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return BTARP. Sales by MEsSiiS. CHURTON, ELPHICK, ROBERTS, A RICHARDSON. Sept. 1- At the Manor, Mickle Trafford -Farming Stock, Depasturage, Furniture, &c. Sept.—At the Auction Mart, Foregate-strect Household Furniture and Effects By MR J. J. CUNNAR. Sept. 7-At the Smithfield, Chester-Fat and Store Stock Sept 8—At the Smithfield, Hooton-Fat and Store Stock Sept- 11—At thfi Grosvenor Hotel, Chester—Fully- Licensed Property at Mold By MESSRS. PICKERING & NIGHTINGALE. Sept. 4-At the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester—Land and Dweliing-Houses at Farndon, Aldford, Ac. By MR. H. H. ETCHES. Sept. 8—At Glutton Lower Farm, Broxton—Shrop- shire Rams, Ewes, and Lambs By MESSRS. W. DEW & SON. Sept. 17-At the Plough Hotel, St. Asaph—Free- hold Farm in the Vale of Clwyd By MESSRS. W. G. PREECE & SON. Sept. 8-At qlirewsbury-Rams and Ewes N' .N-" SALES bg SUCTION. This Day (Wednesday). THE MANOR, MICKLE TRAFFORD, near CHESTER. MESSRS. CHCRTON, ELPHICK & CO. have been favoured with instructions from Mr. John Beech, who is leaving the neighbourhood, to SELL BY AUCTION, on WEDNESDAY, Sept. 1st, 1897, the whole of the valuable Live and Dead FARMING STOCK including- 16 Choice DAIRY COWS and HEIFERS, in milk and to calve 12 Coloury Yearling HEIFERS 2 Pedigree BULLS, Barren HEIFER Half-bred JERSEY COW, to calve 43 Fat WETHERS, and 4 Fat CALVES Very promising half-bred colts and fillies, about 80 head of poultry, an assortment of excellent imple- ments of husbandry, two-wheeled trap, harness and saddlery, lawn mower, about two tons of hay, garden produce, dairy vessels, the excellent Household Furniture, fine-toned cottage pianoforte, and other effects also the Depasturage of about 32 acres of land. The Sale of the outdoor effects will commence at Eleven o'clock a.m. punctually, and the Sale of the furniture will commence at One o'clock. N.B.-Catalogues may be had from the AUCTIONEERS, Chester. AUCTION MART, FOREGATE-STREET, CHESTER. MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK & CO. will hold their next SALE of Miscellaneous FURNITURE & EFFECTS about the middle of September. PUDDINGTON HALL ESTATE. MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK &CO. beg to announce that at the Sale by Auction, and since privately, FARMS and LAND to the value of C,33,000, have been disposed of, and the remaining portion are for SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY. On TUESDAY NEXT. I AT THE SMITHFIELD, CHESTER. MR. JOHN J. CUNNAH will hold his WEEKLY SALE of Fat and Store CATTLE, SHEEP, PIGS, and CALVES. Sale to commence with Cattle at Eleven o'clock prompt. Entries respectfully solicited. On WEDNESDAY NEXT. MR. J. J. CUNNAH will hold his WEEKLY SALE of Fat and Store CATILE, SHEEP, PIGS, and CALVES, at the SMITHFIELD, HOOTON, at One o'clock prompt. Entries respectfully solicited. To Brewers, Distillers, Capitalists, and others. MOLD, FLINTSHIRE, NORTH WALES. I Important Sale of Valuable Freehold Properties, including a Fully-Licensed Public-House, and I' Cottages, at Mold, in the Coucty of Flint. MR. J. J. CUNNAH has received instructions to SELL BY PUBLIC AUCTION, at the Groavenor Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, Sept. 11th, 1897, at 2 for 3 o'clock in the afternoon (subject to conditions to be then produced and read), the following FREEHOLD PROPERTIES, Tiz. LOT I.-All that Old-established Fully-Licensed Premises, known as the BOWLING GREEN HOTEL, which is favourably situated in a prominent situation (with an increasing popula- tion), in this important mining and agricultural town, at the corner of Wrexham-street and Cemetery-road, on the main road to Wrexham. The premises are brick built and slated, and con- tain entrance hall, commercial room, taproom, bar parlour, vaults, kitchen, back kitchen and larder on the ground floor there are five bed- rooms, sitting room, large club room, w.c. and bath room, aud spacious cellars beneath the whole; also stabling for eight horses, closets, coal house, workshop, shed, and bottling room, together with an extensive bowling green, which is walled in; also a piece of vacant land adjoining, containing in the whole 2,003 square yards or thereabouts. LOT 2.—All those FIVE FREEHOLD COT- TAGES or Dwelling-Houses, situate in Conway. street, in the town of Mold, in the occupation of Mr. Owen Williams and others, at a gross rental of X39 per annum. If the above are not sold in one lot they will be offered separately to suit purchasers. For further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEER, Groavenor Chambers, Cheater; or to J. B. MARSTON, ESQ., Solicitor, Mold. On Saturday, September 4th, 1897. FARNDON, CHURTON-BY-ALDFORD, AND SAIGHTON, in the County of Chester. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MESSRS. PICKETING & NIGHTINGALE, at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, 4th September, 1897, at 2.30 p.m. prompt, in the following or other Lots, and sub- ject to conditions of sale to be then produced, Valuable Freehold LANDS and DWELLING- HOUSES. LOT 1.—All that Piece of LAND, containing 7a Or. 36p., or thereabouts, situate in Brewery-lane, in the Township of Farndon, in the County of Chester, with a wooden cattle shed with slated roof, No. 49 on the ordnance plan, in the occupa- tion of Mr. Albert Lowe. LOT 2.—All that Piece of LAND, adjoining the last lot, and containing 7a. lr. 39p., or thereabouts, Nos. 47 and 73 on the ordnance plan, in the occupa- tion of Mr. Albert Lowe. LOT 3.