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Vacation other than that which is at present allowed to be transacted that there ought to be a system of lists of motions as in the Palatine and during the Vacation ?
Admiralty Courts. The PRESIDENT: The answer to Mr. Ford's question is that the Council Mr. HASELDINE JONES (London) seconded the motion. adopted the resolution of the society on the 3rd of December, 1897, to the The PRESIDENT : I think the Council are quite in agreement on this effect “that, in the opinion of this society, the duration of the Long subject. The resolution passed in 1884 was forwarded to the Lord ChanVacation should be reduced to eight weeks—first Monday in August to cellor, and we got a reply that it would be brought before the Rule Com. last Saturday in September.” This resolution they communicated to the mittee. It has also been considered on other occasions in connection with General Council of the Bar. The General Council of the Bar passed the reforms in procedure generally, but there is a difficulty in arriving at the following resolution : "Taat it is not desirable that the proposal of the desired end owing to the interest of the inner bar being affected. And Incorporated Law Society to alter the Loug Vacation by making it extend when we conferred with the bar they thought that the matter had better from the first Monday in August to the last Saturday in September be wait until the Government appointed some extra judges. That was the carried into effect." And that is all that we have been able to do. As answer we got. I do not quite see the logical meaning of it. regards the transaction of legal business during the Long Vacation, in Mr. ARMITAGE gave his experience of a ca e in his practice some years March, 1893, the Council sent to the Lord Chancellor a statement of the ago. He had a motion where juniors were engaged, and it took three business which they thought ought to go on in the Long Vacation, and months to bring it on. He attended on twelve days and won the motion, that statement appeared in the annual report of 1891. Beyond that the and on taxation he was allowed 6s. 8d. for each attendance. Of course Council up to the present time hive not been able to make any further the mora! was “brief your leader." In this case he was the respondent's progress. They remain of the same opinion that they were in 1893. solicitor, and could not brief a leader. It was a small matter that was in
Mr. FORD said that if it had not already been done he would suggest question. that the society's resolution should be communicated to the Lord Chan The Vice-PRESIDENT (Mr. C. B. MARGETTS, Huntingdon) thought it a cellor.
most important thivg that the meeting should carry the resolution. It The PRESIDENT : It has been sent to the Lord Chancellor.
seemed to him highly desirable that the hands of the Council should be
strengthened by a resolution of a general meeting in support of this ATTENDANCES OF MEMBERS OF COUNCIL.
reform. If the motion was rejected it would be assumed that it was not Mr. Ford moved “That a copy of the record of attendances (for the a desirable motion. But it was a most desirable motion, and one of which current year) of members of the Council, at Council and committee the Council were very much in favour. There was no doubt that the meetings, be sent annually to every member of the society, such copy to present system was a great abuse, and he was entirely in accord with Mr. accompany the notice calling the annual general meeting.” He said he Ford, and hoped the meeting would support him. believed the practice was that any member of the society could see the The motion was carried unanimously. books in the secretary's office, but he need hardly point out that the
SEATS ON THE COUNCIL. members really had not time to be searching the books to see whether the members of the Council had been constant in attendance or otherwise. Mr Ford moved the following resolution, of which he had given This was so small a suggestion that he was gure the Council would notice: “This meetiog is of opinion that the members of the Council readily adopt it so that instead of the members being put to the trouble of going out of office every year shall decide between themselves as to which making this troublesome investigation through a number of books, a junior three of them shall not be eligible for re-election for a period of one clerk might be set to make the extracts so that the list might be sent to year; and in the event of non-compliance of such condition, the selection every member.
shall be made by the Council, and the result in either case shall be com. Mr. GRANTHAM Dodd (London) seconded the motion, observing that it municated to the members of the society, and the Council is hereby was only reasonable that the members should know to what extent they directed to amend the bye-laws accordingly.” He said this was a very were indebted to the various members of the Council for their attendance delicate matter. at committees and so on. At present the members were perfectly ignorant The PRESIDENT : It is not a new one, Mr. Ford. of the facts.
Mr. Ford said that really after the courtesy which the President had The PRESIDENT : Before the meeting proceeds to vote upon the motion displayed in dealing with the previous resolution, and the encouraging I should like to mention that not only do the bye-laws prescribe that a remarks of the Vice-President, he felt some little difficulty in bringing list of the Council showing how many times each member attended at this resolution forward. Here again, his friend in one sense, Mr. Keen, Council meetings and committees should be open to inspection, but also would agree with him to this extent, that it was not a new proposal. It that it has been the practice for the last eleven years with only one excep- had been made in this hall before, and he thought on one occasion if it tion to publish that list in the law newspapers. And we propose to follow was not passed that practice before the annual meeting,
The SECRETARY: No. Mr. FORD said that if the members of the society could rely upon that Mr. Ford said that at any rate there was a great division of opinion practice being followed and that the list should be sent to all the law with regard to it. It was an easy thing for anyone elected on the papers he would wish to withdraw the motion.
Council to say, "Now, I shall not bother my head any more. I am elected The motion was accordingly withdrawn.
for the period of my natural life. I have worked very hard in the proMOTIONS IN CHANCERY.
