&ON, 10& ir A j<f\ CONNAH & uu GREAT ANNUAL Clearance Sale Great Reduction In fVff PC & M !m P it DTC I CYCLE AILCIART CONNAH & CO. Are now prepared to build Motor Bicycles and Motor Tricycles to Customers own Specifications Our Own Patterns include Bicycles from 930 frieyeles from,245 Seven Years Practical Experience of Motors. œfr6. II 'W!B.7')6Tj)"B<t f) Williams & Co. 2, QUEEN STREET, GROCERS AD PROVISION MERCHANTS. THE OLDEST-ESTABLISHED FIRM IN RHYL. GROCERIES OF THE CHOICEST NOTED FOR ITS PURE BREAD, ¡ IITGH-CLASS PROVISIONS, and I GROCERIES of the CHOICEST QUALITY FRESH BUTTER AND EGGS DAILY I FROM THE COUNTRY. j EVERYTHING AT STORE PRICES. Note the Address— 2, Queen Street, Rhyl. PUBLIC NOTICE. I GREAT n Clearance SALE Of FIRST-CLASS READY-MADE srITS & OVERCOATS. MEN'S OVERCOATS & PANTS. WILL BE SOLD BELOW COST. UNDOUBTED BARGAINS IN EVERY LINE At J M. GRIFFITHS. 9. Sussex Street. RHYL. 332, NEW CHESTER ROAD, ROCK FERRY. MRS. KEEIEY (T j prepared to give the utmost value in ready I cash far every description of Ladies', Gentlemen's and Children's Cast-off CLOTH- ING. CURTAINS, CARPETS, etc. Drapers' JOB LOTS bought. Mrs. K. attends Rhyl on Saturdays. Letters and parcels promptly attended to. SHOP AT The Beehive SALE THIS WEEK CARPETS SQUARES RUGS, MATS, CURTAINS, etc- BARGAINS. ■ The Beehive I SUSSEX STREET, Rhyl. Nearly opposite to entrance to Queen's Arcade. ———————— jgNGLISH JpRESBYTERIAN QHURCH, ENGLISH SERVICES Will be held at the TOWN HALL, PRESTATYN, EVERY SABBATH DAY, Under the auspices of the Vale of Clwyd Month- ly Meeting. Morning at 10 45 Evening at 6. ENGLISH WESLEYAN CHURCH, JLJ BRIGHTON ROAD, RHYL. Preacher next Sunday; REV. G. TALALUN NEWTON Pastor. Morning at 11; Evening at 6 30. Week Evening Service, Wednesday at 7 30 p.m. Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7 30. Collections at each Service. ALL ARE WELCOME. E NGLISII. pRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WELLINGTON ROAD, RHYL. REV. J. VERRIER JONES Pastor. Will Preach on Sunday. Services, Morning at 11; Evening at 6 30. Collection after each Service. CHRIST CHURCH, ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL, WATER STREET. Preacher next Sunday: REV. D. M. JENKINS London. Services, 11 a.m. and 6 30 p.m. GLISH JJAPTTST I-IURCH, SUSSEX STREET, RHYL. Preacher Next Sunday, REV. D. G. LEWIS, Pastor. Topic of Evening Sermon- 'Gaining Time.' Morning 8t11. Evening at 6 30. Week-night Services, Tuesdays, at 7 p.m. Collections at each Service. Christian Endeavour Society Friday evening ui 7 30. i tj nn mfi AMO BROTHR UP-TO-DATE* Library 13, Sussex Street AN I 4- 6 Wellington Road RHYL. L..Y. Meade, Kosebury.' Robert Barr, A Prince of Good Fellows.' W. R. Hodder, 'The Daughter of the Dawn.' R. Crombie and T. Wilson, The Romance of Poisons.' Perrington Primm, 'Ivy Carden.' ..Norman Silver, 'The Golden Dwarf.' Jessie Reuss, Distant Lamps.' Lilian S. Arnold, Liege Lady.' W. J. Crosbie, 'David Maxwell.' Blarney Stone and H. Field, 'My Friend- Bilhooley.' R. Andom, 'The Identity Exchange.' C-urtis Yorke, 'Because of the Child.' Fred. Whishaw, Near tlire Tsar—Near Death.' W. Clark Russell, 'Overdue.' Walter Besant, 'No Other Wav.' Emile Zola, 'Truth.' J Geo. Manville Fenn, 'Black Shadows.' Herbert Compton, 'The Wilful Way.' Lionel L. Pilkington, Mallendev's Mistake.' W. Westall, The Sacred Crescents." Ernest A. Treeton, The Instigator.' Florence Warden, 'The Heart of a Girl.' Owen Hall, Hernando.' W. Carter Platts, 'The Crickleton Chronicles.' Maurus Jokai, The Slaves ot the Padishah.' W. Murray Graydon, 'With Cossack and Con- vict.' len Raine, A Welsh Witch.' TERMS—^D. Per Vol., or £ D. per Week TERMS— Per Vol., or 17 per Week and S. '^D. per Month. Books exchanged and per Month. Books exchanged wh;-c dasÆ. TO BE LET. TO LET.—72, WEST PARADE.—Modern, JL well-built, with lift and all conveniences. For further particulars apply to JOSEPH WILLIAMS, County Chambers, Rhyl. TO BE LET.—A Double-Fronted LOCK-UP JL SHOP, No. 6, Wellington Chambers, Wellington Road. Counters, Window and Gas Fittings, Shelving, &c., to be taken at a valua- tion. Suitable for Hosiery, Stationery, or any fancy business. Immediate possession.