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LOCAL NEWS. I The Earl of Crewe and Mr. George Wynd- ham, M.P., were present, on Thursday, at the funeral of Lord Leconfield. Mr. George Wyndham, M.P., has accepted an invitation to the annual dinner of the London District of the Institute of Journalists, on Saturday, Feb. 23rd. The appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Binning, son of the Earl of Haddington, to be her Majesty's Lieutenant of the County of Berwick, in the room of the Earl of Lauderdale, resigned, is gazetted. A meeting of farmers held on Wednesday night in Warrington decided to join the Cheshire Milk Producers' Association, with the view of obtaining by corporate action a better price for their milk. Two new mural brasses have just been placed in position in Aldford parish church, one in memory of the late Duke of Westminster, and the other in memory of one of the sons of the late Rector (Canon Turner). Mr. R. Hugh Royds Brocklebank, who was gazetted on Saturday to the 9th Lancers, is the son of Mr. Thomas Brocklebank, of The Roscote, Heswall. His elder brother is flag-lieutenant to Admiral Sir W. Kennedy, K.C.B., Commander- in-Chief at the Nore. Mr. John E. Haswell,*corn merchant, of this city, in reply to a letter of congratulation, has had the honour to receive from President McKinley a cabinet-size photo and autograph, together with a note of thanks from the Executive Mansion, Washington. The village of Bromborough was en fete on Wednesday on the occasion of the marriage of Miss Ethel Johnston, second daughter of Mr. Wm. Johnston, Liverpool shipowner, of Woodslee, Bromborough, with Professor Rupert W. Boyce, M.B., of University College, Liver- pool. The estate of the Countess of Mexborough, daughter of Sir Rowland Stanley Errington, of Hooton, eleventh baronet, has been valued at X19,981 nett. Her ladyship bequeathed to the Duchess of York her miniature brooch set with diamonds, containing a portrait of King William IV., given by him to her grandmother, Lady Stanley of Hooton. CHESTER RACES.—The Stamford Two-year-old Plate has closed with 40 entries, and the Bad- minton Two-year-old Plate with 38 entries. The Duke of Westminster has one entry in each race. APPOINTMENT FOR CAPTAIN CONGREVE.—It was stated in Tuesday night's Gazette that Capt. W. N. Congreve, V.C., the Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own), has been appointed a deputy -assistant adjutant-general at head- quarters. INFIRMARY BALL.—The right Worshipful the Mayor of Chester begs to acknowledge with thanks the following additional donations to the ball fund:—Her Serene Highness the Duchess of Teck, S2 2s.; Mrs. C. J. Stuart, 13, Stanley-plaee, j61 Is. THE INDIAN FAMINE RELIEF FUND.—Mr- Reginald Potts, hon. secretary to the county of Chester Indian Famine Fund, which is now closed, has issued the balance-sheet. The amount of subscriptions was X3,371 7s. 4d., and adding JE2 9a. Id. bank interest the total was X3,373 16s. 5d. The expenses amounted to iE24 11s. lid., and the balance, £ 3,349 4s. 6d., has been remitted tothe Lord Mayor in nine instalments. HOUSEHOLD DANCE AT SAIGIITON.-The annual household dance was held at Saighton Towers on Thursday evening. The Duke of Westminster, who was present together with Lady Lettice Grosvenor, led off the first dance with the housekeeper. The company numbered 100, and included the household staff, a few tenants and residents in the neighbourhood. The Duke and Lady Lettice left about midnight, and dancing was spiritedly carried on to the music of Mr. Alfred Jones's String Band (Chester), till an early hour in the morning. IN MEMORIAM.-A. tablet has been erected in the Parish Church, Mold, in memory of Lieut. Francis Howard Raikes (a grandson of the late Right Hon. H. Cecil Raikes), who was killed in action at Ladysmith onj the 6th of January, 1900. The tablet, whick is surmounted by a laurel wreath, bears the following inscrip- tion :—" In memory of Francis Howard Raikes, lieutenant, 2nd Battalion K.R.R., who fell in action at Ladysmith, South Africa, on the 6th January, 1900, aged 20, only son of F. W. Raikes, Q.C., L.L.D., and grandson of Henry Raikes, of Llwynegrin. Resurgam, Celer et Audax." DEATH OF MR. WALTER FOUNTAIN.