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RHOS AND DISTRICT NOTES.I…
RHOS AND DISTRICT NOTES. — WATERING CART. By a majority of two it has been decid- ed to have a watering cart. The feeling in the parish meeting, where the decision was arrived at, was by no means unani- mous. Arguments for and against were advanced, and in some cases rather heat- ed!y. One section were against the pro- posal, saying that it was a sort of stop- gag" in the Urban Powers movement. They said that if we got a watering cart through the District Council, it would stave off for seme years the agitation for i more power. The other section thought that the procuring of a watering cart was a step in the right direction and a day's march nearer Urban Powers. A few of those present were unwilling to support the proposal, because they lived in bye- Streets where the watering cart would not be likely to go and yet again i few there were who thought th-it the tradesmen alone ought to bear the expense, because it would profit them most. At the close of the meeting and after a great deal of argument and the rebutting ot argument the motion in favour was carried. THE TWO COUNCILS For some years now there seems to have been a great (hrd of hard feeling be- tween the Parish Council and District Council. Rhos mitters are said to have been ignored, neglected, and the efforts of our representatives outvoted at all times. It h-ts Dot been a battle of wits, where the best man comes on top, but a battle of the numerically strong keeping the numerically weak under. It has more than once been complained of, that Rhos has been scurviJly treated that a fair presentment of the claim* of Rhos, has all along been unheeded It was only af. ter a hard fight that the District Council took over the first list of ancient highways and it will only be when the law compels them to, that they wiil take over other Z!1 streets that ought years ago to have been 1 under their charge. URBAN POWERS. It is said that it takes many years to firmly implant an idea in the mind of a community. A great preacher once con- fessed that it took him ten years to plant an idea in the minds of his own congrega- tion. The Urban Power germ has been planted in the public mind of Rhos for some time now, and it is slowly but sure- ly taking root. How many years we shall have to wait for the budding fruit, we do not know. Like the song, It may be for years, and it may be for ever." HOW THE GERM GENERATED. It is a good deal easier to speculate as to how the Urban Power germ came into being, than to prophesy when it will blossom forth. Scientists tell us there is no such thing as H spontaneous genera- tion." And tracing the Urban Power germ to its protoplasmic origin, we find 11 that it grew out of the unsatisfactory re- lationship of the Parish and District Councils. At fii-st it was a tender shoot- ling, timorously seeking life but gradu- ally it grew, grew,-and is still growing. # FOR AND AGAINST. Like the watering cart, the Urban Power question has its aye's and no's. Those in favour say that until we get Ur- ban Powers we shall be eternally pottering and tinkering about, repairing occasional stiles passing resolutions making de- putations and hammering at the flint- liearted District Council. The great ob- £ Ction of those against,isthat the ratea- ble value of Rhos is too low to allow a basis for Urban Powers that it will in- crease the rates enormously, and saddle the alteady burdened ratepayers with 2S to 3s more rates. We are as it were between two fires-'twixt the devil and the deep sea. THE FIRST STEP. Obviously the first step to take in the direction ot mere power, is to increase the rateable value of the place. This can on- ly be done by increasing the boundary of the parish, so as to include the valuable properties that now lie outside the pale ot the parish. It is the irony of fate that a small village like Ruabon can boast of a much larger rateable value than a large and