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4 WARM WELCOME. Gratifying evidence of the cordial, nay Affectionate, relationship that has existed for generations between. the House of Grosvenor -and the citizens of Chester was abundantly furnished yesterday (Tuesday), when the .young Duke of Westminster received a warm welcome on his return from South Africa. ,From the time of William the Conqueror the Groavenors and Chester have been inseparably linked together, and Costrians are ever glad of an opportunity of demonstrating their appreciation of the friendly interest which their distinguished neighbours have always manifested in the old city. The present Duke, on the threshold of his career has had 'the advantage of serving under two of the .principal actors in the great South African ,drama-Sir Alfred Milner and General Lord Roberts-and everyone will agree that his experience could not have been gained in a better school. His Grace has been closely I' associated with historic events in the southern .portion of the Dark Continent. To go back what now seems a considerable period, it may be men- tioned that he was present at the memorable meeting of Sir Alfred Milner and ex-President Kruger at the Bloemfontein Conference. And it -is worthy of note that on this occasion Oom Paul shewed that he was in touch with English affairs by congratulating the then Viscount Belgrave upon the victory of Flying Fox in the Derby. The Duke's next visit to Bloemfontein was under very different circumstances, for he ,then accompanied Lord Roberts on his triumphal entry into the capital of the now -defunct Free State Republic. Yet another honour was in store for him, and that was the proud privilege of hoisting once more and for ever the British flag over Pretoria, an incident which signalised a decisive stage of the operations in South Africa. Now that the war is, as we all hope, nearing its end, the Duke has come home to take upon himself the important duties which attach to his title and position. It 18 only natural that Chester and the tenantry should, having watched with almost parental solicitude his career at the front, take the advantage which the occasion offered to accord him a truly hearty welcome. The Norman mail boat, on which his Grace returned from South Africa, reached South- ampton on Friday evening, and he was met by the Countess Grosvenor, who had travelled down from London. The Duke at once pro- ceeded to London, where he stayed until Monday.

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