LOCAL AND DISTRICT. What is sure to prove an interesting and instructive lecture is to be given at Penllyn Mission Room this (Friday) evening, by the Rev. Edmund Griffith, Liverpool. The subject is Happy Ned." and the proceeds will be devoted to the Sunday 8choollibrary fund. See advertisment. As instances of the mildness of the weather in this locality, wild straw-berries have been gathered near Cwmalis and at Baehau, and the song of the- thrush is daily heard in the valley. We are pleased to congratulate Miss Betty Norah Jones, daughter of Mr. Llew Jones, Abbey- road, a pupil of Miss M. Poole, L.L.C.M., upon the •uceess she has recently achieved by passing the examination (primary stage) of London College of Music htld at Chester, on December 7th. Miss Jones is only nine years of age and the abilities she displays thus early justify the prediction that she has a brilliant musical career before her. The Calvinistic Methodist Churches of Garth and Penybryn, near Llangollen, have unanimously decided to give a call to the Rev. John Lewis, Rhydlydan, Meirionethshire. Mr. Lewis, in the event, of his accepting, will be the first resident pastor of the two churches. i On Monday evening a successful concert was given in connection with the Cefn Congregational Church, Mr. E. Jenkins, Ruabon. presided, and the programme was sustainted by Mrs. J. W. Basset, ^188 S. A. Jones, Miss H. Egan, Messrs. David Evans, Maurice Hughes, J. W. Basset, and J. Evans, ^roM. The aeconapanist was Master Arthur Davies, "■hosymedre. The proceeds were devoted to the Band of Hope fund?. At the Denbigh Police Court, on Wednesday, before Colonel Mesham and other magistrates, Robert Jones, and David Jones, both residing in flenllan-street, Denbigh, were charged with have- Ing entered upon a piece of land on the Tywysog estate on December 7th for the purpose of destroying tame. Both men pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to three months' imprisonment each. --+-- The Rev. David Griffiths of Cefn, St. Asaph, has accepted the rectory of Corwen, in succession to the Rev. T. LI. L. Williams, who is leaving for :Newtown early in the new year. --+-- The Rev. Thomas Jones, rector of Llanfyllin, has decided not to aceept the living of Chirk offered him by the Bishop of St. Asaph. The Rev. David Morris, vicar of Llanwnen with Silian, near Lampeter, has accepted the living Of Derwen, vacated by the death, last month, of the Rev. Morgan Hughes. We would remind readers of the grand sale of "ark to be held in the National Sehools, on Tuesday !IXt, in aid of the funds of that valuable institut- m' -c^ is exPected tbat tbe Bishop of the Diocese th f" Tards) aHd Mrs- Edwards will be present at opening ceremony and the organizers antici- pate a most successful outcome, as a result of the Preparations that have been in progress for several months past. had' tlle rent audit of the Wynnstay Estate, each at tli9 w7nns1iaJ Hotel, Raabon, on Tuesday, in v tenant was allowed the value of a dinner leu of the customary spread." ^'yndyfrd\vy Adult Temperance Society Ch ^rst meetin8' Calvinistic Methodist fitHn °n Monday evening. The chair was be- T n ^ed ky the President of the Society, Mr. r»L aIie9'.P1°8t The meeting having been pened with the singing of a hymn, Miss S. A jJavies, Bryn Bach, recited "Cais y ferch wrth tarw, and Miss M. J. Roberts, Pen'rallt, sang Mae drwg yn y Gwersyll." The next item was an address by the president, who dwelt upon the Revival of the temperance cause in the neighbour- hood which he attributed to a change of opinion ^Pon the question of drink and he also dwelt upon the very desirable results of co-operation in A,rf^fcter' ^~r" Howell, Carrog, then sang mTvi 7 dyddiau gynt-" A very good dialogue, asitled Merched a Phleidlais," was given by Miss ^argaret Edwards, Cross-terrace, and Miss M. J. Roberts, Pen'rallt. This was followed by a solo, rn n Hanwyl Wlad," by Mr. G. T. Jones, New Ian jr«rrace. A recitation, Ymson Llofrudd," by Mr. • A. Jones, New Inn Terrace, was the next item, g duet by the Misses M. Edwards and M. J. Roberts was followed by a short address by the •Kev. W. Williams. Miss A. G. Williams and party nen gave a rendering of "Ti wyddost beth ddywed J nghalon," following upon which Mr. R. Denis Awards, Twmpath, recited Damwain yn y it y^,re^ Miss