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RETROSPECT.

I A LOCAL REVIEW.

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I A LOCAL REVIEW. The year whose obituary is chronicled to-day will leave a lasting impress upon the history of this city and surrounding neighbourhood. It has witnessed, among other important items, the opening of the electric trams in Chester, on April (5th the Local Government Board Inquiry into the housing question, on March 4th, and be subsequent consent of that body to the Cor- poration's scheme, on April 1st. Lord Roberts, as Commander-in-Chief, visited our Wrexham neighbours on April 6th. Exactly one month later the Prince and Princess of Wales visited Eaton and the Prince graced Chester Races withhis presence, while a flying visit was paid to Wrex- ham, in connection with the memorial to the Royal Welch Fusiliers. On the 1st of July a disastrous fire destroyed Messrs. Lawton's works at Chester. The Mersey Railway was electrified on May 3rd, it being the first steam railway in the country to be thus converted to the newer motive power. The statue of the late Queen Victoria was unveiled on Chester Castle Square on October 17th by Earl Egerton. The deplor. able Penrhyn Quarry strike concluded on November 14th, in the surrender of the men after holding out for three years. In municipal affairs considerable changes have taken place. On July 21st Mr. B. C. Roberts, who has acted as chairman of the Unionist Party locally for a series of years, announced his resignation, and &t the succeeding November elections retired from civic work, where he had laboured long with signal success, notably as Chairman of the Lighting Committee and of the Tramways Com- mittee, both of which enterprises he piloted in their infancy. Another loss which the Corpora- tion sustained, independently of the too long death-roll for the year, came in the form of the resignation of the respected Town Clerk, Mr. Sam. Smith, on October 13th, this event being followed eight days later by the appointment of Mr. Jas. Dickson as his successor while the Town Council sustained a blow in the resignation of one of its oldest members, Sir Thomas Frost, on October 27th. The obituary list is deplorably heavy locally. No fewer than three aldermen died during the year, namely, Alderman George Dutton, July 8th Alderman William Williams, August 27th, and Alderman Isaac Jones, October 29th. Education suffered by the decease of Mrs. Sandford, of the Queen's School, January 9th the Church was the poorer by the death of Dean Howell, a, distinguished Welshman, Oil January 15th, and of the Rev. R. J. Fairclough, of Back- ford, on December 8th Flintshire lost its oldest magistrate in Mr. Edmund Peel, of Bryn-y-pys, on March 17th, and another large land-owner and worker in social and political life, in Mr. p. B. Davies-Cooke, of Gwysaney, on September 29th, while Cheshire was bereaved, on June 21st, of one of her most familiar figures among the landed proprietors, magistrates and pillars of Conservatism, in Mr. John Hurleston Leche of Cardcn. Other losses in chronological order that ought not to pass unnoticed are those of Mr. J. P. Cartwright, April 7th Mr. Thomas Helsby, the Cheshire historian, April 29th Mrs. Towns- end Ince, of Christleton, May 2nd; Judge W ynnc-Ffoulkes, June 27th Mr. Samuel Spencer, September 2;)rd. -u-

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LOCAL & GENERAL NOTES. I

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CHARGE AGAINST A BANKRUPT

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HIGHER GKAIJE I

STREET CLEANLINESS.

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MALPAS FARM FIRE.

ARMY AND VOLUNTEERS.

LlGtHThN tr- U P TABLE.

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SIR W. W. WYNN'S -HOUNDS

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