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HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES.|
HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES. | RT. JAMBS' CHURCH. RHOSDDU. The thanksgiving services were held in this church on Sunday last, when the Vicar (Rev. D. Howell) preached in the morning. The church was very tastefully decorated. The chancel win- dows, which are of beaut, fully stained glass, were adorLed with a nice selection of flowers, and on the communion table stood a minature sheaf of oats. At the top of the wall was the text "I am the Bread of Life," which was bordered with green leaves. The altar rails were completely hidden by in assortment of flowers, and in front were c quantity of rich plants, kindly lent by Mr. Y. Strachan. Oa t he right-haud side is the prayer dèBk, w :;ich was tasteful y decorated by a fringe of oats mingled bpre and there with bright marigolds and dahlias. Near the b lse were several little sheaves with small sickles resting in them, which had a good effect. The fo ,1. of the desk had groups of apples phiced on a quantity of ferns, and alto- gether looked very nea The base of the was completely hidden by a lar,re sheaf of wheat mingled with poppies. The shaft was adorned with groups of oats, fernp, and poppies. bo k board had a large bunch of grapes hangirg in On the portions of the base wnich were visible, were wreaths of geraniums, roses, and a very pretiy heather. The pulpit had the largest amount of latour display d upon it, and although, perhaps, here was not tuch a qu mtity of <i, corat.ons it. was the most df, ctive of the whole. The top had round it a ear'and of crreen leaves, which showed exceedingly well over the fringe of oa s whicn lay underaea.th. A" each corner of the desk hung beautiful bunches of black grapes. There was, on the lower uoaiding-, anothei fringe of oats. The panels were neatly adorned with oats, while round the bottom moulding were wreaths of green leaves relieved with dahlias, (oseha", oars, and wheat. At the foot were large apph-s displayed on moss. The font had a very neat!y made minature hay stack, roofed with baney and wiieat, with a top of brightly coloured flowers. Toe foot of toe stack had laurel and iw leaves round it, while the base of the was c vered with various leaves. The holy of the church was well decorated, the windows bavin" flowers in tach. The following motors were h>ir>,r round the church :—"Gracious is the Lord," W pra se Thee, 0 God." Tne following ladies assisteo in the decoration of the chu-cii :—Mrs. Acto. M>s. Thomas, Miss Morris, Miss Ri<ius, the Missy Ret e in oy er, Waterhall, Miss Laird, Mrs. B-owu, Miss Wibiams, Miss Lrtton, Miss Morris (bprinsr R ad), and Mrs. VViiliams and the follow- ifg ladies and gentlemen c ntributed flowers, corn, &c. :—Ltdy Cunliff', Mrs. Walker, Miss Robinson, ] iUrs. Moiris, Mrs. Stsson, Miss Ihler, Mrs. Water- hall, Mr. Strachan, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Price, Mr. Humphreys, &e. BERSE. A harvest thanksgiving service took place at Ber-e Drelincourt on Sunday afternoon, the 2nd mstant. The Rev. D. Howell preached a very '9"+'11 con" — — n <( r „ £ L-i-o:y, an .urning b Ss. 2J.. was giVta te rhe ma Fo eitn aLssiou. lh, coo.-ch was Tvict-. "1 ti.-ally decoia ed by the Mises Hayes, of Gatewen. BUT SIN. On Wednesday and Thursday the thanksgiving services for the harvest were held in EivnectyA parish. The firs services, in Welsh, weiv held on Wednesday night, and the services on Thursday were at 10.30 and 6.30 in Welsh, and three o'clock in Eaglish. The preichers were:— Rev. J. H. Jones, curate of Co^wen Daniel E. Edwards, Cefn; and J. Morgan, of Melidan. LLANFAIR D.C. The harvest festival for this parish was held in St. Mary's Church, on Wednesday, November 5th. rbe services were as follows:—Holy Co'nu.union at 11 a.m. evening service in English at 3 30 with sermon by the Rev. John D«vii-s, M.A., r^ctOT of Llanddulas evening service in Welsh at 7 p.m., with sermon by the Rev. H. Humphreys, }1. rector of Henllan. Besides tbe above m"'n' ioned clergy, the following were also present Thtj Revs. James Jones and John Evans, Lianfwrog T. A. Thamas, Ef^nechtyd; John Williams, H,nbin; Basil M. Jones and John Jones, vicar and curate of the parish. The services were as bright aud vearty as could be desired. The church had been, as usual, very tastefully decorated, and as a sub- stial result of the day's proceedings, the sun of J614 lis. 4i. was collected at the offertory ia aid of the Denbighshire Infirmary. PENTREVOELAS. The annual thanksgiving services for *lv3 in- gathering of the harvest were heid in this p) i h on Monday, i h" 10 h irst. In th, the Litany was read by the Rev. E. Edwards, Yspytty, and an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Jenkyns, rector of Penmachno. The service in the evening was semi-choral, ani a ap- prooriate seimoa was preached by the Rev. J. Ev ins, curate of Llanrwst. The congregation was extremely large in both services. The singing throughout was thoroughly good. The church had been tastefuliy decorated for the occasion by the Misses Jones, Bron Eglwys. A colieciov. in behalf of the D-nbighshire Infirmaiy, v.iiieh amounted to JE4 9S. 2i. RHOSLLANERCH RUGOG. The harvest thanksgiving services woe i1-,1d a.t the above plice on Taosday evening d Wed- nesday, the 4 h and 5h inrtant. 1.1 th, E'-lish church, the R^v. M. Jones, Carno, pr i 1 on Tuesday evening, and the R v. D. Ii •well on Wednesday morning. In the Welsh cr.uroh. the Rev. D. R. Jones, Lodge, preached in the i > .-r ioon, and the Rev. M. Jones, Carno, in the The services were intoned by the Rev. T. Jones, vicar. Rev. J. Williams, curate, and Rev. D. W, "i uis, of Penycae. Both tee English and Welsh very tastetul'y decorated by the follow: i Mrs Jones, the Vicarage; the chancel, & by Mrs. Bishop (L'anerchrugog Hid;), Miss E.- u: Miss Constance Evans, and Miss Divies (B:o;iwyd'a.); the pulpit by Mrs. Fitch, Miss S. Forshaw, :\1;88 Liwrence; the reading desk by MissForsoaw, Misa E. Forsnaw, and Miss L. For-haw the hnt by Miss Hugi.es (Fenr.antJ, an 1 Miss Tur the sraealiers were diessed by Miss H inmer. Tne J. Williams and Mr. W. Hughes, Fennant". a--is:ed the ladies. Miss M. J. Griffith and M. A. Jones assisted in the elsh church. LLANUWCHLLYN. Harvest tl11.nksg-ivin¡¡; servic's commerced on V\ ednesdav evening week, when tne ;>rei >■ WQ,8 the W. D ivi^s, vicar, L an • iw He took for his text, Psalm 103, verse 13. -it his sermon was listened to OV a • c .i T ■ •• n ir>n- The lessons were read by the Rev. J. G ^ffith, Llanymawddwy, and the prayers by the Vicar; anthem, "0 mor bawddgar." At 8 15 a.m., Thursday, the H ly Com amnion administered to a goodly number of the communio. s. At 1) .30 a.m.. the third serried was held, T Vicar intoning, and the Rev. J. Griffitn, Lianyu} e.i *ry, preached from the 23 ret chapter of L h to 12th verses. The inthem "Arnit si y JlefaiV was sung, after the 3rd collect, by the choii. An Eaglish «erdce was held in the afternoon, Vicar intoned the service (Tallis), Rev. W. Wil- liams, Rhosygwalian read the lesions, and e Rv. T. LI. Williams, Wrexham, preached, taking his text from 139 h Psalm. 