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T O "W W TALK. I BY OUR SPECIRESPONDENT. --4'- OMT rtadm will understand, that we do not hold ourselve* raspon- vibl«/or our able Correspondent's opinions. THERE is nobody in town. London is popularly said at this time of the year to be empty. Although many thousands of busy people daily pass under Temple Bar, although all the commerce of this mighty city goes on as usual, and although the roar of traffic is as loud as ever, by a pleasant figure of speech London is said to be a desert. The great majority of the upper ten thou- and, our legislators and others, have left the scene of their labours; and the fashionable regions of the West- end are left with canvas-covered chandeliers and ser- vants on board wages. The working bees in this busy hive are completely ignored, and because the drones have W, London is compared by some writers to a desert, and there is nobody in town." Throughout all this month, too, people are leaving London for holiday trips in a way that is somewhat galling to us who are obliged to remain in town, or who have had oor holidays. The various termini of the London railways are thronged with travellers starting either for the Continent, gay Paris, or beautiful Swit. serland; or for the quieter beauties of our own lake county, or the Highlands. There is even a controversy going on between two London papers as to the relative merits of home and foreign travel. The young lions of the Daily Telegraph are in favour of excursions in the United Kingdom, while the "intellectual Brahmins" of the Spectator argue in favour of Continental travel, and rather uncourteously retort upon the Telegraph, and say that it favours home travel, because the innkeepers are "valuable constituents of that journal. The contro- versy is a useless one, for people will go where they please, only, I hope, moderating their excursions accord- ing to the length of their purses. AN idea has been started by Mr. Benjamin Scott, the City Chamberlain, which, if carried out, will be of great benefit to the City. He advocates the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce for London; and it certainly seems Strange that while third-rate and fourth-rate cities in the empire have established Chambers of Commerce, London should be without one. The merchants of London were at one time the Corporation of London. Mr. Scott, however, points out how, from various causes, the con- joint action of mercantile and municipal influences has inmost wholly ceased; and he suggests that they should, as ef old, be co-existent. The idea is an excellent one, and I hope it will be carried out; for the value of such a chamber in considering and debating upon the various questions which affect the vast commercial interests of this country would be immense. I THINK Baron Bramwell has acted wisely in treating the operative tailors convicted only of conspiracy, with leniency. A man named Knox, who was found guilty of an assault, has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment, and the remainder have been discharged upon their own recognisances to come up for judgment when required. A medical man residing in Saville-row has written to complain of the annoyance caused to him for the last four months by the pickets placed opposite Mr. Poole's establishment; and I can easily believe that the lounging fellows whom he de- scribes as tramping up and down on the pavement there all day, smoking and spitting, must be a source of inconvenience to a physician in large practice. The strike seems further from a settlement than ever; and if-as is only too probable-the masters should succeed in entirely replacing the unionists by non-union work- men, the condition of those now on strike will, as the winter comes on, be indeed deplorable. GENSBAL MARTINEZ, for ten years President of Nica- ragua, and the defender of that State against fili- buster Walker, has been entertained at dinner by the Central Ameriaan Association. Captain Bedford Pim, B.N., chairman of the association, took the chair at the Trafalgar, and a number of gentlemen, foreign and Eng- lish, interested in Central America, were present. The 1 Atlantic and Pacific traffic has been carefully fostered by General Martinez, and to his energy the Chontales gold and silver mines are chiefly owing. The object which has brought the ex-President to this country is the amalgamation of the Mosquito Indians with Nica- ragua, which would be highly beneficial to both parties. It is believed that the General will succeed in his efforts for the good of the infant State, in which he has so conscientiously laboured for many years j SIR RICHARD MAYNB has begun to exercise the police J force in battalion drill with some vigour. A few days ago a large number of policemen were marched to the Wellington Barracks, and subjected to three hours'skele- j ton battalion drill. It appears that the "Bobbies," unused to such hard work, by no means relished the innovation, and many were much exhausted by it-one man being carried off the ground in a fainting state. It was rather hard, too, that the men, immediately on leaving the ground, had to go back to their regular eight hours' work. Much prejudice exists in various quarters against this development of military organisation among the police; but in these days of outdoor meetings it is highly necessary that they should be prepared to act with effect against great masses of people. Such drill may, on the other hand, not increase the individual effi- ciency of the police; and I should be sorry to see Sir Richard Mayne having the power of a military governor over London, while the persons and property of its inhabitants were deprived of their recognised protectors. I AM afraid there is a chance of another strike, among a class of labourers, the existence of which is hardly known to some of us. The gas-stokers, it seems, consider themselves overworked, and are about to take measures to reduce their time of labour from eighty four to fifty-six hours a week. About a thousand of them met a few evenings ago, under the presidency of Mr. Potter. It is not easy to see what he had to do with the affair, but there is no doubt that the men are overworked. I hope, however, that the matter will be satisfactorily arranged between masters and men, without a strike and its attendant evils. THE heat lately has been so severe in London, that I Several cases of sunstroke have occurred. A servant walking in the Bayswater-road the other day, became overpowered with the heat, and falling on the curb- stone, so severely injured her head and face that she had to be taken to St. Mary's Hospital. Sports- men know that the best preventive against sunstroke W a fern-leaf, or some other green leaves, placed in the )at. A cabbage-leaf answers admirably, and should this intense heat continue, there may be a demand for cabbages in all parts of the metropolis, to wear next the head, and not to boil. No head-dress is hotter or more oppressive than the regulation chimney-pot," but few of us have the courage to wear lighter hats in town. I wish the Prince of Wales would appear some day in the Row in a natty straw hat. The fashion would soon be followed, and he would earn the gratitude of thousands of panting Londoners. A GRAND national volunteer ball is to be given in the Agricultural-hail, Islington, where the Belgian ball took place, and the War-office authorities have allowed the military trophies and other decorations lent from the Tower of London to remain for the occasion. The date will, I believe, be the 11th of September, and Prince Teck, as Colonel of the 1st Surrey, is to be one of the patrons. I hope some measures will be taken to keep it more select than the ball to the Belgians, which towards the end of the evening became rather a riotous affair., Z.

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