fession, and this is a distinction I have earned long ago; I am going to
take it easy." It should be remembered that new brooms sweep clean, Mr. Ford moved, “That the interests of suitors, and the due adminis- and a little new blood was an excellent thing. Since one of the gentlemen tration of justice require that motions in the courts of the Chancery who used to be a severe critic-[indicating Mr. Munton]—had been elected Division ought to be set down in a list, and taken in the order in which on the Council, and thereby new blood had been introduced, things had they appear in such list, no precedence being given to leaders of the bar.” gone on much better. He (Mr. Ford) urged that this progressive feeling He observed that this way no new matter. On two former occasions should be developed. There were some members who had been on the during the last thirty years he had brought forward a similar motion, and Council a very long time, and probably they would like to enjoy a vacaon each occasion the society had unanimously adopted the motion. Un tion. He felt that he would like to leave the matter with the Council. fortunately the influence of the society as a public body was not as great It was a very delicate question and he hardly liked to take a vote with as one could wish, and the result was that although he had no doubt the regard to it. He would prefer to leave it to the Council whether they Council did all it could to support the society's resolutions, nothing so far could not bring up something on their own initiative. It might be that had come of the matter. In 1892 he had asked the then president what some of the members of the Council were longing for a proposal of this action had been taken with regard to a resolution he had brought forward kind, but they had felt a delicacy in introducing it themselves. In that on the subject in 1884, and which had been carried unanimously. It spirit he would leave it, and he hoped the suggestion would be adopted. was to the effect that the interests of suitors and the convenience of the There would not be the slightest difficulty in their agreeing on the profession required that the practice in the other divisions, of setting matter. down motions and taking them in the order in which they stood in the The PRESIDENT: As you have referred to the previous motion, you may list, should be extended to the Chancery Division. No doubt everyone like to know what appears on the official minutes. It is true that in 1881 knew that this was the practice which obtained in the Admiralty Mr. Dalton T. Miller moved and Mr. J. R. MacArthur seconded : “That Division, and it was found to be most useful and to be largely in bye-law 27 be altered by inserting at the end the following words in the interests of suitors and their representatives in the solicitor italice, and the five of such ten who have been longest in office shall not branch of the profession. But that was not all. He was glad to know be eligible for re-election for twelve months.'" The motion that the late Bar Committee had had the matter before them, and in the negatived by a large majority, only a few members voting in favour report of the Bar Committee dated 1893 the practice was set out which of it. still obtains, not only in the Admiralty Division but also in the Palatine Mr. Ford said that could be explained by the fact that the Council were Court of Lancaster. In the Palatine Court a list was made out. At the against it and that there was a large attendance of the members of the sittings of the court the registrar asked if anyone desired to move ex club who voted against it. They did not like the innovation. parte, and the ex parte motions were disposed of. The list was called, and The PRESIDENT : I may also mention that there is a very great deal of unopposed motions were taken. Then the list was gone through accord. work done by members of the Council apart from meetings of the Council ing to the order in which cases were eet down. The present practice in and of committees. Matters constantly arise in the course of the year the Chancery Division existed solely in the interest of the inner bar, and where heavy documents and papers are concerned, and a great deal of it was most prejudicial to those who represented country professional work is done outside the committees and the Council meetings. And clients. They were sick and tired of coming up to motions. Because a further, some of the most able members give us most valuable assistance leader had got his pockets full of motions, some of the most trumpery although they may not be with us on every occasion. kind, they could not get their motion heard. It was no exaggeration to Mr. Ford : After that atatement I think I ought to withdraw the say that months went past, certainly a month or more, before a motion, motion. possibly of much consequence, could be brought up. The present prac The PRESIDENT : We think that if the motion were carried into effect tice compelled suitors to brief two counsel—they must have a leader. He it would be of great benefit to the members of the Council. I think that appealed to the meeting to endorse the expression of former meetings, a rest such as proposed would be charming. But we think it would not be
beneficial to the society. He then put it to the meeting whether Mr. payment of the sum of £12,500 as an interim dividend in November last. Ford should be allowed to withdraw the motion, but the decision was in the total amount insured was estimated as 1251 millions. The claims for the negative.
losses paid in the past year amounted to £63,887 17s. 9u., showing a decrease Mr. Melvill GREEN (Worthing) seconded the motion pro forma, because, of £510 as compared with 1896. The year, however, closed with a large he said, he agreed entirely with its object, though not with the form in amount of estimatel outstanding claims, arising principally from the excepwhich it was put. The motion would have the effect that the three tionally large fire on the Goldsmiths' Company's extensive property in members of the Counc:l who were not to be re-elected would practically Cripplegate and Jewin-street, the claims in respect of which had been satisbe selected by ballot. The Council in all probability would not say factorily adjusted. The proportion of losses paid to the amount of premium amongst themselves that so-and-so of their friends sitting next to them income was 43 per cent. ; the expenses of management werə 15 per cent., once a week all through the year should be left out, so it would fall into and the commission 13 per cent. The shareholders were greatly indebted to a practice of selection by ballot. It was, at all events, an invidious and the numerous agents of the society in the provinces, as well as the metropolis, disagreeable task to cast upon fifty gentlemen the duty of saying that for their continued exertions on behalf of the office, and the directors were three out of their number were not wanted any more. It should be ieft glad to be able to state that the members of the staff at the head office had to the cociety at large and not to the Council or any individual members given general satisfaction by their zeal and assiduity. to say whom they wanted re-elected. The motion that was propo ed Mr. G. W. Bell (Secretary) having read the notice convening the meeting, some ten years ago fell into the same error, providing, as it did, that the five members who had served longest should be excluded. What he he might congratulate the meeting upon another prosperous year, in spit: of
The CHAIRMAN moved the adoption of the report. Ho said he thought should like to see carried would be that of the ten members going out of circumstances in the shape of abnormally large fires which might have office by rotation only seren who had served in the next preceding year brought about a very different result. The report showed that the balance should be re-elected. Then the whole ten could be candidates and the at the disposal of the meeting was £46,660 17s. 91., after payment of three who happened to be at the bottom of the ten would not be elected £12,500 as an interim dividend. That was the first payment of that kind but the three next outsiders would come in. It would not, in his opinion, which the directors had had the pleasure of making. The balance on the make the Council one whit better. He did not for what Mr. Ford had said, that there were members who were and the Jubilee bonus, amounting to £50,000. The balance for 1897 was
one iota accounts for 1896 was £54,901, and that after payment of the Jubilee dividend lazy and said when they got elected, “We are here for life, let us
arrived at af er payment of the dividend for 1896, £13,750, and the interiin be comfortable here for life.” There was no more hard working com. dividend of £12,500, making together £56,250. The difference bet : 4:1 the mittee on any public body in the kingdom-(Mr. Ford: Hear, hear.) - balance in the 1896 account and that in the account for 1897, £46,660 173. 91., than the Council of this institution. He had been on the committee of the society a little time and spoke from knowledge. He did not in the the interim dividend for 1897, sự that £6,250 more was brought into the
was £8,240 3s. 11d., but then there had been paid the dividend for 1896 ani least expect that the change would improve the Council. But wha!
