100 Years aqjo. INTERESTING REMINISCENCES. Being notes given week by week of matters con- nected with Chester and the locality a hundred years ago. '(Compiled from the Chester Courant of Nov. 21st, 1797.) A CURIOUS CURIC. The following remarkable fact, a due attention to which may be the means of preserving the life of many a human being, cannot be too generally known. On Wednesday last the only child of Stephen Friar Gilham, Esq., of Shar- field, Burntwood, about a month old, was seized with a convulsive fit, which in a short time became -so violent that every moment was expected to be its last. As a dernier expedient one of the servants provided i, pigeon, and having plucked the feathers from its breast applied that part of it to the pit of the child's stomach, who was by this time apparently dead. At the expiration of ten minutes the pigeon seemed much convulsed, and some symptoms of recovery were perceptible in the child. From this happy appearance the remedy was continued for near three-quarters of an hour, when the Jofant completely recovered, and the pigeon became so violently convulsed that it was with ^Uch difficulty the servant could hold it. In a minutes after it died in the utmost agony, having effectually extracted that pain from the child which proved its own destruction. The convulsions of the bird were so strong that its body was black all over." THE CAPTAIN'S ADDRESS. An extraordinary incident attending the late enRaement is known to be true. Captain of the whose crew have for some tune past been very mutinous, and, so much so that be has been obliged to use great severity with them, and has often found himself un- pleasantly situated among them, was one of the Ships which joined Admiral Duncan in time to share in this engagement. When very near the enemy, he called all the men on deck, and said thus You know, my lads, you have behaved infamously ill; so much so, that I have often thought and called you a set of d-d scoundrels; I have over and over again been obliged to flog you, and I shall continue to do 80 Until you behave better; but you have now ^n enemy before you, and an opportunity of your character. I will in ten ^nutes lay my ship alongside that Dutchman, ^d if you will do your duty handsomely and ake him strike in ten minutes' time, I will v«rlook and forgive all that is past, and report You as a set of brave fellows. They cheered the ^Ptain, desired to be tried, and when brought to the Dutch man of war they really *°ngl.t like dragons; and, as the account is actually made her strike her colours in the 1Qle prescribed." TRADING IN CHESHIRE CHEESE. .Chester, Nov. 20, 1797. Now loading at PXall's Wharf, London, for this city and places 4diacent, The Chester,' Thomas Herbert, jnaater, a contract cheese ship and constant trader; to sail in fourteen days. Wm. Field, •Broker.
cfocal obcmmcut ottings lBY MENTOR.] been6 District Council, which has rather conspicuous of late for lengthy sit- noi.°8, another protracted meeting, and did jja Conclude its labours till after midnight, s sat six and a half hours. The principal of contention was the sewerage of the car<Tln^ di8tricfc8 Seacombe, Egremont, Lis- t&e laU(* The latter develop- 8e^ Wallasey has entailed upon it a heavy 8h Gfa^e which the other districts consider be borne by Wallasey alone. Various nipt3 have been made by the Wallasey Pfesentatives to equalise the sewerage rates r whole district, and a committee of the e Council recently considered a proposal to the sewerage divisions into one, pro- at the same time an equitable the present debt of each division. Md °^ncil would hatfe none of it, however, ^ai r. e<^ the proposal by a substantial gjVe y- One ambitious member, who had a6c Notice of motion recommending that the ijjCo 8ary Bteps be taken to obtain a charter of ^j^^>0ration for the district, now desired to «raW m°tion» but several members t0 tbis course being adopted. Another vyaa ,er ultimately moved the resolution, which bv io 8econded, but, on a division, was lost 12 votes to 6. ly6 meeting of the Wrexham djpi strict Council, though several cases of ^er er^a and fever and one of typhoid was considered that the *a8 ° Was 'Q a healthy state, and there Mortarf marked improvement in infantile ^cto 1 -Tbis may be considered very satis. iufecf^'8,8 district has long suffered from alnjQ *°Us diseases, at times amounting to froiQ8fi, eP^erQic form. A letter was received the' Local Government Board expressing ^rth re^re^ that the Council had taken no jj0j. er sfceP8 for improving the water supply of gj The Chairman said the Council would be j> to consider any application from the j Council on the subject, and it was lniated by the Holt representative that the ^ish Council and the Town Trust were taking arrangements with a company for a SUpply of water.—A contract was entered into for the sewering of Ruabon, amounting to close oth ^was further augmented by ^er charges to nearly £ 8,000, and a resolution Qov a £ to asking leave of the Local foveInent Board to borrow the latter amount thirty years. Ifcail probability an extension of the Rhyl the ta Station-a matter that has been on b t,, Ptl4e;Pís for some time-will before long take the cal a a e. At the monthly meeting of the rban District Council the Clerk reported e re .d CLa,ir elpt of a letter from Lord Stalbridge, HaiiWaan of the London and North-Western ^°<lajj^^oaiPany, to the effect that the re- ^°n, in fi °' ^e station was under considera- ble to se 6 ^°Pe Council might be 860 thei' way to make some improve- The Qo ——— the < g .r^arv°n County Council have taken up prWcai Club' quesfcion. in a sensible and J?anner- -^t their recent quarterly r ^bisbire proposed that ^qUor j aa tbe unrestricted sale of intoxicating to fk 4 80urce °f the greatest danger and cUib8 n 8 c°tnmunity, and that so-called social liq^op the means for this unrestricted an<i evade the licensing and ^act g this Council petition Parliament to 6llable Measures as may be necessary to Strict f6 naaiority of the ratepayers in any ?^b Veto the establishment of a social 18 c°n8n m^8ti where intoxicating liquor C^ba) an(^' the majority permit such th0y 8ball be liable to the law bcensed inns and taverns, including that^ °btaining licences." He pointed ln the magisterial district in which he ^^al^ found necessary to refuse the b^j a licence because the house was the hy c°nducted. And what was the result ? s°eia] °.US8 Wa3 immediately opened as a wb' and it boasted of at least 300 ers, th t c°ur8e of the discussion which followed, to^^ ^at the proposal should be appli- P°btical as well as social clubs. The 1 WaS a<fopt«d, and copies ordered to °cal re 0 the Licensing Committee and the eepreSentatives in Parliament, some of the ?°»»8e I having a «quiet fling' at the great ^olnnions social club, in which in- 8 are sold without a licence. fi th ^Ool r6 Monthly meeting of the Festiniog Oard, a letter was read asking for the I i use of the Girls' Higher Grade School, but not specifying for what purpose. The Board, how- ever, seemed to have an inkling that it was for dancing, and thereupon a discussion sprang up which evidently displayed the feeling of the Board on the matter. The Rev. R. J. Williams, Bowydd, said a resolution had been passed that the schools would not be granted to hold dances and other meetings of a doubtful nature. Dr. Jones said the schools had been granted recently to a class of students from the Bangor College, who held a meeting followed by a dance. The objection raised was childish, and unworthy of an enlightened authority. The Rev. David Richards (Vicarage) The Bangor people were an impious lot. He did not see why the appli- cation should be made to the Board at all, the school was not their property, and he suggested that the applicants should approach the trustees of the building, who could not very well be more narrow-minded than the Board. The application was eventually refused.
DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. HAWARDEN RURAL DISTRICT. j The fortnightly meeting of this Council was held at Broughton Workhouse on Friday, Mr. Peter Wilcock presiding. With regard to the water supply at Church Houses, Saltney, the Clerk (Mr. Horace A. Smith) reported that he had waited upon Messrs. Wakefield, Enock, and Jackson, of Chester, who stated that they had received no sympathy from the Chester Water- works Company, and if the Council would not agree to the scheme suggested in their last letter, they should consult their clients as to closing the houses. The tenants were all agree- able to carry their water a distance of 400 yards.—The Rev. Mr. Edgeworth (Sealand) said this would be creating a very bad prece- dent, and Mr. J. Jones (Saltney) observed that he would rather see the houses closed.—The Council agreed to insist upon a proper supply of water being provided. MANCOTT WATER SUPPLY. Mr. E. Sydney Taylor said he was informed that there was a probability of the Hawarden Waterworks Company laying a main through Mancott, so that there would be no necessity to proceed with the alternative scheme, by which water would be conducted to the village from a spring on the hill. He believed the matter would be considered at a meeting of the Water- works Company in two or three weeks' time, and he suggested that the Council should send a communication to the company expressing their satisfaction at the news, and hoping the company would carry out the project as soon as possible.—This was agreed to., FEVER AT HAWARDEN. It appeared from the report of Dr. Roberts, medical officer for the Hawarden district, that there had been cases of typhoid fever at Hawarden, Sandycroft, and Queen's Ferry, the patient in the latter instance being removed to hospital. A person suffering from diphtheria at Hawarden Hayes had also been conveyed to the hospital, the premises being not at all in a sanitary state. In a case of scarlatina at West Row, Sandycroft, on Nov. 2nd, he found two other children sleeping in the same room as the patient, and one of the children attending school. This shewed gross negligence on the part of the parents, who seemed to be perfectly ignorant of the dangers arising from intercommunication. No dis- infectants were used, and no attempt at isolation made.—It also transpired that in a case of scarlet fever at Higher Kinnerton.two members of the household- were attending school as teachers, but no notification had been given either to the medical officer or the sanitary inspector. It was decided to write to Dr. Fraser, who it was understood had charge of the case, and to the occupiers of the premises, asking for an explanation. BUCKLEY DISTRICT. The first meeting of the Urban District Councillors for Buckley was held on Thursday evening in the Board Schools, when all the members were present. Mr. T. T. Kelly (return- ing officer) attended and congratulated the meet- ing on the formation of an Urban Council. The customary declarations having been made, the election of chairman was proceeded with. Mr. J. Williams, in proposing Mr. G. A. Parry, said that gentleman had had great experience in County Council matters, and they were greatly indebted to him for the privilege they now held. Mr. J. Williamson seconded amid applause, and the motion was unanimously carried. Mr. Parry, in returning thanks, said they had con- ferred upon him a very great honour. He hoped they would all work together for the welfare of the people whom they represented. Mr. Parry also proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Kelly, the returning officer, who duly returned thanks-—Mr. J. Davies proposed Mr. Nunns as vice-chairman, and this was seconded by Mr. J. Dunn, and carried unanimously. Mr. Nunns having returned thanks, it was decided to advertise for a clerk. LITTLE SUITON PARISH. The monthly meeting of this Council took place in the National Schools on Tuesday even- ing, when the following members were present: Messrs. J. H. Wright (chairman), P. Jones, R. Jones, and W. Williams, together with the clerk (Miss Bethel). A letter was read from Mr. W. Cross, stating that he was unable to leave his bed, and at the same time expressing a wish that the Council would see to the ditches being properly cleansed.—The Chairman stated that several members had inspected the ditch in the Benishes-lane, along wiih the other ditches in the neighbourhood, and found them anything but a credit to the village. They were in a very filthy condition. In two places cattle had apparently been drinking the water, which was very foul indeed, and was not fit for them to drink.—A somewhat animated dis- cussion ensued, and on the proposition of Mr. P. Jones, seconded by Mr. Williams, it was decided that the matter be deferred until the next meeting, and further, that Mr. Wood in (District Councillor) be invited to attend, and give them some advice as to the proper courses the ditches should take.—Subsequently Mr. P. Jones proposed that the clerk be requested to address a letter to the owners of the cattle which grazed on the fields adjoining the ditch, stating that it was probable their cattle drank the water from the ditches in question, and re- questing them to take steps to prevent them from doing so.—Mr. R. Jones was of opinion that there was no need for them to interfere with respect to the cattle, as he thought it did not come under the Council's jurisdiction.—The proposition was, however, eventually carried.— I The Chairman stated that the memorial respect- I ing the water supply had been signed and forwarded to the District Council, and a reply had been received from the clerk (Mr. Ollive) stating that it had been remitted to the water company for their consideration. The letter also intimated that samples of the water were about to bo taken for the purpose of testing the quality.—Mr. P. Jones intimated that at a future meeting he intended to submit a request to the Council to take into their consideration the present railway facilities to and from the village, with a view, if possible, of effecting an improvement therein. TARVIN PARISH. The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Mr. T. H. Langford presided. There were present Messrs. W. Wilkes (clerk), T. Fellows, T. Nield, C. Holland, W. Williams. J. T. Youd, and J. Lunt. There was not much business done except the writing of a cheque for the rent of Lodge Hayes allotment field. A day was fixed for the ferreting of the rabbits in the allotments, as they are becoming very destructive.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF HESWALL.—The Hes- wall Hall Estate Company are making progress with their scheme for the development of that most healthful and agreeable place of residence. The ornamental bungalows, which form the essential feature of the company's scheme, are in process of erection, and as each will stand on a thousand or twelve hundred yards of land it will be perceived that due regard is being paid t,i) the important question of non-crowding. A dinner to commemorate the successful initiation of the enterprise was given a few days ago at the Victoria Hotel, Heswall.
