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Death of the Archdruid Clwydfardd.

Conway Municipal Election.




SIR G. OSBORNE MORGAN'S VISIT TO COLWYN BAY. CANON ROBERTS'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH MR NUNN. Subjoined is some correspondence-between the Rev Canon Roberts and Mr Nunn-arising out of Sir George Osborne (Morgan's recent visit to Colwyn Bay:- The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, October 20, 1894. My dear Sir,—I am surprised to read in to-day's papers my letter sent to you ten days ago, explain- ing my absence from a committee meeting. Any- one could see it was not intended for publication. Even at meetings that are reported, and letters of apology read, it would have been bad taste to publish a letter of this kind unknown to the writer and to the meeting. 1 am sorry it has been published, as I should be sorry to hurt Sir George Os. Morgan's feelings. It was not written with that intention, but to try and point out to you as secretary (who has had most to do really with the Oxford Locals here) the unfairness of bringing such a party man to a gathering of this kind. I feel there is an explanation due to me why you should have dealt with my letter in this manner.—Believe me, yours faithfully, F. Nunn, Esq. HUGH ROBERTS. P.S.—I shall be glad to know at your con- venience who got my prize. October 20, 1894. My dear Sir.-I had no idea that you intended your letter to be of a private nature, and I showed it to two or three people, including a gentleman connected with a Liverpool paper, who had heard about it and called to see it. He, apparently, has published it, but not with any consent from me. I certainly think the letter would have been better unpublished, and still better unwritten. Sir George gave a very excellent address, with no suspicion of politics about it, and everybody seemed pleased. Though there was a political meeting here in the evening, and Sir George remained here, he declined Ita either speak at or attend that meeting, deeming that to do so would not be consistent with good taste under the cir- cumstances. I am utterly at a loss to see the unfairness of bringing such a party man to a gathering of this kind." If it is so, it was far more unfair to bring the Bishop of St. Asaph here for the purpose. Though the majority of the candidates came from Nonconformist Schools (not Church Schools as you say), there has, in my recollection, been no distribution of prizes at which a Nonconformist (except Mr Wood) has either presided or officiated. This, in my humble opinion, might be considered unfair. W. W. Gibbs, of Rydal-mount, won your prize in Greek.—Very truly yours, FRAN. NUNN. Canon Roberts. The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 22nd, 1894. Sir,-You had no right to show my letter, which had become the document of the committee, to any friends. It was gross offence against the com- mittee to do so. The only possible excuse of publishing it would have been that the committee meeting was reported, and that my letter formed part of the proceedings. But the meeting was private, not reported at all, and my letter should have been treated at least equally privately. In fact more so, for it was never read at the committee meeting. Had you then published it even in connection with that meeting, for which it was intended, it would have been a grave offence, as the meeting was of a private character. How much more gross and serious is your offence, not only against me, but also against your committee, and all sense of fair- play and honour to publish it in connection and as part of quite another meeting of a public character, and held ten days afterwards. The offence is still more aggravated when the letter was not allowed to appear as you received it, but in a tampered form, with the date suppressed. Having so lately assisted personally at the Oxford Locals, and just sent you a I is towards the prizes, I could have expected that a sense of gratitude would have saved you from so base an act. I have waited until this evening, hoping you would, of your own accord, offer the only repara- tion now open for you, and I am still prepared to let the matter drop, provided an appology reaches me by 11.30 a m. to-morrow (Tuesday).- Yours truly, HUGH ROBERTS. F. Nunm, Esq. P.S.—I did not say, as you stated in your letter, that the majority of the candidates are Church.