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side should as of right and without leave be entitled to remove into the High Court any claim exceeding £100. Large jurisdiction is already given to the county court in other directions, and your committee append a list of anomalies (See Appendix 11.).

Service qf .Proma.—-The attention of your committee has been directed to the serious evils of the present system of the oflicial service of process and execution of warrants by county court bailiffs, and the delay that frequently takes place. This urgently calls for the notice of the authorities. It is an anomaly to give a cre itor a right to a default summons and to judgment within eight days, if the county court bailiffs take an unlimited time for service of such process. There is a widespread impression that in many instances bailifis are very lax in the performance of their functions. The committee refrain from using stronger words of condemnation; the péoceedings in a metropolitan county court, published some time since,

ing suificient evidence of the evils which it is desired to fredress. Your committee have referred to, and repeat, the recommendations contained in the report dated 1887 of the committee of the society appointed in 1882 upon this subject as follows : “ All persons acting as bailifis should be subject to more stringent control.” Your committee recommend : “ That wherc a solicitor is employed he be at liberty to serve any process issued out of the county court in the same manner as similar process issued out of the High Court, provided the costs are not thereby increased; and that, under special circumstances, service bc allowed by registered post without order.” Under the existing rules personal service of a judgment summons is absolutely necessary, and the county court bailiff can alone servo the first judgment summons. In practice he seldom succeeds. Your committee recommend: “ That either the plaintiff or his solicitor, or anyone in their respective employment, be allowed to serve any judgment summons (including the first), and that provision be made for substituted service upon order or even by registered post without order under special circumstances, as, for example, after two abortive attempts at personal service.”“‘ Your committee refer, in support of their recommendations, to the statutory provision for service by registered letter of all process and documents allowed by the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act, 1883, in election petitions.

.Hearing.—Y0ur committee recommend: “ That when practicable special days be fixed for jury and remitted cases, and a list published two days before return day, and later cases to be marked ‘ Not before 12,’ or as the case may require. That special days be similarly fixed for cases over £20, in which counsel or solicitor appears. That registrars have jurisdiction (without consent) in contract cases over £2 and not exceeding £5, with an appeal to the judge by leave of the registrar or judge. That registrars have power, with consent of parties, to hear and determine all money claims between £5 and £50 ; a registrar to have the right, after part hearing, to send any such case for trial by the judge, and that there be a right of appeal to the judge without special leave. That, instead of the provisions as to accounts and inquiries in ord. 12, r. 5a, cases involving accounts or inquiries be issued on a form similar to the High Court originating summons and an appointment at once obtained before the registrar, who, if satisfied that such account or inquiry could better be taken out of court than before the judge in court, should be empowered to order the same to be so taken and proceed thereon. That so soon as the account or inquiry be completed the case be set down for trial and the judge be supplied by the registrar with copy of the account

or his certificate as to the result of the inquiry, and a note as to all items not admittedor disputed by either party. That the provisions of section 72 of the_County Court Act, 1888, and of ord. 51, r. 1, relating to parties appearing by agents other than solicitors, be amended so as to prevent debt collectors appearing for suitors or as advocates under the guise of witnesses or otherwise, either on the hearing of claims or judgment summonses.”

Audience in County 0ourts.—-Your committee think that one solicitor should be allowed to represent another solicitor in county court matters, and hope that tho council may be able to secure that right-at all events, in the case of clerks to solicitors who are themselves certificated solicitors.

Default Summons Procedura.—Your committee consider the present procedure under this head to be very unsatisfactory. It involves in practice greater delay than in the case of an ordinary summons by reason especially of the invitation on the face of the summons to a defendant to tear off the printed notice to defend and so gain considerable time. The expense and trouble of a preliminary atiidavit is an unnecessary deterrent; and the requirement of personal serviw by either the bailiff or by a clerk, in the exclusive employ of the plaintiff or his solicitor, is another deterrent. Your committee instance as also unsatisfactory the practice of some of the metropolitan courts requiring an affidavit of service of a default summons to be filed even where a defendant gives a notice of defence or consents to judgment, and in allowing no costs where a defendant does not appear at the trial after giving notice of defence. Your committee recommend: “ That in an action commenced by default summons for a sum of £5 or upwards no defence be allowed except upon leave obtained from the registrar or parte on oath or affidavit. That a notice of defence to, or notice of leave to defend, a default summons should bear a court fee of ls. on amounts under £20 and 2s. on amounts over £20. That ord. 7, rule No. 33A, providing that judgment shall not be entered on a default summons after two months from service, be rescinded, as it has the effect of ‘preventing any arrangement between the parties without paying the ju gment fee, and increases costs and necessitates registration of the judgment if the debt exceeds £10. That in cases where a notice of defence is signed by a solicitor, or where a solicitor, two clear days before hearing, informs the court and his adversary that he is instructed, the case be put into the defended list for the hour at which the judge will

