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A RAMBLERS JOTTINGS. The only argument which has yet been used to show that Parliament should meet before February was in the speech of Mr. Henley at the Oxford- shire Agricultural Society, in which he said that a petition should be presented to the Queen, ad- vising her Majesty to assemble the people's repre- sentatives to devise some means of arresting the cattle disease. But this matter has been already dealt with by the Cabinet, and orders have been issued prohibiting the importation of diseased animals into this country, and obliging all suspected cattle to undergo a kind of quarantine. It is generally believed that the Government have sufficient power without introducing any new Act of Parliament, and that it will be unnecessary for Parliament to assemble before the usual time. I should like to mention a little fact connected with the importation of foreign cattle that I have not seen alluded to. Some few years ago when cattle were first imported to this country free of duty, Sir Morton Peto, who had then in his hands the greater portion of the railway to Blackwall, conceived the idea of extending his line farther down the river, to an open space of land known as Thames Haven. Here rich alluvial pastures fringe the river on the Essex side, which the honourable baronet had purchased with the view that the poor beasts who had suffered on a long voyage could be turned out for a few hours to feed and recover themselves. There was a good harbour for ships to unload, and the new railway was ready to convey them to town when in a fit state to travel. But after all this had been done, the importers would not take advantage of it they grudged the delay and expense that was incurred by landing animals so many miles down the river, and preferred running them to Blackwall. at once, putting them on shore tired, sick, and hungry, and leaving them to suffer a further period of starvation in the dock quays before they were sent to market. No wonder that disease was often developed amongst them; it was, in fact, the direst cruelty to animals. Now that attention has been called to the matter, it begins to be found more profitable in the end to give the imported cattle a bite at the pasture lands before they are brought to market, and already the port at Thames Haven is coming into favour; the deserted pier is absolutely beginning to look lively, and the fields are being filled with foreign cattle. We think, however, that it would be very advis- able to have some better regulations for the cattle- boats taking up their respective berths than at present exist. A few days since the passengers going on board a steamer had, in order to reach their vessel, to cross a cattle-boat, ankle-deep in manure and slush. It surely must be somebody's duty to see that the diminution of one nuisance does not become the source of the most disgusting annoyance to a large section of the public. The meeting of the English and French fleets at Cherbourg and at Portsmouth has beei very freely discussed in London. Men who grunble at everything and try to make mischief, asseit that there is a political object in it, that Napoleon has his own interest in view, and that England -slays second fiddle in everything he proposes, hiving no will of her own. That the primary objet of this meeting was to show to the world at hrge, America moil especially, the union which easts between these Western countries, the powei of which Napoleon could sway according to his Till and pleasure. I heard this commented upon in the various clubs, and each speaker put a differ oat construction upon it; the majority, however, of close reasoners rejoiced in the fact of our unitv, auguring good results; and whilst they gaie Napoleon full credit for his wisdom, maintaind that England would always support her indeper, denr-fi; that this return of courtesy for courtes; received, would not alter the position of affair if ever our interests clash. Perhaps less would be said upon the subject were it nol for the dearth of news at the present season of the year. The debating societies have nothing else to talk about except murders and the cattle disease, and these being pretty well exhausted they fall back upon Napoleon and his policy.. I went to one of the most visited of these societies the other day; and the subject of debate was The Meeting of the Fleets of England and France; is it to en- courage a friendly union, or is it a mere sham ? To be opened by an Observer." I entered the room, and waited for some time to hear the illustrious Observer, who at length appeared in the person of a tailor, who, whatever his faults and failings might be, had undoubted natural eloquence. Well, he warned England of the danger of a too close relationship with France, and denounced the pusillanimity of the Govern- ment, which permitted the Emperor Napoleon to dictate to us, and asserted that the meeting of the fleets was intended to discourage the Americans, so that the empire of Mexico might be secure; and that, as far as a permanent friendship being established between the two countries, it was a positive mockery, delusion, and a snare." A barrister who was present gave the most perfect solution of the problem, and for the benefit of my readers I took notes of his speech. "There is nothingat all mysterious," he said, "at the two great fleets of the Western world shaking hands. It origi- nated in the visit of the French men-of-war once or twice to our ports, when the officers were received by one and all, from the nobleman to the peasant, with acclamation. Only last year the Mayors of Hull and Yarmouth, together with the inhabitants of those localities, invited all the French officers to festive scenes, and treated them with the greatest hospitality; and then Viscount Boyne and the other leading noblemen entertained them at their castles and halls in the grandest John Bull' style. On the return of those officers to France, these things were reported at head- quarters, and Napoleon felt pleased and grateful; but too proud to be out-done in generosity, he planned this return visit to prove that he appre- ciated and reciprocated our friendship. This is the origin of the meeting, and although political causes are assigned to it, such as a demonstration against America, if she should prove too bullyish, or become practically an enemy to France in Mexico, or England in Canada, they are mere idle words. I don't believe a word of the specu- lation. The joint action of England and France is too mighty a matter of arrangement, particu- larly after past experience of its bad working, to be lightly planned again, especially so prospectively. It certainly has been a very pretty and imposing sight for Frenchmen, who got some cheap glory at seeing the respect that England apparently shows in the eyes of the world to the French nation as a naval power. A few words would com- pletely alter the existing state of friendship. Why, even the most trivial interests about a distant place like Madagascar might counteract all the recent displays of heartiness. Thus, though we cannot conclude that present friendliness prevents the possibility, we may rest assured that it dimin- ishes the chances of future hostility. The friend- ship which the English and French now entertain for each other will, whenever any discord shall arise, cause both powers to reflect upon the dangers of a conflict, and a peaceful arrangement might per- haps be substituted for a declaration of war. Let us then be thankful that we can shake hands with that Power which comesilnearest to us in martial and naval strength, and in commercial enterprise." Thus spoke our learned orator at a de- bating society; but apropos of this, I am reminded of the jealousy that formerly ex- isted between the two countries, and am glad to compare it with the present good understanding. It is only three years ago since Lord Clarence Paget, as one of the Lords of the Admiralty, was twitted in the House of Commons on the su- periority of the French ironclads. The Magenta was talked about as one of the noblest vess-Is that ever was built. His lordship determined to judge for himself, and posted off to Toulon, where the ironclad was stationed. He saw the local of- ficials; declared himself an English Lord of the Admiralty, but could scarcely get civility from them, and as to an order to go on board the Ma- genta, that was out of the question. In his dilemma he bethought him of the mighty talisman—gold, and after paying two napoleons, actually managed to board the French ironclad. Short, however, was hia triumph, for the French captain was soon made aware of the arrival of a stranger, and that stranger an Englishman. He ad- vanced coldly and fiercely, and demanded of him his right to be there. It was no use telling him he was a Milord" of the English Admiralty, but, to his lordship's disgust, he was coldly and peremptorily ordered to leave the vessel. How dif- erent is the feeling now. We are shown every new invention in the French navy the same as if we be- longed to the nation, and we in turn exhibit our men-of-war, and tell them every new contrivance that we are adopting. That such unity may per- manently exist is the desire of every patriot in both countries.

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