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-.r<r..J.1ó .L. shall have to possess our souls in patience for a few weeks before the decision of my Lords will be known. But that it will be unfavour- able to the Local Board, judging by the mass of of evidence brought forward, is hardly likely. THE ALLEGED SUB-LETTING OF LOCAL CONTRACTS. The discussion at the Public Works Com- miitee of the Local Board with reference to the alleged sub-letting of contracts has not, as yet, got much forrarder." At the present moment it is practically in abeyance, for the Board 'alld the Trades' Council are unable to agree upon the question whether the agreement between them has been broken or not. H is true that the Board has passed a resolution against the sub-letting of local contracts, and with this ctep we entirely agree. But we would suggest to Mr. Bees that the Trades' Council might ask them to go still further. The London County Council have 'ided that all contrac- tors must only deal witii those employers who pay a fair rate of wages. Cannot the Trades' Council ask the Local Board to pass a similar resolution ? If they do—and there seems no reasouf to doubt that the Local Board would accept the suggestion, if made in a friendly I spirit-there would be an end of the bickerings { of the past week or so. I THE PURCHASE OF THE GAS AND WATER 1 "WORKS. 1 It would appear that we are threatened with ^opposition on the part of some of the rate- payers to the proposals of the Local Board to Wpply for permission to promote a Parliamentary 3ill next Session for the purpose of acquiring \he gas and water works. That the policy of he Board is a wise one no one will deny, look- pg at the fact that several northern towns 'tve reaped much profit by following similar )unsels. Tis true that at the outset the nount seems rather large still it must be rne in mind that 'this district is a growing te, and that the expenditure now will be fully :ouped, probably in the near future. There )ne point which ratepayers would do well to ',r in mind. The meeting to be held to-night tiday) is -to approve of the draft Bill to be fnitted, as it is necessary that two such ftings should be held. If the resolution to iibmitted is not passed at the meeting the 1 osal will, of course, be relegated to the ■ijid distant future. If this is done then xpense which has been incurred will be as lost as if it had been thrown into the sea. |fore those ratepayers who are deeply isted in. the subject should by all means 4 the meeting in order that a decisive vote taken. i-I THE VOLUNTEERS. many years now since the Sage of wrote that "all loyal British men ^a,ever should thoroughly learn the art of ^30(^g arms and executing commandments." a'ice given by Carlyle has happily been folloy?^ with the result that now we have a citizen rmy 0f which all of us should be proud. Really speaking the volunteers are well worthy suppoj.^ and it is with a feeling of pride that amphy are welcomed. Therefore the prognostications of Sergt- Major Atkins relative to the cup presented by Sir E. J. Reed, M.P., for the company who takes the most money in prizes, all will hope to see fulfilled. At the present moment it is a bit too previous to say that for the second time in succession the 11th Company of the Second Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers has won, but those behind the scenes are inclined to think that they' are the first favourites. They have certainly striven bard to secure the coveted honour, and if they are disappointed it will not be for want of trying. LOCAL FRIENDLY SOCIETIES. The advantages of thrift have been so often dinned into the ears of the working man that nowadays they are becoming doubtless a trifle monotonous. Yet, though it is harsh criticism, they can never be repeated too often, for the tendency of some people is to be reckless in their expenditure. This being the case, it is gratifying to learn that the Windsor Lodge of the MrvnTn°uthsh' and South Wales Order of r>" ■ d at Barry Dock a year ago, ..sful. There are not as yet, it members numerically speaking, t oenefits of the society are known, that they will increase. At all xjodge can congratulate itself upon at it has in the plain-spoken words of tary (Brother Watkins), 42 "good /.at members." Friendly societies re- j 1 tiÐn of this stamina not those individuals I ff; to make what they can out of a new I taent and then leave it in the lurch. May a.nd the numerous other societies of a similar [ are go on and prosper, for a thrifty nation is redly better than a spendthrift one. B. LEWIS, AND THE SOUTH WALES STAR." are sorry to find that Mr. Lewis has been oy the notes which appeared in our issue 'ortnight ago. Mr. B. Lewis is a share- j and has been a supporter of the Star ice it was foundfc^g^nd we should be Y, in any way, to cause him annoyance. \e disagreed with him in his recent fI 1%1 the School Board, and we ex- ? )Ut' disapproval as forcibly as we are afraid that the force and energy fwiition to. his conduct in reference to -o School Board may i • "X some of our I personal I ► • Mr. | ] r i f

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