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LOCAL & GENERAL NOTES. Major-General Hallam Parr has arrived in Chester and taken over the command of the North-Western Military District in succession to Major-General Swaine. Major-General Hallam Parr comes to us with a distinguished career to his credit, while Major-General Swaine carries with him in his retirement the kindest wishes of military and civilian residents in the city and countless other friends throughout the North- Western District. The ladies who responded to the appeal of the Mayoress of Chester to collect on behalf of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Nurses Fund have now brought in their cards, which shew a gratifying total of about L100. This sum has been received from the least well-to-do of the women of the city, the more prosperous residents having not yet been approached. These latter, however, will have an opportunity of giving their contributions next Sunday, when practically all the churches and chapels in the city and suburbs will make collec- tions on behalf of this fund, which is intended as a memorial of the great and much-revered Queen Victoria. The Mayoress, who is putting her whole heart into the benevolent work, is quite confident that these church collections will pro- duce a substantial sum, if the well-to-do inhabitants of the city and neighbourhood emulate the example set by their poorer neighbours. The donations from the houses already visited have come in sums ranging from sixpence to a penny. It will thus be seen that the oompany of some fifty lady col- lectors have performed a self-saorificing work, and it is to be trusted that the effort will result in the raising of a really handsome sum. A sad note was struck at the County Council meeting by the retirement of Mr. Joseph Beckett from the chairmanship of the Main Roads Committee, which he has occupied for 13 years with credit to himself and advantage to the county. Mr. Beckett remarked that he began this work at an age when most men were leaving off. However that may be he has dis- charged the duties with marked ability, and it is greatly due to the enthusiasm with which he has thrown himself into the work, coupled of course with the efforts of an able staff, that the main roads of the county are in such splendid order. At the present time we are spending less pro- portionately on our roads in Cheshire than our neighbours in Shropshire, and it is generally admitted that there is no comparison between the two counties in this respect. The giant who filled the role of The Terrible TurK" ac tho Rowley xneatre In last week's visit of The Circus Girl" proved a very handy man when two undesirable visitors from the Races appeared at the theatre entrance. Two ladies had just booked seats, when the Race ruffians snatched the tickets and were about to make their way into the stalls on the cheap. Luckily the theft was observed and the intruders challenged. They insisted, however, that they had paid their way, and offered to fight rather than retire. For this purpose they were invited into a more commodious area, where to their consternation they were confronted with the real, live giant, standing 6ft. lliin. in his stockings and 7ft. lin. in his boots. The Terrible Turk was a veritable apparition to the two Liliputian parasites of the Turf, who forgot all their fighting promises and slunk ignominiously from the scene. The new county budget is satisfactory reading for the ratepayers. It had been feared that there might be some increase in the amount to be asked for on account of the requirements of the year, but the Finance Committee are now satisfied that they will be able to jog along with a county rate of 41d. in the E. The county rate for several years has averaged 5d, or 5d., and in other years has even reached 6d. or 6id. The reduction will be very acceptable. The Upton Asylum Committee were criticised in some quarters three years ago for causing almost the whole of their milch cows to be slaughtered on account of the appearance of tuberculosis. The result has, however, fully justified their action. Cattle free from tuber- culosis were obtained in the place of these animals, and now the committee are able to report the gratifying circumstance that the deaths from phthisis have decreased by about one-half. It was from very humble beginnings that the Royal Alexandra Hospital at Rhyl, a new wing of which the Prince and Princess of Wales opened on Monday, has grown into a large and important institution, well deserving of Royal recognition. The hospital was first started in a small house at Rhyl as a convalescent home for children, and it is interesting to remember that the late Archdeacon Henry Powell Ffoulkcs was the guiding spirit in this founding of the institution a little over 30 years ago. Unfor- tunately lie has not lived to see the full fruition of his work; but it must have been with feelings of no ordinary pride that his widow on Monday witnessed the Royal ceremony. When it rains "cats and dogs," the stolid Briton, accustomed to the lovely vagaries of his climate, is not astonished, but when it rains ink, as it has done in Cheshire in more than one locality within the past week, a legitimate grievance arises. Mr. Hurleston Leche writes, I informing us that this latter phenomenon was observed at Carden on Friday afternoon by him- self and his gamekeeper. Our Tarvin correspon- dent chronicles a similar incident, also on Friday afternoon, rain "as black as ink" having been seen to fall in torrents for a considerable time. It will be interesting to know what explanation of the phenomenon is forthcoming from our scientific friends. Meantime, so far as the weather goes, the times are out of joint," the calendar and the thermometer being strangely at variance. The former proclaims this to be the middle of May and the latter adheres to freezing point or thereby every night, while by day the unkindly northerly and easterly winds paralyse vegetation and sadden all around. Fortunately the heavy and not opaque rain of Thursday night appears to have brought a little more genial temperature. Chester has many sons of whom she has reason to be proud. One of them is Mr. Lee Hankey who has won distinction in the realm of art. He has exhibited in the Academy nearly a dozen times, and it will be noted with satisfaction that he is represented in the Academy this year by two portraits of children. Mr. Hankey," says M.A.P. "is one of the younger men of the artistic world just over thirty a member of the Royal Institute and of the Society of Oil Painters; and a particularly successful artist when he us his pencil and brush in depicting quiet and picturesque scenes in France and Picardy." The walls of his studio at Fulham "are hung with water colours, all shewing that the artist's happiest hours, so far as his painting is con- cerned, have been spent across the sea." Oddly enough," remarks the writer in "M.A.P. "lie has never painted a single picture in Cheshire or North Wales, although his boyhood was passed there and he returns, now and again, to see his people-who, by the way, had little faith in his ever earning a living by the brush. He started life with a firm of designers. After giving all his time and energy for several years to drawings of furniture and wall-paper, Mr. Hankey came to London, with an experience of hard and careful work that he has found of great value in many direct and indirect ways. One of his best water-colours was chosen, last season, by the Hungarian Government for the National Gallery at Buda- Pesth and three years ago The Tangled Well,' a picture which he exhibited at the Suffolk- street gallery, was bought by the Cape Colony Government and sent to South Africa." Mr. J. E. Green, Parkgate, writes to vent bis indignation at his discovery that a water-bailiff has been employed by the Dee Fishery Board at Heswall without being formally appointed by that body. We have received the letter too late for publication, but this is the gist of it. As Major Leadbetter informed the meeting of the Board on Saturday, they are constantly discharging men, and it would be an absurd procedure to have to wait until the following meeting of the Board for the appointment of men to fill the vacancies. Such an arrangement might suit the poaching frater- nity, but it would be wholly unworkable from the Board's point of view. Whatever the strict letter of the law may be, the business-like way of the matter appears to be to engage a fresh bailiff at once, subject to the subsequent approval of the Board. Genuine grievances must be very scarce at the present season in the Parkgate district, it I this is the best one that can be trumped up.

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