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mers of the locality, stating that he patients within the Metropolitan dis-
would not give certificates to any Land trict; and, if he will state whether steps
Leaguers or persons who attended Land will be taken forth with to provide the
League meetings; whether the said necessary increase of hospital accommo.
magistrate did not refuse a certificate to dation to meet the growth of the epi-
the parish priest; and, what steps will demic ?
the Government take so as to enable the MR. DODSON, in reply, said, that
persons thus unjustly treated to obtain a great and unexpected difficulty had
re-consideration of their case by some been found in obtaining the necessary
other magistrate than Mr. Pratt

premises for the public supply of vaccine MR. W. E. FORSTER, in reply, said, lymph direct from the calf. He was he had received a letter from the magis- glad, however, to inform the hon. Memtrate referred to, in which he stated that ber that premises had now been secured, he did not refuse a certificate to the and the necessary preparations would parish priest, nor did he refuse certifi. be completed without delay. Prelimi. cates to respectable farmers. As to the nary arrangements had been made under last paragraph of the Question, the Go- which the requisite means would be vernment could not interfere with the supplied as soon as the buildings were magistrates in the exercise of their dis- ready. He feared it would not be praccretion as to the granting of certificates. ticable for the Department to undertake

the supply of calf lymph for re-vaccinaTURKEY-REPORTED RISING IN tion to any medical man who might MACEDONIA.

apply. In reply to the Question of the MR. SUMMERS asked the Under Westminster (Mr. W. H. Smith), he

right hon. Gentleman the Member for Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, had to say that hospital accommodation Whether he can give the House any in; had been provided for a limited number formation with regard to the reported of convalescent small-pox patients on rising of the Christian population of the property of the Metropolitan AsyMacedonia ?

lums Board at Darenth, and that, owing Sir CHARLES W. DILKE: Sir, I to the unremitting efforts of the manaregret to say I can give no information on this subject.

gers, 251 convalescents had been reWe have no informa- moved there in the short space

of tion whatever at the Foreign Office.

one week, to the great relief of the

Metropolitan hospitals. Negotiations VACCINATION ACT-VACCINE LYMPH.

were in progress with the view of obDr. CAMERON asked the President taining additional accommodation for of the Local Government Board, What patients; but the matter was one of has been done since Dr. Cory's appoint- difficulty, owing to the proceedings taken ment to provide for the public supply in some cases and threatened in others, of vaccine lymph direct from the calf; for closing some hospitals, and preventwhether the Vaccination Department ing the opening of new ones. has been, or will be, instructed to issue MR. SCLATER BOOTH asked whelymph free for purpose of revaccination ther the Government would undertake to all medical men who may ask for it; to propose legislation with a view of and, what steps have been taken to clothing the Local Government Board supply adequate hospital accommoda- with power to carry out the objects of tion for smallpox cases, and so put an the Act of 1856 ? end to the public danger which arises MR. DODSON said, he would like from the treatment of so many cases of very much to hear from his right hou. that disease in their own homes, and Friend, or some other person, advice the consequent maintenance of so many to what were the requisite powers. separate foci of disease ?

VR. W. H. SMITH asked the Pre- STATE OF IRELAND-SKULL BOARD sident of the Local Government Board,

OF GUARDIANS. If he will state what is the result of MR. HEALY asked the Chief Secrehis communications with the Metropoli- tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, tan District Asylums Board with refer- / Whether his attention has been called ence to the insufficiency of the exist to the following Resolution adopted by ing hospital accommodation for smallpox the Skull (county Cork) Board of Guar

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dians on May 10th :--That we strongly

STATE OF IRELAND" SLAVE protest against the conduct of Mr. R. H. Notter, J.P. on the 26th of April,

DRIVING” IN GALWAY. in using threats of arrest under the

MR. BURT asked the Chief Secretary Coercion Act calculated to intimidate and to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Wheprevent us from discharging our duties ther, with reference to the alleged slave as representatives of the people of the driving and cruelty practised on the Skull Union, inasmuch that when we labourers of Galway, his attention bas alluded to the arrest of our Chairman been called to a letter in the “ Newcastle Mr. Richard Hodnott, now in prison Chronicle" of the 12th instant, written under the Coercion Act, Mr. R. H. by Mr. Patterson, one of the miners' Notter quickly replied by saying " more agents who recently visited that part of will soon follow !” and we request the Ireland ; whether he has seen that Mr. clerk of the union to forward a copy of Patterson reiterates his previous statethis Resolution to the Lord Chancellor; ments, and says he is prepared to prove whether the Mr. R. H. Notter, J.P. them; and, whether he will order a thocomplained of is the same Mr. R. H. rough investigation to be made into this Notter, J.P. who recently expressed a subject to ascertain what are the facts ? hope from the bench that “the people

