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TOWN T-A-ILiK:. I .&Y OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. Out reetders leHl understand fhat do not hold ourselves responsible for our able Correspondent's opiniois. THE elections caused by the retirement of the At- torney-General have all been simply occasions for the candidates to pay compliments to their con- stituents, and make speeches about things in general, without any of that flurry or excitement that is caused by opposition. When we say things in general, we mean ,Poland and America; for really these are the only two subjects of general interest now-a-days. The Coventry election was a very severe slap in the face for the ministers, and apparently unex- pected but it is easily explained. In the first place, Mr. Ellice has for several years had the support of the Conservatives at Coventry, and for good reasons-he was a Conservative at Coventry. In the next, Coventry depends on the manufacture of watches and ribbons, both working men's manufactures, carried on in small rooms as well as factories. The operatives have suffered severely from the competition of foreign watches and French ribbons. The free trade in these articles was identified with Liberals, the opposition to free trade was identified with the Tories. Mr. Morgan Treherne, the successful Tory candidate, had long distinguished himself by his opposition to the free trade, to which the Coventry operatives imputed their ruin hence his popularity and success. The Earl of Powis, representative of the great Lord Clive, has been started as successor to Lord Lyndhurst in the High Stewardship of the Uni- versity of Cambridge. He is the son of the Lord Powis who stood for the Chancellorship against the late Prince Consort. He is proposed by the Conservative party in the University, who persist in making every election a party question, even though the vacant office be a purely honorary one, as is the case with the High Stewardship, and was the case with the Chancellorship. Lord Powis has no University distinctions; he is nothing but a Con- servative, and a member of St. John's College, which, of course, supports him. warmly. He is known in his own county as an excellent land- lord and amiable gentleman when President of the Royal Agricnltnral- Society he was distin- guished for his hospitality. Lord Lyttelton, Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, and Lord Cranworth have all been mentioned of these the second would probably obtain the largest number of votes. Our next sensafcion'will be the trial of Colonel Crawley, for the manslaughter of Sergeant-Major Lilly. There has been nothing of the kind so terribly earnest since Governor Waif was tried and hung for flogging a soldier to death. A complete cargo of officers and soldiers has been brought over at a cost of at least fifty thousand pounds to act as witnesses; and justice in a case where justice was despaired of is cheap at any price. It is a wholesome characteristic of the present Com- mander-in-Chief that he is sensitively alive to public opinion-not only reads the le&d'm g papers carefully, but does not disdain to learn what people say about this dirty Indian business" from his trades- people, or any one else with whom he happens to be thrown into conversation. A farmer, who had a remarkably fine horse to sell, was perfectly amazed at the Duke's cross-questioning. From the days of Cassandra prophets of evil get little patience when they speak, and no thanks when their prophecies are realised. Any time this twenty years a rising of the natives of New Zealand has been prophesied and pooh-poohed. It has come now in earnest, and will take a couple of thousand Sikhs to it put down. It was a cer- tainty, because the more these proud and warlike savages were educated, the more clearly they saw the end of their power and their race. It is a terrible blow to Bishop Selwyn, who has worked so hard to civilise and convert the Maories, to see all his labour end in gunpowder and bayonet charges. It is a great pity, and yet no one is to be blamed; the savage and the civilised man never did and never will live side by side. Apparently, the Middlesex magistrates do not approve of music without beer, for at the last licensing day, while scores of taverns were allowed music and dancing licenses, a coffee and chocolate shop in the Lowther Arcade met with no support. Brewers rule the Bench, in spite of Mr. Bodkin. There has been great commotion in the Eastern districts of London, caused by the horrible con- dition of the dwellings of the poor becoming known to the public. It will be fashionable for the next few weeks to cry out against this evil, but, in all probability, some new complaint, will arise in a month's time, and the disgraceful state of houses in the neglected parishes of Bethnal-green and Shoreditch will again be forgotten by philan- thropists. Mr. Spicer, secretary of the Nichol-street Ragged Schools, has published two or three little ?19 facts illustrative of the condition of Bethnal- green, which deserve a passing notice. "In 1855, out of an infant class of 160, sixty children died, in the course of a month, of destitution and the diseases that result from it. During the dis- tressing winter of 1860 more than 200 families were daily relieved, and occasionally children have been brought within, to die beside the school-room fires, as their parents were unable to afford them that luxury at home." Had sixty puppies died in the same manner, all London would have rung with denunciations of their owner's cruelty; but then puppies have no settlement on the rates. And then the respectables who allow these things, and who would have been horrified bad the poor little wretches been allowed fires to die by at home, groan piteously over the growing pre- valence of that "unnatural crime" infanticide. The only marvel to me is, that in such unwhole- some neighbourhoods, and under such a state of things as exist in some of the parishes East of London, so many children survive. Z. Z.



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