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Fishguard as a Port of Call…
Fishguard as a Port of Call Antony Arrived; Ambrose Expected The Booth liner Anthony," homeward bound from the Brazils, Madiera, and West European ports to Liverpool, put into Fish- guard Harbour on Friday morning for the purpose of disembarking passengers and bagg- age bound for the Metropolis, the Midlands, and the Southern Counties. During the winter months, the number of passengers taking advantage of local facilities has been somewhat small, but last week's ex- perience appears to indicate that this was merely a passing phase, attributable chiefly to climatic conditions, and that, with the advent of warmer weather the new route will prove as popular as heretofore. We have aforetime commented upon the fact that Rosslare is equipped with a prac- tically unnecessary Marconi Station, whereas Fishguard, where it would be particularly useful, is devoid of any such facility, and this fact appears to have been realised by the G.W.R. Company, for, on this occasion ar- rangements had been made for the Antony to radiate her whereabouts to the former port, whence they were conveyed by cable- gram and land wire to the latter. By these means the officials on duty were able with a fair amount of accuracy to prognosticate the probable time of the vessel's arrival without the necessity of awaiting the telephonic ad- vice from Strumble Head lighthouse, which, in itself, is quits an innovation. The official figures relating to the arrival are as follows :—The "Amony" left Cher- bourg at 12.50 p.m. on Thursday was sight- ed off the Lizard at 12.35 a.m. the following day; signalled from Strumble at 10.50; sighted off the breakwater at 11.30; entered the harbour at 11-35 tender left quay at 11.45 was alongside the liner at 11.55 left again at 12.7 p.m.; and reached quay at 12.13, with 32 passengers and a heavy amount of baggage. The Customs' examination was expedi- tiously effected by Messrs Leith (Goodwick) and Thomas (Llanelly), and at 12.40 p.m. the Ocean Express steamed out of the station with 28 passengers for Paddington, and two for Cardiff-the only intermediate stop. Of the other passengers, one, bound for Lampeter, travelled by the special provid- ed for the use of Mr A Christison (Loco' Snpt., Neath), and the other left by the 2.35 turbine boat for Rosslare. In addition to Mr Christ- ison, aforementioned, the arrangements, which worked without a hitch, were in the hands of Mr C I Davidson (Steamboat Supt.), Capt. Sharpe (Marine Supt.), Mr J Rees, (Divisional Supt., Swansea), and Mr Charles Bowen (Station and Quay Supt). Capt E Davies was in command of the tender, Sir Francis Drake." The Ambrose" belonging to the same line will call on Monday, and, inasmuch as she is due in the Mersey on the same date, it is extremely probable that her advent may be anticipated at a somewhat early hour. FUTURE OF THE OCEAN QUAY. For some considerable period past opera- tions upon the Ocean Quay have been practically at a standstill, and the impression has got abroad that, following the apparent failure of the negotiations with the Elder Dempster Line, the whole scheme had fallen through, or, at the least, been indefinitely postponed. We are now, however, in a position to state that such is very far from being the case and that, if the plans for the immediate future may be accepted as any criterion, the date when Atlantic liuers will berth along- side the quay, without the necessity of em- ploying a tender otherwise than 4n the capacity of a tug, are not far distant. Already telephone wires have been erected leading from the quay to both the Harbour and Goodwick Stations, and arrangements are now being carried out for establishing communication by these means with each department upon the local system. Furthermore, the radius of some of the curves of the permanent way leading to the quay has been considerably modified, thus doing away with the necessity, hitherto ex- isting, of loosening coupling bolts ere it was possible for a train to negotiate them. The chief indication of a bright future lies, however, in the intimation that the erection of the wooden super-structures (including booking-office, waiting-room, Customs'-house, etc.), is to be commenced next week. The potential advantages of Fishguard as a recognised port of call for Atlantic liners bound' for west coast ports have never been lost sight of by those responsible for the inception and carrying out of the scheme of making a capacious and deep water harbour on one of the finest bays bordering the Irish sea. The possibilities in this connection may even be regarded as ar asset of a national character, as, by making Fishguard the first port of call for ocean traffic from New York, passengers and mails would reach London several hours earlier than at present. In this age of time- saving and record-breaking of every descrip- tion such a result would be of marked benefit to the business men of both countries The comparison of distances from New York to the various ports are as follows:— Nautical miles. New York to Fishguard 2,902 „ „ Plymouth 2,957 „ „ Liverpool 3,017 „ „ Southampton 3,077 I he present proposals for extending the ex- isting accommodation and works necessary for the completion of the scheme will give a clear waterway 500 feet wide, with a depth of 40 feet at low tides. This, together with the berthing facilities to be provided, shows how eminently suitable this harbour can be made for the reception of large ocean liners. The natural advantages of the new port are most exceptional and these, together with the ac- commodation and facilities provided by the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Har- bours Company, are becoming widely known in the shipping world. We may, therefore, anticipate that in the near future it will be no uncommon thing for other large liners besides the Booth boats to regularly call at Fishguard for the purpose of landing passen- gers and mails.
