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< ——" "— THE DAY OF REST. Of national and international conferences there is no end, and concerning some of them it must be admitted that they are aim- ing-* at impossible, or to say the least far- off ideals. But this cannot be said in rela- tion to the International Conference which has just been held for the promotion of a weekly day of rest in every industry and for all classes of the people. This move- ment is essentially a practical one, and is steadily gaining ground in countries which in past times have disparaged the British Sunday, and made :t a matter of reproach that we have not given up a part of the day to popular amusements. That this feeling has nor altogether passed away was pretty plainly shown earlier in the present year by the French protests against the closing of the White Citv en Sundays, but this much may certamlv be claimed that the French people understand better than they did the British standpoint, and arc themselves far more alive than formerly to the advant ages of a "rest dny," It will surprise many to learn on the authority of Mr T. Bowick, of the Nation.? Hygienic League, that in this country there are some two-and-a-half millions of people who would benefit by the adoption of the Weekly Rest Day Bill promoted by that organisation. Some of these workers no doubt have time allowed them in return for Sunday work, but in many instances it falls considerably short of the one day in seven. No doubt in some callings, such for ex- ample as agriculture, it is difficult to give entire freedom throughout the whole of the day, but we believe that men of all parties are agreed that Sunday work should be re- duced to the lowest possible point, and that where it is necessary an equivalent should be given on some other day of the week. The proceedings at the International Con- ference were happily not characterised by Sabbatarian narrowness, and the. question was mainly discussed on social and indus- trial grounds. Mr Alex. Findlay, M.P., speaking as a large employer of labour, gave it as his opinion that a rest day im- proved the quality of every kind of work advanced the character, well-being, and hap- piness of the workers; and promoted the prosperity of the nation. And this testi- mony could, of course, be lUltipIied a thousand fold, not only be employers, but by brain workers and manual workers of every class. Another aspect of the subject which should not be lost sight of is the enormous value of the day of rest in home and family life It is scarcely too much to sav that thousands of workers would know little of their own children, if it were not for the weekly inter- val of rest. It is this which furnishes them with the breathing space in which to culti- vate the home affections and strengthen the bonds of family life. In these days there is no need to protest, as perhaps there once was, against a too strict observance of Sun- day, for the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, and most thoughtful per- sons will admit that there is far more risk of the safeguards of the weekly day of rest being gradually broken down. In city life the danger is by no means remote, though we are not without hope that the practical good sense of the nation will lead it to resist the tendency to destroy the distinction be- tween Sunday and other days. And on this point it should always be remembered that, if the day of rest lost its quietude and became devoted to sports and amusements, the first to suffer would be the working classes of the nation. Excursion trains would be- come an ordinary thing, Sunday trading would be widely extended, and there would be an ever-growing army of Sunday work- ers. And this would necessarily mean an increase of the rush and turmoil of modern life. Apart, therefore, from the religious argument altogether there are the strongest reasons why we should cling to the goodly heritage handed down to us of one day's rest in seven. But on this matter we do not hesitate to appeal also to the higher sanctions and requirements of religious teaching and experience. And here, hap- pily, there is no discord between the Churches, and the cl:1im which they make for the rightful observance of the day is corroborated by the common instinct of the human heart. Man does not live by bread alone, and there is an accumulation of testi- mony that Sunday brings with it not only rest of body, but renovation of spirit, and that when it is turned to the best account, it ministers to all that is worthiest in human life.
A ROBUST EASTERN POLICY. Whatever may be the issue of the start- ling event that has precipitated a dangerous crisis in the East of Europe, Sir Edward 'Grey is to be congratulated on the firm Z, stand he has taken, and the frank and un- ambiguous terms in which he has expressed the policy of the British Government. He is also to be congratulated on the support of the Prime Minister, who has indeed been a little more emphatic than himself. We trust that all the members of the Cabinet will be in the like mind, so that the desire of he Opposition, to render patriotic and disinterested support to a correct foreign policy may not be counteracted by distracted counsels within the Cabinet. Few will dis- agree with the general principles laid down by Sir Edward Grey that no Power or State can alter an international treaty without the consent of the other paries thereto, and that the result of such action cannot be recognised until it has been regularised by the sanction of all the Powers concerned. More light will be shed on the attitude of the Government when the debates which will, of course, take place in both Houses of Parliament, can be held. In the mean- time it is a duty to scrutinise closely the course of events, because there have been occasions in the history of Radical Cabinets when the tail has wagged the dog when the Government, setting out with a firm intention to uphold the honour of the coun- try, ha" been diverted from its purpose by threats from the tail of the party, and has collapsed into ignoble surrender, humilia- ting to the country, and disastrous to its best interests.
