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LOCAL POLICE COURTS.

J GOOD TEMPERS' SOIREE AT…

BOARDS OF GUARDIANS.

CUPID IN THE WORKHOUSE.

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(A VISIT TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. An excursion party from Newtown up in Lc ndon last week, and desirous of seeing as much as po>sible of the Metropolis, finished up their trip with a visit to the House of Commons, which one of the party thus deseribea;- After passing. unchallenged several stalwart policemen, who evidently took one of the party as a member (probably owing to his service-4 on another public body) we at length reached the inner Lobby, finding there a large number on the "ame errand. In a short time we found that the way to secure admission to the strangers' gallery was to obtain a card from one of the blue guardians of the peace stationed at the entry, upon which you wrote the name of the member from whom you expected the favour of a pass,.your own name and address, and the object of your visit. The visit of the Newtown party resulted in the using of about a dozen of these cards, as each one sent in to every member with whom he thought he bad a shadow of a chance. After sending in our cards we took our place in the line of expectant visitors, anxiously awaiting their respective members,.and ii was very interesting and instructive to hear the policemen announce each member in stentorian tones, and then to see the anxious expres- sion on some face or other give way to a satisfied and grateful appearance as taeir member walked towards them. By this means we gained a knowledge of the personal appearance of a large number of the members, one of our party taking down the names of each one called out. It was interesting to go through the list afterwards and try and recollect wnat kiLdof an individual Mr Perks, for instance, was. After waiting nearly an hour our hearts were cheered with the announcement-Mr Ellis. We looked up, but were not altogether prepared to see a short geltle- man step forward, whom we found was Mr Eliis's secretary. Thanks to the junior whip, three of our party had now secured the required pass, which is signed by an officer of the House, and the member who grants it. Now and then during the evening an official appears bearing a number of cards, and states i he following membera are not in the House. The only name of interest to us was Mr Stuart Rer.del. At last we hear a name announced, and looking up we Sde the genial counteDanoe of the member for Radnorshire, Mr Frank Edwards, through whosa kindness the remainder of our party secured the necessary passes, and whose kind expressions will nQ-t be forgotten for many a long day. We found on enquiry at the foot of the stairs that the galle, y was fun so we had to return to the outer corrider and take (,ur spats and patiently wait our turn. After wai ling some time the summons comes for three, which takes the majority of our party, and in a little while after. wards I find myself walking up a narrow stone stair- case, and at the top an attendant asks me t.) sign my name, and then pass on to the gallery. Whon I lock down to the House, I see that the earnest attention of the members is secured by a well-built man, whose hair is fast turning grey, dressed plainly, (a red tie showing up oonspiciously) with a strong and rather rough voice, which can be heard in every oorner of the House. After hearing a few sentences I had little need to ask my neighbour if the speaker was John Burns. Although the member for Battersea with several other labour members sit on the Opposition benches, it could be easily seen from which fide of the House he received the sympathetic cheers, and how aexkus the Tory members were to take advantage of any alight slip to give a chorus of ironical cheers. For in-st uc3, John Burns, in the course of his speech, used a lot of figures, and when some of these figures were questioned by a Tory member, he turned bud said, I know that you can get statistics to preTe anything." Round after round of Tory cheers greel ed this remark, but the cheers came from the Liberal benches when he finished the sentence with if incorrectly quoted," and then went on to eay he was quoting trom the Railway Companies' own reports, The matter under discussion was a motion of Mr McLaren, the member for Crewe, to the effect that as the London and North Western Railway and some other companies had mutaal insurance societies, the! men should be allowed to contract out of the Act. This the Government atedfastly refused to sanction. In this course they were supported by all the labcur members, and the speech made by John Burns titrengthened their hands materially. I have not space to follow the forcible and eloquent speech in which he pleaded the cause of the workmen, and the vivid pictures he drew of the risks and dangers of industrial life, the sights he had personally witnessed in hospitals, and the necessity for not allowing any exemptions or exceptions. After this stirring rpeech from a member who could not fail to convince you of his earnestness and genuine interest in the lot of the worker, a representative of quite; a different etamp rose to address the House. Sir Julian Goidsmid, in qaiet and measured tones (which reminded us very much of our county member) stated the case for the railway directors. It was strange to note what a different aspect the House Boon presented; mos of the reporters closed their note books; members rose and left the House, either to partake of refreshments or other business; and instead of the silence and attention with which every word of the previcus speaker was listened to, a continual buzz of conver- sation was carried on. The Treasury bench also appeared to lose interest in the proceedings instead of Mr Gladstone looking se active as any with his hand to his ear, Mr Asquitb stroking the curl on his forehead, Sir George Trevelyan's keen eyes watching every movement of the speaker,—I noticed Mr G ad- stoDe commence writing letters, and the other members of the Government kept moving abcut, engaged in some work or other. After each speaker had finished it was curious to see quite a duzen members rise from all parts of the House anxious to give their views on the subject. Several other members spoke, as one of the Liberals said, to explain why they were voting against their convic- tions, bat I have no doubt the greater number of members felt qoite relieved when at eight o'clock the Speaker rose, and with one word "adjourn" the whole House emptied itself into the adjoining rooms. As we had very little time left, we also adjourned, and only felt sorry that we could not stay a little longer to hear the resumption of such an interesting debate, which ended in the amendment being defeated by 19 votes. On passing out we were shown the old Parliament House. or Westminster Hall, which now only appeara to be used as a parading ground for policemen, and looking round that dreary hall one is reminded that even the present House will not accommodate all the members elected, and when making the necessary alterations, I trust they will enlarge the strangers' gallery so that the pleasure of hearing our legislators debate important topics, may be obtained wiibout waiting over an hour for a seat. Still with ail the difficulties and inconvenience a visit to the House of Commons cannot fail to interest and give you some- thing to look back to for years. A NEWTOWN RADICAL.

(A VISIT TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

A REMARKABLE NORTH COUNTRY…

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