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LOCAL OBSERVATIONS, At the meeting of the Rhyl Urban District Council on Monday, several matters of im- portance were discussed, and the members were not much divided respecting them although there were before the meeting pro- posals to ask for heavy loans in respect to proposed public works. In the first place there are few people who will not approve of the action of the Council in the course it has adopted with regard to the development of the extreme West End of the town. By extend- ing the West Promenade towards Foryd a large tract of valuable building land has been brought into the market, and the rate- able value of Rhyl must soon be materially added to by the buildings which are to be erected. In this instance tha Councillors have shown foresight which is to be commen- ded, the only matter for regret being that a piece-meal policy prevails, whereas there might be a saving of money were a definite scheme carried out in its entirety at one time. Labour is difficult to obtain just now, and it is likely that prices of materials will advance still higher. Had the proposed extension been carried out when the other portion of the Promenade in front of the Winter Gar- dens was made there would have been a con- siderable saving to the ratepayers. Those who have read the debates which have taken place in the Council Chamber during the past twelve months cannot but notice that there are to be found on the Council members who pose as experts in almost everything. It matters not what is being discussed-be it water, gas, gardening, C, Z, n law, finance, preaching, or what not-there are experts among the Councillors. The ideas put forth in connection with the water tower have certainly been entertaining, if not alto- gether edifying. A few years ago it was 0 n y n argued, and with considerable weight, that a water tower was simply absolutely necessary for Rhyl. The Local Government Board Inspector told the Council that every well regulated water works, such as were required for Rhyl, were provided with a compensating tank. Nothing would go down then but a water tower The reasons put forth being that there were portions of the town which could not always depend en having a constant supply at a good pressure in consequence of the heavy draught of water in the centre of the town. Experts had told the Council that a tower wah necessary, as other experts had told the old Water Company that it was necessary to lay a new main to Rhyl, and as engineers, professional as well as amateurs, tell the Council to-day that a second storage reservoir is absolutely essential at Llannefydd. But a few months work wonders with the Rhyl Councillors, and a new main, and low and heavy pressures, in turn change their opinion. The Local Government Board Engineer-who certainly cannot be accused of having an eye to commission on works carried out—considered that a water tower, as well as a new main, was necessary for Rhyl. But the Rhyl Councillors ventured to hope that the new main would render the tower unnecessary, and they were spurred in their hopes by a gradual diminution of the money which they had borrowed for the purpose of building the tower. There is no disguising the fact that while they were experimenting with the new main they were also spending the money they had borrowed n y for the tower. Now they awake to the fact that a tower is not necessary. It is to be hoped that it is not, but let us also express the wish that the money raised fur its erec-1 tion will be repaid to the treasurer. The i experts on the Council will tell us how to 1 raise it! It is considered necessary that new works in various directions connected with the water undertaking should be carried out— the tower which was once a necessity has now become "a luxury which Rhyl cannot afford "-and the majority of the Councillors have voted for asking the Local Government Board to allow them to take the amount granted for the tower towards paying for other ZD new work. Is the Local Government Board likely to sanction such an arrangement ? Is it not probable tha4. the officials in London- most of whom are experts and engineers— will seriously ask if the Rhyl Councillors know their own minds for one twelve months together ? Will they not point out that it C, would have been more honest on the part of the Council had they not borrowed money which they did not intend to immediately use ? What guarantee have the Local Government Board, and the ratepayers, that the Council will not borrow the money they now ask for and in the end shelve the pro- posed new works, as the water tower has been shelved? What is the use of expert advise if the Councillors believe that they, the: amateurs, know better than men of profes- sional engineering ability. Experience has certainly showed that some of the expert advise given by professional engineers to the Rhyl Council has not been worth the paper it was written upon, but has not the advice given by some of the repre- sentatives of the Council been equally faulty ? Have the gas works paid in the manner foretold by local gas and financial experts ? Has the water undertaking proved the gold mine it was to be ? Has the Marine Lake realised the expectations of all ? The one thing which has exceeded expecta- tions and prophecies is the price at which Rhyl's Stock stands to-day in the money market, notwithstanding that the then ruling local experts sold it at a low price. It is difficult to say which view of the water tower question is right, but one thing is almost certain "if the Local Government Board allow the Council-now to devote the money sanctioned for the erection of a water tower to some other purpose it will take a great deal of pursuasion to induce the London officials to believe in years to come that a tower is a necessity and not a luxury." The declaration that certain things are luxuries and not necessities comes at -in in- opportune time just now. The Council have decided to go in for an electric light scheme. Some people think that the electric light in a place like Rhyl would be one of those luxuries for which the town might wait a little while. The arguments used on Mon- day in favour of the electric light were strong and will carry much weight, but there are people m the world who cannot always see so far ahead as the Rhyl District Councillors —the ratepayers who were whipped up to the last public meeting could not see that a second reservoir was necessary that too no doubt was relt to be one of the Council's "luxuries." The question to be faced is this Is Rhyl in a position to go in for an electric light scheme ? Were it not that a dust destructor is an absolute necessity- not a luxury—many would feel inclined to ask the Council to stop a little while. Rhyl must keep ahead, and the Council will act wisely in combining an electric light scheme with:the destructor. The only thing which must be guarded against is a repetition of the apparently inevitable piece-meal policy of the Council. If it is essential that the town shall have an installation of the electric light let us have a thoroughly efficient scheme. Do not let us hare a scheme which will require remodelling in a few years' time. Let the Council place full confidence in the engineers and not encourage any cheese- paring ideas of local amateurs. Rhyl should profit by the experience of other towns, and above all let the Council decide what they intend to do with the money before they borrow it. The Committee having charge of the ar- rangements for the Gilchrist Lectures are sanguine that they will be able to fill the Grand Pavilion on the nights that the lectures are (delivered. The value of the ad- dresses to all classes cannot be overstimated, and it is to be hoped that the gatherings will be considered a town's affair. There is one way to ensure success. Let the Com- mittee ask the various places of worship to abstain from holding social gatherings on the night of the lectures, and let there be but one meeting that evening. If the week- ly socials and other meetings are to be held on the Tuesday evenings while the lectures are on, the Grand Pavilion will not be filled. The working classes in the town should make a point of attending the lectures, and at the close of the series an effort should be made to take the opinion of the ratepayers on the question of a free library for Rhyl. A great deal has been said of late about 6 the condition of many of our streets from a moral point of view. The police are doing what they can to bring about I y I a change for the better, but immorality is not the only vice which is in our midst. It has become evident to many in Rhyl that the vice of gambling and betting has obtained a hold that is surprising. Men, youths, and boys are daily to be seen in Wellington Road and at the corners of other streets dis- cussing the latest "sporting tips," while in more comfortable quarters there is a great deal of betting and bookmaking going on. The unfortunate in the streets is brought before the magistrates and sent to prison, but no one takes any notice of the betting men who, in comfortable places, not only injure themselves, but ruin many young men, and make scores of families the poorer by their putting a little on a horse." It is time In something should be done to put a stop to the gambling which is openly indulged in at n n n Rhyl, both indoors and out in the streets.
