Motor Car Speed Limit at Bettws-y-Coed. Mr F. J. Willis, barrister-at-law, an Inspector of the Local Government Board, on Monday morning held an inquiry at the Bettws-y-Coed County Court touching the application of the Urban Authority, through the County Council, under the Motor Car Act, 1903, for a regulation to be made in pursuance of sub-section i of sec- tion 9 of the Act on the following roads :—The main road through the village, from Arvon House or Pyllau, to the place known as Cross Keys, at the Capel Curig end of the village, and through Mill-street, extending from Tanybryn to its junction with the main road. Mr J. T. Roberts, Clerk to the Carnarvonshire County Council, and Mr Salisbury Jones, Clerk to the Bettws-y-Coed Urban District Council, appeared for the applicant. Mr Dean, solicitor to the Royal Automobile Club; Mr A. Lloyd Griffith, Secretary and sol- icitor to the Automobile Club of North Wales, and Mr L. W. Jelf-Petit, the Chairman of the last-named club, appeared against the applica- tion on behalf of the Committee. Mr J. T. Roberts having read the notice pub- lished in the Press, Mr Willis suggested that both parties should examine the roads.referred to, with tihe object of arriving at an amicable arrangement. All the parties concerned accepted the sugges- tion, and left the Court with this object. Several ladies and gentlemen appeared at the inquiry with the object of tendering evidence for and against the application, there being a feel- ing in the village that such a restriction might drive motorists away from the district. After about thirty minutes' delay, Mr Willis resumed his seat, and the other representatives appeared. Mr J. T. Roberts remarked that he was pleased to state that they had arrived at a mutual agreement to have the speed regulated from the Old Post Office to the Jubilee-walk, and all the portions of Mill-street enumerated in the application. Mr Dean stated that after having discussed the subject with Mr Lloyd Griffith, they con- sidered that the route mentioned by Mr Roberts would not prove an inconvenience to motorists, and that they would be justified in approving the regulation of speed of cars over that area, but that they considered ten miles an hour was somewhat too low considering the district. They were prepared to accept the regulation under the section applied for. He understood that there was some feeling in the village that the adoption of a soeed limit would drive away motorists from the district. There was, however, no foundation for such a sentiment. They con- sidered the application a reasonable one, and he would have no hesitation in declaring that it would not in the least influence motorists in any way. Mr J. T. Roberts I am pleased to hear you say so. The fact that we arrived at an amicable arrangement will naturally dispel that erronous idea. Mr A. Lloyd Griffith hoped that the posts would be kept properly painted, as those at Llandudno were hardly discern able from a dis- tance. Mr J. T. Roberts: This is the first complaint I have heard relative to the signal posts at Llandudno. They appear quite conspicuous. Mr Willis: Mr Griffith should address his complaint to the Clerk of the County Council, and not to me. Mr Dean Now the Clerk has heard the com- plaint, I presume he will act upon it. Mr J. T. Roberts: Certainly; I will report it to the Surveyor. On the motion of Mr Roberts, seconded by Mr Dean. supported by Mr Lloyd Griffith, a vote of thanks was accorded the Inspector for his courtesy and the manner he facilitated the understanding between the two parties.
