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LOCAL NEWS. I The Earl and Countess of Crewe have returned to town from Crewe Hall. The Duke of Westminster has seat a donation of 9250 towards the rebuilding of the City of London Lying-in Hospital. Mrs. Yerburgh, to her very great regret, will be unable to attend any of the dances this Christmas owing to her continued indisposition. Humphrey Clifford LLoyd, son cf Col. Wilford N. LLoyd, has passed his examir-ation for a Naval Cadetship and joins at Osborne College on the 11th January. Sir Arthur Lawley, formerly Lieutenant-Governor of the Transvaal and the new Governor of Madras, is due to reach England to-day ({Saturday). He is accompanied by Lady Lawley. The Earl of Denbigh on Wednesday night dis- tributed awards at Queen's Hall, London, to the successful students at the Cusaek Institute, which had, he said, added many excellent recruits to the great worlds of commerce and of teaching. A marriage has been arranged between Cecil William Harwood Cope, eldest son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel George Harwood Cope, Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire, and Ida. daughter of John Stogdon, some time senior assistant master of Harrow School. It is announced in the official "Reichsanzeiger" that the German Emperor has conferred upon Prince Henry of Pless the dignity of a Dukedom. Prince Henry is the oldest son of the Prince and Princess of Pless, and was born in 1861. Exactly thirty years later he married the elder daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Cornwallis-West, of Ruthin Castle, Denbigh. Princess Henry's younger sister is the present Duchess of Westminster. To the Earl of Enniskillen congratulations were due on Thursday, the sixtieth anniversary of his birth. Before succeeding his father in the House of Lords as Baron Grinstead, in the .peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1886, he sat an the House of Commons from 1880 to 1885, as the last member of Parliament for Enniskillen, the beautiful town on Lough Erne, from which his Irish title is derived. His ancestor. Sir William Cole, was the first Provost of Enniskillen after it gat its charter from James I. The Irish.efpldoai dates from 1789, and the United Kingdom barony loom the year of Waterloo. The Countess of Enniskillen has sailed froifi Marseilles for Egypt by the P. and O. Britannia. Earl Egerton and the Duchess of Buckingham have sent out invitations for a Christmas house- party at Tatton Park. RAILWAY BREAKDOWN -The train due at Bangor from Cheater at 7-15 on Moaday nisrht was delayed an hour between Aber and Sitngor, owing to the engine breaking down. CITY-ROAD WESLEY AN P. S. A.-Imt Sun- day Mr. E. J. Raby presided. The speaker was Dr. Welch. As soloist Mr. WiUiatns gave "Nazareth" and "The sailor's grave" with much acceptance. Mr. B. Meadows led in prayer, the Vice-president taking the scripture portion. QUEEN-STREET P.S.A.—On Sunday Me. J. Minshnll occupied the chair. The speaker was the Rev. J Leuty. Miss Ashby sweetly rendered the solos There is a garden and 0 dry those tears." The reader was Mr. Pugh. Prayer was offered by Mr. Slater, and Mr. Skeldon was at the organ. CHESTER SCHOONER ASHORE. — The schooner Earl of Beaconstield, of Chester, from Connah's Quay for Swansea, with bricks, stranded on the Holyhead breakwater inside the lighthouse during a heavy galeon Wednesday morning. She was assisted off by the steam lifeboat and the trawler Dartmouth, and taken safely into the Old Harbour. CAROLS AT CHESTER CATHEDRAL.—In reply to many inquiries we are requested by the Precentor to state that the selection of carols usually sung on Christmas Eve will this year be sung on Saturday afternoon, December 30th, after evensong. It is hoped that this arrangement will give an opportunity to many at a distance from Chester of hearing the carols. A short selection only will be sung on Sunday next (Christmas Eve) after the afternoon, and also after the evening service, and again on Sunday evening, the 31st. P.S.E., TEMPERANCE HALL.—The pro gramme on Saturday last was provided by the Hoole Amateur Minstrel Society. Mr. Sumpter acted as interlocutor. Among the various mem- bers of the troupe who eave well appreciated songs were—Messrs. H. Jones, F. Dickinson, D. Slater, F. and J. Sumpter, Clifford Bailey, J. Lock, and T. Jones. Mr. W. Lockley also recited ably. An amusing sketch, "A Yorkshire Lad in London," well given, concluded the programme. There was a large attendance. CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY.—The follow- ing is the return of the issue of books for the week ending Dec. 16th, 1905:-Lending department: Religion and philosophy, 2; sociology, 1; arts, sciences and natural history, 20; history, biography, geography and travels, 30; poetry and the drama, 1; prose fiction, 710 miscellaneous literature, 12 juvenile literature, 147 total, 923. Reference department: Religion and philosophy, 4; sociology, 0; arts, sciences and natural history, 5; history, biography, geography and travels, 52; poetry and the drama. 7; cilcyclopw-dias, dictionaries, etc., 239 miscellaneous literature, 19 total, 326; com- bined total, 1,249; daily average (lending depart. ment), 185; daily average (reference department), 6^; wmbined daily average, 239. BISHOP AND FOOTBALL MATCH.