[COPYBIGHT. ] THE TRIALS I OF MADGE MOBERLEY BY FLORENCE HOPE. Author of Tangled Threads," The Brown Rosa.ry," &a., &c- "•SYNOPSIS OF PREVIOUS CHAPTERS. CHAPTERS I to III.—Madge Moberley, plain but fascinating, is travelling to London to take up a position as governess. Her brother Phil is to meet her at St. Pancras. The train stops at Kettering and she is left alone, but on its moving again a man with a dog whip jumps in. When London is reached he secures a porter for her luggage. Phil is not there, but a gentleman named Christopher Keane comes up with the news that her brother is unavoidably detained. He takes Madge to see the shops, and then they meet Phil at a restaurant, and after luncheon Madge takes train to Wimbledon, and nearing "The Towers," her new home, in a cab, sees a woman's face peer- ing at her through some bushes. Later on, in her own room, she hears footsteps stop outside the door, and opening it sees the figure of a woman just disappearing. Madge falls asleep in the schoolroom, and wakes up, to hear the swish of a gown, and the door closing. She rushes to her bedroom and locks the door just as a scream rings out, followed by a heavy fall. She is not allowed to see tile mistress, and is depressed by the shadow that hangs over the home. Entering the dining-room one night, she finds the prostrate form of a woman, a dark crimson stream trickling from her lips. CHAPTERS III. (continued) to V.—Madge disoovers that the dark stream is not blood but port wi-ne. In an instant the mystery of the scream, falls, etc., is clear. The mistress of "The Towers" is a drunkard. The nurse informs Madge that only Kent liochford, a cousin of Mrs. Lovell, can manage ner, and also advises her to keep out of his way. In an album Madge discovers a photo of her companion of the train. She does not like his face, and throws the book down QQ f). ;S;"Al of plidto walks in, fol- lowed by Mr. Lovell. who. Intra uoes them. it is Kent Rochford. Madge leaves them, and is going upstairs, when she finds Mrs. Lovell peep- ing from her bedroom door. In low, agonised tones, Mrs. Lovell asks if Kent Rochford is down- stairs. She says he treats her like a dog, and also beats her. Next day he and Mr. Lovell leave for Paris, and in bidding good-bye to Madge he puts his hands on her shoulders and says he has a good mind to kiss heik Madge meets Christopher Keane, who is assisting a local w h o is ass stl' n,- a loca l doctor. He asks her if he can be her friend but it is something deeper than friendship he craves. They reluctantly part at "The Towers," where Madge finds Mrs. Lovell at the piano,. and is invited to join her. CHAPTERS VI to VIII.—-Mrs. Lovell confesses her craving for drink, and Madge tries to persuade her to give it up. She warns Madge against her cousin, Kent Rochford, saying that he will ruin the girl's life. For several days she does resist, and Madge, accompanied by Chris Ke ane, visits Phil. Mrs. Lovell sees a fancy waist-bag in Madge's room, and is told that her husband bought it for Miss Moberley in London. She works her- self into a jealous frenzy, and sends out for drink. Madge returns from London, and that night there is a dreadful scene between her and Mrs. Lovell, who is mad with passion at finding Madge with her husband. Next morning a note from Mr. Lovell informs her that his wife is going away for a month. CHAPTER VIII. (Continued). ven,ÚI',>¡ scene was compromising enougii. The lateness of tne hour—alter midnight—tne sleeping houseuo.d, the silence of the nignt- And Mauge neroeil—wearing a loose tlannel dressing- gowu tniown on in a uurry over her nightdress, lier long hair hanging in a thick plait down her back, her tace pa.è and agitated, and her nand ciacped in Air. iovoii s. Could appearances be worse The very manner in which tne gin tore her hand from Air. Loveli's affectionate ciasp seemed to denote guflt. "lio this is your friendship, your Hypocritical kindness to me You steal down at midnight to make love to my husband, you-" Alr. Lovell interrupted the foul word that rose to his wlle's lips by an angry exclamation of re- monstrance. There was a sickening odour of brandy, that Mrs. Loveli had evidently been partaking of freely; stiii she was sufficiently saber a to know wilat she was saying, as she had slept off the worst etfects of the drink. Jihe turned upon Madge •again with a. vOLey of viio abuse. The gin; with white, set face, stepped forward. "Let me at least explain my reason tor being here at such an hour," she said. "Mrs. Lovell, an explanation is due to you, and I beg you will listen to it." "There can be no exp-anation of such infamous behaviour; and see, you are not even dressed!" cried the infuriated woman, pointing scornfully at the frills of Madge's nightdress that shewed at her wrists beneath the loose sieeves of her dressing- 'town. The pallor of the giri's face turned to crimson. She turned pioudiy to Mr. Loveli. You at least will believe me when I tell you that I came down for some aconite for Maud, who I fear has caught a chill. If you will allow me, I will take it at once and go." She moved as she spoke to where the medicine chest stood on the sideboard, but Mrs. Lovell, more than ever infuriated at her calm demeanour, eprang forward and intercepted her. "You are carrying on with my husband; you know you are, you worthless, bad girl," and seiz- ing Madge by the shou.ders, sne shook her violeutty. It was done in a moment, before Mr. Lovell could intervene. Piie with passion, he seized his wife by the arm and fiung her back; fortunately she felt against a big easy chair, and sank panting and exhausted into its cushioned depths. In silence Mr. Lovell took the key from Madge's hand and unlocked the medicine chest, handing her out the bottle she required. As he gave it her he apo.ogised in a low voice for his wife's in- famous conduct, and hoped Madge was not hurt. The giri could not answer; her nps trembled and her face was as white as a sheet. She felt as if she should burst into tears if she attempted to speak, and without another glance at the woman who had so insulted her sne went silentiy out of the room. She found the children already asleep, so she did not disturb Maud to give her the medicine, and turning out the light, she closed the door and went to her own room, but not to sleep. All her nerves were shaken by the wretched --ceiie she had gone through, and she was feeling ill and sick from it. It was not until the clock on the stairs struck four that she heard footsteps passing down the passage to Mrs. Loveli's apart- ments, and then there was silence in the house. Presently the cold, grey dawn crept through the chinks of the curtains, and the noisy twittering of sparrows and other birds betokened the com- mencement of another day. Madge wondered what was best for her to do. How could she remain after such words, such shameful things had been said to her? Would she be able to endure to live in the same house with a woman who harboured such a vile sus- picion about her? And yet had she not just promised that she would stay for the sake of the children? At half-past seven the maid came in with the hot water, and drew aside the curtains, letting in the bright sunshine of the spring day. "A letter for you, miss," she said, placing the envelope on the table beside the bed. Madge stretched out her hand for it, and tore it open, wondering what it could be, as the post had not yet arrived. The writing was blurred—a 6crawl in a woman's handwriting. Dear Miss Moberley, I apologise for what I said to you last night, and for my conduct altogether. I was excited, and I beg that you will try to forget what was said in the heat of passion. I ask you to remain on at the Towers for the sake of the children. Yours truly, Laura Lovell. Over leaf was written in Mr. Loveli's own writing— I am taking Mrs. Lovell away this morning, and shall return myself in a day or two. She will be away a month. John Lovell. Madge did not see either husband or wife before they left, but during the lesson hours she heard the signs of departure and the wheels of the carriage as it rolled down the drive. Then a great sense of relief came over her. For a month at least she would be relieve d from the strain of fear and anxiety that was telling on her over-wrought nerves. Dull as existence might be at "The Tower?," stagnation would be prefer- able to such scenes as those she had lately gone through, and Madge heaved a sigh of relief as she heard the gates clang to after the departing car- riage. CHAPTER IX. MR. ROCHFORD MAKES LOVE TO MADGE. During the ensuing month it seemed as if a shadow had passed ..w.y and left "The Towers" bathed in sunihine, instead of darkened by a c'üud of oppression- Mr Lovell brought home friends now and then from town. men who would stay from a Saturday till Monday. He also took his elder children to places of amusement—to a matinee of a pretty operette at a theatre, or to the Crystal Palace or a variety entertainment—accompanied, of course, by Madge, who was as keenly interested in the I things she si-w as any one of the children. Mr. Lovell admired her immensely, and was charmed by her bright companionship and natur- ally vivacious manners. If only- and he sighed, not daring to finish the thought that flashed through his mind. He had informed Madge on his return home that he had taken his wife to a hydropathic estab- lishment, where she had consented to remain for a month, and he had thanked the girl in earnest tones for her forbearance in staying on at "The Towers. At the least sign of his regard for her becoming too pronounced, Madge was on her dignity at onco I -st''ff, unbending and freezing; and the present he had brought her from Paris, a costly little brooch of artistic design, she refused to accept. "But I bought it for you, said