Mr Stanley Weygnan on the Irish Crisis. PERSONAL VISIT WHIOH « APPALLED" HIM. Mr Stanley Weyman, of Ruthin, the well-known author, has paid a visit to Ireland to study the question on the spot, and the result of his visit is given iu the following grave letter to the Titnes:- Sir,-Moved by an honest desire to know the truth about Ulster, and in particular to learn whether or not the Province is being used as a pawn in the party game-as some øay-I have vifited during the paat fortnight not only Balfast and London- derry, but many places in Connaught and Leinster. I have returned so deeply impressed by the gravity of the situation, and by the responsibility which lies upon all whose eyes are opened to it, that I beg you to grant ma a small space. It was not by the march of volunteers through the streets, it was not by the glimpses I had of meetings for dritt behind closed doors, nor by what I heard of similar preparations, less advanced on the other side, tnat I was impressed. That which moved me, that which appalkd me was the fierce, stubborn, and I believe unconquerable determination of the Ulster Protestants of the working classes in the shipyards, in the factories, and in the streets that they will under no circumstances come under Roman Catholic rule. The movement is not engineered from above it is inspired, it has its force from below; and it is of a strength and quality that astound one, nay, that seem incredible to one versed only in English politics and our lukewarm preferences. The feeling may be called loyalty and be praised, or it may be called bigotry and be blamed, we may egree that it is deplorable. But it remains, and must remain, the one outstanding fact of the situation with which Mr Arquith has to deal. In the opinion of all with whom I talked the embers of religious strife which blazed eo high in the '41, the 89, and the '98 were dying down a few years ago. It needed but another 20 years of peace to extinguish them. The north was doing well, the farmers of the south and west were taking possession of their lands. Into the midst of this Mr Aequith threw his Bill and religious jealousy, mainly on the alarmed, that is, the Protestant side, flamed up anew, and as fiercely as ever. Believe me, sir, the men it inspires catch no heat from Sir Edward Carson. They are scornfully indifferent to the sayings and doings of Parliament. What- ever happens, even if an election, even if a Referendum goes against them, they will not pass under a Government con- trolled by a Roman Catholic majority. They may be crushed for the time, but I the pressure withdrawn they will some day turn upon us in bitter resentment and alienation. Mr Asquith cannot and the people of England do not understand the temper of these man and the peril it impl;es. 11 What will happen ? I asked a priest in Mayo. "Just civil war," he answered. "What will happsn ? I aeked a clergyman in the eame county. Civil war, I fear," he answered. II Will the north fight pit I aeked a famous professor in Dublin, a man of enlightened Home Rule views. I I They will," he replied. On the other hand, What will happen in the south and west," I asked many on both sides, if the Bill fall through ? 11 Juit a oplat. J tering-not much-nothing to speak of— some scattered trouble, but only it it ue) engineered." ) The truth is the farmers care little for the Bill, but not trusting the ballot go with the stream. In the towns and larger villages alone there is eome keennesi3 for the Bill. And if Mr Asquith puts the Bill on the Statute-book ? It can be enforced, if at all, only at the point of the bayonet. It will bring a sword, and not peace, not good wiH, not union to Ireland. For the Govern- ment is up against," in the common phrase, not volunteers and arma and covenants, but the spirit of a people, a spirit warped by religious intolerance, or strengthened by religious zeal, as you choose to look at it, but which for that I reason cannot be bent and cannot be broken by modern methods. That is the bare truth. Instead let Mr Asquith even at this eleventh hour exclude Ulster for a period determined only by its will and on such terms that the north and south of Ireland may eventually take their places in a scheme of Federal Home Rule. For my part I am not in favour of a Referendum, for as there were things which the despotic power of Kings could not do, so there are things which the despotic power of a majority cannot do. I am, Sir, faithfully yours, STANLEY J WEYMAN.
CORWEN. NEW COMPANY.—Under the style of the Corwen Bottling Co., Ltd., a company has jusb been registered with a capital of X400 in o£1 shares, to carry on the business of botblers and manufacturers of and dealers in ale, beer, sboub, porter, mineral waters and other liquids, etc., and to adopt an agreement with F J Griffibhs and J W Plack, trading as the Corwen Bottling Company. The subscribers are F J Griffiths, Chain Bridge Hotel, Berwyn, Llan- gollen, hotel proprietor, and J W Plack, Crown Hotel, Corwen, hotel proprietor, A private oompany The first directors are F J Griffiths and J W Plack. Solioitor; I D Hooion, Egerton-streeb. Wrexham.
