COIIRANT TIME TABLE. WLTU NEXT W/O;KK'a 13SUE OF THF: "CHKSTER COURANT" WtLf. BB PKKSRNTKD OUR MONTHLY RAILWAY Trwic TARI.14 ASD DIARY FOR J AN OAKY, 1908. THE COURANT ALMANACK. f WE HAVE PLEASURE IN ANNOUNCING MAT OUR ALMANACK FOR 1908 WILL BE PRESENTED WITH THE ISSUE OF THE >. CHESTER COURANT OF 8TH JANUARY. THE ALMANACK WILL CONTAIN PAR- TICULARS OF POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS, LIST OF FAIRS, CITY AND COUNTY MAGISTRATES AND OFFICIALS, AND OTHER USEFUL LOCAL AND GENERAL INFORMATION.
A FLINTSHIRE TRAGEDY. 0 SHOTTON MAN'S FATE. A shocking railway accident, which resulted fatally, occurred at the Great Central Railway Station on Saturday. About 10 o'clock at night a man named William Buck, 44, Jubilee-street, Shotton, aged 52 years, and a foreman roll turner at the ironworks, was seeing a lady friend off by train to Wrexham. As the train was moving out deceased and his friend were shaking hands and by some means ho fell between the coaches on to the line. The wheel passed over his right leg above the ankle, severing it. The train was stopped and the body was picked up and removed to the Chester Infirmary by train, arriving shortly after II o'clock. The unfortunate man died about 6.30 on Monday morning, after having his right leg amputated.
BILLIARDS. t ARMY CHAMPIONSHIP. A CESTRIAN GOING STRONG. Sergt. Major Briggs, of Chester (a member of the Chester Unionist Olub team), and Pte. Rae, of the Soulih Lancashire Itegimcnfb, met on Saturday at Warrington ia the third round of tho Army Biliiaird Championship. Thsre was a goodly attendance. Briggs eawily proved victorious, the sconce being: Brigga 250, Rae 118: majority for Hrigg8, 132 The game was not distinguished for big breaks, the highest (44) being made by Briggs, who subsequently added two 38's.
HUNTING. (See also Page 3.) WIRRAL HARRIERS. EXCITING TRAIN INCIDENT. An unfortunate incident oocurred during the operations of the Wirral Harriers on Saturday They had pursued their quarry to the oanal and railway between Liverpool-road Station and Blaoon Station, on the Great Con- tral Railway. Having temporarily loot scent some of the pack were on the rlLilway track when the 12.55 o'clock train from tho North- gate Station suddenly appeared upon the scene. Amid great oommotion tho train was brought to a standstill with muoh promptitude, but not, unfortunately, before one of the hounds had been killed. The incident caused much excitement among the passengers on the train.
GOLF. CUESTER CLUB. 4TH WINTER MONTHLY COMPETITION. I il This competition was held on Saturday. Thirty-four cards were taken out, and the follow- ing were the best scores returned *H. Rowland 88. 9-79 tA. P.. Bushell W. 9-81 I A. C. Blain 80+ 2- 82 O. Okell 87 4-83 J. Reynolds 92. 9-83 D. H. Scott 93. 9-84 W. H. Scott 88 3-85 G. M. Scott 91 5-86 J. Frater 99 12-87 W. A. Heaven 92. 4-88 H. F. Taylor 101 13-88 F. ,T. Bonnalie 104. 16-88 H. D. Jolliffe 102 ..13-89 T. E. Coleman 100. 9—91 J. S. Goold 112 ..17.95 Win in for final and 1st sweep. t Winner of 2nd sweep. X Winner of 3rd sweep. I
LOCAL WILLS. 4 LADY FROST'S BEQUESTS. Dame Mary Ann Frost., of Redcliff, Qur^on's Park, Chester, who died on November 10th last, aged 74 year, widow of Sir Thomas Gibbons Froat, a former Mayer of Chester. awl only daughter of the lata-Mr. Henry Wood, of Liver- pool, left estate of tho gross value of £ 7,083, of whioh the net poisonaJrty has boon sworn at £ 6,S95. Lady Frost left to her daughter, Mrs, Harriet LLoyd, her pearl and gold necklace and pendant and an Iodia.n go!d necklace to her daughter, Mra. Evelyn Norton, her diamond crescent, single diamond ear-drops, and a black opal ring; to hor daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Blood, a large diamond star, the selection of one of her smaller diamond stars, and a white opal ring; and to her daughter, Ann Lucy Frost, a small diamond star, a diamond butter- fly, and a. small diamond hoop ring. To her dELui, ii-Law, Beatrice, wife of her sooi, Thomas, 800 left a star diamond bracelet, a largo diamond hoop ring, a singLo sapphire ring, arid hor Brunswick sapphire tOet in rubies and diamonds; and to her grandson, John Mea- dows Frost, Kite left Isor dia.mon.d neckysco and her Brussels laoe tappets. She left, all her plants, etc., to hor son John, one years wages to oaoh servant of ten years' sorvioe, and the rwidiro of her proporty to her above-named six ohiMrcn. LIEUT. EVAN MORRIS. L'eLit. Evan Morris, of Kensington, Loudon, uid of tho Royal Iuniskilking Fusiliers, who iied at. Ltandrindod Weils. Radnor, on Oot. 13rd iot:, aged 23 years, only son of tho late feir Evan Morris, formerly Mayor of Wrexham, left eot-ato of the gross valiio of £ 9,286, of which the nct-t personalty has been sworn art, • £ 2.754. The tewtator left the wholo of his pro- perty upon trust for hia mother for Life, and on KT dcoeaao left his premises, Wcs^minstcr- buildi.'igs, Wrexham, to his sisters Gwendoline and Gwladys, premisos adjoining Westminster- buildings to his sisters Daiisy, Dora and Evan- 1. £2,000 10 his noplwrw and godson, CJiM. ge .1. Acton Morris Prior, aivl the ultimate residue of hi, property as his mother may appoint.
EYE HOSPITAL FOR CHESTER.—A movement, we are informed, is on foot for the >stablishment of an eye hospital for Chester and listrict. A committee of management is in lotirse of formation, and a well-known eyo yec'aliat in Liverpool has been approached, with i view to his weekly attendance in this citv.