—Our obituary notices include, we regret to state, the announcement of the death of Mr. Walter Fountain, youngest son of Major Fountain (late Royal Artillery), of Southcote, Flookers- brook, Quartermaster of the 1st Cheshire and Carnarvonshire Volunteer Artillery. Mr. Fountain, who had attained the position of second officer in the service of the British India Company, died of dysentery at Calcutta on the 13th December, at the early age of 24. Major Fountain's second son, who has been invalided home from Krugersdorp, is due to reach London this week. The Bank of Liverpool limited has declared the usual interim dividend of 12/6 per share for the half-year, equal to ten per cent. per annum. Mr. Harmood Banner was on Friday elected chairman of the Liverpool Finance Committee, in succession to Sir Thomas Hughes. The Duke of Westminster and Lady Lettice Grosvenor are at Saighton Towers. Mrs. Cornwallis-West and Miss Shelagh Cornwallis- West left Saighton Towers for London on Monday. The engagement is announced of Mr. Harry Pollitt, son of Colonel Sir William Pollitt, V.D., and Lady Pollitt, of Bowdon, to Miss Mabel Alves, only daughter of Mr. John Alves, of Melbourne, Australia. Miss Gwendoline Verdin, only daughter of Mr. W. H. Verdin, made her debut at a brilliant ball given at Darnhall Hall, on Friday evening. Several other county families took advantage of the opportunity to bring out their daughters. The fixture of the North Cheshire had been made at Darnhall for Saturday morning in conjunction with the event. His Honour Judge Bowen Rowlands, as Recorder of Swansea, opened the Quarter Sessions for that borough on Saturday, and was congratulated by the Foreman of the Grand Jury, the Bar, and the Clerk of the Peace on his appointment as a County Court Judge. It is now generally understood that General Pole-Carew, whose engagement to Lady Beatrice Butler has just been announced, will be the first military commandant of the Federal forces of the Australian Commonwealth. General Pole- Carew has the advantage of knowing Australia, and his appointment would be popular. A YOUTHFUL ORGANIST.—Master A. G. Howick, pupil of Mr. T. Pate, organist of Trinity Church, Chester, has been appointed organist of Pulford Church. DUKE OF WESTMINSTER'S WEDDING.—We are authoritatively informed that the marriage arranged between the Duke of Westminster and Miss Shelagh Gornwallis-West will take place at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge, London, on Thursday, the 14th February. A GRATIFYING ANNOUNCEMENT.—During the course of his sermon on Sunday morning, the Vicar of St. Oswald's (the Rev. E. C. Lowndes) announced that the amount contributed by the parish to foreign missions during 1900 was larger than in any previous year, and the sum collected in missionary boxes was more than double. Increased subscriptions, the preacher said, meant increased interest in missionary work. MR. FREDERIC VILLTERs.-Our readers are reminded that Mr. Frederic Villiers, the famous artist and war correspondent, will deliver a lecture entiteled "Kruer and Khaki" in the I Music Hall on Friday, the 18th inst. A great treat is in store for those who attend the lecture, for it will be illustrated by 200 limelight views taken during the actual fighting in South Africa, and not previously published. RENT REMISSION AT HALKYN.—The half- yearly rent audit of the Duke of West- minster's Halkyn Castle estate was held on Monday, at the office at Halkyn, when the rents were received by Mr. H. Lester Smith, the agent. His Grace made a return of 5 per cent. to his agricultural tenantry. Mr. Lester Smith, acting on behalf of the Duke, has just made large distributions of coal and flannel to the widows of lead miners resident upon the estate. CHESTER VOLUNTEER BALL.—The committee beg to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following additional donations in aid of the Ball Fund :—Mrs. W. Welsby, El Is.; A Friend to the Cause, Si Is.; Mrs. Bonnalie, JE1 Is.; Mrs. Charles Gamon, £1 Is.; Mrs. Johnson Dickson. J61 Is.; Mrs. Townsend Ince, X2; Mrs. Wood, Bodlondeb, Conway, £ 1 Is. WELL-KNOWN HYMN TRANSLATED.