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At the end of the journey Mr. Jones was lifted out of the coach, and said to the driver, as he was carried into the inn, and while the doctor was being summoned to mend and set the broken bones, " I shall hold your master responsible for this.” “How can you do that?" asked he.

Why!” he said, “ you said yourself that it was a defective coupling rein which caused the accident. That defective coupling rein was provided by your master, and I shall hold him responsible.” “No," said the other, “what caused your accident was your own silly act in jumping from a moving coach. It was the breaking of the coupling rein, I allow, which made me tilt the coach up for a minute, but it was your own fault you were hurt. If you had stayed upon the coach you would have been quite safe. You cannot hold my master responsible in the circumstances.”

But a few months later the case was tried by Lord Ellenborough and a. jury, and their opinion was different. Poor Mr. Jones got £300 from the master of that over-confident whip, which was enough to pay the doctor's bill, to make good the loss he suffered from the accident in a business way, and to pay for a happy fortnight's holiday by the waves of the everroaring sea.

Legal Proposition.--" Where the defendant's negligence places the plaintiff in such a situation that he must adopt one or other of two perilous alternatives, the defendant is responsible for the consequences": (Vide Beven on Negligence, vol. 1, p. 56 ; and cf. Woolley v. Scovell, 3 Man. & Ry. 105).

LAW LIBRARY.

NEW EDITION. We have received the second edition of A Handbook of Auction Law, by W. A. Pocock, barrister-at-law (London : “ Estate Gazette Office). By estate agents and others for whom it is intended it should still be well appreciated, for it has been revised throughout and brought up to date. The recent case of Helby v. Matthews, of course, is a subject of discussion, and a summary of the cases on the law of the commission of house and estate agents has been added. The appendix, too, contains the various statutes and forins useful for auctioneers and others.

STORIES FROM THE LAW REPORTS.
III.--THE STORY OF THE COACH WHICH DID NOT UPSET.

(From Jones v. Boyce, T Starkie N. P. 493.) It was a lovely summer day in the year 1816, and mine host of the “ Blue Boar” bad come down to the door to welcome the good coach “ Tally-ho" and to speed upon their way such of his parting guests as might avail themselves of that conveyance to betake them to another stage. The coach was already late, and could not therefore tarry for a long space at the inn. But the tired passengers, who had already driven a long distance, were not inclined to resume their journey before they had tasted--and something more than tasted--the home-brewed ale for which the “ Blue Boar” was so justly famous. Meanwhile the travellers who were now about to mount upon the coach for the first time began to select their seats. In the old coaching days of which we are speaking the passengers were not so smart as those ladies and gentlemen whom we are now apt to associate with those vehicles. There was a commercial traveller of the name of Jones, two young soldiers, an old lady of the middle class, and three or four gentlemen of a commonplace type as to whose occupation it would be useless to hazard any conjecture. One of these last, having selected and retained a seat which was to his liking, stepped down again to the ground and inspected the team which was to pull them to their destination. He had no canse for complaint. They were four good horses-bright bays-one of the leaders young and lively, the other three strong and reliable-looking animals, superior to most of those which were to be seen in coaches of the kind.

The driver now signified that it was time to be upon the road, and the passengers all climbed to their seats. There was a bright sun and a very tiny breeze ; it was a perfect day for the drive. The nondescript gentlemen began to talk, and every variety of light conversation ensued. The old lady contented herself with gazing at the view, and the young soldiers talked together at intervals. The road was excellent, and there were no steep hills and no sharp turnings. Everybody, therefore, was thinking of any subject rather than the horses, who were proceeding at a smart fast pace ; indeed, the whip himself was thinking very little of them. In circumstances like these his theory was that horses practically drove themselves so long as you kept a firm band upon them, and that was a thing which, as it were mechanically, he always did.

Mr. Jones, the commercial traveller, was considering a question of account, which must be settled soon after his arrival at his destination. It is always difficult to carry figures in one's head, but Mr. Jones was used to this, and was to-day making the exertion with fair prospect of success. Suddenly, he never knew exactly how, a violent jerk threw him forward from his seat; the coach seemed to be overturning, and he thought that he would be hurled with it to the earth. There was no time for hesitation ; in a moment he had jumped, clear of all impediments, upon the ground at the side of the road.

At the same instant the coach righted itself, and the passengers still upon the top were safe and sound. So also would Mr. Jones have been had he not jumped. As it was he had had a fearful shaking, for he had fallen upon his side, and his leg was badly broken.

The driver soon reined in his horses, and he and several of the passengers crowded round the injured man, in the usual way in which persons always do crowd round the luckless object of any accident. “It was the coupling rein of the near leader breaking did it," said the driver.

“ He's a young animal; when it broke he was for a moment unmanageable, and I was obliged to draw the coach in to the side of the road to check it. Why did you jump in such a hurry? you would have been safe and sound if you had not.”

Poor Mr. Jones made no answer but a groan; and the others accordingly lifted him to a safe place inside the coach, and then returned to their outside seats to discuss the accident.

It appeared that soon after the coach had left the inn the coupling rein in question had broken ; one of the leaders had then become ungovernable, and, as the coach was upon a descent, the driver had drawn it to one side of the road, where it had come in contact with some piles, one of which it broke, and afterwards the wheel bad been stopped by a post.

The driver now explained that the coupling rein was defective, and that the breaking of that rein had rendered it absolutely necessary, in his opinion, for him to drive to the side of the road in order to stop the career of the horses.

One of the young soldiers stated that the wheel was certainly forced against the post with great violence.

One of the nondescript gentlemen gave it as his opinion that, at the time when Mr. Jones was jerked forwards, one of the wheels, in consequence of the concussion, was elevated to the height of eighteen or twenty inches ; but whether Mr. Jones was jerked off or jumped off he himself could not say. The rest, however, agreed that there was no doubt that he had jumped off.

The old lady also said, “I should have jumped down had I been in his place; it was the best means of avoiding the danger.”

The driver, however, and several of the other gentlemen considered that there was no necessity for the traveller to have jumped off, and that if he had had the least presence of mind be would have seen that he was safer where he was.

And in this manner they continued to discuss and argue about it for the rest of the journey, each insisting as positively on his or her particular version of the event as if it had been some phenomenon which they had each been carefully investigating, instead of a sudden and unlooked-for accident which came upon them one and all when they were thinking of something else altogether, and which was all over before they had even so much as begun to collect their thoughts.

ANNUALS. Paterson's Practical Statutes for 1896 (Horace Cox) is necessarily a small volume. It is prepared by Mr. James Sutherland Cotton, barrister. It contains the Short Titles Act and all necessary notes.

There is a useful index. The Lawyer's Companion and Diary for 1897 (Stevens and Sons Limited, Chancery-lane ; and Shaw and Sons, Fetter-lane) has reached its fifty-first issue. All the lists appear to be very accurately revised up to date. The names of the gentlemen who have been called to the Bar this year up to June are inserted alphabetically in the list of “The English Bar.”

The Solicitor's Diary, Almanac, and Legal Directory for 1897 (Waterlow and Sons Limited, London Wall) contains the usual useful information. The calls to the Bar during 1896 up to Midsummer are put in a separate list at the end of “Practising Barristers-at-Law.” So far as we have tested them the lists have been carefully revised. This is the fiftythird issue.

Sweet and Maxwell's Diary for Lawyers for 1897.—The editors (Messrs. F. A. Stringer and J. Johnston) have spared no pains in improving this excellent diary. An increase in bulk each year is the consequence. In this issue the information fills 420 pages as against 124 pages in 1893.

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COUNTY COURTS.

SITTINGS OF THE COURTS.

FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, Nov. 28. Abingdon, Friday, at 11

Middlesbrough, Monday, at 10 Ashton-under-Lyne, * Thursday

Nantwich,* Monday Bangor, Monday

New Malton,* Thursday Barrow-in-Furness, Thursday, at 9.45 Newport (Mon.), Tuesday (Reg., Bky), Birkenhead, * Friday, at 10

at 10 Birmingham, Monday, Tuesday, Wednes- Northampton, Wednesday, at 10

day, Thursday, and Friday (J.S.), at 10 Northwich,* Wednesday, at 10 Blackburn, Monday, at 10

Oldham,* Thursday, at 9.30 Boston, Thursday (Reg., Bky), at 1.30 Ormskirk, Tuesday, at 10 Bow, Monday and Friday

Penrith, Monday, at 10.30 Brighton,* Thursday (J.S.), at 11.30; Portsmouth, Thursday (Com. Sum.), Friday, at 10

at 12 Brompton, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Preston, Tuesday, at 10 and Friday

Rochester. Wednesday, at 9.30 Bury,* Monday, and Wednesday (Reg.), Runcorn,* Tuesday, at 10 at 9

Rye, Tuesday Chester, Thursday

St. Albans, Monday Clerkenwell, Monday, Tuesday, Wednes- St. Helens, Wednesday day, Thursday, and Friday

Salford, Wednesday, at 10 Colchester, Friday, at 11

Selby,* Wednesday Congleton,* Tuesday

Settle, Wednesday, at 11 Cranbrook, Monday, at 10.30

Sheerness, Tuesday, at 10 Croydon, Tuesday

Sheffield, Thursday, at 10 Denbigh, Tuesday

Shoreditch, Tuesday and Thursday Dewsbury, Thursday, at 10

Southampton, Wednesday (Reg., Bky), Dorking, Wednesday

at 11 Durham, Tuesday (Reg., Bky)

Southwark, Monday, Tuesday, and ThursFlint, Friday

day, at 10.30 Framlingham, Tuesday, at 11

Stockport,* Friday Gloucester, Tuesday

Stockton-on-Tees,* Tuesday, Thursday, Goole, Tuesday

and Friday, at 9.30 Greenwich, Friday, at 10.30

Sunderland, Thursday (Reg., Bky) Halifax, Wednesday, at 10

Swansea, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Harwich, Saturday, at 12

and Thursday Hastings, Monday

Tewkesbury, Monday Huddersfield, Friday, at 10

Tonbridge, Friday, at 10 Hyde,* Wednesday

Wakefield, Tuesday, at 10 Kendal, Tuesday, at 12

Wandsworth, Monday and Wednesday Kingsbridge, Monday, at 10.30

Wantage, Monday, at 10 Lambeth. Tuesday and Thursday, at 10 Westminste , Monday. Tuesday, WednesLeeds, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, day, Thursday, and Friday and Friday, at 10

Whitby,* Friday Leicester,* Wednesday and Thursday, Whitechapel, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurgat 10

day, and Friday Liverpool, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Wigan,* Tuesday and Wednesday, at 9.30 Thursday, and Friday

Witney, Saturday, at 11 Loughborough,* Friday, at 9.30

Woodbridge, Monday, at 11.30 Maidstone, Wednesday, at 9

Woolwich, Wednesday, at 10.30 Manchester, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wrexham, Wednesday. and Friday, at 10

Other sittings are specially fixed if necessary.

where a contract has bonâ fide been made or a tort committed wholly in the district of a court, the summons shall issue against the defendant, whether he be or be not resident in the district. I wish this to be considered applicable to cases in which some part of the contract or tort in respect of which the plaintiff proposes to sue the defendant is exclusively bona fide made or committed in the district of the court. For instance, if the plaintiff proposes to sue for goods sold or money-and some of the goods were sold or some of the money lent in the district-he may sne for goods sold or money lent out of the district as well as for goods sold or money lent in the district, The rule as to splitting demands makes this absolutely necessary. At the same time, if the registrar thinks in his discretion that in particular circumstances the action should not be brought in his district, he may refuse to allow it, though I confess I do not myself see any cases in which such circumstances can arise, unless, indeed, it be that where both plaintiff and defendant live in a foreign district and no extra expense will be thrown on the plaintiff if he suo in that foreign district. (2.) That in the case of a country tradesman, sach as a butcher or grocer, who goes into a neighbouring district and sells goods or takes orders in that district, he shall also be allowed to issue summonses against his customers in the foreign district.

Parkin.—Then your Honour's decision is practically against your conviction ?

His HONOUR.—Entirely so, and it is a strong conviction. I suppose I must leave you to mandamus me.

PROCEEDINGS AFFECTING THE

PROFESSION.

In the Queen's Bench Division on the 13th inst., before Grantham and Wright, JJ., Scarlett applied, on behalf of James Crowdy, solicitor, for an order directing his release from Holloway Prison, where he was now confined for contempt of court. The learned counsel stated that in 1893 the solicitor had in his hands the sum of £2000, the balance of the estate of a deceased person, which had to be divided among certain individuals, some of whom were in India. Subsequently an order was made directing him to pay over the money, and as he failed to do so he was committed to Holloway on the 21st Feb. last. Since the solicitor had been in prison a receiving order had been made against him, and it was essential that he should be released in order that he might file his statement of accounts. He (the learned counsel) submitted that, having been in prison for nine months, the solicitor had purged his contempt, and was entitled to his release.

E. U. Bullen opposed the application.

GRANTHAM, J. said, in his opinion, the time had arrived when the solicitor in question ought to be released from custody, and therefore the application would be granted.

WRIGHT, J. concurred.

PRACTICE-DEFENDANTS RESIDING OUT OF THE

JURISDICTION. On Friday, the 6th inst., in the County Court, Stockton, his Honour Judge Turner was again called upon to consider the practice of issuing summonses against debtors who reside beyond the district of the court. For long this has been the custom. Recently the Hartlepools Board of Guardians moved in the matter on account of Hartlepool debtors having been sued in the Stockton court and committed to gaol, with the result that the debtors' families had to seek poor law relief. Correspondence took place with the Lord Chancellor, and within the last few weeks Judge Turner has ordered kis registrars not to grant leave to creditors to obtain summonses upon debtors residing out of their districts. Following this a meeting of debtcollectors, &c., was held at the offices of Mi. Joshua Bevan, Stockton, and that gentleman was empowered to take action. Accordingly Parkin, of the firm of Archer and Parkin, solicitors, applied on behalf of Mr. Bevan, as agent for Mr. John Macdonald, Westbourne-street, Stockton, travelling draper, for leave to issue a summons against one John Hodgson, of Lingdalein-Cleveland, to recover some £2. The grounds were that Hodgson had paid the carriage of the goods from Stockton, and therefore part of the cause of the action arose out of the district, which gave his Honour jurisdiction to grant leave to issue the summons out of the district.

