NORTH WALES MORALS. « « Before discharging the Grand Jury at Merioneth Quarter Sessions on Tuesday the chairman (Mr. Osmond Williams, M.P.) said he had received a letter from the Lord-Lieutenant jvhich he desired to put before the Quarter wssionc, containing a resolution by a Denbigh- shire gentleman with reference to immor- «>ty in North Wales. He (the J hainnan) thought that everyone was desirous of doing everything to combat immorality, but he strongly the suggestion that that curse prevalent in North Wales. (Hear, hear.) •"■e did not think the resolution was needed, COfning as it did from an Englishman in another county. At the Beaumaris Quarter Sessions on Wed- nesday, Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley, Bart., chairman, proposed the following resolution, "which stood to his name on the aeon da: "Tha.t th -ro is a.n urgent need of establishing an or- S&nisatiort to combat the immorality that pre- ^iis in North WaJes, and to provide preventive "d rescuo mcasuses for the protection of women Buch as exists in South Wales and other parts of Engla.nd, "-Mr. Lewis Hughes said the ^o'ution was a strong- indictment, and he ob- jected to the phrase "combat the immorality that prevails," arguing that there was no evi- dence that it did pi-evai,. -After considerable <feeu £ s:an Mr. 11. R. Davies pioposed as an that the court should express its Empathy with any measures which might be "lllpted to combat immorality in North \Vales and to encourage preventive measures for the piotection of women, such as existed in South Wales and other part.; of England.—This ^OK'ndinont was accepted by too Chairman and can-ied unanimously. DEBATE AT DENBIGHSHIRE SESSIONS. Tbono was a record attendance of sixty jues-i tioos at the Denbighshire Quarter Sessions, bold I at Ruthin on Friday, when Colonel SaTidbaeh moved a resolution, similar to that brought be- fore other courts of quarter seas-ions, in favour of -establishing an organisation to combat im- ltK>rality in North Wage's, etc. Co'onel Sand- fcach said he wished at the outset to disabuse minds of those present of the idea that h, °r thore acting with him, wished to cast a slur Upon tho Welsh people, and eepeciaUy the people Of North Wales; but if immorality existed it 'houd as far as possible be stopped. He would fret say that North WaJos was worse in regard t"'P to this matter than England.. Scotland and Ire- land, but he would say that a oertain amount of immorality did take place, and that the evil as so great that immediate steps should be taken to combat it. Mr. HO,lkt:t LIam-ws-t) seconded the motion. Colonel Corn wall is-West (Lord-Lieutenant) V, lid that the magistrates piescmt wt'ic, no doubt-, in full sympathy with the observations but he must honestly c-onfcsq that lie did Dot consider that the mat.tier should be dealt. ^'Uh by the Court of Quarter Sessions. (Hear, fcoar.) Perhaps Colonel Sandbach had adopted t.1y, best way to draw pubtic attention to a Question of inunense interest and importanoe, w. surely it was a matter that might be dealt With by outside associations emanating fiom churoh.c-3 and chapels. (Hear, hoar.) He wished to point aa, that North Wales compared very fevoura-bly with South Wales in regard to the offences against morality. lie felt bound to say that, in his opinion, the meetings that took place in the evenings, whether in connec- with churches or chapels, wore certainly dssigerous to young people, and parents should be most careful to prevent their children going t>tlt after dark, whether to an entertainment or c.huïch service. Mr. J. W. Lumlev (Colwyn Bay) supported view taken by Oo'onel West. 11: W. D. W. "Griffith (D-c-nbigli) said tha.t if the re-solution was passed, the connect ion of the Court of Quarter Sessions with any organi- sation that might be established might compel :1" rijagist rates to act as prosecutors as wciil as in rcepect of the cases which the oigani- 6.1.ti;Jll took up. .Colonel Sandbach said he was satisfied with the Publicity g<vcn to the question, and was 94 content to withdraw tho resolution. (Hear hear.)
THE DOCTOR GAVE HER UP 1 OilAS. FORDE'S BILE; BEANS CURED HER. A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH JSDI- GESTION. example of tho wonderful power of fe'eiiuine Cxi Art. FORDE'S Bile Beans from Castlei'oid, the Yorkshire mining tovnj Mrs. Celdrick, of Garth-fctre-et, Cutsyke, 68 practically snatched from the grave and 'efotc<r<xl to sound health by this wonderful Cino- To a reporter Mrs. Ooldrick said: Or year.3 I bad suffered fiom indigestion. olle Sunday night: two years ago, I was taken i. sudaenlj-. My head began to throb and I ca.n;<> so d'zzy that I had to go to bed. For n months I stayed there, and gradually sank a lew state that nobody, not even my ^Qc'.or, expected me to got, up again. I suffered ^rom P4"18 'n i-lio ohe-st, and my head j^*ed so badly 1 couldn't even sit up in bed. -y fitoaxaob was in a terrible state. I oouldn't without having fearful paan for a long 1.0 afterwards. I wart often very bilious, and at such times e. pain across my eyes prevented me from loeill, anything. My children had to sit up u night with me, acid my condition was so tical that my sisters were sent for. I was 1: Weak to raise my hand from the bedclothes. to be propped up in bed. The doctor 'd my oaee was hopeless—I should never get again. jp a last hope I was persuaded to try Chas. Bile Beans. I got a box of 'Chas. and as I persevered with them I felt tl}e:y were doing me gocd. My strength gradu- fo Y camo back, I be,an to eat a little solid I the headaches and chest pains grew less tn. "re: and at last I wae able to leave what all l*v l' iends 1 bought was my death-bed. When I neighbours came they were astounded to J rr,c up and looking so much better. Well, looked back after that. Every dose of tQ«T"<3' ^"or<"('o s Bile Beans brought improve- ^n|;j until I was quite cured of the- indiges- Z1 a,r!i v/as again in splendid health. t!n1!;Cv> then I have not been in bed for a day, have remained in excellent health. I do f*'vvcsniiig, aaid though 1 have seven «ii*d am knocking about from fcioiV^ four in a morning until ton at H 1 Can mnage splendidly. Neighbours b.t" ^'°rids, eeeing the woiwlerful cure they 1\,T, plought me, have started taking Clias. ben„y? Beans, and are getting as much ^,jU from them as I did." horde's Bile Beans, the same medicine be hk wonderfully cured Mrs. Cbldrick, will tfeo y. 10 cure -vou tco- But be sure you get remedy—CHARLES 0ri *h'. l the dietinguifihing words Or 2s °'' cver>' sealed box. Price Is. l £ d.
