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. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH. HOUSE OF LORDS. Lord Londonderry asked the Government if their attention had been drawn to a speech delivered at Cahir by Mr. W. O'Brien, denounc- ing land grabbing and advocating the boycot- ting of persons who availed themselves of their just rights,' and whether the Government were taking any steps' in connection there- with. Lord Londonderry remarked that he had been given to understand that the question would be answered in the negative. He confessed to a certain feeling of disappointment at this, but having seen the policy pursued in Ireland, he could not say he was altogether surprised. The policy of the present Chief Secretary was to conciliate his political opponents at any cost. His Lordship hoped the Prime Minister would investigate the matter for himself, and if he consulted his supporters in Ireland they would tell him unanimously that never had a Conservative Chief Secretary initiated a policy so ruinous to Irish interests as the method of the present Chief Secretary, of 'killing Heme Rule by kindness.' Lord Ashbourne, in reply to the question, said he thought great injustice had been done to the Chief Secretary. One reason why there could not be a prosecution was that no note was taken of the speech, so that it would be impossible to bring the language used home to Mr. O'Brien. The Local Government (Elections) Bill was read a third time. HOUSE OF COMMONS. Mr, Wolff asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his Department had been asked to intervene in the dispute between the Linotype Company and their workpeople, and whether the latter had absolutely refused to leave the matter in dispute either to the con- ciliation or the arbitration of the Board of Trade. Mr. Schwann also asked whether it was not a fact that the Board of Trade had not approached the Amalgamated Society of Engineers in reference to this dispute, and that the officers of the Society were actually having an interview with the manager of the Linotype Company when a telegram was received from ths directors stating that the matter had been referred to the Board of Trade; and whether the right hon. gentleman was aware that three of the directors and the secretary had since visited Manchester, and that an amicable set- tlement had been come to. Mr. Ritchie said it was not correct to sug- gest that the intimation as to the reference to the Board of Trade was received while the meeting between the representatives of the Engineers' Society and the manager was taking place. In consequence of a communication from the Linotype Company Mr. J. Burnett was sent down to Manchester to endeavour to bring about a meeting between the masters and the men. That was in accordance with the policy invariably pursued by the Board of Trade in such matters. The result was that a meeting between the representatives of the employers and the men was arranged, and a settlement was arrived it without any stoppage of work. Mr. Curzon, in reply to Mr. Flynn, said the Foreign Office had received no confirmation of the statement made by M. Delyannis, the Greek Minister in France, to the effect that the Christian. Governor of Crete, Georgi Pasha Berovitch, was an able and excellent man, but that the Sultan had sent a military commander after him with secret orders to thwart his action and excite the Mahometan population of Crete against the reforms. Asked by Mr. Stevenson what was the latest information from Crete, Mr. Curzon said the latest reports were to the effect that Christians were attacking Mussulmans in villages near Sitia. It was stated that many Mussulmans had been killed, and that thirteen villages had been burnt. ► Mr. Stevenson asked when it was expected that the Joint Note containing the scheme of reforms agreed upon by the six Great Powers would be presented to the Sultan. Mr. Curson said the scheme of reforms had not so far been agreed to by the Great Powers, but only by their representatives at Constan- tinople. It had not yet been received in final form from the latter, and it was therefore im- possible to say at present when any communi- cations arising therefrom might be made to the Sultan. On the motion that the Speaker leave the chair and the House go into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates, Sir A. Acland- Hood resumed the discussion on the Brigade ot Guards. The officers and men, he assured the House, had no objection to foreign service as foreign service. The only objection to the scheme was on the score of efficiency. The scheme was that the future establishment should consist of 7,227 rank and file, and on the basis of the average number of recruits requir- ed during the past five years the number neces- sary to keep up that strength would be 1,900 per annum. The only way of obtaining that number of recruits was by permanently lower- ing the standard of the Guards, and once that was done no one could deny that the standard of efficiency would be lowered. Sir H. Campbell- Bannerman contended that Mr. Brodrick had justified the scheme on some- what different grounds from those which were put forward in the House of Lords. Lord Lansdowne appeared to speak of the propos- al as being of a hypothetical and tentative character, and used an almost apologetic tone. Mr. A. J. Balfour denied that there was a word in Lord Lansdowne's speech which laid it open to the interpretation that the War Sec- retary did not believe in his own proposals. The motion that the Speaker leave the chair having been agreed to, the House went into committee. Mr. Brodrick moved that a number of land forces not exceeding 158,744 be granted to Her Majesty for the service of the army during the ensuing year. The number was larger, he said, than had ever been voted since 1815. He afterwards explained to the Committee what the Government were doing to improve the efficiency of the army, militia, and volunteers. Mr. Labouchere subsequently moved to reduce the vote by 4,200 men, the number of our troops in Egypt. Mr. Dillon seconded the amendment, which was rejected by 134 votes to 20. The vote was then agreed to, and the House shortly after- wards adjourned.

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