WORDS OF WiS DOM, Chances do not exist. Success is doing one's duty. Some men waste time saving string. It is better to suffer an injury than to commit one. The wise man makes more opportunities tQan he finds. Responsibility never ceases, Here or hereaffop. —S. C. HALL. You'll not need Heavy sticks to get sound froiri a good drum. Tools and talents aro nexit to worthless until guided by will. We cannot improve the world faster than we improve ourselves. In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.—RUSKIN. Our ideal is our true self seen in a gla W. L. WATKLNSON. Do not despair, but rather rejoice, when things "come hard." A hobby is a good thing enough, but don't stable it at the office. The man who gets the most out of life is it/hoe' man who puts the most into it. Scan, if you will, the starry sphere, but learn to love the daisy.—J. S. BI.ACK.IE. Until we cease to live for self wo Havo 11 begun to live at all.—J. A. MILLER. Be like the rock against which the waves, trovble vainly beat.-IAnCtTS AIRELICS.
DENBIGH TOWN COUNCIL. The monthly meeting was held yester- day (Thursday), when there were present- the Mayor (Councillor T Lloyd Jonee) Aldermen S Lunt Griffiths, J Morris Davies, H D Hughes, and F B Clough Councillors C Cottom, Robert Lloyd, Dryhurst Roberts, W 0 Jones, R W Lloyd, D E Jenkins, Robert Owen, and R H Roberts (Foxhall) with the Town Clerk (Mr Ed Parry), the Medical Officer of Health (Dr Lloyd), the Surveyor (Mr John Davies), the Inspector (Mr Lae Jones), and the Accountant (Mr Ellis Williams). SATISFACTORY BILL OF HEALTH. The Medical Officer reported that eight deaths and 15 births h%d been registered in the borough during the month, giving a death rate of 13 92, end birth rate of 26 1 per thousand. One case of tuberculaoiis had been registered otherwise the borough was free from any infectious disease. HENLLAN STREET PLAYGROUND. Alderman J Morris Davies, who acted as chairman of the Highway Committee, on the above subject reported that the com- mittee inspected the Henllan-sfereefc play- ground, and it is recommended that a atrip along the lower wall be covered with clay and obippings, and rolled In with the band roller, so as to be suitable for playing marbles or whipping tops. That a set of goal posts be provided for football. That two small swings, one pair of rings on chains, and two see-saws be provided. Mr Robert Lloyd seoended the adoption of the report, which wss carried. RAILWAY STATION. The report was submitted and moved by the Mayor, of tee General Purposes Com- mittee, as to correspondence with Sir Herbert Roberts and the Mold and Denbigh Company as to the loop line and Denbigh Station, and a copy of the statement prepared es to the inadequate accommoda- tion both for passenger and goods traffio at the Station had been forwarded to the General Manager of the Company and the President of the Board of Trade, and had been acknowledged, and attention thereto promised. Mr elough seconded the adoption of the report, which was carried. NOTIFICATION OF BIRTHS. The Mayor proposed the report of the General Parposes Committee, held March 9bh, when the scteme of the County Medi- cal Officer ande,, the Notification of Births wsgt fully considered, under which two curses would serve the boroughs of Denbigh and Ruthin and the rural distriets of St Asaph (Denbigh), Ruthin, and Uwobaled, and the annual cost to Denbigh borough would be £30 18s 6d. The Council, as General Parpcses Committee, approved of the scheme. MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS AND COUNTY COUNCIL. The Mayor presented the report showing that at the General Parposes Committee, correspondence was submitted as to the proposal to provide accommodation for the meetings of the County Authorities in new municipal buildings and suggesting that the Architects should confer as to what alterations and additions can be made in the existing plans so as to carry out what is proposed, end after consideration it was resolved, that the plans of the proposed Market Buildings and Town Hall which are inow before the Local Government Board be not interfered with, but that whatever accommodation is to be provided should be in a separate block of buildings to be erected. f t the rear of the proposed Markets, &o. That the Borough Surveyor confer with the County Architeot as to the accommodation required by the County Authorities, and that their report be con- sidered at a pint conference of repre- sentatives of the Town Council a-d the County Authorities. Mr Clough seoonded the adoption of the report, whioh was carried. The Town Clerk said the County Architect had been over and seen the plans and aleo tho e of the former scheme which bad embraced similar accommodation to that now required. He was going fully into the question and would write the Town Clerk In due course. HOUaING AND TOWN PLANNING. It was reported that the Mayor, Alder. man J Men is Da vies, Councillor D E Jeck ns, and the Sanitary Inspector were appointed delegates to attend the National Housing and Town Planning Conference at Chester. They did soon March 12th and 13h. WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. It was reported that the Council in committee bad considered a form of return required by the Local Government Board a8 to the inspection of houses under the Town Planning Act and the number of new houses required to provide any neces- sary accomodation for the working classes In the borough, and it was resolved That a reply be given in the following terms:- 41 As the houses closed were occupied by the very poor who cannot p&y more than 25 61 per wet k rent, there is probably a scarcity of small cottages in the borough, but with present prices of