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back the little ones, who went through the second portion of the exercise. Mr Haworth then called upon the Choir to render the anthem Cyfodwn, ac esgynwn i Seion (" Tanymarian "), and this greatly pleased the audience, who showed their appreciation of the efforts of the Choir and their Conductor (Mr Wm. Williams), by their hearty applause. Miss Jones (Llysfaen) then came forward and sang" Y bwthyn ynghanol y coed," y was warmly applauded. The Misses ilcCullagh contributed an instrumental trio to the entertainment of the assembled guests, Mr R. Ll. Samuel afterwards coming out well with The Village Blacksmith," while Mr Davies was as cool as ever in The Bay of Biscay." The audience then sang together the hymn "Crown Him Lord ^6V ^aurice Roberts (Penmachno) addressed a few well-chosen words of encourage- "1e"t.to young people over 60, giving a capital definition of the age of 60, which was likened to a speck seen out at sea, but, as it came nearer, it was found to be a ship, but then it passed along and was soon again out of sight; the address was most impressive throughout. Miss Lake and Miss Roberts sang He shall feed His flock," to the violin obligato of Mr Percy Thomas, and the piano- forte accompaniment of Mrs Powlson, and were applauded. The Infants appeared again in a mu- sical melange entitled "Birdies," and were a great source of interest to the aged and young; they went through their parts so well that at the close each one was presented with a bun. Mr Davies gave a capital rendering of "Ar fynydd Aberdyfi." The song La bonne was then given by Mr W. Lloyd Evans, who, in response to an encore, sang La Marseillaise." Thus the entertainment wound up with both the French and Welsh National Airs, Mr R. Ll. Samuel taking the lead in the latter, the large company heartily joining 111 the refrain. The Rev Thomas Lloyd proposed, and the Rev John Edwards seconded, a most hearty vote of thanks to all for their services at so capital an entertainment. Mr D. Hughes and Mrs Powlson were the accompanists. A LAMP ACCIDENT.-As two young gentlemen whom is a Bangor student home for his holidays) were proceeding down Mostyn Road on Saturday evening, January nth, they were aroused by hearing someone shouting for help, and they soon found that a parafin-lamp had exploded at Glen Gordon, whose inmates were not unnaturally somewhat alarmed, but, thanks to the efforts of these two young men, what might have proved a serious fire, was happily extin- guished in its incipiency. LOCAL MUSICAL SUCCESSES.—The following ave successfully passed the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Examination held at Llandudno, on December 12th, 1895 :-Pianoforte,VIaster Ralph Lloyd (Highfield, Colwyn Bay), Miss Mary Palmer (Bodlondeb Ladies' School), Miss Nellie Evans (Mohrcroft, Colwyn), and Master John Owen (Moranedd, Colwyn Bay); Violin,-Master Ivor Lloyd (Morvan, Colwyn Bay). The above are all 'Is of N p upi Irs. H. W. Powlson, Colwyn Bay. N COMPANY 2ND V. B. ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS. -On Sunday, January 12th, the officers and men of the Colwyn Bay Volunteer Company had a Church parade. Captain F. W. Stubbs was in command, the other officers present being Surgeon-Captain Fraserand Lieutenants Venables- Williams and F. A. Dew. There were on parade forty men, who marched through the town, and afterwards attended service in St. Paul's Church, where the Rev. Canon Roberts preached. A PIGEON-SHOOTING MATCH NEXT WEDNES- DAY AFTERNOON.-Next Wednesday, January 22nd, a pigeon-shooting match will take place at Colwyn Bay, where a fat pig (or its value in money, ^5) will be shot-for by 25 members. A ros. open sweepstakes will also be held, at handicap distances. At 5.0 p.m. there will be a dinner at the Royal Hotel. NEW MAGISTRATE FOR COLWYN BAY.—We understand that the name of Air John Porter of Pwllycrochan Hotel, Colwyn Bay, has been placed upon the Commission of the Peace for Denbighshire. The appointment will be regarded with universal satisfaction in Colwyn Bay and District, and no more graceful reward could have been hestowed upon Mr Porter in return for his public services during the last quarter of a century. DR. GUI NESS'S LECTURE. On Friday. January 10th, many of the inhab- itants of Colwyn Bay, had an opportunity of listening to the highly instructive and interesting lecture on Dr. Harry Guiness's experiences on the Congo. The English Baptist Church was crowded to its utmost capacity, until at last the doors had to be closed against the beseiging public. The proceedings were opened by the Rev. H. T. Cousins, who announced the well- known hymn "All people that on earth do dwell," and followed with a brief prayer, the people joining in the Lord's prayer. After this, Mr. Nunn (who had been introduced as Chairman for the evening) spoke a few words of welcome to Dr. Guiness, and the lecturer commenced