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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 7th. 1887.


At the Carnarvon Borough Magistrates' Court, on Monday, before the Mayor (Mr. John Jones) and Mr. G. R. Rees, Hugh Roberts alias "Huw yr Hen Greadur," a well-known character, was charged with stealing a pair of gloves, the property of Mr. Walter Hughes, North and South Wales Bank, from a pew in the Moriah Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, on the previous Sunday. He was found guilty, and sent to gaol for seven days.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 14th. 1887.

Alderman Lewis Lewis, the ex-mayor of Carnarvon, whose interest in technical education is well-known, has generously arranged that Mr. Evan Jones, of the Seiont Brickworks, shall receive instruction in the Carnarvon School of Art at his (Mr. Lewis) expense. Mr. Evan Jones recently moulded several clay figures representing the Salvation Army Officials at Carnarvon, and upon they being shown to Mr. Lewis, he at once decided to give the man an opportunity of improving himself in the art.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 21st. 1887.


During the present week, Mr. W. Stephen's sensational drama, entitled "Our Lass," has been performed each night at the Guild Hall, Carnarvon, by a very able company under the direction of Mr. Henry Mayhew. The plot is well worked out, and is full of interest, each character therein being creditably sustained by the ladies and gentlemen whom Mr. Mayhew has brought together. The mechanical effects are worthy of special mention, the "thunderstorm" and "raging sea" being exceeding realistic. Mr. Fred Ferdinand proves himself a courteous and capable business manager.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 28th. 1887.


About a quarter to nine o'clock on Wednesday night the mutilated remains of a man, apparently about forty years of age, were discovered at the Bangor Railway Station. The body was decapitated, the side of the face being disfigured beyond identification. In the pockets of the coat two letters were found, one addressed to Mrs. Hamer, Queen's Hotel, Carnarvon. The letter was conveyed on Wednesday night, and was found to have been endorsed in the handwriting of Mr. Edward Williams, auctioneer's clerk, Uxbridge-street, Carnarvon, who at three o'clock left that town for Bangor on a message for Mr. Hamer. It appears that Williams called at the Railway Hotel, Bangor, and was asked by Miss Hanks, a barmaid, to convey the letter to Mrs. Hamer. The discovery of the letter in his possession and the description of the clothing worn by deceased proved the identification. It is believed that whilst endeavouring to cross the line for the Carnarvon train leaving Bangor at 7.15, he was knocked down by the engine. Deceased, who was much respected, leaves a widow.


Mr. J. H. Roberts, the Carnarvonshire coroner, on Thursday held an inquest at Bangor Infirmary, on the body of the deceased.

The deceased, who leaves a widow, but no family, was at Bangor, on Wednesday afternoon, transacting business for Mr. Hamer, Queen's Hotel, Carnarvon. He called at the Albion and Railway Hotels, and at ten minutes past seven Miss Hanks, the barmaid at the latter place, who had two hours earlier given him a letter to take to Mrs. Hamer, saw him passing the hotel, and advised him to hurry, as he had only five minutes to catch the train. He was then apparently quite sober. At twenty minutes to nine his body was found by R. E. Owen, a youth employed in the engine shed, lying on its back in the four-foot of the down line. The head was about two feet from the body, in the direction of the Carnarvon platform. The letter gave him by Miss Hanks afforded a clue as to his identity.

Mr. E. Jones, station-master, and Railway Inspector Jackson were of opinion that the deceased walked along the up-platform, and was crossing the line when he was knocked down and run over by the train leaving for Carnarvon, at a quarter-past seven, and by which he intended to travel, having taken a return ticket.

The coroner and jury expressed surprise that no one who was on the engine had been called. - Mr. Jones said that Mr. Sellars, the district locomotive superintendent, had made inquiries from the driver and stoker, and found that they knew nothing of the occurrence, and that there were no marks upon the engine. A telegram to that effect had also been received. - The Coroner: That may be so. We live in a progressive age, but we have not yet arrived at the stage of taking evidence by telegraph. It would have been as well if one of the men on the engine had been called as a witness.

The jury found that the deceased had been killed by being run over by a train, there being no evidence to show how it occurred.

Upon the recommendation of the forman (Mr. Austin Jones), a rider was added suggesting to the company the desirability of improving the access to the railway station by extending the subway to the street. At present passengers have to ascend a long flight of steps to reach the level of the platform, and to make another descent to get to the subway from the platform, and, to avoid so doing, many persons were in the habit of crossing the line. - Mr. E. Jones said that the suggestion would be conveyed to the proper quarter. The lengthening of the subway had been under the consideration of the directors, but the expense was considered too great. - A Juryman: But here is a life lost.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 4th. 1887.



At the monthly meeting of Carnarvon Town Council, on Tuesday evening last, the Mayor (Councillor J. Jones) said that this being the year of her Majesty's Jubilee, they in that old town should do something locally to commemorate that great and happy event. They had already joined the county committee to subscribe whatever they could towards an Imperial Institute, but he thought it was their duty, like that of every other town, to do something locally. It had been suggested to him by several gentlemen outside the council that it would be a most appropriate thing if they could see their way clear to establish in Carnarvon a small cottage hospital. At Llandudno, they started by renting a house to accommodate four or six beds, and then engaged a properly trained nurse and servant, and assistants as required. That institution had now become a great success - some having left it legacies, others having handsomely contributed to its funds, and a new hospital had been erected at a cost of 4000, and capable of accommodating from 30 to 35 beds. His idea was, if they decided to have a cottage hospital, that they should take a suitable house, at a rental of say about 30, engage a properly trained nurse and servant, and make up four beds. Of course, it would have to be supported by donations and subscriptions, and the house would have to be furnished. The question was, could they see their way clear to get these subscriptions. It would be impossible to maintain it with less than 150 a year - without that amount they could not carry the thing on to start with. He understood that every medical gentleman in the town would give his service gratuitously (hear, hear). He was not quite clear as to the way medicine was got, but there would, doubtless, be no difficulty as to that, if they but once opened the institution. Looking at neighbouring towns, they would find that Bangor, Denbigh, Wrexham, and many others, had their hospitals, and he did not think they should be behind at Carnarvon in that respect. They prided themselves as being near the top of the tree as to business and business premises, but they were lacking in that one respect, - they had no hospital nor any other accommodations for their fellow-creatures who met with accidents. He knew that there would be opposition to this movement, but he hoped that every member would speak out his mind plainly, free, and without any hesitation (hear, hear); and if anything else was suggested and carried out, they might rely upon his best endeavour to assist in every possible way, both by personal support and subscription (hear, hear).

Alderman Lewis pointed out that it had been already suggested two months ago that the Institute be opened in Carnarvon during the jubilee year. He thought that one thing at a time was quite enough. The opening of the Institute had been long delayed, and before the opening could take place, the building required to be furnished and supplied with books. He did not know whether he would be out of order or not, but he would give notice that at the next meeting he would move the adoption of the Free Libraries Act at Carnarvon.

The Mayor: And that would mean a penny rate.

Alderman Lewis said that the rate could not be higher than a penny. Some years ago, when they lost the Dolgelley High School for Girls, he offered his 5000 as a nucleus of a fund to provide a cottage hospital, but the idea was opposed on the ground that the cost of maintainance would be too heavy. The Institute must certainly be furnished, and he questioned very much whether they could do that and open a cottage hospital. He found that at Wrexham the Free Library, during the last year, was daily visited, on an average, by 329 persons, and -

Alderman Rees rose to a point of order, and the Mayor said that Alderman Lewis would have an opportunity in future to produce his figures.

Alderman Dr. Williams said that his opinion as to the Mayor's suggestion was well known when he was mayor; he tried the same things, and was promised liberal support by the late Mr. Whitehead. He did his best to secure the support of other gentlemen in the neighbourhood, so that a cottage hospital might be erected; but unfortunately he failed, and the idea fell through. Towards the end of his year of office he consulted Mr. Whitehead, and they thought of renting an empty house to start with, but, at the time, he failed to come across a suitable house, though he searched the whole town. If they commenced in a small way, as suggested, he had no doubt but that the hospital could be maintained, if they got sufficient money to furnish it. He thought that 150 a year would not be required, and that if they had a few annual subscriptions, and had annual collections on hospital Sunday in the chapels and churches, they would certainly be able to maintain it. As Alderman Lewis had said, it was quite another question whether they could take the two things in hand the same year.

Mr. J. P. Gregory, after reminding the council that he had brought this matter forward couple of months ago, endorsed the remarks made by the Mayor and Alderman Williams. Personally, he thought that a cottage hospital would be far more useful to the town than the Institute, and they certainly could not take both in hand at the same time.

Alderman De Winton said that he was as anxious as anyone to see a cottage hospital erected in the town, for he felt that a hospital was very much wanted indeed. It was one of those things in which they were very much lacking. He had said two months ago, that as they now had the Institute so nearly completed, and as it was quite impossible that they could build a hospital in time to identify it with the Jubilee of Her Majesty, he thought that perhaps it would be better that they should complete what they had in hand, and let the Institute be their contribution to the jubilee. But the proposal now made by the Mayor was a very different one, for he did not propose to erect a new building, but simply to rent an empty house; and he (the speaker) felt that the difficulty now was very much less, and that the proposal might be carried out. For all practical purposes, he thought that to rent a house, as the Mayor proposed, would be quite as useful to the town as a new building specially erected; and he earnestly hoped that the Mayor could carry out his suggestion. He (the speaker) did not think that the movement would clash with the Institute, for a great number of people which would not subscribe to the Institute would be very glad to subscribe to the hospital. The matter was one of great importance to the town, and should be fairly discussed.

Alderman Rees thought that before taking any step in the matter they should call a public meeting, and invite the gentlemen of the town to take an interest in the movement, and state the sums they would be willing to subscribe. It would not do for a small committee to make itself liable for the rent of a house, the wages of a nurse and servant, and other expenses. These would amount to about 100 at least. He thought that all who took an interest in the matter should be invited to state whether they were ready to do something besides talk (hear, hear). Some people seemed to think that the Corporation had an unlimited purse to draw upon, and perhaps when these persons were invited themselves to subscribe, they would not be so ready to crow (laughter).

Alderman Dr. Williams: Of course, the first thing to be done is to call a public meeting, and let the public meeting understand that we as a council are willing and anxious to do what we can. Of course, we cannot take upon ourselves the responsibility of supporting this cottage hospital, unless we get support from outside. I do not think that, at the commencement, we would be able to go to the expense of paying for a trained nurse, but that would depend upon the number of cases in the hospital. At any rate, I believe we could get a person able to nurse, if we let her live rent free in the house.

Mr. Thomas Williams agreed with all that had been said. This proposal was a very happy thought of the Mayor's. He (the speaker) did not think it would clash with the Institute. Perhaps they would be able to carry out both movements. At any rate, there would not be opposition schemes ("No, no"). A cottage hopital would certainly be a very popular movement, much more popular than a Colonial Institute (laughter). As to the Colonies and that sort of thing, he thought that the Royal Family thought more of the Colonies than they did of Wales (renewed laughter), for not one of them ever graced the great national gatherings with their presence (hear, hear).

Mr. J. R. Hughes: We don't want them.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard said that the proposal was a credit to the Mayor's head and heart, for the hospital, if established, would prove a blessing to hundreds in years to come. He supported the suggestion with all heartiness, and would be glad to assist as far as he could with his subscription (hear, hear). He hoped also, when the day came, to be able to give some help to Alderman Lewis to open the library, and if they all lent a helping hand, the Institute could very soon be opened (hear, hear). There was nothing like a little energy, and if the town was energetic with the matter, they need not be frightened at the idea of taking two things in hand at once. He referred to the new Conservative rooms and Beulah chapel as examples of what can be done by a few earnest people who took the bull by the horns (laughter). He was glad that the Mayor had taken the hospital movement in hand, and he felt sure that his Worship would be well supported. The Institute would benefit their minds and the hospital would minister to their bodily ailments (laughter).

Mr. Bugbird also supported the motion, but referred to Oswestry, where a cottage hospital, now a flourishing institution, had been started in a very small way. The Mayor's suggestion was an excellent one, and was not likely to clash with the opening of the Institute.

Mr. Mayor: I should not like them to clash at all.

Mr. M. T. Morris firmly believed that a cottage hospital, once started, would prove very beneficial to the town. As to the Institute, he thought that Ald. Lewis ought to be satisfied this year if he succeeded in getting the town to adopt the Free Libraries Act. He (the speaker) was afraid they would bore the town too much if they attempted to carry out the two movements at once. They at Carnarvon were noted for being lukewarm and cautious with everything. The only thing they could pride themselves upon was the Pavilion, and certainly, if it had depended upon the town at large, the Pavilion would have been carried away long since. He supported the hospital movement with all his heart.

