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TUESDAY. Their Lordships met at five o'clock. Lord CHELMSFORD, in moving the second rending of his Sun- day Trading Bill, said that the present law was contained in the Act of Charles II., the provisions of which were in a great degree both arbitrary and obsolete. An Act itself which was an attempt to make people religious by statute, might be said to have failed, especially in the Metropolis and suburbs, in which no less than 10,000 shops were kept open, not for the sale of drinkable articles, but of every kind of commodity. He pointed out the difficulties of enforcing the present law, and stated that in this Bill he had endeavoured to study the wants and habits of the humble class of tradesmen, who were chiefly interested, and who had often petitioned Parliament for protection against their rivals, and, it might be added, against themselves. Also, after reviewing the numerous failures which had taken place, when- ever an attempt had been made to amend the present law, although it was forty years since a committee of the House of Commons had enquired into the subject. He moved the second reading of the Bill, which was based upon one that had passed their Committee in 1866. The Bishop of LONDON considered that the Bill very fairly met the difficulties that beset the question. The Earl of MORLEY, on the part of the Government, did not object to the second reading, but took exception to some of the provisions of the Bill. The Duke of SOMERSET said that as their lordships had little to do at present, the Bill would give them something to talk about. There was little chance of its passing. The Bishop of GLOUCESTER said that this kind of legislation wa& very invidious and objectionable, as bearing oppressively on the poorer classes of society; but in this case it was desirable to try and amend the law. The LORD CHANCELLOR said that his desire was to afford the working man one day in the week free from labour, on which he could enjoy such repose and rational recreation as he might be prepared to take. He very much doubted if the clauses of the Bill would effect the objects of the noble and learned lord who had brought it forward. After some remarks from the Earl of WINCHESTER, the Bill was read a second time. Their lordships adjourned at 6 35 p.m. The Speaker took the chair shortly before four o'clock. Mr LAWRENCE gave notice of his intention to move a rARalim. Mr CANDLISH gave notice that on that day fortnight he should move a resolution declaring the expediency of making provision for the gradual reduction of the National Debt. Mr SYNAN gave notice that on Friday he should ask the Government whether they intended in the present session to bring in a Bill to give effect to the recommendation of the Select Committee on the jury laws. Mr BIRLEY postponed his motion for an enquiry into the opera- tion of the commercial treaty with France until Tuesday, the 22nd of March. Mr MAGUIRE gave notice that on Tuesday next he would move for a Select Committee to enquire into the operation of the Prison Ministers Act, with the view of ascertaining what provision had been made for the spiritual teaching of prisoners other than those belonging to the Established Church. Mr MUNTZ gave notice that on going into committee of supply on the army estimates, he should move that the present system of purchasing commissions in the army was injurious to the service and an unreasonable tax upon the officers, and that it is desirable that measures should be adopted for ensnring its dis- continuance. In reply to Mr Roden, Mr CARDWELL said it was not intended to arm the Volunteers with the breech loading rifles, until it was determined what pre- cise description of breech-loading rifles should be used. He believed that the Volunteers themselves fully approved of that decision. In reply to Sir G. Jenkinson, Mr BRUCE said the attention of the Government had been called to the accounts of the arrival in Dublin of the released Fenians. It appeared that the Fenians on their arrival in Dublin were taken to the theatre, and on leaving, an attempt was made to get uo a procession, which was suppressed by the police, and since then very little notice had been taken of the men in Dublin. At Cork an attembt was made to get up a pro- cession on their arrival, but the mob, which consisted principally of women and children, following a cart bearing a lighted tar barrel, was soon dispersed by the police. It appeared, therefore, that the civil authorities had vindicated the law, and had pro- perly suppressed any undue display. The expense of bring- ing home the released Fenians had not been defrayed either by the Government or the taxpapers. He bad seen a report in the Globe of a banquet given in honour of the released Fenians, at which Mr Brett, Q.C., was present. The report, however, was brief, and he (Mr Bruce) was not able to express any opinion as to the language used by Mr Brett; but no doubt whatever Mr Brett said would have been fully reported locally, and if he had nsed improper language, it would be brought under the notice of the Lord Chancellor. In reply to Mr Cross and Sir J. Pakington, Mr FORSTER said the Education Bill contained no allusion either to certificates to schoolmasters or to the army schools, but if the Bill passed, it would become the duty of the Govern- ment to re-consider the clause under which certificates were granted. It was impossible for him to say at present how the subject would be dealt with. He did not intend this session to proceed with the second part of the Endowed School Bill of last year. Mr LEFEVRE, in reply to Mr Hanbury Tracy, said it was not the intention of the Government to introduce a Bill this session to modify Lord Campbell's Act with regard to compensation for railway accidents. In reply to Mr J. B. Smith, Mr LEFEVRE stated that the report of the commissioners upon weights and measures would be laid on the table before Easter, and the Government would then consider the propriety of bringing in a Bill on the subject. In answer to Mr Matthews and Mr Pell, The Marquis of HATTINGTON said that the subject of tele- graphic communication between Germany and America, by granting a concession to the North German Confederation for landing the cable at Lowestoft and connecting it with the wires of the Anglo-American Company, via London, was under the consideration of the Government. He was unable to say when the town of Hinckley, in Leicestershire, was likely to receive the benefit of the postal telegraphs. Lord OTHO FITZGERALD brought up her Majesty's reply to the address upon the subject of Epping Forest, in which her Majesty concurred with the desire expressed by the House, that open spaces in the neighbourhood of London should be pre- served, and said she should carefully consider how effect could be given to the prayer of the address. Mr GLADSTONE, in reply to Colonel French, said he had received through Lord Cairns a memorial from Trinity College, Dublin, asking that the college offices should be thrown open. Mr CROSS obtained leave to introduce a Bill to render void the sale of the next presentation to a benefice. MrMoNCK called attention to the disabilities of revenue officers in reference to parliamentary elections, and moved for a select committee to enquire into the electoral restraints and disabilities affecting the civil servants of the Crown in the several branches of the revenue department, and to consider the expediency of removing them in certain cases. Mr GRAVES seconded the motion. Mr GLADSTONE expressed a hope that the motion would not be pressed in the present state of the public business, when there were so many other matters of vast importance requiring con- sideration. After some discussion, in which Mr Russell Gurney, Sir G. Jenkinson. and Mr Crauford supported the motion, Mr Monck withdrew his proposition. Mr PEEK moved that in the opinion of this If)uge the Government bridge at Chelsea should henceforth be freed from toll. Mr AYRTON opposed the motion, and after some discussion the House divided. For the motion, 21; against, 162; majority, 141. The motion was accordingly rejected. Mr GOLDING obtained leave to bring in a Bill to amend the laws relating to the election and office of coroners. Leave also was given to Mr MUNTZ to bring in a Bill to amend the Adnlteration of Food and Drinks Act of 1860, and to extend its provision to drugs, &c. To Mr EYKYN to provide for the appointmentment of a public prosecutor, and for the more effective prosecution of indict- able offences. The Dissolved Districts and Unions Bill was read a third time and passed. The other orders were disposed of, and the House adjourned 'at 7.20 p.m.



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