BYGONES. Contributions to this column will be welcomed, and may be made direct to Mr T. Edwards, Brynteg, Chester, who invites residents and others to send any information relative to Prestatyn district which they may possess.
Death. We are extremely sorry to have to chronicle the death of Mrs Roberts, wife of Mr Ishmael Roberts, Picton, which took place on Tues- day last. She had be<ui suffering from an inter- nal complaint, necessitating an operation, which was successfully performed about a fortnight ago by Dr Newbold, a specialist from Liverpool, assisted by Doctors Evans, Jones, and Morris. Owing to further com- plications it was found necessary to operate a second time, soma time after which she succumbed, being in an extremely weak state. We tender to the husband, daughter, and relatives our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.
Practice. The lifeboat men were called out to a sur- prise practice on Tuesday night, the first rocket being fired at 7 p.m. Owing to the lifeboat having stuck in a quicksand the practice had to be adandoned, it being found that the boat could not be launched.
Lecture. A most instructive and well delivered lecture on Gardening was given at the Council School on Monday evening by W. Hopkins Jones, Esq., from the University College of Wales, Bangor, in connection with the Flint- shire County Council. The chair was taken by Mr T. Roberts, chairman of the Llanasa Parish Council. We regret to state that the number present was discduragingly small. The lecture was well advertised,and why such small attendance it is difficult to say. Absentees lost a trep.t, as the lecture was delivered entirely in Welsh and many points were eye-openers to those present. Among the audience were County Councillor 11. Jones T. J. Pownall, Esq. Parish Councillors T. Roberts, D. Jones, and T. Jones Parish Council clerk T. Griffith Jones, etc.
FALLOWING. Comot of Prestatyn consists of strong cohesive loams, the best wheat soils within the whole district, and not inferior perhaps to any in great Britain. Here, fallowing has its proper effect, it ex- tripates weeds, and brings the soil to a tilth adapted to receive and nurture the seed. The manure bestowed upon these fallows were: 1. Lime in its most caustic state, spread in June, at the rate of from 100 to 120 bushels per acre. This quantity was con- sidered the general average. In the year 1797 the Dean of St Asaph bestowed five kilns, containing 500 bushels each, and made into compost, upon 15 acres, for wheat. Several other farmers limed profusely. The lime was harrowed and well incorporated with the soil. 2. About the same quantity of. lime, made into a compost with treble or quadruple its quantity of headland soil, clearings of ditches, roads, ponds, &c carted out, and spread before the last furrow from 50 to 60 loads, or cubic yards, of this compost, to an acre. 3. Farm-yard dung is here generally be- stowed on grass lands sometimes, though seldom, on fallows, at the rate of from 15 to 20 cubic yards per acre, spread, and ploughed in at the last furrow. 4. The same quantity, incorporated with the soil about the beginning of June. Thii- fourth practice has been reprobated, as ex- posing the oleaginous particles of the manure to be evaporated by solar heat but if these oleaginous particles of dung be the pabulum of plants, they did not seem to have evapor- ated further than the superincumbent soil, for by this kind of manuring, fallows have produced twenty returns of excellent wheat In the Kentish report, the Isle of Stepney is represented as producing the best wheat that was sent to the London market, and weighed 64lbs per Winchester bushel; therefore, if superior weight denoted superior quality in wheat our district had the pre-eminence; its wheat, cot uncommonly weighing 681bs per bushel. The peasants of Prestatyn had a current tradition, that not only the Bishops of Bangor, but the Kings of France were in former times, supplied with wheat for their own bread-corn from this comot. The above third method is the most com monway of applying dung to farrows, but the more enlightened farmers left off that practice entirely, as it nurtures weeds, and forces the crop into a length of straw without a proportionate weight. of ear. Therefore, they sometimes bestowed the dung on the sward at Michaelmas, graze in the spring, lime at Midsummer, and sow wheat on one furrow or plough upon the dung in autumn as the commencement of a fallow, and make a homogeneous compost of the dung and soil, during the spring and summer, by repeated ploughings etc. Some farmers, upon good turnip soils, bestowed all the four years' manure to that crop and found the barley, clover, and wheat crops to succeed profitably aftervvaxds without any further manure by this method they had less straw and more corn.
ROTATION OF CRops. rotation in the vicinity, both in the Vale of Clwyd and towards Flint did not compare by a long way with the stronger soils at Prestatyn etc. The rotation at Prestatyn was generally as follows. 1. Wheat, on a summer fallow, manured with lime compost; (sometimes, though, with pure lime) in quantities as per paragraph on fallowing. 2. Barley, on the third furrow. 3. Beans or peas, manured. 4. Wheat. 6. Barley. 6. Clover. 7. Wheat manured with either lime, or farm-yard dung. On a friable, blackish loam in Prestatyn, seldom injured by wetness or dryness of weather. 1. Winter Vetch in October. 2. Turnips in June. S. Spring wheat, the following March. (7'O he continued).
