ON BLIKD HORSES. The way in which blind horses can go about without getting into more difficulties than they ordinarily do is very remarkable. They rarely, if ever, hit their head- against a stone waR; they will sheer off when they come near one. It appears from careful observation that it is neither cliade nor shelter that warns them of the danger, for on an absolutely sunless and windless day their behaviour is the same. Their olfactory nerves doubtless become very sensitive, for they will poke their heads down- wards in search of water fifty yards before they come to a stream crossing the roadway. It cannot be an abnormally developed sense of hearing which leads them to do this, for they will act alike though the water be a stagnant pooL Men who have been blind for any length of time develop somewhat similar instincts to blind horses. ♦
A vessel's tonnage is found thus: Multiply the inside length of the keel in feet by,the length of the midship beam, and that result by the depth. Divide the product by 94. The first census in England was taken on March 10th, 1801. The oldest known English picture is one of Chaucer, painted on panel in the year 1380. The black death of 1348 killed 20.000.000 of Europe's inhabitants and one-third of Britain's population.
431,500 for COOKING CURRANTS AND BANANAS. Second Announcement for those Readers of the Denbighshire Free Press who have not yet sent in their names for our home cooking competition. There is no Entrance Fee, and the rales aud conditions are quite simple. This Great National Competition which is being car- ried on under conditions similar to those which governed thelessextensive-bnt extremely popular-Currant Cookery Competitions of 1907, has, for the convenience of the Com- petitors, aud to easure perfoct fairness and equality of judgment, bedn divided into separate secuciua for each county throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. How you can help to keep up the credit of our County. 1st. y going in yourself for this genuine home-cookery content, and sending up first-rate samples of the special cakes, pastries, and puddings for which Denbighshire is so famous. 2nd By telling your neighbours and friends all about the Competition, and pursuading them to join with you in friendly rivalry and good-natured competition for the best prizes. 3rd. By remembering that the value of the cash prizes allotted to each county will be governed by the number of entries-the biggest prizes going to those counties which record the greatest number or Competitors. Currants are now recognised by the highest medical authorities as the most wholesome, nutritious, and in- expensive of all dried fruits. Every British Housewife who reads a home-paper, knows not only that Currants are good, but knows why they are good, and why it is well worth her while to make a special study of Currau. cookery, even though there were no such events as Currant Cookery Competitions with tempting prizes for the best dishes. Nevertheless, such a cookery contest as that now an- nounced will be exceedingly popular with the intelligent and clever housawife. She will see at once that all her previous practice in Currant Cookery has been just per- fecting her for this, and she will determine to send up Currant dainties that shall be a pride and delight to her household aud a satisfaction to herself. Bananas are becoming increasingly popular and doctors are strongly recommending them as an extremely light and easily-digested form ofnotaisbment. One of the objects of this competition is to stimulate special interest in Banana Cookery, and to show what a nourishing aad economical article of daily food they are when c >oked. They combine excellently with Currants in the making of delicious and simple puddings, cakes, and swestmests. Try some of the recipes given in the little Currant and Bauana Cookery- book mentioned below. aLd you will realise that there is a new field open to you in supplying the daily needs of the family. The Competition is concerned wholly and solely with Currant and Banana Cookery, and Many Thousand of Prizel an to be given to those bome<eo«lu who sea4 in the most wholesome and attractive dishes, containing, as chief ingredients either Currants, or Bananas, or an admixture of the two fruits. It is essentially a home contest -no professional chef or I confectioner will be allowed to compete. Simple Currant cakes, Currant scones, Currant pastries, Currant tartiets, Currant fritters, Currant puddings, Ban- aua jelly, Banana blancmange, Baulina jam, Banana fritters, jmt such homely and tootnsome dainties as are always beiug made on every baking day by the careful and thrifty housewite who is proud of ner kitchen management—these are the dishes that will win the Prizes. The judgment of the Currant and Banana dishes is to be carried out by one oi the greatest cookery exnerts of the dty—Mr. C. Herman Senn, G.C.A., F.C.I., whoVill