1 JULY 1882, Page 1


E. GLADSTONE stated on Thursday that the Govern- ment "are very sensible of the difficulties in which the House is placed with respect to the remainder of the time of the present Session;" and he added, "We shall endeavour to get on as far as possible with the clauses of the Prevention of Crime Bill in Committee during the present week, even if it entails the neces- sity of asking the House to-morrow [i.e., yesterday] to prolong the sitting further than usual,". That meant, of course, an all-night eitting for yesterday, or something like it, unless the wheels begin to roll more rapidly from the mere dread of it. But of this certainly there was no evidence on Thursday night. Mr. Healy almost surpassed himself in violence and obstruction, re- ferring to the threat of all-night sittings and all-day sittings with scornful fury. He declared, for instance, that Englishmen could not know anything about the Irish people's view of murder, be- cause "they cut their sweethearts' throats and kick their wives to death ;" and attacked Sir S. Northcote —es pro pos of the pro- posal to levy fines on Irish districts where undisebvered crimes are committed—for desiring "to spill oceans of blood in Egypt in the interest of the J ew s ." In fact, the careful irrelevance of this clever man's sneers looked oS if he were studying irrelevance the more carefully, in consequence of the threat of the all-night sitting. Would not the House do well to set an example, by expelling any of its Members who really trifle with the present exigency ?