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LLANHARRAN AND YSTRAD HOUNDS
LLANHARRAN AND YSTRAD HOUNDS WILL MEET Tuesday, Jan. 26th Tongwynlas Thursday, Jan. 29th Bryncethin I At 10.30 a.m.
IN AND AROUND BARRY.
IN AND AROUND BARRY. The meeting at the Public-hall, Barry Dock, on Friday night was somewhat a frost. All agreed that it was, however, a most representative meet- ing. Indeed, all were agreed upon everything, as it turned out. The meeting was called, as Balaam, to curse somebody or something, but it ended in a general shaking of the hands, and a reporter played a Christmas carol on the American organ. One legal gentleman who sat by me said that the chairman was flyest man in the district"—what- ever that may mean—and that he romped round his opponents." I don't know what he meant exactly. I am not up in my Coke upon Lyttleton and other legal luminaries, and I don't think the explanation would be worth the usual 6s. 8d. However, what struck me was that there had been a deal of unnecessary fuss about the whole matter, and that the members of the Local Board are decidedly better speakers than those who are not. Of the requisitionists, only Mr. Found and D. J. Lloyd could be compared to the valiant Local Board members. These two gentlemen, however, more than made up for the rest, and the well-turned sentence of Mr. Found, and the fiery earnestness of Mr. Lloyd, were the subject of general comment. The Wards question was brought before a special meeting of the Board which was held on Tuesday. There was but few members present, but I was glad to see among- them once more the genial face of Mr. Benjamin Lewis. The resolu- tion to memorialise the County Council to divide the districts into wards was carried easily, only. Mr. George Thomas voting against it, while his friend. Mr. William Thomas, who sat opposite, remained neutral. Mr. George Thomas explained that he voted against the resolution because free discussion was not allowed." and not because he was really opposed to it. But that excuse was— I say it with all due respect (for be it understood. I have no grudge against any of the members of the Board, but only give my own thoughts and opinions canclidly)-ilfr. George Thomas' excuse was rather disingenuous. The Chairman, before moving the resolution, asked the consent of the Board to introduce it. That was granted. It was unfair, as well as distinctly out of order, to intro- duce extraneous matter at the tail end of the dis- cussion. Mr. George Thomas wished to embody two other things in the resolution—viz., the in- crease of the number of members, and the extension of the Local Board area. These two things may be very good things in their way, but they should not be sprung upon the Board suddenly and with- out notice and I consider the Chairman was therefore quite right in ruling- Mr. Thomas' amendment out of order.
PUBLIC OPINION AND THE WARDS…
PUBLIC OPINION AND THE WARDS QUESTION AT BARRY. FNAXIKOrS APPROVAL OF A PUBLIC MEETING. At the Barry Dock Public Hall, Thompson-street, Barry Dock. last Friday evening, a public meeting of ratepayers, called by the Chairman of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board, was held for the pur- pose of taking into consideration the advisability of dividing the Local Board area into wards. The attendance was not very large, but it was a repre- sentative one. Councillor J. C. Meggitt. presided, and amongst those present were Mr. J. A. Hughes (clerk to the Local Board). Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Livingstone, Dr. Gore, Revs. J. Honey and G. LI. Williams, and Messrs. W. LI. Williams. B.A. (South Wah'S Star). A. Jackson, J. J. Williams, J Barstow, F. P. Jones-Lloyd, W. H. Morgan (Lloyd's Bank). R. G. Morris, J. Milward. H. L. Rogers, D. J. Lloyd. David Jones, R. Moon. E. Williams (Vic- toria Hotel). E. S. Johnson. J. Jones, A. Found, D. Gibbon. E. O. Evans, J. Price, Rees (house agent), E. P. Davies, Inspector Rees, J. R. Llewellyn. J. Waite, &c. The Chairman, after referring to the lamented death of the Duke of Clarcnce (as will be seen from another column), said it was unnecessary for him to detain them at any length. As they were aware, how- ever. at present, in voting for members of the Local Board, those who asked for their suffrages had to appeal to the whole district. What would be done in the event of it being thought desirable to divide the district into wards would be as fol- lows. Representation would have to be made to the Glamorgan County Council urging that the district should be divided into separate wards. The County Council would then ask one of its committees to receive the memorial, and to con- sider any facts which might be laid before them, and to say whether, under section 57 of the Local Government Act, a prima facie case was made out. The committee would then report to the County Council whether a good case had been made out or not. If it were made out, the County Council would then order an enquiry to be made in the district, at which it would be competent for any- one to give evidence pro and con. A commissioner or specially-appointed members of the Council would hold the enquiry—and.he might mention that no similar enquiry under the Act had been made in Glamorgan yet—who would report to the Council the result.