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IIPESIAL PIRLIATYIENT. -+-- 111 the House of Lords, on Thursday, the Earl of Romney asked what course the Government intended to pur- £ ?fference to the recent deplorable events in Jamaica, Ike Earl of Carnarvon expressed a strong opinion with regard to the excesses and cruelties which had been com- Pitted, and stated that the misconduct of the naval officers oeing the least, they would be left to be dealt with by the cnS*Ia'^y' wkile as regarded several military officers whose bondct had been most blamable, they had been ordered to tried by court-martial. As regarded the civil function- i,ries, some of them stood for trial, a,nd further investiga- fo ^uld be had in other cases. As to indicting Mr. Eyre wilful murder, that was a preposterous idea. ^■karl Bussell agreed in this latter observation, and eulo- sised the report of the Jamaica Commission. answer to Lord Houghton, Baf- lr^ °* Carnarvon said that the question compen- aon for damage done to property during the rebellion is rather for the other House, but he should doubt on ii r this country would be disposed to make any grant that account. snbjfccb then dropped. ^number of bills were advanced a stage, and The House adjourned at 20 minutes to seven o'clock. j/Jl the House of Commons, the Public Health Bill as was considered, and, by permission of the House, read a third time and passed. rr Q^ord Uaas moved the second reading of the Habeas Suspension (Ireland) Act Continuance Bill. He re- k ted to the circumstances which induced Parliament to tlle Act, which would expire on the 1st of September, tW sta-ted that the effect of the bold and yet prudent use of s Powtrs given by them to the Irish executive was to put jStop to the Fenian conspiracy, and restore confidence ta? Security to all well affected persons in Ireland. From the L osiiig of the Act up to 23rd July, 418 persons who had been jlae had been discharged, mostly on condition that should leave the country. The renewal of this Act was Dieted by all persons possessed of property, and relying jWie preservation of law and order in Ireland. sta> -Maguire moved as an amendment that the same °f things on which the late Government justified their K] °aUon to Parliament to suspend the constitution in 110 l°nRer exists that the supremacy of the law has tU?1 sufficiently vindicated in the ordinary tribunals; that &bap Was a gratifying diminution of crime, and likewise an tf t 0 Political excitem ent i>» Ireland; and that measures cL^ession, unaccompanied with measures of a remedial Jpter, tend rather to aggravate than lessen discontent T^affeor.ion. w*- viia>Iston« said that if this was the occasion when a ^owar<3s Ireland was to be indicated, he should pro- tljjJ' be found voting with Mr. Maguire. But he did not (_HtP it would be proper when a new Government had 6 lnj..fcd on office to anticipate their policy towards Ireland; C0t 111 asking a renewal of the suspension of the Habeas Hti S Act> the Government were adding to their responsi- rei?ard to their administration of that country, a lB« to a speech delivered by a gentleman now JtijTTr^er of the Government, he deprecated the 'niter? ^ere down, and whieh was based on 8fatlrlai assistance afforded to Ireland by money In regard to the bill before the House, he Cotuji "*at the duty of preserving the peace of the roiint with the Government; and without whether the general policy of ministers would tfiei ,.Cif as_ he could approve, he could not refuse to strengthen late pa^s such a way as they deemed necessary. The Ita^ °*i,ernment, while asking for a suspension of the "it ORPUS Act for an unusually short period, had held tioj jVProspect of the renewal of that proceeding. He did lak that a!1 absence of general crime in Ireland im- Statp an absence of political disaffection, and although the ^Si °4 things in that country was not now the same as it Jenen February last, there mig:ht be still justification for the J!rLof tjhe Suspension Act, and he pointed out that the Parliament not being in session for some months was p Clonal reason for affording the executive the means Oti(a0mPt action if any necessity for action should arise. ,e whole, if the late ministry had been in office, it would Jati0n their duty to have made precisely the same appli- ey:to Parliament as that which had now been made by Siting Government. e -0 er, as he had opposed the suspension of the s rPus Act ili the first instance, objected to its re- to o 3e. i I urging that in regard to this unconstitutional Ireland had been treated in a way which no I'k. would have adopted in the case of