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THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR. BOERS' BOLD MOVE. I FIVE GARRISONS ATTACKED. I SHARP FIGHTING. I MARCHING ON WORCESTER. I Particulars of a Boer scheme to capture the Delagoa Railway are telegraphed by Lord Kitchener. The Boers, under cover of fog, made five attacks at the same time upon five British garrisons guarding the line from Pan in the west to Nooitgedacht in the east-a distance of 70 miles. The enemy were driven off, our losses being 21 killed and 59 wounded. The Boer loss was heavy, 24 dead being counted. General Paget's column has fought an action in the Magaliesberg district, the result of which is not yet known. An attempt to capture a convoy intended for General Gordon's Brigade failed, eleven being killed. A fight is also reported near Johannesburg, the Boers having been driven off with loss. In Cape Colony a party of Brabant's Horse fell into an ambush near Richmond. They were afterwards released. The western invaders are reported to be ad- vancing south in two columns-one on Clan- william and the other on Worcester, the meeting- place of the recent Afrikander conference. When last heard of the Cheshire Imperial Yeomanry were at Worcester.
CHESTER CONSTABLE DANGER- OUSLY ILL. The list of casualties issued by the War Office on Tuesday stated that Private J. Cuthbert, of the 1st Royal Dragoons, was dangerously ill on the 5th inst., suffering from enteric fever at Newcastle. Cuthbert is one of the members of the Chester city police force, and as a Reserve rejoined his regiment. He holds the rank of corporal, and not of private as stated in the list.
ARSENIC IN BBER.- The first of the cases against Manchester retailers for selling beer containing arsenie was heard at the local Police-court on Tuesday, the defendant being Elizabeth Goulding. The prosecution was instituted by the City Corpo- ration under the Food and Drugs Act, and the evidence shewed that the beer sold by Mrs. Goulding was found on analysis to contain one-eighth of a grain of arsenious acid to the gallon, a quantity sufficient to be very injurious to the consumer. For the defence it was pointed out that prior to November last no one had ever dreamt of looking for arsenical poison in beer, and that the defendant was perfectly innocent in the matter, she assuming that the Ibeer was pure. The Stipendiary Magistrate, in "view of the gravity of the case, reserved his decision, and a number of other summonses were adjourned for a fortnight.
DEATH OF MK. C. W. DUTTON. I We deeply regret to announce the death I which occurred at noon on Tuesday, at his residence at Guilden Sutton, of Mr. Charles William Dutton, corn factor, of this city. Mr. Dutton, who was in his 45th year, had been ailing about a fortnight, suffering from jaundice. He was attended by Dr. Parry, and some days ago Dr. Duff was called in consulta- tion. Despite the efforts of those gentlemen, however, he passed away. The sixth son of the late Mr. John Rowe Dutton, wine merchant, of this city, who resided at Saughall, the deceased was a member of the old Cheshire family of De Dutton. His genial disposition won him host of friends, and the courage and independence with which he always expressed his views gained him the admiration even of those who disagreed with him. He was well known and extremely popular among agriculturists in this part of the county, and for several years held the appoint- ment of hon. secretary to the Chester Farmers' Club, from which he only retired at the appoint- ment some months ago of Mr. A. P. Smith to the secretaryship. Mr. Dutton was an enthusiastic Oddfellow, and as hon. secretary to the Guilden Sutton Lodge of the Order he had been the means of raising it to a position of financial prosperity. For a number of years Mr. Dutton discharged the duties of churchwarden at Guilden Sutton Church, and he ever took a practical interest in parochial matters.. Almost one of his last acts of parochial service was in connection with a concert recently held at Guilden Sutton on behalf of the school fund. It is no exaggeration to say that his death will leave a blank in the parish that it will be almost impossible to fill. Mr. Dutton's career in public life was, though short, one of great usefulness. He three times contested seats on the Town Council, on one of those occasions being defeated. He was first elected in 1897 to fill the vacancy in St. John's Ward caused by the elevation of Mr. Williams to the aldermancy, his rival being Mr. J. W. Huke. His term of office expired last November, when he was re-elected, being second on the poll. Mr. Dutton leaves a widow and five children, whose ages range from three to sixteen years, and for whom the greatest sympathy is felt. The deceased also leaves two surviving brothers, Mr. Arthur Dutton, of London, and Mr. T. J. Dutton, The Beeches, Saltney, and two sisters, Miss Dutton and Mrs. James Storrar, junr.
CHESTER PAINTER AND THE WIDOW. SEQUEL TO A LLANDUDNO FRIENDSHIP. At Chester County Court, on Thursday, his Honour Sir Horatio Lloyd was occupied several hours in hearing an interpleader action, in which the claimant was William Henderson, painter, re- siding at 90, Tarvin-road, Chester, and formerly of Llandudno and Birmingham; the defendant Mary Booth, widow, of the same address, and the plaintiffs and execution creditors Messrs. Bartley and Co., of Llandudno. Mr. W. H. Chur- ton appeared for the claimant, and Mr. Chamber- lain (Llandudno) for the plaintiffs. It appeared that Mrs. Booth was the wife of a Birmingham silversmith. Two or three years ago her husband was taken ill, and it was deemed expedient that she should take a lodging-house at Llandudno, where he might join her if he recovered. He died, however, and Mrs. Booth, who had a daughter then about four years of age, continued at the lodging-house, Ormesdale, Craig-y-don- parade. Afterwards she removed to The Dales, Oxford-road, Llandudno, which she carried on as a lodging-house. Early last year Henderson, who then belonged to Birmingham, went to Llandudno to work as a painter, and with a partner of his named Bradley casually met on the promenade Mrs. Booth and a Mrs. Jeffreys. Henderson and his friend became visitors and eventually lodgers at The Dales. After many months had passed Mrs. Booth began to be pressed by her creditors, and she applied for an administration order at the Conway court, but as her liabilities exceeded JB50, the order could not be granted. Later she de- cided to give up the house. Messrs. Bartley put a man in possession for a debt which she owed them, when they were met by a claim from Henderson, the lodger. The sale proceeded by arrangement between the parties, and the money was paid into court pending the decision of this interpleader issue, the question practically which his Honour had to decide being whether, as a matter of fact, Henderson had bought a quantity of furniture from Mrs. Booth. The value of the furniture which he alleged he had purchased from her was between f40 and J650, and in his evidence in support of his claim he produced a number of receipts given to him by Mrs. Booth. He said that in June of last year he left Llandudno for Birmingham, as business was slack in the former place, but he said he still went down occasionally for the week-ends to enjoy the sea air. (Laugh- ter.) He returned to Llandudno for good again on August Bank Holiday, and again lodged with Mrs. Booth. When she said she was giving up house, he removed to Chester, and went to live at 90, Tarvin-road, to which address he consigned from Llandudno several articles of furniture which he had brought with him from Birmingham. Two days later Mrs. Booth came to Chester, and as she had no home to go to he took compassion on her and took her to live at his house until she found a situation, and she was there still. In cross-examination Henderson stated that he and his friend picked Mrs. Booth up walking up and down the promenade. He asked her where she lived, and as a result of that they visited her at her house. Mr. Chamberlain Did you have any entertain- ment when you got there?—Yes, we had food and drink and a tune on the piano. (Laughter.) Have you ever told anybody that Mrs. Booth was your wife?-No; I have said she was not my wife. Have you not repeatedly said to people who came to see the goods that she was your wife?- l No. Do you know that she has represented herself as your wife?-Not that I know of. Were you living as man and wife at Llandudno? —oio, never. Why did you bring her to Chester to stay with you ?-I told her she could come to Chester if she liked. What is she paying you per week?—She has got nothing to pay. I offered her a home. I put it to you whether you were not living with this woman at Llandudno, and are living with her now as man and wife?—No; certainly not. No improper re'ati°ns?—No improper relations. Although she a woman you knocked up A\ lutihough ishe is a woman you knocked up against by c h ance on Llan d u d no promenade?— May Booth, the defendant, then entered the box and corroborated Henderson in several particulars, adding that she had a partner in the lodging-house business at Llandudno in the person of Mrs. Jeffreys. They furnished the house jointly. That j was the first house she went to, and she had to leave it because the house was bought over her head. Mrs. Jeffreys was with her at the second I house, and Dales until June. Henderson came to live at her house a week before last Easter. Mr. Churton Is it true that vou ever had any improper relations with Honrloi-«nn? if f„u_: -A"LU' .I. CIo L(I,UIt- cation of untruths. (Laughter.) Mr. Chamberlain: Have you never represented yourself to Mr. Robert Roberts and others as being the wife of Mr. Henderson?-No. Have you never made that representation to anyone?—I may have said jocularly, "Did you hear of my getting married again?" and I kept it up as a joke. Where did you go for the honeymoon ?-1 have not been. (Laughter.) Where did you go at Whitsuntide last year on a bicycle?—To Birmingham. With whom?—With Mr. Henderson—(laughter) -but Mrs. Jeffreys was with us. And another gentleman?- Yes. (Laughter.) On bicycles?—Yes. You had only made his acquaintance in March, ond you bicycle out with him at Whitsuntide?- Yes, but Mr. Henderson is not the only one I have ridden out with. You swear upon your oath that to no creditor and to no one representing a creditor have you ever represented yourself as being married to Mr. Henderson ?-Never. That you will swear?-I'll swear. Have they invented it?—They have invented it, but it is nothing to what they have said against me at Llandudno, simply because they knew I had no protector. (Laughter.) When are you leaving Tarvin-road?— When I can get somewhere to go to; either to the union or anywhere else. You can go to the union from Tarvin-road at any time if you are destitute, you know?—I am, then. But you have no present intention of leaving rarvm-road .—I certainlv have. I can't live on I other people all my lifetime. 