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OPERATIONS OF THE COLUMNS.…

THE CHESHIRE MILITIA. -I

IARCHÆOLOGAL SOCIETY.

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I DISTRICT -COUNCILS.

AIRSHIP HORROR.I

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I POLITICAL NOTES. I-♦

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I POLITICAL NOTES. I ♦ Only two members who sit on the Ministerial | side voted against the Government on Tuesday night in the division on Sir William Harcourt's amendment to the Finance Bill—Mr. J. W. Wilson and Mr. T. W. Russell. There were, however, some abstentions-the number being put at about fifteen. As the Radicals want to talk farther on the Bill, and as the Government is determined to get the second reading of the Loan Bill before Whitsuntide, the prospects of the holiday lasting beyond Thursday in next week appear very remote. A suggestion was made to the War Offioe by Mr. Black that the War Office should offer prizes at agricultural shows to encoura.ge farmers to breed horses suitable for remounts, but the Department, after considering the matter, has decided that this cannot be done. It is officially t announced that the Treasury have not thought it advisable to include linseed, rapeseed and cottonseed in the new grain duty, authorised by the Finance Bill, inasmuch as they were not included in the old duty of 1849-69, and belong to a totally different group from the articles included in it—namely, to the group of articles containing oil. But, if the cake made from them contained any dutiable articles, it would, to that extent, be taxed. The point submitted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer by Mr. Flower was whether, seeing that linseed, rapeseed, and cotton cake came into this country duty free, the manufacturers of maize and rice meal. which compete with these materials and which have to pay an import duty, are not at a disadvantage. Sir John Gorst having been asked whether, if the Eduction Bill becomes law, a fund raised by voluntary contributions as working capital for the general purposes of a voluntary school will remain at the disposal of the managers of that school, or whether it will vest in the new local education authority, has replied that a fund raised by subscriptions for specific purposes is applicable by those in possession of it to those purposes only. If it becomes impossible to apply the fund in accordance with the intentions of the donors, application should be made for directions to the High Court, the Charity Commission, or the Board of Education a<= may be advised. Sir John Gorst knows of nothing in the Education Bill to transfer the possession of such a sum to the local authority. Fifty-seven Unionist and Liberal members of the House of Commons met on Tuesday evening at Westminster, and decided to form a permanent committee which should, irrespective of politics, watch over the interests of trade and commerce in Parliament, and support legislation calculated to promote those interests All present agreed to join the committee, and other names were added to the list in the course of the evening. Sir William Houldsworth has been appointed chairman of the committee, and Mr. W. H. Holland, vice-chairman, with Mr. Randies and Mr. L. Sinclair as honorary secretaries. One result of the new rules of the House of Commons has been to reduce the number of members who dine in the House to almost a vanish- ing' point. Mr. P. O'Brien, one of the Nationalist Whips, whose party is always present in fair force, has accordingly given notice of a question to the First Commissioner of Works suggesting that one of the now empty dinine-rooms shall be fitted with billiard tallies. If this were done the Ministerial Whips might rejoice. It would do something to keep their men in the building-.more, perhaps. than Mr Balfour's letter appealing to Unionist members to take turns in making and keeping a House each afternoon and evening.

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