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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1889-1890-689

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REPORT 43 Standing Counsel to the Institute of Bankers have been sin- gularly successful being attended by no fewer than 7G0 regular students while 900 were in occasional attendance -The Ladies' Department at Kensington shows in- creased prosperity The number of students in the Michaelmas Term rose to more than 500 and there is nothing to regret in its position except the burden under which it still lies of the interest it has to pay on the sum of nearly £4 000 advanced by the College for its establishment This debt is being slowly liquidated by sinking fund but the sum annually set apart for this purpose involves charge which is greatly to be lamented upon the salaries of the staff of the Department The Council must express their special thanks to Mrs Fawcett for her kindness in giving during the Lent Term course of Lectures on Political Economy and to the Dean of Westminster for his goodness in giving two interesting addresses to the students Η -The Civil Service Classes necessarily vary in their prosperity with the examinations held by the Government and it is due to the temporary suspension of some of these examinations that the number of Men clerk students shows considerable reduction As no examination has been held since August 1887 and there is not even now clear prospect 3f one it is matter of surprise and congratulation that there should be considerably more than half as many students as 3efore the examinations were stopped Other similar classes lave suffered much more and when the examinations are 'esumed as it is expected they will be shortly this class ilways the most important in our Department will probably as full as ever The Excise examinations have of late been very irregular ind may be so still for some time Customs examinations lave been stopped for long time and it is not expected hey will be resumed at an early date Higher Division examinations have been similarly checked but the miscel-
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