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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd 1908. The speeches at the dinner to Messrs. North's officials provide some interesting information. From the remarks of Mr. Boyd Harvey, we learn that the total output of coat from the Llynn Valley for the last year was 1,100,000 tons-a. quantity quite be- yond •conception—and that the company have in their employ 4,100 workmeii. It is also in- teresting to learn that the output has been doubled in the past 15 years and that since the advent of Mr. Gibbon, the popular agent, five years ago, 1.200 additional workmen have been employed. Perhaps the most interest- ing part of the speeches, however, was that relating to the future. The Company, it appears, are prepared to invest further capital in the district and to develop their enterprise at quite as rapid a rate as they have extended it 111 the oast few years. It was even hinted that another pair of pits may possibly be sunk. These o-ptimistio state- ments seem to promise, that the town of Maes- teg and its suburbs have in store a future even more prosperous than the past, and that in the course of a few yep rs the Llynfi Valley wiM form a very important D'lrt of the South Wales coalfield. One very ^ratifying matter referi-ed to at the dinner was the compara- tively small number of accidents which have oocurred in. the valley during the past year, and this happy state of affairs must be attri- buted in a great measure to the excellent motto of the Company, Efficiency and Safety." It is highly satisfactory to learn that a rescue brigade is to be formed and stationed either at Maesteg or at Tondu, so that in ease of a disaster trained help will be available at a moment's call to render aid to those who may be in perilous circumstances underground. That Messrs. North's have the -,volfaro of their employees at heart is shown by the fact that they have voted a sum of P-300 for the promotion of ambulance classes. This will enable knowledge in aill- bulance work to be taught without hindrance from want of funds, and on a scale which s'hrould create in the district solendid' corns of men ready to render invaluable aid in every emergency. It is to be hoped tlie, the Company will bo well supported by their offi- cials in this highly important matter. < Considerable curiosity lia8 been created in musical circles in the neighbourhood, particu- larly in Maesteg, by the sudden collapse, al- most at the eleventh hour, of an eisteddfod which had been arranged on a somewhat ela- borate scale. in order to benefit their funds for a new vestry, the church at Ebenezer, Tro edyrhiw-Gartli, organised an eisteddfod for Friday last. Originally it was intended to hoM the event on a comparatively small scale at Ebenezer Chapel, but the promoters appear to have become more ambitious, and engaged the Oory Memoria! Hall, Cardiff. Prizes, it jjimouneed, were offered to the value of J. 1.50 eh telly for violinists and uian- doliniist éI ad altogether the event appeared on paper to be likeiy to develop into an im- portant function. A few davs before the date of the eisteddfod, however, it was found that the number of entries was much too small to justify the committee in carrying out their project, and the whole matter was al- lowed to drop. Probably nothing would have beeSi heard cf the affair but for caustic com- ments upon it by the "Musical News," which derates nearly a page of its space to the sub- let. and whose article in part is quoted else- where in our impression. The particular grievance of our musical contemporary is in regard to a large number of diplomas which were to have bet-n offered in competition by the "London Institute of Music," and subject becomes rather interesting in view of a disclaimer by the institute of that name of which Mr. R. J. Nelson, is the principal. Nelson. denies that any arrangement ted bee it made with this institute to grant diplomas, and states further that it awards no degree of the kind stated. Herr E. Polo- nas/ki, whose name figures largely in connec- tion with the abandoned eisteddfod, has been interviewed on the subject, and states that he is the principal of a London institute of music which offered the diplomas announced to be- awarded so extravagantly. The rela- tions between the church and Herr Polonaski haro vat yet been disclosed, and the organ- isers appear to be taking np a position of secrecy in regard to the subject. As the matter it being given some prominence in the Press, it appears to us that the Chinch would have been better advised to have made a statement respecting the diplomas at the earliest onportunity. in order to clear itself fnoni any reflection that might be cast mxm it. The wholesale granting of diplomas in competition is, in our experience, unusual. j A subject which is now engrossing the at- tention of the Glamorgan Council is that of the water supply of the county. Owing I partly to its rapid increase in population, j and in part to the fact that a great propor- tion of the county is on the coal measures, which threaten some of the sources, the supply of water to the various district's in Glamorgan is not likely to meet the re- quirements a few yaars hence. Consequently the County Council have ca'lled in eminent engineers on the subject with the object of forming a central authority to become re- sponsible for tne water supply of the different populous districts. The report of the ex- perts (Mess-re. Middleton, Hunter and Duff) is now to hand, and has been submitted to the different Urban and Rural Councils in the administrative county, and also to the f City of Cardiff and Oounty Borough of Swan- sea for examination, and a conference will be held upon the subject. The experts advise that a water board be established by Act of Parliament, constituted of members ap- pointed by the local authorities. They re- commend that the sources of supply belongincr to existing local authorities and the whole of the undertakings of the various companies be purchased, and express the opinion that by a more equitable distribution from these sources sufficient water would be available for the whole of the county for some time to come. They also recommend the acquisition of other sources of supply be- yond the coal measures to provide for the future. It is suggested that water could be obtained from the Cray Reservoir to supply Glyncorrwg, Maesteg, the Ocmore and 6arw Valleys, and that mams should also be carried from this reservoir down the Aberdare Valley p I to Pontypridd. connections also being nude with the D-ringarth Reservoir to assist in the supply of these places. It is suggested that Cowbridge, which is one. of the ulaces without any public supply whatever, should be sup- plied from a to be sunk in the vicinity. and tha1.. another well should be sunk in the rural district of Llandaff and Dinas Fowls. It is estiniat-t-d that the sale of water in bulk at 4jd. per 1.000 gallons rrould provide an income sufficient to cover ordinarv expendi- ture, though it would be insufficient to pro- vide for interest on new works during con- struction and until fullv utilised, and this balance would presumably come from the rates. The expert? also conclude that a universal charge would be preferable to a varying charge according to the distance from the source of the district supplied. It cer- tainly appears from this report that many districts would have verv much to gain. and none would have ati-vthipq to lose, from the formation of such a ooard'. while the advan- tage to the county as a whole would be im- mense. Under the present piece-meal sys- tem some authorities are short of water, while others have enough and to spane. Some authorities, such as Swansea, have a supply which is enormously beyond their needs, and these WOUJu, by the fun utilisation of the water at their command, be relieved of considerable expense. In our own district. much advantage would be gained from the constitution of the Board. The great diffi- culty of providing Maesteoc with water would be overcome, and the scheme of the Glyn- corrwg Council would be unnecessary. In the Ogmore and Garw adequate supplies are at present available, but there is the possi- bility that the sources from which these sup- plies are derived may in the future be tapped by colliery workings. This would place both rallevs in a very awkward position --a position which could rea'dily be overcome by a central authority such as that suggested. In Bridgan.d there would also, we think, be a great advantage to be rrained by the admini- stration being transferred to a public author- ity. The supply of water to the town is bountiful in quantity, but the nuality is al- ways doubtful, and with all respect to the gentlemen in whose hands is the undertaking, we would prefer to trust the, filtration of Schwyl water to a public body relieved from the consideration of dividends. The town of Cow bridge would also obtain the supply of water for which it has been thirsting so long. On the whole, the case for a water board is well made out by the experts, and as such an authority appears inevitable sooner or later, the sooner it is created, we think, the better.

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