RHOS TRADE.Splendid fresh butter direct from .the farm, at iod, iid, and is. per lb. John Williams, Bank Stores, High- street, Rhos. REFRESHING RAIN.-Afler a long spell of dry weather the welcome rain descend- y 1 9. ed in torrents early on Tuesday morning. I It could be heard beating on the roofs and pattering on the dry streets, and to the ears of the farmer made a most musi- cal sound. WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL CLUB —A meeting- of this club was held at the Sun and Dragon Hotel, on Monday evening. The financial statement of the club was presented by the secretary, which showed the club's affairs to have been carried out satisfactorily. TENT MEETINGS.—Special gospel tent meetings will be held ia Mountain-street, commelcing on June 6th and continuing each evening. Addresses by the special evangelist will be delivered on The sec- ond coming of Christ." Silo.TIY,G:rhe Rtios Company I G's' Territorials started their musketry drill on Monday last at the Erddig Range, a strong muster of men turned out under the command of Sergt Inst Morris. MR W. JONES. M.P.—On Saturday evening last, Mr W. Jones, M.P., visited Rhos, and delivered a well-attended lec- ture at Penuel Chapel. On Sunday j morning he attended Bethel, Ponkey, and I in the evening attended Tainant Chapel. BOWLS.—The presentation of the med- als to number two team took place at Rhos Bowling Green, on Tuesday even- ing. The champion of Cheshire is ex- pected to shortly visit the Green, and to play an exhibition game. MR SAMUEL EVANS —The Committee of the Merthyr and District M.C., have asked Mr Sam Evans, Merthyr, (late of Rhos) to undertake the work of conduct- ing the rehearsals for the singing festival of the united M.C. Churches, to be held in May 1910. In asking Mr Evans, the committee said they felt it a duty and a pleasure, to help aid to encourage musi- cal talent and ability in young Welshmen. Ho; use—The Rhos Homing Society J flew their second O. B. Race from Here- ford a distance of 68 miles. Nine mem- bers sent about 80 birds which were lib- I erated at i o'clock by Convoyor Winstan- ley the weather being ideal some very good velocities were obtained. The fol- lowing were the result :-ist Jones and Jones, Hope street, 2nd and 3rd D D..vie> Campbell street. ANNIVERSARY --The Sunday Schcol anniveraary services were held on Sun- day, and will be continued next Sunday I at the Primitive Methodist Chapel. Mr J W. R. Cailin, a student of Hartley Col- lege, Manchester, w-is ihe special preach- L er. In the afternoon a children's service was held. at which solos and anthems were given by the choir under the leader- ship of Mr G. Williams, assisted by Mr S. A. Duce's juvenile orchestra. The or- ganist was Mr J. L. Broadhurst. NEARLY DROWNED. — Hearing the cry of a child coming from ihe direction ot the Ponkey Big Pool, Mrs Thomas, who lives near, rushed to the spot, and found that two small children had fallen in and were in peril of their lives. By her pres- ence of mind Mrs Thomas undoubtedly saved the little ones from drowning. The spot is a dangerous one and should be properly fenced. POSTAL FACILITIES An effort has been made by Mr John Evans and Mr Joseph Charles, to obtain postal facilities for the residents and others residing in the surrounding district of Victoria-street. -Mr William Jones, the genial and obliging Postmaster of Ruabon has visit- ed the place with the result that on Mon- day the following letter has been received from Mr Jones :—Ruabon, May 24 1909 —My Dear Sirs, I have pleasure in in- forming you that a Letter Box has been authorised for Victoria Street, and will be erected in the course of a few days. Trusting this will be satisfactory. Yours 1 faithfully, W. Jones. 