BANGOR. "r- COUNTY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. ¡ j A large gathering assembled at the County School for Girls, at Bangor, on Friday night, on the occasion of the presentation of prizes to the pupils by Miss Cooper, of the Dulwich High School. An enjoyable programme of singing and recitation was rendered by the pupils, after which Miss Mason, the head mis- tress, read her report, paying a compliment to the untiring work of the chairman, Dr. Gray, as a result of which the school buildings were amongst the finest in North Wales and free from debt. They were not as fortunately situated in the matter of annual income, for the school, numbering 89 scholars, had never received an annual grant exceeding £220, the minimum allowed by the scheme for a contem- plated school of 50. This compared unfavour- ably with the Bethesda School, numbering 74 scholars, which received a grant of jE460, and Pwllheli, which, with a roll of 86, received £ 569; whilst the Llangefni School, in Anglesea with 100 pupils, had a grant of nearly £ 1,000, The inadequate grant placed the school at a disadvantage in every respect. During the last year experiments had been made with a view to developing the natural capacity of girls in the district for acquiring languages, a holiday course being arranged in France, which was largely taken advantage of. French con- versation classes had also been established in connection with the school, which were very successful. Three internal scholarships had been awarded to Ceridwen Jones, Margaret Owen, and Doli Roberts. Two outside Tate scholarships were also offered to girls under 12, but of these only one was awarded, to Nellie Evans, from St. Paul's Board School. It was hoped soon to begin classes in cooking and laundry work. Games and drilling were con- sidered as being in no way inferior as training to any other part of the school course, and the hockey team had an unbroken record of sac- cess this season. Many gifts had enriched the school since last prize day, among them being a copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Miss Cooper afterwards distributed the prizes, and the proceedings were closed with the singing of the National Anthem.
THE KIDNAPPING CASE. At Clerkenwell Sessions on Wednesday Jane Hitching, a gipsy hawker, pleaded guilty to stealing Samuel East, aged eight, on Hninpsfead-heath. on July 30. The story of how prisoner stole the boy, who had been taken to the heath for a treat with other children by the Baptist Sisters, and how she tramped the country with him, has been several times told, and, a previous conviction for child steal- ing having been proved, she was sent to penal servi- tude for three years.
LORD C. BERESFORD'S RETURN. An animated group of personal friends, together with a number of others interested in commerce and politics, greeted Lord Charles Beresford on his arrival at Southampton on Wednesday by the American liner St. Louis. A perfect shower of questions poured upon the member for York, who declared he never was in better health after his journey of 34,000 miles. To all inquiries he replied "I went out to represent the, Associated Chamber of Commerce, and to them my report will be made." Induced to talk about China, his lordship con- tinued There is, of course, a great deal of trade to be developed there, and, as you will see from my report, the best policy for Britain to follow is to maintain the open door. I found the Chinese really honest and straightforward traders. We ought to maintain and increase our sphere of influence. The value of the Chinese trade, takinl- it roughly, is about E55,000,000 sterling. Of this we have got 55 per cent. We want not only to keep that, but some more as well. You must remember that America is increasing its trade by leaps and bounds, and we must not let our Transatlantic cousins go by us. We must keep China on its feet." Will its trade be valuable?" As valuable," answered his lordship, as that of Africa. That belongs to us, and we ought to have both. Look here." he went on, there are some- thing like 425 millions of people, and if every man of them required a new trousers' button what a boom in the button trade that would mean."
SAVED BY A CYCLE. A young couple in humble circumstances on Wed- nesday walked a distance of seven miles to be married at Peterborough. Unfortunately, the bridegroom forgot to take with him the necessary certificates, and, on discovering this, he proposed to walk back again to fetch it. But in all probability he would have been too late for the ceremony to be performed that day, and so the.registrar very kindly helped the couple out of the difficulty by riding off on his bicycle to fetch the missing document. He returned with it in triumph, and die ceremony was happily concluded.
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TRIAL BY JURY. The Lord Chancellor, speaking on Monday night at a dinner of the United Law Society, referred to the value of trial by jury. He knew that among a certain class it had been supposed that a judge made a much better tribunal than a jury. After a long experience he could say deliberately that as a rule juries were more generally right than judges. People in this country revolted at anything like injustice in the administration of the law.
IN TERROR OF THE" CAT." In congratulating the grand jury on Monday at the opening of the March sessions of the Central Criminal Court on the fact that the calendar was below the average, both numerically and as regards the gravity of the offences, the Recorder of London City referred to the salutary effect of the cat." There was, he stated, a considerable falling off in the charges of robbery with violence, and while he did not say that this was due to the repressive measures adopted in that court by ordering persons so charged to be flogged, it was a curious fact that men so punished seldom came back. There were prisoners who reappeared with horrible regularity—men who seemed to fall into crime again directly they were released from gaol; but it was a satisfactory feature of the calendar that gentlemen once ordered to be flogged for robbery with violenca did not reappear- with the same regularity.
