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Jottings about the Fire. The telegraph office being closed, com- munication with other towns in the vicinity was cut off, so that mounted messengers had to be sent to Rhuddlan, Abergele, and Prestatyn for fire-engines. The messages were promptly sent out at the starting of the fire, and the delay in the case of Rhudd- Ian engine was caused by the difficulty of getting horses, ("apt Conwy Bell, we may n in add, was away from home. The Abergele brigade did not turn up at all, for the reason, it is stated, that the messenger from Rhyl tried to, but could not, find the bell where- with to call the company. The early eilorts of the brigade for some ten minutes were 01 little avail, partly, it IS stated, because the supply of water was short. The crowd murmured greatly, and uncom- plimentary remarks were passed. But when the steamer started to operate, the effect on the devouring element was soon appreciable, and the quantity of water dealt with was enormous. The men, some in uniform and some not, worked like galley-slaves. ZD Singular to say, whilst the burning sparks were flying in a thick shower fur over an hour, a billpostiug hoarding adjoining the chief burning building was left almost unscathed. So accustomed had paople become to fire that very little notice, except as a source for mirth, was given to a man whose coat was set on fire by a burning spark. These sparks were spread over a large area, and were blown as far as Ffynnongroew Road. Had any of the Town Hall windows, on which building they fell like hailstones, been left open, the consequences there might have been serious. Many of our readers have now had an ocular demonstration" of the danger caused by flying sparks. It is these which make chimney firing so dangerous. A spark from a smoky chimney lodging on the curtain of an open window is enough to do the trick. In this town chimney tiring is zn common enough, and it might do good to have an occasional prosecution and some smart fines. It was somewhat diverting, amid the scene of destruction and desolation, to hear persons telling each other what they were doing "just when I heard the fire-bell ring." Some entered into most minute details, I was just lighting the candle to go to bed I was baring a drop of whisker with a friend belonging to our church I was just telling my wife we had not had a fire in Rhyl for a long time I was just thinking what a lot of wet we have had lately." But everything connected with even a thought of fire was of interest! One is sorry, very sorry, for the poor people who have lost so much by the destruc- tion of their property in the Market Street shops and houses. We mean those who were uninsured. But they do not deserve the sympathy. The insurance rates are about 1/6 per Y-100 per annum. If people will take the risk rather than pay such a paltry amount they must abide any advene consequence. It is incredible the number of householders and shopkeepers in this town who are uninsured. But we should imagine that the agents have been pretty busy since Tuesday night. Such are the facilities offered by the telephone, that their representatives were able at midnight on Tuesday to send off to the "Courier" and other Liverpool papers lengthy accounts of the fire and the papers contain- ing the same, delivered at Rhyl between 7 and 8 the following morning, were the first intimation which many of the Rhyl residents received of the disaster! Later in the morn- ing the Liverpool" Express came into town with an amplified account. Mr Geo Brookes, the popular hairdresser, is a heavy loser by the conflagration, though not by the actual fire. Seeing its proximity, like a prudent man, he began dismantling his shop, and willing hands helped in the Work. S me of the hands were not, however, honest hands, and many a pound of tobacco in a very brief space of time changed hands. Even his overcoat was Rtolen Not only to his shop in Market Street, but also to his premises in Queen Street was considerable damage caused. The County Club was turned inside out. Though the building and contents are fully insured, the Steward and some assistants carried into safety the most portable articles, whilst the seatings in the billiard room, &c. were dislodged in readiness should the building be attacked. Fortunately that contingency did not happen. Here again losses by theft are evident. If anyone can find a heavy lounge chair, belonging to the establishment, upholstered in red plush, information should be given to the police. Whether the fire orginated on the premi- ses in the occupation of Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary or the adjoining premises of Messrs Connah and Co is as much a mystery at present as the cause of the outbreak. The extent of the damage caused also can only be guessed at just now-its value cannot very well be overstated, but it is difficult still to approximate the thousands of pounds into which it must run. That the property of the County Club was not gutted was almost a miracle. The Club Co. has, however, suffered considerable loss by the wreck of the offices between Mr Brookes' establishment and the Alexandra Buildings, and which Messrs Greenhalgh occupied in addition to the greater part of the buildings now no longer existing. The club rooms and the Masonic Lodge room above were also threatened by the flames, but, being detected in good time, they were not allowed to retain a hold in that direc- tion. As soon as the seriousness of the outbreak was realised Mr E W Parry, who is in charge of the Queen's Palace during the temporary absence of Mr P J Ashfield, gave instructions to apply the hose pipe to the roofing of the Palace and Arcade build- ings. While some of the men remained on duty at the Palace others proceeded to Mar- ket Street and rendered valuable assistance there in checking the eastward progress of the flames. The destruction of the Grand Pavilion at the entrance to the Victoria Pier two years ago last September may have been more picturesque to witness, but it was certainly not such a terrible sight, especially when flames had to be battled with on both sides of the street. Mention of this reminds us that Mr Geary has now been identified very closely with the two biggest fires that Rhyl has ever experienced, for he is secretary of the Pier Company, who owned the Pavilion, in addition to being the active partner in the auctioneering business carried on in Market Street. Mr Geary is much to be condoled with. The disarrangement of his books and papers was in itself a great mis- fortune. We regret to say that in addition to this he soffers from a domestic affliction in the severe and long-continued illness of Mrs Geary. That the fire has brought about con- siderable distress calling for immodiate alleviation is only too certain, and we are pleased to find that already something has been done in the direction of establishing a relief fund. At yesterday afternoon's per- formance by the Zingam Troupe, in the Victoria Hall, Mrs H W Roberts announced that the proceeds would be devoted to that object. The Queen's Palace Syndicate have also arranged with Mr Edward Neville's theatrical company performing at the Palace this week to erive a benefit Performance this (Friday) evening. L _n_ Of the X500 worth of mailcarts, perambu- lators, &c, stored in Messrs Connah and Co's Market Street premises not a scrap was saved, nor was any of it insured, while the building was only partly insured. Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary's gtock of most valuable fnrniture and musical instruments, including organs, pianos, &c, and also valuable engravings, pictures, valuable old china, and oak furniture, was only partly insured, which will result in a very great loss.
