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INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION AT CONNAH'S QUAY. ♦ A two-days' industrial exhibition was opened by Lord Kenyon at St. Mark's Schoolroom, Connah's Quay, on Wednesday, in aid of the school funds. It was the first of its kind in Connah's Quay, and, thanks to the excellent way in which it was managed, proved an unqualified success. The promoters offered prizes to the amount of £ 35 for the most meritorious exhibits in art, mechanics, natural history, and various kinds of handicraft, in which the young people were given an oppor- tunity of shewing their skill. A more praise- worthy undertaking it would be hard to conceive, and it was pleasing to find the efforts of those who established it rewardect by a really admirable exhibition. There were upwards of 700 exhibits, which had been tastefully arranged on stalls, each bearing a numbered ticket, in the large schoolroom, while the class- room adjoining was specially set apart for a splendid collection lent by Mr. Thomas Bate, of Kelsterton, consisting of some of the spoils of his shooting expeditions in Canada and Norway. This magnificent collection of stuffed birds and animals included a Norwegian bear, several elks (European and Canadian), a Rocky mountain goat, an eagle owl shewn in the act of killing a ptarmigan, and other victims of the sportsman's gun, which certainly formed the most attractive feature of the exhibition. In addition, Mr. Bate kindly offered for sale a number of articles which he had brought from Norway. Naturally as one of the objects of the exhibition-really the primary one-was to encourage local industry, the shipbuilding and fishing trades were prominently represented by specimens of model yachts, and netting manufactured by local fishermen. The loan exhibits of ship models, in many cases fully rigged, were greatly admired, and mention should also be made of the interesting models of gold-crushing machinery belonging to the Sandycroft Foundry Company. The art section was enriched by a number of contributions forwarded by the Duke of Westminster. These included a characteristic drawing by Du Maurier, a painting of birds by Stacey Marks, and photographs of the renowned racehorses, Bend Or, Orme, Grey Leg, and Lily Agnes. Miss Hughes, Wepre Cottage, also sent a number of pretty pic- tures, two of which were exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy this year, while the Rev. Stephen Gladstone displayed his interest in the undertaking by sending portraits of his father at various periods of his life, and other pleasing mementoes. Mr. P. B. Davies Cooke (of Gwysaney) was represented by a col- lection of arms and curiosities brought by him from Egypt, also a seventeenth century couteau de chasse found in a field at Gwysaney, and probably used at the seige by Sir William Brereton's forces in 1645. Foreign curiosities, personal relics, &c., were exhibited in large numbers by Captain McMullan (Dee Villas), Mr. J. Coppack, the Vicar, Mr. Prince, Mr. R. H. V. Kyrke, Mr. W. Alletson, Mr. Jones (Penyllan), and many other residents in the neighbourhood (whose names are too numerous to mention), and leading firms from all parts of the kingdom sent specimens illustrating manufacturing processes. The judges, who spoke highly ef the quality of the exhibits in every department, were:—Section 1, mechanical, Messrs. E. Sydney Taylor and W. Kelly (Sandycroft), T. J. Reney and A. Fer- £ UBson (Connah's Quay); netting, Messrs. atham and Edwards; natural history, Mr. Prince; art, Mr. Welsh (Chester); writing and drawing, Mr. John Weights (Chester) needle- work, Mrs. Bate, Mrs. Davison, and Miss Williams hearthrugs and mats, Mr. E. Williams; butter and bread, Mrs. Lloyd and Mrs. Davison. A large company assembled to witness Lord Kenyon perform the opening ceremony on Wednesday. The Vicar (the Rev. Thomas Williams), who had acted as chairman of the committee, in explaining the object of the exhibition, said they wanted to create, if they possibly