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THE NEWS ROOM
1907


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1907.

BILLIARDS

Last night Mr. W. S. Jones, solicitor, won the cup in the final in the billiards handicap at the Conservative Club. His opponent was Mr. White, plumber.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1907.

MUSICAL

Mr. H. Jones (Alun Alaw), 13, Garnon-street, has obtained the certificate of the Tonic Solfa College of Music in the final stage in musical and verbal expression.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1907.

SHOP HOURS ACT

About 160 shopkeepers have signed a petition in favour of putting the above Act in force. The petition has been handed to Mr. J. T. Roberts (clerk to the County Council).


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1907.

THEFT FROM A HOTEL

At a Special Court on Friday, before J. R. Pritchard, Esq., and Dr. R. Parry. Morgan Wm. Humphreys, Llanberis, was charged with stealing a silver jug from the Prince of Wales Hotel. The accused inquired at the hotel whether they had missed a silver jug, which he represented as having picked up in the street. Upon the contents of the sideboard being examined, it was seen that the identical jug was missing, and as the result of a further inquiry it transpired that Humphreys had attempted to pledge the article in the town. The accused, against whom there was a previous conviction for theft, was committed to prison for six weeks.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 18th. 1907.

THE PAVILION

The chief attraction this week, at the great Bostock and Wildman's Carnival, is the daring performance of "Miss Ella" with her group of "monstre forest bred African lions." Intense excitement prevails as the intrepid lady places her head in the lion's mouth. This performance is a notable one in many respects, the pluck and courage of Miss Ella being much admired. The four Sligo Sisters (Irish vocal and instrumental speciality); Ashley and Knight (eccentric knockabout comedians); Mantell and Oval (Legmania artistes and comedy acrobats); the two Wambas (in comedy and music), La Belle Lily and Albert (astounding physical culture gymnasts). Also there is an entire change of moving pictures. The programme is one of the best that has yet been presented to a Carnarvon audience.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 25th. 1907.

SHOP HOURS

The petition in favour of the closing of shops at one o'clock on Thursdays has been presented to the Town Clerk (Mr. R. O. Roberts), who will in due course present it to the Council. Close upon 200 tradesmen have signed the petition in favour of the closing of the shops at one o'clock on Thursday.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 1st. 1907.

MISS HARDING'S CLASSES

These classes for dancing, deportment, health excercises, and grace culture are being held in the Royal Hotel on Tuesday afternoons. There are juvenile classes at 3 p.m., and a private ladies' class at 5 p.m. (Unfortunately, a typographical error crept into the advertisement of the classes in our last issues, so that it did not convey what was intended). We understand that Miss Harding is a first-rate teacher, and no doubt her classes will be very successful.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 8th. 1907.

LLANBEBLIG CHURCHYARD

The work of putting the churchyard in order was commenced on Monday, and employment has been given to six or seven men. Subscriptions are needed to carry on the work.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 8th. 1907.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

At the Police Court, on Monday, Richard Jones, 2, Mill-lane, was charged with neglecting to send his child to school regularly. An attendance order was granted.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 8th. 1907.

HOCKEY

The ladies' hockey club, which, some two seasons ago, made for itself a name locally on account of its many successes, has been resuscitated, and is now very much alive. The club contemplates playing some important matches shortly, and on Saturday meets the Bangor University team at home.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 8th. 1907.

SKATING

There was a little skating in the Park during the severe frost of the past few days. The ice, however, was not very thick, and soon broke under the weight of the heavy grown-ups. Many children ventured upon the ice, when it was too thin in some parts to support them, but there was no one near to render assistance if an accident had happened.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 15th. 1907.

PARTIAL COLLAPSE

A house in Clarke-street partially collapsed on Monday owing to the foundation giving way.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 15th. 1907.

ADVERTISING THE TOWN

Steps are being taken by the General Purposes Committee of the Town Council to advertise the town, and thus attract visitors into it.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 15th. 1907.

SHOP HOURS ACT

At a meeting of the General Purposes Committee of the Town Council on Tuesday night, the petition, signed by 185 out of 230 shopkeepers, requesting the council to make an order under the Shop Hours Act, 1904, that shops generally be closed at one o'clock every Thursday, was further considered, and it was resolved that a draft order be made and published in accordance with the requirements of the Act.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 22nd. 1907.

