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London Letter. rFROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. I London, Wednesday Afternoon. THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR. Opinion varies curiously as to the present condition of things at the front. While some people declare that- General Buller is at this moment engaged in an attack on Ladysmith, others allege that he is doing nothing at Spearman's Camp or Chieveley. The War Office seems to know nothing at all. I wish one could see some gleam of hope in this mysterious silence, but un- fortunately this ldck of information has hitherto preceded our disasters. PARLIAMENT. Interest is now attracted to the House of Commons, where the debate proceeds slowly along, the members of the Government intent on hiding er glossing over their incompetence, Sir Henry Campbell Banner- man intent on keeping the Liberal ranks intact, the truth once more united, and Sir Edward Grey and his party determined to assert their own pet foibles. LIBERAL POLICY. For my part I think the Irish members alone are taking the true logical standpoint. They make clear their position by refusing to approve in any form of the prosecution of the war. The Liberals have committed themselves to an active prosecution of the war up to a certain point, though they don't agree what that point is. Now seeing that many Liberals have condemned the war as unjust it appears that they take a rather inconsistent attitude in voting for its continuance. The Irish refuse to do this. Some Liberal members say that by voting for the amendment they only con- demn the Government's policy, and that they vote for the amendment because it expresses their opinions though not in a sufficiently drastic form. WELSH MEMBERS. Several Welsh Members have taken part in the debate and in matters rising out of the war. Mr. Samuel Evans has asked Ir. Chamberlain some pertinent questions, and has secured an important admission from him. Mr. Wynford Philipps made a speech, which proves that Cardiganshire sustained no great loss when she refused to make him her representative in Parliament. On the other hand, Mr. Bryn Roberts made a really excellent speech on Friday night. He had a good house to listen to him, although he spoke for an hour and a half. He did not hesitate to call a spade a spade, and to state his opinion of the South African speculators who are at the root of this war. He refused to admit that the grievances suffered by the Uitlanders were' in any way such as to justify interferance by England, and asserted that the English Government by passing the Agricultural Rates Act and the Clergy Doles Act had been guilty of far greater injustice and oppression than the Boers of the Transvaal in passing their financial measures. THE IRISH MEMBERS. A memorable scene took place on Friday night when Colonel Saunderson raised the ire of the Irishmen by his contemptuous references to their national history. Colonel Saunderson got up to oppose the amendment, and his argument was that if the amendment was carried the Government would be defeated and a Liberal Government take its place. He then went on to show that a Liberal Government could only hold office with the consent of the Irish Nationalists, and that being so the affairs of the Empire would be in the hands of rebels. The whole speech was merely an attempt to enrage and embitter the hishmen, and they perceived it from the start, for they never refrained from interrupting him. At last he was stung to say that the Nationalists only attacked from behind, and then an indescribable scene followed, some of the Irishmen shouting out long sentences that Irish soldiers were befiig called cowards; others appealing to the Speaker to ask the Colonel to withdraw, and others simply shouting at the top of their voices. For five minutes the House was a Babel, and then at last the Speaker interfered, but refused to ask the Colonel to withdraw. The Colonel responded by saying he referred to the annals of the Irish race, and this brought the Irish down upon him again more fiercely than before. Subsequently he had to eat his own words and peace was made, but the Irish party scored over the Colonel and the Speaker, who, by the way, was very weak. THE CALVINISTIC METHODISTS. The members of Charing Cross Chapel are celebrating their Jubilee this year. The chapel was originally in Nassau-street, and before that in Grafton-street. The growth in the number of Welsh chapels is remark- able. Amongst the Calvinistic Methodists they increased from two in 1850 to thirteen in 1900, besides fourteen school-houses where services are occasionally held. The increase is larger in this denomination because most of the Welsh-speaking people who come to London are natives of Cardiganshire or Carmarthenshire. I believe Welsh services have been regularly held In London for over a century, the first chapel being in the neighbourhood of Smithfield, where a public- house keeper is said to have first instituted the meetings. New Jewin Chapel have secured the services of a most competent organist in the person of Mr. David Evans, Mus. Bac., Oxford. THE LATEST. There is no news from Natal as we go to Press. For some days nothing has been allowed to pass over the cable which throws any light on the movements of General Buller's force.

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