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TOMMY ATKINS;

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UP TO DATE. [By PETER]. ——————<$,——————. I find that Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., has had a somewhat novel experience in connection with the procedure of the House of Commons. A Lobby correspondent says a difficulty arose on Thursday with regard to the expected debate on the railway rates which was down for Friday. It found that Mr. A. J. Williams had introduced a Bill bearing upon the subject. This would, under ordinary circumstances, have precluded Sir A. Rollit and Sir James Whitehead I from moving their resolution. This Bill proposed to empower County Councils to institute proceedings against any railway company failing ito provide proper accommodation for passengers, "Charging excessive rates, or refusing reasonable and convenient inter- change of traffic. However, in order to clear the way for the railway rate debate. Mr. Williams on Thursday evening withdrew his Bill. When the railway rates question was reached on Friday, Mr. Mundella stated that he had that morning received three important communications all indicating desire to arrive at a speedy under- standing in regard to railway rates. It was desirable that the committee should be appointed to inquire into the recent increase of rates, and to examine what precautions could be adopted to protect the public from unreasonable charges for railway traffic. After Easter such an inquiry ought to be instituted, ;and would have a good result. —o— I am informed that no less than 25 Labour Correspondents have been appointed by the Board of Trade, and that the results of their enquiries and reports will be published weekly. -0- It is stated that the main objects of the New Burials Bills is to provide that, while the consecra- tion of parochial cemeteries may be permitted, it shall be regarded only as a religious rite, to be followed by no legal disabilities, and to create no legal rights or claims to fees. The effect will be to give freedom to burial authorities in regard to the division of cemeteries, the erection of mortuary chapels, &c. The Bill at the same time reserves the rights of existing incumbents. &c., to fees. The Bill also contains provisions for removing difficulties and doubts arising out of the operation of the Burials Act of 1880. -0- The Royal Commission on Land Tenure in Wales has now been appointed, and it is understood that following the precedent of the Royal Commission on Welsh Education it is intended to make the new Commission a roving one,, proceeding from place to place taking evidence. One of the chief things in connection with the Commission is that the secretary will oe able to speak both Welsh and English. -0- The Rating of Seamen's Bill to be introduced to the House of Commons provides that no man shall sign on a ship as an able-bodied seaman unless he has had four years' sea service as an ordinary seaman or boy that firemen shall not sign as such unless they have had twelve months' experience as trimmers and that ships' cooks and stewards must serve an apprenticeship and pass an examination at a school of cookery. -0- Touching upon the Welsh Suspensory Bill, the Morning Leader says :—" A number of gentlemen, peers and others, all presumably owning livings in Wales, have issued a manifesto calling upon members of the Church of England and other lovers of justice '—a strange and who shall say uncontradictory phrase—to resist the passing of the Welsh Suspensory Bill. The burden of the document, which is couched in stilted language and bears internal evidence of clerical composition, is that there is a difference between the case of the Irish and the Irish Churches and the authors of the document conclude that there will be a difference in treatment. We have not the smallest doubt that they are right in their conclusion. The adherents of the English Church in Wales will, under an Bill satisfactory to the Welsh members, be placed on exactly the same footing as, and no better than, the members of any other sect."

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