ROCK FERRY GIRL'S ADVENTURES. 0 Emma Davies, 14, who has been rescued through the intervention of the British Foreign Office from the custody of a Cheshire family now resident in California, arrived home at Rock Ferry on Friday. Five years ago the girl was taken to America, on the understanding that she was to be educated, and sent home after two years. For a long time the parents heard no tidings of the girl, and official inquiries, it is alleged, elicited the fact that she was being badly treated. The people with whom she was staying, however, refused to give her up, but ultimately Sheriff Westfall rescued her, and she was taken care ef prior to being sent home by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.. In the course of con- versation the girl said since she left England her life bad been a very hard one, she having been treated more like a slave. She had to get up at four o'clock in the morning, and after doing household duties had to work in the vineyard. If she became too tired to work she was thrashed with a stick. She did not write to her parents, because she was told they had removed from Rock Ferry. When the people with whom she was staying learned that inquiries were being made, they kept the girl out of sight, and sent her away into service for several months. The girl, who, during her absence, has so changed that her parents could scarcely recognise her, expressed herself highly pleased that she had again got home, for she was afraid she would become a slave girl, and thanked all who had been instrumental in her rescue.
THEFTS AT CHESTER. A THE LODGER AND HER BOXES. At the City Police Court, on Saturday, a middle-aged, respectable-looking woman named Mary Thomas, who refused to give any account of herself, was charged with stealing a quantity of household linen and other articles, of the value of about £5 10s., the property of Mrs. Morris, City-road. Prisoner, on being asked whether she was guilty or not, said You must do what you like with me."—Mr. Davison (Deputy Magistrates' Clerk): Did you take them ?-Don't know. You can give her back her things. I don't want them.—The question is, did you take them ?—Perhaps I don't want them if I have.—Subsequently prisoner said she would be dealt with summarily, this being tantamount to a plea of guilty.—The Chief Constable said prisoner had been lodging with Mrs. Morris for about six weeks. On September 23rd some article was found missing, and on the afternoon of the same day prisoner left, and other things were missed. The following day Mrs. Morris' servant saw prisoner in the street, and told her of the missing articles, asking her to let her luggage be examined. There were three lists of stolen articles, and a long list of goods, for which owners had not yet been found. When articles, and a long list of goods, for which owners had not yet been found. When prisoner, after being arrested, was brought to the station, she was searched, and £ 2 5s. worth of linen, &c., was found wrapped round her body under her clothes.—Mrs. Morris said prisoner came to her house as a lodger six weeks before the day she left, giving her name as Miss Thomas. Witness missed certain articles a week before the 23rd, and on the latter date she was ill.—The value of all the articles (produced) would be about X5 8s. They were stored in a linen cupboard, to which prisoner would have access.—Elizabeth Massey, servant to the previous witness, said that on the morning following the day on which prisoner left she saw her in City-road and asked her that her luggage might be ex- amined. She refused, and after some words witness followed her to the station, and there called in the police.—Lucy Clutton, female searcher at the Police Station, deposed to find- ing various articles underneath prisoner's clothing.—Detective-Inspector Gallagher was called in to the General Station on the 24th. Prisoner refused to have her boxes, &c., searched, and tried to get away. He had gone through the boxes and found the things enumerated in the lists.—Prisoner was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.
SALMON SANCTUARIES. + The Llangollen Magistrates were engaged on Tuesday in hearing a case of great im- portance to the salmon fishery of the Dee. An angler, named Robert R. Lovell, was sum- moned on three charges of illegal salmon fishing-(l) for using a certain snatch for killing salmon, (2) for angling at Llangollen Weir in such a manner as to hinder salmon from passing through the fish pass, and (3) for killing salmon at the fish pass. In order to fully appreciate the issue, it ought to be explained that at the lower end of the salmon ladder at Llangollen Weir is placed a huge box in which the fish congregate in hundreds, waiting for a sufficient supply of water to get through the pass. It has, unfortunately, been a practice for some time past for certain persons to station themselves immediately below this box and angle in it for salmon with hook and worm, a very unusual bait for salmon. 'Snatching' can be performed in various ways, but the most usual practice is to drop a line and hook into a place where fish are congregated, wait till a passing fish touches the line, which is very easily felt by the angler, then make a sudden snatch or pull, thus hooking the fish in a foul manner (not. by the mouth). It can be readily under- stood from this rough description of the opera- tion of snatching' how difficult it is for fishery officers to prove a case of this nature, and to shew that the unlawful act has been done wilfully. In the Llangollen case, the charge of snatching- was not successfully brought home to the defendant. The second charge, of obstruct- ing the passage of the fish, was withdrawn; but in the third case, that of killing fish in a fish pass, the prosecution was successful. To the lay mind it must appear remarkable that angling is permitted in the immediate vicinity of a salmon pass at all. There are two sections of Acts of Parliament bearing most pertinently on the question. The first is Section 17 of the Salmon Fisheries Act, 1873, which states that no person shall catch or kill, or attempt to catch or kill, except with rod and line, or scare or disturb, or attempt to scare or disturb, any salmon within 50 yards above or 100 yards below any weir; and no person aball fish with rod and line in such a manner, or such a place, near such weir or obstruction, as to wil- fully scare or hinder salmon from passing through any fish pass, or over any part of such weir. This section, it will be noted, curiously enough, exempts the angler from prosecution for actually killing salmon in this prohibited spot, while at the same time it says he cannot wilfully scare them. Now, surely, while an angler is engaged in killing a salmon in a box of these dimensions where some hundreds have congregated, the others will at once be scared out of the place. Fortunately, how- ever, a section of a former Act of Parliament provides the necessary safeguard. By section 23 of the Act of 1861 it is provided that any person doing any act for the purpose of pre- venting salmon from passing through a fish- pass, or taking any salmon in its passage through the same, shall incur a penalty not exceeding £5 for the first offence,' in addition to for- feiting the salmon and instruments used in its capture. No doubt the Act of 1873 leaves a very wrong impression, by the exception which it makes in favour of rod and line in the matter of killing salmon, and it seems to have been rather carelessly drawn in view of the former statute. The prosecution which has just taken place will doubtless put an end to a practice which would materially affect the ascent of salmon to the spawning grounds and to other waters of the Dee. That such a system of so-called 'angling' formed a serious obstruction to the upward passage of the fish there can be no question. There is, we believe, no record of a similar case in the history of salmon preserva- tion in this country, and its effect cannot but be beneficial to the whole fishing community if other Fishery Boards act upon this valuable precedent. This is not the first instance in which the Dee Fishery Board have led the way, the notable salmon consignment case under the Act of 1894 being still fresh in the recollection of our readers, a case, moreover, which has been followed up by many other Boards of Conservators in England, and has been of material use. The Llangollen Magis- trates in Tuesday's case recommended Superintendent Simpson to put up bills at the. Weir, warning anglers against this illegal practice. It is not, of course, customary to Placard an Act of Parliament the same as bye- laws, but the illicit fishing having established a footing in the neighbourhood, no doubt it is a wise suggestion to give the decision every Possible publicity.
