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BARRY RATEPAYERS PROTEST.
BARRY RATEPAYERS PROTEST. AGAINST THE ATTITUDE OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL. THE SMALL POX HOSPITAL AND LICENSED BRAKES.^ A meeting of the Barry District Ratepayers' Association was held on Tuesday evening last at the Regent Hall, Barry Docks, Mr S. R. Jones presiding, and the policy of the District Council was criticised on all and sundry public questions. Mr W. Phillips, Cadoxton, opened the ball by moving a resolution that a deputation be' sent to the next meeting of the District Council to protest against the proposed expenditure of nearly £ 10,000 upon the erection of a permanent small pox hospital, contending that if such places as Bristol. -&c, could be content with small improvised premises for the purposes, a temporary building, involving an expenditure of d6900 or £1,000 would be amply sufficient for the needs of Barry for many years to come. There was no justification for the squandering of d610,000 especially now when the prices of building material was so high. The Council were in his opinion, intoxicated with the spending of public money, and it was the duty of the ratepayers to put a stop to this prodigality. -The motion was seconded, but Mr B. G. Davies, solicitor, rose to move an amendment to what he described as The sermon on the Mount" and copybook maxims and platitudes," and advocated the convening of a public meeting of ratepayers for the discussion of the question. Alderman Meggitt, he said, was opposed to the permanent hospital scheme, but perhaps his motive of retrenchment was to secure his own return next April.—Mr David seconded.—Mr James Price was of opinion that if a public meeting were held it would be packed by officials of the Council. The district was under the thumb of Mr J. A. Hughes, the clerk to the Council, and if Mr Meggitt and Mr Hughes were present the rate- payers would be afraid to speak. — Mr W. T. Medhurst advocated asking the Council to continue the temporary building for a time, and if they refused, a public protestation meeting could be held. — Mr J. E. Evans, Mr W. Cruise, and others took up the refrain and Mr W. H. Burrough said at Newport a very small building sufficed for a small pox hospital.—The 'Chairman reviewed the action of the Council in the matter, culminating in Dr O'Donnell's motion being carried for the erection of the permanent hospital. The Council, he said, had trifled with the question like children, and he suggested that a deputation wait upon the Council at their next meeting to urge the advisability of transferring the temporary hospital to the site of the per- manent hospital, and that the main scheme be deferred for the present.—This was agreed to, and Messrs S. R. Jones, W. Phillips, W. Cruise, John Cruise, W. T. Medhurst, and W. H. Hooper were appointed a deputation. The brake-licensing question was then raised by Mr John Jones and Mr A. G. Adams, strong pro- tests being expressed against the action of the Council in granting a monopoly to ply for hire in the town to two proprietors, and refusing licenses to all the others.—Mr James Price said he would run in spite of the Council if he were a brake- owner, and appeal to a higher court against the decision of the local magistrates.—The Chairman maintained that the Council had acted harshly. They had no right to grant a monopoly, and the recent proceedings of the Council in the matter Were a perfect farce.—Messrs W. Phillips, W. Jenkins, and W. Cruise followed in like strain, the former suggesting that if a monopoly was to be granted at all, it should be let to the highest bidder.—Messrs W. H. Burrough, W. Tame, and — Reeves were appointed a committee to prepare a report on the matter. The question of the alleged inequality of charges by the District Council for private improvements was deferred till the next meeting.
PURSUIT OF A HARE AT BARRY…
PURSUIT OF A HARE AT BARRY DOCKS. v ip olden days game was plentiful in the neigh- beErfatJOtl of Barry Island, but on the construction Of the docks the furry elements of sport gradually disappeared. One day last week, however, a fine hare made its appearance alongside the Barry No. 2 Dock, having probably strayed from oovflr at Sully. The visitor was espied by some coal- trimmers and tippers who were,? rQ1-aoj „nf3 -e Ships. A hue-and-cry was promptly raised, and in a few minutes quite a couple of hundred men and several dock constables were in bot pursuit. Pass failed to get back to the open, and sought temporary refuge by leaping into the dock and swimming for dear life towards the other side. A couple of trimmers put out in a boat and rowed in pursuit, but one of the crew of a vessel lying close by flung a lump of coal at the fugitive. The aim was true the hare was struck on the head, and it sank and was drowned.
