Llandudno and Vale of Conway Teachers Association. A MEETING of the above association was held in the Higher Grade Schools, Colwyn Bay, on Saturday last. Mr Roberts, Glanwyddyn, pre- sided, and among those present were Messrs Griffiths (Colwyn Bay), M. Evans (Colwyn), James Jones (Colwyn Bay), Mulholland (Eglwys- fach), Charles Jones and Thomas (Penmaen- mawr), Hughes (Llysfaen), Tegarty (sec-e. tarv), and a number of ladies.—It was stated by the Secretary that the executive of the N.U.T. intended to take a census of the teachers in the district, and he had received a number of the requisite forms.—Mr Griffiths, headmaster of the Higher Grade School, was entered on the agenda to read a paper on the "Botany of the District" —a subject on which he is a iecognised h^cal authority. Unfortunately, for some wt-ki past IMr Griffiths had been ill, and unable to write the paper for the occasion. A vote of sympathy with Mr Griffiths was carried unanimously.—The Secretary read the report of the delegates to the Easter Conference at Bristol, indicating that after the presidential address, the result of the election of vice-president was carried. Two days were devoted to the discussion of the Education Bill, when the debate was almost whollv confined to London members.—A meeting of the Welsh teachers was held, when it was decided that Wales ought to be treated as England was under the Bill, i.e., it was the opinion of those present that the County Gov- erning Bodies of the intermediate schools were not the proper authorities to control elementary education, and that it would mean making two distinct grades of schools. A strong resolution was also carried protesting against "two columns A and B in the teacher's register." During the week the delegates for this approached several large associations with a view to obtaining their support for the conference of 1904 at Llandudno, and in every case support was freely promised. —After a hearty vote of thanks was given to the delegates for their report it was resolved to send a strong protest to Mr Lloyd George, Mr Herbert Roberts, and other members of Parlia- ment against the A and B columns in the teacher's register, as it was unfair to graduates working in elementary schools.—With regard to y t, the holding of the conference in Llandud'no in 1904 it was decided, on the proposition of Mr Sam Jones, seconded by Mr Mulholland, to ap- point a deputation to wait on the Council and place before that body the advantages of the proposed visit.—It meant something like £ io,ooo being spent in the Easter week.—A proposition by Mr Tegarty that Wales should be treated like England under the Bill fell through, the opinion of the majority present being evidently in favour of the Bill as it stood.-Several teachers ex- pressed their thorough confidence in the County Governing Bodies, and said they would like to work under them.—It was decided to invite several gentlemen to read papers during the coming year on subjects outside school teaching, so as to widen the teachers outlook.—A capital tea was provided by the teachers of the Higher Grade School, the proceeds of which went to the N.U.T. charities. j j +
Rhyl Petty Sessions. THE above sessions were held on Tuesday, be- fore Dr. Eyton Lloyd, Messrs T. Morgan Owen, J. Foulkes, R. C. Enyon, W. H. Coward, &i d J. H. Ellis. Licensing. On the application of Mr Joseph Lloyd, the licence of the Liverpool Arms, Wellington-- ) >r:, was transferred from Mrs Margaret Lunt 10 Mr Ernest Alexander Ivy, of the Central Hotel, Derby. A Cruel Boy. Arthur King, a, boy aged 12, Bryntirion Farm, Rhyl, was summoned for illtreating a donkey, by beating it in Russel-road, Rhyl. Mr John Aidney, hon. secretary of the local branch of the S.P.C.A., deposed to seeing the defendant prodding the animal with a stick. He then commenced to beat it violently, and con- tinued to do so for a long distance. Defendant gave witness a wrong name and address when he accosted him. The lad said he was sorry he had illtreated the anim'al, and after being admonished by the chairman, was fined 2s 6d and costs. "The Best Horse in Wales." A SCOTCH VERDICT. Edward Burke, Vale-road, Rhyl, was charged with working a horse in an unfit state at Rhyl. Inspector Rowland Jones said the animal ap- peared to be very lame. It was aged, and suffer- ing from sprained tendons of old standing, and in poor condition. The knees were almost touching the ground. For the defence, Mr Jas. Lloyd said the horse was not lame. It had been working daily, and had been passed several times by the prosecutor. The Chester inspector had ;also met the horse, and taken no notice of it. There were no sores on the body, and it was not a case of wanton cruelty. He submitted that as no complaints had been made to him defendant should have been. cautioned. Burke in giving evidence, on his own behalf, said the horse was' kept better than a child. (Laughter). It mi'gbt 'not win, a (Derby, but he was as good as one. (Laughter). The Chairman: What is the name of the horse? Defendant: Ben, sir, the best horse in Wales. (Laughter). The Chairman: The case is not proven; a Scotch verdict. Disorderly Vale Roadites. SARAH HOLLINGSWORTH IN A NEW ROLE. Thomas Jones, 42, Vale-road, Rhyl, was fined 2S 6d and costs for being drunk and disorderly. For a similar offence and refusing to quit the Prince of Wales Hotel, Vale-road, Phil. Dykins, another Vale-road resident, was fined 5s and ïS 6d costs. Sarah Hollingsworth, a lady who is well-known to the police, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Vale-road. The officer described the conduct of the defendant, who struck him on the collar-bone with a heavy boot, inflicting a black bruise, and spat in his face. She used language not fit for a dog to hear. "In order to show what state she was in," said witness, "she went to the wooden paling for a brick." (Laughter). Defendant, who volubly denied the offence, was fined 2s 6d and 8s 6d costs. Richard Jones, 15, St. Helens-place, Rhyl, was also fined 10s including costs for drunkenness.
