EAST GLAMORGAN. MR. ALFRED THOMAS AT PONTY- PRIDD. A MAGNIFICENT RECEPTION. SPEECHES BY SIR EDWARD REED, M.P., AND MABON, M.P. AN ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. On Friday evening last Mr. Alfred Thomas, the Liberal candidate for the Eastern Division of Glamorgan, addressed a mass meeting of his electors at the Market-hall,Pontypridd, which was crowded with electors. The hall had been, thanks to the kindness of Mr. W. Williams, draper, Taff- street and Market-square, elaborately and taste- fully decorated in red (the Liberal colour) for the occasion, and the walls on every side bore evidence that the committee had not been idle for such mottoes as "Cymru Fydd," Our liberties are menaced," Liberals be ready," Home Rule, Ireland leads the way." Vote for Alfred Thomas and Disestablishment," Down with Tyranny and vote for Alfred Thomas," Home Rule for Wales," CrefyddRydd,Emmannuelyr ben," "Cydwybod Rydd,heb Draisna Gwrmes," ''Down with Coercion and vote for Alfred Thomas," "Justice to Ireland," etc., &c. met the eye on every side. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. R. Davies, solicitor, who was supported on the platform by the candidate, Sir Edward Reed, M.P., and Lady Reed, Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., Mrs. Walter H. Morgan, and Miss Alice Evans, president and secretary of the Women's Liberal Assoaiation, the Executive Committee of the Women's Liberal Association, Councillor and Mrs. W. Spickett. Councillor Mor- gan Thomas (Ferndale), Revs. Job Miles (Absr- ystwith). C. Tawelfryn Thomas (Groeswen), Father Smyth, W. 1. Morris, W. Lewis, J. Vyrnwy Morgan, &c., &c. The Chairman, in the course of his opening address urged every voter whether Liberal or Conservative to go to the poll in order that people might know what the relative strength of the parties in the district really were They had been treated the previous evening to a visit of two gentlemen from Ireland, and, as a Pontypridd man, he was proud of the respect with which they were heard and the attention given to their addresses. (Hear, hear.) One of the speakers amused them a good deal by turning the election meeting into an experience meeting— (laughter)—and the second gentleman got mixed with the Sliding Scale question, and asked whether it meant something like a fire escape or not; but there was a gentleman present who fully under- stood what the Sliding Scale meant. (Laughter.) The Irish gentleman who spoke was very careful in saying that there was no question before the country besides that of Home Rule, and. that Dis- establishment had nothing whatever to do with the present election. They did not want two gentlemen to come there from Ireland to tell them what questions were befere the country, and especially what was before the Welsh people. The Disestablishment question had been decided over and over again, and they would have to decide it once more. (Cheers.) There was no mention of Disestablishment in the address of the Conservative candidate, and he would ask whether it was ignorance or diplomacy that he had left it out. He had said at Havod that he would vote against Disestablishment, and his lieutenant said if they wanted Disestablishment and Disendowment they would get it by voting for the Conservative candidate. (Laughter.) Mr. Alfred Thomas, who was next called upon to speak, was received, on rising, with a loud and prolonged cheer which lasted several minutes, said that the magnificence of the meeting was a sufficient indication of the relative strength of the two contending parties in Pontypridd. (Applause.) If he required evidence this was sufficient to him that his cause was in the right hands. They had that day entered upon the fight in earnest, and the nominations had been handed in. He did not expect that they would have to fight, but since the battle had been forced upon them they would show the other side how they could fight. (Hear, hear.) The Liberal party had been fighting up to the present time, and had fought earnestly for the liberties which they now enjoyed. (Cheers.) He could not help noticing the literature which had been pasted broadcast on the walls of the town. These placards asked who were the friends of the working men ? He had never known the Conserva- tives to be their friends, and if the Liberals were not then they had no friends at all. He (Mr. Thomas) was going in for the whole of the New- castle programme — (applause) — but the two questions on which the issue of the fight depended were those of Home Rule for Ireland and the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the English Church in Wales. (Applause.) He had been told that the people of Ireland were not fit to be trusted with self-government, but he thought it would be a crime and a blunder to deprive them of it. (Cheers.) It was now some six years ago since he stood before an audience of Pontypridd people, for the second time he entered the lists they did not think it worth while to oppose him, and he believed they would be of the same opinion again when this fight was over. (Laughter.) The first question at that time was Home Rule. They were told by Lord Salisbury that it was his Government that gave the peace and prosperity which Ireland now experienced, but his opinion was that Ireland had been peaceful because her people believed that the democracy of England were upon her side, and that the Grand Old Man—(cheers)—as soon as he got into power would settle the question once and for all. (Hear, hear.) When the question first came before the House he would have been glad if it had been settled at the time, but now he was glad that it had been otherwise, because, each time Ireland had been granted a boon in the past it was at a time when the country was in danger, and the boon given would be taken away again as soon as the country became more settled. Now, how- ever, the matter had been coolly discussed, and the country had obtained time to understand its own mind—(hear, hear)—and the great wall of preju- dice which existed between the English and Irish people had been removed. (Applause.) The candi- date then proceeded to deal with the Disestablish- ment question, and remarked, amid loud cheers, that to tell the Welsh people that they wanted Disestablishment was like sending mis- sionaries to the Apostle. It was an insult to have anything A else in a country like Wales, where five-sixths of the people were Nonconformists, and if they were anything like a self-governing people they would not tolerate this for five minutes. (Loud cheers.) They had the honour of having with them that evening the victor and the hero of the preceding evening, Sir Edward Reed—(loud applause)—and if there was place in Wales where the Church of England had succeeded it was in the town of Cardiff, where the Church was maintained to a large degree on the voluntary system. He was glad to think that the democracy of England were thoroughgoing on this question, and were as enthusiastic almost as they were in Wales. Touching upon the need of reform in the registration laws, the speaker said that he believed in the principle of one man one vote. It wa3 a scandal that it was necessary for men to lose the time they often had to love in order to get their names placed on the register. In certain cases it was possible for a person to be two and a half years off the register, if he removed from one constituency to another, and this was nothing less than disfranchising men. (Hear, hear.) Concluding, Mr. Alfred Thomas ex- pressed the hope that he was as good a Liberal that night as he was seven years ago, when he first appeared before them. (" Yes, and better, too," and applause.) He had certainly had a great deal of experience. (" Hear, hear," and laughter.) He was confident that they would make a noble fight on that occasion. (Cheers.) He certainly would not be satisfied with anything like the majority he had last time he was before them, and he would make this challenge to the Conservatives—that unless he had at least three