A. G. Williams having contributed Golomen Wen," the meeting was brought a th08e with the singing of a hymn. A vote of Pas8d t0 W^° t00i £ Part 'la,v^Dff been Previ°usly We understand that an old friend of the toia,neollen public is coming to play for the bazaar of m d iQ the t0Wn next Tuesda7. in person r«« ■ Wm- Robert8' wbo bas gained a high at ptati°n as a harpist. The other day he played /Government House, Aldershot, before Lady obt y Buller and a distinguished gathering, and cained a high testimonial from her Ladyship in •course of which she states "Mr. Roberts is a as Z n Performer and Pl»ys with much feeling emTi as great We have also to con- sulate Mrs. A. E. Roberts, a native of the town, c°lumnn luterestin8' notic« fcllat appears in another
+ LLANGOLLEN LITERARY SOCIETY. DANTE HIS LIFE AND WORK. the weekly meeting of the society Mr. H. R menfk Presided over a lar £ e attendance of sch l t0 whom the ReT- Henry Rees read a Bo PaPer on aud work of Dante." 0utm.er' Shakespeare and Dante, he said, stood m the great historical roll of poetry and song har1*101^8 wbose voices have something of the oth^0!.7 °f the sPberes> °f things which deal f8 Ve never 8een- tbe outset the sneaker imrn tJie age iu wbicl1 Dante lived, and the te ?t,e onvironm8nt that gave shape and form art and brain- Dante was the one great a genius of the Middle Ages. At his advent faith era was dawoi11? upon the world—old gov.r dyin°' old racea aHd forms of ^ith H,ment giving plaeo to new. After dealing iQ the manner in which these changes operated it wa8 .0rmation of the poet's character,Mr.Rees said strenLk1 t(la world of classic thought and barbaric and r fi Dante was born—a world of rudeness sun., !veineDti of Paganism and Christianity, minrt n and faith' of chivalry and pure- rath cV?ess- He found in the Tuscan dialect thouk tbe clas8iG Lafcin medium of written ■oul • aud he formed and made of it a living meloI;Vmg to di8'nity 80 characteristic of the n,8. sPeecl1 of modern Italy. Standing at gave tn 1D^ wa^ers old and new, Dante tbe dumb silent 80Uls of the the aeeli>Lmi breatb of Pass through breeze e ? °wn soul and tuning the ^Osic a K lnto sweetest and sublimest —Plorer,^ ul word Picture of Dante's home ■Pranr frn f°R°wed, with the assurance that he The dicing fi.e aristocratie stock of old Rome. e the sweet singer endured when, a' treading the bitter path of poverty after the gates of his native place were closed to him, during the years in which bis mightly character was formed and perfected, up to the period of his death in his fifty sixth year, was eloquently described, and the way paved for a description of the priceless legacy which he has bequeathed to all time in his marvellous works. All these, of course, centre round The Divine Commedy;" and, in describing the out- standing dramatic features of this masterpiece, Mr. Rees indicated how fully he appreciated the miracle of the poet's inspiration. The speaker dwelt at length upon the wonderful imaginative composi- tions of Dante and few who listened to him on Wednesday night could fail to come away with greatly increased knowledge of the master's wonder- ful powers of dramatic description. After dealing with the passage to the Inferno, the trials of the Purgatorio, and the winning of the sorely tried soul to the peace of Paradise, with the divine Beatrice, who is left seated upon her throne of glory whilst the poet descends and sees the stars of Eastern day, Mr. Roes concluded by saying that this vision is one of the most magnificent production of holy consecrated imagination. It is a living picture of the age in which it was produced it is the great grand ,oratorio of the faith and soul of the middle ages. It is also the psalm of life and experience with its Hell, its Purgatory and its Heaven—with its despair, its stripes, its struggles, and its satis- faction and contentment. It is the grand anthem of love-love pure, noble, divine. It is the apo- theosis of sanctified womanhood, of the love that rocks the cradle and rules the world. "An able paper; well delivered and thoroughly appreciated;" this was the opinion generally expressed by the members of the Society who had foregathered to hear it, and who passed a hearty vote of thanks to its author, on the motion of Mr. H. R. Olley, B.A., seconded by Mr. C. Everitt.
