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THE NEWS BUDGET.

THE MALT-TAX QUEBTIONo

MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE…

THE SUEZ CANAL. *

THE SOLDIERS' DAUGHTERS1 HOME.

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THE SOLDIERS' DAUGHTERS1 HOME. The ninth annual meeting of the directors of this asylum was held on Saturday in the theatre of the United Service Institution, Whitehall-yard: Major- General the Hon. Yorke Scarlett, K.C.B., in the chair; supported by Major-General Boileau, General Ashbur- ton, Colonel Sandwith, Dr. Dickson, Rev. Mr. Kirk- man, iJoyos, &c, The report states that the past year had been one of progress and prosperity. During ten years nineteen girls had been placed in service, making'fK total of seventy-one so placed up to thA present time. Nine girls had been withdrawn, three had been admitted by payment, and ten by election, making the present number or children in the home 161. The exoense of maintenance during the year for each girl had been 10d. The health of the children was good, and satisfactory progress had been made both in the edu- cational and industrial departments. Duringtheyear legacies had been received from the late Major Powys- Kirk, Xi,ooo, Mr. JoshuaField,. £ 1,800; and Trumpeter Paul, R.A, X20. There had been a slight increase in the annual subscriptions, and, with the donations and legacies, the committee had been able to transfer X2,847 to the deposit account, which now amounts to £ 4,851, and to invest £ 1,000 in the Three per Cent,. » Consols. There is the large number of 108 applicants now on the list waiting for admission to the home. The total income for the year had been £ 7,48213s. Id., and after investing the aums above named there was a balance ia hand of £ 53Z. General Ashburton moved the adoption of the re- port, congratulating the subscribers upon its satis- factory character. Mr. Dickson seconded the resolution. Alluding to the 108 applicants waiting for admission, he said for every £ 18 subscribed the committee would be able to admit one child. Major-General Boileau, as chairman of the com- mittee, was most anxious to increase the number of children in the home. There were only 141 now in it, and there was ample accommodation for 200. How soon they could obtain that number must depend on the liberality of the profession and the public. Colonel Sandwith, Captain Burgess, the Rev. M. Kirkman, and others having addressed the meeting, the report was adopted. Rewards of X2 each were then distributed to several former pupila of the school who had retained the situtions in which they had been placed with satis- ivr employers for ten years, Major-General Boileau was re-elected aa chairma- of the institution, and the committee of mana.- for the year having been appointed, a vote c to the chairman, suitably acknowledged, < the proceedings. Prior to the commencement of the children, who were in attendance, ar remarkably olean, happy, and her' sang several pieces of music in r oreditablo manner.