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TRULY RURAL. Yoicks tally-ho the fox breaks covert and away he goes the field panting and tear- ing along, forgetting all the ills of life in the L, 13 ZD joy of the heart. Dash it One cannot al- ways he thinking of pain and poverty. In that little cottage below the hill, there is a sick man- lying on his back in bed in pain. We all know it. Those who live in country houses understand that these things must exist together. We are sorry for them, they are pitiful but unavoidable conditions. Is it not so 1 Confound it all. No! They are not unavoidable. They are wrong conditions. The fox hunt is over, we have had a rare good run, and killed in the open, and now, tired with the day's sport, and sitting round the fire, dry and comfortable, we say that man's house should never have been built there. He is very ill with bronchial asthma, because his house gets no sun. It is on the shady side of the hill, and has only one room open to the roof, on which last winter you could see the hoar frost between the laths on the inside of the slates. It is damp as a wet flannel shirt. He has a bit of laud with his house, and knows that if he gives up the house the land fnust go too, and lie cannot afford to do that. So he sticks. Why does not his landlord mend the place ? Because the man is an undertenant, and the farmer from whom he takes it does not wish to bother the squire, and of course will not mend it himself. Men get very angry over these 6 Z5 things. The agents of large estates are often inconsiderate, and the weakest always goes to Z5 the wall. The poor make no noise, and it is good policy for a landlord to have an agent D 0 who will keep off disagreeable tenants. He will get all the more kudos for being kind, without the inconvenience of having to be kind very often. It may be observed also in our country towns that the main streets are lit and paved, the front parts are clean and tidy, and there the public money is spent freely as in Aberystwyth hundreds of pounds are now being spent on the Marine-terrace, where the richer people live. But in this back alley there is no light, the gutters are y n not swept, and the footpitli is not paved. There is a question if it would be even legal to light the place. The very one of all others that most requires it. It is certain it would never pay to flag the footway. Yet this town n y is full of gentlemen, and the councillors go in strongly for education We wonder where the illiterate have gone to, and what the snobs can be like But seriously, if health classes could be formed in the much talked of Intermediate Schools, where physiology and sanitation might be learnt, a step would be made, and if interest were kindled in the election of local sanitary boards something might be done. At present this most im- portant work is left to a few amateurs, and though their service is always the best in- tended, they are unable to cope with the mass of work that ought to be done. It would take the pen of Milton himself to rouse these sleepy bodies to a new puritanism of health. We have been told that Cromwell once en- trenched himself on Pendinas, and besieged Aberystwyth Castle. Whoever it was, he seems to have played havoc with the place, and left an eternal warning to Aberystwyth town councillors that Cromwells are some- times created to tlu ir cost. We should en- joy seeing another Cromwell entrenched in Windmill Court and amusing himself with the Town-hall on a Tuesday morning. We rather think those sleek terrace-dressers would skedaddle.