SALE SALE SALE! SALE "L-a. ft Aaauai Winter SALE AoL- IS SECOND TO KOE, SURPASSING ALL OTHERS §cjp" For Real Genuine Reductions In General and Fancy Drapery, Millinery, Corsets, Underclothing Large Stock of IëiJs and Ladies Jackets and Custumes to clear Piles cf Remnants on show each day. Sale during January, as usual, at ANCHOR HOUSE, FISHGUARD JV EA?% NE pectaelco aqd pigp Tegtiijg, D. AUGUSTUS DAVIES, Pharmacist and Optician, NEWPORT, Pem. Will resume his visit to Fishguard next week, Jan. VJth, and will c continue every alternate Thursday until further notice as follows- Jan. 27th, February 10th and 24th, March 10th and 24th, At Mrs RICHARDSON, opposite Temperance Hall. ■ ■ Clearance Sale. BARGAINS!! BARGAINS!! To Arrest the Money-Saving Instincts of Everybody. I We know the Public are quick to discriminate between Goods that have been produced and made up Cheaply for the SALES and the bona-fide Stock, every article of which can be relied upon for Quality of Material, Soundness of Manufacture, and correctness of Style. Note only Address- J8:]ttl :E:»a,.eS9 Bradford House, West-st., Fishguard W. 0. THOMAS' f ANNUAL Q A T 17 CLEARANCE Of Drapery Goods is now on AND IT IS POSITIVELY THE Most Popular Event of the Season. Do not miss the Bargains on offer and remember that our Goods cannot be excelled in Quality, Style, & Cheapness PLEASE NOTE ADDRESS— Railway House, West St., Fishguard And Temple of Fashions, Newport, Pem. SUPPLY STORES, II FISHGUARD, ["^j For the —— —— —— Best-class Groceries j and Provisions. j i ) Fresh Arrivals Daily. Try our New Season Pickle Cabbage, also Onions, Mixed and Broccoli- the finest produced. Finest Cheddar and American Cheese always in stock. We recommend a special Blend of Tea at ls 9d, the Best on the Market. j Francis, I Supply Stores, Fishguard. I D. E. Nichola s Begs to announce that he has TAKEN OVER THE BUSINESS Of Mr. T. M. Daniel. Of which he has hitherto- been the Manager. Whilst thanking afl Customers for past favours, he hopes to receive a continuance of their support, which he will endea vour to mecit. D. E. "NICHOLAS, Ironmonger & Implement Ae;ent West Street, FISHGUARD Cycles, Guns and Cartridges a Specie Jity. The Old Firm-Cannot be B eaten JUST ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE STORES A Large Assortmer it, of Raisins, Currants, Sultanas, Staile," Raisins, Muscatelle's, Jordan and other AlII). onds, Nuts Figs, Dates, Oranges, Apples, Lemo ns, Onions Metz Fruits, Prunes and Dried Apri cots, Jams Jellies, Mincemeat, all kinds of E ssences, Huntley and Palmer's Biscuits, a nd Cakes, Harris' Sausages, Cooked Hams, Luncheon Sausages. Try our Home-cured Bacon or Baaa s with your Turkey. NOTE THE ADDRESS- W. D. GRifrfrr rHs. Castle St: oi -as, FlSHGUKRt jEJOQ Free Insurance UNDERTAKEN BY The Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation, Ltd (Erupowered by Special Act of Parliament). Principal Office 36 to 44, Moorgate Street, London, E.C. THIS 'COUPON-INSURANCE-TICKET I MUST NOT BE DETACHED. Rioo Will be paid by The Ocean a Accident and Guarantee corporation, Limited, Principal Office,Nos. j 44, Moor gate Street, London, E. O., to the legal personal representative of the bona fide hoJdf Jr of this Coupan-Insurance-Ticket if the hold er shall be killed or fatally injured by an accident within the United Kingdom to any Rail- way Company's passenger-tram in which the D older is travelling as a ticket-bearing or fal- paying passenger. Provided that the above undertaking is subject to the following special conditions, which are of the essence of the contract, viz. This Insurance entitles the holder to the benefit I of, and is subject to, the conditions of the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Company, Limited, Act, 1890, Risks Nos. 2 and 3, when they are I not incompatible with the special conditions above ( stated. (a) That death result within thirty days after the accident (b) that the holder shall, prior to the accident, have written his (or her) usual signature in ink in the space provided underneath (c) that notice of the accident be given to the Cor- poration at its Principal Office in London within fourteen days after its occurrence; (d) that medical certificates and other information be fur- nished by the person claiming upon request for the same by the Corporation and (e) that this Insurance applies only to persons over twelve and under seventy years of age, is limited to one Coupon-Insurance-Ticket for any one holder, and holds good for the current week of issue only! The possession