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THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I

KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE.

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LITERARY NOTICES.

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK .

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NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK The annual general meeting of the shareholders of the National Provincial Bank of England, Ltd., took place on Thursday in London, under the presidency of Mr. Robert. Wigram. The report recommended a dividend of 9 per cent, for the past half-year, making 18 per cent. for the year. The Chairman stated that a constant flow of prosperity had been enjoyed' by the bank during its sixty years' existence. He did not believe that any financial institution had submitted a report for the past year superior to that which they had s t themselves met to consider on that occasion. It could not, however, be spoken of as a prosperous period. The balance-sheet shewed that the amount of cash held by them at the Bank of Eng- land and at the head office and branches was £ 7,491,000. and this was by no means a window- dressed figure, for it was one of the smallest balances the bank had had during any month in the year. The cash at call and short notice stood at £ 3,485,000. This item necessarily varied considerably from time to time. and when the demands of Throgmorton-street or elsewhere- were satis- fied, it was gratifying to be able to transfer to time. and when the demands of Throgmorotn-street or elsewhere were satis- fied, it was gratifying to' be able to transfer so large an amount to meet the requirements of clients in the country and elsewhere. Their Eng- lish Government securities amounted to £ 8,751,000; their Indian and Colonial Govern- ment securities, debenture, guaranteed, and pre- ference stock of British railways and British Cor- poration and waterworks stocks at £ 5,438,000; and their canal, dock, river, conservancy, and other investments, £ 508,000. Many of these in- vestments were made when their average price was even less than it was at the present time. All the investments had' been taken at a low price, while their Consols had been written down to 85. Their bills discounted, loans, etc., stood at £ 29,457,000, and they were spread all over the g) eat centres of commerce in England, a. consider- able amount representing loans to municipali- ties. The. reserve fund remained at £ 2.300,000. and the board felt very thankful that they had had I no necessity to take anything from it. The cur- rent deposit and other accounts, including rebate on bills not due and provision for bad and doubt- ful debts, figured at £ 50,360 000. Including the amount brought forward, the profit was L720,000, which, after providing for the dividends and other objects, left a balance of £ 85.288 to be carried for- ward. He concluded by moving the adoption of the report and accounts. Mr. George F. Malcolmson seconded the reso- lution, which was adopted, and the retiring direc- tors and auditors were afterwards reappointed.

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IWIRRAL GUARDIANS.

THE FISCAL PROBLEM,

! EDDISBURY REPRESENTATION.…

ILIBERALISM I. FLINTSHIRE…

MR. LEVER AND WIRRAL.

FLINT BYE-ELECTION.

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DEATH OF MR D. MELDRFM.

MR. STANLEY AT FRODSHAM.

:A NESTON PRESENTATION

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FLINT BYE-ELECTION.