SALVATION ARMY RIOTS.
Great excitement prevailed at Chester on Friday, when prisoners charged with riotous conduct on Sunday and with attacking the Salvation Army in Boughton, the Irish quarter of Chester, were placed in the dock.
There was a full Bench of Magistrates. Sir Thomas FROST, the Mayor, in taking the Chair said: -
"I have this morning received a letter addressed to me and signed 'Revenge and Death.' It is as follows: -
'Chester, March 30th, 1882. - Sir Thomas FROST, - We, the Secret Britherhood of Chester hear that you will occupy the Chair tomorrow in the hearing of the attack on the Salvation Army, and we, the Secret Brotherhood undersigned, that is, Revenge and Death, solemnly vow and swear that if you pronounce one or any of the prisoners guilty you and all your brother magistrates will answer with your lives,'"
It is signed in blood, with a coffin, and with the usual cross bones.
Mr. BRASSEY, on behalf of the prisoners, repudiated the letter. The Mayor further said that he had received letters from the Canon Cholmondelay on behalf of the Roman Catholics and from General BOOTH on behalf of the Salvation Army. Canon CHOLMONDELAY suggested that the road to Broughton should be closed by a strong cordon of police, and a collision between the Irish Catholics and the Salvation Army thus rendered impossible.
General BOOTH wrote to plead for the rioters to say that he had instructed his officers not to go into Broughton on Sunday or anywhere where they were likely to come into conflict with the Irish.
The cases were then proceeded with. Two of the prisoners were discharged, three were bound over in their own recognizances to keep the peace, six were bound over for six months in penalties of £25, with two sureties of £12 10s., in default of which they were to be imprisoned for a month, and eight were committed to take their trial.