OABRWYS. Tijtc FArp.-There w but a small attendance at the monthly fair on Tuesday, and business generally was slack. Se-sions.—At the monthly sessions, on Tuesday the magistrates present were Messrs. Edwin Morgan (in the chair), Wm. Williams, and Wm.-Thomas. The only business before the Court was the hearing of an affiliation case, in which eventually an Qrder was made. Entbbtainmbnt.—On Saturday evening last, the oelebrated and accompliehed troupe of amateur minstrels—the "Dusky Diamonds," of Liverpool, gave one of their inimitable entertainments at the Town Hall, before a good hq-ise. The troupe gave their services in aid of the Restoration Fund of St. Micha l's Church.
Lloo, Mission art Mbbtinq -The anitiial meeting in connection with the Wesleyan Poreiyn Minions was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, Uoc, on Tuesuay erening' last, Mr John Marsdeii Holywell, presiding-. The report was read by Mr Joseph Jones, Holywell (Cncuit Foreign Mission Secretary), from which we tiud that the friends at Lloc had collected f3 16s 8d being a substantial increase on the previous year. Collected by Mrs Thomas, Garreg, and Miss M. E Erans, Rose Hill £ i 3s Id; by Messra Peter Joueg and Francis £ >ayies hi 18s 7a. On the motion oi the ftev D. Marriott, seconded by Mr Wm. Williams, Holywell, a uiost hearty vote of thanks was given to the collectors for their kind and valuable ser- vices in the past, and that they be re-appointed collectors f,r the ensuing year. An interesting, instructive and earnest add rets was delivered by the Rev John Felix. Ruthin (depu tation of the society), which was listened to by the audience with rapt attention. The friends testified that this was the largest and best missionary meeting held far many years The collection, which was a' generous one, realised 151S. Thanks to the deputation, chairman, and secretary were recorded, and this successful meeting was closed with praver by Mr Felix.
A VALUABLE MANUSCRIPT has been discovered and, no doubt, its conte ts will throw a clear light upon a question of great interest and importance. The oiigiual manuscript was written, evidently I by Professor J, Poiraud, in the ancient town of Wargrave-on-Thames. An epitome is as follows Weeks of treatment by the best London Physicians failed to relieve me of Inflammation of the Bladder and Prostate gland, but Warner's "Sfo II Cure oured me, and now I can conscientiously say that my present gppd health is solely attributable to Wapj^r's Safe Cure,"
^anted, A Wife.—A farmer in Manitoba recently wrote to England, asking for a wife to be sent out to him. We believe he meant well, and we hope he met with success but good wives are not usually to be obtujued in this wuy. Tu such a matter a man cannot wifely trust to the 'udgraint of another, but racist usv his Own. In chocsinga wife, evei-y man'? judgment Varies. In other things it is not so. For instance, the judgment. of every sensible man is in favour of Holloway's Pills end OjntInent for the cure of liver complaint*, disordered stomach, shattered nerves, rheumatism, gout, lumbago, scalds, burns, and.all skin diseases.
DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. Notices have been issued for the election of District and Parish Councillors. The nomica'ions in Flintshire will take place on Tuesday next. Considerable interest appears to be generally taken in next Tuesday's Parish Meetings, and apparently the contests will be numerous. Notices of the election of Rural District Councillors have been issued by Mr. P. Harding Robeits, the returning officer for the Holywell Union. Tho number to be elected is Caerwys, 1; Cilcen, 1 Gw, enysgor, 1 Halkyn, 1 Bagillt East Ward, 1 Bagillt Wet Ward, 1 Greenfield Ward, 1 Brynford Ward, I Ffynnongroew Ward, 1 Gronant Ward, 1; Axton Ward, 1; Bistro East Ward, 1 Bistre West Ward 1: Argoed Ward, 1 Broncoed Ward, 1; Gwernaiffeld Ward, 1; Leeswood Ward, 1; Nanueroh, 1 Nerquis, 1 Newmarket, 1; Northop Ward, Cierfallwch Ward, 1 Wepre WarJ, 2 Whitford, 3; Ysctifiog, 2. Nominations must be delivered to the Returning Officer cot later rba-i two oYlock p.m., on Wednesday nèxt. Candidates may withdraw up to four o'clock p.m., on Friday, the 7th December, and in the case of contested elections tho polling will take place on Saturday, the 15th. In U rlan Distiiots guardians of the poor only, as | distinguished from the Rural District Councillors, will be elected on the days already named. In the Holywell Union, the guardians will be: Fiint, 2; Colesbill Fawr, 1 Holywell, 2 Mold, 2. Notices of the election of fifteen members of the Holywell Urban District (the Local Board) will be issued this week by Mr. Wm. Davies, the returning officer. FFYNNOGROEW. A meeting of electors, which wai on Sunday last convened by notice given in the various plaoes of worship in the neighbourhood, was held on Monday night at the Church School, for the pnrpope of selecting a chairman of Parish Meeting, and also a District Councillor. For the former office the following gentlemen were proposed and seconded: Mr. Hy. Ellis. Rbewl Villa; Mr. Edw. Davies, Divies' Terrace; Dr. J. T. Jones, Llanasa; Mr. R. Bromley, Holywell. A show of hands in favour of each candidate was taken, the result of which was as follows: — Mr. Hy. Edis, 16 Mr. E. Davie", 6 Dr. J. T. Jones, 4; Mr. R. Bromley, l. For the latter office the following gentleman were proposed and seoonded: Mr. Batterg, Tinlan hail; Mr. Pownall, Plas Derwen; Mr. Jones, C.C., Kidder- minster House. A show of hands was not taken owing to the candidates refu-iog to promise to abide by such a decision, therefore it is expected that a poll will be demanded.
