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LATEST NEWS. COURANT Office, Tuesday Evening. THIS DAY'S TELEGRAMS. THE PRICE OF FLOUR. Flour has advanced 2s. to 3s. per sack during the week in Glasgow and Edinburgh. PREPARED FOR THE TRIBESMEN. A Times Simla telegram states that General Ellis is fully prepared to deal with the tribes- men to-day. GIRL'S SHOCKING DEATH. A girl named Alice Gillespie, aged 11 years, daughter of a Newcastle commercial traveller, was playing last night on the Table Rocks at Whitley, near North Shields, when she fell over the cliffs, and was killed. PRIZE FIGHT IN WALES. FATAL TERMINATION. Samuel Mandry and Ivor Thomas, both about 20 years of age, fought last night in a boxing booth in the Pandy field, Rhondda, for JE5. Thirteen rounds were fought under Queensberry Rules. Mandry, who was severely punished, died this morning. NEW COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. The battleship Renown reached Portsmouth to-day from Plymouth, and Vice-Admiral Sir John Fisher hoisted his flag on her, as the new Commander-in-Chief on the North American and West Indies Station. HONOUR FOR MR. BALFOUR. Miss Jessie Mackie, of Dumfries, and Mr. Arthur Balfour, were to-day made burgesses of Dumfries. Miss Mackie is the first lady in Scotland to receive the dis- tinction. It was recorded that the freedom was granted to Mr. Balfour in apprecia- tion of his statesmanship and eminence in literature and learning. THE INDIAN REBELLION. DISQUIETING NEWS. FORT HARD PRESSED. Despatches from the Indian frontier indicate renewed activity on the part of the Afridis, and state that while one body was advancing through the Khyber Pass, others had attacked Ali Musjid and Fort Maude. The Ameer of Afghanistan is reported to have written to the Government of India, denying responsibility for the risings. Colonel Lamb, who was wounded in the recent fighting, succumbed on Monday. The Press Association states that the India Office has received further disquieting tele- grams regarding the frontier troubles. Although the more favourable situation reported in the Malak and district continues the news from Peshawar is less reassuring, and the British force has had to abandon two. forts in the district after being hard pressed In a telegram, dated August 23rd, the Viceroy says:—" Peshawar Fort, Maude, held by the Kyber Rifles is hard pressed." Telegraphing to-day the Viceroy states :—" K Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, opened fire at 3,200 yards the enemy at once retired. Fort Mande was seen in flames. The garrisons of Fort Maude and Jehangerd retired under the covering fire of the artillery. Our casualties, three Kyber Rifles killed. Enemy's loss unknown." Respecting Malakland the Viceroy states that the General commanding Malakland reports: "August 22nd. Seven hundred firearms surrendered. Guts and Vaad Fakir aresaicl to have fled to Mahbaq."
^YO RKAUGUSTMEETING.—TUBSDAT" ZETLAND STAKES.—Red Nob, 1; Charisia, 2; Chapeltown, 3. Six ran. MIDDLETHORPE STAKES.-Chiselhampton, 1; Kendal Queen, 2; Langmoor, 3. Nine ran. PRINCE OF WALES'S PLATE.—Simylla, 1; Airosa, 2; Lady Hetty, 3. Thirteen ran.
WREXHAM CYCLING CLUB. The Wrexham Cycling Club held their cham- pionship meeting on the Wrexham Racecourse on Monday evening, in the presence of a large number of spectators. Details — One Mile Handicap First heat: 1, C. I. Charles, 35 yards; 2, W. Cathrall, scratch. Second heat: 1, R. Naylor, 15 yards; 2, J. H. Fitz- patrick, 180. Third heat: 1, J. Roberts, 200 yards 2, J. Griffith, 50. Final: 1, J. Roberts; 2, C. I. Charles; 3, Cathrall.— Half-mile Obstacle Race-First heat: 1, W. Wright; 2, T. F. Shelby. Second heat: 1, J. G. Bevan; 2, J. Griffiths. Third heat: 1, W. Heath; 2, G. Evans. Final: 1, Heath; 2, Wright; 3, Griffiths and Bevan (dead heat). Won by 35 yards 15 yards between second and dead heaters.—Five Miles' Championship: 1, W. Cathrall; 2, C. 1. Charles; 3, R. Naylor. Only four started, T. F. Shelby being the other competitor. The latter took the lead at the outset, and maintained his position until he had covered sixteen laps, when, having won the lap prize, he retired from the race. Charles then led, Catherall and Naylor respectively being on his heels. They remained in this order until three miles had been covered, when Cathrall went to the front, Charles being second. With four laps to go, the first-named increased the Dace. and a terrific race ensued. Two laps later, Naylor, in endeavouring to pass bis opponents, had a spill, and the race was consequently left to Cathrall and Charles. The former continued to lead, and although Charles made an effort to pass him, Cathrall won by a wheel. Time, 15min. 57sec.
A MAYOR'S ADVIC it.-A curious point bearing upon the licensing law was investigated by the magistrates at Leamington on Monday, when Job Power, of the Greyhound Inn, was sum- moned for selling liquor at Milverton be- tween nine and ten o'clock at night. It turned out that Power was caterer at Milverton Flower Show, for which he obtained from the Leamington magistrates an occasional licence which permitted him to sell between the hours of nine a.m. and nine p.m. An Excise licence also obtained authorised him to sell liquor till.10 p.m. As the defendant found that the show was to remain open until 10 o'clock at night he went to the Mayor of Leaming- ton, who did not think he would do any harm by continuing to sell until that hour.—The Mayor, Dr. Thursfield, went into the box and gave evidence in support of this statement. The magistrates ordered defendant to pay costs.—The Mayor remarked, I will pay," and his worship thereupon handed over the money amid applause. A MOTHER'S CRIME.—A verdict of wilful murder was returned on Monday evening by a coroner's jury at the inquest on the body of Gertrude Dickenson, aged fourteen months, against the mother, Ann Dickenson, a single woman, of Greetland, near Halifax, who on Friday morning jumped into a pond with the child, which she had tied to her back. The fol- lowing letter, which the woman had written to a man named Heys, of Greetland, was read: I am going to do something which you have driven me to do. I really cannot see my way to live any longer. What am I to do with three children ? I have lived a life in misery enough with two. Nobody knows only myself how I have tried to scrape to get them something to eat, and you never asked me if I had enough, or how I did or anything. You have behaved shameful to me all through, and then for you to say that the child is not yours, I can't stand it no longer. I will end it. I will take the child with me. You have ruined me. If only you would have got married it would have saved all this. Good-bye, and take care of Arthur.—A. Dickenson." The i'ury added a rider that Dickenson was driven iy despair to commit the deed.
