13 AUGUST 1887, Page 2

Mr. Goschen, in answering for the House of Commons, took

credit for the remarkable self-restraint exhibited by a large majority of its Members, who number among them, be believer], many "muzzled Ciceros," as well as possibly a few garrulous Catilines. It is only fair to remember, said Mr. Goschen, when the relative degeneracy of the House of Commons is spoken of, thatthe questions which now almost exclusively occupy it are very exciting questions, and very different indeed from those which fifteen or twenty years ago used to occupy by far the larger portion of its time. There are, too, comparatively few old Members. "We have fewer break-horses to put into harness with some of the bolder and wilder spirits of the present House." That is true enough, and it is especially serious when the " off-leader " exhibits such various signs of restlessness, and even restiveness.