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CARMARTHEN UXDEIl THE i; SEARCH-LIGHT. 'Come, come, and sit you down you shall not budge You ahall not go, till I set you up a glas3 Where y«u may see th« inmost part of you." JSHAKK8FJJAKE. The Drill Hall Fund is £ 11 richer to-day than it was this day week. The laying of the foundation stono is not far oif. 1\. I understand that a much larger sum than there seems reasonable prospect of gotting together, will have to be raised locally before the War Office will advance a ponny for the erection of a Drill Hall. Consequently the quotations for ah area in the Public Rooms Company have nut suffered any appreciable slump consequent upon the successful termination of tho Victorian Fete. Meanwhile the position of the War Office with regard t. the Volunteers is highly anomalous. Tito Volunteers are prepared to give their time gratuitously for the pur- poso of making themselves efficient defenders of their county. A Drill Hall is a necessary item in the attainment of this efficiency; and yet 1 ho War Offico practically says, "You must liiid it at your own exponse." "Coj shoulder" appears to be the regulation bi11 of faro for the Voluntoer forces. The weather has been so disgracefully mild this winter that the poor have not had a chance compared to what has been their lot in former years. Indeed, the fountains of charity have ilowed so sparingly that it has been a hard winter for some of them. In fact, as things look at present, it seems as if there is no other way of getting money except by work. ill T In a good old-fashioned winter we get up A Mayors fund," or some other emergency arrangement of the kind which eked out by the soup-kitchen, a judicious manipulation of church bounty, a half- crown from the guardians, and the results of a little individual cadging enables many a self-respecting family to keep their head above water without stooping to the indignity of working for others. Those who subscribe to the charities have the satis- faction of knowing that they aro doing much to preserve the sturdy independence of the poor. The fire-brigade had a practice in Guild- hall Square on Friday evening. The crowing of the engino and the hissing of the steam amused the merry little boys and everybody was much delighted to find how easy it was to project a stream of water over the comb of the rather mature rooster which ornaments the Town Hall and which overlooks-to quote a well-known exponent of literary English-" the fertile meadows and the undulating uplands of the Vale of Towy." Incidentally, the drains got a good flushing as the waste water, of course, all ran into them—with the exception of about five per cent., which soaked the clothing of over-adventurous spectators, and so laid the seeds of future rheumatic fevers and attacks of influenza. Tho lamp in front of the Fusiliers Monument appears to be suffering from arrested development and that which was to have been erected in Guildhall-square as yet exists but in the resolution of the Lighting Committee. But wo need not expect to make much progress with work of C) this description in the meantime. I have lung regarded the bench of county magistrates which moets at Carmarthen as a repository of humour and the jastices- fair play to them, indeed—appear to be heroically endeavouring to live up to their reputation. A young man was charged on Saturday with (I) a breach of the byo-Iaws of the G.W.E. in having interfered with the comfort of passengers, and (2) with giving a lady 11 one in tho eye," so that the com- partment was bespattered with her blood. The Bench dismissed the first charge, but convicted on the second. Magistrates are always able to give such plausible reasons for decisions which appear extraordinary to the non-magisterial mind, that I hesitato very much before making any commont on this matter. The passenger assaulted appears to have been a lady, who follows the interesting and remunerative occupation of dealing in fish. The Bench, therefore, thinks it no dis- comfort to such a lady to have a blow.so severe as to lead to the effusion of blood. If a county J.P., however, wero treated in the same fashion, would it be held that the offender had interfered with the comfort of passengers V I should not, liowevsr, recommend anyone to assault a county J.P. in order to test the point. + Things are beginning to look rather combative as far as the election for the local guardians are concerned. There are rumours in the air of pitched battles and more than one fresh candidate is mentioned. Mr D. Parcell Roes is—amongst others— strongly desired to come out by his friends but whether he will or not I am unablo at present to say. Should he, however, do so, he would make a good fight; for his past career as a guardian of the poor gives him a high place in the opinion of the electors. As