Hucttou idiaru. Sales br MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK. ROBERTS & RICHARDSON. Feb. 16-At the Auction Mart, ForegAte-street- Pianoforte. Motor Car, Rustic House &u. Feb. 27-At the Grosvenor Hotel-Freehold Pro- perty in Queen-street. York-street, &c. By MESSRS. CUNNAH & HUBERT Feb. 10-At the Smithfield, Hooton-Store Cattle, Sheep, Pigs and Calves Feb. 12-At Dunkirk House, Capenhurst-Farming Stock and Effects Feb. 16—At the Chester Smithfield-Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, and Calves Feb. 19—At "The Hollies," 23, Liv-e rpool- road- Household Furniture and Effects. Feb. 20-At the Blossoms Hotel, Clie;it,r-Resi- dential Property in the City of Chester Mar. 4-At Blacon House, near Chester-Farming Stock, Furniture, &c. By MESSRS. S. ASTON & SON. Feb. 16-At the City Auction Rooms, Watergate- street-Furniture and Effects By MESSRS. PREECE, EVERALL AND WADDINGTON. Feb. 19-At Shrewsbury-Store Cattle .ø.o>t.1O" Sales b1! Suction. On Tuesday Next. Sale of excellent HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Upright Grand and Cottage Pianofortes, small Billiard Table, seven horse-power two cylinder New Orleans Motor Car. to seat three persons light-running Dog Cart, and other Effects, at the AUCTION MART, FOR&GATE STREET, CHESTER. ESSM. Off-LTRTO.N,, ELPHICK & Co. MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK & co. f will SELL BY AUCTION on TUESDAY, 16th February, 1904, at 11 a.m., the above-mentioned valuable Effects. Catalogues may be had from Messrs. CHURTON, ELPHICK, ROBKBIS & RICHARDSON, Auctioneers, Chester. CHESTER. Important Sale of Valuable Freehold Dwelling- Houses, Brush Manufactory, and Cottages, in Queen-street, York-street, Back Queen-atreet, Churton-road, and Wellington-street. MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK AND co. will SELL BY AUCTION, at the Gros- venor Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, the 27 h day of February, 1004, at Three p.m., subject to conditions, and in the following or such other Lots as may be determined on at the time of Sale :— QUEEN STREET. LOT I.-The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 30, with yard, garden and out-ottices, in the occupation of Mr. Albert Tatler; subject to an annual ground rent of 4;3. LOT 2.—The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 28, with yard, garden and out-othces, late in the occupation of Miss Wood, and now of Mr. Robotham; subject to an annual ground rent of 4;4 4s Lots 1 and 2 have back entrances from Back Queen-street. LOT 3.-The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 26, with yard and out-offices, in the occupation of Mr. J. S. Hughes subject to an anmiai ground rent of £1 IGs. LOT 4.—The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 24, with yard and out-offices, in the occupation of Mr. Leon Veerman. LOT 5.—The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 22, with yard and out-ottices, in the occupation of Mr. Edward Miller. QUEEN STREET, YORK STREET, AND BACK QUEEN STREET. LOT G.-The DWELLING-HOUSE, at the corner and Nod. 1, York-street, with yard and out- officeii, and the extensive BUSINESS PREM- ISES adjoining, having frontages to York-street and Back Queen-street, used as a brush manufactory, comprising two warehouses, dressing, store and work- rooms, stable, yard, &c., all in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Camm, brush manufacturer. BACK QUEEN STREET. LOT 7.—Six COTTAGES, -Nud. 1, 3, 5. 7, 9 and 11, in the occupation of Mr. James Macgregor and others. LOT 8.—Six COTTAGES, Nod. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, in the occupation of Air. Sanders and others. CHURTON ROAD, OFF TAIWIN ROAD. LOT 9.—Five Newly erected DWELLING- HOUSES, Nod. 13,15, 17, 1v and 2i, in the occu- pation of Mr. Hughes and others. There will be no objection to subdivide Lots 7, 8 and 9, to give purchase., the opportunity of buying a single House, or 2, 3 or more Houses. WELLINGTON STREET, NEWTOWN. LOT 10.—Two COTTAGES, Nod. 10 and 12, in the occupation of Mr. Boariiman and Mr Hope. All the above are well tenanted, and the tenants have kindly offered to show the Lots to intending purchasers. For further information apply to WAKEFIELD and Co., Accountants CHURTON, ELPHICK and Co., Auctioneers or WALKER, SMITH and WAY, Solicitors; all of Chester. THIS DAY (WEDNESDAY), Feb. 10th. at One. AT HOOTON SMITHFIELD. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS will hold their next WEEKLY SALE of Fat and Store CATTLE, SHEEP, PIGS and CALVES. Entries respectfully solicited. On FRIDAY NEXT, February 12th, 1904. Sale of the whole of the Live and Dead Farming Stock, Implements, Tools, Dairy Utensils, and Effects. at DUNKIRK HOUSE, CAPEN- HURST, half-a-wile from Capenhurst Station, 4A miles from Chester, and 10 miles from Birken- head. MESSRS. CUNNAH and ROBERTS are favoured witD instructions from Mr. Robt. Kellett (who is leaving the farm) to SELL BY AUCTION 20 head of Well-bred Young CATTLE, comprising grand young dairy cow, m full milk (barren); ditto, due to calve May 14th ditto, due to calve February 20th roan three-year-old heifer (barren) 8 choiee well-bred two- year-old heifers, due to calve in May, June and August one choice two-year-old heifer (barren) 2 well-bred coloury shorthorn bullocks, two-year-old; 2 coioury yearling heifers and one bullock, and one choice rearing heifer. Pigs Two strong store pigs, lll-plg sow, one neat porket pig. Poultry, Can:, Dairy Utensils, a portion of the Household Furniture, and Miscellaneous Effects. Sale at 1-30 punctually. Auction offices: Grosvenor Buildings, Chester. TUESDAY NEXT, 16th February, 1904. AT THE CHESTER SMITHFIELD. