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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. WITH the ratification at St. Petersburg of the Treaty of Peace, signed at San Stefano, there is less danger of the outbreak of another European war, though the elements of discord are by no means altogether laid to rest. The refusal of Russia to agree to the proposal of Britain that Greece should be represented at the Conference or Congress gave rise to some disquietude, as it showed an intention to favour the Sclavs at the expense of the Hellenes. Whatever objections the bt. Petersburg Cabinet may take to the pro- posal, it was a wise, though belated, step on the part of our Government to bring Greece to the front, and it is not surprising that the intelli- gence to this effect should have been welcomed with demonstrations of joy among all classes at Athens and other towns. As the Sclav popula- tions in the provinces of south-eastern Europe must feel grateful to Russia for having delivered them from "Turkish bonds," it is well the Hellenes should have cause to feel that they have I I I still in England a protector ana a iriena. The brightening of the situation all round is made evident by the circumstance that arrange- ments are already being made in Parliament for the Easter recess, which will last about the usual length of time. Whether Ministers, however, will be as fortunate as the membew of both Houses in the matter of holidays may be re- garded as very doubtful indeed. Cabinet Councils still continue to be held almost daily, and ever since the beginning of the 9 session they have sat with a regularity about akin to that of the Committees of the House of Commons. At ordinary times, during the sitting of Parliament, Ministers generally have their hands pretty full of work; but great oooaaions like the present, whtm a new epoch in European histpry is being formed, add immensely to their labours; and it would be a pity if, doomed to remain m proximity to Downing-street, they should be deprived of al prospect of relaxation during the Easter recess. Of all the Cabinet Ministers, Lord Derby has been, for the last two years at least, the hardest worked he has been afflloted, night and day, with despatches on the brain; and he would be all the better for the invigoration he would derive by cooling his brows in the fresh breezes of early spring. Sir Miohael Hicks Beach, suddenly transferred from the Irish Secre- taryship to the Colonial Office, may also be sympathised with, as the latest intelligence from South Africa shows there is cause for increased anxiety on account of tha sprdad of a disaffected and insurrectionary spirit among the Kaffir tribes. In these untoward circumstances he will need all the assistance which Lord Carnarvon, on resigning office, promised to give his sue- cefiaor. But the approaching Raster holidays possess interest for others besides Ministers of State and members of Parliament. The general public begin to feel their need of a spell of reoreatlon when there has been no holiday break in the con- tinuity of work since Christmas. Londoners always make up their minds for an outing at Easter, though the weather for several years past, owing to the dilatoriness of spring, has not been favourable, at the beginning of April, for much enjoyment in the open air. The holidays this Easter will be somewhat later than they were last teason, and on this account there is a better pros- pect of being blessed with some genial sunshine. It is sincerely to be hoped that we shall not experience, at that time, a renewed visitation of the cold piercing airs that have been let loose upon us by March. The walking mania shows as yet no signs of abatement. The Agricultural H»U at Islington presents this week the attraction of a great international pede3trian match, which was made known to the public, by extensive spreads of posters on walls and hoardings, as an important forthcoming event. The moving spirit in the matjh is Sir John Astley, M.P., who has offered £750 in prizes to be given to whoever shall accomplish the greatest distance in six days, £ 500 being handed over to the winner, in addition to a champion belt of the value of £100. In this contest for the largest prize ever yet offered in the annals of pedestrianism. the common senee idea is declared to have been revived of making the best of the way on foot. As the competitors are allowed to get over the ground in any way they like, short of riding, driving, sliding, or flying, there is ample room alike for the steady-going tramp of O'Leary and the eccentric escapades of Weston. With the exception of O'Leary of Chicago, Weston of New York City, Smythe of Dublin and America, and Smith of Paisley, the men who have entered are all Englishmen, so that the international character of the contest cannot be said to be very pronounced. In order to avoid the possibility of the foreigners meeting with injustice from their numerous opponents, the resolution was wisely arrived at to have two tracks laid down. A walking match in which all the countries of Europe were represented would possess more in- terest than the one now in progress. Nothing is more remarkable than the unre- mitting ingenuity shown by people of fraudu- lent tendencies to compass their ends. In versatility and cleverness they certainly have the whlphand of honest folks. Ad- vertisers, when they pay heavily for getting their announcements turned upside down in print, may be considered to have reached their wits' end; but swindlers, when their projects are detected, have always some fresh schemes in reserve. In London the latest frauds have taken the form of telegraphic messages, and here is a specimen of them: "EDWARD H. COUSINS TO MRS. COUSINS.- Clerk will call at one with small parcel. Give him four pownds for me. Keep parcel closed till I return." The sender of the above fraudulent telegram required to assure himself that Edward H. Cousins was a City gentleman, with a wife at home, before he could venture to perpetrate a fraud of the kind with any chance of success. The injunction to keep the paroel olosed might have awakened suspicion; but, in oilier respects, the message was concocted in a way well fitted to deceive. The mischief of the prevalence of this sort of thing would be that genuine telegrams, requiring instant attention, might be regarded as fraudulent, and meet with no response. In order to oheckmate this form of swindling the telegraph forms would require to be made more difficult of imitation than they are at pre- sent. England cannot feel at all oomfortable when me is outstripped In anything, indicating pro- gress, by a reactionary oountry like Spain. But this is the position in which we are actually placed at the present time. During the recent mar- riages the Puerta del Sol at Madrid was ren- dered brilliant by the use of electric lights. Lord Rosslyn, who has added his testi- mony to the excellence, steadiness, and clear- nees of the beautiful mellow light, states that it made the famous square at midnight as light as day, and he expresses a hope, in which many will cordially join, that some such experiment may soon be tried in London. If use were not half nature there would have been open rebellion against the miserable lighting of the streets of the metropolis long ago. The gas companies, being monopo- lists, think it quite enough to provide gas for the street lamps of a quality that only serves to make visible the surrounding darkness. D. G.

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