England. was continued by Sir F. Heygate and Mr. tb. OSbore commented on the ordinary manner in which t 'raprainary act of suspending the Habeas Corpus Act 0,,?ht + ? the House; and said that such a subject ve been dealt with by a call of the House. He Jut f, vehemently against the fallacy which was so often ieWp °f the advisability of identity of institutions We T'11. England and Ireland; and especially denounced ltat ifl Established Church as a futile attempt to set up StJ^ity. After a sweeping denunciation of the lord- of Ireland, he expressed his distrust in the ^*?vernment, particularly when they were to be en- ilt S with absolute power. having spoken, Hli Attorney-General for Ireland (Mr. Walsh) declined %Si°w the several members who had spoken into the dis- Illllge e and exaggerated statements in which they had in- te "Purgedthat the relations between landlord and Jssejj. Were not in so unsatisfactory a condition as had been v j4! while he maintained, contrary to what had been vVa' Osborne, that Trinity College was the most eetfi1!q1Versity in the world. The right hon. gentleman tif state facts which he argued were sufficient to v Sir" j 5 reriewal of tha Suspension Act. r^iOg Gray strenuously objected to unlimited powers ?trusted to a Government whose policy was repre- AftpV their Attorney-General for Ireland. ??me observations from Mr. Maclaren, Mr. Pim, Oil • Watkin, to 81 a division, the second reading was carried by 105 i°<other business was disposed of, and the House ad- atfeji116 House of Lords, on Friday, Earl Bussell drew to the recent disturbances in Hyde-park, and ^ai o a censure on the conduct of Mr. Walpole in his teafi'^cnts with the Eeform League, and urged that that Thp had altogether failed in his duty. Vas of Derby said that the attack on Mr. "Walpole the Tin 4 011 iucorreat information, and pointed out that Syde rwit Secretary had never consented to meetings in ^anstom In reference to the present state of the park, exi^S as. it was to passers-by at night, that was only U^fation of a state of things wMch liad existed for Oflw' w,;s owing to a divided jurisdiction between the ^akij),, Works and the police. The Government was t'ar]jg a arrangements to regulate the thoroughfares m the Thel?061 were advanced a stage. b-ouse adjourned at seven o'clock. H°use of Commons, at a morning sitting, Lord rn°ved the second reading of the Extradition 0 rpv,? '1 Amendment, Bill, and stated that its object was ™ore1 °Pera*^ve the treaties which had been in Act ce. sljC?/° *? °f the provisions of the present ferpV11111-6 J ■itions on whieh the warrant for the 'o bp 5ensi0-,n.0 an o,1 was issued in a in accoruance with the law and practice of this & n 1Yi y i and the result was that warrants, although issued a,nner quite regular in France, were refused by magis- vaH(3w^fre un ess the seal of the foreign court and the Wa vu-nf' the ludge weie proved by oral testimony. .Sent bill technica- Point' that was remedied by the pre- frlw Torrens moved the rejection of the bill, on the o that it was a leading principle of English law that forpT?C80a should be delivered up on the requisition of a tiefrn,n Government unless such a case could be made out e. an English magistrate as would justify such magis- 1 CW committing a prisoner for trial for the offence 'iQus»v.^ whereas, what the French Government now t Was that a French warrant should be sufficient to •rise an English magistrate to give up an offender, 11 fact, that our magistrates should act as police agents S. ranee bilitr It. Collier took on himself a full share of the responsi- clen! ,0^ the preparation and introduction of the bill, and Of fi' that it effected the least alteration in the principle cw law of this country in reference to extradition. All l(.lk, it did was to remove a technical difficulty which in0«ered the working of the extradition treaty practically S.^tive.. Casp Goldsmid said that it was probable that in special w s such portions of the depositions as would serve the JQ Poae of the French Government only would be forwarded 'ffhi i 13 country. He believed that it was the difficulty indi, this bill sought to remove that had prevented an improper use of the extradition treaty. There to be a distinct understanding that political offences ■reatllot' i11 auy manner to be included in the extradition Jiosftfl ^-ttorney-General pointed out that what was now pro- in r ? to be done in regard to France was already m force ^rence to the extradition treaty with America. Pre*- Mill said that he never yet knew an enlightened J?rar an wil° ^i^ n°t admit that the criminal courts of oou?P6 were the