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to their proposal. On the 8th of this month the Board reminded the District Council that they had not received the information asked for, and no reply has yet been received by the Board. With respect to the charities, the Board on the 18tli inst received certain information for which they had applied in September last, and, subject to the concurrence of the Charity Commissioners, the Board were prepared to issue the Order ap- plied for. Six EDUCATIONAL SUCCESSES.— Rydal Mount (Headmaster, Mr T. G. Osborn. M.A. Cantab., J.P.) has scored no less than six passes in the London University Matriculation. The following are the names of the six successful Rydalians (of whom the first three passed in the First Division, and the others were placed in the Second Division):—Herbert Bedford, Alfred Marsden, Arthur Francis Martin, John Acomb, Frederic William Gatenby, and Frederic Hartley Small- page. WEDDING AT COLWYN BAY.—At the C. M. Chapel, Colwyn Bay, on Monday, February 17th, the Revs Thos Parry and J. Wesley Hughes, offici- ating, Miss M. J. (Cissie) Owen (Bryn-y-Mor), was united in marriage to Mr Edward Hughes, eldest son of Mr E. Hughes (Eirias Bank). Some time before the appointed hour, a nice company had assembled at Engedi to witness the ceremony, amongst whom were several old friends and school-companions of the bride and bridegroom. The bride was given away by her father, Mr R. Owen, and her maids were the Misses M. L. Hughes (Eirias Bank, Colwyn Bay) and M. E. Hughes (Minavon, Conway). The best man was Mr W. R. Owen (of London), the bride's brother. After the ceremony, the happy pair and their friends proceeded to Bryn-y-Mor, were a sump- tuous spread had been prepared, after doing duty to which, and having received the congratulations of friends and wellvvishers, the young couple left per the 1.26 p.m. train for Anglesey, where the honeymoon was to be spent. The following is a list of the wedding presents :-The Bridegroom, album Mr and Mrs E. Hughes, tea-set Mr and Mrs T. W. Hughes (Conway), silver tea-pot Mr R. B. Hughes (Conway), table-cover; Miss M. A. Hughes (Conway), table-cloth Miss M. E. Hughes (Conway), case of serviette-rings Miss Eunice Hughes (Conway), set of jugs; Miss M. L. Hughes, breakfast cruet-stand Miss J. A. Hughes, butter-cooler Mr Enoch Hughes, coal-scuttle Mr W. R. Owen, eiderdown quilt Miss A. L. Owen, hand-painted mirror; Mr J. D. Davies (Mount Pleasant), photo-frames and letter-holder; Miss Emily Wood (Llandudno), table-cloth Mr and Mrs Madren, tea-set Mr Berth Jones, toast-rack Miss Annie Grimsditch (Esher, Surrey), ink-stand The Misses Owen (Bodwrog), butter-knife and preserve-spoon Mr Owen (Bodwrog), silver spoon Mr and Mrs Dowell, tea-cosy Miss Jennie Vaughan (London), afternoon tea-set The family at Llys Aled, counterpane and towels. N COMPANY 2ND V. B. R. W. F. FIFE AND DRUM BAND.—On Wednesday afternoon, Feb- ruary 26th, a comical football match was played at the Board School field (kindly lent for the occasion by Mr T. G. Osborn), in aid of the funds for the formation of a drum-and-fife Band for the N (Colwyn Bay) Company 2nd V. B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. A procession was formed, at half-past two, in front of the Public Hall, and paraded the principal streets. On a long lorry belonging to Mr J. Williams, a troupe of the Amateur Theat- ricals were seated. Among those in the proces- sion were the following characters, some of whom rode horses kindly lent by Mr F. Davies (coach- propt ietor):-The One-eyed Kaffir (E. Dagmar), Clown (E. H. Chaplin), Indian Chief(Stephenson), Chinaman (James), Trilby (Davies), Sammy the Tramp (Condron), Ally Sloper (Meirs), Cyclist (Lewis Jones), Volunteer (W. Davies), New Woman (Geo. Mason), Buffalo Bill (Jackson). Naval Officer (Godden), Coastguardsman (Homan), Volunteer (Wallis), Field Marshal (Warburton), Lance-keeper (Willis). The town team, whose members wore toppers, were restricted from kicking the ball when their hats were off, and were not allowed to give short kicks for goal, was composed as follows:—Goal, Maurice Davies; R. Salisbury, C. G. Roberts, J. Hully, M. W. Lloyd, Robert