1 have my child to look after. In giving judgment Sir Horatio Lloyd said, with reference first of all to the claim to the goods which Henderson alleged he bought from Mrs. Booth, he found they amounted to J645 lis. 7d between the 24th March and 11th August. Claimant had stated that after paying all his ex- penses at Llandudno he might have had over out of his earnings £ 1 or 25s. a week. Taking him at his own ifgure, he could not have possibly had the money to pay for the furniture which he said he bought. Even by giving him credit for saving 25s. a week, plus £3 in his pocket when he reached Llandudno, the total came to a good deal less than he alleged to have paid Mrs. Booth. That was one element in the case, but there were a great many others. He (the Judge) had come to the conclusion that the so-called title of this man to these goods was an absolutely fictitious one. He did not believe he had boue-ht a shilling's worth, and his (the Judge's) own opinion was that the receipts which had been produced were prepared between Henderson and Mrs. Booth as a fraud. That was his deliberate opinion, and he said distinctly as to those goods he found for the execution creditors (Messrs. Bartley); as to other articles of furniture he was not at liberty to dis- believe Henderson, for very likely when he came to Chester he did buy a few little odds aild ends for furnishing, but what he claimed as having bought from Mrs. Booth he (Sir Horatio) dis- allowed. Therefore as claimant succeeded as to some articles and failed as to others, the fairest way would be for each party to pay their own costs, but under all the circumstances he should direct that the claimant Henderson should pay the hearing fee and the possession money. Mr. Chamberlain I take it the money in court belonging to the claimant will be used for that purpose? Mr. Churton says we shall see as to that again, but I ask the question now. The Judge: If the Registrar is what I take him to be he will help himself first. (Laughter.)
VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT AT I CONNAH'S QUAY. COLONEL DAVIES-COOKE ON LACK OF I FIRE DISCIPLINE. The prizes gained by the members of the Connah's Quay (K) Company of the 2nd V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers since its formation in May last were distributed on Wednesday evening by the Colonel of the battalion (Col. Sheriff Roberts), at the Albion buildings, Connah's Quay. There was a large muster of the men at the ceremony, and among those present were Colonel B. G. Davies-Cooke, V.D., A.D.C. (hon. colonel of the battalion), Captain Willes (adjutant), Captain W. Trubshaw (commanding the company), Surgeon-Major Williams, Mr. I Skelsey, Mr. E. Blane, and Mr. Prince. The I room had been prettily decorated with bunting for the occasion. Captain Trubshaw gave an interesting state- ment of the work of the company since its forma- tion. They would be aware that in the early part of last year, when they were face to face with a crisis, the Secretary of State for War intimated to each colonel commanding a Volun- teer battalion throughout the kingdom that he would be willing to give his consent to the raising of additional companies. Colonel Roberts, in due course, invited the young men of Connah's Quay to enroll themselves in a new company at Connah's Quay. ihe men of Connah's Quay right loyally responded to the invitation, and the colonel reported to the War Office that he was able in that village to raise an additional com- pany. The sanction of the War Office was given on May 3rd, and before the end of the month 86 members were enrolled in K Company. That spoke for itself, and shewed the men had a keen interest in what they were about to do, and meant to serve their country and their Queen to the best of their ability. The company had drills three times a week, and he was glad to say that on an average about 53 men attended every drill. (Applause.) He was also glad to report that 75 out of the 86 men attended camp for a fortnight, while the remainder were only absent because they were unable to leave their employ- ment. Thanks were due to the employers of the men for the manner in which they had supported the company and allowed the men to leave their work. In shooting he thought the company had maintained the reputation of the battalion, con- sidering its members were, figuratively speaking, children. The company figure of merit for shooting was 131, which he believed compared favourably with the battalion recruits' figure of merit-94. At the Flint County Rifle Association meeting only three badges were given for recruits, and one of those badges had come to K Company. That, he thought, was extremely credit- able. (Applause.) The badge was won by Private J. Clayton, and, though it was the third prize, Clayton as a matter of fact got as many points as the first and second prize-winners. They had, however, a "count out," which re- sulted in Clayton being placed third, but he had the satisfaction of feeling he was equal to the first man if he did not get the first prize. The shooting had been very good throughout the company, and it was a matter of gratification that every man, with only two exceptions, had made himself thoroughly efficient in shooting. Colonel Sheriff Roberts then presented the prizes, together with the Rifle Association badge to Private Clayton. Captain Trubshaw next called upon the Colonel to make a small presentation of a silver-mounted ebony walking-stick to Sergeant-Major Holden, who is relinquishing his appointment as instructor to the company. Sergeant-Major Holden, he said, had endeared himself to all the members of the company, and had obtained a state of efficiency which he never expected. The present was only a slight recognition of the enormous work he had done for the company. (Applause.) Colonel Roberts, in making the presentation, said it was a particularly pleasing duty, as Sergt.- Major Holden was his old instructor. He (the colonel) was a young officer in command of the company at Mold when Sergt.-Major Holden was his instructor, and they worked together for a good many years. Holden became leading non- commissioned officer of the battalion, and did excellent service until his retirement. Since his retirement, however, he had, with great patriotism and generosity, consented to become instructor to the Connah's Quay Company, and they would always look with admiration upon the work he had done for the company. (Loud applause.) Colonel Davies-Cooke, in moving a vote of thanks to the donors of the prizes. wished the company a happy new year. They had started the century well, and before their first year had scarcely passed the men had shewn themselves thoroughly efficient and a credit to the regiment to which they belonged. As the old commanding officer of the regiment for a period of 24 years, he had seen it growing and prospering by slow degrees against all sorts of difficulties. Volun- teers in former days did not get the support from the Government which they had now, and he was happy to see they were now taking the place in the country which they deserved. We were living in a momentous time, fraught with danger to this Empire, and all young men should come forward and be ready to shoulder the rifle and to serve their country. If England was to hold her own she must shew a bold front. There must be no indecision. (Applause.) They did not intend this to be a decadent Empire like the ancient empires of Rome and Greeee. Colonel Davies-Cooke proceeded to pay a warm tribute to the Colonies for the way in which they had rallied round their mother country in the South African trouble. It was an old saying of the Romans that it was a worthy thing to die for their country, and that saying remained alive to-day. There was nothing nobler than to conse- crate a life in the service of the country, and he hoped to see such a reform in this land as would invite all the smart young men to come forward and offer their services to the country. Colonel Davies-Cooke proceeded to emphasise the need of supreme discipline in shooting. The war in South Africa appeared to shew a great lack of fire discipline among our troops. From time to time accounts appeared in the papers of British troops being obliged to surrender because their ammunition was exhausted. Surely there had been a needless throwing away of ammunition. Leaders should endeavour to so inculcate the discipline of fire that there would be no wanton throwing away of the means of success. He hoped that this important point would receive special attention in volunteer instruction. Officers should tell their men never to shoot unless they saw a chance of killing. (Laughter and hear, hear.) That should be their object. Speaking of the charges which had been made against our soldiers in South Africa of all kinds of atrocities, the speaker pointed out that not a single case had been substantiated. On the contrary, there had been hundred of cases where our soldiers had shewn the greatest kindness and forbear- ance. He knew the British soldier very well, for he had served with him in South Africa, India and Canada, and he said without hesitation that his kindness to the enemy was equal to his pluck. (Applause.) Captain Trubshaw seconded the motion, and mentioned that the gratifying sum of 934 had been subscribed for distribution in prizes. The resolution was carried with acclamation, and Mr. Skelsey responded on behalf of the donors. The members were subsequently entertained at dinner at the Qiiav Hnnso 1Int1"r t:h P NROQII dency of Col. Davies-Cooke. Toasts were drunk, and a convivial evening was spent. A smoking concert followed the dinner, the following con- tributing to the programme:—Major Haswell, Sergt. Antrobus, Corpl. Williams, Pts. Coppack, Bird, Bennett and Kenslington, and Messrs. H. Ffoulkes and F. Coleclough. The following is a list of the prizes :—For good attendance at drill- for attendance at all the drills up to camp: Corporal W. H. Lloyd, Privates J. Bennett, J. Hughes, S. James, J. Pleavin, and Cyclist E. A. Coppack. Attendance at all drills but one: Bugler A. A. Coppack, Privates W. Baird, S. Bennett, R. Jones, and Cyclist H. Kenslington. Attendance at all drills but two: Corporal F. Baird, Privates W. B. Ffoulkes, J. Grindley and W. J. Hughes. Shooting prizes for trained volunteers and recruits who made 20 points and upwards at 200yds.: Sergt. J. W. Thomas (82 points), Sergeant-Major T. Holden (75), Private F. T. Holden (63) Private R. Speed (60), Cyclist.-Sergt. W. E. Peel (44), Sergt. T. Antrobus (42). Sergt. T. R. Parry (40), Corpl. W. H. Lloyd (27), Sergt. J. W. Dyson (22). Range prizes: 200yds. Private Clayton (28 points) 500yds., Sergeant Thomas (30); 600yds., Sergt.-Major Holden (27). General shoot prize list: Privates G. Clayton (28), R. WTainwright (25), J. T. Bellis (24), G. Gamblin (23), W. E. Hughes (22), J. Ffoulkes (21). J. Winstanley (19), A. Plevin (18), J. Bennett (18), W. B. Ffoulkes (18), Bugler Harris (18), Cvclist H. Kenslington (17), Private J. Hughes (16), Cyclist E. Prince (15), Private W. Baird (15), Private T. C. Jones (15), Sergt. J. T. Prince (14), Corpl. F. Baird (13), Bugler A. Coppack (12), Privates J. Baird (11), W. Lumberg (10), A. E. Jones (10), and J. Grindley (8), Cyclist E. A. Coppack (8).