award the Prizes, not to the most fanciful or most expensive dishes, but to those which are most Bkiifnlly compounded, and most satisfactory as an item of every-day fare. When the Currant and Banana dainties have been judged, and the prizes awarded—all the good things sent in will be immediately distributed among the destitute poor. There- fore, in eateriug tills Co npemion, you are making a least lor those who cannot make a feast for themselves. What you Have to do- Intending Competitors must fill in the coupon to be found at the end of this notice, and send it as directed. They will then receive fullest particulars as to the Com- petition, and a useful little booklet of recipes for Currant and Banana Cookery. Competitors may work upon any of these recipes, or nla] think out something entirely novel on their own account. SpeciallHteution will be given to quite new and original examples of Currant or Banana Cookery. Any number of people from one household may enter, and extra entry forms will be supplied free an application. Start at once and practise every day for this Great 11 Cookery Competition—that is the sure way to win one of the best prizes. Fill in this Coupon before you forget. and send it to CUKF.ANTS," 231, STRAND, LONDON. Please send, free of cost, as mentioned in the Denbigh- shire Free Press," to Full Iname Yr8. or Miss) Full Postal Address I.' a copy of the Currant and Banana Recipe Booklet and full I particulars of the Great National Cookery Competition. I Your Grocer has the little Booklet" bimple and Dainty Gamut ftad Bmum fiecipw." Aik turn toi ft Free eo" y
THE GHOSTS OF THE TOWER. About the middle of last century something like a reign of terror existed among tho daily military guards at the Tower of London on ac- count of the appearance of alleged "ghosts" who were solemnly asserted to haunt eorrain portions of the buildings from midnight to dawn. Nothing could shake the parrisonV be- lief in these supernatural visitations, and one of its members actually died from fright. At lass things arrived at such a pitch that it became necessary to po-t double centric- on every beat. The ghosts. however, still manifested them- selves. and the authorities were practically at their wits'-end to calm the superstition fear- of the troops. Matters, indeed, had almost culmi- nated in general refusal to go on duty when the mystery was cleared tip. It appeared that the spectres were the outcome of a ctupid practical joke on the part of some young men who had studied the gho-r-raising methods of the cele- brated Profe-scr Pepper, who was just then giv- ing his entertainment at the Egyptian Hall.
THE COUGH ORATORICAL. A singular fashion which prevailed among the preackprs of Cromwell's time was that of cough- ing or hemming in the middle of the sermon. The necessity of thus continually attracting the attention of the listeners could not have argued well for the brilliance of the sermons. Some authorities say that the preachers coughed merely as an ornament to speech. At any rate. when the sermons were printed. a many of them were. the. coughs and hems were always indicated on the margin of the page. «
EXTICT" ANIMALS WHICH Srr.vivE. White men in wild lands are usually either in- different to. or sceptical of. native yarns. Ever since Stanley's time. for instance, there have been rumours current of the existence in the Congo forest, belt of a breed of giant pigs, the size of buffaloes, and very fierce. Lieutenant Meinertzhagen. of the East African Rifle*, suc- ceeded in killing one of the creatures, and so de- monstrating their existence to the world. Tli., Lieutenant presented both the skin and Ü1' skeleton to the South Kensington 3da-eu: where they now are. After this who shall say that the persistent native reports of the exist- ence of mastodons in Northern Alaska r>e to be dismissed eifhand as mere idle myths: That this immense hairy elephant must have lived there quite recently has been conclusively proved by the finding of dead specimens hide, flesh, and all-frozen in the ice. A few stray ones may well have survived. «
WHY 1111.. NOT IV., ox CLOCKS. Has anyone ever wondered why the number four is invariably written as 1111. on the dials of clocks, while everywhere else in Roman characters it appears as IV. V About 1370 Henry Vick, one of the first makers of dock-, produced an elaborate clock and gave it to Charles of France. Charles accepted it, and -hortly after- ward Vick appeared at the court to see how the timepiece was running. "Yes." -a d the King, the clock runs well. The only trouble is that you have got the figures on the dial wrong. That four should be four one. I think your" Majesty is wrong." said Vick. I am never wrong- thundered the monarch, offended at the discovery of his ignorance. "Take it away and correct the error." Vick changed the R<^ man numerals IV. to IIII., and to this day the change remains.
