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Prince Alexander of Teck arrived at Liver- pool-street Station on Monday morning from The Hague. By permission of the Duke of Westminster, the galleries of Grosvenor House were opened to the members of the National Sunday League on Sunday, and were visited by 1,663 persons. A marriage has been arranged between Mr. Thomas Ellis, M.P., of Cynlas, Corwen (the chief Liberal whip), and Annie, third daughter of Mrs. R. J. Davies, of Cwrt Mawr, Aberyst- with. The Earl of Crewe has just given two plots of valuable land in the centre of Sandbach to the District Council for the new technical schools. The District Council has decided to adopt the Technical Education Act. The marriage arranged between Lieutenant John Marshall, R.N., fourth son of Colonel Marshall, C.B., of Hartford Beach, Cheshire, and Bryn-y-Coed, Bangor, and Hilda Renee, eldest daughter of Herbert R. Lampriere, of Bron-y-Maen, Llanfairfechan, late captain Hampshire Regiment, will take place at Llan- fairfechan on the 24th inst. Negotiations are in progress with the Chester Lighting Committee and the General Railway Station, with regard to supplying the latter with electric light. Mr. and Mrs. Lyon and Miss Lyon have returned to London from Homburg owing to the serious illness @f Mrs. Brancker. When able they will proceed to Appleton Hall, Cheshire, The Secretary of the Chester General Infirmary begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a donation of 91 Is. to the Parkgate Con- valescent Home from Mrs. Minton, The Hursts, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead. A marriage has been arranged between Major Meyrick, 15th Hussars, eldest son of Sir Thomas Meyrick, of Apley Castle, Shropshire, and Mary Emma, youngest daughter of the late Major Cresswell, of Cresswell, Northumberland, and the Countess of Ravensworth. ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY, WOOLWICH.— The tenth place in the recent competition for cadetships was won by Wilfrid Eric Francis, of Arnold House School, Chester. DENBIGHSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—All prize money won at this society's show was paid within a fortnight, and any exhibitor not having received his money should at once com- municate with the secretary. GROSVENOR ROWING CLUB AT RHYL. — At Rhyl Amateur Swimming Club Gala on Satur- day, Messrs. A. E. Jones and T. Stephenson, of the Grosvenor Rowing Club, Chester, made a dead heat for first place with Messrs. G. Jones and T. Small, in the Gentlemen's Double Sculls Race. ALTRINCHAM AGRICULTURAL SHOW. — This annual meeting will be held on Devisdale, Bowdon, on Thursday, September 23rd. A valuable list of prizes is offered. Intending exhibitors should note that the entries close on September 7th. DROVERS FINED AT WREXHAM.—On Monday at the Wrexham Borough Court, three Irish drovers named James O'Hagan, Patrick Skerry, and Michael Devline were charged by the Deputy Chief Constable of Denbighshire (Mr. Edward Jones, with having removed 328 sheep from Ireland to Wrexham without having obtained the necessary licence. O'Hagan and Skerry, who did not appear, were each fined 91 and costs, and Devline 10s. and costs. DICKSONS LIMITED.—We have received from Dicksons Limited, their catalogue of select roses for 1897-1898, and also their catalogue of Dutch and other flowering bulbs, &c. The publications are excellently drawn up, and should be of great assistance to intending pur- chasers. POISONING OF A WELSH FISHING Rivicp.It has been reported to the Clwyd and Elwy Board of Conservators that a fishing river at Llanddulas has been polluted by a quantity of chloride of lime, which had apparently got into the water with the drain of the village. Over 50 salmon and other fish were poisoned, and sport in that part of the stream is spoiled. UNLAWFUL REMOVAL OF SWINE. At the Over Petty Sessions, on Monday, Thomas Challinor, butcher, Middlewich, was fined JE1 for removing five pigs from Middlewich to Over, which is a swine-fever infected zone, without previously having obtained the neces- sary removal licence. Defendant pleaded ignorance of the order, but the police pointed out that he had applied for similar licences prior to this case. HORSE AND CHEESE FAIRS.