labour and materials the Town Council cannot under- take the responsibility of erecting the ggme without help." This report wta COW duly passed. HIGHWAY COMMITTEE MATTERS. Alderman lirgbee-moved the report of the above committee, which contained, amongst other business, the surveyor's estimate for the mitintainance of the high- ways and main roads and asking the Finance Committee for Y,1,600 for the ensuing jear. The Railway Company had agreed to the proposed public sanitary oonvience near the Vale-street railway bridge, and the surveyor's estimate for the same was 152, and it was recommended that the same be carried out. The Committee resolved that the light- iog arrangements in V Ale. street near the English Chapel be deferred for the present, and that the Gas Company have permission to place their experimental lamp by Beech Cottage, Valo street, instead ot Penynant, Henllan-street. Mr Morris Davies aeoonded the adoption of the report. Mr R Henry Roberts thought the pro- posed sanitary convenience at Townsend was going to cost too much, and be was not sure that there wss any necessity for it His belief was that these places were only a ccnventence for the lcafers about town. The oae in Vale-street was such, and, al- though it bad been done away with for Mima considerable time now, they had heard no complaints from the- Inhabitants. He moved that the question go back to the Committee for further consideration, es- pecially as sto tie cost, which was too much. Mr Dryhurst Roberts seconded this and said the amount which it was proposed to ppend was far too muah. Could not the o d structure from IVRIG- SPeat be done up and fixed at the (jite imentioned in the lie ?Ort ? The Snrvryor said that was in a deplor- able state and at fie to put up. It was in the Smithfield, and members could tee the bad state it WAS in, Mr W 0 Jones pointed out. that there was a roll necessity for the convenience at that part of the town. but he thought that an expenditure of JE52 was too much for it. The Mayor said the Council had re- ceived a good many complaints in refer- ence to the great nuisance caused by people using the lane between Vale-street and Park-street, which was left in a most Insanitary state, hence the necessity for the structure now mentioned. Mr R W Lloyd called the attention of the Council to the fact that if it wae erected on the proposed site it wouid be a source of great annoyance to the adjoining property owners.. Mr Jenkins, as a resident in the neigh. bourhood, objected to the site selected and cost, and pointed out that it could be far better erected at another point. Eventually it was decided to refer the matter back to the Highway Committee for reconsideration, and that Mr Jenkins, as residing in the neighbourhood, act with the committee on that subject. BROKEN GLASS ON THE RUBBISH TIP. A discussion arose in reference to the disposal of broken glass, &3., on the refuse tips, as referred to in the Highway Committee's report. Mr Dryhurst Roberts said that Mr Lloyd, Tynyreutbyu, whose field the tip was oa, bad complained to him on the matter, and had told him that a dead calf had been taken there. People carried bottles and tins there In the middle of the night, and a stop ought to be put to it. In the course of discussion, it was said that the gate had a lock and chain, but that some people got the key from one of the men in the road department. On the advice of the Sanitary Inspector it was decided to allow nothing to be de- posited at the refuse tips except what was brought there frotu the Corporation de- partments. THE EXPERIMENTAL LAMP. A discussion also arose as to the placing of an experimental lamp by the Gas Company in Vale-street, and on the motion of Mr W 0 Jones an amendmemt to the report was carried, to the tffact that the Gas Company be asked to agree to the lamp being placed rear the English Chapel instead of by Beech House. AT LAST. Ii was reported that at last the final calculations and designs of the concrete work to the Market building had been received and the whole had now been for- warded by the Town Clerk to the Local Government Board. HENLLAN WATER SUPPLY. fa The Mayor presented the General Por. poses Committee's report of the meeting on March 20 ib, at which ten members were present, at which a letter was read from Col Mainwaring that he was going to sell Cefn du farm, and pending the sale could not make any arrangements as to the water. The Town Clerk reported an interview with Mr William Jones as to the pipes on his meadow conveying water from a spring on Plaa Coeh farm to H-itod reservoir, and he mentioned a spring on B?yn Goleu f*rm from which he thought an ample supply of good water could be obtained for the Haf od reservoir. As to the pipes it was agreed that Mr W D W Griffith be communicated with, as they seemed to have been there before the Henllan Water Works, and the Borough Surveyor reported that the guag- ieg at the spring did not warrant the Council going to any expense in the matter. The Surveyor was instructed to submit an estimate to the Council of the cost of making the present filter beds as efficient as possible. Sabiequently these points were discussed. A letter was read fron Mr Griffith, Garn, fully explaining the facts as to the pipes going through Mr Jones' meadow. It was agreed tbat a letter be sent as to Cefn du farm a&king the price of the same, in reply to an inquiry from Col Mainwaring's agent. Also that Mr William Jones be written to as to the right which the Council claimed in the pipes through his meaiow. The Surveyor reported that the coat of oleaning and putting into proper order the filter beds of Henllan water works would be JE37. (This was said to be a half-year's