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49ur IMwt Corrtspoittat. [ws deem it right to state that we do not at all times I identify ourselves with our correspondent's opimions.] Daring the first few weeks that Parliament sat this session there was every prospect of business being rapidly'proce • Jed with, but now that we are in the Easter recess, the retrospect is scarcely satisfactory. Very little has really been done, and after all the pro- tracted discussions about the Irish Land Bill, that im- important measure appears far from absolutely safe, and there will be an immense deal of discussion on it yet. Just as Parliament was adjourning for the Easter recess there was a good deal of talk about the waste of time in the House of Commons, and it is probable that when Parliament again meets there will be a dis- cussion in the other House about their lordships having nothing to do at the beginning of the session, and too much towards the close. This is a point on which their lordsmps have otten insisted, and the JJM- vailing opinion is that they are quite right. As far as tLij do, and they might well have been employed in initiating legislation on which the Government had reselved. Whatever may be said for or against the policy of Government in discharging dockyard workmen, it must be admitted that the Government is doing all in its power to enable these man wit.i their wives and families to emigrate to Canada. The authorities at several of our dockyards have received notice that at the end of May or the beginning of June, H.M. troopships will carry to that country men, women, and children, at a cost to the emigrants not exceeding £2 per man or woman, and £1 per child under 12 years of age, and that on arrival at Quebec they will be in exactly the same position as ordinary emigrants. The British and Colonial Emigration Society is also using great efforts to facilitate emigration to Canada. A day or two ago the Medway, 1,800 tons register, sailed from the Victoria Docks with nearly 600 persons— husbands, wives, and little ones—for this land of pro- mise. Each adult on an average, it is stated, contributed £3 towards the expense*, the So- ciety finding the remainder. The most gratifying fact connected with this large emigrant party is that on landing at Qaebec they will be received by the Government agent, and thence passed on to various parts of the Dominion, where their services have been engaged." It is sad that there should still be suchde. pression in our home trade—though it certainly is not BO bad as it was—and that working families should have to seek in other countries the employment they cannot find at home; but the result on the whole can- not but be beneficial to the labour market at home, while there is every reason to believe that the emi- grants themselves will be largely benefitted. That extraordinary attempt at burglary at the palatial shop of Mr. Attenborou;h in Fleet-street has not yet, and perhaps never will be, cleared up. Two men and a woman have been sentenced, under the Habitual Criminals Act, to three months' imprison- ment, for being near the premises, "with intent to commit a felony, being reputed thieves;" but the evidence is by no means clear that they were actually the persons engaged in the attempt, though it favours the supposition. A thought that occurs to me is that it would pay some tradesmen in whose shops are articles of many thousand pounds value if they would have private watchmen to patrol near the premises, and this would certainly have the advantage of employ- ing now unemployed men and another thought is that had Mr. Attenborough's .shop been—as several shops now are in London—lighted up at night, with bars through which the contents of the shop can be seen from the outside, such an attempt as this would never have been made. On dit that Mr. D. A. Lange is to be made a baronet in consideration of the services he has rendered this country in connection with the Suez Canal. The chief honour in relation to this splendid work is, of course, due to M. de Lesseps, who has received honour from the Emperor of the French, but to M. Lange is owing much of the success of negotiation and official corres- pondence, and no one will begrudge honour to such a man. The Post Office authorities are rather hard upon their employes. Taking advantage of a half-holiday on Good-Friday several of them met on that day to present a testimonial to one of their members who had acted as secretary of their Mutual Aid Association, and also to read and discuss a paper on "The Posi- tion and Prospects of the Post office Employes. Upon this the letter-carriers were reminded officially of a former minute of the Postmaster General forbidding on pain of dismssal, the holding by officers of the department of any meeting, beyond the walls of the Post Office building for the discussion of official questions." This put a heavy damper on the meeting, but still a goodly number of men with wives and sweet- hearts, attended. Two or three men spoke "with bated breath and whispered humbleness," and one read his "speech "so that be might prove what he had said if occasion demanded, while the paper that had been prepared gave a very melancholy picture of the position and prospects of the letter-carriers. I shall not comment on any statement made, but simply add that it does seem hard that the men must not meet and talk over their position and prospects. The men may be right or wrong, but surely they ought to be allowed to meet and talk over their affairs just as workmen elsewhere are allowed to