COLWYN BAY. Parish Church, L landi-illo.- English Services, 11.0 a.m. Celebration of the Holy Communion at the mid-day service on the 1st Sunday in the month. St. Paul's, Colwyn Bay.-11.0 a.m. and 7.0 p.m- Celebration of the Holy Communion at 8.0 a.m. every Sunday. Celebration at the mid-day service, 2nd Sunday in the month. Service on Wednesday evenings at 7.0. Rev W. Venables- Williams, M.A., Oxon., vicar surrogate. The Rev John Griffiths, M.A., Oxon., and Rev J. H. Astley, M.A., Cantab., curates. Dr. M. Venables- Williams, hon. organist. English Wesley an—St. John's,—The Ave)iue.-Next Sunday morning 11.0, evening 6 30, Rev Dr Richardson. Prayer meeting, morning 10.15. Sunday School, afternoon 2.30. Wednesday evening 7.0., Rev C. F. Richardson, L.L.D. Etigush Presby terian.- Sun day morning, 11.0, even. ing 6.30, Rev. Ellis W. Evans, M.A., Pensarn. Wednesday evening, 7.0. English Congregational.—Morning, 11.0, evening 7.0. Rev Thomas Lloyd, Pastor. Baptist Chapel (English Services).—Morning 11.0 evening, 7.30. Rev. W. Hughes (pastor) Welsh Services morning, 9.45. evening, 6.0. Sunday School: afternoon, 2.0. MR LINEKAR'S LATEST MUSICAL APPOINTMENT. -Mr Linekar, Colwyn Bay, has been appointed one of the three Brass Band Contest adjudicators at the Llandudno Fete on July 30th. Mr Linekar's colleagues are Dr Roland Rogers, Bangor Cathedral Organist and Mr T. Moss, euphonium soloist in M. Riviere's orchestra. COLWYN BAY AS A WINTER RESORT.-The Nursing Record (May 19th, 1892), recommending health-resorts specially suitable for invalids pul- monarily troubled, singles out Colwyn Bay among three other West Coast seaside watering-places (including Llandudno), as being "exceptionally mild during the winter months." The Nursing Record says:—"On the West Coast we have Aberystwith, Barmouth, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, each having their own special advantages, the latter being exceptionally mild during the winter months." THE FORTHCOMING COLWYN BAY EISTEDDFOD. For the forthcoming Colwyn Bay Eisteddfod, compositions, soloists, &c., bearing the following noms deplume have been duly entered:—Cyreniad, Omega, Simon yr oes yma, Eneinniad, Min Conwy. Dyn a gred yn dwyn ei groes, Caswallon, Gwladwr, Casvvallon (2), Unknown, Sylwedydd, loan ap Petr, Nid Darwin, Ap Darwin, Colwyn- ydd, Jonas, Oerffrwd, Owain, Hen Gyfaill, Ywenydd, Adlais enaid o Lys Unig, John Jones, A political student, Ap Mynyddog, Alltud Gwalia, Dyn y lleuad, Trillo, Experior quante me facios, Glan Tegid, Emrys wladgar, Smythaw, Caradog Jones, Ap Gomer, Gomer, Christopher Marlow, Multum in parvo, Pilgrim, Glan Dulyn, J.D., Maldwyn, Mynyddwr, Cymro, J.E.P., Sais, Annie, Bronwen, Carmen, Rhyddallt, Arthur, Bangorfab, Eilian Ogwen, Brython, Hywel, Un Ofnus, Pansy, Irene, Marian, Blodwen, Ludwig, Jennie, J. McEwen, Ap Pitman, Young, Beaumaris Choral Union, Menai Vocal Society, Tudno Choral Society. Cor Llanrug, Cor Undebol Pwllheli, Llandudno Glee Choir, Royal Oakeley Silver Band, R. L. and Party, Gogarth Party, Howel a'i Barti, Engedi Juvenile Choir, The Bay Juvenile Choir, H.P.R., C.D.I.H., T. Ormond. A SUICIDE AT OLD COLWYN. About eight o'clock on Tuesday morning, May 24th, the body of William Roberts (son of Mrs Roberts, Red Lion, Old Colwyn), aged twenty- eight, married, with one child, a girl, was found quite cold and dead, hanging by the neck in a hayloft at his mother's home. The deceased, who was a Colwyn Bay car-driver, had recently been separated from his wife, and it is supposed that this led him to drink and commit suicide. DINGLEWOOD v COLWYN BAY COLLEGE AND TRINITY HOUSE. This match was played at Dinglewood on May 22nd, and resulted in a victory for Dinglewood. DINGLEWOOD 1st innings. 2nd innings. Stanley Wood b Palmour 6 run out 3 R. F. Moore run out 4 not out 7 McLintock b Mr Mee 2 b Mr Grant 7 Stuart Wood c Mee b Pal- mour 42 b Mr Grant 17 Travers c Mee b Pal- mour 35 c and b Grant i Mr McGinley b Mr Grant i Kincaid not out 4 c Griffith b Grant o Battersby b Grant i c Griffith b Grant 2 Ellis b Grant 5 Porritt c Griffith b Grant o R. Moore b Mr Grant o Byes 4 Byes 5 No balls I Total 104 43 BOWLING ANALYSIS Bowlers. Overs. Wkts. Runs. Overs Wkts. Rns. Palmour 9 2 30 4 o 18 Mr Mee [2 2 29 5 0 6 Mr Grant 9 5 41 9 5 12 COLWYN BAY COLLEGE AND TRINITY HOUSE. Mr Astley c Ellis b Travers 4 Mumford c Kincaid b Travers 3 Mr Grant b McLintock 24 Mr Griffith run out 4 Mirrs c Ellis b McLintock 3 Mr Mee b Stuart Wood o Northam b Stuart Wood o Toppin b Travers o Palmour c Ellis b McLintock o Edwards not out 2 Binks b McLintock o Byes 6 Total <2
