ST. ASAPH. ORDINATION SERVICES. Last Sunday, the Bishop of St. Asaph held a general ordination in the cathedral, when the following were ordained Deacons, Joseph Ellis, licentiate in divinity, St. David's College, Lampeter; Richard Owen, B.A., hon. collegiate, Oxford University Charles Grafton Win ley Lowe, B.A., Clare College, Cambridge Ebenezer Evans, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter. Priests, William Dynevor Thomas, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter; David James Davies, B.A., Catherine's College, Cambridge; Eustace St. Clare Hill, B.A.. Christ Church, Oxford; John Ilees Jones, licentiate in di- vinity, St. David's College, Lampeter, and St. Michael's, Aberdare; Robert Jones, licentiate in divinity, St. David's College, Lampeter; Richard Michael Jones, Trinity College, Cambridge. His Lordship after- wards licensed the Rev. Josepn Ellis to the curacy of Bagillt; the Rev. Richard Owen to the curacy of Rhosddu; the Rev Grafton Worsley Lowe to the curacy of Oswestry and the Rev. Ebenezer Evans to the curacy of Brymbo. The gospel was read by the Rev. C. G. W. Lowe and the sermon was preached by the Rev. C. W. Norman Ogilvy, vicar of Oswestry. WESLEYAN LITERARY SOCIETY. The members of this society, on Thursday last, sat down to an excellent supper, provided by the lady members. An entertainment was held afterwards, when a programme of a va- riety nature was gone through. VISIT OF MRS. BRYNFERCH RHYS. On Sunday last, at the Wesleyan Chapel, this lady preacher delivered three sermons to large congregations. On the following Mon- day, at the same place, she gave a lecture on 'The Women of Wales.' The proceeds of the lecture, and the coltections at the sermons, were devoted towards the Baptist cause in the city. The Rev. Benjamin Williams, Denbigh, presided at the lecture. SUDDEN DEATH OF THE LATE STATIONMASTER. On Monday morning last, the city was thrown into great consternation when the news spread that Mr. William Jones, the late stationmaster of this city, had died very suddenly the pre- vious night, at his residence; in Mount Road. He was fJ6 years of age, and enjoyed good health during last Sunday. He went to bed as lively as ever, but soon felt ill. Medical aid was summoned, but was of no avail, the cause 1 of death being heart disease. Deceased had held the post of stationmaster for a great num- ber of years, and only resigned about twelve months ago, when a presentation of over a £100 was made bo him, got by public subscrip- tion. He was a staunch Catholic, and his loss will be keenly felt by that body. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning last, at the St. Asaph, Cemetery, at ten o'clock. Requiem Mass was held at the Catholic Church at nine o'clock, and performed by Father Lucas. The chapel was crowded, and the funeral then proceeded towards the cemetery, headed by members of the Foresters Friendly Society, of which lodge the deceased was a member. The interment was performed ac- cording to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Father Lucas officiating.
DEATHS. On Saturday afternoon last, the funeral took place at the Cemetery, St. Asaph, of Mr. Hugh Jones, the Wern, at the age of 44 years. Deceased was well known in the city being in the employ of the Bishop, and also for a num- ber of years with the late Bishop Hughes. He I was a faithful teacher in the Parish Church Sunday School, and was the oldest member of the Church Choir. The funeral was attended by a large number of people, the procession being headed by the members of the Foresters Lodge, and the Parish Church Choir. The Bishop and Mrs. Edwards attended the funeral. The deceased leaves a widow and six young children to mourn his loss. At the Parish Church, on Sunday night, the Rev. T. LI. Williams referred on his sermon to the loss sustained to the church through the death of Mr. Hugh Jones. His favourite hymnst, were sung during the day; and at the close of the service, Mr. T.R.Jones, the organist, played the Dead March.' On Saturday afternoon, the death took place, after a weeks illness, of Winefred, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry Jones, butcher, High St., at the age of 36 years. Deceased was the young- est daughter of the late Mr. E. Hughes, tailor, Castle Hill, Denbigh. She leaves a husband and three young children (the youngest being only about a week old), besides a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss, with I whom great sympathy is felt. The funeral took place at St. Asaph Cemetery, on Wednes- day afternoon last, and was one of the largest witnessed here for some time. The service was conducted at the house by the Revs. Benjamin Williams, Denbigh, and Benjamin Evans, Rhuddlan; and in the Cemetery by Revs. J. Silas Evans, and T. Ll. Williams, St. Asaph. A large number of beautiful wreaths were sent by relatives and friends, amongst them being "ir the following :-Mrs. Brooke Cunliffe, and the Missas Cunliffe; Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Pen-y- ffordd; Mrs. Davies, Esgobdy; Mr. and Mrs. T. R Jones, School House; Mrs. Austen, High Street; Mrs. Tyso, Deanery Cottage; Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, White Horse Miss Hughes, Dyddosfa; Miss Davies, Kinmel Arms; Miss M. Hughes, Denbigh; Mrs. Kelly, Hafod Elwy; Servants of Glanllyn; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Roberts, Denbigh; Mrs. Ellis, Bont'ralltgoch; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jones, Exchange Shop Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Roe; Sister Maria and niece Mrs. Hal ley Mr. and Mrs. WT. G Wil liams, Lower street, iAithin Mr. Henry Jones; Mr. and Mrs. Thonras Deed, Penycob, and Ciss (Miss Roberts, Pentre'refail).
