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OGILVIE, JOHN JAMES, Warwick Bridge, innkeeper. Ct. Carlisle. Pet. Jan. 6. Order,

Jan. 6. PLATT, WILLIAM, Middleham, jockey. Ct Northallerton. Pet. Jan. 3. Order,

Jan. 2. PICKERING, JOHN, Didsbury, chemist's assistant. Ct. Stockport. Pet. Jan. 6. Order,

Jan. 6. PARKIN, ARTHUR THOMAS, Camborne, grocer. Ct. Truro. Pet. Jan, 5. Order. Jan. 5. SIMMONS, GEORGE, Radcliffe. gas stoker. Ct. Bolton. Pet. Jan. 4. Order, Jan. 4. STONE, ALFRED, Cubley, farmer. Ct. Burton-on-Trent. Pet. Jan. 4. Order, Jan. 4. STOTT, JOHN WILLIAM, Swansea, pharmaceutical chemist. Ct Swansea. Pet. Jan. 6.

Order, Jan. 6. WARBURTON, THOMAS, Great Barr, commission agent. Ct. Walsall. Pet. Jan. 5.

Order, Jan. 5. WARD, EDMUND, Croydon, plumber. Ct. Croydon. Pet. Dec. 29. Order, Dec. 29.

The following amended notice is substituted for that published in the Gazette of Dec. 18. WALTON, CHARLES FREDERICK, Twickenham. Ct, Brentford. Pet. Nov. 14. Order, Dec. 15.

GAZETTE, JAN. 12. To surrender at the Iligh Court of Justice, in Bankruptcy. DAY, VIOLETTE MARY (trading as Fairburn and Co.), Regent-st, fine art dealer.

Pet. Jan, 8. Order, Jan. 8. HALSE, SPENCER, Cannon-st, late Coleman-et Pet. Nov. 13. Order, Jan 8. HOWSE, THOMAS, Bermondsey New-rd, butcher. Pet. Den, 17. Order, Jan. 8. JACKRÍLL, ALFRED, Whitefriars-st, manufacturing stationer. Pet. Jan. 9. Order,

Jan. 9. STOTTER, Joux, late Walthamstow, brickmaker. Pet. Dec. 19. Order, Jan. 7. WALKER, HENRY DE L., Spencer-mansions, West Kensington, gentlem an. Pet. Dec. 15. Order, Jan. 7.

To surrender at their respective District Courts. BAIT, HERRY, Bath, lodging-house keeper. Ct. Bath. Pet. Jan. 9. Order, Jan, 9. BOLTON, CHARLIE, Paddiham, bootmaker. Ct. Burnley. Pet. Jan. 9. Order, Jan. 9. BOND, THOMAS, Torquay, grocer. Ct. Exeter Pet. Jan. 8. Order, Jan. 8. BCse, Tom (trading as Bush and Co.), Torquay, manufacturer of art needlework. Ct.

Exeter. Pet. Jan. 6. Order. Jan. 6. COMPTON, WILLIAM HENRY, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, cattle-dealer. Ct. Coventry.

Pet. Jan. 8. Order, Jan. 8. FIELD, WILLIAM HENRY, late Wrington, gentleman's servant. Ct. Bridgwater. Pet.

Jan. 8. Order, Jan, 8. GOWING, GEORGE HENRY, Mulbarton, farmer. Ct. Norwich. Pet. Dec. 30. Order,

Jan. 9 HAME, HERBERT HOWELL, Wellington, tailor's cutter. Ct. Taunton. Pet. Jan. 8.

Order. Jan. 8. HODEON, JOHN, late Bentley, haulier. Ct. Walsall. Pet. Jan. S, Order, Jan. 8. Hickson, HARRY NEWMARCA, New Cleethorpes, late tobacconist. Ct. Great Grimsby.

Pet. Jan. 7. Order, Jan. 7. HEWES, ALFRED WILLIAM, Westdale-rd, Forest Hill, baker. Ct. Greenwich. Pet.

Jan. 5. Order, Jan. 5. LOSKAN, ANTON, Greenwich, leather seller. Ct. Greenwich. Pet. Jan. 8. Order,

Jan, 8. MOORE, WALTER, Birmingham, lampmaker. Ct. Birmingham. Pet. Jan. 9. Order,

Jan. 9. MERCHANT, EDMUND LANGDON, Stephen's-by-Saltash, farm bailiff. Ct. Plymouth

and East Stonehouse. Pet. Jan 7. Order, Jan. 7. MOORE8, WILLIAM HENRY (trading as Dr. Vint), Blackpool, hypnotist. Ct. Preston.

Pet. Jan. 7. Order, Jan, 7. POWELL, FREDERICK COMPTON, Trinity-rd, Wood Green. Ct. Edmonton, Pet.

Nov. 10. Order, Jan. 4. PORTWAY, CRESSEL JOHN, late Egham, grocer. Ct. Guildford and Godalming. Pet.

Jan, 7. Order, Jan. 7. RIDEOUT, MARTHA ANN, Fontmell Magna, farmer. Ct. Salisbury. Pet. Jan. 7.

Order, Jan. 7. STOKES, FREDERICK, Didsbury, house painter. Ct. Stockport. Pet. Jan. 8. Order,

Jan. 8. THOMAS, HENRY GEORGE, Bristol, dealer in musical instruments. Ct. Bristol. Pet.

Dec. 22. Order, Jan. 8 The following amended notice is substituted for that published in the Gazette of Nov. 24. Tomson, W. JOHNSON (trading as W. Jobnson Timson and Co.), late Birmingham,

cycle fittings manufacturer. Ct. Birmingham. Pet. Nov. 4. Order, Nov. 20.

