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DEPRESSION IN THE SALT TRADE.-T'he salt workers of Northwich and Wmsford districts are feeling acutely the depression in the Cheshire salt industry. At Marston and Wincham the em- ployes have rarely had harder times. Many works are overstocked, and employment both heie and at Winsford now only averages three to five days weekly. Cheshire salt shipments, export and coastwise, for the past year are 6,000 tons behind the corresponding period, and are much below the decade's average. DEATH OF A DENBIGH LADY.-On Mon- day, to the great grief of a. large circle, there passed away a lady who, as a daughter of the late Dr. E. A. Tumour, J.P., Grove House, Den- bigh, was a member of a family intimately con- nected with the life of Denbigh, her father and brother having been Mayors of the town, in which they left behind them many memorials of their unbounded liberality. The deceased lady, who was the late Dr Tumour's only daughter, was married early last summer to Mr. J P. Lewis, Denbigh, secretary to the Bishop of St. Asaph and registrar of probate of the North Wales dis- trict. She was a generous supporter of every charitable and religious institution in the town, and of Church work generally. DEATH OF A CHESTER MINISTER —Many citizens will learn with deep regret of the death of Chester's oldest Nonconformist minister, the Rev. John Morgan, which occurred on Sunday at his residence the Laurels, Tarvin-road- Deceased, who had attained the advanced age of 81 years, was for many years pastor of the Great Boughton Congregational Church, and retired about three years ago. Though his health had been in a seri- ous condition for several months past, his vigorous constitution enabled him to. make several en- couraging rallies, which gave hopes of his ulti- mate recovery, and the end came rather unex- pectedly. The venerable minister was a. familiar figure in the streets of Chester, and by his death local Nonconformists have suffered a great loss. The funeral will take place at Malpas to-day (Wednesday). HOME-COMING REJOICINGS.—The p-opu- larity of Major R. W. Williams-Wvnn, D.S.O., of Cefn, St. Asaph, was again most- heartily evinced by the tenantry of Cefn and citizens of St. Asaph on Monday, when he was, accorded a. most en- thusiastic "welcome home," the occasion being brought about by his recent marriage with Miss Hetty Lowther. He and his bride were met at St. Asaph Station by a laige crowd of tenantry and friends, and Mr. Charles Mansbridge (chairman of the Parish Council), on behalf of the citizens of St. Asaph The carriage in which the happy- pair travelled to their ancestral home at Cefn was drawn through the decorated streets of St. Asaph by some of the tenantry. At. Cefn a monster tea party was given to about 500 people. Presentations were made by the Volunteers of St. Asaph the tenantry and citizens of St. Asaph, and the school children of the whole district were given a holiday. CHESTER ROYALTY THEATRE —Mr. Mil- ton Bode's first pantomime at the Royalty Theatre this season was taken on tour after such a com- paratively short run that many Cestrians scarcely had an opportunity of familiarising themselves with it. Therefore they will all the more warmly welcome "The Babes in the Wood which opened a two-weeks' engagement on Monday evening. The piece has gained much praise, in Cardiff, and local playgoers are not likely to be behindhand in their appreciation of the merits of the work It is presented on a stage of considerable splen- dour, and goes with an admirable swing. The tuneful music and catchy songs materially add to the success of (Tie pantomime. Pressure of space prevents us from entering into a detailed descrip- tion of the company, but suffice it to say that all the principal artists are to be strongly com- mended. The Sisters Humphreys introduce a specialty act, Mdlle Lenora and the sisters Dorrell give clever dances, and the New Macs are re- sponsible for some funny business. MACCLESFIELD PARISH CHURCH.— What is claimed to be the largest work of church restoration undertaken in the Chester diocese during the last half-century or more was formally completed on Monday by the final meeting of the committee which has carried out the rebuilding of Macclesfield Parish Church of St. Michael. The church was founded in 1278 by Queen Eleanor, and was rebuilt in 1470. The present restoration, planned oy the late Sir Arthur Blomfieid, was commenced in 1896, and has cost over £ 25,000 The foundation stone was laid in October, 1888, by the late Duke of Westminster, and the church was reopened, free from debt, in 1901 by the Bishop of Chester. Since then the Restoration Committee have carried out a number of further improvements. Mr. James Kershaw, J.P., under- took the entire cost of restoring the tower, besides contributing £ 1,500 to the general fund, and Mr F. D. Brocklehurst gave an east window, as well as donations of over £ 1.000 The General Com- mittee on Monday passed accounts, which shewed a small balance in hand. CHESTER PAXTON SOCIETY.—The usual fortnightly meeting was held in the Grosvenor Museum on Saturday, under the chairmanship of Mr. G. Lyon. Mr. E. Stubbs, Bache Hall, in- troduced a discussion on "Suggestions for the next Exhibition." From the outset, it was evident that all those present were keenly interested in the welfare of the society, and although past exhi- bitions have always been a conspicuous success, several valuable suggestions were made by various members, the most important of these being (1) to make the exhibits of apples and pears more educational by asking exhibitors to give particu- lars of the stock upon which the trees have been grafted, as well as the class of soil and situation in which they have baen grown; (2) to make a special class for bottled fruits, in which those who do not grow fruit themselves can compete; (3) to offer prizes for collections of vegetables as well as for winter-flowering begonias, cyclamens, etc.. (4) to offer prizes for the impromptu naming of hardy fruits by young gardeners and others; (5) to encourage chrysanthemum specialists to ex- hibit new varieties of merit; (6) to encourage still iurther table decorations by ladies resident in the society s district. Hearty votes of thanks to the chairman and introducer brought the meeting to a close.