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HOUSE OF LORDS.—THURSDAY. Their Lordships met at five o'clock. ECCLESIASTICAL COURT'S BILL. On the motion that the House go into Committee on the Ecclesiastical Courts and .Registers' Bill, the Bishop of WINCHESTER took occasion to offer some remarks upon the measure, which he regretted he had not the oppor- tunity of making on the second reading. He objected to certain parts of the Bill, and first of all to the appoint- ment of one judge, at a salary of 23,000 a year, to conduct the judicial business of the Provincial Ecclesiastical yourts of Canterbury and York. First, it was a needless innovation on the established custom of the two provinces with their two courts and two supreme judges, and in the next place, the new office was a needless one, and the salary far too high for the work performed, the average number of cases to be heard, being only six in the course of the year. Such an office with such a salary would be an absolute abuse. He also objected to the mode in which it was proposed to raise the £ 3,000, namely, by iflaintaining the present high rate of marriage fees, and j16. maintenance of the Ecclesiastical fees which^were cleriyed from various sources In neither case did he think it desirable that these fees should be retained at their present amount. He likewise objected t* the appointment of the new judge being made by the Crown, instead of by the Archbishops. He objected to the intro- duction of the Jury system into the trial of Ecclesiastical cases, as a novelty which would add to the expense of itigation, and which was not desired by the clergy, and he Urther objected to the proposed constitution of the Jury, nasinuch as he saw no greater reason for saying that a ^lry intended to try Ecclesiastical cases should be clergy- than for enacting that a bricklayer, who had com- mitted murder should only be tried by bricklayers. On e whole, he regarded the Bill as badly drawn, and as ecPUring modifications which he had embodied in certain aInelldments he intended to propose. Two of these amend- ments were directed against the new Judgeship, and the Propo.sed introduction of trial by Jury and he also pro- Bilfcl to amend the form of procedure provided by the i °f SHAFTESBURY defended the proposals whieh been objected to by the right rev. prelate, and the Use then went into committee on the bill. THREAT AGAINST THE LIFE OF HER MAJESTY. While the above-mentioned bill was in course of dis- cUssion in committee, Earl GRANVILLE came forward, and having expressed a hope that the House would excuse his interrupting the Progress of the measure, said: I have to make an an- nouncement which I think it desirable should be made to y^Ur lordships at once. I have just received information at half-past fi ve o'clock this evening, as her Majesty ^as returning from a drive, and when she had reached e door of Buckingham Palace, at which her carriage stopped a young man ran up to the side of the ve- ■J'fv antl Presente(l a pistol, an old-fashioned weapon, k1 a foot of her Majesty-s head. Her Majesty owed her head, and the person was seized at once. He Proved to be a mere boy, of perhaps 19 or 20 ontv °f age' 1 am happy to say that lier Maoesty Oil this occasion, as on all previous occasions, showed the She Possible courage, and was not at all discomposed. e. l") at immediately directed Colonel Hardinge to come down h once to both Houses of Parliament, and state what had j bgp or(ler to prevent any exaggerated rumours, state^fh ^le Pistol was not even loaded and it is a JV ^le k°y had some papers in his possession, of Motions'11' c^arac^er' aild it is believed that he had some S Seating her Majesty under process of fear to s°ners 00ument for the release of certain Fenian pri- 8*ngle' n°t dwell on these details, nor make a a,nd servation as to the contrast between such an act nesset! display of loyalty which we all wit- The D V before yesterday. a I may be pardoned for say- by j.}je °r °n subject just mentioned to the House her n<? e The attack which was made upon es y was, I apprehend from what has been stated. of a contemptible character, inasmuch as there does not appear to have been even shot and powder in the pistol, However this may be in circumstance, it has, at all events, had the effect of giving an additional proof to the country of tlie magnificent conduct and courage displayed by her Majesty on this occasion as on all others. I may, perhaps, be allowed to reiterate the final observation of my noble friend as to the magnificent contrast presented by the display of loyalty on Tuesday last, and the recep- tion her Majesty met with in the streets of London when the concourse was so immense.










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