—If the report was a satisfactory one the Council would give their consent and name the date on which the order would come into force. All this would take time, as there were only four meetings of the Council in the course of twelve months. One of the meetings of the Council would take place on the following Thursday. The clerk of the County Council had informed him that the earliest possible date on which the order could be brought in was October next. He then invited discussion. ■VMr. F. P. J ones-Lloyd said in the first place he thought to congratulate themselves on at last obtaining the public meeting they had so long desired for the discussion of the question. That, as they would remember, was all he asked for on behalf of the Ratepayers' Association, for he had thought that the proper body to move in the matter was the Local Board. But in a question of that kind, he thought that the board should have their hands strengthened as much as possible by the expression of the opinion of the ratepayers at large. (Applause.) He regretted that there was not a more numerous attendance that evening that he contended was due to the miniature advertising the meeting had received, but he thought the meeting could be regarded as a fairly representative one. He thought it was pretty well agreed on all sides, that whatever thev did they would not get the district divided into wards by the time of the Local Board election next April. On the contrary it would take eight months to get into working order, but if they started now, they would have it ready by the time of the election next year. With regard to the necessity and the desirability or divid- ing the district into wards, he maintained that it was highly desirable to do so. At present the place was divided into three natural wards. Two of these portions of the district, viz Barry and Cadoxton, were represented on the Board very well. but Barry Dock was not represented at all. Did they mean to tell him that if Barry Dock had been represented on the Board, the roads would have remained in the shameful state they had been for so many months. (" 1\ 0," and applause.) He was very pleased to see that the Board had at length taken Counsel's opinion on the question of the private improvements of Thompson-street and other thoroughfares. What the Board had done now, he submitted, they could have done months ago, and if there had been pro- per representation on the Board the matter would have been pressed forward months ago. (Applause.) After adducing a number of further arguments in support of his contention that the district should be divided into wards, the speaker coucluded by moving a resolution to the effect that it was highly desirable to do so. (Applause.) Mr. J. Milward, in seconding the resolution, said he was very pleased to see, for once, so many members of the Local Board in their lmdst. (Laughter.) He maintained that the members ot the Board, in regard to very many sanitary matters had not been doing their duty. That was the reason, he argued, why they wanted the wards question to become an accomplished fact, for then they would be enabled to have their own repre- sentative on the Board. (Applause.) Speeches in a similar strain having been de- livered by Messrs. J. Waite. J. Honey, D. Gibbon. A. Found, D. Davies, E. O. Evans, J. Price, and others, the resolution was unanimously agreed to. On the motion of Dr. O'Donnell, seconded by Mr. D. J. Lloyd, a resolution was carried asking the Local Board to prepared a scheme to lay before the Commissioners who conducted the enquiry. The Chairman said he would have much pleasure at the Local Board meeting the following Tuesday in moving that the Board should memorialise the County Council; and, if carried, it would be laid before the County Council the following Thursday. (Applause.) Mr. F. P. Jones-Lloyd, in moving a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman, bore testimony to the impartial manner in which he had conducted the meeting. (Hear, hear.) The resolution having been unanimously carried, the proceedings concluded. LETTER FROM MR. J. MILWARD. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAB. DEAR SIR,—At the meeting held at the Public Hall, Barry Dock, pn Friday last, I think Mr. Bar- stow's eloquence was very re-assuring, as well as that of the other members of the Board, who, unfortunately, left their tongues at home, with the exception of course of the Chairman, the Clerk, and Dr. O'Donnell (the big fiddle, the middle fiddle, and the little fiddle). The harmony of the three was superb, until the little one played a discordant note or two. Then chimed the middle fiddle to the big one, The law can save you, and he was saved. Unfortunately the same Law Doctor and Chairman (whose term of office expires at the next election) did not sympathise with Mr. Barstow, knowing he was from home, and ought not to he left alone entirely re- sponsible for what he says. When we remember the many congratulations among the members of the Local Board in December last, that they had done their best to come to terms with the Syndicate for the past 18 months, and again confirmed by Mr. Barstow, they elevated themselves with the retort (more vigorous than wise)—" Their troubles with this Syndicate are more than all the rest, put together." Is this all done to blind the ratepayers, and to catch the working man's vote at the next election ? May they mend the ways for others as they have done for themselves. When the mud cries shame upon them, and the ratepayers too (not without cause) to con- done this huge cry. they try to make clear to the rate- payers a difficulty "exists which must be submitted to counsel's opinion, viz. :—" What constitutes a street within the meaning of the Act," &c. Counsel reply. "A road formed with the intention of building and largely used by the public." The simplicity of the question land the reply must open the eyes of the ratepayers to the second charges that will have to be paid by them for special counsel. I think the very mud in Thompson-street is laughing to think it has been the means of taxing the brains of the legal pro- fession for the past 18 months. In dealing with Mr. Barstow's remarks from home, I should like to make it clear that I have no connection with Messrs. Richards and Gethin or the Barry Dock Syndicate, but through circumstances I had a good knowledge of, I felt it my duty to approach the Syndicate, to have a peep at the eorrespoadence between the Local Board and themselves. Arriving at the Exchange, Cardiff, I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Travis. a member of the Syndicate, and, with his usual courtesy (after explaining the object of my visit) he quietly unfolded the correspondence. The first letter written to the Syndicate was on October 1st, 1891, asking them if they would become responsible for the whole of the roads, drains, and footways built npon or otherwise in Dock View-road and Thompson-street, if the Local Board did the work, and the agreement submitted for theii approval recently (Nov. 19) will be dealt within my next.—Yours faithfully, J. MILWARD. Barry Dock, Jan. Ie, 1892.