A Colwyn Bay Photographer's Action. "The Coming Place of Wales." AT the Carnarvonshire Assizes, held on Saturday, before Mr Justice Jelf, James Leach, photographer, of Colwyn Bay, and formerly of Carnarvon, brought an action against the Pictorial Stationery Company, London, to recover the sum of £ 73 2s. Mr E. J. Griffith, M.P., appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Ralph Bankes for the defendants. Mr Griffith, in opening the case, said that the claim was for 62 negatives, at a guinea apiece. The plaintiff also asked for [10 10s. travelling ex- penses incurred in taking photographs. This made a total of £ 75 12S. The defendants, however, had paid £2 ios., thus leaving £73 2s., the amount claimed. The defendants admitted that there was an agreement to supply photographs, but they maintained that the plaintiff had not adhered to the agreement. They said that the work of the plaintiff was not of the quality they required, that it was not completed in reasonable time, that they were entitled to reject what they did not want, and that ios. per photograph, which was the price they paid for the five photographs they accepted, was sufficient. Counsel read a large number of letters which had passed between the plaintiff and the defendants. In these the plaintiff was instructed to take yiews of Penmaenmawr, the summit of Snowdon, Capel Curig, and other places in Carnar- vonshire, together with Colwyn Bay "showing plenty of life." The first letter was written by the defendants to the plaintiff on the 20th June, 1901. They required views of Snowdon and the district, and they stipulated that the work was to be quite equal to specimens enclosed. In the months fol- lowing the plaintiff worked as hard as he could upon the photographs, thirty-one of which, up to a certain date in September, had been specially ordered by the defendants, though the plaintiff was at liberty to provide others. A great deal of expense had been incurred by the plaintiff in taking the photographs. In all he had made 54 professional visits to different places, and for all this he was only charging Cio ios. In December, Mr Keep, the managing director of the defendant Company, paid a visit to Carnarvon and saw the plaintiff at his studio. He,took away a number of photographs, and not a word of complaint was made, but in January the plaintiff received a letter stating that the Company had accepted five of his photographs, and offered him £2 ios. for all the trouble he had taken. James Leach, plaintiff, gave evidence in support of counsel's statement. He was severely cross- examined by Mr Bankes with reference to certain letters he had written to the defendants. In one of these he said: I have almost given up business in this rotten hole (Carnarvon). It is my intention to go to Colwyn Bay, which is the coming place of Wales. It has been a false step on my part to come here, as the people here are certainly the most low, drunken, filthy wretches in the world, and treacherous beyond any. Why, the Boers are not in it with them." In another letter he stated that he would do first-class work, and straight- forward dealing, but not the Carnarvon Christian style of treatment." Isaac Slater, photographer, Llandudno, said that he had examined the photographs prepared by the plaintiff for the defendants, and considered that they were up to the average, with the exception of six or seven. If he got an order to take a view of the summit of Snowdon he could not guarantee in what time he could execute the work, A photo- grapher might have to go up many times before he would be successful in taking a photograph. I. was very difficult to take photographs of some of the places mentioned in the letters written to the plaintiff. He (witness) had been five times to Capel Curig with the object of taking a photograph, but each visit was fruitless. John Wickens, photographer, Bangor, tendered evidence to show that 90 per cent. of the plaintiff's photographs were equal to the specimens which the defendant Company had sent to the plaintiff. He thought that one guinea per negative was a very reasonable charge to make. Mr Ralph Bankes, addressing the jury for the defence, commented upon the letters which the plaintiff had written to the defendants denouncing the people of Carnarvon, and said that a man who described his neighbours as low, dishonest, filthy, and traitors, could not be altogether relied upon. The plaintiff had never sent the defendants any proofs of his photographs, and though it was agreed that the photographs should he finished by a definite time, a the end of November, not one had been delivered. The defendants wished to have the photographs by a certain date, but when they were received it was too late, and under the circum- stances the defendants were entitled to reject what they did not want. Mr W. Keep, managing director of defendant company, said that among the 61 negatives sent to London by the plaintiff there were several views which he had never ordered. It was absolutely necessary for him to have the views by a certain time, in order that he might show them to his customers, but when he paid a visit to Carnarvon and saw the plaintiff he found that the prints were unfinished. Consequently, he had to find prints where he could to show his customers. The usual price charged for prints was from 5s to ios.