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LOCAL AND DISTRICT NOTES. The Aberystwyth Town Council are once more fairly afloat on a fresh water scheme. Mr. T. D. HARRIES on Friday last introduced the Llyn Llygaid Rheidol source in a speech carefully prepared and full of facts. It would be idle to express strong opinions in favour of this or any other project, in the absence of details, but we say again, as we have said many a time before, that if the Council were united there ought to be no difficulty in obtaining an inexhaustible supply of pure water for Aber- ystwyth. The weakness at Aberystwyth is that the mem- bers of the Council are not united in their desire to obtain water direct from the hills. If the Plynlimon scheme can be carried out for £ 20,000, it will be a cheap and highly satisfactory settlement of the question. The beginnings of discord, however, showed themselves at the meeting on Friday. Mr. ISAAC MORGAN mentioned an offer from Mr. J. W. SZLUMPEB to do some preliminary work FOR nothing. Whether Mr. SZLUMPER'S offer was the throw- ing of a sprat to catch a mackerel, and whether his offer "18 according to the custom of his profession, are questions of. less importance than that it seems to be agreed the ratepayers must either employ Mr. Sz LUMPER to carry out the work or meet him in opposi- tion. There appears to be no other alternative. The members of the Council felt that to employ Mr. SZLUMPEB for nothing would bind them to him later -on. t It was resolved to obtain an analysis of the water, and to engage Mr. J. E. THOMAS to make the survey for pre- liminary plans. It is matter for the deepest regret that contending parties should fight over the water supply of a town that depends for its commercial success upon the attractions it offer* to visitors. If Mr. T. D. HARBIES succeeds in carrying a-satisfactory scheme to a successful 6aue, he will have done more for the health and prosperity of Aberystwyth than can easily be estimated. .jt On Tuesday last, at the Tregaron Board of Guardians, -Dr. JOHN ROWLAND and Dr. ROWLAND ROWLAND, medical officers for the Tregaron rural sanitary authority district, read their annual reports. The district is in a healthy state, and the Board paid the officers high compliments for the thorough way in which they did their work. The utter absence at Aberystwyth of all protection Against fire was once more fully proved on Friday morn- 1n.g last, when the warehouse of Mr. JOHN JONES, Com- merce House, was burned to the ground, and the goods tt contained were destroyed. The fire burnt fiercely until everything was consumed. The turncock, the town sur- veyor, and the police were present, but in the absence of Water nothing could be done. The crowd groaned at the town officials, and asked sarcastically for water to extin- guish the flames. Captain Humphreys and a few other Inen threw water from buckets upon the gable end of an djoining house, and assisted in preventing the fire from spreading. As long as the ratepayers are satisfied with the present absence of arrangements to extinguish fires, the Council have some slight justification for their strange apathy. A significant change in the demeanour of the crowd may assist in bringing about an improved state of things. At former fires the public have vied with each other in efforts to extinguish the flames, but on Friday morning there was no great anxiety to work as soon as it became known the premises were insured. The fire brigade was conspicuous by its absence. If the Insurance offices will not provide fire engines, and if the authorities are of opinion that the present muddle is satisfactory, why should private individuals troublethemselves ? At the meeting of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians on Monday last, the complaint was brought against Mr. T. G. THOMAS, one of the relieving officers, that he sends the relief of paupers by messengers, and does not visit the districts. The officer said he had been ill, but, as was pointed out to him, that was no excuse for neglect of duty. At the Dolgelley Board of Guardians, on Saturday last, the Guardians severely censured Mr. REVELEY for writing a letter to the Cambrian News by the roundabout, but effective, method of scolding the INSPECTOR for replying to it. It is quite clear that Mr. REVELEY would have acted more wisely if he had written to the Board instead of to the paper, and the INSPECTOR would have rendered his answer all the more complete if he had shown Mr. REVELEY his error by sending his answer to the Board. The INSPECTOR has a difficult position to fill, and how is he likely tofare in contests with the country gen- tIAnen, who are, of course, ex-officio Guardians ? Next time the INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES writes a letter he would act wisely if he made out a less complete defenee. The Tregaron Board of Guardians, on Tuesday last, discussed the appointment of collectors instead of the assistant overseers. After a long .discussion, in which it was evident that the majority of Guardians were in favour of the old system, Mr. R. J. DAVIES, who brought the subject forward, withdrew his motion. The Tregaron Board is not yet ripe for the change, but the saving that would be effected is so considerable that sooner or later Tregaron will follow the example of Aberystwyth, and get rid of an inefficient and expensive system. # The difficulty which arose respecting the scheme adopted by the Bala Local Board for taking water from Llyn Arrenig Fawr, and taking it through Crown Land, in con- sequence of the inadmissability of the terms proposed by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, appears to have been virtually removed by concessions on the part of the Commissioners, and at a meeting of the Local Board on Friday the terms were accepted, subject to an alteration of the date in the commencement of the lease. It was resolved to ask the Local Govern- ment Board to send down an inspector to hold an enquiry, preparatory to the Local Board's obtaining a loan from the Public Works Commissioners, to enable them to carry out the scheme.

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