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS wiii hold their usual WEEKLY SALE of FAT CATTLE, Sheep, Pigs, and Calves, com- mencing with Cattle at 11.15. Entries respectfully solicited. Auction Offices, Grosvenor Buildings, Chester. CURZON PARK AND LIVERPOOL ROAD, CHESTER. Sale of exceedingly attractive and beautifully situ- ated Freehold Family Residences, known as CURZON HOUSE, lJURZU PARK, together with the extensive Greenhouses, Gardens and Outhouses thereto belonging; and also EGER- TON VILLA, LI VEKPOUL-ROAD, with the Stabling and Gardens attached thereto. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS WIN SELL BY AUCiiON, at the Blossoms Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, the 20th day of February, 1904, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon punctually, and subject to conditions to ue then produced— LOT I.-All that valuable Freehold FAMILY RESIDENCE, known as Curzon House, Curzon Park, in the City of Chester, within a short distance of the electric trams and within easy reach of the station and city. and at present in the occupation of the Exors. of the late George Dutton, Esq. The Residence, which is brick built and tiled, and surrounded by ornamental grounds tastefully laid out and perfectly wooded, is approached by a carriage drive and contains on the Ground Floor vestibule and spacious hall laid with Minton tiles, four entertaining looms, lavatory and w.c., good kitchens and the usual out-othces. First Floor, large landing, sewing-room, six bed and dressing-rooms, housemaid's closet, w.c., bath- room and lavatory. Second Floor, large room, convertible into a -billiard-room, and two large bedrooms. Gas, hot and cold water, and electric bells throughout house. The Outbuildings comprise coach-house, saddle- room, with loft over, gig-house, loose-box and two- stall stable. Glass.—There are extensive ranges of green- houses and hothouses, with heating apparatus com- plete. The Gardens are large and extensive, tastefully laid out and well stocked with choice fruit trees. Water is laid on. There is also a back road, and the usual potting and men's sheds and out-offices. Immediate possession can be given. LOT 2.—All that desirable Semi-detached Freehold RESIDENCE, known as Egerton Villa, Liverpool- road, in the City of Chester, within easy reach of both the Northgate and General Stations and the city, formerly in the occupation of the late Alder- man Leonard Gilbert. The House is brick built and slated, and contains conservatory porch and conservatory adjoining. with vines and heating apparatus complete. The house contains on the ground floor, hall, three entertaining-rooms, kitchen, back kitchen and usual out-offices; and on the first floor, seven bedrooms, bath-room with hot and cold water, lavatory and w.c. The Stabling comprises coach-house, two-still stable with loft a.nd men's room over, saddle-room, and yard. The house is approached by a carriage drive. The ornamental grounds are well laid out with shrubs and flower beds, and there is a tennis lawn at the back. Immediate possession can be given. Orders to view may be had from the AUCTIONEERS. Further particulars on application as to Lot 1 from Messrs. BROWN and DOBIE, Solicitors, North- gate-street or as to both Lots to the AUCTIONEERS, Grosvenor Buildings; or to Messrs. JOLLIFFE fl,nd JOLLIFFE, Solicitors, all of Chester. tLnd JOLLIFFE, Solicitors, all of Chester. Sales frg Auction. On FRIDAY, February 19th, 1904. Important Sale of the excellent modern House- hold Furniture and Effects at "THE HOL- LIES," No. 23, Liverpool-road, Chester. YJ ESSRS CUNNAH & ROBERTS are 1 ¥ I favoured with instructions from the Exors. of the late Thos. Henshaw, Esq., to SELL BY AUCTION, the whole of the Valuable HOUSE- HOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, appertain- ing to Dining, Drawing and Breakfast-rooms, Oilpaintings, Water Colours. Pictures, Glass, China, Books, Electro-plate, Wines, Spirits, Cigars, Bedroom Suites, Bedsteads, Bedding, Linen, and Bedroom Furniture, Kitchen and Culinary Uten- sils. Garden Tools and Effects, Greenhouse Plants, and Miscellaneous Effects. Sale at half-past ten punctually. Catalogues will shortly be ready, from the Auc- tioneers, Grosvenor Buildings Chester. On FRIDAY, 4th March, 1904. IMPORTANT SALE of the whole of the FARMING STOCK. FURNITURE and EFFECTS at BLACON HOUSE, near Chester, bv order of the Executors of the late William Williams, Esq. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, Auctioneers. Preliminary Notice. MESSRS. S. ASTON and SON will SELL, at the CITY AUCTION ROOMS on TUESDAY, February 16th. 1904. a large quantity of SURPLUS FURNITURE and EFFECTS from H. G. Feilden, Esq., Mollington Hall. Catalogue in preparation. LARGEST STORE CATTLE SALES IN ENGLAND. A T SHREWSBURY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH. 1.180 STOKtt l/ATTLR, Of various classes, ages and breeds, including :— 195 ANGUS and GALLOWAY CROSSES. 480 Shorthorns and POLLED SHORTHORNS. 195 HEREFORDS. 