THE GLORY OF WALES. A Day's Mountaineering. Contrary to expectations, Whit Mon- day was a brilliantly tine day. The con- tinual downpour on Sunday was not a very good sign of fine weather, but sever- al of our local weather prophets, despite the rain, said that it would be fine on the morrow. How in the world people—es- pecially people of the farming fraternity— are able to foretell the weather, has al- ways been a puzzle to the mere house- dweller. The particular weather expert consulted, when asked on Sunday how he knew what sort of weather we were to have next day, said he could not explain hoiv he knew, but that, like his father be- fore him, he could smell the weather afar off. Incidentally it may be mentioned that Welshmen—Welsh agriculturists in particular—have built up a reputation among the nations of the earth, as seers of the weather. Evidently the faculty— like the poetical one—is a gift at birth, and not to be acquired by study hence it behoves us to be proud of the few re- maining seers, to whom we can appeal in times of trouble and distress. Fortified with our weather forecast, we determined to have a day's ramble ever the Welsh mountains—the glory of Wales. We had just finished reading High- ways and Byways in North Wales and were filled with the spirit of old-world romance; we had long ago read Wild Wales" and had often longed to taste the delights of a pilgrimage—if only for one short day-among the :hills and the dales that so delighted the soul of that genial and inimitable traveller—George Bor- j row. So, after a hearty breakfast, we set off. Before leaving Ruabon, we caught a glimpse of the park gates ot Wynnstay, and the sight reminded us of the part played by a former Sir Watkin, in the Irish rebellion of '98, when he took with him two hundred fiery Welshmen to help to quell the rebellion. The majority of Sir Watkin "s Welshmen were recruited from Rhos and Cetn, and when the scene of battle was reached, it is chronicled that the Welshmen soon routed the Irish, by chasing them with staffs hewn from z> trees on the Wynnstay estate. On the return of Sir Watkin and his Welsh bri- gade to Ruabon, they were hailed as heroes by their countrymen, and to com- memorate the occasion, Sir Warkin gave a mugdificent banquet in Wynnstay park, where whole bullocks were roastei in the open. Even to-day the remarkable ad- ventcre is mentioned with pride in the Welsh villages on the Denbigh border. Passing through Cefn, with its grime aMd smoke, we were climbing the mountain at tne oot of Vroncysyllte. It was here that Hazieit oi;ce paused, and paced up and do, n for an hour, so taken up wa" he with the beautiful scenery. Af- terwards he w'e ol the scene from Vron- cysyUte a- o >e uf the most pictur- e que he had ever seen The climb tb-- foot of the moun- tain at C,. ve y -it,. IT piece of wo: k, ar-J when the u-p w-»s re ched, we wire to le-tag-unst an oak tree to re- Cover our ")Çnr breath. The distance fro-n Vron to G ynceii toalthough a good eight miles, is not tedious. There is a change c.f a-id c^iour at every tvrr. As; Yva kin-r 'hrou^h a narrow path cut through clusters of f*r trees, we came across a drover eating his b-ead and cheese in blissful enjoyment. The sight stirred us. Visions ot a well-spread ta- ble for a time blotted the landscape. We arrived at Glynceiriog in time for dinner, and preparatory to sitting down to it, we stretched ourselves in the large basket chairs in the smoke room. One of our party broke the delicious silence of our short rest by beginning to talk polit- ics, but a well-aimed cushion choked his utterance and crumpled a 44 capstan." Dinner over, we were off again, our faces set for Llanarmon. On the way we had a peep at a farm house called Pont 1 y Meibion, where once lived Huw Mor- ris, one of the greatest of Welsh bards. The poet now lies beneath the quiet shade of a yew tree in the little churchyard of Llansilin. George Borrow, when passing through Glynceiriog paid a visit to his grave, and takmg off his hat, recited some verses of 44 the mighty Huw, the greatest songster of the seventeenth cen- tury." The walk from Glynceiriog to Llanar- J nvoa is a most interesting one. Taking the road past the gracite works, you cover five miles before Llanarmon is reached. The river Ceiriog winds itself along within hearing distance all the way, aod enters Llangollen under one of the quaint little stone bridges in Wales. Liar a rmon is a small village with a large reputation. The birthplace of Ceiriog—- a long, rámshdckJe looking farmhoue- spreads, or rather, sprawls itself en the slope of the mountain. True, the poet is and gone, but the uihige still har- bours a genius. We found him presid- ing at the "Plough," au old red-washed inti and a right royal welcome did he give u". Seated on a settle in a corner of the low-roofed old-fashioned kitchen, he held forth to our heart's content. He accepted one of I be party's thoughtful ot- lvr to partake of refreshment, and hand- led his jug with the adroitness of one of W. W. Jacob's wharfingers. He simply revelled in stories. Indeed we had to tear ourselves from his interesting pres- ence in order to reach Nantyr, the next hamlet, in time for tea. From Llanarmon to Nantyr is a climb of about four miles of heavy mountain. The hamlet itself is a collection of stray houses in a hollow of the mountains. Here. any of the housewives will be only too pleased to make the traveller a cup of tea, and to place before him the treasures her cupboard. Calling at one of the first houses, we sat down to tea with a young farmer and his wife. We were told to help ourselves, and did so, freely and of- ten. But with all our appitite, the young farmer beat us easily. His cup was hand- ed over at regular intervals to be silently refilled, and when we had finished he was extending his hand for his fifth cup. The journey from Nantyr to Llangollen is unequalled for grandeur. We trudged tor a long time in silence, the spell of the mountains, so blissfully ignorant of their own greatness, stilling our tongues. We reached Lllangollen just in time to witness a most gorgeous sunset over the Berwyn range. The place was full of trippers, and alive with gaiety. Unlike Borrow, we welcomed the clang of the railway bell, and were glad to find ourselves in a carriage bound for Rhos.