—Apply to AMOS BROTHERS, Advertiser Office, 13, Sussex Street. o HOP and HOUSE To Let, situated in the O Roe, St. Asaph, newly erected, with all modern conveniences.—Apply in the first in- stance on the Premises. PRESTATYN. TO LET.—House and about 11 acres Pasture Land adjoining.—Apply, Mr. JOHNSON, The Grange, Sandvcroft. Chester. TO BE LET.—51, WEST PARADE, with Coach-house and Stable, from May 1st, 1904.—Apply, SANDERS, 2, Gresford Avenue, Chester. PAVILION at Pier Entrance to let for Con- JL certs, Public Meetings, Bazaars, Dances, &c.—Apply, F. GEARY, Market Street, Rhyl. PLEASANT REFINED HOME for Lady JL and Gentleman, or Two Gentlemen, for winter months. Every comfort.—Apply, VOR- YD LODGE, near Rhyl Bridge. TO LET.—1, TOTTENHAM BUILDINGS, High Street. Large Shop and Dwelling- house, best position in town. Immediate possession. Rent, £ 75.—Apply, JOSEPH WILLIAMS, Auctioneer, Rhyl, or HENRY WYNN PARRY, Solicitor, Gateshead-on-Tyne. RHYL-BOARD, RESIDENCE, or PRI- JLb VATE APARTMENTS conveniently situ- ated, near Sea and Stp-'Hon. Home Comforts. Terms moderate.—Mrs. AMOS, Eagle House, 9, Bodfor Street, Rhyl. TO BE LET OR SOLD.—West Parade. Rhyl, J- NEWLY-ERECTED DWELLING HOU. SES, well suited for Boarding or High Class Lodging Houses, well and substiantially built and fitted with Lifts and all modern conven- iences. For particulars apply to GREENHALGH & GEARY, Auctioneers, &c., Market Street, Rhyl. GUERNSEY: Gem of the Channel, Garden \JT of Flowers and Fruit.—To secure Apart- ments, Houses, etc., advertise in the Guernsey Evening Press.' 12 words, once 6d., three times Is., one week Is. 6d. extra words, £ d once, Id. thrice, ld. week. The onlv local daily, most widely read, and unrivalled as an advertising medium. Copy of journ: post free on application to the Manager. HOUSES TO BE LET 01 SOLD.—Modern JLJL conveniences, pleasantly situated. Rents from £.32 to JB50. Also several good Plots of BUILDING LAND for Sale cneap.—Apply, W. J. SIMCOCK, Architect, Surveyor, and Valuer, N. and S.W. Bank Chambers, Rhyl. FURNISHED APARTMENTS. — Londoners J' to a very large number visit Rhyl each ar, and those having apartments would quick- ly let by inserting a small advertisement in the Eastern Mercury,' 30 words for Is., or three times for 2s. This journal is the leading mid- weekly for surbarban London and Essex. Ad- dress: Proprietor, the 'Eastern Mercury,' 827, Ley ton-stone. London, N.E. HIGHFIELD PARK.—TO BE LET or JLl SOLD, Villa Residence and several plots Building Land.—Apply for plan, Mr. Foulkes, Hignfield, Rhyl. TO BE SOLD. TO BE LET AT RHYL. A Commodious Detached Double-fronted DWELLING HOUSE, known as Fron- don,' Crescent Road, Rhyl, comprising 4 good Entertaining Rooms, 7 Bedrooms, Large Kitch- en, and usual domestic offices, with large yard, washhouse, drainage and water supply excel- lent. House in good repair, situate in centre of town, within 3 minutes' walk of Palace and Arcade, and West Parade, Promenade, and sea shore. Rent, JS40 per annum. Immediate possession.—Apply to OLIVER GEORGE, Solicitor, Rhyl. ]\ rORTAR MILL, ENGINE and BOILER for 1. Saile on completion of Contract, in first- class condition. Can be seen at Colet House Schools, Tarleton Street, Rhyl.—Address, JOHN WILLIAMS, 70, Collingwood Street, Liverpool. FOR SALE.—Two Second-hand PIAXO- JL' FORTES, splendid condition, good mak. ers, reliable. To be sold at once. May be seen at MR. BRYAN WARHURST, Hayan House. Brighton Road, Rhyl. DHOTOGRAPHtC BUSINESS for disposal. Make good Branch. Bargain for quick Sale.—PHOTOGRAPHER, Castle Studio, Con- way. LAND ON SALE. rrO BE SOLD.—Several eligible and freehold JL Plots of Building Land situated in River Street, Wellington Road, and Butterton Road, and in lots to suit purchasers. For particulars apply to Messrs. DAVID GRIFFITHS & SON, Contractors, Windsor Street, Rhvl. TO BE LET OR SOLD. MARINE DRIVE, RHYL.—Good RESID- J1L ENCE. Rent, J340. Price on applica- tion.—GREENHALGH & GEARY, Auction- eers, Rhyl. TO BE SOLD. EXTENSIVE BUSINESS PREMISES in FJ centre of Town.—Apply, GREENHALGH AND GEARY Auctioneers Rlurl. 'J WANTED. MOLESKINS Wanted.—Any quantity pur- JJJL chased. Highest price given. Cash by return.