EXCITING MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE. Hawarden Doctor's Story of Encounter with Strange Visitor. iFIED GUN THROUGH WINDOW AS ALARM. "It is Only the Drink; I Don't Remember Anything." ACCUSED MAN'S REPLY TO THE CHARGE. Discharged with a Warning. Remarkable evidence was given at Haw- -arden Petty Sessions 011 Thursday, before 1\11'. T. R. Probert and other magistrates, in a case in which John Granum, alias McCleod, a. native of Stockton-on- Tees, ironworker, was charged with being 011 en- closed premises with intent to commit a felony. Supt. Yarnell Davies said that on Sundav horning, at two o'clock, Miss Williams, Iliece of Dr. Roberts, Carlton House, Ha-w- 4rd-eii, was awakened by hearing footsteps, and being alarmed, she went to the doctor s bedroom, and told him. "While they were Conversing together a cracii was heard. The doctor immediately seized a small gun, and fired it through the window, with the inten- tion of attracting some of the neighbours. .The noise, however, continued and lie saw the man by the gate. He shot again in the ^ireetion of the man, with the intention of rightening him, and the man fell down, and called out "I am shot." Dr. Hughes, a Ileiglibour, came down, and went to the Pol- Ice Station, awakening the sergeant. The -tirgeant arrested the prisoner, and brought hun to the Police Station, and the Bench at the court 011 Monday, remanded Iiim to tlat day. He (the superintendent) had fiJnce spoken to the prisoner, and he had told him he was not injured in any way. Miss Eiinice B. Williams, niece of the °ctor, corroborated. Dr. Roberts said he did not know whe- ther tike man was a harmless individual or a criminal, so he kept him where lie was till the sergeant arrived. He shouted to the IUan, and he said he was James McLeod. next morning, however, he found his lnsuraiiee card. He also found that defen- dant had been round every window trying to get in, some of which were fastened by Wire. "IT IS ONLY THE DRINK." Sergt. Cheney stated he was called about twenty minutes past two by Doctor Hughes. lIe was in bed at the time, and he had turned in at half past one that morning. The doctor was in his pyjamas, with a gun 111 his hand, and the prisoner lying down. The doctor said "There is a man. There is a burglar." He thought the man was shot, ^Ud so he said to him "Are you injured? -Are you shot, or what?" He said "I am all ;right; I don't think I am injured." He .^ook him to the police station and charged lrn at about two o'clock in the afternoon, he was sober. He replied, "I don't •know what I wanted there," and he said, is only the drink; I don't remember ^hything." Prisoner, in a statement to the Bench, he was full of drink. He had travelled rom Stockton-on-Tees, aricl had travelled to Manchester, Liverpool, New Ferry and irkenhead, Connah's Quay, and then he t!IUf!t have gone to Chester. He did not re- IUeinber anything after leaving Chester. Stipe Davies said the story was perfectly trite. He was very respectable, and the pol- lee at Stockton-on-Teee knew him to be a very decent fellow. I The Bench retired, and decided that the charge was not proved against him. They 'did not think it was right that a man should go round those premises. They 'hoped it would be a warning to him, and "that he would not drink again. Prisoner was accordingly discharged.
--A. The Welsh Church Bill was read in the House of Commons on Tuesday night for the third time in the third successive ses- sion under the Parliament Act by a majority of 77. Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. F. E. Smith were the principal speakers.
