LATEST NEWS. COURANT Office, Tuesday Evening. THIS DY"S TELEGRAMS. HER MAJESTY AND CHURCH WORK. The Queen has given £ 100 to the Winchester Diocesan Society for promoting church work in the district. MAIDSTONE'S SCOURGE. This morning 55 fresh cases of typhoid were reported at Maidstone, the total thus being in- creased to 1,373. The number of typhoid cases at Banning Asylum is now 100. Three patients and two employes have succumbed. DEATH OF A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR. Professor C. S. Roy, who occupied the chair of pathology at Cambridge University, died at Cambridge last night. The deceased was appointed to the position in 1884. He was a native of Abroath, and was 43 years of age. MASTER ENGINEERS AND MR. JOHN MORLEY. A telegram from Manchester states that the master engineers resent the remarks made by Mr. John Morley on the lockout. They say he is prejudging the matter in the interests of the workpeople, and setting forth as the basis of a conference, a condition which the masters have already rejected. The masters consider that the dispute will probably last until Christmas. BAPTIST MINISTER AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM. STRONG SPEECH. In connection with the Baptist Union, a vale- dictory service was held at Plymouth, to-day, when the new missionaries and others returing to their spheres of labour delivered addresses. Among the latter was the Rev. N. H. Shaw, who is working in Florence. He declared that the religious condition of the Italian people was deplorable. Italy was a land without the Bible, and Roman Catholicism was the most powerful engine ever constructed by satanic ingenuity for degrading, enslaving, and cursing nations and men.
SPORTING. NOTTINGHAM MEETING.—TUESDAY. COLWICK PLATE.—Neroli filly, 1; Savoir Vivre, 2; Lord of the Dale, 3. Nine ran. SHERWOOD iNuRsEF.Y. -Beaulieu Lass colt, 1 Quaestor, 2; Miss Jenny 3. Twelve ran. ELVASTON CASTLE PLATE.—Bewitchment, 1 Suppliant, t; Alas, t. Thirteen ran. WELBECK STAKES.—Tender and True, 1; Kopely, 2; Dumbarton, 3. Ten ran.
(SrOlf. The ladies of the Chester Club held their second and last competition for Mr. J. G. Frost's prize this year on the 28th ult. The day was a good one for scoring, the greens were in first- rate order, and the results must be considered very satisfactory. Mrs. Archer returned the best card, with a capital gross score of 89, took the first sweep, and is entitled to hold the challenge prize until the spring competition of 1898. Mrs. J. G. Frost returned the next best score and claimed the second sweep. The following cards were returned:— *Mrs. Archer 89 8 = 81 +Mrs. J.G.Frost. 95 10 = 85 Miss Burton 102 16 = 86 Miss May B. Comber 107 20 = 87 Miss Siiand 102 9 = 93 Miss A. Rowley 104 11 = 93 Mrs. Ould 103 9 = 94 Miss M. E. Comber 110 9 = 101 Mrs. Tyrer 116 14 = 102 Miss F. Shand 127 20 = 107 *Holds challenge prize and takes 1st sweep. t2nd sweep.
CHESHIRE RIFLE ASSOCIATION. —- A VOLLEY FIRING PROTEST. Yesterday, at Chester Castle, Col. Marshall, Col. Cotton-Jodrell, M.P., and Majors Woolley and Tomkinson, sat as members of the council of the Cheshire Rifle Association to decide a protest lodged by Capt. Tandy, of the 2nd Cheshire Engineers, against the award of the second prize in the volley firing competi- tion, at Altcar, in July last, to G Company (Sale) of the 3rd Y.B. Cheshire Regiment. The ground of the protest was that the volley fired by G Company was not a bond fide one, according to the regulations, several of the men having fired before the word of command was given. In answer to Colonel Cotton-Jodrell, Captain Tandy said it would not benefit his own team if the protest was sustained, because they were sixth on the list, but he wished to draw attention to the unfairness of the practice in order that it might be stopped in future. The Council having deliberated in private, the Chairman (Colonel Marshall) said they could not uphold the protest, which ought to have been lodged on the ground at the time of firing. At the same time there was no doubt that most of the teams competing did not fire bona fide volleys, and the council had decided to make the rules on the point more stringent, and to appoint an umpire in future to see that each squad complied with the conditions. The umpire's decision upon the point would be final.
CHESTER BANKRUPTCY COURT. YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).—Before Mr. Registrar Giles. A CHESTER BUTCHER'S AFFAIRS. William Henry Hull, until recently carrying m I on business as a butcher at 14, the Market Hall, appeared for his first public examination. The bankrupt was represented by Mr. Percival Gamon.—In answer to the Official Receiver, the debtor stated that he had, previous to opening business as a butcher, acted as cabinetmaker's salesman, in which capacity he earned L2 10s. weekly. He left this employment owing to bad trade, and when the shop in the Market Hall fell vacant, he took it. Later on he opened another business in Garden-lane, and the rent of this shop with a house was 940 a year and taxes. The shop in the Market Hall woald be about 8s. 6d. per week. He first became aware of his insolvency about six months ago, and his deficiency amounted to JE223 ,2s. He filed his petition owing to the pressure of three creditors, Messrs. Shone, Dodd, and the executors of the late Mr. Lee, the money-lender. To the latter he owed R49. He had offered Lee and Dodd 5s. in the 2, but they had refused it. The examination was adjourned for the filing of further accounts. BAGILLT BUTCHER'S BANKRUPTCY. Hy. Samuel Cotton, butcher, Bagillt, whose deficiency amounted to £ 127, stated that he | succeeded his father in the business. His father left an estate worth E200, of which, after paying the debts remaining, and X97 to his brother, he would not have E100 left. Debtor's father-in-law bought the business, and transferred it to witness' wife, who paid him wages for managing it. He attributed his deficiency to losses of cattle, bad debts, and an action at law. The action, which was the result of an accident, in which a man employed by witness had when driving, run into, and killed another horse, cost him Z60, while a horse, for which he had refused ;E70, had also been acci- dentally killed in a field. The examination was closed, subject to the signing of the shorthand notes.
SHOCKLACH. A CLEVER GOOSE.—Mr. Wm. Gough, farmer, Top House, has in his possession a goose which has twice during the present year hatched and reared its young, and during the past week has commenced to lay again.
