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POLITICAL GOSSIP. ♦ THE Right Hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer lately honoured Mr. Begg, of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, with a visit, and inspected the whole works and operations in the malting, mashing, and distilla- tion as carried on at his works, expressing himself much pleased with what he had seen, as well as with the quality of the whisky manufactured, which he was pleased to taste. THE Britannia, Captain Richard Powell, C.B., training-ship for naval cadets, has taken up her winter quarters at Dartmouth, and is moored just above the Fury. She has on board at present upwards of 200 cadets. The arrival of the ship was hailed with great rejoicing by the inhabitants, and the bells of the church in the town set ringing in token of welcome. Sir Henry Scale has most liberally placed his park at the disposal, of the cadets as a recreation-ground. GREAT ill-feeling prevails between the Pontifical authorities at Rome and the French commander, in consequence of the order of the day which the latter recently issued relating to the gendarme who fired at :an Italian officer. The Papal authorities contend that General de Montebello had no right whatever to demand that the gendarme should be given up, as there is stated to be a convention in existence between the Pope and the French Government expressly stipu- lating that only in the case of a crime being committed against a French soldier should the offender be handed over for trial to a French court-martial. The General, on the other hand, claims, as commander of the army of occupation, to have the keeping of the frontier and all offences of a military nature committed within the military lines under his exclusive control. The quarrel has become so serious that it is believed the Papal Government will require of France the recall of General Montebell o. His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has, during the past week, received a succession of guests at the Viceregal Lodge. Among the visitors have been the Duke of Devonshire and Lady Louisa Caven- dish, Marquis and Marchioness of Drogheda, Earl and ,Countess of Meath, Countess of Miltown and Lady Barbara Leeson, Lord Walter Ker, Lord Richard 'Cavendish, Lord St. Laurence, Lady Caroline and Misses Lasoelles, Hon Mr. Dillon, General and Mrs. Ellice, Mrs. and Miss Jones of Pantgl&s, Sir Leopold McClintock, Colonel Fitzgerald, &c. THERE is a vast deal of information respecting the sanitary condition of the British army, at home and abroad, in the "Army Medical Statistics," lately published as an official blue-book, not only as regards the health but the condition of the troops, the mode of recruiting, the number of rejections, &c. As respects education, it is stated that, taking the whole strength of the army at 205,382, there are 36,263 soldiers unable to read or write, and 10,000 of superior education. Re- cruits are derived from all callings, and range over the whole circle of the arts and sciences, but the great majority, and probably the most useful portion, had been unskilled labourers previous to enlistment; and of these there were 100,976. Out of the recruits in- spected in 1860 the rejections were no less than 256 per 1,000, principally on account of malformation of the cheat and spinal curvature. Only six foreigners, or even British colonists, were enlisted in the army during 1860. REAR-ADMIRAL YELTEBTON, C.B., second in com- mand on the Mediterranean station, has been ordered to Toulon, where lie will take command of a squadron, .composed of ships of the several maritime. States, there assembling, in order to escort the young King of Gsreece to his future dominions. The Imperial Russian corvette Soxall, Captain Aslaubigoff, called at Ports- mouth on Thursday last, on the passage from Cron- stadt to Toulon, to form one of the combined squadron. It is expected that Admiral Yelverton, in lthis flag-ship the Revenge, will winter at Athens. ALTHOUGH he has resigned the office of Attomey- <?r#ueral. Sir William Atherton intends to retain Ms S for the city of Durham. IT has transpired that Lord Palmerston came to town and had an interview of two hours' duration with Prinee Napoleon, who, before he left England, also saw Earl Russell at Woburn; so there is no doubt that, after all, the Prince's mission was political; and we may expect some result from it. A DEPUTATION recently waited on Earl Spencer in reference to encroachments on Wandsworth-common. It was urged by Mr. Buckmaster that the common was highly prized by the people as a place of recreation, and that its inelosure would be a direct injury to the public. Lord Spencer received the deputation favour- ably, and promised to give their representations his best attention. THE Ionian Parliament have voted the annexation of the Ionian Islands with Greece, and passed a vote of thanks to England for her concession to its wishes. There now only remains a few formalities to complete the transfer of the islands from the protection of England to the rule of Greece. IT is announced in the Quarterly Official Navy List" for October, that the new uniform regulation, not having as yet received the Queen's sanction, will not appear in the Navy List' until December next." They will be probably promulgated in the interim, by Order in Council, in the Gazette. THERE are now no less than seven lieutenants plo,ced at the bottom of the list of that class of officers, [ in conscq ience of the many courts-martial that have lately taken place-1-A fact impreQedented m our naval records.- r THE French, authorities have icoeived the thanks of the British Government for the respect shown by them af the funeral at Havre of ithe lata Admiral Was^ing- tqn, our Admiralty hydrographer. The only British officer present at the ■futteral was Lieutenant Brooker, who, being a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, received unusual attention in France. All the ar-tho- rities and persons in the French army and navy salute on all occasions a member of the Legion of Honour. LQ&D LYNDHTRBST has just died in his ninety-second year, and the following members of the Peerage have ,0 reached the age of eighty and upwards: "Viscount Combermere, 90; Earl of Charlemont, 88; Earl of Stair, 87; Earl of Onslow and Bishop of Exeter, So; Earl of Normanton and Lord Brougham., 85; Earl of Radnor and Viscount Gough, 84; Bishop of Peter- borough and Baroness Ruthven, 83; Earl of Craysfort, Earl of Gainsborough, and Lord St. Leonards, 82; Bishop of Ely and Lord Wensleydale, 81; and the Earl of Cadogan, Earl of Crawford, Earl of Rosebery, Earl Poulett, Earl of Buchan, Bishop of Cashel, Lord Glenelg, and Lord Lisle, 80. SPECULATION is rife as to the probable successor of Archbishop Whately in the see of Dublin. The Evenvug Mail notices a rumour that Dr. Verschoyle _is to be elevated from Kilmore to Dublin; that Dr. Fitzgerald is to be translated from Killaloe to Kilmorej and that Dean Graves is to be the new Bishop of Killaloe. Another of the many rumours afloat is that Dr. Fitz- gerald is to be the new Archbishop, and that Dr. Graves is to succeed him in Killaloe. There is a further report, that an English dignitary will be ap- pointed. It is our own conviction that all these rumours are mere surmise. Lord Palmerston has the disposal of the Archbishopric, and he will, doubtless, give full consideration to the case in all its bearings before announcing his decision. MB. DISRAELI is in a state of health that gives his friends much anxiety. Without being dangerously ill, he has lately shown symptoms of failing vigour that, in a man who has scarcely ever known a day's illness, are indications not to be disregarded. Perhaps no man in Parliament has possessed a finer physique than Dis- raeli, and when he is found to be poorly," it is indi- cative of a very great change.