Suction Sales by MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK, ROBERTS & RICHARDSON. May 27-At the Auction Mart, Foregate-stm-et- Household Furniture and Effects Bv MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS. May 21-At Barrow-by-Chester-Live and Dead Farming Stock „ May 21 —At the Smithfield, Hooton — Fat and Store Cattle „ May 22-At the Smithfield, Chester Horses, Carriages, Harness, &c.. May 22-At the Smithtield, Chester- Hides, Skins, and Fat May 23-At The Lache, near Chester-Household Furniture and Effects May 27-At the Smithfield, Che-ster-Fat and Store Stock „ May 28—At the Hooton Hotel, Hooton—Farm and BuildinL, Sites at Hinderton, Neston May 28-At the Hooton Hotel, Hooton Station- Freehold Property r. May 29-At the Smithfield, Chester-Grazing Stock and Store Cattle May 31-At the Blossoms Hotel, Cheater-Ten Freehold Dwelling-houses June 2-At The Beeches, near Sandycroft Station- Household Furniture and Effects June 7—At the Blossoms Hotel, Chester-Family Residences June 7-At the Blossoms Hotel, Chester—Fully- licensed Public House By MESSRS. PICKERING & NIGHTINGALE. May 24-At the Blossoms Hotel, Chester-Dwelling- House at Bowling Green Bank June 7-At the Blossoms Hotel, Chester-Freehold Dwelling-houses and Shops in Garden-lane By MESSRS. CHALLINOR, ROWSON ANB CHALLINOR. June 4-At Beeston Castle Hotel, Tarporley- Freehold Residence By MR. JOSEPH WRIGHT. May 21—At the Royal Oak Hotel, Kel-all-Free- hold Land at Weetwood, near Tarporley By MR. EDMUND HENRY MANLEY. June 2-At the Royal Hotel, Crewe-Freehold Farms at Acton and Coole Pilate By MESSRS. FRANK LLOYD, NUTTALL&CO. May 28, 29 and 30—At the Repository,: Crewe Harness Horses, Cobs and Ponies By MESSRS. HALL, WATERIDGE & OWEN. May 30 & 31—At Shrewsbury—Horses Sales bE Auction. AUCTION MART, FOREGATE-STREET, CHESTER. MESSRS. CHURTON, ELPHICK & co. wiii SELL BY AUCTION, on TUESDAY, the 27th May, 1902, at 11 a.m. punctually, an assort- ment of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, including a consignment of superior NEW CARPETS, RUGS, &e. Catalogues may be had from the AUCTIONEERS. On Saturday Next, May 24th, 1902. BOWLING GREEN BANK, CHESTER Sale of Valuable Dwelling-House, Stables and Shippons. MESSRS. PICKERING & NIGHTINGALE will SELL BY AUCTION, at the Blossoms Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, May 24th, 1902, at 3 o'clock p.m. prompt, and subject to conditions of sale to be then produced. All that Freehold DWELLING-HOUSE, with Garden, Stables, Shippons and other buildings, being No. 7, Sidney-place, Bowling Green Bank, Chester, in the occupation of Mr. Tomlinson. The Dwelling-House contains two entertaining- rooms, kitchen, milk-house, dairy, and washhouse. The Buildings comprise shippons with tying for 10 cows; 4 brick built and slated stables with lofts over, and 2 loose boxes, wooden stable with loose box, and galvanised iron roof, and wood shed. There is a large paved yard, and the whole of the property is in a thorough state of repair. For plans and particulars apply to the Auo- TIONEERS, 4, Newgate-street; or MESSRS. BARKER & ROGERSON, Solicitors, 12, White Friars, Chester. On Saturday, June 7th, 1902. GARDEN. LANE, CHESTER. ESSRS, PICKEI-I'G & NIGHTINGALE vi. will SELL BY AUCTION at The Blossoms I will SELL BY AUCTION at The Blossoms Hotel, Chester, on SATURDAY, June 7th, 1902, at 3 o'clock p.m. prompt, subject to conditions of Sate to be then produced, in the following or such other lots as may be decided upon at the time of sale, the under-mentioned Valuable Freehold DWELLING- HOUSES and SHOPS LOT I.-All that DWELLING-HOUSE, known as "Lome Cottage," with the large Garden thereto belonging, situate off Louise-street, Garden-lane, Chester, in the occupation of Mr. T. Jones. Rent V9 19s. per annum. LOT 2.—All that DWELLING-HOUSE, known as "Woodbine Cottage," with the large Garden thereto belonging, situate off Louise-street, Garden- lane, Chester, lately occupied by Mrs. J. Smith. Rent B22 per annum.—These two Lots adjoin each other, and will in the first instance be offered in one Lot. LOT 3. All that SHOP and DWELLING- HOUSE, situate and being No. 59, Garden-lane, and No. 1, Louise-street, Chester, in the occupation of Mr. C. B. Wooley, grocer. N.B.—The shop is licensed for the sale of beer, to be consumed off the premises, and is held with the house by the tenant for the residue of a term of seven years, from the 24th June, 1899, created by an indenture of lease, dated the 23rd March, 1899. RentC40 per annum. LOT 4.—All that SHOP and DWELLING- HOUSE, situate and being No. ú7, Garden-lane, Chester, in the occupation of Mrs. Muirhead, green- grocer. Rent £ 30 per annum. LOT 5.- All that SHOP and DWELLING- HOUSE, situate and being No. 55, Garden-lane, Chester, in the occupation of Mr. J. Dawson, News- agent and Tobacconist. Rent £ 35 per annum. LOT 6.—All that SHOP and DWELLING- HOUSE, situate and being No. 53, Garden-lane, Chester, in the occupation of Mr. W. Davidson, Chemist. The premises are held by the tenant for the residue of a term of 7 years from the 1st February, 1898, under an agreement for a lease dated 26th March, 1898. Rent JE35 per annum. The property is always well let, and is in very good order and repair. The tenant of Lot 3 carries on an extensive out- door trade, the district being most populous. For further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEERS, 4, Newgate-street; or ME. F B. MASON, Solicitor, 9, St. Werburgh-street, Chester. BUNBURY HEATH, TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE. MESSRS. CHALLINOR, ROWSON and CHALLINOR are favoured with instruc- tions to SELL BY AUCTION on WEDNESDAY, June 4th, 1902, at Beeston Castle Hotel, Tarporley, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon prompt, subject to conditions, in the following or other Lots— LOT I.