THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I IMPORTANT RATING POINT. At the fortnightly meeting of the Holywell Board of Guardians, on Friday, the Cleik (Mr. Harding Roberts) gave a report on behalf of the deputation of the Board which attended the con- ference called by the Parliamentary Committee of the Flintshire County Council to consider the provisions of this Bill under which it is pro- posed to construct new drainage tunnel works in the neighbourhood of Holywell There were several points mentioned in connection with the Bill as affecting the guardians, the principal one being with regard to (lause 53, which would have a far-reaching effect both upon the union and the County Council. This clause had reference to the rating of the tunnel. Some years ago the Board— through the Assessment Committee—latcd' the Halkyn Drainage Company for their tunnel, and an appeal was made against the assessment, and ultimately settled in the House of Lords The question then settled was that an undertaking such as the Halkyn drainage tunnel was liable to be assessed, and it was so assessed at an amount of some £ 4,500 in the parishes of Holywell and Northop. The Milwr scheme being a similar un- dertaking, also became liable to assessment under the general common law. The promoters of the Bill had introduced a clause to the effect that the tunnel wo: ks should b2 regarded as included in the word "m nes,' wh ch, under the Act of 1874, were not assessed. The Parliamentary Commit- tee asked the promoters' solicitor what was the object of this clause and h's. reply was that "he had to (onfoss the- only object was to evade the payment of rates. He (the clerk) suggested that the Board should ask to have their interests protected by the elimination of this clause from the Bill. which was the opinion of the. deputation which went to Rhyl. After a lengthy d scuss on it was decided to p-esent a petition against Lie Bill, not with the object of placing any obstacle in the wav of the mineral development of the d:s- trict, but'in order to protect, the Board s interests.
KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE. CHESHIRE VICAR SUMMONED A TRIVIAL CASE. The caae came on for hearing at the Birken- head Police-court on Wednesday, when great in- terest was evinced in the proceedings. The mag-- strates were Mr. Bancroft Cooke and Alderman Getley. Mr. Cecil Hcldfcn represented the com- plainant (Mr. Thompson) and Mr. Cuthbert Smith (instructed by Messre. Masters and Rogers) ap- peared for Mr. Chasshire. Mr. Holden said he had done his utmost to get the case settled on reasonable terms, but t: e de- fenda.nt had absolutely declined to oonie to an amioable arrangement. As the Bench decided not to have the correspondence read, Mr. Hoiden proceeded to relate the circumstances of the case. He said defendant turned to oomplainant aggres- sively and said, Get out," pushing him ,n the chest, and although it was not of a violent cnarao- ter that act amounted to assault and! battery. Complainant then walked out, and Mr. Ches hire after him, pushing him repeatedly in the back, and repeating the injunct.on to him to get eu;. Defendant was never properly requested to leave, In the pulp;t on Sunday, the defendant announced that if he were convicted he wculd go to prison rather than pay the fine; but, ii the magistrates found the case proved he (Mr. Holden) asked them to infliot such a penalty upon him as they would upon any other person, irrespective of social posi- tion. Thomas Major Thompson, of Woodvilie-terrace, Liverpool, the oomplainant, related the circum- stances of the assault, in accordance with the open- ing statement. In describing the first push which the defendant gave him, complainant said that he was" s.aggere-d" by it. The Chairman Do you mean mentally or physi cally?—CompLinant: Well, I was surprised, of course, and I was pushed back by it. Proceeding, witness said that when he was told to go he turned and walked out, and when he reached the door he was given a somewhat stronger push. In answer to Mr. Cuthbert Smith, oomplainant said he attended the meeting to hear the Bishop of Liverpool, and to put a question to the Bishop of Chester as to why he d.d not prohibit one of the Cowley Fathers from preaching in St. Mary's Church, Chester. As chairman of the Prot-e-start Truth Society, he thought he had a right to ask the question. He had not attended with the ob- ject of inoommoding the Bishop. A recepiion had been arranged for the Bisncp, but that took place outside. Further cross-examined, complain- ant; admitted that although "Major" was an in- tegral part of his name, and almost invariably used, h s ticket was endorsed Thomas Thomp- son." The omission was not intended to deceive the stewards, and he did not know that they were specially on the lookout for him. He obtained the ticket in question from a Mr. Clymore-, and other tickets which, he received he distributed among: his friends. George Richards, Chatham-road, Rock Ferry-, who accompanied the ocmplaiiiant on the occasion in question, corroborated. It was witness w:.o gave the ticket to Thompson. He had in turn received it from Clymore after it had been en- dorsed "Thomas Thompson." Clymore had got the ticket from a lady, and she from another lady, who had received it from Mr. White. As to the alleged assault, witness said that if complainant had not been a strong man the push would have knocked him over. (Laughter.) (j, aug Detective-Sergeant Mountfield, who witnessed the affair, testified that he saw Mr. Chesshire slightly push complainant as he was leaving the building. Edward Williams, 74, Dacre-street, stated that Mr. Chesshire shook the complainant like a wild tiger." (Laughter.) Mr. Cuthbert Smith, in addressing the magi- strates for the defence, said that as there had been riotous soenes at churches and meetings, especi- ally the lamentable incident at the Church Pastoral Aid Society's meeting, when the Bishop of Chester was interrupted, special precautions were taken by the conference authorities t:) keep out the disturbing element. Mr. Chesshire was one of the stewards, and it was in that capacity that he prevented the complainant from making aa entrance. Remarking on the statement made about the suggested settlement, Mr. Cuthbert Smith said that the vicar of an important parish would naturally prefer to publicly vindicate his character when a charge was brought against him by the leader of a mob. The Rev. Howard S. Chesshire, in the course of a lengthy examination, stated that he pushed the complainant only once to arrest his progress. and then turned him slightly round to give him direction." He did not push him as he followed after him, nor did he tell him to leave until he had explained that the tickets were not transfer- able. He entertained not the least ill-feeling for Mr. Thompson, whom he had encountered in a friendly debate. Mr. Holden Did you instruct your counsel to call the bodv Mr. Thompson leads a mob." i Mr. Smith: No, he did not. The words are mine. Aldiern-lan Getley: Personally, I think the ex- pression should be withdrawn. Mr. Smith I used it unintentionally, and with- draw it unreservedly. Mr. Holden quoted a passage from defendant's sermon last Sunday, in which he stated that no effort was made by the authorities to check the action ot the Crusaders during the earlier part of the movement, with the result that a condition of absolute lawlessness and anarchy prevailed in certain parts of the town. Defendant said he did not y hat mean that the police had been re- mi-9, f wugiit the police arrangements most excellent.. ° 7?;!en,,what did you mean by say- ing "t''orit:es were responsible?