NAT. TKL. No 13. Teleg rains f ully situated in its own finely-wooded Park. in the Bay of Colwyn, commanding splendid views; within a ahort Drive of Conway and r VsaHH Llandudno, and a few minutes walk to the jpW li Beaoh and Station. A most desirable winter residence, nicely sheltered, also heated through- out. Electric Light. Separate Tidies. POST HORSES AND CARRIAGES. LAWN TENNIS. GOLF. BILLIARDS, &c. SEA BATHING. PWLLYGROGHAN HOTEL. COLWYN BAY. (THE LATE RESIDENCE OF LADY ERSKINE.) 17 COLWYN BAY HOTEL, N. WALES. LONDON & NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY (HOLYHEAD LINE). Telegrams: Colwyn Bay Hotel, Colwyn Bay. Nat. Telephone No. Q. ""■ 111 Excellent service of Express Trains from Manchester, Liverpool, Midland Counties and the Soutn ,v s<4^' Delightfully situated on the border of the Bay, within a few minutes' walk of the Colwyn Bay Railway Station. £ SFE V COFFEE ROOM, DRAWING ROOM, LOUNGE & BILLIARD ^\ii ROOM on the Ground Floor, overlooking the Bay. ..» JFE ELECTRIC LIGHT THROUGHOUT. — The private grounds and terraces form an attractive promenade for visitors. Hotel Porter in Scarlet Uniform meets all trains. I* "*• Y • IFIF STABLES & COACH HOUSE. MOTOR GARAGE WITH PiT r ygVySv "2 This Hotel has been officially appointed by the Automobile ♦ Club of Great Britain and Ireland. I j 4 t <• During the Season, COACHES start from the Hotel to •* Bettwf y-Coed, Llandudno, Conway Castle and other places „ A r-» of interest in the district. iwU" -f«*- .IS ,V' <- COLWYN BAY AS A WINTER RESORT. ilsi"aft .1 ;AS- T, Is strongly recommended by eminent Medical Men ————— the mildness and dryness of its climate. A REDUCED WINTER TARIFF. 18 MISS THORPE, Manageress. GFCJF E: .IIr IIGCFO. 1 HH^HH IWIF^IML "IB TELEGRAMS: METROPOLE, COLWYN BAY." NATIONAL TELEPHONE: No. 188. COL "W'YN BA Y. FIRST CLASS. MODERN. One Minute's walk from Railway Station and two minute from Promenade and Pavilion. PERFECT SANITATION. SP ACIOUS PUBLIC ROOMS. DRAWING, WRITING, AND SMOKE ROOMS. LOUNGE. RECREATION ROOM. BILLIARD ROOM (2 DINING ROOMS (Separate Tables). EXCELLENT CUISINE. BALLS, DINNERS, AND RECEPTIONS CATERED FOR. Electric Light and Bells throughout. STOCK ROOMS. MOTOR GARAGE NEAR Hotel Porters meet trains. Manageress, MISS GRISDALE. 19 I CONWAY. OAKWOOD PARK HOTEL. The most daintily equipped in the Principality. 18-Hole Golf Links, laid out by Alex. Herd. Play every day. ««*„< •v. Beautifully situated on the Old Coach Road Mf half-way between Con- ? way and the head -j £ < the Sychnant Pass. r < n Elevated and bracing v, "> i v position. Mountain and I *V' 3. k-. Sea breeze from three m gy fft s ? points 01 the compass. • vJ8KT Tennis, bowling green 1 Wj uf Y* and billiards: A JL .ELEC™ « > m ^} throughout. *,V' Alfresco Afternoon Teac on ~:4M '} Oakwood Park Lawn. ■■K PSi^ 7 Hotel 'Bus meet. Trains. 1 > ¥^$$L » Telegams: "OAKWOOD, CøMWAY Telephone No. Mrs. BAILEY, MANAGERESS. 20 LOCKYER'S PRIVATE HOTEL, MARINE ROAD, COLWYN BAY. Old Established. STANDING in its own grounds, within two minutes' walk of the Sea, near the Pwllycrochan Woods, in the west end of Colwyn Bay, the Bournemouth of North Wales. Special Terms for Wmter Season.: Under personal management MR. MRS. [ Telephone No. 0187. Telegrams: LOCKYER, COLWYN BAY 22 'Q o..p.ø i gz en ¡: "c:I Q QÃo0\tg-. Ioc f;I' p-'>1è") Cl (Ii = )ig r18i Z P, š;iõ 08 In rif >o (/Q.¡s. p s:: 6 o I. IIL (SUCCESSOR TO EDWIN JONES.) 23 Llanfairiechan, Llandudno, Penmaenmawr, & District. EXTENSION OF PREMISES. R\I/'TT T T A 11 ITP Monumental Mason WILLIAMS, Llanfairfechan. To make room for New Stock and the installatian of New Machinery, Mr. R. Williams begs to announce that he has decided to offer his Stock of MONUMENTS, HEADSTONES, &c., in Marble, Granite, Slate, &c., AT A GREAT SACRIFICE, IN ORDER TO CLEAR. J. DICKEN & SONS, House Furnishers, &c. CHEAPEST HOUSES IN THE DISTRICT. Largest Selection Linoleums, Cork, English &:Foreign Carpets, &c. Bedroom Suites a Speciality Yaughan Street, Llandudno. Tf Station Road, Colwyn Bay, IS FURNITURE REMOVERS AND UNDERTAKERS. 293
