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LANCASHIRE AND THE DEE FISHERIES.¡…

A LUNATIC'S HALLUCINATIONS.…

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THE EXTENSION OF THE CITY.

CHESTER ROYALTY THEATRE. 4

CYCLING ACCIDENT AT GRESFORD.…

THE CHESTER FOOTBALL MUDDLE.…

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FESTIVITIES AT MALPAS. 0

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COURT MARTIAL AT CHESTER.…

MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT CHESTER.…

CHESTER PUBLICAN'S CRUELTY.…

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STATE-AID TO HORSE-BREEDING.…

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WHAT 'THE WORLD' SAYS. -------4-

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WHAT 'THE WORLD' SAYS. 4- The good wishes of the whole Army will follow Prince Francis of Teck to the Soudan, whither he has gone to join Sir Herbert Kitchener s staff as a special service officer. It was only recently that he was appointed A.D.C. to Major-General Sir William Galbraith, commanding the Quetta District. This appoint- ment he resigned in order to see active service. The appointment of Sir Evelyn Wood as Adjutant-General to the Forces may now be considered quite settled upon, although even yet it has not been finally approved. The question of Sir Evelyn's successor in the Quartermaster-Generalship is still shrouded in some doubt, for it is no secret that difficulties have arisen which may cause official plans again to be upset. The trustees of the late Mr. Betham have let Moffat House, his residence in Dumfriesshire, to Mr. Whiteley, M.P. for Stockport, together with about two thousand acres of shooting. Moffatt House had been leased for a long term by Mr. Betham from Mr. Hope-Johnstone of Annandale. Launch-owners may be interested to know that Sir Douglas Stright took his steam launch, The Indiana, fifty-four feet long by seven feet one inch wide, through the Oxford Canal, stopping at Banbury, Rugby, Stafford, Wolver- hampton, Market Drayton, and so on to Chester. The trip, which was done leisurely and occupied a fortnight, was successful in every way. The hotels were excellent, the scenery, especially approaching Chester, was lovely, the lock- keepers gave every assistance, and the bargees, though surprised to see such a craft on their waters, were friendly and considerate. How much longer are we to wait for a settlement of the difficulty which so seriously affects the Militia Service? Most regiments are now in need of many company officers. This is not as it should be. The Militia is a reserve the value of which cannot be denied, and it seems the height of folly to relegate it to the position of a veritable nobody's child in our military system. The studied neglect of the Constitutional Force is not to be defended on any grounds. The command of the Mersey Volunteer Infantry Brigade has become vacant by the retirement of Colonel Shinkwin. It is customary on the part of some papers to designate the officers holding these commands as brigadier-generals. But there is an error, for both in the Army List and the London Gazette they are shewn to be colonels only. Nor indeed could they very well hold the higher rank even if it were desired to confer it upon them, as it would result in wholesale supersession of Line colonels. Butterstone House, Perthshire, the place where Mr. Armitstead will next month enter- tain Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone, is about four miles from Dunkeld on the road to Blairgowrie. The house, which is a modern building in the Scottish baronial style, has several very fine rooms, with oak floors and ceilings, and the pan- nelled walls of the hall are adorned with stags' heads. The house is surrounded by woods, and commands some splendid views, including an unbroken prospect of the beautiful country between Birnam Hill and Dunsinane. Butterstone Loch is in front of the house on the south side, and the picturesque lochs of Clunie and Marlee are within a short distance. The scenery for miles round is very attractive, and the country is richly wooded and has much rock and water. The Butter- stone estate, of eight hundred acres, was pur- chased about thirty years ago by Mr. Andrew Lowe, of Dundee (grandfather of the present proprietor), from Mr. Leslie, who also owned the adjoining property of Butterglen. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone are to arrive at Butterstone early next week.

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