ADVICE TO MOTHERS !—Are you broken in your rest by a sick child suffering with the pain of cutting teeth ? Go at once to a chemis and get a bottle of MRS. WINSLOW'S SOOTHING SYRUP, which has been used over 50 years by millions of mothers for their children while teething, with perfect success. It is pleasant to taste produces natural, quiet sleep by relieving the child from pain, and the little cherub awakes as bright as a button." It soothes the child, it softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea, whether arising from teething or other causes. Sold by Chemist* everywhere at la. lid. per bottle.
CHESTER CRICKETER ABROAD. The following is a cutting from a recent issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Archie Brown, the most prominent player in Brooklyn, made his local reputation against Lord Hawke's team in 1891, when he made a grand stand against the phenomenally fast bowler, S. M. J. Woods, scoring 95 runs in two innings, being not out both times. He hails from Paisley, Scotland, but received his crieket education in Chester, England, where he was known as a stone waller, on account of his stubborn defence. He came to America in 1887, joining the Brooklyn Cricket Club in 1891, since when he has nearly each year headed the batting and bowling averages. This year his record was 22 13 for seventeen innings, next to S. Pedlow, who, however, played in but four innings. Owing to a weakness in his arm he only bowled occasionally, keeping wicket the rest of the time." Archie Brown' is merely a nom de plunie assumed by a gentleman who some years ago was connected with the Chester Cricket Club, and was a great favourite with Cestrians on account of his skill behind the wickets—Mac- Millan to wit. To all who know of his perform- ances in the city his success elsewhere will have been anticipated, and we can safely say that the duties of wicket keeper were never more accurately attended to than when in the able hands of Mac,' as he was more familiarly known. [n the true sense of the word, a stone-waller he certainly was not, but that he had a stubborn defence was patent to no one more than those gentlemen whose duty it was to try to discover a weak spot in it. In other respects the quotation is a graceful tribute paid to a ttportsman of sterling worth, and one of whom Costrians have reason to be proud. It may also be of interest to mention that the Brooklyn club have for the first time taken the New York Cricket Associa- tion's championship and pennants to the city of Brooklyn.
CONVINCING PROOF OF THE EFFICACY OF HOMOCEA. Which touches the Spot and Soothes the Aching part. 'INCOMPARABLY THE BEST' May well be said of HuMOCEA, for it Touches the Spot and CURES PAIN. Never be without it. Whether in CHILBLAINS or BRUISES, CUTS or RHEUMATISM, BUKNS or NEURALGIA, Piles or Skin Diseases, it at once relieves It's not What will it do ? but What won't it do ? .Never in the annals of medicine has any. thing been brought out with such a wide range. curs, PILES, BRONCHITIS, CHILBLAINS, &c. —A VERITABLK VADE MECUM S. M. Healey, Sergeant-Major, R.E., 1st Gloucestershire Volunteers, Winchcombe, says" For years I have suffered dreadfully from piles. I ried everything I could think of, and spent pounds without avail. Seeing yeur Homocea advertised, I tried it, and for the last twelve months I have been free from that distress.ng complaint as the day I was born. I have also tried its wonderful curative effects on earaches, chilblains, cuts, and bruises, and for bronchitis. In hot weat her I have found it useful for painful feet. As an old soldier, I would not be with- out Homocea on any account. For a bad touch of Gout I use Homocea Embrocation, formerly Exaino, which puts me right in a few days." Homocea is sold by all dealers at l/;|d. and :9d. per box. N.B.—HOMOCEA EMBROCATION is the strong form of Homocea, and is absolutely the best thing of its kind in the world. Put up in collapsible Tubes, price 7id. and 1/1 Jd. per tube. Sold by CHEERS & HOPLEY, hemists, Northgate-st., Chester; GEO. DENSON & Co., The Stores, Northgate- row, Chester.
