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LIST OF VISITORS. I
LIST OF VISITORS. I COLWYN BAY. IMPORTANT NOTICE. All Lists of Visitors must reach the Central Library, Colwyn Bay, not later than seven o'clock on the Wednesday evening, for otherwise they will be too late for insertion in the current week's issue. PWLLYCROCHAN HOTEL. (Mr J. Porter, proprietor.) Mr and Mrs Watkins, Bolton F. Watkins, Esq, do Rev J. K. Watkins, Little Lever Vicarage, near Bolton Miss M. Soyez, Manchester Master Demetriadi, do Master Manoly Demetriadi, do Mr and Mrs Hodgkinson, Marple Mr and Mrs Bodden, Oldham Wichelhaus, Esq, Rockferry Mr and Mrs G. B. Maclean, Malvern F. Cooke, Esq. Crewe Miss Cooke, Winsford Mr and Mrs Rowcliffe,Alderley Edge COLWYN BAY HOTEL. (Miss Jones, Manageress). Hon. Lady Smyth, & maid, London Miss Hassard, Hodderston E. A. Neele, Esq, Chester E. Leecs, Esq, Manchester G. Atherton, Esq, Stockport Mrs Atherton, do W. Atherton, Esq, do D. Atherton, Esq, do Miss E. Atherton, do Miss Alice Marshall, do C. J. Lund, Esq, do Mrs Lund, do T. Hannett, Esq, Manchester Mrs Hannett, do H. Hollingdrake, Esq, Stockport Robert Hollingdrake, Esq, do J. Heywood, Esq, Manchester Mrs Heywood, do E. B. Haigh, Esq, Liverpool Mrs Haigh, do J. Wand, Esq, Birmingham G. Bent ley, Esq, Bury Mrs Bentley, do Thomas Howe, Esq, Manchester Mrs Baker and friend, Leamington B. G. Harff. Esq, Smyrna Mrs Rowe.: Liverpool W. H. Lindrea, Esq, Bristol Mrs Lindrea, do Lucas Clements, Esq, Cootehill, Ireland Mrs Clements, do A. E. Lloyd, Esq, Lord Mayor of Manchester Mrs Bowers, Market Bosworth Harold Smith, Esq, Kenley, Surrey Mrs Harold Smith, family & maid,do W. J. P. Smith, Esq, Walsall Percy T. Gask, Esq, Eccles LOCKYER'S PRIVATE HOTEL. Mrs McKean, Bowdon, Cheshire Miss McKean, do Miss Miller, do Mr and Mrs Salmon, Stone, Staffs. Misses Salmon (2), do Mr and Mrs Standing, Leigh, near Manchester Mrs Sankey, Wolverhampton Misses Sankey (2), do Mr and Mrs J. W. Sankey, do Master C. Sankey, do Mr and Mrs Proctor, Macclesfield Mr H. Elliott, Manchester PENSION EDELWEISS. (Misses Retemeyer) Miss Foster, Edgbaston Miss Hayes, Liscard Mrs Grierson, Holywell Miss E. D. Grierson, do Mrs Rogers, Wrexham Miss Mansell, Shrewsbury H. Grimshaw,- Esq, Manchester Fallowfield, Wynnstay Road- Misses Pierson Mr Pierson Mrs Hutton, Tattenhall Miss Scott, do Somerset Boarding House—The [Misses Wright A. G. Hunter, Esq, Manchester F. Holtum, Esq, Birkenhead Mrs Holtum, do Miss Fry, do Miss Lee, do Tranmore, Wynnstay Road—Mrs [Haram Mr and Mrs Pye, family and nurse, Wolverhampton Ikorana, Boarding House, Mostyn Road—Mrs Wright Mrs Griffiths, Liverpool Miss B. Griffiths, do Mrs Cloug-h and friend, Southport Sandringhaai, Mostyn Road—The [Misses Clint Mr Bigland, Spital Mrs Bigh nd, children & maid, do Miss Annie Sloman, Birkenhead Villa Marina, Princess Drive— [Mrs Morgan Rev J. J. Morgan, Kedleston, Derby Mrs J. J. Morgan, baby & nurse,do Mrs Morgan, do Mrs Kent, Ludlow Miss Kent, do Norwood, Promenade- Mrs Hydeclarke, Cheltenham Miss Wade, do Miss Nita Wade, do Mr and Mrs Clarke, Macclesfield Mr and Mrs Rushton, do Mr and Mrs Rawcliffe, family, governess and nurse, Wigan Glan Aber, Conway Road-Mrs [Auchinleck Mr and Mrs Michell, family and maids, St Helens Miss Fox, do I Miss Austin, do Mrs J. N. Cain, Southport Miss Wilson, Creat Crosby, Liverpool Miss Costain, do Hazelmere, Rhiw Road-Mrs Jones Rev J. Jones, B.A., resident Miss Roberts, Buxton Miss Stopford, Lytham Mr R. W. Davies, London Mr Llewelyn Davies, Trawsfynydd Sorrento Boarding House-Miss Wilson Miss Rhind, Cardiff Miss J. Rhind, do Mr W. J. Nichols, Edgbaston Miss Nicholls, do N. Nicholls, Esq, do Mrs Bickley, do The Misses Bickley, do Maenan House, Abergele Road- [Mrs Roberts J. Conollv, Esq, Victoria Park, Wavertree Mrs Conolly, family and nurse, do Ellerscroft, Meirion Gardens—Miss [Davies G. B. Holmyard (resident) Miss Bartlett, Liverpool Mrs Box. family and maid, Rossett Mr Bartar, Chester