the printer; but he stated that the proof | portance. He had had, therefore, sewould not be ready for eight or ten riously to consider whether he should days.

apply for a criminal information against

those who published these articles. But RAILWAYS–METROPOLITAN DISTRICT while the matter was under consideraRAILWAY COMPANY.

tion, the proprietor of the newspaper in MR. FIRTH asked the President of question unreservedly withdrew all imthe Board of Trade, Whether it is the putations against the Attorney General, fact that the Metropolitan District Rail

and expressed his belief that the Atway Company decline to issue Parlia- torney General was actuated only by a mentary tickets by more than two trains the newspaper had also written to the

sense of public duty. The proprietor of each day; whether it is not the fact that Attorney General

, making an ample the third-class fare between certain stations on the line is double the Parlia- he had come to the conclusion that the

apology. Under these circumstances, mentary rate; and, whether the action of the Railway Company is legally justi- the question whether the prosecutions

matter might be allowed to drop. But fiable; and, if not, whether he is pre- which had been instituted should be pared to take measures to secure the tried in a locality where the jury would interests and rights of the travelling not be influenced by these newspaper

articles still remained for consideration. MR. CHAMBERLAIN, in reply, said, he was informed that the statements ARMY RE-ORGANIZATION—THE COV. generally in the Question of his hon.

MITTEE AND THE NEW SCHEME. Friend were correct. He was also informed that the fares now charged by

Mr. O'SHEA asked the Secretary of the Company were not in excess of the State for War, Whether, in consideration maximum rates allowed by the Act of of the length of time during which many Parliament. The Regulation of Rail officers in the Army have been kept in

. ways Act, 1844, provided that the Com. uncertainty as to their fate under the pany should run each day one train each re-organization scheme, he will urge on way for the carrying of third-class pas- the Committees which are sitting at the sengers, and that not more than a penny per mile should be charged. Under these the details of that scheme the advisacircumstances, it did not seem that the bility of speedily reporting thereon ? Company exceeded their powers; and

MR. CHILDERS: In reply to my the Board of Trade, therefore, had no hon. Friend, I have to assure him that right to interfere.

we are making satisfactory progress with

the details of the changes due to the LAW OF LIBEL THE BOSTON

General Plan of Re-organization which ELECTION.

I have explained to the House. The

Committee are sitting from day to day, MR. HENEAGE asked Mr. Solicitor and a great many questions have been General, Whether he has come to any settled by the Commander-in-Chief and determination as to what steps should myself; and I fully hope to complete be taken in reference to the articles in and publish the decisions which have to the "Boston Independent" newspaper, be made in a reasonable time, before the imputing to the Attorney General that ist of July. the prosecutions instituted by him against certain persons in connection with the late Election at Boston were dictated by


( motives other than a sense of public



THE SOLICITOR GENERAL (Sir MR. WILBRAHAM EGERTON FARRER HERSCHELL), in reply, said, the asked the Vice President of the Council, imputations cast upon his hon. and Whether his attention has been called learned Friend the Attorney General, to a fresh outbreak of foot and mouth in reference to the motives which ac disease which occurred on the 25th tuated him in instituting certain criminal ultimo at Dukintield, and which has proceedings, were of a serious character, I been traced to an Irish cow recently and it was a matter of great public im- imported, and purchased on the 13th

Mr. Chamberlain

April from a drover at Ashton under it is hoped they will be ready for preLyne; and, whether the vessels which sentation to Parliament in the course bring cattle from Ireland are thoroughly of the ensuing week. No Report has disinfected and cleansed after each been received from Mr. Goschen as to voyage ?

what has passed between the French MR. MUNDELLA: The outbreak of and Ottoman Governments with referfoot-and-mouth disease which occurred ence to the departure of Turkish ironat Dukinfield on the 25th ultimo may clads for Tunisian waters beyond the have been traced to an animal of Irish mention of the fact that a Note respectorigin; but we have no doubt whatever ing it had been presented by the Porte; that the disease was contracted after but we have since received from the landing in England. There has not Porte a copy of the French Note, which, been a single case of the disease reported indeed, appears in a Paris journal of in Ireland since October, 1879. And to-day. although we are constantly receiving complaints that Irish cattle convey the PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PROdisease, we are able in every instance to

PERTY (RELAND)) ACT, 1881– trace that the animals have been some

MR DILLON, M.P. time in England before developing it.