Correspondence. We do not hold ours lves responsible for the opinions ex- pressed by our Correspondents. j
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1894 OUR FUTURE COUNCILS. To the Editor of the "Flintltire Observer." SIB,-On Tuesday next, the 4th prox., the steam will be turned on, to put in motion the great engine of local government. I hope we are fully alive to the importance of putting it on the right rails. As at present arranged, the Holywell Local Board will become a separate parish and a District Council; there will be no Parish Council for Holywell, the Urban District Council will ex -roise those powers as heretofore. The portion of the parish now within the district of the Rural Sanitary Authority, viz. Brynford, Bagilit, and Greenfield, will become a soperale parish, with a parish meeting and a Parish Council. Our old friend Mr. Wm. Davies, solicitor, I believe, still dings hopefully to the idea of "amalgamation," and is fully bent upon having the Couuty Council orders quashed, even if he has to go to the Court of Queen's Bencb. Well, Mr. Davies generally means what he says, and is well known es an a"tuto lawyer of great tkill and indomitable per- severenoe; but, without t-xprei,ing any opinion upon the principle of amal jamatien, I fed convinced that. all his efforts, however able, in this direction will be uUerly futile. It is impossible to tbiuk that the Local Government Brard, nor the Court of Queen's Bench, could be prevailed upon to smash aud pull down all the machnvry built up by the C iunty Council, especially when we consider that thu w; rk (ir)tic is entirely in accord with the pro- vi^iona and spirit of tie Pariah Councils Aot. I think the best polioy would be to '<Iet well alone" and allow the present arrangements full and fair trial for at least three years, when the application could be renewed if found not satisfactory. At present our duty is clear-to put our shoulders to the wheel and to do our utmost to carry out the pro- visions of this Aot to the best interest and welfare of the community. We thall be called nron in a few days to elect fi't ea members upon the Pdtish Council, and the same number on the District Council of Holywell, and four councillors on the Rural District Council. By whom are ell tbe e councillors to be elected? I believe efforts are made in certain quarters to arrive at a compromise in order to avoid a contest; there is really nothing to be said in favour of such a course, No one has any right to assume that he coi3 name the persons whom the inhabitants of the parish of Holywell widb to adminster the Act. For the first time in history the people are given the privilege of electing their guardians and local administrators by ballot, on the principle of one man one vote, and they should not be deprived of the opportunity of doing so. It is the electors who have to return their representatives and no ODe has the right to take tho business out of their hands, 4 think we may safely trust the people to put the right men in the right place, an 1 no man nor any body of men, political or otherwise, has any business to interfere with the rights and privileges oonferred upon them by the Aot. There Epyer was a time in the history of this country |n which Nelson's ma,tm was more appropriate tl.-a the present, that England expects every man to do his duty.Yours, &o,? Richaed JONES, Builder, Bagillt.
THE HOLYWELL OF THE FUTURE, To the Editor of the Flintshire Observer." DEAB Sie, ;I 4ou t know that we citizens of Holywell are sufficiently alive t) the fact that our old town is most probably arriving at a very critical point of its existence as a town of business, and tht our continued welfare and progress will depend upon whethe. we make adequate use of such means of advancement asaie left to us in these tiiries of chantre aad commercial depression. Holyweli, in days of yore, enjoyed the privilege of being the centre of trade and ciyi i^tion in Flintshire, and in Ittordttya she L'i been able to hold her own against other lising towns, in a great measure bv means of the assistance of her two children, Greenfield and Bagilit. Of late years, however, these children have been s*. a lily growing up, and have been, more and more, a-ser:iqw tb&i» indep^ndeuce, and chafing under tJja sastjaini of their "leading strings," fnd; now they are fioally cutting tljepisalvas og, and leaving their mother to take cafe of herself. As Greenfield and Bagillt, from their position, rnut-t always have the adv&t^age of Holywel, in trade faciliiie?,"ihey will L.,D able no doubt, to get along without fcheir mother. On the othe? tiue of our tVWQ, the lead-mining and Qther mineral localiiie8 may now be locked upon aa dead children, and thus our old town is iaft standing alone and unsupported, But, has she no other child left? Yys, her neglected first-born, St. Wipefyed's Well,-for ages her only ohild, who gave har her name and repttt,i;)u befoe her other phjld^en wer,) born, but who was afterwards left, to be supplanted by the younger opea. Now that the parent has, in turn, been f^xake»v by them, will she not take back to hey bi sim, however ungracious and seljisl, it may seem, her despised fin-t-born ? She inu=t! She cannot stal:d witboutsuppor-, Now, I wtaiit to ask my fello w-townsmen if ifcey are pre- pared to take up their child ? If so, they need not fear that she will retaliate for their negLctful treat- ment of he?« but wi 1| come to the rescue of he* mother, copifort hpr tn be,- old age, aud help her to take a new lease of her life. But, sir, this is not our only criv.s. We are called nroa to spend about X12,000 in bringing IL }y„ell up to the level of modprn civ^iasuion? We are told that w mu t either keep pace with the titne," or go to the wall. Let us therefore, iii ihe. race of ihe-e d:ffioclties take advantage nf onr I!W governing r-gime, and throw opeu our local legislative assembly to every aep^raut, and let the ratepayers piok out ttuir 15 representatives, in the hope that they tnay b" able to guide our fo,tuned s itely through this crisis.-— Yours faithfuliy, Holywell, Nov. 28, 1894. Qtvja, j
