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U? AND DOWN THE COAST. J ON GRAVEYARDS. I One day last week I spent an hour in a churchyard three or four miles from my bit of a place On the Coast. Here the well-to-do dead reposed beneath granite columns and sculptured marble there the poor slept their last sleep under gas tarred paving stones and whitewashed cobbles. Wreaths of rare flowers graced the rich man's grave, while yellow fragrant furze from the neighbouring common made acquaintance with gas tar and whitewash on the graves of the poor. There was one little newly- made grave that especially attracted my attention. The child had evidently left a very humble home vacant. A border had been made round the grave of the ragged soil- covered stones dug out of the earth, and a few dead briars had been stuck in the soil. Black slate headstones are ugly enough, but gas tar, whitewash, and paving stones are, if possible, uglier still. Why not cover graves with flowers or leave the grass to cover them. Nature provides some- thing much more beautiful than gas tar for the graves left to her care. When I am dead I hope no hideous black slate headstone will point out my grave, and I further trust that no well-meaning friend will either gas tar or white- wash my grave Tin wreath holders and cast iron flowers are bad enough, but save me from gas tar and black slates THE LLANBRYNMAIR GUARDIANS. It is believed that one of the Llanbrynmair Guardians is not rated high enough to qualify him for a seat on the Board. The chairman will perhaps excuse me for sug- gesting that it is his duty to ascertain whether the mem- bers of the Board over which he presides have at least the rating qualification for the positions they hold. I know, on the authority of the chairman, that the Machynlleth Board is an excellent and efficient body, but clever as it is in keeping up a large supply of paupers, perhaps there would be no harm in observing the law. If the chairman does not move, it will not be difficult to induce the Local Government Board to take action. THAT BRIDGE. In two months we shall have the visitors amongst us again. It was hoped by me that before the summer of 1878 a bridge would have been erected over the railway at Machynlleth. That a bridge is needed there can be no question, everybody is agreed on that point. Is there no benevolent director on the board who will take up this matter A bridge is really needed. With four trains in the station at one time the risk of crossing the line is great. I do not ask for a bridge because it will be a con- venience to me, but simply because of the danger and in- convenience to visitors. See here, now. Just get me a bridge up before the middle of June and I will stand threepenny beers all round at the refreshment rooms. THE ABERYSTWYTH JIARE"S NEST. One of the gentlemen who discovered the notorious mare's nest at Aberystwyth announced on Monday last that he had discovered some eggs in it. So he has, Cock eggs—addled. ABERYSTWYTH FIRE BRIGADE. Some time ago there were three fires in about a week at Aberystwyth. The Town Coun- cil felt the importance of the occasion, and •Be jaember assisted by the officials brought the fire escape out and squirted water all over the Town Hall in a most energetic and threatening manner. A fire brigade was formed-and the organization assumed formidable pro- portions—and then collapsed. It had nothing to do. There is no fire engine in the town and a fire escape looks somewhat abeurd in the absence of a fire. When did the tire brigade hold its last meeting and what business was transacted? It is about time we should have another fire, and then will be the opportunity for the solitary of the Council who takes the tire escape out for exercise, just after there has been a fire in the town. How delight- fully absurd people are, and what fun one can get out of them liall free, gratis, and for nothing THE PRINCIPALITY OF WALES. The Prince of Wales does not often visit Wales, but then he is not often invited. If the Prince could be per- suaded to pay us a visit this summer there would be no fear of a bad season. He might come to Aberystwyth to lay the foundation stone of the unfinished portion of the University College of Wales. He might go from there through Barmouth to Carnarvon, where the first Prince of Wales 'was born. I am strongly of opinion that the Prince of Wales might ba induced to spend a day at Wynnttay, another at Powis Castle, a third at the Plas, a fourth at Crosswood or Gogerddan, a fifth at Lord Penrhyn's, and so oil. He would do an immense amount of good by adding to the popularity of Wales as a sum- mer resort. Surely we might get up .)me national move- ment which would meet with the approval of his Royal Highness. Let us try. About thirty years. u the Queen made a Royal progress through the country, and we all know by her book what satisfaction she experienced at the hearty reception given to her. I saw her at that time. The old Duke of Wellington was riding on one side of her, and the Prince of Wales was a little lad in the car- riage with the Queen and the Prince Consort. One great benefit of his visit would be that some of the local Mayors might be made knights. Good night! AT TREGARON.—JOHN JONES. My old friend writes :—Respected Sir,-We are im- proving rapidly. We have two relieving officers now. The new one seems to know his business, but he is rather impatient with the old-fashioned way of doing things here. This does not look well in the young. There has been a good deal of consternation here, and several people are beginning to work who never worked in their lives before. If the bog was drained and turned into farms, Tregaron would became a very prosperous town-more so than it is now. Do you know, sir, it is a very curious thing that the Board of Guardians should allow an official to sit at the Board and take part in all the discussions as if he were the chairman. Perhaps this is not as strange as'that a gentleman who is only an official should not see the wisdom of abstaining from taking part in the discussions. The Market Committee, I believe, is dead. Let us hope the markets will not follow them. AS NEAR AS I CAN REMEMBER. Last summer, at a Church not far from my bit of a place on the coast a speech something after this style was made:—"My Christian friends This church is neither handsome nor comfortable. It does not look like a church. Built at a time whenjugliness was a virtue, beauty was not considered for a moment. Now, my friends, the ordinary congregation of this church is composed of poor men. There is hardly more than fifty of us with a greater income than 24, 000 a year, and the richest of us is not worth more than £15,000 a year. Owing to our poverty we are com- pelled to depend chiefly upon the offerings of visitors, and I wish to tell visitors that if they give liberally they shall have a new church built, or at any rate commenced, before next summer." The visitors gave liberally, but the new church is still among the things that will be. WHICH IS SHAM. Congregation at Church.—"Give peace, in our time, O Lord." Same congregation out of Church-" Let us fight the Rus- sians and teach them to keep their places. We've got the ships, we've got the men, &c." Of course, you'll stay at home and read the descriptions of the battles, at your own fireside. Very plucky of you. Very J" The Coast. PERRY WINKLE.


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