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the Barry Board School, but Mr. Thomas was again to the front, and informed the meeting -that the Board could not interfere with private property. OUR SCHOOL BOARD. There was a time in the history of Barry and Cadoxton when the School Board had a very dignified name, and its meetings were conducted in a strictly Parliamentary manner. We fear that if things continue for any lengthened period as they are at present that it will be found necessary to deal in a somewhat stern way with those who take part in the debates and affairs connected with the education and the training of the young. The last two meetings of the School Board for this district have by no means been of a dignified character, and we trnst that a change will now be made,- the sooner the better. BARRY RATEPAYERS ON THE ALERT. We must certainly congratulate the ratepayers of the Barry Ward for the able manner in which they conducted their meeting on Monday evening. It was called, we understand, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the forth- coming Local Board Election, and while the attendance was not large we feel sure that good .11' will result from such assembly. Although there was alittle cross fire," those present kept their temper in an admirable manner, and a casual observer would scarcely have believed that the subject under discussion was that of an election. For once in a while politics were thrown on one side, and the keynote of the assembly appeared to be, how can we best serve the interests of the ratepayers." With regard to the candidates put forward we don't propose to deal just now, but we are bound to give those gentlemen credit for the way in which they gave their views to the meeting. Perhaps they were a little shy, if we may use the word, bat the excitement of an approaching election will no doubt invigorate them, and in the near future we shall, find them more at home upon a public platform. It was the main principle, and not dry details, which the meeting asked for, and they got them. We trust that we shall see the other wards following suit, and that the several candidates selected will have the courage to face a public meeting, and tell the ratepayers what they propose to do if elected. IN INTERESTS OF FAIR-PLAY. There is a feeling abroad that those who seek honours upon a public body should do so at their own expense. Quite so, but have the ratepayers any desire that the members of the Local Board shall be out of pocket in dis- charging their duties ? We believe not. Just now there has been a great to-do about the cost of the deputation to London respecting the cholera scare and precautious, and in conse- quence of remarks which have fallen the Local Board have decided to stipulate what sum in the future delegates shall be allowed. We quite agree with such a policy, and in the future any gentleman acting in his official capacity for the Board will clearly understand what he is to receive, and can then pleased himself whether he accepts the appointment or not. It is by no means just to except that business-men will go away from the locality on the Board's business just because they are desired to do so. It is quite a different thing to transacting the ■ business at home. We certainly think that too much has been made of the recent trip of mem- bers of the Local Board to London, and be- lieve that it would have been well to have given the deputation clearly to understand before they started that their expenses were not to exceed a certain amount. We trust that in the future the ratepayers will not be made acquainted with a repetition of such matters. BARRY'S FIRST STATUE. Barry has had its first public Statue unveiled, and' in it we see a splendid piece of chiselled history. The name of Mr. David Davies is as familiar in our mouths as household words. To the inhabitants of South Wales he was known more by his commercial genius than by his political, social, or religious character, but so far from being a man of local interest only he was one of the most honourably distinguished of Cambria's sons." Pre-eminently a self-made man he has left a remarkable individuality behind him, and one of which Wales may justly be proud. The spirit in which he went through his early struggles, his unfaltering tenacity of purpose, were linked to such thorough conscientiousness that one is forced not only to respect but to admire. Force of character and unquestionable ability were not separated as they too often are, but on the contrary went hand in hand. Many a man has started life as Mr. Davies did, intent upon the achievement in spite of gigantic obstacles-obstacles calculated to make even the strong to waver—but to few, to very -few, is it permitted to realise their dream. Mr. Davies wrestled with Fortune until She smiled upon him, and his life is the record of the Top-sawyer who became the Colliery Proprietor and Millionaire. In his bearing and habits he was most unconven- tional practical almost to uncouthness, some would say but in and through all his idiosyncracies -in themselves very interesting—the sheen of the true diamond might easily be seen by the discern- ing eye. His was the mastermind that grasped -great generalities rather than the analytical. His ideas were always in the concrete form, and he never affected a love for the mere abstract. He .asked for a sword rather than a pen, and never objected to stoop to pick up information-a trait which endeared him to many. His connection with the Barry Railway Company has been so intimate, so interwoven, that it would be im- possible to separate his influence from it. One of the pioneers of the Barry undertaking, he was the leading spirit of that band of determined men who fought through the memorable Parlia- mentary-campaign, when every step they took was fiercely contested by what can only be referred to as a phalanx of combined opposition of the most deadly order, when, finally, victory was gained at the point of the bayonet. Mr. Davies was in the thick of the fight-a source of inspiration to all engaged in it. The roar of the artillery might have been so much music to him. He had the enthusiasm of a young man of 30. This was his Home Rule Bill, and he was the G.O.M. at the helm. He saw an El Dorado in Barry Dock, swhioh wottld be at once the most unmistakable of protests against monopoly, and the source of a dividend which would more than compensate the promoters for the struggle and loss they experienced in getting it. But hs did not live long to see how unerring his judgment has subsequently proved On the day of the opening of the Dock if there was a justly proud and happy man on earth it was Mr. David Davies. When on that occasion he shook hands with the Solicitor of the company, it just suggested a local Wellington and Blucher after their Waterloo. No wonder, therefore, that when death came to their most veteran leader the Barry directors and shareholders sought to perpetuate his memory in the shape of a Statue. We are told that the evil which men do lives after them, and that the good is oft interred with their bones, but happily we contrive sometimes to perpetuate the good. Mr. Davies lives," as Lord Windsor felicitously said on Friday last, in our hearts and in our minds," Yes, his mind commanded, and his heart endeared. Behind the brilliance there was character, side by side with the commercial in- stinct there was profound religious feeling and true philantrophy-a philanthropy well-know throughout the Principality, and characterised alike by keen judgment and broad sympathy. To him kind hearts were more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood. As he stands upon his pedestal, commanding a view of the Dock, how easily to imagine him a Talisman whose ideas we may coneult from time to time.