OCCASIONAL NOTE
The trial of ex-Governor Sulzer which commenced on September 18th ended on October 17th. The Court has voted in favour of the removal of Mr. Sulzer from the Governorship of New York State, but holds that he should not be disqualified from holding office in future. The result is that Tammany Hall has triumphed over a revolting adherent. In his early days, as a member of the New York State Assembly, Mr. Sulzer was a faithful servant of Tammany. He entered the Federal Congress in 1895, and, after eighteen years’ service at washington, was elected to the Governorship of New York State last November with the support of the Tammany "boss." He was not expected to prove a strong Governor, and his professions of democratic sentiment were disliked by many people who regarded them as affectation. But he surprised friends and enemies by a display of independence in the exercise of patronage and the carrying out of reforms. He thus incurred the hostility of Tammany Hall. The next elections in New York State will be of exceptional interest.

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DINNER TO MR. J.E. WOOLACOTT
Last night Mr. J.E. Woolacott, who has for the last five years been a member of the editorial staff of the Statesman, was entertained to a dinner at the Continental Hotel by the journalists of Calcutta on the occasion of his departure to Bombay, where he is to take up the editorship of the Bombay Gazette. Mr. J. Arthur Jones presided. Many speeches were made bearing testimony to the high esteem in which Mr. Woolacott is held by his journalistic colleagues and expressing warm appreciation of the service which he had rendered in promoting the best interests of journalism in this city. Mr. Woolacott in his reply expressed the hope that the bond between journalists and their determination to maintain the just rights of the Press would ultimately prove stronger than political or local jealousies. The parting gift made to Mr. Woolacott was a handsome pair of prism binocular field glasses.

RETIREMENT OF MADRAS ARCHAEOLOGIST
(From Our Correspondent)
Madras, Oct 18

Mr. A. Rea, Superintendent, Archaeological Survey, retired from public service yesterday after a service of nearly 31 years. He came to Madras in 1882 from Scotland, and since then he has done much towards conserving the ancient relics of Southern India. For some time he was also in additional charge of the Madras School of Arts. A number of articles unearthed by Mr. Rea in course of his excavations are now to be seen at the Madras Museum. By his retirement Government lose the services of a highly qualified and expert Archaeologist.

ELECTION MALPRACTICES
Not Punishable Under The I.P.C.
(From Our Correspondent)
Bombay, Oct 18

The Vacation Judge has issued a lengthy judgment in the case in which Mr. Noor Mahomed Haji Dada and his servant were charged with making a false voting paper and with giving false information to the polling officers. Regarding the question of fraud His Worship remarked that election malpractices, so far as personation was concerned, were often due to ignorance in Bombay. As municipal elections were unknown when the Penal Code was enacted it could hardly have contemplated election malpractices. Even in England such malpractices were not punished as forgery. As there was no special Act to punish malpractices, His Worship held that the act of the accused was not fraudulent in the technical sense of the word as defined in Section 25, I.P.C.  His Worship found that the second accused did not abet the commission of offences. Ordering both the accused to be acquitted, His Worship added that it only remained for the Legislature to amend the Municipal Act so as to prevent the recurrence of such malpractice and false personation.