HOME AGAIN! WELCOME TO VOLUNTEERS. PRESENTATION OF WAR MEDALS. ENTERTAINED BY THE MAYOR. The Seoond Special Service Company of Cheshire Volunteers arrived in Chester from South Africa on Tuesday evening, and once again there was witnessed in the city one of those hearty demonstrations of patriotism wnicn tne -departure or arrival of Cheshire's active service men has never failed to evoke. The order for the formation of this Second Special Service Company evoked great joy among Cheshire Volunteers some 16 months ago, and the response was of a most enthusiastic character. The only difficulty experienced was in selecting the men out cf the large number who volunteered their ser- vices. The training of the company, it will be remembered, took place in Chester, and they Tvere billeted, by kind permission of the directors of the Chester Racecourse Company, in the general stands at the Roodee. When we bade them "adieu" we felt sure that they would do their duty and maintain the good traditions of the ,munty regiment. This they have done, and they h&ve now returned deserving of our gratitude for their noble sacrifice and splendid service in the cause of their King and country. Notwithstanding the uncertainty as to the actual time of arrival, people began to congregate in the principal streets soon after five o'clock. Relatives and friends journeyed from far and near to the city, anxious to be among the first to welcome home those in whom they were par- ticularly interested and of whom they were naturally proud. A detachment of the 2nd (Earl of Chester's) Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regi- ment, and the band of the same battalion, also the 22nd Regimental Depot Band, passed down the street towards the station just before six o'clock, and then the crowds began to increase rapidly. The detachment (under Lieutenant Churton) and the two bands were drawn up in the Mold siding at the station. Among others who were present on the platform were Colonel Ommanney (commanding the 22nd Regimental District), Colonel T. J. Smith, commanding the 2nd (Earl of Chester's) Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment, etc. About 6.25 p.m. the Great Western special train conveying the heroes steamed into the siding, and there was lusty cheering both in and out of the train. A few minutes for detraining and hand-shaking, and then the Special Service Company were lined up. They numbered 82 and two officers, and there was not a man among them who did not kok the picture of health. They had made the journey by sea in the s.s. Canada, one of the best troopships, and had travelled via Madeira and Queenstown. Three beats on. a drum and a crash of brass were the signal to the vast crowd without that the march to the Town Hall was about to commence. Headed by their officers- Captain Abercrombie and Lieutenant Frost- and preceded by two bands, the "khaki boys" emerged from the station by the gates nearest the Post Office, the detachment of red-coated Volunteers, including a strong muster of non- commissioned officers, bringing up the rear of the procession. A scene of great enthusiasm and excitement was witnessed. Overjoyed relatives and friends might have been seen struggling to grasp the hand of their hero or hailing him from among the crowd which surged on either side of the procession. One woman held her baby up, and next minute she was proudly tramping along between two of the lads in khaki. The bands played alternately, and the cheer of welcome was heard again and again as the bronzed soldiers marched gaily along the crowded streets to the Town Hall. Their progress would have been much slower had it not been for the energies of the police, who kindly but firmly kept the crowd from breaking in upon the line of march. A rousing cheer told those who had fallen to the rear that the gallant fellows with their escort had come within the view of those who had patiently awaited their arrival in the Town Hall Square. The officers and men of the company were received by the Mayor (Mr. James G. Frost), who was accompanied by Col. Ommanney, Major Oxley, D.A.A.G., the Sheriff of Chester (Mr. R. Cecil Davies), Alderman J. J. Cunnah, Mr. Wm. Ferguson, Mr. Meadows Frost, Mr. C. P. Douglas, Dr. Harrison, the Rev. F. Edwards (Mayor's chaplain), Mr. J. H. Dickson (Deputy Town Clerk), Mr. L. Booth, etc. As the com- pany filed into the Town Hall the band played "God Save the King." The police arrangements along the route of maroh were under the personal supervision of the Chief Constable. Having refreshed themselves with a wash, the company formed up in the corridor, and here Major-General Hallam Parr (newly-appointed to the command of the North-Western District in succession to Major-General Swaine, C.B.) dis- tributed South African war medals, first to the officers and then to the men. General Hallam Parr welcomed them back, and said he had noticed the hard work they had done, and although they might not have been so lucky as regarded exciting work as other corps, yet there was fine testimony to the soldier-like qualities and discipline in the hard work they had done in the field. He was glad the medals had just arrived in time. The company were afterwards entertained at dinner in the Council Chamber by the Mayor. His worship presided, and was supported by Major-General Hallam Parr, Colonel Ommanney, Hon. Colonel H. T. Brown, Colonel T. J. Smith, Major Lamb (Flintshire Engineers), Captain Bower, Lieut. Waylin, D.S.O., A.D.C., the Sheriff of Chester, Alderman Thomas Smith, Mr. Meadows Frost (Birkenhead), Mr. J. M. Frost, Mr. T. Gibbons Frost, Mr. J. F. Lowe, the Rev. F. Edwards, Mr. C. Cooper, Dr. Harrison, Dr. Archer, Mr. J. H. Dickson (Deputy Town Clerk), Mr. 1. Matthews Jones (City Surveyor), Mr. W. Peers (Clerk of Committees), the Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Laybourne), etc. The loyal toasts were submitted from the chair end enthusiastically received. Alderman Thomas Smith proposed H.M. Imperial Forces." In paying a tribute to the Navy and Army, Mr. Smith remarked that grand ap our Army of English, Welsh, Scotch and Irish were, we were heartily glad that we had our Colonial fellow-soldiers, who had worked with us loyally for our King and country. (Cheers.) LACK OF TRAINING GROUNDS. Major-General Hallam Parr, in responding, said he was much obliged to Alderman Smith for the kind way in which he had proposed the health of the Imperial Forces. He was sorry there was no officer of the Royal Navy to return thanks. As regarded the Army, the event of that day-the home-ooming of the Volunteer Com- pany of the county regiment, had doubtless caused the toast to be drunk with additional enthusiasm. The Boer War had made a great many changes; but there was one which would have a lasting effect, and that was the position of the Volunteers. The Volunteers' joining the territorial regiment on active service was the logical outcome of the territorial system, and it was watched by all with the greatest interest. We knew the Volunteers would do well, but we did not know how well they were going to do. They had done splendidly. (Applause.) He had spoken to the staff officers and the regimental officers, and it nad been a pleasure to him to hear how they had spoken of their Volunteer companies. At that moment the horrid feeling seized him that he was going to interfere with the Mayor's speech; but he hoped they would allow him to go on ir. fringing on that speech. The Volunteer com- panies had done exceedingly well, and he hoped that what the nation would try to remember was that they would do their duty by the Volunteers as the Volunteers had done their duty by them, and give them the opportunity of getting trained. (Hear, hear.) Not only did their comrades go out trained in the barrack square, but a great many Volunteers went out the same way, and that ought to cease. In the district to which he had just come there was not a single training giound from Carlisle to Hereford, and we had to send our troops to the overcrowded and over- taxed training grounds of the south. He hoped all present who had any influence would think ot the Army in the North-Western District and try to put in a word for proper training grounds being obtained for them. (Applause.) He then thanKed them for the