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NOTES AND COMMENTS. This week the staff of the "County Guar- dian has to mourn the sad death of one of the managing directors and the foimer JT- prietor and editor of the paper. I shonM like to add my tribute to the memory of one who, ir: his great sufferings, had been the object of much sympathy, from those who had worked as hi? colleagues. In the recei-I development of the paper, and since it assumed its new form, Mr. Williams' health had, un- fortunately, incapacitated him from taking that active part in the undertaking which he would have wished. It was a keen matter of regret to him that he was able to do so little, but his advice and long experience were always at the service of those directing the paper. Associated with him as I have b&cn for the past year, I deplore very keenly his sudden death, and the premature ending of what pro- mised some years ago to be a brilliant career. I was probably the last member of the staff to whom he spoke. On Tuesday evening he came into the office about 6.30, and after walking about a few moments said he was feeling very queer, and would go home and to bed. I bade him a cheerful good-night, to which he responded, and he then went off -to pas away fjor-r,, us for ever He was very ill all that day. I gave him two New Year's messages from old friends during the day, but these seemed to pass almost unnoticed; and in fact one old friend's name appeared to have passed from his memory, as if al- ready the coming shadow had enveloped his mental faculties. For years he had endured terrible sufferings with wonderful fortitude, and those of us who were intimately acquaint- ed with him cannot but feel that he has had a happy release from a life which, with such bad health, must have beeen joyless indeed. x x x We have had an old fashioned Christmas," such as Dickens knew how to pom-tray, and such as we; are all supposed to long for. Per- haps had the snov remained in something like its primitive purity, we should all have enjoyed it, but it would have taken the tem- perament of a Mark Tapley" to have en- joyed the slush and mud of the streets, after a few hours rain, and the mixture had been churned up by the feet of pedestrians asd vehicles. x x x We. had another object lesson, were -.ne needed, of how hopelessly impossible, and how utterly and entirely incompetent is the out-door executive department of the Town Council. The whole of Monday was spent apparrently in looking at the dirt and slush, or else in ignoring its presence, save in Bridge Street. That dirtiest of our dirty streets did get some attention paid to it, in the way of carting away the snow; but elsewhere in the town hardly even a crossinge was made, no<r a channel or grid opened, and the snow, slush and water were allowed to accumulate to the discomfort of pedestrians x x x We have another river mystery" as yet unsolved. About 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, an eerie cry was heard to proceed from the vicin- ity of the river. A search was instituted, and wa.3 prolonged for some time, but as yet no explanation is forthcoming. As far is known, only one man, and he a stranger, is unac- counted for. Thie man arrived on Tuesday, and slid he hod come from Ireland. He w. unable to find work at Fishguard, and was making his way towards the Rhonddi. He left his lodgings at Haverfordwest to go and get some groceries. Soon afterwards the cry was heard, nad he has not since been seen. It looks, therefore, as if a tragedy had happened. x x < The year which has just closed has boon a record one for Milford Haven so far a; the fishirg industry is concerned. The trial amount of fish landed at the port has exceed- ed 34,000 tons, an advance of over 3,000 tm- on the previous year Nothwithstanding this record tonnoge, fish has realised a very high average price. Several of the steam trawlers have grossed over £6,000 for their year's work. During the past week a steam liner, the Chan- ticleer, has been added to the local fleet, whilst it is reported that some of the East Coast companies ore sending their boats into Western waters to engage in line fishing, prior to the commencement of the mackerel season, which usually begins towards the end of February. XXX Neither Christmas nor the New Year is a particularly lively time at Haverfordwest. Every one seems to prefer the home circle to a public hall, end consequently even the var- ious churches and chapels have a quiet time, save for the customary religious services. Bethesda was an exception this year, and the competitive meeting promoted by them was a very interesting and well patronised affair. The "Messiah" is a little belated, and we shall be weJl into March before we get the performance of this essentially Christmas oratorio. I hear the rehearsals are now well attended, and that the chorus has been leavened by some of our veteran and tried vocalists. XXX Mr Harold Butler Gwyther, of the Mariner- Hotel, Haverfordwest, has joined the noble army of Benedicts. That he has married a Miss Beams, of Birmingham, at one time resident in Haverfordwest, and that the wedding tcok place at Birmingham on Wednesday week is the only information I can give, because that is about aU Mr Gwyther's friends at Haverford- west have so far been permitted to know. I am sorry I cannot supplement this very bald announcement, nor satisfy my lady readers' natural desire to learn all about the wedding trousseau and other details. THE SAXON.







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