10 DECEMBER 1870

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The accounts of the Paris sorties of last week have

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been, on the whole, scrappy and unsatisfactory ; but all correspondents agree in the tenacity of the fighting, the heavy losses on both sides, and in the general result, which...

Two corps (General Bourbaki's and Crouzot's) crossed the Loire far

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to the south of Orleans, at Sully and Jargeau ; one (General Pallieres) at Orleans, and two more, the 16th (General Chanzy's) and the 17th, seem not to have crossed at all, but...

*,,,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript' in any

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The latest despatches are rather unfavourable to General Chanzy's chances.

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The Duke of Mecklenburg reports from his head- quarters at Meung, dating the despatch on Thursday, December 8 :—" A severe but victorious battle was fought to-day by the Duke of...

The battles of the 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th December

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on the Loire, which resulted in the recapture of Orleans by the Germans, and the retirement of the greater part of the French army across the river, have not as yet been really...


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T IM text of General Butler's speech of the 23rd of November, which has reached England, was even franker than we imagined. He stated openly that he would compel England to...

The grand point now is, how far General Grant agrees

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with his former adversary. The telegraphic summaries of\ his annual Message on the 4th give probably an undue impression of hostility ; but still it is clear that he is heaping...

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The " Nun of Blois," if she should prove a

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false prophet after all, has certainly been what the children call, in the game of magical music, very " warm." She predicted, it will be remem- bered, that Blois would not be...

Mr. Gosehen has carried out his great reform, the boarding-out.

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of pauper children, and so giving them homes other than the work- houses. By an order, dated the 28th of November, the Poor-Law - Board permits Guardians to board-out orphan...

Herr Delbriick informed the German Parliament that the King of

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Bavaria had assented to the assumption by the King-President of the title of Emperor of Germany. King Ludwig, it appears, had written to the King of Saxony a kind of circular,...

The new Constitution of Germany has been accepted by the

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Federal Parliament en bloc, and without serious opposition, Count Bismarck having stated that he would resign if it were not accepted. Herr Delbriick, who represents the...

The American politicians calculate that there will be a , majority

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in the new Congress in favour of Revenue Reform, the term by which the Free-traders christen their policy. This , party is supported by the great bulk of the people in the West,...

Lord Graiiville's answer to Prince Gortechakoff's second very civil but

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very firm Note is so short and incisive as to give an im- pression of decision which scarcely belongs to it. The Foreign Sec- retary says (November 28) he has nothing to add to...

As a result of the failure before Orleans, and the

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proved capacity of General Chanzy, —who really won the battle of Coulmiers on the 9th November, as well as another engagement near Patsy, on the lst December, and though...

We are bound to record that there is at least

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one German Member of Parliament who protests vigorously against the violence exercised towards Dr. Jacoby. In the debate of the 3rd inst. upon his imprisonment, the majority...

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A very strange murder is reported from Liverpool. Mr. Christian

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Flueck, a German proprietor of a boarding-school there, had employed a Mr. Howchin as assistant. Howchin for some reason left him, and applied to a Mr. Calder for a tutor- ship....

One of the most courageous episodes of the war has

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been both the attack on Beaune-la-Rolande last Monday week by the French, and its equally brilliant defence by a very inferior force of Germans under General Voights Rhetz. The...

We are astonished to see the Daily News speaking slightingly

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of the qualifications of Lord Lawrence for the chairmanship of the London School Board, and talking—what we should call such non- sense, if it were not talked by the Daily News,...

Note a rumour, mentioned by the Berlin correspondent of the

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Echo, that Count Bismarck favours the election of a French Assembly by the Councils-General of the Departments. An elec- tion by the old Councillors-General would mean a...

In Thursday's Pall Mall "W W . R. G." is down

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again on the French for not giving in, and on the English who sympathize with them for not advising them to give in. His ground is that " a nation when thoroughly beaten has...

Bremen has petitioned the German Parliament to ask the Bing-

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President to demand Saigon, that is, the French Colony of Cochin- China, in the forthcoming treaty. Parliament refused to act, as it was unbecoming to divide the bear's skin...

