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LOCAL JL NEWS. 1  ) Earl Egerton has paired for tho rest of the session with iEarl Temple. The Rev. L. M. Farrall and family have left Chester for North Wales on a motor tour. Colonel Evans-Lloyd and Miss S. Clarke have gone to Germany for a few weeks, leaving this week. Tho Earl of Harrington, who has been taking a leading part, in the polo tournament at Frank- font-on-Main, has arrived at Homburg' with the Countess of Harrington. St. Asaph Miniature Riflo Club's new range was opened on Wednesday by Mr. H. R. Hughes, Lord-Lieutenant of Flintshire, and amons; tho?? invited to engago in the inaugural competition was the Bishop of St. Asaph. Tho Countess Grosvenor on Wednesday after- noon opened a sale of work at Combermere Abbey on behalf of tho Combsmieroi and Dis- trict Nursing Association, in which her Grace Katharine Duchess of Westminster, who lent the abbey grounds for the occasion, takes a great interest. Th? Duchces, Lady Helen Grosvenor, Viscountess Criehton, and Lady Hugh Grosvenor weio stallholders, and the effort was supported by, among others, Lord Gerald Grosvenor, Lord Hugh Grosvenor, and Lord Ecfwaixl Grosvenor. The Earl of Denbigh left town on Monday for Newnham Paddox, Warwickshire. The Earl of Crewe returned to Crewe House, Curzon-street, on Monday from Crowe Hal), Cheshire. A marriage has been arranged between Alwyn Foster, fourth son of Mr. John Foster, of Coombe Park, Whitchurch, Oxon., and Muriel Wave Frances Corbett, third daughter of the late Mr. Uvedale Corbett, of Crabwall Hall, Mollington. "TIlE MONKS OF OLD CHESTER."—Ou r advertising columns announce a new and en- larged edition of Father Rudolph's interesting loot tiros. This edition is very tastefully got up. and contains new matter of interest to Ccstrians CHESTER SCHOOL OF ART.-The 1907 examinations in geometrical drawing resulted as follows:—Frank W. R. Marston, Arthur H. Dut-ton. and Thomas Jacques, lsot class; Fredk. Matthews, 2nd class. WILL OF MISS SARAH LYON Miss Sarah Lyon. of Nicholas-street, who died on tho 4th of July last, has left estate, of the value of £ 5.551. A legacy of JE50 has been left- to the Chester General Infirmary. WIRRAL AND BIRKENHEAD AGRI- CUL1 URAL SOCIETY.At a meeting of the Council, held on Tuesday, it was unanimously l-csolved t-liat the society's next stow be held on Wednesday, 15th, and Thursday, 16th Jirv. im. GREAT BOUGHTON CHURCII—The usual men's meeting of tPe Great Bough ton Congregational Church was held on Sunday. Mr. W. Jones predded over a good attendance, and tho meriting was addressed by Mr. J. II. Jones. Tho soloist was Mr. W. Green, of Khat.ton. A NGLING.-Tho Ol-J C¡O.1S Key. Anglimr Society fislied th:-ir third openi match on Sun- day, which proved a success. The winners of prizes aro as follows:—1, D. Deakin. Piatt Bridge; 2, R. Meakin. Wig-an; 3, N. El cook Piatt Bridge 4. R. Moiling, Wigan; 5, S Harker, Manchester; 6, W. Bettio, Liverpool; 7. F. Jolly. Warrington. ST. OSWALD'S AND BOUGHTON (No. 1) WOMEN UNIONISTS--In our report of the \isit of tho members of St. Oswald's and ikmghton (No. 1) Women Unionists to Mol- lington Hall in our last week's issue, the iia-m.cc, of Mrs Minns. Mrs. Pco'o and Miss Hallows were inadvertently omittcxl in the list..of the arrangements committee supplied to us for St. Oswald's Ward. QUEEN-STREET P.S.A.On Sunday Bio. J. C. Kendall piesided, and asked for new niorn- bus to join the Bible Class. Mr. Tunnicliffo. in a capita! address, urgexl all to shew good examples to the children. Miss Nellie Laing sweetly rendered the SO03 "Orilv Tired' and "Maiden's Prayer." Mr. Riley accompanied on tho organ. Bro. Harborno read the Scrip ture portion, while Bro. VanrosEitm offered prayer. Mr. P-carsoaj also took part. PRESENTATION TO PASTOR DOBSON. -Pastor R. Dobson, late of Sa'tney, was made tho recipient of a pleasing testimonial last week, in the form of John Morley's "Life of Gladstone," in two vols. The gift was ail ex- pression of appreciation and esteem from the young people of the A1 vanley-plaoe Church of Christ, Birkenhead, whose pulpit Mr. Dobson has occupied for three months as temporary pastor. The Mayor of Birkenhead presided over the public mooting at which the presenta- tion was made CHESTER MAN'S SHOCKING AOOI- DENT.