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South Carnarvonshire Notes (By DELPHOS.) DISAPPEARANCE OF RABBITS AND HARES. Many years ago the Madoc Hunt was an annual event of great importanc. It used to take place in the Traeth, Port- madoc. The local gentry kept hunters, and on the hunt day, when "the meet" would be near Portmadoc, the British and National Schools would be very badly at- tended, as the children in the higher classes would keep away on that interest- ing occasion. Now, a hunt is never heard of, unless the Ynysfor hounds chase an occasional fox or an otter. Hares and rabbits seem to have vanished from the Traeth. Rabbit burrows are there in abundance, but they only indicate where rabbits were once upon a time. Seldom is a harie seen in the Traeth now. THE YNYSOYNHAlARN CHURCH- YARD. Mr R. M. Greaves, the landlord, and Mr Robert Roberts, the leaseholder of the land that is proposed to be added to Ynys- cynhaiarn Churchyard, are quite willing to grant the land provided the public are benefited by it. They are not prepared to give the land as an additional endowment to Ynyscynhaiarn Church. They believe that it would be unfair to grant the land and consent to the right of burial to be in the hands of one man, to whom the fees would go. LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. The letters received last Sunday from some of the Portmadoc Volunteers at the front are very interesting reading. Pri- vate letters appear to ivei more of the inner affairs of a soldier's life on active service, than the reports of newspaper correspondents seem to do. Private P. Jones Lewis touches upon a point in his letter that I have never seen referred to before. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers got a very rough time of it at Colenso, and their clothes werei torn into rags in many cases. Private Lewis mentions that some of the brave soldiers had on them Boer trousers! Evidently Private Sam. Wil- liams had not been much of a cook when at home, and therefore it was no wonder that he could not make porridge! He seems to have been more successful in making arrov root out of condensed milk. There is an opinion prevalent amongst the soldiers that the war will soon be over, and that the army will be back in England in July or so. CRICCIETH. The Criccieth Council has not done very much to advertise the town,-nothing like what the local authorities at Pwllheli, Barmouth, Llandudno, fee., have done. Perhaps they think that it is not neces- sary, the place being already very well known. But the march of events is so rapid these days that unless Criccieth is kept constantly before the public, it is liable to be forgotten or overlooked. The Council took a very wise fetep last Satur- day, when they resolved to advertise the place. The members subscribed the cost of the advertisements, thus bearing the burden themselves, whilst at the same time doing good to the whole place. CRIoonmI SEA WALL. I think the Local Government Board is quite right in sending down an inspector to report upon the new sea wall, before considering the application of the Council for a further loan in connection with the structure. The inspector will see for himself and will be able to report that the fault for the present state of affairs must not be put on the shoulders of the Council. THE PWLLHELI IMPROVEMENTS. Whilst fully persuaded that the Cam- brian Railways Company have made up their minds to extend their line into the town of Pwllheli, and that they will now carry it oat, I am afraid that the Pwllheli Town Council will not be able to carry out their project of making Pwllheli into a harbour of refuge, forming an artificial lake in the harbour, &c., unless very sub- stantial financial aid is given from out- side. The present estimate of the cost of the undertaking would swallow up all the borough rate in interest alone. I am glad that -the -.ailway Company have stated that they will co-operate with the Council as far as possible, but that they will not let their proposal to extend the railway to Pwllheli be contingent upon the place being made into a harbour of refuge. Whatever comes of the Council's inten- tions, the Railway Company will proceed with their work. The Council will also see if it is possible to carry out their. laudable obiect, Their difficulties are immense. No doubt all the local authorities will sup- £ t *resolutions of the Pwllheli Coun- ea, but will they go further? Will they contribute towards the cost? A harbour of refuge may be immediate y ficial to the town where it is situated, bu it is also a benefit to *e ^f^ft Jf large, and I cannot see why all the °ost oi making such a refuge should be borne by the place itselt. Custom houses, county buildings, &c., are not maintained out ox the local rates, and lighthouse charges are not locally defrayed. Why should not a harbour of refuge be similarity main- tamed, or even partly maintained at pwil- heliP I admire the Pwllheli Council foi the course they have adopted. Though their difficulties are great, as I have stated already, there may still be a way of accomplishing the work, that has not yet been discovered.. The way the mat- ter was brought before the Board of Trade, in the first instance, was a faroe. Who brought it before that Board, what the facts were, &c., nobody f^ms to Imow. Mr Lloyd George knew nothing about the matter until he received a letter from the Boardstatiug that the application had been refused. Despite this initial blun- der there is nothing left now but for tbe Council with the able assistance of Mr Lloyd George, infldaati&Uy supported ? th°SXLnR»i!»ay Comply. directors, to carry out the posed by Alderman Anthony, an ded by Councillor R. I^c Jones, at tbe Council's interview with Mr C. niss, manager of the Cambria Itailway Company and Mr Lloyd George. A DESIRABLE CHANGE. Mr E. R. Davies enunciated a good principle at the last meeting of the rwu- heli Board of Guardians, viz., that it is not advantageous to allow the same per- sons to be in office continually, inasmuch as they held the same opinions and ideas in administrative affairs. Mr Davies pointed out the application of this prin- ciple in political matters. An Adminis- tration could be attacked and turned out of office, and men of different ideas and principles appointed to carry on the affairs of the country. The a-ame pro- cedure should be followed in local matters. It. is impossible to make satisfactory pro- gress when men. of old, -worn-out ideas are still left in positions where they can. give effect to those ideas. The great and beneficient changes which have taken place in the Pwllheli Board of Guardians are the result of bringing in fresh, new, and vigorous life, and of introducing into the whole proceedings new ideas. Mr Davies' suggestion might with advantage be ap- plied in connection with the composition of many committees and governing authori- ties to which the same individuals belong. There are the same men on School Boards, Councils, Governing Bodies, tfce., and fre- quently their position is not an enviable one to fair-minded people. How can a man who is a member of one authority, which passes a certain resolution in res- pect to another authority, sit in judgment upon that resolution when it comes before the latter, of which he is also a member? I have seen men members of every autho- rity in their town! I have seen these men taking part in the proceedings of one authority, altogether antagonistic to the proceedings they took part in as mem- bers of another authority! How can the public be faithfully and efficiently served in this way? How ridiculous it is to see a School Board making a precept, and al- most the same persons meeting as another i body to consider such a precept and to dis- cuss it, and possibly pass a resolution ob- jecting to paying a part of the amount 'I mentioned! I say such a thing is re- diculous I THE SOLDIERS AND AILORS' ASSO- CIATION. The kind ladies who took such a leading part some weeks ago in sending out cloth- ing for the soldiers out in the front, have now succeeded in starting a branch of the Soldiers and Sailors' Association for Port- madoc and district, which includes Garn Dolbenmaen, Pentre'rfelin, Criccieth, Beddgelert, Penmorfa, Tremadoc, and Portmadoc. A worthier philanthropic in- stitution never claimed the support of the public, and I am sure that the nature of the association's work has only to be made known to at once enlist the sympathies of the public.

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