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CHESTER TEACHERS. + ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Chester and District Tcachcrs' Association was held in the Museum on Saturday afternoon, Mr. L. BebbLngton presiding over a large attendance. The hon. secretary and treasurer (Mr. H. Lockett) submitted the annual report, which stated that the association had started the year with 129 members, and during the year 24 new members had been admitted. Against that they had lost five, who had allowed their member- ship to lapse, while seven had left the district and had been transferred to other associations, making the present membership 141, an increase of 12. In former reports he had had to deplore the fact that the ladies had remained aloof, but that was changing, as shewn by the large increase among the lady members. A large increase was alfo shewn in the city schools, 81 teachers now being on the books, while 60 country teachers were members. After ro- ferring to the death of Mr. James Williams, of Saughall, who was one of the founders of the association, the report mentioned that a great deal of work had been caused by the legal action of Miss Kier, and the action of the Law Com- mittee of the Union. The Law Committee had proved to be right in the main, and the local committee might congratulate themselves that tfhey had established the fact that on future occasions a representative of the executive would consult the local officers. After reference to the annual conference, the report stated in conclusion that on the whole the association had had a mMt successful year, much good work having been done by their representatives on the city and county education authorities, with whom there was a most friendly feeling.â€”The balance- sheet shewed that the total receipts had amounted to Â£91. 15s. 5d., there being a balaneo in hand of L9. Oe. 10d.-Tho adoption of the report and accounts was moved by Mr. E. T. Tea re, seoonded by Mr. Thomas Barker, and sgrced to.â€”Mr. Thomas Barker, hon. secretary, presented the annual report of the Teachers' Frencvolent .â€¢ xl Orphan Funds. He po;n-fct out Vhe useful work which had been done by means of this fund; but he complained of lack of support ind urged the members to subscribe more largely ;o the funds.â€”The Chairman endorsed Mr. Barker's remarks regarding the smallness of the subscriptions.â€”On the motion of Mr. J. .Arkle, seconded by Mr. Parry (Victoria-road Schools), the report was adopted.â€”The annual report of the Teachers' Provident Society waa presented by Mr. E. T. Teare, and it was adoptOO.-Voteg of thanks were accorded the three secretaries for their work during the year. On behalf of the association, the Chairman congratulated Mr. R. H. Davis (Waverton) on the succeee of his son in gaining a scholarship from the King's School to the University of Cambridge.â€”Mr. J. Skeldon brought forward the question of the proposed increase of the subscription to the Union, which has been before the National Union, and which will be placed on the agenda for the Easter conference. Mr. Flavell, Birmingham, was nominated by the association for election as vice-president of he Union. Mr. Hamilton was nominated as treasurer, and three members of the Executive County Association, Mr. Barber (Macclesfield) was nominated for election as vice-president, Mr. Lloyd as treasurer, and Mr. Bamford (Crewe) aa secretary. Mr. J. Arkle was elected vice-president of the association, and Mr. Lockett was re-elected treasurer and secretary.â€”Afterwards a die- cussion, opened b.7 Mr. J. A. McMichael, took place on the teaching of geography.
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A marriage has been arranged, and will shortly take nlao3, between John Clements Waterhouse Madden, of Ilikon Park, County Managhan, Ireland, and Agnes MalL third daughter of Sir William Henry Tate, Bart., aaid Lady Tate, of Highfield, Woolton, and Downing, Holywell, North Wales,
BOUGHTON WOMEN UNIONISTS. 4 MRS. GIBBONS FROST AND FREE TRADE FALLACIES. The members of No. 1 District of the Boughton Ward of the Chester Women Unionists' Asso- clation spent a most enjoyable eocial evening on Wednesday in the Newgate-street Assembly Rooms, which were crowded. This was the initial social organised by No. 1 District since its formation, and it is satidaetory to find that the majority of the members, numbering over 200, attended. The function afforded striking testimony of the fact that the association has become a force that has to be reckoned with in the political life of Chester. The room had been tastefully decorated for the occasion by Mrs. Kcndrick. Mr. R. T. Wickham presided, and he was supported on the platform by Mrs. T. Gibbons Frost, Miss Jocelyn Ffoulkes. Mrs. Cecil Davies, Mrs. T. A. Beckett, Miss Davics and Mies B. M. Davies (Lache Hall), Mrs. Moore, Mrs. H. Dutton. Mr. H. Dutton, Miss M. Dickon, Miss Keith Douglas, Mr. White, Misa Comber, Mrs. Garden Lockwood, etc. An excellent musical programme was provided, the artists including Miss Linda Frost, Mrs. Arnold, Misses Dutton, Mis3 Nellie White, Mias Lily Dutton, Mr. Albert Royle, Mr. Catherall, Mr. Greenwood, Miss Forde and Mr. Charles James, Mr. Thomaa accompanying. During an interval refreshments were supplied by a band of willing helpers, including M-esdames H. Dutton, Rowlands, Hayes, Moore, Kendrick, Gray, F. Dutton, Lynch, Bryan, Cook, Winterbottom, Pinchers, Tanner, and the Misses H. Moore, Maneell, Holland, etc. There was also a guessing com- petition, which caused great amusement and prizes were given by Misa Keith Douglas, Mrs. Berry, Mr. H. Dutton, Mrs. Rowlands, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Kendrick, Mr. Milling, Mrs. Argyle, etc. The winners were Mrs. Leach, Mrs. Gregg and S. R. Jones. Mr. S. G. Mason greatly asr-isted in the arrangements. During an interval Mrs. T. Gibbons Frost delivered a stirring address, in which she re- viewed current politics. After alluding to the recent Unionist conference at Birmingham, she said there had been great changes since England adopted the so-called Free Trade system 60 years ago. At that time England was first in a great many trades, and had no difficulty in selling her goods in foreign markets. Now other countries had advanced so much, and had put such high tariffs on all goods