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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH. HOUSE OF COMMONS. Mr. Hanbury, replying te Mr. Schwann, said a petition had been received from the town postmen of Manchester complaining that the attendance on many of the duties was protrac- ted beyond the regulation eight hours, that certain of the duties involved attendance at inconvenient times, and that the supervising force was inadequate. A general revision of the postmen's duties at Manchester took place a year ago, and since then 78 more postmen had been added. A general revision of the duties was under consideration. Mr. T. W. Russell, replying to Mr. Bong- field, said the report of the Committee on Dis- tress from Want of Employment had received the careful attention of the Local Government Board. A bill had been prepared on the sub- ject, but its introduction must depend on the pregress which might be made with other Government measures. In answer to Sir E. A. Bartlett, Mr. Curzon said the latest information the Government had received was that Greek troops were landed west-north-west of Canea Bay on the 16th inst. The Turkish Government had not announced any intention of sending troops to Crete. The general advice given by the representatives of the Great Powers had been that they should abstain from any precipitate action. Owing to reports of massacres at Selinos, the British, Russian, and Italian consuls had proceeded there to endeavour to prevent further conflicts and outrages. Answering Mr. Dillon, Mr. Curzon said inquiry had been made with respect to the re- port that several Christians were roasted alive during the recent disturbances in Canea, but no reply had yet been received. Sir C. Cameron took his seat for the Bridge- ton division of Glasgow, ia succession to Sir G. O. Trevelyan. The House afterwards went into Committee of Supply on the Army Estimates. On the vote for 9553,000 for the militia' numbering 135,243, a discussion took place with respect to the lack of officers and men, the system of training, and promotion from the ranks, and the vote was then agreed to. The next vote taken was that for the yeo- manry cavalry, and Mr. Knox moved a reduc- tion of the amount by E7,000, on the ground that Ireland had no yeomanry. Dr. Tanner seconded the amendment. Mr. Powell Williams said the experience of 1798 was not such as to make the esta- blishment of yeomanry in Ireland appear a desirable thing. They must look at the financial question as a whole. Ireland was, with regard to army and militia, in a position of great indulgence as compared with the rest of the United Kingdom, the share paid to troops and militia in Ireland being one-seventh of the whole cost of those forces. The reduction was negatived by 182 votes to 46, and the vote was carried by 180 votes to 38. On the vote for the volunteers, a discussion took place, and various suggestions were made. Mr. Brodrick, in reply, maintained that the sixteen-pounder guns formally in the possession of the Royal Artillery were of considerable service to the volunteers. In regard to the conflicting legal opinions in respect to the recovery of fines from volunteers, the Govern- ment hoped, if time permitted, to introduce a short bill dealing with the matter in the course of the present session. On the question of ranges, there was in operation an Act that enabled any council of a borough or volunteer corps to borrow money faom the Public Works Loan Commissioners for the purpose of buying a range, but the Act did not enable them to provide for its equipment. The city of Man: Chester was waiting for the passing ef the amending bill. Mr. Knox moved a reduction of the vote, but the amendment was rejected by 131 votes to nine, and the vote was then agreed to. A number of other votes were passed before the House adjourned. j

. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND.

HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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