- H.R. October 23, 1894. My dear Sir,—I am sorry you should have declined to see me when I called this morning, and thus oblige me to reply to yours of yesterday's date by letter, while a friendly interview, such as I desired, might do so much more to clear away misunderstanding. Mr Humphreys, the reporter of the Liverpool Daily Post, was for some time resident here, and is well known to myself and others, and when he called on me and asked to see your letter-finding that he had already some more or less accurate notion of its contents-I deemed it best to show it to him, but I did not authorise its publication. When he left, I was under the impression that some notice of your attitude towards Sir George in the matter would appear in his paper, and this, I thought, too, would not be disagreeable to you. In any event, Mr Humphreys, from what he had heard of the letter, could have published something or other about it, and it seemed to me far better that whatever he did in that way should be done with affull knowledge of the facts. I need hardly say that had nothing whatever to do with the publication of the letter as part of quite another meeting," or its appearing in a tampered form, with the date suppressed," so that I cannot but regard all that portion of your letter as quite beside the mark. On reviewing the circumstances I am constrained to admit that I committed an error of judgment in showing the letter to a newspaper man, without a clearer understanding of what he was going to do with it, and I am extremely sorry for any pain and annoyance that may thereby have been caused you.—Yours very truly, FRAN. NUNN. Rev Canon Roberts. The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 23rd, 1894. Dear Sir,—Without going into details, I have pleasure in accepting your apology. I shall now be glad to let the matter drop.—Believe me, yours faithfully, HUGH ROBERTS. F. Nunn, Esq. Oct. 24, 1894. My Dear Sir,—I shall have to ask you to go so far "into details" as to withdraw your charges against me of having published your letter "in connection and as part of quite another meeting," and "in a tampered form, with the date sup- pressed."—Yours very truly, Canon Roberts. FRAN. NUNN. The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 24, 1894. Dear Sir,—I have nothing to withdraw. If it was another one who tampered with my letter I shall be delighted to exonerate you on receipt of proof to that effect. Until then I am very sorry I cannot but hold you responsible.—Yours, faith- fully, HUGH ROBERTS. F. Nunn, Esq. Oct. 24, 1894. Sir,-I annex copy of a letter from Mr Humphreys as proof required by you of my state- ment. The original is open to your inspection here at any time during office hours. --Your obedient servant, FRAS. NUNN. Canon Roberts. Bangor, Oct. 24, 1894. Dear Mr Nunn,—I hasten to comply with your request to state the circumstances under which I obtained a copy of Canon Roberts's letter re the visit of Sir George Osborne Morgan to Colwyn Bay last Friday. I had heard of the nature of the letter, and, as a Pressman, thought the terms of the letter would be of general interest under the circumstances. Not wishing to run the risk of giving a garbled version of the contents of the letter, I came to you as the most likely person to put me in possession of the true facts of the case. You thereupon handed me the letter, of which I took a shorthand note, which I afterwards tele- graphed to the evening papers. That is all you had to do with the publication of the letter, and the letters you have written to Canon Roberts on the subject, of which you have shown me copies, together with your letter published in to-day's Daily Post, are strictly, in spirit and in letter, true and accurate versions of what actually took place. —Yours faithfully, JOHN HUMPHREYS. North Wales reporter Liverpool Daily Post. The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 24, 1894. Dear Sir,—The point is who is guilty of the serious ugly offence of treating my letter in the manner described ? Mr Humphreys does not say that he is guilty. It is for you to find out the culprit, and to deal with him consistently with your sense of the gravity of the offence. All I did was to hold you responsible in a general way, not necessarily directly, for the offence as it was through you some way or other the letter got into the papers, with the date suppressed, &c. I understood your apology to cover your respon- sibility in that general sense. And I did not want to know who was actually the person guilty of playing tricks with my letters hence I said I did not want to enter into details. I am sorry you have re-opened it, as if you can- not accept my offer to end the matter by apology, it is time I should know.