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Vacation other than that which is at present allowed to he transacted during the Vacation?

The Pansrnsxrz The answer to Mr. Ford‘s question is that the Council adopted the resolution of the society on the 3rd of December, 1897, to the efiect “ that, in the opinion of this society, the duration of the Long Vacation should bereduced to eight weeks—first Monday in August to last Saturday in September." This resolution they communicated to the General Council of the Bar. The General Council of the Bar passed the following resolution: “That it is not desirable that the proposal of the incorporated Law Society to alter the Long Vacation by making it extend from the first Monday in August to the last Saturday in September be carried into effect.” And that is all that we have been able to do. As regards the transaction of legal business during the Long Vacation, in March, 1893, the Council sent to the Lord Chancellor a statement of the business which they thought ought to go on in the Long Vacation, and that statement appeared in the annual report of 1891. Beyond that the Council up to the present time h\ve not been able to make any further progress. They remain of the same opinion that they were in 1893.

Mr. Fonn said that if it had not already been done he would suggest that the society’s resolution should be communicated to the Lorl Chancellor.

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Mr. Fosn moved “ That a copy of the record of attendances (for the current year) of members of the Council, at Council and committee meetings, be sent annually to every member of the society, such copy to accompany the notice calling the annual general meeting.” He said he believed the practice was that any member of the society could see the books in the secretary's oilice, but he need hardly point out that the 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. This was so small a suggestion that he was sure the Council would readily adopt it so that instead of the members being put to the trouble of making this troublesome investigation through a number of books, a junior clerk might be set to make the extracts so that the list might be sent to every member.

Mr. Gas\'riulu Donn (London) seconded the motion, observing that it was only reasonable that the members should know to what extent they were indebted to the various members of the Council for their attendance at committees and so on. At present the members were perfectly ignorant of the facts.

The Pnasrnsxr: Before the meeting proceeds to vote upon the motion I should like to mention that not only do the bye-laws prescribe that a list of the Council showing how many times each member attended at Council meetings and committees should be open to inspection, but also that it has been the practice for the last eleven years with only one exception to publish that list in the law newspapers. And we propose to follow that practice before the annual meeting.

Mr. Foan said that if the members of the society could rely upon that practice being followed and that the list should be sent to all the law papers he would wish to withdraw the motion.

The motion was accordingly withdrawn.

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llir. Fonn moved, “ That the interests Iof suitors, and the due administration of justice require that motions in the courts of the Chancery Division ought to be set down in a list, and taken in the order in which they appear in such list, no precedence being given to leaders of the bar.” He observed thlt this was no new matter. On two former occasions during the last thirty years he had brought forward a similar motion, and on each occasion the society had unanimously adopted the motion. Unfortunately the influence of the society as a public body was not as great as one could wish, and the result was that although he had no doubt the Council did all it could to support the society's resolutions, nothing so far had come of the matter. In 1892 he had asked the then president what action had been taken with regard to a resolution he had brought forward on the subject in 1884, and which had been carried unanimously. It was to the effect that the interests of suitors and the convenience of the profession required that the practice in the other divisions, of setting down motions and taking them in the order in which they stood in the list, should be extended to the Chancery Division. No doubt everyone knew that this was the practice which obtained in the Admiralty Division, and it was found to be most useful and to be largely in the interests of suitors and their representatives in the solicitor branch of the profession. But that was not all. He was glad to know that the late Bar Committee had had the matter before them, and in the report of the Bar Committee dated 1893 the practice was set out which still obtains, not only in the Admiralty Division but also in the Palatine Court of Lancaster. In the Palatine Court a list was made out. At the sittings of the court the registrar asked if anyone desired to move av parts, and the en: parts motions were disposed of. The list was called, and unopposed motions were taken. Then the list was gone through according to the order in which cases were set down. The present practice in the Chancery Division existed solely in the interest of the inner bar, and it was most prejudicial to those who represented country professional clients. They were sick and tired of coming up to motions. Because a leader had got his pockets full of motions, some of the most trumpery kind, they could not get their motion heard. It was no exaggeration to say that months went past, certainly a month or more, before a motion, possibly of much consequence, could be brought up. The present practice com elled suitors to brief two counsel—they must have a leader. He appealed? to the meeting to endorse the expression of former meetings,

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that there ought to be a system of lists of motions as in the Palatine and Admiralty Courts.

Mr. Hsssnnrsn J ones (London) seconded the motion.

The Passinssr : I think the Council are quit/e in agreement on this subject. The resolution passed in 1884 was forwarded to the Lord Chancellor, and we got a reply that it would be brought before the Rule Committee. It has also been considered on other occasions in connection with reforms in procedure generally, but there is a difficulty in arriving at the desired end owing to the interest of the inner bar being affected. And when we conferred with the bar they thought that the matter had better wait until the Government appointed some extra judges. That was the answer we got. I do not quite see the logical meaning of it.

Mr. Annrrscs gave his experience of a care in his practice some years ago. He had a motion where juniors were engaged, and it took three months to bring it on. He attended on twelve days and won the motion, and on taxation he was allowed 6s. 8d. for each attendance. Of course the moral. was “ brief your leader.” In this case he was the respondent's solicitor, and could not brief a leader. It was a small matter that was in

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The VICE-PRBSIDI-1NT(Ml‘. C. B. l\[.inosr'rs, Huntingdon) thought ita most important thing that the meeting should carry the resolution. It 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 reform. If the motion was rejected it would be assumed that it was not a desirable motion. But it was a most desirable motion, and one of which the Council were very much in favour. There was no doubt that the present system was a great abuse, and he was entirely in accord with Mr. Ford, and hoped the meeting would support him.