The Winter Train Service. (BY MANCESTRIAN.") The service, which is to come into operation on the 1st October is sustantially the same as that of former years. This winter, however, is to see the introduction of a regular rail-motor service on the main line between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, and also upon the branch hire to Bettws-y-Coed. We consider that the Railway Company should revise the early morning service from Chester to stations west of Rhyl. The 6 a.m. from Ches- ter undoubtedly fulfils a useful purpose in call. ing at all stations to Holyhead, taking a little under four hours, and the 7.55 is equally useful as far as Bangor. But there is an undoubted need of a fast train from Chester to this dis- trict, which we think should be met by the ex. tension of the 7.40 a.m. ex Manchester to leave Chester about 8.50. There has always been con- siderable dissatisfaction in commercial circles over the absence of a fast train before the 10.5 from Chester, which is often sufficiently heavy to be run in duplicate. We are pleased to note that the 9.45 from Manchester is to be extended to Bangor, as such a train was really needed. This train is to leave Chester at n. 10 and to call at Holywell and all important stations after Prestatyn. The 1.5 from Manchester and 1.35 from Liver- pool are again to run, affording excellent her. vices from these places, which would be im- proved if the latter train called at Abergele. The 4.35 Manchester to Bangor, summer train, having been withdrawn, the Bangor portion will be conveyed as last winter, by the 4.55 Manchester to, Llandudno., and detached at Col- wyn Bay. In the reverse direction an important addition has been made to the service from Bangor, by the continuance of the 7.35 a.m. Bangor to Llan. dudno Junction connecting there with the ex- press trains for Manchester, Liverpool, and other important stations. Another noteworthy alteration is that the 10.20 a.m. from Holyhead (11.30 from Bangor) has been re-timed, and will in future spend only seven minutes instead of 20 at the Junction. For this relief, much thanks A new train, due, we trust, to. increased traffic, will leave Llandudno at 2.15 p.m. for Chester and Manchester, but a good run to Chester is succeeded by the less praiseworthy performance of the 3.50 Chester to Manchester. We would suggest that an acceleration is urgent- ly required, or that the train should be started 10 or 15 minutes earlier from Llandudno and be worked through to Manchester independently of the Great Western, train from Chester, in con- siderably less than three hours. The 6.10. p.m. from Llandudnoi is to be re-established, to follow the Irish Day Ex- press to Chester, where it will form the latter's connection to Warrington and Manches- ter. The connection from Bangor, however, does not serve the intermediate stations to. the Junction,, and passengers. from these places are given the charming alternative of a full hour's wait at the Junction, or the leisurely journey to Chester performed) by the 3.40 p.m. from Holy- head. There is at present a margin of 18 minutes between the arrival of this train at the Junction and the passing ofi the 5.30 express from Holy- head. This would allow of, say, six minutes to. be allotted to two. stops, Penmaenmawr and Conway for choice, a margin of twelve minutes being preserved so that the line may be cleared for the expressi. As previously remarked, the rail motor will run between Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, but for reasons which are not very obvious to the unofficial mind, no' call will be made at Moch- dre by any trip. This station undoubtedly does not contribute too largely to. the general volume of traffic, but it is capable of development, and the rail motor is. just the thing to do it. Let the citizens of Mochdre see to it. The rail motor is to make one trip daily along the branch line to Bettws-y-Coed, but in view of the inadequate -service of trains, it is to be hoped that before long special cars may be put upoirrf this line. These might be utilised to im- prove the connections to Conway from the lines which meet at the Junction, and a new through service bei established between Conway and Llanrwst. The Sunday train service in both directions is to be precisely the same as that of last year. With all due regard to the importance of main- taining a quiet Sabbath, we would .suggest that it is very desirable that there should at least be one good connectinrg train from Llandudno and Bangor to Liverpool and Manchester. The present service is quite absurd. There is no. Sunday train to Liverpool, and we are to leave Bangor at 1.50 p.m., Llandudno at 2.5, to arrive Manchester at 8.50 p.m., after waiting at Ches- ter for nearly three hours! London passengers by the same train arrive half an hour before those for Cottonopolis. In conclusion, I must express my obligations to the publishers of Jones' Railway Time-tables, a publication which I can heartily recommend. Its form is handy and the; printing most excel- lent. Anyone who has hitherto been perplexed, in the case of other publications, by indistinct figures printed on inferior paper, often woefully out of alignment, will be able to appreciate its typographical excellence. 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Llanrwst Magistrates and Motor Cars. Mr O. Isgoed Jones (Chairman), at the outset of the business at the Llanrwst Petty Sessions on Monday, said he wished to draw the atten- tion of the police tOl the reckless way motor cars were being driven through the town. They certainly exceeded the limit, and on Sundays they drove to the peril of the public. The rate they went at when people were going home from places of worship was out of all reason, and the previous dayi he stopped one car, the driver of which, at first, was inclined to be impudent, but apologised later, and promised not to go so fast again. He .simply mentioned this fact in order that the Superintendent and Inspector might take it into their cognisance. Superintendent Beresford said the Inspector would attend to. the matter.
Carnarvonshire Licensed Victuallers. PROTEST AGAINST THE FINANCE BILL. A large and influential meeting of licensed victuallers and others, was held at Carnarvon oin Thursday (Councillor Beaumont, Llandudno, President of the Carnarvonshire and Anglesey Victuallers' Trade Protection Society, presiding) to protest against the licensing clauses in the Finance Bill. The Chairman said he could not understand how the clauses could be justified. He knew full well that money had, to be found, but he failed to see why one trade should be singled out to bear such a great proportion of the new taxation seeing that already the licensing trade contributed to the taxation revenue more than 29 per cent. of the total. The trade was not flourishing, and he considered it was bad fin- ,ance to tax a declining industry. He could not help but think that behind the licensing clauses of the Finance Bilrthere was a malevolent feel- ing towards those engaged in that industry. He moved a resolution—which was carried—pro- testing against the scheme to place further gigan- tic financial burdens upon an industry already severely overtaxed.