1'1 PARISH COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Monday evening, at the National Schools, St. Asaph. The members present were Mr. T. Howes Roberts (chairman), Dr: Easterby, Dr. Lloyd, Messrs J. C. S. Luxmore, H. A. Cleaver, It. Jones, J. P. Jones, J. C. Jones, and the Clerk (Mr. T. F. Roberts). PENYBONT ROAD. The Clerk read a letter from the St. Asaph District Council respecting tLestate of the road on the south side of Penybont, which they stated was not under their control. They had never carted any stones along it. The Clerk said he had received no reply with regard to the kitch catch. The Chairman said the subject came up for discussion at the Council, and although lie drew as graphic a picture as he could of animals rushing along the path to the danger of pedes- trians it had no effect. The Chairman: They removed the old stiles, which were very awkward. Mr. R. Jones said that when recommenda- tions were sent to the District Council they should not be characterised as ridiculous. He proposed that they write to the County Council on the subject. It was no good writing resolu- tions for them to be ignored. Mr. J. P. Jones seconded the proposition. Dr. Easterby said there was a section under the Act of 1878 which stated that where an authority neglected to repair a road, the county authority could do it, and charge them for it The county authority was now the County Council. Mr. R. Jones said they had a right to appeal ¡ Under their own act as well. e> THE DIAMOND JUBILEE AND THE DENBIGH INFIRMARY. The Clerk said he had received several com- rJf^Catio?s *rom the Denbigh Infirmary with deference to the above. The Chairman: 1 also received one from Col. Mesham, which I merely acknowledged. The Clerk read the circular, which was to the effect that the Committee were in debt to the amount of F,500, and as the annual expen- diture exceeded the income by £ 300, donations were required to meet the deficiency, and secondly to increase the subscription list. Mr. Cleaver said it was suggested that a small committee should be formed in each parish to make house to house visitations to collect. Dr. Easterby said he had received several circulars They wasted enough money in postage stamp". The Chairman: Shall we take any action ? Mr. R. Jones said the object was a Jworthy one. The Chairman said the Guardians gave five guineas, and at the next meeting Mr. Wynne, of Rhyl, was going to propose that the sub- scription be increased to ten guineas. Dr Easterby: Then we had better leave it to the next meeting of the Council. I think the Guardians have to do with it more than any- body else. Mr. Cleaver: I think the Infirmary is very well supported by our local people. No action was taken in the matter. TO LET ON HIRE, 'A HEARSE.' Mr. J. C. Jones said that as the hearse was public property, they ought to advertise for tenders from car proprietors for twelve months hire. Mr. Cleaver: Any person taking it outside the parish has to pay for it. The Chairman said it was a good suggestion, as it would be a source of revenue for the Council. Bub Mr. Jones would 'have to give notice fnr the meeting. WATCHING AND LIGHTING COMMITTEE. The Clerk, in reading the minutes of the above committee, mentioned that he had re ceived a cheque from Mr. Evan Jones for the amount of damage committed to the lamp post by his runaway horse. A 'LIGHTING' COMPLAINT. The Clerk read the following letter signed by Alice Evans :— I have been told that a meeting of the Light- ing and Watching Committee is to be held to- day. I beg to draw attention to the fact that the old pump has been done away with, and a gas has been fixed opposite my place in this street to act instead of a lamp post. What can be the reason I am at a loss to know. At the same time new lamp posts are fixed in different parts of the city, aod there are brackets and posts everywhere except here. The lamp in this street' was very much needed, and is of great convenience at night, but the fact that old rubbish attached together to act as a lamp post is no good. Whosoever supported this unseemly thing being put here would, I have no doubt, strongly oppose it if it was to be fixed near their own doors. What rates are due from me are paid as honourably as any other ratepayer and therefore I am entitled to have a bracket and lamp posts as others have. The Chairman: I believe it would cost us f2 10s. for a new lamp post. Mr. J. C. Jones said there was a difference in the height and appearence of the lamp com- plained of compared with others. It was lower by fifteen inches. Mr. Cleaver: It is all the better for being lower, because if it was higher it would not get the reflection it does from the wall. Very likely that was the reason of its being placed lower down. Mr. J. C. Jones: It was said at the parish meeting that a bracket would be placed there. Mr. J. P. Jones: Wou-Id a little paint im- prove it ? Mr. J. C. Jones: There is paint on it now, as well as a few inches of rust. Mr. Clever thought it was a matter of £ s. D. If this thing had not been put there, they would have had no light at all. It was decided to defer the matter to the next meeting. Mr. Robert Jones produced a statement of accounts of the lighting inspector. The receipts for the year came toC56 Is. 10d., and the pay- ments zC51 18s. Id., leaving a balance in hand of £ 4 3s. 9d. A DESERVING, VOTE OF THANKS. Mr. Clever proposed that the thanks of the Council be given to Mr. Robert Jones for the great service he had rendered the Council and the citizens of St. Asaph in connection with the recent footpath improvements. If it had not being for his untiring exertions in the matter, the footpaths would certainly not be in their present satisfactory condition. He per- sonally knew the vast amount of trouble Mr. Jones went to in correspondence and collecting subscriptions from different people. He should also like to couple the name of Mr. Mansbridge, who acted as treasurer. Dr. Easterby seconded the vote, which was carried unanimously.
