156 YEARS AGO. --+- (Extract from the "Courant" of Nov. 21, 1749.) Chester Nov. 19.—On Thursday last an unhappy Accident happen'd near Holsby Hill, where a Boy about eleven Years old driving an empty Cart, it suddenly overtum'd, and falling upon him. ba was killed on the Spot. This day his Majesty went to the House of Peers, and the Scsscns of Parliament with the following most grao ous Speech from the Throne:—"My Lords and Gentlemen, It is with particular Pleasure that I now meet you in Parliament, at a Time, when the comploat Re- establishment of a General P-eacc has restored to My People the Blessings of Quiet .and Trall- quility. The good Effects resulting from h:,>1C do already appear in the flourishing Condition of Our Commerce, and the Rise of the Publick Credit; which naturally lay the. surest Founda- tions of an Increase of Strength, and of lasting Prosperity to My Kingdom. I have net faild this Sumror to make use of every Opportunity of cementing and securing the Peace and. it is My firm Resolution to do every Thing in My Power for the Preservation of it, and religiously to adhere to the Engagements I have enter d int.o.. h I have the satisfaction tc acquaint you that. I have found all the Contracting Powers in the Definitive Treaty of Aix la Ciiapcde, as wed as the rest of My Allies, in the sames good dispo- sition and have no Reason to doubt tneir Con- currence w:th the same desirable End. It is un- •nece^Jirv for Md to tell you that moUmng con- tribute so much to the Continuance and Improve- ment of this happy Situation of Affairs. as the effectual supporting of that Weight and Influence which properly belong to the Grown of Great Britain.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOTTINGS. — As the result of bye-elections, three labour can- didates have been returned to the Nelson Town Council, giving the Labour party a majority of two to one. There was a contest in only one ward, where both were Labour candidates, the question at issue being that of munkipalisation of the drink traffic, and the candidate supporting this was returned by a majority of 201 votes. The "Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgo-sars" cf Bootle have been fined a shilling and one shill- ing costs for allowing a certain chimney at the Town Hall to be on fire, and the fine, the report adds, was paid. The Birkenhead Board of Guardians have ordered a guinea. to be paid without prejudice to Mr. Charles White, of Beaconsfield-road, as a solatium for having had forwarded tohm in mistake a notice of the death of his father-in- law by the Master of the Tranmere Workhouse. J The affair caused no little scandal some three weeks since through the corpse being sent to the wrong person's house. It was stated at a meeting of the Chichester Board of Guardians that some of the inmates of the infirmairy were allowed as much as fifty bot- ties of brandy a year as medicine. The Pwllheli Guardians having received On application from Archdeacon Wil- liams. of Merioneth, offering to take "into his service a boy inmate whom he had noticed when visiting the workhouse, unani- mously granted the application. The Chairman. however, was careful to ask to what "persuasion" ♦he boy belonged, when the Master replied that l1e was an Independent. The Chairman pointed out that the law was very explicit in regard to facililiCis biding put in the way of pauper children to adhere to tho denomination of their parents. Mr. Roberts proposed that the boy be allowed to go "subject to the Archdeacon net prosely- tising him." (Laughter.) The West Ham Board of Guardians have decided to open a labour yard for relief of the unem- ployed but different arrangements are to be made from other years with regard to the payment of the men. During a two hours' discussion on the subject numerous instances were quoted as to what took place last year, when, it was said, men who were paid in money and food took none of it home, but the publiohouses in the neighbourhood of the labour yard did a splendid business. It was consequently resolved in regard to the work so offered for the coming winter, that the money earned be paid over to the re- lieving officer of the district in which the men -reside; that the latter bo classified as good, fair, and bad, aaad that in the case of married men in the class last named, the money earned be paid to thoir wives. At a Local Government Board inquiry at Car- narvon into an application by the Corporation to apply surplus revenue from the water under- taking otherwise than in the reduction of rates and charges as authorised by the local Act, Mr. Rees, a former chairman of the Finance Commit- tee, objected, urging that the Corporation were endeavouring to shew they were. keeping down the rates because they had made bad investments. On the ferry and bridge they were losing £500 a year, and goodness knew how much on the baths. The Town Clerk retorted that, notwithstanding the bad investments, tht Corporation had now a oredit balance, whereas it was a debit balance when Mr. Rees was chairman of the Finance Comm.it.tae. In answer to the Inspector, the ac- countant said the total accumulated surpluses from water revenue was £ 2,847- It was also shewn that thiyear the gas concern wculd yield a profit of from J6700 to JE800. The Abergele and Pcnsarn District Council are not at an pleased with they way in which they are treated by the Denbighshire County Council respecting the matter of road repairing. At their late meeting the Clerk reported having re- ceived a communication from the d'rk to the county body enclosing resolutions passed at their quarterly meeting, to the effect that all urban authorities which did not contract for the repair of the main roads must submit in December of each year an estimate of the cost of such repairs for the year Commencing the April following, also tc furnish the county surveyor with a fort- nightly return of the amount expended on labour and material in the up-keep of the main roads. The Clerk, in the course of some remarks, com- plained of the enormous amount of work this would involve, and several members of the Board used rather strong language respecting the con- duct of the County Council in withholding pay- ments due on account of the main roads, one member going so far as to dub them a let of fooh," another "would not ait in the same room with any county councillor," while the Clerk said the Abergele Council were virtually treated as "a lot of thieves." In the end it was resolved to furnish the required statements once a quarter, on condition that the County Council paid 70 or 80 per cent., of the money shewn to be expended. The Wigton (Cumberland) Board of Guardians ■have succeeded in ousting the Church of England chaplain from their workhouse, a vacancy having occurred in the office, the salary for whidh was £30 a year. The Nonconformist members of the Board have recently been making a strong .effort in favour of various ministers on the voluntary system. The Local Government Board being appealed to on the matter, replied to the effect that the chaplaincy could only be held by a clergyman cf the Church of England. Mr. Elliot objected strongly to the ministrations of persons who either preached or practised diso- bedience. to the laws of the country, and who re- volted and rebelled against the actual precepts sent out by the Board for rating purposes. In the course of a rather sharp discussion Rev. J. S. Thomson pointed out that while tho medical officer was paid only £ 15 a year for attending to the want*; cf the paupers' bodies, £30 was paid to the chaplain for attending to their souls. The Viec-'ohairinan (a Churchman): "Save us from cur friends! (Laughter.) If religion in England is to be dependent upon the salary it is a bad job for religion." Mr. Jenner-Fust, Local Government Board Inspector, who was pre; mi t. eaid Nonec-nformist ministers would not have "the run of the workhouse," and would have no right whatever to minister to Inmates who did not belong to their denominations nn- les- the inmates requested it. As there were only two Nonconformist inmates of the Wigton Workhouse, in the strict acceptance of the rl110s Norconfcrmrst ministers would be limited to ministering to that number. (Laughter.) None of them wanted the workhouse llJad, a "happy hunting-ground" for all denominations. (Laugh- ter.) The Board decided by 16 votes to 14 to give the voluntary system a. trial for twelve months.