The motion was carried unanimously.

Sans on -rm: COUNCIL.

Mr Form moved the following resolution, of which ho had given notice: “ This meeting is of opinion that the members of the Council going out of office every year shall decide between themselves as to which three ot“them shall not be eligible for re-election fora period of one year; and in the event of non-compliance of such condition, the selection shall be made by the Council, and the result in either case shall be cornmunicated to the members of the society, and the Council is hereby directed to amend the bye-laws accordingly.” He said this was a very delicate matter.

The Pnssini-:N'r : It is not a new one, llir. Ford.

Mr. Foan said that really after the courtesy which the President had displayed in dealing with the previous resolution, and the encouraging remarks of the Vice-President, e felt some little difiiculty in bringing this resolution forward. Here again, his friend in one sense, Mr. Keen, would agree with him to this extent, that it was not a new proposal. It had been made in this hall before, and he thought on one occasion if it was not passed-—

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Mr. Form said that at any rate there was a great division of opinion with regard to it. It was an easy thing for anyone elected on the Council to say, " Now, I shall not bother my head any more. Iam elected for the period of my natural life. I have worked very hard in the profession, 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, and a little new blood was an excellent thing. Since one of the gentlemen who used to be a severe crltic—[indicating Mr. Munton] —hsd been elected on the Council, and thereby new blood had been introduced, things had gone on much better. He (Mr. Ford) urged that this progressive feeling should be developed. There were some members who had been on the Council a very long time, and probably they would like to enjoy a vacation. He felt that he would like to leave the matter with the Council. It was a very delicate question and he hardly liked to take a vote with regard to it. He would prefer to leave it to the Council whether they could not bring up something on their own initiative. It might be that some of the members of the Council were longing for a proposal of this kind, but they had felt a delicacy in introducing it themselves. In that spirit he would leave it, and he hoped the suggestion would be adopted. There would not be the slightest difliculty in their agreeing on the matter.

The Passions-r: As you have referred to the previous motion, you may like to know what appears on the official minutes. It is true that in 1881 Mr. Dalton T. Miller moved and Mr. J. R. MacArthur seconded: " That bye-law 27 be altered by inserting at the end the following words in italics, ‘ and the flve of such ten who have been longest in office shall not be eligible for re-election for twelve months.’ " The motion was negatived by a large majority, only a few members voting in favour of it.

Mr. Foan said that could be explained by the fact that the Council were against it and that there was n. large attendance of the members of the club who voted against it. They did not like the innovation.

The PRESIDENT : I may also mention that there is a very great deal of work done by members of the Council apart from meetings of the Council and of committees. Matters constantly arise in the course of the year where heavy documents and papers are concerned, and a great deal of work is done outside the committees and the Council meetings. And further, some of the most able members give us most valuable assistance although they may not be with us on every occasion.

Mr. Fonn: After that statement I think I ought to withdraw the motion.

The Pnssrnrivr: We think that if the motion were carried into effect it would be of great benefit to the members of the Council. I think that

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beneficial to the society. He then put it to the meeting whether Mr. Ford should be allowed to withdraw the motion, but the decision was in the negative.

Mr. l\Iar.\'u.r. Guam»: (Worthiug) seconded the motion proforma, because, he said, he agreed entirely with its object, though not with the form in which it was put. The motion would have the effect that the three members of the Counc.1 who were not to be re-elected would practically be selected by ballot. The Council in all probability would not say amongst themselves that so-and-so of their friends sitting next to them once a week all through the year should be left out, so it would fall into a practice of selection by ballot. It was, at all events, an invidious and disagreeable ithk to cast upon fifty gentlemen the duty of saying that three out of their number were not wanted any more. It should be left to the society at large and not to the Council or any individual members to say whom they wanted re-elected. The motion that was prop0=ed some ten years ago fell into the same error, providing, as it did, that the five members who had served longest should be excluded. \Vhat he should like to see carried would be that of the ten members going out of ofiice by rotation only seven who had served in the next preceding year should be re~electcd. Then the whole ten could be candidates and the three who happened to be at the bottom of the ten would not be elected but the three next outsiders would come in. It would not, in his opinion, make the Council one whit better. He did not care one iota for what Mr. Ford had said, that there were members who were lazy and said when they got elected, “ We are here for life, let us be comfortable hero for life.” There was no more hardworking committee on any public body in the kingdom-(Mr. Fonn: Hear, hear.)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 least expect that the change would improve the Council. But what would result would be that instead of having so many past presidents there would be u. smaller number. The society would lose the benefit of their experience, and would lose something in so doing; but they would get a larger number of younger men, who would, as had been sail, introduce younger thought and younger habits. But the real advantage would be that the profession at large all over the country who did not know the Council as well as tho:e did who attended these meetings would get such knowledge and there would be greater confidence in the Council throughout the profession at large if it were not necessarily a position for life. It would, of course, happen that after a year a good man who had fallen out would come on to the Council again. There would be nothing to prevent him. But it would also happen that those who fell out won d not be the most active and generally popular in the profession, and some of them would not come in again, and a. very real benefit would be efiected in the view that would be taken of the Council at large. He had seconded the motion proforma because he quite understood 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 he thought that object an exceedingly good one.

