bester 100 Years &go. + INTERESTING REMINISCENCES. Ileing notes given week by week of matters con- nected with Chester and the locality a hundred years ago. (Compiled from the Chester Courant, Oct. 10th, 1797.) ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. An archway, a few days ago, was discovered a gentleman in the country coming up to town on horseback. On his way through lIighgate he noticed a hoy whistling time ;away as he went along, and accosted him with Well, my lad, what's your business on this road so early this morning ? I'm striking "Off (says the boy) to thicken field yonder, to mark my measter's sheep. What have you Sot in your pot, my lad?' Z am tar, zur,' replied the boy.—' I will give you a lift so far 68 you go my way (says the gentle- man) if you will get up behind me ride.' I thank you, zur' (says boy), and up he got on horse- back and the gentleman thus addressed 'lira :-Mark me well, my lad: I do zur,' says the boy. 'Do you never eat Brown bread when can get white, except you like the brown read best. Mark me well, my lad.' I do, 2nr: says the boy. And furthermore, when YOU grow up to be a man, never buy a common *^2°r strop, when you can get one of Pack- Jood'a superior razor strops, except you like common razor strop best.' • Aye, aye (says boy) that superior strop ha bin wounded in our parts. I know Will Thrush T^dn't get Moll Skimm with her hundred j°Qnd8, a while he had un, to mor' the Rubbing-brush of Will's face. I vaith he "ent all the way yon un to 16, Gracechurch- street, Lunnon, and Will lends it my grand- mother zometimes to sharpen her old knife to trim her whiskers and cut her quirns; and the old woman is as pleased with It as punch.' 'Very well (says the gentleman), mark me well, my lad.' I have got no more tar, un I thank you for my ride, zur.' The case was, the gentleman found to his cost, the boy bad been marking the back of his coat all the way, till his pot of tar was empty; and the taylor, when taking measure, on hearing the story, exclaimed with a smile, tis an ill wind that blows nobody good.' WERE THEY AEROPLANES? The wild enthusiasm of the French nation has been more strongly manifested than in a a,i offered to Buonaparte, by a French 6119ilaeor C 8laeer, Campenas, of constructing aerial ifSe^s. capable of a certain direction, and of **H8porting 200 men to a given place. Should J*18 plan succeed (of which we believe no strong Pprehensions will be entertained) we may see OOQjpaQy 0f flying artillery perched on the top 1 8t- Paul's." „ WHERE THE MONET WENT. On Thursday a man of the name of Esher- jOod died, at a great age, in Kent-street, in the borllgb, who maintained himself for upwards an years by begging. On clearing his and rags, property to the 0v,nt of £ 475, in gold, silver, and halfpence 8 discovered, sewed up in old cloths, and in **al crevices in the miserable apartments, fcei was c^a^me^ by a relation in the Cougf 0Urh00d a3 ^eir at law, who never hifi!iv nailc?d him in his lifetime but much to Uja(j 18aPPO*ntaient the thirsty mendicant had >ho a?i h's inn^s"ite wom"1
Unocal 6obernmcut |otttngs [By MENTOR.] a of Tatton, was the recipient of "(jj.ying testimonial from the Withington Jjja ,an district Council, who recently waited on Mth^^iP tatton Hall and presented him an illuminated address, congratulating L 011 his elevation to the peerage. "Your rd the address proceeded, has on occasions manifested a deep interest ton e Welfare of the urban district of Withing- the Council embraces with gratification i ^6nt opportunity to record its indebted- f that tjj lordship, and to express the hope cordial relations existing between your Cou„ as the principal landowner, and this tinye aa the local authority, may long con- The o ° ^asting benefit of the community. °oncil expresses the further hope that Con lordahiP and your lordship's gracious r may long be spared to enjoy the dignity lu by her Majesty, which will shed new i f 011 a name honoured and respected in this I j. ri°t and elsewhere."—Lord Egerton ex- trassed his high appreciation of the honour he 4k rec0ive< The presentation took place in main entrance hall, Lord Egerton being '^companied by his wife, the Duchess of Wokingham and Chandos. g The bequest of 3,000 volumes and some of and unique natural history specimens j Of British birds and animals by the late Mr. S. • Chadwick, J.P., has rendered it necessary at RunCoril Library should be extended. It () been decided to do this at an estimated cost to Pre3ent reading-rooms to be added 6 library and other reading-rooms to be f w with a spacious gallery for the accom- | Nation of the specimens. i oyao of those unfortunate occurrences in ich poor people are driven from pillar to 1 because of Bome technical ambiguity "oSPecting the law occurred at Runcorn the her day, when, at the meeting of the Board j Guardians, a letter was submitted from the f '()1 Government Board, requesting the le^Vati°ns of the Guardians thereon. In this the Urban Council drew the attention I ^Uardians to the case of a girl suffering i the j^_yPh°id fever, who had been removed to rn Infectious Diseases Hospital. The t ^Hit^aPector found the family were in any Audition, the father not having ages OHK 8Qlar work for four years, and his y ^raging from 8s. to 9s. per week. + ie) waef,tio» of the relievinS officer (Mr- act aa Sfdirected to the case, but he declined *a8 tar as the removal of the patient [ ? the 6riled' holding it to be the duty t Alined t8auitaty inspector. The latter J ^°t pay ^t because the father could I h the ho charged for maintenance ^ther thr The end of it was that the I remov^ hlQl8elf on the rates and the girl j t- Cooke' t0 the hospital.—The Clerk said | fla&itary in8 °ontention was that it was for the qtkite ky inspector to look after the case, and he tJrba W^h him.—Mr. A. R. Norman said i^Ple wit>OUncil tried to pauperise these guard' idea getting the money from ir«po fanS" was a terrible thing that in ^het0 ant matter like the spread of fever Pay thU ^u*hbling as to who was going •t 'Wag 6 before a case was dealt with. JePort breSolved that a copy of Mr. Cooke's •Board 6 ^0rwarded to the Local Government At th Wl monthly me0ting of the Holywell °ard the Clerk reported that he had ith unIcated with the Charity Commissioners late egard to the legacy of £1,000 left by the tbe Atr, George Davies for distribution between e^entary schools of Holywell as a prize abortl It Was anticipated that something would WirAd. Y be done as the executors notified the In | the e S Up of the estate.