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NORTHWICH. ALLEGED BURGLARY AT AN INN.—On Satur- day, at Northwich, Thomas Ash, of Peover, near Knutsford, was charged with burglariously entering the Crown Inn, Peover, and stealing 17s., a jar of Irish whisky, and bottles of Scotch whisky and beer. At two o'clock on Wednesday morning voices were heard in the cellar, and later it was discovered that a window had been burst open, the till emptied, and the cellar ransacked. Bottles were found in the prisoner's possession. Another labourer named Webb is also in custody. The prisoner was remanded. MUNIFICENCE OF MR. J. T. BRUNNER.—On Thursday, the Clerk to the Northwieh Urban Council received a cheque for 9520 from Sir John T. Brunner, Bart., M.P., to cover the cost of the renovation and decoration of Northwich Free Library. Owing to the subsidences caused by brine-pumping, the building was1 badly damaged. Under the Free Libraries Acts only one penny in the pound can be expended on library maintenance. The whole of this sum is swallowed up by the ordinary expenses of the institution, and to obviate the necessity of raising a loan, Sir John has borne the entire cost. MARTON WATER SUPPLY.-On Wednesday, Mr. Robert H. Bicknell, C.E., Local Government Board inspector, held an inquiry at Marton, near Northwich, to determine the reasonable cost at which the water supply might be furnished to a number of houses in Marton. It transpired that the houses in question had hitherto obtained their supply from a neighbour- ing brook. The medical officer of the Northwich Rural Council had reported that the brook was polluted with sewage from these cottages, and the water was consequently quite unfit for human consumption. The council desired that the cottages should be supplied from the Wins- ford mains which lay near. A large number of owners and occupiers attended the inquiry, and strongly objected to the scheme on the ground that they had been drinking the water for more than 20 years without any evil effects. ENLARGEMENT OF ST. CHAD'S CHURCH, OVER.—On Wednesday, at the pretty and historic church of St. Chad, Over, near North- wich, the foundation stone was laid of two new vestries and an organ transept, which are being built at a eost of nearly ZI,000, towards which X189 14s. 6d. has been raised, including sub- scriptions of X50 from the High Sheriff of Cheshire, £ 40 from Dr. H. Leak, X40 from Mr. J. H. Cooke, and £ 25 from the Church Building: Society. The splendid restoration, at a cost of S2,000, effected 27 years ago, and the many improvements which have recently been made, mainly dealt with the renovation and perfect- ing of the interior. The lack of vestry accom- modation has long been keenly felt. The ceremony was performed by Mrs. W. H. Verdin, of Darnhall, Hall, and Mr. J. Aldersay Daven- port, after a special service, which was con- ducted in the church by the Rev. H. H. Courtenay, St. Nicholas', Newport. A large number sat down to a parochial tea in the Darnhall Schools. THE SUBSIDENCE OF A CuuucH.-The report of the architect instructed to ascertain the extent of the subsidence of Dane Bridge Parish Church, Northwich, has been received, and sets forth that there is a a very serious settlement in the bnckworth of the vaulting below the sanctuary, causing the abutment of the arch carrying that portion of the sanctuary floor to give way. In other parts there are settlements in the foundation walls which make the con- tinued safety of the sanctuary very doubtful. Owing to subsidence the font has a bearing on only two of its four foundation walls, and these, with settlement, are very critical. No dependence can be placed upon it." The report concludes—"I am of opinion that the only portion of the church which is at present safe— apart from subsidence to use for public worship is the nave between the chancel arch, and the cross aisle in line with the entrance porches westward. I consider that the altar should be moved west of the chancel arch, and all the remaining provision for the services should be arranged within these limits until accommodation can be provided by the erection of a framed building." MEDICAL ATTENDANCE AT ALMSHOUSES.— On Friday, at the meeting of the North- wich Board of Guardians, Mr. W. Boosey presiding, an application was made by Dr. Okell, medical officer of the Winsford district, for an increase of salary on the ground that he was now called upon to attend, as paupers, inmates in the Little Budworth Almshouses. Until recently the managers of this charity had for ten years paid him an average of £9 per annum, but since the trust had been con- trolled by the parish council payment had been refused, and he sought a remedy at the hands of the guardians.—The Clerk said he had examined the charity, and was bound to advise that the trustees were not compelled to provide medical attendance. A lengthy discussion took place, Mr. Ivison (Winsford) and several other mem- bers contending that the inmates of alms-houses, who were in receipt of 2s. 6d. per week, could not be considered destitute. The money was left for maintenance, and they regarded medical attention as an essential part of that mainten- ance. The application for increased salary was rejected by an overwhelming majority, and it was resolved that the opinion of the Charity Commissioners be sought on the points raised, and that, if it was decided to be the duty of the guardians to provide medical attendance, the board should ask for representation on the trust.

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