Mr. Lovell, an- noved at her refusal. -Then keep it for Maude or A dehne, when they are older," replied Madge. "I cannot, and will not, accept any presents from you, Mr. Lovell." Her manner was so decided as to admit of no doubt in the matter. Now and then by accident, or possibly strataeem on Ke:nt, z part, he and Madge had met in the village or on the road skirting the common. A few words, a little stroll, that was all, but each meeting marked a red-letter day, &ad already the little god of love was hover- ing near, ready to wrap his gossamer wings closer round them. The days were lengthening, and the spring was creeping into summer, the trees were full of leaf, and the common golden with gorse, the lark was singing its "sightless song" as it soared into the blue of heaven, and the atmosphere breathed life, and Nature was rejuvenated. Madge had just come back from a ramble with the children, they had walked to Richmond Park and back, and were tired. While the girls had gone in to take off their hats and coats, she sat down on a rustic seat in the garden, lingering in the pleasant sunshine, listening to the song of the birds, and enjoying the sweet fragrance of the flowers. She had just parted with Chris, who kad met them the other side of the common and walked back bv her side, and she was thinking of him. He had given her a hint that he might be going away froii Wimbledon, possibly from England. He wanted to "better himself," and there was the chance of his getting an appointment as medical companion to a delicate man who was going to travel for a year. Madge had urged his accepting the offer made him, which was exceedingly good, but she realised at the same time what a change it would make in her life. 't'l 't, 1 Chris gone, the place wouldn t DO tne same, I and she longed to cry out, "Uh. don't go; don't leave me:" She was saddened by the thought of his departure, and was gazing abstractedly into space when a black shadow fell across the gravel path, and. looking up with an involuntary shiver, she saw Kent Rochford. She had not Been him since his return from Paris, and drew closer in her corner of the bench as he took a seat beside her. But Kent Rochford was a clever man. and he had been thinking a good deal about "the little governess," as he called Madge, and he had come to the conclusion that his usual method of winning a woman would have to be different in her case. The girl charmed him, as she did most men, and he had come over an uninvited guest to "The Towers" purposely to see more of her. He spoke of his visit, and interested her in his vivid descriptions of places he had been to see; indeed, he made himself so agreoable that Madge forgot her aversion to him, and before going in to tea allowed him to persuade her to go with him i to visit the kennels. L After dinner that evening he and Mr Lovell joined Madge and the two girls in. the drawing- room, and until the children went to bed Kent Rochford amused them by shewing some new card tricks he had learned in Paris. Then when they had gone, he sat down at the piano and played odd snatches from various comic operas. Mr. Lovell was absorbed in a new book, and Madge, seeing one of the French doors open, slipped out on to the terrace. How still it was Not a breath stirred the deli- cate leaves on the trees; it was more like a June night than one early in May. She seated herself sidewavs on the. stone balustrade, and watched the stars twinkle out one by one in the dark heavens. Now and then she hummed softly to herself the catchy melodies that Rochford was playing. She could see from where she sat his tall, well- built figure, with the square, strongly-built shoulders, the slightly-greyish head bent over the piano, and the long fingers gliding over the keys. She was surprised to find that he was musical, and it almost seemed strange to see him without a whip, for he was associated so entirely with ani- mals, and the special dog-whip that Madge had first not iced-was usually grasped close in his hand. Presently she noticed a servant enter the drawing-room and hand Mr. Lovell letters arrived by the last post. Taking them from her, he left the room with the intention evidently of reading them undisturbed in the library. A sudden fit of nervousness seized Madge, She was alone with Kent Rochford, and the instinctive feeling of fear and dislike to the man came back to her. Could she manage to slip away round the house without his hearing her? Something cold touched her hand as she made a movement to go. She started at seeing that it was Jupiter, the bull terrier, thrusting his moist nose into her hand. She patted the dog gently, and was again about to attempt an escape, when without any warning Mr. Rochford suddenly rose from the piano and came out on to the terrace. The dog crouched lower under Madge's skirts. It was strange that Rochford should be more feared than loved by his animals. Jupiter was de- voted to Madge, and she was beginning to lose her first fear and repulsion of the dog. "So there you are. I wondered where you had got to," said Rochford, as he seated himself on the balustrade, so close to Madge that his knee touched hers. She did not move, for she would not appear to notice it. "What a perfect night! said Rochford, drawing even closer to her in the darkness. Her heart beat fast. Why should she be so dis- turbed by this man's presence? Then she felt his hand touch hers, and cieep to her bare arm from which the elbow sleeve had fallen away. She could not move, and her heart throbbed to suffo- cation. It was almost as if he possessed the power of mesmerism. She felt glued to the spot, and know that his keen, steel-blue eyes were fastened on her face. "You are sweet-maddening sweet. I can't re- sist you, you witch," he whispered, passionately, and then-in one moment his arms had closed round her, and his hot lips were pressed against her own. ——— I CHAPTER X. I I JUPITER IN DISGRACE. I I Madge gave a cry that was immediately stifled by his kisses, and the dog uttered a. low growl- an ominous sound. Jupiter was a dangerous per- son if roused to anger. Then the girl fought her- self free. "You coward she cried, her eyes blazing with anger. The dog darted out from beneath her dress and snarled, shewing his gleaming white teeth and strong fa.ngs at his master. "Even your dog despises you. Well done, Jupiter!" cried Madge, with an hysterical laugh, in which mockery and fury were blended. Then she dashed through the French window of the drawing-room and made her escape to her own room. Her lips burned; her whole frame seemed to have been soiled by his touch, he had held her so close. She flung open her window wide to get all the air she could, for she felt suffocated, and then in the silence of the quiet night she heard the cries of a dog in pain as the blows from the cruel lash of a whip struck him over and over again. "Oh! this is terrible!" she cried, tears pouring down her hot cheeks. "What can I do'. What, can I do!" She pressed her hands over her ears to shut out the pitiful cries of the poor beast. But no, this was cowardly of her; she must in- terfere-she must do something, the dog had tried to defend her. Then as she went across her room the cries ceased, e.nd she heard Kent Rochford's heavy footstep cross the hall to the library. She hurried down the passage to the nursery, where she found the nurse- just preparing to go to bed. "What's the matter now;" she exclaimed, on seeing Madge's pale, disturbed face. "Will you come with me down to the kennels? I oan't go alone, I might meet Mr. Rochford. He has been beating a dog. I want some of that stuff you've got for wounds and bruises; it may do some good. I must go to the poor beast." The nurse looked surprised; but she liked the children's governess, and knew that the elder ones were improving under her care. "Yes. I'll come," she answered, snatching up a light shawl. "But, you know, it don't do to inter- fere with any of Mr. Rochford's doings, miss, I can tell you." "Oh, I hate him; I'm not afraid of him. He is a horrible, cruel man," exclaimed Madge, as they hurried over the smooth turf of the lawn, and through the kitchen gardens to the stables. "Ah, but he don't hate you, miss, and what's more he'll have you if he i want you, mark my words," replied the nurse, in a low tone. "What do you mean?" said Madge, indignantly. "I don't mean no offence, miss, but if Mr. Roch- ford sots his heart on anything-no matter what- he'll get it, and if he 'ave made up his mind to win you for his wife, he'll win you, miss, some- how, by fair means or foul. He's got such a }11, it just masters everything and everybody." Madge shuddered. Then they reached the kennels and found poor Jupiter, who, chained up, was moaning piteously. Madge knelt down on the stones, and the nurse held a lantern she had had the forethought to pro- vide herself with. The dog licked the girl's hands gratefully as she did what she ceuid for his wounds, and tried to rub his ugly face against her soft cheek. "And you've suffered all this for me, Jupiter. Poor, poor dog 1" murmured Madge, her tears falling fast. Then she got some clean straw, and made up a softer bed for him, and so left him more at ease. The dog never forgot the kindness shewn him, and was faithful to Madge for ever afterwards. They returned quickly to the house down a side path that led to the back entrance, from whence they slipped in unobserved, and reached their rooms in safety. As the nurse bade Madge good- night she said impressiveiy, "The Lord take care of you, miss. I am that sorry Mr. Rochford have taken a fancy to you. It won't stop at his kisses, I know. You must look after yourself, and for goodness' sake keep out of his way; he's as deep, as deep as the devil him- sel f." For the next few days Madge managed to