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BARRY BURIAL BOARD AND ITS BUSINESSLIKE WORK- IN G-MAN MEMBERS. A PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT AND THE PROPOSED URINAL. To the Editor of the BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIlt,-Were it not for the fact that I am one of the poor unfortunate ratepayers who have to pay the piper as a result of the idiocrasies of some of our local governing bodies, the reports which ap- pear monthly in your columns of the proceedings of the Barry District Burial Board would provide fairly funny reading. The members of the Trades' Council claim that they have at last been able to swamp the Burial Board with a preponderance of members from their own ranks, and, judging from what I consider to be the idiotic manner in which they transact public business, I am inclined to believe that the pockets of the ratepayers would benefit very considerably if some of these working- man members were to exercise a little of that virtuous commodity—common sense. Passing over Mr Copp's scheme for the abolition of wooden headstones," I would like the attention of your readers to be drawn to the extraordinary manner in which the Burial Board have just coped with the question of providing an urinal at the cemetery. The task was, of course, a formidable one, especially for a body of working-men, and the first step they, therefore, took was to appoint a professional architect to prepare plans and specifications for an expenditure which, I am told, will not fall far short of £140 or :£150. Possibly the next step on the part of this august body, the members of which are elected on the principle of back-door suffrage" at packed meetings in the parish school- room, will be, no doubt, to secure the services of a civil engineer for grave-digging purposes. I am not surprised, in these circumstances, that Mr Clark's motion to have the accounts of the Board published was so promptly vetoed by a majority of. the members present, for it is evident under such glaring conditions as these, that the ruling majority are piously averse to the contributing public being informed as to the lavishness, not to say levity, with which the public funds are wasted by the Burial Board. Thanking you for permitting me to appear in public in this form.-I am, sir, yours, etc., A RATEPAYER.

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