Miss May Bartar, do Mr and Mrs Roberts and maid, Liverpool Glen Hurst, Greenfield Road- [Miss Carr Mrs Broadbent, baby, and nurse, Birkdale Mr and Mrs Brooks Master Brooks Mrs Brooks, sen., Huddersfield Richmond House,Greenfield Road- [Mrs Berry F. A. Robinson, Esq, Kingsley Road, Northampton Mrs Robinson, do Miss Robinson and nurse, do H. Underwood,Esq,Bridge House, Long Buckley, Northampton Mrs Underwood, family & nurse,do Miss Mackavers, do Master Port, Milverton Miss Davies, Leamington Spa Cardigan House, Greenfield Road- [Mrs Hunt Mr & Mrs Heginbottom, Rochdale Mrs Corfield, Brighton Miss E. M. Heginbottom, Biarritz Master Mark, Northampton Miss Mark, do Miss Holland, do Chesterfield, Greenfield Road-Miss [Wright Mrs Hukin. Olton, Birmingham Miss M. Middleton, do Bushby, Esq, Didsbury Mrs Bushby and child, do R. Jones, Esq, Malvern Mrs Jones and maid, do Conescliffe, Greenfield Road- The family and nurses of Mrs Hamer, Belmont, Hereford Mr and Mrs Bedforth and family, Huddersfield Miss Taylor, do Miss Armitage, do La Plata Villa, Greenfield Road- Mrs Ronald, Liverpool Miss Ronald, do W. Ronald, Esq, do Miss Couthelly, Pendleton Miss Leaf, do Miss L. Leaf, do Miss F. Leaf, do Miss S. Leaf, do Mrs Palmer and Miss Palmer, Manchester Wrekin Villa, Grove Park—Mrs [Exell Mr and Mrs Geo. C. Hawkins, family and nurse, Handsworth, Birmingham Mrs W. T. Brooks and baby, do Master Leslie Brooks, do Mrs P. W. Marshall and baby, do Rhos Abbey—Mrs Whidborne W. Gray, Esq, Bowdon Mrs Gray, do Mr Douglas Gray, do Miss Newley, Fleetwood QUEEN'S HOTEL, COLWYN. S. L. Plant. Esq, Longton, Staff. F. Goodwin, Esq, do Mrs J. P. Young Master Young Gilbert Beard, Esq, Withington Miss Beard, do Col. and Mrs Eyton, Leintwardine Master Eyton, do
---_-The Pwllycrochan Woods.j
The Pwllycrochan Woods. ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING. LIVELY SCENES. POWERFUL SPEECH BY MR T. G. OSBORN. However apathetic the ratepayers of Colwyn Bay have shown themselves in the case of two public meetings recently convened, by the Chairman of the District Council, to consider the purchase of the Gas Works and the Pwllycrochan Woods respectively, they felt, when they found the Woods closed the other day, that the time hid come for decisive action, or at any rate for a determined expression of opinion against the blundering policy adopted by the new rulers of Colwyn Bay in the Council-chamber, It policy which, if persisted-ii', is certain to bring about results pamaging to the prosperity of this famous and popular seaside resort, and, when they found that still another public meeting of all Well-wishers to the Bay was to he held, OIl Monday evening last, in the Public Hall, to re-consider the Woods question, they atten- ded in something like their true strength, and consti- tuted a public meeting as different in quality as in numbers from the paltry little gathering which had taken upon itself to decide the question a few nights before, when only 25 votes were recorded all told. The room was crowded. Of course, many of those present were visitors pure and simple, but their pre- sence was justified, jas the bill invited a.11 well- wishers of Colwyn Bay to attend. Mr A. 0. Walker presided, and w.s supported on the platform by the llcvs W. Venables-Williams and J. G. Haworth, Messrs T. G. Osborn, Jas Wood, Geo Bev.tn, etc., etc., etc. In opening the proceedings, Mr Walker strongly advocated the renting of the Woods, it they could not he purchased owine to the already heavy responsibi- lities of the ratepayers. The price asked for the Woods, by the Company, XSOIIO, was not, in the opinion of some, an extraVMgant one. There was a suggestion to test the right of way through the Woods, but to put that into effect would mean great expense at law. The Woods were an attraction which neither lihyl nor Llandudno possessed, and Colwyn Bay should not lose that attraction [" hear, hear," and loud applause]. The Rev W. Venables-Williams, who