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From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 8th. 1909.


The children's fancy dress entertainment in aid of the Carnarvon district nurses fund will be held at the Guild Hall on Thursday next. An excellent orchestral band has been engaged, and the Mayor has given the prizes. It is to be hoped that this deserving charity will be well supported.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 8th. 1909.


At the Borough Police Court, on Monday, Margaret Thomas, Twthill, was charged with sending a child under 14 years of age for intoxicating liquor. She denied the charge. - P.C. 20 said he saw a woman going in the direction of the Twthill Hotel, about 10.45 p.m. on the 19th. ult., and followed by a little girl, carrying a can. When they arrived at the public-house the woman went in, and took the can with her. She subsequently brought it out, and gave it to the little girl, who then proceeded to take it home. On the way she met her mother, and witness asked her whether she did not think it wrong to send the girl for drink. She replied that she thought not. In reply to a further question the constable elicited that the girl was aged eight years. - A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 15th. 1909.



Bradleys advert. C.D.H. 29th. January, 1909. © K. Morris
Bradleys advert. C.D.H. 29th. January, 1909. © K. Morris

The funds of the Carnarvon Nursing Association are likely to benefit to a substantial extent if the proceeds from the Fancy Dress Ball given in the Guild Hall, Carnarvon, on Thursday evening are proportionate to the success of the event. On previous occasions, the committee have had reason to congratulate themselves upon the results achieved, in a financial sense, but this year shows an improvement even upon the last, both in number of acceptances and in the quality and originality of the costumes.

Miss Rees, whose efforts in the arduous capacity of secretary helped much towards the success of the function, was assisted by Mrs. Williams, Porthyraur, who took charge of the refreshment department, and Mrs. J. Williams, who superintended the games section. Councillor W. Lloyd Griffith and Mr. Ernest Jones proved efficient M.C.'s. Mr. Tom Armstrong, the honorary treasurer, and other ladies and gentlemen helped to make the earlier portion of the evening enjoyable for the children, The little ones had been in possession of the gaily decorated hall since 6 o'clock, and until 9 o'clock, when their elders "took the floor," their untiring little feet waltzed and pattered amidst sounds of merry chatter and laughter. The costumes, of every conceivable hue, made the scene bright with colour, and the effect was extremely pleasing. Many really clever costumes were worn, both by the children and adults, the originality shown in some instances being most striking.

The following won the prizes:-

Class I. Girls under 10: 1, Marjory Hughes (Early Victorian); 2, Hilda Harris (Italian from Messina); highly commended, Nellie Williams (Cinderella), Mary Owen (Milkmaid).

Class II. Girls over 10: 1, Gweno Davies Bryan (Night); 2, Carys Bryan (Hurdy Gurdy Girl); h.c., Doris Butler (Gipsy Princess); Mabel Armstrong (Franco-British Exhibition).

Class III. Boys under 10: 1, Samuel Parry (Mace Bearer); 2, Sydney Thomas Hancock (Colour-Sergeant); h.c., Albert Lake (Courtier); Dicksy Williams (Master of Foxhounds); Pat Finchett-Maddock (Mayor of Carnarvon).

Class IV. Boys over 10: 1, Tom Finchett-Maddock (Brigand); 2, Robert Arthur Roberts (Arabian Syce); h.c., Louie Rees (Boy Scout); Willie Noble (Breton Onion Boy).

Class V. Boy or girl, any age: 1, Guy Carter (Teddy Bear); 2, Lionel Tasker (London Cabby); h.c., Hilda Butler (Paper Lantern); Bertie Armstrong (Suffragette).

Class V. Special, under 10, the prizes given by Mrs. Darbishire and Mrs. Robert Parry: 1, W. S. Parry (Mace Bearer); 2, Sydney Hancock (Colour-Sergeant), and T. E. P. Ellis (Butcher).

Class VI. Boy or girl, any age: 1, Jack Darbishire (Edward VI.); 2, Meg. Finchett-Maddock (Dutch Girl); H. C. Owen, Laurence Blythe, and Jack Finchett-Maddock tied (Dutch Boys), Vera Jones (German Fisher-girl).

Class VII. Girls under 12: 1, Mabel Butler (Cherry Blossom); 2, Lizzie Ellen Brady (Poppy).