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Agricultural Experiments in Flintshire. Spraying of Charlock in Corn. The first experiments arranged by the Department of Agriculture of the Universi- ty College of North Wales, Bangor, on the spraying of charlock were conducted in 1899 (states a report just issued). In the years 1899 to 1812 experiments with different strengths of solution, were carried out at one hundred and thirty cen- tres in North Wales. As a result it is pos- sible to assert with confidence that, given suitable conditions, charlock in corn can be cheaply and effectively destroyed by spray- ing with a 4 per cent. solution of copper sulphate (bluestone), without seriously damaging the corn in which the weed is growing. In arranging work for 1913, it was felt that the method had passed beyond the experimental stage, and that instead of con- tinuing the scheme adopted in previous years, attention should be concentrated on demonstrating the possibility of spraying to as large a number of farmers as possible. With this object in view, a number of small knapsack spraying machines were purchased, and a circular was issued invit- ing farmers who wished to spray to apply for the loan of a machine. The spraying season is short and the number of requests received was so large that they could not all be granted, but twenty-three farmers were enabled to try the system for them- selves. When sending a sprayer to a new district a member of the staff took and sprayed a small area to demonsti; 3 the working of the machine and the method of preparing the solution. Farmers in the locality were invited to attend these de- monstrations, and the total attendance was 132. Demonstrations were arranged at the fol- lowing farms in Flintshire: Aberkinsey Farm, near Dyserth, Mr. J. E. Buckley Jones; Whelstone Farm, Bagillt, Mr. W D. Jones; Ffagnallt, Rhesycae, Holywell, Mr. II. Williams; Tyddyn, Mold, Captain C. 1-1. Blackburne. The conditions under which spraying was carried out, and the reports on the results at. the different centres are summarised be- low. In most cases the reports are given in the words of the farmers themselves. ABERKINSEY FARM, DYSERTH. Spraved June 12tli. The corn at this centre was rather thin on nearly the whole of the plot sprayed, and the charlock was strong and thick, in fact in some parts there was very little else. The weather was dry and fine, and quite suitable for the demonstration. The spraying was done with a cart spray- er, and the spray, if anything, was not a6 fine as that of a knapsack sprayer. "The spraying was not a success at Aber- kinsey, the land eventually having to be ploughed up." WHELSTONE FARM, BAGILLT. Sprayed June 19th. Both corn and charlock were thick and strong, the charlock having flowered. The weather was rather dull and inclined to be wet, there was just a little moisture on the leaves at the time of spraying. "I sprayed about four acres of oats in a backward condition. The charlock was covering the corn and was in full flower, some plants starting to form seed. About 80 per cent. were affected, but of these about five per cent. recovered, 60 about 75 per cent. were killed outright. T had not enough sulphate of copper to finish the field, so there is a part unspray- ed, and I am sure we shall get a good crop of weeds next year on that piece. The sprayed corn suffered just at the time, but soon recovered and showed a healthier col- our than the other, and looks well now (July 31st)." FFAGNALLT, RHESYCAE, HOLYWELL Sprayed June 20th. The corn was not very strong, but was quite healthy and con- tained a good dealt of charlock just forming flower buds. The weather was bright and sunny. "The spraying has answered well, thought at first the corn was really spoilt, but now (July 18th) it looks as well as ever again." TYDDYN, MOLD. Sprayed June 23rd. The corn here was thin and patchy and the charlock fairly thick and coming into flower, The weather was dry, but threatening and a few drops of rain fell during the operation, but not enough to interfere with its action. "The spraying killed the charlock. It stained the oats also but did not kill any." In addition to the centres visited by members of the College staff, several farm- ers made use of the machines and some of them reported on the results. Mr. D.MacNicoll, of Derwas, Abergele (late of the Mostyn Estate) says: "The charlock spraying was most satisfactory, nearly every charlock plant was killed, and, so far as I can judge, I think the oats have been improved by the spraving. Mr Wm. Davies, of Carnychain Farm, Newmarket, Dyserth, sajs: I had the biggest crop of charlock I ever had. They were over two feet high and I could hardly walk through them. The oats went red in the top but got all right in ten days and have improved ever since. Quite 70 per cent. of the charlock plants were killed. I believe that nearly all the big ones were killed, but there were a lot of small ones in the bottom which the spray did not reach." DIRECTIONS FOR SPRAYING CHARLOCK. (1) Our experiments have shown that the most suitable dressing in North Wales is ;,0 gallons of a 4 per cent. solution of cop- per sulphate per acre. This requires 50 callous of water and 20 lb. copper sulphate per acre. The copper sulphate used for this purpose should be not less than 98 per cent. pure." It should be in the form of a fine powder and not in large crystals. The latter are difficult to dissolve in cold water. The water used should be as clean and pure as possible. Pieces of dirt, etc., in the water are apt to clog the nozzles of the sprayer and cause delay. (2) Charlock is most easily killed when in full flower, but if it has been allowed to reach this stage, it presumably has already done a good deal of damage. On this ac- count, there is much to be said for spraying when the weeds are not more than 3 or 4 inches high before the flower buds have formed. They are most difficult to kill when in bud. (3). A proper machine must be used and care taken that the spray is very fine and misty. Knapsack machines, which would be quite sufficient for the needs of most farmers in North Wales, cost about 35s. each; machines to fit on to carts, and capable of covering several acres a day, vary in price from about Y-7. (4) Heavy rain immediately after spraying often causes unsatisfactory results, and a very bright hot day is also not desirable. The best results are obtained in dull, calm, dry weather.