was received with cheers, moved that the District Council of Colwyn Bay be authorised to rent the Woods for a year at a rent of X50. He pointed out that the rates of Coijiyyti li 1, vVere lower than those ot aiTy neigh- bouring town, and hoped that the ratepayers of Colwyn Bay would rise to the occasion which now presented itself to secure possession of these Woods, which were the ornament and glory of Colwyn Bay. [Loud cheers], Llandudno would give £GI),OOO for such Woods. [" Hear, hear," and applause]. The Woods were closed that day —— MrBlud They will be open to-night [Loud cheers], and again to-morrow night if a lock is put on. rAnnlausel. The Rev W. Venables-Williams: I hope there will be no bloodshed. [Laughter, and cries of Oh, oh," and cheers]. And don't let it be done at night, but in the open day. [Loud cheers]. Let's have 110 moonlighting in Colwyn Bay. [Great cheering],— Proceeding, Mr Williams moved that the Council be authorised to rent the Woods for one year, and sub- sequently to purchase them for the sum of XSOOO. ["Shame," and a voice: Why should they ask above selling value?"]. The Syndicate of gentlemen who bought Pwllycrochan, in 1876, he thought it was, gave a very large sum of money for it, £ 90,000, and they were for very many years without a farthing of interest on their capital, and they were now perfectly justified in asking what, in his humble opinion, was only a fair price, and he was perfectly satisfied that it would be nearer X13,000 or £14,000 if they went to arbitration over it. [" Hear, hear," and applause]. Mr Jas. Wood wished to ask the Vicar a question. To make the matter clear to the meeting, would he object to put in another way. They had not had any document in writing before them setting forth the offer of the Directors, but only a verbal account of the Company's offer. Well, they must have that on undeniable authority, and, therefore, if the Vicar would not object to put the resolution in this way, "That the offer of the Company for the rent of the Woods be accepted in the terms of the letter," or something of that sort. [Hear, hear]. Mr John Porter I can put you right on that point in a second, Mr \Vood. [Applause]. (To the audience). I only want to tell you in a few words what I know about the Woods. I have been here 30 years. When I took Pwllycrochan first, I rented the Woods, and paid for them, and my men had orders to tell the people that the Woods were private, and they turned back without a murmur. I put up a notice that only those staying at the Hotel were admitted to the Woods, That board was up ten or twelve years, and never once challenged. I can assure you that to make doubly sure about these Woods being private property, I wrote to Mr John Roberts, of Anglesea, a farmer, who was born here 30 years ago, and I will give you what he said in reply, and, mind you, I am speaking here as a ratepayer, and a pretty large one too, and I simply state what I know. Mr John Roberts wrote to me In reply to your letter, Lady Erskine never gave permission to people to go through the Woods. They were always kept private to the family, and I am quite willing to come over and prove it, if you think proper." [Applause]. In 1892 Mr Blud here rose in the body of the Hall, and said, Excuse me, just a minute." Indignant cries of Order," Chair," and Sit down," persisted in and redoubled whenever he attempted to speak, put an end to Mr Blud's interruption, and Mr Porter, pro- ceeding, said You will have an opportunity to speak after me, Mr Blud. ["'Hear, hear"]. In 1892, we (that is, the Old Local Board) went to the Estate Company, to see whether we could buy the Woods. They did not come to us; we went to them, and we asked them their price for the Woods. They gave us their price, namely, .