MEMORY EXTRAORDINARY. To a friend who congratulated Leyden on his remarkable memory, he replied that he often found it a source of great inconvenience. On the friend expressing surprise he explained that he had often wished to recollect a particular ex- pression in something he had read. but could not do it until he had repeated the whole passage from the beginning to the expression he desired to recall. Dr. Moffatt, the distinguished African, missionary, once preached a long sermon to a crowd of negroes. Shortly after he had finished he saw a number of negroes gather about a simple-minded young savage. lie went to them and -a' d that the savage was preaching his sermon over again. Not only was lie repro- ducing the precise words, but imitating the man- ner and gesture of the white preacher. «
IN- A PORTUGUESE PRISON. Some of the most miserable people on earth are entombed in a gloomy castle on the out- skirts of Lisbon. These arc the inmates of Por- tugal's deadly prisons of silence. Here every- thing that human ingenuity can suggest to make the lives of the prisoners wretched is done. The corridors, placed tier on tier five stories high, extend from a common centre like the spokes of a wheel. The cells are narrow and tomb-like, and in each stands a cofiin. The prison garb is a shroud, and the attendants creep about in felt slippers. No one is allowed to utter a word, and the silence is that of the grave. Once a day the cell doors are unlocked and half a thousand wretches march out. clothed in shrouds and with faces covered with masks. for it is part of the punishment that none may look upon the face of his fellow prisoner. Few of them endure this torture more than ten years. 0.
PREVENTION OF PREMATURE RESURRECTION. The following curious plan was devised at the time of the resurrection men for preventing the stealing of dead bodies: As soon as the corpse is deposited, let a truss of long wheaten straw be opened and distributed in the grave in layers, as equally as may be. with every layer of earth, till the whole is filled up. By this method the corpse will be effectually secured, as may be found by experience; for it is certain that the longest night will not afford time sufficient to empty the grave, although all the common implements of grave-digging be made use of for the abomi- nable purpose."
BIRD MURDERERS. The heron has a habit of lying as if dead. and then suddenly darting its long and powerful beak into the eyes of anyone who is foolish enough to bend over it. In Germany, where storks abound, they are in the habit of collecting in one spot before migrating in autumn. On one of these occasions an observer, who had con- cealed himself so as to watch their departure, saw that something important was on hand. About fifty storks had assembled, and suddenly a ring was formed—one bird in the centre shew- ing every sign of being in great terror. One of the storks then appeared to addres-s the party by clapping its wings for some minutes. Then all the storks began to clap their wings, and with a sudden rush fell upon the culprit, and. with a general thrusting of their long beaks, quickly put him to death. When this was done they flew away to the south in their usual manner.
How ANIMALS BLUSH. Poets have for ages regarded the blusn as a thing of beauty in the gentle sex; but, after all, it is only a rush of blood to the face, caused by modesty or some other emotion. Animals blush, too. through fear, but the poets say nothing about them. Horses blush in their ears. especi- ally, the left one. When a horse is frightened, his left ear will be found to be very much swollen. This is also the case with rabbits. Cows and similar animals blush just above the hoof, while the dog uses his tail for this purpose. When a dog is frightened his tail hangs limp, as he has lost all control over it. Even insect* blh. They do it in their antennae or feejers.