Football. NORTH WALES COAST LEAGUE. RESULTS UP TO DATE. Matches Goals P W L D F A Pts Flo' 4 4.. 0 0 32 0 8 R'ivI 5 3.. I 1 18 11 7 LlaLducl:Jù 4 2.. I I It 10.. 5 Baiignr. 3.. 1.. 0.. 2.. 6 4.. 4 Ruth'.u. 3.. 0.. 3.. 0.. 3 18.. 0 Holy .veil ,.6.. 0.. 5.. 0.. 2 29.. e Saturday next, Dec Itt,-Bangor v FliLt, Mr. Wbitliy, Rhyl; Rhyl v Llandudno, Mr. H. Darry, Flint. First named ground. Bucklkt v. FLINT SWIFTS, at Buckley next Saturday, in the second round of the North Wales Coast Junior Cup, referee, Mr. J. LL Williams, Holywell. BANGOR Resbbvb V. MOLD RED STABS Rimicitvs. —Played at Bangor on Saturday, in the first round of the Welsh Junior Cup, and before a fair gate. Bangor won by 13 gouh, to nil. SCABLET Runnkes v. Oakknholt. — Played at Holywell last Saturday, before a fair ga e. The Runners had tvie best of matte's throughout, but owing to the plucky defence of the visiting team only soored o:ice. -Final resuit: Runners, 1 goal; Oakcnhult, nil. LEA-Gum MEETING.—At tbe usual monthly meeting of the League council, held at the Grosvenor Hutel, Rhyl, on Tuesday evening last, the only business was the the appointment of referees, which was as follows :—Dec 8lh, Ruthin v. Bangor, Mr. Roberts, Denbigh 29tb, Rhyl v. Bangor, Mr. J. J. Marks, Llandudno. CARNARVON Ibonopjlis V. BANGOB.—This match in the first round of the North Wales Coast Senior cup competition, was played at Carnarvon, on Saturday last, before a large gate. Buckland scored, shortly after the commencement, from a corner, and although both teams strove their utmost to score, nothing further resulted, Bangor winning by one goal, to nil. FLINT v. FAlHIrIELD. -This match, in the third qualifying round of the English cup, was played at Flint, on Saturday, in favourable weather, and in the pre-ence of 800 spectators. The opening part of the game was fairly even, although a little rough, but towards the end of the firt-t half, and all through tLe second, the visitors asserted themselves, and won rather easily by four goals, to two. AMALGAMATION. A very satisfactory arrange- ment has been came t) between the Holywell and Scarlet Runner football clubs. A deputation from the latter club attended a meeting of the committee of the Holywell club, on Monday lat, to consider the most advisable course to pursue with regard to improving and betteriog both teams. After some consideration, it was decided to join hands, and the junior t am will now play at the Holywell Reserve. It wtis also deciied to play both teams in a trial match on Saturday next, so as to pick out the best eleven fur first honours. A COMPLIMENT TO A HOLYWELL HALF-BACK.— Although the Holywell football club, has had, so far, the poorest seaton on record, the football talent of the town is very credital ly reflected upon in the performances of Mr. J. R. Petrie, late of this clab, who has been earning golden opinions in the South of England. A correspondent of the Surrey 7imes, Nov. 2.; b, commenting upon the football match between Godalming and Weybridge, in the West Surrey league, remarks: Wbilz!t giving all due credit to the backs, I must not forget the valuable aid received from the halves, who to a man, played a fine game. Of the trio Petrie was perhaps the b?st. He is a pretty player with plenty of go' in him, and I cannot imagine why he is not played more often."—Now. Holywell, play up! Show that you have not forgoten how to play at home, and try to maii tain the rept ,ta,ion that Mr. Petrie has e.-taUi3hed fc,r m at Godahni-jg, and for which team be now plays centre-half. Gklknfiblo VILLA T. Buoklkt ENGINEERS. The above match was played at Greenfield on Saturday last, before a fair attendance. Owing to the Engineers' late arrival, only 35 minutes' play took place. Buckley kick-off ran the ball down, but the Greenfield baaks cl ar d in good style. The Green- field forwards gainng poi8essiou worked towards the tiis' goal and forced a corner, which w&a pla*- 7 J. W. Jones and turned to good account by 21 n •< i Jones. At tbis juncture Greenfield pressed hart..) the grand defence of the Buckley backs and keeper kept them from scoring. Eventually anc;i, i ruc-r accrued to Greenfield. This was well p!ac. jd GreeDfidd fcored goal number two. From i crntre kick Buckley worked down towards the Greenfield goal and scored, but the whistle had just gone for off-side. Half-time arriving with Greenfield, 2; Buckley, 0. On rc-starting Greenfield pressci, and J. W. Jones by a grand run soored a good goal. Final result: Greenfield, 3 Engineers, 0. MOLD RED STARS v, Holywsll,—These teams played a friendly mat;h at Mold on Saturday, when at interesting game was witnessed. Both elevens were fairly representative, aud from the kick-off the homa left were early