—A shocking accident, occurred at Ruaboa on Tuesday night. Asliton Edge, a firr-man, of Hoole, Chester, was knocked down whilo attempting to cross tho railway lino by a Llangollen mentor train, which reaches Rua-bon at nire* o'clock. His own engine was waiting in a sitting to take him on a gokii train to Chester. His head was shockingly cut and mangled, and the ground was. pte?ped in blood. GALLANT RESGUE FROM DROWNING At an occasional court, held at Mr. Churton's offioo on Tuesday, before Mr. A. R. Smith, a woman named Sarah Elizabeth Rodon, aged 47 years, was eha.rged with attempting to commit suicide at Great Bough-ton 011 Monday. The evidence shewed that prisoner was seen to jump into the river Dee from the landing stage at the White House Hotel. Happily Mr. J. T. Milne, the landlord of tho Bridge Inn, was noar, and at great personal risk gallantly jumpw. into the river and rescue d the woman. Thero was a strong current running at the time. Prisoner was formerly employed as a cook in Upton Park. She was remanded. DEATH AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY —A young woman named) Catherine Elizabeth- Jones, 26 years of age, died undoeT tragic circumstances on Monday. The young woman, who resides at 26, Seller-street, and whose father is a pain- ter, went to a birthday party at a friend's house in Edna-etrect, Iloo'e. After ten she had a seizure of an apoplectic nature, and died a few minutes before a doctor could bo sum moned. Deceased had a charming voice, and was a memlier of the Baptist Church ohoir. On Sunday she effoctivcly rendered two solos. "When I survey the wondrous Cioss" and "Anywhere with Jesua" Miss Jones was well known, and much sympathy is felt for the family in their sad bereavement. CLERICAL APPOINTMENTS.—Lord Stan- ley of Alder ley has appointed the Rev. W. llttd son S-haw, rector of South Luffenham, Stam- ford, who is woll kncwn a.) a University Ex- tension k.ctiiner. to tho rectory of Akfarlcy, ci-hire. The Rev. W. F. J. Timbrel!, curate of St. Maigaret's, Ahfield, Liverpool, has been appointed to ths vicarage of Stoak, C-iicoliire- pitions. the Dean and Chapter of Chaster. The Rw- W. Hudson Shaw, who was educated at Oxford, took his B.A. (2nd olase Mccl. llist.) in 1883, and M.A. in 1887. Ho was ordained dea- con in 1884 and priest in 1886 In 1898 he was appointed rrctor of South Luffenham, having formerly held curacies at Horsliam and Ilkley. From 1889 to 1892 he was vicar of Thorn thwaite with Braithwaite. The Rev. W. F. J. Timbrdl graduated at Oxford, was ordained deacon in 1892.. and priest in 1893. Since 1901 h? has been curate of St. Margaret's, Anficld, having formerly held curaoios at Buckingham and Weist Kirby. POOLE'S MYRIORAMA —On Monday evening Mr. Joseph Poo'e's No. 1 Myriorania will open at the Music Hall, Chaster, with a V-ti icd and instructive entertainment. This compa-ny is stated to be the original mj-riorama, whioh has not visited1 Chester for the past ten years. The engagement is for eleven, nights only and matinees. On August 24th there will be no peiformance, owing to the Music Hall being previously booked for that night. Among tho many attractions that a.ro promised in ad- (i iti. to the famous pictorial repreieentations of eccncs at homo and abioad, Mcesia Poolo have engaged a number of star varieties. Theeo include Felix de Marco's trained; animals; the threei BOO03 on the triplo bars; tho four Rosaires, gentlemen acrobats; the Seddons; the Tissots in their living marionette* entertain- ment and others equally clover and humorous. The animated pictures aro Maimed to. bo of tho best in tho world. Popular prices will be charged for admission, and facilities are offered ¡ for the admission of children. SALE OF CHESTER PROPERTY. — On Saturday Messrs. Cunnah and Roberts held a sale at the Blossoms Hotel. The dwelling-house, No. 4, Tramway-terrace, was sold to Mr. Jonas for 1 £215. Four houses in Churchill-terrace, Garden- lane, were started at £800, and withdrawn at £ 875. Messrs. Bridgman, Weaver and Wild acted as vendors' solicitors. ROYALTY THEATRE.