RHYL IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS. MONTHLY MEETING. The monthly meeting of the Rhyl Improvement Commissioners was held at the Board Room, Town Hall, on Monday. Present: Messrs Wm. Williams j (chairman), Thos. Ellis, P. Mostyn Williams, S. Perks, J. H. Ellis, Robt. Jones, J. Frimston, Abel Jones, Jos. Williams, W. J. Kent, J. B. Linnel, A. L. Clews, T. Davies, Rev John Williams, E. W. Keatinge, R. D. Roberts, H. J. B. Lawreuce, J. S. Greenhalgh, and the officials of the Board, Messrs A. Rowlands (Town Clerk), R. Hashes (Town Surveyor), and Dr Eyton Lloyd (Medical Officer of Health). A HAPPY NEW YEAB TO ALL. The Chairman said that that being the occasion of their first meeting sinoe the advent of the year 1891, he took that opportunity of wishing them all a happy new year. He hoped the new year would be a prosperous one both to them individually and to Rhyl as a town (hear, hear). Mr Thos. Ellis, on behalf of Ire colleagues and himself, reciprocated the kind wishes of the Chairman. PBOFEBBBD ATTEMPT TO CONCILIATE. Mr W. J. Kent, before the confirmation of the minutes of the last meeting, asked that the standing orders of the board be suspended, with the view of deferring the minutes of the special meeting at which a decision was taken with respect to the consecration of a part of the cemetery until after the minutes of the general purposes committee. This would be a desirable course to adopt because he thought they could find a common course of action satisfactory to all. Mr P. M. Williams submitted that that would be an irregular proceeding. He did not wish to raise any question or ba in any way disagreeable. He should bo most happy to meet any suggestion put forward by Mr Kent. At the same time he did not think the board should stultify itself by agreeing to what Mr Kent proposed. The Chairman said the only object of reading and confirming the minutes was to give them an opportunity of ascertaining whether they were correctly recorded or not. Mr Abel Jones said that if Mr Kent had any good news, tending to prevent the religious quarrel with whioh they were threatened, he was sure the Board would ba very glad to help him. Could he net let them know in some way the nature of the communication he had to make ? The Chairman asked Mr Kent why he could not bring what he had to say forward on the considera- tion of item No. 5 on the agenda. Mr T. Ellis asked that Mr Kent should be allowed I' to make hit* communication before the minutes were confirmed. Mr Kent could not agree to that course, and the minutes of the last Board meeting, together wita the special minutes, were read and confirmed, Mr Kent voting against the minutes of the special meeting. BEPOBT. The Surveyor, in his monthly report, stated that Mr W. Dunbar entered upon his duties on the 18th ult. The Assistant Inspector of Nuisances, Mr Huxley, entered upon his duties on the 29th ult. —Keeling's destructor: This column and furnace bad been received, and was now being fitted up in the yard ready for fixing on the sewers. The painting and plumbing work of the Town Hall had been nearly completed.—Road material: Consider- able delay had occurred in the delivery of this material, owing to the severe weather; but a consignment of forty-six tons had been received from Penmaenmawr.—Plans of the cemetery, Pen- y-Maes site, had been sent to the Local Government Board on the 22nd ult. The Surveyor, in reply to Mr Frimston, said that as soon as the work he had already in hand was completed, he would take the footpaths in hand; but he could not promise to do anything before the March meeting. The Surveyor's report was then referred to the different committees in the usual course. BOAD AND FORESHORE COMMITTEE BUSINESS. At a meeting of the road and foreshore committee on Deoember 9th, the plana of several new build- ings and alterations were considered.—A letter was read from the Office of Woods and Forests, offering a lease of the foreshore from point marked A to B on plans at £2 per annum—deferred.—A letter was read from Mr W. Bell, Bodrhyddan, complaining of delay in the erection of a new and permanent bridge across Fforddlas, and giving notice that unless it was commenced within a fortnight from that date, he would take away the temporary bridge.—Deferred.—At a subsequent meeting it was resolved to advertise for an experienced draughts- man and surveyor for about two months at 2i guineas a week, to work absolutely on the Pro- menade improvements until they are completed, and afterwards on any other urgent works. Mr Greenhalgh complained that the instructions were not carried out in regard to the grass plats on the Promenade: but Mr Kent and others stated that if Mr Greenhalgh had attended committee meetings he would have seen that the Commissioners bad not broken faith with him. At a meeting of the Road and Foreshore Com- mittee, December 15th, nineteen applications were made for the post of assistit^t surveyor, and at an adjourned meeting Mr W. W. Dunbar, Liverpool, was selected for about two months. The Chairman was authorised to assist the Town Surveyor in giving instructions to Mr Dunbar. The ashphalting of the Promenade was discussed, aud it was decided that the ashphalt be put on the present surface except where it will have to be curved down to the kerb- stone. At a subsequent meeting of the committee Mr Clews was unanimously elected chairman in the place of Mr W. Williams, who was elected chairman of the Boaid. A letter was read from Mr Williams, Summerfleld, as owner of the Foryd field, asking the views of the Commissioners upon the subject of the main sewer easement, the outfall, the extension of Parade to Foryd, &c. Mr Williams was respect- fully informed that the Commissioners did not recognize any claim to the main sewer easement. A letter was read from Mr J. Arthur Evans, asking for the support of the Commissioners to a proposal to erect a large pavilion on the foreshore. Recom- mended that Mr Evans be respectfully informed that the Commissioners will be glad to give their support to a definite scheme for a pavilion whioh may satisfy them in the interests of the town. Mr Keatinge asked how much longer the Surveyor would be engaged on the work of the Promenade. The Surveyor said that the assist tnt surveyor had been very well employed, but owing to the severe weather he could not make a survey of the Promen- ade; and he thought that when the sections were laid before the committee they would be very well pleased with the work. The work he had been engaged in included the ashphalting and rearrange- ment of the walls and the grass plats on the Prom- enade. Mr Keatinge: How much longer will he be engaged upon these plans f The Chairman: You had better address the chair- man. It is not fair to catechise the surveyor like that. The Surveyor, in answer to a further questions by Mr Keatinge, said it was not correct to describe what was being done as a few grass plats. There were sections to be made, and a wail erected for dealing with the sand drift there were also Mr Greennalgb's rockeries (laughter). Mr P. Mostyn Williams said that there had been no unnecessary delay with the plans. It would be found that they would be most