could, a desire in the minds of young people in the neighbourhood to devote a certain part of their leisure to preparing some exhibits which might reflect credit upon themselves, and he thought those who looked round the room would agree that their efforts had been successful. (Applause.) They had been labour- ing in that school for many years under very serious difficulties. In spite of their difficulties they had always maintained a most creditable position, and he had no hesitation in saying that under the management of Mr. Connell, they were now in a better position than they had ever been before. (Applause.) They wanted to meet all the requirements of the Education Department as far as they were able, and those requirements were becoming more urgent every year. He saw looming in the future the absolute necessity of an infant classroom. It was through the liberality of their kind friend, Mr. Charles Davison, that they were in the position they now occupied, for he had spent a large sum of money in making the school as efficient as it was. (Applause.) Lord KENYON said it gave him sincere pleasure to come among his neighbours at Connah's Quay, and declare the exhibition open. He understood that was the first attempt of the sort, and it was certainly an extraordinary start. He spoke in praise of the excellent ship models and the specimens of carving, and alluded to the advantages of the Sloyd system of education which trained the hand as well as the mind, and taught the Norwegian or Swede to turn out the most beautiful objects even with nothing but a knife. He would ask them to study the best, and always to be thorough in their work. He believed an exhibition like that and the work which it entailed in providing the necessary materials was of the very greatest advantage to the neighbourhood. Its effect would be to induce people to undertake carving, modelling, drawing, and so forth, feeling that they would have somewhere io shew their work, and receive their reward as time went on. The spirit of competition which it created was also a very healthful thing for. the neighbourhood. If all classes harmonised as well as they seemed to harmonise that day to keep their schools at a high point, they should have every confidence in the future that the schools would go on well. He had pleasure in declaring the exhibition open, and hoped that might not be the last occasion on which he should visit it. (Ap- PLAVWE.)^E MOTION 0F CHARLES DAVISON, seconded by Mr. PRINCE, Lord Kenyon was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. During the afternoon Captain Franklin, of Liverpool, gave a conjuring entertainment, and the Connah s Quay and District Brass Band played selections in a field adjoining the schools. The general arrangements were admirably carried out by the secretary, Mr. J. W. Connell. assisted by Mr. Charles Davison (treasurer) and the following ladies and gentlemen of the dis- trict General committee, the Rev. Thomas Williams (chairman), Messrs. Alletson, Bate, Blane, Coppack, Culhane, Ellwood, Ferguson, G. Hewitt, H. Hughes, E. Jones, W H. Lloyd. Miller, Peel, Prince, T. J. Reney, W. Reney, J. W. Thomas, E. Williams, Dr. Purdon, and the Rev. R. S. Davies; ladies' committee, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Connell, Mrs. Ellwood, Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Pnnee, Mrs. T. J. Reney, Miss Reney, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Williams. Among others present on the opening day were Mr. J. Watkinson and party, Mrs. Bate. Mrs. Davison, Mrs. Hurlbutt, Miss Hunter, Captain B. Mesham, Mr. W. Hughes (Flint), Mr. Collier, Mr. T. Jones, Mr. G. McLeod, the Rev. W. Ll. Nicholas (vicar of Flint), &c. The following is the list of the awards: SECTION I. (MECHANICAL.) Engineering Model: 1, W. Alexander, Oakenholt; 2, W. Goldsworthy, Brickfield cottages. Marine Model f«5nppii.l nrize of Mathematical Instruments, given bv^Mr Ferguson): 1 and 2, John Lloyd, Wood- field terrace. Model Yacht: 1, T. W. Toby, Nine Houses; 2, John