DISASTROUS FIRE. The co-operative stores at Consett were destroyed by fire this morning. The damage, which is estimated at upwards of EWOOO, is covered by insurance. A boy was injured by a falling wall, and other persons had narrow escapes. MAIDSTONE'S SCOURGE. Four fresh cases of typhoid were notified at Maidstone yesterday. Nearly all the persons stricken down recently reside in the infected Farleigh area. The total cases number 1,842, of which nearly three hundred are secondary. THE ENGLISH CRICKETERS IN AUSTRALIA. ANOTHER WIN FOR THE OLD COUNTRY. Mr. Stoddart's team, we learn from the Pall MaU Gazette's special cablegram, has beaten the New South Wales eleven by eight wickets. In the Englishmen's second innings McLaren made 100, and Ranjitsinhji was responsible for 112 not out. 'THE NATIONAL UNION.' The annual conference of the National Union of Conservative Associations began to-day, in St. James's Hall, London. The council's report was presented. Mr. James Lowther, M P., in supporting its adoption, warned the Government to avoid in future any departure from the desire for more repose and the dislike to ambitious departmental adminis- tration, and far reaching or fussy or subversive legislation, which resulted from the last general election.
DEPTFORD ELECTION. ♦ CONSERVATIVE VICTORY. Polling at Deptford took place on Monday, and the result was declared at night, as follows:— Mr. A. H. A. Morton (C) 5,317 I Mr. J. W. Benn (L) 4,993 Majority 324 The late Conservative member, Mr. Dariing, who has now been elevated to the judicial bench, had a majority of 275 in 1888, 565 in 1892, and 1.229 in 1895.
SHOOTING ACCIDENT IN THE DEE ESTUARY. « TWO MEN SEKIOUSLY INJURED. On Monday afternoon William Jones and Joseph H. Grundy, of Parkgate, both of whom have followed the sport of wildfowling in the estuary of the Dee for some years, met with a serious accident. They went after some birds in a canoe with a four-bore breach- loading punt gun. The gun is loaded with large steel cases, which are first capped and filled with shot and powder, wadded, and driven home, like the charge in a muzzle-loader. These cases are over seven inches in length, and one and a quarter in diameter, and carry nearly a pound of shot. Jones had fired once, and as he was putting a case in a second time it jammed, and exploded with such terrific force, that it was driven backwards from the breach of the gun. Jones had his thumb broken and a fearful gash torn in his thigh, while Grundy had a shin shattered, and the instep of one of his feet reduced to a pulp. The canoe was atained with blood, and had particles of flesh adhering to it. Both men were attended to by Dr. Speechley, of Parkgate, aud Grundy was afterwards removed to Chester Infirmary.
"Nv'N.N Sporting. LONDON BETTING.—TUESDAY. DERBY CUP. 13 to 2 agst Melange—tkn 7 1 —— Sardis-tkn 7 1 —— Smean—tkn 10 — 1 —— Eager-tkn 10 — 1 —— Knight of the Thistle—tkn 12 1 —— La Sagesse-tkn 12 1 —— Gulistan-tkn 14 1 —— Diakka—tkn 16 1 —— Marco—tkn 20 1 —— St. Noel—tkn 20 1 —— Foston-tkn 20 — 1 —— Ashburn *tkn'*
LEICESTER MEETING.—TUESDAY. APKTHORPB HANDICAP.—Nellie B, 1; Water- perry, 2; Second Choice, 3. Eleven ran. ATHERSTONE HANDICAP. Filliford, 1 Kumasi, 2 Lomax, 3. Six ran. STAND PLATE.—Somatose, 1; Kirschwasser, 2; Martha III, 3. Ten ran. NOVEMBER HANDICAP,- Pedant. 1; Tyrannic, 2; Perseat, 3. Fourteen ran. RAILWAY PLATE.—Splendour, 1; Affectation, 2; Connie's Pet, 3. Twenty ran.
C RJCKET. MOLD CRICKET CLUB AND TIIB CHESTER LicAGuz.-An adjourned meeting of the mem- bers of the Mold Cricket Club was held at the Royal Oak Hotel, on Friday evening, when Mr. J. B. Marston was voted to the chair, and there were also present Dr. Lunt, Messrs. Edwin Roberts, J. C. Griffiths, Ernest Owen, J. T. Ll. Popkin, J. S. Swift, J. Simons, Edward Jones, E. P. Edwards, B. St. G. Scargill, Leigh Maddox, and Mr. J. M. Lowsby (hon. secretary). The Secretary reported that as directed, he, in con- junction with Messrs. Marston and Jones had attended the last meeting of the League Com- mittee as a deputation from the Mold Club. As a result or the conference with the League he was in a position to report upon the probable discontinuance in the League of clubs whose grounds were unsatisfactory.. The funds of the League were in a highly satisfactory condition, which for the ensuing season would relieve clubs from further extraordinary liability. The meeting to arrange League fixtures had been called for Monday, the 15th inst., whereby another objection to continuance in the League was removed, while fixture books would be supplied free of charge. Letters were then read from the president of the club (Major E. Lloyd), Mr. T. M. Keene, and others advocating continuance of the League membership. After a brief discussion, on the motion of Mr. Edwin Roberts, seconded by Dr. Lunt, it was unani- mously resolved that the Mold club remain members of the League. A vote of thanks to the Chairman and to the deputation who attended the League meeting at Chester, con- cluded the meeting. Subsequently a number of the members discussed the desirability of forming a hockey club, the matter being taken up with considerable enthusiasm.
FOOTBALL. MOLD TOWN V. RHYL AMATEURS. This friendly match was played at Mold on Saturday in gloomy weather, rain commencing to fall before the termination of hostilities. The town were two short of their usual strength, and it is only fair to surmise that the visitors were not fully represented. Twenty-five minutes after the start Welch scored for Mold, and nothing further was recorded in the first half Early in the second moiety Jack Jones put in number two for Mold, play being at this period greatly in favour of the leaders. Whitley completed some pretty work on the part of J. Jones and J. B. Jones by scoring, but the point was disallowed. Through the instrumentality of Peter Davies the Town speedily received compensation, and the game shortly afterwards ended with the score-Mold, 3 oals Rhyl Amateurs, nil.
GOLF. The Box Bogey Competition of the Chester gentlemen during the month of October resulted as follows. ♦Mr. W. E. Fairlie 3 down *Rev. J. D. Best 3 11 Commander Crawford 4 Rev. E. E. Nottingham 6 „ Mr.-U. B. Corbel. 7 *The tie will have to be played off to decide who will be entitled to compete in the final, and also for the sweep. The 5th competition for the Ladies' Gold Medal was held on Tuesday, the 2nd inst., with the following result, and four competitors returning no cards. ♦Mrs Tyter 105 14 = 91 tmrs. James Frost 101 8 = 93 Miss May B. Comber. 117 — 19 = 98 Miss Shand 108 — 7 = 101 Mrs. Archer 104 — 2 — 102 •Win in for final and 1st Sweep. fSecond Sweep.
