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CONWAY. Parish Church (Sunday Services): 8.0 a.m. Celebration of the Holy Communion. 9.45 a.m. Welsh service. 11.15 a.m. English service. 6.0 p.m. Welsh service. 10.30 a.m. daily, Matins. St. Agnes: 6.0 p.m. English service. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.-(English Services).— Next Sunday: Morning 11.0, evening 6.30, Mr J. Marshall. 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. IOq- EGLWYSRHOS PARISH.—Mr D. J. Davies, B.A. (St Catherine's College, Cambridge), of the Bangor Diocesan Divinity School, has been selec- ted to be the Second Curate of Eglwysrhos, and is a candidate for ordination next Trinity by the Bishop of St Asaph.—A more than ordinarily attractive parochial tea and sale-of-work is to be held at Deganwy on Easter-Thursday afternoon (April 9th), and will be succeeded by an ovation rendered by the three Church Choirs (Deganwy, Craigydon, and Llanrhos), amalgamated for the occasion. For further particulars see our adver- tising columns. MAJOR THOROLD (LATE ADJUTANT 2ND V. B. R., W.F.).-Those members of the 2nd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers who can recall to mind not only the suave courtesy coupled with practical efficiency invariably displayed by their ex-Adjutant (Major Thorold) but also the regret sincerely expressed at an Officers' dinner at the Castle Hotel (Conway) on the occasion of Major Thorold's departure to rejoin his Ragiment, on which occasion it will be remembered a testimonial was presented to Mrs Thorold, will have been gratified upon hearing the pleasing intelligence contained in the following "Military Note" in The Globe: 11 Major C.C. Hayford Thorold, who gets the command of the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is a Lincoln- shire man, son of the late Sir John Hayford Thorold, Bart. He was born 43 years ago, and before entering the 23rd Fusiliers had served in the South Lincoln and 5th Lancashire Militia. He has had twenty-four years' Army service, and has been Instructor of Musketry and Adjutant of the 23rd, and an Adjutant of Volunteers." SCIENCE AND ART.—At the recent drawing examination held at the Conway Boys' School, Miss Maude Kent, a pupil-teacher at the Girls' School, sat for examination in freehand, and was successful in obtaining a second class certificate (Second Grade). She was instructed by Miss Wheeler, the head mistress. CONWAY HORSE SHOW COMMITTEE.—At the Conway Horse Show General Committee's meet- ing, at the Guild Hall, on Friday afternoon, March 13th, the Vice-President (Mr W. F. Jones) in the chair, the proceedings of the Executive Committee were confirmed, and it was decided to leave to the Secretary (Councillor Tosdevine) the selection of the place for the judges' dinner. TRINITY COLLEGE EXAMINATION.—We are glad to find the name of Miss Sarah E. Edwards (Stanley House. Conway), in the list of candidates successful in passing in the Pianoforte Theory (Junior Division) Examination of Trinity College, London. We may note that Miss S. E. Edwards is well-known locally on the concert platform, and has gained several medals and prizes at Eistedd- fodau. She is a pupil of Mr S. M. Jones, of Pen- maenmawr. DRINKING FOUNTAINS. -The followingappeared among the Special Welsh Notes" of The Liver- pool Mercury, dated March 13th, 1896: There is in existence a Prince Llewelyn memorial, and it has been erected at Conway through the liberality of Mr Albert Wood, at one time Mayor of that ancient borough. It is supposed to be a drinking fountain for man, woman, and beast, but as yet the water has not been turned on. The Borough Engineer, who is also in charge of the Cowlyd water scheme, one of the biggest yet seen in North Wales—blames the architects for the delay. However, there is a promise that the water shall be turned on before the close of this week. Public memorials of this character suffer somewhat in the Conway and Llandudno district. In Mostyn-street at Llandudno may be seen an obelisk, evidently a costly one, designed for a double purpose-lo serve as a drinking-fountain and to be the memorial to a lady who had pro- longed her life by residing at Llandudno. The Town Commissioners declined to be at the expense of connecting the water supply. The relatives of the deceased lady disavowed any responsibility, and the Mostyn-street fountain continues dry, a warning that good intents should not be writ in water never to be supplied." CONWAY LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY. —A number of the Society's memhers and other influential townspeople congregated