The following accepted invitations:-

Warwick Hayes, costume, Ordinary.
Glyn Roberts, M.D. of London.
Jack Finchett-Maddock, Dutch Boy.
Mag. Finchett-Maddock, Dutch Boy.
Jack Jackson, Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Cissie Jackson, Flower Seller.
Kathleen Richards, Gordon.
H. Richards, Boy Blue.
John Hughes Evans, Lawyer.
W. H. Williams, Pierrot.
Mary B. Prichard, A Little Lady of the Victorian Period.
Lloyd Prichard, A Turk.
Albert Lake, Courtier.
Wilbert Lloyd Jones, Dutch Boy.
Edward Richards, Jester.
Ernest Lloyd Jones, Eton Boy.
Edna Lloyd Jones, Alsatian.
Alix Lloyd Jones, Fairy.
Harry Lloyd Jones, Blue Boy.
T. Tregarthen Rees, Father Christmas.
Louis Tregarthen Rees, Baden Powell's Scout.
Albert Tregarthen Rees, Brownie.
Richard and Stuart Tregarthen Rees, Two of our Heroes from Messina.
Robert Tregarthen Rees, Cavalier.
Margaret Tregarthen Rees, Forget-me-Not.
Alice Owen, Dutch Girl.
Nellie Rees Hughes, Rose.
Sybil Enid Edwards, Castle-street, Curly Locks.
Harold Crebbin, Jack Frost.
Gwendoline Richards, Italian Peasant.
Ethel Matthews, Irish Colleen.
Marjory Hesketh Hughes, Early Victorian Period.
Bertie Armstrong, Suffragette.
Mabel Armstrong, Franco-British Exhibition.
Gweno Davies Bryan, Night.
Olwen Davies Bryan, Zurich Peasant.
Buddug Williams, French Peasant.
Carys Davies Bryan, Hurdy Gurdy Girl.
Gwilym Jones.
Nelly Hughes, Pleaty Dress.
Kathleen Mary Woodward, Evening Dress.
Winifred Beatrice Woodward, do.
Winifred Davies, Cherry Blossom.
Dixie Parry Williams, Ship and Castle Hotel, Master of Fox Hounds.
Nellie Williams, do., Cinderella.
Laura Evans, Milkmaid.
Eleanor Ch. Jones, Little Red Riding Hood.
Wm. Samuel Parry, Carnarvon Corporation Mace Bearer.
Audrey Harrison Morris, Justicia.
Vera Harrison Morris, Franco-British L'Entente Cordiale.
Nora Newton, Margaret Newton.
John Brownie, Brownie.
Hilda Bishop Butler, Paper Lantern.
Mabel Bishop Butler, Cherry Blossom.
Millicent M. K. Williams, Folly.
J. Arthur J. Williams, A Hunting Man.
Kathleen Williams, Preswylfa; Eva J. Williams, do.
George Noble, Full-dressed Highlander.
Wm. John Noble, Onion Boy.
Edward Noble, Baden Powell's Scout.
Ernest J. Noble, Sweep.
Heulwen Thomas, A Girl of Pontaven, Brittany.
Thomas Ellis Parry Jones, Butcher of the 4th. Generation.
Millicent Thomas, Nineteenth Century.
Nesta Jones, Japanese Lady.
Dilys Wynne Jones, Yellow Chrysanthemums.
Owen Laurence Blythe, A Little Dutchman.
Sidney Hancock, Colour-Sergeant in Service Dress.
Dinis Hancock, Winter.
Lizzie Ellen Brady, Poppy.
Wilfrid Wright, The Black Prince.
Maud Wright.
Jack Darbishire, King Edward VI.
Gwen Jackson, Pierrette.
Tom Finchett-Maddock, Montenegrian Brigand.
Pat Finchett-Maddock, Mayor of Carnarvon.
Ella Morgan, Marguerite from "Faust."
Mair Dent Jones, Forget-me-Not.
Ena Dent Jones.
Marjory Owen, Dutch Girl.
Robyn Addie, Little Boy Blue.
Jenny Owen, Bee Hive, Spring Blossom.
Mary Owen, do., Milkmaid.
Hilda Harris, Italian.
Edith Harris, Butterfly.
May Parker, Broom Stick Fairy.
Florrie V. Parker, Santa Claus's Lantern-bearer.
Lionel Tasker, London Cabby.
Hilda Williams, Springfield, White Chrysanthemum.
Elsie Williams, do., do.
Vera Hanleigh Jones, Hamburg Fishgirl.
Evelyn Hanleigh Jones, Hamburg Flower-girl.
Maud Trevor.
Lily Lloyd, Mary Quite Contrary.
Florence Jones, Comediene.
Marion Davies Bryan, Calpurnia, Caesar's Wife.
Gwen Hughes, Swiss.
Lily Hughes, Greek.
Clara Land, Flower-girl.
Katie Williams, 6, Castle-street, Evening.
A. Tasker, Pierrot.
Annie Metcalfe, Yellow Chrysanthemum.
Robert Arthur Roberts, Bryncelyn, Arabian Syce or Forerunner.
Trevor Holden, Tally-ho.
Eric Holden, The Knave of Hearts.
Mair Jones, Garthdderwen, Welsh Girl.
Bobby Newton.