BUCKLEY URBAN. Mr. J. Catherali (chairman) presided over a mcding of this authoxity.-Tlic unsatisfactory t; ate of some of the grids was discussed.—The Clerk said he luid been in communication with tho County Countiil on the matter, and he understood t;tcy had been attended to—Mr. Hughes rose and disputed this, because he knew of two that were flooded altar every storm that oame.—Mr. Peters said ho had himself put the question before the County Surveyor, and had; been answered that the work was completed.—Mr. Newton said a con- siderable stench came up the grids, and he thought it should bo seen to, as they wero re- sponsible for sewerage.—Finally Mr. Astbury was instructed to eoo into the matter.—1The Medical OilloCi" imported five deaths, all iiial,w. Two were ot such a nature as required an inquest. The births numbered 19, males nine, females ten. No infectious disoases had been notified, but me,asles wore still very prevalent, in tome P^rts He had advised that the infant department of the Bistre Council should be kept closed for a fur- iiiev period of one month.—Mr. Lamb questioned still whether it was advisable to close the upper d<T»artineiit3 for measles.—The Chairman said the medical officer had attended and explained to the comnLtt why he ooiisidored this step neccasary. In tho present epidemic death had often been the result, and measles of tho typo experienced at Buckley this year were of a particularly serious nature.—Tho Clerk regretted that through a mis- take the letter and agreement with Mr. Ayres, engineer, had been misJaid, and consequently no discussion upon the tonus could take place.—Mr. Hughes said if councillors would read both agree- ments carefully they would find the eeoond agree- ment more stringent than the. first. He thought it was a case of getting as much money out of them, as possible, and ho warned them not to gn it unless a thorough examination of each term had been mad?. He moved that every member be supplied with a copy, and this was agreed to.- The Clerk suggested that Mr. Ayres be asked to come down for an interview, the Council to meet an hour beforehand.—This was agreed to, and on the proposition of Mr. Lamb. Monday, Dec. 4^ was fixed as tho date.—Mr. Jones, as chairman o, the Sewerage Committee, was asked to give the Council his impressions of their recent visit to Chester to examine the. sewerage scheme there. He said they saw tho sprinklers, which were built above tho surface.. At Buckley they would be built below.—Mr. Hughes asked if sprinklers used tliero would act at Buckley, and Mr. Jones thought so.-Tlu Surveyor then explained the 6prinklens were to be divided as follows: Four at Liverpool-road, four at Drury, and six atPades- wood —A discussion aa to how many men would be recurred to look after them arose, but it was de- cided that this point stand over.-Mr. Williarnron called attention to damage done to the road by the Water Co. in laying mains from the Board School down Padeswood- road. —Tho clerk was or- dcored to write the Water Co. as to putting the road in proper repair at once.—The Clerk an- nounced that the County Council had made an offer of £ 146 towards repairing Chtirch-road.-It was agreed to hire a steam rdler for this parti cu- lar work.
CONNAH'S (JUAY URBAN. Tiro monthly meeting was held on Thursday, the olMiirman (Mr. T. J. Roncy) pr-.eslding.-A letter was read, dated 9th November, from Mr. E. Mackic (L. and N.-W. Railway Co.) stating that tho company's engineers did not recognise that there was any watercourse between the points marked in red crosses on the ordnance map for- Avarded by the company to the Council, and the engineers had carried out certain drainage works, and they did not think they had in any way altered for the worse the conditions which existed before .they bcgaai their works. The Surveyor reported that the work of repair- ing Plas Bellia-road had been, completed from Cheshire Farm gate to Plas Bellin entrance. The work from tho latter point to the boundary would be completed in fivo or six days. The work already completed had been inspected by the county surveyor and approved. The work of setting the wall back to widen Dock-road had been completed, and the tieing of the cross walls. The actual cost was below the estimate. Minor repairs had been done to Fisherman's-road in the bridge. Messrs. Davies and Son, Chester, had commended the preparation of the plans and specifications for -improvements under the Private Streot Works Act, and the rarrie were Hearing com- pletion. A plan of the road through the Wepre estate was submitted and approved. A letter was read from Mr. E. Sydney Taylor, Sandycroft Foundry Co., stating that he was in the sam", difficulty in the matter of horses as pre- viously, and that there did not seem any immedi- ate prospeot of a satisfactory arrangement being come to; but that the SaJtney Parish Council had the matter under consideration, and should they find a way out of the difficulty they would gladly again place their services at the disposal of the Council.—A letter was also road from Messrs. Joseph Turner and Sons, Chemical Works, Queen's Ferry, stating that they had thought tho matter very carefully ovct, and had decided to remain a n'ato brigade unofficially attached to any public body. but at the same time they would be per- fectly willing in an unofficial capacity to help when lequired. Rules for controlling the use of the ambulance wete submitted and approved. The ambulance is being housed at the pre.mises of Mr. T. Williams, car proprietor, the charges adopted for use. being: Journey to Chester 10s., to Mold 10s., to Liver- pool £1. locally Is. a mile, with a minimum charge of 2s. 6d. The report of the auditor on the accounts of tli £ < Council'1 for tho financial year was submitted. in which the auditor called the attention of the Council to the large amount of recoverable ar- rears of general district rate at 31st March last. He trusted that the Council woujrl in future take steps to enforce payment of tho rate within the statutory limit of time. SUNDAY DELIVERY. A letter was read from the Surveyor of the General Post-office, North Wales District, Shrews- bury, stating that application had been received on behalf of the Saltney Parish Council for an extension of the Sunday delivery to all places served from Queen's Ferry, Shotton and Connuh's Quay sub-offices on week-days, and that such ex- tension would embrace Mill Cottages, The Or- chard, Wopre Farm and Wopre Drive, within the jurisdiction of the Urban Council, and informing the Council that the Postmaster was prepared to consider the question of granting the desired extension of Sunday delivery to these places,, pro- vided it. met with the approval of the residents. Mr. T. J. Rcney thought it would be much more satisfactory if letters for Connah's Quay were addressed "Conmill's Quay," and not "Shot- ton." He thought Connah's Quay ought to com- mand their town address—Mr. Blanc had often wondered why it was the Shot-ton Post-office de- livered letters across the brook to Parry's farm. It was a most, peculiar arrangement.—Mr. Cop- pack asked whether tho new proposed arrange- ment covered delivery at Golftyn-lane.—The Chairman: It docs not touch Golftyn-lane. I au-roe it ought- to include Golftyn-lane.—Mr. Blane: I understand they don't, deliver letters over 200 yards from the main road.—Mr. Connoll: I move that we approve of the extension of the Sunday delivery, and that we also expect it to include Golftyn-lane, Wepro Villa, and all other place's within the urban district area that have a. delivery on weck-davs.—Mr. E G. Copley seconded, and the resolution was carried unani- mously. THE FOOTPATHS. Mr. Copley enqwred whether anything further had been heard: from the County Council about the footpaths. The Clerk: I have, heard something, but I don't think I ought. to say anything about it until the next committee meeting. Mr. Copley: Would it not be possible fer us to apply to the Local Government Board for a mandamus? The Clerk I shall be in a position to report, to the next meeting of the Highway Committee. Mr. Coppack: I th;nk the County Council should save up until they have sufficient money to pave the footpaths.