14'h verse. The evening service coxm mend at 6 30, when the servu-o was choral, th Vicar iutonin<r. Th-* pre icher was the Rev. W. Hughes, vicar, Lian^nd i*vvn, taking for his text the 6 h verse of the 67ih PSIIOJ. All the services were rem irkably well attended, especially so on Tursday evening, when the seats were literally crammed, several being obliged to stand during the seviee; it was, in fact, the urges: cojg-edition ev. r seen in the pirish churco. Tne auth >m, Teyrnasoedd y Ddaear," was rendered wi h goad taste by the choir at the evening se;Vce. Tiie usual cust m of the church uo saA occasions was entrusted to Mrs. W. WiUiims, Vicarage, Miss E hel Williams, Gwernb-fio, and Miss Wright, who did tneir work in n • •cnar which reflected the greatest credit Thi o era, font and reading desk were very neat and <• haste, as well as the commuuioD pI we. Nor&uig ro ad the eye in any way. Collections w re mid- in all the services towards the organ fund. IVo-igh the kindness and fore-thought of Rev. W. Wil- liams, vicar, people coming from a distaav II d dinner and tea in th- Nition.ii So:cr.We shon.d have stated that the neiv altar c:o and tne cloth hangiugs each side th- commu i;o j hhle, as well as the t> xt, Hily, H ly. rod on scarlet clo^u in silk leters, and rosti n a suitable position uader the east window, 16 a v;reat addition to the church. GOBSEDD. Thanksgiving services were held at Saint Paul's Church, T.h • service at three p.m. was well atien "toe preacher being the R *v. Daniel E iwarus, C-fn. He founded his discourse on the 3rd verse or the 9J h Psalm. and preached an exceil n' s e ason. Toe evening set viee at seven o'clock was 1,' 'V i-h, the Rev. G. ifnch J ns, Mos YO, Ix-in^r the He took his text from the 2ad chapter of J." !lS, 4th anu 5 h verses and preached a quent and powerful s.rmon. The church was crowded, and many had to content, themselves wirh s to iiig room. Toe tinaiug at both services was The anihems, "I will lift up mine eye iu Euglish, and "M twl a'th erys Di," in l u elsh service, were tendered aithout a single hitch, as were also the pl np,-r Psalms and the hymr^ The church had been very neatly decorated witu corn, moss, fruit, aud fi >wers, by the toiiowi^.—Mrs. D ivies, the Vicar ige; Masses GJole and Miss S ;otte, S athaehoyd Misses Pagn, 0 -lyi< .•se- Mrs. Morris, the school; Mr. Waiter G •••••••, Mf* O.,el1 Griffiths, aud M William M uris, l s ;ooL Above the communion table vvure the words, The warth is the Lord's,'m white letters on crimson ground. Collections made at the eu 1 o: each service towards defraying the expenses a;reading Divine worship in the church.
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ANNUAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS.
that he was very much obliged to them, and pleased that his humbie euoias in the Council had been so fudy appreciated. Ii nothing further the had enabled him to say in the travestied words of the l'oet- It is better to have fought and lost Thau ce er to have fought at all. 1 He hoped that what had occurred would not interfere with the harmony of the work of the chamber. (Hear, THANKS TO THE EX-MAYOR. Mr. WALTER JONES proposed a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor. He said he had always received from Mr. Shone tue utmost courtesy. He had been firm and judicious, and if anything, perhaps he had indulged them more than deserved. He thought that not one there could sav that be had ever overstepped the bounds of courtesy, or been anything but impartial. (Hear, hear). The MAYOR seconded the motion. He said he could bear witness to the aum'rable way in which lie had dis- charged the dudes of his office, and he hoped he should dischar ge his in .he same becoming manner, and hfvid back oclice inhe same unsullied state as Mr. Shone had. The motion having been carried unanimously, Mr. SHONS said he was much obliged to them. He could only '.av, as his friend Mr. Bradley had said, that if the geut'eman who had succeeded him would carry out his promise he would have any support he could give him. He found that he was in favour of improve- ments when c'rcumstances permitted. He thought he had never gone beyond that. He had simply suggested improvements, would have executed them when circumstances permitted. He had always been misun- derstood. The town had taken his proposals to mean execution, whereas they were simply proposals asking for deliberate consideration and execution at the proper time. So far ifcen they quite agreed, and if the Mayor would carry out what lie had ju t stated he should be delighted. He was much obliged to them for the courteous a. )d kind sentiments they had expressed to- Lini, and he hoped that they would work unani- mous'y, and forget all that had occurred that day. The ex-Id ayor then left the room, remarking that that day they would part with Mr. James also, and they may part wi.'h two men who had served Wrexham worse than Mr. James and himself. THE NEW COUNCIL. The TOWN CLTOK then read the names of the coun- cillors returned for each ward. THREATENED UNSEATING OF COUNCILLORS. The TOWN CLERK read the following letter:— 3'" Chester-street, Wr .xliam, 31st October, ]879. To the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgess s of the Borough of H'r hum. I bep to g'-ve you ro.iee tin t it is my intention toobj. ct to the »l' et on of Mr. Joim Of.-well Bury as a member of the Wrexu tt lowu Cou eil lor the terlll commenciug 1st November, i«79 ina.mucli as hIs name i/"t appear on the UiIIncíp, 1 bui^oss roll for tbe comiug year, and I sba'l make Imllledile pliciuion to the C. urt for the purpose of getting him unsealed, in d wi'l u-e t1 is letter and the bur- geI" loll in substan iation of an app:,eatioI1 for cobts unle" be withdraws tnmcdinteiy. I shall t. lie exceptiou to ail vol's he may record in the Council ChiMnber, and upset my pioceediugs in which he may TAKE D:II C. I shall [j!<o use in support of mch application the ppWion ■ or protest now beill signed by the burgesses of the North' Ward-I remain, your oLedient Servant, JAMES JONES. Mr. Cartwright (solicitor, Chester) sent a letter to the Town Clerk, enclosing the following copy of a letter which had been forwarded to Mr. John Oswell Bury:— John Bury, Esq., Stratford House, Wrexham. 17, Pepper-street, Chester, Nov. 8th, 1879. SJR,-1. am iotructcd by Ir. James Jones a d others, burgesses of the boroech of Wr<,xl¡;J[n, to adopt fbe necessary proceeùillgs 10 hi. ve your election as a councillor of 1 he bortlwh or Wrexham declared void, ou the ground, 11111011; other-, of want of sufficient qualification, and you will tlier- fore please accpt thIs as a notice thereof. Your att"lIti<>u, it appears, baó already beeu called to the penalties YOll will incur IJy taking ny part ill the business of the Council, and IheJtfore it is oaly necessary fer me to refer you to the previous correspondence on that head.-I am, sir, yonn; obediently, JOHN P. CARTWKIGHT. The following letter had also been received :— 59a, Hope-street, Wrexham, 8th November, 1879. Dear Sir,-I nm instructed by Mr. Isane Shone to inform you the elec: em of Mr. Fred. Jones, being- invalid on the ground, amongst other thins*, that :111 the names of person*, purporting 10 be urgesses apptIlded to his Unmillaii"n dn not appear o ihe burgess roll tor tiie West Ward, objection will be takac to his vote on this wound.—1 am, yours tru y, ASHTOX Ull.vDLLV. Juo. James, Esq., Town Clerk. Mr. JAMKS again mentioned in regard to Mr. John Oswell Buvy's flection that no objections were taken before the deputy Mayor when he sat to receive the nominations. T|ie legality of the question would have to be fought out m a court of law. In regard to Mr. Fred Jones' election, he understood that the person ob- jected to was qualified, but his qualification was in another ward.. ELECTION OF COMMITTEES AND CHAIRMEN OF SUCH. Alderman BEALE moved that the General Purposes Committee consist- of the whole Council, and that Mr. Sherratt be chairman. Mr. Sherratt had been in the Council eight years, and had never sat in the chair. He wou d waiv any claim he may have as an Alderman to sit in the chr.ir. Mr. JOHN JONES Perhaps it will be like the song Nobody ax'd ya." Alatunian BKALE Well, do as you like. Mr. JOHS WILLIAMS moved that Mr. Bradley be chairman. He said he had worked hard and was well worthy of the post. Mr. WALTER JONES heartily supported Mr. Bradley. Alderman OWEN seconded the motion of Alderman Beale. The question was then put to the vote, with the fol- lowing result :—For Mr. Sherratt-The Mayor, Alder- men Beale and