NORTH WALES DAIRIES. » MEDICAL OFFICER'S DISQUIETING STATEMENTS Dr D. Li. Williams (modioal officer of health to the Wrexham Rural District Council), hav- ing spent several months in visiting the dairies; cowsheds, and milkshops in his district, has plesent.ed. a lengthy report to the Council. In the oourwe of it, he says: This is probably one of tho most important milk-producing districts in the kingdom; therefore the responsibility of the Council is very great. Regulations con- trolling cowsheds, etc., were adopted by the Council ;-It 1903. I regret, however, to state that I ani under the impression that a large number of dairy farmers in this neighbour- hood are very far from realising their respon- sibility. Some, especially those that only keep three or four cows, do not appear to under- stand the importance of cleanliness in connec- tion with milk and its products. The condition of many of the cowsheds is far from satis- factory. Some are merely hovels, almost- wholly without light, ventilation, drainage, and greatly overcrowded. There were large accu- mulations of manure in close proximity to, in twme instances heaped against, tho wails. Some of tho farmyards are very insanitary, with large manure heaps in the centre. I noticed that t.he udders and flanks of some of the oattle were caked with dirt, and that the hands of some of the milkers were far from clean. The dairies, in the majority of oases, were also far from being satisfactory, being small, badly lighted, and ill-ventilate.d. and ccramunioating directly with the living rooms. They are, nearly always used as pantries and larders. In borne instances, it seemed to be t.bo lumber room for old and disused cloth- ing. It soome preposterous that these dairies should be ueed as sculleries and depots for dirty linen. It is time for these conditions to oeaae. Every prec-atiticin must also be taken to prevent contamination of the milk during distribution. To procure a clean and whole- soma milk supply for this distrior and to en- sure thai the milk sent out of the district to the large ne-nt-rcs of population should be above susp eion. we must procure the co-opera- tion of the landlords and dairy farmers.
THK MUTINY COMMEMORATION. + CHKSTKR VETERANS HONOURED. The golden anniversary of the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny Wail celebrated in London on Monday, when a dinner was given by the pro- prietors of the "Daily Telegraph" to all sur- vivors of the British force in 1857. who were able to travel. Tliose who could not take part in tho celebration have received a Christmas luunper, containing th f oho wing: A roast fowl; a pieoo of pressed, spiced beef; a plum pudding; a large mince pie; one I"titio of whisky; two-ounce packet of robaoco a briar- wood pipe tho book containing the articles on the Mutiny that have appeared in "The Daily Telegraph." Tho pipes aro of bria.rwood. with black mouthpiooes. and aro mounted with a broad silver band, on which is engraved the dates "1857" and '1S07." A special wrapper, has boon designed for the tobacco. This bears tlie Union Jack in colours, upon which in letters of gold is impressed Indian Mutiny Veterans' Col don Commerno ration, 1907." At tine top of each hamper as it is opened there was placed a ol lister of bully and nnstleto?. At the request of the "Daily Telegraph," the Chief Constable (Mr. J. H, Laybourno) readily made inquiries in Cheater and sant up a list of seven names, with full particulars of the men's service. The claims of four out of the seven have bec-n accepted, and, as they are all un- able to travel, a hamper has been sent to them. Tlieir names are: Sergt. Major Thomas Lindsay, Rowton, late of tine Black Watch. Private George OltOn, Parker's Buildings, late 82nd Foot. Private Thomas Griffiths, 16. Saii glial I- road, Chester, latoe- 1st Tiattalion Royal Welch Fusil- iers. Mr. John Jones, 34, Westminster road. Iloole. Tho following men resident in Cheshire or in tho neighbouring district of North Wales have also icceived hampers: John Bayley, 5. Prospect atreer, Congleton; John Barry, 88. IIMiry street, Crowe; Edw. Crowder, 59. Dacre-siroct, Birkenhead; Henry Coley, 33, NeJsoii-sire: <t, Wiexliajn John U.a.!es, 8. Moscow-road. Stockport; Edward Mann, North-ond, Stalybridge; W. Murray, 30, Back- street. Birkenhead W. Murray, 50b, St. Anne- atroe-t. Birkenhead; George Ford, the Work- house, Macclesfield H. Medcalf, 6. Boothby- street, Macclesfield; and William Maddock, 142. Weaver-street, Winsford. Nearly seven hundred officers and men, under the presidency of Earl Roberts, met at tllo commemoration dinner. True King sent a mes- sage in which, recurring to the veterans, he said "I peak in the name of the whota Em- pire when I say tlmt wo deeply appreciate the conspicuous servioes rendered by them and th?:r comradra wlio have now passed away, under most trying oiroumst&noee and with a gallantry and an endurance whioh wero the means, undor Providence, of saving our Indian Empire from a great, peril, The Viceroy of India a.nd Lord Kitohonor a.!o twit messages. Lord Curaon pivKpf^apd the Ivvilr.h of the veteraas, and Lord Roberts respond- d. Mr. Rudyard Kipling con- tributed veases in honour of the "remnant of that desperate lost which cleansed our East with steel." /viriong titioao prosont. were the toljowmg: — Offioors: 22nd Resfimen.t., Oapt. E. Murray Cookesley; 23rd Royal Walch Fusiliers, Rev. George Davies, Ceneral tlw Hon. Sir George Lloyd Mostvn. K.C.B.. Major C. U. C. Norton. Major-Genoral Luke O'Coimor. V.C., General S r CJhan'les Pennington, K.C.B., Surgeon Hy. T. Sylvester. VC.. C5o!oned Jamos Walwyn. N C. offioers and men Naval Brigade. Griffiths Roberts, A.B., 25. Oxford-road, Liscard; Ben gal Light Cavalry, Waker Jones, 35. Hal ton- buildings, Chirk; 23rd Regiment, Private Ed- win Anson, 57a, Lodge-road, Ifoekley, Bir- mint.-h.,trn; William Anstey, care of II. Bald- win, TTarlington, Essex; Private William Bry- ant. Royal Hospital. C51ie!sea; Private Edwin Edwards, 9. Caremont-atreet, Plymouth; Pte. John Fidler, oare of Capt. William Morris, Shamrock, Thornhiil-road, Mannamead, Ply- mouth; Drummer Gha.. Gurden, 13, Baker- stretit. Reading; Sersrt. Richard Home. ''Luck- now." 121. Sumatra-road, W4wt ITampst^sul, N.W. Private Edwin Lambert, 18, Front- street. Pembroke Dock; Private Edwin Lee, Brook^-street, Wallington, Own Sergt. Ernest James M«oDonaWl, 35, Devonshire road, Hast- ings; Privato G.orjro Mavnard, 10, AJbert- mews, Hov, Brighton; Private (). D. Met- huish, 5. RusselI-street. Exeter; Bandsman Charles Reynolds, 4, Key ford-gardens. Fromo, Somerset,; Private John Richardson. 27, Lcwer- stuoot., Goswell-road, I'IC. William Robertson. 72 Fairaeres-rond, IfBey-road. Oxford; Private Mark Tynda.ll, 3, Lot hair-street-. Clapnam Junc- tion, S.W. Private Samuel Walklin, Almshouse, Ewelme. WaUinorford; Sf>rsrr. John Watts. 16, Oobridge-road. North Finohley; Private Jas. Whalen, Royal Hospital, Chelsea; Private Jas Witt, Royal Hospital, Ohelsoa; Rifle. Brigade, Ile. Privato Francis Cirtier. Albert-street, Wrexham. Among the offioers who from dstance or ill- health W';ro nivahle to be pi-ciseni wero Major- General Daniel Mocatta, Indian Staff CJorps. and Cil. E. L. Ommaney, C.S.I.. 59th Native Roaiment.
