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CURRENT SPORT. i I

DAMAGES FOR LIBEL AGAINST…

SPAIN'S BOY KING. I

THE QUEEN AND CAPE TOWN CATHEDRAL.

THE VICTORIA CROSS. I

A NOTABLE CATCH. I

CAMBRIDGE HONOURS. I

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I THE REVENUE.I

IDESTROYER EXPLOSION.I

IAN M.P.'S RETORT. I

ISNOW IN JUNE. I

IACROSS THE BORDER.'I

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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I

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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. I CORRUPTION BILL. I In the House of Lords on the 10th inst. the Pre- vention of Corruption (No. 2) Bill was accorded a second reading on the motion of the Lord Chan- cellor. I SOUTH AFRICA AND CHINA. I Replying to Mr. Platt-iiiggms in the House of Commons on the 10th inst., Mr. Brodrick said that the systematic intimidation of natives by the Boers throughout the war was a matter of notoriety, and mentioned several instances in support of the statement. The Secretary for War also in- formed inquirers that Lord Kitchener was investi- gating the circumstances under which false news had recently been sent from South Africa, and denied that information as to the progress of the campaign was being withheld from the House. Lord George Hamilton communicated General Gaselee's report on the Tientsin affray, which it appears had as its origin the resentment of French soldiers at the closing of a disorderly house by our military police. The Germans behaved well, and supported the British troops. MOLASSES AND GLUCOSE. I On the House going into Committee of Ways and Means, Sir M. Hicks-Beach proposed certain modifications in the duty on molasses and all sugars which cannot be tested by the polariscope, as well as in that on glucose, with the double object of securing the anticipated revenue and protecting the home manufacturer. The resolu- tion was agreed to. Mr. Labouchere moved several amendments to the Civil List Bill, when that measure was taken in Committee, but all were rejected. The third reading of the Demise of the Crown Bill was then considered. BISHOPRIC OF SOUTHWARK. I In the House of Lords on the 11th inst. the Bishopric of Southwark Bill passed through Com- mittee with some amendments which were agreed to without discussion. QUEEN ANNE'S BOUNTY. Lord Salisbury moved that a Select Committee should be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons to consider the constitution of Queen Anne's Bounty Board and to report whether economy and efficiency of administration would be promoted by any change in its constitution or by its amalgamation with any other body. The motion was agreed to. COMPANY BILLS. I In the House of Commons, the South Metro- politan Gas Bill was read a third time after an amendment moved by Mr. Lough, who objected to the condition upon which the company propose to issue additional stock, had been negatived by 252 votes against 112. A considerable amount of time was occupied in the consideration of another private bill, the South-Eastern and London, Chatham, and Dover Railways Bill, which came before the House fcr second reading. This measure was opposed by Sir J. Dimsdale, Dr. Macnamara., Mr. Hay, and other members, who maintained generally that the company disregarded the interests of the public and did not deserve favourable treatment. Mr. Gerald Balfour, while admitting that the con- dition of Ludgate-hill Station, to which special attention had been drawn by several speakers, was not satisfactory, pointed out that to reject an omnibus bill of this description, merely because the company that promoted it was not regarded favourably, would be detrimental to the public in- terest. In these circumstances he urged the House not to reject the bill. On a division the bill was read a second time by 277 votes against 166. MOROCCO. Viscount Cranborne returned a negative reply to Mr. Norman's inquiry whether the Government i: ad consented to any extension of French influence in Morocco. SHANGHAI. The Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, answering the same questioner, said that the German Government intended to maintain their garrison at Shanghai, at any rate for the present, but he was not aware that any explanation of this intention had been given to his Majesty's Govern- ment. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS. Mr. Balfour moved his resolution for the pur- pose of expediting Government business. He said that it was intended to pass the Education Bill and the Factory Bill, and that a measure would be introduced to deal with the dismissal of teachers in elementary schools. On Wednesday, the 26th, he proposed to move for the relegation of the Bale of Intoxicating Liquors to Children Bill and the Pure Beer Bill to a Grand Committee, and he hoped they would be so dealt with as to become practically uncontroversial. The re- mainder of that day would be devoted to private members' bills. On a division the resolution was carrjJl by 144 to 111.

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