TOWN COUNCIL. THE monthly meeting of the Council was held I on Monday afternooon. The Mayor (Alder- man E. Roberts), presided, the other members t present being Alderman R. P. Davies, T. P. Roberts, and Edw. Roberts, Councillors W. Wil- liams, G. F. Byford, T. H. Roberts, T. J. Rouw, i William Jones, Dr. J. M. Hughes, Francis I;' Dewell, and Thomas Williams, with the follow- ing officers :—Town Clerk (Mr. W. Lloyd), the 1. Borough Treasurer (Mr. O. E Jones), the In- spector (Mr. Morris), the Collector (C. Good- man Jones), the Borough Surveyor (Mr. Price Morris). NEW MEMBER. Mr. Edward Jones (Nag's Head) took his seat for the first time since his election as successor to the late Councillor R. Alston. FINANCIAL. 1 ij The Mayor stated that bills had been re- ceived amounting to f87 6s. 6d. There was in the treasurer's hand X171 10s, lOd. in respect I (of the Common Fund account, and X229 Os. 5di in respect of Streets Improvemeat Account Bills amountiyag to f80 12s. lOd. were to be THE BOROUGH CHARTER. I It was explained/that Messrs. Shaw and Son's charges in respect of the Borough Charter were je2 5s. 3d. j CLWYD STREET FOOTPATH. A number of ratepayers residing in Clwyd Street petitioned the Council to put down a tile footpath on the North side of the street similar to the one now existing on the South side. The petition went on to state that a project to I make this path was at one time brought for- I ward, and abandoned, but the petitioners thought that they should be accorded the same privileges as other ratepayers of the town. I Clwyd Street was a most important thorough- fare, and the residents suffered considerable inconvenience on account of the want of a foot path, especially on fair days. It was impossi- ble for timid persons to leave their houses on I account of the horse fair, as the pavement al- ready existing was monopolised by persons at- I tending the fair. The Mayor explained that this matter should I be considered at once, so that if the work was J to be done, the cost thereof should be included in the forthcoming estimate. Clwyd Street had not been included in the loan already sanc- tioned for street improvement by the Local I Government Board, and therefore any money expended on it would have to come out of the rate. Mr. Dowell asked whether the petitioners I complained of the holding of the horse fair in | Clwyd S fcreet ? i The Mayor No, but they say that the hold- ¡ ing of the horse fair causes inconvenience for the want of the footpath mentioned in the pe tition to separate the houses from the fair. ¡ Mr. R. P. Davies said that before the chair- man considered, or acted upon this subject, it should be put on the agenda. There was one footpath already in Clwyd Street, but there were parts of the town without any path at I ) all, such as that part of Mwrog Street, from Plas newydd to Llanfwrog Church. As there was one good footpath in Clwyd Street, he thought that other parts of the town should have the chance of getting the same conven- | ience. Mr, John Roberts moved that the business should be conducted according to the agenda, on which the correspondence came as the last item. As to the question brought before them, if there was any complaint as to the horse fair, it could be easily remedied by removing the horse fair to Llanfwrog. Dr. Hughes said that the question of the in- convenience caused by the horse fair was sim- ply a side issue. It was quite evident that there were certain gentlemen who wanted to remove the horse fair to another place, but that of course should not influence the com- mittee in their decision with regard to making the required pavement. Mr. Alderman Davies had made remarks objecting to the making of the footpath, but he (Dr Hughes).thought there were reasons for giving this appeal a favour- able consideration. They had provided foot- j' paths in other parts, although they were not more necessary than the one in Clwyd Street. Owing to the want of this footpath, Clwyd Street was very dangerous to old people in winter, and especially on fair days He thought winter, and especially on fair days He thought they should give the petition favourable consi- II deration (hear, hear). The Mayor said he had read the pecitionjnow so chat the council might consider the matter before agreeing upon the estimate for the com- ing year. Of course, they they need not de- cide finally on the subject that day, but should J certainly bear in mind that some day they would have to comply with the requisition. Mr. Edward Roberts proposed that the mat- ter be placed on the agenda for consideration at the next meeting. Mr. Rouw seconded. Mr. R. P. Davies: I also propose that the desirability of making a footpath from Plas j Newydd to the church be also placed on the iagenda. Mr. Byford seconded. Mr. Edward Roberts suggested that in the ¡ meantime the surveyor should prepare an esti- mate of the probable cost. This was agreed to, and the discussion brought I o a close. THE HEALTH OF THE TOWN. Owing to the absence of Dr. W. D. Jones, who is away on his holidays, the usual report with respect to the health and sanitary condi- tion of the Borough was submitted by Dr. Frazer. The report stated that during the last three months 19 births and 16 deaths had been reported. Of the latter three were infants, and 7 over 60 years of age. These were due to ordinary causes, with