elaborate. Mr Sooones took four or five months to prepare his plans, and yet Mr Dunbar's plans would bo found more elaborate than Mr Sooones'. The Chairman referred to the difficulty that the surveyor had to contend with, and the minutes were afterwards confirmed. TIm WATEB SUPPLY. j. At a meeting of the sewerage and sanitary committee the special report of the Medical Officer of Health was considered. The committee went carefully through it, and lequested the medical officer to prepare a further report on the health of the district at the present time. Mr P. Mostyn Williams, in moviug the confirma- tion of the minntes, said that among the things touched upon in the medical officer of health's report was the water supply. He pointed out that1 the pressure was very inadequate during the sum- mer months, and that some of the houses were not properly supplied with water. It was also observed at the meeting that the pressures was taken off to a great degree at night, and if there happened to be an outbreak ef fire, there would be a difficulty in getting the proper pressure. This was a serious oharge against the Water Company, and the clerk was instructed to communicate with them. At present the main service pipe from the Bodelwyddan reservoir was tapped on the road, whioh tended to diminish the pressure of the water brought to Rhyl. They pointed out it would be neoessary as soon as possible to have a separate main from the service reservoir, and taken all the way to Penycefndy, from which point a main pipe should go to the Parade without being tapped at ail. The main pipe that served the Parade was at present tapped on the road, aud the pressure was very much diminished in consequence. As to the storeage tanks, they were informed by Mr Huxley that it was only necessary in Liverpool to have sufficient storeage capacity for the water cloeets and baths in the houses. The water for domestic purposes should be obtained from the service pipes. But the Water Oaatfuij is m,.1 bad instated vpQa bttteg 1 large storeage tanks in the houses equal to 20 gallons per head. So that in the height of the season a house having 60 or 60 inmates this would mean a tank of 1,200 gallons. If they only re- quired oisterns for the water closets and the baths a much smaller cistern would do, inasmuch as the main Bupply should be obtained from the servioe pipes. This was a matter they had urged upon the Water Company, and if they did not give them satis- factory terms and supply them better than they had done. they must see what could be done with the object of having a supply of their own (hear, hear). The Clerk read a letter dated January 2, whioh he had addressed to the Company embodying what had been said by Mr Mostyn Williams. Mr Kent regretted that the letter had been sent to the oompany. Mr J. 8. Greenhalgh was very much obliged to the sanitary committee for complying with the views he had brought before them with regard to the watei supply. Mr Keatinge, referring to the water supply, said he bad a large cistern in his house, and there had not been a drop of water in it for three weeks. Mr Perks said the question of the water supply was one of very serious importance to the town and required to be seriously grappled with. The duty of the board was to see that some course be taken without further dely. He partieularly direoted his remarks to the deficiency in the supply cf water I during the past fortnight. It had come to his knowledge that large ratepayers and consumers of water had been absolutely without any water in 'I' their cisterns for something like 12 days. That had uot only occasioned serious inconvenience, but tended to bring about a very imperfect sanitary state of affairs. Hp id not think the Water Company had done ay could to remedy the defect. Application been made to them, and they replied that a certain amount of pressure had been put on. They could not aooount for the defi- ciency, they said, unless the ice had got into the mains. Mr Thos. Eliis and Mr R. D. Robsrts having supported the remarks of Mr Mostyn Williams, the minutes of the committee were confirmed. THK PUROHASH OF THB MUDLAND. At a meeting of the general purposes committee the Chairman of the board, the Chairman of the committee, Mr W. J. Kent, Mr Robt. Jones, Mr R. D Roberts were appointed to attend the inquiry on Wednesday, to support the application of the commissioners for the sanction ot tbe Looal Govern- ment Bord to a loan of JE106 for the purchase of the mudland.—Confirmed. THE GAS BILL. The general purposes committee reported having considered the provisions of the Gas Bill, and reoommended that 24 more copies of the bill be procured for the use of the Commissioners. Mr Mostyn Williams, in moving the confirmation of the minutes, said they at the last meeting of the board unanimously decided to oppose the bill. At the same time a suggestion was thrown out that the Gas Company be inquired their prioe for selling the works. A letter had been sent to that effect, but no reply had been received. Mr Keatinge, in seconding the confirmation of the minutes, said the Gas CompanY4 appeared anxious to get as muoh as possible, and to give as little as possible in return. Mr Kent asked the board not to drive half a dozen 'buses through Temple Bar. He opposed the purchase of the gas works and passed some severe strictures on the propoeals.contained in the Gas Bill. Instead of asking that the standard price of gas should be 4S. Ja thousand, he thought the company ought to be more than satisfied with 2s. 9d. per thousand. Mr Perks, while not taking part in the discussion, said it was only fair to the Gas Company to say that Mr Kent did not seem to understand the Bill, cr he made statements not at all in accordance with facts. The minutes were afterwards confirmed.
THE CONSECRATION QUESTION. HBATED DEBATE. SCENES. At a meeting of the general purposes committee, the resolution of the Board, Deoember 18th, direct- ing that oounsel's opinion be obtained with re- ference to the proposals of the Vicar, was read also some correspondence on the subject from the Vioar. The Chairman in his private capacity also read a letter addressed by him in answer to the Vicar's letter of the 24th December. CorresDon- dence with the Local Government Board was also read; also a. letter fiom the clerk of the Looal Board of Cottingham, where dedication had been acoepted in iieu of oonsecration. After discussion, it was resolved that the Clerk should be instructed to draw out a case for counsel's opinion, with the assistance of the Chairman of the Board and the Chairman of that committee; the committee to be called together as soon as possible to oonsider the case and name oounsel. Mr Mostyn Williams, in moving the confirmation of the minutei, said the Clerk had not had time yet to prepare the case, but he thought he had very nearly finished it now, and would be prepared to submit it to a meeting of the general purposes committee at an early date. As to the appointment of counsel, several names had been mentioned, notably Mr Glenn. He held a book in his hand on the law of burials, written by two of the Glenns; and he would strongly recommend the appointment of Mr Cunningham