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HOUSE OF COMMONS. --FRIDAY. The Speaker took the chair at four o'clock. GLASGOW RAILWAY BILL. On the motion for the second reading of the Glasgow and South Western Railway Bill, Mr. CRAUFURD moved as an amendment that it be read a second time that day six months. On a division, the amendment was carried by 117 against 25, and the bill was consequently thrown out. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE. Lord ELCHO gave notice that on Friday, the 22nd of March, he will move a resolution declaring that the man- ner in which her Majesty's Government have dealt with the rules for the conduct of the business of the House could not be considered satisfactory, inasmuch as without obtaining a general concurrence of opinion on the part of members of the House, they had practically abrogated the state of things which the committee of 1866 had re- ported as being among the most important and ancient privileges of the House. while they had failed to produce any well-considered scheme for the sure and speedy dispatch of public business. POSTAL CARDS. In reply to Mr. GREENE, Mr. BAXTER stated that it had been decided by the Post-office authorities that in future not less than a dozen postal cards should be bought at one time, and that an extra halfpenny should be charged for the same. The reason for this was that experience had shown that the poor classes hardly ever bought the postal cards, and scarcely anyone ever purchased a single halfpenny stamp. The result of the new proposal would be a saving of 213,000 a year. He had also to state that the paper- makers having protested against the exclusion of private cards for postal purposes, the matter had been considered, and it was proposed, under certain circumstances, to do away with the existing restriction. OUR RELATIONS WITH JAPAN. In reply to Mr. WHITWELL. Lord ENFIELD stated that her Majesty's Government had complied with the request of the Japanese Govern- ment for a postponement of the revision of our treaty relations with Japan until after the return of the Japanese embassy from Europe. ARMY REGULATIONS. In answer to Sir PATRICK O'BRIEN, Mr CARDWELL stated that Irishmen might serve in the Foot Guards as well as Englishmen or Scotchmen, and there was no intention at present of adding to the number of regiments of the Guards. THE TELEGRAPHIC SYSTEM. The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER, in reply to Mr. HEADLAM, said the procesp of paying the amount of money to railway companies for the telegraphs was not completed, and as certain other claims had not been as- certained or made, of course, they had not been paid, THE HORSE DUTY. In reply to Mr. J. HAMILTON, The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER stated that a few days ago an order was passed by the Board of Inland Revenue to the effect that trainers should be relieved from horse dealers' duty in respect of sales of stock fillies and colts under five years old which had been stock upon a farm. THE AMERICAN CASE. Mr. G LADSTONE, referring to a question put to him on the previous evening by Mr. Disraeli, said that there was reason to believe that the American answer to the friendly communication af the English Government would leave America that evening. MEETING IN HYDE PARK. In reply to Sir W. LAWSON, Mr. ATRTON said he had no specific information to the effect that a meeting was proposed to be held in Hyde Park next Sunday for the purpose of "condemning the unscrupulous and time-serving policy of the Government," but if suoh a proposal had been made, it must be satis- factory to the country to know that the House was at the present moment engaged in legislation with respect to the parks. He had no knowledge as to whether any or what action had been taken in reference to the proposed meeting. A GENERAL SCHOOL OF LAW. On the order of the day for going into Committee of Supply, Sir ROUNDELL PALMER moved the following resolution: —1st. That it is desirable that a general school of law should be established in the Metropolis by public autho- rity for the instruction of students intending to practice in any branch of the legal profession, and of all other subjects of her Majesty who may desire to resort thereto. 2nd. That it is desirable, in th<> establishment of such school, to provide for examinations to be held by examiners impartially chosen, and to require certificates of the pass- ing of such examinations as may respectively be deemed proper for the several branches of the legal profession as necessary qualifications (after a time to be limited) for admission to practice in those branches respectively." Mr. O. MORGAN seconded the resolution. The ATTORNEY GENERAL, in opposing the motion, ex- pressed his regret that he was unable to accept a propo- sition which proceeded from so distinguished a member of the legal profession as Sir R. Palmer, but there were special reasons, which he explained, why the resolution could not be accepted by the House, and why the country should not be pledged to any particular course of action.















SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 1872. .