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GREATER BRITAIN. VZ;DZR the new system, by which the Indian Staff Corps is recruited direct from Sandhurst, a list cf unattached officers has been created, which tiuw figures in the Army List. On January 1 there were 84 names on this list, the officers ranking as second lieutenants and being shown as serving with Various British regiments in India. A* study-of tho 'names, says the IHunecr, shows at once that nine- tenths of these young subalterns belong to families "connected with the Indian Services. The majority, fre should say, are sons of military officers whose names are familiar in Upper India, such as Hitiye, Keen, Keyea, Bruce, Lance, Graham, Swinlev, Pratt, &C. Now it is only natural that these boys should prefer to serve with regiments in the Punjab and ngal commands, where they will probably find ndany friends to welcome them. Similarly, as re- gards those whose fathers or near relatives have served in Madras or Bombay, their preference may be for the Southern or Western Presidencies. The military authorities have, we are glad to say, recog- nised this point, and their orders as to pos: ings have been framed accordingly. Before being gazetted to commissions the Sandhurst cadets who have passed for the Staff Corps are called upon to stato officially, through their parents or guardians, what special claims (if any) they have on any par- | picular command in India through the services,1 therein of their relations, and to what command they would prefer to be posted. These statements are forwarded by the Secretary of State to the Government of India, and the claims thus preferred are alone considered in posting officers. In ord..r to guard against favouritism it is laid down that, [ "no private applications whatever or from what source soever are regarded." This is an excellent rule, fcut there will still be some hiking care of JDo'b, if ore mistake not. As to the action of the Govern- ment of India, they are to look upon the services in India of the fathers or near relations of the oflieers as giving the latter a claim to the command whleh they way prefer. Claims established by such services in any command will give priority in selection for that command if so desired, but the long and good services of an officer in any part of India are con- sidered as giving his son or near relation a right of choice over others who have no claims through such services in India. When all officers having special olaims as above have been appointed, the remainder of officers for appointment are posted in rotation to each of the commands by roster of seniority, duo regard being had to the number of officers requred for each command. THE Indian papers state that a curious domestic Crisis has arisen in connection with the princely house of Aloburbhiinj and strong efforts are being made, in certain quarters, with doubtful wisdom, to convert it into a political crisis, or, at all events, to find in it a pretext for political action. The young Mai larajah, who is of Itajput origin, and whose j family are adherents of the Boishnava cult, has set his heart on marrying n. daughter of the lAte Babu Keshub Chunder Sen. Presumably, the Maharajah has also become a convert to Brahminist views, though that is not stated. At all events the Dowager Maharanee, his grandmother, who is still a staunch Boishnava, celebrated throughout India for her piety, has telegraphed to the Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal that her life will be endangered if this marriase takes place. THE departure of Lord and Lady Wenlock from Madras appears to have occasioned general regret among all classes throughout the Presidency. As was expected when lie was appointed to Madras, Lord Wenlock has proved an efficient Governor in every way. He is now 47 years of age, and will not take further service outside, as he intends to remain at home and devote his attention to public aifairs, in which he will no doubt find his Indian experiences of considerable advantage. THE prospect of a big rush of promotion is glad- dening the minds of the Madras Bar, says the J'ioiieer. We glanced the other day at the proposed appointment of a temporary judge to the High Court Bench for the purpose of noticing the CUI ions technical difficulties with which such a simple and sometimes necessary expedient is surrounded. If these can be successfully surmounted and the appointment is made, it will almost certainly go to a member of1 the Madras Bar. If the office, as. has fceen suggested, should be made to run for three years, it may very probably go to Mr. V. Bashyani ilyengar, who before his time was out would have an opportunity of being promoted permanently to the Bench, inasmuch