from abroad, that with them we could not compete. Unloiiiat-s said this was unfair and we must tax the foreigner when he wanted to sell here, and so treat him as he treated us. (Hear, hear.) The Unionists would cither take off or reduce the taxes on many of the necessaries of life, which they knew were very high, especially on tea and sugar. They would then be able to afford to do this owing to the revenue they would receive from other sources. Home manufactures would be so much encouraged that there would be plenty of employment for our working-men, as there was now in protected countries. (Ap- plause.) Germany had practically no employed, and the working people lived well and in plenty. The Unionists would impose duties which would be widespread and small, and they would not touch raw material, or alter the proportion which the working classes were asked to con- tribute to the cost of production. (Applause.) Radicals were fond of saying that Unionists wanted to go back, but it was the Radicals who wanted to go back and keep up a system which was right only when England had all her own way, but was wrong under existing conditions. In addition to the great changes in England's commerical position, our Colonies had grown enormously during the last two generations, and England's supremacy depended greatly on re- taining these Colonies. The scheme of the Unionists was to give great preference advan- tages to our Colonies, and to let them feel that they were still children of the Mother Country. (Applause.) A conference was held last spring of representatives of all the Colonies, at which the Premiers offered us decided advantages, and they were not accepted by our present Govern- ment, who hold out not the smallest hope. The Colonies were so anxious to remain united that they had not as yet made terms with other countries, but were STILL WAITING. The first move a Unionist Government would make would be to summon another Colonial Conference. (Hear, hear.) Discussing the glass trade, Mrs. Frost stated that during the last five years we had imported three times the quantity of plate, window and flint glass that we imported during the five previous years, and twioo the quantity of bottles. This meant that 5,000 hands were thrown out of employment, necessitating 3,000 women and 5,000 children starving in England. ("Shame.") The exports of tho pottery trade, which was carried on close to Chester, had also declined, and the trade was kept alive by exports to the Colonies. Germany, France and Austria were taking our place: We did not even supply our home mar- kets now, as we imported foreign pottery made out of our own clay, which we sent abroad. Granite was also being sent into Britain, and Devonshire and Cornwall owners stated that the granite trade was being driven away through foreign competition. All the granite settts used to be sent up to London, etc- but not a ton was sent now, because it came from Norway free of duty. The same story had to be told of the slate trade. The imports of foreign slates was increasing, and the exports had de- creased 33 per cent., foreign countries keeping out our slates by high duties. The tweed trade and that of woollen goods was decreasing fast, the loss in seven years being Â£153,000, until Canada offered a preference to these English goods, with the result that there had been an increase of Â£ 342,000 in five years. (Applause.) Oanada. let in our goods at a cheaper rate than Germany. The Radicals had taken the duty off exported coal, and this had me-ant a loss of Â£ 2,000,000. She pointed out how our coasting trade waa suffering by the so-called Free Trade. France, Germany, Russia and other countries would not allow any British vessels to trado between the ports of their own countries, whereas in England all our ports were open to foreign ships. Another disastrous effect was that English firms took their money to for- Lr eign countries, where they manufactured goods and sold them, sending many to England, where they entered dirty free. If their factories were in England they could not send their goods abroad without paying very high duties. Since tho General Election, when they did not under- stand so much about Tariff Reform, they were beginning to rcalise tho importance of making these changes, especially as we found every year that unemployment and pauperism were increasing. There were 30 per cent, of our population underfed and about 12,000,000 in the grip of perpetual poverty, and the Radical Government could not offer any remedy for this TERRIBLE STATE OF THINGS, whereas the Unionists had the splendid scheme of Tariff Reform to put forward, which they believed would do a very great deal to do away with unemployment and poverty. Since the splendid reoeption aocorded Mr. Balfour last month, they felt assured that all classes in the country were realising more and more the necessity of these great changes in our system of taxation, and that this great work to be undertaken by the next Unionist Government would not only be the means of restoring com- mercial prosperity to our country, but would also consolidate our glorious CbJbnial Empire, and stamp out the pernicious doctrines of Social- ism, which would inevitably lead to the ruin and downfall of our Empire, as it had always done before in the world's history. (Applause.) If in her remarks ahe had brought home to the mothers present the situation in which they and their children were gradually being placed by tho fetish of Froo Trade, she had not spoken in vain. Sbo fdt confident she could depend on the members of Boughton Ward, both dis- tricts, giving all their help and strength to their Unionist candidate when the time came. (Loud applause.) Mr. Wickham proposed a cordial vote of thanks to Mrs. Frost and all the helpers for their services, which was seconded by Mr. H. Dutton and carried with acclamation. A similar compliment was paid the chairman, on the motion of Miss Keith Douglas, seconded by Mrs. Cecil Davies. The Stewards were Messrs. Rowlands, G. J. Wilson, Jacks, R. Hayes, J. Bryan, Lawrence, W. Lynch, H. Wilson, H. Siddons, Johnston, W. Edwards, M&ckey, eto. Mrs. H. Dutton was responsible for the programme. Great praise is due to the new sooreta.ry, Mr. Row- lands, Queen's-road, for the efficient arrange- ments, which gave every satisfaction.
