THE GREAT METROPOLITAN HORSE SHOvV. The great horse show at the Agricultural-hall has be- come an institution, looked forward to with pleasure not only by the admirers of the noble animal, the horse, but as the re-union which brings together the elite of both sexes and adds a feature to the London season. Fol- lowing the Isthmian games, as Lord Palmerston was wont to call the Epsom meeting, the horse show is an attraction which holiday seekers regard as much as the race for the Derby. The weather was most unpro- pitious for both events; on Epson Downs there was a great falling off in consequence of the cold, rain, hail, and even snow, but at the Agricultural hall on Saturday, the opening day the number of persons attending were larger, the arrangements more perfect, and the people more pleased than on any previous occasion that we have been present. This is the fourth annual gathering since the erection of the Agricultural-hall, and there is no doubt that the present year has been the greatest success hitherto obtained. The general excellence of nearly all the classes of horses exhibited-the single exception, perhaps, being the weight-carrying hunters—made it a difficult task for the judges to award the prizes, As to the general arrangements, there can be no doubt that the directors of the Agricultural-hall, with Mr. Sidney as their manager and secretary, did all they could to cater to the comfort and convenience of the public, as well as the animals entrusted to their care and keeping during the show. Reserved seats and galleries of the most commodious character were erected on either side of the hall, from which a most excellent view of the judging, and the jumping of the hunters, and other proceedings in the ring, could be viewed with advantage without fear of danger. The thanks of the ge directors and the thanks of the public must be alike due to Mr. Sidney for his able management. It was not like a common horse show, but the spectators viewed it as they would horsemanship in Rotten-row or in an amphitheatre.. j-j 4. On the opening day (Saturday) the judging did not commence quite so early as usual, but there was deep interest manifested in the proceedings, and the directors of the hall proved their good generalship by reducing the charge from five shillings to half-a-crown. The effect of this was that whilst the number of visitors were six or eight times in excess of those of any previous year on the first day's show, the enormous string of car- riages which lined Islington-green on both sides and for an immense distance down the Lower-road bore ample testimony to the fact that the company was not in the slightest degree less respectable, and the extra charge for the reserved seats and those of the orchestra was a full equivalent for any deduction made in the price of admission on the first day. The reason of the concentration of the carriages this year all on the Islington-green side was in conse- quence of the directors having determined, with a view to prevent draught, complained of in previous years, as being calculated to injure the horses, on closing the Liverpoo!-i;oad entrance entirely. One season, perc-ags,. for the exteosflwaary number of persons present, more especially of ladies, who graced the 5s. gallery, was the anticipation that the Prince of Wales would be present, and we heard frequently the whisperings of fair ladies, Has the Prince arrived ? but they were doomed to disappointment. This was tke only drawback to the enjoyment, the feats of horse- manship, the splendid animals exhibited, and the good order observed, appeared to please the gentler sex as much as their ords and, must we say, their masters. Everything was so well arranged that all present knew to whom the prizes were awarded without looking to the papers the following morning. The judges, composed of lords and commons, assembled in the centre of the ring, and a printed notice was stuck up-" No. 1, be ready." Presently horses in Class No. 1 appeared in the ring, went through their paces, jumped their fences, &c., each horse having the number on his head, and each rider the number on his hat, so that by the catalogue every one knew the horse and to whom it belonged, and so on to 2, 3, 4, &c. The judges having awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, stuck the number up in slides, similar to the plan resorted to on a race- course. The excitement was sometimes great, for spec- tators made up their minds that certain favourites of their own selection would obtain the prize, and would bet slight wagers upon the result, thus keeping up quite a sensational feeling. Without doubt the most interesting portion of the Z, horse show was the jumping of the hunters, and as it was known that these mounts take place during the afternoon, between two and three o'clock on Saturday and Monday the building filled rapidly, and the boxes and reserved seats were crowded by fashionably-dressed ladies. Amongst those who mounted some of the hunters and showed her powers of equitation was the celebrated lady equestrian Mrs. Beverley. The applause which greeted this lady on Saturday as she took the hurdles was loud and general, and the excitement throughout exceedingly great. It is impossible to go into anything like details of the merits of any particular horses in an exhibition like this, but generally speaking the show was considered a very good one, and some of I the smaller specimens in harness were perfect gems. The show, as usual, was not confined alone to horses. The Islington-arcade entrance was very neatly fitted up for the exposition of carriages of various descriptions, novelties in the shape of harness, and domestic con- veniences. Thus we had Messrs. Windover with their patents for carriages; Mr. Ayshford, of the Royal Britannia Works, Fulham, with his celebrated Middle- sex dog-carts Mr. Lyons, of Windmill-street, with his patent pea-sheller, which shells a peck of peas in about five minutes sewing machines of every variety and there was also a Reform Dairy Company, the object of which is to effect a "reform" in reference to the ordinary dilution and adulteration of that necessary article of consumption—milk. In the galleries there were what is called the "Vowel" Washing machine, and a variety of other inventions. Taken as a whole, the show was without doubt one of the most useful as well as the most interesting exhibitions in London. AWARD OF PRIZES. The following is the correct list of the awards, made: up to the close of the show on Saturday evening CLASS 1.