A PUBLIC MEETING will be held at the TOWN HALL, PRESTATYN, On Thursday, Oct. 19th, 1905, AT 8 P.M., For the purpose, if thought advisable, of forming an Improvement Association for the town. THOS. JONES, Esq., J.P. (Chairman of the Urban District Council) will Preside. All interested are invited.
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell, Prestatyn." FRANK JEWELL, Auctioneer1, ESTATE AGENT AND VALUER, Collector of Income Tax. Sales by Auction of all 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 CHYM!ST. 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 TELY TE (RUGISTEBEP) at 1/6, 1/8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGENT W. J. Williams, The Stores. T. Parry Williams J Co Painters, Decorators, and Glaziers. —-a— Plain and Fancy Window Glass always in Stock. BRISTOL HOUSE, Prestatyn, FOR HIGH-CLASS Grocery <& Provisions, Bread & Confectionery GO TO PROVINCIAL STOHES (Corner of Nant Hall Road), Telephone 5x. IfRESTATYN VAN DELIVERIES DAILY. A. W. JONES, Proprietor. PROVENDER. J. R. Tickle, CORN MERCHANT, Colomenfryn, Prestatyn, STORES PLAS BUILDINGS. Hay, Corn, Meal, Feeding Cakes, Seeds, Flour, Oatmeal, etc, HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, PRESTA TYSe Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON, Monumental & General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. RESIDENCE: 8, ROSLYN TERRACE. J. P. Linnell, CIVIL ENGINEER, Architect and Surveyor, Land and Estate Agent, WELLINGTON CHAMBERS, RHYL. THE NINTH ANNUAL TEST CONCERT OF THE Welsh Congregational Church, Prestatyn, Will be held in the TOWN HALL, PRESTATYN, ON Thursday, November 16th, 1905. COMPETITIONS. 1.—For the Best Rendering of any Solo. Prize, A Silver Cup, value X3 3s. Od. 2,-For the Best Rendering of any Solo, for those under 16. Prize, A Metronome; 3.-Duet, own choice. Prize, £1 Is. Od. 4.-Recitation, own choice (Welsh or English). Prize, A Silver Cup. 5.-Recitatioll. for those under 16, own choice (Welsh or English). Prize, Silver Medal. ADJUDICATORS. Music, Caradog Roberts, Esq., F.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., L.B.A.M., Rhos. Recitations, Revs. W. 0. Evans and M. F. Wynne. Accompanist, G. W. Jones, Esq., Prestatyn. N.B.-All Competitors must send in their names and addresses, together with the title of their pieces, on or before November 11th, 1905, to the Secretary, JOHN M. HUGHES, Wrexham House, Prestatyn.
LIGHTING-UP TIME next week: 6-10 p.m.
IN response to the appeal which appeared in our last week's issue a number of rate- payers have signified their intention of giving every support to the proposed Prestatyn Improvement Association. Several new and important propositions have been made besides those already sug- gested, to accomplish which will require all the energy and enterprise of a go-ahead com- mittee. An erroneous impression has been created us to the objects of the society, which it will be as well here to neutralize. The purpose of Lhe establishment of the Association is solely tha t of furthering the welfare of the town, and will not be in opposition or in any way hostile to existing institutions. To waste our time in pulling to pieces other bodies who also are doing their best for the district would be a suicidal policy, and is far from the intentions of those who desire the formation of the new association. Rhyl is just awakening to the fact that they will be left behind in the race for popularity if their attractions are not kept before the public eye. The Council there have decided to give every support to the efforts which are to be put forth to attract visitors, and we on our part must not be content merely to hold our own, but do our best to increase year by year the number of people who make Prestatyn a holiday resort, at the same time catering for those looking for a healthful place of per- manent residence. A public meeting is announced for next Thursday, when it is. hoped that all who have the welfare of Prestatyn at heart will attend and take the opportunity of stating their views on the subject.
Scholastic Success. Idris Wynne, son of the Rev M. F. Wynne, and pupil of the Prestatyn Council School, has gained a scholarship of £ 12 at the examination of candidates for pupil teacberships recently held at the Rhyl County School.
Our Local Parliament By A RATEPAYER. Some time ago the Council appeinted a Recreation Committee, consisting of members of the Council and others, 1 although we have been led to expect i i matters were progress-ing, no report of th, (oings ()f this roving commission has, fit a caLl be [08- certained, been rendered to th, Reports have appeared of eXpOttH the ground, but there appaars to he a general ignorance of what is being 1 cL also of the prospects of the ope"n u œ- other- wise—of Golf Links for J .Several residents have intimated i *»- e waiting to hear a definite statemeIÍt on the subject, as failing golf links here thei,7 intend to join the club at Rhyl. Probably no one doubts the benefits which the town would derive if facilities for playing the game were inaugu- rated. It is possible that another discussion may take place at the Council in reference to the enclosing of the Sandhills. It is not, however, likely that any further objections will be made to enclosing the land, providing the public road-way is not obstructed. It will be noticed that the posts have not yet been removed, although the resolution which aimed at their forcible removal was with- drawn on the understanding that they would be taken away. As this has not been carried out a further consideration of the matter is unavoidable, as the ratepayers expect the Council to prevent, or create means to remove any obstruction on the public road- ways of the parish. The members have therefore a duty to perform which they can- not very well neglect, even if they wished to do so. Now that the winter is coming on, the question of lighting comes to the fore, and there seems a probability of several new lamps being placed where houses have been recently erected, and therefore the need of extra lighting has bocome a question which could not be overlooked.
