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llletropolitan (Sflssijj. BY OUB OWN CORRESPONDENT. ifhÐ remarks under this head are to be regarded as the ex- resfien of independent opinion, from the pen of a gentleman .1 r;hom we have the greatest confidence, but for which we nevertheless do not hold ourselves reg:poIlsile.J The Queen has sent a present of game to the patients of St. George's Hospital. Several similar presents to other hospitals have been made by her Majesty. Some of her distinguished subjects might take the hint. We often read of such or such a nobleman and party enjoying splendid sport at so-and-so, and bagging so many head of game. What becomes of this game ? The sportirg party cannot devour it all, and even the pampered menials must get tired of toujours pcrdrix. Much of the game thus shot is, of course, sent up to market for filthy lucre, and its owner3 have a perfect light to do so. But if distinguished sportsmen-and, undistinguished, for that matter—would send a fair proportion of their "bags" to the hospitals,-why soms of us would not be so bitter agaiast the Game Laws. The, "no news" that we have recently had with regard to the condition of the Prince of Wales has been emphatically good news," and what scraps of intelli- gence we have subsequently obtained are highly satis- factory. Among other items it has been very pleasant to read that Dr. Gull had returned to town to resume his ordinary duties. I presume that when the Prince has quite recovered we shall hear that Dr. Gull has received the honour of a baronetcy, an honour that will certainly be well deserved. It is said that a day of general Thanksgiving will soon be appointed, and that her Majesty and members of the two Houses of Parliament will assist at a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral. How heartily the nation, too, will exhibit its spirit of thankfulness, as far as can be judged by outward show, need not be insisted upon. From the 23rd of November, when the first bulletin relative to the Prince was issued, nothing in these documents has been so cheering as the little negative sentence of which everybody id talking—' No further bulletin will be issued." It would now seem to be only a question of time and care. Time stops for no man, and care will not be wanting. We may now look for- ward to his Royal Highness's re-appearance, and when he once again appears in public, what an ovation he will receive! The recent speeches of several public men, of vary- ing shades and politics, fairly lead to the conclusion that next session is likely to be a stirring one in re- spect to party battling. Several subjects have cropped up during the recess, which will afford foot-hold for the Conservatives, and we may fairly look for some vigorous attacks, with what success remains to be seen. What will interest the general public far more than mere party strife will be the Budget. Shall we have any reductions of taxation'? If not, the country will assuredly be considerably disappointed. The rumour was, and a pleasant rumour it is, that the income-tax will be reduced 2d. in the pound, and it is said that there are to be some modifications as to the mode of its assessment. The Labour Representation League have issued a stirring address to the working men electors, stating that their cause was "betpayed" by Liberal mem- hers, and asking the former, Will you again submit to renewed betrayal!" &c. This appeal refers to the striking out a certain clause freeing candidates from official expenses at elections. Now, on the general question of the representation I will not enter, but will merely point out that this League misses the point, the crux, of the whole matter. Official ex- penses are but a part of the whole. If we are to have working-men M. P. 's they must be paid. Why not boldly acknowledge an undeniable fact ? Newspaper readers had, on the whole, probably be come wearied with that apparently interminable Tichborne case, but the commencement of another act and a change in the "cast have revived the pub- lic interest in this remarkable case. The opening of the Attorney-Generars speech is full of promise, and has given a new impetus to speculation as to the result. Whatever this result may be, the Tichborne case will be among the most wonderful trials that ever took place in Europe. Of course the jury empanelled to try the Rev. J. S. Watson could arrive at no other conclusion than that he was guilty, and I think few people will blame them for adding a recommendation to mercy on account of his advanced age and previous good character.. The dreadful facts and the self-conviction could not be gainsaid. As far as I can form an estimate of public opinion, I think there is a general feeling of regret and sorrow that the evidence in favour of insanity was so weak and unsatisfactory. People appear to wish that i-• .f'i11.P, OT1 painful. Whether it be right or wrong I will not a, man'will not "be executed. It is somewhat strange that it is only after the trial and sentence that an important document is signed r.ud published— the testimony of five medical gentle- men, whose name, necessarily carry great weight, that the condemned man was of unsound mind when the dreadful deed was perpetrated. Even taking into consi- deration the medical evidence on the other side, the Home Secretary could hardly be blamed by the public were he to give effect to this document. Working-men are becoming excited, and not without cause, at the interpretation which magistrates are putting upon certain clauses in the Criminal Law Amendment Act of last Session. Under these clauses a workman was some little time ago sen- tenced to a month's imprisonment for having, as was alleged, molested another workman. The offence, it is stated, however, merely consisted in the former persistently asking the latter to pay money due to a trade society, and on appeal, the Recorder quashed the conviction. Another case is that of an engineer who has been sentenced to two months' im- prisonment for having intimidated and molested, not a fellow-workman, but a master; and this convic- tion is to be appealed against before the Court of Queen's Bench. It is evident, therefore, that the new act is not yet thoroughly understood, and at present it seems that it is more severe than the Legislature in- tended it should be. Whatever be the decision of the superior Court in the latter case, it is pretty certain that an effort will be made next session to procure the repeal or modification of the act. It is high time that picketing should be rendered illegal, even in the interests of working men themselves, but at the same time masters and workmen ought to be able clearly to understand what the new act does prohibit. I observe that Mr. Gathorne Hardy, M.P., has sent R50 to the Charity Organisation Society. I know nothing of this association but what I have read, com- bined with some knowledge of the public character of the gentlemen who manage its affairs; but this know- ledge leads to the desire for the success of the society. I think it would be well if similar associations were established all over the country. Its main objects aife to relieve real distress and repress professional mendi- cancy and indiscriminate alms-giving, and an immense deal of good has been done in this way. There ought to be an organisation of this kind in every large town, and the professional beggars would have a hard time uf it, while the really distressed would far more easily than at present obtain relief. I am not at all surprised to find that the railway traffic of the United Kingdom generally exhibits a decided increase as compared with this time last year. The more the railway system is extended in and about the metropolis, the more travelling there is on each line of branch. On several of the metropolitan lines lately, I have noticed that the directors appear unable to meet the enormous demands made upon their trains. Especially is this the case on the "Under- ground," and on the line between Ludgate and Victoria. The traffic is really fast and furious, and people seem to rush in anywhere, irrespective of the class for which they have paid. That this is actually po to a considerable extent, must be well known to the directors, but at present they appear to prefer taking things quietly. On dit that the University boat-race will take place on the 23rd of March, and that preliminary practice has already commenced. This is good news. This great contest for "the blue riband of the Thames" deservedly unites an interest among all classes. It is known that it is honourably rowed, and that the honour of victory is the only prize, and this in itself gives a dignity to the struggle for success. Were £ 10,000 to depend on the arrival at the goal, these University athletes could not row with more thoroughly British pluck (Thackeray used the word at one of his fashionable lectures, and why not I ?) than they do. In this thoroughly commercial age of ours it is pleasant to see honour valued above money.

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