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Wigan Year Book of 1889

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     Feb. 25. - Selection by the General Council of Mr. Charles Weld-Blundell as candidate of the Liberal party at the next Wigan Borough Election.
     Feb. 26. - Meeting of the Wigan Tramways Company. - St. James's, St. Thomas's, and St. Joseph's Congregational Tea Parties.
     Feb. 27. - Announcement made of the intention of Mr. F. S. Powell, M.P., to defray the debt of £1,600 on the Wigan Mining and Mechanical School. - Sale of Work at St. Michael's. - Presentation to the Rev. T. Wilkinson by the congregation of St. Paul's.
     March 3. - Death at Great Eccleston of the Rev. Father Wells, formerly of St. Mary's, Wigan.
     March 4. - Sale of Work at Goose Green in aid of the Parsonage Fund. - Death at Birkdale or Mrs. Weld-Blundell, mother of Mr. Charles Weld-Blundell, of Crosby Hall.
     March 6. - Mr. Thomas R. Lowe, of Mariebonne, assistant-clerk for nearly 35 years to the Wigan Borough Magistrates, found drowned in the Canal in Wallgate. - School Board Meeting : the standard of exemption raised from the 4th to the 5th. - Public Hall Association Meeting : Discussions as to the tenancy of the Wigan Mechanics' Institution. - Town Council Meeting : Lengthy Discussion as to the Wigan Extension Bill and the borrowing powers ; Hindley struck out of the Bill.
     March 8. - Haigh Curling Club Annual Dinner.
     March 9. - Hearing by the Recorder of the Appeal by the Corporation against the decision of the Borough Justices declaring Platt-lane a public road : the appeal allowed with costs.
     March 10. - Death of Mr. William Whitaker Tipping at his residence, Bold Hall, St. Helens, aged 69 years.
     March 13. - Annual Meeting of the Wigan Auxiliary at the London Missionary Society. - Explosion at Brynmally Collieries, Wrexham : 20 lives lost.
     March 19. - At a public meeting, resolution passed to form a Co-operative Society for Wigan.
     March 20. - Tram Accident at Newtown on the Wigan and Pemberton line : through the overturning of a car nearly 30 persons were injured, one of whom afterwards succumbed. - Close of the Local Chancery Action. Howat v, Hart, respecting miners' safety lamps.
     March 22. - Meeting of Lancashire and Cheshire Coal Owners to discuss the proposed Coal Syndicate for the United Kingdom.
     March 23. - First Confirmation by the Bishop of Liverpool in St. Michael's Church, Wigan.
     March 25. - Laying the Foundation Stone of the New May Mill at Pemberton. - Death at Lyons, in his 73rd year, of the Hon. Charles Hugh Lindsay, third son of James, the twenty-fourth Earl of Crawford.
     March 26. - Third ordinary general meeting of the Roburite Explosives Company, Limited : shareholders criticise the management.
     March 27. - Death at his residence, Rochdale, of Mr. John Bright, "the tribune of the people", aged 77 years.

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