iijjtbs, jgavuaacs uni) jpjeatjjs. BIRTHS. Darton ,-J nly 8, at New-street, Carnarvon, the wife of Mr Edwin Barton, engiue-driver, of a daughter. the wife of NU- Methusalem eTiiintii, Basillt, Tydweiliog, of a s> n wiS—.jr.n'e 30, the wife of Mr Henry Lewis, Grlamnor- lais, neai'Penclawdd, of a son. nr T n Pn> h—July f-, at Plasyndre, Bala. the wire of Mr J. O. pil! w Pu°-h. North and South Wales Bank, of a daughter. Roberts—.Tune *29. the wife of Mr E. Vv. Roberts, manager, District Bank, Llangefni, of a son. CARRIAGES. Davies—Da vies—Jtily 5. by license, at Eagedi chapel, Carnarvon, bv the Rev J. O. Jones, Jjlanberis, ai^tecl by Mr "W. 11. Whiteside, Registrar, Mr David ^Elueh Davies. Bryn Padarn, Llanberis, to 5H«s AJiee Davies, Grwynant-street, Beddgelert. Davids—Jones—June 27, at the Congregational chare Conway,by the Jft. Parry (Gwalchmai). Mrfeamut i Davies, to Miss Mary E. Jones—both of Dolgar, Llan- euaii. D^iesLAVilliams -July 8, at the Congregational chapel, Liand- tlno, by t-liG R,. Pjirryi ^tlcniTMi;» Mr Hugh Davies, to Miss G. "WiUSiiiris, Chapel-street-, —"both of Llaadudno. 'Evans—Williams—»Tnly 10, at \evr Tc^oeinacle, Holy- head, by the Rev William Lloyd, Thomas Evans to Graoe Williams, both of Holyhead. Hushes-Browne-July 6, bv license, at St. Seiriol's church, Holyhead, by the Rev J. Lloyd Jones, M.A., curate. Mr Edward Hughes (0viuyran, to Mrs Catherine Browne,—both of Holyhead. Hu"hes—Parry—July 2, at Penraount chapel, Pwdheii, by the Rev M. Roberts. John. eldest son of the late Mr Morris Hughes, flour merchant, to Jane, eldest daughter of Mr Habere Parry, watc.imaker,—both 01 Pwllheli. ■ i. r< Jones—Williams July 4. at the registrar's ofhee,, Ca narvon,by Mr W. R. Whiteside, Mr William Jones, Gallt-y-focl, Llanddeiisiolen, to Miss Catherine Williams, Cerig-y-rhyd, .Bettws Garmon. Picton-Uray-Jlliy 3. bv license, at bt ttemol s church, Holvhead, by the Rev J. Lloyd Jones A C curate, Air Thomas Picton L. & N. W. Railway Yard, to p c Miss Maggie Jane Gray .—both of Holyhead. Simon—Fonlkes-July !). at the Welsh Oongfegational Chapel, Grove-street, Liverpool, bv the Rev \V. Nicholson, assisted by the Rev D M. Jenkins, Mr Richard yimon, 57. Bre vnlow-hill, Liverpool, to Ellen, daughter of the late Edward ioulkes, oi Denbigh. -,T Williams -Jones -July 8, at St. Semol s Cnureh. Holy- beail. by the Rev T. Lewis Jones, curate, Thomas Williams to Ann Jones, both of Holyhead. DEATHS. A^vev—MaY 30, Frederick' Reginald Aubrey, third "v of the Jiu*iie*.r, British Indian steamship Navigation Company. youngest son of the late Rev Thomas Aubrey. Wesleyan minister. Jiily Sarah, rhe wife of Mr David Evans, ;ncrly ui the OMSOWI f lot, Butry Port. Hughes—June 30, aaed « years, Jane Hughes, at her grandfather's house, Mr Ishmasl Hughes, Penybryn, Cemaes, Anglesey. Hart —.July 7, aged 8 months, Abram, the neloved son of Mr John Hart, North Peurallt, Carnarvon. Jones-June 25, aged 75 years, Catherine Jones, the beloved wife of Mr William Jones. LlanwmU. Jones—Jul5, aired 72 years, Mr Griffith Jones, Hir- dref Ganol. Tydweiliog. ,,r ^Sueade—>fai'M'a et, youngest surviving (l :aghter ot Sir aud Mrs Thomas and Margaret Sneade. High-street, Carnarvon, acred 19, nfter a short but severe illness. Thomas—July 7, aared 50 years. Ellen, the wife of Mr jMvid Thomas, Tiaethcoch, Anglesey. # Williams—July 5. age I 36 years, Mrs Catherine \V n- liams, Brynft'yn«n, the wife of Mr Thomas Williams, Ci >ttage, Tydweili' 'g.
