L G.F.S. CONCERT. I < A vocal and orchestral concert was given in the Town Hall on Monday even- ing, under distinguished patronage, in aid of the funds of the Llandudno Branch of the Girls' Friendly Society. The con- cert had been arranged by Miss Lilian 'Wright, and attracted a. very good at- tendance1. ORCHESTRAL, Miss Wright was cordially received when she appeared to wield the baton. The amateur orchestra, was composed as follows:—First violins. Mr L. Cocker (principal). Miss; Poster. Miss Davies, Miss Brooke, Miss Bone, Mr M. Barnett; second violins, Miss Mai "Williams (prin- cipal), Miss Hicks, Miss Hannaford, Miss E. Hooson violas, Miss Wright (principal). Mr R. J. WiLiams, Mr Sever; Miss E. Davies (principal), Mr B. Fisher, Miss Holme, Mr Pearson Jones, Master A. INIi-lli-ams 1; flutes, Mr W. M. Tipping' (principal), Mr E.clmin- son, Mr Pughe piano, Miss M. "W right a.nd Miss M. Rome. The items set down were "Pomp and Circumstance' (Elligar), "Chantl sans paroles" (Tschiowskv), "Chanson d Nuit" and "Lullaby" (Elgar); the accompani- ment to "'Honour and Arms," "Minuet and Finale" (Haycin) and the march from Scipio" t Handel). Since its last appearance in public, the orchestra has improved wonderfully, the rough edges of it were ground smooth, so that it was a rell, pleasure to listen to the different selections. Special men- tion should be made of the rendering o Havdn's beautiful composition, "Minuet fnd Finale," Elgars "Lullaby" and the accompaniment to "Honour and Aims. It is sincerely to be hoped that coming events willl not mean that the orchestlra j will be dissolved. I-, has a place to fill, in the social life of the town. MISS LILIAN WRIGHT. Miss "Wright herself favoured the audience in the first half with "Swedish Songs and Dances" (Max Bruch). and in the second with a "N octurne" by Chopin and "Polonaise" bv Wjieniawski. Each was deli-ghtfullv played, and after the last there was an emphatic request for more which was complied with. After her firso selection Miss Wright was presented with a bouquet by Mr L. A. Cooker on behalf of the orchestra, and with a basket o. flowers by Miss C. Bone on behalf of the Committee of the G.F.S. One of the most delightful items on the p.'o'Tamme was the tr*io tor violin, fl.ui.-e and°piano by Misses L. and M. Wright and Mr W. M. Tipping.. MR. EMLYN DAVIES. Mr Davies' selections were "Eleanore'^ (Coleridge Taylor) "Honour and Arms" (Hancle- with orchestral accompaniment and an '"Irish Folk Song." The second item called for a well-merited encore, which was responded to with a repetition Mr Davies sang in his usual finished style, and he undoubtedly added to his -Y reputation. Mr Einlvn Davies after the concert ex- pressed great appreciation of the orchestra. and remarked that he had never been betvter accompanied in "Honour and Arms." He wished he always had so good an orchestra for oratorio work. MISS MOLLIS LAW. The thanks of music lovers are due to Miss Wright for introducing a new vocalist in Miss MollieLlaw to L'; a r,- dudno audiences. Miss Law us a pupil of Madame Marches!, and her first contn- bution, Bishop's "Should he upbraid," gained for her an emphatic demand for more. In the second part her renderings of Liza Lehmann's. "The Wren," "The Yellow Hammer," and "The Owl" charmed one and all, and she had perforce to com- plete the quartette by gying "The Cuckoo." Miss Law possesses a very sweet .soprano voice, and it was evident that she has imbibed the lessons of her famous instructress. She wjll always be a welcome artiste on Llandudno plat- forms THE ACCOMPANISTS. Mr L. H, Summeifielcl fulfilled the duties of accompanist to the vo.ca.cs-ts with his usual finished style. Miss Myra Wright was the accompanist for the in- strumental solos, and materially ass- steel to make the concert a thorough success. The platform had been tastefully de- .eorated with flowersancl plants, kindly lent by Mrs Plait and arranged by her gardener. Colonel Mostyn proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs Lilian Wright and the orchestra, and also to Miss Wright, who had made all the arrangements and sold the tickets. This was seconded by Mr J. Adty Weils, J.P., and .carried with great applause. Mr L. H. Edminson responded, testi- fying to the abilities of their conductor. A FINANCIAL SUCCESS. The gross receipts amounted to over .!n JE32, and after paying- all expenses there will be a balance of over £,20 to hand over to the G.F.S. Committee. DEATH OF LADY FLOEENTIA HUGHES. Lady Floresntia Hughes, who died on Sunday nicht at the residence of her son- in-law. Mr St. John Charlton, at Chol- mondeley, Cheshire, was the wife of Mr H. R. Hughes, of Kinmel, Abergele, and a daughter of the Earl of Ravens- worth. She was 87 years of age, and wa.s a great favourite of the, late Queen Victoria. She was distinguished for generosity and kindly interest in the poor of the and her death will be regretted very widely. She went- to Chol- zl) mo-ndeTey on a visit to her daughter, and there had a stroke. She railed at times, but graduallv sank towards the end of ¡ last week. Mr Hughes was at Ivinmel when her death took place, having left' Che-shire last week, but several of her children were present-.
