[PUBLISHED BY SPECIAL ARBANGEJP^ J A DEAD CERTAINTY, By NAT GOtLD, Author of "The Gentlem? P?." "Th? P?e ￼ That Kills," -Racecc-?e and Battle^field,f -The Dark "The Double Evat," &c., &0. [COPYRIGHT.] I CHAPTER I.-PAT. I "PaJ Pat!" aiawer. Sien Woodruff stood with her arms on the 1;(' of the wall overlooking the Swallow Falls as ey dash over the rocks and stones down into ..he pool below in the most beautiful district of North Wales, tlettws-y-LJoea. "Pat 1" she called again, and the echo of her voice mingled with the rushing waters. "I wonder where she is," said Helen Woodruff to herself. "There never was such a wild madcap as Pat in the wide world. What a lovely scene. I am sure she is somewhere about, for she always picks out the most delightful spots to camp in as she calls it. Ah me, it is a grave responsibility I have undertaken, to look after Pat, but I would not be without it, for I love the girL Who could help loving her? Faults she has without end, but they only draw one closer to her." • ■ pai, where are yo u*.?" she cried again; still there was no answer, and Helen Woodruff went through the stile and stood gazing down into the dell below. It was a hot summer's day, and the foaming Swallow Falls looked cool and refreshing. Miss oodruff made her way slowly down the steep declivity. She recollected the time when she had bounded down these rocky slopes as actively as Pat did now, and long before Pat was born- She was a bosom triend of Pat s mother then, ana remained so until she married a rich squatter and went out to Australia with him. For several years Helen Woodruff had letters regularly from Mrs. Roy- aton, but gradually they became less frequent, and reading between the lines she came to the conclusion her friend's married life was not alto- gether happy. She read correctly, and when the news came that Mrs. Royston was dead it was not from her husband she heard it, but from Pat, who was then a girl of sixteen. It was evident from this letter there was little love lost between father and daughter. Pat Royston wrote, at her father's command, requesting Helen Woodruff to undertake the task of educating and looking after the girl. The salary offered was very liberal, and Helen Woodruff was one of those maiden ladies who always made both ends meet on the most slender incomes. At first she hesitated to under- take the responsibility, but when she remembered the friend of her youth she decided to do all she could for her daughter. She wrote a favourable reply, and in due course Pat Royston arrived in London in charge of Henry Royston s sister, a sour-visaged iaay, who gave Helen Woodruff to understand that Pat was a terrible girl. "h("s that wild there's no taming her," said Miss Royston, "and you'll have a precious hand- ful with her, and I don't envy you the task. You'il be well paid for it, so I suppose you will not mind." Helen Woodruff resented this remark, and was about to make a sharp retort when she noticed Pat's face as the girl stood behind her aunt. Pat was expressing in dumb show how utterly beyond toleration was her aunt, and all her ways. The girl's face plainly shewed her repugnance, and as as she held up her hands in a gesture of despair Helen Woodruff could not help smiling. The smile irritated Miss Royston, who said, "Y ou will find it no smiling matter, I assure you, when you take my niece in hand. Little bag-gage; she is just like her mother." Helen Woodruff saw Pat's hand clench as she heard her aunt speak, and she said quietly, keeping her eyes on the girl; Her mother was my best friend. If her daughter resembles her I am sure we shall get on, and be very happy together." Pat gave her a grateful look, and became her firm friend from that hour. It was two years since the girl landed in England, and she was now eighteen. During that time Helen Woodruff had done her best to mould the girl's character and repair her somewhat neglected education. It had been a difficult task, and would have tried her patience sorely had she not been so devoted to her, and loved her as a mother. Helen Woodruff when she reached tie foot of the bank sat down on a large stone and watched the water foaming and eddying at her feet. It was a beautiful scene, the tumbling river dashing over the rocks, sending up showers of spray, the over-hanging trees and the steep banks clothed with a luxurious mass of green. Below the pool, where the turbulent waters of the falls became comparatively peaceful, Helen Woodruff saw a young man fishing, intent upon tempting me silvery salmon to take the at- tractive bait he was placing so artfully in its way. The angler was intent upon his work, and evidently relished it as only a keen sportsman can. He had been fishing for some hours, but had not been successful, but he was on the alert now, and Miss W oodruff knew he had hopes of securing a fish. She also had an idea that her charge was hid- den near at hand, watching herself and the angler with laughing mischievous eyes. Pat had a habit of concealing herself and view- ing her surroundings safe from observation. "Y ou can get such a splendid idea of what people really are when they think no one is looking at them," said Pat. X)o you think it quite fair to take observations in that way?" asked Miss Woodruff. "Perfectly fair," said Pat. "I consider it a duty I owe myself to take all the observations I can "Then I must be careful," smiled Miss Wood- ruff. "Now, look here, Woody," chimed in Pat, "that's all nonsense. It is always a pleasure to observe you. I sometimes wonder if you ever did anything wrong in all your life." "I am no better than other people," replied Miss Woodruff, "and we are all liable to commit errors at times." "But you are, better than other people," said Pat, vehemently. "Take me, for instance." Miss Woodruff stroked the girl's hair fondly as she replied: "Ah! you are very different from the ordinary run of girls, Pat." Miss Woodruff sat looking at the falls, the scenery, and the solitary angler, and wondered what had become of Pat. "I hope she has not met with any mishap," she thought, "she is so venturesome, so fond of climbing and risking her life and limbs in all sorts of dangerous places." The time passed quickly, and still there was no signs of the girl. "Tired out and fallen asleep," said Miss Wood- ruff to herself. "I know one of her favourite haunts. 1 will go and look tor her. She re-climbed the bank and walked in the direction of the. Miner's Bridge. Near this spot was a shady nook at the top of the rocks, secure from observation, and which Pat had made into a kind of fairy bower. It was hard work for Miss Woodruff to reach the place, but she struggled on determined to see if the girl had betaken herself there. She panted for breath as she gained the sum- mit, but kept walking on until she reached the spot she sought. Pushing aside the branches, she stepped inside the leafy bower, and gave a sigh of relief as she saw her search was not in vain. Lying on the soft grass was a young girl asleep. Her chest- nut hair-flowed over her shoulders, and her face was pillowed on her arm. The attitude was one of negligence and ease, but nevertheless graceful. Miss Woodruff looked at her sleeping charge with moistened eyes. She often wondered what would become of the girl so sensitive and high- spirited, so wild, untamable, and undaunted, a girl very wilful but easily led, and amenable to kindness and affection, a girl that neglect, un- kindness or lack of sympathy would almost kill and stifle the better feelings within her. 'Pat Royston was not one of those common- place girls who can live a humdrum life and be happy in monotonous surroundings. She seemed to have inherited some of the wildness of the country in which she was born. She was a creature of impulse, and not given to thiaking over the result of any particular action on her part. It was not in her nature to willingly give offence or cause pain, and if she did so her sorrow was sincere. Her temper, fiery at times, was not beyond her control, and she was a girl of more than average intelligence. Not having the advantages of early education she, however, quickly overcame her' disadvantages, and Miss Woodruff found her an apt papil. The cool breeze, creeping in between the leaves, gently fanned the sleeper's cheek, and she rested in comfort and at peace. Miss Woodruff sat down and watched her, and thought how like her mother the girl was, and fondly hoped she would have a happier life. Pat Royston'a father seldom wrote to her, and he only sent a few lines to Miss Woodruff each quarter when he sent a draft to cover expenses. Practically the girl was an orphan, and had no friend, except the good soul who looked after her, and who loved her more than anything in the world. The sleeper stirred, rubbed her eyes, sat up and saw Miss Woodruff sitting before her. "You here, Woody? However did you manage the climb? You must be tired, 1 am sure you are from your looks. Were you afraid I might have come to grief, fallen into the turbulent waters or been dashed down the rocks, disfiguring and mangling myself?" "I called you many- times but could get no answer, so I guessed you were here. You ought to tell me where you intend going, Pat." "Woody, I am eighteen, and the young lady of eighteen desires some sense of freedom; therefore her duenna is kept in ignorance of her where- abouts, and it is presumption on the part of the said duenna to 'fossick' her out." "Fossick!" exclaimed Miss Woodruff. "A colonial remnant," laughed Pat, "which being translated into English and Welsh means 'pottering about until you find her.' 