RECLAIMING THE DEE. « THE HOOLEY SCHEME. In our advertising columns to-day, appears the prospectus of the Dee Estates, Ltd., which is the outcome of the huge purchase by Mr. E. T. Hooley of the extensive tracts of land in the estuary of the Dee. The Liverpool Journal of Commerce says :— One might almost assert that for centuries past there has been in the air an idea of reclaim- ing the immense stretches of land which lie un- covered during a very considerable portion of the twenty-four hours along the banks of the Dee almost from Chester to the river's mouth, and, judging from present prospects, it may now be affirmed not only to have taken tangible shape in the form of a well-considered scheme, but to have almost reached the stage of actual accomplishment. The public have now the opportunity of examining critically the proposals of the promoters of a scheme which is destined to revolutionise the appearance and economic condition of the Dee as completely as the great cutting between Eastham and Salford changed the topography and prospects of the district through which the famous canal wends its way. Briefly, the pro- posal is to form a company with a share capital of £ 425,000, to acquire and develop 3,000 acres of cultivated land, situated between Chester and Queen's Ferry; something like 1,200 acres of marsh land, having a frontage to the Dee, and reclamation rights over the estuary of the Deeand Mostyn Marshes, while the shipbuilding yard and quarries at Connah's Quay and the Mostyn Docks are to be likewise included in the purchase. When it is stated that the area of land to be dealt with totals up to 24,000 acres, and that one of the ultimate dreams of the promoters is the canalisation of the Dee from Mostyn to Chester, and the practical forming of a wet dock 19 miles in length, the compre- hensiveness and completeness of the scheme will be realised by all. By an Act of Parlia- ment, granted as far back as 1732, powers were given to reclaim the Dee estuary, and as these powers were continuous, and will be vested in the company, no new Act of Parliament will be necessary, and the work can be begun immediately. The usual reclamation opera- tions of making embankments and sea walls are considered by competent engineers to offer absolutely no physical difficulty, and on the Wirral side it is proposed to reserve one of the channels, which it will be easy to prevent from silting by the constant How of fresh water from the high levels of the peninsula to the sea. What this deep channel and reclaimed shore will mean to such localities as Park gate, Heswall, and Neston can only be fully realised by a personal knowledge of the district, but if ever the former glories of one-sided Parkgate stood a chance of being revived or the un- appreciated merits of West Kirby as a health resort had an opportunity of being fully recognised, it must be admitted that at least that much-to-be-desired time has arrived. Silting up has gone on to such extent on the Wirral side that the labour of reclamation will be in most cases comparatively easy, and, indeed, many thousands of acres have already been won from the sands in the locality to the great profit of the reclaimers and the great improve- ment of the district. It will be found that the promoters have very wisely determined to have no merely ornamental directors on the board. If a venture of this kind is to succeed, it will require good, hard work by experts who thoroughly under- stand both the value of land and the engineering measures which it will be necessary to take in order to win the soil from its present inhospitable condition. It must be remembered that the company will acquire a vast estate of 3,000 acres of cultivated agricultural land which is at present let to good tenants, and it is upon this estate that Mr. Rhodes, the mining engineer, has reported that valuable minerals underlie the ground at a reasonable and workable depth. The existence of coal beds is an absolute certainty from a geological point of view, and one can readily agree with the expert above quoted that this property would afford an admirable site for a large colliery undertaking, as ocean- going vessels could be loaded direct, and the railway and other facilities are ample. This important question concerning the value of land has been admirably answered in the selection of the Earl of March, the eldest son of the Duke of Richmond, as the chairman of the new company, for the noble earl looks personally after the vast estates of the Duke, while for actual fitness to preside over a vast scheme of this nature there is perhaps not a single individual in the kingdom whose name would be received with more confidence by the investing and discrimina- ting public. Of Sir William H. Bailey, the managing director of the limited company of the same name in Manchester, the public need not be informed that he is a hydraulic engineer of the very first standing, and his reputation and success in engineering matters closely allied to the present scheme will con- stitute him a technical adviser whom it would be difficult to beat. Mr. Percival Fowler, another director, is an eminent engineer and geologist, and is the son of Sir William Fowler, a name to conjure with in the engineering world, while of Mr. Skelsey it is sufficient to say that he has been the owner of a good deal of the land new being transferred, and is therefore likely to have as exact and as accurate a know- ledge of its peculiarities as any living individual. It is hardly necessary to more than mention the name of Mr. Marshall Stevens, now the managing director of the Trafford Park Estate, for this gentleman's long and honourable connection with the Manchester Ship Canal, and the experience he must have gained in that capacity both in ordinary matters of business and in the more special functions regarding land purchase and estate values, would constitute him a really valuable member of any board of this nature. It will thus be seen that the directorate of the Dee Estates has been most admirably chosen, and that its members may be said to form an expert board in the truest sense of the word. The company ask the public to subscribe to an issue of 4 per cent. debentures, the security being a trust deed on the whole of the assets, and confidence in the issue will be pretty general when it is explained that the trustees for the debenture holders will be Sir Charles Smith, ex-M.P. for Hull, and Mr. Wright, of Nottingham, the last-named gentle- man in particular being known as perhaps thevery greatest living authority on estate values. The immense local possibilities of the scheme, and the vast and populous district which it is going to affect, gives to this latest magnificent design of Mr. Hooley an interest far above that which any mere stroke of speculation wopld possess, and though ultimately some of Wirral's natural beauties may be impaired, no one who wishes well to the district will regret the raising up of large manufactories and the establishment of a fashionable watering place which the scheme in its entirety carried out will involve. MR. HOOLEY'S PROFIT. The Yorkshire Post, referring to the under- taking, says :The prospectus contains two valuations of the properties, including the minerals. According to one valuation, the value is placed at X360,660, and according to another at X347,027 in their present state, as between a willing seller and a willing pur- chaser. The EIOO,000 of the working capital is presumably to be used partly on the Mostyn Docks, which we are told require improvement and extension. Taking the two valuations given in the prospectus and the amount of purchase consideration, it would appear that if the company floats Mr. Ernest Terah Hooley will have made something like X150,000 out of this latest flotation.