BARRY GOLF CLUB.
BARRY GOLF CLUB. The monthly bogey in connection with the Barry Golf Club was played on Saturday last. Results TT' jicap. H. E. Tilston 16 all even A. Jackson 14 4 down R. O. Jenkins 18 4 „ F. E. Aitken 17 5 „ H. H. Powell 17 6 „ The tie for second place in the open event Spring Meeting was played off on Wednesday last, with "the following result:— U-ross. Jti cap. is etc. H. E. Radford 88 10 88 I«. F. Illingworth 102 16 96
REVIEW OF PUBLICATIONS.
REVIEW OF PUBLICATIONS. "THE NATIONAL WAIFS MAGAZINE." In the June issue of the "National Waifs' Magazine," the organ of the National Waifs' Association—otherwise known as Dr Barnardos Homes—Dr Barnardo has a crowded story to tell of a huge task and of inadequate means to cope With it. Each year," writes Dr Barnardo, the field widens the young recruits from waifdom increase. To-day I have over 5,300 recruits in my rescued army. Every week 60 more are added, and my gates can never be shut. Last year was the greatest year in my annals it saw no fewer ■3,011 freshly and freely admitted to the Homes." A. considerable space in this issue is absorbed by the annual report for 1899, just presented to the Council of the Association. This document 'Contains a wonderful series of statistics, indicating the progress of the Homes and the large develop- ment which they have attained. The Personal ifotes," are, as usual, full of interest to all social reformers. They are admirably illustrated from photographs. Announcement is made of the Founder's Day celebration in connection with the Homes, which is to take place at Stepney- causeway, on Saturday, 7th July, when many Interesting doings will occur. A copy of the magazine will be sent gratis and post free to any address on application to the head-quarters of the Association, 18-26, Stepney-causeway, London, E.
QUOITS: BARRY V. BRIDGEND.
QUOITS: BARRY V. BRIDGEND. Played at Bridgend on Saturday last, when the Barry team, who were in decidedly better than on the previous Saturday at Ton, were again victorious. Appended is the score :— BARRY. BRIDGEND. T. Greatrex 21 D. J. Morris 9 J. Jones 21 H. Abbott 8 S. J. Martyn 21 J. Evans 20 J. Collins 11 J. Francis 21 W. Yelland 21 C. Underwood 14 C. Price 21 H. Leach 12 G. Alexander. 18 John Grant 21 T. Maltravers 12 W. Thomas 21 146 126
THE GLADSTONE-ROAD LOCAL GOVERN-I…
THE GLADSTONE-ROAD LOCAL GOVERN- MENT INQUIRY. To the Editor of the "BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIR,-An attempt was made in the foot-note of a letter published last week to discredit the position taken up by Mr Donald Maclean in reference to the above, which though it failed in its object, yet certainly proves the truth of the old adage that a drowning man will even clutch at a straw. Messrs Cutter and Williams, with a number of other ratepayers, signed a requisition last August, and again another in September, calling a rate- payers' meeting to consider the approach of the Gladstone-road, not, be it understood, the advis- ability or otherwise of having a thoroughfare, for in the words of Councillor Jose at the Cadoxton Public Hall, "There were not two opinions as to the necessity of the road coming out into Weston- square to open up the district." At this meeting of ratepayers the following resolution was carried, supported by Mr James Cruise, That owing to the large amount of traffic anticipated from the new and additional docks constructed and about to be con- structed on Cadoxton Moors, and for the purpose of uniting the various sections of the town, con- sidered essential to its proper development, this meeting of Barry ratepayers urges upon the District Council the necessity of acquiring the plot of ground left unscheduled on the plan of the pro- posed Gladstone-road, and further to proceed to construct the same according to the Council's first suggestion and original plan, viz., from the centre of Weston-square to Love's Quarry." This resolution having been signed by the chair- man of the meeting, who was also the chairman of the District Council, Mr Cutter was appointed to present it before the Cardiff Confirming Licensing Committee, and the same gentleman was moreover appointed, with others, as a deputation to urge on