Unreturned Overcoat. Ex-Soldier Bound Over at Mold. At Mold Police Court, on Friday last, be- fore Messrs. Tlios. Parry and Owen Wynne —George Henry Plant was charged with stealing an overcoat valued at 35s., and the property of his brother-in-law, Edward Lightfoot. The accused was arrested at Stourbridge on the previous Wednesday. It was stated that until recently he resided at Garden City, Sealand. Edward Lightfoot, postman, 9, Victoria- road, Buckley, said the prisoner was his brother-in-law. On Friday, April 24th, Plant came to his lodgings in Buckley and tasked him for the loan of his overcoat. He lent him the overcoat, and it was under- stood that it would be returned the follow- ing night. Not returning the coat back, lie went to the prisoner's house. Plant's wife told him that he had not returned. He had not returned since. P.S. Whitehead said he proceeded to Stourbridge on Thursday, and received the prisoner into custody. He conveyed him to Mold Police Station, and when charged prisoner replied: "I didn't steal it. He lent it me." Later he said that his brother-in- law could have had the coat any time if he had sent him a postcard, as lie knew his address. Recalled, the complainant stated tTiat he did not know the prisoner's address, but had an idea that he had gone to Birming- ham. Prisoner declared that he fully intended to return the overcoat on the Saturday. There was an excursion to Birmingham that day, and having heard that work was plen- tiful there-and as he was only working two days a week at Messis. Summers'—he went on the excursion. He did not succeed in getting work. If lie had got work he would have sent the overcoat back. lie did not like to send the coat and let his brother- in-law pay the carriage on it. Mr. Lightfoot could have obtained his address from his wife. Supt. R. Yarnell Davies said that so far as the police knew there was nothing against the prisoner previously. Prisoner added that lie had served 13 years in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and served throughout the South African War. He had not a single stain on his Army car- eer. The complainant said he had always found his brother-in-law to be a very hon- ourable man until this occurrence. He hoped the Bench would take a lenient view of the case. The Chairman, addressing the prisoner, said the Bench had taken into considera- tion what his brother-in-law had said, and also his previous good conduct. As far as they knew he had led a decent life up to then. He had done a very foolish thing, and ought to have Nvrittcqi to his brother- in-law at least. They did not want to send him to prison. He would be bound over in the sum of £10 on his own recognisances, and would have to pay the costs.
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Flint Territorials. Prize Distribution: Col. Philips Compliments "E" Company. PROGRESS OF THE BATTALION. Musketry Second to None in the Country. LOCAL EMPLOYERS THANKED. Encouragement to Young Men to Join the Ranks. The prize distribution to the members of E (Flint) Coy. 5th Batt. (T.F.) Royal Welch Fusiliers, for efficiency in shooting at the annual competitions, took place at the Town Hall, Flint, on Wednesday evening week, in the presence of a crowded and appreciative audience. A brief description of the function, with a list of the prize- winners, appeared in our issue of Thursday last, and we now supplement that account by the report of the very gratifying speeches delivered. It might be mentioned that the whole of the prizes, to the value of some k-40, were in kind, and included useful and ornamental personal and domestic ar- ticles. The first prize was a handsome gold watch and albert chain, the second a useful bicycle. Other prizes were an over- mantel, tea services, clocks, suits of clothes, boots, and a hundred and one other ar- ticles—the platform presenting the appear- ance of a well-appointed store. It is also worthy of note that the officers' silver chal- lenge cup has been won successively by the Flint Co. since its presentation by Mr. Storey, of Rhyl. Colonel B. E. Philips, commanding the 5th Batt. R.W.F., presided, and there were also on the platform the Mayor and Mayor- I ess (Alderman Chas. E. Dyson and Mrs. Dyson), the Town Clerk and Mrs. T. W. Hughes, Major E. J. H. Williams (com- manding E Coy.), Capt. and Adjutant C. E. Wood, Capt. T. B. Hardern, Lieut. Mar- riott, Connah's Quay; Lieut. Hugh U. Wil- liame, Lieut. G. Alexander, Messrs. Alex- ander, Graefe, Kemp, Wareing, etc. PRESENTATION TO INSTRUCTOR. After the distribution of the prizes by the Mayoress (to whom a bouquet of pink car- nations was handed on behalf of the officers by Col. Sergt. D. E. Davies. Major E. J. H. Williams said it had al- ways been the custom of E • to recog- nise the services of their Sergeant-Instruc- tor, and as Sergt. Cugley was responsible for the Company during the past year, he was pleased to ask the Mayoress to present to him a set of chill.a. with their very best wishes. The Mayoress handed to Scrgt. Cugley the present, amid loud applause. Sergt. Cugley is succeeded in the instruc- torship of E Coy. by Sergt. Roberts, who, it was noticed, wore a fine array of medals for active and distinguished service. Col. Philips said he had great pleasare in proposing