The annual licensing sessions for the Petty Sessional division of Prestatyn were held on Wednesday, when the magistrates in atten- dance included Messrs. W. Elwy Williams (in the chair), R C. Enyon, Thos. Jones, M. A. Ralli, and W. Bulcock. Increase in Drunkenness. Superintendent Robert Jones read his report which shewed that there was 1 licensed house to every 182 inhabitants. Of the 33 licences in the division 20 were 7 days' and 13 six days' licenses. During the year 13 persons had been convicted for drunkenness—an increase of 6. The Chairman asked if there were any objections. Mr J. Roberts Jones (Rhyl) said be appeared to oppose the licence of the White Lion Inn, Glanrafon, on behalf of the Free Church Council of Llanasa. The chairman said all the licences would be renewed with the exception of the White Lion Inn, which they proceeded to consider, but Mr Roberts Jones reminded the Bench that there was a charge pending against the licensee of the White Lion, and he would suggest that that case be gone into before dealing with the renewal of this licence. After further remarks by the advocates, the Bench decided to hear the other case before dealing with the licence. Drunk on Licensed Premises. William Brooks, of Ponyffordd, Ffynnon- groew, who did not appear, was charged by P.C. J. E. Hughes with being drunk on the licensed premises White Lion Inn, Glanrafon, on Jan. 31st. The prosecution was represented by Mr F. J. Gamlin. The constable proved the charge, saying that he was called to the inn where he found defendant in a drunken state at 9-45 on the night mentioned. Dr. E. Lloyd Owen, M.D. testified to seeing Brookes swaying about in the road, and afterwards going into the White Lion. He then went for the police, and they found defendant in the inn with bottles of stout in his pocket. Rev. O. B. Jones, Ffynnongroew, who was with the doctor and the policeman, gave similar evidence. Superintedent Jones said Brookes was fined for being drunk in December last". The Chairman asked what the costs amounted to. ,i Mr Gamlin I have paid a. guinea to the doctor, 10/6 to Rev. O. B. Jones, and 5/- to a witness who was not called. The Chairman Do the two former press for their fees ? Dr". Lloyd Owen: If defendant has to pay the guinea, I will return it, but if the Crown pays I keep it (laughter). After a remark by the Chairman, both witnesses returned the money. The Chairman Perhaps Mr Gamlin will return his fee also (laughter). Mr Gamlin No, I don't belong to the same chapel (loud laughter). Brooks was fined 10/- and £1 12/- costs. Charge of Permitting Drunkenness A Peculiar Case. P.C. J. E. Hughes charged Edward Jones Licensee of the White Lion Inn, with serving a drunken person and permitting drunkenness on licensed premises, the case being the out- come of the previous charge. Mr Gamlin represented the police, Mr Joseph Lloyd appeared for Mrs Jones wife of the licensee, and Mr Porter for Sir Pyers Mostyn (owner of the house). During the constable's evidence it transpired that Jones had left home, and the summons was served on Mrs Jones. Mrs Jones was then called and stated her husband had left home five weeks ago—before the time that Brooks was served with drink -and she did not know where he was. She had bad no letters from him. At this stage Mr Lloyd advised witness not to answer any more questions. The Bench then announced the case could not proceed as defendant had not been served with the summons. A Temporary Transfer. Mr Joseph Lloyd applied for a temporary transfer of the White Lion Inn to Richard Williams, Greengrocer, Rhewl Fawr. Mr Roberts Jones said he would oppose this, but Mr Lloyd pointed out that the Bench were compelled to either let the present licensee continue until April (the end of the licensing year) or grant a temporary transfer. A testimonial in favour of the application, signed by several of the residents in the neigh- bourhood, was handed in. 0 It was stated that applicant had bought the lease (five years of which there was still to run) subject to him being granted a transfer. Eventually the Bench granted a temporary transfer to Mr Williams until March 14th, when the matter would be gone into. Mr Enyon asked if there was any objection to the case being heard at the Rhyl sessions on March 18th, but Mr Roberts Jones objected as he had seven witnesses to bring from the district, and Prestatyn was the proper place for the case to be heard.
CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE. To again Camp at Prestatyn. It will probably interest our readers to know that the huge camp of the Church Lads' Brigade is again to be held at Prestatyn this year. We have been in communication with Capt Crawley on the matter, and he writes us as follows "It has been decided for the Church Lads' Camp to come again to Prestatyn next August Bank Holiday week." Rumour bath it that there is likely to be another distinguished visitor to the camp.
CHRIST CHURCH LITERARY SOCIETY. Should the State provide work for the unemployed ? This was the subject dealt with by the above Literary Society on Monday night at the Church Room. There was a good attendance, and an interesting and animated discussion was the outcome. Mr W. Glass took the affirmative, Mr J., H. Tickle dealing with the negative side of the question. In putting his case before the members Mr Glass said that the State should form farm colonies. There was a great amount of land uncultivated—in Wales alone, there were two million acres—and if these were put under timber it would be one way of providing productive labour. The work that could be provided by local authorities was only of a temporary character, therefore the question before them should be made a national one. The means of communication between one corner and another of our island should be made easier, and produce carried at a cheaper rate. Special roads should also be made for mechanically propelled vehicles, the cost of the latter to come from a tax on the vehicles themselves. Funds for the other works mentioned he would get from income tax, death duties, and land tax. Perpetual pensions ought to be done away with. said the speaker, and he quoted figures shewing what a drain this was on the country. Every man had a right to work, and the State should see that he was employed. Mr Tickle considered that if the State was to provide work it would become a very heavy burden on the rates, and also be a means of putting a stop to private enterprise, in addition to bringing about a lack of discipline. Every description of work would have to be found, and in many instances men would be put on work totally unsuitable for them. The probability also was that a vast amount of money would be spent on useless works. He advocated the giving of a fair field for our trade in all markets. Many of those who were among the unemployed to-day were descendants of people who 60 years ago left the land to go into workshops and factories, with the result that the towns became over- crowded. Physical deterioration, of which we heard so much of to-day, was also due in a great measure to this latter cause. The speaker went on to speak of Trades Unionism, and averred that much misery was due to the tyranical rule of this body. The demand for higher wages was also a means of increas- ing the number of unemployed. If Trades Unionism was re-organised and put on a proper basis, probably half the unemployed would be found work. Unskilled labour constituted the greatest number of the unem- ployed, and he advocated voluntary migration to the land, as in many parts there was a great scarcity of labourers for agricultural purposes. An animated discussion followed in which the Vicar, Messrs Inglefield, E. T. Williams, A. L. Watts, and J. W. Williams, took part. All were agreed that something should be done to assist the unemployed, and that the land question should be one of the chief features of future legislation, but the majority were of the opinion that it was impracticable for the State to find work for all unemployed,
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell, Prestatyn." FRANK JEWELL & Co., Auctioneers, EST ATE AGE NT S AND VALUERS, Collectors of Income Tax. Sales by Auction of a'l 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 also& TELYNO TEA (REGISTERED) at 1/6, 1 8, and 2 per lb. SOLE AGENT. W. J. Williams., The Stores. A. E. WILLIAMS, Pastry Cook and Confectioner, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Wedding & Christening Cakes made to order. Ten Rooms. Luncheon Rooms. Pic-Nic Parties catered for. I" 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 CROFTMI8S & MRS J0NES Confectioners, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Boarding and Commercial House. Parties Catered for. Well-aired Beds. The "CROFT" BAZAAR will shortly be Opened by R. H. MACDONALD as a VARIETY BAZAAR HUGHES WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, PH E-, STATYN. Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON, Monumental & General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. RESIDENCE: 8, ROSLYN TERRACE. THE BIBLE. THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE British & Foreign Bible Society WILL BE HELD AT THE TOWN HALL, PRESTATYN On Tuesday Evening, Feb. 20th. The Chair will be taken at 7 p.m. by H. R. HUGHES, Esq. (Bank House). The Meeting will be Addressed by Rev, J. R. ELLIS, Bethesda (Deputation from Parent Society), The Vicar, Revs. Dr. Townsend, Ezra Jones, W. Bell, Ben Williams, M F. Wynne, etc. Am Prestatyn Eisteddfod VTHIT nyCOITID-A.X:, JUNE 4th, 1906. 1.—MALE VOICE CHOIR COMPETITION. Test piece, "GofyPentref" (" The Village Blacksmith") (Dr. Parry). Prize £10 lOB., and Baton for Conductor. •2.—MALE VOICE CHOIR COMPETITION (Confined to North Wales). Test piece, Comrades Song of Hope" (Adams). Prize £4 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. 3.-JUVENILE CHOIR COMPETITION. Test piece, "Y Tylwyth Teg" ("The Fairies"). Prize £4 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. SOLOS, etc. Adjudicator: CARADOG ROBERTS, ESQ., F.R.C.O., &c. Secretaries :— R. HUGHES, Station House, Prestatyn. D. HUGHES, Greenwich House, Prestatyn. Syllabus Id., by Post lid.
"'0 Jjrcsfatjm Ifehljj. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1906. I, ALL were agreed that something should be done to assist the unemployed but the majority were of opinion that it was im- practicable for the State to find work for all unemployed." Such was the unsatisfactory conclusion arrived at by a Prestatyn Literary Society, on one of the burning subjects of the hour. It reminds us of the famous answer of Mr Balfour to a deputation of the unemployed workers. He said: "What can I do?" And that was all. Now the solution seems to us to be delightfully easy. There has been estab- lished throughout the land, with very good results, an official known to the public as the School Attendance Officer," who, in all the glory of the County Council uniform, is the terror of the irregular attendant at school. Why not follow this up when the time arrives for the boy to leave school, and appoint a "WORK ATTENDANCE OFFICER," who will patrol the streets in the interest of the community and enquire into the case of any wandering youth who is not regularily employed. There is now plenty of employment for everyone—trade was never in better condition —and if a body of men, as above, were ap- pointed to find situations for boys, and see that they are kept at work, we should hear no more of the casual labourer, who is the greatest recruit of the unemployed army. In the course of a generation we should thus have a country full of young men who have been accustomed to regular work from the time of their schooldays. This would go far towards clearing the streets of the men who, having never been accustomed to a regular "job," are now quite content if they earn enough to keep themselves from starving, while the wife strives at home by washing, sewing, etc., to earn a miserable livelihood for herself and children. Another means of providing situations for a large number of the population, which would also have the effect of securing more efficient work, was mentioned at the debate. No one should be allowed to accept any addi- tional post if lie be already in receipt of a sufficient salary from his main or principal occupation. There are many men in public offices who are now occupying the places of three or four, and of course drawing salaries to match. Everyone will agree that efficiency suffers in these cases. Married women also should not be allowed to accept positions their husbands should (1, be allowed the privilege of providing for them.
41% Our Local Parliament BY A RATEPAYER. There will be a general agreement that the Council, in deciding to appoint a surveyor and sanitary inspector who shall be required to devote his whole time to the work, have taken the right course. That the salary fixed is sufficient for the purpose is shown by the number of applications which have been received. When an official is allowed to take private work in addition, he is very often placed in a. very difficult position, and the more fully he carried out his duties to the Council, the more likely he is to offend the clients who have entrusted him with the making of plans and the superintending of their erections. When a surveyor gives his whole time to the work of the Council he is, and should be, independent of everyone. Out of so many applications the Council will have some difficulty in deciding. There will, however, no doubt be many whom the members will at once see would not be suit- able for the office, and the number of really good men will be amongst the units. Accor- ding to private information, there are a few applying who are really well-trained and able men. The difficulty will doubtless be to decide which is the best of these. It can only be hoped that the best and most capable man will be chosen. The office is an important one, and, if well filled, may have a great effect upon the progress of the town.