—I mean the authorities responsible for law and order—I don't know who thev are_ jt may the Hon.H, Office or the Watch Committee. Perhaps you can Tyjp. Holden I can, at the usual rate. ^T^'hri Davies, Thomas Haragan, and Frederick ? j three of the conference stewards, corro- ted Mr- Chesshire's account of the affair. h°23 magistrates announced that they considered technical assault had been committed, but it a l.e of a trifling character as not to merit was°niction. The summons would therefore be » °°? eCJ on pavment of costs, amounting to dlSlM Although it was no part of their bun- 13s- op- nIefend tjie Watch Committee or other ne?i cities they felt it their duty to express thei- authori Chesshire should have used the Tegr arrf he did in the course of his Sunday's languag d;,ig. th(J authorities and the main- serm of peace in the borough. tenance () PC
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LITERARY NOTICES. THE FEBRUARY MAGAZINES. [FIRST NOTICE ] In the current number of "Blackwood" a remi- niscence of the historic fight on Dargai heights is given under the title of "Three Gambits" "Random Recollections of Old Galway Life" bristle with bright breezy stories characteristic of Irish wit and humour; "The Siege of Arrah" brings into strong relief an incident of the Indian Mutiny that, for our country's sake, ought never to be allowed to fade from memory; "Russia and Japan" is a pointed review of the naval situation of those antagonistic powers; "Foreign Trade Fal- lacies" is one more nail in the mouldering ooffin of Free Trade; and the writer of "Musings with- out method-' waxes delightfully sarcastic upon Mr. Stead's new journalism and the German Em- peror's maladroit speeches. "Scolopax" has muoh to say on sporting dogs and their treatment. Regarding the management of shooting dogs the writer observes: — It may be said that, however much attention you have been in the habit of bestowing upon your doggy friends after a day at grouse or part- ridges, about twice the amount of rubbing, fresh straw about twice as often, and even twice the amount of dinner, will be required to keep them in sound health and keenness. Snipe- ehooting is cold weary work, demanding more of a dog's vital energy than any ether sport with the gun. Except at the very beginning of a season, do not be afraid of over-foeding. A dog in hard condition cannot have too much nour- ishing food, though a daily mass ol pulpy bis- cuit will do more harm than good. Give them plenty of meat, boiled calf's head or bullock's liver is the best, with a. good-sized bone, too F large to be easily crushed, for them to amuse themselves upon and improve teeth and diges- tion when the meal is over. If a dog returns rery exhausted from shooting, it is as well not to give him his dinner at once, but immediate- ly after his rubbing to let him lap a basin of broken biscuit, soaked in warm milk, not put- ting his meat before him ulit-I an hour or so has elapsed, during which he may have rested and comforted himself on his dry straw. A dog thoroughly done up will either refuse his fcod a.together or bolt it so carelessly that it will be wasted or actually harmful, besides which the fever of mind and body caused by a long day's exciting toil must be allowed to subside before the animal will be in condition to benefit by his meal. See that all thorns and ticks (which sim- ply swarm upon dogs in the early part of a mild winter) are carefully removed before a dog is allowed to leave the hands cf his rubber. The later pests will be found clinging chiefly to a dog's fore parts, and especially behind the ears, no doubt being collected off as his chest and shoulders brush through the long grass, and if Buffered to remain will grow to an enormous size, causing no end of irritation and loss of much-needed rest. They may easily be felt by passing the fingers through the coat. In rub- bing down special attention should be paid to the spaces between the toes, a° the whole con- dition of the feet depends on these parts being kept thoroughly clean and dry. It will be noticed that a dog returning dirty and wet from shooting will always commence his toilet, if left to himself, by licking first his feet, then his legs, then his loin s and1 belly, indicating the order of things on which, to his own mind, his comfort depends. Prince Victor Duleep Singh has written an in- teresting account of "The Grange, Alresford," the seat, of Lord Ashburton for the "Famous Homes of Sport" gerie3 in the February issue of the "Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes." The article is illustrated by a reproduction in colours of Mr. Archibald Stuart-Wortley's well- known picture "Partridge Driving," which was painted specially for Lord Ashburton, and' depicts a drive on the estate. "Jockeys and Jockeyship" by a jockey is the eleventh instalment of "The Racing World and its Inhabitants," a series of ar- ticles which has created so much interest in racing circles. Mr. Claude Johnson, late secretary of the Automobile Club, contributes "The Magnificent Mercedes: The Rich Man's Motor Car," which shews the other side of the subject so recently dealt with in this magazine by Major C. G. Mat- ron's series of articles on "The Modest Man s Motor." The Arbor Day Movement—the aims and ob- jects of which a.re dealt with very fully in a paper by Mr. E. D. Tili, in the February "Pel.son'.s" is deserving of all support. Its chief object is to clothe bare country with a luxuriant growth of trees. The movement was started in America, where they know the value of trees better, per- haps, than we do. But as long ago as 1897 it had its first beginning in this country, in the little vil- lage of Eynsford, in Kent, where the tree-planting festival of Arbor Day is now observed year by year. In the beginning, at Eynsford, the Arbor Day idea was not a little ridiculed. The same pre- judice prevailed that had been felt in Nebraska. It was lived down in ebraska-and so at Eyns- ford. Now Arbor Day is welcomed, and' efforts are being made in many quarters to spread the custom throughout the length and breadth of the country. So at least the beginning has been made toward's the establishment of an Arbor Day in Great Britain. More power to the ca.u?o! It is an idea, worthy of all support. And an Arbor Day is easily established in, any place. The practice of tree-planting incurs little ex- pense, a.nd the trees, once planted and1 properly tended, may be regarded in the light of invest- ing machines, which automatically accumulate compound interest, and repay their cost in after years a hundred and a thousand-fold. There is a movement on foot to clothe the Black Country of England with trees. Around Birmingham and other large towns in the Midlands there are thousands of