BHDS AND DISTRICT NOTES. -<I'?' BANK HOLIDAY Bank Holiday was looked forward to with so- -iie as far as the weath- er was concern; he few days leading up to it did not hoid cut much promise. In fact, the Sunday was a drizzling wet day, with heavy, ove;-hanging clouds, which presaged hi- fl,ut fioe weather. Notwithstanding all gloomy portents however, the day, if notbrilliantly fine, .was nice and dry. HOW RHOS SPENT THE DAY. As is usual on Bank, Holiday, Rhos peo- ple spent the day in a variety of ways. Corwen, Caergwne, and Holywell attract- ed the eisteddfod devotees Rhyl and New Brighton called ihose who wished for a sniff of the briney Llangollen was the rendezvous of the pedestrians; Eiles- lTsere was the c1 1 claimant of those who preferred a v. > 1 and Rhos mountain was the child > happy Hampstead. A few there were 21:50 who ;>ent (to them) a delightful day at the Deeside at Bangor atid Overton, fishing. All in their own way spent an enjoyable day. TYPES AT PLAY. It is on Bank Holiday that all types are to be seen at play, from the child in the perambulator to the old and feeble nona- genarian. The lively and high-spirited usually generate a full chest of animal spirits for Bank Holidays, and disburse it in a hundred different ways. They it is who infuse that bustle and excitement into everything and to them is due that at- mosphere of warmth and glow insepera- ble from a bank holiday. The younger children, although their field of enjoyment is more confined geographically, yet man- age to extract the maximum amount of pleasure out of the day. They have in full measure the capacity for enjoyment, and, armed with bulging parcels of eata- bies and bottles of miik and ginger pop, they chuckle and crow with sheer delight, and for the time envy no mortal born. The elder ones, although they no longer look forward expectantly to B ink Holiday, nevertheless seem to find enjoyment in J witnessing the younger ones enjoying themselves. It seems to bring it all back to them again—the magic and wonder of the years that have gone. They sit down aqd smoke, and weave stories of the dis- tant past when they, too, were young and lissom. -r VISTING THE OLD HOME. While the majority of Rhos people spent the day away from home, there were some who spent the day in Rhos, revisiting the old and familiar places. Many Rhosites who for many years have hved away, came to see what changes time had wrought here. They visited old friends & renewed acquaintance with old haunts They wandered about the neighbouring walks, and smiled to thrm^eJves as mem- ories rose before ibem. conjured up by the familiar sights. AT CORWEN. The Eisteddfod at Corwen as usual at- tracted a large number of people, among whom were many Rhosiies. Two Rhos Choirs competed the second male voice choir, and the Beihiehem juvenile choir. The male voice parry suffered defeat, the I prize being divided betwven Glynceiriog J and Prysor. The Bethlehem juvenile choir, however, had an easy victory, thus j adding one more to their long list of sue- cesses. Three choirs competed in the j chief choral competition, Prysor, Dolgelly, and Cefn. The adjudicators had an easy task in deciding the winners, for Cefn :1' were far ahead of the other two. There 'were no other Rhos successes at Corwen ) this year, for the simple reason perhaps that there were no Rhos competitors. The chief male voice competition was won by Moelwyn, and the baritone solo by Mr R. H. Humphreys. Machynlleth. In the evening a successful concert was field, the favourites among the artistes being Miss Amy Evans, and Mr Charles Tree. MUSIC STUDY IN WALES. Mr D. Jenkins, Aberystwyth, in deliver- ing his adjudication on the choral compe- tition at the Pwilheli eisteddfod, called v the attention of the choristers to the grant offered for the teaching of music and choral practices in connection with the inight school by the Government. Several choirs in Carnarvonshire, he said, had availed themselves of this valuable aid