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RESIGNATION OF TIIE MINISTRY.

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RESIGNATION OF TIIE MINISTRY. LORD SALISBURY ACCEPTS THE PREMIERSHIP. EXCITEMENT IN THE COUNTRY. LONDON, Friday. In the dull half hour before dinner, when 'ainbers are usually either going or gone from tK^ House, the whisper went round that i Government was defeated, progress had en reported, and we were in the midst of a full-blooded Cabinet crisis. Men hurried into the House from every direction, to find it was The House had been pretty full a*ter the division, but a good many men having "(Jted, had gone to the dining-room and were preparing to go home. This is what happened the amazing culmination of a day of sansa- i°o. Mr. St. John Brodrick, who was inancial Secretary at the War Office in the .^Government, had proposed an amendment In Supply on the vote for small arms an-i ^munition to reduce the War Secretary's salary by a hundred pounds. This is the ^clinical u ay °f expressing dissatisfaction with wie policy of the Government on a particular point. In this instance the objection was on Question of ammunition. The debate had P&fcQ on for some time, and had been taken part la by leading members; Mr. Chambeiiain aiUong the number. At seven o'clock a divi- sion was called, and a good muster of members made. Two hundred and sixty-one, includ- Ing tellers, were present. When members back from the division lobby an unusual ^tch took place. The paper containing the ^jfftbers was handed by the Clerk to Mr. Tom the Government Whip, whereupon i nifiterialists chsertd for a victory. The ehee-, changed sidesi when Mr. Ellis handed the p.aper to Mr. Akers-Douglas. Another revul- took place when Mr. Akers-Douglas re- ,]*ned the paper to Mr. Ellis. This time »he Nationalists raised a great yell of "fUinph, but their joy went off in a groan 1\üen Mr. Ellis made the fourth transaction )*ith. the all-important piece of paper by band- og it again to Mr. Akers-Douglas. With the A°ry Whip it finally remained, and he read figures, showing a Government defeat by s^ven. The difficulty about the paper arose through a misunderstanding between Mr. .^kers-Douglas and Mr. M'Arthur, one of the blinister al tellers. Mr. Akers-Douglas had asked ^r- M'Artuur what his number was; under- standing him to say 135, he concluded that the opposition were defeated and passed on the paper, When it was seen that there was no QOUbt about the matter and that the Govern- ment was actually defeated, a tremendous of joy went up from the Unionists. It Was at once seen that the situation was very Srave. The defeat was official. On an amend- tnent moved by a Front Bench and against, whick the Chief )\hips cn both eidea acted as sllers? the Government had been defeated, ^clinically, the vote was a censure on Mr. ecretary Campbeli-Bannerman. Practically, I as a censure on the whole Government, °r Mr. Campbeli-Bannerman is the Minister gainst whom the Opposition personally bear "IQ least ill-will. Mr. Campbeli-Bannerman, beUJg in charge, suggested that the Speaker be „ for. "No," retorted the Chairman; report progress." The actual motion made I bilieve. that the Chairman do leave e chair. Anyhow, the Chairman was got Tut of the chair, and Mr. Speaker came back, an appeal being made to Sir William arcourt. ha lugubriously announced that 0 contentious business would be taken. -vrCC0l'^ingly, the House proceeded with the aval Works Bill, and after that with the °hipteer Bill. Within twenty minutes the Iyi>'ion deciding the fall of a Government ad been effected and the House was altnly discussing non-contentious Bills. t

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