Mr Balfour's Opponent. Mr Gibson Bowles, who is an undoubted financial authority, and considered by many to be well fitted to represent the City of London, has decided to contest the seat in opposition to Mr Balfour. Friday has been fixed as nomination day, and the polling will take place next Tuesday. The result will be awaited with keen interest.
Parliamzntary Items. It is said that the government will intro- duce a measure dealing with butter adultera- tion. Mr Asquith on Wednesday received depu- tations on the question of repealing the Coal Tax. In the report of the Trade Disputes, etc., Commission, rccommandations are made for placing trade unions on a more legal footing. —9 ■.
The Morocco Conference. It is reported that Germany has rejected the French proposals, viz., that the police should be officered by Frenchmen and Spaniards, and the failure of the Conference to arrive at a settlement is regarded as almost inevitable. The position, therefore, is a very grave one. It is believed that Germany has been trying to undermine the basis of the friendly relations between Britain and France in order to further her own aims at Algeciras.
Japan and England. Prince Arthur of Connanght, on behalf of King Edward, has invested 0 the Emperor of Japan with the order of the Garter, and the Prince has received a similar honour from the Emperor.
The New French President. Mr Fallieres will succeed one of France's greatest presidents. The new president is a very capable man. M. Fallieres' grand- father was-a blacksmith, his father a clerk of the peace. Ho himself started life as a barrister, gained a seat as Deputy in 1876, in 1880 became Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, and so climbed gradually to his present high position.
WORK FOR THE UNEMPLOYED. To the Editor of the Prestatyn Weekly." Dear Hir,- While I much admire your clever and somewhat original suggestion for dealing with the unemployed youth, I would suggest to you that it is an impractical theory. Power to take the youth to work, implies also a power to bring work to the work-less. Do you propose controlling the labour-market and preventing employers from sweating ?" Would you say" Your ontput, sir, proves you are not employing a full complement of workers 1 Here are four youths needing the work you are at present sweating out of a small staff." Perhaps, though, you would rather say to the State We want more trees about Pres- tatyn send along 1,000 strong young trees from the German forests, and we will put our unemployed to plant them! To the local council you could command a sea-wall -built by hooligans Certainly there would always be plenty to do then, if only repairing to-day what fell down yesterday besides which, half the gang might be regularly em- ployed at holding rip what the others pre- tended to do Kopes of sand, sir all ropes of sand. The gentleman to look after our youths is already provided by nature-his father, to wit. Pare'nts"should be held more firmly to their responsibilities, and much other trouble would be avoided. The State need only deal with the orphan and criminal. Your views suggest that Christianity is a failure it is really we who fail in our duty and professions. More love and self-denial will cure much. Yours, etc., DIOGENES. [" Diogenes addeth humour to his wisdom. The contention is that there is plenty of work for everyone the only difficulty being to find it. Many employers would abolish overtime if men could easily be got to do the work. Half the time of our unemployed is spent in looking for work, and if an organized system could be established for the the purpose of informing the men where their labour is required, tramps would cease their eternal search, and the Weary Willies, who at present make a great noise, would no longer have an excuse for idleness. As things are at present it is impossible to distinguish between the few men who really want work and the large proportion who don't.—Ed., P.W.]
Dyserth Castle Alterations. We understand that Mr E. D. Jones, builder, of Prestatyn, has secured the con- tract for the above alterations for J. B. Price, Esq., the architect being Mr Joseph Lavender, F.R.I.B.A., of Prestatyn and Wolverhampton. The site where the mansion is to be erected overlooks the Vale of Clwyd, Bodel- wyddan Church and a long stretch of the Welsh coast. When the alterations to this ancient castle are completed, it will doubtless be a beautiful residence^'for the owner.
The Congregationalists. An English service is now held once each Sunday at Horeb^Chapel, and this week Mr A. Lewis Jones, Prestatyn, is the preacher announced. During the summer months arrangements will be made for holding more English services at this place of worship for the con- venience of many visitors who stay at Dyserth.
Confirmation Classes. Candidates are now being prepared for the Confirmation to be held shortly by the Bishop of St Asaph. Rev Lewis Williams conducts classes each Thursday night in English and Welsh, and a goodly number of candidates attend. —■ "WJU--S!