RHOS There will be no service of trains from Rhos, to-mo row (Friday). NORTH WALES HORSE SHOW7.—Mr Arthur E Evans, Bronwylfa, was one of the judges at the North Wales Horse Show, held at Carnarvon on Mondy. DEATH OF MR RICHARD FOULV.ES. The death took place on Friday last of Mr Richard Foulkes of Roberts lane, Rhos at the age of 55. The deceased had been ailing for the last eight years. The funeral took place at the new cemetery The officiating minister was the Rev R Williams. THE LATE MR ALBERT JONES.—The funeral of the late Mr Albert Jones, of Jones street, took place on Monday after- noon last at the new cemetery, Rhos. The officiating minister was the Rev Jenkins-Menlove. CLASS FIRING.-A large squad of the local Territorials on Monday morning last journeyed down to the Erddigrange to do their annual class firing. The men were under the command of Instructor Morris. ACCIDENTOn Tuesday last as Mr Thomas Hughes, Ellis st eet,, Ponkey, was following his employment at the Vauxhall Colliery, when by some means or other he badly crushed his little finger of the left hand It is but a few months ago since Mr Hughes met with a similar accident. MUSICAL.—MR S A Duce has conducted the Rhos Silver Band during the last few' practices.—The members have had new uniforms.—Mr Robert I Jones, Church street, Rhos won the baritone solo at the Prestatyn Eisteddfod on Monday last.- Mr E Emlyn Daiues, A.R.C.O., was the accompanist at Bwlchgwyn Eisteddfod.— Mr Caradog Robeits, Mus Bac. has been adjudicating at various Eisteddfodau in South Wales this Whitsuntide, VIOLENT THUNDERSTORM.—On Tuesday afternoon a most violent thundestorm raged over the vincity. The storm raged with great fury for about halt- an-hour, the rain and hail decending in great particles and the streets were quick- ly flooded. Luckily no damage seems to to have been done, beyond a few houses which are lowly situated being flooded. EMIGRATING.—On Tuesday last, Mrs Frank Davies and family left Rhos .en route tor San Fraucisco where she has gone to join her husband, Mr Frank Davies. Mr Davies, has been out just four years and has made himself extremly popular with the Welsh community of San Francisco. He takes a great interest in the little Welsh place of worship there and is an active worker and deacon. We wish Mrs Davies and her family a safe voyage and a prosperous time in their home out West. SALVATION ARMY AND THE LATE KING. —Memorial services for the late King were held at the Salvation Army Hall on on Sunday, conducted by Captain Cooke, who, in the course of his address, alluded to the late King's interest in the Army and its various organizations. The services which were well attended, were of an im- pressive character. The Dead March" was played by the Band at the indoor and outdoor services. BANK HOLIDA Y.-Bank Holiday passed off very quitely at Rhos, there being no local attraction except the preaching meet- ings at Ebenezer Church. Many ardent Eisteddfoddwyr visited Bwlchgwyn and G!yodyfrdwy, where their literary and musical tastes were well catered for. Rhos mountain, was also the rendezvous of many hundreds of residents of the dis- trict The ideal weather which prevailed during the day.made the outing to this health-giving, bracing summit all the more enjoyable. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The ] Sunday School anniversary at the Prim- itive Methodist Church was held on Sun- day, when services were conducted by Mr Anderson, Primitive Methodist College Manchester. The afternoon service was a special one for children. Mr James Clutton presided. Solos, duett, and re- citations were given by the children of the church. The organist was Mr John Lewis Broadhurst. and Mr Georp-e T Williams conducted the singing. 0 The congregations at all the services were large. MEMORIAL SERVICES.—The Free Church Council have arranged for two memorial services to-morrow (Friday) one for the Welsh Churches at Capel Mawr, and the other for the English Churches at Hill-street. A special service will also be held at the Parish Church.
