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HictropaiitaiT 6assxp. vCR ¡VN CORRESPONDENT. [The remarks under this head are to be regarded as the ex- pression of independent opinion, from the pen of a gentleman in whom we have the greatest confidence, but for which wc nevertheless do not hold ourselves responsible.] Perhaps both great political parties in the two Houses of Parliament are glad that the heat and strife of debate have for a time ceased, and that the flag of truce has been raised to stop the battle over the Irish Church. But the outside public are doubtless glad that the contest has for a time ceased, and that the war has arrived at such a stage when rest can be con- veniently taken. Ere long the struggle will be renewed on a different part of the same battle plain, and as far as can be judged by the relative numbers of the con- tending forces, victory will declare itself on the same side as before. The first Napoleon remarked that Providence was always on the side of the gros bataillons (a remark, by the way, that history has not always verified,) and this is generally true of political battles. It is said that the House of Lords will have a severe struggle over the second reading of the bill, but it is also said that they will not, and that they will accept the second reading without a division, trusting to the committee for any modifications o the measure that the Conservative party may be able to obtain. For the moment, however, the public do not appear to take much interest in the question, and calmly await the renewal of the contest when it shall be transferred to the luxurious upper chamber. The recent news from Paris has created considerable interest here. Everything connected with the French elections is so orderly, compared with what it is in our own country, that the news of an electoral disturbance in Paris comes upon us by surprise. M. Ollivier appears to have been the innocent cause of the tumult, but it is difficult to understand how his remarks should cause such intense excitement. The spark which pro- duced the explosion was this—his saying that the empire was based, not on the coup d'etat, but on universal suffrage a remark which the majority of his auditors seem to have considered just the reverse of the truth. Then came disorder and confusion, seditious cries and wild revolutionary speeches to an excited crowd, shouts of "Vi1:e la repubhque!" and, most ominous of all, the singing of the forbidden Marseil- laise And it is quite right that this bloodthirsty ■ong should be forbidden. It is full of rant and fury, and is more adapted to a tribe of wild Indians than to a nation of civilised people. Egorgez vos enfants There is philosophy for you Why all the tyranny in the world does not warrant such hideous advice. The ex-May or of Cork, who so kindly relieved the British Government from a difficulty by municipally disestablishing himself, was being rapidly forgotten when his name crops up again as having left his country for his country's good." He has, it seems, gone to Germany, intending to stay at a curative watering place for some weeks." Of what then is he to be cured? Was he bodily or mentally afflicted? Was it monomania or brain-fever, or jaundice (he took a jaundiced view of English Government), or hypcchon dria ? Seriously, I wish him no harm, though I con- fess to a malicious chuckle at the thought that his Clire will occupy some weeks nor should I have been sorry had his medical attendants advised him to go not to Germany, but to Jericho No improvement in our coinage has perhaps ever been more popular than that which lessened our copper money in size, and gave us pretty handy coins instead of the clumsy money we had previously had. All the old copper is now called in to be re-coined, and after the last day of the present year the former coinage will not be a legal tender. But the royal proclamation which announces this fact, does not tell us what to do with our old copper money in case we get any. Even Londoners canot be expected to run to the Mint with sixpenny-worth of old coppers, to get new ones in exchange. Somehow or another, no doubt, the object will be effected, or nearly so, but I confess not to be able to see how it will be done. All the old coin taken at the Government establishments will, of course, be stopped and forwarded to the Mint; but what is a poor old woman, for instance, to do with an old penny she may now happen to take ? People have already become very chary of taking this old copper, and even refuse to do so. I believe it is the correct thing to say of trial by jury that it is the palladium of British liberties, and twelve men in a box are supposed to be a guarantee for justice individually, relatively, and collectively. And trial by jury no doubt is a very grand thing—for the prisoner, but it is not quite so glorious an institu- tion for the juryman themselves, who for the time being are prisoners also. One British juryman writes to complain that he served on a jury for six weeks, and that he received for this service the munificent sum of 18s. I cannot but think that abuses of this kind might easily be remedied. Jurymen might be taken more from the unoccupied classes than they now are, and when a tradesman, a professional man, or a working man is taken from his employment he ought certainly to be paid a reasonable remuneration. And perhaps we might abolish the grand jury system alto- < gether, or at all events reduce their number by one 1 half. I have had the misfortune to be on the so-called grand jury several times, and on no one occasion could I discover that either my fellow-jurymen or myself were of the slightest use. The Poet Laureate has a new poem nearly ready, but has not quite settled about the title, it is said. These great poets are marvellously particular about every word, and it is related of Rogers that he came up by train from Sydenham, and posted in a cab to Messrs. Bradbury and Evans's, to alter the word that to which, in a sheet of his poems that was just going to press. We are to have yet another monthly magazine, but then it is to absorb two existing magazines— Woman.'