Tradesmen Beware! A much be-jewelled man has been arrested at Llandudno for uttering counterfeit five- shilling pieces. At the police court on Tuesday the prisoner described himself as William Stephens, a ship's purser of Bristol. and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was committed to take his trial at the Carnarvonshire Assizes. The base coiner is said to be very busy in Birmingham and district just at present. The chief traffic is in five shilling pieces, but there are hundreds of four shilling pieces, half- crowns, fl )loins, shillings and sixpences in circulation.
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "JeweII; Prestaty.n." FRANK JEWELL, Auotioneev, ESTATE AGENT AND VALUER, Collector of Income Tax. Sales by Auction of aU classes of Property. Valua- tions made for Probate. Mortgage, Transfer of Tenancy, and other purposes. Rents Collected and Properties Managed. Insurances effected in all the principal offices. Auction and Estate Office- HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. J. LLOYD JONES, (From Clay and Abraham, Liverpool, Chymists to the Queen). DISPENSING AND FAMILY CHYMIST. THE PHARMACY, PRESTATYN. Prescriptions carefully compounded under the per- sonal supervision of the Principal. Telephone No. 3yl. HOW DELICIOUS IT IS Is the delighted opinion ex- pressed or implied by, all who try our Famous TEL YNO TEA (REGISTERED) at 1/6, 1/8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGENT W. J. Williams, The Stores. HIGGINS, The Raven, TOWN HALL BUILDINGS. Luncheon & Tea Booms. High-class Confectionery. T. Parru Williams & Co Painters, Decorators, and Glaziers. -0- Plain and Fancy Window Glass always in Stock. BRISTOL HOUSE, Prestatyn. FOR HIGH-CLASS Grocery & Provisions, Bread & Confectionery GO TO PROVINCIAL STORES (Corner of Nant Hall Road), Telepbone 5x. PRESTATYN VAN DELIVERIES DAILY. A. W. JONES, Proprietor. J. E. KELLY, SEEDSMAN AND FLORIST, English & Foreign Fruiterer, SEFTON STORES, PRESTATYN. Fresh Vegetables Daily from our own gardens. Choice Cut Flowers a speciality. Private Gardens attended to. PROVENDER. J. R. Tickle, CORN MERCHANT, Colomenfryn, Prestatyn, i- STORES PLAS BUILDINGS. Hay, Corn, Meal, Feeding Cakes, Seeds, Flour, Oatmeal, etc, HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, FHESTJITYH. Estimates Free. TOWN HALL, PRESTATYN. Prestatyn Choral Society. President: Right Hon. Lord MOSTYN, and under Noble and Distinguished Patronage. A PERFORMANCE OF MENDELSSOHN'S GRAND ORATORIO "ELIJAH" Will be given in the above Hall, ON THURSDAY, MAY I8th, 1904 Band and Chorus of 100. Principals SOPRANO— Miss GERTRUDE HUGHES R.A.M. (THE WELSH PRIMA DONNA), of Royal Albert Hall, Crystal Palace, and Queen's Hall Concerts. CONTRALTO— MISS ETHEL WAITE of Liverpool and Provincial Concerts. TENOR- MR. WILLIAM BROWN of St. Asaph Cathedral. BASS— MR. A. M. PROCTOR of Chester Cathedral. Conductor: MR. G. W. JONES. LEADER OF ORCHESTRA— MR. HORACE HASELDEN. Doors open at 6-30, to commence at 7 prompt. Carriages at 9-45. Reserved Chairs, 3/- and 2/ Unreserved Seats, 1/- Plan of Hall and particulars from the Secretary, MR. OLIVER PROFFIT. Bradford House or the Assistant Secretary, MR. GILBERT HUGHES, Maelor House.
SUGGESTED LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS. We have been requested to throw open our columns for publishing suggestions conducive Z, CIO to the improvement of Prestatyn. We have pleasure in doing so the only conditions we make is that the suggestions shall be practical. The following have been received 1—That a clock be placed in the Post Office window. 2-fhat there should be an additional dis- patch of letters daring the day. 3-That a board be placed in a prominent position at the Railway Station indicating from which platform each train will start. 4-That all ashpits be done away with, and replaced by sanitary dust bins. 5—That all projecting walls on the foot- paths be removed forthwith. 6—That name-plates for streets be provided, and erected in conspicuous places. [ Further suggestions invited].
A COMING EVENT. The Oratorio "Elijah." All arrangements have now beer completed for the big concert which takes place next Thursday in the Town Hall, when Mendel- ssohn's masterpiece, "Elijab," will be per- formed. The principal soloists are well known in the musical world, and the band consists of artistes of ability, the engagement of whose services has cost a high figure. Altogether the expenses will total a sum close upon £40, which will require a very large audience—in fact, a full house—to defray. It is hoped that all supporters of the Choral Society, and music lovers in general, will make a point of attending. The concert will commence promptly at 7 p.m.
t Recreation. In past summers the efforts to provide imusements and entertainments for those c' who spend their holidays in this neighbour- r aood have depended altogether upon individual enterprise. This year, however, the Council have arranged to provide tennis courts and ( bowling green for those who wish to indulge in these healthful games, and have secured suitable land from Lady M ;Laren upon favourable terms for this purpose. Efforts are also being made to form a cricket club in the town.
