FRUIT AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS. ♦ SHOW AT CHESTER. DELIGHTFUL DISPLAY. Yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon Lady Lattice Qrosvenor opened an exhibition of fruit and chrysanthemums at the Town Hall, in con- nection with the Chester Paxton Society, which ltas done valuable work in fostering the culture of fruit and that much-prized flower, the I -Chrysanthemum. The society has been signally I Successful in its efforts. Each year's show | 3uts been an improvement upon the previous One, and, although those who inspected the display last year believed the Society had reached the zenith of its success, yesterday's Exhibition capped its predecessors in point of general excellence, and will enhance the reputation which the Society has already earned for good shows, which have from the very outset proved a real treat to many hundreds in the locality. Bat that is not the extent of the public's indebtedness to the Society. These annual exhibitions have proved an incentive to many in the neighbour- hood to attempt—generally with encouraging results—the culture of new fruits and the best Varieties of the chrysanthemum. It is gratity- ing to note that the entries both for fruits and 41krysauthemums exceed those of any previous exhibition. A GLANCE AT THE EXHIBITS. Commencing with the ahrysanthemums, the groups were most effective, ar- ranged as they were in semi circles against the far wall. In this section there were six competitors as against five last year, and for the tnird time in succession Mr. iSdwin Stubbs (gardener to Mrs. Hudson, Bactiw Hall) has carried off the first prize, but never has he been so hardly pressed as on the present occasion, a fresh exhibitor this year, Mr. T. Gibbons Frost, of Mollington Bauastre (per Mr. Gilbert, his gardener), following him very closely and gaining the second prize. A veteran exhibitor, Mr. Jno. Taylor (gardener to Mis. Potts, of Hoole Hall) won the third prize witn a very creditable collection. A tresh com- Petitor, Mr. A. Ellis, gardener at the County Asylum, had staged a very excellent group, but his arrangement lacked the finish of those in front of him. Mrs. MacLaren, of Cuizon Park, gained a "he" card. The arrangement here Was good, but the individual blooms were Smaller than some of the others. There was an excellent group from Mr. Edward Dixon's, ot Littleton Hail, but the colours were not so Well diffused as they might have been. The judges—Mr. Blair, gardener to the Duke ot Sutherland, and Mr. Flack, gardener to the Marquis of Cholmondeley, both of whom are recognised as expert judges of chrysanthemums —admitted that never in all their experience had they seen groups equal to those at this show. They said with regard to the first and second prize groups, the quality of bloom exceeded anything they had ever Been, while the general arrangement for effect left nothing to be desired. Those who only succeeded in gaining Vainor prizes had nothing to be ashamed of, for even these were superior to what used to be Staged at the Town Hall when the exhibitions Were first held. The next class was for six plants, Japanese or incurved varieties, and here Air. Gibbons Frost beat his successful opponent in the groups by taking the tirst prize with a Very even lot, of plants. Mrs. Hudson secured the second prize with a very creditable display. Madame Hamley, who entered the lists for the first time, was a good third. The next class for four plants, Japanese or incurved varieties, was specially for amateurs. The first prize went to Mr. Hobt. Whipp, of Abbots Meads, the second to Mr. J. C. Thornton, of Upton Heath, and the third to Mrs. Walker, of King-street. A very Pleasing feature of the exhibition was the class for single varieties, of which, by the way, the late Duke of Westminster was an ardent lover. Here the blooms were of exquisite design, possessing a gracefulness which cannot be seen in the larger Japanese or incurved varieties. The colours were both original and beautiful. The first prize was awarded to Mrs. MacLaren, of Curzon Park (per Mr. S. Garner). The judges described each plant as being almost perfect. Miss Humberston, of Newton Hall (per Mr. Robert Wakefield) followed very closely with the second prize lot. The third prize was secured by Mr. T. Gibbons Frost. for the prize for a stand of naturally-grown chrysanthemums, there were seven competitors, and the judges experienced soue difficulty in taking the awards. After much deliberation the first prize was given to Mr. James Tomkin- son, M.P., whose gardener (Mr. Owen Roberts) displayed a very tine lot. Mrs. Townsend Ince, Christleton Hall (per Mr. Thos. Weaver) followed very closely with a beautifully arranged box of exquisite blooms. Miss ^umberston secured third honours. Six com- petitors had entered for the epergne of cut chrysanthemums, and Mr. James Tomkinson took the first prize, while Mrs. Welsby, of Curzon Park, and Mrs. Hudson, of Bache Hall, captured the second and third respectively. The entries for the specimen blooms of both Japanese and incurved varieties were above the average. For the twelve finest blooms a new Competitor, Mr. F. W. Soames, of Wrexham (per Mr. J. Shaw), took chief honours a local grower, Mr. T. Case Morris, of Upton (per. Mr. George Sedgeley) was awarded the second, and Mr. Alfred Ashworth, of Gresford, the third prize. Other successful competitors in this section were Mrs. Hudson, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon, Maesfen (per Mr. W. Prior), and Mr. Charles Threlfall, Tilstone Lodge (per Mr. T. Herbert). The table decorations (open to ladies resident in the society's district), which formed a new feature of last year's exhibition, had this year attracted seven competitors. The general arrangement was superior to that of last year, and Mrs. Welsby, of Curzon Park, is to be congratulated upon having secured first honours against very strong competition. Miss Nora Smith, of Pulford, was awarded the second prize tor a very pretty stand which, however, lacked the character of Mrs. Welsby's. Miss Smith was very closely followed by Miss Mabel Dickson, of Mayfield, whose arrangement was very tasteful, but the flowers employed did not seem to be quite 80 fresh as the others. Mrs. Pringle, of Cambrian Crescent, took the fourth prize, and the non-successful competitors Were Mr. Jno. Cullimore, of Christleton, whose stand was commended, Mrs. F. Horatio Lloyd, and Mrs. Dimond Hogg, of Saltney Vicarage. His Grace the Duke of Westminster sent-not for competition-an