0F PAUPERISM.—According Jho nUr' al rfiturn which was issued on Tuesday, i, paupers in receipt of relief on July er 4t1",ngland and Wztles wzts 8(!8, 270, an in- ? Pfiri h r as comParecl with the correspoud- th<^ ° ^asfc 7ear* -^n conaparisoi), however, ^ted fn 1 xVreaH0 ln the population (which is esti- y^ar at r England and AVales m the middle of the » sJiSht f..fn lr;i00,< pauperism on Julv 1 shewed e PauPers relieved on July 1 last T 00 of m one every 40 persons, or 24.8 per i population, as compared with 25.1 on » ««r }lqn J°" -Vie proportion in London, on the ^tswhntk- a PpPulatio n of 4,758,218, was Re in "'Sfter than in the previous year, being .i') ersons or 28.8 per 1000. TO MOTHERS!—Are you broken jn "y a sick child suffering with the !t(,iU nS teeth? Go at once to a chemist R?°lHl\Tr,\ bottl° of Mrs. WINSLOW'S j y^ara l &YRUP, which has been used over ^hil<>7 m'^i°ns of motJiers for their chil- j* P»eaRaot teething with perfect success. It re^evino.°4.i 1ste' Produces natural, quiet sleep ^Ub a"?,tll€ child from pain, and the little >a brigiit ae a button." It k 'II r«lieVpa •' softens the gums, allays all di„ best u Winc'. regulates the bowels, and ot, rrboea, wurrn r€inedy for dysentery and la. Causee u ,j ari«"g from teething or t>er Chemists everywhere at
NEW NESTON LIBRARY. 4- HOW THE MOVEMENT ORIGINATED. OPENING CEREMONY. The new Carnegie Library at Neston was formally opened on Friday afternoon, under most auspicious circumstance?-}, and in the presence of a thoroughly representative gathering of the residents in the urban district. The Neston public are now in possession of a free institution calculated to benefit the entire community, and practically that, section to whom a private library is a forbidden luxury. The individual of means and the most humble person who walks the Neston streets have now alike access to the work! of enchantment com- prised in the word "books," while in the near future practically the entire range of English literature will be at their service. Not only
STOP PRESS. A BOER WAR HERO. he death is announced of Lieut. Morton Wood, 6th Inniskillmgs, who for his conspicuous bravery and tact in the Boer War was given a commission. j i j | i I i i I i | t. i i
INCE. VILLAGE DANCE.—On the 28th Decem- ber a village dance was held in the Schoolroom and was attended by 50 of the inhabitants. The room was prettily decorated by Mr. Still from Ince Hall. All thoroughly enjoyed them- selves. SERVANTS' BALL AT INCE HALL.— On New Yoar's Eve a dance was given at Ince Hall to which all the servants and their friends were invited. Dancing wae kept up to an early hour, when the guests departed, having much enjoyed their evening's entertainment. I CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES,-The child- ren attending tho Ince and Elton Day and Sunday Schools, numbering over 80, were en- tertained at the School, Inoe, on Chrism as Eve, by Mm. Park-Yates, who had provided for them a very handsome Christmas tree, laden with all sorts of Christmas fare. Each child received presents of toys, fruit, crackers and bags of sweets. Mrs. Park-Yates presided and entertained the children, who, after sing- ing patriotic songs., expressed their delight, in giving very hearty cheers in recognition of Mrs. Park-Yates's kindness.
EATOÑ. PRESENTATION TO MR. T. CASWELL— A function of an interesting character took place at Eaton a few days ago,, when some of I the heads of the house and estate departments met to do lionour to one of their number. Mr. T. Caswoi, who has been in the service of the Groevenor family for many yoars, and for the past seven years held the position of house steward at Eaton, has been compelled by ili- health to relinquish the duties of that post, and the opportunity was taken by his numerous rrienas to shew their appreciation of his uni- form kindness and sterling character to picecnt him with a substantial testimonial in token of their esteem and good feeling. There were pre- sent Messrs. Barnes, Bennct. Naylor, Chap man, Crowe, Wdlett, Brown, Sautereau, Smith and others. The testimonial consisted of a handsome chiming clock in oak case, suitably insciibed, and a cheque for £ 50, also an illu- minated album containing the names of the subscribers. Mr. Joshua Smith, the estate clerk of works, in a few wcll-ohoscn words, made the presentation on behalf of the subscribers. A handsome pearl brooch aJso givon to Mrs. rr Caswall. Mr. Caewe'I will ahortly leave Eaton for Kettering, whero he will reside. Ail who know him will join in the wish that his future may be a happy one, and that he may long live to enjoy the pension which the Duke of West- er:, minster has so generously given him.
OLD-FASHIONED VILLAGE DANCE.- The Countess of Shaftesbury and Lady Evelyn Baring attended the New Year's fancy dress ball given at the little village of St. Giles, Dorset. The affair proved a great success, and is part of a policy to revivify rural life on the estate of the Earl of Shaftesbury, which comprises nine villages in the neighbourhood. The dresses and head-dresses worn were very curious in appearance. The chief prize was awarded to a dancer, who wore the well-preserved frock of her grandmother's younger days, surmounted by a huge old Dorset bonnet.
