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."Ia.- Last week I begged for Y,5 to defray the expenses of 'a poor widow taking a few weeks' rest, as her untiring efforts to maintain a family of six young children had badly aggravated a serious complaint from which she suffered, thus rendering absolute rest necessary if the children were not to be left motherless as well as fatherless. I am much disappointed to have re- ceived only 7s. 6d. in response to my brief appeal, 5s. from my good friend Mrs Dance, and 2s. 6d. from An In- dustrious Wife," who has none too much to spare herself, but still has sent me half-a-crown with the request that it should be acknowledged anony- mously. I know that Mr Lloyd George has seriously upset the whole country, and that people with large as well as small incomes are buttoning up their pockets and shutting their eyes to poverty and misfortune which are always around them but it is so long since I have felt justified in appealing to my readers for assistance in a good cause, that I con- fess to feeling my pen must be at fault and that it has lost its power to extract a few pounds from the pockets of the wealthy even when the appeal made is of the most deserving kind. Good ladies and gentlemen who still have an abundance, do please send me the few pounds which I appeal for. I want the money quickly and I want it badly. For pity's sake don't let my appeal fail. # It is good news that the plebiscite undertaken by the promoters of a Ratepayers' Association has been so far successful that over one half of the voters on the burgess roll have signified their wish for the promotion of such an Association. Personally, I am satisfied that until a majority of the ratepayers of Tenby will take an intelligent inte- rest in the welfare of the town there will be no serious improvement in its management which is now characte- rized by extravagance, indifference to the general prosperity, and party inte- rest by some members, all of which would be promptly put an end to if the ratepayers were true to themselves. It should be generally known that the promoters of the Ratepayers* Asso- ciation have gone to the trouble of leaving a voting paper with every per- son whose name appears on the burgess roll, and the collection of these papers has been as carefully carried out, with the following very satisfactory result, and which is worthy of the considera- tion of all those who have the true interest of Tenby at heart. Nearly 850 voting papers were delivered, and out of this number 565 were collected in, showing that nearly 300 voters did not consider it worth while to express an opinion—if they had got one—by filling the paper up for or against. However, of the 565 papers collected, no less than 424 voted in favour of the formation of a Ratepayers' Association; 113 returned their papers unmarked, while only 28 declared themselves against the proposal. < # # These results fairly show that as there are something like 850 voters on the municipal register, 424, or just one half, favour some effort being made to have the government of Tenby decent- ly carried on, whilst to about 400 the government of the town is of so little importance that they will not fill up a paper giving their opinion of it; only 28 persons expressed their content with things as they are and wish that the present party in power should not be disturbed. To me the result of this fair and square plebiscite brings considerable satisfaction. Just one half of the bur- gesses are dissatisfied with the majority in the Town Council, but at the same time almost an equal number are in- different, and their indifference means that the waste of public money and the muddle of public affairs are prob- ably left in the hands of the twenty- eight people who have expressed their content with the existing management. However, if the 424 who would like to see an improvement will vote for their candidates on November 1st next, the management of Tenby's affairs and its general prosperity will speedily im- prove. *#* Mr Malcolm Scott, the celebrated comedian from London, accompanied by several talented artistes, appeared in Tenby last Friday and Saturday; and as they were due to show in Ilfra- combe on Monday evening they decided to voyage across the Bristol Channel on Sunday by means of the smart little fishing-smack Henues (under the com- mand of Skipper Gregory), specially chartered for the purpose. The attrac- tion of such a sail induced me to accompany them, and I am particularly requested to inform my readers that during the passage from Caldey Island to within half-a-mile of Ilfracombe Pier, Mr Malcolm Scott was very sorry for himself indeed, and so seriously repented of his many offences against High Society, that he laid his head upon the bulwark, and when he did lift it, his countenance was pitiful to behold. Mr Walter McEwen, his manager, after a gallant attempt to make the rest of the company happy and comfort- able, survived long enough to assist his brave little wife in catching one mackerel and losing a second, when he collapsed into a recumbent position upon the top of the dress baskets and firmly refused to say anything to any- body, until a more than usually heavy plunge of the dancing little craft sent baskets and Mr McEwen flying against the lee rail, very nearly shooting him overboard, a catastrophe only averted by his vigorously clinging to his shift- ing couch. The ladies, as usual, were much braver than the men; in fact. Miss Stapley, who delighted Tenby audi- 21 j ences with the aid of her violin, never I lost lier vivacity, and insisted upoa a lunch of cold chicken with a cup of tea being served to her when half-way across. Mrs McEwen (Miss Lilian Pollard) bravely struggled to follow her good example, but was obliged to lean over the lee rail more than once; whilst Miss Foote lay prone upon the trawl net of the Hermes quite indiffe- rent to the fact that a hard piece of foot-rope formed her pillow, and that the flying spray would soon wet her through. We carefully covered her with rug and overcoat until the smooth water under the high Ilfracombe land made our little craft steady, and we glided into the harbour about half-past four, having left Tenby at eleven o'clock. I should very much like to hear Mr Malcolm Scott describe his feelings whilst crossing the Bristol Channel in a Tenby fishing-smack. F. B. M. THE TATLER."