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bout tht ..riI. For the very venom of dishonour coramend us to some who plume themselves most proudly upon their delicate sense of honour. What could be worse, for instance, than he following really wicked utterances of Sir John Pakington's at the meeting of the Church Institution in London briefly recorded in another column 1- What could have been the motive—the animus of the Prime Minister—in such an exercise ot his right, to recommend to the Crown such a person for a vacant Bishopric ? It has been suggested, and the suggestion is net annatural- though it is one that I confess I am unwilling to adopt, because it might appear uncharitable-but the suggestion has arisen not unnaturally as following upon the destruction of the Irish Church, that the motive of the Prime Minister may have been to show that the connection between Church and State is a dangerous one, and had therefore better be terminated. That is a suggestion which I am unwilling to adopt; but I can see no escape from this alternative—that if the appointment was not made with a sinister and unfaithful intention, it was an appointment of the most singular unwisdom ever perpetratted by a First Minister of the Crown. Sir John Pakington knew perfectly well that "the suggestion was one of those miserable slanders which fall 90 thick upon Mr Gladstone, and ought to have been ashamed to endorse it—and especially to endorse it while pretending to disown it. Only silly men resort to such manoeuvres for discrediting a political opponent. What Sir John says about "the unwisdom" of the appointment can make no difference to anybody. One does not expect the baronet to understand Dr Temple. A correspondent writes to the Times- I trust you will grant me a small portion of your space to warn ladies against the scoundrels (male and female) who are now infesting the thoroughfares and omnibuses of London and steal- ing hair. A young friend of ours has just had the whole of her hair cut off in broad daylight in West bourne-grove, one of the most crowded streets in London, and the theft was so cleverly Eerformed that she was quite unconscious of it until her return ome, although her bonnet string was cut through and her net divided into three pieces. It is to be hoped that the police will really endeavour to put a stop to this serious nuisance, otherwise ladies will be afraid to walk in the streets. I am at a loss to suggest any precaution that the ladies themselves may take. A more sensible shape of bonnet than the present might do some- thing, but fashion, I fear, will not change in time to be of much use. The Cork Examiner states that in an audience which the Pope recently gave Mr Maguire, M.P., his Holiness referred more than once to Ireland, and said that it was with great satisfaction he perceived that the Government and Parliament of England had of late evinced a real anxiety to deal in a wise and generous spirit with that country; and that he had learned with much pleasure that the Government were about introducing a measure to improve the condition of the cultivators of the land-an undertaking which had his best wishes for its success. He hcped that such a measure would be soon accomplished, and that it would be attended with good results in assuring the happiness and comfort of the people. God's blessing, he said, would be sure to follow legislation conceived in a good spirit; and he had reason to think that the intention was wise and good, which it must be when it was for the benefit of a people and a country. The banns of marriage have just been published at Lille, in France, of M. Pierre Paux, officer of health, aged forty-seven, and Madlle. Felicite Lelong, aged eighty-four, and worth 300,000 francs. A plea of lunacy was not unreasonably put in by the relatives of the lady but after a legal examination, she was pronounced sane, and consequently marriageable. The Daily Newi tells us of a tradesman's wife in Paris who went into a linen draper's shop and solemnly asked for a suit of men's clothes likely to fit her. The order seems odd, but as the time of Carnival approaches the shopman complies with the request, supposing that the woman is bent on some gay adventure befitting the season. A boy carries the clothes home, and the lady retires to her room to try them on-the boy waiting foi payment. At this moment the husband arrives, and is prodigiously puzzled when he learns from the boy about the suit of clothes. His astonishment is not lessened when his wife appears on the scene dressed as a man, and solemnly de- clares that as the accomplices of Traupmann are about to murder all the mothers they could meet she thought it only prudent to disguise herself. The poor woman had become quite mad through constant reading about this Traupmann. So much for morose literature. The difference between English and American manners is shown in a story told by the New York Times. Such an incident is hardly conceivable on the English stage. The New York Times says- Mr and Mrs Lingard, whose matrimonial quarrels have caused so much stir lately at New York, seem to have made