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HOL^SE OF LORDS.âTHURSDAY. The Marquis of Breadalbane presented a petition from the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, com- plaining of the obstacles thrown in their way in endeavouring to obtain sites for places of public worship. The Earl of Cawdor and the Duke of BuccJeuch severally vindicated themselves from the imputation that thev had in any way acted hostilely or vindictively against the Free Church. After some observations from Lord Campbell and the Marquis of Urcadaibaneiu reply, the petition was ordered to he on the table. FRIDAY. RAILWAYS.âThe Earl of PaJhollsie in placing before the house papers relative to the Railway Department of the Board of Trade, stated the circumstances under which it had been constituted, and alluded to the report wbich had gone forth that out of all the recommendations made by the committee 1_- 1 L y uue "au "n confirmed by the House ot Commons and CVen l'lat 0t?e ',ad becn rejected by the House of Lords, ihis would certainly be curious if it werfjfruej but it was not Qrw* M m £ 0in' of fact' out of 247 involving about S0U0 miles of new railway, which had been submitted to the Board of Trade, there had been 151 favourably reported upon of which only six had failed in the House of Commons, arising from compron-lises or change of circumstances, while no less than 121 had been absolutely conirmed. It had, how- ever, been determined by the Oovernnwnt to discontinue the Railway Department of the Board of Trade, as a distinct I branch ot the board for the purpose of reporting on the met its of new railway speculations. Henceforth the Board of Trade would overlook railways with a view to the protection of the public, and reporting when necessary for the convenience and security of the public, but without reporting on the merits of any particular railway itself. Lord Brougham sympathised with the feelings of the noble lord in delivering the funeral oration of the departed railway board but if it had been in the full possession of its mental aid bodily functions up to the moment of its decease-if it were so virtuous, discreet, and industrious-the house ought to be informed of the causes of its death. There was ground for suspecting murder or foul play, and Mr. Wakley ought to be called in to sit on the body to ascertain if it were put to death by violence or had committed suicide. The noble lord then adverted to the manner in which money and time were consumed in the conflicting schemes before Parliament, and said that Mr. HudsonâKing Hudsonâwas working with a twelve-counsel power before the committee on the London and York line. The object of Mr. Hudson was delay, in order that a report might not be made iu the present session, and of course counsel would talk just as long as Mr. Hudson was disposed to spend money. He was, in fact, just as well pleased with a six or eight hours' speech from the counsel opposed to him, as with a speech of six hours from his own counsel. He hoped, however, that the committee would disappoint Mr. Hudson, by reporting during the present session. Lord Faversham said that Mr. Hudson, who was present, and had heard Lord Brougham's speech (cries of "order''), had authorised him to say that it was incorrect to say that he was interfering with the committee. Lord Brougham observed that the only sovereign entitled to be present at their debates was her Majesty. The railway potentate had no right to be there. The noble lord moved the consideration of one of his resolutions respecting railways, with a view to its being made a standing order; and in the course of the discussion The Earl of Devon objected to the noble lord's repeatedly speaking upon the same motion. Lord Brougham said that the noble lord had once sat as clerk at the table of the house, and was then obliged to listen to him. 0 The Earl of Devon commented on the good taste evinced by the noble lord in this allusion, and then asserted that he would take care in future that he would interfere as far as possible in preventing the noble lord from violating the privileges of the house. The further consideration of the resolution was postponed, and the remaining business having been disposed of their lordships adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.â'THURSDAY. COLLEGES (IRELAND) BILL.âSir J. Graham moved the third reading of the Colleges (Ireland) Bill. Mr. B. Osborne argued at considerable length for the necessity of throwing open Trinity College, Dublin, and moved, as an amendment, "That an humble address be pre- sented to her Majesty, praying that she will be graciousfy pleased to direct an inquiry to be made into the amount of the revenues of Trinity College, Dublin, from rents of college lands, endowments, and bequests, fees on matriculation, on taking degrees, and from every other source; also, into the manner in which that income is expended, the number of senior and junior fellows, of professors, scholars, and all officers of the college, with the amount of salary and allow- ances to each of them with a view to ascertain whether the income or funds at present applied solely to the benefit of Protestants in Trinity College, Dublin, might not be benefically extended, so as to make Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters eligible, if otherwise qualified. to all scholarships, and to all such fellowships, professorships, and other offices in Trinity College, Dublin, as are not intended for ecclesiastical purposes, or immediately connected with ecclesiastical endowments." Mr. M. Bellew seconded the amendment. Discussion at great length. Ultimately the amendment was defeated by a majority of 168 to 91. The third reading of the Bill was carried by a majority of 177 to 26, J J j FRIDAY. LUNATIC^ BILL. Lord Ashley then entered into an expo- sition of the objects of the bill, stated the frightful magnitude of the existing evils, and described the way in which it was proposed to protect the unfortunate lunatics from those cruel- ties to which they had been hitherto exposed. Mr. Duncombe contended at much length, that the bill would be useless as a protection to lunatics. There were some good provisions in it, but others were so mischievous that be must take the sense of the house upon the propriety of post- poning the bill. The amendment was negatived by a majority of 66 to 1. The Bill is to go into committee on Monday. Sir J. Graham moved the order of the day for the house resolving itself into committee on the Poor Law Amendment (Scotland) Bill. Mr. Hume, Mr. Ewart, Mr. P. M. Stewart, and other hon. members urged upon the necessity of postponing the bill until next session. Sir J.Graham said that the inquiry into the matter had been extensive, and he never had proposed a measure to the house upon the principle of which he felt more s itistied than he did upon the one before the house. Under these circum- stances he must decline acceding to the suggestions of the hon. gentlemen. The house eventually went into committee, and the remain- der of the evening was occupied in the discussion of the clauses.

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