CHESTUB STEAM LAUNDRY, I VICTORIA ROAD I (CLOSH BY TaB: NOBTHGATE STATION). All the arrangements are on the most approved modern system for Washing, Ironing, Drying, I Packing, &c., and the management mosb efficient W. H. T.TPSHAM, Secretary & Genenl Manr (Chaatar Steam Laundry Co., Ltd.) TELXPHOXE No. 411. Inspection is specially invited on any day excepting Mondays and Saturdays. TBLSPHONX 68. Evans & Co. (Chester), LTD., ,,VI.NLE, & SPIRIT MERCHANTS, I THE EASTGATE, CHESTER. vV I jNT a S & SPIRITS OF SON EST QUALITY. FINDLATER'S NOURISHING STOUT. HEINEKEN'S LAGER BEER. BASS' PALE ALE. P&IOK TLHT ON APPLICATION.
COMMONS ALL-NIGHT SITTING The How of Commons adjourned at 9.15 a.m., after sitting nineteen and a quarter hours.
DELAMEKE JEWELLERY ROBBERY. I fSPEOXAX. TWAGRA I THIEF ACCOMPLICE SENTENCED. I To-day, at North. w*ich, William Houghton, of Sainton, collier, was charged with stealing a gold ling and lccket, belonging to Emily Pixton, Farmers' Anns, Delamere. Evidence shewed1 that prisoner attempted to pledge tiie jewellery in the name of Jones. Th(>t police arrested him, and he admitted that another man had committed the jxsbbery by removing his shoes and oreeping up- stairs. he- prison &r had been seen, naar the inn. The aotuai thief has diasfxpeared. Prisoner was sentenced to three months' liard labour. I v
SPORTING. I POINT-TO-POINT RACES. I Vee also page 5.) I WYNNSTAlf HUNT. I I L ader Nations Hunt Rules, Sir Watkin yun and the members of the W ynnstay Hunt inaugura- ted the first anruiad point-to-point steeplechases near Wynns-tay on Thursday. The atteadanco numbered nearly 3,000 persons, and among those present were the Duke and Duchoas of Westmin- ster, Lord Arthur Gnosvenar, Lord Gholmondeley, Lord Kenyon, Lord Hariech, Colonel Wyndham Quinn, M.P., Sir Watkin. Wi-nn, Misa Wynn, Mr. Owen \\uiiam«, M.F.H., Mr. Hugh Peel. the Hon. Cecil and Pau-ker, Chpt. Efchelston. Col. and Mrs. Courteeiay, Cot and Miss Bulkeley, Capt. and the Hon. Mrs. Lonsdale, Mr. H. Wynne Corn9, Major R. Williams Wynn, etc Prior to the races a iunohaoin was givem by the members of the Hunt to 2,000 invited guasfcs in several im- mense maiquees erected in Wynnstay Park. The officials were;—Committee, Sir W. Wynn, Oapt. R. E.the.ston, Mwrs. C F. K. Mainwaring, G. Frtzhugh, Lord Ken yon, Capt. Heywood Lons- dale; st-ajrter, Lord Harlech; judge. Lord Ken- yon; secretary, Capt. A. L, Pilkington; clerk of the scales Mr. C. F. K. Main waring. The first race was the Wynnstay Hunt Challenge Cup, which has hitherto been run for at the Batiep7 Meeting. T' o Dukd of Wca.tminster gained a very popular victory on his own horse. Colonel Buikeiey's Carlton- Maid broke her leg during the rcoe. and had to be destroyed. fit tho Open Race Capt. Lambert, riding his Dingl^and. met with an accident. At the third jump Ilia horse shied, and the Captain was diusdied against a tree, and fell trc.pless. He sustained concussion of the brain. He was attended by Dr Jonss, of Rhos, and WAS finally conveyed to Wyrmstav. Results: — WYNNSTAY HUNT CHALLENGE CUP. Duke of Westminster's Magnet Owner 1 Sir W. V."yaa'» Rufus Mr G. Cotwn 2 Sir W W. V. yn?. ':) Rafu? Mr G. OotM-n. 2 Mr. S. H. S?db?d & Acr?UoMi. R. T Jo?e? 3 Al-o ran: Mr. A. Wood's Ould Stock, Mr. H. Peel's Nutstown. Mr. R. Kynaatan's Whit worth, Mr. R. L. Greensh-i aid's William Rufus, Colonel R. Buikeley's Carlton Maid. Umt. G.. E. Rick- oiaa's Penelope, M. F. E. Gabon's Elizabeth, and Mr. J. Lloyd's Microbe. FARMERS' RACE. Mr. C. Tannw'L? Saorina. Owner 1 Mr. ￼ TajuMf's & L & r m a O w ￼ ￼ ? 1 Mr. B DaN-ieea Rayton .Owner 2 Mr. W. Brockl?h?rst's GingfT Mr. F. Tanner 3 A'so ran.: Mr. C. Muziraf C..>fuf, Mr. E. E. D?';—' ? Cod.j-. &?! Mr. T. H'o.dcT'x Stre?.x:. OPEN RAOill Sir W. W. WJTUI'S Graduate Mr. G. Cotson 1 Mr W. Lc-vikip,to.-i Sp» Owner 2 Aiso Lo-rd Arthur G^osvenor'a Hannah, Mr. W. Nelson's Athoo. Capt L.i.nu'^rt's Dingle- laad. Mr. H. Blower's Bill Bailey, Mr. Mdsiey Xei £ h s Major, and Mr Cyril. Dewhurst's Ted—■ Ted came in first, but was disqualified.
TARPORLEY HUNT RACES. I -j- -? -1 (Kuti weaneaoay ne<c" ) THE ENTRIES. LADIES' PURSP). Mr. E. A. Jaokson's Slip Strings, bg Mr. 1. Roydeu's Yola bai, Syn? Mr. Samuel MoMorra-Ai's Foriuno Harder, bg. £ vrs Mr. Samuel MoMorran's Shortbread, bm, Col. E. Hopwood's Sir Hubcct II.. 6yrs Banm Tiutzsohic.r's Tom II., aged Miss Warren's Harkaway IV., aged Lord Loseby, 6yrrr TARPORLEY HANDICAP &-rE"EPLEGHASE. Sir P Walker's Flutterer, aged, 12.1t. 7ib. Lord Seften's Lcragtfiocpe, aged, 12at. 6ib. Mr. Barclay Walker's ApoIJmo, 6?m, list. 121 b. Rear-Admiral L?.~ii.bto:s Ruy Lopez, 5"rs lb,t. 10 ib. Lord Sefton 6 Kinrara, 6yrs, list. 7E). Mr. J. Bancroft's Amethyst, 6jrs. list. 6ib. 1\lr. S. McMorraa'.? bg Raohgowa.i, a* 10st. 12.0. Mr J. Corlett? Turbuleni, 5yrs, lOsb. lOIi). Lord Sefton's Caater Horrv?. aged, lJs. 81b. dipt. J- J.. Richardson, i bg D ;nphail, byr3. lOst. 31b. Mr. W. Hall Waikor's Miss Tobo, agad. 7:L. Mr. J. Edward's M^ntstollc. aged, lOst. 71b. Mr. J. Beilv.die'a Princoss Royal IT., a, lOst. &Vn. Mr. B. E. Goodall's liar-i Llld, aged. lOst. 21b. Mr. J. S. Walley's OEnopioif, aged, IOit. Mr. Ki»w!es's Clarkson, 5yr.> (dr) TARPORLEY HUNT STEEPLPJCHASZ Mr. ï. Royden's Vola. Chad, bm, 5yrs Mr. I hzhugh's Mr. Sprigging, hg. 6y"S CoOl. E. Hopwood's Sir Hubert II., 6yrs Col. E. Hopwood's P»rrto, 6.fl1\ Baron Trutzschier's Tom, H., aged Lord Hugh Grotvc^or's BrankcJ^w, 5yrs Mr. W. Paul's Fiaeiia, 6yrs A SELLING STEEPLECHASE PLATE. Mr. Samuel McMorran's Woodchopper, bra, aged Cbl. E. Hopwood's Sir Hubert II., 6yrs Baron Trutzsohler's Tiddledy Winks, aged Mr. A. W. Walton's Winkfields Dower, agei Mr. Ross de wend Fentor.'s IVi no-i.s Victorni- a Mr. W. Paul's Pierre. ag-d Mr. Hugh Peel ? Suinju, 5yra Mr. Hugh Dbarmed, aged CHESHIRE FARMER'S STEEPLECHASE. Mr. Robert Sheptierd's Stormrooloit, 6yrs Mr. John Hollands Sensation II., og. aged Air. J. Chesworth'- Twister II., bg, 5yr-s Mr. J. Chesivorth's Li trie Luoy, Iwu Aged Mr. J.,D. Lloyd's Rapid Rzvir, i».g, 4yn> Mr J., E. Shore's Fearnought Lt., 6yrs Mr. Paul McGregor's? Lampelci", eg. 7yts Mrs. M- Griffith's Muaio Master bg, 4yrs ISr. T. W. NunneHey's Bledlow, agod Mr.- T. W. Nunnerley's Tiger Lil c- II., 5yr& Mr. John Simpson's'Sir Robert If., 5yrs ^lr. John S-mps-ou'a Fairy Rrm, oyrs iir. 4:<yiard Fcamall's Saintly Micliiel, eg, aged Mr William Smith's Blakestown fl.. bg, aged Mr. Edward S JO!l2J"'S Ayaoanotra, b, aged Mr. Kdward S. Jones's Blamey LaM. cm. 4yr9 Mr. R. Hul 'si Lictle Mao ARDMRNE STEEPLECHASE. Mr. T. Biter s Organsdale, (£50) Mr. J. C. Bland's MurLu¡:tlcIl.. 6,t, (£5D: Mr. Ellis Ch nriory'a Countrymaii, 4yrs Mr. J S. Ooi;on-Fo^'s The La;rd, aged Lore Howard 00 Walden'a Centra Board, 5yrs Mr. 0. H Jones's hg Anaiature, 5yrs Mr A. KnowW? C'iarksoi, 5yr; Mr. P. P. Peebles's Sllpthrif^, (>yra Mr. G. P. San day'« Torticn, ageit .Lorct Seoftou's Canter Home, aged (£50) Lord \olverton' Flol" Di CJuba, &yr^ CHESHIRE FARMERS' HALF-BRED STEE PL E CHASE. fv,lr. Robc-t. 8tormrœk"i;, 6} Mr. John Holland's Sensation II., aged Mr. Thoi. Salmon's Amiable II., hm, aged Mr. John S?nmaon's Sister Ro?) II-. aged M!?hn S'm?wn'= Sir Robert IT 5yrs M? J. E. Shore's F?rnong? II.. 6:7? Itfr. Fred L'o?d? Shra?n-?. b?, 'T? Edwa.rd S Joins'? BIamey La.:?. cm. 4yr? gtr. Hodi?on'a I?us Fiov?r. 4yi? Mr. R. Hu! s Littl Mac W-r.. Beecroft s Clerer.e
On Thuftd'.r a big haul of sal'nyMi, weighing ) 2Ib., was eva-rht. in the Dee by Mr. Traynor. The entire' by Mr. Joseph Briokland, 9. BHct.re-street, FLIIVTSHIRE ENGINF.ERS.-Tllesdaynigbt'" "Gazette" contained the folIowin ;-lst Flintshire (Buckley): W. H. Hoc-well, gent.. to be second lien tenant. BOOTS TO ORDER-nüb hand-sewn prin ciple," hut real Hand-sewn, made on the premises by expert workmen in the old-fashioned wav with oak bark tanned Leather thecki ara a comfort, Walking become a pleasure, and the pri.-e is reason- aWe. HEWITT'S, ABBBV GATEWAT. the Old. established Han'sewn Bootmakers.
