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NOTES AND COMMENTS. The old saying that it never rains but it pours has recently been exempiified. For the past six months we have heard very little of politics in Pembroke Dock—and we got on very well too—then last week our mem- ber with the member for Southampton ad- dressed a meeting. The next evening Mr. John Jenkins, M.P., for Chatham, was speak- ing in the- same hall, and on Friday evening this week those who desire it can listen to Mr. John WaxQ, M.P. for Stoke, another Labour member with a great reputation. Thus in ten days we shall have heard more politi- cal speeches than were crammed in the pre- vious twelve months. X X X But even this flood of eloquence will not raise a great deal of interest in the county council elections round here. Neither party seem to be in a very aggressive mood, and Pembroke Dock people are not very easily stirred. As I have said before it takes a lot to make them enthusiastic about anything. XXX Of course both Mr. Owen Philipps and Mr. John Jenkins had a gerat deal to say about the dockyard, and it seems that both claim the credit of being responsible for the recent rise in wages given in the dockyard. Well, whoever is responsible, the main thing is, that the men have had it. And though very little was said about it on Thursday, most people re- member those discharges last year. It was most gratifying to hear our member state that there would be no dischargee in the coining financial year, and that: work would be found for all, but we should like to hear what is to happen after that. The. ne vs that Pembroke dockyard had been given a big ship would make our minds easy, but it is cheering i.o hear Mr. Philipps declare his intention of agitating for a graving dock, and the exten- sion of the present slips to a size capable of building a Dreadnought. x x x Mr. John Jenkin's speech will appeal to the feelings of nearly every resident ;n the Borough. The number for Chatham spoke out plainly, and denounced as iniquitous, the sy- stem of giving Government work to private contractors and then discharging men from the Government dockyard, and crippling towns built up under the cegis of the admiralty. Mr. Jenkins declared his belief in the' nationali- sation of ship-building, and declared that the thirty members of the labour party were solid on the matter, and would never be. satisfiel uutil the royal dtockyaTds were in full swing again. He also declared that he should not be satisfied until Pembroke Dockyard had been given a big ship. x x x ? here was not anything of very grave im poi nance done at Tuesday's meeting of the Town Council. Perhaps the most important matter was the communication received from the clerk to the main roads committee with reference to the complaint made by Sir Thomas Meyrick to a wall on his property at Bush Hill. Many of the councillors were rat-heir surprised at the tone of the letter, for it sounded more like a communication ixom Sir Thomas's so- licitor than that of the clerk to a public body. It practically said "You had better pay up sharp, for Sir Thomas has said he will put the matter in the hands of his solicitor, Sir George Lewis." The possibility of Siir Thomas being unable to substantiate his claim, did not apparently occur to Mr. Eaton Evans. It is to be hoped an amicable settlement will be arrived at. x x x What a difference there is in the procedure when Sir Tiioina" Meyrick wants the council to do a thing, and when the Town Council want Sir Thomas to carry out some of their bye-laws. When the former is the case, threats of legal action axe soon in the air. When the Corporation ask Six Thomas to put a proper drain in Albany Street, what a difference there is. Sub committees are appointed, and the surveyor humbly interviews the agent for the Bush estate, and reports, that the latter *'agree-0 with him in principal." That was months ago. Since then there has been lots of talk, and though the condition of the houses in the street has been denounced by the officials, things remain as they were. I suppose in due time the matter will simply chop, and all that will be accomplished will be -niL xxx I am glad to now that the corporation have now decided to become! subscribers to the telephone, and have reversed their decision of a few months ago. But then as I pointed out, November 1st was in sight and everybody was feeling most economical. As Ald. Allen point- ed out the corporation will get good value for their money, and there is not the slightest doubt that the establishment of telephone ex- changes at Pembroke Dock and Pembroke will be an immense convenience to all comraexcial men. THE PILOT. TO OLR READERS. We regret that, owing to changes 111 the mechanical staff, our issues have been delayed during three successive weeks. Matters are new in full workJng order, and we hope that henceforth the County Guardian will be on sale in every part of '.he county at the n,ual time. SOIREE. A most successful soiree was- held on Mon- day evening at the ballroom of the Pembroke Assembly Rooms, and was largely attended. THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Special services were held at the Meyrick Street Congregational Church, on Sunday, when the preacher was the Rev. R. Bond Thomas, A.T.S., and collections were taken on behalf of the Renovation Fund. BACHELOR'S TEA. On Wednesday evening the bachelors of St. Patrick's, Pennar, gave a most successful tea and entertainment in