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   Sun And Central Press (Newspaper) - July 5, 1873, London, Middlesex                                THE SUN & CENTRAL PRESS. No. 25,245. LONDON.  SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1873. PAGE 1. A Newspaper for Newspaper Proprietor*. Registered at the General Post Office aa a Newspaper. SPIRIT OF THE PRESS. THE CHOLERA. The Timet observes that it is characteristic of our national ways that the port of London has hitherto remained unprotected against the importation of Cholera or any other infectious disease, and that while carefully fastening up our window's we have left the front door wide open. We are glad to hear, however, that the Common Council has decided upon doing something even in the Thames, and it is at any rate a welcome announcement that generally the requisite organisation has been in a fair degree accomplished. We escaped last year and the year before; indeed, we may be said to have escaped every year since 1866, for there has hardly been a summer since that time when Cholera was not more or less active in certain parts of Europe. We may, however, be less fortunate this year or next, and, at any rate, it behoves us to do as we are advised. The public health of late has been remarkably good, but then the seasons have hitherto been favourable. A wet Winter and a cold ungenial Spring brought with them advantages of their own. People were disposed to repine at the absence of clear frosts at one period and of balmy winds at another, hut the temperature of the year has been beneficial nevertheless. We are now, however, approaching the season of epidemics, and the sultry beats of early Autumn are not very distant. It is time to be on our guard. As we have remarked above, we can no longer expect to see the Cholera slowly advarKjingfrOm one point of the Continent to another, so that we may measure its distance from our own shores and calculate the period of its possible arrival. It may Bhew itself among us at any time, and that is why the prescribed precautions should be carefully studied and preparations be duly made. The work is not difficult, nor costly, nor will it in any case be thrown away. Supposing, as, indeed, we may hope, that the Cholera should not come, every step taken in the way of sanitary improvement will not the less bear its fruit. Some disease or other is almost always epidemic, and there is no epidemic against which pure air and water are not the best of preservatives. THE P0LI0T OF THE LEAGUE. The attempt to divide the Liberal party on the Education question deserves the severest reprehension, says the Post. We cannot-suppose that it is seriously contemplated to create a schism, but merely to influence the votes on Mr. Forster's Bill by the threat of a cry against sectarian education at the next election. But even that deserves unsparing censure. The whole movement proceeds upon the assumption that the strength of the Liberal party resides in the Dissenters. There can be no greater mistake. Very distinguished members of that party are members of the Church of England, and are not in the least disposed to sacrifice the Church in deference to a clique of Dissenters whether hailing from Birmingham or elsewhere. Nor will.they contribute towards the dissolution of their party by obeying the dictation of the League in even a single instance. The majority of Liberals are perfectly well persuaded that Mr. Forster's bill meets the necessities of the case at its present stage. It is impossible that any measure of education can be final. The Elementary Education Act will probably have to be amended half a dozen times before it comes anywhere near perfection. Nothing but experience can regulate this; and a measure matured by experience is infinitely better in the end than any professedly thorough scheme, which, however symmetrical in theory, can only be tentative in practice, and must need amendment from time to time as condition and circumstances change. When it is considered how much the Liberal party may yet effect, if they are wise to read the requirements of their day, it seems nothing less than monstrous that the unity essential to their success should be broken by the unreasonable pertinacity of the few Radicals whose policy is simply selfish, narrow-minded, and obstructive. The success of any such movement as has been threatened is out of the question. Its promoters may do mischief, and most likely will; but the movement is sure to come to nought in due time. The Standard thinks that the desperate efforts now being made by the representatives of Liberal opinion to smooth over the dissensions between the Government and a certain important section of its supporters may be accepted as an infallible sign that the reign of the Liberal party is coming to a close.  It is not possible for them to disguise from themselves the fact that hetween the two sections of the party, not only on the question of national education, bnt on almost every other primary question of the day, there is a gulf as wide as that which separates the nominal party itself from its opponents.  There is now scarcely any community of feeling between our Extreme Left and our Left Centre.   From denouncing each other on public platforms to throwing Cayenne pepper into each other's eyes, there is not a mark of mutual antipathy with which they have not edified their adversaries.  They do not hesitate to believe the worst things of one another.    They take every occasion of washing their dirty linen out of doors, and they indulge in that domestic occupation with a gusto which is getting   somewhat scandalous  to their neighbours. Even the presence of   Mr.  John Bright,  invoked in the name of harmony, has not suffioed, as we saw the other day, to quell the disturbance. The great peacemaker himself could not resist the tern ptation to stir the flame while engaged in quenching the fire.   He has spoken of one of the chief achievements of the Liberal Ministry, of which he was a member, as the worst act of which the Liberals have been guilty since 1832.    