Literary Society lecture on 15th January was crowded for: 'The
Paris Exhibition and its Lessons with lantern illustrations'.
A fortnight later the talk was on Beetles.
The Grammar School commenced its term with a new headmaster
on 22nd January. Fees were £2.6.8 for non-boarders.
left: Knutsford Grammar School
At the Town Hall the Minnemara Minstrels entertainment, in
aid of the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
had standing room only. Jokes about the Boer War were in vogue:
"Why does General Kruger prefer to walk on grass? He doesn't
"What is the difference between a Galloway steam boiler
and General Kruger?
The first is a hollow cylinder, the second is a silly
Galloways who occupied Thorneyholme had a son killed in the
Boer War. below:Thorneyholme
Courts dealt with petty offences. In Northwich a woman charged
with using obscene language wished the officers a Happy New Year
and pleaded to be let off. "You will have to go to Knutsford
for 14 days". She replied "You have the blessings
of an English heart. I thought I was going for a month!!!"
There was a regular column for cyclists - or wheelmen as they
were often called. January's column debated the merits of cotton
or wool clothing. Recommended gear was a short-sleeved woollen
vest under "wool combinations from neck to heel; unlined
Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers, with medium thickness stockings."
Papers in the third week of the month carried news of Queen
Victoria's illness, alarming enough to cause the German Emperor
to hurry over to Britain. The bells of both Knutsford Churches
announced the death of the Queen by tolling their bells and hundreds
congregated in the streets as 'gloom pervaded every place'.