BOWLING ANALYSIS. Bowlers. Overs. Wickets. Runs. McLintock 10-3 4 13 Travers 11 3 20 Stuart Wood 5 2 13
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ADVERTISING THE DISTRICT. THE COLWYN BAY AND COLWYN TOWN ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION. In the Colwyn Bay Public Hall, on Tuesday evening, May 24th, the Rev W. Venables-Williams, M.A. Oxon., J.P., presided over a public meeting connected with the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Town Advancement Association's formation. The at tendance was sparse, those present being under forty in number. The Chairman said that if that sparse attendance were a representative meeting of the advertising of Colwyn Bay, then he would say Let Colwyn Bay go to the dogs at once." He deprecated the apathy of the Colwyn Bay people. He occupied the-if they would have it,—the anomalous position of being Chairman of the Local Board. As to that he would say that he would never desert the path of duty (applause). He observed the absence that night of many, whom he had thought leading spirits of Colwyn Bay. All should work for the town's prosperity. The more they put their shoulders to the wheel and do their best for Colwyn Bay, the better for all. As to the advis- ability of enlisting Mr Spurrier's services, there was a very old saying that what was everyone's business was nobody's business. It had been said, he knew, that far better they should undertake this matter themselves. Colwyn Bay, he would say, was not in existence twenty years ago. In twenty years, and he had been Vicar nearly twenty-three years, the parish's population had increased from seven hundred to over four thousand, and in the summer season there might be added another four thousand. Rhyl, a much older place, had adopted the plan Colwyn Bay was now asked to adopt. After explaining success- ively what Mr Spurrier could do with revenues of -1-50, £ 100, and ^150, the Chairman proceeded to ask the question, IS COLWYN BAY WORTH ADVERTISING ? They could not read a certain Llandudno paper any week without noticing the Llandudno jealousy of Colwyn Bay. They in Colwyn Bay had advantages that were very far superior to those of Llandudno. He said that without fear of contradiction. Meteorological records demon- strated it. Whilst Colwyn Bay had not the draughts of Llandudno, its mean winter temper- ature was only two degrees below that of Torquay, and it had the advantage of the breezes from the Carnarvonshire hills. The rainfall, moreover, was the lowest in the British Isles. But as advertising these advantages could not be done without the sinews of war, he recommended the scheme to their approval, but his statements were open to correction, and his mind was open to conviction. In answer to questions it was stated that four pounds advertising had been promised as a result of all the work heretofore done. The Chairman said that to formally fill up an existing gap, he would propose that Mr W. J. Spurrier, of Birmingham, be Secretary of the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Advancement Associa- tion. Mr Hignett suggested that the question of the advisahility of the Association's formation be put to the meeting. The Chairman said that Mr Hignett should make a formal proposition. This Mr Hignett did, and was seconded by Mr Aves. Officers were then appointed as follows :— President: Rev W. Venables-Williams, M.A. Oxon., J.P. Vice-Presidents: Mr Thomas Parry, A.C.C., Mr John Porter, C.C., Mr James Wood, Mr John Roberts. Honorary Treasurers: National Bank of Wales. Provisional Committee: Mr J. J. Aves, Mr T. Brackstone, Mr F. A. Dew, Mr P. Hignett, Mr J. O. Jones, Mr R. E. Jones, Dr Price Morris, Mr F. Nunn, Mr J. M. Porter, Mr T. Roberts, Mr J. M. Taylor, Dr M. M. Venables-Williams, Mr Mitchell, Mr Brackstone, Mr Atkinson, Miss Retemeyer, Miss Molesdale. Mr Spurrier announced that Mr R. E. Jones had said he would not be able to act, and that gentle- man's name was accordingly expunged. The Chairman then read the Association's objects, which were in effect the production and exhibition of Colwyn Bay view-posters, the pro- curing extended press-notices of the neighborhood (and as to this Mr Spurrier had put forward that leading newspapers and magazines had granted him "important concessions," and the production and sale of Colwyn Bay guide-books (advertising the town and the Association's members). The Chairman, in declaring the whole subject open to discussion, said that the entrinsic worth of Colwyn Bay's advantages was proved by the fact that Colwyn Bay was now the great centre of schools, both for boys and for girls. Look at Mr Osborn's great boys' school, with eighty boys the Wesleyan girls' school, with fifty pupils and several other schools. Then look at the town as an Oxford Local centre. He (the Chairman) had been one of the guarantors four years ago that the then-to-be-formed Colwyn Bay Oxford Local centre should be a success, but he had never been called upon to contribute a farthing of his guaran- tee. This year there had been seventy-three entries from Colwyn Bay centre. Questions having arisen as to the important concessions as to press-notices," Mr Nunn sug- gested that that part of the Association's objects be struck out, unless evidence as to concessions be produced. Otherwise he must decline to serve upon the Provisional Committee. The Chairman said that, put into plain English, it amounted to a declaration that Mr Nunn would be no party to humbug. It was right that gentle- men should be satisfied on this point. Mr John Roberts suggested that, all money being put into the Bank, the Provisional Commit- tee would have the power to stop financial supplies to Mr Spurrier, unless all covenants were fulfilled. The Chairman asked whether that would be satisfactory to Mr Nunn. Mr Nunn said that he supposed that Mr Spurrier would be prepared to give the Provisional Committee evidence of the reality of these concessions. Mr Spurrier assented, and was then appointed Secretary. The Chairman suggested that Mr Humphreys, until recently resident at Colwyn Bay, the Liver- pool Daily Post representative, than whom he knew no one better qualified, should be put into correspondence with Mr Spurrier. He had found Mr Humphreys in every way, so far as he knew him, thoroughly reliable and deeply interested in Colwyn Bay's welfares. He had been removed to Bangor recently, doubtless for financially improve- ing his position ( people did not usually move without financial inducements), but he had told him (the Chairman) that he (Mr Humphreys) had taken good care that Colwyn Bay should be within his beat. That showed Mr Humphreys's interest in the place. After some desolutory remarks, questions as to appointing a correspondent or assistant-secretary, were left to the Provisional Committee. The Chairman asked for subscriptions, and announced that he would give a guinea. Mr Jeffs said that he would not give towards the guide-book, but he would give two guineas towards view-posters for the railway-stations. Mr John Roberts said that he had never seen a true guide yet, for Colwyn Bay. The Chairman promised to revise any guide- book that might be written, and he would see that there was nothing untrue in it. Other subscriptions were announced :—Mr Hig- nett, Mr Nunn, Mr F. A. Dew, Mr John Roberts, Miss Retemeyer, Miss Robinson (Central Hotel), one guinea each; Mr W. Jones (Surveyor), half-a- guinea Miss Molesdale, one guinea. Mr John Roberts suggested that Mr Spurrier go round to get subscriptions. He hoped that they would get a full-size colored poster, which, he also hoped, would show the Colwyn Bay Subway access to the beach. Replying to questions, Mr Spurrier said that a half-size poster would cost £40, and would take a month to produce. The Railway Company would put up the posters, and it would not be part of Messrs. W. H. Smith's advertising contracts. These postings the Railway Company would not charge for. Mr Spurrier had already communica- ted with Mr Sutton (L. & N.W. Railway), who had informed him that all placards, before being posted, must have the Railway Company's sanction. Mr Spurrier had not yet pbtained the Company's sanction. I On Mr Hignett's motion, it was resolved that the Secretary should be instructed to communicate with the Railway Company, as to what they will put up, and the conditions they will require to be complied with (as to payment and otherwise). Mr John Roberts hoped that the guide-book would not be rushed through, so as to be incorrect. Ha moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman. This, duly seconded, was carried unanimously, and, the Chairman having acknowledged the vote, the meeting terminated.
