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mediate adherents. The impression which compared with this one great question his career and character have made on how the country to which he bethe vast mass of his countrymen must longed might be made united and be sought elsewhere. To some extent, strong. The feeling which he showed to a great extent, no doubt, it is due to was repaid to him abundantly; and it is the peculiar character of his genius-to because this conviction spread itself to its varied nature, to the wonderful com- all classes—both among those who were bination of qualities which he possessed, his friends and those who were his op. and which rarely reside in the same ponents—that this Vote which has been brain. To some extent it is also due to moved by the noble Earl, and wbich I the circumstances to which the noble have risen to second, is no expression of Earl has gracefully and eloquently al- any Party or sectional feeling, is no reluded--the social difficulties of his early presentation of any opinion upon any lire, and the steadfast perseverance by controverted question, but is the homage which they were overcome. These facts and recognition of an united people to were impressed on his countrymen, who the splendid genius and the magnificent love to see exemplified that open career services they have lost. to all persons, whatever their initial dif

Moved, That an humble Address he presented ficulties may

be, which is one of the cha- to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty will racteristics of their institutions of which give directions thať a Monument be crected in they are most proud. They saw in Lord the collegiate church of St. Peter, Westminster, Beaconsfield's life a proof that whatever the Earl of Beaconsfield, K.G., with an inscrip. difficulties may attend the beginning of tion expressive of the high sense entertained by a man's fame, if the genius and persever- the House of his rare and splendid gifts, and of ance are there, the most exalted position his devoted labours in Parliament and in great and the widest influence are open to any offices of State; and to assure Her Majesty that subject of the Queen. But there was

this House will concur in giving effect to Her

Majesty's directions.-(The Earl Granville.) another cause. Lord Beaconsfield's leading principles with respect to the great- TIIE EARL OF MALMESBURY: My ness of his country, more and more as Lords, I think it would be

very life went on, made an impression on our if, after the two able speeches to which country. Zeal for the greatness of Eng. we have listened, this Motion should be land was the passion of his life. Opi- at once agreed to; but I should be maknions might differ, and did differ, deeply ing a great sacrifice to my own feelings as to the measures and steps by which were I not on this occasion to express expression was given to that dominant my opinion, not upon the great talents feeling; but more and more as his life and political powers of Lord Beaconstrent on and drew near to its close, as field, but upon the virtues of his private the heat and turmoil of controversy were life, and the remarkable and laudable left behind, as the gratification of every lines he has always followed both as possible ambition negatived the sugges. regards his friends and his foes. My tion of any inferior motive, and brought excuse, my Lords, for speaking of him out into greater prominence the sacred- is the intimate acquaintance I had with ness and strength of this one intense him. I knew Lord Beaconsfield at an feeling, the people of this country re- earlier period than my noble Friendcognized the force with which this de- before he had been a Minister. I was si doniinated his actions, and they a Member of the first Cabinet in which repaid it by an affection and reverence he sat. I was with him in four Cabinets which did not depend upon, nor had afterwards. I was in the last Cabinet any concern with, their opinion as to as in the first; and, with all that conthe particular policy pursued. My Lords, stant occasion of knowing him well, of this was his great title to their attach- seeing him, hearing his sentiments, and ment-that above all things he wished observing his manner and character, I to see England united, powerful, and must say I have not known a more great. The questions of interior policy complete character as far as regarded which divided classes, he had to consider the good-nature, amiability, and sincere them-he had to form his judgment friendship which he always displayed. upon them and take his course accord. Men who have seen him sitting in this ingly; but it seems to me he treated place, where he gained so much honour, them always as of secondary interest, might naturally think that, with his un

The Marquess of Salisbury

natural

moved countenance, with not a shadow | claimed—“Repose ! good Heavens ! reupon his cheek, however he might have pose!” I think his manner and intonareceived the thrusts of the greatest tion impressed one more than anything gladiators of the day, he was a man else with the invincible power of work without the common feelings of human -bis determination never to give way nature. But that was not the case. I while he could do work in the service knew no man who felt disappointment of his country-which he possessed. It more, or so much enjoyed triumph. It was with great satisfaction that I heard was his indomitable courage which en- the Motion made by my noble Friend. abled him to master his features, as it My noble Friend behind me (the Marsupported him through all the difficulties quess of Salisbury) has said most truly of his career. He had every domestic that one of the most powerful passions virtue which I consider a man need have. of Lord Beaconsfield's breast was the deHe was supported— fortunately for him, sire to maintain the power and the for he always said so-by a most ami- honour of England; and therefore it able and devoted wife, to whom he was is our duty, and a most melancholy duty himself equally devoted. He has often it is, to raise a monument to this great told me that without her fortitude and and distinguished Englishman. great devotion to him, encouraging him when he was disappointed, and sharing sentiente.

