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PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT. The prorogation of Parliament brought to a close the most momentous session of.modern times. Less,' perhaps, has been done in the development of home and internal affairs than many previous sessions can boast, but for the way in which England has been raised in the estimation of the world, in all that is likely to redound to her honoui and advantage, the policy of the session jus brought to an. end stands unrivalled among its compeers, and has no equal in the annals of the past. The year has been one of critical import not only to England but to the world and, thanks to a statesmanship that has shown itself wise and thoroughly equal to the occasion, this country has emerged from the difficulties with dignity and a clearer and better appreciation of its own conscious strength and boundless resources than might have been hoped when a year or two ago the many dangers were contemplated by which the old land was beset. The end of the session is the cloge of a troublous era, and the prospects of the future are at ence bright, promising, and hopeful. The Queen's Speech at the conclusion of ibeee arduous labours of the Senate and Executive, and the extreme tension of public opinion, naturally plunges into the midst of thing?, and dwells, not without some evident self-gr; tulation, on theh .ppy turn matters have so far taken. Her Majesty is made to felicitate her Peers ,iid faithful Commons on the rescue of her ancient aHy from the hands of the spoiler?, th u,-Ii at the sacrifice of apparent s'rength. Sfl2 makes her.-cif personally responsible, not only for the fat ire &o'i d government, at --east- of the Asiatic province, of the Ottoman Dominion* j but for their protection wanton flggre- io:t on the part of an unscrupulous und v'gUantnelj-tcjjf. She is j'l.-tiy proud of the u^c;*»Sine and i.i;Ï1 spirit of her fo-'c.-s by sea and Liu lL:-t]t:1 ror. m because their sei viced were not actually rcq':il"cl in tho field of con,bat; the v;' I her Reserves responded to her call j" the loyalty c evinced by her Colonial and Indian subjects the s ready alacrity of the native prince?, her allies and r tributaries in Hi udos tan; finally, the success £ achieved by the no lc-s powerful triumph qr diplomacy in the Council-chamber of Europe, These are certainly moral, because bloodless, victories than any acquired in the battle plain, and in reading them we are reminded of Lord Russell's melodious quotation from Dryden's Virgil :— 'Tis thine, imperial Rome, the world to sway, Commanding peace and war thine own majestic way Diverting attention to domestic politics, we find the array of successful measures, though meagre, characterised by that paternal vigilance which seeks to earn the gratitude and confidence of the many, not by pandering to their corrupt passions, the recruiting ground of demagogues, but by ministering to their real material and spiritual wants. Of the former class is the Factories and Workshops Act, completing the cycle of those benefits conferred upon the labouring poor by Lord Shaftesbury. The Contagious Diseases (Animal) Act is, like its nameless namesake, on its beet be- haviour, so, perhaps, the less we say about it for the present the better. However, it appears to be acceptable to the agricultural stock-breeding interest, in whose behoof it was intended, as well as on behalf of the real creators of supply, those who demand to be fed in the cheapest, meet nutri- tive, and wholesome manner. Two more important measures, one affecting the religious education of England, the other relating to the intellectual development of the perfervidum ingenium Scotorum ffibernicorum of the land of saints and scholars, have been made law in the lately expired session. It is a curious coincidence that, while we are about I to roll back the tide of civilization, which was fast j ebbing from the morning land of arts and science ¡ and religion, we are about to repay the debt we owe to the far western isle, which preserved the light of knowledge through the dark ages of northern barbarism, and which sent forth her St. Columba, her Erigena, her St. Gall, and hosts of other?, to evangelise, instruct, and civilise. Ireland is not to be left backward in the race which she has run against such tremendous odds 'and the episcopate in England, the Northumbrian portion of which was so indebted to the apostle of the Celtic Highlands, so far frsm being pronounced as effete as Turkey, and to be depleted in the same Muscovite bag and baggage fashion, is to be re- constituted and reorganised by the simple scrip- tural process of lengthening its cords and strengthening its stakes.









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