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North Wales Roads. A correspondent in the current issue of the "Autocar" has a word to say about the roads f in North Waks. He says:—"The condition of the roads in this "beautiful district is much to be deplored when compared with other parts of the country, and it is greatly to be wondered at that more attention is not paid by the county authorities to the main roads along the coast. Towns like Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, and Rhyl are mainly dependent upon summer visitors, and when one sees the large number of motors at these places, one can only express surprise that it is not considered worth while to keep the roads in such a form as will attract that class of visitor who will bring money into the district." He further say. In North Wales the roads were rough, in many parts full of "pot holes," and lately in several places hollows have been filled up with loose metal with no attempt at rolling in. Roads in the summer months are left under repair with the freshly spread metal covering the entire width of the road, so that it is impossible to save one's tyres while the steam roller is standing idle for days at the side of the road. Unless the roads are good, motorists will not stay long in a locality, nor will they visit the place at all if they know their pleasure will be spoilt as well as their cars by bad roads." » t Was there a Promise? A question discussed at considerable length at Tuesday's meeting of the Colwyn Bay Urban District Council was, briefly, whether the Pier Company had promised a committee of the Coun- cil that the Pavilion. would be let free of charge to the Town Advertising Association for the last May-Day festivities. The Association contend tk:, there was a specific promise, and that, there- fore, they were absolved from the payment of a bill for £30 subsequently sent in bj the company for the use of the building. For the directors it was stated that while acknowledging that re- ference was made to the use of the Pavilion, they denied that the word free" was ever uttered on either side, and that in granting the use of the Pavilion on the same terms as the previous year they considered they were making a great con- cession to the Association. By ten votes to two the Council decided to support the view of the Association. There the matter stands for the present, and how it is to be finally settled remains to be seen. » • Denbighshire Police Committee. By a majority the Denbighshire Joint Police Committee, on Friday, adopted a proposal which militates against the Chief Constable's discretion in the administration of the police force under his control. The committee had before them a for- mal notice of the intention of one of the super- intendents to retire on superannuation. The latter on being questioned maintained that he had been "instructed to resign," and replying to further interrogations intimated that if it was the wish of the committee he was quite prepared to continue to discharge his duties as ho was in the best of health. The Chief Constable bore testimony that the superintendent, whose services extended over thirty-eight years, was a most ex- cellent officer, but that he had suggested to him in a kindly spirit that on the point of age he might retire and allow younger mell to come on. Admittedly the officer was in every way efficient, and no doubt was expressed as to his ability to continue his duties in the same exemplary manner, but the discussion at Friday's meeting leaves room to doubt the wisdom of the com- mittee—apart altogether from this individual case In interfering with the discretionary powers of tho Chief Constable. As Colonel Mesham suggested matters of administration are best left in the hands of the Chief Constable. • » It It • The Harvest Festival. Just about, this time of year many of the re- ligious bodies hold their harvest festival services, and the custom is observed amongst most sects in England, the one notable exception being the Church of Rome. The de-,eicpment of the movement has been very extensive, and from a more or less scanty decoration composed of a few sheaves of corn and a little foliage, there are now set forth in the churches splendid speci- mens of fruit, flowers, vegetables, and other ar- ticles which in the ultimate distribution of the gifts are of great utility to the recipients. The festival has, in fact, been made the opportunity for the exercise of charity in one of its most use- ful forms, instead of being merely an opportunity for display. This element of usefulness with regard to the selection of the gifts has been criticised favourably and otherwise, for most in- novations, especially in religious matters, are re- garded by scrupulous individuals with consider- able apprehension. « A Successful Girl's College. From the statement made by Lady Principal on Saturday, Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay, con- tinues to make most satisfactory progress. The buildings have been greatly extended within re- cent years, and only a few months ago a large wing was added to the west side of the structure, which, it was thought, would meet with the re- quirements of the collegians for some time to come. Nevertheless, the Principal reported on Saturday that she was again so pressed for accom- modation that she had to fit up the observatory, which forms part of the new wing, as a bedroom. Miss Hovey suggested that the good air of Col- wyn Bay and the beautiful surroundings of the college accounted for the success of the institu- tion, but, valuable as these are, neither has in- fluenced the position so largely as the excellent work of the Principal and her staff. Penrhos is a considerable asset in the life and welfare of Colwyn Bay, and the community will rejoice over its steady development. • It • • • Wanted-A Modern Hercules. No one will deny that, in the past, Mr Asquith has given proofs of considerable ability-only a man of unusual mental calibre can ever attain to the proud position of Prime Minister in the British Parliament. But he would need the wisdom of a Solomon, the statesmanship of a Pitt, and the strength of a Hercules to enable him to cope with the enormous difficulties which he has to face during the present Session. The Government have definitely pledged themselves to pass half-a-dozen Bills, all of a highly con- tentious nature, and all bitterly opposed by one or more parties in the House. The Coal Miners' Hours' Bill is repugnant to colliery owners, to coal merchants, to manufacturers, and to the majority of the miners in whose interests it was supposed to be introduced. The Education Bill has aroused the indignation of Churchmen, both Catholic and Anglican; while the Housing Bill seems doomed to be defeated, if not dropped. And what can be said of the prospects of the Premier's "bete noir," the Licensing Bill? Over seven hundred amendments have been put down to the measure, the large majority of which are in the names of supporters of the Government- Liberals, Labourists, Socialists, and even tee- totallers. If these amendments are not dis- cussed, their sponsors will of course have a. grievance; if they are accepted the Lords would find the original Bill so thoroughly transformed that they would not hesitate to throw it out. Were the whole of the Session to be devoted to this one measure it would be totally inadequate for its proper discussion. How Mr Asquith pro- poses to keep the pledges he has given to the many opposing parties who constitute his majority, and to escape the consequences of his concessions to the teetotal party, remains to be seen. At pre- sent it Woks as if the task were absolutely iro- poaeible,





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