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The Welsh Coast. TWO KINDS OF INVASIONS. During the past couple of weeks Aber- ystwyth, that favoured and favourite seaside resort, has been the centre of more than ordinary interest. It was in the immediate vicinity of the town that the great Welsh citizen army was en- camped, and the surrounding neighbour- hood was the scene, of their many thril- ling and interesting manouvres. Looking out of the Cambrian train at Bow Street Station the great white city of Territorial tents met our view, and a wonderful spectacle it was. This time the troops did not have very good climatic condi- tions for their annual feast of taberna- cles, but in the stereotyped lore of outing reports notwithstanding the inclement weather they thoroughly enjoyed them- selves." The citizen army camped at Bow Street and Lovesgrove. One is surprised to come across such thoroughly Saxon nomenclature in the midst of this truly Cymric district. The neighbourhood teems with historic connections and asso- ciations, many of them of a martial nature. Plas Gogerddan, the home of the "Pryeiaid pur," immortalised by Ceiriog, is not far off. Aberystwyth saw some real invasions centuries ago. The ruins of its renowned castle bear eloquent testimony to this. The marsh of Machno witnessed encounters in days gone by which were not sham fights" by any means. And the town of Machynlleth, which was an important centre in the I recent Territorial manouvres, was in the days of Glendower the Washington of Wales. For here was the great chieftain's Senate, and here, in a building which is still intact, the destiny of the Welsh nation was moulded by the great patriot and his worthy compatriots. The South Wales Territorialists were conveyed to camp by the Brecon and Merthyr and the Cambrian Railways along the Talyllyn route, and the fact that such a large body of men and their camp paraphernalia were despatched to their destination without a single hitch reflects creditably on the management of these railways. Now, however, the reign of Terriers at Aberystwyth is over, and the queen of watering places has to fall back on her other attractions and charms, which are both prominent and permanent. It is the holiday season, and there are a invasions of places other than Aber- ystwyth, Aberdovey or Machynlleth. Armies of health and holiday seekers be siege the many lovely watering places on the Welsh coast. Th solitude of "moor- land, lake and mountain is broken by the voice of the tourist. Our picture illustrates the West End Parade in Pwllheli, now a favourite fash- ionable watering place overlooking Cardi- gan Bay. Then there is Portmadoc, which is situated on the western side of the entrance to the Vale of Madoc which opens into the North Eastern corner of Cardigan Bay. The district, as the desig- nation "Snowdonia's Gateway" implies, is of exceptional interest to mountaineers. So it is to lovers of the beautiful in I nature, it being regarded by many who have travelled widely as one of the most lovely spots in Europe. The late Lord Palmerston who frequently visited the locality said he had never seen anything more wildly beautiful than the views (in- cluding the Snowdonian range) obtainable from the Portmadoc Embankment. Borth-y-gest, tht pretty little watering Borth-y-gest, the pretty little watering madoc, and from which stretch miles upon miles of beach and sand-hills, has a peculiar charm of its own. Many fami- lies return to Borth-y-gest year after year in their successful quest for re- newed health and vigour. Coaches are run from Portmadoc to the numerous places of interest in the neigh- bourhood, including Beddgelert, the capital of Snowdonia. Between Port- madoc and Beddgelert lies the world- famed Pass of Aberglaslyn. The Cam- brian Eailways Co. run a large number of combined coach and rail excursions to various places round the coast, and visi- tors will find ample provision for seeing the many beautiful and charming spots, making Portmadoc their centre. Our readers who are prospective holi- day makers will be interested to learn that they may' now travel daily by the Talyllyn route from South Wales by either of two fast express trains with through corridor coaches, and which will transport them from the industrial cen- tres of Glamorgan and Monmouth to the truly rural districts of Powys and Gwyn- odd in a remarkably short time.

Merthyr Board of G«ar*dl&ns.

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