—The Improve- ment Committee of Chester Town Council recommend that the undermentioned days be appointed for holding the fairs in the city during 1898:—Horse fairs Thursdays, January 6th; February 3rd, March 3rd, March 31st, April 28th, May 26th, June 23rd, July 21st, August 18th, September 15th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th. Cattle fairs every Thursday. Cheese fairs on the third Wednesday in each month. LOCAL SUCCRSSKS AT THE OXFORD LOCAL EXAMINATIONS.—The following are the success- ful local students at the recent Oxford local examinations :—Pass (senior candidates): E. S. J. Harper, T. A. Jones, and W. R. Thomas, Alun School, Mold. Juniors (second class): R. L. Hopwood, D. J. H. Williams, and S. B. Moore, County School, Wrexham. Pass List (first division): H. G. Williams, Hooton Lawn; W. Williams, Alun School, Mold. Second Division: A. E. Stephens, Wrexham County School. GIFT OF A WATER SUPPLY TO A FLINTSHIRE VILLAGE.-On Friday an interesting ceremony I took place at Talacre, the seat of Sir Pyers Mostyn. In commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee Sir Pyers decided to provide, at his own cost, the village of Groespyr with a water supply. For years past the village, which is situated on an eminence overlooking the Dee estuary, has suffered severely from scarcity of water. The supply is to be obtained from an excellent spring on Sir Pyers's land, and the works will include a reservoir of large capacity. Yester- day's proceedings consisted of the inauguration of the works, the ceremony being performed by Master Pyers Charles Mostyn, the young heir of Talacre, who was presented with a silver trowel. BIRKENHEAD MAGISTRATES AND THE LICENS- ING LAWS.—At a meeting of the Birkenhead Borough justices, the Mayor (Mr. John Pennock) presiding, the following resolution was passed That this meeting of justices of the borough of Birkenhead desires to draw the attention of the Royal Commission on the Liquor Licensing Laws to the urgent necessity existing for the immediate amendment of section 60 of the Licensing Act, 1872, owing to the great incon- venience which it causes in the administration of the Licensing Acts from the disqualifications of a large number of justices who are at present holders, in many cases merely as trustees, of shares in railway companies which, at their own hotels, are retailers of intoxicants, but which said justices have no pecuniary or other interest in the liquor trade. PAUPERISM IN WALES.—Mr. Bircham has presented his report on pauperism in Wales for the half-year ending Lady Day, 1897. The popu- lation of the country according to the census of 1891 is 1,791,915. Destitution caused by old age or permanent disability is stated at 35,748; destitution caused by death, absence, or deser- tion of husband or father, 18,242; destitution caused by the temporary sickness or want of work of male heads of families and single men 11,807 single women in receipt of outdoor relief, 546; total outdoor paupers, 66,343, as compared with 64,101 during the corresponding period of 1896. The total percentage of out-door paupers on popula- tion for half-year ended Lady Day was 3 7, compared with 3-5 in the same period of 1896. The total amounted expended in out-door and in-door relief reached £ 360,431, or 4s. Oid. per head, as compared with E354,585 during the corresponding period. Of this sum North Wales spent X108,461, being 4s. 7Jd. per head, and South Wales 9251,970, being 3s. 9. per head of the population. WINSFORD UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB. — On t Monday, at a meeting held at the Golden Lion,. I Over, near Northwich, the Winsford United I Football Club was re-organised. The High 1 Sheriff of Cheshire (Mr. W. H. Yerdin, D.L., | of Darnhall Hall) has consented to be president. j It was resolved to enter for the Cheshire Senior Cup, the Cheshire Amateur Cup, the Crewe and District, and the Northwich and District Cups. Most of the old players have signed on, including J. W. Blackburn, Henry Atherton, James Atherton, P. Joyce, J. Blackbirn, E. Perry, S. Oakes, and W. Whalley. [' CHESTER FLORAL FETE.