HOWDLE, ALFRED, Howden, late confectioner. Ct. Kingston-upon-Hull. Meeting,

Jan. 16, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Hull. Exam. Jan. 18, at 2, at Court-house

Hull. HARRIS. PHILIP, Leeds, schoolmaster. Ct. Leeds. Meeting, Jan. 18, at noon, at office

of Off. Rec. Leeds. Exam. Jan. 26, at 11, at County Court-house. Leeds. INGS, ARTHUR, Penselwood, innkeeper. Ct. Yeovil. Meeting, Jan. 15. at 12.30, at

office of Off. Rec. Salisbury. Exam. Feb. 4. at noon, at Townhall, Yeovil. JOB, JOHN, Liverpool, grocer. Ct. Liverpool. Meeting, Jan. 18, at noon, at office of

Off. Rec. Liverpool. Exam. Jan. 21, at 11, at Court-house, Liverpool. KENDRICK, JOHN ADAMS, Chester, bill poster. Ct. Chester. Meeting, Jan. 18,

at nocn, at Crypt-chmbrs, Eastgate-row, Chester. Exam. Feb. 2, at 11, at the

Castle, Chester. LAMBERT, ROBERT WILLIAM, Redbourne, blacksmith. Ct. Great Grimsby. Meeting,

Jan. 16, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Great Grimsby. Exam. Feb. 4, at il, at Town

hall, Great Grimsby. LESLIE, JAMES, Norwich, licensed victualler. Ct. Norwich. Meeting, Jan. 15,

at 3, at office of off. Rec. Norwich. Exam Jan, 20, at 11, at Shirehall, Norwich. LOCK, CHARLES HENRY, and LOCK, EDWARD WILLIAM (trading as C. and E. Lock),

Reading horse slaughtermen. Ct. Reading. Meeting, Jan. 15, at noon, at Bank

ruptcy-office, Oxford. Exam. Feb, 18, at 2, at Assize Courts, Reading. MARSHALL, SAMUEL GEORGE, Stoke Damerell, carpenter. Ct. Plymouth and East

Stonehouse. Meeting, Jan. 15, at noon, at 10, Aibenæum-ter, Plymouth. Exam.

Jan. 29, at 11, at Townhall, East Stonehouse. MANTON, MATTHEW, Colwall, cab proprietor. Ct. Worcester. Meeting, Jan. 18,

at 11.30, at office of ON. Rec. Worcester. Exam. Jan, 26, at 2.15, at Guildhall,

Worcester OWEN, EDWARD DAVIES, Ashton, hay dealer. Ct. Chester. Meeting, Jan. 18, at 12.30,

at Crypt-chmbrs, Eastgate-row, Chester. Exam. Feb. 2, at 11, at the Castle,

Chester. PARKIN, HENRY SAMUEL, Ripon, cabinetmaker. Ct. Northallerton. Meeting, Jan. 18,

at 11.30, at Court-house, Northallerton. Exam. Jan. 18, at 11.30, at Court-house,

Northallerton. PLATT, WILLIAM, Middleham, jockey. Ct. Northallerton. Meeting, Jan. 18,

at 11.30, at Court-house, Northallerton. Exam. Jan. 18, at 11.30, at Court-house,

Northallerton. RICH, WILLIAM JAMES RATTENBURY (trading as Georgina Mary Rich), Devonport,

late lodging-house keeper. Ct. Plymouth and East Stonehouse. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 11.30, at 10, Atheneum-ter, Plymouth. Exam. Jan. 29, at 11, at Townhall,

East Stonehouse. ROBERTS, DAVID, Llannor, farmer. Ct. Portmadoc and Blaenau Festiniog. Meeting,

Jan. 21, at 11.45, at Crown hotel, Pwllheli. Exam. Jan. 21, at 2.45, at Police-court,

Portmadoc. Ross, SAMUEL, Scarborough, grocer. Ct. Scarborough. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 11,

at office of Off. Rec. Scarborough. Exam. Jan. 19, at noon, at Court-house,

Scarborough ROMNEY, ELIZA JANE, late Great Malvern, no occupation, spinster. Ct. Worcester.

Meeting, Jan. 16, at 11.30, at office of Or. Rec. Worcester. Exam. Jan. 25, at 2.15,

at Guildhall, Worcester. STONE, ALFRED, Cubley, farmer, Ot. Burton-on-Trent. Meeting, Jan. 18, at 11, at

office of Off. Rec. Derby. Exam. Feb. 10, at noon, at Court-houso, Burton-on

Trent. STOCKDALE, HORACE EDWARD, Cardiff, boot manufacturer. Ct. Cardiff. Meeting,

Jan. 18, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Cardiff, Exam. Jan. 22, at 10, at Townhall,

Cardiff. SIMMONS, GEORGE, Radcliffe, gas stoker, Ct. Bolton. Meeting, Jan. 18, at 3, at 16,

Wood-st, Bolton. Exam. Jan. 25, at 11, at Court-house, Bolton. WALTON, CHARLES FREDERICK, Twickenham. Ct. Brentford. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 3,

at 95 Temple-chmbre, Temple-av. Exam. Jan. 19, at 2.15, at Townhall, Brentford. WARD, EDMUND, Croydon, plumber. Ct. Croydon. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 11.30, at

24, Railway-approach, London Bridge. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11, at County Court,

Croydon. WILKINSON, JOHN (trading, as John Wilkinson and Son), Hulme, grocer. Ct.

Manchester. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Manchester. Exam.

Jan. 25, at 2, at Court-house, Manchester. The following amended notice is substituted for that published in the Gazette of Dec. 29. OATES, GEORGE, Durham, joiner. Ct. Durham. Meeting, Jan. 15, at noon, at office of off. Rec. Sunderland. Exam. Jan. 26, at 11.15, at Court-house, Durham.

GAZETTE, JAN. 12. BRAYE, JOHN, Brompton-sq. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Jan, 19, at 11, at Bankruptcy

bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. BRANTON C. FRANCIS, Crawley, no occupation. Ct, Brighton Meeting, Jan. 25,

at 2.30, at 24, Railway-approach, London Bridge. Exam. Feb. 4, at 11, at Court

house, Brighton. BOND, THOMAS, Torquay, late grocer. Ct. Exeter. Meeting, Jan. 21, at 10.30, at office

of Off. Rec. Exeter. Meeting, Jan. 28, at 11.30, at the Castle, Exeter. BARROWS, DAVID THOMAS, Mansfield, boot manufacturer. Ct. Nottingham. Meeting,

Jan. 19, at noon, at office of Off. Rec. Nottingham. Exam. Feb. 17, at 11.30, at

County Court-house, Nottingham. BROTHERHOOD, JAMES, Tunbridge Wells, cattle dealer. Ct. Tunbridge Wells.