MR. JUSTIN M.CARTHY asked the Stringent regulations have been issued by the Privy Council, both in England he is prepared to afford any facilities for

First Lord of the Treasury, Whether and Ireland, respecting the cleansing the early discussion of the Motion on and disinfection of vessels carrying the Arrest of Mr. Dillon, M.P., and the animals, and whenever they are found to be infringed the owners of the vessel conduct of the Irish Executive ?

MR. GLADSTONE: I cannot see the are prosecuted. We have one such prosecution pending now.

of the hon. Member's request,


We are constantly hearing it stated that Irish cattle seeing that he withdrew the Motion imbring over disease; whereas the fact mediately before Tuesday last, when it really is that Irish cattle contract disease

was almost certain he could have after their arrival in this country.

brought it on. [“ Oh, oh!”] There

were no other Motions in the way which FRANCE AND TUNIS—THE TURKISH

threatened to lead to any lengthened FLEET.

discussion; instead of which a discusSir H. DRUMMOND WOLFF asked sion of sevoral hours' duration was the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Still, I should be glad to meet the views

raised on the Motion for adjournment. Affairs, Whether Iler Majesty's Govern. of the hon. Member if it were in my ment will lay upon the Table Copies of the Despatches from Lord Lyons re

power; but if he means to ask whether specting the assurances given by the Bill to make way for it, then my answer

I will set aside the Land Law (Ireland) French Government that the French forces will be withdrawn from Tunis so

must be in the negative. soon as the Kroumir question is disposed whether the right hon. Gentleman would

MR. JUSTIN M CARTIIY asked of; and, whether he will also lay upon give a Morning Sitting for the discusthe Table Copies of the Correspondence sion of Mr. Dillon's arrest? with the Governments of Italy, Turkey,

MR. GLADSTONE: Nothing but a or any other power concerning the action of France in Tunis; and, whether Her to ask the blouse for a Morning Sitting

strong public necessity would induce me Majesty's Government have received to ask the House for a Morning Sitting from Her Majesty's Ambassador at Con at this period of the year. The hon.

Member withdrew his Motion, and stantinople any Report as to the com- therefore I think we can hardly say munications made to the Porte by the there is that strong sense of public

I French Ambassador on the subject of the departure of Turkish ironclads for

necessity. Tunisian waters; and, whether he can'

RELIGIOI'S DISABILITIES - LEGISLAstate in detail the contents of such com

TION. munications, and lay Mr. Goschen's Re-! port upon the Table ?

MR. BELLINGILAM asked the First SIR CHARLES W. DILKE: Papers Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in view on the subject are being prepared, and of the general principle of absolute re

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ligious toleration in the Government of with sufficient authority to carry out this Country, he is prepared to advocate “ The Metropolitan Poor Act, 1867?" the abolition of all remaining religious

MR. DODSON: I am sorry to say checks at present existing such as those that the small-pox hospitals are full

, or which prevent a Lord Chancellor or nearly so; but I have no information Sovereign of Great Britain being a that persons suffering from small-pox Catholic, and thus to endanger the Pro- are now lying in lodging-houses, al

. testant succession as established by though I fear such may probably be the Law ?

case. I had hoped that supplementary MR. GLADSTONE: No, Sir; the provision would have been made by the Government have no intention of advo. Guardians and the Vestries and District cating anything of the kind.

Boards, and this, to some extent, has been done; but I regret to say that in

other cases where exertions have been TREATY OF BERLIN-ARMENIA. MR. BRYCE asked the Under Secre- exertions have been paralyzed by actual

made to provide accommodation these tary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whe- or threatened legal proceedings. At the ther it true, as reported in the news

same time, it is satisfactory to be able papers on May 9th, that the Turkish to state that the Metropolitan Asylum Government is disarming the Christian Managers are exerting themselves to the population of Armenia, while permitting utmost to provide temporary accommothe nomad Kurds to retain their arms; dation on their property at Darenth for and, whether, if the statement is true, 300 or 400 convalescent patients, and the British Ambassador will be in this will afford considerable relief to the structed to point out to the Porte the present hospitals. I may add that the danger of such a step, as putting the Local Government Board is in communipeaceable inhabitants of the country cation with them respecting further ineven more completely than they now are mediate provision. at the mercy of the robber tribes? SIR CHARLES W. DILKE: A Re