by the throwing on to the sheet, of a Psalm which all read in unison. The whole of the lecture was most interestingly illustrated by unique and mag- nificent lime-light views of a very superior order. Dr Guinness introduced his subjects by g'v' X?o, in g a geographical description of The New rld of Central Africa," the matter dealt-with in the remainder of the lecture being briefly indicated by the following items in the Syllabus :-The "Imperial three-fold Congo;" Ten thousand miles of navigable water-way; En route for the Congo; Lovely Madeira; We land at Matadi; The new Congo railroad; Engineering difficulties; A walk of 230 miles past 32 cataracts; Our native caravan of porters; We pass through the long grass; Skulls lie bleaching by the road-side; Stanley Pool by day and by moonlight; We em- bark on our Missionary steamship "Pioneer;" A Land of trees and rivers; The great nation of the Horse-shoe bend Story of the foundation of the Congo Balolo Mission; Bompole. Pioneering difficulties amongst the Heathen. In addition to all this, most realistic views were displayed of a large fire in London, and these were loudly and heartily applauded.—It seemed the unanimous impression, that such magnificent scenes as those thrown upon the sheet had never teen exhibited before at Colwyn Bay, and the lecture was a rare intellectual treat, never to be forgotten. In the afternoon, Dr. Guiness had given a short Bible-reading. At the close of each meet- ing. a collection was made in aid of the Congo Balolo Mission," and about £ IS was realised. It is hoped that Dr. Guiness will pay another visit to Colwyn Bay.—A most hearty vote of thanks was proposed by the Pastor, seconded by the Rev' J. G. Howarth, and carrried with great enthusiasm. METEOROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY, COLWYN BAY. Week ending Saturday, Jan. nth, 1896. Mean Temperature for the week 38'6 j Total Hours of Sunshine 10 hrs. o rain. Maximum Temperature 46'5 j Total Rainfall o'ooin. Minimum Temperature 3o'9 | Mean I Maximum Minimum Daily Humidity. Sunshine.! Rainfall. Temper- Temper- Temper- t'er Inches. Wind. ature. ature. ature. Cent. H. :\1, »• Sunday 46*4 36'6 41*5 80 4 10 E. f Monday 40*3 32-7 36-5 95 W. to S.E Tuesday.. 4?*9 35 39." 93 L 4- E. to S. NV Wednesday. 43'5 35*? .19*3 97 w Thursday 40*3 j8.6 30'4 77 0 so N. W. Friday, 4"3 '36*9 3- 77 N. W. Stturday 42'5 38*3 40'4 3 I- S. W. -iiiis Tl,e hut?idity is given in pertentages, z? per cent. -neaning that the air coiil as much moisture as it can under the existing conditions of temperature and pressure. AMERICAN EISTEDDFODIC HONORS FOR A LOCAL BARD.—The Rev. W. Evans-Jones, minister of the Congregational Church at Old Colwyn, and well-known in bardic circles as Penllyn," has just received a communication from America, informing him that the chair prize was awarded to him for the best Awdl" on Symlrwydd (' Simplicity.') COLWYN BAY AND COLWYN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of this Board was held at Colwyn Bay, on Tuesday, January 14th, the Rev Thomas Parry (Chairman) presiding. There were also present the Revs W. Venables-Williams and J. G. Haworth, and Messrs John Roberts, John Porter, George Bevan, Owen Williams, John Blud, William Davies, Hugh Hughes, Robert Evans, and Hugh Davies, and Messrs James Porter (Clerk to the Council) and William Jones (Surveyor). THE MINUTES. The minutes of the last meeting, in consequence of an insufficient number of copies having been received from the printer, were read-out by the Clerk from his copy. Mr William Davies asked whether the gentlemen who had carried an amendment to a motion of his at the last meeting, to the effect that the Council obtain (sic) the feeling of the ratepayers on the question of opposing the Gas Company's Bill in Parliament, were prepared to call a public meeting of ratepayers to consider the question. Mr Bevan (the mover of the amendment referred-to) said that they had promised to call a public meeting, and were quite prepared to do so, and he begged to move that a public meeting be called to take the views of the ratepayers on the question. After some conversation, this subject was deferred till a letter from the Gas Company came up for con- sideration. Mr John Roberts then expressed the opinion that any resolution to buy the Gas Works should be passed by a three-fourth majority of the Council, and that should be done before they consulted the rate- payers. Hereupon Mr Robert Evans said that the Council wanted to know the terms before the decided to buy. It was once more decided to drop the subject till it came for discussion later on. Mr Blud then said that the bathing-van proprietors ha i uttered a strong protest against the proposed Esplanade as being too wide. They were of opinion th"t it would interfere with the working of the bathing-machines. He would propose that that pro- test should be listened-to and the matter reconsidered before the final