YKAiiS AGO. (Extrac, he "Chester Comant" of Feb. 21st, 1804.) • i;-fi FOR VOLUNTEERS. On i .i i C,ol Cuyler, inspecting field officer ■■■we;; t", RoyaJ Chester Volunteers. The t i > u>is of marching, wheel ng and charg i) ro Tied: in su h a manner as to draw (J" (;0: >•; Cuy'er the highest encomium, and f -.dnvr'tio}! of several spectators among whom not ced E ..rl Gosvenor. Yest Ij; th, Mo'd Volunteers (500 stron; ;n"p">d bv Coionei Knight, inspect- ing oi o d =' ict, wiio was pi a-ed to ex- press i the ■ i inual f ed t omi ihis approba- tion o' e f martial appearance and high state of doc-ip ne. RECEPTION r,T' VRENCH PRISONERS A '> >r no ^Derbyshire) Feb. 12. Th:o lirr town for, its central and inland flyed upon by Govern- mont ro" the v n ion of French p i on?rs, tho place n* in nuance assumed a new com- plexion T' + of 45 Fren h office's with tri- cock r1. rid :i-i-imens., wh. ske-r« at first astourd d ,1, t (-s, Sornl) aff ays coon after took we anr e nation 1 animos ty would have manifested v,r f i' had not been for the pru- dence >nd on of the or. Gen Roch- ambe. 11,.i. r, rp it three o'clock thi~ day, w'th his su;t". sit down at the Grcn Mm Inn. The Goner 1 i i -,li or middl'ng statur?, between forty and v of age and of a vevy swarthy comp:on A VOT T" TFT^ COUPT MARTTALLED. Last "-i",?,1c a ir t martial w"o held on n pr vate beloncr'ng to "e Hull and County Volunteers, charged ,I-I, ^oxration and breach cf duty; he wa.s fou- en lh- i.,d -ente-nced to receive 100 lashes but in erp^'deration of this be'nor the firot, offence ccv n- i'ted since the formation of the corps, fhe ndinsr officer of foe d;,trict has been pieced fo remit the punishment w'th a suit- able c^arsre a^iinst such practices for the future. (Hull paper.) CAVALRY ON DUTY. Tuesclav. Aho several trocps composmg the Western Cavalry, commanded by Lieu Colonel T" o"-p.= Crewe Dod, assembled in tMs city, where f,lr,.v will remain on actual duty for the space cf lei days. The SN'^w-bii'v Gentlemen and Yeomanry Cavalry s.s--emH"d about zoven o'clock yesterday So'n-n'Wt, in the Ha'l Square, and --Ocn after proceeded! on t' march to Ludlow, they will rema'n rn dutv for ton days, and are ex- pected to -otur'-i rn Wednesday ri"xt. PTFCE OF GRAIN. At our r, arke, on Saturday last the average prioe of grain (Winchester measure) wns as fol- lows:—W'^eat (671b.). 6s.; barley, 3s 8d.; oats, 2s. 5fd. At Na"twich the same day, wheat 6s. l^d. barley 3=. 6|d. oats 2s. ll^d. And at Stockport on Saturday Se'nnig--ht, wheat, 7s. Old. borley, 3s. 3 £ d. oatmeal, 2. llfd.
DibTHHIT COUNCILS, ♦ — MaLi^aS it U HAL. The moxicniy meeting was held in the Jubilee Hall oil ednesduy, under the presidency oi Mr. E. Laii^iey. Tnere were present aiso—Uoiouei Uarnstoii, Jt £ cssrs. U. ti. jiorgan, W. PeiiK, '1'. 1,. M. Vernon, 0. uircii, W. Aidersey, J. Done, T. 'i. Chubb ^samcary inspector), W. Crump (surveyor; aud G. xCiciiarcisou vciern).—A letter truin xvirs. Ambrose devenson rexauve to the lease oi some laud for the purpose 01 making a Dibdm riiter bed was reiid. aue coulCl noi grant tiie lease, as she had oniy a ale interest in the land. Tne Clerk said he had seen Coionei Lee on the matter, and he had promised to como over to Alaipas aud visit the site. it was decided that as Colonel iee had not been over the clerk should call upon him and asK Hiw to uiukc an eariy visit. Mr. Axorgan said he snould be glad to accompany him to the site aud explain the subject, lie further said he should have to postpone the motion which stood in nis (Mr. Morgan s) name, for seeking powers to obtain a loan for the proposed cottages under the Workmen's Dwellings Act. There were some particulars which he wished to get before moving the resolution.—The Chairman gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would move the re-appointment of Mr. Chubb as sanitary inspector.—The Sanitary In- spector reported that he had served personally a notice for abatement of a nuisance at Hampton upon the owner, but the abatement had not been satisfactorily carried out. 'Jj¡e inspector was instructed to write again on the matter, and fail- ing compliance to consult Dr. Kenyon with a view to taking action. Nuisances existing at Oldcastle and Agden were also reported, and the usual order for abatement was made out.—The Chairman said he had received a letter from Mrs. Rasbotham asking if the Council held it to be their duty to i epair the decaying covering to a public pump at xiarbrook. The Sanitary Inspector said he had seen the owner, who accepted the responsi- bility for repair and promised to have the work carried out iiiiinediately.-Tlie annual report of Dr. Kenyon was read. This shewed that the population of the Council's district at the middle of 1903 was estimated to be 4,462. There were 113 births during the year, which was at the rate of 25.3 per 1,000 persons living in the district, as compared with 24.7, the average of the preceding seven years. There was a very low death-rate, the number being 49, which was at the rate of 11 per 1,000, as against an average of 13.74 for the seven years 1896-1902. Of these deaths 11 were of persons over 65 years of age. There was also a very low rate of infantile mortality, the per- centage of deaths of infants under One year of age to deaths registered was 6.2. There were only seven deaths under one year of age, and of these three were of premature birth. There were three deaths from tubercular diseases, but none from infectious diseases. The causes of death were eight from cancer, six from bronchitis or pneumonia, one from chronic alcoholism nine from heart disease, and three from accidents. There were the ordinary matters of purely local interest dealt with in the report.— The Clerk stated that there was a decrease in the consumption of the water. It had now reached what it was at the start. Seven years ago the amount paid for water was L31 10s. 6d. for a half-year. It rose to £ 51, and had now fallen to J321 10s. 8d. and £ 31 lis. 8d., these being the last two payments. The Chairman said it was very satisfactory, and it was explained that the re- duction began with the new water inspector.— The Rev. C. Wolley-Dod wrote apologising for his absence through indifferent health. The clerk was instructed to state that the Council were hoping that with the coming warm weather he would be restored to his usual health.—An advisory committee was appointed to inspect the roads.
