18 MAY 1867, Page 1

There is, however, a strong rumour afloat, which we partly

believe, that all the redistribution clauses in the Reform Bill will be dropped, on the ground of want of time. The Bill will then pass as a franchise Bill only, Mr. Disraeli promising to bring in a separate measure next year. • The Chancellor of the Exchequei has proved himself a matchless strategist, and he may have a new scheme in his head for the furtherance of Tory Democracy. From the day the Bill passes members must attend to the householders' will, and they are very likely indeed to have somewhat wide views on redistribution,—views which would lead inevitably, or at once, to equal electoral districts. That system would in England send up a Tory Parliament.