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The proposal to promote a Bill in Parlia- ment to empower the Ogmore and Garw Council to purchase certain light and water undertakings and to construct the IOllg-dis- cussed Gilfach Bridge has aroused very strong feelings in the valleys concerned. Whilst Gilfach is practically unanimous in agreeing with the Bill on account of the ad- vantage that district would derive, and Og- more Valley has a strong feeling in favour because their supply of light and water might be improved, the Garw population is. generally speaking, opposed to the measure. To a large extent it is a case of valley against valley, and altogether there is not much wonder that feeling runs high. This feel- ing was shown at a meeting of the ratepayers on Wednesday at which a vote was taken to decide whether or not the Bill should pro- ceed. So many ratepayers journeyed from the valleys to Brynmenin, that the chapel in which the meeting was held was crowded to excess. Many came with the determination to create uproarous scenes, and they suc- ceeded in howling down speakers and gener- ally upsetting the meeting. The scenes did not reflect credit on thobIC responsible for them, and were the more lamentable be- cause, unwisely we think, the meeting was held in a place of worship. When the vot- ing stage was reached, the Chairman unfor- tunately decided upon the Aye" and No" system, and gave his decision in favour of the "Ayes," though his verdict was ques- tioned by a number of the ratepayers. We understand, however, that a demand will be made by the requisite number of ratepayers for a poll of the district. It is impossible to gauge the result of such a poll, but we understand that should the ratepayers de- cide to proceed, strong opposition will be offered to the measure when it comes before the Parliamentary Committee. Many of the leading companies in the urban district are opposed to the Bill, ana if they can show that nearly half the rateable value is op- posed, it is extremely unlikely that any Par- liamentary Committee will pass the measure. In such a case, the large expense already in- curred, and the much larger expense to be incurred, would go for nought. Mr. J. Howells raised the question at a meeting of Maesteg District Council of en- larging the Town-hall. The building, whilst of an ornate description, and an architec- tural feature of the place, is very deceptive in accommodation. The hall is not nearly large enough to accommodate an audience such as Maesteg can bring together on a number of occasions every Jt:\ar. It is much too small for important eisteddfodau, large bazaars, or any great meeting of workmen. While the hall is inadequate for these occa- sional gatherings, the Market-hall under- neath is found too small week by week when market day comes round. So that an ex- tension of the building would be of advan- tage in both directions. The time has cer- tainly arrived when a populous place like Maesteg should have at its command a large building, where meetings can be held and people assemble on a common platform, and as an extension would be unlikely to fall upon the rates, the sooner it is taken in hand the better. Last week we published a report of an in- quest held at Maesteg on a child who had died from burns in consequence of his flan- nelette nightdress getting on fire. The danger of flannelette is a hardy annual, which comes round regularly every winter, when the majority of these fatalities occur. But in spite of the coroner's repeated warn- ings, and the prominence given to the sub- ject in the Press from time to time, mothers go on purchasing this inflammable material for their children. During the last few days inquests have been held at Caerphilly and Penarth, as well as in the Llynfi Valley, upon children whose lives have been sacrificed to this cause, and Mr. Howell Cuthbertson at Maesteg stated that last year he held 52 in- quests on children under seven years of age who had died from burns and scalds-a good many of them being due to the wearing of this material. If figures were collected from the whole of the country of the sacrifice of infant life from this cause, they would be nothing short of appalling. It appears that this material can be procured, at a penny extra per yard in a non-inflammable form, but, either through carelessness or ignor- ance, the inflammable stuff is still chiefly sold. It is a great pity that there is no Act of Parliament regulating the manufacture of this material, and probably not until such Act exists will the lamentable death-roll be decreased.

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