Glenn, B.A. Mr Thomas Ellis seconded the confirmation of the minutes. Mr Keatinge said he thought it ought to be known that the committee were not at all unani- mous. They felt they eould only express their regret at a prooedure which would lead them into a great deal of diffioulty and serious consequences, i At the meeting when it was deoided to obtain counsel's opinion, not one of the speakers was against consecration. Sinoe then there had been a decided change of front; and those gentlemen now —with the exception, perhaps, of Mr Lawrence- had said to the Church party, We will not give you coneeoratiCln; you ought to be quite satisfied with dedication." The position was this, that they were having an inquiry on the 7th inst., and instead of going there as an united Board, they would be opposed there by a section of their own Board. He could not conscientiously believe that the representatives of Nonconformity in that room reflected or represented truly the views of the Nonconformists of Rhyl. Mr Kent said that on Sunday they had notioes posted of the holding of the inquiry into this cemetery question on Wednesday He did not blame the Clerk for posting the notices on a Sun- day, as be did the proper thing uuder the circum- stances. Had he (Mr Kent) done such a thing, he would at once be charged with desecration of the Sabbath. He could not understand how the Local Government Board came to think that two dave' notice to the ratepayers of an inquiry of this de- scription was a fair notice to give. He thought the head ef the department should be approached that they might hear what he had to say with regard to this. Personally, he did not care if the inquiry was held to-morrow, the sooner the better but had the Board appointed Commissioners to represent them at the inquiry on this subject, in the same way as they did with respect to the mudland t or were they going to have Nonconformists ranged on one side and Church on the other. He said God forbid that such a thing should take placa. He asked of what good would counsel's opinion be ? Mr Frimston: Why not P Mr Kent: Because you are proceeding under Marten's Aot, an Act to amend the Public Health Act, and if they granted the Vicar the utmost powers under that Act they would grant him much more than be asked. They offered them dedication, but they would find that in no Aot of Parliament; the Church people wanted the proper thing—con- secratiou. Mr Frimston: Is that in the Aot of Parliament ? Mr Kent: That is in the Act of Parliament. The other is a special thing, and if it is only the the same thing as consecration why do you object to consecration ? Mr Clews: We say the religious form is the same, but the legal oonsequenoes are different. Mr Kent: Then, I say. if the form is the same we are entitled to the legal consequences. Mr Clews: You won't get them then. Proceeding, Mr Kent denied that consecration carried with it any legal disabilities to Nonconform- ists. They were entitled to go into any portion of the cemetery under Osborne Morgan's Act, and Nonconformists ought to have that right. He would never agree to a single inch being exoluded from the Nonconformists of a cemetery that had been provided out of the local funds. And he believed that out of the kindliness of their disposi- tion the Nonconformists would give Churchmen that which they valued, and which did not touch them at all. If they did not do so, they would: compel them to buy a cemetery wherein to bury their dead, and at the same time compel them to'1 pay for a cemetery they did not want and did not use. He again denied there were any legal conse- quences attached to consecration. The only legal consequences was the protection of the ground from being disturbed after burials had taken place in it When the Vicar asked for this, eo as to ensure that his dear ones would not be disturbed but left in peace, it was called "d -d nonsense, and an insult to Nonconformists." He did not, however, resent the expression, as it was possibly made at the spur of the moment. Mr J. H. Ellis: Who are parties to the deed ? Mi Kent said he believed they were some legal dig- nitaries. But the Commissioners were the masters of the cemetery, and any person going to the clerk and paying his fee comld be buried in any part be liked ox the odmbt'»»y. Mr Robert Jones: Are there no other rights following consecration P Mr Kent: None whatever. I think the Commis- sioners must provide a chapel if called upon by the Bishop to do it. But he is willing to undertake not to do that. jMr Mostyn Williams That is not correct; I will reply to that. Mr Kent maintaineed it was They would also have to appoint a chaplain, and pay him to the sat- isfaction of the Bishop. But they were not going to ask for any payment. As to the question of ohapel he advocated the erection of two chapels himseif, one for the censccrated portion, and one for the unconseorated portion, for the performance of any religious rites of any denomination. The thing was eo simple that he could not at all understand the diffioulty that had been raised. The Church people simply asked that half the cemetery should be consecrated. This was not unreasonable, for the Nonconformists would be allowed to conduct their own services in too cousecrated ground the same as in the uuconseorated gartion, and would thus have the whole oemetery, whilst the Churoh of England would only have one-half. At the inquiry on Wedneeiay the Commissioners wouid be asked would they agrea to this or not? If they refused they (the Churoh party) had only one course; that was to meet the Inspector, and oppose the applica- tion of the Commissioners. No man on that Board had stuck to liis cemetery as he had. He did appeal to them now not to divids the Board into factions. He would move that a letter be sent to the Vioar by the Clerk, stating that the Board would agree at the application made to the Inspector at tbe inquiry that one half of the cemetery shall be conseciated. Mr Greenhalgh seconded, because in doing so he thought he was considering the best interest and prosperity of Ruyl. The Chairman eaid he must first of all see Mr Kent's motion in writing before he could decide whether it was in order, and requested Mr Kent to hand in his proposition in writing. At the request of a member the Clerk read a statement as to what consecration involved, and then read some correspondence that had taken place with the Yicar on the subjeot. A ietter to the following effect, dated December 24th, had been addressed by the Vicar to the Chair- man :—If the Commissioners wished there should be only one burial ground for the whole of Rhyl, he (the Vicar) appealed to the Board to pass a definite resolution as to the consecration of a portion of it withiu the next fortnight. He had done all that was possible on his part to secure a fair arrangement, but the Coromitlsioneri appeared unwilling to act in the same spirit, and had not taken steps to obtain counsel a opinions on the difficulties raised, nor had they come to any definite resolution yet clearly this ought to be done before the inquiry, for if Churehmen were not to have an adequate portion consecrated, and were compelled to provide their own burial