STRANGE AUSTRALIAN TREES. -+- Thb leaves of trees are generally turned broad- wise to the sun, but in Australia, Nature has prompted certain trees to turn their leaf edges to the sun, and thus escape being parched and burned. Some of these trees have trunks measuring thirty feet round. Prolonged heat or extreme cold has a serious effect upon the human system as well as upon trees, and particularly upon the liver. Strangely enough, however, when Captain Cook discovered Australia, ho was astounded by the absence of all disease among the natives, iiow did they cure themselves of liver troubles? They often ate to excess, yet were never found suffering from indigestion! How did they escape? These questions presenting themselves in modern times to Chas. Fordo, led finally to his great discovery of bile beans. lie know that tho natives used certain herbs as medicines. If those herbs could be discovered, and their juices and essences purified and concen- trated, would they not be invaluable to modern man. After some years of careful research, he found a vegetable essence which is an undoubted cure for all liver, biliary, and stomach ailments, and which is superior to every known form of liver medicine. This medicine, made up in the form of a bean for the bile," soon became widely known as "bile beans." Their use simply revolutionised the old method of pepsin, bismuth, or mercury dosing, and of starving sufferers from liver trouble and indigestion by placing them on liquid diet. Bile beans do not give temporary relief only, and leave the patient weakened, like the out-of-date, so-called remedies of forty or fifty years ago, containing probably aloes, mercury, and other harmful drugs. Without the slightest discomfort they prompt the liver and digertivo organs to act in nature's normal way. leaving those organs strengthened and stimulated. Do not be misled by claims of half-a-hundred pills in the box," offered by some of the ancient, remedies. Probably four or six of these constitute a dose, and the doses cannot be discontinued. One bile bean is one dose. They are more economical. They can be discontinued after the cure is effected; they are purely vegetable; do not contain any harmful drugs: and are the safest family medicine. Obtainable from medicine vendors everywhere.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOTTINGS. ——♦ Alderman Gossage has presented to the Widncs Town Council a portrait of the King, painted by Mr. Luko Fildes, R.A. The Withington (Manchester) District Council are just completing a system of main drainage, the estimated cost of which is £133,000. The bacterial system of treating the sewage has been adopted. At the late meeting of the Wrexham Board of Guardians, the Clerk reported tho death in the asylum of a pauper who had been an inmate since 1863, and who had cost the Guardians £ 900. The Master reported that the sick wards were overcrowded, and that during the week they had had tho largest number of inmates on record. A poll of the ratepayers of Rhyl on the question of a free library has resulted in a majority in favour of the scheme, the numbers being, for the library, 694; against, 449. Upwards of 800 rate- payers, however, did not return their papers. The poll was necessitated through the opposition of the local Ratepayers' Association. Mr. Carnegie offered £ 3,000 towards the scheme on the usual conditions, and that submitted by the Urban Council to the ratepayers embraced, in addition to a building for a free library, an extension and improvement of the Town Hall, at a cost of £ 3,650. The Kilmarnock Town Council has been made tho subject of a somewhat laughable but at the same time stupid joke. At their recent meeting a letter purporting to come through Mr. How Morrison, of the Public Libraries, Edinburgh, was read and enthusiastically received, offering on behalf of Mr. Carnegie half a million of money for the erection of a temple in Kilmarnock to the memory of the Poet Burns. The Council cordially accepted the gift, and thanked the generous donor. But another aspect was put on the affair when it became known that Mr. Morrison never wrote the letter and that the alleged gift was a huge hoax. The Festiniog Urban Council have decided to adopt the Housing of the Working Classes Act. In moving tho necessary resolution at the recent meeting. Mr. Cadwaladr Humphreys said the town was overcrowded throughout. There wore over 200 houses with more than one family living therein, and cellars, both damp and insanitary, were inhabited freely. Some houses had been no better than hospitals for the last twenty years. There were 800 workmen obliged to come and go far distances by train morning and evening for want of suitable houses in the town. Shopkeepers had 150 houses which were regarded as no better than tied houses. He proposed the adoption of clause 3 of the Act, which was carried without dissent. i At a special meeting of the Stockport Town Council the report was read of Mr. D. A. V. Colt Williams, the barrister appointed to hold a public inquiry into the proceedings of the Cleansing Committee and their officers. Mr. Colt Williams, in the course of a lengthy review, points out that the rules framed for the guidance of the Cleansing Department had been systematically disregarded by the committee and their officers. Lack of proper discipline had arisen from undue familiarity between members and the chief officers, and one member had acted unwisely in allowing the cleansing superintendent to obtain oats for him from a neighbouring farmer who was selling to the Corporation. In the sales of sand. potatoes and other matters there had been serious irregu- larities from breach of the rules by the com- mittee themselves, and far more serious ones from such breach by their employes, amounting in some cases to something worse than irregularities. The Council must insist on proper books being kept. He was fully convinced that Mr. T. Hunt, the elective auditor, had taken a thoroughly honest and straightforward course, and had ample grounds for asking for the inquiry. The Council deferred discussing the report. deferred disoussing the report. If the existing state of affairs in connection with the education question is to continue in Wales, it may bc safely conjectured that there will presently be an exodus of teachers to relieve the dearth in the English schools. Teachers cannot go long without their salaries, and if they arc to be put off from month to month, as indicated by the Llangollen School Board. they will soon be look- inar out for other employment. to tho no small detriment of the progress of education in Wales. According to appearances, the process of "starving" is likely to spread, with the probability that our friends of the Principality will find they are indulging in the familiar method of "cutting off the nose to bo revenged on the faco." At the monthly meeting of the Llangollen School Board it was announced that the exchequer was empty, There was no money to pay the teachers their month's salaries. The discussion on the subject tended to the let 'em wait" solution, and in the end the Board found an escape by deciding to postpone payment for a month, in view of the fact that they had no funds in hand and that the appointed day had been deferred to April 1," which members jocularly regarded as an appro- priate date." We are in receipt of a copy of the Report of the Select Committee on Ventilation, forwarded by Messrs. Hickson, Ward and Co., publishers, of 15, Chiswell-street, London, E.C., as reprinted from the "Building News." The subject is of immense importance, as well to tho ordinary householder as to the House of Commons, by whom the inquiry was instituted. From a perusal of the thirty-one closely printed pages over which the report extends, comprising the evidence of the most scientific experts, as well as the experiences of hospital and other authorities respecting the matter in question, the deduction to be drawn is vastly in favour of natural as against artificial and mechanical ventilation. In conclusion, it is stated that the great cost incurred in endless and abortive experiments with mechanical systems is also a very serious matter, and the public, that has to pay, will doubtless heartily agree with Sir Henry Burdett when he says: The really important point to be kept in view in regard to ventilation is that before any system depending upon mechanical contrivances can be pronounced worthy of adoption, it must be demonstrated beyond dispute that it is not only as good as ordinary methods, but appreciably better. For nothing but a substantial improve- ment would justify the largely increased cost, both of construction and maintenance, necessarily consequent on the adoption of mechanical ventila- tion."