of this Coupon-Insurance-Ticket is admitted to be the payment of a premium under Sec. 33 of the Act. A Print of the Act can be seen at the Priacipal Office of the Corporation. Signature of PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE Illustrated Guide to Fishguard, with descriptive Letterpress. Price 2d, per post 3d. First Visit of the" Mauretania to Fishguard. Copies of the fourth reprint of our Special Edition dealing with the fi1"st visit of the Mauretania to Fishguard, may be had, price ld, per post l-d. History of the French Invasion of Fishguard, with an account of the Centenary Celebrations. Price Id, per post lid. 2 The above on Sale at the ECHO" NEWSABENCIES, High Street & West Street, FISHGUARD. Fishguard Harbour Improvement, Co. NOTICE.—The Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of the above Com- pany will be held at the Town Hall, Fish- guard, on Friday, the 28th day of January, at 3.30 in the afternoon, for the Election of Officers, and for the Audit of the Accounts of the Company. T. H. EVANS, Secretary. January 7th, 191 o. COUNTRY HOUSE TO LET. TO LET with immediate possession Cartlett House situate at Trevine (about six miles from Goodwick Station), consisting of three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms (in- cluding servants' rooms), kitchen, larders, etc., together with a large walled-in garden of about half an acre, which is abundantly stocked with choice fruit trees, also stable, cow-house, coach-house, and other out-build- ings. Meadow land may be obtained if required. Further particulars of WM. R. CARVER, Land Agent, Fishguard. -+- REHOBOTH, MATHRY. A GRAND Sacred CONCERT Will be held at the above place —On Friday, February 11th, 1910- When some of the best Local Talent will assist. Chairman-H. P. GRIFFITHS, Esq., Longhouse. Doors open at 7, to commence at 7.30. Admsssion-Front Seats, 2s Back Seats, is Proceeds towards Chapel Building Fund. Glandwr, Gwaun Valley. THE SECOND ANNUAL EISTEDDFOD Will be held at the above place The First Wednesday in August, 1910 Chief Choral (not under 30 voices), Enaid Cu (Isalaw). Prize, £5 5s. Programmes will be ready shortly. University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. (ONE OF THE CONSTITUENT COLLEGES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES. President-The Right Hon. LORD RENDEL Principal—T. F. ROBERTS, M.A. (Oxon.). LL.D. (Viet.) Qtudents are prepared for Degrees in S Arts, Science (including the applied Science of Agriculture), Law, and Music. Sessional Composition Fee, 210, with additional Laboratory Fees for Science Stu- dents. Registration fee, 21. Men students reside in registered lodgings in the town, or at the Men's Hostel-Warden: Professor J W Marshall, M.A. Women students reside in the Alexandra Hall of Residence for Women- Warden Miss E A Fewings.—For full parti- culars respecting the General Arts and Science Departments, the Law, Agriculture and Day Training Departments, the Department for the Training of Secondary Teachers, aud the Hostels, apply to J. H. DAVIES, M.A., Registra Mr. Frederick G. Palmer, Associate of the Royal College of Organists (Certificates: F.R.C.O., Practical Exam- ination the Associated Board of the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music; the Incorporated Society of Musicians, London (honours), and Trinity College, London). GIVES bESSON In Organ, Pianoforte, Voice Production and Theory of Music also personal or correspondence lessons in Har- mony, Counterpoint, etc. High Street, Fishguard. BAZAAR. » THE London Bazaar Co. Are once more in the District with a Grand Assortment of Useful Domestic Articles At the Popular Price of uuuu 612do Which cannot be equalled in the County (commencing on Thursday, January 27, 1909). Thousands of Articles to choose —from.— Don't forget we are here for a short time only. Note the Address— Square, Fishguard. PUNCHESTON. THE ANNUAL t Clearance Sale Of Drapery And other Goods at A. REES' STORES, Commences Tuesday, February 2nd, And Continues throughout the Month Special Bargains in all Departments will be offered. A Big Lot of Remnants of Dress Goods, Prints, Muslins, Flannels, Flannelettes, Checks, Zephyrs, &c. Blankets, Quilts, Counterpanes, Bed Ticks, Sheetings, Corsets, Shawls, Turnovers, Wool Wraps, Gloves, Umbrellas, Millinery. Bargains' in Gents' Department- Hats and Caps, Collars, Ties, Mufflers, Braces, Hosiery, Shirts, Vests, Pants, &c., will be sold at a very Great Reduction so as to make room for New Goods. Lot of Paper Hangings slightly damaged at id per piece. Ready-Money During Sale. W. DAVIES & Co., Boot and Shoe Stores, Gc>c>d. "VVick, Have recently removed to LARGER and more CONVENIENT PREMISES and are now able to Supply BOOTS AND SHOES Of all Classes at the Lowest Possible Prices, and hopes are entertained that they will obtain a fair patronage from the inhabitants. Thanking for past, favors DINAS CROSS.