| INTERESTING ITEMS. | Plenty of Choice. Over 70 applications have already been received for the vacant Surveyorship to the Prestatyu Council. Hear, hear! say we. I A lady speaker at a meeting in Prestatyn the other evening referred to the important part woman had taken in history. Coming to latter day events, this lady said that during the recent general election women were asking Why should they be classed with criminals and lunatics? Surely if they were sane enough to pay rates and taxes, they ought to be considered qualified to have a voice in the selection of those who spend the money." Trinity Church. The monthly social was held on Thursday under the presidency of Rev. Dr. Townsend. On this occasion the tea was provided by three of the members- Bev. E. Thomas, Miss Beeby, and Miss Lacy. A very excellent programme of music, with addresses, were given to an appreciative audience. Presentations. As a mark of the high esteem in which Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn, of Talacre, are held in Prestatyn, a number of local tradesmen have combined to purchase a silver bowl, which will shortly be presented to the dis- tinguished couple in honour of their recently- celebrated silver wedding. The bowl, which is suitably inscribed, was supplied by Mr O. H. Hughes, jeweller, at whose establishment it is now on view. Sir Pyers' Holywell tenantry are also about to make their presentation, which will take the form of a handsome piece of silver plate. The Gymnasium. At the British School on Thursday night, a very successful whist drive and dance was held in connection with the Gymnasium Club. There was a large number present, and all seemed to have had a thoroughly enjoyable time, the party not breaking up until the early hours of Friday morning. Preliminary Announcement. A Sale of Work in connection with the Rehoboth C.M. Church, will be held on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, in the Town Hall, Prestatyn Snowstorm. Residents ofPrestatyn and the countryside were surprised on Friday morning to find the ground covered with a mantle of spow-ad unnsual visitation in this mild climate. Removals. Messrs Frank Jewell and Co., Auctioneers, etc., have removed to more commodious offices at the corner of Maes-y-groes. The premises have been beautified, and are to be known in future as "Central Chambers." In addition to the above-named firm, Messrs Thomas & Walkley, will occupy one suite of these offices, and Mr Clement Hughes, Solicitor, another. Fighting the Waves. At a conference at Westminister on Tues- day of local authorities whose areas suffered from erosion by the sea, it was resolved to approach the Government with a view of obtaining assistance towards coast aeience. Nearly all of the towns affected, from Brid- lington on the east to Rhyl on the west, sent representatives to the conference, and all complained of the grievous burden of pro- tective works on the local rates. On the Yorkshire coast eleven feet is swallowed up every year by the sea, and Bridlington has spent J6100,000 on defence works. ♦
A Fight for the Leadership. Who will gain the day. Mr Chamberlain or Mr Baliour ? is*the question of the hour. What will be the outcome of this unfortunate struggle ? is another question which might be asked. One thing appears almost certain: that neither will give way to the other. Mr Chamberlain's supporters say if he is not elected then his man, Mr Walter Long, should be given the position. Mr Balfour's friends, on the other hand, say if Mr Balfour is not appointed leader, then Mr Akers Douglas (his man) should be allowed to take the place. I am rather inclined to believe that the two sections of the party, when they meet, will rise to the occasion and settle the matter in a way which will disappoint Mr Chamberlain, and rob him ot his last chance to rule a party, viz., by electing the man who, although possibly for his party's sake has not declared himself explicitly on the fiscal question, is nevertheless a true Conservative at heart, and may be relied upon to do his best for his party. And it is very likely that the two sections of the party, when they meet, will unite in favour of electing Mr Balfour as by far the more reliable man.
