1 SEPTEMBER 1866, Page 1

The great out-door meeting at Birmingham on Monday was a

complete success, and has already entirely removed the impression that the working classes, till within a few months apparently so phlegmatic, will in the future be passive about Reform. Every one agrees that the meeting at Brookfields was larger than the now historic demonstration on the same place at the time of the Great Reform Bill, and it is calculated that near two hundred thousand persons were present, the procession occupying two miles and a quarter. The various Trades' Unions and Temperance Societies of Birmingham and the great neighbouring towns were almost all represented, and the rain, which fell heavily for twenty minutes, did not tend at all to thin this vast assembly, which most likely has disposed finally of the argument that the class to be enfranchised is quite content as it is.