ALLEGED BICYCLE THIEF. On Saturday, at Chester CastlePettySessions. be- fore Colonel Evans-Lloyd and other magis- trates, Albert Edward Nelson, alias Edw. Lea- fuir, pleaded guilty to stealing a bicycle as baiiloe. At the last court prisoner was com- mitted for trial on a charge of stealing a bicveb at Hoole. The cvidenoe shewed that on the 26th Alarol-i last prisoner hired a bicyclo from the shop of the Borough Cycle Co., New Ferry, and paid sixpence, giving an address at new Ferry and signing his name as Harry Brown. He failed to return the bicycle, and on the eamo day he sold it to a man ho met on the road at Queen's Ferry. Prisoner was committed for trial.
CHRISTMAS POSTING. NOTICE OF ARRANGEMENTS. During the coming Christmas season the transmission and prompt delivery of letters, etc., will bo greatly facilitated by the public 6 post- ing Christmas cards, etc., as long a time as possible before Christmas Day and as early in the day as possible on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. It is recommended that New Year's cards 00 posted very early on the 31st. On the 23rd and 24th December the letter-boxes at the h M office, the town sub-offices and pillar and wall boxes in the town districts will be cleared for tiho general night mail despatch at 8.0 p.m. In the rural districts the letter-boxes generally will bo cle-arod one hour earlier than usual on the 23rd and 24th. At the head Post- offico in St. John-street an additional box, painted rod, has been provided, as in previous years, for the posting of local letters. This box has boe-n fixed to tho left of the general posting box, and it will afford considerable assistance to the work of the Post-office if the public will mako use of this box for posting letters for delivery in Lhe city and the adjoining rural districts.
UNIONIST SUPPER If, GATHERING OF ST. OSWALD'S WORKERS A successful gathering of Unionist workers in St. Oswald's Ward took plaoo on Wednesday evening at the City Arms Ilotel,.Fro&-liani- streat, about sixty members being entertained at supper by Mr. G. H. Reynolds and Major Meredith. Dr. J. C. Bridge occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr. Reynolds, Majo, Meredith, iYlr. W. H. Churton, Mr. Warren Trevor, Mr. Jacob Minna (vioo-chairman), Di. J ephcott, Mr. Polham Eiphiok, Mr. G. J Roberts, etc. The Chairman proposed the toast of "The Unionist Party." As ono who was anxious to cxciudc party politics from municipal elections, lie regretted that this could not bo done, but pointed out that there must be two parties to a bargain, and they had never found their oppon ents willing to put politics aside. The Union ist party stood for law and order, and was the party of true progress. (Applauseu) Mr. W. II. Churton, in responding, first con- gratulated tho Unionist workers of St. Oswald's upon their recent successful battles in the municipal ejections. Their opponents had re- garded St. Oswald's Ward as their monopoly, but they nad been surprised. Reviewing the political outlook. Mr. Churton detailed the cir- cumstances attending the birth of the Unionis. party, and shewed from the attitude adopted by the present Government towards Ireland how important it was that the party should still oontinue in undiminished strength. The Radi- cal party never declared at the last election that it was their intention to introduce a Home Rule Bilk Whenever such a fear was expressed they ridiculed it. Yet having no mandate, they had brought in a measure to provide Home Ruls by instalments, there having been a distinct understanding between the Premier and Mr. Redmond that some such Bill should be introduoed. But while Mr. Redmond was willing to accept that Bill as an instalment, it did not satisfy the Irish extremists, with the result that Homo Rule by instalments waa dead. It did not follow, however, that Home Rule was dead; and in being prepared to tight it, the Unionist party had the duty of protecting the country from one of the greatest evils that could beset it. (Applause.) They had the Scriptural authority that "a threefold oord can never be broken." (Hear, hear.) When Mr. Gladstone brought in his Bill he cited Norway and Sweden and Austria and Hungary as splen- did examples of the advantages of Homo Rule. What was the position of those countries to- day? (Hear, hear.) Norway and Sweden were now separate countries, while Austria and Hun- gary were fighting each other like cats and dogs. Thus had Mr. Gladstone's two sole argu- ments in favour of his theory gone to the wall. All the other Continental nations were shewing us the example of unity. If she were granted limited powers of self-government, Ire- land would not long be aastisfied, and would claim in the end the right to be an independent kingdom. (Hear, hear.) Then why should not Scotland and Wales have the same privilege? Let them be determined that under no cir- cumstances should Parliament oonsanit to the partitioning of the kingdom. (Applause.) Thanks to the Radical rule, the present condi- tion of Ireland waa shamefully lawless, and the disorder was spoiling one of the country's best industries. There sat Mr. Birrell, the weakest Irish Secretary on record, oracking jokes and having the audacity to say that it would not do to prosecute the leaders of disorder, because they would make martyrs of them. He could not imagine any argument so ridiculous and pusillanimous. The Government had the Crimes Act, but they would not put it in force because when they were out of power they critioised the Unionist Government for having done so. (Hear, hear.) Turning to other legislative at- tempts by the Government, Mr. Churton pointed out their general destructive tendency. The Government would not allow the country to reap the benefits of the Licensing Act of 1904 by the reduction in the number of public- houses, and had promised a measure which would result in the confiscation of an enormous amount of property and a depreciation in the value of properties which many peopla held as securities for money invested. Dealing with education, ho pointed out tho enormous sacri- fices which had bean made by Churchmen in the provision and maintenance of Voluntary sohools, and condemned the late Bill introduced by Mr. Birrell as an attempt to destroy the Church schools. We were promised another Bill by Mr. MoKenna, but he did not believe that Mr. McKenna thought for a moment that the Bill would paas. The great purpose which the Government had in view in bringing in their extreme measures was to attaok the House of lords. Ho did not think the House of Lords had over set itself to oppose the will of the country when the will had been really as- certained. (Hear, hear.) A reform of the House of Lords was, in his opinion, quite rea- sonable, but knowing that its reform would make it a still more powerful House, Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman desired to reduce its power by imposing a veto. He (Mr. Churton) did not think the country would stand it, and if the Unionist party stood firm, we would not hear much more about the attack on the House of Lords. (Applause.) Concluding, he charged the Government with having done all they could to annoy and irritate the Colonies. Union- ists had a great cause, and it was their duty to uphold the splendid traditions which had made this oountry memorable. (Applause.) The health of the hosts (Mr. G. H. Reynolds and Major Meredith) was enthusiastically drunk, on the proposition of Mr. J. Minns. Other toasts honoured were "The Chairman and Artists," proposed by Mr. J. Southard; "The Vioe-chairman," proposed by Mr. Rathbone Jones; and "The Host and Hostess" (Mr. and Mrs. Borry). Songs were given during the even- ing by Messrs. C. James, A. Greenwood, Cather- all, J. Bunoe, Warren Trevor and others, Mr. T. Oakes accompanying.
