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@r¡y foafeii (dkrrapoitJcnt. Fty* slfi £ TD it right to state tlet we do not at all t'me, '-selves with our Correspondent's >piiiions.3 The announcement on Saturday that Russia had accepted the terms of the English Govern- ment with regard to the Afghan frontier was a most welcome one after the prolonged suspense which had been experienced upon this very serious matter. Indeed, some impatience was beginning to be manifested at the long delay in receiving the reply of the Cabinet of St. Peters- burg to the despatch which had been forwarded to Sir Edward Thornton. An excellent test of the value of a piece of news is the effect which it produces on the Money Market, and on Saturday Consols, although already above par, closed ± better than they opened. Lord Beaconsfield was fond of using the word "happy" as applied to the termination of a difficulty, and it is hoped this is equally applicable to the close of negotia- tions which must have been a cause of over- whelming anxiety to the Premier and the Foreign Secretary. Earl Granville has spent the recess between Walmer Castle and Carlton House-terrace, coming up from Kent to read the despatches which had been received at the Foreign Office, and then returning to the residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Mr. Gladstone has passed his vacation quietly at Hawarden, and for once has steadily resisted the appeals ot bodies of excursionists to make speeches. "W hen it is remembered that the veteran statesman entered the public service more than fifty years ago, that at seventy-five he has the burden of a mighty empire upon his shoulders, and that the work of leading the House of Commons is now most trying and exhaustive, it will be admitted that he requires all the rest he can get. But he would not have had much peace if he had grati- fied every wish of the delighted tourists who in Whitsunweek admired the beauty of Hawarden- park and the position of the Castle. Another indication of the long-delayed approach of summer was given on Saturday by the first meet of the Coaching Club at the Magazine in Hyde-park. The meets of the Coaching Club and the Four- in-Hand Club are about the most popular sights of the London season. There is always a vast crowd at the Magazine, and Saturday is not a busy day with a large proportion of the popula- tion of London. The spectacle of five-and- twenty or thirty coaches, each with four horses of the best breed, and driven by representatives of the best families in the land, is one un- doubtedly worth seeing, and no surprise can be experienced at the multitude which assembles to witness it. At the Lyceum, "Olivia," by Mr. Wills, founded on an incident in the "Vicar of Wake- field," is drawing crowded houses. Mr. Irving, who takes the part of Dr. Primrose, has scored another great success. Miss Ellen Terry, as Olivia, acts with considerable grace, and it would be impossible to find a more suitable Squire Thornhill than Mr. Terriss. The minor parts are also well filled. The Promenade Concerts at Her Majesty's are now discontinued, and a grand spectacular Italian ballet, entitled Excel- sior has been produced. Mr. and Mrs. Ban- croft are giving their farewell performances at the Haymarket, prior to their retirement from the management of that house. The Silver King at the Princess's has been' discarded for Mr. G. R. Sims's pathetic play" The Lights o' London," one of his best productions. Mr; Sims has also another piece running at a London theatre, "The Last Chance" at the Adelphi. Peril still occupies the boards at the Prince's, with Mrs Langtry in the chief part, and the "Private Secretary" continues its career at the Globe. Those who wish to enjoy a good laugh should see the comedy Mr. Toole has produced at his theatre, "The Shuttlecock." This was commenced by the late Mr. H. J. Byron, but "the author died before its completion, and it was finished by Mr. J. Ashby Sterry. "The Can- didate at the Criterion, in which Mr. Charles Wyndham appears as Lord Oldacre, has lost none of its popularity. Drury-lane is at present closed, but on June 23rd Sir Julius Benedict gives his grand dramatic and musical benefit. The damage to the pictures at the Royal Academy is still a subject of controversy, which is divided between the contention whether the injury has been done by accident or design. On this point there is thus far no agreement, nor does one seem likely to be arrived at. The authors of the accident theory suggest nume- rous causes, some of these being of an amusing character. For instance two animals so totally dissimilar as cats and bats have been named as the authors of the mischief, but how a colony of either could enter Burlington House in sufficient force to scratch the splendid pictures of the artists is not clear. The supposition of malice does not agree with the fact that the paint is only abraded, and the canvas is not broken. This is held to be a strong point in favour of the accident theory. When, some time ago, the committee of the Gordon National Memorial proposed to devote a large sum of money to the erection of a hospital at Port Said, on the banks of the Suez Canal, the suggestion was very coldly received by the public. Inquiries have since been made by a sub-committee, and at a meeting held at Marl- borough House on Saturday, it was unanimously resolved to abandon the scheme. This course was supported by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, General Sir John Cowell, Sir Henry Acland, Cardinal Manning, and Lord Napier of Magdala. The committee will now have to decide what to do with the money which they have in hand, amounting to about £ 16,000. The task is not an easy one, and there is certain to be much criticism on whatever way the money is spent. But it is satisfactory to know that it is not to be taken to Port Said. The Horse Show at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, is always held in the week following the Derby, and it is one of the most popular institutions of the whole year. The leaping and jumping exercises attract vast numbers to the great building in the north of London. There is an element of excitement in them; hence the attendance. This exhibition is invariably a favourite with the members of the Royal Family. The Prince and Princess of Wales are generally there on the opening day, and such of the representatives of the reigning House as are in town go at other times and seasons. The familiar truth laid down in the old spelling book that the horse is a noble animal is perhaps better exemplified at a collection like this than under any other circumstances which can be suggested. G. R.

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