RHOS. FKESH BUTTER :—Splendid quality, di- rect from the farms. From iod per lb. JOHN WILLIAMS, Bank Stores, High st, Rhos. Advt. BIRTH. -The wife of Mr John Johnson, Botanical Brewer, School-street, on Mon- day last—of a daughter. MARRIAGE.—On Monday last, Mr Jeri- miah Edwards, South Lane, Ponkey, to Mrs S. E. Edwards, Rhos. MEDICO HoN-ol-,rED.Dr J C Davies of Plas-yn-Rhos has been elected President of the Denbigh and Flint division of the British Medical Association for the com- ing year. The prospects of Rhos Chair Eisteddfod which will be held at Llanerchrugog Park on Monday next are exceedingly bright. The entries include six male voice choirs three mixed choirs, eleven children's choirs, besides numerous entries on the various musical and literary items. The weather looks as if it has settled down for a fine spell, and it only requires this to make the day a huge success. PRESENTATION.—The Choir and Mem- bers of St David's Welsh Church present- ed Miss M A Owen of the Sun Hotel, Ponkey upon the occasion of her niar- riage with Mr J Ellis with a Brass Fire stool and Silver butter dish as a token of respect for her faithful and valuable ser- vices rendered in the above church. A handsome sum was collected by Miss S J Jones and Miss Phoebe Jones. flo.,NiiN,c.The Rhos Homing Society flew their last O. B. race on Wednesday last from Rennes (France). The birds had been dispatched since Tuesday week, but owing to the bad atmospheric conditions prevailing in the English Chan- nel the aerial candidates were kept for four days. On Wednesday the convoyor Mr Hay, of Liverpool liberated them at 4'45 a. m. The first arrivals reached their respective lofts within three minutes ot each other at 5 o'clock, the birds hav- ing done the 360 miles in a little over ten hours. 1, Mr Wm Parry, 2, Mr Jonathan Richards. MUSIcAL-Last week Mr G W Hughes (precentor of Capel Mawr) was the con- ductor at the Flintshire M. C. Musical Festival held at Mold. We understand that Mr Hughes has been appointed to conduct a musical festival, to be held at the Sun Hall, Liverpool, at which there will be a choir of 2,000 voices, and or- chestra.—Mr Caradog Roberts, Nlus Bac (Oxon), has been appointed conductcr of the Welsh Musical Festival to be held at the King's Cross, London, next year. LOCAL SUCCESSES.—The following have succeeded in securing the pupil teachers' preliminary examination tor the certifi- cates :—Mr Isaac Edwards, Erwgerri, Rhos, (Cefn Council School Miss Lizzie Jones, (Rhos Council School); Mr Her- bert Hannaby (Johnstown Council School) and Walter Evans. Penycae (Brymbo Non-Provided School.) »
PONKEY- ACCIDEMT.—On Friday last, Mr W R Davies, of Grango lane, Ponkey, met with a serious accident at Astoo's Works. Davies was working at the circular saw, when his band slipped, and was caught t'i by the saw and seriously injured. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANIVERSARY.- The Sunday School anniversary services were held last Sunday at Mount Pleasant Bap- tist Church. The presidents were Mrs P Rogers, E Stanley Evans and Mr Trevor Davies. Addresses were given by Miss Beatrice Evans and Mr Wilson Roberts. The children were catechized by Miss D Davies. Special music was sung at each of the meetings, and the anthem" Sing unto the Lord" at the evening service was excellently rendered under the con- ductorship of Mr Joseph Thomas. The choir was assisted by an orchestra, and Mr Hugh Davies was at the organ.
JOHNSTOWN. THE LATE MR JOBS THOMAS.—The death of Mr John Thomas of Maelor View High street, Johnstown took place on Saturday. Mr Thomas, who was 44 years of age carried on business as a butcher at Johnstown and Wrexhim. For some time he had been in failing health. He was a trustee of Mount Pleasant Church, and at the service last Sunday a vote of condolence with Mis Thomas and her family was adopted. The resolution made a record that Mr Thomas had been a most faithful and useful member, and a generous supporter of the church for a number of years. The remains were in. terred in the Ruabon Cemetery on Tues- day. A service was held at Christ Church, Johnstown. The Rev J W Hum- phreys, Ponkey, W H Lewis and T A Thomas, Johnstown, Evan Williams, Rhos, and Alderman Simon Jones, Wrex- ham took part. At the grave, the service was taken by the Rev J C Jones, J W Humphreys, and E Mitchell. The coffin which was of polished oak, born the foll- owing inscription "John Thomas, bora December 22, 1864, died Jude 26, 1909." £ >everai beautiful wreaths were received itom a number of friends.
