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ABERGELE PETTY SESSIONS. SATL-EDA1.— Before Mr W T Mason (in the chair), Dr J H Wolstenholme, and Mr Joseph Jones. y Non-Attendance at School. For neglecting to send his children regularly to school, David Parry, Glan Wern Bach, Bett ivs, was fined 2s John Roberts, Tyncau, Bettws, 2s; William Jones, Hafod Wryd, 4s; Ellen Jones, Castle Square, LlanddLllas, 5s Robert Jones, Tan y Bryn, Llanddulas, 5s and Robert Jones, 17 Peel Street, Abergele, 3s. Mr Abel Jones, School Attendance Officer, proved the cases. licensing. On the application of Mr J Pierce Lewis, the licence of the Fair View Inn, Llanddulas, was transferred to Mr Robert B Roberts, from Mr Robert Roberts, the late tenant. The dancing licence of the Hesketh Arms Hotel was also renewed. Application to Close Public Footpaths. Mr E A Crabbe said he was instructed by Mr Grimsley to appear before the court on behalf of the St Asaph (Denbigh) Rural Dis- trict Council. He also represented Mr Dousald Se-ott, of Plas Ucha, Abergele. The applica- tion to the court was that two justices should be appointed to view certain footpaths at Plas Ucha, and make an order enabling the St Asaph (Denbigh) "Rural District Council to make application to the Court of Quarter Ses- sion to close some footpaths, and to divert others. The footpaths which were to be closed were of practically no use, white thejpaths which would be substituted would be of much benefit to visitors and residents. Mr E H Millward, Clerk to the St Asaph Parish Council, gave evidence to the affect that application had been made to the Parish Coun- cil to have the footpaths diverted. The Parish Council approved of the suggested alterations, and had passed a resolution to that effect. Mr Charles Grimsley, Clerk to the Rural District Council, said that that body had also approved of what was proposed. Letters and plans were placed before the Bench in support of the application. One letter was from Colonel Hughes, agent to the Trustees of the Bodelwyddan Estate, approving of the application. Mr Crabbe also explained that Mr Scott was the lessee of Plas Ucha. rnu -1:L. 1 jLim APPUOCTBIOU was grancea. Using Unlighted Vehicles. William Edward Jones, Water Street, Abergele, was fined Is and 8s costs for using a vehicle without having a light attached to it after dark. Edward Owen, Bettws-yn-Rhos, was fined Is and 7s 6d costs, for a like offence. Drunk and Disorderly. Evan Evans, Peel Street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on November 8th. Inspector Roberts said that on the day in question he saw the defendant coming out of the Harp Inn. Evans was brought out into the street by two men, and he becam e very disorderly. A fine of 2s and 7s 6d costs was imposed. Edward Hughes, Jenkin Street, Abergele, was charged with a like offence. Inspector Roberts said that on November ilth he saw the defendant in Market Street, drunk, as usnal, and using bad language. De- fendant had 103 previous convictions recorded agaimt him. Fined 7s 6d and 8s Od costs. A Warning to Sportsmen. Arthur Webb, Wellington-road, Rhyl, plead- ed guilty to firing a gun within 50 feet of the highway at Towyn, on November 7th. De- fendant pleaded that he was not aware that he was committing an offence, nor that he was near a highway when he fired the gun. He was fined 28 6d and 5s costs. Neglecting to Dip Sheep. David Roberts, Ty Isa, Trofarth, was charg- ed with neglecting to dip 40 sheep within five days after bringing them from the County of Carnarvon to Denbighshire, as required by the regulations made to prevent the spreading of sheep scab. A fine of 6d per rsheep was imposed with 9s 6d costs.
RHUDDLAN. THE FIRE RRI(.ADE. -Unfortunately there have been of late two or three serious outbreaks of fire in this district, and the Rhuddlan Fire Brigade has had plenty of work to do. Thanks to the prompt way in which the officers and men turned out when called to the fires, the engine was of great service. In order to keep themselves in training, and their engine in proper condition, the members of the Brigade have had to devote many honrs to drilling, &c. The farmers and other residents in this dis- trict have now an opportunity of repaying in a smallway the men for the devotion to duty they have shown since the Brigade was established. It jis proposed to hold a concert at the Recreation Room, on the 14th inst., in aid of the Fire Bri- gade Funds, and it is hoped that there will be I plenty of support given to the Brigade, the mem- bers of which deserve every encouragement. The e £ n<jpse of keeping an efficient fire service in a place like Rhuddlan are many, and it is not right that the burden should fall on the shoulders of a few.