in evidence and the Holywell custodian W38 called upon. In saving his change a corner was conceded and an exciting scrimmage ensued from which the Stars soored. Mold pressed considerably for a tillle. but without result. After which the St. W^ppfride representatives had a look il, b\\t Baker i. hauk and Morgan in goal were not to be trified with. Agaiu the homesters assumed the agrgessive with the risuit that before half time two more goals had heen placed to their credit. For some time af'er the r^rturt the Stars caused the Holywell deft acme anxiety and thrice experienced j-ontfh In-k in not scoring. They then fell off oon- aideiablv aud t'ia vi^t^r- who were shewing to bettei advantage succeeded in scoring a goal before the caill of tinl-, the final result thus being Mold, 3 goals; HJy well, 1 goal. Of the home crowd the centre forward and left wing were the best of the front rank, although the quintet have been seen to much great r advantage. The ticks played well, and Morgan in goal also acquitted himself creditably. Gordon Janes was of course the pick of the visiting ferwards, but he wai too closely shadowed by O'Niel to be really effe tive. Of the remainder of the team the right baf-k and goalkeeper played a hard and serviceable game,
Wi-LSH JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP. The following are the resu'ts of the ties in the first round — Llandudno Swifts Reserve beat Dublin White Stars, at LIandudno, by 3 goals to 1, Bangor nØeno beat Mold Red Stars Keserve, at Bangor, by 12 to nil, Cotmah'e Quay beat St. Asaph Athletic, at Connah'* Quay, by 8 goals to nil. Flint Swifts v Bagilit, The Swifts had a walk over, Bagilit having been suspended for non-payment of certain money to West Kirby. Buckley Victoria bsat Qreaford Juniors, at Buckley by 2 to 1. ft Caergwilp beat 13neliley, at Buckley, by 1 to Pill ixxt^enhall beat Buckley Victoria Reserve, at Buckley, by 10 to nil. Rhoe -obin Institute beat Westminster Rovers Reserve, at Khosrobin, by 5 to nil. Drk. I., iljjjrre beat Rhos Reserve, at Rhos, by 11 to nil. lu-titute lie erve beat Overton, at Overton, by S to o Eh- n Reserve beat Chirk Reserve, at Rhostyllen, by 4 to 2. I'iDtest alleging ineligibility of certain players, Adwv United beat. uaboii, at Ruabon, by 4 to a. Wrovkwardine Wood He-serve beat Oswestry United Reievve. at. Wrockwtvdinc Wood, by 2 to 1. WehApool United beat Cicrs-.rs United, at Caersws Whitchuroh lieserve beat Newtown Reserve, at Whit- church, by 2 to 1. ,UK" K"" va* w*Kh»»K
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Births. JON= -On the 26th inst., at Dolphin, Milwr, lIo. well, the wife of Mr. Robert Jooes, of a son. Rimcz-On the 22nd inst., at Greenfield-street, Holywell, the wife of Mr. David Reeoe, of a daughter. ROBz=B-On the 26th inst., at Curiott Pafk, Oheater, the wife of Mr. J. Sheriff Roberts, of a son. RoBBBTS-On the 17th inst., at Nant-y-fflint, Holy- well, the wife of Mr. Robert Roberta, of a daughter WBIIJILBB-Ûn the 18th inet., the wife of Mr. John Wheeler, painter, 11, 01 wyd-street, Rhyl, of a daughter. Deaths. Bum-On the 23rd inst., at Hill-street, Flint, Maty, wife of Mr. Joseph Birks, brickmaker. aged 60 years. Dayim—On the 27th inst., suddenly, at Earl- street, Flint, Mr. William Davies, aged 67 years. Fa=-On the 26th inet., at Golftyn, Conaah'a Quay, Catherine, widow of Mr. Edw. MHp, blacksmith, aged 79 years. FOSTEB-On the 22nd inst., at the residenee of her daughter, Mrs. Eaohus, Holywell, Ann, widow of the late George Foster, of Endon, aged ti years. GOULB—On the 24th inst., in his 59th year, Mt. John Gould, of the Lion Hotel, Holywell, and late of Thorn Cottage, Formby. GAawrox-On the 26th in8t., at Eyton plaee, Leeswood, Arthur, infant son of Mr. William Garston, aged 16 months. HOPPBB-On the 26th inst., at the Workhoiue, Holywell, Henry Hopper, aged 62 years. HVGRBS-On the 28th inBt., at the Queen's Head, Caerwys, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Eliza Hughes, widow of the late Edw. Hughes, Star Crossing, Nannerob, aged 64 years. Jorn-o,u the 28th inet., at Oroeeonaen Farm, Penymaes Road. Holywell, Catherine, daughtw of the late Mr. John Jones, aged 18 years. JON=-on the 19th inst., Edward, eldest son of Mr. John Jones, Lewis' terrace, Ffynnongroew, Holywell. JoBrits-On the 20th inst., at Rhydyorogwydd, Ciloain, Jane, widow of the late Mr. Robert Jones, aged 68 years. JOBNlON-On the 20th inat., at Swan-street, Flint, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. William Johnson, aged 8 years. Johbs—- On the 24th inst., at Pant-y-go, Northop, Mr. John Jones, shoemaker, aged 63 years. RoBEBTS-On the 22nd inst., Ellen Lloyd, the seoond and beloved daughter of the Rev. Hugh Roberts, Llanerobymor, Holywell, aged 2 years and C months. SKlTR-On the 26th inst., at TraAamnes I *-row, Pentre Flint, Maggie May, daughter of Mr. Joseph Smith, aged 2 years. Tuoxu-On the 25th inst., at Golfya, OD iid&b's Quay, Jane, wife of Mr. Owen Thomas, engine driver, aged 64 years. WYNNE-On the 21st inst., at 18, Aigburih street. Liverpool, Ceoilia Blodwen, the beloved child of David and Sarah Wynne, aged 18 m ntls. WILLuKS-On the 26th inst., at 25, Swa^trxet, F int, Jane, wife of Mr. Thomaa Wimams, aged 63 years. WIT-T-TAY -On the 23rd inst., at Greenfi Id, Holy- well, George Clement, son of Poliot Constable Wm Williams, aged 2 years.