CHESTER PAXTON SOCIETY. 0 ANNUAL EXHIBITION. The annual exhibition promoted by the Chester Paxton Society is every year becoming more successful. The seventh show opened in the Town Hall yesterday is a decided advance both as regards the number of entries' which, taking into consideration the wet, thun- derous autumn, were expected to be deficient, and the quality of the exhibits. The Assembly Room in which the exhibition is being held. has been taken full advantage of, the arrange- ment of the wonderful chrysanthemums and the glorious looking fruit in a slightly different manner to that which obtained last year, producing a beautiful effect. The colour of the fruit, when it is remembered that the season was a sunless one, is really marvellous, while the size also is well above the average. Among the exhibits in the fruit section is one from the Duke of Westminster (Mr. Barnes gardener), who sends a meritorious collection of 60 dishes of pears and apples, which have been grown in the open in the Eaton gardens. Next to this the most conspicuous collection is that of Mr. John Watkinson, of Withington, Hereford, who is represented by 50 dishes of apples, the colour of some of which is equal, and perhaps superior to, American grown fruit. Mr. Lyle Smyth, Barrowmore (Mr. Morris, gardener), and Mr. E. Paul, Grays- field, Barrow (Mr. Fletcher, gardener), are the local competitors shewing in this class, much curiosity being at first evinced as to which would take the eye of the judges. Mr. Smyth and Mr. Paul were eventually awarded second and third prizes respectively. It may be here mentioned that Messrs. Dick- sons', Limited, again occupy the whole length of the lower end of the room with an imposing and miscellaneous exhibit of flowers and fruit. The whole arrangement is one that has not yet been equalled at any previous show held in Chester, and contains excellently grown specimens of chrysanthemums, cyclamens, carnations, and palms, the front being finished off by luscious looking fruit from the Upton and Newton Nurseries. Section A is open to professional gardeners, the classes for dessert apples being at once noticeable. In the single variety of this class the Rev. L. Garnett, an old and successful exhibitor, comes out first, Mr. Saunderson, of Bodnant, who shews a capital dish of Ribston Pippins, having to be content with second place. Miss Humberston, Newton Hall, takes premier award in the class for Cox Orange Pippin, Mr. L. Garnett here being third. Other successful exhibitors in these classes included Mrs. Potts, Hoole Hall (Mr. J. Taylor gardener) the Hon. C. T. Parker, Eccleston; Mr. B. C. Roberts, and Mr. T. R. Fleming, Rowton Grange. The kitchen apples also made a capital show. Turning to Section B, one notices that Mr. John Wynne, Waverton, secures first honours for Ribston Pippins; while in the Cox Orange Pippin class Mr. J. Jefferson, Peel Hall, is first, the second prize dish shewn by Mr. Weaver, Guilden Sutton, being very little inferior to it. Mr. Willcock, Handbridge, and Mr. Joseph Such, Davenham Mr. Thomas Hatfield, and Mr. Jefferson also carrying off several awards in the classes for apples and pears. A new departure has been made in the chrysanthemum classes, this being the arrange- ment of the groups of plants in the centre of the room instead of at the sides. The move adds greatly to the general attractiveness of the whole exhibition. The entries, oddly enough, are those of exactly the same five exhibitors at the last show, when Mr. J. Wynne Ffoulkes, Old Northgate House, took first prize. Mr. Wynne Foulkes repeated his success at the present show, the other four groups, however, being also of excellent merit. It is the opinion of the judges, who have had considerable experience in regard to chrysanthemums, that for the quality of the blooms and general effect they have never seen anything equal to the five exhibits in this class. A new feature in the chrysanthemum classes is that for an epergne filled with such of those flowers as are suitable for table decoration. Nine competitors have entered the lists in this class, and although Mr. Edge, of Hoole Bank, is not perhaps so advantageously placed as the others, he has managed to carry off the first prize in the face of strong opposition. The class for the six ibeat Iplants of the Japanese varieties has not induced quite so large a number of entries as could be wished, but the quality is very good, the first-prize blooms from Mollington Hall (Mr. Worker) being almost perfect. The judges were Messrs. Vaughan (Hereford), W. W. Johnson (Queen's Ferry), the Rev. L. Garnett (Christleton), Whitaker (gardener to Lord Crewe), Jellicoe (Woolton, Liverpool), and Flack (gardener to the Marquis of Cholmondeley). THE LUNCHEON. A large company sat down to luncheon at the Grosvenor Hotel, under the presidency of Alderman George A. Dickson, who was sup- ported by the Mayor (Mr. J. G. Holmes), the Sheriff (Mr. J. W. Huke), Mr. R. A. Yerburgh, M.P., Messrs. G. P. Miln, G. R. Griffith, A. Lamont, J. Taylor, N. F. Barnes, R. Newstead, Flack (Cholmondeley Castle), the Rev. L. Garnett, Messrs. W. J. Shepheard, J. Simon, E. Andrews, Dr. Stolterfotb, &c. Mr. YERBURGH, in proposing the toast of Prosperity to the Paxton Society,' said from what he had read of the work of the society he was convinced it was doing a most admirable work—a work that there was great room for; and from what he had gathered of the progress of the society he was convinced that its efforts were thoroughly appreciated. by those who had the advantage of knowing what its aims and objects were. He was glad to know that the society, only founded some seven years ago, had increased in numbers to some 200, and that it was not content with the original programme it laid down- a programme that he believed embraced the discussion of agricultural subjects so far as they were concerned with natural science; but it had gone further, and was now devoting its atten- tion to bringing the grower and the consumer together. That was tosay, itwasendeavoutingto bring before the public the admirable qualities of fruit that could be produced under proper circumstances by our own people at home. (Applause.) He thought that was a very patriotic and useful object, and as one who was interested in agriculture, he was glad to find that here was some little straw to which they might cling, and which might to some extent save them from being overwhelmed in the general agricultural ruin. (Applause.) He coupled with the toast the name of the President of the Society (Mr. N. F. Barnes). Mr. BARNZS, in reply, said the society had been exceedingly fortunate in having a practical committee who were heart and soul in horticulture, and in receiving the cordial support of the citizens, and of the Mayor and member for the city, whom be sincerely thanked on behalf of the society for their presence. That day's show amply testified to the success that had attended the efforts of the society, which might truly lay claim to be considered a public benefactor. (Applause.) The MAYOR proposed the health of the successful competitors, to which Mr. John Taylor replied, and the toast of The Judges' was submitted by the Sheriff, and responded to by the Rev. L. Garnett and Mr. Flack.