A shocking fatality occurred at Rood Pit Farm, near Axminster, on Thursday night. Theoccupier had been out shooting, and on returning left his loaded gun in a corner. The son took up the weapon and pulled the trigger, the charge striking Harry Hawkins, a labourer in Mr. Payley's employment, and causing almost instant death. d'
NORTHWICH. DISTRESSING DROWNING CASE.—On Friday evening Mr. J. C. Bate, Cheshire coroner, held an inquest at Whitegate, near Northwich, on the body of Mary Lizzie Lyon, a young woman, well-known in the locality, who met her death under distressing circumstances on Wednesday.—The evidence shewed that the deceased, who resided with her uncle, Mr. Latham, of Elm Tree Farm, Whitegate, left the house about 8.30 in the morning to fetch some water from a pond about 300 yards away, carrying with her two buckets. As she did not put in an appearance some time afterwards, her aunt concluded that she had gone to see a companion who lived near. Mrs. Latham discovered later that this was not so, and sent a labourer named Thomas Dodd in search of her niece. At ten o'clock Dodd found the young woman's body in about 9ft. of water at the side of the pond. One of the buckets, filled with water, was standing at the side of the pit, and it was suggested that she had fallen headlong into the water while stoop- ing to fill the second bucket. Up to a very late hour on the previous night the deceased was at a concert and ball, and was then quite cheerful. She was an orphan, her father having been drowned in the same district 19 years ago. A verdict of Accidentally drowned' was returned.
SANDYCROFT. CONCERT. On Wednesday evening a concert in aid of the pianoforte fund was held in the Assembly Hall. In the absence of Mr. E. S. Taylor, C.C., the Rector of Hawarden (the Rev. S. E. Gladstone) presided, and in his opening remarks deplored the absence of Mr. Taylor who was unsparing with both time and trouble in doing all the good he could. With regard to the object of the concert, he stated that all institutions such as the one they were in should be supplied with a pianoforte. An excellent programme was contributed by Miss Ella Longton, Miss Belle Chase, Miss Minnie Lewis, Miss Lillie Jones, Miss V. Thompson, Messrs. W. A. Hopton, Ll. Griffiths, and P. C. Kelly. The Chester Male Voice Choir (Messrs. W. J. Dawson, J. H. Thompson, Peters Jones, and W. A. Hopton) contributed 'The Letter' (encored). Ding, dong, bell,' I Simple Simon (encored), 'The Tack,' I Massa's in de cold ground,' and 'Sleep, gentle lady.' The whole of the items were well rendered, especially those of the Quartette party, whose efforts were accorded a very hearty reception, and Mr. P. C. Kelly sustained the humorous role in his usual good style. The accompanists were Mrs. P. C. Kelly, the Misses Ella Longton, and Lillie Jones. On the motion.of Mr. Frank Taylor, junr., a vote of thanks was passed to the artists for their services. The plants and chrysanthemums, which were tastefully arranged on the stage, were kindly lent by Mr. Wm. Kelly, while, in view of the stage having been recently renovated, Mrs. Fox, The Grange, kindly lent a few articles of furniture for the occasion.
SAUGHALL. THE PROPOSED CYCLE TAX.—The Chester Rural District Council will find no supporters among the large army of cyclists here in their proposal for a wheel tax.' Many working- men travel daily to Chester and to villages at a distance, and they would keenly resent the imposition of a tax on their cycles. THE CHURCH.—The vicar in this month's magazine draws attention to the fact that R400 debt remains on the church at Saughall. It is said that there is to be a village fete in the summer, and then—given fine weather-it is hoped a good sum will be available to place to the credit of the building fund. RAILWAY ARRANGEMENTS.—The Saughall Parish Council will join hands with the Molliugton Council in their laudable endeavour to induce the railway company to grant a better service of trains to and from Mollington Station. Residents in the Parkgate-road district are often put to much inconvenience by the present inadequate service. DEATH OF MR. BROAD H URST.-Many villagers will hear with deep regret of the death of Mr. John Broadhurst, which took place at Rossett on Monday. The late Mr. Broadhurst for many years had charge of the pretty gardens at Astbury House, during the residence of the late Mr. Samuel Davies. Like his respected master, he was a lover of flowers, and his taste in arranging flower beds and in the management of the conservatories shewed that he was a florist of no mean ability.
MALP AS. APPROACHING WEDDING. — The marriage arranged between Charles Willding Willding- Jones, late Rifle Brigade, elder son of Willdmg Willding Jones, Hampton Hall, Malpas, and Florence, second daughter of the Rev. Canon Burton, of Cliburn Rectory, Westmorland, will take place in January. BAZAAR AND RUMMAGB SALE.—A very successful fancy bazaar and rummage sale took place in the Jubilee Hall on Wednesday after- noon, in aid of the fund for erecting a new organ chamber and removing the heating apparatus at the parish church. For some months past the ladies of tho parish have been very busy making up and collecting goods and materials for a grand fancy stall, and the result of their labours was certainly very creditable. A brisk trade was carried on creditable. A brisk trade was carried on during the afternoon, and in the evening the entire stall was cleared with excellent results, for the sum of about £ 40 was netted at this stall alone. The ladies who had the management of the stall, and all of whom had laboured so well in stocking it, were the Hon. LadytM. Gore, Mrs. Rasbotham, Mrs. H. Edwardes, Mrs. Batterbee, Miss Woolly, Mrs. T. Bevin, Miss M. Weaver, and Miss Carpenter. The dairy still was also of an attractive kind, and replete with all kinds of dairy produce, game, &c., and this, too, made excellent returns, namely about JE18. The ladies presiding at this stall were Miss Lewis, the Bank; Mrs. Davies, Stockton Hall; Mrs. Blantern, Old Castle; Mrs. Jones, Wychough, and Mrs. Mercer. The Misses Jordison had a very fascinating variety stall, which was attrac- tively set out, and this in its turn made about;C7. The sale of rummage for ladies and the mil- linery stalls were entrusted to Mrs. Wycherley, Miss Barnes, and Miss Mary Huxley. The rummage stall for general wares was controlled by the Rector, the Hon. and Rev. A. R. Parker, Mr. Danily and Mr. Wycherley. The goods at this latter stall were disposed of by Mr. Sheffield, assistant to Mr. F. Lloyd, who had kindly given his services for the occasion. The proceeds from the ladies' rummage and the general rummage stalls were about S14. During the afternoon, and untSl towards six o clock, a capital tea was served in one of the lower rooms, over which the following ladies presidedMrs. and the Misses Sandbach, Mrs. and the Misses Greenshields, Mrs. Danily, and Miss Home and Miss Hollis. An extensive sale trade was also carried on by these ladies and at the close their takings-' were about X26, an excellent return. There was also a phono- graph in the games room, but this did not prove a source of income. Miss Lewis, of London, did some good business with a well- furnished turn-table, which attracted much notice. 'A monstre draw was also held, for which 600 tickets were sold at Is. each, realising X30, the prize-winners numbering 76. Mr. F. Battarbee and Mr. C. Tomlinson were instru- mental in getting this up, assisted by a number of energetic ticket sellers.
