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to act Cd [Jf': Gas cuid Water Conimittoe. and should n ,In make a very useful member. —o— Mr Samuel's candidature is held in high es- teem, and the ambitious spirit in which he has entered the contest should be repaid. He possesses high talents, which, if given a. chance of action. are bound to repay the voters for the co' leneo asked of them. --0-- Mr one of the old members, is so he needs no lengthy refer- ence. The pub :e h ve in Mr Jenkins a repre- sentative t"iat fcr taeo and ability we could not wiyh tetter. He has enjoyed the confidence cf the electorate for a period extending as fat- blck: '15 lo/8. During tli- interval he has scrveci on the School Board from its formation ill 18i3; on the old Local Board, for a large manlier nf years: :1' since t.hat Beard censed to exist en the present Urron District Council. He has. undoubtedly, through his practical knowledge in wricus directions, combined with h!s sound judgment, a big share in many of Lhe and sanitary improvements which the has benefited frem. On all matters relating to the routine of the Council's duty, we can unhesitatingly consider Mr Jen- ktns as expert. No more efficient repre;?cnta- tiv on our pnoi/c bofnes could be secured, and Mr Jenkins' devoted interest in the place, to- gether with his ceaseless efforts to promote the v.-f•{'arc of the community .are virtues which should chim for lÙll valuable support in the present contest. He had a particular interest in the transfer cf the Gas and Water concern to the Council, a'1í that such an e\"nt has prove! a been to the district is an evidetv, fact. We cannot, dwell too much puon Mr Jenkins' claims and qualities, and in taking into bis laborious and faithful services int lie past, we cannot but anticipate his easy return on the present occasion. It be the duty oc the electorate to place in him a renewal cf confidence, for the services ot snc'a a valuable member could not be ig- nond. -0-- Mr W. T. Jones is the other old representa- tives seeking re-election. He places his ser- vices for re-election on the unanimous wish cf a ratepayers' meeting. Surely no other course could ha™ been adopted, for when we take Mr Jones' fine record for the last three years into ccn.-i'l'-raticn. it would only be natural on the part of the electorate to repose further confidence in him. We are being infcrmed that Mr Jones has gained a notorious distinction by his popular and enterprising debut, on tha retiring Council. By his manifesto we are told that he consistently advocated the re- division of the Wards, and the 'polling booths, whereby the Trcorky district has gained a great deal, and Cwmnark blessed with the privilege of a polling pJact" of its own. The importance of this radical change finds its importance in the more able and just representation, es- pecially to this Ward, Mr Jones enjoyed the privilege of being chairman of the Finance Committee on the last Council, and has distinguished himself in that capacity. Mr Jcnes also held a record attendance on both Council and Committee meetings. A retro- spect of lir Jones' labours in connection with the work of the Council should convince the electorate of his claims, which are certainly appreciative. -0-- Mr E .P. Davies, with previous election ex- perience, once more piaces his services at the disposal of the community, and in so doing claims to know the requirements cf the district. He appears to lay stress upon t,he fact that I.. .L h3 is a defender and supporter of the poor. and may be hi:; period of service as Guardian confirms this fact. Wo cannot confess to admire all In* points urged forward in his elation manifesto. The subject. of back strcrts seems to have a peculiar interest for Mr Davies. Being a resident in such a quarter himself he is certainly entitled to air their grievances. He gives prominence to the sufferings of bye-street inhabitants from want 0: light and roads- worthy of the rates incurred We would \vi-b to press the fact forward that if the Council have no control over such neg- lected portions, then they are not to blame for the deficiencies. This is a matter that should be first placed before the estate owners antl if r.ropcr attention is elicited from that quarter, or the roads transferred to the Coun- cil. then the latter can proceed in the matter. Mr Davies is perfectly right in giving vent to the necessity of such improvements, but if reeled could not hope to do anything mater- ial hevod placing the bare facts before the Council for the consideration of the latter. r. Davies also promises to do all in his power to keep the rates down, which impracticable thing eoupid never be done without seriously interfering with the efficiency and healthy con- dition of the locality. We certainly are aware that the rates are burdensome, but still the more important attention to th: people's wel- fare from every point of view must be con- sidered before a mere £ s. d. matter. Mr Davies holds a considerable influence, and is sure to cause endless troubles, if not actually elected, as hie promise to the Relief Committee during the Cord Crisis (if such a fact carries with it any qualifications) will win for him a surprising omotiut of support. Wliaetver ^may be his actual claims as a cnadidate, we can- not vote approval to his election manifesto. —o—■ The election wliich is to take palee in the Rhonada next Monday has not as yet aroused -th interest which is usual in contests of this kind. The electioneering development has been somewhat sluggish, and poor John Jones begs to be left alone to rest in peace with his .own home and his little industry. 