Mr. Joseph Hodges Choate, the American Am- bassador. who is said to be among the names men- tioned by those who are looking out for a Republican alternative to Mr. Roosevelt at the next Presidential election, is now in his seventy-second year, having been born at Salem, Massachusetts, in January, 1832. He studied at Harvard, and joined the Massachusetts Bar in 1855 and that of New York a year later. He was one of the original "Committeeof seventy" which in 1811 brought about the ruin of Boss" Tweed and for the time cleaned the Augean Stable of New York municipal politics. He is a man of great wealth, having earned an enormous income while practising his profession in New York. He is of course famous as a speaker, and it is of him that the tale is told that being asked whom he would like to be if he were not himself he replied "Mrs. Choate's second husband." COLWYN BAY RAILWAY WIDENING.— In connection with the widening of the railway and the re-oonstruction of Colwyn Bay Stati-cn a question arose between Mr. J. M. Porter, land agent, of Colwyn Bay, representing the "Colwyn Bay and Pwllycrochan Estate Company, and Mr. Mackie, the railway company's estate agent, as to the amount to be paid for a large area of land required from the- estate company, and the matter was referred to Mr. Daniel Watney, past presi- dent of the Surveyors' Institution, as umpire. The inquiry was opened at the Queen Hotel, Chester, and extended over two days. The valua- tions put forward by the claimants varied from L21,718 to F,24,500, the railway company's wit- nesses placing the value at upwards of £ 10,000. The award has now been issued, the result being that the railway company have to pay the sum of £ 13,870. This being below the amount offered by the railway company previous to the inquiry, the claimants will have to bear their own costs in connection with the arbitration. The witnesses for the claimants were Mr. J. M. Porter, F.S.I., Colwyn Bay; Mr. F. H. Oldham, F.S.I., Man- chester; Mr. T. B. Farrington, A.M.I.C.E., Llandudno; Mr. H. Hartley, F.S.I., Liverpool; and Mr. Tom Jones, F.S.I., London. The rail- way company's witnesses were Mr. H. S. Whalley. F.S.I., Chester; Mr. T. T. Wainwright, F.S.I., Liverpool; and Major Birch, F.S.I.. St. Asaph. The claimants were represented by their solicitors, Messrs. Gill, Radford and Co., Man- chester, who retained Mr. Honorafus Lloyd, K.C. Mr. Andrews, the railwav company's solicitor, was represented by Mr. Hext, and their counsel was Mr, Montagu Shearman, K C.
THE WAR. I JAPANESE VICTORIES. SEVERAL RUSSIAN WARSHIPS DISABLED Teieriiiiuis iwned last »• k in St..feteys- burgh from Admiral Alexeieff shew that the damage done to the Russian fleet at Port Arthur by ti-e Japanese attacks on ivionaay mgnc aim Tuesday morning was far more serious than was at first stated, in addition to the torpedoing of the Tsarevnoh, Retvizan, and Pallada, no iewer than four other Russian ships, the battleship Pol- tava, and the oruisers Diana, Askold, and _\ovik, were injured about the water-line, and, it is not difficult to surmise from the vagueness of the Admiral's statement, were placed hors-de-combat. Japan's navy lias scored yet another briJlant suooess at Chemulpo, where, after an engage- ment lasting for about an hour, from 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, the Russian cruiser V ar.ag, of 6,500 tone, and tne gunboat Kor,etz were driven among the islands. li-e former was set on lire and sunk in the evening, and the latter was blown up ear,y on Wednesday morning. WHO COMMENCED HOSTILITIES? From the official despatches received by the Japanese Legation in London relative to the engagement at Cuemulpo, it is clear tnat Russia began the active hostilities, and not Japan, as the Tsar's Government would nave the world be- lieve. The attack by the Japanese torpedo-boats upon the Russian fleet at Port Arthur was made at midnight on Monday, but at an earlier hour that day the Russian gunboat Korietz, meeting Japanese transports, fired upon ti^e torpeao-boats esoorting them, and thus disonarged the first shots of the war. Several Russian merchant ves&els have been captured by the Japanese, and rumour is current that three Ruse.an transports, with 2,000 troops on board, have also been seized off the Korean ooast. This, however, is not offic-aily confirmed. In Russia and in most oi tHe Continental capitals tie news of the Japanese naval victories has been received with mingled feelings of aston- ishment and dismay. BRITAIN'S NEUTRALITY. Great Britain's neutrality in the war between Russia and Japan was pronounced in a Royal Proclamation published in a special edition oi the Gaaatte." n, l' 'I A lOKio despatch states that four Russian battleships and three oruisers were sunk at Jrort Arthur on Tuesday. Another account says mat tho Japanese captured seven warships and are chasing others." It is also asserted tillt some of the attacking torpedo boats were sunk. (iflic.al denial is given at St. Petersburg to the story tnat the Mikado's troops bad attempted to land near Port Arthur. The Naval Headquarters Stati at St. Petersburg states that in the figliting at Port Arthur six oi the Mikado's ships were sLghtly damaged and 50 Japanese killed and lSU wounded. Masampo, according to a Tokio despatch, was oc- cupied on Sunday. It is ofikwly oolifilllled that the Japanese have captured several Russian merchant ships and a vessel of the Volunteer Fleet; but no mention is made of troops having been on board the latter. Information tnas, China is about to send 200,000 Boxers into Manonuria to wreck the railway is reported to have been trans- mitted to their Governments by the Auscrian and Russian Ministers at Pek.n. An Imperial Re- script declaring war against Russia was issued at Tokio on Tuesday. Admiral Alexeieff, says a St. Petersburg telegram, has been appointed com- mander-in-chief of all the Russian forces in the Far East. Orders have been issued for the forma- tion of a third Siberian Army Corps and a trans- Baikal Division of Cossacks. FATE OF THE YARIAG CREW. T, Tokio, February 11. It. is reported that 200 of the crew of the Variag were killed in the Chelmulpo fight. The American gunboat Vicksburg. the English cruiser Talbot, the Italian Elba and the French Pascal witnessed the engagement, and saluted the Japanese on their victory. RUSSIA CRITICISED IN FRANCE. Paris. M. Cassagnac, in the" Autorite," says the landing of the Japanese troops in Korea demon- strates that Russia's concentration is as defective as her tactics. 