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I NOTES AND COMMENTS, The present week is one Wc iltf devoted to Educational field days. The University Col- lege of North Wales hoists its annual gather- ing the executives of the Baptist and of the Congregational Theological Colleges of North Wales hold their annual sittings; the annual Entrance and Scholarship Examinations of the County Schools of Carnarvonshire are held; and, taken all in all, the county from end to end is immersed in educational busi- ness. What are CaTnarvonshire Temperance organisation's ;doing ? We note that the Chief ConstaWe of Merionethshire reports a deplorable increase in the convictions for drunkenness. This increase jn the number of convictions is not due to any increased ac- tivity or stringency on the part of the police authorities, but to an actual increase of drui&eaness which, according to the Chief Constable, :appears to be "spread pretty gene- rally over the county." A deputation of the Merionethshire Temperanc3 Association at- tended the meeting of the Joint Police Com- j Initiee, ."to recommend a survey of the pub- lie htmses in the county," whatever that amay1 mean.. It, at all events, indicates that the temperance organisations of Merionetthshire do something more than pass formal and; prcms resolutions- We have no sympathy with that semblance of morality which is con- tent with praying—and doing nothing. If the praying be accompanied by waftrdhinrg, and 'both be followed by good honest work, all well and good. Otherwise And so the Portmadfoc Light Railway scheme has entered upon another ehsapter in its history. It was inevitable, as a. result of the recent e'ection, that the new Urban District Council should formally counten- ance the scheme for a Light Railway. The Council had conditionally sanctioned the loan of P,1750 in aid of the Portmadoc, Beddgel- ert. and Rhyd-ddu Light Railway. The con- ditions attached to the loan are first that the Treasury should make a "substantial" free grant in aid' of the line second, that the Glaslyn Rural District Council should grant a loan of £1500, and the County Council of zC5000 and, th.raly. that these loans should form the fi;st charge upon the property of the railway, while the Counc-is lending ^e money should be entitled to representation on the Board of Directors. These condi- tions cannot be condemned as lacking in stringency or wanting in the necessary safe- guards to the ratepayers. The multiplication of local authorities is not without its drawbacks. Judging by-what transpired at last Saturday's meeting of the Carnarvon Board of Guardians it would ap- pear that some of these authorities have too much and others not enough work to do. The Board of Guardians, for instance, feels the calls upon its time so much reduced that in future it will meet only once a month, in- stead of once a fortnight. On the other hand certain overseers are evidently over-worked for they have been unab!e to pay in their con- tributions in time. The Guardians have to meet County Council precepts to the extent of E1387,nd have, no funds to draw upon. The parishes, on the other hand, are in ar- rear to the extent of R1480. Thus, in round numbers, if the parishes paid up promptly the Guardians would be able to meet their own liabilities, and have £100 to the good so far as these precepts are concerned. The securing of the services of trained nurses for the out-door sick poor in the various divis- ions of the Union is a step which will com- mend itself to all. The first step-towards the carrying into effect of the" new scheme for the public light- ing of Bangor seems to have been taken oil Tuesday last, when an Inspector of the Local Government Board held an enquiry into the proposed loanis. The enqufry appears to have been almost purely formal, for there was no opposition, and the Council conse- quently had matters all their own way. The present enquiry had only to do with the pro- posed loans for the projected improvements in the gas supply of the town, but it was in- cidentally mentioned that the Electric Light- ing scheme would in due course follow. One fact, however, transpired which should give the ratepayers food for serious thought, and that was that the present outstanding public loans amount to t3 6s 8d for every pound in the rateable value of the borough. That is to say, if the City Fathers wanted to pav off the existing loans, they would re- quire a rate of L3 6s 8d in the pound to meet their liabilities. The Memoirs just published of a former Vicar of Carnarvon—Canon Thomas, and of his son, the late Vice-Principal of Jesus Col- lege. Oxford, possess more than a local in- terest. The occasional S¡=de light thrown upon Old Carnarvon manners and customs in the father's Memoirs are at once instruc- tive and amusing. But though better known at Carnarvon than his son, Canon Thomas never attained so wide a popularity in the Principality at large as did his son, the Rev Llewelyn Thomas, late Vice-Principal of Jesus College. His nomination by the Crown to a resident canonry at St. Asaph did but little to compensate him for the dis- appointment of missing the Principalship of the College of which he had been virtual head for seven or eight vears prior to Dr Harper's death. The book will well repay careful perusal, even by those who were not privileged to know personally either of the' subjects of the memoirs.

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