15 APRIL 1876, Page 1

We have described elsewhere the intolerant tone which the majority

in the French Chamber is assuming towards Conserva- tives, Bonapartists, and Clericals, but may mention here that

Cardinal Guibert, the Archbishop of Paris, has not obeyed the summons of the Committee of Inquiry into the Count de Mun's election. In a somewhat contemptuous note to M. de Bethmont, President of the Committee, he informs him that he neither busied himself about the election nor inquired about it ; that the Bishop of Vannes had informed him that he was believed favourable to the Abbe Cadoret, and he had requested the Bishop to correct those false statements. " I will not dis- guise the fact that my personal sympathy was with the Count de Mun." " I know nothing more, Mr. Chair- man, about that election," and "you will not be surprised, then, if I do not obey the summons you have sent me." The Archbishop is, doubtless, speaking the truth, but there seems no reason why he should not have stated the same things before the Committee. The Chamber did not venture to insist on his attendance, but did disqualify M. de Mun because the Bishops had interfered for him,—which seems at once weak and unfair. They give the Archbishop at once more and less privilege than other citizens.