His Honour having first examined the affidavit, proceeded to deliver a lengthy judgment. He said that in County Courts, by the Act of 1888, sect. 74, actions "may be commenced by leave of the judge or registrar in the court within the district of which the defendant" dwelt or carried on business within six months or “ with the like leave in the court in the district of which the cause of action or claim wholly or in part arose." His Honour having quoted many cases and authorities which declared that the word ". may” means shall,” proceeded as follows :-I have had some recent correspondence with the Lord Chancelllor, and have laid before him my views that the judge or registrar has no discretion as to issuing a summons if the plaintiff can prove that the course of action arose partly or wholly in the district of the County Court of which he is judge or registrar. He (the Lord Chancellor) has intimated to me that the judge or registrar has a discretion. I bow to that intimation. I conceive, further, that any discretion must be a judicial discretion as it is called, but I have not been able to obtain any guide whatever how such discretion has to be exercised. Under such circumstances, I can only conceive that each of the County Court judges, numbering between fifty and sixty, will have to exercise his discretion as he pleases, from which, except in certain cases, there can be no appeal, thus possibly introducing a number of different rules of practice according to the various circuits of the County Courts. In fact, as far as I can see, the discretion may be exercised on different principles by the different registrars of courts in the same circuit. I can only express the wish that in the various courts in my circuit the following rules shall be in general observed. (1.) That

IN Bankruptcy on the 17th inst., before Mr. Registrar Linklater, a sitting was held for the public examination of J. Sandilands Ward, a solicitor, the debtor being described as of 26, Charing Cross, and the accounts as amended show liabilities to the amount of £21,041, all unsecured, with assets nil. In the course of his examination by the assistant Official Receiver, the debtor stated that for some years past he had resided with frienās. By profession he was a solicitor, having been admitted in 1870, and practised on his own account for thirteen years. He then discontinued business owing to his having become very much involved. In 1891 the granting of his certificate was postponed in consequence of an unsatisfied judgment for £13,000 being then in existence against him. Since 1883 he had acted as manager and assistant secretary of the National Union Club. He had also been connected with the Argus Club, and in 1894 he joined the New Travellers' Club. He ascribed his insol. vency to having discounted bills.—The Assistant-Receiver : Have you ever been bankrupt before ?- The Debtor : No.--The Assistant-Receiver produced the file of proceedings in the case of John Langford, and asked the debtor if he knew that name. The debtor admitted that bankruptcy proceedings had been instituted against him in the name of John Langford. He had not attended for examination under that failure, but denied that he surrendered under the present bankruptcy only in consequence of a threat that a warrant for his arrest would be applied for. In explanation of his admission, the debtor said he thought the question referred to any previous bankruptcy in the name of Ward only. Asked whether he had not adopted the name of John Langford because his credit had been considerably affected by the fact that in 1881 he had been placed under arrest in the Clock Tower of the House of Commons for breach of privilege, he denied that this was the case.—The examination was closed.

At the Mansion-house, on the 18th inst., Mr. Charles Henson Staniland, formerly a solicitor, of Old Jewry-chambers, was summoned before Alderman Sir David Evans, at the instance of the Incorporated Law Society, for obtaining money by false pretences. — C. 0. Humphreys prosecuted; F. Kent appeared for the defence. The defendant was admitted a solicitor in 1861, and in 1876 was appointed a commissioner to administer oaths. In consequence of complaints against him in 1893 his professional conduct was investigated by the Incorporated Law Society, with the result that, on their application, the High Court suspended him from practice for a year from the 9th Jan. 1894. He had not since taken out a certificate enabling him to act as a solicitor, and it was alleged that he was consequently disqualified from acting as a commissioner, as by the terms of bis commission he had authority to administer oaths and do other official acts only so long as he should continue to practise as a solicitor. It was proved that, in three instances, he had parported to exercise his powers as a commissioner by administering oaths and declarations and marking exhibits, and had received the small fees-a few shillings in each case--usually paid for these services.--Kent, for the defence, said it was a moot point whether a commissioner's powers ceased or were suspended when the individual was not practising as a solicitor, and the defendant had a complete answer to the charge.—Sir David Evans committed the defendant for trial, admitting him meanwhile to bail.

GENERAL INTELLIGENCE,

THE ORDER OF THE COIF. IN reply to a correspondent, Mr. J. E. R. Stephens writes :- In reference to the statement in my articles on “ The Order of the Coif,” in the LAW TIMES for Nov. 7, that the Order of the Coif was abolished on the 1st Nov. 1875, I may say in support of that statement, that by the Judicature Act 1873, sec. 8, it is enacted that“ no person appointed a judge of either of the said courts, shall henceforth be required to take, or to have taken the degree of Serjeant-at-Law.” The Judicature Act 1775, which came into operation on the 1st Nov. 1875, in conjunction with the Act of 1873, consolidated and entirely re-arranged the Courts. As since those Acts came into force there is no necessity for a judge to be of the Order of the Coif, there would be small inducement to apply for the coif. Robbed of its old advantages there is a positive discouragement to those who would otherwiee desire to take this rank. There is hardly any doubt but that the old status et gradus of serjeant-at-law would still be preferred if it had the same advantages as it formerly brought. Although, strictly speaking, the order has never been abolished by Act of Parliament or Order in Council, yet at the same time we may fairly consider it abolished by the Judicature Act 1875, especially as no new serjeants have been appointed since that date. I believe I am correct in stating that the last practising serjeant appointed was in 1868, and the few others who were raised to that degree up to 1875 were only raised to the degree preparatory to accepting a judgeship, but not to practise. That the order was considered to be abolished by the Judicature Acts was evidently the opinion of the then existing serjeants by their selling their Inn in 1877. On this point Mr. Serjeant Robinson, in bis book entitled the “Bench and the Bar,” p. 314, says: With the certainty that no more serjeants would be created, judicial or otherwise, and that our income of £1500 or £2000 a year would thus be cut off from us, it was impossible that the establishment could be maintained on the same liberal scale as of yore. We should be gradually dying off, like the members of a tontine, until the property ultimately vested in the survivor to do as he pleased with, for there was no one else who could have the slightest claim to it.

The number of existing serjeants is now very small, and, should the whole race die out, and afterwards new ones be appointed (which is not at likely), the order would then be said to be re-established, but its continuity would certainly have been broken. J. E. R. STEPHENS.

EssEx.--Edward Murray Ind, of Coombe Lodge, Great Warley, Esq. ; Col. George Bramston Archer Houblon, of Hallingbury-place, Great Hallingbury; Edward Kensit Norman, of Mistley Lodge, Manningtree, Esq.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE.-James Dagdale, of Seasoncote House, Moretonin-Marsh, Esq.; Granville Edwin Lloyd-Baker, of Hardwicke Court, Gloucester, Esq. ; Wenman Aubrey Wykeham Musgrave, of Barnsley Park, Cirencester, Esq.

HEREFORDSHIRE.-Capt. John Geers Cotterell, of Garnons, Hereford ; Waldyve Alexander Hamilton Martin, of Upper Hall, Ledbury, Esq. ; John Riley, of Putley Court, Ledbury, Esq.

HERTFORDSHIRE.-John Henry Buxton, of Hunsdonbury, Ware, Esq. : Charles Thomas Part, of Aldenham Lodge, St. Albans, Esq. ; John Williamson Leader, of Buntingford, Esq.

KENT.-Richard Coombe Miller, of Oakfield, Dartford, Esq. ; Norman Watney, of Valence, Westerham, Esq. ; James Taddy Friend, of Northdown, Margate, Esq.

LEICESTERSHIRE.-Edward Handley Warner, of Quorn Hall, Lough. borough, Esq.; George Paynter, of Eaton, Grantham, Esq. ; William Pochin Warner, of Langton Hall, Market Harborough, Esq.

LINCOLNSHIRE.—Thomas Cheney Garfit, of Kenwick Hall, Legbourne, near Lonth, Esq.; William Hornsby, of Burwell Park, Esq. ; Arthur Cecil Tempest, of Coleby Hall, near Lincoln, Esq.

COUNTY OF LONDON.—Henry James Lubbock, of 15, Lombard-street, Esq.; Samuel Henry Faudel-Phillips, of 17, Grosvenor-street, Esq. ; Sir Robert George Wyndham Herbert, of 42, Eaton-terrace, G.C.B.

