Mr. FORSTER's last visit to Ireland has brought him  into contact with
one class of the inhabitants of whom he has probably seen  little since the
famine year.  That is the small, the very small.  tenant-farmers for whose benefit
the Land Act is primarily intended.

   We are glad to know that the Chief Secretary has  made a good impression
upon the country people with whom he has thus been  brought into contact.
Those who have seen the hideous caricatures of Mr. FORSTER  which were published
in certain  of the Irish newspapers cannot be  surprised at the impression
which has got abroad among a very ignorant credulous  people that he is a sort of
monster in human, or perhaps we ought to say  semi-human, shape.

   Personal intercourse with the chief  Secretary  will at least disburse
their minds of that idea; and perhaps a little plain talk  between the right
hon. gentleman and the people around him., such as they are  reported to have had
on one occasion during the present visit, may still further  enlighten them
as to his real character and intentions.



   That amiable individual, Mr. Joseph STANLEY, the  "managing director" of
that wonderful institution, the Whitehaven Newspaper and  Printing Company,
Limited, has, it is reported, lately been trying his hand at  criticising
leading articles. If fault-finding constitutes criticism, the genial  courteous
"managing director" may fairly claim to be the most accomplished  critic within
the four seas of Britain.


THE DAILY NEWS says - "It seems perhaps somewhat premature to begin already
speculating as to the chances of the different statesmen who might be named as
possible successors to Lord HARTINGTON in the leadership of the House of
Commons. But so far as one might venture to judge at the present moment, it
would be hard to say that anyone has a better prospect than Sir C. DILKE."