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CARMARTHEN UNDEll TU K L J. Ä.Ll. í,f HE A R C JEl-L IG H T. Ounit. come, surf rit yomluwii you .hall n..lUa<W» w!" 1*»> «"i« m "i /ss*„ >o:i ru*y fte the srnno.it part cf yw." HAKE; TEA FCE. The condition of the Hunt appears til the present momeut to bo exceedingly precarious. In fact, it now appears that unless £ 100 more is forthcoming within the next lew days the whole concur* will -o to tlie dogs in real earnest. There appears to be very little doubt that what is commonly understood by the term sport is on the wane in this neighbourhood. The time was when the Coursing Club was a 0 most nourishing organisation in this h' b b neighbourhood. Now.it is dead and gone. If a similar calamity overtakes the fox- nounas, then Carmarthen may abandon all urther claim to be considered a "county" town A town in hich the "county" people have no o:her than a marketing interest has certainiy little claim to the title m the old-iasmoned son so. To be sure, we have ir),,ted out before us sometimes the d making Carmarthen a residential centre." You may build anv any number of houses but you cannot compel the County families to" come and live in them. The whole result of the building extension of late yoars has boon that people who formerly lived in Carmar- tnen ill fairly good houses have gone to live m better iiouscis others have moved to these fairly good houses and tln-ls a general movement upward has taken place—so that people are Jiving up to their incomes in a style which they never did 20 vcars a-o. No Iresli money is thais brought to illO tUWJI; aud the consequence is that nobody beuelits, except the wise few who speculated wisely in builuing lots," and who got patted on Z5 Z3 the back for making money for themselves. e have had three or jour new btroutu opened during the last li or 7 years; but. I h'avo not heard any of the tradespeople saying that things are improving with them nor have I heard that the population ot tho Lorough has increased to any appreciable extent. A man may eat pastry and sweets and double his weight easily but it will bo difficult for him to persuade people that he had doubled his strength. Now, a movement which deserves every possible encouragement is the Welsh Industries Association. It would do the town much more good than all our anobbish dreams it we couid boom the weaving and other local industries and thus mako work for a hundred more working men than. find employment in the town at present. A hundred working men would Too an iuhnitely better addition to tho town than a select dozen of the snobs inhabiting a fashionablo row of houses—which is the most that could over be hoped for. The working- men would spend all their money in the town; whilst the suobs would go to the Stores when they have money, and run up long accounts with the local tradesmen when they are in low water. Any tradesman will tell you that it is easier to get money from the working classes than from the 0 upper class. We have no county people to attract to Carmarthen and I fail to see why the public aro interested in attracting Oounty-eouit people. Carmarthen, unfortunately, is getting into the hands of the snobocracy, who are determined that it shall not develope at all —if it does not develope as they want it. They are not as Demoeratic even as fashionable Aberystwith for they would not touch the Housing of the Working Classes with the tongs. They don't want to do anything which shall encourage a crowd of dirty-faced working-men to come betwixt the wind and their nubility. But we don't care how many we have of the class who would go down with a lordly air to the butcher's, order half-a-pound of liver, say Send it up," and then strst out with a lordly grace. This is the ultimate trend of our muuicipal development. » Strangers may ask, But surely all your rulers are not part and parcel of the Snobocracy, as you call them." No; my dear enquirer; that is just the worst of it. The snoboernt3 are A^ry few but nobody will offend them. They have only to turn on a disapproving frown and the would-be Hampdcns will creep into their shells like snails. Mr A.B.C. was a tremendously independent character at one time so was D.E.F., G.H.I., and several others; but since Messrs Snob and Co. have spoken so patronisingly to them they feel !3ù delighted with themselves to have been allowed to hobnob with theso celestial beings that they won't do anything to imperil the friendship. fr That is the whole history of every attempt te Democratise the Carmarthen Corporation. The reformers never reform anythiu" the other members reform them, and make them good old typical stick-in-the-muds. [ Notice to Town Councillors If you have never done these things youself, kindly consider the remarks au addressed to your neighbour who hasj. -Jt. Thy respected pastor of the English Baptist Church, Lammas-street (Rev A. Fuller Mills) was on the 7th ult. elected at the annual Association of the Glamorgan and English Baptists as vice-president, the 17 1 's holder of which cilice succeeds to the I presidency next year. In January last year the rev, guutleman was unanimously installed as President of the South Wales English Baptist Sunday School Union. It is not often that two such honours come to a minister in one year. It is evident that the English Baptist., in South Wales are appreciative <>f re;il worth. I am