BIRTHS. December 4th, at The Ferns, West Parade the wife of L. E. Trevethan of a daughter. On the 13th of December, 1899, at Hayward House, the wife of Simon Eisiski (nee Bertha Goldstein), of a daughter. December 9th, at Min-y-Don, 5 East Parade, the wife of J. D. Hughes, of a son. MARRIAGE. December 11th, at L!angattock Church, by the Rev A. Maclaverty, Mr W. H. Williams,Wrexham, to Miss G. Bell, eldest daughter of the late Mr W. Bell, Spital. [Is MEMOKUM]. In affectionate remembrance of Mary Lamb, the beloved wife of .James Lamb, who departed this life December 16th, 1898. "Hu end was peace.'
LIST OF VISITORS I'en-y-Don—W H Longmore, Esq, Bournmouth; Mrs Lee, Southport; W H Ryland, Esq, B ham Mrs Ryland do Dr E A Trevelyan, Leeds. The Grosvenor, 12 East Parade—Geo Bakewell, Ejq, Mrs & Masters Bakewell, Miss Toft, Longton; Miss Parkes, Longton MissesBakewell (3), Stoke- on-Trent Miss Kate Bakewell, do Miss Booth, London; Mrs Rolands, Rhyl J Hollins, Esq, Mrs Hollins, Master Hollins, York. 68 West Parade-Rev Henry and Mrs Lee,
THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE AT RHYL. The Christmas Tree and Sale of Work in connec- tion with the Rhyl Church orkers' Union is an annual affair. Busy fingers fashion useful gar- ments during the year, and at the season when King Christmas approaches the members of the Church are requisitioned, and a busy time of preparation ensues. For the last few weeks the Church people of Rhyl had one great object in view. From the extreme east to the farthest west the parishioners have combined in their efforts to make the sale a grand success, and they may be congratulated upon the complete realization of their wishes. When entering the Church House on Thursday- which, by the way, is far too small for the dis- play of the heterogenous selection—a charming vista was obtained. Immediately facing the en- trance were Christmas Trees, on either side of the platform, charmingly decorated, and reflecting t,hp.ir shimmerincr nrnampntahnn in tlio mirrnrorl background. Between them stood a hoary headed Father Christmas, benignly surveying the animated scene. The ."tails were arranged down each side of the room, and tne'opposite end was occupied by the refreshment stall. No small mead of praise is due to Mrs Evans (Gwalia) and her assistants, who carried out t.he decorations, assisted by Messrs Deane and Newman. The room was festooned with flags of red, white and blue, the same colours being used for the curtains of the windows. The spaces between were ornamented with shields of varied designs, the front of the stalls were also effectively draped in a like manner; the whole idea of decoration being carried out in a most pleasing manner. The sale opened at 2 30 p.m., and prior to that hour the stall-holders and their assistants had a busy time arranging their ware in the most attrac- tive styles. Trinity stall was undertaken by Mrs David Griffiths, and she was ably assisted by Miss Griffiths, Mr Griffiths, Mr Bernie Griiffths, Mrs Lewis Jones, Mr and Mrs Foulkes, Miss Corbett Jones, Miss Sullivan and Miss Willis. St Thomas' was under the joint supervision of Mrs Edwards (the Vicarage) and Mrs Talbott, assisted by Miss Edwards and Whittle. St John's stall was pre- sided over by Mrs Jenkin Griffiths and Mrs Geary, assisted by Miss Geary. St Anne's stall was under the care of Mrs Evans (Gwalia), with a bevy of helpers comprising Mrs Grosvenor, Miss Webster, the Misses Bostock (2), and Miss Laura Grosvenor. Mrs Adams and Miss Jones undertook the Church Workers' Union stall. The Refreshment stall was managed by Mrs Edwards (North Wales Hotel) and Miss Williams (Alexandra Hotel), assisted by Miss Edwards, Mrs Deane, Miss John and Miss Jones (Kinmel street). The Christmas trees and toy stall were under the joint care of Mrs Gamlin and Mrs Wallis, assisted by Miss Wallis and Master Alec Gamlin. The Doll stall was super- vised by Mrs Trehearn, assisted by Mrs Steer, Miss Thomas, Misses Steer (2) and Miss Dickin- son, whilst Master Trevor Trehearn was in charge of the toy stall connected with the same. Space would fail us to dilate upon the wonders of the varied articles exposed for sale, but surely no need remained unsupplied when the purchasers left the sale room (unless it was the need of small change !). Juveniles were delighted with the Christmas trees, and envious eyes were directed thither the whole time the sale remained open. The Parish Church stall had-in addition to useful garments-a charming variety of nicely painted articles, amongst which may be instanced a delight- ful sachet of white velvet with design of blush roses, plaques with artistic clematis and pur- ple heartsease. trays, matchboxes, etc. then there were table centres in silk, satin and canvas of delicate tints, beautifully embroidered, to say nothing of pincushions in varied forms, cherries, pears, carrots, shoes, and other quaint notions, whilst the hundred and one other things, notably Bird's custard powder, crockery, tinware, pictures, etc., cannot be enumerated. Reaching the stall devoted to St Thomas', two charming occasional tables in chip carving were at once noticed, also a most useful breakfast service, pottery in fanciful designs, charming receptacles containing bon-bon and many other fascinating articles suitable for Christmas gifts. On St John's were some good Mountmellick work on white lineu, splendid tea trays, quaintly carved paper knives, and bric-a- brac defying description. The arrangement of St. Ann's stall differed considerably from the others, the good things being reflected in mirrors, adding greatly to the effect. Here could be procured per- fumes, scent sprays, China mounted on plush, ornaments of varied kind, and even lip salve, this last item 'presumably being a business-like catering for the results of the present severe weather. The toy and fancy stall was noteworthy—a grand wedding cake in the centre, complete with bride and bridesmaids, proved to be only a lucky box But there was no delusion about the bewitching dolls on either side thereof the baby doll was a perfect treasure and fonnd a ready sale. A great contrast was the grandly dressed lady in pale blue on the opposite side, whose costume was complete in every detail. Then there were dolls in perambulators, dolls in cradles, dolls in chairs, sleeping, waking, large and small dolls dressed for walking, for driviug, and for at homes—small winder that all juveniles and many adults stayed their footsteps at such entrancing ground. The C. W.U. was well-represented by useful well-made garments, which compelled a ready sale. The Christmas tree stall was in keeping with those centres of attraction shewing