10 APRIL 1880

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The result of the Irish Elections will, we are convinced,

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add sonic new elements of strength to the Liberal party. In the first place, Mr. Parnell's peculiar tactics, especially his wanton assault on Mr. Shaw's seat for Cork county,...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • M R. GLADSTONE has carried Midlothian,

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by more than two hundred votes, and throughout the United Kingdom the Liberal victory is more than complete,—it is almost overwhelming. It may, indeed, well prove to be...

At the date of our last issue we counted up

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the Liberal gains as 51, and the Liberal losses at 17, leaving a balance of 34 net gains in our favour. Since then the tide has flowed free and fast. We have gained a seat in...

The Farmers are evidently finding out their friends. The Liberals

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are no longer rejected in the counties as if they were enemies of agriculture, and in many places Liberal representa- tives of the tenants have been returned. In Bedfordshire,...

The metropolitan, and indeed, in many parts of the country,

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the great suburban counties, alone retain marks of the pro- foundly Tory temper of which so much of the country gave evidence in 1874. Lord Beaconsfield has made a mistake about...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return3fanusrript in any ease.

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The Times' correspondent at Constantinople forwards a statement of very

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great importance. He says that Sheikh Hussein, the Grand Shereef of Mecca, who has just been. assassinated, was believed at the Palace to be favourable to the revival of the...

The Government have lost but few of their conspicuous Mem-

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bers. Most important is the failure of Mr. James Lowther, —the Chief Secretary for Ireland,—whom York has very wisely placed at the bottom of the poll, for a worse Chief...

Mr. Herbert Gladstone has failed in Middlesex, and failed by

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so large a number that it is obvious Middlesex must have its constituency enlarged before it would be of much use con- testing the county again. But in the course of his canvas...

Mr. Lowe, in returning thanks on Tuesday for his re-election

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by the London University,—a re-election carried, as we ven- tured to predict, by nearly two to one,—made a short and rather disappointing speech, in which he withdrew his...

The Continental Courts appear to have been stupefied by the

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result of the Elections. They are accustomed to trust their diplomatic agents, and the Envoys are accustomed to. trust official assurances, mildly tempered by the views of "...

Mr. Walter sat as the Liberal Member for Berkshire, but

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has steadily supported Lord Beaconsfield. His seat is, therefore, attacked by Mr. Rogers, with a result which will be known to- night, but with a seriousness which has alarmed...

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Professor Treichler has delivered a lecture before the German Association

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of Naturalists and Physicians which contains a fact of some interest to teachers. He says that headache in schools decidedly increases, until in some schools, and notably in...

The Candahar correspondent of the Times telegraphs on April 5th

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that Lord Lytton has written to Shere Au , the Afghan Governor of Candahar, stating that "her Majesty has been pleased to confer on him the sovereignty of the province of Can-...

The rumours as to a coming war between Russia and

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China become grave, though they still require official confirmation. It is known that China refuses to ratify the treaty under -which half Kuldja is retroceded to her, instead...

Prince Bismarck has been resigning. This time he is dis-

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-contented with the Constitution of Germany, which he himself prepared. Under that Constitution, Prussia possesses only seventeen votes and Alsace-Lorraine one, and Prince...

Prince Napoleon has broken with a certain number of his

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own supporters, by virtually indicating, in a published letter, his own approval of the decrees dissolving the Jesuits and summoning all other religious Orders to apply for...

Mr. Goschen passed a sound and most justly deserved eulogy

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on Lord Hartington, when he said on Wednesday at Margate that if you could take the backbones of Sir Stafford North- cote, Mr. Cross, Lord John Manners, and Colonel Stanley, and...

The Pall Mall, in its systematic efforts to expose the

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sacer- dotal and ecclesiastical agencies which have been used to defeat its own zealous propagation of the true foreign policy, has con- structed a very amusing table, which...

Consols were on Friday 981 to 98i.

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The Daily News has received a telegram from Rangoon -aanouncing

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the death of Theebau, the King of Burmah, from small-pox, and the imminent probability of civil war. The merchants in Rangoon have received advices from Mandalay asking them to...

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THE LEADERSHIP AND THE VICTORY. EFORE Mr. Gladstone went to Scotland, in November, we called attention to the difference which it would make whether the impending battle were...

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T HERE is little to be gained by speculating on the composition of a Cabinet before it is certain who the Premier will be ; but as the world is talking of nothing else, it may...

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O F all the absurdities uttered during these Elections, per- haps the most grotesque, not excluding those of Mr. Cross, is one reported in a speech of Lord George Hamilton,...

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M R. LOW/. was rather dismal on Tuesday. Instead of returning thanks for a triumphant re-election and a marvellous scattering of the foe, he might have been contem- plating the...


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T HERE is one possible policy in Afghanistan which the Liberal Government will be able to consider without pre- judice, which is in itself just and right, and which will enable...

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M R. CARTER'S letter to Dr. Liddon is a melancholy example of the harm that may be done by the want of a little common-sense in legislation. All that has happened at Clewer...

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RENAN'S genius is so great, and his knowledge of • Oriental religions and ecclesiastical history so wide, that all who can hear and understand his Hibbert Lectures will be sure...

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T HERE is one among the many results of the Ballot which has scarcely been observed, and that is the immense addition it has made to the dramatic effect of a general election....

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THE LIBERALS AND THE SHOPKEEPERS. ('To THE EDITOR OF TRH Spiouron."3 Sin,—You have more than once called attention, in former times, to the unreasonable tone of contempt adopted...

