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0 Masters and Servants.—The select committee on masters and servants have agreed to the following report:—That inasmuch as the state of the law of contracts between masters and servants is a subject of the highest importance, affecting as it does the re- lations of employers and employed throughout the kingdom, and any inquiry as to the operation of the law should be full, searching, and complete; and inas- much as there is no probability of your committee being able to complete such inquiry in the present Session, it is desirable that the evidence, as far as it has been already taken, should be reported to the House, accompanied by a recommendation that a com- mittee should be appointed in the next Session of Par- liament to consider this subiect. Queries.—What quadrupeds are admitted to balls, operas, and dinner parties ?-White kids. What is the difference between a correspondent and a co-re- spondent ?-A correspondent may be expected to be more or less civil; a co-respondent more or less criminal. Why is wit like a Chinese lady's foot?— Because brevity is the sole of it. Why is a person drawing an ox's teeth like the sunset ?—Because he's an oxy-dental phenomenon. What is the difference between a sea captain and Mr. Berkeley ?—The one can box the compass, but the other cannot compass the box. Loan Societies.—The annual abstract of the ac- counts of loan societies in England shows that, in the year 1864, sums amounting to £ 245,286 were advanced and paid by depositors or shareholders in these societies, and at the end of the year as much as Y,542,650 was in the hands of borrowers. 173 725 loans were granted in the year. The amount paid by borrowers for interest was £ 44,148, and no lees than < £ 10,526 was paid for forms of application and for in- quiry. The borrowers also had to pay P,2,778 for costs :of proceedings against them. 16 593 summonses were issued for the recovery of ;C27,964, and 1,704 distress warrants were granted. The gross profits of the societies in the year amounted to £ 62,349, the expenses of management to £ 22,101; the interest paid to de- positors or shareholders was Y,32,739, and the net profits are stated at < £ 9,866. The societies appear to inorease. This r turn of Mr. Tidd Pratt's now com- prises above 800, and considerably more than 500 of them are in the metropolis, holding their meetings and transacting their business in public-houses. Some of the London societies are upon a very small scale the larger societies are in the country. There are loan societies at Nottingham, at Birmingham, and Sfcafford- eiiire with more than £ 15,000 out on. icau,

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