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Rhymney Valley Echoes I ICy "Recordeb:"] I The Gellygaer Council is what the majority of people in tho parish make it, so, liko "Mis- sus <Enery 'Awkins, they've only got themselves to biaime," if things don't go just right. It is folly to put cart-horses on j he course to con- tend with racers. One wouM not- disparage the former, as it is just as useful as the racer The one excels for burden drawing, and the other for speed. It is only a matter of choosing the best material for the work to be done. But, unfortunately, this is not always the determin- inar factor, and people are prone to stulify de- volopment by reason of sentimental predilec- tions for a personality known to them. It is all ver» sweet from the persona) standpoint, this fidelity to old acquaintances, but representative bodies should be elected from a far wider out- look. ?. •* The Council elected its new chairman, Mr. Edward Richards, on Monday, and Mr. W B. Lloyd to the vice-chair, vacated by Mr K Richards, and did themselves credit by this unanimous selection of two sterling men for those honours. Mr Edward Lewis, now the ex- chairman, has been possessed witn a desire to be fair. It is not unfair to say that he shines more as a, Councillor than as a chairman. He did not talk much when in the chair; indeed, had he said a little more than he did say. and given in clear and concise form the details of a matter like that of the purchase of the land for sewage disposal, he might have saved both the public and the press from the misunder- standings he charged them with on Monday. Mr. Lewis, when he expounds a matter, skims the surface like a swallow one sees the points he touches, but all between, and under, is a blank—a mystery; or, liko a kingfisher, he blank—a mystery; or, I iko a Izi ngfisher. dives in at one place and comes up at another, and it is just this eliisive- discursiveness which gives rise to misunderstandings. -k X. Mr. L. P. Edwards suggested that the Rhvm- ney and Aber Water Company should be asked to notify to the public at what hours the water will be cut off. But why do not the sharehold- ers in the Rhymney and Aber urge this upon the company in which they are interested? There are shareholders in that company on the Oellygaer Council-perhaps it is well there should be at a time when the Glamorgan Water Board scheme for buying up he local con- cerns is occupying so much attention—but why do not these representatives address themselves personally on such a subject to the company they are interested in? Surely, their influence would do more than tho Counc;s request. The change in the time of the Council meet- ings from 4.30 to 1 p.m will not be equally con- venient for all, any more than 4.30 was. But, ha-ving- regard to the amount of business to be dealt with, it has been manifest for some time that either more frequent meetings, or longer sittings, would have to come. nrx- r 9 One benefit of the overseers being members of the Council was made apparent on Monday, for then Mr. W. B. Lloyd was able to make the Council acquainted with ihe nature of a de- mand which had been made upon them by the County Councfl. To judge of the claim off hand in the light of the interesting epitome of the rudiments of the case which was given by the Rector of Gellygaer, many would feel that the time had come for taking off their coats to the County Council. On all hands, so far as Councils únd Education Managers are con- cerned, one hears nothing but strong a.nd bit. ter complaint of the unfair and oppressive treatment of the County Councils. It would seem, judging from what one hears on such authority, that they form a sort of Board of Pharaohs, who do mightily oppress the people. But, nay, nay; is it not rather the people who do oppress themselves by electing such representative" Who makes the County Coun- cil? The people. If, then, the people are op- pressed by their representatives, let them see to it that they put it right by electing a strong- man—strong in his sense of right, strong in the principle of economy and strong in his charac- ter. An opportunity will soon occur in Geliy- gaer to fill the seat, vacant bv the death of as fine and true a man as a parish could desire- Mr. Evan Thomas. Let the ratepayers see to It tha.t they will have as worthy a successor to him as possible. Let them cast aside nersonal predilection, and get at all costs a man of go, grit and gumption, and whose heart has written on it the burdens of the ratepayers. Persis- tency in this way will be the most effective reply the parish can make, and this is the onlv peaceable way of ending oppression of any kind.

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