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BRIDGEND NOTES. The success which has attended the new Liberal Club at Bridgend ought to encourage those Liberals in the other districts of the South Glamor- gan Division who may be contemplating the establishment of a similar organisation in their own localities. This is a good time of the year in which to initiate such clubs. There can be no doubt that the existence of a club, pledged to support and inculcate the principles of any political party, materially strengthens the hold which that party has upon the district of which the club forms a centre. It is stated that at Bridgend during the coming winter there will be several evenings devoted to lectures and debates, and these will doubtless prove a great source of attraction. What to do during the long winter evenings is a problem which puzzles many. Of course, to those wishful to perfect their education—or rather to increase their knowledge, for no man's education can be termed complete—the opportunities which will be afforded under the auspices of the County Council (and fortunately Bridgend has been chosen as one of the centres) will prove very welcome. But it not everybody who is ani- mated with any such desires, and even supposing that they were. many would still gladly avail themselves of the advantages which membership of a political club confers. One of the most essential matters to be looked after when forming a new club. is to endeavour to enlist the sympathy and support of the leading members of the party living in the neighbourhood, and in this respect the Bridgend Club has been exceptionally fortunate. All the leading gentle- men belonging to the party in the town have joined, and with such support, and an energetic and capable committee and staff, it might be said there is no reason why every district in the division should not have a Liberal Club. In these notes reference has occasionally been made to matters connected with the Glamorgan County Police, and as in any other occupation in which a large body of men are engaged, matters of interest in connection with the police are con- stantly cropping up. In the Bridgend district (under Mr. Superintendent Thomas) are now stationed a very large number of officers and men, and one who has lived in the district a long time, and has had ex- ceptional opportunities of witnessing the conduct of the men, has expressed an opinion to the effect- that a finer body of men than those now doing police duty in Superintendent Thomas' district it would be impossible to find. This being an admitted fact the future course of events will be watched by the public with interest. It is an open secret that before very long certain promotions in the county police may be expected, a.nd doubtless the Superintendent of this division will see that those serving under him who are qualified, and have good claims to promotion will not be overlooked. There is nothing which con- duces more to a good feeling in any force than the knowledge that men who have by long service, and an intelligent discharge of duty earned it will, as opportunity occurs, obtain promotion. Much satisfaction is expressed that the police have captured the man who committed the assault upon Miss David. The frequency with which such outrages are reported now-a-days seems to show that offences of that nature are becoming more common. Fortunate is it, therefore, when an offender of this description is brought to justice as the penalty inflicted upon those caught is generally of a nature to act as a warning to others. It may be, of course, that this class of offence is not more common, but that it is heard more of now than in former days owing to the greater publicity given to police-court cases by the Press than used to be the case in the good (?) old times. Those persons who may wish to be present in the Police-court at Bridgend must try in future to maintain order a little better than they have done in the past. Some of those who seem to be as regular in their attendance as the magistrates and the police seem to think they are at perfect liberty to comment upon the evidence as it is being given and to laugh at whatever strikes them as ludi- crous. Complaint has been made of this conduct, and those who are wise will take the hint and will behave better in future. The Bench have power to deal summarily with anyone who wilfully in- terferes with the order in court, and no doubt they will exercise it if any very flagrant case is brought before them.








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