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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. 8

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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. 8 In France and-other continental countries, and like- c vise in America, the speeches from the throne, or from c ;he President, far exoeed in interest the speeches f ramed by the advisers of the Sovereign for delivery I .n the British Parliament. With us these Royal speeches generally convey as little real information as possible, and it would not puzzle an ordinary man to write beforehand a speech which would anticipate almost all that the real speech from the throne would 1 ambrace. The Queen's Speech, as read by the Lord 1 Chancellor, forms no exception to the general rule. Lord Derby had really nothing to tell beyond what all the world knew. It was a series of truisms which mgant nothing, and were not intended to convey more. All the world was well a ware that this country was at peace with all the world, and that both the late and present Government had steafastly carried out the principle of strict neutrality with respect to the late war on the Continent. Everyone can easily believe that it must have been a trying time for her Majesty while the war raged between the several continental Powers, with whom she was connected, not only by ties of friendship^ but of blood. The Queen had therefore, no option but to remain a quiet but anxious spectator of the events which, within a few weeks, have in a great measure altered the whole aspect of Central Europe. All that either the late or the present Government could do was to offer advice, and to aid the Emperor of the French in his efforts to bring about an armiaUca"; but all this was known before. Then the second paragraph of the speech naturally refers to the miserable Fenian conspiracy, which has compelled the legislature to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act in Ireland until Parliament meets again. The Government could not but refer to this in the speech from the throne; but it is satisfactory to find that due honour is paid to the United States Govern- ment for the bona, fide manner in which it has acted in preventing a continuance of the raids of the Fenian invaders in Canada. To the President of the United States this country is much indebted for the firm and determined course which he took. Without he had acted with decision and firmness, it is impossible to say what misery these misguided men might "'not have inflicted on our Canadian colonies. This paragraph of the speech cannot fail to be most acceptable to our brethren on the other side of the Atlantic. The late monetary crisis in this country could scarcely have been passed over in silence. Too many of her Majesty's subjects have been such severe sufferers by the panic and by the continued high rate of discount not to look to the Speech to see if they cannot gather a crumb of oomforHtom itj and a. little hope for the f«tare but the Spseoh conreja nothing but before. The monetarypres- sure still continues^$»d, although there is less alarm now than there was some weekt) ago, yet the fact re- mains patent that so long as it continues necessary to retain the rate of discount at 10 per cent. it is vain to expect a revival of trade. Her Majesty is made to say that trade is sound, and the condition of the people generally prosperous. It may ba so, but we think we could point to a large class of mer- chants who can scarcely hope to be able to hold out longer unless money becomes very much easier. How, for instance, can manufacturers hold cn at the present high rate of discount? Com- petition is so great that to do business they must consent to accept a very small profit. They are paid for their goods by bills, but if they have to pay 10 to 12 per eent. discount it is impossible for them to carry on business. It is to be hoped that the favourable anticipation contained in the speech from the Throne Ion may be realised, but we confess we are not very san- guine at present. There can be no doubt but that the energetic measures brought in and passed by the late Government with reSpect to the cattle plague bave done much good, and the public generally will agree with the Government that the worst is passed, and that in a few months the rinderpest wiil become one of the things of tha past. Not so, however, with respect to the cholera which is now raging amongst us. We fear that th<sre is a vast deal yet to be gone through ere we have seen the worst of it; at the same time the Government are justified in taking credit to themselves for the manner in which they have hurried trough Parliament during the la-it few days of the session the Sanitary Act, which confers almcst absolute powera on the Privy Council and local authoritiesfor the suppression of nuisanoes, and for inaugurating mea- sures of prevention; and it now only remains for the authorities to carry out the wish expressed in the speech, that her Majesty hopes that those in whose hands so large and beneficial an authority is left will not be slow to execute the powers entrusted to them, and that they will be seconded in their endeavours by all who have at heart the safety and well-being of her people." The speech also refers, in connection with this subject, to the Act which has passed for improv- ing the navigation of the river Thames. This Act has not a very high-sounding title, but we have reason to believe" that it will be the commencement of a series of Acts which will be endeavoured to be passed to prevent the future pollution of rivers, by making it an offeoce to allow sewage matter te be drained into running water. It is, indeed, a subject for congratulation for any Government to be enabled to announce the successful laying of the Atlantic Cable. Lord Derby's administration have naturally not much to congratulate the country upon, and therefore it is not surprising that they should make the most of the Successful laying of the new cable, although it does not appear quite clear that they have had anything to do with it. On the whole, a more barren speech CIUl scarcely be conceived, although the session has been a peculiarly exciting one. On the great question of Reform, and the cir- cumstances under which the Conservatives came into power, the speech is necessarily silent, and, therefore, it is not surprising that the speech which the Govern- ment placed in the hands of her Majesty should be more than usually dull and uninteresting.—Observer. -+ A gentleman in Chicago had occasion to call at the hoaae of a friend. He rang the bell; but, before he could speak, the buxom Dutch girl threw her fat arms about his neck, au4 ^a^tened her red lips to his in a long, long kiss," ejaculating, "AGb, mein bruder —mien bruder But the cool Chicagonian merely ejaculated, "What the d-I t 11 And Katrine, on discovering her error, retired, much redder in the face, to her quarters in the kitchen. She" dink he vas mine soldier bruder, coin0 home from de wars." Among the peculiarities, if not eccentricities, of literature, it may be mentioned that George Sala is so near-sighted, that, when engaged in writing, he places the paper on a chair, and kneels down, as if about to perform an act of devotion. Miss Braddon, when similarly engaged, seats herself on a low chair, puts a quire of paper on a music-book, holds her ink-bottle in her left hand, and writes away by the hour. Her cMbut originally was in the poetical line. Poets have left off writing. Prose pays, and verse does not. The poets who write valentines, and the poet kept by Mr. Mose?, with the exception of the Poet Laureate and Tupper, are the only poets who can make an honest penny by their trade. >

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