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TOVTN TALK. BT OtTB. SPECIAL COEBBSPOKDSNT. --+-- read*rs vi& understand that we do not 'tola, owrssfees Tispoi* for ow aiilt Correspondent's opwvvo«« THE general election has not passed off without rioting acd disorder, in addition to -which sad deaths from misadventure and excitement have to be chronicled. But the general election has had its humorous side. A steady perusal of many of the electioneering addresses might have been pro- ductive of an equal amount of astonishment and amusement. Varied, indeed, have been the quali- fications of candidates, and in queer language have they been brought before the notice of the electors. What, for instance, will be thought of a candidate who strongly advocated a Parlia- mentary enactment to protect insect-eating jbirds," and was most anxious for u the limitation of vermin. So warm was this gentlemen in his advocacy of Reform, that he boldly declared that 4i if there was not next year an extension of the franchise, he would organise a system of emigra- tion that should show non-electors a remedy in their own hands against taxation without representation, by going en masse to Bunker's Hill, and leaving their Norman tyrants to cultivate their broad acres, and delve the mines themselves.' Here again, in strong contrast to our staunch Re- former, is a true-blue Conservative. He winds up a very lengthy address, which is said to be brisi-liric, with antithesis, epigram, and rhetoric," with the following glowing simile :—Should the Tory party be rent asunder," he says, "I shall be fc)uud, if in the House of Commons, with, that part left, like the robe of the king in the prophet's hand One always looks to Oxford or Cam- bridge for some good mots at election time Oxford, where on this occasion so much excite- ment prevailed, contributed several. Perhaps the best is that which directly alludes to the fact of Archdeacon Clarke being the chairman of Mr. Gathorn Hardy's committee, and his bishop having voted for Mr. Gladstone. These are the verses — When the versatile Bishop of Oxford's famed city- Cast his eye on the chairman of Hardy's committee, Says Samuel, from Samson a metaphor taking, 4 They plough with my heifer" -that is my Arch- deacon.' But when Samuel himself leaves his friends in the lurch, To vote with the foea of the State and the Chuich, He proves fcej ond doubt, and the spectacle shocks one, That Dissenters can plough with Episcopal Oxon." One of the candidates for perhaps the most closely- contested of the metropolitan boroughs, and who was said some long time ago to have been mixed up with rather doubtful transactions, was publicly presented at the nomination with a pack of cards. Acting on the impulse of the moment, he turned this unkind joke to his own favour without hesi- tation he extracted the King of Hearts from the pack and pinned it on his coat. Loud and enthu- siastic cheers greeted this sharp trick. Not even the excitement of a general election has had the effect of thinning the numbers of the volunteers encamped at Wimbledon this year. The camp is fuller than it has ever been before, the shooting on the whole has considerably im- proved, and never did such good fellowship and such esprit de corps prevail among a number of men assembled together for purely patriotic mo- zll tives. No pleasanter day can be spent than in a visit to the camp. The scene is one perfectly new ] to Englishmen, and one of which we may all be justly proud. Nothing pleases the volunteers more than a visit from their friends and relations they like showing their tents, and are proud of giving an insight into their daily life, and demon- strating how they can rough it-not that all have any occasion to do this. Some are most luxurious fellows, and bring their servants down with them, and invite the ladies of their acquaintance down to champagne luncheons served on real tables, and assisted by such vanities as silver forks and spoons. But the volunteers do the work they make the lobster salads, and cook the potatoes, and wash up the dishes, and put everything in order. And the ladies look on in astonishment, and wonder at an exhibition of that kind of energy which might be turned to account-so they say-when the camp is struck, and brick walls and not canvas enclose the gallant volunteers. The working classes of the city are to have an exhibition of their productions mechanical, artistic, imitative, and industrial. The guarantee fund amounts already to nearly £ 1,000. Some novelty in the affair is already announced. Special prizes are offered for the best methods propounded for cleansing, paving, and lighting the streets; for the prevention of accidents to foot passengers in crossing crowded thoroughfares; for the pre- vention of the noise occasioned by the passing of railway trains through the towns and last, but certainly not least, for the prevention of railway accidents. There is an importance attaching to these subjects that commends them at once to the attention of the public and I have no doubt the forthcoming meeting will be productive of some clever suggestions. The directors of the Atlantic Telegraph Com- pany having evidently been aware that the Great Eastern has been "delaying long" for her coil, have now determined that she shall" delay no more." The great ship is off, has landed her ex- cursion passengers at Yaientia, and all interested in this marvellous undertaking are hoping for fair weather and no storms. Before starting, every portion of the apparatus was finally ex- amined, and pronounced perfect-the cable, in particular, being in such a condition that the sig- nallers expect to transmit four words a minute. Messages will be transmitted from the ship after paying out each fifty miles of coil, so that the public will be able to watch her course, from day to day, almost as closely as those on board. On arrival at Newfoundland, a message already pre- pared is to be transmitted to the directors, and the receipt of this will be considered proof that the line is opened. The account in the Times is from the pen of Dr. Rassell, the well-known Crimean correspondent of that journal. The directors could not afford accommodation for other representatives of London papers further than Yaientia but Mr. Reuter will supply the deficiency, his agent doing duty for all except the Times. The price of meat in London is something alarming. Thrifty wives are at their wits' end what to do, and I have already heard of a meeting of working men who have passed a resolution only to taste meat on Sundays. When the demand is greater than the supply, as at present, somebody I must certainly give in. Z.



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