100 YEARS_AG0. (Extracts from the "Chester Courant" of January 24. 1804). DIED. Sunday morning last, owing to having slept in a damp bed, Mr. John Taylor, of Great Boughton, near this city, gardener. On the 10th inst., aged 75, at his Rectory House, Malpas, in this county, the Rev Reginald Heber, of Marston Hall, in the county of York, and Hodnet Hall, in the county of Salop. On Friday, the 13th inst., at his mother's house in Denbigh, Arthur Bennet M-shem, Esq. lieut- enant in the Denbigh Foresters, commanded by Lord Viscount Kirkwall. Strict integrity and principle characterised the conduct of this worthy man throughout the whole course of his life: his heart glowed with every n.anlv and benevolent sentiment; and while he lived possessed the esteem, as he now does at nis death the deep and unfeigned regret of all who knew him. YEOMANRY REVIEW. On Saturday last Prince William of Gloucester reviewed the Earl d Other's Regiment of Yeomanry, commanded by Colonel Sir John Leicester, in Tablev P rk. he Prince, who had been spending some days at Tabley, appeared upon the giuuuu ui. 11 -'Vo iz amended by three aides-de-camp, and accompanied by Lord Stam- ford and Warrington, the Li n -int of the County, Lord Bulkeley, Lord Pe: rhyn. Col. Prince, and a numerous party of gentlem. riis Royal Highness was received with a general salute from the whole regiment, and then proceeded to the front of the line to present the standards, which were extremely beautiful, bearing, by the Prince of Wales's par- ticular permission, the Plume and Feathers, This eeremonv was most striking, and we have to regret we cannot in adequate turms do justice to the very elegant and impressive speech made oy His Royal Highness on the occasion. We have, however, a pride in saying it was most complimentary to the very spirited and active exertions of the Colonel, Sir John Leicester, and the patriotic endeavour of such a number of yeomen voluntarily giving up their time to enable themselves;, should occasion offer, to stand forth with effect in defence of their Sovereign: and country. Sir John Leicester having then foy himself and regiment returned thanks, the regi- ment proceded to go through a number of move- ments which they performed with the greatest rapidity and precision, and finished by a charge of the line which would have dene credit to a veteran corps. The. Prince returned to labley House, having in the most handsome manner ex- pressed the highest approbation at the very soldier-like behaviour and high state of excel- lence of the regiment, and which he requested the Colonel to make known to the whole corps. This regiment, consisting of upwards of 300 yeomanry, well-mounted and accoutred in the most splendid .style, attracted the curiosity of the whole coun- ty, and the park was crowded at an early hour with carriages and officers from all the neigh- bouring corps, none of whom, we- be.ieve, de- parted but in admiration of the perfection to which the corps had arrived. PATRIOTIC VOLUNTEERS. On Monday night the Earl of Stamford re- viewed the Knutsford infantry in Tatton Park. They mustered above 250 rank and file and went through their manoeuvres with much credit to themselves and satisfaction to their officers. The praises which their appearance excited from his Royal Highness, Prince William Frederick, at a late review, were amply renewed by the lord- lieutenant of the county. Unfortunately a. heavy rain prevented them going through many manoeu- vres, his lordship therefore, after expressing his great approbation, begged the men might not re- main under arms in such unfavourable b weather: they were then marched to Knutsford market- place, where their esteemed commander, Major Egerton, made known to the corps th at having had a letter to signify that the Government would accept of any offer of actual service for three weeks, he wished to know whether they would volunteer in the cause? A unanimous shout of approbation instantly proclaimed their readiness to march wherever he should lerd them. He thanked them for their offer, ordered for them two barrels of ale, and drank "the King" in three times three. Nothing could exceed the enthusiasm of the men who joyfully expressed their wishes to do anything for their country, and to confound the Corsican, whom they hoped they would soon meet, to settle with him the long account, to which his many aggressions had so deservedly en- titled him. The above patriotic offer was im- mediate. y transmitted to the lord lieutenant to be forwarded to H.R.H. Prince William Frederick, Commander-in-Chief of the North-West District.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOTTINGS. — — The Executive Council of the County Councils' Association have met to consider the best method of dealing with the question of teachers' salaries and establishing a uniform scale throughout the country, and it was stated that the secretary had issued a report on scales of salaries received from eighteen counties and forty-nine county boroughs, but owing to the diversity of scales adopted by the authorities it was found impossible to draft a model scale for the whole country. Levenshulme appears to be a remarkably healthy place. The medical officer of the Urban Council, at the late meeting, reported that there was a considerable amount of sickness in the district during the last month, but it had not been of a serious character, as was evidenced by the remark- ably low death-rate of 4.64 per thousand, as against 6.22 during the corresponding period of last year. During 1903 the death-rate for the district was 10.59 per thousand. At a special meeting of the Heywood Finance and General Purposes Committee, comprising all the members of the Town Council, held to con- sider an offer of £ 1,000 made by Mr. Thomas Kay, J.P., of Stockport, formerly of Heywood, for an Art Gallery and Museum for Heywood, to be founded in connection with the library being built by Mr. Carnegie, at a cost of C6,000, no resolution was come to, but a deputation was appointed to wait upon Mr. Kay. The Mayor of Accrington having called a meet- ing to consider the high rate of infantile mortality, it was resolved to ask the Town Council to make an exhaustive inquiry into the subject. During the proceedings the Rev. Mr. Lawrence deplored that the number of girls for domestic servants was declining, and that they preferred to work at the mills because of the liberty it gave them. Mrs. Mills, a member of the Education Committee, said her investigations ledger to conclude that mill -g-iris made excellent wives. At the Ormskirk Education Sub-Committee's meeting, the items required included a piano to replace a worn-out harmonium. The Chairman said the County Council Education Committee had decided to grant a piano in a certain case, but all applications of the kind would have to be con- sidered on their merits. To provide pianos for all schools meant an expenditure of £ 22,000. It was agreed to furnish another harmonium.
