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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

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A IS IT INDOLENCE?

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A IS IT INDOLENCE? To-day the Dee mussel fishing opens after the annual close time. The protection afforded to this department of the fisheries of the Dee has, so far, yielded admirable results, and in a day or two we hope to hear of fishermen earning a well-deserved reward. A year ago, in com- menting on the opening of the mussel season, and pointing out the golden harvest that was being gathered from the slimy mud-banks of Dawpool, we drew public attention to the fact that while the fishermen of Parkgate, Connah's Quay, Flint, and Bagillt were flocking to the mussel beds, not a single Chester boat was in evidence. That happened at the close of a poor salmon season, and it was commented upon as an evidence of shiftlessness on the part of our Handbridge fishermen that they did not bestir themselves to participate in the good luck of their brethren in the lower reaches. If the matter was a subject for surprise then, it is infinitely more so now, at the close of the most disastrous salmon season within recent years, and at a time when a public subscription has been opened for the relief of the Chester fisher- men. It is not as if any great capital were required to enable the fishermen to engage in the mussel industry. As our correspondent in another column states, all the tackle required by a fisherman, in addition to his boat, is a long rake. It cannot, therefore, be a matter of gear that prevents the Handbridge fishermen from following the mussels. We should be loth to think that laziness or want of enterprise is accountable for this apathy, but unless some satisfactory explanation is forthcoming at an early date, the public will form an opinion the reverse of flattering to the local toilers of the deep which cannot but adversely affect the sub- scription which is now being raised to aid them in their sad distress through the failure of the salmon fishing. »

EAST DENBIGHSHIRE.

VOLUNTEERS AS 'SCORCHERS.'

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CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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