'Pottering' is not an improvement upon 'fossicking,* said Miss Woodruff, smiling. "Try again, Pat. At present I prefer the 'colonial remnant.' "Woody, you are sarcastic. Climbing brightens your intellect. By-the-bye, I think I shall 'knock you off' calling me Pat. It sounds awfully familiar, not to say mannish—likewise Irish. Patricia Royston is my patronymic. I am not at fill sure on second thoughts I do not prefer Pat to Patricia. Why do parents give their children such awful names? Think for one moment, Woody, what a terrible handicap Patricia is for a girl to carry about all her life. And there's another thing to be considered. I might marry in due course and my husband's name might be Patrick; and it would never do to have Pat for master and Pat for mistress. Think of the end- less confusion it would cause in the servants' quarters." "How you do rattle on," said Miss Woodruff, smiling. "Pat suits you, my dear." "Indeed," said the girl, "then Pat let it be. One name is as good as another." "But there is only one Pat in the world for me," said Miss Woodruff, tenderly. I The impetuous git;l. sprang to her feet, and putting her arms round Helen Woodruff's neck kissed her fondly. "You dear good soul, whatever should I do without you," she said. Miss Woodruff returned her embrace, and re- plied: You need never do without me until I am called away from here." "And that will not be for many a long year," laughed Pat; then chancing to look up the river she saw the angler who had just hooked his fish. "He's caught it! Has caught lt. 1" exclaimed the girl. "Caught what?" asked Miss Woodruff, who did not at once comprehend this sudden change. "A fish. It's a salmon, I can tell by the way he's playing with it. He knows how to handle a rod." After a pause, and with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes: "I should like to throw in a big stone and splash him," and she laughed merrily and clapped her hands in glee at the mere thought. "Pat, how can you said Miss Woodruff. "Nq, I can't—that's the trouble; he is too far off. Wouldn't he be surprised. There-he's fairly got him now. It's not a bad fish, either. A ten- pounder or more. Come along, Woody, let us go and see him land it. 1 may be able to help him. She bounded down the side of the bank as actively as a deer, heedless of Miss Woodruff's calls to her to come back. "Bless the girl," she exclaimed. "What a thing it is to be full of life and health and spirits. Tnere is nothing for it but tcr me to follow her as fast as I can." The angler was battling with his nan, au un- 1 conscious that a pair of bright eyes, owned by a beautiful young girl, were watching his efforts eagerly. Suddenly he was startled by a merry voice ex- claiming, "He'll get away if you don't mind. Give him more rope. The angler was off his guard as he turned round to look at the speaker. N-Y hen he saw Pat he gave a gasp of astonishment. "What & beautiful girl," he thought. "Never mind me and my whereabouts. Look after your fish," said Pat. The salmon had, however, been looking after himself, for he managed to get free and the line ran slack in the young angler's hand. "There,- you've lost me my fish," he said with a look of reproach at the girl. Pat laughed merrily, shewing her white even teeth and red lips. "But I don't regret it," he added half to himself, but Pat heard him and looked at him curiously. CHAPTER II.—THE OWNER OF GLEN I ROYAL. I- .1 "1 thought yQu were an expert and enthusiastic fisherman—I mean angler, but I was mistaken," said Pat. "What caused you to alter the favourable opinion you had formed of my skill?" asked the young man. Good anglers never allow their attention to be distracted." Even a good angler might be pardoned for turning his attention from a salmon to such a charming young lady." Pat laughed merrily and gave him a graceful bow. "Then you think I am a more valuable catch than a ten-pound salmon. Really, I did not think an angler would place such & highl estimate upon me," she said archly. You are in excellent spirits and full of fun," he said, "I like bright merry girls, they are quite a treat after the ordinary individuals one meets at garden parties and dances." I love dancing," said Pat. So do I with a pretty partner," he replied. I prefer a man who does not tread on my toes or become entangled in my dress, or behave like a teetotum built on the motor or rotar principle," she said. "An uncommon girl this," he thought. "Speeks freely, but there is nothing fast about her. What beautiful hair she has." You are very rude," said Pat. "Are you ruminating as to whether you have made a mistake, and come to the conclusion it is a pity you lost the salmon?" I shall never regret losing that fish," he said quietly. Why?" asked Pat innocently. You know why." If I did I should not have asked you the question," she replied. Because——" lie commenced, when he was interrupted by Miss Woodruff calling- "Pat! Pat! It is time we went home." Coming," said Pat. Good-bye, Mr. Angler. Think of me as a bad fairy who stole the little boy's salmon." Before he could reply she darted up the bank and disappeared among the trees. The angler stood looking at the spot where she had vanished from sight, and with a sigh said: A vision of loveliness. Wonder who she is. Answers to the name of Pat. Funny name for a girl, and such a pretty girl too. I must find out where she lives. They may know down at the Royal Oak. It would not look well to ask about her there, but I'll find out somehow. I'm glad I came on here from Llandudno. Plenty of charm- ing girls there, but not one to be compared to- Pat." He sat down and forgot all about his angling, but the charm of the spot soon overcame him again, and he cast in his line in the hopes of hooking another fish. Fortune favoured him, and a fair-sized salmon gave him half-an-hour's good sport before he successfully landed it on the bank, w here it glittered in the sunshine, a beautiful silvery mass. Having caught a fish he gave up his sport, and, fixing the various angler's requisites he had with him, marched towards the Royal Hotel. As he went down the hill he happened to look up at the windows of a small cottage. It was a picturesque place overgrown with roses and honey- suckle. and there was a scent of sweetbriar in the air. He saw Pat at one of the open windows, and she called out to him mischievously: Any luck?" He was somewhat taken aback at the abrupt remark, but he replied, Yes, a nice salmon about eight pounds. May I have the pleasure of leaving it for you?" Thanks. It is awfully good of you. I love salmon. I'll come down and take it from you." Pat, you must do nothing of the kind," said Miss Woodruff severely. "Nonsense, Woody. Where's the harm? It will give him untold delight if I accept his salmon, and it will give us both much pleasure to eat it. Never neglect the opportunity of giving pleasure to a fellow creature; and accepting an offer of a fresh-caught eight-pound salmon is an easy, not to say pleasurable, way of doing good." Helen Woodruff did not argue the point. She knew it would be better to allow Pat to have her own way and then reason with her afterwards. The girl bounded downstairs and went to the open door. "You had better take my basket and I will call for it to-morrow morning as I go up to the river," he said. "Thank you," said Pat "Then you mean to go fishing to-morrow?" Yes," he replied. "Perhaps I may see you again." Should you be very pleased to see me?" she asked. Indeed I should." "And lose another fish?" Twenty fish." Rash man. If you are very polite and promise to continue fishing, and not to waste time in