Notes and Comments. OUR UNEMPLOYED. IN consequence of the continued severity of the leather, there are a large number unable to follow their employment, and as a result great distress r_1 prevails throughout the district, but more especially t, at Cogan. The District Council at their meeting last Monday resolved to establish a labour bureau, and provide work of some class or other for those most deeding it. The special committee appointed to look after this work will meet for consultation this Friday I afternoon, and then probably some public intimation I Will be given as to the time when the committee will Ilaeot to receive applications. Better late than never, but this step ought to have been taken earlier, and it does seem a pity that so much time should elapse after the Council decided to provide work, before the Meeting of the committee. COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. -By be appearance of Mr W. B. Shepherd's Election address we are reminded that the time is rapidly ap" proaching, when the electors will be called upon to iiiake a choice of men to represent them at the County Council for the next three years. For the purposes °f this election the Penarth district, which includes Cogan and Llandough, is only divided into two Wards, ?I b what is termed the North, comprising practically the 11 l\oth and Central Wards as divided for the District Council, and the South tailing in the WestWard. When the contest took place in 1892, there were five Candidates, viz., Messrs Shepherd, Cornwell, and D. Morgan, for the North, and Messrs H. O. Fisher and •J. P. Jones, for the South. The members returned ivere Messrs Shepherd and Jones. Through the death of Mr Jones, a vacancy occurred, and Mr F. H. Gotham was returned unopposed. The 1892 election Was fought on political lines both parties putting forth Strenuous exertions to secure the return of their can- didates- In both Wards Liberalism triumphed, and Messrs Shepherd and Jones were returned with good Inajorities. For the coming election we at present bear of only one candidate for the South Ward, viz. Mr Jotham, but in the North Ward, there are rumours of war," and it seems likely that Mr Shep- herd, the old and tried, will have to meet an opponent. The threatened opposition comes from a gentleman living in the South Ward, viz., Mr G, L. Morris, who fought well for a seat on the District Coucil, last December, but who failed for various Masons to obtain the necessary support, although it appears that if all had been true to their pledges, he c would have stood head and shoulders above all hn opponents. There were circumstances in connection With that contest, which made the result very un- satisfactory, and Mr Norris new intends to give the electors another opportunity of proving their friend- ship and their confidence in his abilities to serve them. It must be remembered, that though a man lllay be qualified to discharge the duties of one office, be may not be considered the man for every public position, hence Mr Norris may, after the next contest, Still fiud himself not the chosen of the people; Mr .shepherd has served the electors for a period of three ~yeais, and though we are not cognizant of all his 011 °s lhe Council, by a very long" way, yet there ave come publicly before us some questions which he has advocated, and which should enlist for him the vomabte consideration of working men and trades- unionists in particular. We will only refer to one of these. Formerly the contracts let by the Council had no clause stipulating that the contractor should be obliged to pay the trade union rate of wages for the district, thus giving tbem the privilege of grinding down their employees and gaining some great advantage over others. This Mr Shepherd called at- tention to, with the result that now in every contract, this clause is inserted. And then, is it not a fact that Mr Shepherd, as an employer of labour in Penarth, always paid the highest rate of wages to his employees? Once again, at the Council meeting when the question of dividing Penarth into Wards for the purposes of the Local Board, now the District Council Elections, so as to give fair representation to every part of the dis- trict. it was Mr Shepherd who fought tooth and nail for the adoption of the scheme carried by the Local Board, and the public meeting of Ratepayers, against another scheme which was only introduced to the dep- utation which visited Penarth to make the inquiry nd which was opposed by representatives from all parts of the District- These are just two or three things which recommend Mr Shepherd to the con- sideration of the Electors at the forthcoming election. W e do not say that no other man could serve the Ratepayeis as we! and we do not wish to foist Mr Shepherd upon the Ratepayers for any reason, but we have thud written because it is just to him who has served a term of three years, electors should have something to enable them to judge as to his suitability to represent their interests. The nom- ination of candidates will take place on the 28th inst., and if there be a contest, the election will be on the 4th March. According to an official return just is- sued there are in the South Ward 846 electors, and in the North Ward 972, as against 715, and 843, re- spectively in 1892.
