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LOCAL N E WS. I The Duke of Westminster has been elected a member of the Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce. Captain Lord Kenyon, of the Shropshire Yeomanry, has this week been granted the honorary rank of major. General Sir Redvers Buller, V.C., accom- panied by Lady Audrey Buller, arrived at Crewe Hall en Wednesday, on a visit to the Earl and Countess of Crewe. We are desired by the Mayor to express his best thanks to the choir and all who kindly gave their valued assistance at the new century religious service on the Town Hall square. The ceremony of the laying of the foundation- stone of the headquarters block of the Cnildrens' Homes, which are being built by the Chester Board of Guardians, will take place at the Wrexham-road on Thursday next. The proceedings will be followed by a luncheon in the Town Hall. Mr. Robert Formby, of Llay Villa, Gresford, who died on August 31 last, a bachelor and intescate, son of tne late Mr. Richard Formby, of Kirklake Bank, near Liverpool, left estate valued at 928,193 la. 6d. gross and 426,116 9s. 5d. nett. Letters of administration have been granted to Mr. Jonathan Formby, of The Firs, Formby, administration having been renounced by Mr. Robert Formby's mother and only next-of-kin, Mrs. Mary Formby. Major-General Swaine, of Chester, command- ing the North-Western District, represented the Queen at the obsequies of the late Field- Marshal Count von Blumenthal on Friday, and Colonel Waters, British Military Attache in Berlin, represented the Prince of Wales. Major- General Swaine was significantly honoured by Kaiser Wilhelm on the occasion. He was the only one of the foreign officers who received an invitation from his Majesty. He was asked to luncheon by the Kaiser after the ceremony. I and his Majesty graciously presented him with a beautiful gold snuff-box, on the lid of which is said to be the Imperial portrait surrounded by diamonds. Miss Leche, of Carden Park, Chester, has forwarded a cheque to Lady Lansdowne of X541 17s. 2d. as the proceeds of the highly successful patliotic entertainment given in October in Chester, and repeated in November in Liverpool, in aid of Lady Lansdowne's Fund for the Officers' Branch of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association The entertainment, it will be remembered, principally consisted of tableaux, and was initiated by the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and Miss Leche, the latter of whom undertook the onerous duties of honorary secretary. Both Miss Leche and Lady Cholmondeley have received letters from Lady Lansdowne stating that she is in want of more funds, and that the cheque would prove most useful. She expressed her grateful thanks to the ladies who promoted and assisted in the entertainment. Miss Lache states that there may be a little more money to forward to Lady Lansdowne. At the conclusion of the ordinary business of the Ruthin Town Council on Monday evening the Mayor (Dr. J. M. Hughes) congratulated the town on the engagement of Miss Shelagh Cornwallis-West to the Duke of Westminster, and said he would be willing to act upon any suggestion which the Council may make with the view of, celebrating such an interesting wedding. It would be an. event in which the people of Ruthin would take the deepest interest, and he would be glad to have the support of the Council in any movement that might be initiated in connection with it. The Mayor's remarks were received with loud applause, and, although no resolution was paased, it is understood that the borough will take the matter up as soon as the daybed for the marriage is made known. Prince Francis of Teck left London on Mon- day evening for Dublin. The Duke of Westminster has promised the Marchioness of Londonderry the use of Gros- venor House for the St. Patrick's Day sale of the Irish Industries Association in March next. The Duke of Westminster, Colonel and Mrs. and Miss Cornwallis-West, Lady Lettice Gros- venor and Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, arrived on Monday evening at Saighton Towers. On Thursday Colonel Cornwallis-West and Sir Watkin left, as did also Major Frewen and Major Corbett, after a brief stay at Saighton. The Duke of Westminster has consented to be President of the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl, in succession to the late Duke, who was the chief supporter of that institution, and who gave about R16,000 to the new buildings now in course of erection. Ladies who hunt with the Belvoir Hounds have made presentations to Sir Gilbert and Lady Greenall to celebrate their recent marriage. To