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BERRIMAN, FREDERICK MARK, Driffield, fruiterer. Ct. Kingston-upon-Hull. Meeting,

Feb. 19, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Hull. Exam. March 15, at 2, at Court-house,

Hull. BATES, WILLIAM JEFFERY. Luton, teadealer. Ct. Luton. Meeting. Feb. 19, at noon,

at office of Of. Ren. Bedford. Exam. March 2, at noon, at Court-house, Lnton. BARTRAM, WILLIAM, late Simpaster, farmer. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and Middles

brough. Meeting, Feb. 24, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Middlesbrough. Exam,

Feb. 24, at 10.30, at Court-house, Stockton-on-Tees. BURNLEY, WILLIAM Thomas, Upper Tooting-rd, builders' merchant. Ot. Wands

worth. Meeting, Feb. 19, at 11.30, at 24, Railway-approach, London-bridge.

Exam. Feb. 25, at noon, at Court-house, Wandsworth. CROSSLEY, SAMUEL, Huddersfield, shuttle maker. Ct. Huddersfield. Meeting,

Feb. 22, at 11, at office of Off. Roc. Huddersfield. Exam. March 8, at 2, at County

Court, Huddersfield. CAMPBELL, JAMES, Leeds, late drysalter's traveller. Ct. Leeds. Meeting, Feb. 22,

at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Leeds. Exam. March 9, at 11, at County Court-house,

Leeds. COLLINS. EENBY JOHN, Landport, fruiterer. Ct. Portsmouth. Meeting, Feb. 19.

at 3, at office of Off. Rec, Portsmouth. Exam. Feb. 22, at noon, at Court-house,

Portsmouth. CHAPMAN. JAMES. Swindon, farmer. Ct. Salford. Meeting Feb. 24, at 2.30, at office

of off. Rec Manchester. Exam, March 10, at 2.30, at Court-house, Salford. DEANS, MAJOR THACKWRAY, Scarborough, bosier. Ct. Scarborough. Meeting,

Feb. 19, at 11.30, at office of Ofr. Rec. Scarborough. Exam. Feb. 23, at noon, at

Court-house, Scarborough. DAVIES, ROBERT, Pontlottyn, builder. Ct. Merthyr Tydol. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 3, at 65. High-st, Merthyr Tydfil. Exam. March 8, at 3, at Court-house,

Merthyr Tydfi. DAVIES, SAMUEL, late Trebannog, watchmaker. Ct. Carmarthen. Meeting. Feb. 20,

at 11.30, at office of Off Rec. Carmarthen. Exam. March 3, at 11, at Guildhall,

Carmarthen. DUFF, JAMES ROBINSON, Tottenham, laundryman. Ct. Edmonton. Meeting, Feb. 22,

at 3, at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. March 1, at 11.30, at Court-house.

Edmonton. DE STE. MARIE, HARRIOT, late Teignmouth, countess. Ct. Exeter. Meeting, Feb. 23,

at 11, at office of Ofr. Rec. Exeter Exam. Feb. 25, at 11.30, at the Castle, Exeter. EDWARDS, ARTHUR HERBERT, Leighton Buzzard. farmer. Ct. Luton. Meeting,

Feb. 19, at 12.30, at office of off. Rec. Bedford. Exam. March 2, at noon, at

Court house, Luton. GOSNELL, ALFRED ERNEST, Leytonstone. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 18, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. GARDNER, GEORGE (deceased), late High Wycombe, grocer. Ct. Aylesbury. Meeting,

Feb. 19, at 3, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. GUDGEON, JOHN, Derby, ironmonger. Ct. Derby. Meeting, Feb. 22, at noon, at

office of Off. Rec. Derby. Exam. March 9, at 11, at County-hall, Derby. HUGHES, JOSEPH, Piccadilly, wine merchant. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 2.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam, March 18, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. HANNAY, WILLIAM GORDON, Birmingham, clerk. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting,

Feb. 22, at 11, at 23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Exam. March 1, at 2, at County

Court, Birmingham. HESKETH, HENRY, Bolton, fruiterer. Ct. Bolton. Meeting, Feb. 22, at 3, at 16, Wood

st, Bolton, Exam. March 1, at 11, at Court-house, Bolton. HAIGH, MARTHA, Bradford, Yorks, late grocer. Ct. Bradford. Meeting, Feb. 22,

at 11, at oflice of Off. Rec. Bradford. Exam. March 2, at 10, at County Court,

Bradford, HUXTABLE, TOM, Chiswick, draper. Ct. Brentford. Meeting, Feb. 20, at 11, at 95,

Temple-chmbrs. Temple-av. "Exam. March 9, at 2.15, at Townhall, Brentford. HIGGIN, WILLIAM HUNTER, Burnley, solicitor. Ct. Burnley. Meeting. Feb. 26, at 2,

at Exchange hotel, Nicholas-st, Burnley. Exam. Feb. 26, at 11, at Court-house,

Burnley. HARWOOD, DANIEL, late Cardiff, publican. Ct. Cardif. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 11, at

office of Off. Rec. Cardiff. Exam, March 30, at 10, at Townhall, Cardiff. HAMLYN, CHARLES, Hea vitree, gentleman. Ct. Exeter. Meeting, Feb. 20, at 11, at

Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. Feb. 25, at 11.30, at the Castle, Exeter. HUGHES, JOHN, High Ercall, innkeeper. Ct. Madeley. Meeting, Feb. 20, at 1, at

office of off. Rec. Shrewsbury. Exam. March 3, at 11.30, at County Court,

Madeley. HOPLEY, JAMES, Manchester, watchmaker. Ct. Manchester. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Manchester. Exam. Feb. 22, at 11, at Court-house,

Manchester. HEBRON, WILLIAM PEIRSON. Whitby, grocer. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and Middles

brough. Meeting, Feb. 24, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Middlesbrough. Exam,

Feb. 24, at 10.30, at Court-house, Stockton-on-Tees. HEALD, JOHN, Knottingley, boat hauler. Ct. Wakefield. Meeting, Feb. 19, at 11,

at office of Off, Rec. Waketield. Exam. March 4, at 11, at Court-house, Wakefield. Jones, WILLIAM THOMAS, Aberdare, undertaker. Ct Aberdare. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 2, at 65, High-st, Merthyr Tydfl. Exam. March 8, at 10.30, at Temperance

ball, Aberdare. MARTLEW, THOMAS, late Leigh, ironmonger. Ct. Bolton. Meeting. Feb. 19, at 10,

at 16, Wood-st, Bolton. Exam. Feb. 22, at 10.15, at Court-house. Bolton. PARKER, WILLIAM, Bury, roundabout proprietor. Ct. Bolton Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 3, at 16, Wood-st, Bolton. Exam. Feb. 22, at 10.15, at Court-house, Bolton, PATON, THOMAS, Kingston-on-Thames, late accountant. Ct. Kingston, Surrey.