CONWAY. Parish Church (Sunday Services): 8 0am. Celebration of the Holy Communion. 9.45 a.m. Welsh service. 11.0 a.m. English service. 6.0 p.m Welsh service. St. Agnes 6.0 p.m. English service. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. -(English Services).— Next Sunday: Morning 11.0, Mr G. Bevan, Colwyn Bay evening 6.0, Mr W. H. Thorp, B.A., Colwyn Bay. BUSINESS CHANGE.—Mrs Hughes, proprietress of the old-established Cae Gron (High Street, Conway) grocery business has disposed of the business to Mrs J. A. Jones & Son, Aberconwy Temperance Hotel, Conway, who will carry on the business in future. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY DULY CELEBRATED IN CONWAY. -Tuesday, May 24th, 1892, being the seventy-third anniversary of the birth of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Empress of India, the event was duly celebrated in the ancient and loyal borough of Conway, by the Union Jack being displayed full-mast from the flagstaff of Conway Castle, of which the present constable (in right of the Conway Mayoralty) is Councillor Albert Wood, J.P. DENTAL NOTICE.—Mr. Richard Pedler, Dental Surgeon, of Waterloo House, Llandudno, attends every Friday afternoon at Mrs. Marks's, Rhos Mill House, Conway, where he may be consulted on all cases of Surgical and Mechanical Dentistry. Hours of attendance, 2 till 5. 172- DEGANWY SCHOOL.—We are very pleased to learn that Mr A. M. Gibb, a gentleman visiting at Fern Valley, Penmaenmawr, has been successful at the recent Preliminary Examination of the Incorporated Law Society, and will be articled to a firm of Liverpool solicitors. Out of 154 candi- dates at the various centres, no less than 56 failed to satisfy the examiners. Mr Gibb's private tutor was the Rev R. O. Thomas, of Deganwy School. THE BOROUGH MEMBER'S PROCEEDINGS IN THE GRAND COMMITTEE ON LAW.—In the House of Commons Standing Grand Committee on Law, which is now considering the Clergy Discipline Bill, Mr D. Lloyd George, together with Messrs S. Evans, D. Thomas, and Phillipps, has been carrying amendment-moving to a great length. On Monday, Mr Gladstone attended the Commit- tee, and voted against the proposals of the "Welsh Fourth Party" (as the four honorable members are called), which party seldom in divisions raised the figures supporting their defeated amendment beyond four votes. SERVICES AT THE CONWAY UNION WORKHOUSE. —On Wednesday afternoon, May 18th, Miss Moss and Miss Annie Biggs, both of Coiwyn Bay, visited the Hospital of the Conway Union Work- house, and held services for sick inmates in the wards.—On Thursday evening, May 19th, at a prayer-meeting held in the dining-hall, there were present, as deputations from Conway Welsh congregations, Mr John Griffiths, Congregation- alist Mr Benjamin Evans, Calvinistic Methodist; and Councillor Hugh Hughes, Wesleyan.—On Sunday morning, May 22nd, to a prayer-meeting held in the dining-hall, Conway Welsh congrega- tions sent as deputations to represent them, Mr George Edwards, Wesleyan Mr W. G. Williams (chemist), Calvinistic Methodist and Mr Hugh Hughes, Congregatiotialist.-At half-past ten on Sunday morning, Mr Moulsdale, the Conway Station-master, conducted an English service held in the wards. ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES AT ZION CHAPEL.—The annual distribution of Prize Books for zeal displayed in collecting towards the Lon- don Missionary Ships, together with an Enter- tainment, was held at Zion Congregational Chapel, Conway, on Thursday evening, May 5th. The programme consisted of songs, duets, recit- ations, and part songs, rendered by the following:—Misses M. A. Jones, Pollie Jones, Maggie Jones, Blodwen Owen, and Winnie Jones; Masters John Thomas Jones, and Edward Good- man Jones, Gwilym Vychan and A. R. Lloyd and party, assisted by the Sunday School Juvenile Choir. At the close of the entertainment some thirty valuable books, given gratis by the London Missionary Society, were distributed to child- ren who had collected each 5s and upwards and also about ten other books, purchased to encour- age those who failed to reach the above sum. The following are the recipients, including members of the Sunday Schools of both Zion Chapel and the Junction Chapel :-Zion Chapel Sunday School.—Lizzie Catherine Jones, Polly Jones, Anne J. C. Jones, Sarah Edwards, Winnie Jones, Eunice Griffiths, Hettie Jones, Maggie Jones, Maggie Davies, Sissie Hughes, M. E. Foulkes, Euronwy Owen, Arthur H. Griffith, Richard Penbryn Hughes, Thos. Idwal Hughes, R. O. Edwards, H. J. Wilson Wm. J. Jones, E. Goodman Jones, Hnghie Hughes, Robt. W. Jones, Ivor Owen, R. D. Jones, H. J. Williams, Wm. Jones, Philip Wrench, R. C. Jones. Junction Sunday Schrol.-Florence R. Fuller, Hugh Parry, D. Moses Davies, Robt. T. Jones, Wm. Stone, Wm. A. Roberts, W. P. Williams, J. M. Williams, Robt Pritchard, Edward Pierce, Isaac Jones. The total amount collected was C,8, in sums varying from 11s downwards. The Secretary was Mr Wm. Whalley; the Treasurer, Mr Thomas Hughes. Alderman Griffith Jones, Superinten- dent of the Zion Sunday School, distributed the books, and also acted as Conductor of the Meeting. CONWAY SCHOOL BOARD. The Chairman (Rev Henry Rees, M.A., Vicar of Conway) presided over the adjourned meet- ing of the newly-formed Conway School Board, which was held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, in the Guild Hall, Conway. There were also present, Dr R. Arthur Prichard, C.C.; Mr Wm. Hughes; Mr Hugh Owen, C.C.; and Mr D. J. Evans. At the outset the Chairman, addressing the Board, said, I don't know how about the minutes of the last meeting, but lest none should be taken, I have taken them, and will read them. (The Clerk, pro. tem. was not present, owing to illness). —Having read the minutes, the Chairman asked whether they were as full as necessary, and correct. Mr J. D. Evans said that a resolution moved by him that a Clerk be advertised for, was omitted. The Chairman Oh yes, but I thought it was only necessary to put down the resolutions actually carried,—the work done at the meeting.
