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career has been entirely devoted to pastoral work, more particularly to the education of his flock. He built St. Mary's Schools, St. Patrick's Schools, St. Peter's School Chapel, Southbank, and finally St. Mfiy's Cathedral, Middlesbrough. LAHOBE^ Bishop, of. (See

LAINb, Samuel, M.P.,8on of Mr. SamuelLaing,of Bapdale,co.Orkney, and nephew of Mr. Malcolm Laing, author of a " History of Scotland," bom at Edinburgh in 1810, was edu- cated at St. John's College, Cam- bridge,where he took his B. A. degree in 1832, being second wrangler and second Smith's prizeman. He was elected a fellow of St. John's, re- sided in the university as a mathe- matical tutor, and entered at Lin- coln's Inn, where he was called to the bar in 1840, and soon after became private secretary to Mr. Labouchere, then President of the Board of Trade. Upon the forma- tion of the Railway Department, he was appointed secretary, and thenceforth distinguished himself in railway legislation under suc- cessive presidencies of the Board of Trade. In 1844 he proved the results of his experience in "A Report on British and Foreign Railways," gave much valuable evidence before a committee of the Commons upon Railways, and to his suggestions the htunbler classes are mainly indebted for the con- venience of parliamentary trains at a minimum rate of payment of one penny per mile. In 1845 Mr. Laing was nominated a member of the Railway Commission, presided over by Lord Dalhousie, and drew up the chief reports on the railway schemes of that period. Had his recommendations been followed, much of the commercial crisis of 1845 would, as has since been proved, have beeii averted. The reports of the commission having been rejected by Parliament, the commission was dissolved, and Mr. Laing, who resigned his post at the

Board of Trade, returned to prac- tice at the bar. In 1848 he ac- cepted the post of Chairman and Managing IMrectorof the Brighton Railway Company, and under his administration the passenger traffic of the line was in five years nearly doubled. In 1852 he became Chair- man of the Crystal Palace Company, from which he retired in 1855, as well as from the chairmanship of the Brighton Railway Company. In July, 1852, Mr. Laing was re- turned in the Liberal interest for the Wick district, which he repre- sented till 1857, and having been re-elected in April, 1859, resigned in Oct., 1860, on proceeding to India as Finance Minister, in place of the late Mr. James Wilson, and was once more elected in July, 1865. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Wick in Nov. 1868, but in Jan. 1873, he again obtained a seat in the House of Commons as member for Orkney and Shetland. Mr. Laing, who was Financial Secretary to the Treasury from June, 1859, till Oct. 1860, again accepted the chairmanship of &e Brighton Rail- way in 1867.

LAKE, The Very Rev. William Chablss, D.D., Dean of Durham, son of Capt. Lake, born in Jan. 1817, was educated at Rugby under Dr. Arnold, whence he was elected, in 1834, to a scholarship at Baliol College, Oxford, and took first-class honours in classics. He obtained the Latin Essay, became Fellow and Tutor of his College, Proctor and University Preacher and Public Examiner in classics and in modern history. Lord Panmure named him member of a commission to inquire into the state of military education in France, Prussia, Austria, and Sardinia, and conjointly with Col. Yolland, R.E., he submitted, in 1856, a report on the subject to both Houses of Parliament. He was again appointed, in 1858, mem- ber of the royal commission under the presidency of the late Duke of Newcastle, to report on the state of