PUNSHON MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT COLWYN BAY. On the above subject the Rev. F. Payne, Epworth Lodge,writes as follows to the "Methodist Recorder" of yesterday DEAR SIR,-Will you please oblige me with a small space in your valuable paper to place before our People, and especially the friends and admirers of the late Rev. W. Morley Punshon, LL.D., the proposi- tion to erect for him a memorial chapel and Sunday school in the Llandudno and Rhyl Circuit?" The great work that has been accomplished on this coast was inaugurated by Dr. Punshon. His work began in the beginning. At Llandudno the first services were held in the small Welsh Wesleyan chapel on the side of the Great Orme, From that period the doctor continued to serve the English cause on this coast year by year until within a short period of his re- moval from us. The Llandudno and Rhyl Chapels received liberal grants from the "Watering-places Fund," and but for this they never would have been erected. We have now through his instrumentality and that of his dear friend, the Rev. Gervase Smith, on this lovely coast five beautiful chapels, with as many schools and two ministers' houses, representing a money value of L25,000, with a debt only of about £ 2,200. We have flourishing Sunday-schools in each place. We have three married ministers, one lay missionary, and ten local preachers. One of the last acts that Dr. Punshon did among us in this circuit was to take part in the inauguration of our college at Colwyn Bay, just twelve months since. The doctor shortly after that period gave expression to his wish and purpose to resuscitate the "Watering- places Fund'' for the purpose of erecting a chapel and minister's house at Colwyn Bay and to assist in removing the remaining debts on the chapels already built. His decease has, therefore, deprived us of what doubtless would have secured our success. Colwyn Bay is one of the most popular places on the coast, and as yet we have no chapel or any adequate place to conduct our services. The purpose of erec- ting a memorial chapel here, to be called the "Morley Punshon Memorial Chapel," has beon the subject of conversation and correspondence, and the conclusion is to "arise and build." Already liberal contribu- tions are promised, and we doubt not but that a liberal response will be given for the furtherance of the work. The Rev. Frederick W. Briggs writes; "Your memorial project is indeed a happy thought. No monument in memory of the prince of preachers could be more appropriate than a chapel; nowhere could a chapel be erected in his memory more suitably than in a watering-place; and surely of all watering. places those on the coast of North Wales, the scene of almost his last public services, and most of all the charming locality of Colwyn Bay, at present without an English Wesleyan chapel for its fast-increasing English population, is the most befitting. So I think it will appear to Methodist people everywhere." A committee will be formed to carry out the proposal, and further information will follow this announce- ment. Meanwhile, any communication, inquiry, or suggestion may be made to the North Wales Coast district missionary.
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THE WELSH SUNDAY CLOSING ACT. The Rhyl publicans are fully prepared to maintain the defensive position they took up some time ago with respect to the Sunday Closing Act. We understand that they have now joined the Mold licensed victuallers to raise a fund for defending any magisterial action that might be taken against them. LETTER FROM LORD ABERDARE. Lord Aberdare wrote last week from Verona to the "Daily News :—Having taken charge of the Bill I soon discovered that it was faulty in more than one particular. But it had reached the House of Lords at so late a dav that any amendment of its defects in Committee would not simply have endangered it, but would have rendered its loss for the present year certain, with the further ill-consequence of occupying the time and trying the tempers of legislators during the next Session. I was, therefore, implored by the members of the House of Commons who was interes- ted in the Bill to pass it without any attempt at amendment; and, seeing that its errors were such as would cause only a temporary inconvenience, I con- sented so to do, with the assured conviction that the Bill would be visited with the censure which it has justly received. So far, however, as I and the House of Lords were concerned, I may say in the city of Romeo and Juliet, poverty of time and not our will consented." In a subsequent letter from Paris to the" Pall Mall Gazette he writes —I am writing under the disadvantage of not having the Welsh Sunday Closing Act by me, and of not having seen the correspondence on the subject. My reading of the Act is this that it operates wherever the licensing sessions were held after it became law that is, I believe, in the very large majority of cases. In the few cases where the licensing sessions were held before the passing of the Act, it will not take effect until next year. If my reading be correct, there can be none of that uncer- tainty of which you complain, and the true objection to' the Act will be that in a certain number of cases publicans will have a right to keep their houses open which others do not possess. I admit the force of that objection, and the question is whether it was weighty enough to justify the abandonment of the measure, with all the inconvenient consequences of such a course. I did not think so; nor did the House of Lords. That may have been an error of judgment. But I submit that, whether it were so or not, it does not affect the general usefulness of the House of Lords as a Second Chamber, reviewing the legislation of the other House. On that large question I said nothing in my letter to the Daily News," to which you refer, and I desire to say nothing now. I only venture to repeat my opinion that the passing of the Welsh Sunday Closing Bill proves nothing either way. MR. SCOTT BANKES ON THE ACT. At the Mold Petty Sessions, on Monday, Mr Roper, solicitor, applied on behalf of eight Mold publicans to alter their six days' licenses to sever days. He said that the publicans, being under the impression, whether rightly or wrongly, that the Sunday Closing Act would come into force this year, took out six days' licenses and, as the magistrates in other dis- tricts had granted seven days' licenses, the Mold publicans wished to have the same privilege. If the magistrates would alter the licenses the publicans would take all risks. At present they felt it a hard- ship tor their houses to be shut and others open.