Meeting, Feb. 22. at 11.30, at 24, Railway-approach, London Bridge. Exam.

March 2, at 2.30, at Court-house, Kingston, Surrey. ROSSER, WILLIAM JAMES, Narberth, licensed victualler. Ct. Pembroke Dock.

Meeting, Feb. 20, at 12.30, at office of Off. Rec. Carmarthen. Exam. March 5, at

11.30, at Temperance-ball, Pembroke Dock. RHEINSTROM, JOSEPH, Marloes-rd, Kensington, insurance agent. Ct. High Court.

Meeting, Feb. 19, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 19, at 11.30, at

Bankruptcy-bldgs. SHELDRICK, FREDERICK SAMUEL, Cambridge, printer. Ct. Cambridge. Meeting,

Feb. 22, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Cambridge. Exam. March 17, at 11, at Guild

hall, Cambridge. SCHULZ. RUDOLPH, Kingston-upon-Hull, late wagonette owner. Ct. Kingston-upon

Hull. Meeting, Feb. 19, at 11.30, at office of Off. Rec. Hull. Exam. March 15,

at 2, at Court-house, Hull. STANFIELD, GEORGE, jun., Southsea, bird fancier. Ct. Portsmonth. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at 3.30, at office of Off. Rec. Portsmouth. Exam. Feb. 22, at noon, at Court-house.

Portsmouth. TEATT, GEORGE EDWARD (trading as Edward Tratt), Leicester, boot manufacturer,

Ct. Leicester. Meeting, Feb. 19, at 12.30, at office of Off. Rec. Leicester. Exam.

March 4, at 10, at the Castle, Leicester. WRIGHT, GEORGE, Nottingham, late farmer, Ct. Nottingham. Meeting, Feb. 19,

at noon, at office of Off. Rec. Nottingham. Exam. March 5, at 10, at County

Court-house, Nottingham. WICKES, CHARLES H., Okedene, gentleman. Ct. Windsor. Meeting, March. 5, at 3 at 95, Temple-chmbrs, Temple-av. Exam. Feb. 27, at 11, at Townhall, Windsor.

GAZETTE, FEB. 16. ANCELL, THEODORE ROBERT, Great Winchester-st, company promoter. Ct. High

Court. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 17, at 11, at

Bankruptcy-bldgs. BRANDER, A. I., Berners-st. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 23, at noon, at Bank

ruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 17, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. BROADHEAD, JOSEPH CONYERS (trading as J. C. Broadhead and Co.), Garforth, leather

merchant. Ct. Wakefield. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Wakefield.

Exam. March 4, at 11, at Court-house, Wakefield. BROUGH, WILLIAM HENRY, West rtlepool, late publican. _Ct. Sunderland. Meet

ing, Feb. 23, at 4, at office of Off. Rec. Sunderland. Exam. Feb. 25, at 11, at

Court-house, Sunderland. BUTLER, WILLIAM, Southsea, commission agent. Ct. Portsmouth, Meeting, Feb. 23,

at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Portsmouth. Exam. Feb. 22, at noon, at Court-house, Portsmouth.

BARWICK. JOSEPH, Rushden, boot manufacturer. Ct. Northampton. Meeting,

Feb. 26, at 12.45, at County Court-bldgs, Northampton. Exam. March 9, at noon,

at County-ball, Northampton. BROWN, GEORGE FOWLER (trading as Brown and Love), Ashby-de-la-Zouch, solicitor.

Ct. Leicester Meeting, Feb. 22, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Leicester. Exam,

March 4, at 10, at the Castle, Leicester. COLLIFORD (trading as H. W. George and Co.) late Fenchurch-bldgs, wine merchant.

Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 2.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam.

March 17, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. GODARD, ALFRED WILLIAM. Tibberton, farmer. Ct. Worcester. Meeting. Feb. 24,

at 11.30, at office of Off. Rec. Worcester. Exam. March 9, at 2.15, at Guildhall,

Worcester. GOODMAN, Joox, Bradden, farmer. Ct. Northampton. Meeting. Feb. 24, at 12.30, at

County Court-bldgs, Northampton. Exam. March 9, at noon, at County-ball,

Northampton. GARDNER, ROBERT, Dallington, baker. Ot. Northampton. Meeting, Feb. 26, at 12.15,

at County Court-bldgs, Northampton. Exam. March 9, at noon, at County-hall,

Northampton GANGE, FRANK WILLIAM, Bridport, smith. Ct. Dorchester, Meeting, Feb. 23,

at 12.30, at office of Off. Rec. Salisbury. Exam. April 30, at 12.15, at County-hall,

Dorchester. GUNDELACH, H. H, F. (trading as F. Gundelach and Co.), Distafl-la, Cannon-st, fur

merchant. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs.

Exam. March 25, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. GOUGH, HE BERT JAMES, Bristol, coal merchant. Ct. Bristol. Meeting, Feb. 24,

at noon, at office of Off. Rec. Bristol. Exam. March 26, at noon, at Shirehall,

Bristol HUDSON, PERCY SEAF ORTH, late Llanynys. limestone merchant. Ct. Wrexham.

Meeting, Feb. 26, at 2.30, at Priory, Wrexham. Exam. March 9, at noon, at

County-hall, Wrexham. HARDY, WILLIAM, Stockton-on-Tees, foreman fitter. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and

Middlesbrough. Meeting, March 3, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Middlesbrough.

Exam. March 3, at 10.30, at Court-house, Stockton-on-Tees. HARBUT, ERNEST EDGAR, Southampton, greengrocer. Ct. Southampton. Meeting,

Feb. 26, at 3 15, at office of Off. Rec. Southampton. Exam. March 31, at 11, at

Court-house, Southampton. HAMILTON, JAMES, late Newcastle-on-Tyne, traveller. Ct. Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Meeting, Feb. 24, at 11.30, at office of Off. Rec. Newcastle-on-Tyne. Exam.

Feb. 25, at 11 30, at County Court, Newcastle-on-Type. HODGE, WILLIAM, and STAFFORD, ROBERT, Newcastle-on-Tyna, cabinetmakers. Ct.