thousand majority he could not consider that the electors of East Glamorgan had not that confidence in him which they should have in sending him to represent them in St. Stephen's. (Applause.) He placed his ser- vices entirely in their hands, and he asked them to ask themselves before voting which party they were indebted to for all the privileges they enjoyed, and to give the answer conscientiously and act accordingly. (Loud and prolonged cheers.) Just as Mr. Alfred Thomas resumed his seat, Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., entered the room, and was received with cheers, cries of O'r Mabon ag e," Good Old Mabon," &c. Llew Havod at this juncture rendered a most amusing election song to the air of Robin yn Swil," the audience joining in the chorus. Sir Edward Reed was also well received, and the enthusiastic audience broke out in singing, For he is a jolly good fellow," which was several times repeated. The hon. member commenced by say- ing that if he had consulted their convenience or his own he should not have been there that even- ing, but he was afraid that his old and valued friend, their old member, and their future member —(applause)—at that time next week, would experience some disappointment if he (Sir Edward) failed to put in an appearance. He was at some loss to understand the tactics of their opponents in these parts. He could understand opposition in Cardiff, because in every great town like Cardiff there were very mixed interests, and a great many people who hated and detested the idea of public affairs going forward in accordance with the general wishes of the community. But what on earth men meant by opposing Mabon—(laughter) —or attacking, or thinking, or dreaming of oppos- ing such a man in such a constituency as East Glamorgan he could not imagine. (Applause.) Nor could he conceive the particular object of the Recorder of Cardiff, in allowing himself no greater pleasure than that which he now permitted him- self of telling his friends, that no man during the present elections bad been beaten by such a splendid majority. (Laughter.) He should have thought that he would have been more disposed to say to those electors who brought him forward, and to incur a defeat which was so great as to almost reflect upon his intelligence—that he should have said to those friends :— It was all very weIJ to dissemble your love But why did YOt kick me downstairs ? (Loud and prolonged laughter.) In another divi- sion in Wales—in East Glamorgan, represented by a. gentleman who had signalised his services in Par- liament by a devotion to Welsh interests on all questions that were dear to the Welsh peopie —(cheers)—and who had taken a great deal more pains than most of them, to give effect in various ways to the known wishes of his constituents, and of all South Wales at least they were forced to a contest. (" Shame.") What did they mean by running a stripling against him ? (Laughter.) He could not imagine, but he hoped that the example of the Merthyr Boroughs would be fol- lowed by East Glamorgan—for it was now too late to have the example of Mabon's constituency. (Laughter.) He hoped, also, that men would be taught, whether they were advised by their fathers or advised by their mothers—(laughter)— that it was not a very sensible thing to stand up before a pronounced Welsh patriot in a thorough Welsh constituency and challenge him to over- throw and to defeat. (Cheers.) It seemed to him that men like this paid but a poor compliment to Wales in raising these contests, because if they did not know it, all the world besides knew it perfectly well that they, in those parts of Wales, were to be defeated by no such opponents as were brought against their chosen candidates. (Cheers.) The very presence of Mr. Thomas in the House of Com- mons gave pleasure to the Liberal party in the same sense as the presence of their illutrious countryman gave who sat on the platform, and who had justi- fied the conduct of all who were concerned in bringing him to existence in a great constituency mainly composed of working men. (Applause.) He dared to say that had either the members who had lately been challenged been lost to the House of Commons, any pain or any discredit which they might have felt would have been as trifles light as air compared with the pain and discredit which would have fallen upon all true Liberals every- where, that that part of the country upon which they had relied with confidence, and which they all believed to be sound and true, had b':oken faith with public expectations and inflicted upon the hope and confidence of the Liberals everywhere a painful defeat. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Alfred Thomas, whilst speaking, had referred to the New- castle programme, and had spoken particularly of the question of one man one vote. He wished to say that he (Sir Edward) agreed with him in all that he had said, and also desired to use this opportunity of cautioning his Liberal friends against one thing which he feared would be a mistake. He wished to see the registration laws improved and the franchise extended in ceitain directions, and he wished to see more than anything a Liberal Parliament., if they were fortu- nate enough to get it, getting into power and settling once for all the questions of Home Rule for Ireland and Disestablishment for Wales. (Applause.) It was so difficult to get a working Liberal majority in the House of Commons, that, in his opinion, any measure tending to any change should embody a clause that it should not become law until a dissolution had been brought about, so that they might not bring a new Parlia- ment for the first time into action for the purpose of abolishing the old law. (Hear, hear.) They wanted most of the useful work of the programme accomplished before the Parliament dissolved. (applause)—and if they changed the system of registration they should do so at the end of the next Liberal Parliament whenever it took place. (Cheers.) He understood that some gentlemen from Ireland had addressed them in that hall on the previous evening, and certain speeches had been delivered or repeated which they tried to make alarming, but which they only succeeded in making ridiculous and absurd. (Applause.) An appeal had been made to them on religious grounds, and what was understood as the Ulster question had been discussed. There never was a finer red herring drawn across the path of a great reform than this question of Ulster Protestantism, for the simple reason that were the Home Rule Bill of 183" passed just as it then stood, or any Home Rule measure of the kind passed embodying the same general scheme and attended by the same limita- tions, it would not be possible for any religious questiou to be raised at all. (Applause.) There never had been on the part of any Home Ruler an idea for raising any religious question. The terms and conditions upon which home affairs would be administered in Ireland under a Home Rule Bill would be defined in the Rill. and the conditions of the former measure would absolutely prohibit any section of the Chris- tian Church rising or claiming any right of authority over their fellow subjects in connec- tion with any religious matters. (Cheers.) There- fore, all those appeals to Nonconformists were in vain. The only effect which a Home Rule Bill would have upon religious questions was that, whereas now in two counties of Ulster where the Protestants predominated, they had claimed and held and exercised control over everything in the place. The only change would be that, in that limited part of Ireland, Protestants and Catholics would be placed upon the same footing of local government for purposes wholly apart from religion. (Applause.) This story was only put forward to blind the people, so that Ulster could lead them as she pleased. Did they suppose, if there was anything in the story, that there would be a large number—some scores of candidates belonging to the Wesleyan connexion—before the country, and every man amongst