water rate ) Mr Dryhursb Roberts moved that the work be carried out. Mr R W Lloyd seconded, an I remarked that it would be two or three years before anything else could be done. The motion was unanimously oarriei. BROOKHOUSE WATER. The Water Company had written agree- ing to the Council's offer of X40 towards the coat of lajing on the water to Brook- bouse, the Company to carry out the work and to have permission from the Council to do works and supply water outside their statutory area. The Council agreeing to pay a limited snm of X2 28 01 to the costs of the agreement and the stamps. RUTHIN ROAD GAS. It was reported that the Gas Company agreed to extend the gas mains in Ruthin* road as far as Mrs Johnson's new house at Ysguborwen, and the Council would then place two public lamps there instead of the aoeteleyne lamps previously suggested. This was agreed to. FINANCE, &e, COMMITTEE. LOWER RATES. It was reported that at a meeting of the Finance, &a-. Committee, on the 13th of Marob. Present: Councillor Charles Cottom (chairman), The Major, Councillors W 0 Jones and D E Jenkins. The Town Clerk, Borough Accountant, and Borough Sar- veyor in attendance. An apology for non- attendance was received from Councillor Divid Jones. The Borough Accountant submitted hIs monthly report upon the financial position of the borough. It was resolved that the Borough Accountant deliver the King's Rent Book to the Collector so that he may proceed with the collection of the amount due. That the Town Cleik be authorized to threaten proceedings for the recovery of certain monies dae to the Council for materials sold from the Foel Gasyth quarry. An estimate was submitted for a general district rate tor the half-year ending 30bh September next amounting to the sum of 21802 Oa 61. It is recommended that the estimate be adopted, and that a rate of Is 8d in the £ be made for the ensuing half-year, being a reduction of 2 J in the £ on the current half-year's rate. Estimates were also submitted for Borough and Cemetery rates for the year ending 31st March, 1915, the former amounting to 1599 21 3d, and the latter to £.76 16) 9J, for which a rate of Id in the £ will be sufficient. It is recommended that the estimate be adopted. A letter was read from Mr TUCB iaoya, J greengrceer, applying for an additional, stall in the market, and it was reported I that other applications had been received by the Inspector. It was resolved, that notice be given to terminate the tenancy of the stall next to Mr Lloyd's which was now occupied by a non-ratepayer for the sale of clothing, Ac., and that the same be let to Mr L'oyd, and that preference ba given to ratepayers for any vacant atal1ø there may be. LOWEST RATES FOR TWELVE YEARS. Mr Cottom, in moving the adoption of the Finance report, explained that it was propossd to levy a rate of ^s 81 in tfcfi £ eiD £ a redaction of 2d in the 4? OP tho s previous half-year's rate, which was Is 103, so that the Council would be pleased to bear that the distriot rate for the twelve months would amount to only 3s 11 (ap- plause). They would see from the table In the Council year bcok that that was the lowest rate during the ten years there recorded, and beyond that it was the lowest rate for the past twelve years (hear, hear). He wished to say that the Finance Committee did net take any particular oredit to themselves for this state of things excepting to say that they had done their best to pay attict attention to the finances and to keep down ex- perts. I? was right that he should point out that the lownsss of the rate had not been produced by any cheese-paring economy. Every department of the Coun- cil's work had been kept in as effioient a state as ever it had besn, and the Highway Committee had had as muoh as in the past years, and provision was made in the estimate for a similar amount for their purposes. One or two annual paj ment-i of principal and interest had recently dropped io, and, owing to this and to economy and care by both the Fin- ance and Highway Commiltees, they bad found ib possible to reduce the general district rate, to that for the year it would be only 3s 6d in the 9, as compared say with a rate of 5 i in the X some eight and aine years ago, and be thought they had every reaton to con- gratulate themselves. The reduotlon of the rate would be a great satisfaction to the ratepayers, who would have to face the the annual expenditure of principal and interest on the new municipal buildings— that was if ever the authorities above allowed them to start with the work. Although the rate was low, they had in the proposed estimate allowed themselves a margin of a geod wo J king balance and had included several items of extra expenditure which included a sanitary convenience at Townsend, Brookhouse water supply, and the improvements to the footpaths in High- street and Henllan-street. He moved the adoption of the report and estimates. Mr D E Jenkins, in seconding the adoption of the report, said as a new member he was egreeably surprised to find that they were in such a sound-financial position. People had led him to believe that financial affairs of the borough were in a very un- satisfactory condition, but he was very pleased to find it was not so. The figures were carefully gone into in the prepara- tion of the present estimate, and it was desirable that the ratepayers should know what was their real position, which was satisfactory. The report was then adopted, as also a formal resolution adopting the rates as set forth above. CORRESPONDENCE. A request for the loan of certain ancient documents belonging to the Council for an educational exhibition, at Barry, was not ootrplied with. Oiher correspondence was dealt with.