Miss Katie Lloyd Jones.
Mr. Williams, Ship and Castle Hotel, Costume Sweep.
Miss Lena Hughes.
Miss Newton, Miss M. T. Newton.
Mrs. Armstrong.
Miss Hesketh Hughes.
Miss Elsie Hughes, Boulogne Fish-wife.
Miss Hughes, Claremont.
Miss Whiskin, Grecian.
Misses Potts, Caegwyn.
Mrs. Finchett-Maddock.
Mrs. Thompson, Church-street.
Mrs. Alfred H. Richards.
Mr. and Mrs. Darbishire.
Miss Myfanwy Jones, Italian Peasant.
Mrs. Hancock.
Miss Pugh, Bryn Menai.
Miss Robyns, Peg Woffington.
Miss Gwennie Robinson, Milkmaid.
Mr. and Mrs. Holden.
Miss Clara Williams, Italian.
Miss Gertrude M. M. Tasker, Geisha Girl.
Mrs. Morris Williams, Springfield.
Mrs. Llewelyn Jones.
Mrs. Crebbin.
Miss Lizzie Roberts, Magpie.
Miss Daisy Bullock, Spanish.
Miss Janie Brymer, Puritan.
Miss M. Owen, Wasp.
Mrs. Rees Hughes.
Mrs. John Rees.
Miss Nesta Francis, Gipsy.
Mr. R. Lloyd Jones.
Mrs. D. T. Lake.
Mrs. Nath. Roberts.
Miss K. Jones, Pendref Hotel, Evening Dress.
Miss Gwen Jones, Ucheldre, Grace Darling.
Miss K. G. Williams, Bryn Idan.
Miss Capon.
Mrs. T. Gilbert Oakley.
Miss Dorothy Williams, Irish Peasant.
Mrs. T. H. Williams.
Mrs. Capon.
Miss Gwen Evans.
Miss Enid Evans.
Miss Nesta B. Rees, Superstitions.
Mrs. L. Rees Thomas.
Miss Rees, Plas Brereton.
Gertrude J. Jackson, Puritan Maiden.
Mrs. John Williams, Preswylfa.
Miss Clayton.
Doris Bishop Butler, Gipsy Princess.
Mrs. Newton.
Mrs. Matthews.
Miss Jennie Roberts.
Mr. C. A. Jones.
Miss Sara Jones.
Miss Bertha Hamer, "Rouge et Noir" Fencing Girl.
Miss Beatrice Hamer, do.
Miss K. Owen, Evening Dress.
Miss Edwards, Black Forest Maid.
Miss Myfanwy Edwards.
Miss Sophie Griffith.
Miss Emily W. Roberts, Breton Fisher-girl.
Miss E. Evans, Frondeg.
Miss Clemenger.
The Hon. Mrs. Wynne Jones.
Miss S. M. Roberts.
Miss Lena Thomas.
Mrs. R. D. Williams, District Nurse.
Mrs. Williams, 1, Church-street.
Mrs. Jones, Minafon.
Miss Broadhead Williams.
Miss Tasker.
Miss Muriel Tasker, Roman Lady.
Miss Williams, Bryn Idan.
Mrs. Hugh Williams, Bryn Idan.
Mrs. T. O. Jones.
Miss Dorothy Matthews.
Mrs. Tasker.
Mr. Owen, Corie Mein.
Mr. W. Hesketh Hughes.
Mr. E. Arthur Evans.
Mr. W. Albert Jones.
Mr. George Brymer, junior.
Mr. John Williams, Preswylfa.
Mr. W. Lucian R. Tasker, Marino.
Mrs. R. Lloyd Jones.
Mr. H. L. Castleman, Pierrot.
Mr. F. G. T. Adams, Salome.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Evans.
Mr. Ewart Morgan.
Mr. Robert Lloyd Jones, Bryn Siriol.
Mr. Alf. Richards, Oakhurst.
Mr. T. L. Richard.
Miss Evans, Frondirion.
Miss G. Evans, Frondirion, Pantomime Girl.
Miss Menzies, Menai Bank.
Miss Fannie Hughes.
Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith.
Mr. Addie.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Roberts.
Mr. F. H. Ashton.
Mr. Llew. Jones.
Miss Sassie Pritchard.
Mr. Partridge.
Mr. O. E. Thelwall.
Dr. Jones.
Mr. H. C. Kelly.
Mr. Ernest Jones, Minafon.
Mr. W. E. Whiskin.
Mr. A. W. Newton.
Mr. W. H. Wright.
Mr. T. Armstrong, hon. treasurer.
Mr. John Williams, Church-street.
Mr. J. S. Brymer.
Mr. T. H. Gregory.
Mr. J. H. Crukins.
Mr. Wynne Lloyd.
Mr. A. W. Kay-Menzies.
Mr. D. H. Griffiths.
Mr. R. C. Davies.
Mr. J. R. Crispin.
Mr. H. J. Williams.
Mr. W. Breen Turner.
Mr. A. E. Griffiths.
Mr. E. O. Griffiths, N.P. Bank.
Mr. E. Evans, Frondeg.
Mr. R. O. Rumsey-Williams.
Mr. Ernest J. Pughe.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 15th. 1909.


Mr. J. H. Jones, 64, High-street, Bangor (clerk at the Steam Laundry) met with an accident on Monday by slipping on a piece of banana skin, while he was running to catch the train. He was carried to Mr. Price Humphreys's shop, and attended by Dr. Parry, who found that he had dislocated his ankle. He has since been conveyed home and is progressing favourably.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: January 29th. 1909.


It will be seen from our advertising columns that an inquiry is to be held next Thursday into the question of building a higher grade school in Carnarvon. It is argued that the school accommodation in the town is too limited, and that the way out of the difficulty lies in building a separate school for the higher standard children now attending elementary schools.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 5th. 1909.

Announcement of the inquiry. C.D.H. 29th. January, 1909. © K. Morris
Announcement of the inquiry.
C.D.H. 29th. January, 1909.
© K. Morris


A public inquiry in connection with the acquisition of a site for a higher grade school at Carnarvon, was held at the Education Offices, on Thursday. Mr. Richard Davies (chairman of the County Council Finance Committee) presided, and among others present were Mr. D. P. Williams (Chairman of the Education Committee), and Mr. J. R. Pritchard (Chairman of the Attendance Committee), Mr. Edward Roberts (late chief inspector of schools), Mr. Humphrey Evans (headmaster of Carnarvon Boys' School), together with Mr. E. R. Davies (secretary of education), and several members of the Carnarvon Town Council. - The Chairman explained that the object of the inquiry was to consider the best location for the new school. The school was to serve Carnarvon and the outlying districts, and was to accommodate a number not exceeding 350 children. He read a resolution from the Town Council asking the Education Committee not to make a final selection until the Council had had an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the matter, and no doubt the Education Committee would be most glad to accede to the Council's request. - Alderman Richard Thomas asked by whom it had been decided to build the school. - Mr. E. R. Davies replied that it was absolutely necessary for the Education Committee to take this step, as both the girls' and boys' departments at Carnarvon were overcrowded. The scheme had received the approval of the Board of Education in spite of opposition on the part of the Church authorities. Inquiries had been made of Sir Wm. Clarke, Mr. Assheton Smith, and Mr. Issard Davies, as to their willingness to sell sites. The two latter said they would give favourable considerations to any proposal put to them, but no reply had been received from Sir William Clarke. - Mr. Issard Davies said they should aim at fulfilling three essential conditions in proposing a site. It should be healthy, convenient, and not on a spot where many houses were crowded together. - Several sites were then suggested to the Committee, and it was resolved to ascertain the prices and call another meeting before making the final selection.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 26th. 1909.


We are glad to understand that Mr. R. J. George, draper, Bridge-street, is recovering slowly from his recent severe illness.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: February 26th. 1909.


On Wednesday, the members of the Engedi Literary Society discussed the question of the franchise for women. Mr. T. H. Gregory argued in favour of admitting the ladies to the privileges of the sterner sex, and Mr. W. P. Ellis opposed. - The same subject occupied the attention of the Castle-square Literary Society. Mr. W. M. Roberts opened the discussion, and many of the members spoke.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 3rd. 1909.