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Domestic Fruit Bottling. A writer in the always interesting Agricul- tural Economist and Horticultural Review" says —I am afraid that housewives in these days do. not pay the same attention to preserving the products of the garden as their grandmothers diid, iandl the reasons are not far to seek. In short, the absolute necessity has been removed, for whereas in the past if provision were not made at home for the above commodities they were not forthcoming; now, jams, pickles, ana canmed and) bottled fruits can be bought at every grocer's, shop. For many reasons it is a good thing they can, since tho-uisaaids. of people have neither the facilities for growing fruit nor preserving it, but others have, and never a sea- son passes when fruit of some kind does not go to waste, because there is more in the garden than can be coinsumed at the time, and through lack of opportunity or inclination it is not sold. This is :a, pity, because nothing is more whole- some than home-made preserve, and in bottled fruit during the winter one has the nearest ap- proach to the fresh article. For the purpose of these notes I will leave jam-making and other forms of preservation out of the question., apart from bottling, which commends itself to every householders who either grows his own, fruit or can purchase it in season at a reasonable cost. What an opportunity has been, presented this season for bottling gooseberries. Never have bushes bonne more 'heavily, never has the fruit been finer, and most people who. go in for bottling have laid in, a goodly store of green gooseberries for winter use. Raspberries, cur- rants, and loganberries, are all adapted for bottling, but the fruits that coTrummd themselves as being particularly seasonable in the Late sum- mer and autumn are plums, and damsons. The former of these two fruits are fairly plentiful this season, so. an opportunity is presented of aVOiidiing waste if the plums are home grown, by bottling a supply for the winter, and if the fruit has to. be purchased, the outlay is not large. Perhaps the most popular of all plums its the Victoria, which is excellent for bottling, par- ticularly if the fruit is picked before it is dead ripe. Another excellent plum is the Yellow Per,shore, a local variety which is largely grown in Worcestershire, and there are mamy others, all: suitable for the purpose in view. In order to bottle fruit it is, of course, neces- sary to have receptacles, and the outlay in. tbdis direction, is the chief item of expense, particu- larly if one buys a stock of bottles threaded at the neck and! fitted with caps, rubber rings, and screw bands, or spring clips. To some the out- lay for bottles is proflaibiities, and the question ariltses whether ordinary glass jam pars cannot be utilised, for bottlinig fruit. The reply is in the affirmative, provided that one has some con- trivance for fastening doiwm the lid so. that no air can. enter the bottle. There is a'simple and reliable apparatus which serves the above pur- pose, and by the use of it any ordinary glass jami jaris may be used for bottling fruit. Tihe maker and inventor of this contrivance is Mr H. R. Flowm.an, of Newsham, Gloucester shire, poultry lecturer to the Gloucestershire County Council, and it was ioj order to utilise spare glass jars for bottling fruit that he devised a clamp. To explain, the process, and describe the ap- paratus, let us suppose that we have a supply say of plums and a quantity of ordinary glass jam jars.. The first thing is to select whole amd u/ndamaged fruit and fill the bottle up to the neck. The bottle is then filled with water and placed up to the neck in a vessel of cold water, after which the contents of the bottle are heated to a temperature of 150 degrees Fahr. The bottles, by the way, may be heated in a sauce- pan,, fish kettle, -or an ordinary washing copper with a false bottom. When the desired, temper- ature is obtained the bottles must remain in it for about 20 minutes, in order to isterilise the fruit. After about 20 mdtorutes has elapsed from the time the temperature reached 150 degrees, remove the bottles, from the vessel, lay the rub- ber ring on. the rim of the bottle, and on. this place the metal cap. Oin, the centre of the cap place the metal disc to take the pressure of the screw; place the bottle in the ciliamp, with the screw above the centre of the disc, and tighten the former until when the clamp is' titled on one side there is no leakage of water from the bottle. When, they are cool the bottles shouldi be removed from the clamp, and if the operation, is successful the top will adhere firmly to the bottle. A simple test is to pick up the bottle by the cap, and in the event of the latter not adhering, as is sometimes the case when a bottle with a very uneven rim is em- ployed, two rubber rings' should be used. It is desirable when applying the pressure to avoid screwing too tightly, or the caps will be bent, ,and it may be added that any other reliable method' of bottling, such as the use of syrup, may be employed with this apparatus. Assum- ing that one has, a supply of bottles, the rest of the paraphernalia consists of a clamp to hold four or more bottles if required., metal caps, rubber rings, andl a thermometer costing about a shilling. With the above little plant in, hand, fruit bottling iis a .simple operation within the ,and convenience of most people, and it is quite certain that when the fruit was care- fully selected and the process correctly carried out, the retuslts .will meet with fiUU; appreciation when the fruits are used.