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY i I The usual monthly meeting of the Royal Agn- J cultural Society of England was held on Wednes- day, at 13. Hanover-square, Lcrd Middleton (pre- sident) in the chaiT. Among those present were Prince Christian, the Earl of Coventry, the Earl of Derby, the Earl of Feversham, the Earl of Joni,y, Lord Moreton, the Hon. C""cil T. Parker, Sir Gilbert Greenall, Sir P. Albert Muntz, M.P., Sir John Thorold, and Colonel Sir Nigel Kings- cote. Sixty new members were elected. The Secre- tary announced that the sooiety's petition for a Supplemental Charter had been granted by tha King in Council on March 30, when instructions bad been given to the Home Secretary for the issue of letters patent under the Grear. Seal. It was hoped that the new Charter would De received very shortly. A motion providing for the annual retirement of cne-thirdl of the members of the council, instead of a tTitmnial general election, proposed by Sir Jaoob Wilson and seconded by Sir Nigel Kinga- cote, was carried by 18 votes to four. A letter having been read from the Italian Am- bassador relative to the proposal of the King of Italy for the establishment of an International Cnamber cf Agriculture, tho council resolved that tho adhesion of the Royal Agricultural S-ociety should be given to the oongreb.S propcsed to be held at Rome to consider this matter. I Reporta relating to the society's forthcoming show to be held at Park Royal, Willesden, N.W., from the 27th to the 30th June next having been I presented, the proceedings terminated.
I WIRRAL GUARDIANS. The last meeting of the old Board of the Wirral Guardians was held at Clatterbridge Workhouse on Wednesday morning, Mr. H. A. Latham (vice- chairman) presiding. Th.3 Workhouse Master (Mr. W. L. Richards) reported that the number of persons in the Work- house was 176, as compared with 171 in the corre- sponding period iaat year. The number of vagrants r'.oved during the past fortnight was 73, aa against 64 last year. From the minutes of the Finance Committee, which were adopted on the motion of the Rev. P. C. Robin, it appeared that cheques had been signed amounting to £ 863. 14s. 9d. The amount of expenditure in outdoor relief was £112. The Rev. Gamble Walker moved that a vote of thanks be given to Mr. Robin, and expressed regret at his retirement from the Board. They all desired, he said, to shew their appreciation of tho interest; ho had taken in connection with the work of the Union. Mr. Earl seconded, and the motion was unani- mously carried. The Clerk (Mr. J. E. S. Ollive) stated that the Local Government Board had written asking for further information and statistics regarding the division of the district. On the proposition of the Rev. Gamble Walker. a vote of thinks was accorded to Colonel Lloyd for the excellent services he had rendered as chairman of the Board during the year.—A similar compliment was paid to Mr. Latham, the vioe-ohairman, on the motion of Mr. Townsend, seconded h j Mr, J. Delamore.
BONUS FOR TEA BUYERS. NESTt) PURCHASER'S CLAIM. IMPORTANT CASE. TT" TT T. or riia xxoaouT J ucige ohand; had before him on Tuesday, at Liverpool County Court, an extra- ordinary action by Mrs. Sarah Peters, of Eldon- terraoe, Naston, against the Koh-i-Noor Tea Co., carrying on business at Newington. Liverpool, in which she sued for the sum of JB1. 5a., the first instilment of a bonus on tea supplied undar a contra.st. by the defendants. Mr. P. N. Stoae appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Layton (instructed by Messrs. Richardson and March) represented defendants. The facts of the case were fully stated by Mr. Stone in hJ6 opening statement. Apparently, he said, the defendants heard of the success of the Nelson Tea Company, and started business on similar lineG. Their method was to send out to each district of Liverpool in turn young women canvassers with tea, to which were attached pamphlets promising bonuses to those who pur- chased their tea, proportionate to the orders they gave. At the time they called at Neston the terms wee to be £ 2. 10s. for those who took one picket w.y. I The Judcje: When? At the end of the year? Mr. Stonj: No, 'in turn. On March 7th, 1904, two young women arrived there and they went first to Mrs. Peters and told her that if she took the tea shJ would receive in her turn a bonus of ;C2. 10s. for one packet, and JE5 for more in ac- cordance with these pamphlets. They further told her <:1,") was die first purchaser in Neston, and therefore wo i'd get her bonus first in three weeks. Mrs. Peters took the tea. and then the traveller went to Mrs. Johnson. who lived next door, re- peated th-> story, and said she would get hers second. On going to plaintiff afterwards, they told her a. simuar story, and stated that she would be third, and would get her bonus in twelve weeks. Th^ e plaintiff took one packet of tea per week. A-. £ r?t the price was sixpence, but latterly they had raised it to sixpence halfpenny. She bad taken it every week since and had not got her bonus yst. the circular which was given to plaintiff .t_ the tea there appeared the following words The Koh-i-Ncor Tea Company give every cuKtomora printed and signed guarintet- that they rcosavtf t!1.?> following valuable cash presents in turaiIf yo j take four packets weekly we guaran- tee E8; it you take three. L6; if you take two. £ 4; if JOe: take- one packet, £ 2. Three weeks after the date on which that woman called, con- tinued Mr. Stone, each of these women received the written. guarantee, which was as follows:- "W^ e thank you for your weekly tea order, and herewith guarantee you the sum of 92. 10s. in your turn (13 per our circular), if you take it legularly. As the famous Koh-i-Noor blend is the very best money can buy, we hope you will reoommrni it to your friends." Then in smaller typo 011 the iiiK document the following occurs "Thus folrr. sent to all our customers (after they have tik-i our tea three weeks), so as to avoid any misunderstanding; also a guarantee that we pay every customer the amount stated in our circulars." This contract, and the statements mado ai the jvinit?-. formed the contract, said Mi. Stone, on which they wei-o suing. The offer was. continued Mr. Stone, to pay substantially within a reasonable cime, 25s. on a 26s. order. Mr. Layton • What do you mean by a reason- able timo"—Mr. Stone Say a year. The Judge: I see that they give a list of names at the end of some of the. circulars of persons to whom they have recently paid bonuses, or to whom they are going to pay them. Stone went on to relate how the first two women on vvnom defendants' representative had called at Neston. and whom he had named, ob- tained their fixst instalments of tho bonus, but not till they had applied at the office for them. The plaint-ff. upon not receiving hers in due eourie, became anxious, and eventually a friend of tiers, a Mr. Parry called at the Birkenhead office and siw a young woman, who told him that the plaintiff was third, and would get her bonus. Ho also ciiied at the Liverpool office, and saw her name ir, t- books as thud on the list. Plain- tiff affcorwari?) put the matter into the hands of the lawyers, with the result that, in reply to a letter from them, defendants wrote that their agreement was to pay this poison in her turn, and that turn was not due, and they declined to pay her til! her t urn came. The promise, said Mr. Stone, wa., almost exactly on the lines of the Ogden bonus ease, and one which they were bound to oarry out. Plaintiff and the two women from Neston who 1 had received the first instalment of their bonus went into the witness-box, a.nd supported Mr. Stone's opening statementi In erosvoTi:;iination, the nature of the defenco djsclo tha.t defendants had thirteen dis- tricts in one of which each week in its turn a bonus was naid to a customer At the 03aelusion of plaintiff's case, Mr. Layton asked for an adjournment to enable him to pro-' a book. The Judg-j said he had to find out whether the woman's turn had arrive-d for her bonus. Had the defendant.? a vestige of evidence to contradict Mr. Layton: I am told that they have paid all the people in t'aeir order. It is a question which affects us very much, because we have. 75,000 cus- tomers Oil cjr books, and we desire an adjourn- ment to enable us to find the travellers who sold the tea, end who have since left defendants' em- ployment. The Juag^: I am net at all sure that this is not a matter "of public interest. Mr. I think we ought to know who the defendant re-ill? is Tho Judge: I slia.11 not adjourn the case unless his name is disclosed. Air. Laytor. • I understand it is Mr. Joseph Dixon. The Is he here? Mr. Layton No. The Jud?e: Is there anyone here who can say wr.o thz>. K(}:<-).:oor Company is? Mr. Layton: Miss Hinkl. the manageress, is here. Miss H'lik:. then stepped into the witness-box, and in reply to Mr. Layton said that she did not know who Mr..Joseph Dixon was; he was the man to whom she paid the money. She took his ordT5. The Judge: Where does he live? The Witn°reI cannot tell you. The Judge: Extraordinary 1 How many people are there in this Koh-i-Noor Company? The Witn^Kj: I cannot tell you. Mr. Ston^ Do you write to Mr. Dixon? The Winers: I never write, to him at all. He I calls daily 3. office, but I never know when he will orcne. I Tho Judg- I will adjourn the case till Thurs- day. 13th is paid into the court within three days judgment will be for pLa.inti.1f..
