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DENBIGH. I THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL. I The Committee to whom the scheme for the regula- tion and management of the Denbigh Grammar School waa referred at the public meeting held in the Town Hall, on the 17th inst., met at 5 p.m. on Tuesday last. The following were present :—Thomas Gold Edwards, Esq., chairman; T. Mainwaring, Esq, M. P. Thomas Hugbes, Esq., Ystrad; the Mayor; J. C. W. Edward, Esq.; M. Smith, Esq, R. Williams, Esq., Rev. L. Lewis, rector, Rev. R. Myddleton, Dr. Turnour, Dr. Pierce, T. Gee, Eil., J. Preece, Esq., N. P. Bank; F. Wynne, Esq., li ev. B. Williams, Messrs. M. Smith, Park- street; J. Robinson, E. T. Jones, T. J. Williams, H. Davies, William Morris, T. G. Lunt, &c. The Chairman said the committee had been called together in consequence of a resolution parsed at a pub- lic meeting, and he was glad to witness such a large attendance. They would proceed at once to discuss the scheme. There appeared to be only three or four de- batable clauses in it, but he would read them all if it was the pleasure of the meeting. It was agreed to consider all the clauses in succession. They are as follows (the words between brackets being the amendments proposed at a previous meeting of the committer) Appointment of Trustees. What qualification 1 1. The Mayor of the Borough of Denbigh and the Rector of the Parish of Denbigh respectively, and their respective successors for the time being, in right and tenure of their respective Offices, and five other duly qualified persons, resident in the parish of Denbigh, or within the distance of seven [within four] miles from the Church thereof [Town Hall, Denbigh], shall be the Trustees of the School and its endowments. Mr. Preece proposed and the Mayor seconded that the clause be left as amended. Mr. Thomas Hughes—What does duly qualified" mean ? The Chairman—Qualified by residence we think. Mr. Gee said that it appeared to him that the duties of managing the trust and conducting the school, accord- ing to the scheme, were mixed together, and the effect of that would be to make the working of the scheme a good deal more cumbrous than it otherwise need be. He wished the trust and school to be conducted as indepen- dently as possible of the interference of the charity Commissioners. The trust was worth XOO a year in round numbers, and it appeared to him that all the Charity Commissioners had to do was to see that the mouey was applied to the education of a certain number of children, and also to see that they were instructed in the principles of the church of England. Those he pre- sumed were the intentions of the persons who issued this charity. But he should like to know if it was not pos- sible to divide the scheme into two sections one section having reference to the charity itself, and the other section to the management of the school generally. He would also suggest that a body of trustees be appointed to manage the charity, and another distinct body of governors to manage the school. He desired the trust to be disposed of in the same way as Dr. Darnel Wil- liams's trust. Dr. Williams had endowed several schools in the principality with £ 20 or £ 25 a year, and up in a late period it had been the custom for independent minis- ters to educate the children in the peculiar principles of their connection. Of late years the children of this foundation were educated in the British Schools, which received £ 18 a year from the charity. A portion of the endowment was also paid to independent ministers for giving religious instruction to the children at a time that did not interfere with school hours. This principle had been found to work well, and he did not see why it could not be worked equally as well in the case of the Denbigh Grammar School. He understoood that the original deed provided that the children should be taught in the principles of the Church of England, and to be taken to church twice every Sunday. Mr. Thomas Hughes—That provision has never been carried out. The Town Clerk read the terms of the original deed. Mr. Myddleton—Originally there were two sets of trustees-the Mayor and Corporation of Denbigh for a portion of the property, and myself and others for the other portion. Mr. Thomas Hughes—Were the Charity Commis- sioners cognizant of the rules contained in the deed when they framed this scheme ? The Chairman—Yes; they are published in the Blue Book. Mr. Smith-It seems to me that the scheme proposed by Mr. Gee is almost like a joint-stock comoauy. This scheme to begin with is a small thing to be divided. The Mayor-As far as I can see, Mr. Gee, seems to want the money to be given to the British School or any other school. Mr. Gee—We are going to establish a school for this trust, and the Charity Commissiouera must approve of it. The Rector—The Howell's School in Denbigh is managed by two bodies of governors, one in London and the other here, an arrangement which I think has been detrimental to the success of the Institution. (Hear, hear.) I certainly object to more thau one body having the control of this trust. Mr. William Morris—I do not think thai it is such a gigantic scheme as to require more than one body to govern it. