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POLITICAL GOSSIP. THE John Bull says that the Secretary of State for the Home Department hat appointed Mr. Alfred Sep- timus Palmer to the Inspectorship of Mines, vacant by the death of Mr. Verner. IT is understood that the report of the Marriage Law Commission will not be ready much before the meeting of Parliament next year. THE Chief Registrarship of the Irish Court of Bank- ruptcy, a situation worth about .£800 per annum, is, it is understood, about to become vacant by the retirement of Mr. Cheyne Brady. IN addition to Lord Ranelagh, Mr. W. Dilke, and Sir H. Hoare, already in the field, the names of Mr. Thomas Carlyle and Mr. Goldwin Smith are mentioned as pro- bable candidates for the representation of Chelsea. MR. KERR, member for Downpatrick, has announced his intention to resign. The Northern Whig says that Mr. Keoun (Conservative), brother-in-law of the new Bishop of Derry, will be returned without opposition. MR. E. W. WATKIN, M.P., is to receive the honour of knighthood as an acknowledgment of his services in connection with the Intercolonial Railway. A similar honour is to be conferred on Mr. W. H. Bodkin, Assis- tant-judge of the Middlesex Sessions. A PETITION, signed by a chemist and an oilman, has been presented to the House of Commons, in which it is alleged that Mr. Jackson, the recently returned member for Coventry, was, both personally and by his agents, guilty of bribery, treating, and intimidation. A PROFESSIONAL contemporary states that some of the most eminent shipbuilding firms have during the week sent in tenders for the construction of an armour-clad Monitor for Melbourne. She is to be 2,107 tons burthen, twin screws, and as she is intended solely for coast defence, she should not have any masts, and should be very low in the water. THE Owl says it is generally believed in the lobbies of the House of Commons, that the Government, content with the two majorities they have obtained on the question, and in deference to the wishes of many of their supporters, will remain satisfied, for this session, with the progress they have made with the Public Parks Bill. Ma. WARREN, the Irish Solicitor-General, has received & requisition, signed by the Yioe-Provost of Dublin University and many other distinguished members, call- ing upon him to become a candidate for the seat which is expected to be soon rendered vacant by the promotion of the Attorney-General, and has agreed to stand. THE Hon. H. G. Elliot is to be congratulated on his rapid progress in the diplomatic career to which he has dedicated himself. From being an unofficial resident at Rome, he became Minister at Florence. He is now, it is said, to succeed Lord Lyons as Ambassador at Con- stantinople. Lord Lyons, our readers have been already informed, takes the post so long filled by Lord Cowley, as representative of her Majesty's Government in Paris. LORD H. THYNXE, brother of the Marquis of Bath, and one of the members for South Wilts, has taken the opportunity of unbosoming himself. At the Chippen- ham agricultural dinner the other day he did not hesi- tate to say that every pledge which Lord Derby made when he called his party together in Downing-street has been broken." He further avows his belief that 61 the only principle which has influenced the Govern- ment in this matter has been that of place, pay, and patronage. The result will, he confidently predicts, be to throw the representation into the towns and to annihilate the counties." IT is affirmed, on what appears to be good authority, I that the Emperor and Empress of the French are about to pay a private visit to his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Austria. The object of this visit is the manifestation of the deep sorrow felt by their Imperial Majesties in the sad fate of Maximilian, and of the sympathy which they feel with Francis Joseph in his most melancholy bereavement. The arrangement for an interchange of condolences is, under the circumstances, a touching evidence of the high and fine feelings which prevail on both sides. THE negotiations which for some time past have been going on between a deputation representing the majority of the railways in Ireland and a committee of the Cabinet has been brought to a close. The committee requested information on various points connected with the railways of Ireland, and which were distinctly specified. The result of the negotiations has been that at the sitting of the House on Friday-or rather on Saturday morning—Lord Naas moved for and obtained leave to introduce a bill to amend and extend, as to railways in Ireland, the provisions of an Act of the 7th and 8th years of Victoria, intituled, An Act to attach certain conditions to the construction of future railways authorised or to be authorised by any Act of the present or succeeding Sessions of Parliament; and for other purposes in relation to railways." The bill was read a second time on Monday, when its provisions were fully explained. The principal provisions of the bill provide for a complete and searching inquiry into the present condition of the railways in Ireland, it being very properly considered that before any action can be taken in the matter of the purchase or management of those undertakes the Government should be made fully aware of the exact condition of the property.

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