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NPTES AND '30MMENTS-

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NPTES AND '30MMENTS- If we had a green Christmas there is not much doubt that we have also had a white new yeur, much the whitest that has been experienced in Pembrokeshire for many years. In our favoured county, thanks to its proximity to the sea, snow is more or less a rarity; indeed it is twelve years since a really heavy fall had been previously ex- perienced. Eva when other parts of the country nre covered with a white mantle, v/e um.awy only experience either a dense mist or L downpour of rain. U ntll this week ilitre were many children in the locality \,1.0 had never seen the ground recilly covered, and the air full of whirling flakes, I know of at least one case in which the sight filled a little fellow with icrror. lie had never seen such a state of affairs before, and he did not like it at all. Tilde a:•• very few parts of Great Britain where this could be possible. Most child- ren have spent hours at -the windows watching the silent fall of the snow, and have also been told the old nursery story of the old woman up above so industriously plucking the Christmas goose. This be- ing so, L suppose Pembrokeshire folk should be grateful to Providence for the mild weather usually experienced. x x x Perhaps the rarity of snow in this locality is the reason why the Town Coun- cil has no bye-laws in force with regard to the compulsory removal of snow from the footpaths by the frontagers, and also why there appears to be no effort on the part of anyone to clear the streets. In most towns, householders are supposed to clear the pavements opposite their premises by a certain hour each day, and if the pave- ments are not cleared, the police are im- powered to give the offenders notice to do the necessary work within a given time. But in Pembroke Dock there are apparent- ly no such bye-laws. A few traders in some of the principal streets, had the pave- ment outside their shop cleared at an early hour, others had it cleared at times when the streets were full of traffic, but in a good many instances no attempt was made to clear away the snow at all. and there it stayed. Then too, where the snow had been swept from the pavements inio tne gutter, the corporation men did not cart it away, neither were the roads scraped. The state of 'the streets can therefore be imagined. Now would it not have been better if our worthy councillors instead of worrying themselves about the selling of newspapers on Sundays, the use of ticklers at Pembroke fair, and other fads, had dealt with moie practical matters, when they were framing bye-laws? x x x Of course the snow, and the subsequent thaw have caused a deal of inconvenience. For instance all the football matches in the district on Saturday had to be postponed, and what with the falls of niassef; of snow from roofs, and the slippery state of the ground, one has had to keep his eyes cpert. But there have be-jn some laugh- able incidents too. Of course it is unkind but it is human nature to laugh at others' misfortune. There was one little incident which occurred which was really funnv. Two gentlemen were walking along the pavement, on Saturday, when down cam, al)o,it a hundredweight of wet snow on their"- A gci'tvleinf.n 011 the opposite side of the pavement was nearly doubled up with mirth at the sight. He never noticed the ominous movement of the snow on the roof above his own head. But otk." people did, and when it came down every- body in the neighbourhood wore the smile that would'nt come off." XXX Owing' to the fact that in one direction all communications is shut off by the Haven there are not so many nice walks in the locality of Pembroke Dock as there are in some towns, but of those that there are the path to the old Water Works is one of the most favoured. Some time age the Town Council put some seats there, and these have been much appreciated by the towns-people. But recently a new use has been found for them. By stand- ing on them certain people found that they could get a good look into the Bush Street Athletic Ground, and so when a football match is being played there the seats and paling get extensively used in a mlnner quite the reverse to what they were put there for. If the people in question are too mean to pay the admission money to go into the ground, they at least need not damage public property in this way. JC X x By the death of Patrick Noon almost the last surviving Crimean veteran in the lo- cality has now gone. At one time there were quite a number of fine old veterans living in Pembroke Dock, and at the Jubi- lee they proudly pinned their medals to their breasts and marched in the procession that went round the town. Last July one of his comrades and a near neighbour, John O'Ragan, died, and now the total number of Crimean veterans living in the country is very small. x x Te. WANTED TO KNOW: Would the Adventures of a bit of beef make a good title for a story ? Who left the gas alight in the Market House (second time of asking) ? W hether boiling water is useful to melt the ice on pavements? W hether many kettles were used in Pen- nar> Whether so many carol singers are not a bit of a nuisance? n Why the gent with the accordeon could not leave off before two o'clock in the morning ? Whether the gentleman who took an umbrella from a club by mistake would not like an overcoat as well ? Who pulled the knocker off? THE PILOT.

COUNTY SESSIONS.

WATERSTONE.

RHOSMARKET.

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THE DOCKYARD.]

NEYLAND,

<&>— LLAWHADEN.

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