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CARDIGAN DISTRICT LETTER. A Distinguished Native. Sir Lawrence Hugh Jenkins, chief Justice of the High Court of Bombay, and Lady Jenkins, arrived at Cardigan on Saturday evening. Thev were met at the Railway Station by the Rev R. B. Jcnkins. rector of Llangoedmore (brother). Colonel 1 icton Evans of Tieforgan (brother-in-law) and Miss Picton Evans, while a great number of people as- sembled both there and enroute, to cheer the party on their drive through the town to Treforgan, where Sir Lawrence and Lady Jenkins will stay puring their visit. Cardigan always delights to honour her successful sons, and Sir Lawrence stands high indeed in her roll of ame. Cannon were fired, flags waved, and the Churchbell pealed £ in honour of his home coming. Sir Lawrence is the youngest son of the late Mr R. D. Jenkins, thirteen times mayor of Cardigan his mother was ) a grand daughter of Mr Hugh Davies of Machyn- lleth, banker. In April, 1896, Sir Lawrence waa appointed Puisne Judge of the High Court of Calcutta. Last year he was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Bombay, and Her Majesty graciously included him in her list of Birthday honours, bestowing upon him a knight- hood. The Law Times recently referred to Sir Lawrence's judical character in terms of the high- est praise, added that his sound legal knowledge and decisions are making him thorough popular amongst all classes alike European and native., Sir Lawrence returns to his native place great in honours and rank, but, without loss of dignity, but responds to the greetings of those wlig knew him in the old days with unchanged kindliness and warmth- SOMETHIXG LIKE A PROGRAMME. The town Improvements Committee under the active superintendence of the Mayor, Mr. Morgan Richardson are pursuing their plans for the coming season with commendable zeal. The adjourned meeting held on Tuesday evening at the Guild Hall was largely attended by members of the Cor- poration as well as the general public, and the result of the sitting was of the most commendable character. After much discussion as to the fixtures for the coming season, in which the chief difficulty was to reconcile the dates of the projected meetings with various other fixtures already announced, the committee selected the following dates, viz: August 8th, Cycling Sports; 15th, Eisteddfod at Cil- gerran; 16th, Agriculture Show, and 22nd, Regatta. It was also announced through Councillor D. Ivor Evans that the Cwmmawr Brass Band were prepared to accept an engagement for August, the terms being a subsidy of £15 with the right to make public collections and take engagements. The Committee at once decided to accept the offer. The band has a first-class reputation and consists of about 20 performers, with instruments recently purchased at a cost of over £ 200. The engagement should prove highly advantageous to Cardigan, and will certainly be welcomed by the townspeople generally with satisfaction. A CRYING EVIL. Alderman O. Beynon Evans reported to the meeting the result of the sub-committee's visit of inspection through the fields to Nantyferwig, one of the most enjoyable walks in the neighbourhood, and on the recommendation of the sub-committee a grant of P,5 was made towards the estimated cost of the stiles Ac. required there, the balance to be obtained by subscription. The Committee passed very severe strictures upon the persons who wrongfully remove clay and gravel from the foreshore, an evil which in several places has caused serious landslips and the destruction of the public footpath, in one place the encroachment (according to the statement of Councillor Benjamin James) ran to something like 25 feet the interference with a public right of way in this manner fully justify strong representations by the committee to the Board of Trade, who are the custodians of the foreshore. The evil appears from year to year to become more and more aggravated. TITY SALMON FISHERY. The Royal Commission on Salmon Fisheries are seeking information from the various Boards of Conservators, preparatory to holding their enquiries (1) As to the causes affecting the yield of Salmon Fisheries generally (2) as to the influence of the present modes of fishing (3) as to the extent to which fish have access to the upper waters (4) as to the protection of spawning fish and fry and (5) as to the changes which are necessary in the Fishery Laws. The Tivy Board of Conservators have considered their replies 1 and 2 the yield is affected by over fishing generally obstructions in the river, natural and artificial; and unadequate projection, due to want of funds. 3, Every possi- ble access is given by the Board for the fish to reach the upper waters, the chief- obstruction being Cenarth falls and Grcgoyanweir. 4 The Board paotects the River to the full extent of their limited staff, and income 5. But con- sider that the Fisheries of the United King- dom should be under Government control. It will be admitted by those who follow the dis- cussions which take place from time to time at the meetings of the Board of Conservators that the conservation of the river, with due regard to the various interests, is an extremely difficult task. The estuary fishermen, the coracle fishermen, and the rod and line tishermen, eacn claim tueir rignts; and the poacher is always active. The Tivy, in common with other fisheries has suffered depletion. There was a time when a single haul would yield 160 fish, representing a money value of £100, but now it is a rare occurrence to get half a dozen fish at a haul, while there are many days in the season which are spent in vain. Various reasons are given to explain this state of exhaustion, and in addition to the official explanation which is given above there are doubtless other contributory causes. A careful inspection of the banks of the river, in season, from a boat, would often reveal an astonish- ing number of illegal instruments in use, in the form of fixed nets. The existence of these nets is common knowledge to those accustomed to boat on the river, and many a net so placed has been ruth- lessly forfeited out of mere wanton sport. The question of curtailing the close season for all modes of salmon fishing, except with rod and line, is one that has been frequently discussed, and the Board at iheir meeting in December framed a new bye. law under which the close season would commence on the 1st September, and terminate on the 28th February. This restriction would have hit the coracle fishermen very hard, as it would have deprived them of what they say is the most valuable month, February, and as a result of the agitation which ensued, the Board of Trade ordered an enquiry, which was conducted before the Chief Inspector of ""Fisheries, Mr W. E. Archor, in the month of March last. As a result Qr the representations then made by the coracle fishermen's advocate. Mr G.B.Thomas, the board of trade have now refused to confirm the bye-law. When the news arrived at Cilgerran iast week there was great jubilation, and the fisher- men's representatives, Messrs G. B. Thomas and W T. Mason, were the heroes of the hour. To celebrate 'the victory a bonfire was lighted on the tower of Cilgerran Castle, z;1 DEATH OF SERGEANT J. J. DAVIES. Sergeant James J. Davies. of the 1st Welsh Regiment, whose death from enteric fever is reported to have taken place at Bloemfontein, on Mav llt-h, was a native of Llanfvrnach, Cardigan, and was employed as a clerk before he enlisted in May, 1896, being then 22 years of age. His father, Mr. James Davies, lives at Gosen, Crymmych R.S.O. He was a single man. TELEPATH.



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