Labour Movements. Another great labour demonstration is reported. On this occasion it is in Austria, and we read that 150.000 men marched through Vienna on Tuesday last. The movement was organised in favour of universal, equal, and direct suffrage for the Parliament.
Russia. It is reported to-day (Wednesday) that disaffection is widespread throughout the Army, and that the attitude of the Army causes very grave concern in Government circles.
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell, Prestatyn." FRANK JEWELL, i&nctioneer, 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 GHYMIST. 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 (REGISTERED) (REGISTERED) at 1/6, 1,8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGENT W. J. Williams, The Stores. T.Parru Williams sCo Painters. Decorators, and Glaziers. —o— Flam and Fa-n.cy 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. THE CROFT MRS & MISS JONES ConfectioxiePB, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Boarding and Commercial House. Parties Catered for. Well-aired Beds. BULBS BULBS! I Large quantity Best Bulbs, true to name, at Low Prices, J. R. Tickle, CORN MERCHANT, Colomenfryn, Prestatyn, STORES PLAS BUILDINGS. HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, FBESTATYM. Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON Monumental & General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. RESIDENCE: 8, ROSLYN TERRACE. Rehoboth O.M. Chapel, Prestatyn TEA MEETING' & CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE ABOVE ON Thursday, December 7th, 1905, WHEN THE C "THE IL Daughter of Jairus (Dr. John Stainer) will be performed. ■ ARTISTES Miss FLORENCE JONES. Rev. W. LEWYS DAVIES. Mr. R. E. WILLIAMS. Mr. J. WILLIAMS. Mr. T. H. JONES. Organist Mr. G. W. JONES. Tea on Tables from 4-30 to 6-30. Concert to commenCe at 7-30 PROMPT. Chairman, T. LLOYD ELLIS, Esq. Tickets for Tea and Concert, 1/- and 116 Concert only. 6d., 1/ and 1/6. Proceeds towards Chapel Funds.
|)rcstatjjn WxthljJ. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1905. MOST of our readers will agree that the sub- 0 ject of the education of the youth of our land is one of the most important that could be discussed. Unfortunately the difference of opinion regarding the method of imparting 0 religious instruction has taken such hold on the public mind as to make them almost lose sight of the fact that our children require other education besides religious education, and thus profitable and practical suggestions as to what to teach and how to teach it are swamped by the religious controversy. It was stated at a meeting held at Pres- tatyn this week that children of the age of twelve now-a-days are expected to know as much as those of sixteen formerly did. No information was forthcoming, however, as to whether these expectations are grounded upon the superior brain of the present-day child, or upon the better methods of teaching adopted. It is very easy to titlk of expectations, but those who have to deal with boys and girls fresh from the public elementary schools assert that the- general knowledge possessed by the scholars is very little, if any, greater than it was fifteen years ago. Perhaps this may be accounted for by the fact that the average brain is incapable of retaining more than a limited amount of information. It should therefore be the endeavour of teachers to impart such instruction as will be the most useful to scholars in their future life, and to omit everything that could be called superfluous. For instance, teaching children the names of the rivers in India could in our opinion be dispensed with, whilst (but perhaps it is heresy to say it'!) a knowledge of cookery would be of greater use to girls than arith- metic. — As reported at the Council meeting last week, the legal representatives of Mrs Durrans decided to withdraw from the Pinfold action which was pending, and under the circum- stances the Council claimed all costs iv- curred in the matter.. We understand that the Council were suc- cessful on this point again, the money having been paid to Mr Gamlin, as representing the Council, previous to the holding of the County Court where the action was to have been heard. So as to have a proper understanding in the matter the Conncil has requested Mrs Durrans to sign a document undertaking that in the future she will in no way interfere with the Pinfold.
"REHOBOTH" TEA AND CONCERT. On reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that the members of "Rehoboth" C.M. Chapel intend holding their annual tea and concert on Thursday next. The first part of the concert will consist of a performance of the cantata Daughter of Jairus by a choir of about 50 voices, who have been trained by Mr G. W. Jones. The second part of the programme will be sustained by several well-known local artistes, and a successful musical evening is promised.
PRESTATYN GOLF CLUB. | The Ground Secured. Excellent Prospects. The Committee interested in the formation i of a Golf Club for Prestatyn have been busily; engaged going into the necessary details for j some time past. j Mainly as the result of the excellent work ] done by Mr J. Holland Roberts as secretary, the committee, which met in the Council ] Offices on Tuesday night and was presided over by Mr Tlios. Jones,. J.P. had before i them the offer of Lady McLaren to let on a lease for 10 years on advantageous terms suitable ground, between 60 and 70 acres in extent. Considerable correspondence had passed between Lady McLaren and the Secretary before the terms mentioned in committee had been arrived at, and on the proposition of Mr Banks, seconded by Dr Tudor Griffiths, it was decided to close with the offer, the tenancy to commence from December 1st. The Secretary reported that 50 gentlemen outside Prestatyn had already signified their intention of joining the club, and the feeling of the meeting was that the prospects of suc- cess were very bright. It was decided that a General Meeting be held at an early date for the purpose of electing officers, etc., and the work of getting the ground into order for a 9-hole course is to be proceeded with at once.
CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB. In connection with the above club a Billiard Handicap has been arranged, and prizes are offered to those competing. The Assistant Secretary of the club (Mr J. R. Tickle) has alreadyreceived several names, and there is likely to be an interesting contest. It is announced that on Boxing Day a Cinderella Dance will be held in the Town Hall, the Ladies' Committee (with Captain Miller as Chairman) having the arrangements in hand. From all accounts the event is likely to be a popular one.
FOOTBALL CLUB CONCERT. Promoted by the committee of the Prestatyn Football Club a concert was held at the Town Hall on Thursday and was well attended. Mr John Cunnah was announced to preside, but he was unavoidably delayed in Manchester, and the breach was filled by Mr J. B. Linnell, who said that although Mr Cunnah was unable to be present he had sent a donation of £ 2 2/- towards the funds of the club (applause). The programme included a pianoforte solo by Mrs Linnell, songs by Miss Leary, Miss Evelyn Coward, Mr Bulcock, and Mr Hudson several gramophone selections were also given, Miss Greenwood manipulating the instrument. Mrs Linnell and Mr Norman Bibby acted as accompanists, and all the items rendered by the artistes were well received, encores being numerous. Professor Hitchen, of Liverpool, gave a short display of card tricks. The chief numbers on the programme were the cinematograph pictures given by Mr A. Cheetham, of Rhyl. The scenes were very realistic, and highly appreciated by the audience, the comic portion being greatly enjoyed by the younger element. During the evening on the proposition of Mr Bulcock, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Linnell for presiding, and this was suitably acknowledged. A similar compli- ment was also paid the artistes. Speaking as President of the club, Mr Bulcock regretted that their financial state was not very flourishing, and he appealed to the residents to be more generous in their support of the young men's pastime.
PRESTATYN FREE CHURCH COUNCIL. The annual meeting of the Presta.tyn Free Church Council was held on Friday last week at the Presbyterian Schoolroom, the Rev. Ben Williams presiding, when the accounts of the two sections—Welsh and English- were read, showing a small credit balance to be carried forward. The appointment of fresh delegates to the Council from each church was arranged.
TEMPERANCE PROGRAMME. The resolution adopted by the Denbighshire Temperance Association at Rhyl on Wed- nesday makes a very good basis for a Welsh temperance programme. It is time that the patient labours of Mr Herbert Roberts and his colleagues met with some reward. It is disheartening to reckon up the number of years during which Mr Roberts has being trying to get Parliament to grant reforms recommended by its own Com- missions and almost unanimously supported by all classes in Wales. The public check upon the licensing trade is much more direct and effective than it used to be, and the result is an immense improve- ment in the way in which the business is con- ducted. For these results temperance workers may take credit to themselyes.-—Manchester Guardian.
Our Local Parliament BY A RATEPAYER. It is not well for a council to be always unanimous in its decisions. When there is some opposition, it not only causes discussion as to the advisability or otherwise of adopting the proposed policy, but it creates an interest in the subject, and the ratepayers outside participate in it. The outlook for any town is far from promising when ratepayers take little or no interest in the way their money is spent. There may be differences of opinion as to the policy of spending £10 or .S12 on Marine Road at once, or of referring it back to the Road Committee for consideration. The effect, if the amendment had it been carried, would have been to prevent any repairs being done this winter, while the spending of J610 or j612 will, at least, make the road passable, and that is what the public need, without the delay which the adoption of the amendment would have caused. To arrange with over a score of people to contribute amongst them the sum of J6278 is not done in a day, and without compulsion (which was not proposed) would not be effected in a year. There was another point which would almost certainly prevent the owners from accepting the proposal of the minority of the Council. It was estimated roughly that the total cost to the owners in making up the street under the compulsory power of the Private Street Works Act would be about JBIOOO. Beforo that could be done, however, there would be much opposition and heavy law costs even if the Council won, which is very doubtful. Instead, however, of going to that length now, the policy advocated by some of the members of the Council appears to have been to get the owners to voluntarily pay J6378 for putting the road into decent order for the present, but without any assurance that at some future time they might not be compelled to pay the remaining J6722 to complete the making up of the road. Those,who suggested such a thing must have a very poor opinion. of the business qualities of the owners, to imagine that they would be so easily "taken in."
