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IS THE GROWTH OF BARRY TOWN A HEALTHY ONE ? THE announcement published by us last week of the intention of the Barry Railway Com- pany to proceed with the construction of their new dock will undoubtedly have the effect of giving a material additional impulse to the building trades in the district. Whether this is a desirable effect of the enterprise of the company we do not know. It is, however, unquestionable that there are at present many scores of vacant houses 'within the township of Barry, many of which have never been occupied; and it is equally evident that the number of shops already erected is large enough to accommodate the wants of a population nearly twice the magnitude of that which already exists. Speculators and money-lenders, should, therefore, be carefully on their guard for some time to come not to create a repetition of the folly which was committed about two years ago of permitting the inundation of the district with building property which, being in greater part un- occupied, has never proved productive to investors nor remunerative to the local rates. In offering a word of caution in this way we are confident our motives will not be misinter- preted. We have all along entertained the utmost confidence in the continued growth and prosperity of Barry, but as we have indicated there is the serious danger of over-produc- tion of building property overhanging and threatening what should otherwise prove the 0 healthy growth of the thriving community of which the Barry Docks are the centre. BARRY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. THE contract for the erection of an Inter- mediate School for the Barry district has at last been signed, and the work will be commenced as soon as the contractor, Mr H. J. Money, has received instructions from the ) architect. The work which the local com- mittee have had to accomplish in order to arrive at this satisfactory issue has not been altogether plain-sailing. In almost every other instance throughout the county sites for the erection of intermediate schools have been presented by different generous land- owners, but at Barry the land has had to be bought and paid for before arrangements for the construction of the building could be concluded with the county authorities. Not- withstanding this, however, no time has been lost by the Barry committee, and the contract for the building has become an established fact, even in advance of several places in Glamorganshire where similar difficulties had not to be encountered. This speaks well of the business capacity and determination of the Barry local committee, and we hope that the next step which is to be taken will be equally successful, that of securing the services of the Right Hon. Lord Windsor to perform the ceremony of laying the founda- tion stone of the important structure. The success of the Intermediate School for Barry is already practically assured, for the strides which education has made in the district during the past few years has been remark- able, and by way of promise of the nucleus of a scholarship system we are glad to remind our readers that Mr Edward Davies, J.P., the managing director of the Barry Railway Company, has expressed his intention of giving the handsome donation of £ 1,000 for the establishwent of scholarships in connec- tion with the school, as a memorial to his late lamented father, Mr David Davies, M.P., the deputy-chairman of the company, and one of the principal founders of Barry Docks. The valuable services rendered to the movement since its inception, more than two years ago, by the honorary secretary, Mr J. Arthur Hughes, are also entitled to the unqualified appreciation of the public generally, and it must be satisfactory to that gentleman to know that his efforts, in common with those of the members of the committee—performed frequently under very discouraging circum- stances-are now within measurable distance of complete accomplishment, and the local public and others interested in the welfare of Barry cannot testify their sense of apprecia- tion of the services so philanthropically given than by subscribing liberally to the building and establishment funds, which, so far, are not in any way complete.

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