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i The success of De Wet on Christmas eve is stil the engrossing topic in connection with the war. From later reports it appears that the guerrilla chief's force was considerably larger than was at first supposed, being in fact of overwhelming num- ber in comparison with that under Colonel Firman Our severe loss in killed points to desperate fight- ing, and all accounts agree that the British strove with the utmost gallantry to defend their position. But the time is rapidly going by when such achieve- ments as that of De Wet will be possible. The blockhouse system is gradually being extended so that the Boers will become more and more cornered, and not even the tactics of a born guerilla leader Will avail against wire entanglements and stoae forts. One thing, however, will be necessary for the success of Lord Kitchener's plans, and that is reinforcements. The Government must be pre- Pared to answer this inevitable demand, and they I Deed not be afraid to call upon the nation to supply them. A meeting of the local committee of the Merion- ethshire Agricultural Society, to makeanangements for the annual show, which this year takes place at Towyn, was held last week. The remarks of the General Secretary about the uselessness of appointing large committees deserve attention. It is a fact that a large number of persons are appointed on these committees, not only in con- nection with agi'icultural societies, but with other Useful institutions also, who are for all practical Purposes of no avail. Possibly they do not realise their responsibility, but in the majority of cases the work devolves upon a few enthusiasts and the Facials. It is indeed to be questioned whether IUch people do not actually hamper the others, as they sometimes consider they have done a fair "hare of the work if they manage to defeat a useful Motion. *:JI:* At the last meeting of the Dolgelley Town Council, the question of the crush after the New dear's meeting was brought up. Last year a terrific crush ensued and uot a few people were injured, although fortunately the casas were not serious. The railway officials stated that it was due to the fact that the excursions were run Pretty nearly at the same time, and that the fresh arrangements made this year would obviate this difficulty. We trubt this will be so, for a repetition of last year's fiasco would considerably affect the attendance in coming years. # The Christmas season has passed off very quietly and uneventfully in this district, quieter, in fact than has been the case for years. The continued wet weathor gave everything a miserable appear- ance and beyond a few preaching meetings here and there there was nothing to relieve the dieari. less which was accentuated by the general depres- sion prevaling in local industries. Great interest is being taken in local Volunteer circles in the new regulations which have been framed by the authorities for the coming year. Recruits in future will have to put in at least 40 drills and get through a course in musketry and attend the training, while the old hands or trained tnen must attend at least 10 company drills, at Which no less than 25 are present, and leave from camp will only be granted for special reasons. Those who can get leave will have to pat in an additional 13 drills to make up for the training. These are stringent conditions, and it is probable that there will be a large number of resignations, but it is obvious that 50 wen-trained men are worth treble the number unable to reach a fair standard drill and disciplire. *11: The conditions of some of the footpaths in the streets of Towyn are deplorable, and High street, which has long been notorious for this, probably possesses the worst section. During the recent slippery state of the streets a foot passenger tried the pavements (It is, by the way usnal to walk in the roadway in order to avoid them) but he had not gone far before his foot was trapped by a broken flag, and he was thrown headlong, but luckily escaped serioas injury. That the pavements should be in a bad state is serious enough, but that they are dangerous to life and limb is quite another Matter, as the local authority willfmd to its cost, if anything happens. — ♦

TOWYN.

ABERDOVEX. [

---DOL3ELLEY.

BARMOUTH.

CORRIS.

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