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THE TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER…

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THE WAR.

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say that, in consequence of the communication received t that day, a telegram had been sent directing it to wait further orders at the mouth of the Dardanelles. With re- J gard to Ministerial resignations, the Chancellor said I he was not authorised to make any communication to the I House; and as to further papers, though the Government had no objection to produce every line it had written, it could not produce confidential communications with other Powers without their consent. The Estimate would be laid had no objection to produce every line it had written, it could not produce confidential communications with other Powers without their consent. The Estimate would be laid on the table in the course of the evening, and the amount was £ 6,000,000. THE PROPOSED VOTE. — The House of Commons has seldom been more crowded than it was in anticipation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement. The Peers' Gallery, and, it need hardly be said, the Strangers' Gallery were equally well filled. In the galle-'y for distinguished strangers were Midhat Pasha ai r suite. The Marquis of Hartington, rising when thi questions on the paper had been exhausted, appealed to the leader of the House to postpone the discussion of the supplementary estimates until a future nig-ht, in order that full opportunity might be given to consider his state- ment. The Chancellor of the Exchequer at once assented to this proposition, and the House having resolved itself into committee of supply the right hon. gentleman rose and made his anxiously-expected statement on the vote Of £6,000,000 for the military and naval services. The recital of the outline of the terms of peace, which are much the same as those plready published, was received with Opposition cheering, which was turned to disapproba- tion when, in course of his observatiors, the Chan- cellor ot the Exchequer used expressions which W afterwards qualified, hut were understood to mean i» the first instance that the Government regarded the vote as one of confidence. Russia, he said, had proposed terms of a wide and elastic character, but it would be impossible to satisfac,orily settle the questions involved in them without European concert. The Government could not admit or acknowledge any separate engagements between Russ a and Turkey as to the navigation of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. It could not be denied that the delay in the peace negotiations, whether designed or accidental, hud given Russian troops an opportunity to advance to a point where British interests might be affected. It had been declared by Prince Gortschakoff that tnere was no intentien of directing military operations against Gallipoli, unless Turkish troops were concentrated there; and the British flag was sen: to that point on Turkish troops taking that direction, in order to protect British lives and interests, and keep open the waterway of the Dardanelles. The present vote was intended to place England in a position to utilise her strength and give her due weight at a conference of the Powers but had no con- nection with the naval expedition to the Dardanelles. The money, when granted, would only be used if neces- sary it would be an efficient safeguard of peace, and not increase the chances of war. The Marquis of Hartington hoped that the debate would be postponed until Thurs- day. Mr. Bright protested against England geing "into a conference of Powers with an attitude of menace, t and asked if Russia had been consulted before the fleet had been sent to the Dardanelles. Mr. Gladstone inquired as to the accuracy of the statement that Bulgaria was to be ruled by a Russian Prince. Sir Robert Peel and Mr. W. E. Forster also pressed for an adjourn- ment until Thursday. Sir W. Harcourt remarked that thfy had not been told when notice had been given of the vote that the fleet had been despatched to the Dardanelles, and he declined to place unlimited confidence in a Government two of whose prominent members were reported to have resigned. The Chancellor, in reply, expressed his willingness to allow the debate to stand over ufftil j Thursday, and said there Was no truth in the rumour that { a Russian Prince was to rule Bulgaria. None of tbe "Great Powers had been informed that the fleet was to sail to the Dardanelles, because the dispatches prepared in the first instance were, like Admiral Hornby's instructions, counter- manded upon news of peace. The debate was then adjourned until Thursday. a.

REVIEW OF THE CORN TRADE.

THE BRITISH FLEET.

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