account than in 1896. The actual difference of these figures was £1,990. would result would be that instead of having so many past presidents Tho premium income remained somewha: in a stationary condition. It was there would be a smaller number. The society would lose the benefit of true that there was a small increase, but not sufficient to call for observation. their experience, and would lose something in so doing; but they would
He could have desired that it had been more. That the iacrease was a small get a larger number of younger men, who would, as had been said, introduce younger thought and younger habits. But the real advantage en leavouring to be extremely careful in the selection of risks, avoiding those
one might no doubt be attributed to the fact that the directors had been would be that the profession at large all over the country who did not which on the face appeared to be more than usually hazardous. The total know the Counci) as well as those did who attended these meetings sum insured had incrcased by about £250,000. The claims for losses would get such knowledge and there would be greater confidence in the showed a decrease, a small one of £510, in 1897, as compared with Council throughout the profession at large if it were not necessarily a
1896, and this in the face of the fact that like most of the London position for life. It would, of course, happen that after a year a good offices, this office had to pay to a considerable extent for the Cripplegate man who bad fallen out would come on to the Council again. There fire and for that at Maple & Co.'s depository at Camden Town. Both of would be nothing to prevent him. But it would also bappen that those who fell out would not be the most active and generally popular in the happened on the 17th November, and he believed that it exceeded
these fires were of very considerable extent. The Cripplegate fire profession, and some of them would not come in agaiv, and a very real benefit would be effected in the view that would be taken of the Council anything that had occurred since the Great Fire of London. The statistics at large. He had seconded the motion pro forma because he quite under-and-a-balf acres of land. "It raged in a terrific way for something like four
were somewhat interesting. The fire devoured property covering some twostood it was not going to be carried, because he did not think the form in which it was put a satisfactory way of carrying out the object desired, but hours on'y, but in that time did all its work. It required all the efforts of he thougat that object an exceedingly good one.
fifty of the most powerful engines of the Fire Brigade, and the services of 288 Mr. GBINHAM KEEN thonght it would be most miscaievous to pass a
or 290 officers and men, and an expenditure of something like 15,000,000 resolution of this kind. He had been a member of the Council for gallons or 67,000 tons of water before it was subdued. It destroyed fifty-four twenty years, and he had the privilege of takiog part in many measures
houses, seriously damaged 115, and burned out nineteen, making a total of which had been brought forward, some of which were carried into effect, 188. The actual loss had been, he believed, carefully estimated at something whilst the Council were still endeavouring to get others put into practice. and of this something like £558,000 was distributed amongst the principal
ranging between a million-and-a-quarter and a million-and-a-half sterling, His experience was that given a man anxious to do something, and who offices of London. Happily the fire sparod the charch in which Milton was moment that he could carry the toing through in three years. It required buried, and in which Oliver Cromwell was married. The fire at Maple's just about three years before there was a chance of getting the authorities Depository was also a very serious one, notwithstanding the fact that the to listen, and it was more likely to be five years or even eight years before buildings were described, more euphoniously than truthfully, as fireproof. such things were brought about as getting the president upon the Rule They knew that an inquest was hell in connection with the fire in the City. Committee or the call to the bar after three years' probation that took ! He believed that it had been long felt, on the part of josurance offices at seven years. If it was proposed to take away a man who was anxiou i to i least, that it was desirable that some inquiry of this sort should be instituted work on committees after his third year it would be getting rid of him just into the origin of fires. But when they recognised the fact that the fires in at the time when probably he was most useful to the society.
All the London last year amounted to 3,500, he thought the problem becamo rather societies which had had a similar rule in existence had bitterly repented, difficult. He did not quite see how inquiry was very readily to be made into and, with the exception of the Bank of England, they had all done away losses to premium inconie in 1897 stood at 43 per cent., as compared
so large a number of fires yearly. Returning to the report, the p,roportior of with it. They had been very sorry they ever got it, because how could á man take up continuous work with such a rule ? It required five, sjx, or
with 43: in 1896. The commission stood at 15 per cent. for each seven years to master the subject, and if a man was to be taken away for year, and he might here refer to the fact that a very experienced a year when he was working very hard he naturally would not take the fire assurance manager had stated as the result of his many years' dealing pecessary interest in his work. Te did not speak from any selfish motive, with fire affairs, that an office might be considered in a satisfactory but he trusted that the meeting would never dream of passing a resolution position if its losses fell short of 50 p r cent. In this conne:tion he hai ko as to take away a member of the Council who had been working hard at before him a newspaper cutting dealing with the affairs of an office in a very a given subject in his third year.
satisfactory position in London, and there they congratulated themselves Mr. Ford again expressed a hope that the meeting would allow him to that the fire losses did not exceed 49 per cent. Those of the Law Fire were withdraw the motion, but
43 per cent. They also congratulated themselves on the fact that the The President said it was too late, the meeting having already decided expenses were 35 per cent. of the premium income. Those of the Law Fire that the motion should not be withdrawn.
were 28 per cent. Turning to the receipts and payments account, the receipts The motion was then put and negatived, there being not a single vote in brought forward in 1897 were £2,096 Os. 10d. l: ss than in 1896. The its favour.
premiums were about the same, there was a slight increase. He had already On the motion of Mr. FORD, seconded by Mr. F. T. WOOLBERT (London) called attention to the small diminution of fire losses. The charges for coma vote of thanks was accorded to the president for his conduct in the missions, stamps, income tax, were practically the same, bat expenses of chair, Mr. Woolbert observing that the motion ought also to include the management showed an increase of £512. Still these expenses bore the same tharks of the members to the Council for the Scale Digest, which had been ratio as before, 15 per cent. to the premiums. Before referring to the balancepromised by the president.
sheet he ought perhaps to mention the notice at the foot of the receipts and disbursements account, which called attention to the fact that the out
standing claims on the 31st December, 1897, were estimated at £31,260. LAW FIRE INSURANCE SOCIETY.