Mr. R. J. George, of Nevern, Victoria Road, underwent an operation on Tuesday, and he is recovering as well as might be expected.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 26th. 1909.


Considerable excitement was created in Castle-square on Tuesday morning, when it was seen that Police Constable Ellis was engaged in a struggle with a man, evidently of the hawker type. The officer had succeeded in getting the man down when the horrified spectators of the scene saw a long knife flashing in the air. The officer promptly knocked up his assailant's arm, and with the help of a civilian, the man was overpowered and conveyed to the police station. The knife he had wielded during the scuffle was a long butcher's implement. At the police station another knife, wrapped up in paper, was found on him. It appears that the man was a sailor hailing from South Carnarvonshire, named Wm. Henry Thomas. The police constable had asked him to produce his hawker's license, and the man's reply took the form of a violent blow in the face. Later in the day, the man was brought before a justice, and his case was adjourned until next Monday.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: March 26th. 1909.



A letter was read from the Carnarvon Ratepayers' Association asking if it was correct that the Committee contemplated erecting a higher standard school in Carnarvon, and if so, requesting to be provided with particulars as to cost, etc.

The Clerk said that notices with regard to the intention of providing the school were issued as far back as a year ago. The only people who objected to the proposal were the managers of the Carnarvon Church of England School, who set forth the grounds for their disapproval. Copies of their objections were sent with the report of the Committee to the central authority in London, and the Education Board decided that a new school was necessary. The Committee considered that it would be wiser economically and sounder educationally to use the existing buildings for the lower standards and provide new premises for the higher standards. The new school would be for the use of the district as well as for the use of Carnarvon. A public inquiry was held some weeks ago, to look into the question of site, and the Committee were at present negotiating with several owners of land in the town.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 9th. 1909.


The suggestion made to the Carnarvon Town Council by Mr. W. H. Whiskin that the park lake be emptied every Monday morning for a few weeks and refilled each following Friday, in order to clear the filth from the bottom, has been accepted by the borough authority.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 23rd. 1909.


It is stated in a report submitted at a meeting of the Carnarvon Ratepayers' Association held on Tuesday evening, that an attempt was being made by the Executive Committee of the Association to induce the Polytechnic Touring Association to arrange for weekly tours during the season from the chief English cities to North Wales making use of this town as a centre for their excursions. Nothing definite had yet been decided upon, but the committee had been given to understand that the claims of Carnarvon and Llandudno, as centres, were now receiving consideration by the directors.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: April 23th. 1909.



At a meeting of the Carnarvon Ratepayers' Association, held on Tuesday evening, under the presidency of Mr. C. A. Jones, reference was made in the report submitted by the Executive Committee to the protest made by the association against the proposal of the Education Authority to erect a new school in Carnarvon.

Mr. Richard Roberts moved the following resolution:- That the association strongly disapproves of the proposal to erect a higher grade school in the town, and respectfully suggests that free tuition be given at the County School to all pupils who pass regularly each year, and if it be found that the accommodation at the County School is then insufficient, that an additional building be erected. Mr. Roberts contended that the school should not be available for one particular class of children only, and that the sons and daughters of poor parents should be given a chance of entering the institution.

The resolution was carried.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 7th. 1909.


On Monday, the first Carnarvon case under the Children Act was heard before the Mayor and other magistrates. After the ordinary business of the Borough Police Court had been transacted, and the court was cleared of all except those interested in the case, William Edwards (13), 9, Bank Street, was charged with the theft of a bicycle, the property of Mr. David Hughes, 15, Pool Street. P.C. (70) testified that when charged, the defendant said that he bought the bicycle for twopence from a man on Turf Square. He only knew the man by sight. When charged at the Court he admitted the offence, but the magistrates deferred their decision for a week.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 14th. 1909.


At the Borough Sessions, on Monday, Wm. Davies (not Edwards, as stated last week), 9, Bank-street, was sent to the training ship "Clio" for stealing a bicycle, the property of Mr. David Hughes, 15, Pool-street.

Advert for Griffith Owen's Diabetic Whisky. C.D.H. 3rd. December, 1909. © K. Morris
Advert for Griffith Owen's Diabetic Whisky.
C.D.H. 3rd. December, 1909. © K. Morris

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 14th. 1909.


At the Carnarvon Borough Police Court, on Monday, H. Price Humphreys, grocer, Bridge-street, was charged with selling margarine instead of butter, and what is known as cottonised stearine instead of lard.

Mr. J. R. Hughes, who had presided over the Court up to this case, intimated that he would not take part, as he was a member of the Weights and Measures Committee, who ordered the prosecution. He requested Mr. John Prichard to take the chair in his place. The request was acceded to.

According to Mr. J. H. Jenkins, who conducted the prosecution, Mr. Vaughan Davies, inspector under the Foods and Drugs Act, caused an informal sample of butter to be bought of the defendant on the 30th. of March last, and in consequence of the analysis then obtained he sent a boy to the shop during last month to buy 1lb. of butter and ½lb. of lard. The boy was served by the defendant's daughter, and after he emerged from the shop the inspector entered and saw the daughter. At the same time the defendant came in, and upon being informed of the inspector's business, he said that what he had been served with was margarine. The inspector replied that he had bought it as butter, and had paid for it as butter. The defendant then said that it was the daughter's fault, and that if he had been in the shop the incident would not have taken place. When reminded that he had personally served Mr. Davies' assistant on a previous occasion with margarine instead of butter he at first denied, but afterwards admitted having done so, adding that as a rule he took the precaution of informing customers when they were being supplied with margarine and not butter.

Inspector Davies stated in evidence that the stand from which the margarine was supplied had no notice upon it that it was margarine, neither was the paper in which the alleged butter was wrapped marked according to the requirements of the law. The "butter" sample consisted of 84.9 foreign fat, while the lard was no lard at all.

The defendant put questions to the inspector with the view of showing that he was not over-vigilant in prosecuting other tradesmen, especially for infringements of the bread law.