—All that Piece of LAND, containing 3a. Or. 31p., situate in Brewery-lane, in the Township of Farndon, No. 25 on the ordnance plan, in the occupation of Mr. Albert Lowe. LOT 4.—All that Piece of MEADOW LAND, containing 4a. 3r. 19p., or thereabouts, situate in Townfield-lane, in the Township of Farndon, No. 32 on the ordnance plan, in the occupation of Mr. Albert Lowe. LOT 5.—All that Piece of MEADOW LAND, containing 12a. 3r. 26p., or thereabouts, known as 'Big Filkins Hays,' with a brick-built and slated shed thereon, situate at King's Marsh, in the Township of Farndon, No. 9 on the ordnance plan, in the occupation of Mr. Allwood. LOT 6.—All that Brick-built and Thatched DWELLING-HOUSE, with Outbuildings, Garden (well stocked with fruit trees) and Croft, the whole surrounded by a massive stone wall, situate at Church-lane, in the Township of Farndon, in the occupation of Mrs. Brassey. LOT 7. -All those Three DWELLING-HOUSES, with Shop, Outbuildings, and large Gardens, well stocked with fruit trees, situate in the Township of Farndon, adjoining the Broxton and Farndon highway road, in the occupations of Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Yond. and Mr. Price. LOT 8.—All that Piece of LAND, containing lr. 8p., or thereabouts, situate at Churton-by- Farndon, fronting Stannage-lane, No. 15 on the ordnance plan, in the occupation of Mr. Fred. Thomas. LOT 9.—All those Six Brick-built and Slated, DWELLING-HOUSES, with large Gardens well stocked with fruit trees, situate at Churton-by- Farndon, fronting the Chester and Farndon highway road, in the occupation of Mrs. White- head and others. LOT 10.—All those Six Brick-built and Slated DWELLING-HOUSES, with Pigstyes, Shippon, and other Buildings, and capital Gardens stocked with fruit trees, and small Croft, adjoining the Chester and Farndon highway road, situate at Churton-by-Aldford, in the occupation of Mr. Cooper and others. LOT 11.—All that Valuable Piece of Freehold BUILDING LAND, containing 2a. 3r. 38p. or thereabouts, with frontage to the Chester and Farndon highway road, situate at Churton-by- Aldford, Kos. 39 and 40 on the ordnance plan, lately in the occupation of Thomas Parker. LOT 12.-All that Valuable Piece of LAND, .oo,-itainizig 4r. Or. 24p., or thereabouts. situate in the township of Saighton, on the east side of the road leading from Huntington to Saighton, No. 18 on tho ordnance plan, in the occupation of Mr. Boden. For plans and particulars apply to the Auc- TIONEERS, St. Werburgh-street, or to MESSRS. BARKER & ROGERSON, Solicitors, 12, White Friara, Chester, J* 0~lllT A. L Y O N AUCTIONEER, ESTATE AGENT, PRACTICAL LAND SURVEYOR & VALUER (Agent for the Linen Hall Estate). 23 Years' practical experience in Sale and Valua- tion of every description of property. Valuer for Hotel and Inn Change of Tenancy. Sales conducted. Cash settlements with Vendors at olose of Sale. Furniture stored in dry lock-up rooms. OFFICES 7, ST. WERBUBGH-ST.,4 LINEN- HALL. CHESTER. salts bg Auctiait. REGISTERED SHROPSHIRE SHEEP. CLUTTON LOWER FARM, within half-a-milo from Broxton Station. J. H. Leche, Esq., Carden Park, has instructed ME. H. H. ETCHES to SELL BY AUCTION, as above, on WEDNESDAY, September 8th, 1897— 77 Pure-bred SHROPSHIRE RAMS, EWES, and LAMBS. Sale at Two o'clock. Full particulars, with pedigrees, in catalogues, to be obtained from J. H. LECHE, Esq., Carden Park, Chester; the Egertori Arms, Broxton; or the AUCTIONEER, Whitchurch, Salop. NORTH WALES.—VALE OF CLWYD. Sale of a Valuable Convenient and Freehold Farm. MESSRS. W. DEW & SON will OFFER FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION, at the Plough Hotel, St. Asaph, on FRTDAY, September 17th, at 3-30- The FREEHOLD FARM of GLANCLWYD, comprising about 34 acres, situite close to St. Asaph, having a frontage to the famous river Clwyd, being situate in the midst of a good sport- ing and fishing locality. Particulars and plan of sale of Mr. A. STUART MILES, Solicitor, Tenbury or of the Auc- TIONEERS, as above. WEDNESDAY NEXT. 1,250 SHROPSHIRES. "Ø THE GREAT PRACTICAL FLOCKMASTERS' SALE AT SHREWSBURY. THE BREEDERS' 99TH GREAT ANNUAL SALE will comprise upwards of 1,250 GRAND RAMS AND EWES, From the most Practical and Noted Breeders in the district, by MESSRS. W. G. PREECE & SON, ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8TH. SPECIAL NOTICE. All Flockmasters should attend this, the best opportunity for obtaining practical and high-class types of the pure Shropshire. 250 Grand CLUN and CROSS-BRED EWES included. Every assistance to Buyers. Sheep trucked free. Sale to commence at Ten to a minute. Catalogues from W. G. PREKCS & SON, Shrews- bury. ORSES.-Colts Handled and Young JLJL Horses Broken to Saddle and Harness by experienced men. First-class Accommodation. Single and Double Brakes. Terms on application to WILLIAM HARRISON, Nicholas-street Mews, Chester. CHEAP "OREPAID ADVERTISEMENTS L OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSES :— Houses to be Let, Apartments to be Let, Situations Wanted, Money Wanted, Situations Vacant, Miscellaneous Wants, Apartments Wanted, Lost or Found, And Articles to be Sold, Are inserted in the CHESTER COURANT at tht undermentioned, charges:- One Insertion (20 words) la. I Three Insertions 2s. 6d. And 3d. for each additional line—a line contains about eight words. I o be Let. r'" r. T 1ST OF RESIDENCES, ISSUED MONTHLY, SENT POST FREE ON APPLICATION TO W. & F. BROWN & CO., CABINET MAKERS & UPHOLSTERERS, EASTGATE ROW, CHESTER. HOUSES TO LET. T AMONT, SON, & CO., L UPHOLSTERERS, FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS. LIST SENT ON APPLICATION. SHOW ROOMS EASTGATE STREET. WAREHOUSE FOR STORING FOREST HOUSE (in separate rooms). TO LET, Two good OFFICES (en suite), on first floor, 2, Newgate-street. Eent £ 20.