-At the annual distribution of prizes at Colet House School, Rbyl, on Monday, the headmaster stated in his report that the school team, like the New Zealanders, had only lost one match. Speaking later on, the Bishop of St. Asaph said he was glad to hear that the school had done so well in tba respect. He thought, without boasting, that they in Wales had something to be proud of that day. (Applause.) Although getting an old man he con- fessed that his heart went out to that man a Cardiff on Saturday who tossed his hat in the air and lost it when the memorable try was scored. If he had had a hat when he read the account he would have tossed it up too. (Laughter.) He was sure they all rejoiced most heartily at the brilliant success. (Cheers.) RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT SHOTTON.—On Thursday the City Coroner (Mr. E. Brassey) held an inquest at the Infirmary on the death of Thomas Hughes, aged 21, a shunter, employed by the Great. Central Railway Company. Mr. Cecil P. Smith appeared for deceased's relatives. —Dooeased, who was teetotal, belonged to Blacon. but had lodged for some weeks at Hawarden-terrace, Shotton, so as to be near his work. He was employed in carrying out shunt- ing operations in the early hours of Wednesday mornmg at. Hawardlen Bridge, together with Jno. M'AUister, Bidston, pilot guard, William Giller- dale, driver, and! his fireman. Between five and six in the morning deoea.s-ed unhooked some wagons Oil the main line, and his signal to proceed was seen. He was in the six-foot-way between the up and down lines. At that. moment a goods train from Chester passed, and' the driver, Arthur Francis Hardman, of Wrexham, felt a jerk on his engine. Ho pulled up as quickly as possible, and on descending- he and M'Allister found deceased 111 the six-foot with his right leg badly injured The unfortunate man- was conveyed to the Chester Infirmary, where he died about ten the same morning.—Frank Henry Pierpoint, inspector, pro- duced a plan of the railway at. the place, and ex- plained it to the jury. Deceased was not follow- ing the rules, according to which he ought to have been on the other side of the wagons to unhook.—M'Al-Listor admitted that both he and deceased broke, the regulations by being in the six-foot.—A verdict of "Accidental death" was re- turned. SOCIAL.—The annual hot-pot" and "smoker" of the employes of Messrs. Phillipson and Golder, Frodsham-street, was held on Friday evening at the City Arms, Frodsham-street. and proved as enjoy able as any of its predecessors. Upwards of 30 sat down to the repast. Afterwards there was an augmented company. Mr. W. Warrington, as usual, had spared no pains in the preparation of the programme, and his efforts were crowned with success. Mr. H. Smith, in happy vein, proposed the toast of the-evening. "The Firm." It was received with mssical honours. Mr. C. Kennish responded on their behalf. The following pro- gramme was contributed Pianoforte solo, Mr. E. Thomas; song, "Good-bye my Lady-love," Mr. W. Tomlinson; violin solo, Mazurka, in D minor, Mr. G. Marchant; song, "Let me like a Soldier, fall," Mr. H. K. Potts; recitation, "The Raven, Mr. P. Grace; song, "Simon the Cellarer," Mr F. C. Lowe; ventriloquial sketch, Mr. T. Jones song, "Stop yer Tickling, Jock," Mr. J Tomlinson; pianoforte solo, Mr G Kirk; song, "The Brave Old Oak," Mr. T. Raiferty; violin-solo, "Romance," Mr. G. Marchant; song. "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep," Mr. G. Wiltshire; song. "Ramsey Town," Mr E. Garrett; ventriloquial sketch, Mr. T. Jones; song, "Bonnie Mary of Argyle," Mr. B. K. Potts; song, "Queer Questions," Mr. J. Tomlinson: song, It's hard to say Good-bye," Mr. C. Dyinond duet, "Larboard Watch," Messrs. T. Rafferty and -J. Hughes; song, "I fear no Foe," Mr. G. Mulligan song, "The Farmer's Boy," Mr. J. Wall worth. The accompanists were Messrs. E. Thomas and G. Kirk. The music concluded with "Auld Lang Syne." CHESTER AND DISTRICT TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.—The annual meeting of the Chester and District Teachers' Association was held on Saturday afternoon at the Grosvenor Museum, Mr. G. Lodge, Christ Church Schools, presiding. The popular secretary and treasurer, Mr. Lookett, presented his annual report and balance sheet, both of which were of a very satis- factory nature, the number of members (110) and the financial position being improvements on the o" 8 year. Eight new meaabers for 1906 WeDe elected. Mr. K. Lloyd, secretary of the Benevolent and Orphan Funds and the Provident Society, also made his yearly statements in connection with these organisations. His resignation was announced, as were also the facts that Mr. Turner. Eocleston, had taken over the secretaryship of the Benevolent and Orphan Flmds. and Mr. Teare, Backford, that of the Provident Society. A number of nomina- tions and elections in connection with the N.U.T., the Cheshire County Association, and the local association took place. Mr. R. Lloyd was nominated both for the vice-presidency and treasurership of the County Association, and Mr. Barker, Saighton, was elected a representative thereon for three years. Mr. Bebbington, Pulford, was elected vice-president of the local organisation, and Mr. H. Lockett the secretaiy and treasurer. A strong and representative committee, comprising both city and county teachers, was elected to carry on the work of the Association during the coming year. A number of matters of arreat professional interest were discussed, and various resolutions adopted.



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