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IN AND AliOUND BARRY. Tb<-> cnoci'il meetins of the Local Board on Turmo°°D"o'SrS -representing the Commons Committee who have taken an infinite amount of trouble abou„ the whole question of the Cadoxton _<amu naturally anxious that something s as soon as possible. Notice must e 0 • three succcssive weeks prior to the Is CK- and if the question was aojourped meeting of the board there would be bu, barely 0 sufficient time to uo anything with the Commons this year. Mr. G(^ Thomas, who is fast becoming the "Old Morality of the Local Board, talked of "his duty to the ratepayers.'7 The question, he said, might invoke the expenditure of a lot mone\.and e\ery eilor should be'made to discover the easiest and cheapest Way of taking it over. Mr. W. Thomas the economist, of Yere-street. didn't want the Com- mon to be taken over at all. It was quite good enough as it was, and it be would simply throwing money away to do anything to it. Mr. Barstow, Whose mind, 111'. Thomas said, was of a highei calibre than his." asked some questions of the doctor Mr. John Robinson wanted time to consult his 0; friends." and Mr. Meggitt wished to know What powers the Board of Agriculture could give the Local Board for the management of the Com- mon under the Act of 1876. Bowing 0 e in- evitable Dr. O'Donnell seconded a resolution ot Mr. George Thomas, that the whole question be referred back to the Commons Committee to make further inquiries. Mr. G-arnett. '• the stern economist," is going to alter his tactics; I know that the spendthrift Public authorities of the district will exult when thev hear that the stern, uncorrupted Roman will no longer beard them in their den. u the poor suffering ratepayers? They will be as sheep having no shepherd they will now become the helpless prey of devouring wolves. On Tues- day nifht there was a meeting of the Burial Board and. as is well known, Mr. Garnett is a member He is not one of those men who seek the suffrao-es of his fellow-ratepayers and then shine the responsibility of the position Xo! he is always at his post, and so he was on Tuesday night. There was nothing strange 1ll his appearance; nothino- in his face or bearing to show his apostasy. Throughout the meeting he seemed to be true to his economical principles, till suddenly- ^nm hunger srot the better of him. and he sola his bi th- right—of being the economist of the district not for a mess of potage. but for the cesire o one. He told the members in plaintive tones that public bodies were' not well treated in this distiiCc. (And so say the Local Board). "How is that," asked somebody. \Yhy, in America, he said, when public bodies meet ana spend a lot of time in the service of the public, they get a good feed before they part." "Dsar llie." exchimccl several members at once, "how iiiee it would be to be there. We want something cheer us up in a Burial Board. But who pays forthte feed Oh.that is paid for from the rates. How are the mighty fallen from their high estate 1 grieve to think that no longer shall I hear words °f scathing criticism of the enormous expenditure of the Local Board from Mr. Garnett; his voice ^"ill l\en ceforth be mute even in the Ratepayers ■Association. For how can one who ac.vocates the ^Pending of monev on sumptuous dinners for mem- Ws of local bodies refuse to grant a well-earned Sahry to a hard-worked official ? Journalists, and even those among them who Sit in luxurious ease in editorial cnairs, are popularly and often rightly supposed to be an l!ilpeeunious lot. but it is seldom that one heais it plainly insinuated as it was 011 Monday at the y^Uarth Police-court. A man named Tottuey J°hnson was charged with non-payment or tne ^°or rate and the district rate. The constable the collector gave evidence, and the magis- trates were just going to give an order for the Payment of the rates, when the chairman was heard to say, I can't understand how these people can't pay rates without coming here." After a pause he turned to the clerk and asked, Is he that man who is connected with the South Wales Daily News ?" "No, your worship, that is Mr. Sonley Johnstone." What's in a name ? The majestic Sonley to be taken for the plebeian, non-ratepaying Tomley and the editor of the fate compelling, thunder armed, irresistible Bail I/ .Yc'irs, to be confused with a mere ordinary citizen. After this, every editor should, like the bards, assume a pseudonym, Newspaper men in this district have been dubbed by their Cardiff brothers "—who, of course, look to journalistic amenities most punctiliously — perfect Eatanswill journalists." Whatever truth may be in this—I am sure I have not laid myself open, to such a charge—I think none of us have reached the high level of a Transvaal paper, the Standard and JJhjjiers New, from which I take the following :— The reprehensible and totally uncalled-for style of journalistic criticism which of late has, Upas-tree like, raised its Medusa head in Johannesburg, demands the reprobation of all right-minded men. Coarse invective has never yet supplied, and never will supply, the place of argument. Foul insinuations, having not the slightest foundation in fact, and an only too openly apparent display of petty and puerile spite on the part of these six-line-skip-jack scribble: st mark this guttersnipe journalism as the outcome of a leprous mental condition which needs excision from our midst right away." Both our local football clubs were unfortunate in their tussles last Saturday, the District Club going under to the 1 Grange town Fifteen, and Barry being beaten by Cogan. I am sure this will only tend to nerve our men to a determination to stick together and endeavour to secure victory on every occasion they don the jersey again this season. I understand that both teams experienced decidedly hard lines last Saturday; indeed, the District Fifteen very nearly succeeded in scoring on moic than one occasion. Ours is a go-ahead and plodding- district, and I am sure this will be characteristic of our football clubs too. Then, again, the saying "Barry luck" has long b2en proverbial. May our footballers abundantly share it this season. On the ball, forwards may you heel out often to the halves, and enable the latter to give the three- quarters plenty to do A letter appeared in a contemporary last week praising that journal as an advertising medium. The name and address of a local gentleman was appended, and there was an editorial foot-note attached to the effect that very many letters of a similar character were being constantly re- ceived," or words to that effect. I can easily ceived," or words to that effect. I can easily believe it; for the gentleman in question says he never wrote such a letter. Monday next is the annual Penarth licensing day, and a goodly number of applications will be mode from this district. In glancing down the list I notice that an application is to to be made for a license for a new hotel now being erected at Palmerstown. If the license is granted what a salve it will be for the trouble and annoyance the inhabitants have been put to about their water supply. But probably if a license is wanted any- where it is wanted at Palmerstown. The in- habitants are almost completely cut off through the lack of road communication from the Cadox- ton district. To come to Cadoxton, the inhabi- tant has to risk being cut to pieces by crossing a railway line where coal trains are proceeding backwards and forwards the whole day, or walk all the way round to Colebrooke and come through Cadoxton village, or, which is just as long a journey, all the way round Cadoxton Moors. The inhabitants of Palmerstown have a right to be considered when some of the good things which arrive with the progress of civilization are shared around.



















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