How to solve the question of education is a question which is perplexing many. There are many suggestions made, and poor Mr Birrell is much harassed by advisers. I will mention briefly four views as to the lines on which a settlement should be made. (1) A prominent Churchman advocates:- (a) That all schools be placed under the control of the State. (b) The abolition of all religious tests for teachers in State Schools. (c) That no one shall be asked to instruct children in any creed in which he or she is not a believer. (d) That the child of every parent, who so desires, shall have instruction, within the school building, in the parent's faith by teachers of that faith, within ordinary school hours, say 9 a.m. to 9-40 a.m. (e) That the State should instruct the children of parents who express no desire for denominational instruction, in a set of com- mon Christian principles. (2) The Labour Party stand pledged by the resolutions of its Congresses to endeavor to confine our national school system to the teaching of secular education only, but a system of secular education which does not involve the expulsion of the Bible from the schools. (3) Another view is State education on the following lines :— (a) A thorough appreciation of democratic control. The State's own interests in educa- tion must take precedence of those of all the churches—no clerical control and direct public representation. (b) Theological tests must be excluded. (c) The exclusion of all the denomina- tions from State Sohool hours and the State School System. (d) The responsibility of definite religious teaching to be placed on the- churches and parents. (e) The use of the Bible for purely ethical, historical, and literary purposes, and never for dogmatic or denominational. • (4) The Roman Catholics' view is that re- ligious instruction should be placed in the forefront of education. That they must be permitted to teach the dogmas of their own faith in their own schools, but, at the same time, they do not resent public control, but the public control must be, as is quite possible, such control as shall not trample upon the conscientious views of Catholics, on the sub- ject of religious education and instruction. The above embrace the chief views held by the leaders of the different parties in the controversy. To pass a measure that will please all is impossible. There is a danger in compromising too much. but let us hope it will be a thorough measure and fair to all.
PREACHING MEETINGS. The annual preaching meetings of the 0 Welsh Congregational Church, Prestatyn, were held on Sunday and Monday last. The church, this year, had secured the services of the two well-known revivalists and poet- preachers, the Revs H. Elvet Lewis of London, aDd Rhys J. Hughes of Bethesda. On Sunday the pulpit at the Avenue Church was occupied by the Rev Rhys J. Hughes, who delivered three powerful ser- mons to large congregations. On Monday 0 y morning, Elvet gave a very forceful and helpful sermon on "Prayer," from i. Sam., 12. 23. God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you," and in the afternoon Mr Hughes preached a stirring sermon, on Death." from Rev. xxi. 3. "And there shall be no more death." As announced the meeting on Monday evening was held at Bethel," and here the preachers were at their best. They preached most impressive and arresting sermons to a crowded congregation, but in a short report it is impossible to do the preachers justice, as no words can convey the power of their persona- lities and the benignity of manner with which the sermons were elucidated and enforced. The meetings were presided over by Rev Ben Williams, minister, and the devotional part of the services were conducted by the Revs John Kelly, Prestatyn J. Lewis, Rhud- dlan, and Mr Rogers, Dyserth. The meetings were well attended, and there was a large representation of ministers, not only of the town, but from Rhyl and the district. Although Elvet is a household word all over Wales, this was his first visit to our town, and we noticed that many of the English people of Prestatyn, ministerial and lay, took advantage of Elvet's visit, and came to hear him preaching in Welsh. We understand that many of our English friends at Prestatyn are very desirious of hearing Elvet in their own language, and we are glad to imform them that the Rev Ben Williams has secured his promise to come to our town next September, to deliver his popular lecture on the Reformer of the Mountains," in English. =-
Carrying a Gun without License. At the Prestatyn Sessions on Wednesday, Alfred Charles Wright, of Rhyd Farm, near Dyserth, was charged by the inland revenue authorities with carrying and using a gun Without a licence on Dec. 16th last. Fined 10/- and 8/- costs.