THE STORM

Pedestrianism was rendered dangerous on Tuesday night and Wednesday, during the storm, owing to slates and chimney pots falling from the roofs of buildings.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 22nd. 1907.

DEATH OF OLD PEOPLE

During the last few days three octogenerians and one nonagenerian passed away. The latter was Mrs. Catherine Griffith, North-pen'rallt. She had attained the age of 93, and it is said that she had only once been in a train, and that she never slept a night from home.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 8th. 1907.

EASTER EISTEDDFOD

Messrs. Aston and Son, the well-known furniture dealers, have presented to the Committee, a handsome oak chair, which will be given to the conductor of the successful choir in the chief choral competition.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 8th. 1907.

LONG SERVICE MEDAL

Squadron-Sergt-Major Conlan, Denbighshire Imperial Yeomanry, has been notified that he is entitled to the long service medal, which will be presented to him in due course. Before joining the Yeomanry, Mr. Conlan, who is the licensee of the Commercial Hotel, was in the local Artillery Corps.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 8th. 1907.

NEGLECTFUL FATHER SENT TO GAOL

At the Borough Police Court, on Monday, before E. Hughes, Esq., and other magistrates, at the insistence of Inspector Coyle, N. S. P. C. C., David Evans and his wife, residing in Well-street, were charged with neglecting their children in such a way as to cause them suffering. The charge applied to four children, who, according to the evidence of the Inspector and Dr. Griffith, were ill-clad and were obliged to live in filthy surroundings, which were described as unfit even for the lower animals. There was also evidence that the male defendant was addicted to drink. Replying to the Bench, the defendants alleged that the prosecution had exaggerated the case. The husband promised to give up his drinking habits if the Bench dealt leniently with him. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, and the case against the wife was dismissed, the Bench also suggesting that efforts be made to prevail upon the wife and children to go to the workhouse for a short period.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 15th. 1907.

HALF HOLIDAY

Out of 311 shopkeepers, large and small, 220 have signed the petition in favour of the adoption of the Shop Hours Act, which would mean the compulsory closing of all business premises, except such as are exempted, at one o'clock every Thursday. An attempt is being made by one or two shopkeepers, who do not favour the movement, to prevail upon shopkeepers to sign a petition for presentation to the Council against adopting the Act. The feeling of the shop assistants generally is that if the movement now fails they will lose the half-holiday.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 15th. 1907.

BIGAMY CHARGE AT CARNARVON

At the Carnarvon Police Court on Saturday, Margaret Catherine Evans, a young woman, belonging to Carnarvon, was brought up charged with bigamy.

In applying for a remand for a week, Superintendent Griffith said that the defendant was married at Llanbeblig Church, Carnarvon, on the 11th. May 1905, and on the 18th. of last month she went through the form of marriage at Bangor with a man named Frank Bee. Evidence of arrest was given by P.C. Guest, who said that upon being cautioned, she replied: "He gave me permission to get married. I have a witness to prove it."

The Defendant: I have Sir.

A remand for a week was granted, the defendant being bailed in her own recognisances.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 22th. 1907.

A BRASS TABLET

A brass tablet, bearing the following inscription, has been fixed up at Llanbeblig Church: "Sacred to the memory of Henry Rumsey Williams, attorney-at-law, of Penrhos, and Edward Rumsey Williams, third son of the above."


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 29th. 1907.

WHISTLING COMPETITION

At a sale of work held in connection with the Castle-square Presbyterian Church, a whistling competition for ladies caused much amusement. There was also a hat trimming competition for men.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 26th. 1907.

LEAVING FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Last night, at Angel's Temperance Hotel, Pool-street, Messrs. O. Parry Owen and Robert Angel, who are leaving for South Africa, were entertained to dinner by a number of friends and well-wishers. Mr. Thomas Owen, Bangor-street, presided.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 26th. 1907.

CLAIM AGAINST THE CORPORATION

At the County Court, on Wednesday, before the Registrar (Mr. C. A. Jones), O. J. Elias, butcher, Pool-street, sued the Corporation for 1. 7s. 6d., the value of a lamb lost from the public slaughter-houses. Mr. Jenkins (Messrs. Gwyneddon Davies and Jenkins) appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. R. O. Roberts (town clerk) defended. After a lengthy hearing the Registrar reserved judgement.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 3rd. 1907.

