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FRIDAY.—MARCH 17TH.

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MONDAY. flJ M OF LODDS —The Railway Continuous Brakes Bill was read a second time, with the understanding that the committee stage should be p pjr.tponed till May. Lord Truro, in asking for tho production of tho general annual army returns for the preceding jear, said the desertions during 1881 had been enormous amounting among the recruits to nearly one-fifth of the whole. The Earl ol MoTley, in promising that the returns asked for oh.)Ul a be laid on the table as soon as possible, said that they would show that the desertions had not increased, being, i i, fact, tower than they had been aiace 1858. In reply to Lord Bury, the Ear 1^ of Motley repeated an explanation given by j^arl Granville some time ago, that the Government had L reserved, for its own consideration the general of the, advieab'Tity or otherwise, from a nittionl pr.infc of view, of permitting the construc- tion of th-, projected Channel Tunnel. The com- mittee that had been appointed to make the ) prclimin.ry investigation was purely a scientific committ^ and the questions they had to consider were the practicability of closing the tunnel to an enemy, and the mean3 to be employed, whether by obstruction or destruction, for that purpose. In the course of a short discussion that ensued, Earl Granville, replying to a question by the Earl of Carnarvon, Paid the intention of the Ministers was to prevent the tunnel bills being proceed with itll they were in a position to state their opinion to Parliament, and he could not say when this would be.

TUESDAY. I

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AN ABERGELE CHURCH DISPUTE.

NOKTH WALES NARROW GAUGE t…

ITHE CONVICT LAAFSON.

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- DARING BURGLARY NEAR CORWEN.

THE QUEEN AT MENTONE.

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CHEERFUL PROSPECTS.