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BRITISH AND FOREIGN.
THT3 SAXVATION ARAIY.
THE opening of a " National Barracks and Congre* Hall " by members of the Salvation, Army at Clampton, prior to the opening of the "third triennial " War Congress," was the occa-
sion for a large gathering of that body from all parts of the United Kingdom. ' The new build- ing' was formerly in the occupation of the London Orphan Asylum, and'has been pur-' chased on behalf of the Salvation Army for £15,000, including the freehold. The alterations to render the premises suitable for the pur- poses to which they are to bo put have cost nearly £8000 more. The meeting on Saturday was called for 3 o'clock ; but long before that hour the large hall was well filled by an enthusiastic audience, a majority of whom were in the uniform or w ore the badges and medals of the Salvation Anny. During the time before the proceedings commenced the band from the head-quarters, composed of brass and string instruments, reinforced by banjoes, tambourines, and one youth with bones, played some of the "war tunes" in which the Salvationists delight. At 3 o'clock a procession of officers and cadets marched into the hall. Shortly afterwards shouts of " Hal- lelujah," "Amen," "God be praised," and erics of a similar nature greeted the appearance of General Booth, who wns accompanied by Mrs. Booth, Admiral Fishbourne, Mr. Black- wood, C.B., and several ladies and gentlemen who have identified themselves with the cause.
General Booth explained their object in open- ing, theso barracks, in which it ia proposed that cadets shall stay for periods of front three to six months, to bo grounded in Scripture, reading, writing, public speaking,
and in "military training" as to how to
" attack and bombard towns." He stated that of the £23,000 which the hall and barracks had cost, they still required nearly £S000, which he asked to be subscribed that day. Mr. T. A. Denny addressed the meeting, and promised a sum of a thousand guineas towards clearing the debt. This was supplemented by sums of £500 each from Mr. Edward Denny, Mr. T. Livingstone Lcannont, and Mr. John Terry. The announcement of theso gifts caused enthu- siasm, and pnpers were rapidly passed up to the platform offering amounts \arying from £100 downwards, and bringing the total subscription up to about £4000. In the evening another meeting was held, and on Sunday several seryices took place in and outside the .hall.
THE RADICAL CLUBS. !
A demonstration by the members of the whole of the London Radical working men's clubs, the London Trades Council, and other trade organisations, took place in Hyde Park, "in support of the constitutional right of Northampton to its full representation in the House of Commons, and to protest against the continued illegal exclusion of Mr. O. Brad- laugh, M.P., from the 'seat in that House to which he has been thrice duly elected." ,Thcro were probably npt fewer than 30,000 persons present. Some of the clubs marched in pro- cession to the park with bandB and banners. Mr. Bradlaughj'who waa loudly cheered, said he did not intend to detain them long, because on the following day he had." to argue in the Court of Queen s Bench the question which a short time ago he was supposed to havo no present intention of raising. It was said that he had rushed into -litigation ; but the fact was that until last month ho com- menced no litigation at all. The litigation was against him by those who, pretending that they wished to prevent bim from profaning the oath, tried to make him bankrupt because he did not take it. Ho asked them not to believe that
the question was one of religion or irréligion.
The men who excluded bim from the House of Commons at that moment excluded Illili, not because of any theological views ho enter- tained, but for two reasons-one was that thoy wished to damago Mr. Gladstone and the Liberal party, and the other, waa thltt they were afraid he might pursue, if ,he continued in tho House of Communs, the course he com- menced while he was in it, and press tho ques- tion of the abolition of perpetual pensions. Well, he meant to fight until he won, Mr. Bradlaugh concluded by asking those who dis- approved of his exclusion from the House to hold up their hands, and every hand seemed to bo raised in response. The crowd then, after cheering " for Bradlaugh," dispersed.
rRAYKRS FOR IRELAND.
The following aro the forms of prayer agreed upon by the Upper House of the Canterbury Convocation for use during the continuance of i the present troubles in Ireland :-"For Use in I Churches and Chapels.-O Almighty God, Kbig of kings, and Governor of all things, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to bo merciful to them that truly repent, appease, wo humbly beseech Thee, the tumults in Ireland, and heal the sores thereof. Wo confess that wo aro not worthy of the least of Thy mercies ; wo have sinned with our fathers and done wickedly ; yet, O Lord, be not Thou
extreme to mark what is done amiss. De- liver us from blood-guiltiness. O God, Thou art the God of our health. Preserve us from secret conspiracies and open violence, from hatred and mallee, and grant us to bo of one heart and ono mind in serving Theo our God, in obeying the Queen, and in ] leading a quiet and peaceable life in all god | liness and honesty. Ilcar us, O Lord, for Thy . mercy is great, and after the multitude of Thy ' mercies look upon us ; through the merits and , mediation of Thy Blessed Son, Jesus Christ I our Lord. Amen." "Player for Use in , Private and in Families.-O God, our refuge i and strength, Who orderest all things in Heaven and earth, we flee to Theo for succour in this our timo of trouble. Look down with
i Thy mercy on us, nnd on our brethren in I Ireland. Remember not our iniquities, nor
the iniquities of our forefathers, neither take I Thou vengeance of our sins. Deliver us, O . Lord, from blood-guiltiness ; preserve us from
open violence and secret conspiracy. Pour out , upon us, and on all the people of that land, ! the spirit of grace and supplication, and join i them together with us in piety, loyalty, and
brotherly lovo. Direct the counsels, and ' strengthen the hands, of all in nuthority, for | the repression of crime and outrage, the main i tcnanco of order and law, and of public pcaco
and safety ; so that leading quiet lives in all godliness and honesty wo may be Thy people, and Thou mayest vouchsafe to be our God; and that wo may bless and glorify Theo, our Defender and mighty Deliverer, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen."
