THE LIBERAL SITUATION IN CARNAR- VONSHIRE. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,—It is rather amusing to read the article., and the several letters that have already appeared on the above question. I an very sorry, however, that such an amount ef uncalled for abuse has been introduced. Perhaps some of the aspirants or their friends have not shown a great deal of discretion and good sense in bringing their claims before the public, but I don't see that there is anything objectionable in any man who has abili- ties in bringiag himself forward and making the best possible case for himself, and if by these | means he will attract the sympathy and influence of the voters, he has a perfect right to do so and he is to be congratulated for his courage and ambi- tion in seeking this very high honour, providing it does not split his party. Ail right feeling persons will be sorry at the shafts and darts aimed and intended for our worthy representative for the county. His history, since he has entered Parliament as our representative, is very commendable, and he has discharged his duties most faithfully. His high attainments as a politician are indisputable, being a man of great abilities, having sufficient judgment and discretion, which have raised him to a distinguished position, and to command a good hearing and great influ- ence in the House for whatever subject he takes in hand. Our worthy member is considered an authority in Parliament, and we, people of North Cambria, should feel under great obligations to Mr liathbone for the great services he has rendered to us in Parliament, and with the University College of North Wales, and in every other sphere that it was possible for him to be of service to his con- stituency generally. As far as I have been in- formed. Mr R ithbone has left the question of what part of the county lie will represent entirely at the disposal of the Liberal Committee of the County. 1 believe that this is the proper course for every member to take, and I have every faith that when this question is placed before Mr Jones- Parry in its true import, that he will also imme- diately place himself in the hands of the Associa- tion. I do not think that be has yet sent any statement to that body, or to the newspapers, that Lie will not give up the boroughs, and take up one of the county divisions if caPed upon to do so; therefore, it is too soon to lTticis" or condemn Mr Jones-Parry in the matter and, very likely, when he visits the county boroughs in the middle of the month, he will explain everything satisfac- torily. It will be very important that the man, selected with Mr Rath bone to contest the remaining county seat, must have a strong hold in the affections and confidence of the people, and I do not know of auyone who has the iniluen -e of Mr Jones-Parry. We must ail know that our Con- servative friends have a very strong candidate in Mr Nanney, a gentleman highly respected and admired by all who come in contact with him. He is a man of some abilities, aud is a kind landlord, liberal in charities and donations, and grants his favours without deference to creed or party. The only possible objection to him is that he is a Con- servative, and we will find that, unless we have a very strong candidate for the southern division, a gre it uitny weak-kneed Liberals will vot; for him. I think it is rather to to settl • the matter finally until the Seats L»iil is 'a* and that we in Car- narvonshire are certain of the t.vo county members. I believe the proper course will be then to call meetings of Liberals in the several districts, who should elect representatives to for in three central committees, who should then unite into one meeting to decide upon the chosen representatives for the northern and southern portion of the county as well as boroughs. Mr Rathbone would be a safe candidate in both divisions, and as he has placed himself at the disposal of the assoeiation unre- servedly, let him take the part where the strongest man is necessary and if the association believe Mr Jones-Parry is the next strongest man for the other division, it will be his duty, as a true champion of the Liberal cause, to place himself entirely at their service; and from the previous history of Mr Jones-Party, I have no doubt but that he will co-operate with the Liberal Associa- tion when he finds that it is of such great import- ance. If the county can be settled in this manner, I don't think the boroughs are in such danger, because we have already a vast number of very good probable candidates who have strong local influence mentioned for the spare seat, viz., Messrs Hugh Pugh, W. A. Darbishire, John Roberts, Morgan Lloyd, Q.C., Pughe-Jones, W. J. Parry. Rev. E. Iierber Evans, Mr Morgan Richards, &e It is almost impossible to get a better list for selection. Against whom has Mr Darbishire sinned? Amongst the several correspondents, I don't remember seeing his name mentioned. Every- one will admit that there is not a more staunch and faithful Liberal worker than this gentleman, and he has been a General' of great service during the great campaign of the party for the past ten years. I must say that we are a fickle, thankless lot. I remember a time when we were ready to throw our raiments under his feet, but now, 1 suppose our conduct is equal to those despicable men that originated the idea of crowniny a patriot and a lover of his fellow men with thorns. We. Liberals in the County of Carnarvon, in a great measure, owe our pressnt position to the plucky, pre- serving and judicious tactician—the chairman of the Liberal Association. Let us all unite and bury our mean andjContemptible jealousies, and select the very best and strongest men to represent the Liberal party. I may venture to inform all those who indulge in their abusive vagaries and abomin- able egotism, that they are placing themselves in Ismaelish situations with regard to the Liberals, and will have no chance whatever of winning the intluence and sympathy of the party. OWEN MORRIS ROBERTS. Portmadoc, January 3rd, 1885.
