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Rhymney Valley Echoes. [By 'HRECOHDEF.] One woe is past, and another woe cometh! The County elections are over, and without fear, favour, affection, or ill-will, the electors have made choice of "fit and proper persons" -"for richer, for poorer, etc." to save or to spend the produce of toil on the schemes and oounter-schemes of contriving minds. But tbe -municipal elections will be ou us in a few days. I/esgth of service has- not counted in some eaaee, and Mr. D. Prosser. who has been a mem- ber of the County Council for some twenty years, has failed to secure enough votes to make him tho first representative of the new ward' of Hengoed. Although that ward com- prises a portion of his old district, a large por- tion knew Mr. W. B. Lloyd better although, it must be admitted, that at Bedlinog, Mr. Lloyd's supporters were the strongest in num- bers. But according to reports, the outward signs of the polling day indicated that Mr. Lloyd was doing well everywhere, and he rmes into the Hengoed Ward as "new wine put into a new bottle." Mr. W. B. Lloyd has been an active force in the parish of Gellygaer for a long time. He us sat for tbe Bargoed Ward on the District Council, but now, even on that Council he will feel that his field of service has been ex- tended. and Trelewis and Bedlinog will have in ttme the force of a third representative of their interest on that body. The Rev. D. Levshon Evans has obtained the seat from which 1Ir Edward Lewis with- drew, Mr. Evans has those qualities and that personality which should make him a useful member of the County Council notwithstanding that he has been a silent and hidden man in tSairs outside his own church work. Mr. Walter Lewis, who tried for the seat on behalf of Labour, may, in the end, haying re- tard to the many claims on his energies, feel [hat his defeat has-been an unintended good, and I am certain the just claims of labour will Cge recognised by Mr. Evans. Mr Wm. Williams again secured his seat for Pontlottyn, but he has admitted that be never pected that the running for it would be so eloee. The transfer of sixteen votes from hira to Mr. Jones would have secured the lattei's | fceturn. ? By a majority of 32. Mr. W S. Nash just managed to win. It was all along suspected that his fight would be a close one. A close one it was, but it has resulted in the return of an able man-well versed in public affairs. •)r The Rhymney Valley has not made a bad choice, and all the candidates in the field had some distinguishing merit. •¥r And now the municipal elections are close apon us, and each one of the Councils are bound to have one or more new men through these elections. Some seats have become, or are becoming, vacant by retirements; others, through the long absence of some represents- iives, have been declared vacant, and some .seats will not be contested by their present owners by reason of their being abroad—eo changes are in store. There is to be a determined attempt, I hear, to oust the Rector of Gellygaer. Concerning that, one will have very much to say as the time draws near. That is a subject on which words will not be minced. The Rector of Gelly- traer is too good and useful a man for the Council to lose. Some few places seem to have the gift of knowing when they have a good man, and sticking to him through thick and thin. This has been peculiarly exemplified by the intelli- gent and snrewd people of Birmingham. They discovered the greatness of John Bright and cleaved to him in the same faithful way as they hav., done to Mr. Joseph Chamberlain whether he sailed under the Sag of Radicalism or Unionism. » Wolverhampton proved faithful to Sir Henry Fowler, whilst several constituencies have shown the same unswerving fidelity to even second-rate men. Their wisdom in this seems II to run on the lines of being content with what one has until you are certain of being able to I And a better. Great men, like Mr. W E. Gladstone, Sir Wm Harcourt, Lord Money, Mr. A. J Bal- lour, each had at some time to encounter a far less able, far less intelligent opponent, and each of them have known defeat at their in- significant opponent's hands. But whilst the names of these opponents never give men a second serious thought—except to make them astonished at the thick-beadedness of the voters responsible, and the braZenness and temerity of I' the Little ones—the once-defeated men have ieft names to conjure with. During the eighteen months which the Rec- tor of Gellygaer has sat on the Urban District Council he has proved himself to be a tactful reconciler; a force which has added dignity to the conduct of administrative affairs, and most painstaking in perplexing questions to End out the best way of securing the present and future welfare of the district. I In passing in mental review the part be (the Rector) has taken at the meetings of the Coun- cil, I do not remember a single unsympathetic remark from him. With my knowledge—gained by regular attendance at the Council's meetings jealous to secure the ablest administration of public affairs that, seems possible in preference to being known under thia or that denomina- tional shibboleth. Wlen the present chairman of the Council «ras re-elected without opposition, I know one of the forces which secured that unopposed re- turn. < We do not all want to be buried yet. Some fcay, perhaps, be forgiven for being a little more sealcus to secure the ablest administration of public affairs that seems possible in preference to being known under this or that denomina- tional shibboleth. It would be a great thing, and effect much good, if in this part of Wales people could be persuaded to read and ponder over some of Thomas Carlyle's work?. I believe they would get rid of an immense deal of cant—political and other. When the fight commences, I promise more, for in this matter there is no divided opinion among real, manly men. I am striving for the principle of the beat for the parish. It is not a matter of doing honour to any man, nor of gratifying any man's personal ambition; we have to seek the good, and the best good, of the parish by making choice of the ablest persons to administer our affairs, and of keeping them when we have got them, a3 the least mark of gratitude we can (show. In this case Gellygaer has a man whom it jrill be a wanton waste- of money to oppose. The Rector has proved himself as the one man wlio can make himself felt in the ranks of officialdom, and it was just the man with dis- cretion enough, courage enough, and with per- sonality enough to make himself a force there that the parish of Gellygaer has long wanted. -x- -K' .x, There is another gentleman in Hengoed, too, whom one would like to see representing one of the wards of the district, Alr. Morgan Ed- munds, who possesses a clear head with ex- cellent business abilities and power of express- ing his idea?. Indeed, Hengoed possesses men of splendid abilities both on and off the Coun- cil, and if some of the latter lived at Bargoed they would soon be to the front.

BEDLINOG.

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