SIR JAMES BARR AND EXPERT EVIDENCE. ADVIOE T'O DAIRYMEN. Writing to a Manchester journal Sir û James Barr gives some further interesting information relatilng to Typhond germs, and incidentally infers what he thinks of expert, evidence in a court of law:- Bi:r M v attention has been drawn to a note on the front. page of your last. issue referring to my evidence on the recent, epidemic of typhoid fever at Llandudno Junction and its neighbourhood caused by contaminated milk. The writer tries to be facetious over a rather serious subject, but. unfortunately for the defendants the jury displayed more intelligence. The evidence that sewer gas contains fewer germs than the ordinary atmosphere was no new discovery of mine, but was merely a statement of fact which was proved as long ago as 1886 by CanleEy .and Hajldane, and which is now accepted by everyone who has studied the subject. The typhoid bacilli have never been found floating, in the atmosphere, nor in the air of sewers, ,exclipt on one or two occasions when they were poured into the sewer in large quantities, and then the sewer stirred up to cause particles to be ejected into the sewer air. Even then when the churning is at, an end the germs quickly subside and perish in the sewer. Dr. Meredith Young truly said thalt if the tyhpoicl germs had been poured into the sewers at Llandudno Junction by the bushel they could possibly have travelled up the sewer against the current to the Woodlands, a, distance of about three- quarters of a mile. The sun st,ancling sit-ill • upon Gibe-on, and the moon in the valley of Aj all on, was not a greater miracle than the imaginary transit of these- germs up this sewer. Sewer gas is not quite innocuous not- Z7, withstanding the aibsence of typhoid bacilli, so your recommendations of a residence in a. manhole, and "conducted health tours in the main sewage pipes" are not likely to become popular, but I can assure your readers that, they can make as many tours as they like to Llan- dudno, Deganwy, and even to the Con- way foreshore, about the sludges of which we have heard so much, without any risk of catching typhoid bacilli blow- ing about in the atmosphere. If tihese bacilli were blown about by any wind --ha', listeth very few in the Llandudno district should have escaped, nor was it explained how these bacilli were to survive the drying process. Science should deal with facts, not the perfervnd imagination of expert witnesses. Now that the two epidemics of typhoid fever in 'that district have been traced to the milk supply from two farms, I hope the Welsh farmers will be very careful in the future, and probably they will be found as clean as the Italians, so that those seeking a summer holiday will run as few risks in the Conway district as on the shores of the Medllterranean, notwith- standing the imaginary epidemic of sewer gas and defective sewers which was dish- ed for use at the trial. This long and expensive triail has íurtherconvinoed me that in the interests of the publia, and in the interests of jus- tice, expert testimony should not be ad- mitted into a court of law. Witnesses should be confined to state- ments of fact, and if ¡the judge and jury wished any interpretation of those facts the j uclges should have power to call in as an assessor a man well versed in the subject under consideration. JAMES BARR. 72, Rodney-street, Liverpool.