4 THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA. WHEN WILL THE VOLUNTEERS RETURN? STATEMENT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. Mr. Broderick's remarks, in submitting the Supplementary Army Estimate to the House of Commons, on Tuesday night, appear to do away once and for all with the suggestion that the volunteers may return from South Africa in the im- mediate future. The right hon.gentleman said he had been inundated with letters asking whether there was no possibility of releasing those who had come forward as volunteers who were suffering from the natural desire to return home. They had been away for a much longer time than they believed would have been necessary. Perhaps many had lost largely in pocket by the transaction. Some had sacrificed health some of their comrades had lost their lives. They had believed the over- whelming force we should put into the field would cause the emergency for which they were sum- moned to be merely a temporary one, and they were fired with the idea of sharing with the regular army in the fatigues and also the glory of a great battle, and then probably of returning home. The expec- tation had been disappointed, but, conscious as the Government were of the strains that had been imposed on them, aware as they were of the desire to return home, they must for the present ask them to make a further sacrifice by remaining at the posts they had undertaken to fill. The Government did so with, no feeling that these men need lose patience or confidence in the early issue of their labours. In war the moment when you felt the strain yourself the most acutely was the moment when your adversary was usually feeling the same strain to the snapping point. This was, he believed, the position at the present moment. It was on Sunday. February 4th. that the volun- teers left Wrexham, and Mr. Broderick indicate that they mast make a further sacrifice by remain- ing at the posts they had undertaken to fill for twelve months.
« MR. SAINT APPEALS TO THE LLAN- GOLLEN RATEPAYERS. Mr. George Saint has asked us to publish the following letter Ladies and Genlemen,-Ever since I came to Llangollen I have always taken a deep interest in the water supply and the sanitation of the town, and it was very gratifying to know that you showed your appreciation of my services by sending me on the Council and placed me equal with the second on the poll at the last election. As your servant and representative on the Council, and there being so many complaints by the householders, as to being short of water, and as I recommended some years ago, I advised the Council to relay the water mains with 10 inch pipes from the Llangollen Brewery up to the present reservoir. In the meantime I applied myself to know what quantity of water was being supplied to the town and, by a diagram from the meter, I found the supply to amount to 96,000 gallons per day, and there being only about 2,200 inhabitants supplied, this equalled 31 gallons per head, per day, quite sufficient for a town like Llangollen. Being fully convinced that there must be a great leakage, or waste going on somewhere, I urged upon the Council to employ an experienced man for a short time, to look for leakages, and if possible stay the con- tinued waste, and ultimately Mr. Roberts, water inspector, from Oswestry, was employed for a fortnight, and during that time he discovered several leakages, and reduced the consumption by 27,000 gallons per day. I am glad to state that during the short time I have been on the Council (1J years) the consumption has been reduced from 96,000 gallons to 60,000 gallons per day, a saving of 36,000 gallons per day. The town is better supplied with 60,000 gallons, than it was with 96,000 gallons per day, and we have no complaints of being short of water and the 10 inch pipe which is now being laid will further improve the supply, and no one will rejoice more than myself when the town shall have a good supply of pure water. It appears I have been too zealous in my duty to the ratepayers for some of the members of the Council- which has caused me to be insulted and libelled by the Clerk and a member of the Council-aiad because I protested against the falsehoods I was censured and suspended by the Council on the 6th ult. After all the suffering and degradation caused by the Council, I was inclined to let matters pass by. But when I attended a special meeting of the Council on the 9th ult., and before the meeting commenced, the Rev. Wm. Foulkes proposed and the Rev. David Wiliiams seconded, and the members passed a resolution that: -I be requested to withdraw the protest I had made at the previous meeting held on the 6th ult. I told them I could not withdraw, as what I had said was true. I was then censured and suspended again by the Council for the same cause for which I was censured and suspended at the previous meeting. The manner I have been treated at these meetings is most shameful, and has made me ill, and I dread to attend another. To protect myself against such treatment I have taken Counsel's opinion, and I find the members of the Council have overstepped their jurisdiction; as notwithstanding the Standing Orders," they had no authority to request me to leave the Council chamber, and much less to censure and suspend a second time for the