Meeting, Jan. 20, at 12.15, at office of C. J. Parris, 65, High-st, Tunbridge Wells.

Exam. Feb. 24, at 2.30, at Townhall, Tunbridge Wells. COHEN, NATHANIEL, Newbury-st, stationer. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Jan. 19, at

noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. DAY, VIOLETTE MARY (trading as Fairburn and Co.), Regent-st, fine art dealer,

Ct. High Court. Meeting, Jan. 20, at noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10,

at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. DURDEN, JOHN, Moseley, gasfitter. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting, Jan. 20, at 11, at

23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Exam. Feb. 11, at 2, at County Court, Birming

ham. Dixon, JOSEPH CAWKWELL (trading as Dixon and Co ), Bradford, Yorks, worsted

manufacturer. Ct. Bradford. Meeting, Jan, 20, at 11. at office of Off. Rec. Brad

ford. Exam. Jan. 21, at 10, at County Court, Bradford. DALLAS, JAMES, late Willington, innkeeper. Ct. Durham. Meeting, Jan, 20, at 3, at

office of Off. Rec. Sunderland. Exam. Jan. 26, at 11.15, at Court-house, Durham. DARTON, CHARLES, Gosmore, wood dealer. Ct. Luton. Meeting, Jan. 22, at noon,

at office of Off. Rec. Bedford. Exam. Feb. 2, at 11, at Court-house, Luton. EVITT, ALBERT (late trading with Joseph Cawkwell Dixon as Dixon and Co.),

Bradford, Yorks, late worsted manufacturer. Ct. Bradford. Meeting, Jan. 20, at noon, at office of Ofr. Rec. Bradford. Exam. Jan. 21, at 10, at County Court,

Bradford. GLITHEROE, SAMUEL, Aberystwith, licensed victualler. Ct. Aberystwith. Meeting,

Jan. 29, at noon, at Townhall, Aberystwith. Exam. Jan. 29, at 10.30, at Townhall,

Aberystwith. GODWIN, FREDERICK, Devizes, provision dealer. Ct. Bath. Meeting, Jan 20, at noon,

at office of Off. Rec. Bristol. Exam. Jan. 22, at 11.30, at Guildball, Bath. GULLIVER, SARAH ELIZABETH MARCHANT, Ealing, schoolmistress, widow. Ct. Brent

ford. Meeting, Jan. 21, at 3, at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Feb. 2,

at 2.15, at Townhall, Brentford. GARBUTT, GEORGE WILLIAM, Newcastle-on-Tyne, licensed victualler. Ct. Newcastle

on-Tyne. Meeting, Jan. 20, at 11.30, at office of Off. Rec. Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Exam. Jan. 21, at 11.30, at County Court, Newcastle-on-Tyne. GRAY, GEORGE, North Kyme, horse dealer. Ct, Boston, Meeting, Jan. 26, at noon,

at office of Off. Rec. Boston. Exam, Jan. 26, at 12.30, at Sessions-house, Boston. HART, JOSHUA HAMILTON, Birmingham, surgeon. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting, Jan. 22,

at noon, at 23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Exam. Feb. 11, at 2, at County Court,

Birmingham. HANNAM, MESHACH, late Ealing, farmer. Ct. Brentford. Meeting, Jan. 20, at noon,

at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Feb. 2, at 2.15, at Townhall, Brentford. HIMMENS, FREDERICK, Nutbourne, dealer. Ot. Brighton Meeting, Jan, 20, at 3, at

Dolphin hotel, Chichester. Exam. Feb. 4, at 11, at Court-house, Brighton. HICKSON, HARRY NEWMARCA, New Cleethorpes, late tobacconist. Ct. Great Grimsby.

Meeting, Jan. 20, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Great Grimsby. Exam. Feb. 4, at 11, at Townhall, Great Grimsby.

FIRST MEETINGS AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

GAZETTE, JAN. 8. ADDERLEY, FREDERICK CECIL, Mitre-ct, Temple, clerk. Ct. High Court. Meeting,

Jan. 15, at 1, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. ARRIDGE, John, Bangor, boot dealer. Ct. Bangor. Meeting, Jan. 20, at 12.30, at Crypt

chmbrs, Eastgate-row, Chester. Exam. Feb. 4, at 12.15, at Magistrates'-room,

Bangor BANNERMAN, MARK ALFRED (trading as M. Bannerman and Co.), late Leadenhall-st,

sponge merchant. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Jan. 18, at noon, at Bankruptcy

bidgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. BIRD, ALFRED, Stepney, cheesemonger, Ct. High Court. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 2.30,

at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. BROSTER, JOHN, Neston, farmer. Ct. Birkenhead. Meeting, Jan. 19, at 2.30, at office

Off. Rec. Live ool. Exam. Jan. 20, at 11, at Court-house, Birkenhead. BODGER, WALTER RALPH, Tottenham, clerk. Ct. Edmonton. Meeting, Jan. 16,

at 11.30, at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Jan. 25, at 11.30, at Court

house, Edmonton. BURBY, ELIAS. Leeds, late furniture dealer. Ct. Leeds. Meeting, Jan. 18, at 11, at

office of orr. Rec. Leeds. Exam. Jan. 26, at 11, at County Court-house, Leeds. BRUMBY, ELLERBY, late Wigan, journeyman joiner. Ct. Liverpool. Meeting, Jan. 20,

at 2.30, at office of Off, Rec. Liverpool. Exam. Jan. 21, a. 11, at Court-house,

Liverpool. BILLING. TIMOTHY, Southsea, butcher. Ot. Portsmouth. Meeting, Jan. 19, at 3,

at office of Off, Rec. Portsmouth. Exam. Jan. 25, at noon, at Court-house, Ports

mouth. CLAYTON, THOMAS WILLIAM, Carshalton, market gardener. Ct. High Court. Meet

ing, Jan. 15, at noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 10, at 11.30, at Bank

ruptcy-bldgs. CHAPMAN. GEORGE FREDERICK, St. Leonards-on-Sea, grocer. Ct. Hastings. Meeting,

Jan. 19, at 2.45, at offices of Young and Sons, Bank-bldgs, Hastings. Exam.

