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MONDAY. HOUSE OF LORDS.—The royal assent was given commission to the Reply Post Card Bill. As a to a question by the Earl of Carnarvon, the Earl of Kimberley read a telegram from Sir Her- Culea Robinson, fiom which it appeared that there W&8 great disturbance on the western border of tho Jransvaal, there being almost daily fighting. Hitherto the fighting had been outside the Trans *•*1, but the Boer authorities were apprehensive *hat it will extend to their terrtory, and are making preparations to meet such a contingency. Harcules Robinson is of opinion that the Boer Qtfvernmeut is doing what it can to maintain the Neutrality of the Transvaal territory. Lord ■kamingtcn cal^d attention to the rojal charter Ranted to the British North Borneo Company lie gaid the charter gave the company the rights by sovereign rulers. The company had ~8o power to acquire other territory by treaty, ro Juat there was no kuoving what might happen if company should prove to be an ambitious one. Earl Granville said great misconception and ex- aggerated impressions had got abroad with Reference to this matter. The charter had only Secured to the company rights which they had •heady acquired, and Holland, the only Power besides England which had of late years main- Gained any interests in Borneo, though alarmed at first at the conccesions made under the charter, Was satisfied with tho explanations that had been made. Lord Granville added that he understood that of late great progress had been made in Borneo, and that the acts of the company had been greatly respected. The Earl of Carnarvon hOngratnlated the Government on the course they batft taken with reference to this question, and highly approved of it as likely to prove of the B^&test advantage to our Eastern trade. Lord -p^hinstone also approved of the policy of the v^Vernment, and, after a few words from the of Kimberley, who asserted that the action of company had led to greater tranquility a.nd ^tter security for trade in the Eastern Archi- Peiago, the subject was allowed to drop. HOUSE OP COMMONS.—The house agreed to 10 ■ "'Uct the Committee of Selection to appoint a riding committee, to which will be referred all bills promoted by municipal or local r^thorifies seeking powers relative to police or ?m*tary arrangements which deviate from or are extension of the general law. Mr Mundella, in jPly to a question, said the new education code, jjf?ess previously rejected by Parliament, would law on April 5th, but its provisions could be subsequently modified by a minute that might Waned on the re-ult of a discussion in Parlia- (ji ut. Lord George Hamilton gave notice that he ^Uld object to a vote on account for the educa- teestimates. Mr Gladstone, replying to Mr jJ**ton, said he could hold out no prospect of a of the railway passenger tax. Some dis- «a. 'on took place as to the course of business, in «&f ?°Urse of which Sir W. Barttelot tried to OCai* from the Government a pledge that an discussion on the army estimates, in consideration that the flrst two votes should be allowed to be t-iken that night. Mr Covyen, having regard to the state of business, sugr^esied that the procedure resolutions should be postponed till after Easter, when they could be proceeded with continuously. On Mr Gladstone saying he was not prepared to do this, Mr Gorst moved the adjournment of the house in crder to protest against the relegation of the general discussions on the estimates till July or August. A fter some discussion the amendment was negatived, end then members took the opportunity of the motion to go into committee o. supply to raise short debates on various subjectsf








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