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THE WEEK'S NElfS. *»«-'——~~~'''





j IN PARLIAMENT. MONDAY. In the House of Commons Sir G. Trevelyun, answering Mr Hozier, said the Government did not propose to bring in a Suspensory Bill in regard to the Church of Scotland. Mr Gladstone, replying to the same hon. member, said the Government were inclined to view with favour the Scotch Church Bill which had been introduced by Sir C. Cameron, but, considering the circumstances, they had no intention of proceeding with the Suspensory Bill of which notice was given early in the year. Sir W. Foster informed Mr Macdona that the Medical Officer of Health at Hull had given it as his opinion that the case of alleged Asiatic cholera in that town was merely one of English cholera. The House went into Committee of Supply on the Navy Estimates, and the ship- building policy of the Government was criticised by Lord G. Hamilton. Sir U. Kay-Shuttleworth denied that the Admiralty had been guilty of any delay or of a reversal of the policy of the late Government, and Sir W. Harcourt said the late Government made a great show and made the present Government pay for it. Sir E. Reed called attention to the dangers attending vessels of the Victoria class, and said they were bound to capsize when injured as the Victoria was Sir U. Kay-Shuttleworth promised that full inquiry should be made into the case of the Victoria. In the House of Lords a question put by Lord Stanley of Alderley in reference to certain schools at Holyhead and in Cheshire led the Earl of Kimberley to remark that his Lordship had the Vice-President of the Council on the brain." The intention of the Education Department, added the noble Earl, was to apply the ruleB of the Department with impartiality. TUESDAY. In the House of Commons Mr Campbell- Bannerman was questioned by several hon. mem- bers as to tbe qualifications of the Duke of Connaught for the command at Aldershot, to which he has been appointed. The right hon. gentleman said His Royal Highness had been selected by the Commander-in-Chief by reason of his fitness for the duties and of the fact that he was practically the senior available officer. There were one or two general officers senior to him who in one sense might be available, but they were discharging duties from which it was not desirable that they should be removed. Replying to a question as to the Aberavon boat accident, Mr Mundella said the Board of Trade had no control over pleasure boats let out for hire. Mr Asquith informed Mr Clancy that the reports of medical examinations which had been made of Dr. Gallacghor, a convict at Portland, all agreed that the prisoner exhibited no symptoms of insanity. The time had not come when he could interfere with the sentences passed on John Daly and other treason-felony prisoners. Sir W. Harcourt, reply- ing to Mr Noble, said consideration should be given to the question whether the Local Veto Bill should be made applicable to pleasure steamers at seaside resorts. Mr Buxton, interrogated by Sir E. A. Bartlett, said the Government understood that Mr Rhodes, as representing the British South Africa Company, had informed Sir H. Loch that they were in a position to protect the people under their charge. The Government would not allow any aggressive movement on the part of the Company without the question being first referred to them. The House again went into Committee on the Navy Estimates. In the House of Lords, after a discussion on the closing of the Ladies' Hall at Bangor in connec- tion with the University College of North Wales, the Bishop of Chester moved a. resolution declar- ing that it was desirable that the assent of Her Majesty should be Yo ithheld from the Draft Charter of the proposed University of Wales until such portions of it had been omitted as prevented the inclvsion of St, David's College Lampeter. Lord Aberdare, who presided over the Conferences at which the Charcer was prepared, said nothing would have given him greater pleasure than the inclusion of Lampeter, but he had come to the conclusion that it was not possible at present. If, however, Lampeter was given a liberal consti- tution, it would be impossib e to find any adequate reasons for its exclusion. The Bishop of St. Asaph said a scheme was ready to alter the govern- ment of Lampeter so as to make it more easy to include it in the Welsh University. Lord Knuts- ford pointed out that the Committee of the Privy Council had inserted in. the Charter a special reservation under which the power of" admitting other colleges to the University rested with the Queen. The Ea.rl of Kimberley and the Lord Chancellor defended the decision of the Privy Council Committee but on a division the motion was carried by 41 to 32. WEDNESDAY. Mr Gladstone rose in the House of Commons, amid loud cheers, to move the third reading of the Home Rule Bill. The Prime Minister, who spoke for an hour and five minutes, said experience drawn from any other showed that they were in favour of a division between Imperial and local affairs; indeed the authority of the civilised world as exhibited in permanent literature was with him on this subject. They had spent prac- tically eighty days in discussion on the bill, and two ends bad been