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OWIS 3TENORIAL CHURCH HOUSK. THK opening ceremony of the Powis Memoria' 40hureb House, Wel«hpcol, gracefully performed by the Con NT ESS of Powis on Thursday week, was a decided success. The late EARL, in whose memory the building was ertcted, was a poet, a fine scholar, &ad in other nays earned for himself renown other thaa wroald attach itsolf to his earldom. It was feefitfcing to honour his memory, but wecannot refrain (torn expressing the opinion that it was mistaken eoIiey to confino the memorial within the limits Of the Church. Ihe late Lorlt Powis was an active, afcaunch, and enthusiastic adherent and upholder of the. Church of England, bat his life and its infiutnoe Wore not inclusively confined to her work. It must aot b-) forgo:ten that outside the borders of that tfomnutmuy there weie many persons, who, enter- Ituning an admiration, eete.?m, and affection towards as litte EA UL, would have gladly contributed towards the funds, but were debarred from con. Mteatioos samples. With regard to the utility of a Chareh House, it is necobsary in order to carry on •fiataatlfCimrch work; and there is no doubt that ag REV GEIMALDI DAVIS will utilise the building fty developing freah fields of labour and widening the of the work of the Churoh at Welshpool. THE COUNTY RATB BASIS. ANOTHER conference between the representatives of the four Montgomeryshire Unions and the County Council was held on Friday week. There was evi- dently a feeling on the part of some of the members that the abatement suggested on farm buildings and land (15 per cent) was too high, in proportion to the abatements on other classes of property. It will be the duty of the representatives of the towns, when the matter is reported to the Council, to see that justice is done to their constituents. The large majority on the Council are better acquainted with the details of agricultural life than with—say—the interior of a woollen mill, and—without the slighest desire to be unfair-may come to a decision which will press unduly on the manufacturer, unless all sides of the question are fully investigated. Judg. ing from the report, this certainly has not yet been done, and the members for the towns will be expected to see that those whom they represent have their case fittingly presented. FOB THE PROGRESS OF RADICALISM. WE are exceedingly well pleased to note that the Machynlleth Liberals have decided to hold lectures once a month at their club. Such a movement cannot fail to produce successful re- sults at a future time. Nothing is so conducive to the welfare of a political club, or causes its members to grow strong and robust in their political faith, than the dissemination of know- ledge on social problems. The labouring com- munity need only to be educated in these matters in order to develop their innate, idemocratic in- stincts to that extent which will make them realise that it, is not to, the Tory that they must look for progressive legislation. The conferring of equal laws upon workmen must come from a forward party, and the only forward party is the Radical party, and to them must they look for the passing of measures in their favour. It is very satisfactory to know that the state of Radicalism in Machynlleth is improving, and with the advent of these lectures it may reasonably be anticipated that it will yet further advance. The political clubs in the other boroughs would do well to follow this forward movement by their Machynlleth brethren, and we feel sure that the Liberal party will reap an invaluable harvest in the future from the adoption of such a policy. PUBLIC SPIRIT WANTED. UNTIL quite recently the entrance to Newtown coming from the direction of the railway station has been a standing disgrace to the Local Board. On the the left hand there was a. patch of waste ground, overrun with weeds, strewn with dirty pieces of paper, and a general receptacle for the deposit of sundry articles, while immediately in front was and is the attractive picture of the banks of the Severn Underneath the King's Bridge can be seen a clothes line suspended from which are sundry articles of clothing, while along the river bank are deposits of cinders, ashes, refuse, and large heaps of stones. Just to give variety to the piature there is generally to be seen a gipsy encampment and a few disused costers' barrows. The former has been transformed from a dirty, unoared for piece of land into a nicely laid out plot, which is a credit to the town. A sub- stantial railing has been erected, paths laid out, and the enclosure planted with trees. Comparisons are odious, and side by side with Clifton-square, the river banks present a yet even more uncivilised and disgusting appearance. The improvement at Clifton- square is evidence that the public spirit of the Local Board is increasing. Of course it may be argued that all these improvements coat money, which is vy true, but it is impossible for Newtown to be made healthier and prettier without adding slightly to the rates. It will not be asserted that the inhabi- tants of Newtown are wishful of for ever living in a place where the drainage is bad and the surroundings unhealthy for the sake of a penny, twopenny, or