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   British Lion (Newspaper) - June 20, 1868, London, Middlesex                                ''FOR, O-OD, THE SOV:BR*BICa-3Sr, AlTD THE IPBOI'LB.' No. 52. LONDON,  SATURDAY, JUNE  20,  1868. f PHICB ONE PENWT. ISTAHPBD TWOPBKCE. THE POIITIOAI nJTTJSE OF THE �OEm& CiASSES. [X ScHesof PapertimicAly theNfltional Union of Omtermtivet and Con/titvtinual Asfociations, mill, hy tJie Mid pormiaiion of Council, bco'a-tionally appear in our columns.J In tbe present state of political tranBition, it is tlie duty of every man to state clearly and fearlessly his Tiews upon the politica"! future of the working classes. More especially should the working men themselves calmly and impartially consider their present and future political position. They have large and increasing interests at stake. I'hey have to protect those interestSj whichj it is suggested) can best be done^not by listening to the "clap-trap of Radical agitators-but by havirig respbct f6r the iuterests of others. What good can come out of Radical teachings, which excite the jealousy of one class against another ? "Wemiistnot forget thiit by these continued agitations we destroy tlifc confidence of the classes above us, nor must wo forget that the income of the working olasBCB (which is said to be �400,000,000 per aniinm irt time of prosperity), would be considerably reduced if the capitalist, having no conlidence, chooses to withdraw his capital. e contend that the interests of all olateeBS are so intimately connected that they Cannot be separated without disastrous con-Bfiqliences to the country, and great misery to the working man, Capitalists can seek other spheres wherein to work their capital; but the working mail, whose labour is his capital, has Uo field of action but hU own country, iu the prosperity and harmony of which he is therefore -vitally concerned. The Radical cries of the last two years are mere clap-ttap, set forth by men seeking their own interests, regordless of tlie interests of the country. Never has any class of politicians dealt so freely in misrepresentations, so glaring in themselves, that wc are no less astonished at their impudence in .advancing them, tlian at the ready manner in which they have.been received as.f^ct., "We.can account for this only by ascribing it to-the general apathy of the working men upon political affail's, Such apathy may be lamentable; yet in one sense wo ma^ be thankful that it exists, for were it otherwise-if Messrs. Bright, Beales, and Co. were the true expounders of the opinions of the people, if the pothouse ; politicians, "sponterBof stale sedition," were the real tepresentativeB of the working men,-then the political future would indeed be gloomy; but a8;a working man 1 emphatically deny such to be the fact. I have been connected with the ConBtitutional movement in the metropolis frotii the first, and'I distinctly declare ir as my belief that we are liable to tile charge bfajjathy, but not to the charge 6f. folly.. 1 believe that if my fellow men would look into the history of the last twenty years; Radicalism and its degrading influences, together with its advocates, would, sink into 6bIivion. If we would only look ijito history -^but this is apparently too wearisome and unnecessary a task, aiidiyet I contend that the first duty of a citizen is lo thoroughly nriderBtand the politics of his country, which will teach him that the vote he holds is sacred, for upon It depends the future prosperity of the nation, that he holds it in trust, and that posterity will hold him responsible for the gobd or tbe evil that may spring out of his use of it. - In a few months.we shall be called upon to exercise the franchise, many of us for the first time. How shall we use it ? Shall we JWcept the misrepreseutations of the Liberal party and vote for them ? or shall we support that  party, who, by their actions, have proved themselves the real friends of the people, viz.,r-the Conservatives? These are inomentouB questions to us,  Let the past be eomnguide for the future. Hay'fe;wei n6t witnessed, during the last few years,' the Liberal party climbing to power upon the question of reform, and then cruelly deceiVihg nsand shelving the; question for seven years ? Have we not witnessed, during the. same period, their masterly inactivity npon all questions, political and social ? Did they attempt'any reform in the poor laws, to relieve_the aged and infirm of the Metropolis, �whose state had'been a crying evil during the whole of their administration ? Did they attempt any legislation between master and workman, which had. then become, and is now, a great public question? Did they manage our Foreign Alfuirs creditably to the country ?