The,Chamberlain speeches are published to day in a shilling book by Grant Richards, Mr Chamberlain contributes a preface,
Politics in Flintshire. SELECTION OF CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES FOR THE COUNTY AND THE BOROUGHS. Yesterday (Thursday) a special meeting of the Flintshire Constitutional Association was held at the Alexandra Hotel, Rhyl, for the purpoise of finally adopting the candidates for the county and borough seats at the next Parliamentary election. Lord Mostyn presided over a large attendance, which in- cluded the Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire (Mr II nghes of Kinmel), Mr P P Pennant Captains Heaton and Wilkinson (St Asaph), and Messrs AV J P Storey, G A Taverner, John Foulkes, W Sylvester, and H A Tilby (Rhyl), T J Scott (Prestatyn), R C Enyon, and W Conwy Bell (Rhuddlan), Randle Main- waring and Joseph Lloyd (St Asaph), J Lloyd Pryce, T Bate, H A Cope, C P Mor- gan and others, together with Mr T W Hughes (secretary). With regard to the county scat, held so long for the Liberals by Mr Samuel Smith, ll."hA J'A'TJ'DTTOr a TU'f- nno. .1. ,1. JO UUU tlgaiu fctft'lUiJg ie-uieu- tion, Colonel Howard, C.B., was again unani- mously selected to oppose Mr J Herbert Lewis, whom the county Liberals have pre- vailed upon to take Mr Smith's place as the oandidate at any the next election. In connection with the selection of a candidate for the seat at present represented by Mr Herbert Lewis eevcral names were suggested, including those of Mr Pennant and Mr Lloyd Price, both old campaigners. n They, however, refused to allow their names to be discussed, and ultimately the unanimous choice of the meeting fell upon Mr Jno Eldon Bankes, K.C. The meeting also expressed gratification at hearing that the annual meetings of the National Union of Conservative Associations (North Wales Branch) are to be held in Rhyl on a date in January next convenient to Lord Onslow. On that date there will be a conference in the afternoon; and a mass meeting at night. Both the Conservative candidates are prominent county men. Colonel Howard, who resides at Wygfair, St Asaph, has already unsuccessfully contested the seat on two occasions against Mr Samuel Smith —in 1895 and 1900—and his consent to once more champion the Conserva- tive cause was readily given when solicited. Mr Eldon Bankes, who will oppose Mr Howell Idris, of mineral water fame, resides at Soughton Hall, Northop. He is deputy chairman of the FJintshire Quarter Sessions and amongst many other important appoint- ments holds that of consulting counsel to the Thames Embankment Commissioners. He has an extensive practice in London and enjoys considerable popularity in both public and private life. He is one of the leading barristers of the Chester and North Wales Circuit. His father was the late Mr John Scott Bankes, chairman of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions. This will be Mr Eldon Bankes' :first experience of Parliamentary candidature.
Presentation to Mr McEwen. An interesting presentation took place on Monday evening at the Caradoc Lodge. of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (1574). The occasion was the recognition of the services to the Lodge of W.Bro. K McEwen. The presentation took the form of a handsome roll top American writing desk, and was handed to the recipient in the name of the Lodge by the Worshipful Master Bro. F Geary, as a token of the esteem of the brethren and their appreciation of the very valuable services he had rendered the lodge for many years as secretary and in other capacities. Bro K. McEwen had filled the office of secretary for 15 consecutive years. There were also other years of service in various capaci- ties to be placed to his credit. Those duties also had been carried out in an exceptionally able manner. It was not only the testimonial of that lodge Bro McEwen had received, but the excellent way in which his work had been done had been praised by the P.P.G. Secretary (the present Deputy P.G. Master), and the com- mendation of such a Mason spoke volumes in itself. W. Bro. Gamlin, as one who had for many years worked with the recipient, said he felt he could add but little to the eloquent testimony of the Worshipful Master. He endorsed all thfct had been said, and hoped that for many years they would have Bro. McEwen with them. In acknowledging the gift Bro McEwen said he deeply appreciated the kindness of the members, the kindly way the presentation had been made, and the remarks of Bros Geary and Gamlin. He would continue to do his best for the lodge and Freemasonry in general. The following is the inscription which was engraved on a silver plate inserted in the desk Presented to W. Bro. KENNETH McEWEN. P.M., P.P.G.S D., by the Caradoc Lodge, No 1671, n recoguit on of his services as Secretary, and as a token of hi* Masonic worth. Rhyl, Nov 16, 1903.
