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POLITICAL GOSSIP. -ø. IT is stated that Sir E. Filmer, one of the present Conservative members for West Kent, has determined on retiring from Parliament. THE Chancellor of the Exchequer has promised, if his engagements permit, to lay the first stone of the Wedgewood Memorial at Burslem, on the 20th of October. The Committee of Council contribute j8500 in aid of the building. THE Russian Autocrat is said to have added 150,000 men to his army by calling out forty-eight regiments from the reserve. Of these, twenty-four regiments are to be placed at the disposal of General Mouravieff, to be sent to Odessa, and four to Kieff. IT is reported that the Russian Government has demanded the abolition of the Polish societies in France, and that the Government has acquiesced and closed one at Versailles. This would be looked upon as rather a misplaced acquiescence at the present moment. AT a Privy Council held at Windsor, Parliament was ordered to be further prorogued from the 14th of October next to the 1st of December. Convocation is also further prorogued to the 2nd of December. ALTHOUGH no definite step will be taken in inviting a gentleman to offer himself as a candidate for the representation of Coventry, vacant by the death of the Honourable Mr. Ellice, until after the funeral of the deceased member, the following names are men- tioned as those who will be likely to offer themselves the first is that of Mr. Morgan Treeherne, of 47, Eaton- square, London, who has several times contested the representation with Mr. Ellice; and the other is that of Mr. W. H. Eaton, of 16, Prince's-gate, Hyde-park, London. Mr. Treeherne is reported to be at the present time on a tour in Italy. The only name that has yet been mentioned in the Liberal interest is that of the Hon. Edward Chandos Leigh, of the Midland Circuit, a brother of the Lord-Lieutenant of War- wickshire. A MEETING was held last week at Brighton, to dis- cuss Polish affairs. The two members for the borough, Mr. Coningham and Mr. White, were present, and both made speeches. Mr. Coningham strongly urged that England should recognise the Poles as belligerents, and Mr. White urged that Russia should be treated as Naples had been—namely, that our ambassador should be withdrawn aa a mark of disapproval of the massa- cres which were being perpetrated by Russia in Poland. IT is expected that a vacancy will speedily occur in the representation of the city of Oxford. The friends of Mr. Sergeant Gaselee have been canvassing the electors during the last few days, and another Liberal candidate is spoken of in the person of Mr. W. C. Cartwright, of Aynhoe, near Banbury. THERE seems to be a likelihood of a contest for the vacant seat at Tamworth. The Hon. Henry Cowper, a stepson of Lord Palmerston, has issued his address, which has the genuine Palmerstonian tone. A requisi- tion has, however, been presented to Mr. John Peel, of Middleton-hall, and that gentleman has consented to stand. He declares himself an adherent of the party who acknowledged the late Sir Robert Peel as their leader. MR. JOHN BROWN, the well-known manufacturer of armour-plates, has announced his intention of com- plying with a requisition signed by 2,500 electors of Sheffield, soliciting him to become a candidate for the representation of that borough at the next election. We judge from the letter in which he intimates his acceptance of the invitation, that Mr. Brown is a moderate Liberal. This "move" is stated to be directed more particularly against Mr. Roebuck. IT is stated that a sort of Polish Parliament will be held in London ere long. No object is stated, but the sensation the proceedings will produce will be immense. WARSAW, it is said, is to be divided into twenty-two quarters, watched over by 4,500 policemen, so that each will have only three houses to look after. Warsaw will thus be transformed into an immense prison, of which General Trepow will be the head gaoler. LORD NAPIER, on reading, in the Nomade of Naples, that the Marquis Papoli was accused of having caused, through remarks lie made, a misunderstanding between himself and Prince Gortschalcoff, instantly communi- cated with the English Government, denying the fact most strenuously, and declaring that his relations with the Italian Minister were of the most friendly descrip- tion. THE members for Norwich, Mr. Warner and Sir W. Russell, have been addressing a meeting of their con- stituents. Their speeches were of a purely political character. Mr. Warner commended the policy of the Government in regard to Poland and America. He thought that before long a new reform bill would be brought in which would be carried. As to Lord Palmerston, while approving generally of his pro- ceedings, he differed from him in some matters-. Moreover, he suggested that the Liberal party should set themselves to work.to. choose a leader who might succeed the present Premier. Sir W. Russell's ob- servations were of a very similar character. A MEETING- of the committee and friends of Messrs. Roebuck and Hadfield, the members for the borough of Sheffield, was held in the Council-hall of the borough at-iioon on Friday. The meeting was called to con- sider the circumstances in which the friends of the sitting members are placed by the candidature of the present mayor of Sheffield, Mr. John' Brown. The meeting was very influentially and numerously at- tended. Mr. Thomas Dunn was in the chair, and he explained that the requisition to Mr. Brown had been obtained on the representation that one of the sitting members was going to resign. The friends of Messrs. Roebuck and Hadfield considered it desirable to have an authoritative statement that such was not the case, and he read a letter from Mr. George Hadfield, in which he said:—"Permit me to assure you and the electors generally that I consider myself to hold my seat in Parliament as in the enjoyment of the confi- dence of my constituents, and that if ever I should be so unfortunate as to forfeit that confidence the seat will be worthless to me. I have, however, received so many flattering communications from friends and supporters, expressing the wish of themselves and many other electors, that I cannot doubt as to the existence of a general desire that my services to the borough should be continued, and, having that conviction, I beg you to inform the meeting that if life and health be continued to me I intend to solicit a renewal of their kindness at the next general election." The chairman, on the Spart of Mr. Roebuck, gave an authoritative assurance that he would offer himself for re-election at the general election. A resolution was proposed by Mr. H. E. Hoole, and seconded by Mr. R. Leader, and carried unanimously, by which the meeting expressed their gratification at learning that the sitting members intended to offer themselves for re-election, and pledg- ing themselves to support them at the election. The only word of opposition to Mr. Roebuck was from a violent partisan of the Federals, who objected to the hon. gentleman's views with regard to the recognition of the Southern Confederacy.



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