Ho. 8. Ward. To the Editor. I read your interesting notes respect- ing the merits of the candidates in the various Wards. As regards your observations on the No. 8 Ward, I am in complete agreement with yov as regards Mr T. Griffiths, Cymmer. His qualifications for the post are not only undis- puted, bat are of such a stan lard that few candidates of his attainments are put at the service of the electorate, especially so now, that the Council have acquired the Gas and Water Works in the Upper Rhendda. His scientific and practical knowledge will be of vast service. The late Council acted very wise- ly in electing him chairman of the Gas and Water Committee, and it is to be hoped that he will be returned at the coming election, and il, be again allotted to the same post. Still there are not a few people at present who do their utmost to reject him, notwithstanding that they thereby militate against their own interest. However, it is to be hoped that wiser Council will prevail. As regards your remarks on Mr Powell, in the main, I do not agree with you. Possibly and probably you do not 1mow him intimately, and when you heard him speak, he was hardly equal to himself. He has had but very little practice at public -speaking, and possibly he was rather nervous when you heard him. He was so the night he spoke at the Primitive Chapel, Hannah Street. From my personal knowledge of him, be will give a much better account of himself at the Council. If he left an impression of narrowness on you, I can assure you he is not. He is not "a save money at any price rate- payer." Indeed, he is not so "close-fisted" as some of his competitors. The primary duties of the Council are to look after the sanitary condition of the district. So vast a popula- tion is grouped together in this district, that the refuse of "man and beast; of vegetables, in the shape of cabbage leaves, potatoes, car- rot and parsnip peelings, wash water suds, etc., etc., are produced in such quantities that would generate disease and epidemics violent enough to sweep away the inhabitants in a very short time. Therefore, the proper sani- tary conditions must be attended to at any cost. Mr Powell does not stint this for a mo- ment. I am speaking thus not from consulta- tion with him since the publication of your notes, but from personal knowledge. Yet everybody will admit that primary condition having been secured, the next important duty -if the Council will be to exercise strict economy for a rate of 2s 9d to 3s in the £ is not a light matter. When the working man who pays 25s per month understands that nearly 4s of that goes to bear the expense of the Council machinery, then he will come to exercise great- er prudence in selecting his representatives on the Council. Mr Powell is well acquainted with drainage and sewerage work, with sca- venging and road metalling. No one knows better the weak points of this department of Council work and but very few equal. It is not craving after the honour, that animates him solely. That he will be assiduous to the Council duties, if clectoct, has been amply demonstrated by his conduct in the past. He is not seeking honours and promising to work after, but has already in the past rendered eonsiderable service to the Ward in conjunc- tion with others by agitating for greater Pos- tal facilities, to obtain a Police Court and sit- ting of the County Court in the Ward. as well as-prevailing on the Magisterial Bench to ap. point one of the Overseers of the Parish from Forth. All of these efforts have been success- ful. and consequently he has some claim on the Ward, and the Ward on its part is under a certain amount of moral obligation to him. Taking him all in all, to say the least, he possesses equal qualifications to either Mr Brocks and Mr Rees, and has the advantage of being an older inhabitant and previous ser- vices. The nomination of Mr Rees for a seat on the Council has surprised most people, but those that know him intimately arc well aware that lie possesses considerable latent resources. Hi chief fault as a public man is his retiring dis- position. Whatever he will do in the Council, if returned, as most likely he will, the elec- tors may rely on its being on the side of right and honour. Possibly, some will say that we -,want men of knowledge and ability to repre- sent us on the Council. Quite so; but we have only four to select three otle of them. Mr Griffiths is able and experienced. Mr Powell undoubtedly has considerable knowledge oi Council duties and qualifications to discharge them. Mr Brooks and Mr Rees have so far manifested no special aptitude, in public, for tlO> post, and must be regarded as apprentices. 'One excels in some points and the other in others, but Mr Rees has the advantage of being brought up in tha Ward, and is now re- sidmg in a centre of the Ward that ought to have a representative. It is not honourable that two candidates from Perth centre should seek two seats and leave Hufod centre without oii, If Mr Griffiths was allowed to represent Cymmer, Mr Powell to represent Porth, for not only is he the ablest member, but has ren- dered considerable public service in the past; and Mr Rees tha Hafod Eirw centre, it would be a fair and sensible arrangement.