£8000 for 40 acres of land, with the timber thereon. There were some conditions attached to that bargain, which some gentlemen objected to, one of the principal ones being that the Company was to have water sent up to the top of the Woods. Many objected to that, as being a very expensive matter Well, now, the Company have withdrawn that condition, and, more than that, they have offered to give us an acre of land as a gift, for the purpose of making a reservoir up there. [Loud applause]. That does not speak so badly of the Estate Company, I think? [,, No," an.1 applause]. 1 think that what I have told you will go pretty well to the root of the matter, as to the Woods being private property. A mem- ber of the Council, whom I am sorry not to see here to-night, whom we all respect, Mr John Roberts, who is not here because of the death of his daughter, was at one time a great advocate of forcing his way into these Woods. But he made inquiries into the subject, and, finding his views were wrong, he admitted it like a mm, and he told me, only to-day, that he was satisfied that the public had no right to go into the Woods. [Applause]. A meeting was held on Thursday last,—I am only referring to that meeting because, I am sorry to s ty, I did not know anything about it,—but that was not representative ratepayers' meeting. Four members 1 the Council were there, and only 25 voted on the question, and the reason this meeting wis called to- night was that the ratepayers might know the truth ot the matter, which is that they are offered the Woods at a rent of C50, or one-third of a penny in the £ on the rates for one year. If you keep up the attractions of the Bay, your rateable value wiil grow, and more than pay, in a few years, the sum of £ 8000 required to PLY for these Woods [Applause]. Mr Blud moved an amendment to the effect that, before the District Council enter into negotiations either to rent or to purchase the Woods, they should hold an Inquiry to ascertain whether the paths were public property or not. He was very sorry to inter- rupt Mr Porter as he had done. He gave that gentle- man credit for being fair and courteous, and he ad- mired and respected°him, but he did think he was a little unfair that night. He gave them the evidence of a Mr John Roberts of Anglesea. Now he (Mr Blud) had been at several Council meetings with Mr Porter, when Mr Owen Williams, one of the oldest members of the Council, had declared again and again that he was quite willing to go any time before any Court, and prove that those paths through the Woods were public property, and always had been. [Applause]. Why should the Estate Company or the io\"nr,:V ire auch an Inquiry? The whole question hinged on the question of the rigtiuoi. ivaj'. Hear, hear," and No, no "). They only had the paths now if they went into the Woods, they would be trespassers, and, if they bought the Woods, they would have to keep the people out of the Woods. And he could tell them that they had abundant evi- dence to prove that the paths were public property, and he thought that it was time to test the question. [" Hear, hear] He was willing to go that night and test the question by bursting the gates. [Cheers.] He was glad to see the Rev W. Venables-Williams present that evening, but they had had ininy search, ing inquiries at which that gentleman had been con- spicuous by his absence. [Cries of "Shame," L "Withdraw," and hisses.]. Now the Estate Com- pany were asking four times the value of the land either as building-land, or timber land, or agricultural land It was simply a rush for gold. They did not know how high the rates would be next year. They had just got a big bill from the Cowlyd Board. [Cries of "No" and Nonsense"]. They had. He should liktJ to know the source of those reports which got into the papers; and he should like to know who called that meeting,—the Primrose League or the Estate Company [Uproir and cries of "Order," Stick to the question," "Sit down," and hisses.]