avoid him; and Mr. Rochford did not attempt to force himself upon her, but seemed calmly indifferent as to whether he had offended her or not. She was compelled to meet him at luncheon, which was her own and the children's dinner, but he only I spoke to her now and again in a casual way, and directed most of his remarks to the children, whom he teased or petted according to his mood. j Sometimes against kr own will Madge listened to his conversation with Mr. Lovell, which was I always on interesting topics, and she could not help admiring Kent Rochford's brilliant remarks and sharp wit. So gradually things settled down again, and if it had not been for Rochford's harsh treatment of Jupiter, Madge could almost have forgiven his conduct towards herself, and pardoned it as being a passionate impulse of the moment. He played almost as well as Mrs. Lovell, and it was a treat to listen to him; besides, his music was not so erratic as hers. This in itself was a powerful attraction to the girl, who loved music with all her soul. A few days afterwards she received a note from Chris Keane, asking her to try and meet him on Sunday afternoon at four o'clock, near the wind- mill. "I have something important to tell you," he wrote; "do try and come." Her cheek flushed. She longed to go, but could she? It was the first time he had made an ap- pointment with her to meet him, with the excep- tion of the day when they had gone to see Phil. 1. Don't trouble to reply if you will come," he had written; so she let that day pass, and then the next, until Sunday had come without her send- ing him a line. In the morning she went to church with the children and Mr. Lovell, and a4 through the sermon, which was long and very tedious, Madge was thinking of Chris, and in imagination going over the interview, She liked to feel his blue eyes looking into hers; they were true and honest, and made her feel she could trust him. Then he was young, like herself, and enjoyed things that she did. She had raced with him once and won a bet of of a pair of gloves; and her heart was always light and gay when she was with him. She had not to be on her guard as she had to be with Mr. Lovell and Kent Rochford. She did wish Mr. Lovell was not so fond of touching her hand and laying his own on her shoulder also of say- ing little caressing things that brought the angry colour to her cheek. I've come to the oonclusion I don't like men over thirty-five," she said to herself. "And they are not to be trusted," she added, thinking her- self very wise. On their way home from church Mr. Lovell told her that he expected Mrs. Lovell home in a few days. Run on in front, children," he said, as Adeline and Maud continued to listen. See, there is your uncle Kent coming to meet us—go to him." Then he continued, turning to Madge, "Of course, I don't expect her to keep right for long; there will only be peace for a few weeks, but she insists on returning and I can t prevent her. I am sorry for you; you deserve a happier home than this." I shall meet her as if nothing unpleasant had happened, of course," said Madge. It is very good of you to be so forgiving. You are such a strict little Puritan, or I would make life brighter for you," said Mr. Lovell, watching her face. "In what way? I don't understand, 'replied Madge. Well, you might meet me in town sometimes; I could arrange little dinners ■" "Mr. Lovell! Dom't compel me. to give you notice to leave," the girl interrupted. I beg your pardon. I really am sorry. I mean no harm, but it is hard lines, you must own that; I can't help being fond of you, and I only want to give you pleasure," replied Mr. Lovell. And ruin my reputation," thought Madge, I but she said nothing. It was a drowsy sort of afternoon, with the hum of bees and murmur of insects in the warm air. Maud and Adeline took their story-books out into the garden, and declared they should stay there till tea-time, so Madge felt free; but it was with a throbbing heart that she flew up- stairs a few minutes before four to get her hat and gloves. Then as she was coming downstairs ready eqii pped, Mr. Lovell came out of the library, and asked her to come and look through some patterns of summer materials for the girls' new frocks. Not liking to refuse, Madge spent a quarter of an hour deciding on the merits of blue, pink or green muslins. At last Mr. Lovell said: I know you are dying to go, so I must let you. Are you going for a wq.lk! Isn't it too hot?" Not under the trees. I am not going far," answered Madge, and with a tell-tale blush she managed to slip away. "Thank goodness!" she muttered, as she opened the side door into the garden, and ran down the path, taking a short cut through the shrubbery, and climbing a gate that the gardenar had locked. But her heart sank again as she saw on the other side Kent Rochford, with Jupiter and a couple of Basset hounds he had lately bought. His back was towards her, and he was standing still, light- ing a cigar. Madge hardly knew what to do-whether to go back before he saw her and give up her meeting with Chris—but oh! the disappointment!—or to risk his speaking to her and go on. Well, he could not prevent her going; he had no authority over her, therefore why should she care 9 SoDpen- ing her sunshade she went on her way. Jupiter saw her first and leaped up at her with delight. What, out alone for once in your life, Miss Moberley, without those irreproachable kids! What a relief it must be!" said Rochford, look- ing at Madge with very evident admiration in his gaze. Her white pique dress with its touches of black suited her admirably, and so did her shady hat with the bunches of lilac against the soft chiffon. Yes, it is a real relief to be alone sometimes," replied Madge. "Then I am not to accompany you?" said Rochford. No, Mr. Rochford. I prefer to go by my- self. "Bien, mademoiselle!" with a profound bow. "I will not intrude." Back Jupiter, back, old dog," said Madge, as the bull terrier fawned upon her, and looked at her with almost a human longing in his eyes. He obeyed regretfully her word of command, and slunk to heel behind his master. "Now, whpre is she off to?" muttered Kent Rochford. To meet somebody, and it will be my business to find out who it is." (To be continued.)
WHAT "THE WORLD" SAYS. + One of the King's pages at the Coronation will be the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bourke; while another that is likely to be chosen is the only son of Lord and Lady Churchill. Lord Cholmondeley, as holding the office of Lord Great Chamberlain, will have his son, Lord George Cholmondeley, in attendance. The Duchess of Fife has chosen the son of Sir Allan and Lady Mackenzie; Lord Waldegrave has invited a son of Lord St. Germans to attend on him; and Lord Erroll will be attended by the youthful son of Major and Lady Jane Seymour Combe. All the pages will wear costumes de- signed in the "colours" of those on whom they are to attend. Lord and Lady Chesham, who will reside at Latimer House, Bucks, during the summer, will pay frequent visits to town during June and July, staying at Thomas's Hotel, Berkeley Square. Lord and Lady Ormonde are passing Whitsun- tide at Kilkenny Castle, where their house party includes Sir Reginald and Lady Beatrice Pole- Carew and Lady Constance Butler. Major-General Hallam Parr's command of the North- Western District is to be for three years. As soon as the Northern Army Corps is formed the Chester district will become a divisional com- mand, but this will not interfere with his posi- tion. General Hallam Parr took over temporary command of the South-Eastern District at the end of 1899, when Sir Leslie Rundle was called to the Horse Guards as Deputy Adjutant- General. He discharged the duties with marked ability and it was as a recognition of the valuable services he rendered during the emergency of the war that he was offered the new command, a pleasant but at the same time a rather expensive one. The King's dinner to the poor will be held simultaneously in all the London boroughs on the afternoon of Saturday, July 5th, and it is stated that their Majesties may probably pay a visit to two or three districts to witness the festivities. But no selection of districts has yet been made, and though there will no doubt be keen competition among the boroughs for the honour of a visit from the King and Queen, there will be no relaxation anywhere of the efforts to make the scheme a brilliant success. Some handsome gifts in supplement to the King's bounty have been promised, such as beer, tobacco, cigarettes, and chocolate, and with these and the King's cup and the invitation cards the guests will have a good time.
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ROYAL NATIONAL MISSION TO DEEP SEA FISHER- ¡ MEN.—We have much pleasure in calling atten- tion to the bazaar (happily termed a "Fisher- men's Fair") to be held at the Newgate Assembly Rooms on Tuesday next, the 27th inst., in aid of the funds of the above most excellent society-an object which will, we feel sure, com- mend itself to the sympathy and support of all who think of the perilous work of our brave sailors in the North Sea. We hope that Miss Sybil Clark, the local honorary secretary, who is kindly supported by the Mayoress and several other Chester and Bala friends, will realise a good round sum for the mission. We ought to add that the bazaar was postponed from April owing to the lamented death of Lady Lloyd, and Mrs. 14. Horatio Lloyd would have been an enthusiastic helper had it not been for the illness from which we are glad to hear she is fast recovering. Further particulars are advertised in another column. TIME TRIES ALL. For over 50 years Hewitt's Boots have stood the test of time, and are still unsurpassed and unequalled. Abbey Gateway and next to Music Hall.