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THE EAST DENBIGHSHIRE ELECTION. 0 THE RESULT. RETURN OF MR. MOSS. OVERWHELMING MAJORITY. A few minutes after noon on Wednesday the result of the polling was declared by Mr. Williams, High Sheriff. It took the con- stituency by surprise. The Liberals expected to win, and the Unionists were prepared for a defeat; but neither anticipated what really happened. The total poll numbered 8,041, being ten more than in 1895, and after casting aside 18 spoiled papers, the following was the decision of the electors Mr. Samuel Moss (R) 5,175 Hon. G. T. Kenyon (C) 2,848 Radical majority 2,327 The following are the figures for the last and previous elections in the constituency :— 1885. 1892. G. O. Morgan (R).. 3831 G. O. Morgan (R).. 4188 Sir H. W. Wynn (C) 3438 Sir H. W. Wynn (C) 3423 Sir H. W. Wynn (C) 3438 Sir H. W. Wynn (C) 3423 Radical majority 393 J Radical majority 765 1886. 1895. G. O. Morgan (R).. 3536 Sir G. 0. Morgan (R) 4899 Sir H. W. Wynn (C) 3510 H. St. J. Raikes (C) 3115 Radical majority 26 Radical majority 1784 The result was declared outside the County Hall, Wrexham, in the Court-room of which the counting took place in presence of the candidates and their agents. A heavy down- pour of rain all morning kept many away who had intended to be at the official declara- tion, but even as it was a crowd of about 1,000, the vast majority of whom wore the Radical colours, were present when the announcement was made, and enthusiastically cheered the Radical victory. Little attention was paid to the vote of thanks which was moved to the High Sheriff by Mr. Moss and seconded by Mr. Kenyon, but both the successful and the unsuccessful candidates were heartily cheered on their appearance for that purpose. Mrs. Kenyon accompanied her husband to the declaration of the poll, and the manner in which both of them bore the heavy defeat excited the admiration of friend and foe alike. The Radicals were greatly elated with their majority. Just before the ballot boxes were opened, Mr. Moss stated that he expected it would be somewhere about 700; and while a fortnight ago Mr. Hooson, chairman of the Rhos Radical Association, shewed a corres- pondent a calculation whereby a majority of 2,227 was worked out for Mr. Moss, undoubtedly the general impression was that the majority of 1895 would be reduced by 1,000 or 1.200. A demonstration of jubilation-the first of a number which took place on Wednesday in Rhos, Coedpoeth, Ponkey, and other Radical districts-was just after the declaration made by Mr. Moss and his friends at the Wrexham Reform Club, whither the new member had been carried shoulder high from the County Hall, his supporters lustily cheering all the way. Speaking from the balcony, Mr. Moss said I wish to thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for this tremendous majority. (Cheers.) You have done what you were asked to do-you have raised a tribute to the honour and the memory of our dear old departed member, Sir George Osborne Morgan —(cheers)—such a tribute and such an honour as will find its way into every village, town, and county both in England and Wales; and you have shewn how you approve of the foreign, aye, and the home policy, of our friends the Conservatives. (Cheers and hooting.) It was said that East Denbighshire had no principle, but that it was led by the voice of one man. (' We have shewn them to-day.') Yes, I thank you tor having shewn to-day that you are not led by the voice of one man, but believe strongly and firmly in the principles which that one man advocated. (Loud cheers.) I do not know that on a wet day like this I can do more than thank you, and I can only hope that if ever the fight is fought again, you will rally round us as you have done to-day. (Cheers.) Mr. WILLIAM JONES, M.P., in addressing the crowd, said that the Tories in East Denbigh- shire had received a paralytic stroke. He wanted the electors to carry the same spirit into the boroughs at the next election, and to make them keep time with East Denbighshire. (Cheers.) They had thought that the majority of Sir George Osborne Morgan at the last election was enormous, but it seemed to be now the beginning of a new era for the spirit of true Liberalism, which was to leaven the whole of North Wales. It was a victory for Welsh nationalism and Young Wales. (Renewed cheering.) Mr. HERBERT ROBERTS, M.P., said his breath had been. taken away by the magnificent result of the poll. As one who represented West Denbighshire, he thanked them for the splendid victory of that day. He agreed that it was the beginning of a great victory for the boroughs, as well as for the counties. They had won that victory because they had not been divided. (Cheers.) He ventured to predict that Mr. Moss would remain in that seat until the very end of his life. Mr. PENDENNIS said he ventured to believe that the Conservative candidate would not oppose the Liberals again in the constituency, as it was simply throwing money away. Mr. HOOSON (Rhos) also addressed the meeting. During the afternoon Mr. Moss visited Rhos, Ponkey, Cefn, and other districts where he had received strong support. At Johnstown he was met by the Rhos Silver Band, and escorted through the streets by a crowd who yelled them- selves hoarse with delight. They mean by-and- by to settle with the Rev. Evan Jones, of Coed- poeth, for what they deem his slander on their fair fame, in alleging that the stone-throwing at Coedpoeth was the work of their youth. It has been gravely proposed that the rev. gentleman should not be allowed to visit Rhos to preach until he has publicly withdrawn the statement which has so raised the ire of the people of Rhos. But on Wednesday they forgot that small' affair of honour,' and exulted with one accord over the crushing defeat, as they believed it to be, of their opponents. A number of congratulatory telegrams were received at the Radical head- quarters in Wrexham during the course of the afternoon. MR. MOSS ON HIS VICTORY. In the evening the successful candidate paid a visit to the Wrexham Reform Club, where he was received by a large and enthusiastic gathering. Upon entering the building be was accorded a great ovation, the assembly singing For he's a jolly good fellow,' and giving three cheers for the new member, and three more for his wife.-Mr. Moss again expressed his thanks to the electors for the great victory which they had given to Liberalism. (Hear, hear.) It was a victory which would not very soon be forgotten. (A Voice: 'Barnsley.') The result had set a very good example for the Denbigh Boroughs, and he was sure they in the boroughs could deal an equally effective blow to Toryism if they would only organise them- selves. (Hear, hear.) He did not know why the Boroughs were Conservative. They ought not to be. Ruthin and Denbigh were a part of Wales, with Welsh sympathies and Welsh in- fluencies, and Welsh aspirations and Welsh hopes. Depend upon it, one constituency in- fluenced another, and he thought they should have a Liberal member for the boroughs to join him in going to Westminster. (Cheers.) Wherever they found the rank and file joining heartily in the fight, they might depend upon it they were going to win. (Hear, hear.)