m¡ m I Takea I Dose of And you will Immediately feel its invigor- ating influence upon the nervous system. The Heart's action is stronger. Digestion is improved. Aches and Pains disappear. That is why it relieves Toothachm and NouratgiA so rapidly. Of all Cite/rusts A Starts, Bottlis lIlt A 21 ———rfpi IMPORTANT TO MOTHERS.—Every JL Mother who values the Health aud Clean- liness of her Child should use HARRISON'S RELIABLE NURSERY POMADE. One application kills all Nits and Vermin, beautifies and strengthens the Hair. In Tins, 4 £ d., and 9d. Postage Id.—Geo. W. Harrison, Chemist, Reading- Agents for Denbigh Harrison Jones & Co., Chemists High Street. St. Asaph: J Emrys Jones, Chemist. Ruthin: Bouw & Sons, Chemists, St. Peter's Square. Bettwaycoed; B Farry. -09
CHESTER, 90LD, DENBIGH. RUTHIN. AND CORWEN. July, August, and September. inightnight a.m., a.m., a.m., p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.p.m., p.m London III (Euston).depart 12 012 0 5 0 8 30;b 35'12 10 12 251 30* (5 30 Manchester a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. Manchester a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. j (Exchange) „ 6 45 7 40 8 511 301 5 2 40 4 54 55 7 15 Liverpool (Lime j Street) depart 7 25 8 3511 3012 25i2 10 4 05 5 7 15 Liverpool (Land- ing Stage).depart 6 0 7 30 8 0 8 5011 401 20;2 40 3 20j'4 30,5 10 8 10 Birkenhead ,J (Woodside) depart 6 15 7 45 8 15 9 10!H 5o 1 35|2 55 3 38j4 45 5 25 8 30 lp-m-, „ Chester depart 6 45 8 45|9 1510 2012 45 2 25j3 55 i 20jo 40 5 16 9 30 Mold arrive 7 209 139 5510 571 25 3 714 18 5 olo 206 38 10 10 Mold depart 7 229 15 11 21 27;3 9 4 21 6 226 40 6 50 10 12 Caerwys arrive 7 48 9 34 11 211 46 3 28 5 41 7 9 10 31 Bodfari 7 479 38 11 25.1 50 3 32j 6 45 7 13 10 35 Denbigh arrive 7 57 9 48 11 35 2 0 3 4^4 45 6 £ 6 7 5 7 25 10 45 B if S Denbigh departs 309 52 11 40 2 104 1014 55 7 8 7 238 511 13 Llanrhaidr „ 8 379 59 11 47 2 174 17) 7 36 8 211 20 'j Rhewl 8 4210 4 11 52 2 22 4 22J 7 418 11 25 Kuthin 8 4610 8 11 56 2 26 4 26|5 7 7 0 7 459 1 11 29 Eyarth >, 8 57 12 3(2 33 4 35[ 7 52 lli Nantclwyd 9 4 12 112 414 43i I 8 0 Derwen 9 8 12 1612 464 48 I 8 5 Gwyddelwern „ 9 14 12 23 2 53 4 53 8 11 Oorwen arrive 9 12 31i3 15 3 8 20 B Runs every Monday and Fair Day s Thursdays and Saturdays only. kH. a.m. a.m. a.m.'a.m. a.m. a.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.tn. p.m. p.m p.m. p.m. Corwen depart 7 15 10 351 15j 4 0 6 10, Gwyddelwern.. 7 22 10 42 1 22j 4 7 6 17 Derwen „ 7 28 10 48 1 28; 4 13j 6 23 Nantclwyd „ 7 32 10 52 1 32J 4 17j 6 27j Eyarth „ f 7 38 10 58 1 38| 4 23 6 33j Kuthin j 7 43 9 25 11 3 I 45 4 35[S 15 6 42|8 20 9 10 Rhewl 7 48 9 29; 11 9 1 49 4 S9>5 22*6 46,8 24 9 14 Llanrhaiadr. >» j 7 52 9 33 11 13 1 53 4 435 28^6 50j8 28 9 18 Denbigh arrivej 8 0 9 41 11 21 2 3 4 515 39 6 58 8 36 9 26 Denbigh ••••depart 7 0 108 28 9 5011 30 2 15 3 30 5 0 7 5 18 1 Bodfari 8 8 36 9 5811 382 23 3 38 5 8 7 13 8 Caerwys „ 7 14 I 8 42 10 4,11 44 2 29 3 44 5 14 7 19 9 4 p.m. Mold arrived 368 379 4 10 26,12 62 514 615 36 7 41 9 26 Mold depart7 38 8 399 6 10 28 12 8 2 534 85 385 457 43 9 28 Che&ter .arrive 8 179 29 43, 11 1|12 45 3 24 4 45 6 06 218 20 10 5 (Woodside) arrive^ 69 4410 16^ 11 361 45 4 16o 32 6 45 7 20 9 15 1110 Liverpool (Land- ing Stage) arrive 9 2010 0 110 30 11 50 2 0-4 30 5 50 7 0 7 40,9 301 1125 Liverpool P-m- (Lime Street) „ 9 5010 510 55 12 45 2 504 326 257 158 51033 1157 Manchester a-m- Manchester ( 31 a-m- (Exchange) 9 56 11 20 12 53 2 30 5 12 6 27 8 1210 5 3 23 London p.m. p.m. (Eustcn) 1 40 2 10 3 20 5 40|8 10^9 1510 4511 0| 3 50 :1 Calls at Caerwys when required.
