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and Bristol against charging purchasers with auctioneers’ fees were referred to with approval. It is believed that the practice of charging contract fees is now generally abandoned, but some members of the society still charge auctioneers’ fees to purchasers, and it appears to the committee desirable that a distinct recommendation on the hitter point should be given by the society for the guidance of its members.”

Under these circumstances the resolution may be taken to express the considered opinion of the society, and the committee, therefore, venture to hope that it will be acted upon by all the members of the society, and that they will use their influence with non-members to induce them to follow the same course, so that the practice of the profession may become uniform in this district, and at the same time be brought into harmony with the practice in London and elsewhere.

Yours faithfully,
E. W. Conan, Hon. Sec.

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LAW STUDENTS’ JOURNAL.

THE INCORPORATED LAW SOCIETY.
Hoxovss EXAMINATION.
1Vomnber, 1886.

At the examination for honours of candidates for admission on the roll of solicitors of the Supreme Court, the examination committee recommended the following gentlemen as being entitled to honorary distinction:

Fmsr Ctass.

Myer Samuel Nathan, who served his clerkship with Mr. Joel Emanuel,

of London.
Sscoxn Crass.
[In alphabetical order]

Walter Heywood Blears, who served his clerkship with Mr. Thomas Lister Farrar, of Messrs. Farrar & Hall, of Manchester.

John Edward Corbould, who served his clerkship with Mr. Vallance Edgar] Leonard, Mr. James Cochrane, and Mr. Francis Sturge, all of Bristo .

Edward Alfred Crabb, who served his clerkship with Mr. John \Va1ter :WOilEon, of Plymouth, and Messrs. Surr, Gribble, Benton, 8: Gribble, of

n on.

Frederick Isaac Jones, who served his clerkship with Mr. Charles Gervaiso Boxall, of the firm of Messrs. Boxsll & Boxall, of London.

Thomas Sprout, who served his clerkship with Mr. John Dickinson, of thelfirm of Messrs. Hill, Dickinson, Lightbound, and Dickinson, of Liverpoo .

Ellis Letham Talbot, who served his clerkship with Mr. William Henry galbot, of Kidderminster, and Mr. Nathaniel Tertius Lawrence, of Lon

on.
Tmim Crass.
[In alphabetical order.]

Wilmot Edward Elmslie, who served his clerkship with Mr. Alexander Forsyth, of the firm of Messrs. Elmslie, Forsyth, & Elmslie, of London.

Harry Cartwright Hart, who served his clerkship with Mr. James Curtis, of London.

Arthur Henry Hcbbert, who served his clerkship with Mr. John Walford, of Birmingham.

Charles Albert Jacques, who served his clerkship with Mr. Johii Peacock, of Manchester.

Thomas Lambert, who served his clerkship with Mr. Shaftoe Robson, of Gateshead.

Walter Lambert, who served his clerkship with Mr. Stephen Woodbridge, oi‘ the firm of Messrs. Stephen Woodbridge & Sons, of London.

George Harry Willis, who served his clerkship with the late Mr. George William Haines and Mr. Thomas Charles Rickhuss Taynton, of Gloucester, and Mr. Frederick Augustus Knight Doyle, of London.

The council of the Incorporated Law Society have accordingly given class certificates and awarded the following prizes of books :—

To Mr. Nathan—Prize of the Honourable Society of Clement’s-inn—value 10 guiueas ; and the Daniel Reardou prize—value about 25 guineas.

The council have given class certificates to the candidates in the second and third classes.

Thirty-seven candidates attended the examination.

LAW STUDENTS’ DEBATING SOCIETY.

At the meeting of this society, held at the Law Institution, on Tuesday, the 7th inst. (Mr. R. L. Devonshire in the chair), the question “P09 the paper for discussion was: “That, in view of the condition of affairs in the East, a defensive confederation of the Balkan States is desirable.” Mr. J . Cornelius Wheeler opened the debate in the aflirmative, and was followed on the same side by Messrs. T. W. Williams, W. L. Emlis. Percy Bone, G. A. Riddell, Woolcombe, Lloyd-Jones, and FodenPattinson, and opposed by Mr. J . D. Crawford. On the chairman putting the motion to the society it was carried by ii. majority of thirteen votes. g‘t11§r;:_ were forty-three gentlemen present, and the debate terminated

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should declare “ That it was desirable in the interests of Great Britain to place the Greeks at Constantinople." He was opposed by Mr. Williams and many others, and in the result the meeting threw out the motion by seven votes. On the 6th inst., after various business questions had been discussed, including the carrying of a vote of thanks to the Law Institution for. the use of the debating-room, an impromptu debate was organized, which was well sustained.