Rhos Liberal Association. The annual meeting of the Rhos and District Liberal Association was held at the Public Hall, Rhos, on Wednesday evening last, Mr W. M. Jones, presiding. Mr C. Morgan gave an account of the financial state of the Association- Mr W. M. Jones was re-elected chairman. The vice-chairmen appointed were Mr E. Hawkins, Mr J. S. Jones, and Mr Joseph Rogers. Mr C. Morgan was re-elected I treasurer, and Mr Samuel Rowley, secre- tary. The auditors appointed were Mes- srs John Davies and K. Wynne. The following were appointed on the Execu- tive Committee — Messrs W. R. Hughes, Joseph Griffiths, T. Wynn Jones, Ben Jones, Thomas Hughes, R. Jones, K. Wynne, James Davies, J. Davies, Ted Jones, J. Evans, J. Nicholas, W. Green, S. Roberts, W. Hughes, Enoch Smith, T. Gough, and J. Davies, (Lodge). The chairman referred to the change brought about by increasing the number of the Liberal "300", to "1,000." In the change the Rhos Association would be entitled to 200 representatives, which would be made up as follows :—Ponkey Ward, 100 Rhos, 55 Pant, 45. On the motion of Mr W Hughes, seconded by Mr K Wynne, it was decided to conform with the change, and that the Executive Com- I mittee should arrange a public meeting of the Liberals of the district to appoint re- I presentatives.
RUABON. WORK TRIP.—The employes of the Ruabon Brick and Terra Cotta Company Limited, and of the Hafod Brickworks had their annual trip on Saturday when they went to New Brighton. The special train left shortly after 6 a.m., and a most enjoyable day was spent. EDUCATION COMMITTEE. — On Wednes- day, Mr Christmas Jones was re-appoint- ed chairman, and Mr R A Jones, was reo elected vice-chairman.—It was stated that the County Education Committee intend- ed to provide a Council school at Ruabon, and that they were to be asked to erect a higher standard school at Cetn.-The summer holidays were arranged to begin at the end of July.
Sad Affair at Broughton. At Wrexham Police Court on Tuesday, Mary Griffiths, a married woman, Hill st, Broughton, was charged with throwing herself into a pond with intent to take her life. PC Phoenix, (Summerhill) said that about 7-30 p.m., on Monday, hi receivei information of the case, and went to de- fendant's house and arrested her. She said she was full of trouble, and she had had notice to attend the Education Com- mittee, and that her husband was not earning sufficient wages for her to pay her way. Defendant was discharged.
I Skating Rink for Wrexham At the monthly meeting of the VSIrex- I hm Town Council, on Tuesday, the Market Committee reputed that having heard the report of the sub-committee who visited Birmingham to inspect a skating rink there similar to the one which Mr P Collins proposed to erect upon the Yspyt- ty land belonging to the Corporation, tney were of the opinion that the erection of a a skating rink on the Yspytty land would not cause an inconvenience, and they rec- commended that the land be let to Mr Collins at a rental of ^130 for five years for use as a skating rink. The recom- mendations of the Committee was adopted
Cefn Choir at London. In great attempts 'tis glorious to fall, for great was the occasion, great the competition, and great the achievement." Bravo Cefn was the echo of a cheer second to none which greeted the final stroke of the conductor's baton. A small band of about go persons left Cefn for London in the grey stillness of early morn. The Albert Hall was reached at 3 o'clock. Then came the most un- interesting part of the day. Three hours of wearisome waiting, enough to take the heart out of the boldest and bravest. Inside the Hall the tension was great. Eleven choirs had played their part with various degrees of success and failure he- I fore Cetn was called. The audience was an extremely critical one. With pitch fork and music each movement was close- ly watched and checked. Southport had created a great impression by their mag- nificent rendering, and Welshmen felt despondent at the apparent failure of Wales and so it devolved upon Cefn to uphold the honour of Wales. And splend- idly they did it. They sang as they never sang before. Both choir and conductor were in perfect accord, and the audience was knit into breathless excitement as each movement was sung. At the close the audience gave vent to a full and gen- erous appreciation of the performance, and once again Welshmen looked forward to the issue with high hopes. When the adjudicator announced that the second award wasiven to Willesden, it created a feeling of consternation, for it was felt that Southport must be in the running. And bo it fell to Cefn, be it said to their honour, to take third place, and to Mr G. W. Hughes as conductor, great credit ä. due. ONE WHO WBNT.