Jones, Percy Jones, Edgar Allen, W. Roberts, Tommy Williams, and Allen Jones. There was a good attendance at three o'clock, when, in the unavoidable absence of Mr Edwin Jones, Capt. F. Stubbs kicked off, and the fun commenced, and was greatly enjoyed by the spectators. The trophy was the Due de Mochdre's Challenge Cup," and the Burlesque team used all dodges to get the ball through, once taking it through on horseback. The Field Marshal and Lance Keeper were busy throughout the game, as also was the Ambulance Corps (under the superintendence of Whitby). A lock-up was erected on the field, and to this quarter all transgressors of the law were hauled. Several of the make-ups were excellent, and the result of the game was most satisfactory to the Burlesque team, who carried away the trophy. No doubt the fund will thus receive a satisfactory send-off, towards the proposed new Band. ENGEDI YOUNG LADIES' TEA-PARTY AND EN- TERTAINMENT.—A most enjoyable tea was placed upon the tables at Engedi Schoolroom, at four o'clock on Wednesday atternoon, February 26th, and the room was well filled with a company of well-wishers, who, from the happy expressions on their faces, evidently enjoyed the good things provided. Among the ladies who attended to the wants of the company, were:—Miss Evans, Ratonah Miss Jones, Harland House; Miss Jon, Dinglewood; Miss Roberts, Maenan House; Miss Dinah Williams, Victor Road; Miss Katie Davies and Miss Polly Williams, Grosvenor House Miss Williams, Audley House (Llewelyn Road); Miss Jones, Clwyd Villa: Miss Kate Williams, Llys Arvon Miss Carrie Jones, Car- trefle and Miss E. J. Evans, Pinehurst. The provisions were ably presided-over by Miss Lewis, Bradford House Miss Maggie Owen, Bodwrog; Miss Davies, 6, Victor Road Miss Hughes, Eirias Bank and Miss Davies, 1, Ivy Buildings. Miss Owel (Bodwrog) ably captained the whole arrangements. In the evening, an entertainment was held, Mr Jones (Harland House) in the chair. The programme was as follows:—Pianoforte duett, The Misses Jones brief address, the chairman song, Bwthyn yr Amddifad," Miss N. A. Roberts; recitation, "Carlo," Miss Anna Davies song, Merch y Cadben," Mr J. O. Davies, and, as an encore, A welwch chwi V;" song, Profiad plentyn y meddwyn," Llinos Cefni, and, as an encore, 0 Rest in the Lord selection on the auto-harp (encored), Miss E. J. Evans song, Gwlad y Canu," Mr Shad- rach Evans composition in translating, prize (1/-) won by Peter Williams song, The Better Land," Llinos Cefni duett (encored), The Welsh Girls (in costume), the Misses S. E. Jones and N. A. Roberts (accompanied by Miss L. Jones); song, P'le 'rwyt ti Margred Mor- gan," Mr J. O. Davies duett, Waiting and watching." Masters Oswald and Hughie B. Jones; song. Sweetest story ever told," Miss N. A. Roberts recitation, "Y Gof," Mr J. O. Davies and, as an encore, "Pobl drws nesaf; song, Cadlef Morganwg," Mr J. H. Roberts and, as an encore, Mynydd Aberdyfi." Mr Dowell proposed the vote of thanks to the chairman and singers, and Mr Evan Owen seconded, after which Miss Jones (" Llinos Cefni") sang "Hen wlad fy Nhadau." COLWYN BAY PRIMROSE LEAGUE. FIRST GRAND ENTERTAINMENT. This entertainment took place on Saturday evening, February 15th, when the Public Hall was well-filled for the enjoyment of an extensive programme. The chair was taken by Mr John Marston, J. P., of Wolverhampton, in the unavoid- able absence, through family bereavement, of the Rev. J. Gorrel Haworth (Ruling Councillor). After the introductory remarks of the chairman, explaining that this was the first public appearance of the Colwyn Bay League, the speech of the evening was made by Mr Charles Marston, who, in the course of his able address, touched upon the principles of the Primrose League, and showed how, when rightly undei st >od, they brought the members into such harmot i> >• relations that, in the words of the poet, "Tli,- rich man loved the poor man, and the poor loved the rich." Mr Marston spoke upon religion and that righteousness which exalteth a nation, and appealed to the audience's belief in the nation's safety whose "God is the Lord." The speaker referred