Colwyn Bay Petty Sessions. THE RECEIPTS AT THE VICTORIA PIER CAFE;. Mr Kneashaw (Chairman) presided at this Court on Saturday. The other Magistrates on the Bench were Mr T. G. O shorn, Mr J. W. Raynes, Mr J. Dicken, Mr J. W. Lumley, Mr W. Jones, Mr T. J. Williams, the Rev Thomas Parry, Mr W. D. Houghton, and Mr D. Gamble. THE PIER LICENSE. Mr W. A. Pryce Davis, Secretary of the Vic- toria Pier Pavilion, applied for a reduction in the amount to be contributed by the Victoria Pier and Pavilion Company to the County Compensa- tion Fund. He contended that as they only did business during three months of the year, they ought to be exempted from paying the full charge, under the schedule that provided for certain deductions in circumstances such as they were in. The sum they were paying was too heavy. The Chairman,: How heavy ? Applicant: The compensation charge now made is £ 15. The Clerk What is realised1 from the sales of intoxicating liquors during the year? Applicant: Z474 ns Sd. That means, from all excuseable goods except tobacco. Mineral waters brought in £ gy 12s 3d, and tobacco £29 15s. From other refreshments such as confec- tionery Z55 4s 1 id was. received. Of course, these were the takings during the months of June, July, August, and the beginning of Sep- tember. The Clerk explained to the Magistrates that the application was made under the schedule bearing upon public and private amusements. It cannot be brought down to less than a third of the usual charge. The Chairman: What isi the rateable value? Applicant For the restaurant, £7S. The Chairman And the total makes Z657 2s 7d. Is there anyone appearing to object to this? The Clerk I have received no notice. Mr Lumley It strikes me as rather strange that this place is rated at £75 when the whole takJings amount to £ 657. It seems to me rather extraordinary. The Applicant: We have to put up with a great deal of expense. By the time we have cleared our expenses I will guarantee, that it shows a very small margin of profit. Indeed, so small that it is hardly worth while to keep it up. There is a profit, but a very small one. It is really nothing more than a convenience for visitors. The Chairman: This being the first case of the kind that has come before the Magistrates, we should like to have time to consider one or two points. We will posltpone our decision and let you hear later. Mr Lumley: You have said that this restaur- ant is practically only doing business for three months of the year? Applicant: Yes, actual business Mr Lumley: Is that so? Is it not a fact that you have the refreshment room open all the year round? Applicant: You will notice from the figures placed before you the difference in the takings in the winter and summer months. The Chairman: We will have that before us. A LUCKY CABMAN. Arthur Hanmer, cab driver, 71, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, was summoned for travelling without a ticket, and with intent to avoid pay- ment of the fare. Mr J. Fenna, who appeared for the Railway Company, said that the defendant returned from Llandudno without a ticket on September 28th, and got out of the station at Colwyn Bay by crossing, the platform, instead of by the usual exit. The collector, failing to see him the same night, called upon him next morning, when the defendant said he no intention to avoid pay- ment. Defendant stated that at Llandudno he had had no time to book, and that not seeing anyone after crossing the line at Colwyn Bay, he intended calling at the station next morning. John Williams and John William Roberts, the collectors at the Colwyn Bay station, corrobor- ated the statement made by Mr Fenna. The defendant said he had asked a man that was seeing him off at Llandudno to get him a ticket, but his friend said there was no time. After landing at Colwyn Bay, he went straight to the lavatory; and, finding no one at the exit, decided to bring his fare in the morning. He was on 'his way to the station when he met the collectors who had given evidence in the case. The, Chairman said that Hanmer would have to pay the costs in the case. As the defendant had not been charged! with any offence before, he would be set free without a fine. CENTRAL HOTEL IMPROVEMENTS. Mr James Amphlett (of the firm of Messrs, Porter, Amphlett & Jones, Conway, Colwyn, Bay, and Llanrwst) presented plans of alterations on an extensive scale to be earned out at the Cen- tral Hotel, which had recently been purchased by Messrs Butler, of Birmingham. It was pro- posed to construct a billiard-room on the ground floor and dining and tea rooms on the second floor. The bar accommodation was not to be increased. It. was proposed to spend a very large sum of money on these alterations, as it was the wish of the owners to bring it quite up to date in every respect. He presented the plans on that occasion in order to find out whether the Bench were likely to suggest any improvements when they came up in the usual course.. It was their desire to fall in with the wishes of the magistrates in any recommenda- tion they might make, and