FIRE

Last night fire was discovered in the basement of the premises in Eastgate-street occupied by Mr. Dowell, fruiterer. The fire brigade, in charge of Mr. Conlan (Captain), were soon on the spot, and succeeded in extinguishing the flames, but not before considerable damage was done to the cellar.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 10th. 1907.

RUN OVER

Mr. R. Roberts, a carter in the employ of Messrs. Lake and Co., sustained severe injuries on Saturday. The horse took fright, and Roberts fell, one of the wheels of the cart passing over his body.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 17th. 1907.

EMPIRE DAY

It is proposed to hold a public dinner to celebrate Empire Day.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 24th. 1907.

SUCCESS

Mr. Ludwig S. B. Tasker, Marino, who is a student at the University College and Hospital, London, has been awarded the medal for anatomy and honours in physiology, as the result of the winter sessions examinations.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 31st. 1907.

THE SLATE TRADE

Judging by the scarcity of work in the slate quay, and the absence of vessels loading, the slate trade must be in a depressed state. Several men have been working short time on the quay, and they say that it is many years since they remember a similar state of things.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 31st. 1907.

THEFT OF IRON

At a special Police Court on Wednesday, before J. R. Pritchard, Esq., E. Hughes, Esq., and M. T. Morris. Esq., William Hughes, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a quantity of iron from the Peblig Brickworks, Carnarvon. Supt. Griffith, who prosecuted, said that the accused was arrested that morning at a quarter to five. He was seen by P. C. Guest coming from the direction of the Peblig Brickworks carrying a sack, which appeared to contain something heavy. Questioned as to what was in the sack he said old iron which he found in the river. The officer, however, found that the iron was dry, and on being further pressed the accused said that he had stolen it from the Peblig Brickworks. Among the iron were a wheel and some bearings which could again be used. - Mr. Evans, manager of the brickworks, valued the iron at 3s. or 4s. - Accused, when formally charged, pleaded guilty. - Supt. Griffith said that the accused, some four or five weeks ago, was seen carrying iron from the direction of the Seiont Brickworks. He was then cautioned, and no proceedings were taken. The Supt. added that the defendant did nothing but loaf about. His wife was in the workhouse. - The Bench sentenced him to 14 days' imprisonment.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 7th. 1907.

THE FOUNTAIN

The police are doing good work by finding lodgings at the expense of his Majesty for the weary Willies who are accustomed to lean against the fountain from morning till night.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 7th. 1907.

THE POST-OFFICE

Influential representations have been made to the Postmaster-General in regard to the desirability of erecting a new Post-Office in Castle-square in a style worthy of the site.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 14th. 1907.

LEAVING THE TOWN

Mr. R. E. Owen, of the Metropolitan Bank, Bangor-street, has been appointed to a lucrative post in the London and River plate Bank at Buenos Ayres, and will sail from Southampton on the 12th. of July.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 14th. 1907.

PERSONAL

On Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Bryan, of Alexandria, Egypt, arrived in Carnarvon for a few months' holiday. - Mr. J. Roberts, Plas Glan'rafon, in making satisfactory progress after undergoing an operation at the Royal Infirmary, Liverpool. - Mr. John Jones (druggist) was taken suddenly ill whilst attending service on Sunday at Engedi Chapel, where he is senior deacon, and was removed home. - Messrs. S. B. Davies and J. E. Davies (sons of Mr. D. W. Davies) left Liverpool last week for America. (Mr. J. E. Davies goes to Chicago, and Mr. S. B. Davies, who has been in indifferent health, accompanied him for the sake of the sea voyage). - Mr. Charles Wynn Griffith, the well-known yachtsman, is on a visit to the town, and will no doubt stay over the regattas. - Mr. D. W. Davies, bookseller, is confined to the house through ill-health. - Mr. T. Harwood, who has been wintering in Mentone, has returned much improved in health.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 28th. 1907.

FIRE BRIGADE DEMONSTRATION

The annual competition and demonstration in connection with the North Wales Fire Brigade Union will be held in a field on the Coedhelen side to-morrow (Saturday). As many as 24 brigades will take part. In the evening a complimentary concert to Mr. D. Emlyn Evans will be held in the Pavilion.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 28th. 1907.