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HARVEST FESTIVALS. 0 ST. PETER'S. On Thursday the annual harvest festival was held at St. Peter's, Chester. The church had been tastefully decorated by Mrs. Stonex, the Misses Thomas, Wakefield, Lloyd, Home, the Rev. F. Hindhaugh, &c. The Rev. F. Hind- haugh intoned the service, and the lessons were read by the Rector (the Rev. F. T. Stonex, M.A.), while the sermon was preached by the Rev. A. H. Arnold (rector of Barrow). The anthem, I Rejoice in the Lord,' was creditably rendered by the choir, the quartet being taken by Mrs. Freeman, Messrs. Lees Banks, Brierley, and Ruffles. ST. PAUL'S, BOUGHTON. The harvest thanksgiving services were com- menced at this church on Thursday evening, and will be extended over Sunday. The decorations, as usual, were carried out with great effect by a willing band of workers. The musical portion of the service is always of an elaborate descrip- tion on these occasions, and this year's was no exception. The opening service, which was attended by a crowded congregation, began with a processional hymn, 'Praise, 0 praise.' The special Psalms were cxlv. and cl., and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to the music of Gadsby in C. The anthem was Praise ye the Lord' (J. H. Maunder), and this item was capitally rendered by the augmented choir. The hymns sung during the offertory were 'To thee, 0 Lord (to the Jubilee tune 0 King of kings '), and Now thank we all our God.' The re- cessional hymn was 'Holy Father, cheer our way.' The preacher was the Rev. J. F. Howson, M.A., vicar of Christ Church, who delivered an excellent discourse from 1 Chronicles, xxi. chap., part of 24th verse. At the conclusion of the service, Dr. Garrett's harvest cantata was rendered by the choir, assisted by the Chester Orchestral Society, and its performance reflected great credit upon Mr. R. Thomas, the organist, for his training of the choir. Mr. J. T. Hughes conducted the cantata. The offertories at all the services are to be given to the Chester Infirmary. FARNDON. The harvest thanksgiving service was held on Wednesday (St. Michael's Day). The Holy Communion was celebrated at eight a.m., morn- ing prayers at 10 a.m., and choral service at 7.30 p.m. The Rev. John Penrose, Vicar of Gawswortb, preached the sermon, and the offertory, £ 5 14s. 9d., was given to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society. DUNHAM HILL. The harvest festival was held at Dunham Hill on Tuesday, the church being tastefully decorated with a profusion of flowers and grain. Fruit and vegetables were also generously contributed. Among those who kindly helped to decorate were Mrs. Young, Mrs. Fitton, Mrs. Cartwright, Mrs. Price, Miss Bate, the Misses Booth, Miss Hopley, Miss H. Hancock, Miss B. Manning, and Mrs. Banner. Evensong was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. J. S. Banner), and God so loved the world,' from Stainer's 'Crucifixion,' was sung for the anthem, the choir being specially augmented. The sermon was preached by the Rev. and Hon. C. F. Cross, M.A., vicar of Stretton. MALPAS. On Wednesday night the harvest festival was observed at the parish church. The interior was tastefully garnished for the occasion with fruit, flowers, vegetables, and cereals. The embellishment of the Communion table. Communion rails, and the chancel windows was the work of Mrs. Greenshields, assisted by the Misses Greenshields and Miss Horne. Upon the communion table stood two large vases of gladioli, while at each corner and at the back of the table were arranged a choice profusion of palms and other plants. The choir stalls were entrusted to the Misses Cox, and the front of these was ta&tefully festooned with garlands of corn. The prayer desks and organ were much ad- mired, and were the handiwork of Mrs. Sandbach and the Misses Sandbach. The lectern had received much care and atten- tion by Miss Jones, Hampton Hall. The chapel screens were very prettily bedecked by the Misses Jordison. The font, which always lends itself with much effect to a good display, looked exceedingly pretty, and this year was the work of Mrs and Miss Rasbotbam. The seats and the old oak safe were embellished by Mrs. and Miss Mercer, the Cox memorial window by Mr. E. Mercer and Mrs. Mercer, the windows by the Misses Cox, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Gill, Mr. Hollis, and Mr. G. Boughy; the pulpit by Mrs. J. Reeves and the Misses Cooper; and the gas brackets immediately behind the font by Mrs. Danily. The plants placed in front of the pulpit, also on the chancel rails and in the chancel, were kindly sent from the Hon. G. Ormsby Gore's, The Lodge, and Mr. R. L. Greenshields, The Beeches. The service was fully choral, and there was a crowded congrega- tion. The prayers were intoned by the Rev. F. E. B. Wale, and the lessons were read by the Rev. and Hon. A. R. Parker and the Rev. J. D. Scott respectively. The anthem, 'Sing to the Lord of Harvest' (Maunder), was impressively rendered by the choir, and an earnest sermon was preached by the Rev. J. D. Scott, vicar of Cholmondeley, from the 9th Psalm, verse 1, 'I will praise Thee, 0 Lord.' The offertory, amounting to R10 6s. 5d., will be entirely devoted to the Church of England Waifs' and Strays' Society. FRODSHAM. The annual harvest festival thanksgiving services were opened in the parish church, Frodeham, on the evening of Wednesday (St. Michael's Day). The congregation was fairly good, the falling off from other years being attributable to the inclemency of the weather, rain falling heavily from morning till night. Notwithstanding the scarcity of flowers and fruit, it must be said the interior of the sacred edifice never looked so beautiful as on Wed- nesday evening. The pnlpit was magnificently adorned, the artistic arrangement of exquisite flowers in yellow and white (calceolarias, lilies, chrysanthemums, Ac.), being most effective. The following ladies were responsible for this Mrs. Blogg, Mrs. Morris, and Misses Ashton and F. Garrett. The Communion rails -were wreathed with grain, holly, and barbary, relieved by red cactus dahlias, the base- ment being lined with choice apples, pears, and vegetables of all descriptions, the handiwork of the Misses Hitchens (2), Hazlehurst, and B. Garrett; while the com- munion table was tastefully adorned in scarlet and white (geraniums, gladiolas, and chrysan- themums) by Miss Simpson. Two massive palm trees stood in front of the communion table. The choir stalls, which were beautifully lined in scarlet and white on a background of grain and evergreens, were