Rouen was entered by General Manteuffel on Monday, the Mobiles

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who attempted to protect it having been defeated in two engage- ments on the 4th and 5th. The city, which appears not to have expected the enemy, made no resistance, but the...

Consols were on Friday 92 to 92g.

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DER KAISER VON DEUTSCHLAND. I I OW little the world changes! Hark once again to the 1 shouts of the chiefs of the tribes as they raise Tchengis Khan on their shields on the...

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A HARROW is a very useful instrument, though it neither ploughs, nor sows, nor reaps, and the English political ideologues of to-day, in their function of mental harrows, are...

THE FRENCH REVERSES. T HE week has been, on the whole,

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one of reverse for France. But there is this feature about the reverses,—which in the neighbourhood of Paris must unquestionably be described as intermediate between reverse and...

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P RESIDENTS for finite terms with renewable leases of power are certainly not enviable political institutions. They are a good deal like Emperors of uncertain dynastic prospects...

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THE NEW INDIAN SERVICE. T HE experiment which the Duke of

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Argyll is trying in his new College of Engineers is worth more attention than it has at present received. It is an effort to overcome a very grave and serious difficulty, in a...

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T HE December number of the Contemporary Review,—which certainly succeeds singularly well in getting thoroughly able and patient thought from all quarters of the intellectual...

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W E shall tell our readers without preface a little story which seems to us to contain a very marvellous spiritual fact, which made us as we read it feel, as one seldom can be...

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XVII.—RICHARD T HE life of Edward V. was so brief and his rei g n so entirely nominal, that it would be absurd to g ive any estimate of his character as a Kin g of En g land....

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THE FALL OF PARIS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOB. "] Six, —The King of Prussia has invited his allies, the monarchs of Saxony and Southern Germany, to be present at the...

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THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—The very temperate letter of your correspondent " 0." in your last week's impression seems to deserve some attention, even though he writes in defence...

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NAPOLEON AT BERLIN.* KING WILLLtss is at Versailles, but he has not yet entered Paris. It is not even now quite certain that Count Bismarck will be able to keep the appointment...


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SIR,—Your correspondent " O." in his ingenious plea for unex- plained Bible-reading, appears to me to have started from the wrong point. He has, fairly enough, described the...


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issue of the 5th November, you drew attention to an advertisement offering to help people to grow taller if they wished. You did not say you thought it could not be done; and so...

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THE eight essays contained in this volume are reprinted from the Quarterly Review, and while one of them bears as late a date as. 1865, two of them were published almost thirty...

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Tins is a book that refuses to be read ; a book, at least, that requires much pressing before it consents to reveal the length and breadth and height and depth of its voluminous...

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way of education can be conferred .on a child than a love of drawing from nature. We should be in- clined to place some knowledge of this art as next in importance to the "three...

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A min of war must be, on the whole, a trying time for the editors of magazines, more especially those • filled with literature intended to be ephemeral. They must be so put to...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Rome and the Campagna. By R. Burns, M.A. (Deighton and Bell ; Boll and Daldy.)—This is a handsome volume, handsome enough both within and without to take high...

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The Christmas stories appear in their usual abundance. We have

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already noticed a considerable number. Marmaduke Merry, the Midship- enon. By W. H. G. Kingston. (Bemrose.)—This is a tale of a kind which Mr. Kingston always writes very well....

What is Matter? By a Templar. (Wyman and Sons.) —

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The " Templar " discusses philosophers and systems with an ease and rapidity which defy our efforts to follow him. We must content ourselves with giving his conclusions, or...

De La Rue's Red-Letter Diary and Improved Memorandum Book, 1871

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; De La Rue's Improved Indelible Diary and Memorandum Book, 1871; De La Rue's Improved Red-Letter Calendar, small, two sizes; Herring's Postal Secretaire. — These Diaries...

Good Cheer. The Christmas Number of Good Words. (Strahan and

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Co.)—Gideon's Rock is a tale of considerable power and pathos, which no one can commence without reading to its (somewhat unnatural and melodramatic) close. The story hangs on...

Mr. Swinglehnrst, author of a book called Germany and the

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Rhine, complains of a notice of that work which appeared in these columns last Saturday. The writer of that notice—alas ! not young, as Mr. S. kindly supposes—seeing that title...