A "MAN OF EDUCATION" ON COM- PULSORY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL. MR O. O. ROBERTS AND THE CARNAR- VON SCHOOL BOARD. Among a number of persons who were sum- moned before the Carnarvon School Board, on Monday, for not sending their children regularly to school, was Mr 0. O. Roberts, Twthill Vaults, au ex-town councillor and a guardian of the poor. Mr Roberts, who persisted in being heard at the hour at which he had been directed to attend, although ordinary business had not been got through, wanted to know what he had been sum- moned before the Board for p The Clerk Because, according to the report of the attendance officer, your children attended the National Schools only 13 out of the 38 times they were open last month. Mr Roberts: But I have taken my children away from there because they were clouted," and came home with black marks cm their backs. I hey are now under private tuition, aad are being taught by a certificated master. Is it right, I ask you, Mr Chairman, that they should be com- pelled to attend school from nine to one, then from two to five, aud then from seven to nine at night? Is that right P They do that before the examination, but when the examination is over the children have to take their chance The Clerk (persuasively): But the chair- man—-— Mr Roberts Now, you be quiet. John. As for this man here, this John Jones, the attendance oliicer, he is only a bag of sawdust, with a boiled turnip for his head. Why should he come after my children when there are 20 or 30 others close to, and he says nothing to them. You may sum- mon me before the magistrates, and if you do I will put that man John Jones in the witness-box, and I will have summonses against Morris and other teachers for thrashing my lad. The School Board is nothing better than a farce and a mockery—nothing at all! The Clerk: But the National Schools are not under the management of this Board. Mr Newton. who is one of the managers, is the proper person to whom to make complaint. Mr Roberts (excitedly): But I can tell you this -that my boy, Owen Owen Roberts, passed in one standard in the name of John Jones, whilst John Jones passed in a lower standard. What do you think of that ? And look here, Mr Chair- man, do you know that there is a girl at the British School who has been so ill-used that her head has had to be shaved, and they can't get her to go near there again ? The Clerk That would be a most unusual occurrence, and the chairman must have known of it had it ever occurred. The Chairman I never heard of such a thing. Mr Roberts: Look here, Mr Chairman, don't let old men talk like young boys. I can prove all I am saying. The Chairman (warmly) Well, Mr Roberts, all I can say is that.I never heard of it. It is a most unusual and unfair thing that you should come here and talk in this way. It is, I repeat, most unfair that these charges should be made in the absence of the teachers. Mr Roberts Then why are they not here— where arc they P The Chairman Had they known these remarks were going to be made, no doubt they would have been present. Mr Roberts ( exitedly): Very well; you sum- mons me before the magistrates and we will see who is in the right. You know very well, Mr Chairman, that I am a man of education myself, and do you think it likely I should not look after the education of my own children? As for this old man (the attendance officer), he is only a sack of sawdust with a boiled turnip for his head. After a few remarks in Welsh, uncomplimen- tary to the Board and its officials, Mr Roberts suddenly took his departure, and the business interrupted by his appearance was then proceeded with. — —:— !urgrr
THE two men, Robert Hughes and Willipm Morris Jones, who were recently find £ 8 and £ L0 respectively at Bangor petty sessions for an alleged attack upon two river watchers in Lord Penrhyn's employment, have been disuiisse 1 from their employment at the Penrhyu Slate quarries, one of them, Robert Hughes, having also received notice to quit his house rented from Lord Penrhyu. Their fellow workman, feeling that the men's punishment is far too severe, are pre- paring a memorial for presentation to Lord Penrhyn, urging his lordship to reinstate the men in their em- ployment at the quarries. Upwards of 1,500 sigua- tures were, on Monday, attached to the petition. FATAL ACCIDENT TO A STATIONM.VSTER.—Mr George Thomas, deputy-coroner for Carnarvonshire, on Mon- day, held all inquest on the body of Robert Weston, statioiunaster at lioman Bridge, on the Llandudno and Festiniog branch of the London and North-western Railway Company. The deceased was descending the steps at Dolwyddeleu Station on Saturday week, when he suddenly lurched over, falling a distance of 18ft. ou to the permanent way. He was removed home under the charge of Dr Jones, but never recovered conscious- ness, and lied on Saturday morning. The deceased, who was well known on the railway, having been a '3 guard for many years, had partly lost the use of his leftside through two strokes and it is supposed that he was attacked with a third whilst descending the steps. A verdict of "Accidental death" was re- turned.