— Apply by letter, Box 126, P.O., Chester. SEMI DETACHED HOUSE TO LET, at S Chri.-tleton, near Chester. Rent £ 23.—Apply Messrs. BARKERS, COPPACK, & WICKHAM, St. Werburgh Chambers, Chester. TO LET, from 29th September next, as SHOP or OFFICES, No. 1, Watergate-street Row (South), now occupied by Messrs. Drake & Gorham. —Apply to Hon. CECIL T. PARKER, Eccleston. LUMBLEY.-TO LET, HOLFORD HALL FARM, good house and outbuildings, with about 157 acres of Land.—Apply Estate Office, Mere, Knutsford.; or, Estate Office, 88, King- street, Manchester. TO LET, at Lady-day next, EEDDISH HALL FARM, Reddish, near Stockport, now in the occupation of Thomas Henry Burgess, containing about 112 statute acres. — Apply to HILL and CORDINGLEY. 90, Old-street, Ashton-under-Lyne. MO BE LET (Unfurnished), a smill HOUSE, 1 near Eossett Station, containing two_sitting- rooms, four bedrooms, and usual offices, with good garden.—For rent and further particulars, apply to Messrs. BOYDELL, TAYLOR, and FLUITT, Solicitors, Chester. HOUSE, No. 9, BEIDGE PLACE.—TO BE LET, from 1st September next. This com- modious Residence, containing large dining and drawing-rooms, study, and seven bed and dressing rooms.-For further particulars apply to Messrs. BARKERS, COPPACK & WICKHAM, St. Werburgh Chambers, Chester. TO LET, CHURTON HOUSE, CHURTON, near Chester, containing three entertaining- rooms, five bedrooms, w.c., two kitchens, wash- house, cellar, &c., with good stabling, loose box, coach-house, shippon, with well-stocked garden, and gardener's cottage.—Apply WILLIAM PARKER, Handley, Chester. HESHIRE.- MERE OLD HALL.-TO BE C LET, Desirable Gentleman's Country RESI- j LET, Desirable Gentleman's Country RESI- DENCE, excellently situated in well timbered park. Three miles from Knutsford and five miles from Altrincham, with or without Shooting over about 3,000 acres, with good Pheasant Coverts.- For further particulars and orders to view apply Estate Office, Mere, Knutsford or, Estate Office, 88, King-street, Manchester. CHESTER.- DORCHESTER HOUSE, C BOUGHTON.-TO BE LET, this capital FAMILY HOUSE, which faces south, and contains three entertaining-rooms, seven bedrooms, two dressing-rooms, bath (hot and cold water), and excellent domestic offices. Two small conserva- tories and a garden in terraces sloping down to the river, with a landing stage for boat.—Apply to MILLS & FLETCHER, Land Agents, Surveyors, and Valuers, 49, Hamilton-square, Birkenhead. o be .solb. TO BE SOLD, a small VAN, 5ft. 6in. by 3ft. 6in. suitable for baker and grocer. Price £ 14.—POWELL, Coach Builder, Commercial Hall, Frodsham-street, Chester. SHUTTLEWOETH & SONS, Portmanteau, ks Bag, Dress Basket, and Trunk Manufacturers. Dress Baskets Re-covered and all Repairs by practical men. Show Rooms above shop, 40, Bridge-street, Chester. HORSES.—BAY MARE. 5 years old, 15.2. Up to 12 stone (by Royal'). Good hack. Hunted last season with the Shropshire Hounds; sold sound. Price X50. Also BAY COB, 5 years, 14.2, quiet in harness, price £ 22.—Apply WM. HARRISON, Nicholas-street Mews, Chester. NORTH WALES.—TO BE DISPOSED OF, the tenant's interest—who is about retiring from business-in the well-known and old estab- lished Family, Commercial, and posting hostelry, the DINORBEN ARMS HOTEL, Amlwch, and FARM (about 75 acres). The whole as a going concern, including Farm Produce, Stock, and Implements, also Hotel Stock Chattels and effects. Immediate possession if desired.—Apply at once to Miss ROBERTS, Dinorben Arms Hotel, Amlwch, N.W. TENTS! TENTS!—For gardens, cricket, or camping-out purposes. 40ft. in circumference, pegs, poles, mallet, and lines complete (with tent bag included). These Tents are white, and have only been used a little by Her Majesty's Govern- ment, and originally cost over X6 each. I will send one complete for 25s., carriage paid. Can be sent on approval. N.B.—I have a quantity of Tents from 10s. to 20s. each, but the Tents which please my customers best are those I send out at 25s. each. Price List of Marquees (any size) post free.—HENRY JOHN GASSON, Government Contractor, Rye,Suesex IMMOVABLE SCALPETTE, FROM XI Is. TO JE5 5s. NEW WEB FEINGE, I HAIR COMBINGS FROM 5S. 6D. | MADE UP, 2S. PER OZ. TAILS OF PURE HAIR, 5s. 6D. TO 63s. DELICATE SHADES OF HAIR. T. SEALES BROWN, 3, LEECE STREET. LIVERPOOL. o be Soto. STEAM LAUNCH, to carry 16 passengers; length 35ft., beam 6ft., draught 2ft.; engines 3 h.p., by 'Hunter'; tubular marine boilers. In excellent condition; built to erder.—To inspect apply WM. HALL, WATERIDGE, & OWEN, Auc- tioneers and Valuers, Shrewsbury, to whom offers should be sent. TO BE SOLD by Private Treaty, a First Class DAIRY FARM of 22a. Or. 24p., known as BLEAKLEES,' Kingsley-by Frodsham. Good House and Outbuildings. The Farm is satis- factorily Let to a responsible Tenant, who has 7 years to run.—For further particulars apply to MOSELEY-WILLIAMS, Solicitor, 18, King-street, Manchester; or NORCROSS, Kingsley Hall, Frodsham. Mantrb. .> WANTED, PAGE BOY, aged about 14.— Apply SECRETARY, City Club. WANTED, good VILLA EESIDENCE, with Land; or small Farm. — Address B 97, Courant Office, Chester. AN energetic and trustworthy MAN Required, with good references. — Address P 52, Courant Office. DAILY GOVERNESS REQUIRED thorough English, advanced music, fluent languages (acquired abroad), drawing, painting, calisthenics. —Apply Mrs. LEADBETTER, Hafod Alyn, Rossett. IIEQUIRED, immediately, COOK, wages £ 50; ifcj Kitchenmaid, £ 24; Scullerymaid, £ 14; Footman, and many experienced Waitresses, etc.