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LONDON GOSSIP.

[Prom Otm Speoial Corrhspondhnt.] FfiT!S! LONDON, July 30. The London season is at an end, and with even greater gratitude than usual " society" has betaken itself to the shady lawns of Goodwood. As for the colonial Premiers, I make no doubt that those who survive the torrid terrors of the American heat wave and the Red Sea in August will rejoice with intensest satisfaction in a return to simple living.' How must be the drawbacks of haviDg to subsist on cookery as it seems to be understood at the Savoy and the Cecil Hotels must be the recent series of banquets has taught me. I say unhesitatingly that I would rather now have a nicely "fired" loin chop and a glass of pale ale than the most sumptuous feast London's smartest caravansaries could provide. Moreover, I believe that every one of our recent visitors would agree with me. What struck most of us so forcibly was the terrible sameness of the mentis. If only an enterprising caterer could have been found who would have dared to dispense with turtle soup, salmon, whitebait, sweetbreads, quails, and asparagus, we should have loved him. Probably the moßt successful meal I attended of the whole Jubilee series was one whereat old English'dishes were a feature. Memories of the spiced round of beef whereon I—as Yankees say—" mealed " that day are moro precious thaa reminiscences of Benoist's choicest chaudfroix de voMUt, and I would give a king's ransom (credit) or a florin (cash) for the recipe of the potato salad. It is extraordinary how prevalent. and widespread was the belief that large sums were to be made out of the Jubilee " boom," and how greedily oerUin elassee of the community grasped at them. Every day fresh instances are exposed. Last Saturday, for example, two rasa named Culliford and Fenn were charged at the Mansion House with defrauding a domeitio servant named Catherine Dormer out of £lu, the savings of three years. The prisoners were the promoters of the Royal Jubilee Syndicate, which proposed, like to many others, to make a fortune out »f the 22nd June and to return iu subioribera glorious dividends. Miss Dormer swore that about the 7th of April last she received a prospectus relating to the Royal Diamond Jubilee Syndicate.

It took her fancy, and »he wrote to Mr J. H. S r ,cwart, the secretary of the eyndicate, enclosing a, pott office order for £lO for ten Bhares. She afterwards received a receipt for the £lO. She had not, however, received any letters of allotment for tickets tor seats. Oq the 18th of June she went, accompanied by Detective-inspector Downes, of the city police, to an office on the third floor of No. 1 Fenchurch street. The name of the Royal Diamond Jubilee Syndicate was on the door. They endeavored to obtain admission, but found that the door was locked, and there was a notice thereon stating that tickets would bs issued shortly, and for further particulars application was to be made to an address in Chancery lane. Detective-inspector Downes spoke to having made inquiries with reference to the syndicate. On the 31st of March, 1597, a man giving tho name of Joseph Henry Stewart opened an account at the Economic Ihnk, Old Broad street. The account remained opened until the 29th May, when it was closad at the request of the bank. £2,231 account, which would «sem to indicate that a goodly crowd must have succumbed to the seductive advertisement. The Lord Mayor could not see his way to grant the enterprising promoters bail. TUB LAST OF THE S.A. COMMUTE]-;. With tho debate in the House of Commons last Tuesday on tho proceedings of the South African Committee and its triumphant

finale iu favor of Mr Chamberlain and Mr Rhodes there is, you may, I think, take it, an end to the seQuelw of the Jameson Raid. Mr Stanhope moved the vote of censure in a double-barrelled resolution, the first portion of which regretted the inconclusive action and report of the Select Committee on British South Africa, whilst the second ordered that Mr Hawksley should attend at the Bar of the House to produce the copies of telegrams which he had refused to show to the Committee. Contrary to general expectation, the Speaker ordered that the motion should be regarded as one question. Mr Stanhope did not speak at any length, confining himself to a few candid criticisms. He expressed astonishment that the Colonial Secretary should seem to care so little for the honor of _ his department, and emphatically inquired whether it was true that when Mr Chamberlain returned the missing cable despatches to Mr Hawksley there followed a correspondence between him and Mr Rhodes's agent ? If go, that correspondence ought to be laid before the House. Mr Stanhope protested Lis inclination to believe that Mr Chamberlain was free from culpability in the matter of the Raid. But behind that question was the vindication of the honor of England—of the authority and

