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IIOCAL AND GBNKKAL NOTES.  one event which eclipses all others this in the eyes of the people of Chester, Cheshire, and North Wales is the wedding of the ?ke of Westminster and Miss Shelagh Cor"wallis- West, which is fixed to take place to- day (Saturday) in London. We publish as a to-day portraits of the bride and r1 ern- d't' "??om, and our Saturday evening edition "U contain a full report of the marriage ceremony "aether with a list of the wedding presents. ?though the national mourning has shorn the ?ddiQg rejoicings of much of their splendour, it j^not altogether preclude the tenants and neigh- bours of his Grace from manifesting their keen Merest in the auspicious event and their heart- ?" good wishes for the happiness of the youthful ?" The citizens of Chester, the city and the 'D at("I tenantry and the Halkyn tenants have all Ascribed for handsome wedding presents, and, fOr the intervention of the national mourning, ?' would have welcomed the newly-married *? with enthusiastic demonstrations of re- J «cing8 on a large scale. As matters stand, the aftl,ir must be a quiet one, but the sympathetic Jaterest of the looal public in the welfare of their lUustrious neighbour is none the less deep and lng. The people have still before their eyes th noble example of the great philanthropist the fst Duke of Westminster, whose memory will always be green in this neighbourhood, where be did so much for every good cause, and the bearts of the people went out to his gallant heir had sacrificed all the luxuries of his high Position in order that he might bear his personal Share in the defence of his country at the front. It is not a little singular that circumstances conspired to render the three great events the young Duke's life to be celebrated with a Rubdued rejoicing..First of all his coming-of-age ia3t spring could not be observed on a befitting because of the hero's absence at the front and the recent date of his noble predecessor's 4eatb. Then, when he returned home towards the close of the year, the family were desirous of taking the event as quiet as possible owing to the two same causes. To-day, the happiest day io. the young Duke's life, is marked by no great outburst of popular feeling because the country has been plunged into the deepest mourning by the death of its revered Sovereign. It is unfor- tunate that these melancholy surroundings should ha.ve marred what would otherwise have been a brilliant function, but the deepest and best huulan emotions do not always require an -exuberance of demonstration to emphasise them. W e do not require fluttering banners, brass bands and booming cannon to manifest our cordial "I,ilies for the happiness and prosperity of the iiouse of Grosvenor. These wishes are uppermost on the lips and hearts of every one of us to-day, and we are all animated by the sincere desire that the lives of the happy bride and bridegroom may be spared for the long life of public useful- ness for which their high station marks them out. The notification that Captain the Hon. Arthur JUwley had been made a Knight Commander of 81. Michael and St. George on his appoint- ment as Governor of Western Australia was observed with the greatest pleasure by his Cheshire friends, and of the congratulations -hich must have showered upon biin-for aptain Lawley is a widely popular gentleman— 40no are more sincere than those from this e<5Unty. Captain Lawley was one of the four Kni ght Commanders who were introduced into the Royal presence on Wednesday, when the .l\lDg conferred upon them the honour of knighthood and invested them with the Riband and Balge, and affixed to their left breasts the Star of their dignity in the Oropr. That the lIon. Arthur Lawley will succeed in West ^ustralia is beyond all doubt. HerA be will find a splendid field for displaying the tact, and ability which have characterised his occupancy of the exacting position of Administrator of 11 atabelelan d. •« Lord and Lady Cholmondeley have, says Madame." come up to London, as Lord ^CH olmondeley has a good deal to do in his capacity of Lord Great Chamberlain. Owing to e" Demise of the Crown a number of people, li.re Lord Cbolmondeley, have suddenly had official duties thrust upon them in connection With great hereditary offices, and have consequently been very busy study- 1119 their parts." The office of Lord Great Chamberlain is quite distinct from that of Lord Chamberlain, although many people confuse the two. This has especially been the case during the last week when the Lord Chamberlain has been besieged with applica- tions from people who wanted places for the Opening of Parliament, which ceremony the Xing performed in person on Thursday. The Lord Chamberlain has nothing to do with the Houses of Parliament, which are within the Jurisdiction of the Lord Great Chamberlain alone had the right to issue tickets for viewing the ceremony. The Hoole District Council met in committee Monday evening with the object of arriving at a settlement of the protracted negotiations over the public park question. The result of the Council's deliberations has not been communi- cated to the Press, but we hear from various sources that the meeting ultimately came to terms with the vendors and that a public park and recreation ground have been secured for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hoole. Another item which may interest the residents of that thriving suburb is the announcement which we are requested to make that at a meeting of a number of gentlemen who are strong advo- cates of amalgamation with Chester, it was delved that in consequence of the District Council's decision to acquire the public park, no opposition should be offered by them at the approaching election of councillors. It is pretty generally known in the district that several