ANNUAL BREWSTER SESSIONS. (See also page 6.) ♦ EDDISBURY. A LICENCE QUASHED. The annual licensing sessions for the Eddis- bury Petty Sessional Division were held on Monday, at Oakmere, before the following magistrates:—Mr. James Tomkinson, Major Wilbraham, Dr. Smith, Messrs. S. H. Wood- house, R. Bate, and G. R. Davies. Superintendent Johnson, in his report with reference to the conduct of licensed victuallers and beer retailers in the division during the year, said there were 78 licensed victuallers, 38 beersellers, and 12 others who sold 6ff the premises, making a total of 128. There was an average of 254 of the population to each licence. Two licensed victuallers had been proceeded against during the year, one of whom was con- victed, being a decrease of four proceeded against and two convicted compared with the previous year. No beersellers had been pro- ceeded against as compared with two proceeded against in the previous year. For drunkenness 107 persons had been proceeded against, and 99 of them were convicted, as compared with 129 proceeded against and 108 convicted in the previous year. The police objected to the renewal of the licence of Pickerings-o'th- Boat, Crowton, held by Martha Burston. The licensee had been convicted twice of committing drunken- ness, and on one occasion her licence was endorsed. The licensee of the May Pole, Acton, had also been convicted for permitting drunken- ness and supplying drink to drunken persons at a fat stock sale on a farm at Crowley, and the Superintendant explained that the licensee had obt&ined an excise licence to sell in a tent, and he abused the power given him. He was con- victed by the Knutsford magistrates.—Mr. A. Fletcher (Northwich) explained that the case was a peculiar one. He defended the licensee on the occasion. His client bad obtained per- mission to sell at the sale, and on going there he found that the farmer was giving drink away promiscuously. He only took 22s.-The Clerk (Mr. Trafford): It was a bad spec for him.—Mr. Fletcher said the magistrates stated that there was drunkenness, that somebody was responsible, and as his client held the licence they should fine him.—The Superintendent, in reply to the Chairman, said that statement was correct.— The Chairman: We think these extenuating circumstances.—The licence was renewed. In the case of the Pickering's-o'th-Boat, Crowton (or the Boat Inn), tenanted by Martha Burston, Mr. Fletcher objected on behalf of the police, and Mr. R. H. Jackson (Northwich) appeared in support of the renewal on behalf of the tenant, and of the owner, Mr. Darlington, of Coventry.—Mr. Fletcher said the licence was objected to on the following four grounds:— That the house was of a disorderly character, and frequented by persons of bad character; that there had been two convictions against the tenant for permitting drunkenness since the last licensing sessions that the house was not required for the accommodation of the district; and that it was difficult for police supervision, and therofore a resort of idle and drunken persons seeking to evade such supervision. It might he that an element of sympathy might come into the case because the tenant had held the licence for many years, but he contended that if this were an original application for a licence the Bench would not entertain it for one moment; and the justices had precisely the same discretion on an application for a renewal as on an original application, excepting, of course, that the burden of proof was removed from one side to another. The house was formerly close to Pickering's locks, but now the locks had been removed nearer Northwich and therefore whatever might have been urged about the proximity of the locks bringing persons into the neighbourhood no longer existed. In addition, there was no fishing there now, as there were no fish in the river, owing, he supposed, to the manufacturing opera- tions up above. Moreover, he was not quite sure if the class of anglers who went there did not go for a I booze' rather than the recreation of fishing. The house stood on a road which was practically a cul de sac, so that it could not be wanted for any extended public purpose, and it was not wanted for the immediate neighbourhood of Crowton. Within a radius of half-a-mile of the public- house there were only 17 houses altogether- 15 cottages and two farmhouses. Not only was the house not wanted, but it was a nuisance to the neighbourhood. It lay in a hollow, and the police could be seen approaching from a long distance. No legitimate business could be carried on there to pay any occupier. Some time ago a police sergeant complained to the tenant about the character of the persons frequenting the house, and she said I am bound to sell my drink to somebody, and I don't take 30s. a week." Therefore by with-holding the licence, the Bench would not be doing the tenant any injury. If the tenant was obliged to hare a number of idle vagabonds who did not work, and often interfered with other persons who would work, that was not a proper place to be licensed. The Bench bad their duty to do to people who resided in the neighbourhood. In November last a poor man who had been drinking there from between seven and eight in the evening to 10 o'clock, when going home across the locks fell into the river and was drowned. When the police were prosecuting their inquiries, and went into the house, they found a man drunk on the premises. Miss Burston had on more than one occasion been injudicious in dealing with poachers. In 1895 there was a charge of breaking into a pen of pheasants belonging to Mr. Leycester, of Toft, and one pheasant was sold to Miss Burston. She said she had given 2s. for it, but whether it was in kind or money it did not appear; the man said in kind. Some farmers would tell the Bench the difficulty they had with their men especially on Sunday afternoon. The men went there at the opening time and came back absolutely unfit for work. The vicar of Crowton (the Rer. J. F. Phelps) would also speak as to the character of the house.—Supt. Johnson, P.S. Burgess, and P.S. Carter gave evidence to the effect that the house was the resort of poachers, suspected poachers, and con- victed thieves.—Henry Moreton, Crew-wood Farm; Robert Wade, Ashton Grange; Robert Williamson, Crowton; and John Newall, Crow- ton; all farmers, gave it as their opinion that the house was not required.—The Rev. J. F. Phelps, vicar of Crowton, stated that he could not see that any useful purpose was served by the existence of the house.—Mr. Jackson con- tended that for 45 years the house had been properly conducted by defendant and the members of her family, except on the occasion referred to. It was, he submitted, frequently the resort of pleasure parties, and he asked the Bench not to deprive the tenant of her liveli- hood.—In reply to the Chairman, Mr. Jackson aaid the rent of the house was zEl8, and that of the land attached to it was £ 12.—Eyideace was given in support of the application by the tenant, her sister, and the son of the landlord, and ultimately the Chairman announced that the Bench had unanimously decided not to renew the licence. MOLD. MONDAY.—Before Messrs. P. B. Davies-Cooke, B. E. Phillips, Ll. Eaton, E. H. Wain, C. P. Morgan, W. Catberall, H. St. John Raikes, T. Parry, and A. Potts. THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. Superintendent J. Ivor Davies, in his annual report, stated that there were in the division 79 fully-licensed houses, 28 beerhouses, three off beerhouses, and five grocers' licences, making a total of 112 licensed houses. The population, according to the census of 1891, was 14,585, thus giving one licensed house to every 130 inhabi- tants. During the year, four licence holders had been proceeded against and convicted, while 48 persons had been convicted for drunkenness, an increase of 12 as compared with the previous year. THE SALE OF DRINK TO CHILDREN. The Chairman read a letter from the Chief Constable (Major R. T. Webber), drawing the attention of the Bench to a resolution passed by the Flintshire Standing Joint Com- mittee, disapproving of the sale of intoxicating liquors to children under 13 years of age, and expressing the hope that the Bench would give effect to the recommendation. The Chairman said the practice of selling drink to young children was a most pernicious one, and he was sure the Bench were anxious that it should be stopped. MEMORIAL FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL. THE CHAIRMAN AND GROCERS' LICENCES. The Clerk (Mr. Keene) was about to read a memorial from the Mold Parish Council when Mr. J. B. Marston, who appeared on behalf of the Mold and District Licensed Victuallers' Association, objected.