way they had received the toast of the Imperial Forces. The Mayor submitted the toast of The Volunteer Service Company, Cheshire Regi- ment." In his own name, and in the name of the citizens of Chester, he offered them a hearty welcome on their safe return from South Africa. We were, he said, proud of them, and we had tried to follow their wanderings on the veldt. We had been much interested in the manoeuvres in which they had taken part and helped General Kitchener in one of his latest drives. (Hear, hear.) We had read with sorrow of the hardships some of them had endured while five tcontbs trekking with Colonel Hiekie. It dis- tressed us much when we learned that many times they had felt the pangs of hunger, being on barely half rations, and it was worse still for I u. to think that they were often short of water. The characteristics of the British soldier were bravery and humanity. Happily, we all knew that the vile slanders which we read in the Con- tinental Press were not true, and the atrocities which were put down to Tommy Atkins were foreign to his nature. (Applause.) He congratu- lated the Service Company on the small per- centage they bad left behind and deeply re- gretted that several of their brave comrades were never to return again. He hoped that those who had returned, when they went to their respective homes, would find their situations open to them. (Hear,' hear and applause.) The toast was received with musical honours. Captain Abercrombie expressed thanks on behalf of the company. It was, he said, rather more than fifteen months since they were being wished "good luok." They would be glad to know that th«iy had had good luck. (Hear, hear.) He himself had had good luck in having under him a company which had given him practically no trouble. (Applause.) The men had done everything that had been asked of them. Of course one could not expect the men to go out to South Africa and know their job at once; but they had tumbled to their work smartly. Col. Graham, who, unfortunately, w8 not able to see them off, had written a letter which shewed him that there was not the slightest doubt he sincerely meant what he said. Colonel Graham had said he never spared the company and had treated them just like one company of the battalion, and they had never disappointed him. (Applause.) They had also had good luck in the matter of their transport. On both the outward and home- coming journey they had quite one of the best boats. Coming back the weather was not very genial. With regard to the work they had to do in South Africa, they had had a very fair share of luck there. He did not mean to say they had not done hard work-they had not been playing marbles-but the work had been of a pleasant variety. Briefly; they went out there and got a very nice station near Potchefstroom, where they were six weeks getting acclimatised. It was very nice not to go on trek at once. Afterwards for five months they treked and treked and treked. It was all hard work, and that, unfortunately, was what the infantry had to do nowadays. Their experience of fighting going on was very often. They generally heard guns going off, but the eiemy never got through the mounted troops, and so the Volunteers did not get very much fighting. That was what the infantry had to put up with nowadays. Hard fighting went on, and they did not get a chance to shoot until the thing was practically over; in fact, the Infantry did not fire unless they fired the last cartridge. Certainly the Service Company of Volunteers bad a peaceful trek, but they had to do a lot of unpleasant work, including farm burning, which for the most part was not very pleasant. The Mayor had alluded to atrocities attributed to the British Army in South Africa. He (the speaker) would like to say that when they were collecting families, bustling poor old ladies out of farm dwellings and putting furniture on wagons, he never saw a man of the company treat any Boer, either man, woman or child, with anything but the utmost friendliness. (Cheers.) As for the members of the company, they had ccme back 82 and two. officers; they went out 113, so that they had left about 30 in South Africa. Unfortunately, they had left seven men behind dead, and he hoped the relatives would find some comfort in the knowledge that they had DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY. One man had got a good job on the Dock Board in Capetown, and he hoped he would do well. Three mea, although he had never noticed their Scottish accent—(laughter)—had joined the Capetown Highlanders. The kilt, or something like that, must have attracted them. (Laughter.) Captain Abercrombie spoke of the advantages to be derived from settling in South Africa, and expressed the hope that some who had returned to England would afterwards go out again. They had left a few sick behind, and some had been invalided home. Most of them had had a taste of sickness, but they were nearly all much better for their little trip to South Africa. (Applause.) Lieutenant Frost also responded. He ex- piessed the hearty thanks of the company to the Mayor for the splendid reception. Personally he felt somewhat in a dream and feared he should wake up and find himself in a blockhouse. (Laughter.) As the captain had said, a good deal of hard work bad been done, but he did not think they were very much the worse for it. (Hear, hear.) They had served alongside the Regulars, and he thought it would be a very good thing if Volunteers who had real active service with the Regulars endeavoured to impart the valuable knowledge they had gained to the other. Volunteers. (Hear, hear.) He hoped all who had returned would go to camp next year. Captain Abercrombie proposed the health of the Mayor in felicitous terms. They were, he said, very much indebted to him for the kind and liberal way in which he had received the poor wanderers that night. (Applause.) He appealed to the men not to resign, but to discharge one more duty which remained, that of imparting as much as they had learned to others. The Mayor, in responding, said he considered it a privilege to be in a position to have the honour of entertaining the defenders of our country. (Hear, hear.) The Volunteers through- out the war, which we all hoped was now at an end—(hear, hear)—had shewn that they were a valuable adjunct to the Army, and were fit to take the field and fight shoulder to shoulder with their comrades in arms, the Regulars. He hoped the Volunteer force would go on in- creasing. With that and the aid we got from our Colonials the flag of our country would never cease to wave. (Loud applause.) The men were billeted for the night in the Drill Hall, and left on Wednesday for their respective towns, where a. further welcome awaited them. HEARTY RECEPTION AT HAWARDEN. The second contingent of Volunteers of the Hawarden (B) Company, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, returned home on Saturday afternoon, and were accorded a fitting welcome by the inhabitants of Hawarden. Privates Pownall, Fenwick, (Davies, Molyneux and Jones left for the front in February, 1901, and have therefore had about fifteen months' service at the seat of war. They look extremely well after their arduous campaign. The village presented a gay and festive appearance, most of the residents displaying flags. The weather was not altogether propitious, but brightened up some- what just before the men arrived. The members of the Volunteer Company assembled at the Armoury shortly after three, and headed by the band, marched to the railway station, Captain Swetenham being in command. The new Maxim gun, which has recently been sent down by the military authorities for the use of the company, was carried in the procession. During the interval which elapsed before the arrival of the Service Company from Wrexham, the band played a selec- tion of appropriate music. On the arrival of the train at the platform, an enthusiastic welcome was given the men by the assembled company, and after a short interval Mr. T. Wright, who was sup- ported by the members of the Welcome-Home Committee, addressed the men as follows: — "Brother Volunteers and men of the Service Com- pany of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, as represent- ing the Welcome-Home Committee and