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llandgvalY gossip. I [By CIW BOWDDWR. "] I What Ho! As I am sitting down to pen these notes a friend who has just turned in tells me that two more candidates for seats on the Town Council are announced. They are Mr. D. Thomas, Danyrallt, and Mr. D. E. Jones, Saddler, Water Street. These increases he number of aspirants for the four seats to eight. Two of the eight are farmers. They are qualified under the new Act, and it looks very much as if the agricultural element in the near future will endeavour to have the controlling power on the Corporation. So the lesidents In the town itself will have to be on the watch morning, eve and night. The interests of the farmer and the urban resident are diametrically opposed. The farmer will unquestionably do his utmost to keep up-the price of his produce, whilst it is vital to the latter to see that so far as it lies in his power, that he is checkmated. It would be a nice thing indeed-for the farmer, if he could for instance, have the main say in the management of the\mart, and, my town friends, he intends to get it if you only humour him long enough by voting in his favour. But for goodness sake don t let do so. t The farmer, with his recently acquired wealth, gained when many of our townsmen were shedding their blood on alien fields, and suffering untold hardships to-day in little places like this, rules the roost. Trim his claws as much as you can. The fight, judging by the present indi- cations is likely to be a hot and bitter one, and the result it would be very hard indeed to foretell. The Towy Fishery Board—never popular amongst the great mass of the population- is feeling the draught and is whining rather piteously. At their last meeting a local squire suggested. that to meet the expense of providing more bailiffs they ought to in- crease the licence fees." Another squire, fair play to him, was fairer, he said, they did little enough for what they already received without increasing the amounts. The com- plaint in his district was that the Board were prosecuting people fishing without a licence, but the poachers who did the real damage by using nets, &c., did not get caught. Poor old anglers, thsy pay for licences, but in many cases are refused a spot in the river to fish. It is all very nice you know. The rod licence holders assist in finding the money to maintain the water bailiffs, but who gets the enjoyment under such conditions? To a very great extent the riparian owner and the poacher who travels in a motor car. The constitution of the Board should be so broadened and amended as to admit a goodly number of members, picked from all classes of licence holders. I don't see why even a tramp or a navvy, so long as he was an honest sport and paid for his licence, should not be admitted. Further, all rivers during the fishing season ought to be free to the afore- said licence holders. Give every one an interest in the sport and the necessity for keeping keepers, except to economise the licences, will disappear. The Prime Minister, I think, once admitted a sneaking regard for the poacher under certain circumstances. When he has a little more time, on his hands let us hope he will take this- matter up. Many of the old fossils who sit on these Boards have long since outstayed their wel- come and have completely lost touch with the times we live in. They are of the type who believe that the earth and all it contains was made specially for them. The sooner they get disillusioned the better. Years ago, a genuine sport now dead, told me a story illustrative of the class of whom I speak. One day he accompanied another angler on a fishing expedition. Every salmon peel he caught he threw back into the river. Not so his companion. He had them in i re-cesses of his clothing and murmured that they would be nice for breakfast. And yet- it is hard to believe-the latter was the bitterest enemy of the poacher. It amounts to this. He advocated one law for himself and another for you, my friend. 'I I have no doubt it would give him un- bounded pleasure to chime in with a village choir in the rendering of the refrain:— God bless the squire and his relations, And keep us in our proper stations." He would be the sort of man who would cry for the return of the feudal days, provided always that he was not the vassal. He would be the sort of man who would supply a fruit soil for the spread: of detestable Bolshevism. There is another detestable specimen of humanity. You will find him all over the country. He hasn t an inch of sporting land himself and will kolv-tow to any landowner who permits him to shoot over his property. Next day he tries to impress you with a recital of the game he bagged yesterday at some Lord Tom Noddy's preserves. Christmas this year would be a time of old time hospitality all over the country had not OUT enemies, the profiteers, willed it other- wise. There must be amongst them a good many Morievs and Scrooges, who, with ad- vancing years, will feel the weight of the chains and fetters that bind them to this earth. The T- r'e?rs of to-day and their decen- dants vm be the real blue bloods of to- morrow. Accommodating geniuses in that line of business will furnish them with pedi- grees dating back to the days of the Conqùeror and his fellow robbers. Later on let us hope they will suffer the tortures caused by ridin-g on red hot plates ) between certain bad characters mentioned in Holy Writ. I have just been reading a circular letter, sent to the various local authorities in the country t, j link.ry of Health on the quests n Cl- the supply of milk for expectant and nursing mothers and for infants. The j recent Order raising the maximum prices ,r i milk may probably result in an increase in | the number of these mothers and young j children who will be precluded, through lack of means, from obtaining a supply of milk adequate to their needs. This fact, however, should not worry people so placed, for the local authorities are now empowered to supply milk for expectant and nursing mothers and children under five years of age at cost price, less than cost price, or free, according to the circumstances of the case. The medical officer of health or the medical officer of a maternity and child welfare centre is the person to prescribe the quantity of milk in each case, and the distribution is arranged by the local Food Control Com- mittee.

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