24 FEBRUARY 1866, Page 3

The Pall Mall Gazette quotes the following from the Telegraph:—"Whether

there is a ball more or lea at Bucking- ham Palace, or a levee the fewer at St. James's, is, we need scarcely say, a matter of utter indifference to 999 out of every 1,000 residents in this vast Babylon. Still the persons directly interested in the season are numbered by hundreds of thousands," and remarks, " Giving the eloquent writer only two hundred thousand as interested in the season, we have his authority for stating the population of this vast Babylon at twenty millions. Sensational, if not accurate." Now as a thousand times two hundred thousand is two hundred millions, the Pall Mall Gazette only gives the " eloquent writer" credit for one-tenth of his real imaginative power. This is really unfair. Anybody could have said the population of London was twenty millions ; it took a writer in the 7elegraph to lay it at two hundred. May we be permitted to say that the calculation of the Pall Mall Gazette is neither sensational nor accurate ?