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Dr. Jeaffreson also publishes a very remarkable table,--an analysis of

the occupations followed by London vestrymen. There are 477 of these persons, and Dr. Jeaffreson has obtained informa- tion as to 368. Of these 33 are publicans, 18 grocers, 17 bakers, 11 drapers, 11 builders, 10 undertakers, and the rest, in smaller groups, minor tradesmen. Only 25 are without business, 10 solicitors, 14 medical men, and 1 an admiral. Less than a seventh in fact are persons of the professional class, and it is believed that the missing 109 would rather strengthen the dis- proportion. Naturally such vestries look to small savings rather than great improvements, and, when they spend freely, do it in their own interests rather than those of the public. The fault lies ,partly with the gentry, who could secure a majority if they liked, as they did in Marylebonc, but chiefly with the organization which debars professional men from canvassing till driven to it by extor- tionate rates. Educated men won't be stigmatized as London vestrymen.