paying silly compliments, you may be gratified by a sight of me." "I will promise anything," he said. "And I am not in the habit of paying silly compliments. What I say I mean." Very glad to hear it," quickly replied Pat. If you always say what you mean, and act up to it, it will save you a world of trouble. Good evening." He raised his hat and went out at the gate. It is a beautiful fish," said Pat, when she re- turned to Miss Woodruff. But you ought not to have accepted it; he is a perfect stranger," said Miss Woodruff. Pat settled herself on a chair near the window, folded her hands, put on a demure look, and said Miss Helen Woodruff will now deliver her celebrated lecture on propriety.' Carriages at ten." How could she be angry with suoh a girl, or lecture her, or scold her, or for the matter of that, do anything else but playfully smack her cheek and then kiss her. "That's better, Woody, much better," said Pat. You were not cut out for a lecturer. There's no harm done. He is a harmless young man of the angler type. We will go and see what kind of sport he has to-morrow." Surely you have not made an appointment with him?" said Miss Woodruff. No. Still there will be no harm done in seeing how many salmon he takes. He might possibly be in a generous mood and present us with another fish. Sixteen pounds of salmon in two days will not be so bad," said Pat. Miss Woodruff held up her hands with a gesture of mock despair, as she said: You are incorrigible, Pat; I give you u p." Don t give me up. please don t, said Pat. A ft.Lt-. years' hard labour at me, continue the good work to the bitter end." In the billiard-room at the Royal Oak Hotel sat the angler Pat had surprised at his occupation in the afternoon. Arthur Dunbar was his name, and he was well known in Yorkshire, where he had a fine country house near Scarborough, and an extensive racing establishment at Middleham. He came of a rare old sporting family. The Dunbars had been known in the racing world for close upon a century, and although not a wealthy family by any means, always managed to live well and hold their own in the county of broad acres. Arthur Dunbar had been his own master ever since he came of age, which was six years ago. His father died when he was a lad of twelve at school, and his mother he had never known, as she died only a few weeks after he was born. He was an only child, and his guardian had taken good care he should not be a spendthrift if he could help it. This guardian was Duncan Freame, the Dunbars' family solicitor, and although) an ex- cellent man, firm and just in all his dealings, he was not the sort of person to find much favour in the eyes of a go-ahead sport-loving youth like Arthur Dunbar. Old Freme," as the irreverent youth called hia guardian, was a bachelor, and did not understand the workings of such a young mind as Arthur Dunbar's. He kept a tight reign on the youth, and the annual allowance he made I him. when at school and college, was inadequate. Young Dunbar ran into debt at Cambridge, committed a variety of follies, and eventually it was intimated to him that the 'Varsity would prefer his absence to his presence. He paid all his debts and settled down at Glen Royal, near Scarborough. He was passionately fond of the old home, and well he might be, for Glen Royal was a beautiful country place. Being within an easy drive of Scarborough, he was often at that gay watering-place in the height of the season. He was not a particularly fast youth, but he did not altogether escape un- scathed from the fascinations of the beauties of the Spa. He had several flirtations, more than one of which could be labelled dangerous. How- ever, he managed to steer clear of any serious entanglement, and when he arrived at Llandudno, and came on from there to Bettws-y-Coed on a fishing tour, he was to all intents and purposes heart-whole and free. Althlough not possessed of a large fortune, he had an ample income, which stood the draining of about a score of horses in training, the main- taining of sundry prize cattle, poultry, and dogs, and also the expense of keeping up Glen Royal, not to mention the somewhat liberal manner in which he spent money when travelling about. His racing stable was the great drain upon his purse, for he was inclined to bet heavily, and plunge to get back any losses. This is an ex- pensive game, which he found out to his cost, but which he had not so far taken the trouble to alter. There were several old retainers at Glen Royal, who looked after the house in his absence in an exemplary fashion seldom found in these degenerate days of bicycle-riding, piano-playing servants. He did not trouble himself much about Glen Royal when away from it, because he knew all would go on well in his absence. As he sat in the billiard-room watching two inferior players blundering with the balls, and endeavouring to make fifty in something under an hour, he seemed restless and not in the best ot humours. When he arrived at the hotel, after leaving the salmon with Pat Royston, he had found several letters waiting for him. Two or three were of very little importance, but one from his trainer caused him some annoyance and anxiety. He had in training at Middleham a five-year-old horse called Whirlwind, by Common out of a mare called Storm, and he laid the flattering unction to his soul that he would win the Cesare- witch with hime. Gilbert Honey, his trainer, wrote saying Whirl- wind had broken down in his trial, and that he was afraid he would not be able to patch him up for such a race as the Cesarewitch, and advising him to keep the horse for the following spring, when he might be all right again. Arthur Dunbar was somewhat obstinate, and as he had made up his mind that Whirlwind ought to run in the Cesarewitch he did not feel inclined to alter his opinion. He was brooding over this letter as he sat in the billiard-room, and he suddenly made up his mind to write to his trainer, telling him he must get Whirlwind right for the big Newmarket handicap if possible. He left the billiard-room to write his letter, and when he returned he found the table vacant, and as there was no one else present hie had a game with the marker, and lost. I cannot play at all to-night," he said. I'll have a stroll." "Something wrong with him," muttered the marker, he generally plays a rattling good game. Arthur Dunbar wandered off in the direction of the Fairy Glen, but he did not appear to admire the scenery much. His thoughts were elsewhere. From Glen Royal they wandered to Middleham and Whirlwind, and thJen back again to his old home. He began to wonder why he had not looked out for a mistress to put at the head of his house- hold at Glen Royal. Why did he not marry and settle down to a country sportsman's life? Because he had not met the right woman to share his lot, until-until to-day," he thought. The image of Pat Royston came vividly be- fore his mind as he saw her standing above him 0!1. the bank when he lost his fish. The young girl attracted him strangely. He hardly knew what to make of her. She was free from restraint, and spoke abruptly and in a manner which would not be considered altogether correct in certain circles, and yet there was nothing bold or for- ward about her. He thought her very beautiful, and the pecu- liarity of her manner gave to her an additional charm. He meant to see more of her if possible, to learn from her own lips who and what she was, and to try and fathom her nature. He believed her to be a girl capable of loving deeply and lastingly once her affections were secured, but he did not think she would be lightly won. Many fair women had made much of the good- looking Arthur Dunbar, owner of thle desirable Glen Royal, but he had never felt attracted towards them as he had been towards this girl he had seen for the first time near the Swallow Falls. The romantic nature of the surroundings in- fluenced him and prepossessed him in her favour. Thtere is a good deal in environment where love is concerned, and what might have been an ordinary attachment under commonplace circum- stances develops into a sincere and earnest love under more favourable auspices. Had Arthur DULl bar met Pat Royston amidst the fashionable crowd on Scarborough Spa he would probably have glanced at her, thought what a pretty girl," passed on and have for- gotten all about her. But seeing her amidst the romantic scenery of Bettws-y-Coed, where she was alone and in complete harmony, he did not forget her—on the contrary, he thought much about her, and determined to retain and improve upon the very pleasant memory. (To be continued.)
