The death-toll in varnish poisoning in Madras City and Chingleput District during the past four days has reached 137 (including about 35 deaths in villages around Wallajabad, for which confirmation is not available). About 330 persons are undergoing treatment in the City [Madras], Chingleput and Kancheepuram hospitals. Mr. C.N. Annadurai, Chief Minister, who was on his way to Madras from Tiruchi, visited the Chingleput Medical College Hospital to-night [August 10]. He was accompanied by Mr. K.A. Mathialagan, Food Minister. They were received by Mr. K. Lakshmikanthan Bharathi, Collector, Chingleput and Dr. D. Sathyavageeswaran, Superintendent of the hospital. Mr. Annadurai and Mr. Mathialagan saw the patients in the surgical ward and enquired of the doctors about the facilities and treatment given to them.