exquisite collection of apples, pears, grapes, and other fruits, together with a collection of cut blooms, all of which Were arranged on a large table near the centre of the room. This exhibit was one of the most effective in the show, and attracted much atten- tion. It reflected the greatest credit upon Mr. F. Harnes, his Grace's respected head gardener. for the Duke of Westminster's stand, the judges made an honorary award of a gold medal. Messrs. Dickson's stand comprised choice flowers and foliage plants, hardy fruits, &c. Messrs. McHattie and Co. also staged a creditable exhibit as did also Mr. T. W. Dutton, of Queen's Park Nurseries. Another non-competitive exhibit, which deserves special mention was that sent by Mrs. Hudson, of Bache Hall, arranged by her gardener, Mr. E. Stubbs, and largely com- prised of choice sweet-scented violets. In the previous shows grapes have not always been Very prominent, but this year the entries were exceptionally good, the first prize being awarded to Mr. J. Saunderson (Bodnant), the Second to Mrs. Hudson (Bache Hall), while the third was secured by Mr. G. W. Hayes (Hoole Bank). In the gardener's class for home-grown apples-24 distinct varieties-there was a strong Competition, the premier honours being secured by a local grower, in the person of Mr. Edward Paul, Barrow, his gardener being Mr. H. Fletcher. A near neighbour of Mr. Paul's— Mr. Lyle Smith, per Mr. Morris, gardener was awarded second prize, while Lord Combermere had, this year, to be content with third place. For smaller growers the classes this year were made for twelve and six varieties. For the best twelve, Mr. J. Saunder- son, Bodnant Hall, who has long been famous as an excellent fruit grower, easily secured first prize. Mrs. Townsend Ince's collection was given second prize, but her excellent fruit, Was lacking the colour of the Bodnant exhibit. The Hon. Mrs. Kenyon took the third prize with fruit of good quality, but "dersized compared with the two other prize- winners. For six varieties a local fruit grower Mr. Simon Nowell, Whitby Heath, took first Prize, Capt. Feiiden being second, and Mr. R. R. Salmon, of Rowton, being awarded third prize. The entries for pears were the very best that had ever been Imade at this show, and the average quality was of a very high standard. For the best collection of six distinct dishes a noted grower in the Rev. L. Garnett (Christleton Rectory) easily secured first r' prize, Lord Combermere being second, and Mr. Hugh Lyle Smyth third. The most attractive dishes of pears in the exhibition was the Pitmaston dishes, staged by Mr. Saunderson. Captain Feiiden secured second honours, while the Rev. L. Garnett was placed third. The other chief competitors in this section were Mrs. Ambrose Dixon, Christleton-bank; Mr. Macfie, Rowton Hall; Mr. John Thompson, Netherleigh House; and Mrs. Arthur Potts, Hoole Hail. There were only two exhibitors in the section for the best collection of 50 distinct apples, these being Mr. John Watkin, Witherington, Hereford, and Messrs. Pewtress Bros., Tilling- ton, Hereford. Both exhibits were above the average for quality and colour. The one staged by Mr. VVatkins was rather more uuitorm than his opponent, and was, therefore, awarded first prize. In the class for kitchen pears there was a good entry, and here the principal prizes were carried off by Sir George Meyrick, Bart, Mr. Hugh Lyle Smyth, and Mr. J. W. Macfie. In the single dishes of kitchen apples class, the most imposing fruit were the Peasgood's variety, the dish staged by Mr. Daniel Hall, Barrow, being perfect specimens and carried off first prize. Mr. T. Day, Rowton, and the lion. Mrs. Kenyon, were second and third respectively. In the other classes the principal prizes went to Mrs. T. Ince, Mr. T. Case Morris, Upton; Mr. J. Saunderson, the Rev. L. Garnett, Mrs. Rolt, Christleton; and Lord Combermere. In the section which was open to those not employing gardeners, also to farmers, market gardeners and cottagers, though the entries were not so numerous as in the previous section, the quality was of a very high order. The principal prize in this class was for a collection of six distinct dishes of kitchen apples, and here Mr. John Mosford, ot Hatton Heatb, a tenant of Lord Combermere, easily took the first prize. A local amateur, Mr. Edward Edwards, of Upton Park, was awarded the second, Mr. J. Jefferson, of Peel Hall, being given the third. Mr. Peter Herd, of Marchwiel, Wrexham, gained the premier award, Mr. W. J. Mayers, of Christleton, the second, and Mr. George Faulkner, of Rowton, the third, tor three distinct dishes, the quality of all being most meritorious. There was a very good entry for three distinct dishes of pears, Mr. J. Jefferson, Mr. G. Hamilton, (Newton), and Mr. Thomas Lanceley (Overieigh-road) being the respective winners of prizes. In the class for single dishes of kitchen apples Mr. John Mosford, Mrs. E. J. Bailey (Upton), and Mr. H. A. Garland (Eaton) were prin- cipally successful. For dessert apples Mr. John W ynne, of Waverton, took first prize with an excellent dish of Ribston Pippins. To encourage market gardeners to pack their fruits carefully, the committee this year offered special prizes for six packed boxes of apples. Two competitors entered, and both made creditable exhibits. Messrs. Pewtress Bros., Tillington, Hereford, took the first prize, and the second went to AfrA Simon Nowell, of Whitby Heath. The judges were Mr. Blair (gardener to the Duke of Suther- land), Mr. Speed (gardener to Lord Penrhyn), Mr. Flack (gardener to the Marquis of Cholmon- deley), the Rev. L. Garnett (Christleton Rectory), Mr. R. L. Garnett (Wireside, Lancaster), Mr. W. W. Johnson (Queen's Ferry), Mr. Vaughan (Here- ford), and Mr. Pewtress (Tillington). PRIZE LIST. FRUIT. SECTION A.—Open to gardeners and those em- ploying gardeners, and also to market gardeners. Dessert apples-Ribston Pippin: 1, J. Saun- derson; 2, E. Paul; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Oox'sJ Orange Pippin 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, H. Lyle Smyth. King of the Pippins 1, J. Saunderson 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts. Beauman's Red Keinette 1, Captain Feiiden 2, the Hev. L. Garnett; 3, T. Day. Gasooyne's Scarlet 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon 3, E. Severn. Blen- heim Orange: 1, J. Saunderson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Any other mid-season variety: 1, T. Day; 2, Mrs.Rolt; 3, B. C. Roberts. Any other late-keeping variety 1, J. Saunderson; 2, R, R. Salmon; 3, the Hon. Mrs Kenyon. Dessert pears-Marie Louise 1, Mrs. A. Dixon; 2, J. W. Macfie; 3, John Thompson. Pitmaston Duchesse: 1, J. Saunder- son; 2, Captain Feilden 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Doyenne du Cornice 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 3, Captain Feilden. Glou Morceau 1, B. C. Roberts 2, Captain Feilden; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts. Winter Nelis: 1, Edward Dixon; 2, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Any other sort (ripe): 1, Sir George Meyrick; 2, J, W. Macfie; 3, Charles Threlfall. Any other late keeping variety 1, Captain Feilden; 2. Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, J. Saunderson. Kitchen pears, any sort (stewing variety): 1, H. Lyle Smyth; 2, Sir Geo. Meyrick; 3, B. C. Roberts. Kitchen apples, Peasgood's Nonsuch 1, E. Paul; 2, T. Day 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Alfriston: 1, T. Case Morris 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, Sir Geo. Meyrick. Mere de Manage 1, E. Paul; 2, E. Severn; 3, the Rev. T. P. Dimond Hogg. Lane's Prince Albert: 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 2, T. Day; 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Dumelow's Seedling 1, J. Saunderson 2, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 3, T. Day. Wareham Russett: 1, E. Paul; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. The Queen: 1, H. Lyle Smyth; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, E. Paul. Bramley's Seedling: 1, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 2, H. Lyle Smyth; 3, E. Severn. Any other sort 1, E. Paul; 2, Mrs. Rolt; 3, E. Severn. Collec- tions—dessert apples (six distinct varieties) 1, J. Saunderson; 2, T. Day; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Kitchen or dessert apples (24 varieties): 1, E. Paul; 2, H. Lyle Smyth 3, E. Severn. Kitchen apples (12 varieties): 1, J. Saunderson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, the Hon. Mrs. Kenyon. Kitchen apples (six varieties): 1, Simon Nowell; 2, Captain Feilden; 3, R. R. Salmon. Dessert pears (six varieties): 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, E. Severn; 3, H. Lyle Smyth. SECTION B.—Open to those not employing gardeners; also to farmers and cottagers. All specimens exhibited must have been grown in the open air, and not under glass or any other artificial protection. Dessert apples. Ribston Pippin 1, John Wynne; 2, J. Jefferson; 3, J. Mosford. Blenheim Orange 1. John Mosford; 2, H. Welsby 3, Mrs. Baillie. Cox's Orange Pippin: 1, Geo. Faulkner 2, John Wynne; 3, J. Mosford, King of the' Pippins 1, J. Mosford; 2, Peter Herd; 3. Joseph Such. Gascoyne's Scarlet: 1, H. A. Garland; 2, Joseph Such; 3, G. Hamilton. Any other sort: 1, H. A. Garland 3, J. Jefferson. Dessert pears.—Any early sort: 1, J. Jefferson 2, Joseph Such; 3, Thos. Lanceley. Any late sort: 1, Mrs. Baillie; 2, G. Hamilton; 3, J. Jefferson. Kitchen apples.—Peasgood's Nonsuch: 1, John Mosford; 2, M. J. Mayers; 3, H. A. Garland. Alfriston: 1, Mrs. Baillie; 2, John Mosford; 3, John Wynne. Mere de Menage: 1 J. Mosford; 2, Peter Herd; 3, G. W. Smith. Stirling Castle: 1, J. Jefferson; 2 John Mosford; 3, John Wynne. Dumelow's Seedling: 1, J. Mosford; 2, Geo. Faulkner; 3, Mrs. Baillie. Lane's Prince Albert: 1, H. A. Garland; 2, J. Mosford; 3, Peter Herd. Any other sort: 1, W. J. Mayers; 2, Edwards; 3, W. H. Hughes. Collections.—Dessert apples (six distinct varieties): I, H. A. Garland; 2, J. Jefferson; 3, Mrs. Baillie. Kitchen apples (six varieties): 1, j! Mosford; 2, Edw. Edwards; 3, J. Jefferson. Kitchen apples (three varieties): 1, Peter Herd; 2, W. J. Mayers; 3, Geo. Faulkner. Dessert Sears (three varieties): 1, J. Jefferson; 2, G. Hamilton; 3, Thos. Laneeley. Open to the United Kingdom. All specimens ex- hibited must have been grown in the open air, and not under glass, or any other artificial pro- tection.—Collection of apples (50 dishes): 1, John Watkins; 2, Messrs. Pewtress Bros. SECTION D.—Open to the society's district. Red tomatoes: 1, Edward Dixon; 2, Sir George Meyrick; 3, E. Severn. SECTIOK E.—Open to the society's district. Twelve bottles of preserved fruits (not less than six distinct kinds): 1, John Weaver; 2, Amos Walker; 3, Owen Roberts. Six bottles of pre- served fruits (three distinct kinds): 1, J. Atkinson 2, John Weaver. SECTION F.—Open to the United Kingdom. Four bunches of grapes (two bunches of any white variety and two of any black variety): 1, J. Saunderson. Open to the district. Two bunches black grapes: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, G. W. Hayes. Two bunches white grapes: 1, G. W. Hayes; 2, John Jones. Special prizes for packing apples: 1, Pewtress Bros.; 2, Simon Nowell. Group of plants, ar- ranged for effect in a semi-circle: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, T. Gibbons Frost; 3, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 4, the County Asylum; h c, Mrs. MacLaran; c, Edward Dixon. Six plants: 1, T. Gibbons Frost; 2, Mrs. R. S. Hudson 3, Madame Hamley. Four plants, Japanese or incurved varieties (distinct): 1, R. Whipp; 2, James C. Thornton; 3, Miss A. Walker. Four plants, single varieties (distinct): 1, Mrs. MacLaren; 2, Miss Humberston; 3, T. Gibbons Frost. SECTION I.—Cut blooms. Best arranged stand of twelve single trusses of naturally grown chrysanthemums (excluding singles varieties): 1, Miss Humberston; 2, J. W. Macfie; 3, Mrs. Townsend Ince. Best arranged stand of naturally grown cut single chrysanthe- mums 1, J. Tomkinson; 2, Mrs. Townsend Ince; 3, Miss Humberston. Best arranged epergne: 1, James Tomkinson; 2, K. Welsby; 3, Mrs. R. S. Hudson. Twelve cut blooms: 1, F. W. Soames; 2, T. Case Morris; 3, Alfred Ashworth h c, Chas. Threlfall. Six cut blooms: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, T. Brocklebank; 3, J. Tomkinson. Three cut blooms: 1, Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 2, J. W. Macfie. Six cut blooms: 1, T. Case Morris; 2, C. Threlfall; 3, Alfred Ashworth. Three ditto: 1, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 2, Hon. Mrs. Kenyon; 3, T. Brocklebank. Five Japanese blooms 1, J. Tomkinson; 2, Mrs. R. S. Hudson; 3, Alfred Ashworth; c, Sir George Meyrick. SECTION K.—Open to ladies resident in the society's district. Best arranged table decoration of naturally grown chrysanthemums; vases, ornaments and foliage at the discretion of the exhibitor: 1, Mrs. K. Welsby; 2. Miss Nora Smith; 3, Miss Mabel Dickson; 4, Mrs. Pringle; c, Mrs. Cullimore.