The Loop Line Bodtarl to Trefnant. The Mold and Denbigh Railway Co. Bill came befora a Committes of the House of Lords on Wednesday. The Bill is the sequel to a dispute between the Mold and Denbigh Company and the London and Northwestern Railway Company all to the interpretation of an agreement made in 1868 between the two companies. Before the Railway Commissioners and the Couit of Apptal the Mold and Denbigh Co. lost their case, and they now sought Parliamentary ratification of ¡ the agree- ment. The Bill also provides for the construction of a curve line a mile long, between Bodfari aul Trefaant, at a cost of 918 376, to obviate the necessity for all traffic passing over the Meld line and the Vale of Clwyd, going into and coming out of Denbigh Station. The proposed curve had been twice before confirmed by Parliament, but never carried out either by the Mold and Denbigh CJ. or by the London and Northwestern Rulway Co. This part of the Bill was not objected to by the latter. It was proposed to raise the capital for it by the issue of £ 25,000 A debenture stock. The Committee found the preamble proved, and passed the Bill.
Funeral of Dr. Lloyd Roberts. The funeral of Dr Lloyd Roberts, whose death we recorded last week, took place on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Llan- ddulas Church. The service was taken by the vicar of Abergele (Rev L D Jenbinv). the rector of Llanddulas (Cscon 0 F, Roberts, M.A.), and the Rev J W Thomas, M.A., ourate. The funeral wzs private. In addition to the relatives present a number of personal friends attended the service in Church. The mourners were: Miaa Lloyd Roberts, Miss Roberts (The Rectory, Llanddulas), Mr Foulkes Roberts (Denbigh), and Mr W A Watts (Sb Asaph). The following repre- sentatives of public bodies were. also present: Dr A Eyton Lloyd, Rhyl Dr D L'oyd, Denbigh Dr Henry Lloyd, St Asaph Dr Richardson Jones, Abergele Dr II 0 Hushes, Abergele; Dr R Moreton Priohard, Rhyl Mr G 0 Jones and Mr John Haghei, Prestatyn Mr J D Jones and Mr Wynne Davies, St Asaph (Denbigh) Council Mr John Lothian and Mr Fred Grimsley, St Asaph (Fjint) Council. The following is the list of wreaths:- Rhoda and Ruth. The Misses Roberts, Cheltenham. Miss Jones, Cheltenham, Mr and Mrs 0 H Robsrts, Southport. Col and Mrs Wynne Edwards, Denbigh. Dr H o Hughes. Mr and M¿s W A Watts. Mrs T Oxen Watts. Mr Llew F Heaton. Mr and Nirs S H Harrison and family. Mra and the Misses Clough. Mr John Divies. Mr and Mrs Herbert Hall. Rev and Mrs F Roberts, Shrewsbury. Canon and the MisEea Roberts. Miss Turner. Miss Lizzie Jones. 'A PUBLIC TRIBUTE. At Monday's meeting ot the Prestatyn Urban District Council, the chairman (Mr Caradoo Williams) referred to the ceath of Dr Lloyd Roberta, who until the end of last jear was medical officer of health for the district, and was then relieved of those dotiea to a considerable extent by being appointed consulting officer, owing to his advancing years and the state of his health. Dr Roberts, he said, naa servea ne dis- trlot faithfully for several years, and he moved a vote of condolence with the be- reaved relatives. This was seoonded by Mr J B Llnnell, who reminded his colleagues that he was on the Cocncil when Dr Roberts was appointed medioal officer, and added that he had always held him in great respect. He was very glad that in the evening of his day the Council treated him as handsomely as they did, and he was sure the doctor ap- preciated it very much. Mr W Inglefield, speaking as chairman of the Public Health Committee, said they had lost an efficient, conscientious and fearless cfiisial, and ho was sorry his well- earned retirement had been so brief. The motion was then pasted in silence.
