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HINTS AND COMMENTS. Municipal matters are still uppermost, and one or two whom I know seem to have it on the brain." The bounce and affectation of one or two about the return of Mr. Frederick Jones is quite amusing. There is a stereot ype phrase which has been rung in my ears so many days that I am now beginning to dream aboui it. i.e., The Mayor has not been beaten, but half the town and all the Council! Noble sentiment by Jove, but it has been spoilt by repetition. There will be some funny feelings in the breasts of the Councillors at the meeting on Monday, and I expect there will be some curling of the lip and nodding of the head all caused by the vagaries of the West Ward. Such, however, will be of no use, and I would hint to all to reconcile themselves to circumstances and behave with a becoming dignity. If I were not ro busy I would save the inchoate Mayor the trouble of preparing a speech by writing one for him. However, as I cannot do this now, and as it would be unprecedented to publish it befo/e it was given, I must be content with just giving a synopsis of a good municipal speech. In reply to the most gratifying laudation of him, not one word of which will not be meant, he must begin by thanking the Council for that "great and distinguished honour which has been conferred upon so unworthy a person," &c., and, after the glorification of the office, and the humbling of the person to the dust, he must go on to say with the greatest sincerity and gravity that the honour was far from expected by him, and that little did he think to be so elevated by a majority of his highly respected fellow-townsmen." This over, he must proceed to sketch what he intends doing in regard to his conduct of the important business which from time to time comes before this respon sible body," and he must be sure not to forget to say that whilst wishing to give all a fair hear- ing, they must pardon him if he sometimes becomes impatient for the despatch of business," or something of that kind. Then, after a refer- ence to the resignation of the Town Clerk (during which he must be sure not to say anything that is new) he may ramble abour, and talk on any topic he likes, making a good display of adjectives and adverbs, and using as many long words as he can. If in this meander be should become involved or lose his train of thought it will not matter at all, as such will be attributed to the convolutions and intricacies of a great mind rather than to a want of perspicuity and 8impleness of expression. Moreover, in any long and involved sentences or verbosity he will have the precedency of the great Liberal statesman— which is a great deal. Above all things let him have at least a French or Latin quotation, and a plentitude of such words as well," H then," moreover," therefore," and so on. Let him write his peroration, and learn it by heart, and then if he says it off quickly and with energy it will pasa for eloquence, and he will take his seat amidst loud applause. If the future Chief Magistrate will only take these hints I will bet him a new hat that he will make a successful speech. CLIO.