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Gee-'I'he management of the Howell's School is not a case in point, because the trustees under this scheme and according to my suggestion would be i he sole managers of the trust, and they should b u-gain for the education of a certain number of r-aildren. The* governors would receive the money and apply it to the purposes of the school. The Town Clerk.—I cannot see that auy advantage would arise from Mr. Gee's pIau. The Chairman—Mr. Gee's plan is a fundamental ob- jection to the scheme. Mr. Gee-If we are really gqing to establish a school to be called the Denbigh Grammar School, we ought to establish it upon as broad a l»asis as possible. If we have come here to establish^ school in connection with the Church of England under cover of the original deed I can understand it, but if otherwise let us agree to esta- blish one on broad principle- (Hear, hear.) | Mr. Thomas Hughes-I cannot understand how these objections have arisen; they never arose in practice. No complaint has been made against the school except that the master was unfit for his duties. I was in it for six years, and a question in tvligion was never asked me. I was merely taugho in classical education and arithmetic. I do not anticipate that these objections will arise in practice, and Mr, G,'e'" proposal seems far more complicated than anything in this scheme. (Hear, hear.) Ruligious instruction will not be given unless expressly desired by the children's parents, and I am sure the masler will be glad to be excused teaching religion to his scholars. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman requested Mr. Gee to propose a reso- lution. Mr. Geo i,ion moved thai the 1st clause be amended as follows:—The Mayor aud Corpotatioa of the Borough of Denbigh nnd their m*pecti \>e successors for the time being in right and during tsuure of respective offices shall be the Trustees of the School and its endowments, and shall have the right of placing children upon the foundation. Mr. E. T. Jones seconded the amrndmont. For the amendment, 9; original umliuu, 15; majori- ty, 7. Appointment of tluir successors in case of disqualification or death. 2. Any Trustee (not, being a Trustee by virtue of his office) who sh-til 'nenome bankrupt, or incapacitated to act, or who ulnill cease to be resident in the soi(I p;ti-ish of Denbigh, or within the distance of seven [four] miles from the church ther-of [Town Hall aforesaid], or who shall not attend any meeting of the Trustees during a consecutive nerind of two years, shall, in any of such cases, immediately cease to be a Trustee; and taereupon or upon the death or resignatiun of any such Trustee, a new Trustee <ju=ilifted as aforesaid bli-'ll oe appointed by the other Trusses at their fii-it meeting, which shall be held after the lapse of one calendar month next after the occurrence of tsroli vacancy, by a resolution to b0 forthwith notified by them, with all proper information, to the Charity Comrnissionrrs for England and Wales, at their offic in I.ondon: but no such appointment, shall be valid until the same uliall have been approved by the said and their approval certified under their official seal. Mr. Gee strongly opposed the self-electing principle as set forth in the 2nd clause. Mr. RoViinsou proposed, and Mr. Lunt seconded, "That the vacancies as tuey occur be filled by the nomi- nation of the Town Comicil Mr. Preece said he could not place much confidence in the Denbigh Town Council. Mr. Morris proposed, as an amendment, that the va- cancies be filled at a meeting of freeholders. The amendment was not seconded, and the original motion was carried by a large majority. Meetings of the Trustees, and their proceedings at meetings. 