I CONNAH'S QUAY. NEW HARBOUR MASTER. Captain B. Vickers has been appointed harbour master at Connah's Quay, in place of Mr. Robert Bennett, who has taken up the command of the Great Western Railway Company's steam tugboat Manxman. I SERGEANT-MAJOR HOLDEN.—On the 13th instant Sergeant-Major Holden retires from the position of instructor to the local Volunteer Company. Sergeant-Major Holden took over the charge of the company upon its formation last May, and since that time he has won the entire confidence of the men, and the smart and soldierly appearance of the company is a testimony to the efficient manner in which he has discharged his duties. Sergeant-Major Holden has served nearly 34 years, 19 of which he served with the Leicestershire Regiment. He saw active service in the Afghan Campaign of 1878-79, and has a long-service medal. Leaving his regiment with the rank of Colour- Sergeant be was transferred to Mold to take over the post of instructor to the local Volunteer Company, and after ten years' ser- r vice at Mold he was appointed to the position of Sergeant-Major to the regiment, which then comprised the Flintshire and Carnarvonshire Volunteer Battalions. On his appointment he removed to Hawarden to take over the inBtruc- torship of that Company, and retired in April 1900. A month later he was appointed to take temporary charge of the newly-formed Com- pany at Connah's Quay, and now permanently retires with a well-earned pension.
BAD ROADS AT ELLESMERE PORT. I TO THE EDITOR. I Sir,—After all the protestations made by me and others about the state of the roads leading to Ellesmere-terrace, I see that some of the recently-erected houses are already occupied. Well, it is a shame, and a bitter shame, consider- ing the means of approach to them. I saw a furniture cart trying to get to one of these houses. Notwithstanding that it had a good horse attached to it, when the cart got inside the field the poor animal, although the load was a small one, was utterly powerless without the aid of a second one to proceed further. No one but those in Ellesmere Port has the slightest idea of what the tenants living in this field have to endure simply because they are obliged to get some sort of a shelter. My advice is, make application to the County Council or the Local Government Board. It is no use expecting any redress from the district councillors. You know the old adage, God helps those who help them- selves." If they adopt the three "ations" they are sure to score-that is organisation, agitation, and last, though not least, co-operation.—Yours trnlv- 1- A SUFFERER.
INTERESTING LICENSING CASE AT CHESTER. STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS OPPOSED. At the City Police Court, on Wednesday, before Mr. John Thompson and other magis- trates, Mr. F. H. Anderson, solicitor, York, applied on behalf of Messrs. Lassell and, Shar- man, brewers, Caergwrle, for the approval of plans for alterations, which practically con- stituted a re-building ofithe Freemasons Arms, Frodsham-street. The licence of the house was granted under the Act of 1869. Mr. Ander- son explained that the application would have been made before the magistrates at the last Brewster Sessions had the owners of the house not been in negotiations at the time with the Corporation for the purpose of so re-building the house as to widen Frodsham-street at that point by seven feet. Mr. R. Cecil Davies, architect, explained the plans shewing the alterations, and Mr. Anderson re- marked that the new premises would be a very handsome substitute for the old ones.—The Chief Constable said he failed to see that they were. In that street there were 11 public-houses in the immediate vicinity, and if all those houses were altered in the same manner as the Freemasons Arms there would be a line of public-houses almost trom the beginning to the end.—The Chairman remarked that it was not their business to consider that point at the present moment.In answer to the Chief Constable the architect expressed the opinion that the alterations were an improve- ment to the city.-The Chief Constable con- tended that the question they were dealing with in that court was whether the house was necessary.—Mr. Anderson I object to that; you know perfectly well you have no locus standi to bring that at all.—The Chief Con- stable pointed out that the alterations to the house took the form of an extension, and although it was a '69 licence the magistrates could refuse to grant the application under those circumstances.—Mr. Anderson replied that they were legally entitled to alter and improve their premises, and even extend them, within a certain limit. He believed the law entitled them to even take in one house.—The Chief Constable said he had inspected the house, and if the justices inspected it they would hesitate before granting the application. He noticed the tenant had not appeared in court. If she had, he (Mr. Lay- bourne) would have questioned her.—Mr. Anderson The tenant is most anxious for the work to be done.—The Chairman: What is the sale in this house ?—Mr. Anderson: I do not think it is very great, on account of the condi- tion of the house. We want to improve it.- The Chairman proceeded to read the report of the city surveyor on the plans submitted to him for the re-building of the premises, and it stated that they shewed a substantial addition to the present licensed area. The accommoda- tion would be a great improvement on that now existing, while an improvement to the street by widening at that point would also be effected. The Chairman remarked that the proposed alterations would practically mean the diversion of an old worn-out beerhouse into a new one.- Mr. Anderson: I quite agree that is so, and I submit that is my right. We claim we have a right to re-build that old beerhouse and improve it. The Chairman: But you have not a right, according to the decisions of which we know, to add additional premises except to a certain limited extent.—Mr. Anderson replied that he quite agreed, but the proposed extension of the premises was within the legal limit. It was not as if they were extending substantially, and taking in two adjoining shops. The area of the ground floor would be very much the same as in the old house, and it was only a question of a bedroom for the convenience of the people occupying the house, and that was all the extent to which the Chief Constable's objection could be raised.—The Chairman thought the Chief Constable went a little further than that. He wanted to point out the fact that this house was practically worn out, and he thought this was an opportunity of getting rid of a house which the magistrates might very well want to get rid of.—The Chief Constable said he could prove by police evidence that the small tap-room was the only place on the premises that had been used for drink- ing purposes. The smoke-room and bar, as far as he could see, were never used for drinking purposes.—The Chairman said the question was whether the Bench would help the owners of the house to transform the premises in order to make them pay.—Mr. Anderson: No; I only ask you for that which is my right.—After the Magistrates had consulted in private, the Chair- man said: The Bench have carefully con- sidered this, and, as I have already said, they consider this is an attempt-I do not say the word attempt offensively-to create a new house out of an old one, and they do not sanction the application. You must take your own course.
