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yoitMit Coras jpnirtirt. (We deem it right to state that we do not at at. time? tdentüy ourselves with our opinions.] Political affairs have lost some of their interest, even for those who usually pay great attention to them, owing to the wearisome length of the debates on the two great measures of the Session, and the strongest feeling that the public generally have, in relation to parliamentary proceedings is, perhaps, the hope that these two measures will ere long be passed. But if they are, they will certainly ba very different to what they were when they were introduced. To carry both these bills is a herculean task, but at present the Government seems equal to it. The Earl of Clarendon has been followed to the grave by the regrets of the whole country. Men of all par- ties respected him, and the whole nation admired his high-souled honour and his devotion to the interests of his country. In ean scarcely be said in relation to the departed, "As when some well-graced actor quits the scene, The eyes of all are idly bent on him Who enters next;" for some curiosity is expressed as to the changes which his death will cause in the ministry. Lord Clarendon is certainly a great loss to the Govern- ment, but his successor (Lord Granville) like him, commands the respect of all parties. Among the more notable persons who expressed their con- dolence with the late noble lord's family was the Emperor Napoleon, and bis Majesty has now taken a step which all must approve of, for he is the main- spring in such matters. The Paris Figaro is to be prosecuted for stating that the Eirl lent 100,000 francs to the Emperor when Prince Bonaparte, and that the interest of the loan consisted in the conclusion of the Anglo-French treaty." This is probably enough what it is called, an apocryphal anecdotebut in any case, it is not fair to make such statements relative to one who is no more. Gratifying reports relative to the health of both Mr. Bright and Mr. Childers are given. The cause of ill- ness in both cases was apparently much the same— over-work and the excitement and fatigue occasioned by being at the head of great public departments. Few men have worked harder than Mr. Bright till illness laid him aside. His libours during the free- trade campaign alone were almost the labours of an ordinary lifetime, and years after these labours had ceased their effects continued in more senses than one— beneficial for the people, but injurious for himself. May he be long spared to us yet. Both the Ravenue returns and the Board of Trade returns point to the same agreeable conclusion—that the oountry is progressing in prosperity. I confess that I do not thoroughly understand either. They seem tolerably plain at the first glance, bat when you come to take into consideration the collection of taxes in ad- vance, the reduction of the sugar duties, and the com- plications of the Board of Trade tables, the conclusion at which you arrive—without you have a good deal more nous than I have—must be rather misty. But etill in such matters it is consoling to be able to fall back on such authorities as The Times and the financial journals, and these bigwigs" take a favourable view of our position. That is a comfort amid the miseries of life. The Prince and Princess of Wales dtserve all praise for their assiduous devotion to any good cause which they are asked to patronise, eo far as time and oppor- tunity will allow. Daring the present season the Prince (we must not overlook the delicate health of the Princess) has assisted at numerous charitable anniversaries, inaugural ceremonies, &c. A recent, though not the last kindly office of the kind was presiding at the opening of some hand. some schools in the east of London, for the children of seamen of he port." And really splendid buildings they are, cosiiDg no less than £5,öOv. It is to be re- gretted that a debt of more than £2,000 remains to be paid. We owe so much to our seamen that the British public will surely come forward to pay this off; but then it may also be said that British seamen owe so much to the benevolent people that have already subscribed, that Jack, whether afloat or ashore, might reasonably be expected to do something for those who do so much for his children. If any "Jack" should see this he might take the hint. Not to be too hard ppon him, it may be added that he often shows with what a little wudom he disburses his money. What shall be given to the Sultan Morhammod of Borneo ? A sword worth 700 guineas, it seems. Who gives it to him, and why, I know not; but neither the donor nor the Sultan can beheld responsible for my ignorance. There is probably some good reason for the presentation. It is certainly a very valuable affair in oie respect. Fancy a scabbard of gold, richly chased, enamelled, and jewelled with carbuncles and emeralds imagine a hilt of gold and jewels, and the most costly workmanship lavished on the whole affair; and then ¡¡uk yourself what will he do with it?' The Sultan panaojt want this sword for ordinary use, perhaps it will only be ussd on