A Minstrel Troupe. Many will agree that the district is worthy of a better set of minstrels than fate has provided for us during the last few years the indolence of the performers being equalled only by the staleness of their jokes. This year a Mr Frank Aiston has stepped into the arena, and—in return for a monetary con- sideration — hasthe Council's permission to occupy portions of the foreshore, the public streets, and certain other suitable ground on which to conduct his entertain- ments. Let us hope that the new troupe will do credit to the place.
Our Local Parliament BY A RATEPAYER. The list of improvements giten last week as due to the energy of the members of our Local Parliament does not exhaust the catalogue of changes of a beneficial character which have occurred during the short life of the Urban Council. All those referred to last week were done at the expense of the ratepayers, but others have been accomplished in a way which the ordinary ratepayer will heartily approve of, because they have cost him nothing, but have been done at the ex- pense of the property owners, who now begin to feel-as they probably did not before- the truth of the axiom that prpperty has its duties as well as its rights." The adoption by the Council a few years ago of the Private Street Works Act has had r, that effect. It was first put into force to re- make Victoria Avenue, shortly afterwards Morley Road, Cement Row, and Hafod Road were taken in hand, and the whole cost charged to the frontage owners. These were followed by Victoria Road, which may some day form the first part of a new road to Rhyl. This is more than a rumour, as Lord idostyn has expressed his intention of con- tinuing the road as far as his property ex- tends, at least to the extent of widening it to make a forty or forty-five feet thoroughfare. It is reported that the various Committees of the Council have met and elected their chairmen. Mr T. J. Scott again fills the position of Chairman of the Finance Com- mittee, and probably he may unfold the local budget next Monday. Let us hope that our burdens will not be increased, but, all the same, they are not likely to be diminished. Mr T. Parry Williams is the member who, as Chairman of the Committee, is concerned with the Public Health. Mr T. B. Griffith takes the place of Mr J. B. Linnell as Chairman of the Road and Improvement Committee, and, finally, the Rev. F. Jewell replaces Mr W. H. Coward, J.P., in the Chairmanship of the Water Committee. As these four members are very constant in their attendance and take great interest in the Council work, efficiency should result from the deliberations of the committees over which they have been elected to preside.
LOCAL BANKRUPTCY CASE. Due to Competition and Long Credit. At Bangor Bankruptcy Court on Thursday the 4th inst., J. Summerbell, lately carrying on business at Stafford Buildings, Prestatyn, as a Boot and Shoe Dealer, came up for his public examination, and was represented by Mr Clement Hughes, Solicitor. The debtor's statement of affairs shewed gross liabilities amounting to JS388 19s. Id. of which £ 3(58 8s. 4d. was due to unsecured creditors. The assets were estimated at B222 5s. Od. thus shewing a deficiency of £146 3s. 4d. Prac- tically all the furniture was claimed by debtor's wife and had been removed by her prior to the Bankruptcy. In reply to the Official Receiver the debtor stated that he commenced business on Sept. 1st, 1903 with borrowed capital and attribut- ed his insolvency to competition and inability to yet in book debts.
"Rehoboth." Last Sunday evening the Rev. Ezra Jones announced the pleasant news that a friend of the cause had just forwarded him a dona- tion of £ 100 towards the liquidation of the debt.
Passive Resistance in Wales. The Mayor, four Justices, eight Councillors, eleven Ministers and several ladies were included in a batch of defendants before the magistrates as passive resisters at Wrexham on Tuesday. The proceedings were not conspicuous for any sensation, but took the form of an orderly and dignified protest. The usual distress warrant to cover the 47 cases was granted to the overseers.
The Finances of Rhyl. The Rhyl Council decided on Monday to levy a rate of 5/6 in the pound-the same amount as last year. The chairman of the Finance Committee stated that the estimated income last year was £ 37,371, and the actual £ 37,926, giving a surplus of E,555, while there was a saving of £ 313 on the expenditure, so the financial position was improved by nearly one thousand pounds. It was stated that the profits from the successful gas under- taking ( £ 1,490) had been the means of preventing a considerable increase in the rates.
Rhyl's White Elephant. It also transpired at Monday's meeting that the Rhyl Council are supplying consumers with electricity at less than cost price, the department being worked at a loss. An effort was made to raise the price from 5d. to 5-Jd, but notwithstanding the fact that the 2 ID actual loss in connection with the department during the year was £831, the Council C, resolved not to increase the price of the commodity.
Expensive Lights. In 1872 it cost £ 172 to light the streets Of Rhyl. Last year the Council spent no less a sum that £ 1,471 for the same purpose. And yet we hear of "dark spots in Rhyl.
