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COUNTY POLICE CLOTHING. Sir,—May I, through your columns, thank Mr Newell for the interest he always takes in the trade and workers of the county. I notice that my name was mentioned at the Police Committee in connection with the contract for police clothing. Notwithstand- ing the snubs of Captain Johnes and Mr Price Davies, I say that Mr Newell was right. So far as I am concerned I heard nothing of the matter until Inspector Tanner came to me with a number of samples and inquired whether I could make the clothing at a certain price. I had not previously been asked to tender. I at once replied that I could not produce the clothing at that price, as I should have to pay nearly the whole amount of it for the making. Inspector Tanner having mentioned Mr James' name, I said that we both paid what was a fair living wage, and that the price quoted re- presented a sweated wage, but I added I had no doubt any of the tailors would be willing to do the work at cost price if only in order to give his men plenty of work during the slack season. I then asked the Inspector whether these people had been given the contract. His reply, which was Yes," rather amused me. I wondered, therefore, why he had come to me. It seems to me that the Chief Constable is anxious to send the tailoring work out of the county, else he would have given the local men a chance to tender. I think I can venture to say on behalf of all the tailors in the county that they would do the work much better, but since they do not employ German Jews, and the like, they could not do it at the price at which it has been allotted to a London firm. Thanking you for permitting this neces- sary explanation.—I am, yours faithfully, Broad-street, Newtown. GEO. ASTLBY. A CHALLENGE. Sir,—As a prominent Conservative of this town has challenged a statement made by Mr Humphreys-Owen on Tuesday night, which was to the effect that the intelligent young of the Montgomeryshire Boroughs were tending towards Liberalism, the young Liberals of Llanfyllin are prepared to invite six Tariff Reformers" from the town to meet six of their own number and debate upon the fiscal question openly in the Town Hall. The Young Liberals are prepared to pay half the fee for the hall.—Your truly, A YOUNG LIBERAL. P.S.—Should the above challenge be accepted, please communicate with the Secretary of The Young Liberal League, Llanfyllin." MR. HUMPHREYS-OWEN AND DISESTABLISHMENT. Sir,—In his speech on the occasion of his adoption as candidate for the Montgomery Boroughs, Mr Humphreys-Owen used words implying that the tithes payable on his estate are a compulsory subscription to the Church of England out of his own private purse. Were that so, it would not only smack of unfairness," but it would indeed be a great injustice. That, however, is not the case, as Mr Humphreys-Owen very well knows. When one of his ancestors bought these estates he bought them subject to this charge, and consequently he paid less for them than he would have done if they were not subject to this charge. The Church has as much right to this money as Mr Humphreys-Owen has to the remainder of the rent. This is a plain fact, and I trust you will publish this letter in the interest of truth and justice.—Yours truly, D. E. ROWLANDS. Great Wollaston Vicarage, Welshpool, Nov. 30th, 1910. BOROUGHS ELECTION. Sir,—I understand Colonel Pryce-Jones is again coming forward as a Protectionist candidate. We have to remember that Pro- tection means higher prices for food, cloth- ing, boots, tools, and nearly everything which we require. No one comes forward to guarantee higher wages or to guarantee anything to make up for these extra taxes. Tariff Reform, in my opinion, is no reiorm at all, only a scheme by which the rich can transfer their burdens OR to the backs of the poor. We who belong to the poor and working class pay at present more taxes in proportion to our incomes than are paid by the rich noblemen who have kicked so hard against the Budget. Colonel Pryce-Jones has pleasant smiles for us when he comes round, but we must not forget he is pledged to support the iood taxing party and the Peers against the people when he gets to Parliament. I hope every working man, amd everyone who has a kindly feeling towards the poor, will vote straight for Mr Humphreys-Owen, the Free Trade candidate.—I am, etc., A BOROUGH ELECTOR. Llanidloes, Nov. 90th, 1910. CAERSWS WORKHOUSE. Sir,—It is reported in the Express' for the 29th ult., that a Committee of the Guar- dians had reported in favour of a hot water system of heating. Would it not be wiser to wait till after the re-arrangements entailed by the con- version of Forden Workhouse into an asylum, be carried out, before laying out a large sum on a heating apparatus that probably would be useless, as is very likely, when a lot of inmates from Forden are taken in at Caersws ? Where is the danger with a good fire-guard around the fire ? Has any accident occurred ? There is only one other system more cheerless and unhealthy than hot water heating, and that is, hot air. The great benefit of open fires is, besides the cheerfulness—and surely that should weigh heavily in the case of old age—that they thoroughly change and ventilate the rooms, which hot water or hot air can never do. The air that goes to feed the fires, draws with it the vitiated air caused by the inmates. I very much question if, in the long run, open fires arc not much cheaper. When account is taken of the initial cost of the system, its liability to break down from frost and other causes, and the expenses of repairs and maintenance, I think the saving will be on the side of open fires. The Committee have no need to go to Wrexham, Carnarvon, or St. Asaph. Let them enquire as to the hot water heating at the New Church-street Council Schools in Newtown, or at the Intermediate Schools. Apologising for trespassing on your space this busy time, I am, A RATEPAYER FOR 30 YEARS. ————— INJUSTICE TO LLANMEREWIG. Sir,—Mr Miller says he wished I had dealt with what he sa'id and less with what he thought. I dealt with what he thought only so far as it was reflected in what he said. If I were tempted to try my hand at thought reading, I should look for a more fertile thinker than Mr Miller to experiment upon. If Mr Miller talks without thinking, or if he uses language which does not convey his meaning, that is his affair not mine. I have drawn the inferences which any ordinary reader would do from his words, and it would be much more to the purpose if Mr Miller used his faculties to prove I put a wrong construction on them, than setting up comic theories as to the relation of thought and speech. He says he did not say any- thing about being a Manager of Dolforwyn School. But he talked like a Manager. The liberal use of the personal pronoun we signified as much. And ,as a matter of fact, Mr Miller is a foundation Manager. Why he should object to figure as such I cannot divine. If he wanted to draw the veil over his connection with Dolforwyn, he should have held his tongue over the cost of putting the school in repair. Again, he says he did not say anything in regard to the building of Cefnycoed School. How could he state his case of alleged in- justice to Llanmerewig without alluding to the building of Cefnycoed ? Here are Mr Miller's words: We are called upon to pay a farthing in the £ towards building Cefny- coed School." A man whose memory plays such tricks with him is poorly equipped to champion any cause. The L.E.A. knew that children from Llan- merewig proposed going to Cefnycoed as the result of enquiry and not of canvassing. I trust Mr Miller's mental limitations will allow him to see the difference. On information quite as reliable as any- thing Mr Miller can furnish, the children from Llanmerewig who attend Cefnycoed have a better road than they would have to Dolforwyn. With respect to the matter of popular control, the claim of Mr Miller on behalf of Llanmerewig, which supplies about 8.5 per cent, of the children, to have the appointment of a Manager, would be unjust to the other contributing parishes, and having regard to the conditions, quite an impractical proposal. Mr Miller excuses himself by saying it is his misfortune, not his fault, that he is slow. Not a bit of it, He is slow for want of exercise. Wool-gathering is not exercise. —Yours truly, RICHARD JONES. Pendinas, Caersws, Dec. 1, 1910.


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