Mr. GBINIIAM Kass thought it would be most mischievous to pass a resolution of this kind. He had been a member of the Council for twenty years, and he had the privilege of taking part in many measures which had been brought forward, some of which were carried into effect, whilst the Council were still endeavouring to get others put into practice. His experience was that given a man anxious ta do something, and who worked hard at a particular subject, it was not to be supposed for a moment that he could carry the thing through in three years. It required just about three years before there was a chance of getting the authorities to listen, and it was more likely to be five years or even eight years before such things were brought about as getting the president upon the Rule Committee or the call to the bar after three years’ probation-that took seven years. If it was proposed to take away a man who was anxioui to work on committees after his third year it would be getting rid of him just at the time when probably ho was most useful to the society. All the societies which had had a similar rule in existence had bitterly repented, and, with the exception of the Bank of England. they had all done away with it. They had been very sorry they ever got it, because how could a man take up continuous work with such a rule? It required five, six, or seven years to master the subject, and if a man was to be taken away for a year when he was working very hard ho naturally would not take the necessary interest in his work. He did not speak from any selfish motive, but he trusted that the meeting wculd never dream of passing a resolution so as to take away a member ot the Council who had been working hard at a given subject in his third year.

Mr. Fonn again expressed a hops that tho meeting would allow him to withdraw the motion, but

The Pnssnmer said it was too late, the meeting having already decided that the motion should not be withdrawn.

The motion was then put end_negat-ived, there being not a single vote in its favour. '

On the motion of Mr. Fonn, seconded by Mr. F. T. \Vo0L11aa'r (London) a vote of thanks was accorded to the president for his conduct in the chair, Mr. \Voolbert observing that the motion ought also to include the thanks of the members to the Council for the Scale Digest, which had been promised by the president.

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payment of the sum of £12,500 as an interim dividend in November last. The total amount insured was estimated as 125} millions. The claims for losses paid in the past year amounted to £63,887 17s. 9d., showing a decrease of £510 as compired with 1896. The year, however, closed with a large amount of estimitel outstanding claims, arising principally from the exceplionally large fire on the Goldsmiths’ Company's extensive property in Cripplegatc and Jewiu-street, the claims in respect of which had been satisfactorily adjusted. The proportion of losses paid to the amount of premium income was 4'3 per tent. ; the expenses of management were 15 per ccnt., and the commission 13 per cent. The shareholders were greatly indebted to the numerous agents of the society in the provinces, as well as the IJl8tr.)p0lla‘, for their continued exertions on behalf of the ollicc, and the directors were glad to be able to state that the members of the stall‘ at the head oflice had given general satisfaction by their zeal and assiduity.

lllr. C. W. BELL (Secretary) having read the notice convening the meeting,

The CHAIRMAN moved the adoption of the report. Ho said he thought he might congratulate the meeting upon another prosperous year, in Spit: of circumstances in the shape of abnormally largo fires whic‘1 might have brought about a very different result. The report showed that the balanw at the disposal of the meeting was £46,660 17s. 9.1., after payment of £12,500 as an interim dividend. That was the first payment of that kind which the directors had had the pleasure of making. The balance on the accounts for 1896 was £54,901, an that after payment of the Jubilee dividend and the Jubilee bonus, amounting to £50,000. The balance for 1897 was arrived at af'er payment of the dividend for 1696, £43,750, and the interim dividend of£l2,500, making together £56,250. The difference bet vs.-u tlr: balance in the 1896 account and that in the account for 1897, £46,660 17.4. 01., was £8,240 8s. 1ld., but then there had been paid the dividend for 1896 and the interim dividend for 1897, so that £6,250 more was brought into the account than in 1896. The actual difference of these figures was £1,990. The premium income remained somewhat in a stationary condition. It was true that there was a small increase, but not sutlicient to call for observation. He could have desired that it had been more. That the increase was a Sllllll one might no doubt be attributed to the fact that the directors had been en leavonring to be extremely careful in the selection of risks, avoiding those which on the face appeared to bo more than usually hazardous. The total sum insured had incrcnscd by about £250,000. The claims for losses showed a decrease, a small one of £510, in 1897, as compared with 1896, and this in the face of the fact that like most of the London otlices, this olfice had to pay to a considerable extent for the Cripplegate fire and for that at Maple 8: Co.'s depository at Camden Town. Both of these fires were of very considerable extent. The Cripplegnte fire happened on the 17th November, and he believed that it exceeded anything that had occurred since the Great Fire of London. The statistics were somewhat interesting. The fire devoured property covering some twoand-a-half ncros of land. It r ed in a terrific way for something like four hours on‘y, but in that time did all its work. It required all the efforts of fifty of ths most pnverful enoines of the Fire Brig ide, and the services of 288 or 290 otficers and men, and an expenditure of something like 15,000,000 gallons 0: 67,000 tons of water before it was subdued. it destroyed fifty-four houses, seriously damaged 115, and burned out nineteen, making a total of 188. The actual loss had been, he believed, carefully estimated at something ranging between a million-and-a-quarter and a million-and-a-half sterling. and of this something like £558,000 was distributed amongst the principal offices of London. Happily the lire spared the church in which Milton was buried, and in which Oliver Cromwell was married. The fire at Maple‘: Depository was also a very serious one, notwithstanding the fact that the buildings were described, more eupho11ioi1sly' than truthfully, as fireproof. They knew that an inquest was hel' in connection with the firs in the City. He believed that it had been long felt, on the part of insurance ofiiccs at least, that it was desirable that some inquiry of this sort should be instituted into the origin of fires. But when they recognised the fact that the fires in London last year amounted to 3,500, he thought the problem became rather difiioult. lie did not quite see how inquiry was very readily to be made into so large a number of fires yearly. Returning to the report, the proportion of losses to premium income in 1897 stood at 43 per cent., as compared with 43§ in 1896. The commission stood at 15 per cent. for each year, and ho might hero refer to the fact that a very £'Xp8l'l8l1t:ul fire assurance manager had slated as the result of his many years‘ dealing with fire affairs, that an ofiice might be considered in a satisfactory position if its losses fell short of 50 p r cent. In this conneation he hall before him a newspaper cutting dealing with the affairs of an ofiica in a very satisfactory osition in London, and there they congratulated |.ll9l11S0l\‘t'! that the fire ibsscs did not exceed 49 per cent. Those of the Law Fire were 43 per cent. They also congratulated themselves on the fact that the expenses were 35 per cent. of the premium income. Those of the Law F!l'8 were 28 per cent. Turning to the receipts and payments account, the receipts brought forward in 1897 were £2,096 0s. 10d. l-ss than in 1896. 'l'he premiums were about the same, there was a slight increase. Ho had already called attention to the small diminution of fire losses. The charges for commissions, stamps, income tax, were practically the same, but expenses of management showed an increase of £542. Still these expenses bore the same ratio as before, 15 per cent. to the premiums. Before referring to the balance~ sheet he ought perhaps to mention the notice at the foot of the receipts and disbursements account, which cz1l'ed attention to the fact that the outstanding claims on the 31st December, 1897, were estimated at £31,260. That was the largest figure to that account which had ever appeared upon any one of the society's reports. But they would be glad to know that it was very rapidly disposed of by the fact that it had run off. It had been dealt with in the accounts they had before them, and the dividend had been fixed, as the directors were required to fix it, in accordance with the lZrI‘i11S of the society's deed and settlement-—tho.t it should be made with