The Marchioness of Ormor.d.v who had been in London for some time, has returned to Kil- kenny Castle, where she will spend Christmas. NEW PASSIVE RESISTANCE.-The Vicar of Swansea, the Rev. and Hon, Talbot Rice, in enclosing a cheque for £ 59 8s. 8d., for the half-year's rates, informs the Swansea Corporation that he has deducted JE9 123. 6d., education rate, as protest against the action of tho local education authority. '-For the past three years, every possible obstacle," he adds, has been put in the way of voluntary schools' managers by a series of disgraceful actions, by which teachers have been deprived of their proper salaries, the efficiency of the staff sacrificed, and the law of the land defied, and now, for over four months, the mainte- nance of Oxford street National Schools has been altogether refused." The vicar concludes by saying that he with-holds his rate with a view to uroteat; on behalf of the supremacy of the law. The Rev. Talbot Rice is the first Churchman in Wales to take this step.
TRAGEDY NEAR MALPAS. DEATH OF MISS WOLLEY DOD. Yesterday (Tuesday) morning Malpas and the wholo surrounding district was cast into gloom by the news ot the tragic death of Miss Mary Wolley-Dod, a lady deeply beloved in the district. She was aged 56, and was the eldest daughter of the late lie v. C. Wolley- Dod ajid of Mrs. Wolley-Dod, of Edge Hall, a-nd wae on a visit home for the Christmas holidays. On Monday night the deceased lady went to bed, apparently in her usual health, at 9.30 o'clock, and there was nothing to arouse the slightest suspicion. Yesterday morrung at 7.25 o'clock her maid went to call her, and on enter- ing her room found that she had arisen. Her nightdress wad thrown carelessly on the bed, and her dressing gown was on a chair close by. Miss Wolley-Dod had dressed, but her purse and the jewellery which she usually wore had been left in the room. The maid at once went to her mistress' companion, and, as the latter had not seen Miss Wolley-Dod, they at once made a search of the Itouse, and eventually communi- cated the news of Miss Woilev-Dod's absence to membem of the family. Major Wolley-Dod, her brother, and her sister, together with a gamekeeper named Thomas Jones, then went to search the outside of the house. After going all round the building without finding any trace of the lady, they noticed in the frosted grass traces of someone's having crossed the park. Following these tracks, they were led TO THE MILLPOOL which lies at the back of a wood between Edge Mill and Low Cross Mill, nearer to Edge than the hall and about seven hundred yards' distant from the residence. Here the tracks ended near the footbridge which crosses the pool, and where the water was deepest— about. the gamekeeper, looking into the water, thought it had an unusual appearance, and. procuring a hook which is used in con- n-ectiori with the fish cage, he pushed it deeply into the pool. The object which he had noticed was then discerned as a hand. By manipu- lating the hook, he brought, the body of the deceased to the surface. She was quite dead, and was fully dressed, and was in a vertical position. The body was conveyed to the hall in a cart belonging to Mr. Biggins, builder. The greatest sympathy is expressed for the family, who are so highly respected throughout the Malpas district, where tliey are so well known. The painful affair completely baffles explanation. Miss Wolley-Dod had been in somewhat indifferent health reoently. The facts have been communicated to the West Cheshire Coroner (Mr. J. C. Bate), who will hold an inquest at 10.45 a.m. on Fridav, at the Hall. A LADY BOUNTIFUL. The deceased lady, whcao sad end we deeply deplore, was of a retiring disposition, and having in her own right a considerable for- tune, slio devoted hor time and money in the performance of many acts of charity, which were so secretly carried out that only very few, ex"ept thoso immediately interested knew anything of the ncver-aeasdng flow of human kindness which she shewed to those in poorer iii rcumsta.nocs. She was particularly fond of little children, and with a view to their lieing specially cared for in their tender years, when sickness or accident befel them, she went in hospital and was trained 3. a iitirse,. In this way many of the villagers have had cause to bo thankful for the presence of Miss Wolley- Dod in their midst during their times of trouble. Deoeased also took an active interest in the young women of the district, and was honorary secretary of the local branch of the Chester Diocesan Girls' Friendly Society. She alno devoted much cf her timo to the school at Edge, which was fostered by her family. Home iittlo time ago her brother's children cam. over to England to be educated, and she <lecided to take a house near their school, so as to make a home for them. She selected a houso at H.a1;sbUiry, where 800 had been stay- ing, until she returned to Edge Hall last week for the Christmas holidays. Miss Wolley-Dod also took a deep interest in the Thurlow Nurs- ing Institute, Malpas, of which her mother was secretary, and her knowledge of nursing stood her in good stead in matters relating to the management, of that institution. De- ceased's sifter married tho Rev. t.he lloti. W. T. Kenyon, a former rector of Malpas.
SEALAND WATER SCHEME. AN ENGINEERING FEAT. A unique and interesting engineering feat was performed at Queen's Ferry on Monday, when there was laid a submorgod main under the river to convey water to the Sealand side. A special composition pipe line had been care- fully prepared, and was 400ft. in length, being composed of lengths averaging 18ft. each, 4;2in. internal diameter, and rn. thick- This pipe weighed about five tons. With the aid of about thirty men and several rafts and boats the p:pe was successfully carried across and got into position in the short space of six hours. The composite pipe is coupled up to a 5in. cast-iron main, and is controlled by various valves, being also fitted with a meter and bye-pass for testing purposes as occasion requires. The main will be carried for a distance of about a quarter of a mile on Sea- land side of the river, and brings a splendid flow of water from the new reservoir recently erected on Shotton Hill. The difficult and v >xod quest ion of supplying Sealand with water, which for many years has exercised the minds of the offielal-i of several councils, has thus been satisfactorily accomplished. The whole of this stupendous work has boon car- ried out to the carefully-designed plans of the Company's Engineer (Mr. W. Simmons-), and he is to he oomptin cnted as everything passed off without, a "ingLc hitch.
ROSSLTT. SEASONABLE GI ITS.—-Tltrough the kind- ness of Mrs. Griffith-Bosoawen, gifts of coal have this week been distributed among the poor of tho neighbourhood. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.- -The Churoh Sunday scliool had their Christmas treat last week. WIKMI they partook of tea at the National Schools, the following ladies presiding at the tables: Mr, Charley, Mrs. Paikin, Mm. Wilkes, Miss II. Boydfll, Mks Ka-bb. Miss 10. Jones, Miffl Davios and Miss Thomas. Prizes for regu'ar attendance wero distributed by the Vicar. Lalor a lantern entertainment was given by Mr. W. P. Wilkes.