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take such list. That the Iplractice of all the metropolitan county courts be assimilated by allowing p intiffs in all cases their costs of appearing on a default summons when the defendant has given notice to defend and does not appear to defend.” b Allowainrak to éVt1tn;cse;.-—“ That Ord. 50, r. 136, be spruckbeout,t_£a1ng oth pla uti an e en ant or any person in t eir emp oy en 1 e

to the same allowagcps as pzthb; witgessesf:"h D f b ,0 1

fclions against e tors esi ing ut 0 t c ishirt 0 2 e om't.— ‘our committee had intended to offer some observations on this subject; but having at the request of the council recently made a separate and special report on the proposed new rules of practice, your _committee refer to such report, which strongly urges that no substantial change should be made in the existing system.

E.r¢c1tZi0n.—;1I'h&lZ step? ignquld be taken to faqilitate proniiptf execution (ti: warrants as t e presen e ay is most unsatis actory, an o ten amoun to a deniiil of justice to a creditor who has actually obtained judgment.

Evidence.—Ord. 18, r.10, as to evidence by affidavit, is practically futile. “’ith the view of saving costs, your committee recommend: “ That this l matter receive the attention of the County Court Rule Committee, in order to make the existing rule effective.”

Central M€f7'0}:i7lill17l €0tl1'f.b—~Y(l)11ll‘ C0l.I1D11ll7l88él11&V8kC0lil1BldG1'€d this ques; tionas remitte to t em y t e counci an ta et e opportunity o expressing their concurrence in the resolutions previously passed by the society to the effect, " that, looking to the volume of substantial work

th ' to the scattered London count courts tral t giilvitauriiidiliiiilg oflice is immediately called fory, and tlJ'8li1l(i:1ellil1B inlf:-eisots alike of the bar, solicitors, and suitors all remitted town cases should 5” %*°“P-°“-;*‘;.‘}.’2?.‘.i..‘%it§2“‘1f..‘32iLi‘“%.?3.“.f.€?.E1 “’~t%.‘.‘°t.’;.“‘...°.°‘;f.§.‘.i

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to the congested state of biisiness in, the metropolitan county courts, it is °‘P°“f"i‘;L‘.‘2f1“§i‘§¢ E§3€¥§i‘l..§i?.l.'§1.§.Z§'.i.§i'Z‘.-Z? l‘°°Z€§‘§§.°§. £';‘“§.°§§‘Z cases is o as ‘ of course’ ,under section 65 of the County Courts Act, 1888."

Judgment Summons 1’1'ocedm'e.—Your committee consider this procedure at present to be too expensive and most unsatisfactory, and recommend “ That the command to appear to a judgment summons after a tender of conduct money to the debtnr be equivalent to a subpoena served upona witness, the amount of such conduct money to be_fixe on the issue _of the summons. That a judgment summpns contain an intimation in the same form as is set out in Form 145 B, with such additions as may be necessary to give effect to the preceding recommendation. That a judgment creditor have the right to issue judgment summonses i_n the court in which judgment is obtained agamst a judgment debtor residing anywhere. on tender to the judgment debtor upon service of the judgment summons of reasonable and proper conduct money, the amount thereof to be fixed on the issue of the summons. That _the registrars of metropolitan courts and of courts having bankruptcy jurisdiction have power hear first judgment summonses and to make orders for payment by instalments. That, wllinle agrqpinfg lfélflli, wheniegephpracticxzbjpl, tthe 8l.lD1lt1;0Il8 fishoulia be

ersona y serve 1 1 appear e cour a reasons e e orts ve been made to effebt personal service, and either that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the summons has come to the knowledge of the debtor, or that he wilfully evades service, an order should be made a_.s if personal service had been effected upon such terms as the court thinks fit."

