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HUNTING. I NORTH CHESHIRE. I This pack on Monday met at Delamere House, the residence of Mr. H. E. Wilbraham. A small field was present to meet the master, Earl Enniskillen. Hunt's Hill was blank, but a turnip field close to held a fox, which ran out for Norley Hall. Turning to the right, we ran for Crowton, then back for Delamere House and into the Willow Beds. From here we ran by Cuddington Station l and into Captain Higson's Wood. Crossing the Chester road, we arrived at Gill's Gorse, Crab Tree Green, where we lost our fox. Unfortunately the railway joins this cover, and as a train was passing one of the young hounds was killed. We then went on to Norley, which was blank, as was also Crewed Wood and Heath's Willow A brace of foxes was found in Littledale's Gorse, Sandi- way, but soon found an open earth. Hounds were then taken home after a rather poor day's I snort. SOUTH CHESHIRE. I A very large field met Mr. Corbet at Cholmon- deley Castle on Tuesday. Among those present were the Duke of Westminster, Miss Shelagh West, Lord Cholmondeley, the Earl of bnrewsbury, Lord Arthur Grosvenor, Lady Arthur Grosvenor, Lady Cholmondeley and Mrs. Cornwallis-West (driving), Lady Boughey, Mr. and Mrs. Littledale, Captain Higson, Mr. and Mrs. Pennefather, Mr. Lee Townsend, Mr. Massey, Mr. Jameson, Mrs. Hornby, Mr. Walter Starkey, Messrs. J. and F. Tinsley, Mr. and Mrs. Lonsdale, Mr. Henry Lonsdale, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Peel, Mr. and Mrs. Parry, Mr. Herbert Brassey, Mr. J. Jones, 1\1r. St. John Charlton, Mr. Gordon-Houghton, Capt. l Drury, Colonel Tait and Mr. H. Hewitt. Neville's Woocl was tenantless, but we found a mangy fox in the Long Plantation. Running out by Brett's Moss the hunt was carried on at a slow oace ill, the direction of Barmere, but leaving the mere on the left, the hounds ran over some beautiful pastures to Hampton Gorse in Sir Watkin's S country. Here hounds were stopped and taken back to Cholmondeley. Another fox was found in Brett's Moss, which proved to be another! mangy one. He soon got to ground. He was ] dug out and killed. Norbury Mere was drawn blank, and a move was made for Barmere. It was then three o'clock, and your correspondent being? a long way from home had to leave, but from later] accounts nothing very brilliant took place in theI! way of sport. way of sport. BLUECAP. SIR WATKIN WYNN'S HOUNDS. I The followers of Sir Watkin Wynn's hounds had an unusual experience on Monday, when the meet was at Cock Bank, near Wrexham. Finding immediately in Randle's Gorse, hounds ran very fast to the River Dee, which was crossed by both fox and hounds. The majority of the field saw little after this, the hunting bridge being over three miles distant. It was afterwards ascertained that hounds ran the fox very hard and with no field for nearly two hours more, round by Shocklack Gratton to Carden Cliff, and through the Hooks, Lowcross, near Malpas, being finally reached. Sharpe, the huntsman, Captain Ethelston, and two or three gentlemen caught them here, and being many miles from the original starting point Sharpe stopped the hounds. Probably they had run then over thirty miles. The gallant fox went several miles further before he reached the hills. THE CHESHIRE BEAGLES. I On Saturday these hounds met at Bunbury Locks in miserable weather. There was only a small attendance. We began to draw in a down- pour of cold rain, and in the second field, be- longing to Mr. Arthur Sheen, hounds took up the line of a travelling hare. Scent was very poor, as was only to be expected in such weather, but after they had crossed Mr. Tom Rutter's fields, the hare was viewed doubling back behind the pack. Scent did not improve. However, after upwards of an hour's patient hunting hounds ac- counted for their quarry, and almost at the same moment a fresh hare was viewed away, and the pack were laid upon her line, but after runningj one ring we lost her in Birds-lane. iNiear to Wardle we found a good hare, and as scent improved! hounds rattled her along at a greatly amendedj pace; and she afforded us three circuits over a frightfully heavy country. She was finally viewed quite done up, but the heavy going had also told upon the hounds, and as scent again failed they were whipped off and word given for home, after a very heavy run of jnst, under two hours dura- tion. i LEVERET.
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I OUR GREAT QUEEN. I I Her Majesty the Queen breathed her last a t6-30 p.m., surrounded by her children and i grandchildren." Such was the brief but por- ltentous bulletin issued from Osborne House on Tuesday evening. The news, Hashed to the remotest corners of the globe, immediately plunged the whole civilised world into mourning Well might the nations weep, for Queen. Victoria was beyond a doubt the greatest personage that ever sat upon a throne and one of the greatest women who ever lived. The [awful suddenness of the calamity added much to the poignancy of the grief. The general public, or those outside the secrets of the inner life of the Court, had only four days' warning of the break-down in her Majesty's health, and it was not till Saturday evening that people could bring themselves to realise the tragic meaning of the guarded bulletins and to prepare to face the worst. If fervent prayers for the preserva- tion of that cherished, royal life could have availed to postpone the fatal stroke, if merely human entreaties were suffered to interfere with Divine dispensations, the history of the past few eventful days might have been different. From strangely varied climes, from India's sweltering plains, from Canadian snows, from the blood-stained veldt of South Africa, where the best and the bravest of Britannia's sons are still engaged in the grim realities of war, these prayers ascended to Heaven with the true fervour of supplication. It was not to be, however, and it is now our duty to bow to the inevitable and to bow our heads in woe. As often happens in the experience of domestic affliction, it is too early yet awhile to realise the full measure of our loss. We know to our sorrow as British subjects that we have been bereft of the best and the best-loved Sovereign ever vouchsafed to us, but it is impossible for any of us so soon, in this first flood of grief to Bit down calmly and reckon up the sum total of our national bereavement and of all that it means to us as a race. Whether she be known in after ages as Victoria the Good or Victoria the Great," her late Majesty will always be remembered by those who have enjoyed the inestimable privilege of being her contem- poraries as the essence of sweetness, goodness "nd wisdom. Many eloquent pens and tongues have ilready striven to pay a fitting tribute to the memory of the dear departed Sovereign, but all confess language unequal i bo the task. In whatever capacity she be viewed, whether as Queen of the greatest Empire of the world during an era of unexampled prosperity, or as the devoted wife ind mother who enjoyed an all-too short period )f wedded bliss and endured many and sharp bereavements, our beloved Sovereign comes out of the crucible as refined gold. She ascended the throne at a critical moment, at a time when the monarchical system of government was distinctly at a discount. By her exemplary life and surpassing sagacity she not only shed lustre on the British Crown, but she has given the on-looking and wondering nations a lesson i in Constitutional government. By the blame- lessness and beautiful simplicity of her I personal life and example Victoria purged Court life of the frivolity and extravagance, to say nothing of more objectionable abuses, that were wont to be