— Apply Mrs. LTTTLER, Trinity-street, Chester. WANTED, a smart YOUNG LADY as a Junior Assistant; also Young LADY APPRENTICE both to live out.-Apply W. H. CORLETT, 31, Eastgate-street, Chester. WANTED, COOKS, Kitchenmaids, Laundry- maids, Housemaids, and several good Generals.—Apply Mrs. COVENTRY, Watergate- street, Chester. SHOOTING.—WANTED, 800 to 1,000 acres good S MIXED SHOOTING, within easy distance of Chester.—Apply Mr. G. H. EVANS, Solicitor, Northgate Chambers, Chester. ANTED, SITUATION as COACHMAN, or Groom and Coachman; single, middle age, first-class character.—Address A. C., Advertiser Office, Warwick. OOK-GENERAL.-A Lady wishes to find a C situation in the neighbourhood of Chester for a good person as Cook-General, where one other servant is kept.—Address COOK-GENERAL, C/O C. Birchall, 7, Victoria-street, Liverpool. IN a Lady's Preparatory School for Boys there are VACANCIES for Two BOY BOARDERS, who could either become her own pupils or attend the Grove Park School, in the immediate neigh- bourhood. Evening preparation work supervised in either case.—Apply, by letter, to Miss E. H. LONG, 16, Grosvenor-road, Wrexham. STEAM LAUNDRY, VICTORIA ROAD (CLOSE BY THE NORTHGATE STATION), CHESTER. THIS Laundry, situated in an elevated and open position, is admirably suited for the purpose, being removed from smoke, and commanding an ample supply of Water. The Works are within a convenient distance of all parts of the City, and within easy distance of the General Railway Station. All the arrangements are on the most approved modern system for Washing, Ironing, Drying, Packing, &c., and the management is most efficient. F. LIPSHAM, Secretary and General Manager (Chester Steam Laundry Co., Ltd.). Inspection of the Works is specially in- vited on any day excepting Mondays and Saturdays. Telegrams GRATITUDE, Liverpool.' Telephone (Central): No. 6,830. ALMOND & COBB, WHOLESALE AND EXPORT PAPER-HANGINGS MERCHANTS, JL 137, DALE STREET, LIVERPOOL. Lignomur, Lincrusta Walton, Anaglypta, I Cordelova, also Japanese and other High-Clasa Decorations supplied. DONALD ALMOND, ROBT.COBB, Late Manager and Secretary respectively of Dean & Co., Ltd. THE ECONOMIC BANK, LIMITED, 34, OLD BBOAD-STREET, LONDON, E.C. 2 Interest allowed on Deposits, repayable on demand, on all sums up to R500. 2 on minimum quarterly balance of current accounts when not drawn below £ 15. Cheques can be drawn for sums under SI. All funds invested under the Trust Investment Act, or in Colonial Government Securities. No charge for keeping accounts. SAMUEL GURNEY MASSEY, Managing Trustee. AT THE REMBRANDT GALLERY, IN CASTLE-ST., LIVERPOOL, J)UNTHORNE & JGROWN GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE RESTORATION of OLD PICTURES, PRINTS and DRAWINGS, and the REPAIRING and REGILDING of FRAMES. OLD MEZZOTINT ENGRAVINGS and COLOURED PRINTS PURCHASED. ON VIEW. PORTFOLIOS of Recently Published ETCH- INGS, and MEZZOTINT ENGRAVINGS. THE IMPROVEMENT OF LANDED ESTATES. THE LAND, LOAN, AND ENFRANCHISE- MENT COMPANY. (Incorporated by Special Act of Parlianwnt). ADVANCES MONEY to LANDOWNEES for the Erection of Farm Buildings, Farm Labourers', Artisans', and Miners Cottages; Drainage, Water Supply, Road-making, and for the general Improvement of Land, including its development for Building purposes. Also for alterations and additions to Mansions, Stables, and Outbuildings, on Settled Estates, including their Sanitary Improvement and Electric Lighting. Advances can also be made for the Construction of Railways under the Light Railways Act. The amount borrowed being charged on the property benefited, and repaid by way of annuity. No investigation of title is necessary. Prospectus, forms, and further particulars may be obtained at the Company's offices. EDWIN GARROD, Secretary, No. 22, Great George-street, Westminster, S.W. AGAINST ACCIDENT, FIRE, OR THEFT, Up to £ 10 for 7/6, £ 15 for 10/ £ 20 for 12,6; and Insure against PERSONAL ACCIDENTS WHILST RIDING, IN THE National Cycle & Motor Car Insurance Co., LIMITED, 33, KING WILLIAM STREET, LONDON. 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Do not be persuaded by anyone to buy any other Medicine instead, but insist on having the right thing, which is wrapped in a square green package. r GEORGE DAY IMPORTS ALL THE BEST T BRANDS OF HAVANA CIGARS. SINGLE BOXES AT WHOLESALE PRICES. Real Imported Havanas, from 21/- per 100. HIGHEST QUALITY. LOWEST RATES. EVERYTHING OF THE BEST. AGENT FOR BARLING'S ■) LOEWE'S j EASTGATE STREET, CHESTER. NION CREDIT BANK, LIMITED. (ESTABLISHED 1838.) Head Office: 38, RENSHAW-ST., LIVERPOOL. ADVANCES made at unusual low rates upon personal security, deeds, shares, life policies, &c. Repayable by instalments or in one sum. Full particulars on application personally or by letter. ill S1JN INSURANCE OFFICE. Sum insured in 1896 £ 388,952,800. For all particulars apply to the following Agents:- CHESTER MESSRS. CHEERS & HOPLEY, 6, Northgate-street. MESSRS. W. DENSON & SON, Northgate. TARPORLEY. MR. JOHN BURGESS.
DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.
DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS. Sept. 1. The Span of Life' at the Royalty Theatre. „ 1, <|"c.— Wirral and Birkenhead Agricultural Show at Birkenhead. 2.-Chester Cattle Fair.
