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ABEKDAKE BURIAL BOARD.

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LOCAL NOTES. AN IMPORTANT MEETING. The faff Vale Railway Co. has been a flour- ishing concern for many years. There are those who for a length of time have held shares in that company and we know that it would be a very tempting offer indeed that would lead them to sell out. Unlike some of our neighbours, who seem to be troubled with the bile the moment the name of any railway company is mentioned, wo are proud to think that the Taff Vale proprietorship can lay claim to being one of the most successful in the kingdom. This surely sounds well for the principality in general and for the district in particular. Moreover, although this company have prac- tically enjoyed a monopoly and do enjoy it, they have not served us badly. J hey might perhaps be a little more efficient, or, in face of the enormous mineral traffic they now enjoy and the cheap labour and the material which are at their disposal, they might perhaps gain more popularity though they could hardly do more trade—if they made some concessions to the coalowners. The latter think so now at any rate and moveover exhibit such a want of faith in the generosity of the company that they view with alarm andjsuspicion the new schemeproject ed by the directors at the present moment before the House of Lords. Hitherto the < aff Vale Co. have been working under a clause in their Act whioh made it necessary for them to make one universal charge for mineral carriage over all their system. Iherefore the coalowner, say at Cyfarthfa and j'lymouth or up the Khondda, had no need to trouble himself about the rate paid by the coalowner at Pontypridd. All weie charge! alike and therefore beyond the minor advantages or disadvantages of precedence down the line and at the docks the coalowners know how to quote on the market. But the Taff Vale directorate say "No, this will not do, we will alter our charges to those in use by other companies so far as the charges for various distances is concerned." Why they do this we do not undertake to say. They cannot want to increase any of the charges, for the present ones z;1 judging by the large dividends, are remunerative enough Of course the prosposed alteration seems to be more on all fours with common sense. But it would provo a serious matter to many coalowners who have sunk their thousands in pits which would at once be handicapped by those nearer the sea. Under the circumstances we are not surprised to see that last Saturday the freighters met at Cardiff and appointed several influential gentlemen to oppose the altered bill in the House of Lords. Besides competition amongst the owners has already proved so mischievous in South Wales that another element of discord would prove little better than utter ruin. MANY HAPPY RETURNS. Our readers will be interested to hear that last Wednesday was the 64th anniversary of the birthday of that honourable baronet & high principled gentleman, Sir George Elliot, VI. P. Sir George was born in the North on that memorable day, the 18th June, 1815, probably at the very moment when the fate of Europe, hung in the balance over the field of Waterloo. And amid tnejclash'of bells and the boom of victorious cannon the bonnie pit laddie of the future first opened his eyes on a world he was destined not to depart without leaving one of the most indelible amongst the many footprints on the sands of time." We are are quite sure our readers will join us in wishing Sir George Elliot very many happy returns of the day. AN IMPORTANT QUESTION. At a meeting of the Vaynor School Board last Fliday a question of some importance to such bodies was discussed. It was stated that the pupil monotors, male, received salaries amount ing to S15 4s Od a year each, and the females £ 13 5s4d. Why, asked the board, should they be paid, when at the same time they are being taught their business and are well paid when qualified to enter their profession ? Why because all this is part and parcel of the great work of education. How many teachers would go into the public schools if their apprenticeship could afford them no assistance in obtaining the barest necessities of life. We choose to think that a schoolmaster or schoolmistress, who receives his £ 120 or her JESO or thereabouts every year for a faithful discharge of duty, is not overpaid. Besides they work and earn their money during their monitorship c AL FRESCO SPORTS. From the time of Nimrod the Mighty Hunter downwards there has always been and there always will be a section of the human family whose highest ideal of human felicity in this world is to be found in what is now called sport." Perhaps in comparison with the men who engaged iu the Olympian games, whose appreciation of the ideal honour was such as to render them satisfied with the merest material ennoblement in the shape of the crown of bays, we have depreciated, for it is not often that we hear of the athlete engaging in any modern match without some prospect of personal and pecuniary gain. The nearest ap- proach to the older and better fashioned order of things is to be found in the club competitions where the competitors play "for honour." The challenge cup too of the rifle range is more of a visionary tnan a material benefit so far as the reward is concerned. But in all these cases the men or youths who struggle hard and put themselves to so much inconvenience, do so from a proper feeling of healthy rivalry and with the hope that they may be helping to establish the success of those manly sports which have always been the undoubted symptom of moral health in a nation. Were we to pursue the subject much further, perhaps we should be led to discriminate between the field sports which devt-lope a proficiency in the destination of human life and those others which have no other end but the trial of the powers of human strength and endurance. However, there can be nothing to criticise in a game of quoits. The merry and hearty laughter, or the vigorous shout of success in the quoiting field, ring with- out an accompanying but half smothered shriek of some agonised and death smitten victim. J Moreover, the eye becomes clearer and the hand steadier by such practice, and we do not know taking it all in all what the most critical could say against this healthy and harmless pastime On every ground, thereto! e, we welcome and I endorse the resolution arrived at last Friday by a meeting in connection with the Merthyr btar Quoit Club After arranging for several matches during the season, it was suggested that the several clubs in tne southern princi- pality should combine for the purchase of a challenge cup to be competed for on the usual terms. If this idea be carried out to the entirety, as it deserves to be the result must cause a gatneniig together of the representatives of t e various districts for purposes which cannot be questioned and with results that cumot be foreseen Perhaps our readers will think we estimate the value of such proposals too highly. But we have even before our eyes that lack of common intercourse between the different towoA and villages of the locality, a?r-iafore, we welcome anything but that which is positively evil, which promises to remedy this Say that in consequence of this proposal a quoit club were formed and aroused into active life at Abe: da e. Would it not do the town an immense deal of good ? .\nd say that now and then matches were decided here during the summer, would not that cause Aberdare to ilourish at least a little sooner ? Give us any- thing to encourage the growth and development of a public and common spirit amongst us and we on our part will raise our voice and use what influence we possess in favour of it,

ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

ABERDARE LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH.

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