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TREDEGAR WORKMEN'S NEW HALL AND INSTITUTE. Sir,—May I crave a short spaoe in your valu- 1 able columns, for the purpose of making a few remarks on the above subject. It is now a well-known fact that after two ballots of the workmen, the committee are quite in as much of a dilemma. as ever, and the attainment of the object is as far as ever from being realised. As an outside subscriber, I would not venture to address you upon the question, were it not for the fact that I was invited to vote on the last ballot. Why the outsiders should be con- sidered worthy of this honour on this occasion and not on tha former is, to me, rather a strange mode of procedure. However, now that the outsiders count, perhaps I may not be considered infringing upon the rights of others by giving my opinion of the situation, and sug- gesting what I think would be an easy way out of the difficulty That a large hall and institute is required I at onoo adrni, and anyone who would say otherwise would, to me, be a strange person- age; but how to get at the necessary, funds for providing same is the puzzle. I have a great amount of sympathy with the majority who voted a-gainst the scheme of the committee at the last ballot. To me, some of their argu- ments are uncontrovertible. It is quite true that the amounf asked for is very small, viz., one halfpenny per week, or two shillings and twopence per annum; but once the scheme is floated, there is a possibility, nay, a probability, that this will be found to be too small an amount, and then it would be too late to turn back. The consequence would be—another in- crease in the contribution. In my opinion, the scheme is not fair. I look upon the matter as an investment, a.nd I think that the only way to secure a good hall and institute for the town is to form a limited liability company for that purpose. Let every employee of the com- pany be asked if he is prepared to take up one, two, or more shares in the venture, and give the outsiders the same privilege. The money need not be paid all at once, but could be called in as required. As far as the employees of the company are concerned, I daresay that the management would permit the money to be stopped in tho offices, and the member, when he has contributed the price of the. share or shares, could then receive his scrip for same. It would not matter then if, after paying, six or seven poundt, towards the movement, he left the employ of the company, he would still hold scrip for that amount; and if it should by chance turn out a financial success, he would reap his benefit accordingly; but under the scheme which hM just been voted upon, ho might go on paying, perhaps, for ten or twenty years, and then leave. His interest in tho concern would at once oease, and the man who took his place reap the fruits of his labours. It is not my intention to go very minutely into details: I simply throw out my suggestion as (to me) a reasonable way of reaohing the ambi- tion of tho committee. I do not wish to pose- as a severe oritio of what has been done, but it must now be very evident that new ways and means must be devised ere the efforts of the committee cfn be crowned with success. If the site which is now offered is not adopted, it will be a sad reflection upon the town. gener- ally. Many objections will undoubtedly be raised to the scheme which I have somewhat roughly and, I admit, imperfectly outlined. Some of them I can imagine now, such as: The hall would not be the property of the workmen. The hall would be a private nail, and not a workmen's hall. The hall would not be under the control of the Library Committee, etc.. etc. These objections and others of a like kind can easily bo met. The hall would be a workmen's hall, and the property of the work- men, in exactly the same ratio as the number of shares which they would hold. It could hardly be under the control of the Library Committee as such, but would be under the control of trustees, which (to me) would be better, elected by the shareholders The rights of the Library and Institute generally to tho use of the buildings, and the terms of such, could easily be made sscure in the "deed of constitution."—Thanking you in anticipation, yours faithfully, „ LLEW. HOWKLLS. Earl-street, Tredegar.



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