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RHOS AND DISTRICT NOTES. — WATERING CART. By a majority of two it has been decid- ed to have a watering cart. The feeling in the parish meeting, where the decision was arrived at, was by no means unani- mous. Arguments for and against were advanced, and in some cases rather heat- ed!y. One section were against the pro- posal, saying that it was a sort of stop- gag" in the Urban Powers movement. They said that if we got a watering cart through the District Council, it would stave off for seme years the agitation for i more power. The other section thought that the procuring of a watering cart was a step in the right direction and a day's march nearer Urban Powers. A few of those present were unwilling to support the proposal, because they lived in bye- Streets where the watering cart would not be likely to go and yet again i few there were who thought th-it the tradesmen alone ought to bear the expense, because it would profit them most. At the close of the meeting and after a great deal of argument and the rebutting ot argument the motion in favour was carried. THE TWO COUNCILS For some years now there seems to have been a great (hrd of hard feeling be- tween the Parish Council and District Council. Rhos mitters are said to have been ignored, neglected, and the efforts of our representatives outvoted at all times. It h-ts Dot been a battle of wits, where the best man comes on top, but a battle of the numerically strong keeping the numerically weak under. It has more than once been complained of, that Rhos has been scurviJly treated that a fair presentment of the claim* of Rhos, has all along been unheeded It was only af. ter a hard fight that the District Council took over the first list of ancient highways and it will only be when the law compels them to, that they wiil take over other Z!1 streets that ought years ago to have been 1 under their charge. URBAN POWERS. It is said that it takes many years to firmly implant an idea in the mind of a community. A great preacher once con- fessed that it took him ten years to plant an idea in the minds of his own congrega- tion. The Urban Power germ has been planted in the public mind of Rhos for some time now, and it is slowly but sure- ly taking root. How many years we shall have to wait for the budding fruit, we do not know. Like the song, It may be for years, and it may be for ever." HOW THE GERM GENERATED. It is a good deal easier to speculate as to how the Urban Power germ came into being, than to prophesy when it will blossom forth. Scientists tell us there is no such thing as H spontaneous genera- tion." And tracing the Urban Power germ to its protoplasmic origin, we find 11 that it grew out of the unsatisfactory re- lationship of the Parish and District Councils. At fii-st it was a tender shoot- ling, timorously seeking life but gradu- ally it grew, grew,-and is still growing. # FOR AND AGAINST. Like the watering cart, the Urban Power question has its aye's and no's. Those in favour say that until we get Ur- ban Powers we shall be eternally pottering and tinkering about, repairing occasional stiles passing resolutions making de- putations and hammering at the flint- liearted District Council. The great ob- £ Ction of those against,isthat the ratea- ble value of Rhos is too low to allow a basis for Urban Powers that it will in- crease the rates enormously, and saddle the alteady burdened ratepayers with 2S to 3s more rates. We are as it were between two fires-'twixt the devil and the deep sea. THE FIRST STEP. Obviously the first step to take in the direction ot mere power, is to increase the rateable value of the place. This can on- ly be done by increasing the boundary of the parish, so as to include the valuable properties that now lie outside the pale ot the parish. It is the irony of fate that a small village like Ruabon can boast of a much larger rateable value than a large and populous place like Rhos. We should tike to hear cur Councillors grapple with this question. MONOPOLY'S GRIP. We have for many years now been sc/uiiming in the grip oi a monopoly, that dehghts to now crush now release its victims. There is no doubt about it- the Clever Few have got the Mediocre Many by the heels. The Many may grumble and protest and pull long laces, but the Few sit tight nd gather in the shekels all the same, bhould a sudden whim possess them to raise the price ot water and gas, who is to say lhem nay ? We must have water and we must have gas, and we must pay the price demand- ed. We cannot ail burn rush-lights, nor can we all take our buckets to the moun- tain stream. We are pinned to the wall, fettered, gyved, and chained. UNFORTUNATE RHOS. A commercial traveller the other day spent a couple of hours looking for Rhos. He knew it was Rhos, Ruabon, and par- donably thought Rhos w-as a suburb of Ruabon. To his great surprise, he found that Rhos was a much larger place than Ruabon. Being an American, he could hardly understand it, and asked how it was that it was not the other way about -Ruabon, Rhos, This is only the old old story in a new garb. It has always been Rtfctbon Police Court, Ruabon Post Office, Ruabon Education Committee, Rpabon Pension Sub-Committee, Ruabon Water Company, Ruabon Hospital, Rua- bon County School, Ruabon everything. The very identity of Rhos seems lost in that of Ruabon. No wonder the Ameri- can was astounded. G. O. MORGAN MEMORIAL. More than once we have called atten- tion to the G. O. Morgan memorial start- ed six years ago. A sum of money was collected from the several districts for the purpose of erecting a memorial in honour of our late distinguished member. But unaccountably the movement dropped and nothing has been heard of it during the last few years. Not only ha 's-it drop- ped, but has also left unpaid debt behind it. Where are the members of the Rhos Committee appointed at that time to do the work ? How is it that they allow even a penny debt to remain. The mat- ter is a reflection on all the good Liberals of Rhos.

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