ELLESMERE PORT. CHURCH HISTORY.-On Monday night the first of a series of lectures on The History of the Church of England' was given in the National Schoolroom, by the Rev. W. Bidlake (vicar). The chair was occupied by Mr. H. Price, and there was a good attendance. The lecturer traced the early history of the church in a very interesting manner, some excellent limelight views being given in explanation by the Rev. Alan Williams, of the Mersey Mission Society, and Mr. W. E. Platt, Ellesmere Port. MISSIONARY MEETINGS. — During last week the annual home and foreign missionary meetings have been held in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church. On Sunday morning the Rev. H. Davenport, Chester, preached, and in the evening the Rev. T. Kynaston, superintendent of the circuit. Public meetings were held on Monday evening at Whitby. Addresses were delivered by Mr. Davenport and Mr. Kynaston, Mr. Wilfred Carter presiding. Also on Tuesday evening at Pool Town, where Mr. James Stockton was the chairman. Another public meeting was held in the Ellesmere Port Chapel, when the report of the mission work for the year was read by Mr. Kynaston, and a capital address was delivered by the deputation, the Rev. H. Davenport. Mr. John Pulford presided. The collections amounted to X27 6s. 8d., which was 25s. in advance of last year. The total was made up as follows:—Whitby, £6 11s. Sid.; Pool Town, £ 863.10^d., which included Mr. John Pulford's box (six guineas); Ellesmere Port, X12 8s. 4d. (of this amount Mr. Kynaston's book supplied JE6 10s.)—In proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman, Mrs. Kynaston spoke highly of Mr. Pulford as a missionary enthusiast, and mentioned the interesting fact that during the past 14 years his box had yielded £76 8s. 9d.
THORNTON-LE-MOORS. SCHOLAR'S CONCERT.-The scholars, who had been most carefully prepared by Mr. Chas. Ward (the schoolmaster), and Mrs. Ward, gave a successful entertainment in the Parish Room on Wednesday. There was a large attendance of parents and friends. Every part was most carefully learnt and intelligently said. One of the prettiest pieces was called Cock Robin,' in which the youngest children took part, and shewed the most amusing self-posses- sion. The costumes and imitation bagpipes were much admired, and shewed the presence of excellent taste and in- genuity in those who devised them, as well as the greatest care and attention on the part of the young performers. The musical drill and dancing did great credit both to the children and their teachers. Much patience and many rehearsals must have been required to produce such an excellent result. Mrs. Park-Yates, of Ince Hall, kindly distributed the prizes, which included a beautiful work-box, presented by Miss Perryn, of l'rafford Hall (Isabella Landstey), and another by Mr. Richard Lloyd (M. Nield), a very handsome writing desk presented by Mr. Lee, of Thornton Hall (Joseph Dixon), and another by Mr. Barber (J. Wilkinson), two clocks the gift of Mrs. Prichard to M. and P. Harrison, and a number of interesting new books, selected with great care, the cost of which was defrayed by the managers in accordance with the scheme approved by the Commissioners for the management of the charities. These prizes were presented for- attendance, the above-named six scholars having made the maximum of 250 attendances. After the presentation of the prizes a vote of thanks to Mrs. Park-Yates was moved by the Rector, seconded by Mr. Lee (who spoke of the kind support so long accorded to the school by Ince Hall and Trafford Hall), and carried unanimously.—Mrs. Park-Yates, in thanking all present, said she hoped there might be many opportunities in store for pleasant meetings. At the conclusion of the proceedings, a hearty vote of thanks was given to Mr. and Mrs. Ward and their young pupils for the entertainment they had provided. Thornton school only wants numbers, and parents and neighbours can shew their practical interest in the school by persuading all the children in the parish to wend their way towards Thornton Green. The receipts amounted to L5 5s., from which the expenses of costumes, printing, &c., will have to be deducted. The balance will be spent on apparatus needed for kindergarten exercises and object lessons in the day school.
