POLITICAL, SOCIETY AND
We are beginning to think an injustice has been done to Lord SALISBURY, and that he is not an enemy of Mr. GLADSTONE, as is generally supposed; but a friend in disguise, doing his best to increase the Premier's popularity by assailing him with coarse personal abuse.
Certainly nothing has more tended to increase the estimation in which Mr. GLADSTONE is held than the ruffianly language which Lord Lord SALISBURY uses about him in the letters he is scattering over the country. Such expressions as the noble Marquis allows himself to use with respect to the great statesman at the head of affairs of this country merely show the writer in his true character - that of a political bravo and filibuster, who appears to be doing all he can to earn the distrust of his friends and the contempt of his enemies.
Prince LEOPOLD has been singularly unfortunate in many ways since he reached the estate of manhood. The number of accidents of various kinds with which he had met has been remarkable.
Everybody will feel sorry that his latest mishap, a mere stumble in his own bedroom, should have been of such a character as to make the postponement of his marriage necessary. We can only hope that this postponement, if it has been actually determined upon, will be for a very brief period.
All who remember the beautiful lines addressed by the late Dean STANLEY to Prince LEOPOLD, in which the latter was apostrophised as "the untravelled traveller" who had journeyed again and again to the very gates of death, will be aware that more than an ordinary amount of suffering had fallen to the lot of the Queen's youngest son.
Let us hope that in marrying he will enter upon a new life, in which he will be free, not only from the ailments which afflicted him so heavily in his youth, but from the strange liability to accidental injury from which he has recently suffered so much.
There is a possibility that what may be called the greatest ecc;esiastical prize in the world, hardly excepting even the Popedom, may shortly become vacant. For some time past the Archbishop of Canterbury has been in failing health, and it is said that he seriously contemplates resigning the great office which he holds. If we except the Papacy, there is certainly no other position of this kind in the world which can at all compare with this.
The revenues alone, £15,000 a year, amount to as much as is received by ten or a dozen French archbishops, whose pay is on an average only a little over £1,000 a year; and besides that the Primate enjoys the use of two palaces, and various other advantages. Probably if Dr. TAIT is obliged to resign, the see will be offered to the Archbishop of York or to the Bishop of London.