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TOWN TALK. j ^by oua apaciAL cosaasBONDaNT, Ow re«dm will unbars? <7, n.3 thatwe do not hold ourselves VityQft- sibUfor our able Correspondent's opinions. WHEN, towards the middle of August, one says that London is out of town, he speaks entirely from a fashionable point of view. He ignores the greatBr number of those who do the business of the world-the mechanic, the clerk, the small shopkeeper, the literary man without a sou. He thinks only of the splendours of the West-end, of the brilliant cavalcades of Rotten-row, and of the well-dressed crowds who love to press along the Serpentine. And when at this time a corre- spondent informs his readers that London is show- » ing signs of life, he has precisely the same places and people in his eye. He means that the "season'* begins to put in an appearance; that cards are being issued; that the hearts of young beauties arefluttering as the period approaches when they are to be "broughtout;" that fashion- able young fellows are speculating on the impres- sion this or that young lady will make 5 that the scandals of a dozen watering-places are spoken of and compared; that those splendid creatures, the footmen, are to be seen, in all their glory of plush, in the neighbourhood of St. James's; and that, in common with a host of fashionables, male and female, he has flung about his shoulders the mud as, bestriding a ten-shilling hack, he galloped along the lady's mile." Perhaps I am making him too much a man of the world. Perhaps, after all, he belongs to those forlorn beings whose greatest pride is to talk to some equestrian over the rails. THE loss of the London has tinged with gloom the feelings of the most thoughtless and light- hearted. It has been discussed with becoming earnestness at hall-dinners, at clubs, and coffee- rooms. The conduct of Captain Martin, calm and heroic as it was, is spoken of in the terms it deserves. Nor have I heard any person worth attending to echo the opinion of one of the leading journals, that Captain Martin was to blame for leaving Plymouth at the time he did. There is no doubt that the barometer tells when a gale is approaching; but the gale may be ten days off, and it may be only two days. But storm signals were up along the coasts. True; butthese signals leave the sailor in exactly the same position in regard to the time that may elapse before the gale approaches. A timid captain would not long keep an important appointment. I have heard it said that ic looked very badly to have sixteen of the crew saved and only three passengers; but in justice it must be said, that probably few of the passengers could be got to go into the boat, and men of experience and courage could alone manage it at such a time. Fears are entertained as to the Atrato. The principal evidence from which her losdT is inferred is a notice board which has been picked up, and which is supposed to have belonged to her saloon. The argument of Cap- tain Vincent, that had the Atrato been lost, some of the oars, spars, &c., would have been found, is worthy of every consideration. At Lloyd's the impression that she is lost is very strong. She contained 126 passengers, amongst whom were Mr. Russell Gurney, Mr. Maule, and Mr. Home Payne. On Sunday the Rev. Newman Hall deli- vered, at St. James's-hall, an eloquent address on the loss of the London. THERE has been a correspondence between the Poor-law Board and Sir Richard Mayne, with the object of getting police officers to inspect the casual wards. This plan has been adopted at Poplar with the following results:—In the month of November, under the ordinary supervision, there were 1,821 men, women, and children admitted, 28 of whom were convicted for tearing up their clothes. Whereas in December, with police for inspectors, there were but 580 in all, only one of whom was convicted for having broke up." Mr. Collins, the clerk, mentions the case of a boy who applied for admittance. The police knew him and had him taken to his parents. Statistics are pro- verbially deceptive. The above are not of much value, seeing that the wards in the other workhouses were being worked on the old system. The police may keep thieves and pickpockets away; but if even these die of hunger or cold in the streets the objects of the Houseless Poor Act will have been defeated. One thing is clear—paid men, and not paupers, are needed to superintend the wards, to prevent card-playing, swearing-clubs, and other abominations. MR. ISAACS deserves great credit for his motion —that the corporation should build houses for the poor, now that so many of their dwellings have gone down before railway aggressiveness. On Saturday Dr. Lankester held an inquest on a child that died, beyond doubt, from the poisoned atmosphere it had to breathe; and this, too, in Russell-place, in the neighbourhood of Russell- square The landlord very feelingly, and with an admirable sense of his own responsibility, told the parents, when they complained of the closet, that they might leave if they didn't like the place. When will landlords cease to have the right of keeping poison factories ? Whoever the landlord of this house in Russell-place may be, there is, morally speaking, a clear case of constructive murder against him. "WE are going to have a glorious Session." There will be some splendid speaking." To hear Disraeli answer Gladstone, and then Bright answer him, by Jove!" Such are among the thousand expressions of enthusiasm that may be heard on every side, and not merely from young men either. Many ladies are just as full of poli- tical fervour, and speak of our side," and dwell with rapture on their favourite hero, Disraeli or Gladstone, displaying as much earnestness as the lady politicians on whose patches Addison flashed his delicate but immortal wit. You are aware that a deputation from the Reform League waited upon Earl Russell last week; they were introduced by Mr. Edmond Beale. The members of the depu- tation were determined to give Earl Russell quite enough of speaking. The noble lord had to stop one or two of them in consequence of an j important engagement." The important thing j in regard to this deputation is, that in his reply Earl,Russell has definitely committed him- self and his Government to bring in a Reform I Bill, and to stand or fall by it. There can be no J doubt—especially remembering Earl Russell's j remark to another deputation on the redistribution f of seats-that the bill will correspond to that which Mr. Bright sketched in his recent speeches. Either the Government have been led by Mr. Bright (as its enemies say), or Mr. Bright has been in communication with the Government, and spoke on these occasions according to his brief.





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