13 OCTOBER 1866, Page 1

A very large meeting was held at Leeds on the

8th inst., attended, it is said, by 200,000 workmen, and it is certain by a vast number. Its object was to protest against Mr. Lowe's charges, and to demand manhood suffrage, which it did with more or less eloquence, and in perfect order. In the evening a large meeting was held in the Town Hall, which was addressed by Mr. Bright and Mr. Forster, the member for Bradford. Mr. Bright almost repeated his Man- chester speech, repeating once more Mr. Lowe's unlucky remark, which will carry the Reform Bill, and making a great point of the fact that 72 boroughs with less than 10,000 inhabitants return 127 members—a point on which we have observed elsewhere. Mr. Bright was unusually moderate, referring with pleasure to the fact that in the great towns a section of the middle class are with workmen. He denounced Lord Derby's party as a bread-and- butter party, and said there were men in it who would sell the Mace if they could thereby give themselves fixity of power.