a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs. Dyson for so kindly attending that evening and giving away the prizes. He was sure it was a very great encouragement to them all when the ladies took aiiiiitere6t in the Ter- ritorials and came and helped them so graciously as the Mayoress had done on oc- casions such as that (hearr hear). He was only echoing the thoughts of every officer, non-commissioned officer and. man in E Coy. when lie expressed deep gratitude to Mrs. Dyson for her presence and kind service (applause). At the request of Col. Philips, the Mayor- ess presented Private K Evans with the long service medals. Mrs- Dyson congratu- later Private Evans heartily upon the dis- tinction gained so loyally and worthily. Mrs. Dyson, replying to the vote of thanks—which, it is needless to eay, had been carried with hearty applause-Baid she thanked Col. Philips, the officers and men, and all present for the very kind reception given her. k had been: an honour she ap- preciated, :,1,1 a pleasure she delighted in. It was a u. -at pleasure to her to be pre- sent and 1 show her delight in them- specially j oÍ one who gained the first prize, Pte.. Fred Edwards (applause). She thanked Col. Philips for his kind remarks in reference to herself and the ladies who took an: interest m the Territorials. EMPLOYERS THANKED. Capt, C. E. Wood, Adjutant of the 5th Batt., said it was with great pleasure that he was. able to meet and to thank so many employers of labour in Flint. There were a good, number of representatives of the works, and industries of Flint present that evening. He considered that it was ex- tremely good of them not only to allow the men to go to camp and to do their Terri-j trial work, but also to show the great in- terest they took in the Territorials. The works were so well-known that he need warcely name them—there were the Alkali Works, the Paper Mills, the Silk Works, and the Mercerising Works, and others out- side the town where the Flint men were employed. He would like to point out that this year a bounty was being given for all men who attended camp and fired the mus- ketry course. There was no excuse given this year. He felt it his duty to ask them to be as lenient as possible in allowing the men to go to camp for the whole period of 14 days. He did not want to ask too much —he knew it was extremely awkward—but from the great interest local employers took in the company he felt confident they would help as much as they could. It was not only just around Flint that employers were so good, he could say it of the whole coun- ty—the strength of the Battalion was rapid- ly going up. Very shortly, he thought, the Colonel would be able to fulfil the idea of getting the Battalion to full strength (hear, hear). Mr. J. R. Alexander said he had been al lotted the task of replying to the vote of thanks the Adjutant had so kindly proposed to the employers of labour and he had been desired on behalf of his colleague# to again promise to give every encouragement and every facility to young men to join the ranks of the Territorials—(applause);—also to those already in the Force to afford them all encouragement and facility to attend the annual camp for the full period of 14 days (hear, hear). They were also anxious to encourage every organisation which had for its object the training of young people, par- ticularly those boys at the period of life be- tween leaving school and before they be- came qualified or of age to be attached to the Territorint.s It was an IMPORTANT PERIOD IN A BOY'S LIFE and he felt that they should be encouraged to take up such movements as would teach them discipline, obedience, punctuality and promptitude. As employers it was their ex- perience that those who had had training with the Territorials were their best men Given an order, they were prompt and did it thoroughly. In saying that they would give every encouragement to the movement, he spoke also on behalf of his fellow-employ- ers present that evening (applause). Mr J. M. Kemp proposed a vote of thanks to Col. Philips for presiding so ably and genially (hear, hear). They had known several colonels of the Royal Welch, and they had always shown great interest in the Battalion. Of course, they appreciated the interest taken in other sections of the Ter- ritorial service, but the 5th Battalion they all knew, and there was no one they were more pleased to welcome than Col. Philips (hear, hear). There was no doubt about it, the Colonel was shaping very well to bring the Battalion to the top of the tree in numbers and efficiency, and he sincerely hoped that he would attain his highest am- bitions. If all companies in the Battalion would shape as well as Flint Company he would not have very long to wait. He hoped the good example of Flint would be taken up, and that the Colonel would soon have the pleasure of seeing the Battalion at its full establishment. He asked everyone to accord Col. Philips a hearty vote of thanks. The proposition having been carried with enthusiastic applause, PRAISE OF FLINT COMPANY. Colonel Philips replied, and said he was very much obliged for the way in which the proposition had been received, and he also thanked the proposer for what he had said about him. It always gave him pleasure to visit Flint and particularly to attend the annual prize distribution