� No ; both at home and abroad - they showed themselves incapable of directing the business of the nation ; and the people acknowledge the fact by the manner in which they received the government of Lord Derby. No sooner was the noble lord in power, tlinn a marked change for the better took place in the government of the country. The Reform Bill was settled in a far more liberal spirit than ever the Liberals dreamt of, and unlike their measures, iu accordance with the CoflBtitution of the country. The Conservative BUI of 1867 restored to the working man the franchise of which he had been robbed by the bill of 1832. No sooner were the Oonsei'vatives in power, than a bill wa| prepared to relieve the aged and infirm in the �vrorkhouscB of London. Upon the assembling of Pflrliament, it was the first bill before the Honse, gave general satisfaction, and in a few weeks became the law of the land. At the earliest opportunity the attention of Parlia-Inent was called to the question of master and workman with tlie view of bringing about a better understanding between them. The Factory Acts-which had first been oaiTiedbythe Conservatives some 20 .years ago, and opposed by Mr, Bright and the Radioal&-~were extended.  These Acts had proved a great benefit, to the operatives of the north, and the present Government felt it their duty to extend th? operation of them to all trades. The Foreign Affairs of the country-which, under the guidance of Lord Russell, bad ,.been conducted in a manner far from creditable to the nation- have, under the statesman-like administration of Lord Stanley, been so conducted as to call forth the admiration of even his political opponents. On the other hand, the true political character of the Liberal party has been especially shown by their conduct since they ha\e been in Opposition. As we said before, they wore content to sit upon the Treasury benches for seven yeara, and do nothing towards the settlement of the great political and social questions of the day ; but no sooner are they in Opposition, than out comes their liberality. If the Irish question mdsl be settled now-as they Say-why did they not find it out before? Almost for twenty years has the Government of the connti-y been in th^e hands of the, Liberal party, ivith a majority in the House of Commons. Such being the case, is it not strange-if they are so politically honest as they would have us believe-rthat they never found out all these so-called causes of Irish discontent? Again, to suit their purpose upon the Reform question, the Liberals were coutimially dinging into our ears the great intelligence of the working classes; now, that the question has been taken out of their hands, their ciy is " Educate, educate, educate," and Lord Russell expresses his fears of the great reduction of the franchise, if we do not educate the working man. This is our experience of a " Liberal" policy at hoine ; if we look abroad, there, also, the history of the last twenty years proves that the Conservatives, and not the Liberals, are the real friends of the working man. Foreign aft'airs, we may bo told, are not our business ; nevertheless let us look well to these questions ourselves ; they concern us as much or more than any other class. No country on earth has greater liberties than we have under our (so-called) oligarchic Constitution. Look on the democracies of the Continent and compare the condition of the people of F'ralice and other countries with ourselves. In France, where is the liberty of the subject-where no meeting of any sort can be held unless the authorities will sanction it by their presence ? "Where is the liberty of tbe press-that great defender of the liberties of the people-when they are not allowed to criticise the jwlicy of the.Government, or give a report of tbe proceedings of the Legislature, except that put forth by the la&aiel Monitmr ? The Radicals have been very fond of holding up France as a specimen of Liberty and Equality. Is there an Englishman who would barter tbe liberties of his country for those of France ? In England the intelligence of the countryrules; in France one man. In England the Government is responsible to the people, through their representatives, for the policy