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OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. The Revenue Returns. These returns are much more favourable than we were led to expect from the anticipations given in an article which we recently transferred from the columns of a weekly contemporary. On the quarter ending with the past year, there is, as compared with the closing quarter of 1865, an increase of £ 325,520, while on the year there is a falling off to the extent of X410,816. The customs show an augmentation on the quarter of £ 294,000, while that under the head of excise is still greater, being £ 361,000. The most noticeable falling off is in the property-tax, being on the quarter J2137,000, and on the year no less than £ 2,145,000. But there is nothing to excite uneasi- ness in this. The monetary panic, and consequent depression of trade, could not do otherwise than con- siderably affect the sum to be found under the head of stamps; while the reduction of the income-tax is still seen to operate unfavourably. Under the circum- stances, indeed, it ia surprising that the results should, on the whole, be so favourable as we End them; and the country may well be congratulated on the fact that, with so many adverse agencies to operate against the national income, it should be so prosperous as the revenue returns brought down to the 31st of December show it to be.-Morning Ad- vertiser. Problems for Parliament. The Daily News enumerates a few of the ohief pro- blems which urgently demand a. solution from Parlia- ment. The relations between capital and labour, to which the strikes and disputes in the iron trade have renewed attention, the relief and abatement of pauperism, and the diffusion of education among our destitute and ignorant classes, with the derivative questions as to the functions of central and local authorities, the Conscience Clause, and compulsory education; the adjustment of the relative claims of posterity and the present generation, in the distribu- tion of the burdens of taxation and of the national debt; the desirability of providing for a future when a dearth of coal may, by abolishing our manufacturing supremacy, bring about a transformation of our industry. All these are but a few of the questions which remain to be dealt with by a Parliament which complacently acoepts Mr. Lowe's assurance that it has settled everything. l"he hopelessness of the attitude which the present House of Commons has assumed towards these problems has probably contri- buted as much as the anger excited by Mr. Lowe's vituperation Elf the working classes, to inspire the demand for representative Reform. The Eastern Question. The Morning Star protests against any English sup- port being 14iven to Turkey." With Lord Stanley at the Foreign-onice we may be sure that no figment as to the repression ol Russian ambition will find the smallest favour; and we may presume with confidence that even our pro-lurkish traditions will at best have a mere cold offioial acknowledgment. But even this may commit us either to war or to tame submission to affront. Let us not forget how, with Lord Aberdeen in the Premiership and Mr. Gladstone in the Cabinet, we drifted" into the Crimean war. It will hardly be possible to drift into another philo-Turkish struggle, but we may bring upon ourselves reproaches for double, dealing, for deserting our ookura, for psr- mitting encroachments which our despatches dis- couraged, for even reinforcing Turkey in the obstinacy which entailed upon her ruinous revolt. To avoid all this, and to keep ourselves out of Eastern complica- tions generally, there should at once be on all hands the frankest and fullest declarations that we will have nothing to do with them. Not another word about our traditions. Not a precedent earlier than the last non-intervention debate. Not a lecture to Turkey. Not a solitary assumption of any Bort of re- sponsibility for aaytliing that may happen to the Sub- lime Porte or to the Eastern Christians either. It is only by observing these maxims that we can wash our hands in inuoceney of the next convulsion in the Orient; and their official promulgation ought not to be a day delayed. Prussian Rule in the Duchies. The head of the police at Flensburg has denied, in the Kobvische Zeitwig, that he prohibited the fiskwomen of the town from crying their goods in Danish. The Prussian official represents this statement as an inven- tion of the Danish agitators. We, however, in giving it, expressly mentioned that we had taken it from the Hamburger JVaclirichteii, a. paper devoted to Prussia, and which cannot be suspected in agitating in favour of Denmark. However it may be about the affair of the fish. women, it is certain that the town of Flensburg has become the seat of a persecution as obstinate as odious against the Danes and the Danish nationality. There is at Flensburg a Danish club, the members of which meet once a week to hold conferences in Danish, but on subjects quite foreign to politics. The head of the police has forbidden these, not because anything took place at them contrary to the law, but simply because they are carried on in Danish, and they formed a tie between the Danes in Flensburg and their countrymen in the kingdom. Seme members of the club have complained to the Government, but the Prussian commissioner, Baron Ledlitz, replied to them that he could not allow these conferences. Some amateurs wished to get up a dramatic repre- sentation for the benefit of the poor of Flensburg. The authorisation asked for by them was refused by tho police, because the pieces to be played were Danish.—DagUadet, a Copenhagen paper. The Fire at the Crystal Palace. It is hard, indeed, to retain presence of mind in the face of such a foe, and if people do not know what to do as a matter of training, they are not likely to extemporise a triumph. We only see one remedy against a sort of preparation that defeats its own object by inspiring a false seourity. Where it ia possible, let there be, every now and then, an alarm, such as ia part of the regular discipline in the Queen's navy. There, on the sounding of a bell, every man on board runs to his post, and every contrivance is put into immediate use. This is the only way to secure the competency of the men, the engines, and the other material devices; the only way to be sure that the pipes are not choked, the hose not rotten, the valves in working order, the screws not loose, the joints not stiff, and all the gear thoroughly ser- viceable. Sach an alarm would probably elicit the faot that hardly a public establishment is really prepared against a fire. In the case before us we should recommend that once or twica a year, in the night, and certainly on one Sunday at least, a director, or other official of the company, should walk into the palace and ring an alarm bell. He would then be able to measure the real efficiency of the personal and material preparation against fire-as it appears, hitherto, a mabter of blind confidence and self- deception.-Tiines. As one of the most peouliar portions of the Palace, the Tropical department has always been very cele. brated, and it will now have a history tropically" of greater interest than ever, and the screen, which never before was anything but an evil necessity, will hence- forward be entitled to special public consideration, because when itself saved by soaking it saved no in- considerable proportion of the Palace by effectually stopping the current of air. The loss altogether ie, of course, immense, and the directors of the company, who have always enjoyed high favour with the public, will now have the consolation of very hearty sympathy. It is something to know that the calamity which has fallen upon them is a sensible grief to every one who ever visited their repertory of delights. Their past career proves that they are well competent to contend with any amount of difficulty. Their enterprise and the cordial support of the shareholders will, doubtless, bear them through this trouble swiftly and with eclat; and, warned by this event, they will probably provide, in sufficient abundance, those means of precaution and prevention which, according to credible witnesses, appear on Sunday to have been scanty and inadequate. -Morning Sta,

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