That was the largest figure to that account which had ever appeared upon The Fifty-Second Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of the Law any one of the society's reports. But they would be glad to know that it Fire Insurance Society was held at the Society's House, Chancery-lane, on
was very rapidly disposed of by the fact that it had run off. It had been Tuesday, Sir KICHARD NICHOLSON taking the chair.
dealt with in the accounts they had before them, and the dividend had been The report stated that the directors had much pleasure in calling attention fixed, as the directors were required to fix it, in accordance with the to the fact that the accounts showed a balance of £46,660 17s.* 9d., after I terms of the society's deed and settlement—that it should be made with
reference to the state of the society's affairs for the time being. Coming to the On the motion of Mr. R. C. GROSVENOR, seconded by Mr. J. M. CLABON, balance-sheet, he observed that the reserve fund stood at the same sum as it the retiring directors were re-elected as follows:did in 1896, namely £145,000. He personally should be very glad indeed Sir William James Farrer, Mr. William Dawes Freshfield, Mr. William to see that reserve fund considerably increased, because while they were pros. Alexander Tooke Hallowes, Lord Hobhouse, Mr. Charles Plumptre Johnson, perous it was their duty to make some provision for a possible rainy day, and Mr. Harry Wilmot Lee, Sir Richard Nicholson, Mr. Richard Pennington, insurers nowadays looked for absolute security on the part of offices with which Mr. George Ernest Steward and Mr. Edward Hugh Whitehead. they effected their insurances. That absolute security could only result from On the motion of the CHAIRMAN, seconded by Mr. WALTERS, the retiring two causes, first from the unpaid-up capital, with regard to which the office auditors, Mr. James Frederick Burton, Mr. John Henry Hortin, Mr. William stood pre-eminently safe, and secondly, that the office could present a very Tanner Neve, and Mr. Charles Robert Roberts West, were re-elected. large reserve fund, as a sort of bulwark against any possible call, to On the the motion of Mr. F. LEE, seconded by Mr. GROSVENOR, a meet a state of things such as the society for fisty years had not vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman and directors, who briefly been called upon to meet. On the credit side some changes would acknowledged the compliment, and the proceedings terminated. be observed. Bank stock was less by £16,613 than in 1896, Holborn Viaduct debentures had been paid off to the extent of £10,171, mortgages were less by £1,705, the amount due from agents was £35
SOLICITORS' MANAGING CLERKS' ASSOCIATION. less, and the cash in hand £4,643 less. But as against this we have a Mr. Herbert Reed, Q.C., delivered, on Tuesday last, the tenth and convery satisfactory item of £30,000 on the deposit account. The whole difference cluding lecture of the present series in the Gray's-inn Lecture Room, which of the total in these figures was £8,167, and that had been absorbed by the was crowded with members of the association, the subject being “The interim dividend, £12,500. But for this the total assets would have been Operation of the Bills of Sale Acts." The chair was occupied by Mr. £330,504 as against £326,171. The society had been enjoying during 1897, Justice Wright, who, in complimenting the association on shewing such as during the whole of its career, a very exceptional success, but he would interest in legal study that it led them to give up their evenings to its remind the shareholders, as they had always been reminded on occasions of pursuit, said he learned much of the law he knew by talking to some of this sort, that insurance business to-day was conducted on altogether their predecessors twenty years ago in the rooms of the Incorporated Law different circumstances from what it was fifty years agc. There was Society. He thought these lectures must prove very valuable to them. in the first place very fierce competition, not always conducted Mr. Herbert Reed, Q.C., then proceeded to deal with the origin of the on the most amiable lines, to meet. It was necessary to exerc'se extreme Bills of Sale Acts and their objects and results, and indicated several caution about this competition. And there was also a serious increase in the important points on which be considered amendments might be made, and number of fires. In the 10 years ending in 1877 the number of fires in also gave some useful practical suggestions and the cases dealing with the London was 1,533 ; in the 10 years ending in 1887 it was 2,363; and in the law as now administered. At the conclusion Mr. J. W. Hobbs proposed 10 years ending in 1897 it was 3,500, and many of the fires last year were of and Mr. G. H. D. Edwards seconded, that a hearty vote of thanks be a very serious character. Then, again, the causes of fire had grown very given to Mr. Herbert Reed, Q.O., for his valuable lecture, which was much. Fire offices had to deal with the reckless use of lucifer matches, cordially passed. The president, Mr. M. Kelleher, in proposing that the fusees, and so on, and with mineral oils and new inventions for lighting which best thanks of the meeting be given to Mr. Justice Wright for presiding, were more or less dangerous, and they had also the moral danger necessarily remarked that the success of the lectures had no doubt been mainly due to attending upon the facility with which it was possible to effect insurances. the support which they had received from the judges. Mr. T.C. TunHe had the pleasurable duty to announce as the result of the year's working stall, the organizer and secretary of the lectures, in seconding the same, that the directors felt at liberty to declare a dividend of 175. 6d. per share, said there could have been no more brilliant conclusion to the series of equal to 35 per cent. on the paid up capital, and equal to the dividend which valuable lectures they had had, than that it should have been honoured had been paid for several years past. That included the 10 per cent. already as it was by so distinguished a judge as Mr. Justice Wright filling the paid. It left also in the society's coffers £31,250 still to be divided among chair, that' in him the cause of legal education had no warmer or more the shareholders. This would leave the society with a handsome balance, ardent supporter, and that the lectures had been an unqualified success, a good deal of which he hoped would go to increase the reserve fund. But as was proved by the fact that they had been attended by between 1,500 if they were to continue in their course of prosperity the Board must look to and 2,000. The vote of thanks was then enthusiastically accorded. their supporters to help them. Everyone of the shareholders could bring some amount of business, and he thought that if everyone would exert
UNITED LAW SOCIETY. himself a little mo'e he could bring new business. The directors did what they could in that direction, and they were fairly successful, but beyond that April 25.--Mr. A. C. F. Boulton moved “That this society condemns they did what they could to bring a result such as it had been his pleasure the foreign policy of the Government.” Mr. C. Kaing-Jackson opposed, to announce to that meeting. It only remained for him to discharge a very and the debate was continued by Messrs. J. R. Yates and Weigall. Mr. pleasant duty, namely, on behalf of his brother directors and himself, to A. C. F. Boulton replied, and the motion was lost by five votes. This thank Mr. Bell pers nally for the very valuable assistance he had given was the concluding meeting of the session. them throughout the year's operations. But for Mr. Bell's very cautious and careful way of accepting and advising risks, the accounts might have heen very different from what they were. The directors were also indebted to the staff for their generous support and co-operation, and also to the
LAW STUDENTS' JOURNAL. agents. The Board hoped that the shareholders would be satisfied with tho dividend they were able to declare, and that it would be satisfactory to them
CALLS TO THE BAR. to kuow that that dividend had been declared with reference to the condition of affairs at the time at which they arrived at it. He would be glad to answer
The following gentlemen were called to the bar on Wednesday : any questions which any shareholder might desire to ask.
