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NOTES BY THE WAY. Once again is an attempt being made to form a Volunteer corps for Aberystwyth, and at a meeting of a very enthusiastic character, ou Tuesday even- ing, definite action was taken. There were no two opinions as to having a Volunteer corps, for all were unanimously agreed as to its value. But the question of going in for artillery or infantry opened up a discussion. Judging from the tone of the speakers there appeared to be au inipresyon that if they asked for infantry they would be compelled to be attached to Montgomeryshire, a possibility highly resented by those in the room. As was pointed out by other speakers, there is every chance of Cardiganshire getting a Battalion of her Own, and the suggestion was at once warmly taken Up. The present position is this A- committee has been appointed to manage details, and the Lord-Lieutenant of the county (Col Davies-Evans) Will be asked to take the matter up. In view of the Town Council preventing the War Office putting new and more modern guns on the Castle grounds the proposal to form an artillery corps seems un- i; I" n 'M.-rrr'nl The annual meeting of the Aberystwyth Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was held on Saturday. During the summer months an inspector is sent down, and last year he appears to have done some good work. The question, however, may be asked, are horses cruellv treated in the summer months only ? True, the traffic in these months is heavy and horses are worked very hard. But notwithstanding this fact there is just as much need of a careful examination of the horses employed by the carriers in the winter as in the summer. What effect will the war have on the forthcoming season along the coast ? The question is a very natural one to the people of that portion of the Principality which lies near the sea. At present thousands of families have sons and relatives out in Africa, and the death or injury of those who are dear will sadden many a home and blight the pleasures of a summer holiday. One might go further and ask, will the people care for holidays under such circumstances, will they care to leave their homes even for a trip to the delightful spots of Wales? To counteract this it should be the duty of the Town Councils and those in authority to show more energy in advertising their resorts at this period of the year. Now and through the charming spring months is the time to advertise the Welsh coast towns as health resorts. A poor season will be nothing less than a calamity to many householders, and the members of the Aberystwyth Town Council should not let another day elapse without making a special effort to bring the town before the notice of the people of England. A correspondent writes:—Gas consumers are increasing at Machynlleth. Since Mr Lane's ap- pointment to the Gas Works the charges have been appreciably redneed. They are still much too high. Is it a fact that there has been a great escape of gas from several of the street lamps for weeks past ? It is fair to state that the gas manager has no con- trol over the matter, because the street lamps are in the care of the Town Surveyor. If there is an escape of gas, as no doubt is the case, who has to pay for it ? Some of the street lights are sometimes allowed to burn all night, unless the police take pity upon the ratepayers and put them out. How is this ? Possibly the members of the Council are laid up with influenza and cannot pay the atten- tion they ought to these irregularities. By the death of the Rev J E Hill the church- people of Welshpool have lost a gentleman to whom they were devotedly attached. It was not alone the scholarly character of his sermons, nor his mere position as Vicar of Welshpool, but the unostenta- tious manner in which he carried out the duties of Vicar of Welshpool during 22 years, his unobtru- siveness, his patient work amongst the people of his town, the sick, the poor, and the needy, that endeared him to everybody. He did a great deal of work with very little show, and the work that he did lives after him. A goodly section of the people of Welshpool would like to know what has become of the stone for the breaking of which they had paid at the rate of 28 per ton. The resolution of the Highways Committee which appeared in the minutes at the last Council meeting expressed surprise that the stone so broken had been disposed of." An ex- pression of surprise will neither break another 60 or 80 tons nor put it on the roads where the Sur- veyor finds it is urgently needed. The affairs of the Berriew School are proceeding much more quietly than of yore. The trustees have of late had two meetings. The most important matter has been the refusal of the Charity Com- missioners to recognise the title of Mr R Williams, Newtown, and Mr Edward Davies, Felindre, to act as managers of the school. Their only claim was that they were trustees for Nonconformist property, but the Charity Commissioners have declined to recognise the mere trusteeship of property as con- stituting the ownership of a freehold. We quite expected that the Commissioners would so act, and thus close the way to what might lead to a system of abuses. Trustees could be multiplied with little difficulty were it expedient that they should be so for any particular purpose. # # W* Information reaches us to the effect that the dogs which wander through the streets of Oswestry by day and, in particular, those which wander by night, are an unmitigated nuisance. A corres- pondent thinks that licences in Oswestry should yield a handsome revenue, that is, of course, if all the dog owners take out a licence. At Ellesmere Rural Council on Tuesday the Rev H Moody brought foiward a timely proposition. It was that the Council should in future provide the Elementary Schools with the necessary dis- infectants in cases of infectious disease. It appears from the opinion of Ithe clerk that the Council is not empowered to sanction an expendi- ture for such a purpose, and no action could, there- fore, be taken in the matter. We believe, how- ever, that some Town Councils supply disinfectants gratis where they are likely to be of use in prevent- ing the spread of contagious diseases. The free use of disinfectants in schools should have a most beneficial result and would, apart from the question of health, benefit the school managers to whom a high attendance is a matter of no small considera- tion. Perhaps school managers will take the hint and provide the schools with a stock of disinfectants. The news of the abandonment of Spion Kop has caused much consternation in this country. It was believed that the possession of this hill, which is about 4,500 feet high would mean the division of the hostile forces. Sir Charles Warren captured it and now comes the news that he has abandoned it by night. Either be found the position not worth retaining or he could only retain it at great loss of life. For our part we believe the latter theory will be found to be the correct one. The enemy must have had the accurate range of the bill and that being the case they must have been able to inflict severe puuishment by heavy shell fire from the guns mounted on the neighbouring hills. This incident will probably have the effect of tem- porarily deferring the relief of Ladysmith. But it cannot be for long. ♦