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THE COTTAGERS' IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY. Although the little manual which contains the rules and regulations of the Aberystwyth Cottagers' Improvement Society contains not the name of a single cottager, it is never- theless a society the majority of the members of which are necessarily cottagers. The few names given in the little book are those of the committee, the director, and the secretaries. But although the Society is said to be "managed" by the ladies who form the committee, aided by the gentlemen who undertake the arduous duties of director and secretaries, it could have no existence at all but for the cottagers, who feel themselves encouraged, by the action taken yearly by the managers, to set to work to bring about their own "improvement." The managers we are svire will give ready assent to this. They desire no commendation for the trouble they take upon themselves. They feel doubt- less that the humblest cottager who by their action is persuaded to devote his spare hours to rendering the bit of land connected with his home a fruitful garden, is a much more effective member of the Society than any one of themselves. If such is their conviction it is a thoroughly justifiable one. For they are but doing a manifest duty in devoting themselves to the work of encouraging their humbler brethren to till their little plots of land. To bestow upon them commendation would be a needless waste of words. They desire not the reward of words. The im- provement of the homes of their toiling neighbours, and the brightening of their surroundings, form the reward they covet most earnestly. To write down words of laudation would be to act upon the supposi- tion that a thorough want of interest in the welfare of the dwellers in cottages was the normal characteristic of well-to-do land- owners. But such want of interest is most abnormal. It can only exist where selfish- ness is the controlling motive of the land- owner's doings. It can only exigt where the owner of far-spreading acres is under the delusion that land is entrusted to him solely to contribute to his own pleasure and com-- fort, and not so that he may make the utmost effort to cause the land to be serviceable to the community around. Such a delusion has before now influenced the possessors of land, and has influenced them to such an extent as to render their doings far from beneficent. An undue eagerness to keep off trespassing feet--an eagerness which manifests itself in omnipresent sign- boards threatening prosecution to unwary pedestrians, and a gradual encroachment upon the ancient rights of the dwellers around to wander along the paths through pleasant pastures, or to r.;âend the sea-cliff and follow its,windings and inhale the sea breezes and look upon the picturesque undulations of the lirvaud scenery,-this unbecoming eagerness, and this grasping encroachment have begn and are the signs of the selfishness of those who, though endowed with wealth, demote themselves to thankless ways- and are not a blessing to the com- munity which has to endure their presence. Such as these belong to no improvement society." By the perpetual irritation kept up in the minds of those who are continually vexed by the want of generosity they so openly display, the influence they exert would be harmful, did it not give rise to a kindly reaction in others, and cause them to resolve to make amends for the selfishness they cannot restrain in their neighbours, by their own thoughtfulness and anxiety for the general welfare. So that selfish men and selfish landowners have their use in the world. They provoke others to an increased generosity which more than balances their own shortcomings. Under'the influence of what is required from him in the way of furthering the well-being of all on his estate, a landowner will take care that there shall be no cottage within the boundary of bin possessions which has not its encircling plot of land. When he has provided this the dweller in the cottage has it in his power to let the plot ever have a forlorn untidy aspect, or to cause it to be a fair garden, pleasant to look upon, filling the air around with the fragrance of its flowers ia spring, and enabling passers by to rejoice in the aspect of its summer leafage and its autumn fruitfnlness. All dwellers in cottages within the range of the Aberystwyth Cottagers' Improvement Society who are induced by! the encouragement given at the Society's Annual Show to cultivate their gardens and render them orderly scenes of fruitfulness, are the real members of the society. The society will ever be prosperous so long as these its members devote spare time to making their gardens bring forth an abundance of flowers, fruit, and vegetables. Thig prosperity will always be an encouragement to the managers to con- tinue their kindly labours, and to manifest their friendliness towards their toiling neigh- bours. The show to take place -ia the autumn of the present year will be but the fourth one which has been held. During the past three years encouraging results have been attained. Cottage gardens have under- gone pleasant transformations, and the appre- ciation of the garden-ground by the cottagers has helped to impress the land- lord's mind with the idea that no cottage should be without a garden. Fortunate is the neighbourhood in which landowners are faithful to landowners' duties, and in which their faithfulness serves as an encouragement to cottagers to devote themselves to pursuits which unfailingly tend to surround their homes with the beauty and order npapring- ing in gardens in which are diligently culti- vated the kindly fruits of the earth.

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