LOCAL NOTES. One of our notes in our issue last week we find has conveyed an incorrect impression on Mr Blackmore's conduct in connection with his application for an increase of salary as librarian. We find that we have conveyed the impression that Mr Blackmore was unwilling to continue to act as librarian at a salary of £ 45. This is not so, although Mr Blackmore expressed him- self as not being satisfied with the amount of the increase which the Public Libraries Com- mittee fixed, he did not in any way state or imply that he would be unwilling to continue to act as librarian. As we find our comments of last week might be construed to mean this we hasten to make the matter perfectly clear. EARLY CLOSING. We are pleased to find that the shop assistants of the district have at last taken up the question. of early closing, and have organised themselves. Some time ago an effort was made to bring about a change, but after a time the movement died, as it were, a natural death. It is evident, from what we learn, that a more determined stand will now be made, and that with the object of bringing about a mutual and better understand- ing among the local tradesmen and their assist- ants the present Association, known as the United Closing League" has been formed. We wish the promoters every success, and hope that they will be able to render a service to the district. SCRIPTURE AT THE LOCAL BOARD SCHOOLS. The Barry School Board are doing well, in view of the future' as well as the present wel- fare of the young of the district, in teaching Scripture to the children in the different schools under their charge, and it is both interesting and hopeful to see the encouraging interest felt in the second annual examinations by the little ones on Saturday last. In express- ing our hearty sympathy with Scriptural in- struction in elementary schools, we must not be misunderstood, for it has been the uniform policy of the Star from the outset strongly to oppose the principle of sectarian religious teach- ing. The early training of a child in the way he should go in Scriptural matters is as desir- able, if not more so, even than instruction in secular subjects, and we consider the duty in this respect devolves upon the school authorities equally as imperatively as it does upon parents themselves. What has been, for instance, the effect of an exclusive system of secular education upon the morals of France ? One effect of materialism consequent upon the abolition of religion teaching in the French schools is that crime has gone up at least eight per cent., whilst the population has remained almost stationary. The same deplorable condition of things may, with equal reason, be looke i forward to among the youth of our country unless the example of our School Board is uniformly followed, and the child of the period is systematically the truths of the Bible and Bible history. BARRY THROUGH TRAINS TO CARDIFF. Considerable satisfaction was created amongst the public of the district by the intelligence exclusively published in the Star last week to the effect that that the Barry trains will commence running through to Cardiff on August Bank Holiday, and has given rise to a general concensus of opinion that the anticipation will be realised. The Evening Ej-prem, referring in its editorial notes to the announcement on the following day stated :—" It will be a decided boon when the public find themselves able to travel between Cardiff and Barry without change. The inter-communication between the towns is rapidly increasing, and with it the annoyance that springs from the present arrangement. The Great Western Riilwuy moves slowly, but we must must hope for the best, and that before long a change will be introduced which will be very grateful to a patient and long suffering public." SUNDAY CLOSING. Licensed victuallers will do well to ta^e notice of the remarks made by the chairman of the magistrates at Penarth on Monday last in a Sunday Closing case. It is of the greatest importance that the Act should be enforced and no violations allowed, nnd it is the duty of all licensed victuallers to tee that they take every reasonable precaution to nscertain the bona fide, of those who call at their houses for refresh- ments. The lucid manner in which the chair- man of the Bench laid down the law upon the subject was of the greatest interest to the parties concerned, and it will be well if pub- licans take a warning by it.