worst managed institutions in that aw? and the worst part of their procedure was their of taking evidence. It was in the power o £ a juge u°t'°n to take evidence in secret, and it was the Uuiest thing possible to ge<. up false charges. And yet 6r this bill an English magistrate might be called on to So reHder an alleged criminal on depositions from such a tj.p ,Ct;' Care should be taken by the bill to secure that the » Aft ^)e n°t usei^ a&alI3St political offenders. Mr x?r some discussion, in which Sir E. Palmer, Henley, and Sir G. Bowyer took part, the second read- ii g was carried by 77 to 14. < » committee on the Habeas Corpus Suspension (Ireland) Continuanc Bill, M:r. Dillon moved, as a proviso to clause one, That the Peration of the Afct should extend only to the persons who TOie now in prison ill Ireland, under the provisions of the ct hereby continued, and to such other persons as might into Ireland after the parsing of the Act. rim a division the motion wa=> lost by 53 to 13. Ine Constabulary Force (Ireland) Bill and the Expiring ?l ,aws Continuance Bill were read a third time and passed, was the Common Law Courts (Fees and Salaries) Bill. The sitting was then suspended, At the evening sitting, Colonel Sykes called attention to the rendition by the ting governor of Hong Kong of a Chinaman of that colony the Canton mandarins on an accusation of piracy, and to l his subsequent barbarous" execution. He moved the ad- journment of the House. Mr. Watkin asked if this course was regular. The Speaker said that it was customary to give opportunity for motions on Friday, either on motion for supply or for adjournment to Monday and as neither motion had been made-the House sitting on Saturday—it was not out of order to make motions in the way which had been adopted. Lord H. Lennox, in reference to a question from Colonel Sykes as to the surrendering of Chinese pirates by British naval officers, said that the officers acted on disfcinct station orders issued by the admiral, and founded on the opinion of orders issued by the admiral, and founded on the opinion of the law officers of the crown interpreting the treaty of this country with China. In answer to Mr. Pim, Mr. W. Hunt said it was expected when the present contracts terminated that the postage to or from America to Queenstown would be reduced to 6d. As to the delays in transmission, the trains were timed to meet the packets, and an average time only coul.i be taken. The House was then counted out, at ten minutes to eight o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Saturday, several bills were ad- vanced a stage, and the House adjourned at ten minutes after one o'clock. øø.>q"J!o.j. In the House of Commons the Solicitor-General for Ire- land (Mr. Morris) took the oaths and his seat on his re-elec- tion for Gal way. Several bills having been read a third time and passed, On the motion for adjouroment, Sir J. Pakington entered into explanations of charges made by :Th1"r. Seely in regard to alleged extravagant ex- penditure in dockyards, especially in reference to repairing boats, and stated that the boats for her Majesty's ship* were built by contract, and repaired in the yards, so that the charge for repair would only appear to be unduly laige; and, in fact, the charge which was attributed to one boat was applicable to three. A sum of 25,000, which had been represented as the cost of the repairs of 83 boats, was, in fact, the value of 223 boats after they had been repaired. Mr. Seely admitted that in one or two instances he had been in error, but on the whole reiterated his charges of undue,expenditure for repairs. After some discussion the subject dropped, and The House adjourned at twenty minutes to two o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Monday, the Public Health Bill was read a second time, passed through committee, read a third time, and passed. A long list of bills were advanced a stage. Amongst them was the Habeas Corpus (Ireland) Suspen- sion Continuance Bill, the second reading of which was moved by the Earl of Derby, the Earl of Kimberley taking occasion to state that if he had continued in office he should have advised its renewal. The House then adjourned at ten minutes past seven. In the House of Commons, Colonel E. H. Lindsay took the oaths and his seat on his re-election for Abingdon. Mr. J. A, Smith asked whether, viewing the extensive outburst of cholera in the eastern district of the metropolis, the Government were prepared to allow Parliament to sepa- rate without providing the means of summary interference in cases where the vestries may neglect the enforcement