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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- five 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 T;mes 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 9 1 a quid pro ^no for the much denounced Karolyi apology. Bismarck irritated at z, this, is paying Mr Gladstone off. The Angra Pequina incident gave him his excuse. Riitc illoi lacrjimce. A Dublin Official," who is given leader type in the Times, attacks a statement made by the Freeman s Journal as to the name- less scandals," with which the Caatle officials have been concerned during the year. "One man only, and he not directly," according to the Dublin Official, ''was con necteil with Dublin Castle. The offi- cial is to be complimented upon his iu- 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 t/lok 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. The result of the Tipperary Convention, held on Friday, is remarkable, Mr John O'Connor, of Cork, one of the ablest of Mr Parnell's supporters out of Parliament, and his nominee for the present Tipperary vacancy, was rejected by the representatives of the constituency, Mr Patrick Ryan being chosen. For two years Mr Parnell's power to nominate members in most of the Irish constituencies has been undisputed. He has usually exercised the power with conspi- cuous care and moderation, being most de- ferential to the wishes of the constituencies but there was evidently an opinion at the Tipperary Convention that he had acted in- discreetly in this case. We do not think the public are likely to underate the seriousness of supposed dyna- mite explosions. We therefore direct atten- tion to the fact that the explosion at Gower- street was not a severe one, and the damage done was slight. It is easy to reach the con- clusion that all explosions now-a-days are caused by dynamite, and that Fenians have a monopoly of dynamite. Let us, therefore, point out that there is not a tittle of evidence on either of these points in the case of the Gower-street explosion. Before dynamite and the dynamitards arose to distract the public mind, it was re- cognised as possible that such things as steam, gas, and gunpowder might cause ex- plosions. Dynamite, however, has robbed these of their old vocation and it is impos- sible now for anything to explode without the whole credit of the business being laid to the charge of dynamite and Fenianism. We suppose that the origin of this latest explo- sion is discoverable, but at the present time there is no official report upon the subject, and there has been more than one gas explo- sion on the Underground Railway. The Newcastle-on-Tyne people have given up the idea of extending the boundaries of the city. It has been found that the outlying districts proposed to be included were by no means desirous of coming into the city. The canny folk" of Newcastle, however, have decided that though they cannot enlarge the boundaries, they will press for an increase in -the representation of the city from two to three members.

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