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Our ^otikit Cnrasgoubent. 1 JJfkS" deem it right to state that we do fl0t a| yj times Identity ourselves vrith our Correspon<^n^8 cpinioas. The holding of th6 teiSttai exhibition of the Royal Agricultural Society is always an event of much interest to the great industry which it represents. The adoption cf the peripatetic syatem in connection with these mam- moth shows has proved a great and marked suocess, Somotimesthe giant collection of cattle, roots, and agri- cultural implements is gathered together in one of the great hires of capita in Nojtb$f Engiiu^, -Lnon it seeks out the wealth of the Midlands, then again it goes into a district purely devoted to farming, and attracts the practical and scientific agriculturist from many a neighbouring ehire, This year's exhibition is held under circumstances of solicitude to the farmer, inasmuch as the broken weather of July has thus far retarded the growth, or rather the ripening of the wheat. The icelees winter has been succeeded by a comparatively sunless summer thus far one, more- over, with a temperature much Lower than that to which we are accustomed, and, indeed, than that which is absolutely required if the work of Nature is to be done in its proper time and in the ordinary way, The contrast between the weather of July, 1881, and that of July, 1882, is very remarkable. Last year we had a higher temperature than any ever before re- corded in this Country. Of course there might have been hotter daya, but the meteorological instruments for the registration of the heat were not so perfect as they are now. On the 5th of July, last year, the thermometer in London stood at 92 degrees in the shade on the 15th it rose to the extraordinary height of 97. This was higher than the average run of tem. perature at the tropics but when it is remembered that the residents near the equator are not only used to hot weather but accommodate themselves to it by both dress and habitation, it is seen at once how totally unprepared we are in these latitudes for such a sodden wave of heat. This year the thermometer marks 25 or 30 degrees lower than it did this time twslve months—a difference which affords ample scope for the study and research of the meteorologist. The Rifle competition at Wimbledon is to the volun- teers what the Royal Agricultural Exhibition is to the farmers, the difference being that the meeting is fixed instead of movable. But it is the one great point of attraction for those who are interested in the engage. ments of the gathering, and draws marksman to Wim- oledon not only from all parts of England and Scot- land, but from the colonies as weB-the Canadians often showing what they can do in the way of defend- ing their homes if necessity arose for them to do so. Very varied have been the experiences of the com- petitors on the well-known Surrey common so far as weather is concerned. In 1868 the camp seemed to have been pitched in the torrid zone; and during the fortnight's shooting there was a cloudless sky with a fierce sun. In 1875 the floods were well-nigh Aus- tralian in their persistency and severity. Again, in 1879 the volunteers faced one of the most humid of recent years; while in 1881, the equa- torial heat was most trying in its character. That was when the movement attained its majority by the completion of its twonty-urat year; an age which many did not expect it to reach at the time of ita institution. The London season has now arrived at a time when it may be said to have seen the best of its days. It has not been a long nor a brilliant one; and the only occasion on which a foreign sovereign had arranged to pay a visit to the City of London had to be abandoned. It will be remembered that the King of the Netherlands was to have been entertained at Guildhall, but was summoned to Holland before the day fixed for the banquet in consequence of a family bereavement. The Levies began very early in the middle of February, and the Drawing Rooms within a fortnight afterwards, and closed at a corre- sponding early period. The proceedings in Parliament have been almost uniformly dull and devoid of interest to the general public. Nowhere is the evidence of the revolution wrought in the world of journalism more perceptible than in the length at which the cheap press of London now give the Parliamentary debates. Before the establish- ment of penny newspapers, the debates were given very fully by the high-priced journals; column after column, and page after page were devoted to the speeches of public men. The man who could afford 5d. a day for a paper was supposed to take an interest in high Imperial polifcitics, and to read the utterances of states- men and politicians, reported at full length. Not much more than twenty years ago Mr. Gladstone observed that Parliamentary speeches were given to the public by the yard-he might almost say by the mile. This is so no longer, and for it there is more than one reason. In the first place Parliament has ceased to transact the business of the empire, and confines itself almost exclusively to the affairs of one corner of the Queen's dominions. In the next, the extension of telegraphy both at home and abroad has increased the extent and variety of news a hundred- fold, and this, appealing to a wider constituency of readers, now occupies a considerable part of the space formerly appropriated to the debates. The penny reader is a very different class of person from the five- penny be wants to read the proceedings in the police- courts, inquests, and accidents. Thus it comes to pass that the art of condensation has had to be applied to the doings of the Legislature so much so that five or six hours of debate now often represent liitle more than half a column. The other event more looked forward to as an op- portunity for an outing than as commanding any special and intrinsic interest in itself is the gathering in the Duke of Richmond's richly-wooded park at Goodwood. So delightful is the scenery that the meeting has well bsencilled glorious." As at Ascot and at Epsom, so at Goodwood, a very large propor- tion of those who are in attendance care little or nothing about the racing, which has no special or intrinsic interest for them. But they certainly do enjoy the excursion, as the poet Gray would put it, "far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife." The shire of Sussex is rich in health-giving sea breezes, as visitors to such popular watering places as Brighton and Hastings can abundantly testify it is also, in its interior, rich in splendid pictures painted by Nature herself, and which are appreciateo highly by those who albeit caring but little for sporting, Bet great store upon a lovely panorama and pure air. A day in the country is again asked for in the columns of the London papers on behalf of a large number of poor children who pass the springtime of their lives in London, without much change or relief of scene. In connection with this subject it may be mentioned that with the advance of time there is more and more a disposition to remove from London into the country such public schools as it is possible to apply the process of such migration. For years the question has bean discussed as to the policy of shifting such important institutions as Christ's Hospital and St. Paul's School from their present sites in the very heart of the city, to spots far away from town. The value of the ground which they occupy is now enormous, and it would be much better for the health of the boys to be out of the smoke and close atmosphere of the City of London. "There is another Inssitution in the City which all would be glad to see disestablished, and that is the Gaol of Newgate. The idea of building a gloomy fortress ia such a place would not now be entertained for a moment, and the sooner the forbidding structure ifdemolished the better will it be for the architectural pretensions of the City.




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