also to Home Rule, and pointed out how vitally important it was to stand fast to the defence of the Union; when he but reminded them of the imminent danger the United Kingdom was quite unexpectedly drawn into when war was actually counted upon between Britain and America, to show what a sore and dangerous trouble might have had to be faced had Ireland been free to listen to the persuasions and demands of that great Irish faction in America, seeing that Ireland is greatly indebted to the Irish Americans for great sums of money and moral support in her fights for Home Rule and separation, and a knowledge of the innate retaliating disposition of the bulk of the Irish Political Party is now accurately guaged and amply displayed, and the return of the country to the maintenance and strengthening of the Union was a rallying to the Constitution, which gave a death blow to the dangers of separation. With tnanv other i-einat-ks- itty, and abounding in apt poetic and literary references,—Mr Mars- ton concluded a thoroughly able and enjoyable speech. The programme following, consisted of songs, a glee, a pianoforte solo, and 'cello and pianoforte, all of which were ably rendered by the Misses Everett, Mrs Sewell, Mrs Charles Marston, Mrs (Canon) Roberts, Miss Jukes, Missjumeaux, Miss Bowness, Mr and Mrs Page, Mr J. Owen Davies, Mr Samuels, Mr Llewelyn Davies, and Mr G. H. Mason, and Madam Williams gave great pleasure with her Russian sleigh-bells and auto-harp. The lime-light lantern lecture followed, and the "C audience had an unexpected treat in a graphic and beautiful display on the large sheet, of the principal magnificent ironclads, which were colored exactly as these monster iron battle-ships appear,—also the different compartments of the ships were beautifully shown in sections, where torpedo and all naval etctras are worked; in contrast were shown ships of the "Armada," and other celebrated ships in gigantic full-sail. Then followed pictures of the Army, and "Tommy Atkins was shown in all the glory of his rank. A splendid picture was Ironclads in action," this being a gem of the lantern art, and, with grand life-like portraits of General Wolseley, Mr Chamberlain, etc., etc., and views of the Trans- vaal and the Jameson raid and defeat, which were graphically portrayed, the pictures ended with that of our beloved Queen. The lecture, a very able address, was given by Mr Reginald Bennett, K.C.P.L.S., Clerk of the Grand Council, who kindly came from London purposely. In his opening remarks, Mr Bennett spoke of the character of the Primrose League, of its usefulness, and told the audience that no less than 1400 Associates were enrolled in the last week, and he invited most cordially all truly interested in the nation's welCare (independent of party politics), to send in their names to Mr Paterson (Hon. Sec. Constitutional Club) for Diploma of Association. The thanks of the meeting were due to Mr Charles Marston, of Woh •rhafnpton, for his excellent speech and to Mr J. Marston, for presiding; and to Mr Bennett, for his able lantern- lecture. This was the first public appearance of the Colwyn Bay Primrose League Habitation, and proved a most thorough success, and the entire audience could but hope that it may not be the last this season. DISASTROUS FIRE AT A COLWYN BAY CHURCH. MANY INJURED. MUCH VALUABLE MATERIAL DESTROYED. Shortly before I I o'clock last Sunday morning, early arrivals at St. Blank's Dutch Reformed Church, Colwyn Bay, were made aware by noxious fumes proceeding from the sacred edifice, that an appalliug catastrophe had occurred. It appears that some evil-disposed (or at least care- less and ignorant, if well-meaning) person or persons, after carefully closing all doors and ventilators, had turned on the gas and set fire to several of the jets. These had somehow come in contact with a vast quantity of oxygen, supposed to amount to several hundred cubic yards, which had been stored by the Almighty in the place for the use of worshippers, but which now was being rapidly consumed, leaving only carbonic acid gas and other poisonous gases in its pl.