plans were sent up. Mr John Roberts said that facilities would be pra- vided to enable the bathing-van proprietors to draw their machines out of the reach of the tide, when necessary. Mr Blud, after further conversation, proposed that a special meeting of the Council be held to reconsider the plans. Mr John Roberts was of opinion that any narrowing of the Esplanade, would invole another Inquiry, and would have the effect, practically, of giving away a good deal of the property they had bought and paid-for. Mr Porter would second Mr Blud's proposition, but was afraid to do anything that would necessitate another Inquiry. The Rev W. Venables-Williams said that, as he understood it, Mr R )berts' view was that any narrow- ing of the proposed Esplanade would deprive the Council of a certain amount of property it had bonsrht, and upon which a certain amount of money had been lent. If that is so-, I should certainly consi- der it would necessitate another Inquiry, because the Government may not be disposed to lend us so much money if we are going to part with any portion of the property on which the money was advanced. The Chairman pointed out the danger, if unneces- sary delays occurred, of not having the Promenade by next summer. It would be better to make recesses in the Espladade rather than narrow it. In reply to Mr Blud, the Clerk said that the question whether narrowing the Esplanade would necessitate arother Inquiry, was a matter entirely for the Local Government Board. Mr John Roberts observed that they might find in the future that even a Promenade of full width might be too narrow, and it would be ridiculous to narrow it now. I In reply to the Chairman, the Surveyor said that it was only about twice a year that the tide would prevent the bathing machines being worked on the beach between the Esplanade and the sea. Mr Blud said that the van-proprietors were unani- mously of opinion that, even with ordinary tides, they would be prevented from working the vans. The Rev W. Venables- Williams: May I ask how long is it since the width of the Esplanade was decided upon. The Chairman Twelve months ago. The Rev W. Yenables- Williams And it is only now, at the last moment, that this objection is brought forward, when everything is signed and settled Mr Evans The bathing-machine people didn'nt know that. The Surveyor: Oh yes, they did it was all pegged out on the beach. Mr Blud then said that he did not press the matter if it necessitated another Inquiry. ELECTRIC LIGHTING It was reported that at a special meeting it was carried unanimously that the resolution passed by the last Meeting of th3 C luncil delaying proceedings with regard to the Provisional Order for Electric Lighting be rescinded that the Clerk be instructed to proceed with the Provisional Order forthwith, and that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Memorial to the Board of Trade and that a cheque for X50 be drawn to pay the fee ptyable to the Board of Trade on deposit of the order. The minutes were confirmed. THE HIGHWAY COMMITTEE. Among the recommendations of the Highway Com- mittee, the adoption of whose minutes was -moved by Mr John Porter, were the following Gas Company's Bill.-It was carried unanimously that this Council, inasmuch as it has not taken any steps to purchase the Gas Works from the Gas Co., beg to ask them to extend their offer to sell for a period of five years, and to get a clause to that effect in their Bill. Laying New Gas Mains.—The Surveyor reported herein as follows As this Committee are probably aware, a very large order will be given very soon now by the Gas Co. for the breaking up of Conway Road, from Station Road to the Gas Works, and as this will for some months cause havoc to the surface of this road, I have, with a view to minimising this effect as much as possible, drawn out a plan, in which this breaking up can be carried on, and I would ask that this be conveyed to the Company with a request that they or their contractor endeavour to observe the same in carrying out the work.Plan of the manner in which the Colwyn Bay and District Gas and Light- ing Coy. (Limited) shall take up and remove the old mains in Conway Road, commencing at or near Station Road, Colwyn Bay :-A, trench to be excavated of not greater width than 24 inches, and of no greater length than 300 feet at a time. Great care must be taken to keep the top facing metal separate from the lower formation of the roadway, so that they may not become mixed together; no metal is on any account to be removed from the street. The mains must be taken up with all possible speed, and instantly con- veyed away, without being allowed to remain at the sides of the streets. The new main to be laid in the trench and jointed with as little delay as possible; the trench to be then at once filled in, care being taken to replace all the materials of which the road- way is formed in their proper positions. All