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Hi! THE CONVEYANCE OF THE! AMERICAN MAILS. LETTER FROM THE POSTMASTER- GENERAL. Mr. Baden-Powell. M.P., has received the follow- ing letter from the Postmaster-Generalj General Post-office, Nov. 23. Dear Mr. Baden-Powell,—I need hardly assure you, in reply to your letter of the 20th inat., that the question of the American mail service has had my most anxious consideration, and that it has been my wish to maintain, if the public interest permitted it, the transit of the mails by the quickest steamers sailing from Liverpool and call- ing at Queenstown as the terminal pert. If I have not on this occasion completely suc- ceeded in establishing such a service it is entirely due to the action of the Cunard and Oceanic (White Star) Steamship Companies, whose tender demanded the exclusive conveyance of the mails by their own ships, and on two days of the; weekoniy; for their subsequent offer to carry a. third mail a week by their Boston line was virtu- ally useless, because the ships are so slow that they would frequently be outstripped by the following ship of the White Star Line. The arrangements which I have made with the new Inman Company and with Messrs. Guion and < o. will provide a regular service on two days of the week from Liverpool and Queenstown, and 1 have secured a third service, via Southampton, for a period ot three months. This servico may be subsequently continued or not, as the public inte- rest shall require. I ought to point out, with reference to the con- cluding paragraph of your letter, that the more continuous mail service which you hope may be devised would very probably preclude the Post- office from availing itself in the future of the fastest ships, an arrangement which, in view of the constant improvements in shipbuilding now tak- ing place, would be verv undesirable. I am aware that the chief seats of the American trade are in the North-West of England, and that the route through London is not in all cases the most convenient that could be adopted for the American mails. Put I may tell you that in July, 1884, when the question of the American mail ser- vice was last under consideration, memorials were sent to tlte Post-office, not only from London, but also from the Chambers of Commerce of Man- chester, Hradford, and Huddersiield, praying that a mail rniglit be given t.o the woll-known express steamers of the North German Lioyd sailing from Southampton on the Thursday in every week. [See Parliamentary Return No. 99 of 1384-. Con- veyance of Mails to New York." 1—Believe me, very faithfully yours, Hknkt CECIL KAIKES. LETTER FROM LOUD SALISBURY. The guardians of Belfast. Union having commu- nicated with the Prime Minister relative to the proposed changes in the American mail service, pointing out that in their opinion they would be detrimental to the commercial interests of Ireland, histordshiphas replied, informing the guardians that, so far as circumstances would permit, the Postmaster-General had arranged that the route via Queenstown should be retained. NEW TENDERS TO BE ISSUED. Replying to the protest of the Liverpool Provision Trade Association against the American mail contract, the Postmaster-General, after re- capitulating tho reasons already advanced in favour of the change, says that new tenders will shortlv be issued for public competition, and the Cunard and White Star companies will have the same opportunity as others to tender on open terms. THE FEELING IN LIVERPOOL. The Press Association Liverpool correspon- dent telegraphed on Wednesday evening:—The Council of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce having sent to all the members of farlia- ment representing Lancashire constituencies copies of the memorial adopted by the chamber against the change made by the Govern- ment concerning the carrying of the American mails, and asking thoin to support in Parliament the prayer of the memorialists, the chamber tide afternoon received replies from tb" C'han- cellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gibson (Solicitor- General for Ireland), and Mr. David Duncan, M.P. The Chancellor of the Exchequer simply acknowledged the receipt of the resolu- tions cf the chamber against the mail arrangements, and expresses no opinion. Mr. Gibson said the subject had had his anxious attention since the proposed change was mf-n- tioned, and he hoped the opinion expressed at the meeting would receive the careful consideration that interests of such importance demanded. In a subsequent letter Mr. Gibson said he would at once bring the feeling of the chamber betore the Postmaster-General, whose arrangement was a temporary one, and he was sure Mr. Raikes would give due weight and effect to the opinion of a body entitkd to speak with authority, and repre- senting such enormous interet!"s. 'Ilia first des- patch <> of mails via Southampton takes place on Thursday. Much indignation was expressed with the change that letters which it was desired to send by that mail must, leave Liverpool tlii" evening, in order to catch the German steamer at Southampton, whereas, under 1 the old arrangement, latters wou!d not require to be posted for Liverpool steamers until Thursday oc.r.in„. rmd would hp delivered in New York as speedily as by mo new arrangement, which lianiii- i caps Liverpool merchants by 24 hours. A meeting of working men was held at Liver- pool Docks this afternoon, about 1.000 being pre- sent, to protest against the action of the Govern- ment. The Liverpool Jmrnnl of Commerce of Thursday says that the apprehensions in con- neciion with the altered arrangements consisted in tho difficulty to shippers by the fast, lines get- ting their invoices PO board in time for their sail- ing from Liverpool instead of from Queenstown. Mr. C. T. Russell, the American Consul at Liver- pool, has intimated his willingness to open his office at any hour to facilitate the merchants swearing their invoice?, and if his considerate ■ acfion is followed at the other American Consu- lates, the inconveniences of tltg new system will be obviated. "A HARBOUR OF HEFUGE FOR THE BRISTOL CHANNEL. ACTION OF THE CARDIFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. It will be remembered that at the last meeting of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce a committee was appointed to take into consideration thp ques- • tion of forming a harbour of refuge in the Bristol Channel, it being felt that, as energetic action had been takpn bv the Swansea people in the matter, an effort should be made on the part of Cardiff to secure the location of the harbour at a point that would be equailyarivantrigeous to all the Bristol Channel ports. This committee met at the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning, when Mr. J. Gunn presided, and there were aIM presentColonel Guthrie, Colonel Mar- tin, Captain Hegg, nnd Messrs. Trounce, T. Morel, W, Ifry. and W. L. Hawkins (secretary). The Chairman having briefly pointed out the necessity for providing a harbour of refuge for the Bristol Channel, as evidenced by the disastrous results of the recent gale, the committee proceed-jd to con- siiler the subject in rill its bearings. It was generally conceded that at that stage of the move- ment it would not be juriicious for tltem to indi- cate a particular location, as it was desired that the proposal should receive general support. It was pointed out, that, whenever UIA. Government took the question into consideration it would be for tham to send down a Commissioner and decide upon the best position for such a harbour. A resolution was unanimously carried to Hie effect that the question of providing a harbour of refuge for the Bristol Channel should be brought up for discussion at the meeting of the Associated Chambers of Commerce in February next. We learn that Mr. Trounce, who introduced the subject to the Cardiff Chamber, has received a communication from Mr. T. Johnson, the founder and secretary of the National Harbours of Refuge Society, asking him to use his influence with the Mayor of Cardiff and others interested In the trade of the pnrt, with a view to holding a public meeting in support of the scheme for providing harbours of refuge wherever they are needed.

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