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One of the members of Parliament who promoted the memorial to Government on the subject of the Cloture, which has been in process of signature, states that a member A. of the Cabinet has, according to promise, placed their representations before Mr Glads tone, who has intimated in reply that after due consideration of the statement made on their Ix-kalf ho caunot see his way to recommend the Government to modify the new rules of procedure. Under these circumstances, as anticipated by the Press Association, the memorial wiH not be presented, and must ot members who Vere favourable to its udwcaoy of the two- .LIPII""1. thirds majority in order to close a debate will support the Government proposals as they stand. The announcement that the sleeper which was placed on the Holyhead line at Flint the other evening could not have been in- l tended to bring the Irish Secretary to grief is no consolation to ordinary passengers who have to travel over the spot. It is certain that a diabolical outrage was in- tended, and that but for the timely discovery of the obstruction a fearful disaster to life and limb might have occurred. The down Irish mail, which runs from Chester to Holyhead without stopping, would have been the next train to travel over the metals' and as the train passes Flint at a speed of between 50 and60miles an hour the obstruc- tion would in all probability have thrown from the rails. It is impossible to divine the fiendish motive which could prompt a man to deliberately jeopardize the lives of his fellow-creatures in so wholesale a manner, and no punishment known to the law would be adequate to deal with such a wretch if caught. Unfortunately this is not the only outrage of the kind within recent experience. A week or two ago a similar attempt was made to throw a Midland express train off a high embankment near' Stockport, and in that, as in the present instance, the obstruction was discovered just in the nick of time. The only inference to be drawn from such outrages is the humilating one that, notwithstanding the many Christianizing influences at work in the land, there are devils in human shape in our midst, who are as malignant in their devilry, and as insensible to all considera- tions of humanity, as any of the wretches whose deeds helped to make up the worst periods of history. The trial of Lamson, for the murder of his paralysed nephew, will hereafter take a pro-. minent place among the celebrated criminal trials of modern times. To say that the accused had fair play is to say very little. So thoroughly exhaustive a defence-a de- fence involving snch a painstaking exhibi- tion of scientific knowledge on the part of counsel—has seldom been heard in a modern court, English or French. It recalls in its radical and scientific phases the famous trial of Palmer, for the murder of Cook. It was strychnine against antimony in this case it has been the deadly poison monkshood in its various forms that has, so to speak, been put upon its trial in the case of Lamson. It must be manifest that our knowledge of the powerful and subtle poison aconite or aconitia has been considerably advanced by the unfolding of the case in question before Mr Justice Hawkins, and it may be shrewdly conjectured that we shall hear of aconite again. As to the ease with which that and other deadly agents may be procured by persons whose names happen to be in the medical directory, or by persons who, ne- fariously borrowing such names, are able to write an "order" in the form of a doctor's prescription, it is sincerely to be hoped that the matter will be brought before Parlia- ment, and that very soon. Some of the Nonconformist journals are jubilant about the statistics shown by the recent non-official religious census. It is shown that taking 100 small towns a sub- stantial majority of those who attend places of worship on any given Sunday attend Nonconformist churches. Taking a, number of the large towns, the majority is still more considerable. On the other hand, however, it must be remembered that if re- turns are made with regard to the village population, the proportion would be very di tferent. Moreover, Dissenters are cer- tai nly much more regular in their attendance at public worship than Church people and, indeed, there are many persons who rarely attend church and nevertheless profess themselves to be orthodox Churchmen. Instead of disputing upon questions of numeric superiority, it would be well for both Church and Chapel to take to heart the fact that, as far as can be gathered only about 29 per cent, of the population attend religious service at all. The annual meeting of the North Wales Congregational Union will this year take place in Easter week at Wrexham, one of the strongholds of the denomination in North Wales. The proceeding promise to be more than ordinarily successful, as amongst other gentlemen who are expected to take part in the meetings are Mr Henry Richard, M.P., the Right Hon. Geo. 0. Morgan, Q.C., M.P., (who is to preside at the luncheon), and Sir R. A. Cunliffe, Bart, M.P. Lord Aberdare presided at an influentally- attended meeting, held at the Westminister Palace Hotel on Wednesday night, for the purpose of promoting a national memorial to the late Sir Hugh Owen. Among those present were Sir Watkin Wynne,Sir Robert Cunliffe, Messrs Osborne Morgan, Henry Richard, Hussey Vivian, J. H. Puleston, and S. Leighton, M.P.'s. Speeches were made testifying to the work done by Sir Hugh Owen for the nation at large, and Wales in articular, and it was resolved to raise a his memory; and if funds permitted, to establish a scholarship. Local committees will be formed througout the country.

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