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Correspondence. THE MERTHYR VALE WARD ELECTIONS. SIR, -Since writing my last letter to you a very pleasant event has taken place at a public meeting held at the committee-room of the 1 Public Hall on Friday evening last, when Mr. Roberts, the late Labour member upon the District Council, was again nominated for that position without opposition. Very little in- terest seemed to be taken in the proceedings, a fact which indicated confidence in Mr. Roberts for past services. A noteworthy feature was the almost total absence of the Socialist element. I anticipated opposition from that quarter, but was agreeably disap- pointed, so that my object in writing this and previous letters to you has now happily dis- appeared. I promised that Mr. Brocklehurst's lecture and his answers to Mr. Pearce's ques- tions should be dealt with this week, but since penning that I have strong reasons for believing that the latter gentleman is merely a tool in Mr. Brocklehurst's and the Treharris Socialists' hands for advertising purposes, and I have grave doubts as to his sincerity so I have decided not to gratify the Socialists by giving them an additional advertisement. The Member for Pentwyn appears to me to be playing to the gallery, and a correspondent in your columns, under the nom de plume (f 44 Straight From the Shoulder," described him rightly when lie said, lie was much given to spouting and shouting." Hear, hear," and "Question." Gardening time has now arrived, and as I believe in tilling the soil instead of talking so much about it, I shall not have much time for intellectual work. I am sorry that innocent people should be charged with the writing of my letters, which has absorbed a great deal of my spare time and taxed my mental abilities to the utmost. In conclusion, I was wish to state like this, that if Expec- tant was stand for Council and get in, he was sure to go to Merthyr and back on his bicycle you see, so I was bound to admit that was 'mendment no doubt. Good-bye now, whatever. —Yours, &c., ANTI-SOCIALIST. Treharris, March 16th, 1896. TEMPERANCE IN CEFN. RIR,- Y ou do wisely in closing the door of the J Merthyr Times to the correspondence from Cefn. All true-minded Christians hava had more than enough ot it. But before you do so, please allow me to give a word or two of encouragement to Mr. M. L. Price to keep on running the good race lie has begun. Go on, Price you have done well so far. Do not mind even if some persons call you a blasphemer. Our blessed Saviour had the same word hurled at him by certain so-called religious ftjreons in the days of old. For what? Simply or tolling the truth about Himself. Brother, you suffer in good company. Sir, I am proud that Mr. Price is making his abode in the same Christian society as my unworthy self. The good people of Cefn are far above wishing him to move from their midst. They could spare certain Scribes and Pharisees much better.—Yours, Cefn. MEMBER OF MOKIAII CtIAPHI.. SIR,—As anticipated, the worst has happened to the sick man, Mr. M. L. Price. I was in hopes that some of the strong doses I prescribed for him lately would have had good effect, and saved him. But not so he has succumbed to all sense of modesty and self-respect. The idea of him asking, Why name the two deacons, Peters and Edwards, and not name the other two ?'' May I ask him in return, why did he not accuse the other two of cliqueism ? Peters and Edwards were elected by Moriah Church to represent them on the committee, and Price boasted that there were men of moral backbone" at the said church that would shield him. But surely he cannot reckon upon the above two deacons. So then on whom does lie rely ? Is it on the other two deacons ? He doesn't say so, and we must wait to know. I hope, sir, that the above is plain enough for even a jelly-fish to understand. He has again made himself ridiculous in boast- ing of what he has done in the past, in bringing "more Temperance speakers to Cefn during the last 20 years than any other man." Being an old resident of Cefn, I should have known all this, but I assure you I am totally ignorant of anything of the kind. But to be impartial in the matter, I have during the last few days taken a little trouble to enquire as to the veracity of the above statement, but for the life of me I have failed to obtain a single corrobora- tion to his self-praise. Another very bad feature of his case, and un- worthy of his professions, is his disgusting boast of being ready to be called to account by the authorities of the Church. Whether his case will be likely to be taken up, and dealt with or not I know not. That won't lessen his guilt. I main- tain that, for the sake of the purity of the Church, and dignity of the sacred cause, it should be dealt with. This could but result in giving Price such a lesson that he would not forget this side of Jordan. I am certain that all true friends of the aacred cause will agree with me that he fully deserves it. I maintain, sir, that I may fairly claim to have proved, to the satisfaction of all intelligent minds, the following :-That Mr. Morgan Price had no more to do with the bringing of Plenydd to Cefn, on this memorable occasion, than the man in the moon" that the said committee were duly representative of the various churches, and that they had a perfect right to appoint as chairman whoever they thought proper that the gentleman appointed (the Rev. J. H. Davies) was but well worthy of the honour, and though I repeutcdlv asked "M.L.P. and Co." why not Mr. Davies, I have had no reply. So I have no doubt but that vour readers are well satisfied that the sole cause of all this ado is what I have before stated hatred and jealousy.