-All that very desirable FREEHOLD RESIDENCE, or Hunting Box, situate on Bunbury Heath, near Tarporley, known as "FIR "BANK," with Two Fields of old pasture, containing in the whole 6a. 2r. 32p. (Ordnance measure), or there- abouts. The House contains hall, dining and drawing-rooms, five bedrooms, w.c., kitchens, pantry, linen closet, and cellars. The Outbuildings consist of 4 excellent loose boxes, two-stalled stable, coach-house, saddle-room, corn-room, wash-house, large sleeping room for grooms. The Gardens and Grounds are well stocked with fruit and other trees, and the property is now occupied by Lieut.-Colonel Drury. LOT 2.-All that Valuable FREEHOLD RESI- DENCE, or Hunting Box, adjoining Lot 1, containing entrance and inner halls, dining and drawing-rooms. 6 bedrooms, w.c., kitchen, scullery, pantry, cellar, &c. The Outbuildings consist of two-stalled stable, two loose boxes, wash-house, coach-house, corn-room, hay-loft, and coal-house. There is also a well stocked Garden and Crofts, containing in the whole la. or. 7p. (Ordnance measure), or thereabouts, and being in the occupa- tion of C. Willis, Esq. The above Properties are situated in the centre of a capital hunting district, and close to Beeston Castle Station, and each have an excellent water ■supply, the Liverpool main being laid on. For further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEERS, St. Werburgh-street; or Mr. T. MOORE DCTTON, Solicitor, Godstall Chambers, Chester. This Day (Wednesday). WEETWOOD, NEAR TARPORLEY. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, by MR. JOSEPH WRIGHT, at the Royal Oak Hotel, Kelsall, on WEDNESDAY, the 21st May, 1902, at Six o'clock p.m., subject to conditions, the under mentioned Valuable FREEHOLD LAND, namely;- LOT 1.—Three Closes of PASTURE, ARABLE and ORCHARD LAND, situate at Weetwood, in the County of Chester, on the west side of and having a good frontage to the highway leading from Kelsall to Willington, and containing about 5 acres, 2 roods, and 28 perches. The Orchard land is planted with choice fruit trees, now in good bearing condition. LOT 2.—Two Closes of PASTURE and ARABLE LAND, situate at Weetwood, aforesaid, on the east side of and having a good frontage to the highway leading from Kelsall to Weetwood, and containing about 4 acres, 3 roods, and 29 perches. All the Arable Land has been well and carefully 113 sown with good seed oats, and there is an unfailing supply of excellent water on the southern boundary of each Lot. Both Lots contain very eligible building sites. Earlv possession can be given. For further particulars and plans apply to the Auctioneer, at Alpraham; or to MESSRS. DICKSON, BARNES & DICKSON, Solicitors, St. Oswald's Chambers, Chester. I In Bankruptcy, re John Wright.—By order of the Official Receiver. THIS DAY (WEDNESDAY). L^ALE of LIVE and DEAD FARMING JO STOCK, at BARROW-BY-CHESTER. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, Auctioneers. THIS DAY (WEDNESDAY), at One o'clock, at HOOTON SMITHFIELD. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS WIN HOLD their usual WEEKLY SALE of FAT and STORE CATTLE, Sheep, Pigs and CALVES. Further entries respectfully solicited. On THURSDAY NEXT, 22nd May, 1902. CHESTER HORSE FAIR. AT THE SMITHFIELD, CHESTER. MESSRS. CUNNAH & RGBERTSWIIIHOID their MONTHLY SALE of HORSES, Carriages, Traps and Harness, including a large consignmeot of New Harness, and light running Gig, in good order, Hansom with rubnec tyres nearly new, circular fronted double Brougham, by "Mason," London Pony Turnout, and dark brown Pony, 6yrs., 13 hands. Entries respectfully solicited. Sale at One o'clock with horses. On THURSDAY NEXT, May 22nd, 1902. at 3 o'clock. AT THE SMITHFIELD, CHESTER. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS win con- duct the usual WEEKLY SALE of HIDES, SKINS and FAT. The Prices were considerably higher this week. Consignments may be sent in any day during the week, and will be sold at current week's prices. Price lists to be had from the AUCTIONEERS, Chester. On FRIDAY NEXT, May 23rd, 1902. Important and attractive Sale of the Household Furniture and Outdoor Effects at THE LACHE, one mile from Chester. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS are favoured with instructions from James Parry, Esq., to SELL BY AUCTION the Choice and Valuable HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, including a handsome Spanish mahogany sideboard, with large mirror back, drawers, cupboards and cellarette; mahogany dining table with four extra leaves, carved oak dining chairs, mahogany easy and occasional chairs, mahogany revolving bookcase, bearskin rug, walnut kneehole writing desk, grandfather's chiming 8-day clock in mahogany case, with brass face fine-toned Boudodr Grand Piano, by 4 Bechstein"; mahogany music seat, bronzes and ornaments brass pedestal drawing-room lamp, brass wall lamps, convex. mirror, brass French bedsteads and bedding, bed- room furniture, Mahagany, Walnut and Ash Bed- room Suites weather-glass, dinner, tea and coffee services, Brussels, Axminster and Wilton Pile carpets and hearthrugs, oilpaintings, water colors, engravings and old prints, lounge chairs, wicker arm chairs, telephone and appliances, standard half-plate camera, with tripod, &c. a cellar of choice Wines, including champagne, Madeira, Volnaz, Hock, and Scotch whiskey wringing and mangling machine, large oil tank, perambulator, mail cart, kitchen and culinary utensils HORSES.—Chesnut thoroughbred mare, brown two-year-old filly, set of brass-mounted cob harness, harness fittings, lamps and stable utensils; garden effects, including two lawn mowers, tennis net and poles, cucumber frames, tennis marker, garden tools, Boulton and Paul wigwam poultry run, dog kennels, runs, iron railings and gates, and miscel- laneous effects. Sale to commence at Ten o'clock punctually. Full particulars in catalogues, which may be obtained at the AUCTIONEERS Offices, Grosvenor- buildings, Chester. On TUESDAY NEXT, at Eleven o'clock, AT THE SMITHFIELD, CHESTER. ESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS will hold 1., their usual WEEKLY SALE of Prime Fat and Store CATTLE, SHEEP, PIGS, & CALVES. Pigs brought from the County of Chester with a declaration can bo moved back again into the county with a license to be obtained from the Inspector at the Smithfield. Entries respectfully solicited To close a Trust. Highly Important Sale of a valuable, ebiiipact, and charmingly situated Freehold FARM, valuable BUILDING SITES, and Accommodation Land, with modern and substantially erected Farm House and Farm Buildings, containing in the whole 102 acres 2 roods 9 perches or thereabouts, known as the "New Farm," Hinderton, Neston, in the County of Chester, and now in the occupa- tion of Mr. J. Newton. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS are favoured with instructions from the Trustees to SELL the above Farm BY AUCTION, at the Hooton Hotel, adjoining Hooton Station, in the said county, on WEDNESDAY, the 28th day of May, 1902, at Half-past Four p.m. punctually, in one or more lots, and subject to the general conditions of sale of the Chester and North Wales Incorporated Law Society, and to the special conditions to be then and there produced. The Farm is intersected by main roads from Chaster to HeswaU, or contiguous to the Neston to Birkenhead, and Neston to Raby, to all of which there are extensive frontages, forming an excep- tional opportunity of acquiring beautifully situated Building Sites, with charming views of the valley of the Dee, the Welsh mountains, and the Hundred of Wirral. For plans and particulars, permission to view, and any further information, apply to the AUCTIONEERS, Grosvenor Buildings, Chester Mr. H. S. WHALLEY, Hunter-street, Chester or to Mr. T. H. TOWNSEND, Solicitor, Rawtenstall. To close an Estate. Important Sale of a very valuable compact Freehold Property, situate in the parish of GREAT NESTON, and close to the village of Raby, in the County of Chester, known as "THE UPLAND," containing 14 acres, 3 roods, 38 perches, or there- abouts, with the Farm Buildings thereon erected, and the Dwelling House at present occupied by Miss Elizabeth Gibbons to be SOLD BY AUC- TION by MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, at the Hooton Hotel, adjoining Hooton Station, on WEDNESDAY, May 28th, 1902, at Half-past Four p.m. punctually, in Two or such other Lots as may be determined upon at the time of Sale, and subject to conditions to be then and there produced. The Property is nicely and conveniently situated to "Neston and Hooton'Stations, and has a large frontage to the Neston and Raby road. For further particulars apply to the AUCTIONEERS, Grosvenor Buildings, Chester; or to MESSRS. R. J. JONES & SEPHTON, Solicitors, Leylands Buildings. 34, Castle-st. Liverpool. On THURSDAY, May 29th, 1902. Special Store Stock Sale, at the SMITHFIELD, CHESTER. MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS WIN HOLD a SPECIAL SALE of GRAZING STOCK and STORE CATTLE, including 25 well-bred Shorthorn Yearling Heifers and Bullocks, three Pedigree Shorthorn Yearling Bulls, Dairy Cows and Heifers (on the point of calving), and other Stock. Further entries for which are respect- fully solicited. HANDBRIDGE, CHESTER. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY "]UfESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, at the Blossoms Hotel, on SATURDAY, the 31st May, 1902, at 3 p.m. punctually, subject to con- ditions:- TEN Freehold DWELLING-HOUSES, Nos. 6 to 24, Hartington-street, Handbridge, in the city of Chester, in the occupations of Williams and others. The Property will be offered in five lots, com- mencing with Nos. 6 and 8, Hartington-street, as the first lot. The property is new and substantially built, and forms a grand investment. For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, Grosvenor Buildings, Newgate-street, Chester; or to JAMES C. BATE. Solicitor, Old Bank Chambers, Chester. ASH GROVE AND MIDDLE CRANE- STREET, CHESTER. Important Sale of highly desirable and commodious Freehold Family Residence to be SOLD BY AUCTION by MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS. at the Blossoms Hotel. Chester, on SATURDAY, the 7th of June, 1902, at Three o'clock punctually, subject to conditions to be then produced- LOT 1. The attractive and valuable Freehold Detached FAMILY RESIDENCE, situate and being No. 3, Ash Grove, Wrexham-road, now in the occupation of Mrs. Kirkpatrick. The House contains hall, drawing-room, dining- room, five bedrooms, dressing-room, kitchen, scullery, pantry, large dry cellar, front and back staircases also large coach-house and out-offices. J There is a nice front garden and a good kitchen garden, nicely laid out and planted. Chester water and gas is laid on, and there is also a large galvanised water tank for rain water. The property is conveniently situated to the trams, and is in the most desirable residential portion of the city. Early possession can be given if desired. LOT 2. All that Freehold MESSUAGE or DWELL- ING-HOUSE, No. 24, Middle Crane-street, Chester, in the- occupation of Mr. Perkins as monthly tenant at the yearly rent of £ 18, the tenant paying all rates, &c. The house contains parlour, lobby, kitchen, back kitchen, good yard, with w c., two cellars, five bed- rooms, dressing room, and w.c. This lot is subject to a yearly ground rent of 15s. For cards to view and any further information apply as to both lots to the AUCTIONEERS, Grosvenor Buildings, Chester as to Lot 1 to Messrs. Boydell and Taylor, Solicitors. 2, Pepper-street, Chester and as to Lot 2 to Messrs. JOLLIFFE & JOLLIFFE, Solicitors, 13, St. John-street, Chester. Sales by return. On MONDAY, June 2nd, at 4 o'clock. 1 ALE of a Portion of the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and EFFECTS, at THE BEECHES (one mile from Sandycroft Station), by order of Mr. T. J. Dutton. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, Auctioneers. To Brewers, Investors, and Others. Highly Important Sale of a Valuable Fully-licensed Freehold Corner Public House, situated in the best position and most populous part of the city, within a short distance of both railway stations and adjoining the Coal Exchange, and admirably adapted for doing a sound business and extensive beer trade. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MESSRS. CUNNAH & ROBERTS, at the -iri- Blossoms Hotel, in the city of Chester, on SATURDAY, the 7th day of June, 1902, at Three o'clock punctually, subject to conditions to be then and there produced- All that Fully-licensed Free PUBLIC HOUSE, known as the "GLYNNE ARMS HOTEL," situate and being No. 100, Brook-street, and No. 1, Francis-street, in the city of Chester, and now let on an annual tenancy to the West Cheshire Brewery Company, Limited. The House oontains bar, smoke-room, sitting- room, kitohen, back-kitchen, pantry, yard, and w.c.; 8 bedrooms, sitting-room and w.c. up- stairs and good cellarage. For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, Grosvenor Buildings, Chester; or to MESSRS. BOYDELL & TAYLOR, Solicitors, 2, Pepper-street, Chester. SOUTH CHESHIRE. ACTON, COOLE PILATE, NEWHALL, WRENBURY & SOUND. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, pursuant to Order of the Court of Chancery of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Manchester district, made in an action intituled 1897, Letter M, No. 9212. In the matter of the estate of John Hall Greaves deceased, Mayall v. Leigh, with the approbation of and before the Manchester District Registrar of the said Court, by Yi R- EDMUND HENRY MANLEY (the ixJL person appointed by the Registrar), at the Royal hotel, Crewe, on MONDAY, the 2nd day of June, 1902, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon prompt, in lots and subject to conditions of sale. The valuable Freehold FARMS, situate in the parishes of Acton and at Coole Pilate, known as "Brine Pits Farm" and "The Old Hall Farm," with suitable Dwelling-houses and Homesteads, also the Impropriate Tithes arising from lands in the several townships of Newhall, Coole Pilate, Wrenbury and Sound, all in the County of Chester. Plans, particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained from the AUCTIONEER, Aston, Nantwich Messrs. TWEEDALE, SONS & LEES, Solicitors, Church- lane, Oldham Messrs. W. R. & P. S. MINOR, Solicitors, 29, Fountain-street, Manchester; Mr. J. T. DOYLE, Solicitor, 3, Kennedy-street, Manchester; Mr ROGER A. GARTSIDE, Solicitor, 67, Princess- street, Manchester Mr. J. H BELLYSE, Solicitor, audi em Mr. G. WINTKINGHAM CUTTS, Solicitor, 50, High-street Bognor; Messrs. MILLS, LOCKYER and MILLS, Solicitors, 5, Finsbury-square, London or from MR. JOHN LEIGH, Solicitor, 30, Brown-street, Manchester. Prizes 40gs., including 3 Silver Cups value 20gs. CHESHIRE REPOSITORY, CREWE. FRANK LLOYD, NUTTALL & CO. Great IP Special and Select May Prize Sales.—WEDNES- DAY, May 28, Harness and Brougham Horses, Match Pairs.—THURSDAY, May 29, Harness Horses. Pedi- gree Hackneys, Cobs and Ponies.—FRIDAY, May 30, Heavy Horses, Shires and Young Stock. Entries close May 20th. Prize Lists ready. ^JHKEWSBURY HORSE SALES. O FRIDAY and SATURDAY, May 30th and 31st. HARNESS- HORSES, HUNTERS, and HACK- NEYS on Friday. HEAVY HORSES, SHIRE MARES, COLTS, and FILLIES on Saturday. Entries received for First Edition of Catalogue up to Tuesday morning. Sale Edition printed on Thursday. WM. HALL, WATERIDGE & OWEN. Auctioneers (acting solely as Agents). Offices, Shrewsbury. PREPAID ADVERTISEMENTS -i. OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSES HOUSES TO BE LET, APARTMENTS WANTED, HOUSES WANTED, APARTMENTS TO BE LET, SITUATIONS WANTED, MISCELLANEOUS WANTS, SITUATIONS VACANT, LOST OR FOUND, ARTICLES TO BE SOLD, BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS, are now inserted in The Chester Courant at the following rates:— NOT EXCEEDING TWENTY WORDS- ONE INSERTION 1/- Two INSERTIONS 1/6 THREE INSERTIONS 2/- NOT EXCEEDING THIRTY-FIVE WORDS— ONE INSERTION. 1/6 Two INSERTIONS 2/6 THREE INSERTIONS 3/- .# go be Het. T 1ST OE RESIDENCES, I8SUED MONTHLY, SENT POST FREE ON APPLICATION TO W. & F. BROWN &,CO., CABINET MAKERS & UPHOLSTERERS, EASTGATE ROW, CHESTER. FULLY-LICENSED HOUSE, in Chester. TO LET; six bedrooms, bar parlour, sitting- rooms, and kitchens.—Apply Vernon, George and Dragon, Linenhall-street, Chester. 1530 HOOTON LAWN, with possession (half-mile from Hooton Station).—Two acres of lawns and gardens. Contains three fine entertaining- rooms, billiard-room, eleven bed and dressing- rooms, stabling for three horses, shippons, &c.; within fifteen minutes of Liverpool. Public gas and water. Shooting and hunting near.—Apply to Davies & Stephen, Mollington, Chester; or Tyrer & Co., 10, Cook-street, Liverpool. Co be Solb. I', SPAR GRAVEL, CHIPPINGS, MACADAM, &c., for Drives and Walks.—Robt. W. Killon, Al, Coal Exchange, Chester. Telephone 70. 1519 LADIES' Cashmere and Alpaca DRESS LENGTHS, handsome designs and colourings, 3/11 carriage paid, patterns free.—Bradford Dress Warehouse, Shipley, Bradford. SLEEPERS! SLEEPERS! SLEEPERS! for iO posts, fencing, &c. BUXTON & WELSH LIMES.—Robt. W. Killon, Al, Coal Exchange, Chester. Telephone 70. 1518 LADIES; dainty BLOUSE MATERIALS and Washing Fabrics, all new styles, 4f yard Carriage paid, patterns free. Dress Warehouse (B 91), Darlington. BARGAINS. -Stylish Butfaline Cord DRESS LENGTHS, in old rose, greys, browns, &c. 3/11 paid, patterns free.-Clark's Dress Warehouse, Hull. rgAO BE SOLD, ROAN MARE, by "Lord I Derwent," dam by Old Bedford," 15 hands, 6 years old, a good hack, steady in harness, and sound.—Apply to Mr. R. L. Barker, 10, Eaton- road, Chester. LACKPOOL ELECTRIC TRAMWAYS B (South), Ltd FOR SALE, a few 5 per cent. Cumulative PREFERENCE SHARES. Buyer will receive the accruing dividend. Miss G., Ellerslie, 2, Birdhurst-road, Croydon. 1524 BLACK GELDING, by "India Rubber," six-years-old, 14hds. 2in., quiet to ride or drive, and very good mover; v.s. certificate, bred by owner. Sold to make room for another younger one.—R., Saighton Lodge, Chester. 1521; rpo BE SOLD, DARK CHESNUT MARE, I 6 years old, 14-2; quiet in saddle and harness, and fast; will stand trains, trams and motors. Would suit a lady.