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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

HOUSE OF LORDS.—MAR«H 7. 1

HOUSE OF COMMONS. j

HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MARCH 8.

___RHUDDLAN.

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RHUDDLAN. PARISH MEETING. On Monday night, a Parish Meeting was held for the purpose of nominating parish council- lors and other business. A.t the outset, the chair was occupied by Mr. William Jones, Church Gates; but when he was nominated for re-election on the Parish Council, he vacated the chair, and Mr. Llewelyn Jones was voted in his place. NOMINATION OF PARISH COUNCILLORS. The following nominations were handed in: —Messrs. Arthur Davies, Bryn Cwnin; Thomas Evans, High Street; the Rev. B. Evans, Messrs. Robert Griffith, The Old Post Office; Thomas Hughes, Penybryn C. W. Jones, Rhyl; J. Jones, 7, Gwindy Street; William Jones, Church Gates; the Rev. D. Glyn Lewis, Dyserth Road; Messrs. Joseph Parry, Canolydre; and J. E. Roach. No questions were asked the nominated persons, and as no more that the required number were named, they were declared to be duly elected. Mr. Llewelyn Jones then vacated the chair, and Mr. William Jones resumed the presidency of the meeting. LAST YEAR'S WORK. A summary of the proceedings of the work of the Council during last year was read, and the Council congratulated on improvements effec- ted. FREEING OF FORYD BRIDGE. With reference to this question, Mr. Llew- elyn Jones and Mr. C. W. Jones spoke, and referred to the awkward position the people in the neighbourhood weie put in by having a toll bridge to cross. How, they asked, would the Rhuddlan people like to have a toll on the Rhuddlan bridge ? Mr. John Roberts said that the first consi- deration of the Parish Council was to look after the interest of Rhuddlan. If Foryd bridge was fr ee from tolls, more people from Towyn and Abergele would attend Rhyl market with pro- duce, and place themselves in competition with the Rhuddian people. Mr. Roger Hughes expressed a hope that at any rate they would not pay too much for the bridge, as the Rhyl people had done for the gas works. MORE IMPROVEMENTS WANTED. A resolution was passed urging the County Council to make further improvements near Pontygwtter, to complete the excellent fm. provemepts carried on on the road near to that place, and to make a footpath along the road- side between Rhuddlan and Rhyl. Replying to a que-tion, Mr. Charles W. Jones, C.C., said that he was responsible for the use of Penmaenmawr stone on the roads, and added that the cost would be some £ 600 more in the first instance. It would be a saving in the end. RHUDDLAN CHARITIES. Accounts were presented of the Rhuddlan charities, showing that 32 people had received a bonus of 2s. 6d. each from the charity. A discussion arose as to whether cash or tickets should be given to the recipients. The Parish Council was asked to express an opinion on this matter, and communicate with the j trustees. THE SCHOOL QUESTION. The Vicar, referring to the National Schools, said that he had heard of some very unfair re- marks that had been made at a recent meeting concerning these schools. He knew nothing of the complaints, and one of the managers had gone round and found thai; only nine children attended Rhyl schools, of an age that they could be taught in Rhuddlan school. There were others going to the intermediate schools, and they had shown what they had learnt at Rhnddlan by gaining scholarships. He agreed with people sending their children to urban schools to complete their education. Mr. J. Jones (time keeper) said he had child- ren going to school at Rhuddlan, and they did not seem to like their governess. He also com- plained that a letter he had written had not been placed before the managers. In that let- ter he complained that his child, because she had no copy book, was put on one side and made to write out the creed several times. Though he did not object to buying a copy book, he did not think he ought to do so, where free education was giyen; and compelling his child to write the creed was running very near a violation of the Conscience Clause. The re- ply he got to his letter was, that he had his remedy in the Conscience Clause, but he was no bigot. Mr. Bentley Jones said that what had been said was almost an insult to his wife. The Rhuddlan school girls obtained the highest grants on all subjects taken. Mr. William Jones had written to say that his child did not make sufficient progress. Mr. William Jones challenged Mr. Bentley Jones as to hs knowledge of the letter. Mr. Bentley Jones retorted that the letter had been written, and Mr. Jones admitted that it had. Mr. Bentley Jones then went on to say that Annie Jones did not progress because she was absent so frequently from school. Asked to say how many times the girl was absent, Mr. Bentley Jones said 209 times in two years. Mr. William Jones complained that it was very unfair to spring a thing like this after two years. If there was anything wrong in his conduct with regard to the child's attendance, why was he not summoned before the magis- trates. He asked how many attendances could have been made. Mr. Bentley Jones replied-twelve hundred times. Mr. Llewelyn Jones said that 209 absences jut of 1,200 showed a very good average atten. Jance. After some further conversation, the Vicar said the managers did not know anything of these complaints. But Mr. J. Jones' letter had been before the managers. They had a diffi- mlty in carrying the school on with the funds kt their disposal. Mr. Llewelyn Jones said the school ought to be managed with the funds at disposal. If not, bhey had better go in for a school board. He tdvised. parents not to buy books, and advocated the representation of the Parish Council on the Board of Management of the Schools. The matter then proposed.

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