'ThQ terrible strike struggle of only seven months ago has iett him in that lethargic condition wihch is incompatible with the effervescent luxuries of ■flamboyant speeches, irrepressible innuendoes, and the addresses of love, admiration, and a deep sympathy for his eternal welfare, which he receives from a ho3t of humble and obed- ient servants, ready to sacrifice Lnw, money. hth.'U-. ALL. yes, ALL. for his vote and inter- in the c-cwmg election. The truth is, the in Ins trial classes of this teeming population are under water. <ind it will take a Goliath to rouse them to an electioneering pitch of enthu- siasm. The Lillipnt aspirant for any honours that co:r.cs his way is neither sauce for the goose nor for the gander. Such is the general fJU look of affairs throughout the distirct. Still. ihp election must take place oil the 27th inst., the poll, although it will not he so heavy :1S it has been, will probably be a fair one. For candidates they are "Galore." For three w,At-; in the No. 3 Ward there are nine aspir- ants, alt of whom hail from. the Ward, and Who arff, ivithout- cxceplion. the vieticjs of heavy rates and an exorbitant expnediture.For the reasons I have noted, as well as the fact that the majority of the candidates are prac- tically unknown quantities to public affairs, it is difficult to prognosticate the result of this contest. There seems to be no difficulty in finding the Bottom of th3 Poll. He is a gentleman who unfortunately, notwithstanding his great sympathy with the poor and needy, and his sacrifice and untiring efforts at all ur.ttes for the benefit and the amelioration of the poor working man. is unconscionably to be letT out in the cold, and according to the gen- eral opinion of the nonce, is to be unmercifully left, not in the limbo of forgetfulness, but the Bottom. What has surprised the natives is that he has not taken to the hust- ings and shown his practical knowledge of sur- veying, sewers, and adoptive measures, and also his great intellectual eapaicty and his un- bounded confidence in his ability to shine, anti. to outshine the eight satellites who are his rivals. We can only infer that his silence on this great and momentous occasion is due to the lack cf public accommodation in the dis- trict for holding public meetings. We expect every day to hear of his having taken to the Kialto an 1 the by ways to proclaim his genius to this ignorant and short-sighted populace. We do not wish to say who this wonderful personality is, neither shall we give a prize to any of our readers for naming this unfor- tunute phenomenon. Well, what about the Top of the Poll, i.e., No. 1? The prediction i- that the old veteran, the treasurer of the Miners' Association, will run hard for that position. His professions arc simple and un- ostentatious, and although his address is a little strong, and, perhaps, confidant, he can aff undoubtedly to appeal with greater fores and confidence for the colliers' votes than any odter of the: c;Jndid:-itrs. —o— Now for No. 2. The opinion goes with the builder from Ton, who has P. very good and sterling reputation, and who, they say, will he or useful service to the Board. Very few we found to venture the name of No. 3. It will, they say. be a race. and a very close one, be. tween the ironmonger and the heavy weight solicitor. Amongst a large number of the electors, the heavy-weight solicitor is person- ally most popular, and his advent into public life would oe welcomed by a host of admiring friends. Remarkable it is that Old Coffee seems to be forgotten by the knowing ones. He has been many chocs underrated before and to the chagrin and dismay of his enemies he has managed to outstrip them in many a race. Still we believe that his career is draw- ing to a close. The opinion expressed is that his chances lie in the fact of there being so many candidates, and that the old Coffeeites are, therefore, strong enough to just push him in. The heavy weight solicitor will very likely beat the lighter cne. because of his personal popularity, and also because he is chaperoned and looked after by that old veteran, the Welsh General. There is a strong opinion in favour of having on the Board one of Her Majesty's gentlemen of the Law. If the young one happens to boat the older one, with all his advantages, it will surely be a famous vic- tory. It is purely f. matter of speculation. But who is No. 3? That is the question. Is it the so-called Labour Candidate from Ton, who is at present caretaker of the Ton Li- brary? They say he is backed by the Baptist, and not