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DENBIGH. THE NEW DEACON.—On Sunday morning Mr. Reece, the newly ordained curate of Denbigh, preached his first sermon in St. Mary's Church, the Archdeacon reading the prayers. The sermon was of a practical and interesting character, and delivered in a pleasing style. SUPPER.—Alderman and Mrs. T. Gee invited the whole of tlieir workmen and friends to supper at the Assembly Rooms, last evening (Friday), in celebration of the recent wedding of the ex-Mayor's eldest son. Particulars next week. THE SCHOOL BOARD.—On Thursday a special meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. J. R. Heaton, for the purpose of holding an inter- view with the three candidates for the Love-lane echoolmastership, selected at the last meeting. Mr. Joseph Parry, of Carmel, Holywell, so highly spoken of by Mr. Morgan Owen, was appointed. SPECIAL SERMONS.—On Sunday the anniversary sermons were preached at the Independent Chapei, Swan-lane, Denbigh. The congregations wpre very large, the chapel in the evening being crowded to excess. The special preachers were the Rev. Hugh Jones, Birkenhead, and Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Liverpool. The collections, which were in aid of clearing off the debt incurred by the restoration of the chapel, amounted to .£65, but it was confidently expected that other donations would bring the amount up to JE80. HARVEST FESTIVAL.— The annual festival of thanksgiving fur the harvest was held on Wednes- day, at Llandyrnog. The first service was in English, the sermon Deing preached by the Rev. D. Parker Morgan, M.A.; in the afternoon a meeting was held in the schoolroom, when a short conference of an interesting character was arranged in reference to church music, worship, &c., in which numerous clergy and laity took part. In the evening the service was in Welsh, the preacher being the Very Rev. the Dean of Bangor. The church was crowded, all the services being well attended. Through being market day at Denbigh, many persons from other parishes were precluded from attending. HANDSOME PRESENTATION TO MR. JOHN ROBINSON. A crowded meeting of the townspeople was held on Friday for the purpose of witnessing a very handsome presentation to Mr. John Robinson, the respected clerk and steward of the North Wales Asylum, on his retirement from the offices of hono- rary treasurer and secretary of the Castle, after 26 years' service. Mr. T. Gold-Edwards, chairman of the Castle Committee, presided, supported by Mr. Thomas Hughes, chairman of the Quarter Sessions j Mr. Alderman Gee, MRyor; Teneruble Archdeacon • mart, Captain R. Lloyd-Williams, Mr. J. W. Lloyd, J.P., and other gentlemen. The CHAIRMAN read letters from neighbouring gentlemen, regretting their inability to he present, and expressing the heartiest good wishes for Mr. Robinson. The CHAIRMAN said Mr. Kebinson had been their great nuin •> ,y in re-arranging the Castle grounds, and it was with very great regret that they heard that he considered it was time that he ought to be relieved from the duties of the office. When it wis announced to them, they felt that it. an .importunity for them as a eommittee to tesrify to Mr, Robinson their great appreciation of his valu- able services. A resolution to the effect was passed that they should present him with some small testimonial in recognition of their feelings; but he confessed he had no idea that it would assume the proportions it had done. There seemed to be a general feeling on the part of the towns- people to become associated with the committee in the movement, and most spontaneously, without advertising or effort on the part of the com- mittee, the friends of Mr. Robinson had subscribed a sum which he thought Mr. Robinson would feel was very complimentary to him. (Applause). Before he called upon Mr. Hughes to make the presentation, he would make a few remarks. If there was one man more than another, that Mr. Robinson would prefer to make the presentation, it was Mr. Thomas Hughes, who had very good opportunities of form- ing an opinion of Mr. Robinson's qualities because of his being chairman of the Committee of Visitors to the Asylum. The result was that, when asked, Mr. Hughes most kindly and willingly acceded to the request of the committee to make the presentation. (Applause). As regarded hie own personal feelings towards Mr. Robinson, he may say that he re- membered the day when Mr. Robinson came to reside amongst them; it was a long way above thirty years. His (the speaker's) association with the Castle Committee had given him opportunities of learning Mr. Robinson's sterling worth, and he therefore took the chair that day with feelings of very great pride and pleasnre. (Much applause). Mr. THOHAS HUGHES, who wa. received with great applause, said he would then make the presentation, for he had acceded with the utmost pleasure to the request of the committee conveyed to him, through the chairman, that he would per- form the ceremony of presenting the address he did so, feeling that Mr. Robinson most richly deserved the h mor. Mr. Robinson had resided in the town many years. It had been the town of his adoption from early manhood, and it had ben the place of his residenee ever since, and no man could have shown a greater interest in the welfare of the town than hQ had done. (Applaud). Mr. Hughes then read the following copy of the address:- The following resolutions were unanimously passed at a meeting of the Committee