— The Clerk said the magistrates could not alter the liciences. It could only be done at the adjourned sessions, held in September.—The Chairman (Mr J. Scott Bankes) said he agreed with the clerk that they had no power.—Mr Roper: But it is very hard, because the pubiicans acted under the advice of this bench-Mr Bankes: We may be wrong, but as to the question of hardship, I can't see any. It is a most extraordinary thing, that before the Act was passed, as everyone knows, a large majority of publicans, we were led to believe, wished their houses closed and over and over again publicans have said to me, I wish we could close publichouses on Sunday, and if others would close, we would be delighted to do so." I go still further and say most empnatically that, as far as words have a meaning, the Act, as I believe- and so I believe will be decided by the judges-comes into force this year. I entirely agree with what Mr Gladstone said, that you have to consider the inten- tion of the legislature, provided you, by so doing, do not in any way strain the meaning of the words. For my own part I know that the Act is too stringent, but, as it is passed, I think we are bounnd to carry it out. The Sunday Closing (Wales) Act, 1881, although evidently drafted with a view to its passing into law at a different date from that at which it received the Royal assent, is, in legal effect, tolerably clear. The Act, which closes all the public-houses in Wales on Sunday, is to come into operation with respect to each division or place in Wales ou the day next ap- pointed for the holding of the general annual licensing meeting for that division or place." The day for holding the annual licensing meeting is appointed partly by Act of Parliament, which fixes it between August 20th and September 14th, and partly by the justices, who are to choose the day for each division or place between those dates. As the justices are bound to give 21 days' notice of the day chosen, and September 14th was the last possible day, it follows that on August 27, when the Act received the Royal assent, all the days had been fixed and advertised. The Act speaks from August 27; and when it says the day next appointed it means the day next after August 27 appointed for the annual licensing meeting. To hold, as has been contended, that next" is an adverb coupled to "appointed" and meaning next year," and not on adjective agreeing with day," is to give the word a strained construc- tion, and to assume that Parliament passed a police act in August, 1881, which was not to come into operation until August, 1882. The public-houses in some districts where the licensing day was held before August 27 will. through the passing of the act being deferred beyond the expectation of the draftsman, escape its provisions. The day appointed for those houses this year had passed when the act became law, and the next day will be this time next year. If there are many towns and districts where the licensing meeting was held before August 27, Wales will for a year be distracted by a different observance of Sunday from one village and town to another. The differen- ces will be local, but the effect, not of option, but of accident. Cynics may suggest that the closing act may, by its unequal operation this year, affect the distribution of population in the principality.- Law Journal.
LOCAL AND GENERAL ITEMS. Mr Gladstone has forwarded a letter, enclosing a gratuity of £ 200, to the Rev. Robert Parry (Robin Ddu Eryri), the well-known Welsh bard and lecturer in recognition of his literary services. The religious cencus of Newcastle and Gateshead, which the" N ewoastle Chronicle" has provided for the edification of the Church Congress, is not calcu- lated to conduce to the complacency of the supporters of the Establishment. On Sunday morning, October 2, out of a population of 214,649. only 8,486 attended church, while 20,309 attended chapel. In thirty years, although the population has increased by 100,297, the attendance at church has fallen off by 299, while the attendance at other religious services has increased by 6,865.-Pall Mall Gazette.
VALUABLE GIFT BY JOHN CHURTON, ESQ., J.P. The above named gentleman is noted throughout Cheshire and Flintshire for his liberal and appropriate gifts to educational and charitable institutions, and the following paragraph, taken from a Chester con- tempary, will be read with pleasure by all our readers VALUABLE GIFT TO THE KING'S SCHOOL.—Now that our King's School is making visible progress, increasing its numbers, and growing in reputation, no benefaction could be more valuable than the founding of new Exhibitions, connecting it more and more closely with the University. This was done some years ago, by the Old Scholars, chiefly through the zeal and energy of Mr Thomas Hughes, the improvement in whose health is a delight to his friends and, again, it has been done more recently, in a second instance, by Mr Robert Platt, of whose generosity we, in this city, have had experience in more ways than one. We are glad now to announce a third benefaction of this kind to be called the "John Churton Exhibition," of the value of Z60 a year, to be enjoyed by a pupil at one of the Universi ties. The founder is Mr John Churton, J.P., of Morannedd, near Rhyl, recently High Sheriff for Flintshire. The citizens of Chester have reason to be very thankful to him for this most useful and large endownment. It is the more valuable, because the reinforcing of the upper part of the school is pecu- liarly important now after the pains which have been successfully taken by the Governors to strengthen its lower part."