to E Company. He was not going to say anything about E Coy. in particular, but there was no doubt about it that Flint was an extraordinarily good company. It excelled in the way of members and in discipline, and was an ex- cellent company all round. Very great cre- dit, he was sure, was due to the Major and the other officers and non-commissioned offi- cers. He knew what they had to Ziro to bring the company to the very high state of efficiency he now found it in. It was a vastly different thing to look after an or- dinary company of 100 men and to look after a company of 200 men. It really meant that officers and non-commissioned offi- cers had got to do double work. That ought to be realised by the company and specially by the rank and file, so that they should buck up to give the officers as little work to do as possible (hear, hear). When he joined the Battalion there were, he be- lieved, 650 men. He made up his mind that if he possibly could he would get the Bat- talion up to strength. He was glad to 6ay that the strength at the present moment was 921 (hear, hear). They were within 80 of the point he had in view, and they had still got a little over a week before recruiting was over for the year. He hoped in that time to get, a few men. He might not get the 80 in the county, but they would get as near as they could. He would like to em- phasise what had been said by the Adjutant as regards employers of labour. If all em- ployers of labour in the county of Flint were anything like as good and helped the Battalion in anything like the way the em- ployers of labour in the Borough of Flint did, they would have no difficulty whatever in getting the Battalion not only up to strength, but over strength (hear, hear). He should like to publicly tender to them, on behalf of himself -and also on beHalf of the Battalion, their very hearty thnnke for the generous way they had met them (hear, hear). EFFICIENCY IN MUSKETRY. It would, he thought, be interesting to them to know something as regards the musketry of the Battalion. He personally thought it was second to none of all the Territorial Battalions in the country (hear, hear). They would be able to realise that when he told them that last year out of the whole of the men there were only 15 who were non-efficient in musketry. He con- sidered that was an extraordinary average. It meant that the average of the whole Bat- talion was about 98 per cent. of the effi- cients. It seemed to have always been a sort of race between the D and E Com- panies, commanded by the Brothers Wil- liams, and he rather thought that this year the Major was getting in front. It only re- mained for the other brother to pick up a bit, and k if he could not just beat the Major (laughter and hear, hear). He had strict orders to be brief, so that was an ex- cellent excuse to bring his remarks to a close by again thanking all present for the way they had received him (applause). Major E. J. II. Williams had pleasure in proposing a vote of thanks to the subscrib- el6 to the prize fund. They had always generously supported the company in money and in kind. They could see how the money had been laid out. The goods were on the. counter (laughter). Some were given and others were bought, and every man had selected his own article, ttnd further every article, he believed, was given ,r bought in Flint (hear, hear). He should like to em- phasise the remarks of the Colonel and Ad- jutant that the Battalion was short of its strength by 80 men. They had another week in which to recruit. He hoped every- one would do their best to make up the 80. If every town and village of the size of Flint would do as well as the Borough town there would be no talk of compulsory ser- vice, and there would be no shortage. E Coy. drew on a population of 5000, and they had 200 men, including some 50 recruits, so that with a, population of 40 millions and j every town equal to Flint in support there would be a Territorial Force of 1,600,000. No enemy would dare dream putting their foot in the country. It would take five times their number to turn them out of Flint. He wanted E Coy. to remember D Coy. was equal in strength. His brother was the biggest rival he had got, and he wanted E Coy. to help him to beat him (laughter and hear, hear) He depended up- on Flint men not to let him down (hear, hear). It was, he might remark, very rarely that they found three brothers as officers in the same Battalion and on the platform to- I get her. The success of a company was not due to the work of one man. No one per- son could make it a success—everyone had got to join in and do his level best. From the private who groused because of too much fat in the rneat-(Iatigliter)-to the Colonel on his horse at the head of the Bat- talion-all had got to do their work. He had to thank Col.-Sergt. Cugley, who had done his work well; the non-commissioned officers, especially Col.-Sergt. Davies, who was his right hand man, and who worked harder than any man in the Company and was always doing his best to make E Coy. first and foremost in every possible way (hear, hear). He also thanked the men- —men whom he never yet found to shirk a bit of hard work. If occasion ever arose to defend their land God send him the chums of E Cov. and the rest of the Royal Welch (applause).
