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f the Exchequer, and is retained only as a convenience for the members of the House of Commons. When a member wishes to vacate his seat he writes to the Chancellor, asking for an appointment as Steward for Chiltern Hundreds; and when the appointment is completed, a member of Parliament, usually connected with the government, moves that a writ of election be issued to choose a new member. In addition to the stewardships of Chiltern Hundreds, there is another sinecure, the "Escheatorship of Munster," which is usually conferred upon Irish members desirous of resigning. To expel a member of our Congress requires a two-thirds vote of the branch to which he belongs. In the British House of Commons a majority vote is sufficient. The act of expulsion, however, is a measure which has rarely been resorted to. Some other peculiarities of British office holding are thus stated by the Philadelphia Press, from which we derive the above facts. "A first commission in the army or na