WEDDING. At St. Bede's Church, Liverpool, on Wed- nesday the marriage was solemnised of Mr M. J. Bayfield, son of the late Captain Bayfield of Liverpool, and Mary Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr W. H. Coward, J.P., Prestatyn and Liverpool. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large company. The bride, who was given away by her father,was attired in a pretty gown of cream silk voile, trimmed with lace and orange blossom, a wreath of the latter and a veil completing the toilette. She also carried a handsome bouquet of chrysanthemums and lilies-of-the- valley The bridesmaids were Misses Edith and Lalla Coward (sisters of the bride), who were attired in dresses of cream voile, with brown beaver hats, and carried bouquets similar to that of the bride. The duties of best man were discharged by Mr W. E. Cain. The ceremony over, a reception was held at Fern Grove, the Liverpool residence of the bride's parents, where about 50 guests at- tended. Later in the day Mr and Mrs Bayfield left for Scarborough, with the very good wishes of their many friends. The presents formed a. costly and very numerous collection.
THE RAILWAY FACILITIES. The Council has had under discussion the poor railway facilities afforded Prestatyn at present, and the Town Clerk has written the Company pointing out that the 10-43 train from Rhyl for London does not stop here as hitherto, thus making an interval of three hours between the morning up trains. The Council appeal to the Company to have this altered immediately, as it is causing con- siderable inconvenience. The Company's attention has also been called to the motor service on the branch line, and the Council suggest that two addi- tional trains be run on Saturday evenings, one at 8 and the other at 9-30 p.m.
PRESTATYN GYMNASIUM. We understand that the committee of the above has so far advanced with its ar- rangements that the major portion of the necessary appliances have been ordered through Messrs. T. H. Jones and Co., Pres- tatyn. The funds in hand, unfortunately, do not admit of a complete outfit being purchased at present, but the most essential items are being secured, and it is hoped the financial state of the club will be so improved at an early date that further purchases can be made. It is expected that the opening will take place on Monday, the 23rd instant, and efforts are being made to arrange for a gymnastic display on that day.
PRESTATYN CliORAL SOCIETY. The Annual Meeting. The Choral Society commenced a new session on Wednesday last, when the accounts were passed and officers elected for the ensuing year. Handel's "Messiah" is the work selected for the winter's study. Mr Gilbert Hughes said that the society commenced this season with a balance of 6/1 to their credit. It was admitted on all hands that the last concert had been a great suc- cess, and he thanked the choir for their help. If they would attend to the instruction of Mr G. W. Jones, doubtless the coming season would be equally successful. On behalf of the choir he moved a vote of thanks to Mr Jones for his efficient conductorship, and also to Mr Owen (Meliden) who, as accompanist, attended the practices so regu- larly. Mr T. E. Griffiths seconded, and included in the vote of thanks, the names of the two honorary secretaries. This was heartily carried. Mr G. W. Jones, rising to acknowledge the vote of thanks, said that it was a pleasure to him to do something for the music of Prestatyn. It was a treat to stand before such a body of singers. He was grateful to them for the handsome present of a full-score copy of the" Elijah," bound in morocco leather. The strength of the choir last year was 64, but he desired a stronger choir, and with the assistance of singers from the sur- rounding villages-Gronant, Gwespyr, Meli- den, Dyserth, Newmarket, etc.—he thought they would be able to increase the number to 100 voices. The following officers were re-elected for the 1905-6 season President, Right Hon. Lord Mostyn Conductor, Mr G. W. Jones, Secretary, Mr Oliver Proffit; Assistant Sec- retary, Mr T. Gilbert Hughes Treasurer, Mr Henry Dowell. Practices are held every Wednesday at 8-15 p.m. in the English Presbyterian Schoolroom, Nant Hall Road.