it up. On New Year's Eve the Grand Opera House was crowded, and the scene of something different from the ordinary professional exhibition of feeling. During the evening it was evident that Mr Lingard was in very low spirits, as his songs in character lacked their usual heartiness, and his playing in Pluto bore evi- dence of much nervousness. Mrs Alice Dunning Lingard entered into the requirements of her role of Orpheus with great dash and enthusiasm, although at times there was a very apparent constraint in the jollity with which she attempted to invest it. Aware of the quarrel between these artistes, the audience marked attentively their looks and gestures when the business of the burlesque brought the couple together; but as portions of the dialogue between them were cut short for obvious reasons, nothing but Mr Lingard's retirement from the stage, or some agitation when first he and his wife met in their respective parts, occasioned any comment. They did not meet again until the scene in which Orpheus demands of Pluto his release from Hades. At this particular moment Mr Lingard (Pluto) was as pale as a sheet. The lady representing Proserpine handed him the pasteboard pass from the infernal regions, which Mr Lingard gave to Miss Dunning. His excitement now was very plainly perceptible to the audience, and just as the lady began the song, "Fare thee well, love," Ac., he flung aside all restraint, and catching her in his anus, he kissed her again and again. With some difficulty she broke from his embrace and rushed behind the scenes leaving her husband pale and almost fainting, with his head resting on the shoulder of Miss Harris (Proserpine). He recovered his consciousness in a few minutes, and followed his wife. Then, delighted with this out- burst of genuine affection, the audience approved of it, by thunders of applause. The stage was deserted for a brief period, until Mrs Lingard, the first to regain her self-possession), came forward to the foot-lights, made a bow, was greeted with a round of plaudits, and continued the piece. Mr Lingard mechanically went through his part, until the finale, when using the words Remember Pluto," the audience once more brought the performance to a standstill by their repeated demonstrations of pleasure at the reconciliation. It became necessary to drop the curtain. The clamour continued amid loud cries for Mr and Mrs Lingard. After a lapse of ten or fifteen minutes, the former came before the curtain, and said, Ladies and gentle- men, I thank you for your good wishes. Mrs Lingard and I will get along nicely now. Ana I am desirous to commence the new ▼ear well, and to do better for the future. But (in great agita- iion) I fear my conduct on the stage this evening has only offended her whose regard I value more than the good opinion of all the world." And after this speech, Mr Lingard retired amid renewed proofs of delight. The "Revivers" had better give up. Lord Derby has pronounced against them, and now one of the few remaining able conservative politicians has done the same thing. Speaking at Exeter last week, Sir Stafford Northcote said- Whilst believing that the original promoters had exaggerated the benefits to be derived from free trade, it was important reso- lutely to put a stop to any reactionary feeling. As reaction was impossible, the wise course was to regulate our commercial affairs without too much reference to the proceedings of our neighbours. Reciprocity was desirable; but matters would not be mended by saying that, if restrictions were not taken off on the other side, we would impose them on ours. It is fortunate for country politicians that the leaders have spoken, for there was some disposition on the part of rural conservatives to support the new movement. They will, now know that it is the wrong cue. The New York Times devotes a long article to the review of Mrs Stowe's Vindication of Lady Byron. At the outset it is compelled, it says, with regret to express the opinion that the reputation which will most suffer by the new revelations is that of Mrs Stowe herself. It says that she contradicts her former true story;" that she contradicts the story which she now declares Lady Byron told her and that she contradicts, in the last part of her present volume, the accusations which she makes in the first part. Citations in support of these statements are then adduced. The New York Times thinks it was im- possible to prove the charge, and that as, moreover, it was one fraught with cruelty and wrong, it ought never to have been made. We deeply regret, it says in con- clusion, "that Mrs Stowe has been willing to have her name handed down to posterity as the authority for one of the most revolting and indecent slanders ever concocted against either the living or the dead." The New York Nation received the book too late, it says, to fully notice it at once. It declares meanwhile that the new volume does not contain any authorisation, formal or implied, for Mrs Stowe's action in the matter: that the only addi- tional proof of the charges offered is more extended and explicit reports of the conversation in which