Mamre C.M. Chapel, Trecwn.…
Mamre C.M. Chapel, Trecwn. RE-OPENING SERVICES. The above edifice has been under a course of re-construction. Little more than twelve months ago the fraternity had to forsake the old home for a temporary encampment, and entrust the same in the hands of the contrac- tors, Messrs D Thomas and Son, Letterston, who have in the meanwhile effected a con- siderable change within and without. The structure, which is to a plan drawn by Mr H W Evans, Solva, is of the latest design, with a single entrance into the vestibule. Two entrances with swing doors from the latter » into the chapel, the pulpit at the extreme end, behind which is a recess with a magnificent arch decorated in plaster. It is furnished throughout with varnished pitch pine. The pulpit and gallery fronts are constructed with > matched pannellings lined with bright má. hogany. The Boor is of block on a founda- tion of four inches of concrete. The vestibule floor is of encaustic tiles of a very exquisite pattern. The windows are of Cathedral glass with a tinge of blue fixed with the rough side to the light. The ventilation is effected by air valves from under the cills and Boyl's patent ventilators on the roof. The outside is com- pletely cemented, and the front decorated with massive pillars, arches, cills and mould- ings in cement. The yard walls are cemented both sides and finished with semi-circular coping. A fine concrete walk with raised kerbs extends from the gate to the entrance. On Sunday next the family will re-assemble to take up their future abode. The Sunday Scholars will meet at 10 a.m., whi-le at 2 o'clock the Rev. David Jones (pastor) will have the privilege of delivering the first sèr- mon in the building. The rev. gentleman will also preach in the evening. On the following Tuesday and Wednesday, the 4th and 5th of May, the re-opening servi- ces are to be held, when the Revs. W Prydderch, Swansea M P Morgans, Blaen- anerch; and D Phillips, Carmarthen, who are amongst the best preachers, will officiate. The Rev. W Evans, M.A., Pembroke Dock, unfortunately, is unable to attend. The valley, which at this time of the year is at the climax of its natural beauty, is a fine resort to spend a day, and, given fine weather, a crowd is anticipated. A stage in the open air is being built, which may be resorted to in case the capacity of the building be found inadequate.
UJF* The Fashions of the Moment. TaBT. o. THOMAS Begs to announce that they have just returned from London with a Large Stock of DRAPERY AND- MILLINERY Paris Models-Trimmed and Semi-Trimmed Straws and Crino- lines to suit all ages. Infants Millinery in great variety. Flowers, Feathers;, Ospreys, Cabuchons, Millinery Beads and Sequins, now so much in vogue. Costumes, Coats and Skirts in all the newest styles. A smart collection of Blouses in Silks, Laces, Nets, Delaines, Voiles, Cashmeres, Cambrics, and Embroidered Allover. The Fancy Department is well stocked with all that is Newest in Neckwear, Belts, Gloves, &c. The Gent's Department is well stocked in Men's, Youths, and Juvenile's Suits, Hats, Caps, Ties, Fronts, Collars, and Under- clothing, of every description. Before ordering your Spring and Summer Suits you are invited to Cd.il and inspect my new ranges of Patterns for the coming Season. Value, Fit and Style cannot be beaten I assure you of our best attention at all times and solicit a con- tinuance of your valued support. Note Address-' W. O. THOMAS, Railway House, West St., Fishguard, And Temple of Fashions, Newport, Pem. Clearance Sale filVINS UP BUSINESS! The whole of my Stock of Boots & Shoes, &c., Must be clared as soon as possible, as I have decided to give up business, and special Bargains are offered. clOB HERBERT, Soot Warehouse West Street, Fishguard. .r- High Street, Fishguard V LEVI WILLIAMS & SON, PRACTICAL TAILORS, FOR LADIES AND MEN, Beg to thank their numerous customers for past favours, extending over a period of Half a Century, and beg to solicit a continuance of their kind patronage. A Grand Selection of SPRING and SUMMER PATTERS on view and for inspection. Fit and Style Guaranteed. W. DAYIES & Co., Boot and Shoe Stores, Goodwick, Have recently removed to LARGER and more CONVENIENT PREMISES and are now able to Supply BOOTS AND SHOES Of all Classes at the Lowest Possible Prices, and hopes are entertained that they will obtain a fair patronage from the inhabitants Thanking for past favour GROCERY. The