—TO LET, with im- mediate possession, a SMITHY splendid opportunity for an energetic work- man.-Appty, W. J. Ravmond, Henllan, Dinas Cross. Preliminary Announcement. C.M. CHAPEL, TREVINE. A GRAND EISTEDDFOD Will be held at the above place on St. David's Day (March 1st) Proceeds in aid of Organ Fund. Musical Adjudicators—Messrs D EVANS, Maen- clochog, and TOM DAVIES, Whitland. President—W. F. RocH, Esq., M.P. Chief Choral "Addoliad" (Ambrose Lloyd)—Prize, £ i ios. Programmes now ready, price id., per post Ii-d., to be had of Miss M. L, RICHARDS, Hon. Sec. Council School, Croesgoch. Temperance Hall, Fishguard. THE SECOND ANNUAL EISTE ID ID JTOID I (In connection with the Tabernacle Chapel) I will be held at the above place —On Wednesday, March 2nd, 1910- Chief Choral, O'r Dyfnder y Llefais (Samuel)— £ 3 3s. Male Voice, Dewrion Feibion Gwalia (H. Davies, A.C.)— £ 1 is. Children's Choir, March of the Men of Harlech "(Murdoch's School Songs)-15s- Programmes (id, per post i id) are now ready and may be obtained of the Hon. Secretaries, HOWARD ROBERTS & G. C. HOWELLS. To David Rees, of Main Street, Fish- guard, one of the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Fishguard in the County of Pembroke, and to the Super- intendent of Police of the Division of Fishguard in the said County of Pem- broke, and to the Clerk to the Licen- sing Justices of the said Division of Fishguard. I HERMANN FRANK ESCHBACHER, 9 of Hotel Russel, London, Hereby give you Notice that it is my intention to apply at the General Annnal Licensing Meeting for the Division of Fishguard, to be holden at the Town Hall, Fishguard, in the said County of Pembroke, on the Ninth day of February next, ensuing for a Provisional License for the sale of Spirits, Wine, Beer, Porter, Cider, Perry and other Intoxicating Liquors, to be drunk or consumed on or off a certain House and the Premises thereunto belonging about to be constructed for the purpose of being used as a house for the sale of Intoxicating Liquors to be consumed on or off such Premises situate at or near Park-y-morfa and Fishguard Castle, in the parish of Fish- guard in the County of Pembroke, to be called the HOTEL ABERGWAUN, and which I intend to keep as an Inn, Alehouse, or Victu- alling House. Given under my hand this 17th day of January, One thousand nine hundred and ten. H. F. ESCHBACHER. Witness- EDWARD ELIOT, 4, Clements Inn, Strand, W.C., Solicitor. FOR SALE, Glass-Sided Hearse (nearly JU new), also Brougham in splendid condition price, 55 guineas. Apply, J. Brayley, Coach Builder, Mumbles, near Swansea. DINAS CROSS.—To Let, House and Garden, No. 3, Tower Hill, Dinas, with immediate possession.—Apply, No. 4, Tower Hill, Dinas. ENOCH LEWIS, West-street, Fishguard, has been appointed Agent for Messrs Parry and Rock, Swansea, and he is now prepared to buy all HIDES of Sheep, Cattle and Horses, and will give good prices for same. i3m3ip WALLPAPERS from 1id per Roll. Any W quantity large or small. Wholesale prices. Stock exceeds 250,000 Rolls, all classes: Write for patterns, stating class required. (Dept. 105) Barnett Wallpaper Co. Ltd., Knott Mill, Manchester. LOCAL Business Agent Wanted for The Syren and Shipping Illustrated," the leading sixpenny weekly Journal devoted to the shipping interest; liberal terms.—Address, 93, Leadenhall-street, London, E.C. ODGINGS.-Peregrine has accommoda- JLJ tion for three or four respectable Lodgers at Cambridge House, with or without board. —Apply, Peregrine, Cambridge House, Fish- guard. TO LET, with immediate possession, Cottage at Goodwick Bridge.—For particulars apply James Thomas & Son, Land Agents, Haverfordwest. TO LET, Dwelling House in Kensington- street, Fishguard, at present in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Lloyd.—Apply to Miss Owen, Tabernacle Villa, Park-street, Fishguard. MADAME LEWIS cures chronic com- plaints by personal magnetism; her- bal medicines; special female pills, 1 and 2/9 per box.—Address, 15, Talbot Street, Aberavon. 3fe3P TO LET, House and Small Shop in March, JL good position.—Apply, J. Herbert, West-street. COAL AND CULM at Lower Fishguard. A good supply of best Screened Coal and Culm will always be kept in stock, at lowest possible prices. Orders respectfully solicited.