MIDDLESEX.--Adolphus Frederick Govett, of Laleham, Esq.; Col. Bernard Tindal Bosanquet, of Fairholme, Teddington; Irwin Edward Bainbridge Cox, of Moat Mount, Mill Hill, Esq.

MONMOUTHSHIRE.-Charles Montague Crompton-Roberts, of Drybridge, Monmouth, Esq. ; Samuel Courthope Bosanquet, of Dingestow Court, near Monmouth, Esq. ; Col. James Williams, of Bryn Glâs, Newport.

NORFOLK.—Major George Nathaniel Micklethwait, of Taverham Hall : Edward Southwell Trafford, of Wroxham, Esq. ; Simms Reeve, of Brancaster, Esq.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.--Pickering Phipps, of Rushton Hall, Kettering Esq. ; Aubrey Thomas Carter Cartwright, of Edgcote, Banbury, Esq. 5 Major-Gen. Frederick Edward Sotheby, of Ecton, Northampton.

NORTHUMBERLAND.---Sir John Walter Buchanan Riddell, of Hepple, Rothbury, Bart. ; Augustus Edward Burdon, of Hartford House, Cramlington, Esq.; William Armstrong Watson Armstrong, of Cragside, Rothbury, Esq.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.-Philo Laos Mills, of Ruddington, Esq. ; George Ernest Paget, of Sutton Bonnington, Esq.; William Welfitt Hall, of Park Hall, Mansfield, Esq.

OXFORDSHIRE.-Aubrey Harcourt, of Nuneham Park, Esq. ; Col. George Gosling, of Stratton Audley Hall; John Frederick Starkey, of Boddicot House, Esq.

RUTLAND.-Henry Clarke Jervoise, of Langham, Esq. ; the Hon. William Charles Wentworth Fitzwilliam, of Barnsdale, near Oakham ; Sir Arthur De Capel Brooke, of Martinsthorpe, Oakham, Bart.

SHROPSHIRE.--John Baddeley Wood, of Henley Hall, Ludlow, Esq. ; Charles James Cotes, of Pitchford Hall, Shrewsbury, Esq.; Charles Baldwin Childe, of Kinlet, Bewdley, Esq.

SOMERSETSHIRE.--Henry Martin Gibbs, of Barrow Court, Barrow Gurney, Esq.; Halswell Milborne Kemeys-Tynte, of Halswell, Bridgwater, Esq. ; William Robert Phelips, of Montacute House, Montacute, Esq.

COUNTY OF SOUTHAMPTON.-Godfrey Baring, of Nubia House, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, Esq.; John Bonham-Carter, of Adhurst St. Mary, Petersfield, Esq. ; Ernest Powell King, of Wainsford House, Lymington, Esq.

STAFFORDSHIRE.---William Bealey Harrison, of Aldershaw, Lichfield, Esq.; Sir Thomas Fletcher Boughey, of Aqualate, Newport, Salop, Bart. : Sir Henry Foley Lambert, of Enville, Stourbridge, Bart.

SUFFOLK.-Edward Walter Greene, of Nether Hall, Pakenbam, Esq. ; Henry Edward Ernest Victor D’Abreyo, Baron de Barreto, of Brandon Park; Thomas Henry Tacon, of Red Hill, Eye, Esq.

SURREY.---William Keswick, of Eastwiek Park, Great Bookham, near Leatherhead, Esq.; Lawrence James Baker, of Ottershaw Park, Chertsey, Esq. ; Sir John Whittaker Ellis, of Buccleuch House, Richmond, Bart.

SUSSEX.-William Dodge James, of West Dean Park, Chichester, Esq.; Henry Harben, of Warnham Lodge, Warnham, Esq. ; Capt. Richard Hamilton Rawson, of Woodhurst, Crawley.

WARWICKSHIRE.-Edward Herbert Wood, of Newbold Revel, Rugby, Esq. ; Richard Ramsden, of Chadwick Manor, Knowle, Esq.; Howard Proctor Ryland, of Moxhull Hall. Erdington, Esq.

WESTMORELAND.-William Smith Paget-Tomlinson, of The Biggins, Kirkby Lonsdale, Esq. ; William Stavert, of Helsington Laithes, Kendal, Esq. ; Edward William Wakefield, of Stricklandgate House, Kendal, Esq.

WILTSHIRE.-John Evelyn Gladstone, of Bowden Park, Chippenham, Esq. ; Sir William Roger Brown, of Highfield, Trowbridge, Knt.; George Troyte-Chafyn-Greve, of Zeals House, Mere, Esq.

WORCESTERSHIRE.--Capt. Richard Frederick Britten, of Kenswick. Worcester, R.N.; Francis John Adelbert Wood, of Hallow Park, Worcester, Esq, ;_John Howard Cartland, of the Priory, King's Heath, Birmingham, Esq.

YORKSHIRE.-James Anson Farrer, of Ingleborough, Esq. ; Robert John Foster, of Harrowins, Queenbury, Esq. ; William Herbert St. Quinton, of Scampston, Esq.

WALES (North and South). ANGLESEY.--William Thomas, of Tregarnedd, Llangefni, Esq. ; John Robert Davies, of Ceris, Bangor, Esq. ; Sir Thomas Neave, of Llysdulas, Bart.

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NOMINATION OF SHERIFFS. The following are the names of those who were nominated for Sheriffs for the ensuing year :

ENGLAND (except Cornwall and Lancashire). BEDFORDSHIRE.---George James Gribble, of Henlow Grange, Biggleswade, Esq.; Henry Chernocke Gibbs Brandreth, of Houghton Hall, Houghton Regis, Esq.; James Harold Howard, of Kempston Grange, Bedford, Esq.

BERKSHIRE.—-Frank Walters Bond, of Wargrave Hill, Wargrave, Esq. ; Henry Gold, of Hedsor, Maidenhead, Esq.; Lieut.-Col. Edmund Molyneux, of Warren Lodge, Finchampstead.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.—Major Alexander Finlay, of Little Brickhill; Sir Philip Frederick Rose, of Rayners, Penn, Bart. ; Wakefield Christie Miller, of Britwell Court, Burnham, Slough, Esq.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND HUNTINGDONSHIRE.-Edmund John Mortlock, of Great Abington, Esq. ; Charles Finch Foster, of Pinehurst, Cambridge, Esq. ; Ernest Terah Hooley, of Papworth Hall, Esq.

CHESHIRE.-William Henry Verdin, of Darnhall Hall, Winsford, Esq. ; Richard Hobson, of the Marfords, Bromborough, Esq. ; Edward Hyde Greg. of Quarry Bank, Handforth, Esq.

CUMBERLAND.—Colonel Thomas Angelo Irwin, of Lynehow, Carlisle ; George Graham Kirklinton, of Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle, Esq.; William Parkin Moore, of Whitehall, Esq.

DERBYSHIRE.---Michael McCreagh Thornhill, of Stanton Hall, Bakewell, Esq. ; Sir Vauncey Harpar Crewe, of Calke Abbey, Derby, Bart. ; Sir George Sitwell, of Renishaw Hall, Eckington, Bart.

DEVONSHIRE.—Sir Charles Daniel Cave, of Manor House, Sidbury, Bart.; Robert Harvey, of Dundridge, Totnes, Esq.; Vincent Waldo Calmady Hamlyn, of Leawood, Bridestowe, Esq.

DORSETSHIRE.---William Montague Calcraft, of Rempston Hall, Wareham, Esq. ; Sir Henry Peto, of Cheddington Court, Crewkerne, Somerset, Bart. ; John Arthur Bragge, of Sadborow, Chard, Somerset, Esq.