1\1. Ulenionecau, writing to the "Autorite," says: Wo see a new nation accomplish her will single-handed. It is the most astonishing political and social revelation known to history. It is evident that the Russian Navy is insufficiently prepared, and it would be astonishing after that if the Army proved to be in excellent condition. JAPANESE MERCHANT SHIP SUNK. With one exception, there was again no direct news on Friday of any importance from the theatre of war, and it is evident that a verv strict censor- ship is being exercised by the Japanese Govern- ment. The exception alluded to was a telegram received by the Japanese Legation stating that on Thursday two small Japanese merchant "tramps" were stopped by Russian men-of-war from Vladivostok. The larger of the two vessels was sunk, but the smaller escaped. a In a telegram to his Government, Admiral Alexeiefr states that of the ships damaged fo» the Japanese at Port Arthur, the Tsarcviteh and Pallada have been refloated and taken into fluS Hc.4c?n n° period for the repair of the Tsareyiteh and Retvizan, but he thinks the other injured ships can be renovated within a shori space of time. Speaking in the House of Lords, on Friday, the Marquis of Lansdowne gave a catecrorica] d'niial to the statement—emanating from St. Petersburg -that \vei-hai-wei had been used as the base from which the Japanese torpedo boats attacked the Russian fleet. It is likewise notified that the sensational report that Russia. had applied for British concurrence in a request to Turkey for permission to send her Black Sea fleet through the Dardanelles is utterly devoid of foundation. In Berlin it is denied that Russia has asked the German authorities to allow the Baltic squadron to pass through the Kid Canal. TRANSPORT SUNK. 100 KILLED. Admiral Alexeieff, telegraphing to St. Peters- burg from Port Arthur, on February 11th, says the transport Yenisei was sunk by the explosion of a submarine mine. Captain Stepanoff and 95 men were killed. SPEECH BY THE MIKADO. The following communication was issued on Saturday from the Japanese Legation m London: The eleventh of this month being the 2564th anniversary of the accession to the Throne of the Empoior Jimiri (first Emperor of Japan), a ban- quet was given by his Majesty at the Imperial i ajs.'o. Hi& Majesty addressed the guests as follows: — "Upon the occasion of this memorable anniver- sary it gives me great pleasure to entertain the foreign representatives, minsters officers, and distinguished. persons. It is, indeed, with great regret that circumstances beyond our control hayo compelled us to sever peaceful negotiations with a neighbouring Power. Wo are, however, pleased to say that our relations of friendship are daily increasing in cordiality with those Powers which are so worthily repiesented here, and we desire most earnestly to draw those relations still closer. We propose the health and happiness of th" Sovereigns and Rulers of those Powers." Baron D'Anethan. Belgian Minister and the doyen of the Diplomatic Corps at Tckio, thanked his Majesty in tho following speech: — "Sire,—In the na.mo of the Diplomatic Corps, I have the honour to tender to your Majesty our homage and our very sincere and respectful wishes for your Majesty's happiness, that of her Majesty tho Empress, and their Imperial Highnesses the Princes of your Majesty's house With a deep and lively emotion we have heard the words with which your Majestvhas been pleased to make known to the representatives accredited to your Majesty's Court, the profound regret which your Majesty felt in being obliged to sever peaceful relations with a neighbouring Power. We are faithful in- terpreters of our Sovereigns and Chiefs of States in expressing the hope that the two powerful Em- pires with which we hold relations of constant friendship may not long be deprived of the bless- ings of peace. We most respectfully thank your Majesty for your Majesty's kindnes to ourselves, and we shall not fail to transmit to our august Sovereigns anfl Chiefs of States your Majesty's wishes for their h(-a.It-h and happiness, and an ex- pression of your Majesty's desire to draw still closer the friendly relations which so happily exist between our countries and the Empire of Japan." THE SITUATION IN RUSSIA. A correspondent of the "Standa,d." writing from Moscow, says:—The news of the Japanese attack on the Russian Fleet in Port Arthur roadstead was circulated here this morning in the form of special leaflets, which found a ready sale at fancy prices. The full extent of the damage done is not stated, and this, combined with the general ignorance of Russians in anything con- nected with the Navy, perhaps accounts for the apparent indifference with which the nev-svras h received by the general public. In official circles there is no attempt to minimise the significance of the loss of Ellssia.s two best battleshins and a cruiser, but comfort is found in the belief that such a piece of news as this was precisely what wanted to rouse the patriotic ardour of the Russians. The ereneral comment is that Japan ii i. violated all the laws of diplomatic courtesy in tho manner of the with- drawal of Hot Ambassador, and. further, has been guilty of a piece of unparalleled treachery in attacking the Russian Fleet without a declaration of war. # From the propositions "d'fineed by Ru^sinns in di«cussincr the changed conditions caused by this Naval loss, it is plain n),, th^ro never "'r, very much leliance placed upon the Russian Navy, or else the Russians fail to appreciate the conditions of sea warfare. On the Stock Exchange there has been for the past three days an increasing and very great fall in all kinds of values, while the prices quoted, though from thirty to fifty points below the already low lr-vel of a week ago, do not tempt buyers, and a further erent fan is anticipated. Private banks have declined to sell gold and aro sending all who are desirous of purchasing foreign e-old to the J rn- perial State Bank, where the pressure is such that a. fell in the rouble is expected.
Alit, MCLNi) UN THE WAR, — ♦ JAPANESE ALLIANCE CONDEMNED. Mr. Alfred Mond, the Radical candidate for Chester, has been actively prosecuting his cam- paign among the wards of the city this week. On Wednesday evening he addressed a meeting of the electors of St. Mary's Ward, when he wont so far in his condemnation of the present Govern- moilf OC fn nliorfrn fViow, + T-\l o m rr flio n-nf mn menu as 1;0 cnarge tnem witn placing tne country in danger of being involved in the war in the Far East. The present Government, he said, in a moment of enthusiasm, entered into a treaty of alliance with Japan which we could only hope would not involve us in serious European compli- cations. The treaty was hailed with great P^ess^'and bv I number of writers in the v, r ? jarge number of other people who were of opinion that it was a most valuable and important treaty so far as we were concerned. I™/ confes«> after reading through its text, than it appeared to him to have been framed with a curious want of definiteness and care. It appeared to him that under our treaty we were bound to join in the war, which, with "France on the side of Russia, would end in complications of ) the most terrible kind. It was, to say the least, a very grave situation, and one which had been too light-heartedly entered into by his Majesty's Government.
MID-HERTS ELECTION. — Tho result of the poll in M'd-Herts. where a vaca.ncy had arisen owing- to the resignation of the Hon V icary Gibbs (Un onist) in consequence of h:s fi'm having been engaged in the sale of the Chilian warships to the Admiralty, was an-nounced on Saturdav as follows Mr. Bamford Slack (R) 4757 Hon. Vicary Gibbs (U) 4.625 Radial majority 132 ine poll was small, owing- to heavy ram tailing from mid-day onwards. Both candidates were drenched to the skin. and had to retire home. The roads in some plaoes are impassable owing to the floods. Previous results have been- 1886- v isc-ount Grimston (Q, unopposed. 1892. Vicary Gibbs (O 3.417 T M. Harvey (G L) 2,573 W. H. Bingham Cox (I C) 1,580 Majority (Gibbs over Harvey) 844 18P5 ?nd 1900. The Hon Vleary G'bbs (C) unopposed.