North Wales Roads. A correspondent in the current issue of the "Autocar" has a word to say about the roads f in North Waks. He says:—"The condition of the roads in this "beautiful district is much to be deplored when compared with other parts of the country, and it is greatly to be wondered at that more attention is not paid by the county authorities to the main roads along the coast. Towns like Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, and Rhyl are mainly dependent upon summer visitors, and when one sees the large number of motors at these places, one can only express surprise that it is not considered worth while to keep the roads in such a form as will attract that class of visitor who will bring money into the district." He further say. In North Wales the roads were rough, in many parts full of "pot holes," and lately in several places hollows have been filled up with loose metal with no attempt at rolling in. Roads in the summer months are left under repair with the freshly spread metal covering the entire width of the road, so that it is impossible to save one's tyres while the steam roller is standing idle for days at the side of the road. Unless the roads are good, motorists will not stay long in a locality, nor will they visit the place at all if they know their pleasure will be spoilt as well as their cars by bad roads." » t Was there a Promise? A question discussed at considerable length at Tuesday's meeting of the Colwyn Bay Urban District Council was, briefly, whether the Pier Company had promised a committee of the Coun- cil that the Pavilion. would be let free of charge to the Town Advertising Association for the last May-Day festivities. The Association contend tk:, there was a specific promise, and that, there- fore, they were absolved from the payment of a bill for £30 subsequently sent in bj the company for the use of the building. For the directors it was stated that while acknowledging that re- ference was made to the use of the Pavilion, they denied that the word free" was ever uttered on either side, and that in granting the use of the Pavilion on the same terms as the previous year they considered they were making a great con- cession to the Association. By ten votes to two the Council decided to support the view of the Association. There the matter stands for the present, and how it is to be finally settled remains to be seen. » • Denbighshire Police Committee. By a majority the Denbighshire Joint Police Committee, on Friday, adopted a proposal which militates against the Chief Constable's discretion in the administration of the police force under his control. The committee had before them a for- mal notice of the intention of one of the super- intendents to retire on superannuation. The latter on being questioned maintained that he had been "instructed to resign," and replying to further interrogations intimated that if it was the wish of the committee he was quite prepared to continue to discharge his duties as ho was in the best of health. The Chief Constable bore testimony that the superintendent, whose services extended over thirty-eight years, was a most ex- cellent officer, but that he had suggested to him in a kindly spirit that on the point of age he might retire and allow younger mell to come on. Admittedly the officer was in every way efficient, and no doubt was expressed as to his ability to continue his duties in the same exemplary manner, but the discussion at Friday's meeting leaves room to doubt the wisdom of the com- mittee—apart altogether from this individual case In interfering with the discretionary powers of tho Chief Constable. As Colonel Mesham suggested matters of administration are best left in the hands of the Chief Constable. • » It It • The Harvest Festival. Just about, this time of year many of the re- ligious bodies hold their harvest festival services, and the custom is observed amongst most sects in England, the one notable exception being the Church of Rome. The de-,eicpment of the movement has been very extensive, and from a more or less scanty decoration composed of a few sheaves of corn and a little foliage, there are now set forth in the churches splendid speci- mens of fruit, flowers, vegetables, and other ar- ticles which in the ultimate distribution of the gifts are of great utility to the recipients. The festival has, in fact, been made the opportunity for the exercise of charity in one of its most use- ful forms, instead of being merely an opportunity for display. This element of usefulness with regard to the selection of the gifts has been criticised favourably and otherwise, for most in- novations, especially in religious matters, are re- garded by scrupulous individuals with consider- able apprehension. « A Successful Girl's College. From the statement made by Lady Principal on Saturday, Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay, con- tinues to make most satisfactory progress. The buildings have been greatly extended within re- cent years, and only a few months ago a large wing was added to the west side of the structure, which, it was thought, would meet with the re- quirements of the collegians for some time to come. Nevertheless, the Principal reported on Saturday that she was again so pressed for accom- modation that she had to fit up the observatory, which forms part of the new wing, as a bedroom. Miss Hovey suggested that the good air of Col- wyn Bay and the beautiful surroundings of the college accounted for the success of the institu- tion, but, valuable as these are, neither has in- fluenced the position so largely as the excellent work of the Principal and her staff. Penrhos is a considerable asset in the life and welfare of Colwyn Bay, and the community will rejoice over its steady development. • It • • • Wanted-A Modern Hercules. No one will deny that, in the past, Mr Asquith has given proofs of considerable ability-only a man of unusual mental calibre can ever attain to the proud position of Prime Minister in the British Parliament. But he would need the wisdom of a Solomon, the statesmanship of a Pitt, and the strength of a Hercules to enable him to cope with the enormous difficulties which he has to face during the present Session. The Government have definitely pledged themselves to pass half-a-dozen Bills, all of a highly con- tentious nature, and all bitterly opposed by one or more parties in the House. The Coal Miners' Hours' Bill is repugnant to colliery owners, to coal merchants, to manufacturers, and to the majority of the miners in whose interests it was supposed to be introduced. The Education Bill has aroused the indignation of Churchmen, both Catholic and Anglican; while the Housing Bill seems doomed to be defeated, if not dropped. And what can be said of the prospects of the Premier's "bete noir," the Licensing Bill? Over seven hundred amendments have been put down to the measure, the large majority of which are in the names of supporters of the Government- Liberals, Labourists, Socialists, and even tee- totallers. If these amendments are not dis- cussed, their sponsors will of course have a. grievance; if they are accepted the Lords would find the original Bill so thoroughly transformed that they would not hesitate to throw it out. Were the whole of the Session to be devoted to this one measure it would be totally inadequate for its proper discussion. How Mr Asquith pro- poses to keep the pledges he has given to the many opposing parties who constitute his majority, and to escape the consequences of his concessions to the teetotal party, remains to be seen. At pre- sent it Woks as if the task were absolutely iro- poaeible,
PERSONAL. The Rev. Joseph Jenkins, minister of Salem Calviniftic Methodist Chapel, Dolgellejf, haa accepted a unanimous call to become the pastor of Garregddu, Blaenau Festiniog, in the place of the Rev. David Jones, who has resigned. « It It It 4 Amongst the local members of Parliament who have taken town houses for the session are Mr E. Jones Griffith, at 3, King's Bench Walk; Mr E. G. Henimcrdc, at 23, Cadogan Gardens, S.W.; and Mr J. D. Ilee3, at 14, Pall Mall, S.W. „ » » » » A marriage has been arranged between Wil- liam Howard, second son of Major and Mrs Evans, of Penymaes, Llansantffraid, Mont- gomeryshire, and Gwladys Dorothy Hilton, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Hanmer-Jones, of oiieibrooke, Ellesmere, Shropshire. Judge Sir A. T. Lawrence and Lady Lawrence have been staying at Vaynol, as the guests of the High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire (Mr C. G. Asshcton-Smith). On Monday the Judge and Lady Lawrence paid a visit to the Dinorwic Quarries, and yesterday his lordship spent the day shooting with Mr Assheton-Smith. It Miss Harriet Fenton, who died at Rhianfa, Rhyl, was a daughter of the Rev. W. Carr Fen- ton, of Grenton Lodge, Yorkshire, rector of Maltersey, Nottingham, and a grand-daughter of the Rev. Robert Myddelton, D.D., of Gwaen- ynog, rector of Rothcrhithe, Surrey. Her younger sister married Mr Llewelyn Heaton, youngest son of Mr John Heaton, of Plas Heaton. Mr William Jones, M.P., who has been special- ly invited by a large number of the professors and undergraduates of the University of Glas- gow to address meetings in support of Mr Lloyd George as their candidate for rectorial honours, goes to Glasgow for that purpose next Monday. Mr Lloyd George's opponent is Lord Curzou, of Kedleston. Mr Keir Hardie is also supported by a section of the University.