acres which are little better than black, desolate wildernesses, which, if planted with suitable trees, might be converted again in- to charming green landscapes, in spite of iron and coal works. Princess Alice of Albany and Prince Alexander of Teck are very much in the public eye at present on account of their wedding this month. There is some very interesting, infdrmation given about them in the "Lady's Magazine." Princess Alice of Albany, who is the daughter of King Edward's youngest brother, the late Prince Leopold, is a special favourite of her illustrious uncle. She is dark-haired, pretty, and graceful, and dresses with taste and sim- plicity. Like most of the Royal iadies she is very musical and an excellent linguist, and like her cousin, the young Queen of Holland, is a first- rate horsewoman. She can handle the reins as skilfully as a man, and may often be seen driv- ing a diminutive Shetland pony in the neigh- bourhood of Claremont, for she is devoted to outdoor life, and loves the freedom and unre- straint of the country. Although very English in her tastes and' appearance, she has inherited much of her mother's German domesticity and simplicity of character. Prince Alexander ha.s always taken his profession very seriously. He holds the rank of captain in the Hussars, and Rerved with great distinction in the Matebele and Boer wars. After his return from South Africa, he was stationed at Hampton Court, and the story goes that when there was a shortage, of men to groom and feed the horses, he would quietly take off his coat every morning and, set to work in the stable with dandy brush and curry comb, like an ordinary trooper. He accom- panied the Prince and Princess of Wales in their tour round the world, and made friends every- where by his bonhomie and' kindness of heart. "Good Words" is an attractive number, among the most noteworthy features being "The Romance of Music" by J. F. Rowbotham; "The Marvellous Maguey of Mexico" by Arthur Inkersley; and "Reason and Rationalism from the Side of Religion" by Canon H. Hensley Hea- son. The chief items in the "Sunday Magazine" are "Man's Place in the Universe" by the Rev. John Urquhart; "The Influences of Modern Life" by the Rev. C. SIlvester Horne; "My Philosophy of Life" by Helen Kelle-r; and "The People of the Abyss" by Charles Ray; an article shewing what is being done municipally, philanthropi'calfy, and religiously to help the poorest classes in London, and to raise them from their dreadful life of die- gTadation. The "Captain" for February is replete with ar- ticles and stories of exceptional interest. An in- teresting history is given of "Blundell's School," Tiverton, where the author of "Lorna Doone" was educated. Mr. Archibald Williams continues his eminently practical article on making a model horizontal engine, illustrated with working dia- grams; Mr. Nankivell, the Philatelic Editor, con- 'ributes an article on "About the Quaint Stamps or Alsace and Lorraine," which were issued by the erman Army of Occupation during the Franco- inter11? }VarT and Mr. Step deals with matters of* p ,.to all students of natural history, while and in u"g ^it0T writes on "Ogling <1S a Sport." some of th "^itorial," the "Old Fag" quotes "Howler's''° replies received in a recent specimen t £ 2™Pptition, of which we append a wrote the En tYS was a general. He name was OP"It!c',to the Hebrews. His other a-tes I, "Sunday Strang.°l Church Attendance," in the chant pa-par Symposium, has drawn a tren- faraous author ^r- Frank T. Bullen, the capital article Y'-V1 Christ at Sea," and a Derby. The B;auCon J^uted by Canon Talbot of month is entitled ?'Pon's "Bible Talk" this Heaven," and is Welder Betwixt Earth and e oquence. UP to his own standard of 1604," which &moL a^pton Court Conference of the retranslation of o things determined upon ally produced that u ,CriPtures which oVentu- Aufchorised Version English undefiled," the ing paper, and is ""Portant and interest- Ang-us'n story "A l.l^^y illustrated. Ormc traied by Tom Browne"1 r ? Teaeiip," is ilhis- Wue> R I-. and ia excellent reading. The same may be said of the other com- plete stories, "A Ringmell Day," by C. Ed- wardos; "Miss Delmore's Diamonds," a story of the temptations of Bridge, by Grace Pettman; "Such Stuff as Dreams are Made of" by May Ellis Nioolls. In "An Abode of Darkness," tie Charity Commissioner of the "Sunday Strand" gives some graphic word-pictures of the conditions of the people who live in the south-east of Lon- don, and Maud Ballington Booth concludes her article on "Work Among Convicts" as eloquently and pathetically as she commenced it in January. The "Cornhiil Magazine" for February opens with the second instalment of Mr. E. W. Mason's story "The Truants." In "Seme Empty Chairs," Mr. Henry W. Lucy gives reminiscences of several colleagues or friends who have recently passed away: Sir John Robinson, Mr. Seale Hayne, Mr. John Penn, Sir Blundell Maple, and' Lord Row- er ton. Chief among the other features is an article on "Macedonia—and after." In a word, the Ottoman Empire in Asia, which a few years ago was little better than, a geopraphical expression, is being welded into a sol d political whole, which, when the stress comes, will add a weight still unknown to the Ottoman influence in the world's affairs. Nor, as Indian officials have had reason to know, is the improvement of the Sultan's position in Asia confined to his own territories. His pan Islamic propaganda has established itself much farther afield, and has probably not yet reached the term of its expansion. Surely, when one sees with what iron consistency, behind all com- promises and throughout all diplomacy, this strong and reasoned policy of pan Islamism has been pursued in the face of such foes within and without, as no other empire '.n the world has h d to take into account, it is impossible any longer to use that hackneyed phrase of Czar Nicholas—the "Sick Man." There is abundant vitality in the Ottoman system yet, as there is in more than one great race t-hst is, and will long remain, faithful to Osmanli rule. "The World's Work" for February contains a full-page portrait of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G., admirably produced, and many able ar- ticles that should attract the attention of serious thinkers. "A Revolution in Milk Supply" by C. W. Saleeby, M.B., Ch.B., is especially noticeable. A remarkable new discovery promises to re- vo.uticnise the whole method of milk-supply in all civilised countries, and therein most marked- ly to lower the death-rate and the pre-sent dis- graceful waste of infant life. By this new dis- covery—known as tIe Just-Hatmaker process— there is produced a light, yellow.sh, flaky powder, which, when water is added to it. is reconverted into milk, indistinguishable by the senses of sight, taste, and smell, or by chemical and phy- siological examination, from fresh milk. It is, indeed, distinguishable by bacteriological exami- nation, for whereas even fresh milk contains millions of bacteria, descended in a few hours from the few thousands derived from the lacteal passages of the cow, the milk thus prepared is absolutely sterile--oontains, that is to say, no microbes whatever. The powder can