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IMPSXIAL PARLIAMENT. HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY. The Endowed Schools and Hospitals (Scotland) Bill passed through Committee, and the report of amendments to the Scotch Education Bill was received. A Bill introduced by Lord Henniker under the title of Tie Railway Regulation (ReturriA of Continuous Brakes) Biil, 1873." requiring certain returns to be ma.de to the Board of Trade from all railway companies as to the continuous brakes used by them, was read a first time, and their Lordships adjourned. HOUSE OF Cü:\BIO:S.-THURSDAY. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, replying te Mr. Cowen, said he had no information as to the alleged Russian occupation of Roumania. Answering Mr. Dillwyn, Sir Stafford Northcote also stated that if progress -was made with certain measures and in Committee of Ways and Means, he trusted the House would rise after a morning sitting on Tuesday for the Easter recess. On the motion that the orders of the day subsequent to the Public Works Loans Bill be postponed until after the notice of motion for leave to bring in a Bill for establishing a code of indictable offences, Mr. Macdonald complained of the course taken in talking out the Employers' Liability for Injuries to Workmen Bill, and asked if Government would name a day for taking a discussion on the question Mr. Gladstone hoped Government would express disapproval of the way in which the Bill had been met. Sir John Holker said he should redeem the pledge he had given to bring in a Bill on the subject this session. The 4 ;overnmcnt, he added, had nothing to do with the talking out of the Bill. Mr. Gladstone accepted the explanation thus proferred, and after some further lliscussion, on the subject, principally confined to t',ie Irish members and Mr.. Macdonald, the motion for postponement of the orders of the day was agreed to, and the House went into Committee of Ways and Means. HOUSE OF LORDS.-FRIDAY. Lord Oranmore and Browne adverted to the recent murder of Lord Leitriui in Ireland, and to the frequent occurrence of agrarian outrages. HJ moved that it was the duty of the Govern- ment to adopt measures for effectually suppressing such out- rages, and enforcing security of life in Ireland. At the same time he moved for certain returns with' reference to agrarian crime, expressing his opinion that this was largely to be attri- buted to the influence of secret societies, and the encouragement of the National press, from which he read extracts.—Lord Dun- raven contended that the discontent in Ireland was due to past injustice.—The Lord Chancellor said Government would not ob- ject to supplying the returns. He denied, however, that unde- tected or unpunished crime of the character alluded to by Lord Oranmore had increased of lato in Ireland, though it might have done so in certain districts. The Government was fully aware of the duty imposed upon it in connection with these outrages, and would apply for further powers wherever they considered such application necessary.—After some discussion, Lord Oran- more withdrew the former part of his motion, and the motion for the returns specified by the noble lord was agreed to.- In reply to Earl Granville, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon said that the Government intended to lay before Parliament the Circular and annexed Memorandum of Prince Gortschakoff immediately they received it. Their lordships then adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY. Sir C. Forstor moved the discharge of the order for the recep- tion of a petition, purporting to be from the working men of Dublin, against the Irish Sunday Closing Bill. Enquiry had shown that addresses had been given which either did not exist or were not those of the parties signing; and, as to two signa- tures, there had evidently been a deliberate attempt to mislead th3 House.—After some discussion the motion was agreed to.—Mr. Macdonald asked if the Home Secretary would bring in a Bill compelling all employers of workmen who use explosives to build places forthe manufacture of cartridges.—Mr. Cross replied in the negative, adding that such a measure would appear to sanction the use of gunpowder in mines, and it was very doubtful whether security in lrines could exist till that practice was altogether discontinued. Miners could ob- tain licences to make cartridges in stores of their own, separate from their houses, on payment of a shilling.—There- port on the Budget resolutions was, after some discussion, agreed to, and the Public Works Loan Bill having been read a second time, and also the Highways Bill, the sitting was sus- pended at seven o'clock. On the House resuming, Mr. O'Donnell was alluding to the murder of Lord Leitrim, and put- ting before the House a supposed case of an-English landowner carrying out a system of wholesale evictions, when he was called to order bv some of the members on the Ministerial side of the House.