—Yours, etc., AN ELECTOR. -0- Sir,-Will you allow me to make an appeal t) the electors of No. 8 Ward. I regard the election as one full of unfortunate possibilities. The opinion is universally held that Mr Tom Griffiths is an ideal representative. He has served us admirably for 18 years. What I fear 'is, is that in our intense partisanship for our re- spective choice from amongst- the other three that we may forget the old veteran himself. If the most enthusiastic supporter of either of the other candidates were asked to give a list of the three that he would like returned I feel sure that 93 out of every hundred would give the first place to Mr Tom Griffiths. It is quite possible that even our old and faithful representative may be the victim of over con- fidence on the part of the elect-orate, who, thinking his safe, may neglect to give him one vote in their intense enthusiasm for other candidates. As we all want him returned let us reward merit by giving iiini our first vot, and then we can follow our own likes and dis- likes by allowing the other three candidates to fight for the second and third places. I sincerely hope that the tried and experienced member of 18 years' standing will have recog- nition from every elector by having his first vote. We can thus make sure of having one experienced and tried man cf 18 years and two apprentices. Our Ward is a growing one, and will need improvement and additional facilities Therefore, let us put in the new No. 8 Stall "in old workman and two apprentices, and give the old workman the blue ribbon of the contest.—I remain, yours, etc., GRATEFUL ELECTOR. Sir,—As the r()1JiE day of the above elec- tion is close upon us, let me, as one interested, make an appeal to the electors cf the above Ward .to consider the claims of each candi- date before going to record their vote. There are four gentlemen contesting for three seats, and of these, only two. in my opinion, are really capable men, namely, Mr Powell and Mr Griffiths. Mr Rees, I believe, deserves to be elected, although he has not the knowledge and experience cf the other two candidates. Why I don't think Mr Brooks a suitable gentleman to represent such an important ward as this is," first. the period of time which he has resided here is not sufficient to supply him with the experience and knowledge that is re- quired of a member, whereas the other three candidates have been m the locality the greater pait of their lives, and, naturally, they know the grievances of the Ward. Secondly, Mr Brooks is a Roman Catholic, and for that reason alone I don't think Mr Brooks deserves to represent us. Therefore, I urge the elec- tors of No. 8 Ward to do all in their power to prevent Catholicism entering into one of the most important Councils in Great Britain. I am very sorry to find that. members, and even deacons in some of our chapels, are supporters and canvassers of Mr Brooks. Is this con- sistency—to be a member of a Christian Church and a supporter of Citholicism? We have heard of the treatment of our forefathers in bygone days, and are we, after all, going to support that which brought misery and bloodshed across our country? Let the elec- tors open their eyes and see that they are re- presented by Christian men.—I am, etc., ONE INTERESTED. (This letter is, in our opinion, very damaging to the supporters of Mr Powell. There is plenty to say about him which is in every way admiral bn without flinging mud at M, r Brooks. We have no sympathy with the methods that attempt to rake up religious differences as a stalking horse in election aspirations.Mr Powell, we feel certain, has no sympathy with such tricks. We know that he is too upright to sanction such "be- low the belt hitting.' His claims are that he is an experienced man, well-versed in road-making, and unquestionably an un- bribable man. Then why should his suppor- ter above descend to arguments of religious bigotry? We hold also that there is no tiling inconsistent in ministers of religion supporting Mr Brooks. The creed of Non- conformity is religious equality, and those who worship under a Toleration Act ought themselves to be tolerant.-Editor "G.F.P.") —o— x Sir,-This Ward seems to be stirring in the election, and if the interest displayed by the candidates in this Ward at present will be continued, then we can look forward for some attention in the future. The three candidates who are seeking the suffrage of the electors for the first time seem to be making their interest felt in the Ward. The three gentle- men "have proved themselves good business men in their respective capacities, and are now prepared to devote their time and experience to the interest of the ratepayers, and they are fighting the election with very fair pros, pects of success. The twelve hour policy of the, old member, who is also a candidate, will surely militate against his acndidature for working men have been agitating too long for having their hours of labour shortened to have any sympathy with the 12 hour working day. Public bodies should be model employers, and follow the footsteps of the late Liberal Gov- ernment in this respect. Working men are beginning to