—Yours faithfully, Fras. Nunn, Esq. HUGH ROBERTS. October 25, 1894- Sir,—In yours of the 22nd you speak of my offence to publish the letter in connection and as part of quite another meeting." You now say you only hold me responsible in a general way, not necessarily directly, for the offence." In yours of the 24th you say "if it was another one who tampered with your letter, you will be delighted to exonerate me on receipt of proof. I have furnished you with the proof, but you decline to withdraw your charges of tampering, &c. Under these circumstances, I have no more to say but will leave others to judge between us.— Your obedient servant, FRAS. NUNN. P.S.—I presume you have, of course, no objection to the correspondence between us being published. The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 25, 1894. Dear Sir,—Being anxious to settle the matter quietly and honourably, I have not written a word to any paper, not even in self-defence, lest it might injure you. But I cannot, of course, stand in your way of publishing this correspondence. But I allow my letters to appear on these two conditions:—(i) That all my letters to you, including this one, appear in full and in the same issue of the paper as yours, and that Mr Humphreys's letter appears. (2) That in the event of the correspondence appearing I shall consider myself free to take any action I like in the matter. You state in yours of to-day that you have supplied proof to show that another and not you had tampered with my letter. I have not seen any such proof. You enclosed yesterday a letter you received from Mr Hum- phreys, and you called that proof, but I do not understand Mr Humphreys to admit that he was guilty of so dishonest an act. I sincerely trust and feel sure you will be able to prove that someone else and not you is the culprit. But most certainly you have not as yet brought anyone to my notice who confesses to so serious an offence. And when you do bring him I shall be delighted to exonerate you from tampering with my letter. But even then I could not withdraw anything I wrote to you on the 22nd, for I would still hold you indirectly responsible for the appearance of my letter in the Press in the manner described, for it could not have appeared in any form there if it had not been for you.—Yours faithfully, F. Nunn, Esq. HUGH ROBERTS. THE OXFORD LOCAL EXAMINATIONS, 1894. COLWYN BAY CENTRE. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE. The Oxford Local Examinations were held in July of this year in 94 centres, an increase of 13 over last year. The number of candidates examined was 4,232, of whom 66.8 per cent. passed. The number of candidates entered at Colwyn Bay, was 75. the largest in the history of the Centre. All duly presented themselves for examination, and 50 passed,—a percentage of 66.6, practically the Isame proportion as in the country at large. The proportion of failures in the Examinations taken as a whole, are greater than last year, and our Centre has shared the common fate. Whether this lies at the door of the examiners or of the candidates, is perhaps an open question. For the Senior Examina- tion, 21 entered, of whom 13 passed (8 of whom were boys and 5 girls). Of the 13, 7 (all boys) obtained honors, two being placed respectively 9th and 15th in the 1st Class, 2 in the 2nd Class, and 3 in the 3rd. For the Junior Examination, 54 entered and 37 were successful (23 boys and 4 girls. Of these. 2 boys and 1 girl were placed in the 1st Class honors list, 4 boys and 2 girls in the 2nd Class, and 4 boys and 1 girl in the 3rd Class in all, 14 out of the 37. It is a matter for congra- tulation that Colwyn Bay has done well in the Preliminary Subjects, such as Reading, Spelling, Arithmetic, and English Grammar, in which we have only one failure out of 21 in the Senior Examination (as compared with 6 out of 19 at Lytham), and in the Junior Examination one failure only out of 52 candidate, as against 12 out of 54 at Bolton. This Centre has also done extremely well in Honors. In the Senior Exam- ination, the proportion of those passing who also obtained Honors, is tor the country at large 16 per cent., but of the Colwyn Bay candidates no less than 53.8 per cent. were so placed. Among the Juniors, as against 20 per cent. only in all England, 37.8 of our candidates were placed in the Honors List. Thus we may claim to have sent in boys and girls not only well grounded in the foundations of education, but also having that thorough acquaintance with their work which has enabled many of them not simply to pass but to do so in a way that they and their