—Apply to J. Jones, Dodleston, Chester. I) EPAIRS to Steam, Gas and Oil ENGINES. Jx MOTOR CARS Repaired and Stored. Port- able Engine on Hire. New Steam Engines of various sizes also Saw Benches, Shafting, Pulleys, etc., always in stock and Laiieeleyi, Engineers, Brook-street, Chester. F R E E CYCLES Marvellous Bargains 2,800 Cycles, CYCLES Motors and Accessories. Bargains in CYCLES Ea(!t,'s and B.S. A. Machines. FREE to CYCLES any address, the most interesting 50-page CYCLES Catalogue in the trade. Second-hand CYCLES Cycles from 30s. 2,000 New Machines CYCLES from £ 2 17s. 6d. Plated Rims, Rrm CYCLES Brake, Free-wheel Machines from £ 4 10s. CYCLES each. Every class of Machine in stock. CYCLES Accessories Half-pric8 GO per cent. CYCLES cheaper than others. Marvellous bar- CYCLES gains; Agents Wanted; Trade Supplied. CYCLES Don't buy before you have seen our CYCLES 50-page new illustrated catalogue, which CYCLES will be an eye-opener and money-maker to CYCLES all interested in the Cycle Trade. This CYCLES Catalogue FREE to all.-WARP.ILOW CYCLES and CO., WESTON-SUPER-MARE. Established 1832. CART and LURRY TARPAULINS, LONG and LOIN CLOTHS for Horses, COAL and CORN SACKS, equal in price and quality to any in the kingdom. Ladders, Blocks, Pulleys, Rope of all sizes. TENTS suitable for all purposes, Decorations if required. Prompt atten- tion to enquiries either for Sale or Hire of above.— Apply DAVIES & SONS, Crane-street, Victoria road, and 4, Coal Exchange, Chester. antes. „ WANTED, FOREMAN for the Bakehouse- Apply W. Denson & Son, The Northgate, Chester.. 1529 OYLAKE. -GENERAL for small family, at JLL once; age about 22. Salary £U; Protestant. —Address 37, Alderley-road, Hoylake, Cheshire. HOUSE-PARLOURMAID (experienced) ILL WANTED, for small family.—Apply by letter, with references, &c., Mrs. Jas. Hepherd, Stockton Lodge, near Warrington. 1533 WANTED, WORKING HOUSEKEEPER, to widower, no family, to do the work of a small house in the country one cow kept, good home and wages to a suitable person.—Address S 34, office of this paper. 1217 COOK and HOUSEMAID WAITRESS WANTED, in small family must be thor- oughly competent and with good characters.— Apply Miss Douglas, Bryn Cregin, Deganwy, Llandudno. 1207 NO RENT.—One halfpenny spent on a postcard will save you many pounds.—Send card men- tioning this paper to Manager, 72, Bishopsgate- street, Without, London, E.C., for illustrated booklet giving particulars as to "How to Live Rent Free." 1206 LADIES.-Having purchased a manufacturer's t J stock of DRESS GOODS, shall offer some Armures, Cashmeres, Cords, Cloths in summer colorings, at one price all round, 4/ the dress length carriage paid. Large assortment in Blacks. Patterns free.—Ventnor-street Warehouse, Leeds. AGENT, with good sound connection amongst wholesale bottlers, brewers, mineral water manufacturers, and wine and spirit merchants, WANTED to represent Old-established Firm of Importers and Manufacturers. Liberal commission to suitable applicant.—State references to Agent," c/o Seigle, 30, Lime-street, London. 1522 SPARE TIME.—Smart, energetic MEN WANTED to represent a well-known com- pany. Whole or part time. Liberal payment, and to a really capable man exceptional opportunities of improving his position. No outlay.—Full par- ticulars on application by letter to "Popular," Office of this Paper. 1205 CHESTER STEAM LAUNDRY. VICTORIA ROAD (CLOSE BY THE NORTHGATE STATION). All the arrangements are on the most approved modern system for Washing, Ironing, Drying, Packing, &c., and the management most efficient. W. H. 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WHAT "THE WORLD" SAYS. One of the King's pages at the Coronation will be the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bourke; while another that is likely to be chosen is the only son of Lord and Lady Churchill. Lord Cholmondeley, as holding the office of Lord Great Chamberlain, will have his son, Lord George Cholmondeley, in attendance. The Duchess of Fife has chosen the son of Sir AlTan and Lady Mackenzie; Lord Waldegrave has invited a son of Lord St. Germans to attend on him; and Lord Erroll will be attended by the youthful son of Major and Lady Jane Seymour Combe. All the pages will wear costumes de- signed in the "colours" of those on whom they I are to attend. Lord and Lady Chesham, who will reside at Latimer House, Bucks, during the summer, will pay frequent visits to town during June and July, staying at Thomas's Hotel, Berkeley Square. Lord and Lady Ormonde are passing Whitsun- tide at Kilkenny Castle, where their house party includes Sir Reginald and Lady Beatrice Pole- Carew and Lady Constance Butler. Major-General Hallam Parr's command of the North-Western District is to be for three years. As soon as the Northern Army Corps is formed the Chester district will become a divisional com- mand, but this will not interfere with his posi- tion. General Haliam Parr took over temporary command of the South-Eastern District at the end of 1899, when Sir Leslie Rundle was called to the Horse Guards as Deputy Adjutant- General. He discharged the duties with marked abiticy. and it was as a recognition of the valuable services he rendered during the emergency of the war that he was offered the new command, a pleasant but at the same time a rather expensive one. The King's dinner to the poor will be held simultaneously in all the London boroughs on the afternoon of Saturday, July 5th, and it is stated that their Majesties may probably pay a visit to two or three districts to witness the festivities. But no selection of districts has yet been made, and though there will no doubt be keen competition among the boroughs for the honour of a visit from the King and Queen, there will he no relaxation anywhere of the efforts to make the scheme a brilliant success. Some handsome gifts in supplement to the King's bounty have been promised, such as beer, tobacco, cigarettes, and chocolate, and with these and the King's cnp and the invitation cards the guests will have a good time.
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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS. I May 21, tSfc..—" Hand of Iron" at Royalty Theatre. 21—Chester Town Council. 21 — Chester Cheese Fair. 11 21—Wirral Board of Guardians. 11 22 Chester Horse and Cattle Fairs. 11 26 Cheshire Yeomanry Inspection. 27-Broxton Petty Sessions. 11 27-!i'ishermen's Fair at Newgate Assembly Rooms.