the schoolroom, the pro- ceeds being in aid of the Sunday school funds. Some 200 persons were present at the tea, and the arrangements wer made entirely by a com- mittee of unmarried gentlemen. SOLDIERS' SMOKER. A very successful smoking concert was held in the Royal Garrison Artillery Sergeants' Mess at Defensible Barracks on Tuesday evening to bid farewell to C.I.M.S. Thompson, Sergeants Dooley, and Walling on their proceeding abroad. A SUCCESS. In the list of candidates successful in last Excise examination (December, 1906), just published, appeals the name of Mr. F. C. Lloyd, 30, Gwyther Street North, Pembroke Dock. Mr. Lloyd is 88th out of 1,300 competi- tors, and the only one to pass from a Welsh centre. He is a pupil of Mr. Downie, Pem- broke, who has coached the only successful Welsh candidates in the last two examinations. THE PEMBROKE ASSAULT CASE. James White, the ex-soldier charged with criminally assounl-ting Nina Thomas, age 13, at Pembroke, on January 22nd, was again brought up in custody on Friday. Mr. Gilbert- on who represented the crown, in applying for a remand said that the girl was so ill that it was thought they would have to take her dying depositions. Dr. W. R. E. Williams was called, and said that it would be dangerous to bring the girl to court at present. The ac- cused was remanded again until Friday. f On Tuesday a pleasing little ceremony took place aI. Xeyland Great Western Railway Station, when Mr. J. P. Griffith, booking clerk, was presented with a handsome silver cigarette holder by the. station staff upon his removal to Pantyf j mv >n. At- the Banruptcy com i, 011 Friday, Frank John Palmer, 2, Cressweil Buildings, hair- dresser and tobacconist, came up for exami- nation. Debtor, aged 34, attributed his failure to want of capital, falling off of trade owing to recent discharges from the dockyard, and to pressure by a creditor. Mr. F. S. Read appeared for the debtor, and the examination was closed. Last week several of the oldest inhabitants of the town passe-d away within a few hours of each other. These included Mr. John Obray, of Gwyther-street., who was probably the oldest pensioner on the books of the Royal yard, and was in his ninetieth year; Mr. V, illiam Norris, who was in his eighty-seventh year; and Mrs. E. Thomas, aged eighty-four, Mr. John Good- ridge, aged eighty-seven, and Mrs, Rosannah Langford, aged sixty-eight. THE DEBATING SOCIETY. There was a large attendance of members on Monday evening when the question dis enssed was the nationalisation or railway. Mr Melhuish opend the debate and laid down on a strong basis of figuies the case that is made out against the present system of owner- ship. He contended that railways were prac- tically a monopoly and as- such should le owned by the state. He also referred to what he considered inadequate pay of railway ser- vants. the proposed change to state owner- ship would be advantageous to the National Exchequer and to the. public, and on this point he gave some interesting figure3 with regard to the working of the state railway in the colonies and India. Mr. W. H. Thomas defended the present system, and mentioned that the state railways on the continent were managed and controlled for military purposes. A vote was taken, and the balance of opinion was found to be in favour of the nationalisation of rail- w ays. MASONIC BALL. The ball annually organised by the Loyal Welsh Lodge, No. 378 of Freemasons, was held at the. Temperance Hall, on W edIle day week. The following were present:—Miss Beer, Mrs. T. Brown and Misses Brown 2), Mrs. Brennan, Mrs. Bone, Mrs. D. Bryant, Mrs. W. Canton, Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Colquohaun F. Davies, Miss A. Protthero Davies, Mrs. Dunmill, Mrs. F. Davies, junior, Misses Davies (2), (Pembroke), Mrs. T Davies, Miss Davies. Miss Earner, Mrs. J. Evans, Misses Fisher (2), (Stacpole), Mrs. Wise, Mrs. Farley (Ten by) Mrs. J Gibby, Miss Griffiths (Pembroke), Miss Dora Griffiths, Miss Grono, Miss M. Hancork, Miss Hooks (Pembroke), Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Humphries, Mrs. Holt, Misses Holt (2), Mrs. Hale, Miss Husband, Mrs. James, Miss James, Miss G. James, Miss A. James, Mrs. C. Joseph, Aliss Jones, Miss Kenniford. Mrs I.-ii,r. Miss B. Lloyd, Miss Macintosh, Mrs. MacCommou, Miss Morgan, Miss Owen (Pembroke), Mrs. H. M. Powell, Miss E Phillips, Mrs. W. Phil- lips, Miss A. ollings, Mrs. F. Rogers, Miss R. Roch, Mrs. J. Roch, Mrs. Rodney, Mrs. Tuc ker, Miss Tillett, Mrs. Truscott, Miss Truscott, Mrs J. E Thomas, Mrs Vittle, Mr. Worster (Lamphev), Miss B. Williams, Mrs. West, Miss M. Williams, and Mrs. White. Messrs. W. G. Beer, T. Brown, W. Bowling, D. Bryant, C. Bunsell, W. Canton, G. Cunningham, A. Col- quohaun, F. Davies, R. Davies, H. Dunma.U, C. Ward Daries (Pembroke), G. P. Davies> F Davies, junior, G. Davies, A. Deane, E. G. Elford, S. Frise, R. Farley (Tenby), L. J. Griffiths, J. Gibby, H. Hinchliffe, E. J. Hill, J. Humphries, Holt, W. James, D. G. James, J. E. Lewis, J. Luter, E. Lewis, F. W. Merri- man, J. MacCammon, T. Morgan. H. Owen (Pembroke), T. Owen, A. Owen, H. M Powell, W. G. Powell, F. Prior, W. Phillips, F. W. Reynish, W. G. Rees, A. Rees, F. Rogers, G. Roch, J. Roch, F. Russan, H. Sloggett, P. F. Smith, F. W. Tucker, H. G. Truscott, A. J. Trevena, J. E. Thomas, P. W. Thomas, W. Thomas, R. Williams, T. D. Williams-, W. S. Wynne, W. J. West, A. Willing, and C. Young.



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