populous place like Rhos. We should tike to hear cur Councillors grapple with this question. MONOPOLY'S GRIP. We have for many years now been sc/uiiming in the grip oi a monopoly, that dehghts to now crush now release its victims. There is no doubt about it- the Clever Few have got the Mediocre Many by the heels. The Many may grumble and protest and pull long laces, but the Few sit tight nd gather in the shekels all the same, bhould a sudden whim possess them to raise the price ot water and gas, who is to say lhem nay ? We must have water and we must have gas, and we must pay the price demand- ed. We cannot ail burn rush-lights, nor can we all take our buckets to the moun- tain stream. We are pinned to the wall, fettered, gyved, and chained. UNFORTUNATE RHOS. A commercial traveller the other day spent a couple of hours looking for Rhos. He knew it was Rhos, Ruabon, and par- donably thought Rhos w-as a suburb of Ruabon. To his great surprise, he found that Rhos was a much larger place than Ruabon. Being an American, he could hardly understand it, and asked how it was that it was not the other way about -Ruabon, Rhos, This is only the old old story in a new garb. It has always been Rtfctbon Police Court, Ruabon Post Office, Ruabon Education Committee, Rpabon Pension Sub-Committee, Ruabon Water Company, Ruabon Hospital, Rua- bon County School, Ruabon everything. The very identity of Rhos seems lost in that of Ruabon. No wonder the Ameri- can was astounded. G. O. MORGAN MEMORIAL. More than once we have called atten- tion to the G. O. Morgan memorial start- ed six years ago. A sum of money was collected from the several districts for the purpose of erecting a memorial in honour of our late distinguished member. But unaccountably the movement dropped and nothing has been heard of it during the last few years. Not only ha 's-it drop- ped, but has also left unpaid debt behind it. Where are the members of the Rhos Committee appointed at that time to do the work ? How is it that they allow even a penny debt to remain. The mat- ter is a reflection on all the good Liberals of Rhos.
A proposal has been set on foot by the Rev Cadran Davies, of Oswestry, to erect a memorial to Huw Morris (II Eos Ceriog") whose bi-centenary was cele- brated this year, Wrexham Carnival has been arranged to be held on September 24th. Despite strong protests by the Relig- ious bodies in the Prestatyn district, the Golf Club there continues to play Sunday Golf. I
RHOS. FRESH BUTTER :-Splendid quality, di- rect from the farms. From iod per lb. JOHN WILLIAMS, Bank Stores, High st, Rhos. Advt. A Sacred Cantata will be performed at Hill Street Schoolroom on Wednesday.— See advt. PERSONAL.—The Rev R Roberts, pre- sided at the annual conference of the Welsh Congregational Union, which was opened at Pontardulais, on Monday, GOOD.-The sum of ^13 10s. od. has been handed over to Mrs Jennie Roberts, being the proceeds of the com- plimentary concert held some time ago. SCHOOL CHOIR OUTING.-The National School Choir, were by the kindness of their headmaster, Mr Elias Jones, taken for an outing to Chester on Saturday. The weather was that all could be desired and a most enjoyable day was spent. OUTING —The members of the Bible Classes connected with the local Churches to the number of fifty had their annual outing on Monday, when they went to Eccleston Ferry. They were accompan- ied by the Vicar, the Rev J H Thomas, and the Rev E Jenkins-Menlove. FOR CAMP.—The Rhos Company of Territorials have been busy prep .ring for their annual fortnight's training, which will take place at Abergavenny. South Wales. The company is the la-gest in the Battalion. They entrain at the Rhos station to-morrow'. The number going will be between 130 and 140 men and will be under the command of Capt. Davies, and Instructor Morris ASSISTANTS' LEAGUE OUTING.