IS IT PEACE ? All eyes are now anxiously turned to Vereenigning, where the Boer leaders are in conference on the momentous question of peace. Whether the outcome of these deliberations is the immediate stoppage of hostilities or not, the conference itself will stand out as a notably unique feature of the war. The mere fact that, after nearly three years' fighting, a body of about one hundred and sixty Boer leaders are sitting down at Vereenigning, the guests of the British Govern- ment, and conveyed thither over our railways, is a remarkable incident in" the history of the South African war. Nothing of the progress of the negotiations has yet been allowed to leak out for the public enlightenment, and as a necessary consequence, imaginative Press correspondents are busy with all sorts of conflicting tales and surmises. It is com- mented upon as a matter quite characteristic of Boer traditions that, although this large number of hostile leaders has been enjoying British hospitality both on the railways and at the scene of the conference for some time now, the majority of the delegates manifest no symptoms of being under any obligation to the British authorities. The special correspondent of the Times" at Pretoria remarks that the demeanour of most of the delegates during the railway journey to Vereenigning has led one to suppose that their contributions to the ballot-boxes will be in favour of the continuation of hostilities. The churlish, ungracious behaviour of the deputation should cause no surprise, for civility and gratitude are two qualities unknown to the majority of the Dutchmen arrayed' against us, but it is possible to extract a ray of hope from their truculent attitude in approaching the conference. Our brother Boer, who is steeped to the lips in duplicity, must be read contrariwise. It is highly probable that if he approaches the conference still breathing out threatenings and slaughter, he has already made up his mind to cave in. The latest reliable data upon which we can base any conjecture were contained in the great speech of Mr. Chamberlain at Birmingham. The best that the Colonial Secretary could then say was I am hopeful, but I am not sanguine." He recognises that the majority of those still in the field fighting against us are con- vinced of the futility of continued re- sistance, but that they have again and again been led to their destruction by a minority of irreconcilables. How far the influence of this latter remnant will prevail in the conference remains to be seen, but it is upon the weight of this influence that the happy or unhappy issue of the present deliberations depends. The whole British Empire would rejoice at the conclusion of peace, but it must be an honourable peace and a lasting peace. No patchwork affair that would permit a recrudescence of the past troubles can be entertained for a moment, and the nation would willingly submit to an indefinite prolongation of the present guerilla warfare rather than abate one jot of its just demands. Peace before the Corona tion celebration would indeed be a welcome and additional cause for rejoicing, but, unless the terms were such as gave a basis for a I satisfactory settlement of the whole South African question, we should much prefer a ¡ continuance of the hostilities, until the recalcitrant enemy are brought to their I senses.
LORD HOPETOUN. Much regret will be felt in Cheshire, where he is so well-known, at the unexpected resig- nation by Lord Hopetoun of his high position as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The unpleasant incident lias arisen over a question of salary, Lord Hope- toun finding that the allowance made to him causes a severe drain upon his personal purse. Nowhere will his retirement be more regretted than in Australia itself, where his lordship is immensely popular, and it will be a bad thing and a bad advertisement for the new Commonwealth if it allows a paltry con- sideration of salary to deprive it of the eminent services of its present Governor- General. The crisis has been precipitated by the rejection by the Federal House of Representatives of a Bill proposing to supple- ment the Governor-General's salary by 18,000 a year. This may appear to the man- in-the-street, unaccustomed to deal with the details of princely entertainments, as an altogether extravagant sum, but an examina- tion of the items will bring cause for reflection. The suggested £ 8,000 increase was meant to embrace E600 for a private secretary, £ 500 for a military secretary, £ 300 for an aide-de-camp, t 1, 600 for lighting, £ 400 for coal, and £ 600 for miscellaneous purposes. By rejecting this Bill, the House insisted upon his lordship's paying all these items out of his own pocket, which reduced his salary to CG,Ooo. Lord Hopetoun perceived that it would be impossible for him to continue in office on these terms, unless he lived as a recluse and gave up travelling through the Commonwealth and entertaining in a manner 0 befitting the dignity of his office. In official and Press circles through the Australian Commonwealth his lordship's decision is deeply deplored, and it is hoped that some way out of the difficulty may yet be found. The statement that since his appointment Lord Hopetoun has spent no less a sum than £ 25,000 out of his private purse shews that the grievance is a genuine one.
COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS. The Cheshire County Council, at its meeting on Thursday, gave its approval to a scheme which must have far-reaching con- sequences upon advanced education in the county. Under this scheme a number of valuable science and art scholarships will be founded, with the assistance of grants from the Board of Education. These local scholar- ships are intended for competition among the pupils of elementary schools or of schools of science in the elementary course, and the Board of Education makes its grant in aid on condition that a sufficient sum is. provided for the special purpose of the scholarships locally, either by a rate levied under the Technical Instruction Act, 1889, or in some other way by living persons." Funds derived from endowments or from money held in trust, the donor being dead, will not be regarded by the Education Board as sufficient for this object. The Board of Education's contributions are on a liberal scale, as will be acknowledged from the state- ment that, in return for a sum of X5 per annum from the local authority for each scholar, a supplementary grant of £ 4 per scholar will be made by the Education Board for the first year, £ 7 for the second year and 910 for the third year. The County Council has wisely availed itself of this liberal offer, and has decided to award one hundred of these science and art scholarships every year This involves an expenditure of £ 500 for the first year, £ 1,000 for the second year and £ 1,500 for the third and succeeding years In return for this the Board of Education will give zC400 for the first year, 21,100 for the second year, and E2,100 for the third and succeeding years. Asllthe average cost of a scholarship is about £ 10 or ten guineas, the Technical Instruction Committee will be able to grant in addition some special aid to parents with limited means, in order to enable them to keep their children who are bursars at school. It is claimed in support of the scheme that one important effect it would have would be the improvement of the local secondary schools, which would thus be provided with precisely the sort of pupils required. The scheme, as will be seen from our report of the meeting, met with general approval, and the expense will be increased by some £ 50 a year, to provide two science and art exhibitions for the maintenance of two students at some college or school where an advanced course is obtainable, the Board of Education in this instance contributing a like sum.
— o The announcement which we have the pleasure of making to-day of the engagement of Lady Lettice Grosvenor and Lord Beauchamp will create a feeling of profound I gratification throughout Cheshire. The only I c!1 regret locally will be that this city and county which have for long enjoyed the privilege of frequent visits from Lady Lettice as a neigh- bour must suifer a loss by the impending event. Following the noble traditions of the Grosvenor family, her ladyship was always foremost in good works, and no deserving cause ever appealed for her co-operation in vain. The sense of loss will, however, be relieved by the knowledge that Lady Lettice Grosvenor has been betrothed to a nobleman of Lord Beauchamp's eminence and promise, and our readers will unite in wishing both every happiness attendant upon their union.
