27 JULY 1867, Page 3

The second reading of the Bill to make public meetings

in the parks illegal and punishable by fine passed on Monday, but the measure will be furiously resisted in Committee. The Govern- ment is decidedly imprudent in this matter, for the instantseffect of its measure will be to give every body of discontented men a point by which to test their physical force, the very collision we want to avoid. At least let the Government wait till it has a Householder Parliament, and is able to back its decrees by irresis- tible force.