THE TRAMWAY TO BARBY ISLAND. THE UNDERTAKING TO BE PROCEEDED WITH. It is understood that as soon as the Barry Rail- way Company's Bill, now before Parliament, becomes law, the directors will proceed without delay with the construction of the proposed tram- way between Barry Railway Station and the Island, but whether the means of locomotion will be electricity, steam, or horse power, is not yet definitely known. In the event of the former, it may be pointed out that the company already possess facilities for generating a s,ipply of electricity amply sufficient for the purpose of illuminating the dock works, offices, kc. as well as for the contemplated tramway. .3.L.2-o
BARRY DISTRICT CHAMBER OF TRADE. VISIT OF THE FEDERATED CHAMBERS. A general meeting of the Barry District Cham- ber of Trade was held on Wednesday evening last ltt Harry's Restaurant, Barry Dock, when there was a good attendance of members, the chair being occupied by Mr D. T. Alexander, the president. Arrangements were made in view of holding the half-yearlay meeting of the Glamor- gan and Monmouth Federated Chamber of Trade rtt Cadoxton to-day (Thursday), the delegates and visitors, after being conducted over the district in the afternoon, to dine with the members and friends at the Market Hall, Barry, in the evening. The programme of arrangements for to-day's pro- ceedings is as follows :— I.-Arrive 12.30 at Cadoxton—To meet Delegates at Railway Station, and conduct them to Royal Hotel. L 2.-Lunch. 3.-Conference to commence at 1.30. QUESTION. (a) Railway Rates, introduced by the Aber- carn Chamber. (b) The need of better facilities to get from the Colliery Districts to the Sea Board, introduced by the president (Mr. D. T. Alexander). (c) The need of better through communica- cations from South Wale-, to London, introduced by the secretary (Mr. E. B. Smith-Jones). 4.-Proceedings to close at 3.30. 5.-Inspect the District—meet train at Barry end of the Dock at 4.30, returning to Barry Hotel at 5.50. 6.—Banquet at 6. The President urged the desirability of the attendance of members of the Barry Chamber at the conference of delegates in view of the dis- cussion on the subjects of the need of better facilities to get from the colliery districts to the sea board, and the need of better through com- munications from South' Wales to London. Other matters of detail were considered. THE BARRY CHAMBER'S ANNUAL OUTING. Mr. A. W. Newman brought forward the matter of the proposed holding of the annual outing of the members and friends of the Barry Chamber, and suggested that Chepstow and Tintern be visited this year, the former by sea as last year. The President recommended that Minehead be visited. It was resolved to discuss the matter at the nent meeting, a fortnight hence.
TO REFRESH THE INNER MAN. Visitors to the seaside or to a commercial centre like Barry are always anxious to know whether they can be well provided for. They always require to refresh the inner man. We can assure intended visitors to this district that they will find excellent fare and accommodation at either of the following :-Barry Hotel (Barry Station), Culley's Hotel, Barry Dock Ship Hotel, near Coldknap and Pebbly Beach Royal Hotel, near Common, Cadoxton; Wenvoe Hotel, Cadoxton Railway Station Whitchill Hotel, Recreation Grounds, Barry-road, Cadoxton Harry's Restaurant, Barry- road and Clearance Temperance Hotel, Holton- road.
ACCIDENT AT THE DOCKS. A serious accident occurred on Wednesday evening to a tipper named Paul, living atNewland- street, Barry Dock. It appears that the turn-table was being turued around, when his foot caught, and it was crushed so severely that he had to be taken home on a stretcher.
THE "GARRICK" DRAMATIC SOCIETY. TO THE EDITOH. DEAR SIR.—Vr'e have much pleasure, on behalt of the (rarricic Dramatic Society, in enclosing a copy of the balance-sheet of the first performance. For the benefit of your readers we would state that the amount forwarded docs not include any subscriptions from honorary members, hut is the proceeds of the performance itself. We relied entirely upon public support, the justice of our appeal, and the worthiness of the object to which we had decided to devote the proceeds. Our appeal was not in vain, and we, on behalf of the ¡. Garrick" Dramatic Society, would tender through you our sincere thanks to the very appreciative audience present on the 10th of May at the Theatre Royal, Cadoxton.—Believe us. Sir. yours kc., B. G. DA VIES. Chairman. L. THOMAS. Hon. Treasurer. F. W. CORNISH rr o A. S. HOLMES j IIon- Sscs- The balance-sheet is as follows :— RECEIPTS. & s. d. By sale of tickets far performance. 32 -1 8 Ditto programmes 0 ir> 1) Ditto books of plays 0 1 (> £ 33 1 0 EXPENDITURE. £ S. d. Cheque Book (I 1 0 Burkenshaw for Dresses. 3 4 0 Carriage of same to and from Liverpool () 1(; 4 Mr. Barnett for hire of Theatre 2 10 0 Copyright of Comedy." My Wife's Maid" 0 10 0 Sceneshifters—Krago 0 7 I) „ Wainwright 0 S 0 Hire of Piano 0 10 0 j5UOK" of Plays, per Mr. Willett. 0 5 6 Barry Billposting-Co. 0 16 0 Refreshments, Mr. L. Y. Owen 0 19 6 Mrs. Pomeroy. 0 6 6 Hire of Room for Rehearsals, etc 0 IS 0 Plants 0 3 9 Partition Removing 0 5 6 Loan of Furniture 0 8 5 South Wales Star Co. for Printing, kc. 4 0 0 Barry Dock Xem, .080 Secretaries Expenses 0 12 0 Expenses re Band Q 13 0 18 1 6 Balance sent to G.W. Colliery Disaster Fund (jperS.vrth Wale* Daily Sew*). 15 0 0 33 1 6 Audited and found correct, C. T. G. 8IXSMI rn, Physician Surgeon. B. G. Da vies, Chairman W. Lewis Thomas. Hon. Treasurer Alexander S. Holmes and F. W, Cornish, Hon. Sees.