NEW YEAR'S DAY AT CONWAY. Not many years have elapsed since the custom of observing New Year's Day in this town as an in- violable holidav became established, but now it is looked forward to with eagerness by old and voiinu- alike, who appreciate it more and more every succeeding year. The subtle influences of time have gained access here, and one would determine, if he were so inclined, in a short space of time, that they "were to the manner born." Idleness is not per- mitted this day more than others.but a keen interest is taken by all in meetings of different purport held annually, recognized and ranking as institutions. The ordinary avocations of life are allowed a fleeting pause, every one dons his best attire, and, with apparent expectancy, anxiously awaits the consum- mation of his wishes, in the pleasure and moral edification afforded by these gatherings. Inesti- mable benefits are, beyond a doubt, derived from the resources of literature prompted by these local eisteddfodau, more especially because the subjects offered for competition are, invariably, of good intent, calculated to imbue those who essay with hind able motives, elevating tendencies, and to initiate them into the way of thinking for them- selves, and cultivating those mental powers with which their Creator has most liberally endowed them. Productions are, as a rule, plentiful enough, whilst on the other hand prizes are but few but very meritable work is frequently submitted to the test. There is only one radical tault as concerning the ultimate disposal of prize compositions, and that is the bad principle of relegating- them to obscurity in preference to getting them published in one way or another. If the latter plan were adopted, others, besides adjudicators, would gladly avail themselves of the opportunity to peruse the works. Well, after these few remarks, and prior to detailing the day's proceedings, perhaps it is advisable to say a few words respecting the watchnight service, under the auspices of the Wesleyan Methodist denomination, which were held in the Independent Chapa!, owing to the restoration of their own (Tabernacle) chanel. the Rev. D. Richards officiating. The choir sano- a hymn, which was taken up with perfect zest by the assemblage. Oil yn eu gynau gwynion," at the opening of the watch, followed by a short prayer by Rev. D. Richards, who, upon rising, called upon Mr Thomas Mathew Jones, Newborough- terrace, to occupy the chair, and conduct the pro- gramme. Mr Jones lost no time in assuming the office, and after saying a few words appropriate to the occasion, he called upon the children's choir to perform a piece out of Daniel in the Den of Lions," which was very prettily executed. The anthem, "Mawr a Rhyfedd." sung by the choir, was very well done, and itsei-vou z, as a tonic to the drooping spirits of some, and the ennui of others. Miss Bella Jones gave" Deigrvn ar fedd fy mam," and other appreciable songs. Mr John Jones, leader, did justice to Arm, arm, ye brave," from Handel. Duet, from Weber," by Miss Jones, Bryn Corach, and Miss Bella Jones. Duet, out of "Gwasanaeth y Plant," by Messrs John Jones and Llewelyn Evans. At this stage, Mr John Williams, Prospect House, was invited on the platform to speak, and he delivered a weighty admonitory address, relevant to the solemn occa- sion. Cydgan yr Angylion was then performed by the choir, in excellent style. The old year was now ebbing swiftly away, so for the remaining few minutes the Rev. D. Richards resorted to prayer, at the close of which he wished everyone a Happy New Year." By this time, the brass band, under the able leadership of Mr ilenessey Hughes, were parading the streets, playing beautiful selections of music. They have evidently improved much since last we heard them on a similar occasion. To enliven the scene, atnuse themselves, and create general merriment, some three young men utilised their time in dressing themselves in fantastic garbs. One wore the Irishman's costume, equipped with the indispensable shillelagh the second impersonated Jeannettewith her flowing golden hair; and the third spotted a mask, with a banjo. They sped to and fro for some time, followed by the delighted crowd, but settled down to minstrelsy before tiring out, and did not relinquish their pastime until dawn. In the afternoon, a, tea. party was held in the Calvinistic Methodist School-room, for the children. The room was tastefully decorated, and suitable mottoes draped the walls, and everything to promote comfort was judiciously provided. The Suuday Schoel teachers were in attendance, and spared no effort to make the repast in every way enjoyable to the youngsters. A few ladies of the denomination undertook the duty of catering gratuitously, and the manner in which they discharged that function was quite unique. When tea-drinking was over, preparations were made for the grand literary and musical Eisteddfod, held in the evening in that room, commencing at half-past six. The mayor (Mr D. P. Davies) presided. In the absence of Mr W. G. Williams (police inspector), the honour of conductor of the meeting was conferred upon Mr H. Lloyd Griffiths, Stanley-buildings, a young man possessing a clear intellect, and having at his com- mand more than ordinary resource to hold such an onerous position. The accompanists were Mr J. P. Griffith (Ap loan), and Miss E. E. Jones, the Abbey. The first thing on the programme was a pianoforte solo (by Ford), which Miss ft. E. Jones performed in a commendable style. Mr Griffiths now called upon the president to deliver the address of the evening, whereupon Mr Davies