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CHESTER WOMEN UNIONISTS I LARGE GATHERING AT ECCLESTON. I Five hundred and sixty women represented the contribution of St. Mary's Ward to the Unionist excursions, the fort of which took pl--ee on Wednesday. This immense gathering irom this industrial quarter of the city was preasum.y entertained at Eaton and tccAS^on. and, although the weat-her was cool and the KY cloudv, evervcnc voted the day a sucœ With the exception of the Bend Or and Ormonde, the fleet of steamers on the river, together witti two electric launches, | were chartered to convey the 4excursionieto, and were <iilv decorated for the occasion. A rapid journey was made to Eccleston. from which Eaton "Hall and Garden* were visited, by kind permission of the Duke of lea was served at the Ferry. It seemed at first that it would be impos,b: to accOi11mc-<aw so iarge a number, but. under the direction of Mr. Haliiday (Uniontot agent) and his assistants, the who;e party were quickly made comfortable. Afterward* a short meeting- was held, at which l Mr J. Percival Gamon presided. Among those present were Mrs. Gibbons Frost (president of the Chester Women's Unionist Association), Dr. King, Mr. J. Egerton Gilbert, Mr. F. S. Bishop, Mrs. Porter, Miss Massie. Mr. T. O. Ho<rarr,h Mr. J. Barber, Mr. G. W. Haliiday Hog.,Lr,, h -I l r. J. Bai- I )er, (agent), Mr. Jacob Minns, Mr. G. Barlow (who arrived late owing to a delay while travelling from Llanfairfechan), etc. The Chairman, in opening the meeting, apologised for the absence of Mr. Yerburgh, who, to his very sincere regret, was unable to be with them. Mr. Bishop set forth in a neat. speech the main differenecs between Radicals and U n ion lets. He said the Radicalc, ran astray because they were so rash to experiment in matters, the consequences of which were serious. Conservatives moved more cautiously, and con- sidered with ease all propositions brought before them. There were two things which stood for the defence of old England; one was character and the other a strong right hand. Character was what was wanted first, and they wanted young people to be trained in upright- ness, honesty, integrity and true religion. (Ap- plause.) If English character became degraded and degenerate, there was no hope for the o!d land, and it was because they did not like to see the rash ex|>«riment made in the schools of e ducation without religion, the consequences of which they knew, that they objected to the Radical proposals. The consequences III America had been that crime was infinitely greater than in England. In some of our I Colonies crime had gone up more than two- fold. Engt?h ,Kop'c- wanted Hwir children t? be ao?diy oducaed on a religious b;w.s, anù I that the mothers should have a word as to what re'igion their children should be brought up in. (Applause.) There was to bo a religion to- suit everybody, so they were told. They were not %11 so generally minded as that: they had their allvn particular ideas, and they believed that religion must be definite and not a great in- ddinite thing they could not get hold of. Chil- dren needed to be taught something definite, and there was nothing better than the grand old Church Catechism. The Radicals had also been making rash experiments in economy with the Army and Navy. What would happen when England's strength was gono and the foes from distant lands came in and claimed our great inheritance? He wanted tiio women to make their influence felt and say they would not have the right hand of old England weakened. Radicals were also very rash in their pronrses, and were very poor performers. (Ap- an d t h wlr<3 very p<, plause.) They had said they were going to be economical; yet the first tiling they did was to vote themselves £ 300 a year ach. (A YOlce: We have not got the "big loaf" yet—laughter.) They had said they could not alFord to go to l London, and they must have their expenses paid. They wanted the country to pay their salaries and the shareholders of railway com- panies to pay their fares. They had passed those resolutions very piously, but they had not carried them out any more than their other; promisee. One glorious piece of economy they had, carried ouf. ws* <■ + <■' -J_ liaki carr-.