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A SUBJECT FOR INQUIRY. At the County Council, on Monday, Mr C. J. Newell made a somewhat startling statement, which reflects upon the heads of the police. According to his presentation the decision of the Standing Joint Committee to advertise for tenders for police clothing was not complied with. It seems incredible that the contract should first be given to a London tailor and then tenders asked of local tradesmen. Yet that is Mr Newell's charge, and he describes it as a disgrace- ful piece of conduct." The Chairman of the Police Committee says he was satisfied that the resolution regarding contracts had been observed, but if Mr Newell's statement is accurate, such has not been the case. Cer- tainly the matter cannot rest where it is, and those members of the Committee who are directly responsible to the ratepayers must feel it to be their duty to cause inquiry. This is not a question of buying in the cheapest market." The point is, did the police officials faithfully fulfil instruc- tions, and if not, why not ? THE CRUSADE AGAINST CONSUMP- TION. With a whole-hearted devotion, that can be adequately realised only by those who witness the stupendous amount of hard work it represents, our County Member is prosecuting the King Edward Memorial project towards the grand success which it has courted from the start. Apart from the innumerable meetings which he has ad- dressed in all parts of the Principality by way of awakening public enthusiasm and syn'pathy 'for this great national crusade against consumption, the necessary organisa- tion has involved untold personal sacrifice, such as is possible only in one whose heart overflows with a passionate interest in the well-being of his fellows. The fact that during the last ten years no fewer than 40,000 lives have been lost in Wales by the scourge of consumption is surely sufficient to rouse all classes of Welshmen to an intense appreciation of the beneficent pur- poses of this movement. Every man and woman in the Principality ought to feel it a real pleasure to assist, as means afford, in the achievement of an object conceived of human happiness and national pros perity. An opportunity will be afforded all to subscribe, and we are confident that Montgomeryshire people' will respond to the appeal right heartily. A BIG SCHEME. For the erection of a county asylum and the amalgamation of Poor-law Unions, Alderman David Hamer has submitted a scheme which is at least worthy of serious consideration. As to its practicability, we cannot possibly offer an opinion. Expert knowledge must determine that. But the conception does its author credit. The con- ference which has been called to consider the project is probably the best means of adjudicating upon the idea. Mr Hamer advanced a series of propositions seemingly feasible, and the only criticism, which came from Mr Dugdale, at the Council meeting, did not attempt any practical analysis. Mr Dugdale was more concerned with the wish to prove the indifference of the Liberal majority towards the provision of small holdings by this proposal to appropriate land purchased for that purpose. The county is confronted with the obligation to provide an asylum of its own at the cheapest possible cost commensurate with efficiency, and if, as Mr Hamer contends, thousands of pounds can be saved on this undertaking by the adoption of his scheme, the rate- payers will not attach much respect to Mr Dugdale's technical objection, inspired, as it obviously is, by the desire to make party capital. A conference between the Council and the Poor-law authorities will judge of the scheme upon its merits. AN OBVIOUS MISAPPREHENSION. It cannot be too prominently pointed out that the movement in the County Council to review the recent appointment of County Clerk is inspired by no objection to Mr G. R. D. Harrison, who admittedly possesses all the essential qualifications for the posi- tion. Mr Edward Powell has had to re- peatedly mal" this clear, because of un. warranted inc uatif)ns to the contrary. Nor against Mr Harrison's selection by the Standing Joint Committee as Council Clerk and Clerk of the Peace, can any protest be JMude. These appointments are legally, though unwisely, vested in. the Police Com- mittee, who, however, claim the additional right of selecting the Clerk to the Local Taxation Authority and the Finance Clerk to the County Council, simply because these offices were held by the former County Clerk. These were offices created by the Council, who had it in their power to appoint any one or two gentlemen of their own choice, as other Councils have done. To such offices the Council attached specific salaries, and nothing can be clearer than that those salaries were paid for work absolutely distinct from the duties performed by the dark of the Peace. We are inclined to agree with Mr Powell that the Home Secre- tary has misunderstood the circumstances, and, holding that opinion, the Council have done well to again memorialise him on the subject. In itself the Standing Joint Com- mittee, as a non-elective body, is not con- sistent with self-government, but to tolerate its usurpation of the authority of the County Council is unthinkable. SHADES OF WELSHPOOL Tell it not in Welshpool The Llandrin- dod local authority has actually declined the offer of the Montgomeryshire Imperial Yeomanry to favour the Radnorshire spa with their camp next summer. Why should this favour go a-begging, while Welshpool holds out its open arms and pleads tear- fully for the restoration of its miltary pres- tige, which would be the crowning con- sumation of its ambition ? Llandrindod, like other places, is not so enamoured as Welshpool of the local material benefits that accrue from housing the military, but then, oh, what unpatriotism One can almost hear a hysterical shriek from Powys- land over this degeneracy of our race. 126. At the third time of asking, when the political pendulum might have been ex- pected to swing round, the Liberal Gov- ernment has gone back to power with a slightly increased majority. The various parties are thus seen at a glance:— Britain. Ireland. Liberal 271 1 Labour 42 0 Nationalist 1 83 Conservative 253 19 567 103 People's Majority 61 65 The Government majority stands at 126. Leaving out Ireland altogether, it amounts to 61, and, without the Labour party, 18. Here. we have a majority greater than that of the composite party over whom Lord Salisbury reigned for six years. Yet it counts for nothing, says Mr Balfour, in his defeat and disaster. A straight fight-ad- mitted by Colonel Pryce-Jones-has re- sulted in an overwhelming verdict against the Peers, who demanded it. Having passed the Budget to the order of an elec- toral mandate, they said to Mr Asquith, "You have no authority for dealing with the Veto." Very good," replied the Prime Minister, >" since you repudiate my right to proceed, I shall accept your challenge, and take specific instructions from the people." The people have pronounced, and not all the autocratic insolence of the Tory leader will turn aside the affect of that pro nouncement. Those very men who talk of the danger of revolution and anarchy would fain foment it. But there will be no revolution. A free, demo- cratic nation has declared for the legislative supremacy of its representative House, and neither King nor Peer can dare to thwart the. inevitable. INTERESTING TO FARMERS. We would summon the attention of our agricultural readers to a new method which is being practiced by English farmers by way of bringing their fat cattle to that con- dition of perfection demanded by very ex- acting requirements of London buyers at the Christmas season. It is a system of massage, done several times a day. The animals are brushed and rubbed with the energy which a groom employs on a show horse, and the results are said to be as- tonishing. The coats of the cattle become satiny, and suggestive of the highest state of health. Muscles so swell under the pro- cess of rubbing that the hollows are filled up, and the animals are made firm to touch —a mode of judgment on which dealers and butchers much rely. We read that the in- crease in price following such treatment has more than justfied the trouble expended. Passive exercise," as one of the originators of the method says, is substituted for ac- tive, with equal advantage to the increase in weight and improvement in the health of the stock. Here is, at least, a "practical" idea, which the farmers in Montgomeryshire might feel disposed to adopt without any qualms of having been converted to the scientific."

Newtown Annual Eisteddfod.

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IThe Great Gale and Floods.


An Interesting Fact.