The Inspector: There is a difference of opinion in the Weights and Measures Committee with regard to the bread law.

The defendant went on to say that neither pure butter nor pure lard could be sold for the prices paid in that case. He was always careful to explain to customers when they asked for cheap butter, and but for inadvertence on the part of his daughter no offence would have been committed.

The Chairman, after a short retirement of the Bench, said they took a lenient view of the case, and were of opinion that there was no intention to defraud. They felt, however, that the defendant was very careless in not labelling these goods. They had no option but to fine the defendant £2 10s in each case, including costs.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 28th. 1909.


Five bands will compete in brass band contests at the Pavilion on Whit-Monday. Twelve have entered for the open challenge solo, which by the way must be a classical piece, and which will take place at the evening concert. In the party competition it is announced that five parties will compete. There are other competitions.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: May 28th. 1909.



In reference to a letter received from the Carnarvon Ratepayers' Association on the subject of the proposed higher standard school, Mr. J. R. Pritchard said he would be glad if the committee which was responsible would give the people of Carnarvon some information regarding the school. He for one did not know the details of the scheme nor what the committee had decided, and it was very difficult to meet the objections raised to the scheme, especially as he himself was not quite convinced that a higher standard school was the best suited for the town. At present all he knew was that it was important for the sake of the children's health, and in order to save the grant that more room should be provided, and it would be well for the committee to take Carnarvon people more into their confidence and explain matters thoroughly. This would avoid unnecessary friction, and would dispose of any suspicion that the committee was incurring needless expense.

The Chairman said that more room must be provided for Carnarvon children. The Drill Hall was not a fit place for children to be taught in, and the committee were forced to build a new school. His opinion was that a higher standard school would be the best kind, but the matter would come up again at the next committee meeting, when more information would be available.

Mr. Ralph Fisher: Has the Building Committee ever considered the question of two storey schools? They would not be so expensive, and less land would be required.

Mr. W. J. Parry, Bethesda, said that while in the United States he visited schools of that type, and was greatly impressed.

Mr. Darbishire said that a higher standard school would certainly be a building of that nature.

Mr. Fisher: A great saving would be made in the cost of building.

The matter will be further considered.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: June 18th. 1909.


The will of Mr. R. R. Stythe, Avallon, Carnarvon, has been proved at £5,429 19s. 8d.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 2nd. 1909.




At a meeting of the Carnarvonshire County Council, at Pwllheli, on Thursday, Mr. J. R. Hughes asked the chairman of the Education Committee (Mr. D. P. Williams) what was the number on the books in all the Carnarvon elementary schools for the years 1902 1904 and 1905, and also what was the accommodation provided in the same schools for the years 1902 1904 and 1906.

Mr. D. P. Williams replied that the certified accommodation was for 935 in the Council Schools and 1057 in the Non-provided Schools.

Mr. Richard Thomas: What district do you say?

Mr. D. P. Williams: Carnarvon town. The number on the books in the Council Schools in 1904 was 958 and 757 in the Non-provided Schools. In 1905 there were 985 on the books in the Provided Schools and 714 in the non-provided, and in 1906 there were 1019 on the books in the Provided Schools and 663 in the Non-provided Schools. In addition there were many girls from the Council School who were housed in the Drill Hall.

Having obtained this information, Mr. Hughes moved

That the Education authority be requested not to proceed to provide any additional school accommodation without previously holding a public inquiry, and that notices shall be given to all public bodies in the district so as to give a chance to the ratepayers and others to voice their opinions.

Mr. Hughes said that the case in point was the proposed new higher standard school for Carnarvon. The committee did not quite understand what was

Advert for the late R. R. Stythe's accountancy firm. C.D.H. 3rd. December, 1909. © K. Morris
Advert for the late R. R. Stythe's accountancy firm.
C.D.H. 3rd. December, 1909. © K. Morris
required in the town, but the Town Council had appointed representatives to meet them to discuss the question of site. The ratepayers had not been consulted at all with regard to this matter, nor had their representatives been approached in any way. Mr. J. R. Pritchard was as a rule well versed in educational matters, and they expected that he would know a great deal about the proposed new school, but according to the "Herald" report of the proceedings of the last Education Committee meeting he also stood in need of information. That (said Mr. Hughes) was exactly his position also. They were told that the clerk was now drafting a new intermediate education scheme, and it was possible that it might have a very direct bearing upon the building of a new school in Carnarvon. That was one reason why the ratepayers of Carnarvon should know something about the movement before being called upon to pay an extra levy. Reference had been made to a suitable site. They had no idea what the school would cost them and yet they were being asked to provide land for it. He had been able to get at the price of one piece of land which had been offered as site. The price asked for that land worked out at £1331 per acre, but it was now let at the rate of £4 10s. per acre. The Education Committee should take the ratepayers of Carnarvon into their confidence. They should have a voice in the matter. They had never found it more difficult to pay rates than at present, and if this school were built it would add to their existing burdens. In whatever locality they intended to build new schools, the ratepayers should have a voice in the matter. He was addressing professed Liberal members, and there was an opportunity for them that day to carry out their promises to the ratepayers. The Education Authority was a mystery to him. Mr. Issard Davies knew very little about the business, whereas Mr. J. R. Pritchard knew nothing about it. He and Mr. Pritchard were once at loggerheads over it.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard: Question, question.

Mr. J. R. Hughes: Were you against it then?

Mr. J. R. Pritchard: I did not express an opinion. I may perhaps be allowed to explain all this in a few minutes.

Mr. D. P. Williams explained that they were bound to provide accommodation, and unless they did so, the Government would withold the grants. The Drill Hall was a very undesirable place, and dangerous to the health of the children.

Mr. Issard Davies said he knew Mr. J. R. Hughes so well that he did not take him at his face value (laughter). One would gather from his remarks that this school was going to be built without consulting the ratepayers at all. That, however, was not the case. Mr. Hughes had said there was no need for such a school in Carnarvon.