Lady Greenall they gave a jewelled brooch, and to Sir Gilbert a silver jug and stand. The Secretary of the Cheshire County Liberal Unionist Association, Mr. J. H. Cooke, of Wins- ford, has received a letter from the Duke of Westminster stating that he will accept the post of President of the Association. He adds that his military duties and other engagements will prevent his being present at the Associa- tion's annual meeting this month, but he hopes to preside in future years. The secretary of the Chester Geneiaf-t-afir- mary begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following church collections:— Barrow Parish Church, E7 Is. 8d; Northgate- street Congregational Church, £5 8s.; Neston Church, JE4 7s. 4d.; also the receipt of a donation of £ 5 10s., being the nett proceeds of a football match played on Christmas Day at Ellesmere Port between the Ellesmere Port League Team and a team Kruger's De Wet's Running Team," attired in theatrical costume, per Mr. Thos. H. Whitby. HIeu SHERIFF'S DANCJi: The High Sherilf of the County (Mr. B. C. Roberts) and Mrs. Roberts, on Friday, gave an enjoyable ball at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester. The guests numbered 260. The ball-room was handsomely decorated, the ladies' costumes were extremely pretty, and altogether the scene was a striking one. Enchanting music was supplied by Herr Iff's band. A GIFT TO WINGI-OP.D.-SOMe time ago two new art rooms were added to the Verdin Technical School, Winsford, which was a gift to the town from the Verdin family, and cost £ 9,000. The new art rooms cost about 9700, and a cheque for this amount has been received by Mr. J. H. Cooke, secretary of the Winsford Science and Art Classes, successful application having been made to the Charity Commissioners to sanction this payment out of the capital moneys belonging to the Verdin trust fund. CLEARANCE SALB.-It will be seen from an announcement in another column that Messrs. Richard Jones, drapers and complete house furnishers, 50 and 56, Bridge-street, have arranged for a clearance sale, commencing to- day (Saturday). A catalogue of thirty pages ives particulars of this sale. and explains the bargains offered in all departments. 4 The firm anticipate the completion of their extensive new buildings in Eastgate-street by the end of February, and they contemplate purchasing an entirely new stock for the re-opening. TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT WINSFORD. On Monday night there was a large gathering of students and friends in the Verdin Technical School, Winsford, when the annual distribution of prizes and certificates was held, Lady Delamere performing the pleasing ceremony. During the past session there were 421 individual students on the register, being in proportion of about 39 to each 1,000 of the population. Of these, 212 were males and 209 females. The nett increase over the previous session was 11. Of the 343 who sat for the examination test 218 passed. CHESTER VOLUNTEER BALL.—The committee beg to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following donations in aid of the Ball Fund:—His Grace the Duke of Westminster, £ 10; General Adair, £ 1 Is.; Mrs. Adair, igl Is.; Mrs. Barnston, JE1; Mrs. Francis Barnston, il Mrs. F. H. Barker, Llyndir, El Is.; Mrs. S. G. Churton, 91 Is.; Mrs. Courtenay, 21 Is.; Mrs. T. H. Dixon, 21 la. Mrs. W. A. Dickson, 91 le. Lady Grey-Egerton, El Is.; Miss Elliott, £ 1 Is.; Mrs. Gibbons Frost, 91 Is.; Mrs. J. M. Frost, JE1 Is.; Mrs. C. E. Forestier-Walker, £ 1 Is.; Mrs. J. Percival Gamon, £ 1 Is.; Miss iHumber- ston, £ 2 2s.; Mrs. C. E. Hope, £1 la.; Mrs. Hamilton, 91 Is.; Mrs. Kirkpatrick, R.1 Is. j Mrs. Kay, El Is.; Mrs. Kendall, £ 1 Is.; Judge Sir Horatio Lloyd, -il le.; Mra. E. Honoratus Lloyd, 91 Is.; Mrs. Wilford N. Lloyd, 91 la.; Mrs. Meredith, 91 Is.; The Hon. Mrs. Cecil Parker, 91 Is.; Mrs. Park-Yates, 92; Mrs. Potts, Nicholas-street, 10s. 6d.; Mrs. B. C. Roberts, £1 Is.; Mrs. A. O. Reade, Sl le.; Mrs. Roberts, Kingslee, Farndon, JE1; Mrs. John Rogers, Zl Is.; Mrs. W. Rogers, £ 1 Is.: Mrs. Lyle Smyth, il la.; Mrs. E. B. Swetenham, Rl; Mrs. Sydney Schiff, £1 la.; The Hon. Mrs. Mrs, Trelawuy, El Mrs. Threlfall, Rl Is.; Mrs. Welsford, 10s. 6d. Mrs. Whitlock, 10s. THE CESTRIAN HOTEL.-At the City Police Court, on Wednesday morning, Mr. Woollis- crof t, formerly licensee of the Hop-pole Hotel, Foregate-street, was granted temporary authority to sell at the Cestrian Hotel, City- road, on the application of Mr. Frank Turner. CHRISTMAS EXCESS.