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ITflttirmt (Gossip.


ITflttirmt (Gossip. BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. Our readers will understand that we do not hold ourselves respon* sibl-e for our able Correspondent's opinions. THE elections for the counties being still in full boil, I do not know that I can do anything better for my constant readers than tell them a little about who's who among the successful and unsuccessful candidates, con- fining myself pretty nearly to those I knew personally— more or less intimately. The Reform Leaguers have been very unlucky their cleverest man, Odger, disqualified by arbitration Mr. Beales beaten, because Mr. Newton, an opposition work- ing man's friend, and not one of the Union, would stand against him. Mr. Newton was formerly a mechanical engi- neer, and secretary to their powerful TradesUnion Society, but he only polled enough votes to keep Mr. Beales out. Mr. Samuda, who got in against Mr. Beales, is a con- nection of the Rothschilds, an iron shipbuilder on the Thames, an able speaker, with a very marked coun- tenance of the Hebrew type. Colonel Dickson mada a worse fight in Hackney than Mr. Beales at the Tower Hamlets; a silent member of sixteen years' standing was turned out, and the poll headed by Mr. Charles Reed, a Common Councilman, a good speaker, sup- ported by all the Nonconformists of the borough. The Common Council has been very fortunate in this elec- tion-with the Lord Mayor in for Lambeth his brother, the alderman, for the City; Mr; Reed, as before men- tioned, for Hackney Alderman Lusk, for Finsbury; the Recorder, for Southampton and I think another officer, in Mr. Thomas Chambers, for Finsbury. The Lord Mayor is a ready speaker and debater, and his Dissent- ing education has not prevented him from opening his ) reign with unusual magnificence. At Beverley Mr. Trollope, the novelist, has failed in beating Sir Henry Edwardes, who is the head of a large but not very profitable company for manufacturing agricultural implements. Baron Rothschild is said to be dreadfully mortined at his defeat in the City. His health is so indifferent that he was seldom able to attend to his Parliamentary duties, and his abrupt manners in business and in the hunting field had made him many enemies. Mr. Nathaniel Rothschild, a young man of a pleasanter style, was more fortunate at Aylesbury. His family are said to own seventy thousand acres in the famous hunting vale after which the borough takes its name. At Bewdley, Sir Robert Glass, one of the knights made by the success of the second Atlantic cable, has gained the honours of Parlia- ment. He is a telegraph-cable manufacturer. Sir Charles Bright, the engineer knighted by the Lord-Lieutenant for the cable that did not succeed, retired this time from Greenwich, finding the honour more plague than profit. Mr. Wylde, the map publisher of Charing-cross, has lost Bodmin after a very long Parliamentary innings. Mr. Miall, the editor of the Nonconformist, and one of the ablest enemies of the Church of England, could not succeed against a local opponent of opinions not quite so advanced. Newspaper men have not been at all successful. Dr. Evans, editor of a Birmingham newspaper, was at the bottom of the poll, although he combined the most Conservative opinions about Church matters, with trader'-union views of the { Sheffield school. At Boston Mr. Mason Jones-an Irishman, I believe, and a professional lecturer, who gave orations on America during the late rebellion, and afterwards on Ireland for the Reform League-made a failure. He is a very eloquent man, in the Irish style but he lost his own election, and that of Mr. Staniland, a local attorney, who sat for some years before the last Parliament. At Buckingham Sir Harry Verney, who in his youth was a fast guardsman, and galloped across the American Pampas forty years age, but has long been a philanthropist of very evangelical views, obtained a majority over Mr. Hubbard, lately governor of the Bank of England, celebrated for his High Church views, and as the patron of St. Alban's, High Holbom. Mr. Butler-Johnstone, successful at Can- terbury, is one of the rising young men of the House, His father sat for the same city, and was one of the most amusing of broad Irishmen. Mr. Samuelson, junior, is returned for Cheltenham, and will sit beside his father, the member for Banbury; he and Mr. Dilke, M.P. for Chelsea, will be two of the youngest men in the House. Sir Wentworth Dilke, less fortu- tunate than the father of the member for Cheltenham, has lost his old seat at Wallingford. There are some people, who, although not agreeing with him in politics, would like to have seen the literary Mr. Dilke accom- panied for Chelsea by "Dr. Russell," so much better known as Billy Russell," of the Times and Crimea. If Anthony Trollope had joined them, periodical literature and daily information would have been strongly represented. Sir Daniel Gooch, who began life as an engineer mechanic, will sit again for