Music AT CHESTER COLLEGE.—Mr. Theodore Arden, music master at Chester College, writes to the Manchester O-nardian:—"As Chester College draws many of its students from Lancashire and Yorkshire, the most musical counties of England, and as many are quite unaware of the class of music performed in the training colleges for schoolmasters, perhaps I may mention that, among other works recently given by the Chester students, are Goetz's Water Lily' (believed to be for the first time in England), Schumann's Luck of Eden Hall,' David's Desert,' Schubert's eight- part Chorus of Spirits,' and Ambroise Thomas' < Tyrol. I
THE HON. MAUD GROSVENOR'S WEDDING. 0 The wedding of Mr. Maurice Carr Glyn, of Rook's Nest, Godstone, Surrey, and the Hon. Maud Grosvenor, eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Ebury, of Moor Park, Rickmanswarth, will take place to-day (Wednesday), at St. Mary's Church, Rickmansworth. The sacred edifice is to be handsomely decorated with flowers from Moor Park. The bridesmaids will be the Hon. Alice Grosvenor (sister of the bride), Lady Constance Grosvenor (daughter of Countess Grosvenor), the Hon. Marjorie Coke (daughter of Viscount Coke), Miss Margaret Grosvenor (daughter of the Hon. Norman Grosvenor), and Miss Rosamond Grosvenor (daughter of the Hon. Algernon Grosvenor), all cousins of the bride; Lady Constance Godolphin Osborne, sister of the Duke of Leeds and Miss St. John, niece of the bridegroom. The bride will wear a gown of white satin, with train of brocade, embroidered in pearls and diamonds. Her Brussels lace veil will be held in place by a diamond brooch, the gift of the Duke of West- minster, and she will wear a diamond bow, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids' gowns I are to be of white satin, with Marie Antionette fichus of silk muslin, sashes to correspond, and miroir velvet toques. The bridegroom's gifts are to be green enamel and pearl brooches and bouquets of mauve chrysanthemums. Lord and Lady Ebury will entertain a distinguished party at Moor Park after the ceremony. The Countess of Derby has placed Keston Lodge at the disposal of the young couple for the early days of the honeymoon.
SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT CREWE. + NARROW ESCAPES. (SPECIAL TELEGRAM.) Early yesterday (Tuesday) morning three goods trains running into Crewe Station from Liverpool and Chester collided, and were thrown off the rails. They were then run into by a fourth train. Over forty wagons, containing goods of all descriptions, were overturned. The Manchester line was completely blocked, and the mails were delayed over three hours, the traffic both north and south being disorganised. Two enginemen had narrow escapes. The Press Association says the official report issued by the London and North Western Railway with respect to the Crewe collisions states that they occurred last night, and not this morning. It appears that shortly after ten o'clock two goods trains collided owing to the driver of one having overrun the danger signal, and the impact was such as to cause the debris to foul two adjoining lines on which other goods trains happened to be travelling. No one was injured, and beyond some delay, no dislocation of traffic has arisen.
MR. LANGTRY SENT TO CHESTER ASYLUM. .0 A sad incident happened at Crewe on Monday' Mr. Edward Langtry, husband of Mrs. Langtry. was travelling on Sunday from Cork to London At Crewe he wandered out of the train, and was found twice in a position of great danger on the rails. He appeared dazed. His face was dis- figured, and he accounted for his wounds by stating that in crossing from Ireland to Eng- land he had fallen down the companion ladder and badly injured himself. Detective-Inspector Perkins, of the London and North-Western Railway Police Force, and a foreman found him on the line, and conducted him into the town, and his injuries were attended to by a doctor. It is supposed he wandered about the whole night. On Monday morning he was again found in a delirious condition in a cab yard. He appeared a great deal worse than on Sunday, and in the afternoon he was taken before the magistrates. Dr. Bailey, a magistrate, having examined him, gave a certificate for his removal to the Chester Lunatic Asylum, whither he was conveyed on Monday evening. His luggage is detained at Crewe Station. It is not anticipated that Mr. Langtry will be an inmate of the asylum long.
FALSE DECLARATIONS BY A CREWE FARMER. « At Crewe, on Monday, George Alfred Whit- taker. farmer, of Bank Farm, Crewe Green, was charged with four offences against the London and North-Western Railway Company's bye- laws. Mr. Fenna (Chester) prosecuted, and Mr. Latham defended. The allegations against the defendant were, that on the 5th of July last he consigned to Liverpool four cans, which he declared contained 44 gallons of milk, whereas at Liverpool, on being weighed, they were found to contain 50 gallons; that on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of July the defendant consigned what he represented to be 22 gallons on each date, and I on the cans being weighed at Liverpool, they were found to contain 26 gallons on each day. —Mr. Fenna said these four cases had been selected out of quite a number. The cost of the carriage of milk from Crewe to Liverpool was only three farthings per gallon, and the minimum penalty for under-declaring was JE10 in each case. Some time ago these cases were rather numerous, but on the conviction of some offenders there had been a great diminution in them; but now they were increasing again.— Evidence was given by the chief parcel clerks at Liverpool and Crewe, and several other wit- nesses.—The defence was that it was simply an error that these wrong weights had been entered in the consignment notes, and that the correct weights were given on the cans.—The Bench said the defendant had done a very stupid thing. In order to save jjd. a gallon in his milk he had run the risk of a heavy penalty. They thought they were dealing very lightly with him in fining him 91 in each case and the costs, which were heavy-altogether 910 6s. 8d.
THE CIRCUS GIRL. 0 — The pleasurable anticipations formed by local theatre goers with respect to the appearance in this city of 'The Circus Girl,' were fully realised at the Royalty on Monday evening. Every part of the house, with the exception of the dress circle, was packed, and it is seldom that an audience has greeted a piece with greater enthusiasm. Described as a musical play, 'The Circus Girl' is in reality a comic opera, but whatever term it is known by, there can be no doubt it is an exceedingly up-to-date production. The scene of the story is laid in Paris, and as the title suggests, the centrepiece of the plot is a circus troupe rejoicing in an abundance of attractive young ladies. Set to music tuneful in the extreme, the work contains innumerable pretty dances and amusing situa- tions, while in addition it is exceptionally well mounted, the costumes approaching a scale of magnificence. We have nothing but praisefor Mr. George Edwardes' company, which is responsible for the representation of the work in Chester this week. Mr. Claude Bantock is a success as the amorous old English nobleman, a victim to the charms of the circus belle La Favorita, a character gracefully pourtrayed by Miss Alice Betelle. Mr. Tom Terris shews much ability as the young Englishman, who in the assumed role of a circus artist, wins the affection of Dora Wemyss,' the daughter of the nobleman. The latter part is winsomely taken by Miss Lydia Flopp, whose rendering of 'Just a little bit of string 'is one of thefeatures of the performance. As Biggs, the American bar tender, Mr. Stratton Mills is as funny as ever, and while he is on the stage the humour never flags. In his wrestling scene with the terrible Turk, Mr. Mills convulses the audience with laughter. The other male characters deserving of praise include Mr. George Bastow, the enterprising circus proprietor; Mr. Charles Thorburn, another of La Favorita's admirers; and last, but not least, the eccentric commissaire of police (Mr. O. E. Lennon). Miss Florence Lauri's vivacity as Luccille creates a highly favourable impression and special mention should be made of her graceful dancing. Miss Irene Verona gives a good account of herself as the circus proprietor's wife, cleverly singing Not the proper way to treat a lady,' while the serpentine quartette are generally admired.