A LAZY TRAMP.-On Friday, at an occasional court held at Mr. W. H. Charton'a office, before Mr. B. C. Roberts, Frank Ross, a tramp, was charged with refusing to do his allotted task of sawing wood at the Workhouse on Thurs- day morning. Prisoner pleaded" not guilty." Mr. S. Dugdale, task master of the Union, said that prisoner tried to shirk his work. He was told several times to get on with his task and he used foul language.—Prisoner pleaded that he was not fit to work.—He was sent to Knutsford for seven days. LICENSED VICTUALLERS' CONFER- ENCE.-Cliest,er and District Licensed Victuallers' Association were represen'ed by Messrs. G. C. Berry, E. S. Dawson, W. E, Ostle and Frederick Holland at The National Licensed Traders' Convention held on Wed- nesday in the Midland Hall, Manchester, and attended by about 700 delegates, representing every branch of the liquor trade in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sir John Brick^ood (Portsmouth) was the president. In the resolutions which were adopted the Convention declared any attempt to increase the duties upon licences or to levy additional taxation upon excisable liquor would be opposed, as pressing unduly upon consumers aud calculated unreasonably to cripple a legitimate industry. An establish- ment of a "time limit," it was declared, would be unjust and confiscatory. Tho Con- vention was further of opinion that the intro- duction of the local veto is impracticable, that it would engender confusion and unrest, and tend to increase drunkenness. As repre- senting a licensed trade involving invested capital of 300 millions and directly or in- directly employing upwards of two million persons, the meeting protested against licen- sing legislation "founded upon principles which su»of. confiscatory."
CHESHIRE CHEESE IN LONDON. ITS GROWTH IN POPULARITY AND ITS FUTURE. (By G. T. Burrows.) A chance remark suggested this article. It had its inception in a oafe not so far removed from Fleet-street. A party of journalists had nearly reached the end of their lunch and the call all round was for cheese. "Cheddar," de- manded three of them; "Cheshire," I asked for to break the monotony. The waiter shook his head; he did not think they had any Cheshire, but he would interview the man- a.ger. The latrer, evidently a provincial and new to London, sallied forth and offered the suggestion in ali seriousness that "one can only get Cheshire cheese at the Cheshire Cheese Iin in Fleet-street." Which was all so much nonsense. But the incident gave me the idea of enquiring into the real popularity of Cheshire cheese in this great Metropolis; it also shewed me how some people early in life foster an idea and cling to it tenaciously. But one is st.ruck with the extraordinary differences of opinion entertained by the men in the wholesale cheese trade—the men who really should know. Factors and wholesale provision merchants in that particular part of London, Tooley-street, where the smell of cheese absorbs the scent of the Thames, have each a different story to tell concerning the popularity, or want of it, of the reputed premier product of Cheshire. Oheek by jowl to a factor optimistic and wishing that the county would send more ood, quality cheese to the Metropolis, one will find another con- vinced that, there is nothing in it, that Cana- dian is "the business." A triok which is successfully practised upon both purchasers of Cheshire cheese in shops and cafes, is t.he palming off of what is known as "Canadian Cheshire." Its appearance is exceeding'y like i-ha. of the real article, but there is lacking in the tatte of it that distinct nutty flavour and an only too obvious presence of oil, or fat, which to some slight extent oozes from out the bulk of the cheese. Yet, what rubbish people in London will buy for Cheshire cheese is remarkable. Label any cheese by that magic name, especially at Christ raaslide, and it will sell readily enough. AMONG THE FACTORS. Messrs. Fit-oh and Sen, 66, Biehopsgate- street (Within), E.C., informed me that the trade in Cheshire cheese is not, as yet, very considerable in London, for the simple reason that ordinary folk in the Metropolis will not pay the price but, if anything, the sale has im- proved considerably during the past eighteen months or two years. Cheaper cheese kept it out of the market. Yet old-fawhioned families of the better class in the West End, who were used to the quality of Cheshire cheese, were willing to pay the price; indeed, Messrs. Fitch and Son, who, perhaps, make the greatest, speciality of the commodity, aver that the wealthier people will pay almost any price rather than be without it. Retail, old Cheshire cheesa eells at Is. Id. per lb., and, retail, the new oheet*a> finds custom at lid. per lb., much the same fig-ures obtained for Cheddar—the real Cheddar, and not the niake-believo Canadian Cheddar which is given one in the cafes and restaurants of Lon- don, and eagerly oaten by epcures. Messrs. Gary and Grimisdeli, Snow Hill, E.C., have found more enquiry this year for Cheshire oheese than ever, and think that it is likely the trade may improve in London. Messrs. Whitehead and Mullins, 41, Tooley- street, London, S.E., are not too sanguine re- garding the future trade. The sale in Lon- don, they say, has slightly increased in the past four or five yeans, but as to wha-t the future would bring forth they could not offer an opinion. Mr. T. Swaffield, of tho general provisions department, at the great firm of Messrs. Wm. Whiteley. Ltd., told me that the demand for Cheshire oheese at West bourne Grove has in- creased about 15 1 er cent. during the past five years. Messrs. Allen, Sons, and Howarth, Hibernia Wharf, London Bridge, S.E., are of the opinion that the dem^ftd for the very finest quality may be increasing but, a.pa.rt from that, do not anticipate much increase in the sale. Rather severe are this firm, in their conten- tion, that, other kinds of cheese are more suit- able to London s requirements. Messrs. George Siggjr and Co., Red Cross- street, S.E., however, are convinced that Cheslrire cheese is too expensive a luxury for the ordinary run of folk. Their experienoe Í6, that apart from the few West End firms whidh can make a long price for Cheshire, the trade in the Metropolis is not likely to develop to any extent, especially with the competition and the rid iou Iou s retail prices that are at pre- '.i(',Tlt made for the finiest Canadian, which Messrs. Siggs are dearly of opinion is, in many oases, equal, if not superior, to much of the Cheshire che-cse which has oome under their notice. It is the obvious duty of Mr. Denson, of Pulford, "the triple crown hero" of 1907, to take firat traiin to London and con- vince Messrs. Siggs into thinking differently. Ono (-aii-not stmko thm from their belief, how- ever, that when Canadian oheese costing 64s. is sold at 6jrd. per lb. retail, very little else has much ohanoe. At Messrs. Lipton's large shop in Islington, in a thickly populated and working-olaas I,hbo,irhood. there is absolutely no demand for Cheshire ehecae. Here again the retail price is all against it. COMBINED ACTION WANTED. My investigation makes me feel convinced that, it is tlie duty of the Dairy Fanners' and allied associations in Cheshire to at once tackle tlie problem of future development. It wil have to be done in a businesslike manner. There h, no getting away from tlie fact that the classes whioh were devoted to Cheshire oheese at the London Dairy Show, and those which are to be given at t,he next show of the R.A.S.E. exhibition at Newcastle, have, and will, go a long way towards causing a deal of outside interest in Cheshire's staple indus- try. Wfo&n one meets, as I have done, an evi- dent desire among London factor^ not to push the salo when there is undoubtedly a ready demand for it, it is surely time that something should be done from tho Cheshire end. It ia oons ling. however, to discover that there are a few factors who see a golden future in the industry, and they are the people who should bo enlisted in the fight to convince the rest that there are possibilities in Cheshire cheese. During the present, week in London, in the way of shop decoration for Christinas, one has e-en many sample.4 of the popularity of the ohorso in the West End and in those parts of tho Metropolis where tastes run superior to the usual rut. It is there where there will be the ro to pay the price for good Cheshire cheese. Another po:nt—-it is tine duty of the pro- ducers in Cheshire to stand out against the fmud- it is nothing ler^s- -practised upon people who do not know t.he difference between tho trio of cheeses, Canadian., Cheddar, and Cheshire. It is the easiest, thing in the world to ring the changes upon tho unw-ary. The proper labelling of oheese is just as vital a po;nt of law as the correct marking vf butter.