. Mr Bevan had said the other public meeting was no good. That only showed Mr Bevan's curious method ■ of reasoning. The meeting was good enough for him to make an appeal to, but, when he found the meeting did not agree with his views, it was no good He (Mr Blud) wanted to know if Mochdre, and other places close by, wanted these Woods. The rate- payers there could not use them as the Colwyn Bay people could use them, and it would not he fair to saddle those people with rates to pay for a thing they could not use. The Estate Company had reaped the value of those Woods, by high rents year after year, and this was simply a dodge to get more money out of them [Laughter and applause.]. Mr Porter You referred to Mr Owen Williams, Well, Mr Owen Williams said to me the last time I saw him that he was not certain that there was a right of way through the Woods. [Applause.]. There were gates there, but I believe they were for the con- venience of a family. I bought an acre of land the other day, under the Woods, for which I paid .£600. I bought another piece of land, at the top of the woods, a barren common. I offered .£180 an acre for it, and not a tree on it. [Applause]. Mr Blud: It was the last Tuesday of all, that Mr Ow^n Williams said repeatedly what he had said before. Mr Porter But it was the last time I saw him, that he told me that he was not certain about it. The Chairman Never mind, really, gentlemen, I think this is not material. [" Hear, hear." and applause]. Does any one second Mr Blud's amend- ment ? Mr Mason I will second it. The Rev W. Hughes (Congo Institute), who had before made one or two attempts to speak, was now called upon by the Chairman. He said that he wished to ask a question, before he voted. He was in favor of renting the Woods, and, if they could, going on to purchase them. In his opinion, it was no use fighting with the owners of the woods. [Hear, hear]. If they wanted the Woods, let them go in a friendly way to the owners and buy them. [Applause], But, if they began to fight about it, goodness knew what the price would be in the end. [Hear, hear]. To lose the Woods would ruin the place [hear, hear], but he was very sure there was no one in that room who wanted to ruin that beautiful Colwyn Bxy. [Cheers]. The law might be in favor of Mr Blud's view of the footpaths question, but he (Mr Hughes) knew very well that it would not do for them to fight the owners of those Woods, whether the law was in their favor or not. [" Hear, hear," cheers, and cries of Non- sense"]. He repeited the statement. Hear, hearj. His question was, if they rented the Woods at the present time for the moderate sum of £50 and in the meantime he hoped that the £ 8000 would not run to XIO,000 or -612,000. had they any assurance that the Company would sell in the end for 28,000 P [Hear, hear," and applause]. Mr Porter The offer is open till the 31st December [Cheers]. Mr T. G. Osborn, who wis greeted with tremendous cheers, now rose. and came to the front of the plat- form, but, seeing Mr M ison standing in the body of the Hall, said, to the Cnairmm, Unless that gentle- man is before me." Mr Mason claimed that he had aright to speik as the seconder of Mr Blud's amendment. Tne Chairm tn said thit Mr Mason seconded the amendment, and sat down. Dr Tanner did a similar thing in the House of Commons the other day, and, vvhel, he got up to speak, the Speaker told him he was out of order, and he had to sit down. |_Laughter], He was afraid Mr Mason was in a similar position. [Loud laughter], Mr Mason said that he only sat down in deference to the Rev Mr Hughes, who claimed priority, but the Chairman adhered to his ruling, whereupon Mr Mason resumed his seat. Mr Thomas P-trry I think, Mr Chairman, you ought to allow Mr M ison to speak; he sat down on purpose that Mr HU5hes might ask a question. [Hear, hear]. The Chairman: Very well, then, on that under- standing, I will allow him to go on. [Applause], Mr Mason, afcer ram irking jocularly that there was more than one way of applying the closure, said that it was evident to him that, if they calmly sit down, and submitted to these things, they would