—Apply, J. Ayres (T. Lamb), Lower Fishguard. LOST, from Penpark, Trevine, a two-year- old RAM, marked with letter X on rump. Finder rewarded.—Apply, G Wilcox, Penpark, Trevine. 2ja27 WANTED by February 20th, a strong, W willing Girl, about 17 years of age as Nurse-housemaid.—Apply, Mrs J. C Yorke,Langton, Dwrbach, R.S.O., Pembroke- shire. TO LET, with immediate possession, a three-stalled Stable and Coach-house, situate off Main-street, Fishguard also the lower floor of the Stores at Lower Fishguard. —For particulars, apply to Walter J Vaughan, Solicitor, Fishguard. DONKEY CART for Sale, in good con- dition.—Apply, Echo Office. 3j'27 TO FARM E R S. -Second-hand Corn JL Grinding Mill for sale cheap; also second-hand Chaffcutter. Bargains.—Apply, D E Nicholas, Ironmonger, Fishguard. 2ja27 TO LET, Dwelling House at Heol Dyfed, Windy Hall rental (including all rates and water rate), 6s weekly.—Apply to Agent, A. J. Hodges, A.A.I., Auctioneer, Town Hall, Fishguard. FOR SALE, new Spring Cart, suit horse 15 hands light Fruit Cart; also strong Trolly to carry i ton 15 cwt., bitted with screw brake, painted and lined. Apply, J. Morris, Coachbui!der, Fishguard. WANTED, at once, a respectable Girl as General SERVANT.—Apply, Mrs F J Harries, Hamilton Hcuse, Fishguard. HOUSE TO LET in SmytlTst^t^ Fishguard. Immediate possession — Apply, R. Morgan, Smyth-street. 3fe3P. TO LET, comfortable Lodgings for ladies and gentlemen from school.—Apply, "Echo "Offices. ■— — HOUSE TO LET at Vergam Terrace, Fishguard. Hot and cold water, and all conveniences, apply V J G Johns, Fish- guard. Dublin and Wicklow Manures.—Users of the above well-knovtrn manures can obtain a first-class art calendar from the Agent-A J Hodges, Town Hall, Fishguard.—Advt.
Saturday's Declaration. Liberal Celebrations. Torch-Light Procession. The declaration of the Borough poll was a declaration in name only. To all intents and purposes the streets were as empty as on an ordinary Saturday afternoon, and the tele- gram posted in the Echo office windows in High-street and West-street shortly before two o'clock was merely inspected by casual passers-by. Nevertheless, the news spread with phenomenal rapidity, and the figures were speedily known throughout the length and breath of the town, with the result that within an hour a crowd of boys was patroll- ing the streets rearing aloft a banner bearing the extent of the Liberal majority, and attracting attention thereto by the persistent ringing ot a hand-bell. Therea! demonstration, in celebration of the dual victory, took place, however, shortly after eight o'clock at night, when a procession of 36 torch bearers and other enthusiasts, paraded the principal thoroughfares, subse- quently forming a ring in the centre of the Square. A considerable number of extra police had been drafted into the town, as a safeguard against any contingency which might arise. These patrolled. the streets in couples, but, fortunately, no occasion for their intervention arose, the whole of the proceedings being characterised by great restraint. As a matter of fact, many prominent Conservative tradesmen had contributed their quota to- wards the expenses of the demonstration, and this fact naturally tended towards the cultiva- tion of a feeling of good-will. On the Square a large crowd had assem- bled beyond the ring of torches, and, it having been decided to hold a brief meeting, Mr 0 D Jones was, on the motion of Mr D Gwion Thomas, seconded by Mr David John, voted to the "chair." They were, he said, called together that night for a double reason they had won two victories in Pembrokeshire-(hear, hear)-the Boroughs election by 705 majority and the County election by 2,844 (cheers). Mr Roch had well deserved what he had had, and more, and the speaker confessed that he was a bit disappointed that he had not had three thousand majorityr It was not the time, that night, for speaking, but for rejoicing, and he therefore requested that the few friends whom he would call upon would be brief in their remarks. Mr D Gwion Thomas-whom the Chair- man described as the real leader of the work- ingmen of Fishguard-said he was sorry that the condition of his voice would not allow him to address them all he wished that it could reach to the outer extremities of that audience. As the Chairman had said, that ,WS aThle l°r,r^0!Png' not for speech-mak- iL eyu j ad one of the best victories that they had ever had in Pembrokeshire. I hey had had ail the forces of