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Am h Jonbott Corasgontai, (lie deem it right to state that we do not at all times fflMttiy ooraelves with o'ir Correspondent's opinions. The protracted sitting of.-the House of Commons through Friday night and Saturday has afforded another illustration of the absolute necessity for a revision of the rulea of Parliamentary procedure. Upon these the House had been engaged intermittently from the 20th February to the 11th May, when the murder of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Mr. Burke induced the Government to bring in the Prevention of Crime BilL Notwithstanding daily sittings on that measure, the 1st of July found the House just half-way through the clauses in committee. It was then deemed necessary by the Opposition as well as by the Government to take some stringent step for expediting business, with the result that twenty-five members were suspended and the clauses were disposed of. Three years ago the mention of the name of King Cetewayo was unfavourably received by all classes of people in this country. He was the sovereign of a land with which for months we had been at war, and the memory of Isandula was at that time a bitter one. News had just been received that Prince Louis Napoleon had lost his life at the hands of the Zulus, and this increased the strong feeling of resentment against that sable population. Then came the battle of Ulundi, on the 21at July, 1879, which crushed the Zulu power, the flight of Cetewayo, his apture in the following August, and his subsequent detention at Cape Town, which has continued to this day. Cetywayo has long desired to come to England, and after a protracted delay his wish is to be grati- fied. He will be in London in the course of the autumn; and as "the English people always cheer the Sovereigns who come over here," it is likely enough that the black monarch will be well re- ceived. His letters prove him to a man of con- siderable intelligence, and much curiosity is certain j to be manifested in his movements. He will go to see the Queen, will dine with the Lord Mayor, will attend a military review at Aldershot, and see the Channel Fleet drawn up at Spithead. Having been im pressed with the wealth, strength, and resources of Eng- land, it is more than possible that the course of events in Zululand will render his restoration to power desir- able. The University Cricket Match at Lord's Ground is one of the most fashionable of the London season. It is closely ran by the contest between Eton and Harrow, which comes a little later. With fine weather the University Match, from the nature of its surroundings, is a spectacle well worth seeing. As the crowds in the streets of London wear light and dark blue respectively on the occasion of the annual boat-race between Oxford and Cambridge, so at the Cricket Match at Lord's the ladies appear in one or other of the University Blues. Doubt- less a large proportion attend merely to see and to be seen; yet the desire to witness the cricket is so great, that a guinea is the ordinary price of a reserved seat. The present cricket season has been an unusually brilliant qpe, and the visit of tha Australians has enhanced its interest in a remarkable dagree. Westminster Abbey, already rich in monuments and memorials, is to receive an addition in the shape of a tablet to the memory of Michael William Balfe. This tribute to the genius of an eminent composer is due to the efforts of the late Dean of Westminster, Dr. Arthur Peorhyn Stanley. Balfe's numerous compositions have been produced, not only in English-speaking countries, but in aoriiC continental lands, themselves rich in men of genius, landing France, Italy, and Germany. More especially may Italy be described as a land of song; and it was there that Balfe enjoyed a distinguished reputa- tion before his works became so well known in the United Kingdom. The., fitting nature of the monu- ment to his memory in our national Walhalla will be recognised both at home and abroad by all who admire simple and beautiful strains, whether in opera or ballad. The application of electricity to the working of railways sond tramways is an experiment regarded with interest not only by engineers, but by the general public. The success or failure will decide the practi- cability ct the new system of propulsion in the present state of electrical science. Tramways on this system have already been worked in Berlin and Paris, and it is clear that the mechanical diffi- culties whkh at first seemed to stand in the way have been overcome. The promoters of the newly- appliad agency base their calculations of success on the assumption that electricity is much cheaper than either horse or steam power, inasmuch as there is a diminished deteriora- tion of roiling stock and permanent way through dtcnase in friction. The weight of a heavy engine is dispensed with, and inclines are easily ascended. Ihe electricity is generated at one end of the line, and transmitted along the rails to machinery within the carriages, which works the driving wheels. There was some apprehension that the powerful current, passing along the unprotected rails, might constitute a source of danger to the public. On the contrary, electricians declare that the influences pro- duced are of such an agreeable character, that during the early history of the electric tramway in Berlin hundreds of people were in the habit of throwing themselves -upon the rails after a car had passed. The idea that a great Atlantic steamer is a floating town upon the sea is to be extended and developed by the eoMteuction of a fleet of ships in America of extraordinary size and swiftness. Each is to ac- commodate 600 first and 1,000 second and third- class passengers, at the same time carrying 2,700 tons of coal and 550 tons of goods. The projectors anticipate that the rate of speed will be such as te ensure the crossing of the Atlantic in five and a half days. Seven days between Queenstown and New York is now regarded as a splendid passage but if thb can be reduced by a day and a half, it might well appear to the finite vision that the diminution of the time occupied in the journey from the Old World to the New could not be reduced much further. Within a few days of each other, Royal recognitions of the value of the newspaper press have been made in a gratifying manner. The Duke of Albany pie- sided at tha annual dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund, at Willis's Rooms, and paid a high tribute to the value of the public journal as an educating agency, and as the chief instrument in the diffusion of know- ledge, the progress of enlightenment, and the advance- ment of civilization. Instead of consisting merely of expressions of opinion upon passing events and critical essays upon men and their works, the main function of the newspaper of to-day is to supply the reader with a contemporary and authentic record of the daily history of the world. The other occasion was the visit of the Prince of Wales to the office of the Daily Telegraph on the night of the opening of the splendid new effices which have been built in Fleet- street. The gathering Was a very distinguished one, including the Duke of Albany, Prince Leinengen, and many illnstrious names in science, literature, art, and politics. Internally, the new office of the Telegraph is a marbia palace externally it is an ornament to the thoroughfare of newspapers, in which it has been rawed. There are more newspaper offices in Fleet. street than in any other street in London. The trial of a recent cause at Guildhall has once more gi> en ri-e to the inquiry how long people are to wait foi the completion of the new Law Courts. The jur3' complained of the bad ventilation, and asked for air, but the judge objected to draughts, the window* were kept closed on a Midsummer day, and two witnesses were carried out of court in a faintirg condition. Those with good memories are able to reject that seventeen years have aJap«ef! sJnce the Act of Parliament was obtained for thft crrsf-ruttion of the Royal Courts of Justice, and this iJTii'iturfl is not yet ready for use. Meanwhile the t.rounnils of London are scattered here and there--V,"e "!iAitiater, Lincoln's Inn, Guildhall, and Basic-?hii'i-s' r?et; but mostly the accommodation is utter v and her Majesty's lieges who are t resort to these places, either as suitors, juryn f- i witae. come away with but a poor ;■ or the eonrts apart for the administra- tion of jtatise,


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