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In the House of Lords, on Thursday, the second rea.di.ng'of the Eight of Dramatising Works of Fiction Bill was nega- tived by 89 to 11. The Ecclesiastical Commission Bill was- taken in com- 1:JÜttee. The Labouring Classes Dwellings (Ireland) Bill and the Piers and Harbours (Ireltmd) Bill passed through committee. „ The Drainage Maintenance (Ireland) Bill was read a thud v>aie and passed. 'She Grand Juries Presentment (Ireland) Bill was read a second time. The House adjourned at five minutes past eight o eioek. In the House of Commons, Lord Proby, Treasurer of the Household, brought up the answer of her Majesty to the voint addresses of bothffouses, praying for commissions to inquire into corrupt practices at elections in certain boroughs—Lancaster, Beigate, Totnes, and Yarmouth— Signifying ber Majesty's assent thereto. In committee on the Reform Bill, the discussion on Mr. Kent's amendment on clause 4, to make the Ell county franchise a rating instead of a rental franchise, was resumed ^Colonel L Lindsay, who argued in favour of the justice ami convenience of a rating franchise, especially ia regard to registration, tha rate-book practically forming the re- UlMry"Qu Cane argued that a rating franchise was a more constitutional suffrage than a rental one wmle <e pay- ment of rates was a guarantee of the respectaeihty of the Mr"Avtnr taunted the Opposition with not confining the propositions before them in.comaattee, but endeavouring to talk out Reform altoget A. tested against the amendment, as an attempt to reve.s the decision to which the House had come adopting » Mr. Goschen said it had been alleged that the new electoral statistics showed that the number of occupiers between B50 and P,14 was much larger tha,n was supposed. Bat the calculation on which the amendment was based was erroneous by 70,000 voters; the occupiers who were also Owners not having been deducted. He also argued that too great a distinction had been taken between what was called the urban county voters living in small towns and the county voters proper, for the feelings and interests of the so-called urban voters were more l-ural than really urban. After some observations from Mr. Henley, the Solicitor- General, and Sir P. Burr ell, On a. division, the amendment was negatived by 280 to -Ii )i, Mr. B. Stanhope moved to omit section 3 of clause 4, which makes the qualifying' premises a house or other build- ing which, either alone or with laud held by the occupier, is of "the value of £ 14, pr ovioea, when the premises consist partly of a house or other building, and partly of land, it must either be the dwelling-house of the occupier, or must itself be of the clear yearly value oi £ 6. He contended that this was an alteration of the cou^y ^^chise s» as to make it] consist in the main of a house, instead ot laud alone being tha qualification. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said the object which was had in view in proposing this portion of the clause was to prevent as in the case of boroughs, notations votes, by ■"asistinsr that any building upon any land which contributed to Sv^f vote sh ould be of an actual annual value Th ough he Jf o Jn^on that there was value i n this part of the clause it aitton which had been ceded. -whipv, Some discussion ensued, m th, c a division Mr. White signified his against the amendment, and he hoped taac me wrewmw would be put into a minority. .,ro4.0ketg by Mr. Osborne counselled the giving up o:t oroi;cnets Dy those who desired to carry the bill, and uiBed division should be taken on the amendment. would Mr. Disraeli said as to preventing fictitious votes ne w f 'illy co-operate with the Governmeht. ,r embers An animated discussion followed, a number speaking very briefly, but with some heat, Mr. Bright ana Mr. Bouverie in particular protesting against the wlth- drawal of the paragraph in dispute. On a division the amendment was carried by 361 to 74. Mr Hunt moved the omission of paragraph 4 of the clause which provides that where the occupier is tenant of the Quaiifyiiig premises, the whole must be held under the sa.me landlord. After discussion the amendment was negatived. Sir S. Northcote moved to add that in any case in which the oCCllpier of any premises has sublet any portion thereof, he shall not be entitled to vote in respect of such premises, unless the portion of them remaining in his own occupation be of the clear yearly value of £ 14. Sir. <t. Grey said that the effect of the proposal woula be to alter the legal deiiuition of. occupation, and disfranchise a large number of voters. The amendment was-not pressed. Clause 4 was then agreed to, and the House resumed. The other business wa gone through, and the House ad- rued at twenty-five minutes to one o'clock.

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