THE WORLD'S LARGEST DIAMOND. I The biggest diamond in the world (writes a London correspondent) was brought from its jealously-guarded on Tuesday for the inspection of a number of in- vited visitors. The gem contains little in its appearance to suggest its immense worth. To tho inexpert eye it is as unimpressive as an ordinary multi-millionaire. Yet its owners, the Premier (Transvaal) Diamond Mining Com- pany, at whose London dffioe it was on view, esti- mate its value at one million pounds sterling. The "Cullinan" diamond, as the stone is called was found almost by accident in a brand new mine in January last. Tho overseer, an Englishman, ob- serving something shining on the wall of the tITDch that had just boon dug, stretched forth his arm, hooked out the object, and the biggest dia- mond of the first water the world has ever known had been discovered. The finder was rewarded with a bonus of LI,DDO. Experts declare the dia- mond to be not only the largest, but also the finest. In its uncut state tho stone resembles a piece of opaque camphor. It weighs 5,025$oarats. rests on a perfectly flat base four inches long, and measures round its thickest part- eight- inches. The operation of outting. for which special machinery will have to be devised, will cost, it is said. £ 20.009. Some idea of the recoid which the stone ha3 established may b9 gathered from the fact that tho previous biggest diamond the "Excelsior," found at Jagersfontein. weighed only 917 cafat3 The possession of so valuable a stone as the "Cullinan" is not without its embarrass- ments. and one of the first with which the owneis were confronted was concerned with the method of its transhipment to England. The gem was finally despatched by ordinary post, insured for £ 500,000, and until it reached these shores the postal authorities, it is said, were unaware of the valuable article that had been so confidingly en- trusted to their care. Precisely what will be done with the diamond the owners themselves cannot tell. Probably one huge stone will be cut from it. and the remainder of the bulk cut into "small" stones ranging from 100 carats down- wards.
I ETON'S NEW HEADMASTER. I CANON LYTTELTON APPOINTED. After long deliberation and several protracted discussions, the governing body of Eton, at a private meeting held at the House of Commons on Wednesday, elected as headmaster, in suc- cession to Dr. Warre, Canon the Hon. and Rev. Edward Lyttelton, M.A., headma.ster of Hailey- bury since 1890. and Hon. Canon of St. Albans since 1895. Canon Lyttelton was born in London on July 23, 1855; he is the seventh son of the late George William, fourth Baron Lyttelton, P.C., K.C.M.G., and Mary, second daughter of the late Sir Stephen Glynne. He is therefore brother of the present Visoount Cobham, one of the members of the governing body which elected him; to the Rev. the Hon. Albert Victor Lyttelton, who was curate at Hawarden in 1872, vicar of St. Augustine's, Kimberley, South Africa, for five years, and now inoumbent of St. John's, Pent- robin, Flintshire; to General the Hon. Sir Neville Lyttelton, K.C.B., Commander of the Fourth Brigade, 2nd and 4th Divisions, in the South African War, and First Military member of the Army Council since 1904; to the Hon. G. W. Spencer Lyttelton, C.B., private secretary to Mr. Gladstone from 1871 to 1874, from 1882 to 1886, and from 1892 to 1894, who was captain of the Eton eleven, and played for Cambridge; and to the Right Hon. Alfred Lyttelton, P.C., Secretary of State for the Colonies since 1903, and captain both of the Eton and Cambridge elevens, who represented his University in cricket, football, tennis, racquets, and athletic sports, played both cricket and football for England, and was amateur champion of tennis for thirteen years, from 1882 onwards Himself an old Etonian, the new headmaster enjoys, besides the traditions of a distinguished family, a connection with the school he will now help to rule which goes back for several genera- tions. Canon Lyttelton, who will take up his duties at Eton in September, after the summer holidays, went to Trinity College, Cambridge, as a foundation scholar, on leaving school, and took a second class in the classical tripos of 1878. In 1880 he became an assistant master at Wellington College- and was a classical master at Eton in 1882. He was chairman of the Council of the Teachers' Guild for twelve years from 1891, chaplain to the Bishop of St. Albans in 1892, a member of the Commission on Secondary Educa- tion in 1894, and member of the Consultative Com- mittee to the Board of Education in 1900. Among his publications are "Cricket" (1390); "Mother, and Sons" (1892); "Are we to go on with Latin Verses?" (1897): and "Training for tho Young in the Laws of Sex" (1900). He is a member of the M.C.C., a golfer, and is fond of music. In 1888 he married Caroline Amy, younger daughter of the late Very Rev. John West, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, and has two daughters.
I NEW DELAMERE SANATORIUM. I INTERESTING DESCRIPTION. I Tho Crossley Sanatorium for Consumptives in Delamere Forest, whichi will probably be opened formally by the King in July, already contains patients. Beforo many months are over :t is hoped that most of the ninety beds which the hospital provides will be occupied M" W. J. C-rossley has buiit a magaifioent sanatorium, and lias handed it over, fully furnished and ready for use. to the Manchester Hospital for Consumption. The re- sponsibility for its future maintenance rests upon this institution. The endowment fund now amounts to about £ 57,000, and provid es an income of about El 800. There remains a balance of £ 4,200 a year to be made up. It is reckoned that the ninety beds will aooommodate two hundred patients in the year. The sanatorium oeou-ple,3 an elevated position at the northern comer of the Ctown Land in the forest, with the health-giving pints ail around. About 66 acres of land are in- cluded in tho leaso from the Crown, and the buddings are two miles dU3 north of Mouldsworth Station, Tho terrace on which the hospital stands is 480ft. above sea. level, and to tho south, tho ?, a-?i d to sout',I, l ie, east and the wtet thoro are magn:iic'it views of the great Cheshire plain. On fine days the Welsh hills are very plainly seen. Tho near foreground is forest, through which beautiful VISMS have bee!l cut. About ten acres of lawii have boen cleared, and sown and planted with ornamentai shrub*. The facade of the main building is exactly one li,,In d re d ?-ar d ,-i hundred yards in length. The Sanatorium" faces almost due south, and the windows of all the patients' room." open down totthe floor. To the south of tho hospital are placed shelters for open- air treatment. Some are fixed, and some revolve each holds either two or four patients. In tho Delamere Sanatorium ail the. newest and most advanced methods of fighting consumption have been adopted. Caro has been take: also to provide opportunity for research work. The honorary medical staff of the Manchester Hosoital for Consumption and Dr. Lloyd Smith, the new medical director, have arranged tho best-known appliances both in the throat-room and the laboratory, in the hope that increased knowledge will result from their use. The rooms for the patients, as dre-ad.r stated, are placed on the soutit side of th.3 building. There are twenty-four rooms with single beds, one with two beds, ten wards with four be-dk and four wards with six beds. Two large sitting-rooms, with doctor's rooms and offioo. aro also in this part of the building. Behind these are 1ong, wide oomdors. while all lavatories and baths, together with the lifts, are on the north side. At the east and west ends aro various storerooms and offices. The cellarage is extensive, and here are piaoed the douche baths and the X-ray plant. From the main building a covered corridor leads to the chapel and the dining hall, beyond which aro the kitchens, nurse-s' and servants' dining halls, store- rooms a.ad puntriee.. The patients' dining hall :s separated from tho chapel by the main corridor. The chapel will provide accommodation for 150 persons. Thq Nurses' Home stands about eighty yards from tile main block, and provides accommodation for ii&ises and servants. This building, with its forty-six rooms, would make quite a little hospital in itself, but it has purposely been made much larger than present requirements demand, in tho anticipation that extension of the hospital on the chaljpt principle may render moie nurses and ser- vants necessary. The laundry, engine and boiler hou-M gas plant, ba?terioiogical department and mortuary, stablas and eotta-?e? stand on the north s'de of the main road. Two cottages have been built for attendants. The laund ry is on the newest lines. Separate machinery has been pio- vided for the clothes of patients and the staff, but everything will pass through a disinfector befora entering the laundry at all. Adjoining the laundry stlLnds the engine-house, vrh.ch contains two different classes of plant for the electric light- ing uf the hospital, one steam-driven and the other driven by gas. Next is the boiler-house, with two steam boilers. All tho heating of the hospital, as well as the hot-water supply for baths and the steam for cooking, is provided from these boilers. Beyond all these stands the sewage works about 500 yards to the south-west. Here bacteriological treatment has been adopted, while eight. acres of sloping ground have been secured for the final land filtration process. Oniy the pump-house remains to be mentioned. Here a well has been sunk to a depth of 504ft. below sea level. While Mr. Crossley has been responsible for the buildings and the arrangements generally. Mrs. Crossley has arranged the furnishing and decorations—no light task. It may be added that tho elevation of tho main building is faced with red Ruabo i bricks 1m to the first floor. Th0 upper storeys are lough-casted in white spar, with red-brick quoins and string3. All the buildings are :oof od wit.11 Rua-bon tiles. The original esti- mate of the cost of the sanatorium was £70.000, but thigI sum. w? understand, has been consider- &My exed.
