But few other topics in Parliament need to be noted.
Mr. Ferrand's morbidly malignant sally against Sir James Graham and the Poor-law Commissioners may be passed over altogether, as a subject of nosology rather than statesmanship. Mr. Fielden has introduced his Ten-hours Bill. He describes evils arising from female labour that are undeniable and most lamentable; but be does not make it clear that his bill will not entail evils as bad. Short time is a matter for voluntary arrange- ment. In order to make the will of the working classes impera- tive, it is necessary to cultivate their tastes, and enlighten them as to the social power really in possession of their vast masses. That is a task more for aesthetics than politics. The most notable trait of the debate was the attitude of Ministers. There seems to be an impression that Lord John Russell stands committed to some support of a Ten-hours Bill, and Mr. Escott tried to draw him out ; but the Premier maintained a reserve more cautious than imposing. Mr. buncombe brought forward a case of grievance—a long
list of cruelties said to have been practised upon lunatic and diseased prisoners in the hulks at Woolwich. Sir George Grey said that the charges, "if true," merited serious.—" investigation" I But, disbelieving them, he stifled inquiry : not the best way to gain credit for a Liberal Ministry.