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THE IRISH QUARREL.

GENERAL SHERMAN.

ABERYSTWYTH SCHOOLS.

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED.

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LLOYDS BANK LIMITED. In anothor pa.rt of our issue we publish the last balance sheet of the above banking company, from which it will be seen that this bank has made marvellous strides during the year just closed. Lloyds Bank was founded as far back as the year 1727. As the years rolled by it steadily gained in wealth and prestige, under a carefully selected and able Directorate, with the result that, to-day, it I occupies one of the foremost positions amongst kindred Companies in our country. Ft-on its birth its history has been one of continual development by the extension if its own immediate branches, and the purchase of local private banks all over the country. During the past year Lloyds acquired the Brecon Old Bank, well-known and established in South Wales as a successful and profitable going concern. This new acquisition has resulted in the starting of new and sub-branches notably 1.1.5 y in Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire. Twenty-five years ago the total of Lloyds balance-sheet only showed EI,346,000, and its revenue fund then stood at £ 27,750. At present its balance-sheet shows nearly Y,22,000,000 or over sixteen times that amount, while the reserve fund has reached the grand total of Y,850,000, being over thirty times the amount at which it stood 25 years ago. This shows a very large and satisfactory ratio in ¡ the proportion of reserve to capital. The I available profits of the past year amounted to £ 284,626. Out of this sum an interim dividend at the rate of 15 per cent. has been paid for the first half-year, and the Directors have now recommended the payment of a like dividend for the half-year ended December 31st last, together with a bonus of four shillings per share. This brings the dividend paid and payable for the whole year equal to 17| per cent free of income tax. In addition to this considerable amounts have been expended during the year on the Company's valuable buildings in large centres of popula- tion, and a very considerable, suiil has been put by as an "internal reserve." A minute perusal of the balance-sheet now published must convince all that Lloyds Bank has made a most substantial and eminently satisfactory progress during its last financial year. Un- doubtedly it fully justifies the increased con- fidence which the British public has deemed fit to repose in it. That this patronage will be materially increased as a result of the amalgamation of our old friend, the Brecon Old Bank, there c m be no reasonable doubt.

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