CONWAY. Parish Church (Sunday Services): 8.0 a m. Celebration of the Holy Communion. 9 45 a.m. Welsh service. 11.0 a.m. English service. 6.0 p.in Welsh service. St. Agnes 6.0 p.m. English service. IV esleyan Methodist Cltal)el. -(English Services).— Next Sunday: Morning 11.0, Mr J. J. Cookson, Colwyn Bay; evening 6.0, Rev J. M. Thompson, Colwyn Buy. A GOOD PLACE FOR BOOTS.-For the best and cheapest of all classes of Boots and Shoes go to Joseph Jones, Berry Street, Conway. Best Shop for repairing. adv. 109— 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. 1-7 THE CONWAY CHURCH BAND OF HOPE.—At a meeting of the Conway Church Band of Hope, held, at the Infant School, on Tuesday evening, January 2nd, an address was given by the Vicar (Rev. J. P. Lewis, M.A.), who announced that meetings would be held weekly (on Tuesday evenings), and that the parents would be invited to attend the Band of Hope entertainments to be held once a month. "SIX WEEKS IN THE WORLD'S FAIR."—WE are glad to see that Professor Le Neve Foster, Ph.D., Her Majesty's Inspector of Mines, has kindly consented to lecture on the above inter- esting subject on Thursday, January nth, at the Boys' School. The lecture will be illustrated, by Mr J. R. Furness, with limelight views. The proceeds will be in aid of the Schools. CHRISTMASTIDE GIFTS.-At the Gyffin C.M. Chapel, on Sunday, December 25th, and also on Sunday, December 31st, 1893, a large number of books were distributed among the members of the Sunday School, the volumes having been kindly sent (according to her annual custom of some years standing) by Mrs Thomas, of Liverr pool (late of Bryntirion, Gyffin). On the last Sunday mentioned, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mrs Thomas, the vote also expressing the School's condolence with Mrs Thomas in her late serious trials-the loss of a son and daughter, within a very short time of one another.—The younger portion of the Sunday School, on New Year's Day journeyed to partake of the tea-party at Carmel Chapel, Conway. THE YULETIDE FESTIVAL AT GYFFIN PARISH CHURCH. On Sunday, December 31st, the annual Yule- tide Festival-Service was celebrated at Gyffin, the lapse of time serves only to imbue the quaint custom (as it may seem to some) of carol-singing with perennial features of delight to those who give heed to the secret of whispers (or shall it be said, "silent voices" ?) of this blessed season. And at the little Parish Church of Gyffin, where this custom is firmly rooted, the pleasant faces and earnest expressions of the choristers, add a zest to the service, spreading, as it were, a feel- ing of good-will and fellowship throughout the congregation. Though the sact:ed edifice was not decorated, as in former years, with ever- greens, yet it wore a brighter aspect upon the whole, from the fact that certain renovation has been effected, lending thereby a something akin to newness to the interior of the building. Long before the time at which the service was announced to begin, an expectant audience had taken their seats, all of which may be said to have been fairly occupied prior to the ringing of the five-minutes bell. Late-comers were thus driven to the unwelcome expedient of having to stand (whether content or no !), and of that ex- pedient who is that, from sad experience, is not cognisant of its discomforts The Rector-the Rev T. R. Ellis, M.A. (C.D.), -officiated throughout, taking, as a matter of course, the ordinary Evening Service, which was arranged as hereinafter mentioned. As a Pro- cessional Hymn No. 508 (Welsh Hymn Book) was sung to the tune "Adestes Fideles." The Psalms were those for the last day of the monlh, chanted to Nos. 424and 377 from "Joule"; and also from the Anglican Chant Book, Nos. 23 and 122. The "Magnificat was sung to the beautiful chant 414 (Joule); "Nunc Dimittis" was attuned to 196 (Anglican Chant Book). After the third Collect the Rector gave out the words of the anthem, "Clywch lu'r Nef yn seinio'n un," which was ren- dered faultlessly by the Choir, whose members should be congratulaled on their marked progress whilst under the tuition of Mr Moses Parry. The Rector having then proceeded to Evensong, an- nounced that a series of nine carols would be sung by certain Choristers, the following being the order in which the carols were given Deffrowch Gristionogion Y boreu hwn trwy bura' hedd"; "Behold a stranger at the door"; "Seren y Dwyrain Fe ganodd Angylion Mae achos llawenhau "Wele'n wir ddirgel- wch gwiw lan"; "Tan nodded Duw'r Nef "Pa beth ydyw canu melusber."