On Sandhills. A' writer in The Bovian a neatly printed publication issued at Cowbridge, contributes a very readable article on the sandhills near that town. No doubt there are many of our sandhill-loving readers who will read with interest a few extracts from the article. In the opening paragraph the writer observes that on one side lie the lime- stone ridges clothed with the short grass beloved by sheep, while from the other side extend as far as the eye can gee yellow tracts of blown and shifting sand. Every storm alters the shape of the hills and mounds more or less, but the general tendency is to move more landwards, by reason of the persistent ocean winds which blow two (lays out of three from the sea. Fields, villages, castles, have all gone in their turn, buried by the almost irresistible march of the tiny yellow particles. I Close by belts of fir pines planted for that purpose offer considerable opposition to the advancing sa<«.iis, and in places divert its path, and if not altogether checking it. At the edge of the sand- hills is found a bare slope at an angle of 4 deg wil"b M aAtCMt the greatest slope that sand can lie. It a pretty steep climb, especially as in your struggel5 yon sink in over yon boots at each step. Coming' 4lown is much easier work. It is said that by means of a te&tfay, or such like vehicle a very respectable toboggan ride can be enjoyed. You fhav notice thatalong the crest a thin wisp of sand is blowing. exactV as in a snowdrift. It does not look very deadly, -t.ba thin wisp, but it oraduallv buries evevthing ill Us path. The most futeresting places are the bare pitches where the sand has drifted away. Here you may tind relics of a race dead and gone thousands of years ago, wito knew not the use of metaia, whose weapons were made of flint-, whose clothes, if they wore any at all, were of skins, whose homes wei!e amodg sandhills fev the sea coast and caves in trie mountain I I side. Every wrap of Hint that you may Had, and here is plenty Iyu about, you may be sure has been carried there by man, for native stone is limestone. which is a verydifferent material. It is cot easy to find these treasures, mixed as they are with thousands upon thousands «f snail shells and rabbit bones. It takes some time to distinguish the tlint from the limestone crystals that are I scattered about. The point of your knife will, however, eoon show you the difference. It does not do to b in too much of a hurry over the search, don't pass the smallest particle of flint, Often the greater part of the treasure is covered h? sand, and the little scrap of flint you think listless is the barb of an arrow sticking up. It is always wise to go there immediately after a high wind, for it is then that fresh riiatsare exposed.
The English wheat crop this year has, it seams been satisfactory aa all point. The yield isabive the average both in qnantity and quality, and I while the corn is both plentiful and good, there is abundance of straw. The oatlook at tae end of a I e.,ld and gloomy spring was not very encouraging, but later bright and continuous sunsbipe ripened the crops with nnusual rapidity, and the reaping time was, as Sir John Lawes rema! ks, as nearly perfect as possible. The result is that our two million acres of wheat-growing land have yielded an aggregate product of nearly 8,000,OUO quar ters.
HOCKEY NOTES. The Rhyl Hockey Club seems to be going 0:1 fairly well and the members are taking a keen interest in the matches. There is a lengthy membership list, and it is being added to almost every week. On Saturday afternoon Rhyl had to supply ten of the eleven players who represented Flintshire in the inter-county match aud I am pleased to say that they showed that they were capable hockeyites. The Flintshire v. Denbighshire match was arranged under somewhat peculiar circumstances. and it cannot be said that the team which did battle for Flintshire was of a county representative character. It was not the fatito of the Rhyl players that this was so. As a matter of fact the local club stepped into the breach and saved the county from defeat. There was evidently some misunderstanding as to the inter-county fixture. Holywell and Mold Clubs each had prior fixtures for Saturday last, and their players also objected to the ground selected for the match. It would have been far better had neutral ground been chosen, or if those responsible forithcarrangements considered it advisable to play at Colwyn Bay they shoul(I have selected a more suitable pitch. The ground was unsuited for hockey playing, the dip at one end making it almost impossible for the pla37ers to put in good work. Under all the circumstances it is not surprising that representa- tives of two of the Flintshire Clubs were not found tives of two of the Flintshire Clubs were not found in the team. The game started very well, and the players from the first evinced a determination to put life into their play. The work of the Denbighshire representatives was good, and it was evident that the strongest possible team had been selected for the occasion. In the first half they scored twice, but neither goals were what could be described as "clean." A shot went off one of the forwards into the net in a peculiar and unhockey-like manner, but it was allowed, and the interval came with Denbighshire leading by 2 goals to 0. In the second half matters took a change for the better, so far as Flintshire was concerned, and within a very short time aftsr the restart Will Gunner showed the Denbighshire players how to shoot for goal. The shot was a beauty and it was said to have been the finest goal scored along the coast this season. There was no disputing it. The same player also scored a second for his side, but it was questioned by the opposing team. The point was, however, allowed, and thus the game ended in a draw of two !loals each. I think that the correct result should have been one goal each, as there were disputed points, but the official figures must be accepted. I congratulate the Rhyl Club upon being able to put on the field a team that was able to meet an eleven selected from the whole of Denbighshire. The