of Management of the Denbigh Castle Grounds, held on the 7th day of April, 1879, on the occasion of the resignation by Mr. John Robinson, of the office of hon. treasurer :—" That the cordial thanks of this meeting be presented to Mr. Robinson for his valuable and unremitting services as honorary treasurer and secretary from the opening of the Castle Grounds as a place of public recreation in 1859, to the present time, and that it be recorded that Mr. Robinson was one of the principal promoters to secure this great boon to the town." That the present is a fitting opportunity for presenting Mr Robinson with a complimentary testimonial in recognition, not only of his valuable services as honorary treasurer and secretary to the Castle Committee for a period of 30 years, but of his zealous and energetic advocacy and support during his residence in Denbigh for 36 years, and of every movement having for its object the improvement and welfare of the town and neighbourhood." These reso- lutions were followed by a voluntary subscription amongst Mr. Robinson's immediate neighbours and friendu, which amounted to above £100. This sum was this day presented to Mr. Robinson at a publie meeting, by Thomas Hughes, Esq., of Ystrad (Chairman of Quarter Sessions), the Chairman of the Committee of Visitors of the North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum, with which Institution Mr. Robinson has been con- nected as clerk and steward fvou its opening in 1843 to to the present time. T. Geø XOWIBCE, Denbigh, Oetobe», 187t. Cbwrnu, Mr. Hughes, continuing, said the address, which (( was a most, charming specimen of art, and most. ( up, with a beautiful view of the ruins of the Castle at the head of it, and to that. wae added a gift of money, which, be elieved, was ¡lbov, .£100. (Applause). He thought Mr. Robin- 1 son Inloade a judicious selection in deciding to that sum paid to him in money-Olear. hear) —rMher than n any ornaiuent- or piece of plate, for that address was of itself quite a. sufficient memo- rial to place in his house and to hand down I to his successors as—what he may well call-an enduring memento of the services he had rendered to the town of Denbigh. (Applause). It waR, indeed, a noble act to endeavour to effect some improvement in the old historic Castle of Denbigh, which so long lay in decay. (Applause). Mr. Robinson, with the taste for which he was known, suggested that it might be put into a state of repair, and having cabled to hs assistance the Chairman and other gentlemen who formed the committee, they set to work, and in the course of years they repcued the building from a state of decay and neglect. All the improvements at the Asylum had tended to raise Mr. Robinson in the estimation of his towns- men, and he was that day reaping the fruit of long and earnest endeavours to benefit the town. (Applause). He did not think he could add anything further, but would now offer the congratulations that he knew it was the wish of the company to offer him, adding that Mr. Robinson was an example of the truth of that noble and generous sentiment— Honour and fame from no condition riso; Act. v ell your part, there all the honour lies. (Much applause). He now had great pleasure in presenting to him, in the name of the subscribers, that beautiful tasteful memorial, which he was sure he would heartily approve of, and he had also to ask his acceptance ef the substantial gift of JB100, which, he was cure, his good sense would turn to a very good account. Handing the gifts to Mr. Robinson, the speaker said, I hope you will long continue in your present sphere of usefulness, and in the esteem and regard of your numerous friends and townsmen." (Applause). Mr. ROBINSON in responding said Mr. Chairman and gentlemen,—I wish I were a speaker, and could find suitable words to express what I feel on this occasion. I little dreamt, when the idea first struck, me 35 years ago, that a better use might b3 made of our magnificent old castle and its grounds than j being the resort of pigs and cattle, that such a transformation would result as we can see this day, and that the efforts of the gentlemen who under- took the work would be so eminently successful. Is it not reward sufficient, sir, to see our wishes realised, and to find our work even more successful than we ventured to eipect. So I thought, and I was happy to resign the duties of my office to a younger and more active successor, who will, I know, maintain what ha ùeen begun, and seek to increase the attractions of our dear old castle. When I am about to retire what is done. They give uie, sir, the unspeakable pleasure of receiving this testimonial from your hands, under whom for so many years it has been mv privilege and pleasure to serve, and from whom I have ever received the kindliest con- sideration and Rympathy in my every day work. