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CARMARTHEN UNDER THE SEARCHLIGHT. Ci.ujw come, and sit Toti down yon shall not budge, Tfon shall not go till I set you up a gl*e*, Where yon may see the inmost TMI n' you.' ———— ShakmpIABC. A tramp was heard begging the other day begging for a penny to make up the price of a night's, lodgings. He was taken to the police station, and eight pence was found in .his pocket. No doubt he flattered himself that the statement was not an untruth, but merely a business artifice. ago The Education Bill at present occupies a secondary or even a. tertiary place in the PlliMic interest. The first place is occupied by hay-making. 900 A portion of one of our leading thorough- fares has been provided with a new pave- ment. Jt looked very well, but it makes the t of the street very shabby. It was, there- fore, proposed that the pavement should be extended. One of the householders before whose door the first piece was made did not see that the extension was required. A good deal depends on the point of viek. Two travellers stopped outside Carmarthen j to admi-re a tree which was growing near the pine-end of a. cottage. They com- menced to argue about the beautiful white blooms which the tree bore. One suggested that it was a plum tree, whilst another oon- TOIKW thnt it was a kind of flowering shrub. Leave was obtained to go into the garden and to inspect it, and the party discovered that the blooms were—splashes of whiite-wasih. ••• At a meeting of the Main Roads Council there were pointed references to the "gag" —that is the enforeement of the five minute rule. It has been found that people always object to the gag-when it comes to their own turn. The pr4esent Parliamentary oppo- sitlilolli are now unable to admire the ingenious pattern of the gag which they patented a few yeaa-a ago. An interesting local work will shortly be published entitled "The Con/federate County Councillors." The author prefers to remain anonymous; but it is understood that he is one of those commercial travellers who have been scouring the county in a wild endeavour to book oixlers for prestige at any price. It seems to have been suggested that the workmen under the County Council are not sufficiently supervised. There can be no com- plaint of that kind in the Borough. Not only have we the ordinary officials, but we have also zealous Town Councillors who will spend a goodly portion of their valuable time keeping their eye on CoiporaAtion employees. If the Labour Party ever gets the upper hand on the Town Council there will be a stop put to this kind of thing. The Rev J. Towyn Jones is regarded all over South Wales, as a lqfving embodiment of Welsh Nationalism. Yet when some refer- ence was made to the fact- that some of the officials were Welsh and others English, he stood up boldly for the theory that there is something deeper than nationality. It Was the BaJUe thing which made a Scots poet write "A man's a man for a' that." An old Roman p et ages ago penned some verses in which occur the words "Nihil human urn alien um a me puto"—I regard no human being as a foreigner. The Pagan audience rose up and cheered when they heard the words. So the idea of international brotherhood is much older than we sometimes fancy. "0 Nationality is a very fine thing. It is to humanity what sectarianism is to religion. Sectarianism is a very very fine thing its way. Mast religious bodier, have their heroes, their saints, their scholars, and their martyrs. If sectarianism means an emulation to live up to the best traditions of the sect, it is a very fine thing. But if iit means a narrow idea, that there is no true rel-igion outside these traditions, and that other sects are only to be judged by their sinners and criminals, it becomes the enemy of true religion. It is exactly the same with nationalism. It' is an excellent thing in its way. It is an inspiration to greatness. But like sectarian- ism it may "become perverted; then it becomes mere parochialism—a stage which Welsh Nationalism has long since outgrown if it ever was there at all. WWW There was nothing whatever of a. national spirit about the division at the County Coun- cil. But it is no use disregarding the fact that the motor car had a good deal to do with the whole affair. One or two rather nasty things were saiu about motor cars, and on the other hand, Mr A. Stephens, who is a motor- ifct of no mean repute, stood up for the present system of road management. The motor car has become a. very sore point in many circles. Some believe it to be the greatest blessing that civilisation ever pro- duced and others regard it as the greatest plague and nuisance mlitli which the human race was ever afflicted. AAA There are many members of the County Council who object to motor cars on principle They are backed up by a laiiige section of public opinion. It is to be remembered that thousands of people regard the, roads as having been made only for market carts and hay waggons. The fact of motor cam being allowed on the road -is to them nothing more than a trespass of the most obnoxious charac- ter. It is easy then to imagine the feeling with which they regard a motor car which they feel they are keeping to run over the county roads. The feelings of a. staunch Recha,bite who WAS rated for a champagne lunoli would be mild in comparison. 