—In all the foregoing, which is no short list, the several members acquitted themselves most admirably, whilst the refrain (requisite in a few) was well taken up by the Choir. This aptitude is not the result of a feeble training, but bears upon it the stanp of honest work and unremitting devotion. Mr Moses Parry has (as it were) loaned his gif4 and that, coupled with that assiduity so essental to success, is now bearing fruit abundantly.—A service of considerable interest was brouglt to a close by the singing of Recessional No 325, to the tune Lousanne." THE CARNARVONSHIRE GOLF CLUB. On New Year's Day, the Carnarvonshire Golf Club held their annual competition and dinner for the caddies. At the competition, which took place, on Conway Morfa, under the superin- tendence of the Hon. Sec. (Mr G. H. Healy) and the Protessional (Mr J. Hughes), the following were the prize-winners, prizes, and returns, the two prizes (given by Mr H. B. Southwell) for scratch play, going to the first two named, the next four being handicap prizes given by the Vice-President (Mr Albert Wood, J.P.), and the remainder being handicap prizes given by the Hon. Sec.:— Prize. Gross. Handicap. Net. Owen Jones 20S. 119 scratch II9 J. M. Rowlands lOS. 131 3 128 Robert Wrench 18s. 130 3 127 W. Jones lOS. 149.. II 138 Harry Simmons 7s. 149 9 14° David Jones 5s. 151 .10 141 Robert C. Jones 2S. 147 4 r43 R. O. Jones 2S. 144 scratch. 144 J. R. Jones 2S. 161 14 147 Hugh Jones 2S., 195 18 177 George H. Evans 2S. 208.. 18 190 John Mairs 2S. 217.. 20 TCJ7 Subsequently, an excellent dinner was given, at the Club-House, by the Vice-President and Councillor C. J. Wallace, M.A. In addition to the competitors the following caddies sat down to the dinner, which was provided by Mr and Mrs J. Hughes :—Llewelyn Parry, Peter Jones, Peter Wrench, Thomas Jones, John Craven, Owen Ellis, David Hughes, Louis H. Roberts.
THE MONTHLY MEDAL COMPETITION. On Tuesday, January 2nd. the usual monthly medal competition was held on the Morfa, and Canon Rees, M.A., was the successful player, with a net score ot 94.
Correspondence. [In no case are we responsible for the opinions expressed in this column.] To the Editor.
THE CASE OF GREENFIELD ROAD. SIR,-Tlie case of Greenfield Road has unfor- tunately not been concluded, but the majority of those members who were present at the adjourned meeting of the Board on the 19th ult., have decided to postpone any action against Mr Wood until such time as plans are deposited with the Board for building operations which may not be for years, and may be forever. My amendment that proceedings be taken, was moved in no spirit of personal hostility to Mr Wood, but Counsel's opinion seemed to me to be so decidedly in favour of the contention that an encroachment had taken place, and that we were already too late to take any proceedings under the Bye-laws that I could not conscientiously with my idea ot duty to the ratepayers, agree to a policy of unlimited delay, when their rights are at stake, and likely to be lost. I am not concerned whether Mr Wood's offence (if any) is a continuing one. It matters not; since we are told that our Bye-laws do not apply, and that the real issue of the case is one of fact. The fact is that the portion of the road upon which the offending wall is built, has been dedicated to (and used by) the public for many years, and there is not the slightest difficulty in getting a hundred witnesses to prove it. This being so, I think it a thousand pities for the sake of Greenfield Road, for the sake of consistency in carrying out our duties in-future, that the Board shrank from bringing this case to an issue, in one of the ways suggested" by Counsel. The Board could have proceeded with a light heart, without troubling about costs, for without doubt the defendant would have had to pay them. But the Board have, from the time this matter was brought before us, shirked coming to a decision upon it.they dare not drop it, tor fear of the ratepayers; they won't go on with it, because the offender is not a small builder or struggling tradesman, and is a fellow-member so, headed by Mr John Roberts, and closely followed by other braves, they sneaked away under cover of a dilatory motion which that gentleman had the happy knack of finding tor them. The conduct of the Board, can be explained if our Chairman (supported by Mr Wood) can be relied upon, by the fact that we are in our infancy, but my humble opinion is that Colwyn Bay has cut her eye-teeth some time ago, and I would warn these dilatory gentlemen who put-off and neglect their plain duty that her -,visdom-teeth will soon be through. G. BEVAN.