LINCOLN'S-INN.-Anthony De Freitas, B.A., Clare College, Camb.; Lord HOBHOUSE s conded the motion. The only item about which it Behari Lal Merh, Edin. and Allahabad Univ.; William Victor Grey
Willougbby; Devi Dayal; Noshirvan Burjojee Bebramjee; Valentine occurred to him to make any remark, was the entirely new item on the dis- Francis Taubman-Goldie,' BA., New Coll., Oxlord ; Surendra Lal bursement side, the interim dividend in November, 1897, of £12,500. He Kastgir, Calcutta Univ. ; Krishnaji Waman Bhat; Arthur Philip Brayhoped it would be a regular item in future. He remembered when it was brooke, M.A., Trinity Coll., Oxford ; Jayavant Dinanath Madgavkar, proposed reminding the shareholders that the ups and downs incident to fire Bombay Univ.; Miguel Francisco Ribeiro; Alfred Lindsay Densham; business were such, that although the directors might take power to declare Samuel Emanuel Kaye; and Syed Ali Karim. an interim dividend, it by no means followed that they would do so. And
Inner Temple.- Henry William Jephson, B.A., Cambridge; Stuart just as the Board were considering it they were face to face with that Downs, B.A., Cambridge ; Chapman Frederick Dendy Marshall, B A., tremendous disaster, the Cripplegate fire. But looking all round they found Cambridge ; Samuel John Forster, B.A., Oxford ; Richard Stanislaus the society in so stable and prosperous a position, that there was no reason
Crozbie Nolan, B.A , Dublin ; Henry Mark Stebbing, B.A., Oxford ; why they should not count upon the annual dividend being no less than John Henry Layton ; Reginald Theodore Harry Milton ; James Finlay they were now accustomed to, and why they should not pay out of the assets in Anderson, M.A., Oxford, Kenneth Edlmann Chalmers, B.A., Oxford ; hand a portion as interim dividend. He had great hopes that this would George Cruddas Jobling, B.A., Oxford; George Frederick Assinder, be a regular practice, and that the affairs of the society would always admit B.A., Oxford ; Bertram Hopkinson, B.A., Cambridge, and B.Sc., London ; of paying an int-rim dividend in the month of November. There was no and Lionel Frank Christopher Darby, B.A., Cambridge. reason to believe that it would not be a regular thing.
MIDDLE TEMPLE.-Samuel Joyce Thomas, B.A., London University, Mr. David PITCAIRN observed that at the bottom of the balance-sheet there Associate and Inglis Scholar, "King's College, London; Baron Percy was a note, "The claims for fire losses outstanding on the 31st December, George De Worms; James Bromley Eames, B.A., Worcester College, 1897, were estimated at £31,260.” He assumed that that was included in Oxford, Prof. of Law Imperial University, Tien-tsin, First Class Mathethe £63,000.
matical Mode., First Class Final Honour, School of Mathematics, Honours The CHAIRMAN said that was not included in the £63,000, but, as he had in Jurisprudence and B.C.L. ; Malcolm Herbert McCraw; James Dewsexplained, that had been practically met. It had run off.
bury Caorlton, M.Sc., Victoria University, First Class Honours in Physics ;
Eustace Gordon Woolford ; and Frank Brough. Mr. W. MELMOTH WALTERS, a director, said that the society had now in
Gray's Inn.-Walter Millar Thorburn, B.A. (Halifax, N.S.), of the the debit £9,700, instead of £3,000.
Indian Civil Service; Thomas Chalice Jackson, B.A., LL.B., London Mr. HUMPHRY asked what was the amount of the society's loss by the University ; William Edward Barber; and Laurence Joseph Byrne. Cripplegate fire ? The CHAIRMAN said there was no objection to state it. The office had
LAW STUDENTS' SOCIETIES. borne its burden cheersally. It amounted to about £20,000. The report and accounts were adopted, and
LAW STUDENTS' DEBATING SOCIETY.-April 5.-Chairman, Mr. Rupert The CHAIRMAN declared a dividend of 17s. 6d. per share, 5s. of which Blagden.–The subject for debate was, “That this society is of opinion had been paid, leaving 12s. 6d. to be paid.
that the result of the recent County Council Election is in the best
interests of London.” Mr. C. Herbert Smith opened in the afirmative; took the instrument, and under his magic fingers it really sounded like a Mr. Cornelius Wheeler opened in the negative. The following members violin. The maestro laid the instrument down with an evident air of also spoke : Messre. Archer White, A. W. Watson, Seager Berry, Hazel- contempt, but he declared it to be playable, and the accused was dine Jones. The motion was lost by four votes.
acquitted April 19.-Chairman, Mr. J. S. Wilkinson.-The subject for debate was Mr. Malcolm M'Ilwraith, who has been appointed Sir John Scott's the following moot point, “ Angelina recovers £500 damages from Edwin successor as legal adviser to the Khedive, says the St. James's Gazette, in an action for breach of promise of marriage. A year afterwards studied the law not only in England, but at the Universities of Paris aud Angelina marries Edwin, the judgment debt being then unpaid; a month Berlin. He is a licentiate of the Paris Faculty of the Law. He was called afterwards Edwin becomes bankrupt. Is Angelina entitled to prove in to the bar at Lincoln's-inn in 1890, and practised as a barrister in London Edwin's bankruptcy (a) in competition with other creditors ; (6) at all?" for seven years, his practice being mainly in connection with Continental Mr. C. A. Close opened in the affirmative ; Mr. E. J. Close opened in the and international questions of law, on which subjects he is regarded as an negative. The following members also spoke : Messrs. G. H. Daniell, authority. Since 1890 he has been one of the counsel for the Britieh A. W. Watson, A. E. Clarke, G. G. Baily, Rupert Blagden, D. 8. claimants in the Delagoa Bay arbitration between the Governments of Cornock, E. Melliar Smith, and E. J. Holloway. The motion was carried Great Britain, the United States, and Portugal. For some months past he by seven votes.
has been in the service of the Egyptian Government as a member of the April 26.-Chairman, Mr. J. S. Wilkinson.—The subject for debate State Legal Department. was, “That this society disapproves of the Criminal Law (Evidence) Bill, At a meeting of the Queen's Bench Judges, the following circuits were 1898." Mr. J. F. Walker opened in the affirmative ; Mr. F. J. Thompson chosen by their lordships for the coming Autumn Assizes - viz. : Southopened in the negative. The following members also spoke : Messrs. Eastern Circuit, Mr. Justice Hawkios; Midland Circuit, Mr. Justice E. J. Close, Rupert Blagden, Haseldine Jones, Archer White, A. W. Sells, Mathew ; Oxford Circuit, Mr. Justice Ridley, Mr. Justice Mathew and Arthur E. Clarke, Archibald Hair. Mr. Walker having replied, the Mr. Justice Ridley joining each other at Birmingham; Western Circuit, motion was lost by eight votes.
