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NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL.

[l’uu Tb Anau at Tlusselt,.] Loxoon, Feb, 11. The Marquis of Hartington lias declared that the disclosures in the correspondence with regard to the seizure of Cabul will not affect the resolution of the Government to abandon Candahar. The House of Commons, which assembled at 4 o’clock on the 3isfc January, continued tiro debate on the motion of Mr Foster for leave to introduce the Coercion Pill. They-sat uninterruptedly through the night of the Slst, all through the first, and daring the night of the Ist until 9.30 on the morning of the ‘2nd February, when the discussion was peremptorily closed by the Speaker. The Speaker pointed out crisis had arrived demanding prompt decision on the part of the chair, as the rules of the House proved powerless to ensure tire ordinary effect, and a debate on an important, urgent measure was arrested by a considerable minority of members, which resorted to modes of obstruction recognised by the House as Parliamentary. An offence against the dignity, credit and authority of the Mouse had been seriously threatened, and it was necessary to vindicate shorn. The .Speaker, therefore, declined calling upon any more member,-',. The Speaker proceeded to put fho question ,o the House. An amendment by Mr 1 <yons, demanding precedence for remedial legislation, was thereupon noga-

tivecl by IG4 against lb. Tho Speaker i proceeded to put tho question that leave t be given to introduce the Bill, whereupon the Irish members rose to their feet, and shouted “privilege” during several minutes amidst unparalled uproar. The Irish members finally' left the House in a body. Mr Forster brought in tho Bill amidst cheering, and the first reading was passed. Mr Gladstone then gave notice of motion that if upon notice being given that tho state of business was urgent, and if, on a call by the Speaker, forty’ members should support the demand for urgency by rising in their places, the Speaker shall forthwith put the question without debate, Mr. Gladstone was proceeding to address the House in support of tiio motion when ho was interrupted by Mr Dillon, who, disregarding the order of the Speaker to resume his seat, was named and suspended. On declining to leave tho House ho was removed by tho Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr Parnell, pursuing a similar course, was suspended, and was expelled by a .subsequent vote. Immediately 7 following this, two Parnellites were ejected for refusing to leave the House when a division was called for by Mr Gladstone. The resolution was them adopted. Tho proceedings occupied four hours. Mr Gladstone afterwards made an eloquent and impassioned speech, one of his greatest oratorical efforts, deploring the necessity for now rules, the adoption of which had become a question of honor or dishonor, life or death for the House. The Government accepted the amendment of Sir S. Northcote, that a Crown Minister ho required to state reasons for “ urgency’” of debate. The second reading of the Bill occupied five sittings. They terminated on the Bth, when the second reading was passed by do!) to SG. The debate in Committee is still proceeding. Tho Speaker has laid on the table now rules for the bettor conduct of public business. They are stringent, and will effectually’ kill obstruction in the future. They introduce the foreign system of cloture on certain conditions, enabling tho Speaker to silence members guilty of continued irrovelance and tedious repetition. The Chilian conditions of peace are stated to be the cession of Antifagosta and surrounding districts, the surrender of the allied fleet, the payment of a war indemnity of Ld0,000,000, Peru to contribute L 20,000,000 and Bolivia L 10,000,000. Until full payment of the indemnity Chili to occupy the Callao works on its own account, the guano deposits and copper and saltpetre mines after a six years’ lease. Bombay, Feb. 25. The embarkation of rhe 14th Hussars for Natal, which was to have taken place to-day, was countermanded, pending further orders.

No steps have been taken towords the evacuation of Candahar, but a largo convoy with ammunition is reported to have loft by Candahar for Quetta recently. The census was taken throughout India on the 17th inst., and passed off very quietly.

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NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 300, 23 March 1881

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NEWS BY THE SUEZ MAIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 300, 23 March 1881

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