miniature trees, toys and fancy goods in great diversity, as well as a popular penny dip." The remaining stall was the one devoted to re- freshments, and this was simply loaded with most appetising viands, ducks, fowls, hares, splendidly ornamented hams, garnished tongues, cakes baffling description, butter worked into fantastic shapes, jellies, tartlets, fruits, bread, temperance beverages, and good things galore it was a stall to tempt every lover of good things. In addition to all the wares displayed in the room, a draw had been or- ganised for coal, meat, tea and other useful goods, the result being given in another column. At the appointed hour of opening the Vi ar and Mr Storey mounted the platform. The Vicar said he had pleasure in introducing to those present a gentleman who they knew very well. He was sure that they would recognise in Mr W. J. P. Stoiey a gentleman they had seen in many positions connected with church work in that parish. (Hear, hear). He could only wish that all the laity would come forward and do such yeoman work for the church as Mr Storey did, whenever his health permitted (applause). He hoped those present would do all they could to help the Sale of Work and Christmas Tree. He was bound to say that he had never seen a prettier show, nor that room better decorated, (applause). Mr W J P Storey, who was received with loud applause, said that the present was an age of combines, societies, and unions. In Rhyl they had a union of churchworkers. The meetings were held on the first Monday in each month. Lectures, addresses, papers and entertainments formed the principal part of tne meetings, but usually at the first gathering the Vicar got up, and begged, as the daily papers were doing now, for the "shillings "of the parishioners, (laughter). After the money was collected i the vicar and Airs Edwards sallied forth and purchased a quantity of material, which at the next meeting was sewed out to those who were willing to do a little work at home. In December mysterious parcels began to come in, and articles small and great were laid at the feet of the Vicar. It was then that the Churchworkers felt that they had finished. But the Vicar would not let them off so easily (laughter). Having got the things together the Vicar felt that he wanted to get rid of them again by turning them into money (laughter). The edict went forth that a sale of work was to be held, and the churchworkers were asked to attend and buy. Having begged so much, the Vicar did not like to open the sale him- self, and so he looked around for someone else to do that part of the business (laughter and applause). After carefully thinking things over the Vicar met him (the speaker) and said that he was to open the sale of work (applause). In fact he was like a prisoner who was arrested and let out on bail until the 14th December (laughter). It afforded him, nevertheless, much pleasure to be present that day and to open that sale of work (applause). They usually cleared over C50 by that annual gathering, and E12 10s was generally given to each of the four great Missionary Societies: S.P.G., C.M.S., Zenana Mission, and the Grahamstown Mission (applause). He felt that no parish was doing its duty that did not help foreign missions (hear, hear). He agreed with the Vicar that he had never before seen the Cnurch House so prettily and brightly decorated, and he hoped those present would open their hearts and open their purses. He would con- clude with Rudyard Kipling's words For your credit's sake, Pay Pay Pay (applause).g The Bazaar being declared open a busy scene ensued. There was a large number of visitors, and the vendors plied a brisk trade. Photos of the Vicar, the Rav. T H Vaughan, Rev. R Owen, and the churches were freely sold, and one enterprising s'all-holder displayed the announcement "The Vicar for One Penny." Needless to add, the picture of such a popular man at such a popular price found a ready market. During the afternoon a selection of music was given by Miss Whittle, and a recitation by Miss Talbott was loudly applauded. As the sale is open again from U p.m. to !) p.m. to-day (Friday) we cannot give the financial results, but it is confidently expected they will compare very favourably with otherjyears' proceeds. The object of the sale was fully explained iu the opening speech.
The War.—Our Interests in Africa. 1 By Yz. No. 3. Europe in South Africa. The Cape Culony is the firt among our South African Colonits, and overshadows, in wealth, population, and importance, the whola of the others combined it is, in a sense, the parent of the others, and is profoundly, vitally, interested iu the War. The Cape of Good Hope was discovered in 148G by Bartholomew Diaz, the commander of one of m3.ny expeditions sent out by the Kings of Portugal to discover an ocean route to India, Diaz merely doubled the Cape and returned home. The Portugese, however, did not make any per- manent settlement at the Cape, although it was used by their vessels, and subsequently by those of England and Holland, as a place of tall in going to and from India. In 1652 the Dutch bast India Company took possession of tti- shores of Table Bay, built a fort, and occupied the adjacent lands, in order to be always ready with supplies for their passing ships. Until 1790 the Cape remained in the hands of the Dutch, when it was captured by an English force but in 1803 it was restored to the Dutcfi Government In 1806 it wa.s again seized by a British force, and at the general peace of 1814 it was formally ceded to the British Crown and since then it and all the lands it naturally commands have been held and internationally recognized as British territory. To the subsequent expansion of the Colony, and the formation of the various States and Colonies which have sprung from it, I can only incidentally refer. The Sovereign States having territories or pro- tectorates or spheres of influence south of 10° N lat. are the following :—Portugal By treaties the possessions she at one time claimed have been considerably curtailAl, and she is too poor to derelop what she nominally retains. Italy gained a footing on the eastern Somal coast in 1^89. Belgium founded the Congo State, virtually a colony, in 1884. France has been on the Congo from 1894. Germany has possessions on the east and on the west coasts her rule in Africa only dates from 1884. The Transvaal Boers never have been a Sovereign State. Great Britain gave them permission to manage their own internal affairs, subject to the equal, treatment of Boers and all British subjects alftd the just treatment of 1 be oati ves-that is, Home Icule during good behaviour. The Boers did cot