CHESTER RURAL. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Saturday afternoon, Mr. A. R. Smith presiding. HOOLE SCHOOLS. Mr. G. F. Ccx, referring to a report which had been received on the Hoole Schools ques- tion, asked if it was necessary for them to take action thereon. The Clerk (Mr. W. Turnock) did not think it was. It was cnly sent to let them know. Mr. Cox said both Newton and Hoole were opposing the new school. The Clerk: We have no jurisdiction. DR. GRANGER'S CLAIM. A letter was received from Messrs. Gamon and Farmer, on behalf of Dr. Granger, with reference to his accident a.t Upton, which, it I wan alleged, was caused through blasting oper- ations in connection with sewei age worke. The letter intimated that unless the amount of the claim was paid within a week they were in- structed to take further proceedings. The Clerk said Dr. Granger had not made any claim, but it appeared that he had stated that the amount was L2. 6s. The Clerk sug- gested that the contractor should meet him and oome to terms. At a later stage of the meeting this matter again arose, when it appeared that Messrs Gamon, Farmer and Co. had stated that the claim was the very modest sum of JB2. 6s., the actual cost of repairing the shaft. Their client at present had made no claim for con- siderable Joes of time, but they reserved the liberty to amend the olaim unless the above amount was paid forthwith. It was decided that Messrs. Gamon and Farmer should be asked to defer the matter until the clerk had oommunicaied with Mr. Jowett, the contractor. NEW WORKS FOR ELLESMERE PORT. Messrs. Heai/hcote and Co., of Manchester, wrote stating that they were proposing shortly to erect chemical works at Ellesmere Port, and inquiring what arrangements the District Council had for dealing with the sewage matter. The Clerk 53,id there were two or three in- habitants in the township of Stanney, which was the difiirict concerned, and there were no sanitary arrangements euch as the writers re- quired. It was decided to reply to th':s effect. LANE AT DUNHAM HILL. A communication was reoeived from a num- ber of ratepayers in the township of Dunham Hill asking that the Council should take in hand the repair cf Rake-lane, which leads up to and beyond Mr. Eaton's farm, and which had always been repaired by the old Highway Board. It. was almost impassible. It was decided to repair the length leading up to the railway brtdge from Mr. Eaton's farm. THE UNEMPLOYED QUESTION. The Tottenham District Council wrote ask- ing tho Chester District Council to support the following resolut.ion: "That having ro- gard to the great distress now prevailing due to the lack of employment, and considering the limited powers and financial resources of ur- ban ditrtrict and other councils, and recognis- ing the need for further legislation upon the I matter, the Co uric:! is of opinion that the un- employed problem is a matter of national ocn- oern, and can only bo satisfactorily dealt with on a national basis; and, therefore, calls upon the Imperial Government to take any neccs- sary steps to deal with the problem in a thoroughly systematic manner, by themselves undertaking works of national necessity, euch as the re-claiming of foreshores and. waste lands, and the institution of farm colonies. It was decided that the letter should lie on the table. CANAL BOATS' INSPECTION. The Clerk reported that during the past year the inspector had inspected 85 boats, and had remedied any matters which oalkd for complaint without resorting to prosecution. SMALL HOLDINGS ACT. The Clerk submitted a circular letter from the Local Government Board in connection W. th the Small Holdings Act, the purport, of which wa<s that any expenses and liabilities which had been incurred by the District Coun- cil in carrying out the Allotments Act were to be transferred to the Parish Council or parish meeting. A CHRISTLETON COMPLAINT. The Clerk read a letter from Mr. John Culli- more, in has capacity as chairman of the Chrtstleton Parish Council, enclosing letters he had reoeived from iM-essrs. Barker and Rogereon. These letters called attention to the nuisance arising from gypsy and other en- campments on the waste land at Birch Heath, which, the writers understocd, the police had no control over. Mr. Cooper, the lord of the manor, had been approached, and while will- I ing to do everything in his power in that capacity to put a stop to the nuisance, it seemed that he could only act in conjunction w-t-h the Parish Council. It was represented that Captain Currie was willing to fence the waste if the lord of the manor and the free- holders^ gave up their rights over it. The Surveyor explained that these rights consisted of taking sand from the waste. It way decided to take no action in the matter. I
TARVIN. The monthly meeting of the Tarvin Rural District Council was held at the offices, Fore- gate-trtreet, Chester, on Saturday, Mr. J. Jones (Saighton) pre.&iding.-The committee appointed to inspect Township-road, Kekall, reported that they were of opinion that the Council should request- Mr. Willis, tlie agent for Wright's farm, to pipe 120 yards of the watercourse, and that tlie occupiers along the roadside for a distance of three-quarters of a mile be requested to c'ean their ditchce.