the Council, through the Public Works Committee, the necessity of proceeding with the Gladstone-road, and restoring the original plan. It is only fait to certain members of the Council, as well as the general public, to state that, on the proposition of Alderman J. C. Meggitt, J.P., seconded by Capt. Murrell, it was decided "That the District Council, having regard to the desirability of constructing the proposed new thoroughfare (Gladstone-road) leading from the Cardiff-road, thus avoiding the steep incline of Weston Hill, respectfully urges the County Licensing Com- mittee not to confirm the provisional license for the proposed hotel granted at the Barry Brewster Sessions on the 26th of August, 1898." Owing, however, to the persistent and even obstinate opposition offered by a few on the Council, who took advantage of every method of procedure possible, the efforts of the above two gentlemen, and those who supported them to carry out the Gladstone-road as proposed and foreshadowed in the resolution of the Council, and over the site of the Osborne Hotel, were frustrated, and their repeated attempts were every time defeated, with the result that the site had to be abandoned, the road diverted, and an arrangement made. The responsibility for the abandonment of the original plan, the diversion of the road, and the agreement made, though the whole Council was ultimately a party to it, must rest decidedly if not entirely with the two or three members of the ,Council, supported by a few individuals outside, who had opposed the road at the first inquiry, and most of them again were stoutly against the loan. Should the Osborne ever succeed in obtaining a license, or should this huge building have to be bought by the ratepayers of Barry at a fabulous price ten years hence, as predicted by Mr James Cruise in his speech, October 2nd, 1899, when he said That the time would come when they (the Council) would again be forced to buy up the site for the convenience of the public and the develop- ment of the district there," the gentlemen who have opposed this road all along the line will have the melancholy satisfaction of knowing that they themselves, their attitude and policy, are account- able for it all. The support which Mr Maclean gave to the Gladstone-road at the inquiry re loan, therefore while seeking to restore the original scheme, is in perfect accord with the object of the Cadoxton ratepayers' meeting, the wording of the resolution presented at Cardiff, and the addresses of members of the deputation before the Public Works Com- mittee, and the discharge of duties relegated to us by the Cadoxton ratepayers, vouched for by the signatures of Messrs Cutter, Williams, and a large number of ratepayers and owners of property, to the extent of nearly £ 40,000 in the Cwms, and near the Gladstone-road, and all the other rate- payers, while seeking to restore the road as originally planned, which all admit to be the superior scheme, were at the same time mostanxious that it should be clearly pointed out that they were eager for the road, and did not by any means support the faction whose only object it seems was to defeat the Gladstone-road. L. TON EVANS. W. WILLIAMS. Cadoxton, July 3rd, 1900.
THE COLLECTION FOR DR. BARNARDO'S…
THE COLLECTION FOR DR. BARNARDO'S WAIFS AT BARRY. To the Editor of the" BARRY DOCK NEWS." DEAR SIR,-In your issue of last week we noticed a paragraph in which two inmates of Culley's Hotel were brought into question, and as we are the ladies referred to, we beg you will give a small space in your valuable paper to allow us to let the gentleman know that we resent the familiar style of being so spoken of in a public paper. It is quite true we assisted the little boy in collecting the amount named, but had we known what the result would have been we should have hesitated before giving assistance even for a charitable cause. It has caused us great annoy- ance, and think the gentleman owes us a personal apology for being the means of it. If he reflects a little he will acknowledge we are entitled to the same respect as though we were at home. Thank- ing you in anticipation,-Faithfully yours, THE YOUNG LADIES REFERRED TO.
THE BARRENNESS OF BARRY ISLAND.