—The Shop Assistants' League held their first outing on Wednesday afternoon last. A party of fifty joined in a drive to Elles- mere, where a most enjoyable time was spent. The League, which is but newly formed, intend holding periodical outings during the summer months. The pre- sident is Mr Garfield Kyffin, and the sec- retaries are Mr Eddie Ellis and Mr Arthur 0 Mills. FRIENDLY SOCIETY.-The members of the Rhos Branch of the Twentieth Century Equitable Friendly Society celebrated their anniversary on Saturday, when a large number assembled at the Club-room where a procession, was formed, and headed by the Rhos Silver Band, paraded the principal streets. Tea was served at the Maelor Restaurant, and in the even- ing a meeting of the members was held at the Public Hall, addresses were given by Mr D T Jenkins, general secretary, Mr J T Edwards, Ponkey, and others. The chair was taken by Mr T Griffiths, Noble Grand CHOIR SUNDAY.—Choir Sunday was observed at the three local Churches on Sunday, when the offertories were for the annual choir trip fund. At St John's church in the morning, the curate, the Rev Rees Jones, took the service, a solo was rendered by Mr J Watkin Hughes, and the choir under the leadership of Mr R T Powell, organist and choirmaster, gave an excellent rendering of the anthem 0 Praise the Lord The solo parts were taken by Mr Charles Simpson and Master Mervin Powell. At the evening service the Rev Joseph Davies, was the preacher. A solo was sung by Mr Tom Williams. PRESENTATION.—On Tuesday evening the Rhos Rangers held a meeting at the Nag's Head Hotel, where the players had presented to them the three sets of medals, St Martins, Chirk Oddfellow's, and League medals. Speeches were made by several Association members congrat- ulating them on their successes. Songs and solos were rendered by the company. The outlook for next year is a bright one several of the outside of Rhos champions have signed on' including most of last season's team. EAST DENBIGHSHIRE UNIONIST ASSO- CIATION.—At a meeting of the above As- sociation held at the Rhos National School on Tuesday July 13th the following reso- lution was passed and a copy sent to the Right Hon. A J Balfour M.P. House of Commons. 44 That this meeting protests against the Proposals of the Chancellor of the Exchequer contained in the Govern- ment's Finance Bill, because they are unconstitutional and revolutionary in character, that they in pese excessive burdens on industry, are injurious to to the general interests of the Country and makes no proper provision for the unity and defence cf the Empire, and therefore pledge itself to use every con- stitutional means to prevent the passage of the Bill into Law." ARCH. B. MAXWELL, Chairman. BOWLS.-A very interesting bowling match took place on Wednesday week, when Rhos played Ruabon. A very hard contested game resulted in a win for Rhos by 43, but on-the aggregate Rhos won by II points. Scores :— RUABCN. RHOS. S. D. S. D. Geo Saint 8 Geo Thomas I I I-aycock 8 7 Tom Edwards. II II J C Murless 5 J Roberts 11 n, Leighton 11 4 A Hughes 6 11 A W Maxwell. 11 J Grade 6 W P Jones 4 11 Robt Williams 11 4 A Hayne i J Higginson 11 Ernest Jones 2 Geo Owens ii ..ft 50 23 77 37 CRICKET.—Rhos Cricket team journeyed to Llangollen on Saturday. Llangollen took the first innings and were all out for 69 Rhos batted well and scored 102. The score LLAIHGOLLEN.A Anderson, b Bowler, 10; S Brown, c Dd llaviee, b Noel Jones, 42 A P Brown Brown, c Dd llaviee, b Noel Jones, 42 A P Brown c D Vv ooda b Noel Jones, 1; A H Green, b Bowler 0; S C Richards, Noel Jones, 3; A N Lancaster, e Wood, b Noel Jones, 3; R W Kichmids c R Davies, b Bowler, 0; J Clifford, b Noel Jones, 6j T D Coward, b Bowler, 0; A Matthews, not out 2; E Wesley, c Griffiths, b Bowler, 4; extras, 1 total 69. Enos.-R Davies, b Green, 15; J Howard, b Green, D 1 Davies.}b Brcwn, y, W Bowler c West- ley b Brown, It; Llew Griffiths, c Sub., b Gieen 7 A Potts b Green, 0; E C Peikins, b Brown, 3; A Jones not out, 34: J G Potts, b Brown, 0; Dd Woods, b Richards, 2 Noel Jones, b Greea, 10; extras, 7 total, 102.