Owen, Messrs. Richard Jones, C. Huxley, Fred. Jones, and T. Rowland total 7. For Mr. Bradley—Alderman Lloyd, Messrs. J. Williams, J. Oswell Bury, John Jones, W. E. Samuel, J. F. Edisbury, and Walter Jones total, 7. The Mayor then gave his casting vote in favour of Mr. Sherra„t. Mr. Bradley and Mr. Sherratt exchanged votes. Alderman OWEN proposed that Mr. Bradley be chair- man of the Finai.ce Committee. Mr. BRADLEY: I should respectfully decline it, thank you. Alderman OWEN I propose Mr. John Oswell Bury. Mr. BURY I beg to decline. Alderman OWEN Then I propose Mr. Rowland. Mr. ROWLAND I thank you, Mr. Owen. (Laughter). Aldermen BEALE I second it. Mr. BRADLEY There is not a more active member of the Finance Committee, or of the Board, than Mr. Bury. Mr. BURY: I am much obliged to you, but I would rather decline. The motion for Mr. Rowland was then put and •carried. Th- Mayor was unanimously elected chairman of tne •carried. Th- Mayor was unanimously elected chairman of tne Watch Committee. The Markets and Fairs Committee was re-elected, with the substitution of Mr. Frederick Jones for Mr. T. Roberts, and Alderman Beale as chairman. The Cemetery and Lighting Committee was elected &8 follows :—Aldermen Beale and Lloyd, and Messrs. Bradley, Walter Jones, Edisbury, J. Williams, Huxley, and Rowland. Mr. Rowland was nominated as chair- man. Mr. BURY said he thought Alderman Lloyd should be chairman, for he had always taken a great interest in the matter of the Cemetery. Mr. WILLIAMS thought it would be an act of dis- courtesy to unseat Alderman Lloyd. Mr. WALTER JONES had unusually strong feelings on this matter, and thought it would be an insult to Alderman Lloyd not to re-elect him. Eventually Mr. Sherratt withdrew his motion in favour of Mr. Rowland, who said he was glad Mr. Sherratt had done so. Alderman Lloyd was accord- ingly elected unanimously. QUARTERLY MEETINGS. The following dates were fixed for quarterly meet- ings :-February 24th, May 25, and August 31st. FREE LIBRAEY PREMISES. Mr. JAMES said that in reply to a letter asking the consent of the Lords of the Treasury to the taking of the Town Hall for the purposes of the Free Library, they had asked that the request be made by memorial tinder the Corporate seal. He had prepared a memorial to which the Council authorised the seal to be affixed. VOTE OF THANKS TO THE TOWN CLERK. The MAYOR said he approached the next business with diffidence because he felt he could not do it that justice which he should like. The good opinion so frequently expressed towards their Town Clerk would, to -aome extent relieve him, and he felt that he could add little more to what had been said in his praise. They all knew his estimable qualities and the admirable way i in 'which be had conducted himself. He had been their j Town Clerk since the town was first incorporated, and his uniform courtesy said strict integrity had w«n the respect and esteem of all—(hear, bear)-not only the members of the Council but of every official connected with them, and he could only re-echo the many senti- ments of food will towards the Tovn Clerk. He was rare they°all felt very much the final Mparation which had now arrived, and they wished Mr. James may carry with him the highest esteem and good will ofll, was sure they aU trusted that he would long be spared to enjoy the more retired life he was seeking, and that happiness and good health may be his. He kad' much p'easure in moving tha the beet thanks of the Council be given to Mr. John James. (Hear, hear). -Alderman OWEN said the vote of thanks was one with which he cordially agreed. It was not only due to the Town Clerk to receive their mead of ptaise, but lie did not know what they could say sutEcieut to re ward him for the labours he had given for 80 many years to the Council. He had watched and observed from time to time the great exertions and great tare and patiesice he had alwaYR shown during the time he had been in the Council. He may say -that he had been astonished at the amount of work which he had got through, and the ease and affability with which he always proceeded. In all difficult questions which had been referred to him they received the meet courteous answers. He hoped that in his retirement fee would be enabled to continue and increase his health, and that he may long live amongst them, and that they would continue to enjoy his friendship. He could say more, but in his presence he would not say more than it was hi* bounden duty to I say. He hoped he would accept the vote of thanks which would be given so heartily by the Council, and by every individual there, for if ever there were real expressions of sincerity and goodwill those expressions existed in that CdUdCil. (Hear, hear). Alderman'LLOYD endorsed all that had been said, and expressed the hope that before long Mr. James would return to tiiat chamber in another capacity. The vote was then unanimously carried. Mr. JAMES said that when they came to the termina- tion of a long period of the history of their life, and especially wneu that p l'iod hah been pregnant with im- portant events, they naturally recurred to the com- mencement of it, and therefore he could not help going back to the 9th November, 18o7. which was on a Mon- day. He came in on a Monday, and he was going out on a Monday. Thirteen newly-elected members of the Couiicil were sea'ed in the Music Hall, now occupied by Mr. Bradley, and a message came to him at hi" oliice, wirh the compliments of the Mayor of Wrexham (who had just been appointed), who begged that he would come to the Music Hall. Of course he had a shrewd guess for what he was wanted. He went to the Music Hall. Mr. Edge worth was in the chair, and he could assure them tiiat he never heard sweeter music in his lite than was Mr. Edgeworth's voice when he announced to him that he was appointed Town Clerk. There were only six men now living who were present on that Occasion, viz., Dr. Williams, Messrs. C. H ugbes, T. Painter, J. Clark, Meredith Jones, and John Bury. His friend Mr. T. Rowland came into the Council about a fortnight afterwards, to till a vacancy caused by making one alderman. At the time he was appointed the duties of the Council were comparatively very light. They were only a municipal corporation, and had no power over sewers or roads,—they Were more of a pageantry than anything else. They had the dignity of a Mayor, Aldermen, &c., and could passcertain bye-laws, but they could do nothing for the regulation of the town. Ot course they could have adopted the Public Health Act, but they did not do such, for Mr. Edgewortli, who was the brains and mouthpiece of tiie Corporation, was of opinionthatas the Government were going tobring ina Local GovernlllentBill, they had better wait. So they waited and adopted that Act in 1859. Then the work of the Corporation began in real earnest. They then had to work, and work hard, and the duties imposed upon him were very onerous, and indeed very manifold. In looking back ne found he had attended 1,000 meetings, of which 260 were Council meetings, and the remainder committee meet- ings. Each of those meetings involved much labour in the shape of drawing minutes and copying them, and those minutes with the acc units had tilled more than 20 large folio volumes. Then there were deeds and documents of all kinds, and he reckoned that he had prepared and served from 10,000 to 12,0u0 notices. Of course there were proceedings conse- quent upon those notices. Then there were documents of more importance, such as addresses to the Crown, &c., so that the labour had been constant and increas- ing and almost overpowering. He had frequently taken his work home at night and there drawn most im- portant documents, consuming tiie midnight oil in the privacy of his study until one and two o'clock in the morning, and then brought the document down in the morning to be engrossed and perfected. There