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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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STEAMBOAT COLLISION AND LOSS…

ALEXANDRA PALACE. '

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ALEXANDRA PALACE. A fête, attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs in state, was given at the Alexandra Palace in aid of the victims of the war, the management announcing that the entire receipts, after deducting actual expenses, would be handed to the committee acting under the Lord Mayor for the Baroness Burdett Coutts's Compassionate Fund. There was a considerable attendance, and inasmuch as the whole of the artistes gave their services there can be no doubt that the Compassionate Fund will be largely recruited from this benevolent enter- prise. The entertainments were on a most extensive and elaborate scale, comprising, in the afternoon and evening, a concert in the concert hall, dramatic per- formances in the theatre, a ballad concert in the cen- tral hall, the vocalists composing Miss Palmer, Madame Enriques; Miss Julia Elton, Miss Mary Oummings, Mr. Barton M'Guckin, Mr. Lewis Thomas, Mr. Wadmore, and a number of other artists, includ- ing Mr. T. Harper (trumpet), whose efforts were sup- plemented by the British Vecal Choir and the Alexandra Palace Choir under Mr. Beardwell andMr. F. Archer. In the theatre were the Mohawk Minstrels, Mr. Harry Jackson, in his imitations. Mr. Lionel Brough, the principal members of the Criterion com- pany (including Messrs. Charles Wvndham, Standing. H. Ashley, and Misses Fanny Josephs and Rose Saker) the first act of "The Pink Dominoes." There ~so were given some scenes from the pantomime, St. George and the Dragon, culminating in the transformation scene, Vertumna and the Swallows." 7? item on the programme appealed with greater fprc6 to the martial instincts of the audience than a new patriotic song, written by Mr. G. B. 0*Hal- i?ran, entitled The Name and the Fame of Old Etogland;" nor did an ode, composied expressly for the occasion by the same gentleman, and evoking mercy alike to Christian and to Turk," less eloquently interpret the generous impulses which prompted the Compassionate Fund. The recital of the ode by Mr. Marlande Clarke was greeted with much applause, to which the reciter responded by |JJiJ>g Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade. Mr. rJ9* ^elham gave a selection of his Reminiscences of Rare Readers and of Street Sellers and Quacka," and an item in the entertainment which "ought not to be overlooked was the comic entertainment entitled Too Fatiguing," in which Mr. and Mrs. Arthur "°yd appeared, the lady singing Alexander Lee's Ansh Ba. ney O'Toole" with charming effect. The musical portion of an exhaustive pro- pamine closed with Jullien's "British Army Quad- played by the Coldstream and other bands, under Mr. Dan Godfrey. The march of pipers aroused the audience to enthusiasm. At nine o'clock there was a display of fireworks volunteered by Mr. ff16? -Pa'11* which would have been more brilliantly effective but for the miBt which obscured the set pwcfa; However, the representation of the Tnrkish flag, a are portrait of the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, and a firework reproduction of the Union Jack, were received with immense cheering.

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THE EASTERN QUESTION.[< .......-

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.

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PA m J AM &NTARY jm: LLIGENCE.

ANOTHER ATTEMPT^

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