THE BARRENNESS OF BARRY ISLAND. To the Editor of the" BARRY DOCK NEWS." SIR,—" Many a time and oft" in your valuable paper has attention been called, but in vain, to the deficiences of Barry Island as regards conveniences for the public. The time has now arrived-if it is not, even now, too late-when something must be done. Last Saturday and Monday, for instance, no fewer than between 6,000 and 7,000 persons came by excursion trains to Barry Island. It turned out showery on both days. Where were they to go ? What were they to do ? There are no shelters, no convenience, no attractions of any sort, in a word, no, nothing I" There is not a public convenience of any sort on the Island, not to mention such a necessity as a ladies' lavatory. Now, Sir, I have not the slightest doubt that more than one-half of the many thousands of people who visited Barry last week will never come near the place again owing to lack of accommodation, convenience, and attraction. The District Council, I understand, is willing to do what it can but apparently the estate people in their wisdom (?) do not see the necessity for any of these things. I maintain, Sir, that the present state of things constitutes a serious menace to the future pros- perity of Barry Island as a watering place and seaside resort. As everyone knows the favour of the people is fickle at the best; and once it is lost it is next to impossible to woe it back again, and by the time that Barry Island-at its present slow rate of progress, if progress it can be called-will have become a decent place of public resort, the public will have become disgusted with it, and turned their backs on it for ever. With all the unmerous attractions—though with fewer natural advantages—that other seaside places offer- Weston, for instance-how can Barry hope to com- pete when it is so hopelessly in the back ground f It is really pitiable to see the poor people wander- ing aimlessly about the town, trying to take shelter under doorways, &c. Another season like the present one, unless better provision is made for wet weather, and the Island, as a pleasure resort, is doomed One has only to go among the visitors and hear them talk to realise this. Shelters and conveniences are absolutely demanded, and a pavilion and promanade very desirable. At present there is nothing there. Oh, the pity of it! "-Yours faithfully, EARNEST WELL-WISHER.
LOCAL CRICKET. DINAS POWIS v. MR. EBSWORTH'S XL (COWBRIDGE). This match was played at Cowbridge on Saturday afternoon last, and resulted in a rather easy victory for the home team by five wickets and 42 runs. The Cowbridge team was a fairly J strong one, but the visitors were weakened by the absence of B. T. Pomeroy, R. G. Russell, and S. Howells. For the winners, T. M. Jenkins and C. Thomas batted splendidly for their respective totals of 77 (not out) and 27 whilst C. H. Snell (27, not out) and H. Waters (25) did likewise for Dioas Powis. Fitzgerald and Thomas also bowled well for Cowbridge. the former taking five wickets and the latter three. The following are the scores DINAS POWIS. L. Rooney, b Fitzgerald 0 II. F. Boyd, c and b Thomas 6 H. J. Palmer, b Thomas 1 A. E. Plater, b Thomas 13 H. Waters, b Fitzgerald 25 C. H. Snell, not out. 27 H. J. Miles, b Fitzgerald 2 J. Collins, b Fitzgerald. 0 J. Quinnell, c Jenkins, b Fitzgerald 0 F. L. Swan (captain), b Stockwood. 3 W. Collins, c Stockwood, b Jenkins 0 Extras. 13 Total 90 MR. EBSWORTH'S XI. G. Breeze, b Collins 8 W. Fitzgerald, b Collins 2 E. Davies, b Plater o J. A. Stockwood, run out 0 T. M. Jenkins, not out 77 C. Thomas (captain), b Plater 27 J. Davies, not out 14 Extras. 4 Total (for five wickets).132 E. Warren, E. Rees, P. Foy, and W. David to bat. BARRY VILLA 2NDS V. BARRY COUNTY SCHOOL. -Played at the Buttrills, Barry, on Saturday last, and resulted in a win for the Villa by three runs. The following are the scores :-Barry County School Gwyn, run out, 1 Andrews, c W. Williams, b Hughes, 3 E. Jones, b Lewis, 3 Watson, c W. Williams, b Lewis, 0 Garrett, run out, 7 Jones, b Hughes, 0 Darling, b Hughes, 0 L. Rees, c W. Williams, b Hughes, 0 Lewis, c Richards, b Lewis, 1; Warren, not out, 1 Davies, b Hughes, 0 extras, 4 total, 20. Barry Villa 2nds: W. Williams, run out, 0 P. Williams, b Andrews, 0 E. Hughes, b E. Jones, 0 L. Richards, b E. Jones, 0 R. Lewis, st Garrett, b E. Jones, 0 F. Connor, c Rees, b Andrews, 0 W. English, run out, 1; O. Jones, run out, 1; D. Donovan, not out, 4 C. John, b Andrews, 15 D. Rees, b Andrews, 0 extras, 2 total, 23. CADOXTON WEDNESDAY V. CADOXTON JUNIORS. -This match was played at Palmerstown on Wednesday week last, and resulted in a victory for the Wednesday team. Scores :-Wednesday. 53 Cadoxton Juniors, 12. For the victors, C. Masters batted well, and the bowling of H. Waters proved very effective. TO-MORROW'S FIXTURES. DINAS POWIS v. BARRY. -To be played at Dinas Powis wickets to be pitched at 3.15 p.m. sharp train leaves Barry at 2.12, and Cadoxton at 2.19. Dinas Powis team to be chosen from the following: -F. L. Swan (captain), J. Collins, H. Waters, H. J. Palmer, H. J. Miles, C. H. Snell, R. G. Russell, A. E. Plater, B. T. Pomeroy, L. Rooney, S. Howells, and H. F. Boyd. BARRY VILLA V. ST. PAUL'S (CARDIFF).— CARDIFF AND DISTRICT JUNIOR CRICKET LEAGUE.— To be played at the Buttrills, Barry wickets to be pitched at 3.15 p.m. sharp. Barry Villa team —J. Thomas (captain), A. Green, J. Westall, D. James, E. B. Waite, W: J. Blarney, L. W. Ree8, S. Treseder, Ivor Jenkins, W. Westall, and Another* BARRY BOYS' BRIGADE V. PA RESIDE (CARDIFF). -To be played on the Brigade ground, at 3 p.m.