WANTED, A GENEROUS LANDOWNER. To the Editor of the "Prestatyn Weekly." SIR, —In the leading article of a recent issue of the Weekly I read with interest your remarks regarding the two new roads which have been made in Prestatyll. The merits, or otherwise of these roads it is not my intention to discuss, for from all accounts it is not likely that one of these will be adopted in its present state by the Council. In a portion of the article referred to, mention is made of Southport, and I take it the inference was that we should take a leaf out of the book of the people there. Quite so. No doubt it would be well for the future of Prestatyn if a tithe of the public spirit which has shown itself in every depart- ment of the life of Southport were shown here. In addition to the latter place I have visited several of the principal holiday resorts and have noticed that the big landowners of the neighbourhood can generally be singled out by the substantial gifts they have made at various periods to the town. In some places we come across handsome free libraries, at other towns art galleries, while others again are the possessors of extensive parks, all being gifts which tend to the welfare of the locality. Of course the advantage is mutual, for when a town pros- pers, the income of the principal land-owners increases also. How do matters stand in this respect at Prestatyn ? Has the present great land- owner in this neighbourhood ever presented the town with any substantial gift of the nature referred to ? I think not. On the contrary, it seems to me that the town has given privileges to the land-owner in question which have not been extended to others in less affluent circumstances. The Penisa'rdre estate, with its unsightly outbuildings, has been a thorn in the side of residents for years past, and if Lady McLaren is desirous of doing Prestatyn—and herself also—a good turn, let her present this property and its adjacent land to the town, for with little expenditure this could be made into a very pleasant miniature park. The road-way could be widened also by the present apology for a footpath being taken in, and a proper pavement made on the raised ground. This in itself would be a great advantage. I am quite alive to the fact that the land is a valuable site for building purposes, but surely to such as Lady McLaren a bit of ground like this is a mere bagatelle 1 The need for a park, or something similar, is great in Prestatyn, and I feel sure that if Lady McLaren would be sufficiently generous to present the town with the land mentioned the inhabitants would be very grateful.- I am, yours truly, A RESIDENT.
SALE BY AUCTION. At Brightholme, Prestatyn, on Wednesday, Mr Frank Jewell successfully conducted a sale by auction of the household furniture. There was a large company present, and bidding was brisk, the prices realised being very satisfactory.
The World's Gold. The world's yield of gold for 1904, the greatest on record, may be rougkly stated as £ 71,000,000. Of this the British Empire produced rather more than £40,000,000 divided as follows Australasia £ 17>500,000 Transvaal and Rhodesia 17,000,000 Canada 8,800,000 India 2,300,000
Australian Trade with the United Kingdom. Official returns to hand shew a large in- crease of trade between Australia and the Mother Country. For the year 1904 the imports from Australia were £ 23,568,918 as against £ 17,157,527 for the previous year. During the same period the trade between Canada and the United Kingdom shows a falling off. Her exports to this country amounted to £22,621,124:, or a decrease of £ 4,048,691 as compared with the previous year.
Transvaal Finance. Revenue for the ensuing year was estima- ted at £ 4,860,000 and the expenditure four millions, actual surplus £ 370,000. The Government profits in connection with the diamond mines amounted to £ 550,000, of which £ 270,000 had been appropriated to the reduction of the debt. The poll tax had yielded £ 400,000, or £ 10,000 in excess of the estimates.
Miners' Federation Conference. This was held at Blackpool last week. Mr W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), who presided, said with regard to the Trades Disputes Bill that they ought to be prepared to spend time, money, and energy to get the law placed on a sound basis. The following resolution was unanimously passed That the Federa- tion continue to press forward the Trades Disputes Bill, making trade union funds secure, and placing the trade unions in the position which they were understood to be under the 1871 and 1876 Trade Union Acts."
New Russian Loan. It is announced Russia is about to make an appeal to the European purse for seventy- two millions. No wonder it was said that Russia had approached the point of inancial exhaustion. It is to be hoped the money will not be advanced to her until a liberal form of representative government is granted to the Russian people, otherwise a consider- able amount of this vast sum may be used to coerce the people into submission—to submit to a further term of slavery.
Japan of To-Day. According to the Financial and Economical Annual of Japan, the population of that country, including Formosa, is 50,871,947. For the fiscal year, 1st April, 1905, to 31st March, 190t5, the normal budget gives a total revenue of £ 31,808.736, and an ex- penditure of £21,711,958, leaving a surplus of £ 9,596,778. The expenditure on the war is quoted as £ 126,600,430. Despite this heavy drain the Annual" states that the most recent statistics show that the nation at large has ample funds at its command, and deposits made in banks and in the post office savings bank have reached the highest figures ever attained. They have, in fact, evidence in every direction that the heavy burden im- posed by the war has not in the least degree impaired the economic developments of the nation.
CHRISTMAS EISTEDDFOD AT PRESTATYN. The members of Bethel and Horeb Chapels are uniting for the purpose of holding an eisteddfod at the Town Hall on Christmas Day. A committee is busily engaged making the necessary arrangements, and substantial prizes will be offered for juvenile choirs, male voice parties, solos, diets, quartettes, recitations, etc.
FIRE BRIGADE. The Prestatyn Fire Brigade has, during the last few days, been inspecting all the water hydrants in the town, and the same are now in working order. In one instance the brigade had great diffi- culty in manipulating a hydrant, and they were engaged one eveniug from 8-80 until 11 p.m. before it could be got into a satisfac- tory state. In a recent issue of the Weekly we stated that there were no horses available to take the engine to an outbreak of fire had they been needed. We are now informed that the horses had been already brought out of their stable when word was received they were not required for the engine.