ST. ASAPH. CATHEDRAL SERVICES.—18th Sunday after Trinity, October 16th. Morning at 11—Service, King in F; anthem, 11 0 give thanks" (Rea). Evening at 3.15 -The Litany; anthem, "The Lord will comfort Zion (Hiles). Evening at 6.15—Chants; hymns 334, 179, 279. Rev. William Morton, M.A., succen. tor; R. A. Atkins, Esq., organist.—Choral Services on Thursdays at 11.30 a.m., and on Saturdays at 3.15 p.m. LAY CLERKS' CONCERTS.—On Tuesday last the Lay Clerks of St. Asaph Cathedral held their eighth annual morning and evening concerts, under the dis- tinguished patronage of the following clergy and gentry of the city and neighbourhood:—H. R. Hughes, Esq., Kinmel, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Flint; Lady Florentia Hughes The Very Rev. The Dean and Mrs Bonner, The Deanery; Ven. Archdeacon Ffoulkes Ven. Archdeacon Smart; Rev Canon Jones; Rev Canon Wynne Edwards; The Revs the Vicars of St. Asaph; Rev E. H. Perowne, D.D.; Canon Richardson; Rev W. H. Williams, Bodelwyddan Rev D. Edwards, Cefn Rev R. H. Howard, Wigfair Hall; Sir W. G. Williams, Bart.; Mrs and Misses Hughes, The Palace; Mrs Williams- Wynn Townshend-Mainwaring, Esq., Mrs and Miss Mainwaring; Capt. and Misses Pennant, Nantllys G. A. Cayley, Esq., and Mrs Cayley, Llannerch Capt. and Mrs Mesham, Pontryffydd; Major and Mrs Birch, Maes Elwy; P. H. Chambres, Esq., Llys. meirchion R. J. Sisson, Esq., and Mrs Sisson; R. F. Sisson, Esq., Mrs R. F. Sisson, and Mrs Taylor; Dr. A. Tumour, Denbigh; Professor Hughes John Ormiston, Esq O. J. Williams, Esq., E. W. D. Broughton, Esq., and Mrs Broughton, T. B. Watts, and Mrs Watts, Bronwylfa Mrs Oldfield, Plas-yn- Cwm Mrs Charlton Jones, Colonel Hore, Major Hutton, Mrs Hutton, and Misses Hutton, E. Lux- moore, Ll. Heaton, Esq., and MrsHeaton, J. Bibby, Esq., and Mrs Bibby, Fachwen J. Briscoe, Esq., and Mrs Briscoe, Wigfair-isaf Capt Lloyd Williams and Mrs Williams, Denbigh; Major Casson, Den- bigh Captain and Mrs Fletcher, Garddwgan; Rev J. Hall, Angorfa; J. Jones, Esq., Riverdale; W. B. Mountfield, Esq., A. Butler, Esq., most of whom honoured the morning performance with their pre- sence, thus shewing their appreciation of the efforts made annually by the Lay Clerks to produce concerts of a high and superior class. We also noticed amongst the audience several well-known lovers of music from Rhyl, including Mrs Peter Browne, Mrs and Miss Wilkin, Dr Lloyd, &c., &c., as well as representatives of the leading families of Denbigh. Miss Gertrude Bradwyn was engaged for the occasion, and her ser- vices were excellently supplemented by Miss Dora Townshend, Miss Lloyd, of Berth; Miss Minnie Jones; Miss Annie Brown, R.A.M.; Mr Owen Edwards, Twr Mon," Mr Ernest Winter, and Mr T. J. Haselden, violinist (late of Chas. Halle's Band). With this array of talent, in addition to the Lay Clerks and Choir boys, it may be easily imagined that a most excellent programme would be the result. Of the performance itself we cannot speak in terms too high, every item in both concerts being rendered in a most satisfactary and artistic manner. Miss Dora Townshend (whose appearance was greated with loud applause) sang with charming effect Rossini's cele- brated song Di Fanti Palpiti," and as an encore sang For ever (Tosti). The same may be said of Miss Lloyd, who is always a popular favourite. Miss Bradwyn was in excellent voice, and sang the songs, &c., falling to her lot in the style and finish for which she is well known, receiving several well deserved en- cores. Miss Minnie Jones sang When the heart is young in exquisite taste and voice, receiving a most hearty encore. Her singing also in the trio, 0 memory," with Miss Bradwyn and Mr Williams, and The town song duett with Mr C. Tomkinson, left nothing to be desired. The chief instrumental features of the concerts were of course the splendid pianoforte playing of Miss Annie Brown and the violin solos of Mr T. J. Haselden, and met with the reception these artistes so richly deserve. Our excellent townsman, Mr Owen Edwards, and Mr Ernest Winter, of Den- bigh, sang in their well-known, pleasing and success- ful style the songs placed to their names, both being enthusiastically encored. The lay clerks, both as a body and individually, acquitted themselves well but we may make special mention of Mr Walter Williams' rendering of "He counteth all your sor- rows." Mr J. M. Powell and Mr Owen Edwards in the duett from Samson, and Mr C. Tomkinson and Mr W. Evans, in the excellent rendering of their alto song, were well received. The humourous portion was well sustained as usual by Messrs C. Tomkinson, Williams, and L, Powell, causing the greatest merri- ment by their rendering of the Gaping Catch, and, as an encore, "DameDurdan." The accompaniments were were well played by Miss Brown, Rev W. Mor- ton, and Master M. Roberts. The concert was a de- cided success musically, and, we are glad to learn, also financially, great credit being due to the exer- tions of the secretaries. A telephone was erected from the Schoolroom to the Palace, where the singing and even the talking were distinctly heard. The platform was very tastefully decorated by plants kindly lent by the Bishop, and arranged by Mr Price, the head gar- dener.
RHUDDLAN. The annual tea party and concert in connexion with the Baptist Chapel was held last Monday. The tea was on the tables from 4 till 5 p.m., and the concert commenced at 7. Mr R.Griffiths presided, sup- ported on the platform by the Rev. Mr Evans, pastoi, and the Rev. J. J. Williams, Rhyl. A most enjoyable evening was spent. Glees and anthems were well rendered by the choir, songs and duetts given in good style, the most notable were those by Mr Salisbury, U.C.W., whose songs were loudly encored, as also were those by Miss S. E. Jones, Miss Davies, and Mr D. Trehearn, and a duett by Miss Davies and Mr D. Trehearn. The accompaniments were played by Miss S. E. Jones and Mr D. Trehearn, Rhyl. The chapel was crowded. THE POTATOE CROP.—A correspondent from Rhudd- lan writes I I There is a good crop of potatoes, this year, they are pretty free from disease. Mr Lucas got 4jlbs. of the magnum bonum under one root. Mr 4 Matthew Sidebotham had 3 potatoes of the Irish sort weighing 31b. 12oz., and we were informed of a monster potatoe weighiug lib. 12oz., at the King's Head Inn."