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reference to the state of the society's affairs for the time being. Coming to the balance-sheet, he observed that the reserve fund stood at the same sum as it did in 1896, namely £145,000. He personally should be very glad indeed to see that reserve fund considerably increased, because while they were prosperous it was their duty to make some provision for a possible rainy day, and plilsureié npevsaglpys looked for abs%lli]it: sigcupity on the part rilflofiipes with which ey e cc sir insurances. a a so ute security con on y result from two causes, first from the unpaid-up capital, with regard to which the office plood pro-eminently safe, an secondly, that the _ofiicc could present a very arge reserve fund, as a sort of bulwark agamst any possible call, to asst a Harte of tpings stuch Oas ttgie 80($8l.y {lor fifty ylpars had not en ca n on o mee. n e ere it ' ld hp observed. IBank stock was less_by £16,611? shalimiiai c18a9IesHclll)>i>lrn liaduct debentures had been paid off to the extent of £10,171, mortgages were less by £1,705, the amount due from agents was £35 less, and the cash in hand £4,643 less. But as against this we have a very satisfactory item of £30,000 on the deposit account. The whole difference of the total in these figures was £8,167, and that had been absorbed by the interim dividend, £12,500. But for this the total assets would have been £330,§04 as against £326,171. The society had been enjoying during 1897, asdiiring the whole of its career, a very exceptional success, but he would {f‘Hl1I1(l.lZtl]8:!lllfl':'8h0l\l6fB, as éhey had alvgays been remindeda on occasions of is sor a insurance usiness to- ay was conducte on altogether _difl'eti§ntfpirpumit_ances fromfi what it was fifty years lags. There wap in e rs _p ce very erce competition, not a ways conductei on the most amiable lines, to meet. It was necessary to cxerc'sc extreme caution about this compptition. And there was also a serious increase in the number of fires. In t e 10 years ending in 1877 the number of fires in London was 1,533 ; in the 10 years ending in 1887 it was 2,363; and in tho 10 years ending in 1897 it was 3, 500,_and many of the fires last year were of ii very serious character. Then, again, tho causes of fire had grown vcry much. Fire oflices had to deal with the reckless use of lucifor matches, fusees, and so on, and with mineral oils and new inventions for lighting which were more or less dangerous, and th_ey h_ad also the moral danger necessarily attending upon the facility with which it was possible to effect insurances. He had the pleasurable duty to announce as the pcsult of the year's working that the directors felt at liberty to declare a dividend of 17s. 6d. per share, equal to 35 per cent. on the paid up capital, and equal to the dividend which had been paid for several years past. That included_the l0 percent. already paid. It left also in t_hc society s coffers £31,250 still to be divided among the shareholders. This would leave the society with a handsome balance, a good deal of which he hoped would go to increase the reserve fund. But if they were to continue in their course of prosperity the Board must look to their supporters to help them. Everyone of the shareholders could bring some amount of business, and lie thought that if everyone would exert himself alittle mo-a he could bring new business. The directors did what they could in that direction, and they were fairly successful, but beyond that they did what they could to bring a result such as it ha~l been his pleasure to announce to that meeting. It only remained for him to discharge a very p}l168Sfil1li[ (l1lli§,uIl£i.1I1uly,af1l‘l pehatlg of his brpthlep dircctprs anpl himgelf, to an 1'. e er-s--n y or e very va ua e assis ance ie ia ivcn them throughout lllie year's operations. But for Mr. Bell's very cauglious and careful way of accepting and advising risks, tho accounts might have beei:1very;gif§'eren£ from what they were. ‘giro directors were (plsp indebtpd to t e s or t eir generous support an co-operation an aso to tie agents. The Board hoped that the shareholders would besatisfied with tho dividend they were able to declare, and that it would be satisfactory to them to know 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 any questions which any shareholder might desire to ask.

