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Uhe Guimbrmn. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1902. NOTES ON MEN & THINGS., -0. So tar no candidate has disclosed himself to challenge the re-election of the retiring Coun- I cillors in Morriston, Ffynone, or Victorib Ward. Q'- Dr. IÜi,1illgS is to be confronted with a publican as his antagonist in the fight for his ward, the contest thus possessing a peculiar interest that is sure to tickle the public mind. --0- The claim of a eath doctor at a recent din- ner that Swansea had to go to the neighbour- ing town for its Mayor, produced the retort that Mr. Griffith Thomas merely sleeps at .N,eatli-he,, lives at Swansea. Cardiff and Xeath would giadly pbty Freear if they could get him. In the former town, especially, the Irish ex-international would be particularly welcome, after the fine display he gave in the Gla.morgan v. Yorkshire match. -0- One of the objects of the Swansea Chamber of Trade, according to a speaker at Monday evening's meeting, is to "wake up the Cor- poration." Unfortunately, the latter is not excessively susceptible to out-side proddings unless done by a political or sectarian party. --0-- The appearance of Mr. Molyneaux in the field would considerably mix up matters in Brynmelin Ward, whero the Catholic voters are divided because both the candidates in the field are opposed to the Education Bill. Mr. Molyneaux, we are assured, would have a. practically solid backing from them. -0-- The definite refusal of the Labour Party to lall in line with the politicians who are trying to make municipal elections at Swansea elec- tions at Swansea political, administers a pal- pable cheek to that astute move for consoli- dating certain threatened influences in the Council Chamber. -(1- Mr. Aeron Thomas, M.P., has the luck on his side. He defeated Mr. John Hodge, the Labour candidate, by the aid of the colliers, and now that the latter are putting forward Mr John Williams, the sitting member is likely to be helped to another victory by the tmplate and steel workers, who remember why their nominee failed. The committee of tradesmen who joined to- gether for the purpose of minimising the out- side effect of the small-pox outbreak, feel quite satisfied with the results of their la- bour. The sum of 967 was collected and spent—less E12 in hand—and a material im- provement is said to have been produced in local trading in consequence. -0- More than half the number of electors who usually vote in the Castle Ward have signed tit- nomination papers of Mr. Thomas Corker. This fact would appear to make the result seem foregone, but there is the element of deception to take into account, and the pos- sibility of an exceptionally heavy poll. Elec- tions can never be considered won until they have been lost. John Leary, alias "Water Dog," who ap- pears to be suffering from hydrophobia, has been dealt with by the Swansea magistrates f >r the 103th time. It would be instructive to compare the bill for compulsory board and lodgings inside his Majesty's institution which the ratepayers have to defray, with that of a few months' salutary immurement inside an inebriates' asylum. -0 It is considered by those in the best posi- tion to judge, that the chances of the various Labour candidates, run in the following order, viz. Mr. Donimett is a nearly certain win- ner ;Mr. Colwill a likely one; whilst the odds aro against Mr. Miles. Mr. Victor Morgan is a doubtful starter in the Landore Ward, where Mr. W. Williams will probably have a walk- ever. -f)-- The Medical Congress, which will assemble m Swansea, next summer, is expected to bring six or seven hundred doctors to the town as delegates. Arrangements for the congress are left partly to a Central Committee in Lon- don, and partly to the local Reception Com- mittee. It is expected that all the prelimin- aries will have been adjusted during the next few days. Dr. T. D. Griffiths, as the presi- dent-elect, naturally must, play a big part in the programme. -0- The Hon Odo Vivian has made it awkward, nor, for himself—the public have a marked preference for tli3 straightforward speaker- but for some members of the Council who were rather anxious to be publicly associated with him, by his frank utterances respecting the resolution of the Council committing the Municipality to an attitude of lawlessness. liveii among the more thoughtful section of the Nonconformists there is a general disposi- tion to believe that the Council went too far. -0-- Mr. W. L. Griffith, the Canadian agent for Wales, has a high opinion of the future pros- pects of Swansea, especially because of its position on the edge of practically the only anthracite coalfield in the kingdom. Sooner or later, he thinks, the latter is bound to be as generally used for household purposes as it is in the States and Canada. A traveller in many lands, his judgment of the Gower Peninsula-wliieh he saw for the first time on Sunday-as