10 MARCH 1866, Page 2

Mr. Disraeli agreed to the second reading of the new

Oaths Bill on Thursday night, but insisted that the oath should be to the dynasty, not only the monarch, that it should recognize the Act of Settlement which limits the throne to a Protestant, and that it should include a recognition of the supremacy of the Queen. His speech was pompous and dull, but was probably intended to break the fall of the Tory party in conceding even as much as this to the Catholic demand. They find that they have lost at the elections by opposing the Catholics, and yet they find this surrender of their principles bitter.