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T O "W 1ST TALK. BY OUR SPBCIAI. CORRESPONDENT. --+-- Ow rnders viU understand that we do not hold ourselves rcjpon aWL. for ow able Correspondent's opinions, "WORTHY and weeping Walpole! Bumptious Beales! Upon the proceedings of these two personages has the attention of Londoners been concentrated since the great day when, instead of the Reform demonstration in Hyde-park, there took place that disgraceful riot, or disturbance— call it by whichever name you like-the Con- servatives prefer the former word, the Radicals the latter; I will call it a row," as that is a good neutral word which ought to offend neither party. Both gentlemen have been impartially found fault with by all classes of men. The Liberals ask Mr. Beales, of what use would his demonstration have been, had it come off, or of what use will any future demonstration be under present circumstances? The legis- lative period of the session is at an end, and no one asks Lord Derby to sum- mon Parliament to consider a Reform Bill during the autumn. Being too late to repair the omis- sions of the last session, it is likewise, say these sincere Liberals, too soon to begin an outdoor political campaign which is to usher in the next; in fact, it is, they add, a waste of energy to hold meetings which can lead to nothing. The good taste is also. questioned of starting a Defence Fund to pay the legal expenses of all those who were brought before the police magistrates, seeing that out of the forty who were charged on the first day only six, according to the impartial police reporters, could be considered respectable people, while all the rest were London "roughs." Why are these roughs"—blackguards of the worst kind, to be found everywhere in the world— taken under the protection of the Reform League ? The question has been asked and has remained unanswered. It can scarcely have been for the purpose of enabling the Solicitor to the League to throw dirt at the police, who, as far as I could see, performed their very disagreeable duty, on the whole, in a way that was wonderfully for- bearing. Then, as regards poor Mr. Walpole—of whom I and every one who knows anything about him must speak with the utmost respect, on account of the purity of his motives and the amiability of his character-it is generally acknow- ledged that he has made a sad mess. He had an undoubted right to prohibit a political demon- stration in Hyde-park, nay, even to do as he did, shut the gates, for he had the opinion of "A. E. Cockburn, Richard Bethell, and W. H. Willes," the law officers of a late Liberal Ministry -one the present Lord Chief Justice of England, the second the late Lord Chancellor, and the third one of the judges now on the bench-to the effect that the authority to close and to exclude the public from the parks is that which every land- owner has to prevent the public from trespassing upon his lands; for we are of opinion that the public have not acquired any legal right to use the parks by reason of the continued user under unwisely in shutting the gates. JJomg so, as the event proved, could not prevent the mob from breaking into the park, and hence causing all the mischief with which we are now so familiar. He ended where he ought to have begun, by conceding the privilege to the League of holding a demon- stration on Primrose-hill. But the League, it seems, wished to have a monster demonstration in Hyde-park, and in Hyde-park alone, for it de- clined the Primrose-hill site, and at last contented itself with a meeting in the Agricultural-hall, where they met good-temperedly, listened to some of their leaders, and separated without disturb- ance. THE name of that potentate, once so mighty in the railway world, has turned up in the law reports during the week. George Hudson, the Railway King," brought an action against the North- Eastern Railway Company, in the Rolls Court, for having taken possession of property which belonged to him, and which was known as the Whitby Estate. It was a Chancery suit, and con- sequently the details are intricate; all, however, that it is necessary to tell is, that the decision was in favour of Mr. Hudson, who will, it is said, be a gainer of .£40,000 thereby. I must confess that I am glad of this result, for as I was not one of those who fell down and worshipped the railway king in the days of his prosperity, neither was I one of those who cast stones at him when he tum- bled from the giddy height he had attained. At one moment the petted darling of both the com- mercial and aristocratic worlds, at the next the object of their scorn, and in both instances treated unreasonably, Mr. Hudson has borne his reverse of fortune in manly silence for years, and deserves the piece of good fortune which has at last come to him. WRITING of the "Railway King" reminds me of that mad project-a railway between Dover and Calais—which is now being talked about. Mr. Hawkshaw, one of our foremost, engineers, is de- signing a tunnel, under the sea, between Calais I and Cape Grines, which, it is said, will cost ten millions sterling. It is not the scheme itself, from an engineering point of view, which I look upon as mad, for doubtless the making of the tunnel is quite possible, but it is the expenditure of so much money to save, at the worst, an hour and a half's sea-sickness, that I regard as the height of in- sanity. I don't suppose, however, there will be fools enough with money enough to carry out the undertaking. THE Home Secretary has introduced a bill for the better regulation of the traffic of the metro- polis. Should it pass, cabmen will be relieved from that odious coin, the sight of which seems to drive them mad, for sixpenny fares are to be abolished; omnibuses will have to land their passengers on the foot-pavement, instead of shoot- ing them like rubbish into the middle of the road; and people walking the streets between the hours of ten a.m. and eight p.m. will not run the risk of tumbling into public-house beer-cellars, or getting one leg stuck in a coal-hole-for beer and coals are not to be delivered within those hours. The brewers are in arms against the provision which effects them, and say that it is equivalent to ruin- ing their trade; but I trust their opposition in the House of Commons will be unsuccessful, for it is surely quite possible to deliver their goods before ten o'clock in the morning. RESPECTING electric communication between passenger and guard, I am told that such a system of communication has been attached to the Royal train, which travels over the South Western, Great Western, and South Eastern lines for more than a twelvemonth past. Some (why not all ?) of the express trains on the Great Northern, Midland, and South Western Railways are similarly furnished, and more than one case, it is said, has occurred where the pas- j I sengers have been relieved from a perilous posi- tion by aid of this apparatus. The public will not be satisfied till all the passenger trains are provided with this means of escaping from danger. THOSE who wish to see the wonderful collection of pictures known as the National Portrait Exhi- bition, have no time to lose, for it closes, as at present arranged, on the 18th of this month. Z.



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