THE LAW OF GRAVITATION. Lying beneath an apple troe Sir Isaac Newton saw an apple fall to the ground. His enquiring mind led him to investigate the cause, and the result was the promulgation of the theory now known as the law of gravitation-a system which at once won the assent of the learned world, and by means of which the motions of all the known heavenly bodies are ex- plained, and those of the yet unknown can be deter- mined. A singularly comprehensive principle is that propounded and carried into practice by Holloway. He divides all the usual diseases into two classes— those arising from imperfect action of the digestive organs, and those proceeding from impurities of the blood. These two classes of disease he treats by means of his celebrated Pills and Ointment, two skil- fully prepared remedies which have been most suc- cessfully used in all the habitable parts of the globe. His unparalleled success has made his name a household word not only in his native land, but throughout the length and breadth of the world. Countries where proprietary medicines are forbidden by law have re- laxed their stringent regulations in his favour. True merit is always at length recognised. The rich and the poor, the learned and the ignorant, physicians, statesmen, monarchs, a nation of enlightened free- men, have sanctioned, used, and extolled them. They are fixed facts in medical history. Is not this better than having light under a bushel? If anything is worth knowing it is worthy of being universally known. So thinking, Holloway proclaims the virtues of medicines through the press, and fortune, fame, and the gratitude of millions have been his reward. In making these statements, we are guided by an earnest wish to benefit the sick and suffering of all nations and in directing their attention to the well- attested curative properties of Holloway's remedies, we only reiterate facts and opinions which are patent to three-fourths of the civilised world. Lammas Indicator,
MY LUCK IN A TUNNEL. I AM an old miner. Not one of the now-a-day Washoe and Nevada stripe, but an old forty-nine California miner. I have been engaged in all descriptions of mining transactions, except the new-fangled one of mining stock in companies-" feet," I believe they call it. Among my varied undertakings was one operation in a tunnel, in which I and my partners engaged in the summer of 1852. One afternoon in that year, as I was carrying up a bucket of water from the river to our tent at the top of the bank, my foot caught under a large stone, and my perpendicular was at once changed to a horizontal posture, while the water from the overturned bucket spread itself in various directions. With a few expletives of rather forcible character, quite customary and common in that region and period, I raised myself to my feet again, and, picking up the bucket, was about to retrace my steps to the river, when my attention was attracted by a folded paper, which had been placed under the stone causing my fall. When my foot tripped, the stone was overturned, and the paper, folded in letter form, lay exposed to view. Bending over, I picked it up, and proceeded to examine it. It was written with pencil, in characters very irregular and stiffly formed, as if made by a person with a wounded hand. The contents were as follows: If this letter should fall into the hands of any person, I wish to inform them that I have been attacked and mortally wounded by my two partners, who wished to obtain my money. Failing to discover it, after wound- ing me, they have Bed, leaving me here to die. Who- ever gets this letter will find, buried in a ravine at the foot of a blazed' tree, twenty-five paces due north of this, a bag containing five thousand dollars in gold dust. That it may prove more fortunate property to him than it has to me, is the hope of ANDREW FORREST." I stood for some minutes after reading the letter like one awakened from a dream. I could not convince myself that the letter in my hand was a genuine document, and read it over and over again, thinking I might get some clue from the handwriting to the real author. It might be a trick got up by my partners, to raise a laugh at my expense. No; the place where it was found, and the purely accidental discovery, rendered such a surmise very improbable. I sat down on a log, and turned the matter over and over in my mind for some time. At last I got up, and pacing off the required distance in the direction mentioned in the letter, I came to a large tree. Carefully examining it, I discovered a scar, clearly indicating that the tree had been blazed at some remote period. This was confirma- tion strong as proofs of Holy Writ," and I immediately went to work to discover the locality of the ravine. Here I was at fault. Nothing of the kind was to be seen. To all appearances, a stream of water never had passed in the neighbourhood of the tree. This was not encouraging; and I sat down on the ground and read the letter again, to see if I had not mistaken some of its directions. No; I was in the right place, but where was the ravine ? A tap on the shoulder aroused me from my meditations, and, on looking up, I saw my two partners, who loudly abused me for having neglected the preparation of their supper. As an excuse, I shewed them the letter, and detailed the manner of my finding it. To my surprise, they were as much excited by its perusal as I had been, and we all looked around perseveringly for the ravine, but without effect for some time. At last Jack Nesbitt, who had been a miner since '48, said- I think there has been a ravine here, but it has been filled up by the rains." On close examination we decided that his supposition was correct, and after some consultation we determined that we would commence digging the next morning. Morning came, and we repaired to the spot with pick and shovel. Jack proposed that we should follow the course of the ravine, which appeared to run into the body of the hill rather than to dig down; for, as he said, we would be more likely to find the bag in the bed of the ravine, by following it up, than by digging down in any one place. The result was, that in a few days we had formed quite a cave in the side of the hill. We worked at this tunnel for four days without finding the bag. On the fourth day, Jack proposed that he and my other partner, Bill Jennings, should carry the dirt we had excavated down to the river, and wash it, leaving me to dig in the tunnel. In that way, they thought, we might at least 41 make grub" while searching for the hidden money. I thought the idea foolish, but as they had entered so eagerly into my views regarding the buried bag of dust, I made no objection to the plan, and dug away with redoubled energy. In fact, I had thought so much about the object of our search, that I had become utterly regardless of almost everything else. I had dreamt of it when sleeping, mused on it when waking, and it had obtained complete control