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PONTYPRIDD FUEIAL BOARD ELECTION.

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PONTYPRIDD FUEIAL BOARD ELECTION. MEETING OF THE GRAIG LIBERAL ASSO- CIATION. MR. DAVID LEYSHON AND COUNCILLOR ROBERTS CENSURED. A meeting of the Graig Ward (Pontypridd) Liberal Association was held at Sardis Vestry Room on Friday evening last, under the presidency of Mr, W. Jones, the business of the meeting being to select candidates for the representation of the Graig Ward at the forthcoming Burial Board election. The retiring members are the Rev. S- R. Jones, vicar of Glyntaff, and Messrs. James Richards and W. Morgan. Mr. John Harries, the secretary of the Associa- tion, pointed out that the Graig Ward was inade- quately represented on the Burial Board, for if the Treforest Ward was entitled to five members, he believed that the Graig Ward should at least have three. Mr. W. Morgan said he had had some experience on the Board, for during the last twelve months he had been there as the working men's representa- tive. (Hear, hear.) He had seen a num- ber of things passed which he entirely disagreed with and which he did not vote for. At present the extension scheme occupied the chief position, and much had been said for and against that scheme. He was in favour of the extension, I but some of the members thought that by waiting until the time when the town would be incor- porated they might be able to save a sum of £800, the amount of the cost of passing the Bill through Parliament. It was the lawyers who said that it would cost £800, but his experience of lawyers' estimates was that they might easily be multiplied by two, and then perhaps they would arrive at an approximate cost. (Laughter.) As he had said before he was in favour of purchasing more land. for it was very hard on those living outside the boundary to have to pay 50 per cent, more than those within the area. He might, however, add that although he had so far opposed the extension for the present, believing that he was serving the interest of the ratepayers by doing so, yet he was there as their representative, and would be glad to vete according to their views. (Cheers.) He might draw their attention to a certain affair which lately took plaee when the father and the mother of a family died almost at the same time. The family was in poor circumstances, and when the father died they ordered a grave, the following day the mother died, and they se.it an order requesting the date of burial to bo postponed for one day. This was done, but what was the result ? These poor people were charged the price of open- ing two graves, and wero also charged the price of two fnneral sermons, whereas in fact the grave was only dug once, and but one service took place. (" Shame.") However, he had come there to tell them that it was the duty of their representative to vote according to their views he laid himself open for re-election, and was prepared to vote as they requested him to do. (Cheers.) He urged them if they returned him, to strengthen his hands by returning another workmen's representative to back him up. Mr. J. W. John (signalman) said he was pleased to hear of the good work which Mr. Morgan, as their representative, had done on the Board, and would be gla,d to vote for him again. (Hear, hear.) He differed from their representative on bhe extension scheme, and thought it should be pushed forward as soon as possible, for the ques- tion of the incorporation was not a question of six months nor of twelve months; but the pro- babilities were that they would not be able to get it for at least five years, for the heaviest rate- payers would oppose it tooth and nail. The Great Western and Albion Collieries were interested in this question, and they certainly were not going to stand by and see their rates increased without making an effort. Mr. Gordon Lenox, also a member of the Local Board, would oppose the incorporation scheme, and so would the different railway companies even should the scheme be un- opposed, and brought before the Privy Council at once, it would be impossible to obtain a charter in less a time than three years. He would like to ask Mr. Mr. Morgan a few questions, the first of which was. if there was a possibility of losing the land which the Burial Board intended to add to the cemetery. Mr. Morgan Yes and the land, if it bo not lost, will get more valuable every year. That is in favour of proceeding at once with the Bill. Mr. John If the land is lost, and a new ceme- tery would have to be made in a different part of the district, would the Board be obliged to erect a new chapel there ? Mr. Morgan Yes they would be obliged to erect a new chapel and a new church, and also to keep a double number of cemetery officials. Mr. John Then, don't you think that it would lessen the ral^ at a future date if the extension is obtained at oroe. Mr. Morgan said he was in the hands of the meeting, and would vote according to their wishes. He might, however, point out the fact that the Local Board would probably oppose them, and it would be a shame to see the Burial Board spending money on the one hand and the Local Board spend- ing more to oppose them. The Burial Board had obtained a number of facts which were brought before the last meeting, and w;th those facts they intended trying to persuade the Local Board not to oppose the scheme. Mr. J. W. John said he had great pleasure in moving a vote of confidence in Mr. Morgan, and at the same time ask the meeting to uphold the action of the Burial Board, for if they, as ratepayers, decided to overrule the action of the Local Board, that body could not oppose, for before they could do that thew would be bound to call a public meet- ing of ratepayers. This proposition was seconded, and carried unanimously. Mr. W. Davies strongly censured Mr. David Ley- shon, the chairman of the Local Board, for not attempting to reply to the questions asked him by Mr. Morgan. These questions had been answered by Mr. Councillor Roberts, and in his opinion it was a shame that the gentleman had forgotten himself, and had acted as he did. He was, or ought to be. a member of the Burial Board depu- tation, but because he was also a member of the Local Board, he thought 110 could do as he wished at the meeting. If they had the power he would be glad to see the meeting pass a vote of censure on Mr. Councillor Roberts. (Applause,) The next thing to be done was to select two other candidates for the seats which would be vacated by the Rev. S. R. Jones.—Mr. J. W. John said they should arrange to meet on the following Thursday, and stick to their men. Similar meetings had been held in different parts of the town, and had been well attended. He would advise the meeting, when the voting took place, to vote for their men and no one else, for that would lessen con- siderably the votes of his opponents. He was glad to understand that the Rev. Father Smyth was willing to stand, and he (Mr. John) would also be pleased to see a representative of the colliers returned. He had great pleasure in nominating Father Smyth as one of their can- didates. This proposition having been seconded, it was carried amid applause. Father Smyth suitably returned thanks, and promised to vote according-to the dictates of his r representatives. Mr. Morgan Jenkins was selected as the third candidate, but it was understood that should the Liberal Association fail to carry three men, that Mr. Jenkins should waive his claim in favour of Father Smyth. s The secretary conveyed an intimation that the Town Ward Association had promised to assist the Graig Ward to appoint the auditor of their choice if they (the Graig Ward Association) would sup- port their candidates. It was resolved that this should be done, the nominee of the Graig Ward being Mr. D. Rosser, solicitor, and of the Town Ward Mr. Charles Richards, accountant.

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