ACTION BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL.
ACTION BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL. At the quarterly meeting of the Glamorganshire County Council, held yesterday (Thursday), Coun- cillor J. C. Meggitt, Barry, presented a memorial from the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board, pray- ing that a public enquiry should be held in the Barry district with a view to the district being- divided into wards. Facts, which were supposed to form prima facie case, were adduced in sup- port of the memorial, and, after a discussion, the memorial was referred to the Local Government Committee, who will report to the Council on the desirability of holding the enquiry at the next quarterly meeting, which will be held in April next.
OIL ON TROUBLED WATERS.
OIL ON TROUBLED WATERS. Captain C. C. Couves, of Penarth. has invented an apparatus for distributing oil to calm rough seas. He claims that it is almost automatic in its action, doing duty during storms when it would be most hazardous to manipulate oil bags. Pilots by the use of this apparatus are enabled to board vessels in comparatively smooth water with a gale of wind blowing. Tugs find the value of it in leaving a smooth passage for the ships they are towing. Captain Couves has received many testi- monials as to the value of his invention.
A SHORT WAY WITH CLUBS.
A SHORT WAY WITH CLUBS. THE REV. LLECHIDOX WILLIAMS' REMEDY. Many are the complaints made that the Sunday Closing Act has only had the effect of increasing the number of clubs, bogus and otherwise, and that it has not put down Sunday drinking. The Rev. Llerhidon Williams, as will be seen from the appended correspondence, points out a very effec- tive way of dealing with bona Jidc clubs. As he told our representative, it is better to have a hundred public-houses under the surveillance of the police than one club which isn t, he is quite justified in trying to make their existence impos- sible. Undoubtedly, the syndicates that own the land have the power in their hands to stop these clubs: but it is doubtful whether they will have courage to follow Messrs. Seward and Thomas' self-sacrificing example. Clubs pay well; and the rent is, consequently, higher. And what body of gentlemen and" Christian" gentlemen are proof against the charms of a higher percentage ? The proposed remedy will, it is true, deal effec- tually with bona fide clubs who take out licences, but it will not prevail against shebeens and such like clandestine beer traffic. We wish Mr. Wil- liams, however, every success, and hope that we shall soon have the pleasure of publishing a favourable answer from the syndicate. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—I feel pretty sure that the following attempts on our part to uproot the clubs in our district will give great satisfaction to the public at large. Alarmed by a rumour of another club on a large scale to be opened in Holton-road close bv the premises on which a club is already carried on.. L brought the matter before my congregation, Saleim Welsh Baptist Chapel, Barry Dock, and at my suggestion the following resolution was passed, and I was requested to send it to owners of lands who allow clubs on their estates. I am glad to say that we have only three clubs of this description in the whole district. One is in Vere-street, Cadoxton, and the other two in Holton-road, Barry Dock. The first is on Dr. Milward's land, and the last on the ground of the Barry Dock Land Syndicate, who have leased the land from the Wenvoe Castle Estate. The following is the resolution passed and sent to the parties concerned :— TO THE DIRECTORS OF THE BARRY DOCK LAXD SYXDICATE, LIMITED. Gentlemen,—The following resolution was passed on Sunday evening, the 6th of December, 1891, by the Welsh Baptist congregation worshipping at Holton- road, Barry Dock:—"That we. as a congregation, deeply deplore the action of the above Syndicate, which, we presume, is composed of Christian gentle- men, in allowing certain premises on your estate in HoltOn-road, to be used for the purposes of a club such as is calculated to be detrimental to the happi- ness and welfare of the inhabitants of this dis- trict, by attracting them in great numbers on week-days, and especially on Saturdays, after the time for the closing of public-houses, for the purposes of drinking, Ac., and more espe- cially so on Sunday, by enticing them to congre- gate at such a place instead of being home with their families or attending some place of worship. That we most urgently, sincerely, and respectfully appeal to you, as the directors of the above syndicate, that it would be for the benefit, interest, and morality of the public of the locality to refuse per- mission for such a club to be allowed 01 permitted to be carried on now or in the future. We most respectfully beg leave to bring before your notice that there are at present three clubs of this description in existence in this district—-two in Holton road and one in Vere street, Cadoxton. We may also bring before your notice the fact that Messrs. Seward and Thomas have repeatedly re- fused to allow any premises on their estate to be used for such purposes. Trusting that you will be able to comply with our humble request, as by your doing so we are most strongly convinced you will be doing a great service to the inhabitants of the district gene- rally.