Lady Byron revealed the secret; and that this conversation will help to confirm the impression of many people that she was not sound in her mind on this subject in later years." The New York Tribune, on the other hand, is of opinion that Mrs Stowe has nearly made out her case, but it doubts the propriety of her conduct in bringing the story before the public, and wishes "more than ever that she had been content to hold her peace." The scenes which took place among the crowd when Traupmann was guillotined, last week, have directed public attention in Paris to the system of public execu- tions, and in more than one quarter it is urged that that system should be abandoned. The Dehats says that the snouts, the jokes, and the songs recalled a carnival night, and that it is a complete mistake to suppose that public executions exercise any moral influence whatever. They are, on the contrary, it considers, profoundly immoral. The Dehats thinks it high time to do away with these old customs, which are merely the legacies of barbarous times. France," it adds, must not rest behind England and Germany; henceforth executions must take place inside the prisons. We must be rid of these sanguinary spec- tacles, which are full of danger, and the scaffold, which is always an objectionable sight, must be hidden. An equit- able sentiment of humanity should curtail also the pre- liminaries, and remove all the obstacles which delay the passage to the guillotine." The subject has also come up in the Chamber. M. Jules Simon has given notice that he will shortly bring in a Bill for the abolition of capital punishment, and the question of private executions is to be oonsidered by the Cabinet. Papal Infallibility is a plant of very tender growth. According to the letters from Rome in the Gazette de France, the Pontifical authorities have forbidden Mgr. Dupanloup, the Bishop of Orleans, to publish his reply to the address in favour of the new d put forth by M. Dechamps and Archbishop Manning. The Daily News draws a contrast between the speeches of Mr Bright and Mr Forster The difference of tone between the President of the Board of Trade and the Vice-President of the Committee of Council was most marked. Mr Bright was cautions and a little depressed Mr Forster was chivalrous and sanguine. Mr Bright saw a great group of measures coming up abreast and declared it to be im- possible that they should all be got through the narrow gateway of a single session Mr Forster saw them coming in single file in the order of their importance, and had no fear of obstruction or confusion. The Irish measure is to go through first; the Educa- won Bill is to follow, and measures on Trades Unions, on Uni- ZKr ests' licensing system, and on the machinery of may bru¥ up rear- 'ihere seems, however, to be "Thence of, opinion between the members of the ( lovern- weni as to the order of importance in which these measures should come. All are agroedithae fthef Irish measure should come first, but Mr Bright hardly seemed? to,-be of Mr Forster's opinion that an Education Bill should be second. Mr Bright thought discussion was gradually bringing uS" to agreement on the funda- mental principles of such a measure, Mt Forster thought we were already sufficiently agreed for legislation to be easy. The religious difficulty is diminishing in magnitude is all that Mr Bright could tell us; I am not afraid of the religious difficulty which is the bugbear of so many persons," exclaimed Mr For- ster, and he was quite surethat Parliament would not be afraid of it. On the question of "University Tests the divergence was even greater. Mr Bright, while admitting that everybody was agreed upon it, discouraged all hope of settling it this year it would take several nights, and several Government nights mean several weeks." Mr Forster expressed the hope; which all the j liberal party share, that Mr Gladstone will find time to deal with it, and declared that it would on the whole be a saving of time to settle it this year. Mr Bright, in fact, seemed anxious to j impress on the public his great sense of the powerlessness of a strong Government, while Mr Forster, taking counsel of his or courage, saw nothing to be impossible to well-directed efforts. And then the Daily News proceeds to insist upon the im- portance of avoiding anything like a policy of inaction or delay, and to urge the Government, as the only strong Government of recent times, to show their strength and do their duty while it is called to-day." The health of The Dissenting Ministers" proposed by a clergyman-and on the occasion of the opening of a church—and in the presence of the bishop of the diocese what next, and next, and next! Let our Protestant readers be re-assured. If we are drifting towards Rome, and fraternizing with Greek archbishops on one hand, on another we are quite as certainly moving with rapid strides towards a more genial union amongst all sections of the church in England-and we are inclined to believe very confidently, that in the long run the more natural and, as we believe, more Christian and healthful movement will win the race—especially if we have