The Monthly DIARY with RAILWAY TIME TABLE for September is issued with the COURANT of this day.
A IS IT INDOLENCE?
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. Speculation is rife as to the shape the impending contest for the vacancy in East Denbighshire, caused by the lamented death of Sir GEORGE OSBORNE MORGAN, will assume. Much will depend on the course pursued by the Radical and Labour parties. Rumour credits the Radicals with a desire to conciliate Labour by offering the candidature to Mr. lOAN T. WILLIAMS, the leader of the local apostles of Labour, but then arises the difficulty-by no means insignificant in a Welsh constituency- that Mr. WILLIAMS has lost prestige of late by having gone into business as a publican. In the eyes of the Welsh Radicals no more unpardonable sin could have been committed, and it is very questionable whether these gentlemen will ever be brought to vote for a man whose hands are stained with the unholy traAc in drink. The Teetotal section will come strongly to the front, and there is just a chance that they may insist upon introducing as their champion, Mr. W. S. CAINS. Another probable candidate on the Radical side is Mr. SAMUEL Moss, our fellow-citizen. Mr. Moss has for a long time past been regarded as an aspirant for Parliamentary honours, and as Mr. Gn's protege he might do worse than begin in East Denbighshire, that is to say if the Labour leaders can be propitiated. We can scarcely believe that the Opposition will be foolhardy enough to hazard a battle with a divided camp. Although Mr. ST. JOHN RAIKES, when he fought Sir GEORGE OSBORNE MORGAN for the seat at the last election, in 1895, was defeated by the sweeping majority of 1784, it is a well-known fact that it was Sir GEORGE'S growing personal popularity rather than any real hold of Radical principles upon the constituency that brought about such a triumphant majority. The Opposition cannot have for- gotten that in 1885 Sir GEORGE had only a majority of 393 over Sir H. W. WYNN, while in thefollowing year his majority had shrunk toa miserable 26. In 1892 the Gladstonian majority had reached 765, but this surely cannot be considered a safe margin to admit of running two candidates on the Radical side. While we await the decision of the Opposition as to the selection of candidates with no little interest, we shall be glad to hear of the early choice of a Unionist nominee. Mr. ST. JOHN RAIKES made a plucky fight at the last General Election against a candidate who had by his long service secured a tenacious hold on the constituency. In the first instance Mr. RAIKES will doubtless be approached now, and if he is willing to offer his services again, he will enter the field under immeasurably more encouraging auspices than were present two years ago, when he was new to the division and to Parliamentary candidature. He is the son of a celebrated Conservative leader, and he is well-known and exceedingly popular in both Denbighshire and Flintshire. Failing Mr. RAIKES, rumour has fixed on Mr. ELDON BANKES as the most likely candidate on the Unionist side. Mr. BANKBS comes of an old Flintshire family, his name is familiar not only in Denbighshire, but through. out the whole northern part of the Principality as one of the most brilliant counsel on the North Wales circuit, and should the choice fall on him, and if he can find time to devote to the duties, he would make a capital fight for the seat. His election as a representative of the Principality would be a most valuable acquisition to the Government, for he is a speaker of consummate address, and a man of brilliant parts.
VOLUNTEERS AS 'SCORCHERS.'
VOLUNTEERS AS 'SCORCHERS.' Weare scarcely surprised that the Volunteer cyclist race over Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Shropshire roads on Saturday has not been allowed to pass without a word of protest. A correspondent of the Times asks whether it has occurred to those interested that a race of this description cannot be carried out on the QUEEN'S highway without very considerable risk, both to the cyclists themselves and to the public. Mr. EUSTACE BALFOUR replied on Monday that the competition had been held for several years, without danger either to the public or the competitors, that it bad received the sanction of the late and the present COM- MANDER-IN-CHIEF, and that the arrangements for the meeting were always made in conjunc- tion with the local authorities and the police He also added that the nature of the contest, the riders covering 100 miles in full marching order and close formation, precluded what is usually termed racing speed. Now, we should be the first to acknowledge the value of the competition as a test of what may be anticipated from the service of a Cyclist Corps in case of actual warfare. "e should be the last to throw cold water on the efforts of those who are endeavouring to improve a popular branch of the patriotic service; still, we cannot close our eyes to the self-evident fact that such a race, although the teams do run along different routes, must involve a considerable amount of risk both to the cyclists engaged and the travelling public. We see that the competition commenced at Ellesmere at nine o'clock on Saturday morning, and the teams rode to Whitchurch, Wrexham, and Shrewsbury along the highway during the busiest hours of the day. The winners covered the 100 miles in seven hours, eighteen minutes, and we read that up to mid-day most of the teams kept up an average of sixteen miles an hour. This means that at various stages of the journey the men were riding considerably in excess of sixteen miles an hour, probably often at 20 miles an hour, in order to compensate for the slower pace up hills and through towns and villages. Such a speed, be the riders never so careful and skilled, cannot but constitute a menace to the public safety, whether the arrangements are carried out in consultation with the local authorities and police or not. No amount of foresight or arrangements on the part of police can avert a nasty spill if a rider going at twenty miles an hour is suddenly confronted with an obstacle in his path. That the element of danger was not absent on Saturday is proved by the report that Private MICKLE- BURGH, of the 17th Middlesex, was disabled in the return journey from Shrewsbury by being kicked on the hip by a horse that shied. Indeed, it is surprising, considering the uniform celerity with which the various detachments moved along, that there were not more casualties. Enough has, however, occurred to demonstrate that this species of road racing, albeit not so reprehensible as the road races which used to flourish under the auspices of cycling clubs, is yet fraught with peril, and as such ought to be suppressed in its present form. It would be useless to advise the Volunteer cyclists to carry out their contest on some racing track, as that would afford no proper test of their fitness for road work, but it would be comparatively easy to conduct the meeting, as many military marches are carried out, during the night or very early morning, when the roads are unfrequented. If the teams were despatched on their journey at midnight in midsummer, they would have only a couple of hours of darkness, and they would have finished their task before the roada were crowded with vehicles and pedestrians.