MR. W. E. FORSTER, in reply, said, would soon get powder and ball;' whe- the Question of his hon. Friend related ther, in consequence of a question put to a Question which was asked him a few in this House thereupon, Mr. Notter days ago. He replied to that Question was cautioned against the use of inflam- without inquiry, to the effect that he did matory language; and, whether, as the not believe there could be any truth in Lord Chancellor's attention has a second the statement. The inquiry he had made time within a few months been called to proved that he was correct in that view. the conduct of Mr. Notter, the Govern- The statement in the paper referred to ment can now hold out any hope, whe-considerably exaggerated the miserable ther by removal from the bench or other condition of the labourers. There was wise, that some restraint will be put no so-called slave-driving. upon the language of this magistrate ? MR. W.E. FORSTER, in reply, said,

THE GENERAL REGISTER HOUSE, he did not think the matter aīluded to

SCOTLAND-RE-ORGANIZATION. in the Question was worthy of the at- SIR R. ASSHETON CROSS asked tention of the Government or of the the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, House.

When he will be able to announce the

decision of the Government with referPOST OFFICE-SERVICE OF WRITS- ence to the several questions now pendLETTER CARRIERS,

ing as to the Register House, Scotland ?

LORD FREDERICK CAVENDISH: MR. HEALY asked the Postmaster Sir, the re-organization of the Register General, Whether, as the Irish Courts House Departments, and the future ponow frequently allows writs to be served sition and emoluments of the existing by postmen instead of by bailiffs as staff, has been now settled by a Treasury formerly, any complaints have been Minute, which received the consent of received from rural postmen in Ireland the Home Secretary, as required by the at having to deliver registered letters Lord Clerk Register Act of 1879, on the known to contain writs; and, whether, in 13th instant Directions have been issued view of the known disfavour with which for giving immediate effect to the scheme persons threatened under those writs

as from April 1 last. The Minutes will with eviction regard their service, the forth with be laid before Parliament Government think it necessary to send a under the 11th section of the Act. sufficient force of police to accompany the writ-serving postmen in future


SCHOOLS COMMISSIONERS--NOTICES complaints on the subject had been re

OF EJECTMENT. ceived. As to the latter part of the Question, he had to remark that there MR. LITTON asked the Chief Secrewas nothing in a letter containing a tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, writ to show that it did contain a writ. Whether his attention has been called to the fact that about 240 ejectments for | What are the reasons which have innon-payment of rent have been served at duced Her Majesty's Government to the instance of the Commissioners of proclaim the Borough of Belfast under Endowed Schools against their tenants the provisions of the Peace Preservation in the neighbourhood of Coalisland, in Act, seeing that there have been no the county of Tyrone; and, whether, agrarian outrages, and that crime is considering that the Commissioners hold generally on the decrease in the disthe lands for public purposes, he will trict ? use his influence to induce them to give MR. W. E. FORSTER, in reply, said, further time to the tenants, so as not to that the Peace Preservation Act had impose upon them the enormous amount been applied to Belfast only as far as of cost so many actions will entail ? the sale and the carrying of arms and

MR. W.E. FORSTER, in reply, said, ammunition went, and not as to the he was himself an ex officio Commissioner possession of them. That had been of Endowed Schools; but he had never, done after consultation with the authonor, he believed, had any of his Prede- rities in consequence of the fact that cessors, taken any active part in the party feeling prevailed in the town some business of the Commission. He had, times in the year. One of the strongest however, received from the secretary a arguments in favour of the renewal of statement of the facts of that matter. the Peace Preservation Act was that Seventy-eight ejectments had been given danger would arise in places where out for service. The rental of the land party spirit ran high at the time when was £1,765 ; the Government valuation, processions took place, and where unincluding buildings, was £1,777; the licensed fire-arms were carried. rents being much below those of the ad-Government had no reason to doubt the joining estates, the Commissioners de- general loyal and peaceable demeanour clined to make any abatement this year, of the inhabitants of Belfast, but they first, because the sum of £200 had been felt that they would not be justified in advanced to the tenants in the shape of neglecting to take proper precautions seed, only a small portion of which had against armed men taking part in those been repaid, and next, because crops processions. were above the average. In February last the agent reported that only £700 TELEGRAPH ACT, 1868–POSITION OF had been paid by the tenants. With a