MR HOWELL M.P., AND THE LADY S UEFRAGETTE. THE MEMBER FOR FL!NT BOROUGHS IN AN AWKWARD SITUATION. To Mr Howell Idris, M.P., the member for the Flint Boroug'lw, belongs the distinction of having been the rnean.s-,clultc innocently enough too-of introducing to the House of Commons for tho first time a Lady suftr a" e te. 'llw facts are as follows: About a quarter to eight the woman, who was plainly dressed, and about 30 years of age, got in- totlic Central Hall of the Houses of Parlia- ment, by stating to the police that she wanted to see a member of Parliament- Neither her appearance nor her manner excited suspicion- The police gave her one of the cards ob alll- able at the House of Commons by anyone .bus situated, and she filled cut the card in the usual manner and addressed to Mr Idris. The only Mr Idris in the is Air Tho- mas Howell Williams Idris, the Liberal mem- ber for the Flint Boroughs, who is chairman of Idris and Co., a mcmb r of the London County Council since its foundation, and anex- Mavor of St. Paneras. This gentleman was at the tisne dining in the lIoti.se with a friend, and in ouo course tho card was handed to him by one of the attendants. Mr Idris happened to know the lady as the married daughter of Mr Robert Williams, an architect fortwriy connected w.:th the London Counta" Council, and now professionally engaged at Cairo. DASH THROUGH THE DOOR. Mr Idris, in a spirit of »:lf-denial and gal- lantry, left his dinner and went to see the lady. He was aware that she entertained rather ad- vanced political views, and was, in fact, pri- vate secretary to Mr Keir Hardie, but he had no conception him-jelf that she was a militant Suli'rcigii.t. On meeting her m the C n rd Hall, after an exchange of salutations, he ask- ed what he could do for her. She replied that she wou-kl be obliged if he could just let her peep into the House, as she was interes ed in the Children Bill, then under discussion- Still with no suspicion excited, Mr Idris escort d the lady into the Lobby, and, in accordance with the privileges of a member of Parliament, obtained the permission of tho doorkeeper to conduct her to the glass door of the debating chamber itself. As moist visitors to the House of Commons are aware-, at the left-hand side of the door is what is known as the through which ladies. by a.scending a step, are accis- tomed to obtain a full view of meinb rs in actual deliberation. After an interval Mr Idris helped Mrs Travers Symons to descend, bit, instead of accompanying him ba- k into the Lobby, as he expected, she suddenly das': ed at the door, and in a twinkling darted up the floci« of the House, exclaiming excitedly, "Dr p your talk about the Children's Dil, and five us Votes tor Woiyipn." She only reached the Bar. In tie midst of the uproar an attendant named Haskell rushed towards the woman, caught her up bodily, and carried her into the Lobby, where, as already described, she was hajidod over to the police. She was collared by a couide of constables, and lustily shouting' "Votes fo.r Women," was pushed through the Central flall and deposited bevond the pre- cincts in Old Palace Yard, where she d'san- pea,re-d by mingling' with the crowd. About ten o'clock Mr Idris received the following I t- t--r 10, Clifford's Inn. Fleet-street, E.C., Oct. 13, 1903. Dear Mr Idrls -My action this evening must have surprised you. It surprised me. I had no intention d calling1 you out. What I did was on the spur of the moment, and it -would not have occurred to me to call you out had I not known of your enthusiasm in the women s cause. If I have caused yo i any annoyance I am sorry, and can only rerxat that, so far as you are concerned, what I did was entirely unpremeditated.—Yours verv sincerely. MARGARET TRAVERS SYMONS. T. H. W. Iùri-, Esq., M.P. It is extremely probable, after what has o-- -curred. that restrictions will be placed bv the authorities upon the admission of ladies to the inner Lobby.
welshNonconformists AND THE ARMY. COLONEL DAVIES-COOKE'S VIEWS. Colonel Bryan G. Davies-Cooke, late A.D.C. to H.M. Queen Victoria and to H.M. King Edward VII., writes to the "Times:"— My attention has been drawn to correspond- ence between Colonel Howard and Colonel Owen Thomas re the alieged hostility of the Welsh Nonconformists to recruiting for the Territorial Army, and, both those gentlemen having intro- duced my name into the controversy, I ask you to allow me the privilege of reply. Both of them are old friends of mine, and I am sure that neither of them would make any statement unless he believed in its perfect accuracy. As to Colonel Howard's charges against the Nonconformist ministry, I consider they are part- ly made out and admitted by some of them, but is it quite fair to tar them all with the same brush ? I took over the command of the 2nd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers in August, 1873, and at one time suffered much from the hostility of ministers and chapels. I scorned the attacks and determined to live them down and show my opponents that a well-ordered Volunteer regi- ment could be a pattern not only to the service, but to those outside; such was my object. I was a strict disciplinarian, and took for my motto, "Favour to none, but kindness and justice to all," and working on those lines for 24 years left the regiment with two battalions 1600 strong and fully officered I had a great number of "Non- conformist privates, two companies almost wholly so, with two Nonconformist captains. I had no trouble; I never had an unkind word during the whole of my 24 years. In one matter Colonel Owen Thomas's memory has played him false. I was very particular as to attendance at church parades, and when I found that men were shirking, by pretending to be what they were not, they were marched to church and" fell in" outside, and "stood easy" till service was over (that took place only when there was no place of worship for their parti- cular denomination). It was a cure. I never inquired what denomination or politics a man was. All I wanted was that ho should do his duty. I encouraged Nonconformists to have service in their own chapel. A very smart, good lad died, and as his dying request asked his mother to consent to a full military funeral. The whole community were greatly pleased; they had never seen that most impressive scene, "a military funeral." I was told of lads whose lives were completely changed for the better after joining the Volunteers, and the tone of neighbourhoods was improved. A father of three fine lads told me that they were all Volun- teers, and added, "If I had six more, they should all be in." In a P.S. the Colonel states:—I have been in- formed that the Right Hon. Lloyd George, M.P., was once a private in the Portmadoc Company of my old regiment; he hkely could throw some tight en tbe vubject.
