NEWS OF THE WEEK.
INSTEAD of our ordinary heading we might write NOTHINGS of the week. The newspapers of the day belie their names; the most choice of their novelties are reprints of old Parliamentary Papers. The newspapers of the week are fain to follow their ex- ample, though with unequal steps.
A slight hope of a break in the monotony that has prevailed since Parliament broke up, was rested by the more sanguine on the races at Egham; but the rain poured contempt on the vain expectation. The horses waded knee-deep; and the riders, like unpopular candidates, gained nothing but a spattering. Majesty was there ; but though the Court smiled, the sun would not.
In despair of home topics, the quidnuncs of the capital have turned their attention foreignward. The echoes of Saville House and the Crown and Anchor have been wakened with the reminis- cences of Poland and the anticipations of Germany. The most forward on these, as on all like occasions, have been the Irish gentlemen on town; who having plenty tO say, and nothing to do, are ever ready to proffer their assistance where only words are required. But even these topics avail but little. Poland is dead and canr_ot, Germanyis dull and will not, listen to the voice of the charmer.
In the Country, the canvass for seats still goes on ; but the re- gistry, which has worked fairly everywhere save in the drowsy and selfish Metropolis, by removing much of the doubt, has ex- tinguished some of the interest that used to accompany an elec- tioneering canvass. On the one side, hope is swallowed up in frui- tion, on the other in despair.
The Birmingham people have been recreated by a dispute be- tween Mr. COBBETT and Mr. ATTWOOD on the respective values of Gold and Paper ; and the champions of the latter have triumphed over their adversaries by ten to one. Little novelty -was to be expected, and quite as little was elicited, in this disser- tation on old rags.
Next week will in all probability turn up some fresher topic of discussion, If it do not, we have a mind to imitate our.brethren in America ; who, on similar occurrences of vacuity, tell their readers, "that. they must not look for any leading articles for sometime, became the editor is in the woods, squirrel-shooting, and does not intend' to return till next month."