Llanrwst Urban District I Council. THE ELECTRIC LIGHTING QUESTION. The monthly meeting of the Llanrwst District Council was held on Friday, Mr W. J. Williams, J.P., presiding. There were also present Dr. Owen, Messrs. William Hughes, T. R. Jones, T. Rogers Jones, H. J. W. Watling, J. Rhydiwem Jones, William Davies, and W. G. Jones; to- gether with the Clerk (Mr R. R. Owen), the Surveyor (Mr George Wynne), and the Collec- tor (Mr E. M. Jones). DAMAGE BY TRACTION ENGINE. The Surveyor, in his report, drew attention to the destruction of the road caused by the Pen- machno traction, the surface of the road being ruined by it, and he would require more stones for filling in purposes. Mr Rogers Jones thought the quarry owners' attention ought to be drawn to the fact that they don't pay a pen'ny towards the rate. The Chairman thought they could claim some- thing. Mr T. R. Jones: Is it not the County Council that should see to this? The Chairman: No. Mr Rogers, Jones They have destroyed a road at Bettws-y-Coed so badly that they cannot tra- verse it, and now they come to Llanrwst. The Chairman Mr Adams, the County Coun- cil Surveyor, is paying attention seriously, to this, just now. The matter then dropped. COLLECTOR'S REPORT. The Collector reported that -the collections for the month had' been as follows!: —General dis- trict rate, C128 4s. water rate, £ 9 13s. tolls, ^'4 7s. 2d. total, £142 2d. TENDERS. The Clerk jeponted the acceptance of the ten- der of Mr Evan Hughes for the cartage of stones at gd'. per load. SCARCITY OF WATER. WHERE IS THE MISCHIEF? A letter was read from the Rev William Thomas, complaining of the scarcity of water, having had no supply at his house for a whole week. The Surveyor, in answer to a question,, thought the scarcity attributable to taps being allowed to run and the water wasted. Mr Rog,ers Jones said this was seriousi, after spending all this money, that there is not a better supply. Dr. Owen enquired if it would not be better to have an expert to. enquire into the cause, and to see if there was a remedy, as it was a very serious matter. Mr Rogers J oesl proposed a small committee to enquire into it. Mr Rhydwen Jones said,1 that it was most un- satisfactory, and he seconded the proposition. The matter was then referred to the Sanitary Committee. THE TOWN HALL IMPROVEMENT. Mr William Hughes thought they were. dealing rather unfairly with the contractor for this part of the work. He had personally InspeClen mc roof of the Town Hall, and could explain the reason of the leakages, which was, accounted for by the expanding of the lead in hot weather, and then when the cold weather returned the, lead contracted and caused leakages. This the con- tractor could not help. After further discussion, it was decided to pay the contractor the remaining balance of the con- tract money. THE ENQUIRY FOR LOAN. Letters were read from the Local Government Board, stating that the enquiry would be held on the 27th inst. MAIN ROAD REPAIRS. A cheque from the County Council for ^119 8s. gd. was received for the repairing of throo miles five chains of main road. ELECTRIC LIGHT POLES AND WIRES. A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC. A communication was read from the Llan- rWSlt Electricity Supply Company, stating that at the expiration of their contract for street lighting, they would remove the poles and. wires in those parts, of the town where they were erected. Mr Rogers Jones did not think that the Elec- tricity Supply Company had solicited for cus- tomers' in' that part of the town, otherwise they would have found ready consumers, providing the wires were laid under ground1; but as long as the wires were on poles they would not be accepted. He mentioned that on a certain, stormy Sunday, not many weeks back, one of the püles was blown down and was' a cause of danger to the public. In fact, some of the, wire is exposed. 'Mr Watling said he could endorse what Mr Rogers Jones had said. There was a great deal of the wire expos,ed at their end. After further discussion, it was decided that the Council still adhere to the resolution which was passed in May last. HEALTH STATISTICS. The Medical Officer reported! that for the month of October there, were six births and two deaths, as compared with six births and six deaths for the same period last year. FUTURE MEETINGS. Mr William Hughes asked the Council to meet in future at five o'clock instead of seven as at present. He said he had been asked to bring it forward by the Press. The Chairman asked if the gentlemen of the Press would like to say anything. Mr Brocklehurst, on behalf of the Press, said that speaking for the whole, table, he thought the hour mentionedl would suit better all the The Chairman said nothing definite could be done in the absence of Mr Mills, who was al- ways away until the seven train on Fridays. It was resolved1 to discuss the matter at their next meeting. BOXING-DAY: NO MARKET. Mr Watling asked if it would not be as well that the Council should decide as to whether there should be a market on Boxing-Day or not. The Chairman thought it would be difficult to do anything with the market. Mr Rogers Jones said Denbigh were closing, and why not Llanrwst? It was eventually decided that the market would be held on the Wednesday, just a day later, notice of which shall be given. FINANCIAL STATEMENT. The Finance Committee reported that there was a balance in 'the Treasurer's hands of -f $59 os. 4d., a contra account of ^141 14s., leaving an available balance of ^417 16s. id. THE LIGHTING PROBLEM. Another account of the discussion states:- At the meeting of Llanrwsit Urban District Council on Friday night, Mr. W. J. Williams, presiding, a