Newcastle-on Tyne. Meeting, Feb. 26, at 11.30, at office of Off. Rec. Newcastle

on-Tyne. Exam. March 2, at 11.30, at County Court, Newcastle-on-Tyne. HOLT HENRY GRIFFITA, King's Norton, boot dealer. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting,

Feb. 25, at 11, at 23, Colmore-row, Birmingham. Exam. March 11, at 2, at

County Court, B.rmingham. Johns. Taomas, Stithians, farmer. Ct. Truro. Meeting, Feb. 25, at noon, at office of

Off. Rec. Truro. Exam, March 20, at 11.45, at Townhall, Truro. JENNER, ARTHUR HERBERT, Church-st, Camberwell, no occupation. Ct. High Court.

Meeting, Feb. 23, at 2.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 25, at 11.30, at

Bankruptcy-bldgs. KINLEY. THOMAS, Swansea, builder. Ct. Swansea. Meeting, Feb. 23, at noon, at

office of Off. Rec. Swansea. Exam. March 18, at 11.30, at Townhall, Swansea. KING, JOHN FREDERICK, Nottingham, pianoforte dealer. Ct. Nottingham. Meeting,

Feb. 23, at noon, at office of off. Rec. Nottingham. Exam. March 5, at 10, at

County Court-house, Nottingham. KNOTT, ELLEN PREBE, Dursley, housekeeper, spinster. Ct. Gloucester. Meeting,

March 2, at 11, at office of Off. Rec. Gloucester. Exam. March 2, at noon, at Shire

hall, Gloucester. LOOG, HERMANN, Finsbury-pavement, manufacturers' agent. Ct. High Court.

Meeting. Feb. 24, at 1, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 26, at 11.30, at Bank

ruptcy-bldgs. LEE, TOM STACEY, Leicester, jeweller. Ct. Leicester. Meeting, Feb. 23, at 12.30, at

office of Off. Rec. Leicester. Exam. March 4, at 10, at the Castle, Leicester. LUCAS, WALTER, late Shefford, licensed victualler. Ct. Bedford. Meeting, Feb. 23,

at 10.30. at office of Off. Rec. Bedford. Exam. Feb. 23, at 11, at Shirehall, Bedford. MORGAN, THOMAS (late trading as Thomas Morgon and Son), Newport, late green

grocer. Ct. Newport, Mon. Meeting, Feb. 23, at noon, at office of Off. Rec.

Newport. Exam Feb 23, at 10, at Townhall, Newport. MARGETTS, GEORGE, Withington, builder. Ct. Cheltenham. Meeting, Feb. 27, at 3.30,

at County Court-bldgs, Cheltenham. Exam. March 11, at noon, at County Court,

Cheltenham. MACBEATH, MARGARET, Bloomsbury-st, Bedford-sg, widow. Ct. High Court.

Meeting, Feb. 24, at 11, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 26, at noon, at

Bankruptcy-bldgs. NORMAN, HARRY A DOLPHUS (trading as E. S. Norman and Co.), Liverpool, port

manteau manufacturer, Ct. Liverpool. Meeting, Feb. 24, at noon, at office of

Off. Rec. Liverpool. Exam. Feb. 25, at 11, at Court-house, Liverpool, OSTERHAUS, ADOLF (trading as the Colonia Whip Manufactory), Great Winchester-st,

whip manufacturer. Ct. High Court. Meeting, Feb. 23, at noon, at Bankruptcy

bldgs. Exam. March 26, at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. REEVES, JOHN SIMS, Ridgemount-grdns, Gower-st, professional vocalist. Ct. High

Court. Meeting. Feb. 24, at noon, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. Exam. March 19,

at 11.30, at Bankruptcy-bldgs. STOKES, BENJAMIN, late Aston, pork butcher. Ct. Birmingham. Meeting, Feb. 24,

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

Birmingham TURNER, JOIN (trading As Turner Brothers), Kendal, bootmaker. Ct. Kendal.

Meeting, Feb. 23, at noon, at Grosvenor hotel, Stramongate, Kendal. Exam.

March 13, at 2, at Court-house, Kendal. TUCKER, RICHARD, jun., Bridport, solicitor. Ct. Dorchester. Meating, Feb. 24, at 3,

at Bull hotel, Bridport. Exam. March 12, at 12.15, at County-hall, Dorchester. WEBB, WILLIAM. Romsey, butcher. Ct. Southampton. Meeting, Feb. 26, at 3.45, at

office of Off. Rec. Southampton. Exam. March 31, at 11, at Court-house,

Southampton. WATSON, Joux, Darlington, fireman, Ct. Stockton-on-Teas and Middlesbrough.

Meeting, Feb. 24, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Middlesbrough. Exam. Feb. 24,

at 10.30, at Court-house, Stockton-on-Tees. WATTS, HOPKIN MATTHEW, Cowbridge, baker. Ct. Cardiff. Meeting, Feb. 25, at 11,

at office of Off. Rec. Cardiff. Exam, March 30, at 10, at Townhall, Cardiff. WARD, SAMUEL, Derby, fish dealer. Ct. Derby. Meeting, Feb. 24, at noon, at office

of Off. Rec. Derby. Exam. March 9, at 11, at County-hall, Derby. YOUNG, ALEXANDER STUART (trading as A. Stuart Young and Co.), Manchester, grey

cloth agent. Ct. Manchester. Meeting, Feb. 24, at 3, at office of Off. Rec. Manchester. Exam. March 1, at 11, at Court-house, Manchester.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXAMINATION.

GAZETTE, FEB, 16. KIRKPATRICK, JOHN Henry, Denton, late licensed 'victraller. Ct. Manchester (by

transfer from Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge). Exam. March 1 (in lieu of. Feb. 18, at Ashton-under-Lyne), at 11, at Court-house, Manchester.

ADJUDICATIONS.

GAZETTE, FEB, 12. ALLEN, JOSIAH (trading as J. Allen and Son), Hednon, builder. Ct. Barnet. Order,

Feb. 6. BRYCE, JOHN (trading as John Evans and Co.), Mostyn-rd, Brixton, manufacturing

confectioner. Ct. High Court. Order, Feb, 9. BEDDOE, EDWARD CLARENCE, Walsall, engineer. Ct. Walsall. Order, Feb. 9. BARLOW, John Thomas, Middlesbrough, club manager. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and

Middlesbrough. Order, Feb. 9.
BOWEN, Evan, Tonypandy, carpenter. Ct. Pontypridd. Order, Feb. 9.
BAX, VARTHA, late Finsbury Park-rd, builder. Ct. High Court. Order, Feb. 9.

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NOTICES OF DIVIDENDS.

GAZETTE, FEB. 5. BRYAN BROTHERS LIMITED, Wright's-bldgs, Grange-rd, Bermondsey. Ct. High

Court. Amount per pound, 11d. First and final. Payable, any day (except Saturday) between 11 and 2, at 33, Carey-st.