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EATON YEOMANRY SQUADRON. 1â€”- ANNUAL BALL. The annual ball of the "B" (Eaton) Squadron of the Earl of Chester's Imperial Yeomanry was held at the Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday evening. Although this function was inaugu- rated only last year, it eeeme to have sprung into high favour already, and for the eecond time it was a great succee3. The company numbered 190, this being sngtitly smaller titan iast year's attendance, and dancing, winch commenced as oar<y us 7.30 p.m., was continued with energy and spirit until 2 a.m. The ballroom had been | beautifully decorated with palms, other planus and flowers, by Messrs. Melriaitie and Co., and it presented a more than usually attractive scene. A large proportion of those present were members of tho yeomanry, and they wore the smart uniform of the regiment, thus offering an agreeable variation of tho ordinary evening ctress of the men, while lending additional colour to the gathering. Although the ball is organised by the non-commissioned ottioero and privates of the squadron, there are no more welcome guests than the officers, both past and present. Among present officers of the regiment who attended were the adjutant (Captain J. J. Richardson), Captain Robert Barbour, Captain and Quartermaster Cooper, and Veterinary- Lieutenant Edwards. The past officers were represented by Mr. Harry Barnston, who, until pressure of political work caused him to resign, was captain in the squadron. A letter was received from Lieut.-Colonel the Right Hon. George Wyndham, who wrote from Saighton Grange to &ay that, owing to a bad cold and to his having to speak at York on Thursday, he re- gretted his inability to attend, but ho sent his good wishes. Major the Duke of Westminster was also prevented from attending, having gone to London that day. Apologies for absence were also received from Major Radcliffe, Hon. Major E. Wilson Swetenham, and Lieut. P. H. Ash- worth.-An excellent supper was served in tho newly re-deoorated dining-rooms at 10.30 p.m., by Mies Lockwood, manageress of the hotel. The dance music was supplied by a special band, under the conductorehip of Corporal-Trumpeter A. Mayers. The evening passed most pleasantly for all, and the arrangements were carried out without a hitoh of any kind. It could hardly have been otherwise with Squadron Sergt. Major Dye at the head of affairs. He was president, and, of course, a popular one with all, and in his cheery presence it was impossible for things to be dull. The sergeant-major was assisted by an able committee, consisting of 3ergt. T. Partington, Sergt. N. Keys, Private H. Pritchard and Private H. Gordon. The dutjes of the M.a.'s were efficiently discharged by Sergt. J. Moore, Corporal H. Bretherton, Corporal W. Pickering and Private H. C. Fearnall. Congratulations are due to the worthy president and officials on the complete success of their efforts.
