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6«— —— — IMPERIAL PABLIAMMT. -+-- In the House of Lords, on Friday, Parliament was pro- rogued by commission. The Lords Commissioners having taken their seats in front of the Throne, the Speaker ana several members of the House of Commons, in compliance with the summons of Black Rod, appeared at the bar. The Royal assent was then given by commission to the Appropriation Bill and several other bills. The Lord Chancellor then read THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. "My LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, We are commanded by her Majesty, in releasing you from the labours of a protracted uegsion, to con- vey to you her Majesty's acknowledgments for the zeal and assiduity with which you have applied your- selves to your Parliamentary duties. Her Majesty has much satisfaction m informing you "that her relations with all foreign Powers are on the most friendly footing.. Her Majesty has watched wish anxious interest the progress of the war which has recently convulsed a great portion of the Continent of Europe. Her Majesty cannot have been an indifferent spectator of events which have seriously affected the positions of Sovereigns and Princes with whom her Majesty is connected by the closest ties of relationship and friendship; but her Majesty has not deemed it expe- dient to take part in a contest in which neither the honour of her Crown nor the interest of her people demanded any active intervention on her part. Her Majesty can only express an earnest hope that the negotiations now in progress between the belligerent Powers may lead to such an arrangement as may lay the foundation of a secure and lasting peace. A wide-spread treasonable conspiracy, having for its objects the subversion of her Majesty's authority in Ireland, the confiscation of property, and the establishment of a Republic, having its seat in Ireland, but deriving its principal Eupport from naturalised citizens of a foreign and friendly State, compelled her Majesty at the commencement of the present Session to assent to a measure recommended by her represen- tative in Ireland for the temporary suspension in that part of her Majesty's dominions of the Habeas Corpus Act. That measure, firmly but temperately acted on by the Irish Executive, had the effect of repressing any outward manifestations of treasonable intentions, and of causing the withdrawal from Ireland of the greater portion of those foreign agents by whom the conspiracy was mainly fostered. The leaders, however, of this movement were not deterred, from prosecuting their criminal designs beyond the limits of her Majesty's dominions. They even attempted, from the territories of the United States of America, an inroad upon the peaceful sub- jects of her Majesty in her North American provinces. That attempted inroad, however, only served to mani- fest, in the strongest manner, the loyalty and devo- tion of her Majesty's subjects in those provinces, who, without exception of creed or origin, united in defence of their Sovereign and their country. It served also to show the good faith and scrupulous attention to international rights displayed by the Government of the United States, whose active interference, by checking any attempted invasion of a friendly State, mainly contributed to protect her Majesty s dominions against the evils of a predatory inroad. Her Majesty would have been rejoiced at the close of the present Session to be enabled to put an end to the exceptional legislation which she was compeked to sanction at its commencement; but the protection which her Majesty owes to her loyal subjects leaves her no iilfcerHtttivo but that of assenting to the advico of her Parliament to continue till their next meeting the provisions of the existing law. Her Majesty looks anxiously forward to the time when she may be enabled to revert to the ordinary provisions of the law. "GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, Her Majesty commands us to thank you for the liberal provision which yeu have made for the public service, and for the naval and military defences of the country. "Bly LORDS AND GENTLEMEN, "Her Majesty has seen with great concern the monetary pressure which, for a period of unprece- dented duration, has weighed upon the interests ot the country. The consequent embarrassment appeared at one moment to be aggravated by so general a feel- ing of distrust and alarm that her Majesty, m order to restore connaence, auvuurusoa re- commend to the directors of the Bank ef England a course of proceeding suited to the emergency. "This, though jaetifiable under the circumstances, might have led to an enfringement of the law, but her Majesty has the satisfaction of being able to inform you that no such infringement has taken place, and that, although the monetary pressure is not yet sen- sibly mitigated, alarm is subsiding, and the state of trade being sound, and the condition of the people generally prosperous, her Majesty entertains a san- onine hone that confidence will Boon be restored. "Her Majesty has observed with satisfaction ana with deep gratitude to Almighty God that he has so far favoured the measures which have been adopted for staying the fearful pestilence which has visited our for staying the fearful pestilence which has visited our herds and flocks, that its destructive effects have been in a great measure checked, and that there is reason to hope for its entire extinction at no distant period. In the meantime, her Majesty has given her willing assent to a measure which has been introduced for the relief of those districts which have suffered the most severely from its visitation. "Her Majesty regrets that this country has at length been subjected to the ftlarfl11 visitation of cholera. which has prevailed in other European countries, but from which it has been hitherto happily exempt. Her Majesty has directed that a form of prayer to Almighty God, suitable to the present exi- gency, should be offered up in all the churches of this realm; and her Majesty has given her cordial ap- proval to legislative measures sanctioning the adop- tion, by local authorities, of such steps as science and experience have shown to be most effectual for the check of this fearful malady. Her Ms )esty hopes that those in whose hands so large and. beneficial an authority is left will not be slow to execute the powers entrusted to them, and that they will bi) seconded in their endeavours by all who have at heart the safety and well-being of her people. In connection with this subject her Majesty hopes that a bill, to which she has given her readv assent, for improving the navigation of the Rlye:r. Thames, may incidentally be conducive to the public hesltu. "Her Majesty has great satisfaction in congratul- ating the country and the world at large on tne BUO- cessful accomplishment of the great design of con- meeting Europe and America by the means of an electric telegraph. It is hardly possible to anticipate the full extent of the benefits which may be conferred — vranA Viv, Miivnnh of SCiefttlflO On uue uuiiittu vy uuia b.sgnyi v* ~— enterprise; and her Majesty has pleasure in express- ing her deep of what ia due to the private energy which, in spite of repeated failure and discouragement, has at length, for the time, succeeded in establishing direct communication between the two continents. Her Majesty traats that no impediment may occur to interrupt success of this great undertaking, calcu- lated, as it undoubtedly is, to cement yet closer the ties which bind her Majesty's North American Colo- nies to their mother country, and to promote the unrestricted intercourse and friendly feeling which it desirable should subsist between her Majesty's «< w" M*ie«ttv is aware that in returning to your ■ w M many of you have duties to perform respective homes, y tho!jQ wl)ioh belong to you hardly less acifv. Her Majesty places full in your l^egielaiive capa^ ,,ith ,vhich you reliance on the dai:,jeg and her Majesty will discharge ^hoso flueno0 aEd efforts may, earnestly prays that yowr rovyence, tend to the under the blessing of D *f0Jf.foontentment of her general well are, prospen people." nnnattinsB the Speaker and At the close of the proeoedi sf ti,0 Lower members of the Commons i"8 their lordships House, and, the Session being o»er, separated. i^if-nast one o'clock. The House of Commons met about bai i bt bon. Soon after the Speaker took proceeded, in gentleman and several members of the /nod, to the ssa-pSi 0n their return, the right hon. gentleman rea(1 the Speech, ample and in a few minutes the House was cleaied, Session of 1885 was closed. — — Burins? tlie past week thirty-one wrecks have been reported, making the total for the present jear 1,275. 1,275.

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