extra filling in that may be required owing to the removal of the mains, shall be done on the surface with the best local stone pitching Penmaenmawr granite, broken so as to pass all ways through a ring of two inches internal diameter, the top of the trench being always kept flu^h .with the surface contour of the roadway. No earth, rubbish, or other material, shall be allowed to be brought on to the ground by the Gas Company for the purpose of filling in. nor shall any material of any kind be allowed to be brought from any other excavations that may be madd by the Gas Company in any other parts of the town, for the purpose of laying or removing mains. The filling in to be done in the proportion of one man filling to two men ramming with panners of not less weight than 301bs each. During dry weather, a plentiful supply of water must be allowed to run into the trench whilst the filling in is in progress, for the purpose of con- solidating the ground. The traffic must not in any case be impeded, and planks must be placed across the excavations where necessary, for the convenience of foot passengers. The work shall be suspended, if necessary, on any day as the Council's Surveyor may deem proper for the convenience of the public. All pipes shall be within three feet of the surface of the road, and in view of the use of a steam roller, the Council shall be held free in case of any accident happening to the pipes, and the cose of reinstating any pipe shall be borne by the Company. Esplanade and Sea IVall.-A letter was read from the Local Government Board, returning plans herein, and requiring further particulars. Resolved that it be an instruction to the Surveyor to immediately ( supply the information required.—A letter was also read from Mr Stafford Howard herein. -Resolved that the Clerk be instructed t6 write to him to proceed ..J. with the engrossment of the conveyance and lease without delay. Referring to the gas-mains, Mr Bevan said that that was a very long and complicated report, and they ought to have had it earlier, so that they could have considered it. The report having been read by the Clerk, Mr Bevan called attention to the provision respecting the trench. It was, he said, the Gas Company's duty to supply the town with gas, and the only way they could do that, while repairs were in progress, was to lay a temporary main along the surface of the toad. Besides, he asserted that the Council had no more to say as to the cutting and opening of the road, and as to how it was to be done, than that (snapping his fingers). Con- tinuing, Mr Bevan said that it did not matter to him, but he wanted the Council to understand that in these matters the Company were guided by Act of Parlia- ment as to how they cut up the roads, and therefore they (the Council) could not make the law and put im- possible conditions. It was not fair nor right. The Rev Venables-Williams said that the first con- dition laid down by the Surveyor, was an utterly im- practicable one, and he thought that the Surveyor would abandon it. The Surveyor having said that he was afraid it could not be insisted upon, it was accordingly abandoned. Mr Bevan then moved an amendment that a trench of 300 yards be allowe i, instead of one of 300 feet. After some discussion, it was decided, on the motion of the Chairman, that the Surveyor's conditions should go to the Gas Company, as recommendations from the Council. The Highway Committee's minutes as amended, were then confirmed. SANITARY COMMITTEE. This Committee's minutes, among other things, contained the Surveyor's Report, from which it ap- peared that for the last weak or nine days the pres- sure and supply from Cowlyd has been all that could be desired. In the examination of the 6inch main, I regret to state that the meter was broken, and, being that Mr Farrington expressed a wish that the same should be repaired, I think it right to acquiint the Committee that it will cost about -88 to £10 to do so, so I shall be glad to have the Committee's opinion before it is done." The minutes also contained the following :— Cowlyd Board.-It was resolved, that the Council be recommended to consider the letter forwarded by Mr Parry, the Clerk t > the Cowlyd Board, to the Local G )vernment B Hrd, and that a further letter be sent to the Local Government Board, calling their attention to the letter of the 11th September, on the question of increased representation on the Cowlyd Board." The Rw Venables-Williams moved the adoption of the Sanitary Committee's recommendations. Mr Blud called attention to the omission (from the minutes) of a resolution to appoint a Byelaws Com- mittee, and moved that such a Committee, consisting of the whole Council, be appointed. This was agreed-to, a suggestion being made that after such byelaws had been fixed upon, they should be submittei to a com- petent outside gentleman for ex imination. THE RHOS SEVVEK, CONTRACTOR. Messrs R. Jones and