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,IEŒi.E-V7' -y HOME NEWS. THE West Iinran debate has occupied the attention of our legislators since- our last publication.. We need not say that we are thoroughly convinced.of tha Hollow emptiness of the- different cries set; np by the planters and their advocates. Their pretensions:tophilanthropy ann tbeirnew-btyrn zeal for- freedom ill accosd with their cries for cheap labour and negro immig-ration. The whole scheme is no other than a tax on the poor of this country in favour of a class of men, whose ruthless inhumanity is proverbial. The ministerial measure thus far has stood its ground, au-d isnow, we believe, out of danger. The debate on Mr. Hume's- motion was concluded on Thursday week. The two great speeches of the evening were those of Mr. Vernal Osborne and Mr. Cobden in favour • of the measure. The speaking against it was remarkably feeble and tame; but the hon. members bnrned to divide f and divide they: did; when there appeared for the motion, 84 r against it, 351 majority, 2u7. There is something hopeful certainly in seeing these four points affirmed by so large a minority. It speaks well for the prospects of th'e movement. A band of this number, supported as thev will be by public, opinion, will in the course of two or three sessions prove really formidable. If anything shov/s the necessity of having g thorough change in our parliamentary system, it is the con- duct of the Welsh members on this occasion. With the ex- ception of Mr. Blewitt, and Mr. John Evars. the ÍnemberrQr Haverfordwest, not a single member, either from North or South, voted for the motion. Many were absent, and those present gave adverse votes. Now it behoves the people of Wales to look to this matter. Wahs undoubtedly is the worst represented portion of the United, Its members arc without mind, without energy, and without principle. We have three or four hon. members whose votes arc upon the whole good, but to cxpeet a good, telling speech from a Welsh member is perfectly useless. There are in our country good men and true, but they are kept out ;of Parliament by feudal power and the property qualifica- tion. So long. as the, ballot will not be granted, and the, property qualification will be in force, it is quite hopeless to better our condition. The most enlightened and liberal: portion of the community is thus represented by the most incapable and illiberal members. There are, liowcvcr, one or two boroughs where a little effort and a little sacrifice would secure tho return of Welshmen and Dissenters. And until- we shall be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice, we certainly do not deserve to be better represented. If we wish to be free we must strike the blow ourselves. The trials of the Charti-t prisoners have passed off quietI v, and indeed there was no reasonable ground to expect they would prove otherwise. These men were bent upon wanton mischief, and couIdmot excite the sympathy of any friend of order,, peace, and reform. Besides, their trials were conducted with, dignified forbearaneo- on the part of Government. A few objections were made to the line of defence adopte.d by some of the counsel for the prisoners, but there was no packing, of jury, nor anything to tarnish the fame of British justice. We believe the prospects for the harvest are good. If the present beautiful' weather continues for some time, tho- crops will be abundant. We must not expect all to be pros- perous. The Gardeners' Chronicle of Saturday publishes reports which prove the very unwelcome fact that the po tato-disease has again manifested itself in England, Ireland, and Scotland; and; that it has already done much mischief. The places enumerated as those where the disease has been detected are Tunbridge Wells Netherbene, near Dorchester Welling, Kent; Ainport Dorking Petworth Lewes Brentwood; Crayiford Enfield; Wavenden, Bucks; Cossev, Norfolk: Suffolk Blunhum, Beds; near Chester; Presco't, Lancashire Iftmsworth and Botherham, Yorkshire Banffshire Llanrwst, North Wales; Nenag'h; Ryde, Isle of Wight; Torquay and Clysthydon, Devon and Woolstone, near Stratton, Cornwall. Wo trust, however, that its ra- vages will not be so extensive and fearful as in previous years. There are also some reasons to suppose that the iron trade will materially improve in the cou-vse of t few months. We have above 7,000 miles of home rai-ways, which will require, at 500 tons per mile, 3,500,000 tons of iron, certainly within the next four years. To -say nothing of foreign orders, this will, undoubtedly, cause a great revival in the iron trade. The production, vast as it is..at present, will be quite ina- dequate to meet the demand.

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