same cause. As I dread a repetition of such treatment, I shall stop away from the Council until there is a better understanding. I shall be greatly obliged if you will kindly form a committee of ratepayers, when I shall be glad to meet you and the Council and further explain matters,—I am, your Obedient Servant, GEORGE SAINT. Glanllyn, Dec. 12th, 1900. GET WHAT YOU WANT. If a grocer told the truth when he said something just as good he would say something I make more money out of," but that would not sound so well, and you would not take the substitute for the article you asked for-say Brown & Poison's Corn Flour. The, next time he says it to you, remem her what it really means, and refuse to accept the substitute for the article you want. Brown & Poison's 40 years'exper- ience in the manufacture of this delicate article puts them in the first place as to quality. See that you get Brown and Poison's "Patent" Corn Flour, which is economical to use and very delicate in flavour (7252)
CORWEN PARISH COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the above Council was held on Friday evening, under the presidency of Mr. L. Lloyd John (chairman). There were also present: Messrs. T. Griffiths, S. Jones, T. Edmunds, E. Evans, H. Jones,and J. T. Evans. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Mr. J. Williams, architect, submitted a plan of the pro- posed Hearse House to be erected near the Printing Office. The matter was referred to a sub-com- mittee. The chairman stated that some time ago he applied to the Record Office, London, for a grant of books for the Library. A few days ago a large case was received at the Library containing upwards of 60 well-bound volumes dealing with subjects of great historical interest. The whole of the Laws of Howell the Good were included also Brut y Tywysogion," by Ab Ithel; The Story of England," from manuscripts in Lambeth Palace "The Parliament of Edward I. "The Siege of Sevastopol," with case of maps and plans, &c. The total value of the collection was upwards of £ 50, and they were a free gift to the Library. A warm vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman for his keen interest in everything concerning the Library.
♦ LLANGOLLEN SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at the Board Room, Llangollen, on Monday afternoon. The Rev. D. Williams occupied the chair, and the other members present were Mr. J. Rowlands, and Mr. E. R. Parry, with the clerk (Mr. L. Lloyd John). The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. In the long list of parents summoned for keeping their children away from school there were several cases in which it was alleged that boys were employed as" beaters" by sportsmen in the neigh- bourhood during the shooting season. The members considered this to be a most reprehensible practice, and desired the press to give publicity to their expression, of opinion as to its illegality, with a view to arresting it. APPOINTMENT. Mrs. Edward Roberts was appointed cleaner for the Infants' School and the Board-room. COUNTY GOVERNING BODY. The Rev. J. L. Jones and Miss Edwards were appointed as the representatives of the Board on the County Governing Body. MONITORS AT THE SCHOOLS. In regard to the resignation of the two monitors at the schools, as reported to the last meeting, the chairman said the question a ose whether, in the future, they should appoint monitors again or have pupil teachers.—Mr. Parry thought it might, in some respects, be better to advertise for pupil teachers. It would leave the thing open and there might be boys in the County Schools who would apply.—Mr. Rowlands said they must have the boys as monitors firilt.-After some further discussion, and an interview with the head-master (Mr. Lswis), it was decided to ask the parents of the monitors to permit them to remain until the end of the school year, in July. SCHOOL LIBRARIES. The clerk said the head inspector bad reported that the Board might vote a some of money to purchase books for the School Library. The books they had had been bought by public sub- scription, and renewals were required.—Mr. Lewis (head-master) said they had from sixty to seventy books in circulation, and it was quite a treat to see the way in which the boys made use of them. They got from £ 5 to £6 by private subscription and, of course, they got double the value of books for that amount.—On the motion of Mr. Parry, seconded by Mr. Rowlands, the Board decided to vote 412 for the purpose of acquiring new. books for Llangollen Boys' School; anl similar amounts for the Girls' School, and the schools at Garth and Vron. SATISFACTORY REPORTS: LLANGOLLEN SCHOOLS. The following reports from Her Majesty's Inspector were laid before the Board:-Boys' Sclwol.-This school continues to be conducted with marked zeal, and the methods of instruction are all highly satisfactory, and the equipment is re- markable for its completeness. I would like to see a portion of the new play-ground covered so as to enable the scholars to play with comfort on wet days. — Girls' School. — The order is excellent, and the work generally is of a very good character. A pleasant feature is the large number of scholars in the higher standards. Hand-writing in the lower standards is lacking in finish, and the books in these classes ought to be carefully revised. A honours board has lately been provided. --T,)tfants' Selwol.