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NOTES AND COMMENTS. I have a strong opinion that all forms of athletics are most beneficial, and I am not, therefore, unduly alarmed because a football match will attract a larger crowd than a mis- sionary meeting or a temperance lecture. Still, I should like to say a word or two about a very bad feature in local football circles. The other Saturday, in a Rugby match at Tenby, one team wnen they saw they were being worsted left the field in a body. The same day a very similar incident occurred at Pembroke Dock in a Soccer match, but in this case only a portion of the players left the field. These are not isolated cases, for early in the season a similar incident occurred in a match at Ney- land. These incidents, and also the prevalence of disputes and protests, seem to show that sportsmanship is rather a minor quantity with certain clubs, and also that the local bodies governing the game are not as efficient as they might be. "i" "j" "j" It is evident that, there is too much of the "win, tie or wrangle" spirit about, and that players do not play merely for the love of the gime. But from what I have said it will be ipparent that bodies ruling both Soccer and Rugby codes in the county must have been somewhat lax. Such incidents as occurred last Saturday would not happen if the offenders knew that they would be sternly dealt with. A man would think twice about leaving the field if he knew that it meant suspension for the rest of the season. Perhaps the referees were to blame-of course, that's what the players would say-but I have heard nothing to con- firm this. But everyone makes mistakes occa- sionally, and if the players want to decide matters for themselves, why have a referee at all? I sincerely hope that the Pembrokeshire Football Association and the association in control of the handling code in the county will deal with these matters in a businesslike and fearless manner. ? ? In the borough of Pembroke the all-absorbing topic of discussion is still Bush Hill, and despite all that has been said there appears to be as great a diversity of opinion as ever. At the ratepayers' meeting there was plenty of eloquence, and the opponents to the scheme carried the majority of the meeting with them. But there were not more than from 800 to 900 persons present, and it must be remembered that the population of the borough of Pembroke is about 15,000. So even this large meeting, a portion of which was in favour of the scheme, can hardly be said to iepresent public opinion. Very probably an equally large meeting could be called at Pembroke, and would be almost unanimously in favour of the scheme. One thing I cannot understand is why certain gen- tlemen are so anxious to make this a Pater Ward matter pure and simple. In one breath they protest that they are not against the scheme, but do not consider that the Pater Ward can afford to spend the money, and in another they grow indignant because the Pem- broke Ward has offered a sum of £50 towards reducing the cost. a 1 Y As to whether the hill is dangerous or not there appears to be a decided difference of opinion. Certain gentlemen spoke strongly on this point, and on the other hand Alderman Smith ridiculed the whole idea. But everybody except the ex-Mayor agreed that the scheme would be an improvement. Mr. Lawrence, however, said that if they widened the road they would make it more dangerous-a state- ment so remarkable that it needs some ex- planation. How would the road become more dangerous? Several other remarkable state- ments were also made. Alderman Smith, for instance, said "that he believed from his heart and soul that this scheme had been engineered for private rather than public interests." Now this is a very serious statement to make. It insinuates that the surveyor must have been "nobbled" by some outside person, and that the whole of the members of the Council have been similarly influenced. If that is so it points to a grave scandal. In common fairness to the officials and his colleagues upon the Council, Alderman Smith ought either to sub- stantiate his statement, or withdraw it and apologise. Iff The other day some gentlemen were discuss- ing the matter, and one remarked, "Would there have been all this opposition if the land adjoining Bush Hill belonged to any other gentleman than Sir Thomas Keyrick T" That is a matter I will not go into, for I give the gentlemen opposing the scheme the credit of doing so entirely on grounds of public policy. I think, however, that these gentlemen might give the advocates of the scheme the same treatment, and I should like the whole matter to be fought out without the introduction of personalities. Surely both parties can find enough arguments in support of their views without resorting to mud-throwing. And, be- sides, what is the good of it all? If the Pem- broke members maintain the attitude they have taken up, the scheme will be forced through despite all opposition. t » lw After their treatment on Thursday evening, it can hardly be expected that any of the Pembroke members will alter their views. The advocates of the improvement had been twitted that they dare not face a public meeting. Several Pembroke members came over to Pem- broke Dock in order to explain their position at the ratepayers' meeting. They were refused a seat upon the platform or an opportunity of addressing the meeting. They had to stand in the hall and listen to themselves being criti- cised, without a chance of replying. Surely this is hardly fair play? One could have ima- gined such treatment being meted out if per- sons from outside the borough had wished to interfere, but it seems hardly courteous treat- ment to gentlemen representing another ward of the same borough, and considerably inter- ested in the matter discussed by the meeting. » 1t 1t It seems to me that the division of the borough into wards is responsible for a deal of friction and ill-feeling, as well as complicat- ing the work of the officials. Under the pre- sent system the representation of the two wards on the Council is not equitable, looked at either from the aspect of population or ratable value. What the advantages of the present system are I fail to see at all, whilst its dis- advantages are manifold and glaring. But whilst the wards are divided as they are, every portion of the Pater Ward deserves equal treat- ment. It seems to me a most unworthy and unneighbourly view to take, to say that because one portion of the Pater Ward adjoins Pem- broke it should be treated differently. Is any difference made when the rate collector visits that portion of the Pater Ward? Have the members of the Pater Committee the same scruple at receiving money from the ratepayers in this portion of the ward that they have to spending money there? THE PILOT.