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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 4th. 1889.


On Monday afternoon last, Alderman Lewis Lewis, Carnarvon, was presented with a purse containing 144 on his retirement from business. The presentation was made on behalf of the subscribers by the Mayor. Alderman G. R. Rees was the treasurer, and Mr. John Henry Thomas secretary.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 4th. 1889.


The Mayor and Mayoress of Carnarvon (Mr. and Mrs. John Jones) distributed on New Year's Day two ounces of tea to each of the female inmates of the Carnarvon workhouse, and a quantity of tobacco to the males, with toys to the children. There were in the house 37 males, 32 females, and 26 infants, and of the number of adults in the house there were 18 able to read, to each of whom a copy of the Bible was presented by the kind-hearted Mayor.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 11th. 1889.


The boards of the Guild Hall, Carnarvon, were occupied on Monday and Tuesday evenings by Miss Maggie Morton's Company. "Mamma" and "Romeo and Juliet" afforded the crowded audiences a deal of genuine mirth, and on the whole the representations were well sustained. Miss Maggie Morton and Mr. Dobell came in for a warm welcome.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 11th. 1889.


On Monday last, Mr. Ellis Owen, compositor, Chapel-street, Carnarvon, left for London, en-route for Paris, where he has secured an appointment upon the Galignani's Messenger.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1889.


The Bazaar and Sale of Work, which was postponed on account of scarlet fever being in the town, and which was to have been held in Christmas week, is to take place on the 14th. and 15th. of February, at the Guild Hall.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1889.


Mr. John Hughes, builder and contractor, Uxbridge-square, Carnarvon, has presented Engedi Chapel with a beautiful arm chair, on the occasion of the induction of the Rev. John Hughes, D.D., as pastor of the chapel.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 1st. 1889.


The committe acknowledge the receipt of donations from the following:- Mr. Lloyd Griffith, Bodafon, an India rubber stamp; Mrs. Trevor Hughes, Glasgoed, bundle of old linen; Mr. Foster, Glanbeuno, illustrated papers; Mr. James Evans, Bronceris, 10s. 6d.; Mr. R. D. Williams, two antimacassars. Number of patients in, four. Wanted, four small tables.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 15th. 1889.


The news of the birth of a daughter at Vaynol having reached Carnarvon on Wednesday afternoon, flags were numerously displayed - at the Guild Hall, the Herald office, the Royal Sportsman Hotel, Mr. Parry's (County Vaults), Mr. J. Jones (the Mayor's), the Vaynol Arms, &c. At night the Conservative Club was illuminated with hundreds of candles and gas stars. The premises of Mrs. G. Owen, chemist, was profusely lit up with candles, which had a brilliant effect. There were also illuminations at the premises of Mr. Evan Williams, pork butcher, Mr. G. Jones, Castle-quare, and Mrs. J. Owen Griffith, High-street.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 22nd. 1889.


From the Government report on the results of the last examinations, just to hand, we find that the Carnarvon Training College (principal, the Rev. J. Fairchild, M.A.) stand in a very favourable position - its success being greater than it has been for a great length of time. The pass figures are as follows; Second year: 1st. class, 9; 2nd. class, 9; 3rd. class, 5. First year: 1st. class, 3; 2nd. class, 14; 3rd. class, 5.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 1st. 1889.


Whilst Police-constable Davies (55) was on duty in Chapel-street om Tuesday, last week, he noticed smoke emanating from the kitchen of a house situated opposite the Wesleyan Chapel. Entering the premises he found the kitchen full of smoke, and some clothes which had been left to dry before the fire were in flames. Fearing that somebody might be upstairs, P. C. Davies rushed to the bedroom, and there found an infant apparently unconscious. The room was full of smoke, and had it not been for the timely arrival of the officer the little one would have been suffocated or burnt to death. Having placed the infant in safe custody, the officer, with the aid of Mr. J. Jones, Albert Hotel, extinguished the flames.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 8th. 1889.