— Cross-examined In a letter written to the plaintiff the latter was blamed in part for the delay. Mr-Griffith Who else do you blame ? Do you blame Providence ?-No. The Judge The clerk of the weather. (Laugh- ter.) J. Kinsley, photographer, Carnarvon, said that some of the photographs-and he had seen 51— were good, and some were bad.—Cross-examined: He admitted that 75 per cent were good. The Judge, in summing up, said that the trans- action wasi not a business like one. There was a looseness in the way the matter had been carried out, and this might have accounted for the differ- ence between the parties. The jury awarded the plaintiff £ 50 damages. 0
Annual Visit to Cowlyd Lake. THE members of the Conway and Colwyn Bay Joint Water Supply Board and others, to the number of about 35, paid their annual visit to Llyn Cowlyd on Thursday last. Travelling to Bettws-y-Coed by early train the party drove thence to Capel Curig in brakes. The regulation room was visited as usual and everything was found in excellent order. The return journey was made by way of Dolgarrog to the Chalybeate Wells, and Trefriw. At the Belle Vue Hotel a sumptuous repast was provided, Mr George Bevan, Colwyn Bay, presiding, proposed the future success of the Board, coupling with it the names of the Deputy Mayor of Conway (Mr James Porter) Mr G. O. Jones, chairman of the Conway Rural District Council and Mr J. Dicken, Colwyn Bay. The toast was duly honoured and responded to. Con- veyed afterwards to Llanrwst Railway Station, the party entrained for home.
—— A revised financial statement for 1902-3, issued this week as a Parliamentary paper, places the estimated expenditure at ^176,359,000, and revenue f 152,435,000, showing a deficit of Z23,924,000, which will be met out of the pro- ceeds of a Consols loan of ^29,920,000. This leaves ^5,996,000 available for contingencies and redemption of unfunded debt.
Peace Celebrations. Thanksgiving Services at Conway. IN nearly every church in Conway special refer- ences were made last Sunday to the news of peace. A special service was held at the Parish Church in the morning, the Volunteers, under Captain Tux- ford and Lieutenant Thomas, parading. The church was filled, and the service throughout was of a most impressive character. Opening with the singing of the National Anthem, in which the con- gregation heartily joined, the Vicar (the Rev J. P. Lewis), assisted by the Rev R. Roberts, conducted the service. The Vicar's Sermon. The Rev J. P. Lewis took his text from Colossians iii., 15, and said they were gathered together that morning to express their gratitude to Almighty God for the restoration of peace. Their brethren across the seas-their colonists in Canada, Austra- lia, and South Africa-were joining them that day before the Throne of Grace as heartily as their representatives joined them in the clash of arms. That day Boer and Briton were joining hands and hearts in thankful praise around their camp fires. The heart of the Empire was that day overflowing with the tenderest emotions of joyful thankfulness to God for His continued goodness to them as a nation. England in the past had been in the van of Christianity and civilisation. Her national position as a world-wide power eminently fitted their Empire to be the instrument of God for the emancipation of man and evangelisation of the world. Commercially, politically, and linguistically they seemed to be destined to fulfil a nobler role still in the future as the pioneers of Christianity and civilisation. When a war broke out no one could tell how far it would spread over time or territory. It was like a devastating fire; it tended to extend itself, fanned by the fury of human passions, and few realised how near they were to imminent disaster and consequent intervention with all its entanglements. They were thankful for a peace that had brought no dishonour to victor or van- quished, and peace had come to usher in a new era of a consolidated, united, peace-loving, king- honouring commonwealth in