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UP AND DOWN THE COAST. J; QUERIES. j Is it true that one of the Aberystwyth Corporation offi- cials who has a good deal to do with water does not him- self use the liquid he supplies to the town ? Is it true that in some districts the sons of estate agents are in business on the estates as coal and lime mer- chants ? Is it true that in a town I know of the chief supporters of a scheme for supplying the people with dirty water are a puWic-pn and a teetotaller? Is it true that another dog was poisoned last week near Aberystwyth, and that the police are not able to discover the murderers ? Is it true that paragraphs Irom this column are trans- lated into Welsh and used as original ? 18 it true that some gentlemen, who very recently began to run a newspaper, have discovered, that the newspaper is beginning to run them ? Is it true that the jury who recently sat to enquire into the cause of death of a woman who had been hacked to pieces wanted to bring in a verdict of manslaughter so as to save the honour of Wales ? Is it true that the nuisance inspector at Tregaron never thinks of removing a manure heap until even he cannot stand within a hundred yards of it ? Is it true that well-to-do tradesmen sometimes send newspaper correspondents sums of money for their emi- ment" services and get the fact announced in the news- papers-" Snobkins has instructed Cadboy to send Scrib- bler a cheque for twopence halfpenny in recognition of his noble effusions in the Farthing Dip ?" Bah Is it true that a Tregaron drunkard, having heard of the leniency of Aberystwyth magistrates, came up to that town for a spree, was drunk for about a fortnight, was twice pro. ceeded against, and was only fined about five shillings for the two offences ? Is it true that nuisances committed in the vicinity of Welsh places of worship make it very unpleasant for people troubled with a sense of decency ? Is it true that a visitor, on beholding a lodging house keeper's bill of extras, was so struck with amazement that he became speechless, and did not regain the use of his tongue until he had crossed the border. He then just ex- claimed "Walker," and again relapsed into silence ? Is it true that since the formation of a parochial com- mittee at Borth gentlemen once noted for their loquacity have become as taciturn as the Sphinx ? Is it true that if about four acres of land were laid out in building lots at Tregaron they would all be quickly taken up? Is it true that since St. David's College, Lampeter, has been at such great pains to prove it is not a Church of England institution several wealthy Churchmen deem it desirable to establish another institution to do the work St. David's is so anxious to repudiate? Is is true that the landowners of Wales would long ago have allied themselves with the University College at Aberystwyth had they not discovered that they were only expected to subscribe money, as the management was to be left in the hands of a fewjgentlemen who seem to care more for their own fame than for the prosperity of the college? ° A MODERN SHAM. Tuesday last at Aberystwyth was un-observe(I as bank holiday. This statement is perhaps scarcely correct, as the holiday was observed to some extent. For instance, some shops kept their shutters up and their doors open. Others did not close at all. The drapers closed altogether. What a large percentage of tradesmen and others are weak enough to follow custom half way and not strong enough to risk the loss of a chance customer. London and Dol- gellev can observe bank holidays, but Aberystwyth is too busy to do without business for a day now and then. Let the pretence be abolished. WAR NEWS. Scene—News Room Many daily papers scattered about. Reader (sitting at a table ii-ith Tape?- before him. Reads)- "Great Battle. 14.000 Russians killed and wounded at Plevna. Turkish Victory. Russians driven back on the main body." (R^nsler exclaims Horrible, most horrible." and picks uo another paper, which he opeiis and Reads) Rumoured engagement between Russians and Turks at Plevna. Advance of the Russians. Demoralization of the Turks. Russian occupation of Plevna. Great loss of men and material on both sides. (Reader [Ictf up and walks about for several minutes, iclcs up a thir,l pao'tr. Rei'ls)—" Decisive battle at Plevna. Immense slaughter of Russians. Rejoicing at Constantinople. Rumoured revolution in Russia." (Read- ing lower down in the same column)—" There is no truth in the rumoured defeat of the Russians. It is true there was an engagement, which ended without advantage to either side." Reader (beginuing to feel puzzled, searches catefully for the paper he has always depended upon for truthfulness. Finds it and Beads)-" There is no such place as Plevna, and the reported battle is the concoction of correspondents, who are determined to send news of some sort to the papers they represent." Reader feels that he must be suffering from softening of the brain and puts the paper down. Another Reader (mth wild excitement, holding in AM hand a bundle of telegrams) "Here's news for you. (Reads) Daily paper office.-The battle at Plevna, it transpires, is even more disastrous for the Russians than was at first supposed. The Russian loss is at least twenty thousand men. All the wounded were murdered during the night by the Turks." 1st Reader (Tak up a telegram and ads)-" Daily paper office.—After the so-called battle of Plevna the Russians called the muster roll and found there were only two men and a boy missing. The town of Plevna has been occupied by the Russians. The Other Reader (with a dangerous light in his eye, rearb from paper just brought in)-" Awfu I slaughter of Turks at Plevna, Account of the Battle by an Eye Wit- ness. Gallant Conduct of the Russians. Rapid advance of the main body. 1st Reader (who was supplied with his paper at the same time as the other reader, in a voice tremulous wtth emotion, reads)-" The Glorious Victory achieved overthe Russians at Plevna will most likely prove as decisive as Waterloo. Your correspondent saw the whole of the battle, which raged without intermission for two days. The Russians were slaughtered at the rate of about a thousand an hour. The Turks have fifteen men wounded. The trifling loss on the Turkish side is owing to the fact that they fought from behind earthworks." Other papers and telegrams were brought in, and their accounts were equally positive and cmtradietwy. The Coast. P WINKLE.

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