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Two Brilliant young Rhosites. We are pieced that two more Rhos young men have left college having earn- ed their degree of B. A. with Honours. We allude to Mr John Thomas Jones, on- ly son of Mr and Mrs David Jones, John- son-street, Ponkey, and Mr Daniel Bertie Jones, fourth son of Mr and Mrs Edward Jones, Yale-street, Johnstown. The car- eers of these two young men have been somewhat remarkable. They have al- ways worked together since they were in the children's class at Penuel Sunday School, and have always been forward in trying the scriptural examinations held at that place, D. B. Jones having twice won the first prize offered by the Welsh Bap- tist Union of Wales, while J. T. Jobes came in a good second. In the competi- tion for the silver medal offered by the Gwynedd Temperance Association open to all Wales, J. T. Jones has twice come first, and D. B. Jones, once. In 1900 the two won the only County Scholar- ships offered. In 1903 they gained the senior certificates of the Central Welsh Board, afterwards being appointed pupil teachers at Rhos and Ponkey Council Schools. In June 1905 both passed the Matric of the University of Wales in the first class, and in December of the same year both were successful in the King's Scholarship exam and both obtained a first class. In October 1906 both entered R' the University of North Wales, and as; the end of their first year they shared be- tween them the two exhibitions offered tC the two highest students in the Day 4 Training Department. In June 1907 ain3 1908 they sat for the Inter and ordinary stages of the Welsh B.A. degree, botb passing with honours, and in the recent June exam, they completed their final f.of the B. A. degree. Specialising in Latin* Mr J. T. Jones obtained second class,boll- cuts, and Mr D. B. Jones third class hon.. ours. During their career in coHege" they have also passed the exam of the Board of Education for the Teacher's Cer-r tificate. Mr J. T. Jones is well known in Rho" and distirct asa rtciter, he being success* ful a few years ago in taking the tint; prizes for reciting at almost all the chief local eisteddfods. Nothir g succeeds Jike success, and we are pleased to knew tba-t: he has already been appointed out of many applicants, to be Assistant Masted at Denbigh County School, ccmme»ci«| £ at a salary of £ 110 per annum. Mr D. B. Jones is also well-known a a brilliant scholar, and has two.brotbertt in the teaching profession, one Head" master in South Wales, and the othes" Assistant Master at Lincoln. We heartily congratulate our fellofV townsmen on their brilliant success, anil' wish them God speed to attain yet highef positions which will biing more bonoue upon themselves, their birthplace, anit, their country. Ap SlOg,
CORRESPONDENCE. RHOS UNDER BONDAGE. Sir,—I was glad to see the letter in your last issue respecting 11 Rhos undes'' bondage," and to read "Citizen's" pleS1 for Urban Powers. The farcical and amusing efforts of our Parish Council iø trying to govern a district like ours, bag once more been accentuated by the greaf watering cart question. Personally and I individually, our Councillors may be men of merit and worth but as a body, council, or an authority, they are usele35, They meet together monthly, and expend a good deal of mental energy, all to nO purpose. The same old questions crop- up year after year, and refuse to be quiet" ed. The latest feat of the Parish Council however, 'takes the bun.' Fancy calling a special parish meeting to consider tbØ question of purchasing a watering cart,, when the Parish Council itself has fie power to purchase one Atid hardly i street sound enough to stand being W3* I tered, owing to long neglect. f The Parish Council complains thatjt. scope and powers are limited, and yet if is content to go on year after year with- out making an effort to increase its poW" er. They have not even applied for in, creased Parish Council powers. Whyr even the lowly crab sheds its shell wheø the time comes but the Parish Council shambles along, fettered by its old shelly and Sticking in the mud when it might b# on the high road to a further stage of development.. -i The time is coming when the triennial election of Parish Councillors uil be on more before the electors. Let us see to if therefore that we return Progressives* The present Council, constituted as it ise will never strike out." Let us then see if we cmnot break the old bottb by pour*" ing new wine into it next March. I am, EXCELSIOK-
A Brymbo boy named Jno Oswell Dai^ ies aged five, died on Sunday through swallowing a half-penny. It seems that the child was given the coin to go to bed^ and the mother, hearing a shout, rusb«» np and found that the child had stfaJio*" ed the coin. 'a
( W. & J. P HA SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE Now proceeding, TJ Sat. July 31. Every Article Reduced in Price. Special Bargains in Seasonable Goods. 14, HopeStre t, Wrexham.