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POLITICAL GOSSIP. THERE are thirty-six members of the new House of Commons above sixty years of age, and therefore not liable to serve on committees. IN the last session of Parliament The House of Commons took no less than £ 69,649 in fees. 433 biHs were read a second time, and 347 were passed. IT is stated that at the recent Oxford University election, Mr. Hardy had 1,920 promises, of which 1,904 were polled-only a falling of 16. MR. MILL has subscribed .£20 towards Mr. Hughes' electioneering expenses. THE National debt of the United States on the 31st of July was rather more than 550 millions sterling. This the Gavemment is advised strongly by many leading American financiers to pay off at the rate of one per cent. per annum-a proceeding unexpected and highly creditable to the national sense of probity. REGARDING the vacancy of the junior Lord of the Admiralty, the names mentioned as of the lot mast likely to fnrnish the new lord, are those of Mr. C. Buxton, Mr. Stansfeld, who formerly held the place, Mr. Fenwick, and Lord Enfield, of whom we venture to think the last-named as most likely to be the suo- cessful candidate. SIR NARCISSE BELLEAU, Speaker of the Canadian Legislative Assembly, who was knighted by the Prinoe of Wales in 1860, has been appointed Prime Minister of Canada, in the room of Sir Etienne Tache. THE Spanish papers are emphatic in assuring the public that the expected meeting between Qaeen Isabella and the Emperor and Empress of the French will be purely of a friendly nature, and will have no political significance whatever. VISCOUNT PALMERSTON is in excellent health at Brockett-hall, Herts. The noble Viscount and Vis- countess have a select family circle staying with them, including Viscount and Viscountess Sudley, and the Bight Hon. W. F. Cowper and Mrs. Cowper. THE Duke of Somerset has left his official residence at Whitehall for Portsmouth, accompanied by the Whole of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and Rear-Admiral Lord Clarence Paget, C.B., Secretary, Where the Board will remain during the reception of the French fleet. Ai/ rxono e+ofji f.Kn.f. fchft Ponf.ifinal police have discovered that a foreign officer in the service or the Holy See was forging diplomas of Russian deoora- tionu. A hundred such papers in the Russian lan- guage were found in his apartments when arrested. The object was to gain money by disposing of them. THE following clergymen have seats in the House of Lords as lay peers The Rev. E. Hobart, Earl of Buckinghamshire; Rev. W. G. Howard, Earl of Car- lisle; Very Rev. W. J. Brodrick, Viscount Midleton; Rev. W. Nivill, Earl of Abergavenny; Rev. F. T. Wykeham Fiennes, Lord Saye and Sele; Right Rev. R. J. Eden, Lord Auckland Rev. H. W. Powlett, Lord Bayning; Right Rev. T. Plunket, Lord Plunket; and the Rev. A. Curzon, Lord Scarsdale. In the Scottish peerage there is not one clergyman. In the Irish peer- age there are only two clergymen besides Lord Auck- land, who is an Irish as well as an English baron—viz., the Very Rev. H. de Montmorency, Viscount Mont- morres; and Rev. J. Beresford, Marquis of Waterford. The heir presumptive to the title ot Lord Arundell of Wardour is his brother, a Jesuit priest. The heir pre- sumptive to the Irish barony of Ffrench is also in Roman Catholic orders. The heirs to the titles of Sherard, Stuart de Decies, Buckhurst, Haberton, and Hastings are also clergymen.-Guardian.

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