—GILBLY, Romford, Essex. DRAPERY—Youth wanted as APPREN- TICE or IMPROVER. For terms apply —ROBERT B. ARNOLD, Draper, Rhyl. WANTED.—Respectable GENERAL SER- BANT.—BRYNTEG HOUSE, 4, River Street. DRAPERY.—Wanted a Respectable YOUNG LADY APPRENTICE.—Apply to J. FRIMSTON, High Street, Rhyl. T1 HOMAS & CO., 27, Brazennose Street, Man. Chester, have BUSINESSES of every des- cription for Sale from £15 up to JB600. Ad- vice free. EXCELLENT OFF-LICENSE & GROCERY, taking £ 15 weekly. Sure living for fam- ily. Every accommodotion. £ 130.— 1 HOM- AS & CO., 27, Brazennose Street, Manchester. HIGH-CLASS BUTCHERING BUSINESS, JLJL taking £25 weekly. Can be doubled. Retiring after 30 years. Nicely fitted. ,90. —THOMAS & CO., 27, Brazennose Street, Man- chester. HERBAL & DRUG STORES, a fortune for JLJL right man. Tenant, 7 years. Estab- lished 50 years. Large Stock. Every con- venience.—THOMAS & CO., 27, Brazennose Street, Manchester. NO PRELIMINARY FEES. FYJONEY LENT PRIVATELY. ——— In L rge or Small Sums (not less than £10), Payable by instalments, or as mutually arranged. ON PROMISSORY NOTE ONLY, OR OTHER APPROVED SECURITY. Upwards of £1,250,000 lent during the last 20 years. Pr) ^pectus, terms for advances, and any in- formation required may be obtained Free of Charge, on application either personally or by letter to GEORGE PAYNE, Accountant, 3, CRESCENT ROAD, RHYL. Established 1870. j PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. DYSERTH, NEAR RHYL. 1 MR. JOSEPH WILLIAMS is instructed to SELL BY AUCTION on TUESDAY, the 19th JANUARY, 1904, all that Valuable and Freehold SHOP, DWELLING HOUSE, OUT. BUILDINGS, and LAND known as Bodhyfryd, I Dyserth, now in the occupation of Mr. John Hughes, Grocer, Draper, and Carrier. For further particulars see future announce- ments, or apply to the Auctioneer, at his Office, County Chambers, Rhyl, or to MESSRS. BROMLEY, JONES & CO., Solicitors, Rhyl, Or to F. J. Gamlin, Esq., Solicitor, 4, Clwyd Street, Rhyl. THE LATE DISASTROUS FIRE TN MARKET STREET. RELIEF FUND. £ s. d. Amount already acknowledged 38 10 8 D. Griffiths and Son 0 10 6 £39 1 2 The Fund will be closed this week, and the subscribers of 5s. and upwards are invited to attend a Meeting for disposing of the money, at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, on Wednes- day, January 6th, 1904, at 3 p.m. ARTHUR ROWLANDS, Hon. Sec. Council Offices, _4- RHYL POOR RELIEF FUND. £ s. d. Amount already acknowledged 28 11 2 F. J. Gamlin 110 J. P. Lewis 110 Mrs. Whitley (Ca.tsclough) 110 J. C. Beattie 0 10 6 D. Griffiths and Son 0 10 6 JC32 15 2 All subscribers of upwards are quali. fied for membership of the Committee. The Soup Kitchen will be opened as occasion may require. The "omrnittee will also sit at the Town Hall for distribution of bread and coal-on days of which notice will be given to the members. It is understood that much distress prevails in the town, caused by want of employment, sickness, and old age. Further subscriptions are respectfully solici- ted. They may be paiid at any of the local banks or to the undersigned. ARTHUR ROWLANDS, Hon. Sec. Council Offices, Rhyl. 30th December, 1903. THE LATE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA. Amount already acknowledged. JB68 19 0 The Committee have finally engaged Mr. Chatham to erect a Momrment on the Promen- ade. It is to cost J6115. The Plan may be inspected at Mr. Chatham's Office in Brighton Road. As more money is required, it is hoped that further subscriptions may be forthcoming soon. ARTHUR ROWLANDS, Hon. Sec, Council Offices, Rhyl. 30th December, 1903. Walter C. Davies House & Ciiiircfi Decorator HAS REMOVED TO I, Waterloo Villas, Wellington Road. G. II. WICKS, MANCHESTER, AUCTIONEER & VALUER, ACCOUNTANT. BUSINESS TRANSFER AGENCY. SALES BY AUCTION conducted in any part of the Country. SPECIAL RATES FOR NORTH WALES. MR. WICKS gives personal attention to all commissions, and has a large and varied selection of Businesses on offer, and has clients for BOARDING HOUSES and Seaside Busi. nesses. 