Vergarn Stores, I WEST ST., FISHcHJARD, FOR Groceries and Provisions OF ALL KINDS. An entirely Fresh Stock. No old Goods kept. The Stock is of the Choicest possible kind. Nothing but the Best Stocked. Soliciting a continuance of the excellent public patronage already extended. J. D. WILLIAMS Coronation Stores, GOO ID WICK THE BEST HOUSE FOR &tocet'\es & High-class TEAS-& speciality. A choice selection of Goods for, Christmas Trade. FRUITS at lowest prices. Our Bread and Cakes are renowned for their qualities. Respectfully soliciting a continuance of public patronage and support. PLEASE NOTE ADDRESS- I ARTHUR DAYIfiS, Coronation Stores, GOODWICK. The "CARTREF" Refreshment House, High-St, Fishgutrd AdJolnlnathe d Echo' Office Accommodation for Visitors. WELL-AIRED BEDS. Spacious and wellTftrranged Refreshment Room. barge Room for Private Parties. Prompt Attendance. Moderate Charges L. E. WILLIAMS, Proprietress A. H. PECK, WatehmakeF & Jer-ueller, Vergam Terrace, FISHGUARD, Begs to announce that he has commenced BUSINESS at the above address where he trusts that- by personal attention and excellence of workmanship to merit a share of public patronage and support. London and Provincial Experience. J. I. Griffiths & Co., Gents' Mercers, Tailors, And Boot Stores, Beg to announce that they have OPENED Premises at Dyffryn And hope to receive a fair share of public —patronage.— Prices to suit all classes- Ladies Boots from 5s 1 id. Gents' from 4s xid Children's from 2s i i d. Repairs done at the shortest notice. Town & Barrington, Fish Stores, Goodwick, Beg to inform the inhabitants of Goodwick and District that they have OPENED STORES And are now able to supply Fried Fish, Dried and Shell Fish, and hope to obtain a fair patronage from the public. Orders strictly attended to. Oysters a speciality, Fried Fish and Chipped Potatoes every evening from 6 to 10.30 p.m. Parcels of Fish sent to any address, 7 lbs at 2s 6d carriage paid. Cleaned ready for the table. Castle. Stores Just arrived a Large quantity of JFjtMOLi-ij Of the Highest Quality, viz.; Raisins, Currants, Sultanas, Stoned Raisins, MuscateIIs, Figs, Apples, Oranges, Grapes, Lemons, Dates, Metz Fruits, Almonds, Nuts, Lemon Citron, and Orange Peels. Chutney, Currie Powders, Blancmange, Custard Powders, &c. Self Raising and other Cake Flour. Essences, Vanilla, Lemon, Cochineal Almonds. Harris' Wiltshire Sausages, fresh daily; Cooked Hams, luncheon Sausages. Try our Welsh Hams. Huntley and Palmers Cakes & Biscuits. Dwyryd, Liptons, Home and Colonial Tower and Magnetic Teas. NOTE THE ADDRESS- VCT. GRIFFITHS, Castle 8t res, FISHGUARD- J. D. and Ben Thomas CABINET MAKERS AND UPHOLSTERERS, 88, Orchard Stmt, Swansea (Opposite Central Police Station). Designs and Estimates Free Mr. Frederick 8. Palmer, Associate of the Royal College of Organists (Certificates F.R.C.O., Practical Exam- ination the Associated Board of the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music; the Incorporated Society of Mqsicians, London (honours), and Trinity College, London). GIVES LESSONS In Organ, Pianoforte, Voice Production and Theory of Music also personal. or correspondence lessons in Har- mony, Counterpoint, etc. High Street, Fishguard. WELSH FLAWNEL 2 MRS. T. WILLIAMS, STATION ROAD, LETTERSTON, has a large Stock of Welsh Flaitnels for Under-wear and Dresses. See Patterns and Prices before buying elsewhere. Woods' Great Peppermint Cure for Coughs and Colds never fails. 1/13, 2/9. < Fishguard Petty Sessional Division. Notice of Preliminary Meeting. A MEETING of the Justices who intend to act in and for the New Petty Sessional Division of Fishguard will be held at the Town Hall, Fishguard, on THURSDAY, the 6th day of MAY NEXT, at 11.30 a.m., for the purpose of making arrangements for the appointment of a Justices Clerk and for the holding of Sessions. WM. DA VIES GEORGE, Shire Hail, Haverfordwest. April 26th, 1909. Pembrokeshire Education Authority. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN accordance with the Provisions of Section 8 (1) of the Education Act, 1902, tha the County Council of Pembroke- shire, being the Local Education Authority for the purposes of Part III of that Act, propose to provide a New Public Elementary School for about 250 Children at Goodwick, IN THE PARISH OF LLANWNDA. The School will be available for the follow- ing area So much of the area of the said Local Education Authority as is within Three Miles by the nearest road of the site of the proposed new School. WM. DAVIES GEORGE, Clerk to the Local Education Authority, April 26th, 1909. Town Hall, Fishguard. A. J. HODGES (Associate of the Auctioneers' Institute) Auctioneer, Accountant, Valuer, House, Land and Commission Agent. Sale conducted of House and Land Property, Agricultural Stock and Crop, Household Furniture, &c. Agent for the Chief Life, Fire, Accident, Plate Glass and Live Stock Insurance Societies. Agent for the tvett-kitoivit Dublin and Wicklow Manures- Stores-Near Fishguard Post Office. Trehowell, Parish of LLANWNDA. Letting of Land. THE Letting of RICH PASTURE AND ± MEADOW LANDS at the above place FRIDAY, APRIL 30th, 1909. A. J. HODGES, A.A.I., Auctioneer. GbNebEDDU Meadows and Fields (Fishguard Parish). A. J. HODGES, A.A.L Will Let by Public Auction On SATURDAY, MAY 1st, 1909 About 60 Acres of Rich Meadow and First Seed Lands. Letting to commence at 3.30 o'clock. Dffices- Town Hall, Fishguard, March 30th, 1909. GOODWICK, PEM. FOR SALE, a Valuable Freehold BUILD- ING PLOT situate in the centre of the above rapidly rising town, having a frontage :)f 23 feet or thereabouts to the main road with a depth of about 92 feet. Full particulars may be obtained on appli- cation to A. J. HODGES, Auctioneer, &c., Town Hall, Fishguard. rpO LET, Dwelling House and Garden at Heol Dyfed," Wiisely Hall (Fishguard Building Club rent, 6s per week inclusive mmediate possession.—Apply, A. J. HODGES, kuctioneer, Town HaD, Fishguard. In a Few More Days r Central Stores, Main Street, Fishguard, WILL, BE OJPJHKNTESaO .E to the Public. The exact date will be announced in this paper next issue. Meanwhile, all that can be done to make the Premises in EVERY WAT SUITABLE for the STORAGE and DISTRIBUTION of GRO- CERIES and PROVISIONS is being done, and we shall make it our duty to see that every article that leaves our Establishment is of the BEST POSSIBLE QUALITY in the BEST POSSIBLE CONDITION and, of course, at the LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE More details next week. Blac burn OWen CENTRAL STORES, FISHGUARD. n Tredavid School. ildren's Concert Will be held at the above place On Friday, April 30th, 1909 Tickets—6d and is. TO LET, that old established and well- known business house in Main-street, Fishguard, and now occupied by Mr D Cornock. This house is large and has spac- ious rooms and well suited for either resi- dential or business purposes. For full parti- culars apply to Mr D Cornock, on the- premises. TO BE SOLD by private treaty, or let, the splendidly built dwelling house, No. 7, Brodog Terrace, Fishguard, containing 4 bedrooms, large attic, front parlour, dining room, spacious kitchen, scullery, coal house and out-offices, water and gas laid on.- Apply, George Davies, No. 6, Brodog Terrace, Fishguard. FISHGUARD ANDí GOODWICK AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, Ltd. STORES: G.W.R. STABLES, GOODWICK SUPERPHOSPHATE is now kept in S stock at the Stores.—Capt WILLIAMS, San Remo, Manager. Carriage Harness for Sale. FOR SALE, a first class set of Silver- Mounted full size Carriage Harness, in first class condition, suit horse 15 hands or over, cost 10 guineas accept £ 5 17s 6d.— Apply, Echo" Offices, High-street, Fish- guard. • < r Cambrian Square, Fishguard. Important Sale of Grand Young Pure Shrop- shire Breeding Ewes and Lambs. W. R. CARVER Has been instructed by Mr Daniel Bevan, of Goodwick (who is giving up sheep farming) to Sell by Auction (without reserve On Thursday, May 6th, 1909 At the Cambrian Square, Fishguard, the following ar-SEEP 17 Prime youug-vytfreeding ewes, together with about 25 strong lambs in lots to suit pur- chasers the whole flock are in sound, healthy condition, and are of a pure Shropshire breed. Sale to commence at 12.3C. Credit on Conditions. Market Square, Fishguard. Highly Important Sale of Valuable Modern and Antique Household Furniture. W. R. CARVER Has been instructed by Mrs Thomas, who is leaving for America, to Sell by Auction On THURSDAY, MAY 6th, 1909 The whole of the valuable Household EFFECTS Sale to commence at 12 o'clock sharp. Terms-CASH. GOODWICK, Pembrokeshire. IMPORTANT SKLE OF FREEHOLD DWELLING HOUSE. W. R. CARVER Has been instructed by Capt. Lewis Williams to Sell by Auction at the GLENDOWER HOTEL, GOODWICK, On Tuesday, May 11th, 1909 All that newly erected PRIVATE DWELLING HOUSE With the Outbuildings, Yard & Gardens belonging thereto, situate