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BRITON FERRY NOTES. Heard Under the Town Clock. Before my next notes will appear the result of the District Council election will be made known, and what will be the position and condition of affairsThere arc six candidates trying for four seats on the Council. Tak- ing the general opinion of the electors, it is a matter of choice between about four of theb. To my mind. it is evident from "the man in the street." that before an intelligent interest will be taken in the election of Dis- rict Councillors, that the standard of selec- tion of candidates must be raised higher than it is at present. The chances of Aid. J. Hill we do not for one moment doubt. He has represented the ratepayers for many years; his influence is great, and unless people can bring forward a candidate of equal business capacity and influence, it is practically impossible to ever expect to oust him from his present position. From a ratepayer's standpoint, he has been an ideal member. Being a large ratepayer himself, he has at alI times so practised that viligance and diligence in watching and look- ing after the interest of the ratepayers that fault cannot be found with him in that direc- tion. Moreover, he has taken a keen interest in the development of the town; inasmuch as he is interested in the majority of the in- dustries, notwithstanding that he possesses a large number of the workmen's cottages, all of which will tend to brighten his chances at the poll. in view of the fact that there exists a split in the Labour camp. Mr. W. G. M. Jeffreys is evidently a. mem- ber who has played upon the feelings of a larg majority of the constituency. Xut that he has shown any great ability in tackling any great or important. point that has arisen, yet he has been most diligent in following up his points upon the sewerage of the town, especially in refeience to Giants' Grave, ot' which he is a native. He has also been very keen upon the management of the gas works; the kind of coal used there, and the means whereby the gas works could be made a pay- ing concern, iatlicr than a. dead loss as it is at present to the ratepayers. In view ot those facts his chances of success, to my mind, are very rosy indeed. Mr. D. Davies, who runs under the auspices of the Trades and Labour Council, and who is a tinplate rollerinan at the Baglan Tinplate Works, is at present chairman of the Council. I do not doubt for one moment about his re- turn. He has done noble work in the past, having been mast consistent in his voting, and a man who is above the average in intelli- gence. His past career will do much for him in securing a place amongst the elected, and I would say that it would be an everlasting disgrace to the working men of Briton Ferry is he was not returned on this occasion. 10 him solely are we indebted for the present public library and reading room. which has been such a great boon to the young men of the town. Further he has been the greatest credit to the working men of the town. Now we come to one of the junior members whom the Trades Council have endeavoured to overthrow while he has been in office. We liave failed to find fault with him individually though we have had occasion to be at logger- heads with the Labour members as a. body because they liave not advocated the views of those they represented, as in the case of the cemetery, but as an individual member Mr. Hewlett has done remarkably well. \e admire him for his courage in voting against his colleagues when the question of taking over a part of the ground of the gas works, which could not be spared, was discussed at a general meeting. Mr. Joseph Branch, the co-partner selected with Mr. Davies by the Trades and Labour C-ouncil, is, on the the whole, a verv intelli- gent man, and would undoubtedly prove such if elected. He should, under ordinary cir- cumstances, attract the support of working men. but (and I am sorry that I have to use the word) the mode adopted, in the estimation of a large majority of the constituency, to bring him within the fold, is not constitu- tional, and far from what we would have ex- pected from so august a body as the Trades a.nd Labour Council. Mr. Branch would stand a. far better chance if he contested the next election. The blunders of certain La- bour members could then be aireel with much more effect than at the present moment. There is much in choosing the opportune moment to fight, Let the Trades and Labour Council make a note of this. Mr. William Phillips is also a working man, employed as a moulds r. He has Kit for many years upon the Council. His great forto is that while upon the Council and chair- man of the Burial Board lie made the ceme- tery a paying concern. To mv mind there is not much 111 this fact. However, it cannot be said through his career that lie committed greater blunders, it as great, as the present Labour members we have upon the Council. Of one it may be said that "he never opens his mouth unless he puts his foot in it" We will have more to says probably on the next election about this member. One thing is evident, Mr. Phillips is going to give some trouble in this campaign. Summing the whole thing up in rny opinion would Ire as to the result of the poll:—First, and second, either Aid. J. Hill or D. Davies; third, Mr. W. G. M. Jeffreys. Then for fourth place a tight fight betwen H. J. Hew- lett and J Branch, giving the preference to Hewlett in view of the strange action of the Trade'' and Labour Council towards him. which aroused public sympathy on his behalf. The annual meetiuif of Briton Ferry Rate payers' Association was held on Friday, Mr. ] W. A. Steel presiding.—The Chairman said some people looked upon the Association as an institution that was tramp-ng upon the liberties of the eouncillo-s. but to his mind an is iritid ,i!t institution of that kind, properly conducted. was a source of assistance. He was afraid the ratepayers had been too neglectful in the past. They elected members upon public bodies, and thought nothing more about it but when they saw an increase in the rates they began to ciy. The better jilan was to inquire into the cause and see wnether they could not reduce the rates by taking a deeper and more intelligent interest in public affairs. —The Secretary (Mr. Ivor H. Gwynne) read the annual report, which referred to the lamented death of the president. Mr. Bedford. —The following officers were appointed — President. Mr. A. Steel, vice-president, Mr. Tallamy treasurer. Mr. H. H. Hunter secretary. Mr. I. H. (hvynne: executive. Messrs. D. Rees, Y\ Gi thin. E. Humphreys A. F. Taylor, W. Roberts, J. Thomas, D. Davies, G. Phillips. T. R. Benjamin, and R. Lewis,