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WELSH COlJXTY COUNCILS.

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[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] London, Wednesday Afternoon. WELSH COlJXTY COUNCILS. The scheme for amalgamating the Welsh County Councils for certain national pur- poses promises to be successful. There is nothing in the Local Government Act to hinder the formation of such a Council; indeed, some provision is made for it. Un- fortunately, such a Council, as far as its present legal powers go, would not be worth the trouble of convening. The object of the organisers of the present movement is to extend these powers, and to give the Council when formed a certain amount of financial responsibility, for it is clear that nothing can be done unless the Council can pay the salaries of its officials. It is probable that the Government will be willing enough to hand over some administrative work to this Central Body, very much in the same manner as the organisation of Intermediate Educa- tion is left in the hands of the Central Board. In fact, the analogy is complete, for z-- y there is in each county a County Governing Body as well as a County Council. One of the easiest matters for joint consideration, and a matter which is calling for urgent attention, is rural sanitation, a subject which has been so ably treated in your columns. As matters rest at present, the Rural San- itary Authority is the only body which attempts to carry out a sanitary programme. I believe that with the exception of the counties of Glamorgan and Carnarvon no Welsh county has appointed a Medical Officer of Health. There are innumerable directions in which such a Council could take the initiative; e.g., the promotion of Light Railways through two or three counties, the development of a thorough scheme of Tech- nical Education, the development of fish- eries, and many other urgent questions. On the other hand, it might be necessary for this Council to oppose certain projects it would be strong enough to bring even the big railway companies to terms on certain points, and it could restrain if necessary the drawing off of Welsh water for the benefit of the large English towns. It is devoutly to be hoped that the movement is properly organised. One is apt to doubt this when one hears of hastily convened meetings and small attendances. h. Greaves and Mr. Lloyd George, however, deserve the thanks of all Welshmen for bringing the question into such prominence. THE DISSOLUTION. There is a great deal of talk in the air of an early dissolution. It is said that Mr. Chamberlain is pressing for General Election before the turn of the tide, whilst Lord Salisbury is unwilling to take advantage of the momentary aberration of the country. Probably there is some truth in all this, as it is perfectly certain that it is in Mr. Chamberlain's interest to take advantage of the jingo fever when at its height. On the other hand Lord Salisbury is not likely to resign as long as foreign affairs especially in Morocco and the Far East are in such a precarious position. There are few Tories who would care to see Joseph Chamberlain as Prime Minister directing the fortune of Great Britain in her relation with Foreign Powers. Should there be a Central Election this summer, that most undesirable result would be brought about, for if there's one thing certain it is that Joseph will not be jockeyed out of the Premiership in a new Conservative Government One shudders at the thought of Joseph having diplomatic relations with the Emperor of Germany or- the Czar of Russia. THE WAR. r The fate of the Boers as far as regular warfare is concerned is decided. It has become more and more evident during the- last few days that the Boer Army is helpless when facing the immense armies of England. At the same time the Boers are pursuing their only policy, and that policy is retreat. Nothing would answer the purposes of Lord Roberts better than a gallant and hopeless stand on the part of the Boers. As long as the Boer Army remains intact, it will be a standing menace to Eng- land, and to the English Colonies in South Africa. Probably the Government will recognize this, and hasten to make good terms as soon as Lord Roberts reaches Pretoria. It can not be to the interests of England to have such an immense body of soldiers shut up for an indefinite period in South Africa. For the same reason, in order to get over the so-called obstinacy of the Boer, the English Government will have to give the best of terms, and it is not unlikely that the first step will be to grant a general indemnity to all who have taken up arms. THE WHITS UN HOLIDAYS. Londoners are preparing to take advantage of the Whitsun Holidays, and thousands of people are making their arrangements for a visit to the Paris Exhibitions. In many directions the prolonged strain of the war is telling upon trade and it is feared that a great collapse will ensue. The legal pro- fession I hear is far from busy, and this is generally regarded as one of the signs of a bad season, the argument being that law is a. speculation and that people with shallow pockets cannot afford to speculate. A successful preaching meeting was held at Sherland-road Chapel on Sunday, when sermons were preached by the Revs. Evan Phillips of Newcastle Emlyn and Thomas Charles Williams of Menai Bridge. This chapel has entered upon a new era of pro- gress under the care of the Rev. John Davies, who is, I believe, a native of Bala. The Church has not only increased its membership, but seveval new branches have been started in connection with it, all of which are in fair way to flourish.

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