"A REGULAR BEDLAM."

At the Police Court, on Monday, a number of the residents of Basptist-street, including four or five women, were charged with being drunk and disorderly. Supt. Griffith, who prosecuted, said that the offences took place on the night of the disbandment of the Militia Camp at Conway. The conduct of the men and women, living in the street, which was a regular bedlam, was simply disgraceful, and the women were more to blame that the men.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 5th. 1907.

BOSTOCK AND WOMBWELLS

This wonderful show of beasts of the forests will revisit the town and stand on the Oval Ground on Monday, after an absence of eight years, as will be seen by a reference to our advertisement columns, where full particulars of the programme are given. As our readers will probably know, it is by no means a second rate collection, but it is the finest travelling menagerie ever seen in the British Isles.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 5th. 1907.

ADVERTISEMENT

BOSTOCK & WOMBWELL'S
NO. 1
ROYAL MENAGERIE
(102 years in existence), 8 years since last
Visit of this Mammoth Collection.
WILL VISIT CARNARVON
MONDAY, JULY 8,
AND STAND ON THE OVAL GROUND.
Will also Visit the following Towns:-
Llanfair (Harlech), July 5.
PortmadocJuly6 RhylJuly18
Bangor
"
9-10 St. Asaph
"
19
Bethesda
"
11 Denbigh
"
20
Bettwsycoed
"
12 Holywell
"
22
Llanrwst
"
13 Flint
"
23
Llandudno
"
15 Mold
"
24
Colwyn Bay
"
16 Hawarden
"
25
Abergele
"
17 Chester
"
26-27
______

This is the MAMMOTH COLLECTION OF
WILD ANIMALS which HIS MAJESTY THE
KING has Patronised Twice Within the last
five years, viz., at Buckingham Palace, June
11th, 1903, and at Windsor Castle Quadrangle,
August 23rd, 1906.
A Veritable Noah's Ark on Wheels.
HUNDREDS OF BIRDS,
BEASTS, AND REPTILES,
THE FINEST LIONS IN EUROPE.
THREE of the Greatest LION TAMERS on
Earth; Capt. Wombwell, Capt. Frederico, Capt.
Daniels, in their Exciting Performances at Intervals.
Herds of Elephants, Camels, and Drumedaries.
THE LARGEST TRAVELLING ZOO
ON EARTH.
SOME OF THE GREATEST NOVELTIES
ALIVE, including the strangest Animal ever
seen in captivity - The Tasmania Devil.
Also MINIATURE HIPPOPOTAMUS,
never seen in this country before.
Also the ONLY WHITE KANGAROO ALIVE
in captivity.
WILD ANIMALS from Windosr Great Park,
Presented to E. H. Bostock, Esq., by His
Majesty King Edward VII., as a mark of esteem.
SPLENDID BAND - 12 PERFORMERS.
Doors open at 3.30 and 7 p.m. each day,
PRICES AS USUAL
_____

SPECIAL NOTICE.
Monstre Attractions for the Visit of Bostock
and Wombwell's Menagerie to Carnarvon.
This night only,
Mr. D. EVANS, Junior,
Butcher, of Carnarvon,
WILL ENTER A DEN OF LIONS
for a wager Made with another local
Gentleman.
DON'T FAIL TO SEE THIS DARING ACT.
TIME AND PRICES AS USUAL.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 12th. 1907.

VISIT OF GENERAL BOOTH

At a meeting of the Free Church Council on Monday, Mr. Ioan Rhys, Pool-lane, in the chair, it was resolved to present an address to General Booth on the occasion of his visit to the town early next month.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 26th. 1907.

NEW BANK BUILDING

The new Lloyds Bank in Turf-square, a very handsome building, was opened for business on Monday.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 9th. 1907.

GENERAL BOOTH DISAPPOINTED

Under the heading "Pagan Carnarvon," a London daily newspaper this week gave prominence to the following jeremiad:- "General Booth expresses himself deeply disappointed with his visit to Carnarvon. It is the only place in all his present tour where his impassioned appeals failed in securing a single convert, though the great pavilion had an audience which numbered thousands. Much disturbances was occasioned during the General's sermon by numbers of people leaving to catch the last train. The General more than once protested, and subsequently stated that on no previous occasion had there been such a disturbance of a meeting during the sermon."