^OJIPENSATIONS FOR BPJTISil CONCESSIONS. The Berlin Congress has done its work, and we are called upon to magnify and glorify the achievements of the plenipotentiaries, especially those of Prince Bismarck and L(1rd Beaconsfield. We iii:» y at once acknowledge that great credit is due to the former statesman for the manner in which he has tilled the post of president. He has been stricter impartial towards all parties, firm and resolute in excluding profitless and imitating discussions and recriminations,capable of grappling with every difficulty, and intent only upon securing European peaco as expedi- tiously as possible. It required a man like Bismarck, representing a powerful, but neutral, country like Germany, to make the Congress a speedy success, if not a success at all. The discrimination and tact he evinced in getting the interested and contending parties to make compromises with each other, and to come to the Congress only to register foregone conclu- sions, will be duly appreciated when the history of the Berlin meeting comes to be written but what he has done has been a triumph of diplo- matic skill and management, rather than a feat of mental conception and originality. When we turn to Lord Beaconsfield, we may well ask what he has accomplished at this great assembly of diplomatists. It is not long ago that we were told by his admirers that he was going to Berlin to maintain the public faith of treaties and the integrity of the Ottoman Empire, and, consequently, to rend in fragments the treaty of San Stefano. Well, looking at the whols matter dispassionately, what terms has he ob- tained for Turkey better than those of the denounced treaty. It may be replied that he has made the Balkans the southern limit of the new State of Bulgaria, and has restored that mountain-chain, as a military frontier, to Turkey. We do not undervalue this achieve- ment but in it we find the beginning and the end of British triumph at the Congress. Russia has not been prevented from remaining in occu- pation of Bulgaria, from continuing her line of communications through Roumania, and an- nexing a portion of that State, from retaining all her conquests in Asiatic Turkey, or from fastening upon the Porte the burden of a heavy war indemnity. Ser-via and Montenegro are not deprived of the reward which, at Turkey's iexpense, Russia proposed to give them for their assistance in the war. But over and above assenting to these penalty imposed by the treaty of San Stefano upon Turkey our Prime Minister has assisted in putting upon the con- quered and dejected empire the additional inflictions of an Austrian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an extension of the frontiers of the Greek kingdom into the Turko- Greek provinces of Epirus and Thessaly. Far be it from us to say that all or most of these political changes may not be for the benefit of Eastern Europe: but they have been agreed to by the British Pleni- potentiaries in defiance of the faith of treaties and to the utter destruction of Turkey's terri- torial integrity. The journalistic supporters of our government cannot help admitting that much has been surrendered for the sake of peace and for the settlement of the Eastern Question, but they would have' us believe that the Anzlo-Turkish Convention laid on the tables of both Houses of Parliament on Mon- day night makes ample amends for all conces- sions made by this country or Turkey. The latter surrenders one more piece of territory in the shape of the island of Cyprus, and allows itself to be put into leading-strings as regards the government of its Asiatic territories and in return it receives a guarantee for its remain- ing territory. Considering the solemn promises given by the Porte in the Treaty of Paris to re- form its administration, and the equally a ileum engagements made by this country to maintain Turkish territorial integrity, and what has been the end of all these, how can we be expected to t believe that any better fate will await the present agreement? If we would not put out a hand to help Turkey against aggression when she was still a Power in the world, are we more likely to do so now she is enfeebled, impoverished, and humiliated ? Our present ministry declined to follow up the policy of that which brought the Crimean war to a su cessful termination, and twenty years to come there may be a British ministry in cfSce that will respect Lord .iieac-.nisfield'i policy as littid HS he does the late j. Le-rft Palmerston's. The only way in which ui-y tangible result can be insured new c invention is. by Great Britain assuming a practical protectorate and governmental super- vision over Asiatic Turkey, which will leave the Sultan little more than the name of sovereignty; but if the Turks are subdued and humbled cuough to accept this condition of things, we have yet to see whether other countries will not personally object to so large a virtual extension of the British Empire. Viewed in any light, we see difficulties, perplexities, and possible dangers arising out of this Anglo-Turkish Con- vention which forbid us to recoemise it as a triumph of the highest statemanship till we have a little more evidence that it is likely to work well in actual practice.
THE FLINT ELECTION. Mr John Roberts was returned on Friday last for the contributory boroughs of Flint with a majority of 12J votes over Mr Pennant, and the Liberal electors are to be complimented on their success despite the apathy of certain members of their party, which served to alienate from Mr Roberts' camp some hundreds of votes. Tae fact is too patent that the Liberal candi- date was" wId" in Flint. But the result is quite sufficient to prove to the Adullamites of ilie ancient borough that the united Liberal interest in the boroughs is more than sufficie; t to fight the battle even without Flint. Possibly, at the approaching general election, there will be a divided Liberal interest, in which case the Conservatives will hope to be able to run their candidate in between them assuming, of course, that they find a candidate ready and able to spend the money on a contest. We cannot see that in that case their prospect of winning will be very much greater, inasmuch as the supporters of the second Liberal candi- date will diminish the Conservative poll. It is very clear that those who were dissatisfied with Mr Roberts, on personal grounds, as the Liberal candidate, even voted for Mr Pennant. So that it cannot be said the constituency has changed its colour, or that there is any real danger of the seat pas sing from the Liberals. All things considered, Mr Roberts' majority is satis- factory, and we trust that Mr Roberts' parliamentary career will be of such a useful nature that will add much to his popularity with his constituency, win for him the unlimited confidence of his party. The Conservatives could never fight under more favourable conditions, and they could never find a candidate more able and better suited for the contest. The number of voters who recorded their votes were greater in proportion than has ever been known in any contest in North Wales, and the excitement which pre- vailed has no parallel in the history of the eonti ibutoi y borough' Many very rash things were said and done, but now that all is over it is to be hoped peace and friendship will be restored.