8. The Trustees shall hold meetings in some conven- ient place within the parish of [in] Denbigh as often as may bo found necessary for the management of the Charity, and at least twice in each on the first Wednes- day in May [second Monday in February], and the first Monday in November [second Monday in August]. The Trustees present [shall, at their first Meeting, elect a chairman for the then current year, and at the Meeting on the second Monday in February in every subsequent year elect a chairman for the following year. In the absence of the chairman, the Trustees present] shall elect one of their number number to be the chairman. Three Trustees shall form a quorum at any Meeting. Any two ■ rustees may summon a special meeting, giv- ing not lei, than ten days' previous notice in writing to the other Trustees, and specifying in such notice the object of such meeting. Questions at Meetings, how decided. All matters and questions shall be determined by the. majority of the Trustees present at any Meeting; and in case of equality of votes, the Chairman have a double or casting vote. Janutu of aeit. proceedings. 4. A Minute Hook, and proper Books of Account, shall be provided by the Trustees, and kept in some con- venient and secure place of deposit, to be provided or appointed by them for that purpose; and tipr"vide" the entry into office, or the appointment of every new Trustee, and of all proceedings of the Trustees, shall be entered in such Minute Book, and .signed by the Chairman. Accounts to be kept. 5. Fttll accounts shall be made up to the 31st of December preceding, and a record shall be made of the receipts and expenditure of the Trustees of the Charity in the books, to be provided for that purpose, and such accounts shall be examined and passed annual- ly at the November [February] meeting, aid signed by the Trustees then present. Trustees to appoint a Clerk. 6. The Trustees shall be at liberty to appoint and employ a person as clerk at a reasonable annual salary, to be fixed from time to time by the Trustees, and to be paid out of the income of the Charity, and such person [shall keep and enter the Minutes of the Meetings, and he also] shall keep the accounts of the Charity, and shall receive the rents and income, and make the several pay- ments thereout under the immediate control and super- intendence of the Trustees, who shall be responsible for the due application by him of all such moneys; and he shall discharge all such other proper duties connected with the office of clerk as shall be required of him by the Trustees. Trustees to manage Trust Estate. 7. All the estates and property of the Charity, not required to be retained or occupied for the purposes thereof, shall be let, and otherwise managed by the Trustees, who shall receive all the rents, and annual and other income and in every case public notice of the intention to let any land, or other property, shall be given by the Trustees in the said Town of Denbigh, and also in any different parish or parish or parishes in which such land or property shall be situate, in such manner as thev shall consider most effectual for giving full publicity to such intention, at least three weeks pre- viously and no lease shall be granted in reversion, or for more than seven years certain, or for less than the improved annual value at rack rent without the sanction of the Charity Commissioners or a competent Court. Money produced from Mine-i and Timber to be capitalized. 8. Any money arising from the sale of timber or from any mines or minerals on the Charity estate, shall be treated as capital, and invested in the Government Funds in the name of The Official Trustees of Charita- ble Funds," in trust for the Charity, except in any spe- cial cases in which the Trustees may be authorised by the Charity Commissioners for England and Wale) to apply such money or any part thereof as income. The clear Income to be applied for the purposes of the School. 9. The clear yearly rents and income of the Charity, and the endowments thereof, shall be applied by the Trustees for the purposes of the School, as constituted and regulated by this Scheme, which shall be called the "Denbigh Grammar School." The Master and Under Master to be appointed their qualification. 