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TOWYN. J

ABERDOVEY.

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ABERDOVEY. ECCLESIASTICAL.-The Rev Hugh Hughes, the well-known Wesleyan evangelist, is this week hold- ing special services at Aberdovey. The chapel is filled to overflowing every night' In the report or the obsequies of the late Mrs Evans, New Street, and relict of the late Mr Elias Evans, for many years Postmoster at Aberdovey, we omitted to mention that a very beautiful wreath (emblems of affection and kind remembrances) was sent by Mr and Mrs Edwards, Tredegar Arms Hotel, Towyn, Mrs Edwards was a niece of the deceased. VOLUNTEERING. — We are given to understand that Mr J M HoweII, Craigydon, has accepted the captaincy of the local company of volunteers, which had been offered to him. One peculiarity of the Aberdovey Company is that all the members are total abstainers. THE WATERWORKS. — The action of the Urban Council in purchasing iJwlchgwyn farm is generally approved in the town. It wili be re- membered that the waterworks are situated on this farm so that its acquisition by the council is a great advantage to the place. When the rent is taken into consideration it is a paying concern. MR. SOLOMON ANDREWS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF ABERDOVEY. The visit paid by Mr Andrews to the town last week and the effer made by him has been the absorbing question of interest at this place; even the war had for the time being to take a second place in the minds of the ratepayers. By this time feelings have cooled clown, and we are in a more advantageous position to judges of the offer made by Mr Andrews and to know whether to accept er to refuse it. The offer made by Mr Andrews seems very high-sounding at first, and without any know- ledge of the advantages derived by the town from the Common, or property as Mr Andrews prefers 1 i won^ be inclined to consider the representatives of the ratepayers very foolish if they did not jump at the offer. One advantage from which the town benefits by the present state of things is that sand can be carted from the Beach f M *If the Oommon went to the hands Ko ? °m0,Q Audrews—as, indeed, it is claimed „as then he could charge so mueh for every cart load of sand taken from the Beach, and the town would suffer in consequence. Another advan- tags which the town has enjoyed for a I mg time is the carting of house refuse to the Beach This place is close to the town, there is no charge, and there is no danger of any offensive smell arising from it. Mr Andrews, if the town gave up its abeged title to this place, could stop the carting of refuse, and that would mean that the town would have to look for another place and pay rent for it, and possibly an increased sum for cartage. After this comes the right to play and to use the land as a recreation grouud. But above all is the question of the Golf Club. Aberdovey cannot do, and will not do, without a Golf Club—it is the life of the place, and has done untold good to the householders. If the alleged Common goes into the hands of Mr Andrews then the fortunes of the club rest with him. If he so desires be can when the lease comes up tell the committee of the club that he will not grant a lease, and thus the club would have to be dissolved and the town would suffer to an im- measurable degree in consequence. These I believe are the arguments usually brought forward against admitting Mr Andrews' alleged rights to the Common, in addition to the other great question of whether it ia a Common or not. Now, let us look at the question, as far as we can, from Mr Andrews's point of view. Mr Andrews seeks to get the town to co-operate with him in his scheme of development. He is not so short-sighted as not to see that in a short time he will have to appeal to the Urban Council for certain things, and therefore he would like the town to interest itself in his scheme. If this is the case he will add a large quota towards reducing the rates. This is what we want in AberJovey. Perhaps it is not generally known how badly off we are in this town. We could not borrow money except on the credit of the other sub-districts belonging to the Council, and the salvation of the town is to come through the erection of new houses and the con- sequent addition to the rateable value. Anyone who thus helps the town in this direction is to be encouraged, and I believe that in this case the in- teresis of the town and those of Mr Andrews are inseparably connected and identical. Let us look at the Golf Club. We have it from Mr Andrews's own lips that he will interest himself in the Golf Club, and as a matter of fact is this not the great attraction that brought him to Aberdovey, and would he not be going against his own interests if he were to oppose the Cmb? Mr Andrews can easily be approached in regard to this matter, and I have no hesitation in saying that he will take a common.sense view of the question. As regards the carting of sand and house refuse, could not an understanding be come to between the Council and Mr Andrews, and with reference to the Golf Club let the secretary and committee get a thorough understanding ? We would gain nothing by sending Mr Andrews away, but if he has acquired the rights to the Common he can do a great deal against the town. If we were to send him away could be not, at a very little Joss to himself, stop the golfing altogether P Let us use the greatest discretion in this matter, and ask for at least the value of what we are giving away, but the same time let us throw to the four winds the suggestion that Mr Andrews has come to steal property. What advantage would he gain by it ? He has his own views as to the development of the town, and so long as we can let us support him.

DOLGELLiSY.

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