to musical education, and he hoped that next winter the majority of Welsh choirs would connect themselves with this movement, thereby spreading the knowledge of music, securing the money grant, and giving per- formances of complete work- He be- lieved that the success of the Carnarvon Choir in London had already given an, impetus to choral singing in North Wales. NATIONAL RECREATIONS. Alderman Ralti, the president at New- market Eisteddfod, contrasted che way in which the nations spent their Bank Holi- 4ay. While England had its races, Spain Its bull-fights, and France its boar hunts, Wales was content to love the eisteddfod, jrflich encouraged poetry, music, and lit. erature. He hoped that the day was far distant when Wales would forsake the Eisteddfod for the recreations of the coun- tries he had named. HOIST WITH THEIR OWN PETARD The local Tories had a very unpleasant surprise at their meeting at Johnstown on Friday last. A gentleman whose in- terruptions were evidently too much for the chairman, was at last invited to go up and take the chair himself. He at once accepted the invitation, and amid the cheering of the crowd, stated that they in East Denbighshire did not want Tariff Reform agents in that constituency. They had a government of the people, for the people, by the people, and they were going to stick to the Government. The local Tories were struck dumb with amaze- ment at the audacity of the stranger who had so daringly invaded their meeting and who fcailed cheers for Mr Hemmerde and the Government, which were heartily given by the crowd. It was a case of being Hoist with one's own petard IS SATURDAY SUNDAY? The Gospel Tent in Mountain-street, continues to attract a number of people. Mr Read, the special missioner, has for some time now been addressing and preaching to his congregation on the sub- ject of the Sabbath Day. He contends that our Saturday is the real Sunday, and that it should be observed as such. While the missioner's eloqueuce on this point is not taken very seriously by the majority of his listeners, there are a few who have been converted to the mis- sioner's way of thinking regarding Sun- day. The absorbing of the hew idea that Saturday is Sunday, has upset the dom- estic arrangements of those who have sat- isfied themselves that the statement is correct, and has necessitated a re-adjust- ment of their weekly programme of living. Saturday here, means pay day, shopping day, and half-holiday, and the very idea of changing the day's about on historical, argumentative, or any other grounds, does not present itself favourably to the
I inhabitants of Rhos. RHOS. I SPLENDID BUTTER direct from the farm at JOHN WILLIAMS'S. Bank Stores, High Strait. Try a lb. You will be pleased. I SUCCESSES -Mr Thomas Pritchard won the tenor solo, and Mr John Williams the baritone solo at Holywell Eisteddfod on Monday. RHOS BAND.-The Rhos Silver Band played on the eisteddfod field at Corwen all day on Monday. PENILLION SINGING.—Mr Jacob Edwards was the artist engaged to sing penillion with harp accompaniment at Corwen Eisteddfod on Monday. Mr Edwards discharged his duties very ably. SUCCESSES. --At the recent examinations of the Associated Boal d of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, Miss Ceridwen Davies success- fully passed the Elementary of the School Examinations. At Corwen Eisteddfod .the pianoforte solo was won, from among 23 competitors by Miss Vera Jones (who also won the silver cup at Rhos). The above are pupils of Mr Caradog Roberts, Mus. Bac. Oxon. MUSICAL.-At Llandyssul Eisteddfod on Wednesday, Merthyr Vale male voice choir, conducted by Mr Samuel Evans, A. C., was successful in gaining the second prize in the male voice competition. The test pieces were 0 Peaceful night," and The Reveille." The first prize was ^75 and silver cup, and the second c40. The winners of the first prize were Swansea, who. received 153 marks, Merthyr Vale gaining 148. Fifteen choirs sang. Bra- vo Mr Evans.