being one of the most beau- tiful seacoasts ever seen by him possesses some valuo. Councillor Fender continues to persevere with his candidature in the Alexan ra a He is a cheerful, inoffensive man, with many feisonal friends inclined to be in u gent to his recent indiscretion. For many years he was a total abstainer. Having regard to the whole circumstances .however, and especially of the popularity and recognised capacity of Mr. Daniel Jones, it does not seem difficult to foresee the issue of the contest, especially as the Labour Party, even when "solid," have but a slight- numerical preponderance in the Ward. -0-- Bad habits are contagious. Many more im- probable things have happened than the adop- tion of a no-rates" policy in the Bil1 district should the Council succeed in obtain- ling sanctum for placing a sewer outfall and I septic tank near Vivian's stream Thers ar,- some residents who feel so strongly in the matter that they think themselves justified m doing anything to block a scheme which, in their opinion, would be detrimental to the health and comfort of the residents in the locality and most injurious to the sands. "If any member who wishes to get on the Swansea, County Council thinks he is taking on a, soft job, he is very grievously mistaken," Mr. Sinclair at Siloam Schoolroom. o Swansea, by this time possesses two theatres and two music-halls in full swing. It is certain that the town cannot furnish ade- quak. support for the quartette, and the struggle for the survival of the fittest will be watched with interest. -i)-- According to the Rev. Penar Griffiths, the ratepayers of the St. John's Ward intend nursing the Hon. Odo Vivian "for something higher" than the Council Chamber. OIf course, Westminster is meant. --0-- In a journalistic sense, the chief burden of the fight at Plymouth was shouldered by a Llanellyite in Mr. Hairy Jone*, the editor of the "Western Morning Mercury," the leading Liberal journal in that district. -()- The figirt, with the County Council for 1 heavy traction on the Gower roads was due to the ciicumstance that practically all the j heavy haulage on the Talbot Estate on the peninsula is done by means of a steam en- gine. --0- This is fion\ a Cardiff doily:—One whose unties bungs Inm very closely into touch with the working elates in Cardiff says that there are more im u out of employment in the town at present than at any othcT time during 30 years past. -0-- In another column the. election addresses will bt found of Councillor Lee, Mr. Corker, Mr. Dan Jones. Mr. Lyons and Dr. Rawlings. From thenn the ratepayers of the respective wards interested will gather an idea of the views uf the candidates and the claims they possess to consideration. -0- Hon. Odo Vivian did not beat about the bush when addressing his constituents. The Brynmill outlet scheme was dead, he said, if the St. Johu's Ward expected him to give away parks free of charge, he had no desire to be their representative, and Nonconformist conscience or no Nonconformist conscience he did not intend pledging himself to breaking the law should the Education Bill be passed. And all this was not said without careful thought as the Hon. Odo had been travelling from Germany since the morning before. --0- In the course of his lecture on Saturday, Mr. W. L. Griffith, describing his recent visit to the Welsh Colony in Western Canada, said On behalf of Sir John Llewelyn, I presented to the settlers two large Welsh ensigns. They had a most cheering effect. I was in- formed that it was the intention of the settlers to hold at an early date a picnic, or gathering. at which the settlement would be christened, and it was fully expected that the name chosen would be Llewelyn, or Tre Llewelyn—this out of appreciation of Sir John and his efforts on their behalf. -0-- It will be the opinion of many that the new Chamber of Trade is going to too many irons in the fire to make the organisation the success it should be. According to one of the speakers, a, morning newspaper in Swansea is the one thing needful, and once established, would prove a panacea, for all the public ills the town is heir to. object," he ex- claimed, "to be treated by the Cardiff papers as a mere fishing village," and then he went on to explain how the head lines for a piece of news at Aberystwith were far bigger than those for Swansea. -tJ' To declare in ihe face of the world that we are not as other people, is a. characteristic national failing. Nevertheless, the English workmen may well feel a glow of sclf-com- pla.cency when he reads of wholesale shoot- ing, barricades in the streets, cavalry charges, dynamiting, etc.. etc.. which seem the in- evitable concomitants of a strike abroad, and reflects that in England a. baton charge bv the police sends a hundred "Lovers of Jus- tice" and "Pro Bono Publicos"' flying to pro- test in the Press against "this brutal violence and barbarity." -0- Many of the members of the Swansea