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"Shtiffirg." "Surely." said 1 to myself, "this must be the worst Spook of all." But it w-asn't. It was such a meek and mild little document. I", read 'Observer,' please correct. I never -So long And it fluttered away without even saying "So long The next was signed :—- "Nikpoh-Senoj It. read.—"In future, 0 thou mundane tiling, thou can'st always find me at regular hours in my shop." (Then there were a few blurred lines, as if tears had fallen.) And then the following:—"J command thee to r.'ublish that. I, 'Senoj-Nikpoh.' am prepared to serve my town as well in the future as I have done in the past. And would lie not be a bold. yea, and an untruthful man, who would venture to accuse me of failure For twelve years have I sacrificed myself at the altar of public service. And I am prepared t> sacrifice my self. Forbear to associate me with woollen stuffs, or your fate is sealed." And the Spook message vanished in the smoke cloud which issued from mv pipe. I looked below and aw- 44 Nytsej-Syerffej." The document read :Thv poetry be- speaks a weak mind. Thou. hast not the brains of a 'Syerffej-Nytsej." (No, neither the name, muttered I with a sigh of relief.) "Thy story about the tea-kettle broth was a pure invention." (I hope the brotli "1 never partook of broth. Contradict it, or thy next meeting with 'Syerffej,' etc-, may be worse than this." And "Syerffej, etc., floated away. But one document remained. was signed H Nagrom-Nikpoh. "I am," ran the message, "a terrible thing I am the keeper of the Xonconformist con- science. Ah! Well thou niiiy'st quail. _\t times, I quail myself whe-n I think of my great responsibility. It's good to have one conscience. But to be the keeper of thou- sands Methinks I had been happier had I been born a. Conservative. This conscience -it. haunts me by day, it pervades my dreams bv night. Now and again I think am I cor- I poreal or ethereal ? Then I tap Iny chest and find I am a real, living man. Thou hast not been kind to me. But I forgive thee. Hush! That's what the Nonconformist con- science when offended never does. It is bit- terly vindictive thing—like an octopus, it spreads its tentacles abroad and seeks to gather in its deadly embrace all those who oppose it. Don't mention this. Sometimes even that conscience is helpful." Sll,! I Sh And the document vanished. (And I went to bed.) Now that the Municipal Elections are nearl- unon us, it is well to pause and con- sider our duty, as ratepayers, but not only ns ratepayers, but as components parts of a township which all honest citizens wish to be progressive an dsuccessful. the voice of Labour cries from the South Ward Uo these gentlemen think that Labour re- presentai ion on the Town Council will bring tnem nearer their ideals!' If thev do. then eir desire to return Mr. J. R. ".Jones is a Ycrv laudable one. But I-m much afraid -<iat thevj. ClieVl- t|)e cud of bitter disappoint- ment. later on. Mr. Jones may be a very aorjiinible man in many respects, but he is absolutely an unknown quantity, and it ap ¡¡e;¡rs to me. from the httle I know of the' gentleman .that- he i« not likely to render he Labour laity any material assistance. I he does ie 11 have to do a great deal more than Mr. Dd. Davies has. The better housing of the working closes is one of the tilings that the Labour Party profess to be striving for. But are the'v reahy -n earnest? ihey may be. but the tacts suggest otherwise. I we]l remember How Atr .Dei. Davies gave this subject ruddv prominence on his election address. 1 re- member the Trades' Council approaching the Corporation on the matter. The Corpora- tion replied to the effect that they were will- ing to consider any scheme. That was months ago. Where is the scheme? Xow isn t tiiere really a. lot of bunkum about the Wittler Before 1 go any further, don't in your minds accuse me of being unsympa- luetic. ine existing conditions at Neath j are they not infinitely worse in the North j than in the South Ward. Take a sti-oil of an evening along the Canal Bank, from tJ]., ork!wue to the Bridge. What do you >ce. Houses! No -)vel, which I are partly submerged from time to time. Bv all means cry for the better housing of the working classes, but let there be a little sin- cent- in the <rv. tile The other candidates in the :-ie/uth \Yard are Councillor Ben Griffiths and Mr. Hurry Tiunidn Mr. Griffiths has proved a cap- able and attentive member. He can say more than any other member of the Council, and that is that lie has not missed a single meeting during the three years he has sat on the Council. Further, I;e is as fully sym- pathetic with the voice of Labour, as the unknown man the party are running. Then what is the objection to him? Perhaps there is none. Mr. Harry Hunkin is a man who I has made himself by strict attention to busi- ness. He is cool and level-headed, and any- one who knows him. cannot fail to see much in him to admire. Personally. I am sure that he Wdiild make an excellent member. lie convictions, and both the ability and moiu! courage to express them. In the North Ward, the contest is also a. thrce-corneiedone. Councillor Hopkin Mor- gan. for reasons best known to himself. has lei. his old -loi-e-tite fiery South—and has come up to the North to challenge the return of the old members. Councillors Hopkin nes and Jeffreys. lie takes upon himself to fling tile Nonconfromist conscience at his colleagues, b- that means hoping to secure the Nonconformist- vote :the means to the end being the Education Bill. Now the average- elector does not care two-pennith of gin about the Education Bill. But the Coun cillor's support of the mea:,ure-;md