VALUE OF DISCIPLINE. The Mayor (Major Dyson) said he had not intended to speak, but on behalf of the sub- scribers, a<s Major Williams had thanked them, he replied. He was pleased to see such a variety of articles selected as prizes. It showed the men had not only the thought of winning the honours of being the best shots, but they also thought of their homes and beautifying of their rooms. It was a good custom that the prizes should be given in articles of use to the men, and that the prizes should be household articles was par- ticularly good, as they would be mementoes of their life in the Territorials, when they had settled down to be really good reserv- ists (hear, hear). As Mr Alexander bad said, the best men they found were those who had served in the Territorials, and when they came to settle down they could never forget or drop the effect of the little discipline and training they received. They knew such a man as lie walked down the street. He held his- bead erect, his chest in the right place, and he marched along as though the whole place belonged to him. That was the right spirit—not thinking of what anyone might say, and caring les6 for what they did say, conscious tfiat he had done his- duty to his Kiug and country and proud in the knowledge of it (hear, hear). "The King" called1 out Col. Philips, and the National Anthem was heartily sung. The remainder of the evening was devo- ted to dancing.
ADVERTISING THAT PAYS. RHYL'S EXPERIENCE OF NEWS- PAPERS. Further testimony to the value of news- paper advertising was given at the yearly meeting of the Rhyl Advertising Associa- tion. The committee reported :—" Newspaper advertising has again been a prominent character, and excellent i-efsulte have fol- lowed. Continuous advertising has been found to pay much better than that of a spasmodic kind." During the year the as- sociation sent out upwards of 75,000 guides and pamphlets, and there was not a day throughout the whole year in which the newspaper advertisements did not bring applications for guides. Large quantities of posters were also issued, and the associa- tion spent nearly L500 in various schemes. Mr. F. Phillips (chairman of the Rhyl Urban Council) was elected president on Wednesday evening, with Mr. P J. Ashfield as chairman of the committee, Mr. R. B. Arnold hon. treasurer, and Mr. C. S. Sabin auditor.
s P tI N G.. r MILLINEH7. Ix CHESTER we have a reputation for smart Millinery wbich is a bye-word. We have followed throughout a policy of charging only for the bare cost of production, and not making excessive charges for ttyle To these two- factors we attribute the largest Millinery connection in the City. D W. T. WILLIAMS 33=39, Foregatf St., 1 CHESTER. I
Connah's Quay Finances. General District Rate: Reduction of Twopence. COUNCIL PRACTICALLY OUT OF DEBT." A special meeting of the Connah's Quay Urban District Council was held on Thurs- day evening last for the purpose of passing the new general district rate of 2s. 4d. in the £ recommended by the Finance Com- mittee. Mr. J. R. Freme presided. The estimates included the following items, the actual expenditure for the year 1913-14 being first given in brackets: Re- moval of nightsoil ( £ 168) £ 180; sewerage ( £ 47), £ 250; infectious disease notification, ( £ 1 5s.), £ 20; public lighting, (£183\, £ 200; legal charges, £ 100; establishment charges ( £ 175), C-150; salaries (£80), £ 300; contri- butions to local authority (£15), £15; disin- fectants (-CIO), £ 20; street watering, hyd- rants, and fountain ( £ 13), CI3; highways main roads, £ 1616. Other roads brought tip the total to k3,386 Other Items were Hospital, £50; private streets, £ 122 and £ 78; footpaths and stiles, £ 20; hese. £ 10; tar spraying, klIO main road improvement £39 2s. total, k3839 Is. 5d. Cheques un- presented at 31st March, 1914,, £183: total, £ 4,024 2s. 2d. The estimated receipts were: Balance at 31st March, 1914. C-560 12s. 6d.; outstanding rates at 31st March, 1914, £ 197 6s. 3d. Flintshire County Coun- oil: Repayment of salaries, C45, main rOR(k£1.6:2 9s.; Main Coal Co., £ 40; tar spraying, zf.167 10s.; rent of office, £ 10; fines and fees, 2s .6d.; total, £ 2.643 0s. 3d., leaving a total amount required of £ 1.381 Is. lid. The cemetery estimate was as follows:— Balance due to treasurer at 31st March, 1914. £53 14s. 2-U1. wages. £ 68; salaries, 2 £ 20; sundries. £ 25; estimated receipts, £ 166 14s. 2id. fees. £ 60; amount