—Mr: Barnes, in proposing the health of the Chair man, expressed the thanks of the Society to him for the support he had rendered them, and congratulated him upon the recent honour which had been conferred upon him as one of the sixty who were considered worthy of receiving the Royal Horticultural Society's Jubilee medal. (Applause.) THE OPENING CEREMONY. Mr. R. A. Yerburgh, M.P., who was accom- panied by Mrtl. Yerburgh, performed the opening ceremony at three o'clock, in the presence of a large and fashionable company. The Mayor presided, and the company included the ex-Mayoress (Mrs. B. C. Roberts), Major-General Swaine, Colonel Butlin, Sir T. G. Frost, Mr. John Thompson, Ac. In the course of a short address on the objects of the society, Mr. YERBURGH strongly advocated fruit-growing by farmers and cottagers, and adduced some startling figures shewing the enormous extent to which fruit is at present imported into this country. He congratulated the society upon the excellence of the present exhibition, which he was assured by a leading authority was worthy to rank with the show at Liverpool. (Applause.) Votes of thanks were afterwards tendered to. Mr. Yerburgh, the Mayor, and the energetic hon. secretary, Mr. Miln 4 PRIZE LIST. I FRUIT. Section A.—Open to gardeners, those employing gardeners, and market gardeners. APPLics.-Ribston Pippins: 1, the Rev. L. Garnett, Christleton Rectory: 2, J. Saunderson, Bodnant Hall; 3, T. R. Fleming, Rowton Grange. Cox Orange Pippins: 1, Miss Humberston, Newton Hall; 2, Mrs. A. Potts, Hoole Hall; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. King of Pippins: 1, E. Severn, Combermere Abbey; 2, B. C. Roberts, Oakfield; 3, H. Lyle Smyth, Barrowmore Hall. Beauman's Red Reinette: 1, Mrs. A. Potts; 2, Captain Feilden, Mollington Hall; 3, B. C. Roberts. Any other mid-season variety: 1, the Hon. C. T. Parker, Eccleston 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, T. R. Fleming. Any other late keeping variety: 1, E. Severn; 2, Miss Humberston; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. PEARS.—Marie Louise 1. J. W. Macfie, Rowton Hall; 2, the Hon. C. T. Parker; 3, E. Severn. Pitweston Duchess- 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, Mrs. Logan, Upton. Doyenne du Cornice 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2. E. Seven 3, Captain Feilden. Winter Nelis: 1. Mrs. Townsend Ince, Christleton Hall 2, the Rev. L. E. Owen, Farndon; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Any other sort (ripe): 1, H. Lyle Smyth 2, Miss Humberston; 3, J. W. Macfie. Stewing varieties 1, B. C. Roberts; 2, E. Severn 3, F. Potts, Greaford. KITCHEN APPLES. Peasgood Nonsuch: 1, E. Paul, Barrow. Alfriston: 1, Sir G. A. Meyrick, Bodorgan; 2, J. Saunder- son: 3, H. Lyle Smyth. Mere de menage: 1, C. Severn: 2, Mrs. Rolt, Christleton; 3, E. Paul. Lane's Prince Albert 1, R. R. Salmon, Rowton 2, Captain Feilden; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Blenheim Orange 1, The Rev. L. E. Owen 2, E. Severn 3, the Hon. C. T. Parker. Dume- low's Seedling: 1, H. Lyle Smyth 2, the Hon, C. T. Parker; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Wareham Russett: 1, the Rev. L, Garnett; 2, J. Tomkinson: 3, E. Paul. Bismarck 1, E. Severn 2, Captain Feilden; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Any other sort: 1, E. Severn; 2, E. Paul; 3, H. Lyle Smyth. COLLECTIONS.—DESSERT APPLES 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, J. Saunderson; 3, E. Severn. Kitchen apples (12 dishes): 1, J. Saunderson; 2, E. Severn; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Kitchen apples (6 dishes): 1, Mrs. Townshend Ince; 2, Mrs. A. Potts; 3, B. C. Roberts. DKSSERT PEARS 1. E. Severn 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, Capt. Feilden. (Section B, open to those not employing gardeners, and farmers and cottagers.) DESSERT APPLEs.-Ribeton Pippin: 1, J. Wynne, Waverton; 2, G. Taylor, Little Sutton; 3. A. Prince, Tarporley. Cox orange pippin: 1, J. Jefferson, Peel Hall; 2, R. Weaver, Guilden Sutton 3, G. Taylor, Little Sutton. King of the pippins: 1, J. Such, Davenham; 2, J. Jefferson, Peel Hall; 3, R. Weaver. Any early sort: 1, J. Jefferson; 2, J. Such; 3, P. Herd, Marchwiel. Any late sort: 1, J. Such 2. J. Mosford, Hatton; 3, R. Weaver. KITCHEN APPLES.-Peasgood nonsuch; 1, J. Williams, Saughall; 2, J. Mosford 3, R. Weaver. Blenheim orange 1, J. Such 2, R. Weaver 3, Miss M. J. Jones, Moelfie. Alfriston: 1, J. Mosford; 2, T. Salmon, Waverton 3, P. Herd. Mere de menage: 1, R. Willcock, Handbridge; 2, J. Williams; 3, G. W. Smith, Tarporley. Stirling Castle 1, J. Jefferson 2, G. Faulkner, Rowton 3, J. Such. Dumelow's seedling 1, G. Faulkner 2, J. Such 3, J. Jefferson. Any other sort: 1, J. Jefferson 2, J. Fleet, Christleton 3, S. Nowell, Whitby. COLLECTIONS.—Dessert apples 1, J. Jefferson 2, J. Mosford; 3, T. Hatfield, Whitby. Kitchen apples, six dishes: 1. J. Jefferson 2. J. Mosford 3, G. Taylor. Three dishes 1, S. Nowell; 2 and 3, P. Herd. Dessert pears 1, T. Hatfield; 2, J. Mosford 3, J. Jefferson. Section C (open). Collection of apples, 50 dishes 1, J. Watkin- son, Withington; 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, E. Paul. Section D—(open). Dish of six tomatoes 1, Sir G. A. Meyrick 2, A. Brickshaw, Tarporley; 3, C. Wigg, Hoole Bank. Section E—(open). Six bottles preserved fruit 1, J. Weaver, Christleton; 2, J. Tomkinson. Four dishes 1, T. Weaver, Christleton. Section F—(open). Four bunches of black grapes: 1, J. Saunderson 2, J. Tomkinson. Two bunches: 1, C. Flack, Cholmondeley Castle; 2, C. Wigg; 3, C. Sprackling. Gardenhurst Hall. Two bunches white grapes: 1, Sir G. A. Meyrick; 2, J. Tomkinson. CHRYSANTHEMUMS. Section G.—Open. Group of chrysanthemums arranged for effect 1, J. Wynne Ffoulkes 2, Mrs. R. S. Hudson, Bache Hall 3, E. Dixon, Littleton Hall 4, Mrs. Potts, Hoole Hall h c, C. Wigg. Six plants, Japanese or incurved 1. Captain Feilden 2, Mrs. Logan 3, Miss A. Wynne, Waverton. Four plants, single varieties 1, C. Wigg. Section H.—Open. Twelve single trusses naturally grown chrysan- mums 1, C. Threlfall 2, Mrs. Townsend. Ince 3, J. Tomkinson. Twelve out blooms 1, T. Brockle- bank, Heswall; 2, J. Tomkinson 3, C. Threlfall. Six cut blooms, Japanese 2, Colonel Read, Dee Banks. Six cut incurved blooms 1, Mrs. Inoe and J. Mosford 2, Captain Feilder 3, J. Tomkin- son. Three cut Japanese blooms 1, J. Wynne Ffoulkes; 2, C. Wigg; 3, Hon. H. C. Gore, Malpas. Three out incurved blooms 1, C. Wigg 2, Hon. H. C. Gore. Best arranged box of cut single chrysanthemums: 1, J. Tomkinson 2, Mrs. Townshend Ince 3, J. Mosford. Best arranged epergne of chrysanthemums: 1, C. Wigg; 2, J. Tomkinson 3, T. Brocklebank. Premier blooms-best incurved: C. Threlfall. Best Japanese T. Brocklebank.