at Goodwick, below the road leading off Goodwick Hill (aboye the Church). The premises have a frontage to such road of 53ft. 6in., or thereabouts, and a depth on the North side of 88ft., or thereabouts, and on the South side of 83ft. or thereabouts. The Dwelling House consists of two large sitting rooms, kitchen, pantry, coal-house, w.c., three large bedrooms, bathroom with hot and cold water laid on, and a large hot air clothes cub- board. The site is extensive and there is ample room for further building if desired. The Auctioneer begs to draw attention to this sale of a superior Dwelling House, which has just been completed no expense having been spared to secure the best materials and finish. The property commands a grand view of Fishguard Harbour and the surrounding country, and for a private residence the position is second to none'. Immediate possession may be obtained, and most of the purchase money may remain on mortgage if desired. Sale to commence at 3 o'clock sharp. A plan of the House and Grounds may be seen, and further particulars may be obtained on application to the Auctioneer, or Mr. W. J. VAVGHAN, Solicitor, Fishguard COWS WANTED. WANTED, three or four Castlemartin or tt Short Horns Cows incalf or with calfs at foot, from five to six years old state "full particulars with lowest prices.—Apply, LEWIS, Salt Merchant, Merthyr. TO LET, Grazing Land at Llanstinan, in excellent grass. Apply for particulars to R. Griffiths, Esq., Llanstinan Hall, Letter- ston. TENDERS are invited for carrying out necessary REPAIRS at Stonehall Mill, St Lawrence.—Apply for fuller particulars at Llwynon, Vergam Terrace, Fishguard. TENDERS are invited for Carpenter4?" Work on Four Dwelling Houses. Plans and specifications may be seen with Mr Thos. Williams, .contractor, Sea View House, Let, terston, to" whom tenders are to be sent. WANTED, Tenders for the building of an Earth Wall.—Apply for all par- ticulars to W. WILLIAMS, Penrhyw, Dinas Cross. TO LET Two Dwelling Houses in Clive Road, Fishguard.—Apply to Mr. W. EVANS, Solicitor, Fishguard. TO LET, No. 8, Hill-street, Goodwick, containing six large rooms, with out- offices.-Apply, Geo. Thomas, 6, Hill-street, Goodwick. HOUSE TO LET at Vergam Terrace, Fishguard. Hot and cold water, and all conveniences, apply V J G Johns, Fish- guard. WANTED, a Man-servant for small farm W must be able to milk.—Apply, St Dogwells Vicarage, Wolfscastle, Pem. AND TO LET.—The Mill and Fraich Fields, containing over ten Acres of good Pasture Land, with water and well- fenced. Possession 29th September.—Apply, George Bennett & Co., Fishguard. TO BE LET, in the Parish of Dinas, the Farms of GARNFACH and BRYN- NIWL, containing 32 acres. Possession at Michaelmas.—Apply Mrs Rees, Cilwenen. FOR SALE, good MANURE, from the Commercial Hotel Stables, Fishguard. MILK for Sale 8d per gallon delivered at Fishguard Station.—Apply, to E. Skyrne, Lower Farm, Lamphey, S.O. HOUSE TO LET, -in High-street, Fish- JJL guard back entrance stable.—Apply to J. Wilcox, Hottipass, Fishguard. LAND TO LET.—Good pasture near the town of Fishguard.—Apply, Echo Offices. WANTED, at once, an Apprentice to the Shoeing and General Smith work.— Apply to George Evans, Slade Forge, Fish- guard. MORRIS, Carriage Builder, Fishguard, has FOR SALE two light Fruit Carts also one new Spring Cart. WANTED a reliable Housemaid good wages given to a suitable person.—. Apply, Mrs PERKINS, Hendrewen, Fishguard. FOR SALE, about Four Tons of Meadow HAY, harvested in splendid condition. Apply, L. H. John, Mount Pleasant, Trevine. WANTED, a Man to attend to horse and a few cows, garden and Rectory grounds, and to make himself generally use. ful good cottage and garden and fields as part of wages. -Apply, The Rector, Letterston TO FARMERS. TtlaFRED REES, THE Stoves, ^tttvcfiestotv Begs to announce that he has a Large and Varied Stock of 6arden and Agricultural Seeds Just arrived, and buyers are invited to com- pare quality and price and, if satisfied, as he feels sure any one would be,he begs to ask for their valued orders, which would have prompt attentson., All Seeds have been bought this year again with the greatest care. One day a microbe found a nest In a broad, expansive, full-growd chest He chuckled and laughed aloud with glee, A happy home I've found," said he, Ho Ho Mr. Microbe, not so fast, Your cosy lodging will not last, Your swift eviction I'll ensure With Woods' Great Peppermint Cure.