—HUNTERS (weight carriers, equal to not less: than 15 stone). First prize of J2100 to No. 8, Major Stapylton, Mytton Hall, Borobridge, Yorkshire Sprig of Nobility, bay, 16 hands 2 inches high, 7 years bred by Mr. Clarke by Sprig of Shillelagh out of a mare bred by Mr. Booth. A perfect weight-carrying hunter. Price 650 guineas. Second prize of X40 to No. 50, Mr. Joseph Gilman, 148, Lancaster-street, Birmingham Little John, brown,, 16 hands 1 inch high, 7 years believed to be by Tom Steel. A first-class weight-carrying hunter. Price X500. Third prize of Y,20 to No. 28, Henry William Deacon, Esq., Ropley-cottage, Alresford, Hants Priest, grey, 16 hands 1 inch high, 5 years; bred by exhibitor; s. Speed the Plough. Price 300 guineas. The judges upon this class remark that they regret the quality and power of the horses exhibited in this class are not commensurate with the liberal prizes they have been called upon to award. CLASS 2.—HUNTERS (without conditions as to weight). —First prize of 150 to No. 64, Mr. Henry Sanders, Brampton-hill, Northampton; Brayfield, bay gelding, 16 hands high, 5 years; bred by Mr. Charles Sergeant by Vortex; d. Lurcher, by Dreadnought, g. d. by Pioneer. A fine fencer and good hunter. Second prize of £25 to No. 84, Henry Spencer Lucy, Esq.; Goldfinder, dark chestnut, 16 hands high, 8 years. A good hunter. Price 350 guineas. Third prize of zel5 to No. 75, Walter de Winton, Esq., Maescelwch Castle, Glasbury, Hereford Springy Jack, bay, 16 hands high, 7 years s. Spanish Jack. Price 200 guineas. CLASS 3.—HUNTERS (without conditions as to weight, and not exceeding 15 hands 2 inches higii).-First prize of X40 to James Morrison, Esq., Hazelden, Newton Mearns, by Glasgow Countess, chestnut, 15 hands high, 6 years. Bought in Ireland, a good hunter. Price 100 guineas. Second prize of X20 to Horace Beck, Esq., Harpley, Brandon Hawk, chestnut, 15 hands 2 inches high, 6 years. Bred in Ireland. Third prize of Y,10 to No. 101, Mr. R. John Moss, Wellington, Salop Othello, black, 15 hands 2 inches high, 6 years, by Hunting Horn, d. by Old Bran. CLASS 4.—HUNTERS (four years old).—First prize of X50 to No. 115, Thomas Gee, Esq. Tom, black brown, < 16 hands 1 inch high, 4 years; bred by Mr. Taunton Rasclef, near York; s. Serenade. A good hunter. < Second prize of £ 25 to No. Ill, Mr. James Topham, The Hemplow, Welford Rugby, 4 years, bred by ex- hibitor. The judges remark as their opinion that this is a very fine class. They then proceeded to judge the stallions. CLASS 14.—STALLIONS (THOROUGH BRED).—-First prize of X40 to No. 301, Captain F. Barlow, Hasketon, near Woodbridge, Suffolk False Alarm, chestnut, 16 hands high, 5 years; bred by Lord Spencer; by Trumpeter out of Treacherous, by Pantaloon. Second prize of X20 to No. 303, J. B. Starky, Esq., Longworth, Farringdon, Berks; Beckhampton, bright bay, 15 hands 3 inches high, 4 years bred by John Watson; by Loupgarou out of Pet Lamb, by Melbourne out of Louise, by Sir Hercules (see Stud Book," vol. x., p. 278). For sale. The judges for the foregoing classes were the Earl of Portsmouth, Lord Suffield, and Capt. Percy Williams. They were then relieved by the fol- lowing gentlemen who judged during the remainder of the day's show-viz., Sir John Trollope, Bart., M.P. Sir George Wombwell; Colonel Maude, C.B. and Col. Kingscote, M.P. CLASS 15.—STALLIONS (not less than 15 hands high, for getting roadsters and hacks) .—First prize of zC20 to No. 327, Mr. John Grout, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk; Quick- silver, Shales, chestnut, 15 hands 2i inches high, 5 years bred by David Ground, Whittlesea, Cambs. s. Quick- silver, g. s. Performer, g. g. s. Old Prickwillow, g. g. g. s. Phenomenon, d. by Shales, g. d. by Flamings, g. g. d. bv Diamont. Second prize of X15 to No. 328, Mr. John Grout; Sportsman, brown, 15 hands 2 inches high, 5 years; s. Sportsman, d. by Oakley. Third prize of £5 to 329, Mr. John Edwards, Ealing Paddock, Ealing, Middlesex; Shepherd F. Knapp, chestnut, 15 hands 1 inch high, 10 years; bred in America; by Eaton out of Fanny (Arabian). The fastest trotter and grandest goer in Europe. (Also in Class V., No. 141.) CLASS 16.—STALLIONS (under 15 hands, for getting hacks, cobs, or ponies;.—In this class there was no first prize awarded for want of sufficient merit. Second prize of plo to 333, John Delamare Lewis, Esq., Westbury-house, Petersfield, Hants; Golden President, chestnut, 14 hands 3 inches high, 4 years bred by Mr. Brown, Butterwick s. President Junior, by Bay President, d. by Young Lottery, g. d. by Royalist, g. g. d. by Woldsman. Price, 100 guineas. Third prize of £5 to 336, lergus Ferguson, Esq., Risby-park, Beverley, Yorkshire Arab brown, 14 hands 3 inches high, 6 years; bred by exhibitor; by Sportman, d. Orion, g. d. Wanton. The judging of classes, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13, Z, hacks and ponies, then took place with the following results' CLASS 6.-COVER HACKS AND ROADSTERS (not ex- ceeding 15 hands 1 inch high).—First prize of X15 to 161, Earl of Rosslyn, Easton-lodge, Dunmow, Essex the Dean, dark brown, 14 hands 1 inch high, 7 years. Price 300 guineas. (Also for Gold Medal.) Second ,prize of X10 to 147, Mr. Thomas W. Marshall, 5, High-street, Islington Tom, chesta j" 1 t hands 2 inches high, 4 years s. Quicksilver. L1') s.iie. Third prize of £5 to 160, Thomas D n-! j1. Esq., 121, Piccadilly; Bismarck, chestnut ro i, i. t :i hands high, 5 years bred by Mr. Hillard, near Lambourn. CLASS 7.—PARK HACKS (weight carriers) not less than 14 hands 2 inches, not exceeding 15 hands 2 inches high.