-It would be difficult to speak too highly ef this very pleasant and very efficient infants' school. The children, who are bright and clean, take a keen interest in their work, and their intelligence is well drawn out by the sound methods employed in their instruction. The school garden is a welcome feature. The lighting of the main room has been made more satisfactory during the year. GARTH SCHOOL. Mixed Sclwol.-This school, which continues to be taught with vigour and success, is making very satisfactory progress. A pleasant feature is the comparatively large number of scholars in the higher standards. I would call to notice also that many of the children attend with great regularity, some of them not having missed a single attendance during the year. The equip- ment has been further added to by the pro- vision of a new museum cupboard, many additional pictures and views and new maps, including relief and picture maps, a honours board, etc.—Infants' Schools.-The infants who are taught in a bright and well equipped room are doing very well. I am glad to find that since my first visit this year they are taught to answer in complete sentences to the objeet lessons and that the babies have sand trays for their writing lessons. A capital supply of models of animals has been added to the apparatus during the year. VRON SCHOOLS. Mixed.—It is a pleasure to record that this school is in every respect admirably equipped not only with necessary apparatus but with a piano and library, and an abundance of pictures, and many other aids to the work of the scholars. During the past year more new pictures, new desks, new maps (relief, etc.), have been added, and the boys play- ground has been covered. Good progress has been made in most respects in the work of the scholars during the year, though mental arithmetic should receive more attention, and the third standard is not doing so we 1 relatively as the other classes. The school is, on the whole, in a creditable state of efficiency. Infants.-The infants are taught in a pleasant and well equipped room, which has been further brightened this year by a supply of good framed pictures. The variety and excellence of the kindergardten work call for remark. The instrnc- tion in other respects is so promising that if the improvement be contained this year the highest grant will be recommended next year. The chairman thought it was a matter for con- gratulation, that the reports of H.M. Inspector were so good—it was a matter not only for congra- tulation by the Board but also one upon which they should congratulate the different schools and h. moved that they pass a resolution congratulating teachers upon their success.—Mr. Parry seconded the motion, which was carried nern. con. INCREASE IN GRANT. A letter was read from the mistress of the infants' department, at the Town Schools, drawing attention to the steady increase in the grant. In 1897 it was £ 39 19s.; in 1898, £ 56 19s.; in 1899, £ 59 10s.; whilst this year it is A63 Is. This year's grant, the writer added, would have been higher but for the fact that they lost the attendance of the first class, the best workers, by removal to the higher school.—That members exreesed themselves highly gratified with the record. A. RESIGNATION. A letter was received from the Mrs. Jones, resigning her position aa infants' teacher at the Garth School, and apply for a testimonial. The resignation was adopted. Steps to fill up the vacancy thus caused, and to make other alterations re the staffing of the schools, were deferred to the next meeting. There was no other business and the Board adjourned.
LLANGOLLEN SMITHFIELD. CHRISTMAS PRIZE SHOW AND SALE OF STOCK. Far and away the most successful sale of prime fat stock that has been held in Llangollen in recent years was conducted by Messrs. Jones <k Son, Wrex- ham, in the Smithfield, on Tuesday. The number of entries was phenomenally large, and the accom- modation provided in the market was taxed to its utmost capacity in all directions; and, in many, proved inadequate to meet the demands made upon it. a fact that should receive the attention of the authorities. Too much praise can scarcely be given to the auctioneers for the spirited manner in which they are booming the local market or to the tradesmen of the town who have come forward to assist in the task of making the gathering of buyers and sellers, at Llangollen, one of the fore- most in the County. The possibilities and potenti- alities of the district to sustain a cattle market that may, if carefully fostered, grow te proportions second to none in the neighbourhood, were abun- dantly demonstrated on Tuesday all that is now required is judicious enoouragement and timely stimulus. In the long run, the town and surround- ing country must be tbe gainers and this is a fact that the authorities, who have the power to do much to assist the enterprise, should not fail to bear in mind. The following are particulars of the various competitions A Silver Cup, value ze2 2s. for the best three fat beasts (open) won by Mr. Robert Lloyd, Penlan, Corwen, whose exhibits realised £18 5s.; £ 19 15s.; and ze23 under the hammer, the bnyers being Messrs. Ellis Evans, Bala Mr. J. Thomas, Johns- town, and T. Parry, Lavister.