Mr. W. J. Williams, while supporting the Mayor, feared that Alderman Lewis's notice of motion would result in bringing the two movements into a collision, and that they would be in danger of losing both. The question was whether they could clear the debt on the Institute, and get the ratepayers to agree to a penny rate as well. In the course of a year or so, the council would be able to clear the debt without burdening anybody, and then they could ask the town to take over the Institute without any encumberance.

The Mayor: It has been already taken over.

Mr. W. J. Williams: Yes, but it will not be taken over entirely until the 200 is paid off.

Alderman G. R. Rees explained that at present the rents of the Institute shops went to clear off this 200, but if the Free Libraries Act was adopted, these rents would be required to maintain the library.

Alderman Lewis: I am afraid that some friends think that this Institute is something personal to me ("No, no"). I certainly shall now leave it alone, and shall take no further trouble with it.

Mr. J. R. Hughes was glad that the cottage hospital idea was being so warmly supported, and he could not possibly see how it would clash with the Institute. As to Alderman Rees's statement, they voted 600 to the Institute on the understanding that the remaining 200 would be got from the shops and the Guild Hall receipts, and that, notwithstanding that the Library Act would be applied for. Now, however, they found that if the Library Act was adopted the shop rents would be required for another purpose. It was high time this matter should be settled, for the ex-Mayor had had plenty of trouble with it.

Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith also supported the Mayor's suggestion.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard asked the Mayor whether he would allow the Institute movement to have precedence, so far as the public meetng concerned?

The Mayor: Certainly, but I do not see that we will require more than one public meeting to discuss both projects.

Alderman Lewis said that he would be very sorry to see the Institute opened unless there were books in it. He wanted to adopt the Free Libraries Act many years ago, but some friends said, "No, get the building first," and the building was now ready. He was quite willing to leave the matter in abeyance for another five years.

Mr. J. R. Hughes: I understood that when we took the Institute over, we took it clean out of the hands of the ex-Mayor?

The Mayor: Quite so.

Alderman De Winton could not see what the 200 debt had to do with the present discussion. That was a matter between the Corporation and the Institute. What the public were called upon to contribute to was the furnishing fund. If he thought that the proposal to have a cottage hospital would militate against that, he would certainly prefer applying their energies for the present to the Institute alone. But he did not think that they would clash. He suggested that a Christmas Pree be held annually in aid of the hospital. His experiences of such gathering went to show that they were very successful, and that the proceeds alone would be sufficient to maintain the hospital.

Alderman Lewis: I am quite willing to leave the matter for another five years. I am not going to press anything. Go on as you like, gentlemen, I have no objection whatever.

Mr. M. T. Morris said that he would be very glad to see the Institute opened this year, and suggested that Alderman Lewis should prepare an estimate of the cost, so that the council might see what they could do.

Mr. David Williams was of opinion that it would be better for the council at present to confine their attention to the Institute.

Mr. Richard Thomas suggested that the matter be adjourned for a month, so that Alderman Lewis might have time to prepare an estimate of the cost of furnishing the Institute. If the hospital would militate against the Institute, he would prefer leaving the former alone.

The Mayor: The question then is, can we carry out the hospital idea and open the Institute?

Mr. J. R. Hughes suggested that a special meeting of the council be called.

Some discussion then took place as to the desirableness of calling a public meeting of ratepayers, but it was eventualy decided to summon a special meeting of the council in a fortnight's time.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 18th. 1887.


To the Editor

SIR, - Some discussion has recently taken place with regard to the desirability of charging dues upon the three large steamers which have been, for some months, laid up in the port of Carnarvon. I rejoice to see that two of them have already left, and that the remainng one is now fitting out. It is a well-known fact that all these steamers come here to be engined by Messrs. De Winton and Co., at a cost of about 7000 each, and to those who are shortsighted enough to suggest that a levy of dues should be made, it may be interesting to know that since the stay of the vessels in this port there has been a sum of considerably over 2000 expended in labour alone upon them. Moveover, on their departure the vessels are manned by local crews, and so give employment to scores of men out of work. One hears enough these days of the slackness of trade, and I cannot help thinking that, considering the facts I have stated, it will be apparent to every right-thinking person that it would be to the general interest of the locality if everything were done to encourage vessels to come to the port rather than hamper them with the payment of dues. In large ports like Liverpool, the imposition of dues becomes a necessity; otherwise, navigation would be seriously interferred with. But where such a result is improbable, I venture to say that the suggestion of dues is at least unwise. - I am, Sir, &c.,


Carnarvon, February 8th., 1887.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 18th. 1887.


On Monday last, the first of a series of half-penny dinners for the poor children of the town was given at the Twthill School-room, Carnarvon, under the superintendence of the Misses De Winton. About 150 children were admitted, and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the nourishing bowl of soup, and the toothsome bread and jam to which their half-pennies entitled them. Similar dinners were given on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and it is arranged that they be continued for four days per week during the remaining winter months, provided the funds will allow. The dinner is estimated to cost at least one penny per head, so that exactly one half the expenditure incurred will have to be defrayed by subscriptions. Last winter the subscriptions received amounted to nearly 30, and the following balance sheet, prepared by Miss B. E. De Winton, shows the result of last year's venture:


Subscriptions 29 19 10 Articles of food 13 11 6
Children's half-pence 8 6 9 Ironmongery, crockery, &c. 1 18 3
By sale of remainng potatoes 0 3 6 Wages, coal and clearing room 2 4 0
By sale of remaining jam pots 0 5 6 Gas for stoves 0 16 0
          18 9 9
        Balance 20 5 3
  38 15 1 Total 38 15 1

The promoters, therefore, start this season with a balance of 20 in hand; and, in this very satisfactory state of affairs, they have generously decided to provide dinners in future for a larger number of youngsters - that is, to provide accommodation for 200, instead of for 150. The children who benefit by the philanthropic efforts of the promoters are of the most deserving class, and are carefully selected each day by the teachers of the several public elementary schools in the town, an equal number being drawn from the Board and the National Schools. Of course, to provide more accommodation means extra expenditure, and those who desire to relieve the sufferings of the poor during the present cold winter months can not do better than assist the promoters of the children's half-penny dinners. The following were the donations received during the past week:- Miss Jones, Bryn Teg, 1; Mrs. Heys Rice, 5s.; the children of Cefnycoed, 2s.; Mr. Lewis Lewis, Quellyn, a sack of potatoes. Several ladies and gentlemen take interest in the movement, and among those present at Thursday's dinner were Mrs. Newton, Mrs. Ruck, Mrs. Herbert Humphreys, the Misses De Winton, Miss Sampson, Miss Roberts (Bryn Morfa), Miss Watkin Roberts, Miss De Burgh, the Rev. Ll. R. Hughes, Mr. W. P. Williams (chairman of the Carnarvon School Board), &c., &c.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 25th. 1887.


At the Carnarvon County Magistrates' Court, on Saturday, John Ellis, hairdresser, Carnarvon, was charged with being drunk under singular circumstances. It was stated that whilst in a state of intoxication he divested himself of all his clothing, which he placed on the bank of a pool near Dolydd, and afterwards walked in a nude condition to a blacksmith's house, where he was supplied with a pair of drawers. - Deputy Chief-Constable Davies said that the defendant was under the impresssion that he was going to bed when he took off his clothes (laughter). - The bench imposed a fine of 5s. and costs.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 25th. 1887.


The following contributions are gratefully acknowledged:- Mrs. Smith Davids, 5s.; Mr. H. Humphreys, 2s.; Mr. E. Humphreys, Royal Hotel, a sack of potatoes. As was stated in our report last week, the promoters propose to provide accommodation henceforth for 200 children, and therefore, additional funds are required. The dinners are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Friday being ommitted, because that is the day when soup is distributed at the soup kitchen. The Misses De Winton will gladly acknowledge all contributions both great and small.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 25th. 1887.


During the past six or eight weeks, there have died at Carnarvon, and within a stone's throw of each other, no fewer than ten old ladies of the ages of 64 and upwards. Their names were: Mrs. Ann Jones, Little Chapel-street, 88 years of age; Mrs. Griffiths, Mrs. Mary Jones, Chapel-street; Mrs. Anne Griffith, Garnons-street; and Mrs. Dorothy Davies, Little Chapel-street - each 84 years of age; Mrs. Jones, 19, Segontium-terrace, 77 years old; Mrs. Mary Roberts and Mrs. Griffith, Segontium-terrace, and Mrs. John Jones, Chapel-street, each 65 years of age; and the wife of Mr. David Barmah, Chapel-street, 64 years of age. These figures together give a total of 760 years - a fact that speaks well for the sanitary condition of the town.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 25th. 1887.



On Monday last, Mr. J. H. Roberts, coroner, and a body of jurymen, of whom Mr. J. Williams, bookseller, was foreman, held an inquest at the Magistrates' Room, Guild Hall, Carnarvon, on the body of a man found drowned in the dock at Carnarvon on Saturday night. D.C.C. Davies watched the proceedings on behalf of the police.

Ellis Parry, a young man about 23 years of age, said that about 9.35 p.m., on Saturday evening, he was standing on the quay, when he saw a man pass him. A few minutes afterwards, he heard a splash in the water, and suspecting that the man had fallen into the basin, he ran in that direction. There was water in the dock at the time. Witness pulled off his coat and ran down the stone steps near the battery end of the dock, where he found a boat's pointer attached to the steps. He got hold of the rope and tried to pull the boat towards him, but failed in the attempt, as the boat was anchored astern. He then jumped into the water, and supporting and guiding himself by the rope, he reached the boat, from which he entered another. The latter he sculled back to the stone steps, where two other men joined him. The three men then proceeded in the boat to the spot where the splash had been heard, and there found deceased floating face downwards. There was about six or eight feet of water in the dock at the time. The body was raised into the boat, and then taken ashore. - Replying to the Coroner, Parry said - "Deceased was not then, in my opinion, alive. I heard the splash in the water. I should fancy that the deceased fell in at a spot between the battery end of the dock and the "Ja Ja" shed. It was very dark at the time. I did not see the body until I was very close to it, when I saw a dark object floating on the surface. As soon as he fell in, deceased called out "Oh! dear mother," and subsequently, when I was in the boat, he called again, but I could not distinguish the words, except "Oh! God." I did not hear him shout afterwards, but I heard the noise of a struggle in the water. I fancy that from ten to twelve minutes elapsed between the time deceased fell into the water and the time when I reached the body. We lifted the body into the boat, and then carried it from the boat on-shore, where we placed it face downwards and shook it, but deceased gave no sign whatever of life. The doctor and the police then came there, and took the body in charge.

Replying to the Foreman, witness said: It was not one of us that ran for a doctor. There was a crowd collected by the time we got the body ashore. I did not see a man walk about the spot where I suppose deceased fell in.

Mr. J. Williams expressed the opinion that Ellis Parry had acted very praiseworthily, and had given his evidence in a clear and satisfactory manner. - Several other jurymen concurred.

Robert Wiliams, Penygroes, Llanllyfni, quarryman, said that he knew the deceased intimately. He had seen the body, and identified it as the body of William Jones, Treddafydd, Penygroes, a quarryman, about 50 or 52 years of age. He worked in the Penybryn Quarry, Cloddfa'r Lon. Witness did not know anything about the affair until he came down to town that morning, when he was told that a man had been drowned, and, upon seeing the body he (witness) identified it at once as that of William Jones. Deceased was given to drink, and, when on the spree, he sometimes stayed from home for nights together. Wiliam Jones was one of the 300 men who had been discharged from the Penybryn Quarry, but he had no reason to grieve over that, as he had only his wife and himself to maintain.

Catherine Williams, Victoria Vaults, Palace-street, Carnarvon, said that on Saturday night, about 9 p.m., deceased came to her house and stayed there for about ten minutes, she refusing to supply him with beer, as she thought he had had too much. Deceased came to her house about half-a-dozen times during he day, and had a glass of beer each time he called. Deceased told her that he had lost the last train for home, and about 9 o'clock asked for lodgings at her house. There was no room for him there, and she asked two men to take him to a place where he could have a bed. He left the house with them.

Elizabeth Jones, Glanymnor, said that between eight and nine on Saturday night, she was walking along High-street, when she saw deceased looking at the ground. She asked him whether he had lost something, and, at the same time, showed him a shilling on the ground. He picked up the coin. He was very drunk. She (witness) went with him to the Victoria Vaults, and there he gave her a glass of beer for finding the shilling. Deceased did not take anything himself. She went away, leaving him in the vaults. She had seen the body, and identified it as that of the man she saw on Saturday night.

John Roberts, a sailor, said that he was in the Victoria Vaults on Saturday night, when deceased, who was very drunk, came in and asked for a bed. At the request of the landlady, he (witness) and another man agreed to take the deceased to a lodging-house in North Penrallt. While on the way, and near Mr. Hamer's, the pawnbroker, deceased became obstinate, and, saying that he would find lodging for himself, left them.