1 It is needless to say that the boon will t be highly appreciated by the public gen- eraily. r DECLIXIXG SUNDAY SCHOOLS —In awarding the certificates to scholars on Sunday afternoon last, at Capel Mawr, Mr Joseph Rogers referred to the indiffer- ence and apathy that seemed to be grow- ing in the attitude of young Wales to- wards the annual scriptural examinations and Sunday School, generally. Mr J. Tysilio Jones added that it would be a lamentable thing indeed to tVales when the Sunday School lost its ho!d on the young people. He looked upon the Sun- day School as the backbone of the Welsh Sunday. He was sorry, he said, that that afternoon there were no fewer than six children's classes without teachers. JUBILEE SINGERS.—On Saturday even- ing, the well-known Jubilee Singers- coloured ladies and gentlemen—attended Rhos Public Hall, for the purpose of hold. iog a concert. So poor was the attend- ance that the meeting bad to be aband- oned. The singers then proceeded to Capel Penuel, where they sang after the delivery of the lecture by Mr Wa). ji ne>, M. P. On Monday evening the Hall was so meagrely attended that the perform- ance could not take place. MINERS' SUPERSTITIONS.—In an article on Old superstitions and customs of Wales" the miners of Rhosllanerchrugog come, in for special reference. The article says "In Rhosllanerchrugog, a mining village near Wrexham, the people have very quaint beliefs. For instance, if a collier happens to meet a woman in the early morning as he goes to his work, something dreadful is likely to befall him. Good luck, however, follows the person who accidentally falls three times on his way to work. On making enquiries among some of the oldest workmen in the district, we find that the superstition of meeting a woman in the early morning is a very old one in Rhos but no one seems to know much about the other belief. RHOS CHAIR EISTEDDFOD. -The pros- pects of the above Eisteddfod, which will be held the first Monday in July are im- proving each week. This week the two energetic secretaries have been visiting the surrounding districts, interviewing officials of different choirs. There is every prospect of the following choirs compet- ing, viz :—Chief Choral Talke, Chester Oswestry, Buckley, Cefn Mawr, St Hel- ens, Maelor. Male Voice :—Moelwyn, Brymbo, Vron, Acretair, Broughton, Rhos Warrington. There will also be about ten children's choirs. The secretaries are to be thanked for their energetic efforts to secure the success of the Eisteddfod. MUSICAL FESTIVAL.—The annual musi- cal festival in connection with the English Presbyterian Churches of the district was held at the Victoria Hall, Wrexham on Monday last. The conductor was Mr G. W. Hughes, G. & L Johnstown, who performed his work in an admirable man- ner. The singing throughout was hear- ty, and should improve the congregation- al singing of the different churches. In addition to the collection of tunes, the chorus, "Then round abont the starry throne" (Handel) was rendered. The lo- cal orchestra, under the conductorship of Mr Harry Jones, Rhostyllen, rendered eff- icient aid. The presidents were Mr John Owens, Chester, and Mr Tudor Hughes, Wrexham. MYSTERIOUS AIRSHIP.-On Sunday even- ing, May 16th, an airship was seen by six Rhos men. The mysterious ship was seen at a very great altitude, travelling in the direction of Holyhead In shape it resembled a huge cigar, and no balloon arrangements or gas bags were noticable. —Having during the week read of the appearance of a strange airship in Wales in all the London papers, we sought out one of the Rhos eyewitnesses of the air- ship, and asked him if he might not have been mistaken, or have taken a small cloud to have been the object seen. Mr Llewelyn Davies, grocer, Hall-street, however, emphatically asserted that the affair was not a figment of the imagina- tion. He and five other persons distinct- ly saw a strange flying machine high up in the air. The atmosphere at the tim was very clear, and there were no clouds to be seen. It was travelling very swiftly and passed out of sight in a very short time. OUR MEMBER.