JOHNSTOWN. PERSONAL.—The Rev T Arthur Thomas presided at the quarterly meeting of the Denbighshire Association of e English Congregational Churches, held at Corwen on Friday. JOHNSTOWN AMATEURS F.C.—The an- nual general meeting of this club was held in the Travellers' Hotel, on Tuesday even- ing. From the report read at the meeting it appears that the club had a successful season. Much improvement was made to the ground, and a new boarding erected at a cost of ^28 13s. The general re- ceipts of the club for the season amount to £ 140 8s 4d expenses, £ i36 7s 11 £ d showing a surplus on the year's working of ^4 os4^d. Owing to special enclosure improvements, an adverse balance from last season stands at £23 8s All the old officers were re-elected, with the excep- tion of secretary and assistant secretary, the newly-appointed secretaries being Messrs J H Bowen andT J Jones. We understand that the prospect of the season 1909-10 is a very good one. Several players of note have joined, including H Thompson, Rhostyllen and Kingsley Mascn, Wrexham. Everything points to a very successful season. During the evening medals, were presented to the players at runners-up of the League. l
PENYCAE WEDDING.—A pretty wedding was solemn- ised at Salem Chapel, Penycae, on Wednes- day afternoon. The contracting parties ¡ being Miss Rose Evans, daughter ofMr John Evans, Berwyn View, Penycae, and Mr W H Jones, clerical assistant to th- NI,O.H. for the county of Salop. The officiating Ministers were the Revs W B Jones, and D P Jones, Penycae. Mr J Owen Jones, F.R.C.O., Cardiff, brother-in-law of the bride, presided at the organ, and played Wagner's "Bridal March" (Lohengrin) as the bride entered. The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr Philip Pickering, looked charming in a dress of ivory silk, trimmed with rich silk embroidery, with white crinoline hat trim- med with tulle and ospreys The brides- maids, Miss Debbie Evans, sister of the bride, and Miss Maggie Jones, sister of the bridegroom, wore pink Shantung dresses, relieved by touches of black, with black picture hats, trimmed with bunches of pink roses The groomsmen^ were Mr J E Jones, M P S., Cefn, brother of the bridegroom, and Mr Lloyd Evans, Wrexham, brother1 of the bride. A reception was subsrquently held at the home of the bride, which was at- tended by a large number of guests. Later the happy couple left for Bettws-y-Coed and the Welsh coast, where the honeymoon will be spent. The presents were numerous.
RUABON. A SWEET PEA KING.—Mr T. Jones, of Bryn, Penylan, had a remarkable series of successes with his sweet peas at the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show at Southport last week. He was first for eighteen distinct varieties in vases of not less than 25 spikes each for twelve dis- tinct varieties, in vases of 25 spikes (open); for twelve distinct varieties, in vases of 25 spikes each (trade excluded) for six dis- tinct varieties, in vases of 25 spikes each for six distinct bunches for three distinct bunches for twelve distinct varieties, in vases, no limit to number of stems for six bunches of distinct varieties, 24 stems to form a bunch.
LLANGOLLEN. THE SHow.-The annual Agricultural, Dog, and Poultry Show, which takes place op Friday next, August 13th, pro- mises to be the best ever held. The entries in all sections are excellent, and, given fine weather, the event is bound to be a most attractive one. The committee have arranged cheap trains from all parts
Ruabon County School. SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED. A meeting of the Governors was held on Friday, the Rev R Roberts presiding. The following pupils from the elementary schools of the district were awarded scholar- ships as the result of the examination held in j Tune BOYS. loan Emlyn Jones, Johnstown school, (maximum 550), 535 marks Edward W. Gittins, Rhos N.P. school, 516 Llewelyn Davies, Ce'n school, 495 John W. Davie?, Cefn school, 471 William Carey Jones, Penycae C. school, 469 Edgar Pilce Wind- sor. Cefn school, 456 John Arthur Thom- as, Rhos Grango school, 451. GIRLS Maude Roberts, Acrefair school, 414; Lilian Mary Morris, Rhos N.P. school, 393 Sarah Ann Davies, Cefn school, 388.
RUABON FLOWER SHOW. The annual Horticultural and Industrial Show took place in Wynnstay Park, on Monday, when the attendance of visitors was large. The exhibits were arranged in three large tents, through which a con- tinual stream of visitors, passed. The Ruabon Silver Band provided music, and at night there was a display of fireworks. 120 Yards Handicap (open).-J. A. Phillips, Penycae (10 yards) E. E< Clarke, Wrexham (9); J. C. Watkins, Johnstown (6), 100 Yards Handicap (boys).—R Davies, Overton (6); Roberts, Rhos (10) G. Edwards, Rhos (5). Half. Mile Bicycle Handicap (open).— F. Twist, Preston (25) H. Twist, Pres- ton (25) E. Phillips, St. Martins (35). 440 Yards Handicap (open).-Clarke, Wrexham (25) W. P. Jones, Lianrhaiadr (20) S. Andrew, Pentre Broughton (32). 220 Yards Hurdle Handicap—J. A. Phillips, Penycae (25); J. Parry, Ponkey (20). Obstacle Race.-Jones, Llanthaiadr; Williams, Johnstown Roberts, Penycae. Two Mile Bicycle Handicap (open).— T. Beal, Whittington (130); Phillips, St. Martins (ioo) Clutton, Marchwiel (40). Potato Race.—S. Buck, Liverpool; Holmes, Wrexham Roberts, Penycae. The local prize-winners in the horticul- tural industrial sections were :-Ernest Jones, School House, Johnstown, pansies; John Vaughan, Johnstown, white cabba- ges R. Hughes, Ponkey, apples John Vaughan, Johnstown, gooseberries Mrs Wynne, Rhos, man's shirt Miss Maggie Jones, School-street, Rhos, baby's petti- coat Mrs Stephenson, Johnstown, goose- berry jam Percy Fisher, Johnstown, freehand design E. Evans, Johnstown, drawing; Arthur Thomasjohnstown, and F. A. Griffiths, Johnstown, brushwork J. Jenkins, Rhos, rabbit; W. Griffiths, Rhos, poultry.
