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EUROPEAN ITEMS.

London, May 16. A profound sensation has been created throughout the country by the exposure, yesterday, in the House of Commons, of Mr Parnell’s offer to the Government to stop the outrages, and to support the Liberal party, on the conditions that the imprisoned suspects should be immediately released, and that a measure providing for the surrender of arrears of rout should be introduced in Parliament by the Government. Mr Gladstone denied that such a bargain had been made, but Mr Forster read letters which passed between the alleged contracting parties. Mr Parnell’s offer to stop the outrages is held to make the Irish organisation with which he has been prominently connected largely responsible for the agrarian outrages which for so long a time have been frequent in Ireland. London, May 17. Janner, and two subordinate workmen, have been convicted at Vienna for criminal carelessness in connection with the burning of the Ring Theatre, and sentenced, the former to four and the latter to eight months’ imprisonment. The other defendants implicated in the calamity were acquitted. London, May 12. The petition for a new trial by Charles Jules Guiteau, sentenced to death for the murder of the late General Garfield, President of the United States, has been refused.

Sir William Yernon Harcourt, the Secretary of State for the Homo Department, last evening introduced a Bill in the Hcuse of Commons for the suppression of crime in Ireland. The BUI is more severe in its provisions than any previous repressive measure. Wherever the ordinary law is powerless to repress crime, a Commission consisting of three Judges will be empowered to try—without the assistance of a jury all charges of treason, murder, unprovoked attacks upon houses, and other offences of the description which have prevailed during the reign of terror. The cost of procedure will be defrayed out of a special rate levied upon the property situated within the inculpated district. An appeal from the sentence of the Judges is provided. It is proposed that the Repressive Act shall remain in operation for three years. The Conservatives express approval of the measure, but the Land League party both the moderate and extreme sections —are astounded at its severity, and already strongly denounce its provisions. The Government repressive proposals also include the revision of the Acts relating to aliens, with a view to facilitate the expulsion of foreigners who persist in rendering themselves dangerous to the peace of the country. Newspapers guilty of inciting the population to acts of violence, will be summarily suppressed. It is proposed to grant compensation to the families of the victims of agrarian murder, or political revenge, as well as to offer recompense for acts of mutilation, or for damage wilfully caused to property. London, May 16.

In the House of Commons last evening Mr Gladstone introduced a Bill dealing with the arrears of rent duo by Irish tenantry. The measuie provides for assistance to tenants, and that the landlords shall forego balances of arrears. Such assistance is to bo limited to fanners of L2O rental, Griffiths’ valuation, on the tenants proving their poverty. The duration of the Bill is to bo three years.

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EUROPEAN ITEMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 644, 24 May 1882

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EUROPEAN ITEMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 644, 24 May 1882

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