much admired, being the work of Miss Ethel Pollard and Mrs. Massey. Mrs. Parkinson was responsible for the litany stool and lectern, which were beautifully robed in yellow and white flowers. The font was most charmingly decorated in white with chrysanthemums, dahlias, and lilies, relieved with maidenhair ferns, by Mrs. Hutchins, friend, and Mrs. H. Linaker. The Crosfield memorial window on Helsby chapel side was tastefully ornamented in crimson and white by Mrs. Charles Reynolds, the other windows being decorated by Misses Milne, Edge, and Unsworth. The massive stone pillars of the church were artistically covered with various kinds of ever- greens and corn, by Miss Crosfield and niece, Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Scott, Misses Day, Fletcher, Richardson,and Holland. The door at the Over- ton entrance,together with the large window to the left of the font, was tastefully adorned with evergreens and flowers by Mrs. Jones. The Rev. W. T. Dickenson, senior curate, intoned the service, which was fully choral, and the Vicar (the Rev. H. B. Blogg, M.A.) read the lessons, while an appropriate sermon was preached by the Archdeacon of Maccles- field, from the text 'We' bless Thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life.' Barnby's anthem, '0 Lord, how manifold-are Thy works' was well rendered by the choir, under Mr. B. Musgrove, organist and choirmaster. The collection, which was divided between Chester Infirmary and the Frodsham Parochial Nurse Fund, amounted to £ 9 5s. 7d. HARGRAVE. The harvest thanksgiving service was held on Wednesday evening. The preacher was the Rev. G. S. Berkeley, vicar of Saighton, who delivered an excellent discourse to a large congregation from Col. iii., 14. The service was fully choral, the anthem being I Thine, 0 Lord, is the greatness' (Kent). The church was artistically decorated, a work in which the following ladies took part:—Mrs. Hutton, Mrs. Beckett, Mrs. Dutton, Miss Welch, the Misses Cookson, Miss Jeanie Peacock, Miss Booth, and Miss Jessie Dutton. The offertory will be apportioned between the Chester General Infirmary and the Additional Curates' Society. SANDYCROFT. On Thursday evening the Rev. John Phillip- son preached the harvest thanksgiving sermon in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, taking for his text the 65th Psalm, 9th to 13th. The chapel was tastefully adorned with flowers, and in front of the pulpit was fixed a large table containing all kinds of choice fruit, flowers, and corn, with a nice background of ferns, coleus, and many kinds of window plants, which in effect surpassed the decorations of previous years. The whole work was performed by the members and friends. The singing went well, the choir rendering two anthems, viz. Now lift our joyful song' (T. F. Seward) and Sing, 0 ye Heavens' (1'. H. Tanner). The chapel was well filled. The proceeds of the sale of fruit, flowers, corn, &c., will be devoted to the Chester Infirmary fund. ALVANLEY. The annual harvest thanksgiving service took place in St. John's Church on Thursday, a large congregation being present. The interior of the edifice was prettily adorned. The Rev. Lionel Garnett, B.A., rector of Christleton, occupied the pulpit, and preached an appro- priate sermon. Special Hymns and Dr. Vincent's anthem, Thou crownest the year,' were rendered by the choir. TATTENHALL. On Wednesday evening the annual thanks- giving service was held in the parish church of St. Alban's. Notwithstanding the wet evening there was a large congregation. The edifice was neatly adorned by the following ladies:—The font, Miss L. Brierley; windows in nave, Mrs. Eaton Jones, Miss Gertrude Jones, and Miss Sandbach; pillars, Mrs. Capel Lutener, Mrs. Brierley, and Mrs. J. Moore Dutton; Com- munion table and rails, Misses Ellerton; choir stalls, Misses Brierley and McWhirter; pulpit, Mrs. Orton; lectern, Miss Brierley; reading desk, Mrs. Whichello. The service commenced with the hymn The sower went forth sowing.' The Rector (the Rev. C. L. Arnold) read the prayers and the lessons. The service was fully choral, Tallis' responses being sung. The special psalm sung was the 104th. An anthem was creditably rendered, entitled Ye shall dwell in the land (Stainer). The other harvest hymns sung were Father, before Thy throne of light' and 'We plough the fields.' An in- teresting sermon was preached by the Rev. Canon Royds, rector of Coddington, and rural dean, from Psalm lxxviii, 25, 'Man did eat angels' food.' At the close a collection was taken in aid of the Chester General Infirmary, which amounted to £8 7s. FLINT. Harvest thanksgiving services were held on Wednesday in the parish church and at Caer- salem Chapel. The services in the parish church were held in the morning and evening, and were very well attended, especially in the evening, when there was a full congregation. An appropriate discourse for the occasion was delivered in the morning by the Rev. Joseph Davies, Holywell, and in the evening by the Rev. L. D. Jenkins, Bala. The decorations were very tastefully carried out by a number of ladies. The services at Caersalem were held in the afternoon and evening. The Rev. D. M. Davies preached an excellent sermon in the evening to a large congregation. SAUGHALL. The first Church of England harvest festival ever held in thts village was the one which commenced on Thursday-evening and continued on Sunday at All Saints' Church. The church was crowded on Thursday evening, when the preacher was the Rev. F. J. Pinhorn, M.A., rector of Capenhurst. Large congregations assembled at the Sunday services. The preacher in the morning was the Rev. J. D. Best, M.A., principal of Chester Diocesan Training College, and in the evening the pulpit was filled by the Very Rev. the Dean of Chester. The decorations were neat and effective in the extreme, and the ladies who undertook the work are to be congratulated on the success of their efforts. The singing was bright and hearty, and Miss Lilian Trelawny, who presided at the organ, deserves praise for the pains taken with the choir. The collections were in aid of the building fund. WHITBY. The harvest thanksgiving service in connec- tion with the Whitby Mission Church was held on Thursday evening. The room was tastefully decorated, and there was a good attendance. An excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. A. G. Child, of Rock Ferry, his text being The harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.' The other clergy present were, the Revs. W. R. Prichard (Stoak), Bidlake (Ellesmere Port), and Thomas (Chester).
