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ARREARS OF RENT IN IRELAND.…

THE ROWLAND HILL MEMORIAL!…

TEACHING THE DUMB TO SPEAK.

- LORD DERBY ON FREE TRAIa.

M. DE LESSEPS AND THE CHANNEL…

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THE REVENUE RETURNS.

EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND.

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EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND. The committee of "Mr. Tuke's" Fund which was started last April to promote emigration from the West of Ireland, have just issued their report, signed by Mr. Sydney Buxton and Mr. H. Hodgkin, the hon. secretaries. The report and the accompanying statements by Mr. Tuke and Major Gaskell, who selected the emi- grants in Ireland and arranged for their embarkation, are very interesting reading, as showing what can be done by private enterprise in the matter of emigration, and as paving the way for future action on the part of the Government or private associations. The success which has attended the efforts of the Committee has doubtless been due to two causes. 1. The very careful selection of the emigrants (for which the Committee are naturally grateful to Mr. Tuke and Major Gaskell), so that those who could help themselves should be made to contribute a portion of the cost; and that those sent out should be sent to places fitted for their physical and moral circumstances. 2. The care taken to see that proper arrangements were made on the other side of the Atlantic for the recep- tion of the emigrants, so that they should not be entirely friendless on arrival, and that they should be placed in the way of obtaining work and wages. The accounts received from America and Canada justify the hope that all those sent out will do well. The Committee seem to have confined their atten- tion to Galway and Mayo, and certainly the aecounts received on all hands of the destitution existing in the westernmost portions of those counties justify the Committee in their action. The num- bers emigrated by the fund amounted to about 1,200 persons in families, and they were emigrated and all found," in many instances at the very cheap rate of £6 5a. a head. This is a considerable work for a private society to have accomplished, but after all it is more or less a drop in the ocean of the emigration essential to be accomplished if peace and prosperity are to return to these distress- ful parts of Ireland. It seems essential that the Government should be called upon to take action in the matter, and apply money towards the emigration of families by a grant to the poorest districts, and by loans at easy rates to the less poverty-stricken districts. It is certain that grants of money for pur- poses of emigration will be the only means of really relieving the West of Ireland, for the poor rates are so heavy at present that further burdens would represent the proverbial last straw, and ruin the district. There is precedent for Government aid, seeing that the Land Act of 1881 provided for an amount of jS200,000, n bo be lent for emigration purposea. The emigration clause has proved a dead letter in consequence of the iecison that boards of guardians are not public bodies ander the Act, and they alone would borrow money ( For emigration purposes. a The Committee may be fairly congratulated on the I result of their labours, more especially as they have t confined their attention to the emigration of families, ( not of individuals, and have shown that this more diffi- 1 cult, and yet infinitely more useful and humane form 1 of emigration, can be duly and successfully accom- i plished. They are pioneers in this form of the work, i and we trust that their example may be followed. We < may add that the Committee itself is in no way politi- ] cal, except in the highest sense. It has for its chair- i man Mr. W. H. Smith for its deputy-chairman, Mr. I Whitbread; and Mr. Forster has lately joined it. It I is composed of members from both sides of the House j and of the highest reputation. i

A WONDERFUL CAVERN.

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THE HAMILTON PALACE COLLECTION…

THE SALE OF THE BECKFORD LIBRARY.

SINKING of an EXCURSION STEAMER…

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