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&lIIII!l'¡¡V BANGOR NOTES. (By EDIPUS). It is now useless to say anything in op- position to the electric lighting fad (the munia for which sometime ago seized with a virulence like that of influenza- upon some of the leading men of Bangor, and has held them in its grip ever since, besides infec- ting others, till recently of sound and healthy constitutions), for the act has been committed, and the town actually launched into an enormous, risky, and totally un- necessary expenditure chiefly, if not en- tirely to gratify the whim of a few enthu- I gr siasts for what they are pleased to dub the "progress" of the town. Bat it still re- mains open to me to express my strong con- viction that by taking the steps they have done, the electric lighting faddists have made a grave blunder, and that without caring a. rap what the ratepayers thought of the matter. In fact., if one thing has been mere prominent in connection with their proceedings than their colossal ignorance of the matter into which they have entered with such a. light heart (at the expense of the ratepayers), it is their sublime contempt of the wishes of the ratepayers, for not only have the so-called representatives of the ratepayers steadily declined to consult the electors upon this question, but they have regularly and unscrupulously ignored such expressions of the public opinion as have been made manifest, throughout the whole cf the period covered by the agitation. It is by such means that they have triumphed, for I do not fear to state, or rather to assert that an appeal to the ratepayers of Bangor on the question by means of a poll, would have been fatal to the faddists. But such a test they have all along carefully shirked. Well, the evil is now done, and we have only to await the production of the fruits. What those fruits are almost certain to be I venture to predict. I am quite content to risk my reputation as a. prophet in say- ing of this new fad which has been imposed on the town, that it will (a) be a bad spec, or (b), if it proves to be a paying concern, then the gasworks will suffer financially. Those who are alive five years hence will be able to judge of the value of my predic- tion, but they will not be able, if they are Bangor ratepayers, to escape the iniquitous tax which our present much belauded "lead- ing men" have, now laid the basis of. By that time, however, those "leading men" will probably not be the prominent figures they are now in our municipal affairs in any case, they cannot be punished for the mis- chief they have now almost, certainly hatched for the future ratepayers of Ban- gor, more's the pity. One of the platitudes which have been ut- tered in support cf the electric lighting fad is that Bangor must keep abreast of other watering places in North Wales. I am for progress on sane and sensible lines, but I do not quite see where the claim to place Bangor on the same level as Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, &c., is justified by facts. We in Bangor have certain lines of progress definitely marked out for us by our condi- tions and surroundings, and; on t' lines it would be both becoming and proii t able to proceed as far as possible, and with ?he ut- most prudent haste. But to enter into competition with such places as I have mentioned, the very breath cf whose life is a blaze of attractions, chiefly meretricious, is, for Bangor, a blunder .of the most inane, and costly character. However, the mis- chief is hatched, and nothing now remains but to watch the slow hatching of this ser- pent's egg, and to endure its effects. There is much speculation in Bangor as to why this city was omitted from the list of places favoured with the Royal presence during the last week. As far as I am con- cerned, I can only say I don't know. As far as I know, also, I am not aware that any attempt was made by our "men of light and leading" to secure this privilege, for which Llandfudno, Carnarvon, and even poor little Conway, sought so strenuously and successfully. Is it because the expen- diture incurred in connection with the el- ectric lighting fad has so frightened our financiers that they dared. not undertake the cost of a Royal visit, or are they so elated with the accomplishment- of their ends in this respect that they cared not a fig for the presence of Royalty in Bangor ? Either reason would be characteristic of the men who are now in the ascendant in muni- cipal affairs in Bangor, for the glare of the electric light has apparently blinded them to any other things. They may say that a Royal visit is of no use to a town like Bangor. But then it may be retorted that what is of value to Llandudno is surely of value of Bangor, which has been placed by the faddists in the position of playing second fiddle to the real "Queen of Welsh watering places," whose graces the faddists would fain have Bangor aping, at any cost. A Bangor tradesman has suggested to me that it would' be a good thing to utilise the bit of old cemetery opposite Tanyfynwent as a public pleasure, ground, or at anyrate to turn it into a. place of public resort, such as say, St. John's Churchyard, in Liverpool. I aui inclined to agree with the suggestion, and hereby offer it, with the said trades- man's permission, to the consideration of the City Council, which is a,t present fired with such a consuming zeal for the placing of Bangor in the front rank of Welsh water- ing places. It might possibly cost some- thing to do this, ba" then. evidently, ex- pense is no object to in in P.a.gor. The evil smelling cesspool a't the bottom of Dean street still pours miasanic vapours into the air of the town to the danger of the health of the place. True, there is now some prospect of the nuisance being abolished, by the substitution of a, refuse destructor, but that is in some sense, only the substitution cf one nuisance for an- other, and that at a great cost. How- ever, money spent on the removal of the cesspool is money to a certain degree well spent. The deputation which waited on the Ban- gor City Council last night was one with the purpose of which all Ba.ngorians will cordially" sympathise, nay, more, one with whose object all North Wales will not only sympathise, but, I a msiire. cordi^y co- operate, for it is> an undoubted fact that the buildings of the University College of North Wales are by no means either adequate or particularly suitable for the great institu- tion of which they are the home, and one may even go so far as to say that they are hardly such as are commensurate with the dignity of such an institution. Whatever steps the Council may see its way to take in order to assist the object which the College Council has in view, will, I am sure, have the cordial support of all sections of the townspeople, and) of North Walians gener- ally, for the college has done, and is doing, and will do a very great work.

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Menal Bridge District Council.