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I TO"WM>T "SAIjK. ( BY JOUB SPECIAL COEESSPOWDBNT. 01w readsrs v-,t thai IM do not hold our rsspon ] Mt-Ieijr fTttZftble forresoonaent's opmitffavs, Thk | the-Wimbledon meeting1; this yettr Wo enthusiastic reception awarded J 1, -Y to the Belgian ^emen, who had come all the way from their own country to be present at what they I called our Tir National de Wimbledon." On the ¡ ground, from Lord Elcho, the representative of ¡ the Rifle Association, down to all ranks, they re- ceived a most cordial greeting, so cordial, indeed, that it seems to have astonished as weil .^s. delighted them. Their commandingofficer, in. replying to the noble lord's welcome, said that 1, their object in coming over was not so much to I carry away prises, as to cultivate a friendly feel- i ing with Biitiifli volunteers, to fraternise with the great English nation, and to make closer acquaintance with this country, which is the mother "of liberty, whose institutions had spread and been in every land where freedom I existed itnd was valued. Hearty cheers for our Queen from the' foreigners, and equally hearty I cheers for the of the Belgians^. feom.^orJ volunteers, testified to, the mutual, good fsexing which prevailed. At other, places t&ey have been fated iika'ivise—at' the G uilds U> snd at the Crystal Palace, and at a public dinner, where the Belgian Ambassador, speaking in the name of his Sovereign, Parliament,. and people, returned j thanks for the.magnificent reception" which his countrymen Lad received from all classes in London. -Lord Elcno, in the course of a few remark&fin' which he pointed .out similarities between, the Belgian and English character, observed that iSelgians, like Englishmen,"did not desire any glories, of conquest or any rectifications of frontiers; like them also they deprecated any attempts in:' thisdirection, coiae from what quarter they might;" observations • which called the Belgians to,their feet, and caused them to cheer continuously for some minutes. The pro- ceedings Vlere" ■ Itcgetbei: of a most interesting nature, "and crnnoL. fail to increase the, friendly feeling which already exists, between the two countries. I THINS: if v TTLINT has been termed a nttle enlighten0'! d}«11r>risw" in this country we should Le bdlta.: cIF tV n we are in a great many respects. Here, for example, is SIr John Hay, the new junior Lord ot the Admiralty, declaring that for the last xo r or hve years the number of men who enlist in thp navy h^be^n diminishing at the rate. q £ 2,000 per »■ r, i u, notwithstanding the. increase that has been made in seamen's pay. And yet this difficulty of procuring recruits could easily be 1 remedied by practising a little of the aforesaid en- lightened despotism, for cities swarm with a mui- tude of wretched boys, w.tio. are practically forced by a terrible'destiny to swell the ranks of the criminal population, and., our workhouses are crowded with 'pauper lads, whose future fete, at the best, is dduyMiil enough. Why .should not the I State take possession of 'them, and send them to training schoois, where they could be turned into Salter lads?;' be oiie of the that could happen to It I ,V -I pau/p erism or worse, ¡ and the cast ,fcps$1$country yfoaid be no, more than it is at present, :^3w»g that they are already fed, clothed, and taught either in workhouses or prisons'. The evvriment has been already tried ■;u'Vfin&21 wd^ at the PopW wo-khouae with. the I, ,> gr6at2st succe.V,* and there is an association,: of wUbk Lardl■ Shattesbiiry is president, to effect the sam'e ob'jeet. Why not, ,as has: been suggested, turn j <3feeen#i<Jh Hospital; into a, large training sclioolp. By adopting ^ome ^u^.pltUi as this an almost endless supply of-; sailose' would be famished both, for thertavy and' the- merchant service jj pauperis^ at.d crime- would be diminished, and J larg^'iiiite.'bexs x,l humaii wiifs and strays, instead of being .30. lessor oi a. l/iutnea to society, would be provided with an, .honest and;honourable calling. Me. EARNAliii, the Poof, law Commissioner, has nresented his report 6n ths-condition of the sick S ^abcfi- tioa of pauper nursts, &na; the erection ef-hospi- tals .for the. sicK ■ apart from the workhousss- chtoges -wWch the recent investigations have proved to be -Now. that this question n^y be far advanced tow&c&s & sewtl^fiaexiC, it> is :P,sly justice to remem bar that to Mr. Ernest Haft, of St. Mary's Hospi- tal, Dr. Austin of Westminster Hospital, and Dr: Cdrr, of Blaskhesth (the three commissioners ap- pamted by the editor of; the Lancet), is the credit duevof hiving caiied public, attention to the horribler condition, of the London workhouse in- nrmftripa. 'rItE Jamaica'Commit Itee" are in a fix. Now I that Mr. Buxton has retired from the chairman-, ship, because he condemns their project of having the late Governor of Jamaica tried for the murder of 'Mr. CrSrdon, and that Mis. Gordon herself has declined "to: prosecute, on the ground that her husband would not have approved of anything vindictive, they don't see their way to getting Mr. Eyre indicted for murder at the Old Bailey. As I" Mrs. Gordon. 1:3 the person chiefly interested, and as she declines to interfere, perhaps the committee will come to the not unreasonable conclusion that the matter had better stand a.s it is; most assuredly, if they do not, they will incur all the odium which Mr. Buxton their late chairman, anticipates, and provoke a; triumph for Mr. Eyre which they would not relish. fe report of the Select Committee on theatres and music-halls has been published, and is to the same purport as I mentioned it would be in one o my recent letters. Theatres and music-halls are to be placed on the'same footing. They are to be under the supervision of the Lord Chamberlain with regard toUcensing the buildings and with re- gard to the censorship over the performances. This last provision tfill, in all probability, be un- palatable to some of the music-halls; but it will, if properly earned out, prevent the exhibition of much dreary indecency; of course, I speak of the lower class of j>Meee-i not of the Oxford, JUhambra &c., where, so far as the stage is concerned, there 15 littb to oiieud and much, to please both eye and oal". A. jji>7 drama of considerable, interest, has been brou^t, out at the Princess's. It is called the Huguenot Captain, and is by Mr. Watts Phillips. The coiapis-* v4ry good one, comprising, as it does, Mrs. Stirling,,Mr. Vining,.Mr. George Honey, and to her well known actors. The ballet, cos- tumes, and scenery, are remarkably good; of the last mentioned a view of old Paris iseepecially so. The plot is of the sensational kind, and although the dialogue is in parts stilted, the good acting b and the gorgeous accessories make the Huguenot Captain well worth seeing. j BLIND TOM, a negro boy pianist, and a musical prodigy, who has coated a great sensation through- out the United ^tat$s, has arrived in. England, and will shortly make his appearance in public. IT may be hoped that the fate which has over- taken Mrs. Allen, the lady who falsely accused a gentleman of assaulting her while in a railway [carriage, will put-a check on such charges, which "'■were becoming alarmingly numerous. Five years' penal servitude is by no means too much for such an offence, and the judge who tried the case very properly declined to attend to the jury's Tecom- dation to mercy. THE patience of Cbief Baron Poilocs has been II at length rewarded. It was known, that. that learned and able judge would retire when his party came intooffice in order that his seat might be filled by a Conservative lawyer. Accordingly | he gives place to Sir Eitzroy Kelly, who by his ability and standing at the bar well merits the promotion he has at last obtained. Z.





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