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+ IJhondda District Council No 8. Ward. To the Editor. Sir,-It is with reluctance that I write and forward you this letter for insertion in your next issue, as I had hoped that the election in the above Ward would have oeen carried on without dealing in personalities, as such will generally bring about what Observer" in your issue before last fitly describes, "contentious feeling,' 'and which I feel his letter has been chiefly directed to kindle. It is not my inten- tion to balance the different qualifications of the various candidates, as I have every con- fidence in the ability and judgment of the elec- tors to discern which candidates are best to represent them on the unondda Urban Dis- trict Council. But my object in writing is to remove and rectify certain statements. In the first place, he condemns the Liberal Associa- tion for selecting an Irish Nationalist as a can- didate. Does "Observer" wish to debar a man from a public position because he advocates certain measures of reform in the interest ot h'.s fellow-countrymen. The suggestion is ex- tremely mean. How would "Observer" like a Welsh Nationalist to be treated in this man- ner outside of Wales. I love patriotism wherever it is found be it Welsh,, Scotch, Irish, or English. His next remark is: "I should commend them for selecting an out and out Tory rather than a Nationalist." H& should then know the colour of the bird, I pre- sume, from the letter that the colour of the bird and that of "Observer" would be identi- cal. Personally, I do not care to see politics in- troduced into the assembly of an administra- tive body, as it cannot be a help, but must be an hindrance in the discharge of their public duties. Mr Brooks has on his committee both Conservatives and Liberals, and to both a sys- tem of good sanitation, well lighted streets, and all other public improvements, must be equally beneficial. Further, "Observer" says: "M.. Brooks has not been selected for any- thing he has (lone for the Ward except the Fire Brigade." For "Observer's" information, ;.1 addition to the above, I may mention that during the period of slackness in trade at Coedcae in the latter part of 1897, Mr Brooks was foremost with others in alleviating the distress then existing. During the recent strike he supported tbe relief commit Lee fL nancially; also he was the means of getting about two tons of fish distributed. He is also an energetic worker in the Porth Cottage Hos- pital Eisteddfod; an annual subscriber to Cymmer Colliery Institute; also one of the trustees. When Mr Alfred Thomas contested the last election against Mr Jackson. Mr Brooks worked heart, and soul for Mr Thomas, doing his utmost to return the Liberal Mem- ber, although by doing it he opposed a man of his own religious creed, thereby showing to the world the colour of the bird. In the Coun- cil all political differences should be set aside. Those are the views of Mr Brooks, and every member should represent his Ward faithfully and in a manner worthy of this populous dis- trict.—I am, etc., CELT.

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