A WELL-KNOWN WELSHMAN.-Mr. Cad- waladr Davies, first Registrar at Bangor University College, died on Saturday after a long illness. Mr. Davies, who was born at Bangor, was formerly a compositor, and subsequently became editor of the "North Wales Chronicle." The deceased was the husband of the famous singer, Miss Mary Davies. COSTLY SEWAGE WORKS.—The Town Clerk of Carlisle has received a communication from the Local Government Board sanctioning the application of the Corporation to borrow £ 52,500 for the treatment of the whole of the sewage of the city by the bacteriological system, which is £ 12,500 less than the original estimate, it having been found that as the result of recent discoveries the work can be efficiently carried out for the smaller amount. The Board have granted the Corporation a period of 30 years for the repayment of £ 44.500, and 15 years for the repayment of ;PS,Of)O, put down for machinery and movable plant. The scheme provides tor 1(5 circular beds for dealiner with the crude sewage, storm water beds for four volumes of the dry weather flow, a pumping station, sedimen- tation tanks, and continuous flow filters. It is expected that the work will be in progress by the beginning of the New Year.
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NEW BOOKS. —-<.—— "BUTTER MANIPULATION" (G. Wall&Co., Ltd., Williamson-street, Liverpool).—This is a small booklet, being an exposure of how the British public are cheated and many of his Majesty's coloiua.1 subjects robbed of their just due." At the outset, we may state that we scarcely know whether to praise or blame the publishers, for while on the one hand the book serves as an "eye-opener" to the public concerning the rascality that is practised in regard to a good deal of what the public eat, it strikes us, on the other hand, as furnishing the rascals themselves with a kind of vade mecum of recipes for furthering their nefarious practices. However, viewing it in the light of an honest intention to render a public service, the public ought to feel grateful to Messrs. Wail (themselves engaged in the provision trade) for their manliness in exposing a gigantic fraud, in which, as they put it, millions of money are involved. To such a line art do we learn that faked" butter has been reduced, that it is difficult and almost impossible for an expert analyst or chemist to distinguish the spurious trom the real article; and when it is under- stood that profits reaching up to even 50 per cent. may be realised by the process, consumers will readily understand the seriousness of the matter, not alone from its relation to the pocket, but from the higher standpoint of health. One of the main reasons for the publication of this booklet is, we take it, in illustration of the necessity for strong and ready legislation on the subject. It is published gratis, and no doubt Messrs. Wall would be pleased to forward a copy to anyone interested on application. "PHOTOURAMS OF THE YEAR' (Messrs. Dawbarn and Ward, Ltd., 6, Farringdon Avenue., London. E.C.; 2s.).-Thi admirable pictorial re- cord and review of the. photographic achieve- ments of tho year has been. eagerly awaited by aid subscriber. The first volume of the series was published in 1895, and the work has been a eource of instruction and inspiration to eveiy true lover of photography. All the front-rank pictorialists are represented in the collection of artistic prints reproduced in this year's "Photo- grams," and much valuable information is mv- parted in thoughtful and discerning critiques. Ly wrifcers of special qualifications. The compilers with commendable catholicity reproduce non- exhibited as well as exhibited pictures, and the result is we get, in "Pnotograms of the Year" something more than an elaboiate ti.eatise on the galleries of the year. "THE TRAGEDY OF SOUTH AFRICA" (by A. M. S. Methuen, London: Methuen and Co., 2s.).—This is a revised edition of tho same author's "Peace or War in South Africa," and is remarkable only for its amazmg and amusing boldness. Mr. Methuen evidently is a pio-Bcer of pro-Boers, and no patriotic Briton need ex- pect to read the book and keep his temper. See- ing that the author entertains such a hr-gh opinion of the Boers and such a low estimate of his own fellow-countrymen, it is surprising that he has not published this volumje in the Taal, in- stead of in English. The whole 165 pages reek with offensive abuse of the British and adulation of the Dutchman. The publication of such a book in fact, speaks volumes for the illimitable toler- ance and treedom of this country. All the 'hoary misrepresentations of the pro-Boers are repeated here, with several original additions. The reader, however, finds a. severe strain imposed on his credulity by an author who says that Britain sent out an army of 200,000 soldiers to fight 20,000 farmers. If this had been the total fighting strength of the -Dutch, how col1:o.es it that at the conclusion of peace, according to Mr. Methuen himself, there were. "from 15,000 to 20,000 fighting Burghers still in arms"? As a matter ot fact, the Boers lost 4,000 Burghers killed, without counting rebels and foreigners, and at the time peace was declared about 40,000 Boers were prisoners of war. Mr. Methuen also absurdly alleges that 30,000 Dutch farms and houses were destroyed by our troops. If there were 30,000 farms destroyed in the country, how is it there were only 20,000 farmers? As all in- telligent people know, every Boer farm rf nt more than one man into the field at the outbreak of hostilities, some farms five or six men. Even Mr. Methuen would not aver that all the Dutdh farms or half of them were destroyed, so that it will be seen his estimate of a Boer army of 20,000 fighting mem is a caricature of the truth. From one who is so palpably biassed against his own countrymen, however, it is unreasonable to expect a plain, unvarnished tale. The book, doubtless, will enjoy much popularity among the pro-Boer ele- ment, who delight in slandering their fellow-citizens. "DICKENS CHRISTMAS BOOKS" (London: Methuen and Co., two volumes, 3s.).—The latest addition to Messrs. Micthuen's Little Library series is Charles Dickens's "Christmas Books," in two volumes, bound in red cloth, and of con- venient pocket size. The first volume gives "A Christmas Carol" anl "The Chimes," with a pleasing portrait of Dickens from a sketch by Samuel Laurence. The second volume contains "The Cricket on the Hearth," "The Battle of Life" and "The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain." The books are niocly got up and would make an appropriate little Christmas gift. CHILDREN'S BOOKS (Londolll: Frcdk. Warne and Co.).—Among the newest books for the juveniles "The Golden Goose Book (5s. nett) will take a high place. Four favourite nursery stories are set forth, "The Golden Goose," "The Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," and "Tom Thumb," with all the vercs-imilitude that appeals to the youthful imagination, and with a wealth of illustrations worthy of the artist, L. Leslie Brooke. There are- no fewer than 32 full-page icioloured plates, and 64 original black- and-white drawings, illustrating the letterpress, and those who are familiar witih Leslie Brooke's studies in this particular field will scarcely re- quire to be informed that the pictures are a mar- vel of artistia humour. The animal studies es- pecially are bubbling over with merrime.iit, and will be as welcome to adults as to children. "The Golden Goose Book" will bring joy to many a nursery at Christmastlde. "The Story of the Three Bears," in stiff art paper covers at Is. nett, is similarly illustrated with eight full- page coloured plates, and many black-and-whiite pictures by the same clever artist. "The Golden Goosj" is also issued in art paper covers at the same price, and on similarly attractive litnes. "A SERVANT OF THE PUBLIC" (By Anthony Hope; illustrated by Harold Percival, A.R.E. London: Methuen and Co.. price 6s.).