MRS. MAYBRICK.—The rumoured release of Mrs. Maybrick is incorrect. It is, however, certain that on Monday week Mrs. Maybrick was removed with as much secrecy as possible from Ay7esbury to a refuge home, where female prisoners usually pass the last nine months of their sentence. It is stated that the home is situated in Cornwall, and that in all probability Mrs. Maybrick will be released within two or three months. NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS.— The unprecedented demand for HORNIMAN'S PURE TEA during the past year has beaten every record, and conclusively proves the decided preference given by all classes to Horniman's Pure Tea Sold by Chester: Davies and Sheplieard, Bridge-street Row; Co-op. Society; Cryer, 2.5, Christleton-road; Holbor Restaurant, 20, Foregate street. Neston Lee, chemist. Little Sutton Swindells, baker' Birk-enhead Haywood, chemist. Rhuddlan Roberts, grocer. New Ferry: Fawcett, chemist." Upper Brighton Somerville. Bromborough Pool Co-operative Society. Mynydd Isa Co-operative Society. Tattenhall Wilcox, grocer. Mold Junction Co-operative Society. Queen s Ferry Spark's Stores. Hoole Jones & Davies. bakers Wrexham Felton. confectioner. THE EDUCATION OF LABOURERS' CHILDREN.— An application by the head mistress of the Ruthin County School for Girls, for an additional teacher gave Mr. Thomas Jones, Plas Coch, one of the leading agriculturists in Denbigh- shire, an occasion at the meeting of the governors to protest against cramming. He said that Latin, French, etc., were taught to the children of small farmers and even labourers at the expense of their tuition in grammar, writing and arithmetic—subjects which would be of far greater utility to them in after life. It was a waste of time, and lie would delete many of the subjects now taught from the curriculum of the intermediate schools.—The Chair- man (Mr. Ezra Roberts) said the question was one that would have to be dealt with by the authorities of all county schools in Wales. There was a feeling abroad that the schools were attempting too much. _n BROWN'S RHONCHIAL TROCHES BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES @=;¡r- Cure 'onch, Hoarseness, and Influenza, Cure ray Irritation or Soreness of the Throat, Peiove the tine in* Cough in totisiimi-),ioii, Relieve Bronchitis, Astlinn. and C'.tarrh. Ca.rry them about with von. Sold eçerywh r •. 1". ] ill. per box. BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES
KERRY COAST. Country of the far-off border, On the world's cool-fringed edges. By the ocean's surf-strewn ledges, Where the azure and the emerald Gather from the sea's recesses, Break amid yoor darkened tresses: Weave your boss'd and jewell'd mantle, Green of green—so oft enfolding, Love-clasps,—golden flowerets holding. Little Sea-land! closely bosom'd 'Gainst the thrombins- heart of ocean Lullabied of wild emotion. All the vast of all the ages Haunts the son? of ancient wonder, Rolls amid that mystic thunder. All the infinite of beauty, All her smile thvoncrh lirrht eternal, All her wail in things diurnal. All her agony of vision. Passing flame-winged to the mortal, Through the travail-laden portal. All her pure and white-souled dreaming. Reaching such whom low she calleth, Dimly, as a petal falleth. Little Sea-child. o'er your eyelids She hath pressed a sacred finger, In your eyes her blue depths linger; O'er your brow she bound a chaplet. Gemmed with rainbow-starred flowers. Cull'd from immemorial hours. Regal Sea-child in your sleeping, Cradled by the far Atlantic, You have heard immortal music; You have heard the ancient voices Chant the secret of the sages. Choir the mystery of ages. You have heard Time's fitful breakers Moan against the sands of being. You have seen with deeper seeing, How men agonise and falter. Faint amidst the clash of nations, Love and strive by generations. How we strive and wail and ponder. Cherish hope with sad insistence, Love and die in tireless patience. Yet to you we turn belov'd: You for us still hold the vision Of a new-world revelation. You our star-crowned In the darkness Still you bear the torch of morning, Pointing ever towards the dawning. Till it break-and flood the eastway, Fair as in primeval splendour, With a gentle, holy wonder. And you rise from out your slumber, Clothed in new-born inspirations For the healing of the nations. You must rise-with pure soul-breathing. And reveal the mystic vision, From the depths of sinless passion. You must pour a life-drawn crystal. Where wrong's poisoned waters languish, And men die of fevered anguish. Very gently,—as a fragrance Wind-borne, kissed of summer roses, Where no blight of winter snow is. Even now,-the dawn advances, Trembling with awakening gladness Through the dim dew-laden sadness. And you smile, beloved, dreaming; But, as if your heart revealing, Tears are down your lashes stealing. ADA WENTWORTH, Shields.
SPORTING. 4 CHESTER CUP WEIGHTS. (RUN WEDNESDAY, MAY 4.) The CHESTER CUP (handicap) of 2,550 sovs. (a Cup value 50 sovs and the remainder in specie), given by the Chester Race Company, Limited, by subscription of 25 sovs. each, 15 sovs. ft. or 5 sovs. only if declared to Messrs. Weatherby and Sons by Tuesday, February 2nd, for three-year-olds and upwards the owner of the second horse to receive 300 sovs. and the owner of the third horse to receive 200 sovs. out of the race lowest weight not less than 6st. the winner after publication of the weights (Jan. 28, at noon) of the Two Thousand Guineas or One Thousand Guineas Stakes at Newmarket, in 1904, or a handicap value 500 sovs. to carry 141b., of a handicap value 300 sovs. 71b. extra. Old Cup Course, nearly two miles and a quarter. A Champion Prize Cheshire Cheese, of the value of 5 sovs will be given to the owners of the first, second, and third horses respectively. age st lb age st lb Cliftonhall 5 9 0 Roe O'Neill 4 7 6 Throwaway 5 8 8 Mark Time 4 7 5 Rondeau 4 8 4 Rightful 5 7 4 Hammerkop 4 8 3 Wet Paint 5 7 3 Likely Bird a 8 2 Parthian II a 7 3 Grey Tick. a 8 1 *Cat.ty Crag 4 7 1 Genius 0 8 1 Reginald 5 7 0 Germain II 4 7 12 Florinda 4 7 0 Skiograph 4 7 12 Thunderbolt 4 G 13 O'DonovanRossaa 7 12 Parody 5 G 10 Torrent 5 7 12 Chanter. 3 6 9 Mountain Rose.. 4 7 11 Slumberer 4 6 8 Vendale. 5 7 11 Monitress 5 6 8 Australian Colors a 7 11 Saltney Lad 5 6 7 Burses 5 7 11 Flor I'ina 3 6 7 Lovat 4 7 11 Castro 4 6 7 Templemore 6 7 10 Bassoon. 4 6 6 Loveite 5 7 10 Cerisier 4 6 5 Firmilian 4 7 10 Proteus. 4 6 3 Caro 5 7 10 Sandboy 4 6 2 Switch-Cap 4 7 10 Owston Wood. 4 6 2 Blairmore 4 7 9 Grey Goblin 3 6 2 Elba 5 7 9 Miss Cronkhill.. 6 6 0 War Wolf 5 7 9 Pieria 3 6 0 Joshua 5 7 7 *Entered by telegram, and not yet confirmed.
HOOTON P ARKMARCH STEEPLECHASES AND HURDLE RACES.—The popular Clerk of the Course (Mr. W. S. Gladstone) has secured capital entries for the two principal races at this fixture, the March Hurdle Races of 500 sov. having closed with 42 entries, and the Cheshire March I Steeplechase with 37. These races should prove very interesting, as some noted horses on the fiat 1 are engaged. — ¡
LACROSSE. CHESHIRE v. MIDDLESEX. Twelve hours' continuous rain had transformed Lord's Cricket Ground into a veritable quagmire when Middlesex and Cheshire met for their annual lacrosse match on Saturday and, considering that the downpour was as heavy as ever while play was in progress Cheshire gave a highly creditable diplay. They led by five goals to one at half-time, and ulti- mately won by eight to two. Somewhat curiously, play was fairly even for the first twenty minutes of each half, but after that Cheshire commenced to forge ahead. They clearly knew more of the Cana- dian game than did their rivals, their passing being shorter and crisper than that of Middlesex. E. Battersby and S. Dickinson scored three goals each and W. Battersby and W. Torkington one each, but all the attacks played well. On defence E. Smalley, Harold ,Mason, and A. Horsley were perhaps the pick of a very sound lot. Middlesex were weak near goal, several rare opportunities being wasted, especially in the early stages of the game.