ENTRE NOUS. [By "THE SUB."] The striking unanimity displayed by the I Urban Council in its choice of a Chairman must have been frightfully galling for those few "disinterested" gentlemen who have, for months past, been vainly racking their brains and scouring the locality in order to find a substitute for the gentleman who would, in the natural course of events, be elevated from the vice-chair to the senior dignity. I do not profess to understand their motives, I am not aware with any degree of certainty of their identity but, as a spectator, I have witness- ed most of the game, and I am satisfied that it must have been fairly obvious to all that their objective was, not to find a man worthy of the office, but merely to ensure that the honour should not fall to the lot of Mr LEVI EVANS. However, they have been worsted, despite the valiantly vulgar championship of an irresponsible individual. & 41 A That Mr EVAN; will maintain the prestige I of the office to which he has been appointed I have every confidence, and, although it may safely be assumed that r e will prove a stick- ler for business efficiency, and will not toler- ate any glaring departure from the recognis- ed canons of procedure, the Councillors may anticipate a fairly easy-going twelve months, so long as they manifest no serious desire to kick over the traces. Personally, I believe that the members would be all the better for a year's autocracy, but the new Chairman is the last man to adopt such a role. I wish him success in the discharge of the onerous and responsible duties appertaining to his office, and can assure him of the same fearless criticism, should occasion arise, as has, in these columns, been extended towards his two predecessors. s ? s- s- I heartily congratulate Mr T. LEWIS upon his election as Vice-chairman. His services to the Council during the period of its in- fancy have been greater than any except the members of the Finance Committee and the permanent officials could possibly guage. The man in the street" who, as I have previously had occasion to remark, chooses his representatives on grounds of personal popularity, can have no conception of the valuable asset possessed by the town in the person of its Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is a man well versed in administrative law and should, in due course, make an ideal occupant of the chair. 0: 0: 0; ':of: To Mr DAVID REES, the unsuccessful can- didate for the position, I extend heartfelt sympathy. Had the fight been between man and man it is quite within the bounds of possibility—as distinct from probability— that he might have been elected, but his chances of success were completely vitiated by the preposterous claim to the office put forward on his behalf. That he had ex- pectations of the office is, unfortunately, true that those expectations were reasonable is a fallacy which, I should have imagined, would have been [patent to all. Mr REES has, I fear, allowed himself to be led astray by specious arguments which will not bear analysi It is an open secret that, at the outset, he had been persuaded to aim at the chair, not because he was loved by those who encouraged him, but because they want- ed to vent their hatred towards the right- ful claimant; ? ? 0 ? The crux of the whole situation lies in the interpretation to be placed upon the word seniority." For purposes which I do not profess to be able to fathom, certain gentle- men commenced, some months ago, to incul- cate the doctrine that, since Mr REES had headed the 1908 poll, he was, ipso facto, the senior member of the Council, and, conse- quently entitled to the chair in 1909. "To most people it would have been obvious, from the mere fact that he had to seek re- election after but a year's novitiate, that he was, in reality, one of the five junior members, whilst it must be equally patent that, if there were any justification for his claim, he ought to have been elected Chairman instead of Mr B. G. LLEWHELIX. Since then the claim to the senior honour has been relinquished for a less ambitious aspiration, which it is even less easy to reconcile with the term seniority." Whatever semblance of reason there may be-and I contend that there is none-for the first claim, the second can be justified by no stretch of imagination whatso- ever. & G 9 Seniority," as applied to membership of public administrative authorities, is a tech- nical term having a definite and unalterable meaning throughout the length and breadth of the realm. A man's seniority is calculated according to the number of years' service which he has seen, men with equal qualifica- tions-ranking according, to their priority on the poll at which they were FIRST elected; They can never lose that seniority, save by resignation or by defeat at the polls, nor can they augment it except by the resignation or defeat of a member senior to themselves. Thus Mr REES' seniority is to-day precisely what it was in 1907, unless-of which I am not sure-either Mr W. J. VAUGHAN or Mr W. JAMES were then his senior. In the latter event he would have gone either one or two rungs up the- ladder, but no more. The lamented death of Mr W. CUTHBERT THOMAS has enabled him to