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In the HorsE OF LORDS, June 11, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon laid a ] the table the amendments to the Burials Bill, which, he explained, were chiefly of a verbal character. Lord De Mauley, after observing that the progress of Russia in Central Asia was slow, sure, and certain, moved an Address to the Queen for the appointment of a Consul in some town in Central Asia to watch over the commercial and territorial interests of British India. Lord Salisbury observed that the danger of a Russian ad- vance on India was not so near as Lord Oe Mauley seemed to apprehend, but the person whose business it was to watch over the territorial interests of that Empire was the Viceroy, and not a Consul; and as regards commercial in- terests, a Treaty had been concluded with the Ruler of Kashgarfor the purpose of having a resident British Consul in his territory. The motion was withdrawn. Lord Truro, in calling attention to the reported proceed- ings of highwaymen on Blackheath recently, said that, though he had been in the habit of passing over that heath at all hours of the night and day during the last ten years, he had never met a disteputable character on it except during holyday times neither could he call to mind that he had ever met a policeman on Blackheath. (A laugh) But he resided in the neighbourhood, and his house had been robbed four or five times. He thought there was a want of additional supervision in the outlying parts of the Metropolitan Police District. He disclaimed any imputations upon the police inspectors, who, his lordship said, were very intelligent men, but he believed that they had other duties to perform with respect to making reports, drilling and so forth, and therefore that they could not devote so much attention to looking after the constabulary at night. He begged to ask Her Majesty's Government whether any, and if so, what steps had been taken to protect the district from a recurrence of such outrages as those recently reported. Earl Beauchamp said that on the 28th ult. the carriage of Mr. Hodgson was stopped, and that gentleman compelled to give up his purse by two men of small stature and well- dressed. On the 4th inst. two men in dark clothes attempted to stop Mrs. Potter's carriage, but the coachman drove the horses on. Two or three days afterwards two men answering the same description called on the coach- man of Colonel Rich to stop, but the coachman declin- ing to do so, they ran by the side of the carriage for a Short distance and then went away. No immediate alarm Was given to the police in any one of the three cases, though, had it been, there was every probability that the highwaymen would have been apprehended after the attack on Mr. Hodgson, and there was a moral certainty that they would have been after the attack on Colonel Rich. A description given considerably after the occurrence, and stating that the highwaymen were "young, well dressed, and appeared to have received a goud education (laughter) was not much of a clue to the police. The police force had been much strength- ened on the heath and the approaches to it, but he thought their lordships would concur with him that it would not be well to go into particulars as to the measures which had been adopted. (Hear, hear.) He would, therefore, merely add that measures such as those referred to by the noble lord had already been taken. The Earl of Redesdale said that if the noble lord (Lord Truro) carried a revolver he would not have much to fear from the Blackheath highwaymen. The Law of Evidence Amendment Bill was read a third time and passed, and their Lordships adjourned. In the HOUSE OP COMMONS, questions relating to the formation of a Federal Liberal Association, and the National Conservative Jnion, were answered by the Attorney-General. Mr. Errington asked the Home Secretary whether he had eceived any reports from the inspectors of fisheries as to l e use by fishermen and poachers of dynamite to destroy h in the sea and rivers Mr. Cross said the Inspectors had completed their in- vestigation so far as the sea fishing was concerned, and were at present engaged with reference to the river fishing. As soon as their report was received it would be laid on the table. A lively discussion then arose on the question asked by Captain Pimm with respect to the release of the Fenian prisoners. On the Order of Supply, Mr. Butt moved a resolution de- claring that it would conduce to the better administration of Irish affairs if a department such as the Local Govern- ment Board and the Commissioners of Public Works were presided over, as in this country, by a responsible Minister capable of sitting in Parliament. SirM. Hicks Beach, in opposing the resolution, pointed out that the details of local government were necessarily con- ducted it Ireland, but it was under the supervision of the responsible Government, and the adoption of Sir. Butt's suggestion would either lead to a multiplication of unneces- sary offices or to the amalgamation of the Irish Departments With the English. Mr. Parnell, rr. Gray, and others supported the motion Which was negatived without a, division. After Sir C. O'Loghlen had called attention to the present tnode of nominating candidates for cadetships in the Royal Irish Constabulary, the House went into Committee on the Civil Service Estimates. The House then went into Committee of Supply on the Miscellaneous Estimates, Class 2. On the Vote of £24,000 to complete the sum necessary for the Secret Service Money Mr. Parnell said he had asked the Government to postpone this vote until the present occasion. He now wished to knew the amount of Secret Service money spent in Eng- land, inland, and Scotland respectively. Bfe had great oHjectldn to the demoralization of say part ol the people Of Ireland by secret service momey. It was remarkable that in the years 1865, 1806, 1867, and 1868 the sum voted for secret service considerably exceeded that now asked. The sum de- manded in -those years was k32,000 this year it was only £ 21,000. In the former period it was well known there were various political trials, and no doubt considerable sums were expended for disreputable purposes. To give the Govern- ment and the Committee an opportunity of stating their opinions on this question, he moved that the vote be re- duced by the' sum of £ 4,000. Mr. W. H. Smith was exceedingly sorry he could not give the hon. member the information he asked. Indeed, the Committee must see the sum would not be secret service money at all if he was in a position to state exactly the pur- poses to which it was devoted. All he could say was it was spent with the greatest possible care on the reponsibility of the Ministers of the Crown. After a discussion, in which Mr. Dillwyn, Mr. Ramsay, Mr. Macdonald, and Mr. M'Laren took part, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the nature of secret service was really called in question by the discussion. If the money was given it was voted in confidence that the Government would apply it to purposes that were proper and not to such as were improper, and that it would be used only for purposes which, in the judgment of the Government, it would be inconvenient to make matter of public discussion. The Committee would do well not to press the ques- tion now put, because it would be obvious that Of the information were given, either it would be mis- leading or it would be followed up by further questions which would be of a character to destroy all secrecy. Sup- pose it were stated how much was given to one portion of the United Kingdom, questions would arise as to the services rendered, whether they were rendered within it, or whether the money was paid to persons residing there in respect of services rendered abroad, and the result would be a discus- sion, which it was the very object of the Vote to render usnecessary. In all doubtful cases the items were brought under his notice, and so far as he was cognizant of the ex- penditure the objects were proper, and such as it would be inconvenient to discuss publicly. He had no doubt eacn or his colleagues would say the same for the part of the expen- diture for which he was responsible. After several members had spoken ort the subject, on a division, the motion was lost by 92 to 43—being a majority of 49 against the proposed reduction. A second division was taken on the whole Vote, which was carried by 96 to 40. The Votes for the Queen's Plates in Scot- land and Ireland, as usual, were discussed with much spirit, and while the Scotch Vote was carried by 141 to 83 the Irish Vote was agreed to by the larger majority of 153 to 45. In all, seven Votes were agreed to in the course of the evening. Some other business having been disposed of, the House adjourned.

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