Conservatism, landlordism, and capitalism arrayed against them but, despite that fact, they had won a great fight-(Cheers)-and they had got to thank the people who were electors in the county for it. He simply wanted to thank hem for what they had done, and for what they were doing that night by celebrating 2ln',CST' "? ,houSht "i' werf suflcient of the people there to thank them in a more practical way for it. (Cheers). The Chairman having, amidst cheers, an- nounced a number of Liberal victories, called upon Mr A J Hodges, remarking that he was a gentleman who had worked very hard for the Liberal cause during the last few days. Mr Hodges said he was delighted to be there that night. As they were aware, he was not a public speaker, and never had spoken in public, but he was delighted to be on the side of the peopie against the Peers and also delighted at the splendid victories won in the Boroughs and in the County. He only hoped that the Tories had now had sufficient in Pembrokeshire and would never- .1 contest the seats again. (Cheers). The Chairman next called upon Mr W JY Lewis, the Secretary of the Goodwick Liber- al Association, he, speaking in Welsh, asked to- be pardoned for not saying much, as he pre- I a"d not peaking. He reiter^- ated Mr Hodges hope that the Tories would never contest the seat again. (Cheers). At this stage of the proceedings a bonfire was made of the torches in the centre of the ring, but ultimately they were raised aloft again, and Mr Lewis continued his address. Still speaking in the vernacular, he said they had arrayed against them all the forces of darkness, yet Mr Samson, who was a Pem- brokeshire man, had polled two votes less than Mr Lort Williams had done before. Mr-i Roch had served them well during the last eighteen months, and there was no justifica- tion whatever for the Conservatives having opposed him in the present contest. (Cheers). The Chairman, in bringing the meeting to a close, said they had never been disorderly, and he appealed to them now to conduct themselves in such a way that the police force which had been imported into the town should have nothing to do. (Cheers). He thought that Supt. Brinn was very proud of the way in which they had conducted them- selves that night. (Cheers). The assembly having- sung" For he's a, jolly good fellow," gave three cheers apiece- for each of the new members, for the Irish- men who had supported them, and for the: Rev. J Hughes Parry, Rector of Rudbaxton. The Chairman then wished them all' Good night,' remarking that they had had a jolly good day-the best for many a year past.. (Cheers). The meeting then dispersed, the torches; having previously been converted into a bon- fire.
Record Borough Poll. The poll in the Fishguard Borough Waf S'Ot heavy as, in all probability, to constitute a record. The total electorate numbers 4Z3 of whom 29 were absent from the locality two. were deceased, and one qualification was a duplicate. This left 391 potential voters, of whom no less than 385 exercised the fran- chise, leaving but six persons unaccounted for. The total nnmber of those who polled at Fishguard in the two county booths was 712. o AFTER THE DECLARATION. After the declaration of the poll, at Haver- fordwest, Mr Roch, the new member, was carried around the town by his supporters Speaking from the balcony of the Marin^rc' Hotel, he said that once again he had to thank Pembrokeshire for a vote of confidence- Once again had they defeated Tariff Reform. (Applause). Pembrokeshire believed in the Budget Pembrokeshire understood what tne Budget meant in the years to come. He believed their Conservative friends sometimes. under-estimated the earnestness of Liberalism llT rl116 deep conviction whichi underlay it, and the broad humanity that inspired it. Mr Marlay Samsom was also carried > w his supporters from the Shire-hall to thp Castle Hotel, from the windows of whic? addressed a large crowd. They had, he LiT Pup$.ve?y good fight, anr/ they had done their best. (Cheers). He thought the feeling they all had was one of hope that the time would soon come when they would have a chance of doing it agai n. (Cheers). However, they must not allow themselves tn be discouraged in Pembrokeshir e but must work all the harder, so that n<ext' time they would do much better. (Cheevs). He hoped next time he would be able 10 pull down the majority, if not get rid of it altogether. (Cheers). He did not want them to go home feeling in the least discouraged, but to find out where the weak places were and try to remedy them.