them a Home Ruler? (Applause.) Was it to be supposed that the Wesleyan community was so regardless of religious freedom that they would support a measure to produce Catholic domination. (Cheers.) He would make this accusation against the Ulster Protestants that there was not in the four corners of the realm any set of her Majesty's subjects who had been so systematically biassed and pre- judiced against their fellow-countrymen as were the Protestants of a known spot in Ireland nor, during the past century, could they find a set of people anywere who had repeatedly threatened disloyalty to the Sovereign and Parliament, except the Ulster Protestants. (Cheers.) These people who come to them with this talk of Catholic ascendency had been proved disloyal in the past over and over again. When the Act of Catholic emancipation was passed they threatened to shoot their Sovereign if she signed the Act. At the time when Father Matthew led the Temperance Re- form. so bigotted and self-deceived, and absurd, in their views, were these leading Protestants that they threatened to become disloyal to the Crown, if the agitation was not put down. (Shame.) These fellows had put forward their threats rather too often to have much attention paid to them now. (Hear, hear.) Their petitions and cautions had been so absurd and so unreasonable that he had given them up as unworthy of further con- sideration. (Applause.) It was not Catholic ascendency they feared, but a reduction of their own ascendency. (Hear, hear.) They were entitled to appeal to the people of the valleys, and all the people of Wales, and ask them not to be misled by fears of disruption, but stand by the freedom of other people, and not to believe this cry of religious alarm, by men who had tried'.to spread alarm and disloyalty throughout the kingdom. (Applause.) There was some talk in the way of threats of civil war. Civil war led by Col. Saunderson (Laughter.) If he began to be afraid of civil war he would look for the rising, not in the man who bragged and boasted of how he would die in the last ditch. (Renewed laughter.) He had known some revolutions in his time. He had known Signor Mezzini and Garibaldi (cheers) and spent some time with the latter at Cufrara, and had found that these men did not brag and boast of what they were going to do. They need not fear revolution when the men who proposed it said in the House of Commons that they would die in the last ditch. There was not much fear of these braggadocios dying in the last ditch of any enterprise, for people of that sort generally died in the first ditch they could run to. (Loud laughter.) There would be councils to manage the affairs of the eountry, and a parliament to manage the internal affairs of Ireland and he could tell them that there would be no fear of fighting, for it would be a police-constable who would deal with those who disobeyed the laws made by their fellow-citizens. (Loud applause.) There was no talk about removing the army or the mounted police from Ireland, for it would be the duty of the Government to preserve peace and order and quietude in every part of its depen- dencies. (Cheers.) England's military forces would remain in Ireland, and the Irish people did not require it to be otherwise. The only difference Home Rule would make would be to allow Ireland to manage its internal affairs. (Hear, hear.) He was ashamed to repeat that those men who talked about separation spoke absurdly. Where could Ireland go to if separated from England ? A man in London had said she would go over to France, but he (Sir Edward) could assure them that France knew too well that, with her limited navy, she had as much as she could do to defend her own seaboard, and would never dream of trying to defend the seaboard of Ireland. Napoleon had seen this years ago, and had, instead of taking over Ireland, thought of invading and conquering Great Britain. (Applause.) The bogey of separation was the grossest mockery of common sense. (Cheers.) Ireland herself would never think of separating, for she knew that England was her customer for nineteen-twentieths of her produce, and she could never think of setting up as a Power of her own. They should seek to give that unfor- tunate country domestic tranquility by means of domestic control by satisfying the natural aspira- tions of every free people in modern times to govern themselves in internal affairs, and not to be subject to external mastery and control and regu- lation. (Applause.) In conclusion, he appealed to them not to let the antiquated Toryism of the Unionists prevail in the least degree, and not to believe their absurd talk. (Hear, hear.) There was no separation of countries in any such sense as they signified. (Cheers.) He did not know what was to be the ultimate issue of the present contest, but he-knew, as sure as he stood on that platform, that the peace which now existed in Ireland was a false peace if it was to be made permanent, for it was grounded on the hope of obtaining Home Rule. (Cheers.) He was certain that the day was at hand when it would be admitted by all classes that the way to deal with Ireland was to give her that peace which resulted from self-control. It should be remembered that it was not the Liberal party that tried to keep the Irish members at Westminster, for they were willing for them to go over and satisfactorily govern at home. (Hear, hear.) If Cardiff could send him to Parliament—(cheers)—to support thes? principles, the Liberals of East Glamorgan could do no less than return such a man as their candidate to Parliament with an overwhelming majority. (Loud applause.) Mr. W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), who was received with a loud and prolonged cheer, began by comparing the two great parties in the United Kingdom. The Liberal party was now waiting for the people to give them something in return for the great reforms they had received from that party. All the great social reforms they had re- ceived had been obtained through the Liberal party. (Applause.) One party was willing to give as many reforms as were possible within the radius of the constitution, whilst the other said they were ready to extend the radius of the old dispensation in order to suit the require- ments of the new. (Loud applause.) The Tories claimed that they had passed the Mines Regulation Acj, but if they stripped that law of the clauses introduced by the Ridicalsthere would be very little indeed left. The Bill, as first intro- duced, contained a clause with reference to the using of powder underground, which even the father of the opponent of Mr. Alfred Thomas had declared would, if passed, lead to the closing of 25 per cent. of the collieries of South Wales, and after much discussion this clause was omitted. (Cheers.) Proceeding the hon. member amused his audience by comparing the Grand Old Man with the lesser lights of the political firmament. The difference between Mr. Gladstone and Lord Ilartington he compared with that of the sun and a Japanese lantern. (Laughter.) They could compare him with Mr. Chamberlain in the same manner as they compared an M.D. with a quack doctor, and with Mr. Jesse Collings as they would compare a lime- kiln with a wash-tub. (Loud laughter and applause.) During the time Parliament had sat the hon. member claimed that the Welsh members had been honest and faithful to the trust reposed in them, but the House was now dissolved, and the responsibility rested with the electors, and he did not think the voters of East Glamorgan would shirk that responsibility but would return their old member with a larger majority than before (loud applause)—and thus express at the polling booth their demand for the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales. (Hear, hear.) If the Non- conformists of this country did not bring it about the Church itself would in a very short time if they carried on the same tactics as of late they had done. If their conduct towards Dr. Roland Rogers, of Bangor, and other good men of