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[TRANSLATED FROM LUDWIG TLECK.] IxTo the fields flew a little bird; In the joyous sunshine his song was heard; And wondrous sweet was the sound of his lay. "Farewell, I am...


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WE welcome the volume which has suggested the question chosen for our title, as one of several signs apparent in these later days that the long winter of philosophy is drawing...


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"DEO GRATIAS." APRIL, 1580. VOTE out, from where the heather-blush Purples the hills of Scottish song, The sand-heaps raised of Self and Wrong,— Vote out the Policy of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The acute and good-tempered letter which you printed in your last issue, headed "The Harmless, Necessary Critic," deserves an answer,...

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Wm,. TETER the critic may be disposed to say about Mr. Quentin's novel, it is impossible not to admit that he gives his readers 'variety. By way of prologue, we are taken to a...


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Is the famous essay by John Foster, "On the Aversion of Men of Taste to Evangelical Religion," he alludes with great force to the unfortunate phraseology in which Christian men...

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SAYCE ON THE SCIENCE OF LANGUAGE.* Tam book fulfils admirably

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the promise of its title. It is truly an " Introduction " to the science of language, although, per- haps, it is something of a Germanism to call an essay which first attempts...

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Tins is a volume to which it is not easy for a reviewer to do justice. No one can fail to appreciate the character of the chivalrous Christian gentleman who accepted an...

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Tins is another portion of Mr. Herbert Spencer's Principles of Sociology. It has been published after his Data of Ethics,. recently noticed in this journal, but takes its place...

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GRACE.* THERE are three orders of novels,—first, the thoroughly good,

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which the critic has the pleasant office of praising ; secondly, the thoroughly bad, which he can satisfactorily dispose of by consigning them to the waste-paper basket, and...

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THE new number of Mind is a very good one, in that it con- tains three articles among the main essays of very considerable interest. Mr. Leslie Stephen's attack on Mr. Balfour...

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Gilpin's Forest Scenery. Edited by F. G. Heath. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—This is a partial reprint of William Gilpin's "Remarks on Forest Scenery and other Woodland Views (relative chiefly to Pic- turesque Beauty)," and reproduces the text...


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forms an instructive and interesting text-book on the subject of Church work and Church life in medimal times. The two volumes in which it is comprised contain seven chapters or...

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Eutropia : or, How to Find a Way Out of

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Darkness and Doubt into Light and Certainty By the Rev. Father Pius Devine. (Barns and Oates.)—This is a far more readable book than books of controversy commonly are. But,...

Handy Book for Bible Readers. (Religious Tract Society.)—This- useful little

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book contains, in a form which makes it suitable to accompany one's Bible, a concordance of the Old and New Testament ; an index to names, both of persons and places ; a list of...

The Home Life of the Prince Consort. By Rev. Charles

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Bullock, B.D. (Hand and Heart Publishing Office.)—This is a sort of epitome of the fuller Life of the Prince. Where there is really so much to praise in the conduct of a royal...

Prospecting. By A. H. Wayte, M.A. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—Just

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now, when our old country behaves so cruelly to many of her children, simply because they are many, all books that make us really acquainted with men and things in our colonies...

Boswell's Correspondence, and his Journal of a Tour to Corsica.

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Edited, with Preface, Introduction, and Notes, by George Birkbeck D.C.L. (Thomas de la Rue.)—Dr. Hill has done quite right to liberate the "Journal of a Tour in Corsica" from...

Martial for English Readers. Translated by W. T. Webb, M.A.

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(Macmillan.)—We do not think, with Mr. Webb, that "of all the Latin poets, Martial is perhaps one of the least generally known and appreciated." What of Claudian and Ansonius ?...

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English Student's French Examiner. By F. Julien. (Sampson Low,

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Marston, and Co.).—A book for students preparing for the local and higher examinations. A part of the plan of this work is to accustom the learner not only to translate French...

The French Language, its History and Etymology. By E. Ronband.

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(Crosby Lockwood and Co.)—This is a work designed principally to assist students in preparing for the University examinations. It contains the history of the language, the...

A Selection of Cases front the State Trials. Vol. I.

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Trials for Treason. (1327-1660.) By J. W. Willis-Band, M.A., LL.B. (Cam- bridge University Press.)—The State trials which Dr. Willis-Bund selects are set forth as cases; that...

l'huile, oleunt.—The Golden Path to French. By A. F. Genlain.

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(Northampton Street, Bath.)—We gather that the author's aim is to produce a work which, while neglecting nothing necessary to be learnt, should not over-tax the memory of the...

Spiritual Science. Our Patriarch Jacob, the Father and the Prophet

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-of Human Science. By Kuklos. (John Harris, Kilburn Square.)—Is it necessary to go beyond the title ? Or shall we quote a paraphrase of 'Genesis, chap. xxx. :—" And when...

NovEr,s.—Claude Branca's Promise, by Alice Clifton, 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley),

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is a very good story, after the manner of The Heir of Redclyffe. Claude is the son of an English noble- man, by a secret marriage with an Italian singer. A chance, which is,...

FRENCH CrAss-BooKs.—Ettgeme' s French Method. (Williams and Norgate.)—These elementary lessons

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are founded on the synthetical method illustrated in Ahn's original work. The plan is, however, distinct in some particulars from that of Alm. Its aim is to graduate the...