County Council Election- MATHRY DIVISION. We are requested to state that Mr E H Lewis, of Hendre House, Penycwm, will con- test, in the Liberal interests, the seat for the Mathry Division, upon the County Council, which is to be vacated at the forthcoming election by Mr T E Thomas, J.P., Trehale
rTlO LET, with immediate possession, all rf- tbat House Garden, and Premises, situated in Hill Road, Lower Fishguard lately in the occupation of Mrs Thomas who is leaving for the United States.—For further particulars apply to Mr W. Evans, solicitor, Tower Hill, Fishguard
ENTRE SOUS. SUCH of our readers as endeavour to live up to the maxim of Peace at any price," as would sacrifice the bulk of their dubious pre- rogatives in return for a quiet life, will be well advised to extract the utmost amount of satisfaction from the lull which has suc- ceeded the recent storm. For the moment, the wicked politician has ceased, locally^ from troubling, and the weary elector is at rest. The calm is, however, illusive. With- out necessarily accepting the pessimistic pro- gnostications of those who confidently fore- tell another General Election ere the close of the year, we venture to assert that, before many more liners have entered Fishguard Roadstead, the electorate of the Twin Towns and their environs will have had ample reason to discount very largely the vaunted blessings of Democracy, for looming upon the horizon are elections galore-county, urban rural, parochial and poor law THE" Man in the Street" who reads with an I intelligent interest reports of the proceedings of the various educational authorities, throughout the county must be painfully ] struck with the unsatisfactory feature that permanence of staffs appears to be the last thing aimed at by the powers that be. What- ever the cause, it is an indisputable fact that scarcely a month elapses without one or more changes being chronicled in connection with the local schools, whilst even in the filling of vacancies which arise there appears to be no definite policy employed, with the result that it is doubtful if anybody except a headmaster could specify oil-hand the precise strength and qualifications of the staff of any particular school. Were we still in the evolutionary period which followed the passage of the Act of 1902 the situation would be readily com- prehensible, but, after the lapse of seven years' experience, the state of affairs prevail- ing at present strikes the outsider as decided- ly unsatisfactory both to the members of the scholastic profession and to the pupils under their care, for it must be self-evident to all that direct continuity of tuition is one of the primary essentials of efficiency. ONCE again is the North Pembrokeshire Far- mers' Club in a position to report a satis- factory year's working, there being available a credit balance of upwards of fifty pounds over and above the £150. which are always kept upon deposit as a wise preparation for a. rainy day-a contingency which might other. wise prove disastrous to the show. It is gratify ing to observe that, with every increase of prosperity, the club augments its prize- money, whilst the persistent revision to which the classes have been subjected during the past few years has placed them upon a basis calculated to meet with the approval of the most fastidious. Much of this xevision owes its orign to the deep interest in the welfare of the show manifested by the honorary sec- retary (Mr. V. J. G. JOHNS), who annually places before his colleagues a batch of useful suggestions based upon the experience of the past twelve months. That there is a pros- perous future before the organisation none can doubt. Some of the suggestions brought forward at the annual meeting may have been premature, but the mere fact that such issues were raised affords welcome evidence of the progressive thought which is making itself felt in local agricultural circles. APROPOS of the show, we cordially welcome the suggestion—adopted by the Club-to in- clude prizes for donkeys in the schedule, and heartily congratulate Miss CHAMBERS upon her kindly foresight and generosity in con- nection therewith. The ass plays a promin- ent part in the haulage work of the county, and anything which will tend towards im- proving its conditions of labour and of exist- ence should be strongly encouraged. We re- call a well-known seaside resort where the annual presentation of prizes for the best- kept shore donkeys is quite an important social function, whilst it is an admitted fact that the treatment of the animals has under- gone a marked change since the introduction of the system. A THE new Oaths Act to which we referred in- cidentally a week ago is, beyond question, the most ill-advised measure which has passed the Legislature for many a year past. Throughout the length and breadth of the land, in the highest and in the lowest courts of the realm, it has evoked from judges, magistrates, jurors, litigants, witnesses and press, a storm of criticism such as is probably unprecedented in the history of our jurispru- dence. With the fundamental principle of the Act none is inclined to quarrel, but, like many another well-intentioned measure, its potential advantages have been nullified, partially by careless drafting, and partially by careless amendments, whilst the coup de grace to its efficiency has been administered by the crass stupidity of the Home Office, which ought to obtain, at the hands of an elementary schoolboy, a lesson in English composition and the inadmissability of taut- ology. One of the first duties which will fall to the lot of the next Government, how- ever it may be constituted, will be the amend- ment of this enactment so as to enable the words of the oath to be administered in the second person, and the witness to declare I do." It should also be clearly laid down in any future measure that the Act is to be strictly adhered to, and that ungrammatical addenda by the