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen, I ask you and all who have joined in presenting to me this most handsome testimonial to accept my sincere thanks, and I can assure you that the memory of this days proceedings will be a constant joy to me in my declining years. I cannot "it down without offering a special word of thanks to you, Mr. Mayor (Alderman Thomas Gee), and to my friends, Mr. T. J. Williams and Mr. Ellis Williams, upon whom devolved the labours: connected with that day's proceedings. Now allow me again to sincerely thank you for this expression of your approval of illY work, which it will be my pride to hand down to my children wiien my life's work shall be complete. The MAYOR said he had much pleasure in pro- posing the thanks of the meeting to a gentleman of whom at all times they were proud a. gentleman to whom the county of Denbigh looked up with the highest possible respect; a gentleaian who held the highest position in connection with the institu- tion with which Mr. Robinson had been connected for a great number of years, and a gentleman whose heart he could safely say—as he had known him for a great number of years—was in everything which had the improvement of the people of that town in view, and that gentleman was Mr. Hughes, of Ystrad. (Applause). He had knowm h. Hughes ever since his (the speaker's) childhood, and had always looked up to him with a great deal of res- pect. (Hear, hear). As regarded the object that had brought them together, it had given him great pleasure to propose in committe that the testimonial be presented to Mr. Robin- son Oil the conclusion of his connection with the Castle Committee, and it must be a source of pleasure to all to know that the appeal had been responded to so readily and liberally for, on looking over the list, he found that it contained the names of some 200 of Mr. Robinson's friends and neighbours, and amongst them he could scarcely see a name of a person living outside the borough. (Applause.) There were many testimonials pre- sented, that were not deserved—(hear, hear)—but 20 years of gratuitous services as hon. treasurer and secretary gave Mr. Robinson a claim upon the good feeling of his friends, aud he was glad to find the testimonial so nobly responded to. (Applause.) He concluded by wishing Mr. Robinson long life, expressing the hope that his children, looking upon that beautiful gift, would be glad to follow his example fully, and then proposed the vote of thanks to Mr. Hughes. The Venerable Archdeacon SMART secondad the vote of thanks, endorsing all that the Mayor had said. Mr. HUGHES, who was deeply moved by the cordial reception he received, feelingly responded, and proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, Mr. Gold Edwards. Mr. E. T. JONES seconded the motion. The m ti.yn was cordully received. T ie CHAI«MAN ivr>ed, and stid he ht-I not baen 'ssocia e wirli auytrdag that had given him greater pleasure than this testimonial. He thought- the younger men of the town should take up the ques- tion of the swimming baths. The illuminated address was a most magnificent specimen of art; the splendidly illuminated border was choice and artistic in the extreme, whilst the lettering was very pretty, and surmounted by a fine view of the old castle, the whole forming a most pleasing and elegant present. It was richly mounted, and placed in a massive gilt frame. COUNTY MAGISTRATES' COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before Mr. W. D. W. Griffith, and the Rev. R. H. Howard. EXCISE PROSEOUTIOIT. John Evant, Nantglyn, quarry proprietor, WM summoned for using a trap without having a licence to do so, having been repeated by caution. The case was proved by Mr. Thompson, shewing that it had not been used solely for trade purposes. Fined in the mitigated penalty of B5. A WOMAN'S TONGUE. Sarah Wynn, of Llandyrnog, was summoned by John Davies, Llandyrnog, for using language calculated to commit a breach of the peace; accusing him of stealing a duck and other things. It seemed that the woman had made use of similar statements and had givea written apology for it. Adjourned till next court for defendant's attendance. II REDTAPEIBK" EXTRAORDINARY. A bundle of correspondence was produced by Mr. J. Parry Jones, the magistrates' clerk, in reference to an alleged case of foot and mouth disease amongst sheep. It seemed that the correspondence had been going on since October 16th, between the Clerk of the Peace for Carnarvonshire and the Clerk of the Council in London, and then between them and the Clerk of the Peace of Denbigh; and the amusing portion of the affair was that whilst this correspondence had been going on the disease had died out. Such was now the statement of Inspector (P.C. Richards), who said all the infected sheep had died, and the others were all healthy; so that it was now agreed that the matter could drop. BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT. FBIDAY.—Before the Mayor (Alderman T. Gee), Captain R. Lloyd Williams, and Thomas Evans, Esq. VIOLENTLY ASSAULTING A WIFE. Wittiam Parry, butcher, High-street, Denbigh, wa. summoned by his wife for violently assaulting her. The defendant did not appear. The defendant, Parry, was brought up in custody on Saturday morning, when Mr. R. H. Roberts appeared for complainant. Defendant applied for an adjourn- ment for a fortnight in order to get a solicitor. Mr. K H. Roberts opposed the adjournment. The Bench censured the defendant for not appearing in answer to the summons, but granted an adjournment until Monday morning. He then appeared, and answered the summons. His wife was represented by Mr. R. H. Roberts, who prayed for a separation; Mr. M. Louis appeared for defendant. It was stated that the parties had come to an arrange- ment to live apart; the agreement drawn up giving the wife the whole of the furniture and effects, &c., but she applied for no weekly allowance. The Mayor wanted to know what protection the woman would have from defendant'* violence and interference. Mr. Louis would admit all the facta necessary to give the Court power. Eventually it was agreed that the agreement mutually arranged should remain in force for a month, and that the Court should then have power to order a judicial separation under the necessary Aot of Parliament. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor, Alderman T. Gee, Dr. A. E. Turnour, and Mr. Thomaa Evans. A TKAKP. William Taylor, a tramp, who said he worked last in Kftaoheeter, had a locked up on Saturday for beg* ging, in Park-street, by P.C. Wynne. Committed to gaol tor seven days without hard labour. ALLESED WATCK STEALING. Job Williams, licensed hawker, Pontypridd, a well- dressed y man, was charged with stealing a watch, belonging to Peter Lewid, on Saturday, November 8th, 1879. Peter Lewis, carter, Broomhill-lane, said he was re- turning from Nannerch on Saturday evening last, and on Poutruffydd-hill he looked at his watch. When he came near home he found that he had lost his watch. Identified the watch now produced by Sergeant Lewis, excepting that there was a glass on it then. It is a lever watch, and he gave £4 4s. for it. He turned back, and met the prisoner and Robert Lewis asked prisoner had he seen a watch, and he said No, I have a watch I'll sell yon," and pulled a watch out, but didn't think it was his. Went on to Pontrufiydd, but failed to find the watch. On his return went to pri- soner's house, but found he had gone to Rhyi. He re- turned by the ten o'clock train, but prisoner denied having it. The prisoner now said he had been out trying to sell cloth they went into the public-htmse. Lay down on some things, and drank 9d. worth of brandy and as they came along he kicked the watch, but refused to give it up, because he recognised the owner as a man that had refused to give him a lift. He had no inten- tention of stealing, and should have iven it up, only the woman made such a fuss about it, and went to his respectable lodgings about it. He had made up his mind to put the watch back in the exact place that he found it on the road. The Mayor said they would have been glad, for the prisoner's sake, if thsy could have let him off without going to gaol, but the interests of the public would not allow it. He should have given it up at once, and not have denied the offence. They felt, however, that it was not an aggravated offence, and it would be met with seven days' imprisonment. ALLEGED ASSAULT. A summons had been issued against Edward Jones, blacksmith, Love-lane, for assaulting Miriam Pierce, but it was dismissed on payment of costs. TRANSFER OF J,rcENC.. Thomas Adams, owner applied for the transfer of the j licence of the Foresters A:'ms Inn, Vale-street; but Sergt. Lewis said Supt. Tlld. had instructed him to oppose the application, inasmuch as the house was not so well conducted when Adams had it before, he had been convicted in that court of drunkenness in his own house. Besides which Mrs. Adams had been living I apart from her husband in Liverpool, and the police would require particulars as to her recent places of abode. Mrs. Adams said she had been living in only two houses during that time, and in her own name, she gave particulars. It was agreed to adjourn the case for a week and Mr. T. Ellis from the office of Mr. John Davies (solicitor), who appeared on behalf of Mr. J. Jones, the outgoing tenant consented that the licence should for that week continue in his name. VOTE OF THANKS TO THE CHIEF MAGISTRATE. This being the last sitting of the Mayor as Chief Magistrate, Mr. T. EVANS said I rise to propose a vote of thanks to you, air, for your past services in this court, during the last two years. I am sure you have always shown great courtesy to your brother magistrates and the officials connected with this court, and at all times your decisions have been satisfactory alike creditable to yourself and to all parties concerned. (Applause). Dr. TURNOUR As senior magistrate of the court I have the greatest possible pleasure in seconding that vote of thanks. It is unnecessary for me to add one single word to the appropriate remarks of .Mr. Evans, though can endorse all that has been said as to your impartiality, and your very great readiness to attend at all times to the business. (Hear, hear). It is, I am sure, a great regret to us that the Mayor retires, but we shall hope, though he has finished his duties as Chief Magistrate, to have his services as ex-Mayor for the next twelve months. (Applause). The MAYOR said he heartily thanked them for their kind expressions of good feeling, and he particularly wished to thank Mr. Parry Jones, jun., for the kind feeling he had shown at all times during the conduct of the business of the court, and he hoped he would live for many years to discharge the duties. (Hear, hear). He thanked the police, referring especially to Mr. Tudge and Sergeant Lewis. He hoped his successor would be welcomed as kindly as he had been, and he believed he would. (Applause). WEDNESDAY.—Before the Mayor (Councillor E. T. Jones), and the ex-Mayor (Alderman Gee). A DRUNKEN WOMAN. Margaret William, of Holyhead, a wretched looking woman, was charged with drunken and disorderly conduct. Sergeant Lewis explained that the woman had in the last three days had three different men, and she now asserted that the last of the three was her husband. She was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, but was 2s. 3d. short of the required amount, though it was said that the last man would pay the balance.



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