APPLE CULTURE IN CHESHIRE. « [SPECIAL TO THE COURANT."] The interesting show held yesterday in the Town Hall must be my apology for a few practical words upon apple culture, more particularly apple culture in Cheshire. In this attractive show the observer might have dis- tinguished several different types of visitor. I am concerned with but one. The more expe- rienced reporter will relate that the crowd was fashionable and representative, that the skilful gardener and keen amateur won all they deserved, even were it less than they expected, with their beautiful flowers and tempting fruit. The crowd know little and care less, we need not heed them. The connoisseurs already know as much as they need, and, perhaps, more than we can tell them, but there is a third-and an increasing class-at these yearly shows, the class of the enquirers, who would like to interest themselves in apple-growing, either for pleasure or for profit if they knew how, who appreciate results without being able to attain them, and to whom are addressed these few hints learned in some years of varied experience. By mistakes we are said to learn our trade. Happy are we if those mistakes are not always our own. We need concern ourselves only with local conditions. Very beautiful are the results obtained in the warmer sunshine and more suitable soil of other and more southern counties, but we begin by remembering that they are not for us in Cheshire, and our business is to make the best of what we have got, in soil, sunshine, and in situation. There are people who say that no apple comes up to the American Newtown Pippin, others that nothing beats a Ribston, and while partly allowing the justice of their assertion, we generally find upon enquiry that these are the only two whose names they know, unless it may be a Keswick Codlin, whose well-known cooking properties have made it a household word. But, because Newtown Pippins can only be bought in barrels, and because Ribstons do not shew themselves quite to perfection about Chester, we need not take it for granted that no apples will do well here, or we may as well dig up our orchards and buy for the future. It is quite surprising how few really good apples are grown or ever get into the market. Every market gardener or fruit dealer will tell you how difficult it is to find good fruit, and how readily they will buy it when found and while upon this part of my subject I would emphasize the necessity of careful choice and packing- careful gathering goes without saying. Every apple should be handled like a ball of glass, not gathered in the way that I found a new gardener harvesting my precious fruit, giving the standard tree a good shake by its trunk, and watching the hail of apples which followed with calm satisfaction. First, as to choice of trees. What ought primarily to be aimed at is, not an omnium gatherum of all sorts of apple trees, but a few chosen varieties which will give a succession of dessert and kitchen fruit all through the autumn and winter months. A good catalogue wiU give you names enough to satisfy and to puzzle you. I would take your catalogue, as I often do for my friends, and mark thtse which are especially worthy of notice. Thus-dessert apples (in order of their use) Irish Peach, Devonshire Quarrenden, American Mother' Ribston Pippin, Cox's Orange Pippin, Lord Burghley and Sturmer Pippin, for late use. and, if you want them only for show on the dinner table, Lady Sudeley, Worcester Pear- main, Scarlet Pearmain, King of the Pippins, Bauman's Red Reinette, Blenheim Orange, and Gascoyne's Scarlet Seedling (the two latter semi-dessert fruits). None of this second list are really good to eat except, some would say, King of the Pippins, which I consider an over-praised apple. Kitchen Apples: White Transparent, very early; Lord Grosvenor, Cellini, Golden Noble. Blenheim Orange, Gascoyne's Scarlet Seedling' semi-dessert (this variety must not be cut back); Wareham Russet, Tyler's Kernel, Lane's Prince Albert, Newton Wonder, Smart's Prince Arthur (if you want a very late apple). If you wish to increase your collection you can add Mbre de Menage, Bramley, Bow Hill Pippin, Annie Eliza- beth. If you wish to decrease it you can omit Golden Noble, Wareham Russet. Of the dessert apples I would remark that some people will have it that no apples are worth eating except those freshly gathered off the tree. True generally, especially of the early sorts. All the more reason for paying more attention to those that lose little in the keeping, as Cox's Orange Pippin, and will be good and eatable months after they are gathered. Irish Peach is best of the early ones. There is a new Quarrenden called Winter; it professes to be later than its sister Devonshirej but we do not arrive at a really highly flavoured dessert apple until American Mother, which is in all respects to be recommended as one of the few American varieties which do well here. It will last all through October, to be succeeded by the best of all eating apples, Cox's Orange Pippin, which goes on till February or March. It is very important that it should be left to ripen on the tree as long as possible to finish," and this applies to all late apples. No word of praise need be added about Ribston, which will do fairly well in Cheshire, though not so well as in Kent or Hereford. Of the kitchen apples I would remark that Blenheim Orange requires strong soil and suitable conditions, and that the best of all known cookers is Dumelow's Seedling, known as the Cook's Favourite. The soil for planting must be rather on the heavy side. November is the right month to plant. There is an old saying, If you plant a tree before Christmas you may command it to grow; if after Christmas you must beg it to do so." The lists given might seem to appeal only to those who are starting their apple orchard for the first time or entirely renewing their stock, but what if your garden is already well-stocked with healthy, but only semi-satisfactory trees ? You do not want to uproot them. If you realise the possibilities of grafting you need not do so, but convert them into valuable trees. You need never have a bad sort in your garden; having found a tree unsatisfactory, cut it back and graft it with scions of a better variety. One practical lesson on this simple operation will teach you enough about it. Graft in March or April when the sap rises, and instead of the messy clay of our forefathers, use the French grafting wax "Mastic L'homme le fort." In three years the scions will be bearing fruit. Of pruning, I would say don't overprune. You want not well-shaped pyramid trees with- out fruit, but any shaped trees that will bear. Too much pruning leads to too energetic growth and too few fruit buds. The tree must have due development, not undue repression. Cutting-out should be aimed at rather than cutting back. It is better to cut away a branch or two altogether than to shorten several. Aim at getting light and air into the centre of the tree. If the size of your garden be such that the tree cannot be allowed to grow as it likes. you must take care in pruning the top not to forget the roots. As a rule each branch should be allowed to prolong itself, while the side shoots which grow from it should be spurred closely back. When the tree has once begun to bear very little pruning will be necessary- Transplanting now and then when a tree is young will do wonders to induce fruitfulness. Leaving for a moment the dry bones of apple culture, we may see that the subject of our attention claims for itself a dignity of age and classic memory. The apple is no new passing fancy, but a symbol once of things forbidden though fair and tempting, and again when the glitter of golden apples cost Atalanta her race in old Ureek story. In our own life's history does it not weave itself into thoughts of years that are gone? When in our baby alphabet we learned that A stood for Apple pie," and later what stories of danger, daring, and disgrace are bound up with the delicious apple (we were not so particular then) growing in the gardens of our grave, grown-up relations, who appreciated it so little, yet whose dragon-gardeners guarded it so unnecessarily! And now it needs no expert to recommend its use. No garden of stately manor or simple cottage is without its apple trees, not always of the best kinds per- haps, but always beautiful. In spring sweet blossom covers them with wreaths as from fairy- land, and in autumn their ripening fruit shines with gold-gold, not hard and heart- less as the gold of guineas, but with a burnished glory, laid on by the warm caress of summer sun.
