The regulations for the use of oil in the British navy are now regarded as of very considerable importance from a commercial point of view, and the revised Admiralty specification for this form of fuel, which has just been issued along with the old specification for 1910 for purposes of comparison, seems to be regarded with favour by the British trader. The most important change is that while formerly the flash point of the oil was not to be less than 200 degrees Fahrenheit close test, the new requirement is reduced to 175 degrees close test. The effect will be that a good many oils that formerly failed to fulfil the requirements will now be available and there will be a keener competition for orders. In the case of oil of low viscosity the flash point is still to be 200, and this rules out the distillates from shale, produced on a large scale in Scotland. Another change is that the proportion of sulphur which is allowable is raised from 0.75 to 3 per cent. Then there was formerly a stipulation that the oil must be free from acidity. This has been replaced by a rule that the acid present must not exceed 0.05 per cent. Generally speaking the specification is less narrow than it used to be, but it does not profess to be more than provisional, as experiments are still being carried on.

News Items

Government Plans Made For 1915
London, Sept 9

With reference to the rumours that there will be an election next spring the Daily Chronicle is informed that the Government is making all its plans on the assumption that the present Parliament will survive till 1915. It is determined that the Plural Voting Bill shall receive the benefit of the Parliament Act, and is unwavering in its intention to place the Home Rule Bill on the Statute book before it leaves office.
The Daily Chronicle adds that it is highly probable that an election will be held before the Irish Parliament is in being, as the day of the meeting of that Parliament will be at least a year, and perhaps fifteen months later than the passage of the Bill. Liberals are confident of winning the election of 1915. They hope for an accession of strength from the land campaign, and believe that the Insurance Act will then be an invaluable asset.

Distribution Of Seedlings
(From Our Correspondent)
Midnapore, Sept 9

About 300 cart loads of seedlings are coming here from Mymensing. Special officers have been deputed from Sadar to the Contai Road station on the B N Ry. to convey them to their proper destination in the flood-stricken areas of Contai. Seedlings were also procured from other sources. Every attempt is still being made for the procuration of more seedlings in the immediate future, which if properly utilised, even now might avert the impending scarcity of rice-grains.

“TIMES” decries
ABE murder
London, Sept 9

The Times, in an article today, considers that the murder of Mr. Abe in Tokio is more deplorable than the Nanking outrage. It trusts that the Japanese demand for reparation will be less violent than a naval demonstration, which would probably cause the downfall of Yuan Shi Kai. The problem confronting Japan in China, the Times continues, is identical with that confronting the rest of the Powers, whose interest it is to restore a strong Government in the Republic, for which Yuan Shi Kai is best qualified though the methods he employs are unfortunate, and he does not appear to have tried to restrain the excesses of the troops. While favouring the continued support of Yuan Shi Kai at present, the Times insists upon his Government changing its attitude regarding loans and the application of money; otherwise it might find it difficult to replenish the cash box.