Wales, was not put a stop to, the day would come when these good men would get better positions in the Nonconformist Churches than they ever had in the Cathedrals. (Hear, hear.) In conclusion, he said that if they wanted to send Mr. Thomas back to Parliament, they must remember that it could not be done by attending meetings and cheering and applauding, but by going as one man to the polling booth and vote for him and the policy of their grand old leader. (Loud applause.) The Chairman then invited questions to be put to the candidate, and read a question given by the Women's Liberal Association as to whether Mr. Thomas would support a Bill for the extension of the franchise to women ? Mr. Alfred Thomas, in reply, said that he would vote for Sir Arthur Rollitt's Bill, which would give to women the same privileges as they had now in the County Council elections. At present he did not think he could go further. (Applause.) The Rev. Father Smyth was then called upon to move a vote of confidence in the Gladstonian party, and in Mr. Alfred Thomas, the representa- tive of the party in East Glamorgan, and pledging the meeting to return him with a large majority. The Rev. Father said it would require but a few words to convince such an audience of the fact that the resolution was a proper one for, it invited them to place confidence in their late member. It also called upon them to emancipate themselves from the thraldom of an alien Church which had been established in their midst. (Hear, hear.) By placing confidence the Liberal party they would hold to emancipate their sister country from the thraldom of Mr. Balfour. (Applause.*) It was evident that they would have justice, for they preferred it to injustice and freedom to slavery. (Hear, hear.) The issue before them was clear, it was whether they would allow them- selves to be ruled by the Government of Lord Salisbury or that of the Grand Old Man—(cheers) —the friend or the enemy, of the people. They could not expect any good from the Conservative Government. (Cheers.) They would not Dis- establish the Church in Wales nor extend the liberties of the people, neither would they entrust greater power to the people. They had never done so, and never would do. (Applause.) Re- ferring to what had been said the previous evening by the so-called Nonconformists ministers, the Rev. Father said he remembered an alien Church in Ireland, and the Roman Catholics and Noncon- formists united to disestablish the Irish Church. The Nonconformists of Wales helped them to Dis- establish their Church, and the Roman Catholics said they would aid them in severing the English Church in Wales from the State but now, here came the i; Nonconformists of Ireland and said they desired them to vote for the Tories, who would continue to protect the Çhurch and foster her ascendency in their midst. He asked was that gratitude? Was that just? Why did they not stand up for the Welsh people as the latter had done for them ? (Loud applause ) He did not see why two counties of Ulster should speak in the name of the thirty counties of Ireland. The reply of the Welsh people to those who came over to them should be We have aided you. and now come you and aid us to put out the Tory Govern- ment who prosecute us." (Applause.) He would urge upon oil Liberals to imitate the example of the people of Merthyr, and send back their old member to St. Stephen's, and send the news ring- ing up the mountains of Wales until it would echo against the cliffs of Ireland that they were tired of Tory tyranny and desired to be ruled by the friends of the people. (Loud applause.) Rev. W. I. Morris seconded in a trenchant Welsh speech, and referred to the new Tithes Bill which had just come into force, by which some of their countrymen were then being persecuted. The Rev. D. R. Owen had been placed in the county- court for refusing to pay tithes, and many others would soon have to suffer the same injustice. (" Shame.") Why, he asked, should the ministers of one Church be placed higher on a social status than the ministers of another, and why should the vicars in the Cemetery at Glyntaff receive twice as much money for burying the dead as the Nonconformist ministers received. Re- ferring to the Tory candidate, Mr. Morris said that the only good thing he could boast of was that he was against granting grocers' licences. The friends of Mr. H. C. Lewis had, however, (jailed out the wrong man, and when they looked in the mirror of public opinion on the day of the poll they would find that the wrong man had been called out. (Cheers.) Mr. H. C. Lewis had refused to stand at ease they would compel him to right about face." and on Saturday next tell him to quick march" out of the constituency. (Laughter.) Randell, Mabon, Sir Edward Reed. D. A. Thomas, and Pritchard Morgan had been returned. S. T. Evans would be in, and Lloyd George would win the day. (Cheers.) The voice of Wales would be heard stronger than ever de- manding justice and freedom. ( Applause.) Let them, therefore, give their votes to Mr. Alfred Thomas, and return him with a majority of 5,000. (Loud applause.) The Chairman then put the motion to the meet- ing, and it was carried amid loud and continued cheering. A solitary individual who rose his hand in opposition was loudly hissed. The Rev. Vyrnwy Morgan said he was glad to hear of the defeat of Mr. John Gunn by Sir Edward Reed. (Applause.) Refer- ring to Mr. Alfred Thomas, he said he had been an example to the Welsh members, and had been an ornament to the Liberal party. (Applause.) The Nonconformists of Ireland had come over to say that the greatest curse that could befall Ireland would be the passing of a Home Rule Bill, but he would ask what kind of seers or prophets they had been in the past. (Laughter.) Home Rule had been given to Canada, and that country was as prosperous as ever. (Applause.) He had watched the doings of the Catholics and the Orangemen in Liverpool, and he found the former a much better class of men than the latter. Then, with regard to Sir William Thomas Lewis, he would ask if he had given liberty to his workmen to vote and work for the candidate they wished ? He urged them, in conclusion, to vote for Local Option,"for religious freedom, for Home Rule for Ireland, for national self-government, and cast their votes for Mr. Alfred Thomas. (Cheers.) Rev. Job Miles, Aberystwith, also addressed the meeting, and counselled them not to be too con- fident of their own power, and not to err in judg- ment. His name was Job, but he had not enough patience—(laughter)—to listen to those people whQ said they were going to keep intact the unity of the Empire. (Hear, hear.) He believed that Sir William Thomas Lewis—(hisses)—was cruel to his son in making him stand the brunt of this election I —(Cheers)—for in fact the father, not the son, was fighting this battle, and if the latter was re- turned he would only be expounding the views of his father. (Hear, hear.) The meeting was then brought to a close with the usual votes of thanks to the Chairman, which was moved by Mr. Alfred Thomas, seconded by Mr. Evan Griffiths, supported by the Rev. W. Lewis, and put to the meeting by Councillor Spickett, and carried unanimously. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETINGS AT NELSON AND CRAIGBERTHLWYD. Mr. Alfred Thomas, the Liberal candidate, on Monday visited Treharris, where he was met at the railway station by a brass kand and a crowd of some hundreds of the voters of the district. A long procession was formed, and the principal thoroughfares perambulated, and all along the route the greatest enthusiasm was manifested, and and the candidate hailed with ringing cheers. Leaving Treharris, the processionists marched to the little village of Craigberthlwyd, and here again the residents turned out in large numbers, and received the future mumber with the utmost cordiality. A halt was made at Libanus Chapel, where a capital meeting was held, under the presi- dency of Mr. Edward Edwards, J.P., Penylan House. Mr. Edwards having referred to Mr. Alfred Thomas's excellent services during the past seven years, a vote of confidence was moved by Mr. David Jones, and simultaneously seconded by three or four workmen from the audience. The Rev. W. Jones (B.), Treharris, spoke in sup- port fn a trenchant Welsh address, and condemned in unmeasured terms the action of Mr. Herbert Lewis' supporters in plastering the walls of the district with illustrated placards quoting the opinion antagonistic to Home Rule expressed by Mr. Spurgeon six years ago. The rev. gentleman pointed out that the great divine had subse- quently modified his opinions, and that, writing to the Rev. Charles Williams. Accrington, in 183o, he said The Bill is not now as it was at first. Then I thought it reckless. A Home Rale Bill which will suit all the three kingdoms would tie a fine experiment, and then, if more became need- ful, more could be given. It may be as you say, that Mr. Gladstone sees further than the rest of us. Ah God bless him anyhow I am his ardent admirer." (Loud and prolonged cheers.)—Messrs. W. Evans, Rees Jones, and John Edwards, Tre- harris, further supported the motion, which was carried with acclammation. Mr. Alfred Thomas then spoke, and in the course of an interesting speech, declared that much as he was for Home Rule for Ireland, if he had the slightest misgiving that there was the least chance of persecution of his co-religionists in that country, he would consider himself a criminal if he should ever go in for such a thing. (Hear, hear.) Their opponents had spread tons of literature throughout the division to enlighten the electors—^laughter)—and, with reference to one man one vote offered them one vote one value. (Renewed laughter.) What they ment by this it was, indeed, difficult to imagine, though it was easy to believe that their estimate of the value of a Conservative was considerably higher than their estimate of the value of the Liberal vote. (Laughter and cheers.) Concluding, Mr. Thomas warmly advocated the adoption of manhood suffrage. Subsequently, Mr. Alfred Thomas, still accom- panied by the Treharris and Graigberthhvyd con- tingents, was cheered to Nelson village, where a crowded meeting was held under the presidency of the Rev. R. Jones. MEETING AT TIRPHIL. On Monday night a large and most enthusiastic meeting was held at the Board Schools, Tirphil, which was crowded in every corner. A large crowd of people werejin waiting at the Tirphil Station to give Mr. Alfred Thomas a hearty reception. Unfortunately Mr. Thomas was pre- vented from being present. Several prominent Liberals, however, arrived by the train, including Mr. Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff Mr. R. Davies, Uni- versity College of Wales, Cardiff; Rev. J. T. Phillips,New Tredegar Rev. J. P. Williams, Pont- lottvn, &c, &e.—The Rev. J. T. Williams, in a powerful speech; spoke of the necessity for Dis- establishment and Home Rule. — Mr. Robert Edwards proposed a resolution of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas as a faithful representative of the Eastern Division of Glamorgan, which was seconded by Mr. Richard Thompson, and enthusiastically supported by Mr. Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff, who urged the electors by sending a majority of Liberals to Parliament to strengthen the arms of Mr. Gladstone in order to do justice to Ireland. The question of Disestablishment for Wales was also most eloquently dealt with.—Speeches were delivered by Mr. Pigott, of Pontypridd. Mr. It. Davies, and the Rev. J. T. Phillips, and a most enthusiastic meeting closed with the usual votes of thanks. MEETING AT BARGOED. A most enthusiastic meeting in support of the candidature of Mr. Alfred Thomas was held at the Board Schools, Bargoed, on Monday evening, pre- sided over by Mr. Jonathan Williams, when Mr. Allen Upward and Mr. E. C. Spickett addressed the meeting.-A resolution in favour of the policy of the Liberal party, and of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas was passed unanimously. MEETING AT NELSON. On Monday night a meeting in support of Mr. Alfred Thomas (G.L.) was held at Nelson, Llan- caiach, under the presidency of the Rev. R. O. Jones.—Mr. Alfred Thomas addressed the meeting at some length. MEETING AT BARGOED. At Bargoed School Board Schools on Monday evening a public meeting of the local Liberals was held for the purpose of furthering the candidature of Mr. Alfred Thomas, the Gladstonian Liberal candidate for the division. The chair was taken by Mr. Jonathan Williams.—Mr. E. C. Spickett, of Pontypridd, and Mr. Allen Upward delivered addresses, and a vote of confidence in favour of the Liberal policy, and also in Mr. Alfred Thomas, was passed.-The customary votes of thanks terminated the meeting. MEETING AT LLANTWIT-VARDRE. A public meeting in support of the candidature of Mr. Alfred Thomas, the Gladstonian candidate for East Glamorgan, was held on Monday evening at the Board Schools, Llantwit-Vardre. Mr. W. Williams, Tydraw, presided, and among the speakers were Councillor M. Morgan and Mr. Joseph Henry Jones, of Cardiff, the Revs. W. Lewis and W. J. Morris, and Mr. W. R. Davies, solicitor, Pontypridd.—A vote of confidence in Mr. Thomas was passed. TEMPERANCE VOTE AND THE LIBERAL CANDIDATE. 3^28^ The following resolution was passed by tne members of the Independent order of Rechabites at Treharris at their last tent meeting, which was held on Saturday That we, as Rechabites at Treharris Tent, emphati- cally protest against the views of Mr. H. C. Lewis, the Unionist candidate, on the question of Local Option, Sunday-closing, and compensation; and, therefore, urge on every elector who has the welfare of his country at heart to record his vote for Mr. Alfred Thomas, who is prepared to trust the people with the power of veto and the issue and the renewal of li- cences, and who believes in Sunday-closing for England as well as for Wales.
I YSTRAD LOCAL BOARD. The ordinary meeting of thYstrjidyfoirg- Local Board was held on Friday last, when the e were present Messrs. W. Jenkins, J.P. (chairman"1, W. Lax, W. H. Matthias, D. Morgan. D. Davies, J. D. Williams. G. Thomas, E. W. Lewis, Jacob Ray, and David Davies. THE FIBE llRIGADE. The Clerk read a letter from the Fire Brigade Committee, which stated that the Brigade had completed the initial arrangements. They were efficient in drill, and bad obtained the necessary accoutrements. They had done this on the under- standing that the Board were prepared to furnish them with a fire engine, and the committee urged upon the Board to furnish them with the same, in order that they might be prepared for any con- tingency that might arise. They were of opinion that the hoses now ustd were very defective, and in a very bad condition. The following report was submitted by Messrs. W. Llewellyn and E. W. Lewis, who had been instructed by the Board te visit certain towns and see what sort of a fire engine would best suit the requirements of the Rhondda Valley :—" We have given careful con- sideration to the matter of a fire escape in con- nection with the Fire Brigade, and have examined those now in use by the Cardiff Cor- poration and the Barry Local Board, and have come to the decision that a storm engine would be the^most suitable for this district and recommend the engines of Messrs. Rosebeiy and Co., as the ones which would best suit the requirements of this valley. Iu view of the con- siderable importance of the Board's district we think this matter ought to be immediately atten- ded to." The Chairmau asked if the committee had given any consideration to the size of the engine suitable. Mr. Llewellyn thought that an engine similar to the one shown to the Board was a very satisfactory one, and would cost £200. Some of the members present, however, were of opinion that this engine was not powerful enough to suit the requirements of the Rhondda. The question then arose as to where the engine, if obtained, should be kept, and the question was referred back to the Fire Brigade Committee, with the suggestion that the names of Messrs. W. Lax and W. H. Matthias be added to the same. IMPROVEMENTS AT YJCTSHII!. Mr. Matthew Lane, Ynyshir, applied to the Board for time to pay a sum of &55 7s. 9d., doe from him for private improvements. He saId that,he had been unable owing to illness and poverty to meet the demand, and hoped the Board would make him a reasonable concession. It was resolved that the appeal be granted. A letter was also read from Mr. George Edwards having reference to a piece of land which he had measured near Eirw, Havod, which was about 70 feet wide, and part of which he intended to give to the Board for private improvement purposes.