—First prize of X20 to 184, Major Stapylton, 6, Charles-street, Berkeley-square, Mytton-hall, Yorkshire Stamford, grey, 15 hands 2 inches high, 8 years. Price 500 guineas. Second prize of £10 to 169, Thomas Johnson, Esq., District Bank, Northallerton, Yorkshire Greyleg, chestnut, 15 hands high, 5 years by Serenader d. by Performer. Price 200 guineas. Third prize of X5 to 176, Mr. Jonas Webb, Melton Ross, Ulceby, Lincolnshire; Brunette, black brown, 15 hands g inch high, 7 years; s. Cornerstone. A good cover hack, and up to any weight. CLASS 8.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES of any height (not exceeding 15 hands 1 inch high). First prize of X20 to No. 200, Mr. G. Holmes, Newbegin, Beverley Deerstalker, black brown, 15 hands 3 inches, 6 years; bred at Rawcliff Stud Farm, York by Moun- tain Deer out of Bell, by Melbourne (see Stud Book, vol. x. p. 30). A perfect lady's horse, and will also make a first-rate charler. Second prize of 110 to No.,203, Robert Campbell, Esq., Army and Navy Club The Peer, chestnut, 15 hands 3 inches high. Price 300 guineas. Third prize of X5 to No. 196, Alexander Barker, Esq., Hatfield, near Doncaster Sultana, brown, by Gobbo. A fine hack and accomplished huntress. CLASS 9.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES (not ex- ceeding 15 hands 1 inch high).—First prize of 920 to No. 218A, Henry Westropp, Esq. Peggy, brown, 15 hands, 5 years, by the Pope. Price 50 guineas. Second prize of £10 to No. 218, John R. Kirby, Esq 76, Inverness-terrace Violet, chestnut mare, 15 hands 1 inch high, 6 years. Third prize of X5 to No. 222, John Delaware Lewis, Esq., Westbury-house, Peterfield, Hants Bridesmaid bay, 15 hands high, 6 years. A good hack. Price 100 guineas. CLASS 10.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES (not exceeding 14i hands high).—First prize of Y,20 to No. 242. William Henry Grant, Esq., Old Thomville, Kirkhammerton, York Pinwire, chestnut, 14 hands If inches high, 4 years. A good cover or park hack. Second prize of £10 to No. 246, Mr. John Grant, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge Unique, chesuut, 13 hands 3 inches high. Third prize of 25 to No. 228, Mrs. Spence, Deanfield- house, Weston, near Otley, Yorkshire Black Bess, black, 14 hands 2 inches high, 7 years; s. Diamond, bred by Mr. W. Dryns, Dilham, Norfolk. Lady's horse Price 100 guineas. CLASS 13.—PONIES (not exceeding 12 I hands high, to carry children).—First prize of X5 to No. 288, Mr. John William Richardson, farmer, Willoughton, Lincolnshire; Uncle Tom, brown, under 12 hands high, 7 years. Price 60 guineas. Second prize of £ 3 to No. 293, W. H. Stone, Esq., M.P., Dulwich-hill, Dulwich; Billy, dark chestnut, 11 hands 3 inches high, 8 years. Third prize of X2 to No. 289, Mr. J. Sykes Calthrop, Moulton, Lincolnshire; brown, 11 i hands high, 5 years. A first-rate harness and riding pony. On Monday, shortly before three o'clock, Sir George Woiiibwell,&Bart., and Colonel Maude, C.B., the judges for harness horses, entered the arena, and Class 5, Harness Horses not exceeding 15 hands high, com- menced. In this class the prizes were for horses of the best shape with park action, exhibited in single harness with suitable carriages. The first prize of £15 was awarded to 138, Mr. John R. Kirby, of Inverness-terrace, The second of XIO, to No. 135, Captain Spiers, M.P., Fusilier Guards. The third of X5 to No. 133, Mr. Thomas Bradfield, of Bishop Stortford. CLASS 11.—Ponies (not exceeding 14 hands).—The first prize of X15 to No. 268, Mr. James Wilson, of Cedar-cottage, Enfield. The 2nd of X10 to No. 262, Mr. William Burton, High-street, Marylebone. The 3rd of Z5, to No. 266, Captain Spiers, Fusilier Guards. No. 269, belonging to Mr. Potter, of Bury St. Edmunds, was highly commended. CLASS 12.—Ponies (not exceeding 13 hands in single harness).—The first prize of X15 was awarded to No. 282, Mr. W. F. Pilcher, Russell-square. The second of £10 to No. 277, Mr. John William Richardson, of Willoughton, Lincolnshire. And the third of Y,5 to No. 283, Mr. Lewis Myers, Myddelton-square. In the extra prize tor harness pairs there were only two. in the ring for competition. The prize was awarded amidst general acclamations to Captain Spiers, Fusilier Guards. The jumping of the hunters afterwards took place, and created much amusement, and the parade of the prize horses excited much interest.
DEATH OF SIR ARCHIBALD ALISON. We learn with regret, though without surprise, that Sir Archibald Alison died on Thursday night at Glas- gow. His condition for some days previously precluded 3,11 hope of recovery. The deceased baronet was born at the parsonage house of Kenley, in Shropshire, in 1792, his father being a clergyman and author of Essays on Taste." The deceased studied at the University of Edinburgh under Professors Dugald Stewart, Playfair, and Leslie, and other celebrated men of the day and he carried off the highest prizes in the mathematics and Greek. He be- came a member of the Scotch bar in 1814, and in the succeeding eight years travelled much on the Continent. In 1834 he was appointed Sheriff of the county of Lanark, one of the highest judicial offices in Scotland. Shortly before this he published two works, which "became standard ones in Scotch law, one being The Principles of the Criminal Law," and the other The Practice of the Criminal Law." At that period he was already engaged in preparing his History of Modern Europe from the commencement of the French Revolution to the Battle of Waterloo —a work which is exceedingly voluminous and full of details that could not have been collected without remarkable industry, but which is marred by an excess of comment and re- flection often causing weariness to the reader, so that the abridgment is now generally preferred to the for- midable whole. In 1845 the deceased was elected Lord Rector of Marischal College, Aberdeen in 1851 he was chosen to fill the same position in the University of Glasgow. In 1852 the Earl of Derby, being at the head of the Government, conferred upon him a baronetcy, and in the following year the University