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South Carnarvonshire Notes (By DELPHOS,) RELIEF OF MAFEKING. Whenever the news arrives that the gal- iant Baden-Powell and his men. «re relieved, AI?6 ^ili be great rejoicing at Portmadoc. About 11.30 on Saturday night the inhabi- J*nts residing in the proximity of the Town ■Hall were suddenly awakened by loud shouts of "Hurrah," They took it for granted that somehow or oth'er the news come that Mafeking was safe and hiad been, relieved! Many tumbled out of bed anyhow, and m-en and women could be seen the windows or running towards the Town asking on their way what was up, ^hilst at the same time believing that- Mafe- had been relieved at last £ When they 8°t to the Town Hall they saw that the People assembled there were celebrating the victory of the football club at Festiniog, the team having just arrived with the cup from that place! Though there was a disap- pointment that the "hurrahs" were not in celebration of the relief of Mafeking, yet all 'VeriO glad that the local footballers had done so well at Festiniog. MESSRS SOLOMON ANDREWS AND SON. Mr W. Eifl J onelS, Pwllheli, is wrong in his Idea as to rewarding public services. At the last meeting of the Pwllheli Town Coun- cil the Mayor proposed that the freedom of the borough should be bestowed upon Sir George White. He supported his proposal In an appropriate speech. Messrs H. P. Jones, R. O. Jones, J. E. Hughes, Captain Williams, ambothers spoke in favour of the motion. But Mr W. Eifl Jones could not See what betaefit it would bestow upon the town. When a similar proposal was passed in connection with Mr Solomon Andrews, it Was stated that Mr Andrews was doing good to the place and that he would do more. But Mr Jones was of opinion that Mr An- drews only benefited himself in what he was doing. Mr R. Isaac Jones, replying to Mr Eifl Jones, spoke to the point, and asked where was the man in Pwllheli who simply spent his money for the sake of others ? It "Was quite true that Mr Andrews benefitted himself by what he was doing; but Pro- idence so blessed him that his blessings ran Over th)e cup, and the town participated in them. Mr Eifl Jones thinks that a man cannot do good to a place unless he spends his money without personal gain. Surely that view of matters cannot be correct. I should be sorry to see PwUheli developed on th)e parish relief principle! A man who has ample means at his disposal, and who, instead of leading a life of ease and content- ment, utilises his money for the purpose of developing a town in order that he may further enrich himself, is as good a bene- factor to the community as the purely phi- lanthropic man may be. In enriching him- self he enriches others. It is this that Mr Solomon Andrews and Son have done to Pwllheli. The popularity of Pwllheli, and the publicity it has received, must be attri- buted to what Messrs S. Andrews and Son have done for the place. It is ridiculous to speak of personal gain in this connection. Messrs Solomon Andrews and Son are at Pwllheli for the purpose of making it one of the finest seaside resorts in the kingdom. They have already spent thousands of pounds there and they intend to spend still more; I and all fair-minded people rejoice to see the Recreation Grounds, the West End, Glyny- weddw Art Gallery, the tram, &c., proving prosperous undertakings. PwUheli would not be what it is to-day in the estimation of the country had it not been for the enter- prising spirit and liberality of Messrs Solo- mon Andrews and Son. The town and dis- trict are greatly indebted to the firm, who have opened up the West End, the Beach, Llanbedrog, Glynyweddw, &c., and deve- loped the district, whilst other people, who had the opportunity of doing the samet, kept their money to themselves. VACCINATION. Evidence is accumulating that thie new Vaccination Act must be changed or amended. Medical men find it impossible in this district to carry the law out. Dr Griffith, Castellmarch, said that it -would be better for him to do the work for nothing under the old system than to be paid for doing the work under the new arrangement. I should not be surprised to see some of the medical officers resigning their appoint- ments THE MAYOR OF TREMADOC. Was Tremadoc a borough once? I find that it had a mayor, aldermen, ehamber- lain, deputy recorder, and sergeant in 1805. Mr W. Williams, merchant, was the first mayor? Were there any mayors after him ? THE MADOC EMBANKMENT AND SHELLEY. I was not aware until the other day that ShieUey, the poet, was a contributor to the fund got up in 1812 for the purpose of re- pairing the breach made in the embankment by a terrific storm and