—Yours, JUSTICE. Y GOHEBYDD." SfE,—Your remarks at the Cymrodorion supper regarding the absence of any of the works in book form of the late Gohehydd" find an echo in many minds. I presume, also, there is no memoir of him published. Only a few of his letters to the Faner I had the pleasure of reading, but I have understood that he was a great power in Wales for its religious, moral, and educational advancement. Very few people, I believe, know how much Wales is indebted to him for her present advanced educational position. I have been told that he was one of the first, if not the first, to advocate the establishment of an university at Aberystwyth, and by keeping the matter in view through his letters, and stimulating public interest when it flagged, he succeeded in educating and rousing public attention as to bring about what may be called the laying of the foundation stone of higher education in Wales in the establishment of the Aberystwyth College. Surely a man who has done such service deserves to be enshrined in a grateful country's remembrance. Cannot a choice selection of his letters which appeared in the Faner be collected and published ? Their style, lucidity, and aim tended eminently to foster edu- cation and stimulate progress in every direction. May not an influential request to Mr. Gee to collect and publish in book form be successful? Will you, Mr. Editor, do what you can to call attention to this matter. -Yours, CDIRO. THE ABERDARE SCHOOL BOARD. glB}—Your paper deserves the hearty thanks and support of all Aberilarians who desire an improvement in their schools. Our Board has but one policy to keep down the rates. It is not an educational body, but merely a ratepayers' defence league." The chairman is not a friend to popular education, and sympathises with the Con- servative large colliery ratepayers whereas the vice-chairman represents his own class of land- owners. Until these two gentlemen are unseated, education in Aberdare will be at a standstill. Their sympathies lie in District Council work and with work they are interested in, they are not so niggardly after all as they are reputed to be. Compare their treatment of Council officials with that of their certificated teachers. And even now there is a quiet wire-pulling to increase a District Council officer's salary by £ 50 a year. Although they dock the salary of a teacher who succumbs to the unsanitary conditions of his school, they are not hard on officers of the District Council. Let it be one man, one board." Let these two gentlemen retain scats on the Council, but oust them in favour of educationists for the SchoolBoard. —Yours truly, OUTSIDER. SOUTH WALES MUSICAL FESTIVAL. SIR,—Will you allow 111c to trespass 011 your valuable space in order to call the attention of all those interested in the welfare of music in South Wales to the fact that the guarantee fund for the forthcoming festival is now being formed. It is hoped that this fund will amount to about £ 1,.W0. Already, many substantial amounts have been guaranteed, and a full list of guarantors will be published in due course. The chances of loss are very small, inasmuch as the interest in this under- taking is distributed throughout the whole of South Wales, and it may be reasonably expected to command the support of all lovers of music. The committee, therefore, confidently appeal to the public of South Wales to bear this slight risk, and thus show their appreciation of the efforts which are being made by the 2.), or more, leaders of choira, and the !P-H) to 1,000 choristers who are working hard for the credit of Welsh music. The committee feel sure it is only necessary to point out that it is absolutely necessary for this guarantee fund to be raised before the festival can h" held in order to induce all who have any patriotic feeling to support those who are jiving their time and talents for the success of this under- taking. It may be well to state what has been-done in connection with this matter, so that it will be seen that nothing now remains but that the necessary financial support should be forthcoming. Over 20 centres have been arranged, at each of which contingents for the chorus are now busy practicing under honorary conductors. The con. tingents from each of these centres have been care- fully exam ned by musicians from other districts, and only the best of those who were recommended by the examiners have been selected. The con- tingents are drawn from Pontypool on the east, to Carmarthen on the west, and from Hirwain and Penderyn on the north, to Cardiff on the south. The chorus may thus be readily accepted as thoroughly representative of South Wales and Monmouthshire. The services of the renowned conductor of the Handel Festival—Mr. Augustus Manns—have been secured to conduct the general rehearsals and the festival. The finest band that has ever performed in Wales, and principal vocalists of the highest rank, will be engaged, while, from a choral point of view, this festival certainly becomes one of national importance. Lord Windsor has very kindly consented to be president of the festival, and nothing now remains to be done but to raise a sufficient guarantee fund to justify the committee in carrying out the work which has been so heartily commenced. The com- mittee, therefore, ask with great confidence that everyone who takes any interest in the music of Wales will, without delay, signify their willingness to guarantee, or subscribe to the chorus fund, to the secretary, Mr. W. A. Morgan, Glen Lyn, Cathedral-road, Cardiff, or to myself.—Yours faithfully, E. W. M. CoRBKTT, Chairman of Executive Committee.


















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