300 Crossbreds & WELSH. Comprising many grand lots 1 and i fat for early finishing, a large proportion of 2 and 3 year old outliers in good condition for grazing, and about 300 yearlings and calves, consigned from well-known Irish demesnes. North country find home breeders. The Sale will be held in the NEW COVERED MART, with seating accommodation for 500, specially erected for these sales. Sale at 11-30 a.m. prompt. Every convenience and assistance to buyers. List of entries and all information of the Auc- tioneers, PREECE, EVERALL & WADDINGTON, Exchange Buildings, Shrewsbury. .C_ PREPAID ADVERTISEMENTS JL OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSES HOUSES TO BE LET, APARTMENTS WANTED, HOUSES WANTED, APARTMENTS TO BE LET, SITUATIONS WANTED, MISCELLANEOUS WANTS, SITUATIONS VACANT, LOST OK FOUNB, ARTICLES TO BE SOLD, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS, are now inserted in The Chester Courant at the following rates:— NOT EXCEEDING TWENTY WOBDS ONE INSERTION 1/- Two INSERTIONS 1,6 THREE INSERTIONS 2/- NOT EXCEEDING THIRTY-FIVK WORDS- ONE INSERTION 1/6 Two INSERTIONS I. 216 THREE INSERTIONS 3/- Co be let. T 1ST OF RESIDENCES, -LJ ISSUED MONTHLY. SENT POST FREE ON APPLICATION TO W. & F. BROWN & CO., CABINET MAKERS & UPHOLSTERERS, EASTGATE ROW, CHESTER. ~| WALPOLE STREET, Chester. Early I O, possession—Apply on the premises. OlUPERIOR APARTMENTS, board if desired central; large, airy rooms. All modern con- veniences I perfect sanitation. Excellent testi- monials.—Address "Veritas," "Courant" Office. WEST MOUNT, WAVERTON, 4 minutes from Station, containing three sitting, live bedrooms, box room, bath room, &c. Good garden, stabling, six acres of land.—Apply Stephen Walley. nno LET, a DETACHED VILLA, on the JL Chester and Birkenhead road, pleasantly situated six miles from Chester.—For particulars and rent apply to the Agent, Mr. Samuel Davies, Estate Office, Mollington. TO LET, 27, CAMBRIAN VIEW, containing two entertaining-rooms, four bedrooms, bath (hot and cold), kitchen, scullery, and outside wash- house. Nice garden back and front; greenhouse. Rent PM.-Warmciley, Jones & Co., 2V, East-gate Row (North), Chester. CHESHIRE.—A pleasantly situated COTTAGE RESIDENCE with about three acres of land, good garden and small stable, within two miles from Broxton Station (Chester and Wiiltchureli Railway). House contains drawing-room, dining- room, study, seven bedrooms, and good offices- Apply Messrs. Barker, Coppack & Wickham, St. Werburgh Chambers, Chester. YALE OF CLWYD.—One of the prettiest Old Country Houses in this beautiful Valley two miles from Denbigh Station, one mile from Tele- graph-office; four reception and 12 bedrooms, good stabling, gardens, grass land, and three cottages. Water and drainage perfect. A little shooting if required. Rent moderate. -Apply to R. T. Wickham. Land Agent, Chester. EAR CHESTER.—TO BE LET, Furnished or Unfurnished, the very substantially built and well arranged Family Residence, CHRISTLE- TON HALL, situate about two miles from the City of Chester; four reception rooms, billiard room, seventeen bed and dressing-rooms stabling, gardens, and 28 acres of grass land town water, and new sanitary arrangements.—Apply W. and F. Brown and Co., Eastgatc Row, Chester. (4240) mo LET" "GROVE HALL," GREAT 1 SUTTON, situate one half-mile of Capen- hurst Station and five miles from Chester, on the main road from Birkenhead to Chester. The House contains three entertaining rooms, billiard-room, ten bedrooms, two dressing-rooms, bathroom, linen and store closets, &c. The Outside Premises com- prise stables, harness-room and coach-house, shippon, piggeries, wash-house, large yard, and other usual conveniences ornamental grounds and well laid-out kitchen garden, with ten acres of land adjoining, entrance lodge, and drives front and back. The whole of the premises are pleasantly situated, with southern aspect, and overlooking about 40 acres of park land, the property of the owner, but not part of the letting.—For further particulars and rent apply to the Agent. Mr. Samuel Davies, Estate Office, Mollington. 4[0 be Soltu .¡ FOR MANURE AND BEDDING DOWN CATTLE.— SHODDY DIRT FOR SALE, Cheap, at James Lees, Willow-street Mill, Oldham. LADIES' DRESS LENGTHS, 3s. lid. carriage JLj paid Knops, Zibelines, Snowflakes, Voiles, Poplins, Armures, Alpacas. Patterns free.— Bradford Dress Warehouse, Shipley, Bradford. "13 OBT. W. KILLON, Coal Exchange, Chester, l\i Supplies SPAR GRAVEL, Chippings, Macadam, &c., for drives and walks; SLEEPERS and TIMBERS for fencing; Welsh and Buxton Building and Agricultural LIMES. Quotations given to any station. Telephone 70. CHESTER.—TO BE SOLD (leasehold), a par- C ticularly desirable Detached RESIDENCE, standing in about one acre of nicely timbered grounds, on the south side of the city, on line of tramway, commanding views of the Welsh hills; containing entrance hall, lavatory and w.c., 3 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms, 1 dressmg-room, capital bath, separate w.c., housemaid's pantry and boxroom, kitchen, and usual offices and cellars; outside washhouse, etc. Tastefully laid- out garden, tennis lawn and greenhouse. The whole in excellent order.—Apply W. and F. Brown and Co., Eastgate Row, Chester. (5880). 2070 Established 1832. CiART and LURRY TARPAULINS, LONG and LOIN CLOTHS for Horses, COAL and CORN SACKS, equal in price and quality to any in the kingdom. Ladders, Blocks, Pulleys, Rope of all sizes. TENTS suitable for all purposes, Decorations if required. Prompt atten- tion to enquiries either for Sale or Hire of above.— Apply DAVIES & SONS, Crane-street, Victoria road. and 4, Coal Exchange, Chester. ONE "BENY" MOTOR CAR, TO CARRY FOUR, Also one 6 H.P. DARRACQ," BOTH CARS TO BE SOLD CHEAP. ALSO Steam Engines & Boilers, Saw Benches, General Machinery, AND STEAM USERS' REQUIREMENTS, &C. LANCELEYS, ENGINEERS, CHESTER JEWSBURY & BROWN'S (MANCHESTER) I; MINERAL WATERS. BY APPOINTMENT TO KING EDWARD VII. SEantetL WANTED, BOAT (small), or Canadian Canoe; new or second-hand for narrow, shallow river.—Describe to B., 7, Church-street, Hanley. WANTED, good KITCHEN MAID, as Plain Cook.—Apply Mrs. J. S. Knight, Bridge- water Hotel, Ellesmere, Salop. 2099 YACANCY at the House of Mercy Laundry for large FAMILY WASH.-Apply by letter to Lady Superintendent. 2093 AIRYMAID DESIRES Re-engagement on Private Estate or large Farm Four years experience.