—A young man named Jona Roberts, of Chester, who had previously been convicted, was fined 10s. and costs, with the alternative of suffering seven days' imprison- ment, at the City Police Court on Thursday morning, for having been drunk and disorderly in Bridge-street on Christmas Eve. MR. FREDERIC VILLIBRs.-We desire to draw our readers' attention to the fact that Mr. Frederic Villiers, the famous artist and war correspondent, will deliver a lecture entitled Kruger and Khnki" in the Music Hall on Friday, thA 18th inst. A great treat is in store for those who attend the lecture, for it will be liiustrated by 200 limelight views taken during the actual fighting in South Africa, and not previously published. NEW YEAR'S DINNBR-The usual New Year's dinner to poor children was given in the Church of Christ, the Northgate, on Wednesday, under the auspices of the Christian Endeavour Society and friends. A large band of enthusi- astic workers had their resources taxed to the uttermost to satisfy the 650 children present. The pastor (Mr. Collins) gave an object lesson and address on Habits," which was very attentively listened to. Good order was main- tained, and on leaving each child was presented with an orange. All seemed to appreciate the kindness. CHESHIRE MEDICAL OFFICER RESIGNS. — Dr. Moreton, one of the oldest medical officers in Cheshire, brother of Dr. Moreton, of Tarvin and Kelsall, has tendered his resignation to the Northwich Board of Guardians as district medical officer, public vaccinator, and medical officer to the Workhouse. The medical gentle- man, who has occupied the positions for the lengthy period of forty-one years, gives as his reason for resigning failing health. He is well-known throughout Cheshire, being an ex-Volunteer officer and a prominent follower of the Cheshire Hounds. CHARGE AGAINST A YouTH.At Mr. W. H. Churton's office on Wednesday morning, a youth named Archibald Shropshire, whose home is in Fosbrook-streot, was charged before Mr. J. Pover with having been found on enclosed premises at Chester Castle for an unlawful pur- pose at 9.55 p.m. on Tuesday.—Sergeant Thomas Brookfield saw Shropshire climbing up a wall to the Orderly-room at Chester Barracks, and suspecting that he meant to do something wrong, he {questioned and afterwards reported him. Four other boys were about at the time, but he was unable to capture them. He knew their names, however, and they would also be summoned. A great many complaints had been received about things missing from the Barracks, and Colonel Sheringham wished to put a stop to the thefts which had evidently been committed.—Prisoner, was remanded till to-day (Saturday). VVJRRAL FKVJCR HOSPITAL.-A special meet- ing of the Wirral Joint Fever Hospital Board was held at the hospital at Clatterbridge, on Wednesday afternoon to adopt the plans for proposed extensions to the institution, and to inquire into charges made against the staff by a man named Tinsley, of New Ferry, a former inmate. Plans, prepared by Mr. C. O. Francis, architect, of Liverpool, were passed for the erection of a new scarlet fever block, to accommodate 18 patients, an extension to the laundry so as to provide a new steam disinfector, more stabling premises, with room for two ambulances instead of one, as at present, and extension to the administra- tive buildings necessitated by the increased staff. With regard to the charges brought against the staff, which were of negligence and unnecessary severity, the Board received a letter from one of the persons concerned and heard the evidenee of another, a girl of ten, named Mort, while Tinsley wrote saying that he would rather not appear before the Board, as the circumstances had now passed from his memory, which statement was received with considerable laughter. The Board found that the charges were not proven, and deprecated the making of such irresponsible statements; indeed, some members were inclined to support a proposal that action should be taken against the man, but the matter was not pressed. DEATH or MR. T. NORBURy.-The death occurred, under painfully sudden circum- stances, on Monday night, of Mr. Thomas Norbury, of Northgate House, Upper.Northgate- street. The deceased gentleman, who was apparently in his usual health until Monday, when he took his accustomed walk, was seized with an apoplectic fit in the afternoon. He received prompt. medical attention by Dr. Taylor, but succumbed about 11 o'clock that night. Mr. Norbury, who was about 60 years of age, was widely known in the city despite the fact that he took prac- tically no part in public life. His genial dis- position won him popularity among a large circle of friends. For many years he held the proprietorship of one of the principal restaurants in the city, but retired from business some