ATHLETIC NEWS. I CRICKET NOTES. I We are glad to hear that the Boughton liall Club have not been in so flourishing a state for many years. For the first eleven alone they have 22 first-rate candidates. With this condition of affairs, they may hope to have a large percentage of victories. On Saturday they paid a. visit to their old friends the Western Club. The visitors had first innings, and were represented at the wickets by the Rev. J. C. Trampleasure and P. M. Morris-Davies. When the score had been taken to 41, rain brought what might have proved an interesting game to a close. Trampleasure knocked up 11 and Morris-Davies 25, both men playing cleverly and making some beautiful strokes. On Bank Holiday Birkenhead Park enter- tained Boughton Hall. The home team, who had the choice of innings, sent C. Holden and J. H. Rogers to represent them. The former, with a "duck-egg" to his credit, had to leave before a run had been scored. M. Court was the next batsman, and the telegraph registered 19 runs before the next wicket fell. S. A. Williams was top scorer with a well-played 22 (including four fours), R. Anderson being next with 17 while F. J. Kirby and T. S. Fogg shared third honours with 13. The innings closed for 98. The Rev. R. E. Ford had the best bowling average, taking six wickets for 46 runs. Churton took three for 26, while Gore, strange to say, did not take any wickets at all. Morris-Davies and E. J. Hughes commenced the visitors' innings. When the score had reached 23 Hughes had to make room for Gore, who, with Morris-Davies, carried the score to 73. The latter player was bowled by Holden after a well-played 47. Churton also gave a good account of himself, making 28 before he was caught by Dickenson off Court. J. Henshall had a short but lively innings, his 18 being made up of four fours and a two. G. P. Gore with 19, the Rev. R. E. Ford with 18, and T. Banks with 16 not out, also played well. The innings closed for 186. Thus Boughton Hall won easily with nearly double their opponents score. On Saturday afternoon Eaton Park were at home to Hoole. The home eleven, having first turn with the bat, sent W. L. Barton and the Rev. J. R. Fuller to face the bowling of Walton and Hill. The rev. gentleman lost his partner when the score had reached 19. Drake and Chapman, wh o* followed, were not long at the wickets before they had to retire. The Rev. J. R. Fuller, after batting excellently for 20. was the fourth man to be dismissed. W. A. Roberts, who filled the vacancy, batted vigorously for 32 before he was sent back, having been caught by Hill off Osborne, Killick, who was also in form, augmented the score by a well-played 14. He was still batting when the tenth wicket fell for 92. Osborne had the best bowling average, taking two wickets for 10 runs. H. J. Hill took two wickets for 25 runs, W. Walton three for 9, and T. Fenna one for 15. Gardner and Laird started batting for the visitors, facing the bowling of Drake and Killick. In his first over Drake had a ball hit to the boundary by Gardner, but with the next ball he avenged himself by compelling the batsman to retire. Jerome filled. the vacancy. Laird, after scoring one, was beaten by Kiliick, the second wicket falling for five. Rain, which had been threatening to fall for some time, came and brought the game to a close. Killick bowled three maiden overs and took one wicket, while Drake took one wicket for five runs. In all probability Eaton Park would have won, and they had hard lines in being robbed of victory. On Whit Monday Eaton Park received a visit from their rivals the Boughton Hall 2nd eleven. Having first innings, the visitors sent J. P. Douglas and R. H. Davis to face the bowling of Killick and Drake. Douglas was dismissed 1 b w before a run had been scored. F. P. G. Bull was the next to partner Davis, and between them they took the score to 12, when Bull's wicket was captured by Killick. Bull had knocked up a creditable 10, and inoluded a hit for six in his soore. When the score had reached 29, R. H. Davis and Ravenshaw were both dismissed, their places being taken by Billington and T. Day. A brilliant stand was then made, the soore being increased by 30 before F. Billington had the mis- fortune to be run out. T. Day, who had batted carefully for 17, re- ceived his dismissal from Chapman, who had been bowling vice Drake. No one else reached double figures, and the innings closed for 73. The batsmen were very smart, much smarter than the fielders, and many runs were scored through the slowness of the home side. Chapman, who was the most successful of the bowlers, took three wickets for 16 runs. Killick captured the same number of wickets for 26 runs, and Drake one wicket for 28 runs. W. A. Roberts, who bowled towards the close of the innings, took two wickets for one run. As he did not finish his third over, he can scarcely be compared with the other bowlers. Colonel Wilford N. LLoyd and the Rev. J. R. Fuller were the first of the Park eleven to try their luck with the bat. After scoring eight the rev. gentleman was sent back, ana Barton joined the Colonel. Barton had to make room hI' Drake, having been 'given out I b w off Biffl. Drake's first two hits went clean out of the ground. He and Colonel LLoyd made a fine stand, and took the score to 59 before the latter was bowled by Davis for a capital 21. A rot now set in, and the innings closed for 80. Drake played a fine game, and included in his total of 32 three drives to the on for six. The Park thus gained a narrow viotory by seven runs. The newly-organised Chester Club played their first match on Saturday. Birkenhead St. Mary's were their opponents, and the match took place at Saughall-road. The visitors had first innings, and knocked up 84, of which T. Carwell was responsible for 33. In the bowling depart- ment, Sergeant Miller, who last football season was a first-rate left outside for the Chester Club, proved himself quite at home at cricket. He alone was responsible for six wickets. Unfor- tunately the match had to be abandoned owing to rain. Chester St. Mary's visited Hartford on Satur- day. The visitors made 44, E. Thomas, with 9, being the top scorer. Hartford were all out for 22. Campbell, who bowled magnificently, took eight wickets at the cost of only five runs. He was also successful in doing the hat trick. The smallness of the scores may be attributed to the somewhat treacherous state of the wicket. Alvanley visited Barrow on Saturday to meet the club of that place, and would most probabnt have suffered defeat had the game hot been abandoned on account of the rain. Barrow, who batted first, compiled 34, of which number F. Dodd played good cricket for 14. When stumps were drawn Alvanley had lost eight wickets for 16 runs. The Ashton Hayes Club turned out two teams on Saturday, the A team playing Ince at home and the B team journeying to Waverton, where they were successful, winning by 9 runs. For the victors T. Littler scored 22 runs and H. Shallcross secured six wickets for 22, while W. Wade took three for 8. The home match was spoiled by the rain. Ashton Haves batted first and totalled 37, to which Ince replied by making 27 for four wickets. On Bank Holiday Grappenhall were '? Gra.1) eiihall were visitors, and a full day's play was enjoyed. The home team were victorious, making 57 and 45 against the visitors' 60 and 23. For the visitors J. Pearson, 21 and 9, and J. Burrows, 13 and 6, batted in capital style, and for the home team Messrs. F. H. Hayes, 25 not out, and J. Nixon, 6 and 18, were most successful with the bat, while J. Nixon secured ten wickets for 27 runs. The Helsby first eleven visited Tattenhall on Saturday, when they met the local club for the first time. The visitors were again short of the services of their captain, Mr. James Taylor, but were otherwise well represented, while the home team had a strong eleven out. Helsby, who won the toss, batted first on a wicket which proved to be all in favour of the bowlers. They were first represented at the wickets by Cartwright and Malpas who faced the bowling- of Davies and Halford. Only three runs had been regis- tered when Cartwright was run out, and at the same score Wilson was caught and bowled .by Halford and Malpas bowled by Davies. J. Cros- land and Cole took the score to 10 before the former was beaten by Davies. With the total at 13 Nicholas, E. Crosland and Cowap all fell victims to Davies, who was taking full advantage of the wicket. Nield and Cole advanced the score to 19 before the former was also bowled by Davies. Cole, who had batted steadily, was now joined I by Stanway, and as the result of some lively hitting took the score to 25 before the former was run out, and retired with 10 to his credit, obtained by careful cricket played under difficult circumstances. The last wicket fell at 28, Stan- way rather foolishly running himself out. Davies, who received considerable assistance from the wicket, came out with the capital analysis of six wickets for 11 runs- The home team's display with the bat was even worse than the visitors, as they could do nothing with the bowling of Cowap and Wilson, the whole lot being out for 12 runs only, seven of the batsmen being credited with the unenviable "duck egg." Cowap took six wickets for seven runs and Wilson three for three for the visiting team. The Helsby 2nd eleven, who had Mollington as visitors, were robbed of victory by rain, as the home team, who batted first, compiled 96, of which number E. Hinde, G. Jackson and T. Harding scored 23, 20 and 18 respectively after some capital hitting, and then dismissed five of the visiting team for three runs only, Jackson, up to the time of drawing stumps, having ob- tained three wickets for one run. T. Harding, the captain, who had to retire when he had scored 18, received a nasty cut over the right eye from a ball which rose quickly from the bat and he had to receive medical attendance. We are pleased to say, however, that his sight is not likely to be affected. The Mold Club have played two matches this season, and, though on both occasions they have come off with flying coleurs so far as the scoring sheet is concerned, it can scarcely be contended that in her dealings with them Dame Fortune has erred in the direction of over-iulgence. Their first