-i. e. The usual congregation arriving shortly ah or, found the carcase of the stately building still standing, and the pews, books, &c., untouched, but the most valuable contents of the Church were already past saving. There was a suggestion made to get a fresh supply by opening some of the numercus ventilators, but this was promptly negatived, as also was a proposal to put the fire out, by the simple expedient of turning off the gas. The con- gregation accordingly entered and took their places in the death chamber, tempting Providence, and hoping by soul refreshment to be fortified against bodily ill, a hope which was disappointed. No,—but, seriously, is this the end of the 19th century and the age of Board Schools, or what is it anyway? CONGO INSTITUTE. The following interesting letter, referring to Industrial Mission work in a new district at New Calabar, West Africa, is from Dr. Tlieo. E. S. Scholes, who is well-known to most of the inhabitants of Colwyn Bay, as he spent some months at the Congo Institute, about two years ago, before he left for Africa:- The Alfred Jones Institute, Buguma, New Calabar, W. Africa, Oct. 30, 1895. To the Executive Committee of the Congo Training Institute, Colwyn Bay, N. Wales. Dear Brethren,—In submitting to you the financial statement of this station for the year now closed, I desire in the first place to record my gratitude to God for His abundant goodness and mercy to us from the time of our advent here to the present moment. These favours have been manifest in the monetary support by which our work has been sustained throughout the year. In the subsidence of hostility on ou entrance, and at subsequent times, when the more determined section of our heathen neighbours clamoured for the worship of their fathers, only and the cessation of the new teaching. Also, in shielding us from serious accidents, and for preserving our own health. Further, I am conscious, and I wish to express my sense of obligation for, your kind and wise indulgence, when the force of an inflexible necessity carried us beyond the limit of expenditure, that you designed for our opera- tion. Nor must I omit alluding to the energy, consideration, and readiness that characterised the dealings of our Secretary, with the requests we have so constantly made, and upon which the steady movement of the entire plant has very largely depended. You .vill doubtless have been informed by Mr Hughes of our trip to Lagos in June, and you will have shared, I presume, in our joy for the opening vouchsafed to us there by the Most High. On the strength of this visit we were able to rep ace the two Accra carpenters- whose indifferent manner-of-work had caused us to part with their services,—with two carpenters from Lagos, to hire a sawyer, advancing a month's wages to each of the three, to pay the passage of the carpenters, and purchase a large rip-saw for the sawyer. But our arrangement with this man- the sawyer—has had a very melancholy termin- ation, tor on missing the branch-steamer with which we were to join the ocean-steamer in the Lagos roads for Bonny, he was left behind,—a circumstance that occasioned us some disappoint- ment,—and, shortly after our return here, in a letter from Lagos, we learned that he was sick in hospital, and in a later letter, that he had died in the hospital of small-pox. Thus what seemed an evil was in reality great good, for had this man come here, and had been smitten down by that fell scourge, in addition to the loss of his services, the consequence might have been nothing less than calamitous to the station. I had had pleasing testimony regarding his Christian character. We had rejected anothersawyerfor themanPrince-will, hut he has since joined us, and with the four boys whom we placed under him to learn, he has already turned a number of logs into boards and scantlings. Our means being inadequate for the employment of a large staff of workmen, the erection of a suitable dwelling has on that account been very slow. The death of the then leading Chief during our stay at Lagos, supplied the pretext, and our absence the opportunity, for passing a law, by the adversaries of the work, forbidding attendance at church, aed commanding the