of sanitary precautions, or may omit or delay the necessary arrangements for the care of the sick, and the separation of the healthy from the dying and the dead. Mr. Ayrton urged that the root of the evil to which the question referred was to be found in the want of proper local administration of the metropolis, especially in regard to the area of charge for the poor. Mr. G. Hardy said that the subject last alluded to had been one of difficulty with all Governments; and by so much the greater was it to that just come into office; but it would meet with his best attention. The guardians of the poor in the metropolis by law had no power in regard to questions by public health, but it remained in the vestries. Greater powers would be given to the local bodies by the Public Health Bill just passing through Parliament, and he hoped that by means of that measure those bodies would be better able to grapple with the present emergency. Mr. Henley said that the question was whether these bodies did not fail for wadt of means; and he should have been glad to hear that the Government were about to take steps to procure the necessary means, say by a general rate of Id. in the pound in the metropolis generally. Mr. Neate said that three days before he had made a similar suggestion to the Government, which they had not accepted. Colonel Hegg said that the greatest difficulty to be met was, that the inspectors of nuisances, though they aould point out nuisances, were powerless to get them sup- pressed. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that it would be unwise in a moment of alarm to make any change in the law of local government in this country; but in any emergency the Government would not shrink from any responsibility. In answer to Mr. Alderman Salomons, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said, in reference to the letter of the Government to the Bank of England, per- mitting the suspension of their charter, that if persons in authority thought it necessary to renew the letter, omitting the condition that no lower rate than 10 per cent. should be taken by the Bank, and a proper representation was made to the Government in that sense, it would receive due consideration. A new writ was ordered to issue for the election of a member for Carnarvonshire, in the room of Colonel Douglas Pennant, called up to the House of Peers. The Extradition Treaties Act Amendment Bill was taken in committee. Sir F. Goldsmid moved the following clause:—" That nothing in this Act, nor in any previous Act relating to treaties of extradition, shall be construed to authorise the extradition of any person in whose case there shall be rea- sonable grounds for belief that his offence, if any, had for its motive or purpose the promotion or prevention of any political object, nor to authorise the extradition of any person the requisition for the delivery of whom shall not contain an undertaking on the part of the Sovereign or Government making such requisition, that such person shall not be proceeded against or punished on account of any offence which he shall have committed before he shall be delivered up, other than the offence specified in the requisition." After observations from Mr. Newdegate and Mr. Neate, Lord Stanley said that he admitted that the subject of ex- tradition treaties was one of great delicacy, and which re- quired to be looked into more narrowly than perhaps it had yet been. As to the clause, the difficulty was in giving any definition in a court of justice to the words relating to political offences which it contained. He contended that it was not probable that a foreign Government would take undue advantage of the treaty, for it was well known that such an attempt would at once cause it to be put an end to by this country. S. Mill supported the clause, urging that some such £ provision was necessary as a security against perversion of t the treaty, which no doubt would be obtained so long as Lord Stanley was Foreign Secretary, bub which might fail in other hands. He suggested the limiting of the operation 1 of the treaty to twelve months. ( The Attorney. General pointed out that the treaty could 1 be terminated at six months' notice, so that its operation 1 was in fact limited. It was not compulsory on the Secretary < of State to require justices of the peace to enforce the treaty; and by the Act the magistrates must have such 8 evidence befora them as alone would enable them to act in the case of an offender against English law. ( Sir G. Bowyer having spoken against the clause, i Mr. Ayrton suggested its withdrawal. Mr. Kinglake was glad to