-Gordon Jones, Rock terry, Cheshire. OUNG LADY WANTED for Boot and Shoe Trade. Must have had experience.—Apply Cash & Co., 5, Eastgate, Chester 2104 BUSINESS Gent, WANTS LODGINGS; Chester, central, healthy locality; with widow preferred; cleanliness and comfort.-SUte terras, board or otherwise, N 47, Courant Office. AS Temporary BUTLER or WAITER, by day or week; many years' experience m private service. Good references. -Berridge, Park Cottage, Park-street, Chester. 2074 CHESTER. — WANTED, a FURNISHED HOUSE, two reception-rooms, fi ve bedrooms, offices, &c., for term of years; outside city preferred. Rent about ;C60.-Apply B., 1, Culver-terrace, Sandown, Isle of Wight. MALL HOUSE, two sitting and three or four o bedrooms, within 10 or 12 miles of Chester. Modern conveniences and good railway service essential Possession March 2o Rent must be moderate. Particulars to "Innellan, Parkgate- road. Chester. ,f RS SMITH, 5, Hugh-street, Overleigh-road, LV.I Handbridge, Chester, begs to inform the Ladies of Chester and district that she has opened a SERVANTS' REGISTRY, and trusts to be favoured with their kind enquiries. Hours: 10 to 12 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m. Several Servants disengaged. T> EQUIRED, in country situation, NorthWales, JL\j thoioughly respectable, useful MAN and WIFE, strong and willing, not under 45 years of age or over 55; man as indoor servant, butler-valet, single handed wife good plain c(,ok, nearly single handed abstainers Strictly reliable references I required.—Address H 73, office of this paper. 2097 hotels, broS, &c. QRAIGSIDE HYDRO, LLANDUDNO. ) — IDEAL WINTER RESORT. LUXURIOUS BATHS. COVERED TENNIS. ENTERTAINMENTS. Special Winter Tariff from 8/- per day (including ^athS^' R. E. MUNRO, Manager. VMJ^ L VERY OLD LIQUEUR flCOTCH W 11 1SKY. OLDEST. PUREST. BEST. 24/- per Gallon, 48/- per Dozen, 4/- per Bottle. A variety of other choice old Scotch Whiskies At 36/ 39/ 42/- & 44/- per Dozen. CARRIAGE PAID. QUELLYN ROBERTS & Co., FAMILY WINE MERCHANTS, THE OLD CRYPT, CHESTER. C HfisTS R ;I STEAM LAUNDRY, VICTORIA ROAD (CLOSE BY THI NORTHGATE STATION). All the arrangements are on the most approved modern system for Washing, Ironing, Drying, Packing, &c., and the management most efficient. W. H. LIPSHAM, Secretary & General Manager. (Chester Steam Laundry Co., Lid. ) W. Inspection is specially invited on any day excepting Mondays and Saturdays. DR. KING'S LIVER PILLS. Est. 1832. Dauclelioii and Quinitie (without Mercury), For FUERED TONGUE, BILIOUSNESS. HEADACHE, SICKNESS. DK KING'S MVKR PILLS. Dandelion and Quinine (without Mercury), For WIND, INDIGEVrfON. HHARTBURN, Shoulder Pain: ami Coustip&tion. DK. KING'S LIVER PILLS Are purely vegetable, aud still keep ahead of all others as a Liver Reuaedj. Sold everywhere, Is. lid., 2s. 9d. and 4s. dG. per box. DR. SCOTT'S PILLS UNEQUALLED DR. SCOTT'S PILLS FOR LIVER, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS COMPLAINTS, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS HEADACHE, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS INDIGESTION, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS NERVOUS DR. SCOTT'S PILLS DEPRESSION, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS LOSS OF DR. SCOTT'S PILLS APPETITE, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS COSTIVENESS, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS THE MOST DR. SCOTT'S PILLS EFFICACIOUS, DR. SCOTT'S PILLS MEDICINE. DR. SCOTT'S PILLS MILD BUT DR. SCOTT'S PILLS EFFECTUAL. 11) R. SCOTT'S PILLS Are sold by all Chemists, at 1/1 and 2/9. The Genuine are in a Square Green Package. Do not be persuaded by anyone to buy any other medicine instead
BUNBURY. ENTERTAINMENT.—An entertainment was given at the Wesleyan Chapel on Wednesday evening m aid of the Sunday school fund. Mr. Thomas Sheen occupied the chair, and gave an interesting exposition of the history of the Wes- leyan Sunday Schools. Miss Dutton, of the Lower Hall, Spurstow, accompanied on the organ. The following was the programme: -Choral march, "Onward, Christian Soldiers," Scholars; solo, "The gift of life," Miss Vickers; anthem, "Come thou fount," Choir; solo, "The Man of Sorrows," Mr. Griffiths; violin solo, Mr. Salt; solo, "The best Friend is Jesus," Mr. W. Dutton; hvmn, "It's just like Him," Scholars; duet, "Looking this way," Miss Vickers and Mr. Salt; solo, "The Holy City," Miss Lizzie Hopkins hymn, "Sweeter as the days go by," Scholars; solo, "When the daylight fades," Miss A. Brooks; recitation, "The Inventor's Wife," Miss Brooks; anthem, "His works of love." Choir; solo, Miss Houlbrooke; obligate solo, "Jesus, my dearest Friend," Miss A. Brooks; recitation, Mr. Salt; solo, "Jesus will welcome you there," Miss Edith Hopkins; solo, "The wonderful Story," Mr. W. Dutton; hymn, "Walking in the good old way," Scholars. "Walking in the good old way," Scholars.
ADVICE TO MOTHERS !—Are you broken of your rest by a sick child suffering with the pains in cutting teeth ? Go at once to a chemist and get a bottle of MRS. WINS LOW'S SOOTHING SYRUP, which has been used over 50 years by millions of mothers for their children while teething, with perfect success. It is pleasant to taste, produces natural, quiet sleep by relieving the child from Eain, and the little cherub awakes "as bright as a utton." It soothes the child, it softens the gums, allays a] pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea, whether arising from teething or other causes. Sold by Chemists everywhere at Is. 1-Jd. per bottle. ;IRC 0 fit' SU]Sr XfW^FiRE OFFICE. Funds in Hand— £ 2,386,639. For all particulars apply to the following Agents:— CHESTER MESSRS. CHEERS & HOPLEY, 6, Northgate-street. MESSRS. W. DENSON & SON, Northgate. MALPAS MR. THOMAS MULLOCK, Cuddington Heath.
DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS, Feb. 10, Sfc.—Pantomime Babes in the IVood" at Royalty Theatre. 10—Wirral Board of Guardians. 10-St. Martin's Church Bazaar. 10-Hawarden Petty Sessions. M ll-Chester Cattle Fair. »» 11-Chester County Court. »i 11-Northop Petty Sessions., v ll-Blue Coat Ball. i, 11-Cheshi)-e County Council. „ 15-Buckley Petty Sessions. 15-Concert at Music Hall. a
AN UNPATRIOTIC OPPOSITION. If Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman does not now regret his speech in the House of Commons, on Friday night, in the War debate, the more clearsighted of his followers in the country must. The account of the interview which the leader of the Opposition had with Mr. Chamberlain, in June, 1899, is one of those things that had much better been left unsaid. Sir Henry unearthed the con- versation, because he desired to let the public know that at that date, when we were ap- parently drifting into war in South Africa, the then Colonial Secretary, in suggesting the despatch of ten thousand additional men to the Transvaal, confided to Sir Henry that the Government knew the Boers would not fight, and that the Government were playing a game of bluff." According to the view of the leader of the Opposition, this declaration of the Colonial Secretary was enough to account for the want of preparation before the war. Mr. Chamberlain, however, who was the next to take part in the debate, was able to put an entirely different complexion on the incident, and to shew the leader of the Opposition in rather an unenviable light. Mr. Chamberlain's explanation was that in June, 1899, matters were, although not hopeless, certainly serious, and he strongly deprecated the possibility that a discussion which might ultimately end in hostilities with other Powers should be treated as a party matter. With the consent of the late Lord Salisbury, he accordingly sought a private interview with the leader of the Opposition. In the interview he told Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman that, if he was prepared to treat a grave question of this nature not as a party but as a national matter, he (Mr. Chamberlain) undertook to take no step without consulting him. The Colonial Secretary then unfolded two propositions, the first to complete the equipment of the troops then in South Africa, and the second to send out reinforcements to the tune of some ten thousand men. He explained that his diffi- culty at that time, as it had been all along, was to convince the Boers that the British were in earnest. He did not recollect using the word bluff," which was an expression he was not fond of, and he had no intention of bluffing, but what he wanted was to send out a considerable body of men, to impress on the Boers the fact that we meant to pursue this matter to the end. To the first proposition, the completion of the force then in South Africa, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman offered no objection, but he added that he doubted whether his colleagues would consent to the despatch of a large additional force. We have still to await the production of the letters that followed the interview, but Mr. Chamberlain gives it as his recollection that Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, having consulted his colleagues, wrote that they could not accept the offer of the Govern- ment, and that they must leave the Government to entirely take their own responsibility." Sir Henry further added that he must withdraw his consent to the strengthening of the existing force in South Africa. Was ever poor politician shewn up in a more invidious light We wonder if Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman ever heard of that good old period in the history of ancient Rome, when none was for a party, and all were for the State," when, in face of national dangers, patriotic statesmen of contending parties closed their ranks against the common foe, agreeing to defer their domestic differ- ences until the foreign enemy was disposed of. Mr. Chamberlain had doubtless such circumstances in his mind, when he proposed to the leader of the Opposition that the grave problem confronting us in South Africa should be dealt with as a national, not as a party question, and offering to take the Opposition fully into the confidence of the Government. It was a wise, statesmanlike offer, frank and generous. It was an offer that any politician acting in Opposition might have been glad and proud to accept. Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, however, approached the matter gingerly. At first he seemed disposed to concur in the very small point, the equipment of the existing force in South Africa, but he subsequently withdrew even that microscopic concession, and when it came to sending out ten thousand men as a precautionary measure, to convince the Boers that we really meant business and were not to be trifled with, this effeminate leader of the Opposition, after consultation with his colleagues, washed his hands of the entire business, and said the Government must gang their ain gait." The English language I:> d h does not contain a word strong enough to describe such pusillanimity. The deliberate shirking of this patriotic co-operation on the part of the leader of the Opposition constitutes an indelible stain upon the name of Radical or Liberal, whichever epithet is the most acceptable. The humiliating incident will be remembered to the eternal disgrace of the Radical party, because it is not the leader alone who is involved. Sir Henry took counsel with his "colleagues," and the gentlemen who were honoured with that confidence are equally culpable in the eyes of the nation. It would be interesting to know which of his colleagues the right hon. gentleman took into his con- fidence, and we shall doubtlesss learn the secret in the course of time, although the politicians concerned will be naturally reluctant to tell a story which goes so hard against them. The case as it stands, and so far as we have related it, is sufficiently bad to blast the political career of many a man, but when the whole narrative is completed, when it is chronicled that the very men who refused to co-operate with the Government in sending timely reinforcements to South Africa and properly equipping the force already on the spot, are the men who are now seeking to censure the Government for their want of preparedness, the situation becomes too strong for cold type and printers' ink. Were not the matter one of the utmost gravity, it would be fit material for a screaming bur- lesque. The position of affairs is such as a mere infant in politics can grasp. The time is June, 1899. The Unionist Government are seeking by every means in their power to bring the Boers to their senses and to let them see that we are not like the Britain of Mr. Gladstone's time that would begin a fight and surrender at the first small reverse. To this end the Government pro- posed sending out ten thousand men to South Africa, as an earnest of our intent. To remove the matter from the arena of party politics, the leader of the Opposition is sounded privately. He consults his colleagues, and they decline to take a hand in a question that so closely touches the national honour and that may lead to international complica- tions of the first magnitude. Not content with this cowardly and petty attitude of aloofness, these very politicians who had tactily obstructed the despatch of reinforce- ments now brazenly turn round and attack the Government for not having prepared for the war in time, in other words, for not having done the very thing that they pro- posed to do and to which the Opposition refused their consent. Apart altogether from party considerations, the incident is deplor- able from a national standpoint, and it is to be trusted that the colleagues of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman who are not involved in this melancholy affair will take an early opportunity of disclaiming participation in the business.
UNIONIST UNITY. The demonstration of Chester Unionists held in the Music Hall, on Monday evening, is a grati- fying evidence, if evidence be needed, of a united party. It may as well be frankly confessed at the outset that upon one subject, the Fiscal ques- tion, there is some small disagreement within, the party. A few members can at present consent to go no further than the authorised Balfour pro- gramme, while the great majority are enthusias- tically in favour of "gcing the whole hog," with Mr. Chamberlain. The demeanour of Monday's meeting was a convincing corroboration of this view. Hostile criticisms of Mr. Chamberlain's scheme, it is true, were vigorously cheered, but by whom? By a small but noisy knot of Radi- cals at the rear of the hall and in the back seats of the galleries. These persons gave expression to their antipathy to Mr. Chamberlain, but, it Is significant to note, when Mr. Balfour's views were expounded, these Radical visitors observed a dis- erect silence. In all other respects, however, the meeting manifested its unwavering support of Mr. Yerburgh as the representative of Chester. The member's manly candour and straightforward method of expressing his convictions touched: a sympathetic chord in the audience, who mutually agreed to differ on one point, because tfiey were in so complete accord with their member in all other respects. They realised that they agreed with him on ninety-nine points out of a. hundred, whereas, if they allowed his Radical opponent to be returned, they would be in total disagreement with him upon every oonceivablc, subject, includ- ing the Fiscal policy. It is well, in the present st-sto of parties, Unionists should attach more im- portance to the multitudinous subjects upon which they are agreed than to the isolated instance in which they happen to differ. The present is above all others the time, not to "¡¡lit into fragments, but to consolidate the great Unionist party. That party was called into being at a grave crisis in the nation's history, when a fatal policy of separation and disintegra- tion was brought forward with masterly subtlety by the Old Parliamentary Hand." The Unionist party should be proud to reflect that they. and they alone, were the men who staved off that national calamity. The peril has, how- ever, only been staved off, not entirely removed. The same dangerous ambitions for an Irish Parliament and a separate, independent Irish nation exist to-day across St. George's Channel. And not there alone, for there arc thousands of English, Welsh and Scottish Radicals who are reckless enough to make this concession to Ireland. There can be no doubt of the intentions and aspirations of the Nationalists. Their speeches to-day breathe the same intractability tho same yearnrigs for a Home Rule Parliament, which would be the beginning of the end of our cherished Empire. Another equally potent argu- ment for the retention of the Unionist party and the Unionist Government in power is the delicate situation of affairs in the Far East, where Russia and Japan arc probably on the eve of an earth-shaking struggle. As the ally of the latter, we are bound by treaty obligations to be involved in the deplorable fray if any other Power inter- venes. The position will, in any event, be ex- ceedingly delicate, and demands sound statesman- ship. wholly apart from mere questions of partizan policy. Supposing the reins of Government were handed over to the Radicals, can we expect sound statesmanship from Sir Henry Campbell- Bannerman, the man who would snatch a party advantage at the cost of the Empire's interests, as demonstrated by his action immediately before the South African war? In any international imbroglio that might ensue, the first question Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman would ask him- self would be, not what was best for the service of the British Empire, but what would be best for the electioneering purposes of the Radical party. That is not statesmanship, and the pro- fessor of such a doctrine is unworthy and unsafe to be entrusted with the destinies of an Empire. In view of these two considerations, therefore, and leaving out of the question subjects of important domestic interest, it is clearly the duty of the Unionist party to close up their ranks and present a united front to the insidious attacks and blandishments of the Opposition. Unity was the keynote of Monday's meeting at Chester, and every Unionist who has the welfare of the party at heart ought to strive for the continuance of that unity, which will again return Mr. Yerburgh as the member for Chester.
