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Election Notes, BY ELECTOR. THE OLD MEMBERS. 24 Nominations! What a plethom of candi- dates after the so-called indifference and apathy of the Rhondda electors. A week ago it was thought that an election might even be avoided altogether. It is pleasing to note that 14 of the old mem- bers have been nominated, and it is evident tUat the motive power of the old Board at all events will again manipulate the educational machinery of the Rhondda. --<)- Beginning with the old members, we are glad Messrs D. R. Jones and David Williams have again been called upon to fight for the upper part of the Rhondda Valley. During the past three years of School Board work, Treherbert has been the richer by a brand new set of schools—an ornament to the district; Manual Training Classes, and Higher Grade Classes seutre,lised in the new block of buildings. -0-- Extensive alterations are also being made to I the Ynyswen premises in order to meet the wants of pupils from the upper part of Treorky and the lower part of Treherbert. Both tht. old members deserve the hearsy support of the electorate as being staunch workers for the good of the people of Upper Rhondda. Coming to Treorky, we find the constituency is again fortunate in having at its disposal three such well-tried worthies as Rev W. Mor- ris, F.R.G.S., Mr W. Jenkins, and Rev W. Charles, M.A. The two first named gentlemen were mem- bers of the first Board elected in 1878; and for 21 years have watched the development of the educational facilities of the Valley, step by step, from the old British School of the rseventies" to the present happy days of Free Education, from the Infant Department to the organised Science School. -0- We are sure the electors of the Rhondda will recognise "experience" as one of the principal claims for support in the coming School Board contest. No Rhondda educational body would I be complete without the presence of the be- loved pastor of Noddfa Church and the Squire of Ystradfechan, and we expect both to occupy honourable places on the poll-list. | Rev W. Charles, M.A., completes his first' sitting on the Ystradyfodwg School Board, but sitting on the Ystradyfodwg School Board, but he claims, in addition, very considerable ex- perience as a former member of the enterpris- nig Bedwellty School Board. The claims of Mi- Charles for re-election are undeniable, for his academic distinctions, coupled with an earn- est sympathy for young Welsh boys and girls is their present day struggles, give him a very strong claim for support from ell parts of the Valley. -0- Mr Charles has gone up the educational lad- der step by step to the proud distinction of Master of Arte—a record which might be held up before the Pupil Teachers of the Board with advantage. We trust sincerely to find him re- elected, in a satisfactory position on the poll. -0-. The much respected vbar of the parish, who has, like the Rev W. Morris amd Mr Jenkins, grown grey in the service, is again a candidate. In the 1896 contest the Rev W. Lewis stood third on the poll, though in 1893, if we re- member rightly, he was on the bottom of the list. The latter result was doubtless owing to over-confidence. 'The Vicar is alright," was the cry. But it was a cry that nearly meant disaster. We hope this policy will not be repeated. The Vicar has always shown a thorough grasp of the vital questions of the hour, and the people of the Rhondda Fawr have in addition found in him a worthy cham- pion of their Higher Grade School. To him, very largely, belongs the credit of procuring a I new Higher Grade School for the upper Rhon- dda. --0-- We expect the Vicar to again occupy am honourable position on the poll, as the Rhon- dda School Board would not be complete with. out him. Rumours were once afloat that Mr W. W. Hood, of Llwynpia, would not seek re-election. It was felt that his retirement would be noth- ing short of a calamity to the district. Electors, apart from creed or denomination, are unani- mous in their verdict that Mr Hood is positive- ly one of the ornaments of the Board. -0-- Mr Hood possesses a breadth of conception on all great educational questions which, coupled with a lengthy experience of the work of the Ystradyfodwg School Board, stamps him as an ideal member. We expect him at or near the head of the poll, his customary posi. tion. --0- The Rev T. Williams, of Clydach Vale, has doubtless proved a very valuable member. As chairman of the School Management Committee, he has guided much of the routine work of the Board before it has been brought before the eye of the public, at the monthly meeting. --0- And after aU, the bulk of the work lias to be saws and planed in its committee stages. Faithful, and moderate; cautious and unob- trusive, he has followed the work of the Board in a manner which admirably fits him for re- election. Clydach Vale has found in him a worthy re- presentative, and as he again places his ser- vices at the disposal of the electors he deserves handsome support. -0-- Probably one of the most painstaking Rlkd attentive members of the retiring School Board is Mr Daniel Thomas, of Trealaw. We believe his record of attendance stands unique in the annals of public men. He claims the rare distinction of having attended every com- mittee and Board meeting since his first elec- tion. -0- Mr Daniel Thomas may be said to have charge of the purse strings of the Ystradyfodwg School Board, for as chairman of the Finance Committee he is largely responsible for the ad- ministration of the public mqney. That the financial condition of the Ystradyfodwg Board is highly satisfactory is evMent from the fact that only Its 5d per head is drawn from the I rate-pavers? pwJcefc. as compared with £1 Is per he-ad throughout. England a-nd Wales. This is n. statf of affairs of which the Rhoudda electors may be justly proud. Mr