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RUTHIN. THE COCOA ROOMS in V ile-street, are to be opened shortly by the kind intervelÓon of Miss Cunliffe and Miss Gibson. COMING-OF AGE FESTIVITIES.—We understand tW the festivities on tho occasion of the coming-of-age of Edward O. V. Llovd. of Ber'h and Rhigitt, E-q, will take place on the 21st instant, in consequence of the fair at Ruthin being on the 20^h. HIGHWAY BOARD.—This met on Monday, Mr M. Louis in the chair. Certain trusts in the district being about to expire, it was agreed that the gates at Nantyaarth and Llysfasi be taken down, and instructions given to Mr E. Humphreys, the surveyor, to that effect. It was agreed that the Rev Mr Jones, rector of Llan- elidan, should pay 2s 6,1 yearly as an acknowledgement of an encroachment upon certain land in connection with the Four Crosses gate in Llanarmon parish. WATER COMPANY'S MEETING.—The half-yearly meet- ing of the shareholders of Ruthin Water Company was held on Saturday, under the presidency of Mr W. Low, J.P., Wrexham. The chairman congratulated the com- pany on the excellent balance sheet and report they had to show, and moved that the statement of accounts for the half-year ending June 30, and the report of the directors, which had been circulated, be adopted. This was seconded by Mr John Jones, and carried. Mr J. Jones moved that a dividend of four per cent on ordinary capital, and one of five per cent, on preference capital, be declared payable thar day, less income tax. Seconded hv Mr R G. Joyce, and carried. On the motion of Mr Isaac Williams seconded by Mr W. T. Rouw, a vote of thanks was passed to the chairman. Toe report of the directors announced that the revenue of the company is gradually increasihEr. The balance available for dividend amounted to £200 7a 7d, which enabled the directors to recommend a dividend at the rate of four per cent. per annum on the original share capital; this after payment of five per cent, dividend on the preference sharjs, left a balance of £23 4s lid to be carried forward to next account. The new reservoir and filter beds are progres- sing satisfactorily, and it is expected that they will be completed in about. two months. CONCERT AT DERWEN.—On Friday evening last a truly rural concert was given at Derwen in aid of the National School funds. The chairman, Mr Jones, of Oaklanc's, Ruthin, in a humorous speech pointed out tho necessity for supporting the school rather than itshoJuld be handed over to a school board. Derwen was one of the few parishes in this neighbourhood which haseic iped, so far, that expensive machinery. He said it was all owing to some little tailor or other who ruled the:o>st thatLlan- fair parish possessed a schoolboard (laughter). He thought it highly credit.b'e to the vicar of Dnven that he was able to miinfam the school upon voluntary principles. The programme was slightly altered (on account of there being no accompanist) for Eos Maelcr, of Bangor Ca'hedral, who was loudly encored. A harmonium, the lungs of which were slightly affected, Was brought into requisition and accompanied the children who sang three excellent choruses. Mr Isaac Jonei sung some songs and pellJiliion with harp accompaniment] Mr John Davies and party were listcUJd to with much appreciation, the blending of tho voices were something marvellous for a vdiage. Miss M. Williams also took part in the pfogramm». Mr Lewis Jones, Ruthin, under- took the conductor-hip.—Much credit is due'to Mr Thomas, the schoolmaster, for his untiring exertions on behalf of the school, and the 'rouble be must hive taken to provide sucn an enjoyable entertainment- There was a large and fashionable audience, many having come from Ruthin. DVP-AYN CLWVD DEANERY AND DIOCESAN SOCIETY. In this deanery of 1G parishes, two or three of which are the richest in the diocese, only J661 8s 7d was last year subscribed to the four dioceian societies, two or threo of which are as Mr Ashley and Mr Mainwaring put it, in the melancholy condition of languishing for want of sup- port.—To begin with, five of the parishes do not trouble themselves to contribute anything, namely, Clocaenog, Llangwfan, Lianginhafel, Llanychan, Prion. Whilst in eleven of the parishes hero is no church offertory tor the societies. Derweu sends £1 10s, omitting altogether Church Building and Caurch Exten- sion.