Mr. Justice Kennedy; North and South Wales Circuits, Mr. Justice Day; May 3.- Chairman, Mr. Neville Tebbutt. -The subject for debate was, North-Eastern Circuit, Mr. Justice Darling and Mr. Justice Channell, the “That the case of Spooner v. Browning (1898, 1 Q. B. 528) was wrongly former not joining the circuit until Leeds is reached ; and Northern decided.” Mr. F. J. Berryman opened in the affirmative ; Mr. A. W. Circuit, Mr. Justice Bigham and Mr. Justice Phillimore. Prisoners only Wateon seconded in the affirmative; Mr. Meliar Smith opened in the will be tried at these assizes, except at Manchester and Liverpool on the negative ; Mr. C. A. Anderson seconded in the negative. The following the Midland Circuit, and either Swansea or Cardiff on the Welsh Circuit,
Northern Circuit, Leeds on the North-Eastern Circuit, Birmingham on members also spoke: G. H. Daniels and G. G. Bailey. The motion was carried by two votes.
at which places civil causes will also be taken. BIRMINGHAM LAW STUDENTS' Society.–April 26.—Mr. Bertram G.
In a case of Robinson v. Robinson, before the Probate, &c , Division, Grimley, B.A., LL.B., barrister-at-law, delivered an interesting and being an appeal under the Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, instructive lecture on “ Company Debentures." There was a very good 1895, from a refusal of certain justices to grant her a judicial separation attendance of members, and, at the conclusion of the lecture a very sistent cruelty, counsel for the wife said that he was much hampered by
and maintenance order against her husband on the ground of his perhearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Grimley, on the proposition of the fact that the magistrates' clerk had refused to give his client a copy Mr. A. 1. McBean (the hon. sec.), ceconded by Mr. W. H. King (solicitor). of the depositions, and by the fact that apparently the magistrates them
selves had taken no note. In giving judgment, the President is reported by the Times to have said : This case comes before us in a most unsatis
factory form, owing to the fact that we have not been supplied with the LEGAL NEWS.
proper materials for enabling us to hear and determine this appeal.
When this Act came into force we stated that the court should in these APPOINTMENTS.
cases be furnished with proper notes of evidence, and with the j ustices' Mr. WYNDHAM Neave SLADB, barrister, has been appointed Recorder plied with in every case, and although this necessarily imposes a little
reasons for determining the cases. This, I may say, we have been supof Bridgwater, in place of Sir Peter Edlin, Q.C., resigned.
extra trouble upon the justices and their clerks, I must remind them that
the Legislature has under this Act given justices a very important jurisCHANGES IN PARTNERSHIPS.
diction in matters of such vital moment that it has also felt it necessary
to allow a full appeal to this court in both questions of law and fact. DISSOLUTIONS.
In this case we are told that the justices' clerk has declined to supply a Fred Vaughan and Louis Hexey Hornby, solicitors (Vaugban & note of the evidence. I cannot believe, nay, I decline to believe, that Hornby), Newport. The practice will be continued by Louis Henry any justices' clerk has refused to supply this court with a note of evi. Hornby for his own account.
dence. I can only regret that the note taken was of such little value that John STANDRING, EDWARD LYON TAYLOR, and Walter STANDRING, soli- court. Mr. Justice Barnes added that in his opinion it is essential that
the justices' clerk must have thought it would be of no assistance to this citors (Standring, Taylor, & Standring), Rochdale and Shaw. Nov. 14. the notes of evidence and the justices' reasons for their decision should be The said Edward Lyon Taylor and Walter Standring will continue to taken down at the time, as an appeal lies to this court on both questions practice under the said style or firm.
[Gazette, May 3.
of fact and law.
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COURT PAPERS. The death is announced of Mr. Camille Felix Desiré Caillard, who was for thirty-eight years judge of county courts circuit 52, from which he
SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE. retired last year.
ROTA OF REGISTRARS IN ATTENDANCE ON The Attorney-General will entertain the law and ex-law officers of the
APPEAL COURT Mr. Justice
Mr. Jussice Crown, the various officials connected with his department, and others, at
NORTH. dinner at Lincoln's-inn, on Saturday, the 21st inst., in celebration of Her Monday, May ........... 9
Mr. Godfrey Mr. Lavie
Mr. Leach Majesty's birthday.
Leach Mr. Justice Luwrance, who, it is said, is an ardent golfer, tells (says the Thursday
Beal appeared before him as a witness, and on the learned judge asking him if
Mr. Justice he was acquainted with the nature of an oath, the youth promptly replied,
Mr. Justice Mr. Justice KEKEWIou.
ROMER. “Of couree I am ; ain't I your caddie ?"
Mr. Farmer Mr. Carrington The following gentlemen have been selected as candidates for nomina- Tuesday
Ward tion as representives of the Chancery Bar on the Bar Council at the Wednesday.
Jackson ensuing election-viz. : Mr. Crackanthorpe, Q.C., Mr. Warmington,
Carrington Q.C., Mr. Swinfen Eady, Q.C., Mr. Vernon Smith, Q C., Mr. Methold, Saturday
Jackson Mr. Leigh Clare, M.P., Mr. Benn, and the Hon. Frank Russell.