removal of the boys from school; hence on our return we found only four boys at school, and on the first Sunday an audience of some fifteen persons. This last is, however,recovering from the effects of this blow so that on the Sunday before last, there was an audience of 80 persons. But the school, although wearesanguine about its ultimate and triumphant recovery, still lies at the place where it was struck down. The first proof, justifying the excessive outlay last year for cultivation, has appeared in the verdure and bloom of a large field of cassava, plantains, and tarro (cocoa- yams); and as the augury of a harvest that will bring to the vanishing-point our present supplies from Europe. We have incidentally alluded to the spiritual side of the work, which, as the goal and summit of our endeavours, must either, by the signs of its success, cheer, or, by the signs of failure, depress. Making a more detailed refer- ence now, we may mention how much we have been encouraged by the consistent and earnest lives of the few Christians amongst us; a worthy reward they are, of the Church Missionary Society's past labours in districts contiguous to this. And concerning those of whom we may speak, as trophies won by the Gospel during the last twelve months; I will refer to three. These men were among the six whom we first employed; two, and more especially one of the three, were altogether indifferent at first to sacred things, but afterwards a difference in their manner, became apparent, and with it, their unsolicited confession, their upright walk, and general inter- est in matters spiritual, have since confirmed the belief that a change whose well-spring is Christ, has been wrought in them. And now I will close with a very brief notice of our linguistic pursuits. A double portion has been meted out to us in this department, for absorption and assimilation. They are lbo-tlio language spoken over a vast and populous region in these parts, and Idzo,- the local dialect. But the urgency with which the claims of other duties have pressed upon our time, caused four months to elapse before we could enter on the study of the one we elected to begin with. However, since then, although neither with regularity nor allotment of times that we could have wished, we have bee 1 plodding on chiefly with what we may call the anatomy and physiology of the Idzo language; and with the knowledge gained—not that it bears the sem- blance of proficiency—we are now thinking of approaching the Ibo, with our scalpel. With fraternal greetings, I remain, dear Brethren, Yours in the Bond of Service, THOS. E. SCHOLES. M.D. THE COLWYN C.M. COMPETITIVE MEETING. On Wednesday, February 19th, the Colwyn Calvinistic Methodist Sunday School annual competitive-meeting was held, under the most favourable circumstances. The adjudicators were as follow :—Essays: Revs. Dr. N. Cynhafal Jones and T. C. Roberts, both of Colwyn Bay and Rev. W. Foulkes (" Nefynydd"), of Colwyn. Poetry Revs. W. Foulkes and W. E. Jones ("Penllyn"). Music: Mr H. V. Davies, of Ruthin. Miscellaneous: Mrs Evans, Mr J. O. Davies, Mr W. Jones (Glasfryn). Rev. Thomas Parry, Mr Parry Jones, Mr R. Evans, and Mrs Lawrence. Miss Nellie Lloyd was the accom- panist. The afternoon meeting was presided-over by Mr Thomas Jones (Bryn Tirion, Colwyn Bay), who. in his opening remarks, said that there was too much of what was even sublime in the meet- ings, and he thought that History ought to be among the subjects for competition, to make the programme more diversified, the historical subject being not too ami)itlous,for example, the History of the Commencement of the Sunday School in the Parish in conclusion, he wished the meeting every success. After the chairman's address, Miss N. Lloyd gave tine selections 011 the pianoforte. In the baritone solo competition, "Gwlad y Canu," Mr J. O. Davies (Colwyn Bay) proved successful. Miss Annie Davies was awarded the prize for learning a chapter from "Rhodd Mam." For reciting "The Birch Rod" the first prize was awarded to J. E. R.ber.s (Colwyn), Annie Davies being second. In the answering questions on the History of Christ, Harry VVilliams was adjudicated