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FLINT PETTY SESSIONS. FLINT SESSIONS. I WEDNESDAY.-Before the Mayor (Major Dyson), Messrs. J. L. Muapratt, E. J. Hughes, and Joseph Hall. CRUELTY TO A HORSE.-James Pilling, of I the Beast Market. Wrcxham was summoned at the instanoe of the R.S.P.C.A. for cruelly ill- treating a horse. Inspector Ralph Fryer, Wrex- ham, stated that at 3.15 on the 17tfy March he was in Chester-road, Flint, and saw a mlin named Thos. Dobbins in charge of a bay gelding attached to a oart laden with old iron. Dobbins had great difficulty in getting the animal along. He ex- amined the horse and found it in a very emaoiated condition, and on removing the harness found an old wound on the withers which was of long standing. The horse was weak and unfit for work. Dobbins said ho paid 2s. fed. a day for the horse. -Inepector Williams, Flint, corroborated as to the state of the horse.—John Fox, a sergeant of police stationed at Wrexham, corroborated Fryer's statement.—In defence, Pilling said Dobbins did not work for him. but hired the horse for 2s. 6d. a day.—Oliver Pickering. Wrexham, said the horse was in good condition when it left the stables on the 17th March, and there were no sores upon it.—Samuel Jones (Wrexham) said the horse was fit to do a day's work, and Thomas Williams, hawker, Wrexham. said the horse was in a first-class condition.—The Mayor said it ap- peared to the Bench that the horse was unfit for work, and Pilling was fined JBl and cost, SEPARATION GRANTED.—Thomas Owen, of Oakenholt, Flint, for whom Mr. T. W. Hughes appeared, applied for a separation from his wife on the ground that she was an habitual drunkard. Mr T W. Hughes said it was a most important case, inasmuch as it was the first case that had been brought in that court under section 5 of the Licensing Act, 1902. Thomas Owen, the appli- cant, was a farm labourer, and had been married 28 years. There were eight children of the marriage, the oldest 26 and the youngest' about 10. For some years the wife had given way to drink, and the house was in a filthy condition.— The applicant said his wife had been drinking for 14 or 15 years, and was getting worse instead of better. The children had to wash and clean themselves, and her language in the house was bad.—Inspector Williams said he found the house most deplorable. There were no bed clothes, and it was not fit for human beings to live in. An animal even would kick at it. The wife was a dirty, drunken woman.—Defendant said her husband had left her six times before she ever thought of drink. She was about 11 years his wife when he left her and sold his horse and ep-rt.-Asked by tho Magistrates' Clerk whether she would go to a home, defendant said she would not, but her son would keep her.—The Bench ordered that the applicant, Thomas Owen. be no longer bound to cohabit with his wife, that the applicant have the legal custody of all the children, and that the applicant pay to the chief of polioe stationed at Flint for the time being a weeklv sum of 5s. "BRAG AND BOUNCE."—Four youths. named Walter Bennett, Church-street, David Morris, Chapel-street, Peter Campbell, Summer- hill, and William Butler, Halkyn-street, were summoned for playing cards in Lower Sidney- street on the 30th March. Inspector Williams stated that the defendants came on the 6.30 a.m. train on the 30th March, and he found them at 7.30 that morning playing a game called Brag and Bounce." There was lid. on the ground, which money he took possession of. They all ran away but Bennett. The Mayor severely cautioned the defendants, informing them that he had been told that a good many of the men that worked at Connah's Quay gambled away a lot of their money.— The Bench inflicted a fine of 10s. and costs against each, and hoped it would be a lesson: to others as well as to themselves. The costs amounted to 7s. in each case.
I HOCKEY. I CHESTER v. SALE. I JLnis match, played at Chester on Saturday, resulted in a victory for the visitors by five goals to one. =
GOLF. I CHESTER CLUB. ine March (Box) Sweep resulted in a win for Mr. R. E. Jones, who took two-thirds of the sweep with two down. The following are the best cards. Match handicaps in brackets:- R. E. Jones (8). 2 down E. W. Swetenham (11) 3 „ C. B. Toller (11) 3 11 H. G. Feilden (14) 3 W. D. Jolliffe (6).? 4 A. H. Evans (16). 5 R. Kellock (10) 7 F. W. Hayes (2) 8 „ U. B. Corbett (11) 8 The final for the six months' (Box) Sweep (Sept. to March) resulted in a win for Mr. F. O. Evans, who claimed the reserved sweep with one up. Mr. I R. Kellock was second with two down. BAUAE CLUB. I The monthly competition (bogey) of March was I won by Mr. Cartwright, with two down, Mr. Garde I being second, three down. The following were I among the best cards :— E. H. Uartwright (7) 2 down J. D. Garde (8). 3 A. Hornby (24). 5 P. S. Brook (19) 6 C. Cooper (20) G J. A. McMichael (18) 7 „ J. A. Hirst (8) 7 to CHESHIRE LADIES' CLUB. I rue x orlcsmre uounty and Cheshire County ladies' match was played on Tuesday morning at Hoylake on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club links by kind permission of the committee. The course was in beautiful order, and the Yorkshire players were enthusiastic in their admiration of it. Result:— CHESHIRE. YORKSHIEK. Miss Dod 0 Miss Heel 1 MissN. A. Graham 0 Miss Thompson 1 Miss D. Chambers 0 Miss NoeUer 1 Miss Crowther 1 Mrs. H. Lister 0 Miss J. S. Spence 1 Mrs. Fowler .0 Miss Wall 1 Mrs. Archibold Smith. 0 Mrs. Leader. 0 Miss Barran 1 3 4 Yorkshire won by four matches to three.
BILLIARDS AND WHIST. I .—— 0 CHESTER & COUNTY UNIONIST CLUB I v. CREWE CONSERVATIVE CLUB. I Ihe return matches were played at Chester on Saturday and resulted in a win tor Chester at billiards by a majority of t)7 and for Crewe at whist by a majority of 17. After the games an enjoyable smoking concert was instituted by Mr. R. W. Jones, the chair being taken by the hon. secretary (Mr. W. Wray), who, in announcing the result of the matches, extended a hearty welcome to the visitors. This was responded to by Mr. H. Platt (chairman Crewe C.C.). The following mem- bers contributed songs :-Messrs. W. Heelor, E. Jones, and J. Warburton (Crewe), A. S. Dutton, W. Davies, P. Stone, and R. W. Jones. Messrs. A. E. Dutton and R. V. Bruno gave a violin and guitar duet), while Mr. J. T. Dezin was the accom- panist. Scores:— BILLIARDS. C. & C. U. C. CREWE C. C. J. Speakman 150 T. Jones 149 A. MacLean 150 W. Cooper 106 W. H. Lipsham. 150 G. H. Heath 70 J. R. Harrison. 133 J. Ward 150 W. H. Roberts 133 J. Lowe 150 J.Railton. 121 J. Warburten 150 A. S. Dutton 135 J. Brocklehurst 150 C. P. Jones 150 O.Lloyd 129 C.LArkte 150 W. Lyons 126 W. H. Walters 94 J. Murray 150 A. E. Jarvis 119 P. Huson 150 A. C. Lock wood 150 G. Meadows 58 1635 1538 Majority for Chester, 97. WHIST. A. C. Lockwood 1 9, W. Morgan J. Rallton. f- W. Sephton f 19 W. Tullock ) J. Warburton )? ?. G. Mason f '? A. 8urride J- F. W. WaUworth ? ? P. Huson ) 01 W. Wmy /? H. p?tt. 121 P. H. Davies H. Platt .f )21 D. Heap )12 J. Clarke f U. Mansfield f H. K ) 1n W. Lyons.) 11 J. JMott.J? F.AnteU .? 67 84 Majority for Crewe. 17. j CHESTER WHIST LEAGUE. ST. BARNABAS'S v. ST. FRANCIS'S.— Played at St. Barnabas's. Score :— ST. BARNABAS. ST. FRANCIS. W. Whetnall ),,o -T. Cahill )21 W. H. Whetnall. f' G. Goulding. f W. Barton 11R J. Handley. Ui J. Savage f C. Reynard. T. H. Jenkins. 121 T. Rafferty |\119Q R. Mason .I ? J. J. Rahill ;? W.Turoch 11 J. Hiergins 1.19 S. G. Mason .f F. Fowles ) W. 0. France 1 1,2 W. Nolan ) T. P. Tushmgham f J. Thornton. f W. Ellis .).g J. Whelan.) 21 E. F. Howell f18 W. Jarvis. f 109 122 Majority for St Francis's 13. CAMPBELL MEMORIAL HALL v. ST. WERBURGH'S. -Played at Campbell Memorial Hall. Score :— CAMPBELL HALL. ST. W. Bellamy -}21 J. Clunan 1 ,ft R. Page. ? J. P. Gallagher f W. Mercer \21 T. Feeaey ￼ W. F. Cooper ;? W. Q,uinn H. Thomason \91 J. Beatty 1 B. J. Kokalblas T. Dolan "g G. Johns ? T.He&ney"?')? J. Tushingham J J. Beatty j ?! E. Jackson .) ? E.Evan9 )f?,< P. Lythgoe Jlb J. Flynn .? T.Huxley. 11 A. Quinn V 7 HiDentith J. McDermott ￼ 1 I 104- 93 Majority for Campbell, 11. CHESTER WHIST LEAGUE. FIN4T TABLB OF RESULTS. Hayed. Won. L't, D'n. For. Agst. Pt& *St. Francis's;, 16.14. 2. 0.179&1441.28 St. Barnabas's 16 ..11. 5. 0.1778.1491.22 St. Werburgh'a is. 9. 7. 0.1S41.1577.18 Hand bridge 16. 9. 7. 0.1599..1587.18 Old St. Mary's C.C. 16 9. 7. 0.1649.1S44.18 Campbell Mem. Halll6 6. 9 1.1591.1662 13 St. John's .16. 5.11. 0 ..1573.1703. 10 tObes. Bearer Co,16. 5.11. 0.1423.1722. 9 3.12. 1.1480.1705. 6 Winners. Season 1903-1904. f t One point deducted for breach of rules.