of my mind. Day after day we worked-I digging, my companions washing; yet, strange to say, I did not become discouraged. They said nothing about the bag of gold dust; and I asked them nothing about the result of their washing the excavated soil. We had worked about three weeks, and had formed a tunnel extending about fifteen feet into the hill, when, one afternoon, completely tired out, I sat down to rest in the cave. I had only intended to sit a little while, but five minutes had not elapsed before I was fast asleep. I was awakened by a crash, and found my feet and legs com- pletely covered by a mass of dirt and stones. The front part of the tunnel had fallen in, and I was in a manner buried alive. About ten feet of the tunnel remained firm, and from my observation of its structure prior to the accident, I was convinced that I had no reason to apprehend any danger in that quarter. My partners had carried dirt enough to the river to keep them busy there for the rest of the day; so I had nothing to hope from their assistance. The question that first presented itself to my mind was, how long can life be sustained in this confined state ? I had read, a dozen times, statistics in relation to the amount of air consumed hourly by a human being's lungs, but, like almost everybody else, had merely wondered at the time, and then forgot the figures. How much would I have given then to have been able to recall them The next thought was, how can I proceed to extricate myself ? This question was difficult of solution. If I went to work with shovel and pick to clear away the dirt that had fallen, it was extremely likely that all which I should be able to remove would be immediately replaced by that which would fall from above. This was pleasant! I racked my brain to devise some means of liberating myself, but without effect. Leaning against the wail in utter despondency, I was about to throw myself on the ground and await my fate, when I observed that quite a current of water, on a small scale, was making its way down the side of the cave. At first I was alarmed, as I thought it might loosen the earth above and bring another mass down on my head. The next moment, the thought struck me that it might be turned to my advantage. Why could I not so direct it that it would wash away sufficient earth in its progress to the outlet of the cave to admit the air, and perhaps make an opening large enough to allow me to crawl out through it? Even if I only succeeded in making an air-hole, it would enable me to exist till my partners could come to my assistance. Carefully examining the course of the water, I succeeded in finding the spot where it entered the cave, and to my great joy ascertained that I could easily direct it, by cutting a channel out of the side of my prison to the mass of earth that blocked up the entrance to the tunnel. The air at this time was quite close and stifling, and I became aware that whatever was done must be done quickly, or I should perish for want of oxygen. After I had cut a channel for the water to flow toward the entrance, I enlarged the opening by which the stream entered the cave, and was delighted* to observe that it flowed with redoubled force. Taking my shovel, 1 pushed it through the moistened earth as far as I was able, and then awaited the further action of the water. In a few minutes I was enabled to push it still further, till at last it was out of my reach. Then, placing my pick-handle against it, I pushed both as far as I could. With what eagerness did I watch to see the first opening made by the water! At first it was swallowed up by the earth, but I was soon gratified by observing that it flowed in a steady stream in the direction in which I had pushed the pick and shovel. In a few minutes I discovered a faint glimmering in the distance, which might be an opening or the effect of an excited imagination, I scarcely knew which. But the doubt soon resolved itself into certainty, and an opening some five inches in diameter speedily disclosed itself. Larger and larger the opening grew lump after lump of earth was washed away by the stream, till the channel became large enough for me to place my head in it and halloo lustilv for assistance. Just as I was drawing my head back, I caught sight of a buckskin bag. Hastily seizing it, I found that it was the one we had been in search of, and which, but for the accident, I would never have found. Wishing to surprise my comrades, I concealed it, and redoubled my cries. In a few minutes they came running up the hill, and soon liberated me from my unpleasant position. Well, Ned," said Jack, as lie shook me by the hand, I'm glad you're safe, old fellow-uthe more so as Bill and I have been deceiving you a little. You know we have been trying all the summer to get you to go into a tunnelling operation, and you have only laughed at us ? Yes," said I, wondering what would come next. Well, when you found that letter, Bill and I made up our minds that we would go into the job with you not in the hope of finding any bag, but because we knew you would work twice as hard with such an inducement, intending, meanwhile, to wash the excavated dirt. This we have doue; and, my boy, we have never made Jess than three hundred dollars any day since we CODi. menced." "Then you think the bag a humbug, do you?" Why, of course," said he. "Well, I don't, and I intend to go on looking for it." Now, what's the use of being foolish ? quoth Bill Jennings. We've got as much dirt as we can wash for some time, and it pays. I can't see the use of continuing such a wild-goose chase as the hunt for that bag." Be that as it may," said I, I intend to follow it up." Bill and Jack conferred together awhile, and then the former said- Well, Ned, we might as well tell you first as last. I wrote that letter in order to get you to go into tunnel- ling." And the 4 blazed tree," said I, how about that ? The blaze' is certainly two years old." Jack hesitated. Why, you see," said he, we found that tree, and wrote the letter to suit it." Then what do you think of this ? asked I, showing him the bag I had found in the cave. Jack was nonplussed. On opening the bag, we found about three thousand dollars' worth of gold. Jack never would confess, but always insisted, that the variance between the statement in the letter and the amount in the bag was proof enough that the letter and it had no connection with each other. I don't think so, however, and I believe that Jack's assertion of having written the letter was untrue. We never could ascertain anything about Mr. Forrest, so we divided the money among us.