FRODSHAM. SHOULD CONSCHIPTION BE ADOPTED ?-An interesting debate took place in the National Girls' School on Tuesday in connection with the Church of England Debating Society before a good attendance. The Rev., A. E. Simms (president) occupied the chair, and Mr. Hamlyn moved 'That conscription should be adopted in the United Kingdom' being seconded by Mr. R. Rodgers. Mr. J. Gorst opposed the motion, being well supported by Messrs. Aitken, Holt, Robinson, and the Rev. W. T. Dickenson. On the motion being put to the meeting it was lost bv 16 to 8. SCARLET FEVER EPIDEMIC.-In consequence of the outbreak of fresh cases of scarlet fever the Rural District Council of Runcorn, acting on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Adams), have resolved that all the public elementary schools in Frodsham and Frodsham Lordship shall be kept closed for a further period of two weeks, that is, until Saturday, the 27th instant, and that the managers of the Sunday schools be requested to co-operate with the Council in endeavouring to prevent the spread of the disease by keeping their schools closed until the same date. There is one more death arising from fever to report during the week, that of a boy aged four, named Gatley, brother of the girl who about a fortnight ago succumbed to the same malady. INQUEST.—At the Police Court on Tuesday, before the district Coroner, Mr. J. C. Bate, an inquest was held on the body of Harold Caldwell.—Frederick Caldwell, father of de- ceased, stated that the child was born at a quarter-past four on Saturday morning, and lived only one hour. When asked by the Coroner why he neglected sending for a doctor he stated that his wife thought it unnecessary. Dr. Selby stated that he saw the deceased child on Monday, and he thought that if medical assistance had been there the child would have lived.—The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the doctor's opinion, viz., that the child had died through over pressure at birth, and the Coroner said he hoped it would be a lesson for the father in future. IMPROVEMENTS SANCTIONED.—At Thursday's meeting of the County Council it was reported that the Main Roads Committee had further considered the application from the Jubilee Commemoration Committee at Frodsham, for permission to erect trees on either side of the main road in the village of Frodsham, and also considered the necessity for forming new footpaths by the side of the main road passing through such village; and the County Surveyor submitted a plan shewing the proposed positions of the trees, also the suggested way of forming new footpaths, &c. The committee resolved that an intimation be sent to the committee mentioned that the County Council will raise no objection to trees being planted in a position to be approved by the County Surveyor, and further that the com- mittee will be prepared to consider the question of improving the footpaths, if application is made to them. by the Parish Council of the parish of Frodsham. THE SCHOOLS.—The following are copies of the Diocesan Inspector's reports of the Church- street Schools in religious knowledge. Frod- sham Girls' School: The results of the religious instruction give proof of genuine and careful work. Order is good, and a satisfactory knowledge was shewn of the prepared subjects in all groups. Written abstracts were on the whole particularly well done. Transcription of the catechism was accurate. The answering of Group I. was uniform and general through- out, the Prayer Book and New Testament sub- jects being particularly well known. Group IV. do very well; their New Testament was excellent.—Infants' School: This school is doing really good work. Order is excellent, and the results as a whole are very satisfactory. The answering of Group I. in Holy Scripture was ready and intelligent, slightly less general in the New Testament than in the Old Testament. Repetition was nicely said. Group III. on the whole did well. The results in the two lowest groups were most creditable. Answering was very general, but always quiet and orderly. Work from memory was good.
NESTON. A BIG MUSHROOM.—John Turpin, of Neston, has discovered and taken possession of a mush- room measuring 33.1 inches in circumference, and weighing 31b. THE CURFE»V.—The interesting old custom of ringing the curfew was resumed on November 5th, and will be continued until February 14th. In accordance with the local usuage, the bell is silent during the remainder of the year. There are a few persons who dislike the somewhat doleful sound of the bell, akin as it is to the passing bell,' which has so often been heard here of late, but the majority would object to see the old custom done away with. To most of the local public it is simply the eight o'clock bell,' and its sound fails to conjure up visions of the knights and squires and jolly fat friars, for whom its peals had such a volume of meaning. There is little doabt that it has been rung here since the days of the Norman Conqueror. The church existed prior to that date, and the earliest local churchwardens' accounts extant shew that in the year 1700 one Simon Locker, who, judging by the frequency with which his name appears in the accounts, and the variety of his services, must have been a very handy man indeed, received payment for ringing the curfew. The day of the month is struck upon the treble bell after the ringing of the curfew, and to ancient Nestonians, who had not as yet begun to receive almanacks from the trades- people, it was probably a great convenience. A CHESTER TEETOTALER'S CYCLING FEAT. The first meeting of the present winter in con- nection with the Neston branch of the Church of England Temperance Society took place in the Church Schoolroom on Tuesday evening, the vicar (the Rev. Canon Turner) presiding. In his opening remarks the Chairman referred to the jubilee of the Band of Hope, which has just been celebrated, and described Neston as the largest centre of the C.E.T.S. in Cheshire, in proportion to the population. He expressed the opinion, however, that the Neston district possessed too many public-houses. A capital miscellaneous entertainment followed, Miss i Busby contributing some violin solos and Mr. Lancaster a pianoforte solo, while vocal items were rendered by Messrs. R. Barrett and R. Morrison. The latter also gave with much spirit, and to the intense amusement of the audience, Sergeant Buzfuz's address to the jury from the trial scene in I Bardell v. Pickwick.' During the interval Mr. J. C. Porter, police court missionary at Chester, delivered a tem- perence address, entitled Thoughts for Workingmen,' in the course of which he con- tended that publicans as a body were not so black as they were painted, and were not in the habit of tempting men to get drunk. Many of them in fact did more in the cause of temperance I than ministers, and in support of this statement he gave instances which had come under -his notice where landlords made continuous efforts to keep their customers within the bounds of moderation. Referring to the value of total to keep their customers within the bounds of moderation. Referring to the value of total abstinence in athletic pursuits, however, he des- I, cribed a bicycle race in which he took part, using nothing but non-intoxicants, and in which he succeeded in beating his opponent, who indulged in stronger beverages, by a mile and a half. The customary votes of thanks were passed at the close of the meeting.
ELTON. WEDDIN-G.—The marriage was celebrated at Elton last week of Florence Sarah Amelia Hatton, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hatton, Rock Farm, and George Henry Dutton, third son of Mr. Edgar Dutton, Welford House, Newton, Chester. The ceremony took place in Thornton-le-Moors Church,the Rector officiating. Four broughams and 10 other vehicles were necessary to convey the party and friends to and from church. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of heliotrope velvet trimmed with white satin and pearl passemen- terie, and white hat trimmed with heliotrope and ostrich tips. The bridesmaids (Miss Dutton and Miss Margaret Hatton) wore cream crepon dresses and curved gold brooches, the latter being the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Darlington, Upton, acted as best man. The presents, which were given by a large circle of friends, were numerous and costly. The following ladies and gentlemen took part in the festivities on the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Hatton, Mr. and Mrs. Dutton and Miss Dutton (Welford House), Mr. A. and F. Dutton (Foregate-street, Chester), Mr. and Mrs. Davies, Miss Norbury, Mr. Berry (Chester), Mr. and Mrs. Richardson (Barrow), Mr. Massey, Mr. Darlington (Upton), Mr. and Mrs. Dawson (Dunham Hll), Mr. and Miss Shallcross, lfrs, Taylor (Kingsley), Mrs. Dakin (Knuteford), Mr. Sheen (Chester), Mr. Snelson, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Leach (Alvanley), Mr. Sheppard (Hoole). the Misses Cullam (Ince), Miss Allen (Ince), Miss Hatton, Miss Ellams, Miss Garner, Mr. War bur ton, and Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts (Elton).
