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RHOS. An organ recital and concert will be given at Salem Baptist Chapel, Penycae on Wednesday evening next. See advt. for particulars. MUSICAL.—Mr E. Etnlyn Davies was the musical adjudicator at a musical fes- tival held at Northwich on Tuesday. A CENTENAI"Y -A public meeting was I held at the Primitive Methodist Church on Thursday week in support of the Connect- ¡ ional Centenary Fund. Speeches were made by the Rev J Redhead, Messrs W H Jordan, J Evans and others. WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE UNION.—A pub- lic meeting was held 11 at Penuel Baptist Chapel on Monday evening, for the pur- pose of forming a branch of the North Wales Women's Temperance Union for I the district. The Rev R Williams, pre- sided, ad Miss Pritchard, Oswestry, or- ganising secretary of the Union, gave an address. Addresses were also given by Mrs Evans Wrexham, the Rev R Williams J Howell, Ponkey, and Win Price, Rhos Solos were rendered by Mr Powell I Edwards, Miss J Ella Mills, and Miss M Davies, Stryt Issa.-It was agreed to form a branch, and Mrs W R Hughes, was elected president Miss Howell Hughes and Miss Nina Price were appoint- ed hon. secretaries and Mrs Smith, Bryn Awelon, was appointed hon. treasurer. INTERESTING ADDRESS.—On Wednes- day evening last, before the members of Hill street Literary Society, an excellent address on Physics was given by Mr E Emtyn Jones, Jones street. He gave exhaustive and instructive insight into the working of some of Nature's laws, and touched upon the sciences of Astronomy, geology, Electricity, and Magnetism. At the close of his paper, he had succeeded in opening the eyes and touching the im- agination of his audience to the wonderful discoveries of Science, from the days of Copernicus and Galileo to the davs of Kelvin and Marconi. Much credk is due to the young scholar for the lucid and masterful way in which he handled his subject. He closed his address with an interesting list of inventions which had mostly benefited the world, and which had had a great part in advancing civilization. A vote cf thanks was proposed by Mr Eben Pritchard and seconded by Mr R A Jones. The Rev R Williams presided in his usual admirable way. «
JOHNSTOWN. ACCIDENT.-An accident occurred to S. Davies, waggoner, in the employ of Mi Isaac Jenkins, timber merchant, a few days ago. When engaged in lumbering I timber at Dolgelley. he fell from a shait of the waggon, and one of the wheels P, went over him. He is progressing. j YOUNG PEOPLE'S GUILD -At ;i meel*lflcl of the above Guild held on Thursday, night Week, an interesting paper w ts retd I on The story of a newsp. per" by one of their young members, Mr J E Wj]iiam:> Hill street, Rhos. j )
PENYCAE j LECTURE.—A lantern lecture was given at the New Council Schools on Wednrs- day night entitled The first trip of the season, to, through, and around the Isle of Man" by Mr W J Rogers. Over 100 of the- most interesting, and roman- tic spots of the Island were exhibited, Mr William Pritchatd, Drefechan, pre- sided over a good attendance.. PARISH COUNCIL.—A meeting was held on Thursday week Mr Henry Davies pre- siding. Attention was drawn to a num- ber of footpaths which needed repairing. A lengthy discussion took place on the re- moval of house refuse. The Council were of opinion that in Penycae Parish they I could remove the refuse without putting the cost on the rates. It was resolved I that the clerk should obtain further infor- mation and that a special meeting be held Jo consider the matter. <