Encroachment of the Sea. On Tuesday last it was stated at the Nat- ional Sea Defence Conference held at West- minster, that 115 square miles of land has been swallowed up by the sea on the York- shire Coast alone since the Roman Invasion. In a paper recently read at the Institute of Civil Engineers, it was pointed out that from the year 1867 to 1900 the total area of Great Britain diminished from 66,964,260 acres to 56,782,053 acres, a net loss of 182,207 acres. Many places where, according to Domesday 0 Book, villages at one time stood are now covered by the sea. The coast line from Prestatyn to the Orme's Head has not escaped. There are some living at the present day who can remember fields between Foryd and Pensarn on the sea side of the wall which is now washed by the sea, and in Abergele Churchyard, distant now less than a mile from the sea, there is a stone in the wall which encircles the cemetery, bearing the following inscription Dyma maen gorwedd Un a aued Dair milldir yn y Gogledd." (Here lyeth one who was born three miles to the North).
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell, Prestatyn." FRANK JEWELL & Co., Auctioneers, ESTATI,, 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. Auotion 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. Syl. HOW DELICIOUS IT IS Is the delighted opinion ex- pressed or implied by all who try our Famous TEL YNO TEA (REGISTERED) at 1/6, 1/8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGRNT. W. J. Williams, The Stores. A. E. WILLIAMS, Pastry Cook and Confectioner, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Wedding & Christening Cakes made to order. Tea Rooms. Luncheon Rooms. Pic-Nio Parties catered for. T. Parru Williams & Go 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 Confeotioneps, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Boarding and Commercial House. Parties Catered for. Well-aired Beds. HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer <& Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, PRESTATYN. Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON, Monumental & General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. RESIDENCE: 8, ROSLYN TERRACE.
Our Local Parliament BY A RATEPAYER. Our Local Parliament" has been quite over-shadowed lately by the forming of a brand new Imperial Parliament, and therefore if notes under the above heading had appeared during the past few weeks they would pro- bably have been disregarded by the excited politicians of our town. The time, however, is now coming when more interest will be centred in our local rulers. For one thing we shall have our own little election to look after next month, when, as usual, four mem- bers of the Council will retire. These are Messrs W. H. Coward, J.P., John Pritchard, Peter Ellis, and T. Parry Williams—some of whom no doubt hope to come back again. The decision of the Council to put Marine Road into something like decent order has been appreciated by those living in that district. Bnt this action leads to another question. If the members think it necessary in the case of Marine Road how can they con- sistently let Sandy Lane remain in its present disgraceful condition ? It has really a stronger claim than the other road, inasmuch as it is a more ancient high-way. Some time since the owners were asked to make it passable. Some did their share, while others did nothing. This is always the case when there is no com- pulsion. If then the Council cannot persuade those persons to come into line with the others it is only reasonable that what has been done for Marine Road should also be done at the public expense for Sandy Lane. The Council some time since agreed that a lamp should be erected, and probably it will be put up when the summer comes I Of course it is not wanted in the winter Many of the points which have been a matter of negotiation between the Council and Lady McLaren appear to be in a fair way for settlement. The chief difficulty appears to be in the wish on her part to put a gate over the public highway at the approach to the sand hills. It is however satisfactory to know that her ladyship recognises the rights of the Council in the matter. But it may lead to a diiference of opinion amongst the Councillors themselves as to whether they should permit what they know they have no legal authority for.
GOLF CLUB, For several months past negotiations have been proceeding for the formation of a Golf Club in Prestatyn, and at a meeting on Satur- day of the Committee having the matter in hand, it was reported that the lease with Lady McLaren had now been signed. The lease provides for the letting to the club of over 70 acres of suitable ground, and the terms arrived at are looked upon as very favourable. The new club was formally started on Saturday, when Mr J. Holland Roberts was elected secretary, and Mr H. R. Hughes N. and S.W. Bank, treasurer. A representative working committee was formed, and it is intended to at once proceed with the laying out of the links. A meeting is to be held shortly when other officers of the club and an executive committee will be appointed. A considerable number of applications for membership have already been received.