match against Mostyn Park we chronicled last week, shewing how, after closing their innings at 193 for one wicket, they had perforce to content themselves with a draw. Their second edition of "hard lines" was on Saturday, when they encountered Brymbo on the New-street (Mold) Recreation Ground. Winning the toss, Jones, the home captain, decided to take first innings, and he selected Frank Hurst and W. C. Eaton to lead the way. Eaton was caught And bowled by Williams when the score stood at seven. His successor was Mantel, and 22 was telegraphed when Hurst was caught by Venables off Williams. Mantel (25), North and Astbury were responsible for double- figure contributions, and the score was 67 for seven wickets when the Mold skipper stepped into the breach. The veteran put on two and a couple of singles, when Scargill's sticks were dislodged and Marston came to the wickets. The new comer drove Finlay to the boundary, where the ball was caught by Pickthall, who backed out of the "prescribed area" in order to secure it. The catch was cleverly negotiated, but the, dis- missal of the batsman was a more than doubtful decision. Fletoher, a promising junior, then joined the captain, and kept up his wicket while his senior played a forcing game, which in quick time yielded 41 to the score. When 110 was registered as the total Jones was caught by Williams off Hollings, and thus terminated an innings which was chiefly of interest from the fact that 39 was added for the last wicket. Finlay and Hollins divided the bowling honours for Brymbo. Although only two extras were scored against them, the Brymbo fielding was unreliable, and numerous chances were missed, notably during the innings of Mantel. The visitors commenced their innings with J. S. Wynne and J. Bateman, the Mold bowlers being North and Astbury. In the first over Wynne got North away for four and a single, but in the next over his career was cut short by a dithcult ball from Astbury. T. Williams was the next batsman, but, thanks to a skilful piece of fielding by Mantel, he was run out without having scored. Two wickets had now fallen for seven runs, and at this juncture the rain which had for so long been threatening descended in torrents. The discomfited plavers retired to the pavilion to "wait till the clouds roll by," but Jupiter Pluvius proved inexorable, and the ma.tch was abandoned. Hard luck, Mold! FIXTURES. I The following fixtures will be played on the I ground of the first-named club to-day (Saturday) Boughton Hall v. Chester & District. Helsby v. Eaton Park. Tarporley v. Chester St. Mary's. Birkenhead St. Mary's v. Hoole. Tilstone Lodge v. Hartford. Tattenhall v. Barrow. Frodsham v. Manchester Zephyrs. Alvanley v. Frodsham 2nd. Flint v. Mold. Neston and District v. eouthport and Birkdale. Southport& Birkdale2nd v. Nekton & District 2nd. Runcorn Athletic v. Helsby 2nd. Lord Kenyon's XI. v. Bunbury. THE WESTERN v. BOUGHTON HALL.—Played at Eccles on Saturday. Rain prevented further play. Rev. J. C. Trampleasure not out 11 P. M. Morris-Davies not out 25 Extras 5 Total 41 BOUGHTON HALL v. BIRKEN HEAD PARK.—Played on Monday at Birkenhead. Score :— BIRKENHEAD PARK. C Holden b Ford 0 J H Rogers b Ford .10 M Court b Churton .10 F J Kirby b Churton.. 13 H E Smith b Ford 0 R Anderson run out .17 W H Major b Ford 0 1 T S Fogg b Ford .13 G W Dickenson do 0 S A Williams stHughes h Churton.22 W Timmis not out 1 Extras .12 Total 98 I BOUGHTON HALL. P M Morris-Davies b Holden .47 E J Hughes b And'son 6 G P Gore b Timmis .19 W .Tones c Smith b Timmis 19 E Comerford c Major b Timmis 4 J Henshall b Timmis..18 C H Lutener b An'son 1 W A V Churton ? ?° Dickenson b Court.28 T H Banks not out .16 Rev R E Ford c Anderson b Willi'mslS E Hodkinson b Rogers 3 Extras .10 T0til 189 I EATON PARK V. I-IOOLE.-Played at Eaton Park on Saturday. Score:- EATON PAITK. Barton c & b Walton. 12 Fuller b Walton 20 Drake b Hill 2 Chapman lbw b Walt'n 0 W Roberts c Hill b Osborne 32 Aldis c & b Hill 3 Killick not out .14 J Roberts b Fenna 0 Caswell c Jerome b Osborne. 6 Crane run out. 1 Smith run out 2 Total .?2 HOOLF. Gardner b Drake 4 Jerome Laird b Killick 1 Walton Hill Osborne Fenna Burges Stockton Rhodes Williams. Total. 5 f Kam stopped play. EATOX PARK V. BOUGHTON HALL (2ND XI.).— I Played at Eaton Park on Monday. Score :— BOUGHTON HALL. Douglas lbw b Killick. 0 Davies b Killick 11 Bull b Killick 10 Ravenshaw st Fuller b Drake 8 Billington run out 12 T Day b Chapman 17 J Day b Roberts 7 Williams c J Roberts. b Chapman 4 Greenhouse not out 0 Webster bChapman 1 Bennett b Roberts 1 Extras 21 Total 73 j EATON PARK. Rev. Fuller b Bull 8 Col. LLoyd b Davis .21 Barton Ibw b Bull 1 Drake bDavis.38 W Roberts c & b Davis 2 Chapman lbw b Davis. 2 Kilhck b Douglas 2 Cawwell not out 3 J Roberts b Davis p Harris b Davis 0-j E-;ans b Davis 3 [ Extras. 0 Total 80 j CHESTER v. BIRKENHEAD ST. MARY'S. — Played at Cbester. Score :— ST. MARY'S. Curwell c Lloyd b Miller 33 j Davies c Llovd b Dodd 3 Jones lbw b Fletcher ..14 Weston c Mountford b Miller 0 Gaskell c Dodd bMiller 4 Jenkins b Dodd 9 Edwards c & b Miller.. I' Wildgoose b 11?ller ? 1' ?k '?l? b_ Nl?11.? r. :IlI Howard not out 3 I Evans cPhillips bDodd 0 Extras. 6 Total 84 Rain stopped play. FLINT v. LIEUT. WILLIAMS'S TEA:il.-Played at Flint. Score:— FLINT. E J Hughes b Hughes. 4 Hawkyard c&b Hughes 4 W Hughes b Hughes.17 J Hughes c. H Williams b F Williams .44 Jones b F Williams 8 Bradley b Hughes 1 Smart b F ?H?illiams 4 E A Hughes not out.12 Williams b F Williams 0 WBithell b F Williams 0 R Bithell c Evans b F Williams 10 Extras 4 Total 108 LIEUT. WILLIAMS'S XI. A C Williams b Hawk- yard. 0 Jones c E A Hughes b Jones 8 T Hughes b Hawkyard 0 J Williams not out. 7 A F Williams not out.. 3 0 Total (3 wkts) .13 Ram stopped play. I CHESTER ST. MARY'S V. HARTFORD.—Played at Hartford on Saturday. Score:— ST. MARY'S. Rev. Hickey b Wrench 8 Campbell b Wrench. 8 H Dryland c Wren b Wrench 2 Speakman c Hooton b Harrison 1 Rogers b Wrench 3 Rathbone b Harrison. 3 Thomas c Bailey b Hooton 9 Rev. Vesey run out 7 A Dryland run out. 0 Evans b Wrench. 0 Whipp not out 2 Extras 1 I Total.44 HARTFORD. Wrench b Campbell. 7 Bailey b Campbell 4 Saunders b Rathbone.. d A Newall b Rathbone 0 G Newall c Rogers b Campbell. 3 Wren b Campbell 0 Hooton b Campbell 0 Sexton b Campbell 3 Harrison b Campbell. 0 Gerrard b Camphell. 2 Nancollas not out 1 Extras 2 Total.22 I HELSBY v. TATTENHALL,—Played at Tattenhall on Saturday..Score:- HELSBY. Cartwright run out 2 Malpas b Davies 1 Wilson c & b Halford 0 J Crosland b Davies. 4 Cole run out .10 Nicholas b Davies. 2 E Crosland b Davies 0 Cowap st Jackson b Davies 0 Nield b Davies 2 Stanwayrunout. 6 Knight not out 0 Extras 1 Total 28 I TATTENHALL. Jones c Wilson b Cowap 0 Halford c Wil son b Cowap 2 Lutener c Cartwright b Wilson 3 Rev Arnold b Wilson 0 Jackson (pro) b Wilson 4 Woolley c & b Cowap 0 Rev Octrohen b Cowap 0 Welch b Cowap 1 Davies run ont 0 Robinson b Cowap 0 Garside not out. 0 Extras 2 Total.12 BARROW v. ALVANLF.Y. -Played at Barrow on Saturday. Score BARHOW. Arnold b T Booth 2 Carroll b Harnaman 3 Dodd c A Booth b Wright 14 Ellis c T Booth b Harnaman' 0 J Okell b Booth 1 Ruscoe'b Wright 0 G Okell c Booth b Wright 0 Jones b Leech. 3 Mapes b Leech 0 Jeffs not out 2 Owen b Wright 1 Extras 2 Total. 341 ALVANLEY. Leech b Ruscoe. 1 Green cJ ones b Arnold 4 Bowles b Ruscoe 2 W Britland b Arnold.. 3 A Britland b Arnold. 1 M Harnamall c Dodd b Ruscoe 0 Wright b Ruscoe 1.. 0 A Booth run out 2 B Cobbe not out 1 T Booth did not bat Greenway 1, Extras 3 Totd .1-1 I MOLD V. BHYMBO.-Played at Mold on Saturday. Score:- MOLD. Hurst c Venables b Williams I Eaton c & b Williams (i Martle lbw b Hollings 25 North b Finlay 11 Astbury b Finlay 10 Lewis b Hollings 4 Ev&nsbFinIay. 0 Scargill b HoIHngs. 01 Jones c Williams b Hollings .41 Marston c.i.. b Finlay 0 Fletcher not out 1 I Extras 2 Total 110 BRYMBO. Wynne b Astbilry 5 Bateman not out 0 Williams run out 0 Finlay did not bat Hollings Parry Pickthall Bury „ Swinnerton Venables" Matthias" Extras 2 Total (for 2 wkts).. 7 HELSBY 2ND v. MOLLINGTON.-Played at Helsby on Saturday. ScoreHelsby 2nd: T. Harding retired hurt 18, W. H. Jones b Dunning 5, J. Fidden b Dunning 2, E. Hinde b H. Williams 23, T. Hinde c Roberts b Dunning 0, O. H. White b Dunning 0, A. Cowap b Dunning 6, F. Griffiths j run out 3, F. Ward c Roberts b Dunning 8, G: Jackson run out 20, G. Fowles not out 5, extras 6, total 96. Mollington: F. Williams b Jackson 0, J. Williams c Jones b White 3. L. Roberts run out 0, H. Haze b Jackson 0, A. G. Roberts b Jackson O. J. A. Davies, J. Nicklin, H. Williams, J. Dunning, S. Clarke, J. Hughes did not bat, total (for five wickets) 3. ASHTON HAYES V. WAVERTON.—Played at Waverton on Saturday. Score :—Ashton Hayes H Shallcross b Dutton 0, Boyer c Bowden b Davies 0, Wade b Dutton 4, Littler b Poggi 22, Waring c Blower b Dutton 3, Haynes c Bowden b Dutton 1, G leave b Blower 1, Carter b Poggi 2, A Shallcross b Poggi 0, Jones b Poggi 0, Stevens not out 2, extras 8, total 43. Waverton Lee c Wade b H Shallcross 0, R W Davies b H Shallcross 0, Ireland b Wade 4, Griffiths c Waring b H Shallcross 0, Blower b H Shallcross 4, L Davies c Carter b H Shallcross 9, Dutton b H Shallcross 4, Poggi b Wade 7, Bowden b Wade 2, Walker not out 0, Gregory b A Shallcross 3, extras 1, total 34. ASHTON HAYES V. GRAPPIENHALL.-Plaved at Ashton Hayes on Monday. Score: Ashton Hayes: Mounfield run out G-lbw b Carter 4, Nixon b Watson 6—c Pearson b Watson 18, Haycraft b Warburton 2-b Watson 4, Shallcross b Warburton 1—b Carter 2, Gamon b Warburton 3—b Watson 1, Gleave c Gifford b Watson 3-b Warburton 3, Hayes not out 25-b Watson 1, Wade c Gifford b Carter 3-c Watson b Warburton 3, Littler b War- burton 1—run out 0, Waring b Watson 5-b War- burton 4. Schofield b Watson 0—not out 0, extras 3-5, total 57-45. Grappenhall: Burrows b Nixon 13—run out 6, Warburton b Schofield 3-lbw b Nixon 0, Banks lbw b Nixon 2-run out 1, Gifford st Haycraft b Nixon !)-b Schofield 1, Ellis c Gamon b Nixon 0—b Schofield 1, Pearson b Nixon 21—c & b Nixon 9, Carter b Wade 2-c Shallcross b Nixon 0, Edwardes c Gamon b Wade 1—b Nixon 4, G Wat- son b Mounfield 2-c Shallcross b Nixon 0, Dakin b Mounfield 0—b Schofield 0, W Watson not out 2- not out 0, extras 5-1, total 60-23.
