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CREAM OF THE MAGAZINES. I 1 CORONATION CEREMONIALS. I Everything attecting coronations is eagerly perused at the present time, and an article by William Sidebotham in "Chambers's Journal" on "Westminster and Coronations" will be read with peculiar interest. The writer points out that a coronation is the only Royal ceremony which now takes place in Westminster Abbey, every English Sovereign from the time of Harold having been crowned there. The Coronation of George IV. was the last which took place with the full ceremonial observed in the previous reigns. It included both the service in the Abbey and the great banquet in Westminster Hall. At the latter function the King's champion, Mr. Dymoke, of Scrivelsby, mounted on a charger and clad in complete armour, entered Westminster Abbey and "challenged" anyone to say that his Majesty was not the rightful heir to the imperial crown. This part of the ceremony was also extremely gorgeous, and, although some oritics condemned the great expense it entailed, Sir Walter Scott, who was present, was most favourably impressed with the scene, holding that "it operated as a tax on wealth and consideration for the benefit of poverty and industry." As the King left the Hall of Rufus, his Majesty's Herbwoman and her maids scattered flowers along the route, and as an example of the lavish way in which every- thing was done, it may be pointed out that the charge of Messrs. Rundle and Bridge for the loan of jewels was sixteen thousand pounds— an amount which was supposed to be interest on their value. I THE CRICKET CAPTAIN. I The current number of the Badminton Magazine" has an interesting article by Lord Hawke on oaptaincy in the cricket field. He defines three qualities necessary to the making of a captain of a county cricket team: He must have cricket enthusiasm, a quiet self-confidence which is not mere vanity, and every-ready self-sacrifice for the benefit of his side. The captain of a county cricket team, says Lord Hawke, must be capable of choosing the county team if he oannot, he is not fit to be captain at all. But this should not make him self opinionated or over-bearing. If I am to allude to my captaincy of Yorkshire," he writes, "I should like to say that I have taken counsel in former days with Tom Emmctt and George Ulyett, while for years I have found John Tunnicliffe a right-hand man." Upon the sensible words of a practical cricketer Lord Hawke would have all captains place relianoe. Upon another point Lord Hawke observes:—I also believe in a captain knowing all about his men. Let 'him feel interest in their home-life, and let them be- oome aware that in him they have a sincere friend. The way in which he will come into touch with them by this means would surprise some captains who could not tell you the trades by which their professionals earn their winter wage. Cricketers are human, and when they play together for three or four months bonds of mutual attachment and respect ought to have been formed. I consider that a captain is responsible to his committee and to the public for the morale of his team. The man who is a pernicious example ought to be sacked, no maiter how skilled he may be as a cricketer. u. DEBUTANTE'S ETIQUETTE. I Au rait, whose articles 111 The Queen have attracted so much attention for a long time past, is writing an article on "Etiquette" each month in "The Lady's Magazine." In May she deals with "Debutantes," and gives them much information as to their entrance into Society and presentations at Court. On arrival at Buckingham Palace a debutante, and the lady who is to present her, leave their cloaks in the cloak room, and carry- ing their trains on their arms, after crossing the Great Hall, join in the throng ascending the Grand Staircase to the corridor. Here the card of invitation is shewn to a Gentleman Usher. They then pass on to one of the saloons. If they arrive early they gain admittance to the saloon next to those reserved for the entree; if late they have to take their places in the first rooms of tho suite according to the numbers already present. The gilt barriers are closed as soon as each saloon is fiiled with company, and as the ladies advance from room to room, others take their place. On reaching the door of the Picture Gallery their trains are let down and spread out by the Gentleman Ushers in attendance, they walk across the gallery, with their trains down, to the Presence Chamber. The lady presenting the debutante enters first, the debutante follows in her turn and gives her invitation card to one of the officials, to be handed to the Lord Chamberlain, that he may announce her name to their Majesties. Previous to entering the Picture Gallery she should not, as formerly. take off her right-hand glove, but should hold her fan, bouquet, and lace handkerchief in