COMPETITIVE MEETINGS. Several competitive meetings are to be held in the district on Christmas Day. The members of Bethel and Horeb (Pres- tatyn) are holding this year's meeting in the Town Hall, and there is every prospect of a successful gathering. The WeKyan body at Dyserth are holding similar meetings on the same day m their chapel, and in addition a tea meeting is to be held. Extensive preparations are being made by members of the cause, and a good number of entries is looked forward to. At Meliden also a meeting of a similar char- acter is announced for New Year's day, for which a comprehensive list of subjects has been prepared.
Death of Mr Thos. Williams We regret to have to report the death of Mr Thomas Williams. Tre Castell, Dyserth, which took place on Friday night last week, at the age of 72 years. Deceased had been in indifferent health for some time past, but he attended all religious meetings held in the district. He was the most prominent member of the Wesleyan Methodist cause in Dyserth, and was for many years senior circuit steward of the Rhyl district. Mr Williams had resided at Dyserth all his life, and he will be greatly missed, especially in religious circles. The interment took place on Tuesday afternoon in Dyserth Churchyard, Rev. J. Kelly (Prestatyn) officiating. The service was a most impressive one, and there was a large and representative attendance. Deceased leaves a daughter, and also a brother and sister, to mourn his loss.
Wet inside and out. An old resident imbibed not wisely but too well the other night, with the result that he missed his way in the dark and walked into the river. Fortunately he escaped with nothing more serious than a wetting. -<I: 1L Iff
Foresters' Club Night. The clearing night of the A.O.F., Court 1282, falls on December 25th, and as this would cause considerable inconvenience we are asked to state that this date has been changed to January 8th.
The Lead Mines. There is a rumour current in the village that a well-known firm of mine owners are negotiating for the purchase of the lead works here. It is greatly to be hoped that the matter will be carried through, for if the works were re-started it would make a wonderful difference to the welfare of the whole district.
LOCAL BANKRUPTCY. Examination at Bangor, Dr. William Batten Williams, of Plas, Prestatyn, came up for examination in bankruptcy at Bangor on Thursday. The receiving order had been made on the debtor's own petition, which he filed in consequence of an execution being levied upon his effects. He attributed his failure to the fact that during the first two years his professional income was not sufficient to maintain him. Having no capital, he resorted to money- lenders" to whom he had paid and owed enormous interest." The debtor commenced practising on his own account in September, lUOO, when he bought a practice from Dr. Griffith for £250. Of that amount he had paid £ 200, which he borrowed for the purpose. The debtor's liabilities amounted to £1,166 9s. 2d., of which amount 9982 lis. 5d. was for money lent by 13 different creditors. The contingent liabilities included three debtb, totalling zC410, contracted by being guarantor for money said to have been advanced, and on an undertaking to pay the costs of an action. 0 The debtor had been dealing largely with professional money-lenders, and eight of his creditors belonged to that class. Examined by Mr John Tobias, the assist- ant official receiver, the debtor said the rent of his house at Prestatyn was j655. Mr Todias I am afraid it was too large for you. Continuing, the doctor said that latterly he had been pressed very much by creditors, and he had had a very bad time of it in the form of writs and county court summonses. Even when the receiving order was made, the Sheriffs were in possession for three different amounts lent by money-lenders, J650 by one, zC72 by another, and £44 5s. by a third. In one instance when a bailiff was in on account of a debt to a money lender, he borrowed from the Imperial Credit Company to pay the bailiff out. In fact, when one money-lender pressed he went to another. His income at the start was only about £60 a year but latterly it had been £300. He had indulged in no betting or gambling, and his personal expenses only came to £ 16 10s. for two years. In respect of one claim the debtor said that a party pressed him, but in a nice kind of way." As a rule he told the various money- lenders that he bad borrowed from others, but he did tell them exactly how far he was involved. Mr Tobias said that he could not ask to have the estate closed until the debtor fur- nished a statement of his cash transactions during the past two years showing what he had exactly got from the money-lenders. Mr Glynne Jones said that the examination would be adjourned, and assented to the sug- gestion made by Mr J. Holland Roberts. solicitor, of its being closed, provided the statement could be furnished to the Official Receiver before the day of the adjourned examination arrived.