climb yet a step higher. Corresponding remarks apply to the status of Mr D. G. THOMAS, who this year headed the poll. On the other hand, Mr VAUGHAN, hav- ing suffered defeat in 1908, lost his seniority of the previous year, and, having now been returned, ranks as junior to Mr O. D. JONES, but senior to Mr HARRY WILLIAMS. ? i;: There are few members of the Council who possess a better knowledge of the Standing Orders and rules of procedure than does Mr D G Thomas and it utterly passes my compre- hension how he can justify his championship of a contention which, to my mind, savours strongly of the grotesque. I have heard his public defence-of the policy which he has pursued, but I must confess that it is not characterised by that logical acumen for which I am wont to give him credit. It appears to centre entirely around some in- geniour—" ingenuous would, perhaps, be a better word-contradistinction of the terms seniority and priority," but beyond that point I am, despite a fair knowledge of my Mother Tongue, unable to follow him. If it will' be any consolation to him I am quite willing to concede him the word priority," but I fail to see how so doing will advance his contention. ? ? -:& Turning to other topics, I strongly sym- pathise with the attitude by Mr D. G. THOMAS over, the apparently parochial but none the less important subject of pigsties. It is unquestionably unfair that an example should be made of one solitary individual, but it most be recollected that the Committee had no option in the face of a specific com- complaint, and that, for the Council to dis- cuss the matter in view of the statutory powers vested in the Sanitary Inspector was a sheer waste of valuable time. Mr THOMAS' course was-and, for the matter of that, still is-to proceed by notice of motion. Thus, only, can equality of treatment be ensured, and it must be borne in mirrd that even this process will not exempt an owner from liability it will merely render all liable simultaneously. ? ? I am inclined to fancy that some of those who indulged in an ill-advised attack upon the Surveyor regarding his management of the sewerage construction works are now regretting their action. It is one thing to criticise severely the conduct of a public official, who is expected to take the kicks along with the ha'pence it is quite anqther to adopt the same policy towards a public- spirited townsman who has given generously both of his time and of his professional ex- perience in order that the ratepayers may not be saddled with charges generally regarded as inevitable. The critics had, however, gone too far to permit of a graceful retreat, and when Mr E. D. JONES, J.P., calmly assumed the whole of the responsibility, and hinted broadly that, if the Council did not approve of his conduct, it could look else- where for advice in future, they had no option but to stick to their guns. ? ? f; ? The whole incident bears a somewhat ludicrous resemblance to the proverbial storm in a teacup. It was not suggested that, with the exception of the additional manhole, the I changes effected would involve any expense tc the town the only complaints were that the contractors were saving their own money I by using an inferior article, and had departed from the specifications. The latter charge was proved to be absolutely without founda- tion, whilst the former was conclusively re- futed by the expert knowledge of Mr JONES. As regards the additional manhole and various other minor modifications which have been effected in the plans, it is passing strange that, with so many members who are more or less intimately associated with the build- ing trade, there was not one who could tell the Council that extras are an almost in- evitable cororally of every contract, and that in large undertakings their calculation fre- quently occupies a body of quantity survey- ors for many weeks. <? ? ? The application of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Co. to the Urban Council for sanction to the plans of the proposed bridge across the Parrog, follow- ing, as it does, hard on the heels of a similar application to the rural authority, appears to dispose conclusively of the persistent rumours that the project sanctioned under the Act of 1908 had ben indefinitely hung up." This must not, of course, be interpreted as imply- ing that a large number of additional men I will be employed at an early date, for the nature of the contemplated works will be such as to render that unnecessary. J The decision of the Council to invite tend- ers for the supply of a horse brush for road- sweeping purposes is one which will com- mend itself to all. The employment of so up-to-date an appliance in a small town like Fishguard may appear somewhat incongruous to strangers, but those who are cognisant of the peculiar local requirements will have but one word of criticism to utter :—Why was not the step taken earlier ? Doubtless the answer lies in the fact that the Municipal Exchequer would not bear the expense until replenished by the levying of a new general district rate. Certainly, such a brush would have been more useful during the past winter than during the forthcoming summer, but winter with its