The Position of Solicitors practising in the County Court.-—The attention of the committee has been directed to the anomalous position of solicitors. Even where a solicitor has issued the summons, and signed (in accordance with the existing rules) the particulars with a note that he will accept service of all process on behalf of his client, or where he has given notice of defence with a similar intimation, notices are often forwarded by the court officials to the litigants themselves, causing unnecessary trouble and expense. Your committee haveureferred to ord. 67, _r. 7, of the Supreme Court dltules, and rficommtendl : lghqt in casesgn Wltllgllfft 80l1Cllig: his ad ress signs t e par icu are o c aim or no ice o e ence on o a client or clients, all court communications hitherto usually sent to the plaintiff direct, be sent to such solicitor." (Cf. Ord. 67, r. 7, of the Supreme Court.)

Coats.—“ThBt the scale of costs in cases of £20 and upwards should include a special allowance to solicitor-advocate for preparing for and conducting hearing of not lessthan £2 2s. or not more than £10 10s. The amount to be fixed on taxation. That costs incurred, including court fees, in endeavouring to enforce a judgment or order by way of execution other than equitable execution and not recovered under such execution, or costs incurred in endeavouringto enforce a judgment or order by way of judgment summons for a committal or application for a fresh order forl gaylment gander ord.t 23, r. lit, or clqmmigment twarrantzi be inc u e in e amoun ue un er suc ju gmen or 0 er.” Your committee recommend as stated under the heading Judgment Summons Proccdure: “ That rule 38A of order 25 be extendedto allowing plaintiffs the costs of solicitors (jiniitcd to 105,), appearing on all judgment or committal summonses, your committee recommend : “That solicitors be allowed a fee on issuing execution." With reference to a question submitted_to your committee by the council as to the costs incurred where a litigant withdraws within five days of the return day, your committee are of opinion: “ That in all cases wherea litigant withdraws withm five days o the trial hc should be liable for all reasonable costs incurred by his opponent up to the date of such withdrawal.” The attentionhof YO1\11l'C0IIll1IllCl’.8e was raiwn to cpl pcrggtgweelof thq City cg Londoq Court w en t e amount recovere is r u ow .6 0 an counse attending is not certified for, of disallowing the solicitor‘s cdsts of atwnding, so that the adversary neither pays counsel nor solicitor. Your com

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and on their recommendation the society supported an appeal.‘ The existing practice of allowances to solicitor litigants in person in the county courts being inconsistent with the decision in London Scottish Bemfit Society v. Charley (L. R. Q. B. 13). Your committee are of opinion “That a solicitor litigant in person, whether plaintiff or defendant, be allowed the proper costs of a solicitor in the county court, in accordance with the decision in the above case.” Your committee adopt the recommendations contained in the report, dated July, 1887, of the Committee of 1882 (so far as unaffected by subsequent legislation), as follows :—“ There should be, asfar as possible, uniformity of practice. In remitted cases, and in cases of £20 and upwards, the judge be empowered to issue commissions to take evidence abroacL The registration of all county court judgments be suspended for fourteen days after final ascertainment of the amount due thereon and default in payment thereuuder" (as in the City of London Court. 6f. Order 36, Rule 1.) “County court judgments for sums exceeding £20 (exclusive of costs) should carry interest as in the superior courts.”

Gmerallg/.—Your Committee have considered a question submitted to them by the council, as to how far a solicitor may, having regard to section 118 of the County Court Act 1888, make charges for work done on the instructions of his client, incidental to a County Court action, but which work is not covered by the scale allowances. Having regard to the decision in‘ Re Dad, 21 Q. B. D. 242, in which Re Emanuel, 0 Q. B. D. 408, was considered, it would appear that all work done in the course of empl->yi.Lent to conduct u county court action is covered by the scale allowances, and nothing beyond can be charged as between solicitor and client unless the Judge otherwise cer-tifies—at all events in cases under £10. Yo ir committee, however, propose to make, at an ear? date, a supplemental. report dealing with costs only, and to make furth r re rts, when time permits, on such other matters as may seem needfu'. fill‘ committee trust that with the view of obtaining alterations in the rules on such of the above matters as can be altered without legislation, the council will forward to the County Court Rule Committee a copy of this report, together with such resolutions as the council itself may think fitto pass thereon. It is also hoped that provision will be made that a member of the council, nominated by the council, shall become a member of the County Court Rule Coinmittee, in the same manner as the President of the Incorporated Law Society

is now an cz oflicio member of the Supreme Court Rule Committee. Signed on behalf of the Committee, Fnarzcrs K. MUNTON, Oluiirman. Law Ili8T1'l‘1.".l‘10N : December, 14, 1897. APPENDIX A.