an expression of opinion at that Court would facilitate the pro- gress of the work, inasmuch as it was the desire of the proprietors not to. disfigure one of the main thoroughfares but as little as possible in the season. The Chairman said that his! colleagues were pleased to have the plans before them, but no expression of opinion could now be given. A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION. John Thomas Newton, meter inspector, em- ployed by the Urban District Council of Colwyn Bay, applied for the exemption of his child from vaccination on the ground that he had a con- scientious objection to same. The Chairman What is your objection? Applicant: I don't believe there is any good in it. The Chairman But you have, to prove your objection. Applicant: My brother's child was vaccinated two years ago, and it has not been healthy ever since. The Chairman Have you a particular reason? Applicant: Well, I don't want my child to suffer. The Chairman: You have thoroughly made up your mind? Applicant: I have, sir, thoroughly. The Chairman Well, I am very sorry that you have. The application was granted'. AN UNWELCOME GUEST. I John Evans, 10, Ivy Street, Colwyn Bay, cab- man, was summoned by 'Mr R. W. Gee, of the Central Hotel, for refusing to quit the premises when. requested to do so. Complainant stated that as Evans was under the influence- of drink, he was asked to leave quietly, but when near the door, the defendant struck out and kicked at witness, and had to be forcibly ejected. A fine of ios. and costs was imposed. The defendant, in leaving the box, was, cau- tioned by the police for using bad language. William Riley, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, labourer, was fined 2s. 6d. and cost's for drunk- enness, in Station Road, on the 14th ultimo. EGLWYSBACH BLACK-LISTER. John Wynne, butcher, an Eglwysbach black- lister, was fined £ 1 and costs for drunkenness, while in charge of his horse and cart in the dis- trict of Colwyn Bay. For drunkenness on licensed premises, Ellis Roberts, Sea View, Llysfaen, was ordered to pay ios. and costs. Francis Condron, 15, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, was summoned; for allowing his' donkeys to go astray. A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed. Jabez Jones, Lawson Road, Colwyn Bay, was charged with a similar offence. The Chairman: What are you? Defendant: A bath-chair, sir. (Laughter.) After the laughter had subsided, he explained that he wheeled one of those conveyances. Five shillings and costs. William Foulkes, Ty IMawr, Llaw'r Pentref, Old Colwyn, and William Jones, Victor Road, Colwyn Bay, were charged with drunkenness on licensed premisie,s-the Ship Hotel, Old Col- wyn. Jones was fined ios. and costs, and Foulkes 5s. and costs. William Salisbury, of 41, Park Road, was fin- ed ios. and costs for drunkenness.
A Rhyl Architect's Failure. Hugh Thomas Roberts, architect, Rhyl, who attributed his failure to bad trade, inability to get work, having to pay costs and damages in a running down case, and inability to obtain pay- ment of debts due to him, submitted a statement at the Bangor Bankruptcy Court, on Thursday1, showing liabilitieis amounting to £223, of which ^190 were expected Ito rank, the assets being es- timated to produce Zigo. The Official Receiver explained that the bank- rupt, who was forty-five years of age, started business in Rhyl about, eighteen years ago as a joiner, without capital. Late'r the business de- velopeiCll into that of builder, contractor, and architect. In 1893, after being in partnership with 'Mr Hugh Jones, the partners as'signed their asselts to Messrs Jones & Thomas, of Liverpool, for the benefit of creditors. In June, 1894, a creditors' petition was filed against Roberts, under which a receiving order was made, and an order of adjudication. Under that order the estate paid dividends of 7& and 23/z d. in the pound, and the debtor had not applied for his discharge. After the bankruptcy of 1894 he was engaged by J. S. Greenhallgh, Rhyl, as foreman, at a salary of £2 2s. a week. Later on they took contracts which both signed, and,the bank- rupt stated, traded as Greenhalgb & Roberts, all receipts being taken and payments made by Greenhalgh. The bankrupt says he is entitled to a share of all the profits on the contracts and preparation of plans, in addition to his salary, and that there had been no settlement, and that a balance was still due to him. In reply to the Assist ant Official Receiver, the bankrupt: confirmed all the above details. Mr Tobias (Assistant Official Receiver) read a letter from Greenhalgh, in which the latter stat- ,edi that debtor's only business relations with him were those of a paid servant. The debtor emph-aticaaly asserted tha;t Green- halgh',s statements were not truie. Further questioned, he adiInitltedl that his only assets were certain claims preferred by him against Greenhalgh and others, but the Assist- ant Official Receiver pointed out that all these alleged creditors repudiated liability. The examination was closed.
