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nIIR guests have all gone away, let us hope contented. The Viceroy departed on Saturday, the Belgians on Monday, the Sultan on Tuesday, and the streets are quiet again. On the whole, the receptions have been well managed, the immense diffi- culty of entertaining a semi-independent Viceroy when his Sove- reign was in the country has been smoothed over, and the Sultan is reported highly pleased with his visit. One thing, with all our blundering, we did succeed in doing—so arranging our ceremonials as to honour the guest rather than the hosts who entertained him. The Sultan was shown to the Parisians; the Londoners were shown to him, a difference which, if French journals may be believed, he quite appreciated.. Only one aneclote of his visit has been recorded. We take it from the Pall Mall Gazette, which says that His Majesty, finding a storm raging at Spithead, said, " That is England all over. Whatever the English set about they 'do it in a gale of wind," an acute comment on a most offensive peculiarity in the national character.