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our fouiion Corrajjonknf, TWe deetn it rtglrt to state that we do Mt at all tlnee -dentify ourselves with oar Correspondow's eputMna. The death of General Garibaldi has removed from the world a unique figure in Italian history. He may be said to have been a man of war from his youth up and as Cincinnatus returned to the plough after winning fame and honour in the service of the State, so Garibaldi was accustomed to go back to his lonely island home after performing brilliant deeds of con- quest. Indeed his preference for the damp rock of Caprera seemed to be a temptation to those attacks of bronchitis and rheumatism from which he so often suffered, and one of which at last laid him low. He might have had a residence amid the splendid scenery of the Bay of Naples, or uader any of the beautiful skies which look down upon the Italian lakes, or in the stately shadows of the Quirinal itself. But his mind dwelt npon the wave-beat rock where no sound was heard but the plashing surge and the whistling wind. Far out of the track of tourists, and extremely incon- venient of access, the old warrior was indeed a long way from what the poet Gray has called the madding crowd's ignoble strife The roar of the busy universe was certainly nsver heard there. It seems scarcely eighteen years ago that Gari- baldi paid a visit to London. It was in April, 1864, a little over eighteen months after the unfortunate affair at Aspromonte, when he was shot in the foot by one of the soldiers of General Pallavicini, and faced months of suffering before the bullet was extracted. Barely four years had then elapsed since by the power of hia name he had- added the kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies to Italy, and the ex- citement and enthusiasm in the metropolis over the General absorbed for the time everything else. He remained in London several days, and was a guest of the Duke of Sutherland, in his palatial residence over- looking St. James's Park. The simple habits of his island life were, however, also those of his sojourn in the home of luxury. He retired to rest early, roae at five in the morning, breakfasted on wine and grapes, and wore his red shirt, just as though he were in his own humble house at Caprera. He received invitations from great towns all over the land, but was unable to accept them because of their very number. His stay here was terminated somewhat unexpectedly but in bidding the English people farewell, he explained that he had come to thank the nation for its sympathy, and this object had been accomplished. The fact that "Great Paul is not to send forth the hours over the metropolis, is somewhat of a disappointment to the people of London. The progress of the mammoth bell from Leicestershire to the capital was watched with much interest; and it was hoped that, answering Big Ben, he would give the time to the east just as the Westminster bell does to the west. But it appears that Great Paul is to be used in calling the worshippers to the daily services in the Cathedral. The idea is a poetical one. It is that the boom of this immense bell, sounding far and wide over the metropolitan area, shall tell them, day by day, that there is another world. It will give this reminder not only to the city itself, ever alive during business hours with animation, but to the distant suburbs; and thus the Cathedral shall become not merely an ornament to the capital, but a centre of religious life and energy. That extended travel tends to the expansion of the mind there can be no doubc whatever. More is learned of a land by a personal examination of its phy- aieal characteristics than by a study of the best of geographies. The two sons of the Prince of Wales must, in the course of their cruise in the Bacchante, have gone over pretty nearly the whole of the world. We get isolated scraps of information respecting them sometimes, much as the wayfarer obtains distant glimpses of the Thames in passing along the Strand. The Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian ocean, the sun] it waters of the Eastern Archipelago, are all successively visited by the two young Princes, the younger of whom, Prince George, was seventeen years of age on the 3rd inst., the day fixed for the official celebration of Her Majesty's birthday. The establishment of a bishopric at Newcastle-on- Tyne has incidentally brought to light the fact that one more addition has been made to the number of prelates already outside the House of Lords who have to take their turns for admission to that august assembly. When the see of Manchester was founded, in 1848, it was enacted that the number of prelates with seats in the House of Lords was not to be increased notwithstanding, and that in future the junior bishop would not become a spiritual peer until a vacancy arose in another see by which he could be admitted. Thus the prelate last appointed was always outside, and the arrangement had the advantage of enabling him to devote his sole attention to his episcopal duties before being summoned to London for half the year to sit in the House of Lords. Since that time four bishoprics have been created-St. Albans, Truro, Liverpool, and Newcastle and as no relaxation is made of the old principle, each having to wait his hour, the last made prelate cannot expect to sit upon the episcopal benches of the Upper House for some time to come. The presence of the Duke of Edinburgh at Maid- stone in connection with a meeting to promote the objects of the Royal College of Music is the latest in- cident illustrative of the interest felt by the members of the Royal Family in this institution. The National Training School for Music, which was merged at Easter into the Royal College of Music, has just issued its fifth and last annual report. The school was esta- blished in 1876 for the free education of the highest musical talent, in whatever station of society it might be found. It has trained and sent into the world artists who have already won for themselves positions of great distinction in the estimation of the public, men and women whose artistic reputations, according to the Duke of Edinburgh, bid fair to become more than national. The school has also been successful from a business point of view. It began with no funds, has furnished the school, trained 180 students, established a library, and given concerts and lectures on music to the general public. After doing all this it hands over to the Royal College £1,100 in cash. The knighthoods for the Sheriffs of London, supple- mental to the baronetcy conferred on the Lord Mayor in recognition of the Queen's visit to Epping Forest, has given much satisfaction in the City of London, which never spares expense in the entertainment of royalty. Of the twenty-six members of the Court of Aldermen, thirteen are now either knights or baronets, or just one-half of the whole number. Most of the titled gentlemen have filled the office of Lord Mayor but as one of the new sheriffs, Sir Reginald Hanson, was elected an alderman only two years ago, the mayoralty will not come to his turn for some time to come. So far as the dispensing of the hospitalities of the Mansion House is concerned, the manner in which the present chief magistrate has represented the dignity and importance of his office is recognised by all, without distinction of politics or profession. The May Meetings have been iollowed by other gatherings of a purely social kind, which have an important bearing on the earnings of the opera- tive classes. These, in large proportion, have acted on the principle of making provision in the days of prosperity for those of adversity, which generally come sooner or later. The extent to which friendly and cognate societies have been formed is shown by the number of members belonging to the orders of Odd Fellows, Druids, Foresters, Shepherds, Gardeners, and similar or. ganizations. Their purpose is good, and it has been carried out with more or less of success. Some of those old proverbs which tell us to make hay while the sun shines," to "prepare for a rainy day," and so forth, appear to have been very well attended to. The fact that the Manchester Unity alone numbers 545,000 members, and that the last balance-sheet showed a net increase in the funds of jE152,000, is a most important one as indicating a substantial progress of the principles of thrift amongst the industrial population. It is just ten years since the Alabama indemnity of three millions and a quarter sterling was epresented by a twelve months' increase in the receipts from the Excise, and it was facetiously remarked that we had drunk ourselves out of the Alabama difficulty. Now, however, each succeeding year shows more clearly that the habits of providence and carefulness are pervading the operative classes. According to the annual custom the gardens of the Inner Temple have been thrown open for the benefit of the public, and will remain open three hours each evening during the months of June, July, and August. These gardens are in the very heart of the crowded city, where the open spaces are few, so that those which are acessible are duly appreciated. In the last report of the Metropolitan Board of Works, a complete picture of the lungs or open spaces of London is given. From this it seems that the various metropolitan parks and recreation grounds under the control of the Board comprise altogether an area of 1,676 acres, or a little over two and a-half square miles. The metropolitan area, under the jurisdiction of the Board, extends over 122 square miles, and has within its limits a population of more than three millions and a half. Two and a half out of 122 is not a large proportion of recreation ground.. This does not, however, include the Royal parks in London and the commons on the outskirts of the great capital, which are most important breathing- places close to the homes of a great population.

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