ground, then a muoh smaller cemetery will be required to be provided for out of the rates, and a large one must be opposed. He further added that the Church party were now looking out for a burial ground of their own. He regarded the delay on the part of the Commissioners as a proof that they were not prepared to show them any oonsideration. The Clerk intimated that the Chairman, in for- warding him this letter, stated in a footnote that ho had himself acknowledged the receipt of it. Mr submitted that the Board were entitled to know what was the ieply of the Chair- man. Tney were entitled to all the correspondence on the subjeot. The Chairman: The correspondence that has passed between the Vicar and myself is personal. that letter haa been officially answered by the Clerk. Mr Kent: I think you distinctly laid down that what you said was your own private opinion. It was a very good letter, but we cannot call upon you to read it any more than we can oall upou Mr P. Mostyn Williams to read the letter he has written to the Vicar. Mr Mostyn Williams I have no objection at all. The Chairman then read his letter to the Vicar, which was to the effect, that as far as he (the chairman) was able to ascertain, he did not think that any of the Nonconformist members of the Board were adverse to the Church people having a portion of the cemetery set apart for the burial of their dead. But he did not know what was exactly meant by oonsecration. Was it the formality by the Bishop or the legal deed that accompanied that was wanted ? What he should wish was that they should go through the formality of "dedication," in oorneotion with which there was no necessity to have any legal deed executed. He had no doubt that the Board would pass a resolution in favour of setting apart a fair portion of the land for dedication as soon as ever the ground was placed in the hands of the Commissioners. Replying to this on December 26th, the Vicar said that when they asked for a portion of the new oemetery to be consecrated, they mesnt that there should be the usual legal deed as well as the dedic- atory servioe. They required this to protect the place where they buried the bodies of their dear ones, and to ensure the ground baing used forno other purposes. The suggestion of the Chairman respect- ing a dedication servioe would not meet their wishes, neither were they prepared to wait for the comple- tion of the negotiations for the land. In a letter addressed to the Clerk on December 31st, the Vicar said that in his second lettsr to the Chairman he had distinotly said that a dedication service such as had been suggested would not meet their requirements. They had from the beginning asked for a portion of the new cemetery to be oon- seorated. After the terms he had offered be could not understand why there should be any unwilling- ness to grant their request. However, they were making all the necessary arrangements for securing a burial ground of their own, and for guarding against an unnecessary burden of expense on the rates, in case a satisfactory resolution was not adopted by the Commissioners in accordance with his letter to the Chairman. Acknowledging a letter addressed to him by the Clerk on the 2nd inst., in which the Cletk said that the Board would agree to the oonsecration of a por- tion of the cemetery if counsel's opinion was favour- able to the terms proposed, the Vicar wrote that no resolution had been passed whioh could enable him to sav if his proposals could be legally carried out the Commissioners would be prepared to consent to consecration. Of course, he adhered to his former letters, requiring a resolution to be passed by the Board and not merely by a committee. The next meeting of the parochial council had been fixed for the evening of the 8th, when the fourteen days would have expired. Writing on January 6th, the Vioar said that as the Local Government Board inquiry was to be held cn Wednesday they were obliged to alter the data of meeting of the Parochial Council to Tuesday evening. He mentioned this ,in case they would have any resolution of the board to communicate to him before then. It may be well to recall to the consideration of the board what he submitted to them on the first instance, that even if bis pro- posals could not be made legally binding, it was altogether unlikely that any future vicar would act contrary to an agreement made by the bishop and himself, and that tLerefore it would be better for the interest of Rhyl to face suoh a slight risk rather than the certainty of two cemeteries in the place. It now depended on the OOUTS) adopted bj the board that day whether there should be two burial grounds or one in Rhyl. Mr Mostyn Williams then read the correspond- ence he had with the Vioar. Iu a letter to the Vicar dated the 2nd January he said that the members of the board had unanimously deoided to consider the proposals made by the Vioar on their merits and to adopt them if they could be proved to be consistent with the interests of the ratepayers as a whole, and provided they can be made legally binding. They were now preparing a case for counsel's opinion. He saw no reason for the attempt to force the board into a decision before that opinion arrives. In order to avoid a contention which can only lead to endless strife and animosity, he suggested that on receipt of counsel's opinion a limited number of gentlemen, say two or more representatives each from the Paroohial Council, the Nonconformist body and the board of coin- misionets meet together for consultation with the view of arriving at an amicable settlement which shall be satisfactory to all parties. No serious difference would exist if all christians meet on a common platform determined to carry out the golden rule, Do unty others as others should do unto you." Mr Keatinge: Very pretty that. Mr Frimston: Can we have the Vicar's reply Mr Mostyn Williams read the Vicar's reply, whioh was to the effect that he was unable to agree with what had been said as to the manner in whioh the majority of the commissioners have dealt with the cemetery question. Neither was he aware of any resolution lie yet passed by the board to adopt even conditionally hili proposals. The board by their action, and the Chairman by his letter, had shewn that they wished to eecure first absolute power to place a large burden on the rates, and then to dictate terms to those who pay at least half. Churohmen could not submit to this, and felt that their interests were not being fairly con- sidered by the Commissioners. Though Mr Mostyn Williams saw no reason why a deoieion should be delayed, they did (the Commissioners might long ago have obtained counsel's opinion). Churchmen bad made every concession possible; Nonconform- ists had been asked to concede nothing. They would have their own half of the cemetery and the use of the conseorated portion as well, together with all fees ft>5 services token bv themselves, and no ,sfctioe t8 be re'<jtHre'd for buiisle ia dODBWor&ttèl ground. What more could be given them! He reminded him that be said at first it might not be possible to have his proposals made legally binding and yet that it was not likely that any succeding vicar would act