tutors may be proud of. Of the 18 special prizes which the Committee have—by the kindness of friends,— been enabled to offer, 130 have been earned. The prizes not earned, are for Natural Science, Drawing, Music, and Book-keeping (both Senior and Junior), Religious Knowledge (Junior), and that offered to the highest girl candidate in the Senior Examination if placed in the 1st Class. Further details will appear in the course of the distribution of prizes and certificates. I am desired also to say that at a meeting of the Committee held in July, it was resolved to effect certain changes in the manner of offering special prizes to candidates who distinguished themselves beyond the others. It was decided that in awarding prizes, subjects should be bracketed together into certain sections, thus following the lines laid down in the syllabus published by the Delegacy for the Senior Candidates. Thus Latin and Greek were included together as one subject, and so were French and German. By these means, a wider field for competition was opened out to competing candidates. The changes thus made, were embodied in a circular which was printed and distributed amongst candidates and others at the time of the examination. The names of the subscribers to this Special Prize Fund, are as follows:—Rev J. H. Astley, Miss Barlow, Mr W. H. Cogswell, Dr W. D. Fraser, Mr D. Gamble, Rev J. Griffiths, Mr W. D. Houghton, Mr T. G. Osborn, Canon Roberts, Dr G. H. Rutter, Mr James Wood, Mr A. O. Walker, Mr S. Wood, Dr Montague Venables- Williams., SENIORS (21 entered, 13 passed). 1ST CLASS HONORS LIST.A. C. F. Osborn, Rydal Mount,— 9th on list; excused stated subjects at Responsions, distinction in Arithmetic (2nd), Re- ligious Knowledge, Mathematics (loth), Mechan- ics and Hydrostatics (the only one)—awarded special prizes for Highest (senior) Boy Candidate if placed in the First Class, Highest Distinction in Mathematics (Senior), and ditto in Natural Science (Senior). J. Harlow, Dinglewood,-Isth on list; excused stated subjects and also French at Res- ponsions, distinctions in Religious Knowledge, English, Latin, and French,—awarded special prizes for Highest Distinction in Religious Know- ledge (Senior), ditto in English (Senior), and ditto in Modern Languages (Senior). SECOND CLASS HONORS.—W. W. Gibbs, Rydal Mount,-25th on list; distinction in French,— awarded special prize for Highest Distinction in Classics (Senior). W. A. Melling, Rydal Mount, -36th on list; distinctions in English, Mathematics (14th). THIRD CLASS HONORS.—S. Raby, Rydal Mount; P. W. Thompson, ditto; H. W. Sinclair, private tuition, excused French at Responsions, distinction in Religious Knowledge. JUNIORS (54 entered, 37 passed). FIRST CLASS HONORS.—M. G. Sykes, Rydal Mount,—27th on list; distinctions in Arithmetic (loth), English, and Mathematics, awarded special prizes for Highest Junior Boy Candidate if placed in First Class, and Highest Distinction in Mathematics (Junior). A. Marsden, Rydal Mount,-23rd on list; distinction in Arithmetic and Latin,—awarded special prize for Highest Distinction in Classics (Junior). H. M. Osborn, Penrhos,-4oth on list; distinction in English (13th),-awarded special prizes for Highest Junior Girl Candidate if placed in First Class and Highest Distinction in English (Junior). SECOND CLASS HONORS.E. S. Waterhouse, Rydal Mount,—19th on list A. F. Martin, Rydal Mount,-35th on list; K. S. Lord, Penrhos,-82nd on list; F. Smith, Penrhos,-122nd on list; H. R. H. Bowkley, Dinglewood,—137th on list P. E. Batty, Dinglewood,—138th on list. All distinction in English. THIRD CLASS HONORS.—H. Bedford, Rydal Mount E. Broxap, Rydal Mount G. H. Meek, Rydal Mount, distinction in English R. S. Raby, Rydal Mount S. Gibbs, Penrhos, distinction in English. Pass List.-Edgar Battersby, Dinglewood Ernest Battersby, ditto H. Crook, Rydal Mount, distinction in English O. B. Edwards, Dingle- wood R. E. J. Edwards, ditto F. W. Gatenby, Rydal Mount, distinction in Arithmetic F. Jefferies, Dinglewood, distinction in English; W. G. Johnson, Rydal Mount D. L. Jones, Llan- dudno Collegiate; W. G. Jones, St. Asaph Grammar School R. Moore, Dinglewood, dis- tinction in English A. Robinson, Dinglewood G. C. Sawday, Rydal Mount; H. A. Arrowsmith, Miss Everett's J. E. Bowkley, ditto; E. A. Macaulay, private tuition A. Mather, Mrs Peel's, distinction in English M. E. PricMrs Swan's, distinction in French; E. Ramsbottom, Mrs Peel's, distinction in English F. Rothwell, Coed Pella. SECOND DIVISION (over 16).M. P. Dutton, Llanrwst; W. A. Jones, Llanrwst; and J. C. Wynn, Coed Pella. THE