Feb. 9, at noon, at Townhall, Hastings. EDMONDSON, CARISTOPHER JOHN, Ripon, cattle dealer. Ct. Northallerton. Meeting,

Jan. 18, at 11.30, at Court-house, Northallerton. Exam. Jan. 18, at 11.30, at Court

house, Northallerton, FLOYD, EDWARD CHARLES ROADS, Southampton, market gardener. Ct. Southampton.

Meeting, Jan. 15, at 12.15, at office of Off. Rec. Southampton. Exam. Jan. 27,

at 11, at Court-house, Southampton. GUNBY, HENRY ARTHUR, Leicester, furniture dealer. Ct. Leicester. Meeting, Jan. 15,

at 12.30, at office of Off. Rec. Leicester. Exam. Jan. 21, at 11, at the Castle,

Leicester. GEORGE, FENNEMORE, late Nottingham, cycle manufacturer. Ct. Nottingham.

Meeting, Jan. 15, at noon, at office of Off. Rec. Nottingham. Exam. Feb. 5, at 10,

at County Court-house, Nottingham. GRIFFITHS, WILLIAM, Wrexham, seedsman. Ct. Wrexham. Meeting, Jan. 18,

at 2.30, at Crypt-chmbrs, Eastgate-row, Chester. Exam. Feb. 9, at noon, at

County-hall, Wrexham. HAYB, GEORGE, Pilsley, late butcher. Ct. Derby. Meeting, Jan. 19, at 3, at office of

Off. Rec. Derby. Exam. Jan. 19, at 11, at County-hall, Derby. HEPWORTH, WILLIAM, Ossett, plumber. Ct. Dewsbury. Meeting, Jan. 15, at 3, at

Office of Off. Rec. Batley. Exam. Feb. 2, at 2, at County Court-house, Dewsbury.

INMAN, RICHARD (trading as R. W. Inman and Inman and Co.), Brighton, coach

builder. Ct. Brighton. Meeting, Jan. 20, at noon, at office of Off. Rec. Brighton.

Exam. Feb. 4, at 11, at Court-house, Brighton. JACOBS, HARRIS, Sunderland, slipper maker. Ot. Sunderland. Meeting, Jan, 19,

at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Sunderland. Exam. Feb. 4, at 11, at Court-house,

Sunderland. LEWIS, HYMAN, Birmingham, late auctioneer. Ct, Birmingham. Meeting, Jan. 21,

at 11, at 23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Exam. Feb. 8, at 2, at County Court,

Birmingham. MASON, FREDERICK, Acre-la, Brixton, manufacturer of meat essences. Ct. High Court.

Meeting. Jan. 19, at 2.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 26, at 12.30, at Bank

ruptcy-bldgs. MASON, HARRY, Northampton, shoe manufacturer. Ct. Northampton. Meeting,

Jan. 20, at noon, at County Court-bldngs, Northampton. Esain. Feb. 16, at

noon, at County-hall, Northampton. NORRIS, MARY SARAH MERCHANT, Ealing, spinster. Ct. Brentford. Meeting. Jan. 21,

at ö, at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Feb. 2, at 2.15, at Townhall,

Brentford. PIMBURY, E. F. HASTINGS, late Finsbury-parement, woollen merchant. Ct. High

Court. Meeting, Jan. 20, at 2.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 5, at noon,

at Bankruptcy-bldgs. PEARCE, WILLIAM GARIBALDI, Chiswick, bootmaker. Ct. Brentford. Meeting,

Jan. 20, at 3, at 221, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Feb. 2, at 2.15, at Town

hall, Brentford. PARKIN, ARTHUR TMOMAS, Camborne, grocer. Ct. Truro. Meeting, Jan. 20, at noon, at office of Oir. Rec. Truro.

Exam. Jan. 23, at 11.45, at Townhall, Truro. ROGERS, John, Wallsall, grocer. Ot. Walsall. Meeting, Jan. 21, at 11.30, at office

of Off. Rec. Walsall. Exam. Jan. 21, at noon, at Court-house, Walsall. RAPER, MARY JANE, Trebovir-rd, Earl's Court, widow. Ct. High Court. Meeting,

Jan. 20, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 5, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. STOTTER, JOHN, late Walthamstow, brickmaker. Ct. High Court. Meeting. Jan. 19,

at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Jan. 19, at noon, at Bunkruptcy-bldgs. STANNARD, WILLIAM FREDERICK, late Witham, licensed victualler. Ct. Chelmsford.

Meeting, Jan, 19, at 12.15, at office of Off. Rec. Ipswich. Exam. Feb. 3, at 11, at

Shirehall, Chelmsford. STOTT, JOHN WILLIAM, Swansea, pharmaceutical chemist. Ct. Swansea.. Meeting,

Jan. 20, at 11.45, at office of Off. Rec. Swansea. Exam. Jan. 21, at 11.30, at Town

hall, Swansea. THOMPSON, HENRY, Birmingham, furniture dealer. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting,

Jan. 22. at 11, at 23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Meeting, Feb. 11, at 2, at County

Court, Birmingham, TAYLOR, JAMES GREENWOOD, Bingley, beer dealer. Ct. Bradford, Yorks. Meeting,

Jan. 19, at 11 at office of Off. Rec. Bradford. Exam. Jan. 21, at 10, at County

Court, Bradford. THOMAS, HENRY GEORGE, Clifton, dealer in musical instruments. Ct. Bristol.

Meeting, Jan. 20, at 12.30, at office of Off. Rec. Bristol. Exam, Jan. 22, at noon,

at Guildhall, Bristol. TAYLOR, WILLIAM John, late Billiter-st, auctioneer. Ct. High Court. Meeting,

Jan. 21, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. F'eb. 9, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. TROWER, WILLIAM, late Highgate, corn dealer's assistant. Ct. Edmonton. Meeting,

Jan. 19, at 11, at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-ar. Exam. Jan. 25, at 11.30, at

Court-house, Edmonton. VAUTIER, FREDERIC GASTON ROBERT, late Bournemouth, jobmaster. Ct. Poole.