before the riext week has mn its course, and to meet the impending call the Testimonial Committee bn, been c, tistitured a Relief oomzuit-ee aijo they .-a now engaged upon devisiug a scheme, by whioh tue ditressed will be supplied with actual necessities. Schemes are suggested, one being a guarante3 fun'i, by a number of gen lea:en guaranteeing a certain amount, the Re-ief Co n-uttee relic--f in bread aLd meat. The fuv ds to bJ as far as po-s!b'a obtained by the piomoti -n of coucerts and otl,, r forms of entertainment when practicable. The secretary of the Relief Committee is Cjuneillor Tt- Ryan (junr.), and the treasurer, Mr. J. W. Evans, Church-street. PRESENTATION OF A PORTRAIT AND SERVICE OF PLATE TO THE MAYOR OF FLINT. It is not often that a more interesting event than that which took place at the Town Hall on Monday evening, happens in the course of a long cycle of years. Honour to whom honour is due," and right well has the maxim been carried out in the instance now under notice, and this honouring and recognition of public services rendered to tho ancient borough town of Flint is at the present time the more conspicuous by reason of the dark cloud which, black in its donaeness, not only threatens to temporarily overwhelm the town and bring along with it its accompanying grim spectre of poverty, but it is already upon the town its presence is not only felt but seen, and through- out the meeting there was the ring sounding with much persistency, and as one speaker subsequently phrased it—the "stern necessity" Called for opontnnoous action, and the. hope was expressed that as those who could, had been charitable in their appreciation of worth, they would in like manner be charitable in practical sympathy with the poor. This reference would be a divergence from the subject were it not for the fact that the present condition of Flint has a bearing upon it, and that connection will be by the energy and practical philanthropy of him whom the town delights to honour, assisted by, as the Mayor himsolf expressed it, his lieutenants. It will bo remembered that in September last a meeting was convened at the Town Hall, by the Town Clerk, at the request of a number of burgesses, to consider the best means of recog- nising the valuable services which their Mayor (Alderman Alfred Dyson) had rendered to the town-services which have extended over a considerable period, he having been a member of the Council from the year 1868, alderman since 1872, and Mayor in 1885-6 and 1894, and now re-electod to the mayoralty. The spon- taneity with which the movement was taken up £ 70 being subscribed in the room the night of its inception—showed the popularity of the chief magistrate of the borough among the burgesses, and of the manager of the Flint Alkali Works among his subordinates and the workmen as a whole. A committee was formed, with Alderman Joseph Hall as chairman, Mr. J. W. M. Evans as treasurer, and Mr. Thomas Ryan, junior, socretary. The subscriptions were assiduously confined to the inhabitants of Flint and to those connected with the town and its industries. Thus, with a total of 1200 sub- scribers, the sum of L184 was made up and expended. The first effort was that the testi- monial should take the form of a portrait of the Mayor, painted by Mr. Leonard Hughes, of the Royal Cambrian Academy, whose reputation, ■which is so rapidly being established and bu !t up by sterling merit, has in the latest effort obtained another buttress to that reputation that will long remain to his credit, When it was found that the sum required for the paint- ing had been more than guaranteed, the committee considered what stops should be taken to afford the Mayor a tangible memento of the appreciation of the services rendered, tho committee decided upon purchasing a service f silver plate. The project was quickly carr-d out and the subscription list closed, the mOllny having been paid into the North and South Wales Bank, Mr. Thomas, manager, kindly undertaking the duties of assistant treasurer. The silver plate was purchased from a Liverpool firm of silversmiths on the recommendation of Miss Muspratt. The portrait of the Mayor, which at the present, tion was placed in the centre of the platform, a 1 which has since been hung in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall, ia in every respect u handso :.o a at the same time a masterly piece of work. The Mayor is seated in a dark handsomely carve 1 library chair, and wearing his chain of office ac i avoral robes. A noticeable feature about the "ainting tho oharacteristic posing — the Mayor is presented in bis habitual manner, resting on his right elbow with his hand half-closed, the index finger kept straight. The left hand hangs with a loose and easy grace over the arm of the chair. The features are remarkably striking, the eyes have the Veen penetrating glance, and the forehead the lines of deep and close consentrative tl ought. The oast of the mouth is excellent and distinctly lifelike. The drapery of the mayoral robes is iu itself a study. The same thoroughness in the execution of every detail is seen throughout the minutive of the painting. The mayoral gold chain and tbe large medalion, bearing the seal of the borough—the ossUe and river Dee-i,3 quite a miniature picture in itself, so exact is the repro- duction. The tone of colour throughout is excel- lent the flesh tints being natural. The painting is now placed in the Council Chamber and near to the head of the council table