A TATTENHALL TRAGEDY. 0 FARMER'S SON SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS BROTHER. The circumstances of a distressing suicide were investigated by Mr. J. O. Bate (the West Cheshire Coroner) art an inquest held at the Barbour Institute, Tattenhall, on Wednesday, concerning the death of Thos. Aldersey, 21 years of age, who assisted his father in the management of Worley Bank Farm, where he resided, and who shot himself on the previous day Mr. T. Moore Dutton appeared on behalf of Lloyd's Bank. The Coroner said they need not go into the whole of the details which pre- ceded the young man's death, though it was necessary for him to hint to a certain extent at what had taken place. The deceased, who lived at homo, was charged with having done something which was not correct, and which ho should not have done, in connection with ;ome monetary transactions. The deceased did not admit he had done wrong, but he did not deny doing so. He was working in front of the house, and was watched by his sister, who had some suspicion that the trouble he was in might lead him to take the course lie eventually did. She finally missed him, and saw him go up the road. She asked another brother to follow him, and the latter had the painful experience of b3. ing a witness of the tragedy. Almost immedi- ately afterwards the young man was taken home, and a doctor was in attendanoe for a short time, but the injury was so serious that it soon proved fatal. John Aldersey, the father, who was greatly affected, gave evidence of identification. He said deceasod helped him on the farm, and on Tuesday morning worked as usual. During that time he did not notice anything mentally wrong with his eon, although deceased had not looked well for a few days. The Coroner: About noon you were informed there was something wrong with your account at tha bank?â€”Yes. Did suspicions fall on your eon Thomas?â€” Well, I sa.id I had nobody about me but my own family, and it must have been done by some of them. Did you ask him?â€”I did not ask him person- ally my&elf. I said to his mother "Some of the lads must have done it," and he was in the next room and could have heard me. She said, "He blames you lads for it." Your family suspected it was this son 1-1 think the family did. Did not onto of your daughters identify the writing aa his?-I cannot say. Was there any threat used by you or the others?â€”No. I said to his mother, "Don't tell him, but let him tell us. It is a very serious thing, and he may get time." The bank did not threaten to take any pro- ceedings?â€”No. They only asked me to find it out. Did you suspect him yourself?â€”I rather did. Did you say anything to him about it?â€”Not more than that I told his mother to tall him to own up if it was him who did it. Further examined, witness said he knew the revolver was about the house, but he had not tOO slightest idea there was any ammunition to fit it. The weapon was presented to another of his sons, who served in South Africa, and it had been lying about the house since his return. Ha had never heard of deceased threatening to take his life. The Coroner: I am sure the jury will agree with me that it must be a very sad thing indeed for Mr. Aldersey and his family that this should happen. at their house. It was perhaps the last thing he might have contemplated. I cannot help saying it was a very rash and wioked act for this son to do. Whatever trouble he was in there was no justification for the course he took. We all offer our sympathy under the circumstances. The foreman (Mr. J. Sumner) endorsed these remarks. Misa J. Aldersey, a sister, said her deceased brother ecssmed to be upset about something that morning, and was crying. Arthur Aldersey, an elder brother, deposed that at tho request of his sister he went up the road to look for the deceased. He saw him in a field and went towards him. As he went through the field gate he saw deceased going (along'i.itfcl a pond. Witness continued: "I shouted' 'Hey,' and before I could get out another word I heard the report of a revolver." The Coroner Did you see what lie did?â€”Wit- ness As he was walking he put the revolver to his hoad, fired, and fell down. I thought it was no use going to him, so I ran home for assistance. John Herbert Aldersey, another brother, said he ran to the spot, and saw his brother lying by the pond, with the revolver close by his Logs. There was a wound in his head on both aides, the bullet having passed through the head. On examining the revolver ho found it contained one discharged cartridge and three undischarged. The revolver was witness' property, and when he returned from South Africa he fined off all the cartridges. Ho could not say from where deceased had got the cartridges. His brother died about) an hour afterwards. Deceased had had a little trouble about a fortnight previous, and he had been very depressed and upset ever since, having looked ill. The Foreman: His mind would not be evenly balanced after that trouble?â€”Witness: No. I think there was something wrong with him. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed auicidb while his mind was temporarily deranged.
THE LATE REV. W. LUTENER. 1 VENERABLE CHESHIRE CLERGYMAN. THE FUNERAL. The respectful esteem in which the late Rev- W. Lutener was held in his old parish of Hart. hill was manifested on Wednesday, when he was laid to rest beneath the shadow of the church ho loved so well. The majority of the parishioners, from the squire to the poorest peasant, assembled at the obsequies, and paid their last tribute of respect to one who was beloved in this countryside. The body was taken by road from Chester, and from Broxton to the churchyard blinds were drawn at the isolated cottages and residences along the high- way, while those who were unable to attend the interment gathered by the roadside in mourning garb. Many local people joined the cortege en route, and by the time the church was reached there was a long procession of mourners. Aa the coffin, covered with floral tributes, was borne into the church it was pre- ceded by the robed clergy, the Rev. T. F. Robothan (rector), the Rev. H. F. Grantham (Chester) and the Rev. J. T. Clegg (vicar of Burwardeley). The rector read the opening sentences of the burial service. In the church there waa a crowded congregation, including some old residents who remembered Mr. Lutener when he first came to the parish, and the coffin was placed within the chancel where many had so long been accustomed to regularly see the familiar figure of him who was no more. The service was very simple, and the congregation joined heartily in the isingiiw of the only hymn, "0 God, our help in ages past." Mies J. Barbour presided at the organ. At the graveside the oommittal portion of the service was impressively read by the Rev. H. Grantham. At the con- cluaion all filed past the graveside and had a last look at the coffin, tears dimming the eyes of most of them. The principal mourners were the Rev. Maurice Lutener (son), Mr. and Mrs. Capel Lutener (son and daughter-in-law), Bowman (daughter), Mka F. Lutener, Mr. F. E. Sidney, F.S.A. (London, N.W.), Mr. and Mrs. George Barbour, Mr. Robert and the Misses Barbour, Mr. S. B. Jacson (Chester), the Rev. Morris Jones (Tilston), the Rev. A. F. Ostrehan (Hand- ley), Mrs. T. F. Robothan, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Taylor, Mr. W. D. Haswell (Bickerton), and the Rev. F. R. Wansbrough (Shotwick). Among others present were Messrs. Thomas Lea (Oak Bank), Charles Leivesley (Manor Farm), George Leivesley, Thomas Davenport, John Lea, Mr. and Mrs. Bracegirdle and the Misses Brace- girdle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wooley, Mr. and Mrs. John Edge (Broxton), Messrs. Joseph Edge, T. Jones, Grindley Lea (Broxton), John Probin (Broxton), Thomas Edge, John Kirkham, Mr. and Mrs. William Whittingham, Mr. and Mrs. Brereton, the servants at Boleeworth Castle, John Warburton, Wm. Jones, J. Broctdehurat, George Thelwell, James Sheen, Mr. and Mrs. George Large, Mra. Poynton (Post Office), etc. There were many beautiful floral tributes, the senders including "M. Lutener," "Francis S. Lutener," "Fred and Minnie," "Maggio and Parry," Marie and Rose," Mr. and Mrs. G. Barbour and family, Mr. T. Gibbons Frost (Mol- iington Hall), Mr. and Mrs. Aldersey (Aldersey Hall), the Rev. Canon, Mm. and the MiaFog Gore. Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Jacson, Mr. Charles N. Reynolds, Mrs. R. M. Hugh Jones (Rhyl), "F., L. and E. Heaton," M. J. Jones, B. Spencer. Mr. L. Layman, Mr. P. R. Robin and Mrs. Robin, "Annie," Mrs. Harrison, Mr. W. F. Dew, Mrs. E. B. Smith and the Mia-es Cmiih, etc.