Meeting, Jan. 19, at 12.45, at Grand hotel, Bournemouth, Exam. Feb. 10, at

noon, at Townhall, Poole. WELLS, WILLIAM, Crouch-hill, Finsbury Park, builder. Ct. High Court. Meeting,

Jan. 21, at noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 9, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy

bldgs. WILLIAMSON, JOHN, Great Wigborough, farmer. Ct. Colchester. Meeting. Feb. 12,

at noon, at Cups hotel, Colchester. Exam. Feb. 12, at 2.30, at Townhall, Colchester,

COMPTON, WILLIAM HENRY, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, cattle dealer. Ct. Coventry.

Order, Jan. 8. CURRY, EDWIN LAWRENCE, Leicester, hairdresser. Ct. Leicester. Order, Jan. 7. FIELD, WILLIAM HENRY, late Wrington, gentleman's servant. Ct. Bridgwater)

Order. Jan. 8. FLETCHER, WILLIAM, Ratby, baker. Ct. Leicester. Order, Jan. 7. GRIFFITHS, WILLIAM, Wrexham, seedsman. Ct. Wrexham._Order, Jan. 8. HAIME, HERBERT HOWELL, Wellington, taitor's cutter. Ct. Taunton. Order, Jan. 8. HODSON, JOHN, late Bentley, haulier. Ct. Walsall Order, Jan. 8. HEYWOOD, JAMES GRAHAM, Didsbury, ironfounder. Ct. Stockport. Order, Jan. 8. HICKSON, HARRY NEWMARCA, New Cleethorpes, late tobacconist. Ct. Great Grimsby.

Order, Jan, 7. HART, JOSHUA HAMILTON, Sparkhill, surgeon. Ct. Birmingham. Order, Jan. 7. LOSKAN, ANTON, Greenwich, leather seller. Ct. Greenwich. Order, Jan. 8. MASON, Harry, Northampton, shoe manufacturer. Ct. Northampton. Order,

Jan. 7. MERCHANT, EDMUND LANGDON, St. Stephen's-by-Saltash, farm bailiff. Ct. Plymouth

and East Stonehouse. Order, Jan. 7. MOORES, WILLIAM HENRY (trading as Dr. Vint), Blackpool, hypnotist. Ct. Preston.

Order, Jan. 7. NOTARA. MICHAEL (described in Receiving Order as Notara Brothers), Piccadilly, St.

James's, tobacco merchant. Ct. High Court. Order, Jan. 7. Scott, ALBERT HOWARD (trading as A. H. Scott and Co.), Birmingham, bedstead

mount maker. Ct. Birmingham. Order, Jan. 4. SKEET, WILLIAM, Aldershot, ironmonger. Ct. Guildford and Godalming. Order,

Jan. 9. SENIOR, CHARLES HENRY, late Huddersfield, innkeeper, Ct, Huddersfield. Order,

Jan. S. SHARRAD. JOHN HENRY, Loughborough, haberdasher. Ct. Leicester. Order, Jan. 9. STOKES. FREDERICK, Didsbury, house painter Ct. Stockport. Order, Jan. 8. WATSON, JAMES HENRY (late trading as Webb's “T” Depot), Bishop's Stortford,

grocer. Ct. Hertford. Order, Jan. 8. YOUNG, ARTHUR, Iddesleigh-mansions, Victoria-st, Westminster, architect. Ct. High

Court. Order, Jan. 7.

WUinding-up of Companies.
THE COMPANIES ACTS 1862 TO 1890.

FIRST MEETINGS.

GAZETTE, JAN. 8. INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUCTIONEERS AND VALUERS, Chancery-la. Ct. High Court. Meeting, creditors, Jan. 19, at 11 ; members, at 11.30, at 33, Carey-st.

GAZETTE, JAN. 12. AURIFEROUS PROPERTIES LIMITED, Great Winchester-st. Ct. High Court. Meeting,

creditors, Jan. 22, at 11; contributories, at 11.30, at 33, Carey-st.

NOTICE OF DAY APPOINTED FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATION.

GAZETTE, JAN. 8. LONDON AND UNIVERSAL BANK LIMITED, Strand. Ct. High Court. Exam. Jan. 20,

21, 25, and 26, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs.

NOTICE OF DIVIDEND.

GAZETTE, JAN. 12. BUCKFASTLEIGH (as COMPANY LIMITED, Leadenhall-st. Ct. High Court. Amount

per pound, sid. Second and final. Payable, Jan. 18, or any subsequent day (except Saturday), between 11 and 2, at 33, Carey-st.

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ADJUDICATIONS,

GAZETTE, JAN. 8. BANNERMAN, MARK ALFRED (trading as M. Bannerman and Co.), late Leadenhall-st,

sponge merchant. Ct. High Court. Order, Jan, 5. BROSSER, JOHN, Neston, farmer. Ct. Birkenhead. Order, Jan. 6. BROADHURST, STEPHEN, Kinlet, farmer. Ot. Kidderminster. Order, Dec. 30. BARROWS, DAVID Thomas, Mansfield, boot manufacturer. Ct. Nottingham. Order,

Jan. 4. BROTHERHOOD, JAMES, Tunbridge Wells, cattle dealer. Ct. Tunbridge Wells. Order,

Jan. 4. CLAFTON, WILLIAM HENRY, Leeds, woollen manufacturer. Ct. Leeds. Order, Dec. 31. Dixon, JOSEPH CAWKWELL (trading as Dixon and Co.), Bradford, Yorks, worsted

manufacturer. Ct. Bradford. Order, Jan. 2. DARTON, CHARLES, Gosmore, wood dealer. Ct. Luton. Order, Jan. 4. Evilt, ALBERT, late Bradford, Yorks, worsted manufacturer. Ct. Bradford. Order,

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house. Order, Jan. 6. GULLIVER, SARAH ELIZABETH MARCHANT, Ealing. a member of Gulliver's Oriental