The Coroner: As far as I can see, there is no use prolonging the inquest. - A Juror: Had we not better call the medical man who saw the body? - The Coroner: What for? - A Juror: To state whether the man was alive when brought ashore. - The Coroner: I do not see how that can affect your verdict. - Another Juror: The man would scarcely be alive having been in the water for ten or twelve minutes.

The Coroner: I do not think you are in a position to say any more than that the deceased fell into the dock when he was drunk, and there is ample evidence that he was drunk. A great many people have fallen into that dock, but I do not know of a single instance in which drunkenness was not the cause.

The jury agreed with the coroner's remarks and returned a verdict to that effect.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 8th. 1887.

Messrs. Lacey and Edwards, two promising young amateur actors, of Carnarvon, are announced to give a dramatic entertainment at the Assembly Rooms, Conservative Club, in that town, on Monday evening. Judging from the programme, the entertainment will be an enjoyable one.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 8th. 1887.


We understand that Mr. Herbert Gladstone, M.P., has consented to pay a visit to Carnarvon some time during the week next following Whitsuntide (the date yet to be fixed), and formally inaugerate the establishment of the Liberal League in that town.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 8th. 1887.


The Mayor said that it was time to take into consideration how best to celebrate the jubilee in the town. First of all, the Institute would be formally opened, and with the assistance of a few friends, he should open a cottage hospital (hear, hear), provided he could get a suitable site. But they ought to have some rejoicings in the town, and he should like a treat to be given to the school children and to the poor; and a dinner to the old people who are about the same age as the Queen (hear, hear). If all this could be done, it would be a credit to the old town of Carnarvon. He did not see why it could not be carried out. Mr. Bugbird was quite sanguine that funds would be found to give a treat to the old people, and a large number of the members of the old committee would give assistance in the matter. His (the mayor's) suggestion was that the members of the old committee be invited to discuss the matter with the council. Mr. Bugbird concurred. - Mr. J. R. Hughes said there were many in Carnarvon who were unwilling to subscribe to the Imperial Institute, but would readily give towards a treat for the poor and festivities at home. He understood that the ladies had been round the town begging for the Institute. - The Mayor: No; that was for the Queen. Lists are at the banks for any one who likes to subscribe to the Imperial Institute. - Mr. J. R. Pritchard, said that he was quite as loyal as most people, but did not believe in sending any of the funds to London. The Royal family had quite enough money. - Eventually the mayor's suggestion was agreed to.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 29th. 1887.


We are glad to find that our worthy Mayor has taken the initiative in this matter, a number of gentlemen having attended a preliminary meeting at the Guild Hall at his request on Monday last, viz.:- The Mayor, Aldermen Lewis Lewis, G. R. Rees, Dr. J. Williams, and W. P. Williams; Councillors J. R. Pritchard, Richard Thomas, T. Bugbird, J. P. Gregory, T. D. Lloyd, M. T. Morris, T. Williams, J. R. Hughes, Evan H. Owen, the Revs. R. P. Hughes, W. J. Willis, O. Davies, and Varteg Jones; Messrs. H. Pritchard, Pool-street Market; O. Evans, Hugh Wiliams, Eastgate-street; W. G. Thomas, David Thomas (relieving officer), R. J. Thomas (county surveyor), W. H. Owen, R. J. Davids, and H. Ll. Carter. - Mr. R. J. Davids and Mr. Wm. Jones, North and South Wales Bank, were unanimously requested to act as hon. secretaries. - The finance committee, consisting of Messrs. G. R. Rees (who is also the treasurer to the fund), Dr. J. Williams, Messrs. Richard Thomas, M. T. Morris, T. Bugbird, and Hugh Pritchard having been elected nem. con., the following resolution was proposed by Mr. Richard Thomas, and seconded by Mr. Thomas Williams:- "That this meeting is of opinion it is desirable to commemorate the Jubilee of Her Majesty by a treat to the Sunday School children and aged poor of the town, and that those present - with power to add to their number - form a committee to carry out the object. That a circular be issued at once requesting donations to the fund to be raised, and another meeting called a week afterwards." The following subscription list was opened in the room:- The Mayor, 5 5s; Alderman G. R. Rees, 2 2s; Councillor R. R. Williams, 1 1s; Mr. R. J. Davids, 1 1s; Councillor W. J. Williams, 1 1s; Mr. W. G. Thomas, 1 1s; Alderman Lewis Lewis, 1 1s; Councillor T. Bugbird, 1 1s; Councillor T. D. Lloyd, 1 1s; Messrs. Pierce and Wiliams, 2 2s; Mr. Hugh Pritchard, 10s. 6d; Mr. O. Evans, 10s. 6d; Mr. H. Williams, 10s. 6d; Councillor J. R. Pritchard, 10s. 6d; Councillor J. R. Hughes, 10s. 6d; Councillor J. P. Gregory, 1 1s; Rev. O. Davies, 10s. 6d; Councillor M. T. Morris, 10s. 6d; Councillor Richard Thomas, 1 1s; Alderman W. P. Williams, 10s. 6d; Alderman Dr. John Williams, 1 1s; Mr. W. H. Owen, 10s. 6d; Mr. H. Lloyd Carter, 10s. 6d; Councillor Evan Hugh Owen, 10s. 6d; Mr. R. J. Thomas, 10s. 6d. The following subscriptions have since been promised:- Mr. Edward Roberts, H. M. Inspector of Schools, 1 1s; Mrs. Brittain, 1 1s; Mr. Walter Hughes, 1 1s; Mr. C. H. Rees, 10s. 6d; Mr. C. A. Jones, 10s. 6d; Mr. L. R. Thomas, 10s. 6d; Anglesey, 5s; Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith, 1 1s; Mr. W. H. Holmes, 10s. 6d; Mr. H. Humphreys, 10s. 6d; Mr. Geo. Owen, 5s; Mr. J. Owen, Ty Coch, 2 2s; Mr. R. Newton, 10s. 6d.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 6th. 1887.


A short time ago, we called the attention of our readers to a new patent collar stud, the invention of a Welshman, viz., Mr. W. W. Jones, 22, Bangor-street, Carnarvon. This week we had the opportunity of testing the stud, and it is most convenient. The design and workmanship is highly creditable to Mr. Jones, and bears testimony to his ability as a first class workman. Readers are referred to our advertising columns for prices, &c.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 13th. 1887.

Mr. Tom Harwood, only son of Mr. H. Harwood, of Carnarvon, sailed on Wednesday from Liverpool in the White Star Line Steamer "Celtic" for New York. Mr. Harwood intends to proceed on a shooting tour, with two friends, through the States, via Albany, Utica, Toronto into Canada as far as the Rocky Mountains.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 13th. 1887.

Many of our Carnarvon readers will learn with gratification that Mr. J. Henry Hope, son of Mr. Hope, Castle-street, has just matriculated, with honourable mention, at Trinity College, Dublin. During the last few years, Mr. Hope has been very successful as head-master of the Holywell National Schools. We may add that he is brother to the popular Welsh vocalist, Miss Annie Hope, of this town.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 20th. 1887.

The Mayor of Carnarvon (Mr. John Jones) has accepted an invitation to be present at the Jubilee service in Westminster Abbey.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 20th. 1887.


At a meeting convened by the Mayor, held at the Guild Hall, on Monday, April 25th., it was resolved: "That a treat be given to the aged poor and the children of the Sunday Schools of the town to celebrate the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, and that a subscription list be opened for that purpose." Subscriptions will be received by the treasurer, Mr G. R. Rees, Old Bank, at the North and South Wales Bank, and at Messrs. Pugh Jones and Co.'s, Bank, Carnarvon. - R. J. Davids, Glanhelen, W. Jones, N. and S. Wales Bank, honorary secretaries.

The following are the subscriptions already promised:-

The Mayor of Carnarvon, 5 5s.; Mr. G. R. Rees, Old Bank, 2 2s.; Mr. R. R. Williams, 1 1s.; Mr. R. J. Davids, 1 1s.; Mr. W. J. Williams, 1 1s.; Mr. W. G. Thomas, 1 1s.; Mr. Lewis Lewis, 1 1s.; Mr. Thomas Bugbird, 1 1s.; Mr. Thomas D. Lloyd, 1 1s.; Messrs. Pierce and Williams, 2 2s.; Mr. Hugh Pritchard, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Owen Evans, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Hugh Williams, 10s. 6d.; Mr. J. R. Pritchard, 10s. 6d.; Mr. J. R. Hughes, 10s. 6d.; Mr. J. P. Gregory, 1 1s.; Rev. Owen Davies, 10s. 6d.; Mr. M. T. Morris, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Richard Thomas, 1 1s.; Mr. W. P. Williams, 10s. 6d.; Dr. John Williams, 1 1s.; Mr. W. H. Owen, 10s. 6d.; Mr. H. Lloyd Carter, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Evan H. Owen, 10s. 6d.; Mr. R. J. Thomas, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Lloyd W. G. Hughes, Coedhelen, 5; Mr. Edward Roberts, H. M. Inspector of Schools, 1 1s.; Mrs. Brittain, 1 1s.; Mr. Walter Hughes, 1 1s.; Mr. C. H. Rees, 10s. 6d.; Mr. C. A. Jones, 10s. 6d.; Mr. L. Rees Thomas, 10s. 6d.; _____ Anglesey, 5s.; Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith, 1 1s.; Mr. W. H. Holmes, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Hugh Humphreys, 10s. 6d.; Mr. George Owen, 5s.; Mr. Hugh Pugh, Llysmeirion, 10s. 6d.; Miss Mason, 5s.; Mr. John Owen, Ty Coch, 2 2s.; Mr. John Williams, organist, 10s. 6d.; The Marquis of Anglesey, 1 1s.; Mr. F. W. Foster, 5; Mr. H. J. Ellis-Nanney, 5; Rev. Issard Davies, 1 1s.; Messrs. H. Jonathan and Son, 7s.; Mr. R. Norman Davies, 1 1s.; Rev. J. W. Wynne Jones, 10s.; Rev. Ll. R. Hughes, 5s.; Rev. W. Morgan, 5s.; Mr. David Williams, builder, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Sampson, Tower House, 5s.; Rev. J. Fairchild, the College, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Thomas Thomas, Elm Grove, 10s. 6d.; Mr. Edwards, Bron Siriol, 10s. 6d.; Dr. Parry, Ty Coch, 10s. 6d.; Mr. J. Menzies, 1 1s.; Mr. John Pugh, Sportsman, 1 1s.; Mr Edwards, Express Office,10s. 6d.; Mr. J. Bowen, Plas Treflan, 1 1s.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 27th. 1887.

Mr. Tom Harwood, son of Mr. H. Harwood, Penrhyn Villa, Carnarvon, was among the passengers on the "Celtic" when that vessel came into collision, the other day, with the "Britannic." Fortunately, Mr. Harwood escaped uninjured, and a telegram was received in Carnarvon on Tuesday announcing his safe arrival in New York. The Rev. John Williams, pastor of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, was also on board the "Celtic."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 27th. 1887.


At a meeting of the Jubilee committee held on Thursday, the Mayor (Mr. John Jones) presiding, it was decided that the Jubilee Day should be commemorated by giving the school children a treat. The Institute will also formally be opened on Jubilee Day. On June 23rd., the old people of the borough over 60 years of age will be treated to a substantial dinner in the Pavilion. Councillor Bugbird was elected chairman of the committe, and the Rev. Issard Davies honorary secretary.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 3rd. 1887.


We are glad to find that Mr. David Richard Williams, the second son of Mr. David Williams, builder and contractor, Broncaerog, Carnarvon, on Thursday last successfully passed the Local Marine Board (Liverpool) examination as second engineer. Mr. Williams, who recently returned from a voyage to Antwerp, served his articles at Messrs. De Winton's Foundry, Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 10th. 1887.



Ebenezer Jones, draper, Regent House, Carnarvon, appeared for his public examination. - The debtor, for whom Mr. J. T. Roberts appeared, was questioned by the Official Receiver (Mr. W. Evans) relative to the non-inclusion in his original statement of the assets of a cottage near Dinas Mawddwy. He stated, in explanation, that it was occupied by his sister, who paid no rent, and that it had been condemned as unfit for human habitation. The amended accounts the debtor had been directed to file showed a deficiency of 1381 3s. 2d. No creditor opposed, and the examination was formally closed. - Subsequently the debtor's wife, who had managed the business, was examined, under Section 27, as to letters she had written to certain Manchester creditors ordering goods, which the debtor, at the previous examination, swore had been done without his authority. - Acting upon the advice of Mr. J. T. Roberts, she declined to answer on the grounds that she might be incriminated.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 10th. 1887.