Mr. Griffith Griffiths, late landlord of the Glan'rafon Tavern, Carnarvon, was drowned at Llanberis Upper Lake on Wednesday night week. His hat being found on the shore next morning, and there being signs that someone had slipped into the water, the lake was immediately dragged by Police-Sergeant Rowlands and others, and this was continued up to Friday, but with no avail, his body having not yet been recovered. The deceased worked at the Dinorwic Quarries, and it is surmised that while going to his lodgings on Wednesday night he lost his way in the darkness and fell into the lake. Mr. Griffiths, who was very well known and respected at Carnarvon, leaves a widow and several children, with whom much sympathy is manifested.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 15th. 1889.


On Wednesday, John Williams, a Holyhead diver, was engaged in attempting to recover the body of Mr. Griffith Griffiths, late landlord of the Glan'ravon Tavern, Carnarvon, who was drowned in the Llanberis Upper Lake a fortnight ago while going home at night. On Thursday, although the diver descended five times, continuing his search on each occasion from a quarter to half an hour, his attempts proved unavailing. It was thought probable that the task would be resumed to-day (Friday). So far, the expenses attending the search have been defrayed from a fund raised for the purpose by the workmen.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 22nd. 1889.


Rumour has it that Griffith Griffiths, Carnarvon, who was supposed to have drowned in Llanberis lake, and whose body the diver failed to find last week, really left the country for America. Whether this is anything more than idle conjecture time only will show.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 22nd. 1889.


Last Friday evening, Mr. R. D. Williams, solicitor, Porthyraur, Carnarvon, entertained members of the "Eryri" Lodge of Good Templars, Carnarvon, with his splendid magic lantern. He showed several magnificent views of English, Irish, and Welsh scenery and some temperance items. At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Williams for his kindness.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 5th. 1889.

Sir Llewelyn Turner, the deputy-constable, hopes to be able to complete the restoration of the battlements of the south side of Carnarvon Castle during the present year.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 5th. 1889.


On Monday evening, the opening of the cafe in connection with the new Liberal Club was celebrated by a soiree in the spacious lecture-room. Mr. and Mrs. Eardley, the manager and manageress, had prepared an excellent spread, and the tables were elegantly laid with viands of the most dainty description. Councillor Thomas Williams, Golden Goat, presided, Messrs. D. Thomas and W. P. Tomkinson being the vice-presidents. There was a large assembly, and addresses were delivered by the president, vice-presidents, and Mr. D. Lloyd George, after which a discussion ensued as to the advisability of forming a Parliamentary party, whose policy should be to give a general adhesion to the Liberal party, and also, if necessary, to act independently for the promotion of Welsh measures. The debate was opened by Mr. R. A. Griffith, solicitor, and replied to by Dr. Parry, Councillor J. R. Hughes, Councillor J. R. Pritchard, and W. G. Thomas. The meeting was enlivened with songs by Miss Jones, Mr. R. J. Thomas, Mr. H. Edwards (violin), Miss Cowell, Mr. William Jones, and Mrs. R. Parry. Mr. R. Pritchard presided at the piano with his usual ability.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 12th. 1889.


Messrs. Hugh Jones and Co., Slate and Marble Works, Carnarvon, have for the third time secured the three years' contract for supplying her Majesty's War Department with slate slabs and manufactured slate goods for all stations home and foreign.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 12th. 1889.


The preliminary examination of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was held on Tuesday last at the Royal Hotel, Carnarvon, under the superintendence of Mr. Lloyd, chemist, High-street. There were seven candidates present.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 12th. 1889.


The Nelson Emporium, Carnarvon, is just now a very busy place. The large staff, under the personal superintendence of the proprietors, are making elaborate and unprecedented preparations for a grand show of seasonable goods in all departments. Remember the opening day of the show - Tuesday next.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 5th. 1889.


Commencing on the 1st. May, a despatch of letters, &c., for London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and for all places, will be made by the 10.20 a.m. train. Letters, &c., for this despatch may be posted at High-street, Pool-street, the Priory, the Station, and Twthill up to 9.45 a.m.; and at the Head Office up to 10 a.m.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 10th. 1889.

