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- LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.11

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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. 11 THE changes in a Cabinet, brought about by resignations, can hardly fail to have a good educational effect and influence upon the Mini-ters who are suddenly called on to give up one poat 'I. and take charge or another differing greatly from the fint. Lord Salisbury, from his previous oloae I acquaintance with the complex Eastern Ques- tion, might experience little difficulty in taking up the business of the Foreign Office at the point where it was left by Lord Derby but Mr. Gathorne Hardy is likely to feel for some time an essential dif- I fere ce between 1h3 lodiaa Secretaryship and, the War Secretaryship, whhh he had filled with credit since the formation of the Deiconsht-ld Ministry. It 'a rather singular that one of the results of Lord iJ^rhj's resignation should have been tho appointment of bis yoanger brother, Colonel S:anley, to the post vacated by Mr. Gathorce Hardy. The new Secretary at War has not, it may be presumed, the same objection j to a belliccse policy as his elder brother, otherwise he would have preferred to retiin the post of j inancial Sscre'ary to the Treasury, in which be le succeed*d Mr. W. H. Smith, who finds the office j oI hirst Lord of tbe Admiralty to be no sinecure in these threatening times. The danger ot another rowdy conflict in Hyde- park *aa happily averted oy an intimation from Scotland-yard to Mr. Auberon Herbert, Mr. Brad'augh, snd Lieut. Armit—tbe heads of the would-he crmntAr-de;nonstntors-that they would be held responsible for any breach of the peace that might occur on Saturday. Though Mr. Herbert, in an indignant letter, protested against this arbitrary interference on the part of the police authorities, he had the prudence to depart from the idea of holding the projected meeting, if there was ever any inten- tion of doing so; and the only thing in the shape of a demonstration that tuok place was the appearance in the park of a small procession— consisting chiefly of boys carrying flags and banners-hea.ded by the redoubtable Li^ut, Armit. R.N., who ought to be prdmote.¡, and placed at oooa in command of an ironclad. A meeting was held, but as only one dissentient uplifted his voioe against the two resolutions that were put and carried, the gathering was a mere fiasco in comparison with recent Hyde-park demonstra- tions. It is to be hoped that we shall bear no more about thesa contemptible affairs, which are got up by agitators fond of notoriety, and taken part in by rowdies, who find ample opportunity in crowds for indulging in their favourite pastimes of bruising, bonneting, and pocket-pickiog. This is the week when every Londoner may, in a sense, be said to have "the bluee," light or dark. Saturday is the day fixed for the great annual rowing match between Oxford and Cambridge—a match which, so far as public interest in oon- oerned, puts all the Agricultural Hall walking or running feats into the shade. The Cam- bridge crew, who came first to the water aa they had most to learn, were by no means favoured with good weather for several days; but both eights have now the advantage of perfecting themselves for the final heat under the inspiriting csnditions of refreshing airs snd April sunshine. Towards the close cf last week their performances were watehed by augmented crowds of spectators, in- cluding what is known as carriage company, and this week witnesses still larger groups at all the familiar spots between Putney and Mortlake, whence good views of the reaches of the river can be obtained. Remembering the advice given by the aathor of the" Biglov Papers," we shall not attempt to enrol ourselves among the prophets, or to give the slightest hint whether the dark or light blue is likely to be the conquering colour. Owing to the circumstance of the aquatic race last year being a dead heat, the forthcoming contest is likely to be attended with more than ordinary excitement. The verdict of the jury, given in favour of the defendant, in the case of Swaebe v. Tbiatlethwayte, heard before Lord Celeridge in the Cimmon Pleaa Division, is likely to have the effect of putting a check upon those fashionable milliners snd dressmakers, in Regent-street and elsewhere, who try p11 sorts of devices to encourage the Ixt-rAmganoe of tain cad ligut headed women. What the verdict amounts to ii ibat the husband is not responeibie for debts contracted by his wife when he ha? made it known to trades- people that she has an allowance of her own for all the purposes that underlie the colleetive title of pin-money. Though Mr. Swaebe was the nominal plaintiff in the case, it was Madame S waebe who, in the Regent-street establishment, conducted the business of milliaer and dress- maker, and she had assumed, for easily under- stood reasons, the more attractive and Frenoh- seeming name of Madame Rosalie. Theatrical stars of the female sex are often fond of adopting fine names; but it was perhaps not generally surmiied, until this Common Pe-n action cropped up, that fashionable milliners and dresa- makers, for the sake of augmenting the number of their patrons, were in the habit of resorting to the same device. It might not excite surprise if women following the profession of Madame Rachel were to carry on, under a false name, the quackery of the enamelling process; but it must tend to shake confidence in the straight dealing of any busi- ness when people place on their brass plates and Cards names that are not really their own. Madame Swaebe or Rosalie, when put in the witness-box, gave it as her opinion that a lady in Mrs. Thistlethwayte'a exalted posi- tion should spend £ 1000 a year in dress, and that she bad customers (or patrons as it is more polite to call them) who spent doable that amount. The perfect ease and assurance with whioh Madame made her observations on this point serves to show the extent to which ladies, who move in fashionable circle;), are at the mercy of strong-minded milliners and dressmakers, with an' eye to the main chance. There are ladies who submit to the authority of priestesses in the matter of dress just aa implicitly as they do to the authority of priests in matters of religion. It was the Empress Eugenie who, in the" goldeD Srime" of the Court of the late Emperor apoleon, raised the tide of female extravaganoe In dress to high flood, and it has never since then gone back to its proper limits and level. The abounding weekly journals and monthly maga- zines, largely devoted to dress and mil- linery, and rendered attractive by illustra- tions showing the latest Paris fashions from top to toe, have also much to answer for in bringing to pass oases like that of Swaebe v. Taistlethwayte which came at the close of last week before Lord Coleridge and a special jury. But it is the same all over the civilised world. Mra. Comyns Carr, in her recent interesting work North Italian Folk," mentions that 11 Signor Giordmo is a great man in Genoa because he has the largest shop for the novelties of fashion, and goes regularly to Paris and London for spring and autumn modes. Here is a scene the lac-simile of some which must have been enacted in Madame Rosalie's establish- ment in Regent-street, with only this difference, that Signor Giordano is the Genoese Worth-be serves and pleases the ladies better that any lady could do. No sooner has the Contessa Capra- cionte entered the shop than the great Senor, toeing aside the Carriere, a mercantile paper, makes his obeisance, and orders a tall and per- fumed young man to show some bsautiful new aauzeathathave just arrived. ''Pretty!" ejaculates the Conteasa, admiring the citron-coloured gauze, which ia shown off to the best advantage. ''1 But -7ith that stuff I shall need a silk dress of the colour besides; it will cost me too much!' Truly your ladyship has the love of fun/ laugba fat Signor Giordano at her elbow; ( we know pretty well what the Contessa Capramonte has for money. Truly,' pouts the pretty lady; you are a good husband one can see. Do you not; reflect on the face which that sour-visaged Count will make when I bring him the bill, and hive no more money "f the poor pittance he gives me to pay it w,th ? Oh, but I muat reflect upon it, however!And so on, the story ending with the purchase of tho citron-coloured gauze. The Coatessa Caorarnoate Íi simply an Italian reflec- tion, perfect in all parts, of Ilrs. Thistle -.hwayte- wre of a. gentleman of fortune residing in Grosvenor-squsre. D. G.

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