5 MARCH 1881, Page 3

Lord Derby was followed by Lord Salisbury, in a speech

chiefly remarkable for sneers at exhortations to morality between States as "the delicacies of civilisation," and at Russia for not appreciating those delicacies. He refused all confidence to Russian engagements, and asked if Lord Granville had got -another in his pocket,—a curious taunt from the man who so trusted Russia, that he signed a secret agreement with her to give up at Berlin the points for which he ordered Lord Ode Russell publicly to contend. The great guns, Lord Beaconsfield, Lord Granville, and the Duke of Argyll, did not speak on Thursday ; and Friday's debate did not end in time for our issue,* but it was understood on Friday afternoon that the Lords would pass the vote of censure. There is no particular objection to that, if such a vote makes the Peers more comfort- able in their minds, for the censures of the Upper House do not affect action; but we trust the reported intention of the 'Government to take a vote in the Commons will not be acted on, If the Tories force a vote, well and good, but to waste a week unnecessarily in sterile talk, is to play into the hands of the Obstructives. The whole country is with the Government, and wants to see the troops withdrawn, without any more argument for withdrawing them. There has surely been enough of 4liscussion.