HOOTON PARK RACES. Stewards: His Grace the Duke of Westminster, the Right Hon. Lord Rossmore, Mr. J. Reid Walker, Mr. W. Hall Walker, and Capt. L. H. Jones. Handicapper: Mr. R. K. Mainwaring. Starter: Lord Arthur Grosvenor. Judge and Clerk of the Scales: Mr. W. H. Nightingale. Clerk of the Course and Stakeholder: Mr. W. S. Gladstone. Delightful weather favoured the Hooton Park vVhitsuntide meeting on Monday, and the execu- tive are to be congratulated on the excellent man- ner in which everything passed off. The unpro- pitious outlook in the morning would, it was thought, militate against the attendance, but this fear proved groundless, and the financial result should be satisfactory. Among the company present in the club enclosure were the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, Lord Arthur Grosvenor, Lord Enniskillen, Mr. H. M. Wilson, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chester (Mr. and Mrs. James Frost) and Miss E. Frost, Mr. J. J. Cunnah, Mr. Collingwood Hope, Mr. H. C. Chambres, Mr. H. Melly. Mr. A. B. M'Culloch, Mr. W. Rathbone, Mr. P. L. Rooper, Mr. G. E. Lockett, Mr. T. G. Boscawen, Colonel W. Hall Walker, Captain L. H. Jones, Mr. R. C. Drury, Mr. Hubert Potts, Mr. W. Trubshaw, etc. The opening race saw six runners under silk, and Lakota had the market call at fractionally worse odds than Thremhall, and the pair finished second and first respectively. Still and his jockey came a bad cropper at the first obstacle, and Wexford Boy ran out when opposite the paddock, and jumping the rails, threw his jockey, Scott. Five was the main in the West- wood Selling Hurdle Race, and Shepherd King and Snarley Yow divided favouritism, only to be beaten by Deportment, for whom there was plenty of money. The Mersey National Hunt Flat Race followed, and again five went to the post, the Duke of Westminster riding his horse Child Waters, who opened at 2's and finished at 5's, the odds-on favourite, Raymond, beating Rochdale by two lengths, with Child Waters a couple of lengths away. Details are appended:- PRIORY HANDICAP HURDLE RACE of 80 sovs. Two miles. 11 12 Mr. C. Mynor's THREMHALL, 4yrs.F. Lyall 1 11 13 Mr. F. Kitchener's Lakota, 6yrs Matthews 2 E. Matthews 2 12 7 Mr. S. B. Joel's Gorgonzola, 5yrs Mr. F. Hartigan 3 12 3 Mr. J. A. Broflshaw's Cutler, aged G. Goswell 0 10 12 Mr. A. Sherry's Wexford Boy, 4yrs R. Scott 0 10 0 Mr. S. Coleman's Still, 4yrs Glover 0 Betting 2 to 1 agst Lakota, 5 to 2 Thremhall, 9 to 2 Gorgonzola, 5 to 1 Cutler, and 10 to 1 others. —Won by a length; six lengths between the second and third. WESTWOOD SELLING HURDLE RACE of 100 sovs. Two miles. 11 3 Mr. T. Southall's DEPORTMENT, 5yrs G. Goswell 1 11 7 Mr. Rogers's Snarley-Yow, aged Mr. J. T. Rogers 2 10 7 Mr. M. Harper's Shepherd King, 4yrs Owner 3 11 2 Mr. A. J. Gilmour's Hippolyta, a Kelly 0 10 2 Mr. J. Bickley's Wild Novice, 4yrsMetcalfe 0 Betting 7 to 4 each agst Shepherd King and ??'-y ?? -w, 0 to 4 Deportment, and 10 to 1 others. — Won by two lengths; four lengths between the second and third. MERSEY NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE of 100 SOVS- Two miles on the flat. 11 9 Mr. F. R. Hunt's RAYMOND, 6yrs Mr. Peebles 1 11 0 Col. H. Walker's Rochdale, aged. Owner 2 12 4 Duke of Westminster's Child Waters, 5yrs Owner 3 j 11 4 Mr. T. Wadlow's Broad Sanctuary, 5yrs Mr. Nugent 0 11 0 Mr. R. Walker's Equator, 4yrsMr. H. Hunt 0 Betting: 5 to 4 on Raymond, 3 to 1 agst Roch- dale, 4 to 1 Equator, and 5 to 1 others. Won by two lengths four lengths between the second and third. HOOTON HALL HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE of 200 sovs.—Two miles and a half. 12 7 Mr. J. Habin's BELL SOUND, a., Matthews 1 10 11 Mr. J. A. Scorror's Belmont, aged .Lyall 2 10 9 Gen. Sir R. Palmer's Mysterious Lady, 6yrs Goswell 3 11 7 Mr. B. Walker's Ship-shape, a.Haswell 0 10 12 Mr. W. H. Walker's Hill of Bree, Gyrs Phillips 0 10 11 Mr. C. Maedonald's Vincent, aged Mr. Nugent 0 10 10 (In. lOIb ex.) Mr. R. Brown's Domineer, 5yrs Scott 0 10 10 Capt. Buller's Willie, aged .Barry 0 10 7 Mr. W. Edwards's Warlock, a., R. Gordon 0 10 5 Mr. J. Muddimer's Sequel II., a., Mr Hunt 0 10 4 Mr. G. W. Morrison's Irish Chief, 6yrs Latham 0 110 0 Mr. F. Kitchener's War Game, 5y., Brady 0 10 0 Mr. F. Kitchener's Peterfield II., aged Glover 0 Betting: 7 to 2 agst War Game, 5 to 1 Vincent, 6 to 1 Bell Sound, 7 to 1 each Ship-shape and Willie, 10 to 1 each Laplander, Belmont, and War- lock, and 100 to 6 others. Won by two lengths same between the second and third. SELLING STEEPLECHASE of 150 sovs.-Twomiles. 12 0 Mr. F. Kitchener's SHACKLEFORD, aged E. Matthews 1 12 0 Mr. S. B. Joel's Marcha Real, 6yrs Mr. F. Hartigan 2 11 7 Mr. C. H. Tinsley's Haskeval, 5y., Phillips 3 12 0 Mr. H. Czarnikow's Trueno, a., Mr Bletsoe 0 12 0 Mr. Haigh's Hoy lake, (lyrs G. Goswell 0 Betting: 7 to 4 each agst Marcha Real and Shackleford, 3 to 1 Haskeval, and 10 to 1 others. Won by three lengths; a bad third. Winner bought in for lOOgs. BIRKENHEAD STEEPLECHASE PLATE of 45 sov.- Three miles. 12 2 Mr. Allerton's The Panther, a., G. Goswell 1 12 2 Mr. R. Walker's Erik, Gyrs F. Hassall 2 11 6 Mrs. Hunter's Maude's Pride, Gyrs, R. Gordon 3 11 3 Mr. M. T. Martin's Caracalla Mr. C. Piggott 0 Betting: 2 to 1 on The Panther, 5 to 2 agst Caracalla, and 10 to 1 Erik and Maude's Pride. The winner made all the running and won by five lengths a bad third.