THE BETHESDA CHOIR. A most enthusiastic reception was given to bhe above choir on the occasion of their re- sent visit to the Congregational church at Sutton, in Surrey. The pastor of the church is the Rev. J. Jones, a Welshman, and the chair was taken by T. H. Gilbert, Esq., late of Ruthin. Notwithstanding very inclement weather, the chapel, a spacious building, was exceedingly full, the aisles being occupied, whilst a number at the entrance failed to se- cure seats (and this in a district where labour disputes do not usually excite interest in fa vour of the workers). It was soon seen, however, that the meeting was heartily in sympathy with the cause for which the choir are working, md responded freely to the chairman in the admirable remarks he made after the choir had favoured the audience with some of their ayrnns and selections, rendered in their usual touching, yet highly refined and cultured man tier amongst the most appreciated of these may perhaps be mentioned The Martyrs of ilie Arena' (chorus), 'March of the Men of Harlech5 (chorus), 'Death of Nelson' (solo), Excelsior' (duet), Cambrias song of Freedom [chorus), and The Pilgrims Chorus. Mr. Gil- bert then made a short but stirring speech on behalf of the cause of labour and the right of combination which the Penrhyn Quarrymen iire so ably fighting for, and he pictured very vividly to the audience the district in which bhe quarry is situated, bringing home strongly bo his hearers the effect of the strike upon the wives and families of the strikers, and laying squal stress also upon the great dangers to which these men are subject when at work, shis. as he told the audience, is a fact often lost sight of; and it is an essential feature in this unfortunate dispute that their claim to ;e right of combination involves also their right to have some voice in the proper work- ing of the mine, especially in cases where dan- ger to life and limb is concerned. This recital of the men's position was sym. pathetically listened to • and when Mr. Jones, the pastor, further pleaded their cause in a few but earnest sentences, and asked for a, substantial recognition in the form of a good collection, he was readily responded to, the sum of about £ 21 being received, and the ex- I penses having been defrayed by friends, tl,e whole of the above collection was free of any deductions. After the collection, the choir sang further choruses and songs, terminating with the National Welsh Anthem, and God save the Queen.' Amongst the., audience was a, son of the late Mr. Edward Miall, M.P., and bhe choir give him a most hearty welcome when, after the meeting, a few friends bad the pleasure of meeting the singer in the vestry, md had the further enjoyment of hearing them sing another hymn. Whilst there are hopes that the dispute may be brought to a happy termination, all thanks are due to bhese noble and musically gifted men for the valuable help rendered to their fellow quarry- men.—E. C. A.
A useful charity called the Spectacle Mission provides spectacles for needlewomen and ether leserving persons dependent on their eyesjgjjt [or a living. Last year 726 applicants provided with spectacles, <
-+- DENBIGH, DENBIGHSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. The annual meeting of the above was held in the County Hall, Denbigh, on Friday last, and a portion of the report appeared in our last issue. THE RECORD OF ATTENDANCE. In his address from the chair, Sir Watkin suggested that in future a book should be pro- vided in which the Councillors present at each meeting could record their names as they came to the room, thus doing away with the need of calling over the names at the beginning of each meeting. This suggestion was subsequently discussed, and it was decided to instruct the clerk to procure such a book. THE AGRICULTURAL RATES ACT. The county rate basis under the Agricultural Rates Act prepared by the Clerk on returns received from the various unions in the county was referred to the Assessment Committee, with power to act. THE EXTENSION OF THE ASYLUM. THE QUESTION OF LOAN. The Finance Committee recommended the Council to authorise the clerk to take the necessary steps to enable the Council to borrow in one sum, on the security of the county fund or county rate, the sum of 918,760 18s. 9d. (for asylum extension), at a rate of interest not exceeding X3 per cent, subject to the approval of the chairman, Sir W. Williams Wynn, such loan to be repayable in thirty years by equal half-yearly payments of principal and interest combined; also- that the Council be recom- mended to accept the terms of Messrs. Macara Brothers of J;3 per cent for the loan of £ 1,300 required to provide a second court at W rex- ham. Mr. Lumley said that public bodies in other parts of the country were able to secure loans at a lower rate of interest than 3 per cent, and Denbighshire County Council should endeavour to secure the same advantages. He felt con- fident that they could secure such a large sum as X20,000 for a lower rate than that recom- mended by the Finance Committee, because Bootle h-4d recently negotiated a loan of £ 8,500 for 2 1-16 per cent. The £ 20,000 required by the Council, could, in his opinion be obtained for 2;1 per cent, and in order to bring that about, he would suggest that advertisements be inserted in the financial papers to that effect, and he hoped that the council would authorise the clerk to issue such an Advertisement. He therefore begged to propose that the recom- mendation of the Finance Committee be altered so as to read 2f: instead of 3 per cent interest, and that the clerk be authorised to advertise in the financial papers that the Denbighshire County Council was prepared to borrow 920,000 at 2f per cent, repayable in