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MOLD. MOLD CHARITIES. The trustees of these charities for the parish of Mold, have now issued to 204 poor and deserving people, tickets of the value of 3s. each, which can be converted into kind, which at this time of year are greatly welcomed. UNCOMFORTABLE WEATHER. For the past week the weather has been most changeable, first frost, then snow fol- lowed by a rapid thaw, and frost again. A great many people are suffering from colds, and what with children being laid up in measles, Moldavians are not having a happy time. AN IMPROVEMENT. For a long time past, the bellringers of the Parish Church, have dispensed with their practice, and the result has been that through new ringers being taken on, and the want of practice, the ringing of the bells has been very indifferent. The ringers have now, however, resumed ttieir practices, a,nd an improvement is already noticeable. HOCKEY. The trial match between North and South Wales for selection of a team to represent Wales against Ireland took place on Saturday, on the Mold County ground in a blinding snow storm. The South Walians completely outp'ayed their nor- thern brethren, and won by seven goals to love. Two representatives of the home club played in the team-Dr. Lunt and Mr. J. Evans-and they came creditably through the ordeal. Taking the play, however, of the northern men, a considerable improve- ment could have been made in the selection. The local secretary, Mr. J. M. Lowsby, bad spent two days in getting the ground in order, but this was made fruitless by the wretched weather. FOOTBALL. The local team journeyed to Rhos on Saturday last to engage the Eagle Wander- ers of that village. The elements were arctic in their character, but still a good number of enthusiasts witnessed the game. Both sides were very evenly matched, give and take play being the order of the day. About ten minutes from time, the homesters got close up, and were awarded a goal, again scoring a few minutes afterwards. Great confusion was caused in consequence of goal nets not being provided, the Mold men stoutly asserting that the ball which scored the first goal)given against them, bad passed the wrong side of the post. If nets had been fixed, and had the ball passed within, such disputes would be impossible, and it is to be hoped that the matter will be brought forward at the proper quarter, and so com- pel all clubs to provide uets. The game was two to nil in favour of Rhos, but when it is to be considered that they have trounced all comers on their own ground this season, Mold did exceedingly well under the circumstances. SERVANTS' BALL. The annual dance to the servants of Hafod, and their friends, kindly given by Major Lloyd, was held at Mr. J. D. Row- lands' Cafe on Thursday evening. The dance had in previous years been held at Gwernaffield, but Mold being more central, and such a splendid room being available, this year it took place as above stated. The arrangements for the dance had been conducted by Miss Rathbone, and the party was constituted of the following:— House Party. Misses Rathbone, Ed- munds, Probert, Liverage, Lloyd, Griffiths, Lewis, Messrs. J. Foulkes, J. J. Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. J. Parry, and Miss M. Humphreys, Pare Arthur Cottage. Gwysaney Party. Miss Roberts, Miss Ingle, Miss Judson, Mr. Stonley, and Mr. Gunner. Lower Soughton Party.—Miss A; Liver- age, Northo,, Mr., Jones, Soughton Mr. and Mrs. R. Robinson, Nannerch. Mold.—Mr. and Mrs. James, Cambrian Vaults Mrs. Cooper, King's Head Misses Probert, Mr. J. P. Probert, Mr. Wilson Pro- bert, Misses Welch, Pentre; Messrs. E. Jones, T. A. Lawton, Arthur F. Rees, J. Clarke, A. Evans, Edwin Barnett, J. Ro- berts, and Mr. Davies. Gwernaffield. -Messrs. A. Woodward, J. Hayes, Mr. Pierce, Rhual, and Mr. E. Lloyd, Maesgarmon. The room had been tastefully decorated on the occasion,and looked veryattractive. A splendid selection of music was supplied by Mr. Davies. Maesydre, who pjroved himself to be a firstclass pianist. Refreshments were served out by Mr. Rowlands, and every consideration had been paid to the comfort and enjoyment of the gathering. Dancing was briskly indulged in from 8.30 till 3 p.m., Mr. J. Parry being the master of the ceremonies. Before the company dispersed, Mr. Parry, in well chosen terms, moved that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Major Lloyd for his kind and continued hospitality. Mr. James responded, and also proposed that the best thanks of all be given to Miss Rathbone for the thoroughly successful and agreeable manner in which she had carried out the arrangements in connection with the dance. Both compliments were heartily received, and warmly passed. Mr. E. Jones further moved that the best thanks of all concerned, be given to Mr. Rowlands for the efficient