LIGHTJNG-UP TABLE. All cycles and otli4er vehiclee in the Cheater district must bo lighted up as stated in tho following table P.M. Wednesday, December 25 4.51 Thursday, December 26 4.55 Friday, December 27 4.55 Saturday, December 28 4.56 Sunday, December 29 4.56 Monday. Decernber 30 4.57 Tuesday, December 31 4.58 I
ACCIDENT ON THE CHESHIRE LINES. —An Mcidrnb occurrcd on t.he Cheshire Lines Railway at Widn-ra J miction on Monday even- in?, when in a dense fog a passenger train from Hvarpool 1o Nottingham collided with the rear of a goods train from Liverpool to Hud- dersfiold. Tlie guard's Nan and several wagons were derailed, and the driver and fireman of the passenger train were hurt, llhe former, Daniel Dounio, of Liverpool, being detained in Warrington Infirmary. Several pessengerswore shaken. The 1,iri t-t were blocked for some hours, dozens of paoscngor3 being stranded at Withies.
CORRESPONDENCE. t (Soo also page 7.) THE CHESHIRE HUNT. MR. STARKEY WITHDRAWS RESTRIC- TIONS. TO TOB EDITOR. Sir,I onoe apain ask your oourtessy for a small space in your valuable paper. This time it is with feelings of satisfaction that I find I am in a position to relieve myself from the odium caused by a pledge I made a few months ago at an organised meeting of landowners held at Crewe, viz., that I would not permit my ooverta to be drawn or my land hunted over exoept by our late M.F.H. (Mr. Reginald Cor- bet). To that pledge I would still hold fast, against all Cheshire combined, bar one, and un- til I felt convinced that it was the earnest un- solicited wish of that one man to have that pledge cancelled I have held firm. I refer to our late master himself, who for the last two weeks IMUS made every effort in his power to bring matters to a satisfactory issue, and I herewith enclose a true copy of a letter I had from him no later than yesterday, as follows: "Adderley, Markeit Drayton, December 18fch. Dear Stw-key,-In the beat interns of fox hunting generally I write to ask you, as a personal favour, to kindly allow the Cheshire Hounds to draw your coverts a.nd hunt over your property as heretofore. I cannot mi. this opportunity of again expressing to you my gratitude for the valued support you gave both my father and myself during the time we hunted the South Cheshire country. I do hope you will grant my request, if only as a personal favour to nw,-B2tli-e>V(. me, yours sincerely, (Signed) Reginald Corbet." Now, after this letter, I see no other course than to comply, and to comply cheerfully, so I would wish it to be o'.early understood that at the expiration of this year, which is now very close at hand, all restrictions will be withdrawn and the same privi'eges will bo accorded to the present n-ba-n,agement as to the past. So with all good wisb?s for the prosperity of fox hunting in Cheshire for the New Year, yours, etc., A. STARKEY. Wrenbury Hall, Nantwich, 20th Deoember, 1907.
CHESTER. A meeting of the Chester Board of Guardians was held yesterday (Tuesday), Mr. T. Nixon pre- aiding. The number of inmates was reported to be 466, as compared with 427 at the correspond- ing period last year. There were 219 vagrants relieved during the fortnight, as compared with 269.The Board accepted the tender of Mr. John Jones for the supply of coal at the follow- ing prices:—14s. Id. per ton for coal, 9s. 7d. for slack, and 13s. 4d. for coke. ML-w Dodd, of Hoole, was appointed a probationer rmr-e. It was reported that the recipients of out-relief bad been given extra pay for Christmas week—an additional shilling to adults and sixpence, for each child. The indoor paupers would receive the customary Christinas fare.
WIRRAL, Yesterday (Tuesday) tho fortnightly meeting of the Wirral Board of Guardians was held at Clatterbridgo Workhouse, Mr. J. McLeavy (vice-chairman) presiding.—Mr. Thompson, in moving the adoption of the minutes of the Finance Committee, saidn accounts amounting to £ 1,365. 15s. 8d. had teen paid. There was a balance in the hands of tho treasurer of LI,013 Os. 3d.At a meeting of the General Purposes Committee complaints were made of tho con- dition of the mortuary a.t the Workhouse, and it was resolved to ewvot- another building, the architect being instructed to prepare plans.—• Mr. Gill now asked to what use did the com- mittee intend to put the old building. -The Chairman of the committee (Mr. Warburton) repliod that there were many ways it might bo used, but the committee thought it. would be more advantageous if it was used as a bicyC:o house for the nurses' machines.—Tlie Chairman said they wanted a new liose cart-, and it might be used for tho storage of this and the hose and reel—Consideration was left to the com- mittee. Mr. T. Davies referred to tlho water supply at the Workhouse, ani said if tliey got tho West Cheshire Water Co. to give an estimate for the water used at the Workhouse, they might got the water cheaper than by paying for it by meter. ft was decided that the General Purposes Committee sliould take the matter in hand. NEW ASSISTANT MATRON. A committee appointed to consider the ap- pointment of an assistant matron liad investi- gated seventeen applications. From these four had boc-n soiocted to appear before tho com- mittoo, and of these two were asked to appear before the Board. Only one, however, put in an appearance, and this was Miss Blanche M. Fewster, of Dewsbury Wrorfchouse, who was ap- pointed at an annual salary of E25. INCREASE OF VAGRANTS. A long resolution was received from the Pad, ding-fccm Board of G tiaxdiatis otatin, tliat in view of the great irioroiuso in tho number of vagrants who deliberately avoided every kind of work, a recommendation should be sent to the Local Government Board urging the necessity of speedy legislation for tlie eetablishm-ont of labour colonies, as in Switzerland, wine re the vagrants ooti d be sent with tho hopo of reform). Mr. Fryer moved that the motion be sup- poited, whioh was seconded. Mr. Gill moved a direct amendment, stating that the Board did not profosw to he in favour of Labour colonies, neitbor weie they capable of deciding whether those were the best methods of dealing with the question. Mr. T. Davies remarked that they should let the Government and the Poor Law Union deal with tho matter. On a vote being taken, the amendment was carried.