HOOLE PARK COMPLETED. The piece of land purchased by the Hoole Urban District Council for the purposes of a park and recreation ground is practically ready for opening, and the Council have decided to ask the Duke of Westminster to perform the ceremony on some date convenient to his Grace at the end llr of March or the beginning of April. The Park question has been under consideration by the local authority something like two and a half ▼ears, and after prolonged negotiations they secured a plot of land about 6k acres in extent at one shilling a yard. It is situated behind Vicarage-road, and is approached by a newly- constructed road from the Hoole highway. The work of forming the park has been carried out by the contractor, Mr Bulmer, of Blackburn, who has effected a transformation. Borders, shrub- beries and walks have been laid out, a central space being reserved to serve the useful purpose of a playground for the children. The whole park is fenced in. On the 23rd January there was quite an interesting ceremony on the site, each member of the Park Committee planting a holly or some other shrub in commemoration of the completion of the laying-out of the park. Many people in Hoole regard it as a pity that the Council cannot see their way to purchase the vacant strip of land intervening between the present plot and the main road. If this were done it its believed the park would be much more ex- tensively used by jeason of easier accessibility, and some attractiveness could be added by an ornamental entrance.
UNIONIST MEETING., ♦ MR YERBURGH AT CHESTER. i IMPORTANT SPEECH. FISCAL PRONOUNCEMENT. LOYALTY TO THE GOVERNMENT BRITAIN AND THE FAR EAST. Another demonstration of the strength and loyalty of Chester Unionists was afforded by a great meeting at the Music Hall, Chester, on Mon- day evening, when Mr Robert Yerburgh, the member for the city, addressed his constituents. The city's most commodious meeting hall opened its doors to a vast crowd, and when every seat and every inch of standing room was occupied, there still remained a number of electors crowded out So great was the inteiest in the meeting that there was a rush for seats at twenty minutes past seven o'clock, though the hour of commencement was eight. A noticeable feature of the gathering was the pre- ponderance of the artizan class, who followed the speeches with a thoughtful and sympathetic interest. The reservation of the west gallery for ladies waS amply justified by the large attendance of the fair sex. The waiting time was pleasantly whiled away with song and chorus, several well-known vocalists lending their services, while Mr. R. Thomas pre- sided at the organ with much acceptance. A few minutes before eight o'clock, an outburst of cheering greeted the appear- ance on the platform of Sirs. Yerburgh, accompanied by Mr. B. C. Roberts, the late popular leader of the party, whose services were in the course of the meeting alluded to in terms of genuine gratitude. The arrival of Mr. Yerburgh, Mr. Churton and other prominent party men was the occasion for further demonstrations of enthusiasm. The meeting had a significance all its own, in view of the. recent pronouncements on the Fiscal question by the member for the city. The Chairman i., to be congratulated, not only upon a tactful, judi- cious and spirited speech, but upon his excellent conduct of the meeting. A Radical element was present in the rear of the hali, but it fortunately did not transgress the bounds of moderation, a fact, which gives ground; for encouragingt the Chairman's hope that any future cont-ests in the city will be conducted as between Christian gentlemen." Mr. Yerburgh's speech was delivered in his happiest style, and was received with an intelligent and sympathetic interest. Accompany- ing the Chairman and the member on the platform were Mrs. Yerburgh, the Hon. Mrs. Cecil Parker and Miss Parker, Mr. B. C. Roberts, Majcr MaoGillyeuddy, Colonel Evans-Lloyd, Mr. J. J. Cunnah, Mr. Thomas Smith, Mr. George Dickson, Mr. C. P. Douglas, Mr. F. E. Roberts, Mr. S. J. R. Dickson, Dr. Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. T. Gibbons Frost, Dr. Mann, Dr. Duff, Dr. Butt, Mr. G. H. Reynolds, Dr. Archer, Mr. Egerton Gilbert, Mr. W. A. V. Churton, Mr. J. E. Has- well, Mr. Frank French, Mr. Reginald Dickson, Mr. Jenner, Mr. Powell, the Precentor (H. H. Wright), Mr. G. B. Lowe, Mr. C. Cooper, Mr. James Knight, Mr. James Williams, Mr. F. S. Bishop, Mr. C. P. Smith, Mr. J. Arkle, Mr. Wm. Williams, Mr. J. Maclean Graham, Mr. F. H. Lloyd, Mr. A. L. Birch, Mr. H. JohiLson, Mr. Moodie, Mr. Richmond, Mr. T. W. Chaiton, Mr. W. Dobson, etc. The Chairman first of all read a letter ci apology from Mr. John M. Fro,t, who wrote that he was extremely sorry at not being able to attend owing to his having formed a dinner en- gap at a time, prior to knowing the date of Mr. Ycrburgh's meeting. He wished the meeting every possible success. Mr. Chm ton made a similar apology on b?.half of Mr. R. T. Wickham. who was absent for similar reasons. TRIBUTE TO MR. B. C. ROBERTS. Addressing the meeting, the Chairman said he could assure them that- it was with very consider- ably mixed feelings that he found himself occupy- ing that chair—a chair which had for many years been occupied in the most able manner by one of his oldest iriends, Mr. Benjamin Chaffers Roberts. (Applause ) He was sure that they would all ac- knowledge the greatest gratitude to him for the long and valuable services he had rendered to the Unionist party. (Hear, hear.) He had, as they all knew, fought nobly for many a year on behalf of the Unionist cause in the city of Chester, and he was sure he would be voicing the whole of the Unionist party in Chester when he said that they wisheci him eveiy happiness in his political re- tirement. (Applause.) If he might be- allowed to express a hope, he could only trust that Mr. Roberts's retirement would not be prolonged. (Applause.) He had not the slightest doubt in his own mind that when we cam:- to the next oontest, like the old warhorse who scented battle from afar, we would find Mr. Roberts helping to raise the Unionist flag to victory. Mr. Robeits's mantle had now fallen upon him (the chairman), under somewhat rather difficult circumstances. Ho hesitated a great deal before he ventured to take up the position. He got all sorts of advice, such as "Yon will get no end of trouble and no thanks," and 'Tt is a very difficult position to fill satisfactorily." H" did not know what they would think, but a man ought not to be deterred from doing what he considered to be his duty because ho thought the position would! be a difficult one. (Applause ) That was the action of a coward, and although it was not a pleasure at his age for him to take the position, yet there he was, and he would endeavour as long as he was spared to do his duty. He had also had some friends who had advised him not to take the office, because he would make any number of enemies among his political opponents. He did not share that view. He was one of those who, perhaps, took a rather high ideal of what political life should be. but he did not see why we should not fight our battles like Christian gentlemen, and. as far as he was concerned, he could assure them he did not intend to