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OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. The wonderfully fine weather which accom- panied the commencement of June had the im- mediate and, indeed, inevitable effect of turn- ing the thoughts of tens of thousands to the seaside, and the thoughts, in a great number of cases, was speedily translated into action. The London railway stations which connoct most directly with the sea promptly showed signs of the rush, and now, week by week, these signs will multiply until, by the end of July and the beginning of August, they will be overwhelm- ing. It is a subject, however, for lament among a large proportion of that class whom John Leech used to label" Paterfamilias," and concerning whom he cracked many a good natured joke, that the schools in these days are mainly worked by terms," and not by the old-fashioned quar- ters," with the consequence that they separate all of a crowd at the end of July. The -neces- sary result is that the head of a household, who wishes to enjoy the holiday with his family, has to do it within the same few weeks as a score of thousands of others in his own condition of life, and, therefore, at a period when lodgings are at once most crowded and 11 Z, most dear; and this is a point which schoolmasters might do well to consider, instead of adhering to an iron-bound rule which creates much inconvenience and additional ex- pense. Holidays and fruit are almost naturally associated in one's mind, and, therefore, the question of what sort of a fruit season are we going to have comes readily to the mind early in June. The observant visitor to Covent- garden is already finding some evidence upon which to base a calculation, and he is aided in this by the opinions of experts. There appears, when all these are collated, to be no doubt that the season will be a fair one all round, unless the drought is too long continued, it being apparent that, save for the unusual dryness of the spring, the crops in general would have been heavier. It will strike those who know little about horticulture as singular that the tomato-which is not a fruit, of course, but which, as a vegetable, comes very near it-is the one crop that has specially flourished because of the drought, for, juicy as it is, it is not a moisture-loving plant. What is of further interest is that the English yield and especially, it would seem, around London--is this year likely to be enormous, and it will effectively meet the heavy competition from the Channel Islands and abroad. The reception given at various gatherings in the capital during the past ten days to Maitre Labori, the celebrated French advocate, have testified in a very striking fashion to the solidarity of the bar all the world over. Our own gentlemen of the long robe," to employ the phrase Parliament was accustomed formally to use when alluding to barristers-have shown this on more than one occasion, and notably in the banquet of nearly forty years since to M. Berryer, another great French lawyer, and in that to Mr. Benjamin, eighteen years ago, at the conclusion of his forensic career. The earlier event has often been referred to as the occasion upon which the then Lord Chief Justice of England (Sir Alexander Cockburn) defined the true function of the advocate. But the latter also is worthy of memory, for it was a striking honour paid to one who had been the Attorney- General of the American Confederacy, and who, when that cause was lost on the battlefield, settled in England, became a Queen's Counsel, and ultimately, by the sheer force of his genius, placed himself in the very front rank of our bar. There is always room in the very front rank of every profession, but complaint is more and more to be heard that the middle ranks are becoming more and more crowded. This is just now especially the case as to the bar, and that is little to be wondered at when the results of the recent legal examinations can be quoted as proving that the Bar is maintain- ing its popularity among young men of ability and ambition. The percentage of failures, it appears, was unusually low, and the increased percentage of successes is declared not to have been due to any lowering of the standard of knowledge. But, as proving the thesis first laid down, the honours lists were very small. Only two names appeared in the First Class in the final examina- tion, three in Roman Law, and one in Evidence Procedure and Criminal Law, while in Con- stitutional Law and Legal History there was no First Class at all—a fact which surely should give some pause. Now that the shareholders of the Metropolitan District Railway Company have definitely de- cided to adopt electric traction on their line, the question is being eagerly asked, and in various quarters as to whether—and, if so, when-the Metropolitan Railway Company intends to do the like. It is obvious that, if the reply is in the negative, there is bound to be confusion, for, although the two systems are colloqually lumped together by the public as The Underground," they are separate and yet connected as running jointly the Inner Circle service. As at present arranged, the trains on one set of rails belong to the Metropolitan, and those on the t other to the District; but that plan will not work if the Metropolitan continue to use steam and the District electricity. The problem is obviously not an easy one to solve, but it presents a difficulty that will ultimately have to be met, and most probably it will be settled in favour of the more modern motor. The decision of the Royal Agricultural Society to raise a fund for the purchase of a site of one hundred acres of land between Willesden and Eating, "for the purposes of the future permanent showyard of the society, has been promptly endorsed by the King, whose interest in all that concerns this body has long been known. His Majesty has Tnot un- naturally reminded the society that, owing to his new and heavy engagements as occupant of the Throne, he is no longer able to take the active part in its management he has hitherto done, having four times been Presi- dent and for twenty-two years a Trustee; but his assurance that he will never cease to take the greatest interest in its welfare, coupled with the tangible evidence of his giving two hundred and fifty guineas towards th^ special fund of £ "30,000 now being raised, will be received in all agricultural quarters with warm satisfaction. Willesden has for the last score of years been a name of scarcely pleasant- sound to many friends of the Royal Agricultural Society, who recall how its London meeting, held near there in 1879, was a failure but that was entirely because of an abnormal period of rain; and, when the permanent showyard is placed in that district, as at no distant date it will be, all remembrance of that failure should of a surety be blotted out. The people of London will need to look noi- some centuries to find a parallel for 'i]b.' spectacle presented a few evenings since of 1 Primate ¡ r All England preaching in ti < miclst from an opon-air pulpit. Yet, this ,> tacle was witnessed in Spitaifields, when v Archbishop of Canterbury dedicated the open- air pulpit, which has been erected in the p, churchyard as a Memorial to the Bishop < Bedford (Dr. Billing), who was rector and nlL1,] dean of Spitalfields from 1878 to 1888. SUM open-air deliverances on the part of a cli i guished churchman takes one back in thov to the preachings that used to take put at St. Paul's Cross, in front of St. Paul's Cathedral, and it is redolent of such memories as those of Hugh Latimer. In the present case, the effect was rendered the more striking because of the twilight in which much of the proceedings took place and it seems possible that if the experiment succeed—though, as has been indicated, it is but the revival of a very old idea-the erection of open-air pulpits will be proceeded with in other parts of the crowded capital. R.

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