Episcopal Weakness and the Education Act. Dr Hedley, Roman Catholic Bishop of New- port, writes to the" Times" from Cardiff:- "The Archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops who agree with him have surely been betrayed into an act of lamentable weakness. They are prepared to surrender the essential point on which the denominational position depends-viz the head teacher of a denominational school shall be of the same denomination as the school. How can a school be effectively denominational without this ? The conscience clause, the right of entry, the right to have denominational religion taught during the school horarium-these and similar provisions would be of the smallest possible use if a head teacher out of,sympathy with denominational teaching had his or her hold upon the children during the general school-time. At the best, children in these schools would be brought up in an atmosphere of negation of what a largo number of parents consider to be the only adequate Christi- anity—in a sort of deism, without the incarnation or sacramental ideas, and utter strangers to that spirit of humble and child-like faith which our Lord has stated to be the spirit ot His Gospel. Some people, as we know, want to bring this about. But it is a shock to find that the bishops of the Church of England are prepared to tolerate it in the schools which have been entrusted to them.
Royalty at Abergele. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, has (says the "Daily Post") promised to open a bazaar in aid of the Abergele Schools early next year, and a feature of tho occasion will be a performance of a Welsh play, Caractacus," by the school pupils. Happily, Mr Retford, the censor of stage plays, will not in th?S inRf-,A.nr»fl Via nl"r>Ar1 in rlildmmn. 1:'& a. -a"&a&&&a- as he was on a former occasion when a Welsh play was produced in the vernacular. Celtic gutturals then proved too much even for the patient censor. In this case, however, the his- trionic venture will be rendered in English. The Princess will be the guest of Mr H R Hughes, the Lord-Lieutenant of Flintshire, and Lady Florentia Hughes at Kinmel Park.
DEATHS. Nov. 12, at 26 Morfa Bach, Rhyl, William Franklin Frimston, aged 3 years. Nov 11, at Gwindy, Bodfari, Thomas Rvans, aged 71 years. Nuv 13, at 10 Greenfield Place, Rhyl, William Blaekwell, aged 10 months. Nov 15, at Bryniau, Cwm, Moses Edwards, aged 73 years. Nov 14, at 12 Lake Avenue, Rhyl, Malcolm Bicknell, aged 56 years. Nov 16, at 22 Edward Henry Street, Rhyl, William Frederick Mann, aged 71 years.
RHYL DISTRICT. ) Call and see the lovely selection Of Ladies' Shirts and Blouses at HUBBARD'S, THE CASH DRAPERS, 24 and "25 Wellington Road, Rhyl. For Ilome-made Bread' and Confectionery, yon can't do better than call at JONES BROS',Liverpool House, Prestatyn Special Display of New Goods, In all Departments; IIUBBARlrs, TH CASH DRAPERS, 24 and 25 Wellington Road, Rhyl. JONES BROS, Prestatyn, still lead with their Challenge Blend Tea," and are unsurpassed with the Bread and cakes HATWOOD'S, 35 Queen Street, Rhyl.—For Fishing Tackle, price and quality cannot be beaten. Flies from 1/- dozen. The oldest Fishing Tackle dealers in Wales, established over 40 years. Fifty gross of choice Flies o hoose m at Hatwofrood's fS"iQUEEN'S BATHS, Queen Street, Rh)l. Open throughout the winter months. Vapour, hot-air, hot fresh water and sea water baths. Electric baths and massage a specialty. Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRISTMAS CARDS.—The best assortment ever seen in Rhyl. Ernest Jones, 8 Queen's Arcade. See the windows and showcase. Lectures For The People. The First lecture will be delivered on the 1st of December by The Rev Dr Dallinger, F.R.S., in The Town Hall, on "Spiders: their Work and their Wisdom," with a glance at Mind in animals. Illustrated by original transparencies from nature prepared by the lecturer. The Syllabus is a comprehensive one, including :-The Mode of Operation by which a complex Orb-web is constructed, completely shown by Mechanical and Optical Illustrations-How Snares are built in appearently impossible placeri-Illustrations- Singular ingenuity illustrated. The time taken to build a Snare—Decoration—Carpeting—Spider Telegraph-Tents-Gins as well as Snares—Spider Yachting-Building under Water-Cheating Ene- mies--Storing Food-Their Wisdom how acquired. Gospel Total Abstinence Meetings. Last Sunday night there was again a good atten- dance in the Boys' Brigade Hall, considering the extremely rough weather. The chair was occupied by Mr Jacob Jones,who expressed his pleasure that the Gospel Temperance Meetings were again held, and that so many, especially of young people, were present. He hoped che churches would take a deeper interest in this important work. Total abstinence w!ts the path of duty and: safety. The Rev Mr Williams of Birken head 'also gave an address. He referred to the terrible loss of life in connection with the Boer war, and reminded his audience that every year double that number lost their lives through drink in the United Kingdom. We had a terrible enemy nearer home, and we should fight that enemy. Several suitable recita- tions and solos were well given. It is intended to hold a conference shortly to consider other tem- perance work. Next Sunday night the meeting will be held as usual. Warren Road Debating Society. A meeting of the above Society was held on Monday last, when pipers were read by Mr Charlie Jouea on the life of H M Stanley, and Mr Her- bert Jones on religion and business, and Mr Hugh Williams on the starting of the Sunday School in this part of the town. Addresses