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 23rd. 1907.

ROYAL HAIRDRESSER

This week Mr. S. W. Parnham received a letter addressed, "Mr. Parnam, Hairdresser to His Majesty, Carnarvon."


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 6th. 1907.

WILL PROVED

Mr. T. C. Williams, of Pool-street, Carnarvon, left 1,031.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 6th. 1907.

TREAT

On Thursday scholars attending the Tanybont Ragged Sunday School were treated to a sumptious tea, etc., and to a trip on the Menai Straits.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 13th. 1907.

POOLE'S MYRIORAMA

Mr. Joseph Poole's (the original) Colossal Myriorama will pay a visit to the town next week. The entertainment will as usual be a very fine treat for all. Besides the grand myriorama show, a number of star artistes will go through an interesting programme.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 20th. 1907.

POOLE'S MYRIORAMA

During this week Joseph Poole's original No. 1 entertainment paid a visit to Carnarvon, and attracted large audiences at the Pavilion nightly. The scenes of "the tour" were very well explained by Mr. Berry. The animated pictures, which were among the best ever seen in the town, were a great attraction. The variety artistes were excellent, especially so the Rosaires, the Boleros, Felix de Marge's animals, and the Marionettes. The entertainment was of a high class order.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 4th. 1907.

MOVING

Messrs. Lloyd Carter, Vincent, and Co., have removed from Church-street, where they had carried on their practice for upwards of twenty years, to a suite of offices in the new buildings of Lloyds Bank.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 18th. 1907.

SHOP HOURS

Shop assistants are agitating for the closing of shops at seven o'clock every night, with the exception of Saturday. They state that, under the present condition of things, they are not given an opportunity of attending meetings in connection with the various places of worship.


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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 1st. 1907.

PICTURE FRAMING

of all descriptions now undertaken by Caradoc Rowland, 17, Castle-square. All work entrusted to him will be carefully and promptly executed.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 15th. 1907.

WILL

The late Mr. R. W. Newton, 16, Segontium-terrace, of the firm of Messrs. Newton and Co., slate merchants, left property valued at 5757.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 15th. 1907.

CHARGE OF WOUNDING

At a special court, on Wednesday, before W. G. Thomas, Esq., John Pritchard ("Jack Bangor") was charged with wounding John Jones, Mountain-street, by striking him on the head with a stick. The two men and others, who were unemployed, were engaged by Mr. Assheton-Smith to assist the ordinary keepers. A remand for a week was granted.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 22nd. 1907.

NEW N. AND P. BANK

The handsome new building at the bottom of Pool-street is aproaching completion. The finishing touches having been put to the exterior, the hoardings were this week taken down. The beauty of the building at once arrests attention. It is undoubtedly one of the finest buildings of the kind in the County, and has greatly improved the appearance of Pool-street and Castle-square.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 29th. 1907.

BUSINESS CHANGES

Messrs. O. Evans and Son, coal merchants, have acquired the business of Mr. Thomas Jones, coal merchant.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 20th. 1907.

LEAVING THE TOWN

This week Mr. W. Lloyd, chemist, High-street, left the town, having disposed of his business. He came to Carnarvon in 1869, and succeeded the late Mr. Robert Griffith, chemist. He was a zealous Churchman, and a regular attendant at Christ Church, where he was a sydesman. He will reside with his brother in Gloucestershire.


From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 20th. 1907.

CLAIM FOR WORK DONE

At the County Court on Wednesday, before his Honour Judge Moss, H. Hope, boilermaker, Carnarvon, sued Mr. Atherton, proprietor of the Segontium Laundry for 3. 3s. 9d. for work done. The case was partly heard at a special court, and was adjourned for the attendance of expert witnesses. Mr. R. Roberts was for the plaintiff, and Mr. Nee for the defendant. Mr. Nee maintained that the amount claimed was a gross overcharge. - His Honour said that there might have been too much labour expended, but it was very difficult to estimate the exact amount of time should have been employed. The plaintiff's bona-fides were not doubted at all, and he would give judgement for him for the amount claimed.



General Booth's visit to Carnarvon in 1907  K. Morris
General Booth's visit to Carnarvon in 1907 K. Morris



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