observe their obligations, and when remonstrated with took up arms; and it rray be said that the first shot they fired destroyed every right they had under con- ventions. The Orange Free State was, by Great Britain (whose territory it was), grant d more extensive liberties than were given to the Trans- vaal Boers, but by aiding the Transvaal Boers the Orange Bjers forfeited all th-eir liberties. But more anon on the changes of relationship made by the war. The main geographical feature of South Africa is the mountain range which begins near the Orange IZivei-, and stretches for more than 1,000 miles, right through the Cape Colony and Natal, towards the north-east. Its direction coincides with that of the sea-coast, from which it is never more than 100 to 150 miles distant. Viewed from the seaward side it is a veritable mountain range, rising in places to the height of 10,000 feet; but when surmounted it is seen to be pro- perly but the broken fdge of the great table-land, between 3,000 and 4,00,) feet higb, which occupies the whole of the interior of Sooth Africa. F i o-u the mountains to the sea the ground descends, not regularly, but by a series of terraces or steps; the differences of elevation and latitude produce to British possessions many varieties of climate. As a general rule South Africa is dry and well suited to Europeans. To this peculiar geographical feature I desire special attention, as it is so advantageous to the imperfectly disciplined but mobile forces of the Boars, and may, when they are too exhausted to carry on regular warfare, tempt them to prolong the struggle by a guerriila warfare, as adopted in the north of Spain during the Peninsular war. The advantige of the mountain range to the Boers is now manifest in the fearful ratio of the slaughter of our troops and the cost and difficulties of the war. Native Population. The native tribes are members of the great Bantee family (mixed Negroes and Negroids), all speaking essentially one language—Bautee langu- age- but differing greatly in physique occupying all Africa ftom 50 N. lat. southwards,- Wa- Pokomo, Wa-Sambara, Wa-Chasra, Wa-Swahilis Wa-Sagara, Wa-Nyaiuezi, Wa-Nyanja; Zulu- Kaffir, Ba-Suto, Bechuana, Tonga, Mashona, Maliololo, Maganya, Ganguella, A-Biuda, .Mpongwe, Dwalla, Bi Lunda (Congo bisinh These tribas have been gradually coming down by land from the noith east, while Europeans have been coming in by sea from the south and between the two invading streams the aborig n )! Hottentots and Bushmen (Negritos or Negrillos) have been almost crushed out of existence. The Bantus have shown no sign of dying cu1; from contact with civilization, as other races have done. I do not say that they can ever take as high a position as the Caucasians; nor do I say that they (as a race) are free from grave defects, constitu- tional and acquired but the factor of their virility is so remarkable that it cannot be in an estimate of the probable future of the race and of African progress. Apparantly the phenomenal fecundity of the negro remains untouched by what his b?en regarded as an inexora- b!e law by virtue of which the weaker races disappear; and it is the rapid increase of the black race and the greater increase when slave trading and slave holding shall everywhere be put down that cannot fail to arouse most anxious consideration. There are difficulties ahead. As -in example of negro fecuudity,—The island of Barbidoes is tho most densely populated part of the earth-excepting the great cities. With an area of 106,000 acres, it has a population of over ls2,000-that is to say, an average of no less than 1104 people to each of its 16G square miles of territory. In comparing South Africa with Canada or Australia as a field for coloniza- tion, it should be borne in mind that in South Africa there are three distinct elements in the Twpulation-tbe British, the Dutch, and the Kaffir or (as it is usually, though not quite cor- rectly, termed) Native element. To reconcile the divergent interests, to secure that the whole population shall live in peace together, is the great problem of South African administration. The Future of British South Africa. Mauy people take a pessimistic view of the ¡ future of South Afnca—regard it with fear and trembling. They fear that the war will estrange the Dutch from the British beyond the possibility of reconciliation or political co-operation. I do not take that view of the future. I believe that the manifest identity of interests under wisely administered equal laws will reconcile the Dutch to the British, and unite them for protection against all trouble the natives may give; and, also, unite them in the sacred duty of protecting the natives—which will be the only means of preventing trouble. We must not lose sight of the fact that if the mass of the natives most for a time remain subordinate they must not be oppressed. Even the stupid, phlegmatic, unim- provable, and eelfish Boer will come to see, to realize, how enormously the immigration of the enterprising, energetic, and progressive British increases the value of his estate, of whatever nature his estate, instead of regarding the British with racial hatred, suspicion, and enmity he will welcome them as friends. "The Dutch and English belong to the same branch of the human family, and intermarry almost without knowledge that they have made an intermarriage. They accept the same creed, their civilization is on the same lines, though the Boer who has been settling in a wild region all the time is a century behind his lival, and the difficulty in language is no more unmanagable than it is in Switzerland or Wales. There is nothing in a war permanently to divide such men." In 'support of my view, which some may con- sider optimistic, I present the great facts of the reconciliation ot the French and British in the Canadas, and of the southern and northern of the United States. The difficulties in the way of the permanent peace and progress of the Anglo- Dutch colonists in South Africa are no greater than were the difficulties in America. As I cannot write at greater length this week, I will give a short synopsis of articles to follow 1, NaturaljzatioD-hws and customs of. 2, Evi- dence in support of charges against the Boers South African Wars. 4, Peace-terms of can- not yet be formulated Condition precedent to the discussion of terms The purpose of peace The longer and more costly the war and the greater the penalty aud the restrictions to be imposed, 5, Patriotism. (i, Federation of British Colonies. I propose to treat the subjects with as much ful- ness as the limited available space of the' J ournal' will admit. Yz. Khyl, Dec. 2, 1899.
