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NOTES AND COMMENTS. The London Gazette states that the Order of November 21st last declaring the area comprising the petty sessional division of Upper Geneu'rglyn, Cardiganshire, to be a swine fever infected area is revoked, the revocation being dated the 15th inst. Festiniog has an excellent Surveyor in Mr. Alltwen Williams. Mr. Williams has lately mooted several important improve- ment schemes, and if he gets the support and encouragement he merits he will sooa make another place of the city of slates. •ni -*■ ■niimmwim The agitation for a better poatal service along the Coast i alre-uly bearing fruit. Barmouth leads,—ancf the Mayor, the Rev. Gwynoro Da vies, and Mr. Hugh Evans are to be congratulated upon their successful intelTiew with the Postmaster General. Immediate improvements are promised. Intense heat prevailed over the country generally at the beginning of the week. At Bisley Camp on Monday several volunteers were overpowered while on the firing point. One competitor was taken to hospital, and died in the afternoon. Several cyclists also succumbed to the effect of the heat. The Peace Conference, which will pro- bably adjourn towards the end of the month, will have sufficiently justified its existence by the completion of the elaborate scheme of mediation and arbitration which has now been referred to the consideration of the Governments represented. The scheme pro- vides for mediation before war, either by one Power or by two severally acting as the friends of one or other disputant. In acknowledging the receipt of a resolution on the Leasehold Enfranchise- ment Bill passed at the Welsh Wesleyan Assembly, at Machynlleth last month, Mr. Owen M. Edwards, M.P., writes:—"Lease- hold enfranchisement, as the resolution of your Assembly says, is a very important question, especially to us in Merionethshire. ] need only say that I pay the keenest attention to what is being done. We shall soon see, I hope, which is the better— leasehold enfranchisement in the ordinary sense or the buying up of leases by the local authorities." Mr. R. W. Perks, M.P., speaking at Cambridge, said that the history of the present Parliament — which was a priest- ridden Parliament — amply proved the accuracy of his previous declarations that upon educational and ecclesiastical issues the Irish members were the natural allies, not of the Liberal party nor of Radical Noncon- formity, but of the Tories and Anglicans. It wa& as well to look facts in the face, and when their respective opinions could not be reconciled it was far better to recognise the situation frankly and to arrange themselves in opposite camps. The newspapers state that the Cheshire strawberry harvest is now in full swing. The villages of Holt and Faindon, where upwards of a thousand acres of land are under cultivation, have been invaded by an army quite 800 strong, consisting of men, women, and children, who will for the next month be busily employed in gathering strawberries. Although the season is quite three weeks later than last year, there is an excellent crop. Thousands of sieves of strawberries are being forwarded daily to Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester. The strawberry could be cultivated with profit in Cardiganshire and Merionethshire. The plants are cheap and easy of propaga- tion, and the fruit would find a ready market at the watering places along the coast. The Earl of Lisburne has kindly promised to honour the forthcoming meeting of the North Cardiganshire Teachers' Association with his presence. A large attendance of teachers and others interested in Education is anticipated. At the morning meeting Dr. Macnamara and Mr. Waddington wilt address the members of the National Union of Teachers, on The Teachers' Super- annuation Act," The N.U.T. Examination Board," and Mr. Robson's Half-time Act," and at the afternoon meeting, which will bo presided over by Principal Roberts, the same speakers will address a meeting of Educa- tionists on The Problem of Elementary Education in Wales." Sir George Kekewich paid a warm tribute to the memory of the late Mr. T. E. ELLIS, in his address at the Education Ex- hibition at Cardiff the other day. The cause of education in Wales, said Sir George, has lost a staunch and an eminently practical friend, and he a personal friend of great beauty of character. Mr. Ellis was one of the frankest, most open, and most natural of men. Deceit was a vice utterly foreign to his nature, and he was the last man who would ever dream of taking an unfair ad- vantage of any human being. He had seen certain despicable references to his friend since his death, and he felt he must bear public testimony to his noble qualities. Terrible news has recently come to hand from Klondvke. Mr. Edgar Phillips, who has just returned, told a representative of The Sun," that the horrors of penetrating that unknown country far to the north in search of gold are unprintable in their details. Hunger was the most brutalizing thing he ever knew, said Phillips. Sometimes they had a delusion, and saw banquets of the most exquisite food spread amidst lovely sur- roundings, When they woke to the bitter truth again they were mad for food. One man, a native of Cornwall, gave him the following terrible confession as he died :— Five of us left home together to gold-mine. We got hung up in the bad season, but managed to keep our heads up for a few days. Our leather straps were the last things we eat to keep life in us. Then one died. 'Long Tommy,' we called him, he came from somewhere in the depths of Gloucester in England. He came out in '97, I think. Well, his death saved the rest of us. We agreed it should be like that, which- ever died first." This shocking story of suffering, starvation, death, and cannibalism carries its own moral. Most people will learn with satisfaction, that the Inland Revenue authorities now compel the owners of toy pistols, or guns, to take out an ordinary licence to carry fire- arms. This fact has come out at the Strat- ford Police-court, where a lad was summoned for carrying such a weapon without a licence.. In this particular case the pistol had "gone off" accidentally in the street, with the result that another lad was shot in the head, and had to go to the hospital to have the bullet extracted. Having regard to the- small boys who carry them, these so-called, toy weapons are much more dangerous than, the real article. At the Anglesey Assizes before Mr.. Justice Kennedy and a jury the Aethwy- Rural District Council sought an injunction against Colonel Bulkeley Price to restrain. him from wrongfully obstructing a certain footpath in the parish of Llandegfan. The- defence was that the path was not a, public one, but a private one for the convenience of tenants. It was admitted that on Colonel Price finding out for the first time that there was a claim that it was a public way, he took down two or three stiles in order to prevent the miscellantoous public from going that way. The whole question for the jury was whether, there being a way there, was that way a farm way, or accommodation way for the convenience of the tenants, or whether it was a. way which had been thrown open to the public at large. After a pro- longed hearing the jury retained a verdict in favour of the plaintiffs; and judgment was. given accordingly, with costs.

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