where the Mayor sits. The silver comprised the following pieces :— Tray, tea kettle on stand, tea-pot, coffee-pot, sugar basin and cream ewer. Each piece bore the following incription ALDERMAN ALFRED DISON, Mayor of Flint, 1885-6-94. This service of plate, with his portrait now in the Town Hall, Was presented by his fellow-burgesses aud friends in recognition of His public and private worth. November, 1894. The silver pieces were very massivo and beautifully chased. The tray was particularly attractive in design, and was a handsome speci- men of the silversmith's art. Long before the hour the presentation was announced to take place OIl Monday, the Town Hall was completely filled, and very soon became literally packed. The platform was occupied by Mr. J. Herbert Lewis, M.P., who presided; Mr. P. P. Pennant, Nantlys, Con- stable of Flint Castle, the presentor of the portrait; Miss Muspratt, the presenter of the silver plate the Mayor, in his chain and robes of offioe; the Mayoress and the Missos Dyson Rev. W. LI. Nicholas, Rector; Rev, Father Keegan; Mr. Henry Taylor, F.S.A., Town Clerk; Mr. Leonard Hughes, R.C.A.; Ald. Joseph Hall, J. P.. chairman of the committee Mr. J. W. M..Evans, treasurer; Mr. Thomas Byan, junior, secretary; Messrs. T. W. Hugh s (Deputy- Mayor), E. J. Hughes, J.P., C. N. Hull, J.P-, Dr. J- H. Williams, &c. There were' also prosent the majority of the Town Council and the principal residents and trades- _onnlfl 0f the town, also Mr. Thomas Hughes and Miss Hughes, Greenfield Mr. S. L. Revis, Holywell; Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Barker, Mr. and Mrs O W Jones, Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Roberts, MnJamea Eeney, J.P., Mr. W. Hughesj, Mr S. Wilkinson, Mr. Brady, Mr. Rowland Hugh s, °After'taking the chair, the first formality gone through was the handing over to the Chairman the portrait and plate, and Alderman Joseph Hall, in performing that function on behalf of the testimonial committee, said he had been requested to do so. and at the same time ho took that opportunity of giving a few defu. L of tho affair from its inception to the prosont, wliitL particulars have, more or less. been dealt with in the introduction to this report. lie added that the portrait was to hang in the Council Chamber of tho Town Hall, and in handing pjQX the portrait to the President as its trustee for but a bri f period, he would take that 1 opportunity, if so permitted, to unveil t Gazing upon the canvas, and at the same time having the origami seated alongside, they could not Le:p but re'nark and dbvinguish unmis- takably he ox3 it likeness, not only in feature, countenance, no. ltion, but in ,ho character that shone though thj lineamencs of the face, fhere was one thing lacking, and that would be marked a hun ired years hcnce-a lacking feature only expressed in thl) words of Oowper standing before the picture of his mother, 0 that those lips had language." Though the canvas lacked the inspiration of life, they had the ideas in their Mayor (hear, hear). He then formally handed over the painting and plate. The President, in accepting the custody of tho portrait and plate, said he had been con- stituted the trus'.oe for a few moments only on behalf of the subscribers, of the beautiful and life-like portrait and service of plate, and he had also been requested to addros9 a few words upon .ho subject before asking Mr Pennant to formally make tho presentation This, he said, was an occasion )f great interest in the muni- cipal history of the town of Flint. The presentation now made was no formal act of courtesy to the Hayor; it was the recognition of worth, of lifo- org service faithfully rendered to the Corporation and to the town (applause). Alderman Dyson's services to the Town Council had been valuable, and had been recognised repeatedly by hi elevation to tho aldermancy I and to the Mayoralty of the ancient borough. lie had signalised himself not only in connection I with the Town Council, but also with every philanthropic and charitable movement apper- taining to the town (applause). He, the speaker, had never attended a Friendly Society dinner in Flint at which the Mayoi' was not in the chair, He had always shown himself ready to co-operate with those great movements for the benefit of his townsmen, and which has endeared him to the Hearts of those present, and to hundreds unable to obtain admission. One thing that most entitled him to r jspeot and gratitude lay in the fact that he wa; there as a groit captain of industry. Ho hid in the past worked, and that successfully, to koep together wlut may be con- sidered the staplj industry of Flint (hear, huar) The sunshine of prosperity may have been with- drawn just at pic sent, but h-j was sure no one would work hard or to restore to the works and the town, that su.ishine of prosperity the absence of which they all deplored. Ho thought Flint had been fortunate in its Mayors. It would be invidious on his part to refer to any of the Mayors living or Jecid, but no one who had taken any interest in tile municipal history of Flint could fail to recollect the great and distinguished services that wero rendered to the town by the late Mr. Richard Muepratt. Mr. Dyson was, he thought, Mr. Muspratt's deputy for several years, and in tha-, capacity he gamed a great deal of expeiien^o of value to the town. The town honoured Mr. Muspratt in a similar way I towhat