CYFARFOD PREGETHU. Cyuhelir cyfarfod pregethu blynyddol Annibynwyr, Prestatyn, y Sabboth a'r Llun nesaf, pryd y gwasanaethir gan y Parchn. H. Elvet Lewis, Llundain, a Rhys J. Hughes, Bethesda. Bydd trefn yr odfaon fel y canlyn:— Pregethir yu yr Avenue, y Sabboth, am 10, 2, a 6 o'r gloch, a'r Llun am 10-30 a 2 o'r gloch. Nos Lun am 6-30, pregethir yn Bethel. Hysbys yw fod y ddau Fardd-bregethwyr hyn wedi cymeryd rhan amlwg gyda'r Diwygiad, a diau y bydd yn dda gan drigolion Prestatyn a'r cylch gael y fraint a'r cyfleusdra o'u gwrando.
LOCAL TIDE TABLE. FEBRUARY a.m. p.m. Height. 10 Saturday 1140 12 0 19 2 11 Sunday —— 1222 19 6 12 Monday 1238 1267 19 7 13 Tuesday 1 19 1 39 1811 14 Wednesday. 2 1 2 13 18 1 15 Thursday 2 47 3 10 16 9 16 Friday 3 36 .4 8 1411
OUR M.P. Mr J. Herbert Lewis, the Member for Flint County, will be an acquisition to the Liberal team of Whips, for he is extremely popular in the house. Since 1892, when he was first elected for the Flint district, he has acquired a steadily growing reputation as a Parliamentarian. Born in 1858, the son of a Flintshire shipowner, he was educated at Montreal University and Exeter College, Oxford. He already knows much of the science and art of whipping, for he was the bosom friend of that prince of Whips, the late Mr Tom Ellis, who acted as best man at his wedding with the danghter of the late Mr W. 8. Caine, the well-known temperance reformer. -u_
PHILOSOPHY. In the current issue of the Hawarden Parish Magazine appears a curious reference to the late general election. The writer says This magazine wears no colours it is an interested bystander. We trust, therefore, it will not be taken amiss if we venture to suggest that, to use a homely phrase, we should keep our hair on—that we should none of us get into a panic because a change of Government has come about, and imagine that it is going promptly to knock us, and all that belongs to us, ioto a cocked hat. The Party. now in power has had twenty years of adversity; if it has not learned wisdom in that time, what is the use of adversity V*
G.F.S. ENTERTAINMENT. I The Church Room was crowded with a highly appreciative audience on Wednesday 0 evening, the occasion being an entertainment given by members of the local branch of the Girls' Friendly Society. I- The Vicar presided, and in a brief address he said he valued greatly the excellent work which was being done by local ladies in connection with the Society. The members and candidates numbered <30. Hitherto much had bten done for the welfare of young men, y n but the time had now arrived when more attention was given to the welfare of young women (hear, hear). The Vicar spoke of the elevating things which were taught the mem- bers of the G.F.S., and referred to the object to which the funds of that entertainment were being devoted to provide a holiday for sick members from large towns. The programme included several carols rendered by the members and candidates • dialogue, The careless Nursemaid," by two candidates Song, "The Great City." Miss M. Edwards short play, The King's Experiment." Members recitation, King Robert of Sicily." Miss Howe song. To the Woods," Miss B. Jones recitation, "Daisy Johnson's Party," by three can- didates Japanese play, The New Decree," members. All the items ware very successfully rendered and reflected much credit on the ladies responsible for the training of the members, and on the artistes themselves. During an interval Miss Howe made a statement as to the fund got up on similar lines last year. On that occasion they had 23 as the nett result of their concert, and with that amount they had been able to pay the whole of the expense of giving two sick members from Liverpool a holiday in Prestatyn (applause). They were looking forward to to doing the same this year, or, if their funds would admit, of increasing the number. In an eloquent address, Miss Howe proceeded to speak of the objects of the G.F.S. The Society was self-supporting and wherever the English language was spoken, there was to he fonnd one of their branches. The three watchwords of the Society were "Purity, fidelity, and piety" (applause). The net proceeds amounted to £4.
Bible Society. 1 The committee of the local branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society will meet at j the Council Chamber to-night (Friday) at 7-30.