SATURDAY'S FOOTBALL. The Chester team had a rest on Saturday, the club not having a fixture on of any kind. The Combination provided quite a surprise in the defeat of Rock Ferry, who succumbed to North wich Victoria by five goals to two After the long run of bad luck the Victorians experienced up to their win against Garston the previous Saturday their second victory will prove most acceptable to the supporters and friends of the club. The other Combina- tion matches resulted in Crewe defeating Garston by nine to nothing, a goalless draw between Chirk and the White Star Wanderers, a win for Wrexham, who beat Dresden by five to one, and a victory for Stoke by four goals to two scored by the Druids. Two only of the League clubs were engaged in contests outside the pale of the competition, Bury and Notts County, each falling victims in their respective encounters to New Brighton and Manchester City. The leaders were sup- posed to have a stiff task in hand in opposing Derby on foreign soil, but they preserved their unbeaten record, making a draw after a most exciting game. The Villa disposed of Everton comfortably, and the Throstles accounted for Liverpool; while another midland organisation, the Wolves to wit, gained a clever victory over Sunderland by a big margin. Stoke failed to check their downward career at Bolton, and the Rovers were badly beaten by Sheffield Wednesday at Olive Grove. After their clever defeat of the Villa and Stoke, North End were expected to present a bold front at Nottingham, but they received the heaviest defeat of the day, the bold Foresters scoring four goals against one. Cheshire met Cumberland in the Rugby County Championship at Birkenhead Park, before a thousand spectators. Baxter started for Cheshire, and the visitors at once attacked. Cheshire played up, and Baxter scored a clever try after a quarter of an hour's play. After the re-start, the visitors pressed very severely, but the home defence was good. Ultimately, from a scrimmage under the posts, Graham scrambled over, but Holywell missed a fairly easy kick at goal. Fletcher and Westray ran ably, and several times nearly scored, but Hartley at full back and Fletcher in three- quarters tackled strongly. The whole of the visiting three-quarters combined in grand passing, but the defence was really fine. Cheshire managed to reach midfield, where Cannell got a beautiful pass from Parratt, and raced over in fine style. He took the kick himself, and landed a grand goal. Half-time score: Cheshire, one goal one try; Cumberland, one try. The second half opened with an attack by Cheshire, but after reaching their opponents' line they were effectively repulsed, and Tyson putting in a splendid kick sent the ball to the half-way flag. Later on, after a smart rally. Fisher seized the ball from the scrimmage, and running splendidly along managed to upset those who tackled him, and scored a fine try, from which Holywell was unsuccessful at the place. Matters livened up now, and Cumber- land made another attack, some spirited passing between the backs ended in Westray getting in at the corner after a fine run. Holywell placed a goal, and the visitors had now a three points lead. The visitors inspired I by success, now began to press very energeti- cally, and Owens had a lovely chance, but failed to gether the ball at the critical moment. Cumberland 1 2 11 Cheshire 1 1 8 After the match the committee of the Cheshire County met and selected the following team to meet Westmorland next Saturday at Kendal:— C. R. Hartley (Sale), back; J. A. S. Cannell, W. Fletcher, and A. Tipping (New Brighton), and H. Greenham (Birkenhead Park), three- quarter backs; H. Parratt (Sale) (captain) and A. C. Marquis (Birkenhead Park), half backs; F. Bradshaw, J. Hague, and Fletcher (Sale), J. Baxter, E. Hersobell, and A. H. Spence (Birkenhead Park), and J. Murray and A. L. Auty (New Brighton), forwards.
HOCKEY. Cheshire en Saturday met Yorkshire at York, and won by twelve goals to two. C. D. Long, of Chester, scored three goals for the winners. —Chester Wanderers met Oxton second team at Oxton, and lost by eight to nil. The game was well contested, but the Chester Wanderers could make no impression on the Oxton defence. For Chester Wandsrers their goalkeeper was most conspicuous,
BILLIARDS. OLD ST. MARY S V. CAMPBELL MEMORIAL HALL.-Played at Boughton on Thursday. Score:- ST. MARY'S. MEMORIAL HALL. P. Daly 103 W. Aldis 27 C.Stewart. 101 W. E. Williams 75 E. Webster 86 D. Williams 100 W. Seymour 102 J. Tushiugham 77 A. Comrie. 100 A. A. Tatler 98 H. Edge 100 W. Field 91 592 468 Majority for St. Mary's 124
FLINT. HONOURS FOR THE HIGH SHERIFF OF FLINT- SHIRE.—Alderman J. L. Alu-pratt, iiitii Sheriff of Flintshire, has bwa presented by Her Majesty with i. silver ui--tal, in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee. THE MUNICIPAL BYE-ELECTION MAJOR DYSON RETURNED UNOPPOSED.—Contrary to expectations, there will be no contest for the vacancy in the Town Council, caused by the elevation of Mr. Joseph Hall to the aldermanic bench, as Major Dyson has been returned un- opposed. The nomination took place on Thursday, and two nomination papers were handed in on behalf of the Major, proposed by Mr. Hugh Jones, T.C., -and seconded by Mr. R. E. Holdenl; also proposed by Mr. R. W. Bowen, and seconded by Alderman T. W. Hughes. The new member is very popular with all classes, and while a staunch church- man, he is always ready on every possible occasion to render assistance to Nonconformists. One noticeable feature in the election was that, owing to the recent lamented death of his brother, the late Alderman Dyson, the election address of Major Dyson was encircled by a deep black border.