WELSH SUNDAY DANGERS. A CLARION CALL BY VICAR PRICHARD, (FORMERLY OF RHOS). We publish the following extract from a pamphlet on 0 Sunday SchooL" which is being written by the Rev T. Prichard, Llanfrothen, late vicar of Rhos. What rivalry and competition in the multiplicity of literature—books, maga- zines, newspapers that cannot be number- ed. Then the worthless publications with which the country is flooded-and worse still, publications of a poisonous tendency. What feeding on ashes! What contam- ination of impurity The result being that the Book of books is neglected, and dethroned from its seat of honour. Vast numbers hardly ever turn its leaves over, nor know its precious truths except when they occasionally 4 sit out a sermon The peculiar signs of the times loudly call on all sections of the Christian Church, to stand forth to protect Christian Institu- tions. Are we not fast drifting to the con- tinental Sunday ? The Day of days is be- coming a day of carnal pleasure and friv- olity. The enemy has come in like a flood! Growing multitudes are being alienated fiom religion. Locomotion in the shape of motors, trams, and bikes, or boat and train, take multitudes to and tro on purposeless prowling peregrinations. Efforts-subtle and aggressive-are at work to trap the young Social reunions, walks, feastings, games—are resulting in the desecration of this Pearl of Days. The tone of spirituality is low, not only in the towns but also in country villages. The spirit of unbelief is spreading like a depressing fog. Religion in the home emancipated, if not greatly a castaway. The altar on the hearth fallen. Evil com- panionship dragging down like the alpine climber, his fellow to the abyss The one thing needful-the one thing forgotten Christianity more and more losing its hold on the human mind and will. "If people will gorge themselves with the sugared delights of the flesh, the rank leek and garlic of Egypt, how can the heavenly manna be other than insipid to their taste Fruits fair to the sensual eye but deadly in their nature offer themselves with the trail of the serpent on them all. A great danger again threatens the land, lest secular instruction drive religious education to the wall, and that religious vitality be sapped irretrievably. What a call for lamentation and suppli- cation, and determination to foster defin- ite religious teaching. There is need for a voice crying as the Baptist of old. We want more out of door work for Christ in some form or another, to assault the strongholds of sin. We have to begin where our fathers began. What need of straight and bold specking- to the so called upper section with their callous iodiffer- ence to our sacred Welsh Sunday !—they It who profane it for their own selfish jollity, and run amock going and returning worshippers, and smile their goggly smile, when they alarm or discompose peace loving villagers. Again, what need of strenuous work among the children of the lapsed and prodigals-the friendless and neglected dwellers in the rookeries of slumdom In our zeal for perfecting the machinery of the Sunday School within, we are apt to forget the mission field of the church. To carry the flag to the land of the Phil- istia, the action must be aggressive as well as defensive. At any rate Sunday School work pres- ents an inviting field for lay members, where all may be priests to God-all or- I dained to holy function. A golden opportunity is placed in their hand in the bright, eager, young lives full of response, affection, and faith. Opportunities for doing good lie about like stones. We have only to stoop and pick them up. Opportunity is a golden word. and is in itself more precious than rubies and appeals to all irrespective of class or calling. And what a comfort to all earnest workers, this. ] 44 Is there a flaw in the marble ? 44 Is there a flaw in the marble ? Sculptor, do your best. The joy is in the endeavour Leave to God the rest."