THE BIBLE SOCIETY. Annual Meeting at Prestatyn. The audience which assembled at the meeting of the Prestatyn Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society (held on Tuesday) more than half filled the Town Hall, and auiougst them were to be seen members of all the Churches of the town. The chair was taken by Mr H. R. Hughes (Bank House) and he was supported on the platform by the iievs. J. It. Ellis (deputation), 0. J. Davios, M.A. (Vicar), Ezra Jones, J. Kelly, W. Lowys Davies, and Mr John iiuglies (Plas Eden) Hon. Secretary. Letters of regret at their inability to be present were received from the Revs. W. Bell and M. F. Wynne. After a hymn had been sung, and prayer 0. offered by Rev. W. Lewys Davies, the secretary read the report of the local branch. The Chairman remarked upon the interest exhibited in the work of the Bible Society as evinced by the attendance that evening. He doubted whether it is possible for anyone to be associated with any cause which should command more widospread sympathy than this. Speaking of the origin of the Bible Society, he reminded his hearers that that committee of noble men who met in London 102 years ago, and listened to the tale of Mary Jones, told them by the great Thomas Oharles'of Bala, undertook a task which not many would have had the courage to embark upon. The difficulties which had then to be surmounted were enormous, but to-day we have the encouragement borne of successful efforts, we have every inducement to do our share on the work, and it is to be hoped that every succeeding year will find us ready and willing, as Churches, to join together'heartily as we have done to-night, thereby proving that our belief in the word, and our attachment to the cause, is sincere and strong. The Rev J. R. Ellis delivered the principal address of the evening, his remarks being set forth in Welsh and English in equal degree. He devoted the greater portion of the time at his disposal to a review of the effects of the introduction of the Bible into Hindoo life. The great difficulty which the missionaries have to contend against is the dual life led by many even of the most prominent of the native population of India. During the day they will conduct their business and act in every way as becomes citizens *of a civilized country, whilst in their family life, away from the influence of Christianity, they return to the old habits of Hindooism. On the other hand the truths of the Bible are exciting a great influence in every direction, and the Bible is being read by large numbers of the intelligent classes. In proposing a resolution pledging the meeting to efforts to further the interests of the society in this. locality, the Vicar spoke of the wide-world character of the work under- taken by the Bible Society, and of the 400 languages into which the scriptures have been translated. He promised, as far as his own congregation were concerned, that the society should have every support from them. The motion was seconded by Rev Ezra Jones, supported by Revs J. Kelly and Ben Williams, and the meeting closed with the doxqlogy.
A BAZAAR will be held in the TOWN HALL, Prestatyn, in connection with REHOBOTH C.M. CHAPEL On WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, April 4th fi5th, 1906,. ROBT. OWEN, Ffynnongroew, Has now opened a New Showroom, with a large Stock of & OIE £ IIsr_/L, Also a large assortment of various useful Household Requisites,
Committee. A meeting of the managers of the Council School met last Monday evening at 5 p.m. to appoint an assistant in the place of Mr H. Owen, who resigned some time ago to take up duties as headmaster of the Talacre Catholic School. There were present :— Revs. 0. B, Jones (chairman), R. J. Steven- son (secretary), and Mr Thomas Roberts. The Director of Education—Mr J. Bevan Evans—also attendecl to assist the managers in the important work.
Obituary. The old inhabitants of the village are fast leaving us. The last to be cut down by the enemy of all mankind was Mr Roger Jones, Penyffordd, who departed this life oa Thurs- day 15th inst,, after a painful and long illness. Owing to ilihealth, he had not been able to attend his church—All Saints'—for many yoars. The funeral took place last Monday afternoon, the Rev H. Harris, B.A., officiating at the house, while at Llanasa Church the Rev W. Loyd Prbthoroe, assisted by the aforesaid gentleman, officiated. The deceased leaves a large family—all grown up—to mourn his death. A large number of relations and friends attended the funeral to pay the deceased their last respect. 4
SUNDAY SERVICES AT FFYNNON.GROEW. AijL SAINTS (Church of England).—10-30 a.m. English), 6 p.m. (Welsh), Rev H. Harris, B.A. MoixiAH C.M. CHAPEL (Welsh). -10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Prayer Meetings. BKTHAMIA WKSLHTAN CHAPEL.(Welsh).— 10 a.m., Mr R. Hughes, Mostyn; 6 p.m., Bev E. G. Turner. Ffyanongroew. TABEBNACLK BAPTIST CHAPEL (Welsh).—10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mr Hugh Jones, Bagillt. SILOAH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (Welsh). — 10 a.m., Mr Watkin Jones, Flint; 6 p.m. Dr Pan Jones, Mostyn. F ST. ANDREW'S CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (English) —J.0-30 a.m. and 6 p.ip Rev. H. J. Stevenson. GWHNEA C.M. CHAPEL, Rhewl Fawr (Welsh),- Prayer Meetings. PENIEL WKSLETAN CHAPEL (Welsh) Pen-y-ffordd. -10 a..m., Mr Thomas Edwards. Ponyaordd; 6 p.m., Rev. D. Meurig Jones, Llanasa.