—Mr Hemmerde is the subject of a sketch in last week's Vani- ty Fair." The article says that although Mr Hemmerde is only thirty-eight years of age, he already has a reputation of which an older man might be proud. Most people think of him as a brilliant K.C., whereas his heart's desire is to shine as a politician. He took silk in < 1908, at the same time as- Mr F. E. J Smith, with whom he is persistently as- I sociated by the public, presumably be- cause they differ on every point of opin- ion He is now Recorder of Liverpool, while about fifteen years younger than any previous holder of the post, and his friend 0: confidentially prophesy that he will break other records. He is an ad- vocate of the democratic cause, a decided Free Trader, and a popular orator, who will, no doubt, quickly enhance his repu- tation when his party goes into opposi- tion. He has insight and decision, is a practical and logical speaker, and will lot fail for lack of self-assurance. He is tall and broad-and deep.—Mr Hemmer- de was entertained at a complimentary dinner in London last week on the oc- casion of his appointment as Recorder of Liverpool. The guests included Mr Ru- fus Isaacs, K.C., M.P., Mr F. E. Smith, K.C., M.P., and Mr Croom Johnson. SCHOOL CONCERT.—A most enjoyable school concert was given by the children of Rhos National School, on Thursday, and Friday evenings last. Each evening 91 the school was packed with a large and appreciative audience. The chairman the first night was Dr J. C. Davies, and the Vicar of Rhos presided on the second evening. The following programme was performed by the children:—Partsong, Fairy Dance "—the Choir action song, Little Haymakers Infant Boys act- ion song, The Lost DollJunior Girls nursery rhymes, The Choir and Infants action song, "Little Fishers" Junior Boys drill and march, Good Night" Infant Girls; action song, Dainty Dancing Fairies" Senior Girls; sword drill, Senior Boys; humorous sketch, The Suffragettes Senior Girls part- song, Those Evening Bells the Choir recitation, The Tale of a Kitten Miss Sarah E. Dodd Scottish air, (with -a;, ions) Caller Herrin Senior Girls act- ion song, Niddy Nod J, Senior Bcys character sketch, "Grandmothers Old" Senior Girls; Welsh airs, Codiad yr Ehedydd -1 Merch y Melinydd" Da- fydd y Gareg Wen Rhyfelgyrch Cad- ben Morgan The Choir.-All the items were excellently rendered. The suffra- gette sketch created roars of laughter, and the sword drill by the senior boys was admirable. Mr Elias Jones, the headmaster, is to be heartily congratulat- ed upon the success of his efforts, and we hope to see the school concert an annual institution. The accompanists were Miss Mabel Walton, Miss Pollie Hughes, and Mr Emrys Jones. The proceeds go to- wards the purchase of a new piano. By special request the performance will be repeated at the Rhos Public Hall to- morrow (Saturday May 29), To HEAR THE NIGHTINGALE.—This week and last, numbers of Rhosites jour- neyed to Nant-y-Ffrith to listen to the song of the nightingale. Some have re- turned delighted with the bird's trilling many have been unfortunate enough to reach the spot when the bird was asleep or absent; whilst others subtly turn the conversation when the nightingale is men- tioned. On Friday evening last a party of sixteen made the journey to Bwlch- gwyn in a brake, under the guidance of Mr J. T. Edwards. The start was made at 10-30, and the wood reached after a couple of hours drive. Full of eager ex- pectancy the party ensconsed themselves on a rustic bridge, and waited with baited breath for the trilling. Presently the murmur of the brook running near, and the songs of the prowling roysterers were drowhed in a flood of melody, and for two hours the listeners stood entranced. The return journey was commenced at 2-30 a.m., and lay through a picturesque bit of country, which looked very weird in the light of the growing dawn. Rhos was reached at 4-15.
