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ARMY AND VOLUNTEERS.

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LIVERPOOL POLICE SCANDAL.…

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A CURIOUS NORTHAMPTONSHIRE FAIR.âA corre- spondent writes:-A quaint custom, observed only once in 20 years, was followed in the Northampton- shire village of Corby on Monday. The inhabitants claim the right of holding a. fair on Wliit-Monday every 20 years, and of levying toll upon every visitor. This claim is based upon a charter granted to Henry de Braybroc by Queen Elizaheth and con- firmed to the village by Charles II. Whatever the legal rights of the inhabitants, they have rigorously prosecuted their claims at least for the last GO years. At daybreak on Whit-Monday the fair was pro- claimed with considerable ceremonial, and rope barriers were stretched across the roads. Thence- forward toll was enforced from every visitor. Thousands iourneved to the village from the countryside during the day to witness the "chairing" which takes place immediately upon payment of toll. As soon as the visitor pays, who- ever it is, man, woman, or child, is put in a chair and carried shoulder high along the main street. Several specially constructed chairs were in use for a considerable portion of the day. Formerly refusal to pay toU was punished by the person beinf slung across a pole (hence the name Pole Fair) and thus carried to the village stocks, in which he was fastened until he purchased his liberty. The stocks as an institution are carefully preserved, and new ones were erected soon after the last fair, in 1882. Several more or less willing prisoners were put in the stocks to keep up the charter." The village was decorated, the villagers were all m holiday clothes, and photographers were present in scores snap-shotting the scenes of the day.

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