by which they may govern the country ; in France the representatives must petition the Emperor to allow his Ministers to attend the Legislature to answer certain questions, the nature of which must be mentioned in their petition. In England the Army is recruited on tbe voluntary system ; iu France by, the new Bill, all the manhood of the country is to be driven into the service. The same in Prussia. I apprehend, if such is the prodnce of universal suffrage, we had better be without it. Space will not allow me to go more iuio these matters ; but, from the tacts here set forth. What should be the policy' of tlie working man ? Shall it be to support the Whig-Radical party, which has always played with their interest, and in every department showed its incapacity to govern ? or shall it be for the progressive Conservatism wliich is being carried out by the present Government ? Surely we will not let ourselves be deluded by a senseless cry or deluded by an effete nickname. No doubt the Conservatives have been called obstructives, opposed to all progress, and the natural enemies of the people ; but, I ask, are such statements true ? Let US remember there are two sides to every question, but that on this question we have as yet heard only one. By a monopoly of the ilatform and the press, the Liberals have seen able to go on making these assertions without contradiction,~iintil they are now accepted as facts, notwithstanding that they are gross misrepresentations, so palpable indeed, that we are astonished so many have been deluded by them. The time has now arrived for ns to throw off onr apathy. We have tremendous responsibility thrown upon us ; the Constitution of England has, in no small degree, been placed in our hands. Let us defeat the expectation of a noisy few, and support at the poll those candidates who will support Constitutional principles. A great deal has been said about the inconsistency of a working man being Conservative. Why be should not be so I cannot understand. My definition of Conservatism is, to conserve,.all that is good in the existing institutions, to reform that which is proved to be bad, and " to resist any attempt to subvert the Constitution of the country"-a Constitution which has existed 1,000 years, grown with the intelligence of the people, and placed England at the head of the civilized world. I contend that it is as consistent for a working man to defend Constitutional principles as for any other class, and I am convinced they will not readily throw them over for any new-fangled schemes of dreamy philosophers. We are not asked blindly to fbl ow any man's lead ; we are asked to approach our political position fairly and without prejudice before deciding upon the course wc shall take at the coming general election. Do this and we have the greatest confidence in the success of the Constitutional cause. We have; great faith in the principles on which that cause is founded, sincerely believing they are the best for the interests of the country generally. Radicalism, on the other hand, can produce nothing but a war of classes, and ultimate ruin to the country. It is but the expression of a senseless and causeless discontent. Let us show that independent men, while making themselves respected, can respect others in their turn. Above all we must remember that under the new franchise, we shall more than ever combine two characters ; we shall be the roler^in a sense, but we shall also be the ruled; and we must learn to combine the peculiar virtues of each. We must ever bear in mind the maxim which history testifies, that they^are least fitted to rule who cannot be rnled-^self-government and justice in the governors being no less essential than subordination and respect for superiors in the governed, This is not the doctrine of Radicalism ; and therefore to avoid Radicalism is the obvious interest as well as the first duty of a working man. His prosperity lies in the prosperity of the country, and that can be best attained by an intimate and hearty connection among aU classes of the community, each one of us actuated by the same desire- the future welfare of onr common country. These are the principles of Conservatism, which demand not only the serious attention, but the active co-operation of eveiy working man. e. b. HARTLEPOOL. Mr. Ralph Ward Jackson announces that it is his intention to become a candidate for the represento-tion of the Hartlepools. Mr. Jackson, ns is weU known, is a ConsorvativB. An amnjaty -wUl ha granted to political prisoners at the anniversary of tha Pope's aocoesion. Thei depirtnre of troops for the C�mp at Rocca del Fapa has been again postponed. r  itorth 0eemaht.  . The FbrKflcations of Kiel are being pushed forward byPrussiai:' The defences of the bay nill have the form of a regnlar pentagon, and he extensive enongh to hold three garrisons of 300, 400, and 1,000 men. The einbarikmehts were commeaced last January ; 30O YTorknien are employed and 400 others in the military p�^. Already 41 plots of ground have been lurchasod;*! the eastern shore between EUerbcck and Vilheminhbhe, at a cost of 157,400fr.   The armour-plated shi^ Arminins, desEined to defend the entrance of the ha^ wiU carry 4 guns of cast flteel, weighing 180 quintal? (87,8701bs.), and launching projectiles of 721b3. weight. ATJSTBIA.. The official evening ^fvt replies to, a newspaper statementjilletpng that Frince Mettemich, the French, ambassad^ in Paris, had manifested extraordinary diplomatioi'iaotiTity,,,with reference to the recent occurrences in Seryi�;.hx.,ieoUuing that; the Prince neither received instructians.&om yi6nna,*nor found occasion ji.PariB forthe display of any such activity as that deloribed. BEWBLET. Sir J. Winnington wiU retire from Bewdley at the end of the present Parliament. At a public meeting it was resolrod to oppose any candidate wlio supported the Irish disestablishment scheme.- mTH-WESTERIf DmSION OF lANCA-SHIRE. We undorstnnd that Colonel Townley, of Townley, and Mr. WiUiam i?onton, of Rochdale, are named as probable candidates in the Liberal interosts for this division. ... unmsiTiEs OF .Glasgow am aberdeen. A meotin; of members of the University Council, favourable .t*) the return ol a Liberal represontatiTo to Parliament for the Universities of Glasgbwasd Aberdeen, was held on Monday, at which it was unanimously agreed to request Mr. James Moncreiff, the present senior member for Edinburgh, to allow himself to bo nominated. A committee was appointed to carry out the riews of thomeeting.-Glasgow Herdld, TYSEMOTITH. A numerous mooting of the leading Liberals of this borough was hold last evening, when, after full e-tpla-nation of the circumstances under which he was offering himsolf to the borough, the meeting accepted Mr. Thomas Eustace Smith as Liberal candidate. Yesterday a deputation of Consorvativcs waited upon Mr. S. Mease, Noith Shields, .ind invited him to come forward, but ho deuliuod. The Conservatives, however, arc doicrmined to contest the borough, and they aro looking for auotber candidate. BIRmGHAM. Mr. Philip Henry Muntz has doolorod hitaself as being willing to be a candidate in the Lil>eral interest for this borough, which will be ontililed to rotam three members at the next oleclion, bat each voter, ns in Leeds, will have only two .votes. Mr. Muntz declares himself to bo an honest Radical, and a great admirer of Jfr. Bright. He conoludos his address by saying":-" It is, undoultedly, a groat honour to represent Birmingham, but it is an honour combhied with gi-oat saci-iflces-sucrificos of health, time, and money. These I am prepared to make, if desired, but only with the concurrence of tbo groat bulk of the Liberal party ; and nothing would iuduoe me to adopt any course that might cudaugcr its triumph." fbange. The rejKjrl of the cominission on tha budget has been distributed among the members of the Legislative Body. It contains snfScient assurances,' says that the armaments which have taken place do not concealany warlike arrUrepentU, and adds," France neither threatens nor fears any one. She wishes for peace, and Jier Government resolately desires it. Bvorvthing leads to the hope that peace will not be disturbed." ITALT. The report of the Italian State Treasury on the 31st May Vaa as foUows :-^BeceiptB, 1,618,571,169 lire; Expenditure, 1,499,410,256 lire ; Bank notes in hand, 119,160,913 lire. On the 'occasion of the nomination of the new Qovemor of the Lebanon, Italy received the same communici Hon from the Porto as that addressed to the other C reat Powers. 