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< I; ¡;' 'H iiAVSSFSgSWEST. "f'(\ 1" u I \0..¡ U f XC)," L;; OF THE EEK. \ye ,-avc reeeiv :-u the following comment from A C{.ve;>por<dent:—"The Haverfordwest Town Coyifil wore ill ADVISED to accede to the Free (\*ttrc-h Couuei.'s application to erect a statue memory of the martyr (William Xiehol) luring the Marian persecution. It should l>e remembered that the extreme Protestant bigots, when they came into pc-.ver in 1645. did not scruple to drag greater mc-r than William Niehol to the :;take. The ere:lion of such a statue in the small town ú; Haverfordwest can only te:IU to arouse IN the ignorant feeling:, of bigoiry and iilwill when there ought to be j peace and GOOD will. Let the TC.v-n C-ouneil re- volte theiv per ^STON, and that they will! not bc a p,.r.y to Eet one reTg0:1S 1Joc1y against anotiitr." t '2' We canot help thinking this view of the matter must be the result of a misconception of the true meaning of the memorial. Vte. at all event: welcome the erection of the tablet for two reasons, v;z.ac a permanent record of a brave titan's death, and as a public warn- g against intolerance and bigotry. We would similarly welcome the erection of a tablet to tlie memory or any man who died for con- science sake, whether he were Protestant, Pagon. or a follower of the Pope. Of course, Protestants are perfectly entitled to be proud --of William Xichol, and they have an equal right to be ashamed of what our correspondent charges them with. But, to our mind, these considerations do not affect the propriety or otherwise of erecting this tablet. Reman Catholics and every other religious sect should join heartily in. commending the action of the Town Council on the grounds we have named, it woll serve to remind us that religious bigotry and intolerance are capable of any depth of cruelty when they have their sway unchecked, And although these evils do not now lead to the stake, they are still rife in our land. end are none the less cruel in their intent. 9 1f & We heartily commend the action cf 1he Sani- tary Inspector for the South division of the Haverfordwest Rural District Council in regard to rural dwellings. It is high time a very strong line was taken in this matter, and we hope the Council will back him up whole- heartedly. From a perusal of our report of the District Council meeting in another column some people may think Mr. J. C. Bowen was making light of the Inspector's criticisms, but we know that gentleman too well for that. There is, no doubt, some truth in what he says about cottagers being too fond of keeping their windows shut. Still, he knows, as well as we do, and perhaps better, that some of rhese rural dwellings are b disgrace to ail en- lightened community, and Mr. Bowen would be the last man to uphold insamtatv dwellinss. » « V The fact of the matter is that this question has been to long neglected in the Haverford- west Rural District. There is need for a drastic reformation. The Council should raise their standard of requirement.?- very consider- ably and resolutely and persistently insist on these requirements being carried out. Is there any wonder at the rural depopulation? Once the country people have tasted the comparative comforts of the town dwellings—it must be re- membered they visit their friends in the large towns more and more every year—and the ""charm" of country life in a home ceases to attract. It has too long been the custom to think that anything is good enough for the •country labourer. That, notion is fast dying out, and the sooner the Rural Council hasten its end in this district the better. We shall then hear less about the scourge of consump- tion, and shall have a healthier and sturdier race of young folk recruiting our farm and domestic services. Lfe in the country will al- ways attact when there are d&eent dwellings provided for the people. 1t » To-day is known as Pension Day. when over 500,000 persons throughout the land will re reive an old age pension. Thus we' see what was but a dream only a short while ago now become an accomplished fact. and the State takes another step, and a long one too, to- ward that complete recognition of responsi- bility for the welfare of all its members, which, after all, is but the practical interpretation of the principle propounded in the "Sermon on the Mount"—a principle lying at the very I foundation of our common religion. » » Of course there are numerous cases of hard- sljp and any number of instance? where per. sons are receiving pensions and do not really need them. That sort of thing was to be ex- pected under an Act that masr in the nature of things be regarded more c'r less as an ex- periment in an almost unknown field. But in the knowledge gained by experience there is no doubt many of these defects will be medied in the near future. One cannot, there- fore, read with much patience such an out- burst as that of Mr. E. Robinson's (reported in another column), in which he describes the Act as the most monstrous and profligate ever passed by the legislature." If correctly re- ported, Mr. Robinson would seem, to have al- lowed his whole judgment to ue upset by a few instances where people were getting the pension and did not need it. Judged by such a standard as this, almost every Act of Parlia- ment would fall short. But tha: is a very dis- torted view—such a view as might be attri- buted to the after effects of Christmas luxuries, when a reaction sets in, and one sighs for the simple life." 1t ? 1t The duty of those who administer the Act should be to do all that- is possible to prevent its abuse, and, on the other hand, act in the spirit of these who framed it when they deal with hard cases. No doubt these matters will be put right as tone goe; on. and mean- while the "Pension" is hailed a:' a Heaven- went blessing by thousands who. as Mr. Robin- son says, were actually en the verge of pauperism.

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SAD FATALITY AT HAVERFORD.WEST.

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CHRISTMAS IN HAVERFORDWEST.

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Haverfordwest OrAmmer School,

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