—The Surveyor (Mr. Piggott) con- sidered that this should be done, and if the owners refused, he suggested as an alternative that, it would be better for Keleall township to pay for the work being done than go in for a sewerage scheme, which would have to be done if the committee's suggestions were not carried out. -The report was adopted. NEWTON WATER SUPPLY. A long discussion took place with reference to the scheme for supplying the parish of Newton, near Tattenhall, with water. It appeared that the inhabitants had clamoured for water, and, as tho existing supply was insufficient and not pure, and Mr. Kiilon prepared a scheme for supplying 30 cottages, nine farms and one hotel with water at a cost which would impose a rate of Is. 7d. in the £ on the buildings and one- fourth of thie on the Jand in the parish, the inliabitante expressed approval of the scheme. Mr. France now contended that t-hia was too expensive, and that it would be cheaper to sink deeper wells in the parish and see if a sufficient supply could not be obtained at their own doors without going eL*?where. He considered there was a sufficient supply of good wafer, if they bored deep enough but Dr. Kenvon expressed the opinion that, the water in Newton was very bad. As the majority of the people wanted the water, he thought they ought to proceed with the scheme. Eventually it was agreed that Mr. Kiilon and Mr. France should confer and sec if a test bore could not be made in the parish. SUGGESTED TARPORLEY IMPROVE- MENT. A letter was read from Messrs. J. Davies and Sons, of Tilston Mill, Tarporley, stating that- there was a rather steep gradient in the road near their mill, known locally as Chester's Bank,
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EDDISBURY SESSIONS. 4 MONDAY.—lief-ore Captain Edward Wynne Griffith (in uhe chair). Dr. J. W. Smith, Captain W. Rigcon, Mr. J. S. Neill, Mr. Chariee Bell, and Mr. 1. A. Brown. THE NEW YEAR-The Chairman said as that was the first meeting of the Bench in the new year, the magistrates wislicd the Court a happy new year, and hoped they would have very few cases during the coming year.—Supt. Beeley: Hear, hear.—The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. Hati Cook) reciprocated the good wishes. LICENSING TRANSFER.—The licence of the Hare and Hounds alehouse, Crow ion, was transferred from Frederick Sutton Bean to John Hall. APPOINTMENT OF PROBATION OFFICER.—The Bench considered the appoint- ment of a probation officer under the Probation of Offenders' Act, 1907.—The Magistrates' Clerk read a letter from the clerk to the Northwich Conn, pointing out the desirability of appoint- ing Mr. Frederick Clarke, the present police court missionary, who had had several years' experience in the district with duties similar to those which a probation officer would have to perform. Mr. Clarke in the past had been severely handicapped with his work by the lack of powers which the new Act would confer. He was a person of good education, with some knowledge of the industrial and social condi- tions of the locality. Mr. Cook pointed out that hitherto Mr. Clarke had been performing for several years similar duties in that court to what a probation officer would have to do, being supported by the Police Court Mission. If he was appointed he would have to visit, or receive reports from the persons under supervision at euch rcSiXKiab'e intervals as might be specified, see that the perrons observed the conditions of their recognisances and report to the Court as to their behaviour, assist and befriend them, and, when necessary, endeavour to find them suitable employment. These were all things Bench had endeavoured to do for a number of years. The magistrates could appoint separate probation officers for tlie men and the women. or appoint one man to look after the interests of the men, women and children. Mr. Clarke, he added, had been appointed probation officer for other local eourie.. and if he was appointed for that court it would complete the circle. He personally knew Mr. C'arke to be a suitable man. The salary would be fixed by the Stand- ing Joint Committoc.—The Chairman proposed that Mr. Frederic; Clarke be appointed proba- tion officer for that court, and Dr. Smith seconded, the latter believing Mr. Clarke to be a suitable man. who had done good work in the past.—Tlie motion was carried unanimous!v. SCENE IN A EUNBCRY INN.—Mary Edge, a married woman, of Bunbury, was sum- moned by Richard Brennan. the licensee of the Dysart Arms, Bunbury. for assault. Complainant was represented by Mr. Whit-tingham, solicitor, Nantwich, who explained that on Monday, I 16th December, two women entered the inn. the defendant remaining at the door, and a woman mimed Sarah Jones took out a glass of beer to Edge. The glass was not returned, and Mifig Hoilins, who was in charge of the bar, made inquiries about it. This seemed to exasperate the defendant, because she returned to the house in company with a youth named Thomas Hem- mings, and used filthy language, refusing to leave. Eventually she was persuaded to do eo, but she and Hemmings returned between 9.30 and 10 p.m. The latter asked Mr. Brennan to come outside. Complainant. ordered Hemmings out. and as he refused to go he was put out. Defendant was standing outside the door at the time, carrying a rather large knob-stick, and when Mr. Brennan appeared at the door she struck him a violent blow on the forehead, cutting it badly and eaueing blood to flow- freely. Defendant then went into the road and created a further ditAurbance.-ComplaID-ant bore out this statement, and was supported by Mie's E. M. Hoilins, Samuel White, Walter Thomp- son. a blacksmith, and Thomas Frodsham. a plumber and painter.—Defendant called Thomas Hemmings. a labourer, 15 yearn of age, who lodged with her. He stated that complainant told Mre, Edge to go out of the house or she would be put out, and witness took her part, but they left without a dis- turbance. At Mr. Edge's request witness re- turned to the house to tell Brennan lie could search defendant's house if he wished to look for the glass. Witness told Brennan he was wanted outside, whereupon complainant hit him between the eyes. Witness hit back, and was put outside. He never saw Mrs, Edge strike Brennan. but. he saw blood on the -round. Mr. Whittingham You were this lady's cham- pion? Yes,—Defendant bore out this statement. She stated that the glass she had was returned to the bar by the woman who brought it. When Mr. Brennan sent down to the house to eee what had been done with the glass witness was upset, but. did not lose her temper. When she went to the inn she saw complainant thrashing Hemmings, so she hit defendant with a etic-k used for supporting p'ants, in order to defend the boy and herself. She took the stick with j her becau-re she knew what sort of a man Mr. Brenna.n was. She denied using bad "language. —Hemmings WM then charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the house. M r. Whittingham remarked that if a young man like defendant was justified in going into a licensed house and refusing to quit when re- quested. and immediately putting his fist in tlie landlord's faee, cs the evidence shewed, it would be a very serious thing.