On question, agreed to, nemine diswith him his triumphs, he could not have succeeded in life as he had done. Ordered that the said Address be preI remember, when at last he was de- sented to Her Majesty by the Lords with prived of the support of his wife, he said White Staves. to me with tears in his eyes—“I hope

House adjourned at a quarter before some of my friends will take notice of

Six o'clock till To-morrow, me now in my great misfortune, for I

half past Ten o'clock. have no hope; I have now no home; and when I tell my coachman to drive home, I feel it is a mockery." Lady Beaconsfield was equally devoted to him.

IOUSE OF COMMONS, I recollect a remarkable story, which illustrates this devotion; it is one which Monday, 9th May, 1881. your Lordships have, perhaps, heard; but he told it to me himself. One day, when MINUTES.) - Select COMMITTEE —- Artizans' Lord Beaconsfield was driving to the

and Labourers’ Dwellings Improvement, ap. House of Commons, having a very im

pointed.

Polic Bills-Motion for Bill-Parliamentary portant speech to make, the servant, in

Oaths, debate further adjourned. closing the door of the carriage, shut it Ordered First Reading Local Government on Lady Beaconsfield's finger. She had Provisional Orders (Askern, &c.) * (152); the courage not to cry out or say a word,

Newspapers [154]; Highways and "Locoand not to move until he was out of sight,

motives Amendment Act, 1878 * (166);

Tidal Rivers (Interments) • (156); Agricul. lest it might disturb him and interfere tural Labourers (Ireland) [157]. with the speech he had to inake. A vory First Reading-Land Drainage Provisional Or. ehort time before his death an incident ders * (163). occurred which showed the extraordinary Second Reading - Local Government (Gas) Procourage and perseverance which existed

visional Order* (145); Pier and Harbour

Orders Confirmation (143); Land Law (Irein his character. I was walking with land) (135)-[ Fifth Nighi]-debate further him, and we met an old friend, a gentle- adjourned ; Merchant Shipping (161), deman who had formerly been very active ferred. in public life, and who had reached the age of 84, and was still looking, for that

QUESTIONS. age, very young. Lord Beaconsfield said to him—"How is it you maintain your youthful appearance and your

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY - ALhealth in the way you do?” Our friend

LEGED MISCONDUCT AT BALLINA. answered" My Lord, by enjoying all

MON. the repose I can.” I could not attempt MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked to give your Lordships an idea of the the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutone in which Lord Beaconsfield ex- tenant of Ireland, Is it a fact that

;

the police under sub-inspector Barry of Major Traill has been acting for the Ballinamon, when out assisting bailiffs last fifteen months for another resident to serve ejectments on the “King” pro- magistrate absent on sick leave, the perty near Ballinamon did, when they Government will at once take steps to found a house tenantless, search it, and, appoint a competent person in the place if they found no one in charge drank of the absent official ? all the milk and sucked all the eggs MR. W. E. FORSTER: Sir, I have they could find on the premises ; and, instituted an inquiry into the circumif the allegation is true, will he stances referred to in the Question, and take means to have the guilty parties what I understand to be the case is punished ?

this. Sixteen persons were arrested on MR. W. E. FORSTER : Sir, I have a charge of assault in September last at made inquiries into the facts of this the place named, and detained in the matter, and I am glad to say that these lock-up. Three of these persons tvere charges against the constables are quite the persons alluded to in the Question. unfounded.

Two of them who had committed the

offence were convicted by the magistrate LAW AND JUSTICE (IRELAND) — AL-named; but this conviction was illegal,

LEGED ILLEGAL SENTENCES — MR. because they were tried at the gaol by TRAILL, R.M.

one magistrate, and not at petty sessions MR. HEALY asked the Chief Secre- before more than one magistrate. I tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, have received no official report of the If his attention has been called to the proceedings referred to, nor of the lan; proceedings in the Exchequer Division guage used by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald of the High Court of Justice in Ireland at the trial; but I have no reason to on the 25th April, in the case of Egan believe that it has been inaccurately v. Traill, the defendant being a resident given in the newspaper reports