—As we antici- F pated, owing to the very scanty attend- f ance, the Chester Horticultural Show and Fete ha.s resulted in a serious loss. The statement of accounts was submitted at a meeting of the executive committee of the society on Thursday, and it appeared that the receipts trom all sources (including subscrip- [ tions) amounted to £ 1,481. On the other side, we have an expenditure of about £1,886, so that the committee are confronted with a deficit of £405, towards which there is a balance of E162 from 1896. This statement, it should be added, does not include any remuneration for a secretary. A SAWYER'S SUDDEN DEATH.—The circum- stances of the death of George Joinson, a sawyer, aged 59, living at 32, Hand- bridge, have been reported to the city coroner. It appears that Joinson had been niling for some years, having been attended by Dr. Harrison, who visited him last about six months ago. Deceased was appar- ently better than usual on Thursday. He went to bed at half-past ten, but when his son went upstairs shortly after- wards he found his father gasping. Medical assistance was sent for, but death took place before the doctor arrived.—Mr. Turner (deputy coroner) held an inquest on the body on Friday.. The jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes-heart disease.' CHAINING WOMEN PRISONERS TOGETHER.— We are glad to note that as a result of the intervention of Sir John Brunner, M.P., the objectionable practice of chaining female prisoners together in public, in Cheshire, is to be discontinued. Shortly before the close of the Parliamentary session, the hon. member com- plained to the Home Secretary of large gangs of women prisoners being transferred from Liverpool to Knutsford chained together like slaves. Sir M. White Ridley made inquiries. He has found that as many as thirty-two women. in one gang have been paraded before the public in the manner mentioned, their shackle being officially described as a light handcuff chain. They were being removed to Knutsford gaol to prevent overcrowding in Liverpool prison. In future, however, according to fresh instructions from the Commissioners of Prisons, not more than ten female prisoners will be transferred at once, nor will they be chained in ordinary cases. PRIZE GIVING AT THE P.S.A.—On Sunday about halt a ton of book prizes were distributed at the Queen-street P.S.A., there being a full attendance, presided over by the Mayor (Mr. B. C. Roberts). In his address the Mayor said it gave him great pleasure to be present, and to those who might feel astonished at seeing him there because he was a staunch churchman he was glad to say he was a churchman with opinions sufficiently wide to bring him within the walls of a Nonconformist place of worship. (Applause.) They all, he hoped, were going one golden way, and all with broad minds must confess that there were several paths by which they might try to gain that way. Had he been going to give them a religious address that afternoon he would have taken for his text- and he was sure they would agree with him- the words 'Let brotherly love continue.' H& hoped it would continue among all religious classes in Chester, and in the whole Empire. (Hear, hear.)—During the afternoon addressee were given by the Rev. F. Barnes and Mr. Marriott, while Miss Roberts' sacred songs were rendered in exceptional style. The Mayor afterwards presented the prizes. THE MONEY LENDING INQUIRY. The Councillor, commenting on the work of the Select Committee on Money-lending, initiated through the efforts of Mr. Yerburgh,. M.P., says :—" To us the chief source of satis- faction lies in the fact that we have abundantly demonstrated the necessity for legislative action. We have laid bare before the Govern- ment a bleeding sore, hitherto concealed, as well as indicated a method for its treatment. Many members of the committee have had the courtesy to assure us that we have already satisfied them on every point of our indictment; and if this be so, which we are vain enough to believe, what sort of a report will issue when the whole of the evidence has been gathered in ? We are proud to be associated with the work of this Committee. Notwithstanding the brief period of its existence it has come to be regarded as one of the most useful of all the Committees which has ever sat in connection with the Legislature. It is a foregone con- j clusion that a comprehensive scheme of social I reform will be the result." I DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES AT HOOLE.