Conscription Threatened. WELSH LORD LIEUTENANT'S APPEAL. The High Sheriff of Denbighshire (Mr G. H. F. Robeitson) entertained a large company of magistrates and other guests at Ruthin on Wednesday, during the in- terval at the assizes. Colonel W. Corn- waUis West, Lord Lieutenant of Denbigh- shire, in proposing the health of the High Sheriff, referred to the fact that Mr Rob- ertson was wearing the uniform of the King's Liverpool Regiment, and remarked- that every man ought to serve hit coun- try in some capacity. If the men of the country, he said, fail to rise to the occas- ion and become members of the Territor- ial forces, before very long there will he some means taken to oblige them 10 rld I so. I do not wish to touch upon that; it is a subject on which we may have two views, but at the same time, standing as I do amongst Welshmen who are noted for their patriotism, I think that no pub- lic occasion ought to pass without any- body, who has any authority whatever, j preaching the doctrine that every young I Aman ought at any tate to prepare himself < 40 defend his countiy. '¡
I PRETTY WEDDINGS AT RHOS. PARRY—DODD. A large congregation had assembled at Bethlehem Congregational Church, Rhos at the early hour of 8 a.m. on Thursday to witness the marriage of Miss Blodwen Parry, youngest daughter of Mr John Parry, Bank street, Ponkey (deacon and precentor at Bethlehem) to Mr Edward Dodd, High street, Rhos. The bride, who was charmingly attired in white with white hat to match, was givsn away by her father. She also wore a gold brooch set with pearls. She was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Laura Pritchard and Miss Sarah Eunice Davies (cousins of the bride), and Miss S A. Dodd (sister of the bridegroom). The groom's man was Mr Emrys Parry, (brother of bride) assisted by Mr Grenville Williams and Mr Jno Davies. The ceremony was performed by the Rev W. Price (Wesleyan) Rhos, assisted by the Rev Milton Thomas and Mr J Trevor Jones, (Registrar). Mr Car- adog Roberts, Mus. Bac., Oxon., played the wedding marches on the grand new organ-Bridal March from Lohengrin as I the party entered, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March as they left. Afterwards a reception was held at the residence of the bride, where the usual congratulatory speeches were delivered. Subsequently the happy couple left for Liverpool where the honeymoon will be spent. The wed- ding presents were numerous and costly. —; —
POWELL-ROBERTS. Great interest was manifested at Beth- lehem Chapel, on Saturday morning, the occasion being the marriage of Mr Thos. Powell, School road, Rhos, (well known in musical circles at Rhos) and Miss Mar- tha Roberts, daughter of the Rev J Rob- erts (C) Caergwrle. The bride was given away by her father, and was, attended by I Miss Annie Williams, Osborne st. The duties of best man were performed by Mr Powell Edwards. Market street. Mr Car- adog Roberts, Mus. Bac., Oxon., played the wedding march. Afterwards a recep- tion was held at Oak Bank. 0.
FOULKES—ROBERTS. On Saturday morning, at Zion Baptist Chapel, by the Rev E Mitchell, pastor, the marriage took place 01 Mr Thomas Roberts, Clarke streets to Miss Sarah I An* Foulkes, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Foulkes, Chapel street, Ponkey. The best man was Mr E T Jones, and the bridesmaid, Miss Blodwen Onslow, Fen- nant road, Ponkey. A gathering was held at the home ot the bride. Many presents were received.
JONES-RICHARDS. At St. John's Church, Rhos, on Tues- day, a pretty wedding took place between Mr Willam Jones, Cynlasstreet, and Miss Cissie Richards, Black Lion Inn, Church street. The Rev J H Thomas, olBciatee. -.0
JONES-JONES. At Ebenezer Congregational Chapei, by the Registrar, MrJ. Trevor Jones, the marriage took place of Mr Edward Jones, Groes, Penycae, to Miss Lily Jones, daughter of the late Mr Win Jones, Plas- bennion, Ruabon. The best man was Mr Evan Roberts, and the bridesmaid was Miss Emma Davies, Plasbennion.
Child's Body Found Near Johnstown. While shunting operations were in pro- gress on Thurday night on the Great Western branch line leading from John- stown to Ruabon, some of the shunters noticed a parcel in a ditch, which runs along side the line, and upon investigation it was found to contain the dead body of a child supposed to be a few weeks old. The police were at onee informed, and the bodv was removed to the mortuary to await an inquest.