not only loose the Woods, but they would soon not be tolerated to breathe a bit of fresh air. [Loud laughter, and jeers]. He thought that the sooner this matter was thrashed out, the better for the com- munity. [Unanimous cries of Hear, hear "]. If it was allowed to sleep for the next few years, he could not see that they would be any nearer solving the problem than they were now. [" Hear, hear"]. Mr Porter had called the evidence of a gentleman from Anglesea, but they had plenty of inhabitants in the District who would speak to these footpaths being in existence GO years ago. It was stated the other night that, if they had that evidence, it would determine the price of the Woods. It was evident iae J^3tate_Cornni\rij tií reap the bulk of the benefit, even if they soi l the Woods at half the price now asked for them. [" Heir, hear"]. This was the way the matter had been brought about. Mr Porter had told them to-night that he put a board up 12 years ago. [" No, no "], and nobody objected to it. What he did 12 years ago, was only in his private capacity, and now he took advantage of those 12 years to take advantage of them [Laughter], and his advice to the ratopiyers, was Let us fight it out and open the Woods to-night" [Cheers and laughter, and cries of "Do it in the day light" and No Moonlighting in Colwyn Bay."]. Mr T. G. Osborn, who was again received with great cheering, said that he did not know of that meeting till an hour before it assembled, neither did he know, he was sorry to say, of the previous meeting. But he felt that this was a very im- portant crisis in their history [" Hear, hear "], and he was exceedingly anxious to do what he could to help his fellow-ratepayers to come to a right decision in the matter. [Cheers]. He knew something of the estimate of Colwyn Bay which was held in various parts of the country. He happened to be connected with a large number of visitors in a way it was needless to enter-into, and he could assure them that the one point which distinguished Colwyn Bay was the Woods. [Loud cheers]. All through the country, he heard that, as the marked character- istic of the place, and the fact was that, if they were going to have a fete or a Parade-people could have a better one by paying sixpence more to go to Llitidtidiio, or sixpence less to go to Rhyl,-but those places had not got these Woods. [Loud cheers]. They were all agreed as to the value of the Woods [Hear, hear], and the only question was as to the point of rights. He had had a great deal to do with the Land Company, and, although he was not quite sure that a Company could be libelled, yet he would rather not say in public what his opinion of the Land Company was. [Loud laughter]. However, as he had said, he knew a great deal about the Company. Now he thought nothing could be more suicidal for Colwyn Bay than to enter into a dispute with the Company as to the right of way through these Woods. [Cheers]. It was true they might have an Inquiry. But what was the good ? It was of no value without a trial in a Court of Law, where evidence might be given on oath, and, surely what with Water Schemes [Laughter], and other things, they had had enough of trials and litigation [Hear, hear]. The law had very properly been made very difficult when dealing with public and private interests in land, and the most clever lawyer could scarcely tell beforehand how such a trial would result, and meanwhile they might dispute for years about the footpaths. [Hear, hear]. But were the footpaths any attraction to the Bay ? [Laughter, and cries of "No"]. Was it not the Woods which were the attraction ? [Hear, hear]. Suppose the owners cut the woods down, what good would the footpaths be to them as ratepayers ? [Great cheering]. He knew enough to say that that was not an imaginary danger. A Company had no conscience. [Laughter]. At least, it was not easily reached by the public—[" hear, hear," and laughter], and a Company whose interest in the