half yearly instalments of principal and interest.' Mr. Rooper suggested as an amendment that tenders be invited. Mr. Thomas Parry supported this sugges- tion. Col. Mainwaring asked when this money would be required ? The Clerk: In June. Mr. Lumley said he would agree to Mr. Rooper's suggestion, and proposed the following as an amendment to his own resolution—'that tenders be invited for the loan required by this County, such tenders to be submitted to the next meeting of the Finance Committee, the latter to report to the meeting of the Council. Captain Griffith Boscawen thought that- bet- ter terms than 3 per cent could not be secured, and urged the council to accept the recom- mendation of the Finance Committee. The Clerk said that if the amendment was carried, the money would not be forthcoming for the next six months. Mr. Lumley asked on whose authority the clerk made such a barefaced statement (laughter). The Clerk replied that he would have to apply to the Local Government Board an Inspector would be sent down, and an inquiry held. That would cause a loss of time, as the Local Government Board took considerable time to deal with matters of this kind. Mr. W. G. Dodd contended that all these preliminaries had already been gone through, and the question of whether they would be able to secure the loan at a less rate of interest would not be affected in any way. A vote was then taken 21 voting for the amendment, and 12 against. The amendment was declared carried CORONERS INQUESTS. ALLOWANCES TO WITNESSES. Mr. Hooson proposed 'that it be an instruc- tion to the Finance, Salaries, and Election Ex- penses Committee to amend the scale of allow- ances to witnesses for loss of time in attending coroners' courts, by substituting 5s. per day as the maximum amount payable for the 2s. 6d. per day provided by the present scale, which was fixed on the 29th of May, 1891.' Mr. S. L. Roberts seconded, and it was car- ried unanimously. RUTHIN AND THE APPROACHES TO COUNTY BRIDGES. It was decided to confirm the contract entered into between the County and the Ruthin Corporation for repairing the ap- proaches to County Bridges within the Borough for the current, and the two succeeding years. The sum to be paid to the Corporation under this contract is fl5 per annum.
PROPOSED MAY-DAY FESTIVITIES. On Monday night, a public meeting was held in the Council Chamber, to consider the advi- sability of holding May-Day Festivities in the town this year. The Mayor, who had con- vened the meeting, presided, and there were also present: Messrs J. P. Jones (Town Clerk), J. Bellamy, J. Ll. Williams, S. T. Miller, T. Ro- berts, W. Roberts, W. G. Helsby, H, E Jones, James Hughes, W. J. Nott, J. S. Roberts, B. Bryan, W. H. Evans, J. T. Hughes, W. James, Dr. Lloyd, R. D. Hughes, T. A. Wynne Ed- wards, "W. Clwyd Pierce, Edward "Thomas, T. Ashford, R. Hughes (Crown Hotel), C. Cot tam, T. F. Evans, T. Pierce Hughes, Gwilym Parry, T. Batten, Hugh Williams, R. G. Bushnell, R. G. Davies, W. Buller, W. H. Hughes, J. Bowse, Christmas Lewis, Peter Williams, Richard Williams, J. Evans, D. Jones, A. O. Evans, R. W. Lloyd, James Green, W. Barker, Col. Lloyd Williams, and others.. The Town Clerk having read the notice con- vening the meeting, The Mayor, in opening the proceedings, said that the meeting had been called to decide whether the May Day Festivities should be held or not. A great many people had been speaking to him about it, some against and some in favour. As far as he was personally concerned, he would give them his opinion. If he thought for one instant that the holding of the May-Day Festivities would clash with the Diamond Jubilee, he would be the last man in the world to support the holding of them (hear, hear). But he did not think they would inter- fere with the commemoration celebration (ap- plause). A meeting had been held the previous week to consider the question of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, and they all knew what was done, and that it was decided to collect funds for the Infirmary and the Intermediate School, a percentage ef which would also be used to- wards celebrating the day by feeding the old people and the children, &c. (cheers). But this was quite a different function. On Jubilee Day, he did not think they would have many people in town from outside, as there would be gather- ings in every town and village throughout the district around. But he ventured to say that it would be quite different on May-Day (hear, hear). If he had been rightly informed, May- Day would not be observed at Rhyl or Llan- dudno, and he would take it, that their friends from Rhyl and Llandudno would come and sup. port Denbigh on this occasion (applause). May-Day this year fell on a Saturday, which he considered as a most suitable day for hold ing the festivities, because the country people could more conveniently attend on a Saturday than almost any other day. If the meeting de- cided in favour of holding festivities, it would be his earnest endeavour, to the best of his abilities, to make them a great success (loud applause). He was no prophet, nor the son of a prophet, nevertheless, he would venture to prophesy that, if they had a fine day, their festivities would excel those held twelve months ago (hear, hear, and applause), although the festivities last year were such as they could well be proud of (hear, hear). There were so few things of this nature in Denbigh, in which it was an easy matter for them to pull together, without allowing religious or political bias to enter into the matter at all. May-Day Festi- vities could not be affected by either religion or politics, and if they decided that night to have these festivities they would, undoubtedly, prove a great success (hear, hear). However, whatever their decision would be, he would bow to it. Personally, he failed to see why they could not go on with these festivities (cheers). That was his opinion, but he would now ask anyone present to move a resolution pro or con, in order to have the views of the meeting on the matter. Mr. Edward Thomas, Bryntirion, paid that something took place last year with regard to the support of Ruthin, and if he remembered rightly, a suggestion had been made that the procession should be held in both towns alter- nately. He wished to know whether this had been agreed upon? The Mayor said that if Denbigh intended to hold the festivities, then Ruthin would abstain from moving in the matter. On the other hand, if Denbigh decided not to have the pro- cession this year, then Ruthin most probably would go in for it. He did not make this state- ment on any reliable authority, but the meet- ing, he thought, might take it as correct. He had a conversation with Mr. T. J. Ronw, some time ago, and that gentleman told him that the Ruthin Cycle Club would, in all probability, take part in the proceedings (cheers). Mr. William James Providing the roads are in better condition (laughter). In reply to Mr. Wynne Edwards, The Mayor said that the balance left last year amounted to £11 4s, 6d. which was in the Treasurer's hand. A sum of £ 92 8s. was col- lected in subscriptions. Mr. Wynne Edwards: What was the total expenditure? The Mayor £ 122 14s. lid. In reply to a question by Mr. A. O. Evans, The Mayor said Rhyl and Llandudno had de- cided not to hold the festivities this year. He had received an authoritative information from Rhyl on the subject. Mr. Bryan said he did not know whether the subscribers had been tested upon the question of having festivities this year or not. A large number of gentlemen would be called upon to subscribe to the Jubilee Fund, and he did not know whether they could reasonably expect them to subscribe to the May-Day Festivities as well. He found that L92 odd had been sub- scribed last year for this purpose, and, no doubt, they would expect a similar sum this year to make the show a success. The Mayor: We had f,15 from the Castle Committee last year, Mr. Bryan, and £ 9 from the programmes. Mr. Bryan said what he wished to know was whether the subscribers to the May-Day Fund last year would support this year also? The Mayor I cannot answer that question. Mr. A. O. Evans: I presume you had no let- ters on the question, Sir? The Mayor: No Mr. Helsby wanted to know what the print- ing and advertising expenses amounted to last year? Mr. T. Pierce Hughes Oh you must cur- tail these expenses. The Mayor said. that the expenses above re- ferred to, amounted to 9-33. They received from the sale of programmes jE3 5s. 2d., and for advertising in the programme, 99. Mr. Henry Jones, Park Street After the success of the festivities last year, I do not think we ought to let them drop now (applause). If we drop this year, the probability-, is that we shall never be able to have another proces- sion (hear, hear). That is my opinion. Mr. David Jones, Gwynfa, hoped there would be unanimity in dealing with this question (hear, hear). Iftthey were going in for May- Day Festivities,She sincerely trusted that all would put their shoulder to the wheel with the same spirit and energy as last year (ap- plause). He did not think there should be a,ny I doubt as to whether this should be a. yearly concern or not. They should not, in his opin- ion, by any means depart from it on the pre- sent occasion (hear, hear). Last year was the inaugurative meeting, and a very great suc- cess it was (applause), and if it would be held this year, he hoped that the second meeting would prove even a greater success than the first. Being at Ruthin that day, he had sounded his friends there on the question, and he was given to understand it was not their in tention to hold any festivities on May-Day, but would do everything they could to further the movement in Denbigh (cheers). He Jlad, therefore, great pleasure inasmuch as the May- Day Festivities had already been advertised as an annual event, and as the Mayor very pro- perly said, they had not too many festivities )f this kind in Denbigh, he had pleasure in moving that the festivities be held this year, ind that the arrangements be relegated to a committee to be hereafter appointed (hear, iiear). For 20 years, Denbigh had been in a state of lethargy. Rhyl, Llandudno, and other similar towns, had been taking the cream in ill such festivities and gala days, whilst Den- oigh should have reaped an equal benefit from such things Mr. J. Simon Roberts, Plough Inn, seconded ;he motion. Mr. Wynne Edwards, having made an amus- .ng reference to Goldsmith's fool, said he did lot at first feel strongly in favour of having a May Day Procession this year, because he was tfraid it would clash with another event which ;hey all, no doubt, desired to make a great success—the celebration of Her Majesty's Dia- nond Jubilee. But that meeting had changed lis mind, and he was now of opinion that there vos room for both celebrations (heir, hear). But before deciding anything, lie thought they should arefuny consider what took place last year. number of gentlemen in the town subscribed L good sum of money towards the May-Day 3rocession, but the people who reaped the greatest benefit therefrom were the Castle Committee. That committee received £ 15 vliich they would never have got, if other peo- )le had not gone to their pockets co get up a May-Day Procession (hear, hear, and laughter). :Ie was quite prepared to go to his pocket this rear, and subscribe to the May-Day Fund, but le had a decided objection to go to his pocket n order to help the Castle Committee "to get mother £15 (applause and laughter). He bought that they should at least get four-fifths )f the proceeds of the Castle on that day, or ailing that, to ask the committee 'to let the Castle say for a stated sum of f5 (hear, hear). The Mayor I think the Castle Committee tgreed to do that last year, Mr. Edwards, but ve decided to divide the proceeds equally loud laughter). Mr. J. Ll. Williams: The Castle Committee vere, therefore, the wisest of the two. Mr. Wynne Edwards contended that they 1 ihould make the best possible terms with those t .hat benefited from the May-Day Festivities, sspecially with the Castle Committee. How- sver, if they decided to hold the festivities, 11 Jveryone should put his shoulder to the wheel J n order to secure its success (hear, hear). rhere was one thing which should induce them ;o support; it—their Mayor was greatly in :avour of it (applause, and hear, hear). He lad neither spared time nor money in the mat- ter, and the meeting should back him up (loud heers). When he (Mr. Edwards) came to the meeting, he was not favourably disposed to- ivards the scheme, for the reasons stated, but now he stood before them in the garb of Gold- smith's fool, who had changed his mind (laugh- ter and cheers). Mr. Bryan wished to make an explanation on behalf of the Castle Committee. The Apycr, very properly, corrected Mr. Wynne Edwards n his assumption, and he might say, that the Castle Committee last year merely agreed to ithe terms suggested to them. It was true they raceived the sum of E15 as a result of the May- Day Festivities; but it should be borne in mind, that the committee were correspond- ingly fl5 to the bad on Whit-Tuesday, as the result of having the May-Day Festivities inter- fering with the Whit-Tuesday Sports. There wa,s another point to be borne in mind—the Castle Committee represented the town Mr. J. Ll. Williams: Question. (This was followed by cries of 'question' from all parts of the room, and evidently Mr. Bryan had made a statement with which the majority could not agree). Mr. R. D. Hughes The Castle Committee is self-elected (cheers and laughter). Mr. Bryan: Well, I was going to say that the Castle Committee represents the town (I 'To, no'). The interests of the Castle are identical with the interests of the town Mr. Wynne Edwards No, no. Mr. Bryan They ought to be then (hear, hear, and You are right now'). I think it should be the object of the Castle Committee to study the interest? of the town. But the point I wish to emphasise is, that the Castle Com- mittee were losers to the amount of £ 15 on Whit-Tuesday, as a result of the May-Day Festivities, so it is no benefit, as far as the Castle Committee is concerned to hold a May- Day Procession at all. Col. LI. Williams said, in referring to the Castle Committee, they had tailed to bear m mind that there were certain expenses to meet by the Castle Committee in making good a certain amount of damage caused to the Castle by the public collecting there. The Mayor I think that all expenses of that kind were paid out of the total receipts before dividing them. Mr. Bryan: No, that is not correct, Mr. Mayor. A Voice Yes it is. The Mayor What I said is quite true. The amounts were divided in half after deducting the expenses. Mr. Bryan I referred to the expenses of the day, Sir. Mr. Henry Jones I should like to know the amount of damage done to the Castle that day, Sir ? Mr. David Jones: This is quite foreign to the issue, in my opinion. Mr. Henry Jones Quite so: it has nothing to do with our business here to-night. Mr. David Jones said he was not quite sure whether they would require the Castle at all this year (hear, hear, and applause). The ques- tion was whether they were going to have a May-Day Procession. That was the first point for them to decide, and secondly, whether they were going to put their shoulders to the wheel to make it a success (cheers). Mr. Bryan I hope it will not go out of this room that the Castle Committee are in any way antagonistic to the May-Day Procession (Voices of No, no '). The resolution was then put to the meeting, and carried unanimously and with enthusiasm. Mr. R. D. Hughes proposed that the Mayor be re-elected president, Mi. Alderman Williams as vice-president, Mr. William James as trea- surer, Mr. J. Parry Jones as hon. sec., and Mr. Edward Parry (Town Clerk's Deputy) as paid secretary (cheers). He (Mr. Hughes) was glad to see the show last year turning out such a great success, and hoped that it would be re- peated on the present occasion (applause). Mr. Cottom seconded the motion, which was carried. The Mayor thanked the meeting for electing him president for the second year. He would use all his exertions in order to make the se- cond May-Day Procession as great a success as that of twelve months ago (cheers), and hoped that their Rhyl and Llandudno friends would support them, as well as friends in the im- mediate neighbourhood of Denbigh (hear, hear). The Town Clerk said he was very pleased to find that it was the unanimous wish of the in- habitants of Denbigh to have a May-Day Pro- cession, and it would give him great pleasure to act as hon. sec., and to support a president who had taken such an interest in the matter as a Mayor (loud cheers). The General Committee was then elected, and on the suggestion of the Mayor, the same gentlemen that served last year were asked to continue their services, with power to add to their number. Several names were added to the committee in the room. It was then decided to open a subscription list at both banks. Mr. A. O. Evans said there was a good com- pany present that night, and suggested that subscriptions should be taken in the room. The suggestion was agreed to, and a sum of £15 19s. was realised, asagainst £ 20 the previous year.
