Anglo-Japanese Treaty. Viscount Hayashi, the Japanese Minister in London, being interviewed by the Paris "Matin," said that the above treaty was a purely defensive instrument- It did not menace the interests of any country, and its sole object was to assure peace. There was no secret clause, in the treaty.
Trade Unions and Payment of Labour M.P.'s. By the new ruling of the Registrar Genera, trade unions cannot make it one of their objects to secure either parliamentary or municipal representation, or to maintain a newspaper for the interest of their own trade or union This is regarded as a very serious menace to organised labour representation.
Rating of Chapels. The Assessment Committee of the Pad- dington Borough Council has decided upon rating Dr Clifford's Church, and Dr Clifford has decided not to to pay the rate, and if necessary to "fight to the last ditch."
The Waterfall. After the recent heavy rains the waterfall presents a magnificient sight. As the result of the great swell of water the planks which had been fixed across the stream so as to enable visitors to have a better view of the falls were carried away, some of them being found near the vicarage grounds. Before proceeding to have these planks re- fixed it would, perhaps, be well for the authorities to consider the advisability of erecting a more permanent structure at the spot. The residents are not making the best of their opportunities with these falls. If nature had been so kind to some villages as it has been to Dyserth, there is no doubt but that the place would be known far and wide, and soon spring into great popularity. Wake up, Dyserth
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NOTES BY REX. A very offensive habit is indulgwi in by many of our young men on Sundays, causing^ annoyance to lovers of the Sabbath Day. An soon as they emerge from a place of worship (some cannot get out quick enough!) out come pipes and cigarettes. Very soon after, many young men on fire (as a conductor said at one of our National Eisteddfodau) are to be seen parading the village from one end to the other. It is to be hoped this habit will be given up, thereby enhancing the sacredness of the "Day of Rest." Constant enquiries are being made as to when the Evening Continuation Classes are to be commenced. Such classes are in full swing at other places, and why not at our village ? These classes are the only means of improvement within reach of our young men, and it is a pity they are not granted this privilege. On dark nights it is quite a punishment to walk along the village. Firstly, on account of the likelihood of getting wet feet by un- consciously stepping into pools of water; secondly, on account of the danger of coming in collision with people travelling in an op- posite direction and thirdly, by slipping off the kerbstone, a very unpleasant and often dangerous experience. Surely, it would not be much for the authorities of the Ffynnon- groew Ward—the Parish Councillors-to start a movement for supplying the village with, say, half-a-dozen lights. Mr Owen, Kidderminster House, has set a good example by lighting a lamp in front of his shop on dark nights for the convenience of the public. Concerted action on the part of the Coun- cillors would soon result in a great improve- ment in this respect. w
Popular Government for^Russia. The great struggle for political liberty which has been carried on for several months in Russia has resulted in a complete victory for the Reform Party. The Czar issued an important manifesto to his people last Tues- day, in which he pledges himself to^carry out the desired reforms.
West Indian Islands. A rumour is current that it is probable that at no distant date Great Britain will abandon these islands to the United States.
Political Agitations in Europe. The agitations in Hungary, the Balkans, and m other places at the present time indi- cate a strong desire on the part of the people of those States a greater measure of freedom, and it would appear that the days of the autocrat in Europe are fast drawing to an end. The Emperor of Germany and the Sultan of Turkey must feel rather uneasy these days.
LørdRoseberytl Scottish History. Lord Rosebery, in a speech delivered a few days ago before the Scottish History Society, fixed on the publication of the Waverley novels as the date that marks the end of the real national development of Scotland.
Mr Lloyd George's Warning. In a recent speech Mr Lloyd George said that the Liberal leaders appeared to be flip- ping programmes at one another, and added that this must stop.
Wales and Land Reform. We hear nothing these days about land reform in Wales. Never did the land ques- tion require more attention than now. This is a question that should draw Welshmen together, and if Thomas Ellis was with us it would in all probability be a burning one.
Sir Wm. Butler. That great soldier and statesman whose masterly and courageous report on South African affairs led to the appointment of the Commission investigating certain oliarges in o z3 connection with the administration of the Army during the South African war, has o retired from active service in the army J
General French Believes that the next great war in which England will be engaged will come upon us very suddenly—with but little warning, and that it will be a war which will dislocate our commerce to a serious degree.
Meliden. Cyfarfod Pregethu. Cynhaliodd y M.C. y lie uchod eu cyfarfod pregethu blynyddol Sabboth a LInn diweddaf, pryd ygwasanaethwyd gan y Parchedigion T. J. Williams, Rock-ferry W. 0. Evans (W), Rhyl, ynghyd ac E. Parry, Carmel. Duw a roddo nerth iddynt i ddal i weithio yn ei Winllan, ac felly eu gwobr a fydd sicr. Yr oedd yr oedfeuon yn rymus, ac yn effeithiol dros ben. Cynulliad da, a'r nefoedd yn gwenu arnom. Cafwyd wythnos cyn y cyfarfod pregethu i gynal cyfarfodydd gweddio. Yr oedd gwres crefyddol mewn rhai o'r cyfar- odydd hyn yn angerddol. RD. JONES.