R. D ivies, the contractors for the Rhos Sewer, wrote saying that the unexpected presence in the ground, of huge boulders, etc., in L,le the work so difficult that they were afraid that they would lose about £ 50 on the contract, and entreated the favorable consideration of the Council. In answer to a question by the Rev Venables- Williams, the Surveyor said that the ground had turned out very differeut indeed to what he expected when he formed his estimate of cost of the work. It contained boulders about half the size of the Board's table. Mr Blud moved, Mr John Roberts seconded, and it was unanimously resolved, that the contractors be informed that the Council expected the work to be carrie I out accordin,- to t ie contract price. ,rHF LOCAF, GOVEP.NAIENT BOA,-D'S LETTEP.- I ?l r R ?bert Evtns having expressed a desire to know what was in a certain letter (from the Local Government Board) referred-to in the Highway Com- mittee's minutes, the letter was read and proved to contain requests for further information respecting certain portions of the proposed Promenade. MR HULL AND THE PROMENADE. The Surveyor read a correspondence he had hid, with Mr Hull, respecting the Promenade in front of the piles, and was directed to supply Mr Hull with plans of what was prop>sad to be done there, a rough sketch of the same to be submitted to the Council. THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. The minutes of this Committee, the adoption of which was moved by Mr Bevan, contained uhe following: Surveyor's Cash, £ 15t 5s 2d; Collector's Receipts, Xitl 198 8d; Treasurer's Receipts, -6145 9s lid; Treasurer's Balance, £ 1,037 9s lid; Payments, £ 854 2s. IV,t,ter Itate.-Thp Clerk read a letter from the London and North-Western Railway Company heroin, and also read Counsel's (Mr Macrnofran) opinion he had obtained on the matter.— It was carried unani- mously, that the matter be referred to the General Meeting on Tuesday next. Re FJxisting Loans.-Tije Clerk reported that he had written to Messrs E. O. Preston and Co., to know if they could advance the money to pty off the loins, rep Lymnt of which is now provided for by sinking funds.—It was resolved that the matter b-j deferred until the end of the financial veir. Works of Sewerage and Water Supply boaa.-It was carried unanim )ualy, that the Clerk be instructed to apply to tne Local Government B )ard for their consent t ) allow the unexpended balance of the Water Supply Loan to meet the excees of expenditure on the Sewerage L,-)an.- Resolved, that the Clerk be instruc- ted to send a copy of this resolution to the Local Government Board. Main, Roads Account.-Nir John Roberts reported that this matter had come before the M tin roads Committee of the County Council yesterday, and that they had resolved to allow £ 90 per mile only in res- pect of the claim of this Council herein.- Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to write to-day to the Clerk to the County Council that this Council have complied with all the requirements of the County Council, as communicated by the Clerk to the County Council on the 11th October last, and that this Coun- cil fully expect to have the full amount of their claim paid, the same having been audited and certified by the auditor. Also that the average expenditure for the two yeirs is only X120 per mile, and this Council consider that this is the very lowest possible average they can accept. Mr Bevan said that it was necessary that the sinking fund should be paid into this month, and moved that the Clerk be instructed to draw a cheque for the amiunt required, X253. Mr Porter seconded the motion, which was carried. Proceeding, and dealing with the question under the heading of Main Roads, Mr Bevan said that for several yeirs they were under a contract with the County Council, to repair the County Roads at J590 a mile. That contract lapsed, and, when they sent a bill for X90 a mile, the County Council refused to pay it, and asked for a det iled account This came to X120 a mile. Now the County Council refused to pay that, but offered to pay Z90 a mile. The Finance Committee, however, refused to accept that, seeing the County Council had fixed their own terms, a.nd they must adhere to them. [Hear, hoar]. The Surveyor pointed out that Mr Morgan (the Government Purveyor) had sanctioned the charge. The Chairman said that the old agreement was at the rate of i;90 a mile.' An applicttion was made to the County Council to increase it to £ 120 a mile, which was refused. Then the Council refused to take J290 a. mile. Then Mr Humphreys Roberts went over the account-i which Mr Morgan had audited and passed, and siv that they were quite correct. They came to over £1000 for two years. When the County Council saw that, they wanted the Council to take £ 90 a,mile, which they had previously refused to pay. H» thought that the Council ought to stick to their guns. 1 ■ ■ ,A '1 Mr Bevan said that -eaoh,woo over .