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.IMPERIAL P ARLIAJiENT. -+-- In the House of Lords, on Thursday, the report of amend- ments of the Capital Punishment Bill was brought, up and agreed to. Lord Cranworth. moved the second reading of r, ministration of Justice (Chancery) Amendment l"11' Jf10 object of -which is hereafter to constitute the Master ot the Bolls ex officio one of the Lords Justices of Appeal in The Lord Chancellor opposed the measure on the ground that its real object was to correct the point of precedence, by which at present the Master of the Roils takes higher rank than the Lords Justices, to whom appeals come from thMSt. Leonard's also opposed it in principle and detail Lord Romily said that in the first instance he had stated that he had no objection to the measure, but when he saw the bill he found that it was full of diRleultiea. and that it abolished the original jurisdictioni of uhe M^uer of the Soils, and he thought it desirable to withdraw the. bill After some remarks from Lord Kmgsaown, not audible, The bill was rejected. The statute Law Revision Bill was withdrawn. The Judicial Committee of Privy Council Bill was with- ^The House adjourned at half-past sis. In the House of Lords, on Friday, in answer to the Earl of Shaftesbury, The Earl of Derby said that the Government had a bill in preparation to bring women and children in certain trades and manufactures under a like protection to that of the Factories Act, which would be brought in next session. Earl De Grey inquired what course Ministers intended to adopt m reference to the arming of British troops with breech-loading rifles. The Earl of Longford said that the late Government had taken pains to ascertain the value of breech-loaders before attempting to supply the forces with them, and had decided on converting the Enfield rifle, and it was intended by the present Government to proceed with that design, but instead of 40,000 rifles which had been ordered to be con- verted by March next, arrangements had been made by which 150,000 would be ready by that time. Altogether 600,000 would be converted as soon as possible. The Duke of Cambridge said that the subject had been well considered, and it had been resolved to convert the existing rifles, not because such a weapon was the best, but because it was the readiest to be obtained at present. Al- though the Prussian needle-gun, which had done so much execution in the recent engagements, was not the best of breech-loaders, yet its existence rendered it necessary that our small army should at once be supplied with as good a weapon. The Earl of Dalhousie suggested the appointment op I special committee to consider the whole subject. jent The Crown Lands Bill and the Grand Juries Prew Bill passed through committee. j Carriage The National Gallery Enlargement Bill anclid a second and Deposit of Dangerous Goods Bills vic- time..ment Bill was read The Law of Capital Punishment Å," I a third time and passed. eIght. The House adjourned at half*. TJH. Monday, the Royal assent In the House of Ll"t to a number of bills, public and j was given by COBIF' private. tao Dogs Bill, whica is intended The second.j.->ossession_o £ those animals, was passed, al- to regulat"rlI}geB cy of its provisions was objected to by though -^ancellor. < the T-ransubstantiation, .fee., Declaration .Abolition Bill, ] aiie Standard of Weights and Measures Bill were read a ? ^cona time. x The House adjourned at a few minutes after six. 1 In the House of Commons, on the re-assembling of the Mouse, jj.0 following members of tbe new Government toolr the oaths and their seatsMr. Disraeli, Sir J. Pakington Lord Cranborue, Ganeral Peel, Sir H. Cairns, Mr. Bovill, Mr. Cave, Mr. G. Hardy, Lord Burgliley, Sir J. Hav, Mr. i ■%2r(i Stanley, Lord Naas, Mr. Noel, and Mr. Wal- pole. Mr. Vanderbyl also took his seat for Bridgewater. On going into committee of supply, Captain Vivian drew attention to the necessity of arming- our troops with breech-loading rifles. Sir ,c'-n K«sseU dwelt also on the latter subject; and also urged that it would be necessary to simplify the drill of the British army besides supplying it with efficient arms. A discussion ensued, in the course of which Mr. J. B. Smith stated that he had called the attention of the Govern- ment of the day to the existence of the needle-gun in the Prussian army so long ago as 1851 Mr. Osborne was willing to leave this important question to the Secretary and Under-Secretary for War; but he wished to draw attention to the appointments of,the new- Government in reference to the administration of justice in Ireland. He asked if the reports of the legal appointments in Ireland were true; whether Mr. Blackburne at the age of 85 had been created Lord Chancellor, instead of Mr. Brewster, while Mr. ITapier had been made Lord Justice of Appeal; and all this at the instance of Mr. Whiteside. He also complained that no Irish Lord of the Treasury had been appointed. He wislied to know what wag the plan hinted at by Mr. Disraeli for stopping the emigration from Irelaad. also complained that no Irish Lord of the Treasury had been appointed. He wished to know what was the plan hinted at by Mr. Disraeli for stopping the emigration from Irelaad. General Peel said, with regard to breech-loading rifles he had received letters from the military commissioner of this country with the Prussian army, urging the immediate adoption of that arm in our service. at was necessary to come to decision at once; and he found that the late Go- vernment had arranged for the conversion of the existing into the Snider rifle, and he had determined to carry on that convereion as rapidly as possible and he hoped to get 200,000 by the end of the present financial year; and as fast as they were constructed they would be placed in the hands of the troops. Beyond the question of conversion no de- cision had been come to as to what the future arm of our .1 troops should Lie. The Narquisof Hartington explained that the order that he had given for Enfield rifles to be