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It is rumoured in the profession that a measure will be speedily introduced to parliament, for the purpose of giving the insolvency business to the Insolvent Debtors' Court, by the removal of that branch of the law from the Court of Bankruptcy, where it has been exercised under the New Insolvent Debtor's Act of last session.   A great number of individuals have availed themselves of the new provision, and it is feared that the principle of the new law, which was conceived in the spirit of humanity, has been abused.   Upwards of 5000 persons, principally in the country, have petitioned the Court of Bankruptcy, but it is calculated that not more that 600 of the parties have applied to the Insolvent Debtors' Court.   It is admitted that the Court of Bankruptcy has no machinery to work the measure, and the learned commissioners have repeatedly declared in public their anxiety to get rid of the duties imposed on them.   The rumour in the profession is, that a bill is in a state of preparation to remove the operation of the new law to the Insolvent Debtors' Court.  There are provisions in the two acts which could be amalgamated, and out of their ashes a measure framed having regard to the rights of creditors as well as to the consideration of debtors.   The principal question seems, however, to be whether the Court of Bankruptcy or the Insolvent debtors' Court shall have the exclusive jurisdiction in the matters mentioned.