their uniform, necessitated by the in

LAW AND POLICE-ALLEGED SALE tended re-arrangement of brigades? MR. CHILDERS: In reply to the

OF A WIFE. hon. and gallant Gentleman, I have to Mr. T D. SULLIVAN asked the state that about two months ago, we Secretary of State for the Home Departwere in consultation with the India ment, Whether his attention has been Office as to the scale of pay and allow- called to a case tried before the Sheffield ances for the additional field officers County Court on May 25th, and reported proposed to be appointed as from the 1st in the“ Daily News” of May 26th, in of July. We have no official letter on the course of which it transpired that a the subject, but arrangements are being man, whose name is not given in the made. With respect to the second report, sold his wife to a married man Question, I am not aware of any claim named Moore for the consideration of a for such an allowance as the hon. and quart of beer; and, whether, having gallant Gentleman suggests which might regard to the fact that such sales are not not have been put forward by officers uncommon in England, the Righthonourtransferred from one to another linked able Gentleman will take such steps as regiment under the present organization, may be in his power to remove the imand I see, therefore, no reason to extend pression which appears to exist in some the rule.

parts of England that the sale of wives LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MILNE HOME is a legitimate transaction ? asked whether the right hon. Gentleman SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT: I do would take into consideration the cases not know whether the hon. Member brought before him?

expects a serious answer to this QuesMR. CHILDERS : I am most anxious tion. I find nothing in this affair, exto do so.

cept the casual utterance of a drunken

ruffian in search of an excuse for his CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT-EXTRA

own immorality. There was nothing

like sale that deserves the name at OFFICERS.

all; and I confess when I see such sug. Sir TREVOR LAWRENCE asked gestions as are down in the latter part the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether of this Question, I have only to say that the extra officers of Her Majesty's Cus- to treat a brutal incident of this chatoms are not deprived of their pay on racter as representing a practice not unHer Majesty's birthday and other public common in England, and to say that an holidays, which is not the case with tem. impression is prevailing that incidents porary employés in other branches of of this kind are legitimate transactions the Civil Service; and, whether, if this is, in my opinion, at once a waste of is the case, he will not reconsider this time and an insult to the common senso treatment of a poorly paid class of pub- of the House. Everyone knows that lic servants ?

no such practice exists. [“Oh!”] Well, LORD FREDERICK CAVENDISII: Sir, if hon. Gentlemen from Ireland I understand the hon. Member to allude know the case to be different with referto the class called extra men employed once to that country, I have nothing to by the Board of Customs. These men say; and, for my part, I entirely repuare employed in such numbers and on diate the slur that would be cast on the such days as is found necessary. They people of this country by seriously dwellare paid strictly by the day, and only ing on the gross language of a dograded for the day on which they are actually wretch as if it were representing a naemployed." I see no reason for altering tional practice and belief as to the law this system in the manner suggested, deserving the attention of Parliament. the effect of which would be to give MR. CALLAN asked, Whether, in them pay for days on which they are making allusion to Ireland, the right not employed. There is no analogy hon. Gentleman meant anything sebetween their position and that of other rious ? temporary employés of Government. I Sir WILLIAN HARCOURT: Sir, may say, however, that, as a matter of I did not mean anything serious at all. fact, a certain number of extra men are I did not think it could be a serious employed on all holidays, and are paid subject. I make no more imputation accordingly.

upon Ireland than upon England and Scotland. I believe the practice to be instruction of militiamen during preequally unknown in every part of the liminary drill and training; whether United Kingdom.

the instruction therein given has not

proved of great advantage to men arail. THE ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY- ing themselves of it; and, whether, if COLONEL HILLIER, THE INSPECTOR that is the case, he would reconsider

the Clause in Army Circulars of February GENERAL.

1881, by which these schools have been MR. GILL (for Mr. T. D. SULLIVAN) | abolished ? asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, MR. CHILDERS: In reply to the If the Colonel Hillier, who is the nomi- hon. Baronet, I have to state that so far nal author of the Circular recently issued from schools for Militiamen during their to the Irish police, is the same Colonel training proving of great advantage, I Hillier who a few years ago was tried am satisfied that they are entirely useat Dublin before the late Chief Justice less now that the Education Act is in Whiteside for a gross assault on a Bel- full operation. It is difficult to estimate fast solicitor, and was sentenced to pay exactly their expenso, perhaps a few a penalty of £100 for the offence; and, hundred pounds; but they were not diswhether, if he be the same person, the continued for financial reasons. Irish Executive consider it proper to retain that officer in command of the PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PRO. Irish constabulary at so critical a junc

