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TOPICS OF THE DAY. So far as the reports go there is nothing to show that Mr Gladstone's indisposition is serious, and the whole country will hope that it is not so. The cause for anxiety on the matter lies, we think, in this that, apart from the fact that the age of seventy- tive is itself a serious illness, Mr Gladstone has on the present occasion fallen sick in the recess, and after a long rest in the country. Indisposition at the close of a long and arduous Sessions of Parliament is not un- natural. But it is serious if the Prime Minister fails to gain strength in the recess, and is in bad health at the beginning of the Session. Mr Holden has given a conclusive answer to the charge reported to have been pre- ferred against him by Mr Coleridge Ken- nard, M.P., viz., that he contributed to the Free Trade agitation in England so that the goods manufactured at Roubaix, in France, might be admitted duty free into England. Mr Holden does not manufacture in his French works any goods imported to Eng- land. Mr Kennard complained of being misreported in the statement replied to by Mr Holden. The repudiation of the statement, however, was not at all clear and as the report appeared in the Times and nearly all the papers in the country, as moreover Mr Kennard's alleged charge proves to be utterly unjust and baseless, some explana- tion is due from the junior member for Salisbury. According to the London correspondent of the Liverpool Mercury, Austria is pledged in honour not to advance to Salonica so long as Mr Gladstone is in power, a promise not to do so having been given to Mr Gladstone as a quid pro quo for the much denounced Karolyi apology. Bismarck irritated at this, is paying Mr Gladstone off. The Angra Pequina incident gave him his excuse. Bine illte lacrymte. A Dublin Official," who is given leader type in the Times, attacks a statement made by the Freeman a Journal as to the name- less scandals," with which the Castle officials have been concerned during the year. it One. man only, and he not directly," according to the Dublin Official, "was con nected with Dublin Castle. The offi- cial is to be complimented upon his in- genuity in avoiding the point. It is, how- ever, well known that Dublin Castle did not supply all the prisoners in these cases. The case against the Irish Executive was that they took no steps to secure the proper ad- ministration of the law in these scandal cases; that, on the contrary, they obstructed the efforts of those who took upon them- selves the work shirked by the proper authorities.

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