fight for premier honours in North Wales will De severe oetore the season closes, as there are a few clubs along the coast with rather formidable teams The following played on Saturday at Colwyn Bty :-Flititsliire C. Pountney, goal F. Nelson and Newing, backs; L. Foster, W. Gunner, and Williams, half backs H. Connali and E. Davies, right wing H. Hughes, centre; Bevington and G. Moss, left winy. The entire team was drawn from the Rhyl Club, excepting E. Davies. Denbighshire Ashton Bramner (Colwyn Bay), goal; Alee (Coiwyn Bay) and Meredith Jones (Wrevham), backs Rowland (Co!wyn Bay). Brown (Wrexham), and E. P. Smith (Wrexham), half backs Roger Williams (Wrexham) and Rev. E. W. Powell (Wrexham), right wing; Tape (Colwyn Bay), csntre Meredith Jones, jun. (Wrexham) and Bainbridge (Colwyn Bay), left wing. MrC. Connah (Rhyl) was the referee. Next Saturday Rhyl have a fixture with Holy- well, and on the following Saturday the Club will be represented in the Flintshire v. Merioneth match, which will be played at Wrexham. I am pleased to be able to state that the financial result of the dance recently held in connection with the Rhyl Hockey Club was to a certain extent satisfactory. The balance was on the right side, but it was not very much. In future the club should not rely solely on the piomises of members to be present. Had all attended the dance who had promised to do so, there would have been a very substantial balance to hand over to the treasurer. BCLLY OFF.
BILLIARDS. Flintshire Constitutional Clubs League. POSITION OF CLFES. Played Won Lost Points Flint 4 3 1 6 Mold 2 2 0 4 Prestatyn 4 2 2. 4 St Asaph 3 1 2 2 Connah'a Quay 4 1 3 2 Holywell. 0 0 0 0 Rhuddlan 1 0 1 0 ST ASAPH V. PRESTAT -Played at St Asaph on Thursday— St Asaph. Prestatyn. J W Edwards .100 F Green 99 GO Williams .100 F Roddich S3 W G Kelly M J P Dades ..100 T R Jones 38 G Roberts 100 T F Roberts 100 T Pritchard 92 J R Williarns .100 W Prescott 62 501 536 Prestatyn won by 35. FLINT v. RHUDDLAN. FLINT. RHUDDLAX. W Hughes .100 J II Smith 64 P D JoneR .100 W H Richards 67 T Edwards 92 E Roberts .100 G Carr .100 R Evans 5si A Hughes 100 H Roberts C6 James Price .100 T Pritchard 98 592 483 Flint won by 109.
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ST. ASAPH POLICE COURT. ) ) MOXDA Y.-Before Major Birch (in the chair), Col. Howard, Dr Davies, Mr Peter Roberts, and Mr R. C. Enyon. Discharged with a Caution. Joseph Lloyd, aged 13 years, Plas yn Roe Cot- tages, St. Asaph, who at the last court was charged with poaching on the Kinmel Estate at Brynypin, now appeared, in company with his father, to be dealt with. Mr Crabbe had conduetfxl the prose- clition:at the last court, when a companion of the defendant was fined, but the solicitor did not appear ou this occasion, as the Bench had con- clucle(I the case except to deliver judgment. The Chairman said that he had been deputed by Mr Peter Roberts, who had heard the case at the last court, to say something to the defendant. He was not on the Bench himself when the case was heard, but he had been informed of the facts. The Justices were quite ready to believe that the defen- dant was innocent, and that he had got himself into trouble through following bad company. He hoped that the case would be a warning to the defendant, to avoid such company in the future. The Bench also desired the father to understand that it was his duty to warn his son to avoid bad company. Defendant would be discharged on the payment of 53 6d costs. Hon-Attendance at School. Mr Thomas Parry, School Attendance Officer, charged Edward Edwards, Tai Marian, Cwm, with neglecting to send his child to school. It was ^stated that the child was in Standard III, and eleven years of age, but had only attended 41 times out of a possible 78. Defendant was tined 4s including cost. Robert Jones, bricklayer, Elwy Terrace, St Asaph, was charged by Mr \Vm Evans, School At- tendance Officer, with disobeying a magistrates' order made in August last calling upon him to send his son, Charles, 12 years, to school. Defendant did not appear, and Mr Evans stated that the boy was a chronic truant-player, and had only made 31 attendances out of a possible 123 since the order was made. The boy spent his time playing about the streets. Mr Evans further said that the mother of the boy was in the Infirmary, and he was beyond the control of his father. The Magistrates' Clerk observed that if the boy's parents were in Court it would be possible for the Bench to send him to an industrial school. The Bench decided to adjourn the case until Monday next, and to call upon the father to be in attendance on that day. A Hardy Annual Application. Mr Joseph Lloyd said he had been instructed by Mr T \V Huntington, Plough Hotel, to apply for an extension of hours on December 29th and January 2nd, the occasions being dances in connec- ¡ non witn tlie I rim rose league and JLawn Lenuis Club. He applied that the extension should be granted until 3 o'clock, observing that he had to inflict the usual application on their worships. The Chairman But there are two usuals this time (laughter). Mr Joseph Lloyd: Yes, sir. One is for the Primrose League Dance, and the other for the Lawn Tennis Ball. They are held annually, and extensions have always been granted. Of course, Mr Huntington undertakes that none but guests at the ball shall be served after 10 o'clock. The Chairman Yes, but it is a question of time. Mr Joseph Lloyd Last year it was until three o'clock in the morning. Mr Peter Roberts Before that it was always two o'clock. The Chairman And two is quite late enough. How came you to have it until three o'clock last year, Mr Lloyd ? Mr Joseph Lloyd I do not know, sir, uuless it was because you were not here (loud laughter). The Bench were in a very geuerous mood, and granted the extension until three o'clock. Col Howard That was me (laughter). The Bench were divided as to the hour—two being in favour of two o'clock, and two for three. Col Howard I am for three. The Chairman I am for two, and my vote car- ries it. Mr Lloyd, the application is granted until two. Mr Joseph Lloyd thanked the Bench. The Court then rose.