years ago. The deceased twice sought a seat on the Town Council for St. John's Ward, but both his contests were unsuccessful. He was a widower, and leaves a grown-up family. Amid manifestations of deep regret at the loss of so respected a citizen, the remains of the late Mr. Norbury were interred at Chester Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. The first part of the service was held at St. John's Church, where the Rev. Canon S. Cooper Scott officiated, and afterwards the remaining portion of the burial rites was performed at the Cemetery. Among those who attended the funeral were :-Mr. Thomas Lloyd and Mrs. Lloyd, Mr. Isaac Williams and Mrs. Williams, Mr. A. S. Dutton and Mrs. Dutton, Mrs. Wm. Norbury and Miss Norbury, Mrs. Norbury and Mr. J. Norbury, all of whom were relatives of the deceased and Messrs. A. W. Jones, Edgar Dutton (Sheriff of Chester), J. Appleton, J. Clarke (Aldford), J. Roberts, and D. Arnold. Beautiful wreaths were sent by sorrowing relatives and friends.} imessrs. E. Dutton and Sons carried out the funeral arrangements. GROSVENOR PARK BAPTIST CHURCH.—The annual New Year's tea meeting was held on Wednesday. There was a large gathering of members and friends, whe enjoyed the sub- stantial tea attractively laid on flower decked tables in the schoolroom, which had been taste- fully decorated by the ladies of the church. In the evening a public meeting was held in the church, under the presidency of Mr. Morton Browne. The first part of the programme was as follows :-Song, Master Coleshill Jones; Psalm of Life" (Eisteddfod competition piece), Brython Male Voice Choir song, The Better Life," Miss Ellis; "By Babylon's Wave" (Eisteddfod competition piece), the Choir (second prize winners) The Crusaders," Brython Male Voice Choir; Crossing the Bar," the Choir. The second part of the pro- gramme took the form of a presentation of an illuminated address and a cheque to the Rev. J. Brown Morgan upon his resignation of the pastorate, after a successful ministry of over eleven years. The unanimous appreciation of Mr. Morgan's work by the church and con- gregation and their deep regret at his removal were expressed on behalf of the church and the various connected organisations by the chair- man and Messrs. Henry Dodd, W. W. Dodd, T. F. Weaving, Alfred Hayes, and E. Noel Humphreys. Mr. Morgan feelingly rosponded. It will bo seen from our advertising columns that the Rev. J. Brown Morgan preaches his farewell sermons on Sunday. Mr. Morgan is a member of the Chester Board of Guardians, an ex-President of the Christian Endeavour National Union. He goes to Hullfield Baptist Church, Bradford. CINDERELLA AT THE ROTALTT.—The panto- mime of Cinderella is nightly gaining golden opinions at Chester Royalty Theatre. The familiar story of how, with fairy assistance, the drudge of the family triumphs over her domineering sisters and rises to the position of a princess has been presented by Mr. Stanley Rogers with much freshness, and with the aid of captivating music, artistic scenery, and really handsome costumes, the piece goes with a splendid swing. Miss Maud Boyd, who is a favourite with patrons of Manchester and Liverpool pantomimes, vivaciously takes the part of the Prince, and a feature of the perform- ance is her delightful singing of "When the boys come home again" and Smoke, Smoke, Smoke." Miss Jessie Barlee makes a charming Cinderella. She possesses a voice of much sweetness, which is heard to advantage in her song Cuckoo." Miss Peggy Lennie, who comes to Chester with excellent credentials from Gentleman Joe," spiritedly impersonates the Prince's valet, and Mr. Leo Sterling as the Baron is a source of much amusement. Special mention should be made of his clever perform- ance on the bugle, cornet, &c. Mr. Frank Dunlop and Mr. W. H. Moore are irresistibly droll in the characters of the two sisters, and when they are on the stage the fun is fast and furious. Some capital business" is contributed by Mr. Phil Smith, in the rdle of the page, and perhaps one of the best items in the pantomime is his Song About the War." The clever acrobatic work and the amusing gag of Messrs. Bishop and Vale (the Prince's servants) at once make ) them warm favourites with the occupants of the popular parts of the house; and among the others deserving of praise is Miss Minnie Duncan, who contributes a capital dance. The ballet is strongly represented, and Mr. John Tiller's primrose quartette acquit themselves creditably in the terpsichorean art; while an extremely pretty and effective dance, given by eight little girls, is a great success.



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