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HOME POLITICS. The first Parliamentary session of the new reign was devoted mainly to financial measures. The war charges involved the sanction of another large loan and the im- position of fresh taxation. The income tax was raised 2d. in the pound, a duty of a halfpenny in the pound was imposed upon susrar and one of la. per ton upon exported coal. This last measure WM strenuously opposed bv both masters and .men in the mining districts, A civil list of £ 470,000 was granted to the new King, several changes being introduced in the methods of its computation. Other financial measures included large additional schemes of ex- ptnditure upon the defensive forces of the Empire. A considerable measure of Army reform was also carried. A comprehensive Bill for setting up new local education authorities met with so strenuous an opposi- tion that it was withdrawn, and a temporary measure was passed in its stead giving the Municipal and County Councils power to authorise the continuance by the School Boards for one year of the higher grade classes rendered illegal by the famous Cocker- ton judgment. A Factory Act, a Juvenile Offenders' Act, and an Act renewing for four years the Agricultural Rating and Clerical Tithes Acts were the only other measures- 0 importance which the session produced. The most striking feature of the autumn political campaign W!¡:; the re- sopptarance of Lord Rosebery, who, at its close, addressed a great meeting at Chester- field. An indiscreet after-dinne • speech by Sir Redvers Buller ;n reply to crtain criti- cisms of his conduct of the Natal campaign led to his dismissal from the com rnand of the First Army Corps at Aldershot. This step caused great popular agitation. A mass meeting in Hyde Park passed a resolution declaring the speech to be the excuse for and not the cause ofiiis dismissal. +

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