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THE ||IomnoutbFiii'c NRWI'ORT, SATURDAY. MAY 29, 1858. THE excitement in London on yesterday evening week was great—the anxiety in the Provinces on the following morning considerable. Since the days of the Reform struggle and the Corn-law league, no debate in Parliament excited more intense interest in the public mind than that on Mr. CARDAVELL S motion, "that Ministers should be censured for the rebuke administered to the Governor-General of India by the President of the Board of Control--Lord ELLENBO- BOUGII." To censure would have been to dismiss, unless the country were appealed to by Lord DERBY, in all but the throes of the dissolution of the Govern- ment. A calling of a new Parliament at the present moment, with the nation just recovering from the effects of the greatest panic it has seen for nearly half a century, would neither have been a politic nor a desirable event; while the evoking of those angry feelings which a general election must more or less cause-the scenes of inebriety, and the dealing out of bribes-not, alas unknown among many of the con- stituencies of the country, would have made all classes lament the necessity, except those that would profit by the strife-the- going to the country" so soon after the calling of the present Parliament. It was < understood, however, that Ministers were firm in their resolution to move for a new trial, and to go before a jury, not of Lord PALMEKSTON'S, but of their own impanelling. This added much to the interest abroad, aud when it was learned that the field that up to Friday had been so well foughten, had been aban- doned, nay, fled from, by Mr. CARDWELL, his forces, and his backers, thee certainly was great joy and gladness on the one side-sorrow, gloom, and all but despair on the other. There is no disguising the fact—it would be miserable affectation to deny it- Lord DERBY'S government have had a signal triumph, and their "rivals for rule" a signally proportionate defeat. We should greatly lament this, if we consi- dered the LIBERAL cause would suffer in consequence of the discomfiture of those who were so long consi- dered-so long greatly vaunted of as its chiefs. But such will not be the case. The fight was factious- the object, India-the purpose, place. The days of Whig and Tory are past, and men gain nothing by shouting "liberty," when they only mean self- aggrandizement. The country has become schooled in political adversity. It once revelled in hope, but only afterwards to taste of the bitter cup of disappoint- ment. It got a reform bill from Earl GREY-found I faulty and incomplete in the end, but for giving which the noble Earl, for twenty years the great and consis. tent enemy of placemen and corruption, was brought with acclamation to the head of the government, and inaugurated his Premiership by establishing a reign of Nepotism unexampled in the annals oi the coun- try. Where there was a nook, there was to be a GREY; where there was a guinea of the public money to be clutched, a GREY was not seen to refuse it. The RUSSELLS and ELLIOTTS have had their share, when the late Sir ROBERT- PEEL was made to give place to Lord JOHN RUSSELL, and we never could learn what great and signal advantage the coun- ry has derived from the talents and patriotism of the honourable gentlemen who daily turned their faces, no to the East to worship, but to Che-sham-place to see what favourite ministerial breeze would blow upon them! Lord PALMERSION'S taking office when he did, rendered Lord JOHN RUSSELL'S accession to office impossible, and if the noble Lord had been less imperious in his tone, and less brusque in his manner —more for the people and less for his order-he would have stood, as it were, on a rock, and his position would have been unassailable. But he was the reverse of all this, and he fell, and up to the moment of his fall—truth will have no cause to blush, we think, when it declares that Lord JOHN RUSSELL was forming a party, intriguing and doing all that in his very clever and very astute Lordship's power lay to trip up Lord PALMERSTON'S heels, and take his place Both noble lords have since seen the errors of their ways-said "Brother, brother, we have been both in the wrong," and have pledged the loving cup" at Cambridge-house, drank Down with the DERBY, and up with the Coalition flag But, alas! they have tried and they have failed. The DEUBT has not only run the course, but was the first to arrive at the winning post. But the race is not finished-there will be other starts, and the victory will not be und sputed, and, we trust, not a barren one. The Liberal members of the Houo¡e of Com- mons hold the scales in their own hands, and it is for them to decide who shall be the Ministers of the Crown. The present Government will, we have no doubt, have the tide of the Session but the next year they must have a policy-they must be prepared with measures of real importance and utility to the country, or their tenure of office will not be worth three months' purchase. The nation wants a large measure of REFORM, and it must have it. There must be a proper Government for India formed, and a re- modelling of both our army and navy systems; and, finally, all patronage must not be for the governing classes. Will Lords PALMERSTON and RUSSELL pre- sent themselves before the House in 1859, recom- mending and advocating such great national measures ? If so, who will successfully oppose their advent to power ? Certainly not Lord DERBY and the present advisers of the Crown. WE cannot say that General OUTRAM'S despatch to Lord CANNING, which so opportunely arrived on Fri- day last, was the salvation of ,\Iinisters, for even before it came, their tone was lofty and their looks defiant. They had left the battle, it may be said, to be fought by their auxiliaries and irregu- lar forces up to a certain point; but some of their best speakers were in reserve, and pre. pared to take their adversaries in front and flank. KELLY had not spoken, nor had DISRAELI replied, but General OUTRAM'S state paper-and it may be justly called so-left Mr. CARDWELL and his sup- porters not an inch of debateable ground to stand upon, and they knew it—and all the indifference that rising Liverpool gentleman showed to the appeals made to him by members of his own party, to with- draw his motion, was mere bogh-sti am- clap- trap- all done for theatrical, if not picturesque, effect. The day was lost—the game was up, and no one knew that better than Lord PALMERSTON himself, and his counsel to the promisiug young statesman was the subject of rehearsal some short time before—behind the scenes General OUTRAM'S views have been anticipated and impressed over and over upon the mind of England by the free and unbiassed press of the country. We have over and over again raised our voices against confiscation, and advocated the necessity of a policy of conciliation for India. Lord ELLENBOROUGH acted no doubt indiscreetly in pub- licly censuring Lord CANNING; but his views are those of OUTRAM, and we cannot see, if they be adopted, why his should be deuounced. Lord ELLEN- BOROUGH may be impetuous—may be too ambitious of excelling in style, but his views, we think, are sound, and in the end we are persuaded will be acted upon, if we are not to have many Palafoxes of Oude crying like the Palafox of Spain—" War! War War! to the knife!" In Sir JAMES OUTRAM'S belief, there are not a dozen landholders in the pro- vince of Oude who have not borne arms against us, or sent a representative to the Durbar, or assisted the rebel government with men or money. The effect of the proclamation would therefore be to confiscate the entire proprietary right in the soil; and this being the case, it would of course be hopeless to attempt to enlist the landholders on the side of order; on the contrary, it is his firm conviction that as soon as the chiefs and talookdars become acquainted with the determination of the Government to confiscate their rights, they will betake themselves at once to their domains, and prepare for a desperate and prolonged resistance. Is England prepared for this ? Is she prepared for this war to the knife ? Why, instead of sending out soldiers at the rate of one thousand a month to India, we must be prepared to double or treble the number, if we would bring Oude and the rebels under our Sovereign's sway; but "if the Zemindars of Oude," says Sir JAMES OUTRAM, be given back their lands, they will at once aid us in restoring order, and a police will soon be organized with their co-operation, which will render unnecessary the presence of our enormous army to re-establish tranquillity and confidence Woe to the Governor- General-woe to the country, that will neglect such advice. Has history never spoken of threatened American confiscations before the Declaration of Independence was even thought of-of subsequent defeat, and the loss of an empire. But history is an old almanac to some men who are legislators, and who would call themselves—Statesmen X '.<-t j f

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