—We beg leave to remain, gentlemen, yours very respectfully, (Signed on behalf of the above congregation), "G. LL. WILLIAMS, Minister. The same resolution, with little verbal altera- tions, was forwarded to Dr. Milward, and the doctor has sent us the following reply :— Cardiff, December 12th, 1891. Dear Sir,—Till we met the other day I did not know what house you referred to. Then I intended to give notice at once, but absence from home, in consequence of Mr. Cory's death, caused me to forget the matter. It shall now be at once attended to, though I have no faith in the remedy for the reasons I named to you.— Yours very faithfully. JAMES MILWARD. The Rev. Griffith LJ. Williams. P-S.—I have given Mr. Lyddon notice.—J.M. 3, Newland-street, Barry Dock, Dec. 7th, 1891. To Messrs. Richards and Gethin,—Gentlemen,—I beg to enclose you copy of a resolution which was passed by our congregation, on Sunday last, in refer- ence to the proposed drinking club in Holton-road. I shall be very grateful if you will kindly put the reso- lution before the Directors of the Barry Dock Land Syndicate, Limited, at their next meeting. A copy of the resolution, with this letter, together with the reply, shall appear in the South J Valex Staf- in due course.— I am, dear sirs, yours very truly, (Signed) G. LLECHIDON WILLIAMS, Pastor, On behalf of Bethel Welsh Baptist Church, Barry Dock,
AISOP^MOAD^J^MSTOI. I c:):) 0:> "™~BaKy Agent: Irs. C. Green, Beer Dealer. PALE 4CSI^ ALES, ^j!PJWPF\pr\ U IN 4; GALLON CASKS FROM lOD. PER G-ALLON. PORT3 I i\.) SF.3UT FROM Is. PER GALLON. CABDIFF STORES: 9. WORKING-STREET. NEWPORT STORES: COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. CHEPSTOW STORES: BEAUFORT-SQUARE Cadoxton Agents: South. "Wales Provision Stores.
THE FUTURE OF WALES.
THE FUTURE OF WALES. Two prominent Welshmen have lately been expressing their opinion on the future of their country-Dr. Thomas Charles Edwards, Bala, in an interview with a representative of The Christian Commonwealth, and Mr. Owen M. Edwards, Oxford, in a paper which he read before the Welsh National Society at Man- chester. These two gentlemen did not treat the subject from the same point of view. but it is significant and encouraging to notice the spirit of buoyant hopeful- ness with which both look forward to the future of Wales. Both recognise the need of greater union among Welshmen, and both are sanguine that the old differences which divided Welshman from Welshman are fast disappear- ing. Mr. Owen Edwards explains why Wales has hitherto been disunited. The country," he says, divides itself naturally into north and south, with its wealth in its extremities— the quarries in Carnarvon and Merioneth, the coal mines in Glamorgan and Carmarthen- with a scanty population between. The roads point out of the country the highways lead to London. There has not been, and there is not, a Welsh metropolis and hence the same Welsh is not spoken by every Welsh- man." Mr. Edwards, however, looks forward hopefully to the time when there will be a genuine union, when Welshmen will be more united in their opinions and ideas. He foresees that that will be a period of great literary awakening, when the drama will for the first time flourish in Wales. Dr. T. C. Edwards is of opinion that the Welsh language is dying out, though he does not a^ree with those who say that it will die out at a no distant date. Mr. Owen Edwards is possessed with a half conscious foreboding that the old language will cease to be a spoken language, and he regrets the possibility of its disappearance, for "a loss to Welsh thought will be the loss of her language.' The flowing tide of feeling and sym- pathy in Wales, according to Dr. T. C. Edwards, is "decidedly Republican and Home Rule; but the Disestablishment of the Church is the burning iquestion in Wales at the present day." We should have been glad if Dr. Edwards had taken the oppor- tunity to explain to Englishmen why the tide of Welsh opinion has flowed in this direction- how Disestablishment is demanded because Welshmen look on the Church of England in Wales as an estrones," a church alien in her origin and in her sympathies, and as a barrier to national unity-how Welshmen have been converted to Irish Home Rule because they hope to see the principle of national autonomy extended to Scotland and to Wales-and how Wales, loyal and conservative as she has always been, is becoming imbued with Republican ideas because her gentry, her nobility, and her royalty are alien in language, alien in race, and alien in religion. By the death of Mr. F. Sonley Johnstone, chief of the literary staff of the South 1raln Daily New*, Wales has been deprived of one of her most promi- nent leaders and sturdiest champions. Though it was known that he was unwell, the news of his death, at the comparatively early age of 56, came with a shock. Mr. Johnstone had had a brilliant academical career at Edinburgh University, where he carried off, in the same year, the gold medal for Greek, the silver medal for Philosophy, and the gold medal for Latin. After ministering for some time at Forfar, Mr. Johnstone came to South Wales to take charge of a Congregational Churc at Merthyr. Twelve years ago he became^ the chief .of the literary staff of the South JJaily N'cuw, and in that capacity, though fre- quently struggling with ill-health, he did invaluable work in moulding and maturing Welsh opinion on questions of public -policy. Though a stranger by birth, Mr. John- stone's early Nonconformist training and keen sympathy with struggling nationalities enabled him to gain a clear insight into the religious and political condition of Wales, and, remembering his great services and sympathetic help, Wales is to-day mourning for one of her most distinguished Foster sons. The next half-yearly