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HINTS AND COMMENTS. I suppose at the present moment anything outside municipal matters will be intolerable, and surely thf-ro no laecMSsity for leaving such a topic when in ic i.i'jje is so much "fun and fancy." Who is to be M-yc ? who is to be returned P &c., are questions which everyone is asking, but -few can answer. I can ten them who is going to be Mayor, but I am not sure who is to be returned for the West Ward. Why is there opposition in the West Ward. There are several answers given to this question' Some are funny, some foolish, and others fanciful. Aruor i; several thoughtful persons there prevails an idea that the opposition is representative of diogr.if for the inflated tone of the dignity and importance of a seat in the local Council of this rising >orough!" of which a great deal has been heard during the year, at very enjoyable banquets, where there has been an abundance of that excelsior liquor, champagne. Such may be the case. There is another notion alao. There is in the Council a gentleman who is a. representative of the working man" element. He hah nOl been treated with that dignity" which his sea: .should ensure for him, and many are of opinion that the opposition is an assertion of the working man's right to return whom he likes. Now, when properly considered, there is at least a little sense in this. A slight inuendo was directed against this member of the Council at that farce of a meeting in the Talbot, last week, and in a moment he was defended. There were many working men at that meeting, who would have defended Mr. Richard Jones (for he it is I refer to) if such had been necessary. It is quite possible that this senti- ment exists to a great extent amongst the working classes, and that Mr. Fred. Jones is nominated as a representative of it. Apropos to matters in the West Ward, there is something politically degenerating in the way in which one of the parties are conducting matters. I know something of Mr. Shone, and mv estimate of him is far different to that of those who form a committee and issue bills in his behalf. The very essence of a councillor should lie in his "back bone" or capacity to meet and fight by himself all op- ponents from his seat. With every respect to all concerned permit me to say that when a man has a large number of backers up," people are just as apt to attribute it to personal weakness on the part of the candidate as to the high value which is set upon him by a numerous company. I believe the Mayor of Wrexham has plenty of courage, and is quite capable of meeting his opponent in the West Ward without a committee of councillors and others to support him. There was something funereal in the last meet- ing of the Council. The Town Clerk is retiring, Mr. Baugh is retiring, Mr. Tom Roberts is retiring, The Mayor's seat is disputed, and under any cir- cumstances he will have to put the prefix of ex to his present title. There was something sad about it really. Probably there are no two men in Wrex- ham who are mere courteous than Mr. John James and Mr. Samuel Thomas Baugh. May long life be his in the retirement he is seeking," was wished to the Town Clerk, and I wish it him too, with all my heart. At my time of life, I wish to make friends and go in peace to my grave" were the words of Mr. Baugh, and I wish him both in all earnestness. "I have done what I could" he said later on, and what he has done has been a great deal. Both are getting old men now. Their hairs are white, but their look is still that of great in- telligence and vigour, and at least five, perhaps ten, years' work remain in both. But why should they spend it all in serving their town ?—a town that is not too grateful. Heigh, ho! There was a neat bit of sarcasm in the words of Mr. Baugh in reference to his successor, I thought it a pity to deprive the town of the services of a gentleman who has done so much for it, who has so much time and so many gifts." Aye, it was such sarcasm as rarely falls from Mr. Baugh, who never says a word more than is necessary to the transaction of the business in hand. His successor, however, can afford to bear it, for he has the political field uncontested. Whilst talking of the Council, it seems that another effort is to be made to put a stop to the interesting music of the coal hawkers, who gently, very gently indeed, ring a bell through the public streets. It is said that these bells are a nuisance. Supposing proceedings are taken against these coal hawkers for ringing a bell in the public streets to the annoyance of persons therein," and a conviction is obtained, what would the magistrates do if these coal hawkers were to summon before them the town crier, for a similar offence ? A gentleman yesterday asked me this question, what has municipal matters and the opposition to the Mayor got to do with a Bible Society ?" Don't know," said I, unless it is that the local branch wishes to hold its meetings in the new Town Hall, free of cost." He smiled and said that if I had been at the Public Hall between nine and ten o'clock on Tuesday evening, I should have better understood his question. I don't know exactly what he means. Perhaps those who were there will tell me. CETO.





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