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I INCREASED HARBOUR DUES. In common with other port authorities, the Llanelly Harbour Trust are taking steps to increase the scale of harbour dues. This is a move in the right direc- tion, and if the necessary sanction is ob- tained, will do much to relieve the financial burden that is now weighing so heavily upon the ratepayers. Having re- gard to the increased wages paid to the men and the corresponding rise in the cost of materials, plant, etc., the Trus4 are fully justified in asking shippers for substantially increased rates. It is notorious that while harbour undertak- ings all along our coasts have been badly hit by the shortage of tonnage, the ship- owners have enjoyed a period of unusual prosperity. Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and other ports, are moving in the same direction with Llanelly, and there is every reason to believe that the Board of Trade will agree to increase the present rates. ABOLISHING STREET QUEUES. Lord Rhondda is hopeful that street queues will soon bo done away with. So may it be. These humiliating scenes with which we have become only too familiar in Llaneliy, have aroused a bitter feeling of resentment among the working classes, and not without reason. As was pointed out in this column last week, it is signi- ficant that the crowds waiting around. provision shops belong to one class of the community. If queues are unavoidable, we should all be in them, taking our turn. But Lord Rhondda says they are avoid- able, and the only question is how to bring about their disappearance. There can be no doubt that our present difficul- ties in regard to food are caused not so much by a shortage of supply, as by in- equalities of distribution. That being so, there is no reason why the Food Control committees should not be invested with new powers to bring about a fairer system or distribution in each district. in certain comm unities the stocks are there in bulk, and the money is there—in the pockets of would-be purchasers—to pas lor them. What is lacking is the ordinary channel from the one to the other, the result of the calling-up of shop assistants, the absence of storage accom- modation in small shops, and the general curtailment or all facilities for transport. Half the trouble would be at an end in these cases if the existing stocks could be placed in the hands of a larger number of dealers, and if there were machinery for bringing them from these dealers to the homes of the people. Why not give the local committees extended powers to solve this particular problem of distribu- tion in each locality ? They are already authorized to "buy, sell, and distribute" milk. Why not extend this authority at need to other articles of consumption ? A SCATHING INDJCTiVi ENT. Mr. John Burroughs, the famous naturalist, has given his fellow-country- men in America, his estimate of the modern German character. A more scathing indictment of a nation has never Lccn written. With no little truth 1? points, out that they have fought this war, not like chivalrous men, but like sneaks and cut-throats. They have re- spected nothing human or and so far as they could make it so, it has been an orgy of lust and destructiveness. When their armies are forced to retreat, so far as they can do it, they destroy the very •earth behind them. Thoy have done their utmost to make the reconquered territory of Northern France uninhabitable for generations. If they could poison all the water, all the air, and all the food of fcksir enemy, is there any doubt they would quickly do so ? If they could hare scuttled or torpedosd the British Tsles, and sunk.them like ships, would they not have done it long ago ? Of course they would have wanted to plunder the treasures and violate the women bef-are doing so; and then the Kaiser, piously lifting his eyes before his people, would hare again thanked God for His "faith- ful cooperation," and again would have Isew ke woaitl coatmse "be carry em war with "h*Mailitf and ehivalry."