DURHAM.-Col. Lancelot Allgood Gregson, of Burdon, Sunderland; Samuel Peter Austin, of Cocken Hall, Fence Houses, Esq.; Utrick Alexander Ritson, of 1, Jesmond-gardens, Newcastle-on-Tyne Esq.

Limited (E. J. Read, managing director), 171, Queen Victoria-st, the liquidators of

the company. T. Edwards, 32, New Bridge-st, solicitor: NEW LONDON CLUBS SYNDICATE LIMITED.-Creditors remaining unpaid to send in, by

Dec. 28, their names and addresses and the particulars of their claims, and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any), to Mr. W. G. Blakemore, 57, Moorgate-st, the liquidator of the company. Beyfus and Beyfus, 69, Lincoln's

inn-tlds, solicitors for the liquidator. PETROLEUM PROPRIETARY LIMITED.-Petition for winding-up to be heard Nov. 25,

before the Court sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand. W. Newson, 7 and 8, Great Winchester-st, solicitor for the petitioner. Notices of intention to appear on the hearing of the petition must be signed by the person or firm, or his or their solicitor (if any), and must reach the above-named not later than six

o'clock on Nov, 24, ULVERSTON SHUTTER AND LIFT COMPANY LIMITED.--Creditors to send in, by Dec. 21,

their names and addresses and the particulars of their claims, and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any), to Mr. W. Holmes, 2, Cornwallis-st, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, the liquidator of the company.

BRECONSHIRE.-Stuart Williams Morgan, of Bolgoed, near Brecon, Esq.; John Williams Vaughan, of Velinewydd, Talgarth, Esq.; W. R. Crawshay Ralston, of Pontywall, Talgarth, Esq.

CARDIGANSHIRE.-Col. William Price Lowes, of Llysnewydd, Llandyssil ; Levi James, of Caenmorgan, Cardigan, Esq. ; Gwinnet George Tyler, of Mount Gernos, Llandyssil, Esq.

CARMARTHENSHIRE.- William Joseph Buckley, 'of Penyfai, Llanelly, Esq. ; St. Vincent Peel, of Dan-y-rallt, Llangadock, Esq. ; Gwilym Evans, of Pencastell, Llanelly, Esq.

CARNARVONSHIRE.-Lloyd Warren George Hughes, of Coedhelen, Car. narvon, Esq.; Henry Assheton Duff, of Bodarwy, near Bangor, Esq. ; George Farren, of Trefenai, Carnarvon, Esq.

DENBIGHSHIRE - Thomas Williams, of Llewesog, Denbigh, Esq. ; Col. Henry Richard Lloyd Howard, of Wygfair, St. Asaph ; James Sparrow, of Gwerskyllt Hill, Wrexham, Esq.

FLINTSHIRE, ---James Liebig Muspratt, of Bron Haul, Rhy), Esq. ; Samuel Perks, of Dolanog, Rhyl, Esq. ; Michael Antonio Ralli, of Moranedd, Rhyll, Esq.

GLAMORGANSHIRE.--Godfrey Lewis Clark, of Talygarn, Pontyclun, Esq. ; Sir Robert Armine Morris, of Sketty Park, Swansea, Bart. ; The Hon. Iver Churchill Guest, of Sully, near Cardiff.

MERIONETHSHIRE.—Edward Owen Vanghan Lloyd, of Roagatt, near Corwen, Esq. ; Richard Edward Lloyd Richards, of Caerynwch, Dolgelley, Esq. ; Robert Charles Anwyl, of Llugwy, Machynlleth, Esq.

MONTGOMERYSHIRE.-John Lomax, of Bodfach, Esq. ; Stafford Davies Price Davies, of Warrington Hall, Esq. ; Col. George Hope, Lloyd-Verney, of Clochfaen.

PEMBROKESHIRE.----Clement John Williams, of Penally, Esq. ; Arthur Wellington Massy, of Cottesmore, Esq.; William Howell Walters, of Haroldstone Hall, Esq.

RADNORSHIRE.- Walter de Winton, of Maesllwch Castle, Glasbury, Esq.; Frank Edwards, of the Cottage, Knighton, Esq. ; David Price Powell, of Howey Hall, Llandrindod, Esq.

CREDITORS UNDER ESTATES IN CHANCERY.

LAST DAY OF PROOFS. COHEN (Arthur), 3, Park-la, Stoke Newington, and of Broad-st House, Dec. 12;

H. Prince, solicitor, 9, Fleet-st. Dec. 18; Mr. Justice Stirling, at twelve o'clock. CRULEY (Asher), 78, Grosvenor-rd, Highbury, boot manufacturer. Dec. 10; Ralph,

Raphael, and Co., solicitors, 59, Moorgate-st. Dec. 17; Mr. Justice Stirling, at

twelve o'clock. HENRY (Llewelyn John), Lygen-y-Wern, Halkyn, Flintshire, gentleman. Dec. 19;

H. A. Cope, solicitor, Holywell. Jan. 12 ; the District Registrar, Government

bldgs, Victoria-st, Liverpool, at twelve o'clock. JONES (Evan David), 15, Picton-pl, Carmarthen, gentleman. Dec. 8; E. H. Morris,

solicitor, 2, Notts-sq, Carmarthen. Jan. 8; Mr. Justice Kekewich, at twelve

o'clock. THOMAS (Owen), 6, York-villas. Walton Breck-rd, Liverpool. Lancashire, ironfounder,

a member of the firm of Thomas Brothers, 103, 105, and 107, Hornby-st, Liverpool, ironfounders. Dec. 18; A. Stephenson, solicitor. 5, Castle-st, Liverpool. Jan. 11; the District Registrar, Government-bldgs, Victoria-st, Liverpool, at

twelve o'clock. TUCKER (Frederick), Othery, Somersetshire, yeoman. Dec. 16: C. E. Hagon, solicitor,

Bridgwater, Somersetshire. Dec. 22; Mr. Justice North, at half-past twelve o'clock.

TEMPLE CHURCH. The order of the morning service for to-morrow will be as follows : First Lesson, Ecclesiastes xi. v. 12. Second Lesson, James i. Versicles, &c. : Ferial, pp. 1-3. Te Deum Laudamus: King in C. Jubilate Deo : King in c. Apostles' Creed: Harmonised Monotone, E. J. H., pp. 4 and 5. Preces and Responses : Ferial, pp. 6-8. Anthem: “Teach me, O Lord”

(Boyce, No. 146, p. 67). Litany and Suffrages : Pages 9-15. Hymn before Sermon : No. 312.

HEIRS-AT-LAW AND NEXT OF KIN. CRABTREE (Joseph Barker), brother of Alfred Crabtree, of Albert House, Fartown,

Pudsey, Yorkshire, deceased, or his legal personal representatives if he died on or after Sept. 8, 1886, to come in, by March 10, 1897, at the chambers of Mr. Justice Stirling, and enter their claims to a legacy under the will of the said A. Crabtree. March 11, at the said chambers, at twelve o'clock, is the time appointed for hearing and adjudicating upon such claims. Note.--The said J. B. Crabtree left York

shire in or about 1873, and is supposed to have gone to India or America. MORGAN (Henry Arthur), who previously to 1889, resided at Modder River, Kimberley,