At the monthly meeting of the Carnarvon Town Council, on Tuesday evening last, the Mayor (Councillor J. Jones) said:- As this is the last council meeting before her Majesty's Jubilee day, and no mention is made of the proposed Cottage Hospital, I think it my duty to give you a short statement of how the matter stands, as regards funds. In February last, I sent out about 150 circulars stating that I was anxious to carry out during my year of office some work of practical and lasting benefit to my native town, that I had consulted some of the principal inhabitants of the town upon the subject, that they were of opinion that a Cottage Hospital would best meet our wants, and that it was very seldom that a town of 11,000 inhabitants was without so desirable a provision. In response to that circular, and without any personal canvass, promises to the extent of 126 have come in (cheers). Of this, about 54 are donations, but out of these donations 10 or 12 will be given as annual subscriptions, provided the institution is properly managed. About 71 have been promised as annual subscriptions, some for three and some for five years. Other subscriptions are given unconditionally, but to be annual until further notice. I think I may safely rely upon getting a great deal more, as I have the names of fourteen ladies and gentlemen who have promised to support the hospital, but to what extent is not mentioned. I hope that every member of the corporation will give their support, for we always say that we are anxious to do all we can for the town, and now, gentlemen, here is a chance for you to help the poor and needy that you represent in your several wards (laughter). So far, there is only about 8 8s. promised by the corporation, but I know that there are several gentlemen present who intend to subscribe. What I have been waiting for, before calling a committee of gentlemen together to assist me in carrying out this scheme, is to have a suitable house to start with. Alderman John Wiliams and myself have been all over the town trying to find a building to suit us. It is recommended that we should start with four or six beds; therefore it would be necessary to have two cottages made into one or a good-sized house, but so far we have failed to get a suitable place. When that difficulty is got over, and to show that I am anxious to do something myself besides asking my friends to subscribe, it will afford me very great pleasure in giving the sum of 100 towards furnishing the place, and an annual subscription of 2 2s. for five years (loud and prolonged cheers).

Alderman G. R. Rees: I think, gentlemen, we ought to give the mayor a very cordial vote of thanks for his generosity. The inhabitants of the town will now get an opportunity of coming forward to show that they are really in favour of a cottage hospital. The council is often blamed for many things that have been lost to the town from time to time; but this is a matter which the inhabitants must not leave to the council, but must look to themselves. They seem to think that the members of the corporation should do everything, but I think we can now call upon them to show that they are really in earnest, and wish to have a hospital. I sincerely hope that the Mayor's most sanguine expectations will be realised, and that subscriptions will be forthcoming as soon as a suitable building is found.

Alderman De Winton seconded the motion. A cottage hospital was a most important thing for the town, and all of them were very much indebted to the mayor for the energetic way in which he was carrying this matter through (cheers).

Mr Bugbird had great pleasure in supporting the proposal, and hoped the mayor would live to see the institution a credit not only to himself but also the borough (hear, hear).

The motion was heartily agreed to, and the Mayor, in responding said that what was most needed was a few more annual subscriptions. When a committee of gentlemen took the matter in hand they would doubtless secure a great many more subscriptions that he had been able to obtain single-handed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 17th. 1887.


On Tuesday evening last, the Rifle Volunteer Band, under the direction of Mr. Watts, played a selection of music at the park for a couple of hours. Large numbers of the towns-people attended, and many of the youngest people of both sexes indulged in dancing. The band intend to play at the park every Tuesday evening during the summer, weather permitting.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 17th. 1887.

The Oswestry Advertiser says:- "Inquiries are being made as to the desirableness of purchasing the great Eisteddfod Pavilion at Carnarvon and removing it to Wrexham, where the National Eisteddfod will be held in 1888. The size of the Pavilion makes it better adapted to the necessities of a rapidly growing town like Wrexham than to the place where it now stands."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 17th. 1887.


We have been supplied with the following latest particulars of the arrangements made for celebrating the Jubilee at Carnarvon on Tuesday next:- (1) a procession of the Corporation, Naval, Artillery, Rifle Volunteers, other bodies, and general public, to be formed at the Guild Hall about 9.40 a.m., thence to proceed to Christ Church, where the Jubilee Service will be conducted by the Rev. J. W. Wynne Jones, M.A., vicar. (2) At the conclusion of the service, about 10.45, the procession will be re-formed and march to the Institute where the interesting ceremony of opening that institution will be entrusted to Mr. G. W. Duff Assheton Smith, Alderman Lewis Lewis, the chief founder of the Institute, will formally present it to the town, and hand to Mr. Assheton Smith a splendid gold key in commemoration of the event. In the absence of the Mayor, Councillor John Jones, the Deputy Mayor (Alderman G. R. Rees) will receive the building formally on behalf of the town. Addresses will be delivered by Principal Shirechild, of the Carnarvon Training College, the Vicar, and the Rev. Owen Davies. (3) by order of the War Office, a special parade of the 4th. battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, now under canvas at Cae Tolpis, will be held, and a feu de joie in honour of her Majesty's Jubilee will be fired by the companies on drill. Sports of various kinds will also take place. In the afternoon, all the Sunday School children of the town will be entertained to tea at the Pavilion, having marched through the town preceeded by a band. The old people, 60 in number, will be treated to dinner on Thursday.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 24th. 1887.


During the excessive heat last week, an Irishman, who had enlisted under the name of "William Jones" into the 4th. Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was suddenly taken ill whilst at drill in the camping ground at Cae Tolpis, near Carnarvon. He was removed to the regimental hospital in Victoria-street, and found to be suffering from the effects of sunstroke, to which he succumbed on Sunday evening. On Monday, he was buried at Llanbeblig with military honours.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 24th. 1887.




The ancient borough of Carnarvon, associated as it has been for hundreds of years with royalty, was enthusiastic in its celebration of Her Majesty's Jubilee. From early dawn flags and bannerettes fluttered in the breeze on all hands, and the town presented a most gay appearance. The Royal Standard waved high above the Eagle Tower of the Castle, whilst a flag, with the device of the Red Dragon of Wales, floated in front of the grand entrance to that magnificent structure. The townspeople appeared to vie with each other in displaying their loyalty. Space will not permit our giving a detailed list of all who exhibited bunting. The following, however, were conspicuous:-

CASTLE-STREET,- Mr. E. Rowlands; string from Mr. H. Roberts to Mr. Griffiths; Mr. J. G. Hope, hairdresser; Dr. Parry; Mr. John Pugh, Sportsman Hotel; Mr. O. Morgan; Capt. Jones, King's Head; Mr. W. Roberts; Mr. Parry, County Vaults.

HIGH-STREET,- Capt. Roberts, Custom House Vaults; R. R. Stythe, accountant; the Conservative Club; string from Herald Office to Mr. Owen Jones, Commercial Inn; John Pritchard, grocer; Mrs. Ann Jones, grocer; Mr. H. Abbott, fishmonger; Mr. J. Jones, Packet House Inn; string from Mrs. Davies to Conservative Club; Mr. Bentley, Angel Vaults; Mr. W. Ellis; string from Mr. Evan Williams to Mr. John Pritchard; Mr. W. Lloyd, Medical Hall.

PALACE-STREET,- String from Mr. W. D. Edwards' Palace Refreshment Rooms to Mr. W. Williams, bread dealer; string from Mr. Hugh Williams to Capt. G. Parry; Mr. G. Williams; Mr. J. G. Jones; Messrs. W. Jones, R. J. Davies; Hugh Thomas, Newborough Arms; Jones and Price; T. Davies, S. J. Bibby, T. Roberts, W. Lloyd Griffith, Mrs. Morris, Market Hall; Mr. Cadwaladr Williams, Leeds House; R. Jones, Red Lion; Eos Bradwen, Adelphi Hotel; Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Owen, Messrs. Dick and Co., Miss Griffith, Palace Vaults.

CASTLE SQUARE,- Messrs. R. Williams, Brunswick Buildings; J. Bonsor, Castle Hotel; Hugh Humphreys, Paternoster Buildings; H. Chenery, Post-office; R. Thomas, The Cafe; Morgan Lloyd, O. Griffith, Owen Williams, H. Roberts, Waterloo House; W. Williams, J. Thomas.

SEGONTIUM TERRACE,- Albert Inn, Mr. J. W. Jones (Preswylfa), the Reform Club, Mr. John Davies (plasterer), &c., &c.

EASTGATE STREET,- Messrs. Pierce and Williams, C. Williams, Dinorwic House; J. Hughes, string from Mr. Hugh Williams to Mr. Hamer, Mrs. Jones, Berlin House; Mr. J. W. Jones, Red Dragon; string from Arvon Boot Co. to Mr. R. Jones.

BRIDGE STREET,- Messrs. John Parry, E. Jones, E. Williams, Vaynol Warehouse; T. E. Harries, R. Morgan, W. J. Williams, Henry Owen, H. W. Hughes, Liver; G. Roberts, J. Williams, J. C. Jones, T. Parry, Lewis Lewis & Co., Nelson Emporium; D. W. Davies, E. H. Owen, Golden Eagle; W. Jones, O. O. Roberts.

POOL STREET,- Mrs. E. E. Richards, Britannia Vaults; G. B. Thomas and Son, Henry Edwards, E. Williams, E. Rowlands, R. J. Thomas, J. Hughes, J. Francis, Joseph Roberts, A. Anderson, W. Williams, Singers and Co., H. Jones, Mrs. E. Lloyd, E. A. Edwards, John R. Pritchard, Tea Mart; G. Evans, R. Williams, T. G. Cowell, John Rees, Menai Factory; E. Williams, O. Jones, G. Owen, J. Jones, J. O. Jones, W. Owen, W. Heard, R. H. Toleman, W. O. Williams, J. Foulkes, Snowdon House; M. Jones, H. Harwood, Eagles Hotel.

BANGOR STREET,- Dr. Davies, G. Jones, Prince of Wales Hotel; string from Mr. Ensor to Miss Williams; Messrs. C. E. Jones, J. Ll. Jones, W. Thorman, Queen's Hotel, Mrs. Lloyd, Messrs. M. J. Parsons, Mrs. Rees, O. A. Jones, Victoria House; Mr. Young, Mr. Thomas Humphreys, Capt. Owen, W. W. Jones, Mrs. Pownall, Messrs. E. Hughes, J. Jones, Mrs. Williams, Ship and Castle; Messrs. W. Jones, Pugh, Jones & Co., Ellis Jones, Mrs. Owen, David Jones, D. Evans.

NORTH ROAD,- Mrs. Carter, Mr. Poole, Misses Hughes, Rev. W. Morgan, Mr. J. Evans, Mr. Crexon, Mr. Tilling, Mrs. Parry, Rev. E. Herber Evans, Mr. Billings, Mr. Watkins, Mr. Kinsley, Mrs. Bennett, Dr. Watkins, and Royal Hotel.

Business was entirely suspended, and towards nine o'clock the thoroughfares were thronged with people from the town itself and the surrounding villages, all on pleasure bent.


At 9.45, a procession was formed at the Guild Hall, and marshalled by Deputy Chief-constable Davies, proceeded to Christ Church in the following order:- Band of the Rifle Volunteers, conducted by Bandmaster Watts; the R.N. Reserve, commanded by Chief-officer Bailey; Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, commanded by Lieuts. C. A. Jones and George Owen; Artillery Volunteers, under the command of Lieuts. Turner and Whiskin; the Rifle Volunteers, under the command of Captains C. H. Rees, W. Paynter, and T. D. Lloyd; the Fire Brigade, commanded by Capt. R. R. Williams; borough mace bearers; the Carnarvon Corporation, including Alderman C. H. Rees, acting as deputy-mayor, and wearing the regalia of office; Aldermen L. Lewis, J. Owen, W. P. Williams, J. P. de Winton, and Dr. J. Williams; Councillors O. Thomas, M. T. Morris, Richard Thomas, Thomas Williams, David Williams, Thomas Thomas, J. R. Hughes, J. R. Pritchard, J. P. Gregory, W. Lloyd Griffith, Evan H. Owen, W. J. Williams, Mr. J. H. Roberts (town clerk), Dr. Rees (medical officer), Messrs. R. Ll. Jones (borough surveyor), Richard Williams (borough accountant), M. J. Parsons (gas manager), and R. Rogers (sanitary inspector). Ald. Rees was accompanied by the Vicar (the Rev. J. W. Wynne Jones, M.A.). Following came a large number of the general public, among whom were the Revs. J. Fairchild, M.A., and W. Morgan, B.A., principal and vice-principal of the Carnarvon Training College; R. P. Hughes, B.A., Ll. R. Hughes, B.A., and Maurice Jones, B.A., curates; E. Roberts, Engedi; J. Varteg Jones, Castle-square; Drs. Watkin Roberts, R. Griffith, R. Parry, W. G. Owen, Mr. Holmes, chief-officer of Customs; Messrs. L. R. Thomas, H. Lloyd Carter, and R. O. Roberts, solicitors; J. H. Thomas, clerk to the Carnarvon Union; Howel Thomas, Local Government Board Office, London; H. Humphreys, Paternoster Buildings; Norman Davies, Ty Fry; J. Menzies, J.P., Menai Bank; E. Roberts, B.A., School Inspector; Colonel Rack, Chief-constable; Messrs. W. B. Jeffrey, The Limes; R. Newton, Sunnyside; J. Jones, chemist; Cadwaladr Williams, Eastgate-street; Edward Hughes, Claremont; O. Morris, contractor; W. Hamer, jeweller; J. Evans Jones, Herald Office; Gwilym Hughes, do.; H. W. Hughes, Liver Establishment; J. R. Edwards, High-street; T. Capon, North-road; W. H. Owen, Church-street; Richard Newton, North-road; E. R. Owen, Pool-street; Charles Owen, High-street; J. Davies, Gwyneddon; Griffith Humphreys, Market-street; R. Williams, Brunswick Buildings; Captain Williams, Church-street; J. Hughes, Victoria-street; J. Evans, chandler; G. Broome, Eleanor-street; O. D. Jones, Bon Marche; John Rees, Wellington-terrace; David Evans, Bee Hive; Henry Owen, Bridge-street; O. Thomas, Brunswick Buildings; H. Roberts, Waterloo House; Griffith Roberts, Bridge-street; &c.

