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T Q-W 1ST T £ £ r- AT Ojffip LOfTOON .qORKESyoNDBNT.. r v I I Out readef%sffill-understand that toe dp not hold ourselves response for mir dfye Correspondents opinions. -i »-— THE Anxiety which those felt who s'sw the Princess of "V\ffles*&t "Lon don season, when her Royal Highness seemed quite wasted and worn by her continual and unusual presence at the varied entertainments held in her honour, is now dispelled by the gratifying announcement that, in March next, her Majesty may expect another grandchild. Sandringham is a wild and soli- tary place, where the Royal coHpler" Qatl ertj'o^ the retirement and the simple, jural: pleasures so grateful after the continuous excitement of their first London season. The Norfolk people show their good sense in avoiding everything like intrusion. The land is so poor that the rural popu- lation is thin, and the heaths, and marshes, and coverts abound with a greater variety of game than can be found in any other part of even black game is found at Sandringham. In default of a single subject of political I interest,, the great question of the overloaded traffic of our streets is being considered in a very prac- tical sense. Every year the population increases, and the streets do not grow any wider. The carriage traffic of the principal streets of the City of London has increased as nearly as possible by one third within the last thirteen years. Fortunately, the Corpo- ration has obtained powers of a very arbitrary and very useful kind for regulating this carriage traffic, otherwise a ride from the Strand to the Bank would soon have occupied a whole day. Timber carriages, vans of huge size, brewers' and coal merchants' drays are all to be restrained from travelling, loading, or unloading in the busy part of the day. We are no longer to be tormented by the sight of Fleet-street half barricaded by a van placed lengthways with its stern to the pavement. The police will use the same power to regulate the stream and pace of traffic. in all streets that they exercise so usefully on London-bridge. When the heavy railway vans which now go where and how they please, because zn the drivers know all lighter carriages must give way or be smashed, are brought into order, a great step will be gained but the omnibuses and cabs will long puzzle the authorities. It is pro- posed to commence by placing all the timekeepers under the direct control of the police—uniformed and badged like the new cab-stand attendant?. Then, omnibuses are no longer to be allowel to crawl or trot, according as they are full or empty, but to proceed at one steady pace, slackening at certain fixed stations. The cabs will. not bo so easily settled. The City solicitor writes that the stands in the City will only supply one half-hour's demand; therefore, unless cab- stands can be built in the air or sunk in the ground, it will be absolutely necessary to wink at cabs plying for hire along the streets I One. useful suggestion is that the cabs plying for hire shall hoist a flag or some other conspicuous signal. No doubt, in the course of twelve months we shall learn what arrangement can do in economising the crowded streets. But the great want is a new street, an embankment of the Thames, and a new free bridge. Parliamentary committees will be overwhelmed with schemes for metropolitan railways-a few good, the rest wild speculations of adventurous schemers. One rail- way, nearly complete, with a station in Liverpool- street, Bishopsgate, leading to the London and NortnWestern, will increase, not diminish, the cab traffic, although it may take something from Fenchurch-street. The line from Charing- cross to Cannon-street, which is to open about January, will relieve the Strand, but choke up King William-street. One great engineer has sug- gested a viaduct railway from Finsbury-station to Leicester-square, but I do not hear that he means to solidly back his project. The Metropolitan, or Underground, is rapidly pushing on to join the London, Chatham, and Dover at Blackfriars, and the new dead meat market under old Smithfield. The next step will be to Finsbury, and then the Great Northern will give the go-by to its more sluggish competitors. In the mean time the vacant wilderness—in slang phrase, the ruins—in Victoria-street, oppo- site the Metropolitan temporary station, has been turned to use by the fraternity of blacklegs and thieves who have been successively driven from St. Bride's-court and the corner of New Bridge-street. To watch the movements of this offshoot from Tattersall's, which may be done now at a distance, and quite safely, is really one of the most curious sights of London. Comparatively well-dressed men are centres of small and large mobs of the greasiest and seediest description. These centres lay the odds, receive cash down, and promiseto pay; and herespeculativegamblers, from a shilling upwards, may be accommodated. Artists and novelists may there study ruffianism and seediness in every stage of development. For a very opposite purpose visit Hyde-park, where, late as the season is, the beds of dahlias and geraniums, nearly a mile in length, are in such glory as I never before remember. Z. Z.




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