Our Local Parliament BY A RATEPAYER. It has been remarked that many ratepayers have lately been to visit the Council offices, and it is rumoured that their object has been to pay their rates. If this is so, and the authority for the statement is a good one, it may be assumed that the warning to laggards by the chairman of the Finance Committee at the last meeting of the council, has taken the effect which he hoped for. Those, however, who have not yet been that way, let them hurry up (the stairs), for the next Council Meeting will be on Wednesday week, and if things are not then satisfactory he may have something more to say which will touch them in a tender place I During the next three weeks many promises will be made and many broken. This, however, is the usual practice in elections. Still it is a matter to be regretted. On both .•aides of political opinion there are a certain number of people who do not approve of can- didates being run on political lines. But when such a course has once been adopted, it is impossible to throw party government over, unless there is a very strong feeling against it on both sides. That has not made itself manifest in Prestatyn yet, so that, for a time at least, each of the two parties will choose their own candidates—and vote for them. When that is done there is no chance for an Independent." The faet that no indepen- dent candidate has ever been returned in Prestatyn makes a continuance of the present system a matter of almost necessity. If at this election, or any future one. an indepen- dent" gains a high position on the poll, it may sound the death knell of party warfare. But all we can hope for at present is that the best men on either side may be retiirned.
PRESTATYN CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB. The annual meeting of the above was held in the club rooms on Friday night, Mr John Pritchard presiding. Mr T. J. Scott (the hon. secretary) submit- ted a statement of accounts, which shewed that the past year's working had been satis- factory, there being a balance in hand of £ 1 14/3 over the current expenses. The balance sheet, which had been audited by Mr Worfolk, was adopted. The next business was the election of officers, and the following gentlemen were selected for the various offices :—President, Lord Mostyn Vice-Presidents, Messrs R. C. Welsby, J.P., F. H. Batters, F. Mortimer, A. Bradley, Dr. Wimberley, C. Burt, Leonard Hughes, A. Torkington, and Rev. O. J. Davies Chairman of Committee, Mr W. H. Coward, J.P. Vice-Chairman, Mr John Pritchard; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Scott; assistant Hon. Sec., Mr Tickle. owl The following were appointed on the com- mittee Messrs E. Taylor, LI. Roberts, D. J. Davies, F. 8. Jennings, T. B. Griffith, J. W. Worfolk, W. Wainwright, W. D. Jones, Captain Miller, Messrs Alfred Jones (junior), J. Williams (Nant Mill), Wm. Davies, W. G. Roberts, E. Jones (Freelands), W. Hilton, and Daniel Davies. The meeting passed a vote of sympathy with Mr Coward in his prolonged and serious illness. On Mr Scott being re-elected as hon. secre- tary, he was paid a high tribute of praise by .0 those present for the excellent work he is doing for the Conservative cause in this district.
A Welsh Board of Education. following Mr Lloyd George's announce- ment as to the proposed Education Board for Wales, a meeting has been called by the Mayor of Cardiff of the representatives of all the educational authorities in Wales, to meet at Cardiff on the 23rd instant. There will be a civic reception on the 22nd, and two meetings of the delegates on the following day. The idea of a Welsh National Council appears to be favourably received in Con- servative quarters in Wales. f"R_¡¡
John Burns is reported to have said that there were only two possible methods' of democratic progress. One was revolution and street fighting, the other participation of Socialism either in municipal undertakings or in public reforms. Aa he formerly felt impelled on one occasion to fight the police, so he now accepted the responsibilities of office in the hope of obtaining results, and he was pre- paring a series of important reforms. He believed the present Government would make a genuine attempt to grapple with the problem of old age pensions. V-.