—It was reported that agillIdmic of measles at Greenfield and Rilit t'hoolf. In consequence of which the National ab^tjQ s at both places had been closed, was *^nt ofTC°mPlaints were made of the employ- 8t0cera *^8 tender years by butchers and Ce88iye' of their carrying loads, the ex- ■J'he Weight of which amounted to cruelty. ^a*ainat5 dec*ded to take proceedings after due had been given. THJ L ^°a^tion0t°U^h Carnarvon is^ in the enviable r4tes°^ exPHriencing a gradual reduction of ng bad been given. Th, 1, THJ L ^°a^tion0t°U^h Carnarvon is^ in the enviable r4tes°^ exPHriencing a gradual reduction of ^aV ^rowf?'Q being in possession of its gas the K anrtartakiu £ s. In connection with e orougli accountant reports t.ho profits have increased to such an extent, that the general district rate for the past four years has been substantially reduced annually. In 1893 a rate of 3s. in the pound was levied, but this was reduced in 1894 to 2s. 9d., in 1895 to 2a. 6d., and still further [reduced in 1896 to 2s. 3d., whereas this year 2s. 2d. in the pound is only called for. A peculiar item in the water account is the annual salary of the Corporation official mole catcher, who receives 10s. per annum. A good many other boroughs, including Chester, might have been in a similar happy position if they had shewn the similar enter- prise, and would gladly pay a rat catcher! Truly, the ways of official departments at times appear devious, not to put too fine a point on it. At the meeting of the Stockport Guardians the Finance Committee reported the receipt from the Local Government Board of a letter stating in reply to the Guardians' application for an extension of the time allowed for the repayment of the loan to be raised for the erection of their new workhouse, that, having regard to the nature of the purposes for which the loan was required, they were unable to comply; also stating that in the case of a loan for the purchase of land the Board would be prepared to assent to a longer term than thirty years, but it did not appear to them that the repayment of a loan for buildings should be extended beyond that period. The Rev. Canon Moore said the guardians were being very badly treated. During nearly all the years he had been a giiardian the Local Government Board had worried them on the subject of a new workhouse, and now that they were prepared to put up a goc d edifice, to last at least one hundred years in good condition, they were being treated as if they were intending to put up a mere lath and plaster affair. There was a general concensus of opinion on behalf of the other guardians in regard to Canon Moore's expressions, and the Chairman proposed a reso- lution inviting the co-operation of other boards to assist in an endeavour to prevail on the Local Government Board to extend the time for the repayment of loans to unions when the buildings are entirely new on the block system, and with all up-to-date requirements, to a period of fifty years. This was duly seconded and carried.
DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. KINNERTON PARISH. A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Monday evening. Present-Mr. Fryer (in the chair), Messrs. Williams, Evans, Dean, Davies, Hughes, and Tudor. The chief business done was concerning the postal and telegraph arrangements for Higher Kinnerton. To make a full postal office, the postal authorities wished the Council to become guarantors for C5 a year, less the amount of revenue derived from Post Office orders and the Post Office Savings Bank, but not that derived from postal orders. The telegraph department required a guarantee of nl, less the actual receipts, but one half of the deficiency would be paid by the department. They gave an example thus If expenses in any year came to 931, and the revenue to X8, the deficiency would be E23, half of which would be £ 11 10s., which the Council would have to pay. This condition would have to be for seven years. —These terms being considered exorbitant, a resolution was unanimously carried not to accept them. A discussion also arose in regard to the water lying during wet weather on the roads on the way to the station, and also respecting a dangerous footpath. KELSALL PARISH. The quarterly meeting of the Kelsall Parish Council was held in the National School on Monday. There were present Messrs. H. Wright (chairman), George Sutton, Daniel Fleet, George Johnson, James Bosley, and Joseph Astbury, with the Clerk (Mr. R. Clarke). A long discussion took place respecting the nuisance in Simp- son's footpath, and steps decided on for its removal. The chairman and Mr. George Sutton were appointed as a deputation to wait on the postmaster at Chester, and endeavour to get him to grant more facilities for the purchase of stamps, money orders, &c., at the top of the hill, where the number of houses had lately. increased. ELLESMERE PORT PARISH. THE WATER SUPPLY. This meeting was held on Wednesday evening. Mr. W. Stockton presided. The Clerk (Mr. Fleming) read the following letter, re the late scarcity of water :— In reply to your letter I am directed to inform you that the Wirral Rural District Council have been in communication with the Water Company, and have heard from them that they are about to lay a large new main from Hooton to Whitby immediately, and they ask that the supply to Whitby Heath may be deferred until this is done. This Council are fuUy aware of the importance of the matter, and are pressing the company to use the utmost despatch in carrying out their proposed alterations and improvements, and this is all they can do short of providing a supply of water them- selves, which would be a very large order.— Yours, &c., J. E. S. OLLIVE. Office, Cheshire Water Company. Following my letter of the 30th ult., respecting the cause of the short supply of water at Ellesmere Port and Whitby, I am pleased to say that we have re-commenced pumping at Hooton to-day, and that now there should be an increased pressure in the mains at those places. We are commencing to lay large mains to supply Whitby Heath in about eight days.