THE following is the text of the address
which Judge Backhouse has forwarded to the solicitor practicing in and officers of the courts in the North-Western dis- trict, on the occasion of his removal from that district :—
"30th December, 1889. "To the solicitors practising in and the officers of the Courts of Quarter Sessions and District Courts of the North
Western District :
"GENTLEMEN,—Although I continue
judge of the North-Western District, as I have not been permanently removed to another, still, my successor is appointed and our official relations have virtually
"It is fitting, then, that I should take
leave of you, who for four years have aided and assisted me in my work and materially helped to make the discharge of my duties as pleasant as it has been.
"To you, the solicitors, I owe my thanks for the help given me in many ways, in elucidating the questions to be considered ; and to you, the officers of the courts, I am grateful for your zealous care that your work should be properly done.
"That my labors in future will not in- volve so much hard travelling I am glad ; but it is with regret that I reflect that my opportunities of seeing many, not only in your ranks, but also amongst the other people of your district whom it is my honor to call friends, will not be as fre- quent as they have been heretofore. "Believe me to be
"ALF. P. BACKHOUSE.
"I wish you a happy New Year."