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CORRESPONDENCE. THE NANTYMOEL-ROW ROW—CRITICS CRITICISED. TO TH3 EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—Your Nantymoel correspondent being at present my client, I think it i;my duty to pick up the glove thrown at him. Fairplay (not Chwareu Teg-) demands it. As for the drunkenness of Nan ty mod-row, it is a well-known fact that Bacchus is in great demand in that ancient locality. Unfortunately, however (as justly stated by your correspondent), there are respectable people there also. In all common-sense, the remarks of your correspondent were never intended for them, and I think they ought to feel grateful for your cor- respondent's efforts to convert the drunkards," thereby endeavouring to pick out the weeds from among the fragrant flowers. The consciences of these respectable people were probably never pricked by the deserved remarks. Now those who have seemingly been rutrled have bean so for one of two causes. If the cap did not fit them, then they must have thought that brilliant renown was obtainable fcy seeking" a newspaper controversy. One of these, glorying in the misnomer Chwareu Teg," has suddenly sprung from obscurity to "advise." Now. my man (?), please bear in mind that advice is quite useless, fools won't have it the wise do not need it," and yet you foolishly advise one of the latter. A close scrutiny of the two effusions will show that six wrote one and II half-a-dozen" the other, or at least they were fully aware of each other s movements. Compare this sentence of Inhabitant's "—"Your correspondent confines himself to this street (i.e., Nantymoel-row) alone" to "Chn-areu Tegs.' 11 Your correspyndent seems to confine himself to Nantymoel-row alone." Again compare the fol- lowing—" We are not blind to the fact the Nanty- moel-row has a dirty appearance, but I hope that occupiers are not judged by outside aspect; the other has. "It is true that the appearance of Nantymoel-row is uninviting and undoubtedly for that fact your correspondent seems to think the inhabitants are ditto." The|*e are more phrases that could be similarly treated, but I think that the above two will suffice to prove the close alliance of the writers. It would be rank nonsense to name the respectable people, because that would surely create genuine illfeeling, and justly PlO. Perhaps some more enlightened reader will kindly inform me of the functions of a missionary. I happen to be aware that it is not to convert drunkards. I have shown the similarity of the two notes, but there is one difference, which is this, one writer addressed the editor as" Dear sir," the other, Sir." I must admit that I began to ponder whether my previous suspcions were really correct. Suddenly it struck me that humans of the female persuasion were addictel to the amorous adjective prefixed to sir," so my conclusions were that a female must have written the one, and one of the sterner sex the other pardon me if I am wrong. Excuse mp, Mr. Editor, for trespassing on valu- able space in censuring insignificant effueions. Trusting that you will insert, and thanking yon in anticipation,—Yours. kc., CUPID. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES flTÁR. Sm,80mc time back, actuated by feelings of Fair-play," I levelled my lance at your Xanty- moel correspondent for reasons then stated. Hie reply, which showed he was a thorough gentleman, had the effect ,.f making me. in a way, repent of my impetuosity. I wish, Mr. Editor, with your permission, to make an observation in reference to the remarks made by your correspondent in his notes regarding Xantymoel-row. I may venture to state that his remarks are to all ap- pearance truthful, although some persons, In- habitant and Chwareu Teg especially, think that they are not just. If I may take the liberty, I wish to give a bit of advice first, to the afore- mentioned persons. "Mind your p' and secondly, to your correspondent, Goon de- nouncing such degrading habits. J^RRITE NANTYMOEL-ROW OX A SUNDAY HORNING. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR.—I am fully aware of the fact that your correspondent is highly capable to reply to the milk-and-water criticisms of "An Inhabitant and Chwareu Teg." It is plainly evident, with- out being a Mahatma. that an Inhabitant and Chwareu Teg" are one and the same in- dividual, or thev have endeavoured to combine their intellectual faculties, believing in the old adage that two heads are better than one if only two sheeps' head." I know not, neither care I to know, which of the two is the original produc- tion of their combine efforts, but I may say, with- out fair or contradiction, that one is a paraphrase of the other. Both of your correspondent s critics confirm the imbibinc- propensities of their en- lightened row." Neither of your critics wish to poee as the upholders of drunkenness, bufeU mutt