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Our jumkn ComspoitDmt. [We deem it right to state that we do not at all tfvmz "ilentlIy ourselves with our Correspondent's optniona.J Like a thunderbolt from a summer sky the news of the defeat and resignation of Mr. Gladstone's Ministry fell upon the country. The Government, with such a mighty majority only five years ago, has been broken to pieces like a potter's vessel. The Liberal absentees, whose votes would have saved the Administra- tion, have been taken to task for not having been at Westminster on the night of a critical division but the truth seems to be that the case is an illustration of the fable of The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf." One vote of censure after another had in the course of three months been beaten off—one by the narrow majority of only 14; still, there it was. So between fifty and sixty Liberals remained away, feeling that the Government was perfectly safe. An adverse majority of 12 was a rude re-awakening, and we have the singular spectacle of a change of Ministrv within a few weeks of the death of a Parliament which will be prorogued only to be dissolved. Under these circumstances the coming general election will be regarded with greater interest than ever. Will the country decide to give the Conservatives a fair trial, or will it again give place and power to the Liberal party ? It will be borne in mind that each of the last three general elections has reversed the verdict of its predecessor. On this reasoning there would be a Conservative triumph. But the great constituencies have been so cut up into divisions that it is impossible to say how local influences will affect the result in the Parliamen- tary elections. Again, two millions of new voters have been added to the registers, and no mortal man can predict with safety how they will exercise the franchise. All is uncertainty, which can only be ended by the verdict of the people. The Ministerial crisis has spoilt the Queen's holiday, but her Majesty has too much sense of her public duties to hesitate as to the course to be pursued. Her Majesty would have preferred not to come to Windsor till after the Ascot week, which is late this year just as the Derby was late. But the Queen's Government must be carried on, and the Sovereign, therefore decided to return to Windsor as early as was practicable, to receive the resignations of the outgoing Ministry, and to hand the seals of office over to the new one. Only once before during her long reign has the Queen been at Balmoral in a Ministerial crisis, and that was in 1866, when Earl Russell's Government was de- feated on a point of detail in connection with the Reform Bill. Then, as now, Mr. Gladstone announced to the House of Commons the resigna- tion of Ministers. If history were made out of the lines on the placards of the London evening papers, the com- pilation would be a remarkable one. A few weeks ago" Declaration of War" appeared in immense type, while" expected" was printed very small. The same with Great Fire," in such letters as to suggest the Houses of Parlia- ment. A confiding speculator, on purchasing the journal, discovers that there has been a con- flagration in New York, the intelligence of which has been conveyed in a three-line telegram. But "The Inventions Exhibition in Flames" is the latest specimen of ingenuity and exaggeration. There was a fire at the Indian Museum, which for the time created considerable alarm, but the Inventions Exhibitions was practically unin- 1 jured. The Royal road to learning was well illustrated on the night when, in the presence of a dis- tinguished assembly, Prince Albert Victor was called to the bar and bench of the Middle Temple. The young Prince, like his father, is popular, and no one should grudge him such dis- tinctions if he cares to have them. The splendid hall of the Middle Temple is historically famous from the fact that it was there Queen Elizabeth was accustomed to hear Shakespeare read his plays. The Middle and Inner Temple Halls are well worth seeing and so are the gardens just now. The Benchers have thror/n these open from six to nine o'clock in the evening, and they are the resort of hundreds of poor children from the immediate neighbourhood, to whom it is the only open space of grass land to be seen. The benchers of Lincoln's-inn have been often memorialised to throw open for a limited num- ber of hours daily the vast square known as Lincoln-inn's-fields, but thus far these efforts are without success. The line weather, coming so soon after the heavy rains, has been very welcome to cricketers, and the condition of the ground is now splendid. The struggle for the county championship this 19 year will be a keen one. Surrey commenced the season very well, and up to the present they have lost only one match. This was against Gloucestershire, whose victory is all the more creditable when it is considered that they were unable to play their strongest team. Notting- ham, last year's champion shire, have so far been beaten in one engagement, but last year their record was all victories. They have lately defeated an all England eleven by an innings and forty-six runs, but the latter was by no means a represen- tative team. Two of the most prominent absentees were Mr. W. G. Grace and Mr. W. W. Read, who were unable to be present as they had to play for their respective sides at the Oval. At the end of this, or the beginning of next month, Oxford and Cambridge and Eton and Harrow will meet at Lord's, and decide two of the greatest and most fashionable events of the season. Hospital Sunday in London is always the second or third Sunday in June, when the town is full and the season may be called at its best. This year appeals were made to 1600 congregations, p "I and the sum expected to result is about :£48,000. This is of course a considerable sum, but no more than might reasonably be anticipated from the vast population of the metropolis. The work of the committee of appropriation is often a thankless one. Some of these great institutions of the capital get nothing from this fund at all simply because they do not want it—Guy's and St. Bartholomew's for instance. Others which are not endowed, and depend on voluntary con- tributions, would like much more than can be allotted to them. On the whole however the work is performed to the satisfaction cl- all. G. R.


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