JOHNSTOWN. CHRIST CHURCH.—The annual preach- ing meetings were held at Christ Church, on Sunday, when the preacher was the Rev Edward Jones, Dowlais. In the evening service, Miss Maggie Griffiths sang a solo. COLLAPSE.-Oil Monday evening last, a stranger passing through Johnstown was suddenly seized with illness and col- lapsed on the roadside. He remained un- conscious for some time, and was eventu- ally conveyed to Wrexham Workhouse. ACClDENT.-On Monday Jas. Puilein, waggoner, in the employ of Mr Isaac Jenkins, was unloading timber from a waggon, he was struck on the head. and felled to the ground. He was taken by a vehicle home in an unconcious condition and attended by Dr J C Davies. DEATH.—The death took place on Sat. urday last of Mi-s Eliz Morrison, Derby Terrace, Johnstown, aged 44. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr John Ingam of Brandy The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Wern Cemetery, the Rev J Howell Thomas, Vicar, officiated. EVENING CLASSES.—On Thursday even- ing the Building Construction Class was visited by H M Inspector Dr Williams, who consented to distribute the certificates and prizes to the students. It is pleasing to note that all of the students who sat the examination last year were successful in obtaining certificates. the names are as follows :-Ist class certificates Austin Davies, D A G Mackie, William Gillman, Horace Evans. 2nd class certificates J E Jones, Stanley Hughes, Percival. The teacher Mr Ivor H Jones, A.I.S.E. is to be congratulated on the success of his work, and we would suggest that more of our youug men would take advantage of these classes.
RUABON. PRESENTATION.—On Friday evening, Mr William Lloyd, who recently retired trom'the position of platform inspector at Ruabon, was presented with an illuminat- ed address and a cheque for ;6284. The subscription list included the names of VV W Wynn, Sir Henty Robertson, Sir Theodore Martin, and several well known gentlemen in North Wales, Shropshire & Cheshire.
Sports at Penycae. On Saturday last, the sports, organised by a committee at Penycae gentlemen, to aid the funds of the Rhos Silver Band, was held on a field at Penycae. The fine weather attracted a large crowd. The following are the results of the contest:— Penalty Kick.—Twenty three entries. Final postponed. Long Kick.—Eighteen entries. Win- ner, Wm Lloyd, Penycae. Three-leg Race.—Eight entries. Win- ners, J Edwards and D Davies, Penycae. Boat Race.—Twenty three entries, Wm Whitaker, Stoke. During the sports, the Rhos Silver Band played selections of popular music and for dancing in the evening. The judges were Mr S Jones and Mr E Pritch- ard, Penycae. Starter, Mr J Bailey, Pen- ycae. Treasurer, Mr R Jones, Secretary Mr R Williams, Penycae.
Child Scalded to Death at i Ponkey. THE NECESSITY FfOR FIREGUARDS Mr L1. Kenrick, the coroner for East Denbighshire, held an inquiry at Soar Chapel, Aberderfyn, Ponkey, on Tuesday afternoon, touching the circumstances attending the death of John Emlyn Jones, the ten months old chiid of Emma Lilley and Joseph Thomas, Oak Dale, Aberder- fyn. Councillor J. S. Jones was foreman of the jury. From the evidence of the mother it ap- peared that on Wednesday May 19th, the mother was in the kitchen cutting bread and butter about four o'clock in the afternoon. She had placed the baby in charge of her little daughter for the time, but evidently the girl must have popped the baby down and ran out to play. The mother had her back to the child, when she suddenly heard the baby scream. Turning round she found that the little one had pulled the teapot off the iron stool before the fire, and had scalded herself very badly. She at once sent for Dr Jones, who attended the little sufferer until she died on Monday last. She had seven children, all of whom were insured. At the time her husband was ill in bed. Asked if there was a fireguard before the fire, the mother said she had a small fireguard, but it was not before the fire at the time. Dr G. F. Jones said he was called in to see the child about 4-30 p.m., on Wed- nesday week. He found the child's right arm scalded very badly, and also a small scald on the left hand. He attended the child until it died on Monday the 24th inst. He had no doubt but that death re- sulted from the scalds and shock. Asked by the coroner if fireguards were much used in the neighbourhood, Dr Jones said that they were certainly not used as much as they ought to be. He had not noticed any improvement since the passing inco law of the children's Act. The coroner said he should like to make it known, that anyone having the care of young children were, under the new Act, liable to punishment, if they did not provide fireguards in their houses. During his experience as coroner, he had come across several cases where the life of a young child could have been saved by a fireguard. He had also frequently called attention to the insuring of young Z" children. He thought it very undesirable that an infant's death should be of pecun- iary advantage to the parents. He was not, of course, suggesting anything of that"sort in the present case, but meant it in a general sense. The jury returned in a verdict of acci- I dental death, and that no blame could be attached to anyone.
