U Practice makes perfect." The Speaker of the House of
Commons is already in training for the opening of the session. He sits in his easy-chair every evening for several hours after dinner, doing nothing hut nodding occasionally to the oppo- site sides of the room. On certain evenings the housemaid moves an adjournment at an earlier hour, by turning down the rug and raking out the fee. The Speaker hams nicknamed her "Brotherton."—Punch.