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SIX AND TWENTY YEARS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS." Last Saturday Sir George O. Morgan, M.P., de- livered an address at the Working Men's College, Great Ormond Street, on Six and Twenty Years in the House of Commons." In the course of his re- marks, he said that the House of Commons fortun- ately had changed in quite a different manner to that of a man. Now that institution was a good deal younger than when he first had the honour to have a seat in it. It could be easily understood what a lot of old fogeys they were in those days. The average age of each member at that time was fifty- five years. It had been said that the House of Commons was the best club in London. That, how- ever, could not be said now. Speaking in those days was confined practically to thirty or forty members, but at the present time such a state of things had altogether altered. It was a well-known fact that 300 members had had bills in their pockets at the same time, and all were eager to have their own dealt with first. It was now perfectly impossible for a private mem- ber to secure a discussion upon any measure, and this fact alone had practically destroyed the House of Commons as a Legislative Chamber. He had been asked on several occasions who he considered THE GREATEST ORATOR that ever sat in the House of Commons. Without the slightest hesitation, he should mention the name of a man who could not be called an excellent de- bater, John Bright. The greatest speech that he ever made was immediately after the death of his son, and the speech had a tremendous effect upon the division, which was a most unusual thing. This was during the discussion on the Burials Amendment Bill of 1875, and through his eloquence he reduced a majority of 36 to 14. The name of John Bright at once called to mind THE NAME OF MR. GLADSTONE. The two men, however, could not be compared. Mr. Bright's orations were always most carefully pre- pared, whilst Mr. Gladstone's speeches were delivered without a note ever having been taken. He (the lecturer) considered Mr. Parnell one of the most remarkable men that he had had the fortune to meet. He was not an orator, nor a debater, but it could not be denied that whenevcr he delivered a speech a pin could have been heard to drop. If there were ever a leader of men Charles Stuart Parnell was the man. A vote of thanks to the lecturer terminated the proceedings.

TABERNACLE KING'S CROSS.