JOHNSTOWN. ACCIDENT.—Mrs Williams, Derby Ter- race, sustained rather severe burns to the arms and hands on Wednesday morning. It appears that whilst standing close to the fireplace, she was seized with sudden illness, and fell on to the grate.
RHOS MINERS' MASS MEETING -0- MR ROBERT JONES EXPLAINS. RESOLUTION PASSED. A meeting of miners was held in the Public Hall, Rhos, on Wednesday even- ing, when Mr Robert Jones, Westminis- ter Colliery, accompanied by several Moss miners, attended to make a statement, and to ask for the passing of a resolution in connection with the recent Westminis- ter Colliery affair. Mr Robert Jones in his opening re- marks, gave an outline of the recent dis- pute, the facts of which have already ap- peared in the Press. The outcome of the matter was, he said, that the Executive Council at Wrexham, had framed a re- solution, expelling him from the Council, thus leaving a thousand men unrepresent- ed. The resolution expelling him, was, he thought, very unjust. He had come to Rhos to plead that their side should have a fair hearing. All he wanted was that they should pass a resolution in that meeting, stating they were of opinion that the resolution to expel him should not be endorsed at the next Council meet- ing. In a nutshell, he wanted the mat- ter to lie in abeyance for a month, in or- der that their side of the question should be thoroughly investigated. If it was found that the Westminster men had re- ceived more pay than they were rightly entitled to, then they were quite willing to refund the money. But to expel the delegate for doing what he honestly thought was right, was, he thought, un- fair and unjust. What had he done to merit expulsion ? He had simply turned to Mr Edward Hughes, the Agent, and told him he washed his hands of him when he found that he had gone back on his promise to pay five days, The Agent had promised to pay the men five days. but when he came up to pay, he found he was only going to pay four days. He then told the Agent he would have noth- ing to do withjhim, and left him. The story circulated that he had led the Agent to a hut and abandoned him to the mercy of a crowd of angry men was rid- iculous. Mr Ellis Hughes, checkweigher, Moss, gave an address on the same lines. He said he failed to see how the matter of Good Friday affected the case. The day was not recognised by the Federation as a special day, and as their subscriptions were paid for that day, he certainly con- eluded that the Federation were responsi- ble for that day. Mr Ed Hughes (Hafod) and Mr Tom I Jones (Vauxhall) two of the delegates who had voted in favour of the resolution to expel Mr Robert Jones, warned the I men not to believe all they heard from the platform that night. Mr R. Jones had opportunity to do all the explaining he was capable of at the Council, but he had said nothing in his defence there. They both suggested that before passing anything they should invite Mr Edward Hughes, the Agent, to give them the other side of the question. By expelling the Westminster delegate it-did not ne- cessarily follow that the colliery was ex- cluded from the Federation. All that was wanted was the refunding of the money paid over and above the legal right, and the appointment of a delegate in place of Mr R. Tones. Replying to this, Mr R. Jones said the Council at Wrexham had asked him to retire while they framed a resolution to expel him Was that fair treatment ? Mr Wm Garner proposad that they pass a resolution to the effect that the Executive's resolution to expel Mr R. Jones, be withdrawn. 4 Mr B. Williams seconded. Mr Richard Jones (Hafod) suggested that the proper course would be to hear the Agent first, and then pass a resolu- tion. This course evidently did not meet with the approval of the audience, the majority of whom expressed in no uncertain way their sympathy with the Westminster men. The resolution was then put to the vote and, enthusiastically carried.
