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LONDON LETTER. [SPECIALLY WIRED.] [BY OUR GALLERY CORRESPONDENT.] LONDON, FRIDAY NIGHT. There was a great gathering both inside md outside the House of Commons to-night, n anticipation of fresh scenes. The Prince )f Wales came down, accompanied by his brother, the Duke of Edinburgh. Sir Robert Peel dropped in at a place where lie himself formerly created scenes; and Mr Toole coming a littL while after Mr Irving, at- tempted for some time in vain to get a seat in the gallery. St. Stephen's Hall, where •trangera having orders and failing at the £ rst ballot await an opportunity that rarely comes, was crowded. A long double line of =1 Waiters upon providence filled the octagon hall. The Irish members came in much as usual, except that there were t quite so many of them. Mr I "V lgar wa3 there, looking a trifle subduea, probably with a night's meditation over hIs perilous position. Mr Parnell was not present till six o'clock; and in the meantime fcll aorts of rumours were afloat touching lS absence. The simple fact is that he had been over to Millbank to endeavour to sse Davitt, an enterprise in which, I under- stand, he failed. Those who were very early their places were not without some reward of excitement. As soon as the Speaker a(l.Uken the chair,he rose,and addressing the onse, not yet full, lie expressed his profound *ense of the responsibility imposed upon jnm by the order agreed to that morning, ll proceeded to the first exercise of authority by promulgating a mandate which will, during the present period of urgency, pre- vent the recurrence of obstruction in the shape of moving the adjournment of the Jlouse at question-time. This is the most ^miliar of many practices of the Obstruc- .tlO tionists, and if any means could be devised J. y which real interests should not suffer. ii pouli be well if such restriction were made Perpetual. After this the questions, which i were unusually few, ran their course, jand at five o'clock Mr Forster was "&n his feet moving the second reading of the Prote ction Bill. The ap proach • the orders of the day at so early an hour is of itself a great triumph. I do not remember any case since the Session opened •When the real business of the evening began I;t five o'clock. Mr Forster had nothing :particular to say, and his speech was listened to with the sort of languid interest peculiar ,to a crowd drawn together to hear or see (Something exciting, and confronted by tome dry details of business. The Irish ^embers who had been accustomed ■•'j?0. interrupt every other sentence fronI the Treasury Bench with contradictions (and enquiries, now sat silent and dejected. j-Once Mr Finegan rose to interpose a ques- i&?n, but was met with such an angry shout ^hat he subsided, and his example did not I Prove sufficiently encouraging to bring up '^Qy of his colleague?. ■Mr Bradlaugh moved the rejection of the •in a speech which had a very hollow ring about it, and attracted little attention, Jj1 was whilst he was speaking that the fgince of Wales entered, and his Royal <j|*ighnes3 regarded with some curiosity the ,a1 whose preference for Republican insti- tutions has never been disguised. Lord ltandolph Churchill followed in a speech of igreat length, and therefore not a success, ■^ne Leader of the Fourth Party has his House of Commons triumphs hen he is content to interject little speeches, perhaps rather more spiteful than brilliant, but which serve to amuse an audience always thankful to those who can make it laugh. To-night Lord Randolph was overweighted with the sense pf his own importance, and was laughed at Instead of being laughed with. By this jime the conviction began to spread through the crowd of spectators that the House was in for a dull evening, and their Royal High- nesses left, and with them a long train of peers. The strangers in the gallery had 'fought too stoutly for their places lightly to (give them up, but members who might enter '5he House at will could not bo induced to stay. When Mr Dawson presented lumse with the evident intention of making a long speech, they all cleared out, leaving^ the House in an empty state, in WhlC11 it remained for the rest of the night. It hlled UP a little towards the hour of adjournment, but when members learned that no division was expected they sauntered away, and the proceedings were more than once imperilled by the prospect of a count. It is not the intention of the Government to press the debate on the second reading to all early conclusion. It is evident, from the Condition of affairs to-night, that the only Which has virtually been discussed since Parliament met is talked out. For all practical purposes the House miht have divided to-night. This will be still more true on Monday. But even on that ( night if any disposition is shown by the Irish members further to prolong the debate, the plea of delay will not be met by an answer of urgency. But the division will certainly take place on Tuesday night. f There is a rumour about to-night pointing to complications that are like-y to arise in unexpected quarters from the arrest of Davitt. It is said that some members of Parliament are not very easy in their minds, not being sure how much the Government knows this is doubtless a mere rumour w iap is true is that the spirit of resistance in Iris l members is for a time at least utterly broken. They are convinced now of the tremendous error they made last night. If the Govern- ment had spent untold sums in purchasing t their allegiance the effect could not have been more conclusive. What they did was aim ply to be good enough to put themselves out of the way whilst the House passed a resolution that entirely fetters their future course. When the period of j their probation was over, and when they 2ame back to the house, they found them- selves absolutely helpless to obstruct. The only thing that is now left to them is to ttiake long and dreary speeches. But that is a. very dispiriting exercise when it is unac- cOUlpanied by permission to interrupt people who differ from them, or to abuse Mr Forster. An attempt is being made by the Irish mom- bc-ris to enlist sympathy on behalf of Davitt. They have drawn up a memorial praying the Premier to place him in the position of a iirst- class misdemeanant. This, of course, would mean that he might be able to receive his friends write his letters, and, in fact, from "not uncomfortable quarters, provided at Government expense, direct the future movements of the Land League. This is a yiew so strongly taken by members who have been applied to that the memorial bears very Jew names, though Major Nolan has been Indefatigable throughout the night endea- vouring to obtain signatures. Several of the Irish members sat up -all night, and were at Euslon to meet the train in which the pri- I soner was expected to arrive. But the ruse *f Inspector Williamson, who landed at ^illesden, and thence proceeded by the branch railway to Broad-street, defeated their ?.bject. They subsequently went to Bow- fctreet, where permission to see the prisoner refused. Nor was Mr Parnell any -^ore successful when he went to Millbank |9-night. The Princess of Wales was in l- laciies' gallery to-night, having come ?wn, fired with curiosity by tne narratives by th° Duchess of Connaught and the °f Edinburgh of the great scenes add t °°^d Upon Iasi 1 "eea liarJly fiderahl T* Roral Highness Buffered con- visitora apP°intraent. Amongst other place of ° *3 110w t'lo most popular Cr^nrnent in London were the Cuuntsss Granville, and J

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