COUNTY POLICE COURT. 0 SATURDAY.—Before Mr. R. T. Richardson (in the chair), Col. Miller and Mr. J. Pover. ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKS BY SOME. — Mary Butters did not appear in answer to a summons charging her with using profane language on the 14th October, in Station-road, Whitby. Constable Waite described her as one of the biggest blackguards in the neighbour- hood. She had been previously fined for the same offence, and the Bench now inflicted a fine of 5s. and costs.—For similar offences at Ellesmere Port on other dates, Thomas Youde, who did not heed a warning given to him by the police a little more than a night previously, and George Beans, a boatman, were also fined 5s. and costs. TRICK THAT FAILED.—A foreigner of unkempt appearance was now conducted to the prisoner's box. His offence was that of begging at Hoole, but as he professed an ignorance of the English language and having declined to give his name or any account of himself, the magistrates were confronted with the difficulty of knowing how to proceed with the case. The prisoner having mumbled something in German Mr. Churton (the Magistrates' Clerk) addressed him alternately in German and English, but without any satisfactory results.—Sergt. Farn- worth mentioned that the prisoner had spoken in English, and the Bench decided to believe him capable of understanding what was said, and the case proceeded.—Inspector Hoole, of Newton, said prisoner begged at his bouse, and he (witness) followed him- into West-street, where he saw him drinking a cup of tea, and eating some bread and butter. When asked what he was doing, he said: "I am living here." Witness said "What?" but prisoner did not repeat it. When being conducted to the police station the prisoner said "That is the first house I called at." He had twopence, a quantity of buns and bread and butter, and a Manchester paper, dated the previous day, in his pocket. There was straw about his clothing as though he had been lying out.- The magistrates sentenced him to seven days' imprisonment. Sit down called a policeman, and the prisoner did so amid laughter. THEFT OF TOOLD AT ROWTON. — George Andrews, of no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing a plasterer's hand board, a float, a trowel, a gauging trowel, a lathe, hammer and a spirit level, the property of John Higginson, at Rowton.-John Higginson, a young man of Boughton Heath, Chester, said he was a plasterer, and had been working at Rowton. His tools were put away at noon on Saturday on the top stair under the attic, and he missed them on Monday morning. He did not wish to press the case. William Evans, Christleton, said the prisoner came to him at Christleton on the Sunday afternoon, and asked him if he was in any trade, adding that he had a good spirit level to sell cheap.—Constable Molyneux gave evidence as to the arrest of the prisoner, who expressed to the Bench his sorrow for what he had done.—He was fined 20s. and costs. CRUELLY BEATING A HORSE.-Thomas Beb- bington, Lower Bridge-street, Chester, and Daniel Lawson, .Westminster-road, Hoole, were summoned by Inspector Channing, of the R.S.P.C.A., for cruelty to a horse. Mr. Lippett and Albert Fish stated that they saw Bebbington beating the horse about the head at a brick field in Hoole. Lippett said Lawson was also going to beat the horse when he called out to him and stopped him.—The Bench dis- missed the case against Lawson.—Bebbington said the horse was a bad one to drive.—William Shone, manager of the Hoole Brick Works, said the horse would not pull, with the result that the cart got in a hole in the field. In his opinion the horse could have pulled the load with ease.—Bebbington was fined 5s. and i costs.
CITY POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before Dr. Stolterfoth and Mr. J. G. Frost. A TROUBLESOME CHARACTER.—Sarah Billing- ham, a character who has given the police trouble on numerous occasions, was charged in custody with drunkenness and disorderly behaviour on Saturday night. P.S. Porter, who proved the case, said prisoner attracted a large crowd in Eastgate-street, and she was so obstreperous that he had to obtain assist- ance to remove her to the Police Station.— Prisoner now pleaded she had abstained from drink for three months, and promised, if dealt with leniently, to be teetotal for another three months. (Laughter).—As this was her 28th appearance, she was sent to gaol for one month. SLEEPING OUT.—James Hughes, a tramp, was sent to gaol for fourteen days for sleeping in Queen's Park at two o'clock on Sunday morning. A PENALTY FOR DRuNiKENNEss. Michael Murphy, labourer, Claremont-walk, appeared with a bandaged head in answer to a charge of drunkenness in Newgate-street on Saturday. I" P.S. Porter said he was incapable and fell down, sustaining injuries which necessitated his removal to the Infirmary.-A fine of 2s. 6d. and costs was imposed. A VIOLENT WOMAN.—Annie Wakefield, a middle-aged woman, living in Swan-court, Foregate-street, was summoned for assaulting a neighbour, Annie Sloan, on the 6th inst. It appeared that ill feeling had existed for a long time between the parties, but complainant alleged that Wakefield, without the slightest provocation, threw a pavingstone at her by her house door, the missile striking her with some force on the head, which was cut so badly that she had to be attended by the doctor.— Witnesses were called in support of the case, and defendant was fined 10s. and costs, the alternative being 14 days' imprisonment. HAWKERS AT VARIANCE.—John Dudley and George Hewitt, horse dealers and hawkers, were summoned for threatening personal violence upon James Pilling, a member of the same fraternity.—Pilling said Hewitt offered to exchange horses with him, and because he de- clined to do so, Hewitt became enraged, and said 11 1 would sooner giver you a —— good hiding than trade horses with you." The two defendants then challenged him to fight in the country, where they would give him a good thrashing. This was not the first time they had threatened him in a similar manner.— Defendants denied the charge, and Hewitt urged in proof that complainant was himself a dangerous character, that Pilling had broken the door of his house, given his (Hewitt's) wife two black eyes, and thrown a 561b. weight at him. (Laughter.)—The case was dismissed.
Among those present at the marriage of Lord Newborough with Miss Grace Bruce Carr, daughter of the late Colonel Henry Mont- gomerie Carr, which took place on Wednesday in the historic Royal Chapel of the Savoy, were the Hon. George and Mrs. Kenyon, Lady Biddulph and the Misses Biddulph, Mrs. and Miss Antrobus.
CHESTER LADY IN CHINA. HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES. THRILLING STORY. Miss Eva French, granddaughter of the late Major French, of this city, has recently returned to her home, Bedford Park, London, from China, where she has been engaged in missionary work. Miss French has bravely undergone great hardships during the recent troubles, and she has given a Press representative the following interesting account of her experiences: I went out to China in 1893, attached to the China Inland Mission, the founder and director of which is Mr. Hudson Tayior. The mission was founded over thirty years ago. I was at work near Shanghai for twc years, but I the climate there did not agree with me, and I went North to the province of Shansi, where I remained until last June at Ping-yas. It is a large city on the plain of Ta-yuen-fu, and is about 60 miles from Ta-yuen-fu. I lived very little at the mission house, mostly travelling about, living with the people and preaching the Gospel to them. The people were always very kind and nice, and would never have harmed us if left to themselves. At the time we were first threatened, in June last, I was staying with five other ladies in Kiai-h'siu. When the people began to riot we went to the Yamen, that is the magistrate, and asked