SALEM CHAPEL TEA & CONCERT. YesterJay the annual tea meeting; and grand concert in aid of the SalplU O.M. Chapel, Warren was held in the Town Hall. Th: attendance at the tea was a record one. and the tables wpre filled several times ovc-. Mr G u' Gratton (Queen-street) and Mr Joan Hughes (River- street). had charge of the arrangements, and ahly dis- charged the duties of secretaries. The Committee was as follows: Rev Knowlcs .Tones (chairman), Messrs Thomas Jones, Wellington-road Jno Jones, Ffvnnongrocw-road Thomas Jones, Aquarium-sheet; William Jones, Abbev- str -et; and Daniel Jones, Brinhton-rnad. The ladies who took charge of the arrangements in the kitchen were: Mrs Robert Jones, Foryd Mrs Hughes Jones, Warren- road Mrs Davies, 20 Abbey-street; Mrs Captain Davies, Wellingtor.-voad Mrs Roberts, Chapel House: and Mrs Williams, Westborne Avenue. The tables were presided over by tll" following: Mrs Knowles Jonei; illi-s Edwards, 18 Kinmel st, Mrs Hughes, Brighton rd, Mrs Thomas, Hope Place, Mrs W Jones, Morvan Mrs Tlios Jones, 10 John- street; Mrs D Jones, Brighton-road; Miss M Jones, Castlj "View; Miss J Davies, Abbey-street; Miss Williams. 21 Aquarium-street Mrs Davies. -1, Aquarium street; Mrs Blackwell, Yaughan-street; Mrs Lloyd, 10 Aquarium-street. The following assisted at the tables :— Mr Thomas and Mr Jones, dangtastor; Miss Hughes. Bodfor street; Mrs Ellis, Gronant-street: Miss Hughes, Miss K Jones, Warrell,road; the Muses Hughes, Brighton-road; Miss Thomas, Miss Williams, Welling- ton-road; Miss K Jones, Castle View; Miss G Jones, Abbey-street; Miss P Edwards, Miss Annie Jones, Aquarium-street; Miss Blackwell, Miss G Benbow; Mrs Thomas Jones, Wellington-road; Mrs L Joins, Aquar- ium-street; Miss L A Williams, Abbey-strt et; Miss Davies, 4, Aquarium-street Miss Hughes, River-street Miss Jones, Morvan Mrs John Hughes, River-street, &c. In the evening a grand concert was held. Mr John Jones. J.P., Seftm, Prestatyn, was to have occupied the chair, but was unable to be present. His place was taken by I lie Rev Ezra Jones, Prestatyn, who said that he was deputed by Mr John Jones to express regret that he was unable to attend that eveuing, his medical adviser having forbidden him to leave the house. Mr Jones was present in mind, if not in body, and had sent a donation towards the muds of Salem Chapel. He (the chairman) was pleased to see that the cause in Warren-road was so well supported, and he fe!t that they should endeavour to help one another by every means in their power. Although there were several Calvinistic Methodist Chapels in Rhyl they were situated in different parts of the town, and there was room for all (applause). The crowded audience ws given a capital pro- gramme, many of the it >ms being encored. The concert was a thorough success, aud a substantial amount was realised. The programme was as foilows ;—Chorus "Gioris." Choir, (leader Mr D Jones); Son,, 11 Holy City," Megan Llechid, (Bethfsda); Trio, "Dame Dur- deu," Messrs D Jones, ,J 0 Williams, and T Edwards Mondoiino Duett, Messrs Willis and Poppleivell; Song, Star of Bethlehem," Mr Ben Roberts, (Liverpool); Song, "Dream of Paradise," Llinos Clwyd, (Newtown i Glee, Star of descending night," Mr Isaac Jones and Party; Song, "Erri ri," Eos Cernyw, (Towyn) Recita- tion, The last token," Miss Gweu Davies, (Abergele) Trio, A little farm well tilled," Messrs Jones, Edwards, and Williams; Chorus, "Cry out and shout," The Choir; Song, For all eternity," Llinos Clwyd; Song, True till death," Mr J 0 Wil iams Song, Bedd Llewelyn," Eos Cernyw; Glee, "Y Gwanwyn," Mr Isaac Jones and Party" Song, Let me like a soldier fall," Mr Ben Roberts; Mandoline Duett, Misses Willis and Popplewell; Hong," Hen groesiiordd y Llan" Megan LIecllid Duett, Flow, gentle Deva,J' Messrs Dan Jones anù.J 0 Williams; Song, "Star of my soul," Mr Ben Roberts; Trio," Ye Shepherds," Messrs Jones, Edwards and Williams; Song, I will extol Thee," Megan Llechid Recitation, Judge Brownin on Ruben- stein's Playing," Miss Gwen Davies; Finile, God save the Queen," Mr Bryan Warhurst, Miss Blackwell, and Mr Willis were the accompanists. The Rev Ezra Jones left before the close of the proceedings, and his place was taken by the Rev Knowles Jones, who also during the interval proposel a vote of thanks to all who had assisted at the tea and concert. Mr William Jones (Superintendent of the Sunday School) seconded.
FOOTBALL. SYWELL HOUSK V. RYDAL MOUNT, UoLWYX BAY. —The return match between these teams was played at Rhyl on Saturday last, llydal Mount at once pressed and looked like being easy winners, but the home team gradually settled down to their work, and an even game ensued. Just before half time the visitors scored, and thus crossed over with a lead of 1—0. Soon after the interval Maddocks sent in a fine shot, which was only partially cleared, and Turner equalised matters. After this play was again very even. Just before time, however, llydal Mount again attacked, and Jones, although robbing his opponent of the ball, unluckily fell in doing so, and the inside right getting possession sent in a fine cross shot, which Cartwright was unable to reach, the visitors thus winning a good game by 2—1. Yesterday afternoon the Rhyl Reserves defeated the Church Guild in the first round of the Welsh Junior Cup by 3 goals to 2.
ST,ASAPH' The Christmas Prize Sale in the Smithfield comprised over 100 fat beasts, 4So sheep and 200 pigs and calves, the quality of the stock was excel- lent, and there was a very brisk demand, nearly every lot changing hands. Air. Frank Bibby was first reserve for the Vale of Clwyd Challenge Cup, with two very prime Angus bullocks, sold at £ 29. 10s. v. It. c., Mrs M:Laren sold at £ 80 10s. reserve Captain Conwy, sold at £ 75 5s. h. c.. Nl r. P. P. Pennant, with three ripe heifers, sold at £ 05 10s. pair fat beasts, the property of a tenant farmer 1st, Mr. Cratton, Faenol, 1301,1 at an average of E20 h. c. Mr. LI. Lloyd, Dwylig, sold at JM.5 lOs., fat beast, fed by a farmer farm- ing under 100 acres Ist, Mr Griffiths, Llanfair- talhaiarn, sold at X27 h. c., Mr. Jno. Lothian, sold at £ 22 5s. fat cow Mr. Peter Hughes, Meli- den, sold at E 18 res., Mr. Frank Bibby, sold at i;21 15s fat bull, 1st, Mr. Williams, Rhyd, sold at Z24 res., Mrs. Wynne, Cefn, sold at £2() 15s. beast with not more than two broad teeth 1st, Mr. Lloyd, Dwylig; pen of five fat wethers 1st, Mrs. Gratton 20 fat pigs 1st, Mr. Davies, Geinas three bacon pigs, Mr. Roberts three porks pigs 1st Mr. T. Roberts, Hendre-house Christmas fat pig 1st Mr. Roberts Waen Top fat calf 1st, Mr. Thos. Roberts Cyrchynau Isa. One of Mr. Frank Bibby's shorthorn heifers being 1st in lot of thrc weighing 8 cwt., made £9 2 Captain Conwy sent in a lot of shorthorn bullocks, which averaged nearly C23 10s. Six from Mr. Griffiths, Llanfairtalhaiarn realised 9141 10s. There was a good clearance of sheep and many Welsh wethers, making up to 35s. Bacon pigs made fully 7s. 6d. per score. Porks up to 8s. 6d. Calves 1:4.
