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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

GLASS-HOUSE POLITICS.

CIVIC HONOURS. |

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CIVIC HONOURS. Mr. THOMAS SMITH will not accept the Mayoralty of Chester for the ensuing year. The citizens generally will, we feel sure, join in our expression of regret that Mr. SMITH cannot yet see his way clear to accept the honour which they are most anxious to see conferred upon him. Last week we expressed the hope that we should soon have authority for announcing to the public Mr. SMITH'S willing- ness to serve in the chief civic office for the next twelvemonths, but we are sorry to have to state that he again finds himself unable to undertake the responsibilities of the Mayoralty. Mr. SMITH has on several former occasions excused himself on the ground of his many business ties, and he still feels that the claims of business will not permit him to devote himself to civic life for a year. We can only hope that the day is not far distant when Mr. SMITH will be elevated to the chief magistracy, a position for which his long and valuable public services eminently fit him. In casting about for a worthy suc- cessor to Mr. B. C. ROBERTS, we hear, failing ,Mr. SMITH, Mr. J. GOODDIE HOLMES mentioned freely as the most probable Mayor of 1898. Mr. HOLMES, although a comparatively junior member of the Town Council, is an old and respected citizen, and has been an assiduous Corporation worker since his first election for Trinity Ward in 1894. Last year he made a highly popular and efficient Sheriff, and he is now in his second term of municipal work, after his re-election for Trinity last November. He is a man fortunately nossessed of leisure to devote to the welfare of the city, and his record at Council and com- mittee meetings shews him to be fully entitled to the highest honour in the gift of the citizens. If a strong representation is made, we believe Mr. HOLMES will be induced to accept the office. The Shrievalty appears to be still far from settled, but from what we can gather, the honour seems likely to fall either to Mr. J. W. nUKE or Mr. EDGAR DUTTON, either of whom would be a popular choice.

THE POOR RELATION.

CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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