COLWYN BAY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Pier Company and the Town Advertising Association. A Lively Discussion. Council Support the Association. The Light Railway Extension. Mr D. 0. Wiliiame presided over the monthly meeting of this Council on Tuesday. There were aifo present: Rev William Hughes, Messrs J. Williams, Jos. Dicken, Hugh K-vans, Hugh Hughes, Geo. Bevan, Hugh Davies, E. li. Davies, Wm. Horton, T. Hopkins, Chas. Reynolds., J. Jones, Biies HiP, Edward Allen, D. Gamble, Lbrigand Lowe, with Solicitor Clerk (Mr James Amphlett), the Deputy Clerk and Accountant (Mr Jce. H. Roberts), the En- gineer (Mr Wiliiam Jones, M.inst.G.E.), the Sanitary Inspector (Mi* W. Henry Jones), and the Collector (Mr Lewis Jones). CONDOLENCE. On the motion. of the Chairman, a vote of condolence wae passed with Mr D. Gamble upon the death of hie brother. Sir Christopher Gamble. lr: Gamble gratefully acknowledged. SCARCITY OF LAND FOR ALLOTMENTS. It was reported by tho Allotments Com- mittee that there had been no response to the advertisement inviting offers of land for the purpose of allotments. Various siees had been mentioned, and it was ultimate'y recoived to depute Mr 1). Gamble and the Chairman, a(- conipaiued by Mr John Owen, to call on Mr J. M. Porter, agent to the Colwyn Bay and Pwllyceoohan Estate Co., with the view to ii"a assistance in tho matter, and that Mr John Jones and Mr Hugh Davies be deputed to also approach Mr D. AiacXicol, 0 d Colwyn, agent to the Coed Coch Estate, and report. Mr G. Bevan asked who: her thero ivvas now any chance of getting any allotments. Mr C. Reynolds (Chairman of tho Commit- tee) They are rather like a good many other chances—they ciecede a3 you approach (laugh- ter). We asked all the applicants for land to attend a meeting the other night so that we might judge of jtheir suit ability. Meet of them are day gardeners, and the bulk of them appear to be very suitable people. We have only had two pieces of land offered, a pot belonging to Mrs Crosfield, Bryn Eit-hyn. where the old Nant stood, and the other was a portion of tho garden at Oaka.moor, which will suit one or two pcopi.e very -wel!. We saw Mr MacNioc'.l. in Iwhom we had tome hepo, but. he says he can do nothing for us. He has no land at nil suitable. The land in the Nanty glyn Val'ey appears to be rather difficult to touch. Mr loiter, at an interview, said he would, to ablo to fit us up with something to go with, but wo have not seen him sincc. We shall want about eight acres. I thought, of writing to Sir John Barlow asking if we could have come la.nd that, would be euitable foe the purpose in front of his house— (daughter), — as he probably was a supporter of the Bill (laugh- ter). I do not know whether we shall make anything out of that or not (laughter). I do not, know why you should laugh when I make a remark like that (renewed laughter). We cannot get land so easily as we thought, but still, we may do better latev on. THE WATER SUPPLY. It was reported that, the eupply of water during tho month was fairly satisfactory. TJ.C portions of the district situate in and above Hillside Road had with the he'p of the high level reservoir practically a constant sup- ply up to the 27th ult., but the height of water in the reservoir had been so reduced that the supply therefrom had been discontinued. The Sanitary Committee reported that several complaints had been received from residents in the vicinity of the Queen's Hotel, C-olwyn, owing to the lack of water, and in view of this Mr T. B. Farrington, engineer to the Joint Board, who v.as (present, at. the committee meeting by request, discussed tho twaya and means of giving a satisfactory supply. It was reported that tho assistance from the Llysfaen Reservoir had been discontinued as the reflux valve on the main near Voryn ha had again been fixed. It was resolved that- the Clerk again ad- dress a. communication to the Joint Board urg- ing the necessity of steps being taken to im- prov-3 the suppy. In reply to Mr fXi-s Hill,, the Engineer aid the water used by the various departments of tho Council was not measured. Mi" Bliss Hill: Some of tho ratepayers seem to think that we are wasting a, good deal of water ourse'ves, and wo should certainly be above suspicion. I would, therefore, sugares'- thai meters be fixed to safeguard ourselves on the matter No action was however taken. A WRIT AGAINST THE COUNCIL The committee reported the receipt of a letter from Ni-i, W. HOT ten, on the 26; h Septem- her. concerning the question of the drainage of surface water from land in the vicinity of Tramway Avenue, and enclosing a writ against tho Council in the matter. The plaintiff s claim having been read, it was resolved that the papers 'he handed to the Council's Solicitors with instructions to de- fend. The Clerk, in reply to Mr Lowe,said there had been certain alterations in the sewerage system at R-hos. The question came up whether Mr Horton should be allowed to discharge certain surface !waJer into the Council's sewer. He had been under the impression that the point had been settled in an agreement entered into between the Council and Mr Hccton. How- ever, a writ, had now been served on the Coun- cil bv Mr Harton. Mr Dicicen: We were told at the last Coun- cil meeting or tho meeting before that, that a settlement had been effected. The Clerk The difficulty now is, I under- sa11d, with regard to the coet of testing the sewers, but I think this matter should bo further discussed in public. The subject then dropped. PUBLIC FOOTPATHS. Tho Surveyor reported that three bow gates had been fixed near Casteli on the path leading to Bronyna.nt; below Penywaen at entrance to path leading to Hafotty and by Penybrvn Ucha at entra.nce to path leading to Llwyd. goed Isa. Ho was further instructed to'fix prates and generally improve the ancient path, leading from Geed Teg to the Llanrwst Road, at a cost of £ 8 5s. It was roso-ved to invite tenders for the for- mation of the footpath along the main road be- tween Wynijsta-y 'Road and Queen's Road, Old Oolwvn. THE COUNCIL'S REMARKABLE HORSE. Referring to the road foreman's report, Mr G. Bevan said he thought there was a tendency to increase the expenses on tho Promenade. He noticed that nine extra men had been re- cently engaged for two days in clearing shingle, etc. It wa.s further reported that "the hired teams removed 228 loads of sweepings," whilst the Council's horse and cart had "removed 217 loads." "We must have one of those winged horses we see represented on Assyrian monuments to do such an amount of work," added Mr Bevan amidst loud laughter. PROPOSED