for protection. We were told that the mandarin had received imperial orders not to protect the foreigners. However, the mandarin was friendly and offered us an escort to take us on our way to either of three places. I chose one, and from there we ultimately escaped. Had I chosen either of the other two, events proved that it would have meant certain death for us. I do not want to mention the name of the place where we escaped from as it would probably, if the information got back to China, get the mandarin into trouble. The governor of Shansi Yuh Shen was very much against the foreigners, and we were told that he EXECUTED 51 EUROPEANS, including some Roman Catholic priests in his own house. He took them in under the cloak of affording them protection and then killed them. After travelling five days we came to a place where we remained three days, the first night stopping at the place of the Yamen, and on the next day going to the mission-house with the Yamen protection. At another place there was quite a disturbance about the mission-house, where we were, the people gathering outside banging at the door. Their intention was to get in, but I did not wait for them to get in, I called a cart, and going out, went to the Yamen, the mob all following, yelling and gesticulating. Fortunately the Yamen was close at hand. They took me in at once and I saw the mandarin. He told me I had done a very risky thing in coming out, and told me about what had happened at a place we had left where fifty people, nearly all natives, had been killed, and about the burning down of the Mission House at another place where Miss Coombs was killed. He gave me to understand that WE WERE GOING TO BB KILLED. I went alone to the Yamen, my companions staying at the Mission House. I went back to the Mission House when the streets had been quite cleared by the mandarin ordering the people to go to their homes. I did not tell my companions all that had passed as I had quite lost hope of our being allowed to live. Two hours afterwards the mandarin sent carts and we went off in the night with an escort, and after travelling twenty miles we came across another party of missionaries. We spent a fortnight in that place, and the reason we waited so long was that we would not leave without a proper passport being given to us. Rather than go off, certain of being killed on the road, we thought we would rather stay and be killed on our own premises. After a good deal of trouble we got the passport we wanted, which practically set out that we fourteen people were to be sent on to Hankow as prisoners, and we were, as a matter of fact, put into the gaols at many places where we stopped. On the day we started we bad only gone about fifteen miles when we were attacked by a band of sixteen Boxers, who carried large knives about a yard long, and with blades five or six inches wide. They stopped our carts and dragged me and Mr. Lutley out. PULLING XB OUT BY THB HAIR, and, holding their knives at our throats, demanded our silver. The remainder of the party got out, and the Boxers then broke open the few boxes we had with us, and took out 400 taels of silver-about E50. It was a large sum of money to them, and they were evidently satisfied, and did not kill us. Neither did they take our bedding or clothing, which was very fortunate, for in some cases they took from parties everything they had, even taking off some of their clothes. After they had gone we went to one of the mardarins in the district, in spite of our escort trying to persuade us not to go, and he gave us a good escort. The men we had before, I believe, were in league with the robbers. Two officials of the Yamen also came with us to the next place. We dreaded very much the crossing of the Yellow River, as we heard the crossings were guarded, and we were told that any foreigners who tried to escape were killed. We, however, crossed without danger. We were travelling in the carts altogether forty-five days. The carts had no springs, but we had bedding inside to lie on. We were very short of food nearly all the time, and Mr. and Mrs. Lutley's two children died on the journey from want of proper food. I was nursing one child when it died, and as it would never have done to have let the Chinamen know that it was dead, I went on nursing it until night, when we managed to bury it. Several of the mandarins were very kind, and one of them, learning that there was a sick person (Mr. Lutley) among us, sent us two bottles of stout, a tin of marmalade, and some Chinese cakes. Mr. Lutley was delirious with fever for days. Another mandarin came to us to the inn and apologised for its dirty condition, and sent us seventy eggs and a basket of apples. We were constantly meeting soldiers on their way to Pekin to fight, but, strangely enough, they did not molest us, though at one place they threatened us, one of them thrusting bis sword towards me, and saying in Chinese, 'KILL THE FOREIGNERS.' Our carts were two-wheel carts, and were drawn by three mules. You get into them in the front, and we had four persons in each, but they are really only comfortable with two persons inside. At one time we had to ride in wheelbarrows for two or three days, as the ground was very rough. One man pulls and another one pushes the bar- rows, which accommodate two persons. I attribute our safety largely to the fact that we had with us four faithful Chinese men, who stuck to us and did all they could for us until we got to Hankow. The name of one who was very kind to us was Sang, which means 'Mulberry' and Miss French produced a photograph of a very benevolent- looking, middle-aged Chinaman. "These four men," she continued, "really ran a great risk in befriending us, and truly carried their lives in their hands. Sang did all the business for us, and brought us news. Day after day we heard reports of other parties of foreigners being killed, and it seemed very unlikely that we should ever reach the coast. Of course, when we reached Hankow we were practically safe, because the Wasp gunboat was there for the protection of the foreigners. As some indication of how bad things were in the province of Shan-si only 1 seventeen missionaries were saved out of seventy, and several missions in that province were en- tirely wiped out. The only other lady to come to England straight from the China Mission fields since the Boxers' outbreak is a Miss Gates. She got through to the coast before us, but really fared much worse. We always insisted on going to the mandarin at every place we came to and speaking to him, and I always, where possible, got into con- versation with the Chinese who came around us. The weather was very hot while we were travel- ling, but was on the whole fine. We commenced our journey from Kiai-h'siu on the 27th June, and reached Hankow on the 27th August." Miss French, in conclusion, said she did not wish her escape to appear in the light of a clever per- formance on her part, as she could trace the hand of God through it all. At the darkest hour, when there seemed no hope, she always trusted in Him, and somehow a way was found for them to escape.
ONB WAY WITH HOOLIGANS. — While a soldier, home from the war and clad in khaki, accompanied by two others in the undress uni- form of the 9th Lancers, was walking quietly along Acre-lane, Brixton, on Saturday, a little way behind three ladies whom they did not know, about twenty roughs came along, shouted after the soldier in khaki, and made allusions to the ladies, whom they hustled off the pave- ment. Thereon the gentleman in khaki tackled the biggest of the gang, and hit him in the neck so hard that be fell to the ground. Then the soldier got hold of the next biggest man and served him in the same way, and when one of the Lancers knocked down another and there were three ruffians sprawling on the ground the rest of the gang ran away dismayed. The ladies warmly thanked their protectors, especially the man in khaki.