'-Israel My Glory." Whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. 0 King of King, Jehovah Loid of our Northern Land Bow down Thine ear and hear us, Stretch forth Thy strong right hand Behold the sword unsheathed—* The rolling tides of war, And fight, Lord, with our armies, Now as in times before. Behild Lord, and remember i hjne ancient warrior race, Wh>m through a thousand wanderings T IOU broughtest to this place. Tha Lion flag Thou gavest us Rules earth's remotest sea, Conquering and keeping nations For England and for Thee. Jehovah, Empire maker Liege Lord of England's Throne We pray Thee guard the heritage That Thou hast called Thine own. What mean these thousand triumphs Whence Thou hast brought us forth ? 'Tis Thou that fightest for us, Thine Israel of the North Not unto us the glory- The honour and renown, From Britain's Island story To Israel's empire crown, God of our world-wide history Thine hand hath made our fame. Glorious in freedom-peace and war- Thy faithfulness proclaim. Now in Thy boundless mercy, Behold and heal us, Lord, Grant Thine almighty pardon, On mighty sins outpoured. Cast out from us Thy people, The idols of our shame, And turn us back in righteousness To call upon Thy name. Only, 0 God of Judgment, So let our cause be just, That we on Thy deliverance Against all odds may trust. God and our Right Invincible We charge to victory, While Israel's patriot hosts be found Heroes for land and Thee. Grant peace, Lord, if Thou will it, Yea, keep us Christly peace, So bid the sound of sword aud spear In all our coasts to cease But be in proud defiance The alien's challenge given, Then help us die right gloriously, For England and for Heaven Rhyl, November, 18C9. K.
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NOTES FROM ABERGELE. 1 With the dull November days and the dark nights the need for improvements in the streets, and also lighting arrangements, is brought home with an impressiveness which cannot be mistaken. I hope that the Gas Company will get the powers they ask for, and that the Council will also carry their Provisional Order. At the present time the road between Abergele and Pensarn is in a very poor condition. It requires a good layer of stones, and the application of a steam road roller, while the lighting arrangements are not of the best possible character. If a Local Government Hoard Inspector could be induced to spend a few days at Abergele in the months of November and Decem- ber I feel sure that there would be no difficulty in getting Government officials to sanction whatever loans for improvements the Council like to ask for. The need for a wider roadway at Pentre- mawr cannot be questioned by anyone who has the interest of the place at heart. On Saturday, at the conclusion of the business of the monthly petty sessions, an interesting presentation was made by the members of the police force in the Abergele District. P.C. Rogers, stationed at Llanddulas, has recently taken unto himself a wife, and his colleagues thought it a favourable opportunity for presenting him with a very nice table lamp. Supt Jones, who is in charge of the Division, made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers, and referred to the good feeling which existed among the members or the torce in that district. He wished P.C. Rogers and his wife every happiness. Inspector Roberts also said a few words, and the recipient suitably responded. The War is a favourite topic for debate at the meetings of Literary Societies up and down the country, and the Wesleyans in Abergele are not behind in getting up a discussion upon it. The speeches and the papers read at the meeting held on the 30th ulfc were well to the point. Mr J H Lewis and Mr J R EUis were the leaders, and they dealt in an able manner with the subject. Both are well-known debaters, although, fortunately, the occasion docs not often present itself for de- bating the pros and cons of a war of the magnitude of that upon which we are at present engaged. The subject was of such an interesting character that it was decided to further discuss it at a meet- ing to be held next week. The entertainment held on the 23rd and 24th ult at St George proved a great success, and now I understand that the Abergele people are to foliow the lead set by the ladies at Kinmel Hall. The War Fund here amounts to upwards of £80. and Mr Bedford has undertaken the task of arranging a concert to supplement it. He has selected the 15th inst as the date, and he has been fortunate in securing the services of the Misses Hughes, Kin- mel, and Miss Griffith, ladies who are well-known for the readiness with which they help on all occa- sions like the present. I hear that capital sport has been obtained in I Kinmel covers dnring the past few weeks by a party of gentlemen. Pheasants have been plenti- f Ul. When the Railway Company commenced to widen the line between Foryd Junction and Aber- gele the question arose in the minds of many as to how the loop traffic would be carried through Foryd Station. The engineers have settled Uie matter by opening one of the archways on the west side of the old line, and by a circuitous route they avoid the difficulties which would be sure to arise if the traffic on the loop line had to be worked on the main line metaJs through the station. The next alteration of some magnitude will probably be the re-building of the station at Pensarn. Many of the inhabitants, as well as of the public generally, will be pleased to have the tale A Modern Privateer," which has been appearing in serial form, made up in a neat well-printed sixpenny book. The author i3 our fellow-townsman aud literary writer Mr England Cowen, and the publishers are Messrs W 11 Evans & Sous, Chester. BERG EL.
