27 JULY 1867, Page 3

The Admiralty has fallen, apparently, into civilized hands. It has

been the custom, it seems, to flog Naval Cadets, who are sup- posed in theory to be officers, and who are certainly not mere boys to their own consciousness, with the birch, " exactly as is public schools." The practice, which anywhere on the Continent would -cause a suicide a week, has hardly elicited a remonstrance among a people who, in the lowest ranks, still beat their daughters with a strap, or anything handier, but on Monday Mr. Corry abolished A century or two hence it will probably be considered slightly degrading even in public schools.