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ONE IN -A FIX writes:— "l. "Will you kindly inform me whether a debtor, against whom a judgment verdict has been obtained, and partly executed, can place himself under the protection of the Insolvent Court, andob tain a certificate of discharge, without assißt ance of a lawyer ? 2. Can a debtor against whom a judgment verdict has been obtained in the R. M. Court, upset the same by an application to the District Court P" Answer :— (1) No one need employ a lawyer unless he likes. , Whether he can perform the work without one depends entirely on the amount of legal knowledge he possesses. (2) Whether you can upset a judgment given in a Resident Magistrate's Court on appeal, depends entirely on the merits of the case, and the law involved. If the decision of the Magistrate is a correct one we should say you could not upset it. H. M.— The Scotch banks have a certain authorised issue of notes — that of the City of Glasgow having been about £73,000. If more notes are issued than what are prescribed by law, than for every one pound note so^ issue d there must be a sovereign in gold put into the coffers of the bank. FLORA.— To clean " baby's bottle," thoroughly rinse it with salt and water. This will remove all sour milk. S. T.— The daughters of the British sovereign take precedence of the wives of the sovereign's sons, with the exception of the Princess of Wales. W. S. R. — A writer in the Gardener's Chronicle says :—" I have had some years' experience in packing flowers, and for many years have used boxes made of zinc, lft wide, from 6in to 7in deep, and 2ft long, and trays 3in deep are made to fit the box. For small flowers or small fruit I have four shallow trays l£in deep. Gather the flowers and pack them in the cool, let the trays be packed full, and all will go safe and fresh. Flowers allowed to flag by being exposed to sun or wind before being packed seldom recover satisfactorily after being packed. If the box is to be sent by passenger train separately there should be a handle on the top of the box, to facilitate the moving of it ; but if to be packed in a garden hamper it does not much matter." ENQUIRER.— Spring commences in New Zealand on the Ist of August ; summer, on the Ist November; autumn, on the Ist of February, and winter, on the Ist of May. A COFFEE DRINKER writes :—" Colonial coffee is largely adulterated with chicory. Has chicory injurious qualities?" Answer:— lf taken in a concentrated form, as in strong infusion, chicory root is apt to produce headache, drowsiness, nausea, and indigestion, especially to persons whose digestive^ organs are weak. In these respects it acts similarly to dandelion, and some other plants _of the order composite. As an article of diet its value is very trifling, and its chief use when mixed with coffee is to give that beverage improved colour, some body, and, ia the opinion of some, a better flavour. As our correspondent truly says, coffee is largely adulterated with chicory — often very largely indeed. In its turn chicory is further adulterated by the admixture of various articles, such as ground peas, beans, wasted rye, wheat, dandelion root, &c. It is needless to cay that under these circumstances most of the so-called coffee purchased at the shops is worthless as a refreshing and valuable beverage, such as pure coffee undoubtedly is, and it is to be re. gretted that the old custom of grinding the

beans in the household coffee mill, fresh a* required, has fallen into disuse. Chicory or succory is the ciehonwn intybus, a plant closely allied to the common dandelion^ The tapering root, roasted and ground, is the part used to mix with coffee. J. H.— The present volunteer force in England, originated in 1859, in consequence of the prevalent feara of a French invasion, Ihe National Volunteer Association was estab. liahed in November in that year.

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ANSWERS., Otago Witness, Issue 1421, 15 February 1879

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ANSWERS. Otago Witness, Issue 1421, 15 February 1879

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