GAZETTE, FEB. 9. QUEEN ANNE AND GARDEN MANSIONS LIMITED, Queen Anne's-mansions, St. James's

Park. Ct. High Court. Amount per pound, wod. First and final. Payable, Feb. 16, or any subsequent day (except Saturday), between 11 and 2, at 33,

Carey-st. WILLIAM LEVETT AND CO. LIMITED, Eastcheap. Ct. High Court. Amount per pound,

38. 10d. First. Peyable, Feb. 16, or any subsequent day (except Saturday), between 11 and 2, at 33, Carey-st.

NOTICES OF INTENDED DIVIDENDS.

GAZETTE, FEB, 12, FEDERAL BANK OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, King William-st. Ct. High Court. Last day

for proofs, March 1. Liquidator, George Stapylton Barnes, 33, Carey-st. PATENT NATIONAL CARTRIDGE COMPANY LIMITED, Bristol. Last day for proofs,

Feb. 27. Liquidator, Edward Gustavus Clarke, Bank-chmbrs, Corn-st, Bristol.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF LIQUIDATOR.

GAZETTE, FEB. 9. PERFECT PAVEMENT COMPANY LIMITED, Penmaenmawr. Ct. Bangor. Liquidator,

William Aldred, 24, Booth-st, Manchester. Appointment, Jan. 11.

NOTICES OF RELEASE OF LIQUIDATORS.

GAZETTE, Feb. 5. MASON BROTHERS LIMITED, Billiter House, Billiter-st. Ct. High Court. Liquidator, James Smith, Billiter House, Billiter-st. Release, Jan. 23.

GAZETTE, FEB. 12. LIVERPOOL INVESTMENT AND PROPERTY COMPANY LIMITED, Liverpool. Ct. Liverpool

Liquidator, John Bennett Colton, Bennett's-bldgs, Whitechapel, Liverpool, Release, Jan. 23.

BARKER, THOMAS, Scarborough, late pork butcher. Ct. Scarborough. Order, Feb. 9. CAMMISS, EDWARD, and CAMMISS, WILLIAM BRADSHAW (trading as W. B. Cammiss),

Stockton-on-Tees, contractors. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough. Order,

Feb. 9. CHIPP, SAMUEL, Ludlow, cattle dealer. Ct. Leominster. Order, Feb, 10. CROSSLEY, SAMUEL, Huddersfield, shuttle maker. Ct. Huddersfield. Order, Feb. 10. DUFF. JAMES ROBINSON, Tottenham, laundryman. Ct. Edmonton. Order, Feb. €. GUDGEON, JOHN, Derby, ironmonger. Ct. Derby. Order. Feb. 8. GouGH, HERBERT JAMES, Bristol, coal merchant. Ct. Bristol. Order, Feb. 10. HESKETH, HENRY, Bolton, fruiterer. Ct. Bolton. Order, Feb. 8. HANNAY, WILLIAM GORDON, Birmingham, clerk. Ct. Birmingham. Order. Feb. 10. HUGHES, JOSEPH, Althorpe-rd, Wandsworth, wine merchant. Ct. High Court.

Order, Feb. S. HAMLYN, CHARLES, Hearitree, gentleman. Ct. Exeter. Order. Feb. 8. HERON, EDWARD GEORGE, Leeds, tailor. Ct. Leeds. Order, Feb. !. HEALD, John, Knottingley, boat hauler. Ct. Wakefield. Order, Feb. 9. JOHNS, THOMAS, Stithians, farmer. Ct. Truro. Order, Feb. 9. JONES, JOHN WILLIAM, Rhyl, joirer. Ct. Bangor. Order, Feb. 9. KIRKPATRICK, JOHN HARRY. late Denton, licensed victualler. Ct. Ashton-under

Lyne and Stalybridge. ler, Feb. 4. Knoti, Ellen PHEBE, Dursley, housekeeper, spinster. Ct. Gloucester. Order,

Feb. 10. LEE, TOM STACEY, Leicester, jeweller. Ct. Leicester. Order, Feb. 10. MAY, HENRY, West Bromwich, sweep. Ct. West Bromwich. Order, Feb. 8. NUTTALL, EDMUND, Rochdale, corn mill engineer. Ct. Rochdale. Order, Feb. 9. Putz, LOUIS JOHN (described in receiving order as L. T. Putz), Abingdon-rd,

Kensington. Ct. High Court. Order, Feb. 8. RIDINGS, W. R., Birmingham, electrical engineer. Ct. Birmingham. Order, Feb. 3. SHELDRICK, FREDERICK SAMUEL, Cambridge, printer. Ct. Cambridge. Order,

Feb. 8. SHAW, JOHN JAMES, St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, stonemason. Ct. Preston. Order,

Feb. 9. TRATT, GEORGE EDWARD (trading as Edward Tratt), Leicester, boot manufacturer.

Ct. Leicester. Order, Feb, $. USHER WILLIAM (trading as the Swansea Manufacturing Company), Swansea,

furniture manufacturer. Ct. Swansea. Order, Feb. 9. WILLIAMSON, GEORGE, Luton, saddler. Ct. Luton, Order, Feb. 8. WARD, SAMUEL, Derby, fish dealer, Ct. Derby. Order, Feb. 10.

GAZETTE, FEB. 16, BACKWAY, THOMAS, late Bideford, carpenter. Ct. Barnstaple. Order, Feb. 11. BARRACLOUGH, HERBERT, Bradford, Yorks, commission weaver. Ct. Bradford. Order,

Feb. 12. COSTIN, FREDERICK, Harley-rd, Harlesden, mercantile clerk. Ct. High Court. Order,

Feb. 12. CURTIS, FRANK, Rhymney, fruiterer. Ct. Tredegar. Order, Feb. 11. COLLINS, WILLIAM, late Longdon, grocer. Ct. Walsall. Order, Feb. 5. CoNsitt, WILLIAM STRATFORD, North Ormesby, beerhouse-keeper. Ct. Stockton-on

Tees and Middlesbrough. Order. Feb. 10. COLLINS, HENRY JOHN, Landport, fruiterer. Ct. Portsmouth. Order, Feb. 6. CARTER, THOMAS, and WEBDALE, HERBERT (trading as Herbert Webdale and Co.),

Luton, straw-hat manufacturers. Ct. Luton. Order. Feb. 11. Cox, ARTHUR, Ilkeston, bricklayer. Ct. Derby. Order, Feb. 12. DOVE, HENRY, Newport, butcher. Ct. Newport and Ryde. Order, Feb. 12. DICKER, ELIZABETH ANNIE, Great Yarmouth, widow. Ci. Great Yarmouth. Order,

Feb. 12. DAVIES, EDWARD, late Aberdare, innkeeper. Ct. Aberdare. Order, Feb. 12. GREWCOCK, FREDERICK, Overseal, cow keeper. Ct. Burton-on-Trent. Order, Feb. 11. GIBBINGS, EDWARD WILLIAM, late Bond-et, no occupation. Ct. High Court. Order,

Feb. 12. GOLDSTEIN, BARNETT, Chicksand-st, Brick-la, Spitalfields, baker. Ct. High Court.