against any agreement signed by the Bithop and himself. He was quite willing to discuss the matter with Mr Mostyn Williams and the Chairman. Earlier he would agree to each a meeting as had been suggested* but not now; there was no time, because if they had to secure their own ground they had no time to lose. Mr Perks pointed out that the requirements of the Church party were now well known, and unless the Nonconformists woie disposed to agree with them, it would be a great pity to go into this relisrious question at all. The Chairman I am most anxious to meet the Church party in every way. Unless terms for oonsecration can be arranged I will be willing to let them have a piece of the land at half the price we pay for it, conseerate it, and use it for them. selves.. Mr Kent: Come now, a truly liberal proportion. You ask us to buy the land for you, and then you say you will sell it us again. The Chairman: You are misrepresenting our position. You look on the majority of the board as Nonconformists instead of a body of men met here in the interest of the town. Mr R. P. Roberts said the Vicar embraoed them as Nonoonformiste, he offered them proposals which blended with the highest and noblest Christian aims. Mr Clews thought it was somewhat a pity that this argument, had been sprung upon them. It had never yet come before them in a direct manner, except at the special meeting on the 18th Deoember. Mr 1< D. Roberts had said he would not be a party to the ratepayers' handing over any portion of the land for half prioe to the Church party; but tbe simple fact was that the Church party demanded the whole of the conseorated portion for nothing (hear, hear). Mr Kent: They demand their rights. Mr Clews They demand that a portio* shall be conseorated, and handed by us through a legal deed to the Vicar of the Parish (no, no). They might try and explain it away in any form tbey liked, but that was so. As to tbe general question of conse- cration, it had been charged against the Noncon- formist portion of the Board that they had made a promise to consecrate, without the intention of carrying it out. He hid not made any such promise, and so far as he was concerned he had no intention of making any promise. He might say that a month or two ago, when the matter was not so much oonsidered, and when there was not so much light on the subject as at present, he was more disposed to consecration than he was now. He would now go farther and say he would not agree under any oircumstances to vote for consecration, for he looked upon consecration as giving preference by a publio body to one religious seot. He thought it altogether outside the proper functions of a public body suoh as they were to take cognizance of the particular religious scruples of anybody. They, as a sanitary authority, had the duty imposed upon them in order to carry out the powers of the Public Health Aot, to provide a burial ground for the inhabitants of the town when the occasion arose. The occasion had arisen, and they had taktn steps for that purpose; but it was no part of their duty either to consecrate or dedieate. They bad simply got to provide a cemetery, and everyone sheuld have a right of access to that cemetery on perfectly equal terms. It had been said by the Churchoeople that conseoration did not involve any inequalities but that was simply begging the question. It was undeniable that it did involve many inequalities, and imposed a great many disabilities on dissenters. In the first placo the Vicar said he would allow buiials to take place on conseorated ground under Noneonformist| rites but it was not necessary to aelt the Vicar's per- mission for that. They had the right under Mr Osborne Morgan's Burial Acts. Still there was imposed upon them the necessity of giving forty- eight hours notice. Mr Kent: No. Mr Clews: Oonsecration does impose upon 118 the necessity of giving forty-eight hours notioe. Mr Keatinge: The Vicar has agzead to waive that, Mr Clews. Mr Clews: He cannot. Mr Keatinge He can. Mr i rimston: I should like to ask the Clerk if that is The Chairman: No, he cannot; and the Vicar has said that according to Mr Osborne Morgan's Act: forty-eight hours notice must be given to the Vicar. Mr Keatinge: Don't mislead the Board. We are not going under Mr Osborne Morgan's Act. Mr Clews: Mr Osborne Morgan's Act is subse- quent to the Act under whioh we are proceeding, and will apply to new cemeteries. It is not an interment act, but an act for the removal of disabilities from Dissenters. Mr Keatinge: Tha Vicar says he will not insist on the forty-eight hours' notice. Mr Clews said that in any case the necessity was imposed, and he resented this as an injustice to dissenters. There were many injustioes besides that he resented. He was at a wedding at which they had to submit to the degradation of the presence of an official, who told them that the minister could not marry, and that it would be irragular to go on without him; and that he resented. (Mr Kent: Hear, hear). In addition to the forty-eight hours' notice, the fees payable with respect to the conseorated portion would go to the Vicar. Mr Kent: No, no, Mr Clews. I assure you that the control of the cemetery is in the hands of the Commissioners, and that they receive all the fees. Mr Keatinge: It is quite clear the present speaker does not understand t'1e question. The Chairman: The Commissioners will be entitled to all the fees, but they must pay the obaplain out of them. Mr Clews: They must pay the chaplain suoh an amount as will be equivalent to the fees. The Chairman: As will be approved of by the Bishop Mr Kent: If a fee of 3s. 6d. is paid to a Non- conformist minister for officiating, the Vioar will be entitled to the same. Mr Clews said he made the remark subject to oorreotion, but he was under the impression that the Vioar was entitled to all the fees. The Chairman The act says you must appoint a chaplain, and pay him a salary to be approved of by the Bish jp. Mr Clews, continuing, said it had been suggested that the Church should aooept a servioe which from a religious point of view fulfilled all requirements. He himself believed in a dedioatory servioe, and that, he believed, was the proper course to adopt. A service of this kind had been proposed to the Vicar, and it was in every respect identical with the service of consecration, with the exception of the legal consequences. He wa.s quite prepared to agree to the ceremony being performed by the Bishop; though he believed it could be done with as much honour to the causa of religion and to himself by his friend the Rev. John Williams, as by any Bishop. Dedication had been reoommended by many high Church dignitaries, including the late Archbishop of York. The Bishop of JSly now refused to oonsecrate, and was supported in this by the Bishops of Manchester and Carlisle. Mr Linnel urged a speedy settlement of the question otherwise they would be without a cemetery. Mr Kent then read his amendment which was to the following effect—"That this meeting of commissioners instructs the Clerk to write to the Vicar to say that this board ordered the following resolution to be placed on the minutes. In view of the Rhort notice of the