Advertising Company, schoolmistress, widow. Ct. Brentford. Order, Jan. 4. INGRAM, WILLIAM, Weston Turville, beerhouse-keeper. Ct. Aylesbury. Order,

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Order, Jan, 5. MANTON, MATTHEW, Colwall, cab proprietor. Ct. Worcester. Order, Jan. 4. MABE, ALFRED, Templeton, farmer. Ct. Pembrcke Dock. Order, Jan. 4. NELSON, FREDERICK, Milnrow, flannel manufacturer. Ct. Rochdale. Order, Jan, 6. OGILVIE, JOHN JAMES, Warwick Bridge. innkeeper. Ct. Carlisle. Order, Jan. 6. PLATT, WILLIAM, Middlebam, jockey. Ct. Northallerton. Order, Jan. 2. PICKERING, JOHN, Didsbury, chemist's assistant. Ct. Stockport. Order. Jan, 6. PARKIN, ARTHUR THOMAS. Camborne, grocer. Ct. Truro. Order, Jun, 5. SIMMONS, GEORGE, Radcliffe, gas stoker. Ct. Bolton. Order, Jan. 4. STOTT, JOHN WILLIAM, Swansea, pharmaceutical chemist. Ct. Swansea. Order,

Jan. 6. STONE, ALFRED, Cubley, farmer. Ct. Burton-on-Trent. Order, Jan. 4. TROWER, WILLIAM. late Highgate, corndealer's assistant. Ct. Edmonton. Order,

Jan. 4.
TUDOR, JOHN, sen., and TUDOR, JOHN, jun., Llanwrin, farmers. Ct. Aberystwith.

Order, Jan. 5.
WALTON, CHARLES FREDERICK, Twickenham. Ct. Brentford. Order, Jan 4.

GAZETTE, JAN. 12.
BATT, HENRY, Bath. lodging-house keeper. Ct. Bath, Order, Jan. 9.
BOLTON. CHARLIR, Padiham, boolmaker. Ot. Burnley. Order, Jan. 9.
Bond, TUOMAS, Torquay, grocer. Ct. Exeter. Order, Jan. 8.

BIRTHS. Glasson.—On the 9th inst., at 12, Waldegrave-grdns, Strawberry-hill, the wife of

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hride's brother, Sir John Leng, M.P., Dundee, to Mary, daughter of the late William Low, Kirriemuir, and elder sister of Sir James Low, D.L., J.P., ex-Lord

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Hugh Alexander, eldest son of the late Villiam Macpherson, Barrister-at-law, formerly of the India Omice, to Jane Ritchie, youngest daughter of P. Comrie, of

Gourock, Scotland. MARIGOLD-Dixox.-On the 7th inst., at St. Thomas's Church, Portsmouth, Harold

Walter Marigold, M.A., of Lincoln's-inn, Barrister-at-law, third son of the late James Marigold, Solicitor, of Birmingham, to Frances Sophia, daughter of

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Ruthven Murray, M.A., Head Master of Ormskirk Grammar School, eldest son of James A. H. Murray, M.A., LL.D., D.O.L., of Oxford, to Kate Maitland, eldest daughter of the late Rev. S. Maitland Crosthwaite, M.A., Head Master of Carlisle

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IF rumour is to be trusted, the delay in the appointment of Mr. Justice BYRNE was due to a division of influence, his competitor, supported by Liberal Unionist members of the Cabinet, being Mr. CRACKANTHORPE, Q.C. Not until the Cabinet Council on Thursday week was the voice of the PRIME MINISTER given confirming the selection by the CHANCELLOR.

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MR. MURPHY, Q.C., having resigned his membership of the Bar Council, owing to ill-health, and Mr. BYRNE, Q.C., having been appointed to the Bench, the vacancies have been filled by the selection by the Council of Mr. LEVETT, Q.C. and Mr. CRIPPS, Q.C., M.P.

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The Council has, without any expression of opinion, referred to the Standing Committee on the Business and Procedure of the Courts for consideration and report the letters of Sir HARRY POLAND and Sir ALFRED WILLs to the Times on Criminal Law Reform, together with a scheme for placing the Queen's Bench judges on the same footing as all other judges, and abolishing the Divisional Courts and the sittings of a judge at judges' chambers.

SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE. TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.. 261 COURT OF APPEAL,

LEADING ARTICLES. - Topics of the POTTER AND CO. v. BURRELL AND CO.

Week--Sir Forrest Fulton and the --Ship-Charter-party-Demurrage Hampstead Constable : Audi alterum --Approximate dates of arrival at partem--American Neutrality and

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We cannot say that we consider Mr. Darling's position before the House of Commons altogether to be emulated. Commissioners of Assize appointed by the Crown to take the place of a judge on circuit are paid £500 for the assize. That creates a place of profit which is not open to a member of Parliament without vacating his seat. To do the work for no pay will not earn the goodwill of the Bar. To arrange to do it for nothing without public announcement is needlessly to agitate public and professional curiosity and invite useless criticism. Nothing is so desirable in all public matters as that things should be what they seem and what they presumably are. It is to be regretted that Mr. Swift McNeiLL abandoned his intention of bringing the matter to the notice of the House, for it might have led to an interesting debate, though the

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incorporation of the repealed Local Government Act 1858' and its requirement through the medium of the Public Health Act 1875 of the almost obsolete mode of voting by voting papers, the Borough Funds Act is a very bad Act indeed.

As a

law on the point appears to be clear enough. By 6 Anne, c. 7, s. 25, it is enacted that the acceptance by any member of the House of Commons of any office of profit under the Crown shall vacate his seat, but he may be re-elected. The latter part of this section, by construction with sect. 24, applies to old offices (Rogers on Elections, part ii., p. 9, 63), a new office being one created since the 25th Oct. 1705, the holding of which disqualifies for election to the House. Commissioner Mr. Darling was entitled to a fee, and therefore the office was one of profit; and the fact that he did not, under the circumstances, receive any remuneration seems to be quite beside the question of the nature of the office. A case precisely in point was the appointment of Mr. HERBERT GLADSTONE, in 1881, as a Lord of the Treasury, which he accepted, though refusing to take the salary attached to the office; it was nevertheles determined that he vacated his seat for Leeds, and he had therefore to seek re-election. The rule has been applied very stringently to the Lord Wardenship of the Cinque Ports. When Viscount PALMERSTON accepted it in 1861 the salary had been withdrawn, but it was held that his seat had been vacated, because the warrant granted "all manner of wrecks," also “fees, rewards, commodities, emoluments," &c., to the office, together with the occupation of Walmer Castle : (May's Parliamentary Practice, p. 603).