DEATH OF A MACCLESFIELD WORTHY.—On Monday afternoon there were interred at Prestbury the remains of a Macclesfield worthy, Mr. William Astle, who has died in his seventy- eighth year. Mr. Astle was in early life a schoolmaster at Macclesfield Workhouse. He was later a coach at Cowbridge, and returned to Macclesfield half a century ago, and booked the first train that passed through the town on the opening of the London and North-Western line. Leaving the service of the railway com- pany, he took an active interest in local matters, and was one of the founders of the Cheshire Permanent Benefit Building Society, of which he was secretary for fully a quarter of a century. He was a prominent Cheshire Free- mason, and treasurer and secretary for the Lodge of Unity 267, Macclesfield, for a great many years. He was a Churchman, and for years warden and treasurer of Christ Church. AUDLKM 100 YEARS AGO.-The annual parochial tea and entertainment took place at Audlem, on Friday, and was a great success in every way. The Vicar (the Rev. Stapleton Cotton), in the course of a New Year's address, gave some interesting touches of old Audlem history 100 years ago, with special reference to Church matters. It appears that in 1800 "a master was employed by the wardens to attend once a fortnight to instruct a set of psalm singers, andprovide paper books for their instruction, and that as soon as twelve of the singers be capable of singing without instruction, that the wardens pay them 3d. for every day's attendance and singing in the church." It is interesting to lovers of bold Reynard" that for the first time for a number of years no mention is made of a shilling for a fox's head." In that year the wardens fixed the price of sparrow's heads at 4d. per dozen, 155 dozen being paid for. Coming to the past year—1900—the Vicar said there had been a good deal of Church work done in the parish in a quiet way, new workers being added to the list and fresh enterprises taken satisfactorily in band. The congrega- tions kept up well, considering the long dis- tance many of the worshippers came from. All ;he schools are classed excellent."
"LABBY IN OUR ABBEY." I Every one knows Sir Frederick Bridge as a talented musican and an entertaining lecturer, but few are aware that he is poetically inclined. He has perpetrated a parody on Sally in our Alley," which I quote without any alteration, For the benefit of those who are strangers to London, it should be mentioned that Mr. Labouchere lives close to Westminster Abbey, and politicians will remember that the words unmanly, mean and shabby were uttered by Mr. Dillon, and that Bomba Balfour was a nickname given to the Leader of the House of Commons by the Irish Party some years ago. Of all the boys that are so smart, There's none like crafty Labby He learns the secret of each heart, And lives near our Abbey. There is no lawyer in the land That's half as sharp as Labby He is a demon in the art. And guileless as a babby For Bomba Balfour in the week There seems to be no worse day, Than is the one that comes between A Tuesday and a Thursday. For then we read each foul misdeed, Unmanly, mean and shabby," Exposed to view in type so true By penetrating Labby. The ministers and members all Make game of truthful Labby, Though but for him 'tis said they'd be A sleepy set and flabby. And when their seven long years are out, They hope to bury Labby; Ah then how peacefully he'll lie, But not in our Abbey! (R. A. N., in the County Gentleman.")
HAWARDEN PETTY SESSIONS. I THURSDAY. -Before Messrs. W. Carstairs Jones (chairman), J. Watkinson, R. Pod- more and F. L. Hancock. REFUSING TO QUIT LICENSED PRE- MISES.—A labourer named Elijah Lavender, of Saltney, sent his wife to plead guilty to a sum- mons charging him with refusing to quit the Red Lion Inn, Saltney, on Tuesday.-P.S. Adams said he visited the publichouse about four o'clock and saw defendant standing up at the bar in a drunken condition. The barman said he had refused to serve Lavender with liquor, and defendant had declined to leave the licensed premises. Witness was obliged to forcibly eject defendant from the house, but he returned, and the barman put him out on the second occasion.—A fine of 20s. and costs was inflicted. GAME TRESPASS AT SEALAND.—Two young men named Richard Hayes and John Jones, employed at the Ironworks near Queen's Ferry, were summoned for trespassing ini pursuit of game on land belonging to Mr. F. L. Roberts, farmer, Sealand.—Geo. Hooton Booker, a bailiff in the employment of Mr. Roberts, deposed to see- ing defendants in one of prosecutor's fields. On see- ing witness they ran away, but he chased them, and found a purse net in their possession. De- fendants had been ferreting, and they left a ferret in one of the rabbit burrows.—A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed. STEALING A RABBIT: AN AMUSING TRICK.—John Rowlands, Hawarden, was charged with stealing a rabbit on the 26th of December by means of a trick.—Daniel Evans, an elderly man residing at Broughton, was the complainant, and he said that about six o'clock in the evening he went to the Glynne Arms, Broughton, where defendant offered to sell him a rabbit. He bought the rabbit and paid a shilling for it. Rowlands, however, refused to part with the rabbit, and also stuck to the shilling. (Laughter.) Witness asked the man several times to hand over what belonged to him, but he declined and left the house.—The magis- trates retired, and upon their return imposed the fine of 20s. and costs, with the alternative of 14 days' imprisonment.—David Evans also sum- moned a labourer named John Thomas, Hawar- den, who was in the public-house at the time, and performed a similar trick on complainant, for assaulting him.—Prosecutor said he followed this defendant out of the public-house, and asked him to give up the rabbit for which he paid Thomas one shilling. Defendant became abusive and knocked him about most shamefully with the rab- bit he carried in his hand.—Thomas failed to ap- pear in court, and the Bench ordered a warrant to be issued against him. LANDLORD AND CUSTOMER. EUis Thomas, Saltney, was mulcted in a penalty of 2s. 6d. and costs for refusing to quit the licensed premises of Wm. Bell, King's Head, Broughton. SCENE AT HAWARDEN.—A bricklayer named Wm. Kilamede was summoned by P.S. Hughes for being drunk and disorderly at Hawarden on the 24th of last month. Kilamede was also summoned by Thomas Bailey, of the Castle Inn, Hawarden, for assault.—The officer stated that about ten o'clock on Monday night, the 24th ult., there was a large crowd outside Mr. Bailey's house, the Castle Inn. Mr. Bailey was standing in the doorway and said, "Take that man and lock him up." By the gate leading to the back of the house witness saw defendant and Mr. Bailey's son standing between him and the gate to prevent his going back again. Witness asked defendant what was the matter, and he said Mr. Bailey had struck him. Witness re- quested the man to go home, but he was drunk, 'and as he was becoming rather rough he had to caution him against assaulting him. After wit- ness had persuaded defendant to go away he said, "I'll go down the street quietly." Witness walked between him and Mr. Bailey's house, but as they were passing the door defendant made a bolt from him to get at Mr. Bailey. Witness then got hold of defendant and rushed him into the middle of the street and held him fast. Witness said he should have to lock him up, but defendant said with an oath, "You can't." Witness having asked a man to assist him, defendant agreed to go home without making any more disturbance.—Mr. Bailey, landlord of the Castle Inn, stated that as he was closing his house at ten o'clock on the night in question defendant got hold of him by the collar, and before he realised anything he was dragged four or five yards along the pavement. Defendant made an abusive remark and struck him, while another blow was aimed at him, but it caught his son.—Cross-examined, witness ad- mitted defending himself. He was perfectly sober.—Wm. Thomas corroborated. He did not see where defendant struck Mr. Bailey. It came so quick and sudden. (Laughter.)—Thomas Cod- dington said he also saw defendant strike com- plainant.—Mr. Bailey said Kilamede was ordered out of his house last September, and told never to enter the place again. He never visited the inn without creating a disturbance.—A cross-summons for assault was taken out by Kilamede against Mr. Bailey, and Mr. J. B. Marston, who appeared for the former, called Wm. Roberts, signalman, Hawarden, who said that as soon as ever Kila-I mede was seen in the Castle Inn Mr. Bailey or- dered him out. Mr. Bailey "flew at him," and told him to pay the seven shillings he owed him. He could not say whether Kilamede was struck or not. There was a little bit of swearing on both sides.-Thos. Samuels, Hawarden, stated that he saw a "row" between Kilamede and the landlord, but saw no blows struck.—The magistrates re- tired to consider their decision. On their return the Chairman said they had decided to dismiss the two summonses for assault, and fine Kilamede 5s. and costs for being drunk and disorderly.
I CHESTER CATHEDRAL. SATURDAY, JANUARY 12Tir.-Morninic, 8.0: Matins. 10,15: Service, Boyce in A; anthem, I- Rejoice greatly (Gadsby). Evening, 4,15: Service, Arnold in A; anthem, I will sintr" (Greene). SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH (First Sunday after Epiphany). -Morning, 8.0: Holy Communion. 10.30: Service, Tuckerman in G; anthem, To God on high (Mendel. saohn); introit, hymn 78; Kyrie and Credo (Bridge in G) preacher, the Canon in Residence. Evening, 3.J0: Service, Bridge in G anthem, Lord, Thou art God (Stainer); hymn 266. 6.30 Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis to Chants: processional hymn, 170; hymns 75, 486, 295; preacher, the Rev. J. C. Du Buisson, M.A.