Robert Owen, Ffynnongroew. A New and Varied Stock of CHINA of every description. Tea Sets, Dinner Sets, Toilet Sets, etc,, at low prices. Plaasa note that in future this establishment will ba closed at 7 o'clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Reading Room. This institution was opened last Monday evening at the Church Schoolroom, kindly lent for the use of the village by the Rev. Howell Harris, Vicar. The movement, which is purely unsectarian in character, deserves the support of all interested in the welfare of our young men and women. The officers and committee have only been appointed temporarily, and as soon as the annual meeting comes round the members will be at perfect liberty to choose their own rulers. it is a source of great pleasure to the origina- turs to see that the movement is going to be 9 o a thorough success. Up to time of writing many members have joined. The very best books and penodicals are provided, as well as the chief daily papers, such as the Daily Post, Manchester Guardian and Courier. The following ladies and gentlemen have been extremely generous towards the movement: Mrs Batters, Mrs Pownall, Miss Price, Dr Evans, Mr Owen (Kidderminster House), Captain Carter, and several other kind friends.
Concert. A number of music lovers visited Holywell on Monday and Wednesday evenings to attend the County School annual prize distribution and the benefit concert of the Tenessee Min- strels. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves at both places.
Departure. Miss Ruth A. Jones, supplementary teacher at the Council School, left last Tuesday week for Halkyn, where she had been appointed in the same capacity at the National School. She commenced duties here on the 17th of Feburary 1904, thus having served for a period of one year and nine months. During her stay she has made many friends, who will greatly miss her. We wish her every success in her new school.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. ALL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-80 a.m. English), 6 p.m. (Welsh), Rev. Howell Harris, B.A., MOlUAR C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev. James Richards, Gyfylliog. BKTHANIA WESLBYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. Mr P. G. Davies, Trelogan; 6 p.m., Rev E. G. Turner, Ffynnongroew. TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mr Thos. Roberts, Mostyn. SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 10 a.m., Prayer Meeting 6 p.m. Rev E. Pan Jones, M.A.. Ph.D. ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English), -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m Rev. R. J. Stevenson. PENIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh), Pen-y-ffordd. 10 a.m., Mr R. Hughes, Cwm; 6 p.m., Rev D. Meurig Jones. GWYNFA C.M. CHAPIEL, Rhewl Fawr (Welsh).— 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev James Richards, Gyfylliog.
Nonsensical. A correspondent writes :—" For the pur- pose of school accommodation I hear that the count of the educational requirements of this district has been based on the legal assump- tion that all under twenty-one years of age are infants!
Will Llanasa be Overburdened? Should all the new schools which the County Council propose to provide in Llanasa parish be erected, the accommodatiun will be as follows Gronant (new school) 150 Gwespyr (new school). 150 Talacre (old school). 260 Trelogan (new school) 120 680 The total number of children at present in these villages is less than 250.
CYNGOR EGLWYSI RHYDDION, PRESTATYN Cyfarfu yr Adran Cymreig o'r cynghor uchod yn Bethel nos Lun diweddaf, o dan lywyddiaeth y Parch Ben Williams. Cyfarfod i ethol swyddogion ac i drefnu gwaith y tymhor ydoedd hwn, a phasiwyd y penderfyniadau canlynol:— l.Fod y personau canlynol i gael eu hethol yn swyddogion am y flwyddyn Llywydd, y Parch M. F. Wynne; ysgrifenydd, Mr J. M. Hughes, Wrexham House Try- sorydd, Mr T. Pennant Williams. 2. — Fod dirpwyacth yn cael ei gwneyd i In fyny o'r personau canlynol: Y Parchn. Ezra Jones. Ben Williams, John Keliy, M. F. Wynne, a Mr Robt Jones i yinweled a Mr Evan Roberts, y Diwygiwr, gyda'r amcan 0 sicrhau ei wasanaeth i eglwysi Prestatyn. B.-Fod Cyfarfodydd Gweddi undebol i gael eu cynal ar gylch yn y gwahanol eglwysi, ar nosweithiau Gwener a'r Sabbotli, yn wythnosol. 4.Fod yr wytbnos gyntaf o'r flwyddyn newydd i gael eu neillduo yn wythnos i weddio, fel arfcr a'r ail wythnos i gael eu neillduo i bregethu, a gweinidogion y drefi wasanaethu. 0 5.—Fod gweinidogion y cylch, ac un 0 bob eglwys i ffurfio yn bwyllgor dirwestol y cynghor, ac i dori allan waith ar gyfer y tymhor. 6.—Fod gweinidogion y dref i newid pulpudau y Sabboth cyutaf o'r flwyddyn newydd. Oddiwrth y nifer luosog gynrychiolwyr a ddaeth ynghyd, a'r yspryd rhagorol a arddang- oswyd gan yr oil o'r siaradwyr, gallem feddwl fod yr cynghor yn niyned i ymaflyd yn ei waitli o ddifrif eleni. Hyderwn y cuiff y cynghor gyuorthwy pawb sydd yn caru llwyddiant yr achos goreu, fel ag i'w alluogi i fod yn gyfrwng i ddyrchafu rhinwedd, moesoldeb, a sobrwydd yn ein tref.