MAYOR'S COURT J UD GME NT SUMMONSES.

Sonrcirons’ Fans.

For issuing Judgment Summons, service of same, attending Court, drawing up Order, and service if allowed, where the judgment debt or any instalment

For issuing every order of Commitment, upon a judgment or order of a County Court, ls. 6d. in the pound on the amount upon which the fee on the hearing is calculated.

Rnoisrii.Aa's Faas.—(Additional to above.)

For sealing every Warrant, Order of Commitment, Precept, or Writ issued from, or on a judgment of, a court other than a County ourt, 6d. in the pound on the amount for which it issues (so that the total fee does not exceed 10s.).

For issuing a Judgment Summons upon a judgment or order of a court other than a County ourt, 2s. 0d.

Hion B.uLirr's Fsss.—(Also additional.) For every Default Summons where not served by a solicitor, ls. For service of every Judgment Summons issued upon u judgment of a court other than a County Court, 5s. Note.—The Courts insist upon trying to serve the first Judgment Summons. For executing every Warrant or Order of Commitment, issued on a judgment of a court other than u County Court, ls. in the pound on the amount for which it issues, so that the total fee does not exceed 20s.

APPENDIX B.

SUBJECT-MATTER. PBCUNIARY Ltiirr.

Cominon Law action, with written consent of both

parties... Unlimited. Action founded on contract (except for bl‘nflCh of pro

mise of marriage) £50. Action founded on tort (except libel, slander, and

seduction) £50. Counter-claim (unless plaintiff gives written notice of

objection) Unlimited. Ejectruent or questions of title to realty £50 annual value. Equity jurisdiction £500. Probate jurisdiction £200 pcrsonalty and

£300 realty

Admiralty jurisdiction £300.
Bankruptcy jurisdiction Unlimited.
Replevin Unlimited.
Interpleaders transferred from High Court £500.
Actions on contract transferred from Hi h Court £100.
Actions on tort transferred from High gourt... Unlimited.
Judicial Trustees Act 1896 Unlimited-
Workmen’s Compensation Act 1897 Unlimited.

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For every Judgment Summons under the Debtors Act, 1869, upon a -lllflgment or order of a County Court, 3d. in the pound on so much of the amount of the original demand and costs as, in obedience to the order of the C urt, should have been paid at the time of the issue of the summons.

Where such last-mentioned amount does not exceed 20s., an additional lee of 6d. ; and w_here such amount does exceed 20s., an additional fee of ls. “For every hearing of the matters mentioned in any Judgment Siunuions, lm- In the pound on the amount upon which the fee on the summons would

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SOCIETIES. ALLIANCE ASSURANCE COMPANY.

Tun Annual General Court of the Alliance Assurance Company was held on Wednesday at the Head Ofiices, Bartholomew Lane, the Rt. Hon. Loan Roruscninn, the chairman, presiding.

The report stated that the volume of new life business transacted during the year had exceeded that of any previous year in the history of the company. The number of new policies issued was 1,571, the gross sum assured by such policies amounting to £1,216,568, while the net sum assured, after deducting reassurances, was £1,002,068. The gross new premiums, including single premiums, amounted to £64,032, and the net new premiums, after deducting premiums on reassurances, to £56,706. The total life premium income on new policies and on renewals amounted to £315,670 12s. 5d.; the consideration for annuities to £51,056 15s. 9d.; and the interest (less Income Tax) on Life Assurance Fund and registration fees to £105,874 3s. 3d., making ll. total oi £472,601 11s. 5d. The claims, surrender values, cash bonuses, annuities, &c., amountedto £224,513 15s. 11d., and the expenses of management, including commission (being 10 per cent. of the net life premiums), to £31,567 ls. 3d., making a total of £256,080 17s. 2d.; and leaving a net surplus of £216,520 14s. 3d.; the net fire premium income for the year was £536,651 6s.; fire claims, including ample provision for all outstanding claims, amounted to £54 4s. 6d. per cent. of the premium income and the expenses of I11:\l'l8. cment (including commission) at the head ofiice and all the branches and agencies of the company to £31 5s. 10d. er cent. of the premium income. The sur lus on these accounts, including interest (less Income Tax), amounted) to £113,694 10s. 8d. Such surplus had been applied as follows :—£5,000 in writing down the cost of the company's premises; £3,216 16s. 5d. in payment of Income Tax on profit, &c. ; £100,000 to cover the dividend on the share capital for the year 1898; £5,477 14s. 3d. to increase the Fire Insurance Fund, making a total of £113,691 10s. 8d. The amount of the Leasehold and Investment Policies Fund had increased during the year from £50,188 2s. 5d. to £63,501 10s. 7d. The total funds of tho company amounted to £4,591,448 5s. 9~l.—viz.: Paid-up capital, £550,0i,0; Life Assurance Fund, £2,946,582 16s. 4d.; Fire Insurance Fund, £787,372 18s. 8d.; Leasehold and Investment Policies Fund, £63,501 10s. 7d.; Profit and Loss Account, £100,000; reserve for outstrnding claims, dividends, accrued commission and ex onses,£l43,99l Os. 2d. The directors had rosolved on paying the sumo dividend as in the previous year—namely, £100,000, being 8s. per share on the paid-up capital of £550,000.