— This is a delightful written in the gifted author's best style. The "Servant of the Public" Ora Pinsent, an actress, full of contradictions and possessing the indefinable quality of attract- ing men. The effect she has on the other sex may be gathered from the description of a lady friend-" I admire and definite, love and most bitterly hate Ora Pinsent." She has a, habit wJwn talking to some men of upturning her faC0 with a suggestion of expecting to be kissed, and yet she is not what old maids would term "for- ward" her's is a refining influence. She in short, a puzzling piece of feminity, but her char- acter is drawn with such artistic sympathy that one's heart at once goes out to her. Ashley Mead, a barrister with a moderate income, and bra. fall in love, and their dream of platonic happiness is dispelled. Our heroine has a husband, an un- known quantity, living in America, and he writes asking for permission to come home. This is reluctantly given, and Ashley, who meets him, tindghe is a drunken sot, and that he his been living with a third-class actress. He bribes the husband to return to America, a.nd tells Ora that, he has not arrived. The storv has a somewhat surprising endinu. and the reader is left wonder- ing whether Ashley ourrht not to have informed Ora of her husband's delinquency, as a. step to her obtaining a divorce, and their subsequent mar- riage. The plot- is striking in its originality, and tne novel is undoubtedly one of Mr. Anthony Hope's finest efforts. VIVIEN (By W. B. Maxwell; Methuen and Co. London. 6í1 }.—In this remarkable story Mr. Maxwell treats of several phases of modern society in a powerful tvle. and throws a lurid light on the perils with which the paths of unprotected girls are beset. Vivien is the motherless daughter of a. well-connected, aristocratic old rake. Col. Shelton. Of parental care she receives none. Her father allows her to grow up at school, and characteristi- cally omits to pay her bill. When the school- mistress becomes bankrupt, Vivien, who is a strong-minded, charming girl, finds employment in a fashionable blomm shop. at an almost stRrvation wage. and Iodes in a miserable quarter. Here she is persecuted by a blackeruard. and finally loses her situation through illness. She, however, obtains the post of companion to proud old Lady Colwyn. and she meets Lord Helenburgh, a handsome guardsman, whom she has admired in London, and who proves to be Lady Cohvyn'e grandson and heir to a dukedom. Everyone falls in love with Vivien, except a jealous lady's maid. Lord Helenburgh makes a dishonourable proposal to her, which she indignantly reiects, and eventually the machinations of the lady's maid prevail and Vivien leaves the house in disgrace. The unhappy girl bravely battles with poverty, but ultimately Lord Helenburgh. now a duke, discovers her and brings her back to Lady Colwyn in triumph. The treachery of the lady's-maid is unmasked it is ascertained that Vivien is of good birth on both sides; the Duke offers her his hand, and the curtain rings down to pleasant anticipations of wedding bells. There are disagreeable incidents in the book, nnd the pictures of smart society are highly coloured, but throughout the nobilitv of the character of the heroine stands out prominent as a shining star. "THE IMPROBABLE IDYLL" (by Dorothea Gerard. London: Methnm and Co.; is a. graphic narrative of the adventures of a Cockney family in Eastern Europe, whither they were induced to emigrate by descriptions which promised a land of Eldorado. Straight from the heart of London, and equipped slender capital and a copy of "Agriculture Made Easy," they settle down on a homestead in romantic ia,1icia. and oommen00 to farm thire hundred acres, and to loam the lesson that ng: iculture is not "easy" to people whose only knowledge- of the industry had to be gleaned us emergency arose from the printed pages of a book. As any prac- tical person will guess, there is disaster ahead, I nnd it is hastened1 by the cunning sehemes of a Jewish money-lender. The author displays much skill, ii1 construction, and the characters a vie so wcH drawn that they live in the reader's fancy from the first, introduction. A rich vein of j humour runs through the opening chapteis. and a double romance lightens the shadows and inten- g^iibrf tho-interest of tho rest cf the story.
FATALITY AT SHorrTON. sho.king f.-i.dit-y occurred at Shotton on Thursday to a hoy named Allinghanr, a;oo 12 yea-s, soil of Will-'ara Allinghanr, shearer at Hawarden Bridge Ironworks, and 'residing at Albert-place, Connah's Quay. It appeared that tho deceased was sent to. the works about 12.30 with his father's dinner, and in returning lie should have returned over the London and North- western footbridge, which was erected for the convenience of pedestrians to gain access to the Ironworks, but instead of that he crossed over the line, and while doing so it is surmised that he observed a goods train coming from the direc- tion of Chester, and to avoid it he stepped into the six foot way, where he was knocked down by a passenger train going to Chester. He was hurled about thirty yards, and when Dicked up by oome p:atelayers, who were. woxicing close by, he was found to be shockingly mutilated. Dr. Clements was soon on the spot, but his services were of no avail, as the poor lad must have been killed instantaneously. He was conveyed on a ftretoher to the ambulance and taken home. The railway company have notice boards, written in both English and Welsh, at the bottom of Kirby- grove, warning the public of the necessity of crossing over the footbridge. The Coroner held an inquest on Friday, and a verdict of Accidentally killed" was returned.
LARGEST TURBINE LINER. The new Cunard liner Carmania, the largest turbine steamer afloat, arrived in Liverpool on Wednesday from the Clyde, after a satisfactory voyage. The maximum speed attained was over 20 knots, while during a six hours' continuous trial a speed of 19 knots was easily maintained, the contract speed being 19 knots. The Carmania, which is the first turbine steamer to trade between this country and the United States, will sail on her maiden voyage to New York on December 2. Apart from the introduction of turbines into a vessel of the size of the Carmania, which is of 20,000 tons burden, and a sister ship to the Caronia. some notable improvements have been adopted. An improved system of ventilation has been adopted for the stokehold, and a longitudinal tunnel amidships, following the keel of the vessel, not only allows scope for the manipulation of spare machinery, but also gives easy acoese to the "skin" of the ship. The Stone-Lloyd system of water- tight doors has been applied to the vessel, and was subjected to several practical tests on the voyage. The doors can be closed simultaneously from the captain's bridge, and each door can also be opened and clorx-d separately by a lever, the operation being automatically recorded at the bridge. The liner has accommodation for 300 first-class, 300 second-class, and 2,000 third-class passengers, and is fitted throughout on a scale of magnificence in accordance with the Cunard Company's reputation o.nd the fastidious requirements of the modern travelling public.