TRADESMAN'S NOVEL I ATTRACTION. At Marlborough-street Police Court, on Tuesday, Minnie Brown, of Somerset-terrace, Duke-road, Easton-road, was summoned by Sub-Divisional Inspector Arnold, of the C Division, for wilfully obstructing the footway on December 19 by causing a crowd to assemble in Regent-street. The defendant did not appear, but was represented by Mr. Harold Simmons, barrister. Sergeant Skilton, of the C Division, deposed to having seen a crowd of about one hundred and thirty or one hundred and forty persons standing on the footway gazing at several young women exhibiting long hair at 113, Regent-street. They were advertising the merits of a certain hair wash, and the crowd was so large that passers-by had to go into the roadway. He spoke to Miss Brown, who was in charge of the shop at the time, and she said What do we pay heavy rates and taxes for ? We are not causing any more obstruction than other shops." The offence bad since been repeated. Inspector Arnold said that Miss Brown had been previously cautioned, but without effect. When she was cautioned there were only three women in the window, but they had been increased to five. Great annoyance was caused by crowds of small boys gathering and shouting "There's hair," and other remarks. Counsel on behalf of the company and Miss Brown expressed regret that the obstruction had been caused, and pointed out that it was due to their commissionaire having been ordered to South Africa. The new man could not prevent the crowd gathering owing to lack of skill and experience. Mr. Denman said that as long as these women were in the window the obstruction would continue. It was an intolerable nuisance. He passed the shop every day, and had to go into the road to get past. A fine could be imposed for every day the offence continued. It was no defence to say that a man was engaged to drive away the crowd. The defendant would have to pay a fine of 40s., with 2s. costs.
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Following the tale Stormed at with Shot and Shell," which is now concluded, we com- mence in this issue of the Observer a new story by Mr. N at Gould, entitled, A Dead Certainty." Our new story opens in North Wales and culminates in the race for the Chester Cup. A Dead Certainty" con- tains many exciting incidents and vivid descriptions.
ATHLETIC JNEW8. FOOTBALL NOTES. 1 [BY SPHRUIR. I I Chester Locos visited the Shotton ground on Saturday to encounter the Rangers in a League match. The visitors arrived with only ten men, and played that number throughout the game. The first half opened in favour of the Locos, and despite the fact that they were short of a man they quite out-played Shotton, and led at hait- time by one goal to none. The second half found Shotton to greater advantage, their play being a great improvement upon the display given in the initial portion of the game. athey pressed hard tor the greater portion of this half, and goals being scored by Garratt, Roberts and Toby, the Locos retired defeated by three goals to one. Chester St. John's (who should have met Hoole Rovers on Saturday last, but which match was cancelled owing to the latter club being sus- pended) met a team representing Chester AlDion in a friendly encounter. In tne first half the Saints had most of the play, and scored thrice through W. Lloyd (2) and J. Lipsham (1), while the Albion replied with one. Tne second moiety was better contested, but the Saints had decidedly the best of matters, and T. Lipsham again scoring two more for them and Stockton for the Albion, the Sainis won somewhat easily by five goals to two. St. Paui's had the Y.M.C.A. for visitors on Saturday. The visivort3 won the toss, and U. Dutton started for St. Paul's, who soon found that they had a hard nut to crack. H. Duttou manageu to score atttlr a long speii of mid-fiuld play. Shortly utterwarda Oiiurod notched a second. Thia livened up the visitors, who scored. Halt-time arrived with the Saints ieauing by two goals to one. lie-starting, there was considerable give-and-take play. Dult scored lor the homesters, thus winning a hard gauie by three goals to one. On Boxing Day Helsby were visited by Oughtrington Park in the third round ot the Cheshire Amateur Cup, and after an interesting game, which was witnessed by a large number ot spectators, the locals won in rather easy fashion by four goals to none. During the first half the game was capitally contested, but the home for- wards, who played with better finish than the visitors, succeeded in scoring twice, the first goal being the result of a splendid individual ettort on tne part of Hughes, while u.i)uy was re- sponsible for the second. In the latter half the visitors, who played a man short, resorted to the 'one-back' game, with the result that many fine efforts on the part of he homesters' forwards were neutralised. However, Bibby headed the third goal from a grand centre by Hughes, and a further one was rushed through, the home team thus winning as above stated. On the Saturday following Ellesmere Port were visitors at Helsby in the return League fixture, and, as the home team were only beaten in the tormer game after a stiff struggle by four goals to two, it was fully expected that they would just about reverse the result. The game aroused con- siderable interest. Bibby started for the home- sters, the visitors at once getting away, but Nicholas finished badly. Hough had, however, to clear from King directly afterwards. The home team retaliated, and Atherton had to clear his charge from shots by Hughes and Boyle. A fruitless corner to Helsby was followed by a free kick close in, which was well cleared. The game was of a fast and exciting nature, each end being visited in turn. At length the homesters were awarded a penalty for foul tactics on the part of one of the visitors' full backs. The kick was entrusted to Boyle, who safely steered the ball past Atherton amid prolonged cheering. The visitors, however, went straight away irom the kick-off, and a misunderstanding on the part of the home backs let Clay in, and he equalised, to th? and he equa l lse d to the intense delight of the visitors' supporters. Hough had again to clear from Weight, a fruitless corner following. After a period ot midfield play Atherton saved from R. Jones, and immediately after from Bibby. The game continued to be grandly contested up to half-time, when the score stood one each. Only five minutes had elapsed in the second portion when weakness on the part of the home backs let the visitors forwards in again, and Nicholas scored the second goal. This was fol- lowed by several free kicks to the homesters, from one of which Boyle only just missed by inches. Hough kicked out a couple of long shots, and then Atherton saved finely from Bibby, but the latter player eventually got through and p U. 1 i? scored the equalising goal. ,The visitors now pressed for a time, but were at length driven back, and the home team had a turn. The visitors, however, returned, and from a corner King headed the third goal. The homesters strove hard to equalise, and made many excellent attempts, but the visitors' defence, playing finely, kept them out, and they had to retire beaten by three goals to two. This is the first defeat Helsby have suffered on their own ground since October, 1898. The Frodsham Parish Church first team were at home on Saturday, the visitors being Storkton Heath and the match under League auspices. Losing the toss the homesters kicked off against a slight wind, but immediately pressed and forced a corner, which was, however, nicely cleared. Stockton then rushed down the field, but found the Parish backs all safe, and after some uneventful mid-field exchanges play was again taken to the visitors' quarters, and from a nice well-timed pass G. Linaker scored with a shot nearly off the touch-line, after 