THE "SUMMER FLOWERS IN MID- WINTER." DEAR SIR,I read a paragraph in The South Wales Echo, of the 30th inst, under the heading of Summer Flowers in Mid-Winter," stating that primroses and other flowers (whose appearance are somewhat unusual at this time of the year) have been gathered from the open garden. Will you kindly accept that I have, myself, picked primroses at Penarth in the open grounds (not in a garden) over a fortnight ago, and I remarked to a friend at the time that I thought it very unusual, and he told me that he had gathered several bunches from his garden a month previously. I have also been informed that primroses and daisies have made their appearance in large numbers at Barry. I have not (that I am aware of) noticed such a variety as mentioned in the paragraph, but the Laurestina have been in blossom here in very large quantities for some time and the berries of the Arbutus are nearly half-ripe. Another incident which I consider worthy of note is. that I have a brood of chickens hatched out amongst the bushes on Christmas Eve, and these at present are doing well and quite strong. --I beg to remain, Sir, yours most respectfully, Penarth Hotel, JAMES WEBLEY. Penarth, South Wales, 31,t December, 1893. [Our readers may advantageously note that at Barry and Penarth (far-famed though they are for geniality of winter climate, and much to the southward of Colwyn Bay) the summer flowers are not found in such variety as at Tan y Bryn, Colwyn Bay.—ED. W. LV.]
THE COLWYN BAY COLLECTION OF RATES QUESTION. SIR, —In your last issue you have a report showing the success attending the rate-collecting at Llandudno. This, Sir, is easy to understand because at Llandudno all ratepayers who have not paid by a certain date, are proceeded against. Here. we have the notorious batch-system, which enables our Local Board to proceed first (for the recovery of rates) against the working man, the artisan, or the small shopkeeper, and to leave for the last batch the man of means and influence, and, after the last batch, the defaulting meiiibci-s of the Local Board. It is this unjust system that I protest against, this giving credit to one man and refusing it to another. I also pro- test against the expense of engaging a solicitor, (at the public expense, of course), to prosecute a few ratepayers, month after month. If the case of the Board is good and clear, where does the neces- sity arise for a Solicitor? Is there any hope that our Board will ever begin to be impartial in their dealings, "to be just and fear not,"—or will ever be mindful of the truism that "Righteousness needs no Law"? At the last Board meeting there seemed to be a tone of penitence in their discus- sions over their irregular proceedings. But I am sceptical as to whether it was a "^odly sorrow." It must be left for time to prove this. Yours anxiously, Idsall House, j. BLUD. Colwyn Bay.