I BUCKLEY PETTY SESSIONS. I THURSDAY.—Before, Messrs. John Watkinson (in the chair), Henry Hurlbutt, junr., Jonathan Catherall, and Herbert Watkinson. NEW LICENSEES—Protection orders were ap- plied for and granted to Charles Price, Royal Oak, Penyfford; and William Henry Dean, The Grand Stand, Burnt Wood, Buckley. ANGRY WOMAN AND FLAT IRON.— Kate Sheldon, married woman, of Gerrard's Houses, Ewloe-place, Buckley, summoned Emma Gerrard, married woman, of the same address, for assaulting her on the 17th February. By way of cross summons Mrs. Gerrard charged Mrs. Sheldon with assaulting her child, Anne Sheldon, and with using threats to- wards herself. Mr. J, B. Marston (Mold) appeared for Mrs. Sheldon, whose evidence was to the effect that on the 17th February, Annie Gerrard came to her house and said Mrs. Sheldon. your boy is bitting me." She replied that this was impossible as the boy had gone to school. The girl persisted and she sent her away. Mrs. Gerrard rushed into witness's house and shouted I'll kill you." She seized witness by the chest. Mrs. Gerrard attempted to strike her on the head with a flat iron, but she lifted up her arm to ward off the blow, in consequence of which her arm was so burnt that she had to be attended by Dr. Fraser. Witness communicated with the police, and immediately took out a summons against Mrs. Gerrard. In support of the cross-summons, Mrs. Gerrard said Sheldon's boy was continually throwing stones at her children as they passed to and from school. When the girl went to complain on the day in question, Mrs. Sheldon beat her about the bead. When she was told of what had taken place she went to see Mrs. Sheldon. She didn't go into the house but only in the yard. When she asked Mrs. Sheldon what she had done to the child, she replied I'll de the same for you," and threatened to split her head open with a piece of wood. She (Mrs. Gerrard) had, in her excitement, run out of the house, carrying a flat iron she had been using, and she raised this in self defence.—After a patient bearing the Bench fined Mrs. Gerrard 2s. 6d. and costs, and dismissed the cross-summonses.
SIR o. AND LADY HARTOPP. DIVORCE SUIT UNDEFENDED. I Sir C. K Cradock Hartopp applied on Monday to the Divorce Court for a dissolution of his marriage with Lady Millicent Florence Eleanor Cradook Hartopp, daughter of Mr. Charles H. Wilson, M.P., of Hull, on account of her mis- conduct with Earl Cowley. The case had been set down for hearing before a special jury, but it was decided to dispense with the jury, and the suit was undefended.. The same parties appeared in a suit before the Court in November, 1902, when there were cross-petitions, both of which were dismissed. Mr. Duke. K.C., and Mr. Barnard now appeared for the petitioner, Mr. Priestley, K.C., and Mr. Willock for the re- spondent, and Mr. Gill, K.C., and Mr. Pritchard for the co-respondent. Mr. Duke, in opening the case for the peti- tioner, said the marriage took place in 1895. In 1900 differences arose. Sir Charles complaining of his wife's conduct, with a person whose name need not bo mentioned. Lady Hartopp was then stay- ing in the country, and she resented the complaint by refusing to rejoin her husband in Seymour- street. She remained away during the whole of that winter, spending some part of it with her relations, and in the course of that winter she set up a hunting establishment at Gadsbv, near Melton Mowbray. The principal incidents which were the subject of the former petition occurred at Gadsby. Lord Oowley had been known to Sir Charles and Lady Hartopp and members of their family, and in the winter of 1900-1 he had a hunt- ing place at Baggrave Hall, Molton Mowbray. While Lady Hartopp was living at Gadsby and he at Baggrave Hall they became exceedingly inti- mate-so intimate that at Gadsby Lord Cowley became practically "the man of the house." He was consulted with regard to a great variety of matters. He was with Lady Hartopp in her boudoir, and was there at luncheon and dinner, and she sometimes slept at his residenoo. During that time (April, 1901) Lady Hartopp, through her solicitor, approached Sir Charles Hartopp with a proposal that he should put her into a position to divorce him, and suggested the pay- ment of £ 20,000. This was what might be called the purchaso money of her freedom from the matrimonial tie. That proposal was rejected by Sir Charles Hartopp. He (counsel) thought it was twice advanced either by Lady Hartopp or on her behalf, and it was advanced at a time when unquestionably she was on very intimate terms indeed with Lord Cowley. The intimacy with Lord Cowley extended throughout the sum- mer and autumn of 1901, and became exceedingly close in the winter of 1902. The costs in con- nection with Sir Charles's unsuccessful petition in 1902 amounted to several thousands of pounds. After the petition, counsel went on to say. Sir Charles wrote to Lady Hartopp and proposed to her to let bygones be bygones, to take the view that the jury had taken, and that she should return to him. That proposal was very peremptorily de- clined. The overtures extended from four to five months, and the ultimate result was that Lady Hartopp was quite firm in her determination not to return. In this decision it was almost. impos- sible to suppose that Lord Cowley's influence was not a governing factor. It. became known to Sir Charles Hartopp in 1903 that the Wilson family were not in LondOn, and that Lord Cowley under ordinary circumstances would not have been in London. Both Lord Cowley and Lady Hartopp came to London, and Sir Charles had their residences watched, but without result. In 1904 Sir Charles knew that the intimacy between Lady Hartopp and Lord Cowley continued. Both came to London, and on October 6 a very remarkable meeting took place between Lady Hartopp and Lord Cowley-the first of a series of meetings. Counsel then gave an account of what was observed. He understood, he said. that on the evenings to which he referred Lord Cowley usually left his house in a motor brougham, and on re- turning alighted from it at a convenient distance and walked', in order that he might. be the less readily identified. On one occasion, finding him- self watched, he took a devious way home. He went first towards Audley-strcet. then to Oxford- street, and thenoe drove to the Turf Club. When alighting there a witness who had been watching sooke to him. so that his identity was established. These meetings led to the filing of the petition. and when Lady Hartopp was served with the petition at Gadsby she said she was expecting it. She said it would have been fitting if Sir Charles- had let her divorce him, and she made- sonio remark about selfishness. Sir Charles Hartopp gave evidence in support of counsel's statement. Mr. Barnard put in a number of letters which had passed between the petitioner and his wife. bearing out his statement that he had appealed to her to oomo back to him, but that she had refused. Inquiry agents' assistants and others stated the result of their observations. A solicitor's clerk said when he served the pefsition. on the respondent she said, "What a shame it is that Sir Charles did riot let me divorce him." She afterwards a&ked why his companion, Mr. Williams, was with wit- ness, and he said. "I wanted Williams here for identification. He you come out of 11, South Audley-street with Lord Cowley on the 2&th." Then Williams said, "I also saw Lord Cowley come out of a house where you were on the fo.Iowin g nighl" Mr. Duke then ns-ked for a decree nisi. The President: No comment is needed in this matter. The facta speak for themselves, and theps will be a decree nisi. What about costs? Mr. Duke: I ask for costs against th& oo. respondent? Mr. dent.^dent: Do you apply for costs against anyone else? Mr. Duke: No, my lord.
HUNTING. I LAST MEETS OF THE SEASON. I SOUTH CHESHIRE. Mr. Corbet's fixture for Friday was Wilkesley Village to finish the season. The company was not quite so large as usual, it being the Grand National day at Liverpool. Too Duke of West- minster. the Marquis of Linlithgow, atld Mr. Hugh Peel were among those who preferred hunting to racing. After several covers had been drawn blank, with the exception of one which held a vixen, hounds forced a fine dog fox from Broomhall, which took the field a nice but slow hunt to Combermere, where he ran hounds out of scent. They soon found again in the Cocked Hat cover in CGmoormere Park. After a short ring he took a nice line in the direction of Ash, but after crossing the Wilkesley read, our fox set his mask for Shavington. Here. the day ended, hounds having to return to kennel without, blood. NORTH CHESHIRE. I Oulton Park was Mr. Wilson's fixture to finish the season on Saturday, and a great crowd there was, many strangers being present who had come on from Liverpool. We soon found a fox at Bud- worth Pool, which took hounds at a great pace past the Wall at Oulton up to Eaton village. Here he got headed on the road. Swinging round to the right he ran nearly to Cotebrook and back to the Mosses at Oulton. whence hounds hunted over the Tarporley road, across Mr. Bickley's training ground and then right-handed to Budworth, where he was lost after a nice hunt, during which hounds at times ran at a great paoo. Philo Gorse responded with the right article. A fine fox was quickly away past Page's Wood, then left-handed to Oulton Low. Going straight through Wettenha.11 Wood to Ashbrook our fox ran down to the Weaver as if he meant Minshull Vernon; but after crossing the water he turned up hill and ran along the Dingles up to Over old church. Here he was lost after running before hounds about one hour and thirty minutes. There was plenty of grief, but nothing of a serious nature. We found another fox in Blake- don which ran across to Budworth to ground. Hounds were then taken home after a grand dav's sport to finish with. BLUECAP. I
MESSRS. WILLANS & ROBINSON, LTD. I HALF-YEAR'S LOSS: THE QUEEN'S I FERRY WORKS. The halt-yearly meeting was held on Wednesday at the Cannon-street Hotel, London, Mr. Mark Robinson presiding. In moving the adoption of the report, the chairman said that he had to bring before the shareholders worse figures than any which the history of the company had previously recorded, but he had also to ask them to analyse the figures with some care, so that, while on the one hand they might be urged to new efforts by the undoubted gravity of the position, they might not, on the other hand, have those efforts weakened by undue discouragement. It was for this reason that attention was called to the fact that. while the books showed a loss for the six months of no less than 242,771 the real money loss was considerably smaller-under 919, 000. It might be held by some that, in such times as the company had been passing through, the writing down of premises, plant, and stock might be suspended, or, at any rate, carried on less rigorously. The board felt confident, however, that they would have the approval of the more far-sighted of the shareholders in the bolder policy of extenuating nothing, even if the consequent increase of the debit balance postponed to a later date the payment of dividends. With regard to the Rugby works, there were prospects of improvement in the engine business, and of some return towards remunerati ve prices. The board also held very hope- ful views of the Company's new steam turbine engines. Arrangements had been made with the Hon. C. A. Parsons, the inventor of the steam turbine in its present form, which removed all fear of litigation, and placed that gentleman's experience at their service without burdening their manu- facture to a serious extent. As to the Queen's Ferry works, as soon as Mr. G. W. Anderson, one of the new directors, had studied the situation there, he recommended that the steel works should be re-opened. This was done at the beginning of the year, and, if present appearances might be trusted, those works were likely to pay their full share of the necessary general charges of the place and to yield a substantial profit. During the time that the furnace was shut down, the wide interest already felt in their steel bad opportunity to develop, so that they had been enabled to re-start with a market in large part already made. Both the Admiralty and the War Office shewed interest in the company's speciality, and all the auguries were favourable. Respecting boiler making, there bad been sufficient orders to justify working in pre- ference to closing down, and the board's hope was that, when there was such an output as would reasonably fill the shops, each boiler would be able to bear its fair share of the general charges, and yet shew a profit. It was for the sake of fully testing this question, and with the hope of bringing about so desirable a result, that they thought it wise to keep the works open rather than to close them altogether. Mr. F. W. Clarke seconded the motion. A long discussion followed, in the course of which several shareholders expressed dissatisfaction with the report, while others pointed out that the condition of trade must be held largely responsible for the failure to make profits. Mr. Anderson gave particulars of what was being done at the Queen's Ferry works. He said that. since the beginning of the year, they had made 1,743 tons of steel, of which they had sold 1,453 tons. The result so far had been up to his expectations, and there was every prospect tE ?t that department would become a valuable part of the business. The report was eventually adopted with one dissentient.