the best. The ,1n:; "Ein Anwyl Wlad," by Mr H. V. Davies, Nv ,s highly appreciated by the large audience, which, by this, had very well filled the room. In the handwriting competition, E. Elwyn Jones (Mochdre) was adjudged worthy of the first prize, and Henry Williams coming in for the seconu (divided). For singing a quartette at first sight, the Wyddan Party carried off the prize. For the prize for the best essay on Joshua, "Ze'o. us" (the only competitor) was adjudged worthy, but did not answer to his name. In the T'and B duett, Messrs Llew. Jones and E. C. Evans proved victorious. With the best sketch of sermons preached at Hebron preaching-meet- ■«ngi Miss Annie Roberts (Colwyn) was a prize- er. In impromptu speech-making (" Tongue" Iic-T ven as the subject), Mr J. O. Davies, Mr R. J. Roberts, and "Maenan" were of equal merit. Fo. reciting, J. Jones, J. E. Roberts, Sarah Jones, ,a1.! E. Jones, were awarded prizes. In the Male Voice Choir competition, the test piece was "Hiraeth," and for the prize (Zi and a silver medal) four Choirs entered, but only two came forward, namely, the Crcjddyn Party, and the Excelsior Party; the lat C'r, after a very careful adjudication, proved to l:,cel by a little, and the Conductor (Mr R. J. s) was invested by Miss N. Lloyd. This brought the afternoon meeting to a close. Tea was provided at the Board School, between the two meetings. The evening meeting commenced at 6.30. Mr F. Nunn presided, after being introduced to the crowded assemblage by the able Conductor (Mr Lloyd Evans). Mr Nunn, who, 011 rising to address the meeting, was loudly cheered, spoke at some length in Welsh, aud said that he was very happy to be present for the first time there in Old Colwyn to preside, "because," he continued, "you are the capital; you are (as we may say) England, and we, Colwyn Bay and Llandrillo and suburbs, are the Colonies." After dwelling on various objects of the meeting, Mr Nunn closed his remarks amidst loud cheering. After a pianoforte duett by Miss Lloyd and Miss Williams, the soprano solo prize was won by Miss Mattie Lloyd, the test piece being the "Holy City." Among those competing for the pi ize tor the best epigram to the Rev. W. Foulkes, Penllyn said that none was of sufficient merit for the prize to be awarded. In the writing of a love-lrtter, W. LI. Jones and Miss Griffith were adjudged equally skilful, Miss Hughes and Arthur Roberts (Fez;ti.iiog) tying for the second prize. For learning the 14th Chapter of "Hyfforddwr," Miss Katie Richards was awarded the 1st prize, Sarah Jones, William Roberts, and David Jones, being also awarded premiums. The best translator proved to be J. W. Jones (Colwyn Bay). Song, "The Sailor's Wife," Mr H. W. Davies, and, as an encore, "No, Sir." David Jones (Chapel House) was the best reciter among the adults, and Mr W. Davies (Warwick House) was the best composer of music. Messrs W. LI. Jones, John Jones, and Thomas Williams, were awarded prizes for answering questions on Joshua and Timothy. In the hymn- singing competition, Mr W. B. Jones's Party, who alone came forward, were adjudged worthy. The best stockings were made by Mrs Jones (Henblas Villa). In speech-making upon Colwyn as it is and as it ought to be," Maenan (the only competitor) was deemed worthy of the prize. For the best fifty lines on "The Fall of Jericho," Maenan was awarded the first (and only) prize. The tenor solo competition, "Old Memories," brought forward 5 contestants, and, after a keen competition, Messrs R. J. Roberts and Llew Jones were adjudged equal in merit. Two Parties entered tor 1 he competition for the prize (Li) for singing -I \N'ele'j- Hafa,i, W,-Je'j- Artial, and Mr W. H. Jones's Party (Colwyn) were the victors. The best essay-writer was Mr David Edwards. The usual vote of thanks, and the singing of the Welsh National Anthem, brought the meeting to an end. Messrs Lloyd Evans and Mr Roberts proved themselves very efficient as Secretary and Treasurer respectively, and, as for the musical Adjudicator, he proved to be in every way satis- factory, as did also Miss Lloyd as accompanist. Mr Lloyd Evans also proved himself a thoroughly capable Conductor.