NATURE JOTTINGS. ON THE OCCURRENCE OF VELVET SCOTERS IN LLANDUDNO BAY. Even if not consorted with the parties of common scoters which visit the north coast o," Wales during the winter months it has long been suspected that the velvet, scoter not infrequently pays us a visit. The specimen that, was obtained on the Conway in 1899, and another shot later, constituted the only records we possessed of its occurrence on our coast. Observers, long acquainted! with the study of ornithdlogy and who could instantly dis- tinguish between the two species, have not. apparently, seen the rarer of the two on the coast between Liverpool and Conway bays, consequently it is little to be wondered at why the occurrence of four birds in Llandudno- Bay on Novem- ber 30th has been hailed with delight. These ducks, or. rather, a, part of them, were in no .hurry to leave us, for on December 1st three were sporting and d-vin.g in almost exactly the same spot as they were the day previous. Four clays later the little group was again divided, and the number intent on remaining was .rectuced to two, but th-L.s time they had approached much closei-, to the beach. From the 6th to the, 8th, only one of the Pa,l,tv coul,d! be. seen. Twice I saw it at the place where the two had been seen, and twice away to the left of the pier. Except on the 5th, when the two in- dividuals were resting on the water, they dived repeatedly, and often on coming to the surface it was possible to see that thev brought up food with them. R. W. J. NORTH WALES MINERS ASSOCIA- TION. On Monday a meeting of In- North Wales Miners' Association wTas held at Wrexham. under the presidency of Mr Thomas Hughes, Wynnstay Colliery, to appoint a solicitor to the Association in place of Mr Downes Powell, resigned. The. applicants for the position were Mr W. Wynn Evans, Wrexham; Mr LI. Ken- r ick, coroner, Ruabon; and Mr J. B. I Marston, Wrexham and Mold. Mr Evans was appointed by a large majority. [
TARIFF REFORM MEETING AT LLANDUDNO. PRACTICAL ADDRESS BY COUN- CILLOR, JAMES. BROADHURST. At the Constitutional Club on Tuesday evening, Councillor James Broadhursii, of W'arringion, delivered an interesting lecture on Tariff Reform. Mr R. S. Chamberlain (president of the Club) presided, and in the course of his opening remarks, said that they had met that night to hear an address from one of the people who had apparently known what- it was to suffer from the effects of foreign competition. Mr Broad- hurst was a tariff reformer long before Mr Joseph Chamberlain brought the matter before, the country.—(applause)-—■ and in his address he would be speaking the sentiments of thousands of workers of this country. He also feilt. confident that in a very short, time the. workers of this country would come over to tariff reform in their thousands.—(Applause.) Con- tinuing, Mr Chamberlain said that the, main question was the finding of work for our own people, which could only be found by encouraging Capitalists to in- vest and speculate in various enterprises. It was the happiness of the individual in the aggregate that made, the prosperity of the country.—(Applause.) Mr Broadhurst, who was cordially re- ceived, said tariff reform above all others was a working1 man's question. He was a working man himself, and his heart was in the work. He had followed the fiscal question for the past thirty years. He had not been led by thei remarks of Mr Joseph Chamberlain, but had been a close observer ever since he was ten years of age.—(Applause.) The subject he pro- posed dealing with that night was a, most, serious one, especially to Wales in regard to the iron, steel and tinplate industries. These industries, which a,t, one time were pre-eminent in the whole world, were to- day sinking1 owing to the effect of free imports. Firm after firm were closing1 their works, and the tinplate workers of Wales were cast, aside-, for the benefit of the German workers.—(Shame.) He had been employed in a large works where they used to use Brymbo steel to a, very large extent, but to-day it was all Ger- man steel, because they could buy it 2s. 6d. a ton cheaper than the Welsh steel. As half the value of a manufactured article represented labour, the free im- porting of this German steel seriously affected the workers of this country.- (Applause.) This also affected resorts like Lfancluclno, for through the dump- ing of German sleeil the workers could not afford to come down to. Llandudno for holidays, as they were practically on the verge of starvation.—(Shame.) Previous to 1890 Wales held the monopoily of the steel and tinplate trade. In 1891 Wales exported to America 335.000 tons of tin- plate in one year, but by to-day the amount had sunk to 58,000 tons a year, which was due to America adopting tariff reform. As the result of this 43 out of 91 British firms became bankrupt-, whilst America gajin considerably. In the year 1890 America produced 18,000 tons of steel, but now produced 640,000 tons, which was due to this tariff keeping foreign steel out of the country.