Political Items. Mr Balfour has been disowned by the Free Fooders.. It is said that-the Tory abstentions dnring the Chamberlain leadership last month were largely owing to his attitude towards bis old Radical enthusiasms. The War Minister's estimated cost of the Army for 190(5-7 is £ 29,790,000. The expenses of the British Navy for the coming year were estimated at £ 36,000,000. Total, nearly sixty-six millions I The Fiscal debate has been put off till Monday, the 12th inst. Lord Newton, a promising Conservative, stated in the upper chamber that he and his friends mean to secure what he called due consideration for the rights and privileges of this House," which means that the House of Lords intends to exercise its powers of being something more than a "Registry Office'' for the Acts of the House of Commons. As Lord Tweedmouth remarked, for 17 years out of the past 2U it has acted only as a registry office. -——.— .-—
Telephone No. 3y3. Telegrams, "Jewell^ Prestatyn.' FRANK JEWELL & Co., Auctioneers, ESTATK AGENTS AND VALUERS, Collectors of Income Tax. Sales by Auction of all classes of Property.'Valua- tions made for Probate, Mortgage, Transfer of Tenancy, and other purposes. Rents Collected and Properties Managed. Insurances effected in all the principal offices. Auction and Estate Office- HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. J. LLOYD JONES, (From Clay and Abraham, Liverpool, Chymists to the Queen), DISPENSING AND FAMILY CHYMIST, THE PHARMACY, PRESTATYN. Prescriptions carefully compounded under the per- sonal supervision of the Principal. Telephone No. 3yl. For the INVALID. For the STRONG. 7 For the WEARY. Nothing so Refreshing as PURE CHINA TEA PU I"' 2/- and 2/6 per lb. SOLD BY W. J. Williams, The Stores. A E. WILLIAMS, Pastry Cook and Confectioner, iiIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Wedding & Christening Cakes mil-de to order. Tea liooms. Luncheon Rooms. Pic-Nic Parties catered for. T. Parry Williams & Co Painters, Decorators, and Glaziers. -0- 'V■ Plain and Fancy Window Glass always in Stock. BRISTOL HOUSE) Prestatyn, FOR HIGH-CLASS Grocery & Provisions, Bread & Confectionery GO TO PROVINCIAL STOBES (CornerSof Nant Hall Road), Telephone 5x. PRESTATYN VAN DELIVERIES DAILY. A. W. JONES, Proprietor. THE CEOFTMlss & MRS JONES Confeotioneps, HIGH STREET, PRESTATYN. Boarding and Commercial House. Parties Catered for. Well-aired Beds.. €3ici.. VARIETY BAZAAR R. H. MACDONALD, The CROFT." HUGHES & WILLIAMS, Sewer & Road Contractors STAFFORD HOUSE, PE1STATYH. Estimates Free. W. WILLIAMS & SON, Monumental @' General Masons, High Street. Prestatyn. BEIHDENCE 8, ROSLYlf TERRACE. '1 REHOBOTH C.M. qhapel, In connection with the above A BAZAAR will be held in the TOWN HALL, Prestatyn, On WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, April 4th, & 5th 1906. ALSO, A GRAHDSACRED CONCERT will be held in REHOBOTH CHAPEL, ON GOOD FRIDAY. Flintshire Education Committee W ANTED for the Prestatyn Council School a PUPIL TEACHER. Salary, R12 to j616 per annum, together with free half- time instruction at the Rhyl County School. -For full particulars, apply to the Director of Education, County Offices, Mold. Prestatyn Eisteddfod whit n^co^rr)^ JUNE 4th, 1906. 1.—MALE VOICE CHOIR. COMPETITION. Test piece, Got y Pentraf" (" The Village Blacksmith") (Dr. Parry). Prize JElO 10s., and Baton for Conductor. 2.—MALE VOICE CHOIR. COMPETITION (Confined to North Wales). Test piece, "Comra.des Song of Hope (Adams). Prize £4 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. 3.—JUVENILE CHOIR COMPETITION. Test piece, "Y Tyiwyth Têg" ("The Fairies"). Prize JB-t 4s., and Silver Cup for Conductor. SOLOS, etc. Adjudicator: CAJUDOG ROBHRTS, ESQ., F.R.C.O., &0' Secretaries :— B. HUGHES. Station House. Prestatyn D. HUGHES. Greenwich House, Prestatyn. Syllabus Id., by Poat lid.