NOTES OrTHlTwEEK. The living of Rhyl, vacant by the death of the Venerable Archdeacon Morgan, has been offered to the Rev Thomas Richardson, of Aberdovey, and brother to the vicar of Corwen. The rev gentleman has visited Rhyl this week, but as yet it is not known whether he will accept of the living. ♦ The Gymanfa. "of the Welsh Independents of Carnarvonshire, which calne off yesterday, was the first religious meeting held in the Carnarvon Pavilion, and served to prove the admirable capabilities of that building for large gatherings of the kind. This turned out to be the most successful" Cymanfa" ever held in the county. Preaching services were held throughout the day, and the finest talent of the denomination was engaged. The attendance was about three thousand. The conference was held on Wednesday. -+- It is to be hoped the wealthy gentry of North Wales will be prompt and generous in response to the call of the Carnarvon Choral Union for pecuniary aid to enable them to attend the great international choral contest in Paris, for which they have been preparing so energetically. A considerable amount will be required to supplement the sum now held by the choir, and the sum which the individual members may be able to raise. 1Va are glad to under- stand that the hon. member for the Carnarvon boroughs has sent a cheque for £ 2o. As there is but a week's time we trust other gentlemen of means will do likewise. --+- During this week has been held the annual meeting of the North Wales Branch of the British Medical Association at Llandudno. Dr William Jones, of Ruabon was the president. Several papers on medical subjects were read, and the usual business of the association was transacted. After the meeting the annual dinner was held. » Lord Justice Bramwell opened the assize court in Carnarvon on Wednesday, and in his charge to the grand jury he referred in compli- mentary terms to the lightness of crime throughout North Wales. There was but one person for trial, the sitting being occupied on civil cases. This morning will be heard the case of Mr H. J. E. Xanney, against the Car- narvonshire Quarry Company for alleged tres- pass, and it is expected this suit may last three or four days. —+ — Catherine Jones, the unfortunate woman who was brought up on the charge of murdering her child was acquited on the ground of insanity, and she will be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure." ————-<-————— The mission which has j list been formed in this town to induce the scores who wancler about on Snndayafternoons is doing good work, and it was noticeable that the attendance of ragged boys at the various Sunday schools was much increased last Sunday. We regret to hear that the greatest difficulty is encountered in remonstrating with the apparently intelligent shop assistants of the town. The conduct of some of that class towards the party who took the Harbour district W8)1re told was most reprehensible, and such as .ought to elicit the condemnation of their employers. A great service would be rendered in this cause if the owners of property were to prohibit trespass over their fields. « The Eleventh Festival of the Ardudwy Temperance Association was held yesterday, at Harlech Castle. There were many thousands present, and the united choirs and band numbered over eight hundred. This gathering, as is generally the case, was a great success. We regret exceedingly to announce the resig- nation of Mr William Thearsby Poole from the office of Clerk of the Peace for this county, < which post lie has held for over twenty years. The office was held by Mr Poole's grandfather, and has ever since been held by a member of the family. The retiring clerk, by his kind and affable demeanour, had won the highest esteem of the magistrates generally, and they lose in him a gentleman who had discharged the duties of the office with credit to himself, and pleasure to the members of the Court of Quarter Sessions. The office is in the gift of Lord Penrhyn, and is worth £ 400 a year. It is very probable that the office will be offered to Mr. J. W. Poole, brother to the late elerk.
THE 1ST C.A.V.-On Monday next the above corps, commanded by Lieutenant Harding, will proceed to New Brighton, for their annual practice. A SCNDAY SCHOOL MEETING, which was attended by delegates from several schools in the surround- ing district, was held on Sunday at Engedi Chapel. Mr 0. Roberts, Brynhendre, presided, and ad- dresses were delivered by the Revs E. Jones, Moriah E. Roberts, and others. SPECIAL ^ESSDXS.—At a special borough ses- sions, held before the mayor on Saturday, a la- bourer, named David Griffith, was lined 10s and costs for drunkenness, and John Brown, a tramp, was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment for beqging. TUE R.N. A.V.