was just this to be considered, if they would excuse the egotism— (:,(0 on, go on)—that when he came into the Council he had only one small book, which contained the names and declaration of members elected. He had every- thing to frame without precedents, or any such help, and he was obliged to pick up all the information he wanted from other sources. Of c mrse, he was guided by Acts of Parliament in difficult matters, but there were a great many things for which he could find no forms at all, and he must now mention that he was very much indebted to Mr. Richard Williams, town clerk of Denbigh (brother to Dr. Williams), who furnished him with information whenever he was at a 1028, and by his care and attention to him he was enabled to get on so well as he Lad. As pilot of that ship, he believed he may enture to say that he had been enabled to steer clear of quicksands and rocks. (Hear, hear). He had to sav, and it was most gratifying to him to be able to say it, that the. had not had a single litigation in the superior courts since he had been Town Clerk, and they had had no injunctions, although they had been threatened with them, and if there were any to come, he would leave them as a legacy to his friend Mr. T. Bury. (Laughter). All this work had not been for nothing. Great things had resulted from the work which had been undertaken by the Council, and he was proud that his name had been associated with so many noble works. He had had the initiation of them, and he had had to carry them through and make them com- plete. He would not enumerate them, but he could reckon up twenty, at least, which had been con- ceived and executed—and there were some which had been conceived and not executed—ad tending to the improvement of the town. A great out- cry had been raised as to the cost of these things. Really the dot should never be considered when the health of the town was concerned—(hear, he:\r)--and what were th. ir costs ? They had 3s. in the £1 in the year. When he assumed office first they were liable to highways rate, lighting rates, church rates and others which had ceased now and they only had left the continuance of the poor rate, and the borough or corporation rate, and the cmit was not so Teat when they looked at the immense b nefits which had accrued to the town. He was very pleased that the cemetery had be- n carried into effect, and he thought they were entirely indebted for it to their friend Alderman Lloyd. He had no occasion to have a monument erected there at his death, his monument was alreadv there. When it was prop sed to a monument to Sir Cristopher Wren he replied circmn xpici, here is my monument" and so with Alderman Lloyd. He was himself more particularly associated with the SmithfieU. There arose a difficulty about the site of the Smithfield, and eventually the matter was referred to him (Mr. James) to decide. After considera- tion he reported in favour of the present one which was immediately accepted by the Council. He had to advocate the adoption of the site before Major Tu'loch and he thought the longest speech he had ever made m his life was on that occu,8ion. Now he had to thank them for the courtesy and kindness he had re- ceived from them. During the 22 years he had had a seat at the Board he had always been treated with the greatest courtesy. At times there had been a little difference of opinion and a little roughness, and some of the members had expressed themselves in Saxon-TTnglish, but that soon passed off, and he had always been treated with that respect and regard which had enabled him to carry out his ollicial duties with that comfort which might not have been the ca-e under other circumstances. He had to thank the Mavor and Alderman Owen for what they had said of him. It had been said that undeserved praise was the greatest censure. He had felt often that HP oll1 1, to h what they said he wa", but that he was not such. Of course h,' had b"pn rrrptlv gratified at what had been said. He was now about fo retire, and he felt that he wa breaking away from old associations. He had spent a great part of his life there, he had, in fact, been incorporated with the Incorporation. He should always remember the time he had spent there, and the kindness and courtesy he had received. Before concluding, he must say a. word with regard to the offi- cials. There was their incomparable medical officer, their very clever and expert surveyor, and his old friend the Sergeant of the Mace. They had always worked with the greatest harmony with him, and never han an un- kind word. What he had suggested they had readily car- ried out, and so the reverse, whatever they had sug- gested he had carried out. He would say no mol", but ask them to accept his very grateful thanks for their goodness to him. (Applause.) NOMINATION OF ALDERMEN. The following aldermen were selected by the repre- sentatives of each ward :—North Ward, Alderman Llovd; East, Alderman Owen; South, Alderman Smith West, Alderman Beale. This concluded the business. DENBIGH. MONDAY.—Present: Alderman T. Gee, the retiring Mayor, in the chair; Aldermen Evan Pieree, T. J- William", and E. W. Gee; Councillors John Armor, JoVn Davies, Evan Thomas, Robert Parry, Robert Ellis, John Lloyd, J. S. Jones, E. T. Jones, William Morris, James Caithness, R. H. Roberts, and W. T. Foulkes. The Council Chamber was crowded by the general public, so great was the interest taken in the election of the new mayor. 8HAKP CONTEST FOR THE MAYORALTY.—CURIOUS VOTING. Whilst the clock was striking twelve two members were on their feet, and immediately the hour was an- nounced. Alderman E. W. GEE said Mr. Mayor and gentle- men, I have great pleasure in proposing that Mr. Edward Thomas Jones, of Britannia Buildings, be elected mayor of this borough for the ensuing year. (Applause). As the only alderman of this Council that has not yet passed the civic chair, and as one of the oldest councillors, and one of the oldest members sitting at this tahl-Vith the exception of the other aldermen- it might be asked why I propose Councillor Jones, and do not take the chair myself. It has been said ill I another place, by a gentleman who ought to have known better, that I had great aspirations for the chair; but I beg to assure the meeting that I never had any ambi- t.ie.n or aspirations for the chair at all. (Hear, heat ). Had I done so, I might readily have had it four years ago, as I was prevailed upon to take the chair at that time. aRd also two years ago I was requested a second time and refused it. (Hear, hear). Last year I could have taken it with convenience to myself, and given any allwunt of time and trouble required in the performance of the duties, as well as I would have been able to do so, but this year I am afraid, and I hope rather, that my avocations will be so nu- merous, that I should not be able properly to attend to the duties of the office. So much as a personal explanation. Now for mv proposition. Mr. Jones, whom I prnvose as Mayor, is one of our oldest tradesmen, and a very successful trades- man, and I think he has done a good deal towards pro- moting the general improvement of the town—(ap- pla.use)--at any rate, as regards the general improve- ment of High-street, he has done a vast deal. I know it might be said that he has done it on his own premises and to answer his own purposes. Perhaps fo, hut he might have built, where he has, an erection which would not have been an adoriaaent to High-street hut. quite the reverse but he has .erected a block of buildings that have improved the Aitpearanee of the High-street in the highest d. gree. -(Applause). Mr. Jones is a thorough man of business, and as such, has been very successful. This I consider an essential element. Our Mayor should be a good raan of business, and, as I beli jve Mr. Jones to be suck, therefore I propose him. (Applause). Mr..Tones, besides