—(Ap- plause.) America in this respect was in a far better position than whajt England was to-day. If the wealthy manufacturers of America could see thait it was neces- sary to have tariffs to protect their in- dustries, surely it was -time that some- thing should be clone in this country also.—(Applause' ) The position of the workers in America was also for better than that of the British workers, as the American workman earned three times as much wages as he would in England, and the cost of living was only a quarter greater. Every tinpiate worker in America, received 21s. per week more than the tinplate workers of this country. (Applause.) Pvior to 1879 Germany was a Free. Trade country until Prince Bismarck in- troduced tariff reform. In 1880 Germany produced 660,000 tons of steel, but in 1903 after the adoption of tariff reform the output went up to 8,000,0-00 tons, and to-day it had gone up to 12,000,000 tons, whilst Great, Britain had sunk down to a, third rate position, only producing 6, 2 nrdiion tons, and America. had gone up to 23 million tons. If the evils of pro- 2 tection co-ullcl give us the prosperity which the figures mentioned denoted then by all means let us have it.—(Applause.) Continuing, Mr Broadhurst said that he thanked God for their Colonies, and they had every reason to feel thankful for their Colonies, otherwise starvation would be rampant among the tinplaters of Wales. Canada, offered us free trade in tinplate —- (hear, hear)—Australia followed. He contended that tariff reform would pro- vide security for our markets. Germany and Americ.a. could not, produce iron and steel at the same price as England could, and it was only fair that Elngiand should not be beat-en by othere, countries through not having a proper system of tariffs, (Applause.) The, objection of the free traders wa,s that the Conservative party were going to tax the food. If they did, they did not intend to increase the cost of living.—(Hear, .hear.) As a matter of fact, £ 13,000,000 was now paid to Mr Lloyd George as a tax on food.—(Ap- plause.) What they intended doing was. to take, the tax off the things they could not produce in this country, and put it on those things which ttey did produce, which meant a tax on corn, and all manu- factured articles that could be produced in this ,country.-(Hear, hear.) The tax on corn would not increase the cost of a four pound loaf, and even if it did, it would not be more than a f arthing, and to. meet- that a, corresponding amount would be taken off tea., eit,c.(Applause.) Over £ 4.000.000 worth of motor cars came into this country every year, and over £ 7.000,000 worth of i-roii and steel were imported free. To tax these articles would surely not increase the -cost of living, and j on the other hand if the articles did not come into the- country owing the tax the then British workman would get the work. Under that, system they were bound to win, and could not possibly .ose.-(Applause.) The Chairman then invited questions. Mr Hands.: If a tax was put on corn would it induce the, British farmer to grow more corn in this country. o Mr Broadhurst: The award of the Agri- cultural Commision was that the mem- bers were of the opinion that if a shil- ling tax was put on Colonial corn and two shillings on foreign corn it, would be an incentive to British farmers to place more land under seed, and thereby pro- duce more wheat, which would also mean more offal for pigs-, which would bacon cheape,r.-(Applause.) The Chairman said that tariff reform was a very intricate question, but if it proved successful, which it surely would, it would certainly affect agriculture., which was the largest in this country, and the agriculturists would take jolly good care that, they got the, biggest, share of it. He, had great pleasure in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Broadhurst for his very practical address.—(Applause.) Mr Evans, in seconding, said tha,) after hearing the address, he felt sure that all present, would vote on the right, side in the coming ele,ction.-(Appla,-Lis.e.)