MALPAS. DEATHS.—On Saturday and Sunday night there passedi away two well-known and highly respected gentlemen farmers, viz., Mr. Thomas Stevenson, of Hampton, near Malpas, and Mr. John Mate, of Shocklach. Both gentlemen had been ailing for some considerable period. Mr. Mate was in his 78th year, and the interment will take place at the family burying place, at Tilston, on Friday. Mr. Thos. Stevenson, singular to relate, is about the same age, namely, 78 years, and for a lengthy period he had also been confined to the house. The inter- ment, we learn, will take place on Thursday, at Malpas Cemetery. ♦
PARKGATE. GHASTLY DISCOVERY. While laying a drain from his garden on Wednesday a Parkgate farmer had occasion to cut a trench through his barn, and in doing so disturbed the long sleep of an individual who had been secretly laid there many years before. The remains are undoubtedly human, and were interred after the old barn had been erected, so that there is no doubt that the owner of the bones was one of that long list of lonely folk' who have from time to time been cut off unseen and hid in sudden graves.' Close by, the same spade turned up a halfpenny of James II., dated 1690, probably one of the very last that bore that monarch's image and super- scription, for early the same year he hazarded a throw with one William of Orange, and lost The coin, perhaps, rolled from the victim's pocket after he had been violently done to death and dragged across the yard in the darkness of night to his strange grave. Such 'disappearances were little advertised in those days, else might some mouldy print con- tain some such intimation as a follower of the Prince of Orange, who sailed with that Prince from Dawpool on the Dee and fought under his banner at the Boyne, has mysteriously disappeared. Was last seen taking his passage for the port of Parkgate, where the ship he sailed in ultimately landed, and where all further trace of him has been lost. As he had many valuables in his possession, and a con- siderable sum of money, it is feared that he has been the victim of foul play. A reward will be paid to any person who will send information regarding his present whereabouts by the London coach to at the sign of the Cheshire Cheese, Fleet-street, London." These mysterious sepultures were probably of much more frequent occurrence than many people suppose, and such discoveries are fre- quently made in all manner of out of the way places by labouring men, who, if they mention the matter at all, do so in the most casual manner. Even when the bones have entirely disappeared, unmistakable evidence of a human body having been laid in the soil is frequently visible. On Tuesday, 31st March, 1863, the complete skeleton of an adult human being was dug out of the hedge cop' in Mill-street, near the end of Buggin-lane. It was a remarkable circumstance that the discovery should have been made at such a place, for notwith- standing its suggested name, no tragic story was connected with the Buggin-lane. There were not wanting credible witnesses who were prepared to solemnly swear that they had seen a spectral black dog walk out of one solid stone wall, and walk through the solid stone wall on the opposite side of the road, a piece of optical illusion that would make the fortune of a solid man in a week but there was no suggestion of an ancient murder, and it might reasonably be argued that if the dark deed or the subsequent burial was not wit- nessed by anyone the dead man did really 'walk Buggin-lane in the vain attempt to get his bones transferred to consecrated ground. Removed to hallowed ground they eventually were, after they had lain a night at the Police Station, one more example of the vast host of 4 lonely folk' who will confront their shrinking murderers at the last Great Assize.
[BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Never before, I believe, have the Cheshire Hounds been stopped hunting by hard ground in the middle of November. Such was the case, however, last week, as when we opened our card of fixtures on Sunday morniug we saw that the South pack would not hunt again until rain fell. I believe that parts of the south country were really quite impossible to run over owing to the extraordinary drought. At any rate the South pack did not take the field on either Tuesday or Friday. On Friday it did not make much difference to many, as there was a counter attraction in the shape of Liverpool races, so the fortunate sportsmen who, instead of hunting went to 'the cup' and backed Chiselhampton, will doubtless bless Mr. Corbet for keeping his hounds in kennels, but perhaps there are others who tempted Dame Fortune with less success, whose blessings might not be of quite so sincere a character. The hard state of the ground had no terrors for Lord Ennis- killen, who commenced the week on Monday, November 8th, at Stretton. The gorse below Appleton was blank, but in the Appleton old gorse a fox was soon on foot. He was not, how- ever, an animal possessed by much enterprise, as after running towards the Fox Covert, and dodging about for some time, he finally went to ground in a rubbish heap behind Mr. Monk's house. The coverts in the Walton Lower Park refused to supply the necessary article, and although there was a fox in Rose Wood, hounds could never really own the line, as scent was so bad, so Reynard was left in peace. I hear that most of the foxes are now lying in the willow bed, by Rose Wood Farm, but it was not drawn. The Mill Covert, Newton Gorse, and Owl's Nest were all resorted to in vain, but our spirits rose when we arrived at Whitley and heard Parker holloa a fox away at the lower end. Down to the brook we all crowded; fortu- nately there was a bridge handy, so there was no occasion to charge it; some few people jumped it, and two or three got in. Scent was so bad that hounds could hardly run at all, so after a very slow hunt up to the Cogshall Coverts Gosden gave it up in despair. As a last resource,' the Cobbler' was requisitioned, and finding at once we had quite a nice little gallop of 15 minutes, with a kill in the open, which rewarded hounds and their followers for a very disappointing day's sport. On Wednesday the Cheshire met at Brad- field Green. It was a beautiful, warm day, more like May than November. Leighton Withey Bed was first drawn, a litte covert quite close to Crewe, and a couple of miles from the meet. There were a brace of foxes on foot at once. One was particularly bold, as he charged across the road, which was crowded with both horsemen and carriages. His boldness, however, availed him but little, as hounds got away on his brush, and he was evidently a fox who paid a good deal of attention to his viands, as after going half a mile in the direction of Redhall Wood, he was bowled over and killed in the open. We had another long trot to Bradeley before drawing again, but when once arrived at the covert side we had not long to wait. Breaking the Crewe end of the wood, Reynard swept round over the railway, and took us at a capital pace up to Warmingham Wood where hounds spent a little time, and then on to the railway by Minshull. After a longish check a holloa took us back to Warmingham Wood, where I suppose we changed foxes, at any rate Gosden hit off a line, ran quickly through Occleston and on to Bostock, leaving the Manor on the right, then bending left-handed again ran past Winsford into the Wimboldsey Dingles, where further pursuit was useless, thereby ending a really fine hunting run. It was quite an excellent day's sport, and although the ground certainly was hard in places, it was very pleasant galloping and jumping without sinking up to one's fetlocks at every stride, as is so often the case in Cheshire. On Friday Calveley Hall was the rendezvous, and although there were not very many people out for so popular a fixture, it was certainly the largest meet which I have seen this season. The morning was spent rattling the small coverts round the hall, from which we had several nice little rings, but no hunt of any great merit. During one of them the whole pack were on the railway just as a train came down, and might very easily have been cut to pieces, but luckily the engine driver saw the danger and slackened speed, while Gosden and Parker let their horses loose and got on to the line in time to get hounds out of danger and up the embankment without a single bound being hurt. Had it not been for the promptness shewn by the hunt servants, there is no doubt that nearly half the pack would have been anni- hilated. Danger from the locomotive was not the only peril which hounds had to undergo, as hardly were they safely off the line than a gen- tleman on a black horse (who had apparently quite overpowered him) charged right through the pack. I don't know whotne unfortunate gen- tleman was, but he certainly must have been far from comfortable, as he had lost both stirrups, his hat and his whip, as well as the control of his steed, who bore him at full gallop round and round the field, regardless alike of both hounds and horsemen. However, I don't think that anybody was damaged. From Calve- ley Gorse we had a really nice little 15 minutes. Hounds really did run, and run fast. They ran up to Mr. Kinsey's spinney, on the Wettenhall road, and then across the road almost to Darnhall; but after passing Woodside Farm hounds threw up their heads, and although Gosden cast first towards Cholmondeston, and then back towards Wettenhall Wood, he never could get on terms again with his fox. Lord Enniskillen then took us on to Oulton Lowe, where another fox was waiting for us. His first point was evidently Philo, but after passing Woodgate Farm a collie dog coursed him, or at any rate turned him, as he evidently turned sharp back, and although Gosden hit off the line and hunted him slowly towards Darley, scent was too bad for hounds ever to get on terms with him, so at about four o'clock pursuit was abandoned, and order for home given. On Saturday hounds met at Ince Hall, but I can only give a second-hand account of their doings. I believe many of the fieli availed themselves of Mrs. Park Yates' kind permission to view a newly-finished and most excellent portrait of our late lamented master. Ince gorse was first drawn, and a fox from there ran straight past the Hall and Helsby to the willow- bed below Frodsham, where he evaded pursuit after giving a clinking good run over the big dykes which intersect the water meadows. Lord Enniskillen was not out, and I believe the reins of office were held by Mr. Tomkinson, who gave the order for Dunham gorse. A capital 25 minutes ensued, and the fox was killed in the open below Alvanley. I believe Thornton wood was blank, and that the rest of the day was spent in slow hunting in and around Dunham. Nov. 14th, 1897. H. J. N.