7, CATHEDRAL CHAMBERS, FENNEL COOPER^ _A_ JL A Private Hota! and Boarding Establishment 3, EAST PARADE, RHYL. MOST UP-TO-DATE PRIVATE HOTEL On the North Wales Coast. EVERY MODERN CONVENIENCE. DINING, DRAWING, SMOKING, BILLIARD, COMMERCIAL, AND STOCK ROOMS. DARK ROOM FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. CONSERVATORIES. TENNIS COURT AND BOWLING GREEN. COACH-HOUSE, STABLING, AND MOTOR SHED. Modei System of Heating and Ventilation. Perfect Sanitation. Recently Furnished and Decorated throughout. WEDDING BREAKFASTS & DINNERS A SPECIALITY. Large and Small Parties catered for. TERMS 'STRICTLY MODERATE. Open to Visitors December, 22nd, 1903. „ „ Telephone, 0186. IMPORTANT TO MOTHERS. Every Mother who values the Health and Cleanliness of her child should use HARRISON'S 'RELIABLE' NURSERY POMADE. One Application kills all Nits and Vermin, beautifies and strengthens the Hair. In Tins, 4d. and 9d. Postage Id. GEORGE W. HARRIS"N, Chemist, Broad Srteet, Reading. Agent f- Rhyl—G. E Chemist, Queen's Square. ASH FIELD & @. The Rhyl Drugstores An Patent Medicines at Wholesale Prices. Telephons, 0i98. Not Hot Fels-Naptharequires no fire; cold water washes as clean as warm water; hot is wrong; destroys Fels-Naptha; makes it no better than some of the soaps not worth a farthing a ton. Fels-Naptha 39 Wilson street London E C THE RECORD & AD/ERTISER 'vlay be had from the Publishers, Amos Bros. By Post. Delivered in Town. s. d. a. d One quarter 1 8 One quarter 1 1 Hah-yearly 3 4 Half-yearly 2 9 Yearly 6 8 Yearly 4 4 All communications to be addressed to the Editor. Telegraphic address, "Advertiser," Uhyl. Telephone, No. 0190.
.1903. A LOCAL RETROSPECT. To-day we enter upon a new year. We hhve parted with the old, and parted with it without many feelings of regret. Locally it has been far from a prosperous year, and were it not that we are relnctant to depart from a custom we have followed for many years, we would gladly escape the somewhat unprofitable duty of reviewing some of the events which may be described as of local import. Those events are few in number, and compared with previous years cannot be stated to have any marked effect upon the future of the town. THE RHYL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL were in trouble ealy in the year In Janu- ary the adjourned Local Government Board inquiry was held respecting an application for sanction to borrow li i 8oo for excess expenditure on the electric light and refuse destruetor works. The Council had origi- nally obtained sanction to a loan of £ i5,000, and they exceeded this sum by the amount which was the subject of inquiry. The Inspector offered some trenchant criticisms on the way in which the estimates were prepared and warmly reprovsd the Council for incurring the expenditure without first applying to the Local Government Board. The Town Clerk submissively mounted the stool of repentance and made the most ample promises of amendment for the future. In the result the Local Goverdment Board condoned the offence of the Council and sanctioned the loan. At the meeting fol- lowing the inquiry some of the members professed to be so surprised at the disclosures that they demanded an exhaustive investi- gation into the whole of the circumstances connected with the electric light installa- tion. There was to be an overhauling of tenders and a complete statement prepared showing the cause of the excess of the originally estimated expenditure. A reso- lution was passed with practical unanimity calling upon the Electric Light Committee to make this inquiry. But we think we are right in saying that the resolution has remained ever since a dead letter. At all events if the committee has held an inquiry it has not made public the result of its investigations. At the February meeting the Council discussed the question of acquiring from the Commissioners of Woods and Forests the foreshore at Foryd. Origi- y 1!1 nally the Council had applied to the de- partment to either sell or lease them a small strip of the foreshore at that end of the town for the erection of a landing jetty. This the department refused to do, but offered the Council the whole length of the foreshore from the present limits of the Council to the bridge at Foryd with the Crown property erected dpon it. The price they asked was ^"2,200. This figure was