—It was resolved that in case Mr. Edwards handed over the land the Board would carry on the improvements free of cost. FORTH IMPROVEMENTS. A deputation from Porth, consisting of the owners of property abutting on-the North-road, waited upon the Board, and applied for concessions in regard to the private improvements which were to be done at that place. They asked the Board to con- tribute some money towards the expense which the owners would be called upon to pay. It was argued tha.t most of the owners were working men, and would be unable to meet the expense.—The Chairman remarked that the Board could do no more than let the contract to the lowest tender, and that had already been done.—The deputation pointed out that according to the plans, it was pro- posed to pave and channel the streets, and sug- gested that instead of paving the same the Board should gravel them .— Mr. Llewellyn asked why did not the deputation wait upon the Board before the contract was given out. It was now too late to make any alterations. —The Chairman said that the Board could not take over the streets unless they were pared, chan- nelled, and drained.—It was eventually decided that the Board should not pave North and Siphon- street, but that they would have them paved and channelled. But, at the same time, they would not take them over until the pavings had been laid.
i: GENERAL ELECTION IN G LAMORG ANSHIRE. SOUTH GLAMORGAN DIVISION. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING AT BARRY DOCK. DR. O'DONNELL AND HIS CALUMNIATORS, A SPIRITED AND CRUSHING REJOINDER. At the Puolic-hall. Barry Dock, on Thursday night, July 7, a most enthusiastic Liberal meet- ing was held, with Mr. Harry Inch in the chair. Stirring addresses were delivered by several working men, among whom were Messrs. J. J. Moon, J. McHilI, C. J. Flowers, J. Davies, A. Found. &.c. In the course of the meeting Dr. O'Donnell rose to support a vote of confidence in Mr. Arthur Williams, and alluded to the cowardly and unwarrantable attacks made upon him and the Liberal party in the Jia r ry Dock Kens on the previous night. Dr. O'Donnell explained that, he had stated at a meeting at Barry that, to his personal knowledge, a man had received notice to leave the employ of tha Barry Company subsequently to his being canvassed in the interest of Sir Morgan Morgan. He (Dr. O'Donnell) had not even men- tioned the name of any official, but the name had been mentioned by someone in the meeting. (Hear, hear.) That showed that the facts were known to others besides himself. He (Dr, O'Donnell) had never said that the man could be proved to have been dismissed in conse- quence of his refusal to vote for Sir Morgan Morgan. It was from the very nature of the case incapable of proof. He would simply lay the facts of the case before them, and leave them to judge for themselves. The man Driscoll, who had received notice, was working with another man, and was asked by him to vote for Sir Morgan Morgan. Driscoll's companion had asked several other men in the Company's employ to do the same, and had used a certain official's name in connection with it. A few days after, this man went to work in the official's garden. (Laughter). And a day or two after that the man Driscoll received notice. (A voice, Why didn't they chuck Chick ? and cries of "8hame,") They had been told in Mr. John Robinson's paper that that was a malicious and malignant statement, devoid of a particle of truth." It was said that that the man was dismissed because he was in- competent, and that he had been employed only as a temporary hand. The fact was that he had been in the employ of the Barry Company for 18 months, and that since January of this year his injured hand which,accordingtoMr. John Robinson's organ, made him unable to do the work of an ordinary man, had been well. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Robinson's paper went on to say that Mr. Robinson had not canvassed a single man in the employ of the Barry Company but since he (Dr. O'Donnell) had come into the room that night he had been furnished with the names of several men who could prove it. (Here, amid indescribable enthusiasm, some half a dozen men stood up and said that they could prove it.) Dr. O'Donnell went on to say that he had been accused of being a director of the South Wales Star. (Laughter.) Well, he was not going to deny it. He was proud of his connection with the Smith Wales Star. (Loud cheers.) It was a paper which was fearless in its expression of opinion on current events—(hear, hear)—and was not content with showing its side in politics by publishing anonymous letters in support of one candi- date while professing complete independence. (Loud cheers.) He (Dr. O'Donnell) did not, how- ever, control the policy of the Star. Even that week a leading article ha.d appeared in its columns attacking his attitude on a certain educational • -question. In fact, the editor of -the South Wales Star was not a tool in his hands, as the editor of the Barry Dock News was a puppet in the hands of Mr. John Robinson. (Loud laughter and cheers.) Mr. Henry Davies, in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman, gave an account of an interview he had had with Mr. Richard Evans, the general manager of the Barry Company. Mr. Davies had said, at a public meeting held at Barry some time ago, that Mr. John Robinson had been personally canvassing men in the employ of the company, and that had the voting been secret at the last Local Board election, the present chairman of that Board would not occupy the position he did at present. Mr. Evans asked him whether he could prove what he had said, and he had said he could. He was then asked if he could prove that Mr. Robinson had canvassed men at the dock side, and he had said, No, but he could prove that men had been canvassed at their residences." (Loud cheers.) The General Manager then asked if the working men objected to being canvassed, and he said that they did object to being canvassed by those who were in the position of employers. (Cheers.) On being asked as to result of the Local Board election, he had told Mr. Evans that the working men quite understood that it was only fair that the Company should be well represented on the Board, and all they asked was that a man who was in favour of Trades Unionism should be selected to represent the company. (Hear, hear.) In fact, Mr. Robinson had confessed at the interview that he was against Trades Unionism. Thei meeting then broke up. amid great excite- ment. IRISH NATIONAL LEAGUE OF GREAT BRITAIN. [John Mandeville Branch, Barry Dock.] At a meeting of the members of the above Branch, held on Sunday, the following resolution was passed unanimously :— That we hereby congratulate our esteemed member (Mr. A. J. Williams) on his re-election to represent this important constituency, rind we likewise tender our best thanks to the Liberal and Irish electors for the manner in which they assisted to secure this splen- did victory for the cause of Ireland. POLLING AT BARRY. A pretty heavy poll, all things considered, was made at Barry and Cadoxton. At the two Cadox- ton booths the voting was very slack till about six o'clock when there was a good rush of working men voters. Altogether about 500 polled at Cadoxton, and nearly as many again at Barry. The total number of voters on the register was not