« World and Kettledrum. I suppose there are persons extant who have seen the last-named, but I am not of the number. It may have had a good reputation for aught I know, but it had a bad name; and give a magazine a bad name and hang it A forthcoming Low Church periodical is announced under a very strange name, The Latter Rain." The words are very beautifully used in the Bible, but they seem out of place as the title of a publication. A new daily paper in the interests of the advocates of the Permissive Bill is to be started in Newcastle. Nothing like the Press for the advocacy of any views whatsoever. The defeat of this bill in the House of Commons the other day, by a large majority, only spurs on its supporters to further efforts. Even those who object to the measure propc sed must admire the spirit of enterprise to be thus displayed in support of it. Some few amendments in the Sea Birds Preservation Bill will probably be accepted by the Commons from the Lords, and then this bill will soon after the recess become law, much to the satisfaction of the sea birds if they could only take a human view instead of a bird's-eye view of things. But why are pigeons merci- lessly to be shot by a body of sporting noblemen and gentlemen of the Gun Club and the Hurlingbam Park Club? A writer signing himself "Poor Pigeon," reminds us that the pigeon at this season of the year is engaged in incubation, and perhaps feels inclined to sing Oh, would I were a gull!" for gulls are to be protected while pigeons are shot by "swells." Just so, the pigeons have ample cause for complaint. But it is a very aristocratic sport just now, if sport it can be called, as anybody can see by glancing at the names of those who pull the inglorious trigger when "poor pigeon" rises from his trap. Though the fact be not chronicled, I am told that thousands of pounds change hands during one of these shooting matches. Is Wandsworth Common no man's land," Crown property, the property of the people, the lord of the manor, or what ? At any rate it appears to be dis- appearing gradually, and, so to speak, going into the pockets of builders. A case brought before a police magistrate brings out some curious facts. A gentle- man is summoned for maliciously destroying a fence. He admits the destruction, but denies the malice, and he urges that a railway company had enclosed about ten acres, not for the purposes of their Act, and had then sold it, "in a quiet sort of way," to a builder About 150 acres of land have been inclosed in this way during the last fifteen years. In this particular case the summons was dismissed, the magistrate remarking that the question of right had been raised. Yes, and the question of right—a matter that interests the public at large—has been often raised before, but it seems never to be settled. The new park at Fins- bury has been gradually stolen—really the word is not too strong—from the people in much the same way, and nobody knows who is to blame, who is to remedy the evil, or how to prevent the continuance of it. To me it appears that our laws about Commons and Waste Lands are "aw a muddle," as Dickens's hero in "lIard Timeli" puts it. No less than £128,000 has been voted this year for keeping up the parks and pleasure-grounds •f London—and quite right say I, as a denizen of the metropolis, though people living a couple of hundred miles off may think differently-and yet our suburban commons are being eaten away, not by inches, but by aeres and it seems nobody's business to stop it. Secretary required to a company of national im- portance. Salary good; hours 12 to 4 vacation six weeks. Suitable only to a gentleman of position. j230 required towards expenses." I think I have seen that advertisement before. If I were cross-examined I might admit I had seen it a dozen or twenty times during the last year or so, and almost, if not quite, in the self-same words. I do not know that L should much object to such a berth. Salary good "—yes, that's it; "hours 12 to 4 "—very good; not fatiguing, and just enough to employ your mind; "vacation six weeks"—good again with salary good one might have a nice continental trip during that perio.L "Gentleman of position"—ah, '.veil, we will suppose I all tha; we are all gentlemen you know, by courtesy, and we all have" position" of some sort. required -ay, there's the rub! Pourquoi I Why should a sum of which Mr. Mantalini would speak disrespectfully, in connection with so aristocratic a berth, be required ? I leave the reader to answer.

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