converted was given in February last, and he was prepared, on receiving further reports on the subject, for a large additional number. Sir B. Peel drew attestion to the recent proceedings in regard to a supplemental charter for the Queen's University in Irelaad, alleging that action of the most decisive charac- ter had been taken in relation thereto by the late Govern- ter had been taken in relation thereto by the late Govern- ment without the knowledge of the Blouse, notwithstand- ng Mr. Gladstone's assurance that such should not be the case. Sir G. Grey denied that the late Government had been case. Sir G. Grey denied that the late Government had been foUUty ot any breach of faith to the House; for the most minute and derailed account of tbe intentions of the Go- ia a -etter to the Lord Lieutenant, was S'Ir16 iu ^wch last, and since then not a word had been saId against the coarse proposed to be pur- the discussion. He proceeded to ib? which tue late Government proposed to introduce hlto the university education oi Ireland were fundamental and whatever they were, Sir Robert Peel was a party to them as a member of the Government;, which had fully and dis- tinctly stated their purpose and object in the matter and every document with regard to them had been duly laid on the HOUSP^ /?0H"se* He strenuously urged a decision of whether or not the Irish student was to be de- -slmnV or,P,Ui ? Cml right-that of an academieai degree —simply on religious sroiinrts! in anin-fderf^?rwf objected to an attempt ment or the ^m^f t0.0btaia the opinion of the Govern- ment on ine important question of Irish edir cation Th^ ZTitf70 its consideration during THPV WOULD HT^-O^' U^H if a proper notice had been given y Prepared to meet the discussion. AS regarded the general.p„iiCy of Government towards Ireland, eouu'rv^1' P°hey to propose a loan to railway s in L' Y a measure, however which thev inherited from their predecessors. wulcn lney The House then went into committee of supply and took office°paeketrservice. n "» úffice packet service. The other b,,isines' Was di-' 'P)';C(l of n(I the I-louse ad. journed tltt quarter Pa-Vt one O'clock. In the House of Lords, Tuesday, on the motion of the Marquis of Clanracarde, and wit a the assent of the Earl of Derby, on condition that it was noc pressed this session a Bill for Improving the Tenure of Land m Ireland was read a second time. The National Gallery Enlargement Bill was read a second time, after a short discussion. The motion of the Marquis of Clanricarde to go into com- mittee on the Dogs Bill wtis opposed, and lost, on a division, by 37 to 14, and the bill lapsed. Their lordships then adjourned. In the House of Commons, at a morning sitting, the Thames Navigation Bill was taken in committee, and 62 clauses disposed, of. i-n IVT^. Pvanfaii At the evening sitting, ia answer to Mi. Grenfell, Lord Stanley said that a statement in a Berlin journal, to the effect that England would nou allow part of Hanover to be handed over to Prussia, on account of certain eventual hereditary claims of England, was absolutely untrue. Mr. Graves moved for a commission to inquire into the present condition of the seamen of the mercantile marine, with the view of ascertaining whether within the last twenty years the supply of British seamen has or has Mtu Off, either in numbers or efficiency if the supply had fa en what causes have led to the decline, and whether any le y can be suggested. Mr. Liddell seconded the motion, i ). Mr, Henley attributed, in a great measure the deteriora- tion of our seamen, which was undoubted, to the suosuitu- tion of short for long apprenticeships, He also pointed out the life of hardship, toil, and danger, which a sailor had to undergo, and the comparatively small wages which he received, as a cause of the falling off in the number of our seamen. Sir S. Northcote pledged the Government to inquire into the subject, and hoped that the motion would not be pressed. The motion was withdmwn. Mr. Berkeley moved that, having regard to the failure of all legislation against corrupt practices at Parliamentary elections, it is expedient to make experiment of the system oi taking votes at such elections anonymously, according to the laws now in force in other parts of her Majesty's do- minions. He first presented a petition from the in- habitants of Bridgenorth, stating that after the last general election numerous notices to quit had been served on tenants on the Whitmore property, and praying for freedom of election, like that enjoyed in Australia, by means of the ballot. He then went on to quote the opinions of eminent authorities as to the value of the electoral func- tion, including Lord Russell, Burke, Chief Justice Holt, and asked a trial of that remedy which was adopted by England's greatest; Parliament—in which Hampden, Eliot, and Coke sat, and which had been advocated by Grote, Macaulay, and numerous others of equal weight and authority. He de- nounced the Corrupt Practices Act, designating it as the Corrupt Practices Encouragement Act; and as the result the electoral system was in a helpless and hopeless condi- tion, unless the remedy he proposed was tried. I Mr. Mowbray opposed the motion. Lord H. Percy indignantly repudiated the statement that his brother, Earl Percy, had ceased to deal with tradesmen f who had refused to vote for Mr. Bovill. After observations from Tlr. Onslow, Mr. Bovill, Captain Vivian, and Mr. Locke, On a division, the motion was negatived by 197 to 110. Mr. Mill moved for a return of the number of freeholders and householders in England, and Wales who, fulfilling the conditions of property or rental prescribed by law as the qualification for the electoral franchise, are excluded from the franchise by reason of their sex. He also stated that he should retain this subject as a part of his political pro- gramme. Mr. Walpole assented to the motion, and it was agreed to. The other business was gone through, and the House adjourned at half-past twelve o'clock.

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