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THE POLITICAL WORLD. Mr R. M'Kenna, barrister, of London, has been selected as the Liberal candidate for North Mon- mouth. Mr T. P. Price, M.P., the sitting member, intends to retire at the next election. THE BOMB SECRETARY delivered a brisk speech at Althorp. He reviewed and justified the pro- ceedings of the Government in the House of Com- mons, and, referring to the fate which is already predicted for the Home Rule Bill, said that no Ministry had ever appealed to the country on a vote of the Upper House, and the present Cabinet were not going to be the first to set an example. The Government intended in the autumn sittings to deal with British legislation-the Employers' Liability Bill, the Parish Councils Bill, and a Welsh Disestablishment Bill being measures which they determined to pass through the House of Commons. Whatever the House of Lords might do, the Government would not dissolve Parliament until the mission which they had received from the people was accomplished. MR JOHN MORLEY, speaking at Newcastle on Saturday, dwelt on the question of obstruction, and, replying to the allegation that the Home Rul* Bill had been inadequately discussed, said that by the end of the next week eighty-two days would have been devoted to the Bill. He divided the question into nine important heads, upon some of which debate had been lavish and upon nearly all inadequate. If in some cases it had been insufficient, it was due to the was, e of time by the Opposition, whose object was to destroy, not to improve the Bill. Mr Morley said the Government wauld proceed with the reforms em- bodied in the Newcastle programme. They had given pledges that they would do what they could —and they believed they could do much—to shake off from Wales the yoke of an unnational, he might sayan anti-national Church. The reference to Welsh Disestablishment was received with loud applause. THE BISHOPS AGAIN.—T^e House of Lords has by a majority of nine condemned the Welsh University scheme. It was entirely the doing of the bishops; they bore the brunt of the debate against the Charter, it was their vote that deter- mined the issue. The only lay support they got in the discussion was from Lord Cranbrook, a nobleman who has always been regarded as dominated by the narrowest ecclesiastical influ- ences.' Lord Knutsfoid, Tory and Churchman though he be, exerted the whole of his influence on behalf of the Government; but he has always taken an enlightened view of educational ques- tions. and has consistently declined to be domied by the episcopal bench. He saved the Carnarvonshire Intermediate School Scheme from destruction, and he did his utmost to persuade the Tory peers into reason, all to no purpose. THK ATTACK ON THE WELSH UNIVERSITY CHARTER.—The special features of the discussion on the Charter were the excellent speech de- livered by Mr Brynmor Jones, < he thrashing ad- ministered by Mr Kenyon to his friend from Shropshire, the admirable tactics of Mr Acland, and the collapse of Mr Bryn Roberts. It was a hard task that the member for Eifion had set him- self, and bis audience unfortunately for him, was thoroughly unsympathetic; and although he plodded determinedly on he never once made an impression. Mr David Thomas, by way of second- ing his friend's notion, merely raised his hat. Mr Brynmor Jones, as honorary counsel to the pro- moters of the charter, had all his points at first haod, and commanded the close attention of the: House. Mr Stanley Leighton's speech gave Mr Kenyon his opening. For a long time, as I have often pointed out, the Shropshire member has posed as the exponent of Welsh Conservatism. Last niijht he was utterly given away by the Conservative member for the Denbigh Boroughs, to the evident delight of the whole house. Mr Kenyon never spoke better, and his warm advo- cacy of Welsh eductional claims, and especially his spirited defence of Lord Aberdare, were warmly applauded. It was a sorrowful party that watched the close of the debate under the gallery where the Principal of Lampeter, the Warder of Llandovery, and Dr. R. D. Roberts saw their attempts at opposition completely frustrated. Close by sat Dr. Isambard Owen, seeing all but the final crowning touch given to the edifice at which he has so faithfully laboured. THE OLD MAN'S PERORATION'-On the third reading of the Home Rule Bill, Mr Gladstone concluded his speech in these words: In my opinion, and I think in the general opirion of those who have treated and examined the ques- tion, the history of Ireland has implanted an in- veterate stain,by no means as yet fully washed out, upon the honour, and escutcheon, of England. At any rate I will put the case as between England and Ireland upon the footing which I think will hardly be disputed, that the state of those rela- tions, the estrangement of the vust majority from the present institutions, the exaggerated, as I believe, indeed fictitious, but still, I am bound to admit, sincere apprehension of what is called the loyal minority—the whole facts of the case show that the state of those relations between England and Ireland, even taking it at the present day, when I joyfully admit that by good legislation from time to time, which has been done in the way of correction of reform and of real conciliation the condition of those relations is far from being to the honour either of ^he splendid political genius of England or to her warm and generous heart (hear, hear). There is a great necessity before us, and I know not what quarter except in the quarter which we have endeavoured to probe the materials 'for meeting is it to be found. We repel those charges. We deny that the brand of in- capacity has been laid by the Almighty on a par- ticular and noted branch of our race, when every other branch of that race has displayed in the sub- ject matter a capability and has attained a suc- loess which is an example to the world. We deny that that brand has been placed upon the Irish race (hear, hear). We have faith in national liberty, and we have faith in its efficacy as an instrument of national education. We believe the experience widespread over a vast field hardly to be traversed at every point en- courages ui in ur work, and finally we feel that the passing of this great measure through the House of Commons after so many days' debate will and must constitute the greatest among all the steps that have hitherto been achieved to- wards the attainment of its certain and its early triumph.The right hon. gentleman, who spoke for an hour and five minutes, resumed his seat amid lead and protracted cheering.