BARRY PUBLIC LIBRARIES COMMITTEE.
BARRY PUBLIC LIBRARIES COMMITTEE. The monthly meeting of the Barry Public Libraries Committee was held on Friday evening last at the Gas and Water Offices, Barry Docks, the members present being Mr D. W. Roberts (chairman), Mr J. Lowdon, J.P., Councillors D. Morgan, S. B. Smith Jones, and J. A. Manaton, Rev W. Williams, Mr J. O. Davies, and Mr W. J. Flowers. The Secretary and Librarian (Mr J. Roch) reported that 3,133 books had been issued during the past month, being a weekly average of 626 fiction represented 80 per cent. Nineteen new borrowers' tickets had been issued, making a total of 3.102.-It was reported that a gift of a number of books had been received from the Carlton Club.—It was reported by the Chairman that the repairs had been carried out by the landlady of Cadoxton Reading Room. and it was decided to continue the tenancy thereof for the present.—The following tenders were accepted for the supply of newspapers and periodicals- Cadoxton, Mr W. Townsend, 5 per cent. off; Holtou-road, Mr W. Williams, 7i per cent. Barry and Barry Island. Mr F. C. Milner, 10 per cent. off. -It was decided to purchase some pictures for the Ladies Reading Room at Holton-road. to
CRIME ON THE HIGH SEAS.
CRIME ON THE HIGH SEAS. BARRY MAN CONVICTED OF MANSLAUGHTER. At Winchester Assizes on Monday last, George Francis M'Gough, of Barry, was convicted of manslaughter on the high seas and sentenced to fifteen months' hard labour. While the steamer Ruslington, from Cardiff with coals, was at Santos on March 10th, M'Gough who was intoxicated after having been ashore, wanted to fight, and fastened on a sailor named Dwyer, also of Barry, whom he butted in the stomach, and as alleged threw him over the hatchway into the hold, 20ft. deep, causing death. The defence was that the affair was an accident.
INDUSTRIAL TROUBLE AT BARRY.
INDUSTRIAL TROUBLE AT BARRY. RAILWAYMEN HANDED IN NOTICES THIS WEEK. The guards and brakesmen in the employ of the Barry Railway Company having applied for an advance of wages from 30s to 33s per week, the request has been refused by the management. The men met on Saturday evening last to consider the reply of the general manager, and as the result of the conference a resolution was arrived at to send in notices to cease work unless the demand was acceded to. These notices were handed in on Tuesday, and the men will come out on strike at the close of the fortnight in the event of their application for an increase of wages continuing unsuccessful. The notices sent in represent 117 workmen.