The Old-time Collier. The crisis in the South Wales coal trade, emphasising as it does the power of the collier of to-day, incidentally recalls how lowly dependent, and unenviable was the position of the worker in coal pits in the past. In the 17th century men were so unwilling to earn their bread under- ground that the Earl of Winton and other great coalmasters in Scotland expressed tears that if workers were not forced into the pits the industry would die out. These fears led to the passing of laws empower- ing the coalmasters to seize all the idle people in their several districts, whether they were honest men seeking work, or vagrants, and set them to work in the pits. This method of pressing the labour- er underground was also resorted to by the saltmaster and the owner of metal mines. The miner, at any rate, has no occasion to regret the Good old times!" 1
Alleged Theft of Sir Watkin's Oyercoat. At a special meeting on Tuesday at the Ruabon Police Court, before Dr Lawton Roberts and Mr Christmas Jones, John P Morgan, of Whitchurch, formerly a foot- man- valet in the service of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., C.B., was charged with stealing an overcoat value £3 ios., the property of Sir Watkin Williams! Wynn. Mr Thomas, agent for the Wynn- stay estates, prosecuted, and Mr R C Roberts defended. George Munroe, butler at Wynnstay, said Morgan was formerly in Sir Watkin's service as footman-valet. The coat pro- duced was the property of Sir Watkin. On Thursday he was in Wrexham and saw Morgan there wearing the coat pro- duced. He had a conversation with him, and told him he had Sir Watkin's coat on. Morgan said, Oh, no, Mr Munroe, you are quite mistaken. I had that coat made in Whitchurch by a tailor named George Burrows." Witness said, 44 You may have had that coat made in Whitchurch, but if you have I'm a Dutchman Sub- sequently he gave information to the po- lice. When in Sir Watkin's service Mor- gan was at Glanllyn practically all the time, and he left from Glanllyn. He (wit- riess) knew that the coat was at Glanllyn. By the Clerk The coat was missing from Wynnstay. j At this point the Clerk (Mr Kenrick) asked Mr Thomas whether the Court had jurisdiction in the case. Mr Thomas said whatever opportunities defendant might have had of taking the coat would have occurred in Merionethshire. The Clerk advised the Bench that they had no jurisdiction in the case. The magistrates thereupon discharged the accused.
Denbighshire Teachers' Salaries. At the meeting of the Denbighshire Education Committee held at Chester on Friday, Mr D S Davies, who is chairman i of the Staff Sub-committee, stated that after careful consideration the Sub-com. mittee had decided to advance the salaries of a number of the teachers as from April 1, the total increase amounting to £367. 10. On the appointed day the staffs of the schools of the county received in sal- aries 28,273, and were adequate for the teaching of 19 335 pupils Now, includ- ing the increases just granted, the salaries paid in the county amounted to ^34,189 1 os., and the total staff was adequate for the theaching of 23,540 pupils. That in- dicated how the money was being spent which was so well earned by the good at- tendance in the county.
Small Holdings in North Wales. A special commissioner of the Daily News" is at present investigating the progress made under the Small Holdings Act in Wales, and his report is rather di- spiriting. Anglesey heads the list with 560 acres of land held by 17 tenants. Denbighshire comes next with sixteen tenants. Montgomeryshire is third, al- though only one applicant has entered on his holding under the County Council. The rest are nowhere
Sought for Years in Ruabon. Many Ruabon men and women have for years have been seeking a thorough cure for piles. For their sake, a well-known and respected resident of Wrexham gives us his experience, which he courteously authorises us to publish. It is Mr Richard Breese, of 10 Fairfield street, Wrexham, who kindly sanctions the publication of the following statement: 44 For many years I have been greatly troubled with internal itching piles which have been a source of great irritation and annoyance to me, so great indeed that I could obtain no good rest day or night, and my general health has suffered in consequence. I tried many s )-called remedies, but nothing seemed to do me any good until I began to use Doan's ointment. This I found to be the best remedy I ever tried Almost from the first application I began to find relief. The continuous irritation and itching speedily became less trouble- some, and I found it possible to obtain peace and rest. I may say that I am con- tinuing the treatment, having already found so much benefit from it, and I feet sure that I am well on the way to obtain ing a permanent cure. lean heartily re- commend Doan's Ointment. (Signed), Richard Breeze." Doan's ointment is two shilling and ninepence per pot, or six boxes for 13/9, direct from the Foster-McClellan Co., 8, Wells-street, Oxford-street, London, W. Be sure you get the same kind of ointment as Mr Breese had.
The annual musical festival in connec- tion with the Methodist Sunday Schools of the district, was held at Llangollen on Monday. The conductor was Mr David Evans, Cardiff. The colliers of the New Brynmally Col- liery went to London for their annual out- ing on Saturday. Dr Campbell Morgan will conduct a series of meetings in connection with the National Free Church Convention for Wales, at Wrexham, in October.