PROPERTY SALE AT BARRY DOCK. An important sale of eighteen leasehold villa residences situate in Kingsland-crescent, Barry, Dock, was held on Wednesday evening at Culley's Hotel, Barry Dock. the auctioneer being Mr D. T. Alexander, of the firm of Messrs. Stephenson and Alexander, Cardiff, the solicitor to the vendors (the KIngshind-orcscent Land and Building Company) being Mr J. A. Hughes of Barry and Cadoxton. There was a good attendance, especially of the tenants occu- pying the different houses. The houses are let at 13s. and 10s. each, and the highest bids oh- tained for the lots disposed of varied from £ 250 to £ 3:0.
BARRY RAILWAY TRAFFIC. The official return for the week ending May 27 tli last shows that the average coaching was £ 472; goods, £ 142; minerals, £ 2,3(52; dock dres. &.c.. £ 2,996 making a total of £ 5.972 as against £ 6.883 for the corresponding week of last year.
ITEMS OF INTEREST RESPECTING BARRY. According to the recent report of the County Medical Officer of Health, Barry is in a better sanitary condition than any other town in the County of Glamorgan. The adoption of the Public Libraries Acts was carried in the Barry district by 5 votes to 1. There are few better tests of the intelligence and public spirit of a towh than the fact of whether these Acts are adopted or not. When the deep water lock is completed (i.e. early in 1894) Barry will be the only port in the British Channel, which can be entered at any state of the tide. Barry Dock is the largest single dock in the world, and the system of shipping coal adopted is the most modern, and best in this country. Whitmore Bay on Barry Island is one of the best bathing places in the Bristol Channel. There are no slums or insanitary districts in Barry. The Barry Company of Artillery Volunteers have for two years won the prize to the most efficient and smartest company in the Battalion. The Barry Detachment of Sub-Marine Miners is the best and smartest in the corps. There are 12 schools in Barry and only S public houses. The Barry Board Schools are second to none in buildings, school equ'p nent, and examination results.
ST. DAVID'S LODGE I.O.G.T. The ordinary weekly meeting of the above lodge was held in the Shaftesbury Temperance Hotil, Iddesleigh-street, Cadoxton, on Thursday last, and was very well attended. Bro. B. Lewis. Chief Templar, opened the lodge. Later on the District Chief Templar (Bro. J. J. M'Eachran. of Cardiff) arrived, and presided for the evening. The business having been disposed of. solos were rendered by Sisters L. Attwood. E. Davies, A. Jenkins, and Lewis, also by Bro. B. Lewis Bro. Fletcher T. Lewis also gave humorous read- ings Sister Holloway gave a pianoforte solo, and Sister M'Eachran recited Tennyson's Revenge' in an admireble manner. Sister M'Eachran is quite young, and there is but little doubt that she will eventually become a reciter of more than ordinary ability. Addresses were delivered by Bros. M'Eachran and Robins, and were much appreciated.
VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE. SEVERN VOLUNTEER DIVISION ROYAL ENGINEER'S SUBMARINE MINERS. BARRY DETACHMENT. Orders for the week en ling lOLh June, 1893 — On duty, Lance-Corpor.il Thomas. Drills as under Monday, 5th June .> At Drill-hail, Wednesday, 7th June > Barry, Friday, 9th June J at 7.45. p.m. It is not yet decided whether there will be a Water Drill at Penarthon.Saturda..r, the 3rd June. Special I I erders referring to this v ill be issued on Friday, the 2nd June, and will be prste 1 at Barry aryl Cadoxton. By Order, J. ARTHUR HUGHES, Lieut. S.V.D.R.E., Commanding Barry Detachment. Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. 1 Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters, Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. This preparation is a Purely Vegetable Remedy and is everywhere acknowledged to be the Best Tonic known and a specific for all SPRING AILMENTS, As it invigorates the system by bracing the nerves, purifying the blood, improving the appetite, and infusing new life and strength to those parts of the body which have been weakened by disease or any other cause. It is guaranteed to be entirely FHEE FROM MERCURY OR IRON, or any poisonous substance. Being entirely vege- table it cannot prove injurious to the most delicate persons, while its remarkable tonic properties com- mend it to all who suffer from any kind o.f weak- ness. Gwilym Evafts' Quinine Bitters. Gwilym Evans' Quinine Litters. Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. g Gwilym Evans' Quinine Hitters. THE VEGETABLE TOXIC. Each tablespoonfnl of these Bitters contains a full dose of Quinine, and a suitable quantity of the active principles of the following well-known medicinal herbs Sarsaparilla. Gentian, Burdock, Saffron, Lavender, and Dandelion, combined in most happy proportions, and concentrated in a pure state, as well as being scientifically prepared to he suitable to all ages, at all seasons of the year, and forming a Tonic Bitters positively unequalled. It is unanimously recommended by all who have tried it for all symptoms of NERVOUSNESS, INDIGESTION, LIVER DISORDERS, CHEST AFFECTIONS, And all kinds of WEAKNESS. Hundreds of Testimonials are received vearlv, testifying to its great efficacy in the above Ailments and its superiority over ail other remedies. WEAKNESS. NERVOUSNESS. GIDDINESS. INDIGESTION. GWILYM EVANS' BITTERS. For all Symptoms of Indigestion. Use Gwilym Evan*' Bitters. For Debility in every Form, Use Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. For Liver Complaints, Use Gwilym Evans' Bitters. For Nervourness and Weakness. Use Gwilym Evans' Quinine Bitters. For Depression of Spirits, Use G wilym Evans' Bitters. GWILYM EVANS' BITTERS. THE BEST REMEDY OF THE AGE. FRAUDULENT COUNTER FEITS. We are particularly anxious to caution the public against the attempts of some members of the Trade to pass substitutes, or even counterfeits, of our preparation. Ask plainly for GWILYM EVAXS' QUININE BITTERS, and see that the name GWILYM Ev AXS is on the label, stamp, and bottle. Every bottle sent out of the laboratory is prepared according to his recipe and under his direct management. Sold by all Chemist in Is. 1M" 2s. 9d.. and 4s. 6d. Bottles, or direct from the Proprietors, carriage paid, by Parcels Post. QUININE BITTERS CO., LLANELLY. American Depot :—Mr. D. R. WILLIAMS, Pharmacist, Plymouth, Penn.
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-m_ BARRY. THE visit of the Federated Chambers of Trade to Barry is a fitting opportunity of a few remarks on the Town and Port of Barry. There are several ways of looking at a town, and we propose to briefly take the following standpoints—viz. (1) Barry's municipal life, (2) Barry as a commercial town, and (3) 'Barry as a residential town. BARltY'S MUNICIPAL LIFE. One of the great secrets of the success of Britons in every part of the globe has been their capacity for managing their own affairs. The corporate existence of many of our great towns, such as Birmingham, Manchester, &c., are models of energy, enterprise, and business -capacity. Fortunately for England, the most capable of her citizens are nearly always found ready to undertake the arduous and thankless work of managing the public affairs of their town. Barry has proved no exception to this rule. There has always been keen competition for all vacant seats on the local authorities, and the greatest interest in publ'c elections. The Local Board has during the last five years done an enormous amount of work. There is now an excellent main drainage system, with which almost every house in the district is connected. Private improvements have been carried out in a large number of streets, and theý are being rapidly proceeded with in all those cases where they have not already been -done. Four or five main roads (amounting altogether to eight or ten miles) have been widened and improved. Trees have been planted in the main roads and street cross- ings provided. The Public Libraries Act has been adopted and there are now about 1,000 I books in the library, and three public reading rooms well supplied with papers and magazines. A public slaughterhouse has been opened, and land obtained for the provision of a public market, when necessary. Dr. Williams, the "County Medical Officer of Health, in his recent report to the County Council, gives Barry the first place in the county from a sanitary point of view. The Local Board have during the -present session of Parliament successfully pro- moted a Bill for the purchase of the gas and water undertakings in their district. In this, as in their other work, the Local Board have proved themselves thoroughly alive to the re- sponsibility and requirements of modern corpo- rate life. Nor has the Barry School Board been behind hand. The schools in the district are constructed in the most modern and approved form, and the Board's curriculum includes ,everything which is taught in the Board Schools of our large towns. The