As the processionists entered the church, they were met at the west door by the clergy and choir, and a processional hymn was sung. All having been seated,

The Vicar delivered a short address, in the course of which he reminded his hearers that they had assembled to worship God. With warm, thankful hearts, they that day ackowledged God's goodness to them as a nation. He did not see how the most sincere Nonconformist was for a moment sacrificing a principle by his presence there that day; and he would say that he did not see how any citizen of England could well be absent from such a service as long as State and religion were as they are by law established in this realm. They had good cause to be thankful that she, whose 50th. year of reign they celebrated that day, had, on the 20th. of June, 1837, commenced her reign with a solemn prayer, and that since that day, she had been ever ready to acknowledge her position as a humble servant of God in this country. Her first act as a monarch was to request the prayers of the Archbishop for herself; her next was one which made them respect her even more, and that was to sympathise with the bereaved Queen Adelaide, the widow of King William IV. Their festival that day, however, was not a personal one - it was a national festival, and their purpose in assembling was simply to worship God - not to listen to words or to music, but to bow their hearts before God as humble Christians.

Subsequently the service, which included the form of thanksgiving and prayer used that same morning in Westminster Abbey, was proceeded with, the vicar officiating. The Te Deum was Smart's in G, the Psalm being sung to a single chant by Dr. Hayes. The lesson (Peter ii, 6 - 18) was read by Mr. Lampitt, head master of the Carnarvon Model School, and the solos (Romans xiii, 1) sung by Master S. T. Morris. At the conclusion of the service, the congregation joined in the singing of the National Anthem, and subsequently, the organist (Mr. J. Williams) played a grand processional march. There was present at the service a large and influential congregation, including Col. Platt and the officers of the 4th. Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.


The procession, being joined by the members of the Carnarvon Castle Court of Foresters, whose banner was very much admired, then re-formed, and marched to the Institute in Bangor-street, which was to be formally opened by Mr. G. W. Duff Assheton Smith, Vaynol Park. A full description of this useful and handsome structure founded and erected mainly through the energetic eforts of Alderman Lewis Lewis, will be found in another column. Around the Institute, several hundreds of spectators had assembled, and when, after a short delay, Mr. Assheton Smith arrived, and with a golden key, unlocked the principal door of the building, the popular squire was heartily cheered. The room devoted to the use of the Free Library was soon crowded. At one end, a low dais, covered with crimson cloth, was erected, and here Mr. Assheton Smith, with Alderman G. R. Rees and Alderman Lewis, Rev. J. W. Wynne Jones (the vicar), the Rev. J. Fairchild, and the Rev. Owen Davies, took their seats.

After a brief interval, Alderman Rees rose and said that he had great pleasure in introducing Aldeman Lewis, as chairman of the Library Committee, to Mr. Assheton Smith (cheers). They all knew how indebted they were to Alderman Lewis, for it was he that had subscribed the largest sum towards the Institute, and it was he who had worked most energetically until that fine building was erected (loud cheers).

Alderman Lewis, who was accorded a very hearty reception, then said: Mr. Deputy Mayor, Mr Assheton Smith, Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me genuine pleasure to find so large and influential a gathering on this interesting occasion. In the first place, it is a most intersting occasion, because at this hour millions of our fellow-subjects throughout the world are joining in our common, loyal, congratulation to her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria on this the 50th. year of her reign (cheers). It is a reign, gentlemen, as we all know, during which, in spite of several wars, the blessings of peace have been abundantly enjoyed; commerce, industry, art, science and literature have progressed with marvellous strides; in a word, wonderful indeed has been the Victorian reign (hear, hear). Again, gentlemen, this is to me a deeply interesting occasion, because of this historical day the highly-esteemed Squire of Vaynol (cheers) has been good enough, at no small personal sacrifice, to come and open formally this Institute and Free Library, with the founding and promotion of which I have had some little to do (loud cheers). It was the welfare of my native town that I had in view when I first suggested this movement in 1874 (hear, hear). Since then, the work has been going on slowly but surely, and I can now only hope earnestly that this Institute may prove of increasing benefit to Carnarvon and the district generally (applause). Free Libraries, as we know, have proved a blessing wherever they have been founded. Ladies and gentlemen, I do not forget that our respected mayor - who this day represents this borough at Westminster - has started another excellent movement for the town, namely, a cottage hospital. I wish God speed to that movement as well (hear, hear, and cheers). Both are neccessary, the hospital will heal the body, and the institute will instruct the mind. Time presses, gentlemen, and I must therefore bring my remarks to a close. I now have the honour and pleasure of asking Mr. Assheton Smith to declare the Institute and Free Library open to the public, and to accept this gold key - handing it to the squire amidst cheers - in commemoration of this day's event at Carnarvon (loud cheers). At the same time, gentlemen, I have equal honour and pleasure in asking Alderman Rees, as deputy mayor acting in the absence of our mayor, to take over this institute for and on behalf of the borough of Carnarvon (loud cheers).

Mr. Assheton Smith then stepped forward and said: I have now to declare this Institute open. I hope it will prove of use and lasting benefit to the town of Carnarvon (loud and prolonged cheers).

The Rev. J. Fairchild, Principal of the Carnarvon Training College, in very eloquent terms, dwelt on the great advantages accruing to every locality from the establishment of Free Libraries, which, he said, had become an absolute necessity now in the 19th. century, and went on to speak more particularly of the need of such a boon for Carnarvon. He congratulated the town upon the acquisition of the Institute, but there was a pressing necessity also for technical education, without which they would be left alone in the race (cheers). A class in art had already been started in that building, and he was sorry to see that so few of the young people of the town took an interest in it. There should be in connection with the library a regular system of science teaching, for in these days of progress they could not afford to stand by and ignore the importance of technical education. They did not want teachers, surely, and the streets were full of pupils. All that they wanted was a committee of energetic workers, to give it a fair start, and he was sure it would be a success (loud cheers). He was equally sure of this, that, in future years, many of the young men of the town would look back with thankful hearts to the day when that building was founded and open to supply them with instruction (loud cheers).

The Rev. J. Wynne Jones, M.A., Vicar of Carnarvon, then presented Alderman Lewis with a silver key, bearing a suitable inscription, and congratulated him upon the fact that his good ship (the Institute), after some delay, was safely launched at last (cheers). They were not that day fighting for the free library. The battle of light versus darkness, of progress versus standing still, was fought when the free library rate was carried (cheers), a fact which he thought ought to make every sensible man in Carnarvon proud of himself. The silver key was utterly unworthy of the great services which Alderman Lewis had rendered to the town. - The rev. gentleman then heartily shook hands with Alderman Lewis, congratulating him on the opening of the Institute.

The Rev. Owen Davies, speaking in the vernacular, hoped that the town would make good use of the Institute, and urged his hearers to assist the committee in supplying the library with the best of books (cheers). Carnarvon, being essentially a Welsh town, ought to have within it a Welsh library worthy of the Principality (cheers). The Jubilee day would be long remembered in Carnarvon, if only in connection with the opening of that building, for which they were indebted to the generosity and energy of Alderman Lewis.

Alderman Lewis, in returning thanks, remarked that a great deal too much credit had been given to him ("No, no.") The best thanks they could give him would be to let him see the institute well used (cheers). He would certainly support what Principal Fairchild had said regarding technical education, and he hoped before long to see science and art classes, if not also a museum established in the building (cheers). He hoped also to live to see the building completed (loud cheers), for there was yet another wing to be erected, and he should like to see it completed before he went to his grave (loud cheers).

Alderman Rees proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Assheton Smith for his kindness in coming here that day.

Mr. H. Humphreys seconded, and remarked that the fact of gentlemen in the position of Mr. Assheton Smith interesting themselves in institutions the tendency of which was to elevate the people, was in itself highly beneficial (cheers). He congratulated Alderman Lewis, as an old school-fellow, upon the success of his undertaking.

The motion was carried with great unanimity, and three hearty cheers for the squire were given.

Mr. Assheton Smith thanked the assembly for the good feeling shown towards him, and expressed the great pleasure he felt at being able to be present that day. He thanked them very much for the key, which he would always look upon with pleasure as a momento of that day (cheers).

The National Anthem having been sung, the assembly dispersed. The Royal Naval Reserves marched to the battery, where, through the liberality of the officer commanding (Mr. Bailey), the hon. paymaster (Mr. Holmes), and Surgeon-Adjutant (Dr Griffith, Castle-square), the men were treated to refreshments.


Professor Huxley went to the root of the matter when he defended free libraries on the ground that they helped to catch your man of ability, and gave him a chance to come to the top.

"We were a thoroughly mixed people in this country, and he did not believe that if one hundred men were picked out of the highest aristocracy in the land and one hundred out of the lowest class, there would be any difference of capacity among them. Men of mark and capacity were rare animals everywhere. Perhaps one in ten thousand of the people would be a large estimate of men of real grip and intellect, though to his mind the greatest of all practical social problems was how to catch your man of ability and turn him to account, and if all the cost of the Education Act and all the money spent on free libraries enabled them to catch two of such men a year, and enabled them to do the work in the world which they were intended for, the thing would be dirt cheap."

That is a true word, but how often it is forgotten! In the mediaeval times the Church hunted for these able men for her service as of pearls of great prize. The State is only beginning to follow her example.


At noon, there was a large concourse of people on the parade ground of the 4th. Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, at Cae Tolpis, where a feu de joie was fired by the several companies of the regiment, together with the various Volunteers corps and members of the Naval Reserve in the town. Prior to the firing, the forces present marched past in single column, the Marquis of Anglesey, who is the commanding officer of the district brigade of the R.N.A.V., and Colonel Platt, commanding officer of the battalion, being at the saluting point. The parade over, the men on drill gave ringing cheers for the Queen, and for Col. Platt, who highly praised the battalion and the Volunteers for the manner in which the various movements were executed. Later in the day athletic sports came off on the parade ground, among the attractions being a zoological race restricted to the officers of the battalion. In the tug of war, between the Militia and the Naval Reserve and Volunteers, the former proved victorious. Lieut. Wayne came in first in the 120 yards hurdle race.


In the afternoon, the children attending the several Sunday Schools in the town were entertained to tea at the Pavilion. The funds were raised by public subscriptions, and the arrangements were well carried out by a committee of which Mr. Councillor Bugbird was chairman, Mr. R. J. Davids, secretary; and Mr. W. Jones, N. and S. W. Bank, treasurer. At 2 o'clock, the children, numbering close upon 3000, assembled in Castle-square. Having sung the National Anthem, they marched in procession, accompanied by their teachers and headed by a band of the Carnarvon Rifle Volunteers, through the principal thoroughfares. Most of the children sported a banner, and the procession was watched with interest by the hundreds of spectators who had assembled along the line of route. Very many of the girls wore jubilee medals, a large number of which had been distributed by the local branch of the Girls' Friendly Society (Miss Sampson, secretary). About three o'clock the little folks reached the Pavilion, where a rare treat awaited them. The huge building had been made as gay as possible for the occasion, flags, banners, mottoes, &c., catching the eye in all directions. There were thirty-six tables in all, placed in six rows running from one end of the building to the other; each table being heavily laden with fragrant flowers, and the kind of delicacies that never fail to make the youthful heart rejoice. The unusually large number of children to be fed rendered it impossible to seat them all at the one and the same time even in a building of the size of the Pavilion; and, by a wise arrangement, the youngsters were divided into three sections, one section being admitted at the time. Under the direction of Mr. J. Williams, organist of Christ Church, the children sang the National Anthem, and then "business" was proceeded with in real earnest. Hundreds of people crowded the galleries on each side, the orchestra being reserved to subscribers, and the sight that met their gaze as the youngsters did justice to what was placed before them was a pleasing one indeed. Too much cannot be said of the tasteful style in which the several tables had been decorated. On all hands there was abundant evidence that the ladies who had charge of the arrangements had spared neither trouble nor expense in rendering the scene one of the most charming ever witnessed at Carnarvon. The ladies and gentlemen who had charge of the tables were as follows:-

1.- Mrs. Evan H. Owen, Bryn Eryr, assisted by Miss J. C. Jones, Bridge-street; Miss Owen, Pwllybar; Miss Jane Mary Evans, Llanbeblig-road, and Miss E. M. Owen, Bryn Eryr. Waiters: Messrs. Henry Owen, Bridge-street; R. E. Owen, and J. S. Owen.

