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A QUAINT PEMBROKESHIRE CUSTOM.

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COUNTY NOTES. Winter set in suddenly and for the first time for many years we had a white -u »• Ulilivou till — exampled severity. We usually avoid extremes on the West coast, save, perhaps- in the matter of rainfall, of which Pem- brokeshire usually gets a large share; but that we should have some inches of snow on the ground is a very unusual occurrence. So unusual indeed that as The Pilot points out one little fellow was actually frightened when he saw the air thick with falling flakes and the ground white. People have long been saying that we were to have a hard winter, and those who make a study of the weather confirm it; certainly we have made a good ending and a good beginning of the year as regards weather. We hope in no other respect will the winter be found a hard" one; but that readers, one and all, may have a happy and prosper- ous year. -11:11:11- The Haverfordwest corporation seemg now to have fixed the lines upon which the re-construction of the offices are to proceed. We are to have a new officer, who shall be surveyor and inspector of nuisances. The present surveyor, Mr. Gibbon, will practically confine himself to the duties of gas manager, but as he, and apparently he alone, possesses the clue to our very intricate drainage system, he will be paid a small salary as consulting engin- eer in addition to his other duties. The present inspector of nuisances will be con- tinued until March next, after which the new comer will be In full charge. If the right man is appointed we may hope to have at last an executive officer who will lift from the old town the reproach of being the dirtiest town in the county. We have had an object lesson within the last few days of how greatly an improve- ment is needed in the supervision of the condition of the streets of the town. :1. iI.11 ,1'11'11- The Pembroke Choral Society are to be congratulated upon the splendid perform- ance of Judas Maccabeus which they gave last Thursday. It is a great pity that 71 the weather was so inclement, as doubtless it prevented some hundreds of people from attending, but as a large number of seats had been booked, the society will probably make a profit on the evening's perform- ance. Had it been a fine night, doubtless the Wesley chapel would have been crowd- ed. Certainly no one could desire to hear a better rendering of the oratorio. The choir sang splendidly, and it. worth tne price of the ticket just to hear Mr. Lloyd Chandos. There is not the slightest doubt that if this fine singer ever come into Pem- brokeshire again, he will attract a huge audience. It is stated, that he is a Pem- brokeshire man, having been born at Bosh- eston, but we cannot vouch for the cor- rectness of this story. If it be true, Mr. Lloyd Chandos is a singer of whom we Pembrokeshire people may leasonably feel proud. No doubt he would be gratified by finding such a fine chorus in his presum- ably native county. It will be the turn of Haverfordwest next to show us what they can do in producing one of the great ora- torios. —II -I! -I!— One effect of the recent hard weather has been to bring huge flocks of birds that are rarely seen at any other period on our Pembrokeshire coast to hunt for food almost at our very door. Many of these have arrived from over seas, but others have only deserted the mountains and the high land in order to gain shelter and to pick up a living where their instinct or their reasoning has led them. Enormous flocks of larks were to be encountered all round the coast after the frost and the snow of last week, and bunches of green plovers whirled erratically in the air in different directions, or could be seen hop- ping and picking on the wet patches free from snow or ice. 0: the sea-birds that had been driven inland, the black headed gull seemed to be by far in the majority, while fowlers have had nothing to complain of lately. because of the plentiful number l of wild ducks that are about. A contributor who signs himself YerbB Sap." writes U'3 itS folo\N,s: In your .report of the distribution of prizes at Taskers High School a fortnight ago, amongst other interesting items, I noted a record of the collection by one of the pupils of over 400 flowers during che I st summer in the neighbourhood." 1 suppose we may assume the large bulk of these to be representatives of the notably rich wild flora of the Pembrokeshire coun- try side. In all probability the youthful botanist has found her reward in the plea- sure of collecting, studying, and classifying this fine list. But it occurs to me that her work deserves some more la-sting record than a short mention in your columns. It may be that the already large list is only fit to be a nucleus for a thorough and ex- haustive list of our county's wild flowers. Two or three years ago an enthusiastic and highly representative meeting of local gentlemen launched a Pembrokeshire Natural History Society," which the sec- retary then appointed explained to me was for the purpose of recording more than of collecting Pembrokeshire represent- atives in the domain of Nature. Is that society alive or dead? If still alive, is it not fitting that it should encourage the pupil whose youthful pleasure in her pur- suit of botany may only have ephemeral results. At present I believe there is not in existence a County list of the flora of Pembrokeshire. Many other counties J have such lists, but our own county out-j trying every other in its possessions in the J way of natural history, is without a record. If the local Natural History Society is too: I supine or defunct, how would the publi-j cation of such a list with the name of the pupil as compiler, affect the enthusiastic I individuals who flirted with the subject at J the meeting mentioried I

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PEMBROKESHIRE QUARTER SEhJNS.…

HAVERFORLWEST QUARTER SESSIONS.

COUNTY JOTTINCS.