Cricklade. Lawyers have been unusually unlucky. The brothers Karslake both lost their seats, and for Sir John, the Attorney-General, this is serious indeed. Edward, the wonderful boy at Harrow, the double-first man at Oxford, the bruising rider with Devon staghounds, was a failure in Parlia- ment, eclipsed by his non-university bred brother—and he is out too. The serious men in the House will not be sorry to lose Mr. Darby Griffiths and his perpetual questions on all subjects, but those who like a little fun, not the least meant by the speaker, will be very sorry. Indeed, this is likely to be a melancholy Parliament without Bernal Osborne-the most jovial, the most [jaunty, the most sarcastic of the middle-aged swells- without the refined bitterness of Roebuck, and the solemn, unconscious absurdity of Sir George Bowyer. Two men who would have beenveryuseful in debates on artillery and small arms. Major Anson, the holder of a Victoria cross, and Major Palliser, inventor of the shot that bears his name, have failed to obtain seats. Major Pallisees brother wrote a most amusing account of his solitary wanderings in the country of grizzly bears. Mr. Sheridan-no relation to the Honourable Mr3. Norton who came in for Dudley years ago by a fluke, sits now quita unopposed, an extraordinary instance of luck for a man dependent entirely on his brains. He ably represents the interests of insurance offices. A Serjeant Simon, not much known to fame, was successful at Dewsbury over a candidate with the remarkable name of Handel Cosham. The new borough of Gr '< would not have Captain Bedferd Pim, R.N., wlto got into a scrape in the last Chinese War for losing nearly all his boat's crew, and getting a dozen wounds himself, in an attempt to "loot" a trea- sure without orders. If self-praise had been any recommendation, the jolly, jovial, Jack-Tar looking captain would have been at the head of the poll. There is no great civil engineer in the House. The Brasseys, father and son, represent the contracting railway interest, and the new town and borough of Middlesborough sends up one of the great ironmasters, Mr. Bolckow, who founded the population by working the Cleveland iron ores. In Maldon, in Essex, Mr. Bentall, a very respectable manufacturer of chaffcutters and old-fashioned, wooden-handled ploughs with modem shares and coulters, has been returned, to the amaze- ment of many of his customers and of the county. This will make, with Mr. Howard of Bedford, Mr. Seely of Lincoln, and Mr. Samuelson of Banbury, four representatives of a trade that only existed forty years ago as a manufacture at Ipswich. Merthyr Tydfil is one of the dirtiest towns in the kingdom. The late member, Mr. Bruce, who has distinguished himself in the education department of Government, wished to clean it and to teach the Welshman English. These crimes, and the still greater crime af not being a Welshman, lost him his seat. The Rev. Henry Riehard, a dissenting minister, secretary to the Peace Society, was returned at the head of the poll by a vast majority. He was able to address his country- men in Welsh, and promised them a saving of twenty millions by abolishing the whole of the Army and the Navy—I am net quite sure if he added the Volunteers, Militia, and Police—as well as a saving of town rates, by every man being his own scavenger, if he liked. The return of Mr. Vernon Harcourt excites curiosity, because he is a very clever man, who cannot bear contradiction, and he will have to bear a great deal in the House of Commons. The mild mil- lionaire, Sir Frederick Goldsmid, has been returned again for Reading, in spite of the opposition of Alderman Sir R. Cardeni At Sandwich Mr. Coffer, who rose, through the patronage of Messrs. Peto and Betts, from a clerk's seat in the Eastern Counties Railway to be manager of the Victoria Docks, and a man of substance in the City, has been turned out by Mr. Brassey, who helped to make the docks and the railways leading to it. Mr. Mundella, who turns out Mr. Roebuck, will repre- sent the hand-working classes in the House, and is spoken of as a m&n above the average in ability. Sir Henry Bulwer, brother of Lord Lytton, who was a wonderful dandy, and member for Coventry and Marylebone when I was a boy, and who has since risen to the highest rank as ambas- sador, has been returned for Tamworth—a strange change of occupation. The comic Charles Forster, who never meant to be comic, and looks after private bill business, without pay, in a most earnest manner, sits, without opposition, for his native town. Warwick once more sends up Mr. Edward Greaves with Mr. Arthur Peel. Mr. Greaves is a silent member, cele- brated for the excellence of his table, his cellar, and his hsavy-weight stud. He will be taller than the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hunt, probably the tallest man in the House. The House loses some of its most re- markable old members. The new Torv men seem severely studious and grave. P. 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