associated with the most exalted ranks of Society. One extraordinary aspect of the late Queen's character, and what helps to make her one of the most wonderful personalities the world has ever seen, is that to the domestic and refined womanly attributes to which we have drawn attention she added all the sagacity and courage which are generally claimed as the peculiar gift of man. While instances might be infinitely multiplied of her truly womanly, sympathetic disposition, her Etender feeling for the distressed, the down- Ktrodden and the suffering ones, she could at the right moment shew the lion heart so much admired by the British race. It is no secret now that her mother's heart bled for the cruel mourning which the present deplorable South African war has left in its wake, but the innate patriotism and commonsense of the Monarch never permitted the feminine qualms at the prospect of battle to over-ride her better judg- ment as to the duty of a sovereign and of a people to appeal to the arbitrament of the God, ot Battles, when the occasion clearly demanded! it and the cause was just. If it is rare to find such a combination of tenderness of heart and courageousness of spirit as was evident in this notable instance still more wonderful was it to find in the same delicate' brain the cool, calcu- lating discretion of the trained senator or diplomat. It is this unrivalled conbination of excellences that will in future generations excite the wondering admiration of the student of history. Much is already known of the large share which Queen Victoria had in smoothing the course of diplomacy at many an awk ward turning, but we at this date know not one tithe of the service which she rendered to her country and to the peace of the world in this quiet, tactful manner. The more that many-sided character is examined, the more obvious becomes the conclusion that it is impossible to do justice to it. Allthateanbedene is to give an indication of the leading character- istics and to leave the reader from personal knowledge to fill in the numerous blanks which suggest themselves to every observant, reflec- tive mind. If it is impossible to do justice to our late Queen's life, it is equally impossible to exaggerate her beautiful virtues and excell- ence of character. For one who bad been so highly placed, and so constantly exposed to the fierce light that beats upon a throne," no more genuine tribute is possible. We take leave of the subject with infinite reluctance, but with the unalterable conviction that deep down in the heart of every son and daughter of the land will live as long as vitality eudures the precious, sweet, and good memory of Queen Victoria, a pattern for all time. The only consolation which the stricken nation can enjoy-and it is, after all, something to have consolation in a deep and constantl sorrow-is that the sceptre is now wielded by a prince who has for more than one generationi I KING EDWARD VII. HIS QUEEN. I been the darling favourite of the people- Apart altogether from his exalted rank, there is no more popular man in the British Empire to-day than Albert Edward, who has as the first act in his reign wisely chosen to be known to history as Edward VII. The first speech of our new King has been hailed everywhere as a masterpiece of commonsense and sound judgment. Although he discarded the alterna- tive name of King Albert," which at best is of foreign origin, he rejected it with such a graceful reference to the memory of his revered father, Albert the Good, as must have touched the hearts of all. Edward is a good old Saxon name, which has been made illustrious in our annals by the associations of the first Edward, the son of the great King Alfred, by Edward the Confessor, by Edward the Black Prince, and by many others who have added to the dignity and the glory of the name. That the appellation will not suffer by its association with our ruling prince is a certainty to all who have watched with pride and pleasure how royally his Majesty has borne himself in the trying of Prince of Wales all these many years. The sympathies and homage of a devoted people will go out to their newly-made Sovereign in his trying situation, and will be ever present with the gentle and gracious consort who has in a thousand ways endeared herself to a race always noted for its chivalry of feeling.
LOCAL AND GENERAL NOTES. I We are authoritatively informed that the mar- riage of the Duke of Westminster and Miss Corn- wallis-West will not be postponed in consequence of the death of the Queen. The ceremony will take place on February 14th, but it will be very quiet, and only the near relatives will be present. The melancholy death of our beloved Queen has overshadowed all other topics locally this week. The news reached Chester at 7.25 on Tuesday evening, and within half an hour a special edition of the "Chester Courant" was published, con- taining the final bulletin, together with a com- plete memoir of the late Queen's life and a great deal of interesting local reminiscences. The edition was bought up eagerly, and some of the public even went the length of purchasing the contents bills which the boys displayed in the streets, one enterprising urchin disposing of several of these sheets at threepence each. E We publish in to-day's "Observer" portraits of the late Queen Victoria and our new King and Queen, in addition to many columns of interesting local reminiscences regarding former visits of Queen Victoria to this quarter, also the local e visits of the new King as the Prince of Wales. Readers will likewise find a valuable chrono- logical table of Royal visits to Chester, dating back to 635, which in itself testifies to the ancien importance of our city. B The ceremony of proclaiming King Edward VII. from the Town Hall steps yesterday at noon will be a life-long memory for all who had the good fortune to be present. There was an old-world air about the whole occasion, which was enhanced by the quaint old English language in which the announcement from the Privy Council was couched. The King will be proclaimed, according to the arrangements made by the High Sheriff of the county, Mr. B. C. Roberts, at noon to-day (Saturday) at Chester Castle. The matter, being one of urgency, had to be hurriedly arranged, as it was not until yesterday morning that the High Sheriff received the communication from the Privy Council, directing him to proclaim the King in the County. There will doubtless be a considerable attendance of county people at the historic function. Who is now Earl of Chester? This is a ques- tion which has a peculiar interest for Cestrians at the present moment. The accession of the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester to the Throne hasj occasioned considerable discussion locally as tol whether his Majesty still retains the title of EarlS of Chester. The general opinion is that the title | is now merged in the Crown, and it has been authoritatively stated that at the present moment' there is no Prince of Wales and no Earl of Chester, as these titles must be conferred afresh. A corre- spondent. claims that the Earldom of Chester, like ] the Dukedom of Cornwall, descends to the first- j B born son and heir of the reigning Sovereign, and that though the Duke of York is not yet Prince of Wales, he is Earl of Chester. We, however, can find no corroboration of this view. ■ The first Earl of Chester was a Flemish noble K named Gherbod, who was one of the followers of William the Conqueror; but he did not enjoy the ■ regal jurisdiction granted to his successors. He was succeeded by Hugh Lupus, the Conqueror's nephew. The earldom was conferred upon him to hold of the king as freely by the sword as the king held the Kingdom of England by the Crown. According to Camden, in those days "Cheshire enjoyed all sovereign jurisdiction within its own precincts, and that in so high a degree that the ancient Earls had parliaments of their own barons and tenants, and were not obliged by the English Acts of Parliament." Hugh Lupus, the great Earl, died in 1101, and was succeeded by his son Richard, who was only seven years of age. The latter, however, did not live to assume the government of the Earldom, for he was drowned, when in his twentieth year, while crossing over from Normandy in the ill- fated "White Ship." History gives a prominent place to the fifth Earl, Randal II., who was noted for his intrigues against King Stephen. 