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--. Antiquarian Column.

I"CORRESPONDENCE.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

A MERTHYR LIBEL ACTION.

- DANGER SPOT AT ABERFAN.

PROPOSED MAIN ROAD THROUGH…

A PROPERTY OWNER ON BOTH SIDES.

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A PLAGUE IN EBBW VALE. Sir,—Would you kindly, allow me to refer to a matter which concerns many of your readers? I ailude to the plague of juvenile hooligans which is now raging in every town and village— and in no town worse than in Ebbw Vale. If the powers that ba were to manufacture all the criminals they could, they probably could not succeed bettor. The parents seem to have no control over their children, and evidently do not wish to have control over them. The school teachers are threatened with pains and penal- ties if they chastise them when necessary, and the magistrates a.re dilatory about ordering the juvenile criminals who are brought before them to be subjected to corporal punishment. All this is misplaced sympathy. The senses of man are prone to evil from his youth. And if the parents will not do anything to restrain the evil inclinations of their children, then, in the in- terests of the community and particularly in the interest of the children themselves, it behoves those in authority to do what lies in their power "Spare the rod and spoil the child" is an adage which is as true to-day as ever, though it has fallen into disuse. I have beard men, who, in their early life had been ordered by the magistrates to be birched, bless the day on which they received the first castigation, for that was the turning point of their lives. It is useless to expect flie working claM-that is the class whose children a.re the worst offenders— to pay attention to the manners of those under their care. The fact that the working men of this counry spend £100,000,000 annually in drink is conclusive proof that they are not cap- able of looking after themselves. The legiti- mate use of the cane never killed any one. If the wasters of humanity now at the coke ovens in this town bad, in their youth, been forcibly reminded of the difference between right and wrong their case would not now be so bad. Something more drastic than moral suaaio is needed to reform mankind. There is no lack of preachers and places of worship, but it seems the more of these we have the worse the people become I admit that it is in the power of employers of labour to say to their employees, "If you work five hours for us. we will allow you to work three for yourself But what use is there in advocating higher wages for the work- men so long as their motto is "Tho more wo earn, the more we'll drink." I believe it is in the power of at least seventy per cent. of the working men to be independent at forty years of age. Their main objects in life are drinking, gambling and immorality. The number of con- victions for drunkenness is misleading. It is safer to judge from observation and the drink bill to know the state of the country. Gamb- ling is on the increase. When gamblere are I summoned to appear in court they usually em- ploy practitioners to defend them, and often the accused are either discharged or ordered to pay costs or a paltry fine. It is hardly necessary to say anything about immorality. The moral standard of our towns and villages could scarce- ly be lower. One has only to visit any of the out-of-the-way places any night to see sights that would lie enough to make any one blush. It would be unfair to conclude without saying that there a.re parents who bring up their children as they ought; and that there are children who do not require such a liberal use of the rod as others, but, these are in the mi- nority I am afraid I have trespassed unduly on your space, but the subject is one well worthy of consideration.—Yours faithfully, A WORKMAN.

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A GROWING EASTER CUSTOM.

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