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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. W4 deem it right to state that we do not identify our. salves with our Correspondent's opinions.] CIBCULIABS to the supporters of the Government in the Houses of Lords and Commons, urging their attendance at the opening of Parliament, have been issued by Lord Granville and Mr. Gladstone. Similar missives to the adherents of the Opposition have been sent out by Lord" Beaconsfield and Sir Stafford North- cote. i¡ Following t'. in the wake of these leaders of parties, Mr. Parnell has issued a circular to his supporters, in which he invitea) their attendance at a meeting to befheld in Dublin on the 4th of next month. The Irish agitator en chef is evidently of opinion that it is the Home Rulers who have the best claim to be called the Fourth Party. In the Parliamentary circulars mention is made of the "important business," or matters of moment "as it is otherwise designated, which will be at once brought under notice. Though 4this is the ordinary formal style of announcement on such occasions, it may be taken for granted that the chiefs of the Oppo- sition have an idea that the Government will lose cotime in bringing in a measure intended to deal remedially with the land question in Ireland. But, in' connection with this good intention, Mr. Parnell's circular to his followers has an ominous significance. In some of his recent inflammatory speeches he has broadly declared that no land legis- lation that can satisfy him or his associates will ever emanate from the present or any possible English Government. The Compensation for Disturbance Bill of last session was much too great an inroad upon established usages to be acceptable to the landlords in the House of Peers, but Mr. Parnell has scouted it as merely pottering with aque3tion which be knows how to deal with in a very dif- ferent way. The Government may, therefore, lay their account with being opposed, tooth and nail, by the Parnell party whatever may be the character of the measure they ihtroduce. The Land Leaguers, while coun- tenancing and even urging the non-payment of rent by impecunious tenants, have boldly launched the scheme of the Government buying out the landlords, and selling the land to all comers at Canadian or New Zealand rates of purchase. Is the Government prepared to go this length ? In fact, looking at the frightfully disturbed state of Ireland, and taking into account the wildness of the notions that have been popularised by thef leaders of the League, it becomes a question if the present is a fitting time to undertake any legislation on the land at all. Mr. Charles Russell, M.P. and a host of other correspondents, including an eminent English judge, have been expounding their views on the subject with much particularity andj fulness,) but still the irresistible question arises, Cui bono if none of the schemes propounded will satisfy the Irish people ? It is sad to have to say so, nevertheless the state of feeling in Ireland, with inflated expectations in the ascendant, is such that there is reason to fear all the labour of the Government in preparing a comprehensive remedial land measure will be merely labour lost and time thrown away. A patient in delirium must be watched and nursed and strapped down if necessary; he cannot be cured off hand even by powerful emetics. The announcement that the Metropolitan Fire Brigade had been summoned to the Agricultural Ran at Islington, where the SmithfieldClub Cattle Show was being held, would have been sufficiently alarming if there had been any real necessity for the call. It seems that a spirit lamp in the gallery of the bazaar was upset, but that no damage was done beyond the destruction of the lamp. It was, therefore, a false alarm, though it was perhaps best to err on the safe side by tele- graphing for the Brigade. One shudders to think what havoc might have been wrought, and what loss of life might have been caused if a fire had actually broken out at the Agri- cultural Hall on the show week. It would have been no easy matter to remove the fat stock in haste, and then the visitors, though better able to take care of themselves,'were very numerous this season. The gross number who passed the turnstiles and paid for admissionjwas something like 23,000 in excess of 1879. The fine weather-more like spring than December—helped, no doubt, to account for the great increase in the number of visitors. Statesmen, who can keep their heads as cool in storm as in calm, do not fall into the mistake of panic legislation. Now, enthusiastic football players are likely to at- tribute to panic the action of the Mayor of Southampton, Mr. J. H. Cooksey, who, on ac- count of a recent accident in the football field, which terminated fatally, has intimated his inten- tion to use every means in his power for pro- hibiting the game as hitherto played being con- tinued either in the Porter's Meadow-field or upon any other 'part of the public lands in Southampton. But the mayor is quite right in doing what he can to prevent the gamv being played in future according to ltu>»l>y Union or. other dangerous rules. When unobjectionably played, football is a fine, healthy, winter game but the Rugby rules give so much rooan for rough throws and collisions that the game be- comes, as a magistrate recently said, fit only for coster mongers.) t, A wiseacre, who had noW that the fogs in the north-west of London are generally denser than in other parts of the metropolis, and who had witnessed one afternoon a blue, misty exhalation rising from the Regent's-park, came at once to the conclusion that the supineness of the autho- rities had much to do with the density of the fogs, as he had reason to believe that the aforesaid park was not properly drained. It ought to be, as it does not want for slopes or artificial waters. But the fact is that the soil is clayey, and it is there- fore bound to give out vaporous moisture in cer- tain states of the atmosphere. No authorities can, by their fiat, change a damp clayey into a dry sandy soil. D. G.

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