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-uL:ZiL.o.Ho From the Banks of the Dovey. XOff that the noble army of cyclists are beginning to awake from their winter lethargy, and exercise their variuus steeds, it becomes a painful but neces- sary dut.\ to denounce a certain objectionable and puerile practice, which I must regretfully own, is indulged in by people of both sexes, who, assuredly, not only ought, 10, hue llo know holier. The favourite method of these cyclists is silently to stalk their quarry from the rear. Perhaps this may be an elderly lady, peacefully taking a con- stitutional along a country road-then the pur- suer suddenly gets up steam, much steam, and whizzes past the unsuspecting victim as closely and noislessly as possible. Nursemaids with their in- variable accompaniments are splendid game for this sport, as children's fondness for erratic dashes across the road are frequent, and painful, and free." Possibly I am too old, too lacking in the joie de vivre to understand what special amusement or pleasure can be derived from startling inoffen- sive folk, and doing one's utmost to 11 run over any youngsters available. Possibly, also, I myself, or some of my respected companions may have been startled into a display of agility unbefitting either our age, dignity, or appearance. But, my erring friends, have you ever heard of such a thing as a bell 1 Do you imagine that they are simply fortbc ornamentation of your specially fetchin,g I machine '-aDd oh, are you aware that moreover, nothwithstanding, and nevertheless, the conduct of such a surprise scorcher is actionable. Mend your ways, or your bells, or peradventure even both! And just a word to the pedestrians. Please believe, my dear sir or madam, that cyclists have no evil motives in ringing their bells, their intent is neither to annoy or harass you, but simply to give you notice of their speedy arrival, that you may safely avoid their wheels, and not have forced upon you the knowledge of what occurs when an entirely irresistible force meets with an absolutely immoveable obstacle. Would it not be wise for Machynlleth to adver- tize itself before Spring arrives ? It is hardly my province to point out the many ways in which this may be done, but that some advertisement is a necessary policy which will brook no delay many citizens affirm. Why, may I usk, is Aberystwyth allowed to ran" the Llyfnant Valley ? For certainly it does so, and not unprofitably, be very sure. Why are tourists encouraged to approach this Valley- our Valley-from Glandovey. by which process they remain in ignorance of the very existence of Machynlleth! Surely the proper way to approach the Glaspwll Falls or the Llyfnant Vailey is through this town, and we should exert ourselves to obtain such a result. There is little need to sing the praises of these most beautiful spots, though one may point out, without any prejudice, that in few such romantic resorts can you obtain as good a tea, at such a very moderate rate, or more pleasant, courteous service. Again, already a large number of officers have been invalided home from South Africa, and of there doubtless a large number would gladly avail themselves of the mountain air, attractive and un- usually fine scenery which Machynlleth can honestly offer. But can we expect them to evolve all this from their own inner consciousness, or deduce even part of it from the appearance of the magic word Machynlleth in Bradshaw or the A.B.C.—derisively so called ? There will be con- tinual batches of such health-seekers arriving- (leaving the ordinary tourist out of the question)- and it cannot be too strongly urged that advertise- ment, accommodation, and increased facilities for visiting the various charming spots in the neigh- bourhood should receive speedy attention. The last meeting of the Cymdeithas Cymreig- yddion Cyfeilog was most interesting. J. J. Tyny- | braich, read a paper on Dr. Davies, Mallwyd," >hich was listened to with great appreciation of the peculiar attractiveness of such a personality qtnd the times in which he lived Furthermore, the good taste and literary value of the paper we heard largely commented on. The second subject was "Hugh Jones, Maesglasau," and "Tegwyn" handled it in a masterly style. Owing to the unavoidable absence of the Presi- dent (Mr. J, Rowlands), our Morfa" occupied the chair, and looked exceedingly well in it, too. A short discussion on the papers followed, and after the usual votes of thanks the meeting broke up. j MAGPIE.






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