THE APPOINTMENT OF CLERK. Dr Prichard I don't think you were able to do any business at that meeting. The Chairman I think Mr Parry gave us wrong advice at that meeting as to the appoint- ment of Clerk, and I should like you to notice Section 35 of the Act, which bears on the point.— The Chairman then read the Section, and added that that he should very much like to have Mr Parry hear it read. It seemed to him that, according to the Act, they could appoint a Clerk. Mr Hugh Owen According to what you have read, we can't do so now.
AMUSEMENT ON THE RAILWAY. On a long or short journey, the time slips away in trying to puzzle out the meaning of the mystic letters on the Lanterns advertising Hudson's Soap. Here is an explanation of some of them M.L.C. Much longer clean. Anything washed with Hudson's Soap is thoroughly w ashed, therefore remains Much Longer Clean. Q.A.S. Quick and Safe. Hudson's Soap is a rapid washer, and will not injure the most delicate fabric. L.N.S. Leaves no smell. A distinct advantage over all other Soaps. Hudson's Leaves No Smell. H.P.H. Home, Sweet Home. The Sweetest Homes are those where Hudson's Soap is in daily use.
THE FIRST CLERK. Mr Hughes: I beg to propose Mr Porter. Mr Owen: I beg to propose Mr Parry. The Chairman: Does anybody second the resolution? Dr Prichard: You know very well Mr Parry won't do the work for £ 3. Mr E.:a,ns: The salary is fixed at £ 15. Dr Priohard: Yes, yes, of course. The Chairman: Anybody second Mr Porter. No Response. The Chairman I don't mind doing it myself then. Messrs Evans and Owen voted for the amend- ment, and the Chairman and Mr Hughes for the resolution. This making a tie the Chairman gave his casting-vote for the resolution, which was therefore carried. THE TREASURER. The Chairman: I am sorry to keep you, but the next thing is whether it is desirable to appoint a Treasurer. I have not been able to gather from the Act what our powers are as to issuing a precept for any money we may require. I have really not been able to ascertain whether we, being what we call "a Skeleton Board," can do anything in this way. I should be in favorj of asking the Education Department's opinion on that point. This suggestion was agreed to, but Mr Evans said that the Board, having been duly elected, had full powers. Dr Prichard: I don't agree with you at all. Mr Evans: Where are we to find the £15 for the Clerk then? Dr Prichard: Ah, that's were you are, you see It comes to a question for the Corporation. They have forced the School Board on us. We may issue a precept, but the Corporation will have to collect it. The matter then dropped. THE QUORUM. The Chairman At the last meeting there were only three members present, but it is part of the first meeting's work to fix upon a quorum. We did not do so at the last meeting. Mr Evans It is laid down in the Act, that it is not necessary. Unless we formally fix a quorum, three will be taken as a quorum. After some conversation on this point, Dr Prichard proposed that there be a quorum. Mr Owen seconded. The Chairman That resolution is carried unanimously.
