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RATE IN AID (IRELAND) BILL.

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SUMMARY. IRELAND as usual occupies the greater portion of the House of Commons. Friday, Monday, and Tuesday were spent in discussing the Government measure for a Rate in aid," which was carried by a majority of 73. The Irish members were vehement in their opposition to it, and so were the Protectionists. Sir Robert Peel gave it his support, at the same time saying that it was possible to devise means by which new capital may be introduced into Ireland, and that, without violating the right of property, the land may be placed in the hands of new proprietors, without. distinction of religious profession,"—which views, lie contended, would lay the future prosperity of Ireland." The Whigs are evi- dently either indisposed or unable to grapple with the wants of the sister country. L) Lord Ashley, on Thursday night, in a speech distinguished by narrowness of mind, but withal in sincerity of disposi- tion, moved for a committee to consider the practicability of subdividing large parishes for ecclesiastical purposes. "We were astonished that a man of Lord .Ashley's stamp should have made such a speech as he did on that occasion. From one who has the reputation of an enlightened and liberal Christian we certainly expected something better. Mr. Hume and Mr. Bright, as will be seen by bur Parliamentary report, did honour to the principles of Nonconformity. There were no other questions discussed requiring any special notice. In the Lords the business has been very light, and com- paratively unimportant. The House of Lords has become, to all intents and purposes,—save the rejection of useful measures—a nominal affair. We have referred elsewhere to the Indian intelligence, and also to the position of the Pope, and the intervention of other powers to reinstate him on his throne. The peace question is fast gaining ground. Mr. Cobden has placed the following notice of motion on the books of the House of Commons That an humble address be presented to the'Queen, praying that her Majesty will be graciously pleased to instruct" liei principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to eater into communication with foreign governments, inviting them to ,it concur in treaties, by which the contracting parties shall respec- tively bind themselves, in any future misunderstanding or difficulty that may arise, which cannot be settled by mutual negociation, to refer the subject matter of dispute to the deci- sion of arbitrators." Let the friends of peace, and of retrenchment too, for the one depends in a great measure on the other, bestir them- selves at once. Let petitions be presented without delay, and sent to the members for presentation, with a request that they support the motion of the honourable member for the West Riding.

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