3 The male line of the Earls of Chester came to an end, after a rule extending over a period of close upon 200 years, in 1237 with the demise of John the Scot, whose death has been ascribed to foul play on the part of his wife, Helen, daughter of Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales. Henry III. then annexed the Earldom and conferred it upon his son Edward. The latter, however, resigned the Earldom to Simon de Montfort after the battle of Lewes, in order to secure his father's liberty, but shortly afterwards the palatinate reverted to the Crown. Since that time the Earldom of Chester has been an appanage of the Crown. The bye-election in St. John's Ward promises to be the quietest on record, owing, of course, to the absorbing interest in the national calamity. The electoral machinery must run, however, al- though Kings and Queens may come and go, and the voters of St. John's will have to do their dutYI at the poll on Monday next notwithstanding their! sjnatural reluctance to turn their attention to such J a parochial incident. The national mourning has prevented much of the ordinary electioneering I work which is visible to the outside world, but we believe a good deal of quiet work has been in progress in both camps. Mr. Siddall declares that he will not canvass personally; he also avows that he is no politician. We should be the last to question Mr. Siddall's bona fides, but a man is judged by the company he keeps, and the mere fact that the whole machinery of the Radical party is at his back at the present moment ought to be sufficient to be- tray the cloven hoof of the party influence at work. We shall always regret the circumstance that municipal contests cannot be kept apart from Imperial politics, but so long as that circumstance remains it is idle to profess to fight one isolated election upon the Independent ticket, especially when it is apparent to all that in everything ex- cept the declaration of one candidate it is a party affair pure and simple. If Mr. Siddall were re- turned on Monday, a contingency which we do not reckon upon seriously, the result would to a cer- tainty be hailed as a Radical victory, and in making a calculation of party strength within the Council Mr. Siddall would be counted among the Radical units. Mr. Haswell, on the other hand, makes no secret of his party allegiance, but he appeals to the ratepayers on a much broader ground, and, taking the two men on their merits, we have not the slightest hesitancy in urging the voters to work their utmost to secure Mr. Haswell's return by a solid majority. A final meeting of his workers took place at the Assembly Rooms, Newgate-street, on Thursday evening. Mr. George Lowe, wfio presided, addressed the gathering, the tone of which was distinctly hopeful. It only remains for Mr. Haswell's sup- porters to continue their untiring efforts until Monday evening, when they will reap their reward in the form of a handsome majority. We sincerely trust to have the pleasure next week of congratulating Mr. Haswell upon a well- earned victory. It has been arranged that the approaching Chester Assizes shall commence on Monday, the 11th March, the commission being opened on the Saturday previous. The presiding judges will be Mr. Justice Mathew and Mr. Justice Bruce. The Parliamentary Bill of the Chester Gas Company seems likely to pass without opposition so far as the Chester Corporation is concerned. The matter came up for consideration at a meeting of the Local Government Act and Parliamentary Committee of the Town Council this week, when it was decided to offer no opposition to the measure. In another column we record, in connection with the Cheshire Hunt, changes of more than passing interest. In the first place Mr. Reginald Corbet, Iwhose portrait we print in our inner pages, has ^in his 69th year been obliged by declining health ito resign the Mastership of the South Cheshire ?pack, and his son, Mr. Reginald Corbet, junr., |has received the appointment. Mr. Corbet's fame [ as a huntsman has spread far beyond the stretch of country he knows and loves so well, and his familiar figure will be missed. The veteran M.F.H. of England, he has at last laid aside the scarlet coat and black cap, and not without great re- luctance on his part and amid a chorus of regrets from Cheshire hunting gentlemen, who will tell of his brilliant achievements for many a day to come. It is a satisfaction to know that his son inherits his father's keen love of sport, and gives promises of maintaining the reputation of the I South Cheshire. ■ The other change is in regard to the North Cheshire. The Earl of Enniskillen has retired ,from the Mastership, and Mr. H. M. Wilson, of The Hermitage, Holmes Chapel, has been ap- pointed in his stead. The Earl has hunted with the Cheshire Hounds for upwards of thirty years, and he succeeded Captain Park-Yates, of honoured memory, in the Mastership of the North Cheshire pack in 1896. 6 The Earl is an ardent sportsman and a good shot. I He is regarded as a fine judge of hounds, and was in 1899 one of the judges at the famous I | Peterborough Show. On the death of the late kLord Drogheda the Earl was elected steward of Ethe Irish Turf Club. ? The new Master of the North Cheshire, Mr. Hubert M. Wilson, is a son of the late Mr. H. C.1 ?Wilson, of Prestwich, near Manchester, and was engaged in business there. He came to The Her-? jf mitage about 12 years ago, and has taken a great a interest in all Cheshire matters. He holds the rank of lieutenant in the Earl of Chester's Y eo- manry, and is attached to the Arley Troop, among' whom he has an enviable reputation. He is the' owner of some 1,000 acres in the heart of Cheshire hunting country, and he is no stranger in the field. Indeed, Mr. Wilson's appointment will, we are sure, prove very popular. Nor is Mr. Wilson unfamiliar with the duties of a M.F.H. Since' 1899, when he succeeded his late brother, Mr. F. T. Wilson, he has been Master of the Ledbury Hunt, the members of which will part with him with great regret, for Mr. Wilson possesses in a large measure those qualities which go to make a popular M.F.H. S We are glad to hear that an arrangement was ■ made with Mr. Corbet that the hills should in' ■ future be regularly hunted by him, with a view to meeting the objections, which have been raised by some of the farmers in the South country, and pressed by the Nantwich Farmers' Club, that por- tions of the district have been over-hunted under the old regime. This arrangement should con- siderably relieve the South country, which is rather small for two days a week continuous hunt- ing throughout a season. Mr. Pennefather, of Calveley Hall, has for some years past been hunt- ing the hills (together with the forest) with his own pack of hounds, but we understand that the change meets with his entire approval if it is thought to be desirable in the interests of the Hunt. His services have been of great value to the Hunt, and we have often heard of his shew- ing excellent sport.