RHYL, ST. ASAPH, AND DENBIGH. a.m. a.m.ja.m. ra.m. p.m. |p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. |p.m. Denbigh depart 6 30 8 10 9 53 11 402 18;3 50 5 0 5 45 7 308 45 Trefnant „ 6 36 8 16j9 5911 45 2 2i\s 57 5 6 5 517 368 51 St A6aph |6 4218 2210 511 52 2 304 45 125 577 42^8 57 Rhuddlan |6 49 8 29 10 12(11 592 37i4 11 5 216 4 7 49^9 4 T*byl arrive 6 57 8 3710 2oll2 13 2 45|4 19 5 29 6 127 57 9 12 ip.m. Rhyl .depart 7 28 9 lOjlO 55jl 25 3 35 4 20 5 0 6 20 8 1510 35 Rhuddlan 7 39j9 njll 2I1 32j3 42 4 30 5 7 6 27 8 2210 44 St Asaph 7 4619 2411 9 1 39 3 49 4 37 5 14 6 34 8 2910 52 Trefnant „ 7 5J9 30.11 16:1 45j3 55 4 43 5 206 40 8 3511 0 Denbigh..— arrived 5 38:1 241! 53i4 4 4 51 5 28j6 48 8 4311 11
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ST. ASAPH. St Asaph Parish Council. THE LIGHTING OF THE CITY. The monthly meeting of the St Asaph I Parish Council was held on Monday evening, when there were present, Mr I Cleaver (chairman), Dr Davies, Messrs Robert Jones, Charles Mausbridup, Walter Williams, Erarys Jones, J Wynne Davies, J C Jones, and J E Price, with the clerk (Mr G Osborne Williams). GOVERNED BY THE MOON." A rather animated discussion was started by Mr Wynne Davies, who said there were general complaints about the lighting of the city, and he had been asked by several of the leading citizens to bring the matter forward. They seemed to be governed by the county council, the rural courcil, the parish council, and the moon in St Asaph. The Chairman (humorously) And by the Free Press (laughter). Mr Wynne Davies That might be so (renewed laughter). Continuing, Mr Davies said he thought that they should leave the lighting of the city to the descretion of the man who had the work in band. The Chairman said Mr Lea had that descretionary power. Mr Wynne Davies Has he the power to light the lamps when required. The Chairman Yes, he has from the 1st of September to the end ol April. Dr Davies said that as a rule the lighting of the city was well done, but there were times when it was a bit dark. Of course it all depended on the moon, which was hidden occasionally behind a bank of clouds for a short time. The lamps were not lit on moonlight nights. The Chairman said that he noticed the lamps had lately been extinguished before time. It was usual to leave a few lamps alight until after the last train had come 1 in, but they were all out a few minutes after ten the other night. Mr Wynne Davies suggested that they should have a small light kept on all nigbt on the Jubilee lamp. It would be very handy for anyone running for the doctor or anything else. Dr Davies thought this was opening up a big question. Mr Walter Williams was of opinion that it would be a good idea. Mr Wynne Davies They have it in other progressive towns. Dr Davies This is a small cify, not a progressive town. Mr Walter Williams It would not cost much. Mr Wynne Davies I merely throw it out as a suggestion for the lighting com- mittee. Mr J C Jones suggested that they should have the direction as to which road to take for Rhyl and Chester painted on glass so that motorists could see it late at night. It was difficult for them to see the other sign. Mr Robert Jones: And ask them to drive slowly (laughter). The suggestions made were referred to the lighting committee. MISCELLANEOUS. A precept for £ 15 to meet current expenses during the next half-year was signed. A letter was read from the Parish Council of Waen stating that they had no objection to the Council fixing a seat at Pontdafydd Bridge. The Post Office authorities wrote stating that Is per annum would be paid for the light of fixing a telegraph pole on the common. The Chairman explained that the saat which had been placed near Mr Stock's place had beoome a nuisance through children playing about it, and Mr Stock said 'he would bear the expense if it should' be moved a little further on.—The Council agreed to have It moved. Other routine business followed.