HOCKEY. «. 1 CHESTER v. SEFTON. These teams met on the Roodee on Satnrday. The ground was in good condition, and a fine game resulted m a win for Chester by five goals to nothing. The visitors were not strongly represented, having to play several reserves. The teams were :—Chester Adamson, goal; Podgey and Day. half-backs; Billington, Thorneley and Blayney-Jones, backs; Sykes, Tait. Southern and Williams, forwards. Sefton: A. W. Brock, goal; J. H. Collie and McKay, half-backs; McLeod, .Idris- Jones and C. Simpson, backs; W. E. Quinn, Ashton, Andrews, Linn and Stewart, forwards, CHESHIRE v. LANCASHIRE LADIES. This match, which was played at West Derby on Wednesday, proved rather uninteresting, neither side playing up to their usual form. The was, however, very fast from start to finish, the home side eventually winning by four goals to mu°' u^ie teams were as follows :—Lancashire -T. sst's Howard (goal) L Mack, Dale, M. 'vitr Hollins, E Keeling, K. Henderson, Lai en, M. Hollins, Remer, and Barlow. Cheshire The Misses E Williams (goal), Dickson, Tottenham, Q-_ Williams, Comber, Wilson, Water- house, Cramer-Roberts, Craigmile, Balliarry, and Wilmot. Referees. Messrs. Carey and Omerod. BIRKENHEAD PARK 2ND v. FRODSHAM. This match was played at Birkenhead Park on Saturday. The visitors were the first to score, but shortly after, by good play on the left, J. Morris was instrumental in placing the teams on level terms. Frodsham were successful in adding a second before the interval, a claim for kicking the ball in front of the goal being over-ruled. On resuming, Frodsham at once pressed, and in the first few moments scored. The game was hotly contested right up to the finish, Park having hard lines on one or two occasions. Frodsham eventually won by six goals to one.
NORTHOP. CRICKEF c; ixt,u es for the cominv i -r;tiiged by the cricket flub with Mo'd. -'hut. Buckley, Hawarden Caer- gand Penbedw. The departure of Mr. 3r E. Evans Soughton Lodge, from this district will be a great loss to the club, as he is a good, fdl-round player.
MALPAS. DEATH OF MR. C. B. BEECH.—We were sorry t) 1 arn that Mr. Charles B. Beech, eldest son of Mr. Peter Beech, of Horton Hall, Malpas, died on Thursday afternoon, after, short and painful illness. The deceased was a fine young man in the prime of life, being 32 years of age He was just entering upon a farm prior to his illness. Much sympathy is expressed to Mr. and Mrs. Beech and family in their sad loss.
UABON. CASE FOR THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY.—During the course of an inquest at Ponkey, Ruabo?on Wednesday, upon the body of Margaret Ann Roaers, aged nine, who resided with her widowed mother at 111, Bank-street, Ponkey, a brave action on the part of a collier was brought to light. The girl Rogers had gone on Monday to the house of a neighbour where she was in the habit of doing odd jobs, and in the absence of the family had taken the kettle off the fire. In doing so her clothing bad caught fire, and she at once rushed out of the house Lhwelyn Jones, a collier, living in the next house, attempted to extinguish the flames with his hands and failing to do so, obtained a coat. With this he proved successful, but the shock had been too great, and the child died a few hours later. Jones has been seriously burned on the hands, and it will be some weeks before he is able to resume work.—In returning a verdict of Accidental death," the jury paid a well-deserved tribute to his bravery.
HESWALL ENTERTAINMENT —A capital entertain- ment, on behaif of Charles Thompson's (Birken- head) Poor Childrens' Mission, was given at the Heswall Hotel Victoria on Thursday evening. It opened with a piano solo by Miss Gunning, and songs were afte; wards given by Miss Flora Ellis, Mr. A. Ashley, and Mr. Ben Jones. Miss Hol- lowood and Mr. Ashley also gave a capital vocal duet, and Mess.s. and Miss Jackson contributed two of their charming instrumental trios. Miss Scarratt recited the "Old Folks," and the pretty toy dust from the "GeIsha" was rendered by Miss Whitely and Mr. Elston. Songs were also very cleverly given by children from the Mission. The chief attraction, however, was the sketch, "A Quiet Cup of Tea," which was presented in a most realistic fashion, and in which the various characters were most admirably sustained by "local talent." In the opinion of the majority of the audience it surpassed in point of excellence anything of the kind hitherto presented here, and it is not surprising in view of its success, to leant that a local dramatic society is being formed. At the close the Chairman in proposing a vote of thanks to Miss Hollowood for her kindness in arranging the entertainment. on behalf of the Mission, referred to the vast amount of good achieved by the latter The characters in the sketch were as follows:—Captain Bouncer, Mr. Haddocks; Dr. Dickenson, Mr. H. Jones; Mrs. Featherby (a young widow), Miss Hollowood; Miss Mrs. Majar Mountchestnut. Miss Pennington; Clara (a housemaid). Miss Dumball; John (page boy), Master H. Johnson.