1 hmoart. The lower fifouse has passed unanimously a vote of condolence' with the Servian nation. The committee appointed by the House to report upon tb^'demand of the Government to authorize a proseontipn for press offences against M. Roman, and also a frskh proseoutioii against M. Boeszoermenyi, who has li(tely been convicted for the publication of a letter of }t. Kossuth, has proposed to authorise the prosecutions. , A rumour Is current that soma of the Servian deputies aro implicated in the Belgrade conspiracy. SEETIA. . The Emperor ol Russia has addressed a dispatch to the Provisional Government expressing regret at the death of Prince Michael, commending the Servian people for their maintenance of order, and wishing prosperity to the new Prince, apd that he may fuTfil the expectations of the nation. In consequence of the admissions made by some of the prisoners accused of complicity in the mnrder of Prince Michael, several fresh arrests have been made. Among the recently arrested are five students, and the sister of the Princess Kara Geprgevritcb. EGYPT. The contract between the Egyptian Government and an English company for the oonstrnction of the proposed breakwater and docks at this port has been signed. The company is authorized to hvy the same dock dues as aro paid at Liverpool. In the event of the Egyptian Government taking over the andcrtaking wlien completed, interest at the rate of 12 per cent, will be allowed on the purchase-money until paid off. release PI60TT. The governor of Richmond Bridewell has received a communication from the Lords Justices of Ireland authorising him to discharge Mr. Richard Pigott, of the Jrhhumn newspaper, from custody on the 22nd August, on his perfecting the recognizances for future good behaviour required by the sentence of the court. The effect of this order will be to commute the sentence from twelve to six months' imprisonment, Mr. Pigott having been committed to prison on the 22nd February last. OUTRAGE IJf TRAIEE. A telegram from Cork states that on Saturday night two men, armed with pistols, entered the house of Mr. Thomas O'Connelf, clerk of Traloe Union, nearthat town, and, meeting a female servant in the hall, demanded 'to be shown where Mr. O'Connell was, but, fortunately, he was absent. The servant then retreated, when one of the ruffians fired after her. She escaped being shot by snddenl.r tnminfr into a room. The fellows then made off. The slugs from the pistols tore the stairs and' balustrades, and broke a window. No arrests have been made. MR. lONGFELIOW AT CAMBRIDGE. On Monday morning Mr. Longfellow left Carlisle for Cambridge. He was accompanied by Miss Long-follow, Miss Edith Longfellow, Miss Annie Long-fellmv, his three daughters ; Hr. Appletou, hia brother-in-law; Captain Forguson, his host; and Mr. Chance, brother-in-law of Captain Ferguson. The company cheered as the train moved off. At Cambridge, Mr. Longfellow-who was the guest of tha Master of Cnius-was on Tuesday invested with the degree of Doctor of Laws by the Vice-Chaucellor, who, inau address to him, cnlogized his works and hia character, and referred to the visit of Mr. Charles Dickens to Americo, and the appointment of Mr. Reverdy Johuson, and augured therefrom a continuance of international friendship..The poet and the address wore received with great; enthusiasm by a thronged audience. THE CROPS IN WARWICKSHIRE. A correspondent, writing on the 11th inst., from AthcrstoDo, to the Mark Lane Express, says:- " Wheat until the past ten days was looking remarkably well, and more forward than 1 ever remember it, bnt am sorry to say that the dry and scorching weather and the total lack of moisture are seriously affecting it, and under hoy cironmstaiiccs must bo a middling crop. Barley and oats, unless on the best and well-farmed lands, will niJt yield half a crop. Beans and peas short in the straw, and going off for want of rain. Mangolds and turnips, wo have not any yet; what turnips did come the fly have taken, and we have not hiid snfKcient rain to make the mangold come up. The pastures are completely bare of grass, and many farmers have put their stock into the meadows that were intended for hay.  I never knew rain more needed." The cable ncros.s the Straits of Messina, in connection with the direct line between Susa and Alexandria, has been successfully laid. AMERICA. By general couscnr, the trial of Mr. Davis has been again postpoued until November next. Mr. Sumner has introduced a resolution ipto the Senate, declaring the constitutional responsibility of senators voting at the impeachment trial. In the House of Representatives resolntions enlp-gising ex-President Buchanan were rejected by 73 against 46 votes. Rioting occurred at �Washington on Tuesday night between the blacks and whites. Two of the latter were killed. TKe former, elated with tha snccesg of the Republican ticket at Chicago, were the aggressors. Sir. WooIIey is still imprisoned. AUSTRALIA. - A new Ministry has boon formed, and four of its members have been re-elected. The remaining elections are proceeding. The triennial elections in South Australia have terminated. Tha shipments of gold to England since the departure of the last mail amount to 164,125 ounces. ABTSSmA.       , Sir R. Napier states that, owing to the marching in a difficult country, it was impossible to complete his despatch, but he hopes to forword a continuation by the next mail, and his next despatch will represent for the favourable consideration of Her Majesty's Government the services of the ofdoers and moil under his command. A, report of Major-Genoral Sir 0. Staveley, commanding 1st division, contains an account of the attack on the fortress of Magdala. The crown and state dresses of King Theodore, which were brought from Abyssinia by Colonel Milward, have been temporarily deposited at the India Office. Mr. Dufton, of the Intelligence Department of the Abyssinian Expedition, was mortally wounded by Shoho robbers, whilo travelling between Undul Wells and Sooroo. Through Mr. Reuter'a office we learn that with the exception of a small detachment of cavalry, the whole oE the expeditioiiary force embarked and left Zoulla on the 2d instant. Sir R. Napier was to leave on the 12th. The Commission of Oyer and Terminer for the onnty and city of Dublin was opened before the lord Mayor, Mr. Justice O'Hagan, and Mr. Justice Morris. Mr. Justice O'Hagan, addressing the City Grand Jury, said the calendar Seemed.to exhibit on the face of it a great immunity from crime. There was absolutely no indication of seditious excitement or sociar disorder. Addressing the County Grand Jury, his lorfship said they woold take to themselves, mntatis mvtaitdit, tha observations which ho had made to the City Grand Jury; but perhaps, he might say, in a miti^ted form, as the cases to go before them were less in. number than in the city. FUBERAI OF THE EARL OF SHREWSBUST Am TALBOT. The body of the lata Earl was on Friday interred in the family vault iu lugestre churchyard. The funeral service wan read by the Revs. W. Webb and P. S. Solton. After the coffin had been lowered into its place with the Earl's coronet and a cross of white flowers upon it, the young Viscount Ingestro and other of the mourners threw flowers into the vault. A detachment of Yeomanry Cavalry was present to keep order. COURT OF ALDERMEN. At a meeting in Guildhall, the Lord Mayor presiding, a long discussion, ensued upon the oir-cumstanco that 25 minutes' delay in the business of the Central Criminal Court had occurred on Saturday last by the absence of an alderman to constitute a qnomm-: It having been explained as accidental. Alderman Lawrence, M.P., moved a vote^ot thanks to Colonel Eraser, the City Commissioner of Police, which was passed, for the highly efficient manner in which the City police, under his directions, had performed the special dnty of protecting the gaol of Newgate and the Sessions House in the Old BaileyJ during the confinement and trial of the prisoners' charged with being concerned in the Clerkenwell outrage. Mr, Sheriff Stone bore emphatic testimony, from his own personal knowledge, to the unwearied devotioii of the police on tbe occasion, lasting over many months; to the effective arrangements made by the commissioner (Colonel Fraser) for preserving the public peace on the execution of the convict Barrett, at which there was not a single accident; and to tbe admirable efficiency of the whole City police at this time.. Sir William Rose said no one knew except those connected with the City police what they had gone through during the alarm caused by the Fenian organization, seeing that there was scarcely a public establishment or a great warehouse in the City to which threatening letters had not boen addressed, or which had not boon menaced with Greek fire. A letter was rend from the Home Secretary calling the attention of the Court to the fact that the new ?tntntc prnvMing for the execution within prison walls of convicts for capital offences had received the Royal assent, and asking for any suggestion tbo Court might have to offer for carrying out the Act, especially with reference to the seventh clause. On the motion of Mr. Sheriff Stone, the letter was referred to the giiol committee, and the Court adjourned. KING THEODORE'S SON. The I'll II Mall Qazcite understands that Her Majesty has expressed a wish that the son of the late King Theodore shall be brought to and educated in this country. Both tbe Guardian and John Hull have published letters expressing the gravest fears as to the young prince's salvation if he were placed, as Sir R. Napier proposed, with Dr. Wilson, at Bombay, Dr. Wilson being a Fresbytetian. Wearied M.P.'s longing for the holidays will be glad to believe, with the Imperial Jteviem, that if the rapid progress which has been made with public business during the last fortnight continues, the session may be brought to a close a week or ten days earlier than has recently been the case. The last -weiBk iu Jnly..