Lloyd. Speciman Metal Work: 1. John Williams, Golftyn street; 2, George McFarlane, 70, Wrexham street, Mold. trot Work: 1, Albert Roberts, Cemetery road; 2 and 3, J. McMullan, Dee villa. Working Model: 1, W. Goldworthy; 2, G. C. Alletson, Ewloe Wood. Useful or Ornamental Household Article, in Wood or part Wood: 1, Albert Roberts; 2, Miss Ethel Hurlbutt, Queen's Ferry 3, Miss White, Golftyn. Model Church, Castle, or any Building: 1, G. C. Alletson. Artistic Picture Frame: 1 and 2, Mrs. Bithell, 12, Waterloo street, Golftyn. Netting (Pair of Oars given by Mr. W. H. Lloyd): 1 and 2, Thomas Bithell, Golftyn; 3, George Hewitt, Golftyn. SECTION II. (ARTISTIC).-Oil painting; 1, Miss Lush Kelsterton, Evening'; 2, Miss P. Lee, Cop House, Saltney; 3, Miss O. Ellwood, Pen- ewladys. Water colour painting: 1, Mr. Alletson; 2, Miss P. Lee; 3, Miss Parkin,.Connah sQuav. nravon or chalk drawing: 1, W. £ !• 2 Miss C. Fuller, Meliden; 3, George 'a or innr Oakenholt. Painting on plaaaes i and 2, Miss P. Lee, Cop House; 3, J. A. Wright, Mancott. Original design: Mr. Alletson. SECTION III (NATURAL HISTORY).—Botanical collection: John Prince. Aquarium: A. Dew. SECTION IV. (NEEDLEWORK).—Plain Needle- work 1, Miss Hopley, Farfield; 2, Miss Constance Carter 3, Miss M. C. Carter. Fancy Needlework: 1, Miss E. A. Griffiths; 2, Miss C. Carter. Fancy Knitting: 1, Mrs. Connell; 2, Mrs. Bithell; 3, Mrs. Russell. Patchwork Quilt: Miss White, Golftyn. Quilt (any other description): 1, Mrs. Connell; 2, Miss Reney. Patchwork cushion: 1, Miss Baxter; 2, Miss M. A. Wright, Shotton Hall. Crochet work: 1, Mrs. J. Edwards; 2, Miss Maud Ellwood 3, Miss M. F. Reney. Crewel and ornamental wool work: 1, Miss S. Jones, Belmont Villas; 2, Miss Olive Ellwood; 3, Miss Maud Ellwood. Knitted stockings (plain): 1, Mrs. Bithell; 2, Miss Clara Hewitt, Wepre. Knitted stockings (ribbed): 1, Miss Hewitt; 2, Mrs. Bithell. Darned stockings 1, Miss C. Hewitt; 2, Miss Ferguson. Tea cosey: 1, Miss A. B. Lowrey. Hearthrug: 1, Miss S. Prydden, St. Mark's Vicarage; 2, Mrs. Thomas, Golftyn-lane. Macrame work: 1 and 2, Miss Currie. SECTION V (GIRLS' WORK).—Dressed doll: 1, Gertrude Lowrey; 2, Letitia Cooper. Plain needlework: 1, Gertrude Lowrey; 2, Martha Cooper; 3, Sarah E. Davies. Six button holes 1, Margaret A. Hewitt; 2, Kate Reddin 3, Mary Williams. Darned stockings 1, Gladys Conway; 2, Graae Ferguson. Knitted stockings 1, Florence Miller; 2, Elizabeth Bithell. Plain sewing: 1, Beatrice Hewitt; 2, Nelly Foster. Knitting 1, May Williams; 2, Gladys Forster; 3, Elizabeth Edwards. Standard I.—Needlework 1, Martha Foulkes; 2, Margaret E. Lloyd; 3, Annie E. Williams. Standard II.—Needlework 1, Caroline Jones; 2, Elizabeth A. Taylor; 3. Adelaide Bennett. Standard III.—Needlework: 1, Lucy M. Baird 2, Eveline Forster. Standard IV.—Needle- work 1, Lizzie M. Reddin; 2, Mary J. Cooper. Standard V.—Needlework: 1, Kate Reddin; 2, Florence A. Miller; 3, Barbara Jones. Standard VI.—Needlework: 1. Myra Sandbach; 2, Annie Edwards. Standard VII.-Needlework 1, Gertrude Conway; 2, Mary Williams. Writing 1, Caroline Jones; 2, Adelaide Bennett; 3, Ada Conway. Writing: 1, Mary A. Rowlands; 2, Susannah Morris; 3, Edith Edwards. Writing: 1, Maggie Roberts; 2, Elizabeth Taylor 3, Letitia Cooper. SECTION VI. (Boys' WORK).—Writing: 1, Cornelius Cameron; 2, Fred Bithell; 3, George Hewitt. Writing: 1, Emil Jones; 2, Robert A. Conway. Writing: 1, Frank Jonas; 2, Tom Rowlands; 3, John Thomas. Map of India: 1, Edward Thomas Hughes; 2, Tom Rowlands; 3, William Thomas. Freehand drawing 1, Robert A. Conway; 2, Cornelius Cameron; 3, Edward Humphreys. Freehand drawing: 1, R. Edwards 2, T. Rowlands; 3, Clement Foulkes. Geometrical drawing; 1, W. Thomas; 2, R. Edwards; 3, Thomas Peters. Shorthand: 1, Mr. H. J. Ferguson; 2, Mr. E. Coppack. SECTION VII.