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LOCAL BOARD ELECTION. 0\11> BARRY TAKES THE LEAD. MEETING OF RATEPAYERS. The first sound of the coming fray has reached us, and the approaching Local Board election promises to be of an interesting character. In response to the call given by means of handbills, a number of ratepayers of the Barry Ward assembled in the Parish-hall on Monday evening, with the distinct undertaking that a candidate should be selected in their interests. Captain Whall, who made a capital chairman, in opening the proceedings, pointed out that when he was approached, as one of the trustees of the building, for its use for a public meeting, he was pleased to be able to let it, and he was given to understand that the assembly was not to be of a denominational character, or on behalf of any particular party. He was told it was to be a perfectly OPEN RATEPAYERS' MEETING. The business before the meeting was the nomina- tion of a candidate for the approaching election for the Barry Ward, and he presumed, as things were at present in Barry, that they wanted a gentleman to represent them who was thoroughly independent—not dependent upon any particular party-who had the courage of his opinions, and would do what he could for the ratepayers. (Ap- plause.) At the last ratepayers' meeting they had an example of what the working men could do if they would only stick together. They could carry anything they wished. He believed that if the working men present would make a good selection that night they would be able to carry their candidate. He hoped and firmly believed that they would all act in an open and thoroughly independent manner. GETTING INTO SHAPE. Upon the motion of Mr. E. S. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Money, it was decided that Mr. Thorne take the minutes of the meeting. A SERIOUS MATTER. Mr. Found thought that a certain amount of seriousness should be brought into the meet- ing. It really had no legal basis, but was called in order that a mutual arrangement might be made in order that a gentleman should be selected to represent the district of Barry at the Local Board election. It was not a question of what were the present qualification for the office as much as the future capabilities of the man they seleoted to represent them. His object in speaking was to call their attention to the desirability of selecting not only a man who had a large amount of personal interest in the district, but one who would be ready to exercise himself for the benefit of the district generally. (Applause.) It did not matter whether he had been in the dis- trict one, two, or three years. They should select the best man they possibly could to represent them. (Applause.) He had not come there to advocate the interests of the Barry or any other Company, but, a3 he understood that Mr. John Robinson was leaving the district, and would lose all interests in the company, he thought that a company who paid more than half the rates of the district should' be fairly represented. THE FIRST NOMINATION. Mr. Taylor, of Romilly-road, then proposed, as a I suitable candidate, Mr. H. C. Griffin, 23, Windsor- road. The proposer pointed out that he spoke in the interests of the ratepayers of the whole dis- trict, and believed that Mr. Griffin would make a geod representative. He had had considerable ex- perience in Local Board matters, having been clerk to a Local Board authority, and was in a position to qualify himself for the honour which would be conferred upon him. (Applause.) Mr. Howell seconded. ANOTHER CANDIDATE. Mr. Money proposed the name of Mr. Milward, of Barry Deck. That gentleman was well known in the district, and had stood for the Local Board at the last election. He was a practical man, and had been clerk of works upon several jobs. Mr. H. Davies enquired whether Mr. Milward was qualified for the ward, which exteaded as far as Ilolton Farm. In reply to questions, Mr. Money said he bad asked Mr. Milward whether he was prepared to stand as a eandidate, and while that gentlemen declined to give a decisive answer, he had given permission for his nomination. Mr. W. Thomas, upon being appealed to, stated that Mr. B. Lewis was the retiring member for the ward. Mr. Collins said he had heard on good authority that Mr. Lewis did not wish to be elected for their ward. Mr. Thomas believed that that matter was not difinitely settled. Mr. E. Johnson considered it advisable to have a resident representative in that ward. He was sure there were plenty of able gentlemen present. It was a most important ward, and they should have a gentleman upon whom they could call without having to walk a mile or two. Mr. Davies asked for the names of the retiring members. Mr. W. Thomas said Mr. G. Thomas retired for the South Ward, Mr. Barstow the East Ward, Mr. J. Jewel Williams the North Ward, and Mr. B. Lewis the Barry Ward. Mr. H. Davies proposed Mr. Paterson. Mr. R. Medhurst seconded. Mr. Farr nominated Mr. John Butcher, but there was no seconder. Mr. Arnold proposed that the name of Dr. Kelly should be put forward. Dr. Kelly declined, believing that there were already quite sufficient doctors on the Local Boards. He hoped that they would select a man who would hold himself aloof from clinque or corners of every description. (Applause.) He desired to see a man elected who would always keep in view the interests of the working-classes, tradespeople, landed proprietors, together with those of the Baary Company, upon which they were to a great extent dependant for their liveli- hood. Such a man should work harmoniously with them all. QUESTIONS. A question arose as to whether the meeting should ask the candidates questions, and ultimately Upon the proposition of Mr. Burgess, seconded by Mr. J. Thomas, it was decided that each candi- date should address the meeting, and that questions should be afterwards put through the Chairman. The name of Mr. Davies, Barry Hotel, was also mentioned but that gentleman declined. THE VIEWS OF THE CANDIDATES. 'Mr. Griffin was the first to address the meeting, and after thanking those present for his nomina- tion, said he had been connected with the district for seven or eight years, and had taken a great interest in its welfare. He had spent money there, but if they could find a better man to represent them he would most willingly give way. He was aware that the rates of the district were heavy, and he would do his best to keep down the taxation. (Applause.) He would be fair to all and act with an independent spirit, having no connection with either one party or the other. He had interests in each of the three districts, and had been connecte j with Local Board matters for many years. H promised that he would do his best for everyon in the district. Mr. Paterson thought the time had arisen when the ratepayers of Barry should take a little inte- rest in their own aifairs-(applause)-hecause the rise in the rates naturally made them look round. He was a working man, and would do all in his power if elected to make all contracts pre- pared by the Local Board to be passed upon the principle adopted by the London County Council. (Applause.) After referring to the brains possessed by the working classes, the candidate remarked that he would endeavour to get all the Local Board meetings held in the evening, and would work in the interests of the ratepayers. Mr. W. Thomas here informed those present that all meetings of the Local Board were held in the evening, with the exception of oae hell once a month in the afternoon, POINTED QUESTIONS. In reply to questions both candidates stated that they were not connected with any land syndicates, and were in favour of the private roai, near Barry Railway Station, being xaken over by the Local Board. The latter reply brought up Mr. W. Thomas, who stated that the Local Board had already done all they could to open up the road. Replying to other questions, both candidates said they had ample and sufficient time to devote to the duties of the Board. They were also in favour of paying the Trade Union rate of wages, and recognising society hours. They were also opposed to sub-letting. Mr. Griffin added that he believed in keeping all possible trade in the district. He would rather pay £ 5 more for job than it should go out of the place. To send work away when it could be done here was penny wise and pound foolish. VOTING. Upon the names being put to the vote the result was as follows :— For Mr. Griffin 22 „ Mr. Paterson 11 Majority 11 Mr. Griffin returned thanks, but it was decided not to ask the meeting to pledge its support to any particular candidate. The meeting closed with a vote of thauks to the Chairman.