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Description of Rhondda Wards.


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------THE ELECTIONS !' -----


(CM. t¡¡":(eIÍ (ram paye 5). Mr Gwilym Seaten, had written expressing his regret, and giving a satisfactory reason for his absence, and he had no doubt Mr Gowan had been prevented by circumstances over which he had no control from attending. Mr Fred Edwards now accessed the meet- ing, and announced his intention of dealing briefly with Mr Taylor's election address. Mr Taylor said "During that time I conscientious, ly, practically, and to the best ci my abiliry. (il all in my power in the inceiesfc cf the ratepayers." But seeing that Mr Taylor was rejected twelve months ago after he had prac- tically, etc.. served the Ward, his opinion, and tll" opinion of the electors, were not at one. In the next paragraph he said "my opponent, for want of better subject, attempts to resus- citate my alleged antagonism to greater rail- way facilities." That was a high-sounding phrase, but he 'would like to say, it was for the want of a better subject he referred to the railway facilities. What, better subject did they want? Mr Taylor had actually put himself cut of the way to go to London twice to oppose a scheme which would bring thou- sands of pounds to that Ward. Mr Taylor dealt with the fact he was in favour of in creased railway facilities; but did his actions show that? They would see what Mr Taylor Lad to say in London, because actions spoke louder than words. On the 30th of June, 1898. in answer to counsel for the Taff, who were opposing the new proposals, in answer to the question ''And if yen do use the railway,would you have to construct new railway sidings, which would lead to some inconvenience and loss." he replied "I dcn't Know what I might do because the cost of sidings, etc., is very great-, an: it woulx not pay me to put in sidings 11 if i moans loss." Counsel for the Bute askea him" "ÐllÓ1G the past five or six weeks you have arranged to put in sidings at the near- est point to the Albion Collieries? The answer was, "Yes. That disposed cf the question. After his alleged desire to suppers greener railway facilities, they would expect to put h.mseif out of the way to give evi- dence in favour cf them, in answer to coun- sel for the Bute, Mr Taylor said he was a .general contractor, and at that moment ha was carrying out more than one contract unclcf the Tafi. nc1-i: tint he was carrying out wcrics for otnei* people as well. He further admitted that lie had assisted the Taff Valtr Company m getting up evidence against the Bute Railway Bid in 1335. 1897, and 1898. That was 2. matter of vital importance to the electors cf that Ward. Phc-at against the statement which was made in his election arL dress, and he (the speaker; would like to ask t which should greater credence be giver. ? If he was in favour of increase rail- way facilities, they would have expected hin, to give evidence in favour of increased railway facilities, but he had not done so. He had assisted the Taff in getting up evidence against the Bute Bill. (Applause). In cross-examination te said he did not know his last election was fought out on the issue of the Cardiff Railwa, Bill. (Laugher). They knew it was. He a!J said he was not known to be an opponent of the Caraiff Railway Bill. He did not know "whether his opponent, Mr Edward Williams, was in favour of the Bill, and he said that fc-j did not know that tHe conversion of the canal into a railway would give them greater facilities. The electors last year at the election said the proposals were just what they wan- ted, and what they were determined to have. He (Mr Edward-;) w-s certain they were going to prove again this year. In his address Mr Tayior said Mr W. Wiihams introduced grano- lithic because of self-interest. But there were e some people who might say—he did not say it —tuit Mr Taylor sup-ported stone pavings so much because tie was a quarry owner. (Ap- p*aua&). The adalcmenfc of Mr Taylor that lbir Watkin Williams had opposed ine erection oi a ieotijnJge the latter had characterised as -Q 1-e, and Mr 1, nod Edwards couid not put it in stronger language or else he would. He .produced we:: nunutes of the District Council .on the Sub whicti provej that Mr Williams had supper tea the erection oi a bridge since tue subject was firs: broached. Ihey thought it wouid be well if they could just place the footbridge across the abuttments or the old xitrw bridge to meet the requirements of the wtrkman until the preparations for the new budge were complete. Mr Tayior supported tnat, and so did Mr Williams.lie (the speaker) ved that application be made to Messrs Crawshay and basse,t to allow them to erect a tuiiij-porary footbridge across the old abuttments uuJ. to spend the sum of CbU in repairs. Mr jjN(;" ,1<1. he quite agreed, buu Mr Crawshay wjtiiu not agree. He wanted them w erect a -carriage bridge,and that was what, they wanted li-- Taylors name uid not appeur on the xuinutes except in a general resolution confirm. iog the report of the committee. Mr Crawshay alterwarus said he wouid allow them the land to construct a bridge at another point, but to that the Council would have to divert the rouu an-i carry out work for —r Crawshay, winch would cost about £ 5,000. No member ca the District Council in his right mind could agree to that. They rejected those terms,and -made application ior a Provisional Order, and rney were waiting to hear that the Local iiovernmeiiu iioarti had consented to it.They Jhai Úvile all ill their power to push forward th: improvements to many of the Trallwn streets, but the Council had had much difli- cacjr with the landlords. The public could Lave no idea how much the Council were ham- pered by landlordism, orders had been given f3r several of their streets, which were now in the hands of the surveyor, and the work would be carried out in a short time. No one could help forward the work more than they had done. The improvements to David's street had been dealt with, and the work would be carried out almost immediately. Mr Williams and he had come to arrangements with the owners to hand over the property to the Coun- cil to allow the work to be curried out. It the writer of that address, and it did not ex- actly mean that it was Mr Tom Taylor, but if and the writer were identical, he had mis- tsJcen his vacation. He should have been a -w-i-er of romance or a weather prophet. li iie were he would have excelled to an extra- ordinary degree. Personally, he supported Hr Watkin Williams because there was never a time more than the present when the pre- sence of strong, sturdy, upright, straightfor- ward M, cr,. of character were required on the Council and if they worked shoulder to shoul- der un to the day of the poll, the cry would go art from the other side in the words of the Irish-nan, "Bury mo dr.cent. (Loud applause). Tlie 'Chairman said that as a Trade Union, lis. ho did not swallow all Mr Tom Taylor's statements. He would like to know whether 1M crave all his work to Trades Unionists? A Voice: He didn't at Llantwit. The Chairman: I can prove he doesn't, and i&crrif-ore his granolithic question will have Yery little effect upon Trade Unionists like myself.