MR. CHAMBERLAIN AT BRISTOL. -+- STRONG SPEECH. Mr. Chamberlain on Tuesday night at Bristol said the Unionist alliance was not less needed than over, and he was unable to accept Mr. Asquith's guarantee that the next Liberal Gov- ernment would refrain from dealing with Home Rule. The Unionist party must be progressive. Standing on the brink of a General Election, they must not suffer their policy to be whittled down by a timid or half-hearted minority. They must not go into battle with blunted swords merely to satisfy the scruples of those who did not wish to fight. The Unionist party was substantially agreed on the two main objects of their future constructive policy—retaliation and colonial pre- ference. They could not have retaliation without a general tariff, or preference without concessions to our colonievs. What he proposed was not an increase, but a transfer of taxation. Among his main objects were more work for the people, and closer union between the different parts of the Empire. He appealed to the material interests and the imperishable Imperial instincts of the working classes.—At the annual meeting of the Liberal Unionist Council at Bristol on Tuesday a resolution was adopted thanking Mr. Chamberlain for his services in the cause of Tariff Reform fend approving of the policy of securing a free hand in our dealings with foreign nations. The con- ference also welcomed the Premier's declaration as to the importance and urgency of the question of Fiscal reform, and passed another resolution calling attention to the necessity for the pressing forward of the question of redistribution.
PRIMROSE LEAGUE BALL. »—.— BRILLIANT FUNCTION AT KNUTSFORD. Knutsford was the scene of a brilliant function on Wednesday might, on the occasion of the second annual ball of the Knutsford Habitation of the Primrose League. The interior of the Town Hall when the dancing was in full swing was one of exceeding brilliance, flags, banners, and Chinese lanterns being used in the decora- tions. The member for the division, the Hon. Alan de Tatton Egerton, and Mrs. Egcrton attended, and brought a party, which included Mr. and Mrs. Hoftnung Goldstmid, Mrs. Ward, and Mr. Harry Mainwaring. Mrs. Egerton of Tatton ap- peared in a Louis XV. dress with gold brocade over yellow satin*. Mrs. Langford Brooke brought with her Miss Throgmorton, Miss Egerton War- burton, Miss Dunbar, Mr. Delves Broughton, and Mr. Earl. Mrs. Conybeare wore a beautiful dross of black velvet; Lady Clare Egerton looked charming in a dress of pink crepe de chine, with ruohing of Valenciennes lace. Among others present were Mr. Robert Baker, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Hairdy, Mr. and Mrs. Alee- Beith, the Rev. W. G. a.nd Mrs. GresIIancl party, Mrs. J. A. Smith, who brought the Misses Povah, Mr. J. Rennison Little, and Mr. Philip Mandleberg; Mrs. Egerton Warburton, and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hall. The hon. secretaries, Mr. J. Ambrose Smith and Mr. Leicester Caldecutt were untiring in their efforts to promote the enjoyment of all present, and Mr. E. C. Bowen and Mr. G. Houlden officiated as M.C.'s. Mr. F. Beddall's batid supplied the music for dancing, while Mrs. Molyneux, of Ye Olde Rose and Crown Inn. had charge of the bar, and Mrs. Webb of the refresh- ments.
CHESTER CYCLING CLUB. — ANNUAL DINNER. This annual socia! event took place at the club's headquarters, the Bull and Stiirup Hotel, on Tuesday evening, when Mr. J. Brickland pre- sided over a representative gathering of members and friends.—After an excellent repast the Chair- man. proposed the toast of "The King nd Royal Family," which was enthusiastically received by the company. After a song by Mr. P. Norman, "The Chester Cycling Club" was proposed by Mr. A. Pawlowski (Liverpool) in eulogistic terms, and Mr. Geo. Hayman responded. Mr. J. Bunco next entertained the company with one of his inimitable comic songs, and was loudly applauded. Tho Chairman, in distributing the prizes won by tho successful competitors during the past season, remarked on the beautiful challenge bowl pre- sented to the club by Mr. Robt. Yerburgh, M.P., 8.nd which has been competed for under varying conditions and on different racing tracks for several years. Among notable holders of the trophy may be mentioned Messrs. J. J. P. Gal- way H. Sherry, J. Lunt. Leete. J. Benyon (world's champ-on), C. A. Oowie, A. Watson, J. Richards, C. Evans, and the present holder, T. R. Hulmston. The following is a list of prize- winners :—Yerburgh Challenge Bowl competi- tion: 1, T. R. Hulmston. gold medal; 2, P. Hulmston, gold medal; 3, H. Dunning, silver matchbox. Attendance prizes: 1 (Mr. Bates's prize). J. Cblohan; 2, A. Inns; 3, T. R. Hulms- ton 4, A. Craig; 5 (equal), H. Dunning and H Kelly. The other toasts included "The Prize Donors," proposed by Mr. J Watson; "The Visi- tors," by Mr. J. Nagle; "The Prize-winners," by Mr. Gco. Hayman: "The Chairman," and "The Host and Hostess." by the hon. secretary (Mr. Geo. Boaz). A capital programme was contributed by the foHowing well-known artists: Messrs. W. Davies. P. Norman. S. Sprang. W. Gilbert (con- jurer;. — Billsbrough. J. Bunco and A. Pawlow- ski (Liverpool). Mr. Hepworth accompanied very efficiently, and a most enjoyable evening ter- minated by singing "Auld Lang Sync."
SEASONABLE GIFT FOR EVERYBODY.— One of the most welcome features of modern enter- prise ia the free distribution of useful and artistic presents. A handsome gift this Christmas season is the splendid budget of original music just issued by the Bile Bean Manufacturing Co. It takes the form of a. 16 page folio, measuring 11 inches deep by 8 inches broad, bound in coloured covers, and contains original songs, minuets, waltzes, marches. &c. All the compositions are new, Mr. J. Michael Watson being responsible for two of the vocal numbers. The music is clearly printed from engraved plates on excellent paper, and altogether the budget is worthy of a place in anv collection of I music. We understand that the budget cannot be purchased, but will be forwarded to any applicant who cuts out this paragraph from the Chester Courant" and forwards it to tho Bile Bean Co's. Central Dep6t, Leeds, with two penny stamps to cover packing and postage.
NESTON. VALUE OF BUILDING LAND.—A piece of f ind wjr,h :1 frontage of 21f feet to Park-street and 4 00 feet to Cross-street was sold by Messrs. Cunnah nnd Roberts, at the Neston Hotel, on Wednesday, to Mr. Thos. Jones, of Little Neston, for £110. Mr. Molyneux's baker's shop and dwelling-house in Park-street was offered but withdrawn. Messrs. Gamon, Farmer and Co. acted as solicitors to the vendor.
FLINT. MUNICIPAL APPOINTMENT.-The General Purposes Committee of the Flint Town Council sat at the Town Hall on Tuesday to consider the appointment of inspector of nuisances and road foreman, a post recently rendered vacant There were originally 116 applicants for the offices, the joint salary attached to which is B80 per annum. Three candidates appeared before the committee on Tuesday, when Mr. Richard Harrison, of Devon- street, Darwen, was unanimously recommended to the Council for appointment. Mr. Harrison holds the certificate of the Sanitary Institute, and has a wide experience in sanitary work and road con- struction. He is 32 years of age and married.
