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miAmhm coytscii INTERESTING IXI S( XSSIOX ON PfHLIC APPOINTMENTS. The Pontardawe Council sat on J Thursday when -'I r. Daniel ,Jono,s, J.P. presided. H''Ha?t!Upp?rl<'d by Messrs Herbert Gibbon (viee-cluiirman), B. hhvyn J?hDIip.s (deputy o?UK?-r), A. E. Kdmunds ?nni?ry inspector), Wyndhaon Lewis (clerk), and Noali L. ( Davies (deputy clerk). < COUNCIL ACQUIRE MOKE LAND j FOR ALLOTMENTS. I The deputy engin«H>r reported that he had inspected a field situate at LOlle-road. l'lnlaeh, owned by the Gt. Western Itftilival the acreage of ¡ which was 1 acre 2 rods, ? pcrch?. The 6? td was at present in the occu- pation of Mr. of Mr. W. May berry, butcher, Clydaeh, who us?d it for _graziiig Tli-L? Sold could be divided up into 25 plots of 10 perches -each. The field adjoining was owned by the Rev. Thomas Rees, Clehongen Vicarage, Hereford, which was 1 aero 3 rood s, 3] perches, and could bo laid -out into 28 plots of 10 perches each, both making a total of 53 plots. Should this not iiK-et with the requirements he suggested laying out 34 plots at the Coedgwilym Cemetery. It was decid- ed that the three plots Ixi acquired. Letters were read from various a llotment societies in the district re- garding the Cultivation of Land Order and it was decided in the caw of Godre'rgraig to take steps to acquire part of the new cemetery. EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE FOOD COMMITTEE. Councillor R. A. Jones (Clydaeh) tlwve(, tliil t with a view to maintain- ing the important principle involved in the practice of advertising all paid public positions, tit" Council should take steps immediately to direct the Pontardawe Food Committee to adver- tise for applicants for the position of «JSecutive- officer as was done when Mr. Noah Da vies was appointed, stilt- ing that preference should be given to discharged sailors and soldiers. Wh en Mr. Jones got up to pe-ik lie was accorded a cordial welcome by the nine members of the Council who were present. Mr. Jones thanked the members for the welcome. He pointed out that the motion standing in his name involved a most serious principle, and one which was put into practice by most all Government Departments. He next referred to the fact that in the past it had been the custom of the Guard- ians to advertise all vacancies and by this means they got the best men ap- pointed. Some time ago the Food Con- trol Committee advertised for an ex- ecutive officer. There were six appli- catioris and out of the number Mr. Noah L. Davies was appointed. The next thing they found after Jr. Noah Davies had carried out the duties for a few weeks was that Mr. Morgan Davies had been appointed and ho (Mr ■Jxmes) asked was it fair to tidopt this procedure without giving the other applicants an opportunity to apply. The position was a paid one and al- though perhaps it did not carry a big salary he for one would not care to take on the job. The procedure adopt- ed in his opinion was most undemo- cratic, and when they realised that the war now on was a war for democracy, the services rendered by their soldiers and sailors would have been in vain if posts of this description were given otherwise than by force of competi- tion. He understood further that members of the Council who sat on the Food Control Committee were en- titled to bo paid as was done with the tribunal members. Mr. L. W. Francis, interposing, said he was not aware of that fact, although lie was a member of the Food Control Committee. Mr. Jones: It may be a pleasant surprise to you that it is so, but there, you may not come in under the proper category, CIII. (Laughter.) Proceeding, Mr. Jones said he had re- ceived fifteen anonymous letters re- garding the question he complained i of. He could not say whether any of them came from members of the platoon commanded by Lieutenant H. J. Powell. (Laughter.) But he felt that if there were any discharged soldiers about they should be given a chance. There were solicitors about who had been discharged from the Army, and .also a solicitor Class C3 who had been rejected from the Navy. These lie maintained should be given a chance Instead of allowing them to hold the views that they had been flouted in tJjgir own district. Hence the reason that he asked them to pass a resolu- mittee to appoint an executive officer as was donp when Mr. Noah Davies tion directing the Food Control Com- was appointed. They wer £ the trustees of the ratepayers and they were ex- pected to c.o this.. Unless they did so lie felt sure that when the young men who were to-ay fighting for the country would return they would see that their rights were enforced. A few weeks ago when lie asked the Council to consider the m-itter he saw in the. "Llais Jjafur" a remark by the Rev. Evan XX1 vies that the letter he (Mr. Jones) sent had been written in ignorance. That he presumed was the type ol ecclesiastical humour, and he ventured to say that the Rev. Evan Davies was entirely wrong, be- cause he (the speaker) was kept in touch with matters transacted in the Council, not only by means of anony- mous communications. He also read a resolution passed at one local meet- ing where Mr. H. J. Po wdl was chair- man, and it was decided "to rtand by these young men not only in the workshop," etc. What was the result? When aji opportunity came to do something for discharged soldiers and soldiers, nothing was said about the matter. Mr. Dd. Lewis said that the matter was on. of their hands entirely. ,Nl r.i. A. Jones: The resolution is to direct the Food Control Committee. Mr. Joseph Thomas: Can we direct them? Mr. Jones: Why not? Chairman We can suggest to them. Mr. H. J. Powell felt that Mr Jones should have made his speech to the Food Control Committee. Mr. Dd. Jenkins said that as there were four members of the Council on I the Food Committee they were en- titled to an explanation. Personally he always considered that it was more democratic to advertise all public positions. i iiairmail: The council members are only a third of the committee. Mr. H. J. Powell said that when the first appointment was made there was not a singlû npplicHlOU from a discharged soldier or sailor VII the circumstances the eommittei; could not be blamed. Mr. R. A. Jones pointed out that the ratepayers would nand an ex- planation when it came to th.3 uexi ♦■lection. The Chairman" said that the Food Control Committee was anxious to dc all they could for the discharged sol- diers and sailors, but when the post under consideration was advertised there was no application from any dis- charged man, with the result that Mr Noah L. Davies was appointed, with Mr. Morgan Davies as runner-up. A few weeks later Mr. Noah Davies felt that he could not possibly carry on his own offi(-v work and attend as executive officer to the Food Com- mittee. He thereupon resigned, and having regard to the dilemma the committee found themselves in they sent for Mr. Morgan Ditvies and asked him to help them out of the difficulty. Mr. Morgan Davies agreed to do so, and he was accordingly given the vacant position, although he was not anxious for it. This was not the first time that procedure had been adopt- ed It had applied on many occasions in regard to the contractors who were unable to carry out certain work and also to the Union staff when a nurse or cook found themselves unable to accept, the offer was given to the second on the list. Several mem bers concurred with the remarks of the chairman. Mr. H. J. Powell said that when j the Food Control found themselves in such trouble it was essential that they should appoint someone at once in order to try and do away with the queues. The work of an executive offi- cer w-as not a soft job by any means, and it entailed no end of worry. Mr. Wyndham Lewis said that when. j Mr. Morgan Davies was hppointed it was a case of emergency and the com- niittee had to get out of a difficulty as soon as they could. After further discussion the matter dropped.

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