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The president, I challenge any man to state an objection to the toast I am about to propose, which is a very appropriate one to the present occasion. I give, Liberty all over the world.
Mr. H. M. Parker proposed the Bar of Calcutta,
Drank as usual. . the cause of liberty.
soldier, would now propose the health of an eminent statesman and civilian. He meant Lord Grey, a man who had devoted his life to the service of his country
Sir Charles Metcalfe proposed the health of the Pre
which was drank with all the honors ; and Mr. longue-sident, the Vice President, and the stewards, which was ville Clarke returned thanks, apologizing for his hoarse-drank with all the honors.
ness, by saying that he lost his voice in a good cause the night before, viz. the Liberty of the Press. (Cheers.)
The president returned thanks for himself and his col
Earl Grey—The president, without alluding to his leagues ; and hoped some of the stewards would better political opinions, as he had done in the case of a great' be able to return their own thanks.-Hurk., Feb. 13.
The meeting at the Town-hall yesterday afternoon was numerously attended, Sir Elward Ryan presiding. The chairman briefly opened the proceedings, stating, in the terms of advertisement, a preliminary meeting had been held at his chambers to consider in what manner all classes of society might best unite in doing honor by a public entertainment to the eminent public and private virtues of Sir Charles Metcalfe.
The Hon. Mr. Shakespear proposed a resolution, which was seconded by general Macgregor, and carried, that a public dinner be given, and that Sir J. P. Grant be requested to preside, and Sir W. Cotton to undertake the office of Vice-president.
Mr. H. M. Parker proposed a resolution forming the committee He stated that the list comprised all classes. He alluded to the proposed dinner to be given to Sir Charles by those who appreciate his measure of freeing the Indian Press. But the dinner now under consi. deration was distinct from all political feeling ; it was to shew their regard for a great and good man, whose heart was open as day to melting charity, and whose hand was as open as his heart. Mr. R.D. Mangles seconded the resolution, which was carried. The following are the names of the stewards.
The Hon. Sir Edward Ryan, Dr. Raleigh,
Mr. Dove, Dr. O'Shaughnessy,
Mr. Wale Byrn, Mr. Patrick.
Mr. T. Holroyd moved that the Bishop of Calcutta, and the committee be requested to form a deputation, to wait on Sir Charles and to ascertain his wishes as to the time. The chairman intimated that the Bishop acquiesced in the proposal.
The proceedings were about to terminate when Mr. L. Clarke requested the attention of the meeting. He perfectly agreed with what has been proposed, but he thought, this was not sufficient. Something more was due in honor of the man whom they all prized as a private individual, as an officer of Government, and as the friend of every class. He proposed, therefore, that a subscription be opened for a piece of plate, that Sir Charles may carry from India as a token of our rever. ence, respect, and esteem. Mr. R. S. Thomson seconded the resolution, and it was put and carried by acclamation.
The following subscriptions were immediately put down by way of a beginning.
The Chief Justice.... . . . . . . . . . . .... Rs. 300 Hon. Henry Shakespear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 R. D. Mangles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Dyce Sombre........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,009 Longueville Clarke ................... 100 P. O'Hanlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 R. S. Thomson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 P. A. Cavorke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Thomas Holroyd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 100 William Patric ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
. After the concluding paragraph of the report of the Metcalfe Dinner, in page 94 of the Journal, read the following :
Sir Edward Ryan was sorry that the President had placed him in a doubtful position, for he was not sure whether his learned friend had returned thanks or left him and the other stewards . that duty to perform. He would, however, choose the alternative of performing the duty. He then rerurned thanks to Sir Charles and those who had joined in the toast, and expressed his regret that it was the last time on which he would meet the worthy guest on such an occasion in this country.
Sir W. Cotton also returned thanks from the further end of the table.
Mr. Shakespeare proposed the health of Sir J. P. Grant, and complimented him on the able and eloquent manner in which he had conducted the business of the evening.
Sir J. P. Grant returned thanks, and, adverting to the great pleasure he had derived that evening, proposed—according to the old custom—a good night.
