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. PRINCE OSCAR OF SWEDEN'S

BOULANGER CASHIERED.

THE HON. R. A. PERCY NORTH.

' GERMANY'S FOHEIGN RELATIONS.…

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THE NEW BURIALS BILL.

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THE NEW BURIALS BILL. The Bill to Amend the Laws Relating to Burials," which has been brought in by Mr. Osborne Morgan, is to a large extent a reproduction of the Burial Groffiads Bill," which has been brought in in the last two sessions, and was read a second time without a division in 1886. It is, however, more comprehensive than that measure, inasmuch as it deals with the several points which were discussed at the recent conference on the Burial Laws. It transfers to the Local Government Board all the authority in burial matters now exercised by the Home Secretary, which already administers Marten's Act. Power to purchase land for burial purposes compulsorily, when land can- not be otherwise obtained, is given. A public burial ground, or part thereof, may be consecrated, but such consecration is not to confer any right or privilege, or impose any disability. A burial authority may, if it thinks necessary, provide a mortuary chapel, but not otherwise and whether provided before or after the commencement of the Act, it is to be available for all persons officiating. The existing rights of incumbents, clerks, and sextons in regard to duties and fees of all kinds in respect to the consecrated parts of cemeteries open before the passing of the Act are to continue only so long as the present officials hold their office but alterations or compensation are provided for. The Burial Act of 1880 is amended in several particulars. The time of the notice is reduced from 48 hours to 24, with a corresponding alteration where the hour is changed. When notice of a change of time is given, a burial may take place on a Sunday, Good Friday, or Christmas Day. With the consent of the incumbent a burial may take place without the required notice; and when it is certified that immediate burial is neces- l sary, it is to take place without notice. When per- mission has been given for the interment of a non- parishioner, the provisions of the Act are to apply as in the case 'Of a parishioner. An incumbent, in assigning grave spaces, is not to set apart particular portions for burials under the Act, or to distinguish in any way the graves of persons buried in accord- ance with its provisions. Also the use of the entrances and paths commonly used is not to be pre- vented, nor the tolling of the bell, or the use of bier, planks. &c. One clause makes it unlawful for any public corporate body to sell, or grant, glebe or other public land for a burial place to be vested in trustees for burial in accordance with the rites of the Church of England, or of any other religious body exclu- sively, and all such land conveyed for burial purposes is to be deemed to be a public burial ground.

TERRIBLE DISASTER.

j ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

HOMES OF THE POOR.

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