considered exorbitant, and as there was little likelihood of the Commissioners of Woods and Forests making such a reduction as would come within reasonable distance of what the Council were prepared to pay, it was decided at the March meeting to abandon the negotiations. At the same treeting there was a somewhat remarkable discussion with respect to the action of the Council in sanctioning the building line of Mr, J. H. Ellis' new property in Water Street. Some of the owners and occupiers of property in the vicinity objected to the line of building, and made strong represen- tations to the Council on the subject. But as they had previously sanctioned the plans it was too late to take any action even if they were disposed to do so. The objectors had recourse to another means of expressing their dissatisfaction. Mr. J. H. Ellis was one of the retiring members in the West Ward at the election in Aptil, the other candidates being Messrs. R. Oldfield and Edmund Hughes. The aggrieved residents of Crescent Road made a determined effort to oust Mr. Ellis, and the contest was one of the keenest and most exciting ever held in the Ward. Mr. Ellis managed to retain his seat by the narrow margin oi four votes over Mr. Edmund Hughes, Mr. R. Oldfield being at the head of the poll. Tnere were also contests in each of the Qher two wards. In f.he East Ward, Mess-s. T. D. Jones and P. J. Ashfield were elected, Mr. Winterbottom, one of the retiring mem- bers, being ousted. Mr. Greenhalgh failed to retain his seat in the South vV ar being defeated by Mr. H. Percival Williams, who headed the poli, the late Mr. Amos Jvlaltby being the second successful candidate. As a precautionary measure to provide for dealing with any outbreak of small pok, the Council at the April meeting decided to purchase from Mrs. Rowley Conwy for the sum of £260, a piece of land on which to erect a small-pox hospital, temporary or otherwise, as the occasion may require. A Local Government Board inquiry was sub- sequently held and the loan sanctioned. With regard to the application ot the Council for a loan for the erection of work- men's dwellings on the site of the insanitary dwellings in Victoria and Vale Roads, and which was the subject of a Local Govern- ment Board inquiry at the latter end of last year, the Board decided not to sanction the loan on the ground that the class of house proposed to be yected was too ex- pensive, but intimated their readiness to consider a scheme for a smaller class of dwellings. The Council, however, decided to demolish the old houses, aud after taking a portion of the land for the widening of Vale Road, to sell the surplus property. Application having been made by the Rhyl and Prestatvn Light Railway Company for extension of time in which to complete their undertaking for a further perwd of two years from April last, the Council de- cided to oppose it. They were heard by deputation before the Board of Trade in London. An extension was granted until September last, and as no start was made with the works before that time it is to be presumed that the powers are now lapsed. On the 26th of May the Council met specially to consider the estimates for the year. Though the financial statement sub- mitted showed an improved condition of things, a reduction of the rate was found impossible, and it remains this year as last year at five shillings and sevenpence in the In response to repeated representations G made to them the Council resolved to ap- c proach Mr. Carnegie with the object of obtaining a contribution from him for the purpose of establishing a Free Library at 1 Rhyl. Much to their gratification they received from him in August last an offer i to give £3000 provided a free site was given, the Free Libraries A.ct adopted, and the E maximum rate of one penny in the £ levied f for the maintenance of the library. The offer < was accepted, and the Council meantime] proceeded to consider the building scheme. 