SIR W. WYNN'S HOUNDS. These hounds met on Thursday at Broughton Hall, the residence of Mr. R. Howard. Sir Watkin Wynn drove up punctually to time, and among those present were Mr. R. Howard, Mr. J. Howard, Mr. Nugent Howard, and the Misses Howard, Lord Kenyon, General the Hon. Savage Mostyn, Major M'Causland (Wrexham), Lord and Lady Arthur Grosvenor, Lord Gerald Grosvenor, Lieutenant-Colonel Rivers Bulkeley, Captain Hargreaves, Mr. Hugh Peel, Major Lyle (Royal Welsh Fusiliers), Captain Pocklington, Major Dunn, Captain Johnson, Mr. Williams (Wrex- ham), Mr. Williams-Vaughan (Oswestry), Mr. C. W. Alston (Oswestry), Mr. Ellis (R.W.F.), Mr. and Mrs. Hartley (Chorlton Hall), Captain and Mrs. Day, Adjutant Lloyd (Wrexham), Mr. Dennis Dyke (Ruabon), Mr. C. Willding-Jones, Mr. F. E. Cotton, Mr. Edmund Peel and the Misses Peel, Mr. Powell (R.W.F.), Miss Piercey (Marchurch), Mrs. and the Misses Greenshields, Mr. S. H. and the Misses Sandbach, Dr. Jordison, Mr. Hill Childe (Overton), Mr. Moore (Ellesmere), Mr. J. Mate (Malpas), Mr. J. Jones (Moss-fields, Whitchurch), Mrs. and Miss Rasbotham, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey and Miss Thompson (Malpas), Mr. J. Barnett (Whitchurch), Mr. T. Johnson (Master of the Malpas Beagles), Mr. and Mrs. Kevill- Davies (Whitchurch), Mr. Eardley (Newton Hall), Mr. Parry (Cuddington), Mr. Steele (Clutton), Mr. R. Weaver (Carden), Miss Pilling (Tilston), Lady Margaret Gore, &c. MR. PENNEFATHER'S PACK. Referring to the establishment of a new pack of foxhounds in Cheshire by Mr. Pennefather, Baily's Magazine says :—With so much beautiful grass to ride over, small wonder that neither Lord Enniskillen, Mr. Corbet, nor Sir Watkin Wynn care to spend very much time on the hills, that rough ridge which springs so unexpectedly out of the grass vales which run up to it on all sides, and which seems so very out of place. Nevertheless it harbours foxes galore, for, so far as foxes are concerned, it is without doubt the quietest spot in Cheshire. There is plenty of covert, and no sooner do either of the Cheshire packs or Wynnstay find themselves on the heights than foxes are generally moving about in all directions. With the object of scattering these hill foxes, Mr. Pennefather, who lives at Calveley Lodge, near Tarporley, has established pack of twenty couples, with which he will hunt the hills twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is a difficult country on which to kill foxes; but there is every reason to suppose that the sport of the surrounding packs will be materially improved. Mr. C. T. Paget will act as hunts- man with C. Garnett and Walter Morgan to turn to him.
SIR W. W. WYNN'S HOUNDS MEET ON Friday, Nov. 19, Penley at 10.45 Saturday, Nov. 20, Maesfen .at 10.45
ROYALTY THEATRE, CHESTER. There is a rich treat in store for theatregoers this week at City-road. Gentleman Joe' since its inception has met with success all along the line, and in adding our tribute we are not over- estimating its worth by stating that it is one of the best musical plays we have had the pleasure of witnessing in the city. In common with most plays of this kind, there is almost an entire absence of plot-just enough to hold the piece together, no more than is necessary. It is the story of a Piccadilly cabby, who is depicted in all sorts of funny situations and dilemmas. There is not a dull moment from the :com- mencement; the music is pretty and tuneful, and the elements of comedy are as intensely diverting as they are numerous, and cannot fail to find favour with the most exacting, in fact it is one of the finest specimens of musical comedy now holding the stage. If anything further were jueeded to laud its merits, the names of the joint col- laborateurs (Messrs. Basil Hood and Walter Slaughter), the authors of the French Maid,' should be a sufficient guarantee. Mr. Milton Bode is responsible for its production, and that gentleman has made a happy choice in selecting such a large array of capable artists. In the title role, Mr. Edwin Brett is thoroughly at home, makes a typical cabby, and is as amusing as he is clever. The manner in which he makes his debut in society through being mistaken for Lord Donnybrook, a name he has considerable difficulty in impressing on his memory, and the complications that follow, his fund of ready humour and song, his mode of expression, aad his versatile manner would justify many in the belief that as an exponent of the part of the great Arthur himself, he has taken his part well. Miss Josephine Findlay, as Mrs. Ralli-Carr, is a clever impersonator of the society chaperon, and among a host of other well-known artists who fill the principal parts are included Mr. Colin Mackay, Mr. Louis Relleher, Mr. Richard Duncombe, Miss Marion Ayling, Miss Josie Danby, Miss Leah Laurie, and Miss Susie Beaven. There is a full chorus, and an exceedingly large company numbering over 50 artists, while the scenery, which is well put on, is an exact reproduction of that used at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Mr. Bode, who has secured the entire performing rights, has spared no efforts to make this one of the finest productions touring, and the success the play has met with in the provinces is well merited. In conclusion, a word of praise is due to the Tiller trio of lady dancers, who introduce a special dance, and to the efforts of the Mar- gate quartette of minstrels, while the dresses and staging as other minor details are perfect. Next week The Gay Parisienne' will pay us a return visit.
