21 JUNE 1873, Page 2

Mr. Fawcett moved on Wednesday the second reading of his

Bill for throwing the " necessary " expenses of elections on the rates in a very able speech, showing that in all probability the charge on every elector holding a ten-pound house would be only 1d. once in every three years, pointing out the advantage of not keeping Parliament exclusively for the rich,—and generally for rich old men who have made their money in early life, and use it in getting into Parliament,—and maintaining, in anticipation of Mr. Bruce's objection that local burdens ought not to be incurred just at the time when the Government is preparing to deal with them, that that is precisely the time when, if they are to be incurred at all, they should be incurred now, in order that the Government might have the whole case before them when attempting to deal with it. He remarked with great force that if it was put off till after the Government had passed their measure, he should at once be told that the settlement so recently made ought not to be disturbed.