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LIBERALISM AT TONDU. RESIGNATION OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR BRYANT. ADOPTION OF MR. T. J. HUGHES. A meeting was held on Thursday evening last in the Ebenezer Schoolroom in connection with the Tondu Liberal Association. Owing to the boisterous weather there was only a moderate attendance. Mr. W. Richards, president, occupied the chair. The following letter was read by the -Chairman from Mr. Councillor James Bryant, Tongwyn :— Gentlemen.—I beg most respectfully to inform you, the president of the Tondu Liberal Association, ana the electors of the Newcastle Division generally, that it is not my intention to seek re-election as a member of the County Council.—Your obedient servant JAMES BRYAXT. The resignation was accepted.—Mr. E. Mathews, Wider, proposed, and Mr. W. Hopkin seconded, that a vote of thanks be accorded to Councillor Bryant for the able and faithful manner in which he had represented them at the County Council, and A was carried unanimously.—The Chairman statedVnat the meeting was open for the selection of candidates.—Mr. E.Matthews was proposed, but owin"- to pressure of business declmecL Air. Matthews proposed Mr. T. J. Hughes, solicitor. Bridgend, as a candidate, and Mr. D. Thomas seconded, which was carried unanimously. Ihe Secretary was instructed to write to the secretaries of the divisions advising them to take steps at once to hold meetings for the selection of candi- dates. and to communicate with euch other to arrange for the holding of a general meeting in a central place for the final selection of a candidate. The meeting terminated with the usual votes or thanks to the chairman for presiding. INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL GENTLEMEN. Upon hearing of the decision of the Association, our Bridgend representative, in order to -sce.t more fully the feeling of that body in selectmg Mr Hushes, waited upon several local gentlemen on Monday last. first journeying to Tongwyn, the residence cf Councillor Bryant- I hear tha b you are about to resign yo on the County Council, Mr. Bryant, was the first Yes, I have decided to do so. because I think it desirable that another should take my p.ace. It was a great honour to me, no doubt, u) have been elected in the first place, but there is also a little inconvenience at times, therefore I wish that someone should equally share both the honour and burden. It is of no use (he went on) being elected to a seat on the Council unless you are pre- pared to record your vote." In this respect you have been very faithful, I think." Well, I have always attended when possible. I was on the Asylum Committees, and carried off the blue there for attendance and, in addition, I have always remained faithful to the opinions of my electorate generally But it would have been wrong, would it not, if I did not put in my share of attendances at the Asylum, living so near. when men were coming from both Cardiff and Swansea. "Rather," our representative replied. "Do I understand that the Liberal Association, whom I suppose are your chief supporters, have accepted your resignation ?" They were very reluctant at first," he replied, but they ultimately accepted it." Then as to a candidate, Mr. Bryant, whom did you at first select I" "Oh he exclaimed. ';Mr. Hughes was the only ■ person selected. But, to tell you the truth, I had thought about Mr. Evan Matthews as a suitable person, and his name was mentioned at the meeting. Mr. Matthews is a guardian of the parish, and a verv <>'ood man, too, but his business engagements will not allow him to accept it. Personally, I would have been more pleased to hove a man from the division because you seem to dsgrads the rteVora to a' certain extent by telling them that T^e are not possessed of such men. The office it seems to me. does not require men of such ability: as Mr. T. J. Hughes, so long as the persons elected are recording their votes the^ ngh^ » j- pv^rvtninir von know i t.vou think it would be better to have a ^Yes* *oh^y<^ I Mr. Hughes is all there, and it is possible he would be en acquisition to the council, j besides being a good representative ofthedivision. And I think he would be, too (he further went on), J because we have been here for the past two years endeavouring to get the sanction of the Local < Government Board to get this district formed into i .a Local Board area, and I have brought it forward J here myself, but when we saw that the Govern- ment contemplate submitting a Bill next session for the formation of district councils I withdrew. Then yod think Mr. Hughes would be a rueful 1 member in that respect.' j. '• I do but still I don't think it wise to move before we see what will become of this Bill. 1 There is 110 place which requires loosing after < more than Aberkenfig, regarding its highway and » .sanitarv arrangements, and the people at ri g < — I mean the guardians — do not care much 1 about it." I understand that the districts under associa- tion constitute the chief portion of the electors "Yes I believe we have 450 electors in New- castle Higher alone. The other parishes are < Llangonoyd Middle and Llangonoyd Lower, and ] Tythegstone. with about 250 electors. I rmder- stand that the latter district have a candidate, or at least I have heard 80. but we will see at the j ^^Even if they have, and bring this man for- Oh," he interrunted, he will not have the 1 ghost of a chance. Then there is another man of 1 the district offering himself, who will likewise J have no chance against the nominee of theassocia- « tion. The proposed nominee of the Tj thegstone Sict is a* rev. gentleman, but I think myself they have quite enough to do to look after the J spiritual affairs of their districts" "Do you contemplate any objection whatever ±3 Mr. Hughes." 