Juvenile Appreciation. Oh! mother, Mr Jones Freelands has got little sheep in his window, made of sugar, and little stockings with sweets in the toe, and motor cars with chocolate in, and a lot of bottles of sweets. I would like to have some."
Dr. Barnardo's Homes. The recent Saturday afternoon collection made by the day school children resulted in £1 14/6 being sent to the homes. Hedge-Clippings and Cyclists. We notice that a considerable amount of hedge-clipping has been done in the neigh- bourhood, a quantity of the thorns being left on the roadside. Some farmers have not much consideration for cyclists. Perhaps it is not sufficiently well known that persons neglecting to gather up all thorns which they may allow to fall on the roadside are liable to a fine.
Developing Bryniau. We understand that Mr Woodward has purchased the house known as Henfryn," and in addition Mr E. D. Jones, Prestatyn, is building another house in the vicinity, for Mr Woodward.
Horticultural. The recent frost has nipped the majority of flowers in this neighbourhood, dahlias being the greatest sufferers. But taken on the whole the climate of Dyserth is remarkably mild. As an instance it might be stated that n il French marigolds sown a little over two months ago are now in bloom at Mr Hitchin's house. Our paragraphs relating to records in garden produce have created an interest in Dyserth, and this week we are informed that Mr David Roberts, of the Voel, has raised one potato weighing 3flbs, while Mr Thomas (the Schools) in his crop of apples, had one slightly under a pound.
Local Bankruptcy. At the Bangor Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, John Hughes, manure agent, Dyserth, with gross liabilities amounting to jei06. showed a deficiency of R96 and said his failure was due to having to give long credit, bad trade, loss on a house which he bought, and loss by fire. The Official Receiver said the debtor for ten years prior to December, 1903, had carried on business as grocer and draper at Dyserth, and in that month made an assign- ment for the benefit of his creditors showing liabilities amounting to £ 633, gross assets £ 278, and net assets J6267, leaving a defi- ciency of J6365. From an account furnished by the trustee it appeared the estate realised J6246, out of which dividends amounting to 4s in the pound on JE739 were distributed. Since the date of that assignment the debtor had been a farm labourer. The examination was closed.
PRESTATYN LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. Annual Meeting. The Liberals of Prestatyn held their annual meeting on Wednesday at the clubrooms, when the report of the secretary upon the past year's working of the club was read, and officers elected for the ensuing year. The attendance of members was very encouraging and an excellent tea was provided by Mrs Williams, Confectioner, Rose Buildings. The following were the officers elected :— President—H. D. McLaren, Esq. Vice-presi- dents—Samuel Smith Esq. M.P., Herbert Lewis, Esq., M.P., A. M. Ralli, Esq. Chair- man—Mr T. Pennant Williams. Vice-chair- man-Mr Henry Wright. Treasurer-Mr R. Hughes. Hon. Secretary- Mr Clement Hughes. Executive Committee Messrs. John Cunnah, T. E. Griffiths, 0. Proffit, D. Hughes, T. H.Jones, Rev. F. Jewell. Numerous were the suggestions for the future development of the association, one of which, originated by Mr John Cunnah, was that a suitable site should be acquired and club buildings erected thereon. It was decided to present a testimonial to the retiring secretary—Mr T. E. Griffiths-in recognition of the valuable services rendered by him during the last two years. The meeting concluded with a voto of thanks to the chairman (Rev. M. F. Wynne ) proposed by Mr Wm. Davies, and seconded by Mr J. B. Linnell. We learn that a debating society is about to be formed in connection with the Club, and members may also look forward to another social which will be given in a month's time by three young men of the Club.
Ffynnongroew. Items. of interest for insertion in the PBESTATYN WEEKLY may be delivered to Mr Owen, Kidder- minster House, as early in the week as possible. The PRESTATYN WEEKLY may be had from Mrs. Hugh Jones, Ffynnongroew. "Rex" this week calls attention to the neces- sity of light being provided in the village. A ( very timely suggestion too. Ffynnongroew is acknowledged to be a growing 'village, and for the safety of the general public this matter should be attended to at once. Villages with a considerably smaller population than Ffyn- nongroew are lighted up, and the method of procedure is that a small committee is ap- pointed to collect subscriptions from the inhabitants, and sufficient funds are usually forthcoming to purchase oil, and, Of course BSC: m & rst year the outlay would be considerably wore than the sue- ] ceeding years, as columns and oil lamps would have to be purchased bat if a good effort were made we are sure the matter could be successfully carried through. t ♦—]
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] £ Sus testation. We are pleased to be able to state that the subscriptions towards the Clergy Sustentation Fund in connection with the Diocese of St. Asaph are coming in better than ever. It is expected that both the number of subscribers ] and the. amount subscribed will show an increase over last year. The two collectors, Messrs Williams and Jones, are to be con- gratulated on their success.
