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UP AND DOWN THE COAST. PREMATURE ANNOUNCEMENTS. Welsh landlords are vieing with each other in supplying tenants with good gates that will open and shut. La3t week the leading residents of Cardiganshire met at Aberystwyth to consider in what ways they could promote the iiiterest3 of the county. Some excellent speeches were delivered. We understand it was agreed to settle boundaries and fence all the sheepwalks. This is an important matter, and will greatly improve the value of the land. It was also decided to grant twenty- one year leases. A most important result of the meeting was the formation of a rich company, composed chiefly of landowners, to work the lead mines of the county. There < to be no London jobbing. The mines will be worked for the benefit of the shareholders. In order to place the Principality on an equality with Ireland and Scotland, and so that the application for Government assistance may be successful, the rich men of Wales have resolved to raise a hundred thousand pounds for the Welsh University Movement. The committee is composed of Marquesses, Earls, Barons, Baronets and a few wealthy gentlemen who are not titled. The largest sub- scription is twenty thousand pounds. The clergymen and ministers of Wales have for some time urfcfld upon the well-to-do members of their congre- gations the desirableness of improving the cottages of the country. The effect of this activity among ministers of religion has been that during the past twelve months it is estimated that not fewer than five hundred of the worst class of cottages have been thrown out of occupation. Since the drainage and cultivation of Tregaron bog was commenced, ten years ago, the town of Tregaron has in- creased in sixe until the population is more than double what it was in 1878. More than 300 of the Welsh School Boards have estab- lished lending libraries for the children. The conver- sion of the schools into evening reading rooms is now general. The average pauperism of Wales is now under two per, cent. Portmadoc is the largest town in^Xorth Wales. Three new manufactories were established there last year. There are 350 students at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth. At the several divinity halls in the town there are 400 students. This year the examina- tions will be held at St. David's College, Lampeter, when it is expected that about 1,500 students will present them- selves. On the 29th ult. a meeting was held of the Welsh Doctors of Divinity, whose degrees came from America. After a long discussion, it was agreed to discontinue the =e,of these worthless titles. During the past five years twenty-three schemes for the conversion of large private adventure schools into endowed grammar schools have been sanctioned. At the opening of the railway bridge across the Dovey beloYnyslas, on Thursday, it was stated by one speaker that lor some years after the Cambrian line was opened the river covered all the valley from Ynyslas to Glandovey Junction. Between the points indicated there are now at least five thousand acres of the most productive land in the Principality. At the time referred to the highly cultivated farms between Ynyslas and Taliesin were a bog that produced nothing but peat and a few wild fowl. At the last Aberystwyth weekly sale of live stock, lVlr. G. T. Smith sold 500 head of cattle, sheep, and pig. The Tregaron woollen manufacturers employ 500 hands. About seventeen new mills were built in different parts of North Wales last year. There is still living at Mynydd Bach an old man ever ninety years of age, who says he remembers the time quite well when Englishmen were looked upon as foreigners, and when criticLm from an Englishman was resented as unfriendly. He also tells a story of a highly respectable Welsh family, who established a steam mill in the town of Aberystwyth, and got a manager from a neighbouring town-he thinks Machynlleth. So strong was the feel- ing in favour of natives that a professional gentleman (not himself a native) tried on one occasion to get up feeling against a proprietor of these steam mills, because all the men employed at them were not natives. It is very diffi- cult to believe the old man's statement, but it seems the feeling against Englishmen and in favour of natives was then quite as strong as represented. The dividend on the ordinary reduced stock of the Cam- brian Railway for the past half year will be at the rate of eleven per cent. It may be necessary to state that this dividend is equal to five and a half per cent. on the actual aums invested. Many years ago the shareholders agreed that every hundred pounds' werth of shares should be called fifty. That is what is meant by the word re- duced." The member of Parliament for the Welsh University has been offered a seat in the Cabinet. Some