HOOTON. STATIONMA STEP'S PROMOTION.—Mr. William Edward Hughes, who for eight years has held the position of stationmaster at Hooton, has received the appointment of stationmaster at Hereford, and 1-it ja"t week to take up the duties at his new station. During his term of office at Hooton Mr. Hughes has made himself very deservedly popular with all classes of the community, and veiy general regret is felt that his promotion has necessitated his removal to another district. Though he is only about forty years of age, he has already seen 28 years' ser- vice with the Joint Companies, having commenced as a very youthful booking clerk at Neston Sta- tion, where his father was stationmaster. Four years later he filled a similar position at Frod- sham, and he afterwards served in the same capacity at Church Stretton. This was followed by a spell in the superintendent's office at Shrews- bury, and after several years of clerical work at other places, including Ludlow, where his father was now installed as stationmaster, he came back to Chester, and was later transferred to Tenbury. He next served as stationmaster at Easton Port, Berrington, Edge. and Moreton-on-thc-Lug, re- maining at the latter place three years. He afterwards had charge of Helsby, and was pro- moted to Hooton, one of the most trying stations on the companies' lines. During his sojourn her,, the widening of the l ire, which has added a num- ber of platforms to the station, has been accom- plished, and the Hooton Races have come into existence; but under Mr. Hughes's direction everything has run smoothly and without a hitch, and the difficulties only made more appar- ent. his fitness for further promotion. The sta- tion where he will now be located is the only one in the well-known town of Hereford, and in point of importance it ranks next to Chester and Shrewsbury He has altogether served as sta- tionmaster 16 years, but with the great advantage of youth still on his side and a large and varied experience behind him, he will probably con- tinue the climbing process. —————
NESTON. OCTOGENARIAN S DEATH.—Mrs. Maria Briscoe, widow ot Mr. William Briscoe, of Neston, died at the residence of her son and daughters, The Cross, .Neston, oil i, i-ittay morning, at the advanced age of 81 years. PETTY SESSIONS.—On Friday, at Neston Petty Sessions, Joseph Hough, of Heswall, was charged with being drunk in charge of a horse and trap on New Year's night. Defendant pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. A. F. Cotton. The Bench, after hearing a. lot of evidence, dismissed the case.— Samuel Mellor, John Peters and Henry Wellings were fined 2s. 6d. and costs for taking under- sized mussels from Dawpool beds. A STRANGER ON BURTON MARSH.—Mr. W. Adamson, the Neston taxidermist, is preserving a tine example of the gannet or solan goose which was found on Burton Marsh. The bird never, or very rarely indeed, comes into the estuary of the Dee, and the present specimen is highly prized in consequence. It measures tift. 4in. troin tip to tip of its extended wings, and its plumage, which is said not to attain perfection for four years, is in splendid condition. ALLEGED PHOTOGRAPH SWINDLERS. —A young pair WHO took up their residence with Mr. John Young. of Gladstone-road, Neston, a month ago, are very mucn sougnt alter just now, the expression in tins instance being used in a sense the reverse ot compnmentaiy. They gave the name of "Mr. and Mrs. Morris, and their luggage consisted almost entirely of an enlarged and framed pnoto alleged to be that of a weli- known doctor, whose ieatures had been enlarged to the imposing dimensions snewn in the specimen photo through entrusting a small carte to the firm the new lodgers weie supposed to represent. The bowhiskered physiognomy of the famous medico will no doubt be iong and disagreeably remem- bered by many in the Neston district, for his irank and open expression, as depicted in the picture, coupled with the artful canvassing of Mr. and Mrs, Morns, cajoled 58 unsuspecting individuals into giving orders which it now appears highly piobable will not be fulfilled. This is the more annoying as a considerable amount has been paid on account. The modus operandi was to book an order and ask for a deposit, and in the cases where it was not forthcoming at once to call for it again; while in their anxiety to meet th.3 re- quirements of all classes they even consented to receive smaii weekly sums on account. The prices of the enlargements, too, varied in strict accordance with the- wishes of the clients. No printed matter was used by them, and the cus- tomers, reassured no doubt by the expression of the gentleman in the frame, refrained from asking for references, The pair were somewhat seedily attired, but thanks to the steady flow of local sub- scriptions their lodging money was duly paid for three weeks, while- they indulged in such an un- reasonable amount of love-making in the presence of an elderly lady who shared the kitchen with them as to till her with mingled indignation and disgust. Latterly there hav.c been inquiries for the completed portraits, and several of the appli- cants have expressed themselves forcibly and em- phatically in the interviews which have taken place on the front door step. On Monday after- noon Mrs. Young left the house for a little while, and on her return was informed that "Herbert and Ethel," as they called themselves, had gone out. The "doctor" still looked placidly up from his usual place in tho corner, and no suspicion was excited for a few hours. Mrs. Young afterwards noticed that. the oide-rs for portraits had not gone away, and hurrying into her room found that some of her property had. Four pounds had been placed in a cashbox and placed in a. box secured by a padlock in the bedioom. About two o'clock she had taken out a pound to pay the rent. leav- ing the balance locked up. The box was still locked, but. the money, alas had flown, together with the missing pair. The police were informed, but as yet no trace has been found of them. They had not taken their departure from either of the local railway stations, and it may be that by this time, with the assistance of some M.P. or member of the aristocracy in a frame, they arc exploiting some other truly rural community. The lady, who is attired in a brown skirt and short, black jacket and laccd-up boots, carried a small black I bag, while the gentleman, who is a slight and consumptive-looking individual, with a "foxy" overcoat and felt hat., carried a brown bag. Neither of them appeared over twenty years of age-but, -a full description is no doubt being cir- cuited by the Noston, Police,
ALVANLEY TEMPERANCE 'UElTNT- -The Manley i Tent of Rechabites bt-I I a successful meeting in the school on Mr. Thomas Gleave presided Mr. Mitchell, of Chester, gave an address. Mr Mounfield, of Manley. amnsed the audience with his talk as also did Mr. Brocklehurst, of Ruthin. Thanks are due to the Alvanley Glee Choir, for the part they took in the meeting.
R( .S"- FTT. PARISH TEA.—The annual parish tea was held at the National Schools Q1J Tuesdav evening. Tables were given by the following Mrs. J. T. Binning, Mrs. L. Duncan, Mrs. Oscar Finlav, Mrs. Gnffith-Bosoawen, Mrt: James (Vicarage). Mrs. Langlands (Glen Alyn), Mrs. Leadbetter. Mrs. G. R. Sandbach Mrs. J. W. Summers, and Mr. E. B. Samuel (The Darlands). A concert was afterwards given, the Vicar (the Rev. Frank James) taking the chair. There was, as usual at this concert, a strong array of musical talent. Es- pecially enjoyable were the well-executed instru- mental trios given by the Misses Duckworth and Miss Taylor. The singing of the Rev. H. S Bransoombe was applauded The pianoforte playing of Mrs Gore (as solost and accompanist) contributed greatly to the success of the evening. Acceptable items were also rendered by the Misses Howell-Evans and the Revs. Mr. Pryce. Wrexham, and G. L. Roberts, Gwersyllt. .I''}.
THORNTON LE MOORS. CHOIR DANCE.—The Day School at Thornton Green was beautifully decorated with evergreens, flags and flowers on Fridav. and ample preparations were made by Mr Parkington and friends for the reception of the members of the choir and their guests for the dance. The managers were repre- sented by the Rector (Rev. C C Prichard), church- warden (Mr. James Warburton), si<lesman (Mr. William McWaters), treasurer 'Mr- Rich..Lloyd). A most enjoyable evening was spent, and there was no lack of partners, and the greatest harmony and good-humoured gaiety prevailed The classroom had been arranged for refreshments, and there Mrs. Parkington and Mrs. Johnson, assisted by the Misses Stafford and other ladies, ministered so well to the wants of the danc»rs and their friends that everyone was made comfortable. The room was not too crowded, and the dancing was found so agree- able that it was considerably after midnight when the last of the guests departed. The new piano, which had been lent by the Sunday School author- ities, was used, and highly appreciated.
