26 MARCH 1910, Page 26

City of London Year - Book and Civic Directory. (W. H. and

L. Collingridge. 5s. net.)—This periodical supplies us as usual with full information about the temporalities and spiritualities of London, the Corporation, the Livery Companies, the benefices, schools, charities, &c. The benefices present some curious facts. It would be invidious to mention names; but there are five benefices which, having together a total population of 705, give their incumbents £6,395 per annum, and five others which, having a population of 12,350, give £2,728. Of course there is something to be said for comfortable retreats of a quasi-sinecure kind for hard workers; but do they always go to the right men