AUTUMN SKIN TROUBLES. "FOOT-ECZEMA" CURED BY ZAM-BUK. Autumn, scarcely less than summer, means a strain for the human skin, which, in conse- quence of the profuse prespiration and sensitiv- ness to the friction of one's clothes, is very apt to develop unpleasant and even painful sores. Miss Alice Maud Forbes, of 20, Blixenclydach Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, says»< The summer left me with an itching, burning sensa- tion in both my feet. The skin peeled off and left little sores, the flesh being wet and humoury. The sores dried up and then peeled again. At night my feet itched and burned so much that I was kept awake for hours. I got so bad that I could wear nothing but large soft slippers, and I was unable to go out of the house. Ordinary ointments were no good for my case, and I had to keep my feet always bandaged for fear the dye from my stockings should get into the sores and set up blood- poisoning. "My father wanted to take me to hospital, but after reading about Zam-Buk, I decided to try it instead, as I felt there was extraordinary merit in this balm. The cooling and soothing sensation producing by Zam-buk was something I shall always remember. I persevered with the rich balm, which gradually dried up the sores and made my feet strong and healthy again. New skin grew where the sores had been, and the burning and itching sensation passed completely away. 1 can again wear the boots I had to abandon, and I can get about anywhere with- out the slightest discomfort." Y-,4t,h w .m IJU k -qommw
DISINFECTING SICK-ROOMS. Sanitary authorities now recommend the 6craping of walls and coating with freshly elaked lime, and a thorough wasning of the woodwork with corrosive sublimate. There is a general impression that corrosive sublimate is extremely dangerous as a household disinfectant, but this is scarcely reasonable in view of the fact that a fatal dose for an adult would be at least a quarter of a pint of tho solution. Probably the best course, after a case of contagious ill- ness, is to take the paper from the walls and then have the woodwork, floors and walls, and every portion of the interior of the room, scrubbed with a corrosive sublimate solution. After this the lime-wash may be applied to the walls, the more effectually to seal up and destroy any germ that might be hidden in the crevices of the plaster. If this i6 done the danger is re- duced to a minimum, but it must be absolutely thorough, and all articles used in the room must be looked after with equal care. No half-way measures are permissible in cases of this kind.
ST. ASAPH BOARD OF I GUARDIANS. Enormous Increase in the Rates. Half-Yearly Contracts. I The fortnightly meeting of the St. Asaph Board of Guardians was held on Frid-iy, Mr Edwin Morgan (chairman) presiding. The lolloping meoibers were also present:—Mr J Frirnstoo (vice-chair- man), Mrs De Ratice, Mrs Howdl Gee. the Rev Lodwiek Ellis, Cwn-n C F Robcrrs, Messrs J Batho, Owen JR-es, J Pierce, J Robert (Llvryni), William William^, William Jones, -mas Hughe-, Morris Jones, David Robert*, R E (mffith, Hugh Williams, J Eilis June*. Robert Jones (Denbigh). J R Ellis, L) B Evans, Rul-h Eiiwards. J L >thian, Thomas Salisbury, J Robert-Jones, T Peanstit Williernt, H)bert, J- 11. s (Prpstatyii), and J Bennett Jones, wish th* Clerk (Mr Charles Grimshy), and other officials. THE HOUSE. It was reported that the number of inmates WélS 145 which showed a a increase of nine on the corresponding day of last year. During the past fortnight 211 vagrants had been relieved, an increase of 120 on the corresponding period. TH LADIES AND ASYLUil COMMITTEE. Mr Batho referred to the Ladies and Asylum Oemmittee. He was of opinion that the Board should receive from that committee a periodica) report. Mrs De Ranee stated that she in com- pany of Mrs Gee had visited the Asylum and saw all that belonged to the Union, and spoke to each end individually. A report had been made by the ladies com- mittee. but possibly Mr Bat.ho was not present at the time. Mr Batho stated that he referred more particularly to the Ladies Committee in connection with certain delicate duties in connection with the house. He would suggest that periodical reports be made by both the committees. Mr Ellis Jones: And that dates be fixed. Mr Batho: Certainly. Periodical means that. NO ARREARS OF CALLS. The Clerk reported that there were no arrears of calls due from tne various districts (hear, hear.) THE COUXTY RATE. AN ENORMOUS INCREASE. On behalf of the Finance Committee, Mr LI B Evans said the estimates had been before the committee that mprning, and they found there was a very heavy increase in the county rates, the estimate of which amounted to over £ 10,000. The Clerk could, however, explain it better than het, and perhaps he would do so. The Clerk