Lord HOBHOUSE s conded tho motion. The only item about which it orcurred to him to make any remark, was the entirely new item on the disbursement side, the interim dividend in November, 1897, of £12,500. He hoped it would be a regular item in future. He remembered when it was proposed reminding the shareholders that the ups and downs incident to fire

usiness were such, that although the directors might take power to declare an interim dividend, it by no means followed that they would do so. And just as tho Board were considering it they were faco to face with that tremendous disaster, tho Cri plegite fire. But looking all round they found the society in so stable iinil)prosperous a position, that there was no reason why they should not count upon the annual dividend being no le:-is than they were now accustomed to, and why they should not pay out of the assets in hand a portion as interim dividend. Ho had great hopes that this would be a regular practice, and that the affairs of the society would always admit of paying an int~rim dividend in the month of November. There was no reason to believe that it would not be a regular thing.

Mr. DAVID PITCAIRN obscrved that at the bottom of the balance-sheet there was a note, "The claims for fire losses outstanding on the 31st December, 1897, were estimated at £31,260." Ho assumed that that was included in the £63,000.

The CHAIRMAN said that was not included in the £63,000, but, as he bad explained, that had been practically met. It had run off.

Mr. W. MELMOTH WALTERS, a director, said that the society had now in the debit £9,700, instead of £3,000.

Mr. HUMPHRY asked what was the amount of the society’s loss by the Cripplegate fire l

The CHAIRMAN said there was no objection to state it. The ofiice had borne its burden cheerfully. It amounted to about £20,000.

The report and accounts were adopted, and

The CHAIRMAN declared a dividend of 17s. 6d. per share, 5s. of which

On the motion of Mr. R. C. GROSVENOR, seconded by Mr. J. M. Ctasox, the retiring directors were re-elected as follows :

Sir Wil iam James Farrer, Mr. William Dawes Freshfield, Mr. William Alexander Tool-re Hallowes, Lord Hohliousc, Mr. Charles Plumptre Johnson, Mr. Harry \Vilmot Lee, Sir Richard Nicholson, Mr. Richard Pennington, Mr. George Ernest Steward and Mr. Edward Hugh Wliitehead.

On the motion of the CPIAIBMAN, seconded by Mr. WALTERS, the retiring auditors, Mr. James Frederick Burton, Mr. John Henry Hortiii, Mr. William Tanner Neva, and Mr. Charles Robert Roberts West, were re-elected.

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Mr. Herbert Reed, Q,.C., delivered, on Tuesday last, the tenth and concluding lecture of the present ss ries in the Gray’s-inn Lecture Boom, which was crowded with members of the association, the subject being “The Operation of the Bills of Sale Acts." The chair was occupied by Mr. Justice Wright, who, in complimenting the association on sbewing such int: rest in leglal study that it led them to give up their evenings to its pursuit, said e learned much of the law he knew by talking to some of their predecessors twenty years ago in the rooms of the Incorporated Law Society. He thought these lectures must prove very valuable to them. Mr. Herbert Reed, Q,.C., then proceeded to deal with the origin of the Bills of Sale Acts and their objects and results, and indicated several important points on which he considered amendments might be made, and also gave some useful practical suggestions and tho cases dealing with the law as now administered. At the conclusion Mr. J . W. Hobbs prgposed and Mr. G. H. D. Edwards seconded, that a hearty vote of tha s be given to Mr. Herbert Reed, Q.C., for his valuable lecture, which was cordially passed. The president, Mr. M. Kelloher, in proposing that the best thanks of the meeting be given to Mr. Justice Wright for presiding, remarked that the success of the lectures had no doubt been mainly due to the support which they had received from the judges. Mr. T. C. Tunstall, the organizer and secretary of the lectures, in secondiug the same, said there could have been no more brilliant conclusion to the series of valuable lectures they had had, than that it should have been honoured as it was by so distinguished a judge as Mr. Justice Wright filling the chair, that in him the cause of legal education had no warmer or more ardent supporter, and that the lectures had been an unqualified success, as was proved by the fact that they had been attended by between 1,500 and 2,000. The vote of thanks was then enthusiastically accorded.

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The following gentlemen were called to the bar on Wednesday :

Liivcoi.x's-irm.—Anthony Do Freitas, B.A., Clare College, Camb.; Behari Lil Merb, Edin. and Allahabad Univ.; William Victor Grey Willougbby; Devi Dayal; Noshirvan Burjojee Bebramjee; Valentine Francis Tanbman-Goldie, B A., New Coll., Oxford; Surendra Lal Ki astgir, Calcutta Univ. ; Ki-ishnaji \Vamau Bhat : Arthur Philip Braybrooke, M.A., Trinity Coll., Oxford; Jayavant Diuapath Madgavkar, Bombay Univ.; Miguel Francisco Ribeiro; Alfred Lindsay Densham; Samuel Emanuel Kaye; and Syed Ali Karim.