inquiry by the Local Government Board, the commissioners agree that the inspector shall be informed that the commis- sioners will in the event of the loan being sanationed consent to one moiety of the cemetery eing con- secrated it being clearly understood that any Nonconformist minister may conduct burials in any portion of the cemetery. The Chairman said that in the face of Mr Lawrence's motion passed at the special meeting on the 18th December, he was sorry to have to rule Mr Kent's amendment out of order. Mr Thos. Ellis asked if there was a resolution on the book that in the event of counsel's opinion being favourable to the legality of the Vicar's pro- posals, the board would agree to consecrate a portion of the cemetery. The Chairman replied that there was not. Mr T. Davies said in that oase he would have great pleasure in proposing, "That if the opinion of counsel is favourable to legality of the Vicar's conditions, that the board will agree to a portion of the ground being consecrated." Mr Robt. Jones said that provided no legal rights accompanied conseoration he would be very happy to agree to the Church party having a piece of land consecrated. He could not himself see why the Church party could not trust the board in the same way as they asked tbe board to trust them. Mr J. H. Ellis proposed the adjournment of the debate to Thursday. Mr Abel Jones said thai Mr Keatinge had ex. pressed the doubt that the Nonconformist members of the board represented the views of the Noncon- formists of the town. But if ho bad taken the trouble to inquire what was the position each of them held in their differeut connexions, he would no longer doubt their right to be oonsidered fair representatives of the Nonconformists of Rhyl. But whether they represented them or not, they had to consider their opinions and views as well as their own. This was a matter cf principle. They WMfMd to mpwt fl1. religious feelings CIf Cburcia, people. But Nonconformists had their religious feelings too, and though their Churoh friends seemed to forget that, they were determined it should not be ignored. If, however, the Church party deoided on buying a cemetery site of their own, why not buy a portion of the Penymaes site ? Mr Kent: You can't sell it. Mr Jones: We will find a loop holo somewhere. Where there's a will there's a way. The Rev. John Williams said he felt very com- fortable in his mini at seeing both sides discuss this question with such good temper. He failed to see on what ground their Church friends could go to the inquiry to oppose the application of the Commis- sioners. They were nil agreed as to the suitability of the land, and they had agreed to enter into an agreement to purchase it, and were therefore all pledged to the purchase of the land, providing the Looal Government Board would sanction the loan. He could not see, therefore, upon what lines their Church friends oould oppose the application. They could not oppose it because the Commissioners had decided net to consecrate, beoause they bad come to no such decision, the effect of the resolution passed being simply to defer the question until they obtained the land. They could not divide a thing not in their possession, and to speak of consecration or no consecration before they were satisfied that the Local Government Board would sanction the loan was entirely irregular. Proceeding, he advo- cated that Churchmen, if all they required was to satisfy their religious scruples, should acoept dedic- ation. This had been done by the Archbishop of York, and did they think that he would acrifioe his principles? A great deal had been said on the conscienoe of the Church party in the matter of oonsecration. But there ought to be something said in favour of the eonscience of au old man like himself. He had a oonsoienoe. That eonscience revolted against consecration, giving as it did the power to the Church party of pounds, shillings and penoe. It was a very nice conscience indeed that grabbed at the pounds, shillings, and penae. If it was a conscience in a religious way they wanted satisfied, that they could get by dedication. If there was anything in dedication oontrary to the principles of the Church of England faith, or that it involved anything that was not fair and just did they think for a moment that the Archbishop of York and those bishops who followed him would consent to it ? They had now a chance of obtaining one cemetery paid for out of the rates, to be used equally by all parties, without conferring any special privileges upon one party or the other. If they were sincere in their protestations that they would not be parties to anything that would make this distinction, they had now an opportunity to tast them. It was a disadvantage for them to be placed in a position that they would be under compulsion to provide a chapel, and under compulsion to appoint a chaplain, and to pay him an annual stipend to be decided upon by the Bishop. What was the basis the Bishop would go upon in deciding the amount of this stipend? It would be what was obtained from burials in the previous cemetery; there was no doubt that would be the basis. The old cametery has brought in a large revenue for the Vicar. He said it was plain to him that the basis of the payment to tho chaplain would be what the vicars had received annually from the present oemetery. He was sure if they reckoned it it would not amount to much less than £200 a year. That meant that the Nonconformists must be robbed to pay the incum. bent a very serious amount annually. This would be obviated if they adopted dedioation. They would submit to it being performed by their own Bishop, and so far as the religious phase of the satisfying of the eonscience was concerned they had it all in dedication. But the Chureh party must have cash, the pounds, shillings and pence, and the power. He wished them to clearly understand, before the inquiry took place, that he would be no party to con- secration with its legal consequences he should let that uplifted arm faU from his shoulder first, because he considered it placed him and his co-religionists under a compulsory power that was unjust, a fct whioh not one Churchman oould deny. He might ory at the injustice when under tbe strong arm of the law, but now that he could avoid it he would be no party to help them to ca.ry consecration with its legal consequences. Mr J. Frimston proposed an addition to the amendment of Mr Davies, that failing counsel's opinion being satisfactory, the Vioar be informed that the board would agree to a servioe of dedica- tion. At this stage considerable confusion ensued with reference to a motion to adjourn for tea, the pro- posal being defeated by 11 votes to 6, the Church party voting for, and the Nonconformists against. Mr Mostyn Williams then replied to the dis- cussion. Very serious charges, h3 said, had been brought against the majority of the board—charges of bigotry, of intolerence, and of delaying. But he failed to see any justification for those charges. He thought it was very unfair for anyone to make such a oharge as that. Mr Kent: Who has made it f The Chairman: Order. Allow Mr Williams to proceed. Mr Kent: Who has made the charge f Mr