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OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. | iX>NDON, WEDNESDAY EVENING. The Cabinet Council held to-day was to discuss the next step. No news of its intention has yet oozed out. But the probabilities are that, under all the circumstances, the end of the session being so near, Mr Gladstone being ill, and tha Peers hein so determined, nothing further ttm be attempted. The landlords will, theref >iP. fcr'umPh. But their triumph is a very qualified wne- ^ad the Bill passed, the BiU and not inff but th» „B,U w0,uld, have he*n carned out. A3 Lord CairnS vook the L\r°uble uafn: sciously to prove, the measUT* e w°r as not to be disadvantageous' Jo .a ani0rj|Wj ling to make concessions, But now' tht> v an 3 will have to get their rents as best they r Pamell does not believe that they will get th63>, and he will, they may be sure, take measures to make his belief realise itself. There is a notion that, out of gratitude to Mr Forster, he will abstain from agitation. I may say that, among the more moderate Irish- men, there » w some talk of urging patience upon the peasantry, promising them a better measure next year. But these views do not comm end themselves to the thorough Parnellites, who have, early and late, worked for this result ever since Mr Forster introduced his Bill, and who repudiate any idea of foregoing so fine an opportunity. The peers had to choose between the Bill and a Paruellite agitation. They have chosen on be. half of the landlords a Parnellite agitation, and a very few weeks will reveal whether they have chosen wisely. The opinion of every Irish member to whom I have spoken, and whose opinion has any value, is that they have made bad terms for themselves. S,) great is the solicitude for Mr Glad- B to tie's recovery, and so strong the feeling, that while Parliament sits he will be working himself into a fever again, that the very members who were a few diys ago signing the round robin, praying Mr Gladstone, at all costs, to carry his measures, now propose to bring the Session to a spetdv end, so that he may recover the more quickly. At the moment, unless e interposes and lefuses, the Burials Bill is likely to be dropped, the Employers' Liability Bill and the Hare;, and HabbitsBill pressed on, and everything brought to an end with celerity. The Hares and Rabbits Bill, however, will take up a great deal of .time,an 1 it is not thought possible by the highest authorities in the House to adjourn until the fourth week in the month, Mr Hall, on the morrow of his great victory over Sir William Har:ourt at Oxford, begged his friends not to crow over their opponents. Whether this was due to a presentiment or not I caunot c'ecide. At all events it turns out to be very wise conniel. Mr Hall.in a word,is ro longer member for Oxford. He slew Sir William Harcourt, not, as was said at the time, with the swo d of our fathers, but with money and beer. This makes, then, another cathedral city returned as corrupt. One by one the petitions in these cities, from Gloucester to Lichfield (always excepting Salis- bnry), have been declared to be illegally won. In a day of Royal Commission3 it might, perlisp-, be interesting to have an inquiry into the connection between deans and chapters (not to speak of bishops) and political corruption. There seems at any rate to be no necessary connection. Apropos, the Quarterly, in its urgent article on the political situation, implored the Whigs to join theTories,becails-, theDuke of Wellington, the Book of Judges, and the Chichele Professor of History in the University of Oxford, were against the new Radic dism. GreAt play was made of the Duke of Westminster's prophesy made half-a-century ago, but not yet fulfilled. More was made of an antidemocratic partble in Judges. Most was made of the Chichele Professor of History, who f has written a Tory book on Imperial Eng- land." It is probable that the Quarterly would have said more about the Duke and the Bible had it been published a fortnight later. For the impartial professor by whom it abjured the Whigs is the same Mr Montagu Burrows, who wrote begging for more money, more money (the Carlton had not given enough), to carry Mr Hall. England may be imperial Lord Hartington in hia election address denied that anybody ques- tioned the tact; but it is evident that the author of Imperial England is no mere purist. Yet, puras Deus non plcucis, adspicit manus. It was 4iot more money nor more imperialism that Oxford wanted.

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