OLD COLWYN. Parish Church, Colwyn.—English Services, 11.0 a.m and 7.0 p.m. Sunday School, 2.15 p.m. Celebra- tion of the Holy Communion, 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month. Service on Wednesdays at 7.0 p.m., and on Saints' Days and Festivals at 11.0 a.m. Rev John Griffiths, M.A., Vicar. Rev D. Stephens, B.A., Curate. English Baptist Chapel, Old Colwyn.—Sunday Ser- vices, Morning 11.0, Evening 6.30. Sunday School, 2.30 p.m. Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 7.0 p.m. Pastor, Rev. J. B. Brasted,
Football (Association). "S CONWAY ATHLETIC COLWYN BAY.—This match was played, at Conway, before a large number of spectators, on Saturday, December 30th, 1893. When the two teams came on the ground, it was seen that the Bayites were the heavier. Parry having lost the toss, the Bay captain (E. Browning) decided to kick down, the home eleven defending the shore goal. The President of the Athletic (Councillor C. J. Wallace) kicked-off. The ball was taken down by the visitors' right, but Rea cleared grandly. The ball was kept in mid-field for some time, but the home left got hold, and went down towards the road goal hands were given against one of the visiting forwards, and, after some scrimmaging, the visiting custodian cleared. The home eleven were certainly getting the best of the play, and the game was hotly contested. Both goals were visited in succession, but the custodians were all there, and saved brilliantly. Just before half- time, Davies (the home custodian) was beaten by a shot which scraped the bar, Colwyn Bay thus scoring the first goal. Resuming, Conway broke away, and took the ball down, but the visiting backs kicked the ball out of play. After a while, Herbert Jones and Allan broke away, and Jones crossed to the left-forward (who shot), but the visiting right-back put his foot in the way, and spoiled the shot. The home team were not to be denied, and kept the ball in the visitors' half, some good work being done by Herbert Jones. Jones got hold of the ball, and raced down the field. passed the half-backs and the full-backs, and shot in, Conway thus drawing equal. Great cheering took place at this. From the kick-off, Colwyn Bay rushed away, but were well kept in check by Parry (right-full) and Rea (left-full). The visiting forwards and halves played rather roughly in the second half, and the referee gave fouls against them. Herbert Jones made some grand runs down the field, and completely out- witted the visiting backs. Some give-and-take play took place, and the home custodian was defeated by trying to kick what appeared to be an easy shot. Colwyn Bay thus gained the upper hand. Conway went at it with a will, and played a hard game, Mason (in the centre) being characterised for the dash with which he played. The visiting custodian was kept busy at work by the home forwards. Herbert Jones got hold of the ball about half-way, and raced down, and crossed to Mason, who put it through, Conway equalising amidst the greatest excitement. The visitors went away with a will, but the defence of the home backs was invulnerable, and the whistle blew without anythingfurther having been scored, the game being thus a draw of two goals each. The following represented Conway :-Goal, W. ret)i O. Davies; full-backs, 1. LI. Parry and J. S. Rea; half-backs, O. Williams, Hughes, and B. Moulsdale forwards, W. H. Jones, Leo. Allan, J. W. Mason, S. Allan, and B. Jones.—Next Saturday, January 6th, Conway will have as visitors the Bangor Reserves. Kick-off at the usual time (2.30 p.m. prompt).
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Was anything said about respectability before then?—I was going to say that he produced some envelopes from them, and opened cne letter, which I did not read. The envelopes were from Peek, Frean, & Co. Did he satisfy you that he was a representative of Peek, Frean, & Co, by what he produced ?- He did. And then did you give a blank cheque ?—Yes. Did you mark it Newport ?-No, sir. Mr George What did you give him ?—This cheqe (the cheque already produced). Mr Wallis Davies Is it your custom to give blank cheques to people who call for them ?-It is not unless they prove themselves to be respectable people. Are you able to swear to the very cheque ?— Yes. How ?-By the number. When did you find it out ?—It correspond; with the number of the cheque I issued on the counterfoil. Have you issued a cheque, or more than one cheque, out of the Bank, since this date, to anybody el-,e ?-Not that I am aware of. You are in service there, are you not ?—Yes. And you examined the counterfoil cheque-book? —Yes. How many cheques have you found missing since that date ?-I can't tell. Are there any other cheques missing ?-- Certainly. How many ? Mr Lloyd Just refer to what you have in your pocket, Mr Thomas. The witness here produced a list of figures which he handed to Mr Davies. Mr Davies: Why did you not bring the counter- foil ?