—Two window plants 1, Henry T. Coleclough; 2, Gertrude Bennett; 3, Gertrude Conway. Bouquet of wild flowers: 1, Bessie Rycroft; 2, Marion E. Carter; 2, Mary Williams. Collection of wild flowers 1, Grace Ferguson; 2, May Williams 3, Gladys Foster. Loaves: 1, Miss White, Golftyn; 2, Miss C. Jones, Half-way House. Butter: 1, Mrs. Davison, Farfield; 2, Mrs. E. Williams, Golftyn-lane. Bouquet of garden flowers 1, Mrs. Russell, Farfield 2, Mr. Russell, Farfield. Bouquet of greenhouse flowers Mr. Russell. Hearthrug and mat making: 1, Mr. John Hewitt, near Red Hall (hearthrug); 2, Mr. J. McMullan (mat). Decorated earthenware 1. Mrs. E. Edwards, Albion-terrace; 2, Mrs. Bithell. niftir mnHpllino^ • 1 MIBH TC Purlrin • 9 "MV William -¡ -e -L& Peters. Bread, &c., made with cornflour: Special, Miss S. Prydden; special, Miss White. Bread, &c., made with Paisley flour: Miss White. There was again a large gathering at the opening ceremony of the Industrial Art Exhibition on Thursday, which included Mr. Pennant, Capt. and Mrs. T. Bate, Mr. C. Davison, Mrs. Davison and Miss Jones (Farfield Hall), the Rev. T. and Miss Williams, the Rev. R. S. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. J. Prince, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lloyd (Top-y-Fron Hall), Mr. M. J. Culhane, Mr. W. Pell, Mr. E. Blane, Mr. W. Ellwood, &c.-Capt. T. Bate presided, and in opening the proceedings alluded to the kindness of Mr. Pennant in coming down to assist them that day, but it was only one of his many good acts. Mr. Pennant was always anxious to keep forward anything for the welfare of the people. —Mr. Pennant, in rising to declare the exhibition open, said he felt very much honoured when he received the invitation to open the exhibition. He was very pleased at having the opportunity of seeing Connah's Quay's first Industrial Exhibition. He thought the importance of exhibitions of these kind could not be over-estimated. Some time ago there seemed a danger that in matters of handicraft we should be beaten by other countries, but he thought industrial exhibitions would remove that danger alto- gether. Education was a most valuable Dossession. and Connah's Quay had always a good reputation for cultivating the mind. Now he was glad to see that people were so anxious about handicraft and manual training. He had had an opportunity of walking round the exhibition and seeing the exhibits, and he was extremely pleased with all that he saw. (Loud applause.) In conclusion, he had sincere pleasure in declaring the exhibition open.—Mr. W. H. Lloyd, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Pennant, referred to that gentleman's excellent services on the Technical Instruction Committee, and also in connection with inter- mediate education. Mr. M. J. Culhane seconded, and it was carried with acclamation. —Mr. Pennant briefly acknowledged the vote. During the afternoon a constant stream of visitors passed through the exhi- bition, and it is hoped that there will be a substantial balance to hand over to the schools, although the expenses are extremely heavy, a sum of 935 being given in prizes alone. The takings from all sources on Wednesday amounted to J660. A washing competition was held each day, the prizes being given by the Sunlight Soap Company. The following was the result: 1, Mrs. Carter; 2, Miss Ferguson. Hat trimming competition, prizes given by Messrs. S. and J. Greenhalgh, Rockdale: First day—1, W. Peel; second day—1, W. Ellwood. Messrs. William Barbour and Sons, of Lisburn, gave R.2 2s. for prizes for knitting fishery nets. This competition was open to fishermen alone, in two classes, viz., those under and over 30 years of age. In each class there was a large entry, and throughout the work was of good quality, and produced much interest and real amusement. The competition took place in a tent and was held at intervals, the progress of the work being watched by a large number. of interested spectators. Unfortunately, owing to the large number of Bnfcrinn thA rnanIt. nf the competition were not made known. The local fishermen are taking a lively interest in the competition, and it is thought it will be an inducement to them to put the best of work into their nets in future.

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