—On Sunday afternoon a detach- ment of the local battery boarded the gunboat- Coihawh, now stationed in the Menai Straits, and' enjoyed a short "cruise" to Holy head, returning oil 1!1 on the following day. A second detachment left on Thursday evening. The volunteers were put through the gun practices, and other exercises, during their brief stay on board, and acquitted themselves admirably. LEGAL.—We are glad to understand that Mr George Owen (youngest son of the late Mr Griffith Owen, chemist), together with Mr R. D. Williams, junr., both of this town, have successfully passed the intermediate examination of the Incorpor tted Law Society of the United Kingdom. Mr Owen is y I articled with Mr J. H. Roberts (Messrs Roberts and Thomas), and Mr Williams with his father, Mr R. D. Williams, Porth-yr-aur. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The fortnightly meet- ing was held on Saturday, Mr Robert Jones pre- siding. It was decided to print a list of paupers, for sale amongst the ratepayers. The clerk, Mr J. H. Thomas, reported that the out-relief given dur- ing the fortnight was £ 311 8s 4d; that C35 7s 10d had been paid to non-resident poor; and that there was a balance of £544 Os 5d. Inmates in the workhouse, 65 corresponding number last year, 67; vagrants during the fortnight, 25. FIRE.-—About one o'clock on Thursday morning Police-eonstables William Jones and R. Williams, whilst on duty in Turf-square, observed an unusual light in one of the bedroom windows of the pre- mises of Mrs Emery Jones, butcher. They immediately proceeded there, and found that some furniture close to the window was rapidly burning. Having gained admittance, they went to the room, and succeeded in extinguishing a burning dressing table. The servant girl, together with Mrs Jones and the rest of the inmates, were in bed at the time. Had it not been for the timely discovery of the officers, the former person would probably have been suffocated. The fire originated by the servant girl allowing a lighted candle to burn on the table. TREAT TO THE WORKHOUSE CHH.DREX.— The youthful iumgtes of the workhouse on Monday, the lat inst., enjoyed their annual treaf by visiting Llanfairfechan. They were accompanied on the occasion by Mr Fraser, one of the Llanbeblig guardians; Mr Thomas Edwards, carpenter, superintendent of the Workhouse Sunday Seliool Miss Jones, schoolmistress, and Mrs Owen the matron all of whom were most assiduous in at- tending to the welfare of the ehildreil. The Misses Roberts, Rhosdican; Miss Fraser; Mr Morris Roberts, Rhosdican, and Mr W. M. Roberts, do., also gave their kind assistance on the occasion. Having arrived at •Llanfairfechan, the children were regaled at the Queen's Hotel, where every kindness was shewn towards them by Mr and Mrs Harrison, the liberal host and hostess. The children returned home early in the evening, all being highly delighted with their day's outing." COUNTY MAGISTRATES' COURT, SATURDAY. -Before Mr E. G. Powell (in the chair), and Dr Millar. Drunkenness.—John Griffith, Llanddeiuiolen, for, being drunk on the 23rd ult., was filled 15s 6d, including costs; and for committing a similar offence at Talysarn, Josiah Roberts and David Pritchard, quarrymen, were ordered to pay 20s.— Humphrey Jones, labourer, Cwmvglo, for drunken- ness at that place, was fined 2s Gel and costs. A Trumptry Affair.—Mary Parry, Ebenezer, charged William Benjamin Lewis, of the same locality, with assaulting her. Complainant deposed to having purchased a ticket of admission to a benefit lecture from the defendant, who was con- tinually plaguing her for the money. One day last week, he came to her house, and threatened to "openherlikeahehing,"if she did not give him a shilling for the ticket.—The defendant denied having abused the complainant, adding that she threatened to strike him with a poker, and that he had only defended himself.—The bench ordered the defendant to find sureties to keep the peace, and told the complainant to pay for the ticket at once. Master and Servant.—Mr Christopher Holman, Gian'njfon, Waenfawr, summoned William Wil- liams, a farm labourer, for leaving his service without giving notice. The defendant made no appearance. Mr Holman said that on the 13th of June he agreed to take the defendant into his employ for the weekly salary of lis, together with board and lodging. The wages were subsequently increased to 12s per week. On the 6th inst., the defendant applied for some money, and having got intoxicated he went away and did not return at all.—The bench ordered the wages due to the defendant to be forfeited. BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT, MONDAY. —Before the mayor (Mr Pugh). Street Obstruction.—William Evans, carrier, was summoned for allowing his horse and cart to ob- struct the thoroughfare in Crown-street, on the 1st inst. As the defendant called evidence to prove that the horse and cart were removed from the place where he had first located them, he was dismissed with a caution. Drunkenness.—The following persons were fined for drunkenness:—Richard Roberts. 2s 6d and costs William Radford, 2s 6d and costs and John Jones, Bontuewydd, 5s and costs.