required, £ 106 14s. 2Ad. The committee resolved tliat a precept for £ 110. being the amount re- quired for the ensuing year for defraying the expenses for the cemetery, be issued, the same to be payable on the 29th September next. A SUBSTANTIAL BALANCE. Mr. J. W. Council, chairman of the Finance Committee, in moving the adoption of the minutes and recommendations, said he thought the Council finances were in really a good state. Referring to the past vear, he found with regard to the estimates which they made twelve montlis ago that they had kept to them with two exceptions. He was, of course, referring to the expendi- ture which was under the direct control of the Council. Not only did they make their estimates very carefully, but they had ex- ercised great care in the way they had spent the money, so that in nearly all eases it turned out that they had spent a little bit. less than they had estimated. The result of this policy was that they had a substan- tial balance in hand. As regards the esti- mated expenditure for the present year, they had again estimated carefully, fairly, and not extravagantly. He only hoptli that the same care would be 'reised during the coming year in the expenditure, so that at the end of the year they would again have a substantial balance. As regards the pre- sent position of the authority, lie thought it was a matter for congratulation that they were practically out of debt (hear. lear). They had not to make any allowance for expenditure which was a recurring charge vear after year. They had paid off the cemetery loan and the old "inheritance from the first Council. They had also paid for the improvements on the river side of the maiii tsti-eet, azid during the present year they hoped to continue those improve- ments on the land side so that before long at least half of the Wepre end would have pavements on both sides, and that would be paid for during the present year. The rate was less by 2d. than it was 12 months ago, and they were asking for E40 from the over- seers as a Burial Board, so that altogether he thought the ratepayers ought to feel satisfied with the way the Council was do- ing its work (applause). Mr S. Vickers seconded, and said the finances of the Council were in a better state to-day than ever they had been since the Council had been formed. The resolution was passed.
Football. MYNYDD ISA MEDAL COMPETITION. This interesting competition was decided on Saturday, when the semi-final and final were played at Mynydd lsa. In the semi- final the teams were Mold Juniors and Oakenholt St. David's. Both teams played well. The game was very fast and exciting. St. David's were rather too good for Mold, and they eventually won by two goals to one. n. Price scored the two goals for St. David's. After about half-an-hour's inteival Uak- enholt St. David's faced Pentre uld Boys. The game was keenly contested. St. Da- vid's proved successful, defeating the Old Boys by one goal to nil. The winning goal wa., scored by J. Rogers, centre forv ard. Afterwards the presentation of medals took place. The first set were awatded to Oakenholt St. David's and were presented by Mrs. R. Thomas, wife of the secretary. The second set were awarded to Pentre Old Boys, and were presented by Miss Nellie Jones.
WREXHAM CHEESE FAIR. The first cheese fair of the season, orga- nised by the Markets Committee of the Wrexham Town Council, was held on Tue-s- day. The pitch of cheese was over four tons, and the price ranged from 5os. to 08s. per cwt.
Essad Pasha, Albanian Minister of War and of the Interior, has been arrested and taken on board an Austrian warship, wheie lie remains at the disposition of Prince d liame.
AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATION. A large meeting of farmers convened by the North Wales branch of the Agricultural Organisation Society was held at the Castle Hotel, Ruthin on Tuesday, Colonel Sand- bach presiding, to consider the formation of all agricultural co-operative society for the Vale of Clwyd. Professor Hopkins Jones, agricultural organiser for Denbighshire and Flintshire; Mr. Lecomber, Mr. G. F. By- ford, Mr. H. Williams, and Mr. Gomer Ro- berts spoke, and it was unanimously decided to form such a society, and a representative committee was also appointed.
An oil boom is in progress at Calgary, fol- lowing on the discovery of several wells. Oil stock is soaring, and oil leases are fetching fancy prices.