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I CORRESPONDENCE. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. OXE WHO WANTS TO KNOW. — You are quite right. The Mayor of Belfast was raised to the dignity of Lord Mayor in the last session of Parliament, so that there are now four Lord Mayors in the United Kingdom, viz., of. London, York, Dublin, and Belfast. The Scotch Provost holds a position similar to our Mayor. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Dundee each have a Lord Provost. ASSISTANT MASTER.—If you wish us to answer your objections, you must ask us direct, and not through the medium of another paper. RADICAL.—There is not the slightest truth in the report. We never inquire into the political opinions of the members of our commercial and composing staff. All we require in them is competency and honesty. With regard to our literary staff it is different. We only employ thorough paced Radicals, for we don't believe in writing for hire against one's convictions, nor do we believe in having no convictions at all. An independent paper gets demoralised, as any one may see by reading the last issue of our Barry con- temporary, and is apt to be captured by the highest bidder. FATRPLAY.—Yes. We are always prepared to insert letters of public interest in our columns. Our only stipulations are that the letters should not exceed the limits of fair comment on the public actions of public men. CL-RIOUS.—An "Independent" paper is generally one which is dependent on the whims and caprices of its proprietors. J. D.—The chief proprietors of the Barry Doc/ Xeirs are Mr. John Robinson (East Barry House), Mr. J. Jewel Williams, Mr. Lewis Lewis, and Mr. George Thomas +. SOUTH GLAMORGAN ELECTION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SlIJ,—Being present at Bridgend on Saturday last we were gladdened by the hearty and glad cheers of the thousands that lined the streets—\ fit crowning to the labours of the past few weeks; but, if we conld rejoice, what of the feelings of the conquered, who had done so much to win at any price, and then lose ? Parsons and squires vied with each other to win votes from the papular can lidate In how many cases have the parsons of South GIamor-- gan borne false witness against their neighbour who dwell in peace among them? How many times have they repeated the same foul lie to ignorant people— viz., that Mr. A. J. Williams was an atheist? He has espoused the cause of the workmen with a faithfulness to be rarely met with even among Labour candidates themselves. The election has gone the way you predicted, and you, Sir, said months ago that a candidate like Sir Morgan ought to be made to bear the whole expense of the election. We find now after the election is over many weaker points in our organisation. We trust our Liberal organisations throughout this division will be strenghtened considerably so at once. The religious aspect of elections—or rather ques- tions affecting elections—call for a word. We think, Sir, that the teaching of Sabbath Schools and homes is of the most effeminate character. I make this asser- tion by seeing so many men (and a large portion of them being the sons of Nonconformists) abstaining from voting on the most momentous occasion that men have had a chance at all. With the success of the great Liberal party we can hope for a real dis establishment and disendowment measure. I would not be a bit surprised if we had a measure of dis- establishment by Lord Salisbury. No one need be surprised since the passing of the Local Government Act, and "Gratuitous Education" Act. The question rotten ripe, and it needs immediate settlement. I fear, by reading Mr. Gladstone's address last even- ing, that Labour questions come nearest Home Rule. I really believe that the question of the Church in Wales has the prior claim for consideration. The olection of South Glamorgan has been won upon the Irish and Church Questions—that is patent to all. It is the great prominence of the Church question that has moved the holy ire of the parsons, who are more interested in the loaves and fishes than in aught else in this contest. It must have gladdened the healts of all men who require and feel the need of religious equality to see that Mr. Caine has taken the seat from the great champion of the Church. One argument by the Tory p irty in country districts in this vast constituency during the present contest was with the labourers: It is not worth your while to go to vote they (the Liberals) will not be long in power." Thus in dozens of cases they persuaded labourers not to go to vote. and they now try to console each other with such rot as the following—that those who abstained from voting were their men, whereas they know the con- trary to be the truth. They, having the means, con- veyed to the poll the blind an l the halt—all could c Imc; if three-parts dead, they were taken to the pi'.l some of them had to be helped in. And now they claim the abstainers as being with them No sush thing. The election is over, and Mr. Williams has again been chosen as dyn y bobl." Long may he live to enjoy the proud position of being the perpetual member of a great constituency like South Glamorgan, while his friend the enemy shall be the perpetual can- didate. I can only say that honesty is the best policy, and it wins everywhere when fairly tried.