NOTES FROM ABERGELE. We have had a bout of severe weather, and the question naturally arises as to whether anything is to be done towards providing for the poor at Christmas. Several well known inhabitants have died during the past few days. Mr Williams, Numbers, Mrs Jones(TheEntry;, and Mrs Williams (Water street) are among those who will bo-missed. Mr Hughes, Bronheulog, died suddenly on Tuesday. The Council will have to put the hydrants into working order, as I understand that on Saturday last the Rhudd- lan Fire Brigade on coming here to test tho fire extinguishing Jsippliances found that one hydrant in an important position was useless. Many will regret to learn that Drill Instructor Pitt has resigned his position. He has been generally respected by all classes. The annual dinner to the postmen is to be held at the Hesketh Arms early in the New Year. It ie expected that the concert in aid of of the War Fund to be held on Friday evening under the direction of Mr Bedford will bo a great success. BKHOKL.
The Welsh Unitarians who have of recent year.? started and maintained a cause in London held their anniversary meeting this year under the presidency of Mr. John T. Lewis, formerly of Llanarth. An address was delivered by Mr. D. Delta Evans on "Welsh proverbs and their influence on the national life, and several members con- tributed to an; ntcresting musical programme. A Welsh section has been formed in connection with the bazaar which is to be held next year with the object of raising a fund of about X12,000 in aid of the Unitarian cause. Many friends and lovers of his works will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Thomas Carleton Grant, which occurred the other day at the resi- dence of his sister, Shankliri, Isle of Wight. Mr. Carleton Grant was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, to which some ten years ago he was elected from over 200 candidates, and the Ùx- ford Art Society. He was a frequent exhibitor' at the Royal Academy and other exhibitions, while some of his pictures are to be found on the walls of Windsor Castle. Examples of his work, which consisted mainly of water-colours, arc to be found in many colleges in Oxford, in which city he lived for some time. lr, Carleton Grant had been in indifferent health for some time, and had been or- dered to Cairo by his medical adviser. The living of Llanfihangel-vng-Ngwynfa has been offered by the Lord Chancellor to the Rev. J. R. Roberts, rector of Garthbeibio. The reverend gentleman is the youngest son of the well-known Welsh bard and clergyman, the late Rev. Cation Ellis Roberts (Elis Wyn o Wyrfai), and w, ■ educated at Merton College, Oxford, where he held several scholarships, and took classical honours. Mr Roberts is a fluent speaker, and writes in English and Welsh, and has rendered good service to church music in Welsh, both as a conductor of choral festivals, &c, and as adjudicator at church J eiateddfodau,
IIHYL DISTRICT. I 2/6 L'TN DOZ;, 4/- FOR 2;"), PRIVATE GREETING CARDS for Xmas and New Year. Books now ready. Order at once to secure best designs. No extra charge for initials, A. & H. Sandoe, Bodfor Street, and High Street, Rhyl. JONKS BROS, Prestatyn, still lead with the 'Challenge Blend Tea and are unsurpassedwith their Bread and Cakes. For '-Vome-mx(ie Bread" and Confectionery, you can't do better LI)ayi cali at JONES BRot;'b Llverpoo House, Prestatyn. ABOUT 50,000 square yards of land fully one-fontth al the available central building land in rxliyl to be ,;old. Apply to Mr R D Roberts, Kegent Villas, or to any of the local auctioneers. THE HOSPITAT. FOP. BROKEN PIPES is at EISISKI'S Queen Street and High Street (opposite the Post OHicc) All repairs promptly carried out. A large assortment Walking Sticks, Tobaccos, and Pipes always in tock. First Prize Rhyl May Day. 1899-Tlie Grosveno Hot'4 Restaurant Dining Car. The popular place is the U 1\U; l',AUK lor Parties, Wedding Breakfasts, Dinners, Teas, Suppers, Halls, Social jJEvenings, etc. Special catering uudor the personal supervision of Mr nnd Mrs Snowden. Large anl small rooms lpt for club meetins evening classes, social gatherings, balls, private concerts, &c., with use cf piano, at reasonable prices. SPECIAL NOTICE.—F. Hubhard begs to announce that having decided to give up his branch establishment, now so well known as The Bon Marche, 24 High Street. he will make a great clearance SALE of the whole stock of General Drapery Goods, commencing Saturday, Dec. Dth. The Goods will all be marked in plain figures and piled on the counters for inspection. FOR THIS MONTH ONLY!—Casks containinrr H gallons of fine Pale Ale supplied at 4s Gd each, nett cash. J. 1L ELLIS, Wine Merchant, Rhyl. TAKE ADVANTAGE when buying Christmas Presents of t e Annual Sale now going on at EISISKJ'S Establish- ments. Queen Street, High Street and Bodfor Street. By dealing at these Shops you can secure yon r Presents for Christmas at a very low price. The largest st ck of tobacco, pipes and sticks in town. Tun: GREATEST Snow IN N. WALES.—Robert Lloyd, Confectioner, Bodfor Street, Rhyl, begs to call attention to the magnificent Show of Cake & Christmas Novelties, which lie will open at his NEW PREMISES, 5 BODFOR ST., on Saturday, Dec. lOtb. All cakes made on the premises. Call and see the Greatest Show in Rhyl, which this Christmas will be at Lloyd's. The largest and choicest stock of Christmas novelties chocolates, aud bonbons in town is now on view at Miss Hilloway's establishment, "La Bonbonniere," High Strest. Not only is one window filled with the latest and best of Christmas treo ornaments and decorations, but Miss Holloway has a large and varied assortment in her st ireroom. Pretty gifts tor all sges will be found on view. The other portion of this well-known establishment is tastefully set out with choice and well selected dessert fruit for the season. Miss Holloway has never had a larger nor finer stock than at the present time. The Grand Christmas Show at the Arcade, Wellington Road, is now open, and there is an unusually large assortment of dolls, toys, games, etc., on view. Elwy Lodge of Good Templars. The above lodge met on Tuesday night last in the Queen Street Chapel Schoolroom, and was presided over by the Chief Templar, Bro. H. Edwards. There was a fair number of members present. A miscellaneous programme was provided. Next Tuesday night the programme will consist of A Trip to India," under the leadership of Bro. R. Williams. The meeting will be an open one, and the