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I LOCAL NEWS. Sir W. Williams Wynn, Master of the- Wynnstay Hounds, announces that in consequence of the death of the Queen hunting will be suspended. I Bishop Scott, of North China, arrived in Chester on Wednesday afternoon, and is staying with his brother, the Rev. Canon Cooper Scott, at St. John's Rectory. | We are requested to state that the Mayor ] and Mayoress of Chester have cancelled all their public engagements for the present, in | consequence of the Queen's death. i A marriage has been arranged between Alexander Balfour Williamson, third son of Steuben Williamson, of Copley, Cheshire, and Louisa Clifton, eldest daughter of Colonel James Clifton Brown, of Holmbush, Fay gate, Sussex. ■ The Bishop of Chester instituted the Rev. F I E. Evans to a living at Appleton, near l Warrington, on Tuesday night. Being unaware that the Queen had passed away, he referred in feeling terms to Her Majesty's illness, and prayed that she might be spared a little longer to her Empire and, in a very real sense, to the nations of the earth. NORTH WALES CIRCUIT.- Mr. Justice Mathew on Wednesday fixed the following commission days for holding the Winter Assizes on the North Wales Circuit-viz., Newtown, Wednesday, February 20; Dolgelly, Friday, February 22 Carnarvon, Monday, February 25; Beaumaris, Friday, March 1; Ruthin, Monday. March 4; Mold, Thursday, March 7; Chester, Saturday, March 9; Cardiff, Saturday, March 16. The Duke and Duchess of Teck have arrived in London from Chatsworth. Mr. T. T. Kelly, Clerk of the Peace for Flint- shire and Clerk of the County Council is, we regret to state, lying seriously ill at his residence, Bryn Coch, Mold. The death is announced, at Prestbury Hall, of Mrs. Legh, the widow of the late Mr. C. B. Legh, a well-known Cheshire landowner who died many years ago. The Hon. Treasurer of the Hospital Saturday Committee begs to acknowledge with thanks the following collection :-Wlseman's Mills, per Mr. E. Hughes, £ 4 18s. 2d. The excursion to Southampton for the football match announced by the Great Western Rail- way to take place on January 26, has been postponed until further notice. The marriage between Major General R Pole-Carew, C.B., and Lady Beatrice Butler daughter of the Marquis and Marchioness of Ormonde, will take place at tfie Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks, on Tuesday, February 19. Monday was the first anniversary of the death of his Highness the Duke of Teck, who 1 survived his wife, the Princess Mary, sister of j the Duke of Cambridge, three years. The j Duchess of York and her brothers, the Duke of I Teck and Prince Alexander of reck, passed the day at White Lodge, Richmond, where their I father and mother died. 1 A correspondent states that Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., commanding the 15th Yeomanry Brigade, consisting of the Denbigh- shire Hussars and the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, has intimated to the War Office that he will raise another company of Imperial Yeomen, and keep them in Wynnstay Park, Ruabon, until they are thoroughly equipped, and arrangements for their departure are completed. SUDDEN DEATH. Mr. E. Brassey (city coroner), held an inquiry at the Tarvin Bridge Inn, on Monday evening, into the circumstances attending the death of a girl named Constance Ethel Harrison, seven years of age, who resided I 'with her parents at 4, South-view. Deceased appeared in good health on Saturday, but she 1 was found dead early the following day.—The I IJury returned a verdict of Death from natural 'causes," H THE LATE DUKE AND HIS WORKMEN. B j On Friday, under the will of the late Duke of B Westminster, the workmen on the Halkyn I Castle estate who had been five years in the B employment of his Grace all received sums of Imoney equal to one year's wages. The late 1 Duke was a great friend and benefactor of the 'parish of Halkyn, which is the centre of the efd-m ,ning industry of Flintshire. Some B ?years ago he built a beautiful church for theiBj parish, at a cost of £ 20,000. One of his last f i tgifts to the parishioners was an extension of B ( the schools at a cost of £1,500, and he also gave 1 the site and a good proportion of the village I 'institute, a spacious and well-fitted build- ing for recreative purposes. Br ALTERATIONS AT THE QUEEN HOTEL.—At the B r City Police Court on Wednesday morning, B before the Mayor and other magistrates, an B rapplication was made by Mr. Hubert Potts, on behalf of the Queen Hotel Company, for the B lapproval of the magistrates to plans shewing Isome internal alterations intended to be effected B !in the Queen Hotel. Mr. Potts explained that •the proposed alterations would necessitate the demolition of the coffee room, and what was now used as the ladies' coffee room would be used as :the coffee room. It was also proposed to extend the coffee room in the direction of the gardens [at the back of the hotel. There were also a few minor alterations. Mr. P. H. Lockwood 'architect, explained the plans to the magis- trates, and they were approved. I DEATH OF MR. GEORGE PRICHARD. A :well-known tradesman who earned the respect and esteem of citizens generally, passed peace- fully away at his residence, 9, The Groves on Sunday evening, in the person of Mr. George Prichard. The deceased gentleman had reached the advanced age of 88 years, and his death, after an illness lasting six weeks was, therefore, not altogether unexpected. For con? siderably over half a century Mr. Prichard arried on business with the late Mr. CatheralJB s a photographic publisher, in Eastgate-street R Row, and until his final illness he took an active interest in the concern. Sinc? the demise of Mr. Catherall the business has been a limited company, of which & Mr. Prichard was chairman. Deceased's quiet and retiring disposition gained him many S friends. He was a strong Conservative and Churehman, although he took no prominent part in public matters. He leaves a son and daughter to mourn their loss: The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Chester Cemetery. The Rev. Canon S. Cooper Scott and the Rev. H. Grantham were the officiating ministers. Among those present at the graveside, were Mr. Arthur Prichard and Miss Prichard (son and daughter), Mrs. Arthur Prichard (daughter-in-law), and Messrs. Jos. Potts, O. White, J. Sheriff Boberts, William McLellan, F. W. Ward, A. Blayney, James Golder, F. C. Pearson, — Raby, J. Blower, Wm Dutton, and James Dutton. Wreaths were sent by sorrowing relatives and friends. When you put him in his FIRST SUIT, BRADLEY'S can find you one as smart and reasonable aA any- one in the country.—Foregate-straet cordlr of Seller-street) æ2í: ,JI!!I/¡,}:c,o.' ? RITUALISM.—The Great Boughton Mutual | and Social Improvement Society held the' weekly meeting on Friday evening, in the IChristleton-road School, Mr. Norman Jones presiding. A paper was read on Ritualism by |Mr. J. Culm. An interesting discussion ensued the genera? opinion being that ritualistic practices were both illegal and unscriptural. 1 PHARMACEUTICAL SUCCESS. Among the names of the successful candidates at the recent examination of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is that of Mr. Charles Owen Everatt Hughes, who was apprenticed with Mr. D. Dickinson, chemist, Hoole. This entitles Mr. Hughes to be registered as a chemist and druggist. Out of 294 candidates who presented themselves only 91 were successful. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESSES.—An Gldfield scholar- ship which was offered for competition at the Grosvenor 2fuseum has been awarded to John Newstead, son of Mr. B. Newstead, the Curator of the Grosvenor Museum, and a pupil of the Higher Grade Wesleyan Boys' School, St. John- B street. Norman R. Williams, another pupil of this school, has also been awarded an art B 1 scholarship at the School of Art. B WILL OF THE LATE MR. JOHN R. BURTON, OF MJNERA HALL.