THE ATTENDANCE OFFICER. The Chairman The next thing is the appoint- ment of an Attendance Officer. We were under the impression, at the last meeting, that we could not appoint one. Dr Prichard We can do so, I suppose? The Chairman: Yes. Dr Prichard Then I have great pleasure in proposing the old Attendance Officer. Mr Hughes seconded. Mr Evans proposed that the matter be adjourn- ed. As to himself, he was of opinion that the School Staff did not take proper steps to promote better attendance in the Schools, and it was therefore rather premature on their part to incur the expense of an Attendance Officer. As far as he could gather, the impression was, on the children's minds, that the Fairs were of more importance than the School. There were nine or ten Fairs held in Conway during the year, and there was not a single Fair held without the School doors being closed, and there was an impression, on the minds of the parents and children, that the Fairs were of more importance than the School. The Chairman: I should like to answer, as a School Manager, that the reason is, that the attendance on Fair days is so low that it would not be advisable to put it on the register. Dr Prichard: Are we bound to appoint an Attendance Officer? Mr Evans No, we are not. The Chairman: Then if we don't, we need not meet here at all. Mr Evans: As a Board we have nothing to do with the School of course, but—until the Mana- gers take steps to impress on the children's minds that it is important to attend School,-it is no use for us to appoint an Attendance Officer. The Chairman I find it rather difficult to answer such a sweeping charge as this. You will find, Mr Evans, that we have a very good Staff, the attendance is good, and the standard of education in the School is good. The fact is,
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Sparks." BY BEN SMITH. MR EDITOR,— In your last issue appeared a Birmingham gentleman's (?) experience in visiting the RENOWNED CONWAY CASTLE, which report, I think, ought to be at once contra- dicted and censured to the utmost. The condition and state of the Castle may favorably bear com- parison with any other in North Wales, and the Corporation of the old town, though so backward they might seem to be, have well-cared for the Castle and the Town-walls as the only means of the future Success of the Borough. Even last week, when a respectable tradesman, who rented one of the towers, had cemented its outside with the object of utilising it as an advertising hoard, they (the Corporation) SPOILED THE GAME and not only have stopped the intent of further cementing the tower and painting prominent let- ters-readable a mile or two off—on it, but I understand that they expect the guilty offender to make the tower just what it was. Bravo it is a shameful thing for antiquities such as these old towers and walls to be so defaced and, by the way, it would be very advisable to keep an open eye on other towers, walls and entrances, that they also are not used for unreasonable purposes; now, when the antiquarian comes he finds the antiquities covered with advertisements of the present and future Who'll take the hint? But about this Birmingham gentleman's visit. He happened to enter the Castle on the most popular holiday of the year, when everyone is allowed an entrance for one penny; naturally enough, crowds of young people take advantage, and visit the Castle, and their innocent play has enraged this would-be gentleman and, consequently, every- thing connected with the Castle is a disgrace," "ruinous," &c.; "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," as an oracle once said. However, the Corporation, very wisely, has let the Castle and Grounds to an ENTERPRISING LESSEE, in the person of Mr Mairs, the Conway Band- master, who has already introduced a gymnasium, &c, and is about to hold, during Whit-week, a series of enjoyable afternoon and evening per- formances. The engagement of renowned artistes has been secured, no expense being spared, and the lessee has also made special arrangements for vocal and instrumental music. Visitors at Colwyn Bay and district would do well to pay a visit to this ancient edifice, the magnificent Castle of Conway, erected by Edward 1. I see, by the prominent placards that are about, that the COLWYN BAY EISTEDDFOD is to be held next Monday, and the expectations for good interesting meetings run high. Several compositions are now in the adjudicators' hands in literature, art, and the musical branches, and a grand treat may be really expected. The specially-engaged vocalists, Madame Dingad Da- vies, Mr Evans-Hughes, and Mr John H. Dew, known in musical circles as "THE WELSH BASSO KING," (from the Manchester and Liverpool Theatres), are widely known as popular singers; whilst the instrumentalists,—Miss Jennie Parry (harpiste), of Liverpool, Herr Loetschert and Mr Brackstone, are in no way unknown in musical circles, whilst Mr Samuel, the musical adjudicator, is one of the foremost musicians of the principality. Without doubt, one of the most interesting ceremonies of the day, especially to English folks, will be THE CHAIRING OF THE BARD, under the experienced conductorship of Waldo and Clwydfardd (these are bardic names). At the introduction of this ceremony, the known and certified bards form the circle around the vacant chair, whilst the adjudicators reads out his adju- dication on the competitors' compositions. The subject is an ode (awdl) on "Simon of Cyrene," and seven bards have competed. Then the win- ner's nom-de-plume is called out, and—in response, —he rises in the audience, and while enthusiasm prevails, the two chief Bards go to him, and, arm in arm, he is led through the aisle to the stage- While he is yet standing the Archdruid (Clwyd- fardd) unsheathes part of the bardic sword above the victorious bard, while the other bards hold the sheath in their hand then the Archdruid loudly inquires, "A OES HEDDWCH?" which means, Doth peace prevail ?" the audience replying "Oes" (yes). The same question having .jdiy ac- to the deceased's widow's wish, but the Reverend gentleman objected, as the Act did not provide for non-parishioners. The parishioners, of course had the right, but non-parishioners acquire what may be termed sentimental claims, and the incumbent stands as the arbiter. This seems very reasonable, for if everyone could be interred in any churchyard, why, Mr Editor, our favourite churchyards would soon be crowded, and new burial ground would have to be provided, the costs of which purchases frequently falls on the parishioners. But on the other hand again, a strict prohibitory law on the point would oft-times work hardship, and so the law provides that except in the case of persons dying within the parish, all burials of non-parishioners are matters of favour and indulgence by the Incumbent." I think that that point of law was the difficulty that was not then understood by Conway Noncon- formists however, that case being buried in the long past, we all hope that the old gentleman, our aged and revered friend, will recover to preside at his duties as energetically and faithfully as ever. The young member for the Carnarvon- shire Boroughs, Mr Lloyd George, M.P., in Parliament last week took a prominent part in connexion with THE FISHERY QUESTION AGAIN. This time he seconded a motion to institute a thorough investigation as to the present condition of Fishing-stations along the Welsh coast, and for providing harbors-of-refuge for fishing-vessels, so as to extend the fishing industry of Wales. While Ireland and Scotland had already been recognised, VVales was wholly ignored This is an absolute shame SIr John Puleston, owing to his attendance at a Church Defence meeting, was absent. Ahem BEN SMITH.
