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Rhymney Valley Echoes


Rhymney Valley Echoes [Bv "RECORDER.") ,p, Serious and welcome summer sunshine Of -Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday wrought a Veritable resurrection in the appear- ance of the Rhymney Valley. Till Uood Iri- day, the trees bore no evidence of spring-tide, but those days of yvarm sunshine effected^ a transformation. Spring was born in a day. The tamihar process of gradual development was dis- carded, and the face of the land broke into bud j as witb the wave of a magician s wand. A million trees awoke to life, ancl dress- Ed without a sound. How unlike the awaking of a milJion men livery man seemed suodenly to remember that he had a spade, and fork, and a bit of garden. The result has been a won- derful change in the appearance of the gardens. The four days of sunshine had not parsed away before one heard many forebodings ex. pressed as to a eevere drought, and as to how much the land needed water. A little sunshine goes a great way in these parts. The roads toon became thick with dust; the mountain Otreamiets soon run dry. Yet, in the autumn fcnd winter, incalculable quantities of water are allowed to run to waste, a thousandth part of which would prove an inestimable boon in a droughty summer for garden, field, and road watering.. < Apart, however, from checking some of the waste of the streams, what a great saving might be effected on the drain upon existing reservoirs if it were made obligatory to con- struct. on sanitary principles, good rain water tanks for houses. Water of the most suitable kind for cleansing the skin as well a3 for water- ing the garden would be thus stored, and thus ease in critical times the dependence on a Water Company's reservoirs. < Numbers act in regard to water as though it Cost nothing and reservoirs were inexhaustible, tt would be well if every household realised the wholesome truth—in regard to water as well as money—"Wilful waste brings woeful want." The stream that dances over the rocks past the house will not flow back to water any man s garden. If a man wants his "water to be pure," he must, notwithstanding the existence of water Companies, take care of it. Much water is wasted through leaky taps. When men had to draw from their own wells, they were careful to avoid waste; they also took steps to secure as much rain-water as possible. I do not advocate the revival of the old rain- water barrel, but I do advocate the construc- ion of sound rain-water cisterns—as, indeed, I »ould advocate thrift and thriftiness in many departments of social and domestic life which, unfortunately for the country and the people, Kern to be on the way to becoming extinct. „ One of the principles of this erudite and en- 6ghtened age appears to be, judging from the Ways and conduct of the multitude, that of aever doing for oneself what one can get some- body else to do for him. More than half the Pleasure of life is lost by this lazy sluggishness *nd apathy. Easter Monday came as a marvellous change k? the four day, preceding it, and doubtless disappointed hundreds who had reckoned on a finny day amongst the Beacons.. Chepstow, ^intern, Abergavenny, and other charming places; but hundreds more with gardens and Sowing crops hailed with pleasure the gentle •Wers and wished for more. How often it is Wmt the rainy day-whicb so many complain about when it interferes with rome cherished Pi.. w yet, in another way. literally raining reigns in the good being done to crops. With Easter, the Eisteddfod season is again Opon is—if, indeed, it is ever absent from thefo frll« in some form or other. It has been wd fchat the Englishman's holiday .is to stand on a tub or a chair, and address his fellow-me,, on s. wrongs which oppress them. The Aelsn Iran's idea of a holiday is the Eisteddfod. Whatever good tho*e Eir.tcddfodau may have rendered to the culture of music, there is one thIng I observed which they have neglect- ?d they have almost ignored boys voices. 1 tave not been into a single church in ales where there are anv choristers worth hearing, Whilst, in an average English church choir,, the soprano part is taken entireiy by boys in a banner which would need double the number ?f ladies' voices to equal. In neg cc .in;, oys, Eisteddfod committees are neglecting a very ashing force in chora! singing. Mr W. B. Lloyd, I hear, has been appointed chairman of the overseers. I hear also that over.-eers out of office and overseers in olnce are &ot of the same opinion, and that those who Ranted the Press to be present at their meet- lng are not now quite so desirous of making their business public. Mr. E. Richards, tne ex- chairman. has done good work. If his work is found to be perfect, then it will be wondenul; but even should it not be. he ha-, nevertheless, striven'to do well, and brought into the ais- pharge of his unpopular duties a clear and keen business intelligence. All the new overseers are members of the Council, and the fate which has 0vertaken Mr. Joseph Howells, of Caerphilly. tvOEm standing for re-election for that Council inay ferve to point a moral. He also was an bverseer.







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