Rates along the Coast. Colwyn Bay's district rate remains at 5/6 in the pound, the charge for water supply being included in this amount. This satis- factory financial position is said to have been brought about by the increased rateable value, together with the prosperity of the gas and electric light undertakings. Eight years ago 11 a penny rate produced jgluO in Colwyn Bay, but now it brings in £2GO. 1 Conway's rate for the current year will be 5/6 in the pound, made up as follows dis- trict rate 4/10, borough rate 7d, and library rate Id.
The Local Rate. Prestatyn's "Budget Day" will be held on Monday, and it is rumoured that the rate will remain as last year-5/- in the pound.
Unexplained Absence. At a meeting of the St Asaph Parish Council on Tuesday the following resolution was passed :—" In consequence of the con- tinued and unexplained absence of Mr T. F. Roberts, and his conviction on the 1st of May at the St. Asaph Petty Sessions for neglecting to attend before the auditor with his books and accounts for audit, it is pro- posed that the office of assistant overseer and clerk to the Parish Council be revoked, and the office declared vacant." It was decided that the salary should be J675 per annum, plus the revising barrister's allowances candidates to know both Eng- lish and Welsh.
County Council Vacancy at Rhyl In succession to the late Mr R. Llewelyn Jones, the Rhyl Liberals have adopted MrH. 1 Percival Williams, Solicitor, as their candi- date for the representation of the South Ward on the Flint County Council. Mr Williams i will be opposed by Mr H. A. Tilby, Conserva- tive registration agent for the county. Both gentlemen are members of the Rhyl Town > Council. (
Trinity Church. 7 The usual monthly tea and social took place in the above Chuich on Thursday last. A pianoforte duet was rendered by Mrs and Miss r W. Yeoman, solo by Miss Jones, recitations by Mr H. Partington, and mandoline solo by Miss W. Yeoman. r Dr Townsend gave an enjoyable reading and Rev. F. Jewell a short but bright address.
Congregational Union. Dr. Forsyth, the chairman, delivered his presidential address in the City Temple on Monday, in the course of which he said there was something like a state of civil war in this country. There were four things necessary in the church movement of the future. One was a nobler, mightier, and more commanding form of public worship, no less full of sim- plicity, but charged with more dignity. Another was an evaugdical zeal for souls adapted to the time. Thirdly, the whole church must adjust the principle of the Gospel to social need. Fourthly, they needed a re- adjustment of belief, not only to the thought of the age, but to the Gospel itself. Very much that had come down to them they were bound to submit to the searching light not only of a scientific criticism but still more of a central Gospel. Dr Forsyth is the author of a very inter- esting book on "Religion in Recent Art," and it was in reference to this book that Mr G. F. Watts, R.A., on being asked what he thought was the best criticism on his work, replied, No one understands my intentions and ideas so well as an Independent Minister named Forsyth." The Rev. J. H. Jowett, of Birmingham, has been elected chairman for next year. It is remarked of him that he is a man of much readiug but few books.
Queen Alexandra. The Queen spent last Sunday in Athens. After attending the English Church she drove r, in the afternoon with her Greek Royal rela- tives to see the Pan-Hellenic games. King George of Greece. Queen Alexandra's brother is, it is said. the most democratic of Sovereigns. He has often been seen to walk about Athens without even an equery in atten- dance.
The Invasion of England by foreign religious orders expelled from France was strongly denounced at the annual meeting of the Protestant Reformation Society held this week at Exeter Hall, F < ndon. These orders, it was stated, were forced to leave France because their existence WHS con- sidered incompatible with civil liberty. Only 9.000 out of 16,000 of such orders had sub- mitted to registration under the La v of As- sociations. L-L-
The State and Religious Teaching. Dr Horton, it appears, considers that the State is not competent to teach religion. and that it is in the interest of the Book of Books to keep it out of the day school as a religi HIS textbook.
The War. The lull at the seat of war, both on land and sea, may now at any moment be followed by fresh conflicts of a more decisive character than any which have yet occurred. The main fleet of the Russians, after being com- pelled to move on from the Bay of Van- fong, has now formed a junction with the third squadron, and it is thought they will make a dash for Vladivostock. On land it is reported that the contending forces in Manchuria are in contact, and that a struggle is impending.
The Navy Guns. It is now reported that the scare recently raised by soma alarmists, who declared that the Navy guns were faulty, is not justified by facts, and the fresh light which has been thrown on the subject is of a nature to allay uneasiness.
ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Excursion and Pic-nic. The annual treat in connection with the Sunday School took place on Thursday at Bodfari, in which the members of the Literary Society also joined. The conveyances, which were provided by Messrs. T. Fenton and W. Dowell. started at 1-30 from Nant Hall road, and after a most pleasant run through Rhuddlan and St. Asaph reached Bodfari about 3-45, where an ample repast was provided in the Calvinistic Chapel kindly lent for the occasion. After tea the party, which numbered about 50, betook themselves to a field, where games were profitably indulged in until 7 o'clock, when the return journey was commenced, and after another pleasant run by way of the upper road and through Dyserth, reached Prestatyn about 9 o'clock. The outing was thoroughly well appreciated by all, and was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable connected with this Church. Messrs. Prescott and Griffiths, who had the arrangements in hand, are to be com- 0 mended on the way they carried out their duties. '<#