TRAMWAY EXTENSION. It was reported that the sub-committee con- sisting of Mr John Williams (chairman), Mr John Jones, Mr D. O. Williams and Rev W. Hughes, had met concerning the question of widening Abergele Road between Rhijy Bank Avenue and the Dingle, in view of the proposed tramway extension, and it was resolved to in- struct the Surveyor to submit a plan with the widening shewn on the north side of the main road. The members were of the opinion that the kerb should be refixed three feet back at the top of Erw Wen Road and widening out to four feet nearer the buildings on the north side, thus leaving a carnage way of practically 23 feet 6 inches. The Highways Committee recommended that the irepoTt of the sub-committee be approved, and that the Clerk be directed to ask the Light Railway Co. to make the contribution stipu- lated by the Light Railway Order so that the work may be proceeded with. It was a/so resolved that Mr Hugh Hughes and Mr Ed. Allen bo deputed to press forward the question of acquiring a strip of land at the comer of Rhiw Road. Mr Geo. Bevan inquired whether the com- mittee were satisfied that the amount of widen- ing now suggested would be sufficient to meet tho tramway's requirements. If not, he thought nothing should bo done till they were sure the whole work could be completed satis- factorily. Mr John Williams: This will give usa roadway of 23ft. 6in., from curb to curb. Mr t'evan remarked that tho widening would bo eilected on one side of tho road only, and he thought it would be a pity to spoil one side of the street by contmctillg tho pave- ment so much. Mr John Williams assured the Council that not part, of tho road would be spoiled, and that that was the best thing the Council could do. Mr Reynolds: We can't do anything on tho other side, even if we wanted to. Rev WiLiam Hughes agreed. The discussion droooeJ. NEW PROPERTY. Amongst the plans approved were thofe for the new Church of England at the corner of King's and Lansdowno Roa>ds; and of four ho usee in Everard Road for Mr J. T. Taylor. PUBLIC FOUNTAIN FOR RHOS. A letter was read from Mr J. M. Porter, Estate Office, writing on behalf of subscribers to a fund raised some years ago to provide a memorial to the late Rev W. Venables Williams suggesting, as the fund had not been ex- hausted, that tho balance be utilised in pro- viding a public fountain at Rhos in tho ground lately forming the site oi Combermeio Lodge— the fountain to become the property of the Council, provided tho Council al'ow the neces- sary site, lay on the water service, and do any other work in connectien with the fixing of tho fountain. It was resolved unanimously that the offer be accepted, and that a committee consisting (Jf JVlessrs G. Bevan, H. Bliss Hill and D. n. Wi liams, be deputed to consult with the com- mittee of subscribers, and to make the neces- sary arrangements. LOCAL FUNDS. It was. suggested that, an endeavour be made to utilise the monies pubEely subscribed which stand in the various funds in the town, as ior instance the fund in connection with the Sou'h African War, and the provision of a town clock. The Clerk was directed to take the matter up. GOOD RESULTS AT THE ELECTRICITY WORKS. The Electrical Engineer reported that dur- ing the month there had been an increase by 5,579 units in the amount of electricity gene- rated compared with the same period of last year, whereas there were 50 more consumers, Attention was drawn to the increased genera- tion and the generation obtained per ton of fue'. Good results were reported with coke and anthracite slack as fuel. A fuller report would be submitted next month when a thorough test will havo been made. PROMENADE LIGHTING. The Manager reported that the breakages to the promenade lamp;} had ceased, except- ing those by ordinary wear and tear. As to the winter lighting of the promenade the com- mittee directed the Manager to reduce the number of lamps from 32 to 20. INCREASED CONSUMPTION OF GAS. The report of the Manager (Mr J. C. Pen- nington) was presented for the past month showing gas made 6,067,000 cubic feet, an in- crease of 469,000 cubic feet on the corres- ponding month of last year. Tho Manager's attention was called to the lighting on the main road at Colwyn, and he was directed also to report on the lighting of Queen's Road, CoKvyn. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. Upon application made by Mr F. J. Ho'mes. secretary to the Science, Art, and Technical Committee, it was decided to issue a precept on the overseers as heretofore for the sum of £ 90 for the purpose of technical instruction for tho session 19C8-9. L.G.B. INQUIRIES CONCERNING FINANCING. A letter was reported to have been read by the Finance Committer from report by the district auditor, and asking for the Council's observations on the auditor's comment on the cost of public lighting being charged to the gas and electric light concerns tho suggestion that the stock in store accounts should be kept, in the case of those concerns, and prompt payment to the treasurer of monies col ected from electric light prepayment meters. j The committee reported that the Clerk and Accountant had been deputed to draw up a reply thereto, and recommended, "That it be a.n instruction to the gas and electric light managers to keep a record of stores as required by the auditor." Instruction on the last men- tioned subject, it was observed, had already j being given to the collec'or. iLEGAL CHARGES. A statement of tho bills of costs due to the Council's solicitors had a'so been laid before Council's solicitors had also been laid before the committee meeting, and "it was resolved to deputo Messrs J. Dicken, D. O. Williams, and the Chairman, to examine and pass the same for payment. At the close of the meeting the 1mb-committee met and decided to recommend that the sum of L335 be paid in full dis- charge of the claims amounting to the aggre- gate to L374 6s 3d.' Bi!ls amounting to L112 15s 7d included v-ith the statement, are charge- able in respect of the Light Railway negotia- tion, and tho Clerk was directed to a.p to the Company for repayment of tho costs." PIER DIRECTORS AND THE TOWN ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION. The General Purposes Committee reported on the 1st inst., that "No response having been received fciom the Victoria Pier Co. coue-ern-n, the letting of the Pavilion to thb Town Al vertising Association, it was resolved—after soma discussion-t,hat the Cerk be instructed to write again asking for a reply from the Company by the next meeting of the Council." Mr Edward Alkn called attention to this minute, and