NEW STATION. The promised new station at Maes-y-groes on the motor railway route is now being made. A gang of men are engaged in carrying out the necessary work, and it is expected the station will be ready at an early date. A stopping place for motor train at this point will prove a decided convenience for residents in the vicinity of Maes-y-groes.
Personal. Lady Mostyn of Talacre is at present on a visit to her father at Avon Dasset, Leaming- ton. Her ladyship hopes to return at the New Year.
Sour Grapes At the County Council meeting on Thurs- day Mr Elwy Williams of Rhyl described the Prestatyn-Dyserth Railway as a "tin-pot sham sort of thing." We can place this alongside the fact that a short time ago the Rhyl Council asked the Railway Co. to extend the Dyserth line to Rhyl.
Prestatyn Gymnasium. The above will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 28rd, and all Christmas week. Members can be enrolled at the Gymnasium from January 2nd at halfprice viz Gent's 2/6, Ladies 2/
An Explanation. Respecting the statement in our last issue that it would be superfluous to build new schools at both Gwespyr and Gronant, it is pointed out that the County Council's pro- posals were not to provide a school in each of these villages, bat in one only for the use of both.
Coming Event. The friends at Rehoboth have decided to hold a sale of work during the first week in April next.
Trinity Church. The usual monthly social evening was held at the above place on Thursday evening, the tea on this occasion being provided by Mrs M. Taylor. Dr Townsend presided over a good attendance, and the programme sub- mitted included the following items a piano- forte solo by Miss Fiorence Jewell, a violin solo by Miss Wright, readings were given by Dr Townsend and Rev W. Yeoman, and solos by Miss Jessie Jones, Rev W. Lewys Davies, and Mr Gilbert Hughes.
Debate. At the English Presbyterian Schoolroom on Thursday night, an interesting debate took place, the subject under discussion being Should Christians be non-smokers ?" Mr Prescott presided over a fair attendance, and in addition to the chairman those who spoke in the affirmative included Mr Thos. Jones, Mr Counter, etc., the other side of the question being dealt with by Messrs. W. Thomas and Gilbert Hughes.
Christmas Tree. This annual event in connection with Christ Church will be held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, when Mrs Beetenson de Rance of Rhyl will perform the opening ceremony. In addition to the Xmas Tree there will be several stalls laden with various articles. Entertainments are also promised, and the Prestatyn Toy Symphony Orchestra will make its first appearance, other items being vocal and instrumental music, equilibrium and juggling feats, etc. The proceeds will be for the Church Room fund.
The Big Camp. Some of the Rhyl newspapers announced last week it had been arranged that the Church Lads' Brigade would camp at Prestatyn next year. We have seen a communication from Capt Crawley in which he states that the meeting for selecting the site of the camp will not be held until January, but there is every likeli- hood that Prestatyn will again be chosen.
The Golf Club. We are informed there is an impression abroad that the local golf club is only to have a 9-h )le course. This is e roneous, for although the club will commence with but a 9-hole course, it is the full intention of those interested to make an 18-hole course, sufficient ground for the purpose having already been secured. When completed the links will rank among the best in North Wales.
FIRE BRIGADE COMPETITION. The one-man drill contest for members of the)ocallbrigade referred to in our last issue took place in Bastion Road on Saturday after- noon, the operations being witnessed by a goodly number of spectators. The^prizes consist of a handsome silver medal given by Mr W. Thomas (Surveyor), and 2nd and 3rd prizes given by Mersrs T. H. Jones and Co, Ironmongers, eaeh of which have to be won three times. R. Williams wasithe first, his time being under 17 seconds ;|E. Eames second (18 sec); and Lieutenant Jones 3rd (under 21 sees).