an abnormally high tide. He subscribed ,£50. At that tiipoy Shelley lived at Plas Tanyrallt, Tremadoc, and such was the interest be felt in the damage done to the breakwater that he actually went round the country to advocate the claims of the fund upon the pockets of all iliEl people. He showed how the em- bankment was of the greatest importance to the public, and how Mr Madocks had spent both money and time upon its erection. TOWYN AND PORTMADOC. At first Portmadoc was called Towyn. "Towyn" was also a common name in the place, especially in combination. There were Trwyn Towyn, Ynystowyn, &c. As Years rolled on "Portmadoc" came to be generally used, whilst Towyn was mostly applied to Comhill. The inhabitants were classified into three divisions: 1, Garth people; 2, Towyn people; and 3, London road people!. The last-mentioned place is now called High street. It would be inter- esting to know whether Tremadoc had its nam? from Mr Madocks, or from the bill between Tremadoc and Ynyshir, called Ynys Fadog? There are several places in the district with Madoe forming a part of their names. If Tremadoc had the name before the coming of Mr Madocks to the place, it was a very strange coincidence thlat he should have a name so very much the same as that of the town. THE DUTIES OF OVERSEERS. 1 Mr R. O. Jones, clerk to the Pwllheli Baard of Guardians, has more than once drawn attention to the fact that overseers should see that the rates are not only collected but also that the money is paid into the bank. A great deal of the trouble that exists from time to time must be at- tributed to the negligence of overseers to do their duty. They trust too much to the collectors. The balance's against some parishes must be attributed either to the neglect of the collectors to get the money in or to their keeping the money in their own hands. Experience teaches that over- seers cannot be too vigilant. YNYSCYNELAIARN CHURCHYARD. I understand that Mr R. M. Greaves, Wern, the owner of the land adjoining Yn- yscynhaiarn Churchyard, and Mr Robert Roberts, Bronygadair, the tenant who has leased thle land, are willing to give a portion of it towards enlarging the burial ground. The difficulty in connection with the matter is that if burials will be allowed in the new ground without payment, it will be unfair towards the Ynyscynhaiarn Urban Council, who have spent a large sum of money on the cemetery. Mr Greaves and Mr Roberts are willing to grant the land conditionally on burials being limited to Treflys parish. THE STATION QUESTION AT PWLLHELI It is quice evident that the present -in- tention of the Cambrian Railways Company is to remove the station at Pwllheli to the Embankment road. This fact has roused the feelings of a large number of house- I holders in the "old town"—lower High st. Sant street, North street, &c.—and they have fully made up their minds to petition the railway company in favour of erecting the new station near the Ship Inn. It is most amusing to hear the arguments used in favour of the petition. The petitioners believe that the railway company have to I pay a large sum of money for disturb- ance, house and landed, property at Em-, bankment Road1, if they make tne station there, whereas such expenditure would not be necessary if the station were at Ship Inn. Some of the petitioners threaten to get all their goods by carriers from Chwilog Sta- tion. The Cambrian Railways Company will, no doubt, do what will be the best for the community generally. THE HARBOUR OF REFUGE. I quite agree with what Mr Lloyd George said the other d!ay, that the question of making Pwllheli Harbour into a harbour of refuge had not been put before the Board of Trade in a way that was likely to succeed. If anybody who knew anything at all about the geography of Pwllheli, Portmadoc, St. Tudwal's Roadstead, &c., had given evidence before the inter- departmental committee of the Board of Trade when the matter was considered by it, that committee would not have made the Board of Trade to reveal such lament- able ignorance of the whole question. Mr Lloyd George and the Cambrian Railways Company, represented in Parliament by Mr Humphreys-Owen and Mr Maclure, will now be supplied with plans and particulars of the whole scheme, and witnesses will appear before the Board of Trade who will show most convincingly that a. harbour oi refuge is very much wanted at a place like Pwll- beli. I hope that Criccieth, xortmadoe, Lleyn, Penllyn, Treflys, Glaslyn, Deu- draeth, Harlech, Barmouth, Nevin, and other Councils will petition the Board of f Trade in support of the application of the Pwllheli Town Council.

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