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SUMMARY OF PASSINQ EVENTS. No subject is more interesting to the nation at the present moment than the pleasing reflection that our gracious Qaeen has at heart the well- being of the nation over which she governs, and that charity is the predominant feature of her character. During the years of mourning which have passed since Prince Albert's decease, her Majesty has not expended in royal hospitalities the amount of money which usually taxes the English sovereign's privy purse, and during that period the Queen has saved a large sum of money. Now comes the question how this saving may be I expended most usefully to the public good, and by the advice of the most philanthropic persons in the land, her Majesty has been induced to hand over to certain trustees, of whom the governors of St. Bartholomew's Hospital are the chief, a sum of money amounting to half a million sterling, to found a Convalescent Hospital. It has been shown that much distress frequently occurs consequent upon poor invalids being discharged from ordinary hospitals technically cured, but in reality suffering from extreme weakness, which will not permit them to attend to the ordinary duties of life, and thus fathers of families and. sons of widows return home a burden to those they formerly supported. The Convalescent Hospital is intended to give support to discharged patients of hospitals until they are enabled to return to their work strong and vigorous—a charity which will do more real service to the working community than first meets the eye. THEBE is a general feeling of peace throughout European nations, and the gathering of crowned heads in Paris is believed to be most beneficial towards the general and permanent settlement of all foreign disputes. The Emperor of Russia has been received with all the pomp of a great potentate. It was prophesied that the Czar's presence in the French capital would be at least disagreeable to a number of exiled Poles who had sought a shelter from the despotic rule of a conquering sovereign. Previous to the Emperor's arrival, however, it was announced that an amnesty had been issued, staying all proceedings against the Poles implicated in the late insurrection; and further it was announced that all Poles exiled to or imprisoned in Russia should be permitted to return to their homes. This completely turned the scale, and the French sympathisers with Poland are now enthusiastic in their applause of the Emperor. THE final ratifications of the Luxemburg treaty have been exchanged; there has been a con- siderable rise in the Paris Bourse in consequence, and it is believed that the Emperor Napoleon's idea of a permanent Congress to settle European quarrels will eventually be carried out, where oy the settlement of national disagreements may be settled amicably without resorting to the sword. PREPARATIONS are now being made in earnest to give the Belgian riflemen, about to visit us, a fitting reception in return for the hospitality extended to English volunteers last year at Brussels. It is said the King of the Belgians will himself be one of the party of volunteers, and the arrangements at present made are two grand I entertainments—one at the Agricultural-hall, and the other at the Crystal Palace. On one evening there will be a ball and supper, and on the other a concert and supper, to which the Belgian volun- teers will be invited as guests. There is every probability that the Belgians will be conveyed from Ostend to London-bridge in Admiralty steamers, and that immediately on landing they will be marched to the Guildhall, and there enter- tained by the civic authorities. Miss Burdett Coutts, in her usual good taste, has intimated her desire to give the Belgians a fete, and several noblemen have solicited the sanction of the recep- tion committee to receive our foreign visitors at a banquet. Apart from private hospitalities, how- ever, there is a desire generally expressed that we should give them a national reception, befitting our character as Englishmen, and subscriptions, through the aid of Col. Lloyd Lindsay and others, are flowing in, and we trust that our national hospitality will bear comparison with that which our noble volunteers experienced at the hands of the Belgians last year. THE decision of the Government in reprieving the Fenian convict Burke has given general satis- faction, and even in Ireland it has added to the popularity of the ruling powers of this country- The Cork special commission for the trial of the Fenian prisoners has closed, and only the Limerick Commission remains. The results of the Cork trials have been that five prisoners have been sen- tenced to execution—one to fifteen years' penal servitude, ons to ten years, five to seven years, twenty-seven pleaded guilty, and were discharged on bail, and nineteen were remanded for trial at the forthcoming assizes. One of the flatter is charged with the murder of Sheedy, a policeman, on the night of the rising. Four were acquitted, including Colonel Condon and the alleged Head Centre O'Mahony. Both of these prisoners are retained in custody under the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act. It is hoped and believed that should peace and order be established in Ireland, the Government will look mercifully upon the poor deluded creatures who took part in this abortive insurrection. As far as politics are concerned, thereppeal's to t- be a general reeking in favour of the Uovernment j Eeform Bill. Of late there has grown up in the House of Commcms a conciliatory disposition, and I the Liberals generally, amongst whom we may | notice Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Bright, have expressed I themselves satisfied with the concessions of the I 'Government. By slow degrees it has advanced through committee, the Redistribution of Seats clauses alone being the bugbear; with this the Whitsuntide holidays arrived, and Mr. Disraeli has promised to reconstruct the bill so as to suit the views of the majority of the House of Commons; after the Whitsuntide recess we may expect that the measure will rapidly pass through its various stages and become law before the close of the Session. The Reform League admit that this is as great a measure of Reform as they ever anti- cipated, and the society will only remain in exist- ence to advocate the ballot principle of voting. A NUMBER of Irish Conservative members had an interview the other day with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Secretary for Ireland, to explain their opinions upon Irish Reform. The majority were opposed to any material lowering of the franchise, and were in favour of an extension of boundaries rather than the grouping of small boroughs. Mr. Disraeli heard all the arguments, but confined himself in reply to a statement, that the Government desired to introduce such an Irish Reform measure as would prove, he trusted, eminently satisfactory and beneficial. Foa some time there has been a growing feel- ing against the prevailing custom of quartering militiamen at public-houses and beershops during the annual training. A resolution condemning the system was recently passed by the corporation of Preston, and at their request this was presented by Sir T. G; Hesketh, one of the borough members, I to Lord Longford. From the conversation that j ensued, it appears that the subject is under the consideration of the* War Department, and that there is reason tobeliëve something will shortly be done to remove or mitigate the evil. ONE of those "hair-breadth" escapes which often strike us with awe, occurred the other day at Walthamstow, and we hope it may be a warms g to travellers never to act contrary to railway regulations. Mr. Eustace S. Butler, an officer of Customs, was attempting' to get into the guard's van of a moving railway train, was knocked down and one of the wheels of the van absolutely passed over some of his hair and severed it from his head as he lay on the ground. Singular to relate, this was the only injury the gentleman sustained.



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