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The usefulness of the Welsh Sanday Closing Act is a question which is continually discussed both in our own country and in England, and whenever or wherever a point in connection with the liquor traffic is raised, the working of that bill is referred to. At a special meeting of the Ruthin Town Council,held on Friday last, a petition in favour of the Sunday Closing of Public-houses in England was presented for signature by the council, and during the discussion which followed, the mayor, Mr Osbert Edwards, gave it as his opinion that the Sunday Closing Act in Wales was practically in- operative, and that there was more Sunday drink. ing, and more Sunday drunkenness, since the pass- ing of that act than before. This is the deliberate opinion of a gentleman whose words from his position and personal character are weighty, and well worth considering, and it is a serious charge agiinst those responsible for the enforcement of the laws passed (nowadays with too much difficulty, for the benefit of the people. As to the utility of such an act, the council had evidently but one opinion, as the mayor was authorized to sign the petition on its behalf. NBW STAMPS.—On and after the 1st April a new series of stamps, available for postal and telegraphic, and, up to the value of 2s 63, for inland revenue purposes, will be sold at all Post Offices throughout the United Kingdom. Stamps of the old issue will still be available, and mav be purchased as long as the existing supplies shall last. In the House of Commons on Monday, the second reading of the Cattle Diseases Bill was moved by Mr Dodson, who explained that the measure was intended to hit the happy point which would give the maximum of reasonable security to the stockholderd without hampering trade or raising the price of meat.—Mr A. Arnold thought the measure was not needed, end that it afforded means whereby a good deal of unnecessary restriction might be placed on the food supply of the people, to the detriment of the large number of consumers throughout the kingdom. He should not propose the amendment he had placed upon the paper, but reserve his right to oppose the measure, should he think it necessary, during its progress through the House.—Mr J. Howard thought the speech of the hon. member for Salford was one-eided, and urged that if cotton or wool imported from any particular country was infested with a particular parasite which upon introduction into this country had power to multiply itself almost indefinitely, the cotton spinners of Lancashire and the wool manufacturers of Brad- ford would not insist that the doctrine of free trade must be upheld in that respect.—Mr 0. S. Read, in supporting the bill, urged that the butchers were largely to blame for maintaining the price of meat. He also urged that the use of milk from diseased animals was the cause of a good deal of disease among human beings.—Mr W. E. Forster, Mr Chaplin, Mr Barclay, Mr Hastings, Mr Acland, and Mr Bryce took part in the debate, and an Irish member was speaking in Opposition to the bill when according to the rules the debate stood adjourned.

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