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PIBDA Y, MARCH 1, 1872. .


PIBDA Y, MARCH 1, 1872. THE debates in both Houses of Parliament were interrupted last night by an announcement which created the greatest excitement, and elicited in a marked manner expressions of loyalty and regard for the person of the Sovereign. In the Lords Earl GRANVILLE, and in the Commons Mr. GLADSTONE, informed the members that a futile attempt had been made upon the life of the QUEEN, by a youth about nineteen or twenty years of age. It ap- pears that as Her MAJESTY was about to enter Buckingham Palace, a pistol was presented close to her head, probably in a spirit of weak bra- vado such as frequently characterises the action of narrow and imbecile minds. One account asserts that the weapon was loaded, and another that it was not, and was of such a worn-out character, as to render its discharge extremely hypothetical even if it had contained a cartridge. The occurrence, however, was none the less calcu- culated to occasion alarm, and the act, which will doubtless turn out to be of a wanton rather than a malicious nature, naturally enough excited consi- derable indignation. Her MAJESTY retained her equanimity, and the incident will serve to intensify those feelings of affection for her person which, on Tuesday, were manifested in so extraordinary a de- gree by all classes. This now notorious candidate for a gaol or lunatic asylum is named O'CONNOR, and it is said that papers having reference to Fenianism were found upon him. In default of full information we are led to conclude that the youth was simply a mischievous vagabond intent upon attracting attention to himself, and possibly the judicious administration of a birch-rod will best meet the case should it turn out that he is not a confirmed idiot. How he managed to gain access to the courtyard is not apparent, but the occur- rence may well suggest the exercise of greater pre_ caution in future, with a view to the protection of the Sovereign from insult and attack. In Cardiff the intelligence, which reached us shortly after seven o'clock, created much excitement, and the Rector of St. John's, informed of the event by a telegram from the office of this journal, offered up a prayer of thankskgiving at the close of the evening service, then being held, for the preser- vation of the QUEEN, in which the congregation devoutly joined.

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