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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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THE INCORPORATION OF MERTHYR.

THE LATE MR. MAYNARD COLCHESTER…

Family Notices

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ABERDARE POLICE COURT. --

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PONTYPRIDD INTELLIGENCE.

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THE DRUNKARD POURTRAYED.

I INTESTACY BILL.'.

YOUTHFUL DEPRAVITY.

THE NEW VICEROY OF INDIA.

CHARGE AGAINST A CLERGYMAN.

DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR THE…

ANOTHER ALLEGED CITY FRAUD.

MR. W. E. FORSTER AT BRADFORD.

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MR. W. E. FORSTER AT BRADFORD. Mr. W. E. Forster has attended the annual meeting of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce. The right hon. gentleman, after giving a brief review of the progress of Bradford, and the advance in the principles of Free-trade since the Chamber of Commerce wa. established in 1851, said Her Majesty's advisers had thought fit to propose to Parliament to make her a partner in the firm of Lesseps and Co. In giving his decision he should have no difficulty, from a purely commercial point of view. Few would doubt the broad principle that it was not expedient for any Govern- ment to take shares in any commercial undertaking, especially in one in which the direction was in France, the business in Egypt, and the control or sovereign power either in the Pasha of Egypt or the Sultan of Turkey. From the financial point of view, it could only be regarded as a loan to the ruler of Egypt for a term of twenty years but as a rule it was not ad- visable that our Government should lend money to any potentate and he certainly could see no reason why an Oriental potentate should be made a special excep- tion. (Hear.) Parliament would, however, have to decide the question on political rather than commercial or financial grounds. They would have to carefully consider the nature of the business, the character of the partnership with Lesseps and Co., and the political position and relations of the Khedive, through whose country, either by rail or by this water-way, was the nearest route to India. It was the business of Lesseps and Co. to main- tain this waterway for our ships of war as well as for our ships of commerce. Accordingly, it ap- peared to him that the real question which Parlia- ment would have to decide would be whether Lord Derby would prove the assertion which he made the other day at Edinburgh, that the country would by this transaction obtain additional security for a free and uninterrupted passage to India and whilst they could not but regard the price which they would have to pay as financially and commercially attended with some risk, the real question was whether it would help to keep open our communications with India, and also give us additional security for retaining the pos- session of India, and our connection with our Colonial Empire. (Cheers.) They must all feel that the ques- tion was one which must be thoroughly sifted, aivl it would not be fair to blame him or any member wllb did his best to test the merits of this transaction to the utmost.

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