A Prestatyn Doctor's Troubles. PAWNED HIS WATCH FOR £ 5. THE DIFFICULTIES OF WORKING UP A PRACTICE. William Batten Williams, Plas, Prestatyn, Flintshire, physician and surgeon, came up for his public examination at the Bangor Bank- ruptcy Court on Thursday. The receiving order was made on, the debtor's own petition, which he filed in consequence of an execution being levied, upon hiis effects. He was, adjudicated a bankrupt on the 3rd Novem- ber. The bankrupt commenced practising on his own account in September, 1900, when he BOUGHT A PRACTICE. from Dr. Griffith for £250. On. account of this he paid: ^200, which he borrowed for the pur- pose. The bankrupt's: liabilities were classified as follows -Thirteen creditors for money lent, Z982 us. sd. eight creditors for surgical in- struments and drugs, £78 17s. 4d. one creditor for furniture, £40; 22 creditors for ordinary lia. bilities, £ 65 os. sd.,—making a total of £ 1,166 gs. 2d. Eighteen, debts amounting to £ 1,105 igs. 1 rd- were for 'sums over £10. The contingent liabilities' included three debts totalling £410, as guarantor for money said to have been advanced to' bankrupt's' father, and one on an undertaking to pay the costs of an action. The partly sie,cure,d creditor held the bankrupt's life policy. The bankrupt had been DEALING LARGELY WITH MONEY- LENDERS. Eight of his creditors for money lent belonged to this class. He admitted that hie became aware twelve months ago that he had not sufficient property to. pay all his, debts in full, and he contracted debts with thalt knowledge, hoping his practice would improve. He put his income at about Z300 per annum. 430 had been real- ised on, account of debtor's horse, trap and .tl ctlTTl'CS'S' The bankrupt's, statement as to the cause of failure was as -"During the first two years my professional income was not sufficient to maintain me. Having no capital, I resorted to money-lenders, to whom I have paid and owe enormous intereslt. T) In his replies to the Assistant Official Receiv- er (Mr Tobias), the bankrupt said the rent of his, house was £$$a year. He had had a very bad time with creditors the last few years, hav- ,ing had numerous summonses and writs. Last December he pledigied, his watch in Copperas Hill, Liverpool, for Z5. It was worth double, His income during the first two- years was about Z60 per annum, and he WORKED TREMENDOUSLY HARD for it. Latterly it had been about £300 a year. He lived in a large house because he took in patients who required continuous attention. The Assistant Official Receiver I see you put your personal expenses for two- years' down at £ 16 ios. is it not rather moderate? The Bankrupt: Well, I tried to do without nearly everything. Proceeding, the bankrupt said that if it was not for his, diealings with money-lenders, he would have been all right. He could not say how much he had borrowed,, but it was a tre- mendüus lot. The Assistant Official Reciever said he could not ask for the estate to be closed, seeing that he required a cash statement: for the past two years. He would also like to know the actual amount the bankrupt had obtained from money- lenders. Moreover, his statementt as it stood was not complete, and the new debts would have to be added to it. The Registrar said the examination would be formally adjourned.