her right hand. On being presented she should curtsey to the King and curtsey to the Queen and then pass on; she does not, as formerly, kiss the Queen's hand. Her train is replaced on her arm, when she leaves the Presence Chamber, by one of the Gentlemen Ushers. These are the brief details of a presentation at the first Court held this season, but as it was rather of the nature of a trial Court, altera- tions may possibly be made at succeeding ones. LORD SALISBURY. Mr. T. P. O'Connor, M.P., contributes an Lntereetnig critical character sketch of Lord Salisbury to the May number of "Pearson's." D: us ng Lord Salisbury's habits as a recluse, 'b ury's habits as a rec l use, the writer says The head for many years of aM overwhelming majority in the' British constituencies, un- disputed master of a great party, the chief figure in a somewhat noisv, turbulent, and garrulous democracy. Lord Salisbury still remains largely a Mokanna—a prophet behind a veil. His habits continue amidst all the turmoil to be those of the student and the re- cluse. This is partly, doubtless, because. like most Englishmen, he is intensely shy, and hates converse with the ordinary man. And all this attitude is brought out to the average man by his habits. Hatfield is just eighteen miles from London. WThatever the political crisis, you read two or three times a week—sometimes every day—that Lord Salisbury has gone down to Hatfield. During the full season he used to give occasionally huge receptions; there are I often housefuls of people at Hatfield, and there are great garden parties in the months of July and August; but these are more or less formal and official entertainments, and Lord Salisbury probably hates them. It is significant. of his shyness and seclusion that, when he is travelling down to Hatfield, he gets into a carriage by himself if he can, and if he happens to be unfortunate enough to have some fellow- travellers he buries his nose in a bock and never exchanges a syllable with anybody. Thus it comes to pass that while he has been the fore- most figure in England for many years, he is little known to the man in the street. Indeed, he is so little known in general society that a man so prominent as Mr. John Morlev has never exchanged a word with him. Probably, there are not half-a-dozen men, outside the members of the Cabinet, who have ever had a conversation of any length with him. This hatred and dread of the masses of the people were less concealed in Lord Salisbury's early days than they are now. There have been many rasping tongues in the British Parlia- ment, but there have been few-at least ;1-gl educated men of high birth-whoso tongue has I left so many stings as that of Lord Salisbury. AMERICAN COMPETITION. I The Idler" contains a striking article by Sidney Brooks on "Britain's Position A Candid Critioism." In it will be found abundant food for speculation by all who are interested in the neice competition between Britain, Ainereic a and Germany. The writer considers that the chief reasons for England's falling off are her want of earnestness in educational matters, and tho un- willingness or inability of the State to concen- trate on the development of commerce. He also believes that England must give way befor,) the American advance, because America is too bi<r, too wealthy, too energetic to be successfully f withstood. He does not, however, altogether despair of the future of this country. While there is much to be done in the way of reform, the commercial and political position of Great Britain is still of extraordinary strength. The total value of her external trade is over £ 300,000,000 a year more than any other nation; she is still the greatest ex- porter in the world; her Navy is absolutely unnvalled and must long remain w; a more than handsome share of the world's carrying*- trade falls to. her mercantile marine; the' Empire she has founded is unparalleled ila; history for its vastness, loyalty and prosperity; and her Army, after some bitter experiences, has just given signal proof of constancy aaet ability to learn its business. Not much fit all this. surely, to justify pessimism. Indeed, t-o one who knows how the Europeans detest England, envy her stability and success, anvi profess to think themselves endangered bv the rapacity, there is something almost humorous in the sight of Englishmen plunging into ,t fit of nervous self-depreciation. So far as lean see, the facts do not warrant lamentation. Granted' that the commercial sceptre must eventually pass to America, enough will still he left for England to nic-.k, i living. The times call not for dejection, but for resolution. The great need of England is science, and the next decade or two will shew how far she Is sincere in wishing to equip herself for toe life of the twentieth ccmturv.



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