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TOWN LETTEPY-NO. 60. LAST Saturday was a grand day in the Reform Clubj and a still grander day for England's Foreign Secretary, who then was feasted as John Bull invariably feasts those whom lie delights to honour. True Soyer has left the club, but still the club survives, and it is whispered even dines better than when the author of the Gastronomic Regenerator was the presiding genius of the place; and so, notwithstanding the desertion of Soyer, a dinner was ordered, and a costly one, too, for the tickets were three guineas each, and a compliment was paid to, Lord Palmerston such as never was paid ti British Minister before. There are those Who think but meanly of his loi-dsllil)-wlio deem him a mischief maker— who would gladly see him driven from place and power. Such is not the feeling of the people. Palmerston is the only one of the Ministers who excites any enthusiasm in his favour. It is felt that he is more liberal than his colleagues -—that he is more ready to give expression to the popular b wish—that in him progress finds a truer triend, and hence t3 he is the man whom the people honour. They know but little about foreign policy but they have an idea that our 0 Foreign Secretary is no tool of Russia, or of Austria, or of France—that he zealously watches over liritish ri,-Iits- that he seeks to spread British principles—that he aims that the people of other states should be as free as the people of his own. It would be well if Lord Palmers ton's colleagues would gather from the Palinerston Banquet the lesson it ought to teach- Let Lord John open his eyes; the night is far spell t-the day is at hand. The people are awakening and are looking out for the coming man." Lord John Russell is only Premier by sufferance. Parliamentary business has been rapidly got over, as is usually the case when the end of the Session is near. Hurry skurry is the order of the, day. There has been the usual mas- sacre of the innocents. Helpless bills have as usual been born almost to blush unseen. The principal amusement, however, has been that of voting away the people's money, which, as usual, has been done with a lavish hand. The Whigs after all, it seems, are publicans ard sinners like the rest, and are as ready for a job as any one else. And the grant to the Duke of Cambridge is not a bad specimen of their talent at this kind of work. The late Duke was well paid for what he did. Twenty-seven thousand pounds a-ycar is by no means to be despised; but out of this insignificant sum the Duke could make no provisions for his family, and they are now obliged to ask for a parliamentary grant, And besides the pickings which lie has a good chance of getting, the pre- sent Duke is at once to have an allowance of £ 12,000 a-year. Another Whig job was rather sharply exposed by the old veteran reformer, Joseph Hume, on Monday nirt. It ap- pears there is evidently a good deal of moonshine about the disinterestedness and philanthropy of the Rajah of Sarrawak. The Labuan affair can never be forgotten. A more precious piece of roguery has not been concocted for some time. The vote on this estimate, is one of many for. which a so-called Reform Parliament will, ere long, have a heavy reckoning to make with a mis represented or a non-represented people. The annual cost of the Labuan establishment, as It appears on the votes, is £ 6,914.. This Is, however, but a small frac- tion of what is really expended on the station. The Semi- ramis and Auckland steam frigates are hired expressly for Labuan, and the cost of these vessels is £ 14,000, or £ 15,000. per annum. The charge for the troops, for conveying them thither, for provisions, batta, pensions, &c., cannot be less than X-1,500 or £ 5,000 per annum. There are other charges which appear under the convenient head of" miscellaneous." A-ltop ether Labuan cannot cost this country, one year with another, less than £ 32,000 per annum. The long deliberations as to the building to be elected for the exhibition of 1851 have been terminated by a decision in favour of Mr. Paxton's design and estimate. Mr. Paxton suggests a building chiefly of glass—in fact, a huge but elegant glass-house. The great feature in its erection is, that no stone, brick, or mortar will be necessary. All the roofing and upright sashes will be made by machinery, fitted together and glazed with rapidity, most of them being n 0 finished previous to being taken to the place, so that little else will be required oil Z, the spot than to fit the finished materials together. The whole of the structure will be sup- ported on cast-iron columns, and the extensive roof will be sustained without the necessity for interior walls for this purpose. If removed after tho exhibition, the materials may be sold far more advantageously than a structure. filled in with bricks and mortar, and: some of the materials would bring in full half the original outlay. In order to subdue the intense light in a building covered with glass, it is r_1 Z" proposed to cover all the south side of the upright parts. together with the whole of the roofs outside, with calico or canvas, tacked on the ridge rafters of the 'atter. This will allow a current of air to pass in the valleys, under the calico, which will, if required, with the ventilators, keep the air of the house cooler than the external atmosphere. To give the roof a light and graceful appearance, it is to be on the ridge and furrow principle, and glazed with sheet glass. No tim- ber trees need be cut down, as the glass may fit up to the boles of the trees, leaving the lower branches under the glass during the exhibition; but Mr. Paxton docs not re- commend this course, as for the sum of X250, he would engage to remove and replace every living tree on the ground, except the large old elms opposite to Pi-ince's-gate. Only a few years ago the erection of such a building as the one contemplated would have involved a fearful amount of expense but the rapid advance made iii this country during I the last forty years, both in the scientific construction of such buildings and the cheap manufacture of glass, iron, &c., together with the amazing facilities in the preparation of sash-bars and other wood-work, .render an erection of this description, in point of expense, quite on a level with those constructed of more, substantial materials. Mr. Paxton is the well-known gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. The amount of the contract is £ 87,000. _-n_ The Gorluun case has at last been decided by the Courts of Law, but the controversy has in consequence ouly taken a more furious 'turn. Oil Tuesday there was a monster gathering of clergy and laity, in St. Martin's-hail, Long- acre, to adopt a course of action which they think calculated to relieve the Church from its embarassments, to purify its ministrations, and to clear up its doctrine. The hall filled from end to end before twelve o'clock. Not less than 1,500 persons were present, and, judging from the great prevalence of sober hues of garllJent-blavk couts and white cravats-a very large majority of .them were clergymen. It was in the eyes of the good men there assembled a great grievance that the State denied sacramental grace, and that the clergy had not a synod to themselves. The remedy is obvious enough. Let them leave the Church and they may ou be free as air; of course if they pocket the Stite pay they must preach the State creed. America has to deplore the loss of her President. The steamer that carried out the intelligence of the death of Sir Robert Peel was met by the one which had to bear "to" England the news of General Taylor's death. The event, however, will not much affect American politics. Wo ro- regret to say that there are still the signs of war in Europe. Denmark and Holstein are again at blows. The armistice was in vain the contending parties will fight it out, and there is no help for it. Indeed the horizon of Europe is by I no means clear. France at this time presents but a melan- I choly appearance. Louis Napoleon seeks to annihilate the press. Alas! for him and the country whicn he mis-governs, Don Quixote, who only attacked wind-niills, was the wiser man of the two. WIDE AWAKE. i)