the exception of one death caused by accident. The nuisance in the Machine Inn was due to leakage to the drain from the culvert made under the old system of draining the town, but this had now been abated. The report was adopted. a.bated. THE NUISANCE I AT THE MACHINE INN. I The Inspector made a long statement with respect to the nuisance so long complained of at the Machine Inn. He said that finding the work done by the engineer oi the Water Com- pany did not remedy or remove the cause of the flooding, the Borough Surveyor and him- self proceeded with the work of excavating the trenches in the yard. Soon they came upon a drain nearly full of water. It ran in the direc- tion of the Railway Terrace, but between the gable end of the stable buildings and the Mach- ine Tavern, they found that the piping of the drain was seriously defective, the water worked through the bed of clay, and into an old stone drain which existed there, and thence worked its way into the cellar through the foundation walls. They had eight or nine feet of the old drain taken up, and cleared. They had left it partly open to see whether water would come into it from any other direction. The Mayor said that the officers were confi- dent that they had found eut the cause of the nuisance, but had not finally closed the drain up. Mr. Edward Roberts said it was important to know whose fault had been the cause of this nuisance, and whether the corporation, the owner of the propertyfor the occupier was to pay the expense in connection with it. He felt bound to say that in many instances in the town of Ruthin, the Corporation had been put to expenses which were legally bound to be paid by the owners or occupiers of houses. The Inspector said that the old stone drain which he had discovered, and in which the water had accumulated, had been in existence ever since the railway was made. Dr. Hughes thought they could not answer Mr. Roberts' question satisfactorily until they had finally decided where the water came from. The Mayor explained that the nuisance had been found to exist entirely on the premises of the Machine Inn, and was caused by the leakage at the back of the next house, which also be- longed to the same owner. Mr. Edward Roberts wished to know whether the town sewer was deep enough to carry away the refuse from these houses, if the owner only conneated the drains with it The Inspector: No. The Mayor: Where would the sewage go from the Machine Inn then? The Inspector Through their own property to the cottage at Wernfechan. At the back of the Railway Terrace, there is a main drain, which I made for Mr. Howard. Mr. Edward Roberts Do I understand that the town sewer by the Machine Inn is not sufficient to take away the sewage from the place ? The Inspector: There is no town sewer ex- cept in the street. Mr. Edward Roberts: I am talking about the street. I The Surveyor: It is not deep enough in Wernfechan. Mr. Edward Roberts: We are not talking about Wernfechan. The Surveyor, in reply to Mr. Roberts said that the town sewer was deep enough to take away the sewage. Mr. Edward Roberts Very well; it is there- fore the owner who is at fault by not properly connecting his drains with the town sewer, and it is for the owners of property to do this. I am quite certain that the corporatidix is spend- ing money every year in looking after the pri- vate drains of other people. The Inspector said they would never have heard of this particular nuisance if the pipes were not defective in the yard of the Machine Inn. The Mayor said there was ample fall trom the Machine Inn to the sewer which ran along the railway, but the nuisance had beeen caused through the pipes becoming defective. Mr. Edward Roberts Therefore the owner must pay. The Surveyor said he had been called out several times every year to inspect defective drains, and he afterwards charged the expenses to the owners. Tae discussion then terminated. ,THE SINS OF THE WATER COMPANY.' The Inspector also reported that the drain at 2 Spring Side was blocked up, and he had been instructed by the Council to have it opened to see whose fault it was. He did so and found that the drain was blocked up with closet matter. There was structural defect in the drain, and its condition was due to want of flushing. The Mayor That clearly is not the fault of the landlord. Mr. John Roberts: It was not the fault of the "tenant either, but the fault of the water company. Mr. Edward Roberts: Who is going to pay for the work? Mr. John Roberts: The Water Company ought to pay for that (laughter). THE CORPORATION AS LANDLORDS. The Inspector brought under the notice of the Committee the case of Ty newydd, which is the property of the Corporation. It was a cottage with four acres of land attached. There was an accumlation of manure, which was draining into the river and polluting it. The Mayor asked whether the drainage ex- isting there would be sufficient for the use of the land if it were used as it had been inten- ded ? Mr. R. P. Davies said Ty newydd was origi- nally a small cottage and allotment, and the farm yard was never used. The tenant had 9 acres of land on Mr. West's estate, and the nui- sance complained of was due to some extent to this, because the tenant kept more stock on the land than he ought to do. He (Mr. Davies) thought that Mr. West should provide proper buildings for