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TOWN AND COUNTRY NOTES. We have reason to congratulate the town upon having enjoyed a successful and prosperous Bank Holiday. It is exceedingly satisfactory to know that the town main- tains its popularity so well. Time was when thd Saturday preceeding Monday Bank Holiday saw the town overwhelming- ly full, and the spectacle was piesented of hundreds of people being houseless, and having to seek shelter where they could. Two circumstances have since happened which have served to obviate this. First of all is the increase in the lodging house accommodation provided,but the chief reason is the action of the London and North Western Railway Company in suspending the cheap week end tickets. This action on the Dart of the Company is a source of great loss to the different holiday resorts, I y and deprives many thousands of people from enjoying the holiday which they are given, by spending a week end at the sea side. The Railway Company now doubt argue that on Bank Holiday the people who me .n to take a holiday will do so no matter what the railway fare is. Therein they are mistaken. It may setm strange, but it is none the less true, that to the average man a couple of shillings in the railway fare is of much more moment than a couple of pounds in his hotel bill. We cannot help thinking that the action of the Railway Company is a mistake from their own point of view \vhilst it is extremely inconsiderate to the public, and to the people of those places who are dependent upon the patronage of those who go at this time of the year in quest of health and pleasure. Had the usual cheap fares been in existence there is no doubt the influx of visitors to Rhyl would have been very much larger, and we should have seen something like the scenes to which we have referred. Another feature of the holiday upon which the town is to be congratulated is the improvement in the matter of amusements which mark a distinct advance on anything previously known in the history of Rhyl. The acquisition of so beautiful a place of entertainment as the Queen's Palace must infallibly add to the welfare of the town, and the auspicious opening start which it has made is a hope- ful angury for its continued prosperity and success. Among those who are enjoying the benefits of the bracing air of Rhyl just now is Hwfa Mon, the Archdruid of Wales, and the autocrat of the gorsedd and eisteddfod. Hwfa in another column sings in one of his characteristic englynion the praises of Rhyl air. More than that we have reason to know that he is very wishful that the eisteddfod in 1904 should be held in Rhyl. He remembers with much satisfaction the successful eisteddfod held here in 1892, and shares the opinion of other e;steddfodvvyr that the success then achieved can be repeated whenever the Welsh National Olympia is again held in Rhyl. With encouragement fr)m such high quarters we would suggest that the time is opportune for preferring the claims of Rhyl. The application will have to be made at Bangor next September and we would suggest that a meeting should be called at once to discuss the question of the advisability, or otherwise of the claims of Rhyl being pressed. Carnarvon is already in the field but seeing that that town has had the eisteddfod since it was in Rhyl, it would not be, under the circumstances a very formidable competitor. We trust that the matter will be taken up to the extent at all events of summoning together those who are interested in this great national institu- tion It is a little difficult to understand of what stuff the conscience of a statesman can be composed who perseveres with such a measure as the Education Bill after such a verdict as the Leeds election. Here was a constituency which had been Conservative even before the Home Rule split. The Unionist majority has steadily risen, until at the khaki flood-tide, not two years ago, it stood at 2,517* That seemingly hopeless majority has been swept away, and to-day North Leeds is a Liberal constituency with a comfortable majority of 758. There is no doubt about the cause of this revolution. The Unionist press talks vaguely about the growing discontent with which the country regards a weak and ill-assorted Ministry; and the limes talks, in its larg3 way, about the swing of the pendulum. But, after all