"NANTWICH. BOARD OF GUARD! ANS.-The fortnightly meeting was held on Saturday Mr. W. J. Dutton in the chair.-Mr. Wallace Luinb reported on the visit a deputation bad paid from that Board to the Asylum at Upton. They found the place in a perfect state of order and in possession of all the latest improvements, and not a smgle complaint had been made. He regretted to say that the number of inmates from the Nantwich Union was constantly increasing year by year. There were 108 patients from that, union, 80 males and 88 females. It was in 1884 that on his proposition a committee was appointed to visit the asylum, and at that time the sum paid for the maintenance of lunatics from that union was 91.756 3s. 4d. but since then there had been an enormous increase, the amount paid for the year ending December, 1903. being £ 3,110 2s 5d. The increase in the cost per head for maintenance was due largely to the improved dietary of the inmates Mr. Jackson said that the increased expenditure might not be due to more insane people being sent from that union, but probably was to be found in the cost of the, improved dietary. He hoped that they might not take it that insanity was on the increase in the union.-Mr. M. Lea It is though there s no mis- take about that.
NORTH WICH CONSERVATIVE CLUB.—At the annual meeting of the Northwich Coirs?rvative Club oil Tuesday evening it was reported that not only had a deficit of JB47 been wiped out, but. that the year closed with a balance in hand of £29. and £ 150 had been realised to clear off a debt on the building. Dr. Moreton was elected president, Mr. W. H. Goodman secretary, and Mr. A. Fine- stone treasurer. FAILURE OF A STATIONER.-At Crewe Bankruptcy Court, on Friday, Joe Willie Sykes, printer, bookbinder, and stationer, of Dane street, Northwich, attended for his adjourned examination. In reply to the Official Receiver the debtor said he agreed to buy the business for £ 1,000, but he had no capital. He was examined as to the pledging of some jewellery, &c., in December. He admitted purchasing a gold watch for £ G, and pledging it with other things a fortnight later for £3. He had never paid for the watch. He pledged it because he had a county court summons to pay. In February he bought a gold bangle for his wife. 9 The Official Receiver: When were you married In February. The Official Receiver: The wedding ring was not paid for? No, sir. Mr. J. Townley Trotter (the trustee) said that instead of the debtor's stock having cost P,550, as he had estimated in his statement, it was only JE380. and instead of its being likely to produce £ 350 it would probably not realise more than £ 170. The examination was adjourned for closing.
UPTON MAGIC LAN-TFRN.-On Friday Mr. T. Nixon, of Chester, kindly gave an interesting and in- structive lantern lecture to the children and friends of Upton Cottage Home. All present thoroughly enjoyed the p.ctures. PARISH COUNCIL.—On Tuesday evening a meeting was held in the schools. There were present Messrs. R. Ithell (chairman), Robinson, H. Robertson, W. Shone, S. Blake, J. H. Wil- liams, E. Dean, junr., and J. Prince (clerk).- Correspondence was read in connection with the Chemistry Pit, and a sub-committee, consisting of Messrs. B. C. Roberts, R. Ithell, Ducker, S. Blake and J. Prince, was appointed to deal with the matter.—It was agreed to extend the lighting of the village one month in the year.—Through the efforts of the Council, a new le-tter-box is to be erected between the Bache and the Frog, on I Liverpool-road. This will be a great boon to resi- d<?MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB—A match be- tween teams "A" and "B," consistmg^ot membeu of the Miniature Rifle Club, wa5 neld m the Reading-room on Tuesday evening, and proved very interesting. The shooting generally was ex- ceptionally good, A team winning bv 48 points. Tha conditions of shooting we>« 15 shot« each com- petitor five standing, fiV £ > kneeling," and five lying down. It must be gratifying to the pro- moters and subscribers to the club to know that the ohooting is taken up with such zest and energy. The following were the scores: "A" team: J. C. Thornton 69, J. Hignett 68, Jas. Stacey 68, A McLean 68, Jas. Hughes 57. Jno. J. Moore 64, C. McLean 43, J. H. Williams 62, J. Williamson 60, total 559. "B" team: Jos. Dean 54 C. Worrall 66, Philip Rutter 54. Will. McLean 60 C. Dean 61, R. Prince 60. T. Ithell 37, A. G. Hughes 60, Jas. Prince 59, total 511. -+--
FRODSHAM. ANTHRAX-Two more cases of anthrax are repoited in Dutton, near Frodsham, one at Mr. Lomas's farm and the other at the farm of Mr. John Griffiths. The animals, a cow and calf, have been slaughtered and cremated. ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednesday night a miscellaneous entertainment Was given in the Parish Room, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to paying off the existing debt of the late Parish Church Football Club. The Rev G. Purcell, B.A., presided. Vocal items were given by Messrs. Collier, P. Jones and W. Lewis. Miss Annie Harrison, Miss M. Higginson, and Mrs. Lewis, m the first part of the programme while the second portion consisted of a comic sketch eiititled Irish Servants (Mr M. R. Lahee) which evoked endless merriment. The various char^torb *Tl)rner represented by Messrs. Bibby.R. P Jones, and Miss M. Higginson. J ments were shared with Miss A- llkmson and Mrs. Lewis. Subsequently dancing was indulged in to a late hour. CONSERVATIVE CLUB-The annual meet- ing of the Conservative Club was held on Wednes- day, Mr. A. Thomas presiding. Mr. C. H. Hib- bertt (hon. secretary and treasurer) produced the statement of accounts for the year 1903, shewing again a substantial balance in hand.—The Chair- man expressed his great gratification at the con- tinued prosperity of the club, and proposed a vote of thanks to the hon. secretary for his able and energetic efforts on the club's behalf.-The fol- lowing officers were elected: president, Mr. A. Thomas; vice-presidents, Messrs. W. C. Collin- son, H. P. Mortimer, J. Qckleston. F. P. Weaver, M.D., H. Tiley, J. W. Rothwell; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. C. H. Hibbertt, L.L.C.M.; hon. auditor, Mr E. G. Steward; committee, Messrs. A. J. Ashworth, J. Entwistle, J. Gorst, J. Holland, senr., J Holland, junr., E. Lawless, S. Hancock, F. W. Speliwr, and J. J. Wilkinson. THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.-At a recent meet- ing of the Frodsham and District Free Church Council the following resolution was passed: This meeting rejoices in the movement which nas been made by some licensing benches in the direc- tion of reducing the number of hcenc^ for the sale of intoxicating liquors, avid of c_ vigorous administration of the la. q[ the liquor tion of the public from the nusoh tly protests traffic. This meeting, therefore, earhaveyt4 effect I s against any legi.slation which vvoul llcensin^ of curtailing the discretion ot ijcences » authority with respect to the renewal oi licences The meeting further resolved that a copy of the resolution besenttoMr. Balfour, girHemyCampbell- Bannerman, and the member f°r the cu vision. A memorial has been sent to the House of Commons by the Frodsham Rechabite Tent approving "of the discretionary power long possessed by justices of the peace to refuse on public grounds the renewal of licences for the sale of intoxicating liquors, the only legalised protection against the liquor traffic at present in the possession of localities, and beseech- ing most earnestly the House to reject all proposals that would in any degree lessen such magisterial power or render its operation dependent in corr.- pensation to persons whose licences are in the public interest not renewed."