RHYL. THE PIER PAVILION continues to be the favourite resort of the Rhyl playgoers. During the last week high class dramas and sparkling comedies were put on the stage in good style and with considerable effect; the characters were on the whole very well represented-the low comedy parts (admirably sus- tained by Mr W. H. Newsome) of course being the most appreciated. In passing we may mention that complaints are heard among the audience that too much time is lost between the acts, and consequently many person have to leave before the pieces are finished. Thursday night was devoted to Mr New- some's benefit, on which occasion Mr J. B. Buck- stone's laughable comedy "Married Life," was performed. Considering the boisterous weather prevailing that evening there was a very good at. tendance. THE business of Mr S. Parry, Compton House, High-street, will in future be carried on by Mr T. Edwards. DRAINAGE Wopxs.- Major Tullock, R.E., the gentleman appointed by the Local Government Board to hold an enquiry respecting an application by the Rhyl Commissioners to that board for sanction to borrow X454 for further drainage works, attended at the Commissoners Board-room, on Thursday morning, for that purpose, and to hear the evidence of any person interested in the matter. Mr Murray Browne, Poor-Law Inspector, was also in attendance, and the Commissioners present were Messrs Keatinge, E. A. Jones, W. Wynne, J. Jones (seedsmann), J. Roberts, and H. Parry, together with Mr Arthur Rowlands (town clerk), and Mr R. Hughes (surveyor). The items making up the sum applied for are as follows Draining Aquarium Street, £ 59 extension of main sewer in Ernest Street, £114; screening Chamber, 150 intercepting tank, JY,75 flushing, £ 60 flushing van, 155 excess Jon previous loan, £ 50. The sur- veyor explained the details of the proposed works, and the officer expressed his approval of all the plans, and especially of the scheme for flushing the dead ends of drains. The loan appeared to him (the major) to be a small matter, and (unless some of the gentlemen present had anything to say on the subject he would not detain them. Mr R. Hughes suggested that a sum of JE25 over and above his original estimate be borrowed for the purpose of cleaning the old courses: they^had not been cleansed since the new drains were in contemplation, and he thought that the cost of the work should be taken out of capital rather than revenue. The officer signified his willing- ness to include the 125 in his report if the commis- sioners resolved to make an application for that extra amount. THE Lira-BOAT.-At a meeting of the local com- mittee of the National Life boat Institution held on Monday last, Joseph Evans, Ffynnongroew-road, was elected coxswain of the Rhyl life-boat, in the place of the late Mr Robert Bethel. We believe Mr. Evans to be a competent person for the appointment. He has been a member of the crew for some years, and is an expert sailor. THANKSGIVING FOR THE HARVEST.—The above ser- vices will be held in this town on Thursday, the 27th instant. ENGLISH WESLEYANS.—The quarterly meeting of the Rbyl and Llandudno circuit was held on Thurs- day last, at the latter place, the Rev. Paul Orchard presiding. There was good attendance of officers, together with the Revs. F. Payne and E. Lloyd Jones from Rhyl. After devotional exercises, the chairman read the statistics of membership, which showed the same number as on the preceding quarter. The Rev Mr Payne gave a gratifying account of the mission work on the coast, and said the chapels at Conway and Llanrwst were now complete. The finances, taking everything into consideration, was satisfactory. "BRAIN RIUST.On Thursday evening, at the board room, Town Hall, an interesting lecture on the above subject was delivered by the Rev Duncan Macgregor, on the [inauguration of the Science and Art Classes for the ensuing season. The chair was occupied by Major Penn, who, in a short address, re- gretted that this would probably be the last lecture they should hear from Mr Macgregor, and after re- ferring to the weak financial state of the classes he called the lecturer forward. The reverend gentleman kept his subject well in hand, and delivered a most practical and edifying address. He divided the subject into three heads, and threw in a sufficient amount of keen Scotch humour to amuse the audience and succeeded in engaging their unflagging attention to the last. Votes of thanks to the lecturer and the chairman brought the proceedings to a close. PROPERTY SALE.—On Thursday last, at the Royal Hotel, Mr J. D. Lewis (of Messrs. Clough & Co.) offered for public auction several eligible freehold properties in Rhyl, owned by Copner Wynne Ed- wards, Esq., solicitor, Denbigh. There was an ex- ceedingly large attendance, but there was not what may be termed a brisk competition. The Swan Inn was first put up and commenced with a bid of JE200, and by bids of X50 reached the sum of £ 550, at which figure it was withdrawn, the reserve price being £ 750. Lot 2, Nos. 3 and 5, Russell.road, in the oc- cupation of Messrs. R. Jones and R. Roberts, was commenced by Mr W. Davies, solicitor, at S300, and knocked down to Mr R. Roberts, one of the tenants, for £ 650. Lot 3, the house and shop in the occupa- tion of Mr McKernon, with outbuildings, was put up at a bid of jEoOO, and knocked down at tSOO to Mr Gold Edwards, of Denbigh. Lot 4, Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5, High-street, was commenced at £1000, but a se. cond bid could not be obtained, though Mr Fielding, who was conspicuous at the sale, demanded that his bid of £1050 should be recorded. The lot was with* drawn at XIOOO. Lot 5, Nos. 6 and 7, High-street, was put up at the tenant's bid of i,,500, and by rapid bids of £100 it reached JE900, and Mr Trehearn's bid of zC925 was quickly followed by Mr Harris with a bid of £950, at which price he became the owner. Lot 6, No. 8, High-street, was put up at 2300, and knocked down to Mr D. Trehearn at X585. The "Swan" was again put up at the reserve of J6570, but the auctioneer failed to get another bid, and the property was again withdrawn. ARCADE ASSEMBLY hOON.-MiSS Neilson and her. talented company will commence their entertainments at the above place on Monday, and no doubt they will give an entertainment that will be highly satis- factory.
THROAT IRRITATION.—Soreness and dryness, tickling and irritation, inducing cough and affecting the voice. For these symptoms use Epps's Glycerine Jujubes. Glycerine, in these agreeable confections, being in proximity to the glands at the moment they are excited by the act of sucking, becomes actively heal- ing. Sold only in boxes, 7fd. and Is. 1 id., labelled JAMES Epps & Co., Homoeopathic Chemists, Lon- don." A letter received "Gentlemen,—It may, perhaps, interest you to know that, after an extended trial, I have found your Glycerine Jujubes of con- siderable benefit (with or without medical treatment) in almost all forms of throat disease. They soften and clear the voice.Yours faithfully, GORDON HOLMES, L.R.C.P.E., Senior Physician to the Muni- cipal Throat and Ear Infirmary."
A great Sale of Boots and Shoes is now going on at 7. WELLINGTON CHAMBERS, Wellington Road, (Next to the Arcade). Parties will do well to pay this Establishment a visit, if they want BARGAINS.
