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CT-R LONDON LETTEE. t Cur Spedal Correspondent.] F- the k».- ano:-s with which th<- eb.c « .'— one about- the business of mil" z>. ,r«ev/ Parliairs-ut :'s to be found in thè the percentagt of m 'lie tOl,.l electorate. WLor. all i t:~T's have been cast Uf it nii-1 probably be found thn' th-c -iu'-at average of between 7 has been maintained. The lijnsre a- compared with past elections, is .iroivi.wuj, ;tj be '.Is all .records, even IbeL At c to be high >atev mark. In however, -he ptc •; 77.7, which ihe i ■higher, ciner when 70 9 of tho electors of the Xvtsgu. cast their v«;tee. a voir 71 .cr cent., ths Liberal Gover"- p.•'i in office with a majority of 40 smallest pexcentage in recent yr:.»r$w.» i»i :)33, when the figure was 48.14, iid was not mueli better witl. 48 7. In y-DS, which begin ten years of Ui::o/;ki Go -.v:i:nent, 57.2 per cent, of the total elee!:oi.i>-„ weit to ti t. W i.j.tever ■ .,elm be « id of the present election, j saobody will be able to urge that the people tbave ime A goad in»T-iv people have been going with- out tkeir bncb. or taking very little tinw: nv ,elv, in order to watch ilic ,pr()gt-,e;.s of ill i- elect ion outside the news- ./5:f. j'l Fleet-s<reot. Groat crowds -| have been standing patiently for h-mrs in the coid waitiuir he the results of the eontitv contests 0 posted in the windows or bawled U> r"IIJJ a megaphone. These gather-i inwp v.- or so ing as thoiv e. right when iiie borough re.sulus were coming in, but they afford addi- tkmai evidence of the intense interest which the intii in the- street in politics just. now. -h.) are themselves not above showiug some interest in the ixsuits, have kept the crowds in excellent- order, though they have been hard put to it some- | times to make a way for the ordinary person who only wanted to get through the crowd and go about his business. Nobody talks about anything but politics just now, and it j will be a dull town when the people have all settled down again to their daily business. Fleet-street has been interested in the fate at the polls of a few well-known journalists. Mr.. W. Wilson, "P. W,W." of the "Daily News," who won one of the St. Paneras seats at the last election by only sixty-one votes, will now, one may suppose, watch Parliamen- tary business from the Gallery instead of from the floor of the House. Mr. J. Foster jPraser, the "Standard" Parliamentary j sketch-writer, essayed at Leicester what proved to be a hopeless task, and was beaten by a huge majority. Mr., Spencer Leigh Hughes has succeeded in getting a seat at I' Stockport, and thus becomes a member of Parlia.mentaud of the class to whose little weaknesses he has so often drawn attention in I the "Morning Leader." Mr. Hughes had made two previous attempts to enter the charmed circle, and his hghts at Bcrmondsey and J arrow will be remembered. The new Parliament, like its predecessors, will not suffer from a lack of lawyers. The Prime Minister, as everybody knows, was famous in the law before he became a great force in politics. Several- members of the Cabinet have also been eminent in the pro- fes skm., and there are famous barristers among the unofficial members on both sides. of the House, while the "lower branch" is also.well represented. A good many people have a prejudice against lawyer-members, though goodness knows why..There seems to be BO reason why a lawyer should not make as good a Parliamentary hand as a member of any other profession or a country gentle- man. The prejudice, however, undeniably exists, aiift, is of long standing. For a period in the ISt'h century lawyers were excluded altogether, but they found their way back to lite Souse again. King James I. had no love for the gentlemen of the long robe. On the me of one election he issued a proclamation in which he desired the constituencies "not to choose curious and wrangling lawyers, who HI ay seek reputation by stirring need- less questions." These characteristics may still be noticed in lawyers in Parliament, only they Are not peculiar to them. In-order t'o ensure the better protection of fit. Paul's Cathedral from fire, the authori- ties have decided to catry out a scheme which is to cost £ 20,000. The alterations to be ma-die are in connection with the heating arrangements, and action is being taken at the instance of the various insurance com- panies who are concerned in the preserva- tion of the building. The, generating stations at present are situated inside the Cathedral, and it is considered that they are in too close proximity to some of the most precious memorials. They are now to be removed to the outside. Another improvement will bo made- The workshops, which here, as in We-o,-mi-mi,er Abbey, are a permanent insti- tuikm, are, also inside. They adjoin the mew«"iak of Nelson and Wellington. A place is to be found outside for them also. and their removal will be the means of pro- I viding the authorities with a good deal of oxtr.& sjsacss. J Festival of Empire, which is to be held at fee Crystal Palace in May, promises to fee a great success. The whole of the Crystal Palace and grounds have been taken over by the Council, and all the States of the Kinpire will have exhibitions within the Palace. The whole project has been taken up most enthusiastically. From each State wHl oom 200 specially-appointed delegates., -asd: these will take pajrt in the final scenes of the Pageant of London, which is to be the central feature of "the festivities. The pageant is o:eh,eaxeed in fragments., and not t Hi a fortnight before the eii-n eke •' --ole of the ]>erfoe:r:ei. L v..e- .j •?. opening day dru .rs near reLj asalg will r ph C8 on the actual pageant ground. !ee coet of the pageant is pyt .1: ihout ',IJÛ:), though, as the majority at fch? cos- •trnes will be. provided by the actors them- J eves, it is difficult to give anything like an e. In the art section South "le3, Canada, and Australasia art to be 6.;ecially represented in three galleries. The I »un of the council has been to eolleet the pi. bures of those artists who have made a j study of their own particular State and whose work shows no of the European j influence. It is stated tbnt this will be tn6 first time that such a collection has been brought together. A. E. IL i"J_——!——— .——- — <







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