at the Guild Hall, Conway, on Tuesday evening, March 10th, to hear the Vicar (Rev J. P. Lewis, M.A.) give his Chit-chat Reminiscenes of Travel in Switzer- land," illustrated by limelight views ably displayed by Mr Charles Farrington. The Vicar was briefly introduced by Vice-President J. Roger Dawson, who occupied the chair pending the termination of the unavoidable temporary absence (through an unforeseen business engagement) of the President (Mr T. B. Farrington, C.E.). The Vicar explained that the trip was taken last September, under arrangements made with the Grindelwald Reunion Tourist Agency, the route being via Cologne, and the objective point Grindelwald, many of the localities of scenic or historic interest being visited ell route, including the lovely town and lake of Lucerne, the Castle of Chillon (on Lake Geneva), Lake Thurn, Berne, Zermatt, and Interlaken. Quaint village scenes, rushing torrents on the hillside, and beautiful scenery of all descriptions were portrayed by slides shown through the magic-lantern. Around Grindelwald itself, the mountain scenery became magnificently wild, and views of glaciers sur- rounding the Jungfrau, the Wetterliorn, and the Matterhorn, were projected on to the screen, as well as a scene of thrilling interest and imminent danger on the Foulhorn. Other notable peaks were to be observed in the distance in several of the pictures, and throughout the display the Vicar was recounting -in pleasant and characteristic style his experiences during a too-brief season of travel full of variety and incident.—The President expressed the thanks of the audience to the Vicar. who briefly responded. Afterwards, most of the members present remained, at the invitation of the President, who put plainly before them the very critical state of affairs caused by sparse attendances at the ordinary meetings of the Society, and expressed a personal desire that as many members as possible would attend at the Guild Hall, at eight o'clock on Friday evening, March 20th, when, precedent to a debate (on "Should Cyclists be Taxed ?"), the causes con- tributing to the increasing laxness in attendance would be discussed, with a view to either remedy- ing the same, or declaring the Society's work to have been accomplished (and the Society at an end). At that meeting, he hoped that all the members would speak openly their individual opinions.-The Society unanimously resolved to cordially adopt the observations made by the President, on the motion of Vice-President J. Roger Dawson, seconded by Vice-President J. P. Griffiths. CONWAY BOARD OF GUARDIANS. At the Conway Board of Guardians' meeting on Friday, March 6th, the Chairman (Rev W. Venables-Williams) presided, and there were also present the Vice-Chairman (Mr John Davies), Alderman Hugh Hughes, the Rev David Davies, County Councillors John Roberts, and Hugh Owen, and Messrs J. Allanson Picton, Hugh Caraher, J. E. Fincham, Edward Williams, Richard Jones, Henry Williams, G. O. Jones, W. F. Jones, Robert Evans, Thomas Roberts, and Owen Williams, and the Clerk (Mr T. E. Parry). THE HOUSE. The Master reported 107 inmates as against 117 in the corresponding period last year; 30 vagrants had been relieved during the month. Mrs Goode and other ladies had visited the house, with Captain Griffith, of the Church Army, the latter delivering an address. Mrs Goode had given each of the officers a handsome book.—Two women inmates had quarrelled. It ended in a "free fight," during which one of the women was much disfigured. "-Tliev were "carpeted" and cross-examined by the Chairman, who severely reprimanded them, and cautioned them, should anything of the kind occur soon again, they would be prosecuted. THE HOME TEACHING SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND. This Society's annual report was read from Miss Young (Bangor), who applied for the annual subscription from the Board. On the motion of Mr. Picton, seconded by Mr R. Evans, the subscription was voted. THE CENTRAL POOR-LAW CONFERENCE. Mr Picton gave an account of his visit as a delegate to the recent Poor-Law Conference, and said that Sir John Hibbert (who presided) had directed attention to what he considered the prevailing laxity in the administration of outdoor relief, and instituted a comparison between the different Unions, showing the relation of outdoor to indoor relief. He (Mr Picton) had a table which showed that nineteen Unions in North Wales gave more relief than any other Union in the country. In the North Wales Unions, it appeared the outdoor paupers were ten times as many as the indoor paupers. Councillor John Roberts said that this was an old tale, and the English people did not under- stand the way paupers were dealt with in Wales, where they did not force their people into the Workhouse. As a result, they very seldom saw a Welsh tramp. The Chairman That never occurcd to me. Is it a fact that Welsh tramps are very few ? Councillor J. Roberts Yes. Councillor Hugh Owen I have known it all my life. The Board agreed that a copy of the Con- ference's report should be obtained for each member. ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE. The Clerk submitted the estimated expenditure for the year ending Lady Day 1897. The estimate for all purposes, including £ 4000 county rate, was jQ12,023 which would require a rate of gd in the L. The rateable value was ^,188,038, a £600 increase in the twelve months. On Councillor J. Roberts's motion, this rate was made. A PROFESSIONAL VALUER. The Assessment Committee applied for the assistance of a professional valuer. Councillor John Roberts mcoved that the applica- tion be granted. He argued that, in view of the recent appeal proceedings at Colwyn Bay, the Assessment Committee uught to have the assistance of a valuer. Mr Caraher seconded, and it was carried. THE DINING-HALL. Three tenders were received for making altera- tion in the hall. That of Mr J. Jones (Conway), Lg as, was accepted. A FATAL ACCIDENT AT TALYCAFN FERRY. On Monday afternoon, March 16th, a very serious accident happened at Talycafn Ferry, on the River Conway. The ferry is the site of an old Roman station, and it is claimed to have been constantly used during a period of 2000 years. There is considerable traffic over the ferry between the counties of Denbigh and Carnarvon. and just now a Company is engaged in the con- struction of a stone bridge over the river to take the place of the boat-ferry. On Monday after- noon, about Kalf-past two, a party of six men were in the small ferry-boat crossing the river. The river was in full flood from the recent heavy rains. The wind was blowing a gale straight down the river, and the tide was running out like a mill-race. As a result, the boat drifted swiftly down the stream, and, in order to stay its progress, some of the occupants clutched at a rope that was close by, with the intention of pulling the boat back into the course, but the movement was fatal, for in a moment the little boat was gunwale under, and the next moment its occupants were struggling in the flood. Mr Charles Farrington, son of the Engineer of the Cowlyd Water Scheme, clung to a pile stuck in the river. Others clung to the rope, and all were ultimately saved with the exception of a man of about sixty years of age, known as Davydd Eglwysbach or Dafydd lalen Fedw," an itinerant vendor of birchrods, who got entangled in the boat gear, and was held under water till he was drowned. The ferryman himself was in an unconscious state when rescued, and remained for two hours, but persistent attention by Dr. Williams, of Conway, medical assistance having been summon- ed by telegraph, at last brought him round, and he is now as well as can be expected. The Liverpool Mercury reports that Dr. Caithness on Wednesday held an inquest on the body of David Jones, a hawker, who was drowned by the upsetting of the ferry-boat at Talycafn on Monday afternoon. A verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned. Conway Town Council. At the Conway Town Council's monthly meeting called for 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, March nth, at the Guild Hall, Conway, the Mayor (Councillor Humphrey Lewis) presided. The Council is constituted as follows, those present being indicated by an asterisk, the time of arrival being shown within brackets following each asterisked name :— THE MAYOR: [Councillor Humphrey Lewis.] ALDERMEN (4): *Hugh Hughes (2.31). Hugh Jones. #William Hughes (2.35). *H. Lloyd-Mostyn (2.29). COUNCILLORS (12): *R. A. Prichard (2.34). *A. W. Jones (2.2;)). *J. W. Tosdevine (2 29). *Uwen Jones (2.37). C. J. Wallace. *Jolin Hughes (2 29). *Hugh Jones (2 41). *M. J. Morgan (2.35). *John Williams (2 31). *Humphrey Lewis (2.33). *Edward Roberts (2 29). *A. Netherwood (2 29). OFFICIALS Town Clerk: *Mr T. E. Parry (2.29). Borough Surveyor,$c.: *Mr T. B. Farrington, C.E. (2.33). Collector: *Mr T. M. Jones. THE HARBOUR MASTER'S REPORT. The Harbour Master reported that, during January, he had collected £ 1 I is. 8d. Perch Dues. and £ 3 8s. 8d. Quay Dues. THE MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer's report was presented in the Sanitary Committee's minutes, and its recom- mendations were ordered to