15 minutes' play. End-to-end play ensued for a time, the Parish, if anything, having the best of matters, but had hard lines on several occasions in not augmenting their score. At half-time the Parish led by 1—0. Resuming, Stockton made the running, and a cor- ner was conceded them, from which the leather was unfortunately headed into the net by one of the home backs. Retaliating, the Church men had a turn of attacking, and L. Eyes scored with a swift shot. Stockton, not to be denied, now initiated a clever movement, and sent in a rather long shot, and the ball, sticking in the mud right opposite Turner's charge, was rushed into the net before the goalkeeper could get to it. Still con- tinuing on the aggressive, the visitors again scored, Turner not being able to save on account of the mud. The Parish now roused themselves, and almost drew level, the ball from a nice centre only going a few inches wide. The visitors gained possession from the kick-off, and after a fine concerted move- ment scored their fourth goal with a nice screw shot. The game was at this stage very fast, the ball travelling from end to end repeatedly. Just before time the Parish again pulled themselves together for a final effort, and after some tricky play among the forward rank L. Eyes scored goal No. 3 for his side. The homesters had hard lines in not equalising, several good shots being sent in. The final result was Stockton four goals, Parish three, after a very well-contested game. Some surprising results were recorded in the First Division of the League, and in five instances the verdict of the last meeting of the teams was reversed: The leaders were beaten at home for the first time since the campaign opened, and as this was accomplished by Newcastle, who are running the 'Forest so closely for premier honours, the defeat was all the more disastrous. West Bromwich were again routed on their own ground by their near neighbours, the Wolves, and their position in the table of results is sufficient to cause their supporters much anxiety. lhree drawn games occurred, the most meritorious being that of Notts at Sunderland. Last year the County suffered a severe trouncing by five clear goals, so that they gain a poinf in comparison. Following as it does their victories over Everton and the Forest, the latest feat of the County demonstrates a vastly improved side. Stoke also improved on their last year's defeat by the Villa, no goals being scored on the Potters' ground, and Bury have to thank their wretched shooting for their failure to defeat the Blades. At Bramall- lane Bury won by three goals on the first day of the season, so that the result becomes all the more inexplicable. Tall scoring was associated with the remaining games. Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday romped round Bolton and Manchester respectively, the winning side in each case obtaining four goals. Liverpool were badly beaten by the Rovers, despite their week's extra preparation at Southport. The Rovers fairly overplayed the visitors, and must feel somewhat flattered by their victory over specially-trained opponents. I CHESTER & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE I DIVISION 1. I IKXSULTS UP TO DATE. C Goals 1 Pld.Won.Ii'st.Dr'n.For. Apt.Ptfl Ellesmere Port 7 7. 0. 0 26.10..14 ShottOR Rang-era 8. 5. 1. 2.22. 6.12 Newton Rangers .12. 5. 5. 2.27.. 27.12 Wrexham Vies. 7. 5. 2. 0.22.11.10 Helaby. 9. 4. 5. 220.127.116.11 Flint 8. 4. 4. 0.17.16. 8 L. & N.-W. Locœ12. 4. 8. 0.22 26. 8 I Tarnorley St. Helena. 9. 2. 7. 0.16.39. 4 Buckley Swifts. 6. 0. 6. 0. 6.21. 0
BILLIARDS I WAVE ETON v. ALDFORD. I Played at Waverton on Wednesday. Score:— I WAVEBTON. ALDFOBD. J. A. Salmon 101 J. Allman 96 W. Bevias. 64 J. Thomas 100 J. Parker 101 J. Dangar 63 E. Mea.cock. 103 G. Taylor. 60 R. Walker 100 E. Price 85 H. Walker 69 W. Dangur 100 538 504 Majority for Waverton, 34.
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FOOTBALL ROWDYISM AT CHESTER. PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS SUSPENDED. A meeting of the Chester and District loot" ball Association was held at the Oddfellows' Hall, Bridge-street, on Monday night, under the presidency of Mr. G. S. N. Hull, to consider what steps should be taken with regard to the conduct of several players and officials of the Hool e Rovers Club at the match at Hoole on I Bank Holiday, when the Sealand Road team were their opponents in the final round of the Shield Competition. By those who witnessed the game it will be remembere d that the first half was splendidly contested, but the second portion was characterised by rough and illegal tactics. When the Sealand-road team had scured first goal about five minutes after the interval, the Rovers played up in desperate tashion to equalise, and iouis were pretty frequent. At this period Powell, one of the Hoole full-backs, who had been previously warned by the referee (Mr. Thomaa) for his conduct, kicked an opponent, and in conse- quence was ordered to leave the field. Powell, nowever, demurred and kept on playing for some minutes being, it is said, urged by the Hoole supporters. He was again told to retire from playing, but instead of leaving the ground altogether, he stood just outside the touch-line and returned to his former place whenever the referee's back was turned. It was at this point that some of the supporters of the Hoole Rovers went on the field and endeavoured to persuade the Hoole players to abandon the match. Two policeman, who were on duty, now interfered by request. Shortly afterwards Pope, the Hoole goalkeeper, ran out of his goal bouncing the ball. Coppack, one of the Sealand Road forwards, success- fully "tricked" him, whereupon Pope turned round and kicked him, and was ordered to join the other member of his team in retire- ment. Great indignation was caused by the referee's decision among the Hoole supporters, and several of these supporters immediately went on the field to renew their efforts to per- suade the Hoole players to abandon the game. While the heated argument was proceeding the crowd of spectators swarmed on the field, and the scene was one of wild confusion. The Hoole players declined to finish the game, and as things looked rather ominous, the police escorted the referee to the dressing-shod. The Sealanders were given the shield, howbver, and, Councillor J. Williamson, in presenting it, remarked that the best team had won.—The committee on Monday night decided that all the players of the Hoole Rovers should come before them on January 21st, when a further investigation of the matter would be held. Until that date they will be suspended from playing or taking any part in foot- ball matters. Powell aud Pope, who were ordered off the field, were suspended from playing until the 1st of September, 1902, while Bellis, the treasurer of the Hoole Rovers' Club, j who had induced some members of the team to leave the field, was suspended from any further managemaut in football matters, or from having anything to do with the club he repre- sented, for the same period. G. E. Hibbertt and John Lewis, two of the Hoole Rovers' players, were exonerated from all blame, as they lined up whan requested by Mr. Thomas, The result of the meeting to be held in January will be awaited with interest. It is gratifying to Mr. H. J. Thomas to have been the recipient of many letters from lovers of the game congratulating him on the strong attitude he took to put down unfair tactics in the match at Hoole, and sympathising with him on the treatment he received from a certain section of the spectators. It speaks much for the sportsmanship of the Helsby followers of the game that when Mr. Thomas visited Helsby on Saturday last to officiate in their League match with Ellesmere Port, although the former lost, Mr. Thomas was heartily cheered both going on and leaving the field.
