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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

RADICAL OR ROWDY ?

ELECTRIC LIGHT IN CHURCHES.

.ROAD LIGHTS.

POOR-LAW * CHILDREN.

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We learn from a well-informed quarter that the agitation, commenced about a year ago, for increasing the proficiency of our Naval Reserve by giving the mercantile marine engineers serving on the Reserve a practical training on board warships, has borne good fruit. The Admiralty authorities have, we understand, consented to the proposal made by the engineers, and are going to institute the experiment of giving them a six months' training on board a man-of-war. No niggardly policy is being pur- sued, the engineers who volunteer for this service being allowed pay at the rate of £ 1 per day, with a daily allowance of 5s. for mess expenses. We are glad to hear of the successful issue of the movement, and have no doubt the experiment will more than justify the innova- tion. The old arrangement by which engineers serving on large merchant liners were supposed to be fit for immediate service in an emergency on a line-of-battle ship, without being initiated into even the routine of the Royal Navy, was absurd on the face of it. The probationary period now allotted to the Reserve engineers, will, in all likelihood, be largely taken advantage of, and ought to yield gratifying results.

CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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