general meeting of the Pontypridd Gaslight and Coke Company is to be held at Pontypridd on the 29th instant. The directors have been wise in fixing an early hour for the meeting. If it were held after sunset there would probably not be sufficient light to carry on the business, and it would certainly not look well for the company to have to adjourn their own Meeting for want of a sufficient supply of gas. At last meeting of the Local Board the question the gas supply again cropped up. Deputations from the Chamber of Trade and the Ratepayers' Association waited upon the board to complain of the way in which the lighting of the town was carried out, and to urge the board to take the lighting into their own hands, either by the pur- chase of the Gas-works or by means of electricity or otherwise. The Gas Company have already temporised long enough, and the board should now take some decisive action. They decided to com- municate with the company with the view of ascertaining whether they were prepared to treat for the sale of their works, and to employ an expert to assist the Board in the matter. The latter determination is undoubtedly their best course. The Board have their remedy if they like to exercise it. and the choice of the gentleman who is to assist them should be carefully considered. The gas supply in the town is so bad that it can hardly for one moment be imagined that a com- petent man will report that the supply is anything like the quality that the Company are compelled to supply by the Acts that govern the question of gas supply, and which must, we presume, be in- corporated with the Pontypridd Gas Company's Acts. f the Board carry out their determination with anything like energy, the Gas Company will probably find that they are liable to penalties that will consideraly reduce their immense divi- dends in the future. The feax on the. part of the ratepayers is that the amount that the board will have to pay for the purchase of the undertaking will be enormous on account of the large dividends that the com- pany pay. If the figures given by Mr. H. S. Davies. who introduced the deputation from the Chamber of Trade, are correct, and he had the returns, of the Board of Trade as his authority, dividends at the rate of 32.1 per cent. are enough to frighten proposed purchasers, and to make those in receipt of such large returns anxious to hold tight to what they have got. There is, however, another way of looking at the matter, and that is the way in which that dividend has been earned. It is to be hoped that if the board resolve to purchase the undertaking and have to go before an arbitration, it will be shown that the quality of the gas supplied is very inefrior, and that their profits have been made out of charges for an article that has been only supplied in small quantity and inferior quality. Had the company met the requirements of the town and furnished a proper and sufficient supply it is very questionable if their dividends would be anything like 321 per cent. Undoubtedly 1 2 a large expenditure of capital is required to ade- quately supply the town. The company have been aware of this for some time, and have failed to meet the demand. If the board are serious in their desire to purchase now is the time. The state of the roads in Pontypridd and district are truly disgraceful. The recent snow was allowed to remain on the public roads without any sub- stantial effort at removal, and when the thaw set in nothing but all immense sea of mud could be expected. In Pontypridd, blessed is the man that expecteth nothing, and he shall not be disap- pointed. It is rumoured that the roadmen are engaged in assisting in making drains, instead of attending to their accustomed duty. If this is a fact, surely a more convenient season might have been selected when their attention to road scrap- ing would not have been such an absolute neces- sity. The road from Pontypridd to Porth is be- yond description, and the proprietor of the tram- way appears to be allowed to continue the even tenour of his way unmolested, quite regardless of the convenience of those who use the road. Surely it is time that he was called upon to do something which will assist in placing the road in a better state of repair. Mr. Arthur J. Williams, the member for the South Glamorgan Electoral Division, speaking at Hafod on Tuesday last, suggested that the Welsh members should meet together and formulate a Bill for the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales, instead of leaving it to be introduced by the next Government. If the signs of the times are to be depended upon there is no doubt that the next general elections will be the means of putting the Liberal party in power. That party will, un- doubtedly. support the movement for Disestablish- ment. Mr. Williams' suggestion, however, is an excellent one, as the friends of religious equality in Wales would be much better served by a Bill introduced by their own members, who are better acquainted with their wants and have a more thorough knowledge of their hardships than others, however well disposed, could be expected to. Wales has every confidence in her members, and we trust that Mr. Williams' suggestion will be taken up without loss of time.
MR. ABTHUB J. WILLIAMS, M.P.,…
MR. ABTHUB J. WILLIAMS, M.P., AT BARRY. Our Barry readers should not forget that Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., the member for South Glamor- gan, will address his Barry and district constit- uents, at the Barry Public Hall, on Thursday eve- ning next. A splendid meeting is anticipated.