CONWAY BEERHOUSE SCENE. A hawker named Griffith Roberts, liv- ing at Conway, was summoned on Mon- day on the charge! of having refused to quit the Liverpool Arms, on the quay at 7 Conway, and also, on the charge of wil- fully doing damage to glasses to the amount of 4s. Superintendent Rees conducted the prosecution and called the licensee, George H3.it,chen, who said that on October 13th. the defendant entered the vaults in a state, in which he was not fit to be served, and he was refused, and had to be put out. Ten minutes- afterwards he came in again, and threw a number of asses which were on the counter at the witness and the barman. Eventually he had to. be ejected by force, and the witness and his barman led him up the street to Sergeant Elvans, into whose cus- tody they gave, him. In reply to Mr R. S-. Chamberlain, who appeared for the, defence., the witness stated that Mr Hitchin had now 'left and gone to Manchester. The occurrence was nearly two months ago, and he did not I zn need a barman at this time of the year. Confirmatory evidence was given by Sergeant Evans, who stated that, in the presence of the defendant and the bar- man, the lancUord of the Liverpool Arms told him that Roberts had refused to quit and had broken a number of glasses. The defendant gave evidence on his own account, and stated that, he first of ail went into the George and Dragon, where he had three glasses, when he was told he had had enough. He went out quietly, and on the, way home he thought he would go into the Liverpool Arms, the door of which was open. He cajllecl for a glass of beer, the, barman served him, and he drank it. There was a woman there, and he was "coaxing" her when Mr Hitchen came and ordered him out, "very cross." The- defendant said something: back to him, and Mr Hitchen pushed him out and knocked him. He had not chance to go out, and Mr Hitchen pushed him out and knocked him. He had not a chance tü go out, and Mr Hitchen "pulled blood" out of him. Then, in his temper, he went back and broke a, few glasses. It was in consequence of .the rough treatment thait he received that he lost his temper and broke the glasses. He could not "hold" much beer. He was not used to it. The defendant was fined 10s. and costs in each case, and ordered to pay 4s. damages. MORALITY IN WALES. WELSH PRíEiAGREiR,'S VIEWS. At the monthly meeting of the South Carnarvonshire Welsh Caivinisfitic Metho- dists on Monday at, Abererch a discussion took place -on the state of morality in Wales.. The Rev. J. Puleston Jones, Pwttlhelu, remarked thait there was a pos- sibility that those who wrote and talked about morality had not, measured their own weight.—(Hear, hear.) He thought, however, that Wales had yet much to accomplish in the way of uplifting the p n standard of honesty among business men. The trade of North Wales, to, a, great ex- tent, was in the hands of Oailvinistio Methodists, and therefore it lay .with them to bring this about. After all, people were not so honest as. one would take them to be. There prevailed a de- sire to get "something out" of someone-. They as deacons and ministers shou:ld set, an example in this respect, although he feared that they were not always honour- able to the core, and faithful lo one another as if they were brethren.— (Cheers.) The Rev. John 'Owen, Criccieth, ques- tioned whether servant girls- received proper care and respect from their mis- tresses. He feared that there was a, lack of interest in them as far as safeguarding their character was concerned. « PURCHASE OF A DRILL HALL. The War Office have approved the pur- chase by the Flintshire Territorial Force Association for the purpose: of a depot and drill hall of the commodious buildings I off High-street, Mold, known as the Vic- ¡ toria Hall. This is the first sanction of the, kind in Flintshire and Denbighshire, and probably in the whole, of North Wales. The property has been acquired for the use of A Company 5-th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD INQUIRY. THE COST OF UNEMPLOYED LABOUR. An inquiry was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday morning into the appli- cation of Llandudno Urban District Council for sanction to borrow the sums of £ 270 for the purposes of sea, defence, £ 371 for the provision of shelters, and £ 220 for surface water drainage. Mr W. O. E. Meade-King M.Inst.C.EL, presided. The Council. was represented by Mr A. Conolly (clerk), Mr E. P..Stephenson (engineer), Mr Walter Wood (account- ant), and Mr R. D. Elvans of the sur- veyors office. There were also present Messrs. S. Chant,rey, B. Edwards, and Robt. Roberts'. STATISTICS. The following statement representing the financial posiklon of the town which had been prepared by Mr Walter Wood, the accountant, was handed in: — 4 Population last census, 9279; present estimate, 11,328; -annual assessable value, £ 102,277; annual .ratealbE-e value, £ 104,917; balance of outstanding loans (a) under the sanitary aClts (including R,35,8,32 fbr electric lighting", JE109,110, under all other acts £ 108,108; amount of present application, £ -861; general dis- trict rate this year, 3,s. 2d. lasb year, 3s. 3d. poor raite this year, 3s. last year, 2s. 7d. a penny rate: produces £ 405-; area, 2686 acres.; number of in- habited houses, 2054, period for which loan is asked for twenty years. 