Protection of the Coast Line. TO THE EDITOR OF THE RHYL JOURNAL. SIR,—My attention has been called to a paragraph in your issue of last Saturday's date which deals rather severely with the reply I recently received from the Board of Trade (Fisheries and Harbour Department). What I pointed out at the British Association was more fully explained in my letter to the "Times" of the 4th ult., and for the benefit of those of your readers who may he interested in the subject and may not quite have grasped the purport of my suggestions, I now send the letter as it appeared in the "Times" of October 4th last. TO THE EDITOR OF THE TlJIKS. SIR,—"With reference to the su^estion I had the honour of making to the meeting of the British Associa- tion at Dover on the 1'Jth ult., as reported in your issue of the 20th, will you allow Ill" to point out that at the present time there is absolutely no oJIioial and reliable record of the changes usually taking place round our coasts, and that these changes are constantly affecting buildings fwd other works which have been earned out by a large outlay of public money ? Lighthouses, coastguard stations, roads, and other necessary structures are maintained chiefly at the national expense, or by county councils and local authorities, and it would, I feel sure, be advantageous if annual surveys were taken and returns given which would enable engineers to take the necessary protective steps before any serious damage had occurred. The Admiralty charts are excellent for deep-sea soundings and for the purposes of navigation, but they 11 y contain very little information on the question of currents affecting the coast line, and it would require the careful attention of a department, or district branch of a depart- ment, to keep a satisfactory record which could be relied upon when the time for action arrived. As matters stand at present it is, as a rule, only at the 11th hour, and after considerable damage lias been done, that an engineer is called in, and the mischief is then probably so considerable that only a large expenditure of money can save the situation whereas, had the note of warning been btruck a year or two sooner the catastrophe might have been averted at comparatively trifling cost. Amongst the duties of the suggested department the following may be enumerated (1) The systematic and repeated taking of sections, over the same line, on all doubtful shores, as well as contours of high water, low water, and mean sea-level lines—this latter is very important, as much damage is done during storms taking place' at half tide. (2) The taking of soundings. (3; Calculations based on observations respecting the varying rates and directions of currents at high water, low water, and mean sea level. (4) Observations as to the velocity and vis viva of wave?. (5) Observations on the travel of bench, sand, and other material, especially round head- lands, piers, breakwaters, and across bays and the estuaries of rivers. As one of the superintending engineers of the late Nfr. Edward Case, I had frequent opportunities of discussing the gqtiestioit with this gentleman, whose system of groyning is now so well known and appreciated at many places in England and Ireland, and we invariably came to the conclusion that the whole question should he dealt with as a national one, and that all shores—save alone rock-bound coasts, the alteration in which is so slow as to be practically nit-should be closely watched by the State. The Ordnance Survey maps are, of course, admirable, but they only show the changes in high and low water marks at long intervals of time, What we require is a succession of observations by means of which any mis- chief may be readily detected and dealt with in its initial stage, on the stitch-in-time principle. Did space allow I could multiply examples of instances where acres of valuable land and house property have been lost, an engineer only being called in at the last moment when some county road, building, or a railway line was in jeopardy. This kind of thing is hardly fair to the profession and is analogous to calling in a doctor to s-e a moribund patient. Cases like this would not occur if the State took the matter up, for the competent mell in charge of the department would at once give notice on the approach of danger, which might be threatening not only the immediate foreshore owners, but the owners of low-lying property far inland, and tne proportion of cost to bo borne by all interested in the necessary vorks could then be determined. Procrastination—that worst enemy to economy—would be avoided and every one would benefit. How such a department should be constituted, and] whether it should he under the control of the Admiralty, ] the Hoard of Trade, or tlie Ofiico of Woods nnd Forests are questions quite out of my line, but, from observation 1 and experience, I believe that a large saving in the future would result from the adoption of some such scheme as 1 I have suggested. t Apologizing for the length of this letter, I remain, Sir, faithfully yours, R. (j. ALLAXMOX-WIN-* (Member of ] the Society of Engineers). ] 39, Victoria Street, Westminster, SAY,, Oct. 2nd. ] Some people who have glanced sunerficially at 