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CORRESPONDENCE. AH for IMPLICATION- must lie RTIMREWE.L, T'.I'- L'Mitor, TIN: SOI'TLI WAIJCS STAH, O.<loxtoii, near Ciiniiff," All I, Is UMST writt, I I ON sit!T> of UMI MUST MICLI tin- Kciitor licit lata' t!UM THM>ilay morning. ;uiil TL:IJ full LIMJIIE iin.L ;uliiros of tho writer must !>O enclosed, not noeessarilv for jmlilioation, lint AS GUARANTEE of IROOD fiiitli. SUBSCMBEK" (CARDIFF).—YOU will see that your SUGGESTION HAS BEEN ACTED UPON. CYMRU FYDD for our COLUMNS. T. T. (BONVILSTONE).—POSSESSED of some MERIT. Will probably be INSERTED NEXT week. F. ROBERTS.—You have written on both sides of the paper. Co:,[P.—We are sorry that we did not answer your letter in our last issue. We quite agree with you that something should be dune to simplify Welsh orthography. and as a step towards that end we should like to see v used Tor" f," and •; f for ff." but we cannot see how "dh" is simpler than" dd." or "Ih" simpler that -11." j If practicable(andthatis.after all, what is im- i portant) we should like the old crossed d" used for del." and the Spanish 1" used for 11." The comps." would, however, we are afraid, be the first to cry against any change. THE RECEXT BARRY ASSAULT CA\E. TO THE EDITOR OF TKE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—Will you kindly correct a paragraph which appeared in your last week's issue, concerning an assault case between Edmund. Parry and Mrs. Collier. In your issue you have E. Parry, train foreman, which is wrong. E. Parry is a fireman. and I am the Parry train foreman, and through this coming out like this I have had to be taunted about the affair, which has been very unpleasant. I hope you will have this corrected in your next issue.—I am, ,Vc.. W M. PARRY. 4, Glamorgan-street. Barry. » OUR POOR LAWS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—Permit me. as one. who has for many years taken a warm interest in this question, to thank you very heartily for the able article appearing in your current issue under the above heading. It is a significant and a hopeful sign of the times when we find in one of the earliest numbers of a new journal the first leader devoted to the con- sideration of a subject of this kind. In the past. matters relating to the social well-being of the community have, undoubtedly, not received at the hands of the public and of the press of this coun- try the attention they ought to have commanded. But upon looking back over the course of the last fifty or sixty years, and bearing in mind the battles that had to be fought in the interests of political and commercial freedom, it is not surprising, after all. that the less existing—albeit equally important —struggle for social reform should have been post- poned to a more convenient season. Happily, how- ever. we have at length arrived at a moment when the public mind is in a favourable mood to have presented for its consideration those questions connected with the social life of the people. There is evidence on every side or a great awakening being close at hand. We have the spectacle, of both political parties putting forward, more or less, authorised social programmes. I rejoice to think Mr. Alfred Thomas's Bill. of which you give so useful a resit iw will throw a flood of light 011 our poor-law system. AS this is the fortress that will have to be first stormed it- may be well for social reformers for the present to concentrate their forces at this point. It is true that Mr. Thomas's measure does not profess to deal with the question as a whole, and. personally. I could have wished it had gone a little further in some respects. Still, it is a large and valuable instalment, and. as such, is deserving of every support. A sinsrle engagement will not suffice to carry the entire field. We must be content to proceed point by point. There has been. as you. sir. have shown, practically no alteration made in Our poor-laws since 3 334. They were then somewhat hurriedly passed AS a I result of the report of a Royal Commission which had been appointed on account of the extraordinary increase in pauperism that had taken place since the passing of the Gilbert Act in 17S2. The object of the reformed parliament seems to have been simply to pass such a measure as would be likely to stem the tide of pauperism, which had at that time risen to such an alarming height, and almos; threatened to overwhelm the land. It is full tini" I this antiquated piece of legislation were over- hauled with a view to producing something that is more in harmony with the spirit of the present age. Consideration for your indulgence compels me to resist the temptation of going further into this, to me. at all events, interesting subject. I will only in conclusion draw vour readers attention to the fact that. as stateS in your report of Mr. Alfred Thomas' meeting, a branch of the Poor Law Reform Association is about being formed at Cardiff. A meeting with this objcc'c in view is about to be called, and all friends of social reform will be heartily welcomed, and their co-operation earnestly desired in this new crusade, I am. sir, your obedient servant, THOMAS W. DAVID. Cardiff, 15th April. 1391. ô THE CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—The members of the Barry Coal-tippers' Football Club wish me to thank you on their behalf for the manner in which you took up the above match, through your most. valuable columns. in asking the public of the Barry district to patronize it for the sake of the good cause which the proceeds were devoted to. After paying all expenses, the balance forwarded to Mnjor-General Lee. treasurer ox the .Barry and Cadoxton nursing association was TIL 4s. 3d. I am sorry it was not taken more interest in. as I think the above-mentioned association is the initial step towards an innrmary perhaps the public did not know what the meaning of the said association was. or else they would have shewn a livelier interest in it and then the ground being an open field was also greatly against us. Great praise is due to the members of the Barry Rovers football plub for the manner they assisted us in lending the field gratutiously, also their dressing-room in Mr. Jones' coffee tavern. High- street, Barry, and jerseys and ball. We accord them our most hearty thanks. I have another subject I should like to dwell upon. viz.. an infirmary for Barry, before I close. Now is the time for some of our public men of the district to shew the interest in the wants of the people. There have been several meetings lately in connection with an intermediate school, also reading-rooms, kc., and committees formed to put them into working ozder. I would suggest, Mr. Editor, that a public meeting be called, and once the thing is started I feel confident of every success from all classes, as everyone with any common sense at all knows that an infirmary is one of the most valuable institutions that A town can boast of. Take for instance a man being hurt here at the docks, and it is thought necessary to take him to an infirmary, which in most cases is advisable Cardiff is the nearest, and two hours at the very least must elapse before he reaches there then. if lie is a resident at Barry, his family would like to visit him at least once a week then comes the expense of travelling back and fore, and if the man has not been able enough or thrifty enough to provide himself with a couple of benefit clubs. how is his poor family going to provide themselves with the means wherewith to go and see him. There is also the risk of the man dying before he reaches Cardiff, whereas, if there was an infirmary here, it would occupy a few minutes to take him there, and probably be the means of his life being spared. I hope and trust that someone more able than myself will now take the matter up. as it is a thing that is most urgently needed, and which I am sure will be supported by a large amount of public and influential sympathy. I must now appolgize for encroaching on your space too much. —I remain, vours obedientlv. L. M* REES. Hon. See.. Barry Coal Tippers' Football Club, 10. Wenvoe-terrace. Barry. (The remainder of Correspondence aj)j)ear.s in another column.)