2.- Mrs. Dr. W. Williams, Castle-square, assisted by Miss Annie Williams, Penceryg. Waiters: Messrs. W. Evans, Turf-square; Griffith Roberts, Bridge-street, and Alderman W. P. Williams.

3.- Mrs. T. D. Lloyd, Cartref, asisted by Mrs. Owen, Gwynfa. Waiter: Mr. T. D. Lloyd.

4.- Miss Roberts, Bryn Morfa, assisted by Mrs. Morgan, Cefnycoed.

5.- Mrs. George Thomas, Minynant, aassisted by Miss Katie Holmes, Miss Pritchard, Treflan. Waiters: Mr. John Pritchard, Treflan, and Mr. Evan Jones.

6.- Mrs. Roberts, Pendref, assisted by Miss Frazer, North-road. Waiters: Messrs. J. Humphreys, J. D. Davies, R. J. Thomas, and Evan Roberts.

7.- Mrs. Newton, Sunnyside, assisted by Mrs. Jeffrey, the Limes; Miss Newton. Waiters: Messrs. Vincent, Newton, W. A. Jeffrey, and W. Skenfield.

8.- Misses Williams, Ashton House. Waiters: Messrs. G. Elwyn Jones, R. Jones, Norman Davies.

9.- Miss Roberts, Glandwr, assisted by Misses G. T. and L. Roberts. Waiters: Messrs. Richard Thomas, J.P., T. Jones, Bodavon; J. Clayton, R. Roberts.

10.- Mrs. Jonathan, assisted by Mrs. Hughes, the Liver; Miss Williams, North-road, and Miss Jonathan.

11.- Mrs. Charles H. Rees, assisted by Mrs. Rumsey Williams, Miss Davies, Uxbridge House. Waiters: Messrs. Ernest Rees, R. O. Williams, Liverpool.

12.- Mrs. Owen Davies, St. David's-road, assisted by Miss Thomas, Bontnewydd; Miss Lizzie Williams, Miss Lizzie Parry, Miss Mable Shead. Waiters: Messrs. W. R. Morris, R. H. Rowlands, Henry Evans, Charles Williams.

13.- Mrs. Pugh Griffith, Cefnhendre, assisted by the Misses Griffiths. Waiter: Mr. R. W. Pritchard, Coedmarion.

15.- Mrs. Pierce, assisted by Miss Thomas, Bryngwyn. Waiters: Mr. Miskimmin and Mr. Pierce.

16.- Miss Cousin, Eryldon, assisted by Miss Hughes, Fern Cliff; Miss Maude Cousins, and Miss Bertha Counsins.

17.- Mrs. Rees, Old Bank, assisted by Mrs. Jones, Glan Seiont; and Miss Isabella Rees. Waiters: Rev. Ll. R. Hughes and Mr. R. O. R. Williams.

18.- Mrs. Hugh Williams, Bryn Idan, assisted by Mrs. Owen Evans, Dinorwic-street. Waiters: Messrs. Charles Williams, Snowdon-street; David Jones, Holywell-terrace; Griffith Williams, Pool-street.

19.- Mrs. W. H. Owen, Church-street, assisted by Miss Eddie Owen. Waiters: Messrs. W. H. Owen, Owen Evans and Owen Owens.

20.- Mrs. Tilling, St. David's-road, assisted by Miss Baugh Williams, St. David's-road. Waiters: Mr. R. H. Williams and Mr. Tilling.

21.- Mrs. Roberts, Glanaber, Mrs. Price, Segontium-terrace, assisted by Misses Roberts, Druid House. Waiters: Messrs. R. Roberts, Glanaber, and E. Williams, Cocksidia.

22.- Mrs. Bowen, assisted by Miss Bowen, J. Bowen. Waiter: Mr. W. T. Jones.

23.- Miss Pugh, Sportsman Hotel, assisted by Miss Lewis, Quellyn, Miss Katie Pugh. Waiters: Messrs. Willie Griffith, Bodafon, and E. Garibaldi Davies.

24.- Mrs. Griffith, Bodafon, assisted by Miss Nellie Griffith and Miss Wood. Waiters: Messrs. John Williams and Richard Newton.

25.- Misses Hughes, Claremont, assisted by Messrs. W. H. Thomas and J. Thomas.

26.- Miss M. Lloyd, Maesincla, assisted by Mr. Prescot, Mr. E. Roberts, B.A.

27.- Mrs. T. Jones, Post-office, assisted by Miss Humphreys, Pant; Miss Anne Jones, Pool-street. Waiters: Mr. H. Roberts, New-street, and Mr. T. Jones.

28.- Mrs. Roberts, Dinas, assisted by Miss Harriet Jones, Cefnycoed; Miss Sillars, Miss Blackwood, and Miss Jones. Waiters: Mr. Thomas, Castle-square, and Mr. Wilson, North and South Wales Bank.

29.- Mrs. J. H. Thomas, Tanybryn, assisted by Miss Denman, Waiters: Mr. Percy Ll. Rees, Mr. Foster, and Mr. J. H. Thomas.

30.- Miss Tomkinson, assisted by Miss Emily Tomkinson, Miss Kiddall, and Miss Alice Kiddall. Waiter: Mr. Charles Thomas.

31.- Miss Hudson, Wellington-terrace, assisted by Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Griffith, North-road. Waiters: Mr. Davies, Nelson Emporium, and Mr. Walter Jones, Rhyl.

32.- Misses Bugbird, assisted by Mr. Ingleton, Mr. Bertie Rees, and Mr. Vincent Edwards.

33.- Miss Rees, Old Bank, assisted by Miss Louisa Rees. Waiters: Mr. Alwyne Carter and Mr. Charles Watkin Roberts.

34.- Mrs. Willis, Church-street, assisted by Miss Willis. Waiters: Messrs. James Owen and T. Henwood.

35.- Mrs. J. Williams, Menai View, assisted by Miss Hanson and Miss Williams, Waiters: Messrs. J. R. Williams and H. Roberts.

36.- Mrs. Carter, assisted by Miss Carter. Waiter: Mr. H. Ll. Carter.

Superintendents of bread and butter, &c.: Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Newton, Mrs. Hugh Jones, Mrs. John Thomas, Mrs. Lewis Lewis, and Mrs. Lloyd Griffith.

Superintendents of tea and sugar: Mrs. W. Rees, Mrs. O. Thomas, Mrs. Dr. John Williams, Mrs. Francis, and Mrs. Holmes.

Superintendents of milk: Mrs. Smith Davids, Miss Roberts, and Mrs. Brittain.

We should add that every child was presented, on leaving the building, with the mug from which they drank their tea.


Tea over, the children marched in procession to the Upper Park, where a delightful evening was enjoyed. Games of all kinds were indulged in by old and young, and the several races among the latter for the prizes, consiting of Jubilee medals, brooches, &c., offered by the Recreation Committee, were the source of much amusement. The sports were under the direction of the Rev. Maurice Jones, B.A., Messrs. L. R. Thomas, solicitor, R. J. Thomas, county surveyor, R. H. Williams, Castle-square;, J. Williams, organist, E. Garibaldi Davies, Segontium-terrace; W. Jones, Treflan; T. D. Lloyd, Cartref; J. P. Gregory, Segontium-terrace; Hugh Jones, Seiont Marble Works; J. M. Clayton, Gelert-street; G. E. Humphreys, Market Vaults; W. Ll. Griffith, jun., Bodafon; and others, all of whom were untiring in their endeavours to promote the enjoyment of the youngsters. Later in the evening, the band of the Carnarvon Rifle Volunteers, conducted by Mr. J. Watts, arrived on the scene, and played a well-arranged programme of dance music interspersed with Welsh airs. By this time, all the town folk seemed to have congregated in the Park and upon the adjoining eminence, Penbryn Mawr; and it was not until a very late hour that the grounds were vacated.


Between ten and eleven o'clock, the thoroughfares presented a gay appearance, being paraded by thousands of persons bent on witnessing the illuminations which had been arranged. Through some want of understanding and co-operation the number of tradesmen who had gone in for this sort of "jubilation" was small, but they who did so found, doubtless, in the general admiration bestowed upon their work ample compensation for any expense or trouble they may have entailed. The great bulk of the crowd was assembled in Castle-square, rendered almost light as day by the extensive illumination of Brunswick Buildings (M. R. Williams). Here, a couple of lighted candles were placed behnd each pane of glass, while two rows of gas jets, and two magnificent stars, illuminated the front of the building. The Post-office, also, was made brilliant by a number of lighted candles, intermixed with pretty chinese lanterns of varied colours. In the Prudential Insurance Office, the word "Prudential," in bold red letters, fixed on the window on a back ground of drab, and illuminated from within, was very much admired. Preswylfa, the private residence of Mr. J. W. Jones, the district superintendent of the Prudential Company, in Segontium-terrace, was illuminated from top to bottom, several scores of candles being used for the purpose. The same remark applies to the County Vaults (Mr. John Parry), in Castle-ditch. Here the reflection of the lighted candles and ornamental lanterns on the grey old castle walls opposite had a most picturesque effect. In Palace-street, the illuminations were confined to the extensive buildings of Councillor W. Lloyd Griffith, corn merchant, who had spared no expense in beautifying his premises. The warehouse on the south side of the street had fixed upon it a large illuminated Crown, which appropriately reminded the spectator of the historical building of that name which once stood on the same site; while Mr. Griffith's warehouse on the opposite side displayed a number of gas jest so formed as to represent two stars. The Conservative Workingmen's Club-rooms in High-street was one mass of light, each pane of glass therein being illuminated. Above the entrance in Market-street to the Conservative Club, a large star was fixed, the High-street side of the building exhibiting the letters "V.R." Another star, fixed on Mr. Charles A. Jones's offices, was finely illuminated with candles, as also was the residence of Dr. Hugh Rees in Church-street. The Royal Welsh Yacht Club-house, Porthyraur, displayed the Prince of Wales' Feathers, which illuminated the surrounding gloom with pretty effect. Excepting the establishment of Mr. D. Jones, chemist, and the triumphal arch at the entrance to Pavilion-road, both of which were illuminated with Chinese lanterns, the whole thoroughfare from Castle-square to the railway station was devoid of any lights than those afforded by the Corporation gas lamps.


On Thursday, the week's festivities were brought to a close by a sumptuous dinner at the Pavilion, of which about 600 old people of sixty years of age and upwards partook. Mrs. Pugh, Sportsman Hotel, and Mrs. Bonsor, Castle Hotel, were the caterers. The Rev. J. Issard Davies superintended the arrangements.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 24th. 1887.


As will be seen from our report in another column, this Institute, which owes its erection to the energy and liberality displayed by Alderman Lewis Lewis, was formally opened by Mr. G. W. Duff Assheton Smith, on Tuesday last.

The situation of the edifice is on the east side of Bangor-street, and south side of Pavilion-road. The plan is a parallelogram, 77 feet long by 33 feet wide. As the situation is in the centre of the town, the ground floor is utilised for two shops of 18 and 15 feet frontage, and 37 feet in depth, fronting Bangor-street, with commodious cellars underneath. The entrance to the institute proper is in Pavilion-road, through a vestibule eight feet wide; on the left of this, behind the shops, will be a cocoa room 27 feet by 22 feet, when funds permit, and at the end of the entrance hall is a complete set of lavatories and water closets. From this entrance hall a staircase, four feet wide, leads to the first floor, on which is a news-room, 37 feet by 31 feet, and a billiard and smoke room, 27 feet by 22 feet, and both 14 feet high.

The second floor has a lecture room, 37 feet by 31 feet, with provision to connect it with two rooms, if required, and a room 27 feet by 22 feet, for a school of science.

On the highest floor it is intended to have a school of art, a sculpture and model room, lighted principally with top lantern-lights.

All staircases are four feet wide, and well lighted with a large mullioned window; and each floor has its own lavatories and closets complete, and constructed upon the most approved system. All floors are of pitch pine, and counterfloor so as to prevent noise. All walls are battened and boarded four feet six inches high. The large news-room has a panelled moulding, and a heavy panelled ceiling in wood of two colours.

The style adopted is gothic, of an early English character. All the outside walls are build of blue Penmaenmawr and free-stone dressings. The Pavilion-road has a repetition in one bay, with others of various designs up the street; and all these are glazed with best polished plate up to transom, and, above, lead lights of geometrical pattern in colours.