of Oxford awarded to the deceased baronet, now in the zenith of his fame as an historian, the degree of -D. U. I,. The great effort of the deceased's life, his history of Eurepe from the first French Revolution, has been con- tinued up to a later period, the design of the author being to extend it up to the accession of Napoleon III. to the throne. A portion of this supplementary history was long since presented to the public. The literary labours of the deceased included The Life of the Duke of Marlborough," and the Principles of Population and he also found time to devote himself to a biography of Lord Castlereagh, and published extensively on the vexed currency question, in which he deemed himself an authority. f In politics the deceased was throughout life a lory 01 the old school, being apparently quite unaffected by the fact that he was almost always the representative of a losing cause. His predilections and prejudices are con- stantly exhibited in his History of E Illrope. As an author he was wanting in force and impression, and in that artistic use of materials which is necessary to com- mand the attention of the mass of readers. In industry, however, and the painstaking investigation of facts, he has had few equals. He is succeeded in the title by his son Colonel Alison, commander of the 72nd Highlanders, who served with distinction under Lord Clyde during the Indian mutiny.
H = IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the House of Lords, on Thursday, several bills were forwarded a stage. The sitting lasted only half an hour. In the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exche- Iquex-in reference to Mr. Hodgkinson's amendment on the third clause of the Representation of the People Bill, re.. quiring that every occupier shall be rated-stated that the 'Government found they could deal with the Small Tene- ments Act, and also with theprivate rating acts, by clauses to be inserted in this bill, which he laid on the table. He proposed; that, after they had passed the fourth clause, they should recur to the plan he suggested seme time, ago,,namely, to postpone the ather clauses, and proceed to the 34th clause,, which related to rating; and he proposed also that, next week, they should commence morning sittings, on Tuesday and Friday mornings, proceeding with this bill on those On the second reading of the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Act Continuance Bill, IsMr" Maguire complained that while the Government pro- claimed to the country through the Queen s»speech and by their own speeches that the suspension of the constitution. in Ireland was no longer necessary, they now brought in this bill He warned the Government that the Irish AiAeri., cans would no doubt use their influence when an op- portunity arose to bring on a war between America, and England, which must be disastrous to this country, and he called on them to avert these evils by legislation which would improve the physical condition of the people of IrMrndRoebuclc admitted that up to 1829 nothing could be Worse than the Government of Ireland, but a grosser ealumnv was never uttered, or a more gigantic falsehood ever spoken than to say that since that period Parliament had been unjust to Ireland. He asked if any one could put his finder on any law in which the people of Ireland were treated differently from the people of England. He denied that the Protestant Church was a grievance to the Catholics Ùllreland anv more than the Established Ciiurcu was a grievance to Dissenters in England. it. Mr, Bright said there was no one who knew Ireland who would not say there were evils in that country to which this House paid no attention, and this feelin, was not con- fined to Catholics. He was a dissenter of dissenters, and was opposed to all church establishments, but if he were a, Koman Catholic in Ireland he should feel very differently to- wards-the Church establishment in that country from what he felt towards the establishment m England. In England when the nonconformists left theChurch it was the religion Of the great majority of the people, but the Protestant Church in Ireland came in with a power conaBcated all the land, and was therefore naturally an object of Th^discussioii was continued for sometime, _prmcipally by Irish members, none of whom op p o s e d the bill, but all dwelt on the necessity of improving the condition of the country by legislation. The bill was read a second time, and Loid J. STSWS it was proposed to take the remaining stages of the bill. on Th^fHouse then went into committee on the Representa- tion of the People Bill, resuming the discussion on clause 4, Which relates to the occupation franchisa. Mr. H. Vivian moved an amendment to extend the tran- chisa'to the lessees or assignees of any lapd or tenements for the unexpired residue of any term originally created for a Period of not less than 60 years. i., Mr. Goldney opposed the amendment, because it would give facilities for the creation of fagot votes. Mr. Bright said in his locality it was the custom to. build, houses, on leasehalds of 999 years, which was. practically equal to freehold, and the owners of these houses, he sub- mitted, were as well entitled to the franchise as freeholders, Kendalland Mr. E. Karslakeopposed the amendment, and Mr. Ayrton supported it. .T. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said he,considered, the question decided by the decision^ on Mr. Oolvile s, amendment extending the franchise to £ 5 copyholders, He therefore should not oppose the amendment, the fran- chise to be exercised under the same coaditious, as those which related to leaseholds of the value of iClO under the Act of 1832. j. The amendment was then agreed to. Sir T. E. Colebrooke moved, an amendment, requiringi that, the voter qualified by occupation shall occupy a house or building which separately or jointly with any land is of "tbe required value-na.mely, £15; but on the suggestion, of Mr. E) lice, the words" other buildings were left out. Lord J. Manners said the principle of the county occupa-- tion franchise was the occupation of land; that was so Under the Reform Act of 1832, and he objected to. applying, ;a different principle to the new voter from that applied to the old. Mr. L. King supported the amenclmbnt, ancl The committee divided on the question "That the-worda Proposed to be left out stand part of the clause, which was, negative 1 by 196 to 193. On the question, however, that the word "dwelling-house" be inserted, the committee again divided, when the former decision was reversed, the com- mittee resolving, by 212 to 209, not to insert the word. Mr. G. Hardy thereupon moved to insert the words "lands or tenements," and Mr, Ayrton moved an amendment upon this to omit or 'tenements," and insert with a tenement erected thereon." A somewhat angry discussion then, took place-on a sugges- tion by Lord Cranborne that the Chairman should report Progress, which was supported by Sir G. Grey, Mr. Glad- stone, Sir R. Palmer, and Mr. Owen Stanley; and opposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. B. Stanhope, Mr. Newdegate, Sir J. Trollope, and Mr. Goldney. At gth, Mf. Ayrton having moved that the Chairman report pro- gress, the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to the mo- tion, which was carried, and the House resumed, when Several bills were advanced a stage. The other orders were disposed of, and the House ad-, Journed at one o'clock. n the House of Tords, on Friday, Lord Redesdale laid on the-table a bill for the batter management of the Royal Parks The clauses were the same as those in an Act ob- Wed by Sir Francis Crossley for the regulation of the Park at Halifax. The Earl of Derby said the matter was under the con- Sideration of the Government, who had to look, on the one hand, to the enjoyment of the parks by the public for the Purposes of recreation; and on the other, to the rights of tfee Crown as owner, and the danger of riot and disturbance. After, a few observations from Lord Portman,, The bill was read a first time.. r, Lord Bedesdale moved the second reading of, the Conse- cration of Churchyards Bill. On a division, the bill was read a second time by 53 to 12. The Labouring Classes' Dwellings Acts (1866) Amend- ment Bill, and the British Spirits Bill were read a second time. The Earl of Derby said it would be necessary that their lordships should meet to-morrow for the purpose of receiv- ing the Habeas Corpus Suspension Continuance Act from th&House of Commons, and reading it a first time. The House then adjourned. In the House of Commons, Mr. Hodgkinson gave notice Of his intention, when the clause of which notice had been given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer respecting com- pounder's was before the HouseFto move an amendment to the effect that no person other than the occupier shall be rated to the poor-rate within the precincts of any Parliameutry borough, any local Act notwithstanding; but that the provisions for collecting any rate made previous to the passing of this Act shall continue in force for that pur- pose, the tenant being entitled to deduct the amount he Shall actually pay from his rent. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in reply to a question from Mr. Baxter as to when the Scotch Reform Bill would be proceeded with, stated that, with the exception of matters of State exigency, it was the intention of Go- vernment to proceed with no business whatever till the English Bill had passed through committee. Sir J. Pakington stated, in' reply to Mr. Owen Stanley, that considering the strong feeling that existed on both aides of the House respecting the clause in the 60 George III., cap. 90, by which the army is made a penal corps, for iRilitia deserters, he thought the best course would be to repeal that clause. On the order of the day for going into committee of 8U?jord William Hay called attention to the despatch of the Secretary of State for India relative to the claims of the Maharajah of Mysore, by which he directs that the territory fihnii nrmtirme to be governed on the. same principle as at SSentS the young Rajah becomes of age.. The Maha, Stated was raised to the musnud by virtue of the SfcrHtinn treat,v'of 1799i but that treaty, he contended, waa nTt t dvnastfc but a personal treaty. It granted the the,Govemment not to titke adv=tage Of the treaty. He S this thoy could do by gradually intioducmg native agency in the administration of the governmt. Mr. SmoUett considered the deputation as one of the most honest and straightforward that had ever from the India-office. «vkps Mr The discussion was contmued by Colonel &yj £ es, w.. Laine Sir T. E. Colebrook, Mr. H. Seymour, and Mr. Sir S. Northcote said he had within the last half hour received a telegram from Bembay stating that the report which appeared in the newspapers two days ago of a mutiny of native troops in India was untrue, and was caused by a letter written by a person who was insane. Then, referring to the question before the House, he defended the course he had pursued, contending that he had acted in the spirit of the arrangement made by Lord Wellesley. His prede- cessor left matters open till the young Rajah was 18 or 20 years of age. That, he thought, would be exceedingly mis- chievous When the Rajah died things would have been thrown into confusion, and the young Rajah would have been brought up, not as a King, but as a pretender. Lord Cranborne said the Council for India was in a most anomalous position. It had the power to veto any despatch or order of the Government m which the expenditure of monev was involved. He thought that these matters should in fe removed from the control of the House. He con- e">ed in the policy enunciated by his right lion, friend when he stated that he did not intend to change the ad- ministration of Mysore, and fee warned, the House ot the danger of prematurely attempting to settle anything in u countrv which was in a state of rapid transition, Mr. ftl. Gibson called attention to the state of the law respecting the securities which are required from the pro- prietors of newspapers and certain other publications. He said, though the newspaper stamp had been &teoAwh8<% the old laws respecting newspapers were still in |°Fce- ^e IaT rpouirinff registration was constantly evaded, m order that the proprietors might not be called upon to give securities, but lately proceedings had been taken against the East Lon- doA Observer, a, local paper which had beeninexistence ten years, against the proprietors of the Owl, of the Hornet, and of th e Bee-hive. He asked why these proceed- ines had been taken, and suggested that they shotild be stopped, and that the law should be altered so as merely to ^Th? Attorney-General said no new prosecutions had been instituted by the present Government, but the Board of Inland Revenue had instituted proceedings ■_ against the East London Observer for refusing enter into recogni- sance.