learn that men employed to get the maximum amount of work done for the minimum amount of pay, are not the proper persons to watch their interest, on our public bodies. Employers have become the declared enemies of the organised working man, and their officials must obey them by carrying out their policy, and as such cannot use their in- fluence in favour of the "sous of toil." The three coming nearest to the point of a work- ing man's ideal representative are the three that. are unfettered by capitalistic influences, and who are prepared to servo the ratepayers interest whether it be in connection with their daily toil or their public influence. Messrs, Brooks.Roes, and Pow.H, have identified them- selves with the workmen's interest when they were fighting their employers for better con- ditions of service, 3n1 the three are likely to champion the interest of the masses on every occasion.—I am. etc., [ A WORKING MAN.
No. 9. Ward. To the Editor. Sir,—Will you allow me to take exception to some of your remarks re the representation of this Ward on the District Council. I quite agree with you about the capacity of Mr Miles, but I deny the truth of your statement when you charge Tylorstown with being over-grasp- ing. Are you aware that Tylorstown is the predominant partner in this Ward? Besides, as we had succeeded, after a good deal of pres- sing, to get Alderman Mathias to stand, we felt that, the expert knowledge and unrivalled experience, of that gentleman would be suffici- ent for a dozen district Councils. In order, therefore, to have an ideal representation, it was only right to get the other two from the tradesmen and working class elements. The voting power of Tylorstown and Pontygwaith, which acted jointly in selecting Messrs Smith and Rees, is 1,000 strong. The voting power of Ynyshir and Wattstown is about 600. I think that gives' the proportion of two for Tylorstown and Pontygwaith and one for Ynyshir and Wattstown. There was no per- sonal antagonism to Mr Miles, who is deserv- edly popular and represented by all. I thank you, Sir, in anticipation for allowing me to make the protest, as I fcel sure you like to be fair to all. Both Mr Smith and Mr Rees will do well.—I am. etc., ELECTOR. -0-- To the Editor. Sir,—Allow me to express- my thanks for your outspoken remarks re the withdrawal ot Mr Miles. It is, as yen say, a distinct loss to the Council. The gentleman referred to is eminently capable both as a speaker and de- bater to fill the role of Councillor with credit to himself and honour to the Ward. It was, of course, understood, that Mr Mathias inten- ded withdrawing, but I hear that so manj pressing representations were made to the re- pected Alderman not only from this Ward. but from, all other wards, that he was at last prevailed upon to consent to his nomination. To have Mr Miles with such a veteran, and Mr Smith, Tylorstown, would, as you very aptly put it. make the representation an ideal one. Thanking you in anticipation for allowing me to give expression to these views.—I am. etc., RATEPAYER.
lo. 2. Ward. To the Editor. Sir,—Mr E. P. Davies, one of the candidates is very fond of telling tHe public that he has suffered in consequence of his "fighting for the rights of the working men." This is a grey- headed old yarn trotted out on every occa- sion when votes are required. Now, would Mr Davies kindly inform us where, when, and the circumstances under which he "suffered." No shilly-shallying will do, but proofs and facts must be produced. Perhaps we may ba allowed to suggest that the boof is on the other leg-that he profited by leaving the pick and shovel, as the follow- ing will prove:-)ifr Davies is secretary to two Perfect Thrift Societies. His duties are to attend two nights a week (one night for each society) between the hours of 7 and 9, to re- ceive the members' subscriptions, and for these four hours a week he receives the handsome sum of about £100 a year, or about JE1 18s for half a turn a week! How many of us, work- ing men, earn 3s for half a turn's hard work? Again, Mr Davies boasts of a wonderful re- cord on the Board of Guardians. The clever- est bit of work he performed while on that Board was undoubtedly the wirepulling neces- sary to secure the election of his own son to a post which it afterwards transpired they had no right to do, and consequently E.P.'s own son had to give up the post after only occu- pying it for about a month. Oh! for just a little consistency.—I am, etc.. CARDI 0 GOLIER.