—Efenechtyd sen is £3 12", but omits the education fund.—Gyffylliog seat £1 1. neglecting the Church Building and Extension Societies, but the parish is not very advantageously situated—Llanbedr sends £5 103 6J divided amongst the four societies, but £4: 4i is given by the vicar himself.—Llandvrnog sends G" but omits the Education Fund and the Church Extension has no offertory and only two subscribers in the parish.—Llan- elidan contributes £8 Is Id by two subscribers and offer- tory.—Llanfair, there is no offertory, no support g.ven to the Church Bail ling or Extension Societies, and only two .subscribers contributing a total of £2 Is.—Llan- fwrog sends £12 Is 61 from four subscribers to the Widow and Orphans' and Church Building Society leaving the two o'her societies without help. No offer- tory made.—Llanrhaiadr sent, £5 2s, onlv the Board of Education being neglected altogether.—Llanynvs con- tributed £5 3s 6d, but nothing to the Education Board. —Ruthin sends £ 11, but strange to say no offertory is made and the amount, mentioned is given by four sub- scribers to only two of the societies, the Church Exten- sion and Board of Education being left entirely without, support. Out of 16 parishes in the deanery we find there are 11 that send nothing to the Board of Eluca- tion, 11 give no help to the Church Ex ension, 8 no help to the Church Building, and 5 no help to the Widows and Orphans. Judging by the speeches at the chapter meetings we fdncv Mr Scott Bmkes would lecture the clergy and Mr Ashley the laity of this deauery. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. MONDAY.—Present, the Hev. the Warden, chairman Mr W. Pickstone, vice-chairmau; Mr T. Htfghrs, Ystrad Mr Marcus Louis, Mr John Jenkins, Mr W. Davies, Llysfasi; Mr E. Jones, Mr T. Williams, &c. STATISTICS.—Number in the house, 12 against 74 last year vagrants relieved during the fortnight, 24.-0ut- reliet m Ruthin district to 210 applicants, .£60 5s; in Llanrhaiadr district to 143 recipients, £37. Treasurer's balance, £1,286 lis Id. THE BOARD ROOM—The stranga alterations which we have previously remarked upon, again came in for a share of attention, the views expressed not veing very eulogistic of the alteration. Mr T. Hughes said it was far too high for the length and breadth.—Others re- marked that the echo was considerable.—Mr Louis thought that could be remedied by some wires across the room.—Af!ev some more conversation, the subject dropped but if the room is not as cold and uncom- fortable as a barn in winter we thall be greatiy deceived. THE VAGRANTS—Once again these unfortunates oc- cupied the time of the board, the discussion being whether it was lawful to m tke them break stones or do other work before they bad any supper.—Mr Louis said that the master was now getting men to do their work better, and he saw no necessity for the erection of the cages which he spoke about some weeks ago. Eventually the following motion was parsed with a view of getting it sanctioned by the Local Government Board :—Moved by Mr Louis that the vagrants be allowed no food until they had broken such a qaantity of stone or done such other work as the master or matron thought fif, and that the clerk prepare a set of rules for the house in relative to the matter. OTHER BUSINESS.—Several persons were ordered to be prosecuted for non-maintenance of parents.—Tne deed as to the purchase of the land by Mr Louis, was finally settled. -1 jjreed to repair the boundary wall near Llanrhydd-street, though there was some little doubt as to whether it belonged to the workhouse nor not. SCARLET FEVER IN THE DISTRICT.—The Medical Officer cf Health (Dr. W. D. Jones) in his report said that two cases of scarlet fever had terminftfd fatally in the district, one in Lianfair parish, which had without doubt been imported from Liverpool, and the other in the parish of Ltanfwrog, ia which the patient (a child) was only ill about two days. The mill house where this occurred was in a bad sanitary condit on, very damp, and quite unfit for habitation. There had been during the first month of the quarter a severe epidemic of measles, but no deaths oc-urred. With these ex- ceptions the district was healthy.





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