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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

- THE GENTLE ANARCHIST.

. PERFIDIOUS LANCASHIRE.

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The electors of the East Ward of Saltney are not unanimous on the question of amalgamation with the city of Chester. They decided by a majority of 18 to 11, at a public meeting on Monday night, against amalgamation. Still, from remarks dropped at the meeting, there is reason to hope that, when the facts are brought fully home to the ratepayers of that district, they will see, as some of them already do, that it is to their best interests to come into the city boundary. The Hawarden District Council, under which that portion of Saltney at present exists, would apparently welcome the change as an agreeable relief. The District Council, we believe, would not seriously oppose the transfer, and, whatever may be said to the contrary, there can be no doubt that Saltney would be better looked after from a municipal point of view if it were incorporated with the city of which it already practically, if not nominally, forms a part. We are glad to note that several of the speakers at Monday night's meeting were strongly in favour of the proposal, and we trust that they will be successful in converting many of the opposition to their views. Saltney requires improved sanitation, and Chester with its large resources is the proper authority to afford these improvements. This may be used in the city as an argument for letting Saltney severely alone, because it is no great prize. It would be a sufficient reason, if Chester were proceeding on the narrow, selfish lines of annexing all the fattest, best drained and paved portions 9f the suburbs, but although that reproach has been cast at us in the case of Hoole, it is an unworthy aspersion. Chester is not proceeding on these narrow lines, and the proposed inclusion of Saltney is the best refutation of the allegation that we are seeking to absorb Hoole simply because it is in an admirable state of repair.

CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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