DR. PETERS AND THE LIONS. News has reached London of an exciting adventure which Dr. Carl Peters has had with lions in the Fura district of Makombe's country, Mid-Africa. The doctor was sitting at break- II fast one morning when he received information that four lions were, committing depredations in an adjoining village, and that they had I killed a man and several pigs. He at once went to the place. where he found a young chief who paid a visit to London some months ago, and some natives, none of whom was properly armed. The lions were concealed in thick grass, but as he approached one of them sprang out and attacked the party. Dr. Peters, who was armed with a sporting Express rifle, fired when only twenty paces away without stopping the advance of the Jion, which knocked down a native and mauled him with his claws and teeth. The doctor fired two more bullets, one of which is believed to have entered the animal's spine, causing him to drop the man. In spite of his injuries the lion crawled away into the bush, knocking over the chief on his way. The chief was carried back to the camp, being severely hurt. Dr. Peters states that he him- self had a narrow escape, as the firing of a shot at such a distance often meant deatii to the person who fired it. The other lions reappeared on several occasions, but subsequently left the neighbourhood.
PRINCESS OF WALES AND THE WAR. TOUCHING APPEAL. FOR WIVES AND FAMILIES. The Princess of Wales has made a touching appeal through the columns of the Press for further funds on behalf of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association. Her letter reads as follows:—"I desire as President of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association to give a brief account of the work we have been carrying on since the commencement of the war, and of our position at the present time, and I ask-knowing that I shall not ask in vain—for your kind co- operation and support. By the munificence of the public over £510,000 has been directly en- trusted to our care, supplemented by £ 190,000 subscribed for wives and families to the Mansion House, and ;650,000 received from the Lord House, Discretionary' Fund. The whole of this Mayor's Discretionary' Fund. The whole of this sum, amounting to £ 750.000 is now nearlv AT-- pended, the relief being given locally and berson- ally through the voluntary services of our mem- bers, numbering not less than 11,000 ladies and gentlemen throughout the United Kingdom. By the last returns from our branches there were over 80,000 families being then relieved, and, notwith- standing the disembodiment of a large portion of the Militia, and of the return of some of the troops, our numbers do not diminish to the extent which might be expected, from the fact of local funds working independently, although in co- operation, becoming exhausted, and the cases being handed over to the association. The amount now being given in relief is not less than £ 50,000 a month. The task which was imposed upon us by a generous people was the main- tenance of the family in the same position as when the breadwinner was at home. As the cir- cumstances vary to such an extent, it was decided that this position would be secured if the income of the family were made up to about two-thirds of what it was previous to separation, the difference representing the amount which may be fairly attributed to the breadwinner's expenses. This principle has been almost universally adopted and acted upon by the various funds throughout the kingdom, which are being admin- istered independently of the association. Old fathers and mothers have also been largely aided to the extent of the help received from their sons before rejoining the colours. Hundreds of letters have been received by our workers shewing the gratitude of our soldiers and sailors for what has been done for their families during the hardships they themselves were undergoing, and of the joy with which they are looking forward to find their homes intact on their return. Without further funds these homes must be broken up, and all that we have been doing for the past twelve months will be undone. This will be especially felt during the winter months, when coals and other necessaries of life have increased in price. I, therefore, very earnestly appeal for help to enable us to keep these homes together until the breadwinners' return, as I cannot contemplate the effect, not only upon the families, but upon the men themselves of the withdrawal of our aid. I take this opportunity of offering my grateful thanks to the Press generally throughout the oountry, who have so generously supported the association; to the public who have so liberally provided us with funds; to the employers of labour, and workingmen themselves, who have for many months set aside part of their weekly earnings; and to the ladies and gentlemen who have devoted so much time and labour to carry on this great national work, which I have so much at heart. I may add that the association exists for all times, peace or war, and that its objects are the care of the wives and families of soldiers and sailors of the Queen, without any distinction, and in whatsoever part of the world they may be serving. The Lord Mayor has kindly consented to receive on our account subscriptions sent to the Mansion House for this object, and I would invite the co-operation of Lords Lieutenant of Counties, and of Lord Mayors, Provosts, and Mayors throughout the kingdom to help me in the same way. Subscriptions will also be re- ceived by our local branches in each country, and by our treasurer, Colonel James Gildea, C.B., at 23, Queen Anne's-gate, Westminster, S. W.
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I AGRICULTURE I l A GREEN CHRISTMAS. I I The abnormally open weather we have been experiencing is such a common topio of remark that it seems almost superfluous to mention it in this column. And the subject might well be dismissed were it not that the public memory in regard to this as well as many other matters is extremely short. While almost everyone is I asking his neighbour "Did you ever know such a season?" it may be answered that many such have occurred within the memory of the present generation, and very many more within the knowledge of older persons, though we have had sharp winters in between. Stock-breeders, farmers, butchers and others of kindred occupa- tions might be appealed to on such a matter with certainty as to an affirmative reply. As to the correctness of the connection between a green Christmas and the fat churchyard aphorism known of old, there is room for question, each side having perhaps an equal number of adherents. In respect to the severe winter prog- nosticated by some almanack makers and weather prophets, however, there can be no doubt up to the present-now we "know"—and according to appearances, these clever gentry run the risk of proving false prophets. True, there is plenty of time for a good deal of hard weather through the next three months, seeing that, as astronomers tell us, we have only just entered on that particular quarter of the year. A well- worn adage-and for the most part a very truthful one-has it that as the day lengthens the cold strengthens," and agriculturists generally are hoping to see a fulfilment of the same. Keen, clear, frosty weather would be acceptable now to sweeten the land, both arable and pasture, although in regard to the latter the mild autumn has helped matters nicely forward in the stack- yards. Summarily speaking, it may be taken that the last year of the century, notwithstanding its times of trial and anxiety—of cold and heat and wet and drought-has' not been altogether un- propitious for agriculturists, and in closing these remarks we express tne wisn, which we do most earnestly, that the first year of the new century on which we have entered may prove no worse, but as much better as a kind Providence may deem it well to bestow. As may be expected at this season, reports from the oheese oentres are of the usual quiet char- acter as to the amount of business transacted. But though trade has been quiet, prices were not disturbed, except in one or two instances; in- deed, the latest cablegram from New York was to the effect that cheese was firmly held. At Liverpool the market closed quiet, extra fanoy coloured Canadian being quoted at 53s. to 54s.; white, 52s. to 53s.; fine to finest, 50s. to 52s.; medium, 45s. to 48s. From Glasgow it is re- ported that prices for home produce shewed a downward tendency. I RAILWAY RATES GRIEVANCES. I I The anomalous condition of railway rates has I I received fresh illustration in many quarters during