HrestatjiT Rttt kill. SATURDAY. MARCH 10, 1906. £ THE date of the annual election of District Councillors for Prestatyn draws nigh. There are signs that the political parties of Prestatyn are beginning to bestir themselves, and we may shortly look forward to the names of the official Radical and Tory candidates being published. It is hard to understand why it should be necessary for a purely local election like this to be engineered by this or that political party. Is it not a matter for; regret that a man who may be in every respect fitted for the offiee, if not backed by those who control the official machinery, would have little or no chance of being-elected ? There are many people in this community who would welcome the advent of thoroughly independent and suitable candidates who would possess the capacity and time to attend to the duties of councillorship in our rising town. +
A correspondent writes :—" What about the ground the Council have taken for tennis courts ? Are the moles going to play there this season, and, if so, who will pay the rent ?" In view of the announcement that the Prestatyn Tennis Club are acquiring ground' on the Gronanfc Road, it does seem a pity that the Council could not have come to an arrangement with the Club, so that they would have the use of the courts provided by the town. Ratepayers' money has been used to some extent in preparing the ground, and to alienate one of the sources of income is surely bad policy if the enterprise is to pay its way.
&f 'I. LIGHTING-UP TIME next, week: 7-10 p.m. ¡
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Social and Musical Evening. In point of attendance, Thursday's social was one of the most successful of the winter series, a large audience having assembled in response to the invitations sent out by the ladies of the church. Tea was laid in the schoolroom, the tables being presided over by Mrs John Hughes (Plas Eden), assisted by Miss Hughes Mrs Hughes (Wrexham House), assisted by Miss Pritchard Mrs G. W. Jones, assisted by Miss Martha Jones and Mrs Yeoman, as- sisted by Miss Biggins. After a most en- joyable ten had been partaken of, an adjourn- ment was made to the chapel, where a very interesting programme of music was gone through. Songs were rendered by Mrs Thomas, Miss Hilton, Miss Leary, Mr J. Roberts, Mr T. H. Jones, and Master Robert Davies, a vocal duet by Misses Blodwen Jones and Eva Williams, glee by a party of gentlemen, pianoforte solo by Miss Lucy Evans, violin duet by Misses Jones and Burt, voluntaries on the organ by Miss Neild and Mrs Lloyd Jones, and a recitation by Miss Jessie Jones. The chair was occupied by Mrs J. R. Jones (Derwen), who, possessing the natural at- tainments required for such a meeting, did her part with grace and credit to herself and her audience. During an interval in the pro- gramme,remarking on the high quality thereof, Mrs Jones said it was hard lines to leave the hill-tops of melody and harmony, and descend to the level of speech making. Over the tea-cups she had heard one or two items of news. One was that a very acceptable and suitable gift had been presented to the church, but the donors' names had been withheld (this had reference to a splendid and useful tea service, which was used for the first time on this occasion). Another item of interest was that this social was unique in that it was engineered entirely by women, without the a-asistane mere man (laughter and applause). At the conclusion of the piogramme, Miss Neild proposédtt vote of thanks to the lady president, to those ladies who had assisted, with the tea, and to the friends from other churches who had contributed musical and other items. The collection at the tea amounted to seven guineas. The motion was seconded by Miss Adamson and carried with acclamation. In responding to the vote of thanks, the chairwoman eaid that' when she first knew Prestatyn it seemed to her to be a very sleepy i corner. Since then a fairy had come along, and. presto with chapels, socials, golf clubs, etc., a transformation had been effected. Speaking personally, Mrs Jones said her audience had been to her faults, generous; to her failings, kind. The meeting concluded with the singing of God be with you by the audience and choir.
Accident. When leaving Rhyl on Monday evening with a horse and cart drawing a load of timber, Thomas Williams, Plastirion, Pres- tatyn, met with a rather serious accident. Coming over Gladstone Bridge, the horse took fright and bolted. The driver was knocked down, and in addition to the wheel passing over his body, he was badly trampled on by the animal, sustaining severe injuries to his head. He was medically attended at Rhyl, and later on removed home in a cab. He is reported to be making satisfactory progress.
