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BREWSTER SESSIONS. 4 BROXTON. The annual licensing sessions for the Broxton Petty Sessional Division were held at Broxton yesterday (Tuesday), before Mr. J. H. Leche (in the chair), the Rev. C. Wolley-Dod, Messrs. R. Howard, J. Howard, and Harry Barnston. THE POLICE REPORT. The Deputy Chief Constable (Col. Cope), in his annual report with reference to the conduct of the licensed victuallers and beer retailers in the division during the past year, said there were 29 licensed victuallers, nine beersellers, and one other who sold off the premises, making a total of 39, which gave an average of 314 of the population to each licence. Two licensed victuallers had been proceeded against during the year, and one was convicted, being an increase of one proceeded against and one con- victed compared with the previous year. No beersellers had been proceeded against, being the same as in the previous year. Twenty-one persons had been proceeded against for drunken- ness, 20 of whom were convicted as compared with 27 persons proceeded against and con- victed in the previous year.—There was no opposition to the renewal of any of the licences. WHERK THE DRUNKENNESS COMES FROM. A PRESENT FROM WALES. The CHAIRMAN said he had asked the Magis- trates' Clerk (Mr. H. Taylor) to draw up a report, shewing where the cases of drunkenness had occurred. It appeared that a great number of the cases came from Farndon, and his reason for asking for the return was that he might point out that the Hundred of Broxton got a bad name for drunkenness, whereas it was very clear that a great many of the cases came from Wrexham, and different places out of Wales. They came into Cheshire on Sundays for the purpose of drinking, and how it was to be stopped he did not know. Cheshire was not to blame altogether; the people who got drunk came out of Wales. THE BROWN COW, WAVERTON. The Chairman, referring to the Brown Cow, Wavertoa, the former tenant of which bad been convicted during the year, asked Mr. W. H. Churton, who appeared to apply for the renewal of the licence, whether he was pre- pared to put a new tenant in.—Mr. Churton said they had already put one in, and the Bench had transferred the licence to the new tenant.—The Chairman, after consulting with his brother magistrates, said the Bench were of opinion that, under the circumstances, it would be more proper to allow the licence of the Brown Cow to stand over. It was a very gross case, and although there was a new tenant, they thought it better that the licence should stand over to the adjourned meeting. The feeling was that the Bench ought to express in some public way their very great disapproval of the conduct of the former tenant.—Mr. Churton I take it I must renew the application at the adjourned licensing day ?-The Chairman: Yes. A NEW EGERTON ARMS AT BROXTON. Mr. S. Moss (instructed by Messrs. Birch, Cullimore,and Douglas) applied for a provisional licence in respect of a new hotel being built at Broxton in the place of the Egerton Arms, which is being turned into a dwellinghouse. He stated that in October, 1895, Sir Philip Grey Egerton granted a lease of the Egerton Arms and premises to Mr. Robert Blackburn Cocker- ton, who obtained a transfer of the licence from the former tenant. In June, 1896, Mr. Cockerton died, and in September the same year the licence was transferred to his widow. Shortly afterwards negotiations were entered into with a view to the existing Egerton Arms being made into a dwelling-house, and a new inn being built, in respect of which he (Mr. Moss) was now asking for a provisional order for a licence. The new inn was being built close by the old one, and it was intended that Mrs. Cockerton should go on with the lease for the remainder of her term. The plans of the new building, which was now in course of erection, were submitted to the Bench in January last and approved. There had been a very slight alteration in the plans, consisting chiefly in the reduction of the height of the building. The stabling was just the same, and he thought the premises were identical, except that one wing was one or two feet narrower than in the plans submitted to the Bench. The style and title of the new inn was to be the Egerton Arms.—The Chairman: The Egerton Arms will virtually walk into new premises, that is what you ask ?—Mr. Moss: Yes.—Evidence having been given by Robert Walter Boden, as to the plans, the Bench granted the application. MALPAS WHISKY LIBELLED. Mr. N. A. E. Way, Chester, applied on behalf of William Ernest Shuttleworth, chemist, Malpas, for an off spirit licence. Mr. W. H. Churton watched the case on behalf of the publicans of Malpas. Mr. Way explained that the applicant already held a wine licence for the same premises, which he had occupied for the last three or four years.—Applicant gave evidence, and in reply to Mr Churton admitted that his premises adjoined a beer- house.—George Edwards, farmer, Ebnal, in giving evidence as to the applicant's character, said they wanted a drop of good spirits in Malpas, not spirits mixed with turpentine. (Laughter.) He had occasionally sent for a bottle of whisky in Malpas, but if he had sent for a bottle of turpentine and adulterated it with water-The Chairman: We want to know the character of Mr. Shuttleworth.—Mr. Churton said he was instructed by the publicans of Malpas to watch the application, about which they were very angry. He had informed his clients they had no power to oppose the application, and he was simply requested to see that the requisite notices had been posted.