—The Chairman: The Bench will listen to what the Parish Council have to say and then you can speak afterwards. The memorial which read as follows was then put in:— The Memorial of the Parish Council of the Parish of Mold Sheweth-That your memorialists are the Council elected by the parishioners of the Rural Parish of Mold, and they feel that they will not be going beyond the scope of their duties if they venture to bring before the notice of the Justices of the Division of Mold,sitting as licensing justices for that division, the great and disproportionate number of licensed houses in the Rural Parish of Mold. The popula- tion of that parish (excluding the Urban District) according to the last census is 6,888, and the number of licensed houses to that population is 39, thus giving one licensed house to every 176 of the population. When the census of 1891 was taken, and before the division of the parish into urban and rural parishes took place, the population of the united parish was 11,885, and the licensed houses in the parish, including grocers' licences, were 103, which shews a proportion of one licence to every 116 of the population. Your memorialists submit that these numbers are greatly out of pro- portion with a healthy state of things, and that this disproportion should be remedied..Your memorialists are strongly of opinion that facilities for obtaining intoxicating liquors encourage their consumption, and that the first step in the great object that all have in view, namely, the diminution of drunkenness, is to remove some of the temptations for indulgence. With this object your memorialists submit that the licensing justices should exert the power which it has been decided that they possess, and should exercise their judicial discretion in deciding not only as to the fitness of licensees to have their licences renewed, but should also take into con- sideration the question as to the necessity of the licensed premises for the accommodation of the locality, and your memorialists urge that the justices shall not renew licences without due consideration of the requirements of the neigh- bourhood. They confidently hope that such a course as that indicated if cautiously, but per- sistently, acted on, would in a short time be attended with the most satisfactory results. Your memorialists also beg to draw attention to the Sunday traffic, which they believe still exists in spite of all the vigilance of the police. And your memorialists will ever pray.—EBENEZER BITHELL (Chairman of the Parish Council), HENRY PARRY and THos. JONES (Members). The CHAIRMAN said that his brother magis- trates would agree with him that the police had hitherto done their duty, and he had no doubt they would continue to do it. They as magistrates had no power to take away licences unless there had been some gross misconduct on the part of those conducting the house. Then they would be only too ready to look carefully into the matter and consider each case on its merits. That there was a great deal of drunken- ness he had no doubt. It was very deplorable, because men who earned large wages, and who might live comfortably, were induced by various means to spend their money, and thereby bring themselves and their families to poverty and ruin. It was the wish of the Bench that the people of the neighbourhood should be prosper- ous-prosperous in knowing how to respect themselves and others, and in spending as little as possible upon the vice of drinking. In regard to drinking, he considered that one of the worst things was the Act passed to enable grocers to have licences. He did not think it was requisite that they should have power to sell intoxicating liquors, as there were plenty of places where liquor could be obtained. From his own observation he could say that in many districts it had induced people who would be ashamed to go into a public-house to go into a grocer's premises, and their get intoxicants to take home. The consequence was that, among women especially, drunkenness was increasing. He hoped the police would assist the memorialists in trying to look after these places as well as (if not better than) they had done hitherto. ALLEGED THEFT OF A RABBIT TRAP. Walter Hurst, farmer, gamekeeper, &c., Tryddyn, charged Wm. Rogers, collier, with stealing a rabbit trap of the value of 4s. between the 26th July and 7th August. Mr. Marston appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. G. H. Simon for the defence.—Mr. Marston said that about a month ago Hurst set some traps on his land, and next morning, between four and five o'clock, he found several of them missing. Defendant was some little distance away the same morning at the same time. On August 13th he saw one of his traps on other land, and after watching, saw defendant come in the evening and take a rabbit out of it. Hurst, in giving evidence, stated that he set about 30 traps and found three missing on July 26th. When defendant took the rabbit out of the trap on August 13th witness went up, and they quarrelled. Defendant had thrown the trap down after shouting to a companion as to whether he should set it again.—For the defence, Mr. Simon said that his client had permission from Mr. Morgan, who had the land next to Hurst's, to take the rabbits on his (Morgan's) land. On August I 13th he found a rabbit in a trap set on the land, and he took it out. He could not tell how the trap came to be set in the place where it was found.—Evidence was called, and after some consideration it was announced that the Bench thought there was an absence of technical proof with regard to the larceny. They could not commit defendant on that charge, but they would commit him to the Sessions on the charge of receiving the trap, knowing it to have been stolen.—Arising out of the case were cross-summonses taken out by Hurst and Rogers, one against the other for assault.—For Rogers Mr. Simon said that Hurst struck him on the head with an oak stick when he took the trap from him.-Evidenco was given on both sides, and the magistrates fined Hurst Is. and costs, and dismissed the cross-summons. LICENSING PROSECUTIONS. Alfred Mather, a young man formerly residing at the Bowling Green Inn, Mold, was summoned for being found drunk on the licensed premises of the Leeswood Arms, Wrexham- street, Mold, on August 11th. Mr. G. H. Bradley prosecuted and Mr. T. W. Hughes (Flint) defended. Mr. Bradley in his opening statement said the police received information about one o'olock on the day in question that defendent bad had to leave the Bowling Green Inn, at which place he formerly resided, and had been seen to go to the Leeswood Arms. Acting- Sergeant Jones, accompanied by P.C. Ferguson, went to the Leeswood Arms and found prisoner there drunk. The landlord in answer to a question denied that Mather had been served with drink in his house, but that statement was subsequently contradicted by the landlady, and also by defendant himself, who admitted having had one glass of beer there. A conversation then took place as to the reason why a man apparently drunk was served in the house, and the landlord thereupon informed the officer that Mather had asked him to write a letter for him. Mather, who was in an almost comatose condition, said he could write as well as the sergeant, and subsequently, for the purpose of shewing that he was capable of writing, Mr. Jones provided him with paper and a pen. He (Mr. Bradley) had the document, and he would produce it. (Laughter.) He saw Mather on this day, a con- siderable time after, and he was bound to say in fairness to defendant that he then seemed to know what he was talking about.—Acting-Sergt. Jones stated that at 1.30 on the 11th of August he visited the Leeswood Arms, and found the defendant there drunk. He said to the landlord, How do you come to serve this man and allow him on your premises ?" The landlord replied," He has not been served here," and also denied that Mather was drunk. Mrs. Jones, the wife of the land- lord, then came on the scene, and after asking what the bother was about, said her husband had been writing a letter for Mather. Witness made some observation, whereupon the defendant jumped up and asked, Do you mean to say that I cannot write ?" He (witness) replied, No, you cannot write now, you are too drunk." Mrs. Jones then gave defendant a pen, ink, and paper, for him to write his name with. He wrote it very badly, whereupon Mrs. Jones said it was not a good pen, and started to hunt for another one. (Laughter.) He produced the writing for the Bench to see. While they were searching for another pen Mather admitted that he could not write then. —Cross-examined by Mr. Hughes: There was no doubt about Mather's being drunk, but wit- ness did not go to the Leeswood Arms with his mind already made up. He supposed there was some doubt in the minds of Mr. and Mrs. Jones as to whether he was intoxicated. He did not know at the time that defendant was lodging there, but he knew now.