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Lord and Lady Tollemache arrived at Peckforton Castle on Thursday from London. The "Daily Telegraph" says Sir John Brunner has been offered a peerage, but it is believed he does not wish to accept the honour. Speaking on Tuesday at Selattyn at a Con- servative meeting held in support of the candida- ture of Mr. W. Clive Bridgeman, Lord Harlech vigorously denounced the policy of Home Rule. Mr. W. G. C. Gladstone is at Hawarden entertain- ing friends for a shooting party, but owing to the unfortunate death of an under-keeper, Robert Hardy, on Thursday, suddenly, the shooting has been postponed. The Bishop of Chester has appointed the Rev. F. A. Macdona, M.A., rector of Cheadle, to be Rural Dean of the Rural Deanery of Stockport in the place of the Rev. Canon Symonds, M.A., who has resigned. Lord Harlech, Lord Enniskillen, Mr. Townsend, Mr. E. Oakley, Mr. Wood, and Mr. Hugh Peel shot over Lightwood Hall, Blake's Wood, Osier Bed and Heath's Wood, on the Brynypys Estate, one day last week, and had very good sport. The bag consisted of 500 pheasants, 20 hares, and 60 rabbits. The death is announced from Trefriw of Mr. F. Kitchen, a Justice of the Peace for Carnarvon- shire and a considerable landowner in North Wales. Quite recently Mr. Kitchen bought the Caldy Manor Estate, Cheshire, for £ 60,000, and had contemplated developing it. He died sud- denly in bed late on Monday night. The Marquis of Cholmondeley left London on Saturday for Cholmondeley Castle. Earl Egerton and the Duchess of Buckingham have returned from London to Knutsford. An engagement is announced between Graham, second son of Henry Partridge and Mrs. Partridge, of Castle Hill, Blechingly, Surrey, and Marian Clouston, youngest daughter of E. C. Thin and Mrs. Thin, of The Uplands, Noctorum, Cheshire. 2c>th, ni1^90!6 f £ e ^Jltake place on Thursday, January Mrs. ni.%?? 6? at Christchurch, Higher Bebington, between Edgar Lancdot, youngest son of the Rev. Henry Sharlock, of Bildeston. Suffolk, and Barbara May, youngest daughter of G. H. Eaton, of Gorsey Hey, Higher Bebington. Alderman W. H. Vaudrey, of Manchester, upon whom the King has conferred the honour of knighthood, traces his ancestry back to an old Cheshire family of Vaudrey, some of whose repre- sentatives were prominent residents in the Bowdon district between the years 1500 and 1700. Countess Grosvenor, Lady President of the St. George's, Hanover-square, District of the League of Mercy, was present on Monday afternoon at a drawing-room meeting held, on the invitation of Mrs. Lumley Holland, at 5, Wilton-crescent. Lady Grosvenor explained the working of the organisation, and the results attained in her district. A marriage has been arranged between Roger Charlton Parr, of Killichronan, Isle of Mull, only son of Mr. J. Charlton Parr, of Grappenhall Heyes, Warrington, and Staunton Park, Hereford- shire, and Juhan Mary, elder daughter of Lieut.- Colonel the Hon. Robert J. O. Jocelyn, of Tulla- more Park, co. Down. The death of Lady Rawson. wife of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, the Governor of New South Wales who was accompanying her husband to Sydney, is announced from Colombo. Lady Rawson died on board the Orient Pacific steamship Ormus in the Red Sea on the 3rd inst. She was the daughter of the late Mr. John R. Shaw, of Arrowe Park, and married Sir Harry Rawson in 1871. Mr. Martin Hall, younger son of Lieut.-General 'Julian Hall, lately of the Coldstream Guards, was married on Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, to Alice, daughter of the late Mr. W. W. Hasler, of Aldingbourne, Sussex, the Dean of Ripon, cousin of the bridegroom, officiating, assisted by the Rev. W. W. Kelly, vicar of Aldingbourne. The bride was wearing a costume of ivory satin duchesse draped with antique Brussels lace, and trimmed with silver sequin embroidery, and a long Court tram of brocade was veiled with Brussels lace. Master Geoffrey Holt and Master Patrick Payne acted as train-bearers, attired in Court suits of white cloth, with lace jabots; and there were five brides- maids-Miss Joan Hasler, Miss Agnes Hall, Miss Barbara Stnckiand, and the Misses Geraldine and Molly Grey. Mr. Henry P. Hussey, son of the late Mr. Edw. Hussey, of Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent, was married at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane- square, London, on Monday afternoon, to Miss Margaret Peel, daughter of the late Mr. Edmund Peel, of Bryn-y-pys; Flintshire. The service was ohoral. The Bishop of Bangor (uncle of the bride) officiated, assisted by the Rev. H. H anni co, rector of Grendon, Warwickshire. There were six bridesmaids. The bride was married in a drees of white ivory, satin, with semitrain covered with a coat of old Brussels family lace (which was worn by the iateLady WillougW de Broke, ifrea-t-aunt of the bnde, at her own weddintr over. Bixty years ago), arkl Brussels o -over a tiara of orange blossoms. The reception, held at fo, Eaton-square, leot by Mr. J. Eldon Bankes, was largely attended.: Early in the afternoon Mr. and Mis. Honry P, Hussey left for the Riviera, where they will spend their honeymoon. SALE OF A CHESTER BAYEl?'S" SHOP.