arose and was accorded a warm reception. He said he would cou- iine his remarks to the Sunday School movement and its progress, a subject which at all times gave him great pleasure to dwell upon. As the subject opened to his view, he said many things of interest and import which might be of great good to the school in the future, if they ponder over his words. Reverting to this school, he was glad they had made such progress in the course of last year, and hoped they would continue to do so this ensuing vear. He found that there was a most lamentable difficulty in procuring suitable teachers for Sunday Schoo's. If there was not greater care taken in selecting efficient teachers, what would bti expected of the pupils, but corruption. He referred also to the proposed festival intended to be held in this town on June 17th, this year, when endea- vours would be made to induce all sects to amalga- mate in celeGrationoftueSunday school anniversary; and believing that the Old Castle would be well adapted to the requirements of the commemoration he would enter into the needful negotiations to procure it for the occasion. Bushnell in one of uis works (he remarked) makes an allusion to the Era of Impressions," which he was inclined to construe as defining the childhood and youth of mankind; therefore, he would insist on all present to do their utmost towards tiie welfare of the Sun- day school, and to make most of their opportunities for good. The anthem, u Molwcii yr Arglwydd," sung by the choir, was rendered satisfactorily. J. Llewelyn Owen, son of Dr. Llugwy Owen, Neckar- mont, excelled in the translation from Welsh to English, his work being far superior to the other four papers submitted. In the solo siugiag compe- tition for females, only two entered, viz., Miss Jennie Marks of Rhos Hill House, and Miss Annie Wynne of Llansaiitffraid, the former assuming the name of Gladys," and the latter Mair." u Gladys sang-'Onid oes Balm yn Gileid," with studied expression, and "Mair" gave "Yreneth dlawd ain- ddifad," in very good touc, b it failed entirely to distinguish the expressional features of the piece. Alaw Mabon, the adjudicator, awarded the prize to Miss Marks, and at the same time cautioned her against some errors she committed. "Hanes Josua attracted several boys, aud the coinpetion was a keen one. John Joues of Church-street, earriedoff the honour. A very we'eome change was now enjoyed. Miss Harriet Hughes rendered that sublime song, entitled ,¡ The Better Laud." in her usually excellent manner, and the audience were importunate for an encore, but Mr Griffiths pleaded the extensive programme, when order was re- assured. For the better rendering of the quartette "Dychwel Israel," two companies presented them- selves, Mr C. Cynwal Jones and party, and Mr Daniel Thomas and party. The prize was awarded the latter party, composed as fodows :—Mr Daniel Thomas, Miss Marks, Miss Tlio nas, and Mr W. E. Jones. Sonnets to the Eniiiowr." were very numerous. Mr Richard Owen (Ivor), Llewelyn- street, was successful, aud he kindly handed over the money to the treasury of the chapel. The choir sung- "I ti. Arglwydd," bv Owain Alaw, in good form, observing expression, precise in tune, and the voices well Ivi'anc • i throughout. The adjudication on the best List of Christ's names was very inte- 1 resting. About six little girls had competed, three I were very even in merit, whilst the remainder had submitted very inferior work. The three girls of equal merit were each awarded a prize in recogni- tion of their industry. They were known under the following names •• Chwuu* .'dartha." '• Luc." and "Amelia." Mi^s ft. ft. Jones opened the se- cond part, by performing on the pianoforte th it I beautiful selection from Coote" tho SiIv->- Wedding," aided by the bells appliance attached to the wrist, which is so much in vogue in t/ ese days. Several young men came forward to compete f<v the bust renrlering of any solo, bass or tenor. Mr W. E. doncs (Gwilym) sang "The trumpet shall sound," Handel; Mr Rob'rt Jones (\p Iago) saug Arm. arm, ye brave," Handel. Mr Evans (Alaw Mabon) adjudged both these men of equa1 merit, and therefore dividei the honour between them. Only one paper had been received on the essay, Addysg ysprydol (.n pobl yn ei pherthvims a chynydd addysg dymorol em gwlad," and that was highly eugolised by the adjudicator, who felt that he could not withhold the prize, though there was no actual competition, but if it were in his power, lie would not shrink from giving much more, for the work produced was worthy of all praise. Syl- wedydd was then requested to manifest himself, who, upon appearing on the platform, was greeted with loud applause, because he was none other than Mr W. E. Jones, a young man of about 23 years of age, well-known in this locality as an aspirant to literary eminence. Miss Jennie Jones, High-street, rendered At the stile," in an admirable manner. The choir performed Y seren uul, very well, and siu?e no other choir contested for supremacy Alaw Mabon gave them the prize. Mr H. Llovd Griffiths aud Mr W. E. Jones took the prize conjointly for the series of questions on the first chapter of Genesis. Araeth Fvrfyfyr, "Bhvyddyn Newydd Dda" was the subject, or. what constitutes a Happy New Year. Griffith Wynne. Robert Wynne, J. Pritchard, and John Jarret. Williams all spoke as much as possible, but Griffith Wynne and J. Pritchard took the honours. .