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(Snr fimtom Corrcspulitnt. I TWe deem it right to state that we do not at all times I lentify ourselves with our Correspondent's opinions.] The Queen generally returns from Balmoral, so 'I»r M the summer trip to the (Highlands is concerned, towards the end of Jane, and this year there haa "been no exception from the ordinary rule. The autumn stay there is always the longer of the two; bit it ap- pears that within the ensuing few months her Majesty will again seek the benefit of foreign travel, and Florence is amongst the places mentioned in this con- nection. The sojourn of thre Queen on the shores of the Mediterannean in the spring e€ 1882 left behind it many agreeable associations, and it is not, therefore, surprising that the clear sky of Italy should again be aonght. Three days before her Majesty's return from the north, she entered the forty-seventh year of her reign; so that the country is now within measurable distance of the celebration off a jubilee. Even then Queen Victoria would be half a generation younger than her grandfather, George III., at the time of his death. The Handel Festival at the Crystal Palace has once more passed over, and it has bean a musical and financial success. The Prime Minister was there on the Selection Day, when an amusing incident occurred. His elder brother, Sir Thomas Gladstone, of Fasque, Kincardineshire, to whom the right hon. gentleman bears a strong resemblance, was mistaken for him and was eheered tremendously, the enthusiastic audience laughing heartily when the error was discovered. Mr. Gladstone scarcely looked at the orchestra or the people during the whole of the performance. He followed every note of the music from a volume which be held in his hand, and this was regarded as a singular illustration of the thoroughness of his nature. Although there have been several Parliamentary vacancies lately, the balance of parties has not been affeeted, Many of the elections have been in Irish constituencies, and the ramifications of Irish politics are scarcely understood on this side of St. George's Channel- With respect to gains and losses, it is note- worthy that throughout the whole of 1882 neither side gained any advantage from the twenty-four elections which took place. One seat was gained and another was lost; so that at the end of the twelve months the rival chieftains in the House of Commons stood exactly as they were at the beginning, so far as the number of their supporters on the benches around them was con- cerned. This is very uncommon indeed a parallel ease has not happened for many years. The question of State-aided emigration is assuming Increased attention, and it has been brought before the Secretary of State for the Colonies by an in- fluential deputation. The Government was asked to assist in the transfer to our colonies of some of the surplus population for whom there does not appear to be room in the labour market. There is little doubt that every trade and prtfesBion in this country is overcrowded, and that some of our colonies would be very glad of large numbers of those who find it so difficult to obtain anything, like constant employment here but it is not every constitution that can stand the climate of Canada, and the vast distance of Australia acts upon many like a deterrent influence. At present the principal flow of the emigration tide is In the direction of the United States, where there is every variety of climate and of soil. It was about this time twelve months that the House of Commons was busily engaged in working through Coir mittee an Irish measure; now it is the Corrupt Practices Prevention Bill which is under considera- tion. Its progress does not give much hope that any- thing like the expected amount of legislation will be accomplished. Although the rules of Procedure have been reformed, it seems as though the House had touched only the fringe of a great question. Many cumbrous forms, which did very well in the days of the stage wagon and the mail coach, are still per. mitted to exist. Ordinary men of business adapt their mode of conducting it to the altered circumstances of the times, but this has not yet been done by the House of Commons as a collective body. The abandonment of the Criminal Code Bill has been quoted as an illustration of the failure of the system of delegation and devolution to Grand Com- mittees but on the other hand the Bankruptcy Bill has been successfully worked through by the President of the Board of Trade. The plaa has not been long in •peration—only a few weeks in fact; but there is likely to be a very formidable opposition to the system of Grand Committees being made a standing order, foe it was agreed to last year on the understanding that it was 118 be an experiment only, and that Its utility was to be discussed at the end of the present session. It seems clear enough that the House of Commons is overweighted with detail, and there ought to be some means of obtaining relief. The friends of temperance are awaiting with much Interest the publication of the forthcoming quarterly revenue returns, to see whether the diminution in the excise receipts still bears out the assumption that the eale of intoxicating liquors continues to diminish. No doubt a considerable change in this direction has taken tIace only within ten years. It was in the autumn of 1872 that we paid three millions and a quarter as com- pensation for the damages inflicted upon the American mercantile marine by the Alabama; and such was the Increase in the revenue just then that it was said we had drunk ourselves out of the Alabama difficulty. The augmentation in the excise receipts gave rise to that assertion, which would not, however, be made now. The Inter. University Cricket Match, which is annually piayed at Lord's, is one of the events of the season;altaough no doubt the Eton and Harrow contest is more representative of the rank and fashion gathered in the metropolis in the first fortnight of July. On the other side of the river Kennington Oval is the famous trysting place for the devotees of this popular national game. One of the latest of the important matches played there was that of North v. South, for the benefit of Pooley, the veteran wicket- keeper of the Surrey Eleven. A familiar figure at the Oval on the occasion cf a great cricket match is the Speaker of the House of Commons, who finds it an easy distance from his official residence in the Palace of Westminster. The death of Sir William Knollys, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Red, removes a venerated official from the Palace of Westminster. Sir William Knollys, who for many years had the superintendence of the Household of the Prince of Wales, was appointed Black Rod on the death of the late Sir Augustus Clifford, and was remarkable for the dignity of his demeanour. A singular incident happened some yean age in ooasection with Sir William's mode of summoning the House of Commons to the Upper House on the occasion of a Royal Com- mission. The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod announced that the Lords Commissioners re- quired "the attendance of the Commons in the House of Peers. Attention was drawn to the per- emptory nature of the expression, and thereafter it was changed into 4.t1esire or "request." The emolu- ments of Black Boot axe £ 2,MO year, with very light duties and a residence within the precincts of the Legislative Palaee. In the season the life of a Royal Prinoe who makes an effort to fulfil his engagements must often be aa arduous one. On Saturday, Mr. E. N. Buxton, the Chairman of the London School Boacd, invited to his residence at Knighton, Epping Forest, a number of ladies and gentlemen to meet the Prince and Princess of Wales at the competition of the School Board chil- dren in their annual dsHl. Mr. Buxton, in proposing the health of the Prinee at the luncheon, described him as one of the hardest-worked of her Majesty's subjects. Two topics of late have commanded the special interest of his Royal Highness-the Royal College of Music, And the Fisheries Exhibition. On the same day on which the Heir-Apparent was at Knighton congratulating the school children on their excellence of drill, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught distributed the prizes at the medical school is connection with St. Thomas's Hospital, and the Duchess of Teck performed a similar duty at the Military Tournament at the Agricultural Hall. An interesting statement has some from the Con- tinent to the effect that at a meetiag of the King of Denmark andtheEmpercr of Germany, their Majesties • worjtld discuss a projected bethrothal of Prince Walde- nl,ar of Denmark and the Princess Victoria, second daughter of the Crown Prince of Uermaay, and them fore granddaughter of our Queen. The rumour has since been denied to a certain extent, and it may be that the objection to it is not so much that it is incorrect as that it is premature. The mar- riage would unite still more closely the Royal houses of England, Denmark, and Germany. The previous inter-marriages have been of the happiest possible character, and year by year during the twenty years she has been in England has the Princess of Wales grown in popular favour. To see the Princess it is difficult to imagine that two decades have passed since the sea-king's daughter came over the water; still more difficult that she has a son old enough to go into bachelor quarters, and that next year her eldest daughter will undergo the process known as "coming out."










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