Meetings. A fortnight ago, the Wesleyans held prayer meetings nightly, in preparation for the series of preaching meetings which were held during this week, commencing last Tuesday evening, and ending on Friday evening. The selected preacher was the Rev. J. W. Davies, a former Wesleyan minister stationed here. He was a great favourite during his residence here. It is sincerely hoped that his ministrations during the week will have been the means of not only bringing sinners to repentance, but also of improving the spiritual life of the district.
Illness. Our old favourite, Mr Herrmann Forsman, assistant harbour. master at Point of Ayr Colliery, is, we regret to state, laid up by a severe attack of pneumonia. He has, fortu- nately, got over the crisis successfully, and will soon be on the way to a speedy recovery. Voyage. Mr Ted Williams, son of Mr Peter J. Williams, Minydon, has just recently left Liverpool for Jamaica, on one of the latest additions to the fine fleet belonging to Messrs e 0 Elder Dempster & Co. (Sir Alfred Jones), engaged in the banana trade.
Arrivals. The S.S. Swansea" arrived at Mostyn deeps, last Monday, from Bilbao, N. Spain, with a cargo of iron ore, part for Mostyn and part for Connah's Quay. The S.S. City is also expected towards the end of this week, with a. cargo of Manganese ore from Poti, on the Black Sea. These steamers will soon be follows^ by the S.S. "'Coventry" with a cargo of MaftggpiiepDus ore froiHH&arth- agona, S.S., Spain. ♦ ^T —
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. of Engl&hd}.—-10-30 a.m. 'English), 6 p»m. (Welsh). Rev. Howell Harris, B.A. Rev. Thomas Well Jones. MOBIAH C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh).—10-30 a.m. and 6 ).m., Rev. O. B. Jones, F.R.H.S. BETHANIA WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).—10-30 a.m. Mr Wm. Griffiths, Llanasa 6 p.m., Rev. D. Meurfg rones, Llanasa. SILOAFLFC COIIGBKOATIONAL CHURCH (Welsb).-10-30 L.m., Bfev. -ilSS;"Sin Jones, M.A., P-h.D., 6 p.m., Prayer Meeting. TABHBNACLE BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—16-30 a.m. md 6 p.m., Mr Edward Edwards, St. Asaph. ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English). -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. R. J. Stevenson. PEXIBL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh), Pen-y-ffordd. -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m, Mr. R. Hughes, Mostyn, GWYHFA C.M. CHAPKL (Welsh), Rhewl Fawr.— 10 a.m., Sunday School; 2 p.m., Rev. O. B. Fones, F.R.H.S.; 6 p.m. Prayer Meeting. ■' 1 C ]
MR BALFOUR, CAPTAIN MILLER. AND "QUILLDRIVER." j To the Editor of the" Prestatyn TVtekly." SIR, — Under the above heading in your issue of last week, a letter appeared from J Quilldriver taking exception to my letter of 23rd. Sept. I simply quoted a statement made by him in his Passing Events of the J previous week. I do not regret writing the letter, and I feel that I was also justified in corresponding ] with Mr Balfour on the subject, so as to clear the air. His reply was most satisfactory aud I consider I was highly honoured at receiving ■ a direct letter from the Prime Minister at the time when he was so fully occupied with state matters in Scotland. If Quilldriver had taken the trouble to read Mr Baltour's speech in its entirety, instead of garbled reports in the "Daily Mail," etc. I feel sure that lie would not have committed such an error ot judgment. Quilldriver also stated that Mr Balfour said that the occasion which gave rise to the Volunteer movement had passed away and warned the force that it would have to justify its existence Mr Balfour's address was long, but most interesting, touching on many important points and blending them together, therefore to be able to form a correct opinion of his views, his speech must be read in its entirety. In the early part of his address to the Royal Scots Volunteers he said, Let us remember that a Battalion of Volunteers has its importance, because it has its fixed place in the General Volunteer force, has its impor- tance as part of the Militia forces of the Crown in their turn have to be considered as part of that larger whole in which the Navy plays as great, or even a greater part, than the Soldier, Militiaman, or the Vounteer. All are "Parts of One' Organic Whole" and we can only consider of what value each part is, by considering what relation it bears to that larger whole from which it derives its impor- tance, and whose genew- idleresto it it; brought into existence to subserve. Let as remem- ber that while the Volunteer force sprang as it were suddenly into existence as the answer of a proud Nation to a military menace, that the particular occasion which gave it birth passed away almost as soon as it came into being. The great movement which it initiated has been with us ever since, growing in .magnitude, and like every other portion of the-forces of the Crown, it has now to justify to existence. Mr Balfour concluded by saying, We are safe from invasion oversea,and we are in a position to free our regular Army for "service, across the sea, so long as the patriotism of this country will provide us with a sufficiency of trained volunteers to cope with any national emergency which might arise. I have been obliged to miss out some most interesting points in his address, but I think I have said sufficient to prove that the Prime Minister's heart and soul are with the citizen soldiers.—Yours truly, JOHN MILLER. [This discussion is now closed.—l&D.j
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