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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT. In the HOUSE OF IOHDB, July 6, the Prisons Bill was passed through committee without material amendment; the Tramways Bill was withdrawn. Lord Redesdale called attention to a correspondence between himself and the Postmaster-General respecting the Introduction of certain clauses into private Bills for the protection of the telegraphs. The Lord Chancellor explained that in certain private Bills clauses were introduced forbidding the promoters to interfere with the telegraph wires, as in some instances it had been found that persons after obtaining powers from Parliament had broken up the streets and cut the tele- graphic wires, greatly to the public inconvenience. It might be as well the clauses referred to should be incorporated in Some general measure, but it was not contrary to Parlia- mentary practice to require from persons who asked for special powers from Parliament that they should do nothing to injure public property. Lord Granville thought the Government ought to give a pledge to introduce a Bill on the subject next Session, and Lord Beaconsfield, thinking it desirable that a general Act relating to the matter should be passed, undertook to take the question into consideration. The Lord Chancellor stated, in reply to Lord Oranmore and Browne, that he was not aware that a clergyman to whom he had given an appointment was a member of the Holy Cross. The remaining business was disposed of, and their Lord- ships adjourned. The HOUSE OF COMMONS had a Morning Sitting to forward the Navy Estimates. In answer to questions from Sir W. LawsonandMr. Gour- ley as to the despatch of the Fleet to Besika Bay, the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer said it had been seat there to be in a more convenient and central position for enabling the Admiral to communicate rapidly, if necessary, with the Ambassador at Constantinople and with the Government at home. The squadron consisted of eight ironclads—the Alexandra, Swiftsure, Pallas, Sultan, Devastation, Rupert, and Hotspur, with one unarmoured frigate, the Raleigh. With regard to the superior eligibility of the Suez Canal station alleged in Mr. Gourley's question, there was no particular reason why any more than the one ship already told off for the duty should be stationed there. Mr. Parnell denied the accuracy of the report of a speech recently delivered by him at a public meeting, and which, it was alleged, contained words that were offensive to the House and Mr. Speaker. The Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mr. Gladstone ac cepted the explanation, the latter right honourable gentle- man observing that the House itself could afford to pass over any disparaging remarks, but that it would never tolerate any attack upon their Speaker. Mr. Blake withdrew his motion, calling attention to the conduct of Mr. Parnell, and the subject dropped. On the motion to go into Committee of Supply a debate occurred upon the system of instruction at the naval Univer- sity, Greenwich, and upon the question raised between Mr. Reed, M.P., and Mr. Barnaby, the Chief Constructor of the Havy^ as to the stability of H.M.S. Inflexible. The House then went into Committee of Supply and in three-quarters of an hour the remaining Navy Estimates Were agreed to. with the exception of Vote 11 and Section 1 Vote 16. On the report of Supply of the Army Estimates, Mr. Boord moved the omission of the item of £ 315 for the rent of Plumstead-common, but, on a division, the House affirmed the Vote by 146 to 59. At the Evening Sitting, Sir. E. Jenkins called attention to the report on the proceedings in the court-martial on Cap- tain Roberts, 94th Regiment, and moved the presentation of an address to her Majesty praying that she might be pleased to reinstate him in his rank in the army. An animated debate followed, and eventually the motion was negatived by 137 to 72. Mr. Whalley was again calling attention to the Priest in Absolution when the House was counted out at ten minutes past one o'clock. In the HOUSE OF LORDS, July 9, the Duke of Buccleuch submitted a motion to the effect that upon hearing the petition of the Earl of Mar and Kellie, the House do order that at all future meetings of the peers of Scotland for the election of a representative peer or peers, the Lord Clerk Register should call the title of Mar in the roll of peers of Scotland at such elections, in the place and precedence to Which it was declared by the resolution and judgment of the House, on the 26th February, 1875, to be entitled, according to the creation of that earldom. Lord Huntly moved as an amendment the previous ques- tion, on the ground that the adoption of the motion was ■ultra vires of the House of Lords, unless the matter were referred to the House by the Crown. A discussion ensued, which was brought to a termination by the Lord Chancellor suggesting that the most satisfactory Way oMealing with the matter would be to appoint a Select ComniMee to consider the subject and report their opinion to the House. The Duke of Buccleuch's motion was then withdrawn, and a Select Committee was appointed in accordanee with the tord Chancellor's suggestion. Lord Fortescue called attention to the large proportion of the educational endowments of England and Wales which had been already dealt with under the Endowed Schools Acts of 1869 and 1870, and moved for returns in connexion With the subject, arguing in favour of k>cal inquiry to ascer- tain the educational wants of a district in preference to the action of a central authority. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon said that though Lord Fortescue objected to the action of a central authority, Parliament had decided that the Endowed Schools should be dealt with by the Charity Commissioners, and he denied that there had been any failure on their part to effect the objects which had been assigned to their care. The motion for the returns was then agreed to. The Prisons Bill was read a third time and passed, and the other business being disposed of, their Lordships ad- journed. In the HOUSE OF COMMONS, the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer in answer to Sir J. Hay, stated that the Govern- ment has determined to refer the designs of the Inflexible to a Committee or Commission of experts independent of the Admiralty. In answer to Mr. Anderson, Mr. Bourke said,-On the llth of December Dr. Kirk addressed a letter to Mr. Stanley conveying to him an intimation from Lord Derby that he had no authority to make use of the British flag as giving countenance to his proceedings in the interior of Africa. As Mr. Stanley's movements are not published at Zanzibar, and were only known to the American traders, Dr. Kirk asked the American Consul to forward his letters to Mr. Stanley containing Lord Derby's intimation. We have not yet received an answer from Mr. Stanley, nor have We yet heard that Dr. Kirk's letter has reached him. In reply to Mr. Whalley, Mr. A. Egerton said the Admiralty was not aware whether certain naval gentlemen belonged to the Society of the Holy Cross, and though the legation might not be sufficient to justify the dismissal ef a eliaplaiii the Admiralty would regard with great disfavour connexion with a Society which had been condemned by the Episcopal Bench. In a newer to Mr. Anderson, Mr. Hardy said the Review at Windsor had no connexion with the despatch of an expedi- tionary fs>rce to the East. Mr. J. Lowther moved the second reading of the Bill for facilitating the confederation of the South African Colonies, which had passed the House of Lords. Mr. Courtney proposed the rejection of the Bill on the ground that none of the South African Colonies desired a scheme of confederation. The amendment was seconded by Sir C. Dilke, who con- demned the Bill as unconstitutional. Air. Knatchbull-Hugessen thoroughly approved the action Of the Government in the Transvaal, and gave his hearty support to the second reading of the Bill. No man, he said, acquainted with the South African Colonies could deny that confederation would be a most excellent thing. On the order of Supply, Mr. Rylands called attention to the Report of the Committee recently appointed to inquire nio certains matter relating to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, and Mr. eross, in reply, while admitting that the expense of the asylum was considerable, said that the ques- tion was under the serious consideration of the Govern- ment, and he hoped another year would show considerable Improvement. n-- __L _L -1 Mr Shaw Lefevre called attention to me recent reptuu ui. ^ice-Consul Freeman as to the insurgent Christians of Bosnia Sad to the discrepancies between this report and the previous Reports of Consul Holmes, and Mr. Bourke, in reply, con- tended that there was no discrepancy between these re- ports and that Vice-Consul Freeman had, in fact, substan- tially' confirmed the accuracy of Consul Helmes. Among othermatters, he mentioned that Vice-Consul Freeman had hown the "impalement story" to beamistake, an t defended With some warmth the trustworthiness and independenee of our Consular Agents. Sir H. Wolff asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer Whether the Government had received any information as to certain extreme severities committed by the Russian troops in their progress through Asia Minor and on the Danube, ■but no answer was given to the question. Mr. Laing en- forced the necessity of instructing our Consular Agents to acton the principles of impartial neutrality, and Mr. Ritchie made some sarcastic remarks on the ideas of impartiality Prevailing on the Opposition side, while Mr. Dillwyn and Mr W James agreed with Mr. Shaw-Lefevre as to the con- flicting nature of the testimony of Consul Holmea and Vice- Consul Freeman. General Shute brought before the House the injustice inflicted on certain officers of the Coldstream Guards by the Prolongation of Colonel Wellesley's term of service as Mili- tary Attaché in Russia beyond the period of five years, Which gives him the rank of full Colonel in the Army and Passes him over their heads. Sir W. Barttelot, Sir H. Bavclock. Colonel Mure, and Captain Nolan also spoke on the subject, pointing out the hardship of the arrangement, but bearing testimony to Colonel Wellesley s merits, and admitting that at the present time it was impossible to remove him. Mr. Hardy, in reply, pointed out that this was not a five Je.irs' appointment, and that Colonel Wellesley at the present moment was performing an important public service Of a inilitary character. The House then went into Committee of Supply, but no votes were agreed to. Several Bills were forwarded astage, and the- House adjourned.


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