being a good man of business, is a-man of the very highest integrity, a man of splendid moral and social eharacrter—(applause)—and this I will say, it is incumbent lutpon us, it behoves us as a Council for the Jjwough of Denbigh to see that who- ever we place in that chair is a man that no one can point at disparagingly in a moral or social point of view. ( Applause). We have had gentlemen in this chair of the highest integrity. The very gentleman is now alive who was what I may call the founJatioll and startmg point of this municipal corporation. Our old and much respected Chairman of Quarter Sessions (Mr. Hughes, of y trad), was the foundation of the mayoralty here— (applause)—and it would be a shame for the Town Council to elect, as the successors of such men, any man who does not bear the highest character for moral and social conduct. (Applause). These qualifications, I must say, I believe Mr. Jones is eminently possessed of. (Applause). I know Mr. Jones has a crotchet—(an a'lusion to his being a leading Good Templar)—and who of us have not? (Hear, hear). Everyone of us have some crotchet or hobby, for there is no man but who has his own peculiar hobby but when a man is placed in a position of trt1"t and confidence and the highest position in the town as a public man, a man in such a case is expected to leave his private personal hobbies in abey- ance, and I have no doubt tnat Mr. Jones'good common sense will lead him to keep in the background those particular views which may have made him a little un- popular in the town, whilst he is performing the duties attached to the office of Mayor. (Applause). Believing this, I will not detain you longer, but propose that Mr. E. T. Jones be Mayor of the borough for the ensuing year. (Applause). Mr. JOHN DAVIES I have very much pleasure in seconding the resolution. I do not think any remarks are needed upon Mr. Jones's qualifications, because we all know him. There is one special reason I have for supporting Mr. Jones, and when I mention it I hope every entleman here will excuse me, because I do not make the remark in a disparaging tone; but I really do not know a gentleman here that will be so well able to tread in the footsteps of the retiring Mayor in carrying out the great works we have on hand equal to Mr. Jones. (Hear, hear). Believing that he possesses the qualifications, therefore, I have great pleasure in second- ing him. (Applause). Dr. EVAN PIERRE said he hoped they would all feel as happy as he did, for they all looked very flat and serious. He felt quite happy, although he was afraid he should be in the minority that day, the same as he had been for three or four years in that Council, and he was not sorry in many things for that, but he was sorry that he should be in the minority that morning but he was prepared for it. In the first place, before he said a word, he would congratulate the new members. He didn't run to shake hands, but he congratulated all the new members that came in last time. He had great pleasure in proposing Mr. Morris to lie the chief magis- trate for that borough. It would be superfluous on his part to make any comments, for Mr. Morris was there, and they ali knew him well, and had ample opportunity of judging him, both in his character and conduct both in the Council and out of the Council, and he was sure of this, that they could not contradict what he said now, for Mr. Morris they all knew was an independent man, a straightforward man, and more than all. a conscientious man, and he would challenge all to gain- say or contradict that and first of all he was a thorough gentleman in his actions. (Hear, hear). He was always a gentleman; he never "cauterized people." He was one of the senior tradesmen of the town, and his conduct was exemplary; besides which his educ:1.tioll waR as good, if not better, than any other man in the town. .Moreover, they would agree with this that good mothers and fathers were the crystals of society," and where was the gentleman that had brought his family up so well as Mr. Morris? He merely reminded them of this, for he should be sorry to dictate to them; but his sons were now a credit-he (the speaker) did like to support the good fathers and mothers, and Mr. Morris' sons were now not onlv a hoaour to the tnwn, but a great honour to Wales His eidest son had recently been united with the Dean of Westminster on f. recent Sunday as preachers at one of the leading metropolitan churches. Of course Mr. Morris was not the only father that had such sons < look at Mr. Jones' the National school, and Mr. Edwards' the chemist, who had such sons, so that he did not say Mr. Morris was the only one, but what he had stated was a fact; and another thing, he had been a member of that Council for many years, and he did not know a man, although a just man, that haé1 been "more persecuted, bullied, and badgered." He feit for him he (the speaker) could not come there and put up with it. They ought to carry on things there in a peace- able kind of way. Mr. Morris was the best friend of the ratepayers. His motto was economy. He took care of their pockets and they felt it so, and respected him and had every confidence in him, and if the rate- payers were there to put Mr. Morris in possession of the chair they would put him there at once, for it was a clear proof of their confidence in him when they placed him at the head of the poll amongst so many respectable parties who were candidates, and it was a great honour to him to be put at the head of the poll when such gentlemen were try in They said did not canvass and Mr. Morris did, but every man had his men to canvass and to speak for him more than he couhl speak for himself. But he was not going to trespass on their time. He did not know a better man to till the most honourable office of chief magistrate of that town, of that borough rather, than Mr. William Morris, and before he sat down he would express the hope that everything would be carried on in that room with honour, fairness, and harmony, and he hoped they would excuse him for trespassing so much on their time. Mr. JOHN ARMOR I have great pleasure in standing before you to second the proposition. T am not gointr to eulogise the qualifications of Mr. Morris, for I feel that he was worthy of the honour in every respect being a man of education, and a tradesman of long standing. Everybody have their crotchets, and Mr. Morris may have some, but taking the majority of his qualifications, I think he is worthy of the honour of hang Mayor of D nbigh. (Hear, hpar). In a town like this everybody had their enemies and friends at the same and probably Mr. Morris may have the same, but I believe he is a straightforward honest- speaking man who fears no one, but would offend Irs best friends if he felt that he was right, and if he feels that he is wrong he is the first to apoligise for it, there- fore I think it is scarcely necessary that any further remarks should be made by me. Mr. Jones is my next door neighbour, nearer than Mr. Morris, and ready it has been very hard for me to decide between Mr. Morris and Mr. Jones, but I at length volunteered, at the desire of friends, to second Mr. Morris; and I think firmly that, if elected, he will prove himself in every respect, as far as his qualifications go, qualified to fill the office. (Hear, hear). I think it requires a man with a heart like a lion to consent to enter the field, considering what the Mayor will have to do in con- nection with the drainage of the town an 1 the Smith- field. (Hear, hear). If I had bean asked, I think I should have gone away out of the country first. (Laugh- ter, and hear, hear). I gave Mr. Morris credit for plenty of pluck in coming forward and asking you to eh ct him as Mayor of the Borough. I beg to second the motion. The MAVOR having ascertained that there was no other candidate, put the motion to the meeting, and