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NOTES AKO COMMENTS. It is important, as well as highly annis- incx sometimes, to hear other people's opinions of us. A rather distinguished melD, in giving us first impression of Fish- guard the othel day., said that the first thing he" noted in connection with the dis- trict was the contrast between what he called the old and new portion of the in- habitants, and that this contrast instead of applying to two orders of thinking or of living or to two nationalities, was observed throughout the whole of the community. His point was made obvious in a minute when he ^ave particular instances but without mentioning names it would be difficult to explain it here. Let those who wish to puzzle the matter out do so for themselves. 11,11.:1- Another prominent gentleman, who is a resident of the district and a well known public man, while talking a few evenings ago on some matters concerning the wel- n fare of the country at large, and, on ob- serving that a good many men did not realise"their duties of citizenship seriously enough, said that his own experience had -1.9"J"ItL"'l. long mo taught him now tar tne for "ood or bad of a man m any public office extended. He thought that m gen- era1 every administrative body had a great deal to do with forming even the manners of the people over whoso lives they exer- cised so much indirect control. There is no occasion to repeat the profuse compli- ments he paid to this paper when he re- marked that the Press wielded much power in this direction also. Certain unavoidable incidents occurred at times, he said, that whouki be suppressed, and he maintained that much ot the unseemly language and conduct of the public was often due to following the fashion of those in high places. The moral is plain. In -11:11:1\- Our ordinarily expressed desires have been reached this Christmastide, and the weather has afforded a kind of rough baro- meter of the truthfulnes of those desires. The conventional wish of the season is the hope of having a real old-fashioned Christmas," that the weather should be such, that is to say, as it has pleased our most popular painters and novelists to re- present as most appropriate to the festival. But unfortunately there are many practical people whose hopes do not. run parallel with the description of Dickens, for in- stance, who in this matter, must be taken the most typical of the upholders of the h. — il* il— 5 one surly disliker of the lighter side e who has spent a large proportion of 0 own Christmases on the briny remarked phet converse when he was surveying kludge and mud covering the roads not ndred miles from Fishguard on Satur- last, the first evidence of wisdom he )bserved on the part of the suffragists, "frage tes, is their preference to spend- Christmas in Holloway 'gaol. If the of the lady propagandists who have 1 to capture a lord or somebody of kind, to fly to Scotland with to get ed, had condescended to visit these and take a walk along some of our this Christmas, it would not be sur- ig to hear them breathing their re- at havjng to forsake the comfort of 101 for such a purpose. —1!: ii: il ere are many hard things to endure tnis season, besides the cold and the .ish under foot, but the hardest thing of all is probably to listen to the tones and notice the moral superiority- of the man who has decided ta -make, good resolutions Our wise friend the pedlar did an original thfng when instead of spending some gluttonous days in pampered serenity at home, he took his ol' 'oman," as he calls his better half, with him for his first sea trip across to Ireland. Asked what sort of dinner he enjoyed over there on Christmas Dav, he described it as the most excellent he had ever eaten. According to his state- ment it was so rich and so full of varieties that it was enough to make the mouth of a hermit water. When told that in that case he must have polished off the viands with great relish, his reply was, No mister. That b'aint the kind o' sauce I used, I ate it with himagination." -11:11:11-- After asking for a further explanation, he said, You see the 'ol 'oman an' I had ony taken bread and cheese with us, an' when dinner-tine cam' roun' we sat down on the beech at Bally jerry, an' took out oor feed from the red handkerchief Mrs. P. carried along with her and began to regale orselves in style, as the gentry say. r, In Then we began to imagine what all t'other folks were eating at the time, an' with 0 every bite we'd say, naow we are having goose or turkey, or pheasant, or duck, or woodcock, or partridge, till we had gone through the whole menu down to plum pudding an' gin 'ot, that last bein' t'ol gels fancy don't you see? After goin' through the whole list we worked it back again, sidewise an' all ways till we had finished every scrap of oor bread and cheese an' drank every drap o' the ginger beer as we brought with us for the pur- pose. I tell you, mister, it was the finest dinner I ever enjoyed. You try it nex Kismas, but remember not to forget the himagination sauce. It requires that, oh, ay. THE CELT.