—Yours, Ac., GEO. MILLER, Sec. These letters were considered satisfactory, and the Council proceeded to the next business, which was Mr. Livesley's declaration of acceptance of office as parish councillor. THE GARDENS. The following cheques were passed :—Messrs. Wilson Brothers, Birkenhead, for garden seats, Llii 18s.; Samuel Stanton, wages for work done in the gardens, 93 4s.; Mr. Beckett, taking levels, &c., E3 3s. It was also decided to open all the gates of the garden, and that all day on Sundays the gardens should remain open. FINGER-POSTS WANTED. Mr. WILSON again drew attention to the need of a finger-post at Whitby. Four roads met, and travellers were continually taking the wrong turning. The residents could manage without one, but in the interest of visitors one should be fixed. The CHAIRMAN pointed out that the District Council had been petitioned on the matter, but would do nothing. The Clerk was requested to write again to the District Council and ask them to take the matter up. A NUISANCE. Attention was also drawn to the cartage of lairage manure through the streets during the day. The work was very offensive to the residents. TARPORLEY DISTRICT. The monthly meeting of the Tarporley Urban District Council was held on Thursday. Mr. J. Pickering (vice-chairman) occupied the chair, and there were also present Messrs. Bate, Booth, Clarke, Brooks, McCulloch, Hassall, Symms, and Wrench and Mr. T. Cawley (clerk) and Mr. J. Knight (surveyor).—Mr. Symmsbrought forward the consideration of the water supply to cottages in Utkinton owned by Mr. Henry Finchett-Maddock and the Earl of Haddington, and occupied by John Lightfoot, Ellen Walker, William Bate, Joseph Symms, George Page, Thomas Dickinson, and Joseph Craven. The cottagers were without a proper supply of water, as they incurred great trouble and difficulty in getting their drinking water from a distance. He considered the cottagers could be supplied with the overflow water from Mr. Prince's cistern at the top of Quarry Bank by gravitation. He believed the cost of the necessary pipes would not be very heavy if the outlay was borne by the owners propor- tionately, and he felt sure if the scheme was brought to their notice they would not seriously object to do something in the matter.-Mr. Bate spoke of the need for a proper supply of water being obtained for the cottages, and Mr. Wrench and Mr. Booth respectively stated there was a similar need in Eaton and Rushton, and that there was water which might be similarly utilised for domestic purposes. Ultimately it was resolved, on the motion of Mr. Symms, seconded by Mr. Booth, that the owners of the cottages be requested to give the matter their kind attention. Application having been made for a quota- tion for supplying water to Tilstone Ledge, it was decided to offer to supply the water from the mains at ls. 6d. per 1,000 gallons, Mr. Thelfall to provide and fix all pipes, and if the offer is accepted, the permission of the Liverpool Corporation to the Council's supplying the water be obtained. A letter received from Messrs. Jolliffe and Jolliffo, solicitors, Chester, was read, which stated that, before taking legal proceedings against the Council for the pollution of Captain Griffith's ditch, they wished to suggest that some arrangment be made whereby the drainage might be allowed to flow in its present course until the contemplated sewerage system for Tarporley was perfected and they desired to know whether the Council would be willing to make an arrangement by way of an annual tenancy under rent.—A discussion ensued, and it was stated that. though the Council considered it desirable that the ditch should be relieved of its pollution as soon as possible, and they sympathised with Captain Griffiths in the matter, they could not accede to the suggestion, and change their free posi- tion to one of a tenancy at will; and it was moved by Mr. Bate, seconded by Dr. McCulloch, and resolved, that Messrs. Jolliffe be respectfully informed that the Council were taking remedial measures, but did not see their way to enter into the proposed arrangement, inasmuch as the pollution of the ditch did not arise from drains belonging to the Council, but from drains from private property. The Surveyor was afterwards instructed to give his special attention to seeing that the cesspools were cleaned out. With reference to the proposed sewerage out- fall works at the Flaxyard's Farm, the Clerk reported that Mr. Bell had surveyed the site and staked it out, and it was proposed to test the levels before tae site was finally decided upon. A STORMY MEETING AT NORTHWICH. A meeting of the Northwich Urban Council, held under the presidency of Mr. G. B. Cliff, on Tuesday evening, lasted four and a quarter hours. The principal business was a discussion on the financial position of the authority. It was reported that they were almost at the end of the half-year, and there was a sum of £ 307 owing to the treasurer.—The Chairman of the Finance Committee said the auditor had in- structed the treasurer not to honour any of the Council's cheques which entailed an overdraft, and it amounted to this, that provision would hate to be made for a balance.—A lively dis- cussion followed, during which Mr. Poole contended that there was such a lack of system in the management of the Council's affairs that there would still be a deficiency even if 2d. in the pound were added to the rate. Attention was called to the fact that without any notice six men, who had been engaged on special work, bad been transferred to another department.— A resolution was submitted that the services of these men should be at once dispensed with.- Mr. Nicholson opposed, whereupon Mr. Picker- ing exclaimed that one of the councillors was championing the cause of the men because some of them were his tenants. (Sensation.)— Mr. Nicholson (sternly): Name that councillor, please.—Mr. Pickering: It requires no name.— Mr. Nicholson: I say it does. One of the six men is living under me, and I did not know until I saw him working that he was an employ6 of the Council.-Mr. Williams con- sidered that the lives of councillors would be rendered intolerable if such wholesale charges were to be made.—Eventually a resolution to dismiss the six men was carried, but later the surveyor was empowered to engage six more.— Notice as to the recision of this motion was given, and the matter was left in confusion.— There were other stormy passages during the evening, and Mr. Poole said the rudeness of some of the members was unbearable, and unless the chairman interfered he should absent himself from the meetings.