WIRRRL OTTARDTANS. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Wirral Board of Guardians was held at Clafterbridge Workhouse on Wednesday, Mr. C. 'Morris pre- siding.—Mr. W. Delamore proposed the adoption of the minutes of the Finance Committee, who recommended that accounts amounting to E137 2s. 3d. be paid. It was shewn that the balance in the treasurer's hands was £ 2,227 17s. Gd. The motion was agreed to.—The Workhouse Com- mittee's minutes shewed that the number in the house at the present time was 1G4. against 173 in the corresponding period of last year. There were 24 males and ?5 females in the infirmary. Sixty-eight vagrants had been relieved during the fortnight, against 48 in the corresponding fortnight of last year—The clerk Mr J. E. S. Ollive) read the minutes of the special meeting of the General Pur- poses Committee, who recommended the adoption of the suggestions of Dr. Yeoman, medical officer, that a lying-in ward with six beds should be erected as an addition to the present hospital, and that an additional assistant nurse and additional accommo- dation for the nursing statf should be provided.— Mr. McLeavy, chairman of the committee. m< ved the adoption of the minutes. The Rev. S. Gamble Walker moved that the minutes be passed with the exception of the part referring to the alterations to the hospital, which should he referred back. After a long discussion the amendment was agreed to.
ROYAL WEDDING. Princess Alice of Albany was, on Wednesday, married to Prince Alexander of Teck in St. George's Chapel, Windsor. The service was eon- ducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the bride was given away by the King. In addi- tion to their Majesties and the Princess Victoria there were present the Duchess of Albany, the Queen-Mother of the Netherlands, the Queen of Wurtamberg, the Prince and Princess cf Waldeek- Pyrmont, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, the Prince and Princess Christian, Duehess I of Teck, etc. Other guests included the Duke and 1 Duchess of Devonshire, the Marquess tv 1 1 f-'hioiiess 01 Salisbury, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Officers of the Household. The bride was accompanied by the Duke of Saxe- Coburg, and her train was borne by the Princesses Mary of Wales, Helen of Waideck-Pyrmont, and Mary of Teck. They were followed by the Princess Margaret and the Princess Patricia of Connaught. he bridegroojn was supported by the Duke of Teck and Prinoo Francis of Teck. The bride wore a beautiful dress, the robe being composed of ivory white satin of the richest texture. The Princess also wore a wreath of orange blossom and myrtie, over which was arranged the beauti- *ul Honiton lace veil, introducing ti.e rose, sham- rock, and thistle, in which the bridegroom's mother, the late Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck, his sister, the Princess of Wales, and his sister- in-law, the present Duchess of Teck, were married. Her jewels included a tiara of d.amond wneatears in the hair, and a viviere, which had belonged to the bridegroom's mother, and were his ( gifts to his bride. In the evening his Majesty gave a State banquet at the Castle, which was attended by all the Royal guests stay- ] ing in the Castle, the Ambassadors and Ministers, I and tho Great Officers of State. The handsomely-decorated wedding cake was supplied by Royal command by Messrs. R. Roll and and horiB, of this city, and was plac-ed in the Royal Dining Room and cut by the bride.
WHIST. "O"- rp, HELSBY v. OVERTON. Ine return whist match, played between teams representing Helsby Reading room and Overton Memorial Hall, took place at Helsby on Tuesday evening, and after a series of interesting and well- contested games, the home te-am secured the contested games, the home te-am secured the honours by 25 poins. The following are the full scores:—Helsby: T. D. Lloyd (capt.) and R. Jones, 21; H. Hinde and W. Beach, 13; W. Jones and W. Warburton, 21; J. Davies and J. Carr, 16; W. Bell and D: Jones, 21; G. Fowles and E. Fowles, 21; total, H3. Overton: J. Fletoher and E. Athcrton 8; R. Hayes and T. Turner, 21; J. Mathews L-id J. Dutton, 12; H. Chesters (capt.) and J. H. Forster, 21; S. Jones and A. Caldweedl, 8; W poster audi J. Thomas, 18; total, 88.
BILLIARDS. ALDFORD v. GRESFORD. On Satvirday evening at Aldford Institute a match took place between teams representing Aldford and the Workingmen's Club, Gresford. The scores were Aldfokd. Gresford. G. Ttiylor 70 F. C. Bate 100 J. Dangar 43 T Griffith 101 W. Price joo IF: LIOY(I Hi) W. Dangar 101 p. Cartwright 14 J. Thomas 100 E Newton 48 I J. Price 87 H. Thomas 101 C. Worthington 101 G. Wlldig 75 H. Taylor 27 Galloway 100 629 G24 MajOrIty for Aldford, 5.
??V^^PMJ:NT OF WESTERN CANADA. Canadian Settler," writing from Agricola, Alberta, gives some idea as to the rapidity with which towns are springing up in Western Canada, and quotes as an instance that of his own town, where, as he states Eleven years ago it was just as nature left 1-no roads or bridges, nor post office, and only one little grist rfill within a radius of 120 miles, we who settled here have had to do absolutely everything for ourselves, and none of us had much capital. In the short space of eleven yearslwe find schools established every five or six miles, bridges built, roads laid out and fenced, churches erected, and seven large steam-roller flouring mills grinding on an average 200 barrels of flour each per day, besides wheat elevators, oatmeal mills, breweries, jammeries, and one woollen mill- Full information and advice will be given those who are interested in Canada by the Canadian Emigration Offices, 11-12, Charing Cross, London, S W. NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS.— The unprecedented demand for Hor.vi.vian 3 Pure Tea during the past year has beaten e\ery record, and conclusively proves the decided preference given by all classes to Horniman's Pure l ea bold by —- Chester: Davies and Shepheard, Lndge-streetKow; Co-op. Society; Cryer, 25, Christleton-road Holborn Restaurant, 29, Foregate street. Neston Lee, chemist. Little Sutton Swindells, baker. Birkenhead Havwood, chemist. Rhuddlan Roberts grocer. New Ferry: Fawcett, chemist." Upper Brighton Somerville. Bromboroufh Pool. Co-operative Society. Mynydd Isa Co-operative teociety. lattenhall Wilcox, grocer. Mold Junction: Co-operative Society. Queen s Ferrv • Wrexuam Fdton. confectioner.
KELSALL. ORGAN FUND.—The total amount received from the sale of work held on December 30th was £43 3s. 3d.
NORTHOP. WEDDING.—A very pretty wedding was solemnised at the parish church on Tuesday, the Rev. W. Aeron Davies officiating. The contract- ing parties were Mr. William Morgan Pentre Bach Farm. Nerquis, and Miss Ada Edwards, Minffordd Farm Northop. The bride, who was charmingly attired. was given away by her brother. The presents were numerous and useful.
BUNBURY. ODDFELLOWS' DA.NCE.-The Oddfellows' dances are always among the pleasantest events of the winter season, and the one held in tho Publ'c Hall on Wednesday evening was no excep- tion to the rulo. A comnanv of about 130 were p-osent. thus ensuring a welcome addition to the funds of the widows' pnd orphans' account in con- nection with this societv. Dancing began at eight, to the strains of Mr A. F;nney"s String Band, and was kept up with erreat spirit the w hole of the evening Mr. S. Ohallinor acted as M.C.