Tonypaqdy and Trealaw Election. "Our Prejudices are our greatest robbers, and our Vices the greatest murderers!" Victor Hugo. To the Editor. Sir- Through your kind courtesy, I have a won, explanation with regard to the four words quoted by men in a political speech on the 21st ult. It seems they have given great off- ence to some of Mr John Williams' supporters, especially the two words "Wooden heads." I quoted the two words from Mr William Rich- ard's (Trealaw and Diiias) speech, in Zion Vestry on the 17th ult.—one of Mr John Wil- liams supporters. The two words "old women'" I quoted from Mr Kilsby Jones, only para- phrased and boiled down. A perfect stranger to me wrote last week, "The Rev Beynon Da- vies said that tue non selected nominee (Mr John Williams) and supporters were" old women" and "wooden heads." Now, never said so. I wish it to be distinctly understood, I did not mean those quoted words to apply to Mr John Williams and his suppor- ted, but to those persons swho joined th, Liberal Association and deserted afterwards. Only one word again. In the two political meetings I was in, not a single word was uttered insinuating anything against "the moral character of Mr John Williams." After this explanation, no one but a wicked man will repeat the above interpre- tation of my quoted words. I hope the- best men-and as you say, Mr Editor, men of ex- perience—will be returned at the I)oll.-Thank- ing you, Sir, in anticipation, I am, etc., Trealaw. J. BEYNON DAVIES. Congregational Minister.
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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. ;—-♦ FORTHCOMING TRIENNIAL STEEPLECHASE. ■ ♦ —- Latest Training Notes ATTRACTIVE ENTRIES. The forthcoming Triennial Steeplechase, under the powerful auspices of the Urban DisErict Council Jockey Club, promises to be more interesting and successful than any of it; predccessords. This is due to the change in the programme made by the authorities this year and which affords a better opportunity for the intending competitors to show their powers. As heretofore, the races will be confined to a. one day meeting, and it is to be hopod that every effort will be made by the public to s;:pporl the authorities in securing the 30 best winners. The clerk of the course, Mr JUCi, Hopkins, has every thing in prepara- tion, and we anticipate keen contests though some of the "favourites" are reported unfit. There are ten handicaps this time instead of the deplorable five previously, and wo have no lies .tat:cn in predicting an unprecedented fight for supremacy. The various "stables" have presented a most animated scene during the last week, and the trainers seem to exert themselves to excess. Some of the horses are also reported to be "V coughing," but with special attention and care this defect will soon disappear. Of the entries received last week, several well-known "horses" have been reluctantly "scratched'' by their respective owners, and backers lament such a procedure. Still, there remains fcr six races a number of horses Exceeding the conditions laid down, and consequently racing is certain, whatever the climatic or any other conditions may be. Our correspondent has taken the liberty ot paying visits to the rendezvous of the candi. dates for the two first races, and being some- what surprised at the prospects, forwards a short account of the course, together with the doings of the "runners and their prospective chances."
i The Treherbert Selling Steeplechase Race (2 miles, weight for all. The losers to be sold immediately after the race for L50 each). For a big wonder there were five entries nominated for this important race, and more wonderful still the five will run. For the con- venience of the horses the Committee decided that the race should be run within their own vicinity so the course will be laid on a somewhat dangerous foundation from the Wilds of Blaen- rlvondda down to the Yjiyswen Plantation. This will test the capacities of the horses to a great extent, and the one with the least superfluous adipose should certainly win, though the race will surely be a close one. Starters are "Blaenrhondda Roamer," "Le Ciot-yn," "Ex-Guardian," "Tynewydd Gray," and "Young Gloran." -00- "Blaenrhondda Roamer," after an absence from the arena, for ten years is now clipped once more for this important event. Having had such an experience in the WiLls of Blaen- rhondda the course is quite familiar to him. His supporters are restricted, but he comes out this time on urgent request. The roads in Blaenrhondda are receiving his search- ing attention, and he makes frequent gallops to lhel suburbs of Fembenglyn, where he h:1 won some admiration. Relies a great deal o/i the. army of "pop drinkers," who have signed the pledge on his behalf. Though the odds are against him, his backers entertain great hope of surprising form. He is a nicely turned full-quartered competitor and moves well. Unless he turns stubborn and ignores advice, he will come in well at the final, though th-j others are reported to surpass him as far as training is concerned. He is certainly rather modest and floes not revel in superfluous preliminaries, but works with a quiet persever- ing will, and that his chances are favourable is undoubted. He will surely cause trouble and may oust the favourites. His backers are "Sant Libanus" and First Tenor." —o— "Le Crotyn" is a fine young horse from the Blaencwin Eisteddfodic Stables, for which he ha5 gained several laurels in many a keen contest in the past. Has the reputation ot being a forward animal, never disheartened. Has won several eisteddfodic trophies, and enjoys a big reputation. Feewis well on "Tripe and faggots," and is in good racing condition. Has had (several useful oautevs during the week. and backed up by a host of followers. Is calculated to gain a favourable position. No doubt will cause endless trouble and is a big favourite