WHITCHURCH. ILLNESS OF THE CHAIRMAN. The fortnightly meeting of the Whitchurch Board of Guardians was held on Friday.— Mr. W. H. Smith (vice-chairman) said tho Board would be sorry to learn that Mr. Langley was confined to his room with an attack of bronchitis. Every member of tin Board would deeply regret this, and would wish for their chairman a speedy recovery. (Hear. hear).—Mr. Pearson reported on behalf of the House Committee, that they had instructed Mr. Job Jones to pump the old well out and puddle it up. etc., to prevent the surface water from getting into the well, and this bad been done, so that a sample of the water would soon be ready for taking for antlysig.-It was decided to pump it out again, and have the sample taken 48 hours after wtirdi. -Mention having been made in the minutes of the oil painting by the late Miss Godsal, which Major Godsal had presented to the Board for the dining room, Mr. Woollam said he thought the Board should have a brass tablet placed upon the frame, stating particulars as to date of presentation, etc. Major Godsal said he would do this himself, and the offer was gratefully accepted by the Board.— The following tenders for the supply of goods to the house during the quarter were accepted: Flour: Mr. NV. E. Jjrrght; groceries. Mr. W. Hopwood meat, Messrs. Sharps; coal, Messrs. Billington carting, -Mr. Eaton. sen.-Tho Local Government Board wrote sanctioning the re-appointment of Dr. Leigh as Medical officer of the Marbury district.
NORTH WICH. Northwich Guardians on Friday adopted a resolution that in view of tho increasing number of vagrants who deliberately avoid work and divert to themselves the 8vmpathy. due to the industrious poor the Local Government Board should be urged to legislate for labour colonies, as in Switzerland. -Mr. Howitt declared that the labour colonies would effectually end the terrorisa- tion which tramps exercised and would reclaim many of the 2,000,000 tramps at present in the country.
MR. WYNDIIAM ANlTlRISII TROUBLES. --A correspondent, jwcn!;Iy wrote to Mr. Ceo. Wyndham calling his at tent ion to t.he fact that it had been frequently sta.trd by Irish National- ist spoaJrcns and repeated in Nationali.i! news- papers that during the closing months of tlie Conservative Administration Mr. Wyndham, as Chief Sce-'itary for freeand, declared that the Unionist -ove-rnment would bring forward legislation dtr-iigned to enable tho rioh grazing lands to bo divided into small holdings aaid sold to tho peoplÚ. Writing from Saighton Grange, Clrster, under Saturday's date, Mr. Wyndha.m says: "No suoh promise as th-at which you deaoribo was ev-er madia by m"
CHESTER STOCK & SHARE LIST1 ——^ Reported by Messrs. WARMSLKY, JONKS Sc Co., 29, Eastgate Row (North), Chester. CONSOLS 33 Bank KAIB 1% Present priu •. ChesterOorporation 3t Irredeemable Stock OhesterGorporatiou 3 liedeeuiable Stock 90-9á ChesterQasCo 5 A Ordinary Stock 109i—111 i „ 4 Con Preference Stock. 9a — I0j ■ > 31 Debenture Stock 8^—91 ChellterWaterworks Co 71 Con4olidated Stock U2 It 7 New Ordinary Stock .J.70- 17i „ 6 £10 Perpetual Preference Shares, fully paid ltij—ITi Wrexham and East Denbighshire WaterOo Consolidated Stock 1(J5—L70 4,1 Cons. I'ref. Stock ILG—117 », Ordinary Stock.. 12J—;22 Ha warden^ District WaterCo Z10 Shares, fully paid 7-8 Nat. Provo Bank of England, Ltd. £75 Shares, t tO 10s. paid ;<7-33 ■ £ 00 Sh»re3, £ 12 paid 41—*5 North and South Wales Bank, Ltd. £ 10 Shares, £ 10 paid 32—32i Parr's Bank, Ltd. A;100 Shares, £;!O paid 8S—v3J Lloyd's Bank, Ltd. £ 50 Shares, £ 8 paid 314 — 3— Bank of Liverpool, Ltd elOO Shares, A:12 10s. paid. 35, -36 British Law, life, Fire Insur., Ltd. ZIOShares, tl paid 4—4J- Chester Boat Co., Ltd £ 10 Shares, tully paid 7—10 Chester Cocoa Mouse Co., Ltd. £ 5 „ £ 4 „ 6J—fi £ 5 ii'i a Chester Ueneral Cemetery Co £ 5 „ fully paid 3|—4J Chester New Music Hall Co., Ltd £ 26 18—20 Chester North^ate Brewery Co., Ltd. Ord. £ 10 Shares 9J—10J „ 6 £ 10 Pref. Shares .10—104 4 Debentures 90—91 Bent's Brewery, Ld. 910 Ordinary Shares U— 0 £ 10 Pref. Shares 7— "i Birkenhead Brewery Co., Ltd. £ 10 Shares, £ 5 paid 9J—10J 1. 11 £ 10 Shares, fully paid 15 — laj Chester Grosvenor Hotel Co., Ltd. £20 Shares, fully paid 23-25 Chester Queen Rail- way liotel Co., Ld. £ 20 Shares, fully paid 20-21 „ 1. A;20 CIO lO-ll Chester Blossoms Hotel, Ltd CIO „ fully paid 9—10 Chester Steam Laundry Co., Ltd. 1:5 It" Chester Race Co., Ltd £ 100 „ £ 75 135—193 Walker, Parker & Co., LtcL LIO Shares. fully paid, 6 Cum. Pref 3 34 „ .t Debentures. SO-Bi Victoria Pier and Pavilion Co., Colwyn Bay, Ltd. kl Ordinary Shares HalkyuDr'fnageCo. 910 Sitarea, fully paid I Holywell Halkvn Mining and Tun. nel Co., Ltd. 21 Shares fully paid 9, lialkyfi Mining Co., Ltd. 91 Shares, fully paid 1-2 East llalkyn Mining Co.,Ltd £ 1 fully paid .5—6 South Halkyn Alin. ing Co., I,td Cl „ ,126-1ï¡6 New North Halkyn Mines, Ltd. £1 Ord. Shares, fully paid. 371(;- -1:?:6 £ 1 „ l.ti .3J/ 3r",G North Hendre Min- ing Co., Ltd £ 2 10s. Shares, fully paid 2J— 2i Pancymwyn Mining Co., Lti .el Shares, fully paid I—I Talacre Mining Co., Ltd Cl Ord. Shares, fully twaiii „ £ 1 Pref United Minora Co. Ltd A:l Ord. Isle of Man Mining Co., Ltd. (Kox- dale)Mines £ 5 „ 1-1 „ „ 7i Pref., £ 17 10s. paid .2.r>—30 Llanarmon Mining Co., Ltd .Cl Ord., fully paid £ 1 Pref. Wirral Railway 3 Debenture Stock 7.">—77 „ i% £ 10 Pref. Shares(1835-6.) 8-\I!, „ It 4% ±10 Pref. „ (1393) 6:-ít, Irre. 4 Pref. Shares (IS96) ti4 —-74 (I»96) 7i— Wirral Railways Co. Ltd 4:10 Ord. Stiarei 2-3 Ex dividend.