1 j. i.u„4. 1 "No, I foresee no»possible oojsction, except that some people think, as they do about members of J Parliament, that we do not want lawyers. But I say that lawyers are the best men on the Council. j What would I know, for instance, about the con- struction of a legal phrase if it came to the point ? ] Therefore. I think, that a knowlede of the law 1 an important qualification. « After expressing a good word tor tne bear, our J representative proceeded on his way. Mr. Evan Matthews was the next person our 1 interviewer encountered. This is the gentleman t referred to above as the guardian of the parish, and member of the Liberal Association. After a quiet chat, Mr. Matthews commenced < firing at the target. We are quite settled on a future representative, J no far as we are concerned, in Mr. Hughes." 1 How are you so confident, Mr. Matthews, I asked, seeing tha.t he was so much at home on the ( SU" 111 tell how it is. I have just been looking over the register of voters, and find there are 933 in our division altogether, and out of that num- ber I am sure Newcastle Higher is more than < equal to the other parishes, so I think that what- 1 ever it is in other places we are right enough. ( And. besides," he went on, Mr. Hughes is very popular in this district, for he has been here ( speaking once or twice." j Do you know of any feeling existing against 1 lawyers? <:> j Yes. I do but it is equally met by the feeling against ministers." „ j How do you account for the former ■ Well, simply because people think they make J laws to suit themselves. It would be just the same if we had the whole body constituted of labour representatives or any other class. In the 1 bringing in of a law effecting the free transfer- 1 ance of land you could not expect a lawyer to ] support, thar and thus go against his own interests. ( The first law of nature, you know, is to take care of yourself." • 1 Do you think that will be any deterrent to nis J election V' 6 None, whatever. Mr. Hughes, you must know, is very popular here, and will be remembered for a Ion"- time for the part he took in a political. meeting here. Mr. Kilbrady was speaking here, ] and Mr. Hughes followed him on Church Dis- establishment' At the close of his speech, discus- j sion was invited, and a curate from the locality put j forward a few, which he ans ered quite satisfac- ( torilv. The curate subsequently sent a letter to s the press stating that he did not have fair play, < and also submitting more questions to him. Mr. < Hughes wrote declining a newspaper controversy, < but challenged him to a public debate, which, as 1 all here knows, was not accepted. Mr. Matthews also expressed the same opinion as < Mr. Bryant regarding the formation of District Councils. "As matters now are." he said, between the Highway and Sanitary Boards, it is very diffi- cult to draw a definite line of jurisdiction. There is a disputed point now," he said," with regard to a J question I have brought before the Highway Board—whether or not the sanitary authority has got to attend to it. There is a great necessity for a Local Board to manage affairs properly. i Concluding, Mr. Matthews remarked Our 1 association is pledged to support him, and, per- sonally, I am with him to the backbone. I won't < fall back on any other, and I a.m positive no s other will be put forward that will take the shine out of them. Our representative next called upon Mr. E. Hopkin. as member of the Liberal Association and secretary of the Tondu Football Club and Choral Union. Well, Mr. Hopkin, what do you think of the latest:" the familiar remark was. About our decision at the association, you mean. [I nodded assent]. Well, I have heard that he has consented, or partly so, and if he does, 1 he is our man." „ "How do you know what others may a:>. 1 a*ked Know," he burst out, I know the feeling of the district pretty well now. and no voice has been raised against him on either side, and he is (he repeated) our man. Questioned about the prejudice against lawyers, it was he said, strange to him as yet, although the™ was a little of it extant when Mr. S. T. Evans was put forward for the division as mem- ber of Parliament. Mr W W Richards was the next person I en- countered. at his home. He is, we may say, a very influential person m the locality, a Liberal o. lio-ht and leading. and holds the offices of president of the Liberal Association, and chairman of the Parochial Committee. Mr. Richards explained how. firstly, Mr. Bryant had resigned, and he himself and Mr. Matthews had been named as suitable candidates. But I could not afford the time and. another thing, my directors wouldn't allow me to accept it." he said. Then as to Mr. Hughes' candidature ? Well, the meeting at which the selection was made was not very well attended, although the chief men in the locality were present, but the unanimous opinion of the meeting was that if Mr. Hughes would accept it they would do their utmost to elect him. Besides, they thought he would be an acquisition to the council." But there are others to be consulted at Kenfig Hill and Llangonoyd." objected the reporter. •• Yes, I am fullv aware of that, but practically we hold the balance of power, and they look up to us in those matters. They have, I hear, a candidate to put forth at Kenfig Hill, but on the face of it I don't thing they will decide to run him."

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