PRESTON LA\V DEBATING SOCIETY.

The annual general meeting of this society was held at the Preston Law Library on the 26th ult., Mr. J . Tumlinson, solicitor, in the chair. The report of the committee was read by the hon. secretary (Mr. T. B. Ladyman). It appeared therefrom that the number of members on the roll was sixty-one, of whom thirty-four were honorary and twenty-seven were ordinary members. At the termination of last session there were sixty members, consisting of twenty-eight ordinary and thirty-two honorary; that shewed an increase of one. During the session twenty-six general and special meetings have been held as against twenty-seven of the preceding session, at which the average attendance was fifteen as compared with thirteen of the previous session. Three of the general meetings were presided over by barristers, and the remaining twenty-three by solicitors and ordinary members. Seventeen legal subjects had been discussed as compared with eighteen of the previous session ; in addition six general subjects had been discussed, which is the same as during the two preceding sessions. Seventy-two legal queries had been set forsolution, of w ich forty- six had been propounded by committee-men and twentysix by non-committee-men. That system continued to work well. Du.riiig the year the following members of the society had been successful at the Incorporated Law Society's examinations—viz., Intermediate: Messrs. J. Bell, W. Breakell, G. Cartwright, T. H. Clarke, R. Parkinson, and T. D. Penrice; Final: Messrs. W. Bramwell, S. Davies, W. S. Edelston, and A. T. Plant. Mr. R. A. McNab passed the final examination for call to the bar. During the session four joint debates had been held, two with Lancaster and two with Blackburn and District Law Students’ Society. The Preston Society had two decisions given in its favour, one against, and one left open. The Preston Society will, during the next session, complete the 100th year of its existence, the original Leguleian Society having been founded in 1787. The thanks of the society were due to the various gentlemen who had occupied the chair, to those who, as honorary members, contributed to its finances, and to the Preston Law Society for their continued kindness in allowing the members the free use of their room. The adoption of the report was then moved by Mr. Penrice and seconded by Mr. Livesey. Mr. J . Bell, the hon. treasurer, then presented his audited balance-sheet, which was also adopt/ed. The following officers were then appointed :—President, Mr. T. Humber, barrister-at-law; hon. secretaries, Messrs. T. B. Ladyman and G. Cartwright; hon. treasurer, Mr. Walter Breakell; committee, Messrs. J . Bell, T. H. Clarke, A. W. Ladyman, W. Preston, and the hon. secretaries and treasurer. A vote of thanks was then given to the gentlemen who had acted as ofiicers during the session, and also to the chairman for presiding. The proceedings were then brought to a termination.

BRISTOL LA\V STUDENTS’ SOCIETY.

The first meeting of the session was held on October 12, Mr. T. Parr, solicitor, in the chair. The resignations of eight members were tendered and accepted, and twelve new members were elected. The Jrize essays on “Fraud in relation to Contract" were read by Mr. H. olmes Gore (on behalf of Mr. J. E. Corbould) and Mr. E. R. Tanner. The papers were followed by an interesting discussion. The second meeting was held on October 26, Mr. G. H. D. Chilton, solicitor, in the chair. Two new members were elected. The subject for debate was: “A. promises to marry B. as soon as C. (A.’s father) dies. During C.'SIifol.ll1i0, A. marries another woman; she dies before C. B., on the death of A.’s wife, sues him for the breach of his promise to marry her, his absolute refusal being implied in his first marriage. A. pleads that before action he was ready and willing to marry B., and that he still is. Can she recover damages? (Frosl v. Kniyhl, 26 L. T. 77; Dona;/Iiiw v. lllars/rail, 32 L. T. 310; Dennis v. McKenzie, 24 L. I‘. 363)"—which was opened in the afiirmative by Mr. F. J . Harris; the negative was taken up by Mr. A. W. Taylor, and the debate was carried on by Messrs. J . L. V. S. \Villiams (hon sec.), W. R. Parry, F. Sturge, and E. J. Pillers. The chairman summed up, and the question being put to the vote, was decided in the affirmative by seven to three. The third meeting was held on November 9, Mr.E. M.Harwood, solicitor, in the chair. The resignation of one member was tendered and accepted, and two new members were elected. An excellent paper on the unanimity of juries was read by Mr. E. li. Tanner, and was followed by a discussion, in which the chairman, Messrs. H. Holmes Gore, W. G. Veale, B. Hawkins, A. VV. Francis, and J. L. V. S. Williams (hon sec.), took part. Votes of thanks to the reader of the paper, and the chairman terminated the proceedmgs.

