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which time it has been thoroughly cleaned and put in order, and as it was taken to in practically a derelict state with hardly any valuation, the £516 now awarded will go a considerable way to make good the loss that has been incurred. It is true that by reason of the valuation being made so late as October 24th a certain amount of tillages were completed which were not commenced in the other case when the valuation took place on September 18th, but a sum not exceeding £30

, would certainly have covered any advantage in this respect.

Valuation No. II. was on a farm containing 164 acres arable and 134 pasture, and therefore 298 acres in all, the same as Ne. I., exclusive of roads and buildings. The corn was all thrashed, and the straw well stacked and covered, so all that expense was saved to the incoming tenant. The valuation was £132. Why then this extraordinary difference between the two cases. It occurred as follows:

partly in hay,
partly in roots,

partly in cultivations performed; but principally in tenant right under the agreement, which in this respect closely follows the Agricultural Holdings Act of 1883, and in certain special and prohibitory clauses in the agreement which are framed with the intention of inducing the tenant to farm well and leave his arable land in certain fixed proportions of stubbles, seeds, and fallow, although permitted absolute freedom of cropping, and almost of crop sales until the last year of the tenancy

Under these clauses a bad farmer is subjected to certain definite fines which cannot be evaded. Valuation No. II. was made by one referee, a gentleman of

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wide experience, who doubtless did his duty by both parties.

GEORGE W. RAIKES, Fellow.

No. I. VALUATION of Fixtures, Hay, Straw, Roots, &c., under agreement, and custom of County, upon The

Farm, in the Parish of in the County of

from A, B, to C. D. Inspected October 24th, 1896.

FIXTURES.
Kitchen.—Kitchen range with plate rack complete

Plate stove
Cupboard-press and shelves
Dresser

Roller and blind
Dairy - Shelf with iron supports
Larder. --Shelf with iron supports...
Scullery.—Hearth oven

Furnace stack and lid
Morning Room.-Two roller blinds and fittings ..
Drawing Room.—Roller blind and fittings
Upstairs.— Three good roller blinds and fittings.

One old roller blind

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First Attic.-Five shelves
Yard. -- Tablet ladder

Quantity of wire netting as fitted (with eight iron

stays) ..
Stackyard. Two 9-stone staddles ...

One 11-stone staddle
Upper yard.—Two 9-stone staddles
Cistern House.—Meal bin

Iron furnace and copper
Root House.--Double steps

Firewood
Rickyard.-One rick old hay

Two ricks seed hay

One rick meadow hay
Straw.-23 0 0 wheat

0 barley
20 0 0 oats
8

0 beans
17 2
Hedge-trimming

GARSONS.
Lower ground.—Labour to heap of soil
1013. Stoney Pit Ground.-. 8 1 35 wheat
1014. Lower Stoney Pit. - 13 2 Omanured & ploughed
1016. Lower Gravels.- 13 0 0 wheat
1017. Drayton Piece.—Labour to heap of soil

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1023 and 1024 Quse Bridge Close

3 acres turnips
4 acres rape
7 acres ploughed

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Withy Furlong.–8 20 seeds, sowing, and harrowing

seed bills 995

4 0 O swedes... Summer

8 0 0 mangels Leisure

7 2 0 ploughed
5 0 0 vetches drilled

seed bill
2 0 0 rye drilled

seed
Claim under Custom.- Manure (purchased dung) unused

and cartage, full value
Claims under Agreement.-Claim under Clause 13 for

land not requiring 50s. per acre to clean it
Claim under Clause 15 being more than half fit to

plant with white straw
Oil-cake consumed from Mich. 1894 to Mich. 1895,

one-sixth
Oil-cake consumed from Mich. 1895 to Mich. 1896,

one-third
Other feeding stuffs consumed from Mich. 1894 to

Mich. 1895, one-eighth
Other feeding stuff from Mich. 1895 to Mich. 1896,

one-fourth
Manure purchased from Mich. 1894 to Mich. 1895,

one-fourth
Manure purchased from Mich. 1895 to Mich. 1896,

one-half
Artificial manure used to roots in 1896

hare of Insurance
Contra Claim.--Allowance under Clause 16, for short

acreage of seeds

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12 6 £516 12 4

We, the undersigned, having duly examined the items contained in fore

going Inventory, do hereby value the same at the sum of Fire hundred
and Fifteen pounis, Nineteen shillings, and Ten pence.
Dated this 28th day of October, 1896.