juvenile clerks of the Home Office will not be tolerated. & A Ot ) THE failure of the Lusitania to inaugurate the direct New York-Fishguard service- following, as it does, upon a similar incident in respect to the Umbria "will be more pleasant reading to Liverpolitans and Queen- stonians than to Fishguardians. (Holyhead we eliminate from consideration, for that port has never yet essayed to establish her- self as a winter base for Atlantic liners.) Nevertheless, it is to be feared that even our most jealous rivals will extract but cold com- fort from the fact. Queenstown's day is past, and Liverpool can never again hope to secure the bulk of the passenger traffic, whilst Fish- guard's facilities are improving monthly. Those whom recent events may induce to in- dulge in criticism would do well to bear in mind that the South Walian port is, as yet, in but an embryonic stage, but that her har- bour works are pushing steadily forward to- wards completion, whereas the Mersey Bar still presents a grave hindrance to navigation, and Holyhead's approach is marred by rocks dreaded by every mariner. « » THE tenour of the communication received from the Main Roads Committee of the County Council by the Urban Council ap- pears to indicate that there is more proba- bility of the application in respect to West- street and Windy Hall being acceded to than was surmised from the reported proceedings of that body. We would strongly urge upon the Urban Authority the imperative necessity of impressing upon the County Authority the fact that the thoroughfare in question bears as much traffic as, the whole of the main roads in the north county do iu the aggre- gate, and that to continue to treat it as a secondary road simply because it was so once is as preposterous as it would have been for the Trinity Brethren to have declined to erect a lighthouse on Strumble Head simply because it had never hitherto been required. » » ? AFTER hunting about for a considerable per- iod, the Sanitary Committee has recommen- ded the leasing for the purposes of a store of stables, which its own Surveyor declares to be too small to accommodate the rotary brush This is on a par with the subsequent suggestion that the Council should erect a store upon Penslade at an estimated cost of £ 60, when a private individual had offered to do the work at his own expense, charging £ & a year rental. Theoretically, the former may constitute the soundest finance, but-it means an increase of nearly 2ld on the rates. 2 ? THE decision to appoint a Committee to su- pervise the working of the municipal quarry on Penslade is a wise one, and should tend to obviate in the furure a great deal of the in- dulgence and personalities which have, unfor- tunately, been attributable to this undertak- ing in the past. THE experiment recently carried out in the transport of dead meat direct from Ireland to Smithfield bids fair to add yet another source of revenue to the Fishguard-Rosslare route, thus increasing the number of men em- ployed, and proportionately enhancing the prosperity of the Twin Towns, provided, of course, that it does not react upon the exist- ing cattle traffic.
I Pembrokeshire Polls. -r- Liberals Retain Both Seats. Increase in County Maj ority After a strenuous contest of upward's of a month's duration, broken only by the momen- tary intervention of Yuletide, the Liberal Party has succeeded in retaining both seats in the Parliamentary representation of the Premier County of the Principality. Sir Owen C Philipps, K.C.M.G., the late member for the Pembroke and Haverford- west Boroughs (included amongst which is Fishguard), had an opponent in the per- I son of Sir George Armstrong, whose ardent support of the policy of Lord Charles Beres- ford was expected to exercise considerable influence upon the dockyard vote, which, it was also anticipated, was likely to be swayed to no inconsiderable extent by the volte face executed by Devonport, Portsmouth, Chat- ham, and Woolwich. As a matter of fact, however, it is admitted by both parties that the two Pembrokes were the strongest of the contributory Boroughs in favour of Sir Owen, whose majority was as follows :— I (fSIR OWEN PHILIPPS (L) 3,582 | *SIR OWEN PHILIPPS (L) 3,582 SIR GEORGE ARMSTRONG (C) 2,877 Liberal Majority 7°5 J u In the igoo and the 1895 elections the seat had been held by the Conservatives by major- ities of 12 and 469 respectively. The aggregate poll on this.occasion show- ed an increase of 356 upon the figures in the last contest, and of this augmentation no less than 350 of the votes were recorded for the Conservative candidate. In the County, equally with the Boroughs, the Conservative prospects looked far rosier than upon the last occasion upon which an appeal had been made to the electorate, for in Mr Marlay Samson they had a candidate resident, well-known and popular in the county, and, although they made but little secret of the fact that they scarcely looked for victory, they confidently anticipated being able to reduce the majority to a very con- siderable extent. Actually, however, the reverse was the case, the result being:- wWALTER F. ROCH (L) 6>I35 E. MARLAY SAMSON (C) 3,'291 Liberal Majority 2,844' Thus, Mr Walter F Roch, the late member, was returned.with a majority showing an in- crease of 672 upon the one which had en- abled him first to enter Parliament after the bye-election in 1908. The aggregate poll showed an increase of 668, the whole of which must be credited to Mr Roch, as must also two others lost by his opponent as compared with Mr Lort Williams' poll eighteen months ago. As compared with the last General Election, Mr Roch polled 249 votes more than did Mr J Wynford Philipps (Lord St. David's), but, 1Qasmuch as Mr Samson polled 685 more Votes than did Mr Lort Williams, the Liberal Majority shows a decrease of 436 since Jan- Uetrv 1906. As compared with 1895 and 1898 there are Creases in the majority of 2,260 and of 1100 respecti vely.
