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OCCASIONAL NOTES FROM BRIDGEND. [BY CLAUDIUS.] THE BRIDGEND EISTEDDFOD. The information received last week by Mr. T. G. Smith, as chairman of the committee of the above eisteddfod, that the Lord Mayor of London has definitely consented to attend their gathering this year is su'lcient to endue it with success. It will be within the memory of a great number of my readers what the presence of a former Lord Mayor effected towards the success of an eisteddfod at Pontypridd. And, bearing this in mind, with the striking fact of this year's Lord Mayor being a Welsh fellow-countryman and a neighbour, the chances of success are enormously greater, and the probability of a right royal welcome in return rendered still more decided. Welshmen are noted for their pleasure and their enthusiasm at the success of a fellow-countryman, and now that a substantial opportunity offers itself at Bridgend, Alderman Evans may rely upon his welcome to the Principality in his year of office being worthy of an honoured son of Cambria. THE FORTHCOMING GATHERING. The committee are already alive to the consider- ation of the enormity. Preparations of great magnitude will have to be carried out. Before the day, no doubt, there is a great deal of time, but it behoves them to have their plans dis- cussed and perfected as soon as possible, so that nothing will be left undone towards the accommodation or comfort of attendants on the occasion, A hasty design, like the prover- bially speedy marriage, may be despaired of when beyond the powers of reparation. The programme about to be issued embraces poetical, literary, and musical competitions of such a nature as to re- quire arduous preparation, and should produce the results of culture and taste. GAS, ELECTRICITY, OR OIL 1 That is the question! Having received notice to terminate the contract at the existing price paid the Gas Company, the Bridgend Local Board sought seclusion in committee to ponder over the desirability of adopting either electricity or oil. The latter has been tried by the Board in lighting the outskirts of the town. but the test has not proved such as to call for their support. The cost, on the other hand, for electric light supplied to each lamp in the town for a year would be £ 4, each lamp in the town for a year would be C4, while at present the cost of gas is £ 3 15s., which, with an increase of Icl. per thousand, about to be imposed by the Gas Company, would bring the total cost above that of electricity. Again, the Gas Company has made a promise, it is believed, to again reduce the increased rate if coal went down in price, so betwixt the two facts the Board have to revert to probabilities. However, it is not likely that there will be any reduction in the price of coal. so ths Gas Company wishes to effect a compromise, which is practically useless. As to the introduc- tion of electricity, we doubt whether it would be proportionately higher than gas, as is generally believed. The working of a dynamo to effect sufficient incandescent power to light the town of Bridgend would be but'a small cost. If overhead wires could be laid the ultimate cost would be also greatly reduced in consequence. However, .as it is dangerously doubtful whether it will receive the sanction of the Board of Trade, but the Board ought to plunge into the estimated cost of underground wires and place the same before a public meeting of ratepayers, who could compare on a basis one with the other, and de- finitely decide upon their choice. If the difference is a wide one then revert to the old system of gas, without this expensive precedent, but let those who pay the piper select the song. THE BOARD'S FONDNESS FOR PRIVATE DIS- CUSSION. The Bridgend Local Board members do not appear to be courting popularity. Perhaps they are sick of the notoriety long connected with their discussions, and therefore discard the presence of a chiel among them taking notes, and printing them. However, although very convenient for the reporter, the public would like and ought to see the curtain lifted, and behold the action of their representatives. It does seem a shame that the Board should resolve itself into a private com- mittee when questions such as the recent com- plaint of Mr. C. P. Davis and the gas contract come before them. Their modesty, perhaps, for- bids their desire for public report, but it looks very like a fear of being thought irrelevant twaddlers. LIBERAL ORGANIZATION. With the advent of the year 1892 the necessity for organization within the Liberal ranks was never more significant and important. Early in March we shall be in the throes of a County Council election besides, later, on several School and Local Board contests. These preliminary canters ought to place our organization fit and sound to run easily over the course of the general election. Apparently there is no need of alarm in either South or Mid-Glamorgan. But, as pointed out by the member for the former constituency, it is important, in the interests of the great Welsh measures we are to secure with the return of the Liberals to power, that we should increase our majorities. It is matter for congratulation, there- fore. to note the answer to the Federation's call for organization, so readily and explicitly given from all parts of the South Glamorgan division.