manner in which he had catered for the event, which was well taken up by those present, all being highly gratified with the Catering!. A fflost enjoyable evening was spent, and all passed I off in an exceedingly pleasant manner, MEETING OF THE BAKERS' UNION. m -11 1 ,tikfe other labour progreSslMligh, &ini following the example of theif trade con- freres in other towns, the bakers of Mold during the summer months met, and after discussions, resolved to form themselves into a branch of their own, and attach them- selves to the Amalgamated Union of Opera- tive Bakers and Confectioners. The move- ment was well taken up, and has since not been allowed to collect grass,' and the role 'Of membership has increased almost weekly, so that by the present time, the majority of the bakers in thfe town have been enrolled. in order, so to speak, to rejoice over the goodness of the past, and to welcome their delegate tp a social gathering, it was de- cided to hold a smoking concert, and on Saturday evening a pleasant meeting was held at the Cambrian Vaults. There was a very good attendance, and for the occasion, the room had been very nicely decorated with bunting and otherwise. Amongst those present was Mr. Tuiley, Birkenhead, the delegate for the Birkenhead and North and South Wales Division. Mr. Tulley was voted to the chair, and he was supported by Mr. Thomas Jones, the branch chairman. Addressing the meeting, the chairman re- ferred to the progress of the union since its establishment in 1861, remarking that never —but with the one exception when in Lon- don some hundreds of Germans and Jews joined its ranks during an agitation, and afterwards left it-was the union so strong in point of number, as at -the .present time, (hear, hear). In almost all parts there were increased membership, and he was pleased to say that generally the popularity of the union was increasing. That was a matter of great satisfaction, and he hoped it would continue. He then alluded to the Bakers' Forty-eight Hours'Bill, remarking that he was glad to find that their secretary had received favourable replies to it from the boroughs and county members of Parlia- ment for Flint Messrs. J. Herbert Lewis and Samuel Smith. He spoke as to the nature of the occupations of bakers and confectioners, and to the confinement which they are subjected to, and its effects upon the human system. He was sure that they would all rejoice when the hours of their labour should be curtailed, and regulated in such a manner as would make them more conducive to their health, and pleasure (hear, hear). During the evening, 01 e of those present spoke as to the advantages of union and unions generally, if based upon sound prin- ciples, and under the leadership of reliable persons. He attributed the increase in trade during the last fifteen years to be mainly due to the combination of labour, which brought the masses under a manageable and controlable form, in cases of dispute, and for the ventilation of greivances. He also referred to the most recent Act passed for the benefit of the workman, the Workmen's Compensation Act,' which he pointed out was the outcome of the pressure brought by the labour candidates backed up by the unions in the country. At the pre- sent time, the Act was almost in skeleton form no doubt great improvements would be made in future in rectifying some of the clauses, and in adding to the bill pro- visions which were not foreseen when it was passed. At the same time, the passing of the Act was done with object of protecting the workman, and it would be an everlast- ing benefit to thousands who brought about their mishaps through no neglect or fault of their own. Mr. Tulley endorsed the above remarks, and appealed to all to be most careful in carrying out the duties of their occupations, for if any neglect on their part could be proved at the time they met with an acci- dent, no claim for compensation could be legally sustained. At this point, Mr. Tulley gave a resume of the proceedings of the meeting of the Executive Council recently held at Bir- mingham. He explained that some good amendments had been made in certain rules, and also with regard to the finances of the union, so that these should be pro- perly defined by having specific accounts opened, for specific purposes instead of having the whole amount of their money lumped up in one total. The remainder of the evening was spent in harmony, the following contributing songs: Messrs. Albert Edwards, W. S. Jones, D. Arthur Roberts, J. E. Jones, Maesydre; Jack Jones, C. Humphreys, H. North, Luther Wynne, J. McAllister, and others. Mr. Jones, Lead Mills, gave selec- tions on the melodion, which added to the enjoyment of the evening, the songs also being well rendered. Mr. Herbert T. Jones was the accompanist.

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