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The ninth," so far as THE MAYOR the election of Mayors in OF the Vale of Clwyd was DENBIGH. concerned, passed peace- fully. At Denbigh the proceedings, in reference to the Mayor's election, were in marked contrast to those of a year ago. Then there was a severe contest between the friends of Mr Tumour and Mr Robert Owen, with the result that Mr Tumour was elected. This year all that was changed. The utmost unanimity prevailed. As we said last week, Mr V cC0nduct i* the chair has ? not only to kKe Council, but to the townspeople, whilst his urbanity and generosity have made him the friend of all. The Council therefore did "itself honour," and as Alderman Williams ex- pressed it, cc did a graceful and right act" by re-electing him, and it was all the more pleasing that the proposal should have come from his last year's opponent, Mr Robert Owen. We wish the Mayor a prosperous and happy year of office, and we feel confident he will ably and worthily discharge the duties of the Mayoralty this year as he did last. We feel sure also that he will have the fullest assistance from the Mayoress, whose kind deeds and graceful fulfilment of her duties as Mayoress are spoken of everywhere with the greatest appreciation and affection, # We heartily congratu- THK MAYOR late Dr Medwyn Hughes OF upon the cordiality with Remix. which he was unani- mously re-elected Mayor of Ruthin. Dr Hughes is one of RuthinV ablest townsmen, and well deserves the confidence reposed in him and the honour conferred upon him. He is a liberal- minded, generous man, well fitted by his education, social status, and superior abilities for the highest honour his towns- men can confer upon him. We hope he will have a pleasant year of office, and the strength to serve the town, whose needs be knows so well, with all the ability he possesses, and with that tact and dis- cretion with which he is so largely endowed. A correspondent writes THE calling our attention to GOBLIN WELL the very dangerous con- FOOTPATH. dition of the footpath by the Goblin well. We do not know who is responsible for the safe and good condition of this path, but we have no doubt whoever is will look into the matter and do what is necessary to put the path into a condition of safety and cemfort for the use of the public. We cannot be too jealous of the state of the footpaths around the town, as they are a source of pleasure as well as convenience to a large portion of the inhabitants. In accepting the in- THE FRENCH eritable, the French SURRENDER. Government has done that which the civilised world expected of it. In signifying its intention not to retain the Marchand Mission at Fashoda," the official comuniqne explains that the French Cabinet arrived at this decision after an exhaustive examination." In this, as in every diplomatic step attending this regrettable aggression, the French Minis- ters have b< en singularly wanting in those qualities of tact, prescience and judgment which we hi ve been accustomed to asso- ciate with French diplomacy. They have been as much wanting in prudence altd foresight as they have been deficient "I the courage of their acts. A perfectly cautious and well-intentioned Government would have added an apology to the Powei upon whose sphere tho trespass had been committed. Instead, France chose to haggle, demanding compensation for the withdrawal from a wrongful position. In private life we have a succinct phrase for such conduct. In diplomacy, where language is very choice and reserved, we could only insist that the aggressive force be withdrawn before another word was said. This has been at last recognised by the French Ministers. It is their own^ fault if withdrawal has been delayed contested until it has rssumed the character of an ungraciouf humiliating surrender to the coeroi6r#'B1'^ ths mobilisation of • '"j!™" ?' British warship.. And .t.. equaUy thelr fault if the announcement of submission „as deferred till mch time as enabled Lord Salisbury to announce it at the great City banquet, where the best men of the nation were assembled to do honour to lord Kitchener, whose masterly series of victories for ever extinguished the French hope of creepmg into the occupation of Egypt by the back door.

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