Mr. J. R. Hughes: I did not say that. I said that I wanted an inquiry.

Mr. Issard Davies contended that it would be to the interest of the ratepayers of Carnarvon if they had a higher standard school rather than another elementary school. The higher standard school would apply to the surrounding districts as well. It was complained that they were rushing things through, but the very fact that they had had children in the Drill Hall for three or four years showed that they were not.

Mr. Richard Thomas, Carnarvon, said said he was quite in agreement with Mr. J. R. Hughes. The bulk of the ratepayers of Carnarvon were very much against having this new school.

Mr. T. W. Griffith: Mr. Hughes' resolution refers to the county generally.

Mr. Richard Thomas: I am here to support Mr. Hughes. The ratepayers of Carnarvon, be they Churchmen or nonconformists, send their children to any school they like. The education given in the Council School is not better than what it was 15 years ago.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard maintained that the general body of the ratepayers had educational efficiency nearer at heart than mere economy. The Board of Education had emphatically declared that the Government grant would be imperilled unless increased accommodation was provided; and had they come to Pwllheli to emphasise the opinion that Nonconformist children must be forced into the Church School?

Mr. Hughes: Don't bring up sectarianism.

Mr. J. R. Pritchard: Will you send the Methodist children there? No, they are too many.

Cries of "Withdraw, withdraw."

Mr. J. R. Pritchard: The children of the "enwadau bach" then (small denominations).

Mr. T. W. Griffith: It is a mistake for Mr. Pritchard to make any references to "enwadau bach."

Mr. J. R. Pritchard: I withdraw the remark. I will say "enwadau eraill" (other denominations). You can never force the children of any Nonconformist denomination to attend the Church Schools. I deny "in toto" that I have been at loggerheads about it.

Mr. Jones Morris: There would be no harm in holding an inquiry over it.

Mr. R. Jones Roberts: Vote, vote.

Mr. J. R. Hughes: Are you the chairman or the whip, please?

After further discussion the resolution was carried, it being understood that it should have no reference to the Carnarvon School.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: July 9th. 1909.



In our report of the discussion at last week's meeting of the Carnarvonshire County Council on the question of erecting a higher standard school in Carnarvon, some important statements showing why it has become necessary to build a new school were inadvertantly omitted. Mr. J. R. Hughes, it will be remembered, criticised the education committee's action in regard to this new scheme and in reply,

Mr. Issard Davies said that members of the Council were so well acquainted with Councillor J. R. Hughes that they never took him at his face value (laughter). The resolution as moved by him conveyed the idea that the local Education Authority had not taken the necessary steps to acquaint the ratepayers before deciding to erect at Carnarvon a higher standard school. That was not true - all the formalities had been duly complied with, and the only objectors were the managers of the voluntary schools whose objections were discarded by the Board of Education. The school managers of the surrounding districts were also consulted. It was obvious that a school must be built - either a higher standard or the usual elementary school. At the present moment there were 80 children taught in the Drill Hall, and had been for the part three years. The place was totally unfit, the sanitary provision being altogether inadequate, and the building itself - while stifling hot in summer was bitterly cold in winter. The building was a drill hall for men and never intended for a school. Everyone would admit that a school must be built. Well, should it be a higher standard school or the ordinary elementary school? He favoured the higher standard school, - that is, a school where, say, the V. VI. and VII. standards might be taught. In many of our schools these standards are now taught together practically as one standard, and the result is that standard VII. boys were marking time for V. and VI. to catch them up, and standard VI. were marking time for standard V. to catch them up - a state of things which was fatal to efficient education. The senior boys lost all interest in their work and looked forward to the time when they should be free from the monotony of it. But these standards, taught separately in a higher standard school, where every standard recruited from all the surrounding schools had a full complement and an efficient teacher to itself, would have different results and produce the best pupils (hear hear). Mr. Hughes charged the education authority with attempting to duplicate our Intermediate Schools. It was evident that Mr. Hughes did not know the difference between an intermediate school and a higher standard school. For the reasons he had stated, the children were now unprepared to take advantage of intermediate education, but with a higher standard school, they would proceed to the intermediate prepared to benefit by the splendid teaching provided there. Mr. Hughes also stated that Carnarvon would have to pay half the cost. That was not so. Half the cost would have to be paid by the district supplied, and so from a ratepayers point of view and an educational point of view, this higher standard school was to be preferred to the oridanry elementary.

Referring to the statement made at the meeting that their most important duty was to save tha ratepayers' money, Mr. J. R. Pritchard said that he for one, empathically declared that their chief duty was to provide proper schools and satisfactory education for the children - of course at the least possible expense. It was said that the election was at hand and that their policy would be reversed. What about Llandudno Junction? The same thing was prophesied there after the splendid new school had been built, but the parents and the ratepayers showed their appreciation by returning Mr. Hugh Owen, (a Liberal) instead of a Conservative. In reference to the Carnarvon school, Mr. Pritchard mentioned that Standard I. of the Girls' Council School was compelled to go to the Drill Hall, while one standard of the boys was taught in the central hall of that school. His Majesty's inspector had complained, and notice has been given, that more accommodation must be provided or the grants would be in peril. Last year the Council School grants were £1851 11s. 10d., and they could not afford to lose that amount or any part of it. Mr. D. P. Williams had asked Mr. J. R. Hughes if he intended to send the Council children to the Church Schools, to which no answer was given. This, he took it, meant that Nonconformist children were to be forced against the wish of their parents to attend a denomination school, but if they tried coercion it was sure to fail.

It should be added that the proposal to hold inquiries before proceeding with the erection of new schools was agreed to on the distinct understanding that it had no reference to the Carnarvon higher standard school.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 13th. 1909.


Master Willie Howard, the 13-year-old son of Mr. Howard, Waterloo Port, has passed the College of Preceptors' examination with honours (third class). He got distinction in Latin.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 13th. 1909.