—P.C. Ferguson, who accompanied the last witness, corroborated.— John B. Marston, solicitor, Mold, who attended on subpoena, stated that he was solicitor to the executors of the late Mr. Andrew Mather, and that on August 11th, in consequence of what was communicated to him, he went down to the Bowling Green Hotel about 12 o'clock. He saw the defendant there, and he told him to leave the premises because he considered he was drunk. He thereupon left the hotel.—Mr. Hughes, for the defence, contended that defendant was not drunk, and said he should submit a direct negative to the whole of the evidence for the prosecution.- Defendant him- self first gave evidence, and denied that he was drunk on the occasion in question. He could not write his name well because he was nervous after the unpleasantness with his relatives. He walked through the passage into the yard, and he afterwards went for a drive, and was quite capable of getting in and out of the trap. -John Jones, landlord of the Leeswood Arms, corroborated, and explained in cross-examina- tion that what he said to the sergeant was that he had not personally served defendant.— Gronwy Owen Thomas, hairdresser, Mary Ellen Evans, sister to the landlady of the Leeswood Arms, Mrs. James, landlady of the Cambrian Hotel, and Edward Meredith, landlord of the Griffin Inn, were called to state that defendant was not drunk.—The Bench considered the case proved, and imposed a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs (21s. 6d.) John Jones, landlord of the Leeswood Arms, was then charged with selling drink to a drunken person.—Mr. Hughes, for the defence, said defendant had to plead guilty in the face of the last defendant's conviction, but it was not a serious case, inasmuch as Mather was only served with one glass of beer, and doubt did exist in the mincLof the landlord as to whether he was drunk or not.—Superintendent Ivor Davies, replying to the Bench, said defendant had only been at the Loeswood Arms six or seven months, and there had been no complaints against him.—The Bench fined defendantgl la. and costs (12s.) The renewal of the licence being formally opposed by Superintendent Davies, was postponed to the Adjourned Licensing Sessions. Richard Jones, landlord of the Rose and Crown Inn, New Brighton, near Mold, was charged with having his house open during prohibited hours. Mr. G. H. Bradley (Mold) conducted the prosecution on behalf of the police, and Mr. T. W. Hughes (Flint) defended. Police-constable Spencer stated that at 11-45 on Saturday night, the 14th inst., he found the back door of the house open, and on entering he discovered two men in the bar, whom he had previously followed across some fields. Lamb said "I hope you will excuse us this time," and as they were leaving the premises, Davies remarked It's a fair catch this time." The house should have been closed at ten o'clock. -The men had each been served with a pint of beer.—For the defence, it was urged that the landlord went out to get firewood and coal, and that while he was out the men walked in at the back. The landlord thought it best to give them a pint of beer each, and let them go.—The Chairman (Mr. P. B. Davies- Cooke) said this was an extremely bad case. Defendant had also admitted having upon his premises a woman and a man. He had been cautioned by the police, and he (the Chairman) thought it was one of the worst cases he had ever heard. The defendant would be fined L5 and costs, and his licence would be endorsed.— Mr. Bradley: I apply for the advocate's fee.— The Chairman: That you shall have.—Mr. Bradley: I also ask that the police have directions to oppose the renewal of the licence at the adjourned licensing sessions.—The Chair- man Very well; it is one of the worst cases I ever heard.-Addressing the Court, the Chair- man said he hoped the decision would serve as a caution to all present to be careful how they used public-houses, and to publicans to see that they conducted their houses properly. The constable deserved commendation for the way in which he had discovered the offence.— William Lamb and Richard Davies, the two men who were found upon the premises, were each fined 40s. and costs, with the alternative of a month's imprisonment. Neither Lamb nor Davies put in an appearance. THEFT OF HALF-A-SOVEREIGN. John Marston, employed at Messrs. Summers' ironworks, Hawarden Bridge, was charged in custody with stealing half-a-sovereign belong- ing to Thomas Jones, labourer, Golftyn.— Prosecutor stated that between two and three o'clock on the previous Saturday, he was in the New Inn, Connah's Quay. There were six others there and prisoner, the latter sitting next to a table. He (prosecutor) called for four pints of beer and put a half-sovereign down in payment, but when Mrs. Bennett came to pick it up it had gone. Prisoner, on being questioned, said he had no gold on him, and offered to allow himself to be searched. He (Jones) put his hand in one pocket, but prisoner would not let him search in the other. He then went for a police-officer, and the officer and he met prisoner.—Andrew Lawsy gave corroborative evidence.—P.S. Pagan deposed to apprehending prisoner, and searching him at the police station, Connah's Quay. He had two florins, a half- crown, and some small money in his trousers pocket, and witness found that he had also a half-sovereign in the lining of his coat.- Prisoner was order to pay £ 1, or go to gaol for a month. NANTWICH. THE MAGISTRATES AND TIED HOUSES. The annual licensing sessions for the Nant- wich division were held on Monday, Mr. James Bayley presiding over a full bench of magistrates. Superintendent Meredith's annual report stated that there were 96 licensed houses in the division, the average of the population to each house being 278. Seven licensed victual- lers were proceeded against, five of whom were convicted, against three pro- ceeded against and two convicted in the preceding year. Of 100 persons proceeded against 96 were convicted of drunkenness, against 98 proceeded against and 93 convicted during the preceding year. Superintendent Meredith called attention to the circular of the Cheshire Standing Joint Committee as to the serving of children under thirteen years of age, and reported the Shakespere Inn, Naatwich, where a child, seven years of age, had been served, The magistrates called the landlord before them, and cautioned him, the Chairman remarking that he regarded the offence as a very serious one.-Mr. Roundell asked for the pro- duction of tenants' agreements in the case of houses which had changed hands during the year. The agreements were submitted, and Mr. Roundell called attention to a clause in the agreement with the tenant of the Bowling Green Inn, Nantwich, which rendered the tenant liable to be turned out if he should do or permit to be done any act whereby the licence was liable to be forfeited. This was a clause bearing with great hardship upon the tenant, and it ought not to be in the option of the brewer to turn out a tenant except solely upon conviction by the magistrates. Personally, he regarded the clause as a most objectionable one.—Subsequently the magistrates adjourned the renewal of the licence in order that a com- munication might be addressed to the brewers calling their attention to the clause.—Mr. Martin applied for the transfer of the licence of the Black Lion Inn, Nantwicb, from John W. Adams to Edward Joinson.—Mr. Martin said that the case was one in which an ex-police sergeant, named Woolley, applied for temporary authority a month ago. On that occasion the magistrates refused the application, because Adams had been convicted of selling to a drunken person, holding that he must appear at the annual licensing sessions. He did not wish to question the wisdom of that action, but he pointed out that that was the first case in which the Nantwich bench had refused temporary authority upon the grounds stated.