—The will of the late Mr. John Robert Burton, who died on the 1st Sep-I tember, has been proved by the Executors, Messrs. Thomas Reginald James, of Wrexham, and Reginald Potts, of Chester. After bequeath ing legacies ofE-50 each to his executors, S200 to his agent, Thomas Henry Michell, and £100 each to Ruth and Gwen Williams, daughters of Dr. Richard Williams, of Wrexham, the testator gave all his personal property to his widow, Mrs. Ellen Martha Burton, absolutely. The testator devised all his real property to Messrs. T. R. James and R. Potts upon trust for Mrs. Burton, to whom he gave full and free power of disposal thereof by deed or will. The testator's free and unsettled property, upon which estate duty has now been paid, is valued at f,20,520 16s. 7d. gross. PICTORIAL ENTERTAINMENT AT CHESTER,— Cinematograph pictures are rather a novelty to Chester audiences, and the entertainment given by the North American Animated Photo Co. in the Music Hall during this week was therefore very enjoyable. The Hall was crowded nightly. The numerous animated pictures provoked much merriment, and few could have wished for views more life-like in production. Those representing memorable scenes in China and South Africa were naturally of special interest, the pictures significant of notable incidents connected with the relief of Ladysmith being splendid; while a fair idea of London's welcome to Earl Roberts was given. The band of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment played appropriate selections at intervals. THE CANAL MTSTERY BODY IDENTIFIED.— Mr. E. Brassey (city coroner) held an adjourned inquest at the Town Hall on Monday evening, on the body of a man, at first unknown, who was found in the canal close to Cow-lane Bridge over a week ago.—The Chief Constable said he had ascertained that the watch which was found upon deceased came from a Sheffield irm. He had communicated with this particular irm, and learned that the watch was sold to a man named Peter Durkin, 15, Lustre-street, Keithley. He also communicated with the superintendent of police at Keithley, who stated bhat a man bearing the name mentioned lodged for three months with Chas. Ray at 15, Lustre- street, and left shortly before Christmas to seek for work. He (Mr. Laybourne) was perfectly satisfied from the description given to him that deceased's name was Peter Durkin, and that he lived at Keithley.-The jury returned an open verdict of Found drowned." CHESTER PAXTON SOCIICTY. Under the presidency of Mr. Robert Wakefield, Newton Hall, the usual fortnightly meeting was held in the Grosvenor Museum on Saturday, when Mr. W. Neild, F.R.H.S., of Holmes Chapel College, read a paper entitled Manures- Organic and Inorganic, Special and General, g ind their effects upon crops." The lecturer, B who has had large experience both as a prac- tieal horticulturist and as a teacher upon the staff of the Cheshire County Council, dealt with his subject in a practical and exhaustive manner. Much useful information was igained by those present, and Mr. Neild emphasised the fact that to understand thoroughly the nature :)f soils and manures, a knowledge of practical I chemistry was a decided advantage.—A dis- | cussion followed the reading of the paper, and the meeting closed with the usual votes of thanks. FUNERAL OF THE LATE MRS. REDDISH.— J ( The funeral of the late Mrs. Reddish took [ place on Thursday week, when the. first J portion of the service was held at St. John's t Church and was conducted by the Rev. Canon s hooper Scott, assisted by the Rev. G. C. Briggs, who also officiated at the graveside in the presence of a large number of mourners. The j following were the principal mourners :—Mr. J. | F. Reddish, Mr. and Mra. T. Lioyd, Mr. and Mrs. r. P. Tushingham, Mr. and Mrs. Johnjs &eddish, Mr. and Mrs. George Reddish (London), Mr. Harry Reddish (London), Miss | Annie Goode, Miss Ethel Goode, Mr. ThomasJ Goode, Miss Annie Adams, Messrs. C. and 0.? Lloyd, Mr. J. Williams (Shrewsbury), Mr.1 Reading (Chester Station), Mr. W. LambertJ (Chester btation), Mr. Hetherington (Birken-1 head), Mr. Roberts, Mr. Jones, Mrs. H&rrison (N ewton-le- Willows), Mr. H. Corlett, Mr. T. | Morris, Mr. Tom Davies, Mr. Joe Williams, Messrs. W. Hollyoak, J. Wynn, G. Gaghan. The wreaths were numerous. The funeral arrange- ments were carried out by Messrs. Edgar Dutton and Sons. THE LATE MR. J. G. CHURTON.—Special hymns were sung at Neston Parish Church en Sunday in reference to the late Mr. J. G. Churton. In the morning the Vicar (Canon Turner) preached on the subject of "The Christian's Dying Prayer," taking as his text Psalm xxxi., 5—" Into Thine hand I commend my spirit. Thou hast redeemed me, 0 Lord God of truth." At the close of his sermon the Vicar said :—The thoughts which I have brought before you this morning have been suggested by the fact that during the past week death has come very near to us by the lamented removal of one who had long worshipped in this church. For some time Mr. Churton's health had been failing, but ?his family and friends quite hoped that his life Iwould have been prolonged for some months at least. However, it was not to be. On Sunday evening, at a quarter past eight, a sudden and violent seizure of the heart, which his attentive medical attendants were unable to relieve, ter- :minated fatally within an hour and a half. By his death many have lost a kind and generous friend, and one whose place it will be difficult to fill. During his long residence in this parish the late Mr. Churton was a liberal contributor to every parochial object, and his private charities were ver, ■ —; fie services of the churcr a regular wor- shipper Vi" I think, very pleasing t, Lilt-! !ju reef itly as Christ- mas Day IL, a his HImel -< a md partook of the Holy Th* u'i' sudden death of our frier surely a sui. -n warning in it for us all, iameiy. io be *repar,-l for our own summons '-h«never it m^ Let us not be deaf to th warning: bur ic t learn wisdom from the o<Mist?ut instance# ot L onality which .n that when we are ever happcni' <u. ? ? that when we shall be called re m: ?s full assurance of the pro' ￼ ;?}d our to r; who love the «■» <* ,Lord Jo?, the report of the fun, i. 3fthe names ol?. iL (: Lie! ,&lers. Vaer
I.A.R.A. AND CHESTER REGATTA COMMITTEE. At a recent meeting of the committee of the Amateur Rowing Association, the hon. sec. (Mr. R C. Lehmann) reported that he had communicated the decisions of the committee in reference to the complaint of the Stourport B.C. to the committee I of the Chester Regatta, the Royal Chester R.C., and the Stourport B.C. The committee unani- mously confirmed the letter written by the hon. sec. to the committee of the Chester Regatta This letter was printed in the "Field" of Sept. 22. The hon. sec. then read a considerable corre- spondence which had passed between him and the committees of the Chester Regatta and the Royal Chester R.C. The Royal Chester R.C were apparently unwilling to hand back the City I of Chester Challenge Cup and the presentation prizes to the committee of the Chester Regatta i until they had been requested to do so by thai? committee. The hon. sec. of the A.R.A. COIl-I tinued to press for their Immediate 1!i? cordance with the decision of the committee of the A.R.A., and pointed out that an affiliated club! was bound to render obedience to a decision cf; the A.R.A. committee without making that! obedience conditional on the request of any other ¡ body. Eventually, the committee of the Chestei Regatta having requested the return of the cups, the Royal Chester R.C. handed them back. Ai lengthy discussion ensued, and in the end Mr. S. j Downs, the representative of the Royal Chester! R.C., stated on behalf of that club that there was] no intention on their part to set up their opinions against the decision of the A.R.A., and that he regretted that anything in their action should! have been so construed. This was accepted as! satisfactory by the A.R.A. committee, and it was.] decided to take no further action in the matter: with reference to the Royal Chester R.C. After! considerable discussion, the committee decided to. accede to the request of the Regatta Committee and to receive a deputation from that body at the! next committee meeting.