ardent supporters of the amalgamation scheme had threatened to come out as candidates at the next election, in order to again test the feelings of the ratepayers, but the prospect of a lively fight all found is now removed at all events for the present year. The detachment of Cheshire Volunteers shortly to start for the front ought certainly not to be allowed to depart without some kindly tokens from the friends they leave behind them and whose battles they are so soon to fight. Our eighteen months' experience of war has com- pletely taken off the novelty and the glamour of it, so that there is a risk that the soldiers who now embark may not attract so much attention <f did those in the earlier stages of the campaign. Still, it would be an injustice were the gallant fellows who are at this time offering their ser- vices in the cause of patriotism to suffer simply because the inoidents of departure for the front have lost their charm of novelty. Mrs. T. J. Smith, The Elms, Pulford, wife of Colonel Smith, has kindly interested herself in the welfare of the men, and she will be glad to receive presents for them either at her own address or at the Drill liall, Chester. The gifts may take the form of woollen garments, sleeping-caps, pipes, tobacco, or any other sort of comforts. We feel sure the matter requires only to be brought before the notice of our generous readers, in order that there may be a fitting response. Rumour still associates the name of Dr. Jayne with the vacant Bishopric of London, and in this connection his lordship is men- tioned repeatedly in newspapers and periodicals. Throughout Cheshire there is only one wish- that Dr. Jayne will preside over this diocese for many years to come. In the current number of "Madame" appears an excellent portrait of the Bishop of Chester side by side with one of the Bishop of Ripon, and beneath we find the words The new Bishop of London the prelates who have been most in the public eye." M. A. P." says:—" Dr. Jayne, whom rumour is favouring as a likely successor to the late Bishop of London, is in his fifty-sixth year. Since 1889 he has been Bishop of Chester. He is a tall, almost youthful looking divine, and, until ten years ago, regnlarly indulged in out. door sports; even until quite recently he joined his sons and daughters on the lawn-tennis court, overlooking the river Dee, for a quiet game. Before going to Chester Dr. Jayne was vicar of Leeds, and among the Yorkshire folk his popular nick-name was Gentle Jayne." This name was no doubt suggested by his lord- ship's smooth, mild utterance. He was vicar of Leeds for three years after acting as Principal of St. David's College, Lampeter, for seven." "At Chester the Bishop is extremely and deservedly popular. As a preacher he is eloquent and emphatic. He is the father of a large family, yet he has not allowed one of his sons to go away to a public school, preferring to have them privately educated under his own supervision at home. Like so many others, unfortunately, Dr. and Mrs. Jayne have lost a son-a doctor-in South Africa during the past year. The tone of the discussion which took place at the County Council meeting anent the levy- ing of a penny rate for technical and secondary educational purposes, seems to indicate that the proposal may one day be carried into effect. At any rate the views expressed were favourable to the idea, and Mr. J. H. Cooke, of Winsford, and those who have with him persistently advocated this rate will derive much satis- faction from the speeches upon the subject. While great credit is due to the county authority for what they have done to encourage technical and secondary education, it must be evident to all who have taken any interest in the question-and in these days who has not ?— that a great deal remains to be done in this connection. The country has awakened to the commercial importance of technical and secondary education, and efforts are being made in almost every county in this direction. In Cheshire public enterprise, materially assisted in many cases by private munificence, has resulted in considerable progress being made. But the need of greater monetary support to these excellent institutions is keenly felt. When this is forthcoming, when the schools have been freed of their encumbrances, then gratifying headway may be expected, and not before. The County Council have power to levy a rate of a penny in the L, we are told, and in the best interests of the community at large it is hoped they will exercise that power. One does not like an increased rate, to say nothing of a new one, but we venture to think that few will begrudge this urgently needed money with which so much that would redound to the credit of the county could be accom- plished. The admirable manner in which the Technical Instruction Committee has administered to the funds at its disposal, within recent years, should suffice as a guarantee that the sum realised by the extra rate, whenever it is levied, will be expended economically and to the best advantage. Last week we had the pleasure of publishing some verses upon the death of Queen Victoria by the Vicar of Norley, the Rev. C. R. Nunn- We have now received a copy of most appro- priate lines from the same pen in memoriam of those who have fallen in the South African war. The late Queen Victoria and the present Queen Alexandra both graciously accepted a copy of the poem, which is deeply expressive of the community and sympathy of suffering. The front page bears the dates of the late Queen's many bereavements, and a space is left for the insertion of the name place and date of death of any one falling in the South African war. The poem is being sold by Messrs. Pmllipson and G older for the benefit of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Fund.

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