Sir Charles was attended to the door by the stewards and the remainder of the company, where he took leave, and was followed to his conveyance with loud cheers and waving of hats and handkerchiefs from the company, every one striving to shew his regard for their distinguished and popular guest. *
kind or other was made by Dr. Corbyn, which the chairman declined to put, as it was not consonant to the tenour of the advertisement calling the meeting. The meeting then separated ; but it may be as well to explain that the negativing of the proposition that the report be read, was owing to the majority of the meeting being of opinion that they could not proceed to any business, in consequence of the Maddock propositions requiring a quorum of twelve voters, whereas there were only twelve subscribers present altogether, of whom seven - or eight had been or were still connected with the management of the institution, and consequently were not entitled to vote.
ANNUAL MEETING OF
At the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Bengal Club, held on Saturday last, the following gentlemen were present:
This is a sorry specimen of the working of the Mad. lock rules. Ere long we may become converts to the Duke of Wellington's opinion, that public meetings are “ all a farce.”
As the matter now stands the accounts have not been passed, and moreover they cannot now be passed as the period fixed by the Maddock rules has gone by ; the last Wednesday in January is the day fixed upon by the rules; and consequently we presume that the meeting must adjourn to the last Wednesday of January 1839.— Cal Courier, Jan. 31.
THE BENGAL CLUB.
That in order to prevent any sort of altercation or interference with the servants of the club, all expression of dissatisfaction or any communication that members may require to make to the cook or any other servants must be through the Secretary.
5th.-Proposed by Chas.Trower, Esq. C.S., seconded by Robt. Torrens, C.S., and resolved unanimously.
That owing to the insufficient number of sleepin apartments in the present club house, additional an sufficient accommodation be hired for that purpose when required.
6th.-Proposed by Dr. Craigie, and seconded by J.W. Salinond, Esq.
That with reference to the requisition alluded to in the report of the committee, para. 6, and in confirmation of the Itesolution of the committee on the subject which followed, the Committee of Management be authorized to extend a limited sum monthly for the purchase of standard works, and more particularly of books of , reference maps, &c. with the view of forming the nucleus of a small library for the Club. This proposition at the suggestion of the chairman, was withdrawn for the present, on the understanding that it was to be considered in Committee, with reference to the state of the club funds. 7th–Proposed by Wm. Cracrost, Esq., seconded by Jas. Pattle, Esq., and resolved unanimously. That the thanks of this meeting be given to Mr. Dorin, and the gentlemen of the committee for their services during the past year. 8th—Resolved unanimously. That the thanks of this meeting be given to the chairman. The following gentlemen were elected by ballot members of the Committee Management, for the year 1838. President. Charles Metcalfe, Bart. G.C.B. Vice Presidents. Sir W. Cotton, K.C.H. Chas. Trower, Esq. C.S. Members. Dr. Ranken. T. H. Maddock, Esq.C.S. Thos Braken, Eq.
EXAMINATION OF THE NATIVE MORNING FREE SCHOOL.
(From a Correspondent.)
The examination of the above school took place at the Benevolent Institution, Bow Bazar, last Saturday, the 27th instant. There were five or six Europeans present and a large number of native youth and gentlemen.
The boys were examined by Messrs. Delanougerede and Mackenzie in spelling, reading, explanation, grammar. and geography, and acquitted themselves to satis. saction, considering the short period they have been under scholastic excercises. Two of the best students recited Cato's soliloquy and No val's address to Lord Randolph. Their names are Pronkisto Chuckerbutty and Rowsobuck Boraul.
As the public are not aware of any circumstances regarding this school, it may be interesting to state that it was established in August 1836, by the young men from the Oriental Seminary, Baboo Madhob Chunder By sack and Seeb Chunder Dutt, and has been conducted, with the exception of one teacher from the General Assemby's School, entirely by the pupils of the first named seminary.
A small subscription is monthly raised for the expenses in books, charts, tables, &c. &c.
The school is held in the outer rooms of Baboo Hurry Mohun De's premises in Jorshanko, Ruttun Sircar's, Garden street, who has given the use thereof for the purpose free of charge.-Ibid.
BANK OF BENGAL,
There was a special general meeting of the proprietors of the Bank of Bengal, on Saturday, convened in compliance with a requisition to take into consideration the severe losses and peculiarly hard case' of Ruggoo Ram Gossain.