RHOS TOWN TALK. It is said- That Mr Richard Evans, baritone vocal- ist, Bolton, has been awarded the "Cur- tis" Gold Medal, at the Royal Manches- ter College of Music. This is the highest honour the college can bestow upon any student. That Mr Evans is a native of Rhos, and notwithstanding his long absence from his native town, he continues to take a keen interest in everything that takes place here. II That rumours are afloat respecting the formation of a choir to compete at the National Eisteddfod at Colwyn Bay next year. That an excellent choir could be formed in Rhos for this purpose, if only a start would be made. That it is a pity the Rhos section choir, which did such splendid work last year, could not be reformed. It would make, under efficient leadership, a splendid com- petitive choir. R That the choir need not exist for com- petitive purposes only. Rather that it should be a choral society with fixed aims and purposes of a more solid and staple character. That in fact it should be a musical edu- cative force in the place. Surely one good choir would be more desirable than half a dozen mediocre ones ? A new departure in the musical line is expected to take place during the coming winter. It is to take the form of an amateur operatic society. The society will draft into it all the musical and dramatic talent in Rhos, and produce a light opera after the type of "The Mikado." Who knows what hith- erto obscure Caruso the society might unearth! That the Celtic Society have not yet arranged their winter programme. The organising secretary however is busy re- volving several schemes for the coming season. That it is not expected that their efforts will be of a dramatic nature this time. That the Rhos Liberal Association at a meeting held on Friday, expressed their regret that nothing had yet been done to perpetuate the memory of Sir G. O. Mor- gan. That the movement set on foot some years ago was owing to the Revival, dropped for a time. Unfortunately, from that time to this, no effort has been made to revive it. That it is to be hoped the Rhos Liberal Association will act independently of the other Liberal Associations of the division, and set once more on foot the Memorial movement. That because the Wrexham, Cefn, and Coedpoeth Associations stir not in the matter, it need not deter us from taking the matter in our own hands, and making it a purely Rhos affair. They have slept for five years and will probably, like the mighty dead, sleep on till the crack of doom. That allotments can now be obtained at Cae Enion, the County Council having purchased a part of the Llanerchrugog estate for Small Holdings and Allotments. That on Tuesday and Wednesday, scores of people were to be seen picking berries on the mountain. That notwithstanding the sign-posts warning trespassers off the moors, and the presence of a mounted keepej* Rhos people continue to enjoy the ancient priv- ilege of wandering upon it at will. That very many years ago, when times were very very bad in Rhos, many of the women of Rhos had to resort to the mountain to replenish their depleted larders. They used to start there at four o'clock in the morning, and pick berries until nightfall. That a motor-car garage is now in course of construction on the mountain, for the purpose of putting up the motor- cars that now come carrying the sports- men who shoot on the moors. That Rhos Band were to have headed a club atStryt Issa on Saturday, but owing to the failure of the cornetists to turn up in time, they could not fulfil their engagement. That people are begining to speculate as to whether the Watering Cart will come this year or next, or at all. Some ratepayers believe that the majority of two at the parish meeting was not emphat- ic enough to warrant the Council to pur- chase a watering cart.