The entrance doorway has a porch with polished granite columns, terminating in a gable with a shield for an inscription. Above this is a large mullioned staircase window projection, terminating into a turret, with a conical roof, and a bane at a height of 80 feet.

Every attention has been paid to the ventilating and heating of the place, and every effort made to render it one of the most comfortable and complete institutions in all North Wales.

We should add that the architect was Mr. Richard Owen, 11, Westminster Chambers (late Freck-road), Liverpool; and the builder, Mr. David Williams, of Carnarvon.

The Free Library Room is handsomely furnished, the counters, stands, &c., being of polished pitch pine, with mahogany tops, supplied by the Eryri Works Company. Mr. H. Williams, Eastgate-street, supplied the linoleum border, the chairs, 50 in number, being supplied by Mr. R. Hughes, Bangor-street. Mr. Ellis Jones is the librarian, and in already winning golden opinions for the thorough manner in which he discharges his duties.

The following books have been presented since the publication of the last list: Messrs. Cassell and Co., London, 52 volumes; Messrs. Passmore and Alabaster, London, 7; Mr. Chenery, postmaster, 12; Messrs. R. P. Hughes, Northgate-street, 1; Thomas W. Jones, Post Office, 12; J. R. Pritchard, Bryn Eisteddfod, 5; Peter Hughes, accountant, 1; John D. Jones, High-street, 7; William Hamer, Eastgate-street, 14; A. Frazer, North Road, 11; Dr. E. H. Williams, Turf-square, 2; Mrs. Brittain, South-road, 11; Messrs. H. Read, Herald Office, 3; W. P. Williams, Turf-square, 4; Hugh Pritchard, Pool-street Market, 7; J. Pugh, Sportsman Hotel, 6; W. T. Poole, Gwynfa, 52; Alfred Williams, C.E., 5; John Davies (Gwyneddon), 6; O. D. Jones, London House, 2; J. A. Hughes, solicitor, 6; M. T. Morris, Vron, 13.

On Wednesday, no fewer than 267 persons sat at the tables in the library, the maximum number of persons in the room at the same time being 40. Fifty-six books were given out. On Thursday, the figures were 152, 22, and 92 respectively.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 8th. 1887.


On Monday evening last, Mary Hughes, aged eighteen, died very suddenly at the house of her father, Wm. Hughes, shoemaker, Pool-hill. Deceased was dressing to go out when she complained of being unwell, and laid herself down to rest. Dr. Edward Williams was sent for, and on his arrival a short time afterwards, he pronounced life to be extinct. It is supposed that the cause of death was heart disease.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 8th. 1887.


On Sunday afternoon an old van, used as a lampoil and waste shed, was discovered to be on fire at the Carnarvon Railway Station. Mr. Bunnell (station-master), and several other employees of the London and North-Western Railway Company, promptly proceeded to the scene, and notwithstanding the great heat, succeeded in confining the fire to the van, which was completely destroyed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 29th. 1887.


Between ten and eleven o'clock on Saturday evening last, Mr. J. O. Jones, wine merchant, Carnarvon, while standing on the cliffs at Llanddwyn, noticed a small pleasure boat being driven from the direction of Aberffraw on to the rocks outside Llanddwyn point. It was observed that the occupants of the boat were young and inexperienced, and that the little craft, which hailed from Carnarvon, was shipping water heavily, the bar being very dangerous to inexperienced boatmen. Mr. Jones at once, accompanied by the pilots, proceeded in a small lifeboat to the rescue of the youths, who were safely landed at Llanddwyn in an exhausted condition.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 29th. 1887.



The debtor was formerly the occupier of the Queen's Hotel, Carnarvon. In answer to the deputy official receiver, he said he had not been in the habit of betting to a large extent. He had kept greyhounds, and used to make at coursings something like 6 or 7. He might have lost similar amounts. He had been pretty lucky at coursing. - Is it not a fact that you took more interest in the greyhounds than in the business? Debtor: No; I had only one greyhound whilst I was at the Queen's. He commenced with a capital of about 30 or 40. He attributed his failure to ill-health and inability to get in money due to him. - Examination closed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 19th. 1887.



On Friday afternoon last, a public meeting of farmers and others was held at the Magistrates' room, Guild Hall, Carnarvon, to consider the proposal made at the local Town Council by Mr. Thomas Williams that a Smithfield be established in that town. Mr. Hugh Thomas, Tantwr, Llangeinwen, was elected to the chair, and among those present we noticed Councillors Thomas Williams, M. T. Morris, W. J. Williams, Evan H. Owen, Messrs. Robert Williams, Brunswick-buildings; R. Williams, printer; J. G. Jones, auctioneer; O. Thomas Owen, and Henry Hart, butchers; R. Ll. Jones, surveyor, all of Carnarvon; Messrs. G. Brymer, Tyddyn Helen, J. Thomas, Erw Fawr, Llanddeiniolen; J. Thomas, Llandwrog; W. Jones, Clynnog; J. Jones, Llanfaglan; Humphrey Owen, Hendy; Henry Parry, Deiniolen Dairy; W. Owen, Prysgol; Owen Jones, Voryd; Edward Thomas, Denbigh; _____ Griffith, Garth; Robert Owen, Glan'rafon, Llanfaglan; Thomas Jones, Bontnewydd; _____ Williams, Llanwnda; _____ Williams, Ty Mawr, Clynnog, &c., &c.

Mr. Thomas Williams explained that the meeting was called with a view of eliciting the opinion of the farmers as to the proposal. He had brought the subject before the Carnarvon Town Council because some of the largest farmers in the county had informed him that such an institution would be beneficial. The council had unanimously agreed to do all in their power to assist the farmers in the matter, and the movement was one which was more connected with the farmers than any other class. In Oswestry and Wrexham, Smithfields had been a great success, the Smithfield producing, in the former place, an annual rental of 700, - a fact which in itself indicated the immense amount of business done there. At present, butchers went to the farms to buy stock, but if the farmers brought their cattle to a central spot such as a Smithfield, where they would be met by dealers from other parts of the country, the prices would, owing to the increased competition, necessarily improve.

Mr. Edward Thomas, Denbigh, at the invitation of the chairman, informed the meeting of how Smithfields took in other towns, and said that the question that day was whether there was around Carnarvon a sufficient scope to support a Smithfield. If so, then a Smithfield should by all means be established, as it would benefit both farmer, butcher, and consumer. If the intention was to hold the fairs as usual, and limit the Smithfield to fat stock, then he advised them to hold the fairs in the morning and the sales in the afternoon, so that the sales should not interfere with private transactions. He regarded Carnarvon fair as one of the best fairs that he attended. It was easy to destroy a fair, while to establish one was a very difficult task indeed. Replying to Mr. Brymer, the speaker said that in Wrexham and Oswestry, the old statute fairs had been done away with, the Smithfields being open to all kind of stock.

Mr. Brymer warmly advocated the proposal, which, he said, would surely be successful if the Smithfield would be supported by Anglesey farmers. To ensure this a better means of transit across the Menai Straits would be absolutely necessary.

Councillor Thomas Williams remarked that the cost of transit by rail from Anglesey was no more than 6d. per head.

Messrs. Humphrey Owen, Hendy; Wm. Jones, and John Williams, Clynnog, feared that the area was too limited, unless the support of the Anglesey farmers could be secured.

Mr. Evan H. Owen remarked that the area was sufficiently extensive if the farmers would be faithful, and would be willing to sell their stock at first without a reserved price.

Replying to Mr. Robert Williams, Brunswick-buildings, Mr. Thos. Williams said that there was no intention whatever to interfere with the fairs.

Mr. Edward Thomas asked why the farmers of Carnarvonshire and Anglesey could not bring their stock to a Smithfield at Carnarvon, and be met there by North Wales butchers, instead of taking them to Manchester. He knew of several cases where stock from Carnarvonshire had been taken to Manchester and then purchased there and brought back by Carnarvonshire butchers (laughter). He was glad to see the people of Carnarvon moving in this matter, for he did not see why the Welsh should always be behind their Saxon neighbours in matters of this kind.

Mr. John Jones, Llanfaglan, suggested that the scheme be tried at the next fair, before going to the expense of constructing a proper Smithfield.

Addresses in support of the proposal were also delivered by Messrs. M. T. Morris, W. J. Williams, and J. G. Jones, Carnarvon; Griffiths, Garth, and others, and eventually, on the motion of Mr. John Jones, Llanfaglan, seconded by Mr. Evan H. Owen, Carnarvon, it was decided that a Smithfield be established, and a committee, consisting of the following gentlemen, was appointed to co-operate with the Carnarvon Town Council in the matter:- Messrs. John Jones, Llanfaglan; _____ Williams, Ty Mawr, Clynnog; Wm. Jones, Ty'nycoed; Henry Parry, Glan'rafon; Humphrey Owen, Hendy; Henry Owen, Carnarvon; H. Pierce, Glanmorfa; H. Thomas, Pentwr; W. Jones, Treifan; _____ Brymer, Tyddyn Elen; R. J. Roberts, Trefarthin; J. Owen, Rhydygaer; R. R. Roberts, Gwydryn; John Hughes, Caemawr; Wm. Jones, Hendregadog; and Thomas Jones, Taihirion.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 26th. 1887.

The 2 2s. prize for the best rendering of the bass solo, "Pour forth no more unheeded prayers" ('Jephthah') at the Portmadoc Eisteddfod to-day (Friday) was won by Mr. David Jones, chemist, Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 2nd. 1887.


On Friday last, an inquest was held at Caeathraw, before Mr. J. H. Roberts, coroner, and a number of jurymen, of whom Mr. Griffith Jones, Cefnygo, was foreman, on the body of Robert Roberts, 48 years of age, labourer, who was killed that morning by a fall of earth at the Peblic brickworks. - Robert Jones, 16, Pool-street, labourer, said that he worked at the Peblic brickworks, where deceased had been employed for the last seven years. On the morning of that day five men, including deceased and witness, were engaged excavating clay. Deceased was by himself undermining the earth. About 10.30 the deceased had undermined sufficiently for a fall, but a stone projected and kept the earth up. Deceased then got hold of an old rail 1 yards long, with which he knocked the stone to pieces. Just then the earth above began to crack; but deceased again entered the excavation and re-commenced knocking. Witness called to him to come out, as the topsoil was on the point of coming down. Deceased then turned around, and walked slowly towards the entrance of the hole. The topsoil, however, fell upon his back, throwing him sharply on to the ground. His forehead came in contact with a hard piece of earth and stone mixed, whereby the bones of his forehead were fractured, and the brain protruded. Death was instantaneous. The earth covered his head and legs, but his back was bare. The fallen soil weighed about two tons. - Corroborative evidence was given by Hugh Edwards, Baptist-street, and John Jones, foreman, and the inquest was adjourned to Tuesday evening for the attendance of the Government inspector. At the adjourned inquest a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned. Deceased leaves a widow and eight children.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 9th. 1887.



At the Carnarvon Town Council on Tuesday, the sanitary committee reported that the surveyor had submitted plans of an infectious hospital for 10 patients, with administrative buildings, mortuary, and a disinfecting chamber. The committee recommended that the plans be completed, and that an estimate of the cost of making the building in brickwork and cemented, and also in brick with a facing of red or buff brick, with a cavity in gable end buildings. These plans were now finished and approved of. The outer walls were to be built of a red brick, the three sides of end wards to have a cavity, and the surveyor had been instructed to prepare a specification.

Mr. Bugbird considered that to erect such a hospital was a very large undertaking for a town like Carnarvon, and he though an effort should be made to get the union to join. This was the course adopted in other places, and he could not see why Carnarvon should not do the same.

The Town Clerk said that this matter had been discussed once before, and was mentioned at the Local Government Board inquiry already referred to. It was his impression that the council had already resolved to erect a hospital without the aid of the guardians, - that there should be a hospital entirely for the town.

Mr. Thomas Williams: I think the council came to the conclusion that the corporation did not call for anything of the sort. If anything can be done in the way of getting one hospital for the use of both Bangor and Carnarvon, I think it would be better.

The Town Clerk replied that the Local Government Board inspector had stated that it would be unreasonable to remove patients to a distance of more than two miles. Even Portdinorwic was considered to be too far.

Mr. Bugbird again pressed his suggestion, and said that when the question was last mooted, four members of the council were deputed to meet the guardians and discuss the matter. That was never done, - an appointment was made but not kept. He did not wish to say a word against the proposed hospital, but it seemed to him that it would entail a heavy outlay on Carnarvon alone, and he certainly would suggest that an effort be made to get the rural sanitary authority to join in the matter.

Alderman Dr. Williams: Mr. Bugbird's suggestion has already been acted upon. The guardians have been approached, and their feelings ascertained. They distinctly refused to join us.

Mr. Bugbird: the guardians complained at the time that they were not approached in a proper manner - that they were invited merely to listen to what we intended to do, and that their views were not asked for.