CHRIST CHURCH LITERARY SOCIETY. The Vicar on Education." On Monday night in the Church Room the Vicar (Rev O. J. Davies, M.A.) read a very interesting and instructive paper on Educa- tion." The inclemency of the weather interfered with the attendance, but those present had an opportunity of enjoying a profitable evening, the paper read dealing principally with education from an historical point of view. In opening his subject the Vicar dwelt upon the growing importance of education in the struggle for supremacy amongst the nations, stating that in the near future the contest would be one, not of big guns and ships, but of brain against brain. In technical education, especially, we had fallen far behind our chief rivals in the world's markets. A nation's greatest asset is a body of well-trained intellectual citizens, and the best equipment for the battle of life-the most valuable legacy a man can leave his child—is a good education." In reviewing the history of elementary education in this country the Vicar briefly touched upon three periods (1) Before 1870, (2) 1870-1902, (3) Present day position. He showed the important part played by the Church in the foundation and maintenance of Schools as evidenced by the fact that they were to be found scattered up and down the country everywhere, the Church having provided 11,000 out of the 14,000 voluntary schools in existence. In August, 1902, there were in her schools, 22,679' certificated teachers, 2,328.455 children on the books, and the annual subscriptions amounted to £ 670,324. Before approaching the consideration of the Act of 1902 these salient facts had to be fully grasped. From 1870 to 1901 the Voluntary Schools had in- creased in number from 8,000 to 14,294 (viz, Church lof England 11,731, Wesleyans 450, Roman Catholic 1,053, British, Ac., 1,052), and were educating 3,041,673 children. The Board Schools numbered 5,857, and educated 2,721,173 children. So that in any settlement justice would have to be meted out to each of these two sets of powerful schools which had been encouraged to grow side by side together, each acting and re-acting upon one another, and each fulfilling a very necessary and real part in the training and developing of the intellec- tual and moral character of the children. The problem, of course, was how to do justice to the children in these two kinds of schools without ignoring their past history and inflicting hardships upon either. The Act of 1902 was an honest attempt in that direction, taking facts as they were. and trying to make the best of them. "The Act apparently pleased neither of the extreme sections, and that is a sure sign that it is a good compromise. The Vicar's paper was chiefly historical, and only introductory to the condition of things existing before the passing of the Act. To allow time for dissension, the provisions of the Act itself were not dealt with, but questions wero invited from the audience. A very interesting and animated discussion followed. At the request of so many interested in the education question the Vicar has consented to read another paper on the provisions of the Act of 1902,
New Buildings. Mr Edward Williams has commenced opera- tions for the erection of four or five bungalows in the Voel, the same builder havingjust com- pleted two houses close to the same spot. Mr G. H. Edwards has also erected two houses and a shop in the vicinity.
Road Repairs. We notice that the road leading in the direc- tion of the station is undergoing repairs. It was high time this matter received attention, as the roads had got into a fearfully bad state.
Lights Needed. Now that there is so much passenger traffic to and from the station at nights it would be well for the villagers to consider the advisa- bility of providing lights on the road. The station itself is already lighted, but the diffi- culty is to find one's way there.
Damage by the Storm. The storm on Sunday night made havoc with the pair of two-storey houses which are in course of erection near the station for Mr Daniel Roberts. The back walls of both houses had been built up to the eaves, and window frames already placed but the strong gale demolished the greater part of the work at this point, resulting in considerable loss to the owner.
The Station. It is stated that officials of the Railway Company have been to view the site of the present station, and it is expected that at an early date the Company will erect a station nearer the bridge, as requested by the Parish Council.
Lord Rosebery and Sir Henry Campbell-Banner man. The political world was startled on Monday by the report of a speech delivered by his Lordship at Bodmin on Saturday, in which he took strong exception to the views expressed by Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman on the Irish question. That these views were misconstrued was palpable to most people, and Lord Resebery has been told so by his friends. Sir Edward Grey, Mr Haldane, and Mr Asquith do not side with Lord Rosebery in his interpretation of Sir Henry's speech. Well, what is one to think of this readiness of Lord Rosebery to find fault with the Liberal leader on this question ? Is it his aim to create another party-to place himself at the head of those who belong to the Unionist party, who are opposed to protection and not in favour of giving to Ireland the control of her domestic affairs, and those of the Liberal party who favour the same policy ? If this is his intention it is not very likely that he will succeed, as it is clear that the mind of this country has considerably changed during the last few years, and is now more in favour of conceding to Ireland a liberal measure of self government than ever before.
The Volunteers. It is pleasing to find from the War Secretary's announcement this week that there is to be no reduction in the Volunteers, and that higher grants are to be given for in- creased efficiency.
The Unemployed. It is officially announced that the King has approved the appointment of a Royal Com- mission to inquire as to the best means of dealing with this problem.
The Opening of the German Parliament. It would appear from the Kaiser's speech that all is not well in his relations with some countries, for in his reference to his foreign relations he says with regard to most countries that he maintains good and friendly relations with those powers," but with regard to some other countries he only uses the expression "correct relations." These probably are England and France.