were delivered on the papers by Messrs Levi Owen, Parry Jones, Thomas Elias Jones, and Edwards, and the Rev J Roberts (pastor). Royal Alexandra Hospital. On Thursday, 12th inst, Mrs Roberts, of Handel House, kindly brought her Zingara Troupe to the Hospital and began the first of her series of winter entertainments. The patients thoroughly enjoyed the excellent programme, and the Lady Superin- tendent wishes to express her thanks to Mrs Roberts and all the performers for their kindness. Opening chorus, selections from The Geisha" song, "She's my chrysanthemum," Mr Willan; song and chorus, Pliny, come kiss yo' baby," Miss Doria Barron court dance gavotte, Misses L Brownlow and M Campini comic song, Varmer Giles," Mr C Williams song, There's nobody just like you," Miss Alldritt comic song, The Frenchman in London," Mr Rutjers song, Susie, my Susie-oo," Miss J Williams song and chorus, Can't live any longer," Mrs Roberts finale, Lord high executioner," solo and chorus from Mikado."—Presents of game from the Duke of Westminster, Lord Trevor, and Col Mainwaring have been received during the past week, and are gratefully acknowledged. Football. According to the draw for the third round of the Welah Cup competition, which took place on Wednesday night, Rhyl have to meet Bangor on the latter's ground on or before Dec 12th. To- morrow (Saturday), the Grange Road ground will be the scene of an encounter between Rhyl and Rhuddlan. The Zingara Troupe. Mrs H W Roberts' popular troupe has had a fairly active week at the Victoria Hall, beginning with another sacred concert on Sunday, which was much enjoyed. Tuesday's engagement was described as a plantation cafe, and also passed off successfully. Yesterday another interesting pro- gramme was gone through. All the performers acquitted themselves well, but no one, we feel sure, will begrudge epecial mention of Mrs Roberts' little daughters, who gave a capital representation of the Cake Walk. The proceeds of yesterday's entertainment, as stated elsewhere, are to be devoted to the fire relief fund. Welsh Wesleyan Social. The weekly tea at the Brunswick Schoolroom last night was given by Miss M E Williams and Miss Nesta Curry, both of West Parade. The well arranged tables were presided over by Miss Williams, Bath Street the Misses Jones, Gwalia House Miss S E Jones, Mill Bank Miss F L Jones, IRiver Street the Misses Williams, :River Street, and Miss Williams, 34 High Street. At the after meeting, presided over by the Rev E Humphreys, the Rev Robert Hughes pro- posed and Mr Denton Davies seconded a vote of thanks to the two young ladies who had provided the tea. This they did in a hearty man- ner, and the motion was carried with acclamation. A short programme followed, when the Misses Jones, Holborn Villas, played a duet on the piano, Master Ed Davies sang a song in Welsh, Miss Amy Jones recited, Miss Eunice Jones sang, the Misses M Griffiths and Edith Pritchard played a piano- forte duet, and Miss Davies gave a recitation. Correotion. In our report of the contest at the Queen's Palace last week it should have been stated that the recitation prize was equally divided between Mr T Caledfryn Jones, Princes Street (not Master Thomas Jones), and Miss Lucy Morris, Dyserth. Water Street Congregational Chapel. The weekly tea in connection with this place of worship was given in the lecture hall on Wednes- day by Mrs T M Davies. A large company was present, and the collection on behalf of the chapel funds amounted to fl lis 9d. On the motion of Mr P Mostyn Williams, seconded by Mr J Frimston, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mrs Davies for her hospitality, and acknowledged in suitable terms by Mr Davies. English Wesleyan Social. The first young people's social was given in the schoolroom last evening by Mrs S J Amos. The room had been artistically decorated by the Misses Amos, assisted by the Misses Arnold, Popplewell, Crawford. A number of chairs and tables had been sent in by Mrs G T Newton, Mrs Warhurst and others and the general effect was very pleasing. There was a large company and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The programme included a pianoforte solo by Miss F Jewell, a song by Miss Kvelyn Coward, a violin solo by Miss Elsie Wright, pian of orte solo by Miss Edith Coward, a song by Miss Lillie Evans, and a mandoline duet by the Misses Popplewell 'and Shep- herd. The Misses Lillie Evans and Chiswell Amos played the various accompanimente. There were two competitions. The first was in box making, but no prize was awarded. The other competition enabled the most expert user of metal polish to gain a prize. Miss Gwen Williams obtained the first and Mr John W Amos the second prize. The following gentlemen took part in a series of impromptu speeches, in which the subject was handed to the speaker as he got to his feet:—Mr Arthur Emlyn had What is your history?" Mr John Wesley Amos, "Love;" Mr Llewelyn Evans, What is your idea of enjoy- ment Mr Reginald Amos, "A Kiss;" Mr George Roberts, Define Temperance;" Mr Ernest Clarke, "The Fiscal Question." At the end of the printed programme a number of parlour games were indulged in. Mr A L Clews proposed and Mr E K Miller seconded a vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Amos and family for the excellent way in which they had carried out all the arrangemcntij, &c, and Mr Amos responded. Choir Supper at Clwyd Street Chapel. Last night (Thursday) the members of the choir with the members of the young people's prayer meeting sat down to a splendid supper, which was provided from the proceeds of a competition. About eighty were