LOCAL NEWS. « CHESTER CATHEDRAL. SERVICE LIST FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 21. WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST (Ember Day). —Morning, 8.0: Matins. 10.15: The Litany; hymn 353. Evening, 4.15: Service, Colborne in A; anthem, "0 Lord, Thou hast searched" (Croft). THURSDAY, MAY £ 2NTD.—Morning, 8.0 Holy Communion. 10.15: Service, Tours in F; anthem, "Save me, OGoti" (Hopkins). Evening, 4.15: Service, Tours in F; anthem, "Oconie everyone (Mendelssohn). FRIDAY, MAY 23RD (Ember Day).—Morning, 8.0: Matins. 10.15: The Litany; hymn 355. Evening, 4.15: Service, Barrow in F anthem, Yea, though I walk (Sullivan). SATURDAY, MAY 24TIf (Ember Day). — Morning, 8.0: f Matins. 10.15: Service, Gibbons in 1"; anthem, "Turn Thee again" (Attwood). Evening, 4.15: Service, Gibbons in F; anthem, fraise the Lord (Goss). SUNDAY, MAY 25TII (Trinity Sunday). Morning, 8.0: Matins and Holy Communion. 10.30: Processional hymn, 601 (verses 1, 6, 7, 8, 10): Ordination service choral celebration (Hanvood in A flat); preacher, the Rev. Wynn Ilealey, M.A. Evening, 3.30: Processional hymn; Service, Bennett in G anthem, I saw the Lord" (Stainer); hymn 159. 6.30: Processional hymn, 161; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis to Chants hymns 163, 358, 366 preacher, the Canon in Residence. (Collection fcr Queen Victoria Nurses'Fund.) MONDAY, MAY 2GTH. Morning, 8.0 Matins. 10.15 Service, Keinpton in B flat; anthem, "I will arise" (Creyghton). Evening, 4.15: Service, Kempton in B flat; anthem, "I will sing of Thy power (Greene). TCKSDAY, MAY 27TH. —Morning, 8.0: Matins. 10.15. Service, Parker in E; anthem, "Incline Thine ear" (Himmet). Evening, 4.15: Service, Parker in E anthem, lu Jewry is God known (Clarke-Whitfeld).
We regret to learn that Mrs. Griffith-Boscawen, of Trevalyn Hall, is indisposed. The Counter of Selkirk, in consequence of mourning, was unable to be present at their Majesties' Court on Friday evening. The date of the ball to be given by the Duchess of Westminster at Grosvenor House has been altered from Tuesday, the 1st, to Wednesday, the 2nd of July. The Bishop of Chester and the Bishop of Liver- pool will visit St. Aidan's College, Birkenhead, on Thursday, and will be entertained at luncheon by the chairman and council of the college. The Duchess of Connaught has arrived at Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, on a visit to the Marqnis and Marchioness of Ormonde. Her Royal Highness, who travelled from Adare Manor, where she has been the guest of the Earl and Countess of Dunraven, was accompanied by Princess Margaret of Connaught. A marriage has been arranged, and will take place in July, between Mr. Stephen Leech, Second Secretary at l>is Majesty's Embassy at Rome, younger son of the late Mr. John Leech, of Gorse Hall, Cheshire, and of Mrs. Leech, 4, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, and Alice Florence, second daughter of Lord Elibank, Darn HaH, Peeblesshire. The Bishop of Chester will open a Church Army Lodging Home at Birkenhead on June tith, in con- nection with the already existing Labour Home. The Mayor will preside over a public meeting. Of thirty-five labour homes for men scattered through- out the land, twenty-two now have lodging homes attached to them, and it is hoped to still further increase the number, in order that the work of reclaiming the criminal and outcast may be rendered yet more effective. On the second day of the Welsh Industries Exhibition in Grosvenor House, the sale was opened by the Duchess of Beaufort. There was a far better attendance than on the previous day, as it was known that the Princess of Wales intended visiting the exhibition. Her Royal Highness arrived at 3.130, attended by Lady Mary Lygon and Captain Dugdale. The Princess was received by the Duchess of Beaufort, Lady Llangattock, Lady Eva Wyndham Quin and Lady Lettice Grosvenor. Her Royal Highness spent over an hour at the sale, and visited each stall making various purchases, and appeared much interested in the aims and endeavours of the association. The marriage of Lord Vaux of Harrowden to- Miss Margaret Plowden, daughter of Sir William Chichele Plowden and niece of Lord Mostyn, took place at the Roman Catholic Church, Welling- borough, on Thursday. The bridesmaid? were three daughters of Lord Mostyn. The bride was given away by Lord Burton. The Earl of Macclesfield is to be one of her Majesty's four train bearers at the Coronation. Lord and Lady Mostyn have arrived at 1, Here- ford-gardens for the season Lord Tollemache has been prevented by ill health from attending any of the King's Levees. He has now left London for Peckforton. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Threlfall and the Misses Threlfall have arrived at 21 Cadogan-gardens for the season Mrs. Charles Threlfall will give a small dance there on Thursday, the 12th of June. Sir Elliott Lees, BartL,, D.S.O., M.P., left London on Tuesday in order to go into camp with the Dorsetshire Yeomanry, in which corps he holds a captain's commission for their annual training, and will be absent from his Parliamentary duties until the end of the month. It is understood that Lord Penrhyn has just purchased the Plas Lodwig estate, Bangor, from Mr. W. Farrar Roberts. Plas Lodwig was strongly supported locally as a better site for the University College of North Wales than the Bishop's Park- cum-I enrallt site, which was finally selected by the Governors. Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll attended Colonel Barrington Foote's concert at Grosvenor House on Tuesday. Her Royal Highness was met at the entrance, and conducted to the concert room by Countess Grosvenor and Colonel and Mrs. Barrington Foote, and remained to the end of the concert. Miss Dorothy Cotton-Jodrell's wedding to Captain Ramsden is. fixed for June 3rd, and will take place at St t aul's, Knightsbridge. The bride s dress will be embroidered with white roses, and the bridesmaids will have toques and bouquets ot the same flower. There are to be ten brides- maids, among whom are Miss Clive Jodrell, Lady Muriel Parsons, Lady Beatrix Taylour, and the little daughters of Lady Maud Ramsden, Lady Broughton, and Mrs. Cosmo Bonsor. CHESTER ROYALTY THEATRE.—Mr. Roy Jackson's company is this week presenting "The Hand of Iron at the Royalty The piece has a sensational flavour about it and a healthy moral, and on Monday evening it met with hearty appreciation from a large audience. After this week the Theatre will be closed until August Bank Holiday. RIVER BATHING. The Boating and Baths Committee of the Corporation has received a letter from Mr J. Lyon Denson, asking jr* view of the demolition of the floating bath, whether the committee propose to make any provision for swimming in the river Dee in the early hours of the morning during the summer months. It was resolved that Mr. Denson be in- formed the committee cannot at present make any provision for open-air bathing. TRAM RETURNS.—The tram returns for the week are as follows :—Monday passengers 2,1)26, receipts 4;13 10s, 8d Tuesday, 2,430. 