—Brennan and Miss Hoilins proved the case, declaring that de-j fendant was asked to leave the house several fendant was asked to leave the house several times.—Defendant denied the offence, stating that when he entered tlie house to deliver his message he was struck by Brennan. Defendant struck back. whereupon Brennan thrashed him. -A-frs. Edge was fined 10s. and 14s. 6d. costs, and Hemmings was fined 2s. 6d. and Ps. 6d. costs. MISSING KINGSLEY FOWL. Jane Ouh-ram, the middle-aged wife of a labourer, of Dark-lane. Kingsley, was summoned for steal- ing seven fowls, value 15s.. at Kingsley.—Sarah Ellen Alderman, the single daughter of Edward Alue-rouui, of Brook iiouoe Farm, King&lcyt stated that on the evening of the 13th Deoemi- ber slie counted the fowls, and on the following morning found seven were missing, the value being 15s.—P.C. Bancroft deposed to making inquiries, and as a result questioning the do- j fendant as to her offering to sell a fowl to a neighbour. At first defendant said she knew nothing about the fowl, but later she said that on Saturday, 14th December, she went to a local public-house at 6 a.m. for a drink, and on the way we stumbled over a fowl, which she picked up. She then went to a neighbour's hou.se, but no one wa-s in, so she went to another houi-se to try and sell the fowl for 9d.. but the woman refused to buy it. Afterwards she be. came frightened and threw the fowl away in ik fic:d, which she named, because she thought her husband would curse her if she took jr, home. That particular morning, the officer added, wae very dark and stormy. On searching the field mentioned he failed to find the fowl, and ou the 18th he apprehended defendant, who. when charged, replied I know nothing about ir. I am innocent." The defendant was not a sober womrLn. and occasionally went on the "spree." Her house was destitute of furniture, and was in a shocking state through her drunken habits. There were no children.—Defendant, who said she had an affliction, declared lier innocence.— The Chairman said the casts was suspicious, but it would be dismissed. They advised the de- fendant to reform. NO LIGHT.—Frederick Hazlehurst. of Kincs- ley, was fined 5s. and 8s. 6d. costs for ridinc a bicycle without a light on December 18. There were three similar convictions acainst defendant POACHER'S SMART SHOT.-Richard Sumner, an elderly man. who was described as being of no fixed abode but who said he was a native of Tilston. was summoned for an offenoo under the Poaching Prevention Act,P,c. Cope stated that at noon on December 23 he wa* in Alpraham, when he saw defendant, whom h< knew to be a poacher, on land in the occupation of Mr. Johnson. He kept him under observa- tion, and when a rabbit moved he Faw defendant pick up something and throw it at the animal, which was so injured that defendant was able to pick it up and put it under his jacket. De- fendant examined the ground in another field and then came on to the roadway, when he waa stopped by witness. Underneath a pair of stockings in defendant's pocket he found i freshly killed rabbit, which had been knocked is. the s'de of its head, and which defendant raii he had found. Defendanj remarked Give m,- the rabbit. It will be a two months' job.—■ Defendant: Never. You're tellinsr lies, ould mon. Didn't thou axt' me if I had killed thai rabbit. with a stone?—Witness No.— Defenda;rt; Then thou art a liar. I found the rabbit.— Supt. Beeley said the defendant lived by poach- ing. there being 14 convictions against him. an4 he asked for the full penalty.—The Bench im- posed a penalty of R5 and costs, with the alter- native of two months' imprisonment.—De- fendant: "I'm having the two months then, (Laughter.)
A HANDSOME GIFT. THE DUKE AND LONDON CHILDREN. The Duke of Westminster is sending E500 to the fund which is being raised in London for the provision of meals for school children.
GRESFORD. PARISH TEA.—This popular event took place at the new Scmools on Wednesday even- ing, a large gathering being present. A mis- cellaneous eptertainmc-ut followed, proving highly successful. THE CKLRCK.—A wat-ch-night service took place at the parish church on New Year. Eve, conducted by the local clergy, a large congregation being present. The bells rang out a merry peal of greeting to the New Year.
4 SHOTWICK. PARISH TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT. -A pariah tia, entertainment and danoe took place on New Year's Day in Woodbank School. The following ladies provided tke; tea:—Mrs. Samuel, Mrs. Wansbrough, Mis. Norman Mrs. Hewitt (Shotwick Hall), Miss Roberts, Mrs. R. Cash, Mrs. W. Cash. The entertainment opened with violin solo by Miss Taylor, who played Handel's Largo, a Maz- urk a (Bohn). and later on "Songs without words," and wa warmly encored. Mies Hero Taylor sang "Love the pedlar," "Smiles," and, as an encore, "My treasure," in accomplished manner and with fine effect. Mrs. Slater sang three pretty Devonshire folk songs. Miss Margaret Slater, a very promising young pianist, made her debut with a. pianoforte solo. Tlie Rev. F. G. and Mrs. Slater effec- tively sang a duet, "Sweet Nightingale," acd Mr. John Samuel brought down the house with the comic items, "Down by the sr-a" and "Humpty Dumpty." The Rev. F. R. Wans- brough (vicar) moved a vote of thanks to the performers. The young people of the parish brought a pleasant evening to a close with a dance.