'SEA DEFENCE.' Replying to the inspector, Mr E:. P. Stephenson gave full particulars of the groynes eirelclted, and explained his rea,- sons for placing them at right angles to the shore. The inspector commented upon the-fact- that the progress had already been erect- ed, and said the Council were anticipating everybody, including! the Local Govern- ment Board and the Board of Trade. The Surveyor replied that their erec- tion was. an urgent matter, and that the cost was included by the offiøiaIs in the estimates for the year. Subsequently, however, the Council thought a loan should be applied for, and the item was struck out. INVALID SHELTERS. The recently erected invalid shelters were next inquired into, the Surveyor again stating that the work had been done. In reply to. the inspector, Mr Stephen- son said thait the pajliicy of the Council was to gradually increase the number of shelters and that of the seven already erected one had been paid for out- of re- venue. Ht was generally agreed that more shelters were. Wanted. THE COST. OF UNEMPLOYED LABOUR. With regard to the proposed loan, for the new surface water drain the Surveyor said the work had been commenced on Oeito-beir 20th, and that an average of atbout twenty men had been at work upon it since that tjime. The Clerk: The work was -started for the unemployed, and we have a letter from the President of the Local Govern- ment Board which auithor&sed such work. The Inspector How is the work being done. The Surveyor: By direct labour. The Inspector Do you find the work costs more with unemployed labour. The Surveyor: I have, not worked it out that way, but prepared liberal esti- mates. The Inspector But how much do you estimate. The 'Surveyor: I shoulld say five per cenft. I know in other places, it is as much as twelve. The Inspector: It is 33 per cent. Mr Chantrey pointed out that if the work had been let by contract the sa.me men would in all prob-abiliy be employed. Mr Robrt. Roberts said the Council, was anxious that only men residing' in the Urban District Area, should be employed, and that, they were, mostly cab-drivers, hoaltmen and others who were accustomed to work as labourers in the winter. The Council got as good value from them as from any other labourers. The Inspector said it did not very much matter for the difference, according to the Surveyor would scarcely amount to £ 10-. Mr S. Chantrey supported the applica- tion for ar loan for invalid shelters, which he said were a very necessary equipment for a. town like Llandudno. Mr Robt. Roberts concurred, and with reference to the cost of unemployed labour mentioned works which had been completed under the estimated cost. On the motion of Mr Chantrey, second- ed by Mr Robt. Roberts, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Meade-King, and the inquiry was closed. ARCHITECT AND RHYL COMPANY. Mr Muir Mackenzie, Official Referee, gave judgment in London on Tuesday on the claém for service rendered by Mr James, Thomas Landless1, 'architect, of Colne, against the Rhyl Palace Arcade and Hotel Company, which he tried in Manchester last week. The Official Referee said the plaintiff was entitled to JE152 5s. 6cl. The defendants had paid £ 155 in court, more than sufficient to satisfy the amount awarded, and as the defendants had succeeded on the issue, going to the whole cause of action there would be judgment for them with costs. The plaintiff would have the payment out of -court, of £.152, 5s. 6d. and costs up to the elate of the, payment into court. "A motor-hearse, which is almost noise- less," says one of the papers, "has been introduced by a Coventry undertaker." We understand that his customers are dying to try it.
