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UP AND DOWN THE COAST. "r-V" MY FRIENDS THE LODGING-HOUSE KEEPERS. The lodging house keepers should meet together oc- casionally and talk over matters of interest to them," said Mira to me one evening last week. Yes, but who is to call them together, and, more difficult still, who is to secure their attendance." "What," exclaimed Mira, who, during her long absence has added many charms to those she always possessed, do you think the lodging-house keepers would not ac- cept an invitation, if one was given to them, especially if the object of the gathering was explained. Try it, my dear, try it. If you succeed, I shall be pleased if you fail, we cannot be surprised." I will issue invitations at once, and depend upon it1 there will be very few absentees." It was in this way the meeting of the lodging-house keepers was called, and as Mira predicted there were very few absentees. From Barmouth there was Mrs. Panarama, Mrs. Pork- ington Terrace, Mrs. Hilly Street, Mrs. Rocky House, Mrs. Aelydon, Mrs. Glyndwr, Mrs. Aelfor, Mrs. Victoria Place, Mrs. Hendre, Mrs. Fronfelin, Mrs. Aberamifra, &c. From Aberystwyth Mrs. Rheidol, Mrs. Ystwyth, Mrs. Marine Terrace, Mrs. Victoria Terrace, Mrs. Queen's Road, Mrs. Newfoundland, Mrs. Portland, Mrs. North Parade, Mrs. Pier Street. Aberaeron—Mrs. Greenland. Towyn-Mrs. High Street, Mrs. Beach, Mrs. Church Street. Criccieth-Mrs. Salem, Mrs. Parkia, Mrs. Castle. There were also numerous representatives from Borth, Dolgelley, Pwllheli, Aberdovey, Harlech, and other places. We numbered in all about 150. "Ah, do you know," said Mrs. Ystwyth, after we had settled down comfortably, "it made me so vexed when you asked U3 where we used to sleep during the height of the season, but I see now that was one of your jokes." Oh, he is a dreadful man," said Mrs. Panarama, "and we always say at Barmouth that he praises Aberystwyth in order to injure Barmouth." "You make great a great mistake then. You may take my word for it, as true as my name's Victoria Terrace, he is always finding something to admire at Barmouth, but he never has a word of praise for Aberyst- wyth. "You are all dear to me, but it is not in my power to please you all," I ventured to remark. Why do you never say a word or two for us," asked Mrs. Salem? "No place on the Coast has made more progress than Criccieth, but how seldom you mention us." "My object in having you called together is to say a word to you, and to hear you say a few words for your- selves." Do you really try to injure Aberystwyth as Mrg. Rheidol says you do?" asked Mrs. Beach, "because I al- ways thought you were very fond of your bit of a place on the Coast." You are right, Mrs. Beach," I replied. "It often grieves me to think how much we lose for want of a little combination. Look what has been done at Aberystwyth and all the other places during the last fifteen years, and then tell me whether injury has been done." Never mind bothering about what people say," broke in Mrs. Victoria Terrace. "Here we are, and let us see what we can do to improve our position. Theytell me that when a family takes a ticket at Paddington for Aber- ystwyth, unless they say they want to come by way of Welshpool, they are taken all the way round by Ruabon and Dolgelley. Is that so?" (turning to me.) "That is so." What a shame," from several. Yes," continued Mrs. Victoria Terrace, That is the sort of "thing to injure Aberystwyth if you like. Just think of it; The trains are slow enough at the fastest, but that passengers should be taken all the way round by Ruabon, is enough to make one's blood boil." .:AS You are quite right," I replied. "Well, but what can we do," asked Mrs. Rheidol. "There's lots of things we could do, pursued Mrs. Victoria Terrace, Look at the way visitors are kept at Welshpool, and at all the stations, but especially at Welsh- pool. The journey is abominable. The railway people do not care what they do." You are rather hard on the railways," I said, The difficulties are great and you must remember we do no- thing to press for better accommodation. The Great Western difficulty at Paddington is one that ought to be met, but it can only be met with money. A large board should be put up in a conspicuous place oVer the booking offices, or some arrangement should be come to with the company. This way of obtaining a little extra mileage is unworthy of a large railway company." "W# are pretty well off at Barmouth," said Mrs. Fron- felin, But we want a better class of lodging house keep- ers. Everybody thinks they can keep a lodging house, and all sorts of people take in visitors whether they have accommodation or not." Well," said Mrs. Ssalem, a gentleman told me the other day that we lodging house keepers in each town should have a sort of society to protect our own in- terests." "A society exclaimed several of those present. Yes, that is what he said. He said a visitors' list, with the names of every day excursionists in it does more harm than good. Then he said we ought to advertise— more especially in the large towns." — I dare say there is something in it," observed Mrs. Beach. "There is," I observed, "this much in it. If the lodging-house keepers met together occasionally and con- sidered in what way they would advance their own interests, much good might be done. There are, for in- stance, some things for which all the towns might unite. Then there are others which the inhabitants of one place might do for themselves. All the watering-places in Wales might unite in pressing upon the Prince of Wales the desirableness of occasionally paying his Principality a visit." Yes, indeed, Royalty neglect Wales more than any other part of the United Kingdom," exclaimed Mrs. Parkia. "Again," I continued, "all the places might unite to advertise this part of Wales in ParU at the present time, and to urge upon the railway companies the desirability of affording increased facilities for getting into the country. "You are quite right," said Mrs. Victoria Terrace, "there is a great deal we could do collectively. Then I suppose that in our own towns you would have us to stimulate our Town Councils and Local Boards?" Just so, and to stimulate each other, and to give every movement your assistance that is for the good of the place. The great attractions of summer resorts are pure air, pure water, attractive walks, interesting day journeys, &c. Oh, we shall never get rid of that horrid water ques- tion, I am afraid, and people are so particular now, you have no idea." "Thank goodness," said Mrs. Panorama, "we"have good water. Our difficulty- is the sand, and that is really dreadful. Its gets into everything except eggs, at least so they say." It is impossiDie to say wnat can oe done to remedy the sand that penetrates whatever is not air tight; but the water question which troubles Aberystwyth should not have so long held its own. If the lodging-house keepers united they would soon compel the Council to do something final." But everybody has a different scheme," pleaded Mrs. Rheidol. So they have, and ever have had," I continued, but still, if you could make up'your minds that you must have pure water straight frofn the hills, the work would soon be done, for you have the power in your own hands after all." The seasons are so short, so very short, that really we have great difficulty in making both ends meet. What would you do to lengthen the seasons ? asked "Mrs. Port- land. That is a hard question, but a good deal could be done if everybody united and did their share. The first thing is to bring the people into the district. It will then be quite time enough to contend who shall have the largest share of them. You ought Good gracious," exclaimed Mrs. Panorama, we must be going or we shall lose the train, but we will come to see you again." "I have enjoyed the conversation very much," said Mrs. Alydon, and I am very glad to make your ac- quaintance, Miss,—Mira, I think you said, was your n Then they went home, and, as usual with conferences, most likely a great deal will not come of it, but it is a step in the right direction. PERRY WINKLE. The Coast.