HESWALL. I PRIZES WEST KIRBY SHUW -At the Pigeon, Dog and Poultry Show, held at West Kirby on Tuesday, Mrs. Anthony Bower took a first an d second in the toy dog class VI it h her King Charles spaniel, the victory baing a very popular one. Mrs. Chadwick won a third in the wire-haired terrier class. In poultry Messrs. Pen- nington and- Sons not only won two firsts and two seconds in thei Plymouth Rocks, but carried off the special for the best cock in the show, and trie special for the best bird in the show. The latter bird beat the Brussels prizewinner.
LITTLE SUTTON. I BAND OF HOPE.—The end of the winter session was celebrated on Tuesday evening, when some 130 sat down to tea m the Wesleyan school- room. There followed a publio meeting, pre- sided over by the Rev. H. J. Craig. A pro- gramme consisting of recitations, etc., was contri- buted during the evening. Miss Barron pre- sented prizes to the following:—Girls 1st prizes, Annie Lee, BeUe Rushton, May Rushton, Ethel Kendall, Emily Kendall, Aonie Moulton, Daisy Mculton; seconds, N. Griffith, Maggie Jones, Daisy Legge, Gerty Legge, Ethel Lauijenoe, and Edith Roberts. Boys: 1st prizes, Wm. Worsley, Wm. Dixon, Wm. Trueman; seconds, Ernest Bowyer, and Robert Laurence. el
CONNAHJS QUAY. I BAND MEETING.—The annual meeting of tho Prize Band was held at the Quay House Hotel on Wednesday evening, Mr. Marriott pre- siding. The hon. secretary (Mr. H. W. Wright) submitted the balance-sheet, which shewed re- ceipts amounting to £ 41. Is. 3d., and there was a slight debit balance. The election of a president was postponed pending a reply from Mr. F. B. Summera. who is at present OIl the Continent. The following vice-presidents were appointed:- Messrs. E. G. Copley, W. Davies, C. B. Beggs, T. Marriott, James Prinoeand E. Blane. The hon. treasurer (Mr. T. Mathias) expressed a de- 'I r,3 14() resign, and Mr. Jose sire to resign, and Mr. Joseph Harris, Aahgrove, Shotton, was appointed to the office. Mr. Wright was unanimously re-elected hon. secretary, and the following were elected to form the commit- tee:—Messrs. S. Dobson, R. J. Williams, E. Wil- liams, E. Garland, R. Gerrard, R. Edwards, R. Peters, J. T. Prinoe. D. Ferguson, and W. MoNaught, representing the publio; and Messrs. C. Hewitt, E. Oldfield, E. S. Edwards, W. Hughes and W. Davies, representing the band. A cor- dial vote of thanks was accorded the officers for their services.
BUCKLEY. FREE LIBRARY.—At a meeting of the com- mittee, held on Wednesday, the Rev. T. M. Rees was unanimously re-elected chairman for the en- suing twelve months, and Mr. James Newton was Te-appointed to the vice-chair. A cordial vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Thomas Jones (Board Schools) for his gift of a clock. The tender of Mr. Robert Peters (builder) to iorect a barrier in the library at a cost of £ 11. 15s., was accepted. A draft statement of accounts was submitted and approved, shewing receipts £ 323. 8s. 2d., expendi- ture. £ 231. 13s., credit balance 291. 15s. The thanks of the committee were accorded to Mr. J. Herbert Lewis, M.P., and Mr. Fred Gnffiths (Daisy Hill) for gifts of books. The caretaker haying reported that youths were in the habit of bringing works of fiction of their own into the library to read, the committee resolved that no literature be brought into the library other than that supplied by the library. It was resolved that the use of the upper room be granted to the Buckley Free Churches Tontine Benefit Society for four nights per annum at the rate of 2s. 6d. per night. The committee adopted the recom- mendation of the Finance Conimittet, of the Ur- ban Council that j34 cf the proposed increase in the salary of the clerk be contributed by the library authority.
NESTON. NEW AND ELEVATED PUBLIO SERVANT —Mr. George Jackson, for many years the Neston postmaster, has this week placed a publio clock in the ornamental tower which he has erected in connieotion with the new building adjoining the post-office. The parish church clock, though a most trustworthy and reliable publio servant, can unfortunately only be seen from a. small portion of High-street, and the new clock, which occupies an important position, looking on the Cross and main thoroughfares, should prove a great boon to the general publio. The latter will no doubt duly appreciate the postmaster's kindly and dis- interested action. AN INCOMPLETE CAT—The little miss who described the domestic oat as a creature w'ith nine lives and a leg at each corner, would find her definition wrong as regards one of the species which has just made its appearance at Neston. The new animal, which has reached tho mature age of three days, and is putting up at the Golden Lion Hotel, has two hind legs, but Nature has forgotten to add the usual legs at the other cor- ners, and the little creature, which is being pre- served as a curio, seems destined to go through life as a biped. Whether it will learn to walk in human fashion or will make its way about the world after the style of a kangaroo remains to be seen. It arrived alone, and is a fine healthy kitten with a. distinct future before, it.
HOLT. KENYON HALL.—Oa Monday a very success- ful sinokmg concert was given under the able guidance ot Mr. Bownass, who arranged the pro- gramme and acted as accompanist during the evening. The concert was a great- advance upon the last in every respect; the arrangements were excellent, the programme was well diversified, and the singers shewed evident signs of preparation, all of which contributed a share, to the success. The attendance was all that could be desired, see- ing that only members were allowed, for nearly 100 people were. present. A great feature of the evening, due to the kindness of Mr. Edwin Bellis, was the distribution of tea, coffoe and cake during an interval, while the same gentleman generously provided a huge box of cigarettes for consump- tion, or rather incineration, during the evening. A very hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Bellis, Mr. Bownass, the singers and the voung ladies who OLSFC'ibuted the refreshments testified to the ap- preciation of their efforts by all present. The programme, which was entirely supplied by local talent, shewed some indications of good though latent, vocal power. It was as follows :Vhat shall our songs be to-night?" J. Bownass; "Kiliie- crankie," J. Barnes; "Ho thought of his Home," J. Tilston; "Out in tho lonely deep." T. Arm- strong; "Irish Emigrant," W. Capper; "Loch Lomond J. G).?n; "Mary Ann's refused m? C Aimstrcng; "Wird Mill, C. Holmes; "Beue Mahone," X Dutton; "Queen of the Earth." T. Maho.?. "B? ?oBe! J. Green; "Land of Hope and Glory. A. Tapp; "All the little Japansy faces," J. Tilston;"Whistiin Rilftis,li. McClure; "Rose of Allandale," T. J. Pritchard; "Little Brown Jug,J Barnes; "Good Old Jeff E. Huxley; Tiro Pilot," C. Holmes "The Anchor's Weighed, W. Capper; "Juanita," N. Dut.ton; I-las anyone soon a moving job," C: Armstrong; "Flight of Agco." W. Capper; T: AVa.rrnsley.
M ALP AS. i T GOUNCIL.-Tha monthly meeting was held 011, Tuesday, Mr. Danily presiding". The-re wre present Messrs. G. B Morgan, H. T. Hesketh, W. Ankers, A. McIntyre, J. Tom. linsou, F. Allm.an (water inspector), and W. Bcnt- ley (clerk).—A letter was read from Mr. Peerman. "with reference to the fencing of the watering pits. on the Che&eer-road, statiug that he would, as far as consistent with public safety, carry out the wishes of the Council.—No communication, the. Clark, stated, hau been received from the Postal authorities with reference to the earlier delivery of letters from Mai pas in Clk-ster.-The Chai-mau- said? the surveyor was probably inquiring into, the ma.tt.er.-NIr; TomJinson said he had been told bv persons who lived in the immediate vicinity of t lie- Post -office 3Ii Chester tha,t letters from Maipas were not ctelivered until four or five o'clock at night, which was altogether too late for liusiness purposes. It was decided to pay Mr. Gladdy an honorarium for his services, in taking the fire en, I gine on the way to the fire-at. the Sam, and the thanks of the Council were passed to hin^ —It WAS, decided to. call the attenti-jn of the tenallts in the district to the continued" defective character the stiles cm the footpaths.—At the subsequent parochial meeting Mr. Mclntyre stated' that the old mam that was being taken up was practi- cally b.ocked, but the new main was in a bette-ir state of preservation, send would be V-A-fl4, fw re- pairs. Tne work of Issuing the new main: was pro- ceeding satisfactorily. BIDLE SOCIETV-The annual meeting d' the Malpas auxiliary ot the British and Foreipn Bible Society was held ON. Wednesday night. in the Jubilee Hall. Tike chair was occupied, by Mr. M. H. Dandy. utd, he was supported by the Rev. i. eibeoll, of -Ma,,rlt-et. Drayton. tlic- Rev. Geo. Leo, AN-nitchuroh, and! the Rev. W. Piaskett, Malpas. It has oeen sogsested that th<t meeting SLhall be held a month earlier in future. The depsitation. the Rev. J. Gibson, gave run interesting account of his missiaai work in the interior of China, and addresses -were also given by the Rev. G. Lee and tlie Rev, W. Piaskett. A statemont of the ac- counts for last year was read by the tieasuror (Mr. Danily), and this shewed that £ 36, 13.s. 9kl. was raised by tho collectors and by collections in tho several places of worship in MaJpas and br 5Pecar donations. The expMMPs were ;61. 3s. 9^dC, leaving & nett balance of B35. 10s. Out of t? amount £ 15 was ?ent as a fre? contribution to fhe l Bile Society. The remainder, E20. 10" rn?? sent to the centenary fund. A cordial YQt-eo of thanks was tendered to the collectors, ori, the motion of Mr. G. S. Morgan, seconded by Mr. H. T. Hesketh. Tli,- proceedings terminated with the singing of "From Greenland's Icy Moun- tains," and tho Benediction, protxwtnoed by the Rev. G. L<? Mi?a Morgan kt?tv pre?d? at th piano*
GRESFORD. BAND OF HOPE.—The members of tho Church of England Band of Hope were on Friday evening treated to a lantern entertainment. given at the Boys' School. The lantern was skilfully manipulated bv Mr. Eaton. THE PROPOSED FIRE BRIGADE.—The pro- posal to form a local fire brigade is evidently meeting with popular approval. With the abund- ant supply of water provided by the East Den- bighshire Waterworks Co.'s mains running throughout the village, all that is necessary for fire prevention are, as Mr. Bellis states, a hose reel with sufficient hose attached, and a few vol- unteer firemen. At present the nearest brigade is at Wrexham. throe miles distant. In case of fire breaking out, much valuable time must. of necessity Ix", lost owing to the distance the Wrex- ham Brigade haa to travel.
