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VARIETIES-GRAVE AND GAY.

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- ASSAULT ON A SIGNALMAN.

A VICTIM OF WILD PHANTASY.

HUMOURS OF THE SCOTCH BENCH.

THE COMIC PAPERS.

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AMERICAN MEAT IN LONDON.

A PREACHER AND THE VACCINATION…

ADVENTURE WITH A " SEA MONSTER."I

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT.

MR. BRIGHT'S BIRMINGHAM SPEECH.

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MR. BRIGHT'S BIRMINGHAM SPEECH. A correspondent of the Dundee Adoertisor states that Mr. Bright's meeting with his constituents was, in spite of a threatened hostile vote. one of 'the most en- thusiastic he ever addressed. The Town Hall. which can comfortably hold 3,006 persons, was packed by from 6,000 to 7,000. An hoar and a-half before the time of meeting hardly a seat could be got. Some ladies took their places in the galleries as early as two o'clock. While the crowd waited the organist of the Town Hall flayed all sorts of music,from "Auld Langsyne" to" The [allelujah Chorus." When Mr. Bright entered the hall he was received with a storm of cheering which took him quite by surprise. Ho was evidently affected, and when he sat down covered his face with his hand to conceal its movements from the multitude. Another tremendous burst of cheering greeted him when he arose. He spoke an hour and ten minutes. As a piece of rhetoric his speech was disappointing. Once or twice while replying to Lord Derby he rose into something of his old passion. This was so when he described the power of the landlords to do in the Legislature whatever they pleased. It was so also when he summarised the work which the Liberal party has done for the masses. There was all his old humour and per- luasive force in his advice to his party; but on the whole his speech was argumentative, crammed with facts and figures, and therefore to a great multitude weary with waiting and expectant of something ex- citing it seemed somewhat cold. There were no bursts of enthusiastic cheering such as one usually hears at the end of Bright's periods. Neither did outbreaks of laughter come with that frequency to which, when Mr. Bright is addressing an extra-Parliamentary"1ncet- ing, his hearers are accustomed. Mr. Bright did not intend that there should be. He set himself to make a severe reply to Lord Derby, and he held to his tjl.sk. He spoke not to the Birmingham meeting, but to the country. The meeting, indeed, did not apprehend for some time to what he was tending but when with singular skill he had shewn, by answers to Lord Derby's assertions, the wretched political position of the county as contrasted with that of the town the meeting at once perceived that a call for county suffrage was to be made, and an outbreak of reallv enthusiastic cheering told that Mr. Bright's hearers saw that county suffrage was lifted from the roll of second-class questions into the position of a first-class one. This is pretty nearly all that need be said about the speech. Its tone of scorn to Lord Derby was very marked, and the sentence about his lordship's convictions was deli- vered with a curl of the lip which the object of it had scarcely cared to see. The moving of the hostile amendments was an enormous farce. Not a word the speakers uttered could be heard; the meeting began to sing when they rose, and sang all the while they were up. The hands held up for the Claimant were four, that for the working men amendment a miserable few. Mr. Bright's second speech, in which he got rid of class legislation, the Claimant, and the brewers, was perhaps better received than his first. It was simpler and racier, and so it tickled the ears of the Birmingham groundlings.

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MR. WADE'S HONOURS.

THE MALAY DISTURBANCES.

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PICKETING IN THE BOOT TRADE.

WHAT THE "WORLD" SAYS,

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