OCCASIONAL NOTE
Although the egg is regarded as unclean by large numbers of Indians, it is popular with Europeans in this country by reason of its cheapness, its ubiquity, and the numerous dishes which can be made from it. Its main fault, in the eyes of those accustomed to English or Irish eggs, is its diminutive size, which is attributed to centuries of inbreeding. It has been suggested that an attempt should be made to improve the size and quality of the Indian egg by careful crossing of the native stock with Leghorn fowls, and a correspondent writes to the Pioneer insisting that when such crossing has taken place the cross-bred male must be eschewed for purposes of further breeding until the Indian fowl has been brought more nearly to the level of the pure bred variety. There seems to be no reason, except, of course, the perpetually recurring one of expense, why the Indian murgi and its egg should not be brought up to the level of the best European stocks. Whether the householder will find, when this goal has been reached, that the gain in the quality of the eggs supplied to him will more than offset the loss arising from the khansama’s daily levy upon the purchase, is another
matter.

News Items
AUTUMN SESSION OF COUNCIL

Provisional
Programme For
Last Meeting
(From Our Special Correspondent)
Simla, Sept 10

The last meeting of the autumn session of the Imperial Legislative Council will be held here on the 17th instant. His Excellency the Viceroy will preside and, it is understood, will address the Council. The programme is not yet ready, but the provincial programme is as follows:- Mr. Syed Ali Imam will move that the Bill to amend certain enactments and to repeal certain other enactments be taken into consideration and passed. He will also move that the bill to amend the Code of Civil procedure, 1908, be taken into consideration and passed. Sir Reginald Craddock will introduce a Bill further to amend the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1899.
He will also introduce a Bill to decentralise and otherwise to facilitate the administration of certain Enactments. Sir Reginald Craddock will introduce a Bill to consolidate and amend the law relating to motor vehicles in British India.

CANADA’S COMMERCE
New Era Opened With Panama Canal
Ottawa, Sept 10

At the opening of the Central Canada Exhibition, Mr. Burrell, Minister of Agriculture, referred to the decisions of Britain and Germany not to take part in the San Francisco Exhibition, and stated with emphasis, in the presence of Cabinet Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and others, that the Dominion must be worthily represented there. The completion of the Panama Canal, he said, would revolutionize Canada’s commerce. Consequently, it was desirable that Canada should have the best exhibit in her history.
Mr. White, Minister of Finance, in a speech afterwards, said he would be glad to grant a reasonable appropriation to advance the Dominion’s agricultural interests.

MOSLEM EDUCATION IN SIND
Official Opposition To Bombay Bill
(From Our Special Correspondent)
Simla, Sept 10

The Government of India have been considering the Hon Mr. Bhurgivi’s Bill for Moslem Education in Sind, and it is understood that they have been unable to accept the principle of the measure. The Bill is now pending before the Bombay Legislative Council, and it may now be taken for granted that the Provincial Government will oppose the measure during the further stages of the Bill in the Bombay Council.