MAN ATTACKED BY A CORMORANT- While walking on the sands at Cayton Bay, near Scarborough, on Saturday, a young man named Robert Burns, living at 7, Cross-street, was savagely attacked by a bird, which proved to be a cormorant. The bird flew at his faee and pecked beneath one of his eyes. Burns succeeded ilf: killing the bird, but so serious were his injnrief that he had to be treated at the hospital. CHRIST CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOLS.— The scholars attending these schools held their annual prize giving in the Girls' School on Wed- nesday evening. A substantial tea was provided, and afterwards the prizes were presented by the vicar (the Rev. F. S. M. Bennett, syssL-ted bv the superintendents (Miss E. Joyce and Mr. p, J. Ducker). An entertainment was held, and recita- tions, dialogues, tableaux, &c., were rendered by the scholars. A comedy, "Aunt Jane," by Mr. W. Shuttleworth, Miss E. Hill, Miss Ä; Winstaniey and Miss L. Pool, and songs by Miss Nellie Ford were much enjoyed. LOSS TO RAILWAY WORLD.—Mr. Hwr Linaker, superintendent of the Manchester ant North-Eastern District of the London and North- Western Railway, passed away on Saturday morning at his residence, Edenhurst. Stockport. Mr. Linaker, who was 57, had risen to his important and responsible position from the rank of junior clerk. He entered the cornpury's ser- vice at Carlisle more than 40 years ago, and waS successively promoted to be time-table clerk on the Chester and Holyhead section, outdoo assistant to the superintendent at Euston, assistant superintendent at Birmingham, and afterwards at Liverpool, and district superin- tendent at Northampton. In 1898 he was ap- pointed to be superintendent at Manchester. NO EATS SEEN eince n ing Danyxz Virns six muuths ago; see testimonials single tubes 2í13, 3 tubes 5'. po-t free from DATSTRZ Vraus LTD., Box B, 5. -Leadenhall-Bt, Loudon, E. C. Harmless toother animals
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this, but they have entered into pos- session of one of the most charming and artistic buildings to be found on the country-side, situated in the most charming thoroughfare, and with a panoramic background that it would be difficult to rival the country over. One must go back something like half a century to trace the slow growth of the book- loving t.a"te among Nc.stonians, It is indeed a far cry to the old days when the brothers diaries and Reginald Bushel 1 and the present Colonel Lloyd, three earnest young men, originated a modest local library and devoted much time to teaching their illiterate clients to read the books they had provided for them. The district had made great strides when (in 1881) a literary and debating society, with a library attached, was instituted at the Middle Class Schoolroom, Little Neston. Dr. John Riddock, the principal of the school, the present librarian of the district, was the organiser, but the late Mr. Duncan Graham and Mr. Reginald Bushell, and the late Revs. Canon Gleadowe and J. Lyon. and other byegone worthies, together with Colonel Lloyd, the Rev. J. Towert. and others still living, lent active support to the i venture, which for a very nominal subscription lent out a limited number of volumes. Some nine or ten years later the headquarters of the Society were removed to the Neston Town Hall. Here the library proved the most popular, and the literary tociety was gradually eclipsed and fin.ally absorbed by it. Successful entertainments, theatricals, lectures, etc., were got up by the young people for the benefit of the library, and the Rev. Canon Gleadowe was instrumental in handing over to the trustees a sum of £ 50 from a local legacy entrusted to him for the benefit of the parishioners. The library continued to flourish, and of recent years it has received a yearly grant from the local District Council. Throughout all these years Dr. Riddock had made the welfare and expansion of the library his one ambition and piloted it successfully through the difficulties which must occasionally beset such an institution amid a rural population. He was assisted as librarian by several young men, principally old pupils, and by several ladies, but he was the soul of the institution throughout, I and when Mr. Andrew Carnegie began with princely hand to sow the country with libraries, I it was Dr. Riddock who took the initiative in pleading the cause of Neston, and who was mainly responsible in securing the triumphant outcome of yesterday. As is pretty generally known, Mr. Carnegie very wisely only those who will meet him in the matter by making some sacrifice them- selves, and he expects not only security for the maintenance of the library from the local authorities, but also a freehold site upon which to place his building. So far as the local District Council was concerned, this latter con- dition placed Neston quite out of court. With the liabilities they had incurred in connection with recent improvements, a further loan for this purpose was quite out of the question, and the matter might have ended here but for another inspiration of the worthy librarian. The late David Russell, M.D.. one of the most public-spirited gentlemen in the Hundred of Wirral, together with the members of his family, had always been a firm friend of the library, and it wa." to this family Dr. Riddock now turned. For the past forty years the family have occupied the fine old Georgian residence in Parkgatc-road, known as Vine House, and here Mrs. Russell still resides. The house looks over a field on the opposite side of the road and across the Dee valley, and the site of the new library takes up a very considerable portion of the frontage of this field. The property, in- cluding the field, belongs to Mrs. Russell and her eon. Mr. Henry Francis Russell, the former having a life interest in it. In a rare spirit of generosity the mother and son have unostenta- tiously given the most valuable portion of this field to provide the necessary site. The name of Andrew Carnegie will be cle- sorvedly perpetuated by his gifts towards the advancement of literalune, but EO far as Neston is concerned the name of "Russell" should go down to posterity as that of a mother awl 6on who in tihe matter of giving had nothing to learn oven from the munificence of the King of Ironworkoree The cost of the building ie £1200 a.nd if the value of the site could be properly appraised it would cost a very respect- able figune besides this sum. Tho now buildings arc in the Reruiaissanoe style of architecture, and form a very pleasing group, weJl set back from the road. Tha library, which is entered from Parkgate-ioad, is so arranged llnat d-- various depo.itrrkents can bo easily supervised by the librarian. A square entrance hall gives access on the right to too rcadr'ng-room, a.nd on the left to the refoieaoe library and oom m i t.t ee- roo m. Conveniently opening off tho hall, and immediately opposite the main entrance, the distribution counter of the lending department is placed, suitable pro- vision being made for the book indscators. T'ho main reading-room is a lofty and we.U-lighted apartmcmt, and is fitted with a convenient took ,tp lu. service counter from the