-I did net know that it was required. Did not your solicitor tell you that it was required ? Mr Alun Lloyd He has no solicitor. [Laugh- ter.] Mr Davies (to the Witness): Have you no idea how many cheques are missing?—I have no idea; I can tell you that there are not a thousand missing. There was one taken on the 39th and 21 st. Was that between the 19th and 21St?- Yes. There were three cheques taken from the counterfoil, The Chairman That (referring to the cheque produced) being one of them ? Mr Davies That being one of them. The Witness Yes. Mr Davies So you say. Can you give me the number of either of the other two cheques?—They were immediately before and after; they ran 1\ consecutively. Bearing in mind that there were three cheques issued in two days, I want to ask you whether you are prepared to swear that this is the cheque you gave to the prisoner?—Will you let me look at it again ? Yes, that is the cheque. Can you tell me how you arrived at that ?— Because it corresponds with the number on the counterfoil. Is that the only reason ?—Yes. Did you take a note at the time the cheque was issued of the number ? Where is it ?-On the counterfoil. Did you put the name on the counterfoil to whom it was given ?—Yes. What name is on the counterfoil ?—Evans. By Mr George I put that name on the counter- foil the same day. Mr Davies: Is it your invariable practice to put on the counterfoil the name of the person to whom the cheque is issued, there and then?—Yes. And you say that you put the prisoner's name down that day ?—Yes. You say that another person came earlier in the day ?-I could not say. But you did say so.—Oh, yes. Did you know who that man was ?—He was a servant at the Castle Hotel. Ruthin. Did you know him ?- Yes. Intimately ? The Chairman: I don't think that this has any- thing to do with the case. Mr Davies: I will conduct my case, sir, if you will allow me- The Chairman: You are wasting our time. Mr Davies (to the witness): When the prisoner came into the Bank, did he say anything about a friend ?-I can't remember. Can you tax your memory ?—I have not the slightest recollection of it. Mr Lloyd (to the Justices's Clerk): Will you put that down please, Mr George? It shows what my friend's instructions are. Mr Davies (to the witness): Did you ask what the cheque was for ?-No. Can you tell me the names of the persons to whom the other cheques were issued ?-I don't remember. When were you first told about this cheque being returned ?--On the 3rd November. May I ask how you discovered that ?-It was presented through the clearing at our Bank at Ruthin. But "Kuthin" is struck out, you know ?—The Ruthin at the top was the only one struck out, I suppose. I don't suppose anything, you know. The Witness (to Mr George) The cheque was dishonoured on the 3rd November. It was presented at Ruthin. Mr George By whom ?—Through our London agents and dishonoured. Why?—Because the drawer had no account. The Chairman Did it come from your Newport Branch to you?—No. Mr George What, is the name of the drawer ? W. S. Wright. Mr Davies What did you do with the cheque after that?—We returned it to the North and South Wales Bank, Colwyn Bay. Just look at that cheque again do you find "Newport written above, and Ruthin struck out ?—Yes. Did it occur to you to send that cheque to the Newport Branch ?-No. That does not show that it was drawn at Newport It is simply the address, but there need not be any address at the top at all. And you had noticed the name Newport above Ruthin struck out ?—Yes. By Mr George The words "No account were written, by me, on the top of the cheque, on the 3rd November. Mr Wallis Davies Did you make any inquiries at the Newport Branch ?-We sent a telegram, asking whether they could pay a cheque drawn' by W. S. Wright ? Have you made any inquiry as to a person named Wright having an account at your Bank at Newport or elsewhere ?-No, we merely asked whether they could pay the cheque. Mr Lloyd With regard to the absence of the counterfoil, I think that you only returned from your holidays on the 28th of this month ?— I returned on Tuesday last. And it is your balancing-time, and it was only by the aid of subpcena that you came to-day ?— Yes. You know nothing of a man named W. S. Wright ?—Nothing. Mr Wallis Davies No, and he has made no inquiries. The Witness No. Mr Lloyd Is there a W. S. Wright having an account at Ruthin ? The Witness There is not. Ernald Somerset Birkett, residing at 4 Richmond Terrace, Bassaleg, near Newport, was the next witness, and, questioned by Mr Lloyd, said that he was the senior cashier at the London and Provincial Bank at Newport. Have you a Branch of your Bank at Newport, Shropshire ?—No. Will you kindly look at the cheque now pro- duced ? Has that cheque been presented to your Newport Branch for payment ?-Yes. On what date ?—6th November, this year. With what result ?—Dishonoured. Had you a customer of the name W. S. Wright at your Newport Branch ?-No. Can you go as far back as the 22nd October, and say that there was no customer of that name then ?