SAUGHALL. CONCERT.—On Tuesday a capital entertain- ment was given in the Town Hall by Messrs. Frank Dobie and party, of Chester. Songs, jokes, dances and ventriloquial sketches were all delivered in excellent fashion, the whole ending with a very amusing farce. The proceeds were in aid of the funds of the juvenile branch of the local Foresters' Club, and at the end of the proceedings Mr. G. Norton proposed votes of thanks to Messrs. Dobie and party, to Mr. Trelawny for the use of the Town Hall, and to the secretary, Mr. G. Venables, for the time and trouble he had taken over the entertainment. This was seconded by Mr. J. Benson, and carried unanimously.
NORTHOP. GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY. Miss Sandars. Lower Soughton, who takes a keen interest in the society, entertained about 60 can- didates to tea at the Northop Reading Room on Tuesday. GALCHOG COLLIERY. After about six months' untiring sinking, Mr. J. Sid well and his party came to a seam of main coal of excellent quality from 9ft to 10ft. in thickness. The opera- tions were carried on under the superintendence of Mr. S. H. Woolley, the able manager of the colliery. It is anticipated that this find will be a great boon to the district, as more hands will be taken on. « —
CHOLMONDELEY. SALE OF FARMING STOCK.—On Thursday last Henry Manley and Sons, Ltd., conducted a successful sale of live and dead farming stock at. Croxton Green Farm for the representatives of tho late Mr. Chas. Manning. A start was made with the implements at 11 o'clock. The inquiry was keen, the 324 lots being disposed of by four o'clock. Good prices were realised. The dairy cows, which were a good class of Cheshire short- horn for spring note, realised up to JE17 each, 50 per cent, averaging JE14. 2s 6d.; two-year-old heifers for spring note to JE12. 15s., rearing heifers 95. 12s. 6d., fat pigs to £ 6. 17s., oats 2s 8d., wheat 4s. 3d.. and barley 4s. per bushel.
FARNDON AND HOLT. THE RIFLE CLUB.-The rifle club which has lately been formed under the rules of the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs, of which Mr. Marks, 20, Bucklersbury, London, is the secretary, is now in full swing. About 35 men shoot every Tuesday and Friday nights in the school, under the guidance of Colour-Sergt. Blondor, from Wrexham Barracks. The rifles are a "Greener" and a "Winchester" repeater. Mr. Douglas M. King (late of the 18th Lancers) is the captain, and there is a strong com- mittee. The appeal for funds has been responded to most liberally a little more, however, is re- quired to make things go comfortably. The hon. secretary, Mr. Harry Brereton, of Rewley Hill, Farndon, receives the donations and subscriptions. It is a matter of regret that the Government offers no help to such a patriotic movement.
BACKFORD. THE GRIM REAPER.—On Wednesday after- noon, amid most unpleasant climatic conditions, a double interment took plaoo at Baekford Churchyard, and constituted a striking instance of the contrasts and uncertainties of life. At three o clock there arrived at the lyoh gate two funeral processions, one following the remains of the late Mr. Samuel Worrall, Mollington, an octogen- arian, and the other the hand-borne coffin con- taining the body of John William, aged one year eleven months, the youngest child and only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Carter, Moston. The Rev. J. M. New officiated, and took the greater part of the burial service within the church, the com- mittal prayer being 'road in turn at each grave- side. Besides the father and mother, other rela- tives and friends, the deceased boy was followed to his last resting place by six of his seven sisters, four of their fcirl friends and two cousins, Edwin Baldwin and Harry Carter, HooLe, acting as the bearers of the little coffin. The two boys were robed in the surplices they wear as members of the choir of Hoole Church. A number of beau- tiful wreaths and floral tributes of respect and sympathy were sent in each case.
CONNAH'S QUAY & SHOTTON. RAN INTO A MOTOR-CAR.—On Wednesday morning a serious accident occurred to a boy named James Moores, residing near Shotton-laiie, Shotton. After coming out of school, he. with other lads, was swinging behind a lurry, and when in the act of getting on to the footpath he ran into a motor-car containing a gentleman and two ladies. The wheels of the car- passed over him. He was picked up in a serious condition, and after being attended to by Dr. Turner, the ambu- lence was sent for, and he wao at once conveyed to Chester Infirmary. The occupants of the motor did all that was possible for the injured lad. CONCERT.—For some time. the want of a choral society has been keenly felt by many lovers of music in the neighbourhood. A meeting was called and a society formed. Mr. C. Lewis- Jonos, Mus. Bac., of Flint Mountain, was ap- pointed conductor, and Mr. Vincent hon. secre- tary, and on Wednesday evening they gave their first entertainment ;n the Drill Hall, before a largo and appreciative audience. Mr. Lewis- Jones's pupils' orchestra was a great success, and the same remark applies to the Madrigal Party, who sang several pieces in a creditable manner. Tho following werx> a few of tire items:—Song, "The Bugler," Mr. H. Foulkes; song, "The Japanese Love Song," Miss M. Morris; violin solo, "Polnisch," Mr, A. Harris; song, "Heroes and Gentlemen," Mr. A. Conquer; quartette, "On the Banks of Allen Water" song. "The Cur- few," Mr. R. Foulkes; violin solo, "Romance in A minor," Miss Morris; song, "Idle Words," Miss Jennie Prince. --+-
FRODSHAM. DRUNK AND INCAPABLE-At the Frod- sham Police Court, on Wednesday morning, before Mr. W. N. Hutchings, James Ouldread, hawker, of Neston, was charged with being drunk and mcapable on Chester-road, Helsby, at 9-0 p m. the previous day, and was fined 5s. (including costs) or seven days. He paid the fine. Acting Sergeant Millington proved the case. SCRIPTURE REPORT.—The following is tho Dioceean Scripture report of the Church-street Infants' School (headmistress, Mrs. Roberts):— The religious instruction is most carefully given, and the children are thoroughly interested in their work. In the upper group the answers wore both ready and full; and a large number of texts and passages of Scripture had been learnt; tfhese were carefully and intelligently said. The lower groups were questioned by their teacher; they have made a very good beginning. The order and tone of the children were all that could be desired." COTTAGE FIRE.—Early on Thursday morn- ing a cottage, occupied by a stoker named O'Duncalf, on The Quay, Frodsham Bridge, was discovered to be on fire. The family were in bed at the time, but were fortunately roused by one of the children, who, smelling the fire, imme- diately raised the alarm. Willing help was forth- coming from neighbours, and in time, with a liberal supply of water, the flamee, which had gained roof of oorrugated iron, were quelled. The outbreak originated through some sticks (which had been left in the open oven to dry for morning) catching fire. This spread to the wooden mantelshelf. Nearly all the furniture and pictures in the kitchen were destroyed, while the walls wero somewhat damaged. SOCIAL EVENING.—In connection with the Iron Church, a well-attended and successful social evening was held on Wednesday in the Parish Room, Main-street, the Vicar (the Rev. H. B. Blogg, -AI.A.) presiding. The proceeds are to be devoted to the church fund. The following pro- gramme, under the able management and con- duct of Mr. H. Tilcy (organist), was capitally rendered by members of the choir and friends:- Glee, "0 who will o'er the downs?" the choir; song, "Daddv," Miss Alice Barrow; song. "The Old Soldier, the- Rev. E. W. Evans; song, "Somebody's Sador Roy," Miss H. Wyatt; song, "The Bedouin Love Song," Mr. W. A. Lewis; glee, "Hail, smiling morn." the choir; song. "Shall I be an angel, daddy?" Miss N. Holland; quartette. "Sweet and Low," Misses A. Barrow and A. Wilson, Messrs. Holland and Woods; trio, "A little farm well tilled." Messrs. Lewis, Illidge and Holland; song, "The Volunteer Organist," Mr. J. Holland; glee, "Lass of Richmond Hill," the choir; song, Mr, C. Ford; song. "A Day's Ride," the Rev. E. W. Evans; glee, "0, hush thee, my baby," the choir; dialogue, "The New Tutor" Misses M. Barrow, C. Sutton, H. Hough, Messrs. P. Massey, Fletcher and Lewis. The dialogue proved immensely humorous, and being well given was received with enthusiastic ap- plause. Refreshments were served during the interval.
