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,T H U RSDA Y, SEPTEMBER 20,…

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SWANSEA ECHOES.

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SWANSEA ECHOES. BY SENTINEL. THE FBBK LIBRARY. THE full significance ot the important report unanimously adopted on Tuesday by the mem- bers of the free library committee does not seem to be thoroughly appreciated. As I understand it, the adoption of the scheme for the future management of the library contained in the report is a complete justification of ibe OLD library committee, and it marks the total failure to make out even the semblance of A case of those town councillors who last November fought so hard against the committee and all its works. This is emphasised by the fact that though the then. leaders of the opposition to the mode of managing the library were present on Tuesday, they refrained from uttering a word of criticism, and actually acqui- esced jn the unanimous adoption of the report. It must strike the outside observer that these cries for economy raised annually near the month of November are uttered rather with a view of obtaining favour at the bands of the ratepayers than of improving their public institu- tions—one, in fact, was placed in peril of collapsa last year. And now that November is comiog mumijapam, we may expect to hear some more of this kind of talk. In fact, on Tuesday dis- cussion was raised by a councillor which WAS evidently addressed rather to the outside unthink- ing public than to the more thoughtful onea inside or outside the chamber. I will not recapitulate all the circumstances be- yond explaining that though all th local bookbinders had been invited to tender for the binding of the books, none bad responded, and the contract was4 therefore, given outside the town, this councillor insisted on puttiDK AN amendment which stated that the local trades- men should be asked to contract, and then he said something about the shamefulness of spending public money outside the borough. I agree that as much as possible of the ratepayers' money should be expended amongst them but if such as are in the particular trade capable of earning the money will not take steps to do eo, wily talk clap-trap like this ? THE COUNCIL MEETING. As I predicted, the council meeting did NOT last long. It just extended to the luncheon hour, and would have been over before then had not the councillors, ashamed of finishing their work so soon, prolonged their speeches, and generally introduced talk wherever they found a chance. I The proposal to erect blast furnaces at the South Dock created some alarm, for though the construction of three new furnaces in the town would have the effect of increasing the trade of the port by 4,000 tons a week, AND the earnings of the labouring classes by several hundreds, the councillors did not SEEM to relish the idea of having the residential part of the town affected. Consequently IT is now quite probable that the works will never be seen near the South Dock they will either have now quite probable that the works will never be seen near the South Dock they will either have to be erected at the East Dock, or not be erected at all. Possibly one great cause of opposition was the fact that the gentleman who made the application to the corporation is somewhat disliked because of his pretensions to the owner- ship of the foreshore—a pretension the corporation persistently neglects to challenge, as challenge it they should. HOW TO BECOME MAYOR. THE great question of interest was that which wound up the meeting. It was introduced by Dr Rawlings, and dealt with the mode of selecting mayorf, and suggested the adoption of the some- what objectionable principle of making the oldest men mayors. Hi speech was-like all his utter- ances-thorougbly to the point, and,what is more, it contained a complete description of the way mayors are nowadays made in Swansea. I ha ve behind the scenes for some years, and it has often been a matter of surprise to me that men of the highest character and position could consent to ac- cept a position of honour at the sacrifice demanded. Dr Rawlings fearlessly said exactly what he meant; but when he had finished there seemed considerable hesitation on the part of his col- leagues in seconding1 his motion. Had a motIOn, accompanied by such a speech as his, been allowed to fall through from want of a seconder, it would have looked as though the means the doctor describeii were considered by the corporation thfl correct ones to adopt. But 1\lr Monger declined to sanction this, and then the motion caDle before the meeting. Mr Maliphant no time in jumping into the breach, and in a speech of the kind calculated to impress a jury, pointed to a board which, in letters of gdd, contains the names of all who have passed the chair since 1335. Would, he asked, such honoured men as those have consented to the use of such means as the doctor mentioned to gain the position of mayor? Perhaps not; the intrigUE and wire pulling which has been so noticeable during the last few years may not have been countenanced iu previous years. Anyhow, thb doctor only got two supporters.

SOUTH WALES ENGINEERS AT BARRY.

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