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Lady Delamere is staying at Aix. The Marquis and Marchioness of Ormonde and Ladies Butler have arrived in London. Lady Parker has left Harrogate for East- bourne, where she is staying with her little son, Lord Macclesfield. It is understood that Sir R. Williams- Bulkeley, Bart., will be invited to accept the mayoralty of Beaumaris for the coming year. Lady Grey Egerton, who has been spending some weeks with Lord and Lady Londesborough at Scarborough, has arrived in town to welcome Lord and Lady Romilly on their return from their honeymoon. Mr. Henry Cyril Paget, commonly called the Earl of Uxbridge, and Mr. Claud Hamilton Vivian, commonly called the Hon. Claude Hamilton Vivian, are gazetted deputies lieu- tenant of the county of Anglesey. The golden jubilee of the priesthood of Canon Hopkins, of the Wilmslow Catholic Mission, was celebrated at Wilmslow on Wednesday. The Bishop of Shrewsbury presided. Canon Hopkins will complete his eightieth year next month. A marriage has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Theodore Delves Broughton, R.E., eldest son of Commander C. Delves Broughton, R.N., and Marion Julia Bouwens, only child of the late Charles Augustus Theodore Bouwens. The marriage of Mr. Tudor Eyton, second son of Mr. Adam Eyton, J.P., of Plas Llanerchymor, near Holywell, with Miss Elsie Green, daughter of the Rev. J. M. Green, rector of Halkin, will be solemnised at Halkin Church on the after- noon of Thursday, the 14th proximo. A marriage is arranged, and will take place in November, between Roger Walter, only son of Mr. Walter Charles Strickland, J.P., D.L., of Sizergh Castle, Westmoreland, and Anne Maud, fourth daughter of Mr. Joseph Rowley, of Dee Bank, Queen's Ferry, Flintshire. Another pupil of the Misses Serjeant has successfully passed an examination for a King's School scholarship. This is the third pupil from this school during the last two years. The marriage took place in Liverpool on Tuesday of Mr. Victor John Hengler, son of Mr. John M. Hengler, chairman of the Chester Tramways Company, and Miss Florence Louise Macnaughtan, of Liverpool. At the Bakers' and Confectioners' Exhibition, in London, this week, the Vienna bread, which obtained the first prize, medal, and diploma, was made entirely from the celebrated brand of flour, 'Choice Patent,' manufactured by Thomas Rigby and Son, Frodsham Bridge. The Duke of Westminster has arranged to inaugurate an effort which is about to be made on behalf of the fund for providing an endow- ment for St. Luke's, Dukinfield. The structure has for some time acted as a chapel of ease, the curate-in-charge being the Rev. Matthew Wilson. A sum of about;62,000 is required for the endowment, towards which X600 has already been promised or subscribed. The Secretary of the Chester General Infirmary begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following phurch collections:- £10 from Aldford Parish Church, per the Ven. Archdeacon Goldwyer-Lewis; 96 10s. 9d. from Pulford Church, per Rev. J. R. Williams; X2 7s. from Handley Church, per Rev. A. F. Ostrehan £1 7s. lOd. from Delamere Church, per Rev. Dr. Payne, R.N.; iEl 4s. 6d. from Edge Green Mission Room, Malpas, per Miss E. F. Wolley-Dodd; 11s. from Crook-street Mission Hall, per Mr. C. C. Bowles; and £5 5s. to the Parkgate Convalescent Home from Upton Church, per the Rev. W. Sparling. FUNERAL OF MRS. PAXTON HARDING.—The funeral of the late Mrs. Paxton Harding took place on Wednesday morning, and was of a strictly quiet character, none but the family relations being invited. Archdeacon Barber and the Rev. Oswald Davies (curate of Flint) officiated at the service. The mourners were — Mr. Paxton Harding, Mr. H. Paxton Harding (eldest son), Miss E. L. Harding, Mr. R. P. Harding, Mr. R. C. Harding, Mrs. T. J. Roberts, Drs. Hamilton and Duff. Messrs. Edgar Dutton and Sons carried out the funeral arrangements. INQUEST ON A LABOURER.—Mr. F. Turner, deputy coroner, held an inquest on Thursday on the body of Richard Gibson, a labourer, aged 58, living with his sister and her husband in Milton-street. The evidence shewed that deceased had suffered for some years from rheumatism. He was taken ill on Tuesday night, and although he did not seem much worse than he sometimes appeared, he died suddenly about half-past nine. Medical evidence was given by Dr. Harrison, and a verdict of death from heart disease was returned. THE CHOIRBOYS' CHURCH.—The roof of the new church at Weston, in the parish of Run- corn, is now for the most parton, and the church will probably be ready for service next Easter. The church, which has been so widely designated 'The Choirboys' Church,' on account of the part the local lads have taken in raising the funds, still maintains its,reputation. From the last subscription list we see that small sums continue to flow in to the Choirboys' Fund from all over the country. Between 2,000 and 3,000 choir lads have already sent something. In a few cases entertainments seem to have been organised by fellow choristers. The choirboys are still to all appearances working as vigor- ously as ever, and they will fully deserve their church when they get it. In the last published list, which is a very long one, we noticed many local names of contributing choirs, and many from far afield-one even from South Africa. Between XI,000 and R2,000 is still required, and Lady Constance Grosvenor has shewn her interest in this work, so unique in some respects, by promising to open a bazaar in aid of the building fund. THE NEW PASTOR OF QUEEN-STREET CON- GREGATIONAL CHURCH.