The CHAIRMAN, in moving the adoption of the re or-t, said: It is now my pleasing duty to make the annual statement to the shareholders, but before I proceed to make any remarks on the general business of the company, I think that the shareholders will be gratified to know that the action which the Alliance Company was bringing against Sir Tatton Sykes has, I will

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not say fallen to the ground, but has been virtually won by the company inasmuch as Sir Tatton Sykes has withdrawn his defence to the first action, and has paid us the interest which we have claimed. It is a matter of great relief, I am sure, to all our shareholders, to sec that we have not advanced money on valueless security. I want now to call attention to the annual report, which has been sent to all the shareholders. No doubt they have noticed that the amount of new business in the Life Department is uppreccdentcdly large, and I only hope it will increase. The shareholders will remember that, some few years ago, our life business was put on a different footing from what it had been before, and we stated to all those who were likely to insure that tho expenditure in that department was guaranteed to be not more than 10 per cent. Such a stop as that naturally would at first throw a portion of the expenditure on the F ire Account, but the increase in our Life business has been so great that, although the expenditure in the Life Account is limited to 10 per cent., the Life Account can pay the whole of the expenditure, and I think that prcsenlly it will make hardly if any claim upon the Fire Account ; so that, if our Life business increases, certainly the 10 per cent. will fully cover all expenditure in that branch. The Fire Account is avery simple one, and the shareholders will see that we are enabled to pay the same dividend as last year, and to increase our Reserve Fund or Fire Insurance Fund by about £5,000. No doubt this may be considered, and ought to be considered, very satisfactory, that we should be in ii position, without entrenching on our Reserve Fund, to pay the same dividend as we have done for so many years back. But I must tell the shareholders that, so far as I personally was concerned, the account was rather a disappointing one to mo, because, certainly up to the first ten months of the year, I thought we were going to have a very good year, and our losses—our great losscs—only occurred almost at the end of the year. There was then a great firo in Cripplegate, a fire at King's Lynn, and also a large fire in Australia, so that instead of increasing our Reserve Fund as I had hoped by a substantial sum, we are only able to increase it by £5,000. I think the lesson which the past year has taught us is a v<ry clear one. I hope that we shall have very good years, and that we may be able to shew larger profits than we have done this 3 ear. \Vhen that is the case, we ought to carry considerable sums to the Reserve Fund, and not increase our dividend until we can do so by the interest on the Reserve Fund. I do not think I have anything more to say. Mr. Nichols, the professional auditor and accountant, is present here. In compliance with the wishes of many shareholders, Mr. Nichols has given his assistance to the auditors in auditing the accounts. I believe he is not only fully satisfied at the way the accounts are kept, but it has filled him with admiration. 1 have to move “ That the report, together with the account and balance. sheet for the year 1897 annexed thereto, be received and adopted and (ntcrcd on the minutes." '

Mr. F. A. Lucas seconded the motion.

The CHAIRMAN} I do not know if Mr. Nichols wishes to make any statement.

Mr. C. L. Nicisons, F.C.A., said that perhaps it might be convenient it he were to tell the meeting the course which had been adopted with reference to the audit. He attended at the oificcs quarterly and did the books, going through the accounts and vouchers and verifying the cash bulance, and he saw that all the income was accounted for. All the securities representing tho company's investments were examined each half year, and all mortgages and other deeds relating to property were examined annually. The certificate appended to the balance-sheet would inform the shareholders that all those securities, and, indeed, all the assets set forth on the balance-sheet, were in order. He might perhaps be permitted to say that the books were kept on ii very excellent system. He considered the administration of the oflice practically perfect.