\lis3 Harriet Hughes and Air C. Cynwal Jones gave O: r 11 i T) • I- r the Singing Lesson," by Harnett, in fine form, eliciting prolonged cheers, and repeated calls of encore, to which they kindly responded. Adjudica- tion was now given on the several papers sent ill treating on the chief essay, Hanes enwogioa Conwy a'r amgylchoedd," for a prize of j65, given bv the mayor. There were four competitors:— M.A., Arthur, Cymro, Un ar frys." C\Tinro's work is by far the lest, only the adjudicators deem it is not in a complete form without the addition of a brief account of the lives of Thomas Davies, D.D.. Cae'rhun Dr. Nicholas Robinson, Gytfin, and Bishop Campbell, Bangor. In the face of these suggestions the mayor requested Cymro" to make his appearance, for the sake of consulting him anent ] this matter, when Mr Thomas Davies. Watkin- street, proce 'd to the platform, and it was iiiaie known that he was the author of repute. Mr D. P. ( Davies (mayor) elicited from Mr Thomas Davies his willingness to supply the deficiency in the essay 1 if he could obtain the uecessary material, and that ( he would do his utmost to gain that end. The mayor banded his cheque to the committee to retain 1 until they should see fit to give it Mr Davies. A 1 vote of thanks was moved by Dr. Owau, and seconded by Rev. D. Williams, to all those who had assisted in decorating the school, helped at tea, to the choir, accompanists and Mr Evans (Alaw Mabon). Mr Hugh Hughes moved, and Inspector 1 Williams seconde I, a vote of thanks to the chairman, ( who responded in a few biief remarks. Also, a ] vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Daniel Thomas, and seconded by Mr C. Cynwal Jones, to the con- i ductor, Mr H. Ll. Griffiths. The meeting terminated i with the National Anthem. The proceeds of the i day realized £25. < (
PENMAENMAWJR. ] LOCAL BOARD.—The usual monthly meeting of ( this Board was held on Tuesday last, when the J followiug members were present:—Mr C. H. 1 Darbishire (in the chair), Dr. Hughes, Messrs W. Smith, John Jones, Hugh Davies, R. Lloyd j Jones. Messrs P. J. Webster (clerk), and B. t Massey (surveyor), were also in attendance. pVater for Gas Works.-A letter was received f from Mr Dempster, in which he said he was writing I to enter into the agreement proposed by the Board, s on condition that the pipes he laid down should remain his property, and that he should be allowed f to treat with any other person who might require water en route. He objected to the clause permit- ting the Board to cut off the water, if the supply became short, as after going to such an expense, he thought he should be placed on the same footing as < other ratepayers.—The Clerk was instructed that i the Board must abide by their conditions, which were drawn up in the interests of the ratepayers. Compensation.-The Clerk was instructed to issue notices to the effect that all persons having claims against the Board for damage in carrying out the drainage scheme were to send them in within 14 days. The Leases.—Dr. Hughes proposed that the new leases of Promenade be executed, and the old lease be surrendered; this was seconded by Mr J. W. Jones, and carried unanimously. Plans. The following plans were passed, cottages in Chapel-street to be built by Mr William Phillips, H houses near the station by Messrs J. and II. Joues. Additions to Alma House and Bryn Melvn. Ghjn Percin Bridge.—A letter from Mr John Thomas, county surveyor, was read, in which he said that he had never received any written com- munication with respect to this bridge. Some time in October he saw the surveyor on the spot, when he told him that so far as he could make out it was not a county bridge. As it was not his practise to leave letters unanswered, be asked that this explana- tion should be read. It was eventually decided to call upon the owners of the adjoining property to repair" the bridge. Car D rivers.—The Surveyor was instructed to give the car drivers notice that they must take out licences within 14 days. New Road.—A letter from Capt. Bugot was received, asking that he might be permitted to close the path running near his house, on condition that he made a new road for the convenience of the public. The Clerk was instructed to reply that if the road was made 18 feet wide, all gates removed, and the work done to the satisfaction of the Board, the Board would not oppose the change, and that they would probably repair the road hereafter. Water Sllpply.-The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Culley, Commissioner of Woods and Forests, respecting the water supply from Foel Lys. Water Be its.—There being a large amount of water rent in arrear, the collector was instructed to take proceedings unless the amount was paid forthwith. The Llanbcris Train.—It was decided to support the memorial of the Llandudno Commissioners, regarding the Llanberis trains. Tenders.—The following tenders had been received for completing the drainage system. Mr T. Bugbird, £ '149 7s Gd; Mr Edward Roberts, £ 163 2s; Mr Richard Williams, fIGS 12s 81- As Mr Bugbird had omitted sover,ti items, it was decided to take the contracts as follows: To Mr Richard Williams, drain near Syphon, in.) 16s; for Hushing tanks, ti los each, and paving round the manholes, 5s each.
FUNERAL OP MR HUGH WILLIAMS.—Ta? funeral of Mr Hugh Williams, late of StantieiJ-ro i i. Liverpool, took place on Monday at Amlwch. The de jeas^d gentleman was widely known and highly esteeme 1 ill W)ISIl circles, and was well known as an extensive b iilder ia Liverpool. Some years ngo he retired to his native tJ IV 11 of Amlwch, the inhabitants testifying to his popularity by closing the shops, and exhibiting other tokens of respect as the large funeral procession of relatives and friends passed through the town.