be sent by post in boxes so constructed as to permit no serial bacteria to enter, and opecmenswhich have been sent round the world, remaining three weeks at Shangai en route, have been found to be- absolutely germ-free and in perfect condition. Careful ohemical examination has been unable to detect any difference in chemical composi- tion between ordinary milk and the milk pro- duced by adding water to this powder. More than four hundred bacteriological examinations have shewn that the powder is absolutely sterile when it comes from the drying machine. It has further been shewn—and this is of the ut- me-t importance—that when living and viru- 'J.L.1- 1- 1 .1l 1 lent luuercie Dacnii, or otners. suc-n as tne bacillus of anthrax, are introduced into the milk before the drying process, they are killed. Consider what it will mean when you can order by parcels post a year's supply of milk at a time! "The Forbidden City of Lhassa," by M. Tys- bikov, is an article of exceptional interest in this month's "Strand Magazine." This is the first account of the city written by a visitor since the French missionary Abbe Hue spent a few months there in 1845. A number of illustrations from, photos add to the interest of an adventurous jour- ney in a mysterious land. The "Story of Brad- shaw," by Newton Deane, will appeal to every- one interested in our railways, and illustrates in a popular manner the marvellous developments since the first number of the famous railway guide was published in October, 1839. For the purpose of writing "Voices in Parliament." over 200 different speeches were sampled, and while the article is, of course, in no sense political, it will interest the thousands of political voters of this country. "Golden Bars" is a story of African treasure by Max Pemberton. "Oiir Grand- mothers' Fashion Plates," which illustrate from old prints and sketches the fashions of our ances- tors, will interest the ladies perhaps little less Jhap the continuation of Mr. Jac-obs's story, "Dialstone Lane," another instalment of which is certainly the most laughter-producing section of the February number. Conam Doyle contri- butes the fifth story of the new adventures cf Sherlock Holmes, entitled "The Adventure of the Pnory School." NEW BOOKS. W, £ E ?^EPrEJP ?00K-" by A. Stodart J\aJker and P. Jeffrey Mackie (Geo. A. Morton, Edinburgh. 3s. 6d. nett.)—This is a useful guide to the duties of a gamekeeper, and, although in- tended primarily for keepers, it will be found of service to sportsmen generally. There are special chapters by surh well-known writers on sport as Lord Douglas Graham, Capt. H. Shaw Kennedy, Dr. Chas. Reid, John Lamb, P. D. Mallock, Tom Speedy, and others. A handy index deserves men- tion. NEW PUBLICATIONS. The "Century Book of Gardening," Parts 21 and 22, are essentially popular numbers. Con- tinuing the article on "Kitchen Gardening," we have such staple articles of diet treated as horse- radish, leeks, lettuces, mushrooms, mustard and cress, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, etc., with a useful time-table for amateur gardeners shew- ing when to sow, varieties, and their season. An interesting and useful contribution deals with "Insect Enemies and Friends in the Flower Gar- den, the Kitchen Garden, and the Orchard," and is fully illustrated, so that there should be no trouble in identifying- them. I
NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK The annual general meeting of the shareholders of the National Provincial Bank of England, Ltd., took place on Thursday in London, under the presidency of Mr. Robert. Wigram. The report recommended a dividend of 9 per cent, for the past half-year, making 18 per cent. for the year. The Chairman stated that a constant flow of prosperity had been enjoyed' by the bank during its sixty years' existence. He did not believe that any financial institution had submitted a report for the past year superior to that which they had s t themselves met to consider on that occasion. It could not, however, be spoken of as a prosperous period. The balance-sheet shewed that the amount of cash held by them at the Bank of Eng- land and at the head office and branches was £ 7,491,000. and this was by no means a window- dressed figure, for it was one of the smallest balances the bank had had during any month in the year. The cash at call and short notice stood at £ 3,485,000. This item necessarily varied considerably from time to time. and when the demands of Throgmorton-street or elsewhere- were satis- fied, it was gratifying to be able to transfer to time. and when the demands of Throgmorotn-street or elsewhere were satis- fied, it was gratifying to' be able to transfer so large an amount to meet the requirements of clients in the country and elsewhere. Their Eng- lish Government securities amounted to £ 8,751,000; their Indian and Colonial Govern- ment securities, debenture, guaranteed, and pre- ference stock of British railways and British Cor- poration and waterworks stocks at £ 5,438,000; and their canal, dock, river, conservancy, and other investments, £ 508,000. Many of these in- vestments were made when their average price was even less than it was at the present time. All the investments had' been taken at a low price, while their Consols had been written down to 85. Their bills discounted, loans, etc., stood at £ 29,457,000, and they were spread all over the g) eat centres of commerce in England, a. consider- able amount representing loans to municipali- ties. The. reserve fund remained at £ 2.300,000. and the board felt very thankful that they had had I no necessity to take anything from it. The cur- rent deposit and other accounts, including rebate on bills not due and provision for bad and doubt- ful debts, figured at £ 50,360 000. Including the amount brought forward, the profit was L720,000, which, after providing for the dividends and other objects, left a balance of £ 85.288 to be carried for- ward. He concluded by moving the adoption of the report and accounts. Mr. George F. Malcolmson seconded the reso- lution, which was adopted, and the retiring direc- tors and auditors were afterwards reappointed.
0- THE EXECUTION OF CHARLES 1.- Jacobites and Legitimists commemorated on Satur- day the execution c.f Charles I., and in accordance with custom several wieaths which had been for- warded to the Office of Works for the purpose were placed around the pedestal of the monument to the monarch which stands in Whitehall, but as the weather was inclement these niomentoes were soon covered with mud. One of the finest tributes, from the Royal Oak Club of Edinburgh, consisted of a large Scottish crown made of golden immortelles, with the word" Carolus" picked out in crimson of the same flowers. The White Cockade Club, of Holywell, St. Ives, sent an elegant wreath, and the Legitimate Order of St Germain forwarded a large couronne. A special service is generally held in the Church of St. Margaret Pattens, in the City but as Saturday was an inconvenient day of the week for such a celebration, it was postponed until Mon- day. In the afternoon Gounod's "St. Cecilia" was snno- and m the evening Ouseley's anthem, "I saw ) the souls of them that were beheaded," was given.