PARLIAMENT-BUSINESS OF THE port from Van, dated March 15, states

HOUSE_THE COUNT-OUT ON that the authorities were taking certain

TUESDAY measures in view of disaffection among

COLONEL ALEXANDER rose to ask the Armenians. The Armenian Council the First Lord of the Treasury, Why had been requested to send in a state the House was allowed to be Adjourned ment of all Societies existing among the

on the Motion of the Hon. Member for Armenians, with their objects; and a the city of Cork on Tuesday the 10th Club which had been started a few instant before 9 p.m.,

when a Resolution months previously bad been closed on affecting the interests of the Police of account of speeches made there. No Great Britain, for the third time during mention is made of disarming the Chris- the present Session, occupied the first tian population. Her Majesty's Government will, however, ask whether in putting that Question, state that he

place on the Notice Paper? He might, there is any foundation for this Re- never left the House during the whole port.

evening, not even venturing as far as

the tea-room. When, however, the hon. PUBLIC HEALTH-SMALL-POX (ME

Member for Dungarvan (Mr. O'Donnell


rose to address the House on the QuesMr. W. H. SMITH asked the Presi- tion of the adjournment, he went to the dent of the Local Government Board, If Bar to get some refreshment, which was he is aware that the Smallpox Hospi- absolutely necessary, and in the short tals of the Metropolitan Asylums Board interval of three minutes he found that are full, aud that persons suffering from the Solicitor General for Ireland had smallpox are now lying in lodging. consented on the part of the Governhouses in crowded neighbourhoods, to ment to the adjournment of the House, the great danger of the other inhabit- although it was known that an importants; and, whether he will state what ant Motion was going to be brought steps he proposes to take to provide forward.

He hoped the Government the Asylums Board with the necessary would do something to protect the rights powers to deal with the epidemic, and of private Members. The ballot for a

Mr. Bellingham

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place on the Order Book was rapidly | tolerate the manner in which they were becoming a complete farce.

treated on Tuesday night, and the way in Mr. GLADSTONE: I do not know, which the Prime Minister had just treated Sir, whether I am to reply to the speech his hon. and gallant Friend. His hon. of the hon. and gallant Member; but, and gallant Friend had obtained the so far as the question is concerned, I will first place on the Paper for his Motion reply to it as well as I can. The hon. on two former occasions. On both these and gallant Gentleman asks why the occasions he gave way to the GovernHouse was allowed to be adjourned ? ment. Then a third time, by extraWell, I believe the House was allowed ordinary good fortune, he obtained the to be adjourned because no Member first place, whereupon the Government chose to challenge the adjournment. requited him for having given way by

COLONEL ALEXANDER: The Solici- deliberately allowing the House to be tor General for Ireland was present, and adjourned, in order to avoid discussion did not challenge it on the part of the of a subject that was very interesting to Government.

a large number of county Members. MR. GLADSTONE : The hon. and These Members were prepared to discuss gallant Gentleman says the Solicitor it; but the Members of the GovernGeneral for Ireland consented to the ad- ment ostentatiously quitted the Treasury journment on the part of the Govern- Bench, leaving the unfortunate Solicitor ment. I understand that statement is General for Ireland without instructions. wholly erroneous. He had no power, Who would deny that that was not a and he had no right to do so; and it deliberately planned thing? The Gowould be very unusual indeed for a vernment were, no doubt, very much put Member of the Government to rise in out at not getting the Morning Sitting, the course of a discussion, knowing that and were determined to show private there were a number of Motions by pri- Members that they were not gaining vate Members on the Paper, and to state anything by this refusal. It was perthat the Government consented to an ad- fectly evident that the Government did journment; and I know the hon. and not care one single rush for private gallant Gentleman is under an entirely Members so long as they got their meaerroneous impression as to what took sures through. He moved that the place. I understand there were plenty House do now adjourn. of Members about the House to chal- Mr. SPEAKER: Does any hon. Memlenge the adjournment had a decision ber second the Motion ? been taken.

SIR H. DRUMMOND WOLFF: I COLONEL ALEXANDER: The Solici- will, Sir. tor General for Ireland did not challenge

Motion made, and Question proposed, the adjournment.

" That this House do now adjourn."MR. GLADSTONE: It was no more the duty of the Solicitor General for (Lord Randolph Churchill.) Ireland to challenge the division than Sir WILLIAM HARCOURT said, any other Member. · I am very sorry that the noble Lord had made charges that private Members who had Notices against the Government which were on the Paper did not enter into a com- characterized by his well-known courtesy bination with the hon. and gallant Gen- and accuracy. The noble Lord said the tleman, who seems to have done his duty Government desired to prevent the Movery fully to prevent the calamity that tion of the hon. and gallant Member took place.

being discussed.