Rhyl Amusements. ANOTHER LIVELY DISCUSSION. At Tuesday's meeting of the Rhyl District Council, the General Purposes Committee re- ported that Messrs Doughty, AslhfielcF and Robertson, directors of the RhylQueen's Palace, appeared before them to discuss the future work- ing of the Palace and the business thereof. Their chief complaint was with reference to the even- ing perfcrmancesi of the niggers, which, they strongly urged, should be discontinued alto- gether, as they very seriously injured the chances, of success of the entertainments in the Palace. They had no objection to the evening performances of the band. They also complain- ed that the townspeople were not in sufficient sympathy with them,, and they desired; to have the help of the Council to popularisie the Palace. They were even prepared to' offer "sharing terms," or to let the Palace to. the Council under a lease. After considerable discussion the Com- mitbee deferred the matter to await more infor- mation as to the rearrangements! for next season at the Palace, and at THE PROPOSED NEW PAVILION on the pier. The directors were also asked to submit a definite scheme as to the working of the. Palace for consideration, by the Committee. With respect to the "niggers," the Committee discussed the terms and hours of performances with Mr E. H. Williams, the lessee of the min- strel pitch. Mr Williamsi stated that he, was anxious to meet the wishes of the Council whether with or without the evening perform- ances. The Committee recommended that the subject be diefemed until the end of March next. On the motion to confirm this course Mr J. Asher moved that the matter be dealt with be- fore the next meeting of the Council. Mr J. Ellis said that the reason for postpone- ment was tihl, desire of the Committee to see what arrangements would be made in the Palace and, on the Pier with respect to amusements next season. Mr Williams made a good suggestion: that, he should be allowed to. perform on the Promenade between 6 and 8 p.m. on each day of the week except Thursday, and that on Thurs- days he should! have liberty to give an evening performance commencing about 8.30. Mr Asher said that would compete, again, with the Promenade band. A somewhat warm discussion emmed" but in the end the Council came into general agree- ment upon a suggestion of Mr A. L. Clews that the mattef should be considered early in the new year, instead of at the end of March.
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The Building of the Orchestra. i DR. H. FISHER, OF BLACKPOOL, AT 11 OLD COLWYN. There was. a good attendance at the Assembly Rooms, Old Colwyn, on Saturday, when Dr. H. Fisher, of Blackpool, delivered an address on "The Building of the Orchestra." The meeting was held under the auspices.of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, of which body Mr Llew- elyn J.ones, F.R.C.O., of Llanfairfechan, is Sec- retary for the North Wales' section. The chair was taken by the Rev H. E. Moc- catta, M.A., principal of Clive House School. Dr. Fisher opened his remarks with the defini- tion of an orchestra. An orchestra was a com- bination of not lessi than two musical instru- ments, and the only two instruments that could form what was usually meant by an orchestra were, the violin and double' bass. If a slightly larger orchestra were required the cornet was to be 'added. The tune of the cornet was an oc- tave higher than the next most useful instrument to be included—the picollo. The next most use- ful instrument was the clarionet, and the others in order of importance, the violoncello, trom- bone, and drum. These instruments were all se- lected with a view to obtaining the volume of sound that was necessary in the production of orchestral music. The oboe and viola were only to be found in comparatively large, orchestras, their function being to fill up the tone, with. their more or less harmonising qualities. Of course, where1 local efforts were concerned each conductor would have to conform to the material at his disposal, but at the same time, it would have to be borne in mind that the multiplication, of instruments of one kind did not make an or- chestra. It wasi the combination of the correct instruments, that enabled. one to produce orches- tral music, and in his selection, the lecturer had selected what was the smallest possible number of instruments,, only adding where it was sup- posed! that the additional material could be found. The speaker introduced several very in- teresting anecdotes to show what a number of absurd notions were at present going the round with regardi to orchestration. Who would think, in those days of perfect musical instruments, of leaving out the flute, because when some of the old compositions came to light, the flute did