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THERE has been a great lifting of the clouds which, at one time, seemed to overlay the business of the Session. The Irish Land Bill was one of those ticklish measures which seemed quite likely to go by the board, but it has been brought into port, so far as the House of Commons is concerned, by a general spirit of conciliation which is not often to be seen where Irish parties are concerned. It would be wrong to imagine that there have been no heart-burnings over the Bill. The representatives of the tenants and of the landlords in Ireland have fought hard for their respective interests, and no one can blame them for doing so. Ail the old battle cries have been repeated, and all the well worn arguments have been heard on both sides. At one time each party seemed on the eve of a Pyrrhic triumph in which the Bill would have been lost, but cool reflection and the weighing of advan- tages finally carried the day. Mr GERALD BALFOUR has emerged from the Scylla and Charybdis of the Irish sea with the Bill in his hand, but he will probably xemember the voyage to his dying day. Both Nationalists and Conservatives attacked him unsparingly. Mr CARSON, the member for Dublin University, flew at higher game even, and went out of his way to impute motives to the Leader of the House, which were promptly answered and effectively repu- diated. And yet the Bill settles many important points which, were it not for the intervention of the Imperial Parliament, might have been settled far more to the disadvantage of Irish property holders. The purchase system has been given a great impetus by the abrogation of many con- ditions with which the Act of 1891 was unnecessarily cumbered. The way is smoothed for conciliation in the vexed ques- tion of the Plan of Campaign tenants, who, by the assistance of the purchase machinery, can find an escape from the miseries brought upon them by Mr DILLON and Mr W. O'BRIEN. There are flaws and injustices in the Bill which might well be expunged, but on the whole, and considering the con- ditions and circumstances of Irish society, we cannot but hope that it will prove to be, as it was intended by its promoters, an honest and impartial effort to settle one of the most difficult and complicated questions of the day. The list of measures which will be placed upon the Statute Book this year will be much larger than was expected some little time ago. The Uganda Railway Bill, the Conciliation of Trades Disputes Bill, the Coal Mines Bill, the Truck Bill, and the Locomotives Bill, all these haveebeen steadily advanced several stages this week. They are called minor measures, but they are pregnant with practical importance to millions of working men throughout the country. As regards supply, now that the Irish Estimates have been discussed, there ought to be no difficulty in getting the remaining votes, without the necessity of calling in the aid of the guillotine process provided by the new rule. If there is any attempt to unduly prolong discussion, it will be only due to a desire to discredit the success of Mr BALFOUR'S new method of allowing one day a week for the discussion of Supply. It is now universally acknow- ledged that this method is a great improve- ment upon the old and bad vvavs which have distinguished the last few Parliaments. A word in conclusion as regards Mr Balfu uB'S 1 oadersh i p. The generous tributes paid by Mr CHAMBERLAIN and Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BKACH to the capacity and personal popularity of the leader of the House have done much to confute the random and reckless criticism which was poured upon him at a certain crisis of the session. Mr BALFOUR has unrivalled qualifications for a leader, and they were never better exempli- fied than during the past fortnight.

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