I WREXHAM RACES. The weather, fortunately for the success of the experimental holiday meeting at Wrexham, proved fine, and there was a big gathering in the popular parts of the enclosure, which, by the way, has been improved in many ways since the last meeting. The racing was distinctly good, fields ruling above the average, and there being some good finishes. For the principal wvent on the card, the Coronation Cup, there was a field of five high-class ponies and Galloways. Roseal was first past the post, but was disqualified on an objection for having gone the wrong side of a post, and the spoils went to Sea Dog. Compensation was forthcoming for Mr. Baillie in the Consolation Stakes, in which he sus- tained an objection to Monday, and Roseal got the race.. The Whitsuntide Handicap resulted in a contretemps, all the horses having gone the wrong side of a post, and on the run-off Little Tich came home an easy winner. Prince Alfred won two races, and Nuts repeated previous successes on this course. Details:— PADDOCK PLATE of 20 sovs. Five furlongs. 9 9 Mr. G. Dickinson's PRINCE ALFRED, 5 yrs. Swash 1 12 10 Mr. J. E. Baillie's Roseal, aged Klimpl 2 9 13 (car. 10 4) Mr. R. W. Tilley's Monday, 4 yrs. ( £ 25) Owner 3 H. 2 Capt. T. M. Parker's Melody, 6 yrs. E. Rowson 0 9 9 Mr. Hugh Tliursby's Sparklet, aged C. Walley 0 12 4 Mr. W. Shakespear'sDollie, 4 yrs..Stanton 0 9 2 Mr. W. Davenport, jun.'s Nellie Grey, 3 yrs. Arrowsmith 0 11 4 Mr. John James's Little Louie, 4 yrs. ( £ 25) J. E. James 0 Betting 6 to 4 agst Dollie, 2 to 1 Prince Alfred, 7 to 2 each Little Louie and Melody, 6 to 1 Roseal, and/8 to 1 each Monday and others. Won by a length and a half; a length between the second and third. Roseal fell after passing the post, but the horse and jockey escaped injury. NEW CENTURY RAGE of 12 sovs. Five furlongs, 11 10 (car. 11 11) Mr. J. E. Baillie's NUTS, aged Mr. Tilley 1 9 11 Mr. E. A. Griffith's Grey Leaf, 4 yrs. Mr. E. T. Maddicks 2 11 4 (car. 11 5) Mr. W. C. Cropper's Little Patch, 4 yrs. Mr. C. Bower Ismay 3 9 3 Mr. C. Bower Ismay's Bandar, 3 yrs. Mr. F. E. Cotton 0 9 9 Mr. Harford Hartland's Number Nine. 4 yrs Owner 0 Betting 6 to 4 on Nuts, 5 to 2 agst Bandar, 5 to I Little Patch, and 8 to 1 each Grey Leaf and Number Nine. Won easily by two lengths; three lengths between the second and third. The WHITSUNTIDE HANDICAP of 20sovs.-About one mile. 11 11 Mr. J. James's LITTLE LOUIE, 4yTS. J. E. James 1 9 3 Capt. T. M. Parker's Poet's Daughter, 5yr. Arrowsmith 2 11 5 Mr. E. A. Griffiths's Sunbeam, aged C. Walley 3 12 10 Mr. C. B. Ismay's Leash, 5yrs Owner 0 11 13 Mr. W. Shakespear's DolliE, 4y.Stanton 0 11 9 Mr. H. S. Reakes's Little Tich, aged Mr. Tilley 0 9 13 Mr. Reading's Royalty, 4yrs.A. Wood 0 Betting:' Evens Royalty, 3 to 1 agst Poet's Daughter, 4 to 1 Sunbeam, 5 to 1 Dollie, 8 to 1 Little Louie or any other.—Won by two lengths a neck between second and third. The three placed horses were objected to for having gone the wrong course, and the objection was sustained. THE RACE RUN OVRR AGAIN. The race was run over again after the Coronation Cup, the runners being the same with the exception that Sunbeam did not turn out, while Pye had the mount on Leash in place of Mr. Ismay. Little Tich now won by three lengths. Dollie being third two lengths away. NEW STATED STAKES of 15sovs.—About one mile. 10 11 Mr. G. Dickinson's PRINCE ALFRED, 5yrs. Swash 1 11 3 Mr. J. E. Baillie's Nuts, aged.Mr. Tilley 2 it 4 (car. 9st 131b) Mr. J. Barnes's Killarney, 3yrs. E. Henshaw 3 11 11 Mr. Jas. Summers's Little Ada, Gyrs H. Hayes 0 G 12 Mr. J. Roberts's Fair Amy, Gyrs. (Elb) J. Brown 0 Betting: Evens Prince Alfred, 3 to 1 Nuts, 4 to 1 each Little Ada and Killarney, and 8 to 1 Fair Amy.—Nuts made the running for half the journey, when Prince Alfred drew out and won by two lengths four lengths between second and third. CORONATION CUP (a handicap) of 30 S JVS.—A mile and a half. 10 4 Mr. H. S. Reakes's SEA DOG, 4yrs Mr. Tilley 1 10 8 Mr. C. Bower Ismay's Bandar, 3y H. Pye 2 10 13 Mr. E. V. Rayner's Rendezvous, Gyrs E. Rowson 3 10 2 Mr. J. E. Hughes's Eleanora, 5yrs J. W. Bowes 01 12 a Mr. J. E. Baillie's Roseal, a F. Klimpl disq Betting 6 to 4 agst Eleanora, 5 to 2 Roseal, 4 to 1 Sea Dog, 5 to 1 Rendezvous, and 8 to 1 Bandar .— Roseal won by a length two lengths between the second and third. An objection to the winner for going the wrong side of a post was sustained, and the race was awarded to Sea Dog. Bandar was placed second and Rendezvous thirl WREXHAM CONSOLATION STAKES of 10 sovs.-Five furlongs. 10 10 Mr. J. E. Baillie's ROSEAL, a .F. Klimpl 1 9 13 Mr. John James's Little Louie, 4vrs J. W. Bowes 2 9 13 Mr. Ed. S. Reading's Royalty, 4y .Wood 3 9 10 (car. lOst 41b) Mr. R. W. Tilley's Monday, 4yrs Owen disq Betting: Evens Roseal, G to 4 agst Monday, 6 to 1 Little Loui, and 10 to 1 Royalty.—Monday won by a length three lengths between the second and third. An objection to Monday was sustained, and the race was awarded to Roseal.
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AGRICULTURE. DISAPPOINTING OUTLOOK. It is rather disappointing to have to record as the weeks come round that so little progress has been made in regard to matters agricultural, and that we remain practically at a stand still; but so it is. It is many years since we had such inclement weather in May as we are having this year, or such varia- tions in the temperature. Of late the atmospheric conditions have become somewhat modified, and there seems an end for the time at least of frosts, though cold winds prevail after sundown.; but so great have been the changes, and so persistently has the wind lingered in the north and east, that we can scarcely tell what to expect from day to day, and it may happen that when these lines reach the reader a reaction has taken place, and the cold may be a thing of the past. Locally, as the reader needs no reminding, we have had a pretty good supply of rain of late, but the real position of affairs may be somewhat estimated by a statement made at the Ashton-under-Lyne Town Council during the week. The chairman of the Waterworks Committee said he "wished to draw the attention of the public to the fact that they were in a very serious position as regarded the supply of water. They supplied a population of 160,000 inhabitants, and they were now a hundred million gallons worse off than they were this time last year, and if great care were not exercised there would be a water famine this summer. On the following day the committee would probably con- sider and decide on a restriction of the supply." This, to say the least, is an "early groan," and it is to be hoped will not represent the normal state of things later on. A somewhat similar outcry comes from Birmingham. Again, the "Agricultural Gazette" says:—"The season must be pronounced late, harsh, dry, and unpromising. The early hay crop has undoubtedly suffered, although there is a good deal of grass in the pastures. The apparent difficulty m rain- making suggests the wish for some treatment whereby the bound-up state of the atmosphere could be opened. Cloud we have in abundance, but a confined condition, due to some unknown cause, prevents any continuous fall. It is a pity to relinquish the hope of a fine season which was I prevalent a fortnight ago, and experience has taught us that this is a spring of surprises, and it may yet turn out better than aopearances now warrant." Owing to holiday influences, the demand for cheese this week has been very quiet; but as there is little of fine quality on offer, holders have been firm and not disposed to make con- cessions. There is a tendency to rush the market with new Cheshire, the supply being beyond the demand and prices easier in conse- quence. Quotations in the Manchester market, however, are still from 65s. to 70s. per 1201b. for finest; fine, 58s. to 62s. and medium and lower grades 56s. to 53s. Finest Canadian, September- Octobers, where available, are quoted at 62s. to 63s., coloured; white, 59s. to 60s. per cwt.; fine to finest, 58s. to 60s.; finest new, 55s to 58s and fair samples, 54s. to 56s. New Zealand in fair request at 59s. to 60s. A proposition is on foot to establish fortnightly cheese fairs at Nantwich. [ SCIENTIFIC AGRICULTURE. » recent, meeung ot tho Technical Instruc- tion Committee of the Lancashire Countv Council held at Preston, Mr. John Bvrne. M.A., B Sc in Agriculture, until recently the Principal of a Government College in New Zealand, was unani- mously appointed Principal of Agriculture for the county, at a salary of JE560 per annum. Mr. Byrne, who wil! take the entire charge of tho agricultural educational work throughout the county, has been at Cairo for some time and while Director of the Canterbury Agricultural College, New Zealand, managed a farm of 710 acres. I 11 THE MEAT SUPPLY. I 11 unglllaIJY a great number of people deprecated the introduction of foreign meat into this country, just the same as they have been known to despise the introduction of any new machinery in days gone by. But that was in the days when we were not so "thick on the ground," and before we realised the extent to which we were to become more dependent on other fields of production and not until such a crisis as that which at present exists in the meat trade that we estimate what we should do without the foreigner. The recently- published circulars of the Colonial Consignment Company, however, make it clear to what extent the United States dominate the markets of the United Kingdom. Cattle in the States are said to be higher in price than at any time since 1882, when somewhat similar conditions prevailed—a, deficient maize crop with resultant shortage of fat cattle, and values much higher than at present, perhaps 25 per cent. more. At that time, twenty years ago, the home markets were not so de- pendent as they are now on United States sup- i plies of cattle