KJiYL. VOLUNTEERS' ENCAMPMENT.— In our report of the above encampment, which appeared in our last p issue, we inadvertently omitted the name of Sergeant Harwood, of the 3rd O.R.V., whose in- defatigable services in making the usual battalion arrangements were most assiduous and commend- able. REYNOLD'S ASSEMBLY ROOM.—The children of the Ruthin workhouse were brought to Rhyl 011 Thursday last, and after enjoying themselves thoroughly in the town and on the sands, they all partook of a first-class tea, supplied to them in Reynold's capacious Assembly Room. ST. THOMAS' CHURCH. — Ower 1100 people attended this church on Sunday evening Jast. The Rev LI. Nicholas preached. When we consider the very great numbers attending other English places of worship in this town, we naturally cm- elude that Rhyl must be unusually full of visitors at this time of the season. A PORPOISE was caught at Voryd on Friday morning last. Messrs Hughes, Owens, and Evans, fishermen, while salmon fishing to the westward of The Old Ann, caught a porpoise five feet two inches long, which is still living and may be seen at the Queen's Baths, Queen-street. SAILOR KING.This steamer is advertised to 2ommence running pleasure trips this week, and oil Sauuday she is to sail to Liverpool and back the same day. This announcement will be very welcome to many of the visitors, amongst whom we have often heard the question asked, Where is the little steamer, Annie?" BOWLING MATCH.-—A match will be played upon the R. W. G's splendid Green, on Saturday, 13th inst., commencing at 2 p.m., when three handsome prizes will be competed for by the members of the Rhyl Winter Gardens' Bowling Club. The names of the winners, together with full particulars of this match will appear in our next week's issue. NEW \'ICAR—The Rev Thomas Richardson, M.A., rural dean and vicar of Aberdovey, Towyn, Merionethshire, and brother to the vicar of Corwen, has been offered the living of Rhyl. The rev. gentleman was in town the early part of last week going into the affairs of the church prior to him deciding. The Bishop of St. Asaph being at present in London, nothing can be further settled until his lordship returns. IIAWARDEN.—The communicants of the Rev. S. E. Gladstone's church (son of the ex-premier), numbering about seventy, paid Rhyl a visit on Tuesday last. They attended church at 4.30., when the Revs. J. Thomas and Powell Jones of- ficiated. They all partook of a first class ten in the schools at 5 p.m., supplied by Mr John Smith. They were most enthusiastic in the praise of the good things provided for them by Mr and Mrs Smith, who are becoming quite noted caterers for assemblies of this sort. DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.—On Friday afternoon distribution of prizes to scholars of the National Schools took place. There was a goodly number of gentry present, amongst whom we noticed Mr J. Ohm-ton, Revs W. LI. Nicholas and J. Thomas, and Mr S. Roo.se. The prizes were distributed by Mrs Preston, Miss Jones, and Miss Edwards. J. Bayliss and P. W. Jones taking the master's prize. BIBLE CLASSES.—The members of the Llanger- niew Bible Classes, with the Rev. H. Harris, paid Rhyl a visit on Wednesday. After part (king ef an excellent dinner and tea at Mr John Smith's dining rooms, they visited the Water Gardens. Through the kindness of Mr Dcvine they were ad- mitted at half price. SAILING MATCHES.—On Friday, the 5th inst., a race took place between the H. W. G's fast sail- ing boat Rosetfc, commanded by Captain M. J. Crummie, and the boat Pageant, commanded by Captain R. Bithell; the course was from the Voryd to N. W. Patch Buoy and back to the Pier, first to the shore to be the winner. The Rosette beat the Pageant by half a mile round the buoy, and kept the same lead to end of the pier, lauding on the shore. The first won by four minutes and a half. No bets were made. On the following day (Saturday), a race was run between Mr Foulkes' Sea Nymph, commanded by Capt. Joseph Williams, and Messrs Bramall's yacht, A¡cc, com- manded by Mr John Foulkes, of Rhyl, for one pound. A side course from Voryd to N. W. Patch Buoy and back. The Sea. Nymph took the lead round the buoy and won by a mile and a half. The one pound was paid to Capt. Joseph Wil- liams. HOLYWELL AND RHYL DISTRICT TEACHERS' As- SOCIATION.—The quarterly meeting of this associa- tion was held at the National School, on Friday last, the 5th inst. There was a strong muster of teackers. An address was given by Mr Davies, Rhyl (National School master), on "Teachers, their connection with Government and their duty to themselves. this address was a very instructive one and most suitable for such a gathering, it elicited a very holy discussion which will naturally benefit those who took part in it. After the formal business of the association was gone through the company sat down to refreshments, provided for them by the Misses Burns Lee and Horncastle (National Schools). After tea a miscellaneous programme was gone through, under the presid- ency of Mr S. Roose, who upon this occasion was: truly "The right man in the right place." Addresses were delivered by the worth V chairman and the Rev Dodd, on "Educational matters," and after the usual formalities in returning thanks, &c., the meeting terminated. THE TOWN AND PROMENADE BAND.-This ex- cellent band, under the able leadership of Mr McKenzie, again favoured the visitors to the Winter Gardens, both on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday afternoon, with. some splendid selec- tions of music. To please the many of our readers who had the pleasure of listening to this superior band, we annex a copy of last Monday, afternoon's programme. March. "Battle of Magenta Marie Overture to "Zainpa" Herold Waltz Clannr" Godfrey Quadrille Hit and Miss" Strauss 15 Minutes Interval. Selection. Grand Duchess" Offenbach Trombone Polka Bonlcourt .Trombone—Mr Newman. The Overture to Zampa was rendered in first class style. The grand Selection, "Grand Duchess," which took fully twenty minutes, was a great musical treat which displayed the excellent qualities of this band, showing that every indivi- dual member is a thorough master of his particular instrument. Mr Newman's trombone solo in the Trombone Polka gave general satisfaction. After the various opportunities we have had of listening to this band, we feel justified in complimcntinc the town authorities upon being so fortunate as to secure the services of Mr McKenzie, who supplies the visitors of Rhyl with a superior class of music. The accuracy of this band's performance quite < surpasses anything of the sort we have ever heard in Rhyl before. WESTMINSTER HOTEL.