Trades and Labour Council feel very strongly that some of their colleagues are far too ready to speak and support Liberal candidates at elec- tions. Councillor David Williams is most emphatic in his condemnation of such action by Trade Unionists who profess to be mem- bers of the Trades Council. Evidently, all such plain, speaking results from the atti- tude exhibited by Sir George Newnes, M.P., to Mr. Miles, the Labour nominee of the Trades Council for St. John's Ward, when the latter approached him (Sir George) with res- pect to his putting a question to the Post- master-General as to his candidature. o Tremendous energy is being thrown into the fight at Landore over the selection of a successor to Mr. Joseph Edwards on the Board of Guardians. For Mrs. Hannah Hughes it I is argued that being a woman she will make a better Guardian, and besides is the choice of a public meeting of ratepayers, and for the Rev. R. 0 .Hughes that he alone satisfies the requirement that as Landore and Brynliyfryd arc already represented, Plasmarl should haAa a, representative; also that he was the victim of unfairness at the ratepayers' meeting, since the candidate, Mr. M. Roberts, f°r had consented to stand aside, was exc u e on a side issue. And so the contioversy rages, leaving the ultimate issue in ou -0- Mi Ben Tillett considerably mixed the "metaphors at an elation meeting at Swansea the other evening, says a contemporary. He that in Sw-uu^a the broom of demo- cracy was so sweeping away the cobwebs that the "spiders were 111 trouble," and he added that "they wanted their cobwebs to catch the municipal fly- NOM-, are they spiders in trouble or are they brooms? They cannot be both. and if they want to catch flys why sweet away the cobwebs? We can quite un- derstand them making cobwebs, but- really even catching flics as a serious and dignified occupation seems a little beyond them, judg- jQg by these strange methods. As for Mr. Tuldt, he entangled himself so in this web of oratory that he ought not to have a kick left. -0- "The schools are uiisvetariair and are na- tional in chara.eter," observed Mr. W. L. Grif fith, the Canadian agent for Wales, in his lecture at the Swansea Free Library on. Satur- day evening. A section of the audience ap- plauded, for the statement seemed to have a bea.ring upon the controversy now in pro- gretss. Then the lecturer, who probably .missed the significance of the demonstration, calmly went on to say "the secular branches and general public morality alone are taught during regular school hours, religion being taught when desired during hours set apart for the purpose." Then the demonstrators realised that they had been a trifle premature. For in Manitoba, each ratepayer has the right to select the particular school, when. there are more than one. to which his contribution ftha be allotted. Imagine that arrangement in operation in Swansea; the Voluntary 100 s could dispense with the Government grant. But what would be the condito" of the Board Schools, a.nd what would be the proportions of the school rate levied for their support if only N onconfonnists itY Swansea's iish trade it> prospering. It pro- mises to swallow up all rivals on this side of the Bristol Channel. Mr. and Mrs. Sketch (the latter perhaps better known as the daughter of the late Mr. 1. P. Martin) are about to leave Swansea for South Africa.. -0-- The Oystennouth School Board election did not yield the it-suits expected. So long as the cumulative vote continues, such elections are bound to produce surprises. Some Liberal members of Parliament, whilst professedly ready to go to gaol in resisting the Bill, show no excessive readiness to attend Westminster, where their resistance would be more constitutional and effective. -0- "Swansea has just established a Chamber of Tra<!<e. For the sake of Swansea, it is to be hoped more will be he<\];d of it doings than is heard of t.}.c doings of the Newport Trade Bureau.— A^uth Wales Telegraph." ,-c-- The Mayor couti.1 not be present at Sarah Grand'* lecture, and the chair was in conse- quence occupied by Mr. Roger Beck. This was a not ÎJwpproprtate selection, having re- gard to the fact that the fair lecturer, like the chairman, comes of Quaker stock. -0- Considering the dry and technicrd nature of the Education Bill, the undoubted Upheaval and frenzy displayed over it, all over the country, is certainly remarkable for a public that was beginning to be stamped with the stigma of being, and indifferent, and apathetic. --0- The entry of postman into the field of municipal politics has the recommendation of novelty, but it may be asked how many mor" men are to come forward who, however es- timable they may be, personally, having noth- ing to lose by ajiy mistaken decision of the Council? So aks a correspondent. -0- A boom enriches some, impoverishes others. Anthracite colliery owners reaped a inm est from the recent American demand. but agents who had sold forward