£700, besides the current year. ( Mr Bliid -pointed out that the County Council had got into a similar difficulty with the Abergele Council, which hid put the matter into Mc Wallis Da^yi&a's hands. After some further discussion, it was decided to confirm the Finance Committee's recommendations, with the exception of that part relating to the Water Rite, which was afterwards dealt with in Committee. A GAS TASTER." Mr William Davies, according to notice, moved that Mr William Jones, Surveyor, be appointed Gas Tester for Colwyn Bay and District, from now till April next." Mr Jones had intimated his willingness to perform the duties without salary/ The Rev W. Venables-Williams a3ked whether it were not the case that the Gas Company had offered to put a photo-meter in the Municipal Buildings. Mr Porter said that he had already informed the Council of that. After some desultory conversation, the Rev W. Venables-Williams said,—I was going to propose some alteration in this motion. Evidently, Mr Wil- liam Davies has acquired a very great taste for the Gas Company and its belongings, and is extremely anxious to get possession of it, and at a memorable meeting its directors, who are members of this Board, were called spies," "blood-suckers," and gas- mongers" [Laughter], and other things. Therefore I move that Mr Davies be appointed Gas Taster for this Council from now to the 1st of April. [Loud laughter]. Mr Davies (loudly and hotly): The conduct of this Gas Company is calling for strong language, and you can see how they are diluting (sic) the Council this morning [Loud laughter], and and they have, I believe, pretty well touting reporters on their side. [More laughter]. The Rev J. G. Haworth thought that they ware doing the Gas Company great injury by some things that were being said. From the courteous way the Directors had treated a deputation of the Board the previous day, he had no doubt that they would do what the Council asked them. Mr Blud pointed out that the Council was not asking the Gas Company to do anything. Mr Davies was proposing that the Surveyor be appointed Gas Tester, and Mr Jones had expressed himself willing to act without a salary. On the motion of Mr Bevan, it was decided to refer the matter to a Committee. COMPLETION OF THE PURCHASE OF THE FORESHORE. It was decided to attach the seal of the Council to the conveyance and lease of the Foreshore, from Mr Stafford Howard (as representing the Woods and Forests) to the Council, the Chairman remarking that he was very glad to see the day when they had, at last, after a long struggle got the Foreshore in their own hands. [Hear, hear]. m. LIGHTING. The Chairman said that the Council had asked the Gas Company to extend the time in which the works might be purchased by the Council to a period of five years, and to insert a clause to that effect in their Brill He thought that the Gas Company would con- sider the matter fairly. He had had no experience himself, but he considered ten per cent was a great deal too high, as, if they intended to purchase the Gas Works, they would have to pay—not 100 per cent, but 200 per cent. Ho hoped that the Council would get some opinion about it. He did not wish in any way to go in an unfair wiy against the Gas Company, but they ought to look to the interests of the general public—the ratepayers,—in regard to these matters, and he was sorry to say that he himself had had no advice whatever from their Clerk. The Clerk (ooldly) Have you asked for any ? The Chairman We expect to have it without asking for it. I can't see myself that our Clerk can be expected to work for two p irties, he can't advice both parties to their best interests. I don't know whether that is possible or not. However, there are some things in the Act that we ought to look to. Mr Blud suggested that, as they had fixed a date for the revision of their byelaws, this matter might be considered at the same time. After reij,(Iin, a letter froin tile Dire?!tors of the Gts Cotnpany, d, lin,- vith cert Lin Points raiso,l by the -,t Council, the Clerk, speaking with grave deliberation, said that, with the Ch tirinari's permission, (which he thought it was only fair to himself should be granted), he would like to reply to a remark the Chairman had just made. That was the first time such a remark had been made. He (Mr Porter) had, through his partner, advised the Committee to have a clause in the Gts Bill, and that advice had been acted upon, and.the Gts Company had accepted it, and he should like the Council to know that that was the only thing they could get by opposing that Bill in Parliament. He had considered that matter from the point of view of the rtepayel's and of the Council. a.nd he could tell the C mncil that, if they opp )sod that Bill, they would probably spend CSOD or Clooo, aud all they could get after all vvould be a clause to the effect that they could buy the Works at the end of five yeirs. Whether it was wise for the Council to 9 ) and sp,3ii(i th?