place had been lessening year by year, was not very likely to stand up for the interests of Colwyn Bay, as it would years ago. [Hear, hear]. His opinion was that they should sweep away these cobwebs out of their path, and get at the root of the matter at once. [Loud applause]. It was not to be supposed that anyone in his private capacity who wished to attain something similar to his interest as the Woods would be to Colwyn Bay, would haggle about right to footpaths as they were doing. [Loud applause]. Mr Blud But that is the whole question. Mr Osborn You may get footpaths, but what is the good of them if the Company cut the trees down, and no one has suggested that the Company has no light to do that ? [Hear, hear," and loud applause). I said I would not speak long, and so in conclusion I venture to give my fellow citizens one piece of advice. It is very old advice, and comes from an old book, and is full of wisdom, "Agree with thine adversary quickly whilst thou art in the way with him." [Loud and prolonged applause]. The Chairman then put the amendment to the meeting, when 6 hands were held up in favour of it. To the contrary was the signal for the | raising of a perfect forest of hands, the result being acclaimed with vociferous cheers. » The Rev. Thomas Parry (Chairman of the District Council) May I ask you, Mr Chairman, f what is the next step to be taken ? The Chairman was understood to say that that was a matter for the Local Authority. The Rev. T. Parry You must know, sir, this is not a legal meeting, and I, as Chairman of the Council,-The rest of Mr Parry's sentence was lost. I Mr Blud (dramatically, and rising to his feet, | and turning to the audience at the back of the Hall) Let's go and test the right of way to- I night. [Hisses]. Mr Blud, however, slowly made his wav through the crowd, followed by Mr Mason, but no ovation greeted him. Mr Porter then advanced to the front of the platform, and said,—It'you are atraid ot this ^50 a gentleman has deputed me to say he will pay it himself. [Loud cheers]. The Rev. W. Venables Williams Another gentleman has authorised me to say that he wiil pay the ^50--[cheersJ, and, further he is pre- pared to purchase the Woods for tne sum of jQSooo, and to hold them in mortgage for the town tor 8 or to years [tremendous cheering], at the moderate interest 4 per cent, and that, if the town at the end of 8 or 10 years, decides to go on with the purchase, he will require no notice. [Renewed cheers]. Mr Walker then put the original motion to the meeting, and it was carried by a tremendous majority, to the accompaniment of ringmg and enthusiastic cheers. Mr Thomas Roberts (Boston House): There are many visitors voting now, sir. A Visitor Mr Chairman, the placards invited "all interested in the welfare of Colwyn Bay to attend, and we visitors are interested in its welfare. [" Hear, hear," and loud cheers]. Mr James Wood moved That the Council be requested to negotiate at once with the Estate Company for the renting of the Woods, on the terms mentioned by them. [Applause]. The Rev. Thomas Parry The Council cannot g-et a loan to pay ren t. Mr Wood You don't want a loan. [Cheers]. This meeting wishes to communicate its decision to the Chairman of the Council, that the rate- payers of Colwyn Bay at large, by an over- whelming majority, wish at once to accept the terms ot the Company, namely,to rent the Woods tor £.10 a year, according to the offer the Com- pany has made. [Applause]. A visitor here got up in ttie front of the hall, and excitedly wished to move another resolution. The Rev. W. Venables-Williams Are you a ratepayer, sir. file Visitor: No, but visitors have voted on the other side. [A Voice Then what the dickens have you got to do with it. Sit down and don't meddle with Ollr affairs or attempt to tell us how to spend our money. [Cheers and laughter]. Tne Chairman then put the resolution to the meeting, and it was carried. Mr William Davies then attempted to