his own land, and not cause the tenant to take his stock on corporation pro- perty. Dr. Hughes said the Council was compel- ling other landlords to put their properties in order, and it was their duty as a corporation to see that their property was also in order. It was decided to adjourn the question, in order to make inquirtes as to whether the nuisance complained of was injurious to health and the cause of the same. THE PIGSTYE NUISANCE. Mr. John Roberts asked the inspector how many cases had been reported during last year of nuisances in the Borough, in consequence of pigstyes not having been properly kept? The Inspector said he could not reply at the time, and the question was adjourned. Mr. Edward Roberts Are you aware that pigs ars are kept in the triangle between the top of the town and Mr. Rouw's shop ? The Inspector No, I am not aware. Mr. Morris Edwards has removed his pigs. Mr. Edward Roberts I should like to draw the inspector's attention to this. Is it not a fact that some pigs are kept in the triangle now almost immediately behind the dwelling houses, and if so, why the matter has not been repor- ted? The Inspector again stated that he was not aware, and promised to make inquiries. THE MAIN DRAIN. The Borough Surveyor, in his monthly re- port, congratulated the Council on the satis- factory state of the main drain. THE ORNAMENTAL TREES. Mr. T. J. Roberts asked how many of the ornamental trees died during he year ? A Member: Only one. The Surveyor I cannot answer the question with certainty. Mr. John Roberts It would be much more pertinent to ask, how many of the trees are alive (laughter). DANGEROUS PLACES. Mr. T. J. Roberts called attention to the dangerous state of a piece of rock in the Cor- poration's Quarry, and asked the surveyor's opinion about it. The Surveyor thought it was not in a dan- gerous condition. Dr. Hughes expressed a hope that the rock referred to would not be taken down. It was one of the most picturesque spots in the coun- try (laughter). He passed it at all hours- of day and night, and found nothing dangerous about it. THE LORD LIEUTENANT'S PROPERTY. The Surveyor reported that the garden wall of the Castle hotel yard, the coping stones on the Castle wall, and a brick wall in Borthyn Street were in a most dangerous state. Col. West's attention had been called to these places, but yet nothing had been done. Mr. Rouw said he knew new coping stones for the Castle wall had been ordered months ago, but had not been received. A proposition having been made, that Col. West be written to, Mr. John Roberts said he failed to see why an exception should be made in this case, be- cause the Lord Lieutenant happened to be the owner; he would propose that the usual notice be given him. Mr. Edward Roberts seconded, and the mo- tion was agreed to. THE CORPORATION WORKMEN AND THEIR OVERALLS, &c. The Surveyor, on hehalf of the Corporation, workmen thanked the Council for the capes, leggings, &c., which they had been supplied with, which they considered to be of great ser- vice to them. Mr. T. P. Roberts: Could you not couple the name of Mr. William Williams with it (laugh- ter). Mr. William Williams Thank you, Mr. Ro- berts (laughter). BURGESS OR A CYCLIST—WHICH ? Mr. Rouw called attention of the Surveyor to the mettaling which had been recently placed on the bridge in Well Street, and asked why it had been put down ? It was a disgraceful thing in his opinion to have put the stones down this I' time of the year. The Surveyor explained that the work had been done by the Railway Company. Dr. Hughes said the Council should be thank- ful to the company for doing the work so well. Mr. Rouw said the road had been covered from pavement to pavement. A path ought to have been left on one side at least. Mr, John Roberts: Is Mr. Rouw speaking as a cyclist now ? Mr. Rouw: I am speaking as a burgess sir, as I always do when in this Council. A SENSIBLE MOTION. Mr. Edward Roberts said he begged to move that Corporation workmen when opening and repairing drains, the cost of which is payable by the owners or occupiers shall in future be paid at the rate of 3s. 6d. per day, or 4|d. per hour, instead of 2s. 9d. per day as at present. He thought that men occupied with such nasty work as this, should be paid at a higher rate than when following their ordinary occupation (hear, hear). Mr. T. P. Roberts: Certainly, they drink a shilling's worth of brandy when at it (laughter). The Mayor You do not include the brandy do you ? (renewed laughter). Mr. William Williams seconded the motion. The Mayor It is, in my opinion, a very pro- per resolution to make. The motion was carried unanimously. THE SURVEYOR AND HIS EXTRA DUTIES. The next business was to. consider what re- muneration to give the surveyor in respect of the extra duties performed by him in connec- tion with the street improvement scheme. Mr. Rouw proposed that the sum of f5 be given. The Mayor explained that the surveyor had to prepare the plans and specification of the work for the Local Government Board before he re- ceived the £20 in his salary, and then he was badly remunerated. It was on the plans drawn by the surveyor that the Local Govern- ment Board acted before sanctioning the loan. Dr. Hughes seconded the motion. Mr. Edward Roberts said he was sorry to object to the sum proposed. No one had greater appreciation of the