the parishioners of Hawarden, I have great pleasure in giving you, on their behalf, a very hearty wel- come home. It is now about fifteen months since you so bravely volunteered to go out and relieve le your comrades who were at the front, so that they could return home after the arduous time they had experienced, and also to serve your country. We also thank God that it has pleased Him to bring you home safely to your friends." (Applause.) The company then formed up and marched through the village to the parish church, the men being seated on the gun carriage, which was drawn by their comrades. A short but impressive service took place. Two hymns were sung, "0 God, our help in ages past" and "All people that on earth do dwell," to the accompaniment of the band, and special collects of thanksgiving were said by the Rector, who afterwards addressed a few words to the men as follows:—"It falls to me, in this house of God, to welcome you home to your Father's House. My first words are those of welcome. You have been far away, nobly responding to the call of duty for your country, and have given us an example of courage and dutifulness. God has in His mercy preserved you in life and limb, and it is fitting you should come to His House and say, if only one word of thanksgiving. It is not all that have come back. Some remain who will never see home again on earth. There must be a sacrifice in war, as some must die. You have been through what few of us have been through, the din of warfare and its dread scenes of blood- shed-scenes which bring out all that is best, and also all that is worst, in our human nature. My second word is to exhort you to continued dutiful- ness; you now come back to your ordinary life. Continue in your Volunteer work and be a source of usefulness to your comrades. Be true to your good ideals and in your duty to your God. You are making a fresh start in the peaceful duties of home. If any of you have led sinful lives in the past, now is the time to make a change for the better." At the conclusion of the service, God save the King" was heartily sung by the large congrega- tion, which filled every part of the church. After wards the men marched to the centre of the village, by the "Golden Wedding" fountain, where a tem- porary platform had been erected. Mr. T. Wright presided, and was supported by the members of the Welcome Committee, Messrs. T. B. Barnett, T. H. Gibson, T. H. Haswell, J. H. Adkins and H. Cunningham., Mr. Wright addressed the men as follows: — "The duty I am called upon to perform is a very pleasing one to me, and more so as it is in con- nection with the B Company, the company I have been associated with so many years, and which I feel very proud of; the more so when I look around and see such a body of men who still keep up the record of the old company, and I feel that the people of Hawarden are also proud of them, and especially so when I think of the number from the company who have so bravely volunteered to go to the front when called upon. I have been asked to present to each of our comrades of the Service Company a watch, each with a suitable inscription, which may remind them of the time when they felt it their duty to go out at their country's call, and to keep up the record of the grand old regiment to which they belong." (Ap- plause.)-The formal presentation took place, each of the gallant fellows being greeted enthusiastically as he came forward.—A vote of thanks to Mr. Wright was moved by Mr. T. H. Gibson, seconded by Mr. T. B. Barnett.—Captain Swetenham also responded on behalf of the men in a few brief sentences, and the proceedings terminated with "God save the King." Among the spectators were Mrs. Drew and some juvenile members of the family of the Rev. Stephen Gladstone. Dancing afterwards took place in the Park until dusk. WARM WELCOME AT WREXHAM. On Friday evening the Second Service Com- pany of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, under Captain Harold Meredith- Jones, arrived in Wrexham from South Africa, end met with a. most cordial reception. All the thoroughfares along the route between the Great Western Railway Station and the regimental depot were gaily and profusely decorated with flags and bunting, and the Mayor (Mr. F. W. Soames), who was acoompanied by the aldermen and councillors of the borough, extended to the returned warriors a hearty welcome. The men, who numbered eighty-two, looked remarkably fit and well, their bronzed faces giving them a. most healthy appearance. Headed by a military band, they marohed through crowded thoroughfares, cheers greeting them on all hands, while the bells of the parish church rang out a merry peal in honour of the occasion. Later in the evening the company were entertained at a publio dinner by the Mayor and Corporation. Although the company sustained no casualties, they had plenty of work to do. After occupying Britstown for some months, they were transferred to a line of blockhouses along Schoonspruit, from Klerksdorp to the Vaal River. They took a promi- nent part in Lord Kitchener's last great drive in that district, and were close to the place where Colonel Anderson met with a reverse on February Nth. For two days afterwards they were carry- ing in dead and woundea. Yeomanry who had been captured came in stark naked, having been stripped by the Boers of every shred of clothing. The occupants of some blockhouses actually saw Boers stripping their prisoners, but refrained from firing because of the risk of hitting the wrong men. Out of the 116 men who went to the war,, five died of disease and twenty-nine were invalided home, four having been accidentally shot. Not a single man was hit by a Boer bullet during the whole time the company were in South Africa.
HOSPITAL SATURDAY GALA. On Saturday, the first May procession under the auspices of the Chester and District Hospital Saturday Committee was held. Unfortunately, the weather was not propitious, being damp and murky, while a heavy downpour of rain during the procession considerably marred the enjoyment of the proceedings. It was at first arranged that the event should take place on May-day, but at the request of the tradesmen and those who in- tended to lend their aid to the committee, it was postponed. Many prettily-decorated wagons and carts assembled at the Cattle Market, where the judging took place. The idea which appeared to be foremost in the thoughts of those who were responsible for the decorations was evidently the Coronation. The judges were Mr. James Storrar, junr., M.R.C.V.S., Inspector Blake Jones, R.S.P.C.A., and Mr. J. W. Garnett. Their awards, which gave every satisfaction, are as fol- low —Section A, light horses, spring carts, floats, etc. 1, C. J. Errington, George-street (driver, J. Stretch): 2. Wm. Jones. errocer. Bridge-street (driver, Newbrook); 3, S. Wedgwood, baker, Boughton (driver, F. Bebbington). Section B, for tradesmen-Class A, horse and cart: 1, F. A. Frost and Sons (driver, A. Lee); 2, Peter Walker and Son (driver, P. MacGuire); 3, Chester Co- operative Society (driver, R. Davies). Class B, horse team: 1, F. A. Frost and Sons (drivers, G. Weaver and J. Salisbury); 2, Walker, Parker and Co., Ltd. (driver, R. Taylor) 3, F. A. Frost and Sons (drivers, J. Jones and E. Tushingham. Sec- tion C, for teamowners—Class A, horse: 1 and 2, A. Abley and Son, Chester (drivers, G. Lawson and J. Hodkinson; 3, T. H. Banks (driver, J. Goss). Class B, horse team: 1 and 2, A. Abley and Son (drivers, A. Stockton and J. Newall and S. Davies). Section D, donkey and cart: 1, J. G. Kendrick; h c, A. Abley and Son. The bands which took part in the procession were the 2nd V.B. Cheshire Regiment, bandmaster, Mr. T. Outhwaite (by kind permission of Colonel T. J. Smith, V.D.), the 1st Flintshire Volunteer Royal Engineers (by kind permission of Captain R. C. Davies), Helsby Brass Bandu Chester Industrial School (by permission of the managers); while the fire brigades were Chester, Eaton, Helsby, Queen's Ferry and Hoole Fire Brigades. The procession uroo ln1'"TY\cu..1 iin nnrlor tho. annonriciAn nf n. H n.r- "J .1. "1.1. t.A.¥ \A.&&Av& "1- .a. rison, and wended its way through the principal streets of the city. On reaching the Town Hall, the Mayor presented the prizes to the successful competitors.
