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Mountain Ash District Council. SOCIALISTS AND THE TERRITORIALS. CAPT. GRAY ACCUSES THEM OF SPREADING A FABLE. "IT IS A LIE." The annual meeting of the Mountain Ash District Council was held on Tuesday, when there were present: Messrs. J. Charles, Wm. Davies, Wm. Lamburn, George Hall, Silas Williams Evan Morris, Wm. Evans, T. W. Jones, Rev. E. V. Tidman, Griffith Evans, Bruco Jones, Thomas Jones, Capt. G. A. Evans, W. Millar, Capt. F. N. Gray, and D. Rogers, together with Messrs. H. P. Linton (Clerk), W. G. Thomas (Surveyor), and Fred Stock (Accountant). Mr. T. Jones moved, and Mr. Wm. Davies seconded that Mr. D. Millar bo appointed chairman for the ensuing year, and the pro- position, on being put to the vote, was carried with acclamation. Mr. Millar returned thanks, and remarked that he would do his utmost to maintain and uphold the dignity of the chair. He had much pleasure in proposing a. hearty vote of thanks to the retiring chairman, Mr. W. Davies. Mr. Davies had proved himself an ideal chairman, d. had exercised great tact in discharging his duties. The perform- ance of his duties in such a maryterreflected great credit on himself (Mr. Davfte) and upon the people whom he represented.—Mr. D. Ro- gers seconded the vote, which was also carried. —In responding. Mr. Davies referred to the able support which ho bad received from the members during his term of office. He had great pleasure in proposing Mr. J. Charles as vice-chairman. — This was seconded by Mr. T. W Jones, and carried.—The whole of the Education Committee were re-elected, and it was agreed that the new member, Capt. G. A. Evans, should act on the same committees as his predecessor, Mr. W. S. Davies. THE PARLIAMENTARY BILL. The Council next considered the report of the Councillors who attended in London before the Local Legislation Committee of the House of Commons in reference to the Mountain Ash Bill.—Capt. F. N. Gray, having examined the report, said: I want to know what we have had for our money. What clauses have we that put us in a. better position than we were be- fore? I do not see we have anything for our money in this Bill.—Mr. John Powell remark- ed that the Bill contained 132 clauses, and all, with the exception of 22, had been passed. The lost ones referred to roadside wastes, as they had been told they had bye-laws to cover these. —Mr. Rogers said they had a good deal in the Bill, which, if properly administered, would do much to improve the condition of affairs in the district. The clause referring to milk was a very good one, and one from which the people in the district would derive considerable benefit. It was not fair to say that they had got nothing for their money. They had had all these clauses, and it was sheer nonsense to say anything contrary.—Eventually the report was adopted* WATER BILL. The Parliamentary Committee's report on the position of matters with reference to the f Glamorgan Bill led to a lengthy and inter- esting discussion, and one in which Capt. Gray figured very conspicuously. Just as the dis- cussion was coming to a close the pressmen pre- sent were asked not to make any note of it. THE TERRITORIAL FORCE. Consideration was given to a letter received from the Glamorgan County Territorial Force Association, and also one from Capt. G. A. Evans, asking "the Council to grant to such of their employees as joined the force special, facili- ties for attendance at annual camp and extra holidays.—Mr. John Powell asked how the work at the Council offices would be managed if all their employees were to join. Capt. F. N. Grav explained that what was asked for was that if ajiy of their employees desired to join they be given an extra week for holidays, to- gether with the period spent at camp. Even if they all wanted to join it could be ^managed by allowing one half to go for the first week and the remaining half for the other week.— Mr. Silas Williams, in moving that no such permission be granted, attacked the new sys- tem. The Territorials, who were mostly col- liers, would, he said, be compelled to come out in the event of an industrial dispute, and he contended it was a great shame that they should be obliged to do so.—A Member (heatedly): That is an absolute lie.—Mr. Wil- liams It is in the power of the proper au- thorities to call them out. Wny did not the colliery proprietors in the district set an exam- ple to the men?—Capt- Evans: They do. Mr. Williams: They do not in Ynysybwl, at any rate.—Capt..Gray: Well, go and tell them, then.—Mr. Williams, proceeding, said that as an enticement for young men to join, reference was always made to the "glories of camp life," and the good enected on the characters of young men. He knew certain things about the Porthcawl Camp, and he defied anyone to say that young men who attended that camp were better than they were previous to going- there.—Capt Gray Absolute rot—Mr. Wil- liam Lamburn said he was prepared to further the interests of the country's defence, but when they came to dwell on the fact that in the event of any industrial warfare the services of these men, who came from among them, would be called upon to shoot their fellow-men down, he was constrained to second the proposition. — Capt. Gray, in rising to move an amendment, said these who had spoken agp.inst granting the request were Socialists. He denied that the Territorials could be called out in industrial disputes.—Mr. Silas Williams (interponng): The Secretary for "r ar said so, and he :{,W!; better than you.—Capt. Gray (angrily;: Ths Socialist section have spread that fable It is a lie.—The amendment, was seconded ami on beinir put to the vote was supported by Messrs. j'tan Morris, William Evans, T. \V. Jones, Rev E V. T'dman, Griffith Evans, Bruce Thomas Jones, G. A. Evans, Capt. F. N. Gray, while Messrs. D. Rogers and the whole of the Labour Members voted for the proposition. After the vote Capt. Evans and Capt. Gray left the room, and were jocularly asked by Mr. Silas Williams if they were beating a. retreat. —Capt. Evans replied that he would prefer to press a charge rather than that mentioned by Mr. Williams. VARIOUS., A communication was received from Messrs. Nixons quoting their terms for disposing of their interest in land near Abercynon for pur- poses of recreation grounds. The sum asked for was £340.0n the motion of lr. Bruce Jones, seconded by Mr. T. W. Jones, it was unanim- ously. agreed to accept the same. Again the question of acquiring" thewbolè or part of the Navigation Show Grounds, Moun- tain Ash, was discussed. The Clerk read a lettef from Mr. Gray, who stated that owing to pressure of business he could not meet a depu- tation of the Council on the matter. The feel- ing of the meeting was that in view of the fact that the company were not prepared to part with the ground something ought to be done to get a, Small strip of it for the purpose of putting a pavement there, and it was agreed, on the motion of Mr. Thomas Jones, seconded by Mr. 'W/Davies, that a letter to tbisëffect be written to the company. A long discussion arose out of a letter re- ceived and signed by a number of the resi- dents in Gladstone-street, Miskin, asking the Council not to carry out. private street works in that street, but allow the owners themselves to do the work. There was a division on the matter resulting in the request being granted. A letter was received from the Local Gov- ernment Board intimating that Mr. M. D. Propert had been appointed district auditor for the new Glamorgan Audit District. A letter Was read from Mrs Margaret Wil- liams, of 3, Augustus-street, Ynysybwl, draw- ing attention to the charges made for a. brick- ed grave, and making a complaint.—The mat- ter was referred to the officials to report upon. Mr. J. L. Mather, head teacher at the Ynys- boeth Mixed School, wrote enclosing corres- pondence with the T.V.R. Company as to the proposed motor platform at Ynysyboeth. Sev- eral of the members spoke on the advisability of urging the matter forward, and the Surveyor was instructed to make a survey of the place.

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