letter from the Board of Trade was read enclosing a copy of a communication from the Electricity Supply Company to the effect that when the existing contracts expired in May next they would remove the overhead wires in the outer parts of the district, as there was no likelihood of there being any private consump- tion of current to justify the expense of either laying the cables underground or providing iron columns in place of the wooden poles upon which the wires were now carried. Mr W. Hughes said that it was evident that the Company did not intend next year to tender for the lighting of the town, and the Council would have to incur the expense of restoring the gas lampsi.. v* 'Rogers Jones contended1 that the Council sL .ask the Board of Trade to insist upon the ,vires being placed underground forthwith in accordance with the undertaking the Company had given some time ago. After discussion the Council, on the motion of Mr W. Hughes, resolved to inform the Board of Trade that on three -occasions recently the wires had been' blown down to the common danger, and! to ask that the regulation as to the wires being placed underground be forthwith insisted upon. u--
Preparations for the General Election. FORMATION OF A LIBERAL ASSOCIA- TION AT CONWAY. GLOWING TRIBUTES TO MR. LLOYD- GEORGE. CONWAY AND "IMPORTANT ISSUES." As the result of a circular letter of invitation sent out by Mr R. T. Hughes, Secretary of the Conway Liberal Club, a representative gather- ing of Liberals took place' at Carmel C. M. Schoolroom, on Friday1, to discuss the advis- ability or otherwise, of forming a Liberal Association for the Borough'. Amongst other leading Liberals' present were the ex-Mayor (Alderman H. Hughes), Mr T. C. Lewis (Bryn Estyn), Councillor Thomas Foulkes, Dr. M. J. 'Morgan, Dr. Foulkes, Dr. W. Morgan, Rev B. Menai Francis. Mr J. P. Griffiths,, Mr T. W. Hughes, Mr J. E. Conway-Jones, Mr Cynwal Jones, Mr D. Wynne Roberts, Mr Owen Evans, Mr Thomas, Abram., and Mr W. G. Williams. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BY-ELECTIONS. Mr T. C. Lewis was voted to the chair. The Chairman said that in view of the com- ing General Election, it was, in his opinion, highly desirable: that the Liberal party in the borough should be thoroughly well organised. (Hear, hear.) The contest had come upon them somewhat unexpectedly, but he was quite sure that all present were gladl of the opportunity to fight the battle of Liberalism throughout the country. (Hear, hear.) This was a time they had all looked forward to, and an event which ought really to have taken place many Yiearsl ago, as was perfectly clear from the general trend of public opinion indicated by the by-elections held throughout the country during the last few years,. Out of 57 by-elections, with the excep- tion of four, the Liberals in every case had im- proved their position very materially. Also dur- ing the by-election that had: just taken place a large reduction had been made in the Conserva- tive majority. WALES AND THE NEW CABINET. All present were, he was perfectly sure, ex- ceedingly pleased to know that the King had in- vited Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to form a new Government. (Hear, hear.) He felt very confident that they as Welshmen: would be re- presented in the inner councils of the nation. (Applause.) This last thought, to his, mind,, cast a great responsibility upon them in.the boroughs. They bad returned Mr LloydrGeorge in many elections:, but the, majorities had not been large', though they were increasing. They, however, kniew that when all did their duty the last major- ity would be greatly increased. (Hear, hear.) 'Mr JLloyd-George deserved: their devotion and support as a personality, and, still more on ac- count of his. strong adherence to the principles, that all true Liberals were of opinion should form the groundwork of a responsible Govern- ment. They believed that the people should be governed for the people's good and in accord- ance with their own, wishes. (Applause.) If Mr Lloyd-George was' not returned, it would be because the people of Conway had not worked as they ought to have done. (Hear, hear.) At the last borough election, he noticed that the four Conservative candidates had about sixteen more votes than the Liberals! had. They all knew that Conway, for all that, was, Liberal, and' when once they had put their shoulders to the wheels woul^ showjcthe: world thatahey could repeat what they had done before. (Applause.) He hoped that an Association would be formed, which would have a telling effect upon the majority at the next election. (Loud ap-plausie.) In reply to Dr. Foulkes, the Chairman said that Mr Pentir Williams1, in his recent address on "Organization," had explained why it was necessary to form an Association, quite, apart from the existing Club. AN ASSOCIATION. Dr. M. J. Morgan, at this juncture, moved that an Association be formed. Most of those present knew that a Liberal Association had been in existence before, some years ago, but that somehow or other had become merged in the Liberal Club. It was now seen that they would require an Association as well a's: a Club. There were many Liberals in the borough who would unhesitatingly become memhersl of the Association, whereas: they would not come, per- haps, for reasons of their own., to throw in their lot with the Club. Mr Thomas Abram had great pleasure in sec- onding Dr Morgan. He was quite certain this movement was: not in any way antagonistic to the Liberal Club. The reason it had been in- augurated was' that they had, been told it was necessary. (Hear, hear.) Mr Pentir Williams, at the last meeting, had. made the advantages