WIRRAL GUARDIANS. A fortnightly meeting of the Wirral Board of Guardians was held on Wednesday, Mr. C. Morris presiding.-The Workhouse Committee reported that the number in the house was 169, as com- pared with 176 last year, including 24 males and 25 females in the infirmary. The vagrants re- lieved during the past fortnight numbered 59, against 65 in the same period last year. VACCINATION FEES. A LATE ACCOUNT. The minutes of the finance Committee, moved by Mr. Delumore, recommended the passing of accounts amounting to J;GÔO lis. 9d., and included relerence to the receipt ot accounts from Dr. Yeoman for vaccination lees, one amounting to i;28 bs., extending from September, 1902, to March, 1906, and £ 21 8s. for services from March to September, lyOi. The accounts had not eell rendered quarterly, and the one of j;j2 was very much overdue, so much so that the Local Govern- ment Board would not sanction its payment. The committee recommended that that account should not be paid, and that application should not be made to the Local Government Hoard for special permission for its payment. They also resolved to ask the doctor for an explanation of the delay. Colonel Lloyd asked if the doctor s charges were legitimate and if it was only on account of his remissness in not sending the account in to time that the committee, recommended its non-payment. (The Chairman: Yes, that is so.) He thought it was the doctor's first offence in this way, and they were usually lenient towards first offenders. (Laughter.) He moved an amendment that appli- cation be made to the .Local Government Board for sanction to pay the account, the doctor being informed that in future he must render accounts quarterly. Mr. Knowles remarked that they had frequently had the same trouble with other doctors, and had time after time to make these applications to the Local Government Board. However, he would second the amendment Mr. Delamore said the committee had no wish to keep back the money, but the clerk, while believing the account was quite right, could not say whether an account had been rendered before when it was a year or two out of date. The com- mittee, therefore, wanted to know why the account had not been sent in before, because it meant con- had not been sent in before, because it meant con- siderable expense and trouble to have to make the special application to the Local Government Board. As Dr. Yeoman was in attendance in connection with a meeting of the General Purposes Cow- mittee, it was suggested that he might like to offer his explanation at once. 'Ihis he did, saying that at the time he was working sixteen and eighteen hours a day dealing with an epidemic of scarlet fever and diphtheria. The vaccination was being done at irregular intervals, and he simply had not had time to make out the ac,, uiit. The Clerk (Mr. Ollive) said that if they paid the account without getting the permission of the Local Government Board to the extension of time the auditor would disallow the amount. The Finance Committee were quite right in asking for information, but the recommendation of the com- mittee that no application should be made on the matter to the Local Government Board practically meant that the account would not be paid. Mr. Delamore added that the committee felt that the doctor should be put to a little trouble in him- self applying for payment of the account, Qe that in future he would send them in regularly. The amendment was carried without any dissent, and steps will therefore be taken to obtain the Local Government Board's sanction to the doctor being paid the JE28 in question. NIGHT NURSE NECESSARY. The General Purposes Committee, the minutes of which were moved by Mr. M'Leavy, reported having considered various matters mentioned ':1 the report of Dr. Fuller, of the Local Government Board, to which reference has already been made upon several occasions, and it was stated that, cir- cumstances having altered, Dr. Yeoman now ad- mitted the necessity of a night nurse for the work- nouse infirmary, but he pointed out that there was unfortunately no accommodation for her at present. Several other matters were referred to, but they will be dealt with more fully when the Board come to consider the proposed alterations to the institutions. PAL PER LUNATICS COST MORE. A communication was received from the Upton Lunatic Asylum authorities stating that the cost of maintenance of pauper lunatics in the institu- tion during the coming quarter would be 8s. 5d. per week each. The cost for the previous quarter was 78. Od.
THE FISCAL PROBLEM, CHESTER WOMEN LIBERALS. A meeting of the Chester Women Liberals Association was held on Thursday afternoon at the Temperance Hall, for the purpose of hearing an address by Miss Garland, of the Women's Free 1 rade L nion, on the Fiscal question. Mrs. Mond and Mrs. iomkmson, who were to have been present, were prevented from attending by indis- position. The meeting was announced to com- mence at 4.30, but at that time the room presented quite a desolate appearance, only five ladies being present. Just after five o'clock about seventy-five ladies trooped up from the room below, the meet- ing having been delayed until tea was over. Miss Montgomery presided, .and announced that at the business meeting, Miss Helen Gladstone having retired from the office of lady president, Mrs. Mond had been elected in her place. Miss Garland gave an address lasting forty minutes. Her argu- ments might be summed up in this sentence:- Twelve months ago, if anyone had dared to advo- cate Protection, that person would have been thought a lunatic. She still thought the person a lunatic who had introduced the Fiscal question. Mr. James Tomkinson, who arrived in the course of the proceedings to represent his wife, followed in a similar strain. He said the person who had studied history and still favoured Protection, if not a lunatic, was either a fool or a knave. His address was mainly a repetition of his previous speeches. HON. G. T. KENYON. Speaking at a crowded and enthusiastic meetmg at Denbigh on Tuesday night the Hon. G. T. Kenyon, M.P., maintained that the Fiscal question was really a working-man's ques- tion one of work and wages. He urged them not to be frightened by the bogey of the dear loaf, and contended u y corn as Mr. Chamberlain t at ,su a £ jX on increase the nric« nf hr ,tuSSested would not increase tne price ot bread, for when Sir M. Hicks- Beach put on a ax of Is. per quarter, the price of wheat, flour and bread actuaJJv went down. He hoped that with Mr. Balfour there would be such a change made in our Fiscal policy as would give us Fair Trade and not a sham Free Trade. He hoped this would be done with Mr. Balfour, if not, then without him by that strono- man, Mr. Cham- berlain. He exhorted all to study the question, and concluded by saying that for himself he had made up his mind to cast in his lot with Mr. Chamberlain, and should do all he could to make ucc his policy successful. (Loud cheers.) A vote of unabated confidence in the Government was car- ried with acclamation. UNIONIST FREE TRADERS. Alderman Salvidge, on Wednesday, presiding at the annual meeting of the Liverpool Working- men's Conservative Association, observed that he had been in communication with Mr. Chamberlain as to the attitude which ought to be adopted towards Unionist members of Parliament who could not support the preferential policy. He had suggested that those Unionist members and candi- dates who could not support Mr. Chamberlain, but were prepared to support Mr. Balfour. should not be marked out for opposition by tariff reformers. Mr. Chamberlain replied to the effect that he agreed with this view, adding:" The question is one which must be left in the hands of local associations, as I am always loath to interfere in any way with their discretion." Mit. CHAMBERLAIN AND MR. WELSFORD. Mr. Chamberlain, in a letter to Mr. J. H. Welsford, Unionist candidate for Crewe, reiterates the opinion that the question of drawbacks, where an imported and partly manufactured article is used in a finished manufacture in this country, must be carefully considered, and arrangements made so that a duty shall not. interfere injuriously with the trades in which the article is one of the constituents of production. CONSERVATIVE WORKINGMEN. Sir H. Seton-Karr, M.P., presided over a special convention of the Lancashire and Cheshire Conservative Workingmcn's Federation. held at Manchester on Saturday. Th- following letter was read from Mr. Balfour:—J am delighted to hear of the important gathering of Lancashire and Cheshire Conservative workingmen, which It is proposed to hold at the end of this month, in or- der to discuss the question of Tariff reform. The interests of the working-classes of the country are more closely bound up with the wise solution I" of these Fiscal problems than perhaps those of any other "section of the community, and their opinions will have a decisive influence Ill. deter- mining the course which this country is ulti- mately to- pursue. A businesslike discussion m a representative gathering, such as that which is to assemble on Jan. 30, would prove, I thm o 10 highest value. „7u,v.u Mr. Chamberlain also sent a lf^ri'iear th(' fI(> after stating that he would be gtedt uegtion hc cision of the conference, on the. -t1 IS added:—-The question is more workingmen than to any other class. V means more employment and a standard ot living than is possible under the present system of free imports. The advantage could be secured by the simple transfer of taxation, which would not increase the cost of living, although it. might add something to the cost of luxuries. Meanwhile, the proposed preference with the Colonies would dq something to provide, that commercial bond of union which a few years ago Lord Rosebcry him- self thought essential to the consolidation of the Empire." A resolution supporting Mr. Chamberlain's policy was carried with acclamation.