South Africa, and at Pietermaritzburg. Natal, S.A., and was last heard of about April 1889, at Port Elizabeth, S.A., if living, to come in personally or by his solicitor, by March 6, at the chambers of Mr. Justice Stirling, and prove his claim (if any), to the funds in court representing the share of Mary Jane Morgan in the action "Re Caleb Angao (dec) and Re Sarah Angao (dec.); Morgan r. Botterill and others." March 9, at the said chambers, at eleven o'clock, is the

time appointed for hearing and adjudicating upon such claims. SHELLEY (Henry), 33, Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France, dentist, who died there

on April 13, 1894. His next of kin to apply to the Solicitor for the Treasury,

'Treasury-chmbrs, Whitehall. THOMAS (Owen), 6, York-villas, Walton Breck-rd, Liverpool, Lancashire, ironfounder,

a member of the firm of Thomas Brothers, of 103, 105, and 107, Hornby-st, Liverpool, ironfounders, who died on March 3, 1896. Persons claiming to be his next of kin according to the statutes for the distribution of intestates' estates living at the time of his death, or the legal personal representatives of such next of kin as are now dead, and the person claiming to be his heir-at-law, to come in, by March 8, 1897, and prove their claims at the chambers of the District Registrar, Government-bldgs, Victoria-st, LỊverpool. March 15, at the said chambers, at twelve o'clock is the time appointed for hearing and adjudicating upon such claims. Richard Thomas, a nephew of the intestate, has not been heard of for twenty-five years, and is believed to have been drowned at sea. Hugh Thomas, a nephew, is believed to have died in hospital, India, many years ago. The said R. Thomas and H. Thomas, if living, or, it dead, their issue, will be entitled to a share of the intestate's estate.

CREDITORS UNDER 22 & 23 VICT. C. 35.

LAST DAY OF CLAIM AND TO WHOM PARTICULARS TO BE SENT. ADDAMS (Mary), Sunninghill, Berkshire, widow. Dec. 24 ; Sargeant and Haye

solicitors, Wokingham. ANDERSON (Innes Munro_Taylor), Edgar House, Combs, near Stowmarket, Suffolk,

manager at the New Explosives Works. Persons having any claims or demands upon or against his estate to send in particulars thereof forthwith to Messrs.

Haywards and Peecock, solicitors, Stowmarket. ARMITAGE (William), Koshkonong, Jefferson, Wisconsin, U.S. of America. Dec. 22; Sismey and Sismey, solicitors, 11, Serjeant's-inn,

Fleet-st. AUSTIN (Ann), Wittersham, Kent, widów. Dec. 30; Davenport, Jones, and Glenister,

solicitors, 8, Bank-bldgs, Hastings. BELL (John), 8, Orvil-st, Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, plumber. Dec, 7; W. H.

Todd, solicitor, 82, Market-st, Manchester. BENTLEY (William), 73, St. Peter's-rd, Leicester, gentleman, Dec. 17; G. Stevenson

and Son, solicitors, 11, New-st, Leicester. BRINSLEY (Robert), 69, High-st, Harborne, Birmingham, gentleman. Jan. 14; John

sons, Barclay, and Rogers, solicitors, 36, Waterloo-st, Birmingham, BROWN (Edward), Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, builder, joiner, and beer

seller. Dec. 1; T. B. Sproston, solicitor, 3, King-st, Newcastle-under-Lyme. BURNER (Eugene), 126, Ferndale-rd, Clapham, and of 12, Machell-rd, Nunhead, pipe

maker. Dec. 10: E. H. Quicke, solicitor, 11, Milk-st-b]dgs, Cheapside. BURNISTON (John), Hookstone Quarry, Harrogate. Nov. 80; A. W. Gilling, solicitor,

Knaresborough. CANN (Elizabeth), Tyndall's Park, Bristol, spinster. Dec. 16; Benson, Carpenter,

Cross, and Williams, solicitors, Bank-chmbrs, Corn-st, Bristol. CHAPMAN (Joseph), 19, Clapham-rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk, schoolmaster. Dec. 24; E. E.

Jobnson, solicitor, Grove-ehmbrs, Lowestoft. CLAYTON (Thomas), Brynmally Hall, Denbighshire, colliery proprietor. Dec. 11;

Evan Morris and Co., solicitors, the Priory, Wrexham. COALMAN (Sarah Ann), 17, Earlham-rd, Heigham, Norwich, widow. Dec. 19; Keith,

Blake, and Co., solicitors, the Chantry, Norwich, COMER (Joseph), 3, Chesterfield-pl, Clifton, Bristol, gentleman. Dec. 19; J. Ruscombe,

Poole, and Son, solicitors, Bridgwater. CONGLETON (Right Hon. Henry William Baron), 13, Bryanston-sq. Dec. 21 ; Crawley,

Arnold, and Co., solicitors, 20, Whitehall-pl. COOPER (Henry), Hardinge-st, Oldham, Lancashire, machine broker and valuer.

Dec. 31; R. and J. Ascroft and Maw, solicitors, 22, Clegg-st, Oldham. DENNEY (Plato), otherwise known as Thomas Denny, 10, Radipole-rd, Fulham,

formerly of 10, Yew Tree-rd, Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire, who died in the colony of Lagos. Dec. 25; Andrew Wood and Co., solicitors, 8, Great

James-st, Bedford-row. DONOVAN (Dennis), 18, Henstridge-pl, St. John's Wood. Dec. 1; Hughes and

Masterman, solicitors, 59, New Broad-st. DUTTON (Richard), The Cottage, Cleeve, near Yatton, Somersetshire, gentleman.

Dec. 25; H. P. Bedell, solicitor, 24, Cross-st, Manchester. ELLIOTT (William Richard), Hill Lodge, Enfield; and of 262 and 466, Bethnal Green

rd; 351, Barking-rd ; 27, Roman-rd: 237, Globe-rd ; 232, Kingsland-rd; and 129, Salmons-la, wholesale and retail grocer. Dec. 31; May, Sykes, and Co.,

solicitors, Suffolk House, Laurence Pountney-bill. ELY (Mary Ann), Rozel, Surrey-rd, South Bournemouth, Southampton, formerly of

Napoli, St. Michael's-rd, and of Ingleside, Alum Chine-rd, both in Bournemouth, spinster. Dec. 14; Dalston, Son, and Elliman, solicitors, 21, Southampton-st,

Bloomsbury. FISHER (Edward Albert), Colston Fort, Cotham Hill, Bristol. Dec. 27; V. Watts,

solicitor, Somerset-chmbrs, 34, Corn-st, Bristol. GALLOWAY (James), 23, Almeida-st, Upper-st, Islington, gentleman. Dec. 16; Letts

Brothers, solicitors, per John Letts (a partner of the firm), 8, Bartlett's-bldgs. GAYE (Henry Searle), Devon-sq, Newton Abbot, Devonshire, doctor of medicine, J.P.

Dec. 24; Donaldson and Steele, solicitors, Newton Abbot. GILBERT (John), Crowland, Lincolnshire, bricklayer. Dec. 24; R. Wyche, jun.,

solicitor, Stamford. GLADMAN (Mary), Laughton, Sussex, widow. Dec. 17; E. Hillman, solicitor, 221,

High-st, Lewes GLASSE (Georgiana Sophia Martin), formerly of Chettle, near Blandford, Dorsetshire,

late of Studley, Wimborne-rd, Bournemouth, Hampshire, spinster. Jan. 1;

Collyer-Bristow, Russell, Hill, and Co., solicitors, 4, Bediord-row. GOLDEN (Emma), 34, Farringford-rd, Stratford, Essex, widow. Dec. 9; Edell and

Gordon, solicitors, 4, King-st, Cheapside. GOSLING (Isabella), Bradford, Yorkshire, widow. Dec. 15; Gaunt, Hines, and

Bottomley, solicitors, Tanfield-bldge, Bradford. GOULD (John), Lyndhurst, West Cliff, Bournemouth, Southampton, boarding-house

keeper. Dec. 10; Burt and Haviland, solicitors, St. Peter's-chmbrs, Bournemouth. GREAME (Henry Charles), Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire, wool broker. Jan. 1;

Iveson, West, and Austin, solicitors, 12, Parliament-st, Hull. GRIFFIN (Joseph Ellard), Gorefleld, Leverington, Cambridgeshire, farmer. Dec. 20;

Fraser, Wright, and Fraser, solicitors. Wisbech, Cambs. HAWTHORNE (George), formerly of Holly Bank, Walsgrave, near Coventry, late of

Albrighton Villa, Milverton-ter, Leamington, Warwickshire, gentleman. Dec. 15 ; Hughes and Masser, solicitors, 111, Little Park-st, Coventry.