TELEGRAPH CLERKS. few exceptions the tenants were able to MR. MACLIVER asked Mr. Attorney pay, but refused to do so, though the General, If Clause 7 in “ The Telegraph agent had atterded on several occa- | Act, 1868,” by which the clerks transsions. Proceedings had, therefore, been ferred from the Companies to the Godirected to be taken against those who vernment are admitted to the rights and were able to pay; and it was only against privileges of clerks in the “permanent those tenants that ejectments had been Civil Service of the Crown," is still in been obtained. Furthermore, the agent force; and, if so, whether the clerks can had been authorized to offer time to those be legally deprived of the position con. who might promise to pay; but no appli- ferred upon thein by the said Act; and, cations for time had yet been made. whether those clerk's who joined subseThe particulars as to that estate would quently are not entitled to the same adbe found in the Report of the Endowed vantages by the Superannuation Post Schools Commission.

Office and War Office Act of 1876, which LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL

was supposed to place the pre-transfer asked whether the Commissioners had and post-transfer clerks on an equal not remitted 15 per cent of their rents footing ? last year?

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir MR. W. E. FORSTER said, he bo- HENRY JAMES): Sir, I have had some lieved that they had.

difficulty in following the Question of my hon. Friend.


Clause 7 of the Telegraph Act of 1868 ACT, 1881-PROCLAMATION OF

has no bearing upon the subject of the BELFAST.

Question. I presume that the hon. MR. EWART asked the Chief Secre- Member intends to refer to one of the tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, sub-sections of Clause 8. If my surmise

Mr. Litton

be correct, I answer the first part of his / Petition against annexation to Greece, Question by saying that I believe that which was to be presented to the Porte enactment is still in force, and whatever by six Vlach delegates; but no great immay be the legal rights of clerks under portance was attributed to this proceedthat enactment they are entitled to enjoy ing, and we have heard nothing that them. As to the second part of the would connect Austrian agents with it. Question, I say I cannot admit that my hon, Friend is right in saying that the FRANCE AND TUNIS_THE FRENCH Superannuation Act of 1876 “is sup

PROTECTORATE, posed to place the pre-transfer and post

Mr. MAC IVER asked the Under Setransfer clerks on an equal footing.' Certainly that is not the correct inter: ther the recent proceedings of France in

cretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whepretation of the Act of 1876, which

Tunis are in accordance with European places certain post-transfer clerks, irre-concert; or if it is true

that France has, gularly appointed, on the same footing by force of arms, possessed herself of as other clerks in the Civil Service regu. Biserta without regard to the views of larly appointed, but not on the same footing as pre-transfer telegraphic clerks. any other Power ; and, whether it is the

case that France has practically assumed

the protectorate of Tunis without friendly TURKEY AND GREECE-THE GREEK

consultation with Her Majesty's GovernFRONTIER.

ment, notwithstanding that there are

upwards of ten thousand Maltese resiMr. SUMMERS asked the Under Se

dents there who, as British subjects, cretary of State for Foreign Affairs, have hitherto enjoyed rights and priviWhether his attention has been called to a telegram published in the “ Daily leges which may or may not be secured News” of the 14th instant, in which it

SIR CHARLES W. DILKE: Sir, the is asserted that Turkish troops are con- Papers which will very shortly be pubtinually arriving in Thessaly; that the lished will contain all the facts known Turks are throwing up fortifications near to Her Majesty's Government relating Volo Doinoko and the entire length of to the French Expedition to Tunis, and the frontier ; that Dervish Pacha is re

I must repeat the opinion which I have ported to be offering terms to the Al- already expressed, that it will be the banians on condition that they prepare more convenient course to defer any to descend to Thessaly and oppose the statement on these points until the Hellenic occupation; and that Austrian House has had the opportunity of conagents in Thessaly, Epirus, and Mace-sidering the Papers. I must request donia are strenuously engaged in repre- the hon. Member for Portsmouth (Sir senting the Vlach inhabitants as pro- H. Drummond Wolff) to take the same testing against the annexation to Greece

answer in reference to the Question of the districts belonging to them; and, he has placed upon the Paper. whether he is able to confirm or to con

Sir H. DRUMMOND WOLFF said, tradict any of these statements ?

