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TOPICS OF THE WEEK. IT is announced by The Jewish Chronicle." "with authority," that Lieut-Colonel Aloert Goldsmid will take supreme command of the arrangements for the colonisation of Jews on the lands in Argentina at quired by Baron de Hirsch. Colonel Goldsmid's views are in favour of Jewish colonisation in Pales line, but he hopes that in the Argentine it will be shown uo the world—after the inevitable troubles in the first settlements have been overcome—that Jewish agricultural colonies, on a larger scale than are hitherto attempted, are quite practicable. A great step would thereby be gained for a similar scheme for Palestine. THE Emperor of China is a very str.ir.ge monarch. lie is of his own notion starting upon a task which most schoo%oys have wished to be Emperors to escape from. He is beginning the study of English and arithmetic. It is, of course, quite possible that the Rule of Three will ccme much easier to the Lord of the Vermilion Pencil than to small boys on the benches of aa English school, since the Chinese language, and most other things that the Chinaman has to leara. are so horribly difficult that mere Western learning must be very qui kly acquire!. But it is not easy to understand what the Emperor hopes to gain by learning English arithmetic. Perhaps he regards the experiment as an amusement, and learns a p:¡ge cr two of decimals iy way of freshening himself up after a long day at the early Chinese proverbs. I _AT a season when every one is being flooded with charitable appeals and circulars, lau lable and the reverse, it is curious to note that even in com- paratively recent times the law took a very much harsher view of begging than it does at present. On the 15th of July, 1719, the Rev. W. Heudlej preached a charity sermon at Chislehurst for the children of St. Anne's, Aldersgate. For this he and the trustees of the charity were trje-l at Rochester Assizes, convicted, and sentenced to pay 6s. 8d. each. The view taken by the judges was, that though under the rubric a parson might preach for the poor of his own parish, r.ny other collection of money without the leave of the Government was illegal as begging. Poor Mr. Hendley had obtained the leave of the Bishop of the diocese and of the rector of the parish to i preach the sermon bnt he had to pay his tis. 8d. all the same. THE purchase by Messrs. Ascherberg of the Dg- lish rights in Cavalleria Rusticana will spee ",ily prove beneficial to the opera-loving public. The directors of the Carl Rosa Company have officially intimated that they have made arrangements for the immediate production of the work in English. Whether the version printed in the few books issued on the occasion of the recent performance before the Queen at Windsor Castle will be used is not stated. Masgni's work is now in active rehearsal by the company, it being intended that it shall be produced in our tongue early in January at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, where the Carl Rosa organisation, according to custom, has a nine weeks' season for the com- mencement of its annual operations. That a highly successful career in English awaits this striking and fascinating composition seems to admit of no question. THE spirited action taken by English trades unionists on behalf of the German printers is especially interesting from the point of view of international union. While the Governments of Europe seem to be unable, by means of reduction of armaments, to give practical effect to those pacific sentiments they all profess to entertain, the working classes are laying tLe foundations broad and deep of a real union, whmh will endure when the diplomatic manoeuvres of t,.e present time are all forgotten. Without in the least degree depreciating the excellent work being done by peace societies, it seems to us that the Labour movement has more of promise m it for the solution of international problems ihau any other agency. The sympathy and co-operation of the French Typographical Association with the German printers is a noble evidence Ls to how national differences sink Lefcre a combined Labour movemeat. i THE long murder case at Naples whi ,-h has been, reported so frequently h :s enme to winfc appears to be the last or its many trials. A Corre- spondent telegraphs that ore of the brothers Notarbartolo has been acquiticd and the other found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to four years' imprisonment. The cir. umstances bore some general resemblance to those of Keat's poetic story of Isabella, or the Pot of Basil." The two brothers had a sister, and their sister had a suitor of whom they did not approve. He wae very devoted he used to pass hours under her window; and one night he was shot in her house, though not before her eyes. An uproar was heard on the premises and the girl's mother, who shared the family aversion to the youth, rushed to meet her daughter with the announcement that he had committed suicide. At first there seemed too much reason to Jbelieve that the brothers had simply murdered him The verdict of the Court has now established the fact that he w:is shot by one of them in a quarrel, of which, perhaps, the full details and the exact nature will never be known. Ix religious circles in New York City the ques- z, tion of making church service more attractive to the general public is receiving attention, and some radical innovations have been suggested. Dr. Chas. A. Thompson, of the Madison-avenue Presbyterian Church, who is taking a leading part in the present agitation, has determined, it is re- ported, to enlarge his choir, introduce a fine orchestra of twenty-five musicians, and advertise freely in all the newspapers, whiie the best sit tings in his church will be placed on sale in the large hotels. A portion of the church, however, will be allotted free to persons who agree to he present at both morning and evening service, this" privilege to be Ioriencd if they fail to produce evi ience that sickness or absence from the cir.y left their seats empty. Dr. Thompson argues that- there is no more harm in selling single sittings for one service than in selling a whole pew for the entire. year. By letting ihe people know, through the medium of the Press, just what they may expect to hear in the way of sermon and music, at what cost. and making it possible for them to pny for and secure a seat, thus avoiding the feeling" that they are trespassing, the advocate of the plan claims that many who now remain a way from church will attend divine service. ANOTHER link with the past is cut hv the death of the Dowager Lady de Ros. She was one of the few survivors of those who took part in the last scene of the Napoleonic drama which opened at the Bridge of Lodi, and on which the curtain fell at Waterloo. As one of the daughters of the Duchess of Richmond she was at the historic ball given by her mother in Brussels on the eve of the battle, where the beauty and chivalry of Belgium "chased the fleeting hours with fiying feet." and "a thousand hearts beat haprily" in the breasts of "fair women and brave me' ti-1 a pantiv.j courier rode in with the news that the French were on them. She saw the revelers break un in a panic, and witnessed the officers jnuuniii; in hot, haste, and she must have beard their ,Lir partners, as Byron has it, whir-nering with white lips-- l'be füe They come I They come! When there was a controversy the other day ae to the place where the ball was given. Lady de IOB ?«s taken to Belgium to identify the h- use. and, if we remember rightly, locate.! ir in a building, now turned into a warehouse. Her ladyship was a. daughter of the fourth Duke of Iltchnr. n-i. and married the twentieth Baron lie R> s. who <"ied in 1S^'4. She was within four years <>[ au: i gher full century of life, having been oorr. in 17 1M.

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