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A FLOATING TOMB.

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A PRACTICAL SUGGESTION FOR…

PLANS FOR OBTAINING A DINNER…

THE SPEAKERSHIP OF THE HOUSE…

PERILOUS AND FATAL ADVENTURE…

THE SOLE REMEDY.

A MODERN HERMIT.

CATTLE FROM URUGUAY.

DEPUTATION TO THE ARCHBISHOP…

THE CATTLE PLAGUE.

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THE COURT DRESS QUESTION.

Newyddion
Dyfynnu
Rhannu

THE COURT DRESS QUESTION. At the opening of the present Parliament Mr. Bright took advantage of the Speaker's election to protest against a grievance. All members whor accept the Speaker's invitations to dinner are required to present themselves either in uniform or the strange costume which-is now worn only by footmen and courtiers, and is probably the ugliest dress uswl throughout the world. He thought the costume un- worthy the elected head of a free representative body, and mentioned that Mr. Cobden had for twenty-five years been precluded from accepting the Speaker's invitations by his reluctance to appear in decorated apparel," and that a Colonel had .complained that it cost him fifty guineas to buy a suitable dress for the Speaker's table. That story requires a little explana- tion, remarks the Spectator, as a colonel is usually in possession of a uniform, and uniform is always en regie, but in the general argument Mr. Bright was substantially in the right. Robes of office help among an uncivilised people like the English to keep up the respect due to office, but robes of office are not required at dinner, and the Speaker does not invite members strictly to a ceremonial. It is convenient to make a royal levee expensive, uncomfortable, and short, for the Sovereigns of the House of Brunswick have been as unlike the Stuarts in the stately charm of their manners as in their tyranny, but there is no conceiv- able reason for turning a pleasant reception into a masquerade. If members like to blaze as Deputy- Lieutenants let them, but if they prefer that as- tounding" costume, a black swallow-tailed coat, why should that harmless fancy be interfered with ? It makes all men ugly and insignificant, but surely that is a point for them, not for their entertainer.

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AN AFFAIR OF HONOUR!"

THE MARKETS.

A FREE AND EASY WAY OF-DOING…