—A splendid pro- gramme is announced, in our advertisement columns, for next week's variety entertainment at the Royalty Theatre. Among the artists who will appear are the Brothers O'Brien in their horizontal bar act; Johnny Walker, comedian the Wakeman Quartette, and Fred Mulver and Minnie Miriam in The Reporter." CHESTER ATHLETE'S SUCCESSES.—Mr. J. L. Biookes. the Saltney sprinter, won at Hereby on Saturday the 100 yards handicap, and doad heated in tho 220 yards with W. Far- rington, Eitc-smere Port. Brook es also ran at Bunbury Horticultural Sports on NVcdnesdav. and won the 120 yatcte handicap (beating W. Grocott, "World's Champion"), and running second in tho 440 yards handicap. A PREACHER MA YOR.Dn Sunday the Mayor (Aid. John Jones) preached morning and evening in Qnoen-street Congregational Church to crowded oongrogations His Worship in the morning was in a reminiscent mood, and gave his congregation a glimpse of his early life struggles, mentioning that. when he was born his father was in receipt of the enor- mous sum of 9s. a wc-?k as an agricultural labourer. ANTIQUARIES AT CONISBOROUGH.— On Saturday a party of the members of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society visited Conisborough, under the leadership of Mr. Geo. C. Yates, F.S.A. On arrival, they were met by the Rev. W. A. Strawbridge, who con- ducted them to his interesting old church and pointed out the many objects of antiquarian interest therein. He afterwards took fhem to Conisborough Castle, which was chosen by Sir Walter Scott as one of the principal scenes in "Ivanboe." Tradition assigns the origin of the castle to Early British times, while modern antiquaries attribute the foundation of the present structure to William, the first Earl Warren, to whom the surrounding estate was granted by William the Conqueror. Another object of interest to the visitors was the magnifi- cent keep or round tower. An interesting historical paper was read on the subject by Mr. Walter Ellis. CESTRIAN'S CYCLING SUCCESS.—Many local cyclists will be interested to learn that J. Huskisson. who left Chester a few years ago. and who if; now in Melton Mowbray, won the Earl of Lonsdale's challenge cup in the two- mile race at Melton Mowbray last week. Hue- ki«x>n once belonged to the Chester Cycling .ub, and competed for the 25 miles champion- ship, for which tho Yerburgh Challenge Bowl was offered. The prwent year is h:e first season's riding since 1901, although it is eight Ve3rp. since he started racing. The Lonsdale Challenge Cup race is an important event, and thero was an excellent entry this year. Hus- k'eeon won a capital race in 5min. 35 4-5. sea*. Ho also won the half-mile cycle handicap, and was second in a novel race called the Ten Little Nigger Boys' Cycle Raoe, in which the last man in each lap had to drop out. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESSES. Group oouroo certificates have been awarded by the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes to the fol- lowing students of the City and County School for Boys (lato Secondary Day School):—Firift year's course, preliminary to technological sub- jects: James Herbert Weights, 1st in order of merit in the w hole L. and C. district: Thomas Jacques. 2nd; Thomas Arthur Mills, 3rd; Leonard Roberts, 4th; John Pryoe Wynne. Burton Ankers. Herbert J. Hewitt, of the above school, has passed the matriculation ex- amination of the London University. At the Chester School of Art, the Society of Arts' examination in book-keeping, grade 2, resulted follows:—William Alun Davios, 2nd class; Neman Newton, 2nd class: John Noden, 1st clans; William A. Shuttleworth. 2nd class. The Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes have awarded Frank L. Williams the third prize for advanced book-keeping on the result of the r. cent examination. SQUALL ON THE DEE.A sudden and fierce squall swept over the Dee at Chester between four and five o'clock OIl Tuesday after- noon, and at its height tho river at the Grovee resembled the Mersey in one of ite turbulent moods. There were irtany pleasure boats out at the time, and exciting scenes wero witnessed. Several boatt, had to be taken in tow or other- wise rescued by the boat proprietors and their handy men. The occupants of a number of small craft appeared to lose their heads and allowed