Order, Feb. 12. HARBUT, ERNEST EDGAR, Southampton, greengrocer. Ct. Southampton. Order,

Feb. 11. HUME, ROBERT, and LABBETT, SAMUEL, Bridgend, cycle agents. Ct. Cardiff. Order,

Feb. 13. JONES, THOMAS BOOTH, late Prestwich, farmer. Ct. Salford. Order, Feb. 11. MARSDEN, HERBERT, late Cadishead, grocer. Ct. Salford. Order, Feb. 12. MIDDUP, HENRY, Calverton, late licensed victualler. Ct. Nottingham. Order, Feb. 11. MCFARLANE, WILLIAM, Waterloo, builder. Newcastle-on-Tyne. Order, Feb. 12. MORGAN, JOB WILLIAM (trading as Duffryn Merthyr Coal Company), Aberdare, coal

mercbant. Ct. Aberdare. Order, Feb. 12. MADDER, CHARLES, Bedford, jobmaster. Ct. Bedford. Order, Feb. 13. OSTERHAUS, ADOLF (trading as the Colonia Whin Manufactory), Great Winchester-st,

whip manufacturer. Ct. High Court. Order, Feb. 11. PATMAN, DAVID, Barton, coal dealer. Ct. Cambridge. Order, Feb. 13. POOLE, HARRY JAMES, Comberton, butcher. Ct. Cambridge. Order, Feb. 11. PITCHFORD, GEORGE, Barlaston, railway clerk. Ct. Stafford. Order, Feb. 13. ROBERTS, HENRY TAYLOR (trading as the Raven Braid Manufacturing Co.), Maccles

field, braid manufacturer. Ct. Macclesfield. Order, Feb. 12. RAPEE, MARY JANE, Treborir-rd, Earl's Court, widow. Ct. High Court. Order,

Feb. 10. REES, WILLIAM (trading as William Rees and Co.), Aldersgate-st, artificial flower

merchant. Ct. High Court. Order, Feb. 10. REGAN, WILLIAM FREDERICK, Threadneedle-st, estate agent. Ct. High Court, Order,

Feb. 10. SPACIE, THOMAS, Aston, grocer. Ct. Sheffield. Order, Feb. 11. SIBLING, GEORGE KING, Long Eaton, lace manufacturer, Ct. Derby. Order,

Feb. 12. SNOWBALL, GEORGE EDWARD, Forest Hall, plumber. Ct. Newcastle-on-Tyne. Order,

Feb, 11. SCOTT, FREDERICK, West Cowes, butcher. Ct. Newport and Ryde. Order, Feb. 12. SIMONS, THOMAS, Kislingbury, farmer. Ct. Northampton. Order, Feb. 11. STOGDON, JOHN COLE, Clement's-inn, Strand, solicitor. Ct. High Court. Order,

Feb. 12. THOMPSON, CHARLES, Darlington, boilersmith. Ct. Stockton-on-Tees and Middles

brough. Order, Feb. 12. UNWIN, CHARLES THOMAS (described in receiving order as Charles Unwin), late

Gorst-rd, Wandsworth Common. Ct. High Court. Order. Feb. 13. WATTS, HOPKIN MATTHEW, Cowbridge. baker. Ct. Cardiff. Order, Feb. 13. WRIGHT, PHILIP, Ryhall, farmer. Ct. Peterborough, Order, Feb. 12.

The following amended notice is substituted for that published in the Gazette of Jan. 5. HANNAM, MESHACH, late Ealing, farmer. Ct. Brentford. Order, Dec. 31.

The following amended notice is substituted for that published in the Gazette of Jan. 12. LOSKANT, ANTON (trading as Anton Loskan), Blackheath, leather seller. Ct. Greenwich. Order, Jan. 8.

ADJUDICATION ANNULLED.

GAZETTE, FEB. 12. STUART, EDWARD HENRY (commonly called Lord Clifton), Dumpton Park. Ct.

Canterbury. Adjudication, Dec. 6, 1889. Annulment, Feb. 2, 1897.

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.

BIRTHS. MURRAY.-On the 6th inst., at Harpley, Watford, Herts, the wife of Arthur Turnour

Murray, Barrister-at-law, of a daughter. PATTINSON.-On the 6th inst., at Gurnett House, Higher Sutton, Macclesfield, the wife

of Arthur T. Pattinson, Solicitor of a son. PRIOLEAU.-On the 3rd inst., at Villa Bidartea, Biarritz, France, the wife of Richard

Trenholm Prioleau, Barrister-at-law, of a daughter. TAORNTON.-On the 6th inst., Mary Emma, the wife of Charles Thornton, of Nelson, Lancashire, Solicitor, of a son.

MARRIAGES. ACKLAND-MACROP.Y.-On the 13th inst., at St. Stephen's Church, Westbourne-park,

W., Robert Craig Ackland, M.R.O.S., LR C.P., third son of the late Robert Ackland, Esq., of Exeter, to Ruth Kathleen, youngest daughter of Edmund Macrory, Q.c., of 19, Pembridge-sq, W., and Duncairn, co. Antrim, and grand

daughter of the late Mr. Justice Manisty. BARKER-FLOWERS.-On the 8th inst., at New York, Frank Leigh Wynyard Barker,

youngest son of J. E. Barker, Q.C., of the Inner Temple, and Brooklands, Bakewell, to Ethel Alice, elder daughter of Lieut.-Col. Flowers, late 4th Batt. Lincoln

shire Regt. LUCE-Scott.-On the 11th inst., at St. Peter's Church, Coverack, Cornwall, Richard

Harman Luce, M.B., F.R.C.S., of Derby, eldest surviving son of Col. C. R. Luce, D.L., of Malmesbury, Wilts, to Mary Irene, third daughter of the late John Scott,

M.R.C.S., of Westover Villa, Bournemouth. MORRISON-MITCHELL.-On the ilth inst., at Christ Church, Morningside, Edinburgh,

M. M. Downie Morrison, Royal Artillery, second son of Col. J. C. D. Morrison, Royal Bodyguard, to Mary Murray, second daughter of William Mitchell,

Solicitor Supreme Courts, 7, Blackford-rd, Edinburgh. STEWART-SINCLAIR.-On the 10th inst., in Leckpatrick Church, Strabane, Capt.

