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A Baby's Diet. The inquest held at Rhyl this week reveals the extraordinary amount of ignorance -on the proper (method of feeding infants. From the evidence of the father, it appeared that the child, who was oirly seven months old, had been habitually fed on meat, bacon, and, as he sig- nificantly put it, "anything that might be on the elate at the time." In fact, on the night before the child's death, it had been served with a little meat off a pork chop, and this the doctor thought might have proved fatal from the con- ditions of the organs. There were some grounds to believe, however, that the baby had been overlaid by the mother while asleep, and acci- dentally suffocated, and the jury took that view of the (matter. Both causer were, of course, preventible, and the sad little story emphasises anew the importance of educating ohcldr bearing mothers in their duties. In view of the alarm- ing decrease in the birth-rate in England and Wales, even one young life cannot be lost to tihe ration in thJ; manner^ and for that, if for no other reason, tihe gcod work initiated by Colonel Com wed lie West in Denbighshire should be emulated. < w w Men-of-War at Llandudno. Vico-Admi'ral Curzon Howe and his divferon of the Atlantic fleet will, no doubt, have a reception at Llandud.no to-morrow worthy of the town. It is singular ihat wihiie we all know a good I deal about OUT soldier very few ctf us have any conception of the conditions under which exists the "handy maun," who is responsible for our first line of defence. From childhood to old age inlanders and others dwelling away from dockyards and naval stations have heard and read of the "figihting nary," but many have not 6e remotest idea what a m-n-of-war is like, Utougb contributor* towarnc fthe coat leii ita- construction. North Waliane have had few op- portunities of seeing a modern wa.r vessel, and we have no doubt that this has much to do with the fact that North Wales is regarded 86 a poor reoruiting ground for the Navy. A few suoh visits as tibi. would, we feel sure, spcedijy remedy matters in this direction. it it Foreshore Rights. Prestatyn is just now realising a difficulty which some yo-,ra ago faced Llandudno, and ha* at, times hampered other seaside resorts. It i. all a Question cf the control of the foreshore. Lady McLaren, the present holder of the* e fore- shore rights, is prepared to grant the Urban District Council the power to exercise certain. rights of control for a year, such power to be renewed year by year at her ple-asure. This, of course, ii, an impossible oondiDçn for any public body to consent to. The Council very properly point out that for practical purposes anything less than a ten years' lease would be of little use to the Council. We think the Council are very modefit in their request. Why should not such powers as are necessary for the proper con- trot of public bathing places be vested in the loc-al authority in perpetuity? The question of terms it, surely one capable of adjustment. A peer who is an important figure in tho A peer who is an important figure in tho Upper Chamber by reason of a very long a.nd very bushy beard, had dismissed his valet for the night. Shortly afterward-, however, he was much annexed to hear the peals of laughter from below, and called back the man to explain. The valet answered that it was just a little joke, but his lordship would have none of it, and demanded details angrily. "We-ll," ad- mitted the man with reluctance, "it was really a little game we were having, my lord." "What Kame?" "Well, my lord, a kind of guessing game." "Don't be a fcol, Walters; I rang for you in order to get afi explanation. What gucsijig game are you playing. Guessing what?" "We blindfolded the cook, to tell you the truth, my lord, and thou one of us kissed her, and &he had to guess who it was. The foctman held the mop up, and the kissed it, and then cried out, 'Oh, your lordship, how dare you? Thij week's will be the third successive Golf Union meeting held in the South of the Princi- pality. It is disappointing to find that none of I the Northern clube is sanding- a team. The Northern people must know that it has been only their inability to provide suitable course which heus prevented a recent visit to their 5ide of Wales, and they mig'ht, at any rate, have shown their sympathy with the Union's diffi- culties by continuing to compete it its meetings. The difficulties of travelling have i aen overcome before, and so need not be impcsiible now. How- ever, in spite of the absence of the Northern clubs, the entry for the team championship has increased by one, while there is a very sub- stantial increase in the competitors for the in- dividual championship. These on Mcwiday af- ternoon numbered about ,r:r: Obviously, more interest is being taken in the event, and scfiie in- crease in the entry may be due to the reduction elf the handicap bringing to the meeting a rather better claen of golfer on the whole. W. H. Ball, the Bangor professional, is competing for the championship. it Aberystwyth, eays "Truth," has invented a new form of entertainment for visitors which promisee to become so popular that it mat7 be recoaimended to the consideration of other sea- side municipalities as a cheap attraction. The title of the entertainment has not yet bee.n de- cided upon, the choice being about equally di- vided between "Mayor-baiting" and "A Short Way w:th Councillors." The performance takes place in the Town HaE, all seats in the gallery being free to visitors and townsmen alike. The initial performances have been so successful that the Aberystwyth Tcwn Council contemplate se- curing a larger hall for the remainder of the season, while the shouts of applause and hearty laughter have testified to the delight afforded by a really merry piece of fooling. 0 0 0 0 It is of interest to note that Mrs Townsend Mainwaring, of De.nbigh, the c(d lady of 96 years who performed the opening ceremony at the Church bazaar near Rhyl last week, is the only direct deecendent living cf old Salisbury family, who flourished exceedingly at Lleweni and the Vale of Clwyd. The most famous member, William Salisbury, was gifted with very considerable literary attainments, and, be- sides being' the author of numerous books, to hiim is duo the honour cf having first translated the New Testament into Welsh. This was in 1567. The more the Old Age Pensioi?- Act is ex- amined the more it is felt that the greatest diffi- culty will be experienced by the local committees in administering it. Lawyers who are studying it in the interest of their clie.nts complain that it has been very, loosely drafted, particularly the clauses relating to means and income. Too much discretion appears to have been left to local and central pension authorities, and it is quite likely that the Act will be construed in a far more generous manner in some districts than it will be in others. The Act, again, does not define the terms "medical and surgical assist- ance supplied by or on the recommendation of a medial officer": whether the receipt of such assistance in a workhou'e infirmary is a disquali- fication or it. It is felt that the Local Govern- ment Board should issue some directions on this point before January 1st, amd when the House meets overtures to the Local Government Board will be made with this object. 4 0 0 With the Teport cf the Cambrian Railway Company, which was issued on Tuesday, the Welsh Railway record for the past half-year is now complete. Naturally the result.3 have proved less satisfactory than those for the first half of 1907. but with two notable exceptio the di- vidends have not suffered much. South Wales has, ctf course, felt the effects of the reaction in business, and the depression in the local iron and steed trades has been exceptionally severe, but two important factors which have to a large extent counteracted the effects of declining gen- eral trade have been the sustained activity of the foreign demand let- Wehti ocal and (the high wage rates paid in the coalfield. Among the small lines the principal feature is the de- cline shown by the Festiniog Railway, owing' to the depression in the date trade. The Bala and Festiniog had the benefit of the military camp at Trawsfy.nydd, which compensated for a decline in Cecal traffic, but the results of the Ross and Monmouth line show that tourist business in the Wye VaJley did not come up to last year's level. The Cambrian records a decrease in receipts of small amount, a decline in minerals being partly balanced by increases in other goods and in passengers. ———'

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