—At I the County Petty Sessions, on Saturday, before Messrs. H. D. Trelawny, John Thompson, R. T. Richardson, and J. Pover, Frederick Reece, of Hoole, was summoned for being drunk on the premises of the Bee Hive Hotel, Hoole, in the occupation of Christopher Mulligan. P.S. Finchett visited the house about a quarter past nine on the evening of Saturday, July 31st. In the parlour he found defendant, sitting on a form with an empty glass before him. He was very drunk, and witness called the landlord's attention to him. The barman said" We have stopped his tap." Witness retorted "Why do you allow him to remain on the licensed premises drunk, if you have stopped his tap ?" The bar- man replied I have been too busy to put him out." Afterwards defendant was put out.—In answer to Mr. John Thompson, the sergeant said the barman was busy, as there were 12 or 15 people there. He added that they had had a good-deal of trouble with defendant in Hoole. He would not work, and his wife and family were pretty well clemming.' Defendant was a painter.—He was fined 10s. and costs, or in default seven days' hard labour, time being allowed for the payment of the fine. A RUNAWAY HORSE.—On Saturday morn- ing much excitement was created in Fore- gate, Eastgate, and Bridge streets, at the sight of a riderless horse tearing along these thoroughfares at headlong speed. The animal, which had been attached to a cart, was proceeding from Broughton to the citv. and when near City-road corner, evidently taking fright, it made a furious dash, disconnecting itself from the cart, and also becoming beyond the control of its driver. It careered through Foregate and Eastgate streets at a mad pace and nobody seemed to make an endeavour to check it, or at any rate did not succeed in so doing. The way in which the animal avoided colliding with any of the numerous vehicles in these streets was wonder- ful, for the traffic, as usual, was exceedingly busy. When the horse passed the Cross, the policeman stationed there, made a daring attempt to stop it. He pursued it down Bridge street unsuccessfully, until the animal collided with the fountain at the end of the street, and brought itself to a standstill. Fortunately, no serious injury was sustained, but the hind legs of the runaway were badly lacerated by the shafts of the cart during the short distance it was dragged by the animal. In Bridge-street, the horse just avoided contact with some ladders on which several workmen were standing. DIOCESE OF ST. ASAPH.-Tho Bishop of St. Asaph has made the following appointments :— Canon Evans, vicar of Abergele, archdeacon of St. Asaph; Rev. David Jones, vicar of Llan- rhaiadr M., cursal canon Randulphi, Birkenhead; Rev. Theophilus Jones, M.A., curate of Colwyn Bay, vicar choral of St. Asaph; Rev. John Morgan, B.A., rector of Denbigh, rector of Llanwrst; Rev. Thomas Lloyd, B.A., rector of Bala, vicar of Abergele; Rev. Daniel Davies, B.A., vicar of Brymbo, rector of Denbigh; Rev. L. D. Jenkins, B.A., vicar of Penycae, rector of Bala; Rev. E. M. Roderick, M.A., vicar of Mold, vicar of Ruabon Rev. John Davies, M.A., curate in charge of Llanrwst, vicar of Penycae; Rev. Clement Todd Davies, M.A., vicar of Caerfallwch, vicar of Northop; Rev.,J. P. Poole Hughes, M.A., curate of Mold, vicar of Mold; Rev. Stephen Jones, curate of Mold, vicar of Caerfallwch; Rev. F. H. Hawkins, M.A., curate of Welshpool, vicar of Guilsfield; Rev. Thomas Lloyd, vicar of Aber- gele, rural dean of Rhos; Rev. J. S. Lewis, M.A., rector of Newtown, rural dean of Caedewen: Rev. T. LI. Lloyd Williams, M.A., rector of Corwen, rural dean of Edeirnion; Rev. Allen Jones, B.A., vicar of Llwydiarth, curate in charge of Llanrhaiadr-yn-C; Rev. J. Evan Jones, on presentation ef Canon Fletcher, vicar of Brymbo. The ardeaconry of St. Asaph was offered to and declined by Canon D. Lewis, rector of Trefnant.