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CLOSE OF THE DEE SALMON SEASON.…

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NESTON PETTY SESSIONS. +

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CHESTER BOARD OF GUARDIANS.…

BROXTON PETTY SESSIONS.

AUCTION SALES. ♦

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CO-OPERATORS & THE DRINK TRAFFIC.…

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A FISHERMAN'S PROTEST.

'LEST WE FORGET.'

CHESTER FISHERMEN AND THE…

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CHESTER FISHERMEN AND THE MUSSEL INDUSTRY. Sir,—At the present moment when subscrip- tions are being solicited towards the fishermen's distress fund, may I be allowed to offer a practical suggestion ? The salmon season for nets has just come to an end, and we all deeply sympathise with those who have plied their calling during the summer without being able to put by a nest egg for the winter months. I would suggest that instead of abandoning themselves to helpless despair, the fishermen of Handbridge should turn their attention to the mussel beds, where the fishing opens to- morrow. It will, I am sure, surprise many of your readers to learn that so far as I have been able to ascertain not a single fisherman from Handbridge goes to the mussel beds to take a share in this very lucrative industry. To-morrow probably 150 boats will be busily engaged on the mussel beds in the estuary of the Dee, and yet (if we may judge from past experience) not one of those boats will come from Chester. Is not this absurd ? At the smallest computation, during the next three months, each man engaged on the beds will be able to earn 8s. to 10s. a day, and tons of the bivalves will be as usual taken to the Lancashire markets. Seeing that the city of Chester contributes so much to the protection of the mussel fishery and that it has grown with leaps and bounds during the last few years, it is quite time the Handbridge fishermen bestirred themselves. I would suggest that it would be wise for them to wlub together, and take a house or two for the next two months at Flint (where vacant houses are unfortunately at the present time only too plentiful), and make that place tho base of their operations. The stock-in-trade is not expensive, as the only extra required is a rake with a long shaft. This, to my thinking at all events, would be a far more sensible and manly course to adopt during the present distress than to stand by and leave it to the Park gate fishermen to bring the mussels to Chester itself. Surely our salmon fishermen do not consider it beneath the dignity of their high calling to grub in the vasty and slimy deep for the humble bivalve ? —Yours truly, August 31, 1897. SELF HELP. «

THE SCARCITY OF DEE SALMON.

HOBBY HORSE MUSIC AT MALPAS.

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TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION IN CHESHIRE.…

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WEEKLY STATE OF THE CHESTER…

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