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BANGOR AND THE ELECTRIC LIGHT.…

PORTMADOC AND ITS PROSPECTS.

7 NOTES iND COMMENTS.

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7 NOTES iND COMMENTS. CONSCIENTIOUS Conservatives, and it may be presumed there are a few in Carnarvonshire, must have perused with feelings of anmyance and amazement the revelations attending the bankruptcy of their erstwhile candidate for the Eivion Division of the county. The candida- ture was simply from the beginning to the finish a pure prostitution of politics. The can- didate did not have to bear any portion of the cost in embarking upon a hopeless political venture, but he actually made some money out of the transaction. The few Conservatives or Unionists who suppottad Mr Humphreys must nosr feel thankful that their Quixotic endeavour to oust Mr Bryn Roberts from the representa- tion of Eivion did not succeed. There is no doubt that the candidature of the late Mr Owen, a kinsman of Mr Humphreys, who was running for Merionethshire in opposition to Mr Tom Ellis, was similarly bolstered by the Tory party. IN Anglesey and Carnarvonshire politics ZD remain remarkably quiescent. The representa- tive of Arvon h is not condescended to break his long silence, and his colleague, Mr Bryn Roberts, following the example of the member for the Boroughs, has, piloted by Mabon and Mr D. A. Thomas, been addressing a series of political meetings in South Wales. Both he a.nd Mr Lloyd. George appear to have studiously avoided any reference to the warfare which has been raging as to the Parliamentary tactics I of the latter, and which, it is gratifying to note, is now well-nigh subsided. The movement for the presentation of the address to the late member for the Arvon Division of Carnarvon- shire is being actively taken up, and the occasion of its presentation is likely to be a memorable one in the political records of the memorable one in the political records of the I county. ALTHOUGH the municipal election at Bangor passed over tamely, none of the Wards being contested, there threatens to be a sharp nght over the coming contest for the School Board. The existing body terminates its three years of office next month, and the Church party are putting forth strenuous efforts to regain that supremacy they obtained when the board was originally elected. They intend running four candidates, amongst whom will be the late Mayor. The great cry to be raised agaicbt the re-election of members of the moribund Board is that of excessive' expenditure,—al- ways a most effective one with which to appeal to the less informed class of ratepayers. There is no doubt that the expenditure has been large but whether any portion of it has been unnecessary the Chairman will doubtless point out in his valedictory address. That the re- tiring board has done excellent educational work during its term of office the returns of the attendance officer amply testify. The monthly meetings are always well attended, in singular contrast to the Conway School Board,-where a quorum can seldom be secured, —the members have generally worked together harmoniously, as they do at Carnarvon. As to number of attendances at meetings with which members are to be credited, and which is to be circulated for the benefit of the ratepayers, these data, like those of other public bodies, are next to useless. Thus, at the last meeting the chairman and Professor Phillips were for nearly half an hour the only occupants of the board room two members arrived three quarters of an hour late, their excuse being that they were detained on busine-s pertaining to another public body; and another put in an appearance in time to discuss the last item on the agenda. I At the Town Council meetings it is notorious that one member arrives when the business is half through, and is the earliest to depart, and yet he is credited as one who is present from its commencement to it3 conclusion. THE Bangor Board of Guardians oa Friday discussed an important subject-that dealing with the boarding out of deserted or neglected children, and finding homes with which they will be free from the tiint and surroundings of pauperism. In this scheme Lady Penrhyn, who is an active member of the board, is evincing a warm interest. The ex- periment, which has worked well in the case of orphan children, is to be tried on a small scale and its operation will be watched with interest by other boards of guardians. There is, as was pointed out by Mr Harry Ciegg, a danger that the measure will be too liberally availed of, and that some parents, knowing that their children will be provided for at the cost of the ratepayers, will nut trouble themselves as t. their well-being or maintenance. Such a risk must be carefully guarded against, otherwise the poor rate in the Bangor and Beaumaris Union, already sufficiently high, will be greatly iuci eased. Nothing more has been heard of the adoption of the ticket system for tramps advo- cated at the Llandudoo Conference of Guard- ians of North Wales Unions, and the trial of which was agreed to some time ago upon the 0 ZD proposal of the Chairman. Judging by the amount it is contemplated to expend in im- proving the workhouse, the Guardians are not now under the apprehension that the Local Government Board will issue an order for the dissolution of the Union and the severance of the Anglesey parishes, a proposal which has been oft-discussed at both Bangor and Car- narvon. In the latter Union the boarding out question is in abeyance, although the subject has been for some time on the agenda paper. IN Anglesey and Carnarvonshire several District Councils, it is satisfactory to note, are agitating in the matter of construction of light railways, and it is to be hoped that they will persevere in such agitation until their object is attained. In Anglesey the movement is especially noticeable. The proposal for c n- structing a light line from Gaerwen Junction to Foel Ferry is being once more mooted. If carried out it will greatly develop that dis- trict, bring it in direct connection with the main line of railway, prove an important feeder to the ferry, and benefit Carnarvon as a market town. A meeting is to be held this week to advocate the construction of another line from Llanfair P.G. through Pentraeth, and on to Red Wharf Bay-a district which attracts many visitors during the summer season. The route I was surveyed some time ago for the construc- tion of an ordinary line, but the cost swamped the scheme. Now that it can be done for half the outlay, ani that the landowners are in favour of the scheme, there is every indication that it will be matured. Beaumaris, too, as the capital town of Anglesey, ought to move in this direction. Railway connection would be appre- ciated by those who have to attend assizes and quarter sessions. Some years ago a line was mapped out, also from Llanfair, and the site of the station at Beaumaris fixed upon but the scheme, like many others projected for the development of the district, never got beyond 1a paper existence. Even an approach to thE town by a tramway running from the ferrj was strictly tabooed bv the local landlords 01 the grounds that it would spoil the privacy 0 their properties, public convenience being oui of all question.

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