they were now honouring Mr. Dyson Mr. Muspratt's purtrait was in the Council Chamber, which Mr. Taylor, their Town Clerk. and Mr. Leonard Hughes had done so much to beautify, and the portrait of their present Mayor was destined for ;he same room. Mr. Leonard Hughes, the artist, who had so fai'.hfully per- formed his task, was a Flintshire artist, and they were proud of him. He might say with regard to Mr. Hughes that he was one of the foremost, if not the foremost, WeLh artist residing iu Wales. He hoped his SllCCess would become more m 4 -ked year by year, and ulti- mately he will tii d his place among the ranks of the academicaus, the greatest of whom ,8 a Welshman—Sir Edward Burue-Jones, the facile princeps who stands at the head of his profession. Mr. Pennant and himself had had personal experience of Mr. Leonard Hughes' works, and some of them rocollccted the port1 ai of Mr. Wm. Brown, of Chester, of Mr, By. Taylor, their town clork, and Mrs. Taylor, and many others whom he has painted. He hoped h13 success would go on from year to year. He thought very little had been done in Wales in tho past, in the direction of encouraging native art, but he ventured to hopo a good deal would be done in tho future, and that Wales will receive tho museum grant to which sho is entitled, to enable her to givo her sons and daughters a fair chance for the developemeut of art, which has hitherto been somewhat lack- ing in Wales. 1: e believed the people of this country were never ungrateful to anyone who rendered true anc. loyal service, and it was in that spirit the presentation was that evening made. He trusted that Mr. Dyson would long live to use the token of esteom he had received from the people >f Flint, and that the people themselves in tl o years to come would have reason to bless and honour the name of their Mayor. In calliLg upon Mr. Pennant fo make the presentation be could not let that opportunity slip of saying that they one and all united in congratulating Mr. Ponnant on his election to the Chairmanship of tho Flintshire Quarfor Sessions. Mr. Pennant was not present in that capacity, but in that of a much more ancieut office—an office which in 1894 was exactly 600 YtHUS old In his position as Constable of Flint Castle, he asked Mr. Pennant to make the presentation of the portrait (applause). Mr. Pennant, in making the presentation, said they wero met that evening on a most pleasing task of rewarding worth where it was deserved, and he ventured to say that in re- questing Mr. Lewis to take the chair, and in requesting himself to make the presentation, that in their going outside of the town and into the county of Flint to choose they who were residents in th county, the Committee had associated the county of Flint with the presenta- tion, aud he would venture to say that the county was much obliged for the honour. They mado the presentation to the Mayor, but while making it to the Mayor of Flint they also made it to Alderman Dyson (hear, hear). They desired to recognise his services and at the same time to recognise his worth, iii. should he s^y —he must not say private capacity,—but semi- public. semi-private capacity, as connected with the great industry of the town. Hia worth there hud boon equally conspicuous, and equally do the people of Flint, and let him say, the people of the county of Flint, desire to recognise that which he so well deserves. The position of commerciul supremacy which this country occupies, has bcori built up by such industries as the Flint Alkali Works, and the great factor in that position of supremacy was that they had so many Alderman Dysons, and in having such pioneers of commerce they were also the pioneers of civilisation and progress, and having a real genuine sample ot the men who had done so much for their country, they were delighted to do honour to their Alfred Dyson. Referring to the portrait, the speaker said Mr Leonard Hughos was an artist whose name was known not only in their own county but far beyond, and a portrait painted by him hold one of the most prominent positions in the London Academy this past summer, and al- though it was hung in juxtaposition with the works of the first artists in tho realm, it was not extinguished—as the moon fades when the sun ailses-it shone all the brighter by the juxta- position in which it was placed. He had the honour to represent 1200 subscribers, in presenting to Alderman Dyson, as the Mayor of Flint, the portrait of himself, to be hung in the Council Chamber. He hoped he would long live to continue the good work that he had done in the past (hear, hear). As manager of the great industry of Flint he had gained the con- fidence of the working men of th A. concern. On behalf of the 1200 subscribers he wished him ail ha ppi ness and prosperity, with health to con. tinu& in the work in whioh he was engaged (applause). The Mayor, who was loudly cheered oil rising to acknowledge the presentation, said he begged to thank the subscribers most heartily and sincerely for the beautiful present they had made him, and to the President and Mr. Pen- nant for their kind references. He did so not so much ou behalf of himself as on behalf of tho Town Council of Flint, for they must bear in mind that in what they had heard of the good qualities he possessed, the good work he had done-he quite endorsed it; but he would add to that the cause for that effect. They would all agree that