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| IN PARLIAMENT. | OUR LEGISLATORS ON NIGHT DUTY. Tired through their late sitting on Thursday night, our ambitious legislators did not feel very spirited on Friday to accomplish a great deal of legislative work. Happily, the subjects for their discussion were of a light and varied character. The honourable members, owing perhaps to a few short lectures delivered by their wives on the effects of late hours, inwardly promised not to repeat soon that habit, which was once such a noted characteristic of the British Parliament. It is too difficult to ex- plain why they decided on Thursday night to devote so much time to the Ashantee Expedi- tion and other topics of secondary importance. THE NEW RULES. There are many who believe that the new rules introduced by Mr. Balfour will result in some careless and slovenly work being per- formed in cur National Assembly. Unless necessitated by a very grave issue, the fre- quent suspension of the 12 o'clock rule will not add to the brilliancy and usefulness of the performance of our law makers. JOHN DILLON AND THE CATHOLIC SAILORS. The comparatively few members present on Friday diverted themselves by discussing upon cycling in the London parks and the Opening of museums on Sunday. However, Mr- John Dillon evidently not satisfied with the Importance of the above-mentioned topics, called the attention of the Government to the neglectful manner wherein the spiritual wants of Catholic sailors are studied in the British f^avy. He was promised by Mr. Goschen that the grievance would be shortly remedied jo an extent that would be compatible with ne interests of the naval service. THE BRITISH MARCH INTO THE SOUDAN. On Monday it was quite obvious that some unusual statement was going to be made, for nc House was respectably full at an early our. in reply to Sir William Harcourt, Mr. urzon, the under Foreign Secretary, briefly explained that the object of the British Expedi- On mto the Soudan would be to ward off the JTgTession of the Dervishes and thus to in- j^rectly assist Italy. Several prominent mem- ers of the opposition closely argued that the reasons given were not sufficiently valid to arrant such a provoking undertaking at the esent critical hour. Though the Dervishes I might be highly infatuated over their recent success with the Italians, yet there is no great probability that they can ever be troublesome to Egypt, which is separated from their territories by a broad and defensive desert, as intimated by Mr. Courtney and others, no foolhardy attempt should be made to waste British Blood in the futile re-conquest of Khartoum and its worthless neighbourhood. In the interests of European peace, it is urgently imperative that the present Govern- ment, unless induced by stronger reasons than those publicly given, should not disturb the international equilibrium by wilfully penetrating into the heart of the Soudan, which is prac- tically valueless to any foreign nation. BIMETALLISM. Many were anxioifs to discover what view the Chancellor of the Exchequer would take on Tuesday with respect to the intricate question of Bimetallism. It is now agreed that he delivered a most closely argued and inter- esting speech upon a dry subject. When speaking in opposition to the motion he stood between Mr. Balfour and Mr. Chaplin, both of whom are strong upholders of the plausible but somewhat false theory of bimetallism. By those who sternly spoke against this proposal it was clearly shown that it is impossible to fix between gold and silver an exact ratio, that would not at any time be affected by market fluctuations. The difficulty of the proposal is also greatly increased by the fact that both gold and silver are used for other purposes besides that of coinage. Unless based on international settlement the adoption of bimetallism would be highly ruinous to the most deserving classes of the community.

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