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The meeting of ratepayers held at Barmouth on Friday night cleared matters to some extent. It was surprising, however, to see the attendance in the hall so thin at the opening of the meeting, and that at its best it could not be called a crowded meeting. The affairs, the difficulties, and the 11 misfortunes" of the town have had so much attention lately that the small attendance may have been thought to betoken a lack of interest on the part of the ratepayers. But cannot the leaders on both sides read the letters on the wall and arouse themselves to the fact that the ratepayers are sick and tired of mismanagement and wrangling ? A question asked by one of those present was very much to the point. He asked for a true state- ment of things as the old Local Board left them. The speech by Mr Adams avoided this point and so was most unfortunate throughout, he dealt with What the old Local Board should have done in years gone by and attributed to them the blame for everything that has since happened. This has been done so often that it is stale now; it was stale years ago when things were not quite so bad as they have now become. If one statement, made by thel supporters of the Council, is correct, there is reason to think that some person (Lot the Rector) contributed to the loss of the law-suit by the Council. But this is of sm,Il moment. What may fairly be complained of by the public is, that the public meeting endeavoured merely to find out who is to be blamed, instead of trying to find some solution of the difficulty. # The very same complaint must be made against the Rector's meeting last week. That rev. gentle- man and his friends met in the same room, and, instead of giving the Council suggestions how to settle matters, were content to abuse the members of the Council. We venture to say that the Council now in office have done much and saved much, and we also feel justified in saying they have made grievous mistakes. When misfortune came on them we think the Rector made a mistake in attempting to make capital out of it. It was then his opportunity to come forward to assist them he did not do so, and in future he must surely be sorry for this mistake. He forgot the old adage A friend in need is a friend indeed," and lost his opportunity. The council is by no means out of its difficulties. We take it that a Local Government Board en- quiry will be held, when an objection wl1 be made to the payment of money for the outfall sewer on the ground that it has not been completed. It is too soon to say how much validity lies in this objection, but there is the possibility that the council will triumph in the end. Barmouth is in need of charitable feeling, and until the leaders rise above the petty jealousy now existing in the town little good will be done. Ambulance classes in this district have been commenced with conspicuous success. The class at Towyn under Dr. H. G. Jones has exceeded the most sanguine expectations of the committee which met at the residence of Mr W. Rowlands four weeks ago. The class at Abergynolwyn numbers over 60, and it will give a feeling of satisfaction and security to the district if everyone of the members of this class pass the examination. The value of first aid to the injured at a quarry of the description of the Bryneglwys Quarry is inestimable. The classes are held in conjunction with the Evening Continuation School, and much credit must be given to Mr Thomas, the headmaster, who, we are given to understand, has taken the trouble of trans- lating the lectures of Dr Jones and of delivering them for the benefit of those Welshmen who could not follow the doctor in English. At Aberdovey another class bad been formed, with Dr. Bonner as the lecturer. This class is also making headway in point of numbers and popularity. The note on the constitution and aims of the new society called the Towyn Mutual Improvement Society in these coluuius last week has had the desired effect. The remarks made-and the mem- bers of the society are ready to acknowledge it- were written with the best intentions, and the society has shown an excellent spirit in acting on them promptly. It has been decided to hold the meetings at Cadvan House instead of at the English Chapel, and the Chairman and Mr Whittaker are willing to resign their positions in favour of others if the success of the society can be increased by their so doing. Members of every denomination are warmly invited to enrol themselves. As stated by the Chairman on Tuesday evening the Society will know no sect or creed, but will meet for the cammon good of all. The committee of the society will probably meet together and prominent gentle- men in the town will no doubt be asked to extend to it their patronage. That the society was started at the English Chapel is no reason now for anyone to think that its benefits are confined to the mem- bers of that chapel.

TOWYN.

DOLGELLEY.

BARMOUTH.