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NOTES AND COMMENTS. The Liberals of East Denbighshire hav) gained a stunning victory; they have clearly shown that the Bishop of St Aseph and his brother clerics were labouring un- der a delusion when they said that Dises- tablishment "as dead. The question of re- ligious equality will still occupy the fore- most place in the programme of the Welsh Liberal Party, and the Nonconformists of Wales will not rest until they have gained what their forefathers have been struggling for for generations. The announcement through the public press this week of the fact that a number of Penrhyn men have been refused employ- ment at the quarry has taken the whole country by surprise. It is generally looked upon as a glaring instance of the violation of both the letter and the spirit of the terms of settlement under which the men returned to work. Nothing could have been more precise or definite than the un- derstanding and stipulation that "all the late employes" would be re-engaged. There can be no" only no justification but no excuse for breaking this definite pledge. We have said some, hard things at times of Lord Penrhyn, and have said them because we believed them. But we emphatically refuse to believe that he will either be a party to or for a moment countenance an act which would make the agreement under which his men returned to work just so much waste paper. Lord Penrhyn's hon- our is involved in this matter, and we rest implicit beief in his pledged word that "all the late empoyes" shall be re-engaged, ay, if all the quarry officials in Christendom stood in the way! We are sure all our readers will join with us in extending heartiest sympathy toMajor Ap Hugh Williams in the unfortunate acci- dent which befel him on Saturday iast, and which at one time seriously endangered his life. The accident was i nail probability one which could neither be foreseen nor avoided. At the same time it seems to em- phasise the necessity for exercising every possible precaution in conncolion with such works as the Carnarvon Sea Wall. The ac- cident which ecessitated the amputation of Major Ap Hugh Williams's foot m¡lt have cost him his life—and what happened to him might have happened to anybody. The mention of the place and the circum- stances under which Major Ap Hugh Wil- liams met with his unfortunate accident, brings up the question of the Harbour Trust. The constitution of this body is a remark- able one. Practically self-elected it exer- cises great powers and to an appreciable ex- tent influences the destines of Carnarvon. Now and again the question suggests itself to the burgess mind whether the connec- tion and relation between the Harbour Trust and the Town Council is altogether what it should be. Iti s Gilbert's Mikado, i sit not, that pour- trays the trials and troubles of poor Pooh Bah who holds offices not only different in character, but the duties of which are ab- solutely antagonistic. In one capacity Pooh Bah has to issue orders which in an- other capacity his duty demands he should oppose. The complications incident to such a situation are endless. Is it not possible that we may have Pooh Bahs at Carnar- ? r. For instance, the same gentlemen occupy seats on the Harbour Trust and the Town Council. The interests of these two bodies so far from being always identical, not fre- quently clash. Now when the Carnarvon Pooh Bah sits on the Harbour Trust it is right and proper that he should have inter- ests of the Trust at heart, and when at the Council Board the interests of the Corpora- tion should have the first place. Now when these interests clash what should poor Pooh Bah do? When he sits, say, at the Coun- cil Board, is it the Corporation side of his conscience or the Trust side of his interests which sway him?, This opens up an inter- esting field of enquiry to which the rate- esting field of enquiry to which the rate- payers might with benefit pay some atten- tion. Some facts and figures which are begin- ning to leak out from the Corporation offices point to the fact that the town has bene- fited immensely by the change which took place in the Mnuicipal Government of the town some three or four years ago. We were then in a financial muddle which would have disgraced any town in the country. It was a Herculean task, first of all to get at the root of the evil, then to get rid of it. The "Observer and Express" did its share of the first; the Reform majority on the Coun- cil have done their share of the second. But why not make the facts public ?Why not give the Ratepayers the figures in a rrell digested and easily understood form, so that he who runs may read of the splendid work which has been done in the Council duriny the past few years? ° I f The November elections are almost upon us. We are glad to see that the Liberals do not propose to be caught napping this time. If they have not taken time exactly by the forelock, they have not, at all events, let the opportunity altogether pass by. TIle standard bearers of the party have been se- lected, an dto the credit alike of their cour- age and their wisdom, the Liberals have de- cided to run a full ticket of candidates for each of the two wards. In the Western Ward most people, what- ever their political views, will regret the re- tirement of Councillor Pierce. Mr Pierce has proved himself a capable man of busi- ness not only in his own firm, but on the Council, and it is matter for general regret that he has decided to retire from the Coun- I cil. He need have feared no foe in an elec- tion, as his past record clearly shows. The four Liberal candidates are: The Mayor (Mr Edward Hughes), Dr Parry (both mem- bers of the Council), and Mr Owen Jones, Green Bank, and Mr Thomas Hughes, Bar- ranco (new candidates). This is hardly the time to sound the praises of individual candidates, but we fetl sure all who are not blinded by party p-e-, judice will unite in according the Mayor the highest meed of praise. Under peculiarly trying circumstances he has discharged tte duties of chief magistrate of the town with an ability, a devotion, and a dignity which have commanded universal esteem. Dr. Parry has not been so much in the public eye as the Mayor, but the work he has done on behalf of the town since he has sat on the Council is such as should entitle him :iot only to the support of his own party but to the good will of his opponents. In the Eastern Ward, the Liberals have paid both Mr Gregory and Mr John Ress the compliment of offering them a walk over. If the Conservatives be equally wise and equally magnanimous these two triod and faithful public servants will be return unopposed. Should, however, the Tories clast in the apple of discord by running a se- cond candidate, the Liberals are prepared with a colleaque for Mr John Rees in the person of Mr Griffith Owen, who would prove a valuable acquisition to the Council. The question may be asked, Are the Liberals acting wisely in running four can- (lidates for the Western Ward, and two for the Eastern ? Can they hope to carry their men in? Let the result of East Denbigh election furnish the answer. There, under peculiarly unfavourable eirc-imstances the Liberals have scored a bigger majority than ever. Careful enquiry establishes the fact that this result has been obtained purely and solely by the fidelity of the wot king classes. Let the working men of Carnar- von be as thoughtful of their own interests as have those of East Denbigh, and a Liberal municipal victory at Carnarvon in November will be as possible—and as credi- table—as the Liberal Parliamentary victory in East Denbigh in September. ¡:¡; "'4¿:,










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