entertained, the tables being presided over by the following Misses Jones (Aled House), Jones (Ithelfryn), Edwards (Glanglasfor), Jones (Edward Henry Street), Wi aiiiii (62 High Street), Jones, (Bodgwilym). Messrs E B Jones and Co catered. At the after meeting Miss Davies (Gronant St) sang, and Miss Ellis recited. There were two competition". In the first a prize was offered for the best impromptu epeech-this was won by Mr Wm Parry, the subject being "The Month of June." Aliss Jones, Ithelfryn, who came very near with The month of July," was awarded a second prize. Mr Thomas John Hughes obtained the first prize for the best translation from "elsh to Erglish, Mr T Elwin Jones being second. A vote of thanks was proposed by the secretary and seconded by Mr William Parry to the Rev S T Jones for his kindness in presiding over their meeting. Mr Jones responded in a most genial manner.
Prestatyn. The Fit a Brigade. At Wednesday's meeting of the Urban Council, it was unanimously resolved that Mr W. Thomas, who recently resigned the captaincy of the Fire Brigade, be re-appointed. The Council agreed that he should have full control over the Brigade. Recovering. We are pleased to find that Mr John Hughes, the respected Town Clerk, is now making good progress towards recovery from the serious illness which has kept hiin indoors for the past two or three weeks. He is. however, far from able to leave his house, and in order that they might have the benefit of his assistance the Urban Dis- trict Council on Wednesday night met at his residence. Entertainment. On Tuesday evening a party of children repre- senting Dr Stevenson's Birmingham Home for Boys and Girls gave an interesting entertainment in th e Town Hall. The proceeds were in aid of the deserving institution from which the performers came. "The Questions of the Day." This was the title of an interesting paper read at the weekly meeting on Monday evening of the Horeb Chdpel Literary Society by a lady member- Mrs Williams. A discusiion on Married veruss Single Life" followed, Mr Thomas Williams and Mr Peter Hughes being the leading combatants." The meeting, which was presided over by Council- lor John Cunnah, was of a very enjoyable character, pleasure being afforded not only by the items just mentioned but by a number of children's contri- butions.
St. Asaph. No Quorum. The monthly meeting of the Parish Council should have taken place on Monday night, but as only two members-Messrs Charles Mansbridge and H A Cleaver-put in an appearance no business could be transacted. Unavoidably Postponed. The rendering of Blest pair of syrons," which was to have taken place at the evening service in the Cathedral on Sunday next, has been unavoid- ably postponed. "Dream of Cerontius." Yesterday (Thursday) a large party from St Asaph was present at one of the famous Halle concerts, in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, and they greatly enjoyed the performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius." Penybryn. This residence has, we understand, just been purchased by Mr Rayner, a well-known local gentleman, who doubtless means to make it hia abode in due course. Popular Conoert. The first of tho .recently arranged popular concerts took place at the National Schools on Tuesday evening, when an excellent pro- gramme, which gave the utmost pleasure to an immense audience, was gone through. Miss Owen Jones was responsible for the arrangements ou this occasion, and she de- serves high praise for the admirable manner in which she saw everything carried. through. The audience, which was thoroughly representative of all classes of the community, included the Bis- hop of St Asaph, Mrs Edwards, and their son Captain Harold Edwards, the local clergy and ministers, Mr Walthall, Mrs Watts, Mrs Worth- ington Powell, Mr and Mra Joseph Lloyd, Miss E M Moss, &c. The opening item was an instru- mental trio by the Misses Watts, Tallents and Owen-Jones, which was followed by songs by Mr Phillips, and other pieces as follows:—Song "Zuy- der-Zee," Miss Helsby (encored); song, Off to Philadelphia in the morning," Mr R W Hanlon (encored); song, Muddle-Puddle Porter," Mr Bradley (encored); "We'll all go a-hunting to-day"; sleigh ride song in costume, Misses Edwards (The Palace), Pryce (2), Connie Middleton, Owen-Jones, fla:er Lewis,G ladys Hoare, & Beta Williams (Pose Hill); recitation, Don't," Master Donne Rhodes songs, Mr Bradley, Miss Helsby, and Mr R Smallwood Welsh glee in costume, Misses Owen-Jones, Lily Jones, Tomkinson, Beatrice Evans, Rebecca Jones, Nellie Owen, Lizzie Owen, and Catherine Williams. The programme con- cluded with two most effective tableaux. In the first, representing the four countries of the United Kingdom, the following took part—Miss Kate Edwards, The Palace (England), Miss Hamer Lewis (Ireland), Miss Beta Williams (Scotland), and Miss Nellie Pryce (Wales). Those taking part in the other, Britannia and her Colonies," included besides many performers already men tioned, Dr Griffiths and Messrs H G Stock, E W Evans, George Lea, G Fowles, D Davies, E Bar- low and W Watts. Archdeacon Wynne Jones had been announced to preside, but he was unavoid- ably absent, and his place was taken by the Senior Vicar. Throughout the programme there was abundant testimony of the audience's appre- ciation of the bill of fare provided for them. For next mouth's concert the arrangements have been entrusted to Miss Pryce, of the Deanery. The Diocesan Conference. The election of seven clerical and seven lay members of the Standing Committee of the St Asaph Diocesan Conference has been made by meaus of voting papers, with