indulge in any of those personalities which had been an absolute disgrace, in time past to many of our political controversies. When he retired from the honourable position he now held, he trusted to re- ceive the respect and. he. hoped, the friendship of his opponents. He should be sorry indeed to think that- the Unionist cause in Chester had suffered in any way by the change of chairman, but everything depended on the members of the party. He appealed to every Unionist present to take up his position, and back him ithe chairman) up in the position he had taken. If he had their support, he saw no reason why their cause should not be a success. If they drew back from him and did not take the advice he thought desirable to offer them, then it would be a state of chaos. He said he had taken the position at a time of great difficulty, and he thought he might as well admit it. Twelve months ago the Unionist barometer in this country was at "set fair," but a '"cyclonic depression" had come over us, and some of our enemies said the barometer had gone down somewhat of late. That might be. but when the depression had passed away, very likely the barometer would go up again. As we knew, a very great question had been raised in the coun- try by one of the greatest and most powerful statesmen of the age. (Applause.) Now, whatever views we might take as to the subject lie had brought before the electors, or whatever opinions we might form as to the manner or mode in which he had introduced it into the country, there was one thing we could not fail to admire, and that was the enormous pluck and energy which had induced him at his time of life to leave a comfort- able Government appointment and make a cru- sade throughout the country on behalf of Fiscal reform. There was no doubt whatever FISCAL REFORM ought not to be a question of party politics at ail. (Hear, hear.) Unfortunately, in these days it was very difficult to find a question that was not made a party one, and our opponents had made it a party one. (A Voice: "No !") Therefore we must deal with it as such. Now, the question was,"What are we to do with it, and what is our position with reference to it?" Opinions differed tremendously, and it seemed to him that he might fairlv divide the people who had formed, or thought they had formed, an opinion on the question, into three distinct classes. First came the enthusiastic politicians who thoroughly believed in Mr. Cham- berlain and who were thoroughly prepared, if they had the chance to-day, to see his programme carried in this country. (Hear, hear.) He did not think he could better express the programme than by reading a few words spoken by Mr. Chap- lin a short time ago. Mr. CTiurton then quoted Mr. Chaplin's words, to the effect that we had nothing like Free Trade; that he agreed with iair. Cobden that a free exchange was a great ideal at which to aim. but that from his experience he found: that Free Trade was not obtainable; the policy which prevailed was neither free nor fair trade. 1 he objects of Tariff reform were more regular and better employment for the working- man. better markets, and a. larger demand for the goods we manufactured, and better wages for the men who made them. The Tariff reformers ap- pealed to the higher motive for drawing closer and closer the bond of sympathv between our brethren and kinsfolk beyond the seas. That, ,'is Mr. Churton went on to say, was the programme ot the first class of people he had been enumera- ting. A great many of the young bloods of tho party in Chester entirely favoured that policy. c (Applause.) Mr. Chamberlain's policy had been called the '"unauthorised policy." but the second class of people were prepared to -import the Government in the course- they had proposed, and which was called the "authorisetl policy.' That was the more moderate one so far as he could make it out. Mr. Balfour, in his Sheffield speech, demanded a modeiate reform of tariffs, with power to retaliate in cases where foreign countries had raised tariff walls against our manu- factures. and it did not include taxation of food. (Hear. hear. and applause.) That was an im- portant point, because the TAXATION OF FOOD. had sent a wholesome shudder through our friend Mr. Yerburgh—(laughter)—who felt so strongly tnat he had joined the Fue Food League, and ho believed Mr. Yerburgh was its treasurer. (Ap- plause.) They wouid see that the policy which was moderate, and which did not go far.'was yet as far as he could understand, in case it proved successful, capable of expansion. He now came to the third class of politicians. They were the people. who were going to stand still and do nothing-people who worshipped as a god the apostle of Free Trade. Mr. Cobden. (Applause.) They said that when Mr. Cobden abolished the covn laws and taxes in 1846, and brought in Free Trade, he thought, as 110 doubt everybody else did. that it would have been adopted by all the nations of the world; but theie were a large num- ber of people at the present tim:' who thought the policy the right one and so right that, although it had suited 1845. it ought to be adopted in 1904. There was nothing that could be unchanged like the laws of the Medes and Persians. It was not wise to define the position of to-day by sticking to a shibboleth, which might have done very well in its time, but which ought to be altered. Among that class of men must be reckoned our opponents, who were entirely and absolutely opposed to any change in the laws with leference to Fiscal mat- ters. They were like the ostrich, who put his head in the sand and waited when the clifficulty arose, thinking that it. was quite safe. (Laugh- ter.) They were like the man who built a bridge, and when people complained that it was unsafe, said he would not alter it, but when someone was killed had it repaired at once. We had been warned over and over again although it was by the energy of our woikmen and manufacturers that our trade had remained fairly good. notwith- standing that ours was what was called a Free Trade country that there were signs and writing on the wall which told us we ought to do some- thing to improve our position and not allow mat- ters to go on as if they were still the best. He was himself always in favour of moderation in all things. He thought extremes of any kind were. bad, and" lie suggested that the wisest and best policy at the present time was to back up the Government. in the ''authorised programme"- (hear, hear. and loud applause)—to go in for moderate Fiscal reform, w;th power to retaliate in case it was required and to leave food as it was. (Hear, hear, and applause.) If it was found in future, supposing that policy were adopted, that it was successful, there was nothing in the world, to prevent us going on further in the same direc- tion. He advised that policy because it was not desirable to be in a great hurry in those matters. It was a good many years since Free Trade was adopted, and it was not a wise thing to make a tremendous change at a moment's notice If we backed up the Government in the moderate altera- tion of the Fiscal laws we could see how we got on and if we wished to make further alterations there was nothing to prevent us. By adopting a. policy of that kind, the Unionist party