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II TIPYN 0 BOB PETH." I E'VR]D BO NOT KECESSARUT IBENTIFT OCR6ELVES WITti TEPI OPINIONS OP OUR CORRESPONDENT]. At a recent meeting, members of the Llan- gollen Urban District Council decided to leave it to the Surveyor and the Chairman to iipcJao fhich streets in the urban area are to he tar- painted this year. This determination caused, a certain amount of discontent, the suggestn-n. being thrown out, in certain quarters. that there might be partiality, of treatment instead of all being treated alike. Tfie clivis.io" of course, was come to because of the high price of tar making it impossible to do all the streets scheduled in the original plan, Eilicl thus to keep within the estimate. On ,->atur- day last I took a walk along Castle-street aiui the adjacent thoroughfares that have been selected for preferential treatment., ami. TTOM what I observed and heard, dw3iicvs in the properties abutting on these thoroughfares have good reason for wishing thay had betn overlooked. Several well-known trwle^iifcii, P if not "sticking in the mud," w -zye b i .'1.) ly eticking in the tar outside their places of t-wi- ness. After the painting, which had ,'cn done with a liberal brush, no ratisf&ctmy f covering had been laid on. The consequence was that it was being carried away on the soles of pedestrians, and the floors c-t bns.ness premises became liberally co/vered v'tu the sticky substance. It is not precisely eay to I; compute the amount of damage drae, sna it is quite fair to contend that our worthy citi- zens are not so black as they are pa.titer but most of them appeared disposed to say ta i i- ta to treatment of this kind, lo Le tarred F with a lavish hand and feathered,; ill the form of rates to pay for the operation, ç; a I treatment difficult to appreciate. Walking through the Smiih?ldrhe other | I' dav, I observed a notice posted up 1-y the | I authority of the Urban Councii \> ™-< ? words: "Notice. Persons are vaiued tt.at it ? is an offence to take milk and st.r?w OJO.the I | Smithfield." This scarcely appear ?"P'???e F in itself. Is it an offence to take TIUIA and straw into the'enclosureIt -nay, of co,?e be quite legal for .8; trader to r.ako i-i-s -no straw on his premises and ?mtc Jllegl for anyone to take it off  the prem?sw??ut paying for it or arranging to do so-but who buys milk and straw and take it into the Smithfield; and, if it be an offence to rake. it away under any circumstances, surely there will soon be a corner in these articles in the centre of the town. The unsettled weather is' causes a good deal of anxiety to local farmers vho have net I yet been fortunate enough to sec-i? their hay! harvest—and how many have d?ne f'O up t? the present? There has been a good deal of talk, in certain quarters, as to the e-;pe<?ney of taking advantage of fine SUtlap to ]l1!ke I good, but the spirit of the majority <'ppeais opposed to such a suggestion. I a thoroughly conscientious larmer trie oflier day, who assured me that on a tine: .^Jittncaj recently everything had been cut and in readi- ness for collection; but he trembled to think what might happen if the windows of hetrren were to be opened before he had an oppor- tunity of doing the needful. A friend ug- gested to him the possibilities of the Biblical excuse respecting the ox that fell into the pit and was rescued on the Sabbath day, and the high assurance that it is not wrong to do good 1 on. the first day of the weeli. You ti)'nk it quite right to get the ox out of the pit on the Sabbath" he was asked; and his reply waF, But it would not be if I had pushed it in on Saturday," and it is one that deserves pan- dering over. The argument is advanced and thrown at the Sabbatarian with a good deal of insist- ellcenow-a-days, that our gallant lads at the front have to work on Sundays, ai d the Kaiser usually selects 'the day for some special manifestation of his devilish ingenuity. Of course they are, but are they not just as much as clergy and ministers of all denomin- ations, who usually find Sunday their busiest day, fighting against the Devil 'incarnate and all his works? There is really nothing com- plete in the parallel; although there may be something in the suggestion that the farmer, who claims and obtains exemption from active service at the front, on the ground that his work is just as necessary to the successful prosecution of the war as that of tb ? sodier in the trenches, should not draw be bne at Sunday labour when, by so doing, he is aiding on the cause of Christianity and civilisation just as much as if he were teaching in Sunday school, or occupying a prominent pla^e in the synagogue. In the eyes of lanv p-ople, the munition worker in the factory fashioning a shell occupies an analogous ositiori to the minister in his study, composing a sermon. Both are making preparations to fight against the "Devil and all his works," nd whether the outcome of their; efforts be let eff irf.m pulpit or big gun the end aimed at is the same. Therefore, if farm produce cf any kind is absolutely necessary to the organisa- tion of victory, there is something to e said in support of Sunday work for agriculturists; whilst, if it is not, then, of course, there is nothing to be urged in favour of the exemp- tions from active military duties so far as members of this particular industry are con- cerned. A correspondent writes to inform me that. during the past few days there has been at least one very distinguished visitor at Llan- gollen whose advent, he thinks, should be given widespread publicity. Quite so. Sources of information at my disposal place me quite au courant with