not play in tune. The top notes of the clarionet were in one very well-known work used. in the present day mentioned as dangerous. The clarionet now manufactured ran several notes I gher than any of the older instruments, and were perfectly safe and clear at that. The speaker at this stage dwelt upon the production of an orchestra score, and the means whereby the efforts of local composers could be tried. He had found all orchestra conductors only too will- ing to run over a new piece, and to run over it a second time when any improvements that might have been thought necessary had been made. At Colwyn Bay they had 'ample opportunities of seeing what they could do in this direction. Dr Fisher brought his address to a close with the story of his first contribution' to orchestra music. This was, made in a, time: when he and an. old friend were engaged in a large music warehouse in Manchester. The work, which consisted of a set of waltzes, was a joint production, but the music, which would have given him so much pleasure in his older days, had unfortunately been burnt when the warehouse library caught fire. The lecture was brimful of interesting re- miniscences, which were drawn from a long ac- quaintance with music, and! music-production, in a variety of forms. The Chairman proposed a warm vote of thanks to Dr. Fisher for his very interesting and highly instructive lecture. (Applause.) The Rev Llewelyn Roberts, in seconding, said that he was quite sure such an able address would go a long way to make some of those pre- sent great composers. (Laughter.) It gave nim the greatest pleasure to second the motion. (Ap- plause.) Mr Llewelyn Jones proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding. Mr S. Coverley, Llandudlno, seconded, and this was carried unanimously.
Generous Offer by Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn. The fact that the Flintshire County Council contemplate building new schools in the parish of Llanasa is greatly agitating the ratepayers, and on Friday night a representative public meeting at Talacre accepted a liberal offer made by Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn to educate the children of the district at their own cost. In explaining the scheme Lady Mostyn said that the County Council's figures for the educational requirements of the district were based on the idea that all under 21 were infants (Laughter.) It had never been the intention of the late Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn that one penny out of the rates should go towards Talacre schools, and under those circumstances how could they ask Sir Pyers to sell them ? Lady Mostyn spoke of the sacrifices made by Sir Pyers and herself in order to maintain the schools, and they were prepared to continue doing so rather than the tenantry should have to pay heavy rates for the education of the children. (Hear, hear.) It was their intention to carry on the schools on the following lines:—They would engage a Welsh- speaking master, and his creed would not be inquired into at all. He would have his pupils in the upper room of the building, and the provided school syllabus would be taught, and a Govern- ment inspection of the scholars held. In the lower room the Catholic children would be taught by sisters according to their own dogmas. The schools would be open to the public, and the only difference between that and a provided school would be that all expenses (including salaries) would be paid by Sir Pyers. (Applause.) The meeting, over which Mr Owen (Brynllystyn) presided, also decided to notify the Board of Education that the ratepayers were of opinion that no further school accommodation was needed.
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A Rhyl Journalist's Affairs. HUSBAND AND WIFE IN THE BANKRUPTCY COURT. AN UNFORTUNATE NEWSPAPER VENTURE. Before the Registrar, 'Mr Glynne Jones, at the Bangor Bankruptcy Court, on Thursday, Mr Tobias, Assistant Official Receiver, publicly exa- mined James David Polkinghorne, of 6, Market Street, Rhyl, journalist, as to his bankruptcy, which, the bankrupt staited, was due to starting without capital, and the fact that the business carried on by him and William's., his partner, did not pay. The gross liabilities were represented at £469 13s. 2d., of which 6279 was expected to rank. The assets were placed at £53. The bankrupt, according to the statement made by the Official Receiver, Mr Llewelyn Hugh Jones, commenced business in February, 1901, in partnership with a Mr John Williams, as printers and publishers of the "Rhyl News," having previously been upon the staff of the "Rhyl Journal" as reporter and assistant man- ager. He had no capital, but a friend in Rhyl guaranteed his overdraft at the London & Pro- vincial Bank to the