(,cl the House of Commons at 1.,alf price. (Laughter.) They had heard thè othr day that the Radicals were going to throw back j upon the Transvaal the great loan which that j country had undertaken under the late Govern- ment to contribute towards the coot. of the war, and the British taxpayers would have to find it ("Shame.") It was going to cost a tre- mendous sum. Radicals objected to all authority j which '.Va," not in their own hands. The] interests of the country were safer in the hands of these who moved slowly and cautiously than in I the hands of those willing to make "ducks and drakes" of everything that was good and sound, like the Church itself, and our Parliamentary | institutions, which he trusted might long and bo upheld and supported by such true Con- j scrvanvM and Unionists as he was sure all he saw before him were. (Applause.) j Mr#. Gibbons Frost, in a brief specch. ailuded k> tlw Radical tampering with the Army and Xavy. Fortunately, she said, we were now on friendly terms with other countries; but as long as they did not reduce their armies and navies—and wo heard nothing about their wish- ing to do so--it was imperative tha.t we should ,rative that v; 5'o o ll c l keep up our forces. In closing, Mrs. Frost mentioned chat evpry ward had now hod a trip except Trinity, who were reserving theirs for a later period. The different excursions had gone j splendidly. They had been beautifully managed, and many thanks were due to the Ladies' Com- mittees. They would all agree that they under- stood how to manage picnics better than—well, oome other pc-oplc. (Loud applause.) On the motion of Mr. T. O. Hogarth, a icrdiai vote of thanks was accorded the speakers .nd the organiser of that gathering. Dancing and sports occupied the evening, and a troupe of Pierrots gave an entertainment. The. steamers were illuminated for the home- ward trip, which was one of the most enjoyable features of the day. The prizes were distributed I by M:ss Maseie. The following acted as lady helpersi Mesdames Gamon, Joinson, Davies, Orme, Sharp. Load man, E. Lloyd, Roberts, Freeman, Wright, the Mis&ea Mas?ie, Porter, Humphreys, Lowe, Bishop. Douglas, Evans, Major, Massie. A. Evans, S. Jones, Astburv, Daring, Swallow. H. Hughes, J. Hughes. Davies, Roberts and Barber. The following gentlemen made efficient steward s:—Messrs. J. Barber. \V. Sharrock, Freeman, Gaffnov, Lloyd (Lache), Knight. Lee (William-street). J. Sand- land, E. H. Jones, H. G. Foster, S. Ellis, C. Ellis. J. Daves, D. Jones, C. Lovett. B. Youd-o, A. Jones. G. Baker, W. H. Lee, T. Hughes, Owen Jones, Johnson (Handbridge), E. Evans, C. Blythin, II. Williams, E. Smith. A. Edge, Ernest Smith, E. Bryan, A. Peers, C. Davies, R. Levvis, E. Evans, T. Cotgreave, A. Davies, J. Minns. Vickers, and G. Davies. Prizes for the sports were provided by the foi.ovv ing.. G. A. Dickson, Mr. J. Barber, Mr. John, Mr. G. S. Bonnalie, Mr. Darlington: Mr. Hobson, Messrs. Butt and Co.. Mr. Miiling- con. Miss Humphreys, Mrs. Gamon, Miss Massie, Mr. John Lowe, Mrs. Dutton. Miss Davies, Mrs. Berry. Mr. Evans and Mr. Whittingham. The results were as follows:— Women over 40: 1, Mrs. Perrin; 2, Mrs. Sale; 3, Mra. Price. Women under 40: 1, Mrs. F. Blything; 2, Mr". Bankes; 3. Mrs. Mayers. Young ladies race: 1, Miss A. Myers; 2, Miss Jane Cheers; 3, Miss Mary Bird. Egg-and- spoon race: 1, Miss Daisy Bedlow; 2, Mies Emily Windhush: 3, Mists M. Smith. Sack race: 1, Miss E. Stevenson; 2, Miss N. Wilkin- son: 3, Miss E. Wilkinson. Blind man's buff: 1, Miss Knight: 2, Miss Dobson; 3, Miss Ingram. Gentlemen's Committee race: 1. O. Jones: 2. G. Fester; 3, E. Pierce; 4, S Ellis Lad ies' Committee race: 1, Miss Bishop; 2, Miss Lowe; 3, Miss Jones.

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