the dignity of Parliament. Captain Norton briefly seconded the motion, and then every eye turned to Mr Chamberlain, who was wearing a sumptuous orohid, and occupied Mr Balfour's seat. He, however, made no sign, and the Speaker was preparing to put the resolution, when "Labby" sprang angrily to his feet. The member for Northampton had not intended to intervene thus early in the debate, and was so taken by surprise that for a few minutes he stammered and spluttered like a schoolboy. When, however, his speech settled down into ordinary Laboucherian channels, we heard nothing very new. Every reader of 'Truth' is painfully familiar with the editor's prejudices against Mr Rhodes, and he now let himself go, fiercely demanding his expulsion from the Privy Council as a traitor. The man had avowedly broken his oath: why should he be spared ? The most the hon. member could admit in favor of Mr Rhodes was that he "might have had mixed motives." The extension of the Empire might have been in his mind. Undoubtedly there were commercial companies with which he was closely connected, and whieh would have profited by the Raid. What, would have been said sup. posing it had turned out before Garibaldi descended upon Sicily that he had established personal and pecuniary connections with trading companies, or that Mr Parnell, before embarking on his political campaign, was directly interested in some company connected therewith? As for Mr Chamberlain, he declared that ke believed he was not cognisant of Mr Rhodes's plan or of the R»id. But he complained that the Committee had not probed to the bottom th«. relations between Mr Rhodes and the Colonial Office. From the first the Conservative portion of the Committee had resolutely Bet themselves to bar all avenues that might lead to full disclosure. Describing the Attorney-General's part in the non-production of the cables, Sir Richard Webster thrice rose to dispute the accuracy of the statement. " I seem to live in a world of delusions," said Mr Labouohere, at the third interruption, throwing up his hands with a gesture of despair. " What did I do," he continued, "when the Attorney-General made that statement, or," he said f „correpjting'himself, "what do I imagine i did?" Sir William; Harcourt stood up manfully for the Com?'

mittee, avowing that in the face of Mr Chamberlain's denials that he was privy to the Raid he should not believe in any number of compromising Harris telegrams. Mr Courtney also believed that Mr Chamberlain was free from all complicity in the Raid. But as to the proceedings of the Committee he said, in a felicitous phrase that sums up the whole position: " It is not their honor that ia in question, but their wisdom." At last, at twenty minutes to eleven, Mr Chamberlain rose. He lost (says Mr Lucy in his ' Pictures in Parliament ) nothing by postponing his speech—rather increased the interest in it. The House was at this moment crowded in every part, the Peers Gallery being thronged, as were the resorts of untitled strangers behind. It was notewortny that the Colonial Secretary on rising was not received with anything like enthusiastic cheering from the Ministerialists, a fact that increased the i value of the tribute paid to his incisive, forcible, I sometimes passionate, always lucid speech in the currency of cheers which reverberated throughout its delivery, and rose in loud outburst when he resumed his seat. He commenced In quietest manner with testimony to the loyalty with which right hon. gentlemen on the front Opposition bench had supported the decisions of the Committee. This ominous quietness did not last long. When he came to refer to Mr Courtney's speech he turned round to face his former colleague, and in biting tones recited his declaration that he enti'ely believed In his (Mr Chamberlain's) innocence. '' I do not thank him," he said, uplifting his voice and springing half a step towards the back bench for suggesting that Borne further exculpation was necessary, not to convince him, but his anonymous Informants." As to charges muttered and proclaimed in respect to complicity of the Colonial Omce with the Raid, he proudly replied "My answer la my action." This he described with emotion suppressed, but rare to one who ever described himself in parliamentary conflict as ' cool as a cucumber." Alone in London when the news of the Raid came, unsupported by the counsel of his colleagues, he had to deal with a grave crisis. If it were supposed that one in his position were such a fool as to have taken part in the conspiracy it could scarcely be supposed that he was such a knave as' to use all his resources to defeat the scheme of his confederates when it was once proclaimed. As to the telegrams, "I have," he said, "seen them." Some had been laid before the Committee. These

