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LONDON LETTER. t [nOl1 OUR LONÐON CORRESPONBEHT.] 1 [SPECIALLY WIRES.] LONDON, Friday Night. Th TORY INVENTIVENESS. ftseir oty Press has been slow in working 0» ln*o a state of agitation as to the 1Se nature of the proposals relative to condition of affairs in the East which -ccupied the attention of the late Cabinet JUncil, but it is making up for lost time y refusing to believe that European inter- vention of a more or less drastic kind was not attempted. The Times is finding con- nrmation of its assertion in the absence of Lord Kimberley from the Foreign Office and the visits of Lord Rosebery there, and to is discovering in these events indications of such sharp divergence of opinion between the Foreign Secretary and the Premier that the latter had himself to do work which the former refused to attempt. It need hardly be said that if that had been the case Lord Kimberley could not have continued to hold his offioe and that is the most conclusive refutation of the Times' imaginings. PEACE PROPOSALS. I have been enabled throughout to give you correct statements as to the action of the Government and its limitations in connec- ti°n T A S- T H?d Ja^an- The suggestions that Lord Kimberley would havenothingto do PUllse in the direction of threatened resignation, »re simply founded on exaggerated deduc- Jle.Sir"ple.fact that Lord Rose- •lo^irlpr) 6 m? Kimberley in the steps on* -^he I'ory Press is usually the o say that the Prime Minister should e responsible for all offices, and Lord sebery is not only a Prime Minister V8 a Pas': Secretary of State, with the subject of foreign affairs at his fingers' ends Still. I receive with some hesitation the statement of the Dctily News that the majority of the Powers have acquiesced m peace. CZAR'S COLLAPSE. Although at the moment of writing the death of the Czar is not actually announced, that event may be taken as imminent, since the final stages of the disease have set in. There is poisoning of the system, loss of power of the heart, and fainting fits, one of which must be fatal. He has remained conscious so far, which indicates that some days may elapse before the end comes, especially as the Emperor's strength is great! It is said that the Czar has suffered from Bright's disease for two years, but that he managed to conceal it from his physicians until too late. UNMASKING THE BATTERY. The desperate determination of the Church to complete the capture of the London Board Schools and boldly to turn them into denominational nurseries is becoming con- fessed with openness. Mr Athelstan Riley has finally thrown away the scabbard and cast off all former attempts to represent his famous circular as a very little and harmless thing, and now the Church Times is beating the drum ecclesiastic to raise an election fund, in hopes of placing £200 at the dis- posal of the sectarian candidates in each division of the constituency. The money is io be advanced on the condition that it shall be devoted to the payment of canvassers and the circulation of literature, nd In other ways to defeat what, in the same breath in which it complains of phenomenal ignorance and wilful mis- representation, the Church Times politely calls the whole strength of infidelity and political Nonconformity arrayed against definite Christian teaching." It will pro- bably be a surprise to many to learn that the payment of canvassers, which is a corrupt practice at Parliamentary and municipal elections, is permissible in the propagation of the theological dogmas of the Church of England, the end being apparently held to hallow the-means. MR MUNDELLA BUSY AGAIN. Mr Mundella, who only returned to London yesterday after his continental sojourn, does not intend to let the grass grow under his feet. He has already spent some time to-day at the offices of the Local Government Board, with a view to getting into working order the arrangements for commencing the inquiry into the manage- ment of the London Workhouse Schools. (t will be remembered that in consequence .of well-established complaints of the miser- Able treatment of the poor children in these institutions, Mr Shaw Lefevre, towards the nd of the Session, promised to appoint a committee to fully investigate the subject. Mr Mundella accepted the chairmanship of that committee, whose labours it is antici- pated will be onerous, as involving, not only ascertaining the facts as to the present con- dition of pauper children, but investigating such remedies as boarding-out cottage homes and the like. I hear that after the Cutlers' Feast at Sheffield, next Thursday, Mr Mundella will accompany the Prime Minister to Bradford, where Lord Rosebery is to address a great meeting. CLERICAL PREFERMENT. The Archbishop of Canterbury has at last found someone he considers eligible for the important part of Rector of Lambeth in the room of Mr Pelham. The rectory, which has been conferred on Mr Reeve, Vicar of Addington, has been declined by two or three well-known men, including the head- master of Harrow. Mr Reeve was only preferred to Addington last year, and his appointment is likely to cause a good deal of comment in both the Diocese of Canter- bury and that of Rochester. LOSS OF LORD DRUMLANRIG. The Liberal party is not so rich in pro- mising young peers who take an enlightened view of the responsibilities of their position, and who are not disposed to give up to a narrow class talents and opportunities meant for mankind, not to feel keenly the loss of Lord Drumlanrig. Since this young noble- man appeared in the House of Lords under the disguise of Baron Kelhead, he has not, it is true, flashed like a dazzling meteor on the political horizon. His legislative functions have chiefly consisted in discharging the useful but not ornamental duties assigned to the younger Ministerialists, and in having a large number of formal departmental motions put down in his name. The only occasion on which I remember him to have ventured into debate was on a June after- noon, when, on the motion for going into committee on the Cruelty to Children Bill, sent up by the Commons, after weathering some dramatic perils in the Lower House, he launched with apologetic diffidence and some nervousness into an essay-like speech on good work done by the society promoting that measure. The oration sounded to not a few hearers like one that had strayed from the platform of an annual meeting into a somewhat exotic atmosphere, but although it did not result in a rush of lordly subscribers to the society's funds, it was listened to with all the courteous polite- ness the Upper House always shows, especially to maiden efforts, and it was recognised as exceedingly creditable to the young aristocrat's heart. Lord Drumlanrig's personality was all the more piquant because of the contrast observable between his character and tastes and his father's. Trained as Lord Rosebery's secre- tary in a better school than the Marquis of Queensberry's, he was perfecting his educa- tion by sedulous attendance on the seat behind Ministers, and he was honestly qualifying himself tor a life of much public Usefulness. His death is a great loss both politics and society.

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