Although called upon to bless, the prophet could scarcely refrain from cursing the good cause-that cause whose victory was supposed to be consummated in the accession of Mr. Gladstone to power. THE JUDICATURE BILL. The Daily News declares that the House of Commons was enlivened on Thursday, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, by one of those animated and brilliant passages of arms with which the two great rivals in Parliamentary debate are wont to exercise their powers two or three times at least in every session. The nominal subject of dispute was the Judicature Bill. We say that it was the nominal subject of dispute, for, despite all the seriousness and solemnity which Mr. Disraeli displayed when introducing it to the House, we are inclined to believe that his object was rather to exercise and display his powers of criticism than to effect any great change in the measure which he criticised. When we say that he closed an elaborate, very clever, and even more than usually amusing Bpeech with a recommendation to the Government to abandon the bill altogether for the present session, and think the whole subject over during the recess, we have said enough to shew how little expectation Mr. Disraeli must have had of any immediate result to come from his appeal. Indeed, the whole episode must have been welcome to the House. It was like a brilliant sally enlivening a long, dull siege; or a sudden display of fireworks got up for the benefit of a crowd wearied out by tedious waiting. The Telegraph considers that all Mr. Disraeli's arguments are so flimsy that we must look elsewhere for the substantial reasons of his hostility to the transfer of the Scotch and Irish appeals from the House of Lords.    He and his party dearly think that the Upper House committed a mistake when   it   surrendered the appellate jurisdiction even   of England,   and  they   are casting about for some   device by which they may yet breserve it.   With less discretion than his chief, Mr. Gordon shewed his hand by frankly saying that he still hoped for a reversal of the  decision to which the Peers have rashly come,  and  the  Government has given the Conservatives an opportunity of re-opening the whole subject by proposing to make the Scotch and the^Irish appeals go with the English.  Mr. Disraeli explained that the Peers had surrendered the appellate jurisdiction, not because they deemed themselves unfit to exercise it, but because the bill abolished the intermediate system of appeals which is worked by the Lords Justices and by the Exchequer Chamber ; because it jvould thus cast on the House three hundred or four hundred appeals a year; and because it did not deem itself able to undertake so large an amount of additional duty.   Hence, if the . intermediate appeals be retained, Mr. Disraeli finds no reason for displacing the appellate jurisdiction of the Peers, and he would gladly see the whole Bill withdrawn, in order that it might be so reshaped in a new Parliament by a Conservative Government as to give the Upper House an excuse for revoking its concession.   We trust that Lord Cairns entertains no such design, in spite of the menacing terms in which he gave notice of existing objections on Thursday night But if he and Mr. Disraeli are in league, there are rocks ahead, and it will need skilful pilotage to avoid disaster. At the meeting of the Common Council of London, on Thursday, a report was brought up from the Port of London Sanitary Committee, recommending the appointment of a amedical officer ata Balary at the rate of �400 per annum, and an inspector at a salary at the rate of �120 per annum.  The report was adopted. Gossips.-Woe to the unlucky wight who admits a gossip in friendly guise to his family circle.   It is the old, old tale of the serpent warmed before the kindly rays of the family hearth.    You are an economist, perhaps, of necessity, then do not be surprised to hear yourself quoted as a miser.    Your daughter dances three times with Lord Cabton, whom you cordially dislike.  No matter 1 congratulations flow in on every side.    In all this the trail of the serpent is visible.  Much as people dislike gossips, they are nevertheless always ready to give open ear to  their canards.     After all such reports as I have given above are comparatively harmless ; but your thorough paced she-gossip does not stop here.    She has inventive powers and must exercise them.    Imaginary births, deaths, and marriages are nothing; romances of what B said of A, of how C ill-treats his wife, and D is carried to bed inebriated are by no means pleasant. Friends begin &rlook askance at one another, nay, I have known full many a cut given {with no better motive than the fiction of a gossip.   It seems so easy to avoid a gossip but in reality it is not, for they are so confoundedly friendly, friendship not of the gushing sort, but of the cheery English kind.  They are deeply interested in Dick's novel or Tom's marriage,   or little Harry's double tooth, whilst they ask Daphne to confide her happiness, or Ohloe her woes.  Gossips, in short, are people possessing a moral corkscrew, with which they carefully draw the cork of your heart (never letting it make that ugly " flop "). and then they suck away at your good, honest, wine, and when it is all gone, orash! comes a great big stone at the empty bottle! still, it is very difficult to lay hands on the thrower.  You may trace it up to the gossip, but the gossip always heard it from some one else : she is innocence itself. Nothing, however, daunts Miss Slander. I have myself more than onoe woke up with a large pieoe bitten clean out of my back, and have, after much trouble, forced the harpy to disgorge it.    Half-an-hour after she has re-sharpened her teeth, and armed with a great handful of mud is lying in wait fcr another victim. No game is to high or to low for the unerring marks-woman.   She lets fly at his graoe the Archbishop of Christ Church, but at the same time has her pellet ready for the Rev. Tom Struggles, the Curate of St. Barebone-in-the-East.     She has a "dreadful story" to tell of H.R.H, the Princess of Teplitz-Hockheimer: but so, too, has Bhe a out-and-dried legend of the    disgraceful goings on " of poor little Mrs. Clerick, who, though a peer's daughter, has hard work to make both ends mee^ with the handsome income her husband earns at the cir. cumlooution office.-From Charing Cross. Printed and Published for the Proprietors by John Hawkings, at 112, Strc.nd, London, W.G.   

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