ADJOURNED LICENSING SESSIONS. -0 FLINT PUBLICAN CAUTIONED. On Wednesday, at Flint Adjourned Licensing Sessions, John Jones applied for the renewal of the licence of the Mill Tavern, Mount Pleasant. The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. Henry Taylor) said the matter was adjourned because ot a conviction against the applicant. No formal notice of objection had, however, been received from anyone.—The Chairman (Mr. S. K. Muspratt) said the Bench would renew the licence, but they wished to caution the appli. cant. The police all over the county were taking special precautions to watch every house in the future. Applicant's house had borne a bad reputation, and this year he had been guilty of an offence against the Sunday Closing Act, which was a serious thing. The Bench hoped he would take heed to the warning. CREWE. THE BENCH AND MESSRS. WALKER. The adjourned licensing sessions at Crewe were held on Tuesday. Mr. Feltham applied for a full licence for a house specially built for an hotel at the corners of Hume-street and West-street. The premises belong to Mr. J. Dudsen Plant, and the applicant for the licence was Walter James Badger. A petition, signed by 149 out of a possible 181 householders, was presented in favour of the licence. This, Mr. Feltham suggested, was more than the per- centage provided for by local option. The owner of the premises was willing to give an undertaking never to part with the premises to a brewer, and, if necessary, to put a clause in his will that the house should never be sold to a brewer.' (Laughter.) The nearest off- licensed house was 200 yards away, and the nearest fully-licensed house was nearly half a mile away. Evidence in favour of the applica- tion was given. The police objected to the licence being granted. The Bench refused the application.—Mr. T. Latham applied, on behalf of George Taylor, for a full licence for the Ram's Head, an 1869 beerhouse. There are several fully-licensed houses in the neighbour- hood. The Bench refused the application.— The police reported that a number of licensed bouses in the town had back doors in such positions as made the houses very difficult of police supervision. A number of the owners and licensees offered to meet police require- ments, and the licences were renewed. In the case of the Red Bull Hotel, in Market- street, one of Messrs. Walker's principal houses, the police asked for the closing of a side door leading to a semi-public entry. Mr. Latham said that Messrs. Walker would be willing to meet the requirements of the police. The magistrates, in the luncheon interval, visited the premises, and on their return the Mayor announced that they unanimously requested that two of the doors should be closed—one at the side and one at the back, and that a portion of the side of the premises should be fenced and folding doors provided for the private part of the house. Mr. Latham pointed out that the Bench had gone further than the police, and had 'sprung a mine' upon them. He bad no authority from Messrs. Walker to promise what the Bench asked. Mr. Wright, representing Messrs. Walker, said that they were willing to do what the police-superintendent sug- gested, and it was possible the firm would agree to the suggestions of the Bench but, as they bad no notice of the additional sugges- tions before that day, he asked that the licence should be renewed, and if the firm did not meet the requirements of the Bench the ques- tion could be raised again next year. The magistrates, however, shewed no disposition to yield. The Bench, after further application by Mr. Latham and Mr. Wright, offered to adjourn the renewal for three weeks; but Mr. Wright pointed out that the licence would lapse on the 10th of October. The Magistrates again retired, and on their return adjourned the question of the rene wal to a special meeting on October 8th, and ordered the police to serve fresh notices of objection on Messrs. Walker and the tenant, the Mayor remarking that the Bench were perfectly unanimous in their decision.—Mr. Rycroft appeared for Messrs. Bell, of Stockport, and asked for the renewal of the licence of the Horse Shoe Hotel, Coppenhall. There had been a dispute between the outgoing tenant and the firm on the question of goodwill. Mr. Rycroft read a fresh agreement which the firm had signed, stating that when the present tenant gave up, if he had not endangered the licence in any way, they would see that the next tenant paid him E150 for the goodwill (he having paid that sum on going in), or the firm would pay it to him themselves. They also undertook that the rent receipts should be given in one sum, and not divided-a proceeding which at the last sessions induced the Bench to make some observations.—The Magistrates said the agreement was more satisfactory, and the licence was renewed. LICENSING CONFIRMATION COMMITTEE. The County Licensing Confirmation Com- mittee met at Chester Castle on Saturday. Mr. R. Howard presided, and there were also present Mr. John Thompson, Mr. Stanton Eddowes, and Captain Wilbraham. Mr. Pugh, barrister, Liverpool, appeared in support of an application for the confirmation of the licence granted by the Wirral justices to the Leasowe Castle, which has recently been purchased by the Leasowe Castle Estate Co., and is to be con- ducted as a private residential hotel and hydro- pathic establishment. The castle itself was built in the early part of the century, and was formerly occupied by Sir Edward Cust. The present owners have added a wing to it, in- creasing the accommodation to 100 rooms. Mr. Pugh submitted that the new hotel was almost unique in its associations and in the facilities which it offered to visitors, being within easy reach of Liverpool, and in close proximity to the golf links. The magistrates below granted a six days' licence. If the place did not fulfil the expectations of those who launched it, the licence would die a natural death.—There was no opposition, and after hearing the evidence of Mr. Walter Ellery, secretary to the Leasowe Castle Estate Company, the committee confirmed the licence. THE EGERTON ARMS, BROXTON. Mr. Salmonson (Messrs. Birch, Cullimore, and Douglas) applied for confirmation of a removal licence from the existing inn known as the Egerton Arms, Broxton, to new premises that are being erected on the west side of the Whit- church and Chester road. The licence was granted by the Broxton Bench on the 31st August to Mrs. Cockerton, and there was no opposition. The applicant, in answer to questions by the Chairman, expressed the opinion that the bedroom accommodation shewn in the plans prepared by Mr. Boden, architect, was inadequate.—Mr. Salmonson pointed out that the place did not now attract so many residential visitors, but if it appeared that more bedroom aecommodation was required, Sir Philip Egerton would be very willing to increase the size of the house.—The Chairman said upon that understanding the lieence would be confirmed.