BANKRUPTCY OF A QUEEN'S FERRY BUILDER. 4 REMARKABLE STATEMENTS. Yesterday (Tuesday) at the Chester Bank- ruptcy Court, before the Registrar (Mr. E. S. Giles), George Corben Hughes, builder and contractor, Queen's Ferry, appeared for his adjourned public examination. The liabilities are expected to rank at £1,411, and the assets are estimated to produce £ 595, leaving a deficiency of B816. Mr. W. H. Churton repre- sented the trustee (Mr. E. Andrews) and several creditors, and Mr. W. C. Cuff, Liver- pool, appeared for the debtor. In answer to the Official Receiver (Mr. Ll. Hugh Jones), the debtor said he had not been able to dis- cover any trace of the books which he alleged were stolen from his office while the bailiff was in possession, and it had been a matter of great difficulty to prepare the accounts ordered by the Court. He admitted that he had not included in the receipts a sum of X231 which he realised by the sale of three cottages left to him by George Hughes (Ewloe). He estimated that he had lost about E300 over the erection of eight cottages at Queen's Ferry, which he sold in August two years ago, but the particulars he had entered as to the cost of the site, materials, Le., were mere guesswork. The debtor was afterwards examined by Mr. Churton at considerable length as to the missing books. He could not say who last saw them safe in the office besides himself. Mr. CHURTON Can you produce any living soul who ever saw them at that office shortly before your bankruptcy ?—Debtor: No. Is there anybody employed at your office at all, or about the premises, who would be in the habit of going backwards and forwards to the office ?-No. sir. Had you no clerk employed ?-No. Who made the entries in the books ?-Every- thing was done by myself. Pressed to give information as to the size of the books, and where he purchased them, the debtor said they were only small memorandum books. He could not say whether he told the Sheriff's officer when he took possession that the key of the office was in Chester. As a matter of fact, the key was in the pocket of his clothes at the hotel in Chester, where he and his wife were staying. He did not remember having any conversation with the bailiff. He believed he handed the key some days after- wards to the auctioneer, Mr. Da vies, of Mold. That was after the office had been broken open and the books stolen. How many books were in the office?—I do not know. There were only the two time-books and a day-book, containing the entries of the different works. Did it contain your receipts in connection with those works ?-No, just the entries of the material that came to the yard. Mr. CHURTON called the debtor's attention to an answer he made at the previous examina- tion, that there was was one book in which was entered everything he had received and paid since he had been in Queen's Ferry. Asked how he reconciled his present evidence with that statement, he replied Well, I don't know. I am trying to tell you the truth." But you lead one to doubt whether you are telling the truth. On the last occasion you appeared rather as an injured individual, because your books, if they had been found, would have cleared the whole matter up. To-day you say there was no cash-book or any- thing of the slightest value. Which is correct ? —I kept everthing entered up that came to the yard. Do you mean to say you never put down what amount you received from anybody ?—Yes, I put those down, of course, in the same book. A moment ago you said you kept no cash book. Where are we ?-I will tell you where I am; I am in a very funny place. (Laughter.) You may be in a funnier place before long if you don't mind.—I have tried to explain the mysterious disappearance of the books. Further examined, the debtor said he knew when he became bankrupt that it was his duty to disclose all his property. He knew that his wife had pledged certain articles in Liverpool for jE23 in order that he might pay his men's wages on May lat, but he had no idea at that time that the articles included anything belonging to himself. It turned out that among them were a cigarette holder and two or three scarf-pins, and the trustee was welcome to them; but the remain- ing jewellery and table silver were the property of his wife, being presents made to her by him- self and friends. He was not aware that the articles were pawned by his sister-in-law in her husband's name. They were in the possession of his wife at the Belgrave Temperance Hotel, Chester, and did not disappear from his house at Queen's Ferry just before or after the arrival of the bailiff. A Mr. Abraham had taken the articles out of pawn for 924 9s., but his wife declined to allow her portion of them to be handed over to the trustee. He did not know the things were valued at E40. The debtor was next questioned as to a Sunday School which he had built for the Primitive Methodists at Queen's Ferry. He estimated that this cost 9200, and he received nothing for it. because he intended making a gift of the school. There was no contract for the school and no specification. The denomination left it to him to put it up. Do you mean they never told you what accom- modation they wanted, or anything of that kind ?-No. When did you do this ? About two years ago. Although at that time you must have been insolvent ?-Yes, but I did not intend to be insolvent. If you had taken the slightest trouble you would have found out that you were. The fact is you built the school at the expense of your creditors. It was very kind to be so generous with other people's money. Was anything paid by the chapel trustees into your account at the bank in respect of that school ?—Yes. He was unable to say how much. If you were going to erect the school for nothing, why did they pay the money ?— Because they were going to be friendly with me. I had done the chapel for them, and then they were going to help me out. Can you not tell us how much they paid you ?-No. Did you ask them to befriend you ?-No. Though pressed for some time by Mr. Churton to give an idea of the sum, the debtor adhered to his answer that he was utterly ignorant of the amount, but it appeared that there was an entry in his bank book at Parr's of two payments into his account amounting to R250. Whether this sum was paid in by the chapel trustees he was unable to say. As to the missing slates, it was correct that he purchased about 20,000 slates in March or April, and when he left the premises prior to the bailiff taking possession he knew there were 16,000 slates in the yard, because two men were engaged in counting them. He could not tell how it came about that the trustee of the estate had been able to find only 7,000. Lots of stuff had disappeared from the place in addition to the office books and the 9,000 slates. Why did you not protect your property ?— When the bailiff was there he ought to have protected it. The REGISTRAR: Do you suggest the slates disappeared while he was in possession ?— Debtor: Yes. Mr. CHURTON: Do you say the bailiff had anything to do with it ?—Debtor: No, I don't indeed, far from it. After further (Questions by Mr. Churton and Mr. Cuff, the examination was adjourned till the November Court for the filing of more satisfactory accounts.
HOLD. THE NEW VICAR.—A large congregation assembled at the parish church on Sunday evening, when the Rev. J. P. Poole-Hughes, M.A., read himself in as the new vicar of the parish. COUNTY COUNCIL AUDIT.-The audit of the accounts of the Flintshire County Council and its officials for the financial year ended March 31st, 1897, was commenced at the County Hall on Friday by Mr. J. T. Adams Local Govern- ment Board Auditor for the North-Western District. PUBLIC-HOUSE SALE.—The Red Lion Inn, Rhosesmor, was offered for sale on Monday last by Mr. T. S. Adams, at the Black Lion Hotel, Mold. The property was purchased by Messrs. Lassell and Sharman, Limited, Caergwrle Brewery, for E960. Messrs. Kelly, Keene, and Company, Mold, were the vendor's solicitors.