MOLD. FLINTSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN. A QUARTERLY meeting of the Flintshire County Council was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday last, when there were present Coun. cillors W. Ehvy Williams (presiding), Lord Kenyon (Vice-chairman), Alderman P. P. Pen nant, Alderman R. Howard, Alderman Peter Jones (Halkyn), Alderman W. Jones, Alderman Samuel Davies, Alderman Dr. Easterby, Alder- man J. Roberts (Wellhouse), Alderman Joseph Hall, Alderman R. J. Jones (Bagillt), Alderman W. Davies, Alderman Robert Jones, Council- lors Samuel Perks, C. P. Morgan, T. Parry, E. 11 y P. Edwards, W. Y. Hargreaves, R. C. Enyon, Dr. J. H. Williams, Hev. J. Smallwood, Henry Lloyd-Jones, G. A. Parry, W. Williams (Try- Idyn), E. Blane, Samuel Davies, H. G. Roberts, W. Astbury, J. R. Evans, E. Sydney Taylor, E. Wheldon, Captain Goodman Ellis, T. NV Hughes, C. Davison, Joseph Garner, Robert Roberts, R. Llewelyn Jones, R. Podmore. J. Bellis, and Mr. T. H. Ollive (Deputy Clerk). ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. Alderman R. Howard said he ha.d great plea- sure in moving that Alderman Dr. Easterby be re-appointed Chairman of the Council for the Misuing year. The ability and impartiality with which that gentleman had discharged his luties during his tenure of office had not been surpassed. There was going to be another Chairman proposed; but he thought that, con- sidering that the Chairmen before Dr. Easterby lad occupied the office for more than one year, t would be a kind of censure upon him if they appointed another Chairman (hear, hear), and ;o throw him out. He would like to ask what sheir first Chairman, or second Chairman, would lave thought if they were thrown out after the irst year? The thing was never thought of: md for his part, he considered the business of < ,he Council was a progressive business, because ie did not learn the whole of the work at once. He thought that the way Dr. Easterby had dis- sharged the duties of his office deserved his re- Section to the chair. He had been kind and courteous to all, he had conducted the business tvith considerable despatch, and he might say ,vith more despatch than either of his predeces- sors (cries of No,_ no !'). He. thought they had ;one through their work quite as rapid y, and is comfortably; and Dr. Easterby had done it j with honour (hear, hear). And for those rea- ) ■ons, he would be sorry if he were cast out of jhe chair. Alderman W. Thomas seconding, considered ■hat it would be a most dishonourable act, and i disregard from the Council to the retiring Chairman, if they did not re-elect him. Councillor G. A. Parry moved an amendment, hat Alderman W. Elwy Williams be elected Chairman for the ensuing year. He had known Mr. Williams as a member of the Council for )ver eight years and he was not Haltering him when he said that he deserved their greatest thanks for the manner in which he had. dis- charged all the duties that had been allotted to PHOTOGRAPHS, -Now is the time to have j
four- Photograph taken. Moderate Charges riut>s' Schools, Parties, &c,, by appointment, j D. & A. HUGHES, Photographers, Mold. I him. A more useful and more faithful member
of the Council there had not been. Councillor W. Astbury seconded. Councillor Edward Wheldon supported. He stated that when Mr. Muspratt was appointed Chairman of the CoiAcil, it was on the distinct; understanding that it should be for one year only. That was one reason why he supported the amendment. Another reason why he did so was, that Lord Kenyon should be appointed to the vice-chair. It was time that they should relax the stringent way they had acted, as Liberals, hitherto and that a man should have free access to the chair, if he was worthy of it (hear, hear). Councillor H. LI. Jones alluded to the capabi- lity of Mr. Williams to satisfactorily discharge the duties of the chair, as he had filled other offices, such as Chairman of the Rhyl Improve- ment Commissioners, with marked ability. He | was quite sure that Mr. Williams wouid carry out the duties ot Chairman to the Council quite as well as any of his predecessors had done. Alderman Samuel Davies said he could not j stand the remarks made by Mr. Jones. It was too bad to add insult to injury to talk about their retiring Chairman being biassed it was a gross insult, and ought not to be allowed (hear, hear). And for that reason, he felt it his duty to support the appointment of Dr. Easterby. Mr. Wheldon: I rise to order. Mr. Jones said nothing of the kind. Mr. Jones: I did not make use of any such words, Mr. Davies. You misunderstood me entirely. Mr. Wheldon: It is grossly wrong. The Clerk Mr. Jones did not use any such words. Mr. Howard: The resolution Mr. Wheldon refers to about the Chairman only tor the fu- ture occupying office for one year must have been discussed in a hole and corner meeting, for it never came before the Council. The amendment is an indignity to the Chair- man. A vote was then taken, with the followinc result:— For Councillor W. Elwy Williams 19 Alderman Dr. Easterby 15 Mr. Elwv Williams was then declared elected amidst applause. Alderman \V. Jones said he had a right to move the election of the Chairman, and he proposed that Lord Kenyon be elected. He was a nobleman, thoroughly suited to fill the chair by education, by birth, and by ex- perience. Mr. G. A. Parry: I rise to a point of order. Is it not necessary to give notice of this mo- tion ? Mr. Jones No, nothing of the kind. Mr. R. LI. Jones: