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BLAENGARW,

GILFACH GOCH.

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j SIR W. T. LEWIS'S UNDERTAKING.

NARROW ESCAPE OF OTHERS.

LLANGEINOR HUNT.

jTHE WYNDHAM COLLIERY ACTION.

ASSOCIATION'S IMPROVING POSITION.

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I THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION…

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I THE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF OGMORE AND GARW UNDERTAKINGS. SPEAKERS REFUSED A HEARING. HALL CLEARED BY POLICE. The third and last of the series of informal meetings of ratepayers, convened by the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council, to consider the proposal to promote a Bill in Parliament by the Council with regard to the acquisition of three undertakings and the erection of a bridge at Gilfach, was held at the Ffaldau Institute, P'ontycymmer, on Monday evening. There was a large at- tendance of ratepayers, over which Mr Jacob Edwards, J.P. (chairman of the Council), presided. Among those supporting the chairman on the platform were Messrs. T. W. Job, Ogmore Vale (chairman of the Undertakings Committee), J. Canniff, Gil- fach Goch; Evan Griffiths, Nantymoel; Thomas Lucas, Ogmore Vale; Evan David, Blaengarw Llewellyn Jones, Pontycymmer T. C. Jones, Pontyrhil; and Thomas Wil- liams, Pontycymmer. The Council officials on the platform included the deputy clerk (Mr. D. T. Williams), the surveyor (Mr. H. Dawkin Williams), etc. The meeting may be described at once as one of the rowdiest held for many years in the Garw Valley. The Chairman, without any introductory address, called upon the Deputy Clerk of the Council to explain the object of the meeting, whereupon Mr. Morgan Hughes, draper, Pontycym- mer, asked the Chairman whether the mem- bers of the Council for the Garw Wards would be allowed to address the meeting, and whether it would be competent for any others in the audience to speak. The Chairman replied that he proposed to conduct the meeting precisely on the same lines as those upon which the previous in- formal meetings of ratepayers had been car- ried on—those at Nantymoel and Gilfach Goch last week. Questions could be asked, but he could certainly not allow anyone to speak, except those who had been appointed to do so by the Council. This remark was greeted with cries of Shame," and there was much booing. The Chairman: You are not going to frighten me. A Voice: And you are not going to frighten us." Dr. E. J. Parry, J.P. (one of the Garw members of the Council): Why is the deputy clerk on the platform? I have no recollec- tion of his having been appointed by the Council to attend here. The Chairman: The Council authorised the Parliamentary Committee to do this work, and he is here on our behalf. Mr. Morgan Hughes proceeded to address the chair, amid some interruption All we ask, Mr. Chairman," he said, "is that our members shall be given the same privilege as others on the platform. The Chairman declined to alter his ruling. Then Mr. E. T. King took up the gauntlet. "Will you allow Dr. Parry to speak?" he asked of the Chairman. "He is one of the oldest members of the Council." The Chairman I shall not allow anyone to speak in opposition to this meeting. Amid shouts of "Good old Maddocks," and some cheerinrr. Mr. Jonathan Maddocks, of Pontycymi^pr. for many years a member of the Convi], rose to speak. Ad- dressing the "lld the Ogmore coun- cillors, he declared Tf you are not go'ng f to give us fair plsy. neither shall we cive you fair plav"—a remark which was received with loud shouts by the opposition section, who appeared to have gathered in force. Mr. T. P. Jones (grocer) then moved a re- solution Protesting against the meeting un- less the Garw members or some of the rate- payers present were allowed to have a voice in the meeting. Dr. E. J. Parry, J.P. (a member of the Council) appealed to the ratepayers to allow the Deputy Clerk to proceed. The anneal had little effect, and Mr. E. T. King seconded the proposal of Mr. Jones. 1 Mr. Thomas Lucas and Mr. Llew. Jones strongly appealed for ordv, but their re- marks were of little avail. Quiet having been partly restored. Mr. D. T. Williams commenced to address the meet- ing. The primary object, he said. which the Council had in view in convening the three informal meetings was in order that the ratepayers might be afforded information ] from the point of view of the Council—(Some interruption and a voice: "A section of the or." proceeded the speaker, "the maiority of the members of the Coun- cil." There was, Mr. Williams continued, a < large body opposed to the proposed Bill, and they had taken care to spread their views broadcast throughout the district. They had been given the views of the opposition ] and ■—/Cries of "No.") "I am bound to say." said the Deputy Clerk, "that I did ex- pect to receive fair and courteous treatment j from gentlemen who have been members of the Council. I have always extended fair treatment to them. (Hear, hear, and some dissent.) We have come to give you infor- 1 mation, and if you don't want it, say the 1 word." There was some further disturbance, but Mr. Williams proceeded to emphaticallv deny the statement which bad been made in some quarters that he had been partisan in this matter. Mr. T. P. Jones again asked the permis- sion of the Chairman for the local members to rive their views. Mr. Kinr: contended that as the expenses 1 of calling the meeting would come out of the pockets of the ratepayers, it was only fair that the ratepayers should have their say. The Garw representatives knew nothing of this Bill, as it had not been discussed in the oppp Council. Dr. Parry's name had been frequently mentioned in the discussion, and the doctor reouested that his name should not be drawn 1'1+0 the matter. He added that he bad for information many times, but hitherto had not received it. It was now 8.30, and the Chairman de- clared the meeting closed. Those on the platform retired, and then people in the auditorium commenced to discuss the ques- tion. and much heat was displayed. The nlace was in a state of uproar for some time. but Sero-t. Lane made his appearance and succeeded in clearing the room. In the streets, however, the argument was con- tinued until a late hour.

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Will of Mr. John Price, Shipowner.

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I PORTHCAWL.

PENCOED.

EWE- NNY.

PONTYRHYL.

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CERIDWEN.j

ABERAVON & PORT TALBOT

MARGAM DISTRICT COUNCIL.

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MYFYRDOD AR YR HEN FLWYDDYN—1906.…

ATEB 1 DDYCHYMYG WIL O'R LLWYN

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HONOURS TO AN OLD COITY BOY.