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BsX 1,0:10011 CfiVttSJfOllklti


BsX 1,0:10011 CfiVttSJfOllklti rWs deem it right to state that we do not at all times Identify ourselves with our correspondent's opinions, j The two leading measures of the Session, the Irish Land Bill and the Education Bill, are proceeding satis- factorily, and there is continued reason to hope and believe that both will become Jaw. Should this con- fcummatior:, most devoutly to be wished, independently of mere party considerations, be arrived at, we may expect that all subsequent parliamentary business will be hurried through as rapidly as possible. We are late in the Ses-ion already, the summer is waning, and members of the Legislature are naturally anxious to get away. Signs of the beginning of the end are not wanting the attendance in eithar House is frequently scanty; and, tru'h to say, the public aie becoming weary of the heavy deba{ e j on subjects which are very important, it must be admitted, but which are certainly a'so very dry. The charm hag been broken; "Queen's weather" did not favour her Majesty's "Garden Party" at Windsor. Bat is this the correct term to apply to the fete? AtSratit, wa3spokea of. officially and otherwise, as a breakfgBt," which was End is an irresistibly comic icea. The Court Newsman, in his official account commences with the words "Her Majesty the Queen gave a garden party," and winds up with invitatims to the breakfast" which are one and the same thing. But when we are told that it began at half-past four said lasted until seven o'clock," we at once see how ludicrous is the t"tm bri akfast." But whatever may be the right application of the affair it seems to have been a most ex j .yable f ne. I had not the honour to be among that favoured 800 pr.rtons who received invita- tions, but the accounts of it ara iioae the less pleasant to read. Everybody will regret that rain should have marred the pleasures of the day, although rain was so sadly wanted in other respects; but still the Garden Party wss evidently a most agreeable one Nature and Art combined their attractions and all that wealth could command or luxurious and refined taste could Busrgestwas made subservient to the haj pine33 of the guests. It was a day "to ba marked with a white stone." Arrangements for the Workmena' Interna.tional Exhibition here are yroceeding satisfactorily, and the announcement that the Queen will probably he present at the inaugural ceremony has been very pleasurably received. Very pleasant news arrives with regard to the health of Mr. Bright. It i" fct*ted on the best authority that he has gained considerably of late in strength and generalhea't'i. It is scarcely likely that he will be in his place in Parliament again this Ss«sion, or undertake the duties of his office, but there is every reason to hope that his abstinence from official and parliamentary duties will only be to make assurance doubly sure. From more thin one of the clerks in the Board of Trade I have heard most favourable opinions expressed with regard to the personal character of its President. Strictly speaking, the clerks in this department have been agreeably surpii-:td. They looked for a rigorous cutting-down of salaries and an unusually strict super- vision, but they have found great kindness and con- sideration. As to tLe public, they will be happy to see Mr. Bright back :¡g,>"jn in his, for personal as well as for official reasons. A case of intimidating workmen here has attracted considerable attention, and the fact that it has attracted attention is pleasing, inasmuch as it shows that the intimidation of workmen is happily becoming rare. A dispute in the tailoring trade at Cork having induced the masteis there to endeavour to get some of their work done here, several j lurneymen tailors in London have been charg-d with intimidating other workmen to prevent the execution of orders. Happily the affair has terminated by the defendants being bound over tj appear on a future occasion—which means that we shall not hear any more of it, as of course, the defendants will have the good sense not to exercise any more intimidation, after the severe magisterial lecture they have received, and, moreover, after they have doubtless arrived at the conclusion that they would certainly ba punished for intimidating workmer. The whole case is worthy of note as the exception which proves the rule. It is a source of general satisfaction that the relations between masters and men, and batween man and man, are now on a better footing than formerly. Daily the conviction is gaining ground among working men that strikes are two-edged weapons which cut both ways, and that arbitration is the proper remedy for trade disputes. The arrangement made by the publishers of "Edwin Drood" is really the ouly satisfactory one that cculd be arrived a\ By Charles Dickens is t) some extent like a promissory note, which cannot ba taken up, and the bill ia not indorsed. Mr. Wilkie Collins might very well be able to fioish the work as he chooses, but this would not be the work. Better let it remain a fragment. It will be like the broken column that we see in the cemeteries, reminding us of the heavy blow of death, the great destroyer. Now that we shall no more hear the mellow and flexible voice of Mr. Dickens in reading his own works, it is all the more gratifying to find that Mr. Bellow, who has been seriously ill, has recovered, and has been able to re- sume his readings. Splendid readers are so scarce that it was felt to be doubly calamitous that while one was just removed by death another should be laid aside by illness, and warned to abandon his readings for a time. There is a proposal to establish large swimming baths on the floating-barge principle, on the Thames. Why not? Why should LO; the Tnames have its baths as well as the SÚne? I don't know that the former although it I: so soundly abused is much worse than the latter. And there is no reason why the water used for bathing should not be filtered, the bathers would in the summer-time pay the expense over and over again. It is a great pity tha.t, not only in the metropolis, but in our large towns generally, there are so few facilities for bathine, and still fewer for learning to swim. Every year scord" of people are drowned because they do not know how to swim and yet we are always being told that we are an insular people, a maritime nation, and so on. In this latter resptct, as well as for sanitary reasons and for the sake of the pleasure of bathing in hot weather, it would be very desirable to havefl >atiDg baths on all our rivers. Apropos of bathing if any one happens to be in the neighbourhood of the Strand on a hot day, and wants a really cold bath, let him go to the old Roman baths in S rand-lane. I warrant he will find that cold enough, and perhaps a gocd deal too cold -in fact intensely cold, and nearly always at the same temperature. And yet there are people who go into this bath e^ery day (Sundays excepted, by the bye) all the year round. I see a droll book advertised Marchepiid d, la grandes ConnaUsances; or, a French translation of a Stepping-Stone to Knowledge. By a French lady." I tak-a French leave to say that this is not French at all-not even "Frenche of the schoole of Stratford- tttte-Bowf," of which Chaucer spoke. A most interesting scene was to be witnessed at the Victoria Dock?, on Saturday, Two large parties of emigrants embarked for Canada. The Tweed took on board some 750 people—men, women, and children, and the Ganges about 450 persons. They are sent out mainly by the aid of the British and Colonial Emigration Fund, materially assisted by Mr. W. H. Smith, M.P. The streets about the docks, the docks themselves, and the river, were all bustle and animation. There were many sad and touching features in the scene, but there was more, to a stranger fit least, to please and gratify. As a rule, I thought the view looked hopeful, if not happy, and the women sad and anxious, but nevertheless trustful. The emi- grants, as a body, must have felt that they were almost to a certainty about to better their condition, but gtill one cannot leave native land and friends, pro- bably for ever, without a pang. Heartily do I wish them all bon voyage and happy and prosperous times in the land of promise. The public mind is now fairly roused on the subject of baby-farming, and the Treasury having taken up the prosecution of two accused persons we may be certain that the cane will undergo thorough inves- tigation. And it is high time that the subject was thoroughly sifted. What is the extent of this baby-farming, and what ita results, we can only Eurmise from the casts that now and then transpire through inquests cr police proceedings but there is too much reason to fear that the system his for years been carried on to a serious extent. What the upshot of the particular ease no^r under inquiry may be I will not venture to anticipate but to my mind the irresistible suggestion is the establishment of foundling hospitals. _——————












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