PERTY (IRELAND) ACT, 1881-JIR. ture in Irish affairs as the present ? HODNETT. MR. TOTTENHAM, before the right

Mr. O'SULLIVAN asked Mr. Attorhon. and learned Gentleman answered

ney General for Ireland, If it is true this Question, wished to ask, Whether that the Governor of the County Limein the case referred to the conduct of rick Prison refused to allow Mr. Hodnett Colonel Hillier had not been approved (a prisoner confined therein) to see some by the Government, and the fine paid by friends on Thursday last; and if the the Crown?

said Governor refused to inform those THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR friends of Mr. Hodnett why it was that IRELAND (Mr. Law): I presume the he did not in this instance comply with hon. Member alludes to the action the rules of the prison ? brought by the late Mr. John Rea nearly

MR. HEALY also asked Mr. Attorney 10 years ago against Colonel Hillier for General for Ireland, Whether it is true illegal arrest. Mr. Rea was addressing that on Ascension Thursday (a Catholic a large and excited mob in inflammatory holiday) Mr. Hodnett, a political pri. language, and, after being repeatedly soner in Limerick Gaol, was deprived of cautioned by Colonel Hillier and re- the privilege of associating with other quested to desist, continued his harangue, prisoners as a punishment for hurrying defying the officer to order his arrest. from his cell into chapel, a distance of Colonel Hillier at last, fearing that a

twenty yards? riot would be the result, thought it his

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR duty to direct Mr. Rea's arrest, and for IRELAND (Mr. Law): I am informed this the action was brought. I do not by the General Prisons Board that Mr. think the circumstances of that case

Joyce, their district Inspector, has been afford any ground for supposing that directed to inquire into this matter, Colonel Tillier—who is an excellent and the Prisons Board expect to have public officer-is in any way unfitted to his Report on the entire case this morncontinue Inspector-General of the Royal ing. If the hon. Members will repeat Irish Constabulary. Colonel Hillier’s their Questions in a day or two, I hope conduct was approved; and, I believe, to be in a position to answer them. his expenses were paid by the Government.



MR. HEALY asked Mr. Attorney ARMY CIRCULARS, FEBRUARY, 1881. General for Ireland, Whether his atten

SIR JOSEPH BAILEY asked the Se- tion has been called to the misapplicacretary of State for War, What has been tion of the Census papers, reported in the annual cost of the schools for the the “Freeman's Journal” of 26th May;

Sir William Harcourt



whether the facts are as stated, viz. that which, in my opinion, requires the dison Wednesday a farmer named J. Moore missal of the constable. I have no inwas summoned at Termonfeckin for formation as to the man's unpopularity. writing an alleged threatening letter; Mr HEALY: Although the prosecuwhether Constable Marmion stated on tion is withdrawn, is the man safe from oath, that to procure evidence as to the the Coercion Act ? handwriting of this letter, he examined 126 of the Census papers which he had WESTERN ISLANDS OF THE PACIFICcollected in the townland ; that, sus- TIIE SOLOMON ISLANDS-MURDERS pecting the handwriting of one of the AND OUTRAGES BY TIIE VATIVESforms to be the same as that of the

OPERATIONS OF H.M.S. “ EMERALD.alleged threatening letter, he went to J.

MR. ALEXANDER M'ARTHUR Moore and said to him “You have not properly filled your Census paper," and,

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, on Moore protesting that he had, used the Report of the Captain of H.M.S.

lay upon an artifice to induce him to fill up another; whether, on this second Census “Emerald,” relative to the operations form being filled in the constable's pre- the Solomon Islands in retaliation for

which that officer lately undertook at sence, Moore was taken into custody; the murder of Lieutenant Biron and whether these forms are not regarded as secret documents to be applied to no use also publish any further Correspondence

other outrages; and, whether he will but that which Parliament has sanctioned; whether every Census paper does on the same subject which the Lords of

? not contain the following pledge as to the Adıniralty may have received ?