HAWARDEN. WAR RELIEF COMMITTEE.—The War Re- lief Fund Committee held their final meeting on Wednesday. After paying off all bills and a grant of J35 to a soldier in the locality, who is still suffering from illness contra<ted during the war, the sum of 258 14s was in hand. The sum of B21 was voted to the Soldiers' and Sailors' As- sociation, and the remainder, JE57 14s., to Chester Infirmary. Votes of thanks were passed to the chairman (Mr. T. Wright). and to Messrs. J. H. Adkins and T. H. Gibson, for their services.
MOID. VICAR OF BISTRE'S MARRIAGE.—On Tuesday at the parish church were solemnized the nuptials of the Rev. O. D. Williams, vicar of Bistre, formerly curate of Mold, and Miss Agnes E. Musgrave, third daughter of the late Mr. Francis Musgrave and Mrs. Musgrave, Mont Alto. PERFORMANCE OF "FAUST.On Tues- day evening, at tire Mold Town Hall Assembly Room, Madame Douglas-Adams gave her 23rd annual operatic perfoimance held under the dis- tinguished patronage of the Duke of Westmin- st2r. the Due, ess of Westminster, Mr. Samuel Smith, M P. Mr J. Herbert Lewis M.P., and others, Madame Adams this }ear seated Gounod's charming opera of 'Faust'' for^ro- duction. The performance was desenbed as her "last representation" of the opera, and ominous rumours have reached us that it is also destined to be the finale to a brilliant series ot operatic pro- ductions for which Madame Douglas-Adams has been responsible. If this intelligence be worthy of creden, e so much the worse for the musical development of "pretty Mold." The characters were assumed as follow:—Faust, Mr. Kelson Trueman; Mephistopheles, Mr. William Llewellyn; Valentine. Mr. Ernest Trowbridge; Wagner. Mr. Thomas S. Adams; Siebel. Madame Violet Monk; Martha, Miss E. F. E. uohnson Margarita, Miss E Stuart Douglas. The "French Dance" (by special request) and the celebrated waltz in the 2nd act were danced by Miss Gladys Lewis. Miss Stuart Douglas proved to be an ideal Margarita, and her conception of the role was irresistibly pleasing The impersonation of this most interestng character created a p-cofound im- p"e=sion. and among other numbers her singing of tho "Jewel Song" earned a richly-merited re- call. Madame Violet Monk made her debut in Mold as the devoted Siebel, a part in whioh she was admirably suited Her rendering of "When all was young'* in the church scene was enthusi- astically encored In this number the 'cello obligate was exquisitely played by Mr. F. E. Richardson. Miss Johnson was sine marly happy as the vivacious widow Martha, and her efforts received well-merited approbation. It is some- what late in the day to eulogise Mr. Trueman in his favourite role of Faust. H;s impersonation was as highly artistic as ever. The delicacy and refinement, he imparts into the character, the tendernrss which characterises his love scenes, are things to be remembered. This was the first visit to Mold of Mr. Ernest Trowbridge, the possessor of a pleas ng baritone voice, who in the attractive part of Valentine reatsd a very favourable im- pression. Mr. Trowbridge is a finished actor, and he acquitted himself well. particularly in the ex- acting death scene. Mr. T S. Adams imper- sonated the old Corporal Wagner in a creditable manner. Mr. Wilham Llewellyn, an old favourite in Mold, was again admirable as Mephistopheles. Throughout the opera he fairly revelled in his favourite character His magnificent voice. was bpa d to great advantage. The dances of Miss Gladys Lewis were enthusiastically encored. The whole opera was produced' under the direction of Madame Donsrlas-Adams, who also wielded the baton. A bijou orchestra. led by Mr. Horace Hasrdden. played admirably, and the chorus of Mold and Chester amateurs proved thoroughly efficient,. Mr. Fred Lewis was quite au fait in the arduous role of stacre manager. In conclusion, the opera was magnificently mounted and cos- tumed, and it is hoped that the unqualified success which marked the performance of Tuesday even- ing will stimulate Madame Douglas-Adams to a I U continuance of her good work. A successful matinee performance took place on V. ednesday.
CONNAH'S QUAY & SHOTTON. PROMOTION.—P.C. Benjamin Jones has been promoted to the rank of full sergeant. He suc- ceeded Sergeant Walter Hill at Shotton some ten months ago, and previous to then he was four years at Sandycroft. Mr. Jones is to be removed to Holywell, whence he will take the best wishes of a host of friends. NURSING ASSOCIATION—A meeting of the association was held at the Bank Buildings on Tuesday to appoint a district nurse in succession to Nurse Harrison, who has faithfully oarried OUT. her duties since the inception of the association, and who has been compelled to resign her posi- tion owing to failing health. The applicants for the post numbered 16, and after an interview with the committee Nurse N. E. Coxon, of Teign- 5aouth, South Devon, was unanimously appointed. Nurse Coxon has had a large experience in dis- trict work. NURSING ASSOCIATION.—The annual meet- ing of the District Nursing Association was held at the Albion Buildings on Friday afternoon. The third annual report shewed a falling off in the numbers and amount of subscriptions, the balance in hand, however, being larger than the previous year. The proceeds of the carnival amounted to jE23 Os. 8d., and those of the concert given by Madame Douglas Adams to £ 10 4s. 7d During the year the nurse had attended 58 cases and paid 3,122 visits, as compared with 80 cases and 2,802 visits in the previous year. There was a decrease in the number of cases, but the number of visits was con- siderably Jrigher, and was in fact the largest since the formation of the association. It was with regret that the committee recorded the resignation of Nurse Harrison, whose engagement with the association terminated that day, she having been appointed Matron of the Denton Nursing Home. During the time she had been at Connah's Quay, by the conscientious manner in which she had discharged her duties, she had gained the esteem and admiration of everyone, and she left the district with the best wishes of all with whom she had been associated in her work. The committee had appointed to succeed her Nurse Coxon, who was at present doing similar work at Bishops Teignton, South Devon. She was a well trained nurse with considerable experience, and came to Connah's Quay with excellent testimonials, her duties commencing'on the 8th February. The retiring officers and committee were re-elected. OPENING OF A NEW ORGAN.