INATIONAL TRADE DEIFENCEI t ASSOCIATION. I The annual meeting of the subscribers in thei Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales District: was held at the Queen Hotel, Chester, on Friday, I Mr. J. L. Kemp presiding. The usual formal business was transacted, and Messrs. Kemp and! own (Warrington) were ,æ-elected to represent ] the wholesale trade on the Central Committee l for 1901. The annual meeting of delegates from the retail!j associations in the district followed, and was welii attended and representative. Among others present were Alderman W. J. P. Pugh (Shrews I bury), Messrs. L. Hayes (Whitchurch, president Salop L.V. Association), W. Maddox, and J Thomas (Shrewsbury), A. Hickenbotham (North and South Shropshire L.V. Association;. Councillor E. Sheldon and Mr. J. Bytheway (Ludlow), Messrs. William Hulme and Joseph Massey (Stockport), J, McLeavy, J. Carter. and J. H. Roberts (Birkenhead), F. Geary (Beau maris), Councillor S. May and Mr. W. Cottam (Macclesfield), Messrs. F. Coleclough and D. Par- tington (Crewe), J. A. Gorst inorthwicb), J. B- Bayley and J. McLeavy (C-ongleton), G. Gosling (Hyde), R Burrows, C. Bennett and R. Billingtou (Chester), S. R. Johnson, B. Hutchinson and John Lloyd (Wrexham), E. S. Foster (Rhyl), M- Churchill (Llandudno), G. R. Gowenlock S (Oswestry) &c. fl Among the members of the wholesale trade present were the following: -Messrs. T. J. Down jf and J. Henry (Greenall, Whitley And Co., Ltd.), R J. L. Kemp, W. T. Marshall and R. E. jB Egginton (Chester Northgate Brewery Co. S Ltd.), W. Stanley Smith (Soames and Co., Wrex- ham), H. J. Martin and F. Coveney (Birkenhead B Brewery Co., Ltd.), J. W. Montgomery (Chester jijg Lion Brewery Co., Ltd.), J. K. Kemp (Chester;, H. A. Newton (manager National Trade Defence Association, London), J. R. Rae (district agent* and secretary), &c. m Mr. T. J. Down was called to the chair, and after a few introductory remarks, in which he gave a hearty welcome to the delegates, said he I would not detain them at any length, as they were all anxious to hear Mr. Newton, who had come specially from London to address them. He was glad to see such a large and representa- tive meeting, and would at once call on the retail delegates to present their report. The report referred to the proceedings of the Central Committee during the year, especially to the work done in connection with the Genera] Election. The result of the election, so far as the district was concerned, was that they were exactly in the same position as before, viz.—members favourable to the Trade. 18; unfavourable, 12. Reference was also made to the legislation attempted during the last session of Parliament, to the fact that the National Trade Defence Fund would in future be known as the National Trade Defence Association, and it concluded by express- ing confidence in the association as a useful and necessary organisation in the interests of the Trade. Alderman Pugh (Shrewsbury), in submitting the report, referred to the different events of the year, and to the unanimity which characterised their meetings in London. Councillor S. May (Macclesfield) proposed the,! the report be adopted, and that Messrs. Pugh, McLeavy and Geary, the retail representatives for 1900, be cordially thanked for their services. He had no doubt that they had done their duty, and had every confidence in putting the resolution to the meeting.—Mr. Partington (Crewe) seconded, and Mr. H. A. Newton, in supporting it, referred to the very anxious year which they had spent. When they last met the South African War occu- pied their thoughts. Then this year had been an eventful as well as an anxious one. They had had the General Election, and had come through it, he thought, very successfully. Their chief trouble, and the one which had caused more anxiety to the Trade leaders and to himself, had been the arsenical epidemic. He had been re- f"quested from many quarters to call agitation meetings on the subject, but he deprecated the !calling of metings until they were in a position 'to say exactly what was wanted. The whole subject was being most thoroughly investigated, jand when the result of the investigation was made public it could be shewn that the Trade had done its best to get at the truth and to find an effectual remedy for the trouble which had arisen. No doubt the scare would be used, in fact it was being used, by the advocates of the so-called I" pure beer movement," of which Sir Cuthbert Quilter was the prime mover. They all desired [pure beer, but he pointed out that even the passing of such a measure as that which was [being agitated for would not ensure the purity [of beer. Even beer brewed from malt, bops and water might be impure, as had been proved by an eminent analyst. The fact that arsenic had been [found in some of the ingredients used in the lproduction of beer must be admitted, but he 'claimed that until the completion of the enquiry ? which was going on it was unfair to condemn ?beer as the sole cause of the mishap. (Hear, !hear.) There was one thing they must remember. When Mr. Gladstone in 1880 repealed the malt tax he gave them a free mash tun, and for that free mash tun the brewers had to pay something tlike £ 600,000. If, therefore, the arrangements [made in 1880 were to be altered the brewers l would be entitled to some compensating reduction in the amount of taxation which they had at present to pay. In fact the whole of the fiscal i arrangements made in 1880 must be revised. R This was admitted on all sides, and even Sir William Harcourt, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1895, said that the free mash was ;a bargain which, if you are prepared to break it. 8 will necessitate the reconsideration of the whole system of the beer duty." In conclusion Mr. ► Newton referred to the necessity for continuing the local organisation. They had an excellent a report, and had shewn an excellent result, and he hoped they would do even better in the future. B They had troubles to face, not from the Govern- s ment, but from those who were possessed with one idea, viz., that of entire prohibition, but he l took it that the people of this country were opposed to such a policy. (Hear, hear.) [ Messrs. Stanley Smith and R. Burrows were g appointed scrutineers, and on a vote conducted by ballot it was found that Messrs. Pugb, Churchill and McLeavy were elected as repre- 1 sentatives of the district on the Central Com- fmittee for 1901. These gentlemen returned ? thanks for their election, and Mr. McLeavy, in f his remarks, referred to the form of questions to j candidates, and hoped that in future the policy | "of the National Trade Defence Association would tbe followed, and that one set of questions would be put to the candidates. He also urged the ,necessity of adhering to the lines laid down by ti-I., t association. I Mr. Hulme (Stockport) made a few practical i suggestions on the pure beer question, and it is understood that these are being carefully con- | tsidered by the Central Association. Mr. Sheldon | j (Ludlow) and others followed. and Mr. Geary I (Beaumaris), the retiring representative for North Wales, made a few remarks, and thanked the retail associations for their past conifdence. I i Councillor Maddox (Shrewsbury) proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Newton for his attendance and address. It was gratifying to him to have been present that day and to know that their interests were being so carefully attended to in London. (Hear, hear.)—Mr. McLeavy (Congleton) seconded, and the motion was unanimously agreed to.—Mr. Newton having replied, a vote of thanks to Mr. J. L. Kemp, the chairman of the district, for his services to the association during the past year was proposed by Mr. E. S. Foster (Rhyl), and seconded by Mr. Gowenlock (Oswestry), and unanimously agreed to. On the motion of Mr. McLeavy (Birkenhead), seconded by Mr. Churchill (Llandudno), Mr. Rae the district agent and secretary, was also thanked for his work during the year.—Mr. Rae, in reply, expressed his thanks to all those who had so loyally worked with him, and he felt quite sure that if the Trade would work together in the future as they had done in the past they would have little to fear from their enemies. I