their boats to drift to the right bank, and abandoned them, to be towod down subse- quently by their owners, while tho rowers, many of them ladies, walked back to the city down the meadows. There were fortunately no up- sets, although thero were one or two narrow escapes. Rowing parties who wero in charge of skilled boatmen all landed in the Groves with- out anxiety or alarm. It M a Jong time since the usually placid Dee was soen lashed into such a fury. VIPERS (ADDERS) ALONG THE LEETE. Nature study, when conducted in the field and away from books, would seem to have its risks. Mr. J. Arkle writesVisitors to the Leete, especially in August, who stray from the path in search of plants and other nature objects, will do well to look out for vipers among the grass, ferns, short furze and heather. J killed one of these unwelcome companions last Saturday, measuring two feet in length. As usual, it did its best to get away, but a blow from my stick broke its back and closed its career at once. I brought it home for measurement, and to look at the structure of its mouth and arrangement of the fangs, as well as the scales which it can raise or depress at will and use as organs of exceedingly quick locomotion even upon branches. I never knew a viper to attack, except when trodden upon or cornered—that is where the danger lies. But it has long since been shewn that a bite, although causing great distress and pain, is not necessarily fatal. People who gather bilberries often carry a small bottle of ammonia to apply if bitten. The beneficial effect, as an antidote, from immediate application would seem to shew that the active principle in the viper's venom is an acid. FIRE BRIGADE COMPETITION.-The second annual competitions of the Chester Fire Brigade took place on Monday and Tuesday evening on the Deanery field, the Mayor and Sheriff and a large number of the Corporation being present. The results were are3 follows:— One-man manual drill: 1st, Branchman Elson; 2nd, Sergt. Evans; 3rd, Sergt. Sumner. Two- men manual drill: 1st, Sergt. Evans and Branch- man Jones; 2nd. Sergt. Sumner and Fireman Lightfoot. Four-man manual drill: 1st, Sergt. Sumner, Branchman Harrison, Firemen Light- foot and Smathers; ,2nd, Firemen Coombes. Davies, jun., Croft and Douglas. Four-men how cart. drill: 1st.. Sergt. Hunt, Branchman Elson, Firemen Leatherbarrow and Staton; 2nd, Sergt. Sumner, Branchman Harrison, Firemen Lightfoot and Smathers. Four-men dress and hydrant drill: 1st. Sergt. Hunt, Branchman Elson, Firemen Leatherharrow and Staton; 2nd, Sergt. Sumner, Branchman Harrison, Firemen Lightfoot and Smathers; 3rd, Firemen Coobes, Davies, jun., Croft and Douglas. The following gentlemen were the ofifcial&Starla-,r. Lieut. Noblet; timekeeper, Mr. J. H. Laybour-ne; judges., Major R. Cecil Davies and Hon. Lieut. J. L. Walker; ringmaster,s, Capt. Williamson and Lieut. Yates. TRADES EXHIBITION. On Tuesday a general trades exhibition was opened in the Drill Hall, Chester. It is promoted by the Industrial Trades, Food, Laundry and Domestic Appliances Exhibition Syndicate, inaugurated in 1891. com- posed of well-known manufacturers, and through the exhibition they seek to bring their goods be fore the public in an effective way. The stands are systematically and attractively ar- ranged. and arc filled with a variety of interest- ing and useful articles. Messrs. Dale occupy a central position with a capital display of musical instruments, including the latest modal grama- phones, auto-piano, tho Gors and Kallmann piano, a new style in Chappcll piano, etc. A prominent stall is that of Messrs. F. J. Jones and Son, electricians, who exhibit all kinds of lights, up-to-date lamps, electric novelties, etc., also the latest kind of gramaphone, which is minus. the troublesome needle. Select ion on this and other instruments are given in tho Armoury at inter- vals. Besides the stalls there are other attractions. Miss Baseball, of London, lectures twice daily on cookery and laundry, and there are also biograph entertainments at inter- vals, while the Crescent Ladies' Orchestra dis- course enjoyable musical selections. The exlIi- bition will remain open till Friday, August 23rd, ¡ and it will be found well worthy of a visit.