quite 1,400, so the proportion, considering the number of people who have left the district, was very fair. Conveyances were many, and the drivers were active but in spite of drivers induce- ments hardly any voters arrived in Tory carriages. The Liberal conveyances were greater favourites, bnt the voters, as a rule, preferred walking. POLLING AT NEWTON NOTTAGE. Voting at the Newton Nottage polling district took place at the Newton Schoolroom on Friday last. Polling proceeded very slowly in the morn- ing, only about 50 having recorded their votes up to mid-day. In the afternoon matters were a little brisker, and about 170 had recorded their votes by five o'clock. After six o'clock polling became pretty brisk, and about 90 recorded their votes from then up to the close of the poll. The poll was a very poor one, only about 260 polling out of a possible 485. Mr. T. J. Hughes (Liberal election agent) visited the Liberal Committee Rooms in the morning for a short time. Mr. W. Bevan acted as polling agent for the Liberals, and Mr. O. J. Brooke for the Con- servatives. while Mr. T. James acted as committee- room clerk. Mr. D. Roderick also did valuable work near the polling-room, taking the names of those who had voted. Traps were in evidence on both sides, the Conservatives having the pull. The Liberals claimed a majority on their district, which would have been much larger had the poll been a fuller one, a great many of the absentees being Liberals. The result of the polling was received at Porth- cawl about 1.0 p.m., when a large crowd had col- lected near the Post-office. The utmost enthusiasm was manifested, and the result eminently satisfac- tory to the majority of those present. LIBERAL REJOICINGS AT BRIDGEND. On Saturday afternoon the reception of the news of the great victory of the Liberal candidate in the South Glamorgan contest, as might be ex- pected, roused the local Liberals to the utmost pitch of enthusiasm, and it was decided to give Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., a hearty public welcome on his return to his native town. Accordingly, about four o'clock, the time when he was expected, a very large crowd assembled at the railway station, and upon the train coming into the station the hon. member was greeted with uproarous cheering. The enthusiasm was such that the horses were taken out of the carriage con- taining the hon. gentleman, Mrs. A. J. Williams, County Councillor T. J. Hughes, Mr. J. Davies, and Mr. D. H. Lloyd, and many vied for the honour of dragging it to the Town-hall. All the way dense crowds were collected, and cheers were repeatedly given for Mr. Arthur Williams, who acknowledged the many greetings which he received by raising his hat. The Radicals, when approaching the Conservative Club, joined in loud cheers, which evoked a few groans from members of the opposite party. Upon arrival in front of the Town-hall a halt was made, and the speeches reported below were delivered. Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., who was received with cheers, again and again renewed, said:— Fellow-townsmen, electors of South Glamorgan, my friends,—It is six years ago since I stood heie addressing you upon my last election. Again, my friends, I have come to you challenged by the Conservative party, who said that you had changed your minds. (*'No fear.") Yesterday the Con- servative paper—the Western Mail—was good enough to devote three little articles in order to prove conclusively that I was to be turned out this morning. (Laughter.) Well, I don't know what the Western Mail will say to-day. (Laughter.) When we take into account all the circumstances of this contest, I think that we have triumphantly vindicated our policy. First of all, we had our polling day, in spite of my protest, and the protest of my agent, put on a Friday, instead of upon a Saturday. I have no hesitation whatever in saying thatil lost at least 300 votes, by its being put upon a day when the working men could not record their votes. (A voice: 500 votes.) My friend says 500 votes. I don't like to overstate matters, but I am not at all sure that he is not right. (Loud cheers.) Again, I can assure you that when I look into all the facts, I consider that this 918 majority—(cheers)—really represents a poll, if it could be fairly taken, of all the men that hold radical opinions in my constituency— who ought to be upon the register, and would very nearly double that. (Hear, hear.) We have a large population at Cadoxton and Barry, who have come there, who would have swelled the register by 500 or 600 more votes, who have not been able to get placed upon the register because the law is so infamously unjust. (Hear, hear.) Scores and scores of them come into the committee rooms and ask whether they have got a vote. They would have a vote in a short time. (Applause.) Then, again, we have another fact which I am sure has hampered our friends in the Vale. We have the hay harvest going on, and another im- portant fact which we must bear in mind is that, through the length and breadth of this large constituency — (cheers were called for Arthur J. Williams, M.P., a call which was heartily responded to) — when the polling day comes we find that the Tories have a lot of empty carriages—(laughter)—and we, the Radicals, find in almost every large polling district that we have nothing to carry the aged, or the infirm, or the poor. that go to the poll. Well, this is a great difficulty with us as to the largeness of our poll, and we cannot contend against it except in the only way, as I said at Cardiff, when the squire and the parson go and take the labourer to the poll, whether he wishes it or not, to vote, as I hope he will, for the man he believes in. (Ap- plause.) There is one other thing I want to touch upon. For three years my opponent has been engaged in endeavouring to undermine the confi- dence of my people in me. (" He can't do it," and cheers.) I don't care for honest opposition, but I have never canvassed a man for his vote in my life, and I think it is deplorable to see a candi- date going about in the Vale accompanied by the parson aud the squire, and going about in the Rhondda accompanied by the agent. (Hisses.) This is not fairi influence—(hear, hear) —and I can only say, in addition to saying that this is deplor- able, that the people who ha\ e pivileges—the land- lords, the squires, and the large capitalists—who try to influence theii men in this way, must not be surprised if the men rebel and resist, and when they have the power use their power unflinchingly. They will then only have themselves to thank for the revolution which they are causing by en- deavouring to tamper with the wishes of the people. (Applause.) And now, my friends, I want to thank the men who have stood side by side with me, and who have worked for me I want to thank the voluntary workers—the poor collier, the labourer, and the farmer—who have come for- ward and given their time without reward in order to return the man in whom they believe to Parlia- ment. (Loud cheers.) All honour to them for their devotion—not to my humble person, but to the great cause which we all have at heart. (Three cheers were again called for Mr. Williams, and heartily given.) We are going to win. (Cheers.) We have won eight seats to-day. No losses to-day, but eight seats gained, equal to six- teen on a division. (Cheers.) I have always maintained that we shall have a working majority. They tried to show that they (the Gladstonians) would not be able to use it. Wait a few months and see—(applause)—whether this great hero, who will come back, I believe, to power within a few weeks—(applause)—will allow an obstructive minority in the House of Commons to resist the will of the people. (Loud cheers.) Mr. County Councillor T. J. Hughes said he was sorry he could not speak loudly as his throat had nearly given way. They had fought a grand battle and won a grand victory. (Loud cheers.) Never had the enemy fought so hard as that time, and another thing, they had not fought fairly. He went into a booth yesterday—he would not say where it was, but it was not many miles from there.