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i Cleanliness or Godliness ? Sunday Cleaning of Streets I Protracted Discussion at Council Meeting. ¡ The question of the proposed Sunday cleaning of streets1 was the subject of a protracted discussion at the monthly meeting "of the Rhondda District Council on Friday. The matter was brought for- i ward by a recommendation of the Roads as to the payment to be made for the work, together with four letters protesting j against the proposed innovation from various local Jfree Church Councils. The recommendation of the Roads Com- !j mittee was twofold, and was as follows: (1) That "the roadmen be paid at double J the usual rate for the time worked in « cleaning the streets on Sunday mornings, and (2) that during the first month the Inspectors take particulars showing the time taken to clean the streets in the various sections of the district allotted to the roadmen, and report thereon to this Committee." The letter from the Treherbert local Free Church Council recorded a resolu- tion passed at a recent meeting of that Council, strongly protesting) against the work of cleaning the roads on the Sabbath Day, adding that the Council were grieved to find that so much Sabbath Day desecra- tion already existed in the Valley, and imploring the District Council not to sanction another breach of the sacred day. Similar letters were received from the Pentre, Pontygwaith, and Mid-Rhondda Fach sections" of the Free Church Council, emphatically condemning the introduction of Sunday labour, whilst a, fourth letter of protest from the Penygraig: Free Church Council was handed in by Coun- cillor Tom Evans. Councillor Wight moved that, inasmuch as the only question arising from the minutes of the Roads Committee was the payment of roadmen for this work, the letters be declared out of order. This matter, said Councillor Wight, was brought forward by the Council, and the Roads Committee were only carrying out the resolution passed by the Council. It seemed to him that the Roads Committee were between the devil and the deep sea." The matter had been discussed at some length at the last meeting: of the Council, and the Council had declined to withdraw from the position they had taken in the matter. Personally, he did not say that the arrangement was the best possible that could be arrived at, but the Council had decided by a, large majority that the course they had taken was the best way to get out of the diffi- culty. Dr. Thomas moved that the actual work of Sunday labour be deferred for three months. He believed that they should approach this matter from a seasonable standpoint, as it would wound the sus- ceptibilities of a, large number of people in every Ward. If there was another way to get clean streets on Sundays, the Council ought to be prepared to consider the matter. An effort was now being made to get tradesmen to agree to earlier closing, which would be beneficial to the shop assistants, and which might also relieve the Council of this business. He had many friends who would feel it very keenly indeed if they persisted in this matter. Councillor W. T. Jones said that he wished to second Dr. Thomas' motion. There was a strong; feeling upon this ques- tion he continued, and he could not understand why the Roads Committee were in such a hurry to proceed with it. When this matter was raised a month > ago, he strongly protested against it, and the Roads Committee were directed to reconsider it. In view of the prevailing feeling, he believed it would be wise to defer the matter for three months. The Treorchy Free Church Council were already endeavouring to secure earlier closing, and by deferring the matter they would give the Free Church Council an opportunity to achieve this end, which would not only be a boon and a blessing to many, but might enable' the Council to have' the work done on Saturday nights. j. Councillor Tom Evans: If we adjourn this matter for three months, what guarantee have we that the Free Church Council will have succeeded in securing earlier closing? Councillor Thos./Thomas said that the feeling in favour of earlier closing was growing, and he believed that, if the Council adjourned the matter for three months, there was a likelihood that early closing would be an accomplished fact. Councillor Tom Evans: Some of us happen to know how this feeling is manu- factured. The only point I don't like is that the.Council, having passed this reso- lution at the request of the ratepayers, should, at the behest of a few, withhold their hands, and do nothing until these have succeeded in having the earlier closing of shops on Saturday nights. I don't want Sunday labour, but it seems to me that we should carry out our reso- lution as soon as ever, and that when this earlier closing of shops has been accomplished we shall be prepared to do away with Sunday labour, and have the work done on Saturday nights. If the offence does exist, it has not been removed, and there is, as much need to have it removed now as when we were first petitioned for that purpose. Councillor Daniel Evans said that if the shops were closed on Saturday nights at 10 o'clock, Saturday nights would not be the best time to do this work. Councillor J. D. Williams, in supporting the action of the Committee, said that if the whole of the Valley was consulted upon the question they would uphold the hands of the Council. He, therefore, moved that the Council should go forward with the work. Councillor Walter Williams said that he objected to the sentimental of Coun- cillor J. D. Williams. If the churches of the district, he maintained, were asked to give an oninion upon the matter, that opinion would be the same as that con- tained in the letters which had been read. He did not wish to find fault with the Roads Committee in regard to this work, but they now possessed some indications of the feeling of the people upon the platter, whereas when the Committee were instructed to consider this question, they had no such indications. In the face of

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