Invasion of Prestatyn. Our readers will have noticed that the one aim and object in life of every good business firm in Rhyl seems to be to open a branch in Prestatyn-no doubt a worthy ambition on their part. This week we have Mr C. Hopwood, confectioner, who has transformed the one-time "Liverpool House" into a first-class Fancy Cake and Refreshment Establishment. We are also promised ices during the dog days, but in the meantime must be content with cooked meats. Business commences on Saturday with a very good motto Excel." Close by, in Stafford Chambers, a Rhyl business man of many years standing-Mr Joseph Williams of auction fame—intends to develop his Prestatyn connection. Emphasis is laid on the fact that he is capable of con- ducting business in either English or Welsh, and we understand he will have a representa- tive at the office daily.
Lecture. At the Church Room on Wednesday night next the Rev. J. Hamer Lewis, Diocesan Inspector of Schools, is announced to give a lecture on "The Life and Work of Archbishop Temple A charge of 6d. is to be made for admission, the proceeds being for the tem- perance cause. Commence 8 p.m.
A New Department. From our advertising columns it will be seen that Messrs. T. H. Jones & Co., Iron- mongers, have added a range of wallpapers, and also paints, oils, and varnishes, to their already comprehensive stock.
Fixtures for Next Week. In connection with the Prestatyn Liberal Association Mr and Mrs T. Pennant Williams are circulating invitations to a musical evening with refreshments, on Monday next.
Welsh Congregational Church. A social tea and entertainment is to be held in the Schoolroom, Victoria Avenue, on Thursday evening next, Feb. 22nd. Tea on tables from 6-80 to 8 p.m. I Mrs W. Williams, Plastirion, who is providing the tea, extends a hearty invitation to all.
A Novel Enterprise. What will be looked upon as a novel enter- prise in Prestatyn is the 6id. Bazaar which is shortly to be opened by a well-known local gentleman — Mr R. H. Macdonald — on a portion of the premises known as The Croft." Mrs and Miss Jones, Confec- tioners, are converting part of their frontage (hitherto a private portion) into business premises.
St. David's Day at Prestatyn. Ofttimes have we enquired of ourselves, as the anniversary of St. David cometh round, where are the patriotic Welshmen of Prestatyn who are ready to do honour to their patron saint ? At last a missive reaches us which shows that the spirit of the Prestatyn Cymro is not yet dead, nor even dormant. It reads thusly: The first annual dinner to celebrate St. David's Day will take place on March 1st at the Raven Restaurant under the presidency of Rev. Dr. Townsend. To commence at 7 p.m. Tickets 2/6 each." Let us hasten to assure the waverers that the occasion will be strictly non-political and wholly-patriotical I Cymru am byth
THE BIBLE SOCIETY. Arrangements for 1906. The Prestatyn Branch of this Society holds its annual meeting on Tuesday next (see advt.) At a committee meeting held last Friday, the Vicar presiding, representatives and collectors were arranged to be appointed, the former consisting of the minister and two members of each church. Mr Goronwy Jones, who is doing his best to create fresh interest in the good work of this society, explained the present position of the Prestatyn Auxiliary, and the speakers at the annual meeting were decided upon. The Rev J. R. Ellis, of Bethesda, who is deputed by the Society to give an address, is a well- known minister of the Wesleyan body. The Vicar very kindly proffered to extend hospi- tality to this gentleman during his sojourn at Prestatyn. Mr H. R. Hughes (Bank House) was appointed chairman for the ensuing year.
Zenana Mission. Miss Bayfield Clark, a lady missionary from India, delivered an interesting illustrated lecture in connection with the above misnion at the Church Room on Wednesday nisbt. There was a large attendance, and the collec- tion realised a substantial amount.