surveyor's abilities than he, but the Council had to look after the interests of somebody beside the surveyor. The Town Clerk considered the sum, rather small for the extra work done by the surveyor. Mr. Edward Roberts said he could not help thinking that £ 5 was too much. He would not object to pay him 3 guineas, but £5 was an ex- travagant sum. The Surveyor, on being asked to explain, said that when the footpaths committee was elected, he attended all its meetings, and had to make and prepare several estimates for the consideration of the committee. Owing to the changes proposed from time to time by the committee, he was obliged to prepare a new estimate in respect of the same path several times over. He had to prepare two if not three estimates in respect of Llanfair Street, and he might say that he devoted fully three weeks in preparing estimates and measuring, &c., which he could have occupied in following his other employment. After bringing the scheme for- ward before the Local Governmrnt Board In- spector, in addition to the specifications already mentioned, he had to prepare a special specifi- cation for the inspector himself, in which he treated every item such as tiling, excavating, cartage, curb stones, &c., separately. Taking everything into consideration, he thought that dE5 was not an unreasonable sum. No one seconded Mr. Roberts' motion, and the resolution was carried unanimously. THE NURSES ASSOCIATION. It was decided on the motion of Mr. William Jones, seconded by Mr. John Roberts, to re- fund the amount charged for the use of the Assembly room for the purpose of a concert held recently in aid of the above institution. The application for the money was made by Miss Gilbert. THE INDIAN FAMINE FUND. A letter was read from Messrs. T. P. Roberts and T. J. Rouw stating that a sum of £68 13s. 3d. had been contributed in the borough towards the Indian Famine fund, and that it had been handed over to the Lord Lieutenant's Fund. The Mayor said the secretaries were to be congratulated on their efforts in this matter. The Secretaries were thanked for their efforts. SWINE FEVER. A letter was read from the Board of Agricul- ture in which they expressed their regret that at the present time they were unable to add anything to their previous letter on the above subject. The Town Clerk said that the Board's In- spector called upon him at his office, and told him that the Board regretted that the April fair could not be held in Ruthin owing to the prevalence of Swine Fever in Denbigh and Trefnant, and also at Wrexham and Ruabon. As Ruthin was situated in the centre between these places, no exemption could be made. BOROUGH FINANCES. Mr. R. P. Davies proposed that a rate of 2s. 3d. in the pound be levied during the present fin ancial year, and he pointed out that with the School Board call and the charge for technical education, 6d. in the pound out of the total of 2s. 3d. would go for education. Mr. Williams seconded the motion, and Mr. Roberts stated that while they might manage upon 2s. 3d this year, for the reason that they had a large balance to carry forward, he did not think the r&.te could be kept so low next year. The motion was carried unanimously.
I COR WEN. -r' BOARD OF GUARDIANS. FRIDAY, April 2ad.-Present: — Messrs. W. S. Williams (chairman). Dr. Jones, J. O. Pughe, J. Hughes, J. Edmunds, R. R. Roberts, Godfrey Parry, and Miss Hughes, Corwen John Jones, Gwyddelwern; Richard Jones, Bryneglwys; Mrs. Cook and William Ellis, Llangollen (Rural); Miss Edwards, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Richards, and John Davies (Urban); J. D. Jones, Llanfihangel G. M.; D. W. Roberts, Llantysilio; Thos. Hughes, clerk; Dr. Walker, medical officer; E. Derbyshire and E.'Foulkes, relieving officers; and R. Williams, master. STATISTICS. Out-relief administered during the past fort- night :—Corwen District, per E. Derbyshire, zC58 16s. to 267 paupers corresponding fortnight last year, £ 58 16s. 9d. to 268 paupers. Llangollen District, per Mr. E. Foulkes, £ 59 to 260 paupers corresponding fortnight last year jE59 6s. to 252 paupers. Number in the house this week 61. Number of vagrants relieved during the past fortnight, 34; corresponding period last year 65. Balance in Treasurer's hand, L934 19s. 2d. REPORT ON WORKHOUSE. A letter was read from the Local Government Board requesting the reply of the Guardians with reference to the defects in the Workhouse premi- ses reported by Mr. Bircham inspector. The matter having been referred, at a former meeting to the Visiting Committee, they had not since had an opportunity to meet; but promised to submit their report in a month's time. PUBLIC VACCINATORS. A letter was read from the Local Government Board approving of the arrangements proposed for public vaccination in the Llangollen and Glyn- ceiriog Districts, subject to the attendance at Dolywern Station being a week earlier than that specified on the schedule. The Clerk was directed to make the alteration in compliance with the Local Government Board's suggestion. CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. After the Agenda had been gone through Mr. W. E. Williams, the chairmau, addressed the meeting:- Ladies and Gentlemen. This being the last meeting of the Board of Guardians at which I have the privilege of presiding, I wish to thank you all for the courtesy and kindness