—Tljis new and handsome building, which is situated in a commanding posi- tion on the East Parade, opposite the pier at Rhyl, was opened on the 27th ultimo, the occasion being celebrated by a luncheon, at which the directors of the company and a number of the leading inhabitants of the town and district were present. The hotel has been built by Mr William Wynne. The object of the company having been to erect a building of the very first class, no expose or pains have been spared. From its- fine architectural proportions, not less than from the spacious and luxurious nature of its internal arrangements, it will take rank amongst the best known of modern hotels in different parts of the country. It is furnished with dining hall, public and private drawing rooms, billiards and smoking rooms, and a large number of bedrooms, while the large staff of servants and officials who have been engaged forms a sufficient guarantee that every attention will be paid to the comfort of visitors in the direction of prompt and rapid service. Without disparagement of other hotels in the town, which, having been built a number of years, are necessarily devoid of some of the special features of the new building, it may be said that the Westminster Hotel must at once, both bv reason of its situation and extensive arrangements take the first plaee. At the luncheon on the opening day the Rev Dr G. A. Butterton, J.P.. took the chair, and among-other guests present were Major-General Prince, Mr Peter Browne chief-constable of Flintshire, and Mrs Browne,' Mr Oliver George,, clerk to magistrates and deputy registrar county court, and Mrs George Mr William Wynn, chairman of the company Mr J. P. Jones, solicitor, Denbigh Mr Thomas Evans, J.P Denbigh; Dr A. E. Lloyd and Dr Girclle- stone, Rhyl; Rev W. T. Nichols, senior curate at Rhyl Mr T. II. Sheen, secretary to the company; and other ladies and gentlemen. A toast list was gone through to the general satis- faction of the company assembled. During the luncheon the Rhyl volunteer band was stationed in the vestibule during the afternoon, and per- formed a selection of music. AMUSEMENTS.—It is an old saying that it never rains but it pours," and so this week, the visitors who are often crying out that there are no amuse- ments in Rhyl are now amply supplied. At the Winter Garden's Pavilion an entertainment is given, which we may venture to say has never before been equalled in Wales. To surpass it any- where would be an utter impossibility. At this popular place of aniusement Dunson's exceedingly clever and well-trained troupe of performing dogs, monkeys, and goat, from the Crystal Palace, arc nightly creating roars of laughter they arc truly < the finest specimen of what patiliice, perseverance, 1 and skill, can accomplish we ever witnessed. In addition to this wonderful troupe of animals, Mr i G. B. Harcourt and Miss Kate O'Connor, called ] the L'rotean Ducttists," have made a very uuc- ccssful first appearance here. Without leaving the stage they appear in a variety of characters and costumes, the changes being made with extra- ordinary rapidity, and almost startling complete- ness. Mr Harcourt is first seen in "propria persona;" then in the next instant as an eld man in knee breeches then as rapidly lie changes into an old countrywoman, deploring in song the poor- ness of London milk; then he instantly appears as a maiden lady who is fair, fat, and portly. Mr Harcourt in this character giving in capital falsetto a very good interpretation of Herr Reichardt's Thou art so near, and yet so far." We thought that 3Iiss O'Connor's most successful character was when she appeared as a midshipman, tastefully singing "The Anchor's Weighed;" very speedily she is transformed to an "Irish Colleen," and introduces song and jig with praiseworthy effect; and finally both lady and gentleman are seen as a couple of bouncing belles in full evening costume. The eutertaiimieiii provided by these clever artistes is a very amusing and truly acceptable one. Their combined efforts each nipht this week were provo- cative of very cordial and well-deserved applause. They draw a more numerous audience into the Pavilion of an evening than has been been there yet, acld promise fair to be a pecuniary success.
Three days' grace is generally given to the country before it is called to pronounce on any coup d'dat such as that which fell on it on Monday night. \Ve have not yet sufficiently recovered from our surprise te look at the question in all its bearings, and as yet our feelings are somewhat divided. In so far as it is a warning to Russia that her process of piecemeal appropriation of Turkey is to end we shall probably all approve of it, but in so far as it commits us to anything like a guarantee of the Grand Turk's remaining posses- sions, we must utterly repudiate such a policy. It is fraught with untold perils it carries us along a path, the only end of which must be the Dal- houisie policy in India on a still more extensive scale. Demoralized as all the Mahommedan powers inevitably arc, it implies that we shall have an enormoas territory, ten times as vast as Oude, and four times as great as Mysore to ad- minister. The man who enters on these engage- ments with a light heart, must have something of Ollivier's spirit without Ollivier's excuse, that he had to make the best of a bad business. If you play Batoum, here is Cyprus, ace of trumps and the odd trick so with one wave of the hand our political wliist-player has over- trumped Russia and won the game. We now understand why Sir Austen Layard has been sus- tained in Constantinople, in spite of the murmurs even of moderate Conservatives, and why Tur- key has, with a shrug of resignation, given