1 They decided on giving the site on which < stands the old police station and to incor- ) porate with the library a small extension of 1 the Town Hall at a cost slightly exceeding the sum offered by Mr Carnegie. While they were maturing the scheme some ( opposition to the acceptance of the offer 1 began to assert itself with the result that] the Council decided before proceeding any 1 further to ascertain the feelings of the rate- j payers by means of a ratepayers meeting. That meeting was held on the 18th of December. The Committee of the Town Improvement Association had previously met and resolved to oppose the project, and to instruct Mr Joseph Lloyd, solicitor, to attend the meeting to state the grounds of their objections. The principle ground of objection, and indeed the only serious ground, was tnat in the present financial position of the town, the rate was not able to bear any additioml burden It was evident that this view found much sym- pathy at the meeting, but in order to obtain as general and as representative an opinion as possible on the subject it was decided to take a poll of the ratepayers, and it is expected that this will be held sometime next next month At the October meeting of the Council a resolution was carried to apply to the County Council to transfer their powers with respect to the granting of thrcatrical licenses to the Rhyl Urban District Council. Although the County Council had adopted a similar course in regard to all the other Urban authorities in the county they refused to do so in the case of Rhyl, the opposition being led by two of the local members who advanced such extraordinary reasons for refusing the delegation that the dignity of the local authority was seriously rumed and the feelings of its members found vigorous expression at the December meeting when the conduct of the Rhyl members came in for severe handling. A resolution was unanimously passed to ask the County Council to re consider their decision and to comply with the request made to them. The satisfactory progress which the electric light undertaking is making was exempli- fied by a decision come to at a special meeting held in December to extend the cable along Brighton road, several large consumers having expressed their intention of taking the light. The work was promptly carried out, and the new illuminant is already installed in the Claremont Hydropathic Establishment. On the 16th of December a Local Govern- ment Board inquiry was held respecting an application of the Council for a provisional order enabling them to divert unexpended balances of loans for purposes other than for that which they were originally borrowed and also to borrow the sum of £3000 for working capital for the water works, the object of the latter loan being to assist the revenue account of ths Council on which there is a heavy defcit in consequence of continuous losses on the trading concerns for which no provis'on was made out of the rates until the last few years. The Inspector seemed ta ourabiy disposed to- wards the application and if it is granted it will go a long way towards relieving the Council of some of their embarrasments. RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL MATTERS. There have not been many ministerial changes during the year. The Rev. J. Roberts succeeded the Rev. J. Knowles Jones as minister of the Calvinistic Methodist Church, Warren Road, and the Rev. G. Talalun Newton last September assumed the charge of the Rhyl English Wesleyan Circuit in succession to the Rev. J. Stuart. Early in March the Rev. E. E. Ingham resigned the pastorate of Christ Church Congregational, receiving a gift of £350 on his resignation. The friends who sympathised with him on March 26th resolved to form a new Congregational Church with Mr Ingham as pastor, and they have since been worshipping at the old Operetta House, Market Street. Reli- gious and temperance workers showed much activity at the commencent of the year in connection with the coming into operation of the New Licensing Act. A conference was held at the Congregational Chapel. St. Asaph, early in January and the singular pleasure was experienced of seeing the Bishop of St. Asaph, and one of his Archdeacons in a Nonconformist place of worship, He delivered a vigourous address on the necessity for a reduction of licenses. Among the other speakers were Mr Herbert Roberts, M.P. and Mr. J. H. Roberts, M.P. At