—The "reserve number beasts were the property of Mr. H. Dyke Dennis, New Hall, Ruabon, which were sold for £ 17 15s.; j518, and £ 18, to Mr. J. Williams, Llangollen; Messrs. Thos. Rogers, Llangollen, and Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon, respectively. A Piece of Plate value £1 lIs. 6d, for the best two fat beasts (the gift of Mr. John Davies, Iron- monger and Implement Dealer, Ty Coeh, Llangollen).-Won by Mr. W. E. Parry, Ty Mawr, Carrog, whose exhibits sold for j618 and JS22 each and were purchased by Messrs. Thos. Rogers, Llangollen and Mr. X. Davies, Rhos.-The reserve numbers" were the property of Mr. William Jones, Plas Madoc, Ruabon, and were sold to Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon, for A16 15s. and £181. respectively. A Piece of Plate, value £ 1 Is., for the best fat beast (open). The winner in this competition was Mr. Dyke Dennis, New Hall, Ruabon, whose exhibit was sold for £19 to Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon.—The reserve number," in this class, was the property of Mr. W. E. Parry, Ty Mawr, Carrog. The exhibit realised £21, and was knocked down to Messrs. T. Rogers, Llangollen. A piece of plate, value :£1 Is., for the best fat beast, the property of a tenant farmer, won by Mr. W. E. Parry, Ty Mawr, Carrog, whose exhibit was sold for d621. The reserve number, was owned by Mr. Robert Lloyd.Penlan, Corwen. It realis- ed £ 23,and was sold to Mr.T. Parry,Lavister,Rossett. A Silver Cap, valne P,2 2s., for the best fat bull fopen): won by the exhibit of Capt. Best, R.N., which realised P,28, and was bought by Mr. Edward Rogers, Llangollen. The reserve number," was the property of Mr. Phillips,Ty'ncelyn,Vivod,which was purchased by Mr. G. Fardoe, Wrexham, for £ 21 15s. A Piece of Plate, value Z- 1 Is., for the best Fat Ball of Welsh Breed (open) won by the exhibit of Mr. R. Williams. Bala, which made £ 21, and was bought by Mr. Edward Rogers, Llangollen. A Silver Cup, value £ 2 2s. for the best pen of Ten Welsh Wethers won by Captain Best, R.N. The animals realised £1 15s. 6d. each and were purchased by Messrs. Edwards &. Son, Llangollen. The "reserve" were the property of Mr. R. Griffiths, Rnabon, and sold for :£ 1 128. 6d. each to Mr. Perkins, of Wrexham. A Piece of Plate value A I Is. for the best pen of Five Welsh Wethers, given by Messrs. R. Evans & Sons, Ironmongers and Cycle Agents, Llangollen won by Mr. Thomas Jones, Nantyr. The exhibits made 44s. 6d. each and were sold to Mr. X. Davies, Rhos. The reserve number was also secured by bhe same breeder, and realised 34s., each being pur- chased by Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon. A Prize value 10s. 6d. for the best pen of Five Welsh Ewes (open), presented by Mr. E. D. Jones, Agricultural and Dispensing Chemist, Llangollen won by Mr. Edward Jones, Llangollen Fechan the animals realising 2GI. 6d. each being pur- chased by Mr. John Williams, Llangollen. Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon, had the reserve numbers," which made 22s. each and were bought by Mr. Knight Parry, Llangollen. A Piece of Plate value £ 1 lis. 6d. for the best three Bacon Pigs (open) Won by Mr. D. Jones, Rhospengwern, whose exhibits made A6 10s. each; and were sold to Mr. David Whittaker, Oldham. The reserve number" were the property of Mr. Richards, Glyndyfrdwy, realised £5 14s. each and were sold to Mr. Whittaker, of Oldham. A Pieee of Plate value £ 1 II. for the best two bacen pigs won by Mr. Roberts, Graig, Glyndyfrdwy, the animals making jS5 13s. each and being purchased by Mr Whittaker. The reserve numbers" were the property of Mrs. Jenes, Pentre- felyn, realising £5 la. each and being knocked down to Mr. John Edwards, Rossett. A prize value 10s. 6d. for the best bacon pig (fed by a cottager) was won by Mr. Bowen, Cefn, the exhibit being sold for £ 4 17s. The reserve number was shown by the same breeder and realised P,4 5s., Mr. Edward Rogers, Llangollen, purchasing the two. A prize value 10s. 6d. for the best three pork pigs estimated not to weigh more than six soore dead weight (open), given by Mr. E. D. Jones, chemist: won by an exhibit the property of Mr. Jos. Nanson, Llangollen, which made 55s. each, and were pur- chased by Mr. Johnstone, Birkenhead. The reserve numbers, the property of Mr. T. Lewis, Wrexham, were sold for 49s. each to Mr. Coxon, Liscard. The judges were For cattle, Mr. L. Milne, Bir- kenhead Mr. W. Stubbs, Litherland, Liverpool and Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon. For sheep, Mr. Amos Maltby, Rhyl, and Mr. E. Perkins, Wrexham. For pigs. Mr. Hollis, Wrexham, and Mr. Alex. Do d Chester. PRINCIPAL BUYERS. The following is a list of the principal buyers, The following is a list of the principal buyers, and the totals of the amounts spent at the Smith- field on Tuesday, the first-named winning the guinea prize given by Mrs. Hughes, of the Grapes Hotel, to the largest buyer:—Messrs. Edwards and Son, Llangollen, £ 238 9s.; Messrs. Thos. Rogers, Llangollen, £ 233 18s. 6d.; Mr. Edward Rogers, Llangollen, £ 171 8s. 6d.; Mr. Roberts, Trefynant, R,115 7s. 6d.; Mr. Whittaker, Oldham, £ 111 16s.; Mr. G. Holland, Marchwiel, £86 10s.; Mr. R. Griffiths, Ruabon, jE80 5s.; Mr. S. Lloyd, Llangollen, £ 78 9s. 6d.; Mr. Williams, Bwlchgwyn, £77178. 6d.; and Mr. J. Williams, Llangollen, £67 10s. 6d.