Ruabon Old Age Pensions Com. A meeting of the Ruabon District Old Pensions Sub-Committee was held at the Justices' Court-room, Ruabon, on Mon- day, and there were present Alderman C. Jones, J.P. (Chairman) Mr R. Myd- delton, J.P,, Mr E. Lloyd Jones, J.P., Alderman Jonathan Griffiths, J.P., Alder- man R. A. Jones, with the clerk, Mr S. Galland, and Messrs J. Dalzell and G E. Elliot, pension officers. Seventeen claims and questions were dealt with, of which twelve were allowed 5s., two 4s., two disallowed, and two increased from 4s to 5!5,
Praying for the House of Lords. At the meeting of the North Wales Temperance Association, it was reported that in January the Executive Committee of the South Wales Temperance Associa- tion had written suggesting that a week of prayer be arranged in view of the re- fusal of the House of Lords to pass the Licensing Bill. The President: I think it is rather too late. We will endeavour to do that in private, but I do not think that we are in. clined to do it formally as a Committee. It was decided to reply to the communi- cation in the terms of the President's ob- servation*, 4
DENBIGHSHIRE ASSIZES. Mr Justice Pickford opened the Den- bighshire Assizes on Tuesday at Ruthin. In his charge to the Grand Jury he re- ferred to the Coedpoeth Fair riot case, which is reported in our Welsh columns. A FARMERS' QUARREL. Albert Pritchard, farmer and coal mer- chant, of Erbistock,- near Ruabon, was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding William Morris, a neighboring farmer, on Dec 6. Mr Ellis Griffiths, M.P., appeared for the prosecution and Mr Artemus Jones for the defence. The jury found the defendant guilty, and the Judge fined him ^13, and bound him over to be of good behaviour for two years. RELIEVING OFFICER'S FRAUDS. Edward Williams, 52, relieving officer at Wrexham, pbaded guilty to a charge of falsifying his books and thereby de- frauding the Guardians of sums amount- ing to ^3 as., and not guilty to a charge of forging receipts in connection with these defalcations. Mr Ellis Griffith, M. P., who appeared for the defence, said that it appeared on the depositions as though the defalcations amounted to a considerable sum, but re- latively the amount was very small. The prisoner had been since 1880, relieving officer, so that he had completed, and within two years from now he would have been entitled to a pension of £ 100 a year. Of course, the mere fact that he had pleaded guilty forfeited that. His con- tributions to the pensions fund amounted to ^75. He would also lose a small pen- sion as a retired School Board officer. Some years ago he had some litigation as the administrator of his sister, and was committed to prison for contempt of court in disobeying an order. No doubt the stress of his pecuniary difficulties arising from this litigation, had led him in- to the offences of which he had pleaded guilty. The sum of money which had passed through his hands each year had been ^5,000. His Lordship sentenced the prisoner to two months' imprisonment in the second division. Williams had,, he said, a re- cord of long and good service, but he was in a position ot trust which he had be- trayed. His embezzlement went back to 1906, and there was, therefore, a consic1- erably long course of it, though the sums seemed to be very small. He had been imprisoned awaiting trial for six weeks, and that was taken account of in the sen- tence now passed upon him. Tha order that he should be placed in the second division was made in order that he might not be sent into the society of habitual criminals, but still he would be treated a having committed a crime.
Ruabon is no Exception. The Press of our neighbour ng towns teems with instances of local men and women who are frankly and unreservedly speaking out for the snke of others. It is gratifying to know that here in our own town this generous feeling is not lacking But it is even more gratifying to know that the Ruabon statements made many years ago are endorsed to-day. Over three years after the cure of her ikidney trouble by Doan's backache kidney pills Mrs C Hughes, of 45, New Hall View, Brynfield, Ruabon, said :—" I have had no return of my old complaint since, thanks to Doan's backache kidney pills, I shall always reccommend them." When first speaking of her experience with Doan's backache kidney pills Mrs> Hughes said I had a bad cold a few months ago, which affected my kidneys, causing a severe pain in the small of my back. It was a sharp, cutting pain, and made it difficult for me to straighten my- self after stooping. I heard that Doan's backache kidney pills were a reliable medicine for pains in the back and other symtoms of kidney trouble, so I sent for a box of the pills to try. A short course of the medicine cured me, and I have not been troubled with my back since. If ever I should have a return of the old ailment I know what will certainly cure me—Doan's backache kidney pills." Doan's backache kidney pills are two shillings and nine pence per box, or six boxes for thirteen shillings and ninepence. Of all chemists and stores, or post free direct from the Foster-McClellan Co., 8, Wells-street, Oxford-street, London, W Be sure you get the same kind of pills as Mrs Hughes had.