A DISTINGUISHED FORESTER. PRESENTATION TO BRO. W. VERNON. An interesting function took place on Friday even- ing at the Nag's Head Cocoa House, when the mem- bers of Court Hugh Lupus of the Ancient Order of Foresters met to present an illuminated address to Bro. Councillor Wm. Vernon, on the occasion of his resignation of the office of treasurer of the court, which he has held since the year 1887. Bro. Vernon, whose father was also a distinguished Forester, joined the Order in the year 1863, and has sinee successively held every office in the court. Bro. Alderman John Jones presided over a large attendance, which included Bros. Benjamin Hulse, P.H.C.R., Peter Wright, P.H.C.T., J. Harris, P.H.C.S., 1. Matthews Jones, P.D.C.R., E. Cotgreave, P.C.R., J. S. Phoenix, P.C.R., J. Mulligan, C.R., T. Picksthall, S.C.R., R. H. Lanceley, E. T. Hallmark, W. H. Hallmark, J. Owens (treasurer), Miller, McWaters, Roberts, T. Mills (director of Manchester Unity of Odd- fellows), Harry Gandy (G.U.O.O.), S. Hulse, W. Collins, W. A. Jones, T. H. Jones, 1. Poole, etc. Bro. Mulligan having presented a past Chief Ranger's certificate and neck ribbon to Bro. Wm. Collins, the Chairman, in calling upon Bro. Hulse to present the address, spoke of the high regard in which Bro. Vernon is held as an employer of labour and a citizen. Bro. Hulse, in making the presentation, said he regarded it as a great honour to present the address to Bro. Vernon, because he had been inti- mately acquainted with his family during the whole of his life. Mr. Vernon's father joined that court in 1847, and was an ideal Forester, being deeply attached to the court, whose meetings he scarcely ever missed. Twenty years ago, when signs of decay became visible in the court, and the outgo was exceeding the income by £ 80 or B90 per annum, he, with others, advocated drastic re- forms against many opposing influences, and it was mainly through his efforts that the reforms were carried out, and the court was placed in a prosperous position which it had never since lost. Mr. John Vernon was appointed High Chief Ranger of the Order in the year 1870, and dis- charged the duties of the office with the greatest credit. At the time of his death, in 1887, he held the office of treasurer. Mr. William Vernon joined the Order in 1863, and occupied the position of Chief Ranger in the same year his father held the office of High Chief Ranger. He had also acted as court auditor, and on the death of his father was appointed treasurer of the court. During the many years he had held that office, there had been no discordant elements in the proceedings of the court, and his kind and courteous manner had gained him the highest esteem and confidence of the members. The following is the text of the address:- "Court. Hugh Lupus, No. 411. Councillor Wm. Vernon. On behalf of the brethren, we deeply regret that, owing to the numerous calls upon your time, you have found it necessary to resign the office of treasurer, and we are pleased to learn that your constant and devoted service will still be continued in the discharge of those public duties to which your fellow-citizens have called you. We therefore desire to place on record our high appre- ciation of your unfailing courtesy and efficient performance of the duties of the treasurership for the past twelve years. In requesting your accept- ance of this fraternal address, we trust that your life may be long spared to forward, as heretofore, all reforms tending to elevate and advance your fellow-men. (Signed) J. Mulligan, C.R., T. Picksthall, S.C.R., E. Cotgreave, S.W., W. Cooper, J.W., F. Cotgreave, J.B., T. J. Jones, J.B., E. Cotgreave, J. S. Phoenix and E. Jackson (trustees), John Jones and 1. M. Jones (auditors), I B. Hulse (secretary), J. Owens (treasurer)." Bro. W. Vernon, in acknowledgment, said he would treasure the address as a memento of the happy meetings they had had, and of the enjoyable time they had spent in connection with Forestery elsewhere. Bros. Mills, Harris, 1. M. Jones, H. Gandy, C. Wright and R. H. Lanceley spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Vernon's work in the cause of local Forestery. An enjoyable social evening was afterwards spent, songs being given by Messrs. H. Gandy and W. Miller, recitations by Messrs. T. Mills and W. H. Hallmark, and selections on the grama- phone by Mr. T. Picksthall.
OLD AGE MADE HAPPY. I -4- — Old age need not be unhappy, as the experience of Mr. Jas. Booth, of Honley Moore, near Hud- dersfield, proves. At the age of seventy he owes good health and happiness to Dodd's Kidney Pills, as does his wife, aged sixty-three years. Mr. Booth suffered from the after-effects of influenza. He had terrible pains in the back, and was treated by a doctor, who said the kidneys were wrong. His treatment gave no relief, and Mr. Booth s weakness increased so that he could not stoop. It was then he tried Dodd's Kidney rills, and they cured him, for the pain in the back disappeared, and he has had no further trouble since. For five years his wife suffered from pains in the back, and was so bad that she could not get about. She took Dodd's Kidney Pills, and is also well again, and now able to get about with comfort. They were astonished by the rapid cures effected in both cases, and with thousands are thanking Dodd's Kidney Pills for a happy old age. Dodd's Kidney Pills are 2s. 9d. per box, of all Chemists, or post free on receipt of price by The Dodds Medicine Co., 23, Farringdon Avenue, London, E.C. Remember the name, D-o-d-d-'s.
RETIRED TEACHERS' HOMES. + BAZAAR AT CHESTER. On Friday afternoon a two days' "Coronation" bazaar, organised by the elementary school teachers of the city in aid of the homes for retired teachers, was opened in the Assembly Room of Chester Town Hall. The object of the bazaar is one which eminently commends itself to the support of the public. The bazaar originated with the work of the Church Teachers' Benevolent Institution. In the year 1898. Mr. F M S Kynnersley, H.M.I., brought forward a scheme for providing homes for retired Church teachers in the diocese of Chester, and schools in the dis- trict were invited to subscribe. The Birkenhead district raised £ 450 by means of a bazaar in 1900, all the Church schools combining loyally for the purpose. In addition to this, the teachers of the Chester district have, by their own dona- tions and with the help of friends, raised the funds to a little over £ 600. The association has re- cently bought two houses in Ermine-road, New- ton, at a cost of J6650, one of which is already occupied by Mr. W. Johnson (late of St. Paul's School, Chester). The second is, for the' present, let to a tenant to provide the necessary funds for maintenance, rates, taxes, etc. It will be seen that a sum of L70 is urgently needed, and that it is necessary to establish a sustentation fund of about £500 in order to free the other house. The object of the bazaar is to raise the necessary funds. 17 The promoters had been fortunate in securing a large number of distinguished patrons, and with the excellent auxiliary attractions of dramatic and other entertainments, instrumental concerts, ping- pong tournaments, various competitions and other features. thp haza/ir naturallv nrrtvorl mnct en- joyable social function. Visitors could not fail to observe how busily engaged the stallholders must have been for the past few months in getting to- gether such a rich and varied supply of articles to meet the tastes and requirements of the public. The work had been pressed forward with a sys- tematic energy and determination on the part,of everyone concerned that augured well for the suc- CfS?iu "ndertaking. It was evident that the stallholders had succeeded in collecting material that could not fail to satisfy the more practical wants of everyday life, and to gratify the desires of those who affect a taste for the beautiful and artistic. The general effect of the stalls was ex- ceedingly picturesque and pretty, and a word of praise is due to Messrs. Garnett and Son for the effective manner in which they carried out the decorations. Seven of the stalls were dedicated to the seven Kings of England bearing the name of Edward, the remaining stalls being in honour of Queen Alexandra and the Black Prince. Stall No. 1, dedicated to Queen Alexandra, was fur- nished by the Misses Kynnersley, and its speciali- ties were a fine collection of Florentine and Aller- vale pottery, Italian silk, Indian and Oriental ware. and Malacca baskets. Stall No 9 IT?.,I- ward I.) was superintended by the following schools :-St. Paul's, Holy Trinity, St. Michael's, Backford, Saltney, Upton, Duddon, Capenhurst