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#cr faniiOK tiorvfsponiici't, right to state that v;c -3 not at nil timw v ouraeJt-i with our Corresp-'wlent's opinions The nj«.tter-of-fact waves of everyday life have again rolled back upon Parliament the business of the world claims attention notwithstanding political lassas-ination or private sorrows aud in the light of the recent tenible events there is another illustration of the truth of that oft-quoted saying of Edmund Burke when he mourned the loss of his sm, What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue Those who are acquainted with the beautiful scenery of Derbyshire, and have had the privilege of ad- mitÎng tha ma^niScence of Chats worth, must often have been inclined to think that if happine;a was to be fo'nd upon the surface of the earth, it surely tp.tist be In that princely eeat of one of Eng- land's vreatesr, nobles. Far back in England's history tbs mustrious name of Cavendish stood out in honour. able prominence upon the national escutcheon; but Apart from such distinguished antecedents there could not have been the heart of a man in a Christian land who did not sympathise with the aged Duke of Devon- shire in the sudden and unexpected blow which fell upon him, after he had lived in the world three- quarters of a century, more especially as the victim of the cruel deed was the very last man whom any one would have suspected of falling beneath the knife of the agxavoin. But, as already remarked, the active work of the wotid is bound to go on, no matter who may be living and moving upon its surface. Even at the death of the Sovereign the wheels of State do not stand still for a single instant. The King is dead long live the King Sorrow for the departed gives way to ac- clamations for his successor. While the murdered Chief Secretary for Ireland lay unburied, the quietude which characterised our Parliamentary life seemed abnormal. It was certainly out of the common. It was only a night or two before that he had been sitting on the Treasury Bench, the embodiment of courtesy, the pattern of official civility. The spirit of the departed seemed to linger about the place. But now that the earth in the sequestered churchyard of Edensor has closed over the remain", the benches are again Crowded, and the roof of the House of Commons rings with the triumphant shout of the Ministerialists, the ringing cheer of the Opposition, and the ironical laughter of the Home Rulers. The brilliant summer weather has completely changed the aspect of London. It has made the Parks and tne suburban gardens put on their best dress, and has brought people up to town with a celerity which is not often witnessed in the middle of May. It is true that the recent Drawing Rooms held by the Queen had their suecess clouded by the tragical event in Pheinix Park; but having been long fixed, they could not Iwell be postponed at a few hours' notice. The Prince of Wales will, however, hold a levie at St. James's Palace on the 22nd, and the fashionable life of London, whioh has been in a state of partial sus- pense, will again pursue the flood tide of ita activity. Between now and the Ascot Race week, which is gene- rally in the middle of June, is the best time of the Lon- don season and by the third week in July, when we .hall have arrived at "glorious GGodwood," it will once more have seen the best of its days and entered upon the wane. Thus far the season has been rather unfortunate. The death of the Duchess of Albany's sister was swiftly followed by the tragedy in Dublin. The first incident called away the King and Queen of the N stherlands before they could keep their engagement with the Lord Mayor at Guildhall, and the second cast a gloom everywhere over aristo- cratic and fashionable life. This, however, is likely to be dissipated as the days go by. It may be mentioned that amongst the distinguished visitors to London has lately been the Crown Prince of Denmark, the brother of the Princess of Wales. Princess Louise leaves us for Canada on the 25th, after a sojourn of nearly two years in this country. Her Uojal Highness came over in July, 1880, not many we-ks after the general election, since which time momentous events have happened. In the early days of August in that year, when Mr, Gladstone lay seriously ill at his official residence in Downing-street, the Princess was one of the first to make a personal call of inq ury after the condition of the right hon. gentleman. The health of her Royal Highness appears now to have been sufficiently restored to enable her once more to face the climate of Canada, which must be rather trying to a delicate constitution. The term of years for which a Governor-General of the Canadian Dominion is usually appointed, is five, and in the case of the Marquis of Lome, his rule would expire at the end of 1883, be having first landed at Halifax on the 25th of November, 1878. The recent Ministerial changes have involved an extensive redistribution of offices in the subordinate ranks of the Government. It is a considerable conve- nience that the Under-Secretaries of State and the Secretaries to most of the Departments can be moved from one to the other without the necessity of appealing to their constituents for re-election. They do not hold their offices directly from the Crown, but are techni- cally appointed by the heads of the Departments-the Secretary to the Admiralty, for instance, by the First Lord and the Secretary to the Treasury by the Lord High Treasurer, or, in modern phraseology, the Prime Minister. Yet although nominally the subordinates of their chiefs, these officials hold more important and responsible posts than many of their colleagues, who, at half their salary, are technically Ministers of the Crown, and have to appeal to their constituents on appointment to an office in the Government. The Civil Lord of the Admiralty, for example, with £1,000 a year, is a Minister; the Secretary, who expounds and defends the policy of the department in the House of Commons, is not a Minister, and receives a salary of je2,000ayear. One of the prettiest sights to be seen in London during the Season is the meet of the Four-in-hand Club, or of its kindred organization, the Coaching Club. The trysting-place is generally near the Maga- zine, in Hyde Park, and it is the resort of thousands of persons. The spectacle of 25 or 30 coaches in procession, with the very best blood that money can produce, and with the ribbons handled by representa- tives of an old nobility, is one which is at all times attractive, and especially eo on a fine summer day, when the vegetation in the Park is in all its glory. Long lines of carriages are drawn up and while the Prince of Wales often enough occupies a seat on the box of one of the coaches, the Princess and her three daughters may be seen in one of the carriages whose occupants watch the proceedings with so much interest. The procession of vehicles winds its way sometimes to the Crystal Palace, at other times to the Alexandra, and anon to Twickenham, at either place to enjoy luncheon on the part of those who combine to make up the favoured company it is almost un- necessary to say that luncheon under such circum- stances can be very well enjoyed just now. Her Majesty's Theatre, at the bottom of the Hay- market, has long rivalled Drury-lane and Covent Garden in the standard of high excellence which characterises its attractions. During the last few days, however, there has been so much else to think about and to talk about that Wagner's new Opera has not had the prominence which otherwise would have been assigned to it. Still, lovers of music have had a plenty to criticise in those peculiar qualities that distinguish Wagner's compositions and the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh, who are exerting themselves so strenuously to establish a Royal College of Music, have headed the long list of representatives of society, who have listened to every note of Wagner's latest production. While German Opera thus commands so much attention at Her Majesty's, it is also the pro- Ilramme at Drury-lane, where Lohengrin has been produced. At Covent Garden Italian Opera still holds its own, and Madame Adelina Patti is again the bril- liant star in a firmament full of cultured intellect and radiant with beauty. The rules of Parliamentary procedure, on which the House cf Commons has bestowed so many nights this session, have now to stand aside until the new legis- lation for Ireland is disposed of and, if a judg- ment is to be arrived at from past experience, it is difficult to say when they will again be reached. Whitsuntide will now speedily be here, and with it the customary break in legislative business. Thus far not much has keen done towards shaping into statutes of the realm the measures men- tioned in the Queen's Speech on the 7th of February but it is probable that when the House of Commons reassembles after Whitsuntide, when there are no more holidays until the prorogation, members will hsnd their oars to the task before them. It would redound to th- credit of neither side to look back upon a barren session, and although the prospeet just now is not a promising one, there is yet time for much to be done. Lord Palmerston once declared that he would keep Parliament sitting until Obristn-as in order that it might accomplish the task which he had set before it, but, needless to say, there was no necessity to do so. The work was got through, if not by the time of partridge shooting, cer- tainly before the date fixed for the sacrifice of pheasants.

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