10. There shall be a head master and (whenever the funds of the school shall be sufficient) an under master also of the school, who respectively shall be duly quali- fied persons members of the Church of England, and competent to discharge the duties required of them res- pectively by this Scheme. The head master shall be a graduate of one of the English Universities, or of the University of Dublin. The under master shall either be such a graduate, or shall hold a certificate of compe- tency from the Committee of Council on Education. Mr. Wynne Edwards proposed that the mastershould be allowed to hold his office independently of the Trus- tees, to have the sole control of the school, ane to pos- sess all the funds that he can raise from it. Also that he should have the power of appointing or dismissing an under master. The motion was seconded by Mr. Parry, chemist, and carried. Mr. Gee proposed, and Rev. B. Williams seconded that the words members of the Church of England," be omitted, and that the University of Edinburgh be added to the universities from which the master must obtain his degree. Mr. Mainwaring enquired how the principles of the Church of England could be taught to the children, if the master was not a member of that Church ? Mr. Gee replied that some of the local clergy might be appointed to perform that duty if required. The motion was carried by a majority of 12 against 10. Trustees to appoint the Masters. Masters removable by the Trustees for reasonable cause. The head master shall be appointed by the Trustees, who upon the occurrency of any vacancy in the said of- fice, shall give public notice by advertizement in the local and university newspapers, and [or] by other suf- ficient means, at least six weeks before making the ap- pointment, inviting all persons who may wish to be can- didates to apply, and send testimonials of their qualifica- tions. The head master shall be removable by the Trus- tees for any reasonable cause to be determined by them. Every appointment and removal to be made by the Trus- tees under the foregoing provisions, shall be effected by a resolution adopted at a special meeting by not less than two thirds of their whole number for the time being [of not less th:m five Trustees]; and in case of the removal of any master, the Trustees shall cause not less than one calendar month's notice in writing to be given to such master, specifying the time and object of the meet- ing to be held for the purposes of such removal, and in- viting him to attend the same for tho purpose of being heard in his own defence. Trustees to erect School Buildings. The Trustee^ with the sanction of the Charity Com- missioners for England and Wales, shall so soon is prac- ticable [hire from year to year, or for a term of years, or purchase or] erect upon a suitable site to be appropriated or acquired by the said Trustees for that purpose in the town or parish [suburbs] of Denbigh, suitable School Buildings, with play ground and other proper appurte- nances far the purposes of the school hereby contempla- ted, and the funds to be required for the above purposes may be provided or raised by the Trustees in such manner as the said Commissioners may authorize to di- rect. I Declaration of Masters on their election. Every future head master, previously to entering into office, shall be required to sign a declaration to be en- tered in the Minute Book of the Trustees in the follow- ing Form "I, A. B., declare that I will discharge to the best of my ability the duties of Head Master of the Denbigh Grammar School; and that in case I [resign or] am re- moved by the Trustees, I will thereupon relinquish all claim to the office and its future emoluments, and will deliver up possession of the school and official residence (if any) to the Trustees, and also that it shall be lawful for them (if occasion shall be) thereupon to take posses- sion of the school buildings and my official residence there (if any) and of all property of the Charity held by me, without ejectment or process of law." [The follow- ing to be added And I further declare and under- take that I will not resign my office without giving three calendar month's notice in writing to the Trustees of my intention so to do, unless with the sanction of the Trustees. "] Mastel's to j'eside in official t-esidence wlien founded. Whenever the Head Master shall be provided with an official residence, he shall reside in and occupy the same in his official capacity only, and not as tenant; and such residence shall be kept in substantial repair, and the rates and taxes thereon shall be paid by the Trustees out of the income of the Charity. It was agreed to adopt clauses 11, 12, and 13 in their amended form, and the following alteration in clause 14, was agreed upon-" The rates and taxes thereon shall be paid by the master." The meeting adjourned to consider the remaining clauses of the scheme on Thursday, the 4th of May. THE .LATE CALAMITY AT THE WATER- WORKS. The bodies of the poor men who were so haplessly bu- ried alive on the morning of the 18th inst., at the reser- voir of the Denbigh Water W orks, were extricated on Vonday afternoon last, after unabating efforts, extend- ing over a period of six days and nights. They were first