have heard that the whole sub- ject of extradition treaties was to be considered. He was inclined to move a clause to limit the Act for a twelve- mLord' Stanley said that he was disposed to take that course, and to consider the present a temporary Act, with the understanding that the whole question should be brought before Parliament next session. Sir F. Goldsmid's clause was withdrawn, and Mr. King- lake's put and agreed to. The bill was read a third time and passed. The House adjourned at five minutes to eight o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, a number of bills were read a third time and passed; amongst them the Appro- priation Bill. The Habeas Corpus (Ireland) Suspension Act Continuance Bill passed through Committee. The Marquis of Westmeath inquired whether, the Lord Bishop of London having delivered an address on the 17th Of February last alleging that certain persons had taken upon themselves to alter the whole appearance of the Lord's beginning with one indication and ending with another, which, if it meant anything, spoke of the idolatrous worship of the consecrated elements, and that it was not to be denied that some are engaged in a conspiracy to bring back our church to the state in whieh it was before the 10 Kelormation, any proceedings are to be taken during the recess to test that conspiracy, and to bring the authors of it to justice. The Earl of Derby, in repiy) deplored the circumstances to which allusion had been made, but thought the action of n 1105 required in the matter. The House adjourned shortly after six. ?ittl?ons» ia answer to Mr. Oliphant, LoidStanle said tha,t a report had been received from a diplomatic agent in South America on the schemes for curing ^produced market; all reports on the subject would Mr. to the Royal Naval Coast Volunteers,abodycomposedoffishermenliving onthe coast( who were meant not to be sent on service beyond 300 miles from the coast. Last session the Admiralty took out the clause of the Act under which the force was levied, by which they were not liable to serve foreign." This had caused a great falling off in the force, and he urged that the step should be reconsidered. Admiral Seymour said that the Admiralty had at present no intention of making any change in the regulations with regard to the Royal Naval Coast Volunteers; but, probably, the matter would be considered- Mr. Hubbard moved for a return o Imperial guarantees by this country for a Turkish loan of £ 5,000,000, and asked whether it was true that the Tursish Government hat! failed to provide the interest and redemption fund due on 1st August last; and if so, in what manner her Majesty's Go- vernment propose to fulfil their guarantee, whether by the liquidation of the drawn bonds, or by reviving them as titles to tha interest guaranteed by England and France. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that it was true that the Turkish Government had failed to provide the interest due on the loan on 1st August, but he had received intelligence from the Turkish Minister that the funds necessary for the payment would be in this country in a few it iys. Her Majesty's Government had given directions to i pay the guaranteed interest. In regard to the last ques- tion, he could not reply to it, as steps had been taken to communicate with France on the subject. Mr. Ayrton called attention to the negotiations for the abolition of the navigation laws in foreign countries, and stated that in consequence of the efforts of Mr. Lindsay the Emperor of the French had been inclined to modify the navigation laws of France. He could not find that any steps had been taken to press the subject on Spain and I Portugal; there was, however, in consequence of the change of the law in France, a good opportunity for making efforts to induce Spain and Portugal to follow that example. Mr. Lusk seconded the motion, urging that the present state of foreign navigation laws caused many grievances to the shipowners of this country. Lord Stanley agreed in the desirability of the doing away Lord Stanley agreed in the desirability of the doing away or relaxation of those laws throughout Europe. He did not attach much weight to diplomatic effort in this matter, but rather trusted to the example which had been shown by this country. Mr. Goschen moved the discharge of the order for the second reading of the Public Schools Bills; and it was with- drawn. After waiting for some time for bills from the Lords, with amendments requiring consideration, The House adjourned at 25 minutes to seven o'clock.





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