at present. -0-- "Ex_Gu>ardian" is an old and tried horse possessing rare qualities and undoubted abili- ties. Held the Guardian Plate for a number of years, but was ungraciously ejected in She last race for no apparent cause. Stands pre- eminently above his rivals in his acquaintance with the Parochial Course, and certainly ùt- serves all-round support. Displays great activity in this race, but has not shown too great promise in his preliminary canters. In the last tandem race he ran in harness: with the "Old Gloran," but was below form. Is said though to cause much alarm to his rivals. Past favouritism cannot be forgotten, and the grey horse should make' a lively fight. The (Treat danger is 'in overanxiety and haste, but 1k3 backers hold him in check. Finds his backers in "Tin Tacks," and "Pills." who will shout. their horse to victory if possible ^Es-Guardian" having held the "Overseer"* Purse" ani "Burial Board Plate" should this time run hard, and if he avoids the onslaughts of his riuafs is bound to come in well at the finish. We rather fancy his chances. "Tynewydd Grey" is the oldest horse in the paddock, and once more shows pro of re- peating old time victories." But is not se active at present, and having lost the "Gas and Water Cup" has shown dissapointing form. A revival is expected, but the pre. liminary canters are strictly confined to the precincts of the stable where he is affectionate- ly receiving attention. Has won the handicaps on the Aberdare and Merthyr Courses on many previous occasions, but with making weight and making stumbles in recent performances is not held as first favourite. "Sam y Bwt- chwr" and "Blaenrhondda John" have entered him on I this occasion, though it is doubtful whether he will carry thier colours. Is almost getting tco aged to run such classical events. but will "die gamely." His rider is unfixed and the selection will b? deferred until the last moment. Has not trained much during the week and relies mostly on past reputation and a thorough knowledge of the course. Though always safe in past races, some tribu- lation is being feared as to his present chances, and a desperate race is sure to be fought. -0-- '"Young Gloran" is the favourite for the event. In the last race came in first with honours. Should he repeat the performance en this occasion will stand a fine chance for the "Chairmanship Plate," with its J.P. S. James's Hall honours. A young promising chostnut, full of activity, defies all opposition. Finds great- favour in his intimacy with the Ynysfois stables, and thp "Major" the leading horse in the latter establishment, has been granted permission to assist him in his exer- cise. Canters along at fine rate and finds support at all quarters. "'Etc-C.C. Tenders him aid in the upper part ci the course, and the experience of the two heifers will un- doubtedly be of advantage. Finds greater support by his showy attitude than his rivals. Anticipates great help from the "dray" horses. Rumour hath it too. that in the upper part of the course, a number of the "Stone ginger" followers favour his chances on account of n fine effort manipulated on the Blaenrhondda Road some time ago. We have no hesitation in his being placed in the first three. LATEST FROM THE COURSE. All the stables have been unusually active during the Last day or two and all the horses havo been sent on their spin. "Crotyn" and Blaenrhondda Roamer' appear to be doing the most exercise, though "Ex-Guardian" is very consistent. The other two are held to be fit enough without excessive training. Speculation is indeed rife as to the probable results. The latest betting is 6 to 4 on ''Young Gloran" (laid and offered), evens against "Tynewydd Grey" (offered and taken), 3 to 1 against "Crotyn," 4 to 1 against "Blaen- rhondda Roamer, 4 to 1 against "Ex-Guard- ian." We fear that the money is being extra- vagantly laid Ion "'Young Gloran," but we Anticipate his .victory; probably first horse hom. "Crotyn" may advance before the event comes off, but the other two "Ex- Guardian and Blaenrhondda Roamer" will run a tight race. "Tynewydd Grey" is hardly as much in demand as usual, but may come in second leaving the other three to fight for the third place. THE TREORKY ALL AGED STAKES. (For horses of all denominations), the win- ner to hold the plate for three years. Weight fo. age, course 7 furlongs. This promises to be a most interesting race this time, the executive having arranged ai. excellent programme and good sport is as- sured. The course is a bit more reliable than the adjoining one, and those in the runninp wil' have a fine flat piece to travel over. The starting point is fixed at the branch of the I Rijiondda School Board fixed at Ynyswen, and then on a straight run down as far as the Square, up to the hilly summits of Cwmfardd the stronghold of "Oceandom," and down as far as the "Cory-dom" incline at Tynybedw. This is a thoroughly good course, and though there are fresh arrivals 1:1 the field, each horse has 'had an opportunity of testing his equilibrium in the several directions. The number of entries are five— two of which are aged, while the others are new aspirants for honours. There is a little tribulation due to