«. HOSPITAL SUNDAY.—Our readers are reminded that Sunday next is Hospital Sunday in Chester churches and chapels. The Lord Bishop of the diocese is announced as the preacher at the morning service at the Cathedral.
DEATH OF COLONEL AP HUGH WILLIAMS. « We announce with regret the death of Colonel R. ap Hugh Williams, of Plas Llwynon, Anglesey, which occurred on Sunday morning at the Carnarvon Cottage Hospital. On Saturday week Colonel Williams was admitted to the hospital suffering from injuries to his left leg, which he sustained by the falling of a stone on the site of the extension of the sea wall. Amputation was effected the same night, and although the patient's condition frequently varied during the week, hopes of his recovery were entertained till Saturday afternoon, when his strength rapidly gave way, and death ensued between two and three o'clock on Sunday morning. The news caused consider- able regret at Carnarvon, where the Colonel's illness had been watched with sympathetic interest, and flags were displayed at half-mast at several of the public buildings. Colonel Williams was the son of Sir Hugh Williams, of Bodelwyddan, and of Henrietta, only daughter of the late Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, and his brothers are Sir W. Grenville Williams, of Bodelwyddan, and the Very Rev. Watkin Williams (Dean of St. Asaph). He was there- fore a descendant of Sir William Williams (founder of the Wynnstay family), who rose from the position of a briefless barrister to be the Speaker of the House of Commons in the last two Parliaments of Charles II., and in the following reign was appointed Solicitor-General, and afterwards a Welsh judge. He was also cousin to Lady Verney. His connection with Anglesey, where he was a large and considerable landowner, was probably originally due to the advent there of Lady Willoughby de Broke, who lived at Plasnewydd after the first Marquis of Anglesey. Colonel Williams was a magistrate and a Deputy Lieutenant for Anglesey, and a magistrate for Flintshire and Carnarvonshire. In politics he was a Conservative, and quite recently filled the office of president of the Anglesey Con- servative Association. He was formerly a major of the Royal Anglesey Engineers, and retired a short time ago with the rank of colonel. As a member of the Carnarvon Harbour Trust he took exceptional interest in matters affecting the welfare of that body and everything apper- taining to the navigation of the Menai Straits, while he was an enthusiast in yachting matters, being a member of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, and the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, and always a keen supporter of the regattas held on the Straits. He was un- married, and was 48 years of age. THE INQUEST. Mr. Bodvel Williams, the Carnarvonshire coroner, held the inquest on Monday, at Carnarvon. Mr. C. A. Jones, who accompanied the deceased gentleman to the new harbour works at Carnarvon, said they came to two planks, each weighted with a large stone to keep it from toppling over. Deceased got on one plank, and witness on the other. Deceased stepped forward more to the seawards than he should have done, and, the plank overbalancing, he fell about 8ft. on to the wall below, and the stone, which weighed from lcwt. to 2cwt., crashed upon him and smashed his right leg. Witness got down, and found him lying on his back. Colonel Williams remarked that it was a bad job, and that his leg was broken. With assistance he was placed on a ladder and carried to the Cottage Hospital, where the limb was amputated by Dr. Williams and Dr. Parry, Dr. Bickersteth being also specially summoned. He, however, never rallied, but died from shock and collapse. The jury returned a verdict of Acci- dental death,' and passed a vote of condolence with the family. The funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday), leaving the Cottage Hospital, Carnarvon, at eight o'clock for Bodel- wyddan.
FLINTSHIRE LICENSING COMMITTEE. ♦ THE PROPOSED SHOTTON HOTEL. A meeting of the justices constituting the Licensing Committee for Flintshire was held at the Shire Hall, Mold, on Monday, when the following magistrates were present:—Messrs. J. Eldon Bankes (in the chair). P. Pennant, E. Peel (Overton), C. Davison, Colonel Roper, and Major Lloyd. Two new licences which had been granted by the magistrates in petty sessions came forward for confirmation. Mr. Yates applied for the confirmation of a new licence granted by the magistrates at Hawarden for an hotel at Shotton, proposed to be erected by the Kelsterton Brewery Company.—Mr. J. P. Cartwright stated that he appeared on behalf of Mrs. Herd, who was the tenant of one of the houses which the Kelsterton Brewery Company proposed to surrender on consideration of getting the licence for the new hotel at Shotton. He contended that his client was much con- cerned in this matter, and asked to be heard in opposition to the connrmation of the licence.— The Bench decided first of all to hear evidence in support of the confirmation.—Mr. Yates proceeded to deal at length with the reasons in favour of conferring the new licence. Mr. Williams, who was to be the tenant, had been 32 years at the Anchor Inn at Flint, and had been overseer, churchwarden, and member of the Town Council. It was agreed by the justices unanimously that such a hotel as that proposed was necessary near Shotton Station. There was no place near where travellers could obtain refreshment. There were large ironworks in the locality employing some 500 hands, building was going on rapidly, and the population was increasing. There was no opposition to the granting of the licence in the court below. The Kelsterton Brewery Company pave an undertaking to give up the licence of the Old Anchor Inn and of the Prince of Wales' Arms, and the latter licence, which was in the Northop division, had actually been given up. No application was made for renewal, the tenant was under notice to quit, and the licence expired on the 10th inst. Mr. Cartwright did not oppose in the court below, and therefore had no right to oppose that day.—Mr. Cartwright submitted that he was entitled to be heard. His client was not advised that her licence was to be surrendered. His client would tell them she had been misled over this matter entirely. They did not oppose before, because they had no means of knowing that these licences were to be given up.—The Chairman said it seemed there were many grounds upon which Mr. Cartwright had no locus standi. A tenant had no right to compel a landlord to carry on a public- house if he did not wish to do so. The tenant whom Mr. Cartwright represented did not apply for a renewal, and the question whether or not she was misled had nothing to do with them, and she ceased to be tenant on the 10th Oct. He considered the tenant of the Prince of Wales's had no real grievance, because a renewal was not applied for.—Evidence was then heard on behalf of the confirmation.— Robert Williams stated that he was the applicant for the new licence, on behalf of the Kelsterton Brewery Company. There was no opposition at Hawarden, and it was said that the licence was necessary for the neighbour- hood.—Other witnesses were R. Cecil Davies, architect, Chester, who produced the plans; C. Lloyd, Wallasey, who said he was a commercial traveller, and could testify to the need for a hotel near Shotton Station; W. Peel, builder and contractor, Connah's Quay; and S. Davies, car proprietor, Flint.—The Chairman said the committee, having considered the application, were of opinion that it ought to be granted. He might say a word about the petition with regard to the site. They would have been glad if the objection to the site could have been taken in the court below, and it might have been seen whether some different site could have been chosen; but no opposition having been made before the magistrates, the question was not really before the committee. On the evidence before them they considered they ought not to refuse the licence, which would accordingly be confirmed. An application was next made for the con- firmation ef a licence for a new hotel to be erected at Prestatyn. Mr. Collingwood Hope, Liverpool (instructed by Mr. Pierce Hughes, Rhyl), appeared in support of the application. Mr. Hope said it was proposed to erect a first- class hotel at Prestatyn, the applicant being Mr. Michael O'Connor, a gentleman who had been a licensed holder in Liverpool since 1882, and had never had any complaint from the police. He proposed to spend some £9,000 on this house, which would contain 39 bedrooms, and every accommodation for stabling, &c. The hotel would be managed by Mr. O'Conner him- self. The applicant gave evidence to the effect that he gave for the land, and he had since purchased additional land adjoining. The hotel would cost about £9,000. — Mr. Pennant: Who is the owner ? Applicant: I am. —The Chairman: May I ask if you are a married man ? The Applicant: Yes.—Evidence having been given by Mr. E. Hughes, surveyor, Prestatyn, and by Superintendent Hughes, deputy chief constable, to the effect that such a hotel was much needed at Prestatyn, the chair- man said the bench were satisfied with the evidence, and the licence would be confirmed.
DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. (See also Page 3.) + HOOLE DISTRICT. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Monday, Mr. W. Nightingale pre- siding. THE CHAIRMAN'S ILLNESS. Mr. Nightingale said they would be sorry to learn that their chairman was yet so ill that he was not able to be present. He hoped he would be better by the next meeting. (Hear, hear.) PHILLIP-STREET COMPLETED EXTRA FEES FOR THE SURVEYOR. Mr. R. Cecil Davies, in moving the adoption of the minutes of the Highways Committee, said the committee recommended that Mr. Ewing, their surveyor, be paid JE5 5s. for his services in connection with Phillip-street, which had now been completed. — Mr. E. Noel Hum- phreys said it was very gratifying to find the unanimity with which the Council were congratulating themselves upon the street being finished after the stubborn opposition the two members had met with in the matter from the rest of the Council. (Laughter.)—The Clerk (Mr. A. E. Calde- cutt), in further reference to the minutes of this commitee, said that Mr. Crowder some time ago had agreed to build four houses in accordance with the require- ments of the Council. Their surveyor now had received a letter stating that Mr. Crowder was going to build in the old way. The Highways Committee had therefore decided that Mr. Crowder be informed that if he did so it would be at his own risk. It was nothing more nor less than a direct breach of faith on Mr. Crowder's part.—It was ultimately resolved that the surveyor should receive the extra five guineas, the minutes being adopted. MORE OF THE JUBILEE. The Clerk stated in reference to the Jubilee celebrations that the men employed by the Council had received two days' wages. This made an item of £1 6s. 8d., and he wanted a member to move that the accounts be passed.— This was proposed, seconded, and carried. THE FLOOKERSBROOK OBSTRUCTION QUESTION. Mr. PHILLIPS said most of them no doubt were aware that the Chester Rural District Council at their meeting had taken into consideration the obstruction across the road at Newton. He therefore felt it incumbent upon him to move that the District Council of Hoole support the Chester District Council in their attempt to remove the obstruction, in the form of gates and posts, on the highway at Newton, and also that their Clerk write to the Chester Corporation, asking them to assist the Council to remove this objectionable nuisance. Mr. BALL seconded. The CLERK said they had threshed this out as far as the Hoole Council were concerned 12 months ago. He made out a report on the question which had now arisen in the parish of Newton, and he at present adhered to every word of that report. The people of the parish themselves should move in this matter, for it did not come within the Hoole district in any way. The Parish Council of Newton had already taken steps to have it dealt with, and had submitted it to the proper authorities—the Chester Rural District Council—who had passed a resolution to the effect that they would enquire into the matter. If the worst came to the worst, and he was an owner or ratepayer, and, not being one of those who had a key, wanted to go along the highway, he would feel justified in getting over the obstructing gate or breaking it down, as the case might be. He understood that the gentle- man who had put the gate up had erected it on behalf of the trustees, had had it built under his own directions, and had paid for it with his own cheque, although he also understood he was getting it back from the trustees. He (the clerk) believed there was a key for the gate for the benefit of the tenants opposite Flookers- brook. He thought it was a matter for the residents of Newton, and it meant if they were excluded, that the tenants had certain privileges they were not entitled to. For the present he would leave the Rural District Council to deal with it, and see how far they would go in the matter. As far as they were concerned, they had plenty to do to mind their own affairs. Mr. BALL thought it would strengthen the hands of the Rural District Council if they passed some such motion as Mr. Phillips'. Mr. HUMPHREYS was of the opinion that they need not trespass any further outside their own district in the matter. They were not directly concerned, and seeing that the people who were concerned were able to fight their own battles, he thought it locked a bit officious in tendering their assistance. The CLERK said that any information he could give was at the service of those concerned in the business. He did not think they could do any more. Mr. R. C. DAVIES suggested that the matter be left over, in order that they might see the results of the negotiations between the Rural District Council and the trustees. He thought they had a right to that road, and that the trustees had no right whatever in the way they claimed; if they ever had any, they had lost it by leaving the road open so many years. He thought an expression of feeling would strengthen the hands of the Chester Rural District Council. The road was of as much value to them (the Hoole Council) as to Newton. It was one of the nicest cycling tracks in the dis- trict—cycling was the very thing that the man who put up the gate objected to. (Laughter.) He (Mr. Davies) liked to object to anyone being so officious as the gentleman in question had made himself in stopping the road. The CLERK said it was a question of right granted under Act of Parliament. The land belonged to the trustees, but they only held it upon what was contained in that Act of Parlia- ment. If they had a right to put a gate there for the benefit of some people, and give those people keys, then the 55,000 people who lived in Hoole, Chester, and Newton ought to have keys in order to keep the rest of the Queen's subjects out. Who was to identify a man as to where he came from ? In response to a question by the Chairman, the Clerk further stated that if the trustees had the power to put a gate across one road they had the same power to put a gate across the entrance by the Ermine, or across the new street. It would reduce the thing to a farce, if they had such power. PHILLIPS remodelled his motion, making it to the effect that the clerk should give every assistance to the Rural District Council in the prosecution of the matter, and should inform them that the Hoole Council thought the obstruction should be removed. Mr. R. C. DAVIES seconded, and it was unani- mously passed. MR. CROWDER AGAIN. In regard to Mr. Crowder's contract for Pickering-street, the Clerk said Mr. Crowder was under a penalty of £1 a day in default of completing the works by May lat. It would open Mr. Crowder's eyes if they proceeded with it. The real reason was that Mr. Crowder did not want to go to the expense of hiring a steam roller. He preferred waiting until one came accidentally along the road, and he had been waiting for it since May. — Mr. Phillips We allowed him to wait. — The Surveyor (Mr. Ewing) said Mr. Crowder had the roller there about a fortnight ago, and he (the surveyor) went to look at the road on Wednesday when it was very wet. He found that water lay in some parts of the channels, and he informed Mr. Crowder that those parts would have to be relaid, and that the carriage- way would have to be rolled again.