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HA IVARDEN. A MUSICAL LECTURE.—A musical lecture was given in the Hawarden Gymnasium on Wednes- day by Mr. Arthur Lyon, M.A., to a crowded house. The programme consisted of a lecture on the incidents and hardships in the life of the great composer F. Schubert, who was born in 1797. Selections were given from the com- poser's works by Miss Mary James (soprano), Mr. Peters Jones (baritone), Miss S. Fair (violin), Mr. A. Lyon (viola), Miss C. Fair ('cello), Mr. T. W. Lucas (double bass), Miss Fair and Mrs. Lyon (piano), and the Mancot Male Voice Choir. The proceeds will be given to purchase a reference library for the boys of the Hawarden Intermediate County School. 4.
TARVIN. AUDIT.-The annual tithe-rent audit was held at the Red Lion Hotel, Tarvin, on Wednesday afternoon. The official in attendance was Mr. Andrews, of Bank Buildings, Chester, agent for Smith, Gore, and Co., of London. The attend- ance was very satisfactory. PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPICL.-The annual missionary meeting took place on Wednesday evening. The chair was taken by Mr. A. E. Saddler, of Tarvin, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. G. Jones, of Whitchurch (deputa- tion), the Rev. J. Wilkinson, of Chester, and Mr. T. Woolam, of Chester. The total proceeds were JE12 0s. 2d., an increase on last year of £3 4s. 7d. AN UNSUCCESSFUL CLAIM.—At a meeting of the Cheshire County Council on Thursday, the surveyor (Mr. Bull) reported tthat he had brought to the notice of sub-committee a letter from Messrs. Smith and Gore, agents to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, claiming a piece of land by the side of the main road in the parish of Tarvin, in front of premises belonging to the Commissioners, and which has been used for many years by the late Highway Authority and also by the County Council for storing road materials.—The committee recommended that the claim should be repudiated.
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TARPORLEY. BAND OF HOPI: JUBILEE.—The Tarporley Band of Hope and Temperance Society celebrated the progress of the temperance cause on Wednesday. The children were provided with an excellent tea, and afterwards proceeded to the Public Hall, where they took part in an entertainment, consisting of part songs, choruses, recitations, humorous sketches, &c. A brief but interesting sketch of the Band of Hope movement was given by the Rev. R. Rogers. Mr. J. Naylor, of Beeston Towers, presided in his usual humorous manner, and generously subscribed to the collection.
NORLEY. PURE WATER.—A supply of pure water for the parish of Norley being very desirable and needful, a parish meeting was held in the Tem- perance Hall on Monday night for the purpose of empowering the Parish Council to obtain an estimate and plan of a water scheme for the parish. The Chairman (Mr. S. H. Woodhouse) fully explained what the Council considered would meet the wants of the inhabitants, and, as water could be obtained from two sources in the parish, the initial expense would, it was thought, be comparatively small. After some discussion, the undermentioned resolution, pro- posed by Mr. J. Gerrard, seconded by Mr. J. Savage, was put to the meeting, and carried:— That the Council be authorised to employ a competent engineer to prepare a survey and estimate of water scheme for the parish of Norley."
TATTENHALL. POULTRY SHOW MEETING.—On Tuesday even- ing the adjourned meeting of the Poultry and Cage Bird Society took place in the National Schools. A moderate attendance of fanciers was presided over by Dr. T. B. Brierley. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to hold the annual show on Wednesday, December 29th. Afterwards the officers and committee were elected, with Mr. J. Morris hon. treasurer, and Mr. J. Sumner hon. secretary. I SOCIAL MEETING.—On Saturday evening the usual weekly social entertainment took place in the National Schools, the rector (the Rev. C. L. Arnold) presiding. Songs, readings, and instrumental selections were contributed by Messrs. S. Garside, W. H. Ankers, J. B. Fletcher, Walter Bowen, S. Lees, and Masters Thomas Forster, Stanley and Bertie Taylor. The piano. forte accompaniments were skilfully played by Mr. S. Lees of Christleton.
LITTLE STANNEY. CONCERT.-On Thursday evening the annual concert in aid of the Stoak and Stanney Cricket Club was held in the National School. The room was, as usual, crowded, this entertainment having earned a good reputation in years past, thanks to the energetic hon. secretary, Mr. C. Lindsay, who spares no effort towards making the entertainment the best in the district. The programme opened with a neatly rendered pianoforte solo by Miss Alice Norman, who was followed by Mrs. C. J. Owen, her rendering of The Holy City' receiving a well deserved encore, Mr. W. H. Hallmark in his reading All neet in a grave' and his 'Concertina sketch' fairly brought down the house, and two violin solos by Miss Lilian Gordon were excellently rendered. Miss C. Barron was in splendid voice for her song Rogue Reilly,' her encore Little Jane' also being well given. Mr. Snelson in 'The Irish Emigrant' and 'Come into the garden, Maud,' was well received, while two duets by this gentleman and Mrs. Owen were very sweet. A recitation, entitled 'John May- nard/ given by Miss Mabel Alletson, shewed that great care had been taken in preparing this young lady. The comic element was in the capable hands of Mr. J. Holmes, who gave Riley did it' and It wanted oiling' in an inimitable style, both items being vociferously encored. In the second part of the programme Miss Dovey Owen, although suffering slightly from cold, sang I can't think of nothing else but you' very sweetly, Mrs. Owen's rendering of In friendship's name being also very good. The usual votes of thanks to the artists, and to the Rev. W. R. Prichard for presiding, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, closed the proceedings.