do. The London- letter-carriers are by no means the only class that is dissatisfied with the G. P. O. arrangements. The post- masters throughout the country do not find that they are sufficiently remunerated for their extra duties in connection with the telegraph system. It is a matter of general congratulation that Colum- bia Market, which was a dead failure as a general market, is rapidly becoming a decided success as a Fish market. This splendid place has cost Miss Burdett Coutts upwards of JB 150,000, and during the whole of this year this benevolent lady will not have a penny return for her money, the rents for shops and stalls not oommencing till the Christmas quarter, up till that time all the advantages of the market being given rent- free to the dealers. But meanwhile the market is becoming an established institution. A day or two ago we had our first arrival of salmon from Ireland, and it sold readily at Is. lOd. a pound wholesale. This looks well for the Irish salmon trade, and anything that tends to develop trading relations with that country is in itself highly desirable. Columbia Market ill gradually effecting two grand objects—it is develop- ing the fish trade of the Eastern coast and it is cheapening fish to the teeming population of London. ÄpropOtl of Ireland, every one will be glad to hear that her harvest prospects are very favourable. Add to this that her trade is becoming more animated, and that Parliament is evidently desirous of doing her justice and perhaps the remark may be hazarded that she really has nothing particular to grumble about But TVf. Gustave Flourens, a Frenchman who is now in London-one reason being that he dare not go back to France—knows better than all this. Writing to a revo- lutionary paper in his own country, he says, Misery and famine ravage Ireland under the English domina- tion the nobleat and best of her sons languish in the dungeons of England; her industry is sacrificed in favour of English trade crushing taxes consume all her resources." We can all afford tc laugh at this, though we must all admit that it is a great pity that a French- man who knows nothing about what he writes should communicate such palpably absurd statements to many who will take it aa gospel. On the eve of Parliament adjourning forthe Easter re- ceM. a letter from "A Neglected Wife" appeared in the Daily Telegraph, and numerous letters—some evidently genuine, and some with a suspicions similarity of style to others immediately followed—treating the subject either from the husband's or the wife's point of view. They are, at all events, deeply intaresting, and they all lead to one conclusion at least-that there is a great deal to be said on both sides. The ladies have plenty to say for themselves, but some of them boldly write in favour of the husband. Among the statements and arguments they put forward are that a husband who would be horrified at striking his wife will laah her more severely than with any whip by neglecting her, paying nndue attentions to other women, and stay- ing out lata at night (several wives speak strongly and bitterly about the billiard-table); that a husband has raised his hand against hia wife, told her that he never loved her, but that bis whole affection was and is given to a lady to whom he had once been engaged that it is a wife's best plan never to sit up for her husband, Bever to inquire where he has been, and to "find the greater part of your own happiness for yourself that homes are made wretched from a husband's love of excitement, the first step being passing Sundays from home, on the plea of the want of health necessitating the change, the change demanding companionship, and thM found, leading to destruction; that the great fault of hmtbandaia, that they "terzetto be kind, forget to be courteous, forget to show the love they feel perhapsthat the companionship of young men, the billiard-room, and drinking are the fruitful sources of home unhappiness; and that (it is a wife who says this) the generality of husbands are not worse than the wives, and that if a woman will only be as agreeable to her own husband as she is to others she will always (?) find him anxious to remain at home rather than leave her for others that he does sat in reality care the least about." On the other liaod, among the statements and arguments of the husbands, are that wives neglect their husbands for their «vn selfish pleasures, getting up just in time to tIee him leave for business, and when he returns—if the wife is home—being too unweH or too tired to cheer him; that the husband comes down to a chilly and disarranged room, leaves home almost breakfastless, aDd when he comes home finds the wife out, everything locked up, and that he must not perfume the house with smoke; that the husband has no room in the house that he can call his own, is snubbed before his own children, and subjected to curtain lectures; that the wife's constant straining to keep up false appearances is a great cause of misery, which Is "more caused by vain, thoughtless women than by neglectful husbands; that the jealousy of wives, who bar the door against all their husbands' female acquaintances, destroys the happiness of married life and that home would be happier if husbands and wives would spend their time together in intellectual im. provement. So you see that there is a great deal to be said on both sides. We all knew this before, but this prolific correspondence nevertheless will pro- bably do good in enforcing previously known truths.


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