and Frodsham. A pretty feature of this stall was a varied exhibition of paper flowers, worked by Miss Hettie Davies, Boughton. Stall No. 3 (Edward II.) was furnished by the following schools: Christ Church, College, St. Mary's-on-the-Hill, Waver- ton, Eccleston, Saighton, Tattenhall, Handley, Clutton, Stanney, Stretton and Stockton Heath. Stall No. 4 was furnished by the Higher Grade Girls' School and Mollington School, and con- tained an interesting collection of fancy goods, Teneriffe work, wood carving, pictures, etc. The remaining stalls were superintended by the fol- lowing schools: No. 5, Hoole, St. Peter's, Aldford, Dodleston, Pulford, Saughall, Barrow, Farndon and Churton; No. 6, Christleton, Dodleston, Ald- ford and Ash ton Hayes; No. 7, Grosvenor St. John's, St. Thomas's (Sealand-road), St. Bar- nabas, Willington, Mickle Trafford, Ashton Hayes. Hargrave, Christleton, Dunham and Guilden Sut- ton; No. 8, Pulford, Eccleston, Saughall and Upton; No. 9, St. Mary's School, Handbridge. The entertainments were under the control of Messrs. Atherton, Margerison and Weights, Mrs. Lodge, Misses Holland, Jones, M. Moulton and Roberts, with Mr. J. G, Speakman (hon. secre- tary). Performances were given at intervals during Friday afternoon and evening by the chil- dren of the Sealand-road Infant School, Higher Grade Girls and St. John's Girls. To-day (Satur- day) entertainments will be given by the children of the Sealand-road Infant School, St. Paul's and Holy Trinity girls, and Christ Church and St. Thomas's girls. Entertainments were also given by the St. Paul's Dramatic Society, and an en- joyable programme of musio by Marchant's Band. The arrangements of the bazaar were carried out by the following officers: -President, Mr. E. M. S. Kynnersley; hon. treasurer, Mr. A. E. Lovell, M.A.; hon. secretary, Mr. T. J. Boughton; ex- ecutive committee, Messrs. R. Atherton, H. Clare, W. Johnson, J. G. Speakman, Miss Harpur and Miss Middleton. OPENING CEREMONY. ADDRESS 'BY MR. YERBURGH, M.P. The opening ceremony was .performed by Mr. Robt. Yerburgh, M.P., in the presence of a large assembly. Mr. Yerburgh was accompanied on the platform by the Mayor (Mr. J. G. Frost), who pre- sided, the Revs. R. J. Fairclough, E. C. Lowndes, F. Edwards, W. Lutener, F. Tilney Stonex and H. Grantham, Mr. B. C. Roberts, Mr. E. M. Sneyd Kynnersley, Mr. A. E. Lovell and Mr. W. John- son, and the attendance included Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Brown, Mrs. Sandford, Mrs. W. H. Chur- ton, Mrs. C. P. Douglas, and Mr. W. Ballance (assistant inspector of schools). The Mayor briefly called upon Mr. Yerburgh to open the bazaar. Mr. Yerburgh, who was cordially received, said he had received orders from Mrs. Yerburgh to express her great regret at not being able to accept the invitation by which she had been honoured to open the bazaar. Had she been at liberty to come she would gladly have done so, because she took the greatest interest in the work to which this added the crown, and in work of this character. Therefore, she not being available, he ventured to offer himself as a substitute for her, and that day the great pleasure of seeing that very beautiful bazaar that would shortly, he hoped, be busily at work. He took a great inter- est in that work for the reason that he had the honour ever since he had been acquainted with Chester of knowing the gentleman (Mr. Johnson) who had the proud position of being, so to speak, the winner of this stamp of merit and of long, good service which was affixed to the gentleman I who occupied the particular house to which the funds of the society were devoted. (Applause.) He understood that there was more good work to be done, and that the association who were con- nected with the founding of that institution were not content with one house only. They had made up their minds that they would add another house to the one that was already in occupation. He thought that was a very praiseworthy intention; it was one that deserved the support of every Churchman and Churchwoman, and one, he did not doubt, that would be happily achieved. The bazaar was most beautifully arranged, and when he understood that that arrangement was the work of the teachers themselves, he thought they owed them a great debt of gratitude for the work that they had so cheerfully and kindly given on behalf of the institution. He had the greatest pleasure in declaring the bazaar open, and he hoped when they came to total up the receipts they would give them a very handsome return. (Applause.) Mr. B. C. Roberts, in DroDOsiner a vote of thanks to Mr. Yerburgh for his services, said they were all extremely sorry that Mrs. Yerburgh was not present, but were very glad to have such a very good substitute. The Rev. E. C. Lowndes, in seconding, expressed his deep sympathy with the teachers in their work. His experience as a school manager had impressed upon him how laborious, anxious and responsible the work of the teachers was, and what a great debt the community owed to them. To assist in providing homes in which men and women might spend the evening of life in comfort, after de- voting perhaps the fifty best years of their life to that noble work, was an object which must ap- peal to all of them. The motion was heartily carried. The amount handed in to the secretary as the result of the sales at the stalls on Friday, was JE188. The bazaar was opened on Saturday by the Mayoress (Mrs. James G. Frost), who was accompanied by the Mayor, and introduced by Mr. Sneyd Kynnersley, who presided. Saturday's takings amounted to about V-25. There have also been additional receipts, including £ 46 for tickets sold to teachers and their friends and in subscriptions of patrons. After all expenses are defrayed it is expected that at least C400 will be realised. This is a very gratifying result. The Mayoress, in a thoughtful little speech, said she was sure they were all in sympathy with the object for which the bazaar was held. She could not imagine anything more difficult than to impart one's own knowledge to others, and highly educated teachers now-a-days they must be to cope with that foreign competition which was fast grow- ing upon us. It must often be the case that teachers after a long and tedious life felt themselves Stranded with very little to support themselves. What greater reward could they have than a house to live in, which practically meant an old-age pension ? It was for that cause in that bazaar that she appealed. She considered the teachers and children ought to be congratulated upon the beautiful display of handiwork in that bazaar. They had done their work let the public do theirs. She had much pleasure in declaring the bazaar open. Mr. A. E. Lovell, headmaster of the College School, move a vote of thanks to the Mayoress for her kindness. Mr. S. Earlam (Christleton) seconded, and it was heartily accorded. The Mayoress was presented with a bouquet by Miss Isabelle Embrey, of Hunter-street Higher Grade School, on behalf of the committee, and she distributed the prizes won in the doll competition.
DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—We have received a copy of the list of prizes for the Denbighshire and Flintshire Agricul- tural Society's Diamond Jubilee Show, which will be held in August at Ruthin The prizes are numerous, and the classes well arranged.
A BARBAROUS ACT. ♦ CUTTING A MARE'S NOSE. At the City Police Court on Saturday, before Dr. Stolterfoth and Mr. Thomas Smith, Ernest Taylor, travelling gypsy, was charged in custody with cruelly illtreating a mare on Fridayi Prisoner pleaded guilty. William Snell, a Saltney boy, said that on Friday afternoon he was in Green-lane, Saltney, when he saw prisoner driving a mare and van. One of the four wheels was broken and only three spokes left in it. Prisoner made the mare draw the van on the three wheels. The animal ,t me to a stop. Prisoner took out a razor and cut the mare's nose, which bled a great deal. When prisoner saw it bleeding he started to cry and then to sing. Another boy went for the police P.C. Griffiths said he arrested prisoner and I: ked him where the "animal was. Prisoner, after Mime hesitation, said he had sent it to Mold. Not ■atisfied with the answer, he, in company with Sergeant Adams, Saltney, went to look for it t r,d found it at Kinnerton. Sergeant Adams deposed to examining the wound. It was a clean cut in the nostril. There vas a lot of congealed blood on it. Prisoner said he did not cut the mare. It was a rash on the nose. The magistrates sent prisoner to gaol for one month without the option of a fine, and every- one will agree that the sentence is well deserved.
