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THE LORD iIlAYU!t'S SHOW AND DINNER. I The Lord Mayor's show on Saturday was unanimously voted by the gamins to be a sell," and at some points of the route taken by the procession they vented their indig" nation iu the most, forcible terms of their vocabu- lary The Lord Chief Baron was unusually eloquent in addressing the Lord Mayor elect. His speech filled nearly a colllmn and a half in the morning papers. He dilated at great length upon the good deeds of the Corporation of London, and wound up by a reference to the hospitalities of the Lord Mayor who has just gone out of office. You have added," he said, "a new lustre to that great and splendid system of hospitality which you were appointed to direct and carry into effect by receiving and welcoming at your table the monarch who sits on the throne of the Caesars; and, not to speak profanely, by setting together for the first time in the history of the City of London and of England the Crescent and the Cross in ycur splendid and magnificent hall. I have only to fay that in retiring from the performance of the more aetiv, and important duties of the high station which you have so worthily filled you will be followed by the respect, the warm approval, and the hearty good wishes of your fellow-citizens, and of your fellow-country- men I Although there were several Cabinet Ministers at the Guildhall banquet in the evening, nothing of import- ance in relation to future policy was said by any of them. Mr Disrael and Lord Stanley avoided any reference to the Abyssi;iian expeditiou. Sir John Pakington could hardly do si. "A powerful force," he remarked, "is now about to invade a country which is very remote and very little known. But we should bear in mind that the laurels of the British army have not been alwty* gained on the battle fields of Europe. The British soldier has more often had to fight in other climes and in distant lands. From the time when Clive won the battle of Plassy under the burning sun of India with his little band of heroes to our own day British armies have won a brilliant succession of victories in the mountain- ous regions of India. May we hope, therefore, with the blessing of God, that the present expedition, though no doubt difficult, may prove no exception to the rule? I trust we shall here no more of such language as that Abyssinia is a place where England may meet with disaster, but where there are no honours to be won. Where there is peril to be encountered, or suffering to be borne, or difficulties to be overcome, there—there is honour to be won." Mr Corry had a word on the same subject. He said TIIC Lord Mayor has adverted to the part the navy is about to take in the Abyssinian expedition. I fear it is destined to be of a very modest charactsr, as its services will be chiefly confined to assisting iu the transport of the troops. I will only say that I am confident whatever it has to do will be done well." Mr Disraeli, having apologized, for Lord Derby's absence, made a few safe remarks upon various topics. There have been few periods," he bbserved, when applications for friendly offices have been more fre- quently made to the British Government, and I need not assure you they have been received in a perfectly sympathizing spirit. If we turn to America we have a right toassume that thesame healthy spirit prevails. When we last met there there was much similarity between the position of affairs there and iu Europe a great war just concluded, and apprehensions for the future. Dangers, we were told, were impending, and we were prepared for times of diiffculty. The year that has elapsed has brought calmer and clearer feelings to America as well as Europe. Justice is now done to the temperate and friendly spirit in which England has examined and considered those questions once supposed to be sources of difficulty and danger. I believe that not only the Government, but the people of America take juster views of these questions now than they did a year ago, not uninfluenced, I am sure in some degree by the representations of my noble friend near me, the Foreign Secretary, and I have every reason to believe, on the pant of her Majesty's Government, that we shall maintain between England and America those feelings of thorough friendship which I trust will ever subsist between two countries bound by so many material interests and by every moral senti- ment which should unite nations. Is our domestic position less satisfactory ? Her Majesty's Minister. with the noble and generous aid of a patriotic Parliament, have been able since we last met in this hall to settle a question which was a source of chronic irritation and feebleness to the State. It euibarassed the Crown, made Parliament ridiculous, and England contemptible in the eyes of Europe; our Government for fifteen years declaring that a ledistribution of power in the State was necessary, and no one competent to bring it about. Her Majesty's Government, aided and assisted by a patriotic Parliament, have introduced and carried a measure with that object. I believe that it is one that will establish concord among all classes, that the nation favourably accepts the arrangement, and that history will consecrate its consequences," Lord Stanley, in returning thanks for the House of Commons, said Upon a subject so familiir as the House of Commons it is hardly possible to speak with- out saying either something which may be regarded as a paradox, or something in the shape of a mere com- monplace. But as the tendency of the present time, is rather, 1 think, to depreciate than unduly to exalt any- thing which is familiar to this country, I may call atten- tion to one or two points in which it seems to me that the English Parliament differs, as I believe, from every other legislative assembly of a similar character in the world. In the first place, we are the only unpaid legis- lative body in the world there is no country in the world except Kngland in which you will find many hun- dreds of wealthy men who will submit to the annoyance of a popular contest with no other hope than that of being able to give to the public a certain amount of gratuitous labour. You may say they give themsslves this trouble from personal vanity or ambition, and that may be, but I am of opinion that even such a motive, since it prompts men to serve in the Parliament of a free country, is a virtue rather than a failing. Then, again, I do not believe there is another legislative body in the world, not even the American or a colonial Con- gress, which gets through a fifth part of the business transacted by the British House of Commons. We Illay be charged with attempting too much, and I have some- times thought this myself; but with whatever faults we may be fairly charged, it cannot be asserted that we are wanting in industry and good will. There is one thing more that I must say for the House of Commons. I do not believe that any similar body shows the same amount of justice and fair play to those who address it. No doubt party proceedings exist, and sometimes party feeling runs high but there is one thing which invari- ably overrides party feeling, and that is the existence of an honest confidence in the good intentions of the in- dividuals of the assembly."




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