♦ POLLING AT FISHGUARD. Declaration Scenes. Torch-Light Procession. To the journalist there is, generally speak- ing, ilfi more prolific source of inspiration than a contested Parliamentary election, and P°?r 1Q(leed is the scribe assessed who i's un- ab e tOprocjuce severai coiumns Qf Semi-hu- mourous matter descriptive of polling and ^atlon incidents. S^ard must, however, be accepted as the exception which is, paradoxically, alleged ^thertlle'for a more tame, unexciting, ana rr°Hi a journalistic point of view—unin- terestlOg ection it has never been the lot of the writer to witness. This is Hje more remarkable in view of the excitement and acute party feeling which had characterise the earlier rounds of the contest, and it can only be assumed that the more demonstrative factors had been exhausted, and the battle left in the hands of zealous but unobtruSjve workers. The towli was well supplied with mural literature, ijany temporary hoardings having been erected for the occasion, and it is in- structive to observe the change which has, of late years, come over thjs form Q £ election- eering. ime was when crudelv-painted placards invited one to vote for Blank and every reform under the sun, or for Dash, the man who haq saved the Empire from perdit- ion, and was willing to do so again. These, however, are now all but relics of the past. To-day each party is armed with coloured cartoons mj*tiy betraying considerable artis- tic merit which are certainly more attractive and quite as Unreliable as their less gaudy predecessors. ° J Polling for the Boroughs took place on Wednesday, the booth being situate in the Town Hall, outside which a small knot of people clustered throughout the day. Others congregated in and near the respective com- mittee-rooms Of the rival candidates, but, for the most part, the chief occupants of the streets were the juvenile section of the com- munity, who took advantage of the school holiday to patrol the thoroughfares sporting the various colo^g & H s r, A f?,W^ Ve^' "b°th equine and petrol- Darf the evidence,' but for the most from h e niarPM [^dependent elector strolled 3" r^.s pla5 b«sines9, recorded his vote, and returned to his commercial cares, the local Borough being so compact that con- veyances were bt seldom required. I he incidents attendant upon the passage through the town of Sir Q and Armstrong were recorded in our last issue- published at noon that day and need not be here recapitulated. The fact that Wednesday is the weekly half-holiday might have enhanced the ani- mation of the COlltest, but, as a matter of fact, the closing of the shops, though it ad- ded to the number of people in the streets, cast a somewhat sombre cloak over the pro- ceedings. Promptly on me Stroke of eight, the doors of the Town Hall \vere closed,, not a single cheer marking the close of a coatest whfch was destined to live jn history The departure Of the ballot-boxes for Haverfordwest, however aroused some little degree of enthusiasm and, as the evening wore on, the crowds 8tew, until, shortly before midnight, when the h^t results of that day's polling in other constitueilces came through, the approach to our head offices in High- street was impassa e to telegraph messengers, who were compelled to proceed via Hamilton street, Parkyshut, and t^e rear entrance. For close upon three hours a constant suc- cession of results was anQounced to the wait- ing crowd, that which aroused the most enthusiasm being ,aturally the local victory of Sir Owen Philipps, wich was declared at 1.20 a.m. Thenceforth bands of the more enthusiastic Liberal partisans praeQ the town singing, cheering, and bell ringing Generally speak- ing, however, the demonstration was as order- ly as any audible expressin can be, and it is gratifying to be able to rrd that no com- plaints of horseplay have been received, al- though some humorist conCeived the brilliant idea of tethering a stray zheep to the call- bell of a local medical gentleman, whose slumbers were disturbed by the futile efforts of the captive to regain its liberty. THE COUNTY CONTEST. Polling for the County took place in the Council Schools, on Friday. Owing to the fact that practically the whole of the elector- ate is non-resident in the town the streets, square, and hostelries naturally presented a scene of greater animation tilall on the Wed- nesday, but, despite the influx of voters, and the accumulation of private, public, and party vehicles, it must be confessed that the town is far more crowded OQ an average market day. A number of voters arrived by the after- noon Boat Express, included amongst these being Mr W H Thomas, of Old l\lq.nor House, Wrington, Bristol; the Rev Henry Miles,' Rector of Llanstinan, and two gentlemen en route to record their votes in the cathedral city of St. David's. Both parties had committee rooms in West- street, and in each a great amount of work was done unobtrusively. The street itself was moderately thronged all day, but the actual close of the poll elicit- ed practically no interest, and, as a result of the declaration not taking place until the following day, the remainder of the evening passed off in an exceptionally quiet manner.