—Since the opening of St. Ethelwold's Church, some 18 months ago, there has been a desire on the part of many friends to obtain an organ to take the place of the harmonium. The organ fund was first started by the late Miss F. Davison, of Shotton Cottage, who was assisted by a willing band of workers. Their efforts were so rewarded that in the spring of last year the Organ Committee decided that enough money had been raised to warrant the order's being given for the erection of a suitable organ. Dr. J. C. Bridge, organist of Chester Cathedral, was asked to become adviser to the committee aud to draw out specifications for a complete organ, arid to arrange that the essential parts should be put in at once and extra stops later when the money had been raised. The first portion of the organ has now been erected. The builders are Messrs. Abbott and Smith, of Leeds. The organ is erected on the floor of the chapel, and every preparation has been made for the complete organ, 'ihe massive oak case adds to the beauty of the chancel. The total cost will be about JbocO. of which about L400 will be spent at present. Of this latter sum about JS110 is still wanted. The specifications include—Two manuals and pedal; grand organ, 9 stops (5 at present); swell organ, 8 stops (5 at present); pedal organ, 3 stops (1 at present); couplers, 5; tremulant to act on swell; composition pedals, 6. No doubt it will bo an organ worthy of the beautiful church which it is to serve, and it is only hoped that the congre- gation will appreciate it and strive to make it complete as soon as possible. The opening cere- monv took place on Wednesday, prior to which a short address was given by the rector (the Rev. Stephen Gladstone). The playing of Dr. Bridge was listened to with rapt attention by a crowded congregation It is understood that Mr. Stephen Morris, of Connah's Quay, has been appointed organist, m recognition of the valuable services lie-has rendered as conductor and choirmaster. THE LIGHTING QUESTION.—A corre- spondent writes:—The ratepayers of Shotton who reside in that portion of the village situated in the parish of Hawarden arc in a most unenviable posi- tion so far as the public lighting of the district is concerned. The area of Shotton, although really one village, is, for the purpose of public lighting, split up into two divisions, one portion being under tne jurisdiction of the Saltney Parish Council and the other under that of the Hawarden Parish Council. The ratepayers of that portion situated in Hawarden have already adopted the Lighting Act, and have erected lamps for a certain area in their particular district along the main road, and these have proved a great convenience to the inhabitants. At the public meeting held at Shotton last week it was agreed that it was impera- tive that the lighting should bo extended into the side streets and along a further portion of the main road; but here a serious difficulty presents itself. Owing to the complicated nature of the boundary between the portions of the district situated in the area of Saltney and Hawarden Parish Councils respectively, it would not be pos- sible for the Hawarden section to make the neces- sary extension of the lighting without the Saltney section's receiving equal benefits though not con- tributing one farthing towards the cost. In the side streets referred to one portion is in Hawarden parish and the other in Saltney, but the Hawarden part can only be rated for lighting, and the arrangement is certainly inequitable and unfair. The Saltney Parish Council have had the matter under their consideration, and Shotton would undoubtedly have received better treatment but for the two councillors, who declared that the Shotton people did not want more light, and opposed the adoption of the Lighting Acts. An endeavour, however, is to be made to bring the ratepayers together to discuss this all-important question, and it is hoped the Saltney portion of the district will come to some arrangement so that the whole of the village can be efficiently lighted, and paid for in equal proportions by the two districts.
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'_H_ BROXTON. INQUEST.—On Thursday the deputy coroner (Mr. T. Moore Dutton) held an inquest at Box- ton on the body of Wilfrid Leonard Thelwell. aged two years the son of George Thelwell, groom-gardener, Biown Knowl. Deceased after an illness of less than a week, died on Tuesday Dr. Jo.dison, Malpas, who was called in after death, said dece.sed died from an attack of bronchial pneumonia, and a verdict of natural causes was returned.
W HEXHAM. TOWN COUNCIL AND LIBRARY SITE.— On Tuesday the monthly meeting of the Council was held, the Mayor (Councillor Birkett Evans) presiding.—With reference to the suggested sites for the proposed Carnegie library building, the Town Clerk submitted a statement as to the position of the Council in regard to the Guildhall and Yspytty properties respectively. — Mr. Sauvage moved that the question of the site to be selected be re-opened and that the resolution passed on the 8th December in favour of the choice of part of the Yspytty property be rescinded. He strongly advocated a portion of the Guildh-ill site, -is being the most desirable in every wav for the purposes of a free library. The resolution was carried It was also resolved to advertise for competitive plans for the new library, combined with municipal buildings, to be erected on the Guildhall site and that the preparation of the necessary scheme be referred to a future special meeting of the Council It was also resolved to increase the borough collector's salary from B200 to 2252 to enable him to provide a clerk to render necessary office assistance.
THOKNTON HOUGH. FUNERAL OF MR. S. SHAKESHAFT.— Mr. Samuel Shakeshaft, a member of an old and respected Thornton Hough family, residing at Willow Farm, Thornton Common, died on Friday, after nine days' illness, from pneumonia. He was a very promising young man of 29 years of age. and much regret has been expressed at his death at so early an age. The funeral took place at Thornton Hough Parish Church on Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. The Rev. A. G. Glenn, vicar of Barnston, read the service, in the absence of the Rev. H. A. Bull, and among those present were Messrs. George. Thomas, J. J. S., and Alfred Shakeshaft (brothers), Miss Edith Shakeshaft, Mr. Charles Shakeshaft (uncle), Mr. Harry White- head, Mr. Geo. Whitehead, Mr. John Shakeshaft and Mr. Albert Shakeshaft (cousins), who acted as bearers; Mr. Thomas Shakeshaft, Mr. James Young. Mr. Thomas Bell. Mrs. Annie Ellison, of Raby, (aunt), and Miss Lizzie Jones (cousin). The general mourners included Mr. Wm. Burkey, Mrs. G. H. Kelsey, Messrs. Enoch Roberts, Joseph Ellison (Raby), Wm. Ellison, Race Ellison. Walter Ellison, John Ellison. Joseph Gore. Chas. Langley, George Waring, Robert Howard, John Dodd, Ed. Haves, F. Price, Mrs. Price. Mr. A. Tilston. Mr. A. Hibbitt. Mrs. Hibbitt. Mr. M. Hibbitt. Mr. Herbert Hibbitt. Mr. Orrell. Wreaths were for- warded by Mrs. Holme, Alf and Edith, Samuel Higgin, Agnes, Brother Joe. Pattie and Jin Young. "Frcm all at home," Mr. and Mrs. Jonei- and Mr. and Mrs. Tibbit (Raby), Mr. and Mrs. I Bell. George and Emily, etc.