explained that ior the next half year, according to the estimate, the expenditure for poor law relief for the whole union, less repayments by the County Councils, would be zC3,605, and according to the latest information from the County Councils required for county rate purposes was < £ 10,429.. That was in respect of the two counties. The call for Flintshire was S-6,282 2s 4d., which meant a rate of Is -Itd in the X, made up as follows 4 General county rate, 8d; higher education, Id elementary education, 4trA. The 4 Denbigh County Council was not yet in a position to say exactly what they required, but Mr R Humphreys Roberts, the county accountant, had given him that informa- tion. The sum required for general purposes would be 6d or 61d in the £ elementary education, 6d and higher education, Id. Taking the rate for general purposes at the lower amount the county rate would be Is Old. for the half-year, 2 which was much higher than they had ever been. Mr Llew B Evans explained that the Finance Committee did not pasfl any reso- lution in the matter. They thought, how- ever, that :he estimates were rery excessive. When the information reached them from the Denbigh County Council the committee would probably make a recommendation oa the whole thing. In the meantime they had nothing to do but look pleasant (laughter). Mr J Roberts Jones UnpJeasant I should think (renewed laughter). Mr J Pierce What is the rate in excess of last year. The Clerk In Flintshire it was 4id. 4 The figures were as follows :—For the next half-year, Denbighshire, Is lid; Flintshire, Is 0 £ d, as against ll|d and 9d for the last half-year, and lid and Sid for the corresponding half-year twelve months I ago. Mr William Jones We ought to change the County Councils. Mr John Roberts (Abergele) Do away with them altogether. They are the ruination of the country. Mr J Ellis Jones The burden would have been a very small one had the Act of 1902 been passed. Mr Robert Jones What can we do ? Can we pass a resolution condemning the County Councils ? The Chairman We can do that, of course. Mr Robert Jones: And it will simply go to the waste paper basket. On the motion of Mr John Pierce, seconded by Mr Batho, the Clerk was instructed to ask the County Councils to explain the increase. POOR LAW CONFERENCE. The Chairman, Mrs Howel Gee, and Mr J Ellis Jones were appointed to attend the above conference. A "NICE" SORT OF HUSBAND. The relieving officer (Mr Williams) stated that the wife of Hugh Roberts, Tyn Ffynon, Moelfre, had been brought into the house, and she was very bad. Mr Pierce said the man was nothing better than a scoundrel. It was decided to defer the matter to see what course the Board would take in I regard to the man. THE HALF-YEARLY CONTRACTS. The following secured the half-yearly contracts :— .1 J E Price & Co., St Asaph.-Bread lid per lb., cheese 7 £ d., sugar (moist) 15a 10 jd per cwt., rice 13s Cd per cwt., sago 2^d per lb., soap XI 3s 6d per cwt., paramn oil 6!d per gallon. I E B Jones & Co.—Flour 1td per lb., 4 oatmeal per sack of 240 lbs XI 8s 63., sugar (loaf) 17 10M per cwt., currants 2 3d per ib., mustard 7-ad per lb., split peas 4 12s 8d per cwt., carbolic soap 14s 6d per cwt., soda 33 6d per cwt., pepper Is Id per lb. Thomas Davies, butcher, Denbigh.— Meat 01 per lb. William EV!lns, St Asaph.—Tobacco 3s 5d per lb., twist 38 5d per lb. W kllis & Co., Abergele, secured the coa; con.fact at los od per ton. Stead & Simp")n.-Infants' boots Is 9d., girls boois 3:=, to 3? !9i., women's boots 4s 81., men's boots 6s 9d per pair. W Marsden Davies.—Boys' boots 5s Gd., men's slippers 25 6-id per pair. 2 A Lloyd Jones.—Men's light boots 5s ltd rar pnir. 0 W G Jones.—Girls' stockings Is 4!ti., 2 boys' Is 6d women's Is lHd., men's 2s 2^d per pair, blue check 10^per yard. Derison's, Denbih-Linen 91d, and the piece Turkey red 9^1 per yard. Roberts & Co.—Holland for aprons 8|d per yard. J Thomas, Denbigh.—Oxford shirtings 6 £ d per yard, grey calico 4d per yard. 4 8
e St. Asaph (Denbigh) Rurial Council. HAVE ABERUELEITES A CONSCIENCE ? The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Friday, when there were prHSeut :-Jir Bennett Jones (chairman), Canon C F Roberts, Rav Lodwick Ellis, Messrs John Roberts, Morris Jones, Thomas Hughes. D Roberts, Owen Rees, William Jt.Lei, and Thomas Salusbury, with tbt- clerk (r Grimsley), the medical officer (Dr Lloyd Roberts), and other officials. ST GEORGE'S ROAD. A letter was read from the Abergele Parish Council with reference to the un- satisfactory condition of the highway leadiug from St George's road in direction of Tanyfrnn and Bronberllan, and asking that it should be attended to. The Surveyor was directed to see to the matter. THE ABERGELE RIGHT OF WAY DISPUTE. HAVE ABERGELEITES A CONSCIENCE ? I MORAL OBLIGATIONS. In reference to Mr