-Lt mgriey, and rii,?ll )nl ret w?l;Lt he y had already practically secured for them by lii ad- vice, was a question which peril ips some one on the Council could answer. At any rate, he (Mr Porter) wished it to be distinctly understood that he had advised the Council to the best of his ability, and after consulting with the very best Parliamentary Agent, what to do. Tliat advice the Council had acted-upon, and the Gas Company had accepted his suggestion, and, in consequence, the Council was now in the position they might attiiu-to after spending tho us mcls of pounds in opposing the Bill in Par- liament. The Chairman said that he felt obliged to Mr Porter, and he was sure taat the Council did too, for that explanation. He felt a great deal of mist h td been cleared away. He thought that that was the only opportunity to make that explanation. It showed that they had giinel all they could gain from the Gas Company. After some further discussion, it was decided, on the motion of Mr Blud, that this an I several other eognatf* matters be further considered at a special Council on Tuesday next. THE HEALTH OF COT.WVJS BAY. The SLir VCV?WR reported that only eight deitths OCCLirreJ *.I the CL)iineil* I)istrict during the pist [ninth, uid those i,,cl.d,2d the i itor. Not death of one s -i single ease ,f infectious disease had occurred during the last three months, —showing a very remarkable state ot* health throughout the District. The births for the last month were seven. THE COWLYD BOARD. Mr Robert Evans asked when it was time to re-elect representatives on the Joint \Vater Board. .\Ir Blud ?;-iid that the Engineer \vl'O conducted the Itiqtiirv ent tives at C,)iiwiv, had stid that the electioll of rei')rt?s a Iv?t, an annual aif lir. Thev were elected annually at Conway. If that was the case, that day was the proper time for electing the Colwyn Bay Council's representatives. He proposed that the present members of the Cowlyd Board be re-elected tili April next. Mr William Davies seconded Mr Bevan objected that the motion was out of order, because the Cowlyd Board members had always been elected (so it was understood) for the full term of three years. Mr Blud's motion was then carried. Mr Bevan again asserted that the proposition was entirely out of order, and could not legally be brought forward without a n Jtice ot motion. The Chairman The Clerk has not given me any advice. The Clerk (coldly) You have not asked me for advice yet. This is the second time this morning, that you have said that. I will read yon the Article on that point.—From the cluse it appeared that elected members should continue in office for the full term of three years, unless otherwise stated. —The Clerk went on to say that, in the first instance, the members were appointed for a period ot three years. Then came their appointment in January last, and there was nothing to show whether they were elected for a week. or a month, or a year, or for three years. Consequently, it was necessary to fall hack on what had occurred before. Then, the members acted for three years, and it was only commonsense to inter that they were elected last January tor a similar period. On the Chairman's suggestion, the matter was deferred for a week, in order to give the Council an opportunity of con- sidering, the Clerk promising to obtain, in the meantime, the opinion of the Board above on the point. Mr Blud Will it be legal ? The Chairman Yes. Mr Blud Then I withdraw my resolution. THIS srKVHVOR APPUSS FOR A TESTIMONIAL. The Chairman read a letter from the Surveyor asking the Council to grant him a testimonial under its seal. The Chiirman said that, personally, he wis very sorry that that letter had come to hand. The Surveyor had done good work for the Council, and, as he had said, he felt sorry that Mr Jones should thin'i ot leaving them. Mr John Roberts did not think that the Surveyor's letter mjant that he was going to leave them. However, if they valued the man, and did not wish him to leave, they might, at the end of the financial year, increase his salary. In his opinion, Mr Jones could get a year elsewhere. He would propose that in the meantime the testimonial asked for be given.. Mr Blud seconded the motion, which was carried. .V- CEMETERY. Referring to this subject, the Chairman said that it was sure to become a very serious question for somebody before long. He would read to the Council some correspondence on the subject, which had passed between himself and Major Birch, as follows "Maes Elwy, St Asaph, N. Wales, Sept. 7th, 1835. — Dear sir,—I Was not able to lay the plans before Sir George Cayley till a short time ago, on account of the state of his health. He desires me to say that he is very much annoyed that your B jard has not fulfilled the promise made through your Surveyor, to extend the main sewer at Rhos from Bryn- hvfrn-d past Nir Birch's tie?v li?uic, ??) tli-it the driiiis fro,?l his Cottaix )Llld be coniic,:ted. and thus tl)ate t ,,es c which is dangerous to health. "Cemetery.