Flintshire Choir for the Eisteddfod. Last week a public meeting was held at Flint for the purpose of considering the desirability of constituting a united choir for Flintshire to compete at next year's National Eisteddfod at Colwyn Bay. There was a large attendance from various parts of the county, and the proceedings, were marked by much enthusiasm. Mr Arthur Jones, of Bagillt, presided. After a long discussion, it was decided unani- mously to make the necessary arrangements for the formation of a representative choir for the county, and a committee comprising several pro- minent musical conductors was appointed.
Where the Curfew Rings. The eight bells at the Parish Church, Dol- gelly, were placed in their present position in the tower on September 25th, 1809. In order to celebrate the centenary in a fitting manner, merry peals were rung on Friday and Saturday by the Shifnal bell-ringers. It is interesting to note that the curfew bell has been rung nightly without a break at nine o'clock for 100 years. Friofr to this a bell was hung from a tree in the churchyard.
Carnarvonshire Council. THE RATES. IMPERIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO COUNTY FUND. The quarterly meeting of the Carnarvonshire County Council was held at Carn.arvon on Thursday, Dr. R. Arthur-Prichard, of Conway (Chairman), presiding. Mr T. W. Griffith, Chairman of the Finance Committee, in moving the adoption of the Com- mittee's minutes, called attention to the Coun- cil's position at their bankers, where there was a credit balance of £ 3,674. Mr Griffith also di- rected attention to a statement prepared by the County Treasurer showing the expenditure on services described as of a "preponderatingly na- tional character, and how the burden of such expenditure is divided between the Imperial Ex- chequer and the local rates." From this it ap- peared that during 1890-1 and 1895-6 the Im- perial contribution to such expenditure in the county was 30 per cent., and the local contri- bution 70 per cent. In the year 1900-1 the pro- portion was Imperial 24 per cent., local 76 per cent. In 1905-6 the Imperial quota was 23 per cent., and the local quota 77 per cent. In the years 1908-9 the Imperial contribution was only 20 per cent., whilst the local contribution had risen to So per cent. For the last two periods mentioned the proportions of Imperial and local contributions to the: expenditure in the county on higher and elementary education were respec. tivelv: -Imperial 54 per cent., local 46 per cent; and Imperial 53 per cent., and local 47 per cent. Mr Griffith said the figures he had quoted showed that t!he Imperial contributions -last year were less by £ 11,000 than they were sixteen years ago. Mr J. E. Greaves pointed out that though that was so, the Imperial contributions during the periods quoted had actually increased. But, at the same time, local expenditure had in- creased. Mr Griffith proposed that copies of the state- ment he sent to the Government departments, the! members of Parliament for the county, and to the County Councils' Association, and to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, requesting their immediate attention to the fact that the Imper- ial contributions to the county funds bad dwindled down 20 per cent., whereas the total expenditure on Imperial purposes had nearly doubled.—The motion was adopted. It was also decided1 that a rate of 4d. in the pound be levied for general county purposes, and a rate of 5:% d, in the pound for elementary education purposes, a rate of 74 d. in the pound for ,secondary education purposes, and of ;id. in the poundi for intermediate education pur- poses be made at the next meeting of the Coun- cil, payable on or before the 2nd November, J9°9-