Alderman Dr. Williams: If I understand rightly, some of the guardians were willing to join the urban sanitary authority to build a hospital; but the grent body of guardians at their meeting refused to confirm that, and would have nothing to do with it.

Mr. Bugbird: I was present at the meeting, and the complaint was that the guardians were not approached in a proper manner. Do you, Dr. Williams, see any objection now to the two authorities joining in the matter?

Alderman Dr. Williams: My objection is this---

Mr. W. J. Williams: If you will allow me to say a word I think I can explain matters. The question has been brought before the guardians. It was reported to them that the town intended to have an infectious hospital, but the country guardians were not willing to join, as they thought they had a place in the workhouse that answered their purpose.

Mr. J. R. Hughes: Is it not likely that the guardians will allow us to enlarge the workhouse hospital, rather than go to this outrageous expense. I really think that Councillor Bugbird's suggestion is worth acting upon, and that we should approach the guardians again.

Alderman De Winton: When the workhouse authorities were building the present addition to the workhouse, they were approached by us at the time, and if I remember rightly, they declined to have anything to do with us.

Alderman Rees: It was the guardians that started the movement, and asked the council to join them. We, the council, had several meetings to consider the matter, and we acceded to the request, but when the question was laid before a full board of guardians, the country guardians out-voted the others, and would not have anything to do with us. The best thing for us is to carry on our plans, and if the guardians will join us after we have finished the building, all well and good, - let them then pay a proportion of the expense.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard supported Mr. Bugbird's suggestion. The guardians might by this time have seen the error of their ways.

Mr. J. R. Hughes suggested that the sanitary committee should re-consider the matter.

Alderman Dr. Williams: I really think we are irregular. The council have already adopted our recommendations, the ground has been purchased, the plans prepared, and the size of the building, and the number of beds decided upon, and if we ask the guardians again to join us, we must prepare new plans and make a much bigger building. A hospital with ten beds, which we propose now to erect, would not be sufficient for the whole union. If a body of men once decline to do a thing, I don't see why we should ask them again. The Government are pressing us to build this hospital, and I think we ought to go on with it. As to the suggestion of joining with the union, how do you think can patients be brought here from Anglesey? To enlarge the workhouse hospital would be useless for our purposes. That is not an infectious hospital to begin with - it is simply a general hospital with no fever wards.

Mr. W. J. Williams: Mr. Murray Browne said that if the guardians wanted infectious hospitals for rural parishes they must build them in the centre of the populous districts. He would not recommend them to move patients more than two miles at furthest.

The discussion then ended, and the recommendations of the sanitary committee were approved.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 16th. 1887.

Miss Annie Hope, of Carnarvon, the popular vocalist, has just been engaged, through the agency of Mr. Jacob Davies, Canton, Cardiff, to join the company of Professor Andre, London, on a concert tour through certain parts of the United States. Miss Hope was selected on the recommendation of Dr. Joseph Parry (Pencerdd America), Swansea. The company is to number ten in all, and will sail from Southampton of the 2nd. of October. Miss Hope is to leave Carnarvon on the 22nd. instant, and we understand that the tour will extend over at least 32 weeks.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 14th. 1887.


On Wednesday morning, John Jones, mate of the schooner "Secret," loading at Carnarvon, fell on a tare of slates in the hold of the vessel, and severed one of the main arteries in the head. Dr. John Williams was sent for and immediately attended to the injured man, who otherwise, would have bled to death in a short time. He is a native of Nevin.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 14th. 1887.


We understand that the drapers and ironmongers of Carnarvon have unanimously agreed to close their establishments at 7 p.m. every evening (excepting Saturday) during the ensuing months. - This arrangement, which will come into force on Monday next, will enable the young men and young ladies who are assistants at our local places of business to take advantage of the Free Library and the science and art classes held at the Institute.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 4th. 1887.



At the Carnarvon Borough Magistrates' Court, on Monday last, before the Mayor (J. Jones, Esq.), and G. R. Rees, Esq.

Hugh Abbott, fish dealer, High-street, Carnarvon, was charged with having, between the 15th. day of September, 1887, and the 1st. day of March following, to wit on the 25th. day of October, 1887, unlawfully exposed for sale certain salmon. He was also charged with unlawfully having twelve unseasonable salmon in his possession on the 25th. October.

Mr. J. T. Roberts, solicitor, appeared for the River Conservators, and Mr. Marcus Louis, Ruthin, to defend.

Robert Jones, Hendre-street, Carnarvon, river watcher, said that on the 25th. of October, having obtained a search warrant, he, accompanied by P.S. Pritchard and P.C. J. H. Jones, went to Hugh Abbott's shop, and found eleven salmon in the window. He had on the 1st, of October cautioned the fishmongers, and Mrs. Abbott among them, not to exhibit any red salmon, of which 4 were in Abbott's window at the time. On the 25th. ult.,when he went to the shop Mrs. Abbott was there. He examined the premises for salmon, and found four of them placed in a tub in the back kitchen. In a building full of smoke in the yard he found eight salmon hanging up by their tails. There was a fire burning in the building, and the fish were being cured by sawdust and leaves. He found eight salmon smoked, and brought them out and took them into the back kitchen. Abbott himself then came in, and, pointing to a salmon in the shop said, "that belongs to David Edwards, the Drum, and there is another that belongs to a man from the country." The remainder, Abbott said, belonged to himself. The salmon (produced) were those he (witness) found in the shop and in the building. Cross-examined; I laid the information of the 25th. of October. Abbott exposed eleven salmon for sale on that day. I found eight salmon hanging up in the building and four in a tub of water. I cannot say whether the salmon are unseasonable.

P.C. J. H. Jones gave corroborative evidence, and said that when he served Abbott with the summons, defendant said: "Most of the salmon you took away had been refused and returned from Llandudno." - Cross-examined: There was no concealment, and we had no difficulty in getting at the salmon.

Nathaniel Bunnell, stationmaster, Carnarvon, said that during the week before the 15th. September, and the week following that date, no salmon was consigned to Mr. Hugh Abbott from Llandudno. Perishable goods were usually sent by passenger train. Cross-examined: Did not know whether Abbott travelled himself as passenger bewtween those dates.

J. L. Vaughan, delivery clerk at the Carnarvon station goods warehouse, said that there was no consignment to Mr. Abbott during the whole of September, and up to the 28th. of October last. - Cross-examined: I have not the books here. I have examined the books, and found no entry therein. - Mr. Louis argued that the books referred to ought to have been produced.

John Jones, Caeathraw, said that he had held salmon licenses for years, had caught hundreds, and had been accustomed to cure them. It depended upon the size of the fish what time it would take to keep them in salt. He had had salmon weighing 24 lbs. curing for nine days. - Cross-examined: I have never salted sea-caught salmon.

Robert Owen Ellis, of Pool-street, said that he had from time to time salted salmon for smoking. He never left the largest salmon in salt for more than eight days. He thought it would take the same time to salt fresh salmon as sea caught salmon.

This concluded the case for the prosecution. For the defence,

Robert Jones, fishmonger, Carnarvon, said that on the 28th. ultimo he visited the police station, where he saw the four salmon, and the others. In his opinion the fish were not unseasonable. The salmon were all seasonable and healthy. On the 14th. of September he had 3 cwt. of salmon in pickle, and knew that Abbott had some on that day. They went out for fish after the 14th., but if they caught any salmon they threw it back into the water. He had seen Abbott throw salmon overboard. - Cross-examined: I cannot swear that these salmon were caught on the 14th. of October, I have had fish in salt for four months. Salmon caught in fresh water now would not be in as good a condition as those on the table. - Re-examined: I believe, from the appearance of those salmon, that they were caught in season. If Abbott sold salmon at the rate of one a day I would not be surprised at his pickling the remainder.

Robert Thomas, the lessee of the Weir at Bangor, said that he had dealt in fish all his life. He was of opinion that those produced were caught in season. - Cross-examined: The salmon had not that irritating redness about them which salmon had at the beginning of the close season. - Re-examined: It was his belief that the salmon were caught before the close season.

Similar evidence was given by John Williams, Menai Bridge, and Madoc Jones, Gorred.

Mr. Bailey, commander of coast guard, produced a return showing that the quantity of salmon caught by the five boats between the 10th. and 15th. of September was 3 cwts.

Robert Jones, Bank Quay, said that he was in Abbott's employ during the season. They ceased to take the salmon on the 14th. of September, and they had not been out since. He did not believe that the fish were caught in the close season. He had never seen any salmon brought to Abbott's after the close season. At the end of the season, he saw that both the tubs belonging to Abbott were full of salmon. - Cross-examined: Abbott might have sent the cwt. of salmon to Llandudno between the 10th. and 15th. of September. He (witness) saw the salmon going to Llandudno, and saw them return.

The bench considered the case proved, and fined the defendant 2 and costs (in all 4 19s. 6d.), and ordered that the salmon be forfeited. Notice of appeal was given.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 11th. 1887.


At Christ Church, Carnarvon, on Wednesday morning, the marriage of Mr. Edward Noble, Mineral Water Manufacturer, with Miss M. E. Jones, both of that town, was solemnized by the Rev. R. P. Hughes, B.A. The bride was given away by Councillor J. P. Gregory. A good number of friends welcomed the bride and bridegroom from Church with a shower of rice. The breakfast was served at Mrs. Williams, Victoria-street, where a number of friends assembled round the symptuous board. A display of bunting in the town marked the happy event. Mr. and Mrs. Noble left for Burton-on-Trent on their honeymoon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 25th. 1887.


A Carnarvon correspondent writes:- "As none of your correspondents have given you a description of a wonderfully brilliant meteor that was seen by myself and several others on Thursday evening, will you allow me to do so? The time was about 25 minutes past five, and we were on the South-road, near Bryn Morfa. The direction of the meteor was from east to west and the elevation, when first seen, about 50 degrees and about 10 degrees when last seen. The course slightly curved but not parabolic. The time during which it was visible was from 10 to 15 seconds. When first seen it carried a very bright strong tail, and was travelling with considerable velocity, in a radius of about 45 degrees. After travelling 30 degrees it apparently burst and a large ball of the most brilliant blue appeared with a shower of sparks, some of which fell a short distance before disappearing. It kept going on, without any alteration in its course, for another 15 degrees, but before disappearing, its tail was greatly diminished. It came first into our view apparently above Cwmyglo, and disappeared above Anglesey. There was no sound from it, at any rate none was heard by us, as several conveyances were passing at the time. I have been told that it was seen by several persons, and among others, by the Rev. Mr. Watts and Mr. Roberts, H. M. Inspections of Schools, on the road from Llandinorwic to Cwmyglo, as well as from Cwmyglo Station.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 2nd. 1887.


A few days ago, a respectable married woman residing in New-street, Carnarvon, went for a walk in the outskirts of the town. Whilst in the neighbourhood of Waterloo Port, a distance of half a mile from the town, she was seized with a fit which rendered her insensible. Upon regaining consciousness she found two men standing over her, who, when they were discovered, took to their heels and ran in the direction of Bangor. Subsequently the poor woman discovered that her wedding ring had been taken off her finger, and the contents of her purse abstracted. As yet no clue to the thieves has been obtained.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 12th. 1887.


The annual football competition for the medals offered by the Carnarvon Athletic Club, will come off this year on Coed Helen field, there being no fewer than a dozen clubs already entered. These clubs are those of Denbigh, Llandudno, Llanfairfechan, Bangor, Holyhead, Pwllheli, Portmadoc, Towyn, and two from Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 12th. 1887.


We understand that after the Christmas holidays, the Carnarvon Model School will be conducted in two distinct divisions, of which that for the older scholars will be styled "the Higher Grade School," and conducted under the personal superintendence of Mr. F. Lampitt, of the London University. In addition to the ordinary English subjects, regular instruction will be given in drawing, algebra, euclid, French, and Latin. The movement deserves every success for it supplies a want that has long been felt in Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 23rd. 1887.


A special meeting of the Carnarvon Town Council was held on Tuesday evening last, the Mayor (Councillor John Jones) presiding, when the recommendations of the special committee with reference to the statue of the late Sir Hugh Owen were considered. After some discussion, it was decided that the statue be placed in Castle Square on a spot between the fountain and the Castle, and that the pedestal be erected either of Anglesey marble or Llanaelhaiarn granite. The question as to whether it should be surrounded by railings or chain was deferred until the statue is put up.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 30th. 1887.


We are glad to understand that the enterprising firm of Messrs. De Winton and Co., iron founders, Carnarvon, have secured the contract to renew all the machinery at the Welsh Slate Quarry, Festiniog, which lately came into the possession of the Messrs. Oakley. The order includes a pair of engines of 100 nominal horse power; four steel boilers, 20 feet by 5 feet 9 inches, to be erected on wrought iron girders; six hoistng drums; and one wrought iron chimney, 4 feet diameter by 40 feet in length. As the whole will have to be completed in four or five months additional hands will have to be taken on at the foundry.

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