The New Ministry. It is recognised on all hands that Sir H. Campbell Bannerman's Government is an exceptionally strong one, and that it is rep- resentative of 3very section of the Liberal Party. The Prime Minister has shewn sound judgment in undertaking the task of forming an administration before an appeal to the country, as it will now be impossible to say that there will be any difficulty in getting the men in the front rank, who were hitherto regarded to be less advanced in their views on the Irish question, to serve under his banner; and such a Ministry as has been formed will inevitably unite the Liberal Party probably as it has never been united before. Mr Stead, I think, predicts a majority of 20 for the Liberals over the combined repre- sentatives of the Unionists, Irish Nationalists, and the Labour Party. Lord Rosebery at the Liberal League meeting this week gave the new Government his blessing, but it is difficult to understand why he persists in demanding from Sir Henry a clearer declaration of his Irish policy than he has given. It is certainly far clearer than anything he himself has declared on the same question. Home Rule in a modified form is sure to be passed ere long, but the probability is that there will be a serious conflict between the two Houses of Parliament before that event takes place.
Date of the Dissolution. In well-informed circles it is believed the elections will be over by the end of January. G"G"¡y¡}
The Queen's Fund. The amount collected up to date towards the Unemployed Fund is jei70,000, and this is found to be quite inadequate. Very little is forthcoming from places outside London. It is quite clear that the country has not yet realised the gravity of the situation. It is surprising that so many who are reported to be worth over half a million, have not yet given a penny to save the working men from starving. The great landlords, where are they in this matter ?
Our Allies in the Far East. General satisfaction is expressed in Tokio at the composition of the new British Cabinet, and the Japanese papers eulogise Sir Edward Grey, the new Foreign Minister. It is under- stood by them that there will be no change in the foreign policy of this country with the change of ministry.
United States Copying England. President Roosevelt in a recjnt speech announced the intention of his Government to do away with all the obsolete or out of date ships of war, and to draw them out of com- mission, thereby effecting a great saving in the navy estimates. In this he has taken a leaf out of this country's book. Every great reform does not originate in Yankeeland.
RATIONAL AMUSEMENTS. Tn the Editor of the Prestatyn IFet/t/ Sir, —As the festive season of Christmas approaches, the thoughts of young men and Z, maidens naturally turn to holiday amusements and recreation. The days are short, the weather dull, out-door sports are at a stand- still, and country walks not ah ays possible, business hours being long. Bx. rcise is necessary to maintain health and warmth, and change needed. At the Gymnasium this can be obtained by those who have strength and inclination to enjoy this form of recrea- tion, but many prefer a more graceful and sociable method beyond these exercises. Why should objections be raised against dancing ? And why is dancing condemned 9 t) by so many good people ? Has it not always been considered one of the fine arts ? In ancient times it was a religious ceremony, and is so still among the eastern nations. Is it not the most graceful and natural form of physical enjoyment, and the first to be taught. Do we not dance the infant on our knee before it can walk ? And does not the child spring and jump and slide naturally ? In family circles is not dancing and singing more invigorating as an entertainment than silly games ? In large assemblies is it not possible to make dancing tend to healthy social conditions, in the same way that sing- ing in chorus can be ? It is necessary for all people to meet to- gether in common sympathy, for religious life, for the enjoyment of energy, for educa- tion, and for recreation. It is in the hours of freedom from work, and in solitude that temptation comes to the young most easily. Let the people lead the rational amuse- ments of the young in the right way, openly, healthily, and socially, give them the best help to re-create their hard worked energies aright. Let those who may feel themselves too good to associate with their less fortunately born neighbours, help them in setting them an example of purity in their hours of leisure.
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell, Prestatyn." FRANK JEWELL & Co., Auctioneers, ESTATE AGENTS AND VALUERS, Collectors 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 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 TELYN9 TEA (REGISTERED) at 1/6, 1/8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGENT. W. J. Williams, The Stores. m 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), Telephone 5x. PRESTATYN VAN DELIVERIES DAILY. A. W. JONES, Proprietor. THE CROFT MISS & MRS JONES Confectioners, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Boarding and Commercial House. Parties Catered for. Well-aired Beds. BULBS! _BULBS!! Large quantity Best Bulbs, true I- to name, at Low Prices. J. R. Tickle, CORN MERCHANT, Colomenfryn, Prestatyn, STORES PLAS BUILDINGS. HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, PEESTATYK. Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON Monumental & General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. RESIDENCE 8, ROSLYN TERRACE. The Sale advertised to take place at Hafod Elwy, Prestatyn, on Tuesday, December 19th, 1905, POSTPONED until Wednesday, January 3rd, 1906 Further particulars in future Advertisement. W. FREEMAN & CO., Auctioneers, etc., Holywell.
