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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1914. Topical Tattle. It. would appear as if at last the Teacher's strike is settled, though I believe the teachers of tlJH county meet to-day (Saturday), when no doubt, the full terms of the settlement will be explains to tliem. The schools re- opeu on Monday next, and all the old teachers may be expected to resume their duties on that date except in cases were permanent appointments have been made in their place. In such cases, I believe I am right in stating .that the new teachers will continue, but there are not more than 15 throughout the county, and it is likely that even in these cases the old teachers will resume their positions in course of time. ♦ Meanwhile the Ledbury schools re-open on Monday under an order from the County Medical Officer (Dr Gold), who considers thattheoutbreak of measles and such ailments has sufficiently abated to admit of the schools being re-opened. ♦ Those pressmen who attended the Police Court on Wednesday had a good gruelling, the Court sitting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of half-an-hour's break for lunch. The business which caused this lengthy sitting was the adjourned licensing sessions, and the hearing of the objections to the renewal of the Butcher's Arms, Wool- hope the Crown Inn, Colwall; and the Brook Inn, Bosbury. The licenses of the two former were renewed, but that of the latter was referred to the compensation authority. Forgive the pun, but it seemed a case of the Butchers Arms saving the Crown from falling into the Brook, which itself got dammed. ♦ We have had fire extinguishing demon- strations in Ledbury Cattle Market at various intervals during the past few years, but generally they have been poorly attended affairs, for the simple reason that nobody knew about them, as the firm in whose interests they were organised did not adver- tise. Last Tuesday there was another demonstration, and the value of advertising wa& seen in the crowd which attended, quite 200 to 300 people being assembled in the lower portion of the Cattle Market, due to the publicity given the affair by an advertisement in this journal. <- There were altogether three demon- strations, the first two of which were any- thing but satisfactory to some of theon-lookers, but the third was an eye-opener. I have always contended that the manner in which the firm in question conducts these demon- strations is neither satisfactory to the public or of a character to properly display the undoubted efficacy and utility of their appliance as a first aid in case of fire. They get a big blaze without a doubt, but the fire would burn itself out if left alone without the framework in which it takes place suffer- ing in the least, and this was plainly demonstrated on Tuesday. Then a proper fire was made with some body in it, and the capability of the appliance were properly demonstrated to the satisfaction of all con- cerned. It is to be hoped the firm in question will take due notice of Tuesday's happenings, which did some good to them from a selling point of view. -The old man has handed over to me a communication which he says I can work in this column. It is as follows :—" Dear Editor,—I was delighted with the quality of the Ledbury Reporter paper for my charcoal sketches at the Royal Hall last week. Even when unprinted it has a good bite to it. Many thanks. Yours sincerely, Barry Harnard." There's for you, indeed Perhaps I ought to explain that the expression bite has reference to the literary depart- ment of the journal, as well as the quality of the paper it is printed on. Another tribute to good stuff. « The Farmers' Union dinner on Thursday in last week was the most successful yet held under the auspices of the local branch, and the speeches-and there were many of them—were punctuated with that spice of humour which relieves the tedium of listen- ing to a somewhat lengthy speech. Un- doubtedly the addresses of Mr Row land Hunt, M.P., Mr P W Bicknell, and Mr W S Lane were of this character, and once again Mr A Roger Rowen showed what a good after-dinner speaker he is, especially on topics connected with the land. MrBicknell's remarks on agricultural politics deserve more than a passing reference, and he undoubtedly hit the nail on the head whack in this matter. ♦ » Mr Bicknell pointed out clearly that the Farmers' Union would have to move warily. It is all very well to say that party politics must not be considered in the Union, but by all appearances farmers will have to make up their minds before long as to which party is going to do most good. Naturally mere party questions like Home Rule and Welsh Disestablishment, which affect not the agriculturist, can be safely relegated to the background, but when it comes to Tariff Reform and Free Trade, land purchase systems and land questions, the farmer must see which is going to be best for him and vote accordingly. The fact that the two great political parties of the State have awakened to the fact that we still have an agricultural community in the country dates from the growth of the Farmers' Union, and farmers need to proceed warily before they commit themselves. The local lodge and the Executive Com- mittee of the National Conservative League is to be complimented on introducing such an innovation as that of last (Thurday) night, when a special musical programme was given to which ladies were invited and entertained. Since the demise of the Women's Unionist and Tariff Reform Association some four years ago, the ladies of the Unionist party have often complained that there were no functions for their benefit, and that they appreciated the invitation of the men folk was shown by the manner in which they attended. I hope this will not be the last. TATTLER. I

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