H. M. GREVILLE & SON, LIMITED. A company has been formed, under the above title, to acquire as a going concern, and to continue and extend the well-known and old- established business of Messrs. H. M. Greville and Son, of Turkey Paper Mills, Bersham, near Wrexham, and for other objects specified in the Memorandum of Association. The business was established in the year 1813, and has always enjoyed an excellent reputation. The share capital of the new company is 920,000, divided into 20,000 ordinary JE1 shares, and in addition there are 5 per cent. first mortgage debentures to the value of £ 3,000. The present is the issue of 13,500 ordinary shares, payable 2s. 6d. on application, 7s. 6d. on allotment 7s. 6d. two months after allotment, and the balance two months later. In this connection the investing public should note that there are no preferred or deferred shares, therefore the whole of the surplus profits (after providing for interest on deben- tures) will be available for dividend on the ordinary shares. The business has been continuously carried on by the Greville family since 1854down to the 26th March last, when the Bersham Mill was unfortunately burnt down. To keep the busi- ness together, and execute the large orders then on hand for the Colonial Governments and the trade generally, the Beech Mills, High Wycombe, Bucks., were secured by the Messrs. Greville on very advantageous terms-the trade connection has thus been kept together, and the very valuable goodwill remains unim- paired. The company will have the benefit of the Beech Mills, where paper of excellent quality is being made, in addition to the new mills at Bersham, which are being erected (at the expense of the vendor) from plans prepared by well known mill engineers. The Turkey Mills at Bersham have been in existence since the beginning of the- century, and have been carried on by the Greville family for more than forty years with great success. The new mills will be fitted throughout with the very latest machinery of the most improved type. Contracts have been entered into for the supply of paper to the Government of Cape Colony and other colonial Governments. From the foregoing it will be seen that the public have now the opportunity to invest in an old- established and well-known home industry, with plenty of scope for extension. Reference to the detailed prospectus, which appears in another column, will shew that the board of directors includes several well-known local personages, and it is worthy of note that the directors w ill receive no fees unless they are voted to them at each annual general meeting.. The subscription list opens on Thursday next and will close on the following Tuesday.
HOPE AND CAERGWRLE. DEATH OF MR. JOHN USHER.—Mr. John Usher died in his 84th year on the 9th inst., at the Bridge End Hotel. Born at Aston Hall, Salop, he was by trade a pattern maker, and served his term of apprenticeship at Liverpool, and from there went to the old Hawarden Foundry, where he remained for several years. He married-Miss Elizabeth Davies, of Buckley, the niece of a well-known spirit merchant at Macclesfield. Soon after marriage, they crossed the Atlantic and lived in Louisiana for two years. At his father's death, he returned and worked at Edgehill Foundry for some time, and from there went to Dudley to Cockering's Works. He afterwards went to the Soho Foundry, Birmingham, where he remained for 15 years he then came to Sandycroft, and after- wards worked for 20 years under Major Gibson at the Brick and Tile Works at Buckley. The funeral took place on Friday. A short service was held in the club-room of the hotel by the rector of Hope (the Rev. T. E. Jones). The chief mourners included Mrs. Usher (widow), Miss Usher, Mrs. md Miss Hunter, Mrs. Warburton, Mrs. John Hunter (Liverpool), Mrs. Reginald Manley, Mr. Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. James Usher (Buckley). Among the others present were Mr. Wilde (Wrexham), late D.C.C.; Major Gibson, Lieut. Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Manley, Mrs. Jennie Lloyd (an old lady of 88, who walked the whole distance), Messrs. W. Gibbons, S. J. Young, H. Eccleston, T. H. Ellis, Thos. and John Evans (timber merchants), Walter Jones, Llew. Fidler, H. D. Davies, &c. The service was con- ducted at the cemetery by the curate (the Rev. R. Roberta).
TARPORLEY. SUCCESSFUL LOCAL POULTRY EXHIBITOR.— At the great National Poultry Show now being held at the Crystal Palace, London, Mr. Joseph Lewis won the following in the game classes :— Pile cocks, first prize; ditto hens, first and second; ditto pullets, first. Selling class: Game cocks, second prize; ditto hen, first.
GRESFORD. PARISH CHURCH CHOIR.—It is pleasing to find so much interest taken in the parish church choir, and it is understood that from Advent Sunday next the choristers will be robed in surplices, and that the service will be fully choral. Much praise is due to Mr. Cunnah, the organist, and to the Vicar, and Mr. James, churchwarden, for the steps they are taking to improve the services in the parish church, which have been of a dull character in the past. ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY.—Much conster- nation was caused on Wednesday night by the non arrival of the train due from Wrexham at 5.49 p.m. It did not reach Gresford until nearly 7 p.m., and it was found on arrival to be run- ning on the up line in consequence of a cattle truck having run off the road near Wheatsheaf Junction, about 1 miles away, and blocking the down line. It is stated that two guards, named Anney and Thomas, were injured owing to being thrown down in their van when the truck ran off the road, and that Thomas had to be taken to Wrexham Infirmary. READING ROOM: AND MEN'S CLUB.—A meet- ing in connection with this club was held in the Reading-room on Monday evening, when the Vicar (the Rev. A. E. Fishbourne) presided. The Rev. H. C. Edwards, Mr. Reg. James and Mr. Alec Carson were also present. A large number of the young men of the village put in an appearance. The Vicar read out the rules of the old room, and stated that he wished the men themselves to follow the matter up, and for this purpose a committee was formed to meet again on November 13th, When further particulars will be made known. It is to be hoped that the movement will succeed as some- thing is wanted in the village during the long winter nights.
