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UP AND DOWN THE COAST. 1 PLEASANT FOR NERVOlfS PEOPLE. Not a dozjn miles fra:n my bit of a, place oil the Coast there is a. building stored with the trifling amount of forty thousand pounds weight of powder, besid-s an uncer ain quantity of mixed explosives. About forty tons of powder may be a reasonable or an unreasonable quantity of that article to have in one place that depends alto- gether on what is going to be done with it. In case of a European war forty tons of powder might be a small quan- tity for one of the armies. But in a lucifer match ware- house forty tons would probably be deemed excessive. In the event of this powder going off certain other things would go off too. There would certainly be an inquest, and most likely a Government enquiry, and the Inspector would report as follows The scene of the accident presented a. most extraordinary (appearance. A clean sweep was made of everything for about six hundred yards round the spot where the magazine stood. Windows were blown out, and glass smashed still further away. Pieces of wreck have been picked up at incredible dis. tances from the scene of the disaster. The magazine was built about three yards from a parish road; about seventy yards from some dwelling houses' about eighty-five yards from a church about seventy-five yards from the turnpike road, and about three hundred yards from a populous village. How the maga- zine was ever allowed to be erected on the spot where it stood until the time of the explosion is unknown to me, and it is equally unknown how the Inspector, appointed under the Act, failed to report the dangerous condition of the magazine. It is believed that by some means two tramps who were seen lounging about the magazine got into the building, and were smoking at the time the powder went off. These 'ramps have not since been heard of, and it is supposed they went off with the powder. The explosion happened during service time at the church, and the entire congregation was killed. There is no vestige left of the sacred edifice. Fortunately most of the people in the district are Dissenters, and the number of slain therefore is not very heavy. Four cottages were also demolished, and some of the occupants killed. Here again the fatal effects were not so great as they might have been if the explosion had not happened during the time of divine service. The village was completely wrecked. Houses were toppled over and shaken into masses of ruins. I have to record several marvellous es- capes, &c., &c." Will somebody enquire about this magazine, and get the necessary precautions observed. Why should the discovery and rectification of all these wrongs and abuses rest upon me when there are so many paid officials who, to say the least of it, are not overburdened with work. I shall be glad if this thing can be put right without my having oc- casion to mention it again. NOTHING LIKE SOUND ARGUMENT. In every dirty town and village you will find people of supposed intelligence who will tell you that the place cannot be very inimical to health and life as there are some of the oldest people in the district living there. It might just as reasonably be argued that nobody was killed at Waterloo or in the Crimea because the Duke of Wellington lived to be an old man and thousands of men are still alive who served in the Crimea. TO YOUNG MEN. In the times of your grandfathers when Wales was thinly populated, and large towns had not sprung up in the South, and where quarrymen in the North were not numbered by thousands, it was not unusual for a very few men to live, as it were, in the eye of the people. Any one of these men might with more or less truth, speak in the name of the Principality, and there was nothing Ull- seenly in one of them acting for the nation. From time to time single men did so act and speak, and were recog- nized as the nation's mouthpieces in the crises of her history. With the growth of population and the multiplication of interests and opinions there has necessarily been a great increase in the difficulty of one man or any small knot of men speaking and acting for Wales. When one hears that this man or that has started a "national" movement, spoken for all Wales or acted in the name of the whole Principality, one is apt to think of the three tailors of Tooley-street, who styled themselves We, the people of England." The three tailors could not by any chance be "the people of England," nor can Mr. This, Dr." That, nor Professor Tother be the people of Wales, or speak or act in their name. A hundred years ago for instance, supposing a University Collegeot Wales had been possible, it would only have been necessary for one man to have spoken the word and the thing would have been done. In some degree of dependence upon this obedience to a national call, the Institution was probably first started. There have been in connection with it many of these calls the nation has indeed been called most emphatically, and to some extent has answered. There are now, however, so many "national calls, so many "representative" men and institutions, such divisions of interests that the necessity- the absolute necessity—of securing the co-operation of men of all sorts in order to establish a national institution is forcing itself slowly into the minds of men who are discovering that no longer can one writer or speaker or leader or thinker guide even a large portion of the people of Wales. Men must be bigger now than was necessary in old times to be heard from end to end of the Princi- clpality amid the din of many voices. Greater power is required in these days merely to influence the thought of one large town in Wales than used to be required to in- fluence the whole Principality. There is now the maney— sided influence of the thought of all the kingdom to cons tend with. There are now thousands of men in the town, of Wales, and in the country too, who ask by whos; authority any single individual ventures to speak fo more than himself. The multiplication of preachers' teachers, and writers, and the not altogether pure flood of literature of all kinds have made ludicrous the assumption of national representation by private persons of mediocre position and power. The simple fact is that Wales is becoming like England and other countries. Carnarvon, Wrexham, Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr, Bangor, Aberyst- wyth, Festiniog, Portmadoc, Milford, and numerous other growing towns have a life of their own, men of their own, interests of their own. To make national movements successful in future, all these towns will have to be con- sulted, and without doubt the great centres will tend to monopolize the genius and influence of the country,- and will more and more act for Wales, as in former times single individuals acted, and as certain individuals still try to act. London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birming- ham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Sheffield may and do in combination organize national movements, and the utterance of any one of these towns or cities has a national influence but not one of them would venture to speak or act in the name of England, as single individuals re- siding in third-rate Welsh towns will venture to speak in the name of Wales. Old men, as a rule, will never recognize the fact that the old order of things has passed away, but young men who have received a more liberal training than was pos- sible until recently may learn the lesson, and some of those who are neither young nor old may not be incapable of learning that which may save them from much dis- appointment and well deserved ridicule. In the old times a few powerful men had only to frown at an inconvenient critic, and he was practically slain. To venture upon the expression of unpopular opinions was at least to trifle with daily bread. Now it is possible to express convictions and not to suffer for them fatally. You young men have in your hands much of the future of the country. Think for yourselves, and do not hesitate to speak your thoughts. Venture to question old ways that seem like dead ways. Do not be alarmed at solemnly worded denunciations. Every atom of good the world possesses was frowned at, and groaned over, and labelled poison before it was accepted. If you hear -hit the world is becoming more wicked and hopeless every day, do not believe it but bring to the bettering of men all your young life and energy; and, in full-chested laughter drown the croakings of gloom. Believe in goodness even when you are face to face with meanness and littleness. Shabby people are to be pitied and helped. They are not worth hating, and it would demean you to do them an ill turn. Li-tie souls are fearful that the Almighty willbluncler in the management of the world if they do nothide someof His truths. What queer worlds these people would make if they had the power. How they would get rid of all they call sin. They would show us how a world and how men ought to be made! It is the blind self-sufficiency of these little people that keep them from madness. They see nothing, hear nothing. If they could only be persuaded to come and sit near my bit of a place on the coast some sunny evening, and watch the seaweed inside a curling transparent wave, just before its breaks! Then let them multiply the waves and the seaweed by the sunbeams everywhere, and they would have a sum of glory not to be despised in a world they think so capable of improvement. The Coast. PERRT WINIU.E.

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