as Dewan Bahadur Subramoney lyer, the present native judge, is said to intend re- tiring in a couple of years. If this arrangement Comes to be carried out, it will leave the largest practice in Madras to be divided among Mr. Bashyam Iyengar's legal brethren. On the other hand, it is very possible that Mr. Spring Branson, the Advocate- General, may be disposed to take the temporary judgeship on the three years' tenure, in which case his appointment would be made vacant. The recent death of Mr. Willie Grant, the Crown Prosecutor, has left another post, and a considerable practice in addition, at the disposal of some 01;0 or other, and in addition to this the Adroinistra.tor-Gtnera.1, Mr. Wedderburn, is going home on leave, so that his place and practice are also on the market. This is not quite all, for the Government pleadership, which is said to represent an income of about 2U0(Jrs. a month, is also becoming temporarily vacant. SIR DONALD SMITH, who is spoken of as the pro- bable successor to Sir Chares Tupper as Canadian jHigli Commissioner in London, is one of the wealthiest men in Canada, and has long been chief of the Hudson Baj Company. He is a native of Banffshire, and only recently became proprietor of the historic estate of Glencoe. The announcement, however, which is made in a Scotch paper, is a little prema- ture. It is not certain that Sir Charles Tupper will not return, though since his return to the Dominion iie has;re-entered Parliament. The prevailing opinion is that he will succeed to the Premiership. THE new Agents-General for New Zealand, Mr. W. P. Beeves, who has just arrived in London, is one of the most interesting of modern colonial statesmen. For the last five years he has been Minister of Labour in New Zealand, and in that capacity has had an .almost unique experience in thc apphcationof modern "Prr»crrfi £ sive theories to practical legislation, for which Ilis colony is so remarkable. A PRIVATE letter from Sydney, New South Wales, kiated January 19, says: 11 We have been having a Tory intimate acquaintance with real summer. It lias been so hot that all the observatory records have been exceeded, and they go back for 60 or 70 years. Last Monday we had lOSde-g. in the shade, and -during the week it has been over lOOdeg. several tinaes. Yesterday morning it was 99deg. for a little while, but a southerly 'buster'came up and cooled things a bit. In the back country, the thermometer has been up to 130deg. There" have been many deaths from sunstroke, the estimated number being 200, several in this city." A CORRESPONDENT of the South Australian Register writes: "One of a party recently returned from an enjoyable holiday trip on Lakes Alexandrina and Albert had an unenviable experience, escaping miraculously from being bitten by a black snake. The boat was anchored in Mundoo Channel, and it being a beautiful moonlight night, one of the number put ashore on Ram Island in the 'praiii' to do a little shooting. Hearing game on the oppo- site shore of the isle, he proceeded to walk over the rise. Having reached the crown of the hill, the fP6rts'n!»n heard the musical trumpeting of swan in X-f-ce, and expecting that he might get a on his h overhead, lis crouched d°w on b s lie- ey flew overhead, lie crouched down gougl* of ± "fd remu'nefl motionless. In about a j? t bia l u ?s felt something cold and clamm) ]U8t abo*e ^e sock. Intuitively he ? h'lej63 d°wnWard8> aQd j his horfor when 5? iPn-i 8T\fr, feet of the sinuous form of a black snake stretched out in the fortunately short, dry grass before him, lt.B head and shoulders being concealed between his boot and trouser8. leg. Our friend felt a sudden chill, and then his body became bathed in cold perspiration, while he declares that it would not be exagge- rating the case to say that his hair 8t00d on end. This all happened in a few seconds, but it seemed ages, because the venomous reptile still had his tiead and shoulders secreted in the holidaY.l:Dake: trouser-leg. Quick as thought the sportsman seized the cunning, crawling cre&turc, and hurled it from fatm. With a hiss the serpent stole stealthily but sluggishly through the grass, but ere it had advanced far a charge of AA shot' doubled it up for ever All tlw.ducks' in the world would not have tempted him to further explore the island. An aboriginal on the morrow explained that black snakes are known to mbve about at all times, both day and night, and are very treacherous. The black-fellow said it was evi- dently the cold which saved the spoitsnian from being bitten, ana that had it been daytime such liberties as catching hold of the vile reptile could not hare been taken without its retaliating with its fangs."

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