were not selected, but were samples from the bulk. They were, in fact, the bulk itself. Possibly—he really could not remember—there might have been some which contained insinuations or accusations against the Colonial Office similar to thost* that had been published. But what of that' Taunting Mr Stanhope and Mr Labouchere with shrinking from the logical conclusion of their speeches and refraining from proposing to prosecute Mr Rhode 3, Mr Chambarlain said: "We are not going to prosecute him. We are not going to have another Warren Hastings trial, which would be a farce, theotherbeingatragedy." Nor werethe Government inclined to take steps to remove Mr Rhodes s name from the Hat of Privy Councillors. I hat honor had been conferred upon him for great services and was not to be taken away because he hid made a great mistake Here Mr Chamberlain read a letter from Sir Gordon Sprigg, the Cape Iremier, who stated that the majority of the English at the Cape supported Mr Rhodes, whilst not more than half the Dutch were opposed to h,m- ,_, A r ny T ?v tte J m P t to beat the ground would, Mr Rhodes s succespor in the Premiership declared, be resented in the colony. The reading of this letter was hailed with loud cheers Mr Chamberlain concluded a speech of fifty minutes' duration by some hopeful words of the future of bouth Africa as soon as he might be able to devote his undivided energies to its control. It was expected that the division would forthwith be taken. Sir Elliot Lees had, however something to say. What its purport might be remains as profound a mystery as engulphs the contents of the missing cables. Presumably he was in momentary opposition to his leaders, since the noise that accompanied his remarks canio from the Ministerial side, from whose midst he rose. _ All that could be heard of his speech were the disjointed sentences: " Only three minutes '" —" My conscience!"—" My constituency !"—" Mr Speuker!" Once in a rare lapse of the uproar the inquiry rang out "What is it?" With a pluck that might have excited the admiration of the House in other circumstances, Sir Elliot remained on his feet foramiarterofanhourbattlin"

with overwhelming forces. The roar of his political friends ever rose and fell as he tried to ed<*e in a sentence. Twice the closure was moved" the Speaker declining to put the question. At the end of the quarter of an hour the Speaker interposed with the remark that he had heard only one sentence of the long speech, and suggesting that Sir Elliot should resume his seat. Hereupon there were cries of "Oh, oh!" from members opposite, suddenly consumed with desire to hear what the hon. baronet was saying. Sir Elliot accepting the hint, presently resumed his seat and the House divided on Mr Birrell's amendment, which was rejected by 333 votes against 74. Mr Stanhope s motion was then put and negatived by 304 votes against 77. It was a large majority, and a glorious victory. But here as at other episodes of the long fight (save in some passages of Mr Chamberlain's speech), no enthusiasm was displayed by the victors. \V. T. stkad's very latest. It ia amusing to notice that Mr W. T. Stead'a matrimonial agency scheme seema to have caught ou—at least the " Conductor of the Wedding Ring" says it has in the current issue of the ' Review of Reviews.' The method of procedure seems somewhat hazy. So far eighty-five ladies and sixty gentlemen have joined, and o; these ninetysix hare been sorted out into eight circles. The six ladies and six gentlemen contribute to an MS. journal, and through this journal tho business of the circle ia conducted. Whether they ever eee each other in the early stages seems problematical, but perhaps the circle is inaugurated bv tho publication of or the exchange of photos. However, it does not do to be hypercritical in these matters, for love has always been known to be a fickle "god," and at least there is something definite about the business, for one knows that the ultimate object is that happy marriages shall be arranged in Mr Stead's paper. Autobiographical sketches of themselves are supplied by the ladies and gentlemen, and either the majority are not over beautiful or else they are exceedingly bashful and wanting in "a good conceit o' themselves." It is for the most part the ladies who iudulge in pathetic little touches of self-depreciation. For example, a " lawyer's daughter says she " would prefer a clergyman," and in her description of her personal appearance makes no bones about it. She is " short and not pretty," while a widow lady with a son of although "well-connected" and a '' cyclist," is, so she proclaims, only '' passable in appearance." The gem of the autobiographical sketches, however, ia that of a young man of twenty-one. As he sees himself he is "tall and fair," of an "affectionate and sensitive disposition," and great heavens ! —he desires to correspond with "a lady of forty."

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LONDON GOSSIP., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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LONDON GOSSIP. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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