up province after province in Europe, and we have seemed all through the Congress to keep'up a liol-* low fight for her interests, playing an apparently losing game. Ever since the 4th of June, our grand coup de revanche was all cut and dried. We sat down with much apparent Stoicism to lose point after point; but they may laugh who win. Our master of surprises has made it all plain. We see why an Indian contingent was brought into the Mediterranean, why Turkey in Europe was ap- parently surrendered to its fate, and, in a word, our Indian frontier, pushed on at a stride five thousand miles, till it touches .the Russian frontier at Batoum. What next: The Observer told us on Saturday last that the Duke of Armenia or Prince of Cyprus, or whatever new title the Disraeli of old days is to be known by, is to be met at the Charing-Cross station on his return by a deputation of enthusiastic and grateful Jingoes, who are to present an address and then the street to Whitehall is to be lined by volun- teers, who are to cheer the conquering hero on his return from Berlin. This is, I suppose, the counterblast to the report of a few days previous, according to which an indignation meeting of dis- gusted Conservatives was to be held, under the presidency of Lord Mayor Qwden who were to give the Ministry a little of their mind with regard to the betrayal of British interests in the East. Now all is changed. The cypress is replaced by laurel or, since cypress reminds us too much of the island which we have just annexed, suppose we say Jew at once Both are trees of mourning, the one of British growth the other, as the name implies, a native of Cyprus. The other day I announced that Sir Garnet Wolseley was to take the command of the Bombay arm v, with a view to his ultimate succession to the Couimandership-in-chief in India. That was pre- mature. Other work has been cut out for Sir Garnet, which he will no doubt discharge equally well, and it is of infinitely greater importance. Sir Garnet is to be our Othello (he will excuse the comparison), and fly at twenty four hours' notice, as Othello gdid at the bidding of the Doge or Senate of Venice, to rescue Cyprus, the difference being that Venice is now threatened not by the Turk but the Russian. Comparisons are proverb- ially odious, and even dangerous. Othello set out to rescue Cyprus from the Turk; we send our General to secure the Island to the Turk. The policy of Venice was that of Europe's bulwark against the Ottomite's ours is the reverse. We are the Ottomites' bulwark against the Turk. The complicated anest of Royal Alliances is likely to become still further confused by one or ¡ two important engagements. The Duke of Cum- berland is said to aspi re to the hand of the Princess Beatrice, as though there had not been cousin- marriage enough in the family of Guelph. The Prince Imperial is supposed to be anxious to marry the Princess Thyra of Denmark. Whether the I King, the father, would permit his daughter to marry the mere inheritor ot a legend is another question. With one daughter married to the Heir of England, and another to the Heir of Russia, he of England, and another to the Heir of Russia, he is not likely to give away his youngest child to a Pretender. The Wimbledon Meeting commenced with a cooler atmosphere than is usual. The camp is quite pleasant, which is more than could be said in former years. Martini-Henry rifles are to be used for all ranges this year, Tinders being given up altogether. Woollier's fine statue of Captain Cooke is now set up in the open space between the Athenaeum and the Senior United Service. The site is unob- jectionab e It exactly corresponds with Captain Cooke's position. His life-work was of that mid- way character; it was not purely scientific, nor, on the other hand, entirely naval; but it had a little of both. The colour of the copper bronze is also effective, though it is to be feared it will soon be toned down to that grimy hue which everything in London soon assumes. It is a great pity that the Liberal lawyers should have stood in the way of the passing of the new Criminal Code this session. There is nothing whatever of a party character about this valuable measure; but Sir John Holker has been obliged to announce its abandonment, owing to the intended opposition of Sir Henry James. Tee Attorney- General would have acted wisely in taking one or two of the chief Liberal lawyers in the House into his counsels before introducing the Bill. The ex-Attorney-Generals and ex-Solicitor-Generals naturally wish to have a finger in the pie. The fault of Sir Fitzjames Stephen's measure in the eyes of the Liberals is that it is not sufficiently sweeping. But half a loaf is better than no bread. The proposed Act would leave the Augean stable of Criminal Law, if not absolutely sweet, at least much less offensive than at present. The Marvin prosecution is likely to be abandoned. The Treasury will perhaps be satisfied with having learnt a lesson without punishing the delinquent. It is said that a trial would necessitate inconven- ient disclosures. While, on the one hand, we hear that the hus- bands of the two reigning beauties are complaining jf i.he exhibition of their ,yive: portraits alongside :hose. of Phryne and Lais, on the other, one cannot fail to be struck with the appearance of new por- traits of. one of the lovely creatures. What ar- rangeincnts, let me ask, do the photographers mak* with their sitters'^ Is there any kind of "consideration" attached to the production of the pictures? There are now three beauties" on ex- hibition, and the last the most beautiful, ancient critics say. And there is another to come. It was adroit of the Graphic to reproduce Drawings of the two leading ladies, especially as at least one of' the illustrated journals found it impossible to ob- tain permission from the Stereoscopic Company to copy the popular photograph. Query: Did "the ladies in question accord permission to the Graphic We may, after all, fairly doubt the genuineness of the husband's objections to the multiplication of their wives' photos. Would it not be very easy indeed foi these gentlemen to put a stop "to the practice ? fancy it would.