concomitant evils will be with us again all too soon, and the new ap- pliance will prove undoubtedly useful and be greatly in demand, for it will enable West Street to be swept practically simultaneously from end to end, without the present neces- sity of immediately re-starting at the com- mencent as soon as the operation has been completed. Instances of clean road in the midst of dreary stretches of mud will be a thing of the past, and the employees of the Highway Department will have greater opportunities of attending to the require- ments of other thoroughfares thau is possible when West-street demands a virtual mono- poly of their time. It may be contended that, with the impending cessation of build- ing operations, there will be less mud than heretofore, and, to a certain extent this is true, but it must be remembered that the slush is not necessarily created at the spot where it provides most grounds for com- plaint, but is conveyed from point to point on the wheels of vehicles. Hence, so long as we have unadopted side-streets, so long as we are faced with the problem presented by Windy Hall Hill, so long shall we suffer from this epidemic of" matter in the wrong place," and anything which will serve to mitigate the nuisance should be heartily welcomed, even though it involve a slight initial ex- penditure of public money. ? ? -? We have, of late months, heard a great deal about a living v;age," the dignity of labour," and the iniquity of paying a public servant the paltry wage of fifteen shillings a week. With much that has been uttered on the subject I cordially agree, and I shall watch with the deepest interest the proceed- ings at the next Urban Couneil meeting in order to see whether or not the exponents of these principles have the courage of their convictions. It must be confessed that there is a tendancy on the part of many public authorities to over-pay their higher officials at the expense of those of the lower rank, and any movement for the mitigation of such an injustice would always receive my most cor- dial support, But I believe in constitency, and it appeals to me that precisely the same arguements are applicable in inverse ratio when we find the Council paying seventeen shillings a week to one man for sweeping the roads, and a trifle over 13s. Sld. to an- other for acting as its Clerk. 9 9 Of course the roadmen draw their muni- ficient screws" from the Surveyor each week, whilst Mr A. J. HODGES receives his humble salary in the form of a monthly cheque, which may, perhaps, be regarded as the dignity of labour, so far as he is concern- ed, but it is difficult to see how the cham- pions of a living wage can justify the situa- tion. Doubtless they will argue that Mr HODGES has other sources of income and that he does not devote the whole of his time to the management of the corporate affairs of the town. It is, however, an axiom of the Labour movement that the labourer is worthy of his hire, and the Council has no more right to take into consideration its Clerk's outside income than it has to dock the wages of a humbler employe because he is in receipt of an army pension. As regards the amount of time required for the discharge of the duties, no man acquainted with the facts can honestly assert that 13S Sd per week is adequate remuneration. Owing to the Council being unable to expend money lavishly in printing, the amount of clerical work involved is exceedingly heavy, and it must also be borne in mind that practically all meetings-of which there are far more than the general public imagines-are held at nights, often being protracted to a late hour. Mr HODGES is not a solicitor, and has,' consequently, had to enter upon a long study of the intricacies involved in the administra- tion of the Local Government and Public Health Acts in order that he may efficiently guide an inexperienced Council through the initial years of its existence. The amount of work entailed altogether has so increased that he has found it necessary to secure clerical aid at his own expense-a fact which is scarcely creditable to those who fixed the salary experimentally in the first instance, and who gave an implied undertaking twelve months ago to revise it this year.
PANTEG. Sacred Concert Will be held at the above place On Wednesday Evening, May 5,1909 When the following Artistes will take part Miss BEVAN, Miss NARBETT, Miss JONES, Miss NELSON, Miss B. EVANS, Miss LLEWHELIN, Mr. J. OWEN, Mr. W. J. EVANS, Mr. W. MORRIS, and Mr. T. H. LLOYD, together with selections on the Violin by Mr. BLACKBURN. Accompanists-Mrs. PERKINS, Hendrewen, and Miss HOWELLS, Fishguard. Chair to be taken at 7.30 by V. J. G. JOHNS, Esq., Manorowen. Admission, Is Children under 14, Half-price PUNeHESTON Supply Stores. WM. EVANS Begs to thank his numerous customers for the splendid support accorded him in the past and solicits a continuance of their patronage. Large stock of China Goods, also Paints, Oils, Wall-Papers, Varnishes, &c All I ask is comparison in Price and Quality. Top Pice for Eggs all the year round.
BIRTHS. April 20th, at Wallis-street, Fishguard, the wife of Mr Tom Williams, of a son.
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