Rhos Territorials in Camp. The Rhos Territorials continue to m. all-" ceuvre and train at Abergavenny. The" weather last week was wet, and the work made a bit heavy in consequence. This: week, however, the, climatic conditions are much more favourable, and the men enjoy the marching and manoeuvring. On Saturday last the battalion went 013r a route march through Abergavenny 011 to the Pontypool road, where each com- pany were lectured by the officers. The Colonel also spoke, and highly praised1 the Rhos company for their recruits. Ii was the finest company in the battalion. On Sunday it poured all the morning"/ and the church parade had to be postponed from the morning until the afternoon. Bank Holiday was a splendid day. At 8 a. m. the battalion were on the march towards the mountains. It was a field day, and General Lloyd was the inspecting officer. The 4th-battalion, under Colonel Wynne Edwards, scaled the ridge of tbe: Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is the high-, est altitude in the range. The 4th acted as a defending force, tC," prevent the advance guard of the 5th, 6thf and 7th battalions from placing guns off the range. The inspecting officers anJ umpires expressed great satisfaction at the way in which the troops were handled, Tuesday was Battalion Inspection Day, and all the companies pissed the scrutinf weill. The battalion afterwards marched to the race course, where the men were: drilled by General Lloyd. ( On Wednesday the mountains were again scaled, and outpost duty was pretC" tised. The Rhos company being held as' a reserve force, were ordered to lie dowo for a time, and very soon a score of snores, some sounding like fog-horns/ could be heard. The G's" played the final for the footo ball cup with Gwersyllt. A hard gam& took place, but Rhos were beaten by fout goals to three. We are just starting to change otilr colour, and if the fine weather Continued until Saturday we shall all be brown aØ" berries. A "G" PRIVATE.
Tragic Death of a Rhos Curate in Canada. The following cablegram appeared in some newspapers on Tuesday, sent front Montreal the previous day :-Lumbet' men passing through the forest in Ne\1( Brunswick on Saturday came upon .3 body with considerable camping quip.,t ment scattered around. On investigation they found marks on the clothing and" < some of the outfit, which they submitted I to the authorities in St. John. The police there set to work on these clues, and, they have now identified the body as that of the Rev Sydney Morris, of Wrexhanv Denbighshire. He came to Canada t«.1' recuperate his health after a breakdown from overwork, and took to the woods iO search of quietude. Not being an C% pel ienced woodsman he lost his trail, an' must have sank exhausted in his endea" vours to find a way out. The authorities" have conducted a diligent search for the past three months, but failed to nnd any" trace of the missing man till Saturday." There is an element of mysteryin the case, as news of Mr Morris's suppfose^ death reached Wrexham nearly twO" months ago. It appeared in a newspa published in a remote village in Canada, two thousand miles from the spot where' the body is s'nid to have been found. Pø: copy of that newspaper was sent to th*" friends of deceased in Wrexham, sinc# which time various enquiries as to the, fate of the young man have been made/ without avail. It may be noted that tbe cablegram states that the body was dis/ covered only on Saturday last, but i' may be that the correspondent was led in his information. The deceased gentleman, who wa.. well under thirty years of age, was the only son of Mr E S Morris, M A., Hif: Majesty's Inspector of Schools. IH e obtained his first curacy in South WaleSl and afterwards was appointed curate as, Rhos. One Sunday last year he was to havo" preached at Rhos Church, but to tbe" consternation of the wardens, when the service was due to begin, they themselves without anyone to conduct it/' For nearly a week nothing was heard oi the missing curate, who was eventually, found at New Brighton. Thenceforward his health forsook him, and he did not; resume his duties with which a freak oi the brain had so abruptly interfered After remaining at home for some monthS; Mr Morris, hoping that fresh scenes and-" occupation would thoroughly restore hial" in both mind and body, went to Canada( with the result as above stated.
Accident at Plas Power Collier// A'f! a by-man named Edward Roberts, of Middle Road, Nant, Coedpoeth, 'Waf; at work at the Plas Power Colliery yester* day morning a fall of roof occurred, a he was injured about;he lower part of thtf body. He was rescued from the debris by several of his mates and taken to th# surface, and thence to the Wrexham Infir,* mary. He was found to be suffering froof severe injuries to the leg, which bad to [W amputated..