Mr. Charles Dickens, who is announced to give readings at the Guild Hall, Carnarvon, on the 16th. inst., under the auspices of the Segontium Society of Science and Literature, is to read the two most popular of his selections. We find that these two pieces are to be given also at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly, London.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 7th. 1889.


At the invitation of Mr. Edward Hughes, ironmonger, Carnarvon, a numerous company, including the mayor and mayoress and several town councillors, assembled at Balaclava-road, Carnarvon, on Monday afternoon to witness some very interesting experiments made by Mr. Duncombe, the representative of the Imperial Fire Extinguisher Company, Limited. The Imperial Fire Extinguisher is one of the hand grenades with which the public are now tolerably familiar, but it differs from them in some important particulars, one of which is the adoption of a patent self-regulating valve in the stopper, which acts as a water seal at once sensitive and secure. A large wooden building representing the side of a room was first painted over with tar, filled with wood and shavings and finally all these inflammable materials were saturated with petroleum. When lit, the fire spread rapidly, the heat from the dense mass of flames caused the onlookers to beat a retreat, and the fire was allowed to get such a hold that it seemed impossible to put it out. But when the word was given the operator threw two extinguishers into the centre of the fire and completely quenched the flames. Another experiment was tried with a wooden chimney coated inside with tar and filled at the base with wood and paper saturated with petroleum. When well alight, one grenade was broken at the bottom of the shaft and the fire was put out instantaneously.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 14th. 1889.

Mr. Owen Jones, of the Commercial Hotel, Carnarvon, had charge of the refreshment stalls at the Carnarvon Horse Show, on Monday, and his catering gave, as usual, every satisfaction.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 14th. 1889.


At the Carnarvon Police Court, on Wednesday, before G. R. Rees, Esq., four tramps were charged with sleeping in a field at Pengelli, and were each sentenced to seven days' imprisonment. - Case proved by P. S. Pritchard and P. C. 68.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 28th. 1889.


We regret to find that the Misses Rimmer are about to leave Carnarvon for Warrington, after having conducted a high class ladies' school in the former town for the last twelve or fourteen years with very marked success. They have proved themselves to be thoroughly well qualified for the work, and their excellent qualifications have been highly appreciated by the people of Carnarvon as shown by the liberal support extended to them during their stay here. Many of their pupils have distinguished themselves in various public examinations; and the reports received from several examining bodies testify to the efficiency with which the school has been conducted. They will doubtless be as successful and as highly appreciated in Warrington as they have been at Carnarvon, where they will always be remembered with admiration and respect.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 23rd. 1889.

At a second meeting of the Carnarvon Town Council on Tuesday evening, for the consideraton of the tenders for the erection of an infectious diseases hospital, that of Mr. John Hughes, for 1260 was accepted.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 30th. 1889.


On Saturday, a telegram was received in Carnarvon from the Portmadoc police respecting a painter, named Alfred Loynd, of Birkenhead, who was wanted on a charge of stealing some glazier's tools and wearing apparel. P. S. Pritchard discovered that some of the tools had been pawned, and subsequently he found Loynd in lodgings in Northgate-street, and he was handed over to the Portmadoc police.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 30th. 1889.


On Thursday afternoon two torpedo boats, Nos. 51 and 54, belonging to the defending fleet, put into Carnarvon. They were in charge of a lieutenant, sub-lieutenant, gunner and sixteen men. Upon their arrival they were boarded by Chief Officer Bailey, of the Carnarvon Naval Reserve Battery. The boats attracted considerable interest, and were visited, among others, by Lieutenant George Owen, and a number of the Naval Volunteers, who were very kindly treated by the officers, and the construction of the vessels was most minutely explained to them.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 6th. 1889.


Messrs. Dew and Son on Saturday offered for sale, at the Royal Sportsman Hotel, Carnarvon, a freehold estate, known as Penybryn, the residemce of the late Mr. W. Hayward. The reserve not being reached, the property was withdrawn. Mr. J. H. Roberts was the vendor's solicitor.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 6th. 1889.