moved the following resolution- lhat a reply be stmt to the letter from the Town Advertising Association from this Coun- cil. da-ted ICth August, that in rep"v to a question by Mr Dicken at a meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on Decom- ber 2nd, 19m, the Chairman cif the pier direc- tors said he would give the free use of the Pavilion for May-Day festival purposes to the T.A.A." He (Mr Allen) thought it was only right that the CouncU should reply to that iparticttliar letter. There was no question about it but that the Pavilion had been dis- trnctly promised free for May-Day festival pu.r- posen at the General Purposes Committee meeting referred to in tho resolu- tion, but up to the present no intimation of the fact had been given to the aseociation. The association had just had a bill -from the 1 ier Compiany for £ 30 for the use of the lavilion last day, and they naturally wanted to know whether the promise had been made so thwt. they could decide whether or not to pay the bill. He asked the Council to say that the promise had been made, for there was no doubt but that, at the time when the Company were seeking conce.si-Ions from the Council, Mr Dicken put the question to the chairman of the pier directors whether they would give the T.A.A. the free use of the Pavilion for the May-Day festival if the concessionj the com- T.A.A. the free use of the Pavilion for the May-Day festival if the concessionj the com- pany wanted were granted. To that Mr Mason distinctly replied "Yes" (hear, hear). The faots had been published in one of the local circuJaiK from which it had been copied into one of the weekly newspapers, neither of ■which reports had been Pepudiated, by the com- pany. Moreover, he had good reason to be- lieve that the announcement in the circular had been written by the Rev Wm. Hughes, its proprietor, -who had been present wt the oom- mittee meeting when the promise was made. Mr Allen then proceeded to read the announce- ment in the circular which was to the effect that by way of an acknowledgment Otf the con- cessions maei'e by the Council to the company t>he iatter had decided to give the Pavilion "iif6e every May-Day in future to the T.A.A." At the request of a member Mr Allen read the I correspondence which had taken place between the T.A.A. andi the company with regard to the use of the Pavilion. On February 5th the association wroie asking whether the Pavilion would be free, and upon what terms they could have the use of it for the festival. To that there came no reply. Another letter sent on February 14th tusking for a reply was also unanswered. On February 21is-t the association wrote again asking for a definite reply and whether they ",could have the free use of the Pavilion far the fetftivaJ." The company's secretary replied on February 24th stating the company's terms for the use of the Pavilion would be "ihe same as last year, £:0." "With reference to ycur further rear.arks," pro- ceed-ea1 the writer, referring to the suggestion that the Pavilion be lent free of charge, "that rn'atter shall be r,laced before my dir-ac.toi*G at their next board meeting." On the ioliouviug day the association wrote asking for in.ior.na- tion per return, when the next meeting of directors would be held, butt there was no re- ply. As the time was getting ii :ar for the festival, added Air Alien, the. association then wrote offering the £ 30 asked for. On March 14th the association w r cV:, again asking wheLher a directors' meeting had been held since February, a,nd for their decision con- cerning the free. use oi the building. No re- ply had been received to that. "But the next thing we got," said Mr Allen, who is a mem- ber of the T.A.A., "was their bill 'to account 'rendered, £ 30.' And we never had a pre- vious bill; that I swear." Subsequently the company sent. another account that as this account is now five months overdue I shall have to place it in other hands to collect un- ices I i<eceive cheque." And now, said the speaker in conclusion, it must be perfectiy clear to Vie minds of all who were present at the committee meeting in question that this promise was made. All we want you to do it- to say that it was made the T.A.A. can deal with the matter after that. Mr Hugh Fvughes asked whether it was not correct that the association had entered into a conitraet with the company for the Pavilion in February—before tho General Purposes Committee meeting was held. Mr Dicken I have much pleasure in second- ing Mr Allen's motion, because I think it is perfectly right to say that this promise was made as Mr Allen has stated (hear, hear). All the members will no dourbt re.rncun.ber it dis- tinctly. I cannot understand the thing, but 1 have come to the conclusion that the Chair- man of the company can hardly have thought it, but the fact rema.ms, he ha." done so. I cannot undeiftand any pier company or any honourable man having any argument about it if they knew about it, but that does not alter the fact Uiait it was promised. Mr Bernard Lowe referred to Mr Allen's remark that "all the association wants you to do is to say that the promise was made," and said the Council could do more than that. Trie bargain was made between the Council and the company, the association being merely the third party. The company had been given some thing on a certain understanding, and if that underc tan-ding had not been carried into effect iL was a matter which the ÇüUllc.il should eee to. The Clerk That is a matter for the asso- ciation to be advised upon. Rev Wm. Hughes said he had always under- srl'od that Mr Aiaeon had said he would give thy Pavilion free. I think I can remember bin words, raid Mr Eiuighes. Ho said "Let j them have it" (hear, hear). Mr Dicken asked the question, I remember, and it was upon the strength of that rcply-and with a viow to smoothing matters for the town—that the committee agreed to give what the company wanted. 1 am very sorry this promise has not been fulfilled (hear, hear]. Mr George Bevan said that whatever might have been the misunderstanding between the Council and the pier company he felt sure it would be impossible for anyone who had lis- tened to the correspondence read to misunder- stand the terms upon which the Pier Pavilion had been let to the T..A.A. for May-Day. They had been told distinctly that ther-2 wou'd be a charge and they had agreed to pay £ 30 for the building with the services of the vI. chestra, the artistes, the pier staff, etc. The misunderstanding between the Council and thE directors he would explain this way There were five directors present at the committee meeting, though there were very few eounef- lore, many being absent that day, and the question was asked—and the directors e, J not i <b.ny it.w-hether the Pier Company wot id allow the use of the Pavihcn lor May-Day The directors absolutely denied that the word "free" was used (laughter). T.1e chairman of the directors said "Yes," but ihe c..rectors had no idea that they were 'o let it iite of charge. The reason for .