CRIMEAN VETERAN'S DEATH. e SHOTTON'S GRAND OLD SOLDIER. There passed away at Hill Cottage, Shotton, the house of his daughter (Mrs. Stewart), last week, in his 88th year, Thomas Rugman, who for over twenty-two years served his country as a soldier in various parts of tho world. Ho was a native of Thornbury, Gloucester, and joined the 30th Regiment of Foot (now the East Lancashire Regiment) in Castlebar, Ireland, in 1846. His regiment, after being stationed in Gibraltar and in other parts of the Mediterranean, was one of the first to proceed from Varna to the Crimea, and formed part of the Second Division under General Sir do Lacy Evans at the Alma. He was also one of the advanced pickets first attacked by the Russians on the morning of Inkermann, and was present during the whole of the siege of Sevastopol, serving in the trenches. He was the proud possessor of the Crimean medal, with three bars, bearing the names of Alma, Inker- mann and Sevastopol, and it is interesting to note that on the occasion of Field Marshal Sir George White's visit to Liverpool to unveil the King's Liverpool Memorial, the old warrior was conducted to Liverpool, where he was introduoed to Sir George White. It was one of the proudest moments of his life, being, as he was, among many who had endured the same hardships as himself during the terrible wars of those days. When Sir George noticed the old man's medal and bars he said, touching them, "Your medal is worth my fifteen!" It was the delight of the old warrior to repeat this when relating the incident. Until he grew too feeble to move about, it was his custom on the anniversaries of Alma and Inkermann to visit St. Ethelwold's Schools and relate to the children the incidents of those battles. There was a sense of realism which a book could not supply in listening to the story of the regiments bursting through the vineyards of the Alma; of the narrow escape of Prince Menschikoff, the Russian commander-in- chief; of Captain O'Brien listening to the tramp of the grey-coated Russians in the fog on the morning of Inkermann, using a ramrod as a sound conductor; of the sailors' dragging their guns a distance of seven miles and going into action "like a lot of schoolboys"; and of the terrible privations and harships of both men and horses before Sevastopol. After the closo of the Crimean war he, with the remainder of his regi- ment, returned home and volunteered for service in the Royal Canadian Rifles, leaving his own regiment in Dublin in 1858. He was finally dis- charged from the latter corps at Kingston, Ontario, in 1868. His discharge bears the fol- lowing endorsement:â€”" His conduct has been very good, and he is in possession of four good conduct stripes." Mr. Rugman, until a few months ago, enjoyed good health, with the ex- ception of a rheumatic affection of the lower limbsâ€”a relic of the Crimean campaign. Some two years ago Captain Hurlbutt endeavoured, but without avail, to get his small pension in- creased, and the high-water mark of his country's generosity did not rise above ls. Ojd. per day. The funeral took place at St. Deiniol's Church- yard, Hawarden, on Thursday afternoon, and partook of a semi-military character. As the deceased was an old inhabitant, the obsequies were largely attended by the old inhabitants. The funeral procession was headed by the senior boys of St. Ethelwold'a School, marching two deep, followed by a military escort under the charge of Lieut. Gould and Sergt.-Instructor Hill. Captain Hurlbutt was unavoidably absent, but sent a wreath. Preceding the coffin were two who had shared the perils of the Crimean campaignâ€”Sergt. Ryan, late 17th Lancers, "D" Troop, who rode in the Light Brigade charge, and Staff-Sergeant Spivey, of the Grenadier Guards. The bearers were the following old soldiers, all wearing medals:â€”Sergt.-Major Holden, C.-S. Jones, C.-S. Thomas, Sergeant Courtney, Sergeant Eaves, Private S. Morris, and J. Brooks, A.B. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. T. Rug- man, Mr. and Mrs. S. Williams, and grand- children. The coffin was covered with a Union Jack, on which was placed the tunic and head- drees of the Royal Canadian Rifles. Among others present in uniform were Sergt.-Major Claridge, Q.M.S. Haswell, Cr.-Sergt. Peel, B.S.M. Kelly, Sergis. H. Jones, J. Bailey, F. Baird and Lloyd. Messrs. Fitzpatrick (Inland Revenue), Marriott (Customs), W. II. Fox, T. Guest, S. Vickcrs, W. Marrow, E. Taylor, J. Ellis, S. Lloyd, and others were in the procession also. The service was conducted by the rector (Canon Drew). Mr. R. W. Pringle presided at the organ and accompanied the hymn Rock of ages," and played Chopin's Funeral March as the coffin was borne out of the church. At the conclusion of the service at the graveside Sergt. Burgees, late of the Cheshire Regiment, sounded the "Last Post," and a most impressive ceremony was brought to a conclusion.
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NIGHT POACHING NEAR CHESTER I t On Saturday, atChester Castle Petty Sessions, be- fore Colonel Evans-Lloyd and other magistrates, Richard Littler, a Chester man of no fixed ad- dross, was summoned for night poaching at Balderton, on the land of Robt. Allwood.â€”Edw. Milton, gamekeeper, deposed to seeing defend- ant picking up a net in a field occupied by Mr. Allwood on Sunday night. In tho next field there were three more nets. Defendant was in possession of eight rabbits and four nets.â€”The Hon. C. T. Parker informed tho bench that Littler was a veritable pest, a.nd asked that he should be bound over.â€”Supt,. Hicks said de- fendant had been previously convicted of night- poaching and game trespasses.â€”Defendant was sentenoed to two months' hard labour, and bound over for twelve months, the imprison- ment to bo extended to six months failing the produotion of sureties. The nets were ordered to bo forfeited.
MENDELSSOHN'S HYMN OF PRAISE. MUSICAL SOCIETY'S PERFORMANCE. On Tuesday evening the Chester Musical Society gave their second subscription concert of the season before a large and appreciative audience. The programme', like that of the last two concerts, was again a varied one. The principal work performed was Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise," and it is pleasing to note that at least one of the soloists was a Oestrian, in the person of Madame Agnes Croxton, whose clear soprano voice has eo often delighted Cheeier audiences. The first soprano part was sung by Miss Esta D'argo. Her voice is rich and strong in quality, and her higher notes were characterised by a resonanec, and depth which is moro often found in contralto voices. It was therefore in good contrast to the slightly thinner tones of Madame Croxton, and the re- sult in the duct work was a most pleasing com- r bination. Mr. Harold Wilde (tenor) was a great succcss, and his rendsring of "Tho Sor- rows of death" proved him to be a tenor of the first rank. A notable foature- of all three eolo- ists was the absence of the unwritten tremolo. Of tho chorus nothing but praise can be said. The essentials of good part-singing, clearness of articulation, strict time and phrasing (with- out which the former is impo -ible), perfe-ct balance of the voice parts, wore all in evidence, and their entire work, while reflecting credit on themselves, was a testimony of blio skill of their able conductor, Dr. J. C. Bridge. Tho symphony was efficiently performed by a large professional orchestra, who a1 so played tho "Danze Piemontesi" (Sinig-a,g-lia). The chorus also sang a madrigal, "To take the air" (Farmer, 1600), and a Serenade, "Stars of the Summer Night" (Elgar). These compositions I were sung consecutively, and tire audience was therefore enabled to make a direct comparison of representative music of both the 16th and 20th centuries. The madrigal is a beautiful composition, bearing with it an old-world air which is quite unmistakable, and suggesting to the mind a Christmas carol. The serenade might be described as a romantic work, and of course quite different in character to the madrigal; both were excellently sung. Miss Esjfca D'argo also gave three songs in the first part of th9 programme, "Ritorna Vincitor (Aida), by Verdi, "Songs my Mother taught me" (by Dvorak), and "One Spring Morning" (by Nevin), all of which were artistically ren- dered, the first one, a very gay ballad, being perhaps the most popular. Quite an ovation was accorded Mr. Vivian Burrows, solo violinist, who played Mendelssohn's Violin Concert (in E minor) and Andante and Rondo Capriccio (for violin and orchestra), by Saint Saens. His performance of these long and difficult pieces was excellent, and won for him unstinted ad- miration.
POPULAR RAILWAY OFFICIAL. + MR. W. LAMBERTS PROMOTION. Wo are glad to be able to announce that Mr. William Lambert, the obliging and courteous assistant stationmaster at Chester, has received well-merited promotion, having been appointed stationmaster at Barr's Court Station, Here- ford. Mr. Lambert is very popular with the travelling public, and has won the esteem of his numerous colleagues at the important centre at Chester, while gaining a host of friends in the ancient city. All will regret that he is leaving the district, but everyone will join in congratulatng him on his well-deserved pro- motion. Mr. Lambert's new post is an impor- tant one, as Barr's Court Station is on the L. and N.-W. and Great Western Joint line, and is a big junction for several lines. He will suc- ceed Mr. Hughes, who has been transferred to lha etationmasterahip of Shrewsbury. He will leave Chester when tho rush of the Christmas/ traffic is over. Mr. Lambert is a native of Chester. Most of his life, however, has been spemt in the Shrewsbury and Wellington dis- tricts. His railway career extends over thirty- thrco years, he having entered the service at the ago of thirteen. During that time he has had practioal acquaintance with all departments of railway work, which should prove of the utmost value. On leaving the Shrewsbury dis- trict Mr. Lambert became stationmaster at Eilesmere Port., afterwards being appointed at-ationmaster at Frodsham Eight or nine years ago the night 6tationmagtership at Chester be- came vacant, and Mr. Lambert received the position. His willingness and energy soon brought him to the front, and after three years' I service he was promoted to be assistant station- master. It was in this position that he be- camo more generally known and esteemed. Though discharging arduous tasks, Mr. Lam- bert found time to devote himself to work which sought to benefit his fellow-men. He was closely identified with the fri,endly eociety movement, being chairman of the Chester Dis- trict Association of the Hearts of Oak Benefit Society, and in this connection he was greatly interested in the subject of old-age pensions. He was also a Freemason, being one of the brethren of the Travellers' Lodge. Mr. Lam- bert's hobby, however, was ambulance work, which ho always endeavoured to encourage. He recognised fully how essential it was that rail- wayman should be acquainted with the prin- ciples of first aid, and during the last four years he has acted as class secretary to the am- bulainoe classes at Chester, throwing himself heart and soul into the work. It is gratify- ing to hear that the importance of the work has been frequently demonstrated on the Chester Station, and on several occasions members of the ol:M5 have been instrumental in practically saving life. As a Churchman he has for five years discharged the duties of sidesman at St. Barniabas's Church. He was also a supporter of the Volunteer movement, and in his younger days he was a member of the Herefordshire Volunteers. Cestrians will wish him every prosperity in his new sphere of labour, and hope to hear of his still further success.