Fewer Paupers. THE POSITION IN NORTH WALES UNIONS. The return of paupers in Wales and' -Monp mouthshire has been issued by MT. H. R. Williams, the Local; Government Board in- spector. The figures give the number off paupers in receipt of relief at Lady-day last and the expenditure on all, classes, as well as the cost per head of population. The return gives a comparative statement with the year 1.905, but in the following analysis the figures are compared also with those of the report for the year ended Lady-day, 1908. It is shown that there are fewer persons in receipt of relief in North Wales than last year, though the cost is higher, and. the percentage of population in the northern counties is also shown to be 'higher than, in South Wales. The rateable value of the 20 North Wales unions is £ 2,671,485, as against C.2,665,574 in 1908 and 62,598,965 in 1905. The number of persons in receipt of relief on Lady-day in Wales, was 60,503, ac compared with 60,631 12 months previously. This shows a decrease of 128, but the figure is still 2,500 behind the total of four years ago. More than half the decrease —68—is in North Wales, the figures being 15,892, as against 15,960. Four years ago the figure was 15,836. As regards expenditure, the system required £ "459,633 in Wales during the year, as against Z450,994 the previous year. Of the £ 8,639 in- crease, North Wales, was responsible for. ossLy £84, the share of the northern unions being £I20,688, as against C120,604 in 1908. Of this total the upkeep of the workhouses accounted) for £ 23,759, being £161 less than in 1908. The out-relief cost £ 243 more, however, the total being £ 96,929, as against 696,686 in 1908. The cost per head of the population for the whole of Wales was 45. 6%d., as compared with 4s. 5%d. in the previous year. Compared with 1903 the increase i's high, the cost per head of the population, in. that year being 3s. II d. For North Wales alone the cost for the year ended Lady-day last was 4s. II Yz d., the same as in 1908. In South Wales the cost has risen from 4s. 37fd. to 4s. 4%d. The average percentage of pauperism to population was 2.9. for the whole of Wales, as against 2.7 in 1903, 2.8 in 1904, and 3.0 in. 1908. Taking" North Wales_alone, the percentage was 3.1, as against 3.2 in, 1905 and 1908. The per- centage has increased :in, the following northern unions:—Wrexham. St. Asaph, Festindog, Forden., and Newtown-Llanidloes. In Conway, Holywel'l, and Dolgeliley it is stationary, while in Anglesey, Holyhead, Bangor, Carnarvon, Pwllheli, Llanrwst, Ruthin, Hawarden, Bala, Corwen, Llanfyllin, and Machynlleth it is lower than in 1908. In the Pwllheli and Wrexham unions the cost per head of population for the maintenance of paupers remained the same as in 1908, whilst it increased, in the Carnarvon, Ruthin, Hawardten, Holywell, St. Asaph, DOlt- gelley, Festiniog, and Forden unions. There are 51 unions in Wales, and Anglesey and Carnarvon are bracketed with Neath, in South Wales, as having the highest percentage of paupers to population, the figures being 4.3. Forden and Bala, among the North Wales unions, have the lowest percentage, 2.2.
Competitive Meetings at Mostyn. Successful competitive meetings were held at Mostyn on Wednesday, the chairman of the afternoon session beiiig Mr. W. P. Storey, Rhyl, and of the evening Lord Mostyn. The Rev. P. A. Roberts, Llanfihangel, conducted; Mr. John Williams, Carnarvon, adjudicated in the music competitions; and renfro was the literary adjudicator. The principal awards were as follows:- Englyn "Asaph," who did not appear. Boys' solo, Deio Bach 1, Henry Jones, Rhyl; 2, divided between G. Hough (Mostyn) and John Hughes. Soprano or contralto solo M-me. Nesta Hudson,, Rhyl. Recitation, (under 16): Percy Jones, ,Rhyl. Piano solo.: Miss Jennie Taylor, Shotton. Baritone solo: Framik Nicholson, Gwespyr. Girls' solo: 1, Dorothy Lloyd 2, Ill. Williams, Ffynnongroew. Essay Robert Parry, 'Holywell. Juvenile choir com- petition, 11 Dorilt forget the old folks (Jude): The competing choirs were Treflawnydd, Gronant, and Rhyl, and the prize was awarded to the Rhyl choir. Duet, Gwys i'r Gad R. Roberts and Tom Morris. 'Recitation Prize divided between Mamie Williams, Greenfield, and M. Roberts, Brymbo. Challenge solo: Prize divided between R. 0. Williams (Ffynnon- groew) and Tom Morris (Brymbo). Male voice choir contest, Crossing the Plain The Brymbo, Connah's Quay, and Ffynnongroew male voice choirs competed, and Ffynnongroew were awarded the prize.
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