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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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THE EASTERN QUESTION. |I

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'''"JS PARLIAMENTARY INTELLIGENCE.

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JS PARLIAMENTARY INTELLIGENCE. -+- MINISTERIAL STATEMENT.—In the House of Lords, Lord Derby, replying to an inquiry by Lord Granville, said there was an understandinar between Russia and England that the former should not advance her troops towards Galli- poli or occupy the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles, and that the latter should not disembark troops at GAlli- poli or on the Asiatic shore of the Straits. Accord- ing to the latest information, continued the noble earl, the English fleet was at Touzla Bay. Admiral Homhy had discretionary powers to choose his own anchorage, and he had fixed on that spot after communication with our Ambassador, end not in consequence of orders from home. The difficulty as to the meeting place of the Conference had been got over by the selection of Baden-Baden, and V j the Austrian Government had proposed that the meeting \| should be held towards the end of the first week in Maicb» but he had heard a statement, to which he attached som0'' weight, that one of the Governments concerned would pr°* bably object to the shortness cf time, and ask for longer delay. One or two of the Powers preferred that the ference should be atten ed by the Foreign Ministers; hot her Majesty's Government would not depart from the ordi- nary course of sending an Ambassador to represent them, and it was believed that that course would be adopted by the majority of the Powers. HOUSEHOLD FRANCHISE.—In the House of Commons Mr- Trevelyan submitted his annual motion in favour of estab- lishing a household franchise throughout the United Kingdom similar to that now existing in the English boroughs, and so redistributing political power as to obtain a more complete representation of the opinion of the electoral body. The hon. gentleman devoted much of his speech to a reply to Mr. Lowe's recent articles on this sub" S ject. He contended that the administration of this country had become pure in proportion as the franchise waS made more popular; and he prayed the House to do fof i the counties what had been done for the boroughs- j Sir. C. Dilke seconded the motion, and also replied to some t of Mr. Lowe's arumentg. He defended the proposal on the ground of its utility and expediency. Mr. Lowe said if this demand was conceded the arguments in its favour would be equally valid for a further lowering of the francbisØ, until universal suffrage was reached. It had not bee" shown that the welfare of the Empire would be promote" by the proposition now submitted to the House. r. Plunkett argued that no illiterate person should have the franchise, and the resolution would add to the consti- tuencies a mass of persons unable to sign their names, but numerous enough compJetely to swamp the already enfraf* chised classes. The debate was continued by Mr. Charley, Mr. Heygate, Sir C. Legard, Mr. Macdonald, and otW* members. Mr. Laing stated thai experience and study converted him since the time when he followed Mr. Lows into the Cave into a supporter of the resolution. Mr* Goschen vindicated his opposition. His main argument against the proposal lay in the relations of the agricul- tural classes to the poor law. If they would eman- cipate themselves from their present position f respect to that law they would come much neare* to being safely admitted within the pale of the Constitution. The electors created by the last BeforfP Act had not yet been sufficiently tried. The Marquis 0 Hartington observed that nobody had expressed the slightest distrust of the agricultural labourers, or of the voters who might be enfranchised under the motion. V therefore appeared to be only a question of time when tb* concession would have to be made. All the argument against the proposal had been urged against the admiS* sion to the franchise of the householders in borough* Sooner or later the question would have to 1* settled, and that perhaps runder circumstances favourable than the present. The Chabcbllor ?l the Exchequer justified the conduct of the Government^ extending the borough franohise to comities by remUp" ing tke House that, at the settlement of 1867, it was undfF* stood that the distinction between the borough and "tb. f county franchise was to be maintained. With regard to the particular' measure under consideration, its effect would be to introduce into the electoral body of the United KINGDOM a larger number of new electors than had ever been under any single Reform Bill. It would probably be million and a half. At any rate, the number woald sb large that ifc would materially disturb the basis 0 representation. In these cireumttances they would bile to accompany the measure with a serious r tion of seats, and to make arrangements for the sentabion of minorities to counterbalance th& vast of the newly-enfranchised classes. This being the the House would be doing a foolish thing if it pledged its&J, to ah abstract resolution of this character by any plan having relation to the consequences to whiCh? might lead. Upon a division the resolution was by 271 against 219, the majority against Mr. Trevely9^ being 52. i THE GBEEK OUTRAGES.