who are interested in the launch. I look upon the practice as being very important to the men. so that they can get into the way of each other in working, but I really think, sir. that if there was a vessel in danger close to the shore that all must perish by reason of the great delay in launching occasioned by the plans of the inspector. I was glad to see Rector W. Jones, the lion, local secretary, present, and Colonel Warlow. Mr. James Brogden. and others interested in the boat. They can speak tc the great delay and the bungling manner in manipulating the boat. I saw old helpers itinning away and leaving the boat dis- gusted. and I heard them say that they would help in case of need, but not in ruch a way as the launch was conducted. I may be wrong, but I always look upon an inspector as one who superintends a thing done by others, and does not take the manage- ment out of the hands of those who arc really responsible for the management of the boar. I will guarantee C5 to any charitable institution in the district that the coxswain and the chief launcher would put the boat afloat in twenty minuces, if allowed their freedom in manipulating. —I am. Occ.. LOOKER OX. Porthcawl. April 7th, 1891. ——^ SOUTH WALES FEDERATION MEETINGS AT CARDIGAN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAn. Sin.—I was glad to read in your columns a note of the old farmer who brought the house down by his pithy remarks. I am of opinion that the men who could do the greatest amount of good by their addresses upon the tithe questions and kindred subjects are systematically excluded from the Federation meetings. The eternal Aaron is always on.the stump, and the everlasting blowhard from Belle Yue. Swansea, is always to the fore, reiter- ating their everlasting common-places. I do be- lieve really so. too. that the South Wales Federation is out of touch with working men. by reason of their exclusion from participations in the discus- sions of public grievances. The only men capable of addressing themselves to any question brought before the federation meetings, according to the opinions as expressed by the wire-pullers in their programme, are monied-men. who are either retired tradesmen. J.P.'s. or parsons. When the country get a surfeit of the meetings, the workmen will then be put to the fore, as the ones who have really killed the federation like the M.P.'s of old for the country, men who lived above the level of the majority of their electors, they could never feel sufficiently deep the wants of their constituen- cies to truly represent them. So the monied-men often found, where they are not fitted to be in. cannot give voice to the feelings of workmen upon many subjects.—I ara.Jce., HOMO. Nottage. Porthcawl. .*» THE USE OF THE CADOXTON BOARD SCHOOL TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES PTAli. SIR.—Kindly allow me through the medium of your valuable paper to ask a question to the mem- bers of the school board of this district. What is the reason they have refused the use of the Cadox- ton Board Schools for the Welsh Baptists to hold their annual meetings there, at the same time giving that privilege to the Welsh Established Church to hold a concert on the 8th of this month, and also to the I.O.G. Templars previously.' An explanation would be a satisfaction to many besides myself.—I am, ^c.. DIDYMUS. Cadoxton. —o- WHY NOT INCLUDE BARRY IX OUR SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT.' TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SI p.In the report of the opening of the new "i 1 11 school at St. Mary's. Cardiff. I noticed that the Bishop of this diocese mentioned that there was a prospect of a new Church of England elementary school being erected in a parish near Cardiff. Now. as we have already seen an appeal for funds for such an object in this district, there is every probability that Barry parish is referred to. I should have no objection to seeing Church schools erected for Church-going children where Noncon- formist children would not be compelled to attend for want of unsectarian schools, but I should cer- tainly deplore having a denominational school erected in Barry parish if it proved an excuse for not having a board school placed there. At'present we have a School Board district comprising Merthyrdovan and Cadoxton parishes, and though the chairman and one member of the board reside in Barry parish they have taken no steps to have their own parish included in the district. A number of houses are springing np, and a large population of, perhaps, mvinly Nonconformists, will have no provision for elementary school- teaching for their children. Yery li'ely the Church people will step into the breach, erect a national school, and then prevent the School Board from entering Barry parish. The children will then be provided, as the Bishop states, with "catholic teaching"—catho!:c, perhup.?, only in the eyes of Church people—which not even a con- science clause will suffice to prevent the children of Nonconformists being instructed in. Without wishing to say anything against Church of Eng- land voluntary schools. I am strongly of opinion that unsectarian elementary schools ought to he within the, reach of every child, and iu a place which is increasing by such leaps and bounds such lethargy as our School Board displays is simply inexcusable.—I am. Sir, yours truly. Barry. JUSTITIA. — PASSENGER TRAINS ON THE BARRY RAIL- WAY. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—It is now nearly twelve months since the deputation waited on the company to try and get passenger trains on this line, and, so far. nothing has been done to further the suggestion. Surely there is some course open to our Chambers of Trade, tee., to compel the company to open to Tre- .fore.-t. even if they have to put up a temporary station. If they did so. I ieel sure that half the passengers now going from the Rhondda to the west rin Llantrisant or Swansea Bay Railway, would travel to St. Fagan's. if trains were ar- ranged to catch those of the Great, Western Railway, instead of being arranged not to catch, as is now the case at Llantrisant. You have only to look at the tables to see the abominable arrange- ments at this junction. The public and local authorities should understand that nothing will be done by the railway companies unless pressure is brought to bear upon them.—I am. tec.. Ferndale. A RHONDDA MERCHANT. — CENSUS PAPERS IN THE BARRY DISTRICT. TO THE l-JOITOR OF THE SOUTH WALE" STAR. SIK.—Can you tell me why two census papers were delivered in so many houses in this district.' Such a proceeding will surely tend to confuse the returns.—I am. <xc.. ENQUIRER. Barry. WELSH ORTHOGRAPHY. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—As I understand you take an interest in Welsh orthography, will you kindly favour your readers with your views on spelling re- form.' The "v" for "f." and" f" for "ff" is even now being used. Why not revert to the old way "dh" for •' dd." lIt" tor "H." These would be analogous to than ph." and would entail no alteration in the fount which must always prove an insuperable bar to any fanciful or new-fangled characters being adopted. The printers simply will not do it. and such changes as I have indicated would if anything only make the Welsh fount of type more like the English one. an advantage which must be patent to every practical printer.—Yours, (w., C O MP.