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gUwut flit World. The Florence Diritto states that Dr Cumming, "that eccentric Englishman," has just been "converted to Cath- olicism;" and it is added that "Pius IX. recently sent a letter of congratulation, through the Archbishop of West- minster, to the new convert." Apropos of the depredations of some light-fingered gentry, the Figaro, which seems to pride itself on its mastery of the English language, recommends that the Prefect of Police should follow the example of the author- ities in England, who cause to be inscribed in all public places the warning, "Take care to pick pockets!" Dr Newman has declared himself opposed to the defini- tion of the dogma of Papal Infallibility. He writes to the Standard to deny that in a letter to Dr Ullathome he had "stigmatized the promoters of Papal Infallibility as an insolent, aggressive factionand he adds—"That I deep- ly deplore the policy, the spirit, the measures of various persons, lay and ecclesiastical, who are urging the defini- tion of that theological opinion, I have neither intention nor wish to deny; just the contrary. But, on the other hand, I have a firm belief, and have had all along, that a Greater Power than that of any man or set of men will overrule the deliberations of the Council to the determin- ation of Catholic and Apostolic truth, and that what its Fathers eventually proclaim with one voice will be the Word of God." When the Fenians have no one else to shoot at they take to shooting one another. The ex-secretary of the Fenian Senate in America has been charged before a New York police-court with shooting at Mr Patrick Meehan, President of the Fenian Senate, who is also editor of a paper called the Irish American. The occurrence took place nor the Broadway. Mr Meehan, while walking with a friend after leaving the Fenian headquarters, was suddenly fired at from behind, and injured in the neck, the wound being considered dangerous. His assailant, who was immediately in the rear, was at once arrested with a five-barreled revolver in his hand, one chamber of which was empty. He has been committed for trial. How signally the Conservatives have failed in their attempt to make capital out of Lord Granville's colonial policy is shown by the reply of the New Zealand Govern- ment to his lordship's despatch. Mr Fox, the head of the Administration, denies the necessity for holding a Colonial Conference. According to him the time for making pre- parations with a view to ultimate separation and inde- pendence has not yet arrived. He thinks that the colonists m London who have enunciated this opinion have strangely misread the signs of the times. The position now held by New Zealand is one which she values and is resolved to maintain. Any action taken for the purpose of altering or modifying it would, Mr Fox thinks, be a great calamity. y- Nor is the circular which Lord Granville addressed to the several colonies a document which receives any animad- version at the hands of Mr Fox. On the contrary, he refers to it in language which its framer justly describes as courteous and must certainly have perused with satis- faction. That document appears to Mr Fox and his col- leagues "to have been composed in a spirit friendly to the colonies, and consistent with the proper relations of the Home and Colonial Governments." Lord Smith is dead! Our authority for this melancholy announcement is Le Gaulois, ,which informs us that "while the notabilities of Paris were pressing into the church of St. Clotilde, at the funeral of Count de Montalembert, another solemn procession was proceeding towards the church of St. Philippe du Roule. The deceased was an extremely rich English lord, famous in the quarter in which he resided for his bounties. Although of an ancient and illustrious family chartering the lilies of France upon a field gules, Lord Schmitt had given to our Democratic country a laudable example of contempt for social prejudices by his marriage with a young workwoman of very modest position." Bishop Wilberforce vindicates himself, in a letter to the Times, from the charge of intolerance, which, he alleges, was brought against him by Mr Winterbotham, in his speech in the House of Commons this week on education. The Bishop concludes a long letter as follows :— I am truly and earnestly attached, by conviction and affec- tion, to the communion of the Church of England but this implies no hostility to those who differ from her. I have now been forty-two years in her ministry, and I have never had any controversy with our Dissenting brethren. My earliest educa- tion led me, even where we differ from them, to respect them, and, as to matters in which we agree, to rejoice ungrudgingly in the f:ood God has enabled them to do. I have honoured friends in heir ranks, and have gladly joined whenever I could in common works with them; and I cannot, without an earnest protest, allow myself to be classed among those who think that Dissent, like vIlS cattle plague, ought to be stamped out,' or see my name used to stir up strife where I long for brotherly forbearance and regard. A London correspondent says-" Then Mr Fortescue rose to propose his Coercion Bill. He made a most awful blunder at the outset, when he said that his Bill was de- signed for the protection of life and, above all, of property in Ireland. How the House laughed Nothing could be more unfortunate. There was a half-truth about this ex- quisite bull which made it very enjoyable." Mrs Butler, wife of the Rev. G. Butler, principal of Liverpool College, and secretary of the Ladies' National "Association for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act, addressed a large meeting of men, specially invited, at Liverpool, last week. She denounced the Bill, and in the course of her remarks quoted a reference to Wat Tyler which had been made in connection with this question. In conclusion ilhe said- In our days he would be a blind and foolish man, and an enemy to a good cause who should take vengeance into his own hands, or work upon the violent feelings of his fellows to win a victory which may be won by combined lawful and righteous endeavour undertaken in the strength of God. Nevertheless, I will say that whatever was righteous and noble in Wat Tyler's anger, I desire to see aroused in the men of England now. For what was the outrage which called forth Tyler's wrath compared with the outrages which 18,000 Englishwomen have been sub- jected to, and to which hundreds are at this very day being sub- iected ? I will tell you the story of Tyler. [The speaker, after iriefly relating the incidents of that insurrection, and the violent death of the author, saidl-Thus it is ever that blood calls for blood. Nevertheless, I should think that manliness had become extinct in the breasts of Englishmen if they can see such outrages perpetrated on helpless women as those which moved Wat Tyler's wrath, and not use the power which men re- presented in Parliament possess to cause these outrages to cease for ever from our land. This power is yours. The cause I ad- vocate before you is too righteous, too holy a one to need the help of an arm of flesh in the literal sense. Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord."

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