Salt, in the form of rock, Bhould be placed withiu the reach of all domestic animals.
PRUDENTIAL ASSURANCE COMPAMf, Li^SfEQ.1 Chief Office: HOLBORN BARS, LONDON. J Summary of the Report presented at the Fiftieth Annual Meeting, held on the 2nd March, 1899, ORDINARY BRANCH.—The number of Policies issued during the year was TV,* A ± T. N J. 64,708, assuring the sum of £ 6,420,580, and producing a New Annual Premium „ u"5- ComP?,n7> m both branches, as shewn in the Balance Sheet. Income of £ 353,113. a*e £ 33,599,708, being an m increase of £ 3,161,371 over those of 1897. The Premiums received during the year were £ 2,967,501, being an increase of Public attention having been for some time past directed to questions £ 193,237 over the year 1897. thrift and provision for old age, the Directors have had under consideration The Claims of the year amounted to 1!975,012. The number of deaths were bow they can further assist those Policcy holders, who, from age and diminishes f, 0,191, and 2,535 Endowment Assurances matured. earnings, find some difficulty in maintaining the payment of Premiums on the11 ■ The number of Policies in force at the end of the year was 534,138. Policies, and they have therefore made provision for all Policyholders in ■ INDUSTRIAL BRANCH.—The Premiums received during the year were Industrial Branch who have been assured for twenty-five years to be free » tioii £ 4,960,756, being on increase of £ 167,165. the payment of further Premiums as they attain the age of 75. This K- The Claims of the year amounted to £ 1,891,039. The number of Deaths was takes effect at once, and has of course necessitated a considerable addition totb' ft 198,308, and 2,181 Endowment Assurances matured. Reserve?, tt The number of Free Policies granted during the year to those Policy-holders The Shareholders will be glad to learn that the Staff Provident Fund, wbiet ? T ^who desired to discontinue their payments, was 66,379, was established last year on the occasion of the celebration of the Company'9 oi!; • /u e,ng 6ii'o number of Free Policies which became Jubilee, has been heartily appreciated by tne outdoor Staff, for whose benefit it Claims during the year was 12,231 was founded, and a large proportion have become contributors The total +i'fi t number of Policies m force at the end of the year was 12,949,679: ount standing to the credit of the Fund at the end of the year was £ 58 212 l*-» their average duration exceeds eight and a half years. and the number of contributors was 7,160. General Balanca Sheet of the Prudential Assurance Company, Limited, on the 31st December 1898. LIABILITIES. £ g | ASSETS. Shareholders'capital 1,000,000 0 6 British Government Securities ( £ 3,155,000 Consols) 3 153 583 5 Ordinary Branch Funds 17,156,951 11 8 Indian & Colonial Government Securities .3 300 877 4 5 Ia "•* .14,538,952 13 5 Railway and other Debentures and Debenture Stocks 2176 498 18 1 J i f "v • •" •" 750,000 0 0 Loans on County Council, Municipal and other rates e'246'917 12 'S Claims under life policies admitted 153,804 0 11 Freehold ground rents and Scotch feu duties 2 830 469 8 Freehold and leasehold property 1 934 411 16 Mortgages 4,'l43',948 16 <j Kailway, gas, and water stocks 5 689 891 3 4 Suez Canal Shares 168 489 5 Telegraph and other Shares. 72 532 8 » Metropolitan Consolidated stock, and City of London Bonds 358 645 12 Bank of England stock 200*559 18 Foreign Government securities 996*694 1 Reversions and Life Interests 575*104 1 Loans on the Company's Policies 690*268 13 y Rent charges 148^164 0 J • Outstanding premiums 360,525 0 Cash in hands of Superintendents and Agent's balances 49,475 9 1" Outstanding interest and rents 241243 17 Cash—On deposit, on current accounts, and in hand 281407 2 2,33,599,708 6 0 £ 33,599.708 6 j It- sy nr EDGAR HORNE, Chairman. WILLIAM HUGHES, VJoint General Managers» HENRY HAURF.N i FREDERICK FISHER,/ W. 1\ PITOH. J Directors. W. J. LANCASTER, Secretary. We have examined the Cash transactions, Receipts and Payments, affecting the accounts, of the Assets and Investments for the year ended December 31st 18$' and we find the same in good order and properly vouched. We have also examined the Deeds and Securities, Certificates, &c., representing the Assets and Invet*. ments set out in the above account, and we certify that they were in possession and safe custody as on December 31st, 1898. 14th. February, 1899. DELOITTE, DEVER,'TGRIFFITHS & Co. For further particulars, apply to the District Superintendent, D. Thomas, London road, Corwen; Superintendents T. Hughes, 126, Vale street, Denbigh James Williams, Market street, Llangollen, or any of the Local Agents. | Seed AND Feeding- OATS. 