confess, and I believe all fair-minded persons will agorae with me. that there can't be two stronger advocates of idolised Bacchus. I am positively certain that your correspondent would as 7 report similar proceedings in any other of the streets in Xantvmoel. I would advise • An In- habitant" and -Chwareu Teg "to commence, to preach temperance, not forgetting to begin a Jerusalem (Xantymoel-row). thanking you in anticipation,—I am, kc., XAXTYMOELIAN. PONTYCYMMER EISTEDDFOD. TO THB EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—In the report of the above eisteddfod the following paragraph appeared Gwyrosy stated that the merit was in no wise exceptional; some of them, indeed, heing very commonplace Now, Sir. that ambiguous sentence might have led the reader to rake it as referring to the prize verges which would be incorrect. G-wyrosydd, richtlv or wrongly, paid a high compliment to the best, and stated tjiat the verses were far from being oommonplac^i—■-I am, &c., D i v 6 FAIR-PL A.Y. THE PAINTERS' STRIKE AT BARRY. TO THB EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAB. gIE in reading the different accounts of the present dispute between the master painters and their workmen, one is struck by the small question at issue. One would have thought that, had a little jndgment been used by the offending party, which ever side it may be, this humbug and bother might have been avoided. Take the question of working by artificial light. Now as I have an opportunity of seeing the li- ferent building trades at work, I am inclined to think that, considering the class of work that is mostly done in Barry and district, the painter is in a better position to work by candlelight than any of the other trades. As a rule, the buildings are mostly closed in before the painters have to do the most particular part of their work, and as a painter is generally in a position to rest his paint-pot somewhere handy, he is at liberty to hold his light in his free hand; while most other trades who are working now the disputed half horn- by candlelight .require both their hands for working with.. There is another thing that struck me in the matter. The employers urge that, by allowing T,he men to work after dusk they will be robbing themselves and their customers. Xow I am sure that the majority of the inhabitants of Barry and Cadoxton, who require work to be done by painters, will be glad to find that their interests are and will be considered. I take it that we shall see the end of scamping work in this district. No more two coats f or three no more zinc white, whiting, or barytes for genuine whitelead no more mineral oil for turpentine no more boiled oil for rarmsh no, not even a coat of size for one of paint. Kow, if this takes place, it will be worth, to the people of Barry and district, all this bother and turmoil. I know good work is and can be done in the dis- trict but how much scamping, how much dodg- vIng! is done in this district, by all the building trades alike, can only be seen by those who move about among it. and have had a fair experience of the building trades. Hoping soon to see an amiable settlement 01 this dispute, I remain, yours, &c., 1 OBSERVER. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. you have freely opened your columns to the workmen in this matter, will you kindly allow one of the other side a word or two on it A great deal is attempted to be made from the fact that the employers had set a certain set of rules and are now repudiating them. This, on the face of it. appears to be unfair on our part, but it must be borne in mind that we were never consulted until the rules had been framed, and then presented to us for signature at the very opening of the season, when it was a case of needs must when the devil drives." Again, the men right through the summer insist upon work- ing overtime, and this I submit, is an entire sub- version of all Trade Union principles, as every five men working two hours a day overtime keep one man altogether out of employment. But a refer- ence to our "time sheets" proves that our men have worked since March 1st last an average of 59 hours per week, holidays and lost time included, and this, we are informed, fairly represents the case of other employers in the district. But while the men on their part stand out for over- time in the summer, they are not willing to lose one hour a day when days are short and trade certainly not busy. I have been asked, Why put painters on different time to any other branch of the building trade ?" The reply is that pamt. in0- is never as busy in the winter as in summer, and I venture to assert that no branch of the building trade can show a greater (if as great) average of hours as the painters work, for it is a well-known fact that no other branch so systemati- cally work overtime. It seems to me that the Barry painters are very selfish, inasmuch as they claim all the advantages that may be obtained m the summer, but are not willing to share the dis- advantages that necessarily accompany the winter season. The men complain of Mr. Banesis mter- ference in the dispute as an outsider. Why, then, do thev import the aid of Mr. Gibbs, of London, when the matter is purely one of a local nature That they are ill-advised in striking goes without saying, for at this time of year labour is aormjiant, —I am. &c., r. W. IA 113, High-street, Barry. AN APPEAL FOR THE POOR. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES ST AH. gIR \Vill you kindly allow me a small space in your paper this week on behalf of our poorer brothers and sisters residing in Cadoxton, for whom we wish to provide a tea and pleasant entertain- ment on New Year's Eve. This has been done during the past two years, and we wish to make it an annual custom. The smallest contribution will be welcome and will be gratefully acknow- • ledo-ed. Let us remember who it was that said "When thou makest a feast call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind," I do hope that this appeal will not be made in vain. All donations should be sent to the Rev. L. Ton Evans, 1, New Kenilw<^W,ort^Yo«Kto,sTLEBDBT_ ANNA SCANTLEBLRY. 6, Harvey-street, Cadoxton, Dec. 14, 1891. PROSELYTISM AT PENMARK. TO THJB EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. gIR I read a "Constant Reader's "letter with great interest. I do not. however, live near enough Penmark to know anything about the new vicar. Whatever may be the facts in Penmark, proselytism is a burning question in Wales. We must, how- ever. be fair all round. Some time ago I read in the Smith Wales Star nn account of a meeting at Barry held for the •' Evangelisation of Spam A certain person with a Spanish name abused the national church of his native land, and asked as I understand, for funds to proselytise the children of Spain from the faith of their fathers. There was not one word of protest offered on the part of any Nonconformist present, but the proposal wa greeted with plaudits of applause, and yet what is sau«e for the Spanish goose is sauce also for the Welsh gander. Now. last week the English Church Union held a meeting, and declared that the bishops in Spain are the lawful rulers of the church, and that though some of their beliefs and practices may not agree with ours they are still Catholic, and we have no right to seduce the flocks from their spiritual superiors. The Vicar of Penmark, if he be a proselytiscr, probably thinks that the sacramental system of the Nonconformist is heretical, as his Nonconformist parishioners think the worship of the Spaniards to be idolatrous. Really, my dear Editor, on this point we need the oovicc of your clear head and impartial pen, and a few words in your next week's issue would-be welcomed. Speaking as a Churchman and a Nationalist, I can only say I deplore proselytism alike in Spain and Wales. Let those who differ with churches approach the heads cf the churches as representatives of a compact body. and not seduce away the individual members of the fold. I am a Churchman myself, and in doctrine a High Churchman; but can never forget the text, Other sheep I have which are not of this fold." I also remember that a canon of the Convocation of Canterbury has declared the Presbyterian Church of Sootland to be holy and Catholic and, as every other Welsh patriot, I must admit the great services that Methodism has rendered to Wales. To those who in politics still stand by the grand old cause for which St. David and Giraldus Cambrensie lived and died, no honest Welsh Catholic Churchman can entertain feelings either of hatred or contempt. I fear, however, that the evil will never be remedied until Christians of all Churches condemn proselytism. I, sir, like to see crosses on the altar of my church—I think also that the Baptist view of infant baptism is unscriptural. And while I claim for the laity a larger share in church govern- ment, the Independent system of ecclesiastical organisation is to me systematised anarchy. On the other hand, I hate Ultramontanism and Papal tyranny as much as any Dissenter; so that Inde- pendents may fairly loathe me as an idolator, and Romanists excommunicate me as a schismatic. I admit their right to do this, and a.lso I crave the charity of their prayers for my conversion I my- self being equally ready to return the service and to exercise the right. But common-sense ought to come in and prevent U8 trying to proselytise each other, for the excellent reason that the attempt will certainly make things worse than they were before. But deal not vengeance for the deed, And deal not for the crime The body to its place, a.nd the soul to Heaven's grace, And the rest in God's own time. —Yours &c.. ANOTHER CONSTANT READER. 15th Dec.. 1891.

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