EDDISBURY REPRESENTA- TION. e IMPORTANT UNIONIST ACTION. COL. COTTON-JODRELL RECOM- MENDED. A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Eddisbury Unionist party was held in Chester on Saturday afternoon. The Selection Committee re- cently appointed submitted their report, which recommended Colonel Cotton-Jodrell to the General Committee as the Unionist candidate for the Eddisbury division, when a vacancy occurs by the retirement of Mr. Henry Tollemache at the close of the present Parliament. The report was adopted. SOME PERSONAL DETAILS. Colonel Edward T Davenant Cotton-Jodrell, of Reaseheath Hall, Nantwieh. is the only son of the late revered Bishop Cotton of Calcutta, by his marriage with Sophia Anne, daughter of the Rev. H Tomkinson, of Reaseheath Hall, and was born in 1847. He was educated at Rugby and Marl- borough and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He entered the army as a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in July. 1868, and retired in April, 1881. Colonel Cotton-Jodrell married in 1878, Mary Rennell, eldest daughter of Mr. W. R. Coleridge, of Salston, Ottery Sr.. Mary. At the end of 1890 he took the name of Cotton-Jodrell on succeeding to the extensive Jodrell estates. The gallant officer has commanded the Crewe Volunteer Engineers with conspicuous success, and rendered valuable services during the late war in despatch- ing Volunteers to South Africa. He has been honoured with the distinction of the Companionship ot the liath. Colonel Cotton-Jodrell's political career has been one of continued success. In 1885 he was opposed in the Wirral Division by Mr James Tomkinson, whom he defeated by 1.495, the voting being Cotton- Jodrell. 4,756; Tomkinson. 3,261. In 1886 he was unopposed, and in 1892 Mr. B. C. de Lisle fought him, with the result that he was defeated by 5 509 votes to 3.051, the Conservative majority being 2,458. In 1895 Col. Cotton-.Todrell was unopposed, and in 1900 he retired i rom the representation of the constituency. The gallant colonel is an ideal landlord, and a true friend of the farmer, as his conduct and speeches at the Cheshire Chamber of Agriculture and other bodies have amply shewn. It will be remembered that he recently conducted some important experiments in wheat growing.
I LIBERALISM I. FLINTSHIRE ♦ ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIA- TIONS. On Saturday, at Mold, the annual meeting of the County and Borough Liberal Associations was held. Despite the unfavourable weather, there was a fairly large assembly of delegates from Mold. Holywell, Flint. Rhyl, Buckley, Caergwrle, Hawardon and other polling districts. Mr. R. Llewelyn Jones, of Rhyl, was in the chair The first business was to elect officers, for the ensuing year. Mr. M. A. Ralli was re-elected president and various vice-presidents were re- elected. with the addition of Mr. Howell ldris. Mr. Thomas Parry, Mold', was re-elected j treasurer, and the two auditors (Messrs. R. LI. Jones, Rhyl, and H. Lloyd Jones, Mold) were reappointed Mr. P. Harding Roberts wished to resign his position as secretary to the association, which he had held for eighteen years. Altogether he had epc-nt 28 years in furthering the- iuteicets of Liberalism in the county. It was finaLy decided that the appointment of a successor be left in the hands of a committee, and that the same com- mittee should consider the subject of making some acknowledgment of Mr. Roberts's services Mr. Roberts, at the urgent wish of the meeting, under- took to remain in office until new arrangements wore made. The report of the registration agents was then submitted, and it proved to be of a very encourag- ing character. Mr. Herbert Lewis, M.P., delivered a brief ad- dress on business matters connected with the association. He was followed by Mr. Howell Idris. who spoke of the importance of the County Council elections next March. In view of the present condition of affairs relating to education. it was of the utmost importance that they should 6train every nerve to maintain their majority on the Council. (Hear, hear.) He would shortly be busy with his own County Council election in Lon- don, after which he proposed to address meetings in the Flint Boroughs and explain at further length his views on political questions. Representatives wc-re elected on the National Liberal Federation and also on the. Liberal Federation for Wales and MomnoutliBtiire.
MR. LEVER AND WIRRAL. The following letter to Mr. Thomas Clarke, of Neston, chairman of the Wirral Liberal Associa- tion, was read at a meeting of the executive held on Wednesday at the Liverpool Reform Club:- "Dear Mr. Clarke,—After very carefully con- sidering the request of the deputation and of the petitioners who did me the honour to ask me to become the Liberal candidate at the next Parlia- mentary election for this division, it is with very great regret that I have to write you confirming my letter of January 16, in which I informed you that it was absolutely impossible for me to become the candidate. I feel the more free to adhere to this decision since I am doing so at a time when the cause of Liberalism is in the ascendant, as shewn by all the recent bye-elections, culminating in Norwich and Gateshead. No Tory seat can be considered a safe Tory seat which had anything less than 3,000 to 4,000 excess of Tory votes over Liberal votes at the last election; and Wirral to- day, with Protection a" the adopted Tory policy, is a safe Liberal seat. The Tories of Wirral can gain nothing by Protection, and stand to lose everything. The majority of the farmers of Wirral always have been Tory, therefore Pro- tection can gain little fresh strength from the farmers. The capitalists and property qualifica- tion voters of Wirral always have been Tory, and therefore Protection can bring the Tories no fresh strength from that quarter. But what about the remainder of the constituency-the farm labourers, the working-man, the artizan, the clerk, and all Toters with fixed incomes? Many of these have voted with the Tory party in the past, but it is hardly possible to conceive that a single one will declare in favour of dearer food and greater household expenses by voting for the Tory party at the next election. Please assure all my fellow- Liberals of Wirral of my high appreciation of the honour they have done me by the confidence they have shewn me. and allow me to add this, as a rank and file Wirral Liberal, the opinion that a suitable candidate should at once be found, and that at the next Parliamentary election he will become our member. In conclusion. I thank Mr. James Smith, our president, yourself, our chairman, and all the honorary officers, committee, and secretary of the Wirral Liberal Association for the courteous consideration vou have shewn me in dealing with this matter.—Yours faithfully, (signed) W. H. LEVER." Mr. W. H. Lever left Liverpool on Wednesday in the Oceanic for New York. He is visiting the United States on a short business tour, and it is understood that he will return to this country before long, when he will undertake a more ex- tensive tour, probably round the world. He was seen off by several gentlemen connected with the Wirral Liberal Association, including Mr. Thomas Clarke (chairman), and Messrs. D. A. Ncsbitt, W. W. Platt and W. Crowe.