Powis Eisteddfod. The Powys Eisteddfod was held art LlanfyIlin, on Friday. The day's pïoct;.ed. ings opened with the customary meeting, of the Gorsedd, which was held in a field adjoining the railway station. The morning meeting was presided c?V • er by Mr Marshall Dugdale, who, in bi* presidential address, said it was the duty of every man when young, to offer him. self to learn how to defend his country and his home. Llew Tegid, the conductor, welcome what the President had 'said about tbe: army, the organisation of which, he wa*r glad to know, was nowadays unlikely tC' injure the morals of the people. THE CHALLENGE SOLO AGAIN. Mr Harry Evans ventured to criticise the action of the committee in offering prizes in what they chose to term chal, lenge solo competitions, but which he preferred to describe as go-as-you-please' contests. No comparison could be welt" drawn between them. Competitors hi the hope of courting favour with the ad- judicators, chose the stiffest pieces they, could, with the result that an adjudicatory" instead of comparing the performance of one competitor with that of another, h to contrast it with his recollection of the singing of the same solo by a Tetrazzmf or a Caruso. CHORAL COMPETITIONS. Only one choir, the Myllin Choir, con* ducted by Mr D. T. Davies, appeared itll the chief choral competition, and thq, were awarded the prize of ;630- Three choirs competed in the male voice competition—Vroncyssyllte, Llanfyllin, and Machynlleth. The test piece was Dr Parry's Pilgrim's Chorus," and the prize was £ 20. Mr Evans in awarding the prize to Machynlleth, said one's attention and feel- ing was stirred by the performance. He had never heard the solo sung so well a? it was sung that day. What a gorgeouv, voice the soloist (Mr Arthur Davies) p sessed! The Vroncyssyllte choir opened effectively, but the intonation was fauHyV The awards were Male Voice—Machynlleth (Mr J. 0* Williams). Contralto Solo-Miss Lloyd. Llanfyllin Tenor Solo—John Corris Jones, Dd-" gelly. Chief Choral -Llanfyll in, Children's Choirs-Mochnant. Female Challenge Solo-Miss Francis Rees, Oswestry. Soprano Solo-Miss Edith Davtes^ Wrexham. Duett-Messrs Corris Jones and R, Bf Humphreys. Baritone Solo—Mr R. H. Humphreys Machynlleth. The artists engaged for the evening concert were Miss Evangeline Florence Miss Laura Evans-Williams, Mr Trcvof Evans, Mr James Coleman, and Mr Cb James.
Llangurig Eisteddfod. A chair eisteddfod was held at Liangis- rig on Thurday. The musical adjudicator were Mr Harry Evans Mr W A Dean Muø- Bac. and Mr E Emlyn Davies, Rhos, The principal awards were Male solo Mr Evan Hughe, Tregynom, Band contest; Llanidloes Silver Band,. Champion solo Miss Edith Daviesll" Wrexham. Chief Choral; "Thanks be to God and A Lullaby." Shrewsbury Choir. Male Voice "Night and Day Ltaøø drindod. Champion Male Solo Mr Humphreys/ Machynlleth. Quartette Llandrindod. Solo (female voice) Miss Olive, Cwnw ystwyth. Duett; Miss Davies, Wrexham, 8ø8 Mr Roberts, Brymbo. Chair Ode The Rev T Mordaf Pier", Llanidloes. Country choirs Soldiers of the Cross f ( J H Roberts, Mus Bac) Howey choiiy Llandrindod.
Welsh 11 Selat too Mournful# Preaching on Sunday at Bangor, the Rev J. J. Roberts (Iolo CarLiarvon) ap- pealed to the young people to be more faithful to the" Sèiat." At the same time he criticised the present day method of conducting the Seiat." He said that jif a stranger came into Wales and one 'night visited a public house, he would1 find the people gathered there merry an<$ joyful and if on the following night he visited a Seiat he would find assembled a number of people who thought more of the mournful side of life than the happf side. He was afraid that the 44 Seiat was becoming a meeting for oldpeopte alone. Their young people wanted hetff and happiness and he appealed to the older people to change their tone.
The Miner's Y.C. Just as there is a Victoria Cross (of brave soldiers, SJ there is an Edward Cross for heroes of the mine. This w' instituted two years ago, and shows oil one side a King Edward head, and on the other a miner succouring his faintiolk mate. Struck in silver, the miner's med" is attached to a dark-blufe ribbon with # yellow edge, and is a pi-izfe coveted bf w 1. every hardy pitman in this kingdom;