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THE COLLECTION OF RATES. SIR,Yoiir correspondent "Ben Smith," who appears to be peculiarly out of touch with public opinion upon the above subject, gives as one of the chief reasons why the present system of rate collecting should be continued, "That the altera- tion has been moved by an opposition in trade" and thereby insinuates that trade jealousy is the first motive that inspired the resolution I brought before the Board. Ben Smith however is not the originator of this baseless calumny, it was the New Broom added to the Board by the fortunes of the last election, and which by all tradition should have swept clean, who commenced his new vocation by this characteristic piece of dirty work. There is no foundation for this personal and gratitous insult, for I have never regarded the Collector as being in any way in opposition to me. No doubt his business and mine are something akin, but only on a very few lines do we touch, and you may as well say the chemist is in opposi- tion to me because he sells bronchitis-kettles, beeswax, and turpentine, as to say the cabinet- maker and upholsterer is, because he deals in window-poles. The great bulk of our business is as different as chalk and cheese. I cannot, like "Ben Smith," see anything won- derful in the fact, that the action of Public Board and Public men are so closely scrutinized and criticised by the public in t-hese years. It is natural, right, and proper that it should be so, but what I do consider wonderful, is that no one can bring forward any motion for the public benefit, but that his action, however innocent, is im- mediately ascribed to jealousy, selfishness, spite, and other degrading motives. The discussion on this question Was brought forward by a notice, which duly appeared on the agenda, so that every member of the Board knew, as soon as he received the notice for the monthly meeting, that it was coming before them. It was the unanimous opinion of the Finance Committee, that it should be brought forward, and it was finally passed unanimously by the Board. There was not a member of the Board but agreed with the principle of the motion, viz, That the collection of the rates on commission should cease, and that in future the Collector should devote his ■whole time to the service of the Board." I hardly think any sensible ratepayer will require that I should repeat any arguments to show the necessity of the contemplated change. The rapid growth of our town, the increase of our work, the great importance of having officers whose only business shall be to study the interests of the ratepayers, undoubtedly demands that this prin- ciple should be riggidly applied, not only to our Collector, but to each and all of our officials.- Yours, &c, GEO. BEVAN. [" Ben Smith assures us that his inspiration (whether original or otherwise) did not originate from the quarter suggested above.—ED. W.N.]