THE PERISHING) SCOTCH FOLK.
A meeting of the London Invcrnesshire Association was held at the Freemasons' Tavern, "to consider the grievances under which the crofters in tho Highlands suffer," more particularly in referenco to Skye. Dele- gates representing several societies in tho Highlands wero present. Dr. Roderick M'Donald presided. Professor Blackio moved, "That this meeting is of opinion that the condition of the crofters in the Highlands generally calls for the urgent attention of her Majesty's Government." He had, ho said, lived moro or less in the Highlands for twenty years, during which time ho had taken cvory means to acquaint himself practically with tho land laws ; and ho had como to this conclusion -that the principle upon which tho land laws of Scotlnnd were enacted was a fnlse one; indeed, nil the land laws were wrong, because they wero one-sided, and woro mnde and executed by landowners-in short, niado by tho strong to support tho strong, whereas they should bo made to support tho weak. Instead Of the moro favoured class thinking of nothing else but making money out of tho land-in doing which thoy placed tho nation and them Belves on the road to perdition-they should consider tho interests or thoso who wero under thom, and tho feeling should bo mutual. Mr. Nicol seconded tho motion, which was agreed to. Professor Hunter moved that, "Whilo
gladly acknowledging tho just and generous treatment by many Highland proprietors of their crofter tenants, this meeting is of opinion tliat enough remains of'a different character ty mako legislative interference necessary." Ho boro testimony to tho terrible poverty of tho crofters and small farmers in tho West Highlands and in Argyleshire. Tho funda- mental principle which lay at tho root of national wealth was, that every man should enjoy tho fruits of his labour, but the laws protected the landlords and not tho crofters, There was a good deal to bo said in favour of Mr. W. H. Smith's motion, although Professor Hunter would bo content with something lees revolutionary. Ho hold that a tenant lind a right to live upon the land which lils father had tilled before him ; and if Parliament interfered to prevent tho landlord appropriat- ing tho fruits of his labours in tho shape of im- provements. &c, tho Highlanders would bo content with BUCII a solution of tho difficulty. Mr. B. D. M'Kcnzto seconded tho resolution. On tho suggestion of Dr. Clarke, the words "in order to settle tho people on their holdings" wero added, and tho resolution was passed. On the motion of Mr. J. M'Donald, seconded by Mr. John Fraser, it was resolved, " That this mooting, fully realising and deeply regrottlng tho deplorable consequences under which crofUrs hold their lund, pledge themselves (aliko in the interest of tho crofters, the land- lords, and tho gonornl community) to use oveiy lawful means to have tho laud laws so (Utercd
! as to afford security of tenure at fair rents."
[News has since this appeared that the whole of the families of the Glen, numbering 100, havo agreed to emigrate to Canada. The landlord in chief gets £50 per year more from somebody than the crofters paid him. This needs no
comment. In a little time the verdict will be given, and all these verdicts will make up a grievous total for that land " whero wealth ac- cumulates and men decay."-Eu. J5.C]
1 TnE RIOTS IN RUSSIA.
The disastrous effects of the anti-Jewish riots which continuo in the south aro already making (says the Times correspondent at St. Petersburg) themselves felt. Commerce and industry ave suffering in an unprecedented degree. Business men are complaining loudly, especially those whose trade depends upon tho confidence and credit given by commetcinl houses abroad. Even the Moscow Exhibition bids fair to become a failure. The number of exhibitors from nn empiro of 90,000,000 of sub- jects is only counted at about 2000, and many of theso have not yet been able to send their goods. Foreign houses express so much mistrust that, as business men on 'Chango remark, twenty or thirty telegrams have now to bo exchanged with houses abroad before one transaction can be carried through. According to trustw orthy data gathered from various sources, the material damage dono by the anti-Jewish movement of last year and this spring, including thehouses, breadstuifs, and other property destroyed, tho money taken away by the 5100 Jewish families who emigrated last year, and by the 228,000 families and 32,000 singlo men w ho hav e emigrated this year amounts approximately to about £22,000,000, all lost to Russia. To this must bo added the losses resulting from the prevention of labour and profit, not only of the Jews, but of others during the riots fioin the stagnation of trade generally, and in various other w ays, which would increase the total by many more millions.
THE ARABS AND TUNIS.
The Times correspondent at Constantinople wires as follows, under date lGth May :-The semi-official Arabic paper El Jawaib publishes a letter signed by Ali Ben Khalifa, in which the writor contradicts the rumour that ho was
negotiating with the Bey of Tunis with the 'object of recognising the iatter's authority and abandoning the struggle. The letter proceeds as follows;-" The Bey having delivered up Tunis without consulting mo or my partisans, w c have resolved to recognise no authority in Tunis except that of our Caliph, the Sultan, .and we aro determined to fight for the inde- pendence'of our country to the last extremity." The semi-official journal adds that the naines of thechiefs of the grent tribes whohnv C refused to submit to tho Boy mid now follow Ali Hen Khnlifiv ave as follow ¡-Ben Youssonf, Chief of the Hiunmnma tribe ; Hussein, Caul of the Zlass tribe ; Honla, Caid of the Evladicsid ; and Sheikh Zou, Caul of the Ourghemmas.