On the failure of Palmer & Co. the bank held certain of their notes which the bank had discounted. On four of these notes, principal amount Sa. Rs. 50,000, 40,000,
surplus proceeds decreed to the estate of Palmer and Co. Consequent on this decision of the Privy Counil, the bank made its claim of Ruggoo Ram and his sureties on undertaking to indemnify the bank for the appropriation of the surplus to the notes of Palmer and Co. bearing endorsement as already mentioned. Ruggoo Ram, having already settled for the amount of the fourth note (that one bearing Seebchunder Doss' endorsement and on which
60,000, and 15,000, Ruggoo Ram's name appeared, note the bank relinquished its claim for interest) the and he became bound for his name. Palmer & Co. bank's demand against him was now but for the balance were, on their failure, also liable to the bank for certain of principal and interest on the three remaining notes, sums of money advanced on, and secured by, deposits of and for law costs on the appeal, Raggoo Ram havinl Company's paper. These advances, with interest, the previously defrayed the costs of the action in the Supreme bank paid itself from the proceeds of the Company's Court. The bank's claim on account of the appea
paper, which, conformably to one of the conditions of deposit, the bank sold to satisfy itself. But, after satisfaction of the bank's claim for principal and interest on account of the advance secured by Company's paper, there remained a considerable surplus from the proceeds; between two and three lacs, the Bank claimed to hold, and did hold, by way of set-off, against the discounted promissory notes of Palmer, & Co. in the bank's hands. And the bank proposed to apply the said surplus to, in the first in-tance, the liquidation of such of Palmer, & Co's. promissory notes as it (the bank) thought the least secured. As this time Ruggoo Ram Gossain came for. ward to the directors with a representation of his heavy losses by the failure of Palmer & Co. and with a proposition that the directors should, in consideration of those losses, apply, under his guarantee to hold the bank harmless for applying, the surplus proceeds of the Company's paper, to the liquidation in the first instance of three of the four promissory notes bearing his endorsement of Seebchunder Doss, a man of large property. To this F1 oposition of Ruggoo Ram Gossain the bank agreed, and under his sureties (guaranteed to indemnify the bank for the act, and to pay the fourth note in three years, should Seebchunder Doss not have done so before) applied the surplus proceeds to the payment of the other notes bearing Ruggo Ram's name. The remainder of the surplus was held against the remaining notes of Palmer and Co. but there still was left a balance due on the aggregate amount of those notes. Meanwhile the assignees of Palmer and Co. had demanded from the bank for the general creditors of the estate, whole of the surplus proceeds of the Company's paper, and the bank resisting the demand of the assignees, proceeded to an action at law in the Supreme Court, and a verdict was given in favour of the bank. Against this decision the assignees appealed to the Privy Council, by whom the judgment of the Supreme Court was reversed, and the
costs was afterwards on a representation from Ruggoo
Itam given up, and the bank's demand against him
(Add fractions) total... ........... 121,093
Ruggoo Ram has paid the amount of principal, and the interest, as above, Rs. 34,112, he now appealed to the proprietors.
The following extract from the directors' proceedings of the 10th of August last, will give the directors' opinion of their clain against Ruggoo Ram, less their demand for law costs, any claim for which the directors, as already stated, have abandoned.
“Agreed, that the bank's demand is legal, just, and equitable ; and that the parties from whom the bank claims that demand are equal to pay it in full.
Agreed, therefore, that the directors, as for the bank, that is, the proprietors, cannot abate aught from that demand, and that the proprietors alone are competent to make any abatement.
“But agreed, to allow indulgence in taking payment of the bank's claim, viz. receiving half of the principal in cost, the remaining half at six months bearing five per cent. per annum interest, and the amount due on account of interest on the whole at twelve months, bearing the same rate of interest: –Ruggoo Ram and his sureties execuling and being at the cost of such legal undertaking to the foregoing effect, as the bank's law officers may draw.
Further, the directors expressed themselves favourably disposed to make the concession, and Ruggoo Ram was at liberty to appeal to the meeting now convened.