MR. KENSIT, in his opposition to the confirmation of the election of the BISHOP OF LONDON, has been as unsuccessful as was Mr. BROWNjOhn in his opposition to the confirmation of the election of the ARCHBISHOP OF

CANTERBURY, notwithstanding that Mr. KENSIT's opposition, being partly grounded on statements of fact which might have been easily proved, whereas Mr. BROWNJohn's opposition was wholly grounded on statements of opinion most difficult to examine, was comparatively much more easy to deal with on the merits. The VICAR-GENERAL appears to have dealt with the matter as settled by the authority of the judgment of Sir TRAVERS Twiss, his predecessor, on the occasion of the opposition to the confirmation of the election of the present ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY to the see of Exeter in 1869. The present VICAR-GENERAL was then heard as counsel for the opposers, and the case decided against him

the ground of want of jurisdiction. Curiously enough, Sir TRAVERS Twiss had himself been present at the election of Dr. HAMPDEN to the see of Hereford, the opposition to the confirmation of wbich led to the celebrated case of Reg. v. Archbishop of Canterbury (11 Q. B. 483), in which, after prolonged argument before an equally divided court, no order was made upon an application for a mandamus to the ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY or the VICAR-GENERAL to hear the opposers.

The judgment of Sir TRAVERS TWISS is reported at length, together with the allegation on which it proceeded, in Phillimore's Ecclesiastical Law, see vol. i., at pp. 42-47 of the second edition, where it is said, at p. 42, that all the forms of the court imply that objections can be made and ought to be heard, and that the reason of the thing points in the same direction, but that the question whether an appeal lies from the Vicar-General's Court has not been formally decided.

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Tae catalogue of Bills for the coming Session in which lawyers are interested is limited. They are old friends. The Criminal Evidence Bill (which is exciting much controversy at the Bar Council); Bills of Sale Amendment(when will these unhappy securities be at peace?); the registration of land; limited companies; the Agricultural Holdings Act Amendment; and amendment of the procedure with reference to private Bills in Scotland and Ireland. “If time permits,” says the Queen's Speech, these measures will be brought forward.

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THE Borough Funds Act 1872 (35 & 36 Vict. c. 91), commonly called Leeman's Act, no doubt requires amendment, but Sir ALBERT ROLLIT and others, who recently formed a deputation to the Government upon the subject, have not as yet been able to obtain much promise of assistance for the amending Bill which it is probably intended to introduce. The Act empowers town councils, boards of health, local boards, and other local authorities, to expend corporate funds upon legal proceedings, and upon the promoting or opposing Bills in Parliament, but provides that no expense in promoting or opposing any Bill is to be charged on such funds “ until such promotion or opposition shall have had the consent of the owners and ratepayers ” of the district, “ to be expressed by resolution in the manner provided in the Local Government Act 1858 for the adoption of that Act." The Local Government Act 1858 was long ago repealed by the Public Health Act 1875; boards of health, which were the creation of the Public Health Act 1848, have disappeared; and local boards, elected by plural voting under the Local Government Act 1858 and the Public Health Act 1875, have become district councils, elected on the one one vote franchise by virtue of the Local Government Act 1894. But the procedure for obtaining consent of owners and ratepayers contained in the third schedule of the Public Health Act 1875, and substituted for the procedure under the Act of 1858 by sect. 313 of the latter Act, still subsists, and by that procedure any single ratepayer at a meeting called to give the required consent may demand a poll, and the poll is to be taken by voting papers in the manner provided by the second schedule of the Act of 1875, which schedule is repealed by the Local Government Act 1894, in such terms, however, as not to affect the Borough Funds Act. Both in substance, therefore, by the requirement of a poll on the demand of a single person, and in form, by its

SIR FORREST FULTON AND THE HAMPSTEAD

CONSTABLE-AUDI ALTERAM PARTEM. We have received the following letter, to which we give equal prominence with our comments last week :Howard House, Arundel-street, W.C.

“20th January 1897.

Reg v. Murray. Sir,--So fair and unprejudiced are your columns that we feel that no apology is necessary from us in offering you a contribution in answer to your article on the above case, which appeared in your issue of the 16th inst. We notice in your article that you refer to the reported evidence of the above case, and we not unnaturally assume that your article is based on this reported evidence. May we clear the ground at once by saying that not one single even fairly accurate report of the case appeared in any of the newspapers which we saw, and we think we have seen them all. The Hampstead Express probably had the best report.

Having said thus much, let us deal with the statements in your paper.

To begin with, it might be interesting to your readers to read what did actually happen with reference to the conviction of Adam Parrent before the Hampstead justices, and if they do not all concur in the view of that tribunal freely expressed by the Common Serjeant, we think that they may at least understand the learned judge taking the opportunity for expressing his disapproval of the course they had adopted.

“Adam Parrent is a man of fifty-nine years of age, who has borne an untarnished character in the neighbourhood which he has lived (Cricklewood) for thirty-five years. He was in the employment of the late Mr. Basil Woodd for upwards of twenty years.

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"In the early morning of the 29th of September he had left his benefit club, and was proceeding home when stopped by Murray, as he alleges, some distance before he reached Frognal, where the alleged damage was committed. He offered every explanation as to who he was, both to Murray and to the policeinspector, who declined to take the charge from the constable. Parrent was formally remanded from the next morning until the day following, the 30th, which was the Bench day. Meanwhile, he had sought the advice of his employer, who went to consult Jis solicitor on Parrent's behalf. His solicitor was away, and his employer therefore said that he would ask the Bench to remand Parrent for a week. Upon the 30th Parrent's employer wrote a courteous letter to the Bench, assuring them that he had known Parrent many years, and thought there must be a mistake, and stating his solicitor, who would defend, was away, and offering to go bail for any reasonable amount if the Bench would remand the case. This they refused to do, and they refused also to hear Parrent's employer when he offered an explanation. The conviction was in three cases, in each of which Parrent was fined a pound and ordered to pay damages.

