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NEWTOWN MARKET AND FAIRS. At last we have got a message from that long lip-locked committee which were charged to devise ways and means of better regulating and developing Newtown's mar- kets and fairs. They submit for approval a draft conveyance of the market rights from the Earl of Powis to the local authority. Have not many moons waxed and waned since the Council agreed to accept his Lord- ship's terms and pay him B50 for these rights ? Failure to carry out that agreement may have been due to the refusal by the Local Government Board to approve bye- laws which did not include the provision of a market place or a smithfield, or both, If that was the case, what a fatuous policy it is to attempt to get behind the Board, as would appear from the discussion at Thurs- day's meeting of the Council. Mr John Humphreys very properly protests against a venture, the issue of which is admittedly doubtful. It is not a business-like proceed- ing to launch a policy with but a specula- tive opinion as to the attitude of the Local Government Board, and we would direct the attention of the Ratepayers' Associa- tion to that fact. What seems to bulk most in the minds of some councillors is the desire to tax the itinerant hucksters and regulate their stances for the public convenience. We, of course, appreciate that desire. The princi- ple of free trade does not concern the ques- tion of demanding a contribution towards the cost of scavenging work created by these vendors of miscellaneous goods, and order, safety, and convenience require a systematic arrangement of the stalls. But these are trifling questions comparatively. The markets and fairs, upon which New- town so much depends, are declining. We take no credit for predicting this decline years ago, when we unsuccessfully en- deavoured to bring about the establishment of a smithfield. Whether, indeed, it is not now too late to reclaim the fairs, even by means of a smithfield, we must leave the ratepayers themselves to determine. Messrs Morris, Marshall, and Poole have offered their valuable assistance, but so far as is publicly known, that offer has evoked no purposeful response from the Council. Few important questions vitally affecting the interests of Newtown have been so badly handled as that of its markets and fairs. And the end is not yet.