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Mr. Bright, and Mr. Ghose (the native gentleman sent to.

England to lay the alleged grievances of his countrymen before the British public), complained at the meeting of Wed- nesday last, in strong terms, of the restrictions placed. in the way of natives who seek employment in the Indian Civil Service. The gist of the complaint was that native can- didates were obliged to come to England to pass their ex- amination, and that they were ineligible altogether after the age of nineteen. We are glad to see that the grievance complained of is now a thing of the past. By the new regulations just published, "each local Government may nominate" native of India for employment in the Covenanted Civil Service up to the age of twenty-five, and in some special eases, even beyond that age. The total number of nominations is not to exceed one-fifth of the total number of Civilians appointed by the Government of India in each year. The native nominees are to be admitted at first as probationers, for a period IA two years, at the end of which they receive their permanent appointment, provided that they have in the meantime "passed such ex- aminations as may from time to time be prescribed by the local Government, subject to the approval of the Governor-General in Council." We trust that we are right in construing this last provision as tantamount to the abolition of the rule re- quiring the candidates to pass their examinations in this country.