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Letters to the Editor. ABERDARE FREE CHURCH COUNCIL. Sir,—Allow me to congratulate the above Council on their work in connec- tion with the recent boxing contest. Although not crowned' with success, they have instilled the younger mem- bers of the Churches with enthusiasm ror raising the moral tone of our town. It was a pleasure to see at both confer- ences so many young men as repre- sentatives from the churches. Plough on, success is sure to come. There are other evils in town which I hope the Council will take up. I trust that Churches will take up the matter of getting the Friendly Societies from the public-houses, and that we shall have a joint meeting of the Free Church Council and the Friendly Societies' Council, as suggested bv ir. Stephen Lloyd in your paper. Much good could be (loiie iii this direction.—I am, OBSERVER. HOUSES AND BYE LAWS AT YNYSYBWL. Mr. Editor,In your issue of the 8th inst. a correspondent from Ynysy- bwl named Mr. W. H. May, has given us as a firm of builders an unsolicited testimonial. Mr. May can be placed in the company of the two distinguished editors that lately appeared before the Marconi Committee at Westminster who refused to give the grounds of their accusations against Cabinet Min- isters. We have also appealed private- ly for Mr. May's evidence of the assist- ance given to us by the D.C. Surveyor at any time; but up to the time of writ- ing we have had no response, although we enclosed him a stamped addressed envelope for an answer. We will deal with Mr. May's volcanic eruption now, and shall take first of all the words. "That the firm has been represented at almost every meeting on the housing question." Let us assure Mr. May I that we have never been invited to nor attended a meeting 011 the housing question at Ynysybwl, except when it cropped up at an election. We arc building houses, perhaps somewhat slowly, and are content to allow Mr. May and those associated with him to talk about building, and the public may judge whether houses can be produced Iv. merely talking about them and criti- cising others. The facts concerning the plans of the houses in question are well known. Suffice it to say now that the plans and our report that we had com- menced building to avoid loss of time to our employees were in the hands of the Surveyor the same time. Let us again assure Mr. May that we never build, even a coal-house, without pre- paring a plan, and we are always very rarticular where we get materials for building. (2) "We have also lifted our hands in 'pious horror,' etc." \Ve con- fess that neither of the members of the firm know nothing of such an attitude, unless it is the attitude displayed by Mr May when he described himself s.hile giving spiritual ministrations to the inmates at the Pontypridd Work- house, and said that he felt as a man that had entered into some part of the legions below. Such a frame of mind is no doubt capable of going into a ttate of "pious horror." But such antics are absolutely foreign to the nature of the members of the firm. Mr May's questions about the architect. etc., betray too much ignorance to deal with them. but we may ask Mr. May a question. Can be prove that the firm has been obliged or compelled to pull clown any defective buildings erected by them at Ynvsybwl or anywhere else? The third portion of the famous docu- ment deals with our progress as build- ups. We will not wast> many words over it, but somehow we are glad that even Mr. May finds we are progressing s builders; and the improvement hv; taken place s'nce Ir. Ma.v and his friends have been discussing housing reform, and opened negotiations with the Garden Village Co. We have built ten villas, which are the improved houses referred to by Mr. May, and, as we have said before, we are character- ised as very slow in our motion as builders. Nevertheless there are the ten villas occupied now by their owners since Mr. May has commenced dis- cussing housing reform at Ynysybwl, and not a house has been commenced by this great Company yet. Ah, yes. we remember that we built twelve houses fo' the Ynvsybwl Building Club in the same period, and Mr. May was one of the members of the Club in question, andlives in his own house now. And it is so nice to have a house of his own and talk about providing houses for others. But, says someone, Mr. May was an official ab the colliery when the Building Club was formed. So it seems, and when tiie future historian will come to record the great part which the strenuous life of Mr. May ha., played he will enquire why he sacrificed the position of a responsible official at a Houvishing colliery; Let us help the historian and say that he was seized with a fit of "pious horror."—Yours, etc., WILLIAMS BROS. Cribyndu Farm. Ynysybwl.

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