E H Millward's I claim against the Council in connection with the above-mentioned dispute, the Clerk stated that the committee appointed to deal with the matter recommended a compromise. Mr Millward's full claim amounted to zC40, and the committee rconamended an oiler of £2iJ, and this Mr Millward was willing to aceept. It was thought, however, that the Abergele Parish Council ought to pay their share of the expense. The Chairman Shall we apply to that effect f The Clerk Legally I don't think you can claim a share from the Parish Couucil. The Chairman: Then there is no danger of Abergele paying us anything (laughter). Mr John Roberts said there could not be a legal or moral claim against Absrgele as the whole thing came within the jurisdiction of the Rural District Council. Canoa Roberts thought it was rather hard that all the rural districts bad to pay for the litigation for Abergele people. He failed to see why they should 4.0 so. The Chairman Morally I think Abergele should pay a portion of the expense, although legally it eoold not be recovered. Rev Lodwick Ellis We are not guided by moral iaw here. The Chairman There is no danger of Abergele people relying on such a law I (laughter). Canon Roberts: I think we should appeal to the conscience of Abergele people. The Chairman If they have one, you mean (laughter). NEW BRIDGE AT LLANNEFYDD. A letter was read from Mr W D W I Griffith, of Garn, Henllan, re site of the proposed bridge over the river Asa at Llannefydd, stating that he had no wish to stand in the way of this improvement, and if the Council desired, would give all the land necessary to carry it out. On the motion of Mr Salisbury, the offer of Mr Griffiths was accepted with thanks. After further discussion it was decided on the motion of Mr John Roberts that a committee be appointed to visit the spot with a view of erecting a much cheaper bridge than at present contemplated. The Clerk said it was a pity that this resolution had not been agreed upon before. Plans of the bridge had been submitted to j and approved by the County Council, who bad decided to contribute towards the ex- pense. If the matter were re-opened the County Council would come to the con- clusion that they were quibbling with it. Mr William Jones contended that a good arch bridge could be erected for half the C03t of the bridge now in contemplatioB. There was great complaint in the parish as to the expense. The Inspector (Mr E 0 Evans) thought what Mr Jones had said was a mistake. No practical man would ever say such a thing. Mr Owen Rees replied that a man who had erected many bridges in the locality was of the same opinion as Mr William Jones. Mr Morris Jones remarked that during the time of the late Surveyor a similar bridge was erected at Llansannan for £ 45 That bridge was strong enough for any traffic. The Council adhered to the resolution. THE ABERGELE JOINT HOSPITAL. The Clerk reported the sale of the above to Mr Williams, Llanddulas, for £125. In reply to a question, the Clerk said that it had been used for smallpox cases alone, and provision was being made for isolation of fever cases. RHYDYFOEL WATER SUPPLY. A long discussion ensued in reference to the need of a water supply for Rhydfoel, I Llanddulas. The Abergele Parish Council, who had been communicated with in the matter, replied stating that there were only five cottages with a rateable value of £10 belonging to Abergele rural in the district in question, and their interest in question was therefore a small one. Llan- ddulas Parish Council wrote urging upon the District Council the necessity of pro- ceeding without delay to provide a proper supply of water for the district. It was decided to engage an engineer to visit the spot and report to the Council. INCREASE OF ROADMEN'S WAGES REFUSED. A petition signed by the roadmen engaged in Abergele, Bettws, St George, Llanfair, Llanddulas, and Cefn was re- ceived asking to be placed on the same basis as regards wages as those employed in the Flintshire Rural District Council, who had been allowed an increase of 2s per week. Mr John Roberts Let them give up their places if not satisfied with the wages. If we are unable to replace them then we shall be justified in granting an increase. On the motion of Mr William Jones, it was decided not to entertain the appli- cation. I HEALTH OF THE DISTRICT. Dr Lloyd Roberts said that not a single j case of an infectious nature had been reported during the past month, and the country was quite healthy. I The Chairman That is a credit to the Council, Doctor, isn't it ? RATE REDUCED. With a credit balance of ik700 in hand, the Clerk stated that a 4!-d rate would be sufficient for the ensuing half-year, being the same as the corresponding period last year, and a penny less than for the pre- ceding six months (applause).