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CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF I POLICE. -=- A NOTABLE CAREER. Chief Superintendent N. Large, of Middlewich, is about to enter upon retirement with an honour- able career to his credit, and the Cheshire Con- stabulary is to lose the services of one of its most eminent and worthiest members. Twenty-nine of the best years of his life have been spent in the County Force, and the record of those years is something to be proud of, something to look back upon for the rest of his life with infinite satisfac- tion. To tell the story of his lengthy police career is to recite success after success, and to enumerate promotion after promotion, for Mr. Large has in turn worn the uniform of humble constable, car- Tied the stripes of a sergeant, and filled the more .responsible positions of inspector and superin- tendent. Like many another who has climbed the ladder of progress, Mr. Large left the paternal root at an early age and went forth to commence the battle of life with robust health on his side. He is the son of .a well-known and highly-respected Tarvin yeo- man, Mr. Daniel Large, of Broome Bank. Mr. -Large's grand-parents held the Rookery Farm, Maniey, lor very many years, and his grand- mother, who attained the ripe old age of 10d, was a noted Cheshire cheese-maker. Mr. Large him- self was born in Tarvin parish, and received his early education under Mr. Wilkes, who has now retired from the position of headmaster of the National Schools. It is interesting to recall that Mr. Large was a chorister in the old parish church in days when a surpliced choir was a thing un- dreamt of. His first venture into the outside world was when still a youth. His ambition at that time must have been to serve in her Majesty's Army, for he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery, and was in turn at Portsmouth, Woolwich and the Channel Islands. After three years' service be joined the Warrington Borough Police Force, and remained there two years. It was in 1872, when at the age of 20 years, he transferred himself to the Cheshire Constabulary, and commenced that notable career of faithful service which is about to be terminated. He was drafted to the Hyde Division, and after completing seven years there, was made acting sergeant and transferred to Farn- -don. His stay in the village of strawberry fame was short, and we find that his next move was to Tarporley with the rank of full sergeant. There lIe received his promotion to sub-inspector, a rank now extinct. After a residence of four or five years at Tarporley, Mr. Large was again pro- anoted to full inspector, and was sent to Tv ilmsiow, as the first inspector of that sub-division of AlaccJesifeld. Lfe subsequently took charge of Sale, a much more important station in the Altrincham Division. On the 16th June, 1885, Mr. Large was appointed superintendent, and was lentrusted with the care of the Macclesfield Division for four years. He was transferred to Runcorn, and thence to Middlewich. In May this year was announced his latest promotion, and congratula- tions showered upon him as the new chief super- intendent of the county. A career such as this has naturally not been without many interesting and thrilling experiences, but inasmuch as they cannot be recounted without creditable reflection upon Mr. Large, who is too modest to recall them for the public's delectation, we are reduced to the telling of what has come within our own knowledge. When a constable at Hyde he shewed remarkable detective abilities, for the columns of "The Ashton-under-Lyne Re- porter" recorded how he and another constable Unravelled a mysterious burglary at the Queen's -Hotel. An entrance had been effected by the bar ?oarlour window, and silver and copper extracted from tho till. The robbery followed upon a turglary at a shop, and it was suspected that 3?iYde had become the venue of expert burglars. ?very nerve was strained to catch the thieves, ?r the "inhabitants expressed in no niggard terms e Want of confidence in the protection of their ■P„ roperty by the police." It fell to the lot of Mr. Large and another constable to prove the injustice 1 this assertion. They conducted their search and inquiries with an astuteness which would have done credit to a Sherlock Holmes. Nobody was prooably more surprised at the result than the thief himself, who had taken infinite pains to conceal his treasure. Many in this locality will doubtless remember that it was Mr. Large who brought to justice the hunting "swell," who lived for a time in first-class style in the Tarporley neighbourhood, suddenly disappeared, and afterwards got a term of im- prisonment for a fraudulent bill transaction, in which a Wettenhall farmer was victimised. Mr. Large very cleverly traced him to Scarborough, -and caused him to be arrested there. While in the Macclesfield Division as inspector, Mr. Large ac- complished something which won the praise of Press and solicitors. Some in that district will doubtless remember the story of the Great War- ford debtor who, while bailiffs slept, disappeared with valuable live stock, etc., the property of his -creditors. It was a trek worthy of De Wet of ,South African fame, and the task allotted to Mr. Large was that of capturing him. Like most things which Mr. Large took in hand, he brought this to a successful issue. Within twenty-four hours he arrested the debtor, who was with re- markable audacity using the horse and trap of tke trustees of his creditors to speed his departure. "Through the active and able efforts of Inspector Large the defendant was