library. Lavatory ac- commodation and heating chamber, etc., are pro- vided ait the back of the buildings. The library will contain ten thousand volumes. The woodwork throughout, including the pan- elled dadoes, is of white wood artistically stained and polished, while the floors through- out are of wood blocks. The buildings are heated thioughout. by hot water 0.:1 the low pressure system. Externally the buildings are faced with red pressed Ruabon bricks, the dressings and other ornamentations being of slone-coloui'od terra cotta- The roofs through- out are s'-atcd with green -Wett rmo-re land slates. Tho buildings have been designed and carried out under the superintendence of M<aars. Green, Kncwlcs and Russell, architects of Sowth John- st.root, Liverpool, the general contractors for the work being MCSCTS. George Wood and Son, of Boot'.e. THE CEREMONY. The opening ceremony took place at 3.30 pm., and was performed by Mr. Joseph Pembert.on, the chairman of the Neston and Pitrkgate Ur- ban District Council, at the umunmous request of the coun.illo,R. About 500 special invitations had been sent out by Mr. Pemberion., and not- withstanding the somewhat inconvenient hour as regards business people, the Reading Room, in which the meeting was held, was crowded, among those present being the Rev. Canon Turner (vicar of Neston), the Rev. Walsham Postance (Willaston), the Rev. J. Towert (Presbyterian minister), the Rev. H. J. Graham, the Rev. Mr. Johnson (Congregational minister), the Rev. EMher Thompson (St. Winefride's, Neston), Col. J. C. Lloyd, Major Grundy, Messrs. J. Percival Gamon (law clerk to Council), Joseph Johnson (High-street), J. Heyes (Rathmines), S. F. Frost (Highfield), Mrs. J. Pemberton (The Mount), Mrs. M. A. Barrett (The Church House), Mrs. Ariel Gray (Park-view). Miss Roberts (Bank- cottage). Miss Lyon (Elmleigh), Messrs. R. L. Price (Glanrhos), J. G. Lee (High-street), W. Allen (Leighton Hall), John Birch, T. Jones, C. E. Senior (surveyor to Council), W. Tranter (collector), A. Coventry (Miil-street), and R. e Scott, Mrs. Yearsiey, Miss E. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gleave, Mrs. Horsely (Beach House), Miss Lee (Liverpool-road), Miss Price (Gladstone- road), Mr. H. Stringer, Mrs. Morris (Church- lane), Mrs. R. Morrison (Glenton House), the Misses Maddock (Ness), Miss Gill (The Warrens), Sergt. Wharam, Mr. W. Towert, &c. Mr. Pemberton having opened the proceedings, Mr. H. F. Russell, on behalf of his mother and himself, approached, and amid the plaudits of tho onlookers formally handed over to Mr. PfciiibertoTi, as chaiirmatn of the Council, the deeds of the site, coupled with the siooere wish that the building then being opened would prove a peamanent benefit to the district. On b- hailf of his film (Messrs. Green, Knowl-ets and Russeill) ho further asked Mr. Pern be rton's ac- ceptance of a silver gilt key a<s a souvenir of the occasion, ajid expressed his personal appre- ciation of the valuable services which the chair- man of the Council had rendered to the dis- trict during the many years he had acted as its representative. (App'ause.) Mr. Russell hero handed to Mr. Pembortoru an extremely handsome and artistically-wrought silver-gilt kpy in case, bearing the following iu- scription "Gamcigie Library, Neston, Jan. 3rd, 1908. On the reverse- were inscribed the words: "Pinsented to J. Pemberton, Esq., J.P., chair- man of the Neston and Parkgate U.D. Council, by tho architects, Messrs. Gieen, Knowlcs and Russell." Mr. Pcnnberton suitably replied, and handed the deeds owr to the keeping of Mr. J. Pcrci- va.! Gamon, the law clerk to the Council. A hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Andrew Car- negie, L.L.D., the giver of the library, and to Mrs. David Russell, and Mr. H. F. Russell, the donors of the land, was proposed by the V;mr in a neat speech, in which he referred in eulogistic terms to the munificent gift to the district, and to those who had been asso- ciated with the matter. The Rev J. Towert,, an old resident, who had been associated wi-th the old Literary Society and the library from its fimt intro- duction, on being called upon to second the vote of thanks, sa.id: It is a pleasant duty that I have been asked to perform in seconding a vote of thanks to the donors of the building and of the site of our Free Library. We learn from the old Book that it is a good thing to give thanks, thanks to Him from whom all blessings flow, and, if eo, it is good also to make grate- ful acknowledgment to those among our fellow- men who have proved therneel vet. special bene- factors. I am anxious not to weary you with any remarks c-f mine, and yet, at the same time, to say all tha.t I think ought to be said on this public and memorable occasion. The donors who ough t to be mentioned on this I occasion are principally throe. There is, first, the giver of tho money, without which the building would never have been reared, would never even have been thought of. Our grate- ful thanks are due to Mr. Carnegie for his generous gift. He could have known noth- ing about Neeton, but, as we know, he is in- tensely interested in the spread of knowledge, and as books are one of the means by which knowledge is imparted, he has devoted a por- tion of his immense wealth to the more diffi- cult side of the task of founding libraries, viz., providing the buildings, for it is much easier to collect books than it is to secure a proper place to house them in. The thanks of the whole community therefore should go cut, to Mr. Carnegie for providing the means of erect- ing this elegant and classic little home for our Free Library. Our thanks arc next due to the proprietors of the splendid site on which the library stands for their munificent gift of the ground. Mrs. Russell is better known to some of us older inhabitants than to more re- cent coiners into our district. Those of us who knew her twenty or thirty years ago, when she was taking her full share in the activities of the parish, remember well her kindly ways and her gracious manner, and her interest in all things parochial. She has to-day given ample proof tha-t her interest has not faded, and she has conferred one of the greatest boons on our little township by the noble site she has presented to it. We associate with her name that of her son, Mr. Frank Russell, who would have had a claim on the ground after his esteemed mother. He has relinquished that claim and associated himself most heartily with Mrs. Russell in this splendid bcnofaotion. The namo of Russell for the last, half century has had an honoured place in the annals of our pariah, and mother and son are maintain- ing the best traditions of the family in the handioure gift they are making over to our community to-day. Mr. Frauk Russell is to be congratulated and thanked on another ground. He knows liow deep an interest his father took in the library (a father whom many of us esteemed and loved, and whose memory we revere), and knowing this interest Mr. Frank has done his best to further what ho believed would have been his father's wish. He drew our plans, superintended the erec- tion of the building, and in other ways has en- deavoured to make