—A crowded meeting was held last week at the Tabernacle Church, Llanelly, to bid farewell to the Rev. D. Wynne Evans, who has resigned the pastorate of that church in order to take up that of Queen-street Church, Chester. Presentations were made to Mr. Evans by the church he is leaving, by his brother ministers in the town and district, by the Christian Endeavour Society, and by the Good Templars of the town. An idea may be formed of the esteem in which the Rev. D. Wynne Evans is held in Llanelly, from the following extract from our contemporary, The Llanelly and County Guardian: It is with un- feigned regret that not only the church at Tabernacle, but the town generally, feels the departure of the Rev. D. Wynne Evans from our midst. For ten years he has served the cause of Christ in the town with the graces which should possess a christian minister, and he has never unduly obtruded his person or his politics upon the platform. His one idea seems to have been as to how best to grace the christian ministry. Mr. Evans has secured the good opinion and respect of the townspeople, while lending dignity to his exalted calling. His departure will be a distinct loss to the christian community of the town and district. We but echo the sentiments of the town generally in wishing Mr. Evans every success in Chester, and in commending him with all sincerity to the sympathy and kindly feeling of the good people of that ancient city. Mr. Evans will commence his ministry in Chester on October 1st." THE CHESTER DAIRT SHOW, — It will be noticed that the Annual show promoted by the Cheshire Dairy Farmers' Association will be held at Chester on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 19th and 20th. Valuable prizes will be offered, and there is every reason to believe that the affair will be most successful. DEATH OF CANON RiCHARDSON.-The death is announced at Corwen Rectory of the Ven. Archdecon Richardson, who was recently appointed by the Bishop of St. Asaph to the Archdeaconry of Wrexham. He had resigned the living of Corwen, and was on the point of taking up his new duties when he was stricken with the illness which has terminated in his death. THE OLD SHIP GATE. We understand that the Chester Improvement Committee are about to re-erect the old Ship Gate, which stood originally in the City Walls, near the Bridge Gate, and was removed in 1827. For many years it has occupied a prominent position in the garden of the late Mr. Finchett-Maddock, in Abbey Square, and it has now been kindly handed over to the Improvement Committee, who propose to re-erect it forthwith in the Groves, near Jacob's Well. CONVERSAZIONE AT THE MUSEUM. The annual conversazione of the Chester Society of Natural Science will be held on Wednesday evening, October 6th, and promises to be more than usually attractive, the programme in- cluding exhibitions of animated photographs (shewn with the bioscope, by Mr. J. D. Siddall), art exhibition, microscopical and general scientific display, &c. Lady Lettice Grosvenor will present the Kingsley Memorial medal to- Mr. W. Henry Dobie, M.B., at 8 o'clock- Further particulars will be found in our adver- tising columns. A SHARP Boy.-Parents when summoned for the non-attendance of their children at school have always some plausible excuse to advance, but one offered by a defendant at Chester Castle Petty Sessions on Saturday takes the palm for originality. The father argued that his son had learned all he could at the school, and that consequently he was in a class by himself, and had to teach the other children.—Mr Churton (magistrates' clerk): He may be Lord High Chancellor some day. (Laughter.)-The Bench held that the boy must go to school, and fined defendant 2s. 6d., including costs. RAT PEST IN CHESHIRE.—A very serious plague of rats has again made its appearance in Cheshire, assuming alarming proportions and constituting a great nuisance, exceedingly among the farming community. In many places they literally swarm, and are especially bold and daring. Where they have migrated from appears to be a complete mystery. A few years ago a similar pest existed, when great numbers were destroyed. On. one particular farm they had taken thorough possession of a portion of the farm building, where every one was afraid to venture. Every effort is being made by the farmers and others to cope with the pest, whose ravages are extremely destructive. SERIOUS FIRE AT HANDBP.IDOF,On Tuesday night, about 7.30, the Chester Fire Brigade were summoned to the house of Mrs. E. Jarvis, Handbridge. On arriving they found that two stacks of hay and a cart shed, situated at the back of the house, were alight, the latter, a wooden structure, having already collapsed. It appeared that the fire had originated in this shed, and spread to the stacks. The brigade were kept at work continuously till two o'clock the following morning before they completely mastered the flames. The outbreak was un- doubtedly serious, and the men found it im- possible to extinguish the fire on the stacks. without pulling them to pieces and entirely removing them, as they had ignited from under- neath. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the damage, which is covered by insurance, is- estimated at about X120. THE POLLUTION OF THE DEE.—Intimation has just been received from the Local Government Board that the inquiry as to the constitution of a joint committee for the watershed of the Dee under the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act, 1876, will be held at Chester Castle on October 7th. There is no new development of the situation, but a stiff fight is sure to be waged over the constitution of the- proposed committee. Whereas under the scheme recommended by the Conference at Chester Castle in April last, Chester seeks to be represented by six members and Cheshire by three, a strong effort will be made by some of the Welsh counties to get the representation based upon ratable value. If they should succeed and become masters of the situation-a very remote possibility—the effect would be for all practical purposes to render the proposed authority inoperative. LIGHTS ON VEHICLES. The new bye- law requiring All vehicles to carry lights after sunset is now in force in the county of Chester. In order that offenders may be unable to plead ignorance, copies of the bye-law are being extensively circulated both in Cheshire and the adjoining counties. Obviously the greatest difficulty will arise with persons- driving into the county from over the border, where the same regulations do not apply, but a few batches of prosecutions (even if the cases are all dismissed) will soon have the effect of making the bye-law known on all sides. It is, unfortunate that an important question of this sort should be dealt with in piecemeal fashion by local authorities. An Act of Parliament covering the whole kingdom would be a much more effective and less expensive means of introducing this much-desired reform. We can only hope under present circumstances that the- example set by the Cheshire County Council will soon be followed by neighbouring bodies. A HOOLE INVENTOR.—Mr. C. H. Tenniers, jun., of 4, Hoole Park Chester, has patented an ingenious cover or holder for music. Anyone who knows the difficulty of keeping sheet music, papers, unbound, publications, and similar articles in a tidy state, will appreciate the invention. The idea is simplicity itself, consisting of a leather, cloth, or other two-leaved folding cover, rather larger than the pieces of music to be enclosed. Along the centre of the fold is a strip of flexible wire, which extends from near the bottom to. near the top of the fold, and is kept in place (except a free inch or two at each end) by sewing or covering it with leather, fabric, cloth, or by any equivalent means. Each free end of the wire is sharpened and bent at a right angle to the length of the wire. These sharpened ends are forced through the fold of the music or other article, and the points turned down one toward the other. An alter- native way to U3e the cover is to open the mu3ic as before, and lay it on the wire, then turn the free ends of the latter over the top and bottom ends of the fold in the music, instead of forcing the ends through it, as first described. When there is no fold. in whatever is to be covered, as for instance in ,the case of a single leaf of paper, then a piece of one side may be doubled over to form a fold. More than one wire can be provided, so that several pieces of music or the like can be accommodated within the same cover. CHESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS.- The following have gained scholarships offered by the Technical Instruction Committee of the Cheshire County Council tenable at various educational centres. The scholarships in science and art are awarded on the results of this year's examinations of the Science and Art Department, and those in commercial subjects on the results of the examinations of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes and the Society of Arts. Scli-ilarships in science subjects have been gained by F. W. Atkinson, Crewe; W. S. Roberts, Crewe; J. Saxton, Hyde; S. Leigh, Hyde; J. Clifford, Romiley, Stock- port; R. W. Holland, Scalybridge; D. Burkhill, Crewe; A. Oldham, Crewe; W. W. Wiewall, Runcorn; W. n Sprittles, Crewe; J. Byrom, otalybridge; H. A. Lewis-Dale, Crewe; H. Edwards, Hvde; W. Shaw, Newton, Hyde; Arthur Shaw, Macclesfield; G. W. Jones, Crewe; E. B. Sant, Middlewich; G. H. Taylor, Mossley H. Marshall, Hyde W. R. Broughton, Crewe; F. Norgrove, Hyde W. Hudson, Stalybridge; W. A. J. Day, Crewe; W. Sporle, Hyde; and O. Buckley, Mere Heath. Scholarships in art subjects have been awarded to Agnes Melville, Northwich; A. S. Chadwick, Hyde; G. Ball, Hyde; A. Clarke, Middlewich; J. W. Brookes, Macclesfield; S. Newman, Macclesfield; S. Bailey, Stalybridge; A. Old- ham, Gee Cross; N. Osborne, Macclesfield; G. E. Moss, Runcorn; T. N. Cox, Macclesfield; H. Jones, Northwich E. G. Whitworth, Godley; J. Wadsworth, Macclesfield; V. Clough, Hyde; E. Birks, Cheadle; J. Charlesworth, Crewe; J. Broadhurst, Macclesfield; W. E. Grimshaw, Macclesfield; A Saxton, Hyde; J. Walley, Left- wich; Janet Whitehead, Northwich; and H. Woodyer, Winnington. Scholarships in com- mercial subjects have been awarded to G. W. Wain, Broken Cross; and F. Burnett, Crewe. The applications this year numbered forty-five for science subjects, forty-eight for art, and nine for commercial subjects.