-), and a country paper for refusing dfolinpd t information which was laid before them. He declined to bring in a bill to amesd the law*rwiar. DAmnim Mr. Ayrton complained that the Board of Inland Revenue put the law in force at the instance of private parties. Why should thev call on the proprietor of a newspaper to enter into secSes that he will keep the peace before he had: :TG58FC»S53LI TO /iniAwn 4-VkA intrrtiliifitioii of the Irish. Reform Bill until after Whitsuntide. He only asked that the bill should be introduced before Whitsuntide in order that the people of li-elilud might have the opportunity of: considering its pro- visions before the second reading came on. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said the delay waa un- avoidable. The bill would, be introduced- as soon as possible iafThe^Housentl^n went into committee of supply, on the civUseS estimates, and the remainder of the votes in class 3 for "law and justice were agreed to. 91,7100,000 was also voted to pay off Exchequer Bonds. The Habeas Corpus Suspension Act Continuance Bill passed through committee^ and was then read a third time ^Several other bills were advanced a stage, and The'House adjourned. The House of Lords met: on Saturday, andi on the motion of Lord Redesdale, read the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Act a first time, and also the Piers and Harbours Bill. On the motion for adjournment, Lewd Denman, expressed his regret at the answer which had been given by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland to a de- putation which had waited upon him to ask for a respite of the convicted Fenians now under sentence of_ deatb. and said a more grateful people than the Irish did not exist, and he was sure they would; appreciate the exercise of the prerogative of mercy on behalf of these misguided men. The Earl of Derby declined to enter into a discussion then as to how the prerogative of mercy ought to be; exercised by, the Crown, which, he said, was a matter not at all rele- vant to that which had just been brought before their lord- ships. The House then adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Monday, the Earl of l>erby, in reply to the Earl of Clarendon, stated that, looking to the Sral public feeling on the subject, the Government had advised her Majesty to exercise her prerogative of mercy on the Penian convict Burke, and bis life would be spared. At the same time, he remarked, there were no palliating mrcumsUnces intha case. It was not the case of a cml war in which great principles were involved, m whioh the Son^ and feelings of great bodies of men were ex- cted, and in whichT therefore, both pities were obliged to look with great tenderness upon each other s faults or crimel On the contrary, it was a case of violation by thf convict of the hospitality which he enjoyed, m a friendly country, where he was; an organiser of a Lwplracy the criminality of which was only equalled by itTfollv. For these reasons they were, of opinion on Wednesday that no circumstances could justify them in preventing the law from taking its course. But he+was happy tolay that between Wednesday and Saturday they had received such intimation that it was the^mversal feel- ing oi the country that the exercise of the Royal prerosa- tive of mercy should not be withheld, that they came to thev conclusion that it was not necessary for them to adhere to the conclusion at, which they, had arrived with so much nain Subsequently they received a letter from the Lord- Lieutenant of Ireland, saying that there was a strong ieel. tag in Ireland that mercy should be extended to the CIThenLord Chancellor moved-the third reading of the Office of Judge in the Admiralty, Divorcei, and^ Probate Courts Bill, which: on a division, was carried by 83 to 40. The^ Earl of Derby moved the second reading of the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Act Continuance Bill. Earl Russell said ha had no doubt that it was necessary to -continue the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act in Ire- land considering the extensive character of the late conr TOiracT He was glad hear that, the Government had Sed that the life of the convict Burke should be snared but he thought that the people of Ireland wotfKver become sincerely attached to this country until many of the grievances, of which they complained w^re removal; and as a step in this direction, he said he intended after the holidays to call attention to the question of the Irish Church establishment. After some observations from the Earl of Kimberley, the Marquis o" Clanricarde, the Earl of Baoidon, Earl Granville, and the Marquis of Bath, The bill was read a second time. Several, other bills were for warded a,stage, and the House adjourned. In the House of Commons, Lord, Stanley stated that, her Majesty's representative at the court of Brazil had careful examination of the pecuniary claipas of British subjects, and the Brazilian Government had intimated that there were counter claims on the Government of Great Britain which were of much la^er, ,am ° ,r S t f-fli headed there would .be great difficulty m getting the British clatms acknowledged, unless her Majesty's Government were prepared to