secured. They had passed the bill through the House of Commons, leaving available the rest of the session for British legis- lation. These results bad been obtained by the use of the time closure, an evil only to be tolerated to guard against gre it r evil. The Opposition had revealed a great deal of English pluck and fortitude worthy of a better cause; and a very heavy price had been paid for the prolonged debate. The time of the House was the treasure of the people and the Opposition had appropriat- ed a good deal of it, making 938 speeches, occupy- ing 152f hours. Their great object had been to prevent the utilisation of any part of the session for British legislation, but in this intention they had been thwarted by the Government. The pleas of the Opposition were monstrous and hid- eous falsehoods, the bill was complex because it was moderate, and was a sincere attempt to solve the Irish problem. Our treatment of Ireland had stained the escutcheon of England. Much had b >en done in the way of reform and concilation, but the relations between the two countries were far from being an honour to the political genius of England or to her warm and generous heart. He denied that there was a brand on the Irish race; he had faith in their freedom, he was encou raged in his work, and looked upon the passage of the Bill through the House as indicative of an early triumph. Mr Courtney moved that the bill be read that day six months. After several members had spoken the debate was adjourned, and the House rose at twenty minutes to six o'clock. THURSDAY. In the House of Commons, Mr Gladstone an- nounced that the Government had decided to adjourn Parliament at the close of Supply until Thursday, November 2, for the purpose of finishing the business of the session. The debate on the Premiers motion for the third reading of the Home Rule Bill and Mr Courtney's motion for the rejection of the measure was resumed. The Attor- ney General said the Duke of Devonshire had said in Yorkshire that this bill would be rejected in the House of Lords because it had not been sufficient- ly discussed in the House of Commons. He (Sir C. Russell) repudiated this right to introduce a new doctrine which meant interference with mat. ters which were in tie judgement and control of the House of Commons. Sir H. James said he thought the House of Lords knew that its duty to say that before a measure passed into law it should have the sanction of the people and also of the House of Commons, and that that House should have deliberated on every detail. Mr Justin M'Carthy was speaking when the hour for the adjournment of the debate arrived. The House of Lords by 50 votes to 27 determin- ed to insist on their amendment—disagreed with by the House of Commons-striking the better- ment clause out of London County Council's Street Improvemnts Bill. FRIDAY. In the House of Commons the Under Secretary for War wai farther interrogated in reference to the appointment of the Duke of Connaught to the command at Aldershot. and he stated that Lord Roberts was not eligible for the office because his appointment would have been derogatory to the dignity of the important poet he had held in India, though he believed that his Lordship would bave been willing to aocept it. The right hon. gentleman, being asked by Mr Vincent a quMtion about the prevalence of distreaa in the country, assured hut pauperism wa much lest- in preport on to the popu- latiod. than at any pr s period of our history, an3 deprecated the maki'isr of sngg'-stione which, in liis opinion, only did hai-m to the labouring c a?.-es. The debate on the Home ule Bill was re-umed f y Mr Justiu McCarthy, who ld he hd no liesitati n in declaring, on behalf of his colleagues and the lrtlh people, that they accepted this bill with a cordial welcome. It would be the closing point in the great agitation which had been going on ever since the Union. Mr Chamberlain followed. He said the Unionist party held that a fair issue bad never been put before the people. Did any sensible man doubt that what Mr Redmond had said in his significant and remarkable speech was believed and felt by the great majority of the most active element in Irish politics in England and in America ? It was certain that once the fulcrum had been obtained pressure would be brought to bear upon Ministry after Minis- try until at last someone waq found weak enough or base enough to yield to the demands made. He was not bo certain as some that we should ever see the bill or its like again he was convinced that the British people would give the policy embodied in the bill its deatb.blow on the first opportunity. Sir E. Grey next spoke in support of the bill. Replying to the argument that Parliament had no mandate for the measure because other questions were before the country, he said a pretty mess they would make of legislation if that idea was carried out. Scotland could not have Disestablishnent because Ireland want- ed Home Rule. Ireland could not have Home Rule be- cause Wales wanted Disestablishment. Mr Balfour and Mr Morley took part in the debate about midnight. Then the division took place. The numbers were for the third reading, 301: against 267 Government maj- ority 34. The Bill was then read a third time amid cheers.