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UP TO DATE NOTES. BY PETER.] The Local Veto Bill is apparently dead and gone for the present, but I believe that it has only retired from public view for a short time, and that at no distant date the G overnment will See that the people will insist upon having the control of the liquor traffic in their own hands. -0- Those districts which are at present governed by bodies similarly constituted as the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board will rejoice at the action taken by the advanced Radical Party with regard to the Parish Council's Bill. It is apparent to all who follow closely Parliamentary procedure that at present Home Rule blocks the way. The Radical, or Progressive, Party, as they choose to call themselves, are anxious to see the people given the full benefit of the franchise, and the principle of governing themselves,. and so suggest that the j Home Rule Bill shall be disposed of as quickly as possible in order that pressing reforms for England and Wales might be pushed forward. The Parish Councils Bill is the principal measure they desire to see passed, and I think that their choice has been a wise one. Barry and the sur- rounding district will benefit by the passing of such a measure, and I am sure that many electors will welcome the passing of a Bill which will enable them to vote by ballot, and, I hope, con- scientiously. —o— Again the question of the County Magistracy is raised, and in all probability there will soon be a somewhat radical change brought about. In fact it is said that at an early date the announcement of considerable additions to the County Magis- trates may be expected in consequence of the recent resolution of the House of Commons. -o- I find that Captain W. M. Pengelley, hon. secre- tary of the Cardiff and Penarth branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, has just issued a circular giving details of a special committee meeting at which an important and interesting letter from the mayors of Manchester and Salford was read. After careful discussion of the commu- nication, it was resolved that,, with the object of largely extending the usefulness of the institution by inducing the public generally to take a greater interest in it, than is now the case, that gentlemen of position, including the mayor and deputy-mayor of Cardiff, and others comprising the influential members of the boards, etc., relating to the ship- ping trades, be respectfully invited to combine as members of this committee with the object of adopting such steps as may be deemed necessary to augment its funds. A public demonstration in Manchester realised a -sum of 15,500, and no less an amount than £18,000 was raised in Lancashire j and Yorkshire by the same means. The help of aU gentlemen interested is earnestly solicited, first by becoming a member of the committee, and after wards by assisting in organising a demonstration at Cardiff, so that the public may be thoroughly aroused, and that the result may prove as effectual for the benefit of the institution as it has done in the North of England. -0- Speaking of the great Local Veto Demonstration on Saturday last, a London newspaper says :—The temperance people showed on Saturday that they know how to organise and to carry out a vast demonstration. It is easy to find fault with this or that detail of the Local Veto Bill. It is impossible to deny that the drink question is one of the greatest and most pressing questions of the day. Indeed, no rational man can deny that if England, were made a sober country to-morrow a greater and more beneficial change would have been accomplished than if. any other reform were carried. -0- I "Jhe newly-elected Local Board at Porthcawl have apparently very ancient ideas respecting the position which the Press of to-day occupies as a I medium between the ratepayers and their repre- sentatives. If I am to believe what has been pub- lished, the Board have actually decided no't to admit the representatives of the Press to their meetings. I thought Porthcawl was a progressive district, but the authorities have shown that they are far behind the times. What are they afraid of that they should hold their meetings inside closed doors ? I hope 'the ratepayers will strongly protest against anything of the sort, a'nd plainly tell those who are elected to transact public business that they desire to know what takes place. -0- I find that the question of providing better telegraphic communication with South Wales has been raised again with determination in the House of Commons. The matter arose out of a question asked as to what progress had been made under the Telegraph Act, 1892, in the acquisition of the trunk lines of telephones from the companies in the construction of additional lines, and in the determination of the exchanges. It was stated I that considerable progress had been made, and the transfer of the trunk lines from the companies to the Post Office will not long be delayed. Progress has been made with the construction of main lines from London to South Wales.