1;11 Os Sd. Wednes- day, 2,307, klO lli" Id. Thursday, 2,(>55, £ 12 2s. 9d. Friday, 2,7!!3, C12 14s lOd Saturday, 5,550, £ 25 7s. lid. Sunday, 1,295, £ (i Us total for the week, passengers 20.189 receipts EI)3 8s. 2d., compared with 10.2-18 £ 89 0s 7d in the correspond- ing week last year, being an increase of 9,941 passengers and £ 4 7s 7d On Bank Holiday there were 5,159 passenger and £ 25 9s. lOd. taken. On Whit-Monday last year the receipts were £ 27 Gs. 6d. A GIFT TO CHESTER. The sub-committee of the Improvement Committee recently re- ceived a letter from Mr J D. Siddall offer- ing to present a barometer and thermometer to the city, and suggesting it should be placed in a good glass-doored case, and that in making the proposed new support for the flag staff in the Town Hall square a suitable position might be arranged for the case either separate or as part of the structure. It was resolved that Mr. Siddall's offer be accepted with the best thanks of the com- mittee, and that in regard to the placing of the case the letter be referred to the Town Hall Committee. SONS OF THE CLERGY.—Earl Egerton of Tatton presided at a court of assistants of the Sons of the Clergy held at the Corporation House, Bloomsbury- place, on Friday. Twenty-three widows and 17 unmarried daughters were elected to fill vacancies on the pension list that had occurred in the past 12 months, and grants were also made to the amount of £ 2,350. A special vote of thanks was accorded to the Bishop of St. Albans for having, at the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury, under- taken to preach the festival sermon in St. Paul's Cathedral on April 30, in the absence through ill- ness of Prebendary Gibson, vicar of Leeds, who was to have been the preacher. CHESTER FRKF, LIImARY.-The following is the return of the issue of books for the week ending 17th May, 1902:—Lending department: Religion and philosophy 5, sociology 2, arts, sciences aud natural history 28, history, biographv, seo'Tapti v and travels 33, poetry and the drama Q° p^ose fiction 954, miscellaneous literature 15, juvenile- literature 192, total 1,235 reference department: Religion and philosophy IG, sociology 0, arts, sciences, and natural history (JO, history, biography, geography and travels ïli, poetry and the drama 41, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, &c., 2G7, miscellaneous, literature 10, total 470; combined totall, 705, daily average (lending department) 247, daily average (reference department) 78, combined daily average 325. SHOCKING SHOOTING FATALITY AT CREWE.— About midnight on Saturday a shocking shooting fatality happened at Crewe, resulting in the death of Albert Crimes, a shunter, re- siding in Remcr-street. It appears that the deceased was a great pigeon-fancier, and during the last few days had missed several valuable birds. Suspecting that they had been killed by cats, he took his double-barrelled gun into the yard for the purpose of shooting stray cats, it is supposed, and he shot one, and then concealed himself to await others. About midnight he stepped out, and stumbled into the yard. His gun went off, and the. cartridge entered his face under the left ear. blowing almost half of his head off The report of the gun attracted the attention of his brother, who immediately went to him, but found him quite dead. DEEP SEA FISHERMEN. We^have much pleasure in calling attention to the bazaar (happily termed a "Fishermen's Fair") to bo held at tho Newate Assembly Rooms on Tuesday next, the 27th inst, in aid of the funds of the above most excellent society-an object which will, we feel sure, com- mend itself to the sympathy and support of all who think of the perilous work of our brave sailors in the North Sea. We hope that Miss Sybil Clark, the local honorary secretary, who is kindly supported by the Mayoress and several other Chester and Bala friends, will realise a good round sum for the mission. We ought to add that the bazaar was postponed from April owing to the lamented death of Lady Lloyd, and Mrs F. Horatio Lloyd would have been an enthusiastic helper had it not been for the illness from which we are glad to hear she is fast recovering. Further particulars are advertised in another column. PARK BAND-STAND. At a recent meeting FIT the Improvement Committee of the Chester Town Council it was resolved that Colonel Smith, 2nd Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment' be informed that the Committee are prepared to make temporary provision for a band-stand in Grosvenor Park similar to that of last v(!ar. At a subsequent meeting of the Improvement Sub- committee, a letter was read from Colonel Smith, pointing out that, besides consulting the convenieiy-e of the public, in enabling them to get round the band, he had hoped for a covered stand for the bandsmen, who under existing circumstances have to stand for two hours, possibly in rain, and then have to face a railway journey in their wet clothing. It was decided that Colonel Smith be informed the Committee regret they cannot provide a new cov ered band-stand this year, and that it be suggested the present covered stand be used in case of wet weather. VICTORIA JUBILEE NURSES. — The ladies who responded to the appeal of the Mayoress of Chester to collect on behalf of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Nurses Fund have now brought in their cards, which shew a gratifying total"of about £100. This sum has been received from the least well-to-do of the women of the city, tli- more prosperous residents having not yet been approached. These latter, however, will have an opportunity of giving their contributions on Sunday next, when practically all the churches and chapels in the city and suburbs will makb collec- tions on behalf of this fund, which is intended as a memorial of the great and much-revered Queen Victoria. The Mayoress, who is putting her whole heart into the benevolent work, is quite confident that these church collections will pro- duce a substantial sum, if the well-to-do inhabitants of the city and neighbourhood emulate the example set by their poorer neighbours. Thn donations from the houses already visited have come in sums ranging from sixpence to a penny. It will thus be seen that the company ot some tifty lady col- lectors have performed a self-sacriifcing work, and it is to be trusted that the effort will result in lie raising of a really handsome sum. STAGE COACHING REVIVED.—Three years ago an attempt was made to revive the glories of the stage coach between Chester and Shrewsbury, and con- sidering the fact that the country traversed is some of the finest in England, from both an historic and picturesque point of view, it is small wonder that the effort has been attended with the most successful results. This season (1902) Messrs White, of Liverpool (White's Carriage Co., Ltd., Benth y- road) have therefore determined to again run the "Old Times" Coach, commencing on Monday, May 20th. It will leave the Queen Hotel, Chester, at 11.20 am. (calling at the Grosvenor a few minutes later) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, arriving at Shrewsbury at 5.30 p.m. The return journeys will be made oh Tuesdays, Thurs- days, and Saturdays, starting from the Ravon Hotel, Shrewsbury, at 11.30. Single seats may be booked, or the whole coach may be engaged. One feature about last season's coaching was the penect; regularity with which passengers arrived at their destination thanks not only to excellent roads, but to the splendid teams which Messrs. White placed upon the route. The popularity of coaching will be further increased by the excellent arrangements made for the season 1902. Whip, Mr. Rodie Macfec.