glad to learn that Mr Edward Hughes, of the Carmarthen Office, has been appoiuted to the post of relieving" post-master." ¥ If there is any commercial value in tho Johnstown wells, and tho Corporation are able to establish their title, I would suggest tbat the rights be leased to anybody who is willing to pay for them. At present nobody gets much benefit out of the wells; and if somebody would find it pay to bottle the water, he would find it pay to rent the wells, In that way the town would get some benefit from them. If the Council owns the wells, and cannot get anybody to offer money for fuem, then it is all moonsliine about their great value. I am surprised that it should have been made a cause of complaint that gipsies washed themselves in the well,. It would be a good thing if the sanitary authority encouraged gipsies—and a good many others—to wash themselves a good deal odtener than they do. The gipsies by wash- ing themselves show an excellent example to the many whom we encounter daily in our street, and who look as if soap-and-water had attained war-prices. It is a great pity the example of the giritS is not mure, extensively followed. During- a ten minutes' walk last Sunday I taw n less than three drunken men in the publie thoroughfanu of Carmarthen. Still we are officially informed that the Sunday Closing Act is enforced; and therefore I must loyally reject the evidence of my senses iu obedience to the decisions of Authority. Some limo ago the C,\ <list;:¡' Touring Club called the attention of the local authorities to the nuisance caused by hedge-trimmings being left by the roadside. The matter was attended to at the time; but now heaps of thorns are as common on the roadside as foxgloves are in the hedges. Some day a highway authority will bo prosecuted for causing a nuisance; and then the nuisance will be stopped. Our Lrowster Sessions will soon be here and then tho Superintendent of Police will inform the bench—quite truly-that there has not been a single conviction against any publican during the year. And, of course, the towp will be congratulated on the improved record and everybody will be satisfied. And the publicans themselves will be quite affected on contemplating their own innocence and virtue; and big--wigs will utter ominous threats as to awful steps which are to be undertaken to bung up th free discussion of the evidence of their own senses bv a few heretics. if, Of course, the remarks made in this column last week as to the decrease in the number offish caught has brought forth an explanation. It seems to be all the fault of tho Ferrysido seinc-nets. According to the statements made by the Carmarthen coraclo- men, the seine-uots, onco they begin, catch one half of the fish coming up the river L and frighten tho other half away. Mr David Lewis intends, at the meeting of the Fishery Board held next week, to bring forward a bye-law for tho purpose of dealing with the seine-nets. Union-street is getting its nauio up for man-traps. Oil Sunday two small boys foil down the coal-" shoot" in front of a private house and the Corporation has allowed one of the gratings in the gutter to get into such a condition that in tho dark it is a direct preparation for a broken leg. In such cases anybody who suffers any damage by the condition of such traps has a ground of action against those—whoever they be -rellponbible for the nuisances. Union- street is in the upper end of the town but as it is neither Picton-terrace nor Penllwyn Park, the Corporation officiousuess regard- ing its welfare is of a very modified character. .,¡. Perhaps, however, in regard to this, I shall be told in the words used by an eminent Town Councillor last week that we must put up with many things in small towns." That is the straight road to stagnation. Let us try for improvement as hard as ever wo can and still we shall find ourselves far from perfection. But if wo start off with the idea that anything is goud enough for Carmarthen, wo may as well give up all attempts at civilisation. Wo have to put up with a good deal in Carmarthen indeed iro have to pay first- class rates for third-class municipal government. We pav the price of a very good article, for one which is only middling. I quite agree: wo have to put up with many things in one particular small town. On Friday those of the Volunteers who had remained behind in Carmarthen had to go down to the camp at Penally for the ;n inspection." One gallant volunteer had not had his belt on for six months; and when he tried to screw himself into it ten minutes before train time ho found that he had increased his circumference by six inches in the interval. By means of tugging, puffing, boring new holes, and exerting himself to the verge of apoplexy, the belt was buckled in time. Such are the hard- ships which the Volunteers have to undergo on behalf of Queen and country. I am exceedingly glad to hear that the police have received instructions to put down the rowdyism in Carmarthen streets on Sunday nights—although I fail to see why one defendant who was prosecuted by a private individual and heavily fined for his offence, should have been lectured about this and made into a kind of scape-goat to bear the sins of the people. The general disorder in Carmarthen streets on Sunday nights I am sick and tired of calling attention to and the authorities are, as usual, pretty belated if it has taken them until now to find out about it. "V There aro hundreds of rowdies who go about on the evening of the Lord's Day what (til(I simply charge into and jostle the public so that the thoroughfare has the appearance of a market in which a crowd of infuriated bullocks are goring one ;tliotllel-. 