—The matter was deferred. WIRRAL RURAL DISTRICT. The monthly meeting of this Council was held at Hamilton-square, Birkenhead, on Monday morning, Mr. T. Davies presiding. The Surveyor (Mr. Hughes) submitted two schemes for the extension of the sewer at Heswall to Heswall Hill. The first scheme, which was in a direct line, was estimated to cost £305, and the second crossing the Puddydale, £ 355.—Mr. J. Kitchen said there was no doubt the Puddydale scheme was the most desirable, owing to the natural fall of the ground, and the number of houses it would drain.—Mr. J. T. Fleetcroft promised to bring the matter before the Heswall Parish Council next week, and it was decided that in the event of the scheme receiving the approval of that body, the clerk (Mr. J. E. S. Ollive) should apply to the Local Government Board for a loan of £400 repayable in twenty years. A letter was read from Mr. T. M. Shallcross, architect, Liverpool, on behalf of Mr. Frederick Bradley, the owner of some cottages at Childer Thornton, complaining of the un- satisfactory nature of the drainage system, and asking that the Council should con- nect the drainage of his property with the public sewer a little distance away. It was pointed out that if this was done, it would necessitate further outfall works, as the sewer was only sufficient for present purposes, even with Thornton Hall unoccupied. A similar difficulty had arisen at the convent at Upton- by-Birkenhead, and a committee appointed to deal with the matter recommended that a purifying tank should be placed at the sewer outfall, and that the drainage should be con- nected with the public sewer, if the convent authorities would subscribe towards the cost.— The Chairman remarked that a deputation had already been appointed from the Clatterbridge Fever Hospital to inspect a Dibdin tank in Essex, which might meet the difficulty in this case, and prove equally effective in other parts of the district. He proposed that two members of the Council (MessA. Zeigler and Kitchen), with the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Kenyon), should be appointed to accompany the deputation, with a view to ascertaining if the scheme would be suitable for Childer Thornton and Upton.—This was seconded by Mr. Pixton, and agreed to, and the Clerk was instructed to reply to Mr. Shallcross that nothing could be done until the committee had made their report. In reply to the complaints from Whitby as to the insufficient water supply, the West Cheshire Water Company wrote that they were recom- mencing pumping at Hooton that day, and preparing to lay a 9in. pipe from Hooton to Whitby Heath.—Mr. Latham, replying Ito the Medical Officer, said he had heard no complaints since the 18th September. Mr. J. T. Fleetcroft, as one of a deputation from the Council to the Sanitary Congress at Leeds, gave an interesting account of the pro- ceedings. HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Highways Committee was held in the afternoon, Mr. Thomas Davies again presiding. It appeared that an application had been made to the County Council to take over as a main road a stretch of road 3 furlongs and 16 yards in length, between the Spital and Gayton main road and the Neston and Bebing- ton main road. The County Council had given a hint that if a contribution of a reasonable sum was made by the owners of the property and the Clatterbridge Hospital authority, who had built their institution on the road, they would make it and keep it in repair.—The Clerk (Mr. W. H. Churton) said he had received a reply from Mr. Thomas Green, who owned, roughly speaking, half the road, stating that he declined to give anything as the road in his opinion was a sufficiently good one.—Mr. Brocklebank, another owner, had not yet made any definite reply, but the hospital authorities had intimated that they would be prepared to contribute £150, and the Wirral Guardians £100. Mr. W. A. Ball, hon. secretary of the Wirral Polo Club, whose ground abuts on the road in question, wrote:—" Our club are not in a posi- tion to make any subscription towards this object at present, and anything we could do would have to be done by private contributions by individual members. I will do what I can to ascertain the feeling of members on the sub- ject, but it would be no use bringing the matter before the club officially, as we have no funds available for the purpose. In order that there may be no misconception in the matter, I would wish to state that we are not the owners of the field on which we play, but only tenants. I am, of course, very glad to hear of the proposed work, though I much hope the rural character of the road will be interfered with as little as possible." After some discussion, it was proposed that the matter should be deferred for a month. An amendment was moved by Mr. Pixton, and seconded by Mr. Latham, that the Clerk should write to the County Council asking if they would be prepared to make the road and keep it in repair if the Wirral District Council were able to collect half the total cost, not exceeding £900. The amendment, however, was defeated by six votes to four, and the matter was accord- ingly deferred till the next meeting.
MACCLESFIELD AND THE CHESHIRE AGRICULTURAL SHOW. ♦ On Thursday afternoon a deputation from the Cheshire Agricultural Society waited on the Mayor of Macclesfield respecting the suggestion that the town should invite the society to hold its next annual show in Macclesfield. The deputation consisted of Mr. Parton, Weston Hall, Crewe; Mr. Biggs, Eaton; Mr. T. C. Toler, Whaley Bridge and Mr. T. A. Beckett, secretary of the society. His Worship had previously sent the secretary a copy of the resolution passed by the Maccles- field and District Chamber of Agriculture, opposing the visit of the society, on the ground of the bad treatment it is alleged the society meted out to the town eight years ago, and also because Macclesfield now has a very successful Agricultural Society annually holding its show in Adlington Park. The discussion mainly turned on the attitude of the chamber, and eventually, with the assent of the deputation, the MAYOR requested the attendance of Mr. R. Brown, the secretary of the chamber, who eventually met them and fully discussed the position. The MAYOR promised to lay the matter before the Town Council, and Mr. BROWN said he should place the facts adduced by the deputa- tion before the Chamber of Agriculture at its next meeting. The deputation then thanked the Mayor for his courtesy, and withdrew.