MR. SKELSEY'S FAILURE. — RENEWED EXAMINATION. INTERESTING REVELATIONS. At a special sitting of the Chester Bankruptcy Court on Friday, before Mr. Registrar Giles, the publio examination was renewed of George Henry Skelsey, company director, of Watergate-street, Chester, and formerly residing at Wepre Hall, Flintshire. The examination was conducted by the Official Receiver (Mr. Ll. Hugh Jones), Mr. G. Davison represented the trustee, and Mr. W. H. Churton represented the debtor. In reply to the Official Receiver, debtor stated that between 1893 and 1897 he drew out of the Dee Lands account £ 21,971. He could not tell where that sum had gone. The money had come to him quite irrespective of any expenditure on the Dee Lands Estates. He did not think the £ 21,000 had gone in consequence of the insolvent position he was in or the heavy rate of interest he had paid when Skelsey's Adamant Cement Company was floated. He paid 7 per cent. interest. He practically lived on what he got out of the Dee Estates from 1893 to 1897. His personal account shewed that his total receipts during the five years it covered, amounting alto- gether to £39,000, of which £18,267 appeared as personal and household expenditure. His per- sonal and household expenditure averaged about £ 3,650 a year. He did not think that that in- cluded any expenditure on the various companies he was attempting to float. His expenditure during the last few years had been very much larger than the average. It would probably be more for the last few years, and less than the average for the first few. The Registrar: Since he went to Wepre I suppose ? The Official Receiver: Yes. The Registrar: I forget how long you were at W epre. Debtor: Three years. The Official Receiver: On the question of per- sonal expenditure, we must add to that the fact that large accounts for private expenditure are still unpaid and appear scheduled as liabilities?- Yes. Questioned by Mr. Davison, debtor admitted that in the first instance the entire shares in the Dee Land Estates, with the exception of seven, were allotted to him. He remembered buying a very considerable amount of furniture from Messrs. Brown and Company, of Chester. Asked how it was that a considerable quantity of this turmture came to be found after the bankruptcy in a warehouse in Manchester, he said he did not put it there. He believed it was taken by Mr. How, who owned the other portion of the furniture. Mr. Davison You do not dispute that £ 15610s. worth of articles, principally carpets, etc., bought from Messrs. Brown and Co., was found in a warehouse in Manchester?—I do not know the value, but I will take that to be right. What is your suggestion—that it is a pure mistake?—I do absolutely. I do not think Mr. How would take them by intention. No, might not the intention be at the other end?—I do not think so. Why should they be sent away when they did not belong to him?—They were not sent away on my behalf. I am suggesting they were. I am not suggest- ing that Mr. How took them away on his own account. Further questioned, debtor admitted that a considerable amount of personal clothing was packed in boxes at Wepre Hall. He was present when they were opened. He could not account for tablecloths, electro plate articles, a copper kettle on a stand, teapots and other articles being found among them. Mr. Davison: It is very funny how they came to be wrapped up in that way. The debtor: I do not know anything about it. The Registrar: I think you .ought to. Debtor said although the silver from Mr. Butt was bought in 1899 and 1900 he did not remember anything about it, because he did not buy it personally. Mr. Davison: From the bills supplied it ap- pears that there is a considerable quantity of things missing. I should like to know where the articles have gone to. There was a tea and coffee set from Mr. Butt. What has become of the articles? They were not sold. You do not moan to say you have lost them?—I cannot say; they have not been taken away. A flexible bracelet at 10 guineas, another at 3 guineas, and so on-you do not give any ex- planation of where they are?—I cannot, really. Mr. Davison: I will supply you with the list of pieces of silver, etc., missing, and you must give me the best explanation you can of them. Mr. Churton Certainly. Debtor said Mrs. Skelsey had claimed a good many articles ag wedding presents, but the claim had been withdrawn. Mr. Churton said he had advised that inasmuch as Mr. Skelsey was married in 1880, before the Married Women's Property Act, and although the things had been given to the wife, they were the husband's. Mr. Davison pointed out that an article pur- chased in 1900 was claimed as a wedding present, and debtor replied that there might have been an exceptional thing like that. Mr. Davison: It got into the list by mistake?- Quite so. Mr. Davison Well, I suppose that is a charitable way of putting it?—Yes. Debtor, questioned by Mr. Capel Cure, said they entered into a partnership in a cement busi- ness, under which Mr. Cure was to find £ 4,000, and he (debtor) was to find all the rest of the capital necessary for the works. "Debtor was to have a salary of JB500 a year. He expected to get the money from the Dee Estates shares which he was selling at the time. Mr. Cure: Having regard to all your existing liabilities at that time, you felt capable of under^ taking such a liability as this?—Yes; I do not think it was wise. You never did find any money for the works, did you ?—No. Under this agreement I paid £ 2,000 over to the partnership account on June 20th, and on the 22nd you drew out JB60 for your own purposest- Yes. And on the 28th you drew out £100 more?- Yes. Why did you do that?—Because I had your per- mission. What account were you to overdraw?—The part- nership account. Further questioned, debtor said he did not re- member the exact time at which the permission was given. No amount was stated as the sum to I be drawn out. Mr. Cure: Do you say it was a fair and honour- able use of any permission, supposing I had given it, to draw £2,500 between June, 1899, and May, 1900 ?-1 should scarcely say it was. Continuing, he said after the dissolution of the partnership he still continued to draw cheques. It was under- stood that the dissolution should not affect his position. He denied that on the previous day he admitted, in the presence of a third party, that he had robbed Mr. Cure. Mr. Cure: L told you yesterday that you had robbed me of £10,000, and you asked me what you could do?—I did not admit anything of the kind. You said, "I have lost £10,000 by you." I said, "What can I do to make it right?" and you said, "Pay me back." And did you not say to me, "That will not do away with the s' n"?-No, most certainly not; there is no sin about it. Did you not tell me the R6,000 would get you out of all your difficulties ?-No; the pressing ones I said. I am not alluding to the Dee estates. Did not you tell me that £6,000 would get you out of your difficulties except the Dee estates?—No, I said my pressing difficulties. Did you not repeat that before Mr. Thomson at the bank that this sum of money would relieve you from all your difficulties with the exception of the Dee estàtes ?-Certainly not, because I owed the bank £ 4,000. Did you not admit yesterday that you had said so, and that Mr. Thomson knew it was not true ?— No. I did not say so. The examination was finally adjourned until July 1st.
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COUNTY POLICE COURT. 0 SATURDAY.—Before Mr. Horace D. Trelawny (chairman), the Hon. Cecil T. Parker, Mr. B. C. Roberts, Mr. John Thompson, Mr. J. Pover and Mr. T. B. Richardson. EGERTON ARMS, SAUGHALL.—On the application of Mr. G. H. Reynolds, the licence of the Egerton Arms, Little Saughall, was trans- terred to Herbert Edward James Richards, who has taken the house on a three years' lease.—The Chairman remarked that the house was always changing hands.—Mr. Reynolds explained that the wife of the late tenant was so ill she could not remain. The late tenant attended when temporary authority was granted. REFRESHMENTS AT THE STATION.—On the application of Mr. Fenna, L. and N.-W. Railway solicitor, the temporary transfer of the licence held by Mr. Browning for refreshment rooms on the up platform at the Chester General Railway Station, was granted to Arthur Fitzroy Waters, superintendent of hotels and refreshment looms on behalf of the L. and N.W. Railway Company. Mr. Fenna explained that Mr. Browning was giving up business and the railway company were taking it over. A WHITBY CHANGE.—William James, boiler maker, brother of the late licensee (John James), produced letters of administration and asked for the licence of the Sportsmen's Arms, Whitby, to be put in his name. He did not intend to carry on the business himself; he should get a tenant.—The application was granted. MASTER v. SERVANT.—Walter Edwards, a youth, was summoned by George Henry Willis, farmer, Stoke, for payment of £ 6 8s., damages alleged to have been sustained by plaintiff through defendant's leaving his service.—My. Prank Turner (from the offioe of Mr. E. Brassey, Chester) appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. F. B. Mason for the defendant.—Mr. Turner explained that defendant was engaged at Christmas last year at E12 per year to be a farm servant. He continued in the employment of the plaintiff until February 21st this year, when he told his master that he wished to give him a month's notice. His master told him that he could not give him a month's notice, as he was engaged till Christmas. Defendant then applied for an increase of E2, and he was then engaged until the following Christmas at J614 for the year. Defendant went on quietly enough until Whit Monday, when, during the absence of his master and mistress at a tea meeting at Mollington, he went away. On their return they found he had gone away with his big box. He had made no explanation or complaint of any kind. Mr. Willis had been put to great inconvenience. He bad been obliged to engage a man to take de- fendant's place. He paid him 18s. per week and he lived out. He reckoned defendant's keep at 9s. per week and he had paid him 5s. per week, making 14s. per week. The 4s. weekly difference between the 14s. and the 18s. paid to the new man was what he now claimed up to next Christmas.— Plaintiff gave evidence bearing out his solicitor's statement.—The Chairman pointed out how much more satisfactory an agreement of the kind would be if written.—Mr. Mason raised the point that the farmer's promising to increase the wages by £ 2 per year was not a new agreement. If the Bench agreed with him, he should raise the techni- cal objection he had successfully put forward a few weeks ago.-The Magistrates' Clerk held that a new agreement was entered into in February, and therefore the point could not be raised in this case.—Mr. Mason then stated that the defendant was willing to go back into Mr. Willis's service. —Mr. Willis explained to the Bench why he did not wish to take defendant back.—Eventually Mr. Mason offered, on behalf of defendant, to pay JB1 and costs, and this was agreed to.
