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fHE PGRTHYRAUR PARLIAMENT] 1 THE NEW MAYOR: SCANDAL OF THE WATER SUPPLY, (By "THE RAMBLER.") Tuesday Evening. I must apologise for having left my friends z -of the Porthyraur Parliament for so many weeks without reporting their deliberation?, but they will forgive nee when they are in- formed that I was engaged on "important duties elsewhere," as the saying goes. How- ever, I was again in my old place to-night, and the sitting was most interesting. The debate | was opened by Mr J— H.—, who called atten- t tion to the fact that a new Mayor had been appointed the previous day, and that the Town Council had prevailed upon one of the most popular of its members, Mr J. P. Gregory, to accept office. "Let us hope," he proceeded, "thaû under his regime successful enterprise will become a stalwart plank in the Council Chamber. Do you know what, boys? The letters of Mr C. A. Jones on the extravagance in the Council make things look gloomy. I should think it is high time the whole members of the Council came to the Guild Hall, and face the ratepayers at a public meeting on these questions. I am not a great financier, as you know, but I am scholar enough to &ee that Mr Charles Jones has completely won on every point. -Let ue hope, now that Mr Gregory has taken office as Chief Magistrate of the town, that he will throw soma of the capacity for busi- ness with which he is endowed into our dead and alive schemes, and try to revive them." "Well," said Mr J— J—, as he drew hard at his clay pipe, "I am glad you've brought up this matter of the Mayor. I knew Mr Gregory when he was a boy, and a kinder fel- low you could ne^er find. Ðut was it not Mr Carter who was to be our Mayor this time? It is a great pity that he has been unable to accept office. I hear that he is recovering won- derfully, but as he could not be present on Monday, I suppose they could not install a Mayor by proxy. Mr Carter has a number of Valuable schemes in mind, and if you remember he gave an interview to someone a short time back mentioning all his proposals. So while congratulating Mr Gregory on his appoint- ment, let us Ji^ot forget the one whom his col- leagues had iJElt their hearts on honouring, and hope for his speedy recovery." "I heard to-day," said another member, "that Mr Gregory is prepared to give up the office directly Mr Carter returns. I think he accepted the post on condition that he should be relieved of the duties if Mr Carter chooses to undertake them. If that is so, I think it is very self-eacrificing on his part and a great credit to hiaa." Mr W— J— thought so too. "But, by (.be I may, lads," he added, "talking about the Town Council, what is the matter at present with the water supply of the town? Go wherever you will, you hear the same complaint. It is ¡ said that there are whole streets in the town without water except at certain periods of the day, Is ij&tat fright? I say, No- There is a danger of an epidemic breaking out in the town from such a state of things. If the Water Committee have a surplus in hand, as they -ay, why .don't they apply it to seeing into this cer- ious matter, rather than keep the money lying idle? There is much talk about the unem- ployed in the town, and the Town Council ■pretend :they do not know what profitable work to get for them. What if they tackled this matter?" j "Well, indeed," remarked Mr E— P—, "I quite fenSorse what Mr W— J— has said about the supply of water. I was in chapel last Sunday, and they had to get a man to blow the organ, as-tbe water, for which they paid, could not be had. Isn't this a disgrace to a town like [ Carnarvon? Indeed, I am told that this does not occur in one chapel only, but in four or five others as well. I would counsel th#m not to pay the water rate until this is amended." Sevetalcf those present expressed surprise that such a state of things should be allowed, and said iit was high time the Council elections were run on lines other than political, so that the best men in the town should sit on the Council. From the question of water for the organs the tatk drifted to the broader subject < f ■whether organs are a help or a hindrance to good congregational singing, but the debate on this matter had only just begun when the House cKse,

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