—Among the invited guests at the reception given last week by the Faculty of Arts, University College, and other Liverpool learned societies to the Modern Language Association, was Mr. G. H. Evans, solicitor, of Chester, who has just completed a Latin translation of the well-known hymn 0 God, our help in ages past," in com- memoration of the close of the nineteenth and the dawn of the twentieth century. ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS.—The Bishop of Chester on Thursday made the following appointments:—The Rev. S. P. Gray, L.Th., A.K.C.L., collated to the beneflc of St. Mark's, Bredbury, near Stockport. Assistant curacies The Rev. J. H. Cbell, M.A., to Bidston, near Birkenhead; the Rev. E. M. Ellis, M.A., to Bowdon the Rev. A. O. Newnham to St. John's, Altrincham; the Rev. W. H. Warlow to St. Peter's, Stockport; and the Rev. Joseph H. Toogood, M.A., chaplain at Arley Hall, was licensed to officiate in the diocese. WINTER'S ADVENT: DEATH FROM EXPOSURE. -At the end of last and at the beginning of this week we had our first experience of wintry weather. There was a severe frost, and, had it continued, skating would soon have been possible. On Monday evening Mr. Siddall's thermometer registered seven degrees of frost. Snow fell on Tuesday. A thaw set in on Wed- nesday night, and by Thursday the snow had entirely disappeared. A labourer named Thos. Sumner was found dead in an outbuilding at Carden on Sunday afternoon, by P.C.Ward. Mr. J. C. Bate (county coroner) held an inquest on the body on Tuesday, when the jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes." DEATH OF A CHESTER BAND-SERGEANT.— Regret will be caused in local Volunteer circles by the death, which took place rather suddenly on Friday morning, of Band-Sergeant John Tinkler, who belonged to the 2nd Volunteer Bat- talion of the Cheshire Regiment. Deceased had been a member of this regiment for nearly twenty- one years, and he was just on the point of receiving the long service medal. He died at the comparatively early age of 35 years, and he was well liked and esteemed in the city. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, and was of a military character. All the members of the regimental band, and some fellow-workmen with whom deceased was intimately associated, attended to shew their respect. The cortege left the late sergeant's residence in Henshall-street shortly after two o'clock, and proceeded slowly to Trinity Church, the band impressively playing the "Dead March." At the church the Rev. L. M. Farrall conducted the first portion of the service, and he also officiated at the graveside in the Cemetery. THE GROWTH OF ST. OSWALD'S PARISH.— In the current number of the "St. Oswald's Parish Magazine" some interesting facts and figures are given by the Vicar shewing the growth of the parish during the century just closed-changes greater, probably, than in any other parish in Chester. It would hardly be an exaggeration (the writer says) to state that the present parish has come into existence since 1801. None of the parochial buildings were in existence a hundred years ago, but the South Transept of the Cathedral-now happily being restored-was the parish church of St. Oswald, and continued so until 1882. On January 2nd, 1812. the Diocesan School Institution was established, and one of its first works was the erection of the Diocesan School in George- street. The figures of the census of 1811 throw an interesting light on the changes that have occurred. At that time there were 717 houses in the parish of St. Oswald, occupied by 759 families 17 houses were uninhabited, and none was being built. One hundred and fifty-one families were employed in agriculture, 587 in handicraft or manufactures, and 21 in other callings. The total population was 3,416. But these figures by themselves would be mislead- ing, as the parish then included the greater part of what is now Christ Church Parish, a considerable portion of the present St. Peter's, and a small slice of Upton Parish. The first great change was the building of Christ Church soon after the middle of the century, and the attaching to the new parish of the Newtown portion of St. Oswald's, and the land on the east side of the Liverpool-road. Then building began in the direction of Liverpool-road, Park- gate-road, and Garden-lane, and the last thirty years have seen the building of St. Thomas' Church, its enlargement, and its constitution as the parish church; the attaching of the part of the parish within the walls of St. Peter's, and of Crabwall to Upton; the building of the vicarage and the parish room; the building and enlarg- ing three times of St. Thomas' Schools; the erection of the old iron church, and its replacing by the Mission Church of the Good Shepherd. It is surely worth while, the Vicar says, to pause and note them thankfully, that we may set out with good hope upon the new century. THE TOWNSHEND TONTINE SICK AND BURIAL SOCIETY.