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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Tilt; Ai'.n tj and, Navy Gazette says, with regard to the statutes of the Order of the Bath, we do hope that some revision will take place. It is very absurd that, accord- ing to the wording of these statutes, an officer who is not eligible for the C.B. is perfectly qualified for the higher distinctions. One would suppose the spirit of the law must be that no one should be- come a K.C.B. who had not served in the lower grade and. if the authorities acted upon this wholesome principle, there would be less room for the abuse which is now the subject of so much just complaint. Telling an applicant that you cannot make him C.B., but will recommend him a K.C.B., is only to be equalled by the fancy of cue of the Georges, who refused a friend the privilege of driving through the Horse Guards, but expressed his readiness to give him an Irish peerage. Yet such a thing has been done. A CROWDED Reform meeting was held in the Free- trade-Iiall, Manchester, on Friday. Mr. George Wilson was in the chair. Mr. Bazley, M.P., Mr. Hugh Mason, Mr. Robert Ivell, Mr. Jacob Bright, Rev. G. W. Conder, Mr. J. B. Torr, Mr. Alderman Heywood, and other gen- tlemen addressed the meeting. Resolutions were passed strongly condemnatory of the Government Reform Bill, and expressing th<3 unabated confidence of the Liberal party in the leadership of Mr. Gladstone. The follow- -1 ing letter has been received from Lord Amberley, but was not read at the meeting Rodborough Manor, Stroud. April 24, 1867.-Sir,-I regret that I shall not be able to attend the Reform meeting at Manchester on Friday next, which is to be held for the purpose of con- demning the Government Reform Bill. At the same time I beg to assure you of my sympathy in the object you have in view for I believe the only hope of either materially improving the bill, or procuring its rejection if it cannot be improved, now lies in an emphatic and unequivocal expression of the opinion of the country. As far as I am concerned, I -should be very glad if the measure could be so amended as to establish household suffrage 1:1 all boroughs, irrespective of the local arrange- ments as to rating; but I am afraid there is little pro- bability ol this or any other result. satisfactory to real reformers being reached during the present session of Parliament.—Your obedient servant, AMBERLEY." GENERAL WILLIAM THOMAS KNOLLYS, Comptroller ;md Treasurer of the Household of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, is to be an extra Member of the Civil Division of the Second Class, or Knights Com- manders of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. MR. GLADSTONE has plainly told certain bishops who applied to him for advice, that he would strenuously oppose any attempts to curtail the liberty of the Anglican -Church, with regard to external religious ibservances. VISCOUNT NEWPORT, M.P., Lieutenant 1st Life Guards, is about to retire from the service, and Sub- Lieutenant Lord Alexander Gordon Lennox, of the same regiment, is about to exchange to the Foot < luards. A SC OTTISH Peer has suggested a reform of the House • > £ Lords—enough in the sound to make one open one's eyes with astonishment. He wants all Irish and Scotch Peers to be admitted t the House of Lords equally with all English Peers. Whether he will get what he asks for is doubtful, but he has the merit of floating a iiew lvhe-i the market will float nothing that is new. THE Court Journal says we have had Parliaments nicknamed, Parliaiiieilttin, Insanum," Parliamentum Do La Blande," "The Gunpowder Parliament," "The Republican Parliament," "The Rump Parliament," "Cromwell's Long Parliament," "The Barebones Par- liament," "Parliamentum Incloctum," "Parliamentum It rI Diabolicum," "The Catholic Exclusion Parliament," "The Revolution Parliament," "The Reform Parlia- ment." "The Free Trade Parliament," &c.; but the present Parliament will be known as The Personal Rating Parliament."





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