Alexander Montgomery Stewart, of Killendarragh, to Jemima S. Sinclair. daughter of the late William Sinclair, D.L., co. Donegal, of Holy Hill and

Drumbeg. TUKE-FRANCIS.-On the 10th inst., at St. James Norlands, Notting Hill, W., the

Rev. Francis Henry Tuke, M.A. Vicar of Ripley. Surrey, son of the late H. G. Tuke, Barrister-at-law, and Mrs. Tuke, of 'Cheltenham, to Jane Ellen, elder daughter of Philip Francis, of Elsham-rd, Kensington.

DEATHS. BAKER.-On the 8th inst., at 180, Devonshire-rd, Forest Hill, S.E., Elizabeth Ann,

widow of William Baker, of Manor House, Chipping Ongar, Essex, Solicitor, and second daughter of the late William Crewe, Esq., of Shelly House, Essex,

aged 83. BELLINGHAM.—At Gwydir-grdns, Swansea, Edward Nugent Bellingham, Solicitor,

third son of the late Thomas Charles Bellingham, of Battle, Sussex, aged 64. BRIDGWATER.-On the 9th inst., at her residence, 7. Bolton-grdns, S. W., in her 69th

year, Eliza Ann, widow of the late John Pugh Bridgwater, Barrister-at-law, only

daughter of the late William Rawling, of 70, Mount-st, Grosvenor-sq. GOODWIN.--On the 5th inst., at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Frederick Goodwin, LL.D..

younger son of the late William Henry Goodwin, Solicitor, of Hastings, aged 34

years. HADDELSEY.–On the 6th inst., at Caistor, Lincolnshire, George Robert Foster

Haddelsey, Solicitor, aged 72 years. KEIR-MACKINTOSH.--On the 7th inst., at Inveran House, Nairn, N.B., Campbell Keir

Mackintosh, of Dalmigavie, Inverness-shire, Barrister-at-law. KIRSOPP.-On the 8th inst., at Hexham, Battle Hill, Margaret, widow of William

Kirsopp, Solicitor, Hexham, aged 69. MATHEW.-On the 10th inst., at the Carmelite Convent, St. Charles's-sq, W., Mary

Camilla Mathew (Sister Mary of St. Philip), second daughter of Hon.' Mr. Justice

Mathew, in her 29th year. MAYD.-On the 9th ult., of heart disease, at Alta Cordoba, Argentine Republic,

Hastings Benson, younger son of the late William Masd, Barrister at-law, aged 30.

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WE must candidly say that this great opportunity for exposing the vices of our common law system was largely dissipated. The Law Lords and their salaries, the Court of Appeal and the salaries of the Lords Justices, do not vex the soul of any professional man. Increase their salaries by all means.

Leave all these eminent men to do the work which they are doing so well undisturbed. So, again, if the country chooses to pay for such a tribunal as the Railway and Canal Commission Court, let it pay. The lawyer does not complain. County Courts also do not enter the sphere of the critic of the Judicature Acts. But the ATTORNEYGENERAL was quite right. Extend their jurisdiction, and they are doomed for all the purposes for which they were established.

CONTENTS.

A GOOD way of getting at the great grievance existing is to confine attention to ihe Queen's Bench Division and the Circuits. As Sir FRANK LOCKWOOD said, the facts are admitted. The Circuits, as at present arranged, involve a vast waste of judicial time. But here again, if the country will have judges go round on idle tours, and will pay for it let the system continue, but not at the expense of the metropolis, where litigation comes to a standstill that judges may go these idle tours.

Provide an adequate number of judges for London, make the courts punctual, and the business regular, and the one great cause of complaint would disappear. No one complains of delay either in the Court of Appeal or the House of Lords.

REPORTS.

PROBATE, DIVORCE, AND ADMIR

ALTY DIVISION.

ADMIRALTY BUSINESS.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
M NAB v. ROBERTSON AND OTHERS.-

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tice-Collision-Writ issued against Lease Construction - Water

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COURT OF APPEAL.
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LEADING ARTICLES; &c.
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HUGHES AND NORMAN. --Company TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.. 381
-Shares - Underwriting letter-

LEADING ARTICLES. Acceptance..

Topics of the

669 ROBINSON v. THE MAYOR, &C., OF

Week-The Bench and the BarWORKINGTON.- Local government

Payment into Court-The Sale of a

Solicitor's Practice - Attornment -Drainage Local authority

381 Statutory duty - Non-feasance

Clauses in Mortgage Deeds

385 Statutory remedy-Right of action 674 OCCASIONAL NOTES...... DOM BEY AND SON LIMITED (in liquida- NOTES OF RECENT DECISIONS NOT tion) v. PLAYFAIR BROTHERS AND

YET REPORTED

386 OTHERS. - Practice -- Summons for OUR LITERARY COLUMN, Stories judgment - Dismissal - Technical from the Law Reports

390 objection-Renewal of application... 676

OUR AMERICAN LETTER

393

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394 CHANCERY DIVISION.

CRIMINAL LAW AND THE JURISDICTHE MAYOR, &c., OF WEST HARTLE

TION OF MAGISTRATES. - Friendly POOL 1. ROBINSON.- Local govern

Societies' Disputes : Jurisdiction of ment- Public health-Local Act

Justices

394 Commissioners -Agreement be

COUNTY COURTS. Sittings of the tween commissioners and defendant 677 HORNSEY DISTRICT COUNCIL 1. SMITH.

Courts-Public Authorities Protec-Public health-National school

tion Act 1993: New Point as to Trustees

Costs..

395 Street Expenses Charge on school-Enforcement by

PROCEEDINGS AFFECTING THE PROsale or mortgage

681
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395 GENERAL INTELLIGENCE.-The JudiQUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION.

cature Acts-Heirs-at-Law and VESTRY OF St. John's, HACKNEY Next of Kin-Appointments under (apps.) r. HUTTON (resp.).-Metro

the Joint Stock Winding-up Actspolis-Public health-Insufficient Creditors under Estates in Chancery water-closet accommodation Order

-Creditors under 22 & 23 Vict. c. 35 396 of sanitary authority...

