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MISS BURDETT COUTTS AND CO-OTE- RATIVE EMIGRATION. The honorary secretary of the Lancashire and Queensland Co-operative Emigration Society (Limited) addressed an application in'May last, shortly after the society was duly registered under the Act, to Miss Burdett Coutts, as well as to other persons of liberality and wealth, setting forth the principles of self-help and mutual assistance upon which the institution was based. Assistance was asked, not in the form of an alms, but as a loan, the terms offered being at least 5 per cent. (which it was contemplated to raise to 7t in the event of the society's undertaking being sufficiently prosperous), while the security proposed was the usual bond, under the Act, upon the share- holders' lands and estates in Queensland. No reply was received to these communications at the time, and in the meanwhile the society proceeded to carry on its operations from its own resources. Last week, however, a note was received from Miss Coutt's private secretary, asking for some further infor- mation as to the principles of co-operative emigration, and desiring to know whether the society had been able to effect the negotiation it had in view. In reply to this note the society's secretary (Mr. J. H. Vickers ) re- stated his former arguments, and pointed to the success which had already attended the society's ope- rations in the number of families it had been able to send out on the co-operative system, adding, however, that operations would have been conducted on even a larger scale if funds had allowed. The next post brought a letter from Miss Coutts, in which that lady stated she had much pleasure in placing at the disposal of the committee the sum oL£50, leaving its disburse- ment entirely to the discretion of the committee. After some kindly expressions of sympathy with the unemployed operatives and the working classes of Lancashire in general, Miss Coutts referred in terms of regret to the statement she had recently seen in the newspapers of some persons having procured their passages by means of forged certificates, and she desired to be informed if such persons were in any way connected with the Lancashire and Queensland Co-operative Society. It need not be added that, in reply to Miss Coutts's letter, the secretary was in a position to answer that inquiry in the negative. Arrangements are now being made for dispatching twenty additional persons by the Light of the Age, outward bound from London on the 25th inst.; and it is hoped that, as in the case of previous batches of emigrants, the Cotton Supply Association will make its usual liberal grant of cotton seed and books of in- spection. As some proof of the popularity of the co- operative form of emigration, it may be stated that between the 20th of March last and the date above mentioned, upwards of £1,100 will have been expended in passages alone, the whole of that sum being con- tributed by shareholders among the working classes. Several of the families allotted for the next vessel are shareholders in the Scottish branch of the Lancashire society. Upon the office books of that local branch there are 115 heads of families, representing 550 persons, three-fourths of whom had, up to the 8th ult., paid up their calls, amounting to J2416. Most of these shareholders are quarrymen and miners, or persons generally fitted, by previous habits and occupation, to make good colonists. Mr. Dalglish, M.P. for Glasgow, is greatly interesting himself in the success of the co- operative system of emigration in Scotland, and an attempt is being made to secure the good offices of the Lord Provost in the same behalf.

- NANA SAHIB,

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