0" 1 After all, the Surveyor's motor car seems to be a particularly harmless one. So far we have not heard of anybody being run over by it, and if such things did happen it would not be easy to hush them up. There are not many facilities for disposing of corpses on the main roads, a.nd there tare no accounts of people having been -L-ed-although it must be admitted that there are some who never would be missed. WWW It Ta the motor car which is the cause of the increase in the cost of the main roads. I do not speak of any particular oar, but of the motor car in the abstract. Ten years ago the roads were not much used except by the hay waggons and market cartig aforesaid. The traffic of the country passed over the railways. All this is altered. The main roads are once more the great arteries of the country, as they were in the times of the stage coach. The whole cause of the ill-feeling is that one set of poopie demand that the roads shall be kept up to such a standard that they shall be good tracks for motor cars, and that the other set resent this and regard the roads as good enough if they suit the needs of the agricul- j tural vehicles already mentioned. One off the decayed arguments raked up in favour otf removing the County Offices to Uttnelly is that a ridicuftfus price wag paid for Bank House. I quite agree. If those who j are talking that way now managed to get hold of a copy or two of the "Reporter" pub- lished about the time of the purchase, they could find material for a few grand speeches. This was at the time. I have written many things at the time, and there has been a regular how to deny the truth of them. Then when years pass, and the history of the affair has to be written, the howlers actually copy out the facts which they themselves tried to su-ppress at the time and denied hys- terically when others made them. It is well known that there are oppor- tunists who are prepa,red to deny anything which they know themselves to be true-if it suits their purpose to do so. It is only natural that they should deny their denial later on, when that suits. But there is nothing to deny in this case, although some are discovering the facts which they seem vo have ignored before. The County Council paid £3,000 for Bank House, and spent a few hundreds putting it in repair. The price was paid because the members of the Standing Joint Committee-wlho took the matter in hand through a misconception of their duties —felt that lodgings were required imme- diately for we Judge, and no other house was available. ••• It is not a bit of good talking about this now. Nobody will be likely to offer the now. Nobody will be likely to offer the County Council £3,000 for the house—to say nothing of the rest of the money spent on it. If there were any likelihood of getting any- thing like the same money for it, there would be something in the argument. But the County Council has Bank House, and wculM he very lucky to get t60 a year for it—which would be about 2 per cent, on the cost price. The money is spent now, and nothing will tbrirag it back. Ott There appears to be a very marked deter- mination on the part of the county magis- trates to make cyclists carry lights after dark. The fine for an uniighted cycle is now 12s 6d inclusive. A pretty good lamp can be pro- cured at that price, ad it is a more satisfac- tory investment than if the amount is paid into the County funds. WWW There is an idea abroad that the law re- garding the carrying of lights on bicycles does not apply to the Borough of Carmar- then. This is a totally wrong view. The making of t-he bye-laws regarding the carry- ing of lights by horse-drawn vehicles lies with the local authority; and as the Car- marthen Town Council has made no such bye- laws, it lis pessible to drive a carriage and pair at midnight, from Abergwili bridge to Nantyci without incuning any legal penalty. Of course, the driver nigh-t incur a serious accident; but that is quite another story. In regard to lbiycles and motor cars, the case is quite different. They are compelled by the geenftl law of the land to carry lights when it is an hour or more after sunset, and an hour or more before sunrise. This is the law of the land, and does not depend on local authorities. For instance, a Borough police- man might just below the Ystnad meet a two horse bitl-e coming along ait full speed with- out lights, and behind It a cyclist pedalling along without light. The policeman would have to let the brake pass; but it would be his bounden duty to take the name of the cyclist and to prosecute him! 0#9 One of the statements made at the County Council debate was that the Surveyor was too good for his place. This appeared to evoke general approval. It is to be hoped that the next t'me there is, a vacancy, steps will be taken to secure an official who has the requi- site degree of incompetence to fill the place. WWW Mr James Morgan, photographer, has re- ceived the following letter from Mr Lloyd George's secretary with regard to the group of the present Welsh members which he has produced Board of Trade, Whitehall Garden, S.W., 6fed Orphenaf, 1906. Anwyl Gymrawd, Bam Mr. Lloyd-George yw taw hwn yw y "Casgliad goreu o luniau yr aelodau Seneddol Cymreig ag y mae hyd yn hwn wedi ei weJed." Y mae yn wir ddiolchgar i chwi am dano. Cofion gwladgarol, Yr eiddoch, Yn rhwyman Cymru Wen, JOHN ROWLAND, James Morgan, Arlunydd, Caerfyrddin. ••• Trippers do not go in for an eight hours day. On Friday an excursion passed through Ca-nmarthen before the shops were opened. About midnight, the town was awakened by the brakes returning from Llanstephan full of happy beanfeastem If people were paid for this kind of thing they would go on strike for shorter hours. WWW The preparations are already being made for the Revision Court. In spite of the fact that they pretend that they do not expect the Bill to pass, the local Clerical party is getting ready for another effort to get a Town Council favourable to their designs, so as to secure ail the advantages they can under the new measure. -he roads are fairly overrun with tramps at the present time. In the course of a four- mile walk any day, you can meet them of all agea—from the weedy youth df fifteen to the patriarchal old vagrant who has passed seventy summers on the noad. What with rural depopulation and the increase of vagrancy, there is often to be found on the roads of a parish more men than are to be found on the farms! ALSTXKIA.


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