(say3 the Revien) is now considered the most likiily time for the prorogation, and unless any thing unforeseen occurs, it is improbable that Parliament will have anything'to occupy it after the Ist of August. The same authority says: -" A strong disposition is said to exist among the Indepcndeut Liberals in the House of Commons to get rid of the bill now introduced by the Government, with a view to facilitats a general election m The OUTRiOE at Tn.^leb.-Akbests.-Two of the men who made a raid on the house of Mr, O'Connell, near Tralco, and firo9 at the woman-servant, have been arrested and fully identified, Tlicir names are John Stevens and Edwnrd Baily. The former js a shop-porter; hjs accomplico is a labourer. When captured they carried arms. Admiral Rous os the- Derby.-Mr. John Day, of Daneburj;, has instructed Messrs. Vallance and Vallance to institute legal proceedings against Admiral Rous, with a view of vindicating his own character and the characters of his family against the imputations which have been cast upon them. These gentlemen give ou behalf of Mr. Day tha most nnquuliiied and unconditional contradiction to the aspersions which Admiral Rous has thought proper to cast upon Mr. Day. Five iiobe bodies wore recovered from the Oaks Colliery ou Tuesday. They were found by the men who were engaged in clearing the roads nearly together, in the north-dip level, near to the place known as Jones's Jinny. The colliery was crowded during the day with the relatives and friends of the men at present buried in the workings, and ol whom there are upwards of 250 still unrecovcrod. AU the bodies were identified before many hours elapsed, as those of Thomas Hyder, John Bradley Gamber, Aaron Sisaons, George Hoyland (son of Alfred Hoy-land, whose remains wore got out at the same time as those of Mr. Jeffcock), and Thomas Siddons, of Monk Bretton.   The bodies were but slightly burnt. An alabmikg accidbht occurred ou Tuesday at the Victoria Station to tha 9.17 a.m. arrival train from the Crystal Palnco. The traiu in question was drawn by the " Nith " engine, and just as it ncarod tbe mouth or entrance to the platform, and was ruur niiig over the " points," which at this place intersect each other with almost the intricacy of laco work, the ollicials were surprised to see the engine give several sudden and dcavy jerks, and almost at the same moment to fall over completely on to its side with a tremendous crash. The coupling irons which attached the engine to the guard's break snapped asunder,,and fortunately the train came at once to a stand, withont much apparent damage to the psssengers except somo alarm, and in some cases a slight shaking and a few bruises. The engine-driver escaped unhurt by jumping from the engine. The stoker was hurt, but to what extent could not be ascertained.. He was removed to the hospital. Powerful cranks were brought into requisition, and within a few honrs of Ibe accident oocnrring the line was again cleared for traffic. Shocking and Fatal Accident with a Scythe.-At Axminster, on Monday, a labourer named Marwood died from tbo effect of a severe gash in the abdomen, six inches long, inflicted with a scythe, on Saturday, by another labourer named Browning. The men had been having an altercation while movring, but the occnrrenca is represented as accidental, and deceased declared it to be to in bis dylag depbsitioot. Jm^^rial farlmm^nt. HOUSE OF LORDS. Monday. In the House of Lords, Earl Stanhope called attention to the report of the Public Schools Commissioil in 18S4, with the view to further legislation. He-argued that classical studies should still continue tfr be the foundation of the iuatruction given in public schools, but not be the only aladies, and that modern languages, mathomatics,- science, Idstory, geography, 
                            

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