years ago it was decided that no prize of less value than 210 should be given at a National Eisteddfod, and that at every National Eisteddfod at least one prize of 2200 should be offered. Since these resolutions were passed the competitions have been of a much higher description than formerly. About fifty years ago, in 1878, Aberystwyth was vigorously discussing the water question. Nothing has yet been done, but we understand one of the members of the Council intends to bring forward an excellent scheme which will give the inhabitants all they can desire before the summer season of 1930. THE ABERYSTWYTH SAVINGS BANK. The managers of this excellent institution are wide awake people, and like to afford investors the fullest information. The investors will not do amiss if they carefully note how that information is afforded. I could tell tlie investors, but it is better they should see for themselves. This is about the time of year when savings banks give an account of themselves. A LICK AND A PROMISE." This is the way a few of the Aberystwyth lamps have been cleaned. They have received a lick and a promise. There is this about it, gas is only five shillings per thousand feet at Aberystwyth. DOWNIE'S BEQUEST. It is eight or nine years ago since I first began to write about Downie's Bequest. The money is now at last being distributed, for good or ill-perhaps both. This has been a good old topic, and I part with it regretfully. Even old grievances may Jbecome dear to us. It may be that we have not heard the last of Downie's bequest. There is the I nfirmary portion of the money. THESE TIMES. First Tradesman (looking over the edge of his goods)â 1 think, that's a customer going into Selvedge's. Second Tradesman (after looking)âSo she is, but the wrong sort. She's collacting subscriptions. First Tradesman-Oh. (After a pause.) Have you taken anything to-day ? Second Tradesman (sorrowfully)- Very little. I never saw anything like it. What have you taken ? First Tradesman (thrusting his hand deep into his pockets and pulling out a few coppers and two or three shillings)âThere it is. Talk abouttbusiness ? Second Tradesman (making sign's across the street) Let us get some of the others here. (Selvedge, Remnant, and Raisins having walked over)âWell, how do you find business? SelvedgeâBusiness, do you say. I have nt found it at all. Have any of you found it, for then there'll be a chance for me. RemnantâI should like to see a sovereign. Rai sinsâI saw one in the bank yesterday. First Tradesman-Come, that is hopeful. We will not give up as long as we know there is money in the place. (In an undertone)âHere is a commercial. Second Tradesman (to commercial)âGood morning. How's trade ? Commercial (very deliberately) Sec those boxes (pointing to them). I never see the samples in them ex- cept when I just go through them at the hotel for practice. Trade has either ruada his fortune and retired, â¢r he is d-ad. (Addressiug Second Tradesman, and pointing to the boxes)âShall I bring them in ? Second TradesmanâNo. It is no use. I dou't want anything to-day, sir. CommercialâNobody wants anything. I never saw the country in such a satisfied state of mind before. First Tradesman (winking at the other shopkeepers)â Well, I am busy enough. I think there are far more complaints than there is any occasion for. The CommercialâThen you must be a sheriff's officer. (Load laughter.) The bailiffs are the only busy men I know just now. Second TradesmanâWhere did you take your last line to-day ? CommercialâI have not taken a single line to-day or for three days previously. First Tradesman (speaking with great decision)âI am going to cut down my expenses. RaisinsâLet us all emigrate. Commercial (looking up and down the street)-A nice c prospect. Not a single person to be seenâand all these shops. First Tradesman (making for the door)âCome along all of you. Let us.go and liquidate. 0 Commercial (dolefully)âI should think most of you have done that already; present company excepted, of course. Little girlâPlease can you change a shilling. First Tradesman (with great apparent eagerness)â Here, my little girl, let me look at it (takes the coin in his hand' and admires it). I had almost forgotten the ap- pearance of money. Second Trades Daan-Here's the rate collector. All the Tradesmen at once-He wants me. Commercial (seriously)âCan't you give me a line ? Second TradesmanâI can't indeed, sir. There is nothing doing. Nothing at all. It is no use really. Commercial (in a tone of hope)âWell, things must amend. They cannot get worse than they are now. (He goes.) First Tradesman (in a whisper) 1 ve got a customer in the shop at last, and I mean to keep him there as long as I can. CustomerâI want a pennyworth of --a (Blank look of Tradesman.) The Coast. PERRY WINKLE.
















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