IBiterars Notices, THE OCTOBER MAGAZINES. THE OCTOBER MAGAZINES^ Those who are studying the latest phase of industrial war as exemplified in the engineering dispute will find much solid reasoning in an article entitled Navis Sacra' in the current issue of Blackwood's Magazine. The writer, dis- cussing the role of the Trades Union, says:— Among many discouraging signs of the times, one encouraging sign is the healthy jealousy which is now shewing itself not merely among the chief agitators but from the rank and file towards the agitators generally. It is capable of being shewn to any but the least intelligent workman that strikes have never brought to the average striker much if any good; that they have brought that average striker to distinct disaster in some cases, and to unquestionable discomfort in many; and that seats in Parliament, places, allowances, rail- way fares, hotel expenses, and other things do most certainly come out of his own pocket, and do most uncertainly ever return in any form thereto. Besides which, it is not conceivable that work- men, any more than other people, should enjoy the continual dictation and the occasional positive tyranny of the modern Union. The Trade Union as a simple benefit society is a. wholly admirable thing, and does well and healthily the work which our new-fangled Government interference will do badly and in unhealthy ways. The Trade Union, existing for the purpose of looking after the interests of the trade generally from the men's side, is, though an institution capable (as of course a Masters' Association is also capable) of being abused, still a thing which may do some good and prevent much harm. But a Trade Union which directly or indirectly is allowed to interfere with freedom of work is a national nuisance, and to be abated as such. A writer in the October number of Cossell's Family Magazine, discussing the ques- tion of champagne, says:- The districts which produce the best qualities of grapes are Cramont and Avize for white grapes, and Ay, le Mesnil, Bouzy, Verzenay, and Haut- villers for black. There are, probably, quite forty thousand acres devoted to viticulture, and the value of the vines as they stand is computed at five million pounds sterling. Nor will this large sum seem so disproportionate to the extent of area when it is remembered that the yearly cost of eultivation in a vineyard of any size is placed at between 940 and JE50 per acre. During recent years the output has not increased to any large extent, as from purely natural causes, such as the limited area of the soil most suited for growing the best grapes, it cannot be greatly augmented. The annual average production may be placed at about twenty to twenty-two million gallons of wine. This, of course, is an enormous quantity, yet bearing in mind the vast proportions to which the importation of champagne into this country and the United States, to say nothing of other lands, has grown, it will be easily understood that not all champagne' is champagne. In this connection are there not even whispers that concoctions made from the humble gooseberry are sometimes substi- tuted for the generous product of the noble grape ? In round figures, twenty million bottles of champagne are exported from France each year, while about five millions are kept for home con- sumption. This is just three times as much as was sold fifty years ago. English theatre-goers will be amused with a description in the October number of Macmil- lan's Magasine of a first night in an Athens theatre The performance approached its end, and one would have taken the Athenians for the most patient and enduring of audiences; when, sud- denly, while the stage was full of actors, a loud cry of Folla Folia arose from the back seats and was succeeded by the flight of a cushion to the stage. The first cushion bad somewhat the same effect as a spark in a powder magazine. The spectators, hithSrto so patient and indifferent, were now hissing, shouting, howling to their utmost, and at the same time keeping up a constant volley of cushions, which fell upon the stage with a storm- like violence, entirely stupifying for some seconds the poor actors, who fled behind the scenes for shelter so soon as they were able to realise the position of affairs. The public, however, after the first outburst of indignation, remembering that the real offence lay with the author, and not with the actors, called loudly for him. Author, Author cried a voice»from the back seats; 'Author, author!' exclaimed the whole audience in chorus, the author out! and out they would have him. What induced the poor man to come forward at such a time it is difficult to say, but come he did, and boldly faced the infuriated public. He had better not have done so. Kiirii,' he managed to say, but he could get no further; the rest was lost, buried like himself in a fresh storm of cushions After a few minutes not a single cushion remained on any of the seats they were all strewn in front of the stage, thick 808 the autumnal leaves of Vallombrosa. The Sunday Magazine is a bright number, con- taining among its best features The Mission of a Booklet,' by Alexander Lamont; Failure which is Success,' by Dr. Robert F. Horton; Miss Weston's Work in the Royal Navy,' by Charles Middleton; and Herr Meyer's Genius,' by A. M. Rose. Mr. G. Clarke Nuttall, B.Sc., affords an ex- planation in the October number of Good Words of the ancient blood portent' so much dreaded in the Middle Ages. The blood-red spots found on household bread or milk, or on Church wafers in by-gone ages, and formerly attributed by the superstitious to some terrible crime which caused the wounds of Christ to bleed anew, are thus accounted for :— A certain bacterium-bacterium prodigious—is responsible for the apparition, its blood-red colour and its comparatively rare occurrence giving rise to its portent' aspect. This bacterium appears at times suddenly and without apparent reason or cause on substances rich in starch, such as white bread, dressed potatoes, or any rice stuffs; or the characteristic red patches may one morning be found floating on the surface of milk. And though it is not a common phenomenon, yet, like others of. the bacterium class, it is most peristent when it has once put in an appearance. It can stand a long period of desiccation and great changes of temperature without its vitality being in any way impaired. Under the microscope, the moist red patches resolve themselves into a great assemblage of infinitesimally small round, or egg-shaped cells, sometimes isolated, sometimes connectod in chain- like groups but whether isolated or connected in chains, each is a distinct organism, providing its own nutriment, and living its own life. It is easy to imagine how a housewife might be struck with consternation on finding on a loaf of her bread a sprinkling of, as she thought, blood-stains their rapid increase would augment her awe, and then should by any accident the bread be moved into a warmer corner by the fire, the equally rapid and unaccountable disappearance of the awful appari- tion would, not unnaturally, lead her to see in the whole cycle of events a sign of terrible import. An inverview with Prince Ranjitsinhji and articles on Famous Cyclists of the Day, and on Madame Bergman Osterberg's College, at Dart- ford, for the physical training of women, are alone sufficient to make the Windsor a note- worthy number. The raison d'être of the school we are told is to produce, as nearly as may be, women who shall be physically perfect. The college course extends over two years, and during the whole of this period the students lead preforce an almost ideally healthy life. The good old rule of early to bed and early to rise' is rigidly enforced. A diet, in which the place of meat is largely usurped by green vegetables, fruit, cereals, milk and eggs, is partaken of by all; and, so far as possible, all studies and exercises are per- formed in the open air. Madame Osterberg holds strongly to the opinion that, in order to get the very best possible results from a scientific system of physical training, the lessons ought to take place out of doors. To this end she has had fitted up, in a sort of natural leafy amphitheatre in one corner of the college grounds, a perfectly-appointed, open-air gymnasium. Here each day pupils and professors clim ropes, vault, leap, run, and in fact do everything their brothers have been wont to do under similar eirenmrtanopcl