—The Chairman said when the wine licence was granted last year it was getting in the thin end of the wedge. The application would be granted. CHESTER CITY. LICENSEES CONGRATULATED. Chester City Sessions were held on Thursday, the following magistrates being on the bench:- Messrs. J. Thompson (chairman), F. Bullin, L. Gilbert, H. Churton, Drs. Roberts and Stolterfoth. Mr. F. W. SHARPB (Magistrates' Clerk) pre- sented the list of licence holders, and reported that no licensed person had been convicted under the Licensing Aets during the year. The number of licensed victuallers in the city was 155; beer retailers (including 16 licensed to sell by retail off the premises only), 58; retailers of sweets, wines, and spirits in bottles, 16 (less six included in beer retailers), 10; total, 223. Mr. G. L. FENWICK (Chief Constable), in his report, said there was no house of less than the prescribed annual value. It had not been found necessary to take proceedings against any licence-holder during the year, and the licensed houses generally had been well con- ducted. He had submitted a tabular statement shewing the number of persons proceeded against for drunkenness for 34 years up to December, 1896. These had reached their highest point in 1865, and their lowest in 1886, between which year and the present the number had only slightly fluctuated. The CHAIRMAN said he had no remarks to make, except to congratulate the city, and the licensed victuallers of the city, on the fact that no licensed victualler had during the year been fined, a fact which proved that the licences had been well conducted. He thought it would be unfair, considering the difficulties under which licensed victuallers laboured, if he were not to offer them the congratulations of the Bench. He hoped they would have a repetition of such a state of affairs next year, and although some- times one whistled before he was out of the wood, he hoped he had not done so on this occasion. On the application of Mr. A. E. Caldecutt a provisional grant was renewed to Mr. F. J. Warmsley for the Blossoms Hotel. On the application of Mr. Reynolds the pro- visional licence for the new Brewers' Arms, Foregate-street, was renewed to Mr. Mont- gomery. NEW CAFE FOR CHESTER. Mr. W. H. Churton applied on behalf of Messrs. Bolland, Eastgate-street Row, for a new licence for the extension of the premises. It was proposed to open a cafe in the adjoining cellars, which they had taken from Messrs. Brown.—Mr. Dodd, manager for Messrs. Bolland, bore out Mr. Churton's statement, and in answer to the Chairman said Messrs. Bolland did not intend turning the cafe into a drinking saloon.—The Bench said they would grant the licence, so long as it was used for the purpose stated. They could not allow the cafe to degenerate into a common drinking saloon. THE UNIVERSAL INN, BOUGHTON. Mr. Reynolds applied on behalf of Mr. Flood, Universal Inn, Boughton, for permission to open a doorway in Victor-street.—The Magistrates said they would adjourn the matter until the Adjourned Licensing Sessions for the produc- tion of proper plans. THE GREEN DRAGON. No one appeared to ask for the renewal of the licence of the Green Dragon Hotel, of which Mr. F. J. Beckett, city accountant, is licensee. The Chairman said the justices objected to the old house and premises, known as the Green Dragon, as they were not for a con- siderable period before they were pulled down used as licensed premises, nor had they ever since been so used. The re-constructed premises were structurally so altered, both internally and externally, that the premises would now occupy the same area and site. The premises had not sufficient accommodation requisite and necessary for licensed premises, and the requirements of the neighbourhood would not demand such premises. Mr. Beckett had not used the said premises as licensed premises, and never had any interest in the premises. He never had the premises himself, and merely held the licence as a nominee of others. It was upon these grounds they would object, and the matter would be considered at the next Adjourned Licensing Sessions. HAWARDEN. These annual licensing sessions were held on Wednesday, before Mr. W. Carstairs Jones and other magistrateci.-Supt. Ivor Davies, in his annual report respecting the working of the Licensing Act within the division during the year, said there were in the division 38 fully- licenced houses, ten beerhouses, one off beer- house, and one grocer's licence, making a total of 50 licensed houses of every description. The population of the division, according to the census of 1891, was 9,996, thus giving one licensed house to every 200 of the inhabitants. One innkeeper had been convicted under the Food and Drugs Act, and fined 6d. and costs, 26s. Thirteen persons had been convicted of drunkenness, being the same number as in the previous year. The Chief Constable (Major Webber) forwarded a communication to the Bench calling attention, at the request of the Standing Joint committee, to the steps being taken in other counties for preventing publicans supplying intoxicants to children under thirteen years of age.—The Chairman said it was the wish of the Bench that the publicans should attend to this. THE FERRY HOUSE, QUEEN'S FERRY. Mr. G. H. REYNOLDS applied for the renewal of the old licence of the Ferry House, Queen's Ferry. He stated that the licence would be cancelled as soon as the new house was ready. He also applied for the renewal of the pro- visional licence, which would not be made final until another application was made to the Bench.—G ranted. ALTERATIONS AT SALTNEY. Mr. E. BRASSEY applied on behalf of Michael Gibbons, Farmer's Arms, Saltney, for permis- sion to make certain structural alterations in the house, which would not increase the licensed area.—Granted. All the licences were renewed.



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