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IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT.

THE QUEEN'S SPEEOH.

THE WAR tN THE TRANSVAAL.…

LONDON CLUBS AND SOCIETY.

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LONDON CLUBS AND SOCIETY. FBOM OUB OWN CORRESPONDINT.). It is part of the duty of the draftsman who prepares the Address to the Throne to spice it with the requisite amount of humility. He must begin by calling it a humble address; he must go on saying that the Houae of Commons humbly thanks her Majesty, and he must then continue to make every other paragraph express Uriah Heepism. He may simply "express re- gret," but, by the way of making amends, he must atone for it by a "humble assurance" at the next break. This year the humility of her Majesty's faithful Commons is made ap- parent by no fewer than eight references to the motion A remark of the Prince Oonsort applies to the case. He objected to so many prayers for the Queefc In one morning. Can we pray too much for the Queen T" asked a courtier. "Not too earnestly, but too often," was the Prince Consort's reply. It is a great pleasure to find members of Parliament in an earnestly humble mood; but they may say so too often. They might confine their humility next yehr to seven paragraphs, and still gain the reward of the Beatitude. Ten thousand persons were evicted In Ireland last year. That is to say in more than two thou- sand cases the landlords fissued processes of which the police had notice. It sounds dreadful to hear that 10,000 persons have been rendered homeless in a single year. The case is not so bad, however, when we find that one in ten of the tenants have been taken back again in their old position, and that five thouaand more have been kept in their holdings as caretakers. In Monster, of oourse, the greater number of evictions took place more than 4,000 persons there were "turned into the road." But then more than 2,000 came back again. In Ulster the total number of persons left in the cold was just 1,000, and about the same number is found to have gone out in the other provinces. The Foreign Office of course denies that as yet the appointment of Lord Napier and Ettrick Is made, and that is quite correct. Mr. Goschen will return to the PoRe for a time at least; but I am able to assure you that this will not be for long, and that he does not return to Constantinople with the Intention of staying there. As a matter of fact, Mr. Goschen will come back here very shortly, for he wishes to be a Minister onoe more; and he certainly would make a good Afinister-say for India. Earl Russell's statue by Boehm, placed so as almost to bar the approach to the Crown Office, is freely criticised by members of Parlia- ment. Not the sculptor's work. It is admirable. 1 do not agree with the criticism that it makes his lordship a tall man, and that the size of the head ought to be unduly increased in order to make him look tiny. To me the work recalls Lord John Russell as I remember him in the House of Commons. But its position In the Central Lobby is intolerable. It willneed three other statues at corresponding portions of what should be a large free hall to balance It. One of three would need to be placed in front of the door of the telegraph office to the risk of being damaged when there is a rush to wire some important news. Mr. Shaw Lefevre will probably be alked by Mr. Cavendish-Bentinck, if by nobody else, whether he intends the statue to remain there. A very funny incident comes to my ears. The Prince of Wales went down into Sussex to shoot. The part-owner of the wood in which the battue was to take plaoe, having very few pheasants of his own, bought 2,000 birds alive and had them taken down to the wood. But the birds,direotly they heard the first shot fired, bolted into the half of the wood not owned by the Prince's host, and there they are, to the great content of the gentleman who lives next the entertainer of Royalty A similar affair occurred not long ago in one of the shires. A man brought a lot of Nor- mandy foxes over and put them down in his country. But the foxes, used to a warmer olimate than this, all caught cold, and instead of run- ning away when chased, stood still to cough, sneeze, and howl, se that the hunting came to nothing. It was a tremendous failure, in fact; and the gentleman who brought them here learnt to his sorrow that it is not safe to import Nor- mandy foxea into a northern Engliah county. I hear a very goo4gotory which shews how little sense some people have of the fitness of things. A lady-I mean really a titled lady âhad attended a lecture on photography at the Royal Institution when the lecturer took some likenesses by artificial light, just for the sake of expe riment. The lady was pleased and thought she would like to do the institution a good turn, so she sent her governess dow* with a bunch of little olive-branches to have their likenesses taken by way of encouraging rising talent The air with which the hall porter escortqjl the party out into Albemarle- street when he heard their business was, I am told, a aight to see. Light is out. That would be a rather dubious expression did not the italica explain my mean- ing. Light ia a new paper terming itaelf A journal devoted to the highest interests of humanity both here and hereafter." That is a big platform and I must confess that the contents of the initial number take a pretty wide sweep. The new paper, in fact, is a Spiritualistic organ with a large element of general literature superadded. The pill is cleverly gilded, and the paper, which looks very like the Spectator, is, so far as the opening num- ber goes, fairly well turned out of hand. la it possible that Spiritualism in London needs three representative organs ? Happening to go into Gatti's cafrf in Villlers- street, Sttand, I was struck with the beauty of the New Tear's decorations. They are composed entirely of artificial flowers hang- ing in baskets from the roof and festooned from pillar to pillar. They are not mere tawdry affairs, but really artistic productions, looking as much like real flowers as possible, and the whole affair must have cost some.hundreds of pounds. The permanent decorations of the room were also renewed with great liberality during the pad summer. You will probably recollect that a few months ago the London tramways companies brought over to this country great numbers of mules from Spain. It was thought at the time that they were better adapted in many respects for the work of dragging tramcars than were horses. They were credited with having better staying powers, and the cost of keeping was 'said to be less. After a protracted trial, however, the companies have come to the conclusion that the value of these animals was misrepres ented to them, for it has now been proved beyond a doubt that they eat as much as horses, and that their stability is not nearly so good as that of the superior class of animals. As a result the tramways companies of the Metropolis are now selling their mules as quickly as they can and are purchasing horses. My mind has been considerably exercised dur- ing the last day or two by the appearance of a long word in the agony column of the Times, which proves anything but comforting, because it puzzles one to discover what possible con- nection it can have with the rather romantic announcement of which it forms the head- ing. Theword is "Neurasthenipponskelesterizo." Treating this as a Greek verb, and taking sepa- rately its component parts, I read it to signify something like this I strengthen the weak .g it nerves of horsos' legs." Whether there is any occult meaning in this apparently Aristophanio compound, I am, of course, unable to determine.

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