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PONTYPRIDD. -+- TOWN WARD. THE Town Ward election is as good as a pantomine, and the you-are-a-liar sort of argumentation is going full steam. Mr R. J" Phillips has had a very irritating time of it, but we sincerely hope that he will not allow himself to be completely unnerved to face the election day. There is a quiet, hitting straight sort of way about Mr Tom, Rowlands which must have a tiring effect upon Mr Phillips. When it comes to threatening the law in order to shut up an opponent it bespeaks a poverty of argument which is very painful. It is a very ridiculous way of refuting a lie when one has to be invited to Mr Phillips' Committee Rooms for proofs.- The first "lie," for instance, cannot be answered except by a secret communication made in the inner rooms of Mr Phillips' committee. This is a nice place to invite an opponent to. Mr Phillips admits that some one has said that a man who is a householder is not a ratepayer," and does not even deny that he holds that opinion, but only denies giving utterance to those words. When Mr Phillips learns to repel a straight- forward charge by an equally straight- forward reply then we will begin to believe him. With reference to the Recreation Ground—the one solitary benevolent attempt of Mr Phillips to look upon the comfort of the woi king man with the intelligence becoming a District Councillor—this proof again falls like a house of cards because it has no secure foundation to sustain it. We are very sorry for Mr Phillips if he cannot meet the thrusts of Mr Tom Rowlands with better dexterity. This is untrue says Mr Phillips, if this is not another form of the" ti a thithau old woman's form of meeting an argument, we despair of unearthing a more pertinent illustration. To refer us to correspondence between the District Council and Lord Tredegar and the Colliery Company is a pure evasion of a straight question. If Mr Phillips had printed this correspondence he would have done something practical, but what working man could afford, and indeed, would be admitted to search these proofs. Let Mr Phillips give thein-a few shillings for the cost of printing would not be much. No, this is another shifting from the point, and until we get that correspondence we still hold the opinion that Mr Tom Rowlands has made an unanswerable point. In No. 3 so-called lie we have a good specimen of Mr Phillips' power of logic. He must needs drag in Mr Rowlands' brother, as if a man could carry the opinions etc. of his family upon his shoulders. I daresay Mr Phillips would not care to accept the responsibility of the opinions of others, however nearly related they may be. lie would be extremely silly if he did, and he is certainly sillier if he thinks any one outside his own family I will believe this rigmarole sort of argument. Mr Tom Rowlands comes In for another charge in relation to Mr Arthur Evans, but we attach significance to the fact that there is no proof attempted. Evidently there is none; none can be manufactured. This prov- ing business has winded him so completely that we are not surprised to find his mental excuses in a state of famine at the close of his great effort at exploding lies. We stiil hold the opinion that of these two men the qualifications of Mr Tom Rowland are the best.


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