THE CHESTER PANTOMIME.-After a highly ] successful run, the Chester Pantomime has now reached the end of its lease of life, and this (Saturday) evening will witness the closing performance. Next week the boards of the Royalty Theatre will be engaged for The Grip of Iron." BRADLEY'S sell All-fur Elastic FELT HATS, at 3/9, in any shape as comfortable as a cap, really 4/6 g a.-Foregete-street (corner of Seller-street) and 70. Brook-pt?^et. FLORILINE !-FOR THE TEETH AND BREATH.- Thoroughly cleanses the teeth frem all parasites or impurities, hardens the gams, prevents tartdr 1nlL deay' ? gives to the teeth a pecnh? ?)ear? jy and a delightfnl fragance to the Hrooth Price 23- 6d. for the liquid, or Is. per jar' for Sth; e F' oril; e 'Powder,' of all Cheats an? i Ferfniears.
I NORTH AND SOUTH WALES S BANK. I ANNUAL MEETING. The sixty-fifth animal meeting of the pro- Wpnetors of the North and South Wales Bank, Limited, was held on Tuesday at the Law Asso- Sci&tjon Rooms, Cook-street, Liverpool. Air. StThcmas Brocklebank, J P., chairman of the board Wei directors, presided over a large attendance. ■ The directors, in their report for the year ended 31st December last. stated that the gr,,88 ffprofiis, including a balance of £ 22.074 12s. id. Bircm last account, after deducting interest due to depositors, rebate on bills not due, and making provision for losses, were C244,480 lis. 7d. Frcm Hihat was to be deducted the total expenditure (jf the head ofifce, sixty-nine- branches, and niDe- teen sub-branches, including salaries, directors* rent, taxes, and other expenses, L103,220 Bis 5d., which left. a balance of £ 141,260 10s. 2d. Bine dividends paid to proprietors, with the items gander the beads of income tax paid by tie bank, written off bank premises, ofifcers' pension fund, Band consols written down. amounted to £120,G41 (is. 7d.. leaving the sum cf L21,219 9s. 7d. to be carried to the next account. B The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the ■ report, -aid :-We have had a very satisfactory year, and the figures almost speak for themselves, Efcr the profits of the bank compare very iavoij*- S ably with those of late years and with the success that has attended our efforts the resources of the ?bank have been so distributed as to maintain the ?ftrcng nuancia! position at which it is always the desire of your directors to aim, which the foltc?- ? ]Kg figures will shew:—Against our total hab.H- I t:es to the public, which &re £ 9.932.291, we held ? jn cash. Consols. India Stock, first-class railvay ?M'?'-?:??. and bills £6143.293. or a relation cf CLE- to the other of 62 per cent. ;Hear. he?f.) And now 1 propose, with your permission/ to note one or two of the most interesting points in the L?ance-sheet. First, you will see that ev.ry ?m, with one exception, both on the debtor and crater side of the account. sbew< an incre I of wbch you will notice a growth of hah a milIkn <)- mere' in the deposits. This fact, with the iavouraMe rates that have been ruling, has been ? scjrce of increased earning capacity to the n&nk, the margin of profit between the b"4- brokers' average rate of discount and the London rate en deposits having been better than it wa 'n J8. ?e?ud!y, partly owing to the fal! in aU ?it edged securities, Y02r directors have thought 3t prndeMt to write down ocr Consols, which we k ve been able to do out of the year's profits to the bankers' ideal figtirie, of 90; and. thereforo, ;unless the British Empire is submerged, we need hardly make any further provision on that score on the future. As the bank continues to grow, v/o naturally are obliged to increase the number and improve the condition of our branches. We ha^e |consequently completed the rebuilding of cur premise*, at Holyhead and Pwllheli. The new building ar Rhyl will. we nope, be ready for occu- pation during the summer, and though everything is do j€ in an economical manner, still the buii«J- inge must be of a substantial and handsome char- acter and keeping that end in view, yc ir L en d in yc:tr dlrectür think it right to continue the policy ci writ;ng down our premises' account annually. We have, therefore, reduced it this year by iI5.798. making the total so treated in eight years £58.000 The two foregoing items and the sum of £ 2,00G placed to the pension fund make a total of nearly £ i8,000 written off profits this year, as against £ 9.000 last year; but still leaving a Zgrd margin tc, pay a si' Ig h tj y- margin to pay a slightly-increased dividend, and tc carry krward substantially the same amount to the next account as last year. (Applause.) In this connection, on the bare chance of mak? |Mr. Rowland Hughes bl jsh, 1 should iike to men- tion that the provision for bad debts at the head vfhte amounts to^ £ 161 13*. 2d.. and to no more tt an £ ,2.568 7s. 2d. at all the sixty-nine branch es. speaks volumes foi the care which is taken by the cfficials, and the intimate knowledge they | nave cf, and the good terms on which they stand with, their customers. ApplatiS.) Edúre d-missinS thjt part of mv subject. I should rh,fee to point out to you that the increèd jncome-t&x which we pay before declaring tf o Gjv dend absorbs this year nearly £ 1,400 more cf cur profits, and the total of the income-tax we pay is a fraction over Is. 6d. per share, or three- quarter^ per cent. We have opened a. branch at jLiandnndod Wells and sub-branches at Coe4- poetn ana Rbos. near AVrexham, and since tho ),t January have arranged to open one at tho braver. Arms, where many of our customers attend the great sales of horses and cattle. We have bought premises at Smithdowu-road and Shrewsbury, where branches will be opened. tho former under the title of the Sefton Park Branq h dunng the spring, very oon now, I believe. Wo were in securing at Shrewsbury a JTna fcmidmg in the very best situation and" easily adapted for our purposes at comparatively small cost, so the wish which your directors have loiw entertained cf having a branch in what is aptly oermeo t re capital of North Wales is a bout at last tc be realised. (Applause.) The lepcrt was adopted, and Messrs. R. C. Beaziey and Thomas Brocklebank were re-elected director0. It was decided to placo i4,000 at the disposal cf the directors as their remuneration for the current yeai. and Messrs. Harmood Banner and on were -e-?ppcinted auditors at a remuneration of «00 rmi)H."