1 this letter seem to have imagined that my sugges- L tion embraced a far larger and more difficult problem, viz., that the State itself should carry t out the protecture works at the National expense, t This was never my intention, I merely want t reliable records kept of all that portion of the shore between high and low water marks. At present this portion—this narrow strip binding 1 the coast with its yellow sands and weed-covered I rocks—is looked upon as a sort of no man's land, I unworthy alike of inspection and survey. It is i left to take care of itself and, when there isa f sudden inrush of the sea, engineers are called m ç and are compelled to set to work on very insufli- t cient data; time is lost, and very often the protective measurts fail in cousequenec. It is useless to say that the foreshore owners are 3 capable of protecting their own interests they J are not specialists, and are often nuite ignorant of c even the first principles conrco f d with the work] they have to do.' Worse thin this, iheir negligence to take steps at the proper time often eg, N endangers the property of owneri further inland. I do not presume to say that it would be prac- tically easv to establish such a department as I ] hinted at,lout I feel sure that the matter is one of, t National importance and that the difficulties standing in the way, though numerous and exten- sive, are by no means unsurmountable. Apologizing for the length of this letter.—I remain, Sir, faithfully yours, R. G. ALLANSON-Winx, Member of the Society of Engineers. 39 Victoria-road, Westminster, S.W. November 27th, 1899.
IN AID OF THE WAR FUND. ENTERTAINMENT BY THE ZINGARA TROUPE. On Tuesday evening the members of the Zingam Troupe (under the direction of Mrs II W Roberts), assisted by several ladies and gentlemen, gave a successful entertainment at the Town Hail, in aid of the War Relief Fund. The Local Committee which is collecting sub- scriptions for the sufferers by the war gave the entertainment its patronage, and the Rhyl Urban Council allowed the troupe the free use of the hall. Captain E W Keatinge permitted a detachment of the C Company 2nd V.B. Itoyal Welsh Fusiliers to be present in uniform in charge of Sergeant Instructor McCully and Sergeant George Bell. Herr de Mersy generously gave the troupe the services of his tine band free of charge, and the furniture was lent by Messrs Fred Roberts & Co., and the china and glass by Mr Jesse Beech. The flags used in the decoration of the stage were lent by Mr A Sheffield, Messrs Ilhydwen Jones and Davies, and Messrs Connah & Co. Mr Joseph Williams, Alexandra Hotel, also placed a brake at the service of the Band free of charge. The stage was prettily decorated, and the various S3t pieces were well arranged, the limelight being under the direction of Mr Ernest Jones. Much interest in the entertainment was shown, and there was a crowded audience. A very lengthly programme was provided, but owing to the encores demanded it was found impossi- I sible to give all the items, and several were -iccor, 1 accordingly omitted. The overture was played by Herr de Mersy's Band, after which Mr Leech gave the tableau Kruger's Bubbles," representing a well-known picture from 'Black and White.' Mrs H W Roberts followed with the up-to-date song A hot time in the Trans- vaal to-night," the accompanying military march being given by Miss A Barker, Mrs H Leech, Miss M Griffiths, and Miss H O wain. A pretty casianet dance by Miss Beattie Samuels formed the next item, and then Mr R M Evans sang in good style tho ever popular song The death of Nelson," Mr J 0 Vaughan joining with cornet obligato. Selections on the Turkish tubephone were well rendered by Mrs H W Roberts, and were followed by the song "Coming through the Rye." Mrs H Leech took the solo, and the chorus and fling were given by Miss M Owain, Miss H Owain, Miss A Barker, and Miss M Griffiths. A cymbal dance having been given by Miss Lena, and Miss P Samuels, Miss M Griffiths sang in character The Gipsy's Warning." After this stage of the entertainment the great attractive features of the evening were given. Mrs Samuels recited Rudland Kipling's poem, "The Absent-minded Beggar" in splendid style, full of feeling. It was received with hearty and appreciative applause. It had been arranged that Mr It M Evans would sing later in the evening Sir Arthur Sullivan's setting to Kipling's words, but those responsible for the entertainment varied the programme, and the solo was given immediately after the reci- tation. Mr R M Evans sang with feeling, and was accompanied by Mr Horace Haselden. The rendering was well received, and the sum of £3 6s lOd was afterwards collected, to be for- warded to the newspaper giving permission to recite and sing the poem in public. Mr Horace Haselden contributed two finely execu- ted violin solos, and was accompanied by Mrs Haselien. The first part of the programme closed with the coon song and dance "The Tennessee Christening." During the interval z, Mr Shepherd gave a capital selection of well known airs on the Gramaphone. The second portion of the proceedings opened with pretty tableaux by members of the troupe, represent- ing The Geisha," The Belle of New York," Mercia," and