FLINTSHIRE BORUUGHS ELECTION. Great excitement prevailed in all parts of Flint- shire on Friday, when the polling for the represen- tation of the boroughs of Flint, Rliuddlan, Overton, Caerwys, Caergwrle, St. Asaph, Bagillt, Holywell, Greenfield, and Mold, took place. Business was practically at a standstill, and the streets were thronged by ex ited partisans, young 11 y and old. Vehicles of all kinds were largely em- ployed foi> the conveyance ot voters to the poll, and each one was placarded by mottoes, printed in yellow and green, and blue, setting forth the merits, or the supposed merits, of the respective candidates. In the morning both candidates drove into Flint, and made brief addresses to the crowd from their carriages, aud were loudly cheered by their partisans. In the otter contributory boroughs in the north-westerd part of the county, while great enthusiasm prevailed, there was little approach to disturbance, and the occasional eccen- tricities of drunken men were the only cause of excitement. The county police, under the com- mand of the chief constable, Mr Brown, and the deputy chief constable, Mr Adams, were on duty at the several polling places, supplemented by small contingents from the Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire forces. The returning officer was Mr Alderman Alfred Dyson, and the arrangements in the various boroughs reflected very great credit upon the town clerk of Flint (Mr Henry Taylor). At the close of the poll, the result of which was made known at eleven o'clock, a large number of persons from the outlying districts came into Flint. The state of the noil was as follows -— Mr Roberts (Liberal) 16-36 Mr Pennant (Tory) 1511 Maioritv for Mr Roberts 125 The register of voters has been exhausted in a greater degree than at any previous election. In the Caerwys district 100 polled out of 110, and the remaining one desired to vote by telegraph, being from home. The result was enthusiastically received by the supporters of Mr Roberts. Mr Roberts afterwards thanked his supporters from the Royal Oak. Mr Pennant addressed on Saturday morning the workmen of Messrs. MusprattBrotliers and Huntley, and stated that he would at the first opporrunity fight Mr Roberts for the representation of these Boroughs. No little excitement was caused in Flint on Wednesday last by the town crier, in full uniform, announcing that All persons having any demands or claims against John Roberts, Esq., M.P., were to present them for payment at twelve noon to- day." About noon a large crowd had assembled in front of the Royal Oak—the head quarters of the Liberal P.u-ty—each having his bill in hand. After the one o'clock train had arrived, the crowd. began to believe a hoax had been played upon them by some wag, who doubtless had sent a letter to the town crier announcing that they would be paid. This, was further confirmed by some bills being circulated, stating that the letter received by the town crier was a false communication.
THE CONGRESS, BERLIN, Thursday Night. It was expected when Congress met to-day it had practically concluded its labours, all unex- pected difficulty lias practically at the eleventh hour been raised by Russia, After the protocols of the last sitting had been approved, the report of the sub-committee on the Asiatic frontier was in the main adopted, Russia here, however, put in a claim for BayaziJ. and this the English pleni- potentiaries refused to recognise. It is noteworthy that the neutral powers approved and supported in the report of the committee the frontier which gave most territory to Russia. b A later telegram says the difficulty which has arisen about Russia's pretensions to Bayazid is rather serious. V VIENNA, Thursday.. By the stipulations of the Congress Russia will be allowed to keep one war vessel in the port of Batoum for police service. Other war vessels will be admitted if damaged and needing speedy repairs. ° SE RUN,'Thursday. It is thought the Congress will insert in the treaty itself and in the protocol the clause respect- ing Greece. In this case Turkey, though she has liitlferto refused to respond to the invitation addressed to her by the Congress on this point, will be obliged to take this into immediate serious consideration. A somewhat important al- teration was made to-day in the clause relating to Bosnia. The original draft said Turkey re- serves to have the right of coming to an under- standing with the Austria-Hungarian Govern- ment respecting the occupation and administra- tion of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It now reads that the Austrian Government reserves the right of. coming to an understanding on the details of this measure. Lastly, the Congress definitely settled the question of the straits by purelv and simply maintaining t\\estatus quo ante and impugn- ing all the clauses or tlie Sau Stefano treaty inconsistent therewith. BERLIN, Thursday. Lord Beaconsfield has been too ill during the last few davs to attend the Congress. the arrival of Dr Kicld, JÙ; me licat adviser, who was sutnmo aed from London by Mr Moutagu Corrv, the Earl's condition has much improved. Pro- bably he will be able to attend the parting dinner vt at the Schloss, on Saturday. ° Another correspondent says, for some days Lord Beaconsfield has been suffering from an asthmatic attack. On Monday, the symptoms became- so s-Tious, it was thought advisable to telegraph for his physician, who arrived yesterday," and found him considerably better. The improvement continues, and it is hoped he will be able to attend the sitting of the Congress .to-morrow. This evening, at ten o'clock, lie received a visit from Bisrnar ;k, who remained a full hour. It is very unusually for the Prince to make such long visits and it was feared some grave difficulty had arisen in the work of the Congress but I am assured the visit had a friendly rather than an official cha- racter. ;Jn consequence of opposition, the demolition of the fortifications Of Batoum has not been made obligatory upon Russia, but is only implied in its designation as a commercial port. The remaining particulars of various Assiatic border questions were settled to-day, and the in- stitution of a European Financial Commission re- commended to the Porte. To-morrow, it is anticipated, will see the conclusion of the debate. VIENNA, Thursday. Private advise asserts that in Crete a movement is on foot to ask for An English protectorate over the Island as an Autonomous state, and a petition to that effect was to be handed to Mr Baring. The movement is said to be connived at by the British, Government. I hear the news is not without foundation.