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UPTON. MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—On Wednesday evening a lecture was given in the Reading Room by Mr. E. Dean, junr., on a "Trip to Switzerland," illustrated by lantern slides. Mr. E. C. Kendall presided. The lecture was admir- ably delivered and enjoyed by all. Mr. Kendall proposed, and the Rev. W. Sparling (vicar) seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to the lecturer while Mr. O. Robinson proposed, and Mr. Jno. Griffiths seconded, a vote of thanks to the Chair- man. Mr. Dean suitably responded, hoping the lecture had given as much pleasure to everyone as it had given him to deliver it. a
GliESFORD. CLOSING OF THE CHURCHYARD.—On Thursday a special meeing of the Wrexham Dis- trict Council was held, under the presidency of Mr. George Cromar, of Rossett.—Dr. Davies, medical officer of health for the Wrexham dis- trict, recommended the closing of Gresford Churchyard and the purchase of a site for a new burial ground.—Major Robertson, of Gresford, wrote stating that the site recommended by Dr. Davies was a most suitable, one, and if 'he had been able to attend the meeting he would have proposed that the owners of the land suggested should be asked if they would carry out the offer they made some time ago to sell the land for a burial ground to the Gresford Burial Committee; that the question of the approach to the new burial ground be considered, and, further, that the Local Government Board be consulted as to the procedure necessary to carry out these sug- gestions.—Mr. T. Lea, Holt, moved that the sug- geetions of Major Robertson be adopted.—This was seconded by the Rev. E. K. Jones, Brymbo, and agreed to.
LITTLE SUTTON. SALE OF WORK.—On Wednesday afternoon the annual sale of work in aid of the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission, took place in the Presbyterian Hall. Notwithstanding the un- favourable weather there was a good attendance. After a few remarks by the Chairman (the Rev. A. E. Cooper) prayers were said by the Rev. H. J. Craig, and the Rev. P. J. Grubb gave an earnest address on the mission. Mrs. R. R. Douglas, having declared the sale open, business at once became brisk, the financial result being £ 20. The stallholders were the members of the Zenana Working Party. PARISH COUNCIL.-The monthly meeting was held on Monday evening, Mr. R. R. Douglas presiding. There were also present Messrs. R. Jones, J. W. Simpson, W. Oartwright, W. A. Read, W. Bethell, J. H. Coulter, J. Hopley, and H. W. B. Porter (clerk).—The Chairman stated that he, with others of the Sanitary Com- mittee, had visited the weir. They found it was not so serious a matter but that it could be put right. The weir was intact but some of tho em- bankment had given way.—Mr. Cart-wright 6aid that the defect had been made good with con- crete and there was no reason to anticipate fur- that the defect had been made good with con- crete and there was no reason to anticipate fur- ther trouble.—The Clerk reported that the man- holes on. the roads had been put right by tho oounty surveyor; he also read a letter from tlie secretary of the Water Company expressing re- gret that there should have been any oomplaints respecting the quality of the water. The matter had been attended to, and he (the clerk) had heard of no further complaints. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. J. E. S. Ollive re- specting the cost of the weir, J659, as in reply to an enquiry from this Council last year Mr. Ollive had written saying that the cost would be divided between Great Sutton, Little Sutton, and Overpool, but from tho copy of the District Council's accounts of the past year's expenditure Little Sutton was charged the whole amount. There was also a suggestion that when the Great Sutton sewer was completed the sewer attendant of Little Sutton might have charge of both, and thus reduce the expenses of attendance for both townships.—The Clerk stated that two stiles needed repairing, and as the cost would be very little it was decided to repair them.-The Clerk reported that he had received complaints re- specting the emptying of the ashpits not being satisfactory.—Mr. Simpson said that in some cases the dust-bins provided for the ashes were very unsatisfactory, and were an intolerable nuis- ance as they were full up in a few days.—Tho Council were of opinion that more adequate pro- vision ought to be made than was at present the case. Eventually the Clerk was asked to write to the contractor calling his attention to the com- plaints, and asking him to attend to them.
INCE. GARDEN PRIZE.-From a circular issued Ly the directors of the London and North-Western and Great Western Railway Companies, we notice that Mr. W. G. Ricketts, of Ince and Elton Sta- tion, has again been successful in gaining the first prize given by the company yearly for the best kept garden and premises. Mr. Ricketts, whoso keenness in gardening is well known locally, has done much to develop a love of hor- ticulture m this neighbourhood since he came to residp among us, and he is to be congratulated on his continued success, this being tiho third or fotnth year in succession that the first prize has been awarded to him. ,tw CRICKET SUPPER AND PRESENTATION. —Through tho kindness of the Rev. F, Olifton- Smith. the members and friends of the. Ince Cricket Club, to the number of about 36, were entertained at supper at the Clubroom, Welling- ton Inn, last week. After supper an oxtensive toast list was gone through, includin.g the following:—"The Ince Crioket Club," pro- posed by Mr. J. Still and responded to by the captain, the Rev. F. Clifton-Smith; "The Honor- ary Members." proposed by Mr. Wm. Brown and responded to by Mr. W. J. Lee (Thornton Hall) and Mr. W. Greenway; and "The Captain and Host of the evening," given by Mr. A. W., Pollitt and received with musical honours. After- wards prizes were given out by the Vicar to the different, players who had acquitted themselves with merit during the past season. The prize for the batting average fell to Mr. Wm. Seeker, who with an aggregate of 298 claimed 24 as his aver- age for the season. Mr. Wm. Nield secared the greatest number of wickets, and thus captured the In prize given for the bowling average, while Mr. George Wright, who had brought off the greatest number of catches, received a pipe and case. The Secretary's prize for the highest individual score had been won by the captain, who generously parsed it on to Mr. Wm. Nield. A veiy pleasing ceremony next took place, namely, the presenta- tion to Mr. Osborne Proffitt, who is leaving the village and going to reside at. Upton, near Chester, of a handsome barometer, subscribed by the members of tho club. The present bore the inscription "Presented to Mr. 0. Proffitt by the members of the Ince C.C. on the occasion of his marriage. Nov. 22, 1905.The Chairman, in making the presentation, mentioned that Mr. Proffitt had been a useful member of the club for many years, and in the name of the members lie wished him all health and prosperity in his new life.—Mr. Proffitt, responding, said he should not readily forget all the pleasant- memories associated with the Ince Cricket Club.—After- wards the Vicar, in commemoration of the fact that the club had gone through the whole season without once suffering defeat, presented to each member of the team a silver medal, and in doing so stated that although he had been captain of different cricket clubs for years past, yet never in his experience had he been, able to boast that. his eleven throughout a whole season could lay claim to an unbeaten certificate. Each modal had the fol'lowing inscribed on it:—Ince GC., season 1905. Won 10 drawn 6, lost none." The even- ing gained enjoyment also from songs given by Messrs. W. Seeker, J. Ellams, A. Slater, E. Peel and J. Roberts, and recitations by Messrs. W. G. 1 Ricketts and Wm. Brown. A hearty vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Ricketts to the vicar for his generosity and for a most enjoyable even- ing.