BARRY RAILWAY (STEAM VESSELS)…
BARRY RAILWAY (STEAM VESSELS) BILL. The Select Committee of the House of Commons, presided over by Mr de Tatton Egerton, on Thursday, the 28th ultimo, considered the Barry Railway (Steam Vessels) Bill to authorise the Barry Railway Company to provide steam vessels, and enter into arrangements with steamship companies, in order to facilitate the transmission of traffic from their railways and docks to ports and places in the Bristol Channel. The Bill had already passsd the House of Lords. Mr Worsley Taylor, Q.C., in opening the case for the Bill, said the Barry Railway Company had spent some £5,000,000 upon their docks and works, and they now asked for power to provide steam vessels to ply between Barry and places in the Bristol Channel, within a line drawn from Tenby on the north, through Lundy Island to a point on the south side, near Clovelly. There was a proviso in the Bill that the passenger traffic should start from and return to Barry. In Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, and Monmouthshire ) there were over a million people, and by the provision of these steamers an enormous summer excursion traffic would be provided for. It was to the interests of the people of these districts that power should be granted to the Barry Company to provide facilities for people desiring to visit the neighbouring seaside resorts. Barry was in process of becoming a great port for imports, and there was a large quantity of goods landed there which people wished to have at places around the Bristol Channel, and it was well that, if these vessels were provided, they should be permitted to carry these goods. Messrs Campbell, who opposed the Bill, were the owners of a number of boats calling at Barry from Cardiff. In competition with Messrs Campbell there was originally a Mr Robinson, but that gentleman's boats had been run off by Messrs Campbell, who, having thus created a manopoly, desired naturally to keep it. This year there had been communications between the Barry Company and Messrs Campbell, who had asked the Barry Company to give a guarantee of £6,500 before they would provide a fixed service. The Barry Company had no power to give such a guarantee, but they were now asking powers to provide a service at their own risk to meet the demands of the pleasure-seeking public. The opposition of the Great Western Railway Company was mainly directed to the question of the carriage of goods. Mr T. R. Thompson, a director of the Barry Railway Company, in giving evidence in support of the Bill, said the Barry Company had con- structed a deep-water pontoon, which had been equipped so as to provide for a cross Channel service independent of the tide. The pontoon would serve both for goods and passenger service. The Barry Railway communicated with all the mining districts and also with the Midlands, and there was a great excursion traffic to Barry. People, if the proposals of the Bill were carried out, would be able to come down to Barry in the morning, go by boat to Ilfracombe, and return to their homes at night. That could at present only be done when the tide served. In erecting the pontoon and the bridge to Barry Island the Barry Company had spent some £ 200,000, which would remain idle if the vessels were not provided. On the completion of the pontoon last year, Messrs Campbell had carried on a service for two months, and so great was the traffic that passengers often had to be left behind. Messrs Campbell now refused, unless under a guarantee of £ 6,500. If Messrs Campbell succeeded in stopping the Barry service now proposed, miners would have to go to Cardiff and pay 4s 6d to go to Ilfracombe, instead of 3s 6d to go from Barry. In regard to the goods traffic, there were many places desiring goods to be obtained at Barry. Small parcels brought by vessels into Barry would be able to pass by these proposed steamers to other parts of the Channel, which would be a great convenience to the public. Witness was cross-examined on bebalf of Messrs Campbell to show that there would be no grea.t advantage to the pleasure seeking public from the proposed service. Cross-examined for the Great Western Railway, he said the steamers would run to Ilfracombe so long as there was any appreciable traffic. They would run to Weston all the year round daily. With regard to Minehead, it would depend on circumstances. He had no doubt the traffic would largely develope. Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., said he employed some 3,000 men in his collieries. He was well acquainted with the whole district, and considered the proposals of the Bill were to the public interest. The facilities offered of a time-table service would be much appreciated by the working population, and also by many business men who desired ready access between the places where they carried on business and these pleasure resorts. He considered that if the proposals of the Bill were carried out the traffic between places on the channel would be much stimulated. Mr Lay bourne (chairman of the Weston Pier Comnanv* gave evidence as to the facilities for IsmdFng passengers at. Weston and the necessity for the proposed service. The extension of the Weston Pier was being pushed on, and would be completed within the five years allowed by Parlia- Mr J. Andrews (past president of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce), having