the votin was as foliows :— For Mr. Morris—Alderman Pierce, Councillors .John Armor, Robert Ellis, James Caithness, J. Symonds Jones, John Lloyo, and W. Morris (7). For Mr. E. T. Jones—Aldermen Thomas Gee. T. J. Williams, and E. W. Gee Councillors John Davies, R. Humphreys Roberts, W. T. Foulkes, Robert Parry, Evan Thomas, and E. T. Jones (9). The MAYOR Gentlemen, I declare Mr. Jones elected —(applause)—and I vacate this chair with pleasure, particularly as Mr. Jones is the gentleman to succeed me. (Applause). I congratulate him heartily upon his election, and I do believe that he is the right man in the right place. (Applause). The Mayor elect then came forward. the retirinz Mayor shaking him by the hand. and conducting him to the chair amid considerable applause, in which the rate- payers present joined. The MAYOR, having made the usual declaration, said I can, as you may think, scarcely find words to express my feelings on this, to me, very important occasion. I did not expect that I should be elected unanimously. I had no right to expect, because, as has already been referred to, I have strong convictions upon some social questions, which are not palatable to many of my friends and neighbours. But, however that may be, I shall not allow those feelings to have any undue in- fluence upon myself—(applause)—in my conduct of the business of the Council, and I shall hope, with the promised aid of our worthy ex-Mayor, and with the assistance of our excellent Town Clerk, and with your forbearance and co-operation, that I shall be able, at all events, to do the work of the office; and I hope to do that work in such a manner that at the end of my year of office to give up this chair unsullied to my successor. (Applause). I hope, gentlemen, as I have alluded, that you will give me your help, and that I shall also have your forbearance, for I doubt not that I shall have many failings, but with your fcrbearance and help I hope to carry on the business of this Board satisfactorily. (Applause). I trust no rancour will exist amongst us, but that we shall all unite, and in a friendly and amicable manner do the work of the public. I again thank you, gentlemen, for the great honour you have done me. (Applause). Mr. MORRIS, in thanking his supporters, said he was sorry to himself in the minority, but he thought it his duty to come forward to give an opportunity to ¡ those friends that thought he could serve them. (Hear, hear). He was not possessed of any unkind feeling towards those who had not supported him. (Hear, hear). They had a very good man in the chair, and he did not think they could easily get a better man. (Applause). Still he wished he (the speaker) were in the chair instead of him. (Laughter, and applause). VOTE OF THANKS TO THE RETIRING MAYOR. Mr. JOHN ARMOR proposed a vote of thanks to the retiring laYHr, who had proved himself a thorough man of business, for it was very seldom they could get anybody to equal him. When they thought of the amount f work, the labour and anxietvof mind, and the trouble that their worthy Mayor had gone through rim-in the la-t two years, they would most heartiiy join in the vote of thanks. He beli ved that through the anxiety and trouble, he had been unable to get a proper night's sleep, the work connected with the Council had been enormous. They s.11 knew the difficulties they had had to contend with, and the Mayor had never flinched for one moment, but tackled the scheme, and had now brought it to a successful issue. (Applause). He had no doubt a good many of the ratepayers found a great deal of fault with the scheme going on, but they could not possibly extend the town, and benefit it. with- out carrying that out. He referred to the fact chat typhus fever, cholera, &c., used to visit the town, and he went on to say that the sewerage, completed, would be a standing memorial to their late Mayor, (Apphue). He may be said to be the founder of it, and it will bring the greatest amount of credit to him. Mr. JOHN LLOYD seconded the motion, saving that the last year had been one of the most important in the history of Denbigh. The Mayor had laboured hard, and when completed, the drainage scheme would be one of the hnest in North Wales, and the best for everyone. (A.pplauseV The motion was passed unanimously And most cor- dially. A DEFENCE OF THE IMPROVEMENT POLICY. The Kx-M AYOR returned thanks for the expression of ) their feelings, but said the rernks applied to himself were too flattering, for he had only beeu one of a body of the members of the Council who, as a committee, had had most to do with the scheme, and he could say that whatever credit was due to him was equally due to the Committee and Council. He would admit that he had discharged the duties of the office to the very bed; of his ability, and whatever public duties called upon him he never allowed his private business to interfere with it, and he could tell them that during the whole of the last two years Irs own business had every day been in arrear. He had great pleasure in seeing the chair taken by Mr. Jones, who, he believed, possessed every qualifi- cation necessary to discharge the duties. He had to thank every member for the assistance they had given him, without which it would have been impossible to carry on the onerous duties of the last two years, (Ap- plause). He particularly thanked the Committee No. 1, which had had most to do with the sewerage scheme He had also to thank the Town Clerk for his readv and able a sistance at all times. He had already thanked the magistrates and police officers, but he felt that his thanks were due to the magistrates in such a way that he ought to acknowledge his obligations there. They had afforded him, as mayor, every assistance that it was possible for magistrates to do, they had, indeed, been extremely kind and considerate, for as regards himself, his knowledge of law, at first, was very suoer- ficial, but they assisted him, and he hoped he had been able to carry on the business of the Court with credit, aud in such a way as to secure the interests of justice and good order in the town. (Applause). He desired to speak a little as to the past. He went on to state that the decision for a Smithfield, and also for pbcm it at Glas Meadows, was for the benefit of the town. It would have been a wrong to the trading interests of the town to have placed it at the Fron end for he believed firmly tlmt ere long they would have a railway running from Denbigh right through tiie Valley between Copy and Lodge, on to Henllan, Llanfairtalhaiarn, and to Bettwsycoed and Festiniog. (Applause). That scheme would be de- veloped in course of time. They should have proceeded with it had it not been for the peculiar financial state of the country, for there was no inducement to place it before the country with any hope of carrying it out. But just now that scheme would be taken up. and it was one of the utmost importance for Denbigh that they could conceive. (Applause). Milk, &c., was now sent up to the thickly populated districts of Festiniog and much appreciated and sought after, and he believed that not only could articles by the line of railway named be sent up with advantage, but trade could be brought down from Festiniog to Denbigh. (Applause). If they made a proper use of the good old town of Denbigh— make it one of the first in the Principality—they must be prepared to go forward—(applause)—but if they were ready to sit down in their chairs, fold their arms and grumble and complain and turn their ears and listen to every croak and every complaint, they cou'd not benefit the town. (Applause). But if they were deter- mined to place Denbigu where nature had placed it, at the head of the towns in North Wales, they must go forward. (Applau-e). For all these reasons he con- sidered the Smithfield was placed in the proper place at Gias Meadows. If they wanted a second