CARNARVONSHIRE & ANGLESEY INFIRMARY WEEKLY REPORT, AM. ~>Ui, 1885. In-Patients 17 Total number of Out-Pat i.nits admitted since October 25th, 1SS4 121 „ „ during the past week 20 Home Patients 43 Visitors for this we v—diss Williams-Ellis, and Rev. t>a.del Evans. Hon. Physician Dr. Richards. Hon Surgeon „ Dr. Hughes. I 11. Kola^d JoixiiSj House Surgeon •
11 VALLEY. f BOARD OF GLARDIA.NS.—The fortnightly meeting j of the Guariians of the Holyhead L'nion was held :¡t the workhouse, on Tuesday. Presenr: Messrs Richard Williams (chairman), presiding, Owen Parry (vice-chairman), Owen Edwards, Owen Hughes, David Williaws, Robert Gardner, Tiioniaa Owen, Evan Jones, William Jones, William i'rythercli, Edward Owen and James E. Hughes (clerk). Statistical.—The Clerk read reports showing that the number of inmates in the house is 054 as compared with 74 at the corresponding period last year; admitted 4; discharged I tramps relieved, nil. In out door relief there was distributed in Holyhead district to G05 paupers, £ 115 17s 9d Aberffraw to 333 paupers, X60 18s; and in Bodedern to 275 paupers, £ 02 lbs 3d; to non-settled poor, X6 2s 6d treasurer's balance, £1333 19s lid. Improved Condition of the House.—Mr T. Lloyd Murray Browne having recently paid a visit of inspec- tion to the workhouse, the following is a copy of his report:—" I inspected the workhouse, which appeared report:—" I inspected the workhouse, which appeared to be clean and orderly. No complaints were made by any of the inmates. 1 looked carefully at the children and examined the bedding. It seemed in good con- dition, and the children, with one or two exceptions, seemed in good health. The general condition of the workhouse seemed much improved since the present master and matron took office. Bells to communi- cated at night between the different wards and the officers' apartments would be useful. The Visitors' Book Again.—The Chairman called attention to the fact that the lady visitors to the workhouse, instead of replying to the printed ques- tions in the visitors' book, made some remark, at the foot of the page, of an unsatisfactory nature. The clerk was instructed to write a note to be attached to the book, requesting the visitors to comply with the request of the Local Government Board in this matter. Christmas and New Year in the House.—A paper was handed in by the master in which the officers and inmates desired to return their grateful thanks to Mrs aud Miss Gardner, Valley, for the treat 011 Christmas Eve to the children, of crackers, oranges and nuts, and for entertaining them with a number of amusing games; to the Board for their splendid Christmas dinner and treat; and to Miss Adeane, Llanfair, and Mrs Col. Marshall, Towyn Lodge, for the bounteous tea to all, and the valuable presents to ail the children of which they were the recipients on New Year's Day. -It was unanimously resolved that the thanks of the Board be forwarded by letter to each of the generous donors.—Mr Gardner asked permission to be allowed to iuform the Board of a circumstance which lie was sure would give them unmitigated satisfaction. Some mouths ago, a boy. named William Jones, was taken from the house by a gentleman at Meaai Bridge, an ironmonger. Soon after, the boy's eyes got weak, and he was transferred to a fishmonger. Oil Christmas Ere a well-dressed lad presente 1 himself at the workhouse and said he bad come home to spend the Christmas. He was not recognised, but in proclaiming himself to be the lad William Jones, be was gladly welcomed by the master and matron. He has given such satisfaction to his employer that he paid his fare to and from Valley to spend his holidays with his old companions, where he enjoyed himself thoroughly, and then returned to Menai Bridge. All the guardians present expressed their satisfaction at the pleasing incident, and thanked Mr Gardner for making it knowa to them. Lord Stanley on County -The follow- ing letter addressed to the chairman was read to the board :-Pearhos, Holyhead. January 3rd. 1SS5.—Sir,— You are probably aware that from the absence of trees in the county of Anglesey, not only the cattle, but also the grasses, suffer from want of shelter from the sea winds. It is useless to expect that any owners will endeavour to remedy this want and commence planting, when besides foregoing the rent of the land, they would be subject to rates and taxes for that which would bring them no immediate profit. I propose to bring in a bill to exclude the county of Anglesey from the effects, as to plantations, of the Plantation Rating Act. and I hope that in the interest of the county, you will be able to support it. --The loss of rateable value to your uuion would at present only be C60 15s. and for the whole county only £ 1)47.— Much planting would not be done at first, but whatever was done would improve the land, and by increasing the value of farms repay the slight temporary loss of rateable value. Besides the advantage of trees to cattle and crops I might refer to those mentioned iu a leading article in the Times of October 9th last.—Yours faithfully, STANLEY.—Mr Gardner proposed that as the subject was an important one, a copy of his lordship's letter should be supplied to each of the guardians, and that the subject should be discussed at the next meeting of the board. The motion, however, was not seconded, and nothiug further was done in the matter.