extent of £15°' and he and his partner purchased the business of printers carried on by Messrs Hall & Foulkes, of Rhyl, for Z350. In 1902 Messrs Polkinghorne1 & Williams opened SHOPS IN THE QUEEN'S ARCADE. Mr Doughty, solicitor, Manchester, guaranteed overdrafts at the bank to enable the firm to fit up the shops and purchase new plant. After working the shops for a time they found they were not paying and contemplatled closing, but as the stock would spoil if the shops were clos- ed for the winter, it was arranged that Mrs, Pol- kinghorne should keep them open during the winter. Accordingly, from November, 1903, Mrs Polkinghorne took over the management of the shops, though they were not actually trans- ferred to her till April, 1904. At the latter date 'Mr Doughty lent Mrs Pol- kinghorne £ 175, at 7 per cent., on the security of a joint promissory note of herself and her hus- band. Of this sum, £ 159 was paid to the firm of Polkinghorne & Williams, as purchase money for the transfer. Mr Doughty had promised to form the printing and publishing business of Polkinghorne & Williams into a limited com- pany, and penciling this Mrs Polkinghorne ad- vanced £170 to the firm of Polkinghornlei & Wil- liams on the understanding that it would be re- paid by the company when formed. Early in October, 1904, the Flintshire News and Printing Company, Limited, was formed, and took over the assets and trade liabilities of the firm. The bankrupt became managing direc- tor and editor, at a ,salary of ^130, payable weekly. In October, of this year, Mr Doughty obtained judgment of his note of hand' against the bank- rupt and his wife, and on the ioth levied execu- tion. Mr Doughty obtained an order on the 17th October sanctioning a sale privately under the execution, and immediately afterwards sold all the stock of bankrupt's wife and bankrupt's furniture in one lot at the Under Sheriff's auc- tioneer's valuation. As the bankrupt and his wife, on the same day, filed their petitions, and receiving orders were made, the Official Re- ceiver took exception to THE VALIDITY OF THE SALE, and it was not insisted upon. The furniture will accordingly be realised in this bankruptcy for the benefit of the creditors, and the stock in Mrs Polkinghorne's bankruptcy for the benefit of her eied,.ito,rs. The bankrupt had thirteen creditors, of whom only two had claims exceeding Zio. The con- tingent liabilities included the debt of ^175 to Mr Doughty previously referred to, and. in re- spect of which the bankrupt was the guarantor of his wife. The examination was closed, subject to the filing of accounts for the last two years. Mrs Polkinghorne was also examined,, and her statement showed gross liabil,ities, amounting to Z544, of which Z486 were expected to rank, and a deficiency of £298., She was described as a married woman, carrying on business, separately from her husband, as a fancy goods dealer and stationer in Rhyl. She attributed, her failure to .advancing the sum of £170 to the Flintshire News and Printting Company, Limited, and not getting it back, and a bad season. Mrs Polkinghorne said that the immediate cause of her and her husband filing was pres- sure by Mr Doughty in respect of his debt of ^I75- The examination was closed, subject to the filing of accounts.
Poet's Corner. SILENCE BOWER. 'T was in this little fairy grot, Hid by the trees from human eye, That many and many an hour I sat And talked with Him beyond the sky. The gentle breezes floated through, And bore the breath of flowers along; Whilst, perched upon the branches near, The birds poured forth their sweetest song. So rarely was the stillness broke, There seemed to reign a mystic power • And all who entered owned the spell That hung around sweet Silence Bower." There, all alone, alone with Him „ Who fills the earth, the sky, the air, With fragrance of the flowers arose The incense of my spirit's prayer. And listening to the birdlings' notes As warbled forth in grateful lays, Upon their wings my soul went up To Heaven, and sang her song of praise. And presently I understood The language of the breeze and birds And of the flowers I knew the voice, And caught their spirit-whispering words. For as the angels passed that way, ■ On deeds of mercy sent from Heaven— Folding their snowy wings awhile,- By them was sweet instruction given. 'T were vain attempt with human speech The mysteries that they taught to tell; The thrilling echoes they awoke Within my heart-I know them well! Thus, mingling with the varied tones Of Nature's music-murmuring voice, I held communion sweet with Him In Whom all Nature doth rejoice. And though no more beneath its shade ■ u I pass in tranquil bliss the hour, h The gentle dews still on me rest That fell so soft in Silence Bower." Lucy BATHAM.