'kii(i fol- Lile of a drunken sailor is fit for the Sunday school compared to it. The portly form of "Jim Pais" will be seen no more in the streets of Carmarthen. Taking him all in all, his failings only did harm to himself. His worst olfenee was obstruction of the thoroughfare. After a life which was anything but luxurious, we may trust that, his frailities forgotten, he has arrived at that happy land where the struggle fol, existence is unknown, and where policemen are never heard of. The workmen are now engaged in carrying out the improvement for Penllwyn Park which is to cost the ratepayers £ 30. "That's the way the money goes." The plantation at the bottom of the Fivo Fields looks in a very forlorn, dusty, dismal condition during the dry weather. What is the objection to planting some of our enclosures with flowers which would now be in full bloom ? In the House of Commons on Monday the Lords'. amendments to the Carmarthen Improvement Bill were considered and agreed tu, and the. Bill was read a third time. i; The three ladies 1 spoke of last week (Mrs 1'alh atti the Misses Wells) as having started from London on their bicycles, to ride tu Carmarthen, have had a most pleasant and successful journey, without accident- of any kind, and were favoured by fine weather. They "pent the nnit night at Henley-on-Thames, the second at 11 Oxford, the third aL Cheltenham, the fourth at Hereford, the fifth at Brecon, and reached Carmarthen on the sixth day, having thoroughly enjoyed their excursion. Two local young ladies have lately been distinguishing themselves as aquatic athletes. Miss Xanno Jenkins and Miss AliceOlive, Boar's Head Hotel, swam last week from Harwich to Felixstowe pier, a distance of about a mile. Well done i.'t At a meeting held at the Nelson Hotel oh fuesday evening, Mr J. F. Bees, M.Iv.C.V.S., in the chair, it was decided to hold a Dog and Cat Show- at Carmarthen in August. Messrs C. H. Williams and Evan Morris were appointed secretaries. The gentlemen con- cerned are to be commended for their public spirit, and it is to be hoped that those who clamour for local attractions for the good of the town will support the venture, as the, dog shows in the past have not been patronised as they should be by the towns- people, and have turned out unsuccessful Prom a monetary point of view. If Madame Patti has placed au order with the Carmarthen United Breweries for 2 casks uf stuut fur Craig-y-nos Castle. This from the Toll Mall G'o;,Ue of Saturday J' ew railway projects have been (ought so hard in the House of Commons as the Fishguard and Rosslare Knihvay and Harbour Bill, the preinable of whieh was passed yesterday. It has been the sport of the company promoters and of all manner of vested interests since its first introduction two years ago, and there has been more lobbying over it than over any public measures for years past. The scheme is to make a harbour at Fishguard, in Wales, run a branch of the Great Western Kaihvay to it, establish a line of steamers Ihenoo to Kosslare, near Wexford, then by utili.iuK cejtyin existing lines open up a new route, via,, Wateiford, Dungarvan, and Lisiiiore, to l ermrsy, a new line is to be made to Coik. The scheme v/i'l open up a new routo to the South of Ire'and with a shorter Gea. passage than the Hoiy- head nu i Dublin route, and it cannot help becoming of great benftitto the trading interests of Ireland, as well as atfuiding a means of approach for tourists to tho Killarney Jakes and elsewhere. The Treasury has materially assisted in procuring the passing of the biil. and Mr Hanbury and Mr Maurice Healy between them have clever iy satisfied all the conflicting interests concerned. A modified competition will now be set up that will revolutionize the commerce and carrying trade of the South of Ireland. # Ihe Carmarthen regatta, I am advised, is about to come oif shortly on a much larger and much grander scale than has been the case for some years recently. Mr E. A. Owen, of the Jubilee Hotel, and others who are the prim; movers in such affairs, have already commenced to make arrangements; and with a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull I I)Ull altogether," the folks on the Quay look forward at no distant date to astonishing 0 the rest of Carmarthen, as well as the neighbourhood. # =*:• The number of cyclists who frequent the Llanstcphan road, especially on Thursday afternoons, has now become so numerous that it behoves those riders who are not adepts to be a little more careful in the management of their mounts. This remark applies especially to young ladies. # .V few accidents occurred last week through the neglect of riders not, keeping the proper side of the road and the serious damage caused to one machine through this fault will be a utiicieiit warning to others. nut this is little comfort to the young man whose machine was run into, with the result of completely budding up his front wheel, it would be well for riders to learll the rules of tbu mad before going on journeys from home. Ai.l l M.l'.I --t>

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