Armp anti Uolunteer grius. I" LOCAL COMMISSION.-Rifles, 5th Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment: Captain F. V. Starkey is granted the honorary rank of major; dated 29th ult. 1ST CHESHIRE AND CARNARVONSHIRE VOLUN- TEER ARTILLERY.—Regimental orders by Lieut.- Colonel H. T. Brown, commanding. Head- quarters, Chester, 1st October, 1897:—1. Arms to be Returned to Store: All members in possession of carbines or swords will be good enough to return them to the armoury at once, for inspection, prior to being sent to Birmingham. 2. Drills Discontinued: All drills and parades will be discontinued after Satur- day,. the 2nd inst. (except church parade, when due notice will be given) until further orders.— By order, CLAUDE E. FORESTIER WALKER, Captain R.A., Adjutant 1st C. & C.V.A.
A NEW PIANOFORTE.' — 0 MESSRS. CRANE & SONS, the Great Piano and Organ Merchants, Liverpool, have just introduced at considerable cost for the present season another NEW MODEL.' It has been made to meet the requirements of those wanting a most powerful toned Cottage Pianoforte at a low price, and it has been pronounced by practical judges in the musical world to be THE BEST PIANOFORTE' in the Kingdom. The height is 4 feet 2 inches, iron frame, check action, full trichord, in an original design of marqueterie case. The tone is pure, of perfect quality, and the greatest amount of resonance ever produced in an upright Pianoforte, and may be had on most reasonable N'ET CASH TERMS or upon Crane and Sons' NEW HIRE SYSTEM at 2s 6d. per week, delivered free, carriage paid, and warranted for 20 years, on pay- ment of first month's instalment. Sample Piano- fortes are now being shown by CRANE & SONS, 40, Upper Sackville-st., DUBLIN. CRANE & SONS, 80, York-street, BELFAST. CRANE & SONS, Crane Buildings, Regent-street, WREXHAH. CRANE & SONS, 40, Edmund-st., BIRMINGHAM. CRANE & SONS, 42, Alexandra-road, MAN- CHESTER. And at GLASGOW and LONDON. Designs aad Illustrated Catalogues sent Post Free on Application to CRANE & SONS' GREAT PIANO AND ORGAN WAREHOUSE, 217 to 227, SCOTLAND-ROAD, LIVERPOOL. Established 45 years. Silver Medal, 1886. Gold Medal and Diploma of Honour, 1892.
YOUNG MAN'S DETERMINED SUICIDE.—At Darlington, on Saturday, William Gargett, 18, the son of a farmer, entered the kitchen and knelt and prayed. He then, in the presence of his mother and sister, seized the table knife and cut his t hroat, expiring in a few minutes. The deceased was subject to epileptic fits. DEPARTURE OF THE KING OF StAX.-The King of Siam left London on Saturday, on the termination of his visit to this country. His Majesty and suite were driven to the Victoria Station in the Queen's carriages, and were accompanied by an escort of Life Guards. The King affectionately kissed his sons, and cordially shook hands with a number of other dis- tinguished persons on the platform. As the train moved off, his Majesty smilingly acknow- ledged the hearty character of his valedictory greeting. Miss KATE BP.ESLim-Y.-We notice that this talented elocutionist has during the past week been giving a series of recitals at the Pavilion, Southport. Miss Beesley is by no means a stranger to Southport audiences, and her appearance this week is calculated to still further popularise her remarkable aptitude as a reciter. Her efforts met with great applause, and in several instances she was recalled in response to enthusiastic encores. Her rendering of Riding through the Broom' (with music by Stanley Hawley) was characterised by rare artistic ability, and a graceful style which was truly fascinating. Her other pieces included 'Kitty of Coleraine' and the 'Irish Widow,' which gained equal approval. ANOTHER RAILWAY HORROR. On the arrival of the Manchester express at Liver- pool on Thursday night one of the windows of a first-class carriage was found to be broken, while the carriage itself was bespattered with blood and hair. On the line being searched, the officials discovered, near Brunswick Station, the body of a gentleman, which has since been identified as that of Mr. Henry S. B. Harvey, a member of the firm of Alsop, Stephens, Harvey, and Crooke, solicitors, of Castle-street, and residing at Gateacre House, Little Woolton. The supposition is that while looking out of the window of the train, the unfortunate gentleman came into contact with a projecting portion of a stationary train, and was literally dragged out of the window on to the line. At the inquest on Saturday, evidence was given that the deceased travelled from Manchester, and must have been looking out of the carriage window when his head came into contact with a guard's van with a projecting looking-out light, and that after being struck he fell out of the window and was run over. The jury returned a verdict of acci- dental death. t #
^attirfcag'* jfaotfralL A of over 2,000 people witnessed the Everton 11. Chester match on Saturday, and, as they expected, were treated to a capital game- The homesters won the toss, and played with a slight wind and the sun in their favour, pressing for the first few minutes. Everton rallied, and, by good combination, succeeded in getting well down, but the backs were too good for them, and they were sent back again, Gordon passing to W. H. Lipsham, who in turn tipped the ball to Lewis, that player shooting past. After another attack by the Evertonians, Chester once more came flying down, to be in turn, forced back. Hendry, the centre, put in a fine shot which Coventry saved well, but other shots were sent in, and Hendry, after one or two attempts, was successful with a screw shot which glanced through off Coventry's toe. The game went on as before. Everton pressed, and their opponents returned the compliment again and again, the ball being about two minutes at one end before it went on a visit to the other. Lewis and Speakman put in a couple of good shots, but nothing came of them. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,' and this proverb seems very applicable to the play of the Chester men at this period of the game now arrived at. The forwards had put in some really excellent work, but it was like trying to bang the ball through a brick wall to get through the Everton defence, and so the play was bit by bit taken down into the territory of the Cestrians. Everton had a nice little game of shooting-in to themselves, but for all that they could not augment their score, and after a quarter of an hour of this kind of thing the Chester men bucked up,' and matters by half-time had assumed a more level aspect. Chester were a goal behind on the restart, and for a few moments had to act strictly on the defensive, Coventry fiating out shot after shot. They were dangerous shots, too, and the way they and those which followed were kept out was marvellous. The home team seemed to be getting more cheerful now for some reason or other, and after ten minutes play, which individually was capital, and miserable as combination, they improved their cohesion, and the whole rank playing well, they tripped right merrily down to the other end. Here some brisk work ensued, and at last the ball was put through by Lewis, who received it from the right. Now, of course, both teams did their level best to get ahead, and the match became more interesting than ever. Gordon had gone inside, and with Lipsham much improved, the forward line was more dan- gerous, and they put in shots which Muir saved well. Everten also had their turns, but they shewed no superiority until it was too late, and as Lewis and his attendants were rushing up goalwards the whistle blew for time, and the game ended in a draw of one goal each. It was a hard fought battle, and Chester escaped luckily in emerging from the fray undefeated in results. The home team all worked hard, but there were one or two weak spots, while the visitors shewed up well everywhere. The results of other Combination matches were:—Buxton 1, Dresden United, 0; Crewe Alexandra 3, Northwich Victoria 2; Rock Ferry 2. Tranmere Rovers 0; Chirk 4, Wrexham 1; Druids 5, Garston Copper Works, 2; White Star Wanderers 1, Stoke Swifts 0. There was a full programme in the First Division of the League oil Saturday. Perhaps the most interesting match, certainly the most exciting, was that between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers. Some allowance is to be made, of course, for the fact that the champions are handicapped by the absence, through injuries, of three or four of the regular team, but it is evident, if the ambition of the com- mittee is to be realised, and last season's achievement repeated, a considerable alteration will be necessary. On Saturday Mid- landers had the mortification of finding them- selves led at half-time by two goals to nothing. In the second half, however, they repeated their performance of a week or two ago, and snatched the game out of the fire in the last few minutes, winning by three to two. The two Nottingham clubs are brothers in misfortune. Neither has yet won a single match. The Forest have rather the better record, having drawn four games against the County's two. The best feature of their play appears to be their defence. Apart from Sunderland, who opposed them on Saturday, there is no club in the League that has had fewer goals scored against it. The County, on the other haIldt has lost 11 goals, and is still at the bottom of,the table. As was the case at Anfield earlier in the season, the game between Preston North End and Liver- pool resulted in a draw, and, singular to say, both the previous matches between the teams at Deepdale also ended in draws. On Saturday each side scored a goal before half time, but in the second half the defence was excellent. Preston are indebted largely for their escape from defeat to Trainer, who, in the closing stages, saved several hot shots in quick suc- cession. Bury followed up the improved form they have shewn of late by scoring a couple of points at the expense of West Bromwich Albion; and Blackburn Rovers, in like manner, followed their sensational victory over Aston Villa. by playing a draw at Goodison Park with Everton. Sheffield United retain their unbeaten certificate. They are the only club in the League that has not yet lost a match. They had a severe task on Saturday at Wolverhamp- ton, but managed to come away with a point to their credit. Derby County, who occupy the third position in the table, were not so fortunate at Stoke, the Potters winning by a couple of goals to one.
NORTHOP. The Rev. Clement Todd Davies, the new vicar of Northop, has appointed as his curate the Rev. David W. Davies, curate of Llandulas, Abergele. Mr. Davies is late scholar of St. Aidan's, Birkenhead, and was ordained deacon and priest by the present Bishop of St. Asaph. His first curacy was at Eglwysrhos, Llandudno.
ELLESMERE PORT. DEATH OF A MISSIONARY'S WIFE.—Intelli- gence of the death of Mrs. Pickering, wife of the Rev. F. Pickering, who was superintendent at the Primitive Methodist Church here, and left for the Central African mission field three years ago, which took place on the mission field last April, has just arrived. Mrs. Pickering was well-known and highly respected here, and much sympathy is manifested for the brave bereaved widower.
BARROW. DEATH FROM SCALDS.—The County Coroner (Mr. J. C. Bate) held an inquest here on Tuesday respecting the death of a child named Charles Joinson, aged five, which occurred at the house of his parents, Hollowmere Heath, on Monday, from scalds received on the previous Friday.—Ellen Joinson, mother of deceased, stated that the child was sitting near a bucket of hot water in the kitchen. Witness presently heard a scream from him, and, turning round, saw him in the bucket in a sitting position. She lifted him out, and found he was badly scalded. Despite every remedy which had been applied, death ensued.—A verdict of Accidental death' was returned.
FRODSHAM. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY. — Before Messrs. Charles Reynolds and Philip Speak- man. Thomas Spruce, Alvanley, cattle dealer, was summoned by William Dugdale, also of Alvanley, for stealing onions, to the value of 2s., from his garden on September 8th. William Dugdale gave evidence that he had a large qnantity of onions in his garden, and three boxes full drying on the roof of his pig-stye. From information he received from different people in the neighbourhood, he charged Spruce with having stolen his onions. Spruce at once retaliated by using obscene language. Spruce's wife had given Dugdale 10s. in order to settle the matter, but the Magistrates refused to take cognisance of such a method, and fined defendant 2s. 6d. and costs (14s. in all).—Alexander Jackson and Samuel Dimelow, labourers, Newtown, were charged by Samuel Hulse with stealing pears from his garden on the 5th September, to the value of 5s. Mr. H. G. Linaker appeared for. the defendants, and pleaded not guilty. Hulse said that from informa- tion received he charged the two men with stealing his pears. Samuel Dimelow had given him 10s. to settle the matter, but, hearing that it was illegal, he had returned the money. On account of insufficient evidence, the magistrates dismissed the case.
MOLD. THE LATE JUDGE RICHARDS. — A life-size oil portrait of the late Judge Richards, the first County Court Judge for North- East Wales, has just been placed in the County Hall, Mold, having been presented to the old circuit of Judge Richards by Mr. Lewis Morgan, of Llanfairtalhaiarn. A tablet at the foot of the portrait tells how the late Judge came into possession of it. The inscription reads :—' Presented to Edward Lewis Richards, Esq., Judge of the County Courts of North- East Wales, and Chairman of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions, by his friends, as a token of tbeir esteem and respect. 1861.'
