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4 I LONDON LETTER. [SPECIALLY WIKED. j (3V OUR G.U.LKRY CO RKEKPOKDKST t. ] L<>NJ>OX, Friday Night. Renter's correspondent at Korti has taken oara tuat his plucky achievement in return- ing throughthe desert from Gakdul Wells t<> the main body, with despatches from Mapr Kitchener to Lord WVi.selov. should. not be unnoticed by the British public, and his telegram detailing ihe con- voy-capturing operations of the gallant major have loon read with much interest to- day. A very optimistic spirit is displayed in many quarters with regard to the "future of the expedition, and there are not wanting military critics who believe that we shall very soon be hearing of the presence of British troops m Khartoum. Judging by the progress already made, it will not be long before some of our men are at Shendy, and as the latest information indi- cates that General Gordon's adherents still hold that town, there may be good reason for the hopes now expressed. But it would be useless to disguise the fact that serious difficulties remain; and although all that our spies tell us of the waning power of the Mahdi may be true, it is in the highest degree unlikely that the False Prophet (a name not heard so much just now as it was when first its bearer caused a stir in the Egyptian world) will succumb or even retreat without a severe struggle for the mastery. It is not very difficult to understand the fueling of elation under which Mr Parnell spoke at Clonmel this morning. His especial nominee, Mr O'Connor, for whom he had taken such risks, and on whose behalf he had caused a Tipperary Conven- tion to eat its own words with an appearance even of liking the process, was about to be returned to Parliament without opposition, and the circumstances were sufficient to justify a victorious strain. The great lesson, of the whole affair, as far as England is concerned, is drawn by moralists to-night as being never to pro- phesy Mr Parnell's downfall as long as he has a single chance of recovering himself. It does not require the possession of a very long memory to recollect that when the Irish leader was liberated from Kilmainham there was a great deal of talk in some English journals as to the practical certainty of his soon being abandoned by his followers. Very much the same kind of thing was heard when Mr Davitt raised his voice at the Dublin Convention against cer- tain items of Mr Parnell's policy. This week it has been similar, and to-day's unopposed nomination at Clonmel is regarded hero as the completest answer yet given to the oft repeated cry that Mr Parnell's days as leader of the Irish people are numbered. The ancient proverb which declares that A stitch in time saves nine is evidently believed in by the various political bodies throughout the country, which are forming 11 9 new organisations and choosing fresh candi- dates as if the Redistribution Bill had already been passed into law. To be in a state of thorough preparation is a highly desirable thing, but there seems a danger of the matter being a little overdone. This, at least, is the opinion of one of the London Liberal Associations, which, upon being invited this week by one t)f its members to commit the happy despatch, declined to accede, on the ground that the bill was not yet law, and from many reasons it might not become law this year, and that even if it did it would not be in operation for another twelve months, during which time such contingencies as deaths, promotions to office, and successions to the peerage will cause bye-elections, which will have to be fought in the existing constituen- cies and under the present system. These are details which appear to have escaped the I notice of soma of our more eager political organizers, but they are worth bearing in mind all the. same, The trial of Madame Clovis Hugues has excited much interest here, and ii we exclude the result as being not quite in accordance with our insular notions of jus- tice, the attenuated proverb that these things are better managed in France might be likely to recur to the mind. In London i,such a case as this would have taken at least -a week to try, the court sitting five hours a day. No one can imagine an English judicial tribunal sitting until half-past two in the morning, although, no doubt, in the Penge murder case at the Old Bailey, the prisoners were not sentenced until nearly midnight, in consequencefof the abnormally prolix summing up of the presiding judge, which was not brought to a close until ten o'clock at night. If our ideas of French justice in its results are not very high, our increasingly cumbrous mode of conducting judicial inquiries is certainly open to improvement. It is not so many yearsisince the Emperor Napoleon and King Victor Emmanuel were twomof the most prominent figures in Euro- pean politics. One died on tho 9th of January, 1873, and the other on the same date in 1878. It is doubtful whether the dates {are remembered, of either event to- ¡ day. Pius the Ninth, an intimate political acquaintance of both sovereigns, died a I month after the King of Italy, in the height of the Jingo excitement here. The claimant, who does not find his starring tour through England very lucra- tive, has turned his eyes towards the rich field of the United States. Arrangements are now nearly completed for his visiting that country, where he will be under the direction of an enterprising agent. A society has been formed bearing the sonorous title of "Tichborne Release Association," which guarantees a certain sum of money that has proved irresistibly tempting to the unhappy nobleman lately languishing in prison. They intend, preliminary to the visit, to educate the American mind, to which end they are even now distributing pamphlets purporting to give the true history ot the Tichborne I case. This fable appeals also to religious feeling, showing, as the late Mr Whalley often attempted to do in the House of Com- mons and elsewhere, that it is the Jesuits who are at the bottom of the whole business. It is demonstrated that if Arthur Orton had been proved to be Sir Roger Doughty Tich- borne, the result would in some occult manner have led to an increased charge of 15 per cent, upon certain lands held by the Jesuits. One difficulty that suggests itself ¡ in connection with the proposed visit is the toils in which the claimant is still held. He is on ticket-of-leave, one of the conditions of which is that he shall at stated intervals report himself to tha police. If he goes to the United States on a prolonged lecturing mission, it is evident that he cannot fulfil this condition, where- upon his licence would lapse, and on re- turning to England he would be liable to be remitted to prison to complete the full term of his penal servitude. p ———■


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