FLINT BYE-ELECTION. — EDUCATION ACT VINDICATED. Polling for the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. Benjamin Roberts took place at the Town Hall on Tuesday, the candidates being Mr. E. J. H. Williams (Unionist) and Mr. W. Francis Jones (Radical). The election was fought on party lines, both sides working hard. Both men are well known in the town, and the election aroused much interest. The result was' declared from the balcony of the Town Hall about nine o'dock, as follows:—E. J. H. Williams, 462; W. F. Jones, 506; majority, 156. A correspondent writes:—The municipal election in Flint last November was a complete vindication of the Education Act of 1902, and a severe rebuff to our anarchical County Council. To soothe the troubled minds of his defeated followers, Dr. J. Williams issued a challenge to resign his seat and fight any man on the question of the refusal of rate-aid to non-provided schools, but the challenge was accompanied by impossible conditions. However, a counter-challenge was issued, and on Tuesday Mr. E. J. H. Williams, headmaster of the Flint National School, championed the managers of Flint. Schools, and Mr. W. F. Jones was chosen by the Free Church Council to defend the illegal and unjust conduct of the County Council in re- fusing rate-aid to Flint schools, which are all non- provided. The election was a fair and square test as to the attitude of the borough of Flint towards the Education Act, and it is true that no such interest has been shewn in any election in the modern history of Flint. The forces of the in] Nonconformists had been rallied by a fortnight's mission, and it was the open boast of the Free Church Council that never in the history of Flint had their followers being so well organised and marshalled. The Nonconformist ministers, the Liberal Club, the Women's Liberal Association canvassed the town. The Radical members of the County Council from neighbouring parishes sent their carriages, and not a stone was left, unturned t in order that the old county town might support
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DEATH OF MR D. MELDRFM. We record with regret the depth of Mr. David Meldrum, manager of the Cheshire Lines Railway Company, who passed away suddenly at his residence, Gras^endale. Cressington, Liverpool, on Friday evening. Deceased was in Chester on business only last Wednesday. but it was then noticed that he lacked much ot hia accustomed briskness and enerery, though his death was not at all expected. On Friday Mr. Meldrum apared to be in his usual good health. Tn the morning he travelled to Manchester, and attended an important railway conference in connection with the Mersey ports On his return he proceeded to his office at Central Station. Rane'agh street, where he busied himself until about six p m., at which hour he left by train for home. Here he wrote some letters and enjoyed a sm(ke. buf rdv-nit ten o'clock he com- plained of a fulness in the chest, and Mrs. Meldrum immediately sent for medical assistance Before this could be obtained, however, Mr. Meldrum had expired. The new of his demise, which did not become known until Saturday morning, created a profound sensation anions: 'he members of the staff at Central Station. well as among railway officials in Liverpool and the north generally, for he was held m affectionate regard bv all who knew him. The 3asr was hoisted hêtIfnbst over the station buildings in Ranelarrh-street as a mark of respect. Born at Leslie. Fifeshir^. on the 7th September, 1843. Mr. Meldrum received h;s education first at < school at Alark ne-ii, and afkrward. at the Ander- soniaa College. Glasgow At an early asre be entered the service of the old Edinhnrgh, Perth and Dundee Railway Company —long since merged in the North Britih--a."1 a pnpil and, after receiv- ing a thoroughly practical training, was tranferred to the head offices of the company Having passed in Ruccession through the accountant's, goods manager's and general manager's departments, and, in fact, had a little of every department, including the out- door workinc, he in 1865. took up a responsible gisition in the service of the Great Indian Peninsula ailway Company at Bombay, and acquired wide experience as as-istant to the general manager a.nd divisional superintendent in charge of the Naspore and Sheagamma districts. After about five years in India or in 1870, he returned to this conntr-, and shortly afterwards rejoined the service of the North British Company, whose agent he became at their large goods station at Glasgow—built on the site of the aid University of Glasgow—and from which he had the honour of sending oat the first wagon of goods. In 1871 he came to Chester General Railway Station as an inspector, and in a short time he succeeded the late Mr. Mills as station-master In this important postion he quickly won the fnsrmr of the people of Chester and the travelling public bv his unfailing tact and courtesy. After eleven years' service he was appointed by the Great Northern Railway Co., as part owners of the Cheshire Lines, to be manager of the Cheshire Lines at Liverpool, in succession to the late Mr. Wm. English, who then went into retirement. He bad since been at the Central Station. Liverpool, where he was as popular as he was in Chester. Late in life he married Miss Moss, daughter of the late Mr. John Moss, of Crane Bank, who survives him. There is no family. On January 1st, 1883, the appreciation of the citizens of Chester was marked by a handsome public presentation to Mr Meldrum by the Mayor (Sir Thomas Frost), while in September the previous I year he received a token of esteem from the cabmen of Chester. All associated with the Cheshire Linos Committee system, from the highest official to the humblest employe, will feel that they have lost iu Mr. Mel- drum a personal friend. Impartial and just in everything he did, he at all times endeavoured to improve the conditions of the employes Of the keenest character was the interest he evinced in the ambulance classes for the men, and while on many occasions he made a point of attending the demon- strations, be was ever ready and willing to travel to any part of the system to present the medallions and certificates to those men who had passed their examinations. In Mr. Meldrum the Railway Servants' Orphanage also had a staunch supporter, he having closely identified himself with the working of the institution while on two or three occasions, in past years, he had been instrumental in promoting concerts in aid of the orphanage. In fact, such a function with the same object had been arranged for a date in March by Liverpool gentle- men connected with the railway systems, and only quite recently Mr. Meldrum was appointed chairman of the committee. For some years he held a commission as captain of the 2nd Cheshire Rifle Volunteers The funeral will take place to-day (Wednesday) at three p.m.. at Childwall Parish Church.