Christmas Cheer. Appearance of the Prestatyn Shops. Novy that the chief festival of the year is at hand our attention is drawn to those shops which have already put on their Christmas garb. Many and varied are the articles that claim attention in the different windows, but in the short space at our command we cannot hope to do justice to all the deserving exhibits, and must be content to touch lightly upon a few of the leading features. Those who are omitted this week will be dealt with in our next issue. Starting at the top of High Street, the first business establishment to be noticed is that of Mr Jones, the enterprising proprietor of Freeland Stores. Although the windows are fully stocked with goods which are in demand at this time of the year, we understand that there is an additional display to be made before Christmas. Mr J. R. Tickle, the Provender Merchant, has of course no goods which call for special attention at Xmas, nevertheless we might mention that he supplied the food for fattening some of the finest beasts which will be seen at the butchers next week. At Bradford House is carried on one of the oldest businesses in the town, and here is shewn a varied stock of fancy boxes containing cakes, biscuits, &c., together with the cus- tomary seasonable fruits. Next come the extensive premises of Messrs Williams and Richards, where we find a speciality made of the C.B. corsets. The many articles displayed comprise blouses, furs, ties, laces, and other goods calculated to arouse the feminine interest. Gentlemen are also well catered for. gloves, ties, collars, umbrellas, &c., being shown to advantage. Miss Harvey displays an assortment of useful articles that will appeal to those who are adepts with the needle. Mr Parry Williams' artistically decorated establishment is an object lesson of the re- sources now at the hand of the up-to-date house decorator. Mr T. E. Hughes, Chemist, has on view a varied stock of perfumes and toilet requisities of every description. This is where the famous Wild Cherry Cough Cure is to be obtained. A new feature in Prestatyn this year is Mr Wainwright's extensive show of mechanical toys. In the window is a complete miniature railway, comprising rails, engines, tenders, cars, signals, tunnels, and a complete station. Such a gift as this would gladden the heart of any boy. Other working models include looping the loop, water mills, miniature fountains, submarines, &c. Across the way we find Mrs Bramall with a stock of china pudding basins, &c., to meet 0 the demands of the busy housewife. Mr W. W. Lloyd, the painter and gasfitter does not make much display, but he is all there just the same. Stopping at the window of Messrs Barber and Co., we find displayed pretty and useful articles for the little ones. At Mr Duncan's ironmongery establishment articles of utility predominate over those of an ornamental character. There is to be seen a large variety of enamel goods, cutlery, brooms, mats pans, kettles, and the thousand and one things which go to furnish the kitchen. During the long nights light is an important item: the humble paraffin and the latest incandescent burner are here to be found-best quality. Punctuality not being one of the virtues of the Prestatynites, the public are recommended to take their timepieces to Mr Freeman's watch and clock hospital, repairs being a speciality here. Mr Jennings' drapery establishment is replete with a stock of useful articles for win- ter wear, amongst which are to be found gloves, ties, furs, laces, &c., very suitable for presents. For several days past the windows at Compton House have been the centre of attraction for ladies in search of pretty and useful goods, Miss Hughes shewing some charming modes in millinery, also dainty party frocks for children, blouses, fans, flowers and other novelties to fascinate the feminine mind. Mr Littler has left nothing to be desired in the splendid show he has placed before the public. New fruit, peel, bottled goods, &c., are well displayed in one window, the other being devoted to •' the" staff of life," for which this firm is noted. It would be a difficult matter for a smoker not to find what he required at the Snowdon tobacconist establishment, for here is to be seen a large stock of pipes, cigars, and cigarettes of the best known makes. A varied assortment of drapery goods are to be found at Mrs Stubbs. At Mrs Torkington's fancy repository are articles in endless variety which cannot fail to please the ladies. Here one can purchase anything from a maid's apron to a rich silk blouse. At Gronant House, although no display of Xmas goods has yet been made in the windows, a stock of