I CHESTER CATHEDRAL. &ArfRB?. JANUARY 20TH. Morning. 8.0: MatirT. ?0.15 Service, Gibbons in F; anthem. In Jewry is God miruga" (CiMke-Whitfeld). Evening, 4.15: Swviee, Gi t3 M P; anthem, The Lord is great (Be"t § SUNDAY, JANCAET 2"TH (Third Sunday after EpipBMy). —Morning, 8.' Holy Communion. 10.30: Service, t* in E fiat; anthem, "Turn Thee again (Attwood); introit, hymn 220; Kyrie and Credo (8Mineriu Ena.t?; ?b ca R deuce. 3.3C preacher, the Canon in Residence. "ve"I'g3 ('' Pr' vice. StMner m E nat: antbeœ, Thou wilt keep h,77 (JekyU); hymn 81. Evening, 6.30: Magnificat and Nunc 127Dji tc Chants; processional hymn, 180; hymns ?t, 279, 74; preacher, the Be v. Canon Grenside, M.A.
I LIGHTING-UP TABLE. IAii cycles and other vahiclee in the Ce8tet [district must be hhted¡)p &8 stated in the fcHewing tab?e:— P.M. 1 Saturday, January 26 536 Sunday, January 27 533 Monday, January 28 5.41 Tuesday, January 29 5 41 Wednesday, January 23 5.31 Thursday, January 24 5.33 Friday, January 25. 5.34
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES,& DEATHS. BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, and DEATHS are charged at the rate uf 20 words for Is. (prepaid). If nor prepaid, the charge will be 2s. 6d. The announcement must be authenticated by the Signature and Address ot tha Sender. BIRTHS. BJTKELL—JaaALA-y 18, at 57, Catherine street, Chester, the wife of E. C. Bithell, of a daughter. CEOSBT—January 20, Mrs. Chas. W. Crosby, The Nook, Granyille-road, of a. son. SREEI>— January 2i, 1901, at 9. Pickering street, Hoole, j the wife of A. L. Speed, of a son. DEATHS. CATEEKALI— January 22, Aina Tharza, the beloved wife of William Catherall, and Mtl; daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Williams, of Backford Bridge, ag-ed 3S years. Will be interred to-day (Satuidayi, January 26th, at 3 o'clock, at Backford Churchyard. [Friends please accept this—the only—intimation.] ■DATJIES—Decembtr 5. 1900, at Sydney, Charles O. Davies, I late of Kelsborrow House, Kelsall, Chester, aged 21 I years. Interred at the Presbyterian Cercetery, B Pariimatta, on Dec. 6th. [Very deeply regretted. J |ELL:S—January ZZ', at 03, George-street, johii, the beloved I husband of Elizabeth Ellis, aged 4 4 :,e.1:"s. [Peace, I perfect peace ] ■HEALET—January 17, at his residence, 16, St. Anne- g street, George Cocks, the beloved husband of Jane B Heaiey. aged 67 vears. PJOKKS—January 21, in his 39th year. Oliver, the dearly I beioved and only son of Oliver and Mary E. JOles, of 26, £ Cambrian-road. |PRICHABI>—January 20. at 9, The Groves, George Prichard, m nis Ssth year. LXo cards. aV»7:LL3AM&—January 24, at i: Rock Park, Bock Ferry. Sarah, the beloved wife of Charles Wiiiiams. IN ME:MOBIAM lovll] z memory of Caroline Sarah, the B dearly loved wife of Biehard Franklin Brooker, of H Hoole. who departed this life January 25th, ItlCU, aged 3 7i) years. Though absent from her earthly home, yet K ttot forgotten by her bereaved husband and fvjjiiy j fOoOFEE—Jn precious memory of Harriett, the dearly g joveti wife of William Cooper, and fondly loved mother S of Jeume, January 21st, lit(X). 1 We miss her and mourn her in silence unseen, M And Gwell bn the memory of joys that have been. DABL-N(,TON-In loving memory of Hannah Darlington, ft oi Upton I aria, near Chester, who died January 22nd, Kj Time rolls by and stil we n:iss her, N (over shall her memory fade B Loving thoughts shall ever linger S Round the place where she is laid. IGrisi-In ioving memory of our dear father, Thomas ■ Guest, ot Green-lane, Saltcey, who passed away H January 26, 1&0J, in his 57th year. il-Never forgotten ujE.L.M. W.j ■ I KELLY— In loving memory of our dear mother, Catherine B Kelly. who departed this life January 28th, 189Lt M r" Thy will be done."] KLLOYD—Ii; loving memory of Vivian, the beloved son of I J. Henry Lnd Martha Lloyd, of 33, Phillip-street, S Hoole, who died January 24-th, 1900. S Farewell, eweet babe, to both our hearts still dear, B we bathe thy memoiy with a tear B Short wae thy stay, but long be thy rest, ■ God called thee from us because he thought it best. STAToN-In ever-loving memory of Thomas, the beloved ■ husband of Margaret Staton, who died January 23rd^ B 16.96. [To memory ever dear. J
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