discovered on Sunday morning, but they were then in such a position that it was impossible to bring them out. Hundreds of people from various parts of the country flocked to the scene of the catastrophe on Sun- day, but they were effectually kept aloof from the cut. ting by the vigilance of the police authorities. The workmen, under the superintendence of Mr. Hurd, fore- man of the works, and Mr. 11. Hughes, railway inspec- tor, continued to clear the soil by means of buckets, hauled up by a windlass, until about 4 p.m. the follow- ing day, when they succeeded in releasing the body of Jabez Roberts. At this time, Mr. Bowen, manager of the Talargoch mine, with four experienced miners, ar- rived, and with their aid the bodies of John Evans and Edward Roberta were brought to the surface shortly be- fore 8 p.m. Some delay was caused in consequence of I the pump in the cutting having gone out of order, which had the effect of causing the water to flood over the bo- dies. The deceased men, it is believod, died instantaneously. They stood in the debris close to each other, in almost an upright position. A slight discoloration was observ- ed on the chest of Edward Roberts, otherwise there were no bruises on the bodies, and, strange to say, a life-like hue appeared on the countenance of each man. They were renoved to Berllan Bach farm, where they were undressed, washed, and placed in good oak coffins, made by Mr. Edwin Roberts, builder, and liberally provided by the Directors of the Water Company. From Ber- llan Bach the corpses were conveyed the same night in a hearse to the homes of the bereaved and afflicted families of the uufortunate men. On Tuesday morning, at 11 o'clock, an inquest was opened in the Town Hall, before E. Pierce, Esq., M .D., coroner, and the following jury:-Rev. R. 0. Hughes, Prion, foreman Messrs. Thomas Parry, Fron; Thomas Parry, Rosabach; William Charters, Park-lane; John Williams, Brynygwynt; Edward Armor, Segroit; Edw. Angell, draper; David Griffith (Clwydfardd), Rt. Jones, coal merchant; Laokland Fraser, Hall-square; Isaac Williams, clothier Edward Pierce, confectioner; Tho- mas Batten Jones, Vale-street; David Davies, iron- monger Samuel Evans, coal merchant; and J. Burdon, Vale-street. The Coroner having addressed the jury on the serious- ness of the enquiry, and the importance ot confining themselves to facts brought forth in evidence, regardless of all rumours, they proceeded to view the bodies, and the trench in which the accident occurred. The jury re-assembled in the Town Hall at 3 p.m., when the Court began with the examination of witnesses. A large number of people were present, including T. Mainwaring, Esq., M.P., Thomas Hughes, Esq., Ystrad, and the Directors of the Water Company, viz.,—The Mayor, Dr. Turnour, J. C. W. Edwards, Esq., Thomas Gold Edwards, Esq.. R. Williams, Esq., Martin Smith, Esq., and William Parry, Esq. The investigation was watched, on behalf of the Com pany, by Mr. Williams, town clerk. The first witness sworn was Edward Roberts, Bryn. mulan, Llanrhaiadr. He stated-I am a labourer, and have been working at the Denbigh Water Works from the commencement. I was engaged by Mr. Hurd, foreman of the works. I worked at the cutting where the accident took place. I was paid at the rate of 16s. 6d. a week. I never worked in a similar place before, and I am not in the habit of receiving so much as 16s. 6d. a week, except in harvest time. My business at the cutting was wheeling the debris away, and carrying timber for the purpose of propping the cutting. I had nothing to do with fixing the props. The accident oc- curred at 7 o'clock on the morning of this day week. The deceased men, John Evans, Jabez Roberts, and Ed- ward Roberts, were working in the bottom of the cut- ting that morning. I also stood in the cutting, about ten feet above them. Another workman, Robt. Roberts, was standing lower down than myself, and about 4 feet from the deceased men. He was workine at the pump. The deceased men were in the act of removing some stretchers (poles across the cutting) and boards (planks laid lengthways on the sides of the cutting—and we may add that other planks were placed horizontally behind these, all being supported by the stretchers) immedi- ately previous to the accident. The stretchers and boards were handed to me, and others in their stead were called for. The boards, two in number, were re- moved for the purpose of leaving space for the puddle. The accident took place in about ten or fifteen minutes after the stretchers and boards were handed to me. I heard the sound of the earth falling, and I ran away for my life as fast