the appearance of a "dark horse," and the cempetent declare that some penalty should be imposed-in any case the animal in question has earned it. The reports from the training quarters are in some respect bright, but stricter attention and preparation will have to be entailed or the favour, tes may find them- selves in a "ditch." There appears to be no entrance fee for this race, and the entrants are not restricted to any specified limit, but the present actions of some of the "horses" will not exact the admiration of their would- be followers. The following are the probable starters, and a short account of their past performances and present doings is appended —o— "Bill Burnyeat" enters the field with strong claims for high honours. A well tried horse, having had experience in previous contests. Through his signal success in the last mce, he has been instrumental in retaining for his owners a large sum of money, and for his credentials in this department deserves further support. He was entered for the ace by two .able representatives in "Daronwy" and "Rees y doctor," and is r-ure of enthusiastic support from the Abergorchv. Tattersal and Independia, not forgetting the influence cf "The Co-op," all of which are prepared to lay long Us on his triumphant return. This hcrse has a fine record to boast of, having the magnanimous number of wins of 75 out of 80 premier races, and 155 out of 191 minor n ents. He has had a few splendid trials during the last week, ani on Friday a large and Surprising number of followers congre- gated to e him "doing a mile" in fine style. He is bold and fearless, and though presumab- Iy many obstacles are paced in his way lie will evidently surmount them all. and prebnb- ):. secure the first prize. It is evident that "Bill Burnyeat" has bcm stripped a little bu too early by his enthusiastic supporters, and in consequence has had to be confined to his stable for a few days with a "bad cough," but hopes are entertained that he will renew training at an early date. One of his sup- porters "Richard y gwitwar" has perchance beer a little over-anxious for he suffers from something resembling a *black eye." Long odds are being universally laid en "Bill," who is expected to come in first by a "neck" or a neau. It is mainly through the actions of this horse that the executive decided to aug- ment- the number of races from five to ten. --0- "Ty mawr" is an old and experienced horse. He comes from the famous "Ocean" stables, which have produced several promising racers mawr" has won this stakes on several previous occasions. Was sent away for a sojourn to an embracing air last week, but returned showing every readiness for the frav. Is universally popular, and the mighty foam of '"Oceandom is expect ~d to carry-liim through nice-ay. His chief backers are the onco- ClIOWlJcd "Comic Cuts." and "Twin Twice." but has a host of other admirers. "The Long One" and "Jaw Jaw" are expected to tender him evrry help in h;s preliminary canters, while the expert jockey "Featherweight, with his numerous advantages and previous experience is depended upon to do justice on this occasion. While numerous obstacles are to be contended with, and when the obstruc- tion of some of the other horses arc taken to the consideration, still this horse will probably run a magnificent race. He displays :1 unusual liking for the dominions of Cwmpark where he is held in high esteem. Round th.' precincts of the "Institute he also dees glor- ious work, and the commemoration of his stirviee" presents another appreciable claim which should not readily be forgotten. Has won several. yaIuable prizes in the past, and has thoroughly satisfied his owners and admirers. At present holds the "School Board Plate." and administers justice to all. Dis. plays u'aeasiness, always reliable. His trainers never find difficulty wi;h him. Will run a close race with "Bill Burnyeat." and it is a difficult thing to chose the winner. -c- "Classical jc-hn." one of the eleventh hour arrivals, is another dark gelding, displaying unusual activity. By way cf compensation over his defeat in a similar race out of the district- two years ago, his owners urge his claims for the -stakes in question. Having been bred on a collier's hearth, his tendencies to serve the I'workman'" are unhesitatingly strong. He is desirious of training on dry and -reliable ground and depreciates floods and muddy byeways. Appears to have a per- feet knowledge of the deficiencies of the course, and kicks dangerously at its deplorable state. Drinks nothing stronger than "water. Has had a splendid training and should never be found wanting when required to furmount all obstacles and clear every hurdle. Very popular with the Noddfa gallery crowd, which he never fails to accomodate. Always takes a leading part in the crusade against the brew- ery dray, and shies terribly at the latter. His backers, including "Sol Doh," "Johnny Shop," "Dai Sam," "and "Bachelor Bowen, are confident of the chances of their representa- tive and leave no stone unturned to secure his victory. Several close quarters are expected, and the struggle may ensue in the "back- street" where the? dangerous rival swaggers. This horse does