—Ex-Police Sergeant Woolley entered the box, and said he had not yet given up possession. He took the house from Mr. Heaver (the brewer), and he was objected to now as a tenant because of what was stated in the letter which he had received from Mr. Heaver, and which he had handed to the magistrates. He paid a deposit securing the arrangement, and he was now objected to because of what had come from the Manchester police inquiry. Mr. Martin said Messrs. Heavers' action arose out of the Man- chester inquiry, relative to ex-policemen as publicans.—The transfer was granted to Joinson, but Woolley was informed by the magistrates that no objection was taken to his application because of his having been a police officer.-The police objected to the renewal of the licence of the White Hart, Hough, the principal grounds of objection being that between 1894 and 1897 the landlord Jabez Maddocks, had been fined for permitting gaming, for being drunk on his own premises, and for permitting drunkenness. There was a further objection that the house was not required.— Several policemen gave evidence to prove that the house was little used, and one of them, P.C. Royle, stated that the conviction for gaming was for playing dominoes with a police constable, the latter being the witness, who visited the house in plain clothes.—Evid- ence in favour of the renewal was given by the Chairman of the Parish Council, who said the latter body held their meetings at the White Hart, and several residents. The applica- tion was granted, but the defendant was cautioned as to the future conduct of the house.—Superintendent Meredith called atten- tion to the licensed house known as the Basford Hotel. This house had not been used as a public-house for the past thirty years, although ttte certificate had been renewed each year. The house was occupied by Mrs. Thomas Emberton.—The police having served no notice of objection, the certificate was again granted. —An application for permission to extend the Railway Inn, Nantwich, belonging to the Wilderspool Brewery Company, was made, in conjunction with an application for the transfer of the licence to a new tenant.—The magis- trates elicited that the house was one for which an application for a licence had already been refused.—The transfer was granted, but the Bench declined to express any approval as to the extension. RUTHIN. Before the Rev. Chancellor Bulkeley Jones, chairman, and other justices, on Monday, the annual Brewster Sessions for the Ruthin petty sessional division was held. Superintendent Hugh Jones, of Denbigh, reported that there were 61 licences in the division, and the popula- tion as in 1891 would give an average of about 167 persons to each licence. Forty persons were proceeded against for being drunk during the year, including one Sunday case, and there were 39 convictions, shewing a decrease of four. Two convictions had been recorded against the White Bear Inn, Ruthin, in the twelve months, and in the last case the licence was endorsed. The King's Head Inn, Ruthin, had been empty for over twelve months. In view of a repre- sentation from the Denbigh branch of the Church of England Temperance Society, the Chairman intimated to the licence-holders in the division that the bench desired that they should exercise a careful discretion as to the serving of liquor to children of tender age. The case of the King's Head was adjourned for notice to be served on the owner, Mr. Gilbert, of London, that it was proposed to withdraw the licence. Mr. Edward Roberts, for the Old Mold Brewery Company, Limited, applied for the transfer of the licence of the White Bear to T. R. Jones, of Mold, but this was refused, the effect being to take away the licence from the house. The remaining licences were renewed.
TARVIN. THE BISHOP AT ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH.—On Sunday evening the parishioners of Tarvin had the pleasure of hearing in St. Andrew's church the Lord Bishop of Chester. There was a very large congregation. The bishop took the whole of the service. He preached an excellent sermon on the life and conduct of King Reho- boam, King of Judah, and the lessons to be learned from it. It was rather singular that on the previous Sunday evening the vicar preached a sermon on the life and conduct of King Solomon, Rehoboam's father.
0 KINGSLEY. ORGAN OPENING.—A special service was held in the Kingsley Parish Church on Friday, the occasion being the opening of the new two- manual organ, recently built by Mr. Whitely, of Chester. The preacher was the Rev. Arthur Woods, M.A., vicar of Christ Church, Somer's Town, London, who gave an appropriate dis- course on Worship, true and false.' The pro- cessional hymn was All people that on earth do dwell,' and the recessional was 'Lights above celestial Salem.' The church was well filled. The offertory was in aid of the organ restoration fund, and amounted to £ 19 lis. 3d. The organ recital given by the Rev. A. Miles Moss, nephew of the vicar (the Rev. A. P. Reynolds) was much appreciated.
BUNBURY. PRESENTATION.—P.S. Bailey, for some years stationed at Bunbury but recently promoted to the rank of sergeant at Lymm, has been the recipient of a handsome timepiece and a purse containing ten guineas. The timepiece bears the inscription Presented to P.S. Thomas Bailey by the inhabitants of Bunbury as a mark of their appreciation of the kind and efficient way in which he has discharged his duties during the last four years. August 18th, 1897." The presentations were made by the Rev. W. A. Edwards, vicar, who spoke in the highest terms of the way in which P.S. Bailey's duties had been performed while at Bunbury. The recipient, who had also been presented with a gold scarf pin, the gift of Mr. S. Challinor, Beeston, briefly acknowledged the presents, and thanked the subscribers for their generosity.
FRODSHAM. THE PRICE OF BREAD.—Owing to a large increase in the price of Hour the master bakers are again raising the price of bread, making the price of a 41b. loaf 5. PARISH COUNCIL MEETING.—The monthly meeting of the Frodsham Lordship Parish J Council was held in the boys' school, Overton, on Monday evening when the following were present: Messrs. R. Bate, Shepherd, Lewis and 'ryley, with Mr. Diggle (surveyor), Mr. Ashton (clerk), Mr. Farrington (nuisance inspector.)— On the proposition of Mr. Carter, seconded by Mr. Lewis, a new sewerage scheme for Five Crosses was adopted. The first section will commence at a point opposite the Vicarage, and be carried to Mr. Ockleston's the second section at Mr. Ockleston's, and be carried to Mr. Carter's main entrance; the third section at Mr. Carter's main entrance, and be carried to a point opposite Mr. Davies', grocer, Five Crosses, at a cost of X500, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board. A deputation afterwards waited on the meeting, consisting of the following gentlemen:—Messrs. Linaker, Williams, Earlam, and Riley, asking for half-payment of lighting the lamps in Red- lane.—Mr. Carter proposed that this be done. Mr. Lewis seconded, and it was carried unani- mously.
NANTWICH. A STEAM ROAD ROLLER.—At the District Council meeting on Saturday, it was resolved to purchase a steam roller for use on the district roads. During the past twelve months the sum of JE256 had been paid for the hire of a steam road roller, and it was estimated that one could be purchased for about X400, so that the outlay would soon be recouped. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At this Board, held on Saturday, the Rev. Canon Blackburne pre- siding, Mr. C. B. Davies brought forward the question of having a new silver plate engraved and attached to the oil portrait presented to the late Mr. Thomas Bateman, of Chorley, some ten years ago, which hangs in the board-room, in appreciation of his services as a guardian from the formation of the Nantwich Union in 1837 to 1894. Mr. Davies stated that such a period of sustained public service was unique in England, and he suggested that a small committee should be appointed to carry out his proposal.—The proposition was unanimously agreed to. SAVAGE ASSAULT BY A FARMER'S WIFE.-At the Petty Sessions, on Monday, Sarah Ann Noden, wife of a farmer residing at Hatherton, was charged with assaulting Mary Peters. Complainant at the time of the assault was a servant in defendant's employment. The defen- dant complained that the complainant was slow with her work. The complainant accidentally let fall a milking utensil, whereupon, it was alleged, the defendant, with the remark, If you knock my property about I'll knock you about," attacked complainant with a shovel, hitting her serious blows on the head and inflicting injuries which caused her to faint.— Defendant was fined E2.