All he could say was Lord RANDOLPII CHURCHILL that he himself and his hon. Friend the said, that in consequence of the reply of Under Secretary (Mr. Courtney) were the right hon Gentleman, he thought it there all the evening, and extremely absolutely necessary to make a few re. anxious to discuss that Motion, About marks. He would, therefore, move the half-past 8 o'clock, when an Irish Mem. adjournment of the House in order to ber mado a Motion to count out tho obtain from the Government a fuller House, he came in himself to aid in explanation. He was perfectly certain making a louse. He did not observe that, whatever might be thought by the present that large number of county official and the ex-official Members of Members who had been described as the House, private Members would not deeply interested in the Motion. He did not observe a single Member—he THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR was not even conscious of the presence IRELAND (Mr. W. M. Johnson) said, of the noble Lord, who was so keen to that as his name had been so prominently protect the rights of private Members. brought forward, he might be allowed With the assistance of several Members a few words of explanation, especially as on the Treasury Bench he was happy to the hon. and learned Gentleman the say that a quorum was found, and the Member for Chatham (Mr. Gorst), who House was not then counted out. He was not himself present to see what afterwards went out, like the hon. and occurred, did not choose to take the exgallant Member, for refreshment, and planation that had been accurately given was sitting in the dining-room, when he in his absence by the Prime Minister. heard, to his surprise, the announce- He had never assented to the adjourn. ment that the Speaker was going home. ment. [Mr. Gorst: I never said anyHe inquired of a Member of the Irish thing of the kind.] He was speaking Party what had happened, and was in- within the hearing and recollection of formed very good humouredly that that the House. He (the Solicitor General Party had achieved a glorious victory for Ireland) was, in this instance, very over the Government. That was the much in the position of the “needy simple history of that diabolical con- knife-grinder," who exclaimed, “Story! spiracy, on the part of Her Majesty's God bless you, I have none to tell, Sir." Government, against the rights of pri- He would state precisely what hapvate Members, for which the noble Lord pened. He was also taking refreshso severely but unjustly blamed them. ment, and did not know of anything All he could say was that the Members which exhausted nature so much as lisof the Government were extremely tening to some of the debates in that anxious to have the discussion brought House. Hearing the bell ring, he imon. There was nothing so disagreeable mediately followed the Home Secretary as to have on one's hands a speech and assisted in making a quorum, and which it was impossible to deliver. he did not leave the House from that That had been his case on the three time except for a moment.

He was occasions in question; and he should be not a party to this conspiracy which extremely glad were he able to think was alleged to have existed, and which that this speech was a thing of the was, in fact, as mythical as the knowpast, instead of a thing of the future. ledge of the hon. and learned Member If private Members valued their rights for Chatham. He listened respectfully, so much, the Government were entitled as he always endeavoured to listen, to to expect some assistance from them; the arguments addressed to the House and it seemed very unjust for private by the Members sitting below the GangMembers, who had gone away them- way. He was in the House when the selves, to come down and accuse the hon. Member for Dungarvan (Mr. Government of not upholding those O'Donnell) concluded his speech, and rights.

he heard the remarks next made by the MR. GORST thought it rather curious hon. and learned Member for Bridport that, if the Government were so per- (Mr. Warton). When the Question was fectly innocent, they should have now put for the adjournment, he said "No;" put up the Home Secretary, who was but he did not challenge a division, for not in the House at the time of the he took it for granted that the hon, and "count out," instead of the Solicitor gallant Gentleman (Colonel Alexander) General for Ireland, who was. What would have been present, or would have they complained of was that the hon. had somebody present to represent him, and learned Gentleman, representing to challenge a vote. Finding, however, the Government, assented to the ad- that no one-not even the hon. and journment. The minority had no chance learned Member for Bridport, whom he against the will of the Government in looked upon as the champion of the favour of an adjournment of the House; cause-challenged the division, he did but what hon. Members wanted to know not think it his duty to do so. The was whether the Solicitor General for House was then adjourned, and he left, Ireland did consent to the adjournment; as the other Members did. if so, by whose authority and for what purpose ?

Question put, and negatired.
Sir William Harcourt

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