ER COF AM Y PARCH JOHN PRICE ROBERTS. Ow! Colli'n bathraw callaf—ein Rabbi, Price Roberts ffyddlonaf, Ein Uenor coeth dillynaf, Hyuaws cu ei ail nis caf. Yr oedd e'n uwch raddol—o allu a Diwylliant meddyliol I eiriau ef fydd ar ei ol, 'N wir iesin drysor oesol. A'i ddilys coeth feddyliaw-'en eynid Gan swyn ei bregethau, Byddai hwn yn ein boddhau A'i fuddiol ddenol ddoniau. Ei landeg wedd ai londwr-gwir seirian Gwr siriol ffraeth syber, Awdwr trylon tirion ter A'r cyfaill pura cofier. I drigfan aeth nwch drygfyd-yn gynar, I ogoniant a gwynfyd, Aeth gartref at Grist hefyd I'r Nefol anfarwol fyd. Mrawd anwyl fy mryd inan-yw dyfod I'r dwyfol drigfanan, Ran naws o hyd 'rwy'n neshau, 'N iach weithian dof fel chwithau. Llys Eirian, Prestatyn. ROBERT JONES.
'JU i eret t til-I WANTED for Talacre School a thoroughly capable WELSH SPEAKING MASTER. Salary according to parchments, experience, -ii, Ila, and character. Upright, God-fearing, and charitable man essential. Likely number of scholars, 50. Apply, Lady Mostyn, Talacre, Prestatyn, N. Wales. HOME-MADE BRAWN every Friday. Potted Meat. Miss Hawley, Ty Mawr Tea Rooms. FOWLS for sale, large quantity of Hens and Pullets, owing to removal.-Hoberts, Ty Isaf, Gronant. \V A LLIS AND SCOTT, Auctioneers and Estate Agents, have houses to Let at the following rents jei3, JE21, £28, and £ 85; also Modern Villas and Building Land for Sale privately. Offices: High St., Prestatyn. MISS Winifred Yeoman, Teacher of the Mandoline and Theory of Music, has vacancies for pupils. Terms 10/6 for 10 lessons.—Apply, Linden Walk, Prestatyn Pendre House School, PRESTATYN, NORTH WALES. SChool and Kindergarten. Principal MISS ETHEL HICKSON (Teachers' Diploma University of Cambridge). MR. BRYAN E. WARHURST, Professor of Music. Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Prepares Pupils for the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music, tho Royal Collars of MlHic. the Trinity College, London, and the Incorporated Society of Mnsicians Organ, Pianoforte, Singing, Harmony, Theory, &c. LATEST SUCCESSES: April, 1904, Advanced Senior, Pianoforte, R.A.M. Theory July, Advanced Sen., Piano. (Honours), Trin. Coll., London „ „ Advanced Senior, Organ, I.S.M. „ Pianoforte, I.S.M. Dec. „ Third (Jrado, „ „ Second Grade, „ „ Sisging July, 1905, Third Grad«, „ „ S'nd Grade, Pianoforte (H'rs), „ » M » M (Pass) „ „ „ First Grade, 11 Mr. Warhurst makes a Speciality of preparing Candidates fo the above .'Examinations, and visits Prestatyn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Organ Recitals, Concerts, Eisteddfbdau. For terms, Addrecs-Haydn House, Brighton Road, Rhyl. HENRY DOWELL, Coal Merchant, Office: Station Yard, Prestatyn, Orders promptly attended to. Best House Coal always in Stock. J. R. Williams, BOOT & SHOE MAKER. Repairs neatly and promptly executed. Boots made to order with Best English Leather. High Street (S^B), Prestatyn. A. E. WILLIAMS, Pastry Cook and Confectioner, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Wedding & Christening Cakes made to order. Tea Rooms. Luncheon Rooms. Pic-Nic Parties catered for. Thomas & Walkley, Architects and Surveyors, PRESTATYN. Preliminary Sketches Free. Reasonable charges. For Regular Supplies of Farm Produce Fresh Milk and Butter, New-laid Eggs, etc., send Postcard to R. AND J. WHITEFORD, Kelston Farm, Gwespyr, Holywell. J. P. Linnell, CIVIL ENGINEER, Architect and Surveyor, Land and Estate Agent, WELLINGTON CHAMBERS, RHYL