—Yo;irs &c.t FAITHFUL RAD. Porthcawl. GRAMMAR. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. StR.—In the "malicious and malignant" column, edited by Mrs. Grundy, some time ago a certain school- master was attacked for the badness of his grammar and spelling. I den't dispute the sacred right of an editor to go at everything and everybody baldheaded, but I do object to an illiterate scribe sitting in judgment over one who is not worse than him- self. Take, for instance, the editor's polite answer to Mr. A. Seig in Mrs. Grundy's last issue. We have consigned your epistle," he grandiloquently states, II with its literary and orthographical inaccuracies, to the silent and peaceful obscurity of the w.p.b." The next sentence, following so closely on the heels of this, is very funny. "We readily allow those whom we criticise the same weapons of defence as ourselves, but when sycopLants, in their ignorance, stoop to cowardice, then we decline to take part." I defy anyone to make sense out of that. It would be wise on the editor's part to consign all literary inaccu- racies to the w.p.b., though it would be rough on him, for then Othello's occupation would be gone. I never knew before I had read" Fairplay's letter in the Barry Doel., News that it was possible to scur- rilise" anybody. Nor did I know that the" utter truthlessness of anything could be exposed. But of the literary gems I think the" leader takes the cake. We are gravely told that the Parliamentary contest in South Glamorgan is ripe for the issue." Now, what in the name of all that is holy, does that mean ? I should have thought that that would have been enough for an ordinary scribbler. But in the very next sen- tence the editor goes on to say that their friends are straining every possible effort to secure victory." Well, after reading that I gave up in despair. I had heard of straining every nerve, and I thought I re- membered something of straining a gnat; but I never heard before of straining an effort." To take that as good English would be swallowing the camel with a vengeance. We poor readers don't require much of editors. We don't want genius or eloquence or a fine literary style. Long experience has taught us that we shall look in vain for such in a newspaper. But we do expect to have good grammar, good English, good manners, and good taste. I don't say we always get these even ill the South Wales Star, but I believe you, Sir, do your best The editor of your contemporary is not only lacking in these qualities, but draws our attention vividly to the want by reviling in others the absence of them.—I am, Ac., ASSISTANT MASTER. Barry Dock. BARRY DOCK SECTARIAN EDUCATION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—Your leader of last week on the above subject was an excellent one in many respects. I admire its vigour and its argumentative skill; but unfortunately for that cause you have espoused it evaded the real points at issue. It might have done the cause of un- sectanan education some good, had not a full and presumably accurate report of the Barry School Board meeting appeared in another column. If your leader and the reportlare compared, your attempt at support- ing unsectarian education will be seen to be altogether futile. The facts of the case are few and simple. The Roman Catholics at Barry wish their children to be instructed in the Roman Catholic religion. They don't ask the ratepayers to give one penny towards this object. The ratepayers pay 18s. 2^d. per child per annum, towards the education given in the Board School. They will have to pay nothing for the education of any child in the Roman Catholic School.— But what, yon will ask, of the 27s. 6d. per head which the school will receive from the Imperial Exchequer? That is quite true, but that 27s. 6d. will be paid for the tecnlar education given at the school, after H.M. Inspector has been satisfied that the teaching is efficient. It should be remembered, also, that any child can receive the secular education provided at the school, and that he need not receive any definite religious instruction. In justice to the friends of religious education I ask you to publish this.—Yours, Ac., Cardiff. SECTARIAN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. SIR,—In common with many other Nonconformists, I was extremely pleased with your trenchant article on Sectarian Education in the last issue of the So-ith Wales Star. It is the first question of principle that the Barry School Board has had as yet to decide, and I am glad that they have stood the test so well. We should combine together to return to the next Board men who are pledged to carryon the work which the present Board has so well begun. The battle, as you justly observed, is only beginning, and other han^s must be found who arc ready to hold up the old flag. I consider General Lee's attitude quite consistent, but I confess that I do not understand the Rev. J. Price's. If he believes, like his Bishop, in definite religious teaching," he should not avail himself of a quibble to refuse to give to the Roman Catholics what he dearly wishes to give to the Church of Eng- land—Yours, ic., NONCON. QUILL. Cadoxton.