however clever and energetic a general might be, unless he has captains and lieutenants and the general rank and file in clear unison with him it was no use to expect that man to be successful. It was not owing only to himself, but owing to those also who had led the way, those who were not present, but some of whom bad gone to their long last home, and others still among and yet not among them; those men had de- veloped what ckill he possessed. He received the picture on behalf of the Corporation. It was only an encouragement for the services rendered entirely by the Flint Town Council. T' e speaker then pro- ceeded to refer to several striking instances of what had been done in Flint, and at t-ha same time paid a tribute to the work of Mr. W. E. Bithell in the typhoid epidemia which iufested the borough a few years ago. He also referred to th compulsory education and the clothing of poor children and his views on the old age pentiou scheme, and on the latter point said he considered it a great shame that the ul!imate end of a poor workingman was the poor- house. Was there no man to second Mr. Chamber- lain or provide a better scheme? -n,)t one. The fault lay with the workingmen, and once the wcrkingmen tike the power into their own hands, the result would be the success of their endeavours. He a iaiu thanked them for the present. Mr. Leonard Hughes was then called for, and in response be said he was naturally phased to hear that the portrait he had had the honour of painting had met with approval. He could not let the oppor- tunity pasi without telling them that be had a deep feeling of gratitude for Flint, because it was there, through the ingtramc-nf ality of their re«pecttd Town Clerk, Mr. Henry Taylor, that he rdce'ved his first commission, and he was pleased to eay that he had siuce met with a certain measure of succes?, having painted portraits of raott of the dit tinguii-hed men oi tiiia pari of the country. Misi Muipratt of Coroi^t, wis tb, n requested to present tie service of plate, which she did in felicitous term. wishing the Mayor aud Mayoress long life to enjoy it (hear, h ar). The M.tyor, in acknowledging the present, faid he thought the greatest honour conferred upon him was the presentation of the plate by the daughter of his late master. Her presence there that evening was to his mind a certificate, she haviug left her mother's sick room, that her mother was better and that she had so far inc >nvcni«nced herself in allowing hir daughter to attend the mni ting to do honour—it was the greatest honour that could possibly be given to a servant and Mayor (hear, hear). He thanked all the subscribers for their present, it showed their feelings more than any words of his could express. Mr. H. T. Mannioffton proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman of tho Commi tee, the tre,a-ur, r and score- ary, and the members of the committee.—The Rev. Fr. Keegan seconded the propesition, which was responded t) by Mr. Jos. Hall, on behalf of the committ e.—Mr. J. W. M. Evanf, t easurar, who acknowledged the assistant 8Ccrvices of Mr. Thomas of the North and South Walei Bank, aad Mr. T. Ryan, thesficret ry, ho taking up the euggestion thrown out by the previous speakers relative to the ttoppage of the Alkali Works, "aid there wai a stern necessity for immediate aot:w, Their sympathy should not rest in words but in aotion, and as they bad exprieuced such Bpontaniety in raising funds fvr the recogni- tion of worth, he did not doubt but that they should be able to dense a scheme tiat would keep the people alive until this cloud h3.d disappeared, and the sun of p osp r ty again buret forth (hear, hear). Sumething milS., he dvno and done sjod. He auggested thac the Chairman should call a meeting of people interjiitd in the matter to consider the question of dealing with the increasing di-trisa. The Chairman suggested, as the appeal had been ma le to him, that the Committee « h < had acted with I so much conspicuous ability in the presentation movement, shou'd take tLi, fresh emergency in hand, and that the Mayor should be included in the Com- mitter. The t-uggestion was carried unanimously. Mr. Hy. Taylor proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. P. P. Pennant for makiug the presentation, aud said Mr. Pennant held the very ancient and honourable position of Constable of Flint Castle, and it was peculiirly approp itte that tho Constable of the Castle should make the presentati m to the May, r of the Municipality of F.i,.t When King Edward granted the charier on the 18oh September, 1284, he declared that the Constable of the Cattle for the time being, should be the Mayer of the Borough. That remained so for 550 ytars, until, in 1835, the dual office of Constable and Mayor wore separated, and while the Constable holds his appointment on waf ran t from the Crown, the Mayor holds his office as being eleced by the representatives of the burimse*. Therefore it was peculiarly appropriate that the elier hiJf of that dual office should make the preietitittiou to the younger representative of that same office. He should also like to congratulate Mr. Leonard Hughes for the faithful way he bad per- formed his duties. Mr. E. J. Hughes seconded the proposition, A vote of thanks was aceordel Miss Muspratt on the proposition of the Rector, which was duly seconded and carried. A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings.