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NESTON. SUDDEN DEATH OF AN INFANT. Mr. J. C. Bate held an inquest at the Brown Horse Inn on Wednesday, touching the death of the infant daughter of William Cookson, of Brook- street, Neston. The deceased, who was only 13 months old, took ill on Sunday, but as she appeared to be better on Monday, the doctor was not called in. As the deceased was being nursed by the grandmother, however, in the afternoon it suddenly became worse and died. Evidence to this effect was given by the mother and the grandmother. The jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes.' FRIENDS IN NEED.—A correspondent draws special attention to the valuable service ren- dered to the Neston police a few days ago by Messrs. Thomas Swift and Samuel Hancock, two local tradesmen. Constable Duttton was being assaulted in Pyke's Wint, which at present enjoys the reputation of being the roughest quarter of Neston, and things were looking very serious for the representative of law and order, when the gentlemen named voluntarily went to the officer's assistance, and helped him to convey the prisoner to the police station. It is rarely that anyone undertakes such a disagree- able public duty without being called upon, and the moral effect of the gallant tradesmen's action cannot fail to be of a salutary description. A BAD OUTLOOK FOR THE 'JAP.VIICB.Mr. J. H. Deakin, of Leighton House, Neston, has invested in a handsome motor car, for from four to six passengers. It is in the form of a Stanhope phaeton, and has all the very latest improvements. Mr. Deakin has been running it freely upon the roads and through the town, where the novel conveyance has attracted much attention. It is capable of great speed, and can be manipulated with ease, and while running at a hich rata of sneed can be verv promptly brought to a standstill. A deep gloom is, it is stated, beginning to overcast the coachmen of the district, who fear that they and their steeds of bone and muscle will soon be looked upon as relics of an antiquated past. PRESENTATION TO DR. YEOMAN.—Dr. J. B. Yeoman, of Neston, who trained the last St. John Ambulance Class in connection with the Neston Technical Education Classes, has been made the recipient of a testimonial by the members of the class. The presentation took place at the school, and Mr. J. Pemberton, the chairman of the Neston Technical Education Classes, who presided, referred to the excellent teaching of Dr. Yeoman, every member who presented himself (about 16) having success- fully passed the examiner. Mr. Maddock, a member of the committee, also complimented Dr. Yeoman upon the admirable result achieved, and spoke of the value oi ambulance work generally. Mr. Pemberton on behalf of the members, afterwards handed Dr. Yeoman a handsome silver-mounted malacca cane, bearing the inscription- Presented to Dr. J. B. Yeoman, by the Neston Ambulance Class, 1897.' Dr. Yeoman, in acknowledging the gift, said his experiences as a teacher extended over six years, but he had never had more attentive pupils than the members of the Neston Ambulance Class, who had throughout made every effort to benefit by his teaching. Messrs. Miles Anyon and Percy Maddock, members of the class, promoted the testimonial. QUOIT CLUB PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.—The annual prize distribution in connection with the Neston and District Quoit Club took place in the Volunteer Drill Hall, Neston, on Wednesday evening. The Rev. Canon Turner (vicar) presided over the gathering, which numbered about fifty persons, and an excellent supper was served prior to the distribution, the customary loyal toasts being dispensed from the chair.—In referring to the affairs of the club, Canon Turner spoke of the excellent play exhibited by the members, and of the proud position the club had made and main- tained in the quoiting world of Wirral. He was glad to learn that day that in connec- tion with the Lancashire and Cheshire competi- tion one of the Ness Holt members had won a silver medal. (Applause.) He was not a member of their own club, but there was a brotherly feeling between them, and they were pleased at the member's success. (Applause.) —The Rev. H. R. Sherwen afterwards formally proposed the Club,' remarking that it was one of the most permanent institutions in the parish.—Mrs. Turner, amid much applause, afterwards proceeded to distribute the prizes, the successful competitors being as follows :—First prize, John Medcalfe, timepiece, presented by the hon. sec. (Mr. Joseph Conway); 2nd prize, T. Coventry, jun., silver tankard pre- sented by Mr J. G. Churton, Manor House; 3rd prize, Robert Kameen (captain), set of carvers presented by Mrs. Turner; 4th prize, Robert Peers, set of spoons presented by Lever Brothers; 5th prize, Albert Cassell, cup pre- sented by Mr. Charles Jones.—Mr. Conway, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mrs. Turner, spoke of the many kindnesses she had shewn the club, and made a complimentary reference to Mrs. Barrett, who was also present, his remarks being heartily applauded.—The Chairman, in returning thanks for Mrs. Turner and himself, said they would gladly come forward at any time that they could be useful. In proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Joseph Conway, the hon. sec., he spoke of the great services rendered by him to the club, and of the valuable clock which he had contributed as a prize. The toast was received with musical honours and hearty cheers, several of the latter being thrown in for Mrs. Conway. The following musical pro- gramme was afterwards rendered:—Mr. T. Medcalfe, Tm off to Philadelphia;' Mr. E. Graves, 'To-morrow will be Friday;' R. Barrett, song;' E. Flood, 'A soldier and a man;' Mrs. Graves, Sunshine;' Mr. Sherwen, song; Mr. C. Roberts,' Paddy's Wake;' W. T. Coventry, song Mr. J., Phillips,' Army and Navy;' Mr. W. Adamson, I Dick's courtship;' W. Briscoe, All that glitters is not gold W. Devaney,' I fell in deep love;' A. Small, Love among the roses;' E. Kenny, 'Molly Brannigan;' National Anthem.







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