Isnsa Tsiii>i.s.—Henry \Villiam Jephson, B.A., Cambridge; Stuart Downs, B.A., Cambridge; Chapman Frederick Dandy Marshall, A., Cambridge; Samuel John Forster, B.A., Oxford; _Itichard Stanislaus Croibie Nolan, B.A , Dublin; Henry Mark Stebbing, B.A., Oxford; John Henry Layton; Reginald Theodore Harry Milton; James Finlay Anderson, M.A., Oxford; Kenneth Edlmanu Chalmers, B.A., Ox_ford; George Cruddas Jobling, B.A., Oxford; George Frederick Assmder, B A., Oxford ; Bertram Hopkiuson, B.A., Cambridge, and B.Sc., London ; and Lionel Frank Christopher Darby, B.A., Cambridge. _ _

MIDDLE Tsiiris.--Samuel Joyce Thomas, B.A., London University, Associate and Inglis Scholar, King’s College, London; Baron Percy George De Worms; James Bromley Eames, B.A., Worcester College, Oxford, Prof. of Law Imperial University, Tien-tsin, First Class Mathematical Mods., First Class Final Honour, School of Mathematics, Honours in Jurisprudence and B.C.L. ; Malcolm Herbert McCraw; James De_wsbury Cnorlton, M.Sc., Victoria University, First Class Honours in Physics; Eustace Gordon Woolford; and Frank Brough. _

Gii.ur’s InN.—Walter Miller Thorburn, B.A. (Halifax, N.S.l, of the Indian Civil Service; Thomas Chalice Jackson, B.A., LL.B., London University ; William Edward Barber; and Laurence Joseph Byrne.

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that the result of the recent County Council Election is in the best

On the the motion of Mr. F. LEE, seconded by Mr. GROSVENOR, a

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interests of London.” Mr. C. Herbert Smith opened in the atfirmative; Mr. Comelius \Vheeler opened in the negative. The following members also spoke : Messrs. Archer White, A. W. Watson, Seager Berry, Baseldine Jones. The motion was lost by four votes.

April l9.—-Chairman, Mr. J. S. \Vilkinson.—The subject for debate was the following moot point, “Angelina recovers £500 damages from Edwin in an action for breach of promise of marriage. A year afterwards Angelina marries Edwin, the judgment debt being then unpaid; a month afterwards Edwin becomes bankrupt. Is Angelina entitled to prove in Edwin’s bankruptcy (a) in competition with other creditors; (b) at all?” Mr. C. A. Close opened in the ailirmative; Mr. E. J . Close opened in the negative. The following members also spoke: Messrs. G. H. Daniell, A. \V. Watson, A. E. Clarke, G. G. Baily, Rupert Blagden, D. S. Cornock, E. Melliar Smith, and E. J . Holloway. The motion was carried by seven votes.

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contempt, but he declared it to be playable, and the accused was acquitted.

Mr. Malcolm M‘Ilwraith, who has been appointed Sir John Scott's successor as legal adviser to the Khedive, says the S1. Jam:s’a Gazette, studied the law not only in England, but at the Universities of Paris and Berlin. He is a licentiate of the Paris Faculty of the Law. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's-inn in 1890, and practised as a barrister in London for seven years, his practice being main y in connection with Continental and international questions of law, on which subjects he is regarded as an authority. Since I890 he has been one of the counsel for the British claimants in the Deliigoa Bay arbitration between the Governments of Great Britain, the United States, and Portugal. For some months past he has been in the service of the Egyptian Government as a member of the State Legal Department.

At a meeting of the Queen‘s Bench Judges, the following circuits were chosen by their lordships for the coming Autumn Assizes -viz.: SouthEastern Circuit, Mr. Justice Hawkins; Midland Circuit, Mr. Justice Mathew; Oxford Circuit, Mr. Justice Ridlcy, Mr. Justice Mathew and Mr. Justice Ridley joining each other at Birmingham; \Vcstem Circuit, Mr. Justice Kennedy; North and South Wales Circuits, Mr. J ustlce Day; North-Eastern Circuit, Mr. Justice Darling and Mr. Justice Channel], the former not joining the circuit until Leeds is reached; and Northern Circuit, Mr. Justice Bigham and Mr. Justice Phillimore. Prisoners only will be tried at these assizes, except at Manchester and Liverpool on the Northern Circuit, Leeds on the North-Eastern Circuit, Birmingham on the Midland Circuit. and either Swansea or Cardiff on the Welsh Circuit, at which places civil causes will also be taken.

In a C158 of Robinson v. Robinson, before the Probate, &c , Division, being an appeal under the Summary Jurisdiction (Married \Voincn) Act, 1895, from a refusal of certain justices to grant her ii judicial separation and maintenance order against hcr husband on the ground of his persistent cruelty, counsel for the wife said that he was much hampered by the fact that the magistrates’ clerk had refused to give his client ii copy of the depositions, and by the fact that apparently the magistrates themselves had taken no note. In giving judgment, the President is reported by the Timas to have said: This case comes before ua in a most unsatisfactory form, owing to the fact that we have not been supplied with the 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 cases be furnished with proper notes of evidence, and with the j ustices‘ reasons for determining the cases. This, I may say, we have been supplied with in every case, and although this necessarily imposes a little extra trouble upon the justices and their clerks, I must remind them that the Legislature has under this Act given justices a very important jurisdiction 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. In this case we are told that the justices’ clerk has declined to supply a note of the evidence. I cannot believe, nay, I decline to believe, that any justices’ clerk has refused to supply this court with a note of evidence. I can only regret that the note taken was of such little value that the justices’ clerk must have thought it would be of no assistance to this court. Mr. Justice Barnes added that in his opinion it is essential tnat the notes of evidence and the justices’ reasons for their decision should be taken down at the time, as an appeal lies to this court on both questions of fact and law.

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Date APPIAL Conar Mr. Justice Mr. Justice ' No. 2. Noiirn. Srianiso. Monday, May i "...... 9 Mr. Godfrey Mr. Lavie Mr. Leach Tuesday Rolt Pugh Beal Wednesday Godfrey Lavie Leach Thursday Holt Pugh Beal Friday Godfrey Lavie Leach Saturday .......... .. Itolt Pugh Beal Mr. Justice Mr. Justice Mr. Justice Kiuuzwioii. ltouim. Biasii.

