6 OCTOBER 1860, Page 2

One or two after-dinner speeches of note have been made

at the festive boards of agricultural societies. Mr. Disraeli, et Salt. hill, has made another oration on the greatness of Bucks, South, North, and Central ; not forgetting his old remark that the British Constitution took its rise in the Chiltern Hundreds. People are wondering why the Conservative leader is so reticent on the subject of politics. Some think he fears to offend his party by speech ; but the cool observer sees the true state of the case. Mr. Disraeli is only acting the part of a solid English country gentleman to vindicate his title to that position, and prove the versatility of his genius. And a capital actor he is.

Lord Wodehouse, Under-Secretary of State, speaking to the gentry and farmers of Norfolk, referred with marked emphasis to our foreign relations, and while he held that we ought to be on the best terms with France, and to cooperate with her on special occasions, he also held that it is our duty to seek other allies. There is nothing new in this, but it shows that the policy indicated in Parliament by Lord John Russell has been persevered in.