LIBERALISM INTHERHONDDA. MR. A. J. WILLIAMS, M.P., AT HAVOD. PLAIN SPEAKING OX THE DISESTABLISH- LISHMENT QUESTION. A public meeting was held at the Board Schools, Havod, on Tuesday evening last, when Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P. for the South Glamorgan Divi- sion, addressed his constituents. There was a good attendance, the chair being occupied by the Rev. J. Williams. Among others present we noticed Messrs. R. A. Lewis, Pontypridd; J. Evans, J. Thomas, Edward Davies, ko. After a few opening remarks from the Chairman. Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., who was greeted with loud cheers, said he was glad to hear the chairman say that his Rhondda voters had such a high opinion of him. There was, however, no doubt that they had made up their minds on the great questions of the day, and, having done that, thought there was nothing more to be done but vote for their member at election time. but that was not what he wanted, nor was it what he ought to have. In a few months, for the third time. he would have to fight the battle of the colliers in the Rhondda as he had fought it twice before. (Cheers.) He had told them at the beginning that if they could obtain a better candidate he was willing to retire, but he was willing to fight the third battle, and fight it with the same spirit as he had fought the previous battles, and it would be a great advan- tage to him if he came into personal contact with more of the voters than he had during the past. (Cheers.) They all knew that he was a strong politician, and were confident that he was an ad- vanced Radical. (Hear. hear.) During the whole time he had been in public life he had never flitt- tered the working classes. What he had said was that all classes from the nobleman to the labourer were equal, or ought to be equal they ought to have equal rights and equal opportunities. He had also said—and he repeated it—that if he wanted to be tried by a jury upon any charge, he would pre- fer being tried by twelve working men than by twelve men of any other class in the world, because he believed that the average work- ing man was less likely to be prejudiced on many questions than a very highly educated man, and besides, taken through and through, the average working man had as much good natural sense as any other man. (Cheers.) They were also less selfish and had several interests in common, and therefore in the working classes they would find that fellow feeling and sympathy in distress which was not to be found in other classes (Hear, hear.) Proceeding, Mr. Williams said that almost a generation too late they had the power of education in their hands, but there was a great danger at the present time that the working people would not take sufficient interest in the great questions which were now coming before the country, and he deeply felt the want of a constant familiar personal intercourse between himself and his constituents. There was a great deal to be said about the great Liberal questions of the day, but the great ques- tion which had attracted his attention during the past few weeks was the great coal crisis which had just passed. He did not wish them to suppose that he had not watched every step that was taken at the time. His opinion was that the Rhondda district required a better organisation, and all the colliers ought to join in one great national federation. (Applause.) Somehow or other, they must fall back upon the colliers cf the whole kingdom, and before they would have another adjustment of the Sliding-scale he would advise them to take care that their notices were given in good time, so that the matter would not have to be rushed off at the end. (Applause.) If lie thought he could be of more use in that way than in being a member of Parliament, he would endeavour to have the whole of the colliers of the United Kingdom, if possible, united in one great union or federation. (Cheers.) In that way they could have the whole question in their own hands, and nothing could resist them. His greatest friend in the House of Commons was Mr. Burt. M.P., who was the head of the great Northern Miners' Federation, and he sincerely hoped with Mr. Hurt that before another great crisis came on that the miners 0-; the country would be united in the manner he had suggested. (Hear, hear.) Referring to the Conservative Government, the hon. member said that they had been trying to make out that they had done a great deal for the working men. but the most impudent claim of all was that in which they said that they brought forward a good Mines' Regulations Act, and that they ought to have the credit for it. He (Mr. Williams) contended that they had no right to such credit, for the Bill was prepared by the Liberal Government—by Mr. Broadiiurst and his chief-and it was taken from the pigeon hole where those gentlemen had left it and brought out by Mr. Matthews, the Home Secretary. When brought out it was full of defects. He (the hon. member) had the pleasure of sitting day by day, during the progress of the Bill, by the side of Mr. Burt—(cheers)—Mr. IV. Abraham—(cheers)—Mr. Pickard, and other able members, to watch its pro- gress. and he had noticed how very careful the members of the Tory party were not to cure the defects of the Bill; in fact they resisted, time after time, the amendments of the working men's re- presentatives, and yet they had the impudence to say that for this Bill, which had been amended by the Radicals, the credit was due to the Conserva- tives. (Laughter.) This Government of broken pledges and of abandoned plsdges—this Govern- ment of coercion—had given them a Free Educa- tion Bill. Free education indeed for the keeping of public money to bolster