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OUR WAR MEMORIAL. I BY a unanimous vote it has been -0 decided at a town's meeting that Llanelly's war memorial shall take the form of a Public Hall and Library. It is true that the attendance at the meet- ing was not as numerous as might have been expected or could have been desired. We believe, however, that the decision arrived at represents the settled convic- tion of the great majority of the rate- payers i-id that had the meeting been held in the Market Hall with three thousand people present, the Public Hall and Library project would have received practically unanimous support. It now remains for the Mayor and Corporation to act upon the mandate they have re- ceivod sohat no time may be lost in forming a representative committee to carry the project through. As the Mayor pointed out, this is a matter in which there must be whole-hearted co-operation. Unless this is forthcoming, it will be im- possible to raise the necessary funds. Given it, however, we see no difficulty in securing the £ 30,000 of which the Mayor spoke, especially if the offer of the Car- negie trustees of £ 6,000 will be available. The employers of labour, we have no doubt, will be quite ready to take up the Mayor's challenge. They have always proved themselves to be good townsmen, anxious to promote tho best interests of the community. Nor, we may be sure, will tho workmen be found wanting. It is a good augury that already the Labour Council have pas.sed a resolution in favour of the scheme which means that they will be prepared to follow up their resolution by support of a more practical kind. FUTURE OF THE COAL INDUSTRY. I THE "reports of the Sankey Commission -L 0-1 the organization and control of the Coal Industry have now been pub- lished. As was to be expected from the constitution of the Commission, they are of a, diverse character but at the same time containing a large measure of agree- ment on several important matters. Mr. Justice Sankey pronounces in favour of the immediate acquisition of coal royal- ties by the State, the payment of "fair and just" compensation to the owners, the acceptance of the principle of State ownership of the mines, and the imme- diate establishment of a scheme for joint local administration in preparation for the enactment of State ownership three years hence. The Labour element on the Commission express their agreement with the Chairman's report, but object to the payment of compensation. The mineowners representatives are opposed to the nationalization of the coal in- dustry in any form but they are in favour of the State ownership of the coal. They valso recommend a form of control by joint pit committees, district cpmmittees and a national council. What are the Government going to do in face of these divergent views ? The present system it is agreed on all hands must be changed, but it is very doubtful whether national- ization of the industry will bring about a happier state of things in the coalfelds. The record of the Government during the war is not such as to encourage us to en- trust to them the future destinies of our most important industry. There .are srong reasons why our coal measures shuld become a national possession, and equally strong reasons for leaving their development to private enterprise. A COUNCIL FARCE. I HOW. much longer are the Burry Port XX councillors going to keep up the .farce of solemnly passing resolutions and then forgetting all about them ? Numer- ous cases occur of matters being dealt with by resolution. Years afterwards the same questions are again brought up and then someone suddenly remembers that resolutions have already been passed in regard to them. Plenty of talk and a shoal of resolutions—but nothing done. Like a certain place which shall be name- less, the portals of Somerset House are paved with good intentions. For in- stance, on Thursday the Council dis- cussed the advisability of "taking over" Pemberton Avenue as a public highway, forgetting that a year ago they had decided that this should be done. Then why was it not done ? Why should the Council go over the same dreary argu- ments again and again and flog dead horses with such a show of vigour ? If the Council treat their resolutions as mere "scraps of paper" how do they .hope to make any real progress with the big programme of development that is now before them ?

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