Welsh Newspapers

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles

Hide Articles List

13 articles on this Page






[No title]




RHYL COUNCIL ELECTION. MR. GREENHALGH AND HIS CRITICS TO THE EDITOR OF THE "NORTH WALES TIMES:1 SIR, The election in Rhyl this week has been dis- tinguished by two parties viz., the Krugerites -thos who want taxation without representa- tion, those who have tried to set labour against capital and property; and the patriotic win- ning and popular party-those who have ignor- ed and buried race, creed, and petty differen- ces and jealousies for the purpose of advancing and promoting the general welfare of Rhyl. I have the honour to be the first member of the Patriotic Party. May it live long and prosper, make itself known and felt. If it does, it will raise the standard, merit, and position of public trust and honour. It will attract and win better men to work for the town. It will be an inducement for men of wealth, position, character, and ability from Lancashire and the Midlands to come and settle in the place as residents, a consumma- tion long looked for, and at present devoutly coveted. At the last election, when it was the turn of Mr. Abel Jones to seek re-election, the cry was 'The men of property are to lead, rule, and pocket the honours.' This year, it is the carpet bag man,' or as the late James Taylor used to say, Here to-day, but to-morrow can cart all his belongings to Kent.' f The Advertiser, or 'Family Herald,' as one Radical called it, says the battle this year is between labour and property. A large portion of the employers of labour in this town have votes in every ward, but like the working man at 91 a week can only vote in one ward. There is no honourable working man in Rhyl who begrudges them their vote or the honour- able position they hold, bah they do begrudge and despise men who are no more worthy or able than themselves to fill them, but through some clique dodgery, or back door business, have been pitchforked into posts of honour and trust. My experience of our honourable work- ing men is, that they like to be ruled and led by men, who can rule with firmness, kindness, and fair play, and not by upstarts, soapy sams, and jack daws. A private soldier who had done a brave act was told by his officer that he could have any- thing he asked in reason. He replied, 'Give me back my Colonel (Baker) with his white horse.' The men who try to unite all parties and classes for the common good are the 4 Peace Makers.' The men who are trying to set class against class are doing the work of Satan, and are the worst enemies of the State aDd town. It is a remarkable coincidence that when the Advertiser takes a whole column to puff one man, and another column to throw dirt at another man, the latter gets run in, and the former run out. It was so in this election. It was so when I was sent to the Board before. On that occasion, Mr. Clews was run out, I was elected. This time, Mr. Jolley has been run out, and I have been placed at the head of the poll. I have never had a line, say nothing of a column, of credit or good wishes from the Advertiser in any public position I have held and taken lead in the 21 years I have been in Rhyl. My faults and failings, which I know are many, have been magnified and held up to ridicule, and they now grudge me being a member of the poorest and most neglected ward in the town. They are continually. telling their readers that as a leader or public man I am a failure; but in their last special leader I am unworthy to follow, and to what- ever I do or have done, they impute selfish and mercenary motives. The root of the matter is, I have never been a lackey, trimmer or party man, for the simple reason that my self-respect would not allow me to wade through dirt to a position of so-called honour and dignity. In the second place, Rhyl cannot afford it. We want the help and sympathy and union of all parties, races, and creeds fco^ make Rhyl popular and prosperous. One thing I often coveted for many years— to be put in competition with the pet lambs of the Advertiser on the shores of any of our colonies, with a pound in our pockets, where water finds its level, merit, and worth, not favour and puff, leads to high places and re- nown. The Advertiser is continually harping on my failure, want of success, and my humble pos- ition. Well, gardeners know that weeds Boon rear their heads, but things of worth and ser- vice take years of care of labour. Everybody but the Adverttser eeems pleased that I stood as & candidate, and now every- body seems pleased that I am returned. It was not of my own seeking or promoting, nor was I elected by the back-door manoeuvres of my workers. I am much indebted to my sup- porters. A fortnight of influenza had preven- ted me doing much work for myself, but I had a large army of supporters and sympathisers in my own neighbours and tenants. I never can- vassed at all, but my opponents were as busy as bees trying to damage my poll. Yours faithfully, J. S. GKBENHAUJH. Rydal Villa, Rhyl





[No title]