which I have I received daring my year of office, and the readi- ness with which you have submitted to the ruling of the chair. When 1 entered upon the duties of chairman, I did so with 'fear and trembling' I feared that my deafness would try your patience too severely; and I trembled for fear I might not be able to carry out the duties satisfactorily, and that the dignity of the chair might suffer thereby. I have endeavoured to do my duty, and hope I may have succeeded to some extent. I believe it is usual for the retiring chairman to give a resume of the year's proceedings. In the first place we have to lament the loss of one member of the board—a lady guardian from Llangollea with whose family we sincerely sympa thise. I think I am right in saying that we have got through a fair amount of work during the past year. Among other things I may mention that the vagrant wards over which we have spent a great, deal of time, and a great deal of money, have been completed and opened for the reception of that unenviable section of society called walk- ing gents,' with the result of reducing their num- ber very materially, as you have seen from the master's fortnightly reports. I may also remind you that a Miss Barnett, from Cheltenham, has generously provided those genta' with a library, which I hope may improve their literary attainments. Considerable improve- ments have been made in the Union Workhouse, which will greatly add to the comfort of the in- mates and it is pleasant to find that no com- plaints have been received from the Local Govern. ment Board, or elsewhere, as to any neglect o duty on the part of any of the officers during th year; and while on the subject of officers, I ma mention that we have to regret the resignation o a very old and valued officer of the union; viz Dr. Hughes, Llangollen, whose service extended over a period of thirty-two years. We have since obtained the consent of the Local Government Board to divide the Eastern District into two medical officer districts, and the same for vaccina- tion, which I think will be an improvement upon the former arrangements; and I trust the new officers will carry out their duties efficiently. Turning to financial matters, I am glad to find that the overseers of the several parishes of the Union have paid up very well during the past month and that we have now a balance of nearly £1,000 in our favour at the bank, although I am afraid my worthy friend, the chairman of the Fi- nance Committee will be drawing heavily upon it to day. The work of the Assessment Committee has been unusually heavy this year owing to the Agricultural Rates Act. The valuation of the whole of the Union has been thoroughly revised, and two sets of valuation lists have been admira- bly made out which reflect great credit upon the Clerk of the Assessment Committee. I may here state that the Union will be entitleii to an annual grant of about 91,200 under the Agricultural Ratees Act. The result of the re-valuation of special rateable property, such as railways, quar- ries, clayworks, &c., has been an increase in the total rateable value of this Union of 92,000. The Assessment Committee has been engaged during the year in a lawsuit with the Shropshire Canal Company, which was settled by arbitration after costing our Union a good round sum, as is always the case when lawyers have a hand in our affairs. In conclusion, I must pay a deserving eornpli ment to our officers, and thank them for their attention and assistance in carrying on the work as expeditiously as possible and I must espe- cially mention the clerk, who has been most kind and obliging in suppliyng me with any informa- tion I required, and also in aiding my defici- ency of hearing while presiding at your board. I think I may say we have been a tolerably happy family during the past year with the ex ception of one unpleasant incident; and I hope no future chairman will have a similar experience. I thank you, one and all, members and officers, tor your kindness and patience with me during my term of office as your chairman. Mr. R. R Roberts proposed the heartfelt thanks of the Guardians to Mr. Williams for his very efficient, straightforward, amiable, and cour- teous occupation of the chair during the past year. Referring to the worthy chairman's slight defici- ency of hearing, he thought that occasioned no inconvenience whatever to anyone. Dr. Jones said he had great pleasure in second ing the motion; and could endorse all tbat had been said by Mr. Roberts, for, undoubtedly, Mr. Williams was one of the best chairmen. After several others had spoken in complimen- tary terms of the chairman, the motion was carried unanimously. GIFTS OF PERIODICALS, &c. Dr. Walker stated that the Guardians were under a debt of gratitude to the ladies, and espe- cially Mrs. Richards, for gifts of valuable perio- dicals, and illustrated papers sent regularly for the inmates. Upon the motion of Dr. Jones, seconded bv Mr. J. 0, Pugh, a warm vote of thanks was passed to the ladies for their kindness and generosity.
England has one member ef Parliament to every 10,250 electors, Ireland one for every 7,178, Scotland one for every 8,974, and Wales one for every 9,613. Spain has more sunshine than any other country in Europe. The yearly average in Spain is 2,000 hours that of Italy 2,300; Ger- many, 1,700; England 1,400.