RHOS TOWN TALK J It is said I That Rhos had quite a deserted appear- ance on Monday. That the exodus began quite early. The children as usual making for the bracing atmosphere of the mountain, carrying their buns, milk, oranges, ginger beer, &c with them. I That many went further on to Eglwys- eg and Llangollen. That Bwlchgwyn Eisteddfod was the chief attraction of many Rhosites. That the male voice competition proved an excellent one, eight choirs singing the test piece, "Martyrs of the Arena." That Penuel United choir, Rhos, (con- ducted by Mr J. Lloyd Jones) made a splendid impression. That they gave a most vivid and warm rendition of the Martyrs,' and if they had succeeded in keeping the pitch, they Z, would have been placed a good second. That as it was, only one mark separat- ed them from the second choir. The three first choirs standing thus :—Hab- ergham, 78 Warrington, 72; Penuel, 71 That this is excellent, when one consi- ders that Penuel is but a newly formed choir, and that Habergham is||classed as one of the finest English male voice ¡' choirs going. That Mr J. Watkin Hughes was highly praised for his dramatic rendition of the solo. That Penuel choir will prove a most dangerous competitor at Rhos Eistedd- fod where a prize of £ 20 is offered for the same test-piece. That spice will be added to the Rhos competition, owing to the fact that the new Ponkey male voice choir also intend competing. It will therefore be a case ot "When Greek meets Greek" or rather when Rhos meets Ponkey, then comes the tug-of-war. That the two energetic secretaries of Rhos Eisteddfod were seen busy inter- viewing the different choirs at Bwlchgwyn and that several have promised to come to Rhos. That the local Terriers have com- menced drilling in earnest. On Tuesday the Adjutant paid a visit to the park, and complimented the company on their smart appearance. This year the camp will be j at Aberystwyth. That it is rather strange there is not a company of Boy Scouts formed yet at Rhos. That the movement would be highly r, I beneficial to Rhos boys, and cleaner and healthier manhood would be the result. That several parties stayed up on Sun- day night hoping to see the comet. That they were all disappointed, as an extremely thick haze covered the Eastern horizon. That their vigil was not quite in vain, as they enjoyed viewing a fine day-break, and the different leathered songsters pouring out their morning pte m of praise was worth the night-watch. That another choice specimen of real Rhos wit happened at the Hafod Colliery last Tuesday. That when a dead horse was placed in I one of the tubs to be conveyed to the too. L I someone wrote a most touching epitaph with a piece of chalk, thus Next stop, Germanv. That at a local police court some little time ago, a husband complained that his wife hit him on the head with a motty. That when asked to explain what he meant by a motty he replied 44 You know one of them frames with God bless our home in it. That a local bee-keener has had an ar- cident with one of his bee-hives last week. That for at least a week he will have to think without scratching his head as tor the use of a comb, it is entirely out of the question. That some people could study the ha- bits of bees with advantage. Bees settle. That a cool theft took place at Ponkey the other day. That the thief 4 stole into a hen coop, killed two hens in it, and locked the door alter him before stealing away. That when a tatepayer asked one of the Parish Councillors when the watering cart was coming, he was told to wait and see."
Great Thunderstorm at Brymto -0- A WORKMAN KILLED. Brymbo was visited by a disastrous- thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon and* as a result, a farm labourer was killed at Brynmally, Southsea church was struck, and much damage was done by the light- I ning to the residence of Dr Richard Owes at Brymbo. The storm broke shortly after 3 p.ra,, and natives of Brymbo stated that "it was>- one of the most severe thunderstorms they had experienced. One resident said it shook every building in the place. Heavy rain and hailstones ot exceptional size fell for about half an hour, and many occu- pants of the exposed houses were terrified by the zig-zag courses of the lightning and the roar of the thunder. At Brynmally Hall, five men, who were planting potatoes in the Halcock field, took refuge from the storm beneath two sycamore trees. The lightning," said Mr Woodward, junr., one of the number, was playing around our feet like fire, There were five of us together. We were sheltering under the tress, and just as v piece of wood in a farmer roller was shiv- ered by the lightning one of the labourers Martin Kelly, suddenly cried out, Oh, Lord,' and fell forward on his face. I went to his assistance, and found that hs" was nearly dead. He was always very pale, and I thought he had received ¡, I shock. He died in about fivemi nutes. Wc took his body to the Hall, and sent for at. doctor. When he arrived the man was dead. He was struck—one out of tbe I five. I received a shock in my left leg and I can feel the effects of it now." The po- lice were summoned, and on examining the body, the officers were unable to fi%1' any marks or evidence of burning.
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Band and Choral Competition —o — HAWARDEN A record crowd of mat y h ^usand? took- part in the annual festival in Hawarden Park on Monday of the local SheDherd:s5' and Druids'Friendly Societies. In I the morning the two Societies paraded the- village, and attended service at the Parish Church, where the Rev F Partridge preached. The chief attractions of the festival were the band and choral com- petition, the former a new feature. The" adjudicator, Dr Coward, of Sheffield^ made his awards af follows:- Band Contest :-i, Longridge Prize" Brass Band 2, Gossage's Soapworks ?■> 3, Faden's Motor Waggon Works; 4;1 Penketh Tannery Band. Mixed Voice Choirs I, and challengr bowl gkston-in-Makerfield 2, NortbõfF Hall and Wepre United. Male Voice 1, Wigan Harmonic; Liverpool Ceclia. SHREWSBURY. This year the large marquee used hith- erto for the choral competitions was dis- pensed with, and the singing took place in the band-stand. Liverpool was the adjudicator, Mr Charles- The male voice choir competition brought a large entry and some really fine- singing. The test pieces 'were "The Beleagured (Sullivan) and Dr Davies's stirring piece, Hymn before: action." The first prize of twenty-five guineas went to the Manchester Orpheus Glee Society and the second prize of guineas to the Nelson Airon Glee Union, The adjudicator said he had never hearcf ■ better singing of those pieces.