apprehended, and, in the course of a day or two, the whole of the property, or nearly all, was traced," said Mr. Chew, an eminent Manchester solicitor, who conducted the prosecution. The "Stockport Chronicle" appended to its report of the case, which was headed "Clever Capture of Property," the following footnote:- "As previously stated, nearfy the wnoie of the property has been recovered through the vigilance and promptitude of Inspector Large, who is to be complimented on the success which has attended his energetic action." As superintendent of the Macclesfield Division, Mr. Large was called upon in conjunction with Mr. Sheasby, the Chief Constable of the borough, to unravel the mystery presented by the daring opera- tions of a gang of masked burglars. The combined efforts of the two officers resulted in the burglars being brought to justice and receiving long terms of imprisonment. If Mr. Large's abilities were ever recognised by the Chief Constable it was when he was removed to Runcorn at a time when the preservation of order was a work of ex- ceptional difficulty. The construction of the Ship Canal was in progress, and some thirteen miles— from Runcorn to Grappenhall—of that gigantic undertaking were within the police district which Mr. Large and his staff controlled. People of all nationalities were within his official ken, and, as ds still vividly remembered by the permanent resi- dents in that locality, rowdy scenes and lawlessness of many descriptions were nightly occurrences. Perhaps the feature of his work there was the raiding of shebeening establishments, in order to -accomplish which considerable cuteness was re- quired. During the three years he was there many offenders were brought before the local justices, and in the end Mr. Large's clever coups and the heavy fines imposed by the Bench had the effect of stopping this illegal practice. One man was fined £ 30 on three informations. It was un- questionably one of the most trying periods of Mr. Large's life, for his duties exacted vigilance by day and night. But he passed through the ordeal with credit to himself and satisfaction to his superiors, and obtained his well-deserved pro- motion to the important division which he has managed for the past nine years. Middlewich is a first-class division, and covers a wide area in Mid-Cheshire and South-east Cheshire, comprising Northwich, Winsford, Middlewich, Sandbach, Alsager, Holmes Chapel and a suburb of Congle- ton. The staff of the division numbers over 50, and includes an inspector. Mr. Large was prob- ably never called upon to grapple with a more serious situation than that which arose at W ins- ford when the salt workers came out on strike. Mr. Large's police arrangements, which were under the personal supervision of the Chief Con- stable himself, were highly efficient. Some idea -of the gravity of matters may be gathered from the fact that the military were eventually called out and the Riot Act read. Ere we conclude the incidents of Mr. Large's notable career we may mention that he has con- -ducted the investigations in two murder cases, one of which was the Northwich murder, which pre- sented no problematic features. It has been no uncommon thing to hear Mr. Large complimented by magistrates and solicitors ior the fair way in which he has ever brought his cases into court. Mr. Large would not hesitate to prosecute where it was his duty to do so, but he has never persecuted, and if he could say a word for a defendant or prisoner he was always ready and anxious to do it. The late Mr. John Brundritt, who was chairman of the Runcorn Bench, frequently spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Large's discretion and ability, and the writer himself has heard chairmen of petty sessional -divisions say complimentary things of him. Last of all we get the important testimony of the Chief -Constable himself, who at the Standing Joint Committee meeting on Saturday said with very great truth that Mr. Large had a very strong sense of duty. Colonel France-Hayhurst, the chair- man of the meeting, who spoke from a lengthy experience of Mr. Large in the Middlewich Division, said he knew no officer more conscien- tious or better. These are crowning testimonies -and well deserved. Mr. Large will leave the force with the entire goodwill of every member. Those who have served under him and worked with him are his greatest admirers. A strict disciplinarian, Mr. Large was never harsh in his dealings with his subordinates, whose esteem for their superior invariably resulted in faithful service and the proper discharge of their duties. Sir Herbert C -ft H.M. Inspector of Police, never paid a visit to Mr. Large's station without complimenting him on the high state of efficiency and the smart ap- pearance of his men. He has served under three 'Chief Constables of Cheshire, Captain John Smith, 'Captain Arrowsmith and Colonel Hamersley, the latter of whom will by Mr. Large's retirement be deprived of one of his most valued managers. Mr. Large is the senior superintendent of the county, having held the rank for 16 years. He has com- pleted three years over the term of service required by the Act of Parliament. We are sorry to note that the immediate cause of his retirement is fail- ing health, but we trust—and in this hope we are assuredly joined by a host of friends in all parts of the county—that this is only temporary. Tarvin people will be glad to know that Mr. Large is coming to spend the remainder of his life in his native parish. May he live to a good old age to -enjoy his well-earned rest!

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