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COUNTY NOTES. We are accustomed in these parts to being commiserated by strangers for living in such an out-of-thei-way part of the world, and we accept their condolences with much equani- mity, because we have our compensations, though they are such as a bustler like Mr. John Ward, the Labour member for Stoke-on Trent, would hardly appreciate, even if he understood them. Mr. Ward ha1* not won his position as a briliant member of the strenuous Labour party, the coming force in politics, by quiet ruralizing, but rather by rubbing should- ers and elbowing his way through the busy hives of industry and of men. It is to us, therefore, peculiarly intresting to hear the views of a man of his strenuous types and all Fishguard, Haverfordwest, and Pembroke Dock working men have just had that rare privilege. Those who did not have the satisfaction of hearing his views, may improve their acquain- tance with Mr. Ward by means of his printed speeches given elsewhere in these columns. X X z At Pembroke Dock so keen an observer of men and things as Mr. Ward could not fail to be struck by the quiet manner in which matters are conducted in the dockyard. The yard, like the town, never seems to have re- covered its old air of buoyancy, of bustle, and activity, which it lost during the dark dreary days of the discharges. Dante's coup- let, ascribed to a different place, "All hope abandon, ye who enter here," in indelible ink, seems ever to flaunt itself over the dock- yard gates. It is pleasant to have Mr. Ward's sympathy; it will be more gratifying still to have an assurance that his powerful voice will be joined with that of the member for the Boroughs, Mr. John Jenkins, and the Labour party, in procuring for the Welsh dock- yard some measure of tardy justice, in the shape of woik. TXT The Pembroke Guardians seem destined to- have trouble with their medical officers. An unpleasant episode, where a poor woman was neglected, is no sooner set aside, than a sec- ond springs to the front; the medical man in attendance upon the House, failing to report a veiy serious outbreak of an infectious dis- ease. It is not a pleasant matter, nor one upon which we have any desire to comment; and would only express the hope that the straight talking which the occasion demanded will bear fruit, and result in a little more care and attention being given. x x x The lireat Westein Railway company are treating the Milfond Havon Urban District Council with scant respect, and their conduct tempts one to say that their sole concern for Milford is how much dividend for their share- holders they can take away from it. Several months ago the council preferred a very rea- sonable and moderate request for a slightly better train service, and all they have heard as Jet of the fate befalling that modest de- mand is a stereotyped acknowledgment of the letter. We agree with Mr. James Thomas that the oouncil should not t amely submit to this kind of ihi'.ig. Even a iriO"opoly carries some cor.J-iderat.ion. ih(--r, JIUW ha some service in rot urn for the. co £ u-w-oion. At present the oargam is a vcay o:ie-f\ded OTIC. Earl Cawdor is credited with saying that the G.W.R. lost by every mile tiiey travelled west, of Llanelly. If that applies to Miiforc1 Haven it is curious, to say the jeast, that a town which throughout the year sends one huncLed tons of fish daily over its lines doM not earn rovenue enough for even railway shareholders. Milford Haven, is shamefully treated in the matter of railway scrvice. It is practically the second town in the county in poinf of population, and yet for nearly 36 consecutive hours it is as much cut, off from the rcist of the world, on the land sic.ta, as if it :n the back woods of America. XXX Neyland at last seems to have an opportunity of retrieving its disastrous position, and again entering the ranks of the prosperous indus- trial towns of the county. The proposed traw- ling industry seems to be in a fair way of becoming established. The G.W.R. has lent a favourable ear to the request for facilities, and though this has not yet gone beyond" a recommendation to the directors," there seems no reason to doubt that before long the new company will be launched. With gentlemen of such weight and influence and substance behind it the company's prospectus, whenever it is issued, is sure to meet with public favour. Fifty years ago a single house by the beach represented Neyland. Then it was made the terminus of the G.W.R., the seat of the Irish traffic, and this was followed by dockyard developments. All these contributed to the material prosperity and advance of the town, and all were suddenly plucked away from it. We cordially wish the new venture all suc- cess, and that Neyland1 may soon vie with its big neighbour at Milford in prosperity. x x x At Milford Haven the development of the trawling industry at Neyland is being watched with keen, but, we should hope, no unfriendly interest. Milford Haven is so well established, so crich and prosperous, that she can well spare a few crumbs to her smaller neighbour. Nothing is further from the thoughts of the Neyland promoters than that their scheme shall in any way seek to rival, or be antagonis- tic to Milford. Indeed it is difficult to see how it can be. Milford is so firmly established, has such a far reaching connection, and the quality end price of her fish has created such a demand for it in every available market in the United Kingdom, that Neyland could never expect to succeed at her expense; but she may, and does, hope to become a sort of auxiliary. It may appear at the outset that Neyland will have advantages which Milford does not possess; dock dues, haulage, coal, water, etc., may all seeem to be easier at the one place than the other. But these things have a habit of adjusting themselves. If the G.W.R. grant facilities to Neyland, it will not be on sentimental, but solid business grounds-; and the Milford Dock company, which in the past has done so much for Milford, will not be slow to rise to any new call which may be made upon them. Milford people will, by the way, be interested to see that an old trawling concern, the Castle Company, once identified with the port, is at last admitting the error made in leaving. x x x It is no often that the ornithologist meete with such luck when he wants to make ob- servations on the flight of some rare bird as came to the share of one of the fraternity at Fishguard a few days ago. More welcome by far than the dinner he was hurrying to at the time, was the sight of a fine large brown bird, which was recognised at a glance as a buzzard, floating right over the town with a number of rooks pitching about in their excitement and worrying him as he pursued his dignified course. A fine buzzard was killed some time ago near Fishguard, more the pity, and the same pitiless individual who destroyed that bird, thinking no doubt that he was accom- plishing a praise-worthy act, has since been boasting that he shall account for its mate soon. Of course he does not realize that he may be wishing to kill the last buzzard in the county, and a specimen of a bird which large landed proprietors and bird lovers in other parts of South Wales are doing everything they can to protect before the species becomes extinct. XXX When Mr. John Ward was in Pembrokeshire he spoke of the Compensation Act, which comes into force shortly, as one of the finest pieces of legislative work ever achieved by any coun- try. It may be all that, but it is an Act which carries with it a tremendous amount of re- sporisibility. In another column we give a special article, from the pen of a well-known county solicitor, which will be a revelation to many of our readers., showing, as it does, how the new Act may if overlooked spell ruin for thousands of the arti-zan and small trademen classes. We would counsel our readers to read the very lucid explanation of our professional correspondent, as a means of aiding them to < solve some of the problems which will arise < under the new Act.