very clear. It was only from an Association of the kind they were about to form that they could send delegates to Carnarvon to represent that portion of Mr Lloyd-George's constituency. HELP TO THE LIBERAL CLUB. He thought the Association would be a great help to the Liberal Cl'ub. The Club, it would also have to be remembered, was an institution for one side of the river only: the Association covered both. The main object of the movement was to further the cause of Liberalism in the district. (Applause.) LATENT ENTHUSIASM AROUSED. Alderman Hugh Hughies said' he was extremely glad to find! such an enthusiastic meeting. It was to him an. indication that when there were really important issues at stake the Liberals of Conway were every ready for the fray. (Hear, hear.) He sincerely hoped that their Member this time would receive a majority such as he had never had before. He felt it a great honour to be able to support a man who had done so much for the country in general. (Applause.) The Chairman begged1 to remind those who were not quite clear in their minds as to the difference between, the Club and, the Association that the Association had much wider interests. On, being put to the meeting, the motion was carried without a single dissentient. OFFICERS AND DELEGATES. Officers were now elected. Mr T. C. Lewis was. made President of the Association. It was decided that the Vice-Presidents should be- two in number, one from each side of the borough. Mr J. P. Griffiths, was elected; for the Conway side, the appointment of the second Vice-Presi- dtent being deferred. Alderman H. Hughes was elected Treasurer, and Rev B. Menal Francis, Secretary. It was resolved that the, Executive Committee should be' composed; of fourteen members, the President, Vice-presidents, Secretary, and Trea- surer of the Association, acting ex-officio. The Conway members elected were:—Dr. M. J. Morgan, Mr Thomas Abram, Mr J. E. Conway- Jones, Mr D. Wynne Roberts, Mr Owen Evans, Councillor Thomas Foulkes, Dr. W. J. Morgan, and Mr Hugh Abram. The Deganwy members were:—Mr Robert Davie's, Councillor Henry Jones, Mr Hugh Owen, Alderman A. Nether- wood:, Mr Hugh Parry, and Mr Ralph Fisher. The following were elected to represent Con- way, ias delegates, at meetings of the Central Association :-The Chairman and Vice-Chair- men, the Treasurer, and the, Secretary, together with Dr. iM. J. Morgan, Mr T. W. Hughes, and Councillor Thomas Foulkes. CONFIDENCE IN MR. LLOYD-GEORGE. The Chairman, at this juncture, proposed the adoption of the following resolution:- "That this Association declares its, intense admiration of the utmost confidence in the pre- sent Member for the Boroughs, Mr D. Lloyd- George, and pledges itself to do its utmost to re-elect him, at the coming election, and ex- press,es 'the confident hope that his well-earned status, as a British statesman will ensure for him a leading place, in the Ministry now being formed by the Prime Minister." Mr Lewis said he was, quite certain the ser- vices Mr Lloyd-George had rendered to his country, and the Liberal Party in particular, fully entitled him to a high position in the Gov- ernment now being formed. He had: proved that lie was a great statesman during the whole of the time the Education debates had been in progress. He had of recent years proved him- self an, ornament to the Parliament. (Hear, hear.) He had greatly enlightened' the country by pushing forward progressive principles in every direction. (Hear, hear.) All those things showed that he deserved every confidence as a leader of his party. There was hardly an- other Member in the House of Commons who possessed siuch, remarkable initiative. He was proud of his nation, and the nation was proud of him. (Applause.) 'Mr J. P. Griffiths seconded the motion. He said he' had had. the honour of supporting a vote of confidence in 'Mr Lloyd-George when he had less; supporters in Conway than were to be seen that day. Every- body was ready1 to shout for him now but that only increased his satisfaction in having stood up for him in the less-popular days. (Hear, hear.) There were, of course, others in Conway who shared: that honour with him. He remembered1 Mr Lloyd-George giving them an address in that room on, one of the old Welsh Chiefs. The attendance then was no larger than it was that day if Lloyd-George came to Con- way now, there was no building that could con- tain those who would desire to see and hear him. (Hear, hear.) He had' reached the pin- nacle of fame, through his. all-conquering per- severance and his close sympathy with the aims and aspirations of the Welsh people. He (the speaker) hoped to see him before many more years hadi passed occupying the highest position that it was possible for any man to obtain in this Kingdom.. (Applause.) Now that Mr Bal- four had resigned from office, Wale,s would be blessed with a certain amount of fair play. A General Election was sadly wanted. It was quite true that in small local elections: the usual leth- argy invariably set in, but when Conway had a Member like Mr Lloyd-George to work for, they cast asidie their indifference with unmis,takeablie results. (Loud applause.) The motion was put to the meeting and car- riedamidist loud applause. AN ELECTION COMMITTEE. Mr Thomas Abram moved that the Executive Committee of the Association should in due course, name a sufficient number of persons to form an election committee, those names, along with the names of canvassers, to be sub- mitted at the next meeting of the Association. Mr J. P. Griffiths seconded, and this was car- ried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the Chairman brought the meeting to a very successful close.
