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MUNICIPAL ELECTION.

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MUNICIPAL ELECTION. THE FIGHT IN THE THREE WARDS. THE DECLARATION OF THE POLL. 1 The constitution of the Llanelly Borough Council has been decided for another year. On Monday last a vote of the ratepayers was taken in each of the three wards, the salutary ballot system substi- tuting the hateful paper vogue which was the rule in past years. Prior to the voting, a vigorous campaign was carried on in the various wards by the candidates seeking election. There can be no doubt that the interest taken in the contests was keen to a del-ree, a fact which is eminently gratifying, both to the defeated and successful candidates, and certainly complimentary to the general public. There can be no doubt that the best guarantee of an effective and efficient administration of town affairs lies in a healthy interest in public matters and in the con- stitution of the Council by the ratepayers generally. For this reason, we were pleased to find that a contest became inevitable in each ward. By reason of this fact, we had an interesting, and let us trust, a valuable ventilation of town matters at the various meetings held under the anspices of the different candidates. As onr readers are already aware, all tae old members, with the exception of Mr, Guest, sought re-election. General regret was felt that Mr. Gnest had determined, at any rate, for a time, to retire from pisblic lire. During his tenure of office he made a splendid member, faith- ful to his duties, intelligent in following up affairs and frank and fearless in all his criticisms. In Ward 1. the old members, Mr Tom Hughes and Mr. John Griffiths again sought the suffrages of the electors, and an opinion was entertained in some quarters that it was somewhat ungracious on the part of Mr. Blake to try and "upset their apple cart." Here the contest was waged very keenly, especially between Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Blake, the latter making an avowal to the effect that he had come out with the object of shifting the "heavy Weight." It was a great task, and few thought he would succeed. The declaration of the poll shewed that Mr. Blake was left far behind in the encounter, the old members being returned with a handsome Majority of votes. Mr. Brodie was the only old member seeking re-election in Ward II, the new candidates being Mr. Arthur Edgar Davies, and Mr. W. Knoyle. It was in this ward that the sensation of the whole election occurred. It was a general opinion that Mr. A rthur Davies would get in at the top of the poll, but even he could have scarcely hoped for such a magnificent majority as the one he obtained. Mr. Brodie, the old member, Was the unsuccessful candidate, his connection with the Stepney Estate as local solicitor no doubt dsing him some harm. In: Ward III. both the old members came "a cropper," having to make room for Mr. Coombs and Mr. Josiah Davies. Although the interest in the contest was keen, the excitement on the polling day was not particularly intense, and ther were no inci- dents which have any claim to reproduction here. The booths were opened at two o'clock in the after- noon and were closed at eight o'clock in the even- idg, several of the candidates having a few carriages on the go" most of the time. The Polling booths were as followsWard I: Old Road.Lakefield School and old Town Hall,Warrl II; Beulah, Market-street, Park-street Schools. Ward III: Sailors' Home, New Dock School. PRESIDING OFFICERS. j Ward 1.: S. Watkinson, D. Davies, R. W. Spowart. Ward II. M. R. Richards, D. Jennings, W. H. Cox. Ward III: J. Thomas, G. R. Price. POLLING CLERKS. Ward 1.: A. G. Pullen. H. A. Tudor, W. James. Ward II.; D. Francis, Walter R. James, W. H.. I Samuel. Ward III.: A. R. M. Samuel, J. Mont- gomery. At eight o'clock, the various booths were closed, the boxes sealed, and an adjournment made to the Town Hall, where the returning officer conducted the casting-np of the votes in a most satisfactory banner. All the results had been declared shortly after midnight. The figures were as follows :— WARD No. I. Elected. Thomas Hughes. 752 Jahn Griaiths. 673 Non-elected. G. P. Blake I. 265 WARD No. II. Elected. Arthur E. Davies 720 W. Klioyle 390 Non-elected. W. W. Brodie. 331 WARD No. III. Elected. Josia,h Davies 374 ièoi. b Non-elected. Owen Charles 227 g::kl SS" The number of spoilt papers in Ward I, was 11; Ward II, 5 and Ward III, 8. Out of 516 voters in the Sailors' Home District, 410 voted and of 550 in the Lakefield District 358 registered their votes. On the iditiativeof Mr. J. Griffiths, a vote of thanks Was passed to Mr. Spowart, the returning officer, for the ability with which he had conducted the election.

BURNING FATALITY AT LLANELLY.

:BOARD OF GUARDIANS I -

ALLEGED BREACH OF THE LICENSING…

THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS.I

RAILWAY PLATFORM.

SANITARY COMMITTEE

HIGH W AY COMMITTEE •»I

I IN AID OF MR. BEN JENKINS.

PORTREEVE OF LAUGHARNE.I

LEAVING THE OLD COUNTRY.I

THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COUNCIL.

WELSH CONGREGATIONAL COLLEGES.

A DANGEROUS PRACTICE. I

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION,…

MISSIONARY MEETING AT ZION…