WHO CAUSED IT?" To the Editor of the" Prestatyn Weekly." SIR,-In your columns of last week there appears a letter signed by "An Eyewitness," reflecting on the official Liberalism of Pres- tatyn. In this letter the author identifies Liberalism with hooliganism. Does the author as a sensible man really believe that the disturbers of the said meeting were hooli- gans in the full and proper sense of the term.? If he does, then I pity him from the depths of my heart. That the youths were indiscreet and foolish one must admit, and as such every sensible man will deplore their action. But to call them hooligans is very bad taste indeed, to say nothing of tact and good sense. I beg to support the contention of the Rev Lewys Davius that Liberalism had nothing to do with the disgraceful conduct at Mr Harold Edwards' meeting. The disturbance was due to the action of a few humorous and irresponsible youths. I consider that the individuals who proposed and seconded an amendment to the resolution of confidence in the Conservative candidate were within their rights in doing so. That has been done at scores of election meetings throughout the kingdom. But as for the howling and shout- ing done by the said youths, Prestatyn Liberalism is not responsible. Perhaps An Eyewitness does not know that a special request for a fair hearing and fair play to Mr Edwards was made by the Liberal leaders to the young Liberals a night or two before the meeting. Knowing that similar scenes had been enacted at the Rhyl Conservative meeting, and also at Mr Lloyd George's meeting at Leamington, and having read Capt Miller's letter in your columns, the Liberals deemed it a wise precaution to make such an appeal. Therefore I repudiate An Eyewitness' reflection altogether, and ask him as an honourable gentleman to withdraw it-. Mr Lloyd George was refused a hearing at Leamington and Mr Lyell was pelted with rotten eggs at East Dorset, but I do not believe that this was done at the instigation of official Conservatism. No, I prefer to believe that they were gentlemen,and deplored the whole thing. And I trust that An Eye- witness is enough of a gentleman to avow this of the Liberal leaders at Prestatyn. At any rate, nothing will be gained by reflecting on honourable persons who have done their best to anticipate and frustrate these dis- turbances. Neither will anything be gained by using unparliamentary language and threatening violence. 0 I am, yours etc, ^INCEREIIV HONEST.
The Protection of our Commerce. It is reported that the Admiralty intend to request the complete co-operation of British shipowners in connection with a great scheme of Naval manoeuvres arranged for next June, with the view of determining a practical scheme of defence in time of war. All the operations of the British fleets this year will include attacks on, as well as the defence of, vessels sailing under the flag of the Mercantile Marine.
American Riches and Poverty. The wealth of Croesus is estimated at only eight million dollars (about £ 1,600,000) while there are 70 American estates to-day that average £ 6,000.000 in value. Five thousand men in America actually own nearly one-sixth of the entire National Wealth. On the other hand more than four million families, or nearly one third of the nation, must get along on incomes of loss than J680. 4;80 in America is perhaps worth about JE50 here..
Paris and London. There are some who think that the rather frequent exchange of civilities between the above capitals is dictated by something besides a desire to give fresh knowledge in Municipal affiaira, and to cultivate closer friendship. They consider that the Eutente will be the means of dispelling the threatening war clouds which have been hovering over Europe for some years. The reception in Paris this week of the London County Council was all that could be desired.
Wales and the Education Question. It is rumoured that it is not unlikely the Government will propose a separate solution of the Education Question for Wales. A separate Board for Wales-as in Scotland—is mentioned. The Cymrodorion Society in London recently passed a resolution in favour of a settlement on the above basis, and for- warded the same to members of the Cabinet.
Drunk and Incapable. Margaret Pritchard, who gave her address as 9 Aber Street, Derby Road, Bootle, was found in a helplessly drunken state in High Street, Prestatyn, by P.C. Cheeney on Wednesday night, and had to be conveyed to the Police Station in a handcart. The woman was taken before the magistrates at Rhyl on Thursday morning, and fined 5/ with 7/1 costs.