I North Wales Free Church Council Federation. Annual meetings of the North Wales Federation of E-vangeliceil Free Church Councils have been held at Denbigh this week, commencing on Wednesday afternoon with a meeting of the executive at Swan- lane Schoolroom, and at 6.45 p.m. a service in Welsh at Swan-lane Chapel, and at 8 p m. a service in English at the the English Presbyterian Church, Vale- street (preacher, the Rev Thomas Phillips, M.A., Bloomsbury, London). Thursday was folly occupied by various meetings. At 10 a. m., at Swan-lane Chapel, there was held a conference, in English, on I Can the Evangelical Free Churches be brought into cloter union, for the purpose of Co operation? If they ean, how ? The Chairman was the Rev 0 L Roberts, Liverpool (President of the Federation), and the chief speaker the Rev J Puleston Jones, M.A., Pwllbeli, and the opener of the general discussion the Rev D Gwynfryn Jones, Flint. The points re- gretted as retarding Union were too many hymn books, too many ordained ministers of the various seots for the work. The Rev James Charles (Denbigh) de- nounced the denominational jtaloosy whioh led to the appointment of men to public offices on grounds other than merit (hear, hear). The President thought it a fundamental error on the part of that federation when at the outset of its career it insisted upon having a joint Communion service in con- nection with their annual meetings. It was a perfectly wrong step to take, because it placed their Baptists friends under the necessity of saying that they could not join. A resolution in favour of reunion was passed. At the close of this meeting Miss Gee's medals to the oldest Sunday School scholars were awarded as follow. :-MlI Elizabeth James, Waenfelen Farm, Pont- rhydfendigaid (96), having attended SJnda, school for 92 years; Mrs Annie Davis, Talvfont, Cenway (98), with an attendance of 88 years; Mrs Ann Jones. Nantgaredig, (90), with an attendance of 87 years; Mr Evan Evans, Caepll-heulog, Abersach, Carnarvonshire (88), with an attendance of 81 years; Mr Robert Thomas, Tyddyn. llywarob. Llanferres, Anglesey (88), with an attendance of 83 years. Mies Gee personally presented the medalf, together with an interesting report, from which it appeared that there wore no fewer than 47 candidates, who were over 80 years of age. In the afternoon, at Pendref (Wesleyan) Cbapel, a conference in Welsh on "The Evils of Over-lapping" ("Y Niwed a cdeillia o Orliosogi Capelau") was held, when the chairman was the Rev 0 L Roberts the speaker the Rev W 0 Evans, Liverpool; and the opener of the general discussion Rev R J Jones, Twrgwyn, Bangor. The President (Rev 0 L Roberts) delivered his valedictory address in Welsh. It was an exhaustive review of the movement for securing religions equality in Wales. It was of all questions the most important to Wales. They all rejoiced be- cause of the present position of the Disestablishment Bill in Parliament (cheert) and that they felt confident that the mf Alare was quite safe in keeping of the Pl ime Minister, with whom was as- sociated the national hero of Wales, Mr D Lioyd George (cheers). At last, through the operation of Mr McKenna's Bill, DIsestablishment was on the way of becoming an accomplished taoo. before the close cf the present Parlia- mentary session (loud cheers). Churchmen still shrieked and called it the mean little bill,' and some of them hoped that it was not even now too late to prevent its passing into law. i We, however, believe otherwise,' declared the Ptesideat. I We believe that the Government is in earnest (cheers).' Later in the afternoon a meeting of dele- I gates and personal members was held at S nan-lane Chapel to receive the reports of the secretary (Dr D Oliver, Holywell) and thejtreasurer (Mr Hugh Owen, Llandudno Junction); and to elect Officers, Exeoutive Committee, &3., for the ensuing year. A public meeting at Capel Mawr closed the day's proceedings, at which the chair- man was Mr William George, J.P., O.C., Criocieth, and the speakers Principal RI, Bangor University; the Rev J Paleston Jones, M.A., Pwllheli, and others.
'I Denbigh Market. DENBIGH., WEDZ;ESDAY.-Fowlri 59 oa to 69 per couple; ducks, Oa 0d to 0s Od per oouple; eggs, 14 & 14 for le; fresh butter, Is 3d to 18 4d per lb; small tubs, 03 Od per lb beaf, 7d to lid per lb; mutton, 8i to 10l per lb; fat pigs, 5d to 5 per Ib rabbits, Is 8d per couple; English wool, Is to la Id per lb; Welsh wool, lOil to 10d per lb.
NANTGLYN. FUNERAL OF MISS JANE JONES.—The foneral of Miss iiine Jones, whose death we reported laat week, took place on Saturday, at Nantglyn, the Rev J R Davies, rector of Nantglyn, officiating. The chief mourners were :—Mr and. Mrs Isaac Jones, Brynglas Mr and Mrs Henry Jones, Park-street, Denbigh Mr and Mrs David Jones, Bryn) ff ynnon, Denbigh; Mrs Ellen Davies, Hen Efail, Glyn Mrs Henry, Jones, Maohno-place, Denbigh (all near relatives); Mr and Mra Tudor Hughes, Bryngoleu Mr Richard Bibby, Cefn Main; Mr Rice Jones, Denbigh Mr Henry Jones, Cefn, Nantglyn, &o.
WREXHAM HORSE SALES. I Messrs Frank Lloyd and Bons held their great March sale of horses in the North Wales Reposibory, Wrexham, on Wednesday, Thurs- day, and Friday, and neaily 800 animals passed under the hammar. The firsb day's sale was devoted to hunters, harness horse?, cobs and ponies. There were a large number of buyers present), and a very good clearance was effected. One buyer from Brussels Eecured ten useful harness horses at an average of £ 40, and others were shipped to Paris, Frank forb, and Antwerp. The highesb price, 104gs., was given by a Paris buyer for Mr J C Savage's hackney gelding.