not show temper, but withal is very zealous in his work. "Classical John" in his gallops. indicates that, be is quite as good as the other horses at even weights. Obviously this horse means danger, for he is a good stayer. Will fight hard for third place. -}- "Dai Stag," or equally as well-known under the nomenclature "Quaker Oats," is another fine horse, which enters the arena for the firsc time. His owners were doubtful whether lie would be in condition for the event, but ulti- mately decided to run the risk, which is now r giving way to hope. An aged horse who has had many opportunities of testing the course. For backers he will rely mostly on "Phil y shop" and "Jacob y gof," and from various quarters will undoubtedly draw support. Shows a disposition to disregard all opposition, bu' needs a lot of coaching to get him into order. Bred in the locality, this horse cost a lot to his creditors during the recent strike, when he took such an active part in the dis- tribution of the famous "pea soup." This is calculated, however, to improve his chances, which otherwise would be remote. "Dai Stag" was greatly inconvenienced last week in his training work, but through and through, did useful work. His chief canters were through Cwmpark where 'he is held to be powerful, and a couple of "rehearsals" held in that favourite spot is calculated to prove invaluable to him. This horse. on some of his form, would be difficult to beat, but his chances in the future, when he has a little more sun on his back should be indeed rosy. Still we anticipate great things from him.. -0-- "Boycotted Collier" appears before the public for the first time in this race meeting, though having previously had experience in tought lights for the "Guardians Plate," for which he has now no liking. He is en- tered in the race in question as the represen- tative of the "Soup Kitchen Relief Committee." and on such credentials boasts of a splendid excuse and chance. Has in time past run under a great misnomer. He appears to be in a frisky condition—probably due to the course of diet received at the hands of his owners. He will require a great deal of fast ing to counteract his superfluity. This horse has a somewhat suspicious tendency to "kick. and one or two of his rivals are reported to bo suffering from. the effects of same. In his past career under judicious guidance, has demonstrated a partial liking for the duties of "Pregethwr Cynorthwyol," and has a par- ticular regard for the "72th" expression. His training in the present race has been varied and abundant. The "Heol Cefn" finds his best support, and being the only horse from that quarter convinces his owners of the desirability cf decent reals and perfect light to perform his preliminary canters, which are not of a- very promising character. He is inclined to show a little tempc- and in his gallops has to be fairly driven up to his bridle. He shows aversions for pub'jr demonstrations and prefers a quiet canter in a -rcluded spot, which runs answer his purpose. This horse has changed hands since the list rarc. and run! un,-er new colours. vlr Federation ,string prominent. "Printer" I i, fct-staVer, or been forsaken, and "Calon" and "Pae.Coeh" are his foremost backers while the 'ry-.i 1" is expected to turn the scales jockey. Tin's dark horse is regarded as th< most tlnnperous outsider. LATEST INTELLIGENCE. "Ty Mawr" is now blossoming forth in grim earnest, and is progressing favourably, and is advancing in the market with Lis work. Shares with "Billy Burnyeat" as being the most formidable candidates in the field. It will be the race of races between "Classical i ohn," "Dai Stag." and "Boycotted Collier." It is r.ic-L-t uiincuit, to predict 11-e success of either. The betting at present is 2 to 1 on I "Billy Burnyeat (readily given and taken), even? on "Ty Mawr" (willingly g; 3 to 1 against "C!as>ioal Jcim." 3 to 1 against "Boy- cotted Collier." 4 u; 1 against "lIai Stag." In venturing a fcreca-t we leave "Ty Mawr" and "Billy Burnyeat" to fight for first place supremacy, the odds slightly in iavour cf the latter. TIll for the regaining place, we cannot to give any def.nit-3 assistance. The "Collier" may come in hap-hazard, but we think the real fight may between "Cl<r.ssi01I John" and "Dai Stag." THE 8 WARD GREAT RACE. At the request of several of the spoi ting and other fraternity at Porth. we have dispatched cv Perth Correspondent upon a voyage -f discovery. Our contemporary has :->tied its usual list, and latest calender, but opinion varies very 111:1eh upon the ss of thè betting. Our Ccrrespondent was cut early on Monday and Tuesday morning, a' witnessed several trials, some upon the Tar,, while the others preferred their work upon the Cymmer and Nytb Bran Heath. The morning air was most bracy. and for being about, made things pleasant for our reporter, who says that the market has been forestalled by means of tho incorrigible tout, who lias made an -rreparabla mistake in the work done by some of the can- didates. Therefore, the latest betting will be cautiously watched by the public. —o— Xo. 1. Now Director. Dark Bey.—Favourit- ism must be awarded to this sterling sen of Cymmer. This well knov.