ENGLISH BAPTIST SOIREE. A grand soiree was held at the English Baptist Chapel, on Wednesday evening, October 31st, to welcome home Mrs Cousins (the beloved wife of the pastor) from Africa, and to manifest thankfulness for the recovery of the Pastor, the Rev H. T. Cousins from a serious illness and his restoration to his congregation. The Church was decorated with a skill which is seldom seen even in the Bay. In the door- way, was the motto "Welcome," and, upon entering, the decorations were such that really it is difficult to know how to begin to do justice to them. Above the door, was placed a large evergreen tree, beneath which was the motto (letters in gold on a crimson ground), God bless both you and yours." Along the whole length of the Chapel on each side, was suspended a crimson cloth so looped as to form a vallance, and studded at several points with evergreens and roses. Fhe pillars were entirely covered with evergreens and artificial flowers, and the windows were draped with pink and olive-coloured hangings, overlaid with handsome lace-curtains. S nail tables, laid in three rows down the room, were separated by pedestals on which were large vases containing fine specimens of exotic ferns, each table bearing its own handsome centre-vase. Suspended from the gas-brackets, were rustic baskets containing drooping plants, the part furthermost back being relieved by fine specimens of Indian grass, above which were cross-bars of cerise lettered with white wadding, the motto being "Weloome to Colwyn Bay." Underneath this, was another similar one bearing the phrase "Thanks be to God." Each was lined with a border of evergeens. As a relief between the windows, were pictures sur. rounded by evergreens. The decorationi, in their entirety, presented a most exquisite appearance. The proceedings were opened with hymn and praise by the Rev J. Matthews, Audlem, Cheshire. Mr Brackstone, Rev Thos. Lloyd, Rev J. Raymond, Llan. dudno, and the Rev J. Brasted addressed the assembly, giving a welcome to Mrs Cousins,—expressing sincere thankfulness for the pastor's recovery. Tea coffee, and other refreshments, were afterwards handed around by the following ladies Miss Owen, Willow Bank; Miss Radcliffe, Heathfield; Miss Maggie Hughes, Westwood Miss Katie Hughes, do; The Misses Frost, Ducie Lodge; Mrs Bethel, Trevor House; Miss Sharp, Argoed; Miss Thomas, Seaforth; Mrs Evans.Hughes, Rhoslan; Miss Newark, Capes- thorne Towers and Miss Lake. The ladies at the fountain-head, were Miss Beard, Hydropathic and Miss Bullock, Victor Road, who are to be highly complimented on the excellency of the tea and coffee. The gentlemen who were most assiduous in their endeavours to make everyone comfortable and happy, were Messrs A. Houlbrook Roberts, Bangor J. Brackstone; T. Evans-Hughes, Rhoslan; J. 0. Davies, Llanfihangel; Clement Hughes, Westwood; A. Bullock, Victor road; Roger Hughes; Robert Roberts, Draper; A. Waters, Alpha House; J. Kitson; H. L. Letchford; J. Juby; W. H. Williams, Gronant House; T. Evans, Ashford House. The curiosity- tables were placed down the centre of the room. An organ solo was given by Mr Cockett, and was fol- lowed by a solo, "Arm, Arm, ye Brave," by Mr Lucas Williams, who was loudly applauded, and, in response to an encore, gave Jerusalem." in a true artistic manner. The Rev Owen Evans then addressed the assembly, giving a warm welcome to M-rs Cousins, and expressing joy at the restoration of Mr Cousins's health. Then followed a song, "Glory to thee, my God to-night," by Mr T. Evans-Hughes; a recitation, by Miss Bathan an address by the Rev J. Edwards (English Presbyterian Minister), who also gave a hearty welcome to Mrs Cousins; song, Ora pro Nobis," Miss Lake, Colwyn; a pianoforte solo, by Miss Billing. The Rev. H. T Cousins next addressed the assembly, and was warmly applauded, after which Mr Lucas Williams again favoured the audience with a song, Rock of Ages." Mr Jeffreys then addressed the meeting, and Mr R. LI. Samuel gave an excellent rendering of The Holy City," and was warmly applauded. The Rev J. Evans (Welsh Con- gregationalist) had to leave without addressing the meeting, and Mr Harry Roberts, of Bangor, then came forward and read some stanzas composed con- cerning the occasion, the following being a copy :— Smile in providence upon them, Prosper every thing they do, And in everlasting mercy Bless their inward spirits too. Welcome, faithful sister, welcome, All unite to welcome thee; And because of thy arrival We are full of joy and glee." The song, "The Pilgrim," was then rendered by Mr T. Evans-Hughes, after