South Africa. They congratulated those men of the district who had returned to their homes, and they thanked God for it. With regard to those who had laid down their lives, they would, if they could that day on Peace Sunday, lay a wreath to their memory. As the Volunteers and congregation left the church, Mr Hugh G. Brereton played the National Anthem. At St. Agnes' Church in the evening, the Rev R. Roberts conducted a special thanksgiving service. Special hymns were sung, and Mr Roberts preached an appropriate sermon. The congregation was a fairly large one. Z!1 The Nonconformist Churches. The Congregationalists were favoured with a visit from their old former popular pastor, the Rev T. D. Jones, now of Bodringallt. Mr Jones preached an eloquent sermon, though there was in it no direct reference to peace; but his prayer was couched in thanks at so glorious a termination to an awful and never to-be-forgotten war. The Rev Wm. Davies, of Glan Conway, officiated at the Baptist Church in the absence of the pastor (Rev Wm. Edwards). Mr Davies also referred in touching terms to the national event. 6 Free Churches' United Service. The Free Churches in Conway held a special thanksgiving service at the Wesleyan Church on Monday evening. There was a large congregation. The Rev E. Jones-Humphreys conducted, and the Rev T. D. Jones (Congregationalist), Mr E. P. Hughes (Wesleyan), Rev Wm. Edwards (Baptist), and Mr Wm. Edwards (Calvinistic Methodist) con- tributed the service, which was of a most devout character. Special hymns were sung. The Rev Stephen Gladstone's Utterance. The Rev Stephen Gladstone, preaching to a crowded congregation in Hawarden Church on Sunday morning, said the war was over and had passed into history. Whether we viewed it as a triumph or a tragedy we must be thankful that both sides had laid down their arms, and under terms which did honour to both. War might be in the last resort inevitable, yet it was one of the greatest scourges of mankind. Rightly or wrongly our statesmen made the war, but it was the soldier and his home, the poor, the innocent children who suffered. They might not all follow him in his heartfelt desire that the day might come when, to our honour and interest and to the Boers, it might be possible to give them back, if they should wish it, that gift of freedom which was our own greatest pride and blessing, and for which they had so nobly striven.
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Markets and Fairs. CHESTER CATTLE, Thursday.—Smaller fairs and better growing weather again sharpen. ed the demand at this fair, and both for store and dairy cattle trade was good and prices high. It was only for poor lots that any difficulty was found in obtaining purchasers. The sheep con. sisted principally of white-faced and horned Irish wethers, but business in this department did not share in the activity of the cattle side. Prices :—Milch cows, £ 14. to £ 23; calvers, £13 to £ 20; barrens, [10 to £ 14; heifers, £8 to £ 15 stirks, £6 to Zio. CHESHIRE BUTTER AND EGG.—Liberal supply of home dairy produce at all markets. Average business doing. Stockport (Friday) butter, is and is 2d per lb. eggs, 12 and 13 for a, shilling. Altrincham (Tuesday) butter is 2d per lb. eggs, 13 for is. Macclesfield (Tuesday): Butter, nd to is id per lb.; eggs 14 and 15 for is. Crewe (Friday) butter, nd to is id per lb. eggs, 13 for I s. Sand- bach (Thursday): Butter, is to is 2d per lb. eggs, 13 for is. Conigleton: Butter, is 2d per lb. eggs, 12 and 13 for I s. Northwich: Butter, is and is id per lb. eggs, 12 and 13 for is. Nantwich Butter, is id and is 2d per lb. eggs, 14 and 15 for is. Knutsford: Butter, is id to is 3d per lb. eggs, 14 for is. Run. corn: Butter, is 2d per lb.; eggs, 12 for is. Chester: Butter, is id per lb.; eggs, 13 and 14 for is. DENBIGH, Wednesday.—Fresh butter, iod to 11 d per lb. salt butter, gd to iod per lb. fowls, 4s 6d to 5s 6d per couple ducks, 6s to 7s per couple eggs, 14 to 16 for is. LLANRWST, Tuesday.—There was a good at- tendance. The following were the prices Eggs, 16 a is; butter, iod to is per lb.; lamb, is per lb. Meat as usual. Pigs, 20S to 25s each. NANTWICH CHEESE, Thursday.—Mr R. Challinor, secretary of the Cheshire Farmer's Dairy Association, reports as follows :The fair opened with a pitch of about 50 tons. Buyers were in attendance from all the principal centres of the trade. Business commenced with a good enquiry for the best lots, which sold readily at prices from 50s to 55s., and medium down to 48s. The tone of the market was good, nearly all the lots being cleared within an hour. Compared with last year the pitch was slightly less, while prices were a shade better."