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CORRESPONDENCE.I

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

COUNCILLOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS…

WHAT DO TRADE UNIONISTS THINK?

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THE PURCHASE OF CYFARTHFA…

I DISTRESS AT* CEFN COED.

SHEEP DESTROY CEFN GARDENS.

CATHOLICS AND SOCIALISM.

WHY A CATHOLIC (MNNOT BE A…

"HUW MENAI" AND COUNMLOR\…

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"HUW MENAI" AND COUNMLOR\ DAN THOMAS. Sir,—Councillor Dan Thomas, by hurling in- vectives with a medley of incompetent praise and clumsy sarcasm at the heads of his oppon- ents, manages triumphantly to make himself look ridiculous in the oye.-s of every lover of honest argument. A typical instance of his con- stitutional inability to be fair was furnished in your last issue, when he quite irrelevantly re- ferred to me as "that eccentric. p-aregrinatinir Socialist who now sojourns at Mer- thyr Vale." What earthly benefit c-n an in- telligent mat: derive from writing roach trans- parent nomenso, I fail to understand unlefc it be expected to suffice in place of argument, or else it is employed as a. sort of mongrel abuse which Mr. TTiomas thinks it politic to indulge in. Whether I am "eccentric" or "peregrinat- ing" has no more connection with the readers of the "Merthyr Express" than it has with the man in the moon. If Councillor Thomes is conscious of his inferiority to those whom he unjustily vilifies, why in the name of Everything sensible do«s he not cease deriding his oppon- (,nt.s? With marvellous celerity, the worthy Councillor disposes of everybody who fails to agree with him on the intricate questions of moral philosophy and "local contracts." In- stead of feubj-ecting even Council questions to the test of argument. Councillor Thomas is satv-Red ;n calling the nssin vh-. h:" not ap/roe with him that other rr-nii "an am- biUOiM impOltt8- ftQ someone else the "eccentric, peregrinating Socialist." A writer of this kidney is appar- ently in a. desperate muddle. Mr. Thomas's soul is saturated with superlatives, derogatory or otherwise. He cannot refei to any man as Mr. So-and-So. The reference invariably takes the form of "eccentric. Socialist," "ambitious young man," etc. I am prepared to forgive him for his little weaknesses, al- though there are many who will not. How- ever, I wish Mr. Thomas would give up cack- ling about Socialism, because it is patent that he does not understand anything about it. It has been suggested that I and my friend, Mr. Hugh Jones are here for the purpose of teach in "the Hwntws." If Mr. Dan Thomas in- cludes himself in that designatory, I may tell aim that he never uttered a neater truth in his lifetime. I suppose both Mr. Hugh Jones and myself have a right to he in South W;<lcs. If not. let Mr. Thomas say the word. and we instantly retrace our footsteps. Councillor Thomas, when I accused him of effrontery when demanded that schoolmasters should not pre- sent themselves on public platforms in company with Socialist politician- scribbled in answer a lot of wretched platitudes, and talked feebly about "discretion." I am still waitin" for an effective answer before I will leave the neigh- bourhood on my next peregrination.—Yours sincerely, I HUW MENAI.

iTREDEGAR SCHOOL MANAGERS…

EBBW,VALE CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.

THE MINERS' OUT OF WORK FUND.

WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

CYFARTHFA CASTLE.

LINGERING COUGHS

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