APPOINTMENTS UNDER THE JOINT STOCK WINDING-UP ACTS. ASSOCIATED PROPRIETORS IN THE ROYAL SWEDISH RAILWAY COMPANY LIMITED.--

Creditors to send in, by Dec. 17, their names and addresses and the particulars of their claims, and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any), to Mr. W. B. Peat, 8, Lothbury, the liquidator of the company, H. D. Kimber and Co.,

79, Lombard-st, solicitors to the liquidator. GOLD REEFS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA LIMITED.-Creditors to send in, by Dec. 30,

their names and addresses and the particulars of their claims, and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any), to Mr. E. W. Dawson, 9 and 10. Pancrasla, the liquidator of the company. Gover and Chiles, 71, Queen-st, Cheapside,

solicitors to the liquidator. HOTEL METROPOLE, SCARBOROUGH, LIMITED.-Petition for winding-up or, alterna

tively, that the voluntary liquidation thereof may be continued, but subject to the supervision of the High Court of Justice, to be heard Nov. 25, before the Court sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand. Scoles and Co., 3, Southwark-st, solicitors for the petitioners. Notices of intention to appear on the hearing of the petition must be signed by the person or firm, or his or their solicitor (if any),

and must reach the above-named not later than six o'clock on Nov. 24. HOTEL PROVENCE COMPANY LIMITED.-Creditors to send in, by Dec. 17, their names

and addresses and the particulars of their claims, and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any), to Messrs. A. Castle and E. C. Moore, 3, Crosby-sg, the liquidators of the company. Gedge, Kirby, and Millett, 11, Great George-st,

Westminster, solicitors to the liquidators. LONDON BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED.-Creditors to send in, by Feb. 1, their

names and addresses and the particulars of their claims to the Glyn Trust

LAW SOCIETIES.

GRAY'S-INN MOOT SOCIETY. Sir FREDERICK POLLOCK, Bart., will preside over a moot in Gray's-inn Hall, on Monday next, the 23rd Nov., at 8 p.m., when the following "case" will be argued :-"Several of the leading tradesmen in a country town form an association for the protection of their common interests. It is agreed, among other things, that any member may be excluded by a majority of the members. It is understood, but not formally agreed, that no member will employ a clerk or shopman who has been discharged by another member within a year. A., a member of the association, discharges one of his clerks, Z. Shortly afterwards Z. applies to P., another member, who takes him into his employment. A., after consulting the other members, and with their consent, informs P. that if he does not forthwith discharge Z. the association will exclude P. from membership. P. protests, being of opinion that A.'s reasons for discharging Z. were not well founded, but, finding that the other members persist in their inten. tion, discharges Z. with due notice. Has Z. any right of action against A. and the members of the association other than P.?” The occasion will be one of special interest, inasmuch as it will signalise the twentyfirst anniversary of the formation of the society.

HAYWARD (James), Bury, Lancashire, innkeeper. Dec. 18; S. Woodcock and Co.,

solicitors, 13, Broad-st, Bury, Lancashire. HELYAR (Frederick William), 25, Austin Friars, and of Datchet, Buckinghamshire,

stockbroker. Dec. 7; H. B. Batten, solicitor, Church-st, Yeovil. HENDERSON (Joseph Robert), 6, Nicholson-st, Sunderland, Durham, master baker.

Nov. 30; J. F. Burnicle, solicitor. Sunderland. HIGGINBOTTOM (James). 72. Victoria-st, Glossop, Derbyshire, commission agent.

Dec. 17; C. Davis, solicitor, 6, Market-st, Glossop. HITCHCOCK (Clara Menella), formerly of Prospect House, Pampton, Oxfordshire, late

of 76, Rosendale-rd, West Dulwich, Surrey, widow. Dec. 13; Faber, Fawcett,

and Faber, solicitors. 20, Finkle-st, Stockton-on-Tees. Hope (Mary Ann Elizabeth), formerly of 15, Hilton-ter, Fulham-rd, late of 819,

Fulham-rd, wife of William George Hope. Dec. 31 ; Laundy, Son, and Kedge,

solicitors, 86 and 97, Strand. HOYLAND (Thomas Housley), Cedar Cottage, Banner Cross, Sheffield. Dec. 31;

Watson, Esam, and Barber, solicitors, 29, Bank-st, Sheffield. HUDSON (Ann), formerly of 19, Cedar-st, late of 2, Pump-st, both in Bury, Lancashire,

widow. Dec. 16; Butcher and Barlow, solicitors, 4, Bank-st, Bury. HUGHES (William), 56, Cross-st, Bradford, Manchester, dyer. Dec. 5; Ledgard,

Street, and Atkinson, solicitors, 93, Deansgate, Manchester, HUTTON (James Edward), formerly of 13, Thavies-inn, London, and Sheffield, York

shire, a member of the firm of William Hutton and Sons, and of Elm Lodge, Elmrow, Hampstead, silversmith. Dec. 11; Munton and Morris, solicitors, 95A, Queen

Victoria-st. IRVING (Ann Warne), the Cedars, Horsham, Sussex, widow. Dec. 10; J. F. A.

Cotching, solicitor, Horsham. JAMES (Joan Theophilus) Le Bon Marche, 27 and 29, Stepney-st, Llanelly, draper.

Dec. 15; W. Thomas, solicitor, 5, Queen-st, Cardiff. SEAYS (Caroline), 156, Downham-rd, widow. Dec. 16; Bridgman and Willcocks,

solicitors, 4, College-hill, Cannon-st. JERVOISE (Robert Purefoy Ellis), 45, Winchester-st, Pimlico, formerly of Aldershot,

Hampshire, gentleman. Dec. 31; Hartcup, Davis, and Cobbold, solicitors,

Fitzalan House, Arundel-st, Strand. KEYNES (Sarah Cater), Caterstone, Wimborne, Minster, Dorsetshire, widow. Dec, 15;

H. W. Dibben, solicitor, West Borough, Wimborne, Minster. LEES (William Graham) 2, Hanbury-rd, Clifton, Bristol. Dec. 17; Holdsworth and

Payne, solicitors, 5 and 6, Old Serjeant's-inn, Chancery-la. LIGHT (Amelia), Basingwell-st, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. Nov. 30; W. H. Gater,

solicitor. LOVEDAY (Elizabeth Dorothy), 34, Binswood-av, Leamington, Warwickshire, spinster.

Dec. 15; Field and Sons, solicitors, Leamington. MACDONALD (Francis Edward), 2, Fountain-ct, Guildhall-yd, and of 20, Nelson-sq,

Blackfriars-rd, manufacturers' agent. Dec. 30; Keene, Marsland, Bryden, and

Besant, solicitors, 15, Seething-la. MARSHALL (Rev. Thomas Edward), Withersfield, Suffolk, clerk in holy orders.