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FLINT. -> THE EDUCATION CONTROVERSY. The following correspondence on the sub- ject of Free Education to Flint has been Inanded to us for publication. It appears that Mr. R. T. Price's boy was one day sent home from school for money for a copy, Mr. Price wrote a letter to the master stating that he understood that he was entitled to claim free education for his children, and that this meant that all school requisites were to be supplied free by the school. The headmaster replied that what books were given free were paid for out of his (the schoolmasters) own pocket, and that be,did not consider Mr. Price's boy to be an object of charity, and that Flint school was Dot a free school, hence the following cor- respondence between the Rector (on behalf of the managers), and Mr. Price. To THE MANAGERS of the Flint national School. Dear Sir, ¡' Having made an application of the head- master of the above school for free schooling for my child he gives me the following information that your school is not a free school,therefore debars me from the right of free education for my children, I beg to ask you is the information received correct, if so, wpon what grounds. An early reply will oblige. Yours respectfully, R. T. PEI JE. Rev, W. LI. Nicholas. Flint Rectory, February 17th, 1899. Sir, A letter has just reached me, it bears no date and no address, but is signed by R. T. Price.' On enquiry, I am led to the con- clusion that it is written by you, the agent of one of the most respected of English Insurance Companies, and it is this that increases my wonder. You inform the man- agers that you wrote to Mr. E. J. H. Wil- liams, the headmaster of our school asking for certain information, and on receipt Of his letter you at once write to the managers practically accusing Mr. Williams of giving you wrong information. Such a charge against Mr. Williams who bears the highest character for honesty and truth reveals a business of mind that in my opinion, unfits the writer for any considera- tion at the hands of the managers who respect Mr. Williams as a gentleman whose -conduct has always been marked by straightforwardness— On behalf of the managers, Yours faithfully, W. LI. NICHOLAS. Note.—It appears Mr. Price enclosed the wpy of the letter, which he intended to retain for himself, this accounts for his not having put any date or address- 23, Feather St., Flint, February 18th, 1899. Dear.Sir, I Yours of the 17bh instant to hand, and am I surprised to find no answer to my enquiry. The reference made by you in your let- ter that I accuse Mr. Williams of giving me the wrong information is an insinuation entirely without foundation, and allow me to inform you that I would be the last to think of saying or doing anything that would reflect upon Mr. Williams' character ia any shape or form. After receiving the letter from Mr. Williams. I simply wrote you for an authoritative reply, as a manager of the Flint National School, whether the information is correct that it is not a free school, and in the interest of free schooling in accordance with the act of 1891, I again appeal to you to oblige me with a reply. Allow me to inform you again, all I want is a reply from the managers of the Flint National Schools as a governing authority, whether the school is a free school or not so that I can see further into matters with the Education Department and request them to provide a free school in the Fint District. Yours respectfully, R. T. PRICE. Rev. W. LUNicholas. Flint Rectory, February 20tb, 1899. Sir, I eongratulate you on the improved tone of you letter. In answer to your enquiry I beg to inform you that in the Parish of Flint, the follow- ing are free schools, viz. St. Thomas' Flint Common, the Memorial Infant School, and the Roman Catholic School, while Pentre and Flint (mixed) are not what can be termed free schools' as owing to the terms af arrangement with the Education- Depart- ment the managers can charge a fee for children in certain standards. Mr. Roberts, Relieving Office for this dis- trict will inform you, that the Guardians owing to the above mentioned arrangement pay for pauper children in certain standards and for all books supplied to children what- ever their standards. For the managers, Yours faithfully, W. LL. NICHOLAS. Mr. R. T. Price, Agent for the Prudential Assurance Co. 23 Feather St., Flint, February 23th, 1899. Dear Sir, I beg to thank you for the letter of explanation, but I shall take time to con aider what further steps I shall take to provide free schooling for my children—I ahould feel obliged if you will state defiu- itely what are the standards according to the arrangements with the Education Department for which you can make a charge. Allow me to congratulate and ten- der you thanks for your better tone of letter, which is far more courteous and reasonable than the previous one, hoping you will still remain in the same frame of mind. Yours respectfully, R. T. PRICE. Rev. W. Ll. Nicholas. In reference to the speech of Sir John Gorst «a Tuesday during the debate on primary edu- cation, the Rev. J. Hirst Hollowell, secretary of the Northern Counties Education League, writes to the Times, March 8th :—' I observe that Sir John Gorst, speaking in the House of Commons last night, quoted from the speech I made at Flint on Monday, February 27th. He also stated that the meeting was broken up,' and went on to ask the house