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TO-W-N TALK BY on SPECIAL COBRBSPONDBNT. --+- OW Ttodtn win tmfantani that tee do not hold oundvit rtspon- tHklt for our able Corretpondent'i opiniotu. -+- THE bust of Mr. Cobden, lately placed in Westminster Abbey, is by Mr. Woolner, and it is a striking and cha- racteristic likeness. The artist wisely determined not to attempt to idealise the face of the great Apostle of Free Trade, but to do his work with the boldest fidelity and truth and he has thoroughly succeeded. The grave and sagacious expression that was so peculiar to Mr. Cobden has been well rendered, and the likeness is the more remarkable, seeing that the sculptor never saw the original. It is in the northern transept, and not very well placed for, although the situation is an honour- able one, it has rather the effect of being crowded out. Those nearest to it are the busts of Sir George Corne- wall Lewis, Francis Horner, and Charles Buller. It is satisfactory to learn that those who knew Cobden best pronounce it the most satisfactory likeness of him that has appeared. The inscription contains simply the dates of his birth and death, with the fact of his burial at West Lavington Church. COMING out of Westminster Abbey, the improvements in Palace-yard will strike everyone who remembers what a scene of desolation it was some months ago. The two sides of the square which were open-Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament forming the other two—have been surrounded with an ornamental iron railing set upon stone, and the effect is very good THE promised reform in the matter ot hiring cabs is also beginning in Palace-yard, where the large clusters of lamps make the letters painted upon them very conspicuous. Every street lamp in London is to have a letter upon it, signifying that it is in a certain district; and when a cabman sets you down you have only to remember what letter you came from, and look up at the lamps, and see what letter you have arrived at, to know the fare, as set forth on a table, which the cabman will be obliged to carry. This will be an immense convenience, not only to unprotected females and country cousins, but to the large part of the popula- tion of Londos, whose duty compels them to patronise the rapid Hansom, or more decorous four-wheeler: THE guardians of the parish of St. Pancras have at last roused themselves to some sense of their responsi- bility, where the parish undertakes the nursing and treatment of the sick poor. The many inquiries into the management of workhouse infirmaries which have been instituted of late years are beginning to have some effect even upon the somnolent routine adopted by parish authorities. St. Pancras is taking a step in the right direction. The workhouse infirmary is to be governed by a matron having sole authority, more medical officers will be appointed, and the parish is to be divided into separate districts with dispensaries, at which a sufficient number of medical men attend, in order that patients may obtain im- mediate relief. It is to be hoped that other metro- politan parishes will follow this good example, for we are getting near the time of year when epidemics are most likely to attack us. The neglect of vaccination is another evil which London parish authoritias should try to amend. Some twenty cases of smallpox occurred in Greenwich last week, entirely due to neglect of vaccina- tion. THERE was some prospect last week of the tailors' strike arriving at a settlement, but it now seems as if that desirable consummation was as far removed from us as ever. Few replies have been sent in to the circular issued by the men, and those that have been returned are only from the small employers, most of the large firms in the country being in co-operation with the masters in London. The trial for conspiracy against the committee of operatives is fixed for the 21st of this month at the Old Bailey and in the meantime the men say that they can await the coming winter with no fear of the decrease of subscriptions. The great firms in London have been able in most cases to obtain a sufficient number of non-union workmen to execute their orders. In many instances, too, the supply of -work has been kept up in another way. A large firm for which union men will not work, keeps up an estab- lishment under another name, and often pays the men employed at it as much as would be paid to unionists were their demands acceded to. How far this system is approved of by the committee of masters I am unable to say. I only know that it exists, and to a considerable extent. MEAT is very dear in London now, as indeed it gene- rally is, and a proposal has been made-but like such ideas it will probably come to nothing-to supply ua with a new comestible. This is the mutton-ham, a popular joint in Cumberland and Westmoreland, but I think entirely unknown here and in the southern part of the kingdom. Essence of meat, charqui, and other chemical contrivances to preserve nutritive food, may pro- duce very nourishing aliment, but they are not pleasant to eat. Mutton-ham is very good, and it is pro- posed to import it from Australia, where sheep are so plentiful that a company is going to boil down ten thousand sheep a week into tallow. Some twenty thousand mutton-hams sent to this country every week from Australia would, as a writer in the Globe says, who originated the idea, satisfy a number of appetites which are now in a state of chronic dissatis- faction. THB MetropolitaR Railway, better known as the Underground—or, as some people have designated it, The Drain"—j# a great boon to Londoners who live near it, but has always been complained of on account of the bad atmosphere of its tunnels and stations. A case occurred last week in which a poor woman, aged fifty-six, who it appears was suffering from some disease of the bronchial tubes, was seized with diffi- culty of breathing after getting oat at a station, and on arriving at St. Mary's Hospital was foun d to be dead. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes, accelerated by the suffocating atmosphere of the Underground Railway." Dr. Lankester made some remarks on the subject, advising better ventilation; but as the greater part of the line runs under houses and streets, it is difficult to see how anything is to be done. It is probable, however, that the directors will take the matter in hand for, although not dangerous to healthy people, the atmosphere of the tunnels in hot weather is certainly most oppressive. THE Commons' Select Committee for considering the purchases which it was advisable for the nation to make at the Paris Exhibition, have received recommendations from several gentlemen well competent to advise on the subject. Mr. John Webb and Mr. Redgrave, of the South Kensington department, were among them, and they strongly advise the purchase of such articles of artisan industry as may lead to the development of a mare correct taste among English workmen. We are considered to have fallen behind other nations in art work executed by skilled artisans, and although the South Kensington department is supposed to have done much ia this respect, we have no improvement to show for the money expended there. About X100,000 is the sum Mr. Cole wishes to lavish on purchases in Paris but I am much mistaken if such a sum is ever sanctioned by either Government or the House of Com- mons. Our art schools must be emancipated from the fetters of official routine before any good can spring trom them; and until South Kensington can point to 'tetter work, the country will hardly feel inclined to give it more money. To place the industrial manufac] tures of the country upon art principles is a noble object, but it is more likely to be done by individual genius (as in the case of Wedgwood) than by depart- ments. Z.

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