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IJYfPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In ihe Hwrrsx > K LoRDS, July 4, the Marquis of Salisbury said t t > a the noble earl the Seeretary of State for ToTfci ,r> ,I,ether he has any information that he can can >r f )ur lordships respecting the dastardly at- tempt on the life of the President of the United States. Eail Graiw%rl!e in reply said—I am anxious to convey to your v.'sl i;v the intelligence in my power with regard to this ti' r; ca which the sympathy of this country witn W" jw: t the United States is hourly increasing in Interisjt v -C.-e.t-.) I have been in communication with the Amerie, tÏster here, who does not appear to have any later informtion than that dated Sunday midnight, to the effect t'.at the President is a little better, and resting quietly." There is a later private telegram, not of quite so .atisfacfcory a character, but I cannot, of course, vouch for its accuracy. Lord De La Warr asked for information as to whether there would be any interference on the part of this country In respect of the proceedings against Midhat Pasha. Lord Granville said he had been in communication with Lord Dufferin on the subject. He had not received any report of the proceedings at the trial, and he could not give any official opinion on it. He was not at the present moment prepared to afford the noble earl any further in- formation. Lord Harlech called attention to the fact that the practice now followed in most of the Irish counties of substituting other modes of service for personal service of processes was not adopted in Leitram and Oavan. Lord Carlingford said Her Majesty's Government haa already communicated with the Lord Chancellor of Ireland with the view of bringing about a uniformity of practice in the matter. Lord Carlingford, in reply to an inquiry by Lord Emly, said it would be his duty before long to introduce a short Bill to charge on the Irish Church Fund such a sum as would enable the Royal University of Ireland to commence its work. Lord Galloway, again returning to the subject of desertion, called attention to the statement reported to have been made by the Secretary for War on the 24th of June-" that desertion in the Army has been greatly reduced within the last ten years." He asked how that statement could be reconciled with the figures given in the War Office returns, which showed an average increase of over 60 per cent. in desertions during the years referred to by the right hon. gentleman over previous years. Lord Morley contended that the net waste of the Army had been diminishing, while the number of desertions had been about constant. Lord Hertford thought that fraudulent enlistment would go on till they tattooed each deserterwith a "D." Lord Chelmsford said that, whatever might be the gross or the net waste of the Army, desertions had increased during the last ten years. -Lord Fortescue supported some petitions praying that the limit of age for compulsory education might be lowered below 14, and that passing the third standard only, instead of the fourth, might be required of children as a condition of their being allowed to work for their. i ving. The noble lord criticized adversely the plan of carrying out the national education of the country under the Committee of Council on Education. The Duke of Richmond aud Gordon defended the Educa- tion Department against the strictures of the noble lord. Lord Spencer concurred with the noble duke, and said that, as Lord President, he had received a large number of petitions as those which Lord Fortescue had supported. Standard 4 was not a difficult one. Last year thousands of children aged only ten passed it, and he thought no case was made out for the change prayed for by the petitioners. A number of Bills having been advanced a stage, their lordships adjourned at ten minutes past seven o'clock. In the HOUSE OF COMMONS, Sir S. Northcote, in inquiring whether the Government had any later information as to the attempted assassination of President Garfield, took the opportunity oi expressing the general feeling of anxiety with which the President's condition was watched and the horror and indignation excited by the event. Mr. Gladstone, who fully concurred in these sentiments, replied that the Government had nothing substantial to add to the information supplied by the Press, the latest indica- tions of which, he said, were of a nature to damp the hope- ful expectations of Sunday. Subsequently he said that a telesram had jtTjt been received, dated 8.15 a.m., from which it appeared that there had been no material change in the President's condition. Mr. Pugh asked the Postmaster-General whether it was the fact that the Post Office Department used foreign timber only for telegraph posts, whereas many railway companies used home-grown timber for that purpose; and, if so, whether he would cause inquiry to be made as to the rela- tive price and value of home-grown and foreign timber in different portions of the United Kingdom, with a view to directing the use of home-grown timber where such a course could be adopted with advantage or without prejudice to the public service. Mr. Fawcett said that it was the case, as stated by his hon friend, that the telegraph poles used by the Post Office were made of foreign timber. He had ascertained that foreign timber was also used for the same purpose by all the leading railway companies in consequence of its superior durability, owing to the ease with which it was treated with the creosote process. Mr. Gorst asked the First Lori of the Treasury whether the erms of peace with the Transvaal Boers were published "by authority" in -Natal, and confirmed a statement that the Royal Commissioners" would take into consideration measures for the protection of native interests whether the terms of peace were also published for general informa- tion in the Transvaal Gazette Extraordinary of March 29, 1881, but this latter version was wholly silent as to native inte- rests, which were not even mentioned; and what was the reason for this discrepancy between the two versions of the terms of peace so published, and which of the two was correct. Mt. Gladstone said that was the first time his notice had been called to the subject. There was, no doubt, a variance between the statements, but the whole statements were only imperfect summaries. He would remind the hon. member that there was on the table of the House a letter from Sir E. Wood which contained a distinct setting forth of the heads at the terms of peace offered to the Boers. Another despatch an the same subject would be shortly in the hands of hon. members. In pursuance of the promise given last week, Mr. Glad- stone now stated in detail the intentions of the Govern- ment with regard to the remainder of the Session. In the first place, the Corrupt Practices Bill and the Ballot Act Amendment Bill would be abandoned, the Ballot Act being put into a Continuance Bill, and he went on to state, amid loud cheers from the Opposition, that the Government- had no intention to proceed further with the Parliamentary Oaths Bill. Though the point was still undetermined, he still clung to the hope of proceeding with the Bankruptcy Bill if sufficient margin were left by the Irish Land Bill. The Alkali Works Bill, the Conser- vancy of Rivers Bill, and the Educational Endowments (Scotland) Bill he hoped would be passed, and it would be Becessary to pass the Naval Discipline Bill and the Regula- tion of Forces Bill, as well as a, provisional measure suspend- ing the writs of the corrupt boroughs, and a Judicature Act Amendment Bill, disposing of the patronage of the two Chief Judges recently abolished. There would also be an Irish University Bill and a Local Loans Bill, but the County Government (Ireland) Bill would not be pressed, and the Thames Conservancy Bill and the Merchant Ship- ping Bill would be withdrawn. In the brief conversation Which followed, Sir S. North cote expressed the opinion that, looking to the large amount of Supply which remained to be voted, it would be wiser to abandon the Bankruptcy Bill at once, and Mr. Gladstone repeated that the present decision was open to reconsideration. In answer to Mr. J. G. Talbot, hb said the Corn Returns Bill would also be withdrawn, and the Attorney-General for Ireland said the Local Courts of Bank- ruptcy Bill would also be withdrawn. Mr. Labouchere urged that the Bankruptcy Bill should be laid aside for the Oaths Bill, and was proceeding to dilate on this theme when he was stopped by the Speaker, and Mr. Rathbone was also cut short in some remarks which he endeavoured to make on the subject of the Bankruptcy Bill. The House again went into Committee on the Land Bill, and spent the evening in discussing the sub-sections of Clause 7 and Amendments thereto, and the House adjourned at one o'clock. j

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