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POLITICAL GOSSIP. WE have reason to suppose, says the Court Journal, that we shall see Mr. B. Osborne in office again ere long. SIR HENRY RAWLINSON is about to question the Government as to whether there is any reason to be- lieve that Russia contemplates the conquest and per- manent occupation of the city and territory of Bok- hara. A WAR-OFFICE return shows that in tbe course of the years 1864 and 1865 127 officers in the army died while on full pay. The sums which they had paid for their commissions amounted together to £ 110,010. WE (Sunclay Gazette) are glad to learn that H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge has made a rule under which the proceeds of the commissions of officers selling out while under age are to be handed over to their parents, guardians, and not to themselves. MR. HENRY W. SCOTT, who dates from Broakes's Club, London, announces by advertisement in the Dundee papers his intention to place his services at the disposal of the constituency as their second mem- ber "in anticipation of the Government Reform Bill passing at no distant period." The hon. gentleman is one of the sons of Sir William So >tt, Bart., of Ancram, the member for the county of Roxburgh. HER MAJESTY having ordered commissions to issue, on the joint address of both Houses of Parliament, to make inquiry into corrupt practices at the late elec- tions for Reigate, Great Yarmouth, Lancaster, and Totnes, the proceedings will forthwith commence. it is, however, understood in the legal profession that it will be only pro form A, the actual inquiries being post- poned till after the assizes. THE Berlin Town Council is in the market for a loan of three millions, to be issued at a discount of fully 10 per cent. The rate of interest, which cannot be re- duced during the first five years, is fixed at 5 per cent. The produce of this operation, the like of which has not been heard of in the last 50 years of Prussian history, is to be employed in public works to be con. structed by the starving operatives. THE ducal title has not been conferred by the Crown on any individual, except the present Duchess of Inver. ness, from the year 1833, when the Dukes of Cleve- land and Sutherland were created, until this last month, when Prince Alfred was gazetted Duke of Edinburgh. With the exception of the Marqui sates ef Normanby and Dalhousie (the latter of which is extinct), the second order of the peerage has not been conferred on any individual since 1831, a period of 35 years. A DEPUTATION, consisting of the Earl of Dal. housie, lord-lieutenant of the county of Forfar, the Earl of Airlie, the Hon. Charles Carnegie, M.P., the Hon. Arthur Kinnaird, M.P., and Mr. Patrick H. Thomas, of Aberlemno, had an interview with the Right Hon. T. Milner Gibson, at the office of the Board of Trade on Saturday. The deputation pre- sented memorials from the county of Forfar and the royal burghs of Perth, St. Andrews, and Montrose, urging the Board of Trade to take steps for ascertain. ing the present condition of the lights of the River I g Tay, and for having them put into an efficient state. A MEETING of the executive council of the Reform League took place on the 15th instant, at their rooms in Adelphi-terraoe, Strand-Mr. Edmond Bealea oc- cupied the chair. Letters were read from Mr. Glad- stone, acknowledging the receipt of, and thanking the council for, the resolution passed at their last meeting; and from Mr. Berkeley, the senior member for Bristol, in reference to the motion for the ballot to be introduced uy him at an early date; also from Mr. Montague Chambers, M.P., thanking the League for the very effi- cient help given by the Plymouth branch of the Reform League in the late election contest for Devonport. It was then resolved, That deputations from the council be appointed to visit the whole of the 19 branches of the League in the metropolitan district, and that the various branch secretaries be requested to call a speoial meeting of the members of each branch to re- ceive such deputation at the earliest possible date." Also, That the officers of the above branches be summoned to a special meeting of the council for Friday next, the 22nd instant, to make arrangements for carrying out the foregoing reflation." The president then gave a resume of the present aspect of the Reform question, expressing hia regret at the concessions which the Government had been induced to make, and strongly condemning the obstructive and systematically vexatious policy pursued by both falee Liberals and the openly hostile Tory party-a. policy insulting, degrading, and demoralising to the House and the country, asd deserving of strong public repro. bation It was then resolved to organise a general indignation meeting in the metropolis against the conspiracy of the obstructives on both sides of the Wnnfo tr. a+ifle the Dresent small measure of Reform, and defeat all real attempts to bring the working classes within the pale of the constitution. It was further resolved to hold a series of meetings Tower Hamlets in fn^berance of the objects and principles of the League, the first to be' o'elook market on Monday, the 25th inst., at eigh z--

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