THE CHESHIRE MILITIA. t 4TH BATTALION DOOMED. NEW ARMY ORDER. "Tho biggest Army order of recent yearn," as Mr. Haldane described it at Fxlitiburgh on Saturday, wos issued by the War Office on Monday night. It deals with tire formation of the special roeorve required to supplement the Regular Army, and the application of the scheme to the existing Malitia. The Terri- j torial and Reaorve Forces Act, 1907, provides for the enlistment of special reservists, for their terrne of service, and for their formation into the battalions or other military bodies. The Militia at present consists of Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Infantry, and Royal Army Medical Corps. The existing battalions of Infantry Militia, 124 in number, will be reduoed to 101 battalions, which will bo converted into reserve battalions. The Royal Garrison Artillery MILtia, with tho ex- ception of certain corpn in Ireland, will be con- verted into corps of Royal Rasorve Artillery. The two battalions of Itoyal Engineer Militia will bo converted into reserve, siege, and rail- way companies, while the Royal Army Medical Corps (MIitia) will bo disbanded. Person-n-ol of the Reserve un;ts will bo obtained from men who transfer from the Militia and become speoaJ reservists, and by direct enlistment into the Special Reserve. The Special Reserve will be organised into the units corresponding territorially in most instances with existing Militia units, and a force will thus be created prepared to supplement the regular Army in accordance with the intentions of the Act. For the purpose of converting the existing Militia into Special Reserve units, it is laid down that with the exception of twenty-three infantry militia battalions, which are to be d/fjbandod, all the Militia units will carry out. their annual training next 30«son, and re-en- gagomcnts will be permitted up to the dale of the unit being' dsismiseed from training. On completion of their annual tra,ining in 1908 all Militia units, except those of the Royul Army Medical Corps, will be converted into reserve units. Th.e battalions to be disbanded included tho 4t.h Battalion Cheshire Regiment and the 4th RaXtalion Royal Welch Fusiliers. Tlie 4th Battalion Chechiro Regiment i-s the old 2nd RoyaJ Cheshire Militia, aod the head- quarters aro ait Macclesfield. The ha.ttalion served during the South African war, being embodied from January 22nd, 1900, to May 10th, 1902. The spaoial service section of the battalion served at tho front, and one of the engagements in which they took part was that of Bethulio Bridge. As a reco^rvti-on of their services the offioers in the battalion, on May 10th, 1902, wero given honorary rank in the Army oorrcvpordirig with their Militia regi- mont,at rank. Tie following is the present etaff of the regiment: —*Hon. Colonel C. H. Benlc C.B. (hon. lieut.-colonel in the Army, May 11th, 1902), date of appointment August. 15th. 1903; "Lieut.-Colonel H. M. Nicholls (hon. colonel), April 4th. 1903; Major W. Mac- Kay (late captain reserve of officers), June 20t.li, 1903; 'Major J. T. llart-ford, December 10th, 1903; Captain W. L. Slretton (captain, retired pay, reserve of officers, hon. major), May 28th., 1906; 'Captain B. M. Read, Nov. 24th, 1897 Cap¡,a.in G. M. Hunnan, February 23rd, 1900; 'Captain G. R. Burton, April 30th, 1901; 'Captain G. Marsden, D.S.O. (instructor of musketry), September 3rd, 1904; Captain R. Hall, May 26th. 1906; Lieut. W. G. 0. Booker, August. 16th. 1906; Second-Lieu- tenant 1-1. F. M. W. Wilmer, February 7th, 1906; Second.-Lieutenant J. D. Gilkison, March 28th, 1906; Second.-Lieutenant P. L. Spafford, March 28th. 1907; Adjutant-Captain G. R. E. Hughes, Cheshire Regim-.Mif., Aug. 7th, 1906; Quartermaster. Hon. Lieut. F. D. Riie,sell-Aottpy; medical officer. Surgeon Lieut.- Colonel J. 13. Hughes. -'These officers have had war
THEATRE ROYAL, MANCHESTER.-Tho Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, commenced what promises to l'e a highly successful season on Monday evening. "Sinbad the Sailor" is its tit'e. and the story li-is been written by Mr. J. Hickory Wood. The opening scene represents an Oriental town of mosques and bazaars, which is the forerunner in grandeur of other scenes of striking beauty and spectacular effect. The title role is in the hands of the famous comedian Mr. Harry Tate, whose droll "business" is an attraction in itfelf. Miss Carlotta Levey is an ideal boy with a reputa- tion for refined acting and vocal talent. Other well-known artists have important parts in the pantomime, and tableaux, ballets and variety turns help to keep up the appreciation of the audicnco. The great scenic: triumph is the "Diamond "Valley." a dazzl n* combination of beauty and stage glitter.
CITY POLICE COURT. A MONDAY.-Before the Mayor (Alderman John Jones), and Messrs. B. C. Roberts, John Thompson, and Dr. Hamilton. IN ARREARS.Tames Fleming, a Chester tabourer, was summoned for arrears of mainten- ance in respect of his boy who is in a reformatory school.—The Chief Constable said the defenda"" had been ordered to contribute Is. Gd. a weekj but he had been in arrears for two years, now £1. 19s. was owing.—Defendant said he had paid what he could, but he had been out of work for some time. At present he was in emptoy- ment.—The Chief Constable pointed out that man was before the Court for a similar offence 'n I, May last, and he made the same representation- The case was adjourned eight tiu es, and finally on the 21st Novemher last defendant went to gaol for II days.—The case was adjourned for fortnight to see if defendant could wipe off Soule of the arrears. A CHRISTMAS BOX.-An elderly trftWp named Goorge Henry Eberall was sentenced to seven days' hard labour for lagging in street on Saturday evening. P.C. Knole8 said the defendant was singing and stoppttlg passers-by. TUESDAY. Before M'T. F. Skipwith- 2 "A MERRY CHRISTMAS."—Two Lalltlw shire m-it, n.a,m.d John Davies and Jubn Jackson, were charged wit-h beggirkg in East- gate-street on Monday night. The shewed that, prisoners stopped several young men in Kawtgatestreet offering packets of needles for sale anù begging alms. Prisoner# denied tlw offence, and the police called tWO residcntf, as witnesses. On promising to 1,-av0 the town prisoners were discharged, and ofl hearing the magistrate's decision they 1 hank you, air, a merry Christmas to you- —————
BUCKLEY. OOULDN7T GET ON WITH llKB GRAND.NIA.At the Mold Police Court, on Monday, John Tudor, bricksetter, of Buckley» was charged under warrant with non.poyrOt'flt ftf arrears of maintenance d-ue to his wife, Clara Jai- Tudor, of Ewloe.—The oompllti?' ant, a girl cf prepossessing appearance, 0aid .that they were married at Buckley Church Ul June last. They "wont to livo with grandm* at Ewloe, but he and grandma couldn't agree. At the Hawarden Sessions, on the 17th October. she obtained an order of (-eparatiou on th<J ground of desert/on, but tiie defendant had paid hor nothing. and wa.. now JE2. 5s. ilk arrears. The defendant said that shortly 110- fore the ord-er was made he went to ("orrisay Colliery, Durham, to work. They were PI!t." ting up a new chimney when a brick fell, hit- ting him ( n the head, and he was unable t follow hi8 en ploymtnt. There was a prospec1, of findin.g wo-rk- at. BLIICkley. atrd ho was williug to make her a home as CXKMI as he could. "1 went, bo live at firm, with 'or grandma, but er and me can't a, Ile was remanded 0,1 bail to appear at the Hawaideri Sessions 011 the 9th January.