the Christmas holiday. One very emphatic case which may be taken as a specimen may be quoted. I A correspondent of a daily contemporary writes: "About four years ago I took a farm that had a quantity of mistletoe on the fruit trees. I had a man engaged three or four days cutting it out, and sent it to the Birmingham market. It landed me 6d. in debt for carriage, leaving nothing for cost of labour, the railways charging the same rate as for costly shrubs and fruit trees. I don't know what rate they charge from the Continent, but no doubt much lower than to the English grower. As an instance, at the present time potatoes are delivered in London from Germany at 6s. per ton. It would cost me 16s. 8d. per ton from Stroud. Foreign fruits from Dover to London Is. 8d. per ton; I pay 13s. per ton from Stroud to Birmingham. These figures speak for themselves." SMALL HOLDINGS IN LINCOLNSHIRE. I Speaking recently at Spalding, Lord Carrington bore testimony to the remarkable success of small holdings in Lincolnshire. The Small Holdings Association, he said, was flourishing and in- creasing, its only difficulty being to provide sufficient land. He had no doubt whatever that if they could procure more land in the southern part of Lincolnshire they could double, and even treble, the number of small holders. The small holders on the Carrington estate in Lincolnshire were in exactly the same position as the large farmers, namely, their holdings never could be disturbed. Owing, however, to the rapid develop- ment of this small holdings movement it was really impossible for him to get land for this class of tenant as he could wish. THE IMPLEMENT MAKERS COMBINE. I xhis subject is just now very properly occupy- ing the earnest attention of chambers of agricul- ture and farmers' clubs throughout the country, and in some instances strongly worded resolu- tions have been passed respecting it, marking in an emphatic manner the sentiments with which the movement is regarded. At a speoial meeting of the Worcestershire Chamber of Agriculture a large number of farmers assembled entered a unanimous protest against the combination of implement makers and agents which has consti- tuted itself a national federation, with a view to a uniform increase of prices to the purchaser. The movement was strongly deprecated as destroying all freedom of trade, and the views of the Chamber were set out at length in a letter which it was decided to forward to the federation and to all the agricultural associations within a considerable area, pledging the members of the Chamber so far as practicable to deal only with those makers and agents who have preserved [ their freedom of trading. I OUR AMERICAN IMPORTS. I An agricultural contemporary remarks: —The contraction in the imports of live animals to this country from America appears to have had no stimulating effect upon the shipments of frozen mutton; but those of frozen beef have expanded very considerably, and are three times as large this year as in the corresponding period of last year. Whilst, moreover, the imports of frozen beef were only about one-eighth as large as those of frozen mutton last year, they are more than one-third as large this year. It may be con- jectured, therefore, that the diminution in the shipment of cattle on the hoof is finding some compensation in the much larger imports of beef in carcase form. The jerked beef trade, which is mostly with adjacent South American countries, has for some time been dwindling, and is likely to continue to do so. The import trade in cheese has faded into insignificance, but that in butter possesses all the elements of vitality, and it is possible that the dairy herds of the valley of the Plate may in due course become very powerful competitors with those of Australasia in the British butter market. Australasia and Argentina being both south of the Equator, their butter- making seasons are practically identical; but Argentina possesses a great geographical advantage in being so much nearer to the ports of the United Kingdom. The uncertainty of the Argentine as a factor in the world's food supply is well illus- trated in the shipments of wheat, which have been about three times as large this year as in the same period of 1898. The exports of hay do not vary greatly; it is all, or nearly all lucerne or alfalfa, as it is termed throughout the American continent. I CATTLE BREEDING IN IRELAND. I Details are published by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland of the scheme for the encouragement of cattle breeding in that country. The movement is entirely apart from, and in addition to. the Gov- ernment premium system administered by the Royal Dublin Society. The plan, which starts with the New Year, is to derive the necessary funds partly from local sources, the remainder, which will be in proportion to thle local generosity and capabilities of each district, being provided by the Department. It is specified that of the money available at least 60 per cent. shall be allocated for premiums for bulls, and the re- mainder may be given in prizes for cows, heifers and calves, special provision being included for prizes for dairy cows. The premium bulls will be selected at spring shows or, where such shows do not exist, at some suitable and central situa- tion determined by the Department. No bull which has been awarded a premium by the Royal Dublin Society will be eligible in the same year for a premium under this scheme. The breeds of bulls to be selected will be decided by the respective couny t committees, and only bulls entered in or eligible for entry in the herd books of their respective breeds must be selected. Year- ling bulls will be chosen for preference, but in the event of an insufficient number of these being available two-year-olds may be employed. The value of a premium will be L8 for Kerries and Dexters and £ 12 for other approved breeds. A STROKE OF GOOD LUCK. At the recent annual meeting in connection with Lady Warwick's Hostel for Women, her ladyship expressed the wish that some saintly millionaire" might come forward and generously help her good work, which was growing so rapidly beyond her means and capacity. Her wish, it appears, has been amply fulfilled with a prompti- tude which she herself perhaps little dreamed of, for at an educational meeting at Warwick last week, Lord Warwick was able to announce that within the week a donation of £50,000 had been offered by It wealthy man who had been im- pressed with the excellence of the college. That munificent gift should go a long way towards relieving her ladyship of anxiety regarding the future of her novel, useful, and successful venture.
Vinton's (late Morton's) Agricultural Almanack for 1901.The forty-sixth publication of this very useful and interesting annual is now on offer by Messrs. Vinton and Co., Ltd., 9, New Bridge-street, London, E.C., at the usual low price of 6d. Regular subscribers who are already acquainted with its merits will be fully aware of its value as an annual, and that it needs no com- mendation at our hands; but to those agricul- turists who have not yet made up their minds we would say "buy it at once." In addition to a large collection of statistical tables and items of general information, the work contains a number of special articles covering a wide field, con- tributed by experts in their several departments. Professor Wrightson deals with the subject of The Cost of Ploughing," Mr. William E. Bear discusses the New Agricultural Holdings Act," and points out its merits and defects. Under the heading Cost of Implements," Mr. Primrose McConnell gives suggestions which should be helpful alike to manufacturers and farmers. Mr. A. T. Matthews handles the subject of How to Check the Rural Exodus," Mr. Gilbert Murray treats of The Economical Effects of a Mixed Ration in the Health and Development of thle Stock of the Farm." Mr. Charles E. Curtis has an illustrated paper on A Source of Injury to Home Grown Timber." Stray Dogs" is the subject of a useful paper by Mr. A. E. Bromehead Soulby. Mr. Eldred C. F. Walker has a very readable paper on "The Production and Popu- larity of Cider." "Gains and Losses in the Market Garden is a theme that Mr. W. W. Glenny shews himself well qualified to grapple with. Mr. Wm. Parlour makes a good Plea for Old Cus- toms." There are also papers on the" Work- men's Compensation Act," and thle "Cereal Year, 1899-1900." The Almanack contains excellent I portraits of Earl Cawdor, President of the Royal Agricultural Society, and Mr. R. W. Hanbury, M.P., President of the Board of Agriculture. Several illustrations are given of prize-winning live stock of the year.