MR. TREVELYAN: I shall be very the confidential nature of its contents, &c.:

glad to lay on the Table the Report of

Captain Maxwell, as well as a Copy of ** Strict care will be taken that the returns the Instructions from Commodore Wilare not used for the gratification of curiosity or for any other object than that of rendering the the only Papers on the subject which

son under which he sailed. Those are Census as complete as possible; "

would give any valuable information to whether Constable Marmion admitted

the House of Commons. that it was against his positive instructions to put a Census form to an illegitimate use; whether, nevertheless, Moore


SESSIONS was returned for trial on the single piece of evidence against him; whether MR. BIGGAR asked Mr. Attorney the Government approve of the con- General for Ireland, If it is the fact that stable's ruse to obtain the filling up of two Annual Licensing Sessions are held the second Census paper; whether they in each year for the county Antrim approve of the breach of faith with Par- portion of the borough of Belfastliainent and the public in its misappli- namely, the Recorder's Annual Licenscation as criminal evidence; and, if not, ing Sessions in September, and the whether they will at once give orders County Court Judges' Annual Licensing for Constable Marmion's dismissal and Sessions in November; is he aware that for the withdrawal of the charge against such last-mentioned Sessions, at which Moore?

county justices attend, is availed of by MR. CALLAN asked, whether the applicants who have been refused their constable referred to was not unpopular, certificates by the Recorder, very much and ought not for this conduct to be dis as a court of appeal, although fresh nomissed the force ?

tices are served, and that, in most cases, THE ITTORNEY GENERAL For such second application is directed and IRELAND (Mr. Law): My attention encouraged by the said Recorder; is it has been called to the report of this desirable that the Recorder's adverse case in The Freeman's Journal, and I decisions should be reviewed and rebelieve the facts are substantially as versed by a bench of justices having stated. A serious mistake has, no doubt, almost no interest in the Borough ; and, been committed in making use of the is it according to Law that there should Census paper; and I have therefore di- be more than one Annual Licensing rected the withdrawal of the prosocu- Sessions for a district in the year; or that tion. The mistake, however is not one the Board of Inland Revenue should accept certificates from two clerks of the the actuarial value of the cumulation of peace for licences for the county Antrim the £1,000 a-year at the present time. portion of the borough of Belfast ? When it was found that difficulties

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR existed in the way of carrying out the IRELAND (Mr. LAW): It is a fact, as original intention of the Indian Council stated, that two Licensing Sessions are of making a grant to each of these offiheld in the borough of Belfast-one cers, it was considered desirable to subbeing held by the Recorder as the sole stitute for that proposal a grant of a Judge of the Borough Sessions, and the lump sum. other by the County Justices in that SIR H. DRUMMOND WOLFF: Has portion of the county which lies within the noble Lord any objection to giving the borough of Belfast. I am not aware a Return of all special military grants of any appeal ; but it is no doubt the made by the Indian Government to Infact that persons refused licences by the dian officers for the last 10 years? Recorder have applied again to the THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON: County Justices sitting in the town of If the hon. Member will give Notice of Belfast.

that Question I shall answer it.




CO. LIMERICK. the Secretary of State for India, Whe. ther any actuarial calculation was made of

MR. TOTTENHAM asked Mr. Atthe value of the annuity of £1,000 given torney General for Ireland, Whether, to Sir Donald Stewart at the same time on Saturday 21st May, the sheriff of the as the calculation was made with respect county of Limerick took a force of two to Sir Frederick Roberts; and, if not, hundred soldiers and one hundred police why this formality was omitted; whe- to protect him in the execution of certain ther it is not the case that, if Sir Donald ejectments and legal decrees in the Stewart had been treated on the same neighbourhood of New Pallas, county footing as Sir Frederick Roberts, the of Limerick; whether he neglected to sum granted for the surrender of his provide a sufficient (or any) staff of annuity would have been about £9,868, civil assistants, and had, in consequence, instead of £12,500, or that, if Sir to return without executing the ejectFrederick Roberts had been treated on ments; and, whether it is the duty of the same footing as Sir Donald Stewart, the sheriff to provide himself with such the sum granted to him would have been assistance; and, in the event of his about £15,827, instead of £12,500; and, neglecting to do so, whether he can be if he can state the reasons for which an

held liable for the cost incurred by the advantage was given to Sir Donald State in the collecting and sending out Stewart over Sir Frederick Roberts in of so large a force, which failed in its the sum granted to him, as in both object owing to such neglect of duty ? cases the recipients had been equally

