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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

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The HOUSE OF LORDS met on Saturday, Aug. 11, at two o'clock and disposed of all the business standing on the notice paper. The Appropriation Bill and other Bills were brought from the House of Commons and read a first time. Their Lordships then adjourned. The HOUSE OF COMMONS also had a Morning Sitting. On the third reading of the Appropriation Bill Sir W. Harcourt took the opportunity of replying to the speech of the Attorney-General on Tuesday, in reference to the Collision between the Huascar and the Shah. Referring to the circumstances in detail as related in the despatches of Admiral De Horsey, he contended that though the Huascar's acts were illegal she was not a pirate, and our Admiral had no right to send a torpedo expedition against her while '-ring in a friendly port. The Attorney-General, after remarking that Sir WilIhm appeared to have receded from his original views, pro- ceeded to argue that the Huascar, not being under the flag of any State liable for her acts, had no belligerent rights that she was a mere depredator-in strictness of law a pirate—though he had no wish to carry the case against her to that extremity. By her acts she had made herself an enemy of the (Aieen, and the Admiral had no means of putting a stop to her depredations except by levying war npon her, as, according to all the authorities, he had a light to do. After a few observations from Sir G. Bowyer,, Sir C. -Russell, and Dr. Cameron, the subject dropped. Mr. Fawcett, addressing Ministers, wished to VTVA^ whether. in the pvpnt oi ti>" xiaai-m question assuming a more critical aspeet, so far as the interests of this country were concerned, they would call Parliament together before the usual period. The Chancellor of the Exchequer repliel that the policy of the C, owrnr.,ieit had been clearly enun- ciated by Lord Beaconsfield, and that the Government were fully alive to their constitutional obligations, and were pre- pared to abide by them. The Appropriation Bill was thereupon read a third time, as were also several others, including the Destructive In- sects Bill, the Municipal Corporations (New Charters) Bill, and the Local Taxation (Returns) Bill. At the dose of the sitting Mr. W. H. Smith, the new First Lord of the Admiralty, was introduced, and resumed his seat for Westminster amid cheers, and the House adjourned.

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