MAYOR'S SUNDAY. THE BISHOP ON CITIZENSHIP. On Sunday morning, in accordance with a good custom, a large number of citizens attended at the Town Hall, for the purpose of accompanying the newly-elected Mayor and Sheriff to the Cathedral. The morning was an unfavourable one, but notwithstanding there was no diminution in the attendance. The Mayor (Alderman H. T. Brown) received the citizens in the Assembly-room. Out of compli- ment to the Sheriff (Mr. Edgar Dutton) there was a large muster of freemen. The procession was marshalled by the Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Laybourne), and left the Town Hall in the following order Blue Coat School Boys under Mr. Hardy. Fire Brigade under Hon. Captain Hincks, Captain Clemence, Lieutenants Lightfoot Walker and Williamson, and Superintendent Shone. Sword and Mace Bearers. Town Clerk (Mr. S. Smith). Recorder (Sir Horatio Lloyd). Mayor (Alderman H. T. Brown). Deputy Mayor (Dr. Stolterfoth). Magistrates and Aldermen Messrs. John Thomp- son, George Dickson, Thomas Smith, J. J. Cunnah, F. Bullin, W. H. Chvrton, George Dutton, J. R. Thomson, the Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. F. W. Sharpe), the Deputy Clerk (Mr. Davison). The Sheriff (Mr. Edgar Dutton). Councillors: Dr. Roberts, Messrs. John M. Frost, B. C. Roberts, R. Lamb, J. F. Lowe, J. Gooddie Holmes, J. R. Rae, G. H. Reynolds, R. Jackson, S. Moss, D. L. Hewitt, R. Cecil Da vies, W. Ferguson, W. Vernon, S. Coppack, H. Dodd, George Haswell, W. Carr, Dr. Mann. Corporation Officials: Dr. Kenyon (medical officer 01 health), Messrs. I. Matthews Jones (city surveyor), F. Thursfield (electrical engineer), E. Brassey (coroner), W. F. Lowe (analyst), F. J. Beckett (city accountant), W. Peers (clerk of committees), G. Avery (school attendance officer), H. Price (market superintendent). Citizens: lJrs. Wright, Duff, Newall, Harrison; Messrs. R. Farmer, J. Scott, N. A. E. Way, C. P. Douglas, A. R. Fluitt, S. J. R. Dickson, R. Challinor, C. Cooper, F. Amos, G. P. Miln, J. D. Siddall, J. Elphick, J. Hobday, H. Bes- wick, F. J. Warmsley, H. Crowder, G. B. Baker, G. Parker, A. Wolfenden, W. Haswell, J. E. Haswell, R. P. Bradbury, Hart Davies, U. Bull, A. Rowson, R. H. Rowson, J. Fenna, J. W. Henderson, T. W. Chalton, '1'. Wooliscroft, C. G. Haswell, H. S. Whalley, Cecil Smith, T. Mayo Johnson (treasurer and president), and W. J. Croyden (representing the North Wales Com- mercial Travellers' Association), W. F. J. Shepheard, W. J. V. Walley, T. Ryde Jones, R. J. Williams, C. Wiseman, J. Hopley, A. Lamont (junr.), Harvey Lowe, J. Simon, J. McMichael, J. Frater, W. E. Little, H. G. Hope, J. T. Reddish, R. S. Johnson, G. H. Evans, R. G. Gerrard, Tushingham, Ward, J. Thomas, D. Sconce, G. Jones, R. Lewis, R. Williams, E. Lowe, H. Gerrard, G. Gerrard, J. Edge, W. Edge, T. Williams, W. Nield, W. Johnson, J. Edwards, P. Cotgreave, H. Cotgreave, J. Dutton, A. Dutton, H. Dutton, J. Nieid, S. Fieldstead, E. Sconce, E. Johnson, A. Williams, W. Gough, N. Jackson, W. Hughes, S. W. Lee, W. Jones, J. Jones, H. Evans, W. Hodges, A. Barnes, &c. The Dean, clergy and choir met tne Mayor and those accompanying him at the principal entrance. As the procession entered the Cathedral, in which a large number were seated, Dr. Bridge played the National Anthem. The service was beautifully rendered. Canon Feilden lead the first lesson and the Dean read the second. The Bishop preached from the text, Our citizenship is in heaven," Phil. iii., 20. Having explained the context, his lordship said that when St. Paul said of Christians that our citizenship was in heaven, the very last thing that he meant was to discourage or to cast a slur upon the duties and rights and the high ideals of earthly citizen- ship. They would all remember how St. Paul himself again and again claimed and valued his own rights as a Roman citizen. His lordship quoted instances, and said nothing could be more foreign to the Bible in both testaments than any- thing like depreciation of the rights, duties and ideals of earthly citizenship. If they might imagine without presumption St. Paul still on earth and in their midst, what would be his attitude towards those matters which the Town Council had before them at the present time? The cleansing of the river was part of the civic policy. Would not St. Paul have been heart and soul with such a reform as that, so that the river might become a pure representation of the river of the water of life which flowed freely? Another part of the policy of our civic leaders was the establishment of baths. St. Paul, as a Roman citizen would be the very last person not to delight in such an improvement as that for the health and wholesomeness of the multitude. Then, again, it was part of the civic policy to take up the tramways and establish better means rf com- munication, which would bear—experience v. i-uld shew—very effectively and helpfully upon the difficulties connected with the crowded and defective housing in the city. Many would have observed what use St. Paul made of the Roman roads and the Roman system of organisation, and he thought it was no exaggeration and no false inference to make that the Apostle, if he were in their midst, would be deeply interested in all that improved social and civic intercommunication. Then they came to the question of education, which must always be brought before them on that Sunday. Citizens of Chester doubtless knew that the Blue Coat School, which had done such admirable service for the cause of Christian educa- tion for two centuries, had recently been re- oganised, and they believed, by God s blessing, would enter upon a new and stronger and truer career of usefulness. As he stood there alluding to that subject, his duties were twofold. First, to look back to the past and recognise the excellent work of the past, and to thank God for that, and to thank God for those who founded that school-the Bishop of Stratford and the rest. He asked them to look forward to the future, and appealed to those present to do their best to assist such a vital work as that. What was the policy of St. Paul and the early Christian Church towards education? Another passage spoke of the way in which the Christian Church supple- mented the Roman empire upon that and other points. What the writer said was that one of the weak points of the Roman empire was its neglect of education. It provided the people with amusement and a great many other comforts and attractions, but it did not provide a thorough system of education, and here the early Christian Church came in and brought its influence to bear upon all sorts and conditions of work and men, and made education form the first part of its programme. He need not labour the point that I St. Paul would have been heart and soul with those who from pure motives were endeavouring to do the work of citizenship. He was sure he was speaking under the sanction of his spirit when he said what gratitude they owed to those who took upon themselves the onerous responsi- bilities as well as the splendid opportunities which belonged to the leadership of this work of civic influence and labour. More than that, he was sure the citizens and the generous people of all denominations would respond readily to that most reasonable request that their Mayor in his second year of office should be relieved as much as pos- sible from all the minor claims which had been made upon him during his first year, and responded to so readily, but ought not to be repeated during this year. Nothing was more natural than that they should all desire to have with them their chief magistrate, but they must repress their natural desire and be reasonable and considerate. He was perfectly certain that that spirit would be found broadly among them during the coming year of office. But let them come back to their citizenship being in heaven. What did it mean? It meant first of all that Christian citizens must be determined to bring the spirit of Christ, the spirit of heaven, to bear upon every part of their labour and responsibilities. They could not think for a moment of a citizenship which was not Christian, which was not inspired by Christian motives. In so far as any efforts for the public good or to carry out private policy were wanting in that spirit they had upon them the taint of decay. They could not stand. If they would have influence last and do the best and most fruitful work, surely they must all feel and agree that the spirit of heaven must come down to earth and must purify and uplift and uphold them on every point. He asked them to imagine themselves translated as Englishmen to India. What would they be doing there, thinking and feeling? What were our best representatives doing there in India? The large proportion of those who were planted out in that distant de- pendency of ours for the benefit of our country and that country which they influenced first of all desired to bring the best of England into India, to plant it there so that it might bring forth fruit abundantly for the millions of those who I belong to that dependency, our truths, our methods and our justice. That was what they desired to do; not, of course, to reproduce England to India too narrowly and too literally, but to bring the best of the honour and the best of the law of England and to present it as the most priceless gift to our fellow citizens beyond the oeean there. Were not the English living in India always thinking of their home, longing to return, and thinking of friends and the scenes and occupations of England? Their hearts were in England, and so Christians, while they gave themselves as thoroughly as they could to earthly duties, gave themselves up to those duties in the spirit of heaven; their hearts were in heaven looking towards their Master, Christ. Here we had no continual stage. We saw our most eminent citizens taken from our midst, and their work, in so far as it had been salted with the salt of heaven, lived after them. But we hoped and believed that they had gone to their true home, the England of their hearts. Let them put themselves in the place of those away from home in South Africa and those away in India, and imagine how they longed to see again the white cliffs of England. That comparison would give them a faint glimpse of what they should be. towards their heavenly home. The collection on behalf of the Blue Coat School realised X16 7s. 5d., against 927 14s. last year, R14 19s. 3d. in 1898, and X19 Os. 2d. in 1897.