Monday,May Mr. Ward Mr. Farmer Mr. Carrington Tuesday Pemberton King Jackson Wednesda \Vard Farmer Carrington Thursday Pernhei-ton King Jackson Friday Ward Farninr Cnrrington Saturday ..... ... ............. ..l4 Pe mberton King J uckson

THE PROPERTY MART.
SALES or THE ENSUING WEEK. ;

May 9.—Mr. Gsolicl B. Sn1li.i.Pizici:, at the Mart, at 2 p.m., the valuable Crown Lease of the Lowthcr Arcade, Nos. 437, 43:4, 439, and 4-10. West Strand, and Nos. hand 6, Adelaide-street; the gross rentals amount to £4,000; the whole held under one louse, ground-rent of £1,270 per annum, divided into 25 amounts; lease has nearly fllf, years unexpired. Also ii Leasehold ltental of £455 per annum, secured on the Red House (torinerly known as Tliornton Lodge). comer of Thornton and Hollandstrcets. Cumpden-hill, Kensingtou, held on louse expiring 1927. A Leasehold Rental of £475 (per annuni, increasing to £620 per iinuum, secured on Niddry Lodge, corner cf Cam en-hill-road and Holland-street, Kcusiugton, lease ex iring 1927. Freehold Ground‘:rent of _£85 per aunnm, secured on Kenilworth Cs.stl?e_P.H., St Anifsroad, Netting-hill, with reversion to the rack-rental in 1927. Solicitors, Messrs. Shep

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beards av Bird, Young-street, Kensington High-street; and Messrs. Shepheards,

Finsbury-circus. (See advertisement April 80, 3.)

May 10.—-Memrs. Dsassullir, '_I‘swsoir,_ Fsniiss, BIDGIWATIIR, at theMa_rt, at 2 p.m., Corner Freehold Premises in the City, comprisin _g_I’roperty at the Junction of Woodstreet with Little Love-lane, one of the finest positions in the Manchester Market, let on fall repairing lease at a net rent of £500 per annum. Solicitors, Messrs. Tlppetts & Son, London. (See advertisement, April 23, p. 4.)

May 10.—Mesars. Rooms, Cnlli-aim, & Tuomls, _at the Mart, at 2 p.m.,_ Valuable Freehold and Leasehold Private Residences, Business Premises, and Building Land, situated at Herne Hill Stockwell, Gunnersbury, Streatham, South Keneington, and Brentford, of the rental value 0! over £1,000 per annum. Solicitors, Messrs. Lewin & Co. Southampton-street, Strand, W.C. (Bee advertisement, April 30, p. B).

Mn.y12.—Measrs. FABBBBOTHIR, Eu.is, Eosaros, Basllcu, GALS\\'OBTll\', 6: Co., at 2 p.m., Exceedingly valuable Freehold West.-end Business Premises, possessing an area of about 1,610 square feet, building of five floors, being No. 11, New Burlingtonrtreet ; let on repairing lease for a term of 21 years from 25th March, 1803, at £500. Solicitors, Messrs. Currie. Williams, 8: Williams, London. A choice Professional Rcsidence in the West-end, within a few doors of New Bond-street; let upon a repairing lease fora term of 14 years from 1805, at £350; stabling in rear, having accommodation for five horses, with four living rooms, let for 21 years from 18.18, at £100. Solicitors, Messrs. Currie, Williams. _& \Villiams, London. Freehold Investments, comprising numerous Business Premises, Shops, Dwelling-houses, Beer-houses extensive Laundry and Nursery, Ranges of Stnbling, Contractors‘ and Builders’ Yards; producing £523 ltis. Ber annnm, chiefly from Ground-rents. Solicitors, Messrs. Currie, Wuhams, & Wil 'sms, London. (See advertisement, this week, p. 4:-H, and April 23, p. 4.) _ _

May 1'l.—lissav HINDBIKS, at 43, Wstei'loo-street, Blrminglham, at 2.30, the Valuable Goodwill, and Old-established (‘onriection, including rude Contracts, Patents, Trade-Mark, Pattems, &c., of the Gas, Water, an Electric Light Fittings and \Vrought-Iron Work '1 rades of Messrs. Winflelds (Limitld), in the centre of t e City of Birmingham; together with the Fix: d Plant and Machinery. The Purchaser will have the option to take on lease fora term of 22$ ycars, from March, ISDS, at the rental of £650, the portions of the Cambridge-street Works; also the Metallic Bedstead Trade of Wintields (Limited). Goodwill, Connection, Patterns, and Fixed Plant and Machinery. The Purchaser will have the option of taking on lease for a term of 2'25 years, from March, 1598, ata rent of £300 per annum, portions of the Cambridgestreet Works- also the Stock-in-Trade. Solicitors, Morsrs. Nicholson, Patterson, & Freeland, and Messrs. Trinder, Capron, & Co., London; Meuirs. llyland, Martineau, & Co., Birmingham. (See advertisement, April 30, p. 3.)

May 13.—Mesns. Paornsuos & Moasis, at the Mart, at 2, the Freehold Property known as 13allard's-lane Nursery, Finchlcy, let at £164 ; Six blocks of Freehold Building Land at I-‘incbley, ripe for immediate development; Freehold Estate near Finchley Station, about 16 acres; Freehold Ground-rents of £300 per annnm, secured on 16 acres of land. Solicitors. Messrs. Peake, Bird, Collins, 62 Peake, and Messrs. Stevens, Son, & Parkcs, all of London. (See advertiscmmt, April 30. p. 8.)