A meeting of solicitors was held in Dubliu on Monday, says the Irish correspondent of the Times, to protest against the Government arendments to the Solicitors (Ireland) Bill authorizing the employment of clerks
THE PROPERTY MART. to represent Government departmente in magisterial courts. A resolution
SALES OF THE ENSUING WEEK. was adopted declaring that the meeting entirely disapproved of the amendment, considering it a direct invasion of the rights of the profes-May SMF: GEORGE B. SMALLPEICE, at the Mart, at 2 p.m., the valuable Crown Lease sion, and calling upon Members of Parliament to oppose it strenuously. 6, Adelaide-street; the gross rentals amount to £4,000; the whole held under one
lease, grouod-rent of £1,270 per annum, divided into 25 amounts; lease has nearly Those who by chance attended the proceedings as the Court of Justice
315 years unexpired. Also a Lease hold Rental of £465 per annum, secured on the in Berlin on Wednesday, says the Daily News, had the pleasure of Red House (formerly known as Thornton Lodge), corner of Thornton and Holland. gratuitously bearing Professor Joachim play. A dealer in musical instru. streets, Campden-hill, Kensington, held on lease expiring 1927. A Leasehold Rental ments was charged with cheating a customer by representing that a violin
of £475 per annum, increasing to £620 per annum, secured on Niddry Lodge, corner
of Campden-hill-road and Holland-street, Kensington, lease expiring 1927. Freehold which he offered for sale at five shillings was an instrument that could Ground-rent of £85 per annum, secured on Kenilworth Castle P.8., St Ann'sroad, be played. Professor Joachim was brought in as an expert witness. He Notting-hill, with reversion to the rack-rental in 1927. Solicitors, Messrs. Shep
beards & Bird, Young-street, Kensington High-street; and Messrs. Shepheards,
London Gazette.--Tuesday, May 3.
JOINT STOCK COMPANIES.
LIMITED IN CHANCERY. street with Little Love-lane, one of the finest positions in the Manchester Market, let on full repairing lease at a net rent of £500 per annum. Solicitors, Messrs. Tippetts Anglo-French SANITARY ENGINEERING SYNDICATE, LIMITED-Creditors are r:quired, on & Son, London. (See advertisement, April 23, p. 4.)
or before June 24, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts May 10.-Messrs. ROGERS, CHAPMAN, & Thomas, at the Mart, at 2 p.m., Valuable or claims, to Charles George Morgan, 13, King William st. Wilson & Co, 1, Copihall
Freehold and Leasehold Private Residences, Business Premises, and Building Land, bldgs, so!ors to liquidator situated at Herne Hill, Stockwell, Gunnersbury, Streatham, South Kensington, and BULONG MINING, TRAMWAY, AND ORE REDUCTION Co. oF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, LIMITEDBrentford, of the rental value of over £1,000 per annum. Solicitors, Messrs. Lewin Creditors are required, on or before Aug 16, to send their names and addresses, and the & Co., Southamptop-street, Strand, W.C. (See advertisement, April 30, p. 3).
particulars of their debts or claims, to Newman Mayo Ogle, Worcester House May 12.-Messrs. FAREBROTHER, ELL.IS, Egertox, BREACH, Galswortuy, & Co., at 2 Walbrook
p.m., Exceedingly valuable Freehold West-end Business Premises, possessing an area COASTING AND CONTINENTAL STEAMSHIP Co, Limited-Creditors are required, on or before of about 1,610 square feet, building of five floors, being No. 11, New Burliagton May 30, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims, street ; let on repairing lease for a term of 21 years from 25th March, 1893, at £505. to William N. Sawer, 4, New London st Solicitors, Messrs. Currie, Williams, & Williams, London. A choice Professional I L SYNDICATE, LIMITED --Petn for winding up, presented April 2i, directed to be hearl Residence in the West-end, within a few doors of New Bond-street; let upon a on Wednesday, May 11 Guilford E Lewis, 14, South sq, Gray's ion, solor for petoers repairing lease for a term of 14 years from 1895, at £350; stabling in rear, having Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the afteraccommodation for five horses, with four living rooms, let for 21 years from 1898, at noon of May 10 £100. Solicitors, Messrs. Currie, Williams, & Williams, London. Freehold Invest JOSEPH M HKPWORTH & Co, Limited-Creditors are required, on or before May 31, to ments, comprising numerous Business Premises, Shops, Dwelling-houses, Beer-houses send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or cla:ms, to A Molesextensive Laundry and Nursery, Ranges of Stabling, Contractors' and Builders' worth, South parade, Rochdale Yards; producing £523 168. per annum, chiefly from Ground-rents. Solicitors, NORTHLEACH Gas Liour and Coke Co, LIMITED-Creditors are required, on or before Messrs. Currie, Wiliams, & Williams, London. (See advertisement, this week, p. 484, June 18, to sond their pames and the particulars of their debts or claims to George and April 23, p. 1.)
Frederick Mace, Fairholme, Chipping Norton Thos & A E Mace, Chippi Norton, May 12.-HENRY LENDRIKS, at 43, Waterloo-street, Birmingham, at 2.30, the Valuable solors to liquidator
Goodwill, and Old-established Connection, including Trade Contracts, Patents, Sydney CYCLE Co, LIMITED (IX VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION) —Creditors are required, on or Trade-Maik, Patterns, &c., of the Gas, Water, and Electric Light Fittings and before June 6, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or Wrought Iron Work 'I rades of Messrs. Winfields (Limited), in the centre of the City claims to Mr Nelson George Harries, The Bridge, Walsall. Armstrong, Walsall, solor to of Birmingham; together with the Fixed Plant and Machinery. The Purchaser will liquidator have the option to take on lease for a term of 223 years, from March, 1898, at the WEST AUSTRALIAN MARKET TRUBT, LIMITED--Petn for winding up, presented May 2, rental of £650, the portions of the Cambridge-street Works; also the Metallic Bed directed to be heard May 11. Spyer & Sons, 53, New Broad st, solors for petner. stead Trade of Winfields (Limited), Goodwill, Connection, Patterns, and Fixed Plant Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the afterand Machinery. The Purchaser will bave the option of taking on lease for a term of noon of May 10 225 years, from March, 1898, at a rent of £300 per annum, portions of the Cambridge - WEST AUSTRALIAN Market Trust, LIMITED--Petn for winding up, presented April 29, street Works; also the Stock-in-Trade. Solicitors, Mossrs. Nicholson, Patterson, & directed to be heard May 11. Maddisons, 1, King's Arms ya, Moorgate st, solurs for Freeland, and Messrs. Trinder, Capron, & Co., London; Messrs. Ryland, Martineau, petners Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the & Co., Birmingham. (See advertisement, April 30, p. 3.)
afternoon of May 10 May 13.-Messrs. PROTHEROE & Morbis, at the Mart, at 2, the Freehold Property
FRIENDLY SOCIETIES DISSOLVED. known as Ballard's-lane Nursery, Finchley, let at £164; Six blocks of Freehold Building Land at Finchley, ripe for immediate development; Freehold Estate near
Tree of Liberty LODGE, ANCIENT SHEPHERDS, Bay Horse Hotel, Church st, Accriogton, Finchley Station, about 16 acres; Freehold Ground-rents of £300 per annum,
Lancs April 27 secured on 16 acres of land. Solicitors, Messrs. Peake, Bird, Collins, & Peake, and
UNITED CHRISTIAN Benefit Society, Wesleyan Chapel, Chipping Norton, Oxford Messrs. Stevens, Son, & Parkes, all of London. (See advertisement, April 30, p. 3.)
