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AMMANFORD JOTTINGS. There have been removed from our midst, since the last jottings appeared, two much respected old inhabitants, and both with a suddenness which brings to every mind the uncertainty of human life. Mr Williams, of the Cross Inn Hotel, in spite of crippled legs looked, when I last saw him a week before his death, hale and hearty. He was even out of doors forty-eight hours before he succumbed to a complication arising out of an old disorder. His well-known figure will be missed from the settle where he used to spend most of his time, and many a thought of sympathy with those he has left behind will fill the minds of those hosts of friends he had made in Ammauford. The other death was even more sudden. Mrs Morris, of Brynflin, was on her way home from chapel, when her niece who was some way in front of her happened to look back, and saw that the poor old lady had fallen. She had been seized with a fit, which finally carried her off to her eternal rest the same night. Her son, Mr David Morris, is in India, where he holds a post of great emolument and responsibility on the State rail- ways. His retirement and return home were fast approaching, and it will be sad news indeed to him when he learns the loss which has befallen him. The Bettws Church Choir had their annual treat to Swansea and the Mumbles on the 20th uh. About 30 adults and children availed them- selves of the vicar's hospitality, and in spite of the weather had a most enjoyable outing. # I find that the communication with regard to the water question, which recently found its way into my jottings, has raised the wrath of the gentleman who supplies a contemporary with re- marks wise and otherwise on Ammanford topics. Personally, I can approach the question with an open mind, and I think now that both sides have made their statements a public meeting should be called where, if exaggeratiens of facts are in- dulged in, the public may have an opportunity of judging which side holds the correct view. I 0 pass by the very personal attack made upon the jotter" by the writer as quite ontside the question. My friend who supplied the entire matter for the jotting expressed his own views only (as I thought I had made clear), but in the paragraph on which the jotting was founded the writer gives his own views, and if he was in- cluded in the. sweeping charge made by my friend he has himself to thank for his rashness. He may be reminded of an old Quotation apposite to his rushing in. It is certainly my duty as correspondent of your paper to give vent to any grievance which may arise, and I trust that duty will be always performed fearlessly and justly. *m'* The same scribe falls foul of me on account of a jotting about the police. I am proud of the opportunity afforded me by the report of the proceedings at Llandilo Police Court on Saturday last, to offer them amends for the blame I cast Upon them. I gave the report as it was given to me by a truthful and trustworthy citizen, and on the face of it there was a great neglect of duty. As the facts turn out, the police were very well employed on that Sunday, and more power to their elbow say I. Still it is a scandal and a shame, put it which way you will, that the most important street in Ammanford should be infested nearly the whole of that day-the day of rest-by dozens of inebriated sots. The fact is in all its bareness that we want more police in the neighbourhood; the beat of the two constables stationed at Amman- ford is far too large. The village is, I am vexed to say, not the law-abiding place it used to be, and the risk of culprits getting out of a scrape in Ammanford, while one constable is up at Penygroet or Derwydd, while the other is up at the Butcher's Arms, is far too great. I say that Ammanford is now important enough to have two policemen constantly on the spot, and a respect- able police station to book. The day is not far distant when Petty Sessions will become a necessity, and then I suppose the much needed local magistrate will be appointed. Alderman Richards, Councillor Jones, Mr Phillips, of Prcyrhyn, and the vicar of Bettws, are, I believe, all qualified. Has no one influence enough with the Lord Lieutenant to get one of them appointed ? To return to the Sunday drinking. If I had my own way 1 would close every public house on Sunday entirely by law, and make the law observed, or I would open them as in England. I can hardly believe that my fellow countrymen are worse blackguards than the English, and that, therefore, the public houses must be closed on Sundays as a public nuisance, but if the state of affairs, is as bad as the supporters of the Act aver, I am in favour of making it impossible for men to get drink for the purpose of getting drunk as they do at present. The truth is, the Act is a good one, but the enforcement of it is a perfect farce Make it so stringent that a man found drunk on Sunday shall go to gaol for a month without the option of a fine, and that Cwmamman and Llandebie folks shall not come to Ammanford to drink, and vice versa, and I would bless the Act. # Now I have dismissed the subjects over which the correspondent of your contemporary has ex- pended his ire. He has thought fit to tender me some advice. I would advise him to be more careful in his reading, more intelligent in his construing, and more charitable in his inferences, and then he may become a worthy mouthpiece of Ammanford feeling. V There is a talk about some athletic sports to be held in connection with the cricket club in August. If the handicapping is done by a reliable man some days before the sports come off, and the course is better kept than it was on the last occasion, they will probably be a great success. You shall hear more of them as soon as they emerge from the Cimmerian darkness in which they are at present enveloped. I ain requested to call attention to another Ammanford nuisance. It appears from a recent police case that there are two common lodging houses in Ammanford, which have no licence as such. Now, in addition to the encouragement, these places give to mendicancy, the concealment they may afford to dishonesty, and the insult they frequently offer to decency and cleanliness, every now and then the frequenters give a loose rein to their thirst, and as a consequence scenes occur of no great advantage to the surrounding crowds of men, women, and-sad to say-children. One of these occurred on Saturday night last, and was of a more than usually revolting character. The offender has been in trouble here before, but was punished so lightly owing to the tender- heartedness of the police that he was rather en- couraged than otherwise to fresh exploits. Some of the inhabitants, I am asked to say, seem to have an interest in keeping this plague-spot in our midst, and among them some who ought to know better and are more than suspected of act- ing as they do out of spite, vi-oh pudor If this is true, I have no doubt the police will again find a champion over this wretched business. V The unsavoury subject of common lodging houses brings me to another I have had in my mind for a long time that of drainage. Ammanford is a fast growing place, and the aanitary arrangement are at the best faulty. Should an epidemic spring up in the place, the result would probably be, with the facilities for disease (especially if the story about the water is true), that the place affords, a decimation of the population. This is a most important subject, and if the water people are in earnest, I would suggest petitioning the Local Government Board to constitute Ammanford a Rural Sanitary Authority, and to lay before it a complete scheme for water drainage and lighting. There is no drainage at present, except what the gravelly soil naturally affords. There will be great difficulties in the way of a good scheme, but they are not insuperable, and the risk run for want of one is too great. Now I appeal to the champion of the new water scheme, if he is a real lover of Ammanford, as I am, to link the two matters to- gether, and call a public meeting to discuss them, or, if he wont join them together, to at once call a meeting about the water, and I will call one about the drainage. I would rather the honour rest upon another's shoulders. Some are sadly lacking in it. There is to be an open air fete for the Primrose League on August 15th, in a field kindlylleiit, by Mr Davidson, of Wernoleu. The details have not yet transpired, but I am told that there is to be a tea, and a band has been engaged. Only members are to be admitted, so I must make in- terest with some of my friends for a good report of it. # I am glad to see some one calling attention to the state of the Amman. It was a disgrace to the Court of Quarter Sessions, and is more than that to the County Council. The magistrates did know what their duties were, and did them fairly well. The County Council seems to be more or less a debating society for crotchet-mongers. I hope when the novelty of their position wears off some of our representatives will take the pollution of our rivers in hand. The idea of extensive and adequate (save the mark !) filtering apparatus be- ing prepared at the Tirydail works amuses me. Go to any of the offending works, and they will tell you it is impossible for their refuse to reach the river. Something more than filtration is necessary, and I hope Councillor Jones will con- sult his duty before his interest at Tirydail. IOTA.

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