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OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. --+- The Bench of Bishops and Dr. Colenso. The bishops have had a little battle over a more im- portant matter-whether or not they should declare, on the motion of the Bishop of Oxford, the Church of England to be oat of communion with Dr. Colenso and in communion with the orthodox party in Natal. The Bishop of Lincoln (who did not hesitate, however, to say that he would refuse to administer the holy com- munion to the Bishop of Natal if he presented himself for it when he was officiating) moved an amendment intended to get rid of the direct negative as to Dr. Colenso, namely, That in the opinion of this House the Church of England holds communion with the Bishop of Cape Town, and those bishops who lately with him in Synod declared Dr. Colenso to be ipso facto excommunicated," and for this amendment, which only declared the Church to be in communion with those who had excommunicated Dr. Colenso, but did not exactly endorse that exoommunioation, there voted the fivo ™°Fliberal bishops—St. David's, London, Lincoln, Liohtield, a.nd Ely; against it the four meat bigoted, Oxtord, Salisbury, Gloucester, and Bangor — the Archbishop or Canterbury characteristically not voting. It was a discreditable kind of compromise after all. The Liberal Bishops should have voted against the Bishop of Oxford's motion altogether instead of meeting it by amendment, asserting that they were not bound specially to declare themselves in communion with excommunicators who appear to have excommunicated on bigoted and insufficient grounds. What they did do was to dispose of a vote of confi- denoe in A, by carrying a vote of confidence in his opponent B, reciting that B had declared hia want of confidence in A, but not expressly reciting that their confidence in B was baaed on that declaration ot his. Surely it is not possible for a trumpet to give forth a more uncertain sound, than this indecisive trumpet of the more Liberal Bishops. If the Liberal Bishops be Laodicean, the Tory Bishops may fairly hope to seCllre, for Liberal opinions the appropriate Laodicean euthanasia. -Spectator. The Coming Ministry. The minds of the public are now turned from the expiring Government to that which is in coarse of formation. It is too soon to speculate closely upon its probable constituents, but scarcely too soon to prophesy that it will be a strong one. The only ob- servation we shall permit ourselves to make upon it is this: that for the very reasons which make a change of Government particularly unfortunate just now- namely, the disturbed state of affairs abroad, and (as Mr. Gladstone put it) the difficulty for any incoming Administration to stgp at once into exactly the same conditions and relations with Governments and Ministers abroad which were enjoyed by their prede- cessors—it will be incumbent both Houses, and all parties to abstain from anything like a factious opposition to the new Government. Extraordinary irritation undoubtedly exists amongst certain sections of the Liberal party; but there is always much irrita- tion in crises like the present, and we do hope it will not be permitted to harass any loyal efforts at good government, even though it be by the hands of a Con- servative Administration. If our present position is an unfortunate one, it is not to be improved by imme- diate and factious attempts at reprisal. The Liberal element in the new Ministry is sure to be pretty strong, and especially at such a time as this it will be the absolute duty of all public men to support them as long as their Government is wisely oondacted.-Pall Mall Gazette. Public Feeling against Prussia. On oar tide is the most holy tight; we fight for the cohesion of the nation and for the maintenance of the Confederation. Jefferson Davis sits in chains as a State criminal, because his party wished to break up the Confede- ration. And Davis was only a private individual; he alone could not make peace or war. What a State criminal is, therefore, that Minister at the Prussian Court who urged his Sovereign on to the breach of treaties, and plunged us all into civil war! What a change of times! Oar Bavarian troops put themselves in motion on the 21st of June, on the anniversary of the battle of Waghausel. Then the Badenese went for the eonstitutien of the empire (Reichsverfassung), and against them was-the Prince of Prussia. Nw he takes the flag of a national Parliament in his hand, and wishes te win us by the same constitution of the empire which he then trampled in the mud! Oh, poor Prussian people! The plaything of Prussian ambition and Bismarck's deception! Not against you-may that be at once stated-not against you do we come as enemies. We only fight against your Government, not your sons. On the contrary, we come in order (with you) to liberate you. In particular to you, Rhenish Prussia, we are called, and we will not rest until German troops occupy your territory, and give you the first opportunity amongst all Prussians to return to the Confederation. Is there no German Garibaldi there ? If so, let him hasten to us, organise you, and lead your sons as the extreme left of the Federal army, in connection with the head-quarters, to Berlin German troops who separate Rhenish Prussia from old Prussia ensure that province to Germans, and make the Bismarck plan of betraying German territory, which even the Prince of Prussia at first condemned as a crime, an impoBeibili.ty.-Deutsches Wochenblatt: a German paper. Colonel Dawkins v. Lord Rokeby. In deciding to nonsuit the plaintiff Mr. Justice Willes made some "remarks which are well worthy of the attention of those interested in our present system of military jurisprudence. He said that the military law ought not, as a rule, to be subject to the revision of the Common Law Courts, and pointed out that one was founded on a particular code, which ought to be sufficient for all that is comprehended within its juris- diction. He held that all remedies against military failures of justice should be afforded under the military code, and not sought to be obtained from civilian Courts, to which tha minutias of such matters must be unfamiliar. "I do not know," said his lordship, what military men think of my decision, nor, with all deference to them, do I care." The remark was, perhaps, extra judicial, but it nevertheless reflects the contempt with which the reasoning portion of the public regards our preseat system of military juris- prudence, which appears to be only legal in the sense of His jealous preservation of technicalities, and which is full of anomaly and injustice in all those broad con- siderations by which a simple and fair administration of the law should be guided, and upon which law ought to be, as far as possible, consistent with reason and common sense.—The Globe. Sick Wards in Workhouses. The Rotherhithe inquiry adds one more to the ac- cumulated proofs of the incapacity of guardians to act as hospital managers, and of the unfitness of workhouse masters to rule infirmaries. The beating of patients, their washing in chamber-vessels, the robbery of their stimulants, their neglect at night- these are the familiar incidents of the treatment of the sick ia pauper infirmaries. There were some addi- tional incidents of peculiar atrocity. The woman Brutton was a sort of fiend, who in the intervals of opium-eating indulged in the most savage brutality: the dragging of patients in the last stage of disease to the closets, and there dying on the floor (as was proved in two cases within a short space of time), were ex- amples of special neglect and unusual hardship; but it is a characteristic fact that, although these things were proved beyond doubt or cavil by a number of in- dependent witnesses, whose separate evidence was in every instance confirmed and corroborated, the guard- ians maintained throughout an air of injured innocence, and the chaplain was called to give them a good cha- racter. The doctor, it appears, is in receipt of X20 per annum as a net salary for the performance of most onerous daily duties, and is subject to annual re- election. He is a gentleman and a man of intelligence. -The Lancet.


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