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LONDON LETTER. •^Y JsPECIliXY WIRED.J J [IT Otrlt GALLERY CORRESPONDENT. ] I LONDON, Thursday Night. Lord Wolseley slowly and laboriously works out his plans up to a certain point, and thereafter moves with a rapidity that con- founds the enemy. He is now at this stage, and the little army is crossing the desert towards Metemnah as fast as camels will carry it. To-day General Stewart started with another batch from Korti, with in- structions to pass forward to Metemnah, a place which has only within the last few days become familiar to English ears. It practically answers for Shendy, being a 5mall village immediately opposite Shendy on the nearer bank of the river. Lord Wolseley's despatch from Korti yesterday does not seem to anticipate much fighting. He expects Stewart to cross the desert in seven days, although the second half of the journey after passing Gakdul is much more difficult than the first. Lord Wolseley's opinion appears to bo that Gen. Stewart will forthwith occupy Metemnah, notwithstanding a day or two ago it was reported that the Mahdi was there in consi- derable force. The difficulty of the Mahdi's position will forthwith develope itself. He must either stay and fight General Stewart, or, saving himself by retreat, will lose the reputation for invincibility which has I hitherto served him on the part of the Arabs. With the exception of some bell-ringing at the fashionable churches, and some extra display on the part uf the household troops doing sentry duty, scarcely any echoes of the festivities at Sandringham to-day reached London. Great satisfaction is expressed an the determination on the part of tha Prince of Wales, now oflicially announced, not to ask for a separate allow- ance oil b-iiaif of his son. Sucti a proposi- tion, even in the present Parliament, would have led to undesirable debate, and it is by no means sure that the result would have been the voting of the niouey. The request wou.d have been a distinct departure from usage. The money voted on account of the itoyal family at brief intervals during the last ten years, in addition to the Civil List and the special allowances to the Prince and Princess of Wales, has been agreed to upon a distinct principle. There is a tacit under- standing that the nation, in addition to the E425,000 annually allotted to the Queen, should provide for the Queen's children, the sons upon coming of age, and the daughters upon marriage but to extend this principle to the third generation opens up prospects that may alarm the most loyal of taxpayers, as there is no precedent for a special allow- ance for the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, and this does not appear a time favourable to creating one. Mr Parnell's victory at Tipperary yes- terday is one of a kind of which it would not be desirable to have too mallY. Ireland, it ever free from the domination of Eng- land, would fall under some such dictator- ship as that Mr Parnell has already hastened t<> assume. But the action of Tipperary has given a warning that is a little premature. Under strong pressure Mr 0 Hyan has been induced to iviire, but Mr Parnell under- stands that it will not be safe, except in very small and obscure places, haughtily and without consultation of the authorities, to attempt to thrust his nominee upon theig acceptance. A great assistance to Mr Parnell in ostensibly carrying his point was the somewlisy, too jubilant tone of portions ut the English Press. They hastened to point out that Mr Parnell was in great straits, and that if Tipperary insisted upon selecting its (lira mcmber,he would receive a blow from wLQh he would never recover. That was suttftient of itself to close up the ranks in Tipperary, and for present pur- poses has done so. Baron de Worms has been finally bowled out at Greenwich, and Mr Boord is now the accepted representative of the districts con- tained in the new borough. It is yet doubtful what the noble baron will do. Woolwich, the section of the old borough which, according to Mr Boord's statement, lie somewhat too acutely assigned to his col- league, is by no means a safe seat for a Conservative. At best it means a hard tight to be renewed at every general election. This seems a little ungrateful on the part of the borough to which the baron on two successive occasions took the principal per- sonages of the Opposition, and gave them a good dinner, which speedily came to be known as the Diet of Worms." Who is to look after foreign affairs if by an evil chance Baron de Worms is left out of the next Parliament 'I The resolution with respect to ques- tions of which Mr Borlase has given timely notice is not very new. It has fre- quently been recommended lu this column and others as the litest practical method of dealing with the curse of questions. The difficulty Mr Borlase will have is in finding an opportunity for bulging the point to an issue. There is a strftng belief that one of the first duties of the new Parliament will be to put the house in order on the whole question of procedure, and there is an •-•qually strong disinclination to deal with te matter piecemeal in the present Par- liament. Mr Gladstone, it is well-known, 1;14 made up his mfml not to go further into tb* matter. The proposal of the National Liberal Club to give a banquet to Lord Ripon on his return from India has been warmly taken up. Mr Gladstone, who has been invited, though of course without much expectation fhat lie would be able to attend, has written a letter speaking in the highest term3 of the late Viceroy. This letter will probably be read at the dinner. In addition to Mr Chamberlain, Sir Charles Dilke and other members of the Cabinet will be present. In fact, the meeting promises to be one of the most influential and representative of any recently held in London. The reason for this demonstration it is not difficult to understand. Lord Papon is not the kind of man to excite enthusiasm in tne breast of his personal friends and acquaint- ances. He is rather a cold, unemotional man, who takes no particular pains to make himself agreeable. But in him a large class of Englishmen recognise a champion of native races too apt to be overborne by the pride and strength of the conqueror. I happened to be in India last winter at the time when the outcry against Lord Ripon in the matter of the Ilbert Bill was at its loud- est. It would be impossible in reason- able space to give an account of the feeling towards him excited among the English community, more particularly on the Calcutta side of the peninsula. At every English dinner table nothing but the Ilbert Bill was talked of, and contempt and con- tumely heaped upon the head of the Viceroy. So great was the pressure that, as everybody knows, Lord Ripon was obliged to modify the bill, the simple object of which was to remove from native magistrates the ban by which Englishmen of whatever loose lives or whatever notorious character were free from their jurisdiction. They might try only natives. The lowest class of Englishmen were beyond their authority.

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