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¥ ( NEWS NOTES. [We ( eem it rifrht to state that we do not identify onr. solves with our Correspondent's opinions.] Tni: debate on the Address in reply to the Speech from the Throne, at the opening of Parliament, has shown 'a tendency of recent years to lengthen and this year it has become more prolonged still. As the debate seldom leads to any practic: results, it merely entails a waste of time at the beginning of each session. It is always a great thing, when the session is intended to be a working one, to maiie a good start: but this is rendered impossible by the 1irst fortnight being frittered away in talk. The new of Procedure should have I contained one limiting the deration of the debate on the Address. ONLY a week or two before Parliament opened, a shrewd member of the House of Commons, when addressing his constituents, stated it to be his surmise that, though the Government meant to give their main attention to legislative business relating to England aud Scotland, the forthcoming session might turn out, after all, to be again largely devoted to Irish affairs." The character of the debate on the Address might lead to the inference that there is a prospect of this surmise turning out to be only too true. The Government, however, have shown that they are resolved on preventing this, as far as possible, by discouraging Sir Stafford Northcote's motion for an inquiry into the circumstances which led to the release of the P2rliameiitary prisoners from Kilmainham Gaol. WHEN General Booth found it advisable to I ordain that the demonstrations of the Salvation ] Army in London should he coined within the limits of their own premises, and that processions in the public streets should cease, it would have been well if he had made the order apply to the provinces as well as to the metropolis. The riotous outbreak at Walc.all only adds yet one more to hundreds of similar decisive indications ¡ that the public res'-nt the noisy ways by which the Salvationists affect to extend the beneficent influences of i\ ligious faith. The be^t time to sow is when the air is still —not when there is a strong wind blowing over the face of the earth. THERE seems something unaccountable in tim circumstance that th s French police authorities declined to render any assistance to English de- tectives who were on the hunt for some of the Irish conspirators who are believed to have escaped to t rance. It might have been thought that the French police would have eagerly aided in getting rid of men who might do a deal of mischief if they settled down in the midst of the Communists in Paris. Perhaps, however, the real reason is that the French are not par- ticularly friendly to the English just now, on account of the inli'.i^nnp of France in Egvpt having been reduced to .ero. MB. PABXELL, when attempting to make some reply to a few of Mr. Forster's charges, admitted that the Ladies' Land League—which sprung like a Phomix out of the ashes of its predecps,wr- distributed cheques broadcast among the families of prisoners who had been arrested in connection with the murderous outrages which were being committed every day. But Mr. Parneli did not admit that any of the funds had been sent to the (families who had lost their bread-winners in the attacks made on (defenceless households by armed and masked desperadoes. As the sympathies of the League must have gone where their cheques went. it is prettv clear that the charge of -1 con- nivance" with ali sorts of murderous outrages can ba quite easily sustained, ) THE incarceration of Prince Napoleon at the instance of the French Government appears only to have added considerably to his importance, and to have caused him to be run after by inter- viewers wherever he goes. To a Hungarian interviewer he stated that he might receive his mot (Turdre. of exile any day, and that he would seek an asylum in England. He would not be the first Napoleon who has done the same thing, though it was this country which finally orushed the greatest of the Bonapartes. THE terrible privations which were endured I by the keeDers of the Eddystone Light- house during the weeks when it was im- possible to get provisions conveyed to them on account of the storminess of the weather, would seem to render it desirable that, ir; the winter months, the store-room of the structure should be packed as fall as it can hold of provender. If the men had been provided with apparatus for making sea-water available for culinary and drinking purposes, it might have saved them from the dire necessity of moistening their throats with colza oil. Notwithstanding the weak state in which they were found, the men always managed to keep their far-seen beacon alight. Their position was much the same as that of a I lifeboat's crew who, in seeking to save the lives of others, nearly lose their own. MR. JOHN MORLEY, who has just been returned to Parliament as the successor of Mr. Ashton Dilke in the representation of Newcastle-on-Tyne, has been hitherto better known as a writer than a speaker on political questions. He has edited advanced newspapers, and also magazines and re- views considered to be pioneers of progress. It is quite possible that Mr. Morley may not cut a great figure in the House of Commons. Much was expected from John Stuart Mill when he got into the House: but his brief Parliamentary career was not a success. The only speech which he ever delivered that created some talk was one in which he pointed out the awkward position in which this country would be placed when her beds of coal were exhausted. Mr. Mill, in becoming an alarmist about the exhaustibili of the coal supply, did not make suflicier.t allowance for the enterprise and inventive ingenuity of his fellow- 1 countrymen.

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