—He considers that it would be injurious to his estate to selT the land coloured pink on the plan, as it would It? tv i ?t?%,er;tnco wl,*?ch would b-- iilcoliveiiii?nt, he is xvilliiig t 'Ld?oinin,- 0. the e?l 1on thre etcres or thereabout p? Nos. i ig and 12o, at the rate o three hundred pounds art ot? an acre, or the whole of Nos. 119 and 120 at the same price. "Footpath.—On condition that the whole or part of the land is purchased for a cemetery and the drain at Rhos extended as promised at once, he will give you the land for a footpath along- the whole extent of his property. from the Board School to Manchester House (Bronynant), if you erect a permanent fence and finish the work to my satisfaction. The amount of land required to he settled hereafter. "Sir George Cayley desires me to inform you that the Cemetery, Footpath, and Main Drain must be treated as one question, and he has fixed his terms, which will not be modifiel in any way.—Believe me, yours faithfully, R. F. BIRCH. Thomas Parry, Esq, Chairman, Munic pal Offices,Colwyn Bay. "P.S., -The footpath appears to be about io ft. wide in your plan. We could not grant this width." Lly? kl,d, C,,INvy,) Bay. ?,th Sept,?,nl, 8 5--Dcar sir, )-o?Lir' ?the 7th inst., -1 im extreint?IN- obliged to you I o but was rather disappointed that the terms were not more favourable. With regard to the Sewer at Rhos, I can assure you that this Council have never refused to extend this Sewer as promised. The only reason that it has not been laid before this, is, that they have ?pplied for a loan to cover the cost ot same, and cannot commence the work until the sanction of the Local Government Board is received for this loan, and I don't know what is the cause of the delay in the matter. However you can rely on me urging it on. "Cemetery.—With reference to the above, I feel sure that the site no^y offered by Sir G. Cayley is most unsuitable for this purpose, as owing to the wet state of the sub-soil, it would never be sanctioned by either the Homp Office or the Local Government Board, and I am sure if Sir G. Cayley could only realize its condition, he would not like to confine a Cemetery to this site, and considering how near both the Railway and the Gas Works are to this field, which undoubt- edly prevents it comihg to the market for any other purposif. I can only say'that I see no objection to the establishment of a Cemetery on the top part as proposed, while the bottom might very well be adopted and used for allotment purposes. And in concluding I must state that I consider the price asked for the site, rather high. Fot)tpath.-Regirding this Footpath, it is not intended to make it of any greater width than six feet for the whole length, and therefore I think the question might very well be kept outside that of the Cemetery, or, if you think proper, I would agree with this and the Main Drain at Rhos being treated as one question, and I have no doubt but what the District Council will agree with the other terms which you mention in connection with the same. However, I have only to thank you for the trouble which you have taken in the matter, but, before I finally bring your letter before this Council, I shall be extremely pleased if I could again have a personal interview with you, when next vou will lie here.- I remain, yours very truly, THOMAS PARRY, Chairman of the Council. Major R. F. Birch, Maes Elwy, St Asaph. P.S. I enclose the two tracings in case you may require refer to them again." "Maes Elwy, St Asaph, November 23rd, isgi. -Dezir sir,- I have nothing to add to my letter of Sept. 7th, 1895, the terms of which, as arranged by the late Sir George Cayley, would be carried out by his successor, Sir Everard Cayley.— Believ e me, yours truly, R. F. BIRCH. Jones, Esq, Colwyn Bay. Since the ?rt?ccipt f th e last letter, 'Ir Parr?- had seen o Major Birch again. and had begg-ed of him to reconsider the terms. He had received the following reply :— "Maes Elwy, St Asaph, Dec. 19th, 1895--Dear sir.— Cemetery.—I find the quantity of land you enquired about is II Yz acres. The price you offered, namely, £ 2000, I laid before Sir Everard Cayley, and it was at once declined, as I expected. I am instructed to say that he will take the sum of three thousand pounds (^3000), if the matter is at once concluded,^ and he will on these conditions, give the land (portion ot his property) for a footpath to Mochdre. — Believe me, yours truly, R. F. BIRCH. T. Parry, Esq. Mr \V. Davies asked whether it would not be better to call in an arbitrator. Something" must be done. He would move that the Land Clauses be put in force. On the motion of Mr Bevan however, seconded by Mr Porter, the whole question was referred to the Sanitary Committee. The Council subsequently resolved itself into a Committee.