L:: A TERRIFIC STORM. Yesterday this town was visited by one of the heaviest storms experienced in the neighbourhood for many years. The wind was blowing heavily all Thursday night and early yesterday morning it broke into a perfect hurricane, which raged with alarming violence all day, tearing slates and tiles off roofs, and doing other damage to houses, besides uprooting trees, &c. About two o'clock, when the tide was up, several people had gathered on the promenade, and the scene presented on the water was one of awful grandeur-the wind lashing the sea into a perfect fury. As far as we haTe been able to gather no fatalities have resulted from the violence of the storm, but three little [boys walking along Bedford Street narrowly escaped serious injury if not death from a quantity of slates which were blown off a roof and fell just at the boys' feet, clearing their heads in the fall, but fortunately without touching them. Build- ing operations of course were entirely suspended. The damage done was pretty general all over the town, but evidently the parade suffered most severely from the violence of the storm. A number of the bathing vans were overthrown and broken, and one or two of the frail booths erected near the Queen's hotel were completely destroyed. Several of the lamps on the pro- menade have been blown off the brackets. A wall at the back of the houses on the extreme end of the West parade was blown down, as was also a portion of the stone wall extending along River-street from the sands to Wellington road. A sky light on Mr Williams' (builder) house was completely wrenched from its fastenings and the slates blown off the roof, leaving a large gap—the timber work inside being visible. The block of houses between Abbey-street and Edward Henry-street sustained considerable damage to windows, and the plaster had been torn from the walls. The chimney pot of a house on the corner of Queen-street was blown down, taking a portion of the brickwork with it —the bricks being scattered in all directions. On East Parade, the inmates of the Children's Convalescent Home were subjected to con. siderable alarm owing to the bay windows on the west side of the building being blown com- pletely in. The windows are now boarded up. The lead in the channels between the dormators on the roof of the Convalescent Home was also completely ripped from its place. In North John- street almost every house on the left hand side leading to the parade had had a window broken. In High-street several chimney pots and slates were blown off the roofs, and a chimney stack on Mr. J. Samuels' house was thrown down—the bricks falling down upon the blind-post completely destroying them* Similar damages were done in Sussex-street, aad the lead was ripped up from the roof of the new bank on the corner of that street. A shed in Market-street was blown over, and in Treforris a portion of the chimney fell in at one of the houses damaging the fire-place consider- ably. In Russell-road a lamp was blown off its post, and several trees completely torn up. At Mrs. Twiston, Morlan, the trees have been wholly uprooted, and a lamp broken off the post. Several pots have been blown off the chimneys, and slates off the roofs in Bodfor. street, and one of the windows of the Dinorbeu Arms was blown in. The window of Mr. F. Williams, fruiterer, Kinmel-street, was also broken. The bay window of one of the houses of Newtown was blown in. In Vale-road we also noticed that a number of houses have been more or less injured—windows blown in and slates torn from the roofs, and a row of tiles from the top of the stable belonging to Mr. John Jones, carrier, Albert-street, were blown away, causing some damage. We also hear that one of the front windows of the Sun Inn, Wellington-road, was blown in. A beautiful conservatory attached to Mr Churton's house in Chester street sustained severe damages, and we understand that great iujury was done to the plants, &c. The force of the storm was also felt up the Vale. Six trees were blown down in Galltfaenan Park \T. Mainwaring, Esq.) Three trees were also blown down at Bryn Asaph (Misses Lux- more). A window at the new Grammar School St. Asapb, was blown in, and the road between St. Asaph and Trefnant, and also between Rhyl and St. Asaph was bestrewn with boughs and branches of trees, making traffic along them very dangerous.
THE FATAL ACCIDENT TO A PLAT B- LAYER NEAR PRESTATYN. THE INQUEST. On Saturday morning last, William Davies, Esq.. county coroner, held an inquest at the Railway Inn Prestatyn, on the body of Edward Dowell, platelayer who was killed by a train on the previous morning. The following gentlemen composed the jury :— Messrs. Edmund Hunt (foreman), Richard Evans, Elias Evans, Thomas Jones, James Dowell, Edward Humphreys, Edward Wynne, John Hughes, John Rothwell, John Pritchard, Thomas Roberts, Alfred Nicholson, and John Hunt. The first witness called was the deceased's mother, I who identified the body as that of her son, and said that he was 18 years of age. He left Prestatyn about eight o'clock on Thursday night to go to Rhyl in her company on foot. After they arrived at Rhyl the deceased left her near the town Hall. He was going to Littler and Williams's shop, but it was closed at the time. She waited for him at the end of Queen- street for about 20 minutes or half-an-hour, but not seeing him coming she started home along the Towyn. This was about 9.20. She did not see her son alive after. John Jones, platelayer on the Chester and Holy- head line, at Prestatyn, deposed that the deceased was a platelayer in the same gang as himself. On Friday morning, about 6 o'clock, he went out of his house, Meliden Cottage, to unlock the gates. Ho had to unlock two gates every morning at the Meliden Crossing. Looking down the line in the direction of Rhyl he saw something dark and white. He walked down towards the object and found that it was the body of a young man having been killed by a train. He then went to report the matter to the station- master. During his absence the body had been re- moved by two or three of the gangers." When he saw the body at Prestatyn he recognised it as that of his late fellow-workman, Edward Dowell. The last time he bad seen Dowell alive was about 5.30 the previous evening, receiving his pay at Prestatyn station. He left work about that time, and said he was going with his mother to Rhyl. He was sup- posed to be at his work again at 6 o'clock on Friday morning. There was no call for them to be at work before then, and he (witness) did not know of any reason why deceased should be on the line. This was all the evidence adduced, and after a brief consultation, the jury returned a verdict of "Killed accidentally whilst walking at night along the line." t
PREACHING 'MEETING.—The Calvinistic Methodists held their annual preaching meetings on Saturday night, Sunday, and Monday last, when powerful sermons were delivered by the Revs Dr Thomas, Liverpool; E. Roberts, Carnarvon; and J. Ogwen Jones, B.A., the resident minister. The discourses were evidently appreciated by the numerous con- gregations, and is to be hoped that a blessing will fall upon tho,seed sown. We understand that the collections amounted to the handsome sum of 9138 17s 3d.
Whilst freely giving expression to the opinions of our corres* pondents on all subjects of public interest, we beg distinctly to state that we do not necessarily endorse any of them and are therefore in no way responsible for any statement made. "JAMES CLARKE."—Declined.