«. Mr. A. T. WRIGHT will have a lively time of it at the next meeting of the Cheshire County Council. In our issue to-day Mr. JOHN THOMPSON follows up the attack opened by the Rev. C. WOLLEY DOD in last week's Courant on the member for New Brighton in respect to his extraordinary speech at Preston on the Sea Fisheries question. Mr. THOMPSON states that Mr. WRIGHT misled the Council as to the inten- tions of Lancashire, when the question of amalgamation of sea fisheries was under con- sideration last November. According to Mr. WRIGHT, Lancashire had then no idea of annex- ing the Dee estuary, and with singular inconsistency, in the following February he attempted to cripple the Dee Fishery Board by withholding the usual grant till the report on the amalgamation scheme had been received. Mr. THOMPSON'S leter is opportune, for, as he says, Mr. WRIGHT'S misleading asser- tions have got the start, and there will be no other opportunity of correcting them till the November meeting of the County Council. Meantime Mr. WRIGHT is allowing judgment to go by default by maintaining silence in face of the challenge of Mr. WOLLEY DOD, and we are driven to the conclusion that he has no answer to the critieism3 that have been passed upon his inexplicable action as the representa- tive of a division of Cheshire in this matter.
Germany, apparently not content with harassing the long-suffering British people by flooding the country with its cheap and nasty toys, matches, and other manufactures, has now added to its formidable list of enormities by sending over its vicious foxes to ravage our agricultural districts. The importation has taken place in consequence of the scarcity of cubs in Bedfordshire, and the farmers of the county are now loud in their complaints against the ravages of the foreign Reynard, who is reported to be much more vicious than the English fox, a statement which, considering the reputation of his native country, we can readily believe.
Gluttonous little boys will please take warn- ing during this picnic season by the sad fate that overtook OLIVER THOMAS SABOURIN (nine years old), of the East End of London. SABOURIN attended a Band of Hope excursion, and as a preliminary to tea indulged in an appalling banquet of ginger beer, apples, nuts, chocolate (quantity not stated), three bottles of ginger ale, and some sherbet and water. On the top of this he partook of tea, but the gastronomical feat proved fatal next day, the doctor attributing death to gastroenteritis set up by the abnormal mixture of food he had consumed at the picnic. The promoters of the Band of Hope in question were probably sur- prised to find that even Temperance refresh- ments, when swallowed in excess, can be quite as hurtful as the oft-condemned alcohol. —
MESSRS. PREECE AND SON'S GREAT SALE of 1,250 Shropshire rams and ewes will be held at Shrewsbury on Wednesday next, the 8th inst., when a very fine display of high-class drafts of this premier' breed will be penned. A refer- ence to our advertising columns will shew that this is a very old-established sale, and that the requirements of the practical flockmaster are chiefly kept in view. It has been shewn that the robust and healthy sheep usually con- signed to Messrs. Preece, invariably combine fine quality, beautiful symmetry, and high breeding with practical utility. We are assured by the auctioneers that the excellent type of sheep entered for this sale will prove fully equal to any previous display. This sale is advertised to commence at ten o'clock sharp.
CHESTER CATHEDRAL. SERVICE LIST FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPT. 1. WEDNESDAY, SEPT IST.-Morning. 8.0: Matina. 10.15: The Litany; hymn, 6. Evening, 4.15: Service, Bridje in G; anthem, Seek ye the Lord' (Roberts). THURSDAY, SF-PT. 2sD.-Morning, 8.0: Holy Com- munion. 10.15: Service, Walmisley in F and chant; anthem, 'Source of all light' (Hauptman). Evening, 4.15: Service, Walmsley iu D minor: anthem, Stand up and bless' (Goss). FRIDAY, SEPT. 3RD.-Morning, 8 0: Matlins. 10.15: The Litany; hymn, 180. Evening, 4.15: Service, Barrow in F; anthem, '0 Saviour of the world (Goss). SATURDAY, SEPT. 4TH.—Morning, 8.0 Mattin-. 10.15: Service: Harnby in 10 aud chant; anthem 'O, taste anil see" (Sullivan). Evening, 4.15: Service, Barnby inE; anthem, 'Lead kindly light' (Stainer). SUNDAY, SEPT. 5TH (i'welfth Sunday afte' Trinity).— Morning, 8.0: Litany and Holy Communion. 10.30: Set vice. Tours in F and chant; preacher, the Lord Bishop. Kvening, 3.30: Service in F anthem, I will love Thee' (Clarke); hymn, 19. 6.3J: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis to chants; processional hymn, 393 hymns 282, 298, 235: preacher, the Rev C. Brooke Gwyune, M.A.