Old Age Pensions in Denbigh- shire. At a meeting of the Denbighshire Old- age Pensions Committee, the Clerk stated that he had received a letter from a local committee asking whether a pensions offi- cer could require applicants to visit him at his house to lay their claims and to meet him in a public house to receive their books. He reported that he had re- plied that the officer was expected to visit the applicants at their homes, and he did not consider it proper for an officer to ask applicants to meet him in a public house. —The Committee approved the Clerk's re- ply-
1. !v FROM SAN FRANCISCO. SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA. January 1909 Dear Mr Editor. It may be interesting to many of your readers to knows that a very successful Eisteddfod was held here on Friday Jan. 1st 1909. For months we had been work- ing faithfully to bring about, and on that day (although the weather was anything but favourable, being that we are now in the middle of the rainy season), large crowds came together from all parts of the state. The sweet, musical Welsh tongue was heard on every hand-you could almost fancy that you were in the Rhos Public Hall. The first meeting con- menced at two oclock, and from first to last, it was kept going. We have here a man-after the type of our dear friend Mr Williams of Hill street, and he made things move on at a lively pace. The evening meeting commenced at 7 o'clock and finished at about midnight. There was a beautiful carved oak chair, the work of young Welshmen, the carving was done by a native of Glyn Cerriog, Ham- mond Williams by name. Over the plat- torm hung the banners of the Red Dragon which waved over the the victor of Bos- worth Field, and which was borne by the Britons 2,000 years ago, when they op- posed Ceasser. Some of our National An- thems and war songs, aroused the spirit of the competitors and audience alike. The contests of the old Bards were reflect- ed in the competitions. The chairing of the Bard did not take place on account of the adjudicators declaring that the odes sent in were not worthy of the high hon- our, so the oak chair with the Dragon and other emblems carved on the back will be kept for another year. Quite a number of the pieces for com- petition were the work of our own beloved townman, the late Mr William Davies I felt proud that we have j taught, to love these higher things of life that you could draw people together on this extreme western portion, of this Western Hemis- phere and sat for hours together enjoying these fine pieces of musical art and poetic beauty. To the American it seemed un-1 explainable thatyov can draw six or seven hundred people together, and sit for hours listening and enjoying these competitions tor we had persuaded quite a number of our American friends to come with us. With best wishes for the New Year to you Mr Editor, and your staff, and all your readers.—From your old friend, FRANK DAVIES. P.S.—Governor Hughes ot New York State who is Welshman sent these words, I send you my greetings and best wish- es for the success of the Eisteddfod."
CORRESPONDENCE. MR HEMMERDE'S FUTURE. To the Editor. A short time ago I was reading Dr Kitchin's Lite of John Ruskin at Oxford &c." I distinctly remember the following appropriate sentence, Christ Church College is very like the House of Com- mons in temper a man, however plaih of of origin, however humble in position, is tolerated and listened to with respect, if he is sincere, honest, and knows his sub. ject." On Monday, January 4th, I attended the opening ceremony of Penycae New Council School. Whilst there I was for- tunate enough to have a short chat with Mr Hemmerde K.C. M.P., and I men- j tioned to him the name of our City mem- j ber. Mr Hemmerde said that Mr Charles Roberts had come to the front over the Licensing Bill because the House always listened and admired a man who was sincere and an expert. Last Wednesday I was at the Liberal Club to hear my friend the Rev H T Morgan, M.A.-whoas his name suggests has some Welsh blood in his veins- give a lecture on Lord Randolph Churchill." The Chairman for this interesting and in- structive address was Mr Roberts and at the close of the meeting I was introduced to him by Mr Morgan. I immediately mentioned Mr Hemmerde's name. 4 Yes said our member, 44 Mr Hemmerde is a very brilliant speaker, and more than that he has, I think. a brilliant future. He is a man who only speaks on matters on which he is an authority and in which he is well versed." This eulogy, coming from such a keen critic and clever scholar as Mr Charles Roberts, M.A. M.P., should be of great encouragement not only to Mr Hemmerde but also to his constituents. Lincoln. D. W. JONES.
