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dabout the lforld. The American schools are frequently cited in the dis- cussions upon national education. The Catholics of Cincinnati, in imitation of their New York brethren, have been endeavouring to secure the exclusion of the Bible from the public schools. An injunction was granted by one of the city courts restraining the school board from enforcing the rules regarding the daily reading of the Bible by classes. In an able review of the arguments advanced by the counsel, Judge Hayens of the superior court dis- solved the injunction, declaring that "the exclusion of all religious instruction from the public schools is contrary to the provisions of the Bill of Rights." The Friendly Societies Bill introduced by the Govern- ment proposes to repeal so much of various Acts relating to building societies, loan societies, scientific societies, friendly societies, and industrial societies as provides for their obtaining certificates from the registrar of friendly societies or the barrister appointed to certify the rules of ssvings banks or of friendly societies. The Bill provides, in lieu of this, that the societies may register their rules with the Board of Trade. The present registrars of friendly societies in Scotland and Ireland will perform such of the duties of registrar as the Board of Trade may assign to them. It will be for the County Court Judges in England, the sheriffs or sher:ffs' substitutes in Scotland, and the Judges of the Civil Bills Courts in Ireland, to execute the duty of directing transfers to new trustees, and making awards under the Friendly Societies Acts. So far as relates to societies under the Building Societies, Loan Societies, and Scientific Societies Acts, the Bill is not to extend to Scotland or Ireland. Our able contemporary, the Chamber of Agriculture Journal, furnishes us with statistics pertinent to the occa- sion of the deputation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in reference to the malt tax. The quantity of malt con- sumed in the year 1867 was, in England and Wales, 42,150,000 bushels; in Scotland, 2,360,000 bushels; and in Ireland, 2,370,000 bushels; making a total of 46,880,000 bushels. This does not include the 1,000,000 bushels in the beer exported, according to the evidence before the Malt Tax Committee of the House of Commons. The average quantity of beer produced from a bushel of malt is estimated at 18 gallons. Thus, the total consumption of beer in the United Kingdom in 1867 amounted to 843,840,000 gallons. The average selling price is taken at Is. per gallon, making the total sum paid for beer in 1867 no less than £ 42,192,000. The malt tax amounted to R6,300,000, and licences on brewers, maltsters, and beer- sellers to 2750,000 more, making a total taxation of 27,050,000 on beer. Out of 242,192,000 paid by consumers for their beer, 27,050,000, or as nearly as possible one- sixth, finds its way into the national treasury. At the Drawing Room held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, 4ast week, her Majesty wore a rich black- ribbed silk dress, with a train trimmed with crape and jet, and a diadem of diamonds and opals over a long white tulle veil. Her Majesty also wore a necklace and brooch of diamonds and opals, the riband and star of the Order of the Garter, the Orders of Victoria and Albert and Louise of Prussia, and the Coburg and Gotha Family Order.— The Princess of Wales wore a train of rose-coloured velvet trimmed with Honiton lace, and a petticoat of rose- coloured satin, with flounces of Honiton lace looped with bouquets of azalea; ornaments, diamonds and pearls. Headdress, diamonds, feathers, and veil. Orders: Cathe- rine of Russia, Victoria and Albert, and Danish Orders. — Princess Louise wore a train of mauve moire antique trimmed with fringed satin, and a petticoat of white silk trimmed with rich Irish point. Headdress, feathers, veil, and diamonds: ornaments, diamonds. Orders Victoria and Albert, the Order of St. Isabel, and the Coburg and Gotha Family Order.—Princess Beatrice wore a rich blue ailk dress with a tunic of white Irish lace, the latter looped up with forget-me-nots and bows of blue silk ribbon. Her royal highness's headdress consisted of forget-me-nots and blue silk ribbon.

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