—He found in a colliery district the colliery pay clerk acting as the Tory persona- tion agent. Some of the men unfortunately, perhaps, could not write, and had to give the name of the candidate they wished to vote for—and there was the man present from whom they re- ceived their wages. (Groans.) They had had the parsons against them, and the Primrose Leaguers —(Laughter)—against them. They had had the colliery managers, and the renegade Liberals against them. They had had two or three of them in Bridgend, but he thought he could count the whole of them on his fingers, and they had done their little most, and their little worst. (Laughter.) However, they (the Liberals) could afford to be generous to their opponents. (Cheers.) He was proud of South Glamorgan, and he was proud of Bridgend. (Applause.) Mr. Davis said after the eloquent speeches they had heard he would not detain them. He con- gratulated them most heartily on the triumph that they had won. (Cheers.) Reference had been made to the work of the Primrose Leaguers, and he would remind them that they had had the assistance of the Bridgend Liberal Women's Association. (Cheers.) He most heartily con- gratulated Mr. Williams on the manner in which he had championed the Liberal cause. (Loud cheers.) Three cheers having been given for Mrs. Williams. Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., who was again greeted with ringing cheers, said One word before I go. I want to heartily echo what my friend, Mr. Davis, said about the efforts of the ladies. (Applause.) We are deeply indebted to the Women's Liberal Association. (Cheers.) I do not think that the devices of the Primrose Leaguers—(laughter)— will be of much avail during the next few years, if we support the Women's Liberal Association. (Hear, hear.) I want, on behalf of my wife, who, unfortunately, has been prevented by illness and indisposition—much to her regret— from taking part in the efforts of the Liberal Women's Association, of which she has the honour to be the president—(cheers)—to express her deep regret that she was prevented from doing so, and to express our grateful recognition of their efforts in the cause of Liberalism. (Loud applause.) Mr. Williams, M.P., then called for three cheers for Mr. Gladstone, and these having been given with much heartiness, the hon. member drove home, receiving an ovation in all the streets as the carriage passed.
BARRY DOCK WEEKLY TIDE TABLE. Morn. After. h.m. h.m. ft. in. July 15 Fridav 10 35 10 55 33 1 16 Saturday 11 16 11 39 32 0 „ 17 Sunday. 11 54 12 6 30 7 „ 18 Monday. 12 28 12 59 29 6 „ 19 Tuesday 1 36 2 11 29 2 „ 20 Wednesday 2 47 3 26 29 9 „ 21 Thursday 4 4 4 53 31 0
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PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. A meeting of the Pontypridd Local Board was held on Tuesday last, when there were present:— Messrs. D. Leyshon (chairman), Jam^s Roberto, John James, P. Gowau, T. Taylor, and D. Row- lands. Mr. Roberts asked what was the agreement with Mr. Daniel Williams with regard to his bakehouse at Trallwn-gardens.—The Surveyor replied that Mr. Williams had occupied his bakehouse without complying with the coriditions on which the plans were passed—namely, pulling down a certain wall. —Mr. Rowlands explained that Mr. Williams re- quired some compensation from the owners of the land for the number of yards which were to be taken down.—Mr. Taylor pointed out that Mr. Richards, the agent to Lady Llanover, had pro- mised to buy this land and widen the road, and he believed the Board would have to fall upon Mr. Richards first.—Mr. Roberts thought that Mr. Williams had committed himself by promising to take down the wall. — Mr. Gowan. however, believed the Board should hold Mr. Richards responsible, and the matter was then allowed todrop until Mr. Richards should attend the Board. Mr. Rowlands brought in a complaint from the Free Library Committee to the effect that the rubbish at the approach to the Library was becoming a nuisance and ought to be levelled down, more so for the convenience of the people whose backs abutted upon the approach, for at present they could not go in or out.—The Surveyor was instructed to see that this was done. The Surveyor in his report complained that tha Public Works Committee had given him no instruc- tions with reference to the Berw Bridge.—The Chairman said that the committee could not. decide at the time whether they would build a new pillar in the river or erect the bridge a few yards higher up than it was formerly. They found out that where the old pillar had been the rock in the river had been undermined by the stream, and there was a pool 30feet deep there; and it was a question whether Mr. Crawshay would allow them to make an approach at the place where it was in- tended to build the new bridge.—Mr. Rowlands said that he had it on good authority that Hr. Bassett, the owner of the land on the other side of the river, would have no objection whatever, and he thought it would be well if the surveyor would make an estimate of the work, and send copies to Mr. Bassett and Mr. Crawshay.—It was resolved that this should be done.—The Chairman pointed out that the Board, by erecting this bridge, would be opening up the property of the Messrs. Crawshay and Basset, and would be spending some thousands of pounds in doing so therefore, he believed it was only fair that they should approach the gentlemen named with a view of asking- them to contribute something towards erecting a good substantial bridge there.—Messrs. James RobertP John James, and D. Rowlands agreed, and it was resolved that this should be done. I An application from Mrs. Jones, of Trailwm. to bring out a certain building to the road was refused on the ground that by doing so the road, which was now hardly wide enough, would be much narrowed. It was explained by the Surveyor that the drains complained about at Havod, the owner of which was Mr. Parfitt, were being attended to, and would in a few days be in a proper condition. A letter was received from the City Surveyor complaining of the delay in carrying out the im- provements in the Merthyr-road, aud asking whether he could call upon the contractor to complete the same. — Mr. Roberts called the attention of the Board to the fact that some local authorities had applied to the County Coun- cil for the extra expenses incurred by them to keep the roads in order, and had obtained the excess, and he believed it would be a good thing if they applied for the same thing.—The Surveyor said that he had made an appointment to meet Conn- cillor Spickett with a view of carrying out Mr. Roberts' snggestion. -'r The Surveyor applied for instructions to adver- tise for tenders for a supply of stone for road pur- poses, and after a long discussion it was resolved that this should be done. and that in the meantime J the Surveyor should order five trucks of stone from Ludlow, Talybcnt, and Crickhowell for trial. It was also resolved to apply to the Gas Company for a reduction of £ 98 15s. 7d. on account of de- I ficiencv of gas during the past winter. Mr. Taylor asked whether they could not call 1 upon the Canal Company to raise their fences, 60 'i as to keep the children from danger.—The Chair- man said it was a question of private property, and that they might as well ask the company to rail the whole of the canal side. (Laughter.)— It was, however, agreed that a letter should be sent to the company pointing out the great danger which existed at Coed- penmaen, where a large number of children were I continually climbing to the t p of the wall, and ask them to guard this place against acc'dent. The Surveyor reported that the Pontypridd Steam Laundry Company had built an addition to their property without submitting a plan, and it was resolved that proceedings should be taken against them. The Inspector of Nuisances' report having been read; the proceedings terminated.