—The Speaker, however, ruled that Mr. O'Donnell was in order in the observations he was making, and the honourable member proceeded, when Mr. King-Harman called attention to the presence of strangers, and on the question is to the with- drawal of strangers being put by the Speaker, the numbers were -ayes 57, noes 12, and strangers were consequently ordered to withdraw.—The gallery remained closed from a quarter past nine until twenty-five minutes to one, and of course no authentic account of the proceedings in the interval can be given. It is stated, however, that after the galleries were cleared Mr. (XDonnelI resumed his speech, and was followed by Mr. Parnell, who spoke at great length in support of Mr. O'Donnell's views. Dr. Ward and Mr. McCarthy Downing indignantly reprobated the speeches of both. Subsequently the Attorney-General for Ireland commented on the fact that the two men who were wit- nesses to the murder of Lord Leitrim shared his fate. Lord Hzixtiiag-ton, after remarking upon the painful nature of the scene which the House had witnessed, complained of an insult which had been offered to Mr. Gladstone and himself in the division lobby. The Chancellor of the Exchequer expressed his regret, but intimated his opinion that if his lordship had been present at the opening of the debate he would not have voted with the minority. Mr. Gladstone, while unwilling to press the matter, thought that an apology was due from the hon. members who had- behaved so improperly. The subsequent speakers included Mr. O'Connor Power, Sir W. H.ircourt, Mr. Plunkett, and Sir Patrick O'Brien. Although the division bell was rung, the House did not divide. There was a scene of great excitement throughout the proceedings. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONOAY. In reply to a question, the Earl of Cadogau v"'I that the latent official despatch from the Cape w:ts ii General Thesiger, dated March 12, zit which time measnwere being taken to surround the Kaffirs until a sufficient ."i ce of troops arrived to drive them out. There had evidently been a good deal of bush fighting since then, but he had no confirmation of the newspaper telegrams. According to a telegram from Sir Bartle Frere, dated March 19, the rebels in many quarters were anxious to lay down their arms.—Earl Beauchamp brought up her Majestv's answer to the Address sent up by their lordships in reply to the Royal Message calling out the reserves. Her Majesty thanked their lordships for their loyal address, and added that she relied with confidence on their hearty co-opera- tion in all measures intended to uphold the honour of the Crown and the best interests of the Empire.—The Medical" Act (1858) Amendment Bill was read a second time.—The Duke of Somerset moved for a return of the trials of shells against iron plates, but Lord Bury said the trials were not yet complete.— Their lordships adjourned at 6-30. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Replying to questions, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said that, next to financial business, the County Government Bill was the first measure Government wished to press forward; the Contagious Diseases Bill was set down for committee in the House of Lords on Mav lG, and it would be pressed forward as rapidly as possible. Her Majesty's reply to the address on the message with respect to the calling out of the reserves was couched in the following terms:- I thank you for your loyal and dutiful address. I confidently rely on your adoption of measures for the honour of the crown and the stability of the empire."—On the motion for going into committee on the Customs and Inland Revenue Bill, an amendment was moved by Mr. Hopwood, declaring it to be inexpedient to employ the police as prosecutors for the recovery of excise penalties, but, after some discussion, it was negatived without a division, and the House went into committee. Several divisions were taken on amendments referring to the dog tax, and after a long de- bate the Bill was ordered to be reported on Tuesday. HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY. The Royal assent was given by commission to a number of public and private Acta. LORD DERBY AND AUSTRO-HUNGARY. The Marquis of Salisbury wished before the House separated for the-recess to say that he saw that. afternoon the Austrian Ambassador, who represented to him that words imputed to Lord Derby had caused much pain to persons in authority in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and especially to officers of the army, that he thought some words from the aoble lord would be pleasing to those to whom the observations applied, and would be on general grounds desirable. His noble friend was repre- sented to have said that portions of the Austrian army, distinguished by Sclav nationality, could, not have been trusted to fight against Russians. He had no recollection of hearing the noble earl say that, but whatever observa- tions he made with respect to Austro-Hungary, or the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, were made on his own re- sponsibility, and there was nothing at the Foreign Office on which they could have been founded.