Clill DER. THORNTON PARISH COUNCIL.—Mr. J. E. Hughes pre- sided at the meeting on Tuesday evening, when the Clerk reported that he had waited upon Mr. Hayward with reference to the drain running from his land across the footpath in New-road, and he stated that it was quite clear.—Mr. Prince said that the drain was only a 3in. pipe, both on Mr. Hayward's and on Mr. Thorbum's side, and it was inadequate for the amount of water which it was required to carry. consequently the water backed up and caused the house at the corner of New-road to be very unhealthy, besides flooding the footpath on New-road. As the District. Coun- cil seemed to have no power in the matter. Mr. Sutton moved the following resolution, which was seconded by Mr. Waring and unanimously agreed to:—"That notices be served upon Messrs. Hay- ward. Thorburn and Dixon, that the pipes on their land conveying the water course from Mr. Hay- ward's land, and crossing the footpath on the New- ioad f:om Childer Thornton to Welsh-road, are insufficient for the purpose, and that unless they take immediate steps to put in larger pipes to carrv the water, this Council will ask the County Council to have it done in the interest of the health of Tes- 'deiits.Air. Prince also reported that the notice boards had been erected warning drivers of vehicles to keep off the footpath, and that the footpath was also under repair.—The foot- path across the fields leading from Welch-road to Hethe-lane was discussed. As the public gener- ally did not seem to use it. the matter was allowed io drop.—-Mr Latham reported that an inquiry regarding the proposed sewage scheme for Hooton. Eastham and Childer Thornton would be held at an early date- This was due to Eastharn township, who strongly objected to tm* proportion or tno cost allotted to them. Mr. Latham further said that nothing more had been done as regarded the softening" of the water by the Water Company. It should not however, be allowed to drop. Only the other week the work at the hospital had been thrown all wrong- owing to the pipes' bursting through there being too much lime in the water. -fr. Huches remarked tha.t it was most in- iquitous that this had to be endured bv all rate- payers. as well as by the giiard:ans.-Aft?-rwardR Mr. Latham said that he had purchased fire hose and fittings which would be at the disposal of any of the residents in ca.se of fire: there was. however, an extra hydrant required for the vil- lage.—TTie Council decided to write to the Water Company p.skng- them to fix a hydrant, in the village where New-road and School-lane cross, and also tendered to Mr. Latham their thanks for h; generous off^r—The school question was again introduced both Mr. Read and Mr. Latham giving exhaustive explanations of the proposed scheme, which aooeared to be received with feel- ings of satisfaction bv the Council —The hope was expressed that the school would still be conducted with the same good feeling that. basexist-ed during the past year.
ELLESMERE PORT .THftARY SOCIETY.—On Tuesday evening, in connection with this society, Mr. Stockton read an able essay on Morley's Life of Gladstone."
LITTLE BUDWORTH J ,a..t week the Bishop of Chester collated the Rev B N Atkinson, M.A., to the parochial chapel or the parish church and benefice of Littlt- Btidworth. ♦
GRESFORD. BILLIARD HAN-DIC-kP.-At the Working- men s institute, on Wednesday evening, the annual bill ard handicap was ocwnpleted. The fina ists were Mr. Fred. Lloyd and Mr. T. Griffiths each of whom played an excellent game The former proved victorious. At the conclusion the President (Major Robertson) pre- sented the winner with a hand-some silver cup. bearing a suitable inscription, as did also Mr. Ed- mund Carson to Mr. T. Griffiths, who oame seoond Both recipients made appropriate re- sponses. The members afterwards partook of the hospitality of the president.
ECCLESTON. FIRE AT THE GAS WORKS.—On Friday mornmtr, about 11 o'clock a slight explosion occurred in one of the retort houses of the Gas Works buildings at Eccleston. and caused an out- break of fire. The man m charge made every effort to extinguish the fire with the use of a hosepipe, but the flames spread to the rafters of the roof, and he despatched a cyclist messenger for the Eaton Fire Brigade. The Brigade effected a very smart turn- out. and within half-an-hour of their arrival the fire was extinguished. This was not, however, until considerable damage had been done, the middle part of the roof falling in. Had the outbreak not been so promptly and efficiently dealt with, it might have proved very serious, owing to the close proximity of the gasometers.
TARVIN. PARISH COUNCIL.—A meeting of the Council was held in the Public Hall on Tuesday night, Mr. Thomas Nield presiding, there being also present Messrs. it. H. Willis. J. Bull, W. Barefoot. H. Reynolds, F. Steaton, P. Darlington. and W. Wilkes (clerk). A letter from the secretary of the Reading Room Committee, in reply to one sent from the Council, was read, and upon this a heated discussion took place. It was ultimately moved by Mr. H. Reynolds and seconded by Mr. W. Bare- foot that the rent of the room to the Reading Room Committee be fixed at £20 per annum, to include fire and lighting, and subject to the same conditions as before with regard to the letting of the hall for concerts, etc. Four voted in favour of the motion and two against.
OAKMERE SICK NURSING AWARDS.—A course of six sick nursing lectures have been held in the Old Court Room, Oakmere, and the following is the result of the examination conducted by Dr. Turner in Deoember :-Recommended for the certificate with distinction Miss Hannah Lewis, Folly Farm Miss L. Wilson, Crown Cottages Miss H. Wynd- ham Smith, Massey's Lodge; and Miss Leah L. Laughton, The Hollies, Little Budworth. Recom- mended for the ordinary certificate: Miss G. Rath- bone, The Waste. Kelsall; Miss Sarah Lewis, Folly Farm, Oakmere: Mrs. Mary Mettam. Crown Cottages, Oakmere Mrs. Eliza Johnson, Oakmere Miss Beatrice A. Snelson, Delamere Lodge; Miss Annie Churcher, Tarporley-road. The names are given in order of merit.
BOLTED BREAKFASTS. » — Only five minutes for breakfast this morning Isn't that your cry very often Y Down goes the meal and away you hurry to business. We en- tirely agree with an authority who said recently that there is no more fruitful source of breakdown than this behaviour, unless when it is regularly done, some saie but simple stomach and liver stimulant, such as bile beans, be taken. When food is put into the stomach, the stomach cries out for blood to carry on digestion: and when you sit down after a meal. nature sees to it that the blood supply is reduced in certain parts, and increased at we stomach. When you gulp down a meal and hurry off, however, the legs need more blood, the muscles of the back need more, and the heart has got to work harder. You can feel it going "pit, pat," under the extra strain, and, if you could see it. you would find that the stomach is hardly able to call sufficient blood to its vessels to carry on its work. if "you must hurry immediately after breakfast, why not give the stomach a little help? A bile bean taken immediately after food helps the stomach better than anything else. Don't think that in taking bile beans in this way you're dosing yourself with harmful drugs. You wouldn't think of a bit of liquorice plant in that way. Bile beans are just the essences of certain Australian herbs boiled down and concentrated. You can't chew four inches of vegetable stem as you go along, but you can take its essence when concentrated into a. bile bean, and it does you the same good. Mr. W. C. Chambers, of Cottrill Road. Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, says: "Bolting break- fast and hurrying off to business, swallowing dinner quickly and recommencing work imme- diately, at last brought on me serious indigestion. I felt a constant sensation of weight and pain at the stomach, ahd frequent attacks of vomiting, headache, and fits of trembling. Constipation also occurred, and an aching pain in the small of my back. My eves became so weak that I could not bear strong light. The extra work which hurry- ing after food throws upon the heart weakened that organ so much that my circulation became defective and my hands and feet were always cold. From medical advice I got no benefit, but soon after commencing with bile beans I felt all im- provement. I persevered with them, and in the find they removed all my ailments. I am now free from indigestion and all its effects, and am restored to good health." Charles Forde's bile, beans may be had from all medicine vendon,