We understand there is a strong feeling among the young men of the town of reviving the old Thursday League, which proved so popular a few years ago, and a meeting of all those interested will be held next Wednesday evening at the Cafe, Castle-square, at 8 p.m., when the matter will be discussed.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 20th. 1909.


Mr. Roberts, a London schoolmaster, formerly of Denbigh, addressed a meeting in support of the Budget on Castle Square on Saturday afternoon. There was a large attendance and a vote was passed in support of the Budget.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 27th. 1909.


At a special meeting of the Town Council on Friday, applications from Messrs. David Humphreys, Owen Thomas, Pool Street, and William Richards, for game licenses were granted.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 27th. 1909.


On Tuesday evening, several hundreds of starlings took their positions on the Pavilion, and so powerful was their twitter that scores of people were attracted on the scene. The birds remained for some time, and the sight was most remarkable.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 27th. 1909.


The vaccination statistics for the four districts of the Carnarvon Union for the half year ended December 1908 are as follows:- Carnarvon district, births 135, vaccinated 114; Llandwrog, births 136, vaccinated 125; Llanrug, births 147, vaccinated 124; Llanidan, births 40, vaccinated 36; making a total of 458 births of which 399 were vaccinated.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 27th. 1909.


Councillor Peter Angel called attention at a meeting of the Town Council last week to the unsatisfactory way in which the street lamps were lit at night, and this caused much inconvenience to visitors. Some of the main streets were found to be very dark. The Mayor: The matter has been attended to now. Mr. Angel: Only some lamps. Alderman J. T. Roberts endorsed Mr. Angel's remarks.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: August 27th. 1909.


Mr. Harry Hitchings presided over a well-attended meeting of those interested in football at the Queen's Cafe on Wednesday night, when a proposal to form a Thursday Trades' Football League was considered. It was decided to form a league representative of the different trades in the town, and it will be affiliated to the North Wales League. We understand that the Oval will be at their disposal.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 3rd. 1909.


The "Daily Mirror" reprints an exposition by a doctor of oysters as medicine. The virtues of sea water in cases of dyspepsia and tuberculosis have long been known, and therefore the doctor says that the tonic value of oysters in such cases are wonderful. Grand selections of oysters, fresh daily, at Conlan's Commercial Hotel.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 10th. 1909.


There is no band of any kind in Carnarvon, whereas there are several in the immediate vicinity. A few years ago there were three bands in the town viz., the Militia, Volunteer and Artillery Bands. We understand that there is plenty of material to form a strong civic band. Cannot the Town Council take some step in the matter?

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 10th. 1909.


The Misses Farquharson and Broadhurst addressed another meeting in Castle-square on Friday night, under the auspices of the Women's Freedom League. A carriage served as platform, and a huge banner was unfurled. There was a very large audience, which was formed mostly of shop assistants. The ladies were given a patient hearing, and the meeting was an orderly one throughout. In the course of her remarks Miss Farquharson referred to a letter written by Miss Marie Corelli, and which appeared first of all in the "Carnarvon Herald," stating that she (Miss Corelli) was not a suffragist. Miss Farquharson said: "Miss Marie Corelli is an egoist. She cares nothing at all for the woman in the industrial world; all her cares are for herself. She was swayed by prejudice. She (the speaker) could not understand Miss Corelli at all."

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 29th. 1909.


Negotiations are still proceeding with a view of granting a lease on the Pavilion for the purpose of utilising it as a skating rink. A meeting of the directors was held this morning but nothing finally has been decided upon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: September 29th. 1909.


At the Juvenille Court, this morning, two schoolboys, aged 10 and 12 years respectively, were each charged with stealing a pennyworth of sweets from an automatic machine on the quay. - Supt. Griffith said that the company concerned had during recent months been defrauded to the extent of 94s. 10d. in Carnarvon, and during the last fortnight the collector took out as many as 350 pieces of tin which had passed as pennies. - The Bench adjourned the case for three months.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 8th. 1909.


At the monthly meeting of the Town Council this week, a letter was read from Major Whiskin, on behalf of the Carnarvon Angling Association, asking permission to flush the park lake, as it was the intention of the Association to place in it a quantity of trout fry at an early date. - Permission was granted.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 15th. 1909.


We understand that at the annual Tailor and Cutter Exhibition, held in London last week, Mr. David Harris Jones, Hill-street, was an exhibitor, and was highly commended in the ladies' garment class. He came out fourth out of a large number of exhibitors.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 15th. 1909.


Over 20 prisoners were transferred from Walton Gaol Liverpool, to Carnarvon Gaol on Monday. They were conveyed from the railway station in three vehicles, and their appearance in prison garb excited much attention. We understand that a number of women prisoners have also been transferred here from Ruthin Gaol.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 8th. 1909.


Negotiations are in progress with a view to securing land for the purpose of providing golf links for Carnarvon. We are informed that the Committee have received permission from Mr. John Jones, Llanfaglan, to submit the scheme (which embodies 60 acres of land bordering on the Menai Straits) to the Hon. F. G. Wynn for his approval. Details and particulars of the said scheme were only sent last (Thursday) night to Mr. Wynn, and consequently his sanction has not yet been obtained.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 22nd. 1909.


The County Police Committee have accepted the tender of Messrs. Gregory for £11 15s. for painting the local police station.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 22nd. 1909.


Messrs. Brymer and Davies, Nelson Emporium, are making extensive alterations to their premises, the contractors being Messrs. Parnell, of Bristol.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 29th. 1909.


Provision is being made in the prison for open-air treatment for prisoners suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 29th. 1909.


Owing to an outbreak of measles, the infant department of the Council School was closed for a time on Wednesday.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: October 29th. 1909.


Mr. Richard Roberts, solicitor, has moved to more commodious offices in High-street, which will still be known as Palace Chambers.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: November 26th. 1909.




