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IMPERIAL vartiamtot.'I


IMPERIAL vartiamtot I HOUSE OF LORDS-FRIDAY. I [ Earl DB GREY and RIPON stated, in reply to the Mar- quis of Clanrioarde, that the Government intended to sell nineteen of the smaller barracks in Ireland, as they had become useless. The LORD CHANCELLOR laid on the table, for the use of the select committee appointed on Thursday night, the report of the commission of inquiry into the accounts of Mr. Edmunds. The Lord Chancellor moved the second reading of the Attorneys and Solicitors' Re- muneration Bill. Lord ST. LEONARDS opposed the motion. He thought the bill would operate mischieviously, by abolishing the regulations of the law courts for the protection of clients. Lord CHELMSFORD considered the bill to be most vicious in principle. Lord CRANWORTH was of opinion that a sufficient case had not been made out to justify the adoption of the measure. The house divided, and the bill was rejected by 23 votes against 21. HOUSE OF COMMONS—FRIDAY. The ATTORNET-GBNERAL stated, in answer to Mr. Hibbert, that the Government intended to introduce during the present session a bill to carry out the recom- mendation of the Royal commission on the working of the patent laws. Mr. J. B. SMITH called attention to the fact that al- though woodeu ships and all articles manufactured of wood were allowed to enter British ports free of dutv, the raw material was subjected to an impost. He wished to know whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer in- tended to rectify this singular anomaly. The CHANCELLOR, in reply, begged the honourable member to exercise patience until he had heard the an- nual financial statement. At present it would not be convenient to announce what the Government intended to do in reference to taxation. Mr. A. MILLS called attention to the state of affairs in New Zealand, and moved an address to the Crown re- specting the war in that colony. After a short, debate, Mr. CARDW ALL said that the Home Government had advised a policy of conciliation in New Zealand, and there was reason to believe that the Colonial Government was actuated by just and generous motives, and by a desire not to oppress the natives. The motion was then withdrawn. The remainder of the business was not important. HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. A bill introduced by the Earl of CLARENDON in re- ference to the management of public schools was rend a first time, the noble earl stating that the second reading would be deferred for a fortnight, in order to afford time for a full consideration of the measure. The bill for annexing British KafFraria to the Cape of Good Hope was, on the motion of the Duke of Argyll, read a second time, as was also the Election Petitions Act (1848) Amendment Bill. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Sir F. SMITH gave notice of a motion requiring the the Government to carry out the recommendations of the royal commission of 1859 on harboprs of refuge. In reply to Mr. Scully, Sir G. GREY said that the Government had abandoned its intention to demand from the Belgian authorities the return of Mary Ryau, the nun whose alleged abduction a few months ago caused considerable excitmeutin England. The Govern- ment was satisfied that the c"se did not demand its further intervention. Lord CECIL asked if the raiders now on trial in Canada would be surrendered to the United States authorities without the advice of the home Govern- ment. The ATTORNEY-GENERAL said that except in vry extraordinary cases the Imperial Government had no right to interfere with Canadian territory, and that with respect to the raiders the Canadian judges would execute the law so far as their jurisdiction extended. On the motion for going into Committee of suoply, Mr. S. FITZGERALD called attention to the report of Colonel Jervois on the defences of Canada. After ex- pressing regret that the United States Government had given notice to terminate the Reciprocity Treaty, the honourable gentleman said he believed that if her Ma- jesty's Government had acted promptly the complete abrogation of that useful treaty would have been avert- ed. Under existing circumstances, and bearing in mind the facts that the United Sates authorities were strongly fortifying their chief ports and placing a large force of gunboats on the lakes, he contended that it was the duty of her Majesty's Ministers to provide for the efficient defence of Canada. Mr. W. E. FORSTER ridiculed' the notion that the United States entertained aggressive designs upon Canada, and asserted that the idea was as groundlesss as the fear of French invasion which existed a few years ago. Mr CARDWELL, in reply, assured the house that the relations existing between England and the United States were perfectly friendly, and said that in antici- pation of the notice for the terminatiou of the conven- tion relating to the lakes a proposal had been made for a small armed force to be maintained by each Govern- ment. He also stated that as soon as her Majesty's Ministers received notice of the intended abrogation of the Reciprocity Treaty they would propose that it should be modified, and not terminated altogether. But al- though the prospect of our future relations with thfe United States did not warrant the conclusions arrived at by Mr. Fitzgerald, her Majesty's Government felt it- self bound to give the Canadians reasonable assistance in any efforts they might make to render themselves in- dependent of the forbearance or goodwill of any country, and had promised to undertake the defence of Quebec if the colonists would fortify Montreal. Mr. Disraeli, Lord R. Cecil, Mr. Bright, and Lord Palmerston also took part in the debate. HOUSE OF LORDS.—TDESDAY. The Bankruptcy and Insolvency (Ireland) Act Amend- ment Bill was referred to a select committee. The Marquis of WESTMEATH having reopened the case of Mary Ryau, the abducted nun, censured the Home Secietary for his supineness in the matter. Earl RUSSELL said that the law officers of the Crown were of opinion that the forcible removal of any person out of the country was an illegal act; but in the case of Ryan it was not thought advisible to interfere, as she was suffering under an acute attack of mania. The Earl of MALMESBURY contended that the fact of Ryan being insane did not justify the indifference of Sir G. Grey, whose duty it was to enforce obedience to the law. The subject then dropped and the house adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS—TUESDAY. A motion for the second reading of the Lancashire and Yorkshire and Great Eastern Juction Railway Bill was negatived on a division by 162 votes against 121. Mr. J. C, EWART asked whether any order had been issued for the indiscriminate seizure of South Amei ican beef when exposed for sale to the public either in Lon- don or Liverpool. Sir G. GREY replied in the negative. In answer to Mr. Watkin, the Marquis of HARTINTON said that the question of relieving volunteer officers from liability to -serve on juries was under considera- tion. A motion by Sir F. KELLY for a select committee to inquire into the claim of Prince Azeem Jah to the title and dignity of Nawab of the Carnatic was rejected by 53 votes against 38. HOUSE OF COMMONS—WEDNESDAY. I Sir C. O'LoGHUN moved the second reading of the Juries in Criminal Cases Bill, one clause of which autho- rised judges to allow" ],)eked-tip jurymen to have ne- cessary refreshments. Other clauses, however, conferred additional powers upon judges to discharge juries under certain circumstances; and as the Solicitor- General stated that the two Chief Justices were averse to all the clauses except that relating to refreshments, the bill was withdrawn. The other business transacted was unimportant.



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