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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT OF FEMALES.

I.THE PRINTERS' PhNSION, ALMSHOUSE,…

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THE PRINTERS' PhNSION, ALMS- HOUSE, AND ORPHAN ASYLUM CORPORATION. The annual general meeting of the Printers' Alms- house Society (now corporated with the two other branches of the institution under the name of the Printers' Pension, Almshouse, and Orphan Asylum Corporation) was held last week at Anderton's Hotel, Fleet-street, for the purpose of electing an inmate to the almshouses, receiving a report of the committee for the past year as to the society's affairs, with an account of its finances, and also a report from a sub- committee in reference to a testimonial to the secretary. The chair was taken by Mr. J. Gadsby, and there was an unusually large attendance of gentlemen interested in the welfare of the institution and the prosperity of the printing trade generally. The chairman opened the proceedings by calling upon the secretary (Mr. J. Darkin) to read the report of the society's proceedings from January last. The Secretary then read that report as follows:— The 11th of June is a day of considerable interest in the history of the Printers' Almshouses. On the 11th of June, 1849, the foundation-stone of the Institution was laid by the Right Hon. Earl Stanhope (our esteemed president), at that period Lord Mahon, and again, on the 11th of June, 1856, the earl presided at the inauguration of the Institution, at a public breakfast which took place in the grounds of the Asylum, his lordship being surrounded on the occa- sion by a very distinguished assemblage of repre- sentatives of the printing and publishing trades; and now once more, on the present 11th June, 1866, we are assembled in annual meeting, fQr the last time, having filled up the only vacancy in the Asylum, and about to perform any acts that may be necessary, in order to hand over this institution to the treasurer, trustees, and council of the Printers' Pen- sion, Almshouse, and Orphan Asylum Corporation. From a recent inspection of the institution by the com- mittee, it would appear to them that the period has arrived when the building should be thoroughly pointed, painted, and grained externally. Some X50, it is believed, would enable it to be done effectually, and the collector is engaged in making a special col- lection in this behalf, which, if only responded to as liberally as former appeals for special objects have been, will speedily be effected." The Secretary next read the statement of accounts for the twelve months ending March 31st, 1866, which showed a total income on the year, from all sources, of 4391 lis. 3d., including a balance in hand, to begin with, of X134 13s. 9d.; and a total expenditure, in the same period, of .£345 8s. 8d., leaving a balance in hand of X46 2s. 7d. The general statement of the society's funds best shows its present condition. It is as follows:—Three per cent. Consols .£538 15s. 3d.; guarantee fund, New Three per Cent., £ 1,055 8s. Id.; balance at bankers (as shown in the balance sheet for the year), .£46 23. 7d.; making a total capital of Xl,640 5s. lid. The report and balance sheet were received and approved of by the unanimous voice of the meeting. Testimonial to the Secretary. After some other business bad been disposed of, The Chairman laid before the meeting another pro- position which was printed on the balloting paper, and which was as follows :—" That in consideration of the past services of the secretary and for his remuneration in performing the duties of secretary, posting the ■books, &c., to June, 1866, and attending to the proper transfer of the property of the Printers' Almshouse Society to the Trustees and Council of the Printers' Pension, Almshouse, and Orphan Asylum Corporation, the sum of 415 be withdrawn from the bankers of the Printers' Almshouse Society and placed to the account of the Darkin Retiring Testimonial Fand.' In sub- mitting that proposition the Chairman took occasion to say that, so far as his knowledge of Mr. Darkin went, he had always found him doing his duty to the utmost in the promotion of the interests of the society, indeed, it was because he (Mr. Gadsby) had that opinion of Mr. Darkin, that he had stayed in town to take the chair on this occasion, otherwise he should have been in the West of England at the present time. The proposition was unanimously accepted, and the Chairman, addressing Mr. Darkin, expressed a hope that he might live long to enjoy the benefits of the gift, as well as the friendship of those with whom his lengthened connection with the society had brought him into contact. A committee was then appointed to collect and manage the affairs connected with the Darkin retiring testimonial fund. Circulars were sent round to the most eminent publishers and printers, which were well responded to, and a handsome and substantial testi- monial will be obtained for Mr. Darkin, whose long and faithful services have made him many friends.

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