and beef, and though the excessively high prices of that year lessened the shipments of cattle from the United States by 68,025 head, this shortage was more than compensated by iniports from Europe, which are now prohibited. The I circular goes on. to point out that an impression exists that prices might be reduced and the influ- ences of the "beef trust" counteracted if the pro- hibition on the imports of Argentine fat btillocles and Canadian store oattle were removed. Bi! t this is more or less a mistake, so far as the Argen- tine at least is concerned, as the frozen and chilled beef received from the River Plate has been 341,888 quarters in 1897, 424,480 in 1898, 439,480 in 1899, 403,120 in 1900, and 465,471 in 1901. i FLOUR AS SHIPS' BALLAST. There is no gauging the length, breadth or depth of American enterprise—some people ea: I it "greed," in grabbing the almighty dollar. Bet it may be conceded that the people of this countiy need not be very much alarmed at the dirfprenb "trusts" referred to as emanating from our cute cousins across the herring pond. Already signs of weakness are shewing themselves in several quarters in regard to some of these wouid-be mon- opolies, and like many others that have gone before, they will no doubt find their level. There never was a time yet when one or two, or for the matter of that a dozen, people could "boss" the world's commerce. The New York correspondent of the "Standard" says that, unless British trade is to be abandoned, the freight on flour must be cheapened, or flour must be regarded as an ob- ject of improved tariff concessions, or the flour exporters of the United States must form a trust, by means of which export prices may be reduced, while home prices are upheld. The American Millers' Association is making an effort to have flour carried as ships' bahast, instead of wheat, and at the same rate. Already the St. Paul Rail- way Company have quoted an identical rate on the transportation of Hour and wheat, the rate on flour having previously been higher than that OIl wheat. The concession is equivalent to 2i cents per barrel. British consumers may rest assured that American millers wiJ devise means of cutting down expenses so as to keep on shipping flour to this country, because exportation is necessary to them to enable their mills to be kept constantly going without causing a glut in the home market. The upward tendency in the price of wheat has not been brought about by the Budget proposals. THE R.A.S.E. AND ITS PRESIDENTSHIP. The Royal Agricultural Society has now entered into possession of the land which it has acquired at Ealing for a permanent showyard, and it is hoped that the show will be held there next year. In reply to the resolution recently passed by the council, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales has written cordially accepting the office of President for the ensuing year, and expressing the hope that the first exhibition on the London show- ground may be as successful as that at Man- chester, which was held when his Royal Highness last occupied the position. BRITISH DAIRY FARMERS AND COLONIAL BUTTER. At a meeting of the council of the British Dairy Farmers' Association, held last week, it was decided to provide two classes for oolcnial butter at the next dairy show in October. There will be one class for salt butter and one for fresh, in boxes containing not less than 561b. The stocks of New Zealand butter on the English markets were exhausted last week, but have since been reinforced by the arrival of the Gothic with about 6,800 boxes of butter, which has been meeting a ready sale at 102s. to 104s. per cwt. for "choicest" brands and 96s. to 100s. for "finest. The Wakatiui is due on May 21st with about 2,000 boxes, and Messrs. Weddel state in their report that this will close the New Zealand season. Canadian butter is now coming forward, and will be the only colonial butter on our markets until September or October next. THE TRADE WITH ARGENTINA. Much satisfaction is felt by agriculturists, and indeed among the general public, at the re- opening of the ports of Argentina to English stock; but it goes without saying that it would be much more appreciable if the same could be said of our own ports respecting the vice versa position of affairs. There is no doubt, however, that the Board of Agriculture is right in con- tinuing the enforced restrictions on this side, although the state of affairs is particulary irk- some at the present crisis. There can be no doubt, however, that Mr. Hanbury, whose ap- pointment to the presidency of the Board was considerably criticised at the time, has given great practical proof of his fitness for the office and of sincerity in his desire to sympathise with agriculturists. He is understood to have told a deputation of tho Meat Traders' Association who waited on him the other day with the object of securing the removal of the present restrictions on the importation of Argentine cattle that, while fully realising the importance of Argentina as a source of supply to this country, he could give no definite promise as to when our ports would be open, but that communications were parsing" between our Government and Argentine, and he hoped at no distant date to be able to give a favourable reply. It is under- stood that the, country can now shew à. clean bill of health as regards foot-and-mouth disease. Messrs. Alfred Mansell and Co., of Shrewsbury, have recently shipped from Liverpool for Senor Ricardo S. Zimborain, of Buenos Ayres, thirty- two Shropshire ewes and two rams, from the Harrington dispersion. The same firm have also recently shipped from Liverpool, on behalf of Mr. H. T. Harding, 6 high-class bulls (3 Herefords and 3 Shorthorns) from leading breeders, and a choice selection of Shropshire and Hampshire sheep, including a valuable Shrop- shire ram from Mr. J. Harding by the 150-guinea "P.D.Q. and another equally good sire by "Maidstone Juvenal," 2nd R.A.S.E. Maidstone. Mr. Harding was fortunate enough to secure, from Mr. A. E. Mansell's famous flock 4 well- grown rams by "Strong Bone" and "Bright Eye," which are described as equal to anything exported to Argentina.
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. I Cheshire farmers are already suffering severely from the unfavourable weather. The recent frusts practically spoiled the early potato crops in many parts of the country, the haulms sprouting a bove the ground being rendered quite black and the growth of the young tubers effectively stopped. The season will therefore be very late, and one of the effects has been to send up the price of last season's potatoes from 50 to 75 per cent. more money. The continuance of th cold, damp weather, and the absence of sunshine is very in- juriously affecting the dairy farmer. There is » great scarcity of grass, which in normal seasons at this time should afford a good pasturage for stock. Cake and other artificial feeding stuffs have to ;Ile resorted to, and the increased expense is a very serious item, especially to dairy farmers. In many districts milk producers give notice that they are not able to reduce the price of milk to the usual summer level on account of the unfavourable weather and the increased cost of feeding stuff.
I THE MILK SUPPLY TO TOWNS: ( In the House of Commons, on Friday night, Mr- Tollemache asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether his attention had been dnnvJ) to the loss and inconvenience caused to dair/ farmers owing to the manner in which urba11 authorities occasionally used their powers in con- nection with the milk supply in their respective districts; whether lie was aware that a clause enabling a farmer who could prove ment by an urban authority to recover compensa- tion had been introduced into several local Act" among others into the Leeds Corporation Act, 11)01, and the Brighton Corporation Act, 1901 and, seeing that asiinilar clause dealing with infec- tious diseases had been introduced into the London County Council Bill of this session, whether he would, in conjunction with the Local Government Board, endeavour to secure the insertion of similar clauses into all future bills promoted by loo- "I authorities.—Mr. Hanbury replied Mv answer to I both questions is in the affirmative.
DLSAPFEARIXR DAIRYMAID.—The May Hii-iiigs, which have been held in Lincolnshire this week, reveal the fact that the old-fashioned servant is fast disappearing, for not one girl in twenty, engaged for the farm-house, would undertake the duties of milking, which was once a sine qua non of almost every such domestic. The majority of servants noW stipulate for a weekly holiday, and in most cases at least one evening or one afternoon off per week has to be conceded. The wages demanded, too, shew a substantial increase over those which obtained a few years ago. Girls of 14 and 15 yeais of age going into general service asked as many pounds per year, and boys for the farm were equall precocious. CAKLISLE WHITSUNTIDK HIRING:—'The Whit- suntide hirings of farm servants were held at Carlisle on Saturday in wet and stormy weather- There was a large attendance of all classes of servants, and these being the first hirings in th0 district high wages were asked all round. The best class of men asked up to £ 20 for the half-year ending Martinmas next, but £ 10 or generally speaking, the highest wages obtained, anything alx>ve this being exceptional. Secou- class men were engaged at from S10 to £ 13, ilitl lads at from about £ 5 to £ 8, according to their a £ •* and capability. Women were scarce and difficulr t: hire, engagements being come to at jE13 and +:1.' for the most experienced. Others obtained tre ),11 ki) or £10 upwards, while girls were hired at frotf* £ 5 to £ 8, according to their age and usefulness. the whole the hirings were slow and dragging.
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