13 FEBRUARY 1904, Page 3

A painful sensation was created in the House of Commons

on Friday week. Mr. Powell-Williams, the Liberal Unionist Member for South Birmingham since 1885, and one of the most active members of the Tariff Reform League, was suddenly struck down by an apoplectic seizure, and though he rallied on his removal to the Westminster Hospital, sank rapidly, and died last Sunday evening. His death has, we regret to say, been a severe blow to Mr. Chamberlain, who on the eve of a much-needed holiday has lost a devoted friend as well as one of the most zealous and capable of his lieutenants.