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EXTRAORDINARY SITTING 0E THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. For the purpose of considering the remaining Supplementary Estimates for the Civil Service, in Committee of Supply, the House of Commons held a special sitting at noon on Saturday, which was pro- longed until a quarter to six o'clock on Sunday morning. The Speaker took the chair at twenty minutes past twelve. On the motion to go into Com- mittee of Supply, Mr. Ashmead Bartlett rose and called attention to the abandonment of hhartoulll; which he condeinued in a long and discursive speech. Mr. Labouchere attacked the Government from the opposite point of view, protesting against military operations in the Soudan, past, present, and contingent. He moved a resolution declaring that the necessity for the recent battles in the Soudan had not been shown by the Government. Mr. Henry Richard pro- tested against the horrible butcheries going on in the Soudan, which in his opinion were "wholly without adequate justification." Lord Edmond Fitzinaurice replied, ehietly to Mr. Ashmead Bartlett, Mr. Bourke, who rose next, complaining that his speech did not contain a scrap of information on the points on which the House desired information. Mr. Cowen defended the Opposition, whose policy Mr. Richard had criti- cised. Their course, lie said, had been intelligible and consistent from the first. The hon. gentleman proceeded to deliver a bitter attack upon the Govern- ment, which was loudly cheered from the Conserva- tive Benches, whither members flocked when it was known that the lion. member for Newcastle was addressing the House. Lord Randolph Churchill reiterated the demand that before the vote on account of the mission of General Gordon was agreed to the Government should state what had been the actions of General Gordon up to the previous Thursday, and how far lie had carried out his plans. Sir Charles Dilke vainly re- minded the Opposition that the business of the after- noon had been fixed not with a view to fresh debate and repetition of speech-making on affairs in Egypt, but for dealing with Supply, and, if necessary, with the notices of amendment which prefixed it. The House was now beginning to grow impatient for a division. The discussion was prolonged by Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. W. Fowler, Mr. J. Morley, Sir M. H. Beach, and Mr. Bryce. Sir S. Northcote repeated the demand for information. Lord Hartington said this was a demand that might be pressed too far. How- ever violent might be the appeals, he could assure the House that any statement of policy, or any informa- tion which the Government thought would be injurious to those great interests they were endeavouring to secure under difficult circumstances, should not be drawn from him. If," he added, amid loud cheers from the Liberal benches, "you insist on knowing that which we are unable consistently with our duty to make known, you are taking a course which deprives us of the con- fidence of the House of Commons, and makes it im- possible for us to carry on the business of the country." When Lord Hartington resumed his seat the divi- sion was at once taken. Lord R. Grosvenor and Lord Kensington, acting as tellers for the Government, while Mr. Richard told with Mr. Labouchere for the resolution moved as an amendment to the motion to gointo committee. Sir S. Northcote, Sir M. Hicks Beach, and the whole of the Opposition present, supported Mr. Labouchere, as did also Mr. Parnell and a number of his followers, and Mr. J. Morley, Mr. J. Cowen, Sir G. Camp- bell, Sir W. Lawson, and Mr. P. Edwards, Liberals. The last member emerged from each lobby at the same moment, showing the division was an exceedingly close one, but all doubt as to the result was set at rest when Lord R. Grosvenor was seen with the paper containing the numbers, and a tremen- dous Liberal cheer arose. When at last silence was restored, and the numbers were read out, it appeared that Mr. Labouchere had been supported by 94 and the Government by III hon. members, or a majority of 17 for the Ministry. When the Opposition heard how narrow the majority was they began to cheer; the Ministerial party replied, and the two sides cheered one at the other for some minutes. Sir M. Hicks Beach was then seen to be standing at the table, and when the noise had subsided he complained that the Home Secretary had just remarked to a friend that the dirty trick had not succeeded." The complaint was met with a burst of Ministerial applause. The Speaker said the expression would be out of order if used publicly in debate, but drew a distinction between that and private conversation. Sir W. Harcourt said he should never have thought of using words of that character in debate, but as to the expression of his own private opinion to his own friends upon a transaction of such a character he held himself free. Sir S. Northcote maintained that it was understood the day would be set apart for a discussion on the Egyptian policy of the Government, and as to the observation of the Home Secretary it gave great pain to him and to those that sat on that side of the House, and the accusation conveyed was absolutely untenable. The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his view of the understanding arrived at, which was in con- travention of the understanding of the Leader of the Opposition, and said the suggestion was never made that what was practically a vote of want of confidence would be brought forward that day. Sir W. Harcourt then explained that howewer much they might enter into conflict in political contest it had not been and was not his intention to give pain, that he certainly did not think the language would have reached the ears of the right hon. gentleman, and as it had been regarded as offensive he regretted that it had done so. After a little further conversation the Speaker called upon Mr. O'Brien, who had the next place on the paper with reference to certain proceedings of Captain Plunket, an Irish police magistrate; and after a long discussion, and a division, in which fifteen opposed the motion to go into Committee, and 57 voted in favour of it, the House went into Committee and took np the business of the day. Further talk was chiefly confined to the Irish members, and at three o'clock Mr. Biggar came prominently to the front with a violent attack on Earl Spencer and his confederates, those disreputable persons," the resident magistrates, who were, he added, bankrupt in character and ir pocket. Interrupted by the Chairman, Mr. Biggar moved a count, when between fifty and sixty members flocked in. At five o'clock the monotony and dulness were varied by another scene. Mr. Healy, taking a long look ahead, was threatening to obstruct the Appropria- tion Bill when it came on in August. "JVc have no birds to shoot," he said; whereupon Mr. Lyulph Stanley observed sot/o voce, "Landlords! The re- mark was made in so low a tone that it did not reach Mr. Healv who was proceeding with his remarks, when Mr.Sexton called his attention to it. Mr. Healy appealed to the Chairman on the point of order. Sir A. Otway said he did not understand that the word had been used in debate, and that he could say nothing about it if it were merely a remark to a fellow member. Mr. Healy proposed that the chairman should leave the chair, and that the opinion of the Speaker should be taken but the chairman declined to adopt a course which Mr. Childers, as leader of the House for the time being, remarked would be quite unprecedented. Mr. Healy thereupon excitedly asked if lie were to understand that Mr. Childers would allow one of his followers to make a charge of that kind against Irish members without saying a word of condemnation. The Chancellor of the Exchequer rejoined with spirit that he was not going to be browbeaten by language of that kind that he had spoken temperately to show t!S the chainnan's ruling accorded with that of the Speaker, that it was not his duty to make any repre- sentation to hon. members, but merely to act upon the Chairman's ruling when it was given. A few minutes later Mr. L. Stanley rose, admitted the use of the word, expressed regret, and unequivocally withdrew it. The discussion of the vote was then continued for about another half-hour, when the division was taken, and the vote carried by .50 to 7. The passing of the vote concluded the special busi- ness of the sitting, and the Speaker then returned to the chair amid a vociferous cheer from the Irish members, only to at once adjourn the House, which result was consummated at a quarter to six on Sun- day morning, as day was breaking, and the birds singing In the quiet streets and gardens of West- minster.

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