HELSBY LECTURE ON HEALTH.—On Wednesday evening Tirrell (of the National Health Soc etv. London) gave in the New Hall the second ,f a series of six lectures on Health, and how to keep it. Miss Tirrell dealt with the subject in a lucid and interesting manner. ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday afternoon Mr. S. Bromlev. employed ;n the cabinet department at the British Insulated and Helsby Cable Works, met with a rather serious accident. WTtile using a p'aning machine the top, of three finsrers of his left hand were severed. He was rendered first- aid by Mr. W. B. Barlow, and afterwards surgi- cally attended to by Drs. Briant and Seiby. -+-
RO WfT. PARISH '.NURSP, --Iluc-h regret- is expressed at the departure of Nurse Booker, who has proved a most efficient nurse. Mics Booker has acoepted an appointment at Cheltenham. WEDDING —The mnrriajre took place at Christ Church, Rossett, # on We^nesrlay, of Mr. John Huxlev, eldest son of Mr. David Huxley, of Meadow House Farm. Trev.alvn, Rossett. with Miss H..T. Richardson, of Port Dinorwic, Carnarvon- shire. The ceremony was conducted bv the Rev. H S. Branscoml>e, rector of Pulforn The bride, who was attired in a travelling costume of' navy blue with hat to match, was attended by her sister, Miss J Richardson who acted as bridesmaid. She was given away by Mr. Robert Lloyd. The groomsman was Mr Robert- Upon leaving the church the happv pair were greeted with showers of confetti. The church bells rang out a joyous peal.
F< OhSHAM. MUSICAL SOCIETY CONVERSAZIONE.— On Wednesday evening, in the Drill hall, the ecc Frodsham Musical Society held a successful con- versazione in lieu of a concert. The second por- tion of the 1SG3-4 season has been spent in the practice of several excellent part songs, but un- fortunately the attendance has been scarcely all that could be desired. The first portion of the evening was devoted to a short vocal and instru- mental entertainment, the society, under the con- ductorship of Mr. Darby. Mus. Bac., giving part songs. "The Carnovale," "My love dwelt," and Bridal Chorus," in very creditable manner, while Mrs. Axtens gave several piano solos. Dancing was subsequently indulged in until the early hours of the morning, Mr. C. H. Hibbertt, L.L'C.M.. being responsible for the music. Mr. Rowson ab'y officiated as M.C. The room was most tastefully decorated. The committee of management consisted of Mesdames Rowson, Uavies and Rigby. Misses M. Heywood and B. Lewis. Messrs. B. Rigby, Rowson, Storinar-t and Hutton. ♦
FI,INT. A HEARTLESS SWAIN.—On Friday at Rhyl County Court, Maria Owens, a single young woman, residing with her parents at Flint, sought to recover from Hugh Jones, the younger, P-eny- mynydd, Tremeirch on. £ 9, which she alleged she lent to defendant last June. Plaintiff stated that in November, 1902. she obtained a situation as cook at Tremeirchion, and after making the ac- quainta.nce of defendant there in February last they became engaged. In June, under promise of marriage, defendant induced her to lend him C9, which he added to money of his own and bought some cattle for his small holding. He offered her a receipt for the money, but she would not take it, saving she would trust him to be honourable. Matters went on till November last, when witness found that she was in trouble by defendant. He then refused to ha\' anythhir more to do with her, not even giving her her money back. For the defence, it was submitted that it was plaintiff who first suggested thit de- fendant should make use of her money, andi that ho would not have been in court that day v.ero he not perfectly convinced that the money was a gift. Defendant had been quite willing all along to marry plaintiff, but she had refused him. Judgment was given for plaintiff. The question of costs being raised, his Honour said he would not shew defendant any consideration at all; his conduct had been disgraceful. « —-
St ALAND. CONCERT.—A very successful concert, pro- moted by the Rev. L. C. A. Edgwcrth and Mr. A. Hassall (Yew Tree Farm), assisted by Mr. E. D. Shepherd, to raise funds for the Seaiand Church organ, was given in the Deeside Rooms on Wed- nesday evening. The Rev. L. C. A. Edgworth presided over an enthusiastic audience. The pro- gramme was as follows :-Pianoforte duet, "Qui Vive," the Misses Ellison; song, "Anchored." Mr. Walter Wairnsle-v song, "For all Eternity," Miss Roberts; sketch, "Chapeaugraphy," Mr. Frank Lloyd; song, "The Veteran's Song," Mr. W. Sinclair Jones; sketch, "Wreck of the Phosphorus," Mr. W. H. Hallmark; violin solo, "Nell Gwyn Dance." Miss May Ellison; song, "The girl you love," Miss Annie Ellison; comic sor.g, If the missus wants to go," Mr. E. D. Shepherd; vocal duet, "The Naggletons" (encore, A.aj.C."), Miss Annie Ellison and Mr. Walter Walmsley; song, "Down the Vale," Mr. W. Sinclair Jones; sketch. Mr. Frank Lloyd; song, "The Yeoman's Wedding," Mr. Walter Walmsley; song (encored), Miss Roberts; violin and piccolo duet, Whistling Rufus," Miss May Ellison and Mr. H. Kenchington; song, "Vanity Fair" (encored), Miss Annie Ellison; sketch, Limberger Cheese" (encore, Fagan at the Football Match"), Mr. W. H. Hallmark. The accompanists were the Misses A. and M. Ellison and Miss Jones. All the artists acquitted them- selves in good style.
CHR1STLETON. ENTERTAINMENT.—A popular entertain- ment was given at Caristleton, on Wednesday, in the Boys' Schoolroom. There was a large audi- ence, which thoroughly enjoyed the various items on the programme. The Christleton Glee Society sang "The Chase," "Lullaby of Life," and "Dream, baby, dieam," the Rev. G. M. V. Hickey conducting with marked ability. Mr. A. Dryland, in The Postiliion" and "A memory" and "Eva Toole," acquitted himself with much credit. Miss R. Thompson was responsible for "A Song of Roses" and "Ever 90 far away," both of which songs were admirably rendered, the second being enoored. The fresh band of Chris- tleton Handbell Ringers made a highly creditable debut at the entertainment, and with their tune- ful bells gave the airs of Men of Harlech." "The Minstrel," and Copenhagen Waltz." The first two pieces were encored. The Rev. Horace Stephens delighted the audience with his, two humorous songs, being encored for each of them. The first and second parts cf the programme each concluded with amusing sketches- The first was a. duologue, "Breaking the Ice," given by Miss Oglo Sleigh (ag Miss 5lorton) and Mr. Harrison (as Captain Seiby) and a comedietta. A Happy- Pair," by Mr. H. E. W inter (as Mr. Honeytcn) and Mrs. Caldwell (as Mrs. Honeyton'. In each pieoe the characters were sustained with much more than ordinary histrionic ability. The sing- ing of the National Anthem concluded this capital entertainment. -+-
HAWARDEN. INSTITUTE DIN.N,ER.-Tlie annual dinner oi the members of the Hawarden Institute took place at the Glynne Arms Hotel OIl Friday. The chair- man was Mr. T. B. Barnett. The usual loyal toasts were given, and among the speakers were Messrs. J. H. Adkms, F. Green, D..Jones, A. Jones, J. H. Worley, T. H. Haswell, and H. Dickinson. During the evening the presentation of a gold albert with pendant and match-box to Mr. J. H. Dickinson was made by the chairman as a token of apprecia- tion of his services as late hon. secretary. Mr. j Dickinson feelingly responded. Various musical items were contributed afterwards, Mr. S. Williams being the accompanist. ODDt ELLOWb AT DINNER.—The members of the Loyal Gladstone Lodg-e of the Order of Odd- fellows (Manchester Unity) held theirannual dinner at the Fox Hotel on Friday. Bro. A. Ratclifie pre- sided, and about 50 were present. Among them were Dr. Roberts, Messrs. T. Mills (District Secre- tary), A Jackwn. T. S. Adafns, T. B. Barnett, T. p H. Haswell, 1. H Gibson, and G. J. Butler. The toast list was an extensive one, including the follow- ing: Trade, ), proI)used by lr. T. S. Adams, Mr. I. H. Gibson responding; "Army and Navy," proposed by the Chairman, Mr. T. H Haswell responding; The Manchester Unity of Odd- fellows," by Mr. A. Jackson, Mr. G. J. Butler replying; "The Doctor," proposed by Mr. A. beaton; and "The Chairman," by Mr. T. H. Gibson. Songs were contributed by Messrs. T. s! Adams, A. Ratcliffe, Wyatt, Thomas, and others.