- On Saturday Messrs. Cunnah and Roberts put up for auction at the Blossoms Hotel the baker's shop and dwelling-house, Nos. 11 and 12, Christleton- road. Mr. R. Walton became the purchaser at £ 510. Messrs. Bridgman, Weaver and Wild acted as solicitors to the vendor. AN ABSCONDING PAUPER.-On Monday, at the County Police Occasional Court, before Air W. Williains, Joseph Blake, an inmate of Chester | Workhouse, was charged with running away from the institution with the suit of clothes he re- ceivcd from the guardrana. Prisoner disappeared on the. 16th of Sept., and presented himself at the orkhouse on Saturday. He was sent to gaol for ftevon days. CHESTER BOARD OF GUARDIANS.-Tho: fortnightly meeting of the Chester Board of Guar- dians was held at the Workhouse on Tuesday.-Mr. T. Knowles mentioned that there were now forty children under four years of age, Mid gifts of toys would be very acceptable. He was sure the appeal had only to be made to the public for there to be a liberal response.—It was docid-ed to give the children in the Children's Homos the usual Christmas treat, with roast beef and plum pudding, on Christmas Day.-Miss; Mary A. Coleclough, of Longton, Staffs., was appointed by a majority of one vote as female at- tendant on the imbeciles. There was only one other candidate. CHESTER AMATEUR MINSTREL SOCIETY —An excellent concert was given by the members of this troupe on Monday evening, in the Lecture Hall, Saltney. A good programme was provided, and the audience shewed their appreciation of all the items rendered. The troupe kept the audience in roars of laughter by their comic songs and jokes, The interlocutor was Mr. Alf. Thompson. The following was the programme :-OpeniDg chorus, Branigans' Band," The Troupe; comic song, "Trifling oécurrences." .T oe Parry; comic song, When r woke up in the morning." Jim Green; song, "The Boys of the Lifeboat Crew," Mr. Alf Thompson; eomic song. I can't come out to-day," Will Deer; song, Queen of the earth," Mr. Will Dutton; comic song, "Stop yer tickling, Jock" (encored) Jock Amos song, Under the Deodah," Joe Mealing; comic song. I've brought the coal." Mr. Harry Sinclair; closing chorus, "The Church Parade," leader, Mr. R. E. James; stump speech, Will Deer; song, The trumpet call, Will Dutton; selection by the C.A.M.S. quartette; comic song (encored), Little Griff; selections on fairy bells, Mr. A. Prince; character song, "Tobermory", (encored), Jock Amos; character song, Harold Darlington. The programme eemiriuded with a laughable farce, entitled Immanuel's Ghost," in which the characters were ably sustained by Messrs. J. E. Caldecutt, Joe Mealing and Will Deer. THE WRONG HORSE.-At Chester Countv Court on Thursday, before his Honour Judge Sir Horatio Lloyd, Hobert Hewson, general dealer, Chapel-lano, Chester, brought an action against Robert Rose, furniture remover, 2, Spital-walk, Chester, to recover 22. 2s. Mr. Brassev was for the plaintiff and Mr. R. T. Morgan defended. Mr. Brasscy stated that plaintiff rented a field at Deo Banks, Boughton. and had four horses there. One was a black mare. In a field adjoining was a bay mare which defendant had hired. Defendant wanted a horse to go with a load of furniture to Rhydymwyn, near Mold, on Monday. August 28th. and his man, instead of takng the bay mare (whioh shortly afterwards had to go to the knacker's), took plaintiff's black mare, which defendant himself helped to put in harness. The black mare was missed, there was a hue and cry, and the cause of its absence discovered. De- fendant explained that a mistake had been made. and telephoned to Mold for the mare to be re- turned. Plaintiff had hired the black mare to a man named Magee, who first reported its absence from the field. The black mare was recovered. but was unable to work until the following Saturday, owing to a swollen shoulder through the mis-fitting collar defendant used.—Plaintiff gave evidence.—Mr. Brassey: Is defendant short- sighted or blind that he should mistake a black mare for a brown one?—Plaintiff: I don't know.— Thomas Magee spoke to having hired the black mare from plaintiff and finding it missing. He also said that when the mare returned it was "done up." The defendant's horse was a dark bay. about Ig hands smaller than plaintiff's.—Mr. Morgan argued that it was a pure mistake; and defendant in the witness-box Supported this stated ment., saying his own horse was quite fit to t-ako the journey to Mo'd, which wa^ twelemile5. lipo offered plaintiff the use of his dark bay bpree.,i He met the other horse as it was returning,' and'1, did not see anything the matter with it. The collar fitted plaintiff's mare. which was of the same colour as the one he had hired.—The Judge said j there was no doubt defendant had made a mistake. He did not think the damages claimed were too 'high. and he crave judgment for plaintiff. hiP?hH. EASANTS! PHEASANTS! 6uitable for Christmas Gifts, at lowest market prices.—J. Southard and Co. (Market Square), 52, Northgate- street, Chester. TeJeohone 2Y. ( Don't miss Denson'* Port Wine for the X-na,i Season; extraordinary value at Is., Is. 6d, 2s., 2s. 6d. ocr battle.

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