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(§) NOTES OF THE WEEK. An announcement which seems to bear some evidence of authority has been m .de in a Scotch journal t the effect that Lord Rc-sebery bus refn?eu xo co-operate with the Literal leader.. It is implied that Sir Henry CantpboU-BanMcmian opened negutwtjpns v itb the noble lord with a view to either undertaking the active leadership .)f the party in the coitnfcry or the titular one in the House of Lords. Tua-t he lias declined I b apt either of ,h,f' positions (if in- deed they wer,, offered to him) cause no surprise. In the first place, it does not rest- with any one man to make such offer without firH conni'Jng the whole party, and until matters ]'aV( ripen-ed and opinions have become more settled as to the policy to b? pursued :t would be unwise io "swop horses." Then there is the danger that Lord Rosebery's views may not 00 accept- able to such an overwhelming majority of the partv as to justify his recall from his "splendid isolation." A little time should ensue within which he can expand bis ,fW<; and explain his policy in greater detail and within which the Liberal ^artv can examine h:« credentials before ofiering to him its allegiance. Several new Acts of Parliament have come into force rn January 1st. The most important is the Factory and Workshop Act, which is, by the way, on", of the longest ever placed on the statute book. It conso- lidates previous enactments affecting fac- tories find workshops, and m s- veral im- portant. particulars! amends their clauses. Employers, of labour of all description wouid do well to look into its provisions lest they should fail in complying with its demands. Another Art intituled the Youthful Offenders' Aqt brings about a much-needed I reform in the law regarding offences com- mitted by yourio- children by introducing a new element, into the responsibility incum- bent upon the parent. If there is evidence to show that there "has been anything in the conduct of the parent conducive to the coin- mission of the cffence by the child, the f-arent may be ordered to |)av the fine and to giro security for the good behaviour ef the child. Another Act has for its object the protc-etib-i of children against the temptations of drink, and prohibits the sals of intoxicating liquor to children under the an;e of 14 except in corked and sealed vessels. This hist Act is so framed that it requires but little ingenuity to drive the proverbial "coach and four" through its clauses, and is doomed to almost certain failure. The great movement initiated among the Jews, the main object of which is the re- turn to the Promised Land, has reached a stage which demands the attention of the whole world. Commencing a few years ago, it was looked upon as a mere dream, or the illusive creation of the visionaries of the Ghetto. "Back to Zion" seemed im- possible of realization at one time, but to- day it does not seem so far off nor an empty dream. The Zionist Congress met at Baile on Thursday last, when delegates from all parts of the world had come together. Among the English representatives were Mr Isaac Zangwill, the well-known novel- ist, and the wealthy Sir Francis Monte- fiore. Dr Hertzl, the president, gave the key-note of the movement when he said that they, the Jews, refused to sink their indi- viduality by putting On the. mask of another nationality; they must, therefore, become a land-possessing, industrial nation. That land must be no other than Palestine; and from every sign it will not be long before that country will be populated from the Lebanon to the Dead fJ. by its rightful owner, the ancient Jewish ftatiOU; The terrible accident bn tfed Liverpool Overhead Railway and its ftOft'^uent loss of life was a paiufo] prelude to this last Christ. lias. From the accounts given it seems inexplicable how so many lives were lost, seeing that some time elapsed between the discovery of the fire and its spreading from the carriages to the structure itself. Tho travelling public should insist. on a very searching inquiry into its causes and the possibility of the occurrence of a similar accident on other systems. It. is unfortun- ate that the disaster should have happened when so many electrical projects are on foot: the undergrGuud electric railways of London may for a while suffer a diminution cf traffic, but not for long; it i" only question of time for all the railway systems of this country to be worked by electricity. The catastrophe at Liverpool will direct care- ful attention to the protecting of the cars against the possibility of a fire from the motor, and so set at rest the fears of nervous travellers. Dr Mostyn, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Wales, is bent upon returning the com- pliment paid by the Calvinistic Methodists to his church in Brittany when they sent over missionaries to convert our Breton brethren. He has (started a mission to con- vert his fellow-countrymen to the ancient faith of Rome: the new propaganda is to be carried on by Breton priests who are conversant in our tongue, and the starting- point will be Llanrwst. After converting the good people of this famous town it will be but a small matter to get the rest of Wales back to the fold. Tha movement is essentially a Welsh enterprise, and in the service Welsh will be used to the exclusion .] of all ot114>T languages, saving, of course, Latin. The zeal which Dr Mostyn shows iii his endeavour to reconvert our country cannot fail to gain some measure of suc- cess; the Celtic nature has always had a leaning towards the ornate and ritualistic in its religion as well as to the fervent "hwyl" which alone captured it for Non- conformity. It is to be hoped that the new mission will meet with no intolerant perse- cution. so that Protestant Wales can beach the Catholics a lesson in tolerance and faor- play. There is a movement among the Calvinis- tic Methodists of Carnarvon which has for an object the employment of a town mis- sionary who will perform the much-needed duty of "slumming." At the first blush this strikcvs one as a commendable project; heaven knows there is enough work in Car- narvon to be done among those who are un- fortunately to be regarded as the "siib- merged tenth." But when, on the other hand, we oome to consider how many min- isters of the gospel this town is blessed with, and also how many leisure hours these teverend ^entlenun are blf-v-ed with, one is prone to ask, why need a town missionary be appointed? Tb-eia are ten dissenting ministers in Carnarvon; would it be too Vniich to ask these gentlemen to devote even an hour a day in turns to visit those who are not of their own dock P If they have glad tidings to tell the poor, and the pub- licans and smnT-, would it be too much to expect them to *r>a<re just one hour a fort- night, if only as discount to the Lord on their salaries? "We may be too demanding, but we offer these suggestions to the considera- tions of the ministers of the town in all earnestness. The resulb of the Grimsoy arbitration will, we fear, be taken seriously to heart by Lord Penrhyn, and will tend to render him more fletermmed than ever not to agree to the request of the men for arbitration. Sir Edward Fry, cne of the leading lawyers of the day, was appointed by masters and men to hear the case, and both sides pledged themselves to abide by his decision. This has now been given, and is in favour of the men on every point of importance for which they have fought. • No one will suggest tliaf, the learned arbitrator had any hia. one way or another lie is regarded as a fair judge, 70s.ses.sed only by the idea of doing iustice between man and man. His decision proves beyond a doubt that the men were not fight- ing for any unfair advantage and that they had real grievances which called for re- dress. That this would prove to he the case at Bethesda, no one who li^ goqp carefully into the history of tho strife has any doubt. Can we expect Lord Penrhyn to submit to arbitration, then ? All Liberals are looking forward to the publication of this month's number of the "New Liberal Review," which is to contain an article by Mr Lloyd George on "Lord Rosebery a,nd Peace." The hon. member ha* already givey a hint as to the opinion he holds upon the suhjcct; be welcomes the speech as "beckoning along the road that leads to peaoe." From this it "nay be gathered that Mr George's article IV111 also b3 a beacon on the road to peace in tho T,il),erai ranks, and will go far to determine Lord Rosebory's future attituo towards the party. _.)--

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