the result that the following have been elected :—Clerical members: Rev D Grimaldi Davis, Rev D Davies, Rev Canon Drew, Rev T Redfern, Rev Canon Wynne-Jones, Rev Canon T LI L Williams, and Rev. J. Evana Jones. Lay members The Hon. L A Brodrick, the Earl of Powis, Colonel Mesham, Mr W J P Storey, Mr J Darlington, Colonel W Cornwallis West, and Mr J 0 Puph. Two hundred and eighty-eight voting papers were received, five of which were unsigned and consequently were not counted. Personal. At the quarterly meetings of the North Wales Calvinistic Methodists, in 1hnchester on Wednes- day, Mr Peter Roberts, J.P., St Asaph, waa unanimously re-elected treasurer. The Rev W Jones, Port Dinorwic, was appointed moderater for 1904. Billiard Handicap. The recent billiard handicap at the Constitu- tional Club resulted in a win for Mr G 0 Williams, Mr George Fowles finishing second, and Mr T F Roberts third. A Lady Preaoher. At the three services in tho Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday last, in connection with the Baptist cause, helpful sermons were preached by a well known ludy evangelist, Mrs litauzillechili Jones. Lay Readers' Union. The second annual conference of the Lay Readers' Union of the diocese of St. Asaph was held on Monday, at the Palace, St. Asaph, under the presidency of the Bishop. Archdeacon Wynne Jones and the Dean were also present. There was a good attendance of licensed readers. The con- ference was held in the Palace Library, and the subject of "Readers' represontatives" was intro- duced by Captain Morris (Church Army) and that: of "Examination andjprcparation for the office of reader" by Reader Adk'ns (Hawarden). The Bishop and Archdeacon addressed the meeting. Reader A L C Evans (Wrexham), hon secretary, presented his report, which showed that the newly formed Union had proved of great use in helping and encouraging members in their work. Luncheon was partaken of in the Canonry, and the readers, habited in surplices and wearing their diocesan badges, attended a special service "Ju_¿"J 1. ..t. 12'1- n" .L cuuauuwu uy ut) xjionup, au wuiuu itn linpressivo address on readers' work and influence was delivered by Archdeacon Wynne Jones.
At AbergeJe on Saturday a team from St Asaph was entertained by the representatives of the Abergele Church Guild. The encounter resulted in a draw of two goals each.
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DISASTROUS FIRE IN RHYL. A STREET IN FLAMES. DEMOLITION OF MESSRS CREENHALCH & GEARY S OFFICES and SHOWROOMS AND ME3SRS COMMAH AND CO'S SHOWROOMS. A ROW OF SHOPS CUTTED. EXCITING SCENES. Never in the history of the town has Rhyl been visited by such a destructive conflagration as that which broke out shortly after eleven o'clock on Tuesday night at the back of the premises of Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary, Market Street, and which not only made short work of the extensive and imposing block of premises known as Alexandra Buildings, three storeys high, occupied by the firm mentioned and by Messrs Connah and Co, the well-known cycle manufacturers, but threatened the demolition of a considerable portion of the surrounding property which hereabouts is built closely together. All appeared to be safe when Inspector Pearson passed along the street a minute or two before the Town Hall clock struck eleven. But by the time the alarm was given by Mr W Foulkes Jones, one of the town postmen, who on leaving the Post Office about eleven by the back way through Glanglasfor noticed that something was burning strongly at the rear of Alexandra Buildings, the flames had such a hold upon the premises that at both front aud back they were soon a roaring mass of Harness. The vigorous ringing of the firebell soon summoned together the lihyl Fire Brigade, I under Captain Parry and of course also drew a vast crowd together from all quarters of the town. That the fire had been seen from a distance was also soon evident by the arrival of a large number of spectators from f the outlying parishes. A supply of water was obtained in the first instance from the street I hydrants, but the efforts of those directing i 0 the jets seemed futile and it was not until! the fire engine had got up steam that there! zn In appeared to be any chance of preventing the suread of the flames to the adjoining premi- ses. With alarming rapidity the flames got hold of Messrs Connah and Co's showroom, and then from floor to floor they leaped with irresistible fury, until in little more than half an hour of the discovery of the outbreak the roof had fallen in and all that was left of the front was a skeleton of masonry and ironwork. Householders' Hurried Flight. The heat by this time was terrific, and that of itself was sufficient to keep the I general public at a safe distance and beyond che danger of being hurt by falling timber and masonry, which now and again crashed down with an awful roar, stirring up the flames to a mountainous height. The gigan- tic proportions now assumed by the fire was by this time most serious, and more than ever did it become necessary for the firemen to pour the water upon the surrounding buildings. Fanned, however, by a moderate breeze, the flames leaped across the somewhat narrow thoroughfare, with the result that the exposed woodwork of the premises on the south side of Market Street was soon crackling fiercely, threatening to run the whole length of the street, which it undoubtedly would have done but for a break in the row caused bv the narrow passage from Market Street to Wel- lington Road. Assisted by the police and n many other ready heipers, the occupants of the