Moetyn Williams: Several. Mr Kent: I demand the names The Chairman: Mr Kent, sit down. Mr Kent: I will not sit down. I want the names. The Chairman: I will decline to allow personali- ties. Mr Kent was still on his feet, excitedly demand- ing the names, and Mr Riohard Jones asked that the chair should be respected. Mr Kent: I always do respect the Chairman, but will decline to sit down until I get the names. Mr R. D. Roberts I never heard the charge made. Tbe Chairman: Then there's no harm done. Mr Mostyn Williams was then allowed to proceed with his reply. The minutes, with tho additions proposed by Mr Frimston and Mr Davies. were then put to the meeting, and carried by seven votes to six. Mr Keatinge demanded a poll. The names were then taken with the following result. For the minutes and additions Messrs J. Frimston, Robt. Jones, Thos. Ellis, Richird Jones, Abel Jones, Thos. Davies, Wrn. Williams, P. M. Williams, H. J. B. Lawrence—9. Against: Messrs E. W. Keatinge, J. S. Greenhalgh, W. J. Kent, Joseph Williams, J. H. Ellis, R. D. Roberts — 6. The Rev Johu. Williams and Mr Clews were neutral, because they oonsidered the amendment pledged the board to consecration, with which they did not agree. 8 jme minor business having been transacted, the board rose at 8 o'clock, having sat for five hours without any adjournment.
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The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, sail be felt the last time they met together under similar oircumstanoes, it wonld also be the last time he would be amongst them, but they all to thank their Heavenly Father for sparing their lives and giving them their health to thit degree as to enable them to meet together that night. No doubt there were many who gathered there twelve months ago, who had gone to their long borne; and there were othara whose circumstances, ill-health and other reasons- had prevented them coming. Next to thanking their Heavenly Father for His great msroy toward* them, they had to thank their kind hostess-Miss Evans, who so kindly promised to them last year she would give them another treat, and that evening she had carried out her promise (applause). She had thereby shown practical sympathy with her poorer neighbours. He was sure they would all join in thanking her most warmly for this further mark of kindness (applause). The Rev. John Judge, who next spoke, said he was sure they were all very pleased that their chairman had boen spared once more, and was with them again on that ocsasion. To look at him, and to see his happy oountenance, they were induced to believe that tiiere was every prospect of his having a few more years added to his long and blameless life (applause). They were that night as the guests of Miss Evans, He (the speaker) was not sixty years of age, but he was at the same time pleased to meet those who were older and more experienced than himself. It would, perhaps, be hardly wise on his part to address them words of counsel, inasmuch as it was very probable that they could counsel him. He, however, trusted that those who were there that evening in the afternoon of life would have a happy eventida. The day was going past, and the sha- dows were ooming on, but by God's love and bles- sing the shadows may be made bright (applausa). He was sure they were all indebted to Miss Evans for making the beginning of the year so bright to them. She promised last year she would give them that treat; and they saw that she kept her promise. It was not all promises made at the commencement of the year that were kept, if they were they would all be better for carrying them out (applause). Misa Evans had carried out her promise, and he was certain they all siucerely hoped she would have many years again added to her useful and generous life (applause). The Rev Evan Lloyd said, though Miss Evans had left the town for some months, she had shewn her heart was with them, and that it beat in sym- pathy with her poorer neighbours (applause). Miss Katie Jones then sang with much feeling and taste The River of Years." Mr K. McEwen, representing the English Baptist Church, spoke of the kindness of Miss Evans to them as a ohurch. The Rev David Lewis also joined in thanking Miss Evans for her seasonable benevolence. Th3 Rev J. V drrier Jones said he was pleased indeed to see so many there that evening, looking so bright and happy, showing as it did that there was a bright side to old age. They sometimes were a little bit afraid of becoming old but there was a bright side to getting old, and he hoped that all of them would look at the bright side, for, as Mr Juige had pointed out, Heaven tWa8 before them, and though they got older they must also remember they were getting nearer the time to lay down the cross and take up the crown. He they would be all able to look forward to that (applause). Miss Evaus, ha said, had been kind, not only to the old people, but had shewn the largeness of her heart by her kindness to the young. She had a heart which embraced both young and old together (applause). Some of them, no doubt, had often looked backed to their younger days, and wished they had the educational advantages possessed by the young of the present day. The children of Rhyl were now having a noble eduoation, thanks to the kindness of Miss Evans (applause). They hoped that in years to come ife) ohildran were now in sohool would be in a better position than the old people whom he saw around him that day; and that they would be more independent and better able to take oare of themselves because of Miss Evana* kindness (applause). Mr D. L. Davies, next entertained the company with a most aooeptable rendering of "In Old Madrid." The Rev John Hughes (Glanystwyth) expressed the pleasure it gave him to meet so many old people looking so happy, bright and clean. The late John Wesley used to say that religion oonsisted first of all of Godliness, and next of cleanliness. He wa.s glad to see that they all fulfilled this last re- quirement to so great a degree. There were three things they must look to after growing old, first they must keep their spirits up. Secondly it should be their aim to live as near as they could to Jesus Christ, and to follow the example he had set them. In the last place, they who had been the recipients, should remember the kindness of Miss Evans (applause). The Rev S. T. Jones, in the oourse of an appreci- ative address, said Miss Evans had by her kindness shown them at the commencement of the year how to live—not sitqply to exist but to live. The Rev o. T. Williams, proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Evans for her kind hospitality. In doing so he remarked that the fact,of the presenoe of so people there that day proved Rhyl to be an exceptionally healthy place. He had heard Miss Evans was not quite in good health in these days, and he hoped that in forwarding her that vote of thanks, there would also be expressed to her their sincere hope for her speedy recovery, conpled with the iutimation and it was their belief she would enjoy much better health, if she only re- mained in iesidenoe in Preswylfa from January to December. The Rev J. Jndge felicitously seconded the motion whioh was past to the meeting and carried with acolamation. The Rev J. Hughes proposed, Mr D. Davies, Freelands, seconded a cordi tl vote of thanks to the Chairman, whioh was heartily carried. Mr Tom Wood having tastefully sung a couple of appropriate songs, the meeting terminated with three hearty cheers for Miss Evans, and Mr D. Davies whose excellent arrangements conduced so greatly to the success of the interesting proceed- ings. —
