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STATE OF THE TOWN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ABERYSTWITH OBSERVER. SIR,âThat eminent nautical surveyor, "Davy t Jones," liaving recently inspected the outworks of 'a his immense territory, has in due course paid a ma- jestic visit to this coast, attended, as appeared by s your paper, with more or less disaster. ^There is no doubt but that the inhabitants of the foreshore of this tight little island" have, from time to time, encroached upon "Davy Jones;" and this fact is with some satire, admitted in your last issue, wherein you. apologise fur a previous assertion that the sea-wall at the Castle House was utterly swept away, where- as, in truth, after all, one single stone was found resting upon another single stone! The records of the past prove that whenever an infringement of the sea limits are made, "Davy Jones" is in no way jealous of the fact, provided good, substantial, and permanent erections be placed thereon. His visit on the late occasion was attended with grandeur and majesty his approach was wit- nessed by hundreds of the adjoining populace his roar soon became louder and louder, until in the end, with a tower of strength, his battering-ram opened upon all encioachments. The liliputian pron efiade wall was the first to feel his mighty influence; and this, almost without a ? struggle, was hacked away pe/Zinell, till not a vestige remained of either wall or turf. The miserable state of the Castle House, wall has been previously no- ticedâtwo single stones alone being in place. The £ promenade pierâan erection of a different charae- ter-well stood the brunt of his fury; while the Queen's Hotel proudly maintained its grand dignity, notwithstanding the croakings of the more downy w ones, and the prognostications of the interested few whose continued watchfulness in expectation of its exhibiting a travelling or slipping propensity, was something ridiculous to It-ten to. This test of its solidity was however a severe one, for, owing to the opening beyond the Telrace wall, the sea completely encompassed the building; but, however great Davy Jones's" talent as a surveyor may be, he failed, in this instance, to find a crack or aperture. wherein to insert the thin edge of his lever, or even a settlement in the structure to justify a single mark of displeasure or condemnation. Its stability, like the throne of her most gracious Majesty, (to whom the hotel is humbly dedicated), stands as firm as a rock. Before I apply tbe aphorism "Once well done is thrice done" to this building, and to the state of the town, let me enquire once more, through yonr co- lumiis, why the notices for lenders for the comple- tion of the Terrace wall northwards, and the suspen- sion of the quarry works next the Qu- en's, are so long delayed ? The corporation cannot give one moment's reflection on the imminent danger which might result from delay, or they would act more promptly and more energetically. The preparation for this needful work has been substantially set out by the corporate surveyor his plans have been per- fected and approved, and yet the corporation shelve the matter by deputing one of their body to take the initiative. Thus the work is deferred from time to time, and, upon enquiry, to abuse the attorney is the only defence. With this digression, I would urge that the roads and pathways of the town should for once be welt done, by scraping off layer upon layer of accumrnulated mud, and by macadamizing the streets with good sound broken stones, instead of depositing more sea gravel. This once so done would save much after expense, and would certainly save the annoying, hut tru- hful complaints of your many correspondents of extreme dereliction of duty on the part of the town commssioners, who, with few exceptions, adopt the cheap and nasty system, to the great loss of the funds, as well as the reputa- tion of the town. As a large rate-payer, I do not hesitate to say that these half-measures are a wasteful expenditure of the improvement rate and the sooner the town streets are placed under the surveillance of a com- petent pains-taking officer, so soon will the stigma now attached to the commission be on the road to- wards improvement. Unless this be done, the com- ing season will find the town in a worse plight than the last. The crust of the road is now hardened by frost; the thaw Vill make it one mass of batter; the round stones for many inches deep are without a firm bed; the traffic will cause these stones to twist; the snow water will then penetrate and fill the vacuum until the growing traffic on so soft and unsteady a foundation will make the entire bed a slouch of mud and filth. Aberystwith, Feb. 11 th, 1865. VIGIL.

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