A n«.f.nmT nh.hoo 'J, Y"IIO:I& logy, hygiene, chemistry, and medical gymnastics are not neglected, and the playing of all sorts of games forms part of the regular curriculum. These latter include, besides cricket, hockey, tennis, cycling, dancing, etc., a new and exceed- ingly fascinating sport called 'basket-ball.' Like the Blue-coat boys, the Dartford Heath College girls go bare-headed in all weathers, and wear a special costume consisting of a loose-fitting blue cloth tunic above knickers and jersey of the same colour. Clad in this dress their movements are absolutely free and untrammelled, and they are able to leap and run with a swiftness and agility that would have caused the typical bread-and-butter miss of a decade or two back to hold her breadth in horrified amazement. It almost seems unneces- sary to add that at Dartford the corset, or any substitute thereof, is strictly tabooed. The Cornhill is again most interesting. The anniversary study is Agincourt; Mr. Andrew Lang writes on Some Spies,' and there are capital articles on The Romance of Race by Grant Allen, and on The Mechanism of the Stock Exchange,' from which we take the following defence of the stockjobber :— It may be contended that the jobber, as long as he sticks to his legitimate business, is a useful and even indispensable member of society. He is a middleman it is true, and it is nowadays the fashion to abuse all middlemen and maintain that they are useless parasites. But a contractor is in a sense a middleman, and the experience of the London County Council Works Department has proved that his elimination may bring surprisingly expensive results. The jobber exists to create a free market in securities. When a broker receives an order he is able to go straight to a knot of men gathered at a certain place in the Stock Exchange, knowing that, whether he has to buy or sell, he will be able to do so readily, though the ease and rapidity with which transactions can be carried out varies to a certain extent with the nature of the securities that have to be dealt in. If we eliminettd the jobber to-morrow, a broker could not deal until he had found another broker who was a seller of the stock that he wished to buy and vice versa and even when he had succeeded in doing so he could not be sure about the price at which he would be justified in dealing, and the inevitable results would be an intolerable waste of time, a great deal of bickering and higgling between broker and broker, still more friction and recrimination be- tween broker and client, and in the end the business would probably not be done so cheaply. One thing is certain, that if the jobber were eliminated the trouble and worry of the broker would be so much increased that he would be forced at least to double his commissions. So that by suppressing the jobber's turn we should only have to pay twice as much commission to the broker, and have the satisfaction of seeing our business done less efficiently. One has often seen the huge figures of horses and men carved in the chalk of our English downs, and wondered perhaps, whether there was any special history connected with them. Mr. Creed discusses this interesting subject in the October number of Pearson's Magazine, and his article is illustrated with photographs of the most striking figures :— The largest turf monument in the world is the memorial of the first Jubilee that was cut out and planted by Mr. H. C. Lane on the north side of the Sussex Downs at Streat. It is shaped like a gigantic V, and each side of the V is 165 yards long and 22 broad, the width of an arm being the length of an ordinary cricket pitch. For mile after mile across the Weald of Sussex it is plainly visible—the royal cipher traced indelibly on the green boundary of one of the fairest portions of the Queen's domains. Other turf monuments are not planted with trees. The turf is removed, and the white chalk allowed to stare through the aperture. It is all very well for a time, but before long the grass begins to reclaim possession, and, unless someone is found to undertake the business of renewal, the monument gradually grows less distinct, and finally disappears altogether. The Fireside (7, Paternoster Square, London, E.C.) maintains its reputation as an admirable magazine for the domestic circle, among its best features this month being Chained Books in Churches,' by Mr. William Andrews; Submarine Cables,' House of Commons Anecdotes, Heraldic Humour,' &c. NEW BOOKS. I Mona St. Claire (London Frederick Warne and Co. 3s. 6d.).-This is a tale of stirring I interest, which will appeal powerfully to school girls, and, like all the other productions from the pen of the same charming author (Annie E. Armstrong), is marked by a fine, j healthy tone throughout. The volume is j handsomely got up in Messrs. Warne's best style, and is cleverly illustrated by G. Demain Hammond. It would make a most acceptable gift book. Christian Martyrdom in Russia.—This is the title of a book, published at Is., by the Brother- hood Publishing Co., 26, Paternoster-square, London, containing a detailed and authentic account of terrible and widespread persecutions now being inflicted by the Russian Government on the Christians known as the Spirit Wrestlers. These people base their religion, which in many of. its salient points is Protestantism, on the teaching of the New Testament, and endeavour to realise the Gospel teaching in practical life. For this they are abused, imprisoned, and exiled, their sufferings being terrible. The book contains an article by Leo Tolstoi, and preface by J. C. Kenworthy, and should be read by all who have at heart the spread of Christian truth and life. Messrs. Simpson, Low, Marston, and Co. (St. Dunstan's House, Fleet-street, London) have issued a sixpenny edition, complete, of Mr. R. D. Blackmore's celebrated storv. < Lorna DooDe.' The first edition of 103,000 copies has, we believe, all been sold in advance of publication day, and the firm is now preparing another edition of 50,000 copies. This is one of the cheapest copyright books ever published, and the style in which it has been got up is a credit to the enterprise of the publishers. Messrs. Cassell and Co.'s Publications. The Encyclopedic Dictionary being issued by this firm has reached its 68th part, bringing the enormous work down to the word specialize.'— The 13th part of the Family Lawyer is now issued, the section dealing mainly with the legal aspect of friendly societies, and cos- veying much valuable information. We have received, from Cassell and Co., part six of that interesting publication' The Queen's Empire.' In it there are beautiful views of the homes of the Queen and of her people, among them being an excellent illustration of Eaton Hall. Messrs. Cassell have commenced to issue under the title of 'Sacred Art' reproductions of pictures by eminent modern artists, dealing with various passages from the Bible.
SERIOUS BICYCLE ACCIDENT AT HALKYN.— Three cyclists, hailing from London, were on Friday riding from Nannerch through Halkyn, in the direction of Flint, and when they came to the steep hill by the Halkyn Church one of the party dismounted, but the other two proceeded to ride down, and in turn- ing a sharp corner one of them came in contact with a large stone, and was thrown violently on to a stone wall, and sustained severe injury to his back. His fellow cyclist was also thrown head first on to the road with great force, and was picked up in an unconscious state, having received severe injuries to his bead and face. Both machines were wrecked. Their companion immediately procured a tfrap and drove them to Flint, where their injuries were attended to, and although one of them was in a fainting condition, they were able shortly afterwards to proceed by train. THROAT AFFECTIONS AND HOARSENESS.—BROWN'S Baos- CHIll TROCHES, which have proved so successful in America for the cure of Coughs, Colds, Hoarseness, Brúll itis, Asthma, Catarrh, or any irritation or soreness of the throat, are now imported and sold iu this country at Is. 1J. per box. Put up in the form of a lozenge, it is the most convenient, pleasant, safe, and sure remedy for clearing and strengthening the voice in the world. No family should be without them. The genuine have the words "BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES" on the Govern. ment stamp around each box.-London Depot, 33, Far. ringdon-road, and of all Patent Medicine Vendors.