up the Established Church of England. But he was glad to say that a turn had taken place in the tide of public affairs, and Rossendale would show that for the twenty- first time during the last 18 months the people of England were showing that they were returning to their old allegiance. (Loud applause.) The English people, unfortunately, were not so in- stinctively just as their Welsh brethren, and had kept back the Liberal party for six years, but although they were slow, they were sure they made a great mistake in 1886, but year by year they were beginning to realise that mistake, and just now they were coming in line with the van of the Liberal party. (Hear, hear.) In the course of another eighteen months they would have in the House of Commons the most Radical Parliament that ever sat. (Cheers.) They would have a bigger Radical majority than people thought. (Applause.) The Parliament of 1885 was a fine one, and he was certain that a better set of men never sat in the House than at that time, but it had one fatal weak- ness, and that was that they had so many old Liberals present who had belonged to the party for generations—men of property, who had come from good old Liberal stocks, like the Duke of Devonshire and others. He had great respect for such people, for they had always tried to do what they thought was just, and had used their wealth and position to do what they thought best for the people. But these old Liberals were frightened at the rapid strides made by the younger and more Radical portion, and dissented. They consented to the franchise, but were glad to have an excuse to break away when the great Welsh Home Rule Bill—the last straw that broke the dubious Liberal camel's back—was introduced. In the next Government they would not have these half-hearted Liberals they had gone, never to return. (Loud applause,) They would then have a free hand to carry out the work of progress. (Hear, hear.) Alluding to the Dis- establishment question, Mr. Arthur J. Williams said he was afraid that the officials of the Liberal party would offer them a Disestablishment Bill which would not meet with the views of the Welsh members and the Welsh people, unless the latter party met and put into shape a good Bill for the Disestablishment and the Disendowment of the Church in Wales. If they waited until the Bill was introduced by Parliament, he was afraid that their property would be frittered away. The Welsh people were disposed to deal with the great- est fairness with those who had vested interests. and they would give a fair and just allowance, but it was they who should decide what that allowance was to be. (Applause.) They should not divert attention from it, but make up their minds to set- tle this question first of all. (Cheers.) In his opinion a Bill ought to be prepared and brought on at the earliest possible moment by a Welsh member, and not wait until the Government thought fit to draft a Bill for the Disestablishment of the Church. (Loud applause.) The hon. member then proceeded to deal with the question of payment to members of Parliament in order to enable the constituencies to return working men representatives whose election expenses should be paid out of the rates, and not out of the pockets of the candidate. But again, referring to the Dis- establishment question, the hon. member said that to them that was the question of supreme im- portance. (Cheers.) In conclusion, he remarked that, before he would aaain have occasion to meet them. they would be in the thick of the fight, of the result of which he had no doubt—(applause)— but he wanted them to draw the attention of their .fellow-voters to the fact that it would not be enough to return him with a considerable majority at the next election, for he wanted as well their sympathy and encouragement. (Cheers.) The constituency was a large and a peculiar one, and different from any other in Gla- morganshire. for it comprised the agricultural districts of the Vale of Glamorgan, the mining dis- trict of the Rhondda, and the urban population of the rapidly increasing town of Barry, a.nd the mem- ber who represented them had to represent nil classes honestly and fairly. and be constantly thinking of the interests of his constituents. It was not a, slight duty, but he did not for a moment grudge it. And when he retired from the repre- sentation of the division he hoped to have the satisfaction of knowing that he had endeavoured to do his duty conscientiously, and when he had ceased to represent them he hoped he would not have ceased to be regarded with respect by his late constituents. (Loud applause.) On the motion of Mr. J. Evans, seconded by Mr. Edward Davies, the following resolution was put to the meeting and carried unanimously :— That this meeting of the Hafod electors of the South Glamorgan Parliamentary Division expresses its renewed confidence in its able and faithful repre- sentative, and pledges itself to use every legitimate effort to secure his triumphant return at the forth- coming election. The Chairman and Mr. John Evans referred to the grievance of the inhabitants of Hafod, especi- ally with regard to the insufficient postal arrange- ments, and hoped that their representative would use his influence to bring about a better state of affairs. Mr. Arthur J. Williams, in returning thanks for the vote of confidence, urged the inhabitants of Havod to make a statement of their grievances, and he would have the same brought before the proper authorities. (Applause.) Such an action would at least strengthen the hands of the local authorities. On the motion of the hon. member, seconded by Mr. J. Thomas, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the chairman for presiding.
