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A PQLI ICAL It 0 RLD. THE GOVERNMENT AND WALES.—A Lor don' correspondent says :-1 understand that the Welsh Liberals have received a definite and dis- tinct promise from the Government that Welsh Disestablishment will be one of the first measures next session. They are consequently thoroughly satisfied, and will give a steady support to the Parish Councils Bill, which will work a revolution in the local government of the Prin- cipality. Mr Leonard Courtney, M.P., speaking at Lis- keard on Monday, said the Government and its supporters were unanimous in laying upon the Opposition the charge which they had prevented the Home Rule Bill being considered in the usual w y. On that charge the Opposition were not afraid to court the judgment of those with whom the judgment lay. The session had not been wasted. In it the people had been taught what Home Rule really was. No amendment had been proposed but had been serviceable in some way or other, but all their proposals to get real safe- guards against injustice by the Irish Parliament had been rejected. The consequence was that the Irish Parliament was proposed to be established without any of those safe guards which had been found necessary in the great American Constitu- tion. —— "S3 How IT HAPPENED.—When the vote for the salaries of the officers of the House of Lords was reached (during Supply.") Mr Hanbury had the inevitable amendment and motion for reduc- tion, but he had not thought what an opening he was giving to the Radicals. Here was a chance of condemning the House of Lords in the most approved constitutional manner. The Radicals egged Mr Hanbury to go to a division, and then they swarmed into the Opposition lobby, much to the consternation of Sir J. Gorst, Mr Chamberlain and other Unionists, who by this unexpected aid found that they had at last achieved their hearts desire and defeated the Government. The vote however, was received with perfect equanimity by Ministry, and the Opposition were in the awkward predicament of having helped to censure the House of Lords. ZZZHHii THE AUTUMN PROGRAMME.— The Premier announced on Monday the intentions of the Government. The members listened very eagerly and very quietly whilst the Premier with tantalis- ing deliberation balanced the pros and cons of the various courses open to him. The story was all told in five minutes, however. It was very short and it amounted to this, that amongst all the good and urgent measures in their programme the best and most urgent" were the Employers' Liability Bill and the Parish Councils Bill. Each was welcomed by a cheer, but there was obvious disappointment in some quarters that the list was notgonger. On November 2nd the Parish Councils Bill will be moved for second reading. When that stage is passed the Employers' Liability Bill will pass through its remaining stages, and then the Parish Councils Bill be com- pleted. m mm- H A GOVERNMENT DEFEAT.—The Daily News observes that the Government were defeated on Tuesday night in the House of Commons by a small majority and by a curious combination of parties. Mr Hanbury's motion to reduce the salaries of the officers in the House of Lords was carried against the Treasury bench by 103 votes against 95. There can be no doubt that the clerks in the Lords are under worked and over paid. The division may have salutory results, ana we trust that Sir William Harconrt will have a satisfactory statement to make on report. The Clerk of the Parliaments, Mr Graham, probably receives more in proportion to what he does than any other functionary in the United Kingdom. The time may come and that soon when it will be .the duty of the House of Commons to declare that not one penny of the public money shall be wasted in keeping up an assembly which flouts and outrages public opinion as expressed through the representatives of the people. I THE BISHOJPS ANI) WICLSK INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION.—In the House of Commons, on Tues- day, Mr Acland replying to a question said The usual form of the Welsh county schemes under the Intermediate Education Act provides for a system of county schools throught the country to meet the wants of the various districts. There is a county governing body through which the whole system is to some extent under central control, and there are local governing bodies. Under the supervision of these bodies very considerable sums I are allotted in the various counties—first for the country scholarships, for scholars from public ele- mentary schools, second for country bursaries, to cover travelling and lodging or any other inciden- tal expenses of poor scholars, and third, for the county exhibitions which the boys and girls who do well in the intermediate schools may hold at universities and university colleges. In the case of the Cardigan county scheme, to which I assume the hon. member refers, the address passed in the House of Lords has swept away the whole of the provisions which are contained in clauses 47 au l provisions which are contained in clauses 47 au l 81 to 87 for carrying scholars from elementary and intermediate schools, and giving buesaries to poor scholars from the intermediate schools to univer- sity colleges and other places of higher instruction The whole of these provisioni which were swept away by the action of the House of Lords, met with the full assent of everybody concerned in the scheme. THE WELSH PARTY.-The members of the Welsh Parliamentary party met on Friday week to consider the correspondence with Mr Gladstone on the position of the question of Welsh Dises- tablishment in the Liberal programme and to decide on the position of the party in relation to the Government There was a large gatheri n g of the members, and the matter appears to have been exhaustively discussed in all its bearings. Eventually, a mo'ion proposed by Mr Lloyù- George and seconded by Mr Thomas E:lis was adopted. It was to the following effect.-—TIuu having carefully considered the correspondence between Mr Gladstone and the Welsh party una the present situation of the Welsh Dis stablisii- mint question, we confidently rely that the Government will without fail place the Welsh Disestablishment Bill in such a position in the Ministerial programme for next session as will enable the House of Commons to carry it through all its stages and send it up to the Lords betJiv the session is over, and we desire to notify to the' Government that unless the bill is placed in that position we shall, as a party, be under the regret -) table necessity of having to reconsider our atti- tude of support to the Government and to take independe t course." Mr Stuart Rendel journey, d specially from Scotland to preside over the meeting. THE CARDIGAN TITHS RIOTS.-It was known that for his conduct in refusing to coerce the Cardiganshire Police Committee the Home Secretary was to be arraigned on Wednesday, and there was a fairly strong muster of Welsh members. Mr Boscawen's speech was a poor re-hash of his article in this month's National Review. He was feebly supported by Lor,l Cr.in- borne. Mr Samuel Evans and Mr Rees Da vies, who were in full p ssession of all the facts, had no difficulty in disposing of the c:erioal caie. But the most remarkable incident of the debate was the severe dressing which Mr Asquith administered to the Liberal Unionist leader. Mr Chamberlain had not beeu in the House during the earlier stages of the debate, and wh n he rose it was obvious that he was imperfectly acquainted with the facts of the controversy. He, therefore, confined himself to generalities which were quite irrelevant and to a gross misstatement of the circumstances of the case. Mr Asquith's reply was short; it barely took a couple of minutes iu all, but it was one of the most crushing retorts the House has been priviledge to hear. Jvlr Chamberlain looked for once quite abashed, aud although, to save appearances, he mad" a few ineffective observations in reply, the heart lind been taken out of the debate, and it soon collapsed. The stunning majority which supported'the Government in the division provided i fitting termination to the debate.