FRODSHAM. INDIAN FAMINE FUND.—The Indian Famine Fund initiated by the vicar (the Rev. H. B. Blogg, M.A.), which has just been closed, amounted to J619, and the money has been forwarded to the Lord Mayor of London. POACHING AFFRAY.—At the Runcorn Police Court, on Monday, two labourers, named Joseph Oakes and John Duncalf, Frodsham, were charged with poaching at Sutton, near Runcorn, and also with assaulting Sergeant Richardson and Constable Gregory. The prisoners pleaded guilty to poaching, but not guilty to the assault. The evidence of Police-Sergeant Richardson was to the effect that at 3.30 on Saturday morning he and two other constables were on the banks of the Weaver Canal at Sutton, when they saw four men come from land with rabbits slung over their shoulders. The constables concealed themselves until the men were close up to them, when they came forth. The men attacked them with bludgeons, and after a severe struggle the prisoners were arrested. The other two men dropped the rabbits and ran away. — Police-Constable Juett and Police- Constable Ridgeway corroborated. — Duncalf alleged that he never struck at all, whereas Police-Constable Juett gave him a blow on the head that made him blind.' He would never have been in the present trouble had his master lived, but he had been out of work for six weeks.—Oakes was fined 40s. and costs for poaching and 20s. and costs for the assault on Ridgeway. Duncalf was fined 20s. and costs for poaching, and 20s. and costs for the assault on Richardson. In default of payment Oakes was ordered to go to gaol for two months and Duncalf for six weeks. PRESENTATION TO AN ODDFELLOW.—At a special meeting of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, No. 516 Lodge, held in the Red Lion Hotel room on Saturday evening, Bro. Thomas Maddock, late treasurer, was the recipient of a handsome marble timepiece, bearing the following inscription :—" Presented to Thomas Maddock by the members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, No. 516 Lodge, as a token of esteem and in appreciation of his faithful services as treasurer for 30years. Frodsham, October, 1897." Bro. H. P. Nicholls (vice president) occupied the chair, a large number of members of the society being present, including the following officers:- Bros. Thos. Gilgrist (secretary), R. Rodgers (treasurer), W. Nield (past president), H. P. Nicholls (vice president). Bro. Peter Riley, as the oldest member of the lodge, in making the presentation, said that this lodge was opened 40 years ago, being then in the Chester district, with a membership of about 40. He then dealt with the progress of the lodge from that time until the present day, shewing how it had gradually increased, until now it was one of the best, if not the best, in the Runcorn district. At the present time it was the largest order in Frodsham, the number of members totalling up to 230, and the funds amounting to £1,451. He then spoke in eulogistic terms of Bro. T. Maddock, shewing how well and faithfully he had done his duty during the long period of his treasurership. Bro. T. Maddock had originally joined the lodge on April 7th, 1860, and was also one of the district trustees. During his official career he had himself introduced 150 members to the lodge. The timepiece was received on behalf of the late treasurer by Bro. George Maddock, who, in replying, said he was sorry his father (Bro. T. Maddock) was unable to be present that evening owing to a serieus illness, although he was confident that his thoughts were with them at the present moment. He had very great pleasure in accepting the hand- some present from the members through Bro. Riley, as the oldest member of the lodge. He could scarcely hope to pass through the different offices like his father on account of business, but he would endeavour as far as possible to take an active part in Oddfellow- ship. in which he was greatly interested.—Bro. W. Nield said it had always given him pleasure to work, as he had done, hand in hand with Bro. T. Maddock.—Bro. Robert Rogers, as the newly-appointed treasurer, also addressed the meeting, and, after speaking in very high terms of Bro. Maddocks' faithful work to the lodge, said he hoped he himself would be able to fulfil the duties of treasurer as faithfully and conscientiously as his predecessor had done.— The Chairman (Bro. P. Nicholls) also having spoken in eulogistic terms of their late treasurer, and hoped that his condition would take a more favourable turn, the proceedings terminated with a toast to the health of B ro. T. Maddock.
btsttr Stock aitb. Sbare List. Reported by Messrs. EDWARDS, SON, & WARMS LEY, 29. Eastjrate Row (North). Chester. Present Chester Corpora- price. tion 3t Irredeemable Stock. £ 10.)—110 Chester Gas Com- pany 10 A Ordinary Stock. £ 235—210 „ „ 7% B&C„ „ .jeiti:!—lo4 „ „ „ 7 Con. Pref. Stock £ 200—205 „ „ „ 7 Con. Pref. Stock £ 200—205 Chester Water. works Co 74 Consolidated Stock. £ 180—185 7 New Ordinary Stock,. 1st and 2nd moieties £ 170—175 • • Shares, fully paid L'17-18 El.w'dlu & District Water Company £10 Shares, fully paid par Nat. Prov. Bank of England Lim. JH75 Shares, P.10 10s. paid A:50 -51. Do. do £ 60 Shares, 12 paid North and South WalesBanlc Lim. £ 40 Sttares, £ 10 paid £ 31} -35 Parr's Bank Lim kloo Shared, 920 paid LM2t 793 Liverpool Union £ 100Shares, £ 2J paid Xdi -611 Lloyd s Liui £ 50 Shares, £ s paid Bank of Liverpool. A:100 Shares, ti2 10s paid A;3si-ig British Law, Life, Fire Insurance.. CIO Shares, &I paid tli-ll Chester Boat £10 Shares, fully paid k 13-15 C h est e Cecoa House Co £ 5 „ t4 „ £ o ti>«. £5 1:3 £ i Chester General Cemetery Co. £ 5 .par ChesterCJrosvenor Hotel Co £ 20 „ .£1)0 Chest'rNewMusio HallCo „ Chest'rNorthgate Brewery Co. Ordinary £ 10Sharos,fully pd.kll-lli 6% Pref. £ 10Shares,fully pit £ 12i— Chester Queen RailwayHotelCo £20 Shares, fully paid £ 3 j-32. rlw „ £ 10 „ £ 15 >-16 Chester Steam Laundry Co £ 5 £ 4 10s £ 5 10s fc- Chester Tramway Co.JBK) „ f,illy t i Chester Hace Co. £ 100 A;75 ti.50 Walker, Parker & Co 210 Siltres, fully paid, Û ;t Cum. Pref i;t -5 4t Debentures tbO—y2. H:ùkynMinlDgCo..t:1 Shares, fully pILic:1.£10 Halkyn Drainage c I. £10 Shares, fully paid £1-. 23. East Halkyn Min. ing Co ti It 15/18,- SouthHalkynMin. ing Co £ 1 fully 2t> -—28/- £ 1 U/lS,-<:O/. North Hendre Mining Co £ 2 10s. Shares, „ £ ri—7 RhosesmorMiue. A:L fully p uvl Talacre Mining Co £ 1 „ 19/3 paid lis.—16s. „ „ £ 1 fully paid „ Isle ofmau Mining Co. (Foxdale) Mines £ 5 ".£3t-3i „ „ 74Pret. £ 26 Shares, £ 17 lUs pd.j;2" J — 30i. „ It £ 1 „ 103. „ Llanarmon Mining Co at „ ,19/- „ 10/. to 12 6. „ „ iCl Pref., fully par