The public are anxiously awaiting the result of the interview which the Mayor of Carnarvon and a committee have had with Mr. Wood, of the London and North-Western Railway Company, with regard to a better service of trains between Carnarvon and the neighbouring towns. We understand that a suggestion was made to Mr. Wood to have a 4.30 p.m. train and a 6.30 for Penygroes instead of, as at present, 4.35 and 4.45, so as to allow the people who arrive in Carnarvon about half-past two or three a few hours more time in the town, and yet leave before the late trains.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 13th. 1889.


A money order and savings bank office has recently been opened in Pool-street. A post-office has also, within the last few days, been opened in High-street, and a money order and savings office will shortly be established there. A day mail has been commenced to and from Penygroes, letters, &c., for which may be posted at the town boxes up to 3 p.m., and at the head office till 4 p.m. The letters, &c., brought by the despatch from Penygroes will be distributed by the 1.15 p.m. delivery. A new general day mail despatch to all parts has been established by the 11.41 a.m. train, letters, &c., for which may be posted at the town boxes until 11.5 a.m., and at the head office until 11.20 a.m. A day mail despatch to and from Llanberis has also been established. Letters, &c., for Llanberis may be posted for this despatch at the town boxes at the head office until 6 p.m. The letters from Llanberis by this mail will be distributed by the 1.15 p.m. delivery. A day mail despatch to Beddgelert during the summer months has been commenced, and letters, &c., for this despatch may be posted until 3 p.m. at the town boxes and at the head office until 4 p.m.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 11th. 1889.


While a number of workmen employed in the erection of an infectious diseases hospital at Galltysil, near Carnarvon, were on Monday making some excavations they came across the remains of a Roman road. The pavements were in a good state of preservation. The road - traces of which were discovered about forty yards from the excavations - is undoubtedly the remains of the Roman highway from Conovium (Caerhun) to Segontium (Caersegont).

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 30th. 1889.


A correspondent calls attention to the practice of a number of boys who make it their nightly amusement to close the library door with a bang, and then rush downstairs in as noisy and disturbing a fashion as it is possible for them to do. They cause not only great annoyance to readers, but endless trouble to the librarian, who should certainly be protected against the incursions of these young rowdies. Our correspondent wishes respectfully to call the attention of the committee to this fact now that the long winter evenings afford such opportunities for lads who, he fears, frequent the library in search of fun rather than of information.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 13th. 1889.


To the Editor

SIR - Your paper recently recorded the death of Mrs. Edwards, whose admirable work in educating sailors was beyond praise.

Vast numbers of masters and mates owe their improved position in life to her, and I do not think that I shall be appealing in vain when I invite them, as I do now, to subscribe a small sum each to place a suitable memorial in Llanbeblig churchyard. I cannot believe it to be to the advantage of any community that such services as those of Mrs. Edwards should pass without a permanent record placed by those who appreciated and those who benefitted by what she did.

Amongst the former, I shall be happy, as vice-commodore of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club and chairman of the Harbour Trust, to give my mite; and and I feel assured that my old friend and coadjutor, Mr. Jackson, the harbour surveyor (who kindly acts as hon. secretary of the Shipwrecked Mariners and Fishermen and the Lifeboat Societies), will not refuse to act as treasurer of another fund of a kindred sort.

I had the pleasure, on different occasions, of taking distinguished officers of the royal navy to visit the school of this excellent lady, and their appreciation of the work carried on by her and her daughter, Mrs. Evans, was commensurate with its importance, and expressed in the warmest terms. - I am, sir, your faithful servant,


Parkia, December 11th., 1889.

We are authorised by Mr. Jackson to say that he will be happy to receive any sums that may be subscribed for the above fund. - ED.)

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 20th. 1889.


We are requested to state that the relatives of the late Mrs. Edwards, of the school of navigation, thankfully decline a public memorial of her at Llanbeblig as was generously suggested in our last issue by Sir Llewelyn Turner, who regards the long services rendered by the sailors' friend as marvellous in their success and incalculable in their benefits.

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