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THE COMING HORTICULTURAL SHOW OF 1866. A FEW more days, and Merthyr will again witness a metamorphoses that surpasses in interest to us any- thing of classic days, to the scholar the metamorphoses of Ovid may have attraction but we have the modern, actual, living, and beautiful transformation of the present, by which a a plebeian looking, dark and dingy Market House becomes a palace of flowers. See our Market House at an early time on Monday morning, with its Saturday effluvia hanging about its disreputable appear- ance. It is soddened, unwashed, and unbrushed; and looks revolting from its nightly revel, and day of dirty repose among the filth. One is reminded for a moment of some wretched and unsavoury drunkard that is met in the highway, but the comparison is soon gone, for the man you may avoid, but the Market remains a permanent, unavoidable nuisance. But the water pours, and brushes work, strong arms labour, and skill directs, and soon there is the wondrous change effected, which year after year gratifies the eye and mind, rouses emulation, and teaches many a lesson of value. No one who has not seen the change wrought in the Market House would believe it possible; but Nature is a great teacher, and surely she who teaches how to bide decay and give lustre to ruin, and a beauty to desolation, can also show how ugliness may be. hidden and defects concealed. Flowers work wonders in this respect, and can be made to do more than please the eye, or exhale their grateful perfume. We have every faith that the Flower Show Committee with their energetic and courteous secretary, Mr. T. Carlye, will do their work well. The work before them is neither simple nor light in character or extent, and until the Show opens, their energies will be pretty fairly taxed. Producers, too, will now find it nccessary to pay the strictest attention to their rarities, lest at the last moment some ignoble slug shall level the fairest promise, and call forth those strong adjectives by which man is so frequently tempted to give expressions to his feelings. We have one closing word of advice to one and all-a reiteration of an amateur gardener correspondent's advice —" fight fair." Let there not be the slightest opening for any accusation of unfairness to be made against any com- petitor. There is a luxury in getting a prize that is honestly won, but when dishonestly got a man's conscience assures him that he does not deserve it, and the prize is of no value. i The rules are of the simplest character, and no one can plead that he sins in ignorance. Whoever does sin does it knowingly, and though amenable to no bench of magis- trates, he is open to the contempt of the town, and will assuredly suffer to a greater extent than he gains. We need scarcely warn our readers not to fail m their patronage of the Show, for certainly all who can will come to the gathering. The hills and the valleys will send forth their contingents. Our friends of Aberdare, of Tredegar, and all outlying districts will be well represented. The Show comes but once a year, and, the opportunity gone, cannot again be given. We would strongly urge a visit from every accessible point. The Show will be full ot, sterling practical lessons that deserve the widest range, and over all, it teaches the grand truth that honest industry ennobleth man, and he who maketh the earth to smile in flowers and riches earns the sweetest satisfaction.