public are invited to attend. Hockey. On Saturday Rhyl Hockey Club drew with Holywell, 1-1, on the latter's ground. To-morrow (Saturday) Carnal von and Denbighshire play at Rhyl an inter-county match, and Flintshire and Merioneth meet at Wrexham. Messrs Bevington, Connah, and Gunner will be included in the Flint- shire team. St. Ann's Band of Hope. On Monday evening at the Church House the St. Ann's Hand of Hope, under the direction of the Rev. W D Thomas, gave a successful enter- tainment to a large audience. Mr Evans (Gwalia) occupied the chair. The programme, which was gone through with much credit to all concerned was as follows :l'i,,tnoforte solo, Miss Clara Griffith Jones and Miss Stewart song, "Y Farri a'i baban," Miss Lizzie Evans action song "Eiht little mothers," Band of Hope Children; song "The Sailor's Grave (encored), Rev W 1) Thomas song, "The Heavenly Song," Miss Clara Griffith Jones; dialogue "The Salterhebble Recruit," Messrs Edwards, Jones, Simeoek and Williams selections on the mandoline, -N,] iss Gwenny Ross song, "The maid of Malabar" Miss Clara Griffith Jones action song, Under the Umbrella," (encored), Band of Hope Children sontr, "London Bridge," Miss Lizzie Evans; recitation, "The gambler's wife" (encored), Miss Annie Fuller; sonir, 'j. Star of Bethlehem," Rev. W 13 Thomas; diologue, Ye ryte merrie masque of Olde Father. Christmas," Alessrs Edwards, Jones, Parry, Simcock, and Ratelitfe. A vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding and all who had assisted at the concert was carried on the proposition of the Vic-,tr. Presentation to the Rev R. Michael Jones. On Tuesday evening at the Church House, the Rev R Michael Jones, who has been appointed Vicar of Bentley, was presented with a handsome IS carat gold centre seconds watch, and a framed of the officers and choir of St John's Church. The Vicar presided, and said he was glad to find that the services of Mr Jones had been appreciated by the parishioners. He wished the recipient Cod-speed and success in his new sphere of labour.—Mr F Geary, People's Warden at St John's, presented the gold watch, and said that he greatly regretted the departure of Mr Jones, who had taken a thorough interest in everything connected with St John's, and especially in the work of the Sunday School.—Mr Hatwood, Vicar's Warden, presented the framed photograph.—The Rev R M Jones, in thanking the subscribers, said he was conscious that he did not deserve all that had been said about him nor what had been done on his behalf. He would never forget the kind- ness he had received from all with whom he had been connected in his first curacy—at Rhyl. He would carry to Bentley kindly thoughts of the inhabitants of the town, and the kindness they had shown to Mrs Jones and himself would stimu- late him to greater efforts in his new sphere of work. It was with some regret that he felt bound to sty Goo(I-bye.The watch, which was I supplied by Mr W L Foster, Bodfor-street, bore the following inscription Presented to the Rev R M Jones by the clergy and parishioners, on I his resigning the curacy of Rhyl, Oct, 1899." Mr Jones' monogram was engraved on the back of the case." Rhyl Photographic Society. I On Tuesday eveninf, at the Grosvenor Hotel, the members of the Rhyl Photographic Society were iavourerl with a lecture of exceptional interest by Dr Goodwin (President). The subject was The Infinitely Great," and it dealt chiefly with astronomy. The^lecture was illustrated with a capital set of slides, the lantern being worked by Captain Stubbs. At the close a vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer. Mr G R Lawrence is the secretary of the society. Children's Concert. The annnal concert of the Clwyd Street National Schools and the distribution of Dioecsau Rewards will be civeu in the Town Hall on Thursday next, and it is hoped that the house will bo a good one, as the children always do remarkably well on these occasions. In Aid of the War Fund. On Wednesday evening a concert was given in the Town Hall by the members of the Council's Brass Band and others in aid of the local War Fund. Mr A L Clews presided, and was supported by Capt Gribbin and Mr R Jolley. The following a,"igted:-Rhyl Council's Band, Mr and Mrs M Samuels, Ilinos Clwyd, Master Gwilym Lloyd Evans, Mr W Jones aud party, Mr Wilfred Hall, members of the C Co. 2nd V.B. R.W.F., the Rhyl Coastguards, Mr B Hanlon, Mr J Mohr, Mr Isaac Jones and party. Mr T Amos Jones (junr), was secretary. Rhyl Cycling Club. On Wednesday evening a meeting of the Com- mittee of the Rhyl Cycling Club was held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Mr E W Parry presiding. There was an unusually large attendance, and it was decided to continue the club, which is in a good financial position. The annual meeting was fixed for January 17th, and instructions were vi ven to the officials to get in all subscriptions by that date and to take an inventory of the club property,with a view to the same being stored in Messrs Rhydwen Jones and Davies' premises in readiness for future service. A Suggestion. With regard to the necessity of adequate accom- modation being found for the wounded on their arrival in this country, a correspondent suggests that the nearly finished hospital Rhyl, with its six- ty beds, large balconies and modern arrangements, should be promptly completed and used for the first year or so for our soldiers and sailors. He points out the arh-antagc which such a hospital would be to any wounded lauded at Liverpool, and urges that an appeal should be made to the hospi- tal committee and to the subscribers, especially the Duke of Westminster. It would also serve as a means of removing the debt still remaining on the unfinished I)uil(ling. Daily Mail. Widening of the Vale Road Bridge. The new works now being carried out by the London and North Western Co. at Rhyl are so filr advanced that on Thursday afternoon the western 'half of Vale Road Bridge was opened for vehicular J traffic. The bridge was opened by Councillo Joseph A Williams driving over the new portion in company with Mr Ross, the Contractor's (Messrs Gates and Thomas) Engineer, Mr R C Bullonge, the Resident Engineer for the Company, and Mr Bell, manager of the works. The work will now be pushed on so as to complete the remaining half of the bridge before the heavy summer traffic arrives. The workmen were eugaged last night preparing for certain work which it is hoped will be carried out on Sunday next during the lull in the traffic.