I LIGHTING-UP TABLE. I All cycles and other vahicles in the Chester district must be lighted up as stated in the following table:— P.M Saturday, January 12 513 Sunday, January 13 5.15 Monday, January 14 5 16 Tuesday, January 15 518 Wednesday, January 16j) 5.19 Thursday, January 17 5,21 Friday, January 18. 5.23
A FLINTSHIRE VICAR AND HIS SCHOOLS.—At Friday's meeting of the Holywell Rural District Council a long correspondence was read with regard to the sanitary state of the National Schools at Pontblyddyn, near Mold The district Sanitary Inspector (Mr. E. W. Jones) had reported the schools to be in filthy condition, and the Vicar of the parish (the Rev. O. Davies) had written denying the Inspector's allegations. In his first letter the Vicar char- acterised the Inspector's report as "a grossly exaggerated one" and said he would appeal to "a higher power, before whose purity even the Rural District Council and the Inspector would tremble."—Mr. Lester Smith: That's the peroration.—(Laughter.)—In a second letter the Vicar stated that the Inspector's report would have "as much effect upon the people here as water on a duck's back."—(Laughter.)—The Inspector's report upon the Vicar's letters was also read, in which he said he adhered to every word he had used in reference to the condition of the schools.—The Rev. Watkin Williams thought it would be wiser for the Inspector not to make his accusations of too sweeping a char- acter.—The Inspector said he only reported what he saw-nothing more or less. It would have been far more pleasant for him to report favour- ably upon the schools.—The chairman expressed his regret at the tone of the Rev. O. Davies's letters; he appeared to think the Inspector had something against him.—The Inspector: I don't know him. I never saw him in my life, to my knowledge.—The Clerk was in- structed to inform the Rev. 0. Davies that the Council regarded the report of their Inspector as a correct one.—It was stated that the condition of the schools had now been greatly improved. BRADLEY'S sell All-fur Elastic FELT HATS, at 3/9, in any shape; as comfortable as a cap, really 4/6 goods .-Foregate-street (corner of Seller-street, And 70, Brook-street.
LITERARY NOTICES. I JANUARY MAGAZINES. I i, [SECOND NOTICE.] Baily's Magazine" is, as usual, capital reading. Our old friend Borderer" has an excellent article on The Fox and his Enemies." After defending Reynard against the charge of killing or carrying off lambs he points out that the real question between the fox and his enemies, as it now is shaped by the manners and customs of to-day, has far wider ramifications than of yore. Hunting friends have not now only to support a pack of hounds and its equipment, there is the poultry and keepers' fund to be provided, and the proportions of these are growing to a prodigious extent. I do not wonder at the Master of the V.W.H. (Swindon) exclaiming, as he did the other day, when he found that 5,000 head of poultry are annually charged to his friends and the foxes' account-and I could name several other countries where a similar bill has come in, and yet in all probability this bill is not greatly overdone, for poultry farming is of rapid growth, and when widely spread over the fields as is now the custom, by means of movable huts. affords a chance for the battue propensities of the fox, which it is against his nature to resist. Hence these heavy claims for compensation in hunting countries. What is to be done? The enemy says "Pay, or we will play havoc with your sport." The enemy has so far the best of the argument, and so long as you cannot infuse into him any sporting ideas, which naturally go in favour of the fox, you must bow to the inevitable alternative, and as a friend of the fox pay compen- sation for his stolen meals. And why not ? The hunting men can afford it. The "Cornhill" has an interesting article by the Editor on Our Birth and Parentage Dr. Conan Doyle writes a valuable contribution on "The Military Lessons of the War," and another capital feature is an article More Light on St. Helena," from which we take the following:— After dinner Napoleon was again questioned on the subject of his projected invasion of England. Sir George Cockburn said that many people in the country were persuaded it was never intended otherwise than merely as a feint, and to put us to expenses. His answer was: "Mr. Pitt never thought so; I had well weighed the consequences, and I calculated that if I did not succeed the demonstration would do me great disservice, as it would make the English a military nation, and at the same time would give the ministers a command of money, since no other measure could authorise them to call for so large a sum as in this case was requisite. I was very well pleased to see the pre- parations the English made on the coast opposite Boulogne, at which place it was never my inten- tion to have attempted a landing. I kept up this farce by frequent embarkations and by the exercise of my flotilla. My real point of attack would have been somewhere between Margate and Deal. 1 calculated that I could have possessed myself of the lines of Chatham as a point of retreat. I should then have pushed for London, and, had I arrived there, I should have offered very moderate terms of peace, taking care, however, so far to cripple you that you could have done no further mischief nor have disturbed my future plans. Whether I should have succeeded or not I can't say, but such were my projects." He then talked of Ireland, where he said he had as many friends among the Protestants as among the Catholics. The" Windsor" contains a valuable article by Sir Henry M. Stanley on Fields for Future Explorers," and it will be read with particular interest now, when everything con- cerning Africa is of such importance:— Though Africa's main geographical features are fairly familiar to us, in its recesses are to be found many and many a secret yet. Nay, I venture to say that the continent remains, for most prac- tical purposes, as unknown to us as when the Victoria Nyanza and the Congo were undiscovered. The map is well filled, and the white blank has become black with the names of mountains, towns, villages, settlements, and tribes. But what of that P They are but the distinguish- ing terms of their respective localities, and are useful for reference. This work has occupied twenty-five centuries, and the devotion of count- less explorers, whose object was not to examine detail, but to reach some objectif, and who had no time or opportunity to do more than note the more prominent features along their routes. What lay underneath their steps, or lay hidden in the forests and woods they passed through, remained unnoticed until'accident revealed it. Thus English travellers and settlers in South Africa passed over the diamond-fields and occupied farmsteads over the treasures of the gold mines for scores of years, without once suspecting the immeasurable wealth beneath. Thus several travellers whose business it was to explore, came within viewing distance of Ruwenzori without once suspecting that its snowy crown might have been seen three miles above their heads. Consequently it may be inferred that, though the map of Africa has been darkened with names, the investigators of the future may make brilliant discoveries little dreamed of by the pioneer surveyor. The work of the old class of African explorers may be said to come to an end with the last year of the nineteenth century, though there remain a few tasks yet incomplete. The twentieth century is destined to see, probably within the next decade or two, the topographic delineation of a large portion of the continent by geodetic triangulation. For the more the various states and protectorates ripen under the influence of their civilised govern- ments, the more will exact surveys be needed to settle conflicting international claims as well as for purposes of revenue and administration and the security of property in land. Good work of this kind has already been done in Somaliland, along the Anglo-German frontier in East Africa-between Nyassa and Tanganyika, along the Anglo-Portu- guese boundary line south of the Zambesi, in Tunis, Algeria, and Abyssina. If all the powers owning territories in South and Central Africa were to unite in this necessary work, we should not have to wait many years for an accurate map of the continent. The current number of "The Argosy" has many interesting features. There are the first three chapters of what promises to be a very entertaining serial. It is entitled Outrageous Fortune," and is by Stella M. During, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Sea," &c. The short articles which deal with a variety of subjects are, without exception, well written. The illustrations of this magazine are few in number, but they are of a superb character, and include a plate of Lord Roberts which is worthy of occupying a photographic frame. On the opposite page to the portrait are some poetic lines under the heading of The Hero by I.G.S. Austin J. C. Hare contributes an excellent descriptive account of St. Peter's at Rome." Does not your heart beat at the approach to this sanctuary? Do you not feel, as you are about to enter, all that can be felt on the eve of a solemn event ? Yes, pause a moment in the dark entry. Shadows gather under the massive masonry. The curtain is very heavy. A group of peasant women are lifting it together. You pass in with them. In a moment you are in such a vast expanse of glowing light and sumptuous colour as you can never see again in the world. It is, however, not the long lines of aerial perspective, not the many- hued pavement and arches, not the endless statues and pictures, which take possession of you at first and astound you. It is the wonderful climate of the place, the sense of freshness and shelter, an air which is free from all sense of oppression, yet which nevei alters, so cool in summer, so warm and genial in winter. The interior of St. Peter's surpasses all Dowers of desorint.ion gmi Mendelssohn. It appears like some great wall of nature, a forest, a mass of rocks, or something of the kind; for one can never realise that it is the work of man. You strive to distinguish the ceiling as little as the canopy of heaven. You lose your way in St. Peter's. You take a walk in it, and ramble till you are quite tired. When divine service is performed and chaunted you are not aware of it till you come quite close. The angels in the baptistery are enormous giants, the doves, colossal birds of prey. You lose all sense of measurement with the eye or proportion; and yet who does not feel his heart expand when standing under the dome and gazing up at it ? Nothing in the world," says Fontana, can be compared to the interior of St. Peter's. After a year's residence in Rome, I still went with pleasure to spend whole hours there." In the Royal Magazine there is an article on Play that makes the Baby Strong" that will be read with interest by all young mothers. Mr. Hector Grainger writes on the changes of the century, and his remarks are capitally illustrated, while another interesting contribu- tion deals with Christmas in the Navy.