" It was, to start with, a cunning manipulation of penalties, and, as the subsequent application to the magistrates proved, was clearly done with the intention of defeating any appeal. Application was made to manipulate these penalties so as to enable Parrent to clear his character. This application was refused.

“We pause here to ask, could any magistrates have been guilty of more flagrant injustice? What was Parrent to do? He had a thirty-five years' character swept away by this conviction. It was in this predicament he consulted us. Mr. Freke Palmer, we believe, had previously advised him that it was no good trying to press his appeal. There was no other way out of the difficulty but a prosecution of the man upon whose evidence, and upon whose evidence alone, he had been convicted. It was easy to foresee that the prosecution would be one fraught with great difficulties. Apart from the fact of the difficulty of obtaining a verdict upon the evidence, there was the Metropolitan Police Force to be fought, and the open hostility of the Bench to Parrent to be met. Our first step was to apply to the magistrates' clerk for a copy of the notes of evidencean application which was flatly refused. We then applied to the Press for copies of the reports of the proceedings, and from the editors of both Hampstead newspapers we received every courtesy and assistance. An application was then made to the magistrates for process either by warrant or summons, and the Chairman's answer to us was that they should decline both, because they had heard the case and believed the evidence of the constable. It was then pointed out to them that, if they would not grant a summons, there were means of compelling them to act. A summons was then granted, the Chairman informing us that we took it at our risk.

The summons having been granted, we then renewed our application to be supplied with a copy of the notes, which' the Chairman refused, remarking that he did not see that they had anything to do with the case and that it rested with us to prove the charge.

“ Have we not, sir, even up to this point, justified the Common Serjeant's remarks ?

“The summons came on for hearing. We do not wish to comment upon the conduct of the Bench during it, as our object is merely to give you facts. A very clear intimation was given in the early part of the case, however, that the magistrates would dismiss it. This was accordingly done.

“During the interval which preceded the return of the summons an inquiry was instituted by the Commissioner of Police into the case, with the result that Murray was not suspended. Who the persons were who gave information at that inquiry, we are, of course, unaware. It was held with closed doors.

“We now turn to the trial at the Old Bailey, and will commence by giving you rerbatim what the Recorder said in charging the grand jury.

“ . There is also a case on the calendar of great difficulty. It is a charge of perjury against a police-constable. The bill presented upon such a charge must be supported either by the evidence of two persons or by the evidence of one person coupled with some circumstance.

I commend the case to your very careful consideration. It may be said that what we have

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here is merely oath against oath, but then there is the evidence of the doctor unrebutted at the police-court, together with the fact of the enormous weight of the pillar-cap the constable swore he saw the prosecutor throw down. I might, perhaps, consider that this was bare corroboration, but you are to say, and, as I said before, you will, I hope, give the case very careful consideration, as it is one of importance.'

“The grand jury, we presume, followed the directions of the recorder with the result mentioned in your article. Now before the jury the following facts were those principally relied upon by the prosecution and upon which doubtless the jury came to their conclusion.

" (1.) That Parrent was upwards of a thousand yards from No. 34 Frognal at the time the constable swore he saw him do the act.

“(2.) That Parrent's left arm was powerless when raised.

“(3.) That the pillar-cap in question weighed 312 pounds and was securely cemented to the gate-post.

" (4.) That three pillar-caps were thrown down that same night at places in respect of which Parrent was not charged. That two of these three were thrown down after Parrent was safely under lock and key at the police-station.

* These two latter facts were proved by witnesses for the defence. Inspector Nicholls denied upon oath that Parrent had been drinking. An independent witness swore that he was in contact with a freshly-cut wall shortly before taken into custody, and that the presence of brickdust relied upon by the defence might have been due to this circumstance.

“ Finally, two policemen were called for the defence, one of whom saw Parrent through a house round a corner at a distance of 200 yards away entering Frognal, and the other was standing within 3 yards of Parrent as he entered Frognal, knew that the dispute in the original case was as to whether Parrent was ever there, and never said a word about it to his inspector until the perjury proceedings were in progress.

“ There was also a doctor who had attended Parrent for his injured arm eight years ago, and who examined him just before the hearing at Hampstead, who swore that he was convinced of Parrent's physical ability to remove this heavy pillar-cap because he had submitted him to two tests, one the raising of a window-sash (which, by the bye, is balanced with weights), and the other, the retention in his hand of a light bamboo stool when it was placed there.

“We fear we have trespassed too long upon your space. We wish to add no more but our thanks to you for your indulgence.

faithfully, “ WILLETT AND SANDFORD, “ Solicitors for the Prosecution."

“ We are, yours

[The following appeared in “Silk and Stuff" in the Pall Mall Guzette on Thursday.--Ed. L. T.]

Among the causes which contributed to the release of the constable Murray (recently sent to prison for perjury) was an incident of a dramatic nature. Shortly before Christmas, Parrant, the prosecutor in Murray's case, sued a man named Death in the Barnet County Court, before Sir Alfred Marten, for money lent, the hire of a horse, and goods sold. In crossexamination he admitted that he only brought the action after Death had put in a distress for the rent of stables. The terms of the written lease did not bear out the plaintiff's story. The defendant swore that the money in question had been paid to him on account of rent, and, after his evidence, the judge asked the plaintiff's solicitor what he proposed to do. Ths latter declined to cross-examine the defendant, and ultimately the judge, in a long judgment, disbelieving the plaintiff's story, found for the defendant. A barrister who was in court, hearing subsequently that Parrant had been Murray's prosecutor, made further inquiries, and wrote to the Home Office within two days. After the identity of the complainant in each case was established, the Home Office wrote to Sir Alfred Marten, who expressed a strong opinion on the matter, with the result that Murray was promptly released. It must be added that the Home Office has not yet thanked the energet c barrister for his service to justice.”

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