also given evidence in favour of the Bill, the Committee adjourned. Mr Balfour Browne, Q.C., in addressing the com- mittee in opposition, referring to Barry said :-So much for the three great towns-the two that are supplied and the other that is going to supply (Swansea), and for which a large amount of money has been expended. Now Barry has not, at the present time, got a supply, and I do not wonder at it When the Barry Railway was promoted Barry Island was a desert. There, was one inn, I think, at the place there was nothing else but a few rabbits on the Island, I believe. That was in 1884, when the Bill was dropped. In 1889, when the dock was practically opened, there was a population of 10,000 at Barry. In 1899 a popula- tion of 31,436. The houses each year that have been erected I see vary from 1,034 down to 514. The rateable valuable, of course, when the railway was began to be constructed was practically nil; when it was opened it was. £ 17,646 In March, 1900, the rateable value was £ 230,172. It is absolutely phenomenal. We have not yet got electricity. I do not wonder, because when you find, in this short number of years, that all the municipal work has to be done, drains have to be carried out, water and gas supply has to be got, a gas supply by some of these very substantial promoters that my learned friend spoke of-a gas supply inagurated by a company and passed over intc> the hands, of the local authority at £ 210 for the £ 100 share. I think that is what they want to do with the electricity. Now we have provided, amongst other things, a depot for storage of carts, a refuse destructor, at which Mr Harris sneered yesterday, a fire engine station, a sanatorium with a great number of beds on a freehold site of two acres, a small pox hospital, allotments, and so on. Now this is significent. At the beginning of the dock there was no tonnage at all, but the tonnage of the dock now is 3,328,000; the total exports and imports are calculated at close upon 8,000,000 tons. Now is this the time for this authority to be Now is this the time for this authority to be invaded? The Chairman You might add for the informa- tion of the committee that you have a system of cranes at the Barry Dock worked by hydraulic pressure, rather than by electricity. Mr Balfour Browne I am obliged to you I did not know that the dock appliances are first rate I venture to say that there is no dock in the country better equipped than the Barry Docks, and none better managed than the Barry Dock and Railways. RESUMED HEARING. The Select Committee continued the considera- tion of the Bill on Friday, and evidence in support was given by Mr Ede, harbour master at Ilfra- combe Mr C. G. Barnett, clerk to < e Ilfracombe District Council; Mr Holman, c cctor of the Minehead Pier Company Mr W. S..ith, late clerk to the Weston District Council; and Mr J. A. Hughes, clerk to the Barry District Council. Sir J. Wolfe Barry, C.E., said there would be 16ft. or 18ft. of water alongside the pontoon on Barry Island at low water spring tides, a depth not to be obtained elsewhere on the north side. The vessels would come alongside the pontoon, lifts had been provided for luggage, and rising and falling gangways for passengers. The extensions to Barry Island and the construction of the pontoon and dredging had cost the Barry Com- pany £200,000, which sum would be absolutely unremunerative without the powers of the Bill.- Cross-examined, witness said the Barry Company did not desire to run boats to or from Cardiff or Bristol. This concluded the case for the promoters, and the Committee adjourned. THE PREAMBLE NOT PROVED. The Select Committee of the House of Commons on Monday continued the consideration of the Barry Railway Steam Vessels Bill. Mr Balfour Brown, Q.C., addressing the Committee on behalf of Messrs Campbell, said the Bill raised an important question of principle. The preamble of the Bill was not borne out by the clauses. The preamble said that it would be for the public convenience that the railway company should have the powers asked for in order to facilitate the transmission of traffic from their railway to places on the Bristol Channel. That pointed to a ferry service. There had been no real evidence offered of any other public want. There had been talk of an excursion traffic, but that was not within the meaning of the preamble of the Bill, and he would asked the Committee to say that it was not right for a railway com- pany to undertake such traffic. The railway company s business was to carry their ordindary traffic, and if there was an excursion traffic to be carried across the Bristol Channel, arrangements could easily be made with private owners to accommodate that traffic, There was a Standing Order of the House against granting such powers to a railway company as were now asked, unless the Committee were satisfied that such a restric- tion ought not to be enforced. It was contrary to public policy to allow a railway company to become a monopolist, not only of their own line, but of the things at the end of that railway, like piers, harbours, or steamboats, because the result would be that steamboat proprietors would inevitably be run off the road, and private enter- prise upon the sea would be killed. If there was an excursion traffic that would pay to carry, Messrs Campbell were quite willing to run boats to