at nominal prices sufieied by having to carry out their contracts by means of coal obtainable only at inflated prices. -0- An Amur.!tii to Amurath succeeds. One bachelor, the Mayor, was to have taken the chair at Madame "Sarah Grand's" lecture another engagement prevented him from doill so, and another bachelor, Mr. Roger Beck, acted as substitute. And the gifted writer is not a widow either. --0- Roman Catholics who are also Irishmen, are on the horns of a dilemma, in disposing of their votes. They want to be "agin the Government." and yet cannot be so without imperilling the only chance likely to be offered their schools of existence on equal terms with Board schools. Religion pulls one way. and Nationalism another. -0- The splendid success of the Morriston Hor- ticultural Show is in striking contrast to the failure of the Swansea exhibition; but t.hev contrive to "manage these things better" in the districts, wnether it be such an event as the above, a municipal meeting, or one of those interminable presentations which arc one of the most prominent features of Mor- ristoll life. -0- Madame Sarah Grand, the distinguished authoress ,who lectured at the Albert Hall, on Tuesday evening, is a native of the North of England, who, married at sixteen to a mili- tary man, spent some part of her life in Japan and the Far East, She spoke, as she writes, with brilliancy, but might have been more convincing in tlaborating the somewhat, eccentric view s put forward. -r. Last Saturday was a day of the retrieving of reputations in the football world. Cardiff and Neath both picked up a little, and gave their antagonists hard games. In view of that. Saturday s lesson at Stradey on the evils of over-confidence, and the fine struggle made against Newport, the All Whites had better be chary of considering to-morrow'* (Saturday's) engagement as a. "soft nut." --0- Those extremists whose political zeal carries them away to such an extent that they counsel disobedience by a responsible public body to the law, and invoke the necessity of the case, and the fact that under "similar circum- stances" men of Hampden's type considered such disobedience to the law justifiable, should remember that the anachronistic methods of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are not quite suitable for meeting an emergency which aiises in the twentieth century. -0-- Mr. Gwilvm Evans, at Llanelly, receudy referred to the. tendency to make Intarrneii.i^e Schools too "high class," with the result that the children of poorer parents were debarred from attending them. This is rather a tick lish point to negotiate; if the schools were democratised, and the children of the collier or niillmaai sat on the same benches with those of the man who is "something at the docks or a small shopkeeper, there would P10 t1. e a n°t inconsiderable exodus from snobbishness m. i-i -n susceptibility on the part of the parents. -0- A peculiar complication has arisen from the Antl- Education Bill meeting at Morriston. Ihe Rev. Emlyn Jones was renorted as using some most violent and abusive language res- pecting Mr. Chamberlain. He denied having used the language, which, it was explained. appeared in its English dress from a transla- tion given on the spur of the moment by Mr. A. H. Thomas. Now Mr. Albert Harding writes to say that he took down the exact, epithets in Welsh at the time, and in the 111- terests of truth and journalism," gives pub- licity to them. -')- Mr. A. A. Pardoe (Mountain Ash) writes to a Cardiff contemporary as follows:—"I have in my possession. in first-class condition, a penny token paid my late grandfather, Mr. Thomas Pardoe. of Nantgarw, a. china painter of great repute at that time, when he was il. workman at the celebrated Swansea China, Works, in the years 1810 to 1815. It "as issued by the Cambrian Pottery Company, and payable by L. W. Dillwyn, T. Bevington. and J. Bevington. Trusting you will inseit the above, as it may be the means of bringing out others who have some inteiesting token of that period." -0- Madame "Sarah Grand's" references to France were somewhat tactless, and it is not .surprising tha a Frenciman lesident in Swan- sea has made a pulrc protest. Moltke may have said that nothing was to be feared from an army, 1 he officers of which decorated their rooms with indecent pictures-tuese anecdotes have seldom any fOIUldation in fact-but it is scarcely fair to besmirch a whole class for the defects of it section. It was incapacity at. the tip rather than the failings of the general bo< of officers that was chiefly responsible foi tbe coll.q)Sè of the French Army. Ger- many Was < xeeptionally well served in its masl, i nuiirls. It has never been suggested that thc triumph achieved by the Prus- sians ,igainst Austria was due to the moral lapses of its officers in 1866. The fact is the GermanH won because they were the first to use a new: organisation and new methods hitherto absent in warfare. '!J!&