Mrs. William Henry Gladstone has gone, with her children, to Scotland, on a visit to her aunt, Dowager Lady Seafield, at Castle Grant, Invernesshire. The Bishop of Chester is suggesting to the incumbents of the diocese that, on some con- venient Sunday, they might with advantage read the Lambeth Encyclical from the pulpit instead of a sermon. A marriage has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Captain W. H. Salmon, of the 60th Rifles, eldest son of the late Mr. William Percival Salmon, and Ellen, eldest daughter of Sir Edmund and Lady Verney, of Claydon House, Bucks, and Rhianva, Anglesey. The Duke of Sutherland and party, consisting of the Marquis and Marchioness of Ormonde, Lady Beatrice and Lady Constance Butler, Miss Chaplin and Miss Florence Chaplin, Sir W. H. Russell and the Rev. Dr. Joass, of Golspie, arrived at Invergordon on Thursday in the Royal Yacht Squadron's steam yacht Catania from a cruise in the fiords of Norway. The birth of the son and heir to Sir Henry and Lady Robertson was celebrated with great rejoicing at Pale on Wednesday. The village of Llanderfel was decorated for the occasion, and the day's proceedings began with a feu de joie. At noon a number of presentations were made to the infant, for whom they were received by Sir Henry. They included a massive silver inkstand from the tenants on the estate, and a handsome marble timepiece from the workmen. The tenants and friends, to the number of 350, afterwards partook of luncheon, over which Sir Henry presided. PRINCE FRANCIS OF TECK IN THE SOUDAN.—A special correspondent on the way to the Soudan states that news has been received at Suakim that Osman Digna has been ordered to retire for the purpose of reinforcing Mahmoud at Matemmeh. Prince Francis of Teck has arrived at Wady Haifa, and left for the front on Satur- day night. MR. YERBURGH AND BUTTER-MAKING.-Mr Yerburgh, M.P., has offered a number of prizes to butter makers in the Mellor Division, which he represents on the Lancashire County Council. Competitors must have attended Miss Sheedy's classes during the session just closed, and the samples submitted must have been made at home by the pupils themselves, according to the system taught at the classes. MR. GLADSTONE'S JOURNEY TO THE NORTH.— Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone, accompanied by Miss Helen Gladstone and Mr. Armitstead, left Hawarden Castle for Scotland on Monday morning. They drove to Sandycroft Station, where there was a special train awaiting them at 12.10. The train passed slowly through the Chester General Railway Station at 12 23, and proceeded to Crewe, where the saloon in which the distinguished travellers were accommodated was attached to the Scotch mail. There was no demonstration at Chester. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone are in excellent health, and their stay at Butterstone House, Dunkeld, as the guests of Mr. Armitstead, will probably be of a month's duration. CANON HOPKINS' GOLDEN JUBILEE.—A special correspondent writes:—The many friends of Canon Hopkins in Chester, Shrewsbury, Hyde, Wrexham, and Stockport, will be interested to hear that preparations are just now being made at Wilmslow (Cheshire) to celebrate the golden Jubilee of his priesthood. Canon Hopkins is one of the very oldest priests of the Catholic Church. Upon the establishment of the Welsh Vicariate two years ago Canon Hopkins took charge of the Catholic mission at Wilmslow. The worthy Canon has laboured in Chester, Shrewsbury, Hyde, Stockport, Wrexham, and many other towns during his long connection with the Catholic Church, and he is warmly respected not only by his co-religionists but by all sections. The Canon was a prominent figure at the recent Jubilee rejoicings at Wilmslow He will complete his 80th year in October. A committee has been appointed to make all necessary arrangements for a worthy com- memoration of the unique event. The Bishop of Chester on Saturday unveiled a stained glass window which has been placed in the now Church of St. Augustine, Brinksway, Stockport, to commemorate the incumbency of the first vicar of the parish, the late Rev. Arthur H. Tumour. The Rev. James Henry Chell has vacated the assistant curacy of St. Paul's Church, Bury, of which his father, the late Rev. James Chell, was the vicar until his recent decease. The rev. gentleman intends accepting a similar position at the Church of St. Peter, Heswall, near Chester, under the Rev. T. H. May, the new Rural Dean of Wirral. The secretary of the Chester General Infirmary begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a legacy of X200 (less duty) from the executors of the late Mrs. Blomfield, of Molling- ton Hall, near Chester, per Messrs. Potts, Potts and Gardner, solicitors; also a donation of RI ls. to the Parkgate Convalescent Home from Miss Williams, St. Mark's Vicarage, Connah's Quay. The Duke of Westminster's gift of stained- glass windows for the north and south transepts of St. Paul's Cathedral will shortly be consummated. The windows, which are to commemorate the conversion of England to Christianity, have been designed by Sir W. B. Richmond, and one is actually ready for insertion. It cannot be placed in position at present, however, owing to some constructional difficulty in the stonework frames which has yet to be overcome. As soon as this obstacle is surmounted, the window will be filled in. The other window has not yet been finished, but Sir W. B. Richmond has the work well in hand. PRESENTATION.—Mr. J. A. Davies, of the commercial department of the Courant, has been presented by bis colleagues with a handsome timepiece on the occasion of his marriage to Miss Hannah Plowright, of Rock Ferry. CHOIR PICNIC. The members of the City-road Wesleyan Choir took their out- ing on Wednesday to Llanberis. They left Chester at nine o'clock, and arrived at Llanberis at 12.15 p.m. Snowdon was climbed in glorious weather, and a repast was provided at the Padarn Villa Hotel. The party arrived home at eleven o'clock, all having spent a most enjoyable day. HALITYN DISTRICT MINES DRAINAGE COMPANY. —The 45th ordinary general meeting of the shareholders of this company was held at the offices, Chester, last week, Mr. John Thompson presiding in the absence of the Duke of West- minster. There were also present:—Colonel Howard, the Rev. G. W. Corbet, Messrs. O. Andreasian, William Bailey, C. Davison, Geo. Dutton, Matthew Francis, G. R, Griffith, Jas. Hobday, Edward Hobday, R, E. Langhorne, C. H. Poole, F. E. Roberts, Thomas J. Smith, and F. S. Williams. The directors' report, together with a statement of accounts, was adopted, and a dividend was declared upon the paid-up capital of the company for the half-year at the rate of fifteen per cent per annum. ACCIDENT IN CHESTER. About seven o'clock on Friday evening, as Dr. Henry Dobie's brougham was leaving Abbey Square, the front axle gave way, and, one of the wheela coming off, the vehicle over- turned. Fortunately Dr. Dobie escaped un- hurt, and made his exit by the door on the uppermost side of the carriage. The horad fell, and the coachman was thrown to the ground, but got off with only a bruised elbow. THE DEE SALMON FISHERY.—The salmon, fishing season for this year, except with rod and line, terminates to-day (Wednesday). We regret to say that there has been no improve- ment in the position of the Dee fishermen since attention was called in our columns a few weeks ago to the necessitous circumstances of many of the men. The subscription list published in our advertising columns shews that the appeal for help is making but slow progress. ALTRINCHAM AGRICULTURAL Suow.-Intend- ing exhibitors at this show, which takes place at Altrincham on Thursday, September 23rd, will observe that the entries will close on September 7tb, and finally at double- fees on September 10th. Strict instructions have been given by the committee as to the closing of entries, and it is the intention of the secretary (Mr. Wm. Graham) to adhere to the dates named. Last year, when the closure was applied, there was a record entry all round, although; the society returned over 930 in entrance fees*. CHESTER ROYALTY THEA.Tm.