CITY POLICE COURT. 0 WEDNESDAY.—Before Dr. Stolterfoth and Mr. George Dutton. ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMENT. Robert Morris, a collector-salesman in the employment of the Singer Manufacturing Company, 66, Foregate- street, was charged with embezzling 5s. the pro- perty of his employers.—Mr. Vere Churton prosecuted and said defendant was engaged as collector-salesman at a salary of 13s. a week and commission, his duty being to collect instalments due on sales made under the hire purchase system. The system adopted by the company was that when anyone purchased a machine he entered into an agreement, and a book was left with him in which to enter the instalments paid. and the collector was bound to give him a printed receipt on a Singer coupon. In this case defendant received from Henry Duckers 5s., for which he failed to give a receipt, and the company had never received the money.—Henry Robinson, Tarvin-road, manager of the company's Chester branch, gave evidence in support of this statement, and said that in con- sequence of defendant's taking receipts from old books and placing them in new ones suspicions were aroused, and he was suspended pending enquiries. On going through his books, it was found that the total defalcations amounted to £ 6 18s. 6d.—Defendant was remanded until Monday. A PONY FOR 45s—James Lee, of 3, White Lion-place, was summoned for working a horse while it was in an unfit condition. Inspector Blake- Jones deposed to seeing defendant in charge of a pony attached to a cart on the 15th inst. The animal was very lame and totally unfit for work. Defendant had bought it for 40s —Defendant pleaded that he was very sorry, and stated that he had had the pony destroyed.—Mr. Davison (magis- trates' clerk) You cannot get a pony for 40s.— Defendant: It cost me 45s.-Mr. Davison Or 45s. or twice that.—Defendant was fined 5s. and costs with the alternative of seven days. SATURDA Y.-Before Dr. Stolterfoth and Mr. T. Smith. RAILWAY REFRESHMENT ROOMS.—Mr. J. Fenna, solicitor to the L. and N.-W. Railway Company, applied for the temporary transfer of the licence held by Mr. George Browning, of the Chester Station refreshment rooms, situated in the city, to Arthur Fitzroy Waters, superintendent of the hotels and refreshment rooms held by the Rail- way Company. He said that the company were now taking over all the refreshment rooms into their own hands. Waters was enabled to hold more than one licence, under the powers of the North- Western Railway Act of 1870, which authorised justices to grant licences to the railway eompany's nominee, although he might not be a resident or occupier. The rooms were being taken over on Wednesday next.—The application was granted.
AUCTION SALES FARM PROPERTY AT NESTON. On Wednesday at the Hooton Hotel, Messrs. Cunnah and Roberts, auctioneers, of Chester, held a most successful sale of freehold property situated in the urban district of Neston. The first property submitted included lots 1 to 8 and comprised the freehold farmhouse and buildings, known as "The New Farm." Hinderton, the whole containing 91a. lr. 37p. or thereabouts. The bidding started at t5,000 and rapidly rose to CG,025 at which figure Mr. Cunnah knocked it down to Mr. W. Fryer, of Leighton. A pasture field containing 3a. Or. 15p. was next offered, and when k260 was reached Mr. John Pemberton, Stockton Heath. Warrington, was declared the buyer. Another pasture field, containing 5a. Or. 27p., fell to the bid of Mr. Peers, Ashfield, Neston, of £ 310, and a pasture field, 2a. 3r. lOp. went to Mr. Jno. Garner, Neston, for £205. A freehold dwelling-house, known as "Upland House" Hinderton, with frontage of about 810 feet to the Raby-road, containing in all 12a. 2r. 37p., was then put up and eventually fell to the bid of Mr. John Gibbons of £ 935. The last lot submitted was an accommodation field, containing 2a. 2r. 17p., situated on the Raby-road with a front- age of about 250 feet, Mr. Bushell be- coming the purchaser of this at £ 235. There was a large and influential atten- dance. the bidding for every lot being most spirited, and the auctioneers are to be congratulated on a most successful sale. Mr. H. Townsend, Rawten- stall, Manchester, and Messrs. R. J. Jones and Sephton, Leyland Buildings, 34, Castle-street, Liverpool, acted as solicitors to the respective vendors. SPRING STORE STOCK AT THE SMITHFIELD. Messrs. Cunnah & Roberts held a most successful sale of grazing stock, dairy cows, and heifers. There were 150 head of stock entered, and they met a very ready sale. Eleven West Highland bullocks from Mr. Swetenham's, made 910 each, Mr. Bellis, Farndon, being the purchaser. Mr. Swetenham also sold a bunch of Galloway and Shorthorn bullocks, the former making £ 12 10s., and the latter 2112,9. 6d. each. Mr. Thomas Smith, Blacon, sent sixteen yearlings which made up to j616 12s. 6d. the pair. Seven yearling heifers from Mr. Rowe's, Goulbourne, met with a quick sale at P,7 5s. each. Mr. Ravenshaw bought five strong two-year-old bullocks at S12 2s. 6d. each. Mr. Gosmore sold sixteen year- ling shorthorn bullocks at an average of £9 2s. 6d. each, Mr. Jones, Poole Hall, being the purchaser. Dairy cows met with a good demand, making up to £ 20 10s. Barrens also met a very brisk trade.
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NESTOR PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY.—Before Messrs R. Bushell (in the chair), C. G. Hope, R. E. R. Brocklebank and Colonel Lloyd. CAUGHT IN THE ACT.—5J. Shone, labourer, Heswall, was summoned for having on the 10th May unlawfully frequented Raby-road, Neston,, for the purpose of bookmaking and betting.-P.C. Ellis stated that about 12.45 p.m. on the day in question he was concealed in a hedge in Raby- road, when he observed a orowd of men and youths standing around defendant. He noticed defend- ant was in conversation with the men, and re- ceived slips of paper from them, also ,money. Witness went up to defendant and accused him of betting. Defendant made no reply, and was after- wards taken to the police station, where, on being searched, numerous slips of paper relating to bet- ting were found. -Defendant, who made no de- fence, was fined 60s. and costs, or a months' hard labour. A DANGEROUS PRACTICE.—Saml. Edge and Wm. Hough were fined 5s., including costs, for firing a gun, to the danger of passers-by, in Oldfield-road, Heswall.—Sergt. Darrock proved the case. A CRUEL HUSBAND.—Frederick Able Col- lier, Eldon-terrace, Neston, was summoned for unlawfully assaulting and beating his wife on the 30th March.—The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. Solly) said the case was before the Court a month ago, and the magistrates considered the case proved— Defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six months in his recognisance of £ 5, and ordered to pay the costs. A DESTRUCTIVE ACT—Saml. Basnett was summoned for doing damage to a window belong- ing to Mrs. Mary Mealor at Parkgate, to the ex- tent of 5s.; also for assaulting Mrs. Mealor on the same date.—Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault, but guilty to the charge of breaking the window.—He was fined 5s. and costs for the assault; also fined 5s. and 2s. 6d. for damage to the window.