VERY CHOICE SELECTION OF XMAS AND NEW YEAR CARDS, of newest designs, are now on view at HUGH JONES'S, Castle Street, Llangollen.
THE DRINKING CLUB EVIL. WELSH MEMBERS REQUIRED TO ACT. At the quarterly meeting of the Denbighshire and District Lodge (I.O.G.T.) which was held at Vron- cyssyllte, on Monday, Mr. B. Williams presiding, the Rev. M. O. Evans, on behalf of the Electoral Action Cemmittee, submitted the following recommendation That in view of the alarming- increase in the number of social drinking clubs in this district and in many other other parts of the Principality, and the terrible evils resulting therefrom, we beg respeetfully to suggest to the Executive of the English Grand Lodge of Wales the urgent necessity of calling the attention of those Welsh members of Parliament who are committed to temperance reform to this great evil with a view of the early introdaction of a bill for the suppression or (in any event) the more efficient regulation of these institutions." The recommendation was unanimenaly adopted, on the motion of Mr. W. S. Barnett (Wrexham), seconded by Mr. S. C. Hughes (Brymbo). and supported by Mr. H. King (Adwy) and Mr. T. Rogers (Rhostyllen). It was reported that Mr. W. S. Caine, M.P., had signified his intention of bringing in a bill for Eagland on these lines, and that in Scotland also there was an important movement in the same direction.
e NORTH WALES FOOTBALL NOTES. The Druids Football Club annonnce the capture of Morgan Owen, the renowned Welsh international, who last year figured in the Rhyl team. He is a son of Mr. Owen, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools. General surprise was occasioned on Wednesday on an official announcement, at Chirk, that Llandudno had withdrawn from the Welsh Senior Cup Competition in favour of Chirk. The Chirk club were last season's North Wales champions, being holders of the Danbigshire and Flintshire Charities Cup, Shropshire Charity Cup, Denbighshire League, and Liverpool Combination Championship. WELSH JUNIOR CUP—SECOND ROUND. Llangollen United v. Wrexham Reserre.-These teams met on Saturday, on the Tower Field, Llangollen, before a fair number of spectators. During the first half the visitors were to the fore by 2 goals to 1. In the second half the home team pulled together and showed some good combination, while there was a slight falling off on the part of the visitors. When time was signalled, the score was-Llangollen United, 4 goals Wrexham Reserve 3.
