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CORRESPONDENCE. MR. W. THOMAS (VERE-STREET) AND THI LOCAL BOARD OFFICIALS' SALARIES. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—In your last week's issue" A Reader' asks me to apologise for making wild statement! at the Local Board meeting, when tho salaries oi our officials was being discussed. I will leave thE public to judge whether I am right or wrong The figures I quoted were given to me by Mr Howe. the district rate collector, for the year end ing March 25th, 1891. As to tha salaries, at oui last Public Works Committee I moved for a returr of the salaries of all the officials of the Board which was supplied to me by Mr. Hughes, the clerk, the total amount being £1,712. Figures speak for themselves.—I am, &c., Vere-street, Cadoxton. WM. THOMAS, CONSERVATISM AT LLANTWIT-MAJOR. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—The dual secretary gives a very apt description of Conservatism at Llantwit equal to none. Nothing equals nothing. Inimitable. If the gentleman would purchase a cheap English grammar and devote the time he gives to advising the Liberal party to the study of the English lar" guage, his literary effusions would perchanc? some day gain him the position to which he aspires— namely, a star amongst press men. The writer's bare-faced assertion that tho Standard, (Iraphic, Judu, kc., are still taken by the Conservative reading-room makes one say." Mr. Deere, you are lucky tha.t you are not living in Ceylon."—I am, YOUR CORRESPONDENT. ♦ MOON VERSUS GAS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,-1 was walking along the road one night this week about ten o'clock when the moon shone beautifully, and I was very much amused at the species of competition in public lighting that was going on. Each gas lamp was alight in spite of the fact that the full moon gave ample light. Oh why does not our Local Board man?ge things differently. There is such a. thing as a calendar, which gives the times of full moon, and during such times we can save up the gas and use it later on other evenings. Tho Local Board, first of all. ordered th. lamps to be alight all through the night, and then this was altered to 12 o'clock. The consequence is that those poor benighted people who wait for the last train from Cardiff on Saturday nights often have to trudge home through pitch darkness. I hope someone will soe this letter who will remedy all this, Just think of the economy. Why actually we might be able to afford to put some gas lamps along some of the dark parts of the much frequented Holton- road.—For I am, ONE WHO LIVES IN THAT NEGLECTED SPOT. ♦ MABON'S DAY. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—Once a month this day comes, and though we have work in plenty before it, we find slack times after it. This is because the Rhondda colliers stop working, not only on the holiday, but for some couple cf days afterwards—it is because they stop in public-houses drinking and I think what a Welsh minister once told me is very true :— Gwyl Mabon, pa ddaioni—i Wralia A wclwvd o honi Anfuddiol wvl i feddwi, A gwyl y fall, goeliaf fi. It is a pity we should suffer through the miners' holiday.—I am, &c., BILLY FAIRPLAY. —■ PUBLIC LAMPS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—May I make use of your valuable columns to call attention to the great want of public lamps between Holton and Barry, and also between Holton and Cadoxton. As things are now, in order to pass from either end of the district to the centre, it is necessary to pass through a belt of darkness, which is a grave inconvenience to the general public.—I am, &c., RATEPAYER. PASSENGER TRAINS TO PONTYPRIDD. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR, I see by last week's copy of your really estimable paper the question of backing up the Pontypridd Local Board ;'1 taking steps to compel the Barry Company to run passenger trains between Barry and Pontypridd. Now what does this mean That the railway betwoen these two places is to be utilized for both passenger and mineral traffic, but as the hitter traffic now already is as heavy as can be managod on this route, it is bound to suffer if passenger trains are run. Unless the lines are increased I don't see how passenger trains can be run without very seriously inter- ferring with the coal traffic. Do people realise that the success of Barry Town is intimately bound up with that of the Dock Company, and that if the latter suffer the district will as well. If so I should look with a jealous eye upon any- thing done to hamper the Dock Company in the present time of keen competition when the best claim our dock has in preference to others is that coal can Lo brought down from the pits. and shipped more expeditiously than elsewhere—I am, &.c., NEUTRAL. Cadoxton. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—I see that the question of railway com- munication from Pontypridd to Barry Dock is to be considered at the next mc-ithly meeting of the Local Board. I am as anxious as anyone to see a through communication between Pontypridd and Barry Dock, but cannot forget that the through services of passenger trairs between Pontypridd and Barry would necessitate a diminution of mineral traffic. Let us wait until we see the position of Barry as a coal exporter thoroughly established before we interfere in any way which may hamper the Barry Company in competing with their rivals.—Thanking you in anticipation. I am, kc., A READER. TEMPERANCE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. Silt.—I should like to write a word to compli- ment one of your contributors upon his excellent article on total abstinence. I allude, of course, to Mr. Ton Evans. There are just one or two things which I cannot understand. Alcohol is no more the good creature of God than chalk is cheese." Why Because it's an artificial product. Well, sir, what about cheese ? What about sugar and lots of other things ? Then. again, surely good work is done by moderate drinkers. What about Gladstone, Disraeli, Bismarck. Carlyle. and, in fact, most people Then is it not a fact that the late well-known temperance reformer, Dr. Car- penter, in his later days, anandoned total ab stinence and partook in his old days a little wine, perhaps for his stomach's sake. Drunkenness is such a curse to our land that every means should be taken to lessen it, but arguments in favour of total abstinence must consist of the proven and nothing but the proven. Excuse just a hurried note.—Yours. &c., C. Cardiff.




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