686 LAW SOCIETIES.-Sheffield District LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL (apps.) r.

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wicke Society-Union Society of County Council-Dangerous struc

London --- Swansea Incorporated tures-Ministerial duties-Delega

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The judges of the Queen's Bench Division received the fair measure of criticism which they deserve. Since the Common Law courts lost their three chiefs, they have become to a certain extent demoralised. The judges sit at a later hour and less punctually than they did. With few exceptions (including the Chief Justice), they appear to take little interest in making the division efficient. They have the matter entirely in their own hands, but we fear that a High Court judgeship on the Common Law side has come to be regarded as a reward and a position of ease, rather than one of renewed activity and weighty responsibility.

687 | PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS 399 PEEBLES AND OTHERS v. THE OSWALD- CORRESPONDENCE.....

399 TWISTLE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. NOTES AND QUERIES

401 --Public health Liquids from LAW STUDENTS' JOURNAL.-Successfactory....

689 ful Candidates at the Preliminary RICHARD.--Innkeeper-- Examination, Feb. 1897--Students' Liability to keep guest-Traveller... 693 Societies

401 TATE C. LATHAM. -Master and servant THE COURTS AND COURT PAPERS. -Injury to workman--Defect in Rota of Registrars

402 condition of machinery-Occasionai

THE GAZETTES.

402 absence of part of machine............ 694 BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS... 404 Vol. CII.-No. 2813.

LAMOND r.

In support of this statement, there is one feature of our common law system which stands out prominently—the readiness with which causes involving figures or details are referred. We do not refer to trials with juries; but in every case a few pages of accounts, or a collection of documents, or examination of machinery, are enough to take the burden

from the High Court judge and place it upon the shoulders of an official with a third of his salary—the Official Referee. This is not done in Chancery ; it is not done in a patent action ; why should it be done in a common law case ? The only answer is, that it saves the judges trouble. We could not forbear admiring the recent conduct of his Honour Judge WIGHTMAN Wood, who was asked to refer a complicated case with 437 witnesses. He declined because be would thereby be shifting his own burden on to an arbitrator.

Two years is the shortest life of a cause. The Civil Courts of New York are swamped with causes. The injustice caused by the delay is shocking. Longer sittings, and the abridgment of cross-examination are remedies suggested by our contemporary The recent experiences of the Court of Appeal in the House of Lords have been far from exhilarating. The last case is striking. Mr. BLOOMENTHAL was kept on the register of Veuve Monier et fils as a holder of 16,000 shares by Mr. Justice WILLIAMS and by the Court of Appeal. And yet the LORD CHANCELLOR said it would have been a scandal to the administration of justice if the appellant had been held liable as a contributory.” He had made advances on the distinct understanding that the shares fully paid-up were to be collateral security for his advances to the company.

The courts below had proceeded on the ground that certificates issued had informed the appellant that he was a shareholder, and that he could not now repudiate. This is another case of vague acquiescence being substituted for contract.

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In the course of the discussion the ATTORNEY-GENERAL expressed himself strongly in favour of a scale of costs framed on the basis of giving the successful litigant an indemnity. Having regard to the general consensus of professional and judicial opinion upon this point, it is remarkable that this very practical reform is so absolutely neglected. EVERGREEN Appleby once more satisfies us that our Assize system is valued as much for its comedy as for its utility. Mr. Justice Collins visited this northern town last week to take part in a pleasant pantomime. There was absolutely no business of

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kind. The learned judge is reported to have remarked that the duties of grand juries have been curtailed by the development of the newspaper Press. This doubtless had reference to a grand jury's function in presenting grievances. Will extinction as an Assize centre never come to moral and peaceful Appleby ?

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The recent discussions in Parliament on foreign affairs, and the plea urged by the Government that information should not be disclosed in the public interest, emphasises à curious anomaly in our Constitution. According to the letter of the Constitution, with the Crown lies the power of proclaiming war, of making peace, and of entering into treaties with foreign powers. These great prerogatives have, as we know, been transferred in practice from the Crown to Ministers responsible to the House of Commons and through the House of Commons to the public at large. Questions, however, of foreign policy generally come before the people, not in their inception, but when decisive action has already been taken on them by the Government and it only remains for the people through their representatives to approve or to disapprove of that action. Writing so far back as 1872, Mr. WALTER BAGEHOT, speaking of the constitutional practice in this respect, says: “I think everyone must admit that this is not an arrangement which seems right on the face of it. Treaties are quite as important as most laws, and to require the elaborate assent of representative assemblies to every word of the law, and not to consult them even as to the essence of the treaty, is prima facie ludicrous.

No doubt it may be beneficial, many seeming anomalies are so, but at first sight it does not look right”: (Bagehot's English Constitution, Introduction to the second edition, pp. xli.-ii.).

LATE and unpunctual sitting, one of the evils of our judicial system, is not entirely confined to the judges of the Queen's Bench Division. Some of the County Courts are great offenders in this respect. One court, within fifty miles of the metropolis, at one of its sittings in this month, did not touch one of the original causes for that day, the whole of the judicial time being occupied with arrears, and in several courts within the same area the seat on the bench is not taken till 11.30 or 11.45. Such a state of things is nothing more or less than a scandal, and its seriousness can be well appreciated in the case of interpleader actions with possession money running through all this period of delay.

Who is responsible for the present continuance of affairs at the Croydon County Court? That borough boasts of a fine townhall, recently completed at a cost of about £130,000, which contains two spacious courts. But the County Court still continues to be held in a corrugated iron building, formerly a lecture-hall and billiard-room to a political club, at the rear of the offices and the residence of the registrar. In this place counsel have to robe behind a curtain at the rear of the bench, which has to be crossed in order to reach even this accommodation, and the judge has to go outside to get to his private room. We presume the Treasury pays a substantial rent to the owner, whoever he may be, and no doubt for the same sum the borough would permit the use of their hall and courts, where the business could be conducted with dignity and in comfort.

We learn from an Irish correspondent that the late Mr. Baron FitzGERALD not only refused the great office of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland in 1876, but that he declined in 1866 the Mastership of the Rolls and in 1878 a Lord Justiceship of Appeal, and when sounded as to his acceptance of the Irish Lord Chancellorship if it were offered to him, firmly requested that no such offer should be made, as it would be met by an absolute refusal. Mr. Baron FITZGERALD held with Lord BROUGHAM that there should be no promotion for the occupants of the Judicial Bench. "The hopes of it,” wrote Lord BROUGHAM in 1861, "the struggle for it, the chagrin of not receiving it, all interfere with the perfect calmness, the entire abstraction from court intrigue, the complete independence of all party connection, the exclusive devotion to judicial duties, which ought to characterise the great functionaries of justice—the oracles of the law :" (Brougham's British Constitution, pp. 357-358).

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THE New York World of the 7th Feb. has an illustrated account of the law's delay, which it attributes largely to easy judicial hours-four and a half a day for 200 days in the year. The midday adjournment is from one o'clock to two.