■■ .———— GLYNCEIRIOG NATIONAL SCHOOLS. ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. The annual distribution of prizes to the scholars of the National School and Church Sunday School took place on Wednesday. In spite of the wet weather which prevailed, there was a very good attendance, the school being filled. The chair was occupied by Mr. F. E. Rooper, J.P., who was accompanied by Mrs. Rooper. The chairman in his opening address referred to the illness of the Rev. R. Jennings, which accounted for his absence. A letter from the rev. gentleman was read by Mr. Francis, apologising for absence. The programme gone through was as follows :—Selection by the school children, conducted by Mr. W. Francis, the headmaster song, The Children's Home," Miss E. A. Thomas; song, "Y bachgen ffarweliodd ai wlad," Mr. John Evans musical drill by the school children. The latter were gone through with creditable precision. Mr. Rooper then read the diocesan report, which was as follows :—" The children continue to be very well taught in this school, strong at the top and a little weak at the bottom." Mrs. Rooper then distributed the prizes. Certificates and prizes were gained by the following :—Recommended for a prize Annie E. Edwards, Eliza Ann Davies, Kate Watkin and John T. Jones. First Class Certificate Magwen Roberts, W. Davies, and D. A. Edwards. Second Class Certificate Jennie Davies, Martha Hughes, Robert Edwards, Nellie Edwards, Blodwen Evans, Sarah J. Edwards, and J. E. Watkin. Third Class Certifi- cate Gladys Roberts. Maggie Davies, Robert Thos. Davies, Elizabeth Edwards, and Lily Evans. Fourth Class Certificate Polly Evans, Richard J. Roberts. Infant's Certificate John Ceiriog Jones, Ed. Wynne Bather, John Jones, M. J. Bather, Emily Davies, Kate Watkin, Mary E. Edwards. Annie and Florence Davies. Prizas for attend- ance S. J. Morris, R. T. Davies, Albert Morris, M. Edwards, J. Davies, R. Beech, A. Davies, F. Edwards, J. T. Jones, S. J. Edwards, Emily Davies. Robert Edwards, and Frances Edwards. Sunday School Attendances 1st prize, Lloyd Griffiths, W. T. Jones, J. M. Davies, and S. Morris 2nd prize, J. Morris, J. Beech, R. Edwards, S. J. Edwards, E. A. Davies, and J. A. Hall; 3rd prize, P. Morris, J. Evans, K. Watkin, Jennie Watkin, and M. Davies. For verses learnt J. Thomson, E. A. Davies, Sallie Ellis, M. Ellis, and M. Beech. The proceedings closed with the usual votes of thanks and the singing of the National Anthem.
♦ TREVOR NATIONAL SCHOOL. INTRODUCING THE NEW MASTER. 1 On Monday, the managers of Trevor Nationa School invited the parents of the children attending the school to a conversazione, to meet the new schoolmaster, Mr. Robert W. Jones, late of West Felton, and Mrs. Jones. The guests arrived at 7.30 p.m., and soon set to the tea which was set out on smart tables. Mr. and Mrs. E. Lloyd Edwards, Miss Mabel Edwards, of Trevor Hall Mr. and Mrs. Combs, Miss Procter, Mrs. and Miss Parry, Trevor Villa; Mis. and Miss Meeson, Miss Bache, and Mrs. Jones, Garth. Rev. G. Heaton assisited in waiting upon the guests. While partaking of their refresh- ments Mr. E. Lloyd Edwards explained the purpose of the gathering, and introduced Mr. Jones, to the parents, at the same time assuring the parents that they could confidentally look forward to the school being conducted in a thoroughly effiicient manner under the new regime. Mr. Jones then thanked the chairman and the parents for the kindly wel- come they had given him and Mrs. Jones, and promised to do his utmost far the best interest of the children, and asked the parents for their co-operation by sending the children regularly and punctually to school. Then followed music and songs which were much enjoyed-Miss Edwards, Rev. G. Heaton and Mr. R. W. Jones, singing songs, and Messrs. A E. Jones, J. Tune, G. Bowen, and G. Daniels playing a violin quartette. A vote of thanks to Mr. Lloyd Edwards for presiding and to the ladies for their kind and useful services was proposed by Rev. G. Heaton who, in the course of his remarks, said that with the present committee of managers of the school—which includes the Venerable Archdeacon Wynne Jones, as chairman Mr. Lloyd Edwards, Mr. R. F. Greasser and Miss Edwards, Trevor Hall, and himself as correspondent-the parents in the neighbourhood should have every confidence that the school would be conducted in a thoroughly efficient manner in the future. And as Christian parents they would be especially thankful to know that in this school their children would receive daily instruction in the truths of the Christian religion. Mr. A. E. Jones seconded the motion, pointing out how much the school owed to the generosity of Mr. Lloyd Edwards and his family. A very pleasant evening was brought to an end by the singing of God save the QU«3D." A very excellent programme is being prepared for the Concert which is to be held in the school- room on January 8th, on behalf of the funds of the sehool. Miss Mabel Edwards, of Trevor Hall, has kindly promised to give a dialogue with Mr. Charles Lloyd, of Gresford. The Rev. C. H. Hylton Hewart, vicar of New Brighton, and Capt. Chalk, of Glyn Arthur, near Denbigh, will sing.