Musselling in the Conway." To THE EDITOR OF THE Weekly News. Sir,—I notice an article in your last issue on the above subject, and being that there are one or more statements made in that article which, to say the least, are hardly based on facts, I would crave your indulgence to allow me to cor- rect your correspondent on certain points. One would think from R. A. J.'s statement that the River Conway was a veritable "Eldor- ado," and that little calculation of his, by which he arrives at the conclusion that it is "not out of the way" 'for the fishermen to earn a "golden ^overeigiiS to .a -clay," looks very mce on paper, but what about the facts? The fact is that the majority of the men would be very happy if Mr R. A. J. could ensure them a "golden sovereign" a week, let alone a sove- reign a day, for the resit of the musselling sea- son. It is quite true that in this trade, the same as any other, there' are some men. who excel; but, after all, I can assure Mr R. A. J. that not a fisherman in Conway can prove that he earns anything approaching the half of a sovereign a day as his average wage. But what do we eann? I think, Mr Editor, I could show Mr R. A. J. that it is nothing approaching a fourth of what he leads us to believe in his very interesting article. And I will say more, being that he steems disposed to take an interest in the wel- fare of the fishermen I would1 feel very much obliged to him, on behalf of a number of fisher- men besides myself, if he would undertake to attempt to carry out the very valuable sugges- tions made by him in his article. As things are -at present, there are only one or two senders who hold out for the prices men- tioned by R. A. J. All the others send their mussels away, and trust to the silent consciences of the fish salesmen to dole out to them what they think best, which more often than not aver- ages about 2S. 6d., instead of 4s., a bag, and iod., or a shilling, instead of 29. so you see the man very often, has earned a decent week's wage, but very seldom gets it. But why are the fishermen so, foolish as to continue supplying such markets ? The answer is obvious. They,—I mean the ignorant ones,—know of no market but Manchester, so they are helpless, while other men, who perhaps are not quite so dense, have looked1 out for fresh markets, and, of course, are being better paid. R. A. J.'si suggestion re forming a sort of management committee is an excellent one, and, personally, I would feel glad to help to do any- thing with a view to seeing the suggested com- mittee an accomplished fact. If some influential pemson would kindly initi- ate it, all the men would fall in, when they saw the benefits that would accrue. R. A. J. is undoubtedly right when he men- tions that the industry is an important one to the, town. It is a means of hrimging close on £ 2,000 into the town within a period' of seven months every year, every penny of which is spent in the town, and in my opinion this fact is argument enough to prove that some system should be adopted, which would ensure the improving of the prices obtained generally, which, of course, would mean increasing the sum total brought into the town. There would be plenty of work for the committee' to do carrying out the sugges- tions advanced by Mr R. A. J., looking out for fresh markets, fighting down the railway rates, and regulating the supply of each market so as not to overstock places, and thus bring down the prices. Every penny that we, as fishermen, get, is well earned and well deserved; our outlay, in the first instance, is anything from ten to thirty pounds, as we have to provide our own boats and tackle. Then we have to turn out at all hours of the day and night, in all weathers, let it blow high or blow low, rain. hail, or snow; and all for an average of about a pound a week,-not a day, Mr R. A. J. Just think of all that, and, after that, think of the set of unscrupulous fish salesmen that rob the, poor fisherman of his hard-earned money, and I fancy, Mr Editor, that one and all will agree that something should be done to help bettering our lot. Trusting, sir, that this will meet the eye of some gentleman or gentlemen who will feel dis- posed to take the initiative, and humbly apolo- gising for trespassing on your valuable space, I beg to remain, yours respectfully, FISHERMAN.
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