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CONNAH'S QUAY & SHOTTON. AN IMPUDENT TRAMP.—On Tuesday after- noon a tramp walked into the boot shop of Mr. Parry, High-street, and, after taking a survey of the samples of boots on the counter, took up a pair of "number tens" and was coolly waiting it of the shop when he was accosted by Mr. Parry's daughter, who asked him what he wanted. He modestly replied Only a pair cf boots," and de- camped. He is eagerly sought for. COST OF SMALLPOX.-From the report of Mr. T. J. Reney as to the meeting between him- self and the chairman of the Health Committee of the Flint Town Council to adjust the expenses inouned at the Flint and Mostyn Isolation Hos- pitals in treating the patients sent fiom Connah's Quay and Flint in February and March, 1903, it appears that the accounts present d by the Fiint Town Council amounted to £ 239 3s. 8d. in con- nection with the Flint Hospital alone. I rospit .I was opened from .February bth to April 3rd, 1903, during the 57 days four patients being treated from Flint and two from Connah's Quay The expenditure by the Connah s Quay Council in connect. 011 with tlic, Mostyn Hospital amounted to £ 63 19&. Td it being in use 37 days. Two patients were treated at Mostyn one irom Flint and one from Connah's Quay, both being received and discharged on the same day. The total coets of maintenance and incidental expenses in oon- nection with the two hospitals amounted practi- cally to JE1 a day. Adding to this the amount of aHowances made to the households of patients it is clearly shewn that, had the epidemic continued to spread a serious burden would have fallen upon the ratepayers. A suggestion was made that as each Council had sent three pat ents to the hos- pital, each Council should pay one haif of the total amount expended by both Councils less the srrant of £ 56 lis. Zd. received by Flint from the County Council, viz., 9252 12s. lid On that settlement each Council would pay £ 126 6?. Id, leaving JS56 6s. 6d. to be paid by Connah's Quay to Flint As. however, Flint possessed bedding and other effects, Connah's Quay claimed that some allowance should be made for them. and it was ultimately agreed that Fliut should aooept £ 45 in full settlement from the Connah's Quay authority. VOLUNTEER BAZAAR.—A bazaar was held at the Coronation Dr.11 Hall, on Wednesday, under the auspices of the K Company 2nd V.B. R.W. I n- Fusiliers. Among those present at the open.ng were Colonel and Mrs. Howard', Colonel Sheriff Roberts, Captain Swetenham, Captain Hurlbutt, Serge-ant-Major Claridge, Mr. and Mrs. Sweten- ham, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Watkinscn, Miss CUI, Ir. 'Sydney Taylor. Miss Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Summers and party, the Rev. T. and Misa Williams. Mrs. Hugh Hughes, Ir". J. T. Hum- phreys, Mrs. Hurlbutt and the Misses Hurlbutt, Mrs. and Mrs. T. J. Reney, Mrs. J. T. Prince, the Rev. W. H. Parkes, Mrs. Carter. Mrs. Wrig- ley, Miss Jones (Fairfield), Mrs. Kielson, Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Hal Hurlbutt, Miss Parkes, etc.— Captain Hurlburt, in celling upon Mrs. Howard to open the baxaar, said he would like to take that opportunity of thanking the stallholders. All that was wanted to make the bazaar complete wag plenty of buyers. (Applause.)—Mrs. Howard, who was we I received, said it gave her great pleasure to de lare the bazaar open.—Colonel Sheriff Roberts proposed a vote of thanks to Colonel and Mrs. Howard for their presence, and Mr. Bate. in seconding, said he was sure all were pleased to see the Colonel back among Hem once more in such good health. (Applause.)—Coionei Howard, m returning thanks for Mrs. Howard' and him- self, said that he, personally, was always pleased to as'-ist in any movements of that kind. (Hear, hear.) His wife was not only the wife of a soldier. but a mother of a soldier. He (Col. Howard) had served with the colours for 32 years. He spoke in eulogistic terms of the Volunteer movement, and said that as long as the country could boaat of such fine bodies of men conscription would not become necessary. He hoped that when the time came we should be able to show an enthusiasm] like that little country, Japan. (Laughter and applausc-.)-The ladies in charge of the different stalls were:—Mrs. Sheriff Roberts, baskets and! pottery; Mrs. Bate (Kelsterton), fancy articles 01 all descriptions; Mrs. Hurlbutt (Queen's Ferry), fancy articles; Mosdames J. T. Reney and Mrs. Williams (Connah's Quay, plain work; the wives of the non-commissioned officers of K Company, collections; the Misses A. a;nd H. Clarke (Kelster- ton), dairy stall; the Misses Bennett, and Kench- ingtcn (Connah's Quay), flowers, frnit. and con- fectionery. Mrs. Nielson (Aston Hall) presided over the tea room. The proceeds of the bazaar are to pay off the balance of debt on the furnish- ing fund of the new Drill Hall. which amounts to £30, and the surplus over that amount is to go towards liquidating the loan on the hall. CYCLE AGENT'S AFFAIR.S.-Ar, Chester County Court on Thursday, his Honour Judge Sir Horatio LJovn eave judgment on a motion brought by the Official Receiver to set aside a re-conveyance, a. second mortgage and a bill of ale, made by defendant, Samuel Williams, Coventry House, Connah's Quay, cycle agent, who was it bankrupt. The case first came on on March 19th. 1003, and had been adjourned several times H s Honour said the delay in the case had arisen from his desire not to prejudice a case against a man nam^d Evans pend- ing his trial He had now 1-een tried and convicted of fraudulent bankruptcy and was undergoing sentence, and therefore there was now no reason for any further reticence The oas1 referred fa a. man named Samuel Williams, and he (the Judge) was asked to set aside d'v"rn«nts. numbly, a re-conveyance made by Williams to his mother, Priscilla Williams on July 25th, 1902; a mortgage, dated July 24th, 1902, from the same bankrupt to his mother and a hill of sale, dated July 25th, 1902 He was asked to set Mide the bill of sale on the ground of fraudulent pre- ference, the second mortgage fnp the same reason, and the re-eonvevance because it was void under 47th section of the statute, as it constituted a defeasance. The man Evan-" h id caused pretty nearly all the difficulties and inio-hief arising in the case There could he no doubt as to the evil influence he had exercised bankrupt. He was the instigator and chief actor t." the forms to which bankrupt gave his (:onurrf-'nc: Bankrupt, how- ever. acted for Evans in deceiving his mother, in inducing her to depart with n;:>irev jmd securities and to conv-y property to him. when she had no idea of the effect of what she was doing. She was induced to sign a conveyance of a cottage for just h ilf its value, and e\en that she did not receive. The re-conveyance of the property by that bank- rupt to his mother on July 25th, 1902, was simply an act of justice and retribution. Though it was made within I i,.e prescribed time before the bank- rnptcy, he (the JudL-(-,i declined to set it aside, because it w.%s an endeavour by defendant to undo a grave fraud perpetrated on his mother. As to the second mortgage on shops in Connah's Quay, he did not see anything in the transaction that shewed defendant had an intention to prefer his mother. Turning to the bill of sale of a quantity of goods on July 25th, 1902. he had found that arter a good deal of thought he could nat justify the deed. There was no excuse for it, and he was of opinion I that the bill of sale ought to be set aside. The motion would succeed on that point, but it would be dismissed on the other two points, the parties pay their own costs.