TARPORLEY. THE PARADE.—It was reported at a meeting of the Fire Brigade, held on Tuesday, that the total receipts were £1219s. 4d., and the expenses £2 16s. 10d., leaving a balance of £10 2s. 6d. to be handed over to the Chester Infirmary. MUNIFICENT GIFT.—Mr. Jas. Rowcliffe, of Alder leyEdge,has erected four handsome cottages at Tarporley, his native place, and made them over to trustees as residences for deserving persons whose means are limited, and to whom a cottage at a mere nominal rental will prove most acceptable. Such persons are to be selected from Tarporley and district. Mr. Rowcliffe has erected the cottages as a thank- offering on the recovery of his child from a dangerous illness.
NORTHWICH. WORK AND WAGES.—On Saturday the mem- bers of the Winsford and District Branch of the Operative Bricklayers' Society gave notice to their employers that they intend to demand an increase of three half-pence per hour. At present they receive 6d., and in summer work 55 hours weekly, and 45 in winter. They claim an increase on the ground that 9d. per hour is the average wage, and is paid at North- wich, while at Altrincham 9d. and 10d. are allowed.—On Saturday the doggers in North- wich and Mid-Cheshire district came out on strike for an increase of 15 per cent. on current prices. The men, who are employed on the piece system, are members of the Oldham Amalgamated Society, and claim that Lancashire workers receive much better wages. Some of the masters who urge that Cheshire work is of rougher type, have offered an advance of 10 per cent. on the leading lines, but this has been refused.
NESTON. A PRACTICAL JOKE. — A novel practical joke was played at Neston within the last few days. A local publican, who was betaking himself to fresh fields and pastures new, took a kindly farewell of several of his customers, and promised them a half barrel of beer as a parting gift, on the understanding that it was not to be tapped until Sunday morning last. The recipients were moved almost to tears at this affecting token of the landlord's affection for them, and the barrel was removed to a private house in the vicinity. The conditions were faithfully kept, and on Sunday morning a number of thirsty souls were gathered in various devout attitudes about the cask, which was solemnly tapped, and then there were more tears, for it was found to be filled to the bung-hole with District Council water. The generous donor has not visited Neston since, and it is reported that he has taken out an additional life assurance policy.
TARVIN. DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MISS E. WBBBTER.— It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of Miss Webster, of Tarvin, which took place on Saturday afternoon, at the early age of 31 years. She had been in delicate health for many years, but was able to go about, and was naturally of a religious turn of mind. In her earlier years she was a member of the Wesleyan Sunday School, but afterwards joined the Church Sunday School, and subsequently became one of the teachers there. Miss Webster, who was highly respected by all who knew her, was a con- sistent member of the Church, to which she became much attached. Up to the time of her death she had been a member of the Girls' Friendly Society, and also a member of Mrs. Evans' Bible class. Much sympathy is expressed by all the villagers for Mrs. Webster and family in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at Tarvin parish church- yard. A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the house, where the vicar (the Rev. T. J. Evans) read a portion of scripture and offered a prayer. The funeral procession was headed by the vicar, and a goodly number of the Friendly Girls,' each carrying a beautiful wreath. The coffin was covered with numerous wreaths, the tokens of respect from her many friends. A short service was held at the church, when the hymn Let Saints on earth in concert sing' was sung. The procession then marched to the grave, where the vicar very feelingly read the burial service, many being visibly affected. The hymn,' For ever with the Lord; was afterwards sung.
WREXHAM. CYCLING CARNIVAL.—The carnival and cycling parade, which took place on Friday night, proved by far the most successful yet held. The procession was headed by the Prince of Wales (Wrexham) Volunteer Fire Brigade and engine, under the command of Capt. J. J. Scott; and the bands in the procession com- prised the Wrexham Borough Band, the band of the 2nd V.B. Cheshire Regiment, the Rhos Band, the Coedpoeth Band, the band of the 1st V.B. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and the Ffrwd Band; while the scratch teams' included the Undefeated Doolally, the Darktown Band, and the Thirsty Band from Chowbent, who pro- vided plenty of noise and fun if little music. The chief marshal was Mr. F. Meredith-Jones, and the sub-marshal Mr. John F. Roberts, M.R.C.V.S. The judges were—Mr. W. H. Stonier, Liverpool; Mr. W. Burningham White, Liverpool; Mr. W. H. W. Saxton, Leeds; and Mr. J. Fowler, Macclesfield. Their awards were as follows :—Best cyclist in procession (costume and decorated machine) R. W. Newnes, Wrex- ham C.C. Neatest and best cyclist ia costume 1, J. E. Roberts; 2, T. Roberts; 3, Joseph Griffiths, all of Wrexham. Decorated bicycle: 1, M. Cathrall; 2, Geo. Beach; 3, T. Wilde, all of Wrexham C.C. Decorated tricycle or tandem: 1, E. and W. Davies, Pentre Broughton; 2, Charles and Griffiths, Wrexham; 3, Taylor and Roberts, Rossett. Lady cyclist and bicycle: 1, Miss M. W. Newnes; 2, Miss Rob- shaw, both of Wrexham. Most original bicycle: 1, F. Beirne, Wrexham C.C.; 2, J. Bennett, and 3, W. Thompson, Rhosddu. Most comically dressed bicyclist: 1, S. Davies, and 2, C. Davies, both of Rossett; 3, H. Dunning, Chester C.C. Representation of a lady cyclist: 1, J. M'Dermott, Liverpool; 2, J. Southard, Chester 3, Arthur Jones, Wrexham. Costume of col- lector (lady) 1, Miss Compton 2, Miss Tipple. Costume of collector (gentleman): 1, J. Turner; 2, J. G. Bevan, both of Wrexham. Decorated and neatest conveyance 1, Douglas Meredith- Jones and party, Wrexham; 2, J. Burnett and party, Chester; 3, W. Youd and party, Farndon. Comical conveyance: 1, iHarold Davies and Walter Roberts and party, Wrexham; 2, J. M'Hale and party, Chester; 3, Wrexham Christy Minstrels. Unclassed turnouts (special class): 1, Mr. Green, Chester; 2, Mr. Gregg, Chester. The prizes were distributed at the Public Hall by Lady Egerton, the wife of the president of the Wrexham Cycling Club, and afterwards a ball was held in the same building.