INTERESTING ITEMS. | Illness of a Local Tradesman. Our readers will regret to bear that County Councillor Thomas Williams, Bradford House, has been ill for the past three weeks, suffering from an acute affection of the nerves. At one period it was thought Mr Williams' illness would take a very serious turn, but we are glad to report that he is now recovering. 0 A Date to Remember. The Prestatyn Choral Society has fixed Thursday, May 17th, as the date for the performance of Messiah," a work which they have been rehearsing during the winter months. Special artistes are being engaged, and a musical treat of high order can be looked forward to. The Council Election. The County Council has notified its appro- val of the election of Urban Councillors for Prestatyn being held on Saturday, March 31st. The latest time for receiving nomina- tions is noon on the 15th inst. withdrawals being allowed up to noon on the 20th. Mr John Hughes, the Town Clerk, will act as the returning officer. Liberals and the Council Election. Notices have been circulated around Prestatyn stating that 11 a public meeting will be held at the Liberal Rooms on Monday, March 12th, at 7-80 p.m., when important matters will be discussed. All Liberals are earnestly requested to be present." The Early Lambs which were recorded as having been produced on Mr Humphreys' farm, Plas Ucha, last Christmas, have met their fate, Mr R. Ewart Owen, of Bradford Buildings, having pur- chased them. They will be included in this week's stock of prime home-fed Welsh meat at his well-known establishment. Auction Sale. At Wylfa," Warren Road, on Tuesday, Messrs Frank Jewell and Co conducted a sale by auction of the household furniture. There was a very large company present, and the articles offered being in excellent condition, the bidding was very spirited. Cost of Council School Buildings. From the yearly statement of accounts of the Flintshire County Council, the following figures are culled, which show the present cost to ratepayers of the Prestatyn Council, School buildings. Total amount of loan. £ 2,326 0 0 Half-yearly repayment of principal. 29 2 9 Ditto interest. 87 9 1 Total charge to Prestatyn area (f of the latter two items) 491810 Id. rate produces, approximately J648. These figures are for the half-year.
PRESTATYN TENNIS CLUB. A meeting of the Committee of the Tennis Club was held on Monday afternoon, when it was decided to secure ground for the coming season on Gronant Road. It is intended to have the new ground properly laid out, and there is every prospect of a nice pavilion being provided for the players.
Free Church Council. The new president—the Rev. J. Scott Lidgett-is an Alderman of the London County Council, Superintendent of a Wesleyan Circuit, Fernley lecturer, and theological expositor. He delivered an eloquent address on "The World-Wide Mission of the Christian Church before the Council as- sembled in Birmingham this week. In the course of his remarks he said — Profoundly as we differ in many respects from certain embodiments of Christianity outside the Evangelical Free Churches of this country, we long for the time when the causes of separation and estrangement shall have passed away, and when the whule force of Christian faith, hope, and love found throughout the community will be absolutely united in common effort for ttM realisation of the Divine life on earth, and for the over- throw of the enemies of the kingdom of God." I trust the delegates from Prestatyn will shortly give our local Free Church Council the benefit of their attendance at Birmingham.
FOOTBALL MATTERS. To the Editor of the, Prestatyn Weekly." SIR,- Win you kindly allow me space in your paper to bring a few matters to the notice of those who have in hand the affairs of the Prestatyn Football Club. 1. Why do the selection committee leave out of the team this week a player of the calibre of E. Holbrook, who latterly has filled the centre position so creditably ? On good authority I am given to understand that the selection committee were not at all pleased with his display against Llandudno. May I ask, were they satisfied with the display of other members of the team, and were they not partial to the players from Rhyl, who are in the majority in the-team? I opine they really could not have been, but why make an example of Holbrook ? 2. How it that the club is accorded such poor support ? For the benefit of those who are not intimate with the inner workings of the club, Jet me here state that the gate at the last home match amounted to the magnificent sum of a few shillings I I think the reader will find in matter 1 the reason for this indifferent support, and the sooner the better those at the head of affairs are convinced that if we are to have a success- ful club in Prestatyn we must possess a team comprised entirely of local players. Then and only then shall we be able to boast of a, successful organization. A SUPPORTER.