SALT. HALL. JUMBLE SALE.—On Tuesday afternoon a jumble sale was held in the ri v wn Hall, the pro- ceeds of which are to be devoted to the building debt on All Saints' Church A fair sum wao taken for the cause. The stalls were presided over by the Hon. Mrs. Trelawny. Mrs. Waneborough, Mrs. Kellock, Miss L. Trelawny and others.
AUDLEM. ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION In ooiine. tion with, the Cox Bank Reading-rooms a oourse of lectures has been g ven by Dr Shan, and remarkably well attendee5 by workingmen, the result being that twelve have been adjudged worthy of fiist-aid certificates. It is proposed to form a division. The County Council Jiave g-iveo. every encouragement to the lectures, and a de- cided euocess can be recorded. LANDSLIP NEAR MOSS i -ALL.-A landslip has occurred on a steep back: alongside the Shrop- shire Union Cai*al. owing, no doubt, to the ex- oossive rainfall. A great of tho soil fou1"c1 its way into the canal, "rg lotting off the water in order to clear 'J: obstruction to traffic. A slip happened, on .!arg»er scale, sotmo years ago, to the same spot— -endered inter- esting in sporting circles by viio South Cheshire hounds swimming the canal -wi «cason. while tho fox took advantage of the -tx.ii gates, thereby gaining a considerable «dvu>u^o over his pur- euers. A.idlem was visited by a thunderstorm ]&"t Friday midnight, the lightning being very vivid.
GRESFORD DRAMATIC ENTERTAINMENT. —On Wed nesday two successful dramaii performances wew- given at the Drill Hall, in zic; of the parochial nurse fund. The plays were "Sunset," by Jerojwl K. Jerome, followed by a o&ioedietta. "Change Partners," by John Maddisco Morton and S. J. Williams All the parts v.er." admirably sustained. The following ere the C'f,f "Sunef': Loi" and Joan, F. Howeii Evans and Miss G. Howell Evans Aunt Drusilia, Miss A. Howen Evans; Lawrence, Mr. Gerald Martyn; Arzanah Stodd. Mr. Charles Lloyd; r. Rivers. Mr Ar- thur Evans. "Change Partners": Sir Fitful Gust, R.N. Mr. Charles Lik.-yd; Charles Gurt. Mr. Gerald Martyn; Mrs. Somerton. Mrs. Rooper; Flo, Miss F. H0v;(_;1 Svans; Parkei. Miss G. Howell Evans. Amyng those present were Lady Cuuliffe. Mrs Grifhth-Boscawen, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Yorke, Mrs. Howell Evan5. Mrs. A. L. Duncan. Mrs. J. W. Soamee, Miss Sandbach, Mrs. Mules Mrs. Gore. Miss Mules, Mrs. G. II. F. Robertson. Mrc. Tncrlcy Sykes, Mrs. Allbgton Hughes the Rev. E. A. and Mrs. Fishbourno. Mrs. and lVÏ; Evans tBionv.-ylfa), Mrs. Arthur Et Evans (Vrcndeg), Mr. and Mrs. W. G Holland and the Misses Holland, Mrs. Oro&Se'd Mis. Theophilu- Jones. Mrs. Percy James. Mi's. Cooke, the Misses Kins', the Misses Wright. Miss Brvdon. Mrs Ore.ig, Miss Manistv, Mrs. and Mis* Williams (Bronhyfryd), Miss Wil- liams (Ho)t House), the Masses Owen (Norman- road), Miss Taylor, Miss Binning, Mr and Mrs. Stanley Brockoank Mr. P. L. Hooper, Mr. H. A. James, Mr. Reginald Janv-s, Mr. H. J Howell Evans the Rev. R, J. Barker Owen. Mr. Poly- Didier. Mr. J. H. Mason. Mr. Houghton, etc.
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T TATT NHALL. BAND OF HOPE. -On .Saturday the members of the Band of Hope gave an excellent entertain- ment in the School-room. The children met at the School-room at 5 o'clock, when tea was given to the members. Theeoncerr followed -it 7-o'clock before a large audience. The children acquitted them- selves admirably. CONCERT.-A concert was given is tne Barbour Institute on Friday in aid of the funds of the Foot- ball Club. The following was :,he programme :— Trio, "Peter Piper." Mesr". Crawford, Winby and Challinor; song, "The Bandolero." Mr. J. Challinor; sketch, "Adverts." Mr. F Crawford; song, "Takeapairof sparkling eyes," Mr.F. Winby: duet, "The Twins," Messrs. Crawford and Challincr; sketch. "A Charity Bazaar," Mr. F. Crawford inter- val trio, "The Wreath. Mossre. Crawford, Winby and Challinor; song. "The Deathless Army," Mr. J. Challinor; song, "When the ministers to tea," Mr. Frank Crawiird song (selected), Mr. F. Winby; duet, "The Rivals." Messrs. Crawford and Challinor sketch. My 1em;ni8cences, Mr. Frank Crawford. The pianist W" Mr. F. Winby. -+-