-There was not; nor has there been one since. How long have you been an officer in the Newport Bank ?—Nineteen years. Do you recollect within that period having a customer of that name?—No there never has been such a man to my knowledge. Mr Wallis Davies As a customer ? The Witness As a customer or otherwise. You say that you come from Newport, Mon- mouthshire ?—Yes. There are other Newports?—Yes, several. Where did you get that cheque from ?—Through our London agents. I suppose that the cheque would be sent from the Ruthin Branch back to the North and South, and then to London, and then to you ?—That is so. There is nothing on that cheque to show that it is Newport, Mon. ?—No. Mr Davies No ? The Witness Except that we have no other Branch. Mr Davies Never mind except. Mr Alun Lloyd Oh yes, but we do mind except. (To the witness) Except what? The witness We have no other Branch. Mr Davies There is nothing on that cheque to show that it is the Newport Branch in Mon- mouthshire ?—No. So that it is quite possible, if a person got one of your cheques, to make use of it for any of the Branches ?—Oh yes if he got hold of one. Is the endorsement on that cheque yours ?- There is no endorsement. So, as far as you are concerned, you put no endorsement on the cheque ?-No. Where did you send that cheque to ?--To the North and South Bank at Colwyn Bay returned it on the 6th. But there was no intimation to the North and South Wales Bank that there was "no account" at Newport, Man ?-Oh yes. On the cheque?—Yes, on the cheque, and on the letter returnimg it. Show it me on the cheque. [The cheque was here handed to the witness.]. The Witness I believe that the words no account" were written at Newport. Mr Davies The other clerk said that it was written at Ruthin.—I won't swear. Well, who is right? Mr Lloyd How on earth can he swear which is right or wrong ? The Witness To the best of my knowledge, it is our clerk's writing. Therefore the Ruthin clerk is wrong in saying that it is his writing ?-In that case. Mr Lloyd (to Mr George) Is it clear on the depositions that the London and Provincial Bank has no branch at Newport, Shropshire. Mr George: Yes. Mr Lloyd (to Mr Birkett) Did you write a letter, with that cheque, to the Colwyn Bay Bank? The Witness I signed it. Inspector William Brookes said that he was an Inspector of Police stationed at Newport, Mon. He had been there 28 years. Mr Lloyd Have you heard of this case at all? Mr Davies No, no, no, no! Mr Lloyd Wait a bit. (To the witness) Have you heard of this case at all? The Witness I had instructions to make inquiries. Have you made inquiries for W. S. Wright at Newport?—I have. Have you been able to find a person answering to that name?—I have not. And you are not aware of a single person residing at Newport of the name of W. S. Wright? —I am not. Mr Wallis Davies You also know that there are several other Newports in the country ?-Oh yes, quite aware of that. And were your inquiries localised in Newport, Mon ?—Yes. Mr Alun Lloyd said that he had two other witnesses to call, but both were ill, one at Liverpool, and one at Abergele. He submitted, however, that he had shown sufficient reason for having the prisoner committed for trial. The Chairman (to MrDavies): Do you propose to call any witnesses? Mr Davies No, sir, I reserve my defence. The prisoner, on being then formally charged, pleaded not guilty, reserving his defence. Mr Wallis Davies applied for bail. The charge was a most serious one, and involved going about the country a good deal to search for the missing man Wright, who he was instructed, there was every hope would be found. Mr Lloyd objected to bail, on account of serious complications that would arise. If bail were granted, it would be impossible to have the prisoner at Ruthin Assizes for reasons which he would not tell the Court just then. Mr Wallis Davies: That is not a proper remark to make, and savours more of persecution than prosecution. After a brief retirement, the Bench decided to accept bail, fixing the amount, however at ^800, —the prisoner in -4-400, and two sureties in ^200 each. This bail was not forthcoming, and the prisoner was removed in custody, to take his trial, at the Ruthin Assizes, on January 24th, 1894. THE AFRICAN PRINCE AND THE BRITISH WINTER. AN AMUSING LETTER Although(s«iAs- The Liverpool Daily Post) the present winter is remarkable for its mildness, it is nevertheless too severe for the sensitive young African Prince Eyo Ekpenyon Eyo 11., whom Mr. Alfred L. Jones, of Liverpool brought from Africa at his ernest entreaty a couple of months ago, and placed in the Congo Institute, Colwyn Bay. The Prince (who was entirely destitute and even bare- footed, when in Africa) wrote a letter to Mr. Jones, of which the following is a copy, and as a result had to be sent back again to his native country, Old Calabar:— Congo Training Institute, Colwyn Bay, December, 1893. To the Right Honourable A. L. Jones, Esq., J.P. I take this opportunity to write you these few lines about this