—In reply to Lord Granville, F1/ r Earl of Derby said that papers with regard to the affairs 0 Greece and the Greek outrages would be laid before | lordships in a few days. He had received a communi<j ( tion from the Greek charge d'affaires containing rep of? of outrages on Albanians and others in Thessaly by Turto<j? troops. After receiving these reports he coTnmnnicatg* with Mr. Layard, asking him to bring the matter lmdlt the notice of the Turkish Government and express the earnest hope that they would take proper steps immediateO to repress the disorders. Mr. Layard acted upon thoo instructions, and stated that the Turkish Minister fa Foreign Affairs had expressed some doubts as to the realw of the statements made, but had promised to ren>°f? the irregular troops who had caused the complaints, give protection to the Christian population. what understanding the troops were withdrawn the Turkish territory he was unable to say. IneOø sequence of Greek troops being sent into Turkey the kish fleet had been sent to the Piraeus if the Greeks W7 asked for the intervention "of the guaranteeing After some correspondence, her Majesty's Government they did not understand what was meant by the guaranteeing Powers, but they would use all their endeavours to j further hostilities. Since then the Greek troops had withdrawn and all hostilities had ceased. THE TEEMS OF PEACE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND TUBKB*; 8 Mr. Forster,— Sir, perhaps I may be allowed to askj Chancellor of the Exchequer whether her Majesty, Government have received any recent information to the precise nature of the terms of peace laid do* £ by the Russian Government. I wish also to the right hon. gentleman whether he can f1*. the House any information as to the proposed ference. The Chancellor of the Exchequer: Sir. nfj Majesty's Government are in much the same positionJr is the right hon. gentleman. We have received no cial information on the subject of the terms of We have received a good deal of information various quarters but to some extent the information tb"' received is not quite consistent with itself. I think better, then, not to rest our faith upon those reports. appears, however, arranged that the Grand Duke Nichols* should enter San Stephano at once, and that peace is to be concluded there. "What the precise terms of peace are, her Majesty's Government, as I have said, not officially informed. In regard to the proposed ence, it is, I believe, settled that lit should meet at Baden. Lord Lyons has been selected as the British reP.^ j j sentative at such Conference. As to the time at wnJ the Conference is to take place, we have no Mr. Forster: May I ask the right hon. gentleman whetJ* £ be has received any information as to the time at which signatures will be given to the terms of peace. Several the newspapers to-day say it is expected that the terms peace woulri be signed to-day. The Chancellor of the chequer: "We have received no official information "°n ™ point..oJl INCOME TAX.—Mr. Hubbard renewed his annual rootl c- the taxation of the country, that, considering the øø cessive and inevitable re-enactments since 1842 of the P^t perty and income tax, it was expedient that, witb0^ needless delay, the unequal incidence of the tax should- corrected, and that by the adjustu ent of its 0{ the tax should be adapted for permanent use in the imperial Revenue. After dwelling at some length on inequality and injustice of the income tax present levied, the right hon. gentleman observ^ that he should be content with an assurance the Government that tbey would place the in the hands of the able and accomplished | of the Inland Revenue Department; for if that were he believed that a scheme might be prepared ■t- would place the taxation of the country on a just, an able, and a scientific footing. The Chancellor of the chequer concurred with Mr. Dodson,who had inef»«*^j demonstrated that it would be impossible to aCe" the income tax in the way desired without V j. during a great deal more difficulty, heartburningi t%f inequality than it was proposed to remove. He re»^ £ granted that where there were general complaints it desirable that they should be inquired into; and he took to communicate with the Inland Revenue Board its chairman, with the view of seeing whether were any points in respect of which the admin1 tive system could be improved and complaints He was desirous of making the tax, so long as it maintained, as little oppressive and as fair as possible I a division would not lead the House to any conclusion would be either intelligible or practically useful. A motion was then withdrawn. would be either intelligible or practically useful. A i motion was then withdrawn.

A MODERN MIRACLE. I

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