PRESTATYN EISTEDDFOD. The list of subjects for competition at the Prestatyn Whitsuntide Kistecldfod, is now being issued, and the items set down under the various heads should be a means of bringing forth some interesting contests. For male voice choirs there is a prize of ZCIO 10/- offered in open competition, another contest under the same head being confined to North Wales, the prize for which is t4 4/- We notice that a new feature in connection with this year's meeting is that of having special competitions for those residing within a limited area of Prestatyn, the object of the promoters being to encourage local talent. For instance, a challenge solo is confined to a 15 miles radius from Prestatyn, the prize being a silver cup value £1 Is., whilst in the instrumental section we find that a prize for a violin solo is offered to children attending Prestatyn Schools. We have remarked on another occasion as to the number of children in Prestatyn who are being taught to play the violin, and this will give the parents an opportunity of seeing what progress is being made. Other musical items in addition to the above include a glee party contest, duet, solos for soprano, contralto, tenor, and baritone, etc. Recitations in Welsh and English are included in the list, in addition to translations. The literary-inclined will have ample scope for their ability, one subject for an essay being Where to go and what to see at Prestatyn," and another, The old characters of Prestatyn and district," substantial prizes being offered in both instances. 11 Woodwork also finds a place in the list, while the competitions of special interest to ladies are very numerous. The list. of subjects can be obtained from the secretaries: Mr R. Hughes (Station House), or Mr D. Hughes (Greenwich House).
Business Extension. We notice that Mr Richard Jones, Draper, is extending his business premises. Mr Jones is adding to his shop the offices recently occupied by Mr Frank Jewell, and this will btive him an opportunity of making a more extensive display of his goods.
The Gymnasium. The recent whist drive and dance in connec- tion with the Gymnasium Club proved such a great success that the committee has acceded to the request that another similar event should be held, and this is to take place on Thursday next. It would not have been held at so early a date but for circumstances over which the committee has no control.
The Motor Service. An advance copy of the time table for this service has just been supplied us, and we find that an important change is to come into operation on March 1st, as regards the first trip. According to the revised time, the car will leave Prestatyn at 7-55 a.m., and return from Dyserth at 8-14. At 8-28 the car will leave Prestatyn for Rhyl, arriving there at 8-37, so as to enable business gentlemen having residences in this neighbourhool to connect with the 8-44 express for Manchester and Liverpool, where they would arrive at 10-5 and 10-10 respectively—the whole journey being accomplished in less than two hours. This arrangement will probably be the means of bringing more business gentlemen to reside at Prestatyn, Meliden, and Dyserth, and ought to be of great convenience to the general public. We are informed that in about three weeks' time a new car is to be used on this route, which will be an improvement on the present one -so far as ventilation is concerned at any rate.
Musical Items. The local male voice choir is making excel- lent headway at the practices, and it is expected the members will compete at both Ffynnongroew and Holywell early in March. The children's choir, which is carried on under the leadership of Mr Edward Williams, will compete at St. Asaph on March 1st.
Parish Council. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Friday evening, but the business to be dealt with was of such little importance that the proceedings only lasted a few minutes.
A Huge Blast. At the Dyserth Castle Quarries on Thurs- day morning a huge blast was successfully accomplished, for the purpose of which it is stated four cwts. of powder were used. Many tons of rock were dislodged as a result of the operation.
Sudden Death. On Sunday morning the death occurred suddenly of Mrs Evans, Wesleyan Chapel House. Mrs Evans was about 54 years of age, and had been left a widow during the last six months. It seems that deceased had been partially paralysed for some time, but succumbed to a second stroke. She was well-known and highly respected in the village, and much sympathy is felt for the family. The interment took place in the Dyserth Churchyard on Thursday afternoon.
N Proceeding. STOCK-TAKING SALE AT Kidderminster House, FFYNNONClItOEW. GREAT BARGAINS in Ladies' Jackets and Capes, Millinery, Men's and Boys' Clothing, and General Drapery. Clearance must be effected. ROBBBT OWEN.
A Want Supplied. Deficiency in seating accommodation has been felt for some time at the Council School, but this week, to the great joy of both teachers and scholars, this deficiency was made good by the arrival from Sandycroft Foundry of 12 beautifully-made desks of a most service- able character. The primary cause of the deficiency was the great difficulty experienced in obtaining a supply from any manufacturer, as Education Authorities from all parts of the country were pressing for desks for their schools.
Business Prospects. Two large cargo steamers loaded with iron ore have recently arrived in the Mostyn Deeps for the Mostyn Iron Works from the continent. This is undoubtedly a good sign of continuous employment for some time to come.