ELLESMERE POUT. l'.S.A. -Special monthly services were held on Sunday, Mr. T. Williams presiding. Mr. Worsey read the scriptures, and Mr. Moffatt gave an interesting address, the subject- "Tlie Star in ti, East." The soloists were Mrs. Foster arid Miss Moffatt, who were well reoaived. Musical services were held in tho evening. Mr. F, Ward presided and addri the assembly on the responsibility of life, the address being most interesting. The follovvj ing items were nicely rendered-:—The Gift and "Star of Bethlehem," Miss Wilde, "NazarMh." Mr. W. H. Allerton reo tatiofl> "The Curfew," Miss Ivy Jones; anthem, "IIoVf beautiful upon the mountains, the Choir- A selection of Christmas carols were alio ren- dered by the choir, under the conductorsh'P of Mr. F. Derbyshire. Miss Pa.rRona.ge acco"1' parried. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Friday afternoon the distribution of books to the members of the Primitive Method/st adult Sunday school took plaoe before a large o°n" gregation. The Rev. Geo. T. Lovat handf" the books out, accompanied by appropriate re- marks. Preceding tlie book distribution, tho choir, under the conductorship of Mr. \\Ym. Johnnon, rendered the service of song entitled "Ono Hundred Years of Primitive Metho- dism," the connective readings being given by Mr. Wm. Stockton, the superintendent of the school, and both tho narrative and the hymns and tunes were listened to with mudh interest. Mr. G. R. Johnson waa at the pi,%IkOo and was assisted with string and wind instru- ments. On Sunday evening a carol servico was held in the chapel, when there was a largo congregation. The choir, under the leader- ship of Mr. J. W. Nicholas, rendered various carols, solos being taken by Miss Rose, Foster, and Mr. G. R. Johnson. Mr. T. H- Whitby presided at the organ. The Rev. T. Lovat preached a sermon from the text "Peace on earth, goodwrJl towards men." congregations joined in the singing of some of t-bo well-known Christmas hymn3. +
MARKETS AND FAHtS. 1 WREXHAM CATTLE, MONDAY.-There was very little stock on offer to-day, and very fell buyers present; in fact, tho market had quite » holiday appearance. Beef was fairly well represented, and made from 6d. to 6^d. per lb., mutton 7d. to 8d. veal lid, and pigs from 8s. Del. to 9s. 6d. per score lbs. LIVERPOOL CATTLE, MONDA Y.-The supply of cattle on offer was very small, though quite sufficient for the requirements of trade. 'fhlt few cattle shown were mostly placed at al/Out latB rates for their class, while for mutton there wsØ little or no inquiry. Prices :-lleef, Gld to 41d.; mutton, (Jd. to CAd. per lb, LONDON CATTLE, MONDAY, At the Metropolitan Cattle Market this morning tht.! supply of Iwasts compared with Monday shewed a decrease of 2,5-40. As ti,,iial 011 the Monday preceding Christmas Day, there was very littlo business transacted. Tho few cattle on otfer awaited buyers in the market lairs, and th&s0 were so few and far between that neither trade nor quotations are worth noting. In the sheep market there was also a dcere t.-o in the number penned. Trade ruled dull and drap-ging ttir(sLi-yit- out the day at last Friday's prices. Best made (per 81bs.) as follows ;-i to S stone Downs, 5s. IOd, to Gs.; l)-stonc ditto. 5s. d. to 5s. 1011.; 10-stono half-breds 5s. 4d. to [H. (id lo stono Down ewes, ;)s. 10d. to 48. BRADFORD WOOL, MONDAY.—A mora cheerful feeling prevails. There are few cheap lots to bo fouud. Holders are firm in assisting speculative olfers. Croesbred forties are quoted at 13d. Mcrinoes sixties tops, 2s. 2d. The export yarn business is t-till inactive. Spinners fire hold- ing their hands and not pushing sales. There tS some buying of twofold yarns for the home trade at low price. CHESTER CHEESE FAIR. WEDNES- DAY.-There was a small fair owing to tùø holiday season. There was a good attendance of buyers. and trade was fairly brisk. Finest lot3 made (Hi". to 70s. medium, C2s. to 1;!)3.; whiltf lower grades were down to llOs. CHESTER CATTLE. THURSDAY.-There was a smaller show of stock, and the attendance was not a good one. Business was much quieter, although at the closo of the market most of the lots had been cleared. There were a few pens of Hcotch wethers on otter, but there was co enquiry for them, and quotations would be nominal- Prices:—Milch cows, 4;16 to 1:22; calvers, 4:15 to £ 20; baircns, £10 to £ 13; heifers, £ !) to £ 14 5 stirks, £ (> to ki). LONDON CORN, FRIDAY.—Moderate attendance at Mark-lane this afternoon. Trade in wheat inactive, but holders remain steady, asking general!} unchanged prices: No. 1 Northern Manitobas held 44ea. 9d. ex ship; Australians. 45s. (id. landed English maintained. Flour steady, quiet. Maize IInchng-ed: Plata, 25s. lid.; Odessa, 25s. 9d., quay..• Barley steady Black Sea. 23s. 6d. ship. Oats quiet, at late rates: White Lilians, ITs lid.; Plat as, lbs. quay. CHESTER CORN, SATURDAY.—Marked quietly steady for ali English grain, few samples offering and quotations remain un- changed. Feeding ttuffs in fair demand at firmer prices. Flour held for M. advancc-, wi'h a fair enquiry. Foreign wheat, id. to Id. over Tuesday figures with a moder; t ■ business parsing. NRW OLD 8. D, S. D. B. FL. «* Wheat, white. par 751b. 0 0 to 0 0 0 0 o> 0 jj Wheat, red 751b. 5 u — iiJ 0 0 — Malting Barley 6'>lb. 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 — 0 » Grinding da 6ilt>. 0 0 — 0000 — Oats. iClb. 3 7 — 2 #| 0 0 0 <) Be»ns »«'>. 00 — 8 0! 0 0—0 0 Egyptian Beans 101b. 0 0 — 0 0 0 0 — 0 J Indian Oorn -401b. 0 0 — 0 OH 6 —15 Piinted and published for and on behalf of the. Cheshire and North Wales Newspaper Company, Limited, by JAMK3 Al.BERT BIROHAat the ('Hester Office. 8. Bridsm-street, in the City ol Chester- WEÐII.oU. December 2a, 1901.