Daniel Thomas possesses a keeJiness of perception in the educational questions which affect the Rhondda boy and girl, that can only be acquired by loag years of application and oareful attention to the work of the Board. We hope and believe that the Rhondda elec- tors in all parts of the valley will recognise the many claims for re-election which Mr Thomas doubtless possesses. We hope to find him oc- cupying a very high position on the poll list, for he is certainly one of the most worthy of the retiring members. -i> At Porth and Cymmer both the retiring mem- bers offer themselves for re-election. Mr Henry Abraham has a long record of ser- vice behind him, for during a number of years he sat on the Llanwonno School Board pre- vious to the re-arrangement of areas is 1895. And "experience," as we have stated above, is positively one of the greatest claims in School Board contents. Mr Abraham's pro- fessional arrangements have to some extent in- terfered with a very close attention to School Board matters during'the past few months, but we are exceedingly pleased to find that the course is now quite cleared of obstacles, and he again offers his services to the electors of the Ystradyfodwg Parish. In 1896 Mr Abraham was fifth on the poll list —a position be again deserves. He possesses one quality which is an absolute necessity in & large and important Board like that of Ystrad- yfodwg—and that is Caution. Mr Abraham is not carried away by the enthusiasm of the moment, but calmly weighs and considers the "pro's" and "cons" of every new scheme, and never gives his vote until a matter has been thoroughly thrashed out. This earnestness and caution—the result of many years of close at- tention and experience are valuable traits in a public man. Mr Abraham's friends throughout both Valleys are many, and he richly deserves all the support they can give him on the election day. Porth, we hope, will recognise Mr Abra- ham's undoubted claims for a very high position on the poll. —o— Mr John Davies, Cymmer, has completed one triennial sitting upon the Ystradyfodwg School Board. In 1896, Cymmer, for the first time in the history of the Rhondda elections, was in- cluded in the constituency of the Ystradyfodwg School Board, and Mr John Davies was the people's representative. α- Mr Davies comes forth again loaded with the same "enthusiasm" which has always character- ised his work upon the School Board. Mr Da, vies is full of his responsibility as the representa- tive of the ratepayers and enters into the work of the Board with a vigour that stamps him as a man bent upon knowing the intricacies of the Educational Code in all its departments. Mr Davies is a typical working man representa- tive, Hid merits big support in troth Valleys. '0-- Cymmer lias found in him a very faithful re- presentative and strong advocate of their claims during the past three years, and their oonfid- enoo will again be well placed if the electors return him. Mr Davies has served on the Attendance and P.T. Centre Committees, and has thus derived a wide experience to fit him for re-election. --0- Mr Davies is a keen supporter of the Higher Grade Schools movement for all parts of the Valley. --0- Miss Ada Jones has, during the past three years, fulfilled with a very high degree of suc- cess a somewhat difficult position upon the Ys- tradyfodwg School Board. She is the first lady who has ever sat upon the Board, and the universal comment upon her efficiency as a member tells the electors pretty clearly that she cannot be spaced from the new Board. At first naturally a little strange to the many de- tails of such important work, she fell in with. the routine of the many committee of which she is a member, in a most commendable manner. Miss Jones never fails to take a broad view of the many important questions which from time to time come before such an important or- ganisation as the Ystradyfodwg School Board- Indeed, it almost appears that a lady member has become a necessity upon the Board, and we believe the electors of the Rhondda Valley will shew this when the election comes off. --0- Miss Jones deserves votes from every polliug booth in the Valley. She has shewn herself a friend of the child of the working man, and what greater proof is needed. Though Miss Jones stood fairly well on the poll last time We believe that the memory of her noble work for the school children during the disastrous strike of 1898 will be vividly remembered on Saturday, 14th. Miss Jones deserves to stand very high on the list of the successful candi- dates. --0- The retiring chairman, Mr Bevan, headed the poll in 1896. For some time be had run a good second to Mr Hood, who was chairman of the Board for many years. To head the poll with two other candidates in Mardy and one in Blaenllechau was a feat to be proud of, and Shewed the high esteem in which he is doubtless held throughout the Valleys. The Rhondda. Fach may well be proud of their champion- The new Higher Grade and Organised Science School is due largely to his personal efforts-- in fact, the whole Higher Grade movements of both Valleys have always received his warmest support. There baing no nominee from Mardy or Blaen- 11 echau, two mfembers can safely be retumea for the upper part of the Rhondda Fach- -0-- During the chairmanship of Mr Beva., the vexed Married Mistress Question has been pro- perly settled. The tedious Hafod question has finally disappeared from the agenda of Board. New Higher Grade Schools have been decided upon, Mannual Training Classes have been added to a liberal curriculum «» schools, and "'progress' marks the work of Boaru. Mr Beva.n will, doubtless, be supported every polling booth in the district. We esp* to see him high on the poll- a position be justly entitled to. -0- Wo will deal with the new candidates in next issue.

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