¡h J.t was tha.t th*. Pavilion was occupied from Faster to the end of September every night and every day by the performances of the orchestra. The direc- tors had offers nearly every day for the use of the building for theatrical and other pur- poses, but they were always refused, and in granting the use of the building to the T.A.A. for the May-Day festival for La) the directors considered they were conferring a great favour upon the T.A.A The letter of February 27th was so pilain that the blind could read the distinct .terms upon which the building had been let the association, and he was surprised that Mr Allen should whine over the reasonable charge macc.'e for the Pavilion. Mr Bliss Hill rose at this point, but before he spoke a single sentence Mr Bevan interposed with the remark that Mr Hill was not at the itt committee meeting, and could not therefore 6peak of what had taken place. Mr Hill replied that as a member of the Cbunicil he had. been pre&eut at subsequent Council meetings, when the whole thing practi- oally had been angued. He recollected th<1it one of t'he mernbens had asked at a subsequent Council mooting whether that gift would be made to the T.A.A., and he was perfectly certain that the ro^ly was in the affirmative. Mr Bevan I beg to deny that. I never mentioned" it. The question was asked me whether the company would be likely to do so, but I c'id not give a, definite opinion upon the matter. Mr Bliss Fill (displaying a copy of the Roev W. Hughes' circular)^ It is on your counsel's brief (laughter). Air Bevan Is that in reference to what I said or not? Mr Bliss Hill replied that he ha.d previously referred facetiously to the Rev Mr Hughes as the junior counsel to the Pier Company, and he did so more seriously now (laughter) and according to that gentleman's own state- ment in the circular the company had not only promised the Pavilion freely for one year, but year after ye-ar for all time (laughter and hear, hear). Surely, Mr Fiughes woulcf not have 9 misunderstood the matter to that extent. It would be within the memory of the whole Council tha,t, when he had protested againsit granting the concession to the Pier Company, which amounted to a loss of £100 to the rate- payers, one. of the main points in the argu- ment against him wr.s that the Pier Company were giving the use of the Pavilion to the T.A.A., which was equivalent to £ 30, and he remembered ridiculing the idea at the time. He was surprised to hear Mr Bevan, who, he (the speaker) took it, was speaking as one of the directors of the Pier Company, talking about Mr Allen as coming there to "whine." Mr Allen had merely asked the company to carry out their bargain as straight forward people. Rev W. Hughes said he objected to the title given him by Mr Hill (laughter), because he could assure his colleagues that he held no brief for the Pieir Pavilion nor any one else on that Council (hear, hear). 'Mr Charles Reynolds said they should all explain the position they took up in that matter, because it was a little more serious than one would think at first. He was present at the committee meeting referred to, and his impression was that the Pavilion was to be given free, but he did not remember that Mr Mason ever used the word "free." Mr John Jon said he had also been at the meeting, and he felt quite sure Mr Mjason said the Pier would be let free. Eie re- membered the incident quite well, and was quite sure Mr Mason made the promise. Mr Dicken Mr Mason did not say the word "free," that is true enough. I pwt the ques- tion to him whethear the T.A..A,. would have it. free Mr Mason did not use the word "free," but he said "Yes" in reply to my question (hoar, hear). Mr Gamble said he recollected' the sugges- tion made thait the T.A.A. had the free use of ithe Pavilion, and he reinemibered Mr Maeon turning to his colleagues after consulting whom, he said "I thank so." But" he gave no decided answer so far as I can remember added Mr Gamble. Mr Bevan He distinctly says he did not understand it ill that way. Mr Dickem I atIn sure Mr Mason did not understand' i]t, or he would not attempt to get out of it. Mr J. Williams agreed with Mr Allen's view, and said he wae very much disappointed that the promise had not been carried oiut. Mr E. Ailen, in replying to Lhe discussion, said Mr lievaji reminded him of the man who, when interviewed by a newspaper representa- tive a little while ago, said he had strong views himself, but he would not tdil the reporter what they were (laughter). He had placed- himselif there that day as a pier director, a natural thing for which he (the speaker) did not blame hiT. The Chairman appealed to Mr Allen not to enter into the matter in that way. Mr Allen No, but he has replied in that way. Continuing, the speaker said Mr Revan had said it was a concession to grant the Pavi- lion on the teirns the association got it, bu-t (the 'association had had it for two or threo, iif not four, years previously on the same terms, for the previous May-Day the company charged £ 30, and the saaie had been charged for the year before that, but for the preceding year, h h:6 memory served him correctly, tho charge was L15. In any case he knew the charge had gradually grown. Therefore, to talk about giving a concession when the same charge was nofw macle was absurd (hear, hear). Mr Bevan accused him of whining. He was not in the habit of doing tha.t, nor did he care for concessions from the Council, on behalf of the T.A.A., ae certain limited companies had teen Obtaining. If it came to whining, that was done when the Council had been a"k0d to back up companies and hetip them la pay dividends. In reply to Mr E. H. Davies, The Clerk reported that there hod boei., thirteen members o'f the Council present at the committee meeting on December 2nd, when the directors attended. Mr J. Williams That is a fair lepresenta tilon of this Council, I should say (hear, heir).' On a diviision Mr AJlen's motion was carried by ten votes to two. Those for it were Messrs J. Williams, J. Dickon, W. Hughes, Lowe, Allen, Horton, BJi."iS Hill, Gamble, J. Joneis, and Hugh E\ans.. Against: Messrs E. H. Davies and' Hugh Hiug-hes. Messrs Bevan, Reynolds, Etekinis, Hugh Davies did not vote.
