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DRYM MOUNTAIN CONTRO- VERSY. I I COUNCILLOR Dd. LEWIS'S CON TRIBUTION. I To the Editor. Sir,.—I notice in a recent issue of your widely read paper that the few remarks made by me at a meeting of the newly-formed Crown and Common I Land Society on Jan. 17, 1914, do not I suit the critical eye of Councillor S. J. Thomas, and he disputes the truth of the statements I made. firstly, that the rent of the Halfway House was paid in the Vestry Fawr at Yniscechvyn Arms; and secondly, that the rent was paid to the Rector of Ystradgynlais. Concerning the first, I had the facts from an honourable and reliable person who is still alive, and is about 20 years older than Councillor Thomas and who, I think, will be of great service to the new society. My informant in respect of the second fact was the late Thomas Jones, Tyny- pant Farm, Abercrave. the hero of many lights, and there are many who could verify this statement if they wished to do so. There is very little real difference between Mr. Thomas and myself. He admits that the rent was paid, and the only thing that puzzles me is, if the vicar or the warden obtained the money, what did they do with it ? Concerning Mr. Thomas's question as to who are the Commoners, my answer to that is from the standpoint of the majority of the Commoners. The Commoners are those farmers who are living in the farms on the same side of the river Tawe as Drym Mountain, in the parishes of Ystradgynlais Higher and Lower. I am in entire agreement with Councillor Thomas that the Drym Common and every other Common should be under the control of a public authority, and I hope that Councillor Thomas will put his shoulder to the wheel and become a member of the society. In vour last issue "Observer" at- tempts to answer Councillor Thomas' question re the Commoners. "Observer" appears to think that the Commoners are those farmers who live close to the Common, but this a very conservative opinion. Personally, I prefer to be guided by the majority of the Com- moners than by "Observer." Again, the ratepayers do not agree with the opinion of "Observer," nor do they agree with the majority of the Commoners. They are of the opinion that the real Commoners are the rate- payers of the two parishes of Ystrad- gynlais, and that is my opinion, also. If I possess different views to those held by the majority of the Commoners, that will not preclude me from working shoulder to shoulder with them, as I have done in the past, to stop any encrouchment on Drym Common. The Drym Commoners are not the fools that "Observer" 6eems to think they are. Since I have been one of the Com- moners, the business has been carried on in a proper manner. We have A chairman, secretary and treasurer, and the minutes of every meeting are kept. Further we possess an account book in which we can show every penny re- ceived and expended. We can show by means of this book that we have re- ceived the rent of the Halfway House for years, in addition to the reiut of Dulais Colliery, and for the telegraph poles. I trust that in the near future we will overcome the difficulty between the ratepayers and the Commoners and that the ratepayers will obtain an in- sight to the books of the Commoners. In the interests of Liberty, Colbren Farm, Feb. 9, 1914. —————— < Dd. LEWIS. I

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NEWS FROM ALL I QUARTERS .