A bag containing £40 in notes and gold wnich was placed by a youth on the seat beeide him ia a Central London Railway carriage aa the train entered Queen's-gate Station, was missed by him directly it re-started. Saying they were uemblematical of the inno- oenoe of the borough," the clerk handed a pair ot white gloves to the aldermae on the bench 4 Aeutfcsnd Police-court. tSMM being no OWN 4m> tire
Alleged Bogus Sick Company. A WARNING TO RHOSITES. An extraordinary case affecting insure ance companies was heard in the Roch- dale County Court on Friday, by Judge Bradbury. The case was in connection with th National Co-operative Sick and Benefit Society, whose headquarters are at Can" non-street, London, and into which com- pany, we understand, several people ot, Rhos district pay contributions. The: Society was sued by John Brown, of Rochdale, for £ 2, for two weeks' sick-- benitits. Judgment for plaintiff was given.. His Honour made some scathing re- marks concerning the company, which her said was illegal, as it was not registered, and was not a limited company. There were no shareholders and no partners, and it was being run nobody knew by whom, so far as he could gather. He; strongly advised people to keep clear of it.
Some old Rhos Geniuses. JOHN AND ISAAC WILKINSON. According to a paper read by Mr TheSP* Roberts, Bersham, there existed in Rhos, or rather Ponkey, a remarkable family of the name of Wilkinson, in the days of long ago. The first smelting works in this district- was started in 1770 by one John Wilkin-' son, at Bersham. Another man named Charles Lloyd had a blast furnace in working order in 1724. In 1754 these'- works were sold to Isaac Wilkinson, who? at the time had coal works at Ponkey, Isaac Wilkinson was a man of considera- ble genius, and in order to convey his* coal and iron ore to the blasting furnace-" at Bersham, he set to work and construct- ed a wooden rail-road which acted exp- cellently. In 1762 the works were made" over to John Wilkinson. He used to" manufacture shells, cannon, and steam* engines, and in 1878 money was coined there. It was John Wilkinson, also, wher" started the paper mill at Bersham.
FOOTBALL. RHOS RANGERS v. BALA PRESS." 3RD WELSH AMATEUR CUP. REPLAYEO Rhos journeyed to Bala, on Saturdays to decide who shall enter the next rounds of the above competition, they were well" supported by Rhos football enthusiasts. The game was one of the finest the Rhos- boys have played. The Bala men were" confident of success and several of thenT asked H Do you think we can beat them" so they were rather disappointed aftef eight minutes play Davies banged the" leather in. And before the interval SanTJ Jones netted the second. After changing ends the homesters tried hard to bring the lead down but indeed the Rangers ought to have netted on several occasions, twicer I did the Bala custodian pick the ball off the the toe of a Rhos forward, and he himself was lucky in his clearings. Rhos wer# continually pressing, but could not in«" crease their lead. Final Rhos 2, Bala, Of
Welsh Notes From Americar- ST. DAVIDS' DAY. Preparations are be:ng made in many- towns in America for the celebrations of St Dayids' Day. WELSH-AMERICAN CHOIR. It is, predicted that a choir of select: Welsh-American vocalists will visit Wales- and England during the coming summer and will appear in concerts in a number of principal cities. SUCCEEDS EVAN WILLIAMS. David Stephens, a Welsh- Amc ricarvl tenor has suceeded Evan Williams as the tenor vocalist in one of the leadings- churches of Pittsburgh.
Land for Allotments in Denbjgh, shire. At the last meeting of the Denbighshire" County Council, Mr John Roberts sub- mitted the report of the Allotments Com- mittee, and said the Committee had tcr thank some landowners for their hearty- co-operation. On the other hand, other' landlords had only given lip sympathyr finding excuses from one meeting to the7 other, and asking prohibitive prices Th" County Council were bound to supply the-- applicants with land, and if they could not get it voluntarily they must use the: strong hand. He hoped they would not need to do that. He noticed that it haát recently been said at a public meeting in the county that they spent 300 a year out of the rates to employ people to ex" plain the Small Holdings Act. That wa.4 not true. They had to find the money in the first instance, but it would almost all be refunded by the Government, and the amount would not be a third or a fourth* of 4 300.