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--____---COLWYN BAY (continued).


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THE PARISH COUNCILS ACT. SIR,—I read not only your leader, but also the letters of Mr Blud and Mr Davies on the above subject, with interest. I trust that, whoever we elect, they shall be men who thoroughly understand the question of sanitation who are also acquainted with the law, with engineering, road-mending, finance, agricul- tural chemistry, land surveying, and other useful and practical matters. To whatever rank in life those who shall be selected as candidates belong, whether to the working classes or the upper ten," energy and fitness of character are the true standards of judging. I heartily agree with the sentiments in Mr Blud's letter on the Parish Councils Act, on its coming into operation and I trust the powers it confers will be used for good and not for evil. I do not, however, think that Act, even, will do away with many of the terrible and grievous social evils which afflict Great Britain of to-day -evils which, unhappily, are too little known and too little studied by many. We are however, I believe, fast advancing to that time when Burn's prayer that Honest worth, o'er a' the earth, May bear the gre, for a' that," shall be answered in the affirmative. Quoting Tennyson also, let us hope that our Parish Councils shall be such instruments for the promotion of social morality and social good, that we shall gradually Move upward, working out the beast. And let the ape and tiger die," and that it is one of many preparations for that brighter age, which none of us may live to see, when The war drum shall throb no longer, and the battle-flag be furled In the parliament of men, the federation of the world." —I am, yours faithfully, CHESTER MALAM.