A Loss and a Gain. After over twenty years' service as Treasurer of the Moriah C.M. Chapel, Mr T. J. Pownall, Plas Derwen, has just resigned the office, having being appointed deacon at the Gwynfa C.M. Chapel. During that period he had sole charge of the finances which he managed to the complete satisfaction of the members. His successor is Mr Jacob Roberts, Maes Gwilym.
Increase in Population. From all appearances, the population of this village will soon be increased by the advent of families from Gwespyr, who, if report be correct, are leaving their homes owing to circumstances over which they have no control. All have been able to obtain new residences.
Benefit Concert. Last Saturday evening, a concert in aid of Mr Levi Hughes, who has not been abla to follow his occupation for over three years, owing to severe injuries sustained, was held at the Wesleyan Schoolroom. In the absence of Dr. Evans, the Rev. E. G. Turner presided. The conductorship was in the able hands of Mr Lewis Williams, Point-of-Ayr Collieries. All the artistes were local, and deserve the highest praise for giving their services towards such a good cause. The concert was un- doubtedly a musical success, and there is every prospect that it will turn out a financial one
A Temperance Meeting Under the auspices of the Local] Kechabite Tent was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Wednesday evening, under the presidency of Dr. E. Lloyd Owen. Addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Plenydd—the well-known temperance lecturer—and Mr S. Jones, Chemist, Holywell. Songs were rendered by Messrs Meredith William s and Edward Lloyd.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNONGROEW. ALL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m. English), 6 p.m. (Welsh), Rev. H. Harris. MORIAH C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Rev R. Griffith, Flint. BKTHANIA WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh).— 10 a.m., and 6 p.m. Rev. O. Jones, Leeds. TABEBNACLE BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m' and 6 p.m., Rev. W. Evans, Holywell. SLLOAH CONGKEGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 10 a.m., Mr D. Williams, Mostyn 6 p.m. ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English) -10-30 a.m. and 6 p.m Rev. R. J. Stevenson. GWYKFA C.M. CHAPEL, Rhewl Fawr (\Velsh) — 2 p.m., Rev. R. Griffith, Flint. PENIEL WESLEYAN CHAPEL (Welsh) Pen y-ffordd. 2 p.m. Rev. D. Meurig Jones, Llanasa 6 p.m.. Mr Wm. Parry, Llanasa.
Trelogan C.M. Chapel. On Wednesday, the Rev. John Williams, Princes lioad, Liverpool, preached to a large congregation a most effective sermon, and on Thursday a crowded congregation listened to the Rev. S. T. Jones, Rhyl. Thanks are due to the young men of the church,who paid all expenses themselves.
Newmarket. On Tuesday night Plenydd," the great temperance advocate, gave a lecture at the Independent Chapel, Newmarket, to a good audience. Good tesults are expected from his visit.
Occasional License. At the Prestatyn Sessions on Wednesday, William Williams, Red Lion, Llanasa, asked for a temporary license to sell at the ploughing match to be held at Tyn-y-Morfa on March 3. Granted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gwespyr. The fact that several of the tenants on the Talacre estate have lately received notice to quit their houses has been connected by many with the education controversy at Gwespyr, and fears are expressed that this is an attempt to coerce the tenants to send their children to the Talacre convent school. We are, however, informed on good autho- rity that such is not the case—that the notices have been served purely as part of the routine of the estate management. Every one of Sir Pyers Mostyn's tenants knows full well that his sentiments are very similar to those of Lord Carrington, President of the Board of Agriculture, who in an address to farmers the other day said that so far as his own estates were concerned, if his tenants farmed their land properly, and paid a fair, not a competitive rent, they might .pray where they liked, vote as they liked,- and, we suppose, send their children to any school they liked. He bad had his estates since 1868, and, ex- cept in cases of death, he had only changed 18 tenants. The greatest compliment he ever had paid him was when an old Lincolnshire farmer said to him, So long as that;; man lives, a farm on the Carrington estate is as good as a freehold (cheers). He did not want to blow his own trumpet, but his desire was to do justice to men on whom he looked as his fellow-partners in the land which had been handed down to him.