TATTENHALL. CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT. On Thursday the children attending the National Sunday School were entertained at tea and a Christmas Tree, in the School-room. Each child was given a nice present before going home, after spending a pleasant evening. +
MALPAS. THE INSTITUTE.—On Tuesday night the members of the Institute held their annual supper in the Grammar School. After dinner, the evening was passed in song and sentiment under the chairmanship of Mr. Charles Chesworth.
PULFORD. THE PARISH CHURCH.-The parish church was dedicated on January 1st, 1884, and last week the event was fittingly celebrated. On Tuesday a commemoration service was held; on Wednesday the rector (the Rev. H. S. Branscombe) gave a dance in the schools; on Thursday the infants and children were entertained at a Christmas tree, and a play was acted; and on Sunday evening the Bishop preached at the parish church.
I SHOTWICK. ST. MICHAEL'S PARISH CHURCH.-On Saturday evening the Vicar and Mrs. White, assisted by Mrs. Samuel and Mr. G. Johnstone, entertained the Shotwick and Woodbank Sunday School children and the members of the choir. A large Christmas tree was provided by Mr. Trelawny, and a happy evening was spent. Prizes for attendance at Sunday School were awarded to P. Boswell, Lily Wright, Lizzie Evans, S. Evans, J. Wilkinson and B. Wilkinson.
UMBRELLAS RE-COVERED and REFINISHED equal to new. Ladies' or Gent's, with the noted B E M Silk, 3/6 each, a.nd a.t all prices from 1/11 to 12/6.- BRADLBY'S Foregate-street, Chester.
FRODSHAM. TRIP-LETS.-On Monday the wife of Mr. J. Bate. veterinary surgeon, Sntton.waa delivered of triplets, two girls and a. boy. Both mother and children are doing well.
TARPORLEY. SIACK FIRE.—A stack of about 35 or 40 tons of new hay, belonging to Mr. F. Johnson, Birch Heath, took fire on Thursday evening. The local fire brigade were soon in attendance, and after several hours' work saved the greater portion of the stack.
ELLESMERE PORT. THE PROPOSED URBAN COUNCIL.- ] Under the presidency of Mr. Stockton, the Committee entrusted with making the arrange- ments for the application for an Urban District Council, met on Monday night. Mr. Wilson, solicitor, Whitby and Birkenhead, was appointed to prepare the necessary application docu- ments.
DODLESTON. I THE SCHOOL.-The examination in re- ligious knowledge was conducted by the Rev. R. J. Fairclough on December 20th, and the following report has been received:—" The school has passed an excellent examination, and in all points quite up to the level of past years. The answering in all three groups was exceedingly good, and shewed that great care had been bestowed upon the teaching. The catechism and repetition were accurately and well said, and intelligently understood. The Prayer Book subjects were particularly well done, and the writing was neat and good."
KELSALU SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Friday the scholars and teachers belonging to St. Philip's Sunday School were entertained at tea in the schoolroom. After tea the prizqp for regular at- tendance were distributed by the Rev. B. N. Atkinson, and presents were distributed from a Christmas tree. PAROCHIAL GATHERING.—On Wednesday the annual teaparty and sale of work, in aid of the school funds, was held in the National School. The sale was opened at three o'clock by Mrs. F. Hayes, Ashton Hayes, and there were present the Revs. J. T. Evans (vicar), B. N. Atkinson and E. R. Richardson (Bolton), Miss Hayes, Mrs. Wright, Miss Travis, Dr. J. E. and Mrs. Moreton, &c. The stallholders were Mrs. Booth, Miss Butcher, Miss E. Maddock, Mrs. Atkinson and Miss Travis. The refreshment stall was presided over by Mrs. G. Spencer, Mrs. Clarke and Miss Ruscoe. At four o'clock a large company sat down to tea in the large schoolroom. After tea the company adjourned to the saleroom, and for two hours a brisk sale was conducted. This was followed by a concert, at which the principal per- formers were a party of children from Ashton School, Miss Tomkinson, Miss Howcroft, the Rev. A. Radford and Mr. W. H. Hallmark.
QUEEN'S FERRY. PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.—A successful P.S.A. was held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday, Mr. J. Roberts, of Alltami, presiding over a good audience. An enjoyable programme was given by the follow- ing :—Solos by Miss E. Kay, Mr. H. Jones and Mr. F. Jones; recitations by Miss Eva Cliff and Mr. H. Green, and violin solos by Mr. Barker, of Shotton. Miss P. Kay presided at the piano. CYCLING CLUB.—The first of a series of social evenings, promoted by the Queen's Ferry and District Cycling Club, was held on Saturday evening at the Queen's Ferry Hotel, when about 25 members sat down to supper. After the tables were cleared, the chair was taken by Mr. Maynard, and a toast list gone through. Songs, &c., were rendered by the members and friends present, making the evening a most harmonious one. The National Anthem brought to a conclusion a most pleasant and enjoyable meeting. The club last season was very successful, a good proportion of the members turning up at every meet. Everything augurs well for the coming season.
MOLD. DEATH OF A CLARENCE OFFICER.— Mr. William Samuel Carress, aged 56, a Clarence officer, died at the Cottage Hospital, on Tuesday, from the effects of blood poisoning. COTTAGE HOSPITAL. The following amounts have been received towards the hospital:—Thos. Parry and Co., £ 2 2s.; pro- prietors of Phoenix Colliery, L2 2s. workmen at Phoenix Colliery, £ 8 3s.; workmen at Alyn Bank Colliery, £ 5 6s.; workmen at Mold Yards, J61 5s. 6d. WELCOME HOME.—Captain C. E. Wynne Eyton, of The Tower, Mold, and Sergfoaat John Lloyd, Maesgarmon Farm, Mold, were among the passengers on board the Canada, which arrived week. Both are members of the 29th Company Imperial Yeomanry, and have been invalided home from South Africa. ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday night Dr. Edward Williams was returning down the Gwerny- mynydd road after a professional visit, when his horse missed its footing in the snow and fell. Dr. Williams, who was thrown with some force, and also crushed under the horse, was severely shaken, and sustained injuries to the back and leg. SOCIAL EVENING.-The members of the Mold Cosmopolitan Society held a social even- ing on Tuesday, when, with their invited friends, they filled the Town Hall ante-room to overflowing. The function was a decided success. Mr. T. H. Parry (Llys Ifor) presided, and among those who sustained a really admir- able programme were Messrs. J. H. Williams, J. O. Jones, Thomas Roberts, J. Kearney, H. J. Tweddle, W. Davies, and The Ice Carnival Pierrots." Mr. W. H. Adams and Mr. J. D. Kendal were the accompanists.
I BUCKLEY. G SERIOUS ACCIDENT. On Monday a man named Edward Griffiths, Daisy Hill, was severely scalded at Lane End Colliery. Dr. D. Fraser was promptly sent for, and under his care he is progressing as favourably as can be expected. BISTRE PARISH CHURCH.—Mr. John Montfort has passed the second grade examina- of the Incorporated Society of Musicians held in Wrexham (tutor, Mr. Morris, I.S.M., Over- ton). He presided at the organ on Sunday, and his playing was greatly admired. MUSIC.—This week Buckley Old Town Band, under the leadership of Mr. James Griffiths, and the Band of the 1st F.R.E. (Volunteers), leader Mr. Arthur Griffiths, have been parading and discoursing sweet music in the streets. They also visited the principal establishments. SEASONABLE GIFTS. Through the generosity of Miss Pemberton, Nutfield, Surrey, and late of Plas Issa, coal and tea have been given to the poor of the parish of Bistre. She also sent clothes for the children attending Bistre Schools, which were distributed by Mrs. George (The Vicarage), assisted by Miss Bamber (headmistress), and greatly appreciated by the recipients. BISTRE NATIONAL SCIIOOLS. The diocesan inspector s report has been received and is as follows:—Mixed Department (head- master, Mr. T. Llewelyn-Jones): This school has, notwithstanding many difficulties, passed a remarkably good examination in religious knowledge. The senior group was exceptionally good in all parts of their work. Infant Depart- ment (headmistress, Miss Bamber) The infant department passed a very good examination in religious knowledge. DANCE.—The fancy and comical dress ball in the Parish Room, Lane End, passed off very successfully last week. It was in connec- tion with the minstrels, and nothing was want- ing on their part to provide an enjoyable evening for the large number of persons present, Between the dances, songs, &c, were given by Messrs. Richard Williams and William Peters (who both acted as M.C.'s), Mr.Griffiths (Drury), &c.. Miss Hudsmith was the accompanist. The room was artistically decorated with banners, &c., lent by Sergeant Adams, R.E., from the headquarters 1st F.R.E. (Volunteers). SCHOLASTIC APPOINTMENT.-At a meet- ing of the managers of Bistre National Schools, held on Tuesday, Mr. William Davies, I son of Mr. Robert Davies, Main-street, and at present assistant master at Penmaenmawr National Schools and organist an-1 choirmaster of Penmaenmawr Parish Church, was appointed headmaster. Mr. Davies served his apprentice- ship under Mr. Tyson, of Buckley School, was trained at Chester Training College, and has held three assistantsMps in excellent schools. He also holds the licentiate diploma of the Victoria University for music. His appoint- ment is very popular, as he is a Buckley man, and well respected.