he was sorry that he could not accept Sir CHARLES W. DILKE: Sir, the

that view. latest report we have received of the strength of the Turkish Army in Thessaly was dated April 12. It was then estimated ENGLAND AND WALES-INCLUSION OF at 42,600 men; but there had been a ces

MONMOUTHSHIRE. sation of reinforcements since the end MR. HUSSEY VIVIAN asked Mr. of March. The fortifications along the Attorney General, Whether the definition frontier and the port defences at Vola

" Wales" in an Act of Parliament would were stated to be complete at the same be legally held to include Monmouthdate. Thelast accounts of Dervish Pasha's shire ? proceedings show that he had nearly suc- THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir ceeded in reducing the Albanians to sub- HENRY James) had no difficulty in mission; but we have no reason to think answering the Question in the negative. that he had proposed to them to oppose The Acts of Henry VIII. created a porthe occupation by Greece of the terri- tion of the Welsh Marches into an Engtories to be ceded. With regard to the lish county--that of Monmouthshire. Vlachs, we have received a copy of a Many statutes, such as the Boundary

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Acts following the Reform Act of 1832 | it was almost impossible, and it would
and the Representation of the People be until the Warrant issues useless, to
Act, 1867, had recognized Monmouth- break it up into detail.
shire and the Monmouth Boroughs as
being in England. He was afraid that ARMY-MANUFACTURE OF GUNS AND
the hon. Member must give up all hope

of claiming Monmouthshire as a Welsh MAJOR NOLAN asked the Secretary

of State for War, If he can state what

is the value of guns, carriages, and proARMY ORGANIZATION THE NEW jectiles now ordered from or being manuREGULATIONS-COMPULSORY RE

factured by private firms on behalf of TIREMENT.

the War Department; and, if this in.

cludes all guns, &c. being manufactured SIR ALEXANDER GORDON asked by private firms for the Government ? the Secretary of State for War, If he

MR. CHILDERS: Sir, the value of will state, as nearly as he can, the total the guns, carriages, and projectiles now number of Officers of the Army who will being manufactured by private firms on be retired, under the proposed new regu- behalf of the War Department is a little lations, for compulsory retirement, on over £46,000. I know nothing of any the 1st July, or on whatever date the orders for other Departments of the new rules may come into operation ? Government; but if the hon. and gallant

MR. CHILDERS: Sir, it is almost Member refers to the Admiralty, their impossible to say how many officers will requirements are met by the War Office, be retired on the 1st of July until the and the material at this moment in Warrant has appeared and officers have elected between the different courses cluded in the £46,000.

course of manufacture for them is in. open to them. But, as a matter of fact, the number of retirements under the

INDIA-GOLD MINING COMPANIES. new system will be in the aggregate much less than those impending under

MR, ONSLOW asked the Secretary the system now in force.

of State for India, Whether his attention MAJOR NOLAN asked the Secretary has been called to the number of Indian of State for War, If, under the new Gold Mining Companies whose prospecWarrant to be issued on the 1st July, tuses have been issued during the past Colonels of fifty-eight years of age will two years; and, whether the Noble Lord be allowed to complete their service in or Secretary of State in Council could those situations to which they have been not issue some warning note to the appointed for five years, or if they public to guard them against investing will be compulsorily retired on pensions their money in these highly speculative before the completion of the five years' concerns, at the same time without interterm from the command of Depôt Centres fering with the legitimate operation of and other equivalent positions; if the capital? latter is the case would he inform the TIE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON: House what is approximately the ad- Sir, I can only say that the Report ditional expense which will be entailed to the Government of India by Mr. B. on the Exchequer by such compulsory Smith on the gold yielding capabilities retirements, and if any compensating of Wynaad has been made public. That saving will be effected ; and, what will contains all the information in my pog. be approximately the gross loss incurred session on the subject, and having made by the officers who would be thus com- it public I think I have done all in my pulsorily retired before the completion power to enable the public to form their of their five years' term ?

own opinion as to the various schemes MR. CHILDERS: Sir, the Question which have lately been presented to of the hon. and gallant Gentleman is them. word for word the same as that he asked me three days ago, with the addition of INDIA (ARMY)-CASE OF CAPTAIN the word approximately. My answer

CHATTERTON. on Monday precisely answers his present MR. GRANTHAM asked the SecreQuestion.

I told him that the estimate tary of State for India, as he has now showed the aggregate change; but that received the promised reports from

The Attorney General

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