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OBITUARY.

Mr. Joiiu BALGUY, Metropolitan Police Magistrate, died at Huyton, Lancaehire, on the 6th inst. Mr. Balguy was the eldest son of Mr. John Balguy, (,,.C., who was for many years a commissioner in bankruptcy, and was born in 1821. He was educated at Eton and at Merton College, Oxford, and he was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in Easter Term, 1848. He formerly practised on the Midland Circuit. lie was for several years stipendiary magistrate for the Potteries District, and in 1874 he was appointed magistrate at the Greenwich and \Voolwich PoliceCourts. Mr. Balguy had presided over several maritime inquiries as Commissioner of Wrecks, and he had obtained a high reputation as a sound criminal lawyer and an efllcient magistrate. He was a magistrate for Kent, Staiitordshire, and Derbyshire. Mr. Balguy was married in 1858 tothe daughter of Mr. James William Ogle, of Beckenham.

Mr. Gsonos Manner WETHERFIBLD, solicitor, of 2, Gresham-buildings, died at his residence, Highbury- grove, on the 1st inst. Mr. \Vetherfield was born in 1820. He was admitted a solicitor in 1847, and he had practised for nearly forty years in the City of London. He was in partnership with his son, Mr. Frederick George Manley \Vetherfield, who was admitted a solicitor in 1881. He was a commissioner to administer oaths in the Supreme Court of Judicature and in the Stannaries Courts, and a perpetual commissioner for the county of Middlesex and the cities of London and Westminster. Mr. Wetherfleld had an extensive practice in the City of London Court.

The Right Hon. Acres SMEE Airnrori, barrister, who died at Bournemouth on the 1stinst., at the age of seventy, was the third son of Mr. Frederick Ayrton, of Bombay, and was born in 1816. He was formerly iii practice as a solicitor at Bombay, and he was called to the bar at Grays-inn in Easter Term, 1853. In 1852 he unsuccessfully contested the Tower Hamlets in the Radical interest, but he was returned for that constituency in 1857, and again in 1859, 1865, and 1868. He became a frequent speaker in the House of Commons, especially as an advocate of economy, and in December, 1868, on the formation of Mr. Gladstone‘s First Government, he was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury. About a year later he succeeded Mr. Layard in the oflice of First Commissioner of Public Works and Buildings, and was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council. As First Commissioner he was very unpopular, owing to his zeal for economy and his somewhat aggressive mannerin Parliament. In 1873 he was removed to the otfice of Judge Advocate General, and in March, 1874, he retired with his party, having in the previous mouth failed to secure re-election for the Tower Hamlets. At the General Election of last year Mr. Ayrton unsuccessfully contested the Mile End Division of the Tower Hamlets.

APPOINTMENTS.

Mr. Roarar Bsaiiv, LL.D., barrister and advocate, has been appointed Sheriff of Lanarkshire in succession to the late Mr. Francis William Clark. Mr. Berry is the second son of Mr. William Berry, of Tayfield, Fifeshire, and was born in 1825. He was formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a wrangler and also in the first class of the classical tripos in 1848, and he is an honorary LL.D. of the University of Edinburgh. He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in 1851, and he was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in Trinity Term, 1853. Mr. Berry was secretary to the Scotch Universities Commission, and he has been professor of the Law of Scotland in the University of Glasgow since 1867.

Sir RICHARD NICHOLAS HOWARD, solicitor, of \Veymouth and Portland, has been elected an Alderman for the Borough of Weymouth. Sir R. Howard was admitted a solicitor in 1855. He has been several times mayor of Weymouth, and a few months ago, during his last mayoralty, he received the honour of knighthood. Sir R. Howard is coroner for the island of Portland.

Mr. Joim \Viii'rwos.-rir, solicitor, of Ashton-under-Lyne, has been appointed a Commissioner to administer Oaths in the Supreme Court of J nd icature.

Mr. Rioasnn Tanrics Wsnrsn, solicitor, of Ilminster, Somerset, has been appointed a Commissioner to administer Oaths in the Supreme Court of Ju cature.

Mr. _Himnir J . Mri.i.s, of Norwich, has been appointed a Commissioner to administer Oaths. Mr. Mills was admitted in 1880, and is deputy-coroner for the city of Norwich.

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