whether it was any wonder the meeting was broken up, seeing that in my speech that I had called the Rector of Flint I the greatest coward I had ever met with in public controversy.' Sir John Gorst would be surprised to hear that the meeting was not 'broken up.' The speaking lasted at the meeting nearly an hour and a half. The meeting was undoubtedly disturbedlby a set of youths and rowdies, who attended at the re- quest made from the pulpib by the Rector of Flint that they should go to the education meet- ing and stand up for the Church. They did stand up. In fact they stood up and howled for more than an hour, but the meeting con- tinued, and was not 'broken up.' The products of .,definite, Christian instruction' who dis- turbed the meeting had not the courage to use violence in the gas-lighted Town Hall. They preferred to wait until they got into the dark streets, where they threw stones from the other itt of the load at the cairman and the speak. I iers^s they went home. So much for Sir John Gor&fc's story about the meeting being • broken up,' It is quite true that I called the Hector of Flint a I coward.' The English dictionary possesses no more suitable word for a man who meets the legal demand of parents for the con- science clause' by reading out their names from the pulpit on the Sunday, telling the con- ] gregation their addresses and occupations, and holding them up to contempt. The Rector of Flint did not stop there. He wrote, or caused to be written, letters of complaint to the em- ployersof some of these parents, and thus tried to bring them into trouble because they had exercised a right secured to them by law. This was the conduct of a coward.' Tte Rev. T. Jones Roberts, one of the curates of Flint, writes to the 'Times' from Willow House, Flint, under Saturday's date- The letter in your columns from the Rev. J. Hirst Hollowell, Congregational minister and Radical propagandist, has afforded great mirth to the inhabitants of Flint. We all know that the Rector of Flint will not notice this, but we do know that the work of the rector in this parish, and the signal success attending his labours are the only reason for the attacks made in the House by Mr. Samuel Smith, and Mr. Lloyd George. I enclose one of the annual statements of the parochial accounts, which is well worth your perusal, and which bears tes- timony to the strength of the Church in this parish. The Radical M.P.'s have been accus- tomed to call Wales in the House of Commons I a nation of Nonconformists;' this bubble has now been pricked. Hinc illse
DISASTERS AT SEA. A pleasure yacht cata strophe, resulting in the loss of nine lives, including those of five French military officers, was reported on Wednesday by a telegram from the seaport of Vannes, on the coast of Brit- tany. The party included Captain de Cheveigne, his wife, son, and brother-in-law, who was also an officer, Lieutenant de Courson, son of General de Courson, Lieutenant de Farcy, Surgeon-Major Metry, and two sailors. They proceeded to a little island off the coast, and when they were returning the boat was capsized and all its occupants drowned. A Boulogne telegram states that, after many inquiries, all hope has now been abandoned as to the eight remaining men of the'Boulogne smack Mathieu, which was run down in the Channel, some day-, ago. Eleven of the crew were rescued by jumping on. to the Docteur Olive, which ran into the smack. The steamer Elaine, from Rochester for Liverpool, with a cargo of cement, arrived at Plymouth on Wed- nesday, and reported that on Tuesday night tire broke out in the engine-room. The firemen and t ngineershad to go on deck hurriedly. Before they did so i lie vessel's speed was reduced, but steam was aiiil kept, on for fear of an explosion. Afterwards all access to the engine-room was shut off by the fire. All hands, under the direction of Captain Davies, set to work to subdue the flames. The hose was got to work, and kept a constant stream of water pouring on the flames, which in about two hours" en, subdued. The whole of the woodwork on and about the deck has been burned away and a good deal of other damage done. An engineer named JOhri Steel was rather seriously burnt, and was taken to hospital. The Elaine is now in the Great Western docks at Plymouth, and will need considerable repair before she is again ready for sea.
THE POWERS AND CHINA. The Pekin correspondent of the Times says that Russia insists on the revision of the Northern Rail- way contract. The British Government has renewed its emphatic declaration that the contract cannot be altered, and has undertaken to assist China if aggression should be attempted in consequence of China's refusing to accede to the Russian protest; adding that Great Britain will retaliate upon China if, after this declaration, the latter yields to Russian pressure. The Italian Minister is awaiting instruc- tions. The Chinese are discussing the advisability, pf declaring Sammun an open port, in order to evade the Italian demands, which, however, will, it it g- pected, be insisted on.