CORRESPONDENCE. WHAT DO OUR FAIR TRADE FRIENDS WANT ? To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,-A few weeks ago Lord Dunraven de- manded a Parliamentary inquiry into the uncom- fortable and distressing phenomena of the severe depression in trade, and more particularly of the "widespread agricultural distress existing to a greater or less extent throughout this country. This request of the noble lord was endorsed by no less an authority than the leader of the Upper Chamber, who, on the 8th inst., wrote to a self-constituted convention of trades' delegates assembled in London, as follows :—" I wish ear- nestly that the Government would consent to grant an inquiry into the state of trade. I feel deeply convinced that there is no more important question of national policy at the present time than that of finding the means of providing some remedy or some mitigation of the lament- able depression by which so many branches of our national industry are affected." It is evident from the above that our Conser- vative and Fair Traders, more especially those of them who are directly or indirectly connected with the landed interest of this country, are greatly or at least apparently distressed about this matter, and are, of course, like everybody else, anxious to find out a remedy for the present state of things; and I am sure that if such a remedy could be found the discovery would uni- versally be hailed with delight by all sections and parties of the community. But what shadow of pretext can Lord Salisbury and Co. have for ex- pecting that a Royal Commission or a Parlia- mentary Inquiry could do for people who, with their specialistic knowledge and experience in trade and agriculture, cannot apparently do or hod out for themselves ? The only object gained, if gain it could be called, would be the accumulation of facts, details, and opinions, which could not possibly assist one iota in pro- dding a remedy for the present stagnation—such Remedy not being within such a sphere. The House of Commons can do many useful and im- portant things, but few who have studied to any extent economics will believe in its power to re- lieve the incubus at present resting upon the Rational trade as a whole. However, Lord Salis- bury s earnest wish" for a general inquiry into the state of trade is not so inconsistent as the Proposal put forth by Mr C. S. Read, at the an- nual meeting of the Central Chamber of Agri- culture. and supported by Mr Chaplin and Mr •Jairier Lowther, and endorsed by a majority of the Chamber, for an inquiry. Judging from the past experience of the above gentlemen—Messrs -Ryad and Chaplin—one would have thought that I they had had enough of mere inquiry into the t, state of agriculture. It is only a very few years since they sat in a Royal Commission, which sat for a long period, collected a vast amount of evidence in almost every district throughout Great Britain, and at last issued one of the most ponderous and voluminous Blue Books ever left to moulder and rot among the many other accu- mulations of such literature which are annually produced and. in most cases, forgotten. No doubt, many of your readers recollect how the ate astute Lord Beaconsfield, in order to pacify the landed interest, granted the Duke of Rich- mond's Commission. It, no doubt, for tlie time being, acted like oil on the political life of the squires and their tenants, but whether they are now satisfied with the promised results seems at present very doubtful indeed. We all know how much easier it is to promise than to perform. The Tory party have often through bland pro- mises played the charmer with the farmer. Royal Commissions are comparatively easily granted, but the fruits from such are not always a fair return for expenditure. The country can in the case of commissions, much cry and little wool." We must confess our inability to leeognise much if any, good either to theanri- culturist or the public at large from the Royal Commission of the late Government, which, at th.? It was granted, was hailed with quite an eltusion of applause and gratitude. As a proof of its failure, we have only to turn to the opi- nion of Messrs Chaplin and Read and Co. they are busy demanding the same thing, but in a milder form, which, six years ago, proved fruit- iess. If a Royal Commission was no remedy indf-a-dozen years ago, how can a mere Parlia- mentary Committee be luore effectual now Mr Read and his friends have neither done nor said anything calculated to clear away the mists from this question of depression, or do they assist in arriving at any intelligible answer. True, Mr Read speaks of the necessity for such an inquiry, to show whether the distress is nuíuod or artificial, and whether it was in tho power of the Legislature to assist agriculture. Mr Read evidently wants more than the Duke of Richmond's Commission recommended. We may safely infer from his reference to artificial distress and the suggestion that the Legislation plight find it possible to assist agriculture, that such a Parliamentary Committee as he suggests would Recommend what he and his Fair Trade friends 'i for, viz., a duty on foreign corn. Mr James -lowther, in supporting Mr Read's resolution, made no attempt to conceal his object, while 1\:h Chaplin tried to prove that such a duty would only be just and profitable. Mr Lowther made a plunge into figures and arrived at some wonderful calculations about a duty of five shillings per quarter on corn making only a difference of one farthing per head per week in the cost of bread over the whole population. But you will notice that ho, like most good Conservatives, only looked at °ne side of the ledger. True to himself, he re- members to put doxn jive shillings of an increase to the consumers of' all foreign wheat, but he, "Unfortunately for accuracy's sake, forgets to add a similar increment to all home-grown grain, besides, he does not seem to have entered—if at all-into any calculations as to how the British agriculturist, even with this duty of five shil- lings per quarter, is to compete successfully with his foreign competitor, and particularly with lil44 brother Jonathan. But Mr Chaplin resolved out his fertile fancy a still more startling theory than even his ally, Mr James Lowther. His idea is that if the Legislature were only to assist the farmer to get a high price for his corn the sail farmer would be content to give tradesmen and others higher prises for their goods and services, siud, of course, such a step would lead to univer- sal prosperity and contentment It is, Mr Editor, really very difficult to reason with men who are so infatuated with pet theories—men who are evidently unable or else unwilling to read the past economic history of Great Britain, and even are blind to what is going on in other countries at ths present moment. Will Mr Chaplin and Co. kindly explain how it happened that there was frequent and intense depression and distress in this country when his all round Protection theory" was in full sway? Depression, and a very great deal of it, unfortunately prevails amongst farmers and others at the present time, but no inquiry. Parliamentary or other, is surely necessary to the farmers of this country to prove to them the utter futility there is for them in trying to compete in the production of bread- stuffs with the foreign producer, seeing the area of the British agriculturist is so limited, &c., compared with the extent and character of the soil of his competitor, whose area is increasing -and likely to do so for many years to come. But whether the farmers of this country call better their position by improved methods of cultivation and growing a variety of crops rests entirely with themselves and not the Legislature. What Mr Head and his Fair Trade followers ask is that the farmers should be enabled to carry on their Jndustry profitably through the assistance of the public purse this, and nothing else, is to my mind the real and ultimate meaning of all this Fair Trade agitation—this duty on imported grain. The public, at least those of them who see a little farther than their nose, cannot fail to dis- cern that the back and sinew of the agitation are the landlords and their friends, into whose poc- kets the public assistance would ultimately find its way. But I am convinced that in spite of all the oiie-sided arithmetical calculations of Mr James Lowther, or the eloquent pictures drawn Mr Chaplin, as to the benefits to the British public from. the development of Home Mar- kets," no one can or will persuade the toiling- and intelligent millions of this country to be further taxed in order that farmers may be able to pay, as in too many cases, their landlords high and exorbitant rents.—I remain, yours faithfully, JOHN SMITH KIRK. Grammar and Collegiate School, Carnarvon, December ;31, 1884.