-The annual dinner of this society was held on Tuesday evening at the City Arms Hotel, Frodsham-street. The society, both so far as finances and members are concerned, still continues to flourish. Mr. J. Hill Jones presided, and was supported by Messrs. Thomas Onslow and Thomas Harrison, trustees Henry Vernon, treasurer; Samuel Barnes, delegate to the Medical Association; John Strange and William Williams, members of the committee; and a good muster of members. Mr. Herbert Clum occupied the vice-chair.—The Chairman proposed The Qaeen," Prince and Princess of Wales," and The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," the latter of which was responded to by Hon. Bugle-Major D. Walker.—Mr. Walker proposed The Townshend Tontine Society. The Secretary, acknowledging the toast, thanked the proposer and company for the kind manner the society and its officers had been mentioned, and said he had been secretary for 21 years. In 1879, the total number of members was 37, and £ 65 19s. 8d. was paid out in sick pay, a dividend of £ 1 18s. 3d." being declared. The membership had increased last year to 182 members, and they bad paid in sick payEl07 17s. 6d. and £ 41 in funeral money, and had divided JE356 18s. 4d., declaring a dividend of E2 Os. 4d. During that 21 years they had paid M70 ls. sick pay, E224 5s. funeral money, JE30 wives' funerals, and in dividends 94,899 14s. 8d., being an average of JB2 Ss., while after 21 years' work there was a reserve of E156 19s. 8d. The society had been rather unfortunate during the last year in losing four members, one an old and respected trustee, who took a great interest in the society's affairs; another killed in South Africa; one drowned in the Dee; and the youngest member a week before Christmas. Mr. J. H. Jones submitted the toast of The Officers," to which Mr. H. Vernon replied.—The toast of "The Chairman," proposed by Mr. Thomas Onslow, was drunk with musical honours, and was suitably replied to.—Mr. Thomas Harrison, in proposing "The Vice- Chairman," said he thought the society was in a very prosperous condition, and was much indebted to the officers appointed.—" The Medical Officer," and The Host and Hostess," were also duly honoured.—Capital songs were rendered during the evening by Messrs. E Thomas, Thomas Onslow, W. Shelly, H', Thompson, J. Killick, and violin solos by Mr' H. Newns. Mr. Williams presided at the piano: DIOCESE OF CHESTER.—The Bishop of Chester will hold his next ordination on the 2nd June, being Trinity Sunday. Candidates for ordination should com- municate with the Rev. Canon Maitland Wood, The Vicarage, Runcorn, Cheshire, examining chaplain to the Bishop. The examination will commence on Tuesday, the 30th April next, and the papers of accepted can- didates must be sent in to the Bishop's secretaries, Messrs. Gamon, Farmer, and Co. Cathedral Chambers, Chester, on or before the 30th April next. DEATH OF A DENBIGHSHIRE MAGISTRATE.— The death took place at Pentre Bychan Hall, near Wrexham, on Monday of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Warter Meredith, late of the 41st and 45th Regiments, of Pentre Bychan and Oak Lawn, Upper Norwood. He was in his 76th year. His military service included service in the Crimean War. He took considerable interest in public affairs in the county of Denbigh. He had served the office of High Sheriff, and was a justice of the peace for the county, and frequently sat as a magistrate at the County Hall, Wrexham, and Ruabon. On his return from the Crimea he was presented with a public testimonial. MR. TENNYSON SMITH'S FAREWELL NIGHT.