SCHOOLMASTER'S TRAGIC END. SUICIDE ON THE RAILWAY. I On Saturday evening Mr. James Hyatt Williams, who for many years was assistant schoolmaster at Saughall, effected his escape from Upton Asylum. The alarm was at once raised, and a diligent search was made for him. It was thought he might have gone to his home at Great Saughall, but enquiries here were fruitless. Early the following morning the dead body of Mr. Williams was found on the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway near the Parkgate-road Bridge, under circumstances which pointed to suicide. Quite recently Mr. Williams posed pro- minently before the public in what was known as the Saughall School dispute. For sixteen years he was assistant to his father at Saughall school, and on the latter's retire- ment, after nearly forty years' service, he con- sidered he was entitled to his position. In this opinion he was supported by several friends. They made a subscription to the school funds, and thus contended that they had qualified as managers. They thereupon proceeded to elect Mr. Williams to the schoolmaster- ship, but of course their action was invalid. Meanwhile the real managers aDoointed another gentleman to the position, but Mr. Williams refused to withdraw from the school. and as a result an unfortunate scene was witnessed at the school. Proceedings were entered in the High Court, and the result was Mr. Williams's discomfiture. Some little time afterwards he became mentally deranged, but there is no ground for supposing that this unfortunate circumstance was due to the pchool dispute. He was first removed to a private asylum at Formby, and subsequently to the Upton institution. Mr. Williams was a man of varied attainments. He had a thorough know- ledge of cottage gardening, and was the first secretary of the Saughall Horticultural Society. Much sympathy is expressed for his widow and children. I THE INQUEST, I Mr. E. Brassey (city coroner) held an inquiry at the Bull SytirrupyHotel, Chester, on Monday I evening.—Walter Williams, & labourer, reaidins at Saughall, said deceased, who was his brother, had been a patient at the Upton Asylum since May. Previous to May, however, he had been to a private asylum. Before he entered an asylum the deceased suffered under delusions that the police were after him for some reason, and he ap- peared to be very restless and uneasy. Mr. Brassey: To your knowledge had deceased ever tried to commit suicide before entering the County Asylum?—Witness: Not that I am aware of. He drank some laudanum on one occasion, but simply used it in order that he might sleep better at nights. Deceased was somewhat uneasy in his mind. Mr. Brassey: Did he ever say anything to you about ending his own life?—Witness: Nothing at all.—Continuing, witness said deceased would not have been able to sleep at night but for the laudanum he took. He was in such a restless mood. Dr. Alexander Lawrence, superintendent of the Asylum, said deceased came to that institution on the 4th of May, and witness received certain docu- ments as to the nature of his mania.—The docu- ments were handed over to the Coroner, who read them out for the information of the jury. Among them was a certificate from Dr. Pelley, who cer- tified that deceased was of unsound mind. The doctor in this certificate stated that deceased had delusions that poison was being placed in his food, and that he had come into a large fortune.— Continuing, Dr. Lawrance said deceased refused to take food for four days after being admitted to the Asylum, and witness then came to the con- elusion that he had suicidal tendencies. For this reason witness had deceased sent to a ward where those of a suicidal nature were looked after. Along with deceased he sent a small label stating that Williams was to be regarded as suicidal, and that every necessary precautions should be taken by the attendants under the circumstances. This paper had to be shewn to each attendant who would be in temporary charge of Williams. It was issued on May 7th, but withdrawn on the 13th of Sept., as deceased seemed to improve, and witness thought he could be placed in a ward for quieter patients. On the 26th of November, however, it was reported to him that Williams had made preparations to hang himself on the day before, so witness sent deceased back to the suicidal ward. Taking further precautions, witness kept in the Asylum a "pass-book," in which the name of eac h suicidal patient and his attendant for the time being were written, so that if anything went wrong the responsibility would fall on the right person. He had adopted this method himself a short time ago. —In answer to further questions by the Coroner, the doctor said deceased belonged to No. 5 ward in the Asylum, but at 6.30 p.m. on the 29th ult. he would be with other patients having supper in the scullery. John Coppack, an attendant at the Asylum, said he had been there two years. On Saturday he took over the charge of deceased about 6.30 p.m., in what was called the "day-room." About seven o'clock witness had occasion to go away for a few minutes, but left Williams, who was then in the kitchen with several other patients, in charge of another attendant named Griffiths. He took the pass-book with him, in which his name was entered up as being responsible for the proper care of deceased during the time be was on duty. Witness, however, thought deceased could come to no harm, as all the doors were securely locked and Williams would have to get the keys to escape. When witness came back he noticed deceased in the kitchen, but after looking to the wants of another patient in the "day-room" he found that Williams had disappeared in a mysterious manner. He searched all the rooms, but deceased was no- where to be found. He made immediate in- quiries, and discovered that deceased had by some means or other got possession of the keys and escaped through the corridor door.—Further questioned by the Coroner, Coppack said it would have been utterly impossible for deceasedl to get away from the Asylum without the keys. He could not have escaped through any of the windows. John Griffiths, warder at the Upton Asylum, stated that he was in charge of some patients in the kitchen or dining-room about 6.30 p.m., when a patient named Bennett asked him for a mug in which he might get some water to drink. Wit- ness felt for his keys, which were fastened on a chain around his waist, but they became discon- nected by some means, and accidentally fell off the ring upon which they hunff. Is-ot thinkinar that anything serious might happen, witness told the patient Bennett to take the keys and unlock the kitchen door himself, in order that he might gain access to the place where the mugs were kept. After having a drink Bennett came back and left the keys in the door, and a few minutes later Coppack asked witness if he knew where de- ceased was. Witness then made the alarming discovery that the corridor door was open, and that Williams must have escaped and taken the keys with him. Mr. Brassey: Did you see deceased with the Mr. Barlals? !?i tness: No, sir. I was talking to the patients for a short time with my back to the kitchen door. I did not see Williams escape.— Witness added that it was against the rules at the Asylum to lend the keys to any of the patients, and he never did such a thing before. In reply to the Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Lay- bourne), who attended the inquest, Dr. Lawrance here stated that Bennett was a harmless lunatic with a fair amount of intelligence, and one not likely to have aided Williams in escaping from the I Asylum. Alfred Ringham, a guard residing at Droyles- den, deposed to finding the body of deceased close to the Liverpool-road Station about 2.30 a.m. on Sunday, the 30th ult. He was lying face down- wards and quite dead. A previous train must also have passed over him besides the train of which he (witness) was guard on that particular morn- ing. Inspector Pryce Wynne said he searched de- ceased and found the bunch of keys (produced) upon him. In summing up Mr. Brassey said the jury would have little difficulty in arriving at their verdict, because the evidence clearly shewed that deceased was of unsound mind, and being so, purposely committed suicide. He would like to take that opportunity of congratulating Dr. Lawrance on the very excellent methods he adopted and carried out at the Asylum. With regard to Coppack, he did not think that attendant was to blame to any criminal degree, because he seemed to have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of Williams, while Griffiths might have been a little negligent and careless, but this was quite pardonable under the circumstances explained. A Juryman recommended that some arrange- ment should be made whereby the keys would be fastened on the ring with mqre security in future. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed suicide while of unsound mind.
THREE ATTEMPTS AT SUICIDic.-A remark- able story of a child's three attempts at suicide was disclosed at the hearing of a charge against Elizabeth Hudson at Yarmouth on Saturday. The evidence shewed that defendant's step- daughter and undergrowii girl of 14, had received such ill-treatment that she bad thrown herself into a dyke on one occasion, had attempted to take poison, and a third time had to be prevented from jumping into a stream. She told the magistrate that she wanted to kill herself. Elizabeth Hudson was sentenced to a month's hard labour.
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