COERESPONDENCE., I SERIOUS ROAD OBSTRUCTION AT PWLLGLAS. To the Editor of the FREE PRESS. Park Avenue, Great Crosby, Nr. Liverpool. 25/3/14. Sir,—I was driving the other day from Oorwen to Mold, and paesiog through Pwllglas was nearly upset (9.30 p.m.) by running into a heap of sand. I found both sides of the road oocupied by bricks and other material, leaving sufficient room for one vehicle to pass. Is this sort of tbing allowed by the County Council, as ib is a great danger to the public; no light or any warning given ?—Yours truly, JOB, OWEN,
RUTHIN. COUNTY COURT The next Court at ttuthiu will be held on Tuesday, the 28h day of April. Owing to Easter holidays the last day for entering plaints in and out of the district will be the 9bh day of April.
II Strange Breed of Nonconformists." In the course of his speech yesterday at the Free Church Council's meeting, the President, ReT 0 L Roberts, referred to the recent Nonconformist protesters as that strange breed of Nonconformists who at the same time are world-famous as defenders ot the State connection," and said that in the history of religion in Wales there never was a worse instance of humbug than this so called Noncon- formist petition
I The Government Crisis. Chief Army Generals Resign. Intense excitement has prevailed all week in Parliamentary, politic il, and army circles as the result of the mistaken policy of the War Minister, Col Seely, bicked by a few other Ministers, to endeavour to overawe Ulster by moving troops, arms, stores, and 11 tons of surgical require- ments into Ulster on the plea of the troops, &c., being necessary to protect the Government stores, &c,, in various parts of Ulster. General Gough and scores of officers (including a young Lancer officer con. nected with this district) tendered their resignations rather than take part in what they were told were active operations against the Ulster people, which really meant Civil war. The movement of troops was then suddenly stopped, General Gough and three Colonels were summoned to London, and as a result of the conference with the War Minister and Generals of the Army Council, a guarantee was given to the resigning General and Officers, who were reinstated, that they would not be required to move in active operations on Ulster but only if necessary to help the civil authority to protect life and property and preserve order. These guarantees raised such a storm amongst the Radical and Labour sections of the Government that they revolted and, demanded the War Minister's resignation. Most violent speeches were made, and one Labour member dragged in the King's name most offensively, an incident after- wards denounced by the Prime Minister as most unfair, unjust, and unseemly, as the King all through had acted most scrupul- ously, as a Constitutional Monarch eboulo do. However, in the end the Prime Minister (who, really, had been in the dark as to the actual details carried out by his subordinates) repudiated the guarantees given, and at once utter confusion reigned in the War Office and in Irish Army circles. The War Minister, Col Seely, subse- quently explained that he was responsible for the whole misunderstanding, and that in afterwards giving the guarantees he had added two paragraphs to the document given to General Gough, without the knowledge of the Prime Minister or Cabinet, he not being aware that the docu- ment had been settled and finally passed by the Cabinet in the form it reached him on return from an interview with the King. He at once tendered his resignation in the House to the Premier, causing a dramatic ecsne, but at once, in reply to Mr Balfour, Mr Aequith said that the War Minister's resignation was not accepted. GENERALS FRENCH AND EWART RESIGN. Then, when it was thought ttae crisis was for the time being over, came a further explosion for yesterday afternoon It was announced thst Field Marshal Sir John French, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and Sir J SEwart, Adjutant-General had resigned. These two distinguished officers as members of the Army C luncil signed the guarantee to General Gtougii which the Government have repudiated. In the House of Commons, Mr Lloyd Geoige said that the Premier would make a statement on the subject on the motion for the adjournment of the House. '1 It was, however, afterwards announcea that the Premier's statement in regard to the position of Sir John French and Sir J S Ewart had been postponed until to-day at noon. This was regarded in the lobbies as an indication that the negotiations are in progress, which may possibly obviate extreme steps being taken on the part of these two members of the Army Council. Mr Asquith was then in oonference with the King for an hour on the latest de- velopment of the crisis. A oonference of Generals from various commands was held at the War Offica in the morning. It was rumoured in the lobby of the House of Commons late last night that, as the result of the explanations given by the Prime Minister and the right hon gentleman's interview with the King, Sir J French and Sir J S Ewart had both withdrawn the resignations. But a state- ment by the Prime Minister on the sub- ject was expected in the House at noon to-day. To-Day's Serious Position. Cabinet's Long Sitting. [LATEST TELEGRAM.] We learn by telegram at 12.30 to-day (Friday), that the Premier's statement promised to be made in the House of Com- mons to-day at noon was not made, Mr Aequikh not being present, but presiding over special meeting of the Cabinet. It was announced to the expectant members that the Premier's statement to the House had been postponed until 5 o'clock this afternoon. The Cabinet have had a prolonged meeting, and the Central News," tele- graphing at 12.30, says The Cabinet is still sitting." [Any further information received will ap- pear in our Dexb Edition. -Editor.]'