I FOOTBALL. AuUMiKIUM V. LLANRWST RESERVES. The above clubs met in a friendly encounter on the Dotgajog Ground on Saturday, the re-i fence being- Mr Henry Jones. The ho;i.esters commenosd the rushing name, and after ten minutes' play scored tlheir first oal. The Re- serves then steadied down, and played a nice game, equalising after 25 minutes' plav. Dur- ing the remainder of the first- half the Roosters had all their own way, but failed to add to their score. On resuming the "Garden City" men put on a lot of steam with the result that E. Jonea rent them a point ahead. The same player soon added another couple of goals, the Alum* initial Workers winning by live goals to one. The Lltnrwst team was as follows:—Edwin Jones; Glynne Jones and Salisbury Roberts; Thomas Williams, Harry Roberrs, and John Williams; David Jones, Morgan, Howell Roberts, L. J. Davies, and Stephen Iii:gr..ea»
ANGLING, BALA LAKE AND RIVERS.Tlic rivars are low, so little has been done during the last week- Trout angling closes on the 14th On the lake a few perch have been taken and seve-- ral pike—rTegid in bhe "Field." BLACDON RESERVOIR.—HTie fishing re- turn for the week ending September 30th is thirty brown and rainbow t.rout, the top weights being1 31b. lOoz., 3Jjlb., 31b., 5141b., 41b. 6oz., and 41b. In one day Mr 0, H. Valpy landed five brown trout, of 31b. 2oz., 31b., 21b. lOcz.. 2^1b., and 21b. 2oz., and a rainbow trout of 21b.- D.S. in the "Field." DE E (Corwen District).—The river has been1 too low for salmon angling, and not a .-ingle fish has been caugiht, but e'rayling- have been! taken, fish ranging up to ibL having been land- ed.-S,W. in the "Feld-" Several very heavy fish are known to be in the poools of both Dec and Spey, and one was caught on the Cairnton Dee water by the Hon. Douglas Pennant scaling 34jlb. The Spey closed on the 15th along wifih the Ta.v, but the bulk of Scotch rivers rrmain open till the 31st inst. ITIV-, brown or )cllœ.v trout season for the whole of Scotland closes on the 14th inst. inclusive; sea trout, however, may be fished for right up to the closing date for salmon on each respective river. The brown trout season was a poor one owing to the long spell of drought Salnio in th-o Field.
DEATH OF MRS WATKIN DAVIE S. The death took place on Thursday evening1 at her residence, Rhyl Ion, St. Asaph, of Mrs Watkirt Davies, widow of the late Rev. D. O. Watkin-Davies, of Llanrhyd-dlad, Anglesey, and mother of the Rev. F. P. Wat kin Davies,'rec- tor of Llanfairfcchan, in her 81st year. The deceased lady was very much respected, and had always taken a great interest in parochial work. The funeral took place at LlanaLer, Bar- mouth on Monday. The Rector of Barmouth (the Rev. Lloyd Roberts) officiated, and the principal mourners were the Rev. F. P- Wat- kin Davies and Dr. E. Watkin Davies, D2i3.- bigh. The wrea-ths included one from the st- cretary, the organist, and the members of the LIanfairfecha-n Christ Church and Parish Church Choirs. Mr W. Timmms rei-resented Christ Church at the funeral.
FESTINIOG URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. THE ROOFING OF BANGOR UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. At Friday's meeting of the Festiniog Urbaci District Council, Mr J. Cadwalader presiding, a letter was read from Mr L. D. Jones and Professor J. E. Lloyd, Bangor, in reply to the resolution passed last month uy the Ccuncil protesting against the authority of tha Ncrtb Wales University Collegte utilising South Wales slates for roofing- the new College buildings. Mr C. Roberta, Tanvgrisiau, said that it was a shame to go outside a district where there weire plenty of slates, to get material for roof- ing the new College buildings at Bangor;. There were buildings at Festiniog whkh had been roofed with local slates hundreds of ycara ago, and they looked as well that day as ever-. The Bansror College Committee ought to bo ashamed of themselves. Mr E. 'T. Pritchard thought that the matter was solely one of sentiment- They wan ed a "gVand" roof: that was all. Other observations were made to the effect that North Wales quarrymen would rcmmiber this matter when the next appeal would be made for financial support to the Collece.
THE "PIONEER" REGISTRY BUREAU. A NEW DEPARTURE. On the 12th page of the "Pioneer," amongsj the stmall advertisements, will be found an in- te,r,esting notice announcing a new, departure whidh we have inaugurated, whereby mistresses will be assisted to find servants and servanta to procure situations. All persons sending aix advertisement to tho "Pioneer" for a servant will have sent to them on Friday evening 8i list of those servants who are advertising in tht, "Pioneer" for situations. Mistresses and ser- vants, therefore, will be brought into quicfc communication with each other by advertising in the "Welsh Coast Pioneer." No fee will be chajrged either party beyood the cost of the Advertisements,