AN AMERICAN COLLEGE STORY. Said the professor, • This codfish lays con- siderably over a million eggs.' Gosh!' exclaimed a raw student from the country, who had just joined, it's lucky for that codfish it hasn't got to cackle over every egg-' In 1824, Robinson, the jocky, offered to bet that he would win the Derby and the Oaks, and get married within the same week. An incredu- lous person gave him heavy odds. Curious enough, he won the Derby on Cedric and the Oaks on Cobweb, and put a ring on the finger of a bride within the stipulated time. 'An eagle soaring high above the mist of the earth,' said an Irish barrister, 'winging its daring flight against the mid day sun till the contemplation becomes too dazzling for hum- anity, and mortal eyes gaze after him in vain.' The next time,' said the judge, you bring an eagle into court, I recommend you to clip his wings.' Old Topington, after several glasses of whisky toddy at the house of a convivial friend, rose to depart, and, on stepping into the street, came down with considerable force on a slide. His host ran to the rescue, at the same time expressing great concern. 'Oh, it's of no con- sequence,' said old T.: iust a bumper at part- ng,' you know.
ST. ASAPH. BEES, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT,' was the subject of a very interesting address delivered by the Rev. Canon Owen Jones, Bod- elwyddan, at the meeting of the Church Insti- tute Debating Society, held last Thursday even- ing. WEDDING. At the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, on Fri- day morning last, the marriage took place of Mr. Moses Roberts, draper, of this city, to Miss Grace Pritchard, Ysgubor Goed. The Revs. Jonathan Jones and Benjamin Hughes officiated. The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Elinor Williams, Dyserth, the best man being Mr. Walter E. Roberts, Liverpool. There was a large attendance at the chapel witnessing the ceremony, which was very impressive and solemn. Both parties are very well known here, Mr. Roberts having carried on business as draper in the city for over twenty years, and has, for many years, been deacon and leader of the singing with the C.M. cause. Af- ter the ceremony, amidst a shower of rice, and with the wellwishes of their friends the newly married couple drove to Rhyl en route for Lon- don, where the honeymoon is spent. The pre- sents to both were very numerous and costly. Amongstthemare some valuable ones purchased with money collected from members of the chapel. The principal one is the complete edi- tion of the 'Gwyddoitiadtt; Gymreio' (the very best edition), published byMessis. Gee and Son, Denbigh, and are placed in a handsome glass- case of mahogany which was made by Mr. John Jones, builder, Lower Street. The case has on it a suitable inscription in Welsh, as follows Cyflwynedig i Mr. a Mrs. Roberts ar yr achlysur o'u priodas, gan aelodau eglwys y Methodistiaid Calfiniaid, Llanelwy, Ebrill 2il, 1897.' There are also an electro plated tea ser- vice and a set of six silver serviette rings in case. The presentation will take place next Wednesday evening, the 14th inst., in the pre- sence of the subscribers and their friends. The presents are now on view at the establishment of Mr. David Hughes,Victoria Printing Works.
BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the Board was held on Friday. Mr. John Williams (vice- chairman) presided, the other members pre- sent being Mrs. Lloyd Jones, Mrs. Rawlins, Mrs. Robert Jones, Mrs. John Roberts, Miss Bennett, Miss Beatrice Evans, Messrs. Samuel Perks, R. :Llewelyn Jones, Jacob Jones, John Williams (Pydew), Win. Wynne, Thomas Morgan, Joseph Roberts, Gwilym Parry, Hugh Jones, Thomas Lloyd (Tref- nant), John Roberts (Geinas), J. Vaughan, Rev. John Adams, J. H. Ellis (Rhyl), Joseph Lloyd, John Kerfoot, J. D. Jones, T. Howes Roberts, Thomas Ellis, and the clerk (Mr. Charles Grimsley). THE FINANCES FOR THE LAST HALF YEAR. The financial statement for the past half year was presented, showing that the total re- ceipts amountedito £8,342 68. 3|d., and the expenditure £7,456 6s. 3d., leavinga balance in hand of JE886 Os; Old. The expenditure under the head of common charges showed an increase of £54 3s. IIltd. on that of the corresponding period last year, while the county rate decreased by £ 253 19s, 3d. The total number of paupers relieved during the half year was 3,022, the weekly cost per head in respect of in door paupers was 3s. 2 d. It was reported that 6s. 8d. of each £ had been paid in county rates. THE HOUSE. The master reported that the number of paupers in the House last Board-day, was 131; discharged 10; admitted since, 14; re- maining in the House, 134 j corresponding period last year. 112 increase, 22. Number of vagrants relieved during the fortnight, 96, as against 129 last year—decrease, 33, ILLNESS OF THE CHAIRMAN. A letter was read from the chairman (Mr. Edwin Morgan), stating that he had been
RUTHIN. .r, MR. BYFORDS' SALE. Mr. Byford offered for sale at his auction mart a large number of fat beasts, &c., of excellent quality, for which, as usual, good prices were realised. THE FAIR. The fair, on the whole, wns a poor one. There was a large number of people, and considerable number of stock, but owing to the fold weather, very little business was done. BAZAAR. On Thursday afternoon, a bazaar was given at Tabernacle schoolroom by the friends of the English Presbyterian cause. The proceeds were devoied in aid of the Tabernacle building fund. COMPETITIVE MEETING. A Literary and musical competitive meeting was held at Sebuel, Llanfwrog on Thursday evening, under the presidency of Alderman R. P. Davies, Ty Gwyn. The meeting, which turned out very successful, was held in con- nection with the cause at Bryn Seion, Gallteg- fa. THE CYCLING CLUB. The members of this club had their first run of the season on Thursday afternoon. They paraded on St. Peters' Square at 3.30., and wheeled to St. Asaph, where they partook of tea at the Plough Hotel. On their return, they stopped at Denbigh. The club was in charge of sub-captain R. Beech, the captain, Mr. T.J. Rouw, being unable to take part in the run. A most enjoyable afternoon was spent. THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE. Having disposed of their ordinary business atthelast meeting (reported in another column), the Town Council resolved itself into a com- mittee to consider the best means of celebrating Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. Two schemes were :mentioned. The first is to provide a public building in the town, by the conversion of the present market hall, in which will be established a free library, reading and bath rooms, gymnasium, and rooms for holding the technical classes. The other scheme proposes to hand over any surplus that might be realised from the Local Celebration Fund towards the nucleus of a fund to establish a Nurses' Home. A long discussion took place on the matter, which was ultimately referred to a Joint Com- mittee of the Town Council, and the principal inhabitants of the neighbourhood, which will meet in about a fortnight.