A Showman's Death at Rhos. "THE END OF DADDY" Mr Coroner Kenrick held an inques at Ruabon on Tuesday on the body of a man who, until he met with the injury which resulted in his death, was known to his employer and associates only by the name of "Daddy" He was in the ser- vice of Mr William Davies, amusement caterer, Stoke on Trent, who was last week at Rhos with his roundabouts and other entertainments. Early on Monday Mr Davies gave orders for the removal of his vans and other stock to the railway station Ruabon, and in descending Brook street Hill I I Daddy who was the engine driver, and had nothing to do with the re- moval of the vans, gave assistance and took charge of the brake at the back of the first van. At the bottom of the hill, the horses attached to the second van be- gan to trot to gain impetus to ascend the next hill. The first van did not increase its speed, and being overtaken Daddy" was crushed between the two corners of the vans. In falling, he said, My name is William Anderson I am all right leave me alone." Dr Dallas was passing, and he at once took him in his trap to Ruabon Hospital, where he died ten minutes after admission. Dr Dallas said there were no external marks of injury, and he thought death was due to internal hemorrage. <- Mr Joseph Owen was foreman of the jury, and evidence was given by Mr Davies, who said Anderson was 4c or 50, had been in his service for six months. He only knew him as Daddy.' John Marshall, a fellow workman, and J Jones, Penycae, described the accident, and, without retiring, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and ex- pressed satis faction with the prompt as- sistance given by Dr Dallas.
Speaking at the Central Welsh Board held at Barry, on Friday, Professor Anwyl said that the great eagerness of parents and children to use the advantages of 1 education resulted in overstrain upon pu- pils whose strength was not equal to the! task of advanced study. Cases continu- ually came under his notice of students failing in health from this cause. Empfcj* Day was celebrated successful- in many districts in North Wales on Mon- day. At Ruthin, Mrs Cornwallis West, hoisted the flag in the school gtounds, before the presence of 600 children. Wrexham school-children saluted the flag and sang the National Anthem.
THE JUDGE'S CHARGE. The Assizes for the couiity of DenbigB were opened at Ruthin yesterday, before Mr Justice Buckoill. In his charge to'the Grand Jury, of whom Colonel C S Mamwaring acted as-1 foreman, his Lordship, referring to a charge of assaulting a child five years of age against a man named Philip Clal ke" said that charges such as this were s,j easily made and so difficult to refute that the jury should give them most serious" consideration before sending the cjse te" the pettv jury.
THE PONKEY CASE. In regard to the charge of assault against Philip Clarke, alluded to by the- Judge in his address to the grand jury the Foreman said the jury had come to the I conclusion that the child did not under-- stand the meaning of evidence, and they wished therefore to have his Lordship's advice on the matter. The Judge: My advice is that yoi3 should consider whether, under ttiq cir- cumstances, the common jury is likely to convict. There is no corroboration of the child's evidence in any material degree., and if I were you I would throw out the bill. The Grand Jury immediately acted or his Lordship's suggestion.