MR. STANLEY AT FRODSHAM. -+-- A meeting was held at Frodsham on Friday evening in support of the candiclature foi the Eddish,; \y Division of Mr. Arthur Stanley. The Chairman (Mr. T. A. Rigby) dealt with the Fiscal question. Mr. Stanley devoted the first part of liis speech to the Fiscal question, and compared the amount of imports with the percentage of pauperism. He gave the following figures:—In 1885 the imports were 143 millions, whiie pauperism 6tood at 4.7 per cent; in 1875. imports 374 millions,, pauperism 3.1 per cent. 1895, imports 417 millions, pauper- ism 2.6 per cent. 1900. imports 523 millions, pauperism 1.9 per cent He stated that when the imports decreased pauperism increased, and vice versa. Ris (the speaker's) remedies were, net Protection, but an improved oonsular service and a. better technical education for mechanics. Deal- ing with the War Commission Report, he con fessed that though he was not going into the ques- tion of the righteousness of the war, he personally thought it. was a necessary war. During hit, con- demnation of the Education Act he said that the supporters of the. Church schools would not deny I that the education provided in their schools coin- pared unfavourably with the education in tin boaic schools. He advocated a. uniform -system of education, supported by public money and managed by publiciy-elected bodies. He d.d not want the "dual system'" of education which was dragged along in any way possible by an cdd selection of trustees. He thought the State should -I. not consider the religious education. Ministers of religious sects should b-:> allowed to enter schools out of school hours and teach religious be- liefs to the children whose parents desired it. Dealing with the land question, he favoured the security of tenure. He was not in favour of in- troducing any system as held good in Ireland under the Land" Acts. He thought, it was stdl possible that freedom of contracct between farmer and landlord could be preserved. He did not wish to see the dual ownership of land courts, which was an interference with the rights of the citizen. Ho advocated compensation to farmers. .Wh"H they were evicted1 unnecessarily and unfairly. He also was in favour of an extension of the Acts of Parliament which enabled district councils to erect cottages for labourers. The Rev Daniel Hughes (Chester) followed by attacking the "Observer" in characteristic sty Jr. He spoke of his last speech in the Eddisbury Division, namely, at Tarporley. when he made some remarks—they might, have been rambling re;ma:ks—on the Education Act. He said he- noticed in a local paper that he was described a" a ycurg man given to excises in oratory; that he was a man who had uttered tirades on squires and parsons; thai- he had done very, very peculiar thing", though he confessed that h<? was not quite conscious that he had done so. When lie rood that., lie was reminded of an old saying that when the chariot of progress came whirling dcwn the street, out came every little puppy to yelp. He continued the metaphor by saying that the "inr.lk" ¿1e puppy the shriller the jelp. (Lr.iijh I ter and applause.) j Mr. James Tomkinson ,i"0 addressrc-d the meet- ing on the Fiscal question. Dealing with retalia- tion, he tried to shew that it wouid harm us more than the foreigner. He said that during the last five yes,rs we had soi-d to Germany £ 18.719,000 worth of cotton, while Germany had sold us £4894,000 worth. The woo len goods we ilad se-it to Germany were worth £ 27.000.000. but OT- ITIS ny had sent only £ 8 00r';000 worth to us. The value of the silk goods wo had exported to Ger- many was £ 603,000. while we h&d imported from that country only £ 79.000 worth. Our exports oi metal goods to Germany were wonh £ 22,750.000, while we received from Germany £ 5.340.000. Tlio totals were as follows:—Enghnd to Germany, 69 millions: Germany to England 21 millions.
A NESTON PRESENTATION DR. RIDDOCK HONOURED. On Thursday evening Colonel Lloyd presided over a large and representative gathering- at the Middle Class Schoolroom, Lit: le esten. the occasion being the presentation cf a testimonial to the master of the school, Dr. John Riddock, who for forty years has most worthily held that position, and who h&c in addition spent a large prcportion oi hts time in a%si?tir;? to organise and calrry on the various justitutioug wliieh have been established from time to time during this period witn the object of improving and enlightening the neighbourhood, and has unostentatiously wielded a considerable amount of influence in public affairs generally. Among those present were the com- mittee—Messrs. E. H. Evans, T. Pritchard, Joseph Green. Joeepn Crostcn, T. E. Francis. R. Scott, F. W. Evans !,tic-ii. secre'^ary), and T. E. Rawson (hon. treasurer)-also Mr. Rawline (an old schoolmate of the worthy doctor), Messrs. J. Evans, Edward Evans, E. Prctchard, H. J on if on. P. ^iadaock, E. Rooke, and iiosserdt, Miss Piatt. Mr. W. Plait, Mrs. Me&ior, Misss \1<.alor, Mis .L:IllJerman, Miss Paton, Misses L. and S. Meaior, Messrs. R. Jones, W. Meaior, T. Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Butcher, Mr John Dodd, and Major Grundy. A capita! musical entertainment was given by various friends, End Colonel Lloyd, amid mucn applause, made the presentation, and paid a high tribute to the worthiness of the recipient. Old pupils and friends, he said, woe anv-ous to shew the old master sc:nc xaugib t token 01 t; place he heia in their affections. He asked Dr. Kicidock to accept an address and an accompanying cheque for i:71 Os. 5d. (Loud applause.) He added the wish that he might be spared many years yet to do good service in the neighbourhood, liis work would never be f- cotten. Dr. Riddock. on rhing to respond, received an ovation. Speaking with much feeling, he said that the fo,-+' y Yee that had passed seemed but as yesterday. P.oviewivig the past history of the school, he touched upon the development of the neighbourhood in which it "vas situated and the many public improvements tJiat- had been brought about, He referred in affectionate terms to the boys who had passed through his Jianris. and who were all doing well in ;fe; laid, in rpeaking of his system, said he had n-t omitted to follow the injunction laid down in Holy Writ by Solomon in reference to not spanng the rod. (Laughter and applause.) In calling upon Mr. R&whne, an old school- fellow of Dr. Riddock "s, the Chairman corrected the latter's reference to a rod, saying that ve-y early in his scholastic career he himself had sup- plied him with a ubcantial strap. There was "nothing like leather/' ard he not help thinking that it was the scicutific manner in which this useful implement had been nourished and aoplied by their worthy friend that had given rise aoplied by their worthy friend that had given rise to the term "leathering- viz., thrashing-. (Laug-hter.) Mr. Rawline referred to the early achievements of the doctor, to the time when as a boy he was always at the top of the class, and when a little later he bore off the honours at Edinburgh. Mr. Rawline dwelt mere pa:ticuia,ri.v upon the estimable qualities which had endeared Dr. Riddock to all with whom he came in contact. (Applause.) Dr. Riddock had spoken of deter- mination, but there -was one thing he evidently had not determined to dc, a to get married. (Laughter.) He could assure them, however, that among the most earnest enquirers after the worthy doctor in the neighbourhood of his old home is Scotland were several unmarried ladies. (Laughter.) The Chairman, with asntmed solemnity, re- minded Dr. Riddock that it was never too late, and suggested that he might yet tiroo the error of remaining in "single blessedness. (Laugntsr.) a; "VW'IGr.>r.A'
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the policy of the modern Calvin and starve the non-provided schools out of existence. When the poll was declared it was revealed to them that they had received the most crushing- defeat. The borough is represented on the County Council by three Radicals and one Conservative. Flint looks forward with confidence to the March elections. and hopes to assist in carrying out the Education Act in lettev and in spirit. The Doctor's challenge I I is answered. If his party won his condition was that the five schools in Flint should be handed over. Let hirr. h just, and call a meeting of the Free Church Council and choose at once the five chapels which are to be handed over and placed under the control of the managers of the Flint elementary schook