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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10. 1914. Topical Tattle. The Ledbury Urban Council sat for just one hour on* Monday night, and in that time tbey managed to get through a good deal of business, despite the fact that correspondence toc k up H large part of the time. There is no getting away fiom the fact that in the act lied disposal of business our local parlia- ment is very prompt and methodical, even if they do occasionally make mistakes, which happily occurs but seldom. The question of the taking over of the Bank Crescent Road seems to drag on, and really it does seem a pity that the Council and the Building Society cannot hit upon some method whereby the question can be settled once and for all and the road taken over by the Council. I cannot help but think that the Bniiding Society made a big mistake in not adopting the plan they followed in relation to Woodleigh-road, that is, to have made a good road at the outset when the estate was opened out, and have asked the Council to take over the road there and then. It would have saved them not a little money, and a good deal of valuable time. Most of us are aware that the Building Society has done a great work for Ledbury, but that is hardly a sufficient reason why the Council should take over a road that requires a good deal of money spending on it, unless it is first put in proper repair. It does appear on the facts that the Society have spent money at various times on the road, which bad it all been spent together would possibly have put the road in such a state of repair as would guarantee the Council taking it over. The directors now suggest a conference with the Council on the spot, and in the present state of affairs this seems about as sensible a suggestion as could well be made. Let us hope that it will result in a settlement of the question. The electric lighting project is now an accomplished fact, and in due course the troubles and difficulties of the company re- sponsible for the promotion will come to an end when the provisional order, which is now being sought, is an accomplished fact. The Urban Council have given their official bless- ing to the application for the provisional order, and anybody who would like to have electric light will be able to have it in future. There is nothing like competition, and the town and its inhabitants will reap the benefit of it in due course. The Ledbury Guardians have decided to introduce a little variety in the tea dietary for the inmates of the House, and one can readily realise that it will be warmly welcome by both old and young who will participate in it. The substitution of cake for bread and butter on two days a week for the old people, and the added variety to the dietary of the youngsters it can readily be imagined will be bailed with delight, and the Ladies' Com- mittee can at least point to this as an instance of their work. Let us hope they will continue to make as helpful suggestions in the future. The fancy dress ball promoted by the Women Liberals of Ledbury on Wednesday night was a great success in point of num- bers, though one could have wished that there had been more fancy dresses worn. There is no doubt the judges of the gentle- men can take to themsel ves the flattering thought that they gave satisfaction and the three prize-winners, as a group, were really as good as one could wish to see. Mr Jack Huish as the Dame was positively great, and and the appearance of Mr Victor Gabb as the girl of the two Babes in the Wood, gave him an opportunity to show once again bow successfully he can carry off female impersona- tion. The outfit and appearance of Mr E W Reed as the boy was none the less well done, and both individually and as a group the trio were unbeatable. # The judging of the ladies' costumes is always a thorny job, and I was struck with the almost remarkable absence of what one might term novelty in the ladies' dresses, while the bulk of the ladies who should have been made-up to a certain extent to be in keeping with the characters they represented seemed to have left this branch of their accoutrement severely alone. I noticed this defect also at the other fancy dress ball last Spring promoted by the Unionists. I hope this reminder will not be lost upon the young ladies, and that they will remember that make-up goes, or should do at least, a long way in the successful portrayal of certain characters. The recent fancy dress balls at Ledbury and Colwall have served in some degree to bring this journal very pointedly before the notice of those present at the functions. The Ledbury Reporter costume on Wednesday night, is, of course, not a new one, and has been seen out before, as it were, and without being accused of laying on the batter, I can at least say that the costume reflects credit on the lady who so admirably designed and thought out the various details, and the young lady whose proud privilege it has been to wear it has certainly carried it off to great ad vantage. But it is not at Ledbury alone that this journal has formed the title for a novelty dress. At the dance at the Hill Institute, Colwall, last week, one enterprising young man succeeded in inventing an original and successful character, borrowing from the columns of this paper the title of Topical Tattle." He certainly made Tattler's heading into a. cartoon itself. Dressed as a broken down farm labourer in the char- acteristic dress of'fifty years ago, with smock frock and drab cloth leggings, etc., the tattle" of the day was represented by patches sewn on his smock and written on accordingly. These included such subjects as "1914," "income tax," "small holdings," Council houses," "'hard times," "minimum wage," etc. In his button hole was tied an ordinary luggage label which contained the address "Back to the land and he wore an old felt bat trimmed with the peeling of a mangold wurzel, with pheasant feather plume. Carrying in his hand a bundle handkerchief well stuffed with what the label described as "rare and refreshing fruit," this young man was seen to be after- wards giving away tasty and juicy apples, though these had been originally hid under a cover of turnips from the field. This young man must really pend a photograph of himseJHn the costume to TATTLER, I





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