UNITED FRIENDLY BENEFIT Society, King's Arms, Abbey st, Bethnal Green rd, E. RESULT OF SALES.
WESLEYAN BENEFIT SOCIETY, Kidderminster, Worcester. April 27 Messrs. H. E. FOSTER & Cranfield's Fortnightly Sale (No. 618) of Rt versions, Life Wilby Friendly Society, Schoolroom, Wilby, Wellingborough, Northampton. April 27 Policies, &c., was smaller than usual, owing to some of the Lots being unavoidably postponed for the present. The following were amongst the Interests Sod:REVERSION :
£ Absolute to Six Forty-Thirds of a Trust Estate of the
CREDITORS' NOTICES. estimated value of £19,162; life aged 61
Sold 1,200 LIFE POLICIES :
UNDER ESTATES IN CHANCERY. For £1,000, on life 62
LAST DAY OF CLAIM. For £262 and £209; same life
London Gazette.-Friday, April 16. SHARES:
FLETCHER, GEORGE, Field Alvaston, Derby, Engineer May 16 Fletcher v Marsh, Siir“Graphic” and “Daily Graphic" Newspapers; £10 Shares ! £7 paid)
ling, J Stoneham & Sons, Fenchurch st at 52 per Share.
HALL, Joun, Devon, Retired Farmer May 10 Fox & Co v Ellis, Römer, J Peter, Messrs. C. C. & T. MOORE on Thursday last : 137, Bow-road realized £700; 26 and 28, Launceston
Caroline-street, Stepney, £220; 23, 25, and 28, Wellesley-street, Stepney, £525; a
London Gazette.-TUESDAY, April 19. Dwelling Houses and two Shops in Bermondsey, all Leasehold, £1,990. The result KELSALL, SAMUEL, John Dalton st, Manchester May 17 Goldsworthy v Kelsall, of the day's sale was £7,550.
Registrar, Manchester Watson, Mount st, Manchester
London Gazette.-Friday, April 22.
Preston Jukes, Preston
SYKES, Mary, St Helens, Lancs May 25 Thornton v Vernon, Registrar, Liverpool WARNING TO INTENDING HOUSE PURCHASERS AND LESSEES.—Before pur Massey, St Helens chasing or renting a house, have the Sanitary Arrangements thoroughly Examined, Tested, and Reported Upon by an Expert from essrs. Carter
UNDER 22 & 23 VICI. CAP. 35. Bros., 65, Victoria-street, Westminster. Fee quoted on receipt of full
LAST DAY OF CLAIM. articulars. (Established 21 yeare.)--[Advt.]
London Gazette.-FRIDAY, April 22.
ASHWORTH, JAMES, St Anne's on the Sea May 23 Marsın, Marchester
BARCLAY, JULIANA ELIZABETH, Westcott, or Dorking, Surrey June 1 Wadeson &
Malleson, Devonshire eq, Bishopsgate
Brett, Jonn, Belbroughton, Worcester, Farmer May 21 Hinds, Stourbridge
BROWNE, EDWARD, Liverpool, Corn Merchant May 20 Laces & Co, Liverpool
Bryant, WILLIAM London, Bristol June 1 Jacques & Co, Bristol
claims or demands to George Macdonald Allan, 4, St Mary Axe
stoke, 8, Bishopsgate st Within. Norton & Co, 57), Old Broad st, solors to liquidators CORNELL, CHARLES WILLIAM, Cornbill May 31 Wragg, Gt St Helen's
their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Mr. E.T.
ELLINTHORPE, Tuomas, Scarborough June 6 Hollams & Co, Minciog la 8, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims, to Arthur Flack, SARAH, Nottingham May 28 Shepheards, Finsbury crcs
Henry Gibson, 39, Waterloo st, Birmingham BI Sanders, solor for liquidator INDUSTRIAL ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT Co, LIMITED-- Pein for winding up, presented
FLETCHER, ROBERT, Pickering, York May 23 EJ & A Peters, York April 25, directed to be heard on Wednesday, May 11 Chas T Nicholls, i, Lincoln's inn Grayson, WILLIAM, Winsford, Chester, Painter June 19 Cooke, Winsford fields, solor for petner Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the afternoon of May 10
HALL, CAARLES, Leicester May 23 G Stevenson & Son, Leicester METROPOLITAN AND PROVINCIAL STORES, Limited-By an order made by Wright, J, dated HALLMARK, Mary, Oxton, Birkenhead June 4 Rodway & Co, Liverpool
April 20, it was ordered that the voluntary winding up of the Stores be continued Hermann, Fanny, St Lawrence on Sea, Kent May 15 Spyer & Sons, New Broad st
Wednesday, June 1, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their | Howar, ALEXANDER, Dalston June 10 Yarde & Loader, Raymond bldgs
Humber, William, Derby May 31 Gadsby & Coxon, Derby
names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to William Barrett
Jenkins, ThouAS, Llanynider, nr Crickhowell May 30 Jones, Cardiff liquidator
Jonsson, EDMUND GEORGE, City rd, Finsbury June 1 Sweetland & Greenhill, FenFRIENDLY SOCIETY DISSOLVED.
church st Workman's Friend Friendly Society, Park End, Church st, Bocking, Braintree, Essex Keen, Thomas, Notting Hill June 1 Slater, Finsbury pavement April 20
KER, ELIZA CATHERINE, Clapham May 25 Clarke & Calkin, John st, Bedford row