Newmarket. Extensive Thefts. Robert Jones, farm labourer, of Waen Wen, near Tremeirchion, was charged at Rhyl on Saturday with stealing tools and implements belonging to farmers ill'the Cwm and New- market district. The Courthouse presented an unusual appearance, there being all manner of agricultural implements piled in the room, ranging from a large iron harrow down to pitchforks. The prisoner, who had been arrested by P.C, Davies of Newmarket, pleaded guilty to the whole of the thefts. Inspector Pearson said the man had for 30 years borne an excellent character, and had worked on one farm for more than 20 years, yet it was that for over seven years he had been robbing people wholesale. Police Constable Davies had walked many miles after suspected persons, and eventually traced the prisoner as the thief. It was strange where he had slept, as for five years his sleeping quarters could- not be traced. Prisoner was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour, and the Bench complimented Constable Davies on his smart capture. It is stated that the police have been in attendance at Waen Wen several days this week, where farmers have recognised imple- ments which had been missing for years. The whole affair has created quite a sensa- tion in the neighbourhood. .:<
Gwespyr. Lady Mostyn requests us to recall to our readers' attention facts of the meeting at Talacre Hall on the 20th October, when the lower Talacre School was withdrawn from public control that at the same time the upper room was offered for the use of the Llanasa Parish, and that the Rev Meurig Jones was informed that the upper room could go on as a public elementary school. Lady Mostyn desires it to be known that Sir Pyers refused certainly to sell his schools, or have them taken out of his hands as provided schools, but that neither Sir Pyers or Lady Mostyn refused an offer to allow the schools to run on as a von-provided public elementary school,
GWESPYR SCHOOL PROJECT Another Meeting of Protest. At the Llanasa Schools on Thursday night a largely-attended meeting of ratepayers was held, presided over by Mr W. Bulcuck. J.P. The Chairman read the notice convening the meeting which stated that the ratepayers of the Parish of Llanasa protested against the action of the Education Committee m trying to thrust upon them another school at Gwespyr, when the bulk of the ratepayers were satisfied that there was already sufficient accommodation. The notice had been signed by several large ratepayers. At the outset the chairman remarked that as the meeting was one for ratepayers, none! but they should be allowed to speak. Lady Mostyn asked if she might be allowed to make a few explanations, but the chairman said that as her ladyship was not a ratepayer he would have to rule her out of order. Her ladyship then desired to speak through Mr Dawson (estate agent), but it transpired that he also was not a ratepayer. A considerable amount of discussion ensued on this subject, but the original intention (that ratepayers only should be heard) was adhered to, and Sir Pyers was sent for at the request of Lady Mostyn, her ladyship to be given an opportunity of explaining matters at the conclusion of the meeting. The business of the meeting was then proceeded with. Mr C. J. Batters could not see why a school should be built, when there was already sufficient accommodation for every child of school ago. Ho reminded his hearers of bow the rates would go up if a school was built, and described the recent Public Inquiry as "hole-and-corner nonsense." Rev. Meurig Jones proceeded to address the mooting, but was frequently interrupted. The rev. gentleman said that when the Talacre School was under the C.C. it was ail right, but when it was turned into a Roman Catholic School the bother commenced. (interruptions and cries of Order.") Talacre was under the absolute control of Lio man Catholics, therefore who would send their Protestant children there ? The Chairman reminded Mr Jones he was wandering from the subject, and the interrup- tions stili continued. Rev. Meurig Jones Talacre School has been taken from public control and we want another one instead. There are 50 or 60 children in Gwespyr without a public elemen- tary school to go to. Several other speakers followed, the Rev. W. Loyd Protheroe stating that he was thoroughly impartial himself, but there were others who were trying to hoodwink the work on. He suggested that they have an official from the Board of Education in London, to hold a thoroughly impartial inquiry. Mr Temple also spoke and quoted figures relating to the number of children in the district, but these were objected to by some as being inaccurate. After a considerable amount of further dis- cussion, a resolution of protest against the action of the County Council in attempting to thrust a school upon the parishioners, was proposed by Mr Batters, and seconded by Sir Pyers Mostyn. An amendment in support of the County Council was proposed by Rev, Meurig Jones, seconded by Mr John Evans (Trelogan). Z" The voting was as follows For the amend- ment, 22 for the proposition, 4U. It was decided that the resolution be for- warded to the proper quarter. Lady Mostyn then made a statement re- garding Talacre Schools, saying that when under public control, the County Council had neglected the schools, and that was why they had been withdrawn. Her ladyship appealed that this dissension should end, and that they all be at peace. A vote of thanks to Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn for all they had done, brought the meeting to a close, it having lasted nearly 2-J hours.