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR adjudged, as a reward for their services, IRELAND (Mr. Law): The facts appear an annuity of £1,000 a-year for one life, to be correctly stated in the Question of a grant the value of which depends on

the hon. Member. The attention of the the age of the annuitant? The actuarial Government has already been called to calculation, he added, was based on 58 the matter; and on the 26th instant a as the age of Sir Donald Stewart and communication was addressed to the sub49 as the age of Sir Frederick Roberts. sheriff asking for an explanation ; but

THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON: as yet no answer has been received. The exact sum which Sir Donald Stewart would receive on his pension of

TUNIS–THE EXFIDA CASE. £1,000 a-year, if commuted at the pre- MR. MURRAY asked the Under Seo sent time, would be £9,478 if calculated cretary of State for Foreign Affairs, at 5 per cent, or £10,286 if calculated Whether Her Majesty's Government at 4 per cent. But, as I have already has any reason to suppose that the stated, the grants made by the Indian French Government has now retreated Council to Sir Donald Stewart and Sir from its position in regard to the Enfida Frederick Roberts were not precisely affair, viz. :

Mr. Biggar

“ That it was impossible under the circum- | Constitutionalists as well as that of the stances that the French Government could Potentate in regard to recent occurrences; consent to leave the Entida affair to the deci. sion of the Tunisian local tribunals" [Tunis, and, whether Her Majesty's Government No. 4, 1881, No. 40);

has any objection to express its symand, if not, whether Her Majesty's Gopathy with the Constitutionalists of vernment consider that they are fulfill- Bulgaria, and its earnest hope that the ing their duty to Mr. Levy in declin-country will not condone the violation of

his Constitutional oath by the Prince ? ing

SIR CHARLES W. DILKE: Her • To interfere in the differenco which has Majesty's Government have received dearisen between the contending purchasers of the Entida estate;”

spatches from Mr. Lascelles containing

the views expressed at Sofia with regard and, also how circumstances have thus to the action recently taken by the Prince altered to Mr. Levy's detriment since of Bulgaria ; but they are unable to lay last February, when Her Majesty's Go any of the Correspondence upon the vernment checked the special action of Table without consultation with Mr. the French Government in the Enfida Lascelles. Her Majesty's Government atfair by the movement of H.M.S.

are not prepared at present to express "Thunderer," which were admittedly

any opinion as to the course pursued by made to depend upon those of a French the Prince of Bulgaria. ironclad sent to “ weigh in favour of the French Company?"


COLONELS. Majesty's Government are unable to say CAPTAIN AYLMER asked the Secrewhether the French Government have tary of State for War, Whether the retreated from the position referred to, fixed period of five years allowed to since no reply has been returned to the lieutenant colonels will under the new communication addressed to them by rules refer to all lieutenant colonels from Lord Lyons on the 4th instant, under date of promotion to that rank; or, wheinstructions from the Foreign Office. ther the five years' tenure of office will As regards the second part of the Ques- be counted only from date of attaining tion, the Papers before the House show to command of a battalion ? that while the Enfida Question was

MR. CHILDERS: The point raised under discussion the French iron-clad by the hon. and gallant Gentleman has Friedland was sent to Tunis, as Her been fully provided for, and the new Majesty's Government had reason to Warrant will specify what term "in believe, in connection with this affair ; command of a battalion,” and what whereupon they thought it desirable to term “in the two offices of lieutenant despatch the Thunderer to the coast of colonel commanding and lieutenant coloTunis. In the course of subsequent ex- nel second in command," will qualify. planations between the two Governments, it was stated that the mission of SOUTH AFRICA-THE TRANSVAALthe Friedland had no connection with PROTECTION OF THE NATIVE the Enfida Question, and both vessels

INHABITANTS. were withdrawn.

MR. GORST asked the Under Secre

tary of State for the Colonies, What BULGARIA – SUPPRESSION OF THE

steps Her Majesty's Government are CONSTITUTION BY PRINCE

taking to protect the native inhabitants ALEXANDER.

of the Transvaal against wanton aggresMu.LABOUCHERE asked the Under sion on the part of the Boers during the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, sitting of the Commission ? Whether he will instruet Mr. Lascelles, Mr. R. N. FOWLER asked the right Her Majesty's Representative in Bul- hon. Gentleman, Whether his attention garia, to obtain from M. Zancoff and had been called to a telegram from the friends of the late Bulgarian Con- | Durban in The Standard of that day, stitution their case in regard to the stating that the entire Transvaal was to arbitrary suppression of that Constitu- be given up to the Boers on their own tion by Prince Alexander, in order that terms; and, whether he could give any this House may have the case of the information on the subject ?


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