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OUR LONDON LETTER. [From Our Special Correspondent.] A feature of the ek^etion results is the re- mark sib !y large P"'l'(' ""¡,, of voters. 1'! (111 l!I. .4. b ")0 'f, some yilaces over ninety per cent, have re- cord'.«d their votes. There could 11.. DO ele»*er indication of the public interest • which is being taken in the election. Pour vCJ. :0 the percoiita^o was very hign, but. j it i. e\loiit that 191U will go on better in ,) this .eel than 190C. The people arouieJ, whether it is the Budget or the Loixls, "raritY Hefouu or the Navy, Free I' Trade or Home R'.tV that has awaken'd them. No doubt all play, d th'>ir p.'irt, I and it, is I as to find out exactly w&>»t icf!u-:noe has L-een excited by e"h 1Jd s.H of I Another i:ndic/t.ion óf the irter,t 'I the "rv, in the stivet is taking i" I «'eci.ioii i-j to be found in iinitiense night by nip-ht in the Strand and in c-i'ior' places in Lt.sdon and the. pro- Tinee« wnere enterprising newspapers d is- play results by nH:"n of m;lgic.1:;erns. F body can It is a lou-d iest politic al husiatim to stand w<dged in a mas,) of people for hour after ho'ttr. while I the rstnrr" are coming jn. But the busiiters I is o>:ei!it'o eEoufrh, and the people cheer í themsiuves h o, sv- ii the result pleases them or the portraits of their frvourites arc exltlllled. They certainly enjey the e;peritTiee. and are very goed temp.erd about it. After all, a General doe.5 not come every week or two. so vrry long ago, it will be remem- a wfl'l-kiiDwn countv-court judge in L-.i;don startled the rsM-'H by his ignorance regard to the telephone, thereby add' irg-. to the already lengthy list of things vliieh ilie judges do not know. This j-^tuavkable as Judge Rentoul 8\è:1 the other day. telephones have been very beneficial to the legal profession. Con- versations by wir-o have often led to litiga- tion., and the lawyers have reaped their har- ve«t out of them, as on that of most other things. Hearing, like seeing, is believing, but' one must be sure that one hears aright, and unfortunately that is often difficult over the telephone. In the circumstances* the legal profession can Accept them philo- sophic-illy. and cheerfully bear with the in- oonvenienee, for the sake of the fees which other., people's telephone. arc the means .of j putting in pockets. I Sir Ernest Phaelcleton had an amusing ex- ly-r a few days ago in Berlin, and so, ¡ apparently, did the audience which lu;d gathered to listen to a lecture by the e- IX. j plover. Out of coir.plimcnt to his liearers he essayed to deliver tlie lecture in German, a i language which is not so familiar to him as j English. It was a heroic attempt, but it proved to much even for th? man who had braved untold terrors in the Antarctic. For a quarter of an hour he r,'juggled, and then the audience cried out. "English!"—and it that language Sir Ernest finished his Iec- turc. It is a big undertaking to make a I long speech in a foreign tongue, except, of course, to the few people who can speak it I like natives. There is always the difficulty of the accent, and many who can write or read other languages as well as their own are often quite unable to make themselves under- stood when, tht, attempt to speak. Captain Mikkelsen, who lectured on his Arctic experi- in London last winter succeeded very well in English, but even then the strain which was necessary to understand all he said robbed the lecture of half its interest. We have had our hooligans in London, and have some still, but they are decent, law- abiding members of society, compared with their oi-efhreii in Paris, the Apaches, who terrorise whole districts, and kill policemen now and then out of simple lust for murder. The Chief of Police has had to appeal for more powers for the protection of his force, as it is plain that the evil is a growing one. The Apache is a decidedly unpleasant type of criminal, and his power for mischief lies in the fact that he is usually armed. If it were not for that the police of Paris could easily deal with him, for he is as a rule undersized, and as cowardly as the London hooligan. In Paris the production of fire- arms in a public place is not regarded as such a serious offence as it is in this country, hut it looks as though the French will have to amend their criminal law in this respect. Patrons of the Palace Theatre are just now enjoying the sensation of seeing a real live lady of title as the extra "turn." Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson is. sub- mil ling aof dances based on classical music from the Old Masters. Ladv Constance is in Society for her dancing, and hM frequently given exhibit:oii* of her skill at gf-'at charity functions. It is in the cause of charity that she is making her appearance on the variety stage, her object being to raise a sum of money to found a school for boys, who are to be educated according to her theories of education. Lady Constance, who is the daughter of the late Lord ici, besides being a wonderful dancer, an expert swimmer, a great traveller, and a fine shot. She is as brave as she is clever. Her nerve has been often t;riled in i-)i-ame shooting, and there are few men who can beat her at that form of sport. Her classical dances were the rage in New York drawing-rooms a few months back, and she is certain to be a big draw at the Palace. A cordial welcome was accorded on Satur- day to Mr. Henry Wood when he stepped for- ward to conduct til's Symphony Concert at the Queen's Hail. The Audience chose that showing their sympathy with him in ■< •.erenvcri-c.iit he has suffered, and j _ct to his accustomed TiiJ p1 r.-anrMK: was a long and varied r', nr><. in: to the liking of the larg-e I The.1 symphony of the afternoon i E fiat, which is known as it is full cf a < h-ec> and comforlabic philosophy. Interest- ing ikons Cesar Franck's -symphonic poeri "LCH Djinns," for pianoforte and ore iiestra, and Dr. Walford Davies's "Every- overture. In the former the solo part V;3 magr.iiiceutly played by Mr. Raoul Pus?no, who also provided a rich treat in his performa-nc« in the beautiful Mozart con- certo in C minor. Inotl)- item in a capital programme was the weird "Valse triste" of Sibelius. A. E. M.











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