Mr. Fox BATLEY observed that he would merely like to say he had notici d in the balance-sheet amongst the assets a number of the company's own shares. He was acquainted with the County Fire Oflice, but possibly the Alliance might be on different lincs. In the case of that oiiice, it was declared a short time back that it was not legal for an cilice to invest in its own shares, and the County Fire Oflice sold its shares. Ilc was not asking the directors to adopt a similar course, but he wished to know whether the Alliance was in a different position from the County ?

The CHAIRIIAN said he was not at all astoiiishid at the question, because it was unusual for an office to hold its own shares. The Alliance had power by its deed to hold shares in this way, and they were bought originally for a specific purpose, which did not come to anything—namcly, fortho purchase of another ofiice. They paid the company, and certainly the Life Department, very well at the present moment, and they would be retained; but it an opportunity should occur of purchasing another olfico they would probably bc used for the purpose.

The motion was agreed to unanimously.

On the motion of the CHAIRIIAN the retiring directors were elected as fo_llows:—_Mr. Jae. Alexander, Mr. Jas. Fletcher, Mr. Rd. Hoare, Sir Chas. Rivers Wilson, G.C.M.G., C.B., and Maj.-Gen. Sir Arthur Ellis, K.C.V.O.

_On the motion of Mr. \Viii'riz, seconded by Mr. Dounus Annim, Mr. Victor Wm. Cavendish was elected an auditor in the place of Mr. J oim Caron who retired.

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The CHAIRMAN presumed he was right in assuming it to be the wish of the shareholders that Mr. Nichols‘ appointment should be considered permanent, and to this the meeting arsrnted.

Mr, \Viii'rii moved a vote of thanks to the chairman and directors and working staff for the energy they had display ed in promoting the interests of the company during the past twelve months. He considered the report was most _t' ivourable. There were, as regarded the Life business, £56,000 in new premiums, and he had no hesitation in saying that some oflices took twenty years to acquire that amount. Life premiums were far more satisfactory than fire, because a man insured in an otfice did not readily change to

anoth<r. The loss by fire was not so great as he had anticipated, because, as

everybody knew, some ollices suffered very severely by the Cripplegate fire; but hc had been very pleased to learn by inquiry at the otlice shortly afterwards, that a great many risks in that locality had been cut up. He supposed the directors had been prudent not only with regard to Cripplcgate, but also to other parts of the City whcrc the thoroughfares were very narrow, ten or twelve feet wide, with windows on each side. In case of fire in such localities there was bound to be heavy loss. The fire in Australia was simply a case of the fortune of war. He asked the directors whether, having regard to the fact that last year was tho Jubilee year, it might not be well to add some small bonus to the salaries of the staff.

Mr. Fox Barter seconded the motion, which was carried with aoclamation.

The Ciuiiiuriiiv, in returning thanks, observed that next year was the quinquennium, when it was usual to present a bonus to the stall‘, and it would perhaps be better to le.\ve the consideration of Mr. \Vhits’s suggestion until then.

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rnode of computing the damages, if any, came in and reported in favour of the plaintiff, l.ut without having made the computation. The court, somewhat impatiently, lllfuflllltl them that they must again retire and compute the amount as he had instructed them. But the foreman arose and said: “ \\-'ell, judge, the trouble was, none of us could road your writing. We all took a try at it, and could not malio out a woid of it, so we had to do the best we could without any instructions." The judge said hereafter he would have all instructions typewritten.

The American Law Review says that Judge Dillon in the course of his upward (arcer was successively the driver of a dra], clerk in a drug store, doctor of medicine, attorney-at-law, State prosecuting attorney, State district judge, State Supreme Court judge, State Supreme Court Chief Justice, United States Circuit Judge, Professor of Municipal Law in tho law school of Columbia University, a chair founded by Chancellor Kent, and counsel for more and greater interests, corporate and unineorporato, than any lawyer that has lived in the annals of our country. “So far as we know,” continues the Rwiew, “no other man in the course of American lJl:f0!'}', not holding a public office, not a candidate for a public otlice, not occupying a public position nor seeking any, but pursuing a strictly private walk in life, has been the recipient of an honour in the form of a banquet spontantously bestowed upon him by the bar and the people of a State 2,000 miles distant from the place of his residence, which State he perhaps never visited in his life, and where there are probably no interests whatever represented by him in a professional capacity. This remarkable event took the form of a banquet spontaneously tendered in his honour on the 20th of December last, it being the anniversary of his sixty-sixth birthday. The banquet was given by Judge and Mrs. Charles A. Pollock, of Fargo; and while some of his former friends, neighbours and associates were present, the 160 guists which surraimded the table were made up of Federal judges, judges of the State Supreme Court, of the State district courts, and members of the bar and other citizens."

