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LONDON LETTER. I [SPECIALLY WIKED.j I [?.Y OUR OiT/I.KKV uonHEXrOXnEIfT.) I LO.VDOX, Tuesday Isight. Mr Chamberlain's visit to Ipswich to- morrow. wnon thu gathering of the National Ajibsra! Federation will be held amongst the constituents c: a personal friend and a poli- tical associate of th3 President of the Board of Trade, is locked forward to with much interest. 1 hero can be little doubt that the general impression of Mr Cham- berlain, than, when he speaks, ho says something worcii listening to, rests upon a i- e i,.i substantial basis. Bir- in, mingham is proud of the daring duckling immortalised in a cartoon in Punch not very long ago, nor is the pride of the hardware capital in its distinguished citizen at all unreasonable. Within four years of his entering the ilouse of Commons he was a Cabinet Minister, an experience which falls to few representatives of the people, and his public utterances are now considered of so much importance that wherever he goes he is followed by an army of reporters. J Sir Ciiarles Dilke's action at the meeting | of the Chelsea Liberal Council last night has been much talked of by politicians to-day. Two lithographed resolutions had been pre- pared for acceptance by the council, but the motion in favour of the second ballot was not on the agenda paper. It was brought forward in the shape of an amendment by Mr R. B. Brett, M. P. for Falmouth, private secretary to the Marquis of Hartington, and eldest son of the Master of the Rolls, himself formerly a Conservative member for Helston i- C ."iv,vail, and seconded by Sir 0 Dilkc. The reports of the proceedings in the London papers are exceedingly brief, being in fact summarily dismissed in a paragraph. I believe the truth is that the President of the Local Government Board cares very little for public peakng or to how small an extent he is reported. fcmee the sentence of four months' im- prisonment for libel was passed upon Mr Edmund Yates in April last, the question has often been asked, what has become of it ? It was known that Mr Yates was spending a considerable part of his time in Paris, and rhar. he had not yet made the aequanu iace of the Governor of Holloway Prison. The inquiry had been answered to-day i.i the arguments before the Courr, r.r Appeal, presided over by the luasttr oi tne Kolls, who to those present certainly seemed to lean decidedly against the appellant. For all that, now that three- quarters of a year have elapsed since the sentence was passed by Lord Coleridge and two of his colleagues in the Queen's Bench, the punishment is looked upon as greatly exceeding the offence, especially when it is remembered that the prison regulations are now very much more severe than they were only a fe w years ago. The power of the Press has not often been so clearly exemplified in affecting the de- cision of a public body as in the case of the Commissioners of Sewers to-day. A pro- posal has to be brought before them for con- structing sub-ways for foot passengers, so as to relieve the busy streets in the immediate neighbourhood of the Mansion House, the Royal Exchange, and the Bank of England No one who has witnessed the nervousness of timid pedestrians, anxious in j hie middle of she day and early afternoon f in gr-t from th, Mansion House to the Bank. I running the ganntlet of the traffic of v* 'Uiiwn-street. Lombard-street, Cornliill, "dIe-street, will doubt the value of the proposed subways. The London I papers strongly supported the suggestion, I and bowing to the general expression of public opinion, the commissioners have unanimously assented to the scheme. A member of the family of Gore-Langton has so long and sc often represented one of the divisions of Somerset that the farmers of that Conservative county will receive the intelligence of Mr William SteDhen Gore- Langton's intended resignation L with some surprise. The hon. gentleman, who is not yet 40, has issued an address announcing that he shall resign his seat at the beginning of the session. His father sat for West Somerset from 1851 to 1856, and from 1363 to 1866, and the present member has sat for Mid Somerset seven years. The consti- tuency is one which the Liberals will not now contest, for although the Franchise Act is upon the statute book, it cannot come into operation for another twelve n"uo: The earlier reception given to Lord Rose- bery's circular to the peers has not been varied by subsequent developments. For reasons "tuclly < i a personal character, the peers have declined 10 accept the leadership < f the young earl in this matter. If Lord Salisbury, Earl Granville, or some other of the elders of the House had undertaken the business, it would Ihave been different. -liur, when Lord Rosebery offers himself to take the lead, he is regarded by noble lords as David was looked upon by his big brothers when he proposed to go forth nd give battle to the giant. But though Lord Rosebery has been snubbed in his attempt to form a mixed party on the question, he is not the kind of man to abandon an undertaking because at the outset he has suffered repulse. His idea was that a majority of the peers were, like himself, secretly convinced of the in- evitableness, if not of the desirability or the necessity, of reforming of House of Lords. When he had brought forward the subject in the form of a resolution, Lord Salisbury and Earl Granville, for once united, had chaffed him out of court. Having tried both ways, and most utterly failed in the private application, Lord Rosebery will next session return to the subject, conscious in the strength that a man leading a forlorn hope in either House of Parliament possesses when he has behind him the support of public opi- nion. In connection with this question, I have been looking over the roll of the present House of Peers, and am surprised to find how modern is the personnel of this ancient institution." There are, excluding royal princes, bishops, judges, and represen- tative peers, 485 peers of the realm heritors of that old nobility" for the preservation I),- -vhich Lord John Manners pleaded with patheuc energy. How many of these, does the average reader suppose, have held a peerage in their family for more than 85 < Exactly the odd 185. Not less than 300 f the peerages now existent have been created within the present century. Within the last ten years Mr Disraeli and Mr Glad- done have between them made 70 peers. iSome of these, notably Lord Brabourne, have been loudest in their indignant protest against laying rough hands upon an institu- tion which had its germs of life in the time of William the Conqueror, and which struggled at Runnymede with King John.

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