these visitations; but there are "comings in and goings out" of the kind alluded to which lose nothing by being unabronicled, especially when the chronicling of them might be viewed with dis- favour in official quarters. I take it, how- ever, from what my correspondent writes, that, in the great man he aludes to, the at- tractions of Llangollen have had, and will i continue to have, a very sturdy champion. This, after all, is what concerns us mostly.v It appears that I have not exhausted the catalogue of great Hughes's. To those al- ready mentioned must be added the names of the Hon. George Edward Hughes, vice-presid- ent of the Maritime Board in the Canadian Parliament, Sir Walter C. Hughes, Secretary of Public Works, Bombay, the Right Bey. Joshua P. Hughes, Bishop of Llandaff, Sir, Thomas Hughes, head of the great timber firm at Liverpool, an ex-Lord Mayor of the Mersey City, the Rev. S. W. Hughes, who succeeded Dr. Clifford at Westbourne Park chapel, the ¡ late Rev.Hugh Price Hughes, so well known in [ juration yith .WesIeviM jrprk In r ■ London, Mr. Spencer Lee Hughes, M.P., the witty writer and speaker, and many others. A contemporary print is my authority for the statement that it has been necessary to de- scribe no less than thirty-five of them in the current "Who's Who," everyone of them a I celebrity and a credit to the great family. Verily, this generation must be the heyday of the wonderful Welsh tribe, who have no rivals in the world able to claim greater men to-day. Of course, there is Lloyd George; but Lloyd George is sui generis. "How are you suffering by the war an excited old lady of a noted local -vocalist in the train between LLangollen and Trevor ti,t-; úther evening; adding, what, is quite true, "you look well and appear prosperous enough." The vocalist had been "grousing" to draw the old lady out; and, having achieved ais purpose, explained: "Well, you see, its this way. 1 grow cabbages and since the beginning of the war, absolutely ev-ry poacher in the district has joined the colours. I.do not think there is a single one left. What is the result?; Why, the rabbits come down in droves fro;i the Gart-h mountains and they, have completely 1 wiped out my cabbage patch. That's how I am I suffering by the war." "Never mind, iny lad," exclaimed an elderly gentleman in v!e' corner, "Brussels will sprout again How sad a note the intelligence of the de-a:h of Lieut. Jos Nanson has sounded at Llau- i golleil His father, in his day, was one of the most popular residents ill the valley; and his ¡ son followed closely in his footsteps. That he answered his country's call, and that with- out waiting for a. single superfluous moment when he saw his course clear, was what all who knew him expected him to do. The last words he spoke to the writer were in allusion to young men sheltering behind the cloak of indispensability; and, needless to say, b.» spoke in terms of fine scorn of the breed. His idea was how to get into the Army and do his duty; not how to keep out of the Army and leave otliers to do it for him. He is another of the many thousands of "grains untimely sown" during the great advance, and, because we knew him so well locally, the sadness of it '?1 comes home with redoubled force. At the memorial service, which is being held in St. Collen's Church, whilst these words are being printed, those who loved him best are paying tribute to his memory. Another sad, but at the same time inspiring, message is conveyed by the anouncement of the death of Lieut. W. R. Robertson, late of Craigfar, Abbey Road, who also fell in the opening stages of the great advance. Lieut. Robertson was engaged on a rubber plantation in the far-away .Straits Settlements when he heard the call to arms; and he at once obeyed it. A fine career was opening out before him,, the future appeared rich with promise, he nad every-thing (as this world construes the phrase) worth living for within has grasp. The ball was at his feet. Then the summons came. Like young Nanson, he never for a single moment doubted what- his duty was; and, realising his duty ,he did it and paid the price. Tribunals and Advisory Committees have no meaning to men of his type and, through the infinite sadness of it &.I, comes the consolation of the knowledge that he died so nobly and so well. And still another name has to be added to the list of Llangollen lieutenants to make the roll complete to date; would that it might be written lastingly complete. News just reaches me of the death in action, also during the great advance, of Lieut. John Paxman Everitt, of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He "joined up" before he had celebrated his 18th birth- day, and was only 19 when he made the great surrender on July 1. Although, for some years now, Mr. Charles Everitt has left The Tower, Llangollen, to reside in the South of England, John Paxman was a Llangollen lad, born and bred, and I know I express the feelings of the people of the town when I write that they join with his sorrowing parents fn mourning the I premature close of a bright and promising career. | Of the fine services rendered by other Llan- gollen lieutenants,other lopportunties will occur to speak. Lieut. George Darlington is still at the front, where he has been almost since the outbreak of the war; Lieut. B. Richards, wounded in action, decorated by the King, and now wearing the gold band of valour, is drill- ing troops at Manchester; whilst news came last week that Lieut. Lewis, of Berwyn, has been wounded whilst in action with the Devons. Good luck to them all! I Hwfa GLYN. I s ————- -0.-


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