premises now threatened, not a few of whom had retired for the night, made a hurried exit by the back doors to safer quarters, carrying with them what portion of their belongings they could best remove. The backs of these buildings û meet the backs of the shops in Wellington Road, also with dwelling houses above and realising the importance of being prepared for the worst, some of the residents in Wellington Road began to remove their furniture and other belongings too. The work of the firemen was by this time rendered exceedingly laborious and difficult, not only by the fact that they had to pour alternately upon the doomed premises and those on the opposite side of the road, but also upon the Steam Laundry Company's building at the rear of Alexandra Buildings and separated therefrom only by a narrow passage leading to Messrs Connah and Co's workshop, and which was also being licked by the flames from the roaring furnace close by. Fortunately the sorting room of the laundry was empty at the time, or the entrie premises might jhave fared badly. As it was the door and window of that room were burnt through in almost a twinkling, but the flames were overcome before they spread any further in that direction. Arrival of the Prestatyn and Rhuddlan Brigades. Soon after midnight the outer wall of the doomed building collapsed with a tremendous crash. About that time the Rhuddlan Fire Brigade, under Lieut. J. O. Hughes, arrived on the scene and taking up a position in Queen Street, they commenced playing upon the adjoining premises abutting on that thoroughfare in order to check any spread of the flames that way. A little later still the Prestatyn Fire Brigade, under Captain Wm Thomas, put in an appearance and joined in the operations in Market Street. With the help also of the Railway Station firemen and the Queen's Palace staff, who turned out quite as promptly as the town brigade, everything possible was now being done to keep the flames at bay. It was most providential that the breeze which had fanned the flames across the road dropped before the flames which had already done their worst for the buildings in which they originated, obtained- a powerful hold upon the premises from' which the occupants had to beat such a hasty retreat, Despite the immediate attention which was directed to these buildings, the flames tore along the exposed woodwork of the shop fronts in a most alarming manner. The projecting j zn bay windows (f the dwelling houses above the shops also rapidly caught fire and mount- ing still higher, the flames attacked the third storey windows, and then the roof. Some useful find at the same time nimble and pluckly ladder work on the part of the Rhyl firemen wns witness during their combat with the fl. mes on this side of the street. Thanks also to the powerful volume of water now being poured upon the whole block, the flames were got under control before the buildings were very far gone. It wasimpossible, however, to prevent the destruction, partially or wholly, of the goods with which the shops- some half-dozen in number,—were stocked, and which were doubtless renderedusee-s and worthless by the water alone and it is to be feared that the losses of the shopkeepers in this respect have been materially increased by the damaging of a considerable amount of househould furniture, &c. By one o'clock on Wednesday morning the conflagration, which so far as the Alex- andra Buildings were concerned had more or less burnt itself out gradually, had subsided, but the firemen's efforts were utilized for a considerable time after. The Rhyl firemen were in fact on duty until long after day- y 0 break, when the scene presented was one of great devastation. All that was then to be seen standing of the commodious premises in which the fire is believed to have first occurred was the towering west wall, fragments of the front of the premises, and the wall at the rear. The latter was, however, for safety's sake soon brought to the ground. For some time the masonry which had fallen at the front rendered the street impassable for traffic of any kind. The terrific heat during the fire had the effect of twisting the massive girders supporting the upper floors and the other ironwork into the most fantastic shapes. The block next the Alexandra Buildings, occu- pied by Mr George Brookes, hairdresser, and the County Club and the Caradoc Lodge of Freemasons, stands intact, but it was very seriously threatened and was doubtless saved only by the strong partition wall separating it from Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary's. The roof was attacked by the flames, and though they were promptly checked it was felt desirable that the Masonic Lodge furniture should be removed. There was also a wholesale clearance of the County Club rooms on the first floor and of other parts of the buildings. 