a few more Temples in high places. This is what the Rev. G. J. Wallas said at a public luncheon after the opening of Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple, in the presence of Dr Temple, and the toast, we read, was heartily received— I am about to propose a toast, ladies and gentlemen, which I never yet heard proceed from the ilouth of a Church of England clergyman, but which proceeds from my mouth with great sin- cerity, and with the highest and best and most Christian feeling. Since I have lived here I have not only been associated with many clerical brethren of the church, but I have always met with the greatest respect and the kindest ■treatment from the minis- ters of other religious bodies. As a proof of their kindly feeling towards the church I may mention a circumstance in connection with the services of to-day. There are three established bodies of Dissenters in the town which occupy a more prominent posi- tion than ahy others, and the minister of each of those congre- gations has intimated his intention to be present at the service at the parish church this evening. I believe the time is not far distant when that exaggerated shyness and reserve which have always existed between the church and those who on points more of discipline than any other subjeet dissent from us will be to some degree softened down. I have the greatest pleasure in proposing their health, and I am glad to see one of them here to-day. We gave Mr Ruskin's views on fox-hunting last week. Here is another view of the question-the speaker being Sir E. C. Kerrison, Bart., an M. F. H. In these days, when education was so prominent a point, and when it had been facetiously said that there would be regula- tions under which boys who dropped their h's would be taken up by the police—(laughter)—even the morality of foxhunting was questioned, and it was said that foxhunting involved cruelty to the animal. Cruelty to the animal! Why, the fox was a Robin Hood among animals he enjoyed his marauding life as long as he could, and he liked being chased by hunters quite as well as being caught in a trap and hung up for eight hours. Other writers had shifted their ground they knew that they could not maintain their objection to foxhunting on the ground of cruelty, as they knew that if a horse dragged a cart in a street and was overweighted, he suffered daily more deaths than a fox ever did but they contended that if vigour and strength of con- stitution was secured, as it was said to be secured, by foxhunting, it might be obtained equally well by landlords assisting in agri- culture at the head of their tenantry. Let the meeting fancy the gallant chairman pitching a load of corn and stacking it! Why, they would not be at the head of their tenantry, but at the tail of them—(laughter)—because every one of their tenants would perform the operation better. But, dismissing all this, there was nothing which tended so much to produce mutual good feeling as hunting. (Cheers.) Agricultural meetings were no doubt very useful things; they tended to foster agriculture and to show the best implements of the day, the best stock, and so on; but the dinners afterwards were generally of the most ponderous description. The sentiment generally expressed by speakers at agricultural dinners was that it was a matter of the greatest pleasure to them to meet their friends and neighbours whom they had no other opportunity of meeting during the year. Well, hunting should give these opportunities—(cheers)—for, in the accidents of one day and the successes of another, a fox- hunter met with friends whom he would otherwise never have known. Besides that, when he as a foxhunter went over a vast amount of country, he found out where the best-drained lands were, and where the best steam-ploughed lands were; the ex- pression "steam-ploughed lands was an appropriate one enough, 11(s because his horse would probably have had his steam taken out of him. (Laughter.) He made his first beginning with hunting within a mile of where he was now standing; at sixteen years of age he hunted a pack of harriers, but he had only one to his field. (Laughter.) He rode up two parallel furrows on a dry March day his "field was left in the bottom of a ditch and when he wanted his hounds to be drawn there was no one to do it. (Laughter.) He received, too, next morning a reception- a very different reception to that which he had now experienced, as he got a notice not to trespass. (Laughter.) He afterwards hunted in various countries, until, not having leisure, he was obliged to sell his hunters and live upon his property. Although he liked hunting better than any other sport, he should have continued business rather than have taken pleasure, if his health had permitted him; and he believed that if there was one thing which invigorated the system, cleared the mind, and enabletllt to do work, it was the hunting field. Further on the speaker made the curious assertion that he did not believe that a pack of hounds which went steadily across country did more harm than twelve sparrows."

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