BUNBURY. CRICKET CLUB.—The annual meeting was held on Monday evening, Major Gordon presid- ing. Thie secretary, Mr. G. F. Dutton, sub- mitted the accounts for the past year, shewing a. deficit of JEH. also the report of last season's play, from which it appeared that 17 matches were played, 9 of which were won, 7 lost, and one resulted in. a tee. The president's bat for the best batting average was awarded to H. W. Daven- eport. Mr. Brocklebank'a prize for the be-Jt bowl- ing average to Alfred Richardson, and the secre- tary's prize to H. Nightingalle for the best indi- vidual score. The following were re-appointed: President.. Major Gordon; vice-presidents, the Rev. S. P. Townend, Mr. R. Brocklebank, Dr. S. Langston Archer, Dr. Robertson, Captain Jones, Mr. F. W. Blain, and Mr. R. C. Drury; captain, Mr. H. Nightingale; sub-captain. Mr. H W. Davenport; hon. see., Mr. G. F. Dutton.
NOtiTHOP. CONFIRMATION.—The Lord Bishop of St. Asaph held his biennial confirmation at Northop on Wednesday, when candidates were presented from Northop, East Northop, Soughton and Rhosesmor. NATIONAL SCHOOL.-The Diocesan Inspec tor a report. has been received by the managers and reads as follows: -"Thiti school fully main- tains its high state of effioiency as regards the religious instruction." Forty-nine pupils ob- tained certificates. Olive Prioe, Florence Hughes, Albert Roberts, Roy Oldcorn, Matthew Wasley and Herbert Jones gained the honour certificate. COTTAGE GARDENING.-Mr. J. R. Richard- eon. F.R.H.S., the headmaster of the National School, has lately added practical cottage garden- ing to the school ourriculiun for the upper standards, and the scholars take a very keen, in- terest in the subject. The garden adjoining the school has been divided into small plots, one for each pupil. Mr. J. EldonBankes, K.C., Soughton Hall, who is a strong advocate of cottage gerden- ing's being taught in every country school, has generously supplied the necessary tools for the children, such as spades, forks, hoes, etc. A gratuitous supply of garden seeds has been re- ceived from Messrs. Dicksons, the noted seedsmen of Chester.
I SANDYCROFT HOBBIES.-The Young People's Society held their usual meeting in the Presbyterian School- room on Monday. An interesting evening was spent in discussing the various hobbies of the members, DEATH OF MRS. HOOSON.—We regret to record the death of Mrs. Hooson, of Dee-view, Sandycroft which took place after a short illness on Sunday morning. Deceased was highly re- spected by all who knew her. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Hooson in his bereavement. The interment took place at. Flint on Tuesday. A SERGT.-MAJOR'S RESIGNATION.—On Saturday Sergt.-Major Fisher resigned his posi- tion as battery sergt.-major of the 2nd Heavy Battery, after a useful service extending over a period' of about 27 years. Neatly twelve years were spent abroad, chiefly in India. Following this he was appointed battery-Sergt.Major of the Chester Batteries, where he was stationed for ten years. Upon the formation of a battery at Sandy- croft he becamo their sergt-major, and held the position until Saturday. During Sergt.-Major Fisher's tenure of oiffce, the battery has achieved great distinctions. As an instructor he possessed special qual ifications, and his amiable ways have won him a host of friends, who are pleased to learn that lie will remain in the village; having been appointed caretaker of the institute. Sergt.- Major Morgan (late of Chester) succeeds Sergt.- Major Fisher at Sandycroft.
AUCTION SALES. CHESTER AND HOOLE PROPERTY On ia,,uxday Un Saturday Messrs. Cunnah and Roberts held a sale at the Blossoms Hotel, when Laburnham Uriange, a freehold, houso in Chapel-lane, Bough- ton, was soid to Mr. Robert Waddecar for £450, and a plot of building land on the Dee View es- tate to Mr. OWellI for £ 100. Two freehold cot- tages, Nos. 6 and 8*. Piclcering-street, Hoole, were, knocked down, to- Mr. W. Thomas for £ 410. Messrs, Walker Smith and Way and Mr. A. C. Lockwood. acted, as solicitors to the respective ven-t- dors..
QUEEN STREET P.S.A.At tfye open asset- ing last Sunday the chairman, Alr- Oabortw, said & few word's on "Enoourgment." The speaker, Mr. T. Nixon. took for hia subject "RcviiTatism." which Deems to be the tapic of ths, day through- out the, country. The soloist, Mias Roberts (a prize winner), rendered "First J*rayer" and another isolo very sweetly. There also took part -in the service, Mr. Ainsworth and Mr. Naylor, and the organist (Mr. Skeldon). Birthday greet- ings were sent to the City-road. Wesleyan P.S.A HANDBRIDGE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.—A Service of scng ntItled "Litt Minnie," was given by the choir on Bi-ind,ivr afternoon for the benefit of the Sunday school. Mr. Samuel Moss, M.P., ably presided. Mr. Digweed gave the connective readings. The aolos were taken by Miss Foulkee and Miss Barton. Mrs. J. Irving and Mr. Albert Thomas gave a duet. Mr. S. B. Settle presided at tlyo organ. There were present a large and appreciative audience, and the service was much enjoyed. Printed and published for and on bohalj of the Oheshlr* and North Walea Newspaper Company, Limited, by JAMES ALBERT RIROHALL, at th Cheshire Obs&rvev i Bridgeatrce%, in the City of Ohest.er.^gAWRBA'?, April ii.
BOOKS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZES.- A large selection at low prlces.-Minshull and Meeson. Eastsrate-row, Chester. "THREE LITTLE MAIDS." -Prettv dances, quaint humour, and melodious music abound in tb?ch3.rmi'? musical p!&y. "Thre? Little Maids," which is to 6i? played at the Royalty Theatre next week by Mr. Charles Macdona's principal London compan7. The play has proved popular in two cont?riart?, having traveJIed both In America and Australia, and beet; for close upon three years at the Prince of Wales's Theatre, London. Americans declare it one of tho pret- I tiest musical plays ever seeTi there. t
ADJOURNED QUARTER SESSIONS.! (See also page 6.) I SECOND COURT.—THURSDAY. I (Mr. John Thompson, chairman). I ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMENT AT CREWE. I PRISONER ACQUITTED. J,cseph Grant (42), clerk, formerly in the em- ployment of Mr. Henry Taylor, printer and stationer, and shipping agent, Exchange-street, Crewe, and ex-mayor of that town, was indicted for embezzling thrrae sums, amounting to E52. Mr. Ralph Bankes prosecuted, and Mr. Ellrls Griffith, M.P., defended. The case for the prosecution was that prisoner had systematically robbed his employer, and that ha had failed to account for a cheque for L35 and a sum of JE6 which he rece' ved from the hon. secretary of the Crewe Cottage Hospital in respect of a printing account; also for a sum of JB11 paid by a Mr. Poole in respect of the passage of his son to Australia. Mr. Henry Taylor, the prosecutor, said prisoner had been in his employment 15 or 16 years, and hiis salary was 35s. a week. It was prisoner's duty to keep the acoounts.-Cross- examined, witness submitted that he had entered into an agreement to receive commission upon printing contracts made by and on behalf of the Crewe Corporation. Two other printers were parties to the agreement. At the time he en- tened into the agreement he was not aware thera was a clause in the contract which debarred mem- bers of the Corporation from entbring into such agreements. Witness admitted that he had bejen oareless in his system of book-keeping because he had trusted prisoner implicitly. No less than JS204 had been oollected by prisoner and not ac- counted for. A butcher named Charles Barlow, stated that on soores of occasions he had lent prisoner money to pay hi3 (employer's men their wages. Detective-inspector Sheasby stated that when he charged prisoner with embezzling ;Ell, he replied that he had used' the money to send insurance premiums away, and to pay back money he had borrowed previously. Prisoner gave evidence, and said that the money he had received had been used for the payment of wages and other purposes on his employer's behalf. Mr. Griffith said although prisoner had been guilty of irregularities, they were not sufficient to amount to dishonesty. He complained that there was not a single entry in Mr. Taylor's books to shew what sums he had received in cash. Thle jury found prisoner not guilty, and he was discharged. A WALLASEY APPEAL. I Joseph William Robinson, farmer, Wallasey, appealed against an affiliation order made against him in respect of the child of Lilian Hazlehurst, domestic servant, Wallasey. Mr. Trevor Llovd appearoo. for appellant, and Mr. Owen Roberts for respondent. After a lengthy hearing the ap- peal was allowed.