THE ENGLISH CONGREGATIONALISTS AT MOLD. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,—The petulant and vague observations of your truculent correspondent bearing the pseu- donym Eusebius," whose incisive and invaluable production, touching the critique upon the Rev. Thomas Roberts, which appeared in the Celt some two months back, you inserted in your valuable paper, issued the week before last, call for a few explanatory remarks that your readers may have an opportunity to form an opinion of the merits or the demerits of the aforas d 1 critique and pronounce their verdict accordingly. The article which contained the critital remarks referred to by Eusebius" covered two columns of the Celt, and touched on matters both national and local. The following extract translated verbatim et seriatim contains the criticism which has roused the spirit and disturbed the mental placidity of u Fusebius :"—" It is a great pity that uneducated Welsh preachers of one tongue attempt to speak publicly in English as they only cause people to simper and ridicule. We saw some simpering and others putting down their heads when hearing the following enunciations We have had a suris of Bpitses.' Our religions adapted to our sossial wants.' 'Attension.' I beg to congratt ulatt." We have gome good picachers who have taken charge of churches in oar towns that -should not by any means attempt to speak publicly in the English language. In quietness shall be their strength.' They should abstain from revealing their want of knowledge and their English jargon on Saxon platforms. The transitional state of Wales and the exigencies of the times loudly call for bilingual preachers." The candid and honest criticism made by "J. iVl. T. will commend itself to every unbiassed mind; and, I presume, if ''Eusebius" had the courage of his conviction, he would utter the same reproof and opinion. What has the stalwart figure of J. M. T." t ) do witn ,he productions of his prolific pen'! It matters not whether his visage is cadaverous, or his ucck w y, or his gait lofty, or whether his mortal frame is stubby, or slender, or bandy-legged or not, the question is, Are his critical observations true, accurate ar.d equitable ? Peradveuture, Eusebius will not elude conjeo- ture and remark.—-Yours, etc., ARIUS.
THE CHRISTMAS SHOW OF MEAT AT RUTHIN. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,-My attention having been called to your report of the Christmas show held at Ruthin, I begtocoriect certain inaccuracies contained in the same in regard to butchers' meat,' which are as follows You state that Mary Williams and Son's collection was very good. including' a bullock," whereas instead of one bullock they had two bullocks, one of which took the first prize at Wrexham. its weight being one ton and three quarter hundred, and cost £(j4 10s, and the other was bought for L'lO, weighing 17.} hundred weight, in addition to which they had four Scotch withers, nineteen Welsh wethers, one calf, and one porker; you also state that Mr Robert Wil- iiains had four carcases of beef, whereas this is again a mistake, instead of four. as stated by you, In; had only two and you make the observation that it seemed to be the general opinion amongst those who visited the show that the best was that of Mr Thomas Williams, and that there is little doubt had he competed he would have taken tlm first prize. This is a great exaggeration, as it was not the general opinion that the bast collec- tion was that of Mr Thomas Williams, but I will say this, that had he competed, he would have stood a good chance of gaining the first prize with one or two Welsh wethers, but he would have had no chance with anything else. By inserting the above in your next issue, so as not to mislead the general public, you will oblige, yours respectfully, J. H. WILLIAMS. Ruthin, Dec. 31st, 1884.
BEAUMARIS AND ITS SANITATION. To the Editor of the OBSERVER AND EXPRESS. SIR,-As the Beaumaris Town Council have been moved to some extent regarding the drain- age of the town, there is another matter that ought to be looked to, and that is the slaughter houses. There is now a new street, named Margaret-street, where there is a slaughter house which belongs to one of the Councillors. and another in some other part of the town that belongs to another Town Councillor. The re- moval of these was promised many years ago by the late Sir Richard Bulkeiey's father. I would be glad to know who would build houses where such nuisances exist, and I can only say that it is a scandal that an appeal should be made through the Press for doing away with them.- Your obedient servant, HEALTH.
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