to the ladies, of course, their return is as assured as anything electoral can be. In fact, there is no doubt the electors would return three ladies if the right candidate came out for the third place; but as I am not starting for Klondyke before this roaches the Carmarthen public, I shall not run the risk of suggesting 10 the name of tho lady who would be the right candidate." I am not afraid of very much; but there is a limit even for the bravest. Regarding the four uiaseulino members of the Board, a pretty fair index to the interest which they take in the work is the number of meetings which they havo attended. Some have a pretty bad record in this respect, and some a pretty good one. I have not the figures by uie but I am under the impression that Mr John li-ataguniet Lewis has not missed a single meeting since he was elected. This is a record which certainly cannot be beaten. There is One aspect of this Jubilee business to which Mr James John called attention on Friday evening and which has evidently escaped the most censorious critics so far. Amongst the other bills presented was one for firing a canon." What did the poor man do to deserve treatment of that kind" Before oui time, of course, they once fired a bishop in Carmarthen but I always understood that the people who play pranks of that description were in such a hopeless minority that bonfires of this kind were now unknown. It seems, however, that such tricks are still practised on the quiet. Let me not be understood to speak lightly of such a terrible subject. I know that I have been by a certain section voted a fit subject for the stake long ago and it is 0 n only the narrow-minded policy of a nineteenth century Government, which does not authorise ecclesiastical assassination for calling humbug humbug, together with the stupidity of the Carmarthen public, which actually approves of and even applauds the use of plain English, that prevents the mutterings of hostility being translated into actions. 0 Honce I cannot but view with the gravest apprehension any return to mediaeval methods. Tho following appeared in the woekly I edition of the Times on Saturday I Lieutenant Sidney Ives de Kantzow, of the Derbyshire Regiment, died nt Bareilly, India, on the 11th inst, of enteric fever, contracted in the operations on the North-West Frontier, aged 25 He was the only sou of the late Major H I de Kautzow, H.M.A. The late Major de Kautzow was for many years Adjutant of the Carmarthen Militia, and resided at Green Hall. < Tho youthful pirate has done well by his adventures. As a result of picking his neighbour's pocket he has been rescued from a life on the bounding wave and restored to the arms of his long-lost aunt. Honesty is the best policy—sometimes. • • I notice that the matriculation list of the University of London just issued contains the name of Horatio Thomas, son of Mr Ceridfryn Thomas, now of Kingsholmc School, IVeston-Super-lklare, and formerly of Carmarthen. He is placed in the first division. This is very creditable, as he is only 16 years old—the lowest age at which ho could be entered. .b There is joy in the Corporation breast which cannot be overshadowed by all tho recent vicissitudes. The Rock and Fountain water, it has been discovered by Dr Dupre, does not act on lead and therefore may be run into the storage reservoir with- out any special treatment. All the action would seem to have been due to the contamination which the water experienced in the lower reaches; for my information is that the last samples which proved fault- less were taken direct from the springs themselvos. ft ft 1f Thus it is not necessary to treat the water with chalk or lime as was first suggested. It is just as well that it is so. The 0 British Public has an invincible prejudice against chalky water, whether it comes from the reservoirs or from the milkman. 1(- A High Church parson once asked one of his female parishioners, Of course, you always keep Lent, Mrs Jones." Yes, indeed," was the response. 11 We always has pancakes on Shrove Tuesday." So on Shrove Tuesday in Carmarthen we had an unusual display of revelry- a concert at the Model School and a laughable comedy at the Assemby Rooms. To one of my strong ecclesiastical tendencios such religio us observances are highly edifying. The Council has solemnly decided that canvassing will be a disqualification for the two important offices now vacant. Public bodies always pass a resolution of that kind on similar occasions but candidates have an immense faith in canvassing all the same. And the faith is not always misplaced. ♦ Our rulers have at length seen the wisdom of deciding upon appointing only qualified men to the vacancies. The Corporation is to be congratulated upon its somewhat belated recognition of the eternal fitness of things. Cheapness is the one desideratum with some