THE GROSVENOR FAMILY IN YOUR ADVERTISER LAST WEEK. To the Editor of the RHYL ADVERTISER. SIR,-I beg leave through the medium of your columns, in answer to R.W.F. to shew, as far as I possibly can, how the Grosvenors became posses- sed of a portion of the Hanmer estates, in the Lordship of Englefield. In 1733, a settlement of the estates (then in possession of the; Right Hon. Sir Thomas Hanmer, Bart., who was the last of his line) were made on the marriage of Thomas Hanmer, Esq., M.P. The last named would be (if now living) a first cousin once removed from the writer of this statement. On Thomas Hanmer, of the Fenn's, marriage with Lady Catherine Perceval, daughter of John, Earl of Egmont, in the above year, the settlement was made first to this Thomas Hanmer, of Fenns Hall, in default of male issue; then to William Hanmer, the brother, or second son of Colonel William Hanmer, of Fenns, and in default, then to Humphrey Hanmer, Esq., third son and brother of the two latter. This Humphrey Hanmer died 1773, leaving all his land to his widow for her life. She died 1823-three years after the death of the writer's father. I was then an infant without any knowledge of my rights. In Sir Thomas Hanmer's will he quotes the above- named settlement as follows :—" Whereas by inden- ture of release bearing date the eleventh day of April, 1733, I have made a settlement of my real estate at Hanmer and Bettisfield and elsewhere in the Hundred of Maylor sasysneck in the County of Flint and Halkin, and Hendrevigilt, in the said county, and have thereby limited a term of 500 years, to Broughton Whitehall, Esq. (since deceased), and Edward Hinaston, Doctor of Laws, of and in all the said premises in the County of Flint, on trust; to raise any 'sum or sums of money not exceeding together Y,6000, as I should by my will direct and appoint. Now I do by this my will confirm the said settlement and everything therein contain. I do hereby charge, direct and appoint, that the several sums of money, or legacies hereinafter men- tioned, shall be raised by and out of the said term of 500 years, limited to the said Broughton Whitehall, and Edward Hynaston." Here follows legacies to his five neices :—" Item to my said Godson Walden Hanmer, of Simpson, in the County of Bucks, Esq. (This person died 1751, was a Bunbury and son of the Chief Justice of Chester, who died 1748, leaving two sons—William and Charles Bunbury. William assumed the name of Job Walden Hanmer on the death of Thomas, this celebrated Godson. At this time there was no such a person at Simpson. I find one Job Walden on the register of Lincoln's Inn, 1732. Also 1736, of one Job Walden Hanmer, so- called, each of Middlesex, not any named Simpson. Item-" I will that all my pictures, plate, pewter, china ware, linen, books, utensils, household goods and furniture, which shall be in my two houses of Hanmer and Bettisfield, or either of them, at the time of my death, together with all the deer, cattle, or livestock, which shall be in my parks or any of the grounds adjoining to either of my two said mansion houses, shall go with the said houses to such person or persons as shall enjoy the same, ac- cording to settlement made thereof, and all the rest and residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and not hereinfore particularly bequeathed or disposed of (after my debts and funeral expenses and my legacies not charged upon my Flintshire estate)." Having given extracts from this will, I now propose to inform your readers Halkin was in my cousin Humphrey Hanmer's possession at the time of his death 1773. His widow married a barris- ter, and then sold without right or title the estate, called Oakenholt, after her death in 1823. Then followed many suits as the Court Rolls do shew. My family estates were the prey of landsharks. Halkin. with its mineral wealth departed. Also Ewloe Castle estate, which was recovered by my grand father, Edward Hanmer, in 1749. It being under the cus- tom of gavel law he had no power to will, having two sons living at the time of his decease. The living of Bangor Is-y-coed was in gift or presenta- tion at the time of Roger Hanmer of Maesgwylor's death, which occurred 1794, nor was there any sale to the Lord Grosvenor in 1815. For that is the pre- tended time the purpetual curacy of Overton,by some ocuspocus work, was taken from my family, and held by persons in no way related to the family of Hanmer, but were related by marriage to Asheton Curson, who married the daughter of William Hanmer, the lunatic, who died 1754, after granting the lease for 4 lives, or 99 to some person calling himself Walden Hanmer.—I am, Sir, yours very res- pectully, CHARLES JAMES HANMER. P.S.—I shall be happy to give further proof of all that concerns the Grosvenor family, with others after 1823..
CHURCHES IN NORTH WALES. A correspondent writing to the Free and Open Church Advocate" says Spending my holidays in North Wales I was shocked to find that scarcely any churches were open for prayer, and if one wanted to go in for a moment the teys had to be fetched from a sexton, who usually expected sixpence or a shilling. But even worse has to be told. Passing the parish church of Llandrillo- yn-Rhos we saw a notice "This Church was built in the 13th century, 3d. each is charged to see it for church expenses." (Service on Sunday only.) A large party had just gone in, so we followed, and found a maidservant from the vicarage descanting on a Communion Table cloth she talked so loudly that prayer was impossible, so we left, but were called after for "3d. each." Not wishing to dispute in God's House we paid what I cannot but believe to be an illegal charge. There is nothing whatever to see in this church, but another we came to is visited be- cause of a window in memory of the sufferers from a terrible railway accident. Here the reason given for visitors to contribute to the boxes is that nothing is charged for entrance Further on we came to Bodelwyddan Church, a beautiful marble structure, built by some munificent nobleman. On the foundation stone is written in Welsh and English "My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people." But it was locked. After some time another party brought a woman with the keys, who again locked the door after taking them in. Knocking for entrance we were at length admitted, and the door carefully locked behind us. A Babel was going on, and as we did not much admire the church inside we turned to leave, but had to wait to be let out. The woman held out her hand for money, but as we did not take the hint, she said 2d. was charged to them as didn't pay nothing." St. Asaph's Cathedral was locked and barred, with a boy at the gate asking for money, and a verger, in spite of a notice, remarked: We usually charge threepence to visitors." Can it be wondered at that the Church does not gain:ground in the Principality, where God's Temples are beset with so many hind- rances to entrance? Are these the blessings of a National "Established" Church ?"