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MR. WALTER Scott, in his address to the Cardiff Law Society, which we published recently (ante, p. 350), has very properly called attention to the desirability of “shortening or otherwise altering the Long Vacation," and urges that, if it were to commence at the end of July and end about the

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third week in September, the change would be both beneficial Bill, inasmuch as it is Irish opposition that has been the to the public interest and also convenient to the judges and chief obstacle to similar measures, as may be seen from a the Profession generally. We cordially agree, and the perusal of the only debate which has taken place on the earlier in the year a movement in favour of some such subject in the House of Commons during the last fifteen change is made the better. As Mr. GLADSTONE observed, when years, and which occurred in 1887. In that debate almost the question of an earlier rising of Parliament was brought every Parliamentary lawyer took part, but both Sir CHARLES before the House of Commons many years ago, the present RUSSELL and Sir HENRY JAMES (as they then were), as period of the Parliamentary vacation, which corresponds in its well as the late Mr. PARNELL, urged that the exclusion of commencement with that of the courts of Law, begins just Ireland from the Bill then under consideration was desirable. when summer is drawing to a close, and some of the hardest In the second place, there is no express repeal of the very professional work is done at the very hottest and most trying numerous statutes—now amounting, we believe, to twentyperiod of the year. It should never be forgotten that Sir three-under which the evidence of an accused person is GEORGE TREVELYAN once carried in the House of Commons a already admissible. This defect will, we presume,

be motion in favour of earlier risings of Parliament. From the remedied in Committee; but, as the existence of so many speeches in the debate on this motion it may be gathered isolated enactments in pari materiâ with the Bill has that Lord BEACONSFIELD was at one with Mr. GLADSTONE frequently been put forward as an argument by its on the side of earlier risings, and that Lord PALMERSTON supporters, the omission of them from any schedule of Acts was the only politician who ever objected to the change. marked out for repeal is very surprising. It is proposed, Parliament having met this year so much earlier than usual, however, that Revenue proceedings, to which sect. 34 of the we hope that an effort may before long be made in the Crown Suits Act 1865 applies, and proceedings under the direction of Sir GEORGE TREVELYAN's proposal, and if such Evidence Act 1877, in which the evidence of a defendant an effort should be successful, there is no doubt that the on an indictment for non-repair of a highway is admissible, authorities by whom law sittings and vacations are regulated are not to be deemed “criminal proceedings within the would very shortly follow the example of Parliament.

meaning of the Bill." The two main clauses run: (1) That

“in any criminal proceeding the person charged shall be MR. BROADHURST, Sir WALTER FOSTER, Mr. HAVELOCK

competent, but not compellable, to give evidence," and (2) WILSON, Mr. P. STANHOPE, and Mr. WILLIAM ABRAHAM

that “in any such proceeding the wife or husband of the have brought in a Bill of a very summary character to

person charged shall be competent, and, unless jointly charged, repeal the Truck Act 1896 (which we referred to last week),

compellable to give evidence." and to provide that "an employer shall not make any contract with any workman for any deduction from the sum contracted to be paid by the employer to the workman, or for

THE BENCH AND THE BAR. any payment to the employer by the workman for or in The critic of

between judges and counsel in open respect of any fine, or for any payment to the employer by

court who was not present may do injustice by attempting to the workman for or in respect of bad or negligent work or

apportion blame. Should he be a judicial person, he will be injury to the materials or other property of the employer.”

keenly alive to the provocations arising out of hotly contested

cases. Should he be a practising advocate, he will know the Any employer entering into any such contract is to be guilty

almost unintelligible irritation of particular judges, and the of an offence against the Truck Act 1831, and the employer, carping criticism sometimes recklessly delivered against counsel instead of being able to treat damage to his property, &c., as

whose only aim is to do their duty to the best of their ability. a set-off against wages payable by him, is to be left to his To be truthful, we must say that there is almost a dangerous common law remedy of suing the workman for compensation feeling of resentment now being generated at the Bar by the for such damage.

manner and conduct of some of the more elderly members of the

Judicial Bench. The Bar is a profession crowded with men of In connection with the Arbitration Treaty with the United capacity and learning equal to that of the great majority of States of America recently published, it may be well to call judges. Practising advocates know a great deal better than attention to the fact that this is the twenty-fourth arbitration the judge upon the bench what the case demands at their hands. to which this country has been party during the present And, we may add, that never were litigants more exacting in century. So it appears from the list given, under the head their demands upon their professional advisers. Although of “Arbitration in International Law," in the new “Encyclo

voiceless, they resent strongly any judicial curtailment of their pædia of the Laws of England," of which the first volume has

rights. Nevertheless, on the whole, we believe it is correct to just appeared. Of the twenty-three arbitrations in the list, ,

say that counsel very rarely waste the public time—having the

courage to resist pressure from behind as they have to resent no less than ten were between this country and the United

dictation from above. States, the two most important being those of 1871-2,

We have spoken of a dangerous feeling of resentment at the in the first of which, arising out of the Alabama case, this Bar.

An outburst of approval of an advocate who hurls country was adjudged to pay more than three millions to the

uncalled-for reproaches back upon the judge, proves that the United States; while in the second, upon claims arising out of Profession is ripe for revolt-a revolt which cannot fail, if not the War of Secession generally, the United States were anticipated in time, to bring the courts of law into contempt. adjudged to pay more than three hundred thousand pounds As we appreciate the position, what the Bar fails to understand to this country. The most important amongst recent arbitra

is, that men once themselves engaged in the forensic arena, tions preceding that just arranged for is that which was

having then a lively sense of the difficulties attending the work arranged for between this country and Portugal in 1890, to

of bringing all material facts in their true aspect before the decide upon the compensation due to British subjects in

courts, undergo in course of time so complete a metamorphosis,

and learn to assume a tone of dictatorial superiority which respect of the seizure of the East Africa and Delagoa Bay

there is absolutely nothing to justify. Railway by Portugal. This was referred to three Swiss

Waste of public time is a great evil. Mr. Kemp, Q.C., has arbitrators, who have not yet seen their way to giving an certainly not the reputation of sinning in this respect, and award, though frequent sittings have been held.

when Mr. Justice Hawkins said that the cause before him was being spun out, the probabilities are that it was no

fault of counsel. THE Government Bill for allowing accused persons to give

The phrase was unhappy : the retort was

sharp. evidence differs in some respects from most of its many pre- May we be pardoned if we add that complaints about the decessors. In the first place, it is not to extend to Ireland- waste of public time come with greatest weight from quarters an exception which will materially aid the progress of the which are above reproach.

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