consider those conn c-a • » -R|-r Lord. Ki Montagu stated, in rep y to. Cheetham, that the Privy Council hs>d cowe sion that it would not be wise at present to remeve any t.hfl obstructions on the removal or sale ot cattle. J The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in reply to a question from The O'Donoghue, as to whether the royal clemency wiTbe extended to the Fenian convict Burke, now under sentence of death, stated that the capital punishment will ^Thfchancellor of the Exchequer moved the suspension -.f standing orders of 1854 with respect to morning sittings, and that, until the House shall otherwise order, the Housfmeet on Tuesdays and Fridays during the present session at two o'clock, and that the sitting be suspended at 36]VIr! Bouverie moved, as an amendment, that the arrange- ment should continue only until the end of June. This was acceded to by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the motion, with that amendment, was adopted. The House then went into committee on the Repre- sentation of the People Bill. Before any question was put, The Chancellor of the Exahequer defended himself from the charge of breach of faith which had been brought against him by certain, parties, who had alllegeiathait the clauses which he had brought up to carry out Mr. Hodgkin- son's amendment (for putting an end_ ^to the ques^hon as to whether the compounder should have the franchise by practically putting a.n end to com- pounding) were intended to deceive, and, in fact, continued the compounding system. He said that he had scrupulously endeavoured to fulfil his engagement. Mr. p e Hodgkinson's amendment enacted that 'except as herein- after provided" no person.shall be rated in boroughs other than the occupier. Mr. Ayrton asked what those words "hereinafter provided" meant, and Mr. Hodgkinson re- plied that other legislation would be necessary in reference to compounding. Mr. Childers had an amendment on the paper to allow a voluntary system of compounding, and Mr Gladstone said that amendment was an improvement on'the other. He thought therefore that the clauses as they were drawn did carry out the understanding, and that he was not amenable to the charge of breach of faith which been brought against him by the hon. member for West minster Then, referring to the county franchise, he said the Government wished to establish it on abroad andpopular basis U 7 aoTtt ahnuld be a countv franchise, and should not lose in distinctive character. On this, principle the Govern- mint could not accept Mr. Kinglake's amendment (repeal- tae the enactments that no person shall vote for a county in respect of a house which would give a vote to a^°r°^h), hnt thev were disposed to accept the amendinent of Sir EdwardVrtag, reducing the county franchise from £ 15 to £1Jr. J. S. Mill said if a charge of deceiving the House had been made against the Chancellor of the Exchequer he had acquitted himself. The shot with, which he had transfixed them was taken from their own quiver. Mr Childers said he placed1 his amendment on the. paper with a view of assisting Mr. Hodgkinson to carry his, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer, m accepting the amend- ment said it was merely carrying out the original intention of the Government. The clauses to be brought up differed materially from the amendment he intended to have pro- posed. and in.fact enabled compounding to be carried out in ^Mr^Hodgkinson said this was not the time for the dis- cussion of the clauses, but whenthat time arrived he should show that they were inconsistent with his amendment. He did not approve of Mr. Childers's amendment. Mr. Gladstone said he did not think the Chancellor of the Exchequer coul,l be charged with breach of faith. He hoped the right hon. gentleir an would consent to a complete severance between the question of compounding and the question of the franchise. The committee then proceeded with the bill, resuming the discussion on clause 4, which relates to the occupation franchise for votes in counties. At the previous sitting the words "°f premises of any tenure" had been struck out; and Mr. G. Hardy moved to fill up the blank with the words "lands or tenements," to which Mr. Ayrton moved an amendment to leave lands." Another >j;„„i1Hoion now took place on this point, and on a division Mr. Hardy's motion was carried by 255 to 9^1 The same question was, however, immediately raised f,? o*+Vior form by Sir E. Colebrooke, who moved to add toe words with a house but this was negatived by 264 t0rrht"«nptiHon of the amount at which the franchise should be fixed was tSen raised by Mr. Locke King who moved to fit Hnt £ 10 in whieh he was supported by Mr. Bright and Mv Penfe bS Sir T. Lloyd proposed £ 12, and the Chan- fjiofof toe Exchequer sorted the latter figure Mr. Gladstone said he was in lavour of £10, but recom- meyided Mr. King to accept the Chancellor of the Ex- ClMrUL'\?mf agreed, and 12" was accordingly inserted Mr. H. BaiUie moved to add. a proviso that one-half tha- occupation shall be in land," bat after some discussion withdrew itszsA toe other aMadraents oi which uosiqa had been given having been also withdrawn, the clause was ordered, amid cheers, to stand part of the bill. The remaining clauses up to 34 were then postponed, and the committee proceeded with clause 34, which enables the oosupier to claim to be rated in order to acquire the franchise. The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought up the clauses of which he had given notice to be added to this clause in lieu of Mr. Hodgkinson's amendment. These enact lsu. That no owner of a house shall be rated to the poor-rate, instead of the occupier, except as thereinafter mentioned; 2nd. That the full rateable value of every dwelling-house or other separate tenement, and the full rate payable by the oc- cupier, and the name of the occupier shall be entered in the rate-book; 3rd, that with the joint consent of the owner and occupier, the overseers may rate the owner instead of the occupier, and compound with the owner for the rates; and 4th, that any arrangement for rating the owners or com- poundiag with him, shall be determined on the 19th day of July in each year, but may be renewed.. ,j Mr. Hodgkinson said if the Chancellor of the Exchequer would withdraw clauses 3 and 4, he would withdraw his amendment. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said he wished to have a discussion upon them. A discussion thereupon ensued, in whi.ch :Mr. Denman, Mr. Hibbert, Sir L. Palk, and Sir R. Collier took part, by all of whom clause 3 and 4, were condemned, and eventually the Chancellor of the Exchequer withdrew them. The first two were then added to the bill, as were also three provisos relating to existing compositions, and the collect- ing of the rates thereunder, with an amendment by Mr. Ayrton, that where the dwelling house or tenement shall be wholly let out in separate apartments, and the lodgings not separately rated, the owner shall be rated. The Chancellor of the Exchequer then brought up a new clause in lieu of clause 35, in order to carry out the altera- tions which had been made in the bill; but after a short discussion it was agreed to report progress. The other orders were then disposed of, and the House adjourned. In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, the National Debt Bill and the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Act Continuance Bill were respectively read a third time and passed. The increase of the Episcopate Bill passed through com- mittee. Several other bills having been advanced a stage, the House adjourned. The House of Commons met at two o'clock, and almost immediately went into committee on the Representation of the People Bill, resuming the discussion on the new clause 35, which was brought up by the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer, in substitution of the former clause, and which, with some amendments, was agreed to. Mr. P. Scrope moved to add a proviso that no person, whether owner or occupier of a dwelling house in a borough, the rateable value of which shall be less than £1" shall be hereafter rated to the relief of the poor in respect of such dwelling-house. Mr. Hibbert opposed the proviso, because it',woulcl have the effect of limiting the franchise. Mr. Gregory addressed the House in support of an amend- ment he had given, notice of, that the landlord pay one-half the-rates of houses under £4. Mr. Hubbard supported the motion, because it would exclude the poorest and most ignorant of the population from the franchise. Mr. Bright said in 1858 and 1859 he addressed a great number of large meetings on this subject, and he then proposed a Reform Bill, and it was an interesting fact that the provisions of that bill so far as regarded the borough franchise were almost identical with those of the present bill; but in his bill he disfranchised those who were excused their rates on the ground of poverty. The proposal now before the House might have been accepted some months ago, but they were now in a different position, and they could not go back. The Chancellor of the Exchequer asked in what respect he and the other members of the Government had changed their opinions since last year-a question which elicited roars of laughter. The Government, he said, had not changed their opinions, but they opposed the bill of, last year, which they considered imperfect in its conception and crude in its details; and they had brought forward a measure which was distinguished by characteristics which the former bill did not possess. He trusted that the committee would not adopt this motion, for it would disturb every- which was distinguished by characteristics which the former bill did not possess. He trusted that the committee would not adopt this motion, for it would disturb every- thing that they had settled as regarded the borough fran- chise. „ Mr, Gladstone regretted that the question of consistency or inconsistency of the Government had been mooted, but he could-not confirm by.silence what the Chancellor of the Exchequer had said. If the Chancellor of the Exchequer and those,who supported him were in favour of household suffrage last year, why did they lefi the speeches of Mr. Lowe fall dead on the House ? And if they opposed the bill of last year not because it went too far, out because it did not go far enough, why did they not say so? In 186o the Chancellor of the Exchequer said he was in favour of a lateral and not a downward extension of the franchise, and that although he and the other members of Lord Derby's Government in 159 to some extent agreed to an extension of the tlO franchise, his present opiniQn was opposed to anything of the kisd. With regard to the motion imme- diately before the House, he agreed with Mr. Bright that there was no sufficient cause for their joining issue with the Government on it at this stage of the question. Mr. P. Scrope then withdrew the motion, and clause 4 was ordered to stand part of the bill. On clause 5, which gave educational franchises in counties and boroughs, Mr. Bouverie said he did not think that a number of Masters of Arts, should be allowed to go about the country holding examinations, about the conditions of which the House knew nothing, and granting certificates which were to confer a vote for life. Mr. B. Hope also strongly opposed the clause. After some discussion, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, when this clause was introduced the lodger franchise had not been agreed to. He acceded to the motion that the clause should be expunged. Sir R. Palmer then moved that clause 6, which conferred the franchise on persons having zC50 in the savings banks or in.the public funds, or who paid 20s. a year in assessed tax and income tax, be also expunged. The clause was expunged, as was also clause 7, which gave the dual vote, and this completed the first part of the bill, which relates to the franchise. The Chancellor of the Exchequer stated that he proposed to proceed with the second part of the bill, which relates to the distribution of seats, on Monday. The House adjourned.