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town TALK. BY OWE SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. Our readers Kill understand that we do■ not UU° "Vi- sible/or our able Correspondent s opinions. Now that the excitement of the elections is over, the subject for common talk will cease to be "Who has got in ? and turn upon that equally interest- ing question, Who is to be put out ? I am told that a great number of petitions have been filed, and that some very ugly revelations have to be made. It is quite certain that a vast amount of money has been spent, and soon the com- mittees at the House of Commons will be at work to decide whether the expenditure has been all fair and above-board. It is certainly not a bad thing to possess those qualities which will ensure your being a popular candidate." One of the most popular candidates who stood for a London borough was certainly that great "muscular Christian," the author of Tom Brown's School- days." Personally, Mr. Thomas Hughes is well known to most London working men. He is a great don at the Working Men's College, and an officer in the famous volunteer corps composed entirely of working men. It seems that Mr. Hughes cannot get his committee to send in his bill for election expenses. Their answer is straight- forward and to the point; Mr. Hughes has nothing to pay. The electors of Lambeth have started a shilling subscription, and intend their favourite to take his seat in the House of Commons without any bitter reflections about the price paid for that honour. I may be excused, I hope, for harping a little more on this already well-worn election string. A glance at the list composing the new House will show that many of the counties have returned some very young men, most of them fresh from college. At West Norfolk, for instance, there is the Hon. T. D. Grey who, only last year was playing in the Cambridge University Eleven at Lord's. At West Kent, again, we have Mr. D. H. Dyke, the best racket player in England, and who but a very short time since might have been seen supporting the honour of the University of Oxford at Prince's courts. South Shropshire has sent to Parliament Mr. Jasper More, a young man of about four-and-twenty, who has just been called to the bar. Turning again to Chester and South Yorkshire, we find young Mr. Gladstone and Lord Milton, neither of whom has left college so very long ago. The day may perhaps have come in which we are to discover a second William Pitt. The new Lord Chancellor has already been in- vited to dine with the Queen. This fact has given rise to not a little gossip; and all on a sudden people have begun to remember how very seldom a similar honour was extended to the late occupant of the woolsack. This early compliment to Lord Cranworth may, at any rate, be inter- preted into meaning that the recent change of office is not regarded by her Majesty with any feelings of dissatisfaction. Two great female notabilities have been honouring us with a visit. It is said that the Queen of the Netherlands came on an im- portant mission, being deeply interested in a certain project concerning a matrimonial alliance, in which one of the members of the Royal family of England is concerned. Nous verrons. The visit of the Dowager Queen of the Sandwich Islands, who is staying with Lady Franklin, has no political object. She seems to be a very clever woman; and if her dark features cannot be called pretty, there is an amiable expression that is cap- tivating; it is believed she has undertaken the pilgrimage with a view to the advancement and elevation of the country of her birth. Her hus- band had determined to visit England, but pre- band had determined to visit England, but pre- mature death prevented him, and now the widow is carrying out that which her partner had planned. When talking of marriage in the Royal family just now, I ought to have alluded to the bursting of that bubble of gossip which was blown about not long since, connecting the names of the PrincessotjIary of Cambridge and Lord Hood. His lordship has just married a Miss Ward. Even yet I have not quite done with marriages. Lord Stanley is to marry the only daughter of Earl Stanhope. It was only the other day that the Pall Mall Gazette got into serious disgrace with our lively neighbours on the other side of the Channel, for a mis-statement about the Congress. But it seeing that accuracy is not a very strong point with French newspapers. What will be thought of an announcement in L'Opinion Rationale, which alluded to the retirement of "M. Panizzi, a director of the British Museum, one of the best- known English scientific journals! But this is only one of the many mistakes made by French newspapers. A short time ago an organ of some standing took the Piraeus for a man, and an- nounced that the captured Dardanelles were to be brought prisoners to England. Some weeks ago 11 a leading Paris paper placed to the account of Mr. Gladstone all the charges alleged against the Lord Chancellor and only a fortnight since it pub- lished a letter from Mr. Cobden to his constituents. But last week almost all the II great journals" in Paris deplored the defeat of Mr. Gladstone in i Lancashire. The Patne said: The electoral defeat of the Chancellor of the Ex. chequer is now complete. The electors of South Lancashire have not repaired the check sustained,by I m at Oxford. A dispatch announces the election of Iwr. Eserton, who has had nearly 4(J0 votes more than If. ine and the London press informs us that public opinion was greatly affected by this double defeat of the Chancellor of the Exchequer." And all the others followed suit. The last blunder is concerning the Atlantic telegraph, and is pub- lished in La Presse, which is edited by M. Emile Girardin. He tells the public that- The Times has just received from its Calcutta correspondent a telegram dated the 21st of July, an- nouncing that the Atlantic telegraph cable was landed on that day from the south connection, and two miles paid out to sea, &c." Now, every one knows that Valentia, where the telegraph was first landed, is on the Irish coast, and very far removed from Calcutta. While walking over Westminster-bridge the other day my attention was directed to that portion of the Thames Embankment nearest to the Houses of Parliament. About fifty yards of the em- bankment, just at this spot, is quite finished, and looks admirable. Already, too, preparations have been made here for the commencement of the underground railway. It was certainly wise on the part of the contractors to make a little show at Westminster, in order that vigilant M.P.'s might be satisfied and persuaded that their pet scheme was going on satisfactorily. I wonder if the very excellent suggestion which has been made lately has any chance of being adopted. It is to call the new bridge over the Thames at Blackfriars the Shakespeare bridge, and surmount it with a statue of the poet of all time." Within a stone's throw of the new bridge were the sites of the two theatres in which Will Shakespeare played: and surely no more fitting spot could be found on which to raise a statue in commemoration of a poet whom it is a disgrace not to honour. It is surely not because the ter- centenary arrangements fell through in such a miserable manner that the Shakespeare memorial question is entirely to die out; and that England is still to bear the disgrace of neglecting to honour a son of hers who receives homage, not only from Englishmen born and bred, but from the deepest thinkers in the whole literary world. Z.



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