STOP PRESS. (SrEciAL TELEGRAM.) GRAND NATIONAL. Run this afternoon. 1 SUNLOCH. 2 TRIANON III. 3 LUTTEUR III. (20 ran). I
ST ASAPH. LOVE FINDS THE CLUJ," OR page 1 commences feh's week a aplendidiy written new serial, published by special arrangement, entitled "Love Finds the Clue," by Ben Bolt, author of A Bride from the West," A Modern Deiilab," & EDUCATION RATE. Mr T W Hcghee, Flint, was re-eleoted chairman, and Mr A J Roney vice-ohairman, of the Flintshire Education Commibtee on Wednesday. The estimate for the ensiling year were presented, and a rate of lid for elpg mantary education and l £ d for higher ana intermediate eduoation will be required. PAhISH MEETING. The annual parish meeting for levying the lighting rate was held on Monday evening. Mr Wynne Davies (chairman of the Parish Coun- cil) presided. The fact that four ouly of the parishioners put in an appearance indicated the little interest taken in the matter. The precept for ESO was made and pasiied.
0 Literary and Debating Society. This Society wound up its winter session on Monday, and bad securti the services of Mr George Porter, Denbigh, to deliver his illustrated lecture on The North of Anglesey." The meeting was open to the general public, and a very good audielee esiembled at the Church Hnuse. The chairman was the Rev J Fisher, B.D., rector of Cefn, who, in his introductory remarks, explained the origin of Mon,' the Welsh name of the island, and the Norse origin of the Ergli-h name Anglesey. Mr Porter took his audience on the wings of fancy to the Gate of Anglesey — the Menai Bridge-and his listeners were soon crossing cfnturies to wa'ch Edward I planning 6nd building castles to overawe the conquered Welsh, and the screen displayed the massive gateway of Beaumaris Castle. Then the lecturer, with the Fid of excellent elides and vivid descriptive language, strongly refuted the oft repeated opinion that Anglesey is an uninteresting, dreary and treeless tract of country. T-rue it is that it is wind-swept, but the wind is essential to an ancient industry—the grinding of corn in the many windmiils dotted over the landscape—some of them, alas, now falling into ruin. The wreck of the good ship Royal Charter in October, 1859, was described with sympathetic notes and tales of hardship and bravery. Point Lynas lighthouse was depicted standing on a rocky height and warning the many vessels that pass out yonder along the ocean highway to and from Liverpool of the dangerous character of this tosst. Brilliant chapters in the history of Eng- land were recalled as were traced the origin of the Tudor Sovereigns, who were descended from Owen Tudor of Pny- mynydd, a stalwart and handsome young Welshman of the court of Henry V, who married that Monarch's widow, Catherine of Fraece. And then Welsh and English literature received its meed of attention as the lecturer Ecanned the works of Goronwy Owen, the famous Welsh poet and a native of Anglesey, and the pilgrim- age of George Borrow, to the birthplace of Goronwy, which is so graphically described in Borrrow's I Wild Wales.' The foutern vrua o^ iiwuiiy managed by Mr Price, Dyserth. The usual votes of thanks to the Lecturer and Chairman closed a very successful meeting.
THE CAMPAGJNA. 'A" guide book declares that the hills ami the plain of the Campagna present attrac- tions of tli« highest order," but somehow fails to make us realise what they are. Here are » few passages from Mr. Hutton s Rome (Methuen): Rome possesses nothing half so lovely, half eo precious, half so venerable, as the Campagna in which she lies like a ship in the nndtft ot the sea, now just visible over the billows, now lost, altogether in that vast solitude of which, for the most part, she is oblivious. My happiest hours during all my sojourns in Rome have been spent in the Campagna at all hours of the day, at every season of the year. As the sea is the seciet of England, ro the Campagna. is the secret of Rome; it haunts the city, and the majesty and largeness of its silence are the springs of its immortality. Nor may you long escape it, for all the great ways lead to it at last, and it suxges against every gate. Though it were without history or renown, and man had given it no name, this unbroken wilderness would yet hold us by reason of the splendour of its form, its vastness and hiience, the breadth of its undu- lations, the transparency of its light, the heauty of its colour, the nobility of the mountains that contain it. But seeing that it is tho cradle ot our history, and that its name is Latium, to look upon it rouses within us much the samo emotion as that with which, after long abscnce, wo look upon our homo. Nothing that man has dared to do or to think, no sorrow he has suf- fered nor passion he has endured or conquered, his profoundest desires, his most tenacious hate, his most splendid domination, his most niarw- lous love, nothing that i his is a, stranger there. Of all those forces it is a monument the grandest and the most terrible, the mouument of nian e, vast grgycvard,