Dec. 11 ; S. H. Graham, solicitor, Haverhill, Suffolk. YOTLEY (Anna Mary), Rubery, Worcestershire, spinster, formerly of Worcester House,

Clifton, Bristol. Dec. 20; E. Jacques and Sons, solicitors, Birmingham. PAINE (William), formerly of St. Neot's, Hunts, brewer, miller, and maltster. late of

Neotsbury, Laton-rd, Hastings, Sussex. Dec. 31; Rooke and Sons, solicitors,

45, Lincoln's-inn-flds. PARKER (Samuel Adams), 19, Easy-row, and residing in apartments at 5, Spring-rd,

Edgbaston, both in Birmingham, surgeon-dentist. Dec. 12; A. Rorke, solicitor,

12, Bennett's-hill, Birmingham. PARRY (Emily Jane). Uley, Gloucestershire, widow. Dec. 31; Vizard, Wenden, and

Son, solicitors, Dursley, Gloucestershire. BODEN (Serjeant Samuel). West Ford House, Droitwich. Worcestershire, doctor of

medicine. Dec. 12: W. W. Lewis, solicitor, 7, Waterloo-st, Birmingham. SIDEBOTTOM (Samuel), Castleton House, Castleton, near Rochdale, Lancashire, cotton

and cotton waste dealer, formerly of King-st, Oldham. Dec. 31; R. and J.

Ascroft and Maw, solicitors, 22, Clegg-st, Oldham. SINGTON (Frances), 5, Westbourne-crescent, Hyde Park, widow. Dec. 31 : A. and

G. W. Fox, solicitors, 53, Princess-st, Manchester. SLATER (John), 41, Victor-ter, Manningham, Bradford, Yorkshire, coachman.

Dec. 1 ; H. Farrar, solicitor. 5, Townhall-sq, Bradford. STRAKER (Albert George), Gilmerton. Nottingham-rd, Croydon, Surrey, and of

22, Leadenhall-st, 124, Fenchurch-st, and Northumberland-alley, Fenchurch-st,

manufacturing stationer. Dec. 22; W. F. Stokes, solicitor, 30, Bedford-row. TAYLOR (Fanny), otherwise known as Grace Huntley, Suite 8, No. 1, Museum

chmbrs, Bury-st, Bloomsbury. Dec, 15; Lattey and Hart, solicitors, 16, Devon

shire-sq. Bishopsgate. THOMAS (John), Castle-sq, Carnarvon, auctioneer. Nov. 26 ; Nee and Gordon-Roberts,

solicitors, 4, Castle-st, Carnarvon. TRELEVEN. Otherwise HAYNES (Jessie), 1, Kellet-houses, Cromer-st, Gray's-inn-rd,

formerly of 24, Richmond-rd, Barnsbury, spinster. Dec. 18; Buchanan and Hurd,

solicitors, 10, Basinghall-st. TURNER (Emily), Shortheath House, Bloxwich, Staffordshire, widow of the late Reuben

Turner, of Wolverhampton. Dec. 12; S. Carter, executor and solicitor,

1, Princes-st, Hanover-sq. WALSH (Robert James), Portland Villa, Wellington-rd, New Brighton, Cheshire,

gentleman. Dec. 10; Dixon and Syers, solicitors, 13, Harrington-st, Liverpool. WICKEN (Edward Thomas), Hawkhurst, Kent, brewer. Dec. 1; O. Balcombe,

solicitor, Ticehurst, Sussex. WILD (Harold Charles), Gladesmore, Willesden-la, Brondesbury, and of 12, Fen

church-st, chartered accountant. Nov. 26; Kisch, Wake, and Wild, solicitors,

148, Aldersgate-st. WITKOWSKI (Alexandre), 22, Norfolk-row, Sheffield, surgeon dentist. Dec. 1; Auty

and Sons, solicitors, Queen-st, Sheffield. WOOD (Charles Henry), Hope Cottage, Teignmouth, Devonshire, gentleman. Dec. 15;

Wetherfield, Son, and Baines, solicitors, 1, Gresham-bldgs, Guildhall. WOOD (George). Woodthorpe, Staveley, Derbyshire,

labourer. Dec. 25; Stanton and Walker, solicitors, Low-pavement, Chesterfield. WOODHEAD (William), 66, Mount-st, Masbrough, Yorkshire. Dec. 31; J. Broughton

Kesteven, solicitor, 40), Bank-st, Sheffield.

UNITED LAW SOCIETY. The society met on Monday, the 16th inst., Mr. C. W. Williams taking the chair. Mr. J. S. Green opened a debate on the motion, " That the decision of Mr. Justice North in Re Harkness and Allsopp's Contract (74 L. T. Rep. 652; (1896) 2 Ch. 358) is wrong.” Mr. W. F. Symonds opposed, and the subsequent speakers were Messrs. A. H. Richardson, A. M. Begg, N. Tebbutt, W. J. Boycott, A. C. F. Boulton, C. H. Kirby, P. H. Edwards, and C. W. Williams. The motion was eventually lost by one vote.—The subject for debate at the next meeting of the society is That it is the duty of England to offer her services to the contending parties in Cuba for the purpose of mediation and arbitration.”

HARDWICKE SOCIETY. The first weekly meeting of the 1896-97 season of this society was held in the Inner Temple Lecture Hall, King's Bench Walk, on Friday, the 13th inst. Mr. Morton W. Smith, barrister, opened the debate by moving, That this House approves of the scheme for assistance to Voluntary Schools adopted by the conference of the members of the Houses of Convocation and laymen of both provinces at the Church House." Mr. N. W. Sibley, barrister, opposed, but after a long debate the motion was carried by eleven votes to ten. There was a large attendance of members during the evening.

UNION SOCIETY OF LONDON. The society met at the Inner Temple Lecture Hall on Wednesday evening, the 18th inst., Mr. J. Arthur Price, president, in the chair. After the reading of the minutes and the disposal of private business, Mr. R. Pike Glasgow brought forward the motion on the agenda paper, viz. : “ That trial by jury in civil actions should be abolished.” Speakers : for the motion, Messrs. Glasgow and Ball; against, Messrs. Kinipple, Withers, Brown, Reed, and Willson. The motion was lost.

PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS. Information intended for publication under the above heading should reach us not later

than Thursday morning in each week, as publication is otherwise delayed.

COMMERCIAL FAILURES AND BILLS OF SALE.-According to Stubbs' Weekly Gazette, the number of failures in England and Wales gazetted during the week ending the 14th Nov. was 150. The number in the corresponding week of last year was 166, showing a decrease of 16. The number of bills of sale in England and Wales, registered at the Queen's Bench for the week ending the 14th Nov. was 144, a decrease of 26 as compared with the corresponding period last year.

Messrs. Bean, Burnett, and Eldridge, of 14 Nicholas-lane, London, sold the freehold and leasehold rents amounting to £4467 10s. secured upon the “Manchester Hotel, ”Aldersgate-street, in the city of London, for £105,000. This is said to be the largest property sale of the season.

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Mr. Hugh FENWICK Boyd has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1880.

Mr. LAWRANCE COLVILE JACKSON has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1879.

Mr. CHARLES ALFRED RUSSELL has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1878.

Mr. LLEWELLYN-ARCHER ATHERLEY-JONES, M.P. for the North-West Division of Durham, has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1875.

Mr. JOHN STRACHAN has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1876.

Mr. WILLIAM ROBERT MCCONNELL, Chairman of the County of London Sessions, has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1862.

Mr. RICHARD HOLMDEN AMPHLETT, Recorder of Worcester, has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1871.

Mr. HENRY BARGRAVE DEANE, Recorder of Margate, has been appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. He was called to the Bar in 1870.

Mr. BENJAMIN AVERY, of the firm of Lockyer, Avery, and Wolverson, solicitors, of 487, New Cross-road, Deptford, S.E., and 2, Queen-street, Cheapside, E.C., has been appointed a Commissioner for Oaths. Mr. Avery was admitted in Oct. 1889.

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