Prestatyn Eisteddfod "WIEilT 2&Q2ST1DJ±.Y:, JUNE 4th, 1906. 1.-MALE VOICECHOIR COMPETITION. Test piece, •• Gof y Pentref" (" The Village Blacksmith") (Dr. Parry). Prize X10 10s., and Baton for Conductor. 2.—MALE VOICE CHOIR COMPETITION (Confined to North Wales). Test piece, Comrades Song of Hope (Adams). Prize t4 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. 3.-JUVENILE CHOIR COMPETITION. Test piece, "Y Tylwyth Teg" ("The Fairies"). Prize t4 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. SOLOS, etc. Adjudicator: CARADOG ROBERTS, ESQ., F.B.C.O., dc. Secretaries:— R. HUGHES, Station House, Prestatyn. D. HUGHES, Greenwich House, Prestatyn. Syllabus Id., by Post lid. J £ li sceli an t-xms* APPRENTICES WANTED for the Dress- making.-—Apply, Williams & Richards, Drapers, etc., Prestatyn. 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. LESSONS given in PAINTING. For o particulars apply, Miss Yeoman, Lynd4 burst, Linden Walk, Prestatyn. JTJXCELliENT BUILDING SAND for Sale in convenient position. For terms apply H. Wright, Builder, Prestatyn. \YALLIS AND SCOTT, Auctioneers and v Estate Agents, have houses to Let at n the following rents £ 18, £21, t28, 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 Stafford Cha.1"n bers, r 11 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. Softool and Kindergarten. Principal: MISS ETHEL HICKSON (Teachers' Diploma "University of Cambridge). MR. BRYAN E. WARHuRST, Professor of SSusic. Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Prepares PllriJR for the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music, the K '-yul Cn lo;a of Music, the Trinity Collage, London, and the Iiiyorporated Society of Musicians Organ, Pianoforte, Singing, Harmony, Theory, &c. LATEST SUCCESSES: April, 1901, Advanced Senior, Pianoforte, R.A.M. „ r Theory July, „ Advauced San., Piano. (Honours). Trin. Coll., London „ „ Advanced Senior, Organ, l.S.M. M Pianoforte, l.S.M. Dec. „ Third Grade, „ Second Grade, Singing July, 1905, Third Grade, „ „ „ S'ad Grade. Pianoforte (H'rs), „ >, .i i. (Pass) „ „ „ First Grade, „ „ t> Mr. Warhurstintakes a Speciality of preparing Candidates to tho a1iove:Exftjnination«, and visits Prestatyn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! Organ Recitala, Concerts, Sisteddfodau. 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. licots made to order with Best EDglish Leather. r. r. a y High Street (OppoRito the) Prestatyn. Thomas & Waikley, Architects and Surveyors, PRESTATYN. Preliminary Sketches Free. Reasonable chargea*
Increased Grants for Education. Mr Acland, Minister of Education in the last Liberal government, has been instru- mental in obtaining assurances from Mr Birrell that in the first year's estimates of the new government, provision will be made for increased grants towards secondary schools, the education of teachers, and the building of training colleges,