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LONDON LETTER. lSPECIALLY WIRED.] r [3*C OUR GALLERY CORRESPONDENT.} LONDON, Friday Night. Reuters correspondent at Korti has taken care that his plucky achievement in return- ing throughthe desert from Gakdul Wells to the main body, with despatches from Major Kitchener to Lord Wolseley, should not be unnoticed by the British public, and his telegram detailing the con- voy-capturing operations of the gallant major have been read with much interest to- day. A very optimistic spirit is displayed in many quarters with regard to the future of the expedition, and there are not wanting military critics who believe that we shall very soon be hearing of the presence of British troops in Khartoum. Judging by the progress already made, it will not be long before some of our men are at Shendy, and as the latest information indi- cates that General Gordon's adherents still hold that town, there may be good reason for the hopes now expressed. But it would be useless to disguise the fact that serious difficulties remain and although all that our spies tell us of the waning power of the Mahdi may be true, it is in the highest degree unlikely that the "False Prophet" (a name not heard so much just now as it was when first its bearer caused a stir in the Egyptian world) will succumb or even retreat without a severe struggle for the mastery. It is not very difficult to understand the feeling of elation under which Mr Parnell spoke at Clonmel this morning. His especial nominee, Mr O'Connor, for whom he had taken such risks, and on whose behalf he had caused a Tipperary Conven- tion to eat its own words with an appearance even of liking the process, was about to be returned to Parliament without opposition, and the circumstances were sufficient to justify a victorious strain. The great lesson- of the whole alfair, far as England is concerned, is drawn by >ralists to-night as being never to pro- *>ht sy Mr Parnell's downfall as long as he |L a single chance of recovering himself, j.. le*.1 n°t require the possession of a very lon^ u -A >m°ry tG recoIlect ^at when the IrUh 1M r was liberated from Kilmainham Xie Wk English d 3 af| ° 0 practical certainty of hi^ soon being abandoned by his followers. *'9 ™chnth<l fme kl[^f thing was he ard raisf hl» Voice at the .Dublin invention against cer- tain items Cf Mr Parne. U 3 Thl3 wee^ it has been similar, and Vn^osed nomination at '.Clonmel is i ed ^'r0 the completest k nswer yet gi\ tne repeated cry thai Mr Parnell's u J3 as lea^er of the Irish people are numbered. The ancient proverb which declare that "A stitch in time.saves nine" is evide. y believed in by the various political bodusa throoghout the country, which are forming 1 new organisations and choosing fresh candi- ) dates as if the Redistribution Bill had already beeU passed into law. To be in a state of thorough preparation is a highly desirable thing, but there seems a danger of tho matter- being a little overdone. TlÙS, at least, is the-opimon of one of the London Liberal Associations, which, upon being in. vited this week by one of its members to coma"t the happy^despatch, declined to accede, on the ground-that the z, bill was not yet law, and. froUl mairy reasons it might not become lawv this year, and that even if it did it would not be in operation for another twelve months, during which time such contingencies as deaths, promotions to office, an d successions* to the peerage will cause bye^elections, whnch will have to be fought in the existing constituen- cies and under the prese.nt system. These are details which appear to have escaped the notice of some of our mare eager political' organizers, but they are amortli bearing in mind all the same. <, The trial of Madam*; iSClovis Hugues has excited much interest .here, and if we exclude the result as ooinr not quite in accordance with our insuhxr notions of jus- tice, the attenuated proverb that these things are better managed in ;France might be likely to recur to the mind. > In London such a case as this would have v-aken at least a week to try, the court sitting live hours a day.$To one can imagine All English judicial tribunal sitting until haL?'Pas^ I two in the morning, although, no dou,t, in the Penge murder case at the Old Bai ley, the prisoners were not sentenced until nearly midnight, in consequence of the abnor anally prolix summing up of the presiding ju which was not brought to a close until ten o'clock at night. If our ideas of Fren* justice in its results are not very high, ou v justice in its results are not very high, ou v increasingly cumbrous mode of conducting judicial inquiries is certainly open to I improvement. ->- It is not so many years sillce the Emperor Napoleon and King Victor Emmanuel were 11 two of the most prominent figures in Euro- pean politics. One died on the 9th of January, 1873, and the other on the same date in 1878. It is doubtful whether the •lates are remembered, of either event to- day. Pius the Ninth, an intimate political acquaintance of both sovereigns, died a month after the King of Italy, in the height of the Jingo excitement here. The claimant, who does not find his starring tour through England very lucra- tive, has turned his eyes towards the rich tield of the United States. Arrangements are now nearly completed for his visiting that country, where he will be under the direction of an enterprising agent. A society has been formed bearing the sonorous title of Ticiioorne Release Association," which guarantees a certain sum of money that has proved irresktibly tempting to the unhappy nobleman lately languishing in prison. They intend, preliminary to the visit, to educate the American mind, to which end they are even now distributing pamphlets purporting to give the true history ot the Tichborne case. This fable appeals also to) religious feeling, showing, as the late Mr Whalley often attempted to do in the House of Com- moi:" and elsewhere, that it is the Jesuits who are at the bottom of the whole business. It is dem-mstrated that if Arthur Orton had been proved to be Sir Roger Doughty Tich- borne, the result would in some occult manner hav e led to an increased charge of 15 per cent. upon certain lands held by the Jesuits. difficulty that suggests itself in connection with the proposed visit is the toils in wiiuh the claimant is still held. Fie is on ticket-of-leave, one of the conditions of which is that he shall at stated intervals report himself to the police. If he goes to the United States on a prolonged lecturing mission, it is evident that he cannot fulfil this condition, where- upon his licence would lapse, and on re- turning £ • England he would be liable to he remitted to prison to complete the full term of his penal servitude.


j The Old Man's Spirits.