I HELSBY. I (See also vase 7.). LENTEN SERVICE-At the special Lenten service held in the Parish Church on Wednesday evening, the preacher was the Rev. H. B. Blogg, vicar of Frodsham and rural dean. PYRAMID HANDICAP.-The final tie in the pyramid handicap held at the Club and Institute was played off on Monday evening, when Mr. A. E. Smith, who had six points start, beat Mr. W. Stan way (scratch) by two points, the scores being 18 and 16 respectively. FOOTBAL.L.-On Wednesday evening Helsby bad Clifton Park as visitors, the match being played under the auspices of the I Zingari league. The visitors played only eight men, and the game as a result was all in favour of the home team who won in easy fashion by ten goals to nil. The goals were scored in the first half by Boyle (2), Griffiths (1), and Cartwright (1), and in the second half Griffiths (2), Bibby (1), L. Fletcher (1), Boyle (1), and one was put in by their own back. THE BAND.-On Monday evening the annual general meeting of the members and supporters of tho Prize Silver Band was held in the National Schoolroom, the lkv. E. W, Evans (vicar) pre- siding. The balanoe-sheet was presented and passed, and showed that the receipts amounted to £ 87.. 5s. 5d., and expenditure £ 60. 3". 9d., leaving a balance in hand of £ 27. Is. 8d. There was, how- evor, still owing on the now instruments about £ 55. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the Vioar for the interest he had taken in pro- moting the welfare of the band. also to Mr. G. Wright, the secretary, for his past services. The following were elected:—Committee, the Rev. E. W. Evans (chairman), Mossxs. C. Bate, W. B. Bar- low, J. T. Collier, C. Warner Jos. Dixon, W. Fowles, 1. Cartwright, Jos. Tweedale, Herbert Ellis and S. Tweeda'o, with Mr. G. Wright hon. secretary and Mr. J. Jackson hon. treasurer.
FRODSHAM. (See alto page 7.) I-LELIEVING OFFICERSHIP.—The fort- nightly meeting of the Runcorn Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Dutton Workhouse. Aidorman A. R. Norman pre- sided. The Board interviewed the six selected candidates for the po-sition oi relieving officer for the Frodsham district in succession to Mr. Thos. Riley. The voting resulted in Mr. Pearson,, of Grappenhall, obtaining the majority, and he was appointed. --Tlie Chairman congratulated Mr. Pearson upon his success, and said he felt sure he was only expressing the feelings of every mem- ber of the Board when he said that Mr. Pearson would prove himself a thoroughly good official. Mr. Pearson acknowledged the compliment, and said he would do his utmost to merit the confi- dence reposed in him. (Applause.)
DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE I FLINT. I (See also page 7.) CONFIRMATION.—On Wednesday afternoon a confirmation service was held by the Bishop of St. Asaph at Flint Parish Church. One hundred and five candidates wero prøsønted-three by the Vioar of Halkyn and 102 from Flint. Of these 30 were adults and 23 were married. In the last eleven yeais 1,170 have been presented from Flint alono, of whom a largo percentage represented adults.
BIRKENHEAD LICENSING APPEALS. J I. (See als0 page 7.) 4 k,- JUSTICES CENSURED. I CHAIRMAN'S STRONG COMMENTS. I At the Adjourned Cheshire Quarter Sessions, on Thursday, before Sir Horatio Lloyd and other magistrates, John Henry Wyvill, lioensfp. of the Lord Napier Inn, St. Paul's-road, Tran- mere, appealed against the decision of the Birkenhead Justices in refusing the renewal of his licence. Mr. F. Marshall, KC., and Mr. W. B. Yates appeared for the justices, while Mr. A. A. Tobin, K.C., and o b-, n, K. C and Mr. Tiovor Lloyd appeared for the appellant. Mr. Marshall said the facts were that shortly after Christmas, 1902, the police were informed by a youth named Alfred Parsons that, his father I was evidently very drunk. About seven o'clock the man was then under the influence of drink, and he went into the Lord Napier Vaults He was seen to come out at, 9.30 very drunk,, but it was Dot clear whether he had been in the house all the while. The licensee said Parsons had a glass of bitter about 7.30, and he had nothing more. The licensee was nned JBI and costs for selling to a drunken man. At the following licensing meeting the magistrates strongly warned the licensee. In tho early part, of February, 1904. thirteen months later, the polioe found a man on tho sofa. undoubtedly very drunk. The licensee was sitting at the end of the same sofa, and appeared to be taking no measures to get rid of him. He was fined 40s. and costs, and at the last annual licensing sessions the renewal of the licence was refused. P.C. Wm. Booth bore out this statement in ex- a.mination by Mr. Yatp-s.Cross-examined by Mr. Tobin The house was a '69 house. He had known the houso for fifteen years, and with the two ex- ceptions referred, to it had been well conducted and no oomplaint had been made against it. The police station was next the house, and' the police had amplo opportunity of seeing how it was con- ducted. Ex-Inspector Healy and Alfred Parsons cor- roborated. Inspector Samuel Dean gave evidence on the seoond conviction. Cross-examined he said the house was one of the best conducted houses in Tranmere, and during the last five years it. had been better conducted than during the previous twenty. Despite the two convictions, he still thought Wyvill was a fit and proper person to hold the licence. The Chairman said tho magistrates thought the case had alieady gone too. far. It was monstrous that that oa.seshould be brought there at the cost of PUL-lic funds. If they -could possibly make an order on the justices for the payment of costs, they would have done so, but they had no power. Too witnesses for the respondents were actually witnesses for the appellants. The police witnesses said the house was the best conducted house in the district, and the licensee was a.n. exceptionally good man. He defied any publican to conduct- a house of that character for fifteen years without a conviction. The appeal was allowed. MAGISTRATES AND A GROCER'S LICENCE I SUCCESSFUL APPEAL. Another appeal was heard against the Birken- head justices, and in: this case Messrs. Allsop, brewers and owners, and Mr. J. Bonding, tenant, were the appellants against the refusal to renew the, grocer's licence at 28, Church-road, Tranmere. M?. Marshall appeared' for the justices, and Mr. Si. Moss, M.P., for the appollwtts.Alr. Marshall clesoribcd the oircumstances of the case. He said the lioence had been attached to the house for many years, In 1299. Messrs. Allsop became the ewners, and in May, 1904, the present tenant came, to the premises. Previous to 1899 the business was merely a grocer's business, but since then. the prinoipal object would 00 10 promote the sale of liquor, and the grocer's business would become adjunct to the- otheT.V,r. Marshall handed; in photographs of the shop shewing a number of bottles i.n thi- window.—-Mr. Moss: There are a good many vinegar bottles my friend mistakes for wine. (Laughter.)—Proceeding, Mr. MarshaH said there was a strong feeling in Birkonliead that in view of the increase of drunkenness, particu- lar.ly amoeg. women, there ought to be some re- straint upon grocer's licences. They had done a large amount of mischief, and the Bench lookod seriously on the matter. It was difficult to know how to combat- the increase of drunkenness in Bir- kenhead; and it waa thought that grocor's licences among.other things were responsible- for it,—Win Griffiths, architect, Birkenhead produced plans of the. neighbourhood, shewing tha situation of the house and the position of the nearest licensed liqmw. -Mr. Shone on behalfof the Birkenhead Vigilance Committee, gave evidence against the jenewal of the liosnoe. He said that in 1902 there were in Birkenhead 325 cases apainst women for drunkenness. In 1903 the number of cases was 389, and in 1904 379. Hei said those were record figures for Birkenhead—Mr. Moss said the licence had been in existence, for forty years, and no ease of drunkenness had been traced to that shop, and none of the women convicted of drunkenness came .Ifrom that distriot.. The sale of intoxicating liquors amounted to £400, and the sale of grorcriea to £ 2,000 per annum. It could not be suggested that they were furthering intoxicating liquors at the expense of the grocery business.—The Chair- man,afrer consultation with his brother magis- traes, said there was a general feeling they need not go any further. The appeal was allowed, and the usual order was made as to' costs.
LATEST MARKETS & FAIRS. (See also Paqe 3.) LIVERPOOL CORN FRIDAY"—Wheat maz- ket, small attendance, moderate to fair trade at about Tuesday's prices. Flour unchanged, with. quiot trade. Maize quiet trade, rather easier prices; mixed American 4s. 3d. to 4s. 3id., Plate 5s. Id. per cental. Barley steady, unchanged. Peas 4s.. Beans continuo strong at 3d. to 6d. ad- vance. LONDON CORN, FRIDAY.—Moderate vt- tendance at Mark-lane this afternoon. Little doing, in what: prices aixsit tinclian,-e.i.- Fiour, quiet at hrte rates. Maize quiet; mixed American, CtU i Ct; m'xc d Am,-r i can., 20s. 9d.; Plate, 25s., b,th landed, sellers. Barley- steady; black wa. grinding, 19s., Quayv Oats, common Russians firm at fJLtll prices; better quali-- ti, quiet. CHESTER CATTLE. 'PHURSDAYT—Sopplies< were large, the demand Yas good, and generally, the demand was better than-, ijbr some tima past. The- demand for dairy stock, shfnvd the-market had improved, and in all good lots wore easiar. to, soIl. Prices were abwJ; the same ga- the besi for- lhst week. Prices Milch cows, 218: to S2?-; calvet-s, £ 15 to £ 19 barrens, B10 to 213 hoifem. E7 to;214 stirks, £ Sjto k9. NANTWICH CSMJESE, THURSDAY;-Mr,. Challinor reports -The attendance-of buyers, wa, good, Cheshire. Lancashire, and Yorkshire jfistrictai being well rejjrosented. Aboat 30 tons were* pitched for sale. For fine coloured lots the demand! was good and soltil at prices from 64s. to 675* medium 58s 1t¡e. 62s., lower gr jdes down, to SCte. for uncolourecH tile demand was.slower at prices. "Ss. or 3s. below >e<itloured.