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WHITCHURCH. RAILWAY Acc.TDICNT.-Shortly before mid- night on Friday, a Cambrian goods train ran into a drove of cattle which bad strayed on to the line close to the bridge at Edgly-lane, near Whitchurch. Three were killed on the spot, and 11 had to be killed. Three wagons were thrown off the line, and the permanent way was badly cut up for a considerable distance. Mr. Nicholson, stationmaster, Whitchurch, was quickly on the spot. He telegraphed to Oswestry, and Mr. Gough, superintendent of the line, brought a full breakdown gang, who worked the entire night, and soon after six on Saturday morning the line was clear. The cattle were the property of Major Harrison, brewers, of Whitchurch.
HESWALL. MEMORIAL WINDOW.-On the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels, in the parish church of Heswall, a window was unveiled that has been filled with stained glass to the memory of the Rev. John Watson-Watson (once Diocesan Inspector of Schools for Chester), and Susan his wife. The window, which is the gift of their only child, represents St. Mary Magdalene at the tomb on the morning of the resurrection, and is, like the other windows in the church, the work of Mr. C. E. Kempe, of London. A shortened evenson g with special hymns and collects formed the service, at which the Rev. T. H. May (Heswall), the Rev. A. G. Glenn (Barnston), and the Rev. J. Fairclough (Backford) officiated. Among the congregation present were several old friends of those to whose memory the window is dedicated. Miss Watson-Watson, to whose generosity the parishioners owe this beautiful decoration of their church, is to be congratu- lated on the manner in which Mr. Kempe has treated the subject, for it is a fine example glass colouring.
FLINT. LICENSING MATTERS.—At the Petty Sessions on Wednesday, the licence of the Castle Inn was transferred from Alfred James Catherall to I David E. Davies, and that of the Harp Inn beerhouse, was transferred from John Walker to Edward Jones, while temporary authority was given to Robert Humphreys, to sell at the Miners' Arms, Corporation street, the late tenant being Joseph Lewis. WOMAN'S DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT.—At the Petty Sessions on Wednesday, Elizabeth Griffiths, a married woman, was charged with being drunk and riotous on the previous Satur- day and Monday evenings. P.C. Butler proved the offence with regard to Saturday, and (L Inspector Jones, in proving Monday's case, said he had heard some bad language, but never anything so disgraceful as that used by the woman on Monday. Defendant bore an extremely bad character, being not only drunken but immoral, and owing to her drunkenness and wickedness, her children were terribly neglected. Every night she kept the neighbourhood in a turmoil, and the neighbours complained of the number of men who frequented her house at night.—Mr. S. K. Muspratt: Have you spoken to her husband ?—The Inspector: Her husband is aware of it.—The Bench sentenced defendant to 14 days' imprisonment in each case without the option of a fine.
-♦ CONNAH'S QlJAY. ACCIDENT AT A RAILWAY CROSSING.—On Wednesday afternoon, as a horse and cart owned by Mr. John Hughes, grocer, of this village, and in charge of his son, were crossing the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay Railway Company's line by the public crossing, the dock shunting engine came up, and before the cart had time to clear the rails, the horse was struck and knocked some distance. The engine driver reversed the engine and applied the brake, and the horse, which was lying upon the ground, was with assistance raised to its feet. Its legs were severely injured, and the shafts of the cart were smashed. Fortunately, the driver, seeing the engine approaching, and finding it would be impossible to clear the rails, jumped out of the cart, and escaped without injury. The driver of the engine is to be commended for his presence of mind in bringing the engine to a standstill, otherwise more serious injuries would have been sustained. A RETURN JROM THE MISSION FIELDs.-On Wednesday evening, a missionary meeting was held in the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, to welcome home the Rev. John Innocent, who for the long period of 38 years has been engaged in the mission work of the Connexion in China. Alderman J. Williams, Buckley, pre- sided over a large attendance. In his opening speech, he said he had closely followed the work of Mr. Innocent in China, and was pleased to note that the untiring energy he had dis- played in mission work had been crowned with success.—Captain Samuel Vickers, on behalf of the Hawarden Circuit and the local church, presented Mr. Innocent with a beautitully illu- minated address, and said no greater recogni- tion of his services could be paid than by electing him President of the Methodist New Connexion Conference, a position for which he was Unanimously chosen.—The reverend gentle- man, in accepting the address, said he was deeply thankful to them for their kindness. The address was an expression of sympathy with the work in which he had been engaged for the past 38 years. He took it not only as a kindly gift to himself, but as a token of friend- ship with which they regarded mission work in China. It would be an encouragement to those engaged in foreign missions when they saw their work recognised at home, r
SANDYCROFT. WATER SUPPLY.-In order to avert a repeti- tion of the scarcity of water as experienced in Sandycroft and district during the recent drought, the Hawarden Waterworks Company are constructing a reservoir near the entrance of the Moor Lane, which will have a water capacity of 76,800 cubic feet, which is equal to 479,000 gallons, or about 2,138 tons. The bottom of the reservoir is about 90 feet above the level of Sandycroft. The whole work is being done under the supervision of Mr. Simmons.