- Considerable curiosity has been aroused in the Trial of Alcohol," which is to take place in the Lecture Hall, Saltney, on Monday next, and the interest in it is considerably enchanced by the fact that Mr. F. Horatio Lloyd has undertaken to defend the prisoner, Alcohol. Rev. T. P. Dimond Hogg will officiate as Judge, and a jury of twelve well-known local gentlemen has been empanelled to try the prisoner, Alcohol, on charges of robbery and murder. Mr. Tennyson Smith will, no doubt, make out a strong case against the prisoner, but it is by no means certain that he will get the verdict, as that depends upon the view the jury may take as to whether the ease has been shattered by the counsil for the defence. An assurance has been given that the jury will not be packed with teetotallers, so that the prisoner may have a perfectly fair trial. This is the farewell and special night of Mr. Tennyson Smith's series of meetings, and as the hall has been packed night after night a good audience is expected. GENERAL BULLER AT CREWE.-Sir Redvers Buller and Lady Buller, who have been staying with the Earl and Countess of Crewe at Crewe Hall, drove into Crewe on Thursday morn- ing. and paid a visit to the great works of the London and North-Western Railway Company, which gives employment to over 7,000 artizans. The Earl and Countess of Crewe were among the party. They were received at the general offices and conducted over the works. General Buller and party, after visiting the works, pro- ceeded to Crewe Station in a special train pro- vided by the company's engineer. They then alighted and visited the new electric works of the railway company. This is a new department, and is supplied with the finest electric plant in the country. On leaving and returning to Crewe Hall they were enthusiastically cheered by great crowds. Sir Redvers Buller joined in a shoot on Friday over the extensive Crewe estates. There was a distinguished party present. The weather, however, was exceedingly foggy, and interfered with good sport. On Sunday Sir Redvers and Lady Buller attended Crewe-green Church, where there was a very large attendance. They left Crewe Hall on Monday morning, and were driven to Crewe Station. There was a great crowd, and the gallant officer, who left by the 10.51 express for Euston. was warmly cheered. HANDBRIDGE MEN'S INSTITUTE.—The annual dinner in connection with the Institute took place at the Red Lion Hotel, on Tuesday evening, when there was a large gathering of members. The Rev. Prebendary Bellamy occu- pied the chair, and letters of apology tor non- attendance were read from the President (the Rev. H. Grantham), who was unfortunately obliged to go out ot town, and Messrs. G. J. Johnston, J. E. Newman, and E. Lloyd. The following toast list was gone through:—"The Queen," proposed by the Chairman; The President and Vice-presidents," proposed by Mr. T. L. Edwards and responded to by Mr. H. B. Dutton; The Librarian and Cricket Secretary" (Messrs. T. W. Rogers and G. E. Taylor), proposed by Mr. H. B. Dutton The General and Financial Secretaries (Messrs. R. Atherton and J. Speakman), proposed by the Rev. G. M. V. fiickey fisuccess to the Institute," proposed by the Chairman, -and responded to by Mr. Egerton Gilbert; The Ladies," proposed by Mr. R. J. Williams, and responded t J by Mr. A. E. Blake; The Chair- man," proposed by Mr. W. E. Linaop, and "The Host," proposed by Mr. Francis. The evening's proceedings were much enlivened by songs from Messrs. O. Humphreys, J. and B. Dryland, H. J. Thomas, A. Jarvis, and Adams; and speeches were made by the Rev. Ormsby Van- deleur, and Mr. George Parker. During the evening the General Secretary (Mr. R. Ather- ton) spoke of the excellent state in which the Institute stood at the present time, the membership having much increased; and Mr. Speakman (financial secretary) also gave a satisfactory account of the finances. After the singing of "Comrades in Arms" and the National Anthem the proceedings closed, every- body exclaiming that a very enjoyable evening had been spent. GAME TRESPASS AT HANDBRIDGE.—At the City Police Court on Monday morning, before the, Mayor (Alderman H. T. Brown), and other magistrates, a bricksetter named Albert Willcocks, residing at Handbridge, was charged with trespassing on land belonging to the Duke of Westminster in pursuit of game.- Mr. W. H. Churton appeared for the prosecu- tion.