the different Licensing Sessions strong representations were made by temperance deputations to the magis trates in favour of a reduction of licenses, "the Bishop of St. Asaph heading the deputation to the St. Asaph magistrates. In every instance the justices excused themselves from tak ng action on the ground that the Court of Quarter Sessions was moving with a view to joint action being taken throughout the County. Parenthetically it might be remarked that that Com- mittee has concluded its work. Beyond compiling certain information it has defined no policy but left the question of reduction of licenses absolutely and entirely to the discretion of divisional magistrates. A well attended temperance meeting was held in Rhyl in July addressed by Canon Hicks, Plenydd, and other prominent temperance workers. Educationally the year has been an event- ful one and it closes with every indication of prolonged strife and contention. On June loth the Flintshire County Council who had previously appointed a Provisional Committee for taking preliminary steps for bringing the Act into operation passed a resolution declining to give any rate aid to those schools who refused to come under the control of the Council. The arrange- ments were rapidly pushed forward and the first of January was fixed as the appointed day Mr. Bevan Evans was appointed Director of Education, and on November 23rd the first meeting of the Flintshire Education Committee was held when Mr. R. Llewelyn Jones of Rhyl was appointed Chairman. After all arrangements had oeen made for bringing the Act into operation on the first of January the Board of Education postponed the appointed day until tne first of February with the evident object of making a further post- ponement in consequence of the action of the Connty Council in refusing to jive rate aid to voluntary schools. This iction on the part of the Board of Edu- ction is likely to cause serious incon- venience to the managers of those schools vho relied upon being relieved of their 'esponsibilities at the commencement of :his year, and it has aroused a storm of ndignation and protest. Locally the jrogress of all the schools both elementary ind higher grade, has been most satis- actory. Th National Schools have lost :he services of their capable Head Master Mr. H. A. Tiiby, who terminated his Jseful connection with the school at the nd of the year to undertake the office of Dolitical organizer for the Conservative :orces in Flintshire. He is to be presented with a testimonial in recognition of his many years of valuable services. On October 22nd the Court of Governors of the University College of North Wales held their half-yearly meeting at Rhyl, followed in the evening by a public meet- ing in support of the fund for providing the college with new buildings. POLITICALLY, the most important event was the an- nouncement of the intention of Mr. Samuel Smith not to seek re-election for Flintshire at the next election. In our issue for June 13th, we first gave publicity to the intentions of Mr. Smith with an in- timation that Mr. R. LI. Jones, of Rhyl, was prepared to stand as his successor if it was the wish of the party that he should do so. Some of the party leaders denied the accuracy of our statement, but within a month a meeting of the Flintshire Liberal Association was held, and although the actual resignation of Mr. Smith was not to hand it was generally admitted that it was in con- templation. At a meeting held on August 15th, Mr. Smith sent an official communication, in which he stated that on account of his health he should be unable to again contest the county. The idea of parting with a member who had served them so well and faithfully, and whose connection with the county had been marked by so much generosity and philanthropy, caused the utmost regret, and the feelings of the meeting were em- bodied in a touching resolution prepared by Mr. Herbert Lewis. The meeting dis- cussed the question of selecting a successor, and it was resolved to ask the different polling districts in the. county to send in a list of names of likely candidates out of which the Association would make a final selection. Though