sum of JE600 has been collected, and a site secured for the erection of-an Intermediate School near the Buttrills, Barry, which will accommodate 70 boys and 30 girls. Art and Science Classes, under the rules of South Kensington, are held during the winter months, and are under the control of the Public Libraries Committee. The Burial Board have provided and laid out a. beautifully situated cemetery, and have recently erected a chapel at a cost of £ 1,000. The Board are at present arranging for addi- tional land to enlarge the cemetery if necessary. All through Barry local public life runs the same key note—belief in the future of Barry. It is in the future, when Barry has grown into a. large town, that the wisdom of those who shaped its destiny in its youth, will be fully justified. BAlmy AS A COMMERCIAL TOWN. Barry owes its existence as a town to the con- struction of Barry Dock. It is needless to repeat here the well-known story of the great Parliamentary fight which finally resulted in the passing of the Bill and the making of the dock. The dock and railways have proved an unqualified success. Barry has great advantages over Cardiff as a port. The sea approach, to Barry Dock is remarkably easy owing to the absence of any rocks or shoals. There is a depth of 2G feet at low water at spring tides within 700 yards of the dock entrance, whereas at Cardiff and Penarth a similar depth of water is not reached within 3 miles and 2t miles 2 -respectively. The dock is the largest single dock in the world, and is 73 acres in extent. There are 21 coal tips, all of the most modern and improved type. There 12,540 are yards of quay wall, and 30 cranes for unloading ballast, timber, &c. The whole of the dock is lit by electric light, and all the tips, &c., are worked by hydraulic power.. There are two large dry -do^ks, each capable of berthing four vessels, the one being the property of a very successful graving dock company and the other being a commercial dry dock, and belonging to the Barry Railway Company. There is immediately to the east of the dock a large timber pond and a very considerable amount of timber has recently been imported to Barry Dock. The Barry Railway Company have success- fully promoted a bill in the present session of Parliament (which has passed both Houses and is only waiting for the Royal assent) for the construction of a new dock of about 50 acres, which will be made on the enclosed piece of land east of the present dock, and south of the timber pond. By the same bill they have also taken power to make the Vale of Glamorgan 'Railway from the Bridgend coal valleys to Barry Dock. From what we can gather there seems ✓ to be every likelihood of the directors, contrary to general expectation, going on with these works at once. The construction of the deep water lock will be completed in six or eight months. Thi<! will enable any ship to enter or leave Barry Dock at any time of the tide. Barry will be the only port in the Bristol Channel where this can be done, and it is diffictiltto fully realize the importance of this work. It will certainly prove of the greatest advantage to Barfy, and it may possibly revolutionize the trade of the Bristol Channel. So far there have been no works or factories at Barry. One obstacle has been the hardness of the water supply. Now, however, that the Local Board have purchased it, there is every probability of steps being taken to soften it, and render it suitable for supplying works. Ow;ng to the fact that too many houses had been erected, the town has recently been passing through a period of severe depression. In every rapidly growing town the building trade is always liable to great ups and downs. First of all there is a great demand for houses, rents are high, and houses spring up in all directions, and when the supply is equal to the demand, unfortunately builders do not as a rule stop, but go on building fresh houses then suddenly it is found that there are more houses than are needed. All building stops and a large proportion of the population who have been connected with the building trade seek fresh fields and pasture new, with the result that there is a still greater number of houses empty. This is what has occurred in Barry, but the houses are now gradually being filled up7 and if the new works contemplated by the Company are commenced, there will not be. sufficient houses in the town for the population It is a well-known fact that 10,000 persons follow every one million tons of coal, and according to this, the population of Barry should be 50,000, and it is only owing to to the fact that Barry is so near Cardiff, and that a large amount of purely Barry business is done in Cardiff, that the population is not double what it is at present. In the future, however, when there are through trains between Barry and Cardiff (which will probably be the commencement of August), Barry will profit very considerably from the fact that it is neaa Cardiff, as a large number of inhabitants at Cardiff will undoubtedly make Barry their home, going into business every day by train. This brings us to our third view of Barry, namely BARRY AS A RESIDENTIAL TOWN. When once the trains run through from Barry to Cardiff, it will be a very easy matter for anyone having business in Cardiff" or in Cardiff Docks to live at Barry, and inasmuch as Cardiff is not a pleasant or a healthy town in which to reside, there is certainly a very good future before Barry as a residential town. The position of Barry is very much in its favour. The town is built on rising ground looking over the sea, and at a bend of the Bristol Channel, the result being that the channel is practically on the east, south, and west of Barry. The natural beauties of Barry are also great, and in another column we have some account of the charms of Porthkerry Park, Barry Island, and Sully. To the west of Barry lies the fertile and beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. During the last year or two Barry has