-This week the boards at the City-road Theatre are being occupied by Mr. William Carder's company in Sutton Vane's famous work 'The Span of Life.' The play is intensely dramatic, and abounds in incidents of a most sensational character. The company, too, is a powerful one, and the staging and scenic effects are realistic and excellent. The popular parts of the house- on Monday evening were well filled, and the- play is of such a nature that it is bound to meet with success. For next week the musical comedy, 'Oriental America' is announced. COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION AT SALE.—The election of Mr. Harry Thornber by the Cheshire County Council as a county alderman caused a vacancy in the representation of Sale. The seat was contested, and the polling took place on Saturday, the candidates being Mr. J. J. Thompson, of The Towers, Brooklands, and Mr. J. Shaw, of Ashton-on-Mersey. Mr. Shaw was the nominee of the Liberal party, while Mr. Thompson, although he elected to assume & non-political attitude, received a very large measure of support from the Conservative part. The result was:—Mr. Thompson, 494; Mr. Shaw, 449; majority, 45. ALLAN LINE EMPLOYES IN CHESTER.—On Saturday the employes in the inward freight department of the Allan Steamship Line at Alexandra Dock, Liverpool, had their sixth annual picnic to Chester, a most enjoyable day being spent. On arrival here by wagonette the company separated for a stroll round the ancient city, after which the excursionists sat down to dinner at the Queen's Head Hotel. Mr. John Martin presided, and the usual loyal and other toasts were duly honoured, the Chairman remarking on the good feeling prevailing in all departments of the firm. The band from the Boys' Refuge, St. Anne-street, Liverpool, accompanied the party, and played pleasing selections at intervals during the day. GROSVENOR MUSE um.-The general public, as well as those interested specially in art, will be glad to learn that the Science and Art Depart- ment have officially notified that they will lend a selection of the works of art of the National Competition for exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum. The collection will be on view from the 6th to the 9th of September, inclusive, free of charge. As the sections are made from the best works submitted by the different art schools throughout the kingdom, we have no doubt the opportunity of viewing these draw- ings will be taken. During the time these works of art are on view, the Grosvenor Museum will be open to the public free of charge. A DEBT COLLECTOR SUSPICNDED.- On Wednes- day, at the Northwich County Court, before his Honour Judge Wynne Ffoulkes, Mary Newton, of Knutsford, appeared in answer to a judg- ment summons, obtained by Aaron Finestone, of Northwich. Peter Roberts, agent for the plaintiff, admitted that he had made out an affidavit, stating that the defendant was in business as a blacksmith. When pressed by the judge, he acknowledged that he had gathered this information from a neighbour. Defendant stated on oath that the affidavit was false. She had not been in business for more than twelve months. The judge informed the agent that he was utterly incapable of making out an affidavit, and would be suspended for an indefinite period until he saw whether the defendant instituted a prosecution for perjury. He would take the same course with, any other agent who misconducted himself. THE CROPS IN CHESHIRE.—A Cheshire corres- pondent writes:—Nearly all the corn has now been cut, and in some districts farmers have just finished the work of stacking. The heavy rains have, of course, interfered with the operations in the fields, but no serious mischief has been caused. The crop is- considere&a, very good one. In some places, however, growers report the yield below the average. Very little rye has been grown this season. There is just now a splendid show of potatoes, but in some of the districts disease has shewn itself.. It is said that the Cheshire supplies will not equal those of previous years. Many of the large farmers have very few acres of potatoes compared with previous years. Fruit is- by no means so plentiful as was the case last season. The farmer's orchard has often paid well in-, past years, but this time scores of farmers have very little fruit of any kind for sale. There is a fair show of apples and pears, but plums and damsons are very scarce. Such a scarcity of this useful fruit has not been known for, many years. CHESTER CALEDONIAN PICNIC.—A most SUC- cessful picnic in connection with this associa- tion came off on Wednesday afternoon. A party of members and their friends, numbering about 60, left the Groves in one of Mr. Capner's steamers- for Almere Fbrry. The weather remained delightfully. bright, warm and dry, notwithstanding the frequent thunder- showers experienced in Chester during the afternoon. The trip up the river was much enjoyed, the time being beguiled by the music of Mr. Marchant's band and vocal contributions from members of the company. The party disembarked at a charming spot a little above Almere Ferry, and here a large marquee was erected for tea, while dancing, quoits, shooting competitions with an air gUD. &c., were engaged in. A knife-and-fork tea was served about five o'clock, after which the amusements were resumed, and the return journey com- menced about eight o'clock. Unfortunately a thick fog enveloped the channel of the river after the Iron Bridge was passed, and some time was spent in negotiating the Crooked Dee, but no mishap occurred, and the party reached the Grovea, voting the picnic a complete success. Great credit is due to the energetic hon. secretary (Staff-Sergeant Jamieson) for the excellence of the arrangements for the enjoyment of the company, a task in which he was seconded by a sub-committee, consisting ofi the president (Mr. James Niven) and Messrs.. J. Burnett, N. C. Firth, G. Millar, J. Simpson. Bathgate, Robert Beck, C. Cooper, and W. Buraess (hon. treasurer). WREXHAM, MOLD, AND CONNAH'S QAAY RAILWAY.—The report of this company for the half-year ending the 30th June shews thai the traffic receipts amounted to X26,728 2s. lid., being a decrease cf £319 12s. 7d., as compared with the corresponding half of last year while the working expenses, amounting to S15,405 16s. 5d., shew an increase of £43 19s. SI. nett receipts Xll,322 6s. 6cl., decrease £ 36313s. Id. The passenger and parcel traffic shew an increase of R.843, but the receipts from merchandise and minerals are less than in the corresponding half-year by £ 1,168, caused by the iopression in the North Wales coal trade. Tha balance op revenue account, after charging the Buckley Railway rent and rent charges,, is sufficient tOl. provide the interest on the A and & debenture stocks, but does act meet the Still amount of interest on thi4 C stock. The balance, which the directors believe wiU be earned in the December ialf-year, has. b«en carried forward. The dittors regret that the working of the North W and Liverpool Rail- way has again, owing t. the causes referred to in the last half-yearly yeport, been unprofitable. The application to tb* Railway Conaaftissioners to compel the Mersey Railway Company to adopt through tookings to the -Sorth Wales and Liverpool Railway, the Cheshire Lines Com- mittee, the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah'a Quay, and other railways reached by thesa systems was heard last month, and an arranl ment come to which, it is hoped, will provide greater facilities to the public, and thus in- crease the receipts of the companies. The Bill promoted by the executors of the late Mr. Pieroy referred to in the last half-yearly report wa-F. rejected by Parliament,