HAWARDEN. TRAP ACCIDENT.-On Saturday a trap in which were several occupants, while trying to pass between a standing brake and van near the Coffee House, Hawarden, collided with one of the vehicles, and both shafts were broken. The occupants were thrown out, but only one, Mrs. Phillips, was injured. HAWARDEN INSTITUTE.—The council of the Hawarden Institute were on Friday the recipients of an excellent gift of over 700 books and five walnut bookcases, left by the late Mr. William Jones, of Herne Hill, London. This gift will prove a boon to the members. The festival, next Saturday, will be held in Hawarden Park, the proceeds to be devoted towards the large outlay necessary to meet the management expenses. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.—The subscribers to this school will be glad to learn that the plans and specifications prepared by Messrs. Grayson and Ould, architects, Liverpool, have been approved by the Local Government Board. The school governors will now be able to put the work into the handa of contractors, and thus have a more comfortable building than the temporary school at present held in the Hawarden Gymnasium. The new site is situ- ated along the main road between Hawarden and Ewloe, and opposite the bye-road leading from Aston and Queen's Ferry. The school will provide accommodation for over 40 pupils of both sexes. The building will extend 130 feet from east to west, with a northerly aspect.
ELLESMERE PORT. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Saturday afternoon the children and teachers belonging to the church were entertained to tea in a field lent by Mrs. Platt. Under the superintendence of the vicar (the Rev. W. Bidlake), the undertaking was very successful. Previous to marching to the field a short service was held in the church. Three cheers for Mrs. Platt concluded a very happy gathering.
HOLD. COTTAGE HOSPITAL SERMONS.—On Sunday, at the Parish Church, special sermons were preached in aid of the Mold Cottage Hospital. The preacher at the morning service was the Very Rev. Dean Hole, who selected as his text Matthew x., 35. After touching upon the uses of Christianity, apart from preaching and teaching, the preacher dealt with it as a religion of love, and exhorted his hearers to almsgiving from feelings of gratitude and blessings received. In the evening the Rev. Canon Atkinson (Highfield) occupied the pulpit, and preached from 2 Corinthians viii., 1, 2, 3, 4. At both services Gounod's anthem, 'Come unto Him,' and special hymns were sung, and in the evening Sydenham's service was used.
WREXHAM. ALLEGED BICYCLE ROBBERY.—On Saturday, at Wrexham Borough Police Court, Frederick Hudson, alias Gavoli, of Rothesay, Scotland, and recently manager of the London Photo- graphic Society, Hope-street, Wrexham, was in custody charged with having stolen a bicycle, valued at CB, the property of Mr. J. E. Powell, ironmonger, Town Hill, Wrexham.— The evidence of Bertie Davies, an assistant in the employment of Mr. Powell, was to the effect that prisoner came to the shop on July 27th and hired a bicycle for the afternoon, and the machine bad not been returned. Witness was shewn a photograph some time ago with three men on it, and he picked one out as the man who hired the bicycle. He could not swear that the prisoner was the man, but he was very like him.—Another assistant also said that as far as he could say the prisoner was very like the man who hired the bicycle.- P.S. Tippett said he received the prisoner from the Rothesay police, and charged him with having stolen the bicycle. He replied, "I will easily disprove that, when I get to Wrexham. What do I want with a bicycle when. I cannot ride one ? "—Prisoner was re- manded.
TARPORLEY. SUCCESSFUL POULTRY FANCIER.—At the Royal Lancashire Show held at Barrow-in- Furness, Mr. Joseph Lewis, of Cotebrook, won in the game classes :-1 and 2, black red cockerels 2 and 3, pile cockerels; 1 and 2, pile pullets; 1 and 2, selling class, any variety; also the silver cup for the best game bird in the show. FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' GALA.—The fourth annual united demonstration of the Shepherds, Foresters, Oddfellows, and Rechabites Friendly Socteties was held on Monday. The day was dull, but happily no rain fell to mar the proceedings, and the gala was as successful as its predecessors. A good attendance of mem- bers of the four societies assembled at noon at Mr. Cluett's field, and, formed in the following order, Tarporley and Clotton Brass Band, Odd- fellows, Rechabites, Shepherds, Tarporley Brass Band, and Foresters, they paraded the town with their respective banners, regalia, and attended church, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Ven. Archdeacon Lewis. On coming out of the church the members pro- ceeded to the field, where some 200 partook of a knife and fork tea. The remainder of the day was spent in amusement, there being an ex- cellent programme of sports, balloon ascents, dancing and pyrotechnic display, Mr. Farrell's elcetric light, hobby horses, &c. Details of the sports are appended: 120 yards handicap (open): 1, F. C. Dean, Tarvin 2, J. Jones, Winsford; 3, A. Burston, Tarporley. 120 yards handicap (local) A. 1, Burston; 2, H. Dodd 3, W. Dean. 100 yards handicap (juveniles under 12): 1, J. Ledwards; 2, R. Prince; 2, R. Bebbington. 120 yards handicap, juveniles under 14: 1, R. Prince; 2, A. Armstrong; 3, W. Prince. Egg and spoon: 1, S. Livesley; 2, E. Smart; 3, H. Wright. Sack race: 1, J. Hunt; 2, H. Murray; 3, G. Blair. Obstacle Race: 1, H. Wright; 2, S. Wright; 3, W. Dean. Potato race: 1, J. Hinde; 2, J. Smith 3, F. Pawley. Girls' race: 1, N. Lovett; 2, E. Billington 3, J. Clarke. 440 yards handicap (open) 1, F. Dean; 2, R. E. Swift, Little Sutton; 3, J. Hallmark (Winsford) and W. Dutton (Tar- porley), deat heat. Egg and spoon (committee): 1, E. Wilkinson; 2, G. Walker; 3, R. Cluett. The prizes were distributed by Lady Cecily Hamilton and the Earl of Haddington. The sports committee and their hon. secretary (Mr. E. Wilkinson), Mr. J. Pickering (starter), and the Rev. F. Clifton Smith, Dr. McCulloch, and Mr. R. Cluett (judges), deserve praise for the satisfactory manner in which the races were conducted, as also do the general committee and their hon. sec. (Mr. J. J. Daine), for their endeavours in successfully carrying out their tasks.