Mr, Clerk, have you not declared Mr. Williams elected? Mr. Clerk: Yes, and I think I must hold to it. I put up the original motion, as well as the amendment, to the meeting. Lord Kenyon said, that simply as a matter of form, it would be as well to put the original proposition to the meeting, as a substantive motion. This was done, and Mr. Williams was duly declared unanimously appointed amidst enthu- siasm and applause. Having signed the usual declaration of ac- ceptance of office, Mr. Elwy Williams returned thanks. He said it was not his fault that he had been elected; it was theirs. And as long As the majority thought proper to appoint him, he begged to accept the chair; and he would dis- charge the duties to the best of his ability. T* did not claim to possess the abilities of thot> gentlemen who had gone before him he had not had the advantages they had. Whatever his abilities were, he had had to work hard and struggle to get where he had (hear, hear). F--ni the commencement of his connection ,j "hat. Council, he had had to fight his way (hep hear). He was convinced that when a mar..thought that he could do some good for his country, he should struggle to attain that end. The present year was a most eventful one, and was rightly called the 'year of years of the 19th century They had the pleasure of enjoying the celebra- tion of the longest reign on record. He claimed to be as loyal a subject of Her Majesty Queen Victoria as any one (applause). He did not know the feelings of the Council on that matter, whether they as a Council should come out, and mark it with something in celebration of the event. It, perhaps, might be proper of them to mark it in a way that it would be kept It record for time immemorial. What way it should be, he was not prepared to say; there were pionty of ways to do it. But it was possible that they might mark it by allowing some poor .ad or girl to work their way into a University Col- lege. However, it was a matter for considera- ion hereafter. Referring to the appointment of Vice-chairman, he said he would like to see Lord Kenyon elected to that office. There was no gentleman in thnt Council he respected more than Lord Kenyon for his abilities and fairness. If they so decided to elect Lord Kenyon, he promised that it would be a pleasure to him to propose, next year, that Lord Kenyon be electefl Chairman of the Council (cheers). ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Alderman P. P. Pennant proposed that Lord Kenyon be appointed Vice-chairman. He was sure that no one had carried out his duties with more ability, and with more dignity, and more to the general advantage of the Council, and to the county, than Lord Kenyon had done. Alderman Dr. Easterby seconded, and Coun- cillor R. Li. Jones supported. The proposition was then put to the meeting, and unanimously agreed to. Lord Kenyon, returning thanks, said he looked upon his appointment as an expression of the fact, that whatever politics they may have, and whatever convictions they had, they were unanimous upon what was best for their county (cheers). He believed that loyalty to the county was the one thing that inspired them all. He was of opinion that the work of the Chairman could not be learnt in one year: and that was the reason why he had supported the appointment of Dr. Easterby. Councillor Wheldon remarked that it should be understood that every Chairman, for the future, should be appointed for one year only. On the proposition of Councillor W. Elwy Williams, seconded by Alderman S. Diivies, a vote of thanks was returned to Alderman Dr. Easterby for his past services. Dr. Easterby observed that. whilst he had held the office he had endeavoured to carrv out the duties to the best of his ability. He thanked them for their kindness. THE ILLNESS OF THE CLERK. A voce of sympathy, on the motion of the Chairman, was passed" with the Clerk—Mr. T. T. Kelly, in his illness. Mr. A. T. Keene said he was pleased to say that Mr. Kelly was gradually recovering. PARLIAMENTARY GRANTS. Resolutions were read from the Anglesea County Council on the subject of Parliamentary Grants to Board and Voluntary Schools, and protesting against the appointment: of as Eng- lishman to be Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales. Councillor R. Ll. Jones proposed that they enter their protest against the Bill on the grounds of 'popular representation,' and for other very obvious reasons. They were fully justified in protesting against this into- lerant Bill, which had been promoted regardless sf every amendment most reasonably proposed by some of the Members of Parliament (hear, hear). Councillor H. Lloyd-Jones seconded. Alderman P. P. Pennant moved the following amendment:— That in the interests of education, it is de- sirable that aid should be given to Voluntary Schools such as is proposed to be given by the Bill now before Parliament.' Mr. Pennant further remarked that every one agreed that it is desirable to promote e^jication is much as possible (Mr. Jones: 'Hear, hear'). 1'here was a universal feeling in that direction, ft was quite necessary that Voluntary aid should be given in order to make the education more efficient'; but if it was not given, a great many )f the Schools would cease to exist i hear, hear j, and that would produce an enormous expendi- ture upon the rates. Lord Kenyon, in seconding the amendment, said he quite endorsed the words of Mr. Llewelyn Jonesi he wished the parents of children could.