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THE NEW PARLIAMENT. SHALL ABERDARE SEND A MEMB: B THERE ? The nineteenth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the seventh Parliament of our gratsious Queen, was inaugurated by her Majesty in pers)n on Tues- day last. The previous swearing in of the mem- hers and the choice of a Speaker were but pre- liminary formalities in which the public 'took no interest and the members very little. Tuesday in London was somewhat of a fete day. But, as the old chronicler, Froissart says, we English take our pleasures sadly," and there was nothing in the appearance of the streets, and the conduct of the crowds which gathered in the precincts of the Palace, that was specially-cheer. ing and joyous—nothing at least like what we should have liked to have read of. The fineness of the weather, however-so exceptionally fine that the common notion that the Queen has fine weather," will now become an article of popular belief-and the fact that Her Majesty, for the first time since the Prince Consort's death, was to make her appearance in public, drew large crowds into the streets, and we can but regret that they were treated to so little worth seeing. Never, since the lamented death of Prince Albert was the fact brought home so closely to the public mind that the Queen desires quietude and retirement as during the opening of Parlia- ment. The ceremony was shorn of many of its characteristics, and was as plain and unpreten- tious as it was possible for a state ceremony to be. But with all this the public have t ow little concern. The Speech itself, and not the mode of its delivery, or the circumstances attendant upon it, is what concerns Europe and the world. To persons who have paid no attention to the current of public affairs the Speech may bp an instructive one; but to-those who have studied the course of events there is not a single idea to be gained from the document—positively not one. Ministers have this session special'y acted on the principle of the least faid the soon eat mended. In default then of learning anything fresh we gladly take a ri-trospect relative to the meeting of t ie French and th. Englist fleets;heterminat;onof the American War and the abolition of slavery, the conclusion of a commercial treaty with Austria, and sorae other matters, and we feel that the Queen c uld have said of her own dear country, as the Emperor said of his, that En. glano is "rrspccted abroad and tranquil at home;" %ut there are many matters as to which the re 'trospect is painful. We will not dweil on these. The balance, happily, is on the pleasant sieie. It is impofsible to read the speech without feeling that, superficial as it may be, it fore- shadows a most important spssion. Lwk only at a few of the subjects alluded to. There are the American claims for destruction to shipping the wnhappy quarrel bptween Spain and Chili, to the serious injury of British interests; the ter- rible events in and still unsettled state of Jamaica; the Cattle blague; Tenianism and Reform. Here is in itself enough for a session, and every subject bristles with difficulties, and rouses the elements of party warfare. We heartily wish Ministers safely through or out of their difficulties, but whether they will weather the storms that present themselves even now to the imagination as we read even a superficial re- ference to these suggestiv e topics, Tcmains to be C,9 seen. the promise of a Reform Bill of some -sort or other is definite enough except in one respect. We are told that when certain information -iscom- pleted, the attention of Parliament will be called to the state of our representation. As we read this there rises to the memory fwo familiar dog- grel lines, childhood, and which cling to the memory, perhaps, on account of their stupidity- When will that be 1 Fajs (sic) the bells of Step-nee. When ? Not, it is said, on this side of Easter and we cannot be suprised if Ministers art- anxious to put off what no Ministry of any party would like to t juch. This will be the terrible struggle of the session, if Ministers get so far and on thorny, rugged, and treacherous ground will the battle be fought. To hardly anv community of people is the question of a re-distribution of s fits of greater importance than to ourselves. While the "in formation" spoken of in Her Majesty's sppeeh is being,geithered, it would be well for Aberdare to speak out-to put in her rlaim, in fact, for a mem ber of her own. The inhabitants of the "parish Dumber nearly 40,000 at the present moment, and yet we are amply tacked on to Merthyr Tydvtt. Arundel, with a population of 2,498, sends a member to Parliament Ashburton, with 3,062 persons, does the same, while Honiton, Evesham, Marlborough, Thetford, and Totness, each with a population numbering less than 5,000, actually send two members each. With these and other parliamentary anomolies in view, we shall be much surprised if the people of Aberdare do not give vent to a loud and unmis- takable grumble during the next few weeks. If any party iratter of one-tenth the importance of this great political question 'had presented itself, we should long since have had the Temperance Hal! made the seme of enthusiastic meetings. Let us see if something like a united front cannot be presented now that a question of undoubted importance to every intelligent and respectable man in the parish awaits discussion. Who will take the JeadP Who will undertake to break a silence which mades Aberdare look cowardly and craven P


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