—The Duke of Argyle understood Lord Derby to say no more than that .Y there were circumstances which made it improbable that Austria would take arms against Russia. After a few words from Lord Denman, the subject dropped, and on the motion of Lord Beaconsfield the House adjourned at half-past four until the 13th May. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. IMPORTANT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT. In reply to Mr. W. E. Forster, the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that nothing had transpired since the recent Eastern Debate to cause increased anxiety or diminish the hope entertained by her Majesty's Govern- ment of a satisfactory arrangement of the difficulties in which they were undoubtedly placed. With regard to Epirus a.nd Thessaly, he hoped that the arrangement about to be made through the officers of her Majesty's Government between the Porte and the Greek Govern- ment would put z,. stop to the outrages that had been going on. Another circular was shortly expected from the Porte and any information published in the recess would be put before the country. The state of things at Constantinople were not such as to cause increased anxiety. In reply to Captain Pim, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said he had seen the paragraph in the newspaper stating that Dervish Pasha, having been instructed to evacuate Batoum, said the inhabitants regarded the transfer to Russia with horror and despair, and refused to comply with the order, but her Majesty's Government had no official information on the subject of course the question relating to this report would be one of those that would have to be considered in the Conference. (Hear, hear.) In reply to another question by the same gentleman, the Chancellor added, that he had seen state- ments to the effect that the Czarevitch. had been appointed president of a Russian committee to arm privateers, in case of a war with England and that several American steamers had been purchased, that torpedoes had bsen received from an English firm, that £10,000 had been offered to Russia for one letter of margin, &c. Her Majesty's Government had no official information on the subject, but as Russia was a party to the declaration of Paris, by which privateering was declared abolished it was not likely that such measures had been taken. (Hear, hear.)—In answer to Mr. Shaw Lefevre, Mr. Bourke said from recent information there was reason to believe that the truce had been broken between Turk- ish authorities and the insurgents in Crete, and it was said that the disturbances were in consequence of the Turkish troops having marched into Chnstian villages. It was said on one hand that the Turks did this on the invitation of the Christians, and on the other that if they were so invited it was by persons who did not represent the Christian feeling of the population. A telegram received a day or two since from Mr. Layard states that Rescher Pasha, accompanied by Server Pasha, had gone to Crete to take command of the troops, and both had given the strongest assurances that they would do their best to repress the excesses spoken of, and to restore peace and tranquility as speedily as possible to the Island. On the motion that the House at its rising do adjourn to the 6th May, Sir W. Lawson protested against Parlia- ment separating for so long a period unless the Govern- ment would give an assurance to take no decisive or irrevocable step towards war—Mr. Courtney and Mr. Monk expressed a similar opinion. Lord R. Montague said that on the policy of the Government, which was no longer isolated, the hope for the liberties of Europe do- pended.—Mr. Fawcett mo ved to substitute April 29.—The Chancellor of the Exchequer i mprecated the discussion as useless and dangerous. It w uld create the worst pos- sible effect, if it was, thought that the state of affairs was so critical that Parliament could not separate for a s hor holiday.—Mr. Forster said the whole responsibility rested with the Government, but if he thought its policy was war, the action of himself and friends would have been very different* After some further discussion, the amendment was nega- tived by 168 to 10, and the motion for the adjournment to the 6th May agreed to.-At the evening sitting the report 6)n the Customs and Inland Revenue Bill was considered and agreed to.—The House adjourned at ten o'clock until Monday, May 6.

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