so-called economists. It is a wonder some of these people don't move that we appoint a cobbler as Town Clerk, a barber as medical officer, and a grocer's assistant as Superintendent of Police. If such a policy were adopted a good deal would be saved in salaries. Mr Birchauj, on the occasion of his visit last week to the workhouse, again commented upon the little use which is made of the children's ward. Somehow or other the Guardians think they arc doing a very "humane" thing in giving somebody out- door relief of Is 6d a week, or so, to keep unfortunate children. The lot of these who are in the house is as Paradise compared to these neglected children often living ill dirt and squalor for the former go to school in the town neatly attired—without any distinctive dress—and with a good breakfast to carry them on to dinner time. But the Guardians like to save a few shillings by giving outdoor relief. More economv Tuesday is St. David's Day. There usod to be a big blow-out" in Carmarthen on that day; but we are getting too modernised to do anything of the kind. Carmarthen people always like to see patriotic celebrations carried out by somebody else. 'If. The G.W.R. workmen have been engaged during the week in overhauling the ground between tho Town and the Junction. The doubling of the line between the two stations ia, of couse, the most important of the projected improvements and the most likoly to bo undertaken first. $ If the recommendations passed by the committee of the Fishery Board, which met on Monday, are carried into effect, it will simply mean that the coracle men will be squeezed out of existonce. An agitation was at one time carried on with the support of the Board for the extension of the open season, but the committee now intends to give the coracle-men an Irishman's rise," by closing the river against them until April 15th-thus lengthening the close season by another month. If such is the intention of the committee, they had much better say that they want the coraclemen to go out of business altogether. Although the nets are to be shut out until the 15th April, the anglers can begin as usual on the 2nd March. There is too evident a desire on the part of the anglers to dominate the Board. The most outrageous part of tho recom- mendation, however, is that which is intended to prevent the seine-nets comin" further up than Whirley Point. As the coracle-men practically never go below Alltywaddon or Cochybarlys, this means that several miles of tho river will bo preserved for tho anglers. Things are improving for the rods—unless tho prohibi- tion to fish in this playground" is also to apply to them. And to crown all this, the committee want a mesh two inch from knot to knot—so that it would be impossible to take a salmon or sewin nnder three pounds in weight. This is the whole hog or none with a vengeance This is a notification which has been shown me :— REWARD.—Tlie above reward will be *7^^ given for information as to the sender of that letter to Alftheia respecting the hop and the closed doors of St. John's Welsh Church on Thursday evening WC(;k.-OxJ:; OR THE "HOPS." Better make it ^50 -t We hear a good deal about the New AVoiiiati. This, however, is the latest. On Wednesday a "Welshwoman swore at the Town Hall that a flannel shirt produced was her property This is indeed a sta(r(ycrei- I I learn that. Mr Gerald Morgan Griffiths son of Mr W. Morgan Griffiths, Lime Grove —has passed the preliminary examination of the Incorporated Law Society held on the I 2nd and 3rd inst. Mr GriHlths-who was educated at Ru-by--will be articled to his father. "C." writes I The sum and subotance of last week's Llan was Shedding of tears" owing to the lukewarmneBB and indifference of Welsh Churchmen in cot becorn- ing shareholders of the "great" Welsh Church Press. This is a thing to be regretted, as, I am given to understand, the students at Lampeter contain many men well qualified to be tho editors, sub-editors, canvassers, and proof-readers of the 11ai'l and Lion under the new management. Now, Alotheia," procure shares at once, if ycu want to make your fortune in five years. muke your fortune in five years. -t. So there seems a doubt as to whether :i Swedish drill is taught in the Carmarthen Beard Schools. Where is the Merchandise Maiks Act? Is it fair to local enterprise that foreign inventions should be thus ,) patronised ? The Militia recruits will assemble on Monday at Carmarthen for their preliminary training. Mr Walter John Barnes, the new governor of H. M. Prison at Carmarthen, arrived 011 Wednesday, from Northallci-toti-- in which prison he held the position of clcrk and storekeeper. The path through the Five helds is getting into a disgraceful condition. A little iiioi-e I and it will be another of our lost rights I it, ALETHEIA.

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