Tabernacle Baptist Chapel. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR. This Society, which has now completed the sixth year of its existence, celebrated its anniversary on Monday last. At 7.30 a meeting was held in the schoolroom, to which any friends were coraially in- vited- The first half-hour was spent in prayer and praise; during the second half-hour the reports of the various committees and of the secretary were submitted; and the third portion of the meeting was of a social character, the folIo wing programme being I rendered :—Solo, But then Thou didst not leave his soul in hell," Miss F. Pasley; recitation, "The Little Pilgrim," Miss Prosser solo, 11 The Angelas." Miss Llewellyn solo, 11 Will you meet me at the foun- tain," Mr David Price; recitation, Boys, think well of your mosher," Mr J. Owen; so!o, "Sometime we'll undet,sl,-ti-id," Miss Prosser. Subsequently a coffee supper was held. The whole proceedings, which were of a thoroughly enjoyable character, were brought to a close about 9.45. It is only right to add that during the past year much good work amongst the young people has been accomplished through the agency of this -1 Endeavour" society, n Y. and the coming year promises to be even more suc- cessful-
Correspondence. Editor does not hold himself responsible for the opinions expressed by Correspondents. A SNOW PLOUGH. To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle Sir,—The present condition of the pavements in some parts is rather dangerous, resulting, I believe, at leas; for the most part from the snow not having been cleared when fresh fallen- May I suggest that our "Town Council" would confer a large public benefit at a small cost if thay would purchase a snow plough, such as is in use at Cardiff, Clevedon, and else- where, by which I believe a horse can cleau the pave- ments, street after street, in a very short time when fresh fallen- The cost would be a comparative trifle, and it would be a boon to the householders to be re- lieved from the responsibility, and in ninny cases ex- pense, to say nothing of the irregularity with which it is done, or, in many cases, left undone; hence dis- comfort to foot traffic, and, as in the present ase, danger- Will the Council see their way to provide a plough ready for future use ? Yours faithfully, EDWARD SEAGRAVE. I Penarth, Feb-.6thi 1895.
Ir Chamberlain on Welsh Disestablishment. Mr John Morgan, Editor of the Aberystwyth Obberver, has received the following- important ex- pression of the views of the Liberal Unionist leader with respect to Welsh Disestablishment Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham, 31st January, 1895. Sir,—I am directed by Mr Chamberlain tu acknow- ledge with thanks the receipt of your letter of the 25t\} int., and to say that he entirely agrees with the spirit of your article in the Aberystwyth Observer. Disestablishment in Wales must come, and the only question is whether it shall be accompanied by a just treatment of the Church in regard to its funds. This can be secured now by the Unionist Party, and Churchmen would be wise if they were to urge their leaders to devote themselves to this part of the subject. If, on the contrary, they meet the present agitation with an absolute non possummus, they may probably find that when it is next brought forward the opportunity of a compromise will have been lost. The Welsh Church is entitled to liberal, and even g-enerous terms, and if, under these circumstances, it is freed from the connection with the State, it will, iu Mr Chamberlain's belief, rise to a position of influence and usefulness that it bclS never yet enjoyed. I am, Sir, Yours obediently, J tT JOHN WILSON. John Morgan, Eeq.
Presentation to Nr David Cornwell. A very interesting presentation was made on Wed. nesday evening last by a committee of gentlemen, who waited upon Mr Cornwell at his residence for that purpose, consisting of a purse and an illuiiiinatedad- dress, designed written, and beautifully bordered by a very chaste floral device in band-painting, and sur- mounted by a bust photograph of the recipient. The execution of the testimonial reflects great credit upon the artist, Mr A. W. Shimeld, of the firm of Shimeld Brothers, of Glebe-street, in whose window it will be exhibited for a few days by the kind permission of Mr Cornwell. The following is the text of the address Presented to Mr D. Cornwell as a token of sincere gratitude for, and appreciation of, his painstaking care and skill manifested in the use of electric appli- ances for the relief and cure of various kinds of bodily infirmities under which the subscribers hereto suffered in greater or lesser degrees and length of time, some of whom had been, after very long treatment in hos- pital, as well as private medical practice, given up as incurable. They would also hereby record their ape preciation of his generosity in giving long and most careful attention to such patients, not only free of charge, but that he specially sought to benefit those whose circumstances were such as to render any ade. quate payment by them impossible. The purse" here- with presented, containing subscriptions of some of his patients towards the cost of renewing instru- C3 ments, will, it is hoped, be received as a token of appreciation, and not as their measure of the value of his services. trusting he will continue to use his very manifestly natural gift; for tracing and dealing with such diseases in the human system, as the electric treatment is specially beneficial for. Signed on behalf the 'subscribers by JOHN KYTE COLLETT. DAVID H. EDMUNDS, E D W A IU) SE A G R AY E, Com mttee. Penarth, February 1895. I
Eire at Nr Pyman's, Marine I Parade. On Monday evening last, a fire broke out at the residence of Mr J. W. Pynxan, Marine Parade. It appears that by some means a beam running- under- neath the entrance hall, and the fireplace in the hall became ignited. When discovered it, had gained I ZD considerable hold, and it became necessary to pull up the tiles of the hall. Timely assistallcebeing ren- dered by Mr J. Owen, the Don, and others, what might have been a terrible conflagration was speedily extinguished. *■ M
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