accommodate it. If, however, the Committee thought fit to pass the Bill he would ask that the service should be confined to the ferry traffic in connection with the Company's trains, and that the railway company should be excluded from plying between Bristol and Barry. If these restrictions were not placed on the railway com- pany. Messrs Campbell would be driven off the Channel, and the whole traffic would pass into the hands of the Barry Railway Company. Captain Alex. Campbell, manager and director of Messrs Campbell and Company, gave evidence in opposition. At this point Mr Balfour Browne said the promoters had accepted words to be inserted in the Bill limiting the powers of the Barry Railway Company, so as to remove the necessity for Messrs Campbell continuing their opposition. Under the agreement come to the Barry Company would not be able to carry passengers out of Bristol other than those carried there by them, and would not be able to run excursions from Cardiff, Newport, or Chepstow. Mr Baggallay, Q.C., for the Great Western Com- pany, said the question of public policy had to be considered by the Committee under the Standing Order of the House. He asked the Committee to reject the Bill. or, at least, to restrict the Barry Company to a ferry service to particular places.. Mr Pember, replying for the promoters, con- tended there were dozens of precedents for allow- ing railway companies to conduct undertakings in connection with their lines. Barry was the best port for a steamer service in the Bristol Channel. The railway company had spent £ 200,000, under the sanction of Parliament, on the provision of a pontoon and other facilities, and unless the Bill were passed no such service could be provided, or any benefit be derived from this great expenditure of money. The Committee having deliberated, declared that the preamble of the Bill was not proved. The measure is, therefore, lost for the present session.
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WITH DUNDONALD UNDER THE SHADOWS OF MAJUBA. "BULLER IS THE BEST MAN OUT HERE." LETTER FROM POSTMAN BAILEY, OF BARRY, AT THE FRONT. Writing to Mr R. G. Williams, of the Post Office, Barry Docks, Lance-corporal E. P. Bailey, No. 2,793, C" Company, 2nd Devon Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division South Africa, under date June 3rd, 1900, from Ingogo River, states DEAR CHUM,—It gives me great pleasure in answering your kind and welcome letter, as I am answering the both together, just to let you know that I am still alive and kicking, and hope to con- tinue so for another couple ot months, when I trust to be in England. I think I dropped you a line or two when I was at Newcastle. We left there last Monday, and marched in here. We can see Majuba plainly in front of us, and our troops are holding a large hill in front called Mount Prospect. Lord Dundonald is up there with the Cavalry, and the 4th Brigade is up there also, and General Hildyard and another General are on our right. They say that there is another party coming down from the Orange Free State. We know that Lord Roberts is in Johannes' •«•, so the party of Boers that we have here completely cut off, as they cannot get back any further than Johannes- burg. They fired a few shells on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but they have not fixed since. Some one goes out every morning from our camp with a white flag, but we do not get any informa- tion as to what he goes out for. There are rumours about camp that it is to give the Boers a stated time to decide whether they will give in, or otherwise fight, but of course you cannot believe all the rumours that you hear in camp. There is another rumour that they have got another three days to decide if they prefer fighting. I suppose we can oblige them, as at the present time we have close on 90 big guns here pointed at different places — some on their guns, others on their trenches, and we have also four pointed on their laager or camp, so when we once start they will get fits, or otherwise they will be starved to death, as they cannot get any further supplies from Pretoria. I do not like the idea of Lord Roberts critioising Buller, as Buller is the best man out here. Lord Roberta relieved Kimberley, and also got into Bloemfontein, on Buller's plans in fact, the same thing could have been done if Roberts had not come out at all. All that was wanted was more troops. Roberts has only just now started on his own. Besides he has not the same kind of country aronnd the Orange Free State as Buller had in Natal. We must give Buller his due. Everyone on this side worships him, and would go anywhere with him. Also the same must be said of General Clery and General Hildyard. I am sorry to hear that there has been a rumour to the effect that I am wounded, which is not true, although I have had some narrow escapes. I do not think there will be much chance of getting any Kruger pennies, as the officers are offering £1 10s for one, as they are seldom used out here. That is what makes them so scarce. I must thank you very much for forwarding the Barry Dock News every week, as I am able to see all the news I wish for. Please to remember me to all enquir- ing friends, and all at the Post Offioe. I must now conclude with my best wishes, from your affectionate chum, E. B. BAILEY.
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