TO LORD ROSEBERY. ♦ I. Come out of your hiding and lead 'em I do not suppose that you need 'em, But indeed they need you, So without more ado, Come out in the open and speed 'em. II. In number they're few and select, Imperial-minded, erect: Old Fowler and Grey, In their resolute way. Will whip up the saved and elect! in. And the party will grow like a gourd, As a miracle fashion'd at Lourdes It will thrive and cohere Until yellow and sere, Till the ship in the harbour is moor'd! IV. So out of your hiding to bind 'em, Fresh axes to buy and to grind 'em The umbrella to raise As in earlier days, And a settled old policy find 'em! November 12. R. ST. J. CORBET.
MR. WYNDHAM AND IRELAND. 0 TROUBLE BREWING. Mr. Wyndham, says the Times," has been compelled, on the very day of his arrival in Ireland, to put the law in motion in order to prevent the audacious incitements to intimidation that are being actively organised by the United Irish League. The tolerance extended to the pro- ceedings of the League during the past year or two has allowed the evil to grow to a height which makes it imperative on the Government to check, by the stern exercise of the powers con- ferred by Parliament, what might have been easily stepped in its early stages. Now the danger has become indubitably grave. As Mr. T. W. Russell said the other day, while he was still a subordinate member of the Ministry, "Trouble is again brewing; boycotting is once more rampant; meetings for the purposes of intimidation are regularly held." Few loyal citizens, whether English, Scotch, or Irish, will come to Mr. Russell's conclusion that repressive measures should not be adopted, but that the League should be conciliated or counterworked by the concession of compulsory sale. They will rather ask why the Crimes Act is not applied .to secure the ends for which it was passed, at a great expenditure of Parliamentary time and effort. The defiant language of Mr. Dillon and Mr. Redmond can only strengthen Mr. Wyndham's determination to shew that the Queen's Govern- ment, and not the League, is supreme in Ireland.
Mf. CHESTER CLUB. Appended is the result of the competition for prizes presented by the president (Mr. H. D. Trelawny) for which there were 28 com- petitors 1- R. Kellock 1 up Captain Upperton 2 down G. T. Johnston 3 H. B. Rowley 3 „ R. Wilkinson 3 Dr. Eyton Jones 3 O.Okell 3 „ R. W. Shand 4 to
Slocto. -vvvvv"V"v''vvvv'' ,vvv'v NESTON AND DISTRICT v. FORMBY. Formby H.C., quite a new club, played their first match at Parkgate on Saturday, and did well to keep out the home team so often. Though Neston won by two goals to one, they attacked far more often than did the Lanca- shire lot, but poor shooting and a ridiculous display of "sticks" spoilt a number of good openings. The Formby goalkeeper, however, defended marvellously, and but for him a heavy score would have fallen to the home team. A. Barrett scored both of the Neston goals. Both sides erred badly in sticks and deserved the severe treatment meted out to them by Mr. Harold Gill, the referee, who blew the whistle firmly and often.
LIGHTING-UP TABLE. All cycles and other v Bhicles in the Chestei district must be lighted up as stated in the following table:— p. Wednesday, November 14 5.18 Thursday, November 15 5.17 Friday, November 16. 5.16 Saturday, November 17 5.14 Sunday, November 18 5.12 Monday, November 19 5.10 Tuesday, November 20 5.8 WEEKLY STATE OF THt; CHESTER INLPIRMA Y. KHDED SATUILDAY liAST. IN-FATIKNTB. In-patieuts are admitted on Tuesday mornings at Eleven o'clock. m-PAliaSTS DlSCHAHttSD. i IH-PAT1EHT8. Cored 81 Admitted 23 Relieved 7 | JEtemain in the House .1U2 Blade Out-patients 0 Unrelieved 1 j Dead 01 Unrelieved 1 j Dead 01 YiaitOTl-Mrs. Adair and Mrs. Dixon. OUT-PATIENTS. Kedical cases are seen on iionday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings at Eleven o'clock. Surgical cases are seen on Thursday mornings at Eleven o'clock Ophthalmio oases are seen on Friday mornings at Eleven o'clock. Dental cases are seen on Tuesday and Saturday mornings at Ten o'clock. Ont-Patieuta admitted tunou Saturday last 78
BIBTHB, MABBIAGES, and DEATHS are charged at the rate of 20 wurds for Is. (prepaid;. If not pnpald, the charge will be 2s. 6d. The announcement must be authenticated by the Signature and Address of the Sender. MARRIAGE. WILLIAMS—JOHKS—November 6, at Bangor Cathedral, by the Rev. W. Edwards, M.A., senior vicar, John Williams, Bryngwyn, Upper Bangor, to Mary, second daughter et Captain Robert Jones, Ulyncoed, Chwilog. GOLDEN WEDDING. DAVIES—DKNSON—November 5, lbbu, by the Rev. W. Harrison, vicar of St. Oswald's, John P. Davies to Elizabeth Denson. DEATHS. BiRswxcx-November 2, at Finger Post Farm, Toft, near Knutsford, Thomas Keswick, aged 85 years. GRIFFITHs-November 7, at Top y Cetn, Cilcain, Sarah, widow of John Griffiths, aged 74 years. KAsoN-November 5, Alice Ann, daughter of Walter and S. E. Mason, of West Kirby, in her 22nd year. WILLIAMS—November 5, at 54, Holyhead-road, Upper Bangor, William Williams, L.E.O.P., M.B..C.S., UJl., in his titith year.
MEMORIALS. AT ALL PRICKS, IN MARBLE. GRA LNITE, STONE & ALABASTER. On View, and to Order. W. HASWELL & SON. MASONS, kaleyards, chbsteb. Estimates and Designs Free on application. Telephone No. 161A.
In the Divorce Division, on Wednesday, the case of Anglesey, otherwise Chetwynd (Mar- chioness of), v. Anglesey (Marquis of) was the wife suit for nullity, heard before Sir Francis Jeune in camera. It is understood that the petitioner obtained the decree which she sought. A DISCLAIXIMF.WilliaM Fish, of 28, Love- street, writes complaining that his address was given in a police case recently reported in our columns as that of the defendant in the case, Walter Rose, who was convicted of being drunk while in charge of a horse and cart and assaulting the police. While willingly giving publicity to this disclaimer, we must point out that 28, Love-street was the address mentioned in court during the hearing of the case, and is also the address which stands in the. police books as being that of Walter Rose.
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