The Suffragettes' meeting at the Guild Hall, Carnarvon, on Saturday night was a memorable one. The meeting was advertised to start at 8 o'clock, the speakers being Miss Broadhurst, M.A., and Miss Farquharson, M.A., representing the Women's Freedom League. The ladies were well-known to the townspeople, as during the summer months both addressed a series of meetings in the square. Those meetings had passed off uneventfully, save for a little heckling, and they were only poorly attended. Saturday's proceedings were quite a contrast, for the Guild Hall was packed to overflowing. To be correct, there was plenty of breathing space on the platform, which was occupied by the speakers only. The audience was partly hostile and partly friendly, but the hostile element was by far predominant. The hostile party had its stronghold in the gallery at the rear of the hall, and it was further strengthened by small sections placed here and there. The opposition had been well organised, and did its work so effectively that neither of the speakers were allowed to utter half a dozen sentences. "They are getting what they deserve," said a leader of the opposition, and another tenant of the gallery, who brandished a big horsewhip, ejaculated the remark flung at Mr. Churchill at Bristol, "Take that, you brute." This more than pleased his companions, some of whom laughed and some yelled. Miss Farquharson now essayed to address the meeting, but her utterances were drowned in the strains of the


"Si la si ba, si la si basa," and the now famous election song, "Lloyd George ydyw'r goreu," Miss Broadhurst, who had risen to her feet, and had taken her position alongside of her fellow-speaker, regarded the affair gravely, but Miss Farquharson appeared to be taking everything in lighter vein. The hostile section continued to enliven the proceedings by giving three cheers to Mr. Lloyd George. This over, a person in the body of the hall got up on his chair, denounced the actions of the Women's Freedom League at the Bermondsey election, and exhorted the occupiers of the gallery to battle. They needed no exhortation, for they were continually keeping up the attack in one way or the other.

Advert for the Waterloo House Sale. C.D.H. 29th. January, 1909. © K. Morris
Advert for the Waterloo House Sale.
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"Just listen now, you have had your say," said Miss Farquharson, but the only response to her appeal was the colloqualism "Has anybody seen Kelly?" No reply was forthcoming, and the question was once more repeated. There followed grave silence, and subsequently someone with more courage than the rest exclaimed: "Kelly is here." The disorder was now renewed with


and the Lloyd George election song was again rendered, one of the ringleaders violently beating the rail of the gallery as a sort of accompaniment. At this stage a policeman arrived on the scene, and Miss Farquharson made another futile attempt to address the meeting, but her remarks were drowned in the uproar. She was understood to say that she was very pleased to find so much enthusiasm in the meeting, and that eulogistic remarks were being made of Mr. Lloyd George. She was glad to state that Mr. Lloyd George was in favour of women's suffrage. Miss Farquharson was now obliged to pause as her enemies held sway with the music "For he's a jolly good fellow," and "Lloyd George ydyw'r goreu." Three cheers having been accorded to "Kelly," silence prevailed, and Mr. William Jones, Crugan, took advantage of the opportunity to attempt to quieten the rowdies. The very moment he raised his hand for silence, the pandemonium increased.

Volunteering his services as peacemaker, the Mayor (Alderman J. T. Roberts), proceeded to the storm centre. He was greeted with "For he's a jolly good fellow," but his appeals for quietness were in vain. He eventually took his position on the platform, but his appearance did not produce the desired effect. The Mayor's example was followed by Alderman R. Parry and others, who went to the back of the gallery, and returned amidst the strains of the famous "Sospan bach." In response to appeals from the better-behaved section of the audience, the Mayor took his stand a second time on the platform, and though he pluckily stuck to his post for several minutes, all that he was permitted to say was: "I disapprove of your conduct in creating a disturbance - (more singing) - none of you have done more for Mr. Lloyd George than I. To-night you are supplying these women with a good argument for breaking up meetings elsewhere." (A Voice: "It is they who have begun," and cheers). While this short remonstrance was being delivered by the Mayor, he was the only occupant of the platform, the ladies having retired to an adjacent anteroom at the request of some of their supporters, although Miss Farquharson was very reluctant over it. The ladies, however, soon reappeared, and were joined by a man from the audience, whose presence they somewhat resented, though it provided a fresh source of amusement to the audience. Miss Farquharson left the platform, and on the new-comer taking his seat at the table, Miss Broadhurst also quitted the platform. Before finally leaving the platform one of the ladies announced that they hoped again to visit Carnarvon to hear more Welsh singing. The proceedings which lasted one hour and threequarters, closed with the rendering of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," and one or two ditties.

The meeting over, the speakers were unable to leave the Hall for some time, being afraid of a section of the crowd which awaited outside. They were eventually escorted to their hotel by a posse of police, accompanied by a large crowd.


In the course of a chat with a "Herald" representative, Miss Broadhurst said this was the worst reception they had ever had, and it reflected badly on Welshmen. It had been stated to her that the audience was under the impression that the Women's Freedom League was responsible for certain misdemeanours at the Bermondsey election. She admitted that that was the case, but the action of the League was nothing more than a political protest. She also stated that it was neither the policy of the Women's Freedom League to interrupt meetings nor to follow Cabinet Members. The League was, nevertheless, a militant organisation. The League has a large number of supporters in Carnarvon.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 10th. 1909.


At a meeting of the Harbour Trust on Tuesday, on the motion of Mr. John Prichard, the Surveyor was requested to report upon the practicability or otherwise of inducing sand to accumulate on the foreshore between the Aber Bridge and the public baths. If such a scheme proved feasible, there was no doubt that it would materially assist the town in the matter of attracting visitors.

From the Carnarvon & Denbigh Herald: December 24th. 1909.


Messrs. Owen and Rowlands, Pool-street, have got a large and varied stock of lamps, together with a splendid assortment of coal vases, and other articles indispensable to modern housekeeping. The prices are most reasonable, and a visit is bound to impress one with the excellence and cheapness of the goods.

A suffragette meeting at Castle Square. Date unknown. © K. Morris
A suffragette meeting at Castle Square. Date unknown. © K. Morris

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