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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

LANCASHIRE'S CHALLENGE.

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♦ One of the most sensible remedies that we have seen suggested for the rabies problem has been under the consideration of the Public Health Committee of the Chester Corporation. It came in the form of a memorandum from the Richmond Town Council, who are persuaded that the system of occasionally muzzling dogs in limited portions of the kingdom is not a satis- factory method of stopping the spread of rabies, and that experience has shewn that it is totally inadequate for stamping it out. The scheme which the Richmond Town Council recommends is that the Inland Revenue authorities should issue dog licences in the form of a token or badge, to be suspended from the collar of the dog, so that the police may be able to see at a glance whether the dogs are duly licenced or not. The difficulty of distinguishing between one year's licence and the next is proposed to be obviated by changing the shape or colour of the badge from year to year. It is this stumbling- block regarding the facility for identifying the licence at a glance that has been the most serious obstacle in the way of registering bicycles. In the case of dogs, if the colour is to be the distinguishing feature, the change would have to be a very marked one indeed, as some terriers ef our acquaintance have acquired a wonderful faculty of coating themselves in one uniform tint throughout, when they escape to wallow in their favourite refuse heaps. Still, this point might be got over by obliging dog owners to keep the badges in a state of cleanliness. The new regu- lations emanating from Richmond include the proviso that the owners of dogs not wear- ing such badges shall be liable to penalties, and that dogs found without the proper appendage to their collars shall be seized and dealt with as stray animals. The Chester Public Health Committee at their recent meet- ing approved of the suggested reform, and if Richmond receives similar support pretty generally throughout the country, we may anticipate a solution of this knotty question somewhat on these lines. Whatever is done, it is absurd for the present system of enforcing the muzzling order in piecemeal fashion here and there in various districts to continue much longer.

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CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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