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LONDON LETTER. ^SPECIALLY WIRED. I I In orR GALLERY CORRESPONDENT.] I LONDON, Monday Night. I The Admiralty has lost no time in giving to the public an official assurance that tliere is nothing whatever in the scare over the orders given to the Channel Fleet. Some weeks ago the squadron ordered to ba ready for the 7th mat., to proceed on the ordinary winter cruise, and Saturday's instructions were issued merely in the usual way. But that so much should have been made or a telegramwhich, according to this explanation, would have been sent out as a matter of course, shows the tension of the public nnnd with respect to possible complica- tions in foreign affairs. The alarmists have so long preached national danger from the housetops, that a slight incident of this kind causes the people almost to believe that there must be something in the jeremiads to which they have so long patiently listened. The fact that two Cabinet Councils had been held on successive days wa, quite enough I. to account for the commotion which has been created. It is highly improbable that Mr Glad- stone will attcnd the rent audit of the Hawarden estate on Wednesday. The tenants had hoped for the Dresence of their landlord, if only for a few minutes, but asthe right. hon. gentleman is not sufficiently well to attend service at the church, it is scarcely likely that he will be found At the Hawarden Arms. It was at one of these recent audit dinners that the Premier advised a more extensive cultivation of fruit, with a view to the manufacture and consumption of jam on a larger scale than is now within the ex- perience of the farmers—a suggestion which has often furnished Tory speakers with food for a good deal of attenuated satire. The cold thaw which has set in will, it b feaied, not tend to hasten the Prime Minister's restoration to health. Mr Gladstone is not the only distinguished man who has been prostrated by the severity of the weather. Earl Cairns, who was to have presided to-day at a united prayer-meeting in connectio.i with the Evangelical Alliance, is prostrate from a severe attack of congestion of the lungs. Again, Mr Spurgeon, who was to have left London to-day for Mentone, has been assailed once more by his very old enemy, rheumatic gout. He is unable to travel, albeit three deacons of the the Metro- politan Tabernacle were to have gone with him. For any one suffering from rheumatic gout, such a day as we have had in London must mean martyrdom. The keen frost has disappeared, and the atmosphere is damp, raw, and searching. From this complaint Mr Spurgeon is seldom free for long, and many a journey has he undertaken to Nice andMentono in the hope of obtaining relief. j Sir Andrew Clark lias upon his hands many overworked men besides the Premier. Amongst these is Professor Huxley, who for some time has been in a condition of health that has given some anxiety to his friends, but by the indomitable professor has ) been regarded simply as an obstacle to I work at full pressure. To Huxley, as to Mr Gladstone, Sir Andrew Clark has given the same advice. Rest, absolute rest for at least a year, is his panacea. Professor Huxley has so far conceded the serious character of his illness that he returned to I Italy immediately after his daughter's wed- ding, and has sines decided to winter there. He is now in Florence, and means to stop there at least till the spring carres again. If he will listen to advice, he will stay away throughout the whole of next year. But the passion for work is like the craving for drink, and the professor is very v.uhappy in his enforced idleness. At least, lie calls it idleness, because he does not now work more than six hours a day. Some candid friends of the Government have to-day been assured that the lion in the path of their existence is the Egyptian question. If there had been any remark- able change in the composition of the House of Commons during thepast few months there might be some cause for solicitude, but the House is the same which last year debated the Egyptian policy of the Govern- ment until at length it would have no Jr." of it. Sir Stafford Northcote;g vote of cen- sure was rejected by 49, and that of Si:- Michael Hicks-Beach by. 28, while a third, j standing in the name of Mr Thomas Bruce, was not permitted to be discussed. Granted that the majority of the 13th of May was not such as we have been accustomed to, it must be borne in mind that on that occasion the Opposi- tion and the Parnellites did their worst, and it is scarcely probable that a sufficient con- tingent of Liberals would be found to place the Redistribution scheme in Tory hands, however they might disapprove of the Ministerial policy in Egypt. The police have no more a clue to the authors of the latest dynamite outrage on the Metropolitan Railway than to that at London Bridge in the middle of December. The member of the Court of Common Council, who gave notice of motion to re- scind the resolution offering a reward of 25,000, apparently need not be in much trouble over it, seeing that the resolution is likely to remain a dead letter. If such an enormous sum fails to draw out: accomplices, one hope of getting to the bottom of such conspiracies disappears. The Lord-Mayor gave a decision at the Mansion House to-day, which for a couple of months will spare the city of London from a serious annoyance. A fanatic named Herbert Percy Freund has often been be- fore the presiding magistrate either at the Mansion House or the Guildhall, for preaching upon the steps of the Royal Exchange and thereby collecting a crowd, and also for creating a disturbance in St. Paul's. In Christmas week he was forgiven the first-mentioned offence on his promise not to repeat it, but last night he varied the recreation by loudly declaring during service, in the metropolitan Cathedral, that it was a temple of idols, to the alarm and consterna- tion of those assembled. Warning and caution being alike useless, the Lord-Mayor has now sent him to prison for two months.

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