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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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FORGERY OF BANK OF ENGLAND…

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i THE EASTERN QUESTION.

WILLS ANI) BEQUESTS. !

THE WAR™PREPARATION.

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THE WAR™PREPARATION. The following is the form which will be used in calling out the Bcserve First Class Army Beserve.—Her Majesty having been graciously pleased to direct by Proclamation that the First Class Army Reserve Force b called out for permanent serv ce, all men belonging to the said Be serve Force of the —— district are required to report themselves at the head -quarters of the pension district at —— on or before the —— for the purpose of rejoining the army." In an appendix to the instructions the places are named to which the Beserve men in the several pen- sion districts, other than those previously provided for, are to be sent, and also the officers to whom they must report themselves. The stations appointed are the military depdts most convenient to the residences of the men. On Friday one of the principal firms of merchants and Admiralty contractors in Wolverhampton re- ceived an inquiry from the War Office as to a very large number of picks and shovels required for war purposes, with an intimation that they were urgently required and the time they could be supplied in was specially asked for. The recruiting omccrt are experiencing an increase of business, and the recruits who are coming in are not only numerous, but of a superior class. The recruits still manifest a preference for a long spell in the army, but short service is now the invariable rule—eight years in the ranks and four in the Reserve for Artil- lery, Engineers, and Cavalry; six years in the ranks and tix in the Reserve for Infantry. Very many good abd useful men are permitted to make a new engage- ment extendii g their service to a fuU period oftwmty- Oiif pars. On Saturday ever ing Mr., Forbes, t he wur correspon- dent, was entertained by some members of the Liver- Pool press to dinner at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool. The chair was taken by Mr. J. A. Willox, and many the leading men of the town were present. Mr. Forbes, responding for his health, expressed his con- action that we should be engaged in war in less than ^fortnight. He had proffered his services to the Government in connection with a reconnoitring corps -tbe formation ef which he proposed in a letter to the Times; and there existed a probability of his en- gagelUent in that capacity. He added that he desired to serve his country again as a soldier.

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P A RLIAM ENTAHYJ^'iKLLj GENC…

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