I c;m not saying it is not genuine as far as lie is concerned—will probably enlist the assistance of the chapel screw which may produce the result he desires at the hustings. The other candidates have not taken up the Education gauntlet. Mr. Jones is reiving upon his past service—and good service it has been too-while Mr. Jeffreys opens out a social and industrial programme which might well make even the Labour candidate green with envy. Mr. Jeffreys, like Mr. Jones is a Con- servative. but he holds that politics have nothing to do with municipal affairs, urges that he possesses both the youth and energy ti assure the success of principles which he strongly supports. That shortly is the posi- tion. May the ratepayers carefully exer- cise their prerogative and return the. men whose presence in the Council will be most conducive to the welfare of the town. There is jut it flutter in the cl(ive- cote. which may develop into something seri- "us later on. And it is all on account of the decision of Messrs. Eastman and Co. not to close up on Thursday afternoons. It appears that some months ago the X eath and District Butchers' Association came to the con. iiooon that it would be to their mutual advantage to close on Thursdays at 2 o'clcck. Now an edict has come from the wise men from the east to Neath's "Young" butch v. t «• < >j»g bun that he must no longer shut the shop. The members of the association are anncved. So. probably, is Mr. Young. From what I can gather .it seems that the whole ot Messrs. Last-man and Co.'s establishments close on Mondays, and that when the Neatii got an extra half-day there were cr: -iblings which soon grew in volume, and uvent-ially fell with a, bang on the official ear Bcsvlt, -dA ,)If Thursdays on-not Titur, Now what do you think 01 a genuem; n of this sort. He thought he would like co become a member oi the Town Council. Of course, he had been called upon by the usual large and influential number of ratepayers, and lie prepared his address as follows :*— NOVEMBER 1st, 1902. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE NORTH WARD. Ladies and Gem lemen.- Having been waited upon by a large j and influential body of ratepayers, I have decided to place myself at your disposal. Mv record as a citizen is well known to you. I am a successful man of business, and my wealth of intellect, which I possess, will be placed at your disposal. I am, as vou are aware, a political econ- omist of no mean order. I have studied John Stuart Mill till I know more about him than it. did himself. I am a Radical-an advanced Radical. Yet I am in favour of the Education Bill. Hard t) believe, isn't it. But it is none the less true. Having accumulat,ed plenty of "brass." I can well afford the time to serve vou. Wll you have me? If so place one vote in my favour on the bdlot. paper. I am. Ladies and Gentlemen. Yours faithfully, He took the address to the pruiteres. only b find that his name was not on the bur- gess roll. Fact' •List- what- I anticipated lias happened, the baiting process has already begun. But I think Mr. John, Williams will be quite equal to the occasion. I have made inquiry, and this is the result:—"All the necessary consti- tutional machinery is being rapidly put in motion by the supporters of Mr. John Wil- liams to meet any exigencies whMi may arise. All kindred trades are to be consulted, a,d every effort will be made to. solidify La- bour. No stone will be left unturned as far as Mr. Williams is concerned to bring all La- bour forces into touch for the next election, whdher he himself will be the nominee of the conference or not. Mr. Williams has publicly stated that he will, in any circum- stances. do his utmost to secure the return of the selected Labour <;andadate." There are storms ahead in Gower, but with a. little tact, the exercise of a little. give-and-take. Labour may succeed. One thing is certain-Labour divided will be as ineffective as the breakers which ureak upon a rock-bound coast, only to be dashed ba-ck in impotent fury. During the week the candidates for Cor- poration honours hnye been, very busy at. Neath. Good meetings have been held by all the candidates in the North Ward, al- though that of Councillor Hopkin Morgan on Tuesday evening was not as robust as he expected. "We must stir the Liberal party up, lie said. What's the matter? Isn't the Education Bid wheeze catching on? Cer- tainly Councillor Morgan is a Gladstonian Liberal of the first w. iter. So a speaker down west said this week. But he also added words to the effect that the Education Bill is> the west said this week. But he also added words to the effect that the Education Bill L-. the best measure the Conservative Government ever introduced. Now. which is the Glad- stomaii Liberal <>f the first water? Or are there several Liberal waters? Seems like it. does-rr't it? 4 I am delighted to see that the Neath Nurs- ] ing Association continues to do excellent t work,and I shall be most happy to do all in my power to further that really beneficent 1 institution. MrR. Gibbins, one of the hon. ( secretaries, lias kindly sent me a. detailed ac- count, whr.?Il I give below: —Xuree Thorpe's Report, September 1st to 30th.-Number of j patients Oil books last day of month, 29; ] number taken off books. 4; new cases, 14; ( I 1 nursing visits pgkl. 244: convalescent*. 15 death.*). 1. Nurse Jerv.^llS Report.—Number of patients on books JaC* day of month. 10: taken' off books. 8: Ciuses nursed- 10 nursing pitid, 205 r -and convalescents. 8. Gifts received during nionth:-—Nursing appliances, Miss Gibbins Xinex1- -Mrs. Stone tojiv. Airs. Colvile.

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