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.LOTAI JOTTINGS.

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LOTAI JOTTINGS. (BY A RAMBLER.) The Young Men's Christian Association is an admirable institution. Branches are to be found in nearly every populous town in the kingdom. Not only tEat, go where one will all over the world one is sure to come across the "Y.M.C.A." There exists a certain amount of free- masonry among the members of this asso- ciation. An introduction from one branch to another makes, any young man quite at home at once in a strange place and amongst strangers. The good which it does is incalculable. There is, perhaps, no society in the land which does so much to counteract the baneful influence of public houses on young men. The rooms are made attractive and bright. The or- ganisation is flexible and adapts itself to modern requirements. It is quite free from any sectarian or political bias. It combines in itself the pleasant, the in- structive, and the elevating. As such there is no institution in our midst more worthy of support. The Carnarvon branch has not been es- tablished very long. Still it has already enrolled about 180 members. The meet- ings held throughout the winter have been eminently successful. Ministers and pub- lic men belonging to nearly, if not all, the denominations in the town have been in- vited to address the young men on various subjects. Mr de Gruchy Gaudin. (the president), who has, been most untiring in his efforts on behalf of the association, has started a French class, which is attended by several young meh. The method ad- opted by Mr Gaudin to teach French is modern and certainly the best. Young me* who wish to acquire this language should attend the classes, and with a little application they will soon become ipron- cient both in conversation and composi- tion. There are also in the rooms all kinds of games to amuse those who have no delight in literary pursuits. Alto- gether, the Y.M.C.A. is an institution which should become very popular and flourishing in Carnarvon. The system under which the Carnarvon Fire brigade work is rotten to the core, and I make told to say so after what I saw on Saturday afternoon when a disastrous fire took place at the extensive slate1 and marble works at Messrs Hugh Jones and Co. at the slate quay. I do not blame the men indi- vidually—they did their work as well as might be expected under thre circumstances, but simply the system. The men have not beten trained, and it will at once be admitted that it is of the greatest importance that fire brigades should be well disciplined. I should like to know whethler the members of the Carnarvon Fire Brigade meet once a month to go through the necessary course of drill. Why was not the manual brought to work, on Saturday P The force of the water at the scene of the fire was so small that it was a matter of impossibility to arrest the pro- gress of the fla.mes,. Lack of discipline "Was also evident. The men d-idlnot seem to know their duty. At Bangor the Fire Bri- gade is a very efficient one, and why should it not be at Carnarvon? I trust that this matteT, which is a serious one, will receive the attention of the Town Council at their next meeting. A periodical, named "The Arvonian" has just been put into my hands. It is issued in connection with the Carnarvon County School. Some of the articles are very in- teresting, and especially the one entitled, "Thte Library Window." It appears that the writer sat on a wet Saturday at the library window watching the coming and going of all sorts and conditions of men, and he givels his impressions. The description of the "young man who is quite a. type of the class he represents" is good, but I do not agree with the statement that the "traeth- awd' he has sent in, for which he expects a prize at the local "eisteddfod" would pro- bably bd found verbatim in the "Gwydd:on- iadur." I believe that young men of this class are as able to write original, essays as the writer of the article in question. The description given of the "big man of his village" is not a happy one, and I fail to understand why he should be a deacon more than anything else. Perhaps the writer is the son of a deacon, and, there- fore, thinks that all "big men of the vil- lage" must be deacons first and anything else after. The nose of the big man of the village is said to be radiant — "indigestion, of course"—surely a suggestive remark that is unworthy to be applied to a deacon.

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