POLICE COURT. Monday, before the Rev. the Warden. Sir W. G. Williams, Colonel G. Gregson Ellis, Messrs G. H. Denton, J. W. Lumley, W. T. Rouw, W. G. Rigby, and the Mayor (Mr. Ezra Roberts). THE INDIAN FAMINE FUND. The clerk read the following letter received by Colonel Cornwallis West from the Lord Mayor of London. The amount of the contribu- tion referred to was £326 14s. 7d. The Mansion House, London, April let 1897. My dear Lord Lieutenant, I acknowledge with sincere thanks the liberal contribution o your County to the Indian Famine Fund, and must express to you my high appreciation of the generous spirit that had influenced the donors. I remain Yours faithfully G. FAUDELL PHILLIPS, Lord Mayor. The Lord Lieutenant of Denbighshire. TEMPORARY TRANSFER. Mr. Edward Roberts, solicitor applied for the temporary transfer of the license of the Griffin Inn, Llanbedr from John Richards the present tenant, to Mr3. Sarah Jackson, living at Rhyl. The Warden: What do the police say ? Superintendent Jones said he knew nothing of Mrs. Jackson. The application was only -for a temporary transfer, and in the meantime, he would make inquiries. The application was granted. THE QUESTION OF ROTA. An application was made to the magistrates of the Ruthin Petty Sessional Division that they should form themselves into a rota, to ensure the attendance of two magistrates at each court. ^Notice was given at the instance of Mr, Lumley to all the Justices in the divi- aion, and at this court, the question was dis- cussed in camera by the magistrates present. I The reporters were afterwards informed that the application for the rota was not complied with. with. 'FROM BAD TO WORSE.' John Henry Simon, a native of Ruthin, was summoned by P. C. Davies, Clawdd Newydd, with being drunk and disorderly in Borthyn Street, opposite Park Place Inn, on the 18th March, Ruthin Pleasure Fair. P. C. Davies said that about 4 30 p m on the day in question, he found the defendant fighting 'I with another man named John Jones. Both were drunk and disorderly, and were separa ted by him and another police officer. P. C. Thomas Davies said defendant was fined in March 5s. and costs, and was allowed time to pay. That fine had not yet been paid. The offence was a similar one, drunk and dis- orderly. Sergeant Woollam said he understood defen- dant had been collecting money about the town to pay the fine in the previous case. He knew that he had some money by this means, but he had paid nothing of the fine. In reply to the Bench, defendant said he had that morning been employed by Mr. Hughes, of the Stores. I The Warden, addressing'defendant, said he seemed to be going from bad to worse, and would be sent to gaol for 14 days, with hard labour. Sergeant Woollam then applied for a com- mittment order in respect of the fine in the previous case, and this was agreed to, Defen- dant will therefore have to remain in gaol a month altogether. THE OTHER PUGILIST. John Jones, of Llanbedr, who was found fighting with Simon, was also charged with being drunk and disorderly. P. C. John Davies gave similar evidence to that in the other case, which was co rrobo rated by two other officers. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs 9s. 6d. and was allowed a fortnight to pay the I money.