Jftarkets anti jFatrs. SALFORD CATTLE, TUESDAY.—At market: Cattle, 2,674, fair demand sheep, 8,135, worse; trade, at lower prices calves, 117, all but choice dull. Quotations:—Cattle, 4d. to 5d.; sheep, 52d. to 8d. calves, 5d. to 7d. per tb. LIVERPOOL COKN. TUKSDAY.—Wheat a moderate- trade, at about £ d. under Friday Californian,. none here; new northern 7s. 6d. to 7s. 7d.; Kansas 7s. 4d. to 7s. 5,1. Beans, Saidi, 26s. 9d. to 27s.; peas 4s. 9d. Oats quiet and unchanged, but easier tendency; new white 2s. 3d. to 2s. 6d; yellow 2s. Id. 2s. 3d.; black 2s. Id. to 2s. 2d. Maize fair enquiry, at late rates; mixed 3s. 2!d. to 3s. 2Jd. Flour unchanged. WREXHAM CATTLB, MONDAY. — There was a, fairly good supply of stock at the market to-day, and a good clearance was effected. Dairy cows sold well, ranging from £ 16 to iE20 each. Beef made from 6d. to 6d. per lb.; mutton, 7d. to 8d. Pigs were plentiful and realised from 7s. 9d. to. 8s. 3d. per score lbs. 8tore stock was in good demand, heifers making from X8 to X10 each. LIVERPOOL CATTLE, MONDAY.—The supply of cattle was slightly larger than last week. Trade firm for prime quality, and the top quotations were more easily made. Middling and inferior difficult to sell at lower rates. Sheep supply larger. A fair demand. Prime quality made full prices. Others unchanged. Beef, 6d. to 41d. mutton, 82d. to 6d. per lb. LONDON CATTLE, MONDAY.—Smaller supply in the beast market owing to shorter arrivals of fat bulls, fat cows, and rough cattle the two former met steady demand, and were dearer by fully 2d. per 81b., while the latter were difficult to cash. Trade very slow for fat beasts, at last Monday's quotations; top value Scotch, 4s. 6d. per 81b. Smaller supply in the sheep market. Downs and half-bred wethers steadier, with market upward; ewes fewer, with forced sale. Pigs slow, but rates firm. Quotations :—Beef, 2s. 4d. to 4s. 6d.; mutton, 3s. 4d. to 5s. 8d.; and pork, 3s. 2d. to 4s. 8d. per 81b. MANCHESTER FAT PIG, MONDAY.—There was a. good supply at the market to-day, which met a slow demand. Quotations First-class, 8s. lOd.; second-class, 8s. 2d. to 8s. 4d.; and third-class, 6s. to 6s. 6d. per score of 201b. MANCHESTER HAY AND STRAW, MONDAY.— Hay 4d. to 5,d., olover 5id. to 6 £ d., straw, wheat, 3d. to Skd., oat ditto 3d. to 3!d. per stone. BRAUFORD Wool., MONDM.—The market con- tinues very quiet, but the binallness of stock in- duces holders to remain firm. It is doubtful whether merinoes and the finer sorts of crossbreds can fully maintain their firmness, but there is no quotable change. English sorts, which are wanted. are getting scarce. There were no signs of improve- ment in the yarn trade except for mohairs, and the piece trade is very dull beyond the demand for fancies. LIVERPOOL CORN, FRIDAY.—Wheat, quiet trade at about id. over Tuesday; no Californian here; new Northern, 7s. 6,d. to 7s. 7d.; Kansas, 7s. 3Jd, to 7s. 5!J, Beans, strong, owing to Eastern advices; Saidi, 26s. 9d. to 27s Peas, 4s. 10d. to 4s. lid. Oats, quiet and unchanged new white, 2s. 3d. to 2s. 6d. Maize, rather more offering, at 2d. over Tuesday, moderate demand for mixed, at 3s. 2!d. to 3s. 2,d. Flour unchanged LONDON CORN, FRIDAY. Wheat and flour unchanged, barley firm, oats the turn dearer, maize 3d. dearer, other articles without material change. American quotations of wheat and corn come somewhat irregular. LONDON CHEESE AND BUTTER MARKET, FRIDAY.—At this market butter was steadier, with an improved demand. Friesland finest, and factories, quoted 98s. to 102s.; Copenhagen, 3 kroner dearer, and here finest Danish was quoted 112s. to 116s Normandy, ordinary best, in baskets, 98s.. and extra mild, 102s. per c wt.; Brittany rolls,. 9s. 6d. to 13s. 6d. per dozen lb.; Australian, 988,. to 104s. for finest. Cheese flat; Canadian, finest, 45s. to 47s. per cwt. Dutch unaltered. CHESTER CATTLE, THURSDAY.—There was a good supply of horned store stock, and a numerous attendance of buyers. The demand, however, was slow, except for good dairy stock, which sold readily at satisfactory prices. For other descriptions- quotations were irregular, but on the whole shewed little change from recent fairs. Only a tew pens of sheep (all horned blackface wethers), trade being quiet, and sales difficult to make. Prices :—Milch cows, X14 to 921 calvers, Y,13 to 118; barrens,. £ 10 to £ 13 heifers, £ 10 to £ 14 stirks, £ 5 to £ 8 bullocks, £ 11 to X13 10s.; sheep 18s. to 24s. CHESTER HORSE, THURSDAY.—A smaller fair and a quiet trade. The bulk of the horses offered were of poor class, and the demand was limited principally to good cart horses which were more scarce than usual. Prices :-Best cart horses, L50 to 965 good cart horses, 140 to £ 45; trap horses, Xlb to £ 30; ponies, X8 to E12. CHESTER EGG AND POULTRY, SATURDAY.— Prices at this market were :—Butter, Is. 2d. to Is. 3d. per lb.; eggs, 6 for Is.; rabbits, Is. to Is. 3d. hares, 4s. to 4s. 6d. chickens, 4s. to 5s.; geese, 7s. to 7s. 6d.; ducks, 2s. 6d. to3s.; pheasants, 4s. to 4s. 6d. a brace. CHESTER CORN, SATURDAY. Wheat has been delivered to millers this week to a moderate extent, :and prices shew a slight improvement from recent rates. A small business passing to-day, and all other grain is steady at last week's full values. Indian corn is rather dearer, while foreign wheat has fallen for some descriptions from prices current last Saturday. Quotations:- Raw. OLD. g a I, 8 D s » Wheat, white. per 751b. 5 0 to 5 2 0 0 to 0 0 Wheat, red „ 75». 4 6 4 10 0 0—0 0 Halting Barley „ 60th. i 0 0 0 00 0—0 0 Grinding do 61tb.j 0 0 — 0 00 0 — ') 0 Oata 46th. !2 0-2 53 0-0 0 Bean 8 8;>ih.| 4 0-0 05 0-0 0 Indian Corn iilOih.! 8 9 9 00 0-0 0
CON NAM'S QUAY. A NOVELTY IN NIGHT SCHOOLS.—The students attending the evening continuation classes held in connection with St. Mark's Schools were on Tuesday evening entertained to a delightful lantern lecture, through the kindness of Mr. W. H.Lloyd, Top-y-Fron. The subject chosen was a voyage from the Thames to the Tweed. The lantern was cleverly manipulated by Mr. Lloyd, assisted by Mr. W. Coppack, while short addresses were given by Mr. J. W. Connell, headmaster of the classes, explanatory of the history and importance of each view. EXTENSION OF THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB.— On Monday evening an interesting ceremony took place at the Connah's Quay Conservative Club—that of opening the new billiard-room which has been added to the club premises. The club hitherto has possessed a spacious billiard- room, but of late the membership has increased so largely that the present premises were found to be wholly inadequate, and the committee very wisely decided to make an addition of an extra billiard-room. At Monday's proceedings there was a large attendance of members present, including Mr. C. Davison, J.P. (president of the club), Mr. W. H. Lloyd (vice-president), the Rev. T. Williams, the Rev. R. S. Davies, Mr. E. Blane, Mr. A. Ferguson, Mr. W. Peel, Mr. J. Davison, Mr. E. Jones, Mr. W. H. Jones, Mr. T. Ellis, Mr. F. Baird, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. W. Ellwood, Mr. E.T. Edwards, Mr. C. Cohen, Mr. D. Ferguson, Mr. J. Williams (secretary), &c. Previous to the opening ceremony a social tea was held, to which a goodly company sat down. Mr. W. H. Lloyd occupied the chair, and the President (Mr. Davison), in declaring the room open, said it afforded him much gratification and pleasure to note the con- tinued success of the club. The membership had now risen to 75. He hoped the new room might prove a valuable addition to the club's premises, and be an additional convenience to the members.—Mr. W. H. Lloyd proposed, and Mr. Blane seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Davison, which was carried amid applause. Afterwards a smoking concert was held, under the presidency of Mr. W. H. Lloyd. Songs were given by the Rev. R. S. Davies and Messrs. W. Ellwood, G. Jones, E. Jones, W. Peel, F. Baird, J. Armstrong, and C. Cohen.
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