HARVEST FESTIVALS. fSee also page 7.) 4 ST. BARNABAS, CHESTER. Thanksgiving services for the harvest were held in St. Barnabas Church on Sunday. There were several early celebrations of the Holy Communion. At the morning service the sermon was preached by the Rev. G. C. Briggs, curate-in-charge. At evensong the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to Dr. Bunnett's well-known setting in F, and the anthem was Praise the Lord' (J. H. Maunder) the tenor solo being taken by Mr. Jos. Jenkins. At this service the sermon was preached by the Rev. F. A. Screeton, late curate-in-charge, and now of Christ Church, Latchford, who also addressed the children in the afternoon. At all the services the congregations were very large, and especially so in the evening. The decorations were tastefully carried out, and the music well rendered, reflecting credit upon Mr. A. Strong, the organist, for his careful training of the choir. GUILDEN SUTTON. On Sunday harvest thanksgiving services were held at the parish church, which was appropriately decorated. The preacher in the evening was the Lord Bishop of the diocese, who addressed a crowded congregation on the sub- ject of praise and thanksgiving. A collection was made on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. HOOTON. The annual thanksgiving service was held at St. Paul's, Hooton, on Friday evening, and was attended by a large congregation. The church was artistically decorated with corn, vegetables, and choice plants and flowers, contributed by the members of the congrega- tion. The sermon was preached by the Rev. C. E. Prichard, of Thornton-le-Moors. The anthem, 0 give thanks unto the Lord,' was rendered in good style by the choir. The ser- vice was continued on Sunday. SHOCKLACH. These services were held on Sunday in the church dedicated to St. Edith, the preacher being the Rev. P. Brown (vicar). The follow- ing ladies took part in the decorations:—The east window, Mrs. Wilkinson and Miss Spence; altar rails, Mrs. Brown, assisted by Mrs. Wilkinson; reading desk, Miss Nickson and Miss Spence; chancel rails and lectern, the Misses Darlington; the pulpit, Mrs. James Hough and Miss Piggott; and the windows, the Misses P. Nickson, Wilkinson, and E. Piggott; while Mrs. Hough and Miss Piggott dressed the one by the pulpit. A cheese was contributed by Miss Duckers. The fruit, flowers, and vegetables are to be given to the Wrexham Infirmary.
PROPOSED STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE FOR BIRKENHEAD.—At the meeting of the Birken- head Town Council, to-day (Wednesday), Mr. E. P. Smith will move That the Council do forthwith take all necessary steps for the appointment of a stipendiary magistrate for the borough, and that the matter be referred to the Finance Committee to consider and bring forward a recommendation as to the amount of salary to be offered."
Cl)est £ r Stock ann Sijare 3List. Reported by Messrs. EDWARDS, SON, & WARMSLEY, 29, JEastgate Row (North), Chester. Present Chester Corpora- price. tion 3, Irredeemable Stock. £ 10o—110 Chester Gas Com- pany 10 A Ordinary Stock. £ 235—240 » 7% B4C„ „ .jClttO—164 >> >> 7 Con. Pref. Stock £ 200—205 Chester Water- works Co. 71 Consolidated Stock. £ 180—185 to to 7 New Ordinary Stock, 1st and 2nd moieties 2170-175 • •> •> 6 £ 10 Perpet'l. Pref. Shares, fully paid £ 17—18 Haw'd'n &. District Water Company 210 Shares, fully paid par Nat. Prov. Bank of England Lim. £ 75 Shares, £ 1010s. paid £ 48$—49* Do. do 4:60 Shares, £ 12 paid £ 66J—574 North and South WalesBank Lim. 240 Shares, JB10 paid £ 33 i ~3 ij Parr's Bank Lim. £ 100 Shares, t20 paid 94 Liverpool Union. £100 Shares, £ 2u paid £ 59—594 Lloyd a Lim £50 Shares, iCS paid £ 27—28 Bank of Liverpool. jtluO Shares, tl;& 10s paid. £ 382— British Law, Life, Fire Insurance.. £ 10 Shares, £ 1 paid £ li—2 Chester Boat Co. £ 10 Shares, fully paid. £ 13—15 Chester Cocoa House Co R5 „ C4 „ £ 5 10s. II II £ 5 1, £ 3 l( £ 4 Chester General Cemetery Co. 25 It par ChesterGrosvenor Hotel Co £ 20 „ „ £$0 Chest'rNewMusio Hall Co £ 25 „ „ .t:20 Chest'rNorthgate Brewery tjo Ordinary £ 10Shares,fully pd.. £ ll—11J 6 Pref. £ 10Share^,fully pU £ 124—IS Chester Queen BailwayHotelCo 220 Shares, fully paid £ 33-32 n, £ 2a » *10 £ 15-16 Chester Steam Laundry Co £ 5 „ £ 4 10s £ 5 10s- 6 Chester Tramway £ 10 II tilly t4-5 Chester itace Co. tloo „ t75 £ 150 Walker, Parker & Co CIO Shares, fully paid, Ô Cum. Pref £ 4—5 4t Debentures -c90—92 HalkynMiningCo. A:1 Shares, fully paid £ 10— £ 12 Halkyn Drainage (;o CIO Shares, fully paid 1;21-23 East Halkyn Min- ing Co El „ 15/- 17,6 SoutliHulkynMin. ing Co £ 1 „ fully 20/ 22,6 £1 11,13/13¡.-lõ¡- NorthHendre Mining Co £ 2 10s. Shares, £ a—7 RhosesmorMine. P.1 fully paid Talacre Miuing Co £ 1 19/3 paid 14s. 16S. „ £ 1 fully jjaid „ ,t Isle olMan Mining Co. (F o x d a I a) Mines RZ „ „ „ £ 4i—4J 74 Pref. £ 25 Shares, £ 17 10s pd. £ 28 10-30 10 II gi Los Llanarmon Mining Co £ 1 „ 19/- ,• £ 1 Pref., fully