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That the school kept by Mr Savage at Prestatyn has been hopelessly condemned by H. M. I's report the 8th February, 1889, or the ground of the unsuitability of the pretuiaoa the ineuffienoy of the apparatus, the unfitness of the master, and also the unsatisfactory nature of the instruction, and that this Cemmittee undertook to take steps against the parents of the children attending Mr Savages school but they have not fulfilled their undertaking, and further that the school attendance Officer reported Samuel William's boy as being absent from sohool whereas he was marked in the Register as present." The Committee find thatH. M. I's. report referred to by the Rev. T. Price dated 8th, February 1889, has reference to other premises, whioh are not now used as a school, and also to tbe predecessor of Mr Savapre the present schoolmaster. With regard to the complaint that the Committee have not fulfilled their undertaking to prosecute the parents of children attending the school referred to by the Ber. T. Price, the Committee have been in communication with the Education Department upon this point, and they informed tbe Education Department in a letter addressed to them on the 6th, September 1889, that in the face of the testimonial giren to Mr Savage by Dr Essterby, the head master of the Grammar School at St. Asaph, which had been forwarded to the Edacation Department, and as the Committee believed the new school premises sufficient, they considered they would not be justified in taking proceedings without having a report from H. M. Inspector unfavourable to Mr Savage as a teacher, and to the new premises as a sohool. The Committee concluded as they received no further communication from the Education Department upon this matter that they did not object to the view taken of it by tbe Committee. With reference to the com- plaint all to a boy marked in the sohool Register as present whereas the Attendance Officer reported him as absent, the ReT. T. Price states 'There is no Samuel William* in the Pariah who sends his boy to our school.' If the Rev T. Price will refer to the Clerk's letter of the 11th August last, where he is informed of the offioer's complaint, he will see it is the boy whose name is Samuel Williams, and the Attend- ance Officer states he is the eon of William Williams, of Acoarfer. The Committee called the attention of the Attendance Officer to the following statement, whioh appears in the Rev T. Price's letter, viz., "We however challenge the Attendance Officer to prove his report, all our school registers are dead against him." The Attendance Officer has now produced a letter dated 27th Doc., 1890, from Mr Edward Jones, of 96, St. Dominsfo Vale, Liverpool, whioh is annexed hereto, snd which the Committee submit in support of the Attendance Offioer's report. 96, St. Domingo Vale, Liverpool, Dec. 27, *90. Dear Sir,—Referring to your communication regarding what oocured at Prestatyn, in July last, when I was on my holidays, I have no objection to comply with your request by stating in writing what I know of the matter. I remember distinctly your oalling my attention on Wednesday, 9th July, to Mr William Williams' boy Samuel, who was speaking with my children by Plas Prestatyn. I and my family were on our way to Nant to dinner, and when on the point of passing Top Prestatyn from Meliden Road I noticed you were speaking to William Williams by the Ooal-yard, and immediately you saw me you hailed us—purpodely, as I found afterwards, to oall my particular attention to the fact that Samuel Williams had not been to sohool that morning; you also stated that you had been to the school and had found the register incorrectly marked present instead of absent; you further begged of me to bear in mind the fact of your oalling my attention to this, as you might require me to confirm your statement regarding the boy being absent from school. I replied then that of course I oould see the boy was not in scbool, but that being only a visitor at Prestatyn I did not oare to be mixed up in any dispute which might arise in connection with the matter referred to. But, I added that if it was found really necessary to appeal to me I could do no leas than state the fact as mentioned above. I don't know whether you wish me to bear witness also to the fact that I first saw you that morning about eleven o'clock by the Post Office, and that Samuel Williams was then on the road olose by, after you had gone towards the station. I went for a walk, and we accidentally met again 8e already explained. I do not think it is neeassary for me to say anything further.—Kind regards, Yours truly, (Signed) EDWABD JOKM. To Mr Parry, Meliden. P.S.—My wife (who was present when you spoke to me), has read this letter and she confirms my statement as to what oocuired the morning referred to. (Signed), E. J. The Committee have been ia correspondence with the Rev. T. Price, for a considerable time upon the above mentioned complaints, and they muoh regret that he should have considered it neoessary to have adopted the tone he has done throughout, the fol- lowing being extracts from some of his letters.— But you have grossly neglected to carry out the duties of a School Attendance Committee, and in the above ease you have been guilty of the most miserable shuffling all along '—(see letter 23rd Sep- tember, 1890).-u You tell us that we have nothing to complain of our attendance; very true:—But one thing is equally certain that we have not to thank your Committee, your Guardian (rather our destroyer), and your Attendance Officer for the smallest help to secure such good attendance "—(see letter 3rd September, 1890).—"Tfce Committee ought to be the last te encourage sueh shuffling and such baseless untruths"—(see letter 16th December, 1890).—" It is to be publicly repretted that a Scbool Attendance Committee should have the good of the children so little at heart as to join in the most heartless persecutions imaginable "—(seejetter 16th December, 1890). Other similar offensive expressions occur in many of the Rev. T. Price's letters to the Committee. The Committee consider they have a right to expect a more moderate tone to be adopted especially by a Minister of religion when addressing a public body. It would appear from the Rev. T. Price's numer. ous letters that he is under the impression that it is the duty of the School Attendance Committee to compel parents to send their children to the National School whereas the Education Aets do not eonfer that power upon the Committee. The Committee in eonolusion desire to state that they have always endeavoured to carry out their dutiM with fairness and impartiality. Signed;, T. Howas ROBERTS, Chairman of the Committee