We understand that the Chester grocers and provision dealers have decided to discontinue the giving of Christmas boxes and gratuities in com- pliance with the spirit ot the Corrupt Practices Act, which came into force in January last. AMATEUR THEATRICAL PERFORM- ANCES.â€”On reference to our advertising columns it will be noticed that among the oppor- tunities of enjoyment that will be afforded to the residents of Chester and the neighbourhood during the coming festive season will be a series of amateur theatrical performances. They will take place (by the kind permission of the Governors) at the King's School. The play to be presented is founded on the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." It has been entirely arranged by and will be produced under the personal superintendence of Mr. and Mm. Arthur Preston, Abbots Grange, to whose art and skill is aleo due the scenery and costumes respectively. The music, selected and arranged by Mr. Arden, will be rendered by an efficient amateur orchestra under that gentleman's direction. The nett proceeds of the entertain- ments will be devoted to the funds of the District Nursing Association, the Working Boye, Home, the Police Court Mission, and St. Oswald's Pariah Hall, in the proportions of one- fifth to each of the first three charities and two- fifths to St. Oswald's Parish Hall. The com- mittees of these various institutions earnestly hope that the public generally will give these performances their hearty support.
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AN UNSUCCESSFUL ALIBI. 4D POACHERS' THREAT IN COURT. At Chester Castle Petty Sessions, on Saturdays before Col. Evana-iiioyu and other magistrates, Arthur Gillham and John Goodier, boughton men, were summoned on ouspicion for having came from land in pursuit of game and for having in their possession a number of rabbita and poaching implements. P.C. Worthington stated that shortly befora eight o'clock on the morning of the 28th ult. he saw the defendant Gillham standing in Poof House-lane, at Great Boughton. He watched the man's movements, noticing that he looked up and down the lane several times, and finally jerked his head a8 if signalling to a companion. Immediately Goodier and another man, each carrying a bag which appeared bulky, crossed the road from a field opposite, and joined Gill- ham. The three men then started walking in the direction of Chester, the third man presently leaving his companions and going through a field. Witness, who was not more than sixty or seventy yards' distant, went across a field to intercept them, and directly they saw him Gill- ham and Goodier ran away. The other man also ran and dropped his bag.-P.C. Alfred Myatt (Waverton) deposed to meeting Gillham and Goodier, whom he knew well, on the Chester and Whitchurch road on the previous evening. On behalf of the defendant Goodier, Mr. R. T. Morgan pleaded an alibi. In support of this defence Gillham entered the witness-box and stated that Goodier wao not one of the men with him. He had been poaching that night with two men named Dunning and Willoocks.- Dunning gave corroborative evidence, while Goodier stated that he was at home at the time in question. Cross-examined, the latter ad- mitted that he sometimes earned a living by poaching when he had nothing else to do. The Bench decided that the case had been proved againat both defendants, who were each fined ES and costs, with the alternative of a month's impriBOnment.-The Chairman said there waa a very long record against both men. The implements and rabbits were ordered to 00 forfeited. On hearing the decision both defendants addressed the police in threatening language. Goodier, pointing to the constable who laid the information, said "I will have my own back with you." Supt. Hicks: I ask for information to be laid s. for tiireats, and that the prisoners shall be bound over. I cannot allow the conatablea to bo threatened in open court. The Magistrates' Clerk (to the Bench): Yes. you can order that. It is a very serious offencO to threaten people in court. Defendants were bound over in the sum of jB5 each for six months.
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CHESTER LIFEBOAT SAYlJRDA FUND.â€”We are rsquosted to announce that tho "envelope" collection on the 26th August realised Â£ 30. 7s. 2d. T KING'S SCHOOL, CHESTER. H. f Davis, son of Mr. R. H. School House, Waverton, was on eledted to an open mathematical echolarsn v of the annual value of Â£ 60, at St. John s lege, Cambridge. The examination he by the combined group of St. Johns, E' manuel, Pembroke, Jesus, Kings, and Chris Colleges. Davis was placed m Clas3 Division I., in the Cambridge Local Examin* tions in 1904, with distinctions in matnej matics and religious knowledge, and the Chester centre prize. He is the holder the Chester centre prize. He is the holder a County Council senior scholarship- very striking success at Cambridge has grained at his first attempt.