Denbigh, they should have placed it at the hott >m ot the town without any consideration for the tradesmen, who for so long had put up with the annoyance awl inc0nven¡en3 of the fairs as at present carried on. He called their at- tention to the fact that villas were now being erected on the verv spot where it had been advocated that the Smithfield shouid be erected, on the Big Garden. He went on to assert that tiie town was extending in the direction of Egl-vys Wen, and referred to the villas bein erected there as a proof, so that they had done t.he best towards bringing to the town those attracted by the scenery and who would benefit by it. He went on iu say he was surprised at the shortsightedness of those who had advocated the Fron end for the Smith- field, and to state the progress made as to the valuati n of the Gias Meadows, and should not be surprised if, considering the depreciation that had taken place in land lately, they got it for less than they had expected but anyhow, they were bound, as honourable men, to abide by their agreement. Respecting the drain- age works, they would know that taey were now just approaching one of the difficulties of the scheme, namely, at Captain's Bridge. The difficulty had been how to get by Captain's Bridge without having to pay a very heavy amount in compensation, and now he was very happy, extreme¡y happy, to tell them on the day tha; he left the chair as Mayor of th*borough, that they had' passed through Cantain's Bridge at the very level which he had the honour to tell them they could pass when they decided on adopting the scheme. (Much applause). They had parsed the point without raising the footpath six inches above the centre of the level of the road. (Applause). Therefore no compensation could be required bv any gentleman having land in the nei hbourhood, and the ratepayers will have the full benefit of that scheme, which, so far as he could sav, and he visited it every day, that it would outlive the youngest member of that Council. (Applause). The question was, who was to pay for it? He shouid wish the people ot that borough to understand that question, and the more it was known the better. There had been a nl1mbT of remarks made about that sch une, as if it had been created oy SOlIn member of the Council, and himsif in particular. He was quite willing to tccept any amount of blame, even if it was his own scheme. (Applause). Wait ten > ears and then let them pass an opinion. He said let them wait ten years and see that scheme fully completed, and the sanitary state of Den- bigh made what it should be; Denbigh would not be then wh it Denbigh was now. (Much applause). They knew that in the past typhoid fever, typhus, &c., was constantly amongst them He had known Denbigh for the last 60 years had known it as well as any man for the last 50 years and speaking in the presence of medical men there, and one of them an old inhabitant of the town who could deny the correctness of his statement, that every winter, with very few exceptions, they had typhoid fever in the town, and he could point out its course, namely, down along the level of that brook (or old open urain), and creep round by Henllan- street. Every winter they had 10, 12. 15, or 20 deaths from diseases of that kind, so that Denbigh became a by-word, its character was utterly lost, and no health was to be expected in it. He went on to give instances of those who intended coming to the town, attracted by the scenery, and building residences, but who had not done so in consequence of finding out the sanitary defects of the town. For twenty or thirty years he had worked foi the improvement of the sani- tary state of the town. Tney had no power hitherto but three or four years ago they did something towards it. But as regards this system he was not responsible, for it. (Appiause). The townspeople should know that they were compelled by trie Local Govermert Board to put their house in order, and he (the speaker) was wry glad it was so. (Applause). The Council could not avoid doing the work. If they had refused to do so, the Local Govi rnment Board would have put the Council on one side as the local governing body, and appointed persons to do the work and thoroughly sewer the town, and if that had been done the rates would have been far heavier and the expenses far heavier. (Applause). As regarded the question of who was to pay for it, Alderman Gee went on to say that the only test of expenses was the amount of rates collected. Whatever they spent they would have to pay for in some shape or the other, and the practical test to the ratepayers was the amount of rate collected from them. (Applause). There were two rates levied in that borough the borough and general district rate. He gave the following summary :—In 1875 the general district rate was Is. 5d. in the £1 borough rate, 4d in 1876, general district rate, 2d., and borough 3d. 1877, they were Is. 8d. and Id.; 1878, Is. 8d. aud 2d. and 1879, district, Is. 9d., and borough 4d. in the tl. At present the School Board rate was paid out of the borough rate, yet in 1875 that rate was 4d., and 1879 also 4d., whilst in 1875 the district rate was Is. 5d., and in 1877 only Is. 9d. So that there had only been an in- crease of 4d. in the £1 although they had carried forward all those great improvements which were of the greatest benefit to the town and neighbourhood, yet last year there had only been an increase of Id., and Id. the year before. Who had to complain of these rates? No farmer in the Borough of Denbigh had to complain of the rates. (Applause). The Mayor wen; on to show that the highways formerly carried on by the Highway Surveyors, of whom Mr. E. T. Jones was one, for some years, when the rate was 8d. in the £1. had been transferred to the borough, and were paid out of the district rate. Now laud only paid one-fourth, so that out of the Is. 9d. rate land only paid 51d. upon it. (Hear, hear). Add to that 2d. of the borough rate and the farmers only paid 7Jd. towards the borough rate, and highway rate as against that paid under the old system the present being really 3s. 4d. less than under the old system. (Applause). That was a fact, and would bear any amount of investigation. Who had to pay for the work ? Not the labourers they don't pay the rates, for they were paid by the owners. Who then paid the extra amount of 4d ? Why the owners of property and tradesmen, and those that live in town. (Hear, hear.) True, the farmers paid it on their build- ings, hut that was a very trifling amount. Thus the property owners paid and property had in Denbigh trebled in value during the last 20 years, for th^ y would find now that houses and shops in Denbigh if offered for sale fetched two or three times more than they did 20 years ago. (Applause.) Therefore owners of property and every intelligent man who were rate- payers were perfectly satisfied with the state of things as they were, and if they were not they did not see tar beyond the present moment. (Applause.) How long he should sit at that table he did not know, but he did hope that the electors would have sufficient good sense not to put "croakers and persons that complain, and complain of this, that, and the other, at this table —(applause)—but men determined to go forward, de- termined to place Denbigh where Nature had placed it. (Applause.) There it was in the centre of a beautiful country, with scenery that could not be surpassed in North Wale*; and what they wanted were men who would see that Denbigh did not lose its glory, who would not rest until a. system of sewerage was carried out, and also every improvement which was necessary to make the town attractive generally to persons with mean? to come there to live amonst them and if that was done Denbigh would be placed where it shou d be, and where Nature had intended it to be, in a foremost place in Wales. (Applause.) He