of Chester would have no occasion to quarrel with their friend, Mr. Yerburgh. (Applause ) Mr. Yer- burgh had his views on the Fiscal question, and of course we admired him for it His views might possibly not coincide with the vir-ws of other mem- bers of the party, but he was satisfied after hear- ing Mr. Balfour, and he had irven his pledge that, he would be prepared to back up the Government in their proposals with reference to Fi-cal reform. Fi^al reform was not. h.owver. the only subject we had to think about. Most of those present were members of tlse great. Un-onist party. What, was that party established for? It was. estab- lished to prevent the disruption of our Empire, a far moie important matter than any question of Fiscal rofonn. It had become fashionable to say that HOME RULE WAS DEAD. He asked was it? (Cries of "No! no Ho quoted the speech of Jr J Redmond to the effect that every fresh concession only strengthened the demand for self-government, and that there was no such thing as an alternative policy to Home Rule. It. was. continued Mr. Churton as neces- sary to-day. and more nece-sary to-day. than ten years a?c for us to keep toTether the Unionist, narty We ought not to forget that Mr. Redmond looked forward to' the next election, when he thought parties would be more evenly balanced, end that the Irish vote would come in. so that they would be able to put the screw ou. That v;as what he was looking forward to. and he wished to bring about Home Rule and the dis- ruption of the Empire Instead of our Empire being as it was at the present moment, one of the giandest in the wovld. w" chouJd be simp!y a succession of small atoms, and it was all the more necessary for us to remember that, and close our ranks together. (Applause.) The sad news that A GREAT WAR was about to break out between Japan and Russia- was another reason why we ought to hope that. the Government, would remain in power, at any rate during the war. (Applause.) Anyone in his «.>nse* would not think it during the time the war was on to have a Government with Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman at its head. (Ap- plause.) Therefore he said to them again, that although the Fiscal question might, be a great ouestiou, and when Mr. Yerburgh, except 011 the Fiscal question, was entirely done v.-iii the partv in* Chester, we had no business to quarrel with him. He advised those gentlemen who dis- agreed with their member not to go away. but to close the ranks and stick together. (Hear, hear.) Let us stick to our member, Mr Yer- burgh—(loud applause)—and with a long pull. and. a strong pull, and a pull all together we would be able to raise tho Unionist flag victorious at the nevt election. (Loud applause.) CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT. Major MacGillicuddy moved the following reI- solution "That this meeting deeply regret, the illness of the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P.. and desires to express its con- fidence in the Government, togetner with the sinoere hope that it will continue to maintain the principles of the Unionist party. Referring to the lamentable illness of Mr. Balfour. Major MacGillicuddy did not suppose that throughout the length and breadth ot lie great British Em- pire could there be any one WHO was not deeply sorry that he, who should be at the helm of the British ship of State, was compulsorily absent through lliness. Not only had he our sympathy, but he had that desire, w,n:ch all good and strong men liked to have, that would put him back again in the place where the Government and country would have him, and we hoped before many days were passed we should lie.i.r from him in tliei House of Commons. Speaking of Mr. Yerburgh, the Major said it would ill become him., a new- comer, to name the innumerable kind offices he had filled for this constituency. That evening he had seen him shaking hands will different gentle- men, and. he felt that in the handshakes there was a feeling of confidence and sympathy and trust in the member, and friendship in the constituent. In a rather important magazine, a short time ago, there appeared one of those illustrated sketches, giving an account of the lives and names of several members, whom the writer called a. few of our promising young men in tne House of Com- mons. Mr. Yerburgh would not feel aggrieved at the word young. In the lisi was Mr. Arnold- Forster, Mr. Winston Churcuiil—(applause)—and Lord Hugh Cecil. In the term young, the writer meant the men who wore to ruie the destinies of the British Empire. He meant with more ex- perience and power they would develop into the true state they were intended for by Providence. A very short time ago in this city, at a meeting. he was glad to say not nearly so well attended as the present one, one of the most prominent political oppoiientis of Mr. Yerburgh in this part ot the country, was good enough to speak of him in terms which, he was sure, met with the approbation of every one of his constituents. The record of Mr. Yerburgh had been a happy one, and a good one. (Ap- plause.) It had enabled every constituent to say to him "Well done!" It was to Mr. Yerburghi that was entrusted the great trust of representing) Chester in the House of Commons, and he (the speaker) asked if that meeting (1-d not express their confidence in the Unionist Government, wiio were they going to express their confidence in. What) was the alternative? Was there an al- ternative? Could anyone suggest an al- ternative? Who should follow the present Government ? It was idle talking in that way at a time when this Empire was perhaps not tremb- ling in the balance but waiting for that spring into the great future that lay before the Empire, when all tho Colonies would gather around it. Was it the time to have anything but the strongest of strong Governments? (Applause.) Was it at a time like this, when we should have LITTLE ENGLANDERS to lead us? Should we think of trusting the destinies of the country in the hands of men who found only things to cavil at? As we were situ- ated in the forefront of the world, we should keep the Government as long as we could. The Chairman had touched upon the curse of war. He did not touch upon the position that England was 111. It was known to even' man in this ceUI)- try that if any Power joined for one day. or for one hour. with Russia. England was bound, as he understood the Japanese treaty, to spring to the aid of the gallant, little nation—(applause)—and that treaty might be in existence when Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was at the holm. What did we think of the position we would be in then. He did not think we would like to contemplate it. What had the Government done for us, not only with Japan, but with that great nation across the Atlantic? The American nation, not loii"- ao-o our enemies in thought and word, were our kins- folk to-day. and mainly through the efforts of the Government. What position would we be in with! the neighbouring nations of Europe, were it not for our King? (Applause.) The Government wag not a portion of the King, but the King was 81 portion of the Government. They might think it curious that the Unionist party had a.skedf an Irishman to express a vote of confidence in the