which the Rev H. T. Cousins proposed a most hearty vote of thanks to the ladies and to Mr Robert Roberts (Draper), for his handiwork in decorating the building; and to Mr Waters for assisting. The Rev J. Raymond seconded the vote of thanks, after which there was a conversazione of half-an- hour's duration. The accompanist was Mr R. Brack- stone, Plas y Coed. The room was fitted with a company representing all denominations, both Church people and Nonconformists atteniing in force. The room presented a most picturesque appearance. Mr T. Brackstone made an able conductor throughout the soiree. The decorations, which were ably exe- cuted by Messrs Robert Roberts, draper, and A. Waters, Alpha House, displayed the exercise of much skill and taste, the beautiful cut-flowers of various colours blending well with the draperies, etc. Mr Brackstone read the subjoined letters of apology The Vicarage, Colwyn Bay, October 30, 1894. Dear Mr Brackstone.-Mrs Roberts and myself are very much obliged for your kind note and tickets. We are very glad that Mr Cousins is restored to good health, and to notice how appreciative his people are ot him. We are sorry we cannot attend. Wishing you a pleasant evening, and much blessing in your work,—Yours faithfully, HUGH ROBERTS. Colwyn Bay, October 30, 1894. Dear Mr Brackstone,-I regret my inability, owing to a previous engagement, to avail myself of your most kind invitation to the soiree I very cordially unite with you in gratitude to Almighty God for the restoration of Mr Cousins's health, and heartily wish him and his dear wife many long years of felicity and success. I very much admire, if you will allow me to say so, the kindly spirit which prompted you to extend to your minister and his wife such an encouraging welcome. I am sure it will give them both a great deal of genuine pleasure, and it will be also to the congregation a matter of satisfaction and delight. Again thanking you on behalf of Mrs Hughes and myself,- Believe me, yours faithfully, MEREDITH HUGHES. T. Brackstone, Esq Arnold Lodge, Coed Pella' Road, Colwyn Bay, Oct. 30,1894. My dear Sir,-Please accept our thanks for the tickets received from you for the soiree to be held to-morrow evening. I very much regret I shall be prevented being with you, for it would have afforded me very much pleasure to assist in giving a hearty welcome to Mr Cousins on his restoration to his con- gregation after his trying illness, also to Mrs Cousins on her settlement among us in Colwyn Bay. In your two-fold rejoicing you have our warmest congratulations, and we trust that the lives of your pastor and his wife may be spared yet for many happy years, and that they may prove a great blessing to all those with whom they come into contact. With kind regards,—Believe me, yours faithfully, GEORGE E. BOWKER. Mr Brackstone, Secretary, English Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay. Congo Training Institute, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, October 29th, 1894. Dear Mr Cousins,-I called this afternoon at your house, with the idea of seeing you and Mrs Cousins, but you were out. I am very sorry that I will be unable to attend the ser- vice to-morrow evening, and to join the friends in giving a welcome to Mrs Cousins, and to rejoice in your restoration, as I must go to Penmaenmawr, instead of Mr Davies, who is sick in bed. I enclose a handbill which will show you that it is quite impossible, though I had fully intended to be with you. I sincerely hope that you will be long spared to do the Lord's work at your Church, and that Mrs Cousins will enjoy with you health, happiness, and prosperity. With best re- gards-Yours faithfully, W. HUGHES. Rev H. T. Cousins, F.R.G.S. A message was received from the Rev J. Griffiths, Vicar of Colwyn, regretting his inability to attend. Abergele. My dear Mr Brackstone,-Many thanks for your kind invitation, which I regret being unable to accept, owing to a previous engagement. Though absent in body, I shall be with you in spirit, and heartily rejoice at the restoration of my brother's health, also his re-meeting Mrs Cousins. In this latter pleasure I cannot sympathise, not having the good fortune to possess a wife,—" That I might make merry with my friend," still I do not sorrow "as those who have no hope," seeing that old bachelors do get married I sincerely trust that some fair maid will have compassion on even me. With kindest regards to yourself and all friends, and hearty good wishes to Mr Cousins,-though I prefer considering them as brother and sister.-Yours faithfully, T. ROBERTS.