seasonable fruits, &c. will be found inside. Brown broad is a leading feature with Mr Thos. Hughes, while "bara brith will be well to the front during the festive season. A prettly set out window that catches the eye of those iu search of novelties is that of Mr 0. H. Hughes, Greenwich House, whose C, stock of new jewellery claims the attention of those desiring a really nice Xmas present for their friends. At the Post Office, Mr Worfolk makes a good display of Xmas cards, picture books, together with requisites for needlework. This portion of the town might be called the Fleet Street of Prestatyn, for hereabouts are provided and sold most of the articles which appeal to the literary and intellectual faculties. Mr Wheway displays on his counter every imaginable newspaper, whilst the office of this paper shows presentation books and diaries. Xmas cards are also very much in the fore- ground. Mr J. M. Hughes Wrexham House, has his usual Xmas stock of substantial things in the way of provisions, bacon being one of the specialities of this firm, and very reasonable prices)he motto. In addition to supplying us with the news of the day, Mr Wheway displays a choice selection of glass, china, and the noted Royal Doulton ware. A large variety of toys can also be seen here. Mrs Williams, Rose Buildings, has a pleasing window display of seasonable goods, crackers and large iced cakes predominating. Inside the shop will be found fancy biscuits, chocolates, and pastry in great variety. Prospective holders of Christmas parties please note. Messrs. Stead and Simpson shew a good stock of boots, shoes, slippers, etc. The stock at Mrs M. A. Roberts, Tower Buildings is large and varied. Mr A. W. Jones' commanding corner premises, the Provincial Stores, contains an extensive stock of Christmas fruits, cakes, and biscuits. A special purchase of provisions has been made for Xmas season, so that everything is new and fresh. The bright-looking premises of Messrs T. H. Jones and Co., ironmongers and furnishers, always contain a host of goods to interest the house-proud wife, and although at the time of writing the window is not as yet set out for the Christmas show, there are many articles which might be chosen as very appropriate and seasonable gifts. Brass and copper goods there are in galore, and many dainty little novelties. This firm usually keeps pace with the times, and this is domonstrated by the exhibit of articles which will shortly be needed by members of the local Golf Club. Mr J. Lloyd Jones' Pharmacy is crammed with seasonable articles too numerous to men- tion. Of course many of these will be in demand after"the Christmas festivities. Dicks' imposing looking establishment is filled with an extensive stock of footwear, varying from the workman's substantial boot to the lady's dainty slipper wherewith to trip the light fantastic toe. Pyramids of tempting fruit fill the window of Messrs Waterworth, the display being a C, a most creditable one. At Mr Brooks' tobacco stores will be found much to tempt the smoker. The window of Misses Higgins' estab- lishment, the Raven Restaurant, is worthy of more than a passing glance, for here we find Xmas delicacies of every description represent ting the art of the cook and confectioner. The inevitable Xmas pudding is well to the front, and there is a choice assortment of decorated cakes, crackers, boxes of chocolate and a heap of novelties which are usually in demand for decorating the Christmas tree. In addition to a display of confectionery at the Croft Restaurant, we notice a variety of Christmas stockings and the novelties usually associated with Santa Claus. The small but prettily set-out window at Sefton Stores does not give much idea of the large and varied stock which Mr Kellv keeps, for inside we find in addition to the usual goods, boxes of dates, figs, Tangerine oranges, and other accompaniments of the festive season. Miss Summerskill makes a display of fancy goods, jewellery, and opal ware in addition to Christmas cards, calendars, &c. At Mr Richard Jones' drapery establishment will be found a host of useful articles suitable for either sex. On the north side of the town the principal place of business is that of Mr W. J. Williams, The Stores. Although no special display is made here, the proprietor is in a position to cope with the demands for the usual Christmas fruit and other seasonable goods. Tho I Telyno brand wherewith to make the cup that cheers is a great feature of this firm. The branch shop of Freelands Stores is appropriately filled with the necessary ingredients for mince pies, plum pudding, &c, while the stock of provisions is a well-selected one.