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frakit Cflrmprabenf. [We deem It right to irtate that we do not at all timet identify ourselves with our Correspondent's opiaiontt.J The anniversary of her Majesty's coronation was a very quiet one in London. There was no trooping of colours, as in the garrison towns, and indeed the day passed with the slightest possible celebration of an event which, 46 years before, had excited such interest not only in the metropolis, but throughout the king- dom, and indeed over a great part of the civilized world. Nearly half a century has elapsed, but even to this hour in the most remote town and the smallest village, the rejoicings on Coronation Day are remembered. It was the. 28th of June, 1838, when Queen Victoria, then a girl o f 19, was crowned by Archbishop Howley in Westminster Abbey; and the scene of enthusiasm in the streets of the cap:tal was such as is not often witnessed. The illuminations in the evening were on the most magni- ficent scale, and one of the incidents of the night's engagements was a splendid ball at Apsley House, given by the Duke of Wellington. An honoured guest was the French ambassador, Marshal Soult, with whom Wellington had fought many a battle in the Peninsula a quarter of a century before. Of the Cabinet Ministers then in power the present Earl Grey is the only survivor. He is 82 years of age. A glance at the Parliament of that day suggests some singular reflections. Of the 658 members of the House of Commons as then constituted, those in the pre- sent House may be counted on the fingers of one hand. First on the list comes the foremost man in the counsels of the Crown to-day and in the service of the State. Mr. 'Gladstone at that time was one of the representatives of Newark. Next we have Mr. Charles Villiers, now, as then, sitting for Wolverhampton, for which con- stituency he has been a burgess in Parliament within a few months of half a century. Then there is Sir Harry Verney, the octogenarian member for Buck- ingham, who was then sitting for the same borough. Next there is Mr. Christopher Talbot, the veteran member for Glamorganshire, who has sat for that county fifty-four years. This nearly, if not quite, exhausts the list of members sitting in that Parlia- ment and in this. Mr. Christopher Talbot is, however, the only member of the unreformed Parliament who is in the House of Commons of to-day. He was returned at the general election which immediately succeeded the death of George IV., and heard Lord John Russell introduce the Reform Bill on the 1st of March, 1831. He was a witness of the stormy scenes which took place during the fifteen months between this and the passing of the bill after Bristol had been in the hands of the rioters for days and Nottingham Castle was in flames. No one now living expects to see a repetition of the tempest of passion which then swept over the people. At the same time, there will be a very serious agitation if the Lords throw out the bill for the extension of the franchise which is now before them. It was the political machinery of Birmingham which suggested the Leeds Conference last October, at which it was resolved to press this question upon the attention of the Cabinet, and Birmingham may be relied upon to leave no stone unturned to secure the defeat of the House of Lords, and the triumph of its own policy. The fact that the Prince of Wales will hold two levees at St. James's Palace early in July is wel- comed as a sign that the London season is not so utterly dead as was at one time feared. The demise of the late lamented Duke of Albany took place at the uzifortunate of all times for those who have to Ii i'è by the flow of business activity. It was the end of March, and there were three clear months in which the members of the Royal Family could not be expected to take a prominent part in any public evcm. Those three months included the very best time of the London season. It is true that within the past few days the Prince and Princess of Wales have again come out, first to the military tournament at the Agricultural Hall, and a few days afterwards their Royal Highnesses paid a visit to Shornciiffe to inspect the 10th Hussars. Everybody gladly welcomes them, for their appearance promises the dawn of a brighter and more prosperous day. The subject of marriage can never fail to be an interesting one, more especially when it affects the members of the Royal Family. Here is Princess Beatrice, in her 28th year, still at home, her Royal mother's sole friend and companion but, comparing the age of her Royal Highness with those of her sisters, it is found that the eldest daughter of the family was married to the Crown Prince of Germany at seventeen and two months; Princess Alice at nineteen and two months; Princess Helena at twenty and two months and Princess Louise at twenty-three, which seems about the most reasonable age of the whole. The eldest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Louise, is now older than the Queen's eldest daughter at the time of her marriage, but not a sound is heard of a suitor for the young lady's hand. The eldest son is within a few months of the age of his father at the time of his marriage; but here again nothing is heard of Prince Albert Victor's intention to take unto himself a wife. There would no doubt be some little difficulty in applying to Parliament for marriage portions for the children of the Heir-Apparent. When one was granted to the Princess Charlotte, the only child of the monarch, who was afterwards George IV., he was Prince Regent at the time, and therefore virtually king, a very different position from that of Prince of Wales. It may be added that the applications sent to Parliament by George III. for the maintenance of his children, fifteen in number, were not always acceded to—in fact, they were some- times refused. There is now little or no hope of passing the London Government Bill during the present session of Parliament. Here it is at the beginning of July, having been read only a first time, and with no date fixed for the second reading, another Vote of Censure debate in the way, and Supply to be attended to on Government nights. The antagonistic forces arrayed against the bill would be enough to appal a Minister of stouts- heart and firmer resolution than Sir Willian. Har- court. If the Corporation of London and the Metro- politan Board of Works agree in nothing else, they certainly concur in opposition to this measure. A debate upon the second reading would necessarily be one of some length, while the fact that the bill contains seventy-three clauses shows what room there is for the working of obstructive forces in committee. Even if taken up, it could scarcely come before the House of Lords until the end of July or the beginning of August, when the peers might naturally plead that in- sufficient time was permitted them to deal with such an important measure, and reject it on that ground as the Ballot Bill was rejected in August, 1871, but it was passed in the following year. 11 The extraordinary dry season has bad its effect upon the Thames as well as upon other rivers, and on some of the islands above the tideway wags have erected posts with indicating boards, marked "Build- ing Land to Let." All this while, in the east of Europe, there have been floods of uncommon severity, one of the incidents having been the sweeping away of a bridge over the Vistula, with the loss of many lives. It seems a curious speculation as to what would j happen to the greatest port in the world if the Thames dried up but the fresh water of the river is really but an infinitesimal part of the giant stream which at Gravesend is practically an arm of the sea. It is indeed doubtful whether the German Ocean ever receives any part of the Thames as such. Long before any fresh water could reach the Nore, it is met by the incoming tide and so absorbed; therefore if no fresh water at all poured over Teddington Lock the tide would ebb and flow just as usual, and no difference would be witnessed either in the Pool or at London-bridge. Every metropolitan daily paper contains each morning a statement of the time of high water at London-bridge that day, and the estimate of this has of course been drawn from the rise and fall of the sea, and not from the quantity of fresh water that has come down fiom Gloucester- shire.



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