—Robert Youd, a gamekeeper in the employment of the Duke, said he was on duty at liandbridge about four o'clock in the after- noon of Christmas Day, when he saw defendant walking about Dickson's Nurseries, with two companions. Willcocks carried a gun, and was also accompanied by a dog. Atter staying around the nurseries for a short time defendant crossed over into a field belonging to a Mr. Strange, and "worked" one of the fences. Then he went in another field occupied by Mrs. Dunning, and afterwards worked a fence in the field of Mr. Walter Edwards. When Willcocks noticed that witness was watch- ing him he pulled the gun to pieces and placed it in one of his coat pockets. W itness questioned defendant, who said that Mrs. Dunning had given him permission to shoot over her land, but witness reminded him that he was on Mr. Edwards's field, which was owned by the Duke of Westminster. In answer to further questions defendant acknowledged that both barrels of the gun were loaded, but argued that he had trespassed on the land for the purpose of shoot- ing birds, and was not in pursuit of game. Witness subsequently heard that the statement made by Willcocks with reference to having permission to shoot over Mrs. Dunninll's land was absolutely false. There had been several complaints previously about defendant trespass- ing on land in the locality of Handbridge.— Willcocks denied that he went on the land referred to for an unlawful purpose on this par- ticular occasion.—He was fined 20s. and costs, or 14 days' imprisonment. THE CENTURY'S PROGRESS. The Great Boughton Social and Mutual Improvement Society held their first meeting of the New Year on Friday evening in the Christleton- road School. Mr. Norman Jones gave the pre- sidential address on Progress and its exempli- fication in the 19th Century." He dealt with his subject in an interesting and comprehen- sive manner, shewing what gigantic strides had been made in all departments of social and political life, the arts and sciences, in mechanical and other inventions and discoveries. Com- mencing with the political world the lecturer gave briefly the names and principal work of the Prime Ministers of the last century. Some of the great measures that have passed into law were quoted, such as the People's Charter, the great Reform Acts, Catholic Emancipation, &e. The great boon of free trade was also touched upon. In the wider field of European politics it was pointed out that Greece had struggled through untold trials to freedom. The liberation of the serfs in Russia and Austria had been accomplished during the last century, a most humane and gigantic undertaking. The life and work of Garibaldi, the Italian patriot, was quoted. He pointed out that improved methods of communication had brought man nearer to man; that the penny postage intro- duced by Rowland Hill was the forerunner of the means of social intercourse; and that education had made mighty strides, for whereas at the opening of the century the total annual sum .spent in this direction was 910,000, now we were spending on an average not less than E2 lOa. per head per annum. Mr. Jones reminded his hearers of the influence of great thinkers and workers in the march of progress, honouring such men as Livingstone, Ruskin, Shaftesbury, Kingsley, &c. The progress in the sciences was instanced by the inventions useful in the arts of peace as opposed to the arts of war, as for example the phosphorus match, the electric light, the locomotive, the sewing machine, &c. In the medical world discovery had followed discovery, and he men- tioned the discovery of vaccination and of the germ theory, the rapid strides in anaesthetics and antiseptics, &c. The world of writers was instanced by such master minds as Macaulay, Carlyle, and Goethe. L liC og-. names as Byron, Scott, hjm-ta d Br ing, Morris, Swinburne, anc Tens/son, repre- sented a glorious centu. y pot-al ire; c- tion. Among other rca: th s era I philosophers such names Johnson. HEini Ward Beecher, Oliver Wena?ll Holm. and Tolstoi stood out prominentl. ence to the great musicians &.D(1 painters oi T e century, the lecturer brought his remarks c • a close. A vote of thanks r^roposevi by fro John Morris, and sec. nded v jslr. w ier Brown.



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