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HOUSE OF COMMONS. j

\ ' " FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH.\

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HOUSE OF COMMONS. I Mr. G. Balfour, answering Mr, Dillon, said the Crown had the right under the common law to prohibit any meeting called for an illegal object where it was believed that its prohibi- tion would promote the public peace. These elements entered into the instance of a meeting prohibited at Knox on Sunday last. Replying to Captain Donelan, Mr. G. Balfoui said there was no intention of reviving the Coercion Act in Ireland. In answer to Sir E. A. Bartlett, Mr. A. J. Balfour said he was afraid he could not promise that the enormous undertaking of codifying and simplifying the laws of England should be commenced 1 as a memorial of Her Majesty's Jubilee.' In reply to a question put by Mr. Massey Mainwaring, Mr. Balfour read the terms of the bequest made by Lady Wallace to the nation. It stated that the gift to the nation included the pictures, porcelain, bronzes, artistic furni- ture armour, miniatures, snuff-boxes, and works of art which were placed on the ground and first floors and in the galleries at Hertford House, on the express condition that the Government for the time being should agree to give a site in a central part of London and build thereon a special museum for the collec tion, which should always be kept together, un- mixed with other objects of art, and should be styled 'The Wallace Collection.' Mr. Marks brought in a bill, which was read the first time, to enable magistrates to restrain the eviction of certain tenants in London until after the date of the Jubilee procession. Mr. Dillon asked what precautions the Government had taken to ensure that the Christian peasantry of Crete should not be sub- jected to famine by the blockade, and on what grounds the Government justified that article of the proclamation which forbade the landing of provisions for the interior of the island, while no restriction was placed on the landing of provisions and stores for the use of those cities where the Mahometan population and the t Turkish troops were congregated. I Mr. Curzon said no reply had yet been received from the British Admiral to the com- munication made to him on the subject, but the Government gathered from other reports the Government gathered from other reports that the question of provisions for the popula- tion or the island was engaging the earnest attention of the Admirals. Mr. Flynu asked whether a. mMM<-I1 4' n"1 1 r'" .f''71'1.AiJ'" AV.I.. tJ.i' | contemperaneouet Withdrawal of Greek and Turkish troops from Crete was under considera- tion by the Powers; and if not, would the re- presentative of the Government urge upon the other Powers, in the interests of peace, the propriety of this step being taken. Mr. Curzon sa d the Powers had already summoned the Greek Government to withdraw their troops from Crete, but the demand had not so far been complied with, Undc/r these circumstances the Governments of the Great Powers were not likely to entertain any pro- posals for the contemporaneous withdrawal of Greek and Turkish troops. The question of the withdrawal of the Turkish troops was under separate consideration, and the Government had urged that it should take place with as little delay as possible. Mr. Flynn asked, in reference to the recent massacre of Armenians at Tokat and the pillag3 @f that town, whether effective steps would be taken by the Great Powers to apply to Turkey the same coercive measures now contemplated in regard to Greece. Mr. Curzon confessed that he could not dis- cover any parallel between the two situations- In the case of Tokat the Powers had addressed demands to the Turkish Government which had been complied with but in the case of Crete the^Greek Government had retused to comply with the demands of the Powers/^ Hence the blockade. In answer to Mr. MacNeill, Mr. Curzon said the number of Armenians massacred at Tokat was 100 There was no question of 700, or of a larger number. The House went into Committee of Supply, and on a vote of A:10,631,218 towards defraying charges for the Civil Service and Pevenue De. partments fo r the year ending March 31,1898, Sir A. Roilit raised the subject of the order for the proposed Sick Children's Asylum District and Board projected by the President of the Local Government Board with reference so pauper children in London, and moved the reduction of the vote by £ 100. After a statement by Mr. Chaplin the amend- ment was withdrawn. Mr. Flynn moved to reduce the Home Office vote by £ 1,000,and Mr. M. Davitt condemned the action of the police with regard to the alleged dynamite conspiracy last year. Sir M. White Ridley asserted, upon his re- sponsibility as a Minister, that, from informa- tion derived through the agency at his command, his belief was that there was a conspiracy to commit a crime that would have caused' the greatest consternation in this kingdom. } On a division the motion for the reduction was rejected by 107 votes to 50. A debate afterwards took place ujon Cretan aftairs.

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