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General News.

The Sovereign Pontiff, touched by the distress to which the population of Venice have been reduced by the cholera, has sent to the Cardinal Patriarch the sum of 2,000d01a. to be distributed among the families who have been most severely tried by the epidemic.

The Prince of Montenegro has dispatched a plenipotentiary to Rome for the purpose of concluding a Concordat with the Vatican, in order to secure the diocesan autonomy of the Montenegrin Catholics. It is certainly a remarkable sight to observe Leo XIII. negotiating simultaneously with the ruler of tbe vastest empire on tbe earth, and with that of the smallest of principalities.

As a sign of the times the incident which occurred at the Viceregal Lodge on Tuesday last is worthy of note. Lord Aberdeen having recently ordered the construction of a private chapel attached to the Lodge, tne building was carried out under tbe Board of Works. It was so satisfactorily completed within a short period that his Excellency determined to show his appreciation by giving a banquet to the workmen employed. After dinner the toast of the Queen and the healths of the Lord Lieutenant and Lady Aberdeen were duly honoured. Some other toasts having been disposed of, the company separated, having first sung " God Save the Queen" and then " God Save Ireland." We wonder what the " disloyal Unionists," as Mr. Parnell terms them, will think of this symptom of separation.-iVa*i<>» July 3. Mr. Blame has sent the following correction of his reported speech to the Kennebec Journal :—ln: — In the Associated Press report of a brief speech which 1 delivered in Portland on the Irish question, I am quoted as applying the words, " impudent, insolent, brutal," to Lord Salisbury. This is incorrect. I was referring to his Lordship's declaration that " the Irish might remain as they are now situated or emigrate," and I said, interrogatively—" Is not this an impudent proposition ? Ia it not insolent in its terms 1 Does it, indeed, stop short of being brutal in its cruelty 1"— It is parliamentary to say that a statement is not true, but altogether unparliamentary to say that its author is guilty of falsehood ; the first describes the thing, the second assails the person. My characterization was aimed at the proposition, and not at Lord Salisbury personally. As I spoke without notes and did not see the stenographer's report until it appeared in the papers, I hope I shall not be held accountable for tbe errors that appeared.

The union of Irishmen in the bonds of A loving national brotherhood was the doctrine ever preached by O'Connell during his entire political career. Tbe sentiments which he announced in 1799 were those which he entertained to the last moment of his life. In his speech in (he Dublin Corporation in 1843 he preached with undiminished earnestness % policy of conciliation: — " While the entire cause of Ireland ia with the Repealers, remember that I implore of you to conciliate everybody. The man who can conciliate a single Protestant, Presbyterian, or unwilling Catholic is, to my mind, tha best of patriots ; for what do we want but that they should join us, in order that they may see how the work goes on, and that they may assist to model it in sues a manner that no evil can be done to themselves ? Perhaps it may be said that I am an unfit person to lead them on ; and I must admit that during the contest for Emancipation I have often used scathing and violent words. I abused many of them ; and what is worse, I ridiculed more of them ; and I haughtily threw back with defiance the attacks made upon me and my couutry : but, then, I ask did I begin the battle ? Or did lin the first instance get no provocation ? Or rather did there ever live a man better abused than I have been ? But this I can say, that however I might abuse or be abused, no man can assert that he found me refusing to be reconciled, or cherishing enmity in my breast." The late riots in Belfast were neither incited nor carried on by the low criminal population, as the cable despatches would seem to intimate by calling them "the scum of Belfast." In one sense it was the " scum," which is always on top, but not the dregs. It was the dominant class, encouraged by their leaders and supported by tbe same class in England. Here is what a high-toned and highpriced London society journal, appropriately named Tte Bat, had to say just before the late outbreak :— " No one can possibly imagine that the proposed state of things will be tolerated without a struggle. How and when that struggle will commence, how much valuable blood will be spilt, and how many noble fellows sacrificed, cannot possibly be predicted at present. There is only one way out of the difficulty, only one method by which tha sympathies of the careless mob by vrhom we are now governed can be enlisted. The remedy lam going to propose is a terrible one, but circumstances justify it. Let the Northerners commence at once. Let them arm themselves from their battalions, and turn the weapons up till now used against themselves against their enemies, the Papists. Let Ulster go forth in its thousands and burn down every Nationalist building, every cot or hovel in which there resides an avowed Nationalist. Let them shoot down the agitating priests like the dogs that they are, and then the Liberal Government will understand that Ulster is in earnest. Gladstone ie a coward, and his following rabble are cowards." — Pilot.

The Irish National papers claim that the true cause of Mr. Gladstone's defeat in the elections was the fear of the English masses lest the Land Bill should follow the Home Rule Bill.— They resolutely objected to run the risk of being made accountable for tho great sum that it was proposed to pay to the Irish landlords. In no section of the national party is there the slightest tone of bitternes expressed against the English electors. On the contrary they are cheery and hopeful.

