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NEWTOWN. ON THE FRONTIER.—This highly sensational drntna was the bill of fare at tne Public Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there being large audiences on each occasion and the acting of the ditlierent artistes we very realistic, all being under the able direction of Miss Alice Rees. TRAP ACClDENT.-On Friday night as Mr Daw- son was driving home from Abertnule his pony swerved when neaf the steam laundry and the trap struck against a lamp post, the two shafts were broken and the trap otherwise damaged, and Mr Dawson's coachman was thrown out. He ar.d Mr Dawson escaped serious injury, but the pony was scathed. "GoD SAVE OUR CQUNTRY." On Sunday, the Rev J Davies preached two eloquent sermons in connect:on with the Home Mission Society at the Wealeyan Chapel. At^ the evening service the dis- course was a very powerful one, and the choir sang a special hymn suitable in time of war, the National Anthem was also sang, Miss Taylor taking the solo. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Council was held on I Monday evening to confirm the bill in Parliament to purchase the undertaking of the Gas Company. Thero were present, Messrs A S Cooke (in the ¡ chair), E Joues, wool merchant; J Humphreys, J Green, S Powell, G H Ellison, W E Pryce-Jones, R Bowen, E Jones (architect), W M Stokes, W F Pryce, with Mr Woosnam, clerk; and Mr Churchill deputy clerk.—Mr Edward Jones moved that they do not proceed any further in the matter at present. He had been wondering why the meeting was called. He argued that the price of the materials, coal and iron in particular, by which the gas would have to be manufactured,—was up at such a price that it would be impossible to sell it at the price that they should be obliged to sell at according to the Act which the Gas Company had had from the House of Commons namely 4s 7d per thousand feet and whatever more the thing would cost it would have to come out of the ratepayers' pockets. The consumers could only be charged 4s 7d. The valu- ation of the material underground would be made at the value of the pipes at the time and the under. taking was composed chiefly of iron pipes and it would be purchased at the enhanced value.—Mr Edward Jones (architect) asked if the Bill had been placed on the table. He had seen nothing. He should be glad to be informed on the matter.—Tho Chairman explained that the Bill had been sub- mitted to the members of the Gas Committee and a copy was on the table at the last meetiug.-Air Edward Jones (architect) said that was news to him. lie did not think it right that a small com- mittee should have the power. He thought the Bill should be submitted to the whole of the mem- bers of the Board. It was unfair that such an important step should be taken by a small committee. They might be charged outside with promoting a Bill that they hod never seen, it was most unreasonsble on the face of it.- The Deputy Clerk explained that the Bill was sent to the members of the Committee and in accordance with the Standing Order of the House of Commons a copy was laid on the table at the last meeting, 'and bad been on the table all the week.—Mr Edward Jones said he did not see it, and he did not see how they could approve of something they knew nothing about. He seconded Mr Edward Jones's proposition.—The Chairman then moved that the Council do approve the proprietory of the promotion of the Bill in the next Session of Parliament to empower the Urban District Council to supply gas and to purchase the undertaking of the Newtown Gas Company, and for other pur- poses. And further that the expense be defrayed in the first place out of the general district rate, and ultimately out of the money being borrowed under the provisions of the said Bill. He must tell them that he was perfectly astounded at the remarks of Mr Edward Jones (wool merchant), that he should get up there and oppose that bill after the remarks he made at the meeting of the ratepayers that be would do everything in his power to assist the Council to make the undertaking a success, and now the first opportunity he had had he moves a direct negative to the bill before the House. He could not understand such conduct. He gave as the reason-and to him (the speaker) a most ex- traordinary reason-why he opposed the bill, namely, that the price of coal had gone up, and Mr Jones thought that because coal was up they would have to pay a high price for the undertaking. It only wanted a moment's thought to convince themselves that an argument like that was ridicu- lous. If gas was up he submitted that the profits of the Company were 1e38, and it would be on the profits that the matter would be decided. The price of coal varies and before they purchase the gas works, which would be at the earliest twelve months next June, coal may be very low. He did not think they required a single argument to show why they should purchase the undertaking. In addition to that the ratepayers had been brought together, a vote had been taken, and a large majority of the people were in favour of it, and at that stage he was astounded that any member of the Board should propose such an amendment that they do not proceed any further, which in effect was We are the wise men of Newtown and we believe that all you ratepayers are foolish, although you passed a resolution to go in for the undertaking we tell you it is all nonsense. We consider that we have got more sense than you, and we are not going to proceed any further with the bill." Mr Edward Jones did not represent the the ratepayers on this question.—Mr S Powell seconded the resolution. He was very much sur- prised at the remarks of Mr Edward Jones, after they had taken the opinion-not once, but twice-- of the ratepayers. They were not there to over- ride the opinion of the ratepayers. It was their duty to obey them.—Mr J Green said the questiou had been thrashed out at the Council for the last 18 months. Mr Jones had had opportunities and he had opposed the question with all his power and all the skill he could bring against it. Years ago he (Mr Jones) had been for more light-always for more light. When they bad the control of the gas thev would have more light and they could supply Mr Jones with more light.—Mr Bowen At whose expense ?—Mr J Green At the ratepayers' expense. Now they had very poor light and it, was at their expense. They had canvassed the town and had had a ratepayers' meeting, and when Mr Jones saw that the matter was going against him he said that he would support the Council to make the undertaking pay. Now he brought in the price of coal. Before they had the undertaking coal might go down. After they had gone to a large amount of expense, Mr Jones wanted to knock the thing in the head.—Mr Ellison did not think for a single moment that the whole question would crop up again, because it had been settled once for all, and now there was no alternative but to carry out the instruuetion of the ratepayers.— Mr Edward Jones in replying, said he was surprised that he should be made the target for every one of them to shoot at. He proposed a resolution, and that reso- lution was seconded, but everyone had turned their remarks upon him. Mr Ellison made out it was only a matter of form. They had had one form before and he was refused a hearing. Mr Jones then recapitulated his opening remarks for the benefit of one or two members who were late in arriving. He was true to his word, and if the thing was carried through they should not give the public to understand that Edward Jones had gone from his word. He would do his best for the rate- payers of Newtown if the thing is passed, as he had always done.—Mr Cooke explained that the matter must be decided then and they could not wait any longer. The Bill was now before the House and it was necessary for them to pass the resolution confirming the Bill.—The voting was then proceeded with and the resolution of the chairman was carried by 8 votes to 3, the three dissentients being Messrs Edward Jones, wool merchant, Edward Jones, architect, and Mr R 1Y'1""ti, then terminated.