0 The Damage An Approximate Estimate ImnnKeihlo With regard to the block of build- ings opposite, the Mona Hotel, at the corner of Market Street and Queen Street, appears to have escaped with the least damage, which amounted to the firing of the gable end of the building and of a large bay window of the second storey and the smashing of one of the fine windows on the ground floor. All the front windows of the adjoining row of buildings were bably damaged, while the shops were practically burnt out. None of the contents of the shop occupied by Mrs A Williams, a widow, and stocked with green- grocery and fruit, were saved, but we under- ;tand Mrs Williams had her property insured. rhe two shops occupied by another widowed ady, also named Mrs Williams-one as a 'ancy drapery and wollen goods establishment and the other as a sweet shop—shared a similar fate. The fruit and vegetable shop in the occupation of Mrs Piercy, another widow, j was completely gutted. Mr Marsh, the butcher, had also to put up with considerable'' loss, as had also the occupiers of the adjoin- ing shop and house, where lately a laundry business has been carried on by Mrs Lawson. Except in the case of Mrs A Williams we believe none of the persons above referied to were protected by insurance Mr George Brookes was also a considerable loser as a result of the fire, for though his premises—those in market Street we refer to, of course-were not damaged by the flames the stock on view was rendered practically useless by the water played npon it, while we regret also to learn that a considerable quantity of goods removed from the rear of the shop as a safeguard against any such emergency as the premises yielding to the flames was afterwards pilfered. This mean business also appears to have been carried on extensively on the other side of the street, where doubtless the wronged ones could J even less afford to lose goods tnan Mr i^rooKes. such was the danger of one of the most appalling catas- trophes ever witnesed being experienced that the buildings fronting Queen Street had to be played upon by the firemen and in the hasty removal of goods from Mr Goldsmith's establishment we fear that the damage he has to bear is almost as much as the damage that some have to put up with through the actual burning of their goods. Scarcely anything was swed from Mr Geary's offices, though strong efforts were made to secure an important collection of books, papers, &c, relating to business tran- sactions. Messrs Connah and Co's loss, which they estimate at upwards of £500, is made up of some 200 mailcarts and perambulators, 20 to 30 bath-chairs, and a motor tricyle. One of the many regrettable losses for which the fire is responsible also is that which Mr K McEwen, of Sussex Street, suffered. On Monday he was presented with a handsome roll top desk by the members of the Caradoc Lodge of Freemasons, in recognition of close upon twenty years, service as secretary, and this he had left in Mr Geary's offices, intend- ing to have it removed to his own house yesterday. Its destruction, however, is be- yond all doubt, as is also the destruction of the furniture, of which Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary had on the premises a consider- able quantity. Mr Greenhalgh is of course the greatest loser by the conflagration, being not only the owner of the now totally demolished Alexan- dra Buildings, but also having a considerable interest in Messrs Connah and Co's concern. All concerned, however, will, we feel sure, have the fullest sympathy of the town at large in the heavy losses they have sustained by the conflagration. From the moment the outbreak was dis- covered until long after daybreak the operations of the firemen, the police, and other helpers were watched with the utmost concern by a large number of people, and by Wednesday evening there could not have been very many in the whole district who had not made themselves acquainted with the scene of desolation that now meets the eye in Market Street. Indus- triously as Inspector Pearson and the rest of the police wrought to keep the spectators out of danger's way while the fire was raging, In it is a matter for wonder and congratulation that no serious accident befel anyone, for the street was simply littered with huge blocks of stouc, bricks and other debris, which once had formed part of Mr Greenhalgh's imposing buildings. Inspector Pearson, it is true, did have a narrow escape whilst going to and fro, being on one occasion struck on the chest by a rather formidable fragment of descending masonry. A girl also, while ZD ZD hurrying past, had a similar un- pleasant experience. It was impos- sible to open the street for vehicular traffic on Wednesday or yesterday in fact it was barred even against through pedestrian traffic It is not very long since Mr Greenhalgh was negotiating for the sale of the Alexandra Buildings for the purposes of a free library, when he offered to sell the premises for £2,500, returning £500 as a contribution to the library fund. They were well built and contained several spacious rooms, which had answered equally well the purposes of sale rooms, store rooms, and class rooms. At the time of the outbreak a very valuable collec- tion of furniture, pictures, &c (the property of Messrs Greenhalgh and Geary), together with a large number of mail carts, bath chairs, perambulators, &c (belonging to Messrs Uonnah and Co) was stored in the buildings, and all or nearly all has shared the fate of the buildings themselves. It is true that during the fire strong com- ments were made on every hand as to the adequacy and durability of the appliances in the hands of the Rhyl Fire Brigade, and as to the time lost before there was forthcoming from the hydrants anything like a powerful volume of water. Nor were these remarks altogether without cause. But the task to which the firemen had to devote themselves was a most stupendous one, and all circum- stances considered, they battled splendidly with the flames, as indeed did all who took any part in helping to subdue them. This commendation must also be extended to Inspector Pearson and his men for the man- ner in which under very trying circumstances they discharged their duties. The thoughtful hospitality of Mr and Mrs Betts, of the Holborn Restaurant, Queen Street, during the early hours of Wednesday morning was greatly appreciated by the firemen.