peculiarly honoured enemies. One cannot talk seriously on such a subject, and as we are pot asked to subscribe towards this 700-guinea sword, we can but hope that it will amuse him and not hurt anybody els". The other day an account of a new sensation in gymnastics was given. The Fraulein Laura, who was performing at Dundee" had just ascended the high wire, to give her performance on that elevated situa- tion, when the heavy supports at one end gave way." The woman ran to the end of the rope, and— was not dashed to death; but there was a piercing shriek, a rush to the spot, and immense excite- ment, and soon afterwards she was led on the stage not much hurt" and on her behalf it was announced that she would perform on the following day. Closely following on this sensational account a report of the performances of some Indian brothers at Cremorne is given. In mid air, on the high vibrating rope," these men go through antics that at any moment may result in their falling, bruised and bleeding, at the feet of the spectators the horrid sensation of danger being heightened by the rope being "slack and vibra- ting considerably." It Í3 sad to think that the de- praved taste of sight-seers is fostered by Buch painful exhibitions as these. The people who thus risk their Jives ape perhaps less to be blamed than those who pro- vide such exhibitions and those who patronise them. 3Sre long we shall probably have some awful acci- dent," and then the Home Secretary will call the at- tention of the magistracy to the subject. Most of us have our opinions on the matter, and my own is that no license should in future be granted except on con- dition that no such dangerous performances shall take place. That superstition is not extinct is every now and then shown in unpleasant fashion. A woman is under remand here for obtaining clothes, &c., from servant- girls under the pretence of ruling the planets in con- junction with some man who calls himself the "planet master and now I read of a case where a farm labourer rushed upon a young woman, seized her by the throat, and was getting out his knife, to "draw Mary's blood,' wjbgn he was stopped in his mad course. The young we- man had "overlooked" him or "bewitched"him! She overlooks^ it do run in the family; hermother do do it." This exquisite grammar just shows that the want of education it likely enough to be the cause of his super- stition. As to silly servant-girls, here and elsewhere, there is little doubt that many and many a case of robbery under the pretence of fortune-telling occurs n'hich is never brought to light. One would think that even Fenian?, who are not fnpth?se<* to be peculiarly susceptible to the influence of reasoJ1' must be placated with regard to the alleged severe trea^611' of Fenian convicts in prison, now that evidence haJ" teen given with regard to the illness and death of one ol their number in Portland prison. If William Roupell, ex-jil P. for Lambeth, is to be be. lieved, this Fenian convict r..A far better treatment than falls to the lot of many a poor man outside a prison. The convict" had oranges, jellies, eggs, wine, brandy, and other kinds of nourishment. He asked to be allowed to have lean chops, boiled chicken, boiled mutton, and sherry wine, and his requests were granted." Surely this must do something to prevent Fenians declaiming against the alleged harsh treat- ment of prisoners of their persuasion. And Roupell, poor ffllow Whatever he may have done or been, one cannot help pitying hia;. I hope he finds consolation And comfort while ad ninistering medicines to, and tending tie sick and rending the Bible to them and I jam certainly not singu'ar in hoping also that the time Ø1410y soon come when the authorities may consider that be could fairly be allowed a ticket-of-bave. A verdict of manslaughter in one of the baby-farming cases, and a verdict that two of the other babiesdied from insufficiency of food—a distinction certainly, but not much difference—will of course lead to L gal proceedings. The public mind is now fairly arouse 1 on this subject, but it is not easy to determine what should be done for the future. The system of adopting infants cannot be stopped-and indeed it is not perhaps advisable that it should be wholly stopped; but in any case these baby-farms, if they are permitted, should be placed under supervision, so that mglectorworse may he brought home to those who are guilty of it. The London season is beginning to be on the wane, and rank and fashion will ere long quit town for country, for the sea-side, and the continent. But mean- while balls and parties continue. It is rather a strange arrangement that the London season should be in the nmmer time, when the country must be so much more /enjoyable. The crowded parties of the aristocracy can (Scarcely be very agreeable in hot weather, but then Fashion is inexorable. Garden parties must be much pleasaateraSaira if.if one could only rely on the weather. There are indications that this kind of a1. trUÇf) entertainment is likely to become fashionable.













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