earnestly urged them to more onward, at the same time doing everything well, for that was the truest economy. In conclusion he tinged that they should see that the public rights in the borough were protected, both as regarded the roads and footpaths. He desired to allude to a public right likely to be lost in reference to Plas Clough, but he knew that Mr. Parry Jones was possessed of sufficient public spirit to recognise the rights of the public. (Hear, hear.) There was a footpath leading from Plas Cham- hers Lane through Plas Clough premises down into the Green, and there was a public on the premises of Plas Clough which the people of the Green had formerly a right to go to. Those rights would soon be lost, if they were not already lost. He hoped that the Corporation would make a determined effort to protect those rights, and if no one else would come with him he was determined o cM"c 4- himself, and break open any locks placed on the gate. and secure the public rights for the future. (Laughter and applause.) He concluded by remarking that it was a great pleasure to him to find the business of the borough placed in such able hands as it was at present, and hoped they would ail co-operate to the best of their abiliy, forgetting the past, and carrying on the business amicably and in the best possible manner for the future. (Applause.) MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS. The Council sat some two hours longer transacting much routine business, among which was the following: Dr. Roberts, the medical officer of health's report was passed, showing that during the month there had been i0 deaths, 4 of them being at the Asylum. During the same time the births had been 14. One death at the um was caused by enteric fever, of whi. the doctor gave a full explanation. The monthly and quarterly meetings were fixed and Mr. MORRIS proposed that the system of having the Council divided into two committees be not adhered to, but that everything should come before the Council. A long desultory conver-ation ensued, during which Mr. Morris argued that No. 1 committee stopped the drainage without the consent of the Council but this was stated to be incorrect, and the minutes of the Council were quoted to show it. Dr. PIERCE argued that reporters ought to go to the committee meetings. II Eventually, by nine votes to seven, it was agreed that the two committees be appointed, the new members being placed thereon. j A letter from the Local Government Board was read, stating that it would be necessary to have an inquiry I into the circum-tances of the loan of a further JE500 in reference to the drainage contract (No. 1), which was sought, instead of taking it out of the rates. It was agreed not to apply for that amount. A long discussion ensued as to the desirability of re- lieving John Jones the present contractor for the cutting of the drainage, of his contract. He had made. it set-m d, a splendid job of ll, but in consequence of great difficulties arising from the deep cuttings, the great flow of water therein, and difficulties as to the old works, the man had lost thereon, and by Tuesday night he would have been overpaid £25. The man, it seemed, had not made a labourer's wages out of it. It was agreed to relieve him of the work, and employ him as foreman to finish the work up to the junction, only a short length. ARBITRATORS COSTS EXTRAORDINARY. A letter was received from Mr. Walter Jones, Cricceth, who had been called in as umpire by Messrs. R. Lloyd Williams and R. C. B. Clough, valuers of the Gias Meadows for a smithfield, they not having been able to agree a" to the price. It seemed that the arbitrator required .B67 costs of the arbitration. Mr. E. W. Gee was opposed to taking up the award as he thou-ht the price exhorbitant. Mr. R. H. Roberts thought they had better consider what they were doing: before acting thus. The ex-mayor and other members a reed that, they were in honour bound to take up the j award as they had by agreement consented to the valu- ation and arbitration. Alderman Williams and others thought an effort should be made to get the price reduced, but it was pointed out that there was no hope of that, but that the costs could be revised and it was suggested that perhaps the charges made included the fees of the two valuers. Eventually it was agreed to pay the money asking for a bill of particulars. The reports of the officers and some other business was transacted. THE VOTING ON THE MAYORALTY. The following facts as to the voting as to the mayor- alty may be of interest. The contest was not in the slightest degree political but resolved itself into a personal one, Dr. Pierce, a Liberal, proposing Mr. Morris, a Conservative, whilst the Conservatives in the Council seemed all to have supported Mr. Morris, though prouably Mr. Jones' good templary views, led Mr. Lloyd, Bull Hotel, to vote against him, for on the first of November he had worked indefatigably against Mr. Morris' return, or at any rate in favour of the four opposing candidates. Mr. Jones was also, strange to s iy, opposed by Mr. J. S. Jones, who is co-deacon with him at the English Presbyterian Chapel; shewing that even religious principles were not allowed to weigh in the matter. The whole of the supporters of Mr. Jones were Nonconformists, with the exception of Mr. R. H. Roberts who is a Churchman,|.vhilst two or three of Mr. Morris' supporters were Nonconformists. RUTH IN. At the annual meeting of the Council on Monday, Mr. Roberts, deputy town clerk, presided, and the members present were—Alderman W. D. Jones, Councillors Win. Edwards, E. Edwards, R. P. Davies, W. J. Hunt, J. Morris, T. P. Roberts, David Jones, and D. E. Davies. Mr. R. P. DAVIES proposed that Alderman W. D. Jones be the Mayor for the ensuing year. He was sure they would receive his name with very great pleasure, as he had already filled several public offices with great credit and satisfaction, and he (the speaker) was satisfied that be would fill the office of mayor in the same satis- factory manner—(app!au*e)—as he was thoroughly well acquainted with municipal matters. (Applause). Mr. E. EDWARDS seconded the motion, and con- curred with all that had been said. The election was unanimous. Dr. JONES, in returning thanks, said he was very pleas d to have such a compliment paid him, especially as it had been by the unanimous voice of the Council, and hoped that the members would have no reason to regret their choice, but that with their assistance he should be able to carry on the business of the town satisfactorily to all. (Applause). There was a discussion as to the best day for the ordinary meetings of the Council, and Mr. D. E. JONES gave notice that at the special meeting he should move to alter the days of the meeting. After this the Council adjourned to the Castle Hotel, where the" lovin, cup was passed round, and hearty good wishes expressed for the Mayor, and hopes that his year of office would be a successful and happy one. FLINT. The annual meeting of the Town Council of this borough was held at noon on Monday, the Mayor (Alderman Muspratt) presiding. Alderman Muspratt was unanimously elected mayor for the twelfth time, and for the sixth year in succession. A cordial vote of thanks was accorded Alderman Muspratt for the manner in which he had filled the civic chair during the past y ear. The "loving cup," presented to the borough by the late Mr. P. Ellis Ey on, M.P., was then filled with champa ne and passed round. Mr. ALDERMAN ALFRED DYSON was nominated as del mty-rnayor. The Flintshire borough registration charges, amount- ing to £115, were crtifi d by the Mayor, the Town- clerk stating that the number of electors was 3,901, being an increase over last year of 135. The TOWN CLERK (Mr. Henry Taylor) presented the borough with an old map of the countv, neatly framed, drawn 280 years ago by Jno. Speed, the famous historian.