-n performer has been over the course several times t he has been highly trained for this event, but cur Cor- respondent ays if bs trilÍner gave him more striding galle-ps from Cymmer to Alter, h would benefit him very much, as he is rattier on the bi; side. He will be ridden every inch of the ground, an.1 we may safely say that the race is over as far as we can glean. He will, undoubtedly be brought back to the paddock (with unassuming pride) with the blue ribbon of this important event. Betting. 9 to 4 on. 2, Brigade.—A dark chestnut of immense and powerful limbs; his front quarters most splendidly developed. He is a young horse, recently transferred from the Curragh, the home of all the good chasers. He has a. splen. did trainer in Bushy Hare, who considers him a most improving candidate, and one that will render a great account of himself on the event- ful day. He is stabled in splendid quarters at Cymmer Villa, behind which is a large piece of ground most suitable for the searching pre- paration that will be required. This colt is most gentle, and of unassuming manners, and carries his head quite erect. He will be ridden by the Baker Boy, who, with his pluck and in- domitable courage, will be very near the mark on Monday next. One of our touts says that defeat is impossible, as staying powers is his great forte. At Coveit Garden he is well- known for his great dash and speed. Betting 7 to 4 on. ——^ — No. 3, Brandy Hot.—A young, but propor- tionate (bay), stabled at the back of the Bri- tannia. Inn, in full view of the Llwynycelyn Chaff Room. A quiet and resourceful oolt. This will be his first appearance in public, and it is hoped that he will brush up and take to the severe task of training, which will be in the hands of Shopman. Our Correspondent is rather afraid that the patience of the train, er will give way, but he must persevere, and not let his candidate run loose as the Express Bicycle did. Brandy Hot ha.s a host of warm supporters, who anticipate that his weight alone wiU carry him to the front. Our Cor- respondent's advice is that his trainer should give him a few private gallops on the Nyth Bran Heath, and afterwards bring him out to face the public. Betting, 5 to 4. —o— No. 4. Water Cart.—A steel grey, aged, This horse derives his name through the pro- menading of the Y.L.B. cart on every rainy day. This sterling son of Sionees has had a large and varied experience of this particular course, but somehow or other, his rider cannot even get him into a prominent position in any race. His connections, perhaps, have some- thing to do with it. The candidate eannot undertake to be responsible for his teetotal trainer and rider.. Our reporter quotes a race even last week at Turst Park, where a slug- gish and a bad performer (so-called) came out wonderfully well by his trainer dosing him with S.W. Water Cart has had plenty of supporters, who declare tliat he will be in at the finish. They even say that he will cause a lot of trouble even to New Director. Betting, evens. T
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(Continued from previous page). in the face of "Observer's" statement, makes all the difference. Next in his cowardly pro- gramme is the statement that "Mr Brooks would sell both parlies, for his own political advantage." This is easily refuted by remind- ing the public of his conduct at each General Election, when he has always been one of thb firs:, to don the Liberal colours, and by a free use of his time and other means at his dispo- sal, has brought more voters to the poll than anyone else in the district. This was espe- cially noticeable when Mr Jackson opposed Mr A. Thomas. Mr Jackson being an Irishman, and Nationalist, one might reasonably have ex- pected Mr Brooks would have helped him, but notwithstanding the fact that pressure was brought to bear upon him to support his cuun- tryman or remain neutral, he absolutely refused to" do so. simply because. Mr Jackson was c. Conservative; and though they held most things in common, Mr Brooks did not hesitate 1' conduct himself throughout the campaign as a consistent Liberal of the flr3'. order, plac- ing principle before person, and clearness of action before sentiment. Of his fitness for the-restrict Council I will nL say anything here: this will be fully dealt WJth at the public meetings, when ample op- portunity will be given to "Observer" to re- state before an intelligent audience what he has written in secret, swayed by the evil of Iits own companionship. In conclusion. as be. seems troubled, if he will take of self-import- ance, one part; thought for others, two parts; equal parts of common-sense and justice, an unlimited quantity of truth and charity, mixed well, and thickened with bonds of brotherhood. and take a large dose every time lie feels those malicious spasms coming on, he will find his moral. political, and public constitution speedi- Iv toned and renovated. Then when "Obser- et" is observing in order to make observations, h" will be sure that his observations are strict- Iv what he has been observing, and make it no longer nceessary to place '"Observer" under observation.—I am, etc., JAMES BAKER. 61, Hannah Street, Portli. March 14-th, 1899.