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JOTTINGS OX POLITICS.

IN AND AROUND BARRY.

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IN AND AROUND BARRY. Mr. Arthur Williams has set a good example to his Welsh fellow representatives, and Ihope it will be widely followed. Last week he held meetings at Peterstone, LIancarfan. and Bonvilstone, and to use Mr. Thomas Rees' words, his speech was different each time." Even if he delivered the same speech everywhere, still his visit cannot fail to bear a good effect. It is a great thing in these days—indeed it is a duty on each M.P.— to be in touch with his constituents, and the only way he can do so is by addressing public meetings in his division. Welsh M P. s should know by this time that their office is not a sinecure where honour is conferred there responsibility lies. I am triad that 3:[: Williams is alive to the reponsi- bilitv as to the honour of the position he occupies. His speech at Bonvilstone was excellent both in matter and in delivery. The hon. member did not exaggerate when he modestly said that even his humble efforts were sufficient to dis- prove Mr. Chamberlain's arguments." It was im- possible to hear a more crushing reply to the speech of Mr. Chamberlain. Mr. Miles made a splendid chairman. He was brief, eulogistic, and to the point. Another good feature was that the member was almost immediately called upon to deliver his speech, and the local men were then asked to air their eloquence. I wish this was always the case for too often the long-winded speeches on omnibus" resolutions, with local men desperately striving to utter Ciceronian platitudes, takes the gilt off the gingerbread, and one is thoroughly weary by the time the speaker of the evening gets up on his legs to speak. Since the editor took no notice of Mr. Chamber- lain's speech last week-I cannot understand why, for it was a glorious opportunity to use some trenchant criticism-I know if I sat in the editorial chair Mr. Chamberlain would never appear again in Wales—but since, as I was saying, the editor never noticed Mr. Chamberlain's speech, I should like to say one thing in regard to it. Of course it was a very clever speech—we are all tired of hearing how clever Mr. Chamberlain is- but there was one thing in it that I couldn't ex- plain or understand. Mr. Chamberlain said that the Welsh papers boycotted certain topice, C. the deputation from the Irish Presbyterians to the Welsh Calvinistic Association assembled at Swansea. I am a Welshman, and a pretty constant reader of Welsh papers, but I must sav that it never struck me be- fore that" the Welsh papers tabooed any sub- jects. However, I am glad to see that Mr. Cham- berlain is better informed. But how did Mr. Chamberlain gain his information ? that s what I can t understand. Does he read the Welsh papers himself, or did he rely on second-hand authority ? I can hardly believe he reads Welsh himself, so I must suppose that he heard of the fact from some of his aristocratic supporters. Was it Lord Emlyn. or Sir John Jones Jenkins, or Mr. Tudor Evans ? Hor our to him to whom honour is due That was what everyone said on Friday night at the presentation meeting to Major Jones at Cardiff. It was a splending meeting, rep-escnting every shade of religious belief, political profession, and social respectability. There were there hobnobbing together 'Archdeacon Griffiths and Job i Morgan Jones, Judge Gwilvm Williams and the editor of the Star, and other strange and wonderful con- binations. But they were all unanimous in one thing—in their hearty good wishes to Major Jones. Politics were of course avoided, but it was evident throughout that none would regret the return of such a splendid Welshman, such a single-hearted patriot, and such a thorough good fellow as Major Jones, to St. Stephens. The pointing of himself that was presented to Major Jones was the work of Mr. Herbert Voss. and as one said it was a speaking likeness. I am sorry the Major is leaving the district, but what is our loss will be Wales' gain. Da b'och, is the wish of every one who knows you, Major. The act'on of the Barry directors in so vigorously pushing forward matters in conncct;on with the development of their undertaking deserves to re- ceive the unqualified and enthusiastic approval of the whole of the surrounding district, as 1 have not the slightest doubt it will. The Ban/ Dock directorate has undergone a great change since the commencement of the undertaking several years ago, but the present men have shown themselves possessed of the same energy, vigour, and enter- prise which was so characteristic of Ocean Davies, Llandinam, and Lewis Davies, Ferndale. It is of infinite satisfaction to the inhabitants of the district to know that even if a new dock is not constructed at Barry the fault will not lie with the Barry directors. On the contrary, as the announcement in another column will show, they are only too eager to do everything that lies in their power to build up such a port at Barry as to give her great and worldwide renown. It is almost amusing to note the pathetic countenances of some Cadoxtonians as they en- quire where the dock is to be made. If it we"e made at the Barry end of the district, it appears as if life would not be worth living to some of them. One can quite enter into their feelings, as they anticipate a tremendous run of prosperity for Cadoxton if the new undertaking should be con- st'-rcted in the neighbourhood of the timber pond and moors. Property will go up with a run, and won't the houses be built with mushroom-like rapidity aga:n But there, its no use counting chickens before they are hatched. We are all awaiting the introduction of the Barry Bill before the Parliamentary committee, and there will ba high jinks if it passes. The District Cricket Club dinner was not quite so jolly an affair as usual. It was nohciy's fault, but everybody seemed to be suffering a little from indigestion. Mr. Dyer's Crawshay Bailey's were a new and welcome feature. The rhymes some- times were heartrending. He was play football and cricket, And is a credit to the district." So he sang of Mr. W. M. Douglas. li Mr. Higman, tall and stately," was distinctly good, m'l c': is promise of future excellence in Virg-ihVu ,hets. Very good was the couplet about Dr. Gore :— From far Australia's shore, Comes good old Dr. Gore," but many wept when "sixes" was made to rhyme with ditches." The new room looked very well, and many may the feeds be that are eaten there I hear a strange story of the Concert Committee -the concert, by-the-bye, was a great success. Eos Morlais, at the last moment, failed them. owing to ill-health. It was decided to en- gage Mr. R. W. Evans, the well-known Cardiff tenor. Where was he to be seen ? Two members of the committee got the address, and were intro- duced to an eminently respectable-looking man. They made their business known, and found to their dismay that thf v' were speaking to Mr. Richard Evans, the general manager. Some wag had mis- led them. 0

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