"WHO CAUSED IT?" To the Editor (If the" Prestatyn Weekhj." SIR,-It appears that my brief letter in jour issue of the Srd has not been relished by one of the Prestatyn Liberals. His long- winded epistle last Saturday quite took my breath away, but after regaining it I recalled to nw mind what I had written with the result that I did not feel any inclination, Jet alone necessity, to withdraw anything. If one were to asik Sincerely Honest" to define the word Liberalism I am afraid his definition would fall short. Judging from his letter the term applies only to those Liberals who glory in the name of officials. What does lie mean by Official Liberalism," and in what capacity must a person serve to qualify for this distinction in Prestatyn I wonder ? I did not insinuate in my letter that the Officials took any part in the dis- turbance, much less that they were the organizers of it. Therefore Sincerely Honest" has been defending persons who were not actually attacked, but I may say that if the cap happens to fit any of them I do not grudge them the pleasure of wearing it. Sincerely Honest takes me to task for describing the rowdy section, the few humorous irresponsible youths," as hooligans. I cannot claim any orginality as the word has been frequently used in the newspapers to describe such as them. It is true that in Mr Edwards' meeting they did not resort to viol- ence, but it was quite apparent from their attitude that they would not have hesitated using it had they been convinced that no serious opposition would be given them. Sincerely Honest" pities me from using such a strong word, but his pity is sadly mis- placed. Let him rather pity the humorous youths (?)" the future Liberals of Prestatyn— who through their conduct earned such an appellation. Humorous youths indeed I failed to see where the humour came in. Let Sincerely Honest" also pity those of the same political persuasion who participated in the disgusting mock funeral (presumably of Mr H. Edwards) after the declaration of the poll. I hope Sincerely Honest's" allusion to Mr Lloyd George's treatment at Leamington is not made with the object of minimizing the humorous youths' conduct here. Leam- ington ought not to be brought forward in order to justify religious Prestatyn, I am thinking. I have not the remotest idea to whom Sincerely Honests' last sentence refers to. Yours etc., February 12th, 1906. AN EYEWITNESS. [What a pity that literary ability should be wasted on such unprofitable discussions as these I-ED, P.W."]
(-,I,l rj.*I Its+ DRAW FOR GUN at Gwespyr.—Winning Number, 200. FOR SALE, the Picturesque BUNGALOW known as Whitecot, Meliden, containing sitting room, kitchen, pantry, 2 bedrooms, boxroom, spacious hall, usual out offices, garden back and front close to station. Immediate possession if desired. Price and further particulars:—Woodbine, High Street, Prestatyn. J^ESSONS given in PAINTING. For particulars apply, Miss Yeoman, Lynd- hurst, Linden Walk, Prestatyn. EXCELLENT BUILDING SAND for Sale in convenient position. For terms apply H. Wright, Builder, Prestatyn. \IV ALLIS AND SCOTT, Auctioneers and Estate Agents, have houses to Let at the following rents JH13, £ 21, £ 28, and £ 35; also Modern Villas and Building Land for Sale privately. Offices: High St., Prestatyn. Mr. Joseph Williams, Auctioneer, Valuer, and House Agent, County Chambers, Rhyl, Has Opened Branch Offices at S"tafford Chambers, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN Where all business entrusted to him will have his immediate and personal attention, Rhyl Telephone: No. 0179. Prestatyn Telephone: No. 4y4. 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 Roval Academy of Music. the Royal Coilu.?e of Mu-oc. •hu Trinity College, London, and the Incorporated Society of Musicians Organ, Pianoforte, Singing, Harmony, Theory, &c. LATEST SUCCESSES: April, 1904, Advanced Senior, Pianoforte, R.A.M. •> ,• Theory 11 July, T. Advanced Sen., Piano. (Honours), Trin. Coll., London „ Advanced Senior, Organ, I.S.M. n ,• Pianoforte, I.S.M. Dec. Third Grade, „ fl Second (inide, „ „ ,i Singing July, 1905, Third Grade, „ S'ud Grade, Pianoforte (Il'rs), „ (Pass) „ „ „ First Grade, „ „ )( Mr. Warhurst;makes a Speciality of preparing Candidates ta the ahovelExaininations, and visits Prestatyn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Organ Recitals, Concerts, Eiateddfodau. For terms, Address -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 (gEi'aSl), Prestatyn. Thomas & Walkley, Architects and Surveyors, PRESTATYN. Preliminary Sketches Free. Reasonable charges.