The Gay Parisienne." Miss Beattie Samuels gave a capital skirt dance, and then Miss Ada. Williams sang in character Driven from home." Miss D Brodie follow- ed with a tambourine dance, after which Mrs Leech and Mrs H W Roberts gave a coon duet and dance. Mrs Samuels next recited the appropriate piece, "At the War Office." It was capitally recited, and in response to the encores she gave "The Soldier's Heturn" I with equal success. After Mrs H Leech, Miss A Barker, and Miss M Owain had given a skirt dance, the juvenile members of the troupe performed the vocal waltz entitled "Thet Seasons" with much success. The following members took part in addition to those already mentioned Miss V Shepherd, Miss E Bro- die, Miss J Shepherd, Miss M Shepherd, and Miss G Smith. The entertainment concluded with an impressive tableau "Rule Britannia," in which the forces were well represented. As the audience left tambourines were placed at the door for the purpose of making the col- lection up to JE4 4s, but 7s 9d only was received. However, Miss Anson on Wednes- day morning called on Mrs H W Roberts, and made up the; difference, so that R4 4s will be sent to London, in payment of reciting and singing rights of "The Absent-minded Beg- gar;¡ and the nett balance of the entertain- ment will be handed over to the local funds. The troupe are to be compliment on the splen- did entertainment they provided.
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PRESTATYN SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the above School Board was held at Stafford Buildings on Wed- nesday afternoon. There were present :—-Mr Goronwy O. Jones (Chairman), Rev. F. Jewell (Vice-Chairman). Mr Peter Ellis, Mr John Hughes (Clerk), and Mr Thomas Parry ,Sclleol Attendance Officer). The British School. The Clerk reported that a special meeting of bhe Board had been held since the last monthly neeting. A letter had been received from the Education Department with reference to the proposed transfer of the British School, and My Lords asked that certain forms should ye tilled by a solicitor. In accordance with ;he instructions of the Board, he had sent the papers to Mr Foulkes Roberts, who had pre- pared a copy of the conveyance and all docu- ments relating to the school and trust. The recessary forms would be sent up to London is soon as possible after that meeting. The Vice-Chairman said he desired to clearly mderstand the Board's position with regard to he British School. They had asked permission o use the buildings as a school, but he thought ;hat they might have gone a bit further and Ldded suggestions as to what might bo done to neet the requirements of the Education Depart- nent. Their present disability appeared to be n not having sufficient classroom accommoda- tion for the infants. They could provide that ac- lommodatiion by extending the classroom across he gable end of the school. That would meet he requirements of Prestatyn for the next few rears, and until the people were in a better Josition to build a really good school. If they 1 lid not mention the matter to the Education department it might be thought that the school )remises were insufficient, and the Board vould not be allowed to use the school. The Chairman observed that the Education Department clearly laid it down in their letter hat if their consent was given it would be 011 the condition that certain structural alterations were carried out. The Vice-Chairman replied that he remem- bered that, but he felt that they had not given the Education Department anything that would help forward the matter. He did not think that they need be afraid to suggest things to the Department. They might suggest that they should be excused doing much now as they were near the end of the year, but that they would like to make a good start for 1900. Mr Peter Ellis said that for his part he did not feel inclined to spend one halfpenny on the British School, as there was no play-ground attached to it, and if they did spend a couple of hundred pounds now, in a few years they would have to build a new school. The Vice-Chairman replied that he had no idea of spending anything like £ 200. He did not think that it would cost much to extend the class-room. He understood that the ob- jection upon the non-existence of a play-ground had been withdrawn. The Chairman said that there would be no objection so long as the ground in front of the ob 71 school was an open space, but it was question- able whether the land in front of the school would be an open spice much longer, as he un- derstood that negotiations were pending by which the overseers would be able to sell the land at no distant date. Where would the Board find a play-ground if the land did come into the market ? The Vice-Chairman thought that the Board had as good a chance as anyone else to get land for the purposes of a play-ground. The land they held was in a good position, and would improve in value. It was as much advantage to the Board to retain hold on the land and premises as it was for a private individual to get them. The estimated cost of the addition I to the school was gradually increasing. It had risen from £ 100 to £200, and he supposed that it would next be £300. He suggested that they should get a sympathetic builder to give them a price for extending the class-room as suggested. The Clerk stated that they had already had an estimate of £24.0. The Chairman added that that meant some- thing more than the mere extending of the class- room. It meant the carrying out of the work on arevised plan. He felt that the discussion was a little premature and that it would be better to wait until they had settled about the transfer of the school. The Vice-Chairman said he did not want the matter to be lost sight of. The discussion then closed, and it was decided to send the necessary particulars of the con- veyanco of the school to the Education Depart- ment. The Attendance Question. The Attendance Officer presented his report, and it was decided to warn those parents who neglected to send their children regularly to school. This concluded the business and the Board then rose. ====—===—=========
SALE OF POISON. GREENHOUSE VAPORISER WHICH WOULD KI LL THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. Jacob Wrench and Sons, Limited, London Bridge, were summoned before the Lord Mayor by the PIiMrmaceiil iea I Society for an infringement of the Pharmacy Act, 1868, hy sellillg vegetable alkaloid. Mr. Vnnghiui Williams said the article sold was ft vaporiser to be used in greenhouses for the destruction of insect life on plants, and Dr. Steven- son, analyst to the Home Office, said that the vaporiser was a. solution of nicotine and camphor in diluted alcohol. It contained 37.3 per cent, of alkaloid nicotine, 34.5 per cent,, of camphor, and 15.1 percent, of alcohol, and the balance water. The hottte contained enough In kill thousands of people if it were swallowed. Three, four, or five drops, if taken, would be fatal to human life. Mr. A very, for the defence, argued that there was no difference between a man who sold tobacco and a man who sold nicotine mixed with other things, us ill this case. The label clearly stated that lie was only to he used fol-flitiligitt- illg purposes, and there was no danger of persona swallowing it. The Lord Mayor imposed a fine of f5 and £14 10,. costs Oil tile (it-st, summons, and IlllUllliwd line of 10 s. Oil the olher I;il,o,lstlllllklollses and the costs of Uie^ummonscH. lie hopctt t hft.in tlie meantime the sale of (III compound would he stopped. Mr. Avory: As far as my clients are concerned they have already discontinued it;. The Lord Mayor said lie would state a case.
ancTent locTjmenTS. A I, 1111 exhibition of curios,&c.,at HighWycomha two very interesting ancient, documents attracted a great, deal of attention. One of these was ail autograph letter written in 1777 by John Wesley to Miss Hannah Ball, a well-known lady Evange- list of the last, century, in which the founder of Methodism tells of his intention to preach ill High Wycombe, and congratulates the friends there oil having secured more commodious premises for (heir meetings. Wesley evidently referred to the Old Western Chapel, which is now used as a chair factory. Mrs. Pearce is the proud posses- sor of this relic. The other document is n Quaker marriage certificate measuring 2ft. by 16in., and dated 1727. It refers to some ancestors of Mr. Joseph Steevens, to whom it belongs.
NEW WAY OF GETTING A HUSBAND. A Glasgow Police Court prosecution ended the other day in a somewhat curious way. The accused was a good-looking RussiamPolish girl, named Mary Kaskuslousky, and she was charged with having stolen £10 from a young man. It AVMS now explained on her behalf that she hod taken t he money and declined Lo restore it until t he young fellow had fulfilled a promise to marry her. She had recently been out on bail, and in the interval the pair had been married, so that there seemed to be no reason for further proceed- ings. The sheriff laughingly congratulated the womnn on the success of her scheme, and she left the court smiling.
PACKED AS FRIJIT. 1 A Plymouth man, serving with the forces in South Africa, in a letter written at Stormberg, to hi relatives ill this country, says:—"We had a very good haul this week, frit, truck bound from Capetown to t he Transvaal there were noticed two largo boxes labelled C Dates, to be kept cool.' Someone felt inquisitive, and thought he would like to sample these dates. When the boxes were lifted they were found to he exceedingly heavy, and orders were given to force the covers. This was done, aud, 10 alld behold, there stood a grand loli of ammunition for ihe Boers. So, of couisei we kept the dates cool.'
POISONOUS BEEF. For sending deceased meat to the London market, Robert Giflin, of Spillbroolc, Sawbiidgeworth, was summoned at the Guildhall. The prosecution allegell that Giflin bought a cow at Bishop Stortfoid Market for £ 2 10s. It was an old one, eighteen years old, and as lIe was driving it home it fell into a ditch, and a horse and chains bad to be sent for to drag it out. It was then in a very exhausted state, and he decided to have it killed, and sell it in London. When the carcase was offered for sale decom- position had set in. The medical officer regarded the meat as poisonous. Defendant was filled jE5 and £3 3s. costs. _6 -=
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