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London Gazeue.—Fi:insr, April 20. JOINT STOCK COMPANIES. Lnri-ran II Cassosar.

" A voss " S-rssnsliis (‘o, I.llll'l‘El)— Creditors inc icquired to send in particulars of such (ld1Il1S or demands to George Macdonald Allan, 4, St Mary Axe Bllaiso Es-rs-ric Co, Lini-i-so (IN Vowsrsnr Liquiom-ios)—(.‘reditors are required, on or before June 1, to send in their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to the Hon. Frauds Henry Baring and the Right Hon. John, Lord Bevelsloke, 8, Bishopsgate st Within. Norton & Co, 57}, Old Broad st, solors to liquidators Caows Poisr Goin Mixir, Lini'rs:o—Creditors are required, on or before June 13, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Mr. E. T. )I_iea_dd_ {iopthall House, Copthall avenue. Birchalls, 85, Gracechurch st, solors for iqui a r Gsonos Gcovsii & Sos, Liinrsn—Ci-editors are requircd, nn or before Wednesday, June S, to send thclrnames and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims, to Arthur 11- nry Gibson, 39, Waterloo st, Birmingham B II Sanders, solor for liquidlitor Ixuus-_i-anli. Aoquisirios sun DI-Z\'I!1.0l‘IEN'I‘ Co, Liiii'riro—I‘etn for windingup, presented April 75. directed to be heard on Wednesday, May 11 (‘has T Nicholls, 1, Lincoln'sinn tie d.¢,_aolor for petner Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than b o clock in the after noon of’ 1‘-Iuy 10 Mai iioroi.i-ran AND PROVINCIAL S-roiiss, Luii'rsn—By an order made by Wright, J, dated April 20, It was ordered that the voluntary winding up of the Stores be continued J Bobbie Whamond, 3, Crown ct, Old Broad st, liquidstor Rosssa Lrcas ssn Vsnicur Basin-1 Co, Liiri'rso—Creditors are required, on or bcfore Wednesday, une 1, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars oi their sad claims, to Harry Read Smith, 23, College hill. Hands, Angel ct, solor tor the a r Wisrlsno Crcns C0, Liiri-rrn—Crcditors arc required, on or before June 4, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to William Barrett Winnicott, Albert chmbrs. Albert st, Nottingham. J. T. Masscr, rolor for the

liquiditor FRIENDLY SOCIETY DISSOLVED.

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Bunoso Mixlxm, Ta_snw.\r, Aso Oiis Rsliucrios Co. or Wl'.s'rsnit AUSTRALIA, LuursnCreditors are required, on or before Aug 10, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to Newman Mayo Ogle, Worcater House Walbrook _

COASTING ssn Cox'rrsi:_sr1lr. Srsnrsuir Co, Lim-rsn—Cre_ditors are required, on or before May 80, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims, to William N. Sawer, 4, New London st

H L S\'.\'i>ic.n-1:, Lin:-i-so -Petn for winding up, presented April 27, directed to be hear] on Wednesday, May 11 Gullford E Lewis, 14, South sq, Gray's inn, solor for petners Notice of appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the afternoon of May 10

Jossru M Hsrwoaru 8: Co, Liin-r|m—Creditors are required, on or before May 81, to send their names and addresses, and particulars of their debts or claims, to A Molesworth, South parade, Bochdale

NORTKLIACII Gas Lion-r ssn Cons Co, Liiii-r:D—Creditors are required, on or before June 18, to send their names and the rparticulars of their debts or claims to George Frederick Mace, Fairholme, Chipping orton Thos & A E Mace, Chipping Norton, solors to liquidntor

Srnssr Cross Co, Liilirsn (Ix VOLUNTARY L1onios'rios)—Crcditors are required, on or bcfore June 6, to send their names and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims to Mr Nelson George Harries, The Bridge, Walsall. Armstrong, Walsall, solor to

liquidutor

Wrsr AUSTRALIAN Msnksr Tsusr, Lini'rao—Petn for winding up, presented May 2, directed to be heard May 11. Spyer & Sons, 63, New Broad st, solors for petner. Notice oi’ appearing must reach the above-named not later than 6 o'clock in the afternoon of May 10

Wrsr Ausrasiiss Mlizirsr Tnusr, Lini-rsn—Petn for winding up, presented April 29, directed tobe heard May 11. Maddisons, 1, King's Arms yd, Moo ato st, B01-1!‘! for petners Notice of appealing must reach the above-named not later tganti o’clock in the

afternoon of May 10 FRIENDLY SOCIETIES DISSOLVED. Tans or Lilian-rv Lonos, Ascissr Snsrlisnos, Bay Horse Hotel, Church st, Accrington,

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Launceston
London Gazelte.—TussnAY, April 19.

KBLSALL, SAMUEL, John Dalton st, Manchester May 17 Goldsworthy v Kelsall, Registrar, Manchester Watson, Mount st, Manchester

London Gasetle.-Fsinsr, April 21.

Acsros, Eowsnn, Preston, Lanes, Pawnbrokcr May 23 Alston v Alston, Registrar
Preston Jukes, Preston _
Srxss, Msizr, St Helena, Lanes May 25 Thornton v Vernon, Registrar, Liverpool

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church st Kass, Tnoirss, Notting Hill June 1 Slater, Finsbury pavement

Ksa, Euza CATIIBBINE, Clapham May 25 Clarke 8: Calkin, John st, Bedford row

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