NORTH WALES TRAVELLERS. LICIEINISEID AND UNLICENSED1 HEADQUARTERS. The annual meeting of the North Wales branch of he United Kingdom Commer- cial Travellers' As-so'ciaition took place at the Imperial Hotel, Colwyn Bay, there being a good attendance of members. Mr Charles Palmer, the chairman, pre- sided. The Hon. Secretary, Mr T. G. Hum- phreys, stated that 29 new members join- ed during the past year, but six had been transferred t,o other districts and there had been seven lapses, making the net increase in membership 16. Four addi- tional members were em u led at the meeting, making" the total membership 76.—(Applause.) A hearty vote of thanks, was passed on the motion of Mr O1. W. Roberts, to Mr T. Lawrence, the president, who was un- animously re,-dle,cted on the motion of Mr Palmer. The five vice presidents were re-elected, and Mr T. H". Morgan, of Colwyn Bay, was. reappointed the hon. solicitor. Mr Ei. G. Elvans, the vice chairman, succeeded to the, chair, and Mr J. WI. Roberts, of Rhyl, was put into the vice chair. Mr Walter T'unna was elected hon. treasurer, and Mr T. G. Humphreys was elected hon. secretary for the fifth year in succession, Mr D. J. Daviels heçng appointed the hon. assistant secretary. The following were placed on the Executive:—Messrs. Ri. M Smith, H. V. Doughty Davies. El. Elvans., J. R. Griffiths, W. F. Mundy, D. Gwesyn Price, Ot W. Rloberts, R. F. Williams,' Griff. Lewis, W. T. Williams, Bangor, W. J. Williams, and J. Fbnjlkes. Mr Gwesyn Price was elected hon. social secretary. The meeting oongjidered a, proposition by Mr O. W. Roberts, Llandudno, in the following terms:—"Th.a,t the business meetings -of this- branch shall in future be held at a private unlicensed hotel, which was named, and that the Executive be em- powered to order the, payment of such sums as may be agreed upon for the use of the said premises." For several years the meetings have been held at the licensed hotel which is known as the headquarters- of the Asso-ciafiion, and the question now raised; by Mr Roberts1, who is weifl-known as a strong advocate of total abstinence, was as to whether the headquarters should be transferred to an unlicensed house. There was a lively dis- cussion. Ultimately the division resulted in a tie, and the Chairman gave, his cast- ing vote. for remaining at the present headquarters. The second part, of Mr O. Wt Roberts's motion was then proposed separately, to the -effect that, the Executive be empower- ed to order the payment, of such sums as might be agreed upon for the use of a room or rooms for the meetings, and this was carried unanimously. The branch will now substitute a. fixed cash payment for the "wet rent" hitherto, paid, and will be free. to arrange its social meetings, etc. wherever it pleases. It was decided to holdi the next- quar- terly meeting at Bangor and the next Executive at headquarters. o THEFT OF JEWELLERY 'ATI BANGOR. At the Bangor Juvenile Court on T'ues- day, before Mr Wiiilliam Pughe and other magistrates, William Brown, 14, an errand boy, was charged by Superin- tendent Guest with the larceny of various articles of jewellery the property of his employer, Mr Charles- Pozzi, amounting in vaiiue to £ 26 19s., of which several, to the .value of £22. 14s., had been recovered. Mr Guest said that the accused had been in the service, after becoming) aware that he was pilfering. Mi- -S R. Dew (who, appeared on behalf of the accused) Who says that? Brown's father (who, was in court) I say it. Mr Dew: You be quiet,. (To, Mr Pozzi and the) Bench) If it is necessary I, on behalf of myself and the accused, say that. is not s o,. R. J. Williams, pawnbroker's manager,, said that, he had advanced on the whole of the" articles1 produced, about, JE4 5s. They had been pawned with him by the accused. Brown pleaded guilty. Mr Dew cat led William Brown, who- said the accused was a, boy whom he had adopted. The accused had always been a good boy at, home, and he would under- take to 'look after him if he could get him home again. Mr Dew appealed to the Bench to deal with the boy under the Probationers Act-. Mr Pozzi intimated, that- he did not wish to press the case undulv. The. Bench bound the accused over to be of good behaviour for two years, his adopted father being bound over as a surety in the sum of £ 101 The Bench made an order for the re-. stituiioh of the stolen articles to Mr Pozzi on his paying half of the sums advanced upon them. Mr Pazzi protested against this. The goods were, his,' and it had been proved they were stolen from his, premises, and he considered they ought, to be returned to him. In a case some, years ago where stolen goods were found on. his premises he had to return them without com- (penstion, though money had been ad- vanced upon them. The Clerk But you are not a pawn- broker, Mr! Pozzi. Mr Pozzi: No, nor would I likei to. be. Ho wever, if the justices think iti is, right1, and fair thing to do. I am satisfied). The order was accordingly made. Printed and Published by the Proprietors, Frank Edge and Alec G. Moy, at the- "Advertiser" Printing Works, Market Street,. Llandudno.