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from ranking as the most destructive mine disaster of South Wales. We cannot help thinking that there must be a kind Providence governing even the worst that befalls mankind. But this sad event ought to make all of us remember, as we sit in our well-warmed rooms or move in the van of a steam engine over land or sea, what awful perils daily surround those of our fellow-men who provide us with such com- forts. Inquiry may show whether this explosion was preventible or not; surely it ought not to pass the wit of man to make the miner's calling less perilous than it is. The Manoeuvres in St. Stephen's.—The Opposition, or rather the Radical section of it, made several attempts in the course of last week to place the Government in a minority, but the efforts were not crowned with success. The majority on one occasion ran as low as 24—a little over one-fourth of the normal. But on the resolution proposed by Mr. Winston Churchill against Preferential rates, the Govern- ment put the Colonial Secretary up to move the previous question, and that was carried by a majority of 42. Several Unionist Free-fooders however voted for the Churchill resolution, and a large number still refused to vote at all. This manoeuvre of moving the previous question saved the Government out of a very tight corner, for the resolution had been most craftily drawn. Whatever we may think of Mr. Balfour's policy of avoiding a fight upon a direct issue-of its manliness and even its utility in the long run-there is no denying the tactfulness of his generalship. He seems to have succeeded in taming even the impetuosity of Mr. Chamberlain. It is not many weeks since that restless politician declared that the sooner we had a General Election the better pleased he would be but he has not been allowed to do anything to hasten a dissolution. And unless the Opposition manages to drive a wedge somehow into the Unionist majority-and of its being able to do so this time there are signs-we must wait yet some time for the day of judgment. Mukden.-The Japanese victory at Mukden, great as it was, just failed to give that crushing blow to the Russians many people thought it would. Kuropatkin, who must be almost a second De Wet for daring and dash, just man- aged to break through what appeared a complete cordon, and he has withdrawn about 200,000 of his troops out of the trap that the enemy had laid for him. His Sedan is yet to come. True, his losses have been enormous. He left about 90,000 of his men dead and wounded upon the field of battle, and 40,0^0 more have been taken prisoners. He also failed to carry with him more than a tithe of the war supplies stored at Mukden, and the loss of these must tell terribly upon his future. The Japanese General reports that his total casualties during fourteen days of continuous battle, from February 26th to March 12th, amount to more than 41,000, so that the carnage is something awful. If such a havoc on life and limb does not stagger humanity, then humanity must be callous indeed. What Kuropatkin will do now, whether he will fortify himself in Tieling or withdraw from Manchuria altogether, and seek refuge at Harbin, no competent observer will hazard an opinion. Information just to hand says that Marshal Oyama is determined to push north- ward in the direction of Harbin at once for another effort to crush the enemy. But we earnestly hope that peace may outrun him. The one good omen of a speedy cessation of hostilities is the report that Russia has only been able to float its latest war loan on the Paris Bourse by giving a definite pledge that negotiations would be immediately entered upon. » THE members of the L.C.C. are against mixed bathing, not of persons only but of names as well. In christening their new steamers last week they neglected to give any fair one's name a chance of a dip in the Thames. It is the clearness of the water, no doubt, that accounts for the fury of the ladies against such narrowness. MR. LLOYD-GEORGE was closeted with a Roman Catholic Bishop one day last week. But the honourable member's admirers assure us that he did not confess to a single sin. Whether Dr. Headley pronounced him immacu- late or not, the Free Church Council at least gave him absolution the very same day.

Am Gymry Llundain.