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THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS*.

THE MODOCS BEFORE DEATH.

"AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING."

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"AN EXTRAORDINARY MEETING." The London correspondent of the Belfast News Letter writes ;—"I was permitted (in virtue of a very modest stake in the concern) to be present <lot an extraordinary eral meeting of n <••>• >bi colliery coifipany in the Vv est of England. Tne O'ceedings were quite worthy of an extraordinary meeting, as they were 'the most eccentric, and at the same time discreditable, that it has ever been my lot to witness. The chairman commenced by stating that as it was just possible that in the pourse of the discussion aonic unpleasant personal observations might be made on tho conduct of the manager and the secretary, lie had requested those gentlemen to retire into the next room It subse- quently transpired that the object of the meeting waa to obtain the sanction of the shareholders to the pur- chase of some coal rights adjoining their own at the sum of about £ 20,000, which rights had already been acquired by the manager, the secretary, and other parties for about £ 4,000! This proposition was denounced as flagitious and immoral in the highest degree. The discussion was long and animated, and during its progress a note was handed to the chair- man to inform him that if the bargain was not closed at once the vendors would withdraw it! The share- holders then became indignant, and demanded the presence of their manager and secretary. The chair- man sent for them, _but they could not be found. Eventually it was decided by th<» majority to buy rights with a view to the protection of the original property, but to apply to a court of equity to give its opinion upon the validity of the transaction so far as the manager and secretary of the company were concerned. The directors used their proxies to rive effect to this extraordinary proceeding, and before the meeting sep:irated one shareholder ex- pressed a hope that tho same pen which signed the contract to purchase the property would also sign the lismissal of any officers of the company who might M proved to be interested in the sale. This expres- non of opinion was loudly cheered by the meeting, the directors signifying their approval of it."

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THE JJATE SIR E. LANDSEER.

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