winter. My Lord, I come here? I try all my best to see if I can stand this cold, but now is more worse to me. I can teel even my fingers and my feet, and I seat beside the fire all the day long from morning to evening. I can go outside except on Sunday. My lord, I don't think I will stand this cold. My lord, best thing which I thought about myself is to let me return- ed back again by the grace of God. When I reach home I will go and work under the Govern- ment, so they cannot trouble me again. My lord, I see all you kindness to me since I come over here, but I am very sorry because cold stop me to see the end of it and I will praise this wonderful kindly to all our people which you have done to me when I reach home, and I send you some our curiosity. My lord, as for my passage, I beg to say that I will act as steward. My lord, I beg to inform you that I should like to leave here on December 19, so I can be able to be there in time, because African Steamship Company will leave on December 20. My lord, one thing I necessary for is the train passage; I got no money to pay for it to come over there. Please, my lord, supply me with some money which can suit my train passage to come over there, and I beg you, my lord, to send some body for the station (where the train used to land) to guide me for your office on that day, December 19. My lord, I waiting your early reply with my kind regards.—Yours truly and humble servant, EYO EKPENYON EYO II. The Prince was sent home by the Nubia, so that passengers by that steamer will have Royalty to wait on them, which, however, is said not to be an unusual circumstance on board the African steamers. THE CIVILIZATION OF AFRICA. AN IMPORTANT STEP. Under the above headings, the following ap- peared in The Leeds Mercury of December 28th 1893:- The Rev. Mr Hughes, Principal of the Congo Institute, Colwyn Bay, recently returned from West Africa, after inaugurating a scheme which may ma.rk an important epoch in African civiliza- tion and progress. Centuries have now passed since the Dark Continent was first visited by Europeans, but it cannot be said that the country's progress shows a proportionate advance. In West Africa, where the native for generations past has been in daily touch with the European trader and the missionary, it is questionable if the African of to-day is any better than his forefathers were a century ago. In this part of Africa the efforts of the missionary or the trader are not interfered with by the Arab slave-dealers; which is the case in the South-West, and yet the country is little removed from its primitive condition, or the native from his crude state. Here and there in the British colonies there are a few exceptions but the coast-line, taken as a whole, does not show anything like the progress which was ex- pected by the pioneers of missionary enterprise who years ago made Africa their thought and study. The natural inference, therefore, is that the efforts which have been made have been either wrongly directed or too spasmodic to have done any permanent good. The new scheme which the Rev. Mr. Hughes has inaugurated is the establishment of Industrial Institutions on the West Coast, where the natives can not only re- ceive educational instruction, but where thev are also taught a trade. The Congo Institute, at Colwyn Bay, receives young Africans for educa- tion, and teaches them a trade, but for many reasons it is thought that the matter can be better and more extensively carried on in Africa itself. It is about nine months ago since Mr. Hughes started on his mission, which, to a very great extent, owed its inception to Mr. Alfred L. Jones, of Liverpool; while Mr. Hughes also received most valuable aid from Sir Claude Macdonald, Her Majesty's Commissioner for the Oil Rivers. Altogether, Mr. Hughes was able to establish and affiliate to the Congo Institute five of these Insti- tutions, the farthest one down the coast being the Alfred Jones Institute at New Calabar. The pupils one-half of the day will receive elementary education, whilst the other half will be devoted to a trade. So far, the trades to be taught are black- smithery, carpentry, tailoring, and husbandry. Other trades will be added when it is shown that the native desire for such instruction requires it. That there is such a longing in the hearts of the West Africans is shown by the many letters re- ceived by Mr. Alfred L. Jones from young natives, who wish to be brought to England to be taught a trade. The boys will be fed and kept in the Institutions until their terms are completed, their keep and instruction being gratis. Each Institution will have an able instructor in the various branches, and it is fully anticipated the new scheme will have a greater influence in fur- thering the progress and civilisation of the country than any efforts that have yet been made. It is believed that an extension of this industrial system and the establishment of railways in Africa, will do more to civilise the country than anything else.