. The magistrate of Parsonstown, and the ac- commitment was made by the magis; tion one of three brought against him trate in ignorance of the law for having illegally sentenced to im- Major Traill has been sufficiently penalprisonment and hard labour persons ized for the error he made by becoming who had been arrested by the police on the defendant in three actions. He was a charge of assault

, Mr. Traill having appointed by the late Government to do gone on a Sunday to the police barrack duty in the place of the resident magiswhere the men were in custody, and trate, who had asked for leave of abalthough they offered bail and asked to sence, and has since resigned in consebo remanded to petty sessions, refused quence of ill health. Å successor to to postpone the cases, and imposed on Major Traill will be sent to Parsonsthe men sentences of imprisonment vary town in a few days' time. ing from eight days to one month. The men were in gaol for the whole of these CRIME (SCOTLAND) -- ALLEGED OUT: respective periods, and the affidavit

RAGE AT BRAEHEAD, DUNFERMstated that they had to sleep upon LINE. plank beds; whether Baron Fitzgerald stated when refusing Mr. Traill's appli- the Lord Advocate, If his attention has

MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked cation, that he “liad sentenced three been called to the following paragraph several men to imprisonment illegally;" from the daily newspapers : whether when excusing Mr. Traill's conduct his counsel stated that he, head, near Dunfermline, about midnight at

“ A daring outrage was committed at Brasbeing only a major in the Army, “could Sunday. While Thomas Nickol, coachinan at not be expected to know the law accu- Lassadie House, and his wife and family were ther the Government will consider Major territic noise, and on going to the door they legal position, and upon whose recom- about five inches in length by three inches in mendation Major Traill was appointed, diameter, which had evidently been filled with and by whom it was sanctioned ; and, some explosive substance and a lighted fuseo whether if it be true, as appears from applied to it

. It is presumed that the perpose lately presented to this House, that through the window; but, fortunately, it struck

Mr. Saxton

found at a little distance from the window of

trators of the outrage must have thrown tho

against the sash, and fell on the outside as it the Treasury that, as the prosecution exploded. It is believed that the act was

was undertaken by the Crown, and as prompted by a feeling of revenge towards Mr. Nickol for evidence which he gave in court

no case was made out for the consideralately against some poachers in the district ;" tion of the jury, Mr. Fraser should be

reimbursed for his necessary expenses and, if any arrests have been made ; out of the public funds ? and, if not, whether the Government

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. intend to apply for additional powers M'LAREN): Sir, the prosecution referred for the better protection of life and pro- to by the hon. Member was instituted perty in Scotland ?

after very careful inquiry, and after conTHE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. M'LAREN): Sir, the Executive in Scot- the case broke down at trial, the learned

sultation by Crown counsel. Although land have sufficient power to deal with Judge who presided expressed his opiany agitation that may arise. But, as nion that it was a proper case to be long as the land agitation in Scotland is brought to trial; and after reading the in the hands of two hon. Gentleinen Papers I have no hesitation in concuropposite, who lately addressed meetings ring in that opinion. There are in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I am contident that it will not be necessary to put of an accused person can

public funds out of which the costs

be paid, those powers into execution. The matter and I do not think that this is a case referred to in the Question had no connection with any agrarian movement,

for proposing a special Vote for the and it is undergoing investigation by the expenses to which the accused party

has been put. authorities.

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THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND.
MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON asked

MR. CAMERON asked the Postmaster the Secretary of State for War, Whether General, Whether he is able to state if he can state what is the total loss in arrangements have been made with the killed, wounded, and incapacitated by Highiand Railway Company by which sickness amongst Her Majesty's forces an acceleration of the mails between in the late war with the Boers, and what Perth and the North may be effected; is the approximate estimate of loss among and, whether he is aware of the great the camp followers and teamsters ? loss and inconvenience suffered by those

MR. CHILDERS : Sir, I cannot yet now engaged in the fishing on the West give a full answer to the hon. Member's Coast of Scotland, in consequence of the Question, especially the latter part. But delay in repairing the cable to Stornothe numbers of killed and wounded are way, and if he can hold out any hopes -officers, 29 killed and 20 wounded; that the cable will be put into working non-commissioned officers and men, 306 order within a short time? killed and 428 wounded. We have no

Mr. FAWCETT, in reply, said, that Returns of death from sickness.

no arrangements had been entered into with the Highland Railway Company

for the acceleration of the mail referred CRIMINAL LAW (SCOTLAND)--CASE OF

but negotiations were about to be MR. FRASER.