When you put him in his FIRST SUIT, BRADLEY'S can find yon one as smart and reasonable as any- one in the country.-roregate-street (corner of Seller-street)
ECCLESTON. DANCE.—A household ball was kindly given by the Hon. C. T. Parker in the Eccleston School- room on Thursday. The room was prettily decorated with flowers and evergreens, and when the company assembled at 9 p.m. it presented an animated and picturesque appearance. The music was excellent, and the floor all that could be de- sired. Mr. Wells acted as M.C. There were present during the early part of the evening the Hon. Cecil T. and Mrs. Parker, Miss Parker, Mr. G. Parker, Mr. A. Dillon, &c. The guests num- bered upwards of 70, and dancing was kept up with great spirit till nearly 3 a.m. Before parting ringing cheers were given for Mr. and Mrs. Parker, the event having proved one of the most enjoy- able ever held in the Eccleston Schoolroom..
SANDYCROFT. TONTINE SOCIETY FORMED.—A meeting was held in the Phoenix Hotel on Monday evening to consider the advisability of forming a tontine society in the village. Mr. H. Ham presided. It was decided to commence a society at once, and th-,t it be called the Phoenix Sick and Burial Tontine Society. The following were elected as officers :-President, Mr. R. Pickering; vice-president, Mr. T. Letman; hon. secretary, Mr. W. Harrison; hon. treasurer, Mr. John P. Kelly; stewards, Messrs. H. McLeod and Henry Jones; trustees, Messrs. J. Neal and W. Walker.
SAUGHALL. T, -a 1-1..1.. SAiiNTS' Cll Li KCll.-On Friday the Town Hall was a scene of excitement and pleasure. The occasion was the annual treat given to the children of the Sunday school and Children's Guild in connection with All Saints' Church. Nearly 70 children sat down to a substantial tea, after which the folding doors were thrown open, dis- closing a large Christmas tree ablaze with light, and laden with gifts. There was a present for everyone, thanks to the generosity of the Hon. Mrs. Trelawny and Mrs. Kellock. Hearty cheers were given for the vicar and Mrs. White, Mrs. Trelawny and Mrs. Kellock, and all the ladies who so kindly assisted in dispensing the good things. Miss Cornelius also received an ovation for her kindness in providing a bag of sweets for every one. As they went home at the conclusion of a very pleasant evening, each child received an orange and a bun. The following children also received prizes for good attendance at Sunday school:—Cissie Norton, Emily Griffiths, Eleanor Norton, Fred Harrison, James Harrison and Harry Griffiths.
SHOCKLACH. FUNERAL OF MISS DUCKERS.—The death of Miss Duckers on New Year's morning cast quite a gloom over the village. Her remains were interred in St. Edith's Churchyard on Friday. The service was conducted by the Rev. R. W. Wilberforce. Two hymns and the psalm were sung by the choir, Mr. Thompson, of Horton, pre- siding at the organ, in the absence of Mr. Wilkin- son. "On the Resurrection Morn" was sung as the body was borne to the grave. The chief mourner was her sister, Mrs. Wright; then fol- lowed her three nieces, Misses Wright, Nickson and M. Nickson, and her two nephews, Mr. T. and Mr. S Nickson. There were also present Mr. Thomas Nickson, senr. (deceased's brother-in- law), and Messrs. Piggott and Houlbrook. Miss Duckers had been in failing health for some time. She lived a life of.example. She was a loyal and consistent Churchwoman, and was a great support both to her church and l any society for the pro- motion of Christianity. In the village her charity and benevolence will be very much missed. Wreaths were sent by Messrs. Piggott, Houlbrook, Wilkinson, Mate, &c., and by the members of her family.
I TARVIN. I FOREIGN MISSIONS.—On Sunday, at St. Andrew's Church, sermons on behalf of these missions were preached, in the morning by the Rev. T. J. Nash, and in the evening by the Rev. E. S. Thome (coloured Missionary from Bar- badoes). The Rev. E. S. Thome also gave an address to the children in the afternoon. Good congregations attended each service. The annual missionary meeting took place on Mon- day night in the National Schools. The room was crowded by an appreciative audience, over which the Rev. T. J. Evans presided. Among those present were Mr. Wm. Topham and Mrs. Topham (the Limes), Mrs. Potts (Abbeyfield), the Rev. B. N. Atkinson, Dr. Tom and Mrs. Moreton, Mrs. Evans, Admiral and Mrs. McClure, Mr. J. Lea, Mr. A. H. Shurrock, Mr. S. Dean, Mr. R. H. Willis, &c. The Vicar, in reading the report, thanked the audience (especially those who were boxholders) for their sympathy and support during the past year, and solicited their help for the coming year.- The Rev. E. Elmer Harding, M.A. (Principal of St. Aidan's College), attended as a deputation and gave a lecture illustrated by magic lantern pictures entitled The Spiritual expansion of the Empire." The total income from all sources, including £ 24 from the boxholders, amounted to E36, being a substantial increase on last year's amount.
I FRODSHAM. THE WEA THER,-On Friday last a little girl gathered nearly a gill of fine whimberries from Overton Hills, while blackberries are partly in blossom and fruit. CONCERT.-A concert was held in the Mission Church, Frodsham Bridge, on Friday night. The proceeds were intended to purchase new books for the church. The artists were Mrs. Goodall, Miss Aston, the Rev. R. Colston, and Messrs. P. Robinson, Priest and Helsby. DRAINAGE BOARD.—A meeting of the Frodsham and Helsby Drainage Board was held on Thursday, Mr. J. Priestner prooiding.- Mr. J. Priestner was eloot&a chairman for the current year.—The Clerk (Mr. C. E. Linaker) reported that he had written to the majority of tenants of the marsh lands, and bad received replies from twenty of them stating that they would be willing to do the carting for improv- ing the marsh roads, Mr. H. M. Davies objected to requesting the tenants to do the carting, as he was of opinion that the landlords should do alL that was needed. He suggested that owners of the land should go in for an Act of Parliament. Personally he was quite willing to do his share of the carting.—The Clerk pointed out that what had already been done had been authorised by the Board, and with regard to the suggested Act of Parliament, it had been thought of some years ago, but owing to a fear that it would be opposed, the applica- tion had not been made.-Mr. Oakes stated that the lordship tenants had agreed to do their roads, and as soon as the weather was favourable, a start would be made.—A long discussion took place with reference to the marsh water courses, and orders were made with respect thereto.
HESWALL. ANOTHER NEW ROAD.—The inhabitants of Heswall will be pleased to learn that there is to be still another new road for Heswall. The con- tract has been given for making good the road from Wallrake to Gayton Old Mill, at a cost of £1,150. Mr. Robert Hughes is the successful con- tractor. TONTINE SOCIETY.The annual supper was held on Wednesday, Mr. C. Dorricott presiding. The usual toasts were honoured, Mr. J. Caldon responding to that of the Army, Navy and Volun- teers, given from the chair.—Mr. Kitchen pro- posed "The Society," which was responded to by the chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer and secre- tary. The society begun with 60 members, and there are now 240. A musical programme was contributed to by Messrs. W. Williams, Weston, T. Metcalfe, T. Williams, T. Barlow, J. O'Neill, W. Dorricott, G. Edge and S. 0. Williams. CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE.—We are look- ing forward to the establishment of the Church Lads' Brigade in this parish. It seems it has long been thought of, but the means of organisa- tion have been wanting. Mr. Geoffrey Frost has accepted the post of captain, and is wanting a band of efficient officers. From 14 to 18 is to be the age for members, and naturally discipline and hard work are involved. The proceeds of the amateur theatrical performances given in the schoolroom on Wednesday and Thursday even- ings last week are to be given towards the ex- penses. VOLUNTEER COMPFTITION.-Appended is a list of those who contributed the prizes for the annual Volunteer prize distribution last week: — Messrs. b. Allsopp and Sons, E. Ellis, W. Witson, R. Patterson, Capt. Combe, Miss W. Downham, Messrs. T. Rowlands, W. Ledsom, S. Price, G. Talbot, W. Capestake, Corporal T. Barlow, Messrs. G. Robb, J. Lamb, J. Doak, R. sLightfoot, J. Kitchen, W. Lawton, T. Jackson, W. Hollis, J. Robinson, Miss Small- wood, Mr. W. Griffiths, Mr. Boulton, Mr. J. Hopkinson, Mr. Ledder, Mrs. Tisdall, Mr. C. Schuhmacher, Miss Corless, Mrs. Langlev, Mr. R. Kynaston, Mrs. Jones, Mr. Quirk, Mr. C. F. Hutton, Mrs. Miller (in memory of her son, Sergt. F. Miller), Mr. Reddy, Mr. Fraser, Wigan Coal and Iron Company, Sergeant H. Swift, Mr. J. Pennington, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Tilston, Mr. Hough, Mr. E. Broster, Mr. W. Broster, Mr. Griffiths, Mr. T. Woodward, Mr. J. Woodward, Mr. Dawson, Mr. Witson, Mr. O'Neill, Mr. A. E. Ellis, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Bar- low, Mr. Leeman, Corporal J. Lightfoot, Miss Cockburn, Mrs. J. Broster, Birkenhead Brewery Company, West Cheshire Brewery Company.