RHUDDLAN. SUDDENT DEATH AT BODRIIYDDAN.—On Thurs- day evening last week Susannah Evans, under- housemaid at Bodrhyddan, died very suddenly. It would appear that the girl had been complaining occasionally for a few days pre-, iotis to the day of her death. On that day she went upstairs just before seven o'clock with the intention of going to bed. A few minutes later another servant went upstairs and found Evans lying on the bedroom floor. Dr Eyton Lloyd, of Rhyl, was sent for but his seryices were of no av,til, as the deceased must have been dead when first found. On Friday night an inquest was held at the Hall before Mr Bromley, and a jury. Evidence of identification was given by the father, Mr Wm. Evans, Old Kennel, Pontralltgoch, and Margaret Humphreys, kitchenmaid, deposed to the circumstances under which she found Evans. Dr Eyton Lloyd said that in his opinion death was due to internal hemmorrhage. He was quite satis- tied that natural causes were the cause of death, and there was no foul play whatever. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence. FIRE BRIGADE CONCERT.—The report of the concert held last evening in connection with the 11 .1 Fire Brigade is held over until next week.
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CYCLING NEWS & GOSSIP. The shows have gone the way of all.mundane things and gradually other things than exhibits and the eternal talk of the trade are finding their way into those journals devoted to the pastime. But the time honored sequel in the shape of argu- ments of a more or less academic nature as to the value of these annual exhibitions is being trotted out, quite in the old sweet way. Many in the trade opine that the shows are waste of money and time and energy, and that scarcely a machine the more will be sold by reason of their having been held. However thatmay be, it is pretty certain that an annual cycle show is an institution that like many other threatened institu- tions, will last so long as cycling does. Attempts have heretofore been made by certain of the makers to hold aloof, and to break the power of the Stanley dominion by holding a show in their own way and at their own time and place. The result was the inception and growth of the National Show. I. — The fact is that the jealousies and rivalries which exist and always will exist in the trade will keep the Shows alive. One manufacturer would not exhibit, and so save a certain important expendi- ture, if he were sure that his trade rival would follow suit. But Messrs. Brown and Co. intend to exhibit, and so the resolutions, if they ever reached that stage, of Messrs. Jones and Co. not to exhibit this year" are broken down, and his firm are carried along with the set of the tide. From the rider's point of view the great advantage of the Shows is not so much that he may become aware of the different improvements or modifica- tions in existing patterns-for lie can ascertain all this in advance from the cycling journals—but that he may have the opportunity, owing to the different types being all under two roofs, of com- paring one with another, and with all the dis- tinctive types well in mind, note the advantages and disadvantages of rival systems of gears, brakes, tyres, &c. So good have the two great tyres, the Dunlop Multiflex and the Welch-Bartlett, proved them- selves during 1st 19 that no change has been made or will be made for the ensuing season. The con- census of opinion is that the Dunlop tyres of to-day are as near perfection as is possible. Another World's champion expresses his inten- tion of quitting the racing game and resting upon his laurels. This is T. Summersgill, the famous amateur sprint crack, who is undoubtedly England's finest mile amateur. He says that in winning the world's amateur mile, the blue riband of the track, lie has gained the height of his ambition and will not further tempt fickle fortune. He is going into trade as the representative of an important rubber company and, as he is a genial and able man of business, he should find his future assured. He was a little lucky in not hav- ing to meet Paul Albert, the clever German sprint crack, who beat him so decisively in the N.C.U. mile championship, where lie made hacks of our best amateurs, but no one begrudges him his good fortune, as Albert is admitted to be a racing phenomenon, standing in the same relation to sprint amateurs as Paul Bourrillon does to his brother professionals, that is facile princeps. On comparing the list of prizes won by the leading cracks of other countries particularly pro fessionals, it is very plain to see that the "game" is nearly played out in England. In the Italian list there are over twenty cracks who have earned very respectable incomes during the past year through cycle racing, while the American, Australian, French and German riders have had a very good time and if their winnings have not been up to those of previous years, they can con- tent themselves by saying "We have earned a good year's salary." In England there are not half a dozen professionals who have made a respectable living out of cycle racing during the past year and unfortunately the prospects for 1900 seem worse. The time is now at hand when club life should be of the pleasantest. The cycle runs are, generally speaking, things of the past. But thete are the smok- ing concerts, the ladies nights, the cinderellas, the wh ist tournaments with rival clubs,the billiard ditto, club billiard handicaps, and all those pleasant social functions that tend to make cycling club life so charming, and to help one tide over the dark and inhospitable weather which marks the gap between the seasons.Now is the turn of the "dancing man and the singing man." The member who can trill Soldiers of the Queen" or The Boys of the Old Brigade in passable baritone, or who can recite a little, will enjoy a temporary popu- larity and distinction denied to holders of club medals. The man who gets easily knocked on club runs, and who invariably finds that his tyres are going wrong when the pace begins to warm up a bit, but who can, nevertheless, reverse divinely in the maze v waltz, will also have his turn and get his own back on his more stalwart rivals, the winners of handicaps.
The Rhyl Seventh Annual BOXING-DAY N S '*M< Say EISTEDDFOD GRAND PAVILION, December 26tb, IS99. FIRST MEETING, ONE P.M. President—A. L. CLEWS, ESQ., Chairman of Rhyl U.D.C. Attractions Competitions in Music, Literature, -ii)(I Art,, SECOMR MEETING, SIX P.M. President—R. LL. JOiSlES, Esy., C.C. Attractions Chairing of the Bard Ceremony, Star Artistes. Admission :-Two Meetings Front Seats, 3s.; Second Seats, Is. (3d. One Meeting Front. Sats, 2s.; Second Seats, Is. See large posters for further information. CLWYD ST. NATIONAL SCHOOLS. CONCERT And Prize Distribution IS TOWN HALL on THURSDAY NEXT 21st December. Doors apen 7-30, commence at 8. Admission Is, and 6d. Chairman S. ROOSE, ESQ At Chester City Police Court, yesterday, Edward burke, hawker, residing in Chester, and formerly of Rhyl, was charged with working a horse in an unfit state on the 13th ult. He walt, fined 10s and costs or 14 days' hard labou* <