BARRY AND CADOXTONI LOCAL…
BARRY AND CADOXTON I LOCAL BOARD. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS. A special meeting of the members of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board was held at the Board- room, Cadoxton. Barry, on Tuesday afternoon. Councillor J. C. Meggitt presided, and there were also present—Messrs. G. Thomas, P. J. O'Donnell, J. Barstow, W. Thomas. B. Lewis, J. A. Hughes (clerk), J. C. Pardoe (surveyor), and Dr. G. Neale (medical officer). The first business being to con- sider the Parliamentary applications of various local companies, Mr. G. Thomas moved that pro- ceedings connected with the discussion of such measures should be private, and that the repre- sentatives of the press be asked to retire, which was carried. PARLIAMENTARY BILLS. The reporters were readmitted after two hours had elapsed, when the discussion on the Barry Railway. Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water, and Vale of Glamorgan Railway Bills had terminated. We understand that while unanimously and en- thusiastically approving of the principle of these y I bills, it was thought necessary to protect certain roads, bridges, sewers, &c., belonging to the Board. and the Chairman, General Lee, Dr. O^Donnell. and Mr. G. Thomas were appointed a committee to meet the directors of the various companies in re- ference to the matter. THE WARDS QUESTION. The Chairman said if they had no objection they would now proceed to the discussion of the wards, and he desired to say that he had a motion to move on the subject.—Mr. George Thomas said he had no objection, but he did not think they ought to vote on upon it that day, as it was a big question and several members were absent.—Mr. Barstow agreed.-The Chairman proceeded to explain the position of affairs, and stated that at a public meeting held a few days previous a resolution was unanimously passed asking the Local board to memorialise the County Council to get a public inquiry on the matter. The County Council would meet on the following Thursday, and unless the Board came to a decision that day the matter would be delayed for three months, as the meetings of the County Council were only held quarterly. Replying to Mr. (J-eorge ihomas. the speaker gave particulars of the resolution which had been passed at the ratepayers' meeting, and said that a second resolution was passed asking the Local Board to establish a prima facie case in ,v the memorial to the County Council. When the Council consented to an inquiry being held, the Board could appoint a committee to prepare a scheme to be placed before the conductors of the inquiry. He would therefore mcve :— That the seal of the Board be affixed to a memorial to the County Council praying that a public enquiry be held, under section 3 of the LocaljGovernment Act, 1888, for the purpose of dividing the district into wards, and that the clerk be instructed to prepare a prima facie case. Proceeding, the speaker stated that one of the arguments put forward hy Mr. George Thomas at the previous meeting was that the district was not fully developed as a town. If they waited for the somplete development of Barry and Cadoxton, they would have to wait for some years. There was one thing which had not been mentioned, and that was that the Government had, he thought, pretty well allowed it to be known that Ih in the next session of Parliament it was their in- tention to bring forward a District Councils Bill Le which would affect all Local Board areas. It was fair to surmise that if that Bill was carried and became law, the district councils which would be formed would be elected not on the present basis, but after the present County County Councils. That therefore meant that on a certain date all the existing Local Boards would be disbanded, and a general election would take place in Local Board areas. As the proposed division into wards could not be arranged before the autumn of this year, it seemed very appropriate that the district councils in their midst might fairly he brought into operation. One other reason in favour of the proposed wards was that Barry Dock was absolutely without any representa- tion on that Board. He regretted that fact very much indeed, and as they knew when a vacancy occurred on the Board, through the retirement of Mr. Oliver Jenkins, he moved that a gentleman from Barry Dock should be given the seat, but unfortunately that resolution was not carried.- Mr. J. J. William But there has been an election since then, Mr. Chairman.—The Chairman agreed, but said the Local Board had no control of the results of the annual Local Board election, but when a vacancy occurred they had. He thought taking all circumstances into consideration now that the matter had been brought forward, and remembering they were probably about being brought face to face with a district councils bill, they should delay no longer, but memorialise the County Council.-Dr. O'Donnell seconded the re- solution.—Mr. George Thomas said before the re- solution was put he would like to know whether it would prevent the Board going in for an in- creased membership, and also for increasing the area of their district. He supposed, considering the number of members was now twelve, that when they presented the memorial, they would ask that the number of wards should be four. which would be three members for each ward. one retiring annually. In his opinion they should ask for a larger number of wards than four. He suggested that they, should ask for six wards and increase the number-of members of the Board to eighteen. With -regard" to the proposed larger area. he did not know what the feeling of the people of Dinas Powis was, but there was a large urban population gathering round there. He remembered too, that at the time they had the first Local Board inquiry, the main dissatisfaction of the Sully people was that they had not taken the village proper into the dis- trict, but only a portion of their parish. In all probability, too. there would be a large urban population there'. If they were precluded from dis- cussing the matter that day. he thought that they might include what he had suggested in the memorial. He thought that the work of the Board was large enough for eighteen members to deal with -A long discussion ensued, in the course of which all present joined.—Mr. G. Thomas sought to include his proposals as a rider to the resolution, but Mr. Meggitt replied that he had no power to include it. He suggested that Mr. Thomas should give notice and introduce it as a separate motion at the next meeting.—Eventually the Chairman s resolution was carried, Mr. G. Thomas dissenting on the alleged ground that there had not been free discussion, and Mr. W. Thomas (Cadoxton) remain- ing neutral. PRIVATE IMPROVEMENTS AT BARRY. Tenders for the private improvements of Thomp- son-street. Dock View-road, Travis-street, Wood- street. Gueret-street, and a couple of adjoining lanes were opened as follows With grano- lithic paving. G. Rutter Barry £ 3,5-93 £3.128 E. J. Ince, Cadoxton £ 3,797 £ 3.335 Jenkin Brock, Cadoxton £ 3,953 £3.446 Alfred Elliott, Cardiff. £ 4.417 ±3,/13 David Love, Cadoxton. £ 4.439 £ 3,982 Mr. G. Thomas moved that the tender of Mr. Rutter. being the lowest, should be accepted—Mr. W. Thomas seconded, and the motion wa.s unani- mously agreed to. This was all the business.
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