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The Chairman I quite see your point. You mean that, since no notice has been given, we can't do so. Why not postpone the meeting ? Mr Wm. Hughes proposed that the appoint- ment of a Clerk be proceeded with. Dr Prichard: Is there any reason why we should not proceed to-day ? The Chairman: I suppose we all agree that we ought to have a Clerk ? Mr Owen: Would you fix the salary to-day ? The Chair and Dr Prichard: Yes, I suppose so. The Chairman: I would only mention one thing, that it is very desirable that we should appoint a Clerk to-day, because of a letter which has been handed to me by Mr Parry, and which —later on,—I will read to you. Dr Prichard seconded Mr Wm. Hughes's motion. Mr Evans I proposed at the last meeting that a Clerk should be advertised for. Mr Owen: We can't appoint a Clerk at all till we know of one. Mr Evans: Would not Mr Hughes alter his proposition so as to read that the appointment of a Clerk be proceeded with ? Dr Prichard and Mr Hughes It comes to the same thing. Mr Evans moved, as an amendment, that a Clerk be advertised for, and Mr Owen seconded. -On a division the amendment's mover and seconder voted for it, and the resolution's mover and seconder voted for that. The Chairman It now becomes my duty to give my casting vote, or rather to vote for the resolution. This was done, and the resolution carried. THE CLERK'S SALARY. The Chairman: Now we have to proceed to appoint a Clerk. Dr Prichard: No, to fix the salary. Mr Hughes: I propose that it be -4-15- Mr Owen: It seems to me that there is to be very little work for a Clerk, and £ 15 is too much. I should think £3 would be quite enough. Dr Prichard: There is a lot of work to do. The Chairman (showing a pile of papers): Here is a sample of the work to be done. Mr Owen: There is very little work to do in Conway. Dr Prichard: Then why do we want a School Board ? The Chairman If you had a full Board, you would have to pay a very much larger salary than £ 15. Mr Evans: There can't be very much work. It is simply the work of a School Attendance Com- mittee as you said before. The Chairman: Have you the slightest idea of what the work is, Mr Evans? There was a great deal of work in connexion with the School Attend- ance Committee, I assure you. Dr Prichard: Yes, and Mr Parry frequently complained of it. Mr Evans: Yes, but Mr Parry did it for nothing. Dr Prichard: Yes, because he was the servant of the Corporation, but he complained of the amount of work. Mr Owen: This Board is only a skeleton Board, —(laughter). I think that £3 is quite enough to pay for the work of a skeleton Board,—(laughter). The Chairman: I don't think you can get a man to do it for that money. Mr Evans: I believe you can, if you will adver- tise. There are a great many men in Conway who will do more work than will fall to the Clerk of this Board, for £ 3. The amendment and resolution were then put to the meeting, two votes being cast for each, and the Chairman giving his vote for the original resolution. Mr Evans: I should think Mr Owen's amend- ment should appear on the minutes, so that the ratepayers may see what is going on here. The Chairman: Yes, I think it is very desirable that the ratepayers should see what is going on here. I should like you to fix on a Clerk to-day.
the children don't attend the School when there is anything going on in the Churches. Mr Evans: Is that the case when there is any thing in the Chapels? The Chairman: Yes, I can assure you that is so. Mr Evans: Then how about the singing meet- ing at Llanrwst last week ? The Chairman: Oh, on a trifling occasion like that, we can't go out of our way, you know. Dr Prichard: We are going out of our way. This man is a paid official of the Corporation. The Chairman: No, I think Mr Evans is quite in order in raising this point, but I think he is wrong in sayinh that there is no need of an Attendance Officer. Mr Evans: All the Act says, is that the Board may appoint one. Mr Owen seconded Mr Evan's motion, that the discussion of the matter be adjourned. Dr Prichard: The man gets his pay now, but there is very little to do. Mr Owen: Gets his pay and does nothing! Dr Prichard: It is not his fault. He reports non- attendance, but the Corporation won't back him up with prosecutions. The amendment was then put to the meeting, when two voted for it. For the motion that Robert Edwards be ap- pointed, three voted, Mr Evans holding up his hand, saying that he really had no objection to Robert Edwards. The resolution was therefore carried. Dr Prichard (to Nonconformists): It's very queer! You had fixed on your own man before The Chairman Order, order. Mr Evans I have not heard a name mentioned to be appointed as Attendance Officer, and what Dr Prichard says now is absolutely incorrect. Mr Owen I must protest against what Dr Prichard says. THE ATTENDANCE OFFICER'S SALARY. The Chairman said that the Board had fixed the Clerk's salary, and he supposed that they should fix the Attendance Officer's salary, which used to be -4-5, but it was now -4-6, a proof, he supposed, that he had been doing his work well. Dr Prichard proposed, and Mr Owen seconded, that the salary remain unaltered. This was carried. THE INFANT SCHOOL AT TYWYN. The Chairman said that Mr Parry had sent him a letter from the Education Department, with regard to a School to be opened at Deganway and Tywyn. There was a necessity for a School there, and some persons had moved with a view to opening a School, and, as far as he was informed, they had had the Education Depart- ment's sanction to open the School, and steps had been taken to do so. The School would be opened as an Infant School at Tvwyn, and now, as they were the Local Authority, che Education Depart- ment naturally sent for their opinion, and had asked whether they had any objection to the gchool being placed under the grant. Proceeding, the Chairman (addressing Mr Evans) said You see, Mr Evans, in a matter of this kind we have a certain amount of power we can object or approve of any proposed School. If anybody here objects to the School being opened, please say so. Mr Evans The thing comes rather suddenly. Dr Prichard thought that the matter should be forthwith considered, as the letter the Chairman had read was dated April 6th, and it was then May 25th. Mr Evans The delay is not our fault. After considerable discussion, it was decided that the matter could not be gone into, because the requisite four days notice had not been given to the members, and it was agreed that the matter should be discussed at an adjourned meeting on Tuesday, May 31st, at 2 30. It was also decided that the Board's regular meetings should be held on the last Wednesday in each month, at 2 30, the place of meeting to be a subject for future inquiry.