ST. WINIFREDE’S WELL IN DANGER.
A correspondet writes: The “holy well of St. Winifrede, North Wales, is in serious danger of being drained dry by reason of a scheme for which Parliamentary powers are being sought. It provides for a large system of drainage by means of tunnels in the lead-hearing strata near the well, and, in the opinion of those best qualified to judge, these tunnels will abstract a great part, if not all of the water which now flows from the well down the Holywell stream. This will be a great calamity to the neighborhood, as the inhabitants, besides using the water for drinking, domestic and curative purposes, find their chief and, in fact, almost their only means of livelihood in the works situated on this stream. These works, some of which are over a hundred years old, will undoubtedly have to shut down if any serious diminution in the flow of water should occur. The Roman Catholic Church has had a shrine built at the well, the spring which feeds it having suddenly appeared, as the legend tells, when the holy virgin martyr was there put to death for her religion. The water is considered to work miraculous cures, and is shipped far and wide to churches and convents for the healing of the sick.”
The citizens of Cumberland, Ia., are justly proud of the system of waterworks recently installed in their town and which is now in operation. The convenience of this improvement, as well as its utility and protection to the property of the citizens against fire, is obvious and is a permanent improvement of which any town may feel proud.