LATEST MARKETS AND FAIRS. LIVERPOOL CORN. FRIDAY.- Wheat, slow trade, occasionally the turn lower; No. 1 Californian, 6s. 4Jd. to 6s. 5d. No. 1 northern spring, 6s. 4Jd. to 6s. 5d. No. 1 northern duluth. old, 6s. 7d. to 6s. 8d. Beans, Saidi, 29s. 9d. to 30s. Peas, 5s. 7d. Oats, firm; new white, 2s. 5d. to 2s. 7d. Maize, moderate business, about Tuesday's rates; old mixed, 4s. lid. to 4s. I'd.; new, 4s. to 4s. 0 £ d. Flour, unchanged. CHESTER CATTLE, THURSDAY.—A good show of stock at this fair, and an improved trade, especially for the better lots of feeding cattle. Although no distinct advance was made in prices, sellers found it much easier to make terms and a better clearance was made than for some time past. The prices were:—Milch cows, £ 14 to X21 calvers, £ 13 to CI8; barrens. X10 to £ 13; heifers. 910 to £ 14; and stirks, £6 to zCg. Printed and published for and on behalf of the Cheshire and North Wales Newspaper Company, Limited, by JAMES ALBERT BIRCHALL, at the Cheshire Observei- Office, 8, Rridee-street, in the City of Chester.—-SATURDAY, January 12, liKll.
SALT TO CURE WARBLES. I TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—The public are quite alive to the importance of at once freeing the country from the warble pest, which has been the plague of England for generations past. If the Board of Agriculture will please give a little friendly advice to agriculturists, with a desire that every owner of cattle will in the coming spring destroy his warbles with dry salt, a great change will soon follow, and instead of reading, as I have often done, that seven millions a year are being lost by this pest, it will read that millions a year are being gained by its destruc- tion. I suggest that all parish councils shall appoint one of their number every year who shall, in the spring, visit all owners of cattle in his division and point out to them that dry salt is the easiest, safest, and surest way of destroying the pest, and request them to use it in the coming spring, and so save their cattle great suffering and the enormous sum of seven millions to the country.—I am. vours trulv. JAMES WARREN. Rowley Park, Stafford. AMÉŠ W ARRÉN. —————— ——————
UPTON. I LIGHTING ARRANGE MENTS.-The village is at last well lighted with incandescent lamps. Many thanks are due to those who have so long endeavoured to get the lamps, and they are to be congratulated on the result ot their work. DANCE. — On Friday the annual village dance was held in the schoolroom. The room was tastefully decorated by the members of the Reading Room. The attendance was very good, between 60 and 70 friends assembling to enjoy the excellent music supplied by Tinsley's band. Thanks are due to Mr. Darlington, sen. (Upton Farm), Mr. Fred. Clarke, Mr. Dean (The Mill), for sending refreshments; and Mr. Kemp for decorations. Mr. J. Hignett acted as M.C. —————— ——————
DISTRICT COUNCILS. (See also page 7.) _n- MALPAS RURAL. iilE STATE OF THE HIGHWAYS. J. he monthly meeting of the Malpas Rural Dis- trict Council was held on Wednesday, under the presidency of the Rev. C. Wolley-Dod. There were also present Lieut.-Colonel Bamston, Messrs. Morgan, Penk, Reeves, Jones, Birch, Hough, Parsonage, Davies, T. T. Chubb (sanitary inspec- tor), W. Ankers (water engineer), J. W. Parker (surveyor) and G. Richardson (clerk).—The Sanitary Inspector reported the district free from infectious disease, and that an inspection of the lodging-houses of Mr. McCaffrey shewed them to be clean and well ventilated. The Clerk said the difficulty of the plat over the watercourse at Chorlton had been got over by the diplomacy of Mr. Jones.—Mr. Jones said he had seen Mr. Howard, and told him that his landlord had given to him (Mr. Jones) a plat for a similar case, and he could not help thinking that he (Mr. Howard) would be equally generous. Mr. Howard replied that he wouly and as a result a public danger had been removed. The Chairman said they must thank Mr. Jones for his action.— Mr. Morgan moved the following resolution, of which he had given notice: "That a standing com- mittee be appointed, to be called the Highways Finance Committee, for the purpose of examining all estimates and contracts, and to suggest ways and means. It was usual, he thought, for such com- mittees to be formed, that the question of con- tracts and other matters might be more closely looked into. The Council was small, and so he had given notice of the motion. He confessed ignorance of highway matters, but he was under the impression that the proportion of material and the proportion of labour was in an inverse ratio. He did not think, either, that the roads were classified as they ougHt to be. This was a matter which the committee may take in hand.—Mr. Penk seconded.—The Chairman said the sugges- tion was a very good one. He had received a good deal of grumbling from residents in his own dis- trict. The roads there were very bad, and though in some cases only accommodating one or two resi- dents were, however, considered by them a great nuisance. The committee would need to be a very locomotive committee, willing to move about from place to place and cover the whole district.— Mr. Parsonage moved as an amendment, "That the present state of things be allowed to con- tinue." They were all now privileged to examine into anything that came before them, which the committee would take out of their hands. The constitution of the committee may be such as to favour a particular district. In his own district there was a road which was a perfect disgrace to any Council. It was knee-deep, and he had to draw over it nearly the whole of his winter fodder. He was the largest ratepayer, he believed, in Malpas, and he would like the Council to do some- thing to remedy this state of things.—Mr. Davies seconded.—Mr. Parsonage did not think the majority of the members, who were farmers, could spare any more time than that now required of them, and few of them could trot about in the manner suggested.—The Chairman said that at the time of the formation of the Council it was felt it was so small that it would be unwise to open it out.—Mr. Jones supported the amendment. Mr. Morgan, be knew, had no selfish motive in moving the resolution. He could not see but that the Council could do the work equally as well as the suggested committee.—Mr. Morgan, in reply, said his only object in moving the resolution was to secure a means of getting rid of the difficulties which were cropping up. Mr. Parsonage had more than once referred to this road, and he thought he must have known that there had been a special request from Mrs. Rasbotham to leave it as a soft road.—Mr. Parsonage: We ought to study the ratepayers, and I think I am the largest in Malpas.-Mr. Morgan: Every one would like to see this road and every other road in such a con- dition as to satisfy all, but this would mean a greatly increased rate. The questions which the committee would have to inquire into would be aq to-whether the materials were being used to the best advantage, and whether the labour was being employed in the best interests of the rate- payers. These were important questions of finance. He wished to cast no reflections on any oife, but he was of opinion that the labour account was in excess of the requirements compared with the material and mileage covered. These and other matters required careful scrutiny. If the Council was willing to do it let it do it. He only sought a remedy in the interests of the ratepayers. If the cofnmittee was appointed and he was asked to serve, he would not, after the remarks which had been made, on any account do so.—The resolution was lost by six to three.—The Clerk to the County Council wrote in reference to the collecting of further samples of beer, &c., and enumerating the action of his Council.—The Chairman thought that except in suspicious cases, when it woul d be the duty of the Council to step in, that the actions of the County Council would be sufficient. To do otherwise was a large order.—Mr. Morgan sug- gested total abstinence for all as the only effectual .,medv.-Col. Bamston feared none of them would ever live to see it tried.—Replying to an order of tBe Council for a supply of water to be laid on to the Willey Farm, Mr. Charlton wrote stating that the farmhouse was built on the old site. All the ram water was collected in tanks under cover, hqlding 3,250 gallons. It was not their present intention to carry the Liverpool water to the farm, though this might be done later. Supplying, as they were doing, the greater portion of the estate with water from the Liverpool main meant a con- siderable outlay, and it was impossible to do it ail at once.—The medical officer was ordered to inspect the present supply.