the library movement a complete success. I desiro to congratulate him, and venture to do it. in the name of the community, on the elegant and classic design he has given us, so great an ornament as it is to cur town, and so thoroughly in keeping with its object as a home for our district library. We see to-day the crown put on a movement-, the beginning of which goes back a good many years. I well remember the day when two young men talked over the idea of a Young Men's Literary Society aa they went together in the morning to town. These two were Mr. Joseph Crcston and my own brother. They resolved that day to approach Dr. Rid- dock on the subject of their corn-ereal.ion. The result of the interview was that the doctor approached the Rev. Canon Gleadowe, who was then vicar of the parish, and askod if he would kindly lend his help in the formation of a Young Men's Society. He consented. A meeting was held in Dr. Riddoek'» school- room, a-nd iAIr. Gleadowe was unanimously appointed president. He had a splendid aissistant in the Rev. Joseph Lyon, who was made vice-prcs dent, and Dr. Riddock was ap- pointed secretary. The society held on its way for eight or nine years, and numbered some eighty or ninety members. It met every Saturday, papers were read, debates were con- ducted, and occasional entertainments were given. Then the project of a library was mooted. Dr. Riddock had received from the lato Mr. R. A. Macfie a present of three bookts, as he said, to begin a library with. These three books formed the nucleus. Concerts and various entertainments were arranged fi-om time to time, and with the proceeds books were bought till more than ono hundred volumes were acquired, and a cupboard pur- chatjed for their reception. Then came the carrying out of the saherne of the Town Hall, and the society at once agreed to transfer its books thither, and hand them over for the use of the district, and now the library, instead of dwelling in a hired house, has acquired a home of its own. The little seed sown in 1881 has become a tree. Thoae of us who were connected with the Young Men's Society from the first can never forget the warm interest taken in it by the president and vice-president, the Rev. Mr. Gleadowe and the Rev. Joseph Lyon. The latter indeed was one of the main- stays of it, and of the library till his departure to Chester. AJ other warm friend was the late Dr. Russell, and others still were the late Mr. Wysc and the late Mr. Thomson, cf Hin- derton Farm, as well as Colonel Lloyd, who is still with us and has seen more changes in the parish than any of u& But the sheet anchor both of the society ajid of tho library was the secretary, Dr. Riddock. He has clung to the library through dark days and bright. In a sense he has been the library. He has cared for the books with all the affection of a father for a numerous family. He has refused to be separated from the library and its interests. He could almost take up the song of "the brook'' and say, "Af--n may oome, and raein may go, but I go on for ever." It is to his efforts that we owe the Carnegie gift, and we give him hearty thanks for his good offices, and oongiatulattei him on the splendid success of the, undertaking on which he has so long sot his heart. He tells us his work is now done. I toll him No! and inform him that there is another work to be dene. He is deeply interested in young and old in the parish. Many of the inhabitants of the parish con point to him as their teacher of old, and one- thing the parish trtiil meeds, viz., A PARK AND RECREATION GROUND. If such is not secured quickly the place will be shortly built up. i.rid the inhabitants of the o'd village will ere long find themselves sent out of their own beautiful country side. Dr. Rid- dbok must get hold of some other Carnegie to present us with what is so badly wanted—a pub- lic park. It is a fpecial pleae-ure ro me to be present, to-day. It haa boon my privilege to witness various epoc-h-making events in this locality sinee I came to reside in it. When 1 first came the old parish church was be-ing pulled down to make way for a larger and more modern buiLding, a.nd as my quarters then were nearly opposite, I watched the rising of the new build- ing with much interest. It was a. distinct epoch in tho life of the village when th? hand-some edifice waa op; IK d and dedicated to the worship of God. Then a number of years later came th.e Town Ha.ll, and it is impossible to estimate the change that lias been produced on our village life and ways by the erection of that building. Soma of the younger folks in 0;> the parish must often wonder what the place was like before there was a Town Hall. And we have lastly the library, that I believe by its dignity and elegance will give character to our community and do much to elevate and refine its mannere and its tastes. I would like to point out that this library move- morlt has grown from a Jiring loot. Many a rich man, in bui'dmg a house for himself, finds it necessary to number among its roorrs one to be called the library, and having built tlie room lie finds it needful to furnish it with books, books that ane never read, never even opened, so that the libiary is like a room of the dead, with no living interest attaching to it. What- ever this library of ours began with, a living society, a society of young men whose minds were active and who wished to learn, a.nd to improve their minds, and sought the means of improvement in books, and so springing from 4 tins living roo-t the Neston Library lms groWI1 and flourished among us till now it is become a stately tree. Thene is a Caineg-ie Free Libi-ary in the city of Edinburgh, a noble edifice that cost £ o-0,000. Over the entrance of that build- ing are carved the significant words, "Let th--jvs be light." May this be tho motto of our library and of its committee, and may it be flie. moans of spreading wholesome literature and useful knowledge among all classes of our grow- ing community. The Rev. Father Thompson and Co'onel J. o Lloyd, in proposing and seconding a vote of thanks to the chairman, also gave interesting addresses. The proceedings closed with the singing of the Doxology. The building was inspected with much inter- est by the numerous visitors. In tho evening Mr. Pemberton. entertained the Library Committee and the members of the District Council at dinner at the Town Hall, where the usual loyal t0a.st6 and the haalth of t,hoso connected with the acquisi- tion were enthusiastically drunk.
I which they thought could be improved by the widening of the road, which was very narrow. This, would be much appreciated by the general public, and as it would benefit them, they were prepared to give all reasonable assistance. Mr. Piggott said it was a nasty, steep hill, and on the road, which was rather narrow, there was a fair amount of traffic, but a great deal of it was in connection with the mill. If one aide of the road was widened it would prove very costly, but. if the work was carried out on the other side he thought it' oould be done for about £20,- It was decided to communicate with Mr. Cawley and submit to him a sketch of the locus in quo, with an estimate of the cost.