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WE have to record to-day the loss of no less than six lives by ice accidents, and they come as a reminder to us of the dangers attendant upon the exhilarating exercise of skating or sliding. The warn- ing will operate for a time, but it will presently be forgotten, as many such have been before, and the same thoughtlessness will again cause the loss of other lives. How is it that it does not seem necessary to calculate more carefully the strength of ice formed upon the surface of a lake or pond,ithe water of which is known to be deep enough to drown, before it is ventured upon by skaters ? They do not hold their lives so cheap as not to care whether the ice is thick enough to support their weight or must break beneath them. They do not wish to die so soon, and to plunge their families into so much distress. But they love disporting themselves upon the ice; and as soon as it is seen upon the ponda, young people fond of the exercise, begin to grow eager for the signal to go out and have their first turn upon the ice. If it is found by experiment that at the shallow edges of a piece of water the ice does not crack or bend under the weight of a human body, the wish is parent to the conviction that the ice will bear all over the deeper parts too. It may do so whilst the number of skaters is few, but gradually they increase, and the later comers are encouraged by the apparent immunity of those who first ventured on the ice. Then the crash comes, and it is rendered all the more dangerous because ot the num- bers involved in the accident. Such fatalities as thoso we record to-day set the public asking-Cannot the authorities do something to prevent these sad calamities of the skating season 1 The change in the weather in this neighbourhood has for the present destroyed the hopes of skaters but should severe weather yet ensue, and the big pond on the Penarth- road, Cardiff, be utilised this season, skating without any possible danger may be enjoyed by Cardiffians.

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