by the general labour party. If that is so, his claims are nil, and his title a misno- mer, and his chances, therefore, are put of reckoning. As far as we are able to find out there is very little talk of the other candi- date. who is one of the oldest tradespeople in the Ward, and who has not taken part until now in any public affairs. We only give odds on the Top and the Bottom. -r- It is election time, and even bards must not be shut out from giving his ncetiofd bile. The following lines come from the Poet Laureate of Xo. 3 Ward. We are sorry for the other can- didates for the handicap of "no poet." We insert it because it fill save us the trouble of summarising the very many strong points of Mi Treharae. If the poet snid. "Treharne yw'r dyn etholaf" instead of "ethoiion. he would have adopted a more moelest strain. —o—■ Ton. '"=-;o Eariy in the Morning." Y mac Treharne o'r Fentre'n wir Yll Gymro glan o waed cocli pur; Mae'n meduU ar gymhwysder mawr I sefyll drosom megys cawr. Cydgan: — Treharne yw'r dyn etholwn, Treharne yw'r dyn etholwn, Treharne yw'r dyn etholwn, I ddod a llc-s i ni. 0 fewn y Pentre ganwyd ef, A thrcs ei ethol dyrchwn lef; Un mawr ao blaid y gwan, A thros ei ethol gwnawn ein rhan. Cydgan :—Treharne dyn etholwn, Os ydyin am gymydog cu. I wylied ein hiawnderau ni, Etholwn ddyn o deulu da. A gweithio beunydd drosom wna. Cydgan —Treharne yw'r dyn etholwn, Cyfreitliiwr yw c. feddwl cryf I ddadlf.'ll'l} hawlinu inewn modd hyf; Yn meddu cyinhwysderau iawn I wneyd Cynghorwr cywir llawn. Cydgan -Tr!Ja.rne yw'r dyn etholwn, Boneddwr yw o werth t'r byd, A mawrcdd yn ei wedd i gyd, Dydd Llun pleidleisiwn i Treharne, Y goreu yw yn ol ein. barn. Treharne ywr dyn etholwn, Treharne yw'r dyn etholwn, Treharne yw'r elyn etholwn, I I ddotl a lies i ni. 'NO. 4 WARD. Although there arc only four candidates con- testing for District Council honours in this Ward, the activity displayed by their suppor- ters in holding meetings, and systematically canvassing the district during this week, has been phenomenal. Much greater interest is evinced than that taken in the No. 3 Ward, where over twice the number are contesting. The general opinion in the district seem; to be that Mr Thonfas Thomas will head the pel!, with Mr W. D. Wight an 1 Dr W. K. Thomas following. We sincerely regret to hear that the other candidate, Mr Evan Morgan, has been taken seriously ilL His supporters, how. ever, are leaving no stone unturned in endea- vouring to' secure his return. -0-- On Tuesday evening, the supporters of Mr W. D. Wight's candidature held a splendidly- attended public meeting at Bryn Seion Chapel, Gelly. Mr William Vaughan occupied the chair, supported by Messrs Hugh Rees. Rev T. Evans. T. Mason, Moses Reed, T. Pliippin, Duraall, J. Pearce, Mr Brocks, B. Heycock, Dan Davies, and T. Davies. In addressing the meeting, the above namer-geutlemen ex- I presser their satisfaction with the manner Mr Wight had represented them during his past term of office. They believed he had been a faithful member on the Council. He was a man of practical experience, and thut exper- ience he gave to the public, sacrificing every- thing in their interest. His motto was, "What is worth doing, is worth doing well." There was a strong feeling in the district that Mr Wight should be returned owing to his general knowledge and engineering experience, which was of the greatest advantage to the rate- payers, not only of Ward No. 4, but the whole of the Wards. Their failure to return him would certainly prove a great disadvantage and loss to them, and moreover, the Board would appear to be empty. (Laughter). Re- ferring to the new proposal of Mr White's for obtaining an extended water supply for the t district, one of the speakers said that Wales could afford to let England have their supply of water from the Welsh valleys, but they had a gentleman amongst them who was capable of extracting water from the bowels of the earth to supply them. It was unanimously resolved that in the event of Mr Wight being returned, that they extend their support to enable him to carry out that scheme. After expressing the utmost confidence in Mr Wight, it was unanimously resolved to support his candidature. NO. 5 WAIVD. Perhaps the fight in No. 5 Ward is one that illustrates the best example of a clear issue. There is no blinking the fact that Mr Thomas Evans, the Bush Hotel, did promise to stand hy the decision of the meeting held at Blacn- clydach—his own home as it were. His de- feated colleagues did the same, and they are standing down hi order to uphold the prin- ciple of the sacred character of a promise. The conveners of the meeting have issued a circu- lar to the electorate, in which this solemn fact is rubbed in with telling effect. We arc told that Mr Evans winces under its castigation, and no wonder, because Mr Evans is an hon- oured man despite his great ambiiion, and must, therefore, feel that in thus coming out after pledging his word not to come out, to cause an election, he is acting "off-side." Tho 11 electors complain, that is. those who still be- lieve an honourable man ought