several names were mentioned the practically unanimous nominee of all the polling districts was Mr. J. Herbert Lewis, M.P., and when the Association met to make the final choice a month later, he was adopted the candi- date for the county with great unanimity and enthusiasm. The transference of Mr Herbert Lewis necessitated the Borough Association finding a new representative. A similar course of action was followed to that adopted in the county, and the final choice lay between Mr. Howell Idris, of London, and Mr. R. Llewelyn Jones, of Rhyl. Despite the fact that Mr. R. LI. Jones was a local man who had done yeoman service for the party both in the county and the boroughs, the majority of votes were cast in favour of Mr. Howell Idris, who has since made a tour of the constituency and been received with marked feelings of approval. Mr. Herbert Lewis has also visited every part of the county winding up at Rhyl, where on the 16th of December he addressed one of the most enthusiastic Liberal meetings ever held in this town, being accompanied by Mr. Henry Broadhurst, M.P. He was accorded a cordial and most encouraging welcome. The Conservative candidates will be Colonel Howard for the County, and Mr.' J. Eldon Banks, for the Boroughs. The passing over of Mr. J. Lloyd Price, who contested the seat for the Conservatives at the last election, has caused great offence to the friends of that gentleman, and the Conservatives of Holywell and Bagillt are in open revolt, and have re- fused to appoint delegates to attend the meeting to finally ratify the choice of Mr. Eldon Banks as the candidate for the boroughs. INTERESTING EVENTS. The May-Day Carnival was a pro- nounced success. The procession was one of the most imposing from a spectacular point of view that has been held in Rhyl, and the subsequent cere- mony of crowning the May Queen with the attendant entertainments at the Queen's Palace, passed off with consider- able eclat. The visit of Buffallo Bill's Wild West Show to Rhyl on the 28th of May, attracted a great influx of people into the town, and at each of the two per- formances the audiences ranged from eight to twelve thousand people. The walking craze which overtook the country at the commencement of the summer was intro- duced into Rhyl by the walk organized by the Liverpool cotton brokers. This walk which was from Liverpool to Rhyl, and in which about eighty competitors took part, took place in June, and was won by Mr. Stopford Taylor. The arrival of the walkers in Rhyl created great interest, and the presentation of the prizes to Mr. Stopford Taylor at the Queen's Palace in the evening, was a lively and animated affair. The Rhyl tradesmen organized a walk of their own on July 10th, which was a circular walk some twenty four miles in extent. There were fifty eight starters, and the first to arrive home was Mr. T. Roberts. But by far the most interesting event was the ceremony of proclaiming the Rhyl National Eisteddfod of 1904, which took place on July 31st in a specially con- structed gorsedd circle on the sandhiils. The ceremony was performed by H wfa Mon, the Archdruid with all the quaint and picturesque ceremonial incidental to the function. The gorsedd was followed by a luncheon at the Queen's Hotel, at which addresses were delivered by Mr, J. Herbert Lewis, M.P., Mr. J. Herbert Roberts, M.P., Professor Kuno Meyer, the Archdruid, and others. Meanwhile the Committee are vigorously pushing forward with the arrangements for the Eisteddfod which is to be held in September, and for which the indications are of the most promising character. On November 161h, a most disastrous fire took place at Market Street, resulting in the entire destruction of the Auction Rooms and offices of Messrs. Greenhalgh and Geary, in which it originated, and gutting the houses and shops on the op- posite side of the road. At one time there appeared a likelihood of the whole street being burned down, but the com- bined efforts or the three brigades averted such a catastrope. As it was some thousands of pounds damage was done, and among the sufferers were several who were uninsured and the least able to bar a loss of this description.