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March 15.-Messrs. Dsussnsn, Tlwson, Fnzrisn, & BBl1>0I\VA'1‘l1'l, at the Mart at ‘:2 p,m., Freehold Property in Graccchurch-street of the present rental of £660 ; leases ix ire in 1912, when the raluc of the ropi-rty will be considerably increased. Solicitors, Messrs. Burne & Wyk, Londim. Freehold Premises in St. James’sstreet ; let to Messrs. Thom on for 28 years at £240 or annum. Solicitors, Messrs. Free)r, Blunt, Rowlatt, & ginterton, of Leicester. lflee advertisements, March 5, p. 5.

March 16 ——Messrs. H. E. Fosrn & Cnssrrsnn, at the Mart, at 2 p.m., Leasehold Investments reducing £438 per unnnm; secured upon properties in St. Panci-us, Konisey-road: and Holloway. Solicitors, Messrs. Bundle dz Hobrow, J. T. Theobald, L-.q., and Thomas Young, Surveyor, all of London. Short Leasehold Investments producing £198 per annum; secured upon Stablrngl remiscs near Regent's Park. Solicitors, Messrs. Ta lor 8: Taylor, London. Free oljd and part Cop hold Residential, Agricultm-al,and Msnorisl Estate, near the market-town of he ston,Cambridge-shire; comprising in_ all about 129 acres, and lproducing a rent-rod of nearly pgrrnnnum. igolrcgtoas, Messrs. Meur & owler, 0 London, and Messrs.

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March 17.»-Messrs. H. E. Fcsrss & CIIANPIELD, at the Mart, at 2 p.m., Perpetual RentCharge of £1,600,_secured upon the estates of Castlehill and Ashgrove, in Ayr and Kr"lwrnnrng._ Solicitors, H Stanley-Jones, Esq., of London, and Messrs Davidson 8: S; me, of Edinburgh ; and Messrs. John Emslie & Guthrie, of Ardrossin, Ayrshire.

REVEKSIONS : To Four One-seventh Shares of a Trust Fund, £16,680 India 3} per Cent. Stock, £9,500 l'i_.'idm3per Cent. Stock, and £3,049 Bank of England Stock ; lady aged 81- Solicitors, Messrs. Johnson & Co., Birmingham.

To One-third of ii Trust Estate, value £13,715, Freeholds and on Mortgage ; lady aged 70. Solicitors, Messrs. Edgar Robins & Clark, London.

To One-fourth of £5,691 L. & N. W. Ry. Stock, £925 Preference ditto. ; lady aged ilgqsupgicé :9 annuity of £200 toa lady aged 71. Solicitor, G. W. Bower,

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To One-fourth of a Reaiduary_Estate, value about £35,000 ; lady aged 58. Also Reversion to £1,000 sterling; lady aged 47. Solicitors, Messrs Mear 8: Fowler. London.

To Freehold at Milveiton, near Inamingtwn, value £2,250, and producing £115 per annum ; lady aged 6-1. Solicitor, J. B. Churchill, 1kq., London.

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March 15

Anaow Briowsriru. Gow Mrsrso Co, Luirrau (IN LlQUlDAT10l:g—'Cf?dlI»Ol‘5 are required, on or before April 15, to send their names and addresses, an the particulars of their debts or claims, to Charles Bennett Jessop, 4, Gt Winchester st. Dutileld & Bruty,

New Broad st, solorsto liquidntor

Bssvros OIL Esoisn Co, L1mrno—Creditors are required, on or before Fridiay, March 18, to send their names and addresses, and the articulars of their debts or aims, to Charles William Middleton Kemp, 73, Liombsrdast. G. S. and LI. Brandon, solors for

liquidat/or

Bairisn Paoouos: Surrnr Associ/irlozi, Lrrii'rsn—Petn for winding up, presented March 2, directed to be heard on Wednesday, March 16. Beyfus & Beyfus, 69, Lincoln's inn flelds, solors for getner. Notice of appearing must roach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in t e afternoon of March 15

cA1‘1‘l‘AL Iuvssrussr Co, Lnirrsn—Creditors are required, on or before April 80, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Mr J W Knowles, 6, Clement's lane

