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1 June 9th.
The Irish Parliamentary Party at a meeting in the House of Commons ¡carried a resolution condemning con- scription, which it held was calcu- lated to break the unity of the people.
The Miners' Federation have taken a vote upon referring to the Prime Minister the question of the settle- ment of their demands for the war bonus. The polling resulted in favor of consulting Mr. Asquith, the vot- ing being 43S,ooo against 2tq,ooo.
BR YA N 'S RE SIGN A TI ON.
Washington reports thal President Wilson has acceplcd the resigna- tion of Mr. W. Jennings Brya// as Secretary of State.
THE YANKEE ATTITUDE.
Washington reports that while the utmost that public opinion expects is' that the United States will break off
diplomatic relations with Germany, quiet preparations of a military and naval nature are proceeding.
The appointment of Mr. Robert Lansing as United Stales Secretary of State is of a temporary character only.
Mr. Bryan's resignation caused a sensation in Washington unparallc'-yl in recent years. The majority of the American newspapers consider the step ill-timed and lo have been taken by Mr. Bryan owing to his passion- ate and oftentimes Quixotic devotion to peace ideals. The "New York World" says thal Mr. Bryan's re- signation tells the whole story in mo- mentous news which every ¡one can ¡un-
President Wilson intends to pursue the course made obligatory by the American Note of February and made imperative by the Note of March
131h. In brief the President has put his hand to the plough and cannot turn back. Neither do the public de- sire thal he should. Mr. Bryan has made a ¿latement to the effect that his resignation was clue to President Wilson's refusal lo consider the in- vestigation of the "Lusitania" ques- tion by an international commission, or to issue a warning lo Americans against trayclling on vessels of the belligerent countries or on vessels carrying munitions.
June £ itïi.
The resignation of Mr. William Jennings Bryan as United Slater Sec- retary of Slate has caused a sensa- tion in the United Slates and also in Berlin.
U.S. NAVAL CRUISE.
The cruise of the American fleet lo San Francisco through the Pana- nia Canal has been abandoned, and the fleet will now remain in the At- lantic.
THE DOVE OF PEACE.
In the Federal House of Represen- tatives at Melbourne yesterday, Mr. Frank Brennan (Batma/?, Y.) read a long question suggesting that the Com'monwealth Government should suggest to the Imperial Authorities that the time had arrived to consider peace terms. (Dissent.) The Prime Minister (Mr. Andrew Fisher) stated
thal there was no intention on the part of the Commonwealth Govern- ment "to make peace representations which would be resented. (Hear, hear.) He was sure they all agreed that the quarrel was one that must be fought out lo the bitter end. (General cheers).
MUNITIONS OF WAR.
The Hon. David Lloyd-George, Minister for Munitions, made at Brix- ton an eloquent appeal for a suffi- ciency of shells for the Allies. On» result has been that Lysaght's big
iron works in Wares have been placed at the disposal of the Government. No further skilled Clyde workmen arc to be enrolled in the army or navy. .
THE GREEK ATTITUDE.
The Greek Minister for War states he would require definite guarantees
from the Allied nations before con-
senting lo Greece entering into the
VISIT OF JAPANESE FLEET.
Ai rangements have been completed for the reception of the Japanese warships Asa and Soya under Rear Admiral Chisaka, which arc due to arrive at Melbourne on Tuesday.
On board one of the vessels which has escaped German torpedoes fired at it was Captain Raold Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer and
discoverer of the South Pole.
MANUFACTURE OF MUNITIONS.
Negotiations have been proceeding between the Federal Government and the Imperial authorities for the manu- facture of shrapnel and high explosive shells in Australia. Many manufac- turing firms have offered assistance, and arrangements are approaching fin- ality. The Defence Department is awaiting samples, and full informa- tion regarding manufacture. On Monday additional offers of assistance were' made by engineering and metal working firms. Some were submit- ted to the Minister fpr Defence (Sena- tor G. F. Pearce) and others to the
Chamber of Manufacturers which is assisting in the organisation of the country's resources by preparing lists of assistants, and securing details re- garding the capacity of plants. Sev- eral firms in Victoria arc confident that, with very slight adjustments to their woiks, they will be able to un- dertake the manufacture of shells.
M'Kay, of the Sunshine Harvester ' Works, who is a member of the com- mittee appointed by the Federal Min- istry to investigate the question of the manufacture of shells, stated on Monday that an important develop- ment in the general situation might be expected in the course of a f.'w days.
The following letter dated Alder- ley, near Brisbane, 13th May, 1915, from one of the Darwin contingent is sure to interest our readers; - Although it is only a week to- to- day since we landed in Brisbane it seems a month, so much has hap- pened in so short a time. .We were, much surprised when we were posted to the 25th Battalion, which is about vcady to sail, and as a mjitter <^f fact we may be on the water in a week's time. We have a good deal of drill to do to, 'come 'up to the others and arc let off fatigue and other duties in order that we might havo plenty of drill. -We did two days' firing practice for musketry ami on the whole did pretty well. Sonic of the men have been here four- teen and fifteen weeks and are very anxious to get away, and those .who are unallotted envy us much in gel- ang allotted to the 25th. The un- allotted remain at Enoggera, where Glasson and McDonald arc. Jim Cain and Thompson 'have alrcidy gone, while Jones, Boyle, and G ren- wood go with us. Major Walker commands our company iß) and Captain Lewis is second in command. We arc all keen to become efficient, and I like the camp life Very well ; the exercise and regular meals and hours help wonderfully. This camp is known as "Green Hill," and is about one and a half mires on the Brisbane side of Euoggcra and a much better camp. The rifle ranges are between the two camps. They treat us 'very well -with regard to leave. Davenport arrived in camp to- day. Ile says he goes to Enoggera to-morrow. He was only paying a visit as he has not been sworn in yet I believe.