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The announcement that Mr Davies will not stand for the Cardigan Boroughs after the dis- solution of the present Parliament has brought aeversal candidates into the field. As was stated in a supplement issued with the Observer last Saturday morning, Mr Vaughan Davies has been invited, by the Aberystwyth Conserva- tives, to contest the seat. The names of several Liberals are mentioned, but as yet only three have annotated thdir willingness to fight the battle of their party, these gentlemen being Mr Cobb, Mr Brigstocke, and Mr Alfred Thomas, mayor of Cardiff. The three gentlemen have visited the Boroughs during the last few days. The Medical Press has just offered timely hints to holiday-seekers at the seaside, and re- minds medical men of the necessity of warning intending bathers against certain popular er- rors. It says—4Tt is a popular delusion that no one ever takes cold in sea water, and that, no matter how chilly the sea or gloomy the day, no harm ever comes of a 'morning dip.' It cannot be too firmly insisted OR that only the strongest constitutions can safely indulge in regular bathing in a cold sea and in the absence of a warm sun. Persons unaccustomed to cold Itubb; 'ng, at home should exercise the greatest care when away from home at the seaside, and observe these rules—(2) Take some light refreshment before bathing; (2) do not fe- main in the water long enough to feel numbed; god (3) take a brisk walk immediately after dressing." -———— The Rev Horatio Nelson Grimley, A.M., formerly Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in the University College, m this town, has been appointed vicar of Cherry Hinton, m the Diocese of Ely; and "the Rev Samue! Maude, A.M., formerly curate of Chirk, vicav of Nedlham Market, Diocese of Norwich. • The Borth Local Committee, to whom is delegated the duty of superintending the local public works, is evidently frightened, or is trying to frighten the higher authorities with the prospect of the village being inundated and isolated from trade, commerce and com- munication with any other civilized com- munity." In fact, the Local Committee are dreading a repetition of the Caotref-y-Gwaelod disaster, only on a smaller scale. They say that unless the Cambrian Railways Company keep in good repair the culvert running from f the leet to the sea there is a possibility of the calamity indicated above. Under the circum- stances the company will do well to see that Borth; as well as their own railway works, shall not be destroyed through any neglect on their part. No one who is a frequent attendant at the meetings of the Town Council can have failed tonotice a habit which has possessed certain members, and prompts to ignore the rules of good taste which should be observed. Not only are many questions asked which can have no definite meaning, but two or three members insist, with studied persistency, upon talking aloud to their friends, to the detriment of good order, and the annoyance of those who attend for the purpose of transacting the public busi- ness. Very young members may be pardoned on the ground of inexperience and youth, but these excuses cannot be pleaded by gentlemen who have served the public for many years, and who have quite recently quitted the chair. The question must shortly have to be deci- ded, it is to be hoped amicably, between the Town Council and Mr Stooke, whether that gentleman is to be paid, beyond the amount originally agreed upon, tor new plans and work in connection with the new reservoir. For the moment we will leave aside the question whether the present unfortunate condition of the reservoir is due to any fault of the Engineer or of the Contractors, or both suffice it to say that the works are a failure, and that the walls will have to be re-built. It is possible to con- ceive of litigation which may last for years; of decisions and counter-decisions; of appeals and counter-appeals, to end only when the pro- perty of both parties has been squandered among lawyers and counsel, with innuimerabie I consultations and fees; and the end worse than the beginning. It is also possible to conceive of both parties agreeing in a friendly spirt to do what is best in the interest of all parties concerned. The particulars of the agreements entered into between Mr Stooke and the Cor- poration are not immediately before the public, but it was well understood at the time of the Engineer's appointment that he would do all the necessary work for the one charge agreed upon at the time. No one fore- saw—except Mr Green—what has since hap- pened, or it may be safely asserted that, mea- sures would have been taken to obviate the evil. The Engineer did not calculate upon constructing two reservoirs for the price of one; neither did the Corporation anticipate the probability of having to pay for the erec- tion of two when they only require one. we. f do not know what claim the Corporation may have against the Engineerin case they are able to prove that he has been at fault. Neither party can gain anything" except barren honour by appealing to a court of law on the intricate questions which perplex them, but it seems to tis in the face of the agreement, or supposed agreement, that the whole works should be completed at one charge, and the Engineer will consult his own interests, in the long run, by drawing up all plans and specifications, and carrying: out the works, without extra charge, and bv seeing that the whole are completed with despatch. The Corporation, on the other hand, should give Mr Stooke every assistance. Delay is proverbially dangerous, and in this case it is so to both parties, as well as to the town, and the sooner the difficulties are settled the better will it be for all. It would not be a small matter to any Engineer that work should be taken out of his hands and given to another Colonel Prvse and Miss Loveden have re- turned to Peithyll, after some weeks' stay in London. ———— The Town Council were placed in an a\yk- ward position on Tuesday by an application made bv the Secretary of the Druids, Oswes- try. for permission to use the Castle grounds by the members of the society, on the occasion of their visit to Aberystwyth, on Saturday, the twenty-ninth instant. Whilst appreciating the benefits which accrue to the town from the ever-increasing influx of visitors, the Council were anxious not to commit themselves to an act which might be claimed as a precedent, and which might be misinterpreted to consent for all manner of gatherings to assemble on the grounds. The Council, however, had confi- dence that the Druids will take care that not a single stone of the ancient ruins shall be dis- turbed, and acceded to their courteous request.

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