RUABON POLICE COURT. To day Friday, before Mr E Lloyd Jones (in the' chair) Mr R R Jones, end Mr J Omerod. ADJOURNED COAL CASE. Ellen Lloyd, Flasbennion, was charged at the last- Court with stealing coal from the sidiug at Plasben. nion. The case was adjourred for the defendant tc provide wituesses to say she was at home at tb£!' time of the supposed theft. Defendant failed tG'i' provide the necessary witnesses and she was fined" 16 and costs. FEMALE DRUNKENNESS, Ellen Lloyd, Plasbennion. was charged with beme(" drunk >11 d disorderly at Plasbennion on May 24th P C Shone sa d he found defendant drunk aiuS disorderly, ussiog bad languape and surrounded by crowd of jeering otiilclren.-Fined- 5/- and corts- -DRUNK IN RHOS Wm Williams and Enock Alfred Jones, Coed- poeth, were cbaiged with being drul.k in Mari.et st. Rhos, on Sunday night May 16tb. Fined 5/, ame coats each. PONKEY CRUELTY CASE. Hannah Evans.Fennant Road, Ponkey applied for a separation ordt:r from her husband, Evans. Mrs Evans said thst she b- d been married to the defendant two yeas, aId he bad ati almg behaved cruelly towards her. He seemed to b-, of a jealou» nature and bent her at times most uumerc fully. Defendant did not put in an al)pei)rat,ce and the" Bench miide au order of 1'?/. a week. THKFTS BY A RHOo GIRL. In the (Ihildr-ens' Court, Jessie Jones, 2 Owen-* street, lihos, was charged with stealing some print, a quilt, and a theet, oi the value of 12& from her ttepmotber, Mary Jones The stepmother of the girl froseeu'ed and said' defendant lived with her and her husband, (de- fendant's father) in Owen-ftreet. She (wittea»>' took in sewing, and did dressmaking in the hornet She h d s-everal pieces of print in her charge, aofiP on Tuedday last she found them missing. She also missed quilt and sheet ci the same day. Tlllf defendant did not come home at all that night. It waS no unusual thing for the girl to stay out all* mght. S e had done go several nights runnings She was only sixteen years of age, but she was a' very b id girl indeed, and hAd given her father atti herself a great, deal of trouble. She was untruth- iulf addicted to stealing and immo-al practices, Witness informed Sergt Edwards on Wednesday' morning. When the girl came home she admitted having taken the things. She was wearing some' of the print made up. P.S. Edwards said that he served the defendant' wi h the summons on May 26 near Moreton ICE- Johnstown. He read the charge to her, and she stated th..t she had taken the things to her aunt'e, Mrs Sarah Edwards, Church-street, Rhostyllen, He wfnt to Rhostyllen, but did not find the thir g" at the address Stven. Later, he found the rinilf and sheet in a Wrexham pawnbrokers. Defendant made no statement in Ceurt. The defendant was (,rdered to be selt to a re« formatory institution until she arrive at the age of. nineteen. The father, in the meantime wasp bound over in the sum of jE5 to keep the girl under' proper control until a vaiancy was fout-d in Retorrnatcry.
Sir Foster Cunliffe Retires. The annual meeting of the East Den- bighshire Unionist Association was held-" at Wynnstc.y, on Saturday afternoon. The President stated that he had re* ceived a notification from Sir Foster Cun- liffe to the effect that, after very careful consideration, he had dcided not to con- test East Denbighshire again, as he founds that he would not be able to reside in the j division for some years, and therefore would be unable to pay that attention to the constituency which a candidate oughtT to do. He tendered his sincere thanks- ro all his workers and supporters at the recent bye-election, and added that in that contest he had fought for them as an Un- ionist of Wales, and for the purpose of as- serting Unionist principles before Welsb-t, electors.
CORRESPONEENCE. DEAR SIR.-I beg to thank RATEPAYER" for his kind letter, at the same time he is mistaken about one person keeping the key of the hose box, the key was kept Off a nail at the back of the hose bos:, bur covered over to prevent rust, when some of the fireman went there on Monday afternoon for practice some person or per- sons had been mean enough to steal the key. Now in future each Fireman will possess a key. Also I may mention that A. S. Edwards has kindly consented for a key to be kept at the Police Station. SAM PHITCHARD,