A WELSH CYCLIST'S RECORD.—James Michael, the well-known Welsh racing cyclist, defeated Frank Starbuck, a crack racer from Philadel- phia, at Manhattan Beach, U.S., on Saturday, in a thirty-three-mile race. He won by nearly three miles, and cut many American cycling records. His time was 66 mins. 14 3-5 sees. OUTRAGE BY ARMENIANS. An explosion occurred at Constantinople on Wednesday after- noon, outside the Grand Vizier's Department, by which one man was killed and several others were injured. At the same time an Armenian was arrested at the Ottoman Bank while trying to set fire to a parcel of explosive matter which he carried, and another Armenian was appre- hended after having made an attempt to explode a bomb outside the Galata Serai Barracks at Pera. ALLEGED FALSE PRETENCES AT WINSFORD.— On Monday, at the Middlewich Police Court, Wm. Brown, alias Dr. Holme, a distinguished- looking person, attired in a blue serge coat and vest, corduroy breeches, and brown leggings and boots, and wearing a brown check cap, was charged with obtaining food and lodgings at the London and North- Western Hotel, Winsford. by false pretences. Miss Parker stated that she was in charge of the hotel on Tuesday when the defendant arrived, and told her that he was a doctor of medicine, that he had a house at Llandudno, which he had left in charge of his housekeeper, and that he had driven from there to Chester, where he had had a breakdown. He engaged a room. Miss Griffiths, the proprietress of the hotel, stated that she arrived home on Tuesday. She requested defendant to settle his account, and he stated that he expected a cheque on the following morning, and he would then pay his bill. At noon on Friday he went out and did not return. Police-sergeant Thcmas proved arresting prisoner at Northwich on Sunday, and finding on him an unsettled bill from the Brine Baths Hotel, Nantwich, for R13 7s. Id. Prisonei was remanded to the Petty Sessions on Wednesday. IRELAND'S SOCIAL FIGURES: HIGHEST MAR- RIAGE RATE FOR YEARS. The marriages registered in Ireland during 1896 numbered 23,055, and according to the Registrar-General's report these shew the highest rate since 1871. The birth rate was the highest since 1884. The death rate was the lowest since 1871. The excess of births over deaths was 31,941, but the loss by emigration was greater, viz., 38,995, so that notwithstanding the cheerful vital facts above stated, there would appear to have been a decrease of 7,054 in the population during the year. The bulk of the emigrants were aged between 15 and 35, the best muscle of the country. The percentage of persons married in Ireland who were under age is very far below the corresponding rates in England and Scot- land. Only 2.6 per cent. of the children born were illegitimate. Ulster had the highest ille- gitimate birth rate, 3.7, and Connaught was as low as 0.6. Looking at this question from the point of view of counties, Antrim has the highest rate, 31.2 per 1,000.
Cijestn Stock antr Sffare Hist. Reported by Messrs. EDWARDS, SON, & W ARMSLBY, 29, Eastgate Row (North). Chester. Chester Corpora- price* Ion Chester Gas'-Com:3i% Irredeemable Stock.£10.j-110 Chester Gas Com. pany 10 A Ordinary Stock. £ 235—240xd '» •» B&C„ „ .iltjO—lti4 Chester "water- Gou- St<^ **05-210 works Co 7\ Consolidated Stock. £ 180—185 *• »» »» • New Ordinary Stock, 6 t Haw'd'n A District Water Company ICIO Shares, fully paid.par Nat. Prov. Bank of England Lim. £ 75 Shares, £ 1010s. paid £ 47—48 Do. do A;W Share8. ^12 paid £ 65—56 North and South WalesBank Lim. £40 Shares, jBlO paid £ 32 5-16—M2 9-16 Parr's Bank Lim. tlOo Shares, £20 paid £ 92 -92k xd92i Liverpool Union. £ 100 Shares, £ 20 paid £ 584—59 » kim £ 50 Shares, £ 8 paid £ 27—28 Bank of Liverpool. £ 100 Shares, £ 12ft „ £ 38—38t British Law, Life, Fire Insurance.. tlO Shares, £1 paid tli-2 Chester Boat Co. iClO Shares, fully paid £ 13 15 Chester Cocoa House Co £5 „ £ 4 11 z log. »i •• ,1 £ 5 I. £ 3 Chester General Cemetery Co. £ 5 „ ChesterGrosvenor Hotel Co £20 „ 0" .£50 ChesfrNewMusio Hall Co £ 25 „ „ oon Chest'rNorthgate Brewery Co Ordinary £ 10Shares,fully pd.. £ ll—114 6% Pref. £ 10Shares,fully pa £ l2j—13 Chester Queen BailwayHotelCo £ 20 Shares, fully paid £ 3J-33 £ 20 £ 10 £ 16—17 Chester Steam 17 Laundry Co. £5 £ 4 10s £ 5 1011- 6 Chester Tramway Co 4010 „ .fully „ Chester Kace Co. £100.. £ 75 £ 150 Walker, Parker & Co Shares, fully paid, 6 Cum. Pret A:1-5 4| Debentures j_gy HalkynMinuigCo. £ 1 Shares, fully paid.V. £ 10- £ l2 Halkyu Drainage 1 £ 1° Shares. fully £ 21-23 East Halkyn Min- ing Co tl „ ,15;. „ 17/6 Bouthualkyumiu- ing Co el fully" .20/21/- £ 1 „ 13/- „ 12/ 11/^ NorthHendre Mining Co £ 2 10s. Shares, „ £ 6—7 RiiosesmorNiiie jCl „ fully paid Talacre Mining Co.21 19/3 paid .14s.—16s, Isle ofMan Mining 'tuHy P'l'd Co. (Foxdale) Mines 45 „ „ £ 49-16—413-16 » » 7i Pref. £ 25 Shares, £ 1710a ud.i;2b l'J-30 1ft £ 1 „ 10s. „ Llanarmon Mining Co iel „ 19/. »i ii £1 Pref., fully
Jftarfcets anb jfatrs. "'$" LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY.—Wheat good trade at 8d. to 9d. over Friday; No. 1 Californian 8s. 6d. to 8s. 7d., spring 8a. 6d. to 8s. 8d. Beans unchanged. Peas 4s. Bid. to 4s. 9d. Oats unchanged. Maize slow trade at 4d. over Friday; old mixed 3s. 6!d. to 3s. 7d., new 3s. bid. to 3s. 6 £ d. Flour 4s. over Friday; patent 35s. 6d. to 36s. 6d., bakers 30s. 6d. to 31s. 6d. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. — At market: Cattle, 2,357, with fair demand. Sheep and lambs, 15,583, with choice scarce and dearer. Calves, 125, inferior qualities dull. Quotations Cattle, 5d. to 6id sheep, 6d. to 8 £ d.; lambs, 7d. to 8id.; calves, 5d. to 6 £ d. per lb. WREXHAM CATTLE, MONDAY.—There was a good supply of stock at the market to-day and a satisfactory clearance was affected. Beef made from 5d. to 6jd. Both mutton and lamb were cheaper, full £ d. per lb., mutton making from 6d. to 7 £ d., and lamb from 7d. to 7Jd. Bacon pigs realised from 7s. 6d. to 8s. per score lbs. Store bullocks made from JE9 to 911 15s. each, and barrens from R.8 to zElO. LIVERPOOL CATTLE, MONDAY.—There was a considerable increase in the supply of cattle in market to-day, notwithstanding which there was a firmer tone for all classes, prime heifers making up to per lb. There were also more sheep and lambs on offer. Demand very alow, and in very few cases were late rates maintained. Quotations Beef, 6!d. to 4d. j Scotch mutton, 7!d. to 6d. Irish mutton, 6!d. to 5d. lambs, 6!d. to 7jd. per lb. LONDON CATTLE, MONDAY.