as I could. I never felt afraid of going down the cutting. As soon as the accident happened, a messenger was sent to Denbigh to inform the Directors, and the workmen lost no time in endeavouring to extri- cate the deceased men. By Mr. T. Gold Edwards-The boards laid horizon- tally were not taken out of their places. The puddle had reached the stretchers before they were removed. By the Foreman of the Jury--The pump was worked through the night before the accident. By a Juror-There was a crack at the back of the bank through which the cutting was made, before the accident occurred. When that crack was discovered, more planks and stretchers were applied. The foreman of the works was in the habit of staying in the cutting with the men all day. I cannot say whether he was in- side when the accident took place. By the Coroner-I have seen some of the Directors inside the cutting. I cannot say that I have seen Mr. Duncan, the engineer, there. I do not know him. Mr. Wm. Bowen, manager of the Tahrgoch mine, was next examined- I have had thirty years' experience in the mining trade. I have now 500 men under my ma- nagement. I have seen accidents in mines during my lifetime, but not many. I received a message yesterday at noon requesting me to come over to the new cutting of the Denbigh Water Works. I immediately started off, and brought four miners with me. We reached the cutting between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. We found plenty (rather too many) men working there, and we were told that one body had been taken out. I perfect- ly approved of the manner in which the men were ex- tricating the bodies, and I could not have suggested a better plan myself. My men, under my direction, pro. ceeded to extricate the two remaining bodies. We exa- mined the cutting before beginning to work, and we were satisfied that the place was quite safe. I could find nothing amiss in the cutting. We worked on the same system as the other men worked. We found quick- sand bursting through the crevices of the boards, and to prevent this evil we filled the crevices with moss. The feet of the deceased men were located between some planks, which we were obliged to saw, in order to re- lease them. From all appearance, I should think the men were knocking away the stretchers when the acci- dent occurred, because we fouud a sledge hammer in the hand of one of them. By Mr. Gold Edwards-The bodies were in view when I reached the cutting. The proppings above the bodies were in their proper places, and the only part that gave way was the place where the stretchers had been removed. I found moss in the cutting when I first entered it. There is no engineering difficulty, in my opinion, to go on with the works. No danger, with due caution, need be apprehended. I should feel no dif- ficulty to proceed with the work myself. By the Coroner—My opinion is, that the men took the stretchers out too soon. leaving too great a space be- tween the planks. They should not have taken more than one plank out at a time. The Coroner and Jury expressed an opinion that Mr. Boweu's evidence was of a very satisfactory character. Roger Hughes, Robert Morris, Wm. Roberts, and John Roberts, the four miners, corroborated everything stated by Mr. Bowent The inquest was then adjourned till Saturday (this day) at 9 a.m., when Mr. Duncan, the engineer, and others will be examined. The Mayor issued notices on the 25th, requesting a public meeting to be held, on Wednesday, to take steps for relieving the widows and families of the deceased men. The meeting, however, was adjourned to Mon- day. Mr. Mainwaring, we are informed, has subscribed £5 towards the relief fund. The bodies were interred on Tuesday afternoon (two in Whitchurch and one in Llanrhaiadr), in the presence of a large concourse of people. THE BRUTAL ASSAULT UPON P.O. E. GRIFFITH.— Richard Roberts alias Diel D-l, surrendered to his bail on Saturday morning last, before the Mayor, Dr. Turnour, and Dr. Pierce, on a charge of having wounded P.C. Edward Griffith with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on Sunday evening, 16th instant, at the Crest. (The details of the case appeared in our last.) Mr. Gold Edwards prosecuted, and Mr. Eyton defen- ded. A lengthy trial took place, in consequence of the dis- cussion by the learned advocates on points of law. Mr. Eyton maintained thr.t the prisoner had struck prosecutor in self-defence, and strongly argued that he had no intention of doing grievous bodily harm to prose- cutor. The prisoner was committed to the Quarter Sessions, being allowed to bail himself in E40, and two sureties in £ 20 each.