threepenny rate. All works should be economically but efficiently carried out. The ratepayers of London are crying oat that their rates are going up, because of the improvements effected, but if they get hold,, as they are endeavouring to do, of the Gas, Water, and Tramways Companies, financial concerns which bring in a large profit. not only will the rates be con- siderably lessened, but futther improvements can be accomplished without placing an additional bnrden on the ratepayer. If the persons who find the money for the government of Newtown only follow suit and acquire properties as their own, which will bring in a revenue, not only will their rates be reduced but the Local Board will be able to launch out into new enterprises. At the present moment the sources of revenue of the Local Board, except from the pockets of the ratepayers, are nil. THEN take the question of the cemetery. A large amount of public money has been spent upon this most necessary undertaking, and yet on account of the religious difficulty Newtown annually loses a large amount of money. Not only so, but as J ng as the question of consecratijn is unsettled, politics A ill enter into our local board eleotions. Thel e are two valid reasons why our Board of Health should seek to amicably remove the stumbling block. If the Churchmen on the Board made a strong representa- tion to the Bishop of the Diocese in favour of dedi- cation, we have little donbt the Rector of Newtown would aid them; and his Lordship would find it difficult to resist such an united appeal. This year will probably see the last of the Newtown Local Board, as now constituted. It would be a matter of L sincere congratulation if the Chairman of the Board wouid head a deputation to the Bishop of St. Asaph, for the purpose suggested, and thus endeavour to allow the first electU of the Newtown District Council to be free from t distraction of politics. THE ELECTION OF THE MAYOR OF WELSHPOOL. ALTHOUGH the utmost peace and perfect serenity prevailed at Welshpool during the election of Coun- cillors, the selection of a Mayor laai; week was fraught with considerable excitement acd great interest. To almost the last minute it was hardly possible to say whether the retiring Mayor (Councillor ELLIS O. JONES) would be re-elected or whether Aiderman C. MYTTON would be appointed. The latter gentlemau has efficiently filled the position of Chief Magistrate of the Borough some years ago, and very creditably maintained the dignity of his office. Concerning Councillor E. 0. JONES, it is almost unnecessary to say that he has proved himself a model Mayor, not only in upholding his civic position, but in innumerable ways he has given undeniable evidence of his fitness and his sincere desire to bone- fit the town. When a Mayor is appointed we fear there is as a rule too much consideration of personil rather than capacity of administration. Who should be appointed? The man of service, with power of service still m him; the man with experience sufficient to pick up any department of COl- poration wo/k, unravel any tangled skein of Council business, piece up broken sections IOto one continuous chain of policy the m'to wh shall set an example of self-denying effort; the man who loves and believes in his town, and has given hos-tages on that behalf in the past; the man who shall preserve the impar- tiality of the chair, and diligently strive to maintain the dignity ot the position. Uniy such men should be chosen, only such men should be thought of and Councillor ELLIS JONJES is equal to this ideal, and will doubtless agaiu worthily fill the office of Mayor during the comiog year. At the same time the dis. tribution of munic.pal honours should be general; and unless some unusual occurrence or emergency arises the mayoralty shou'd not be a monopoly for any party for years in succession. As will be seen by our I report of the procee(iing;.i of the Council, Councillor PRYCE-JONKS deemed it his duty to protest against the manner in which the election of Mayor had been conducted, and publicly stated that there had been "coercion" used. It is intolerabla that any ou'side influence should be brought to hear upon the election of the officials of a representative body, aud taking for prauted the truth of Mr PRYCE-JONFS'S state- ment, it should be the doty of every member of the Welshpool Council to take snch stops as will effec- tually put. a stop to it. Our representative has iu. terviewed several Couucillor, but they decline to allow their statements to appear. The reason for this reticience can only be surmised, but thq "free and independent" electors of Welehpojl are entitled aud certainly should expect an explanation of the whtile affair. Alderman HARRISON professed his indignation at the remark, bur. it is significant that he did not attempt to deny the impeachment. The practice of eoercion cannot be too strongly condemned. It strikes at the welf are of a town, at the root of the representatives' and rate- payers' independence, and is only practised by men who know they will be defeated in fair and open fight- ing. We shall look forward with interest to the uext meeting of the Welshpool Town Council.

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