Cumrrr Ciisrss Gow Mints, L||ri'r:n—Creditors are required, on or before Apgil 20, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, Charles Arthur Clulow, 9, Gracechurch st

Cnsrirrorv Rirnr-'(N11snrsr:, W.A.) Gonn ltlisnm Ce, Lirnrico (is LIQUIDATION) —Creditors are required, on or before May 1, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to John Willi-rm Woodthorpe and Robert Henry Household, Leadenhn.ll bldgs, Leadenhall st. Gibson & (‘o, 27, Chancery lane, solors to liquidators

CHARLES WILLS 8: Co, Lniiriio (Brighton)—-Creditors are required, on or before April 16 to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Edward James Reeves, Queen's rd, Brightnn. Nye & Trencher, Brighton, solors to

liquidators

"Connii.r.sas" Sinr Co, LlM1'1‘lDAC1'9dlI,0I'S are required, on or before March 31, to send in their names and addressee, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Henry Edward Abbott, 5, Fenwick st, Liverpool. Collins & Co, Liverpool, solors for

the liquidator

“ Glvriionss: " Srsuisuir Co, Lnn'rsn—Creditors are required, on or before April 5, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims to James Jenkins and William John Williams, 31, Mount Stuart sq, Cardiff. Vsehell 8: Co, Bute Docks, Cardiff, solors for the liquidators

Gzssau. GUARANTEE Assoourios, Luiirnu (ix Liquiosrios) —Creditors are required, on or before April 2, tosend their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to John Holtom, 7, Union ct, Old Broad st

Geno EXPLORATION oi- Wssrsas Ausrasus, Lunrso~—'Jreditors are required, on or before April 20, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Mr. Clarence H. Poultnn, 33, Old Broad st Ashurst 0: Co, Throgmorton av, solors to the liquidator.

Lnnor’s Asrr-Mrcaons AND Wrsns AND Srisrrs Co, Limrln—C‘reditors are required, on or before March 21, to send in their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts and clnims, to II Wilcoek, 26, Brown st, Manchester

Vic'rom.\;Horsr., Lr\'s|rroor., Lnirrsn—Creditors are required, on or before March 18, to send in their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims to Walter Ward Plstt, 67, Lord st, Liverpool. Collins & Co, Liverpool, solors for the liquida

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to be heard on Wednesday, March 16. Malliin 6: Co, 29, Martin's ln, Cannon st, solors for the petnr. Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o’c1ock in the afternoon of March _15. _ _

Li0ssoALr: ESTATES, LIiiI'rso—(.ieditors are required, _on or before April 28,to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims. to Edward Russell Cummins and William Watkins, 85, Gracechurch st. Dale 8: Co, Cornhill,

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Suns Asp Srun (icLo Miiiss, LIiiI'rln—Creditors are required, on or before April 21, to
slnd their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Mr
W. R. Caldwell Moore. Palmerston bldgs, Old Broad st. Robinson dz Stannard, 19,
Eastcheap, solors for liquidator _ _

WBITB Flrriilri MAIN Runs GoLn Misiuo Co, Liuii-izn—Crcditors are required, on or
before April 20, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or
claims, to W B Pent, Benno Seimert, and Edwin Perry, Ii, Drapers' gardens. Vallance

& Co, George yd, Lombard sf, solors to liquidators

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REYNOLDS, Sor-ms, Hastings March 31 C W Dommett it Son, Gresham st

Roosnrs, WILLIAM, Conway, Carnarvon March 5 Porter & Amphlett, Conway

Bosiss, CnAaLas, Harlesden March 25 Parlett, Edgware rd

Brosa, WAL'rn, Rusholme, nr Manchester, Plumber March 25 Almond 6: Son, Mm

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WILI.IAiis. Soi-IIIA ELizAssrii, \Vimborne, Dorset Mar 24 Prideaux 6: Son, Goldsmiths’
ZAIIBBA, Jossrii WARREN, Hampstead Mar 31 Greenbank, Serjeant's inn, Fleet st

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