BUNBURY. RADICAL MEETING.—A Radical meeting was held in the Public Hall on Tuesday evening, and was fairly well attended. Mr. Charles Willis occupied the chair. and the chief speakers were Mr. R T. Smith and Mr. Francis Neilson. Mr. Stanley briefly dealt with the tariff question aud the Educa- tion Act. lb
WINSFORD. PIGEON SHOOTING ACCIDENT.—A shoot- ing accident occurred at Wmsford on Wed- nesday afternoon. Mr. John Vickers, the licensee j of the North-Western Hotel, and some friends from Manchester were pigeon shooting in a field adjoin- ing the hotel. One of the visitors slipped and his gun discharged. Mr. Vickers, who was standing I g about a dozen yards away, was hit by the charge in the stomach. He was taken to the local infirmary, his condition being serious.
WHITCHURCH. CONFIRMATION.—The Lord Bishop of Lich- field held a confirmation service in the Whitchurch Parish Church on Tuesday afternoon, when nearly 90 candidates (about 40 males and nearly 50 females) presented themselves, and all the local clergy (with the exception of the Rector) were present. There was a fair congregation. INSTITUTE DEBATING SOCIETY.—On Tuesday evening a further meeting of the Institute Library and Debating So iety took place in the Reading Room, when Mr. Rowland presided over a good attendance. Mr. G. Reeves led a discussion on "The Meaning of Labour," and this was afterwards participated in by practically all the company. It proved a most enjoyable evening. A FARMER.'S AFFAIR-, -Joseph Henry Madoloy, farmer, of Eageley Farm, near Whit- church, appeared before Mr. C. E. Speakman (Registrar) at Crewe Bankruptcy Court on Friday, to undergo his public examination.—In answer to the Official Receiver (Mr. F. T. Haloomb), the bankrupt stated that the causes of his failure were "Bad seasons, want of capital and heavy rent." He admitted: that his totaJ liabilities wore E754 12s. 6d., and that his total assets were :6=, leaving a deficiency of J6444. 12s. 6d. Twolva months ago his excess of liabilities over assets was £ 235; nett loss in carrying on business sinco that date, JE179. 12s. 6d.; household expenses of Nrife and children, JB20. In March. 1901, the debtor said he beca.mo tenant of Edgeley Farm-a. farm comprising 72 acres, at an annual rent of P,170 a year. He had about 46 head of cattlio and £ 100 in cash. He had not kept proper books and had not prepared at any time any statement of his liabilities and assets. The first season was a bad one, and he dated his loesses from that time Three years ago he became aware of his insolvency. He was not able to pay his rent l. it became duo, and owed his landlord 2i years' rent. He had overdrawn his banking account by J3254. The bank (National Provincial) held a IFie insurance policy as security. The policy was dated February, 1900, and he did not think it had any surrender value. He owed his landlord £400 for rent. Some of the live and dead etockr and a furniture belonged to his (the debtor's) wifie. She had made an affidavit of the she claimed, and this was correct. Asked why ho continued to trade when he found he could no meet his liabilities, the debtor said his landlord promised to reduce the rent, and he hoped lie- might be able to do I)t-,ttez.-Tlie examination was adjourned.
WREXHAM. DROPPED DOWN DEAD.—On Friday Thomas Hughes, formerly in the employment of the Great Western Railway Company. dropped down dead at the funeral at Wrexham of Mr. Thomas Martin, a Great Western Railway traffic manager and one of the most popular officials on the line. Hughes had known Mr. Martin inti- mately for many years, and his death is attributed to extreme emotion MR. CHAMBERLAIN'S VISIT. Mr. Chamberlain having promised some time ago to speak at a meeting in Wrexham, the, executive of the Wrexham Workingmen's Con- servative Association have taken the preliminary steps to secure his presence at a demonstration in the new year. Mr. Chamberlain has been asked to receive a deputation, which will include prominent employers of labour in the large industrial district of which Wrexham is the centre. PRESENTATION TO MR. SIMON JONES. -011 Friday evening Alderman Simon Jones, of Wrexham, was presented with an illuminated address and portrait by the members of the Baptist Church, Wrexham, in recognition of his services to the church during the past half century. Mr. Simon Jones recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his membership. He has been a deacon of the church for many years, and has for a. long period acted as treasurer. At the meeting on Friday night appropriate reference was made to Mr. Simon Jones's services to the village churches. In Welsh educational circles Mr. Jones is well known. He is vice-chairman of the Denbigbshire Higher Education Committee and chairman of the Wrexham Higher Education Committee. He is also chairman of the Denbighshire Standing Joint Committee and chairman of the Wrexham Board of Guardians. THE NEW SCHOOL On Wednesday evening a special meeting of the Wrexham Education Com- mittee was held to meet the consulting architect, Mr. Willink, of Liverpool, respecting the new schools which tho committee intend to build in Holt-road, to accommodate 1,000 chiddrer4 at an. estimated cost of about £ 10,000. It was decided to offer premiums, of £ 50 and L30 for the best plans for the new buildings. A letter was read from the solicitors to tho owners of the land on which it is intended to erect tho new schools, stating that their clients would be willing to sell the whole plot of land, containing 5g acres, for E2,000. The committee had already entered into an agreement, to purchase about 2b acres of the land for the new schools, and they suggested that it would be to the advantage of the authority if they purchased the whole plot. It was decided to recom.mend the Wrexham Town Council to purebaso the additional land for the purpose of & recreation, ground.
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