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wnx&BVttm Cmtrsganfont fWe deem it right to state that we do not at alL timejl Identify ourselves with our oorrespemdeiit'c opinions.] Heartily is her Majesty welcomed back to her an- cestral castle at Windsor and it is a matter of uni- versal congratulation that the Queen seems in excellent health, the bracing breezes of Balmoral apparently having conduced to this very desirable result. We in London are all the more delighted at her Majesty's re- turn as the season has yet several weeks to run. May favourable weather give an added charm to the al fresco breakfast in the castle grounds. The Emperor Napoleon has so often manifested hi? Vndly feelings towards England that one manifesta- tion more or less is of little consequence but still he Bpea a of England in so friendly a way, in writing to the Mayor of Southampton, that it is pleasant to read it. Referring to an address presented to him on the occasion of the recent attempt to assassinate him, the Emperc says he has in this expression of sympathy a fresn proof of the ties of friendship which unite France to England," and he adds' "I trust most hearlL y they may ever continue so, for modern society has to depend for its progress upon our union and efforts." These remarks will have been read in many and many an English household on the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. How different now are the relations between France and England to what they were then! And even long after that time the French were regarded as "our natural enemies." Now they are looked upon as our natural friends. The latest discussions in both Houses of Parliament have been of great general interest, for they have had reference to the two leading measures of this session in the one House the Irish Land Bill, in the other the Education Bill. Both bills have already undergone considerable alteration, and both will be subjected to still further changes, but the prevailing opinion appears to be that they will both be carried this session, in Rome shape or ether. May that opinion be verified. There is little doubt if any, with regard to the Land Bill, now that it has been read a second time by the Lords. In respect to the other the same amount of confidence cannot be so readily expressed, but probably the majority of people throughout the country are inclined to favour the bill, either with or without miner alter- ations, and certainly it would be a good thing for the country, in my humble opinion, could the measure be passed this session. The bill, should it become law, will not be like ihe "law of the Medea and Persians, which alterethnot." It could be subsequently modified as occasion might require. Mr. Gladstone has no pretensions, I believe, to be considered a humourist, but he occasionally says un- wittingly rather a funny thing. In Committee of Supply, some objection being taken to extravagant salaries awarded to officers of the House of Lords, the Premier remarked that the officers of the Houses of Parliament had to work both night and day, and were like men in the Arctic regions, who had six months night and six months day." That is to say, that these officers have six months' play and six months' work. Well, that is not bad, as things go now-a-days; but then, Mr. Gladstone would have us believe that during this six months' work the work goes on night and day Oh, indeed How then do these gentlemen manage to sleep? Of course, they don't sleep they're always at work Many thousands of hard-working clerks would be delighted to work just as hard, and for just as much money, more especially as there are six months' holi- day out of the twelve. How the House of Lords officials must laugh in their sleeves How grateful they must be to their influential champion! Which are we to believe-Mr. W. M. Torrens or Mr. Goschen? Both gentlemen doubtless desire to speak the truth, but they differ marvellously. The former in moving "that the continued want of em- ployment in many of the great towns of the kingdom call3 for the special consideration of this House," takes a very gloomy view of the state of trade and the labour market. He maintains that there is no opening in trade likely to absorb the surplus labour during the next winter; that unexampled poverty has prevailed very recently in the great towns; that th's poverty is likely to recur; and that especially with regard to the metropolis, clergymen, employers, and philanthropists all tell the same sad story. On the other hand, Mr. Goschen insist upon it that the state of the country is not like this that the cotton and iron trades espe- cially are brisk; that the reports of Poor Law inspectors, factory inspectors, &c., point to reviving prosperity; and that even taking the metropolis as a whole, trade is improving. Strange difference of opinion here, both opinions being presumably founded on facts. Perhaps the truth lies bt-tween the two, or there is truth on both side. A3 far as my own in- quiries are worth anything, I incline to believe that Mr. Goschen is nearer the truth than Mr. Torrens; but in any case there could be no harm in the Govern- ment so far aeceding to the views of the latter as to develope the plans already acted upon to some extent, and send out as many families of unemployed dockyard men, &c., as may be willing to go to Canada. The friends of the poor (and who is not, at II. least in theory, the friend of the poor?) may be con- gratulated on the fact that the Social Science Associa- tion, Lord Shaftesbury, and some other philanthropists, are entertaining a proposal made by Miss Rye. This benevolent lady proposes to find homes in America for pauper girls—orphans or deserted—from seven to twelve years of age. In Canada or America these girls will be placed, under legal protection, with re- spectable families, till 18 years of age. They will thus virtually be prepared for domestic service, their educa- tion meanwhile not being neglected. What a boon this will be for orphan or deserted paupers. They will have little to regret in leaving their native land, most of the associations with which must be of a painful character, and they will have an honourable and a prosperous future before them. It is to be hoped that the Poor Law Board will favour the idea. For ourselves this is just the kind of emigration that England wants—a conclusion to which any reflecting mind can scarcely fail to come. A pleasant feature of this time of the year is what may be called the School Excursion movement. Thanks to the benevolence of outsiders and the kindly zeal and goo offices of Sunday-echool superintendents and teachers, excursions by steamboat, train, or van, are now frequent, and no one can witness any of these ex- cursions without feeling that the children heartily enjoy them. The sight of waving trees, fresh fields, green shady lanes, and the other charms of rural scenery jmust be refreshing indeed to children long immured in small close rooms, in misera ble little houses, in narrow streets and alleys. It is a kind and generous labour of love thus to make our little ones acquainted with the ) beauties of Nature-beauties that they very rarely behold, and in many cases never behold but during these annual excursions, Greece and Spain have attracted painful attention lately, owing to the prevalence of brigandage in these countries, but Hungary would seem to out do both together, if we can place reliance on the tale that a State trial of 300 brigands in the latter country is about to take place, and that probably 200 of them will be executed But can we believe it ? It reads like a tale especially adapted for the marines Most earnestly it is to be hoped that the rumour is not true that the Crystal Palace Company is about to let for building purposes the most secluded and enjoy- able part of its grounds. If the rumour be verified, this great company, the directors of which have hitherto shown good ta3te and sound judgment, will be seriously injured. To build on these grounds would be penny-wise and pound-foolish; it would be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Ic is well known that the grounds of the Crystal Palace are, for at least half of the year, a most attractive charm. They bring thousands of people who would not otherwise go. The weather is a perennial topic with Ecglisnmen, but there is one consolation—if we commence a con- versation with the weather we soon turn to something else. Just now the topic, however, is of more than ordinary interest. A little while ago cloudless skies, fierce sun, parched ground, and burnt-up grass, foliage, and flowers were the signs of the time but the heavy storm and the refreshing showers that followed have produced a remarkable, but by no means wonderful change in the aspect of affairs. As one writer well expresses it, they have "cooled London, reassured Mark-lane, and comforted the soul of the Treasury, which began to tremble for its surpluses." The value of this thunderstorm and the heavy showers is beyond all human calculation. It i3 great as should he our gratitude.



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