E. F.
G. H.

No. II.

VALUATION of Hay, Straw, Acts of Husbandry, &c., upon C Farm, from A. B. to C. D. September 18th, 1896.

£ s. d. Marlpit Hill The Gorralls The Stockings 51 2 O fallow The Ruffs

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A. R. P. Racecourse Hill. 15 3

7 young seeds Lane ground. - 7 2 26

Seed Bills Barn ground. 5 0 0 1 plough Rickyard.- 63 2 O wheat straw

R. P. 24 2 Ooat

98 1 24 10 1

1 rick of hay Woodyard.—Wood

Cucumber frame and 8 seakale pots
House.-W.C. and fittings, and 12 roller-blinds
Pantry.- Meat-safe
Upstairs.—4 Ashpans
Dairy.—2 milk-leads

Allowances for

Deficiency in white straw crops
Excess in land for fallows
To clean foul land
Excess in young seeds

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I value the foregoing items at the sum of one hundred and thirty-one pounds, nineteen shillings, and.sixpence.

(Signed) E. G. R.

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Tithe Commutation Rent-charge.

Value for the Year 1897, &c. As a result of the corn averages for the seven years to Christmas, 1896, published in the London Gazette, viz.:wheat, 3s. 6 d. per imperial bushel ; barley, 3s. 2d. per mperial bushel; oats, 28. 24d. per imperial bushel ; each £100 of tithe rent-charge will for the year 1897 amount to £69 178. 11}d., being on the commutation about 1} per cent. less than last year.

The following statement shows the worth of £100 of tithe rent-charge for the last seven years :—For the year 1890, £78 18.3}d. ; 1891, £76 38. 31d. ; 1892, £75 18s. 31d.; 1893, £74 15s. 2 d.; 1894, £74 3s. 9}d.; 1895, £73 138.01d.; 1896, £71 98. 6 d. The average value of £100 of tithe rent-charge for the 61 years which have elapsed since the passing of the Tithe Commutation Act is £97 198. 4 d.

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SECTION II.

COMMUNICATIONS REFERRING TO PAPERS IN

THE “TRANSACTIONS,” &c.

On Mr. TUalter C. Ryde's Paper on “ The Agricul

tural Rates Act, 1896."

(" Transactions," Vol. XXVIII.,

pp. 33-60.)

Mr. Ryde, in his carefully written Paper, raises the important question whether the case of Purser v. the Worthing Local Board (Professional Notes, ii. 59 and 121) applies to the assessment of glass houses in nursery grounds and market gardens under the above Act, and the same question has been mooted in a great many parts of the country.

I cannot help thinking there is a great deal to be said in support of Mr. Ryde's view that it does not. He mentions that in Sections 1 and 5 (a) of the Act a distinction is drawn between land and buildings, while in the Public Health Act, 1875, buildings are not mentioned as separate from land. But the matter does not rest there. In Section 2 of the Agricultural Rates Act it is said that “the Act shall apply to every “ rate as defined by the Act, except a rate which the

occupier of agricultural land is liable, as compared with

the occupier of buildings or other hereditaments, to be “ assessed to,” &c. And in Section 5 we have the important provision that “in every valuation list .... where

any hereditament consists partly of agricultural land “ and partly of buildings, the gross estimated rental of the

buildings, when valued separately (in pursuance of this

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