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Will there be a contest at the Tenby Municipal Election this year ? I am quite unable to answer the question definitely, but from indications, I should say that the clique who rule Tenby Town Council, and who insist upon paying the Borough Treasurer 6C200 per annum for some mysterious duties, have decided to nominate one tradesman, who is likely to prove a congenial spirit, in the room of Coun- cillor Angel, who retires and unless the ratepayers bestir themselves and nomi- nate candidates of their own selecting there will be no contest. 1f. 1f. This means that the town's affairs will go on in the same old way. The directors of the Tenby Gas Consumers' Company, Limited, will retain .their present power which in my humble opinion is not in the best interests of Tenby. The Borough Treasurer who has left the town, and cannot by any pretence be considered as capable of carrying out his duties, will continue to receive £200 per annum of public money for services which are so myste- rious that some members including my- self have been refused an explanation of them. Will the ratepayers of Tenby con- tinue to allow themselves to be ruled by this clique, or will they nominate some independent candidates and vote for them at the election ? If they are nominated I should be only too pleased to do my little best to help secure their return; but if the ratepayers do not consider it worth their while to take this step in their own interest, they cannot expect me to go on beating my head against the wall of obstruction with which I am now faced. 1f. For nearly twelve months I have done my level best to forward what appears to me to be the true inte- rests of the burgesses of Tenby and what was likely to increase the general prosperity of the town. On the whole I must acknowledge that the Town Council have given me and my various schemes or suggestions a patient hearing. To the Mayor in particular my thanks are due for his strictly im- partial ruling and frequent support of resolutions I may have proposed, but I have still serious grievances. I have been again and again pre- vented from discussing the duties and appointment of the Borough Treasurer. Suggested economies in the expendi- ture of gas have not received fair treat- ment. The defiling of the South Beach continues at a rapid rate, and not a single voice joins me in my pro- tests and appeals to the Council to consider the consequences of their actions in this direction. Am I asking too much of the ratepayers of the town to show by their action at the forthcoming election whether I still possess their sympathy and support, or whether the same old clique is to continue to rule the affairs of Teuby in the same old way ? It is quite six months ago that I got a resolution passed which had for its object the purchase of the coal-yard near the South Parade, and the pre- paration of plans for the demolition of the present old cottages and the erec- tion of a suitable block of buildings in the South Parade. I have stated that if work was to be provided for Tenby men during the coming winter it was necessary that preliminaries should be settled promptly. Yet on Monday last it is admitted no agreement for the purchase of the coal-yard has been come to; no plans for the utilization of the valuable site have been passed, and even arrangements for the widening of the road at this dangerously narrow part of Tenby cannot be commenced. On most days I am stopped by hard working-men anxious for employment and I^suppose when these poor people are nearly destitute I shall be asked to sanction some other mad scheme like the Jubilee sewer of last winter, or the spending of a thousand pounds on a station road in order to make work. Wake up, ratepayers! Let us have common-sense as well as fairplay in the management of Tenby's affairs. fl. There have been so many local sen- sations to fill the columns of this paper, that for two weeks past no space could be spared for my remarks; and al- though I cordially agree with the local magistrates that the regulations for the preservation of the public health must be strictly enforced in a pleasure resort like Tenby, at the same time I cannot help feeling sympathy with the lady who infringed the bye-laws in order to give her sick child some fresh air. Ten pounds and costs b'George and b'Jove is a tremendous penalty to pay; and I think under the circum- stances less than half would have been sufficient to deter others whose mater- nal instincts might tempt them to risk the spread of contagion. I also think that the officials respon- sible for the carrying out of the law should endeavour to be particularly courteous and tender towards parents of sick children, making every possible allowance for any little temper or im- patience displayed by them under the trying circumstances. A good deal of tact is necessary in dealing with such cases, and if officials are lacking in this all-important quality they should be promptly replaced by more suitable persons. The London Daily Mail of last Satur- day publishes a nice portrait of the present Bishop of St. David's, (who, by the way is presiding at this year's Church Congress being held at Swan- sea) together with a short account of his life; and as an old Llandovery boy I was very interested to read the fol- lowing, his lordship having at one time occupied the position of headmaster at Llandovery College, sometimes known as the Welsh Harrow :—" A droll story is told of Dr. Owen's Llandovery days. On one occasion a boy was reported to him for smoking. The bishop peered keenly through his gold-rimmed spec- tacles at the culprit when that unfor- tunate was ushered into his presence. 'And so you have been smoking, eh?' he said. Yes, sir,' said the crestfallen youth. 'So I learn,' was the reply. And a boy like you What tobacco were you smoking ? Shag, sir,' whis- pered the boy meekly. Then the master fired up. Shag, indeed,' he ex- claimed. Why don't yon smoke So- and-So's mixture ?' In amazement the boy, with characteristic juvenile sharp- ness, replied, 'Very well, sir, I will." It was not till afterwards that the future Bishop of St. David's realised that his favourite brand of tobacco had caused him to appear to condone a school offence." 'I\< if. One of my brothers was expelled from this college simply because he was seen smoking a pipe in the street; but in my day smoking was one of the minor offences prevalent in this popular educational establishment, most of the boys being given to frequenting public houses where they took more to drink than was good for them, a weakness accompanied by an unusual affection for railway engines in preference to books, that also lead to my leaving the institution. But this is long, long ago,and Llandovery College to-day, is, I believe, everything that it should be. # The Small Social Soft Soaping Society have enjoyed a public luncheon pro- vided by the Tenby Gas Company, to which I was invited, but, perhaps, for- tunately, was prevented from attending. As statements occurred in some of the speeches which I consider a reflection upon myself I propose dealing with the matter next week, Mutual admiration is very nice, but why introduce inaccu- racies disparaging to one's neighbours ? F. B. M. THE TATLER."



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