—Full average supply in beast market, but really choice beasts very scarce, these consequently made late rates; all other descriptions met a dull trade at 2d. per 81b. decline. Fat bulls steady fat shed cows lower. Top value primest Hereford, 4s. 6d. Runts, 4s. 4d. to 4a. 6d. per BIbs. Sheep trade slow for wethers at declining rates best quality ewes being scarce made last week's rates. Less demand for lambs at lower and irregular prices. Pigs very slow. Prices :—Beef, 2s. 4d. to 4s. 6d. mutton, 3s. 8d. to 5s. 8d.; pork, 2s. 6d. to 4s.; lamb, 5s. 6d. to 6s. 2d. per 81b. MANCHESTER FAT PIG, MONDAY.—There was-& fair supply, but the demand was slow. Prices First-class, 98. second-class, 8s. 6d. to 8s. 8d.; third class, 6s. 9d. to 7s. 3d. per score of 201b. MANCHESTER HAY AND STKAW, MONDAY.- Hay (old) 5Jd. to 5|d., ditto (new) 4 £ d. to 4id • closer (old) 6d. to 6 £ d., ditto (new), 5d to 6d • straw (oat) 4Jd. to 5d. per stone of 141bs. BRADFORD WOOL, MONDAY.—Very little change- to report, but tone generally brighter and prices quite steady. In yarns the export trade continues very slow, and spinners complain of the difficulty of getting particulars; spinners as a rule are not making heavy stocks, preferring to stop machinery; prices are exceedingly low. The home trade is a little better. The autumn piece trade is looking up. LIVERPOOL CORN, FRIDAY.—Wheat better trade,, and 3d. to 4d. over Tuesday; No. 1 Californian, 7s. lOd. to 7s. 11.; spring, 7s. Bid to 7s. 91d. Western winter, 7a. 6d to 7s. 8d. Beans, 3d. easier; Saidi, 25s. to 25s. 3d. Peas, 4s. 8d. Oats, Id. over Tuesday white, 2s. 9d. to 2s. lid. Maize, quiet, trade about Jd. over Tuesday old mixed, 3s. 2d. to 3a. 2id.; new, 3s. lid. to 3s. 2d. Flour, 6d. over Tuesday. LONDON CORN, FRIDAY.—Wheat 2s. 6d. dearer. Flour 2s., maize 6d, and barley 3d. Oats firm. Other articles without material change. Amerioan quotations of wheat and corn came somewhat, lower. CHESTER CATTLE, THURSDAY.-A good supply of all descriptions of store stock, but no fat cattle The attendance of buyers was not large, owing to farmers being busy with the harvest. Trade however, except for dairy stock, was not unsatis- factory, and holders, anticipating a speedy improvement in the demand, held very firmly to their prices. A moderate show of sheep, both in quantity and quality, but there was scarcely any enquiry, and quotations were unchanged from those current the past week or two. Prices:- Milch cows, X12 to £ 20; calvers, X13 to 918. barrens, 910 to £12; heifers, JE8 to 913; stirks: X5 to 27; sheep, 18s. to 32s. CHESTER HORSE, THURSDAY.—The supply of horses was large but contained only a small propor- tion of good class, in either the light or heavy horses. Numerous buyers were present, and the demand for anything shewing quality was brisk, and prices satisfactory. For inferior horses trade was slow and quotations very irregular, many lots in these classes remaining unsold. Prices :—Best draught horses, R60 to X75 good cart horses, X35 to iE52 trap horses, 915 to E28 ponies, £5 to E12. CHESTER CBEESE.—This fair was held on Wednesday. Mr. R. Challinor, secretary to the Cheshire Dairy Farmers' Association, reports upon it as follows :—The pitoh was about 55 tons. The attendance of buyers was very good, the Lancashire and Yorkshire districts being well represented. At the opening an improved inquiry was noticeable for fine lots, but the general tone of the market was hardly up to expectations. It may be accounted for by the fact that the bulk of the cheese pitched was somewhat affected by the extreme heat of the last few weeks. However by eleven o'olock a good clearance was effected' at the following pricesCommon, 38s. to 44s medium, 45s. to 48s.; good Cheshire, 50s. to 54a which shews an improvement of 2s. or 3s. on the previous fair. Prices at the corresponding fair last year were 38s. to 57s. per cwt.; pitch, 50 tons. Among the buyers present I noticed representa- tives of the following flrms :-Messrs. J. C. Boothby, Collinge and Sons, Davies and Kendall, Scragg, Wood and Locket, the Co-operative Whole- sale Society, T. Wilson, Wignall and Company, Dobell and Company, Bennett Bros., R. W. Han- cook and Company, Smilie and Son, Gillman and Sons, Goodwin, Bamber and Rowe (all of Man- chester), J. Griffiths, C. W. Dutton, W. Roberts, C. Millington, J. Lightfoot, S. Coppack, Thompson,, Son, and Clemence, W. H. Ankers (all of Chester), Gibbs, Jones, C. Griffiths (Northwich), Emberton Bros., J. Thomas, Bostock and Sons, R. Pedley- (Crewe), Lewis and Sons, Jones (Market Drayton), W. Burgess (Whitchurch), Thompson and Sons, J. Weaver (Liverpool), Shore (Frodsham), Williamson Bros., Smith, Whittaker (Bradford), Cookson (Bunbury), Piatt and Dobell (Wem), Garstone and Sons (Sheffield), Ellens and Sons (Leeds), and others. CHESTER CORN, SATURDAY.—Any old wheat on offer to-day commands an advance of about 6d. per bushel from recent currencies, doubt- less in sympathy with the foreign article which has been excited during the present week, prices having risen considerably. New crop oats of capital quality are shewn. Old oats scarce and bring full rates. All other grain in small supply at steady prices. Indian corn is about 3d. per 2401b. higher. Quotations.- I NSW. CM. [S. D. S. D. 8. O. R. r> Wheat, white per 751b. 0 0 to 0 0*0 0 to 5 6 Wheat, red 751b. 5 0 5 24 10—5 4 MaltingBarley. „ 600>. 0 0 — 0 00 0—0 0 Grinding do „ 6ith. 0 0—0 00 0—0 0 Oats 461b. 2 2 — 2 40 0—0 0 Beans 801b.j 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 — 5 0 Indian Corn 240th. lo 0 — 9 30 0 — 9 6 Printed and published for and on behalf of the Cheshire and North Wales Newspaper Company, Limited, by JAMES ALBERT BIRCHALL, at the Chester Courant Office, 8, Bridge-street, in the City of Cheater.- WXDHESSAT, August 25. 1897.
KELSALL. CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL TRIP.—The church Sunday school had their annual outing on Thursday. This year their destination was Overton Hills. The party left Kelsall at 9 a.m. and were conveyed in shandries kindly lent by Messrs. S. Lewis, Benjamin Dutton, James Williams, Thomas Nicholas, William Ruscoe, Henry Fleet, John Lightfoot, and Richard Sutton. Dinner was served at 12 o'clock, after which all had a ramble along the hills or enjoyed a ride on the donkeys until tea. The party arrived at home at 7.30, well pleased with the day's outing.