CONNAH'S QUAY PETTY SESSIONS. 0 THURSDAY.—Before Messrs. T. Bate, Chas. Davison, John Watkinson, James Reney, and J. Williams. HALF WAY HOUSE, GOL-FTYN.-An application for the transfer of the licence of the Half-way House, Golftyn, to Frederick Palser, was granted. RED LION, RHOSESMOR. Temporary authority was granted to Joseph Jones to sell at the Red Lion, Rhosesmor. DAMAGING GRASS.-Tobn Price, Timothy Wilkes, Samuel Hickman, Peter Tunney, Edward Jones, Arthur Griffiths. Albert Ed. Wilmore, Thomas Ralph, Arthur Joyce, and Joseph Little- wood, all of whom belong to Connah's Quay and Shotton. were summoned for damaging grass at Wepre Hall, to the value of 2s., on the 25th May.—Five only of the defen- dants appeared. Wilkes pleaded not- guilty, while the remaing four pleaded guilty.—Mr. T. W. Hughes, Mold, who prosecuted, said the proceed- ings were taken with a view to putting a stop to trespassing on the land at Wepre. The defendants seemed to think they were entitled to walk every- where, though there were plenty of notice boards cautioning the men against trespassing. Wilkes, though he had pleaded not guilty," was the most guilty of the lot.-P.C. Walter Hill, Shotton, said that m the evening of the day in question, he saw the defendants at different times take a short cut across the grass from one drive to another. He distinctly saw Wilkes, in the company of Price and Hickman (who were absent), walk across the land. The grass was being kept for hay,-P.C. Dempsey corroborated.—Wilkes, who gave evidence on his own behalf, denied that he crossed the grass. The constables were a long way off when he walked down the drive.—The magistrates decided to adjourn the case of Wilkes for the attendance of his com- panions, Price and Hickman, and fined the other defendants 7s., including costs. SENT TO INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS.—Thos. Jones and Elizabeth Edwards, Connah's Quay, were summoned for disobedience of a school attendance order. The Bench ordered that they should be sent to certified industrial schools until the age of 16 years.
FRODSHAM PETTY SESSIONS. 4 WEDNESDAY.—Before Messrs. John Ockleston and W. N. Hutchins. A YOUNG MARKSMAN.—Thomas Yarwood, a 12 year old boy, who lives with his parents at Frodsham Bridge, tearfully pleaded "Not Guilty" to a charge of discharging pieces of lead from a catapult, on a footpath off Bridge-lane, Frodsham, on April 26th.—P.C. Proctor said he saw defendant shooting pieces of lead with a catapult (produced). One piece hit a door close to where witness was standing. He had received several complaints of window-breaking by shots from catapults. He could not say that defendant had broken them.- The lad said he was shooting in a field, and the missiles fell in the field and not in the road. Tke magistrates decided to let defendant off on pay- ment of the cost3 <4s. 6d.) They intimated that if he came again he would be more severely dealt with. SYSTEMATICALLY STARVED."—Peter Hough, labourer, Bradley Hollow, Frodsham, was charged in custody with neglecting his three children, Ada, Mary, and Harold, on the 15th March and other idays. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. — Mr. J. B- Fletcher, solicitor, Northwich, who prosecuted 0)) behalf of the N.S.P.C.C., said the proceedings were taken under the first section of the 1893 Act- The case had been under the notice of the society's inspector since the 17th March. The inspector had warned prisoner on previous occasions. With regard to the baby, he was afraid its death was du0 to neglect. Everything in the way of remonstranceS and warnings had been done by the inspector. Unfortunately, prisoner had not take!* the slightest notice of the warnings. He was aP able-bodied man, and in good health, and could get plenty of work, if he would take it. He waM incorrigibly lazy, and seemed utterly incapable of steady work. He had been discharged for turning up to his work irregularly. Prisoner had a habit of lying in bed in the.mornmg, and sometimes all day' without any reason. If it had not been for the kindly assistance of the neighbours and his wife'3 mother, the children would have been starved. A summons had been taken out against the wife, but had been withdrawn because, he believed, she was niether intellectually nor physically strong, and because she was to some extent a victiia of circumstances.—Inspector Hackett, Warrington, said he warned the man on several occasions. lIe had visited the house several times, and once he found the little girl, aged seven, washing the floor. He had found the baby e xposed to the weather- There was little or no food in the house on any occasion. On May 9th he found the man had left his work of his own accord.—Mrs. Mary Mackay, a neighbour said the prisoner's wife and childreO were systematically starved. She had often given food to the wife.—Anne Mary Eastwood, district nurse, said that during the snowy weather she found the baby in a clothes basket before a little or no fire.—Prisoner said he could not get much work at Frodsham, and the wages were small. He waS willing to do his best.—Prisoner was sent to gaolfot one month with hard labour. DRIVING MINUS REINS.-George Goodwin, a respectably dressed young man, hailing froo Dunham Hill, was charged with driving a horse and roller at Dunham Hill without reins on May 6th. P.C. Bradley proved the case.—A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed. A DOG WITHOUT A LICENCE. joho Morris was fined 10s., including costs, for keeping a dog without a licence at Frodsham, on Mav 9th. A GENERAL MELEE.—Henry Ellaiiis, Gilbfrtl Ellams, Helsby, Edward Cob and John Pattison, Alvanley, summoned each other for assault at Frodsham Lordship, on May 19th, and Harriet Pattison summoned Henry Ellams for assault on the same occasion.—Each of the persons gave evidence of having been assaulted in what appeared to have been a general melee.—The magistrates decided to dismiss the case of Harriet Pattison against Henry, Ellams, and ordered the other four to be bound ovef for six months in the sum of C5. A FAMILY DISPUTE.-Cyi-il and Walter A. Clarke were summoned by their father for stealing B5 8s. 6d. from a bedroom at the Whalebone Inn, Frodsham Lordship, on May 24th.—The Chairman asked, as it was a family matter, if it could not be settled outside the court.—Mr. W. H. Churton, who appeared for the defence, said he thought it could- It was a family dispute about Cloo, left bv com- plainant's first wife. He had spoken to the boy5 and told them they were doing wrong. He would give an undertaking to complainant that would not interfere with him again.—The Bencb dismissed the case. A BELGIUM HARE'S ADVENTURE.- Charles Wyatt, Church-street, Frodsham, appeared in answer to a charge of stealing a Belgium hare, value 5s. 6d., on May 25, the property of the L- and N.W. and G.W. Railway Companies, from Railway Station Yard, Frodsham.—Lewis Evans, relief stationmaster, Frodsham, said that on Sunday afternoon there were three Belgium hares in a crato in the yard. About eight o'clock in the evening one of the hares had gon;P.C. Proctor said tha late on Sunday evening he saw defendant's wife' who gave him the hare.—Defendant said that bØ was in a house near to the station yard. and heard row outside. He went to see what it was and found a number of boys chasing a hare. They were throw- ing stones at it. The hare ran into a corner of tbff wall, and he got over and picked it up and took away. He thought it was wild.—The case waS- dismissed.
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