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COUNTY CRICKET.

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PARLIAMENTARY.

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PARLIAMENTARY. MONDAY. Answering Colonel Russell in the House of Commons, Mr Brodrick expressed his regret that the delay in passing me Military Manoeuvres Bill would necessitate the abandoiament for the present year of mancenvres on an extended scale which the military authorities had impressed upon the Govern- ment as essential for the proper training of the army. Even if the bill fell through to the extent that the money voted by Parliament could not be made available for manoeuvres in the present year, he should certainly press it later in the session, having regard to the fact that the country was alone among the nations of Europe in having no facilities for the training of its troops. Questioned by Sir R. Reid as to the steps the Government had taken to prevent a repetition in Crete of the mas- sacres recently perpetrated in Armenia, Mr Curzon said that so long ago as December last the English Ambassador at Constantinople was instructed to call the attention of the Turkish Government to the state of affairs in Crete, and to impress upon them the danger of serious trouble unless some remedial measures were soon adopted. Those friendly representations had been more than once renewed. Recently the English Consul in Crete, had been instructed, in con junction with his colleagues, to enter into negotiations with the Turkish authorities and with the local leaders in order to prevent the occurrence of excesses and to facilitate a peaceful settlement of the question. Mr Curzon informed Sir W. H. Houldsworth that the Foreign Office had received no intimation that 23 of the leading Indian merchants at Kilwa, in German East Africa, had been executed for alleged complicityin a rebellious rising in that district. Mr Chamberlain. replying to Mr Knox, stated that he had taken measures to relieve the distress which prevailed in Bechuanaland owing to the ravages of the rinder- pet. He had sent 10,000 bags of mealies, which would be delivered at Mafeking about the middle of the present month, and similar quantities would arrive at the same place in September and December. Asked by S.r E. A. Bartlott about the defeat of the dervishes by the Egyptian troops, Mr Curzon said the whole operation seemed to have been a very brilliantly conceived affair, and the Egyptian troops were reported to have conducted themselves with the utmost gallantry. Mr Hedderwick, the new member for the Wick Burghs. took his seat, Mr A. J. Balfour having given notice that the following night he should move the suspen- sion of th:; 12 o'clock rule "0 as to allow the debate on the second reading of the Irish Land Bill t., he concluded, Mr J. Morley resumed the debate Oil the motion for the second reading. Whether they were to pass any bill at all depended on whether the measure was referred to a Grand Committee. The piesent bill had the authority of the Duke of Devon- shire, Lord Lansdowne, and Lord Ashbourne; legislation 011 the subject was urgently demanded by the people of Ulster; and judging from com- munica.,ionshe had received, there must be an intense feeling in Ireland, quite outside the Home Rule question, in favour of such legislation. If the Government left Ireland for another year without legislation they would be keeping out large classes of tenants whom they admitted ought to come in. they would be having rents fixed upon principles that they admitted to be defective, and they v..onld keep for a whole year at least iaru-c bodies of Irish tenants labouring under an admitted aud very grievous injustice. Mr Healy, following Mr Duubar Barton, said he was not prepared to do anything to wreck the bill, or to do anything except give it facilities. Colouol Saunderson said that while he intended to support the second reading, he was disappointed with the bill. Mr A. J. Balfour, replying to suggestions made in the debate, said he saw no reason why the debate should not end about half-past teu that night, and that then the question of the refereuce to a grand Committee could be raised. He had b reason to beb'eve that the independent members on the Government side did not propose in Com- mittee to raise more than four or five points, and if similar self-control were exercised on the other side cf the House he firmly believed it would be possible to pass the bill in the present session. At any rate the Government were anxiously desirous to pass the bill. Mr Dillon suggested that tho Irish Estimates should be taken on Tuesday instead of Friday, and that the Committee stage of the bill should betaken ou Friday. Mr A.J. Balfour assented, and the bill was read a second time. Mr Healy then proposed that it should be referred to the Grand Committee on Law. After some debate the House divided on Mr Ilealy's motion, which was rejected by 153 votes to 92. In the House of Lords, Lord Lansdowne read several telegrams which he had received from General Kitchener describing the slaughter of the Dervish force at Firket. The loss of tho enrmy" is put down at abo'it 300 horse and foot killed," and nearly 500 captured. One British officer was wounded 20 Egyptian soldiers wore killed and SO wounded. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons, Captain Donelan, on behalf of Mr T. P. O'Connor, asked whether the Government bad any information as to the tntb of the statements that a brisk trade was beii g carried on by the Turkish soldiers in Crete in the spoils plundered from Cretan villages, that a portion of the troops despatched to Crete were the same who committed the horrors in Armenia, aud that some of those soldiers were reported to be selling watches, earrings, and revolvers taken from the Armenians. Mr Curzon replied that the Govern- ment had no official confirmation of the newspaper reports mentioned in the question. The British Consul, however, having heard that some of the troops recently at Zeitnn had been sent to Crete, made special representation to the Vali on the subject. Mr P. Stanhope asked the Secretary for the Colonies whether his attention had been drawn to the account given from Bulawayoof the battle of the 6th inst., in which it was said that the rebels were shot down under the horses' hoofs, no quarter being given or asked for; and whether Sir F. Carr- ington was now solely in charge of the military operations, or whether the Chartered Company was responsible for these alleged severities. Mr Chamberlain said he had seen the report referred to. Sir F. Carrington had sole charge of all the military operations, and he was no doubt responsible, as commanding officer, to do his utmost to ensure that the operations were conducted according to the usages of war, but he (Mr Chamberlain) was afraid it was impossible to give quarter to an armed enemy who was not disabled and who did not ask for quarter. Answering Sir C. Dilke, Sir Michael Hicks-Beach said it would not be necessary, pend- ing appeal, to find for the Egyptian operations in the Soudan and for the Indian expedition to Suakim moneys other than those held by the Mixed Tribunal to have been illegally advanced from the Reserve Fund. The extraordinary expenses of the Indian garrison at Suakiui wo"lcl be defrayed out of the Treasury chest, but if. what way the Treasury chest would be repaid was a subject for further consideration. He adhered to the statement in his Budget speech, when, of course, he did not antici- pate the-decision of the Tribunal. That decision was subject to an appeal, and he had every hope it would be reversed. W E I) X K s I) A Y in the House of Commons the Benefices Bill as amended by the Standing Committee was again considered The discussion of Lord Cranborne's amendment to provide that the transfer of a right of patrouage made within nine months after the institution of an incumbent to a benefice to which the right of patronage related should be void was resumed, and eventually the amendment was carried by 112 votes to 55. Mr S. Evans proposed that the prohibition against a transferer exercising his right within nine months should not apply to a person at the point of death who wished to devise the right. This was rejected by 136 votes to 61. The omission of sub-section 3 was moved by Mr II. Foster, who subsequently withdrew the motion. Mr Carvell Williams moved an amendment for the purpose of prohibiting any payment whatever in connection with the transfer of patronage rights, but it was rejected by 177 votes to 115. Two or three other amendments were also rejected, but at half-past five, when opposed business must cease, the first clause of the bill was still under considera- tion, and there remained over 20 other clauses to discuss. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons Sir W. Harcourt asked the Colonial Secretary what was at present the official position of Mr Rhodes in the territory of the British South Africa Company; whether he was empowered to control and reverse the action of Earl Grey as Administrator, whether he acted as managing director of the Company under a power of attorney which authorised him to do all acts and exercise all authority in like manner as if done by the Company,J and whether the principal authority in the civil administration of the terri- tory was at present legally vested in Mr. Rhodes. Mr Chamberlain replied that Mr. Rhodes had for some years acted as managing director of the Com- pany, and held a power of attorney substantially in the terms of the question. He (Mr Chamberlain) was advised, however, that the Company could not delegate to a managing director or an attorney the power of reversing or controlling the action of the Administrator, and that consequently Mr Rhodes had no power to control or reverse t he action of Earl Grey. On the order of the day relating to the Educa- tion Bill, the Speaker ruled out of order thirteen instructions to the Committee standing in the names of different members. On the House going into committee on the bill, Mr. W. Allen moved to postpone clause 1 (which directs that every county council shall appoint an education committee for the purpose of this Act"), and said that if that was carried he should move to postpone the second and third elau8e8, in order that the Committee might at once get to the con- sideration of the special aid grant. Sir J. Gorst replied that in the opinion of the Government the first clause was the most important in the bill. Mr. Dillon said the declaration of the Vice Presi- dent would carry dismay throughout the country among the supporters of denominational schools. The motion was rejected, after further discussion, by 262 votes to 121. The first three-and-a-half pages of amendments were then declared out of order for various reasons by the chairman (Mr. J. W. Lowther). The amendment was rejected by 298 votes to 125. Sir A. Rollit pro- posed that the election of the education committees should be placed in the bands of the county and municipal boroughs. After some dissuasion, rr. A. J. Balfour said he haid come to the conclusion that if the committee would he content to fix a limit of 20,000 population in the non-county boroughs which should have educational authorities the Government would be prepared to risk the experiment. Mr. Godson moved, as an amendment to the original amendment, to add the words and not lens than 20,000 inhabitants," and this was carried by 287 votes to 117. A division on Sir A. Rollit's amendment as amended resulted in its adoption by 332 votes to 83.

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