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EDITORIAL NOTES. Women are invading all circles hitherto re- garded as essentially men's close preserves. The House of Commons has had to succumb to the blandishments of Lady Astor, the ga lery has yielded to a lady reporter, and the classic shades of the Welsh University Court haa been invaded for the first timd in hiatory by Lady Verney, aa junor deputy chancellor. It appears to be only a matter of timo until the advent of a lady principal 01 the con- stituent colleges. It Conversation with responsible leaders of public opinion in Nortih Wales tends to con- firm the impression of the wisdom shown by the College authorities in the selection of Mr. J. H. Davies, M.A., as principal. Tho new Principal has impressed all who have cOOle into contact with him with a sense of reserve power and as a safe and sagacious guide of the insta tuiiioit so intimately connected with the public life of North Wales. One of the educational leaders of Merioneth expressed himse f thus to our representative:—"It is an ideal appointment calculated to maintain the high traditions of the College." It is important thaA the North Wales Stats trade should be thoroughly aware of th. danger facing the industry owing to the tw- t.oducfcion of new roofing materials. 01108 such materia!, whioh it ia* claimed is Tery effective, is that introduced by Major Waller. of Messrs. Hill Richards Co. This is a roncrets slab made in large sections which lifts straight into place, and it can be painted a ridh dark brown imitation of tiles or any colour whioh may be doair^d. Thia product is described in the Ministry of Health's pub- bcation "Housing" and the writer adds:— "Noodl(F-8 to say there are no slaiee or to blow off, no roof timbeie to rot, and no possibility of leakage. » < The proposal to confer the gift of autonorryr for Waes continues to exoto mixed feelings in the country. The sense of dread of Cardiff and Glamorgan's predominence was pretly apparent in the proceedings of Merioneth County Council last w.eek. Dr. John Jones's declaration that rural Wales preferred to be ruled from London to Citrdiff struck a respon- sive chord in the Council who cheered the statiement with unanimity. Tt is qu to possible that, an Ulster policy will emerge in Wales as well as in Ireland but it is to be hoped that Waies will eschew the courses of brag, bluster, braggadocio, and gun running and treason which has discredited tho cause of the. nauion over the water. Wales 's not likely to succumb to Carsonitis. A very useful pubUcation by the Ministry of Health at a penny sets forth the names of nine firms who are ready to build houses by new methods which have had tho approval of the Ministry. The schemes of Mr Llew- elyn Dffr.t, of Kcmt, is of reinforced ooncrete and he is prepared to erect two houses at a cost of B350 each on a site selected by the Ministry and to tender after this for construc- tion of the houses in large quantities. Eaeb house is to have a living room, a scullery, a. bath, and three bedrooms, and the Ministry Is prepared to land mociey spread owr 30 years to cover the cost. It would appear that this scheme of Mr Dent's whose address « Ruxlay, North Cray, Kent, a valuable solution to a very difficult pi-oblem and pro- gressive local authorities would well advised to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with his proposals. The detailed report submitted by Dr. E. Lewys Lloyd, county medical officer to the Merioneth County Council, will amply repay more than a cursory examination. It is a document full of suggestions for all concerned in public health and social reform. Dr. John Jones, as chairman of the Public Health Com- mittee, paid the Medical Officer of Health a generous tribute on his success in locating and stamping out an outbreak of typhoid at Towyn, an outbreak whose source was most obscure and baffling, and was only satisfactorily cleared up after prolonged and minuto investigation, such as only an officer wholly devoted to his profession would undertake. Whether tha Medical Officer is adequately paid for his ser- vice) or not, was a moot point a* the Coun- cil meeting, but there was and can be no differ- ence, of opinion as to the practical value of these services to the community that he serves eo efficiency and unobtrusively. ». • Mr. James A. Duncan, secretary, Seattle* Central Labour Council, says from the la- bour atajidpolrt'.t, rc,1.a.rdlesli of tAio taken by the Federation, Prohib tion has proved its value in many ways. It has changed. t,l1e app«aranoai of the workers generally. Men who do rough work used to be c .intent walk tho streets ill overalls. Only a short time after Prohibition camo in Washing-ten, the working-man on the street couIcl hardly be dv t'nguished from tho banker and business man. The money the worker formerly spent for drink now goes for better h met;, moro and hetter clothes, and better food. The worker, under Prohibtticn, dis- plays more aativ«t|v and interest. In civio affairs. Where, in sw-h States ss Waahmg- the vot'r ilias the init.ativo aud refer, endum, it is vrtal tha.t those who enjoy the fircjichise and the p,wor to mute, .1" ho initiative, laws which shall govern the Strt<o, should be clear-headed, and free from the influence of liquor and the liqour business. 'W' One of the most significant features of the recent debate on premium bonds was tho emphasis laid by tho Chancellor of tho Ex- chequer and by Mr. Bonar Law upon what had been accomp1ishp,d by the National Savin Movement in the devc opmenti of thrift in this country. Tho Savings Organisation estab- lishod under the stress of war achieved results so unexpected and so n-emarkable tha.t tha movement has been placed upon a permanent basis for peace. To its paati and present work the Chancellor paid the fo'lowing very hnndsome tribute :—" I cannot soenk ns chan- cellor of the exchequer with sufficient appre- ciation and gratitude of the work done by thn voluntary organisations for war savings throughout the length and breadth of the- country. They have succeeded—the figures are shown in a letter to the "(Times"—v.n inducing- enormous numbers of people to invest who never saved before and 1!hey are inducing them to continue." The propaganda of this move- ment has had a marked effeefc on the develop- ment of all savings organisations in the land. Hoders of State securities have increased from 343,000 before the war to between seven- teen and twenty million, and it s estimated that the total investment of small ho'ders in all fo-ms of funds and securities is now well lover £700.000,000.

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