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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. LORD DERBY and Sir Stafford Northootewill have moat reason, of all the members of the Government, to feel thankful when the Congress is fairly at work, or when ib has brought its momentous deliberations io a closer The delay that has taken place in the publication of the full text of the treaty of pease and in the settlement of the bases of discussion, has added largely to the number of impatient questions which the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are called upon to answer, It is no-, surprising it both of theae Ministers have occasionally shown symptoms of irritation when they were badgered beyond measure by too inquisitive members but, on the whole, they deserve credit for having kept their tempers pret-y co I under rather aggravating circum- stances. If Mr. Gathorne Hardy, whose tempera- ment is raturaiiy wa.riner than tbas of Sir Staf- ford Norchcote, had teen Chancellor of the Exchequer instead of War Secretary, the current session would probably have wit- nessed in the House of Commons a greater I number of lively scenes than has yet tasen place. Sir Stafford studies brevity in his replies; he does not enter so much into details as Lord Derby, his object evidently being to discourage questioners as much as he possibly can. The telegraph and newspaper enterprise have added considerably, in oar time, to the worry ex- perienced by Ministers, especially at a period like the present, in conneation. with the answering of questions in both Houses of Parliament. The advisers of the Crown had an eauer time of it in the days before submarine cables were laid, or' the Continent was covered with a ret work oc wires for the transmission of the electric current, or newspaper correspondents were scattered abroad as liberally as consuls. Now, however, there are always some pieces of telegraphic intelligence appearing in the columns of the morning and evening papers, awd accord- ingly the members of either House who are fondest or putting questions can always find something ready to hand wherewith to badger Secretaries of State. This questioning process is one of the privileges which members of Parlia- ment possess, and it is one also of no inconsider- able value; but tnere is cause for regret that it is so frequently abused by talkative bores who want to make it appear that they take a leading part in the legiala. ive work of the nation. This momh, since it began, has succeeded in casting a good deal of dust in the eyes of Londoners. Tae Vestries have their own time for getting the water-carts under weigh for the season, and it was really like facing a simoom to walk against the recent high winds in the main thoroughfares. Perhaps it may not be surprising, but it Is certainly irritating, that the parish authorities should show 10 little consideration for the comfort of the ratepayers, and of those also whose turn may come to pay rates when they get up in years. Of all the months from January to De- cember, March is the one most distinguished for Its clouds of dust, and these can only be laid in our streets by bringing out the watering-carts earlier in the year than the Vestries have hitherto done. The dust-oloads are not only a nuisance to people on the streets whether walking or riding, but they also do damage to delicately manufactured classes of stock, and cause butchers no end of trouble to pre- vent their morning purchases of choice beef and mutton from looking a week old at the least. If March dust were literally and not merely metaphorically worth its weight in gold, the Vestries would not let it blow freely about in clouds as they now do. Winding-up matches take place in the closing weeks of the football season, and it is fortunate when they pass off without accidents more or less serious. The resent international matches between English and Scotch players at Glasgow andKenviDgton Oval did not result in anything worse than the ordinary round of bruises and heavy falli; but it was otherwise in connection with a match played between two local clubs at Ashby -de-la-Zdich in Leicestershire. When a yorrj.- man named Dockerty was "dribbling" the ball—which means carrying it dovn by short kicks-to. the enemy's quarters, he was violently "charged" by another young man, named BradAaw, who jumped at him, with pro- truded knee and clenched fists, knocking him down and falling on his top. The force of the collision was such that Dockerty, who had suffered internal injuries, died within a few cUys. At the inquest, evi- dence was brought forward to show that the charging in the case was unusual and unfair, and the jury decided that Bradshaw had been guilty of undue violence. This verdiot was held by the coroner to be equivalent to one of man- slaughter, and the youth who made the fatal charge accordingly stands committed to take his trial. This is the melancholy outcome of a match between two local football clubs. The jury in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch case appended to their verdict an expression of their opinion to the effect that football ought to be erased from the list of the pastimes of England." The members of football clubs, even those of them who can show the black and blue imprints of recent bruises on their legs, will of course feel disposed to laugh this opinion to scorn, regard- ing it simply as another of those absurdities which corners' juries are in the habit of, appending as riders to their verdicts. But as the game of foot- ball, whether played in accordance with Rugby or Harrow rules, is acknowledged even by some, who protest against the idea of its effacement, to be a "brutaJ fight," there seems DO valid reason why it should not be abolished like that other fa-nous national pastime—prize-nghting to wit. Enthusiastic footballers plead that it is a fine warming game for a winter day; but in saying se they forget that, as they have generally some little distance to walk from their ground to their olub-room, where they doff: their garments reeking with perspiration, they are often afflicted with rasping coughs and racking rheumatic pains. If it be argued in favour of football that it is thoroughly English, we can have nothing to say in reply to the Spaniard when he pleads in favour of the bull- fight that it is thoroaghly Spanish. The gosaippiag personalities, seasoned with slander, which farm a very disagreeable feature of a certain class of journals now published in the metropolis, have again oome to a climax in an action for libel at the instance of Mr. Joseph Moses Levi, one of the proprietors of the Daily Telegraph. It was a sporting paper in which the alleged libdl appeared; but it is the so-eallea Society journals" that indulge moat in the kind of personal gossip and scandal that is always approaching the bounds of what is libellous, and often goes beyond its verge. It is a very unhealthy symptom of modern journalistic literature, and ths spectacle of a biter bit" in the Law Courts might have the much-needed salutary effect of keeping pens out of bottles of gall. If Lord Derby were not in a position to despise some infamous attacks that have been made upon him by journals which would like to see him out of the Foreign Office, he could have hai a good case againsc one of them last week for a paragraph which was brimful of libellous slander regarding his social habits. But, a3 «' curses, like chickens, return to roost," so also do slanderous attacks that reveal despicable natures. D.G.

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