be carried out. PROPOSED ADDITIONAL LAMPS. A special Sub-Committee having reported sundry recommendations as to additional lamps, the report was referred to the Sanitary Committee, on the motion of Councillor Dr M. J. Morgan, seconded by Councillor Tosdevine. THE GAS AND WATER CONTRACT. Councillor Roberts called attention to the financial matters of the above-named contract having been paid otherwise than through the Finance Committee's recommendations, and asked the Borough Surveyor a series of questions directed to elucidating this point, but was eventu- ally ruled out of order. Thereupon, Councillor Roberts gave notice of motion to have presented to the Council a special report showing dates, methods, amounts, etc., of all payments under this contract, and in this he received the support of Alderman Hugh Hughes. FINANCE STATISTICS. The Finance Committee's minutes of February 25th, stated that the Rate-Collector had collected L'058 13s. iod., leaving L1624 17s. id., and that, by the Treasurer's book. it appeared that there was balance due to him of L4295 6s. iod. The Finance Committee recommended for pay- ment sundry accounts totalling 6408 2s. A BREEZE. A scene arose upon a recommendation, by the Finance Committee, that legal proceedings be taken to recover the Z 13 9s. i i d. arrears on the Ty Mawr Road account, it appearing that the only person who had not yet paid being Councillor Williams. Alderman Hugh Hughes moved, and Councillor Dr Morgan seconded, that the legal proceedings be stayed until the Town Clerk had furnished a detailed statement of cost, the seconder animadverting on the petty jealousies" displayed by some memhers of the Council. This caused discussion, in the course of which atten- tion was called to councillor Dr Morgan's observation. Alderman Hugh Hughes, rising, was called to order as having already exhausted his right to speak, but disregarded the ruling of the Mayor, who threatened to leave the chair. A wordy warfare thereupon ensued between Alder- man H. Hughes and the Mayor, acrimonious observations being made amid cries of Order, Order." Upon Alderman Hugh Hughes mo- mentarily resuming his seat, it was moved and seconded that Councillor Dr Morgan be asked to withdraw his remark. This he did, and Councillor Dr Pnchard afterwards expressed a hope that Councillor Williams would pay the amount due from him, and he (Councillor Dr Prichard) would support him in getting a refund should he prove to have been overcharged. Eventually, after further discussion, Councillor Williams consented to Councillor Prichard's suggestion, upon the Town Clerk adding that he would gladly furnish to each member of the Council the detailed statement desired. SAND FROM THE MORFA. The Council confirmed the Finance Committee's unanimous recommendation that no person be allowed to take any sand from off the Morfa. TY MAWR. The Council also confirmed the Finance Com- mittee's report upon the Ty Mawr building estate. The Committee resolve-I unanimously not to entertain the claim of Mr William Williams, r (of Jubilee Street, Llandudno) to a part of Ty Mawr, inasmuch as the claim should have been made and substantiated in Court, when the action for the recovery of the possession of the property was instituted by the Corporation. A letter was read from the Local Government Board, com- plying with the Town's application for sanction to the sale of Ty Mawr freeholds. THE MORFA BUILDING FACILITIES. Councillor Roberts gave notice of motion to request a town's-meeting upon questions con- nected with facilities for building upon the Morfa. THE RAILWAY ALTERATIONS AT THE JUNCTION. The Council's deputation (The Mayor. Town Clerk, and Borough Surveyor) reported upon their conference with the L. & N. W. Company's officials relative to the Company's proposed alterations at Llandudno Junction. The deputaj tion reported very favorably, and were now thanked by the Council for their very successful efforts, on the motion of Councillor Dr Morgan. From amended plans now approved by the Council, and from the deputation's report, it appeared that the Company now propose modify- ing the diversion of highroad so as to join the existing Colwyn Bay road in front of the first house to the eastward after passing the Old Ferry, instead of joining the existing road at Penybont and that the Station entrance is to be not farther than about 470 lineal yards eastward from the present entrance. The modification of the diversion of highway, will render unnecessary the purchase of the houses to the eastward of the Old Ferry.

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