The Roman correspondent of the Times denies the report that the Pope has interfered with fu Horns Sale agitation— as a political question. He says and very c jrrectly aays, that the Church cannot •upport agitators who 33 appliance* arj dynamite and moonlight murder. He very kindly leaves it to the Church to judge as to the denunciation of the crimes that have accompanied the Home Rule agitation, which, he says, it must know do not help the cause o* Irish independence, but he adds that they certainly receive no shadow of encouragement from the Vatican.— All true friends of Ireland, however, aie as well aware as even the Pope himself thai crime committed in its interests must injure the Irish cause grievously, and they are further aware that the Church has long since and from time immemorial denounced this as well as every other specie 3of crime. The correspondent writes, we may add, in contradiction of a report that the Pope had openly approved of the Irish agitation, and that the Duke of Norfolk had in consequence become a Protestant.

Blessed apparently are the children who are confided to ha care of the Evansdale school committee-and no young Spartans could ever have been entrusted to the training of men more skilled in fighting. — There was quite a jolly little shindy in the committee on the 4th inst., when the secretary got mad at being called (t a—crawler" by another of the committeemen, who, however, says he he had not more drink than he could carry, and lamps and caudles were thrown about and a general row tojk pLice in the dark. — The patrons of the three " R's " in this district are evidently valiani men. Let us not hope that the rising generation will duly prove themselves sons to their daddies.

The Ziffle* correspondent describing the riots that lately took place at Amsterdam says "It is noteworthy that an excellent system of primary instruction is general in Holland."— Yet here an educated people pursues the cruel sport of eel-baiting on Sunday, — and when interrupted by the police fights and riots in a desperate manner. — The three " R's," we may add, had in this instance the further advantage of all the enlightened associations of the day, as Socialism was the guiding spirit on the occasion. — But what an outcome of the glorious Reformation. — \light, not the shade of Alva have claimed some alleviation of the sentence pronounced upo i hn memory, and pointed in appeal to these sons cf the Gueux — the crowd that conducted themselves, according to the testimony of the Times correspondent, " with the savageness characteristic of Dutch mobs " ?

Mb. J. Maxwell, a Protestant, spaaking in North Fermanagh the other day in support of Mr. W Redmond, den ie 1 i he accusation of intolerance brought against Catholics. —He gave as instances his own election three times as chairman of tbo Town Commissioners in Dunda.k where the Catholics were 90 per cent, ol the population, and the support of a bazaar got up by his Presbyterian minister to build a hall for the young men of the congregation. Catholics nocked to the bazaar he said, and gave tneir subscriptions aad in other ways raised the sum of £600 for the Presbyterian congregation.

AMONG the means adopted to oppose Mr. Gladstone have been the dissemination of various reports concerning members of his family. — They have been accused of quarreling among themselves, and amongst the rest his son the Key. Stephen Gladstone, Hector of Hawarden, has been asserted to he a Papist in disguise. In writing to contradict the report the gentleman in question warns a correspondent as follows :—": — " If you will take a word of advice from mo it is never to believe a single tale related in the Tory papers about Mr. Gladatone or any one immediately related to him." But is not this a deplorable testimony and most disgraceful to the party concerning whom it is borne ? — We may nevertheless, for our own part, repeat Mr. Stephen Gladstone's warning in relation to all that the same papers have to say about the Irish cause.

Sir Julius Vogel has written a letter to the London Times opposing Mr. Gladstone's Home Rule proposals in the interests of federation. As Sir Julius, however, pretends to belii * 'hat a federation of the Empire even although some of the Statt-o .^Jdt be maintained in the union by force would be of immense strength, we may dismiss his views on the subject as hardly worthy of consideration. Not to speak of the les-on as to an enforced union given by Ireland, situated as the British colonies are a determined opposition to the federation made by even one of them would be fatal. We should hardly have expected from a grave statesman like Sir Julius the

suggestion that a grand celebration of Her Majesty's jtibilea should be made by the first meeting of tho federal Parliament. Utopia should be far removed from the sphere of a prj,cticil politician.

One of the dear missionaries, a certain revd. man named Paton has written to the Melbourne Argiis describing Popish idolatries as he imagines them in the South Seas and expressing his dread of the priests when backed by French arms in civilising thJ natives '' by muskets and bayonets and debauchery." Bit really oar good missionary should not throw stones among a community who live in glass houses. What has been the nature of the benefits conferred even in our own Protestant coloaies upon the aborigines 1 Or where in the world have the native races bjen brought iuco contact with British civilisation without degradation aad dsith as t!ie result ? Our pious friends, no doubt, are very much excited by the French invasion of their happy hunting grounds, bat infamous lying and unreitrained fury will hardly avail them much, unless, indeed, they awaken the sympathies of the recidivists and obtain their recognition of kindred spirits.

In connection with the rise in the price of wool it is all very well to rejoice, but it should be remembered, at the same time, that there are hardly grounds as yet for an excessive elation. When the grea t fall took place prices were extremely low, and the rise has not yet reached the point at which they then stcod. A partial advance towards an unsatisfactory state of affairs is therefore all that has so far occurred. Let us, however, hope that ere long the rise in prices may bring matters up to what they were under the most favourable circumstances. Mb. William Hutchison announces himself as a candidate for Dunedin central.

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General News., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 21, 17 September 1886

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General News. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XVIII, Issue 21, 17 September 1886

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