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CORRESPONDENCE.I

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS…

WHAT DO TRADE UNIONISTS THINK?

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THE PURCHASE OF CYFARTHFA…

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THE PURCHASE OF CYFARTHFA CASTLE AND PARK. Sir,—A few days ago I read the story of the negotiation.9 for the purchase of the above pro- perty, and I have no hesitation in protesting against the whole affair. The ex-Mayor ap- proached Mr. Crawshay without any mandate from the Corporation, and when all his schemes were ready, he dazzled tho Corporation with the glorious anticipation of possessing a castle, and he found no difficulty whatever in rushing his scheme through before even the vigilant Presidern of the Ratepayers' Association had opened his eyes to the cost of the scheme. In my opinion, it would have been better for the Association to permit the Council to build half- a-dozen reservoirs than touch this'castle. There are only two large employers of labour who have residences in the Borough, and we cannot afford t-o lose one of them. If the Develop- ments Committee succeed in, finding capitalists who may be willing to speculate in new indus- tries in the town, one of the conditions will cer- tainly be that the Corporation should guarantee a dividend or provide residences for the employ- ers t liv.e m. That would be quite reasonable. Less than twelve months ago, the Editor of the "Merthyr Express" warned the Corporation against speculating in useless enterprises, and called attention to the fact that trade WN3 bad at Cyfarthfa. He also said that he remembered "the, works being closed for years, and struck off the rate-book, and Heaven forfend that the same should happ#n acrain." At the inquiry held by Inspector Willis, I read the above paragraph; yet, in the face of that warning. Alderman D. W. ones and Mr. Frank James. the joint promoters of this scheme, persisted in pressing forward the purchase, and that very evening Mr. Frank James affixed the seal of the Council to the agreement without waiting for the consent of the President of the Local Government Board. Strange to say, the pro- phecy of the Editor was fulfilled next morning, and all arrangements made for closing Cyf- arthfa Works, and they have been nearly knocked off the rate-book. This has cost the town a:nce the 1st. of January a loss in wages of over £ 50,000. What about the poor people in the neighbourhood of the works, who are half-starved, and the 250 children who are com-' pelled to partake of the benefits of a soup kircher. ? To my knowledge, scores of families have not had half enough food during the win- ter, whilo others are only able to go out of doors by borrowing neighbours' boots. I believe that the time ha3 arrived when the Corpora- tion should put an end to all this suffering. Why not call upon our members of Parliament to assist us in the matter? If the Corporation would only ask them. no doubt Mr. D. A. Tho- mas and Mr. Keir Hardie would be only too pleased to fix us up again.—I remain, yours truly, April 27th, 1909. T. J. RICE.

I DISTRESS AT* CEFN COED.

SHEEP DESTROY CEFN GARDENS.

CATHOLICS AND SOCIALISM.

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"HUW MENAI" AND COUNMLOR\…

iTREDEGAR SCHOOL MANAGERS…

EBBW,VALE CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.

THE MINERS' OUT OF WORK FUND.

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

CYFARTHFA CASTLE.

LINGERING COUGHS

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