also seen provision made in the way of amusements. There are several flourishing cricket clubs, and still more flourishing football clubs there are also two tennis clubs, one at each -end of the district, and a very successful boating club, witli excellent boat:ng in Barry Harbour. A quoit club has been established, and there are two volunteer corps in the district, one being a company of the Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers, and the other a detachment of Severn Sub- Marine Miners; there is also some talk of starting a company of rifle volunteers. The death rate at Barry has always been very low, even at a time when there was no proper sanitary control over the district, and now that the district is in an excellent sanitary condition, the death rate should be still lower. There are absolutely no slums at Barry. The water supply although very hard for washing purposes, is all that can be required for '.dietetic purposes, and the recent drought which has lasted over three months, and greatly effected the water supply of most towns in this country, but it has not even commenced to effect the water supply at Barry. The Water Company have not found it necessary to puimp at night or on Sundays, and the well from which the water is obtained, is in almost exactly the same condition as it was before the drought commenced. The construction of the Vale of Glamorgan, Railway will tend to make Barry still more desirable as a residential town. It "will then be a easy matter to proceed to Bridgend and the west of Wales as it is now to go to Cardiff. DRINK AND IMMORALITY AT BARRY. Statements of an ex-parte and highly preju- dicial character having been made in certain quarters during the past week or two with reference to the relations of the members of the local police force and shebeening in the dis- trict, a representative of the Star waited upon Inspector Rees, the chief officer of police in the district, one day this week, and in course of conversation elicited from him a statement explanatory of the circumstances of the alleged attitude of indifference between himself and the men under his charge towards the demoralising trades referred to. Inspector Rees explained that he had been informed of the nature of the allegations made against him and his staff by the Rev. J. Honey and other members of the local Temperance Council. These allegations, he stated most emphatically, were utterly devoid even of a tittle of foundation. On the con- trary. with regard to the degree to which shebeening is indulged in at present, Mr. Rees declares he has ascertained, as the result of careful inquiry and investigation, that not 25 per cent. of illicit trading is now carried on in the district compared with when it was so ram- pant in our midst two or three years ago. She- II beens,he went on, are not now required in the district; in fact, they cannot be conducted at a profit because of the large number of so-called legal clubs, which are a far greater evil than the shebeens ever were in their most prolific times. In the case of shebeens, Inspector Rees said "I can form my suspicions, watch a certain house on one Sun- day, obtain a warrant for the following Sunday, and in most cases secure a conviction. But in the case of clubs, we have no power of entry whatever. Mr. Honey says the police are doing nothing in the direction of checking the drinking evil. It is not for me, as a police officer, to inform Mr. Honey what we are doing, more than to say that he is entirely wrong and altogether groundless in the accusations he raises against us. If Mr. Honey and his friends are dissatisfied, why do they not exercise manliness by coming to the police-station and inform us as to how they consider we are in error, and not rush into print over it. He says shebeens are numerous. If that is so, why has he not given us some- information about them, and not make accusations which he will not dare to substantiate ? These are strong remarks from the lips of our police-inspector, but if true they are perfectly warranted. Dealing with the matter of public prostitution' in the streets, Inspector Rees informed our representative (and the same information was echoed an hour or two afterwards by a leading temperance gentleman at Barry Dock) that in this respectobarry is not nearly so bad as many other seaport towns. I "Wherever you find sailors congregating in large numbers, there you will find prostitutes," added the latter gentleman. "Whenever the local police discover females misconducting themselves on the streets they at once interfere, but) Mr. Honey must bear in mind that every woman he meets is not to be considered a prostitute. This being so the police are placed in a very difficult position, and evidence of misbehaviour must clearly present itself before anything in the form of interference can be resorted to. With regard to houses of ill-fame, Inspector Rees explained that whenever dis- covered information is at once given to the owner or to the agent of the property, and steps are taken to turn the people out of the pro- perty, this having been done in the case of one family no less than four times lately. The hands of the police are tied at Barry. In Cardiff the Borough Act gives the police power to watch and enter suspected houses, but not Barry. This is not the case. The remedy lies in the hands Of Mr. Honey and his co-moralists, for any two respectable inhabi- tants may at any time come forward and volunteer evidence leading to the conviction of brothel-keepers. Mr Honey evidently knows the law on the matter, and why has he not taken this course long ago ? Now that the public are in possession of both sides of the question, the circumstances of which have naturally greatly agitated the public mind of the district of late, we feel confident a full and fair discussion of the subject will take place at the meeting of the Barry District Temperance Council to be held this evening (Friday), at the Bible Christian Chapel, Barry Dock.