GWYDDELWERN. PRESENTATION TO THE STATION MASTER. Mr. Thomas Hughes, for eleven vears station master at Gwyddelwern, has just been promoted to a similar post at Queens- ferry, and he took up his duties at the latter place at the beginning of last week. When it became known that he was about to move from Gwyddelwern, where he and his wife have been very popular, the general feeling of regret at the prospect of his loss and of congratulation at his promotion, led to the starting of a testimonial fund, to which all classes and all ranks most readily subscribed. The presentation ceremony took place on Saturday, the 27th ult., when speeches were made by, Mr. James Phillips, the Rev. W. W. Lloyd, Mr. Edward Roberts, and others, all testifying to the willingness of the people to subscribe, which showed how well Mr. and Mrw. Hughes were liked and respected in the village and surrounding district. In reply Mr. Hughes gratefully and feelingly thanked the subscribers, loth railway men and general public, for their kindness. The following is a copy of the village address to Mr. and Mrs. Hughes :— Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, Your friends and well-wishers, on the occasion of your removal from Gwyddelwern to Queens- ferry, take the opportunity to express their approbation of the courteous and willing manner in which you have acted towards them in your official capacities. Also, of the readiness you have manifested to sup- port any charitable object which has been undertaken within the locality during the eleven years you have resided among them. Wei the members of the Committee, have the pleasure to transmit unto you this ad- dress, with time-piece and purse of gold, as visible emblems of the said approbation, and to heartily wish you success and happiness in your new sphere of labour, hoping you will continue to labour for every good cause. Signed on behalf of the Committee:— James Phillips, Maurice Hughes, Thomas Hughes, John Hughes, Edward Roberts, J. W. Jones.' The following inscription appears on the gold plate on the splendid marble time- piece :— Presented by the well-wishers and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hughes, Station House, Gwyddelwern, on their removing to Queensferry, March, 1897.' The gift of the station staff was a valuable aluminium field binocular, in case complete. The inscription upon the gold plate is .— Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Hughes by the staff of Gwyddelwern station, on their promotion to Queensferry, March, 1897.' In conclusion we may say that the purse of gold was a weighty one. (This Report was accidentally omitted last week).
PETTY SESSIONS. A WELSH LANDOWNER AND HIS POOR RATE. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Monday, in the Court House, St. Asaph, before Major Birch (presiding), Col. Howard, and Mr. Peter Roberts. Captain Conwy Rowley Conwy, of Bod- rhyddan, was summoned by Mr. Jones, the assistant overseer ofTremeirchion, for the non- payment of his poor rate on land at Rhuddlan. Mr. Oliver George (magistrates' clerk) said it appeared that Captain Conwy had paid the rate before the summons was served, but he objected to pay the costs of the summons on principle. Mr. J. O. Hughes (clerk at the estate office) said a cheque for the rate was posted on Satur- day night, and the summons was served the fol- lowing Tuesday. Mr George But the summons was issued on the 26th of March, the previous Friday. Mr. Hughes: It was brought to Mr. Bel] on the Tuesday, and the Overseer never previously intimated that proceedings would be taken. Mr. Jones (assistant overseer): I have made several applications. Mr. Hughes: We knew nothing about them. Mr. Jones Then what made you pay ib? The Chairman You sent the demand note by post ? Mr. Jones: Yes. The Chairman Did you afterwards call for it ? Mr. Jones No, sir. The Chairman Did you write again ? Mr. Jones: Yes, on the 18th of November. The defendant lives four miles out of the parish. Mr. Hughes You usually call for it. The Chairman How many times did you ap- ply for this rate ? Mr. Jones: Twice, sir. Mr. Hughes: I know nothing about it. Mr. Jones I didn't write to you; I sent to Mr. Conwy Bell. Mr. Haghes The letters usually come to me after they have been through Mr. Bell's hands. Mr. George If you can prove that there never was a demand made, perhaps something might be done. Mr. Hughes: I knew that there was some- thing owing. The Chairman Then why was it not paid? Mr. Hughes There was no objection at all. Mr. Jones. I have always this kind of bother every half-year. It is always the same, and the poor-rate books can prove it. Mr. Hughes: Mr. Bell wanted to know why you could not call for it. Mr. Jones It is beyond the parish boundary. He must come to reside in the parish. Mr. Hughes It used to be paid yearly. Mr. Jones: I had to write to Captain Conwy himself before I got it last year. The Chairman When was this rate paid ? Mr. Hughes We sent the cheque on Satur- day night, and Sergeant Pearson served the summons on the Tuesday afterwards. We don't know now whether he has received the cheque, because he has not acknowledged it. Mr. Jones I received the letter on the 29th of March, and the cheque was dated the llth of February. They always date them months backwards (laughter). I The Chairman Why was the cheque dated the 11th of February ? Mr. Hughes I had drawn it out myself, but I did not get it signed. Mr. Jones: They are the worst ratepayers in the parish. I don't like to deal with such people. The Chairman: The question is whether you were light in not making a personal applica- tion for the rate, so we will adjourn the case until the next Court, and in the meantime the law on the subject will be looked up. Mr. Jones: The law says the demand note can be sent by post. The case was then adjourned.