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THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I

KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE.

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LITERARY NOTICES.

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK .

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IWIRRAL GUARDIANS.

THE FISCAL PROBLEM,

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ILIBERALISM I. FLINTSHIRE…

MR. LEVER AND WIRRAL.

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DEATH OF MR D. MELDRFM.

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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 NESTON PRESENTATION

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