entered into with that Company. With Mr. CAMERON asked the Lord Ad- regard to the second part of the Quesvocate, If his attention has been called tion, the delay in the repair of the cable to the case of Mr. Fraser, Inspector of to Stornoway was due to the difficulty Poor in the parish of Glenelg, who was of obtaining a cable ship. He hoped tried on a charge of manslaughter at the steps would be taken to obviate that late assizes in Inverness, which was with difficulty in future. He was glad, howthe concurrence of the presiding judge ever, to be able to state that a few days withdrawn by the Crown Prosecutor since a suitable cable vessel was obbefore the case for the defence was tained, and that vessel was now being opened; and, whether, seeing the great got ready with the greatest speed posannoyance and expense to which Mr. sible. It would proceed to Stornoway Fraser has been exposed in meeting so in the course of a day or two, and he serious a charge, he will recommend to hoped no delay would occur again,

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the police under sub-inspector Barry of Major Traill has been acting for the Ballinamon, when out assisting bailiffs lasť fifteen months for another resident to serve ejectments on the “King” pro- magistrate absent on sick leave, the perty near Ballinamon did, when they Government will at once take steps to found a house tenantless, search it, and, appoint a competent person in the place if they found no one in charge drank of the absent official ? all the milk and sucked all the eggs MR. W. E. FORSTER: Sir, I have they could find on the premises ; and, instituted an inquiry into the circumif the allegation is true, will he stances referred to in the Question, and take means to have the guilty parties what I understand to be the case is punished ?

this. Sixteen persons were arrested on MR. W. E. FORSTER : Sir, I have a charge of assault in September last at made inquiries into the facts of this the place, named, and detained in the matter, and I am glad to say that these lock-up. Three of these persons were charges against the constables are quite the persons alluded to in the Question. unfounded.

Two of them who had committed the

offence were convicted by the magistrate LAW AND JUSTICE (IRELAND) — AL- named; but this conviction was illegal,

LEGED ILLEGAL SENTENCES MR. because they were tried at the gaol by TRAILL, R.M.

one magistrate, and not at petty sessions MR. HEALY asked the Chief Secre- before more than one magistrate. I tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, have received no official report of the If his attention has been called to the proceedings referred to, nor of the lan. proceedings in the Exchequer Division guage used by Mr. Justice Fitzgerald of the High Court of Justice in Ireland at the trial; but I have no reason to on the 25th April, in the case of Egan believe that it has been inaccurately v. Traill, the defendant being a resident given in the newspaper reports. The magistrate of Parsonstown, and the ac- commitment was made by the magis. tion one of three brought against him trate in ignorance of the law ; for having illegally sentenced to im- Major Traill has been sufficiently penalprisonment and hård labour persons ized for the error he made by becoming who had been arrested by the police on the defendant in three actions. He was a charge of assault, Mr. Traill having appointed by the late Government to do gone on a Sunday to the police barrack duty in the place of the resident magiswhere the men were in custody, and trate, who had asked for leave of abalthough they offered bail and asked to sence, and has since resigned in consebo remanded to petty sessions, refused quence of ill health. A successor to to postpone the cases, and imposed on Major Traill will be sent to Parsons. the men sentences of imprisonment vary- town in a few days' time. ing from eight days to one month. The men were in gaol for the whole of these CRIME (SCOTLAND) -- ALLEGED OUT. respective periods, and the affidavit RAGE AT BRAEHEAD, DUNFERMstated that they had to sleep upon

LINE. plank beds; whether Baron Fitzgerald

MR. SEXTON (for Mr. BIGGAR) asked stated when refusing Mr. Traill's appli- the Lord Advocate, If his attention has cation, that he “liad sentenced three been called to the following paragraph several men to imprisonment illegally;" from the daily newspapers whether when excusing Mr. Traill's conduct his counsel stated that he, head, near Dunfermline, about midnight on

"A daring outrage was committed at Braebeing only a major in the Army, “could Sunday. While Thomas Nickol, coachinan at not be expected to know the law accu- Lassadie House, and his wife and family wore rately as he was not a lawyer;" whe- sitting at the fireside they were startled by a ther the Government will consider Major terrific noise, and on going to the door they Traill's removal from such a responsible the room in which they had been sitting a flask, legal position, and upon whose recom- about five inches in length by three inches in mendation Major Traill was appointed, diameter, which had evidently been filled with and by whom it was sanctioned; and, some explosive substance and a lighted fuseo whether if it be true, as appears from applied to it. It is presumed that the perpethe Return of Stipendiary Magistrates Hask with the intention that it should pass lately presented to this House, that through the window; but, fortunately, it struck

Mr. Serton

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