speak, but amid cries of Order and Sit dJwn," the Chairman ruled him out of order, and declared that the business for which the meeting was convened, was concluded. The Hall then slowly emptied, the general fe el- ing being one of jubilation that at last a genuine expression of public feeling had been elicited in favour ot the purchase or renting of the Woods. LETTER FROM MR ELLIS LEVER. It should be mentioned that Mr Walker received the following letter from Mr Ellis Lever, wnich speaks for itself:- Pwllycrochan Woods. To the Chairman, Public Meetmg. — Dear Sir,—I regret that 1 am not able to attend the meeting called for this evening, having to return to England, but as a ratepayer, and for many years a resident of Colwyn Bay, I feel the deepest dismay when I learn that the inhabitants of, and visitors to, this deliirb»ful are in danger of losing the tar-tamed Pwllycrochan Woods. Should this unfortunately happen, it would be 'nost disastrous to the ratepayers and property-owners of the place, and Icliabod might then be written upon the walls of the town, tor its chief glory would have departed. I may be pardoned for saying that it was the grandeur ot these exquisitely wooded heights that first attracted me to Colwyn Bay, and I have nothing but pleasant memories ot many happy hours spent in the shade of the trees which still adorn the spot. \Viien BLiriitiam Beeches/although twenty-five miles from London, were likely to be lost to the citizens, the late Lord Beaconstield wrote a letter strenuously urging the Corporation to acquire the property tor the free use and enjoyment of the people of London for all time, and this was done, to the great delight of all who kuow the place. In His Lordship's letter reference was made to his own love of trees, and to the fact that the Ancients worshipped trees, and he concluded by remarking that almost every other natural object and scene would in time weary, hut 4 Sylvan scenery never palls.' I under- stand that tiie sum of ^8,000 will buy the freehold of the Woods, including the 40 acres of growing timber by all means let every effort be put forth to secure this valuable property. Of what use will the New Promenade be when the Woods are gone ? Let memorials or petitions be signed by every householder, and a seperate one by visitors to Colwyn Bay, for presentation to the District Council, in favour of the purchase of the Woods. Manchester is just now endeavouring to secure an additional park, some distance from the city, at a cost ot £ 350,000, which park does not contain a twentieth part of the trees to be iound in the Pwliycrochran \Voods. Colwyn Bay is more fortunate than any other watering-place alollg- the coast of North Wales, in the possession of abund- ance of trees, and the walks within the Woods can be extended and a plentiful supply of seats placed where people may rest beneath the shade, tor talking age and whispering lovers made.' We are favoured with many noted visitors from Ireland, Scotland, England, and even America. who seek relaxation in this incomparable climate. The Statesman, lawyer, merchant, man of trade, pants for the refuge of some rural shade.' Where all his long anxieties forgot, Amid the charms of a sequestered spot.' Money for the purchase of these Woods can be borrowed by the District Council, at 3 per cent., and it is pretty certain the Local Government Board would sanction the tran- saction. It the \V oods are retained, and additional lovers walks are made. with convenient resting- places, Colwyn Bay will be every year more attractive to visitors and residents, and the place will be increasingly prosperous.—I am, dear sir, yours truly, ELLIS LEVER."
TLYSAU, oriaduron, pibeliau, teganau, man nwyddau, dodrefn, te, a phob peth. Goruchwyl- wyr yn eisieu. Cytarvvydd-lyfr cyfanwerthol yn rhad. Ysgrifener, HENRY MAY, (247), Birming- ham. 371-12 COURAGEOUS, intelligent, persistent advertising means the largest possible success in any particular line."