4 SAVGHALL. ACCIDENT. — On Thursday, a young man named Jonathan Guest, living in the village, while engaged working in a field with a bill hook, accidentally struck his leg with that implement, and sustained a rather serious injury. The unfortunate man was removed to Chester Infirmary, and his condition is now improving. WORKINGMEN'S CLUB.—The committee of the Workingmen's Club, which was elected last week, met on Monday evening, when all arrangements were made for the re-opening of the club for the winter session. The clubroom has recently been greatly improved and rendered much more attractive than formerly. Mr. R. Kellock has been appointed chairman, and the old committee have been re-elected en bloc. A. gymnasium is much needed for the clubroom. LIGHTING CommirrsE.-A public meeting was held in the Town Hall on Thursday even- ing for the purpose of electing a lighting com- mittee for the ensuing year. Mr. W. T. Harvey was appointed chairman, Mr. J. T. Whaley, vice- chairman, and Mr. A. Warrington, secretary, the committee being composed of the following gentlemen :-Messrs. J. Dutton, C. Done, W. Shepherd, T. Martin, and T. Crump. It was decided to light the public lamps at once, and to apppint Mr. W, Faulkner as superintendent of the lighting arrangements. POWELL'S CHARITY.—A meeting of the trustees of the Powell's Charity was held in the Town Hall, on Friday evening, when Messrs. H. D. Trelawny, J.P., W. T. Harvey, chairman of the Parish Council, J. Ball, churchwarden of Shotwich, and J. H. Williams, were present. Mr. Trelawny was unanimously appointed chairman, and the Rev. G. D. White, M.A., vicar of Shotwick, was appointed secretary to the trustees. The Chairman read a proposed new scheme which had been received from the Charity Commissioners, and said that pending pending the establishment of the new scheme the bread which had hitherto been given away at Shotwick parish church would be distributed at All Saints', Saughall. The trustees unani- mously agreed to let the house and land to Mr. Frank Woods.
On Wednesday evening a girl named Collins, aged nine years, daughter of a labourer, was killed by lightning while sitting at tea in her house at Great Paxton, near St. Neots. Her little brother, also, was knocked down and rendered unconscious, but is recovering. His body is marked with the complete outline of a tree, the branches being shewn distinctly. The lightning came through the roof, making a hole in the ceiling. TRAGIC OCCURRENCE. Early on Friday morning, Mr. Richard Cooper, a solicitor, who resides near Croydon, and his wife, to whom he was married in Jubilee week, were found in bed suffering from bullet wounds. It was said that financial troubles had led them to agree to die together. Mr. Cooper was removed to the Croydon Hospital, but Mrs. Cooper remains at home in a critical condition. TORPEDO-BOATS IN COLLISION.—The torpedo- boat destroyers Thrasher and Lynx went ashore on the Cornish coast on Wednes- day in a fog. Four men belonging to the crews lost their lives, and one was seriously injured. The torpedo destroyer, Thrasher, was success- fully docked at Devonport on Friday. An examination shews that she is shaken from stem to stern. Her bow is entirely stove in, and midway between the first and second funnels she looks as if she had been nearly broken in two.
HOYLAKE. DISCHARGE OF REFUSE ON THE FISHING GROUNDS. — Superintendent Dawson, of the Lancashire Sea Fisheries, in his quarterly report, just issued, states:—As instructed at the last meeting of the Joint Committee, I have made inquiries into the complaint made by the Liverpool and Hoylake fishermen about the fishing grounds in the estuary of the Mersey being injured by the deposit from the hoppers. I feel that, owing to the dAbrit, several trawl nets have been entirely lost, and the fishermen state that nearly every day nets are torn and fishing is interfered with. Large quantities of ashpit and market refuse are taken in the trawl nets, and the fishermen got so far as to say that unless the damage is stopped, the grounds here will become unfishable. They state that the hoppers are frequently seen to deposit within the limits. Besides the damage to sea fishing, the stench from decayed matter brought up in the nets is most offensive, and if the nuisance continues, and this gets washed ashore, it will, I should say, become most injurious to health. I have obtained evidence from other sources that at least one of the hoppers does not always discharge at the appointed place. Mr. Muspratt has referred the result of the inquiries to the Liverpool City Council, and it is to be hoped that the Health Committee will make searching inquiries into the matter.
NANTWICH. INTERESTING MASONIC CEREMONV. Lord Egerton of Tatton, R.W. Provincial Grand Master, performed the ceremony on Saturday of laying the corner stone of a Parish and Masonic Hall at Nantwich. The ceremony was witnessed by a large gathering of Freemasons from Man- chester, Liverpool, Chester, and other places, the attendance including Sir Horatio Lloyd, W. Deputy Provincial Grand Master; R. Finlow, P.M., P.P.J. W.; J. Armstrong. P.T.G.W.; T. M. Markland, P.G.R.; J. H. Bellyse, P.P.J.S.W.; P. G. Tinker, P.G.J.D.; H. Rush, P.P.G.R.; W. J. Nash, P.P.S.G.; C. H. Hylton-Stewart, P.G. Chaplain; George Young, P.G.O., &c. A pro- cession, in which all the brethren took part, assembled at the Crown Hotel, and marched to the site of the new building. Previous to the ceremony, Lord Egerton, addressing the brethren, said he had no doubt that those build- ings, when completed, would be a great advan- tage to the machinery of the Church of England in the parish of Nantwich. The machinery of the Church of England required rooms for hold- ing meetings of various kinds, and no church or parish in these days was considered complete which had not good parochial and other rooms for use in connection with church work. Under the shadow of that fine old church he felt certain the building would prove "to be a per- manent advantage to the good work which had been done by the present rector and a long pro- cession of rectors from time immemorial, and which bad been largely to the good and welfare of the people of Nantwich. (Applause.) The ceremony was then concluded.