to keep his word, that Mr Evans is not showing a good example of the purity of public life by starting by "breaking his word." For instance. Mr Evans in his address promises a good many things -he is going to see that all ratepayers are going to be served with an equality never before seen, he is going to see lights in dark places, and, of course, like every freshman who seeks these honours, he is going to reduce the rates so that the working class shall have a great reduction in house rent. Then, again, Postal delivery on Sunday at Clydach Vale and a Good's Station at Clydach. Now this is a very grand show of promises. Not only he promises to revolutionise the District Council, but the Post Office Authorities and the Great Western Railway Company and the Taff Vale Railway Company will have to know that, if he is elected on the District Council, Mr Councillor T. L. Evans will be no ordinary man when he starts on his reforming campaign But here is the rub, "This gentleman," says the intelligent voter, made a promise at Nodd- fa Hall on St. David's Day of the year, to carry out a pledge he then made, but he smashed that, and what guarantee have I that ) ho will keep all these grand promises? And hesays further, "What proof of power can he lie give that they will be accomplished?" He says that he has lived 20 years in this District, and yet the Sunday Postal Delivery and the Gecds Station are not here, and it did not re- quire that a man should lie made a District Councillor before starting to serve the public. —c—- These hard-headed workmen can see through bunkum of this sort. Any candidate who thinks he can rush the electorate with such shots is far wide of the Bull's Eye. Nothing irritates a sensible man mors than this ala. fashion hunting. It is no wonder, tehrefore, that the promoters of the meetnig are making a protest against a man who plays fast and loose with a. promise. We require some stern, cr moral stuff than that before we (al1 hope for improvement in the calizre of our public men. We have no personal quarrel with Mr Evans, in many respects he is a good sort when ho gets his own way, but as a pbulic represen- tative after this incident of St. David's Day, lie forfeits the good opinion which we should like to hold. The three candidates selected are going together, and we trust that their supporters will stand loyally to the arrange- ment. There should be but a reasonable mar- gia between the three on the poll. and the proof of keeping the (promises will be too plainly seen in the result to escape the notice of the electors. Therefore, vote for Evan Williams, Rhvs Griffiths, and John Gilmour, as the honest ticket in this Ward. NO. 9 WARD. We congratulate this Ward on having pre- vailed upon Alderman Mathias to consent to lii > being nominated. It appears that he had definitely decided to retire after serving the cemmuniiy for over 16 years. When this be- came generally known three deputations from different localities visited him, and the pres- sure was suah that he very reluctantly gave way,and allowed himself to be nominated. The result is gratifying to the community gener- ally, as he is undoubtedly an expert. He may no' indulge in great oratorical displays, but tho amount of Parliamentary work done by Inn, and delicate negotiations carried on. in- vclving the saving of expenditure of thousands of pounds, is not known but to his fellow-rnem- bers, who always select him as a suitable gentleman for such work. Mr Smith is well known, and will prove a useful member. Mr Rees is r.ot so well-known, hut we confidently expect they will work well. We cannot help; repeating our expressions cf regret at the ) withdrawal of Mr Miles, who would be a source of strength as a member of the Council. NO. 10 WARD. We are glad to find from particulars sup- plied us by a correspondent that in the new members seat from this Ward a strong man has boon found. Tho following particulars vill be interest :ng — Mr Edward Griffiths was born at Aberyst- wyth in 1550, spent some time in Beauofrt Monmoutiishira, as a draper's assistant, from which place he left for Mardy 21 years ago. -()-- He was immediately appointed Post-master, which post he has held ever since. lie is re- cognised by all as a hard worknig, mdsutrious, man, persevering, and will undoubtedly, prove an able Councillor. He was educated princi- pally under the tuition of 'his brother. Alder- man J. J. Griffiths, Pcnygraig, and has fol- kwed in his footsteps in doing all he can with every good movement, both educationally and socially. He also took an active part in assist- ing the men when on strike, subscribing hand- somely. Mr Griffiths is a man possessed of good commanding intelligence, and is an all- round good man. He is a Liberal in politics. He was unanimously chosen by the electors of Mardy to represent them on the District Council, and had there been a contest un- doubtedly Mardy would have gone solidly for him. Mardy has been neglected for many years for the want of a representative, but we are confident that in Mr Griffiths the Ward will have a keen exponent of its needs.