Markets anb jFatrs. .¡ LIVERPOOL CORN, TUESDAY.—Wheat quiet at about Friday's prices; No. 1 Californian 8s. 2d. to 8s. 2 £ d., Western winter 8s. ld. to 8s. 7d. Beans unchanged Saidi 27s. 3d. to 27s. 6d. Peas 5s. ld. Oats very quiet and unchanged new white 2s. 5d. to 2s. 7d., yellow 2s. 2d. to 2s. 4d., old white 2s. lid. to 3s. Maize, rather improved trade and a turn dearer old mixed 3s. lid. to 3s. 2d., new 3s. ld. to 3s. lid. Flour unchanged. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY. -At market Cattle 2,849, fair trade; sheep 7.832, trade im- proved calves 124, business rather worse. Quotations Cattle, 4d. to 6d.; sheep, 5d. to 8d.; calves, 5d. to 7d. per lb. WBBXHAM CATTLE, MONDAY.—There was a large supply of stock at the market to-day, and an improvement in the trade. Best beef made up to 62d. per lb., and other sorts 5d. to bid. mutton made from 7d. to 7id. There was a good trade for calves, the best realising up to 95s. each. There was a large number of pigs on offer, and these ranged from 8s. to 8s. 6d. per score lbs. Dairy cows changed hands at from 118 to X19 15s. there was a nice lot of these animals in the market. Store cattle made from X6 10s. to X8 10a. each. Scotch ewes fetched £1 Is. eaoh, and Cluns 27s. 6d. each. LIVERPOOL CATTLE, MONDAY.—There were a few more cattle in the market to-day. Demand slow and prices lower for all sorts. Sheep and lambs about the same in numbers. A very slow trade, and, excepting a few prime hoggett sheep, everything lower. Prices :-Beef, 6d. to 4d. per lb. mutton, 7d. to 5d. LONDON CATTLE, MONDAY.—Smaller supply in the beast market. Best quality, being scarce, met freer sale, but no higher rates quotable. Second quality met slow sale. Fat shed cows 2d. per 81bs. lower. Fat bulls steady. Rough cattle low in price. Top value primest Scotch 4s. 7d. to 4s. 8d. per 81bs. Herefords 4s. 6d. Sheep trade opened with more life, and continued steady all day, best small wethers being a shade dearer, though not quotably so. Good ewes made more money. Pigs dull, but late rates maintained. Prices :—Beef, 2s. 4d. to 4s. 8d. mutton, 3s. 4d. to 5s. 6d. pork, 3s. to 4a. 6d. per 81ba. MANCHESTER HAY AND STRAW, MONDAY.— Hay 5d. to 6d., clover 5!d. to 61d., straw oat 3Jd. to 4d. per stone of 141bs. JMANCHKSTBE FAT PIG, MONDAY.—There was a good supply, with a slow demand. Quotations First class 9a. 2d., seoond class 8s. 8d. to 8s. lOd. and third class 6s. 8d. to 7s. per score of 20 lbs. LIVERPOOL CORN, FRIDAY.—Wheat slow trade, about lid. under Tuesday; No. 1 Californian, 8s. 21d. to 8s. 3d.; new spring, 8s. Id. to 8s. 7d.; western winter, 7s. 9d. to 8s. Beans 3d. easier; Saidi, 27s. 3d. to 27s. 6d. Peas unchanged, 5s. Id. to 5s. 2d. Oats very quiet; new white, 2s. 5d. to 2s. 7d. Maize moderate demand, id. under Tuesday; new mixed, 3s. d. to 3s. id. old, 3s. lid. to 3s. 2d. Flour unchanged. LONDON CORN, FRIDAY.—Wheat and flour steady, at Wednesday's decline; maize dull, other articles without material change in value. American quotations of wheat and corn came higher. CHESTER EGG AND POULTRY, SATURDAY.— Prices At this market were Eggs, 10 for la.; best butter, la. ld. to Is. 2d.; poultry, 4s. to 5s. per pair; ducks. 2s. 6d. to 3s. each rabbits, Is. to Is. 3d. partridges, 3s. per brace hares, 3s. 6d. to 4a. CHESHIRE POULTRY. Home-fed poultry in liberal stock, and fully an average inquiry at most markets. Import supply plentiful, and at easy figures Quotations per coupleNantwich (Saturday), fowls 4s. 6d. to 6s., ducks 5s to 6s • Northwich (Friday), fowls 4s. to 5s., ducks 5s. to 5s. 6d. Crewe (Saturday), fowls 3s. 6d. to 5s., ducks 4s. to 5s. 6d.; Sandbach (Thursday), fowls, 4s. 6d. to 5s., ducks 5s. 6d. Kuncorn (Saturday), fowls 3s. 6d. to 4s. 6d., ducks 4s. 6d. to 5s. 6d.; Knutsford (Saturday), fowls 4s. to 5s. 6d., ducks 5B. to 6s. CHESTER CATTLE, THURSDAY.—At this fair on Thursday there was a good supply of store horned stock, and a fair attendance of buyers, but the demand was not very brisk, although it shewed noticeable improvement, better business being done at more satisfactory prices. Inferior cattle went slowly, and quotations were irregular. There was a large show of sheep, including a good selection of store ewes of all classes. There was a fair enquiry, but prices ruled higher than pur- chasers liked to pay, and this checked trade, although a considerable number of sheep changed hands during the day. Quotations Milch cows, X14 to £ 20; barrens, £10 to 912; stirks, JE5 to X8; calvers, X12 to £ 18; heifers, £ 9 to X13; bullocks, 910 to 913; wethers, 18s. to 32s.; ewes, 25s. to 38s. CHESTER CORN, SATURDAY. An average attendance at to day's market wheat samples rather freely offered, although buyers are not, owing to the decline in the foreign article, disposed to pay recent full rates, and the trade is, in consequence, quiet. Oats and barley are not freely offered, and there is little change to note in values. Indian corn slightly easier on the week. Quotations :— xxw. OLD. 8. D. 8. n. 8. D A 1, Wheat, white per 750>. 5 0to 5 00 OtoO 0 Wheat, red „ 75th. 5 0 5 00 0—0 0 Dial tin gBarley „ 60ft. 0 0 0 o, o 0—0 0 Grinding do 61ft. 0 0—0 ol 0 0 n 0 Oats 46ft. 2 0 — 2 4 3 0—0 0 Beans 80B>, 0 0 — 0 0i5 0—0 0 Indian Corn 240fb. 9 0-0 O'O 0-0 0
MALPAS. DROWNING FATALITY.-On Monday afternoon the eldest son, aged four, of Mr. Leigh Weaver, and grandson of Mr. L. Weaver, Overton Hall, near Malpas, was found drowned in the moat adjoining the farmyard, where the little one had been playing. Every effort was rendered to restore animation, but without success.
— WHITCHURCH. THE DAIRY ASSOCIATION.—On Monday, the members of the Whitchurch Dairy Farmers' Association assembled in the Town Hall for the purpose of electing a secretary of the Associa- tion, in the place of Mr. T. Nunnerly, the secretary from the time the association was formed, who offered himself for re-election. The candidates numbered seven; voting, by ballot. Mr. Nunnerly obtained 117 votes, Mr. Etches, auctioneer, 30, and Mr. Sadler, secretary of the Nantwich Farmers' Club, 27. Im- mediately the result was announced, Captain Ethelston, the vice-president of the Association, and the chairman of the Council, gave in his resignation. At a Council meeting held shortly after, it was stated that Lord Kenyon, the president of the Association, had also resigned. Printed and published for and on behalf of the Cheshire and North Wales Newspaper Company, Limited, by JAMES ALBERT BIRCHALL, at the Chester Cour"t Office, B, Bridge-street, in the City of Chester.- WBDWESDAT, October 6, 1897.