10 JULY 1880

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Mr. Forster carried his Irish Distress Relief Bill through Committee,

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last Saturday, after a very exhausting sitting of more than twelve hours, in which be showed his usual tenacity and good-humour. He accepted an amendment of Mr. Parnell's,...


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T HE Press of the Continental capitals foresees war between Greece and Turkey, and arising from that, war among the European Powers. Turkey, they say. will not yield ; and if it...

The idea dominant at the Porte is evidently to threaten

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resistance, to (Her fictitious reforms in Armenia, which with- out autonomy are worthless; to concede no land to Monte- angro that can be occupied peacefully ; to assist the...

Mr. Forster's Compensation for Disturbance (Ireland) Bill has had a

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rather stirring life of it during the last week. First, it has caused Lord Lansdowne's resignation of his office under the Government, as Under-Secretary for India. Next, it...

0 4 * The Ed ;tors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

• That Mr. Parnell intended his double attack on Mr.

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Forster on Thursday night to imply an open breach between him and the Government was clear enough, and we confess that we are relieved by the result, though it has diminished...

The debate of Thursday (though it professed to be on

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an amendment of no importance by Mr. Pell, which was ultimately negatived without a division) really turned chiefly on the new clause which is to be proposed in Committee by the...

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A new danger has made itself manifest in London. A

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new gas-main, 3 ft. in diameter, has been laid down between Bailey Street, Tottenham Court Road, and Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square, and the last work was, on Monday evening,...

The Employers' Liability Bill occupied a great part of the

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sit- tings both of Friday and of Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Macdonald urging the view that employers should be liable to their work- men for all negligence, whether that of the...

In Buteshire, the Liberal candidate, Mr. Thomas Russell, has been

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defeated by 45 votes ; Mr. Dalrymple, the Conservative, having polled 585, against 540 given for Mr. Russell. The Liberals complain of great attempts to intimidate on the part...

The news from Afghanistan is almost disastrous. The new Wall

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of Candahar has proved as powerless as was expected. Ayoub Khan has advanced from Herat to the Helmand to threaten him, and though the Heratees number only 4,550 regulars, it...

The Genevese people have come to a remarkable decision. Their

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Grand Council recently recommended them to abolish the Budget of Public Worship, which is principally devoted to the maintenance of the historical Protestant Church in the...

We omitted to remark last week on Sir W. Harcourt's

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very important reply to Mr. Puleston's question concerning the re- marks of the Plymouth Election Judge, "I have never unseated an innocent Member for the act of his agent,...

The course pursued in Candahar is intelligible, though lament- able,

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but we do not comprehend the object of these raids in the neighbourhood of Cabal. Lord HartIngton, questioned on the subject on Thursday, replied that armed gatherings of the...

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Consols were on Friday 981 to 94.

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Mr. Mundella has done good service in proposing the Ele-

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mentary Education Bill which Lord Spencer introduced into the House of Lords on Monday. It is, indeed, not a little curious that it should fall to Mr. Mundella to remedy the de-...

The new French Ambassador, M. Challemel-Lacour, was entertained at the

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Mansion House on Tuesday, when, in return- ing thanks for the toast of his health, he delivered a very neat, French speech, on some points of which we have commented elsewhere....

The French Senate on Saturday accepted the Amnesty Bill, but

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added the important amendment proposed by M. Bozerian, that it should not extend to persons condemned for assassina- tion or incendiarism. This amendment was carried by 143 to...

A Bill brought in by Mr. Collins for creating a

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Fishery Board for the encouragement of Irish Fisheries was on Wednesday de- feated on its second reading by 172 to 125, chiefly on the argu- ment of Mr. Courtney, who said the...

In the New York Herald, for June 14th, is contained

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an in- teresting account of an interview with Sir Charles Govan Duffy at Paris, in which Sir Charles, who generally evades inter- viewers, talked freely on the subject of...

A private telegram, dated Pekin, July 2nd, has been received

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in London, announcing that "Chung How," recently Chinese Ambassador in St. Petersburg, and sentenced to death for signing the Kuldja Treaty, "has been reprieved, in order to...

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THE ATTITUDE OF THE WHIGS. I T is with a certain melancholy, rather than annoyance, that we regard the present attitude and the possible future action of the Old Whigs....

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L ORD LANSDOWNE and Mr. Parnell have both shaken off the dust from their feet and abandoned the Government, for the supposed demerits of their Irish policy. Probably the two...

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T HERE is a difficulty behind the "Eastern Question," which one day, perhaps very soon, may be of pressing importance to Great Britain, and that is, the fate of the Sultan's...

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111 CHALLEMEL-LACOUR made a very lively speech at • the Mansion House on Tuesday, though indulging, as lively Frenchmen will, in generalisations to which it is impos- sible for...


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T HE Radicals may be too impatient upon some points, but we cannot but think that as regards Afghanistan their impa- tience is primal fade not unreasonable. We do not advance a...

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T HE difference between the Reports of Colonel Yolland and Mr. Barlow, and that of Mr. Rothery, on the Tay Bridge accident raises an issue of great importance as regards the...

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T HE surprising rote of last Sunday, whereby the people of Geneva rejected the law passed a few weeks previously by their Great Council for the separation of Church and State,...

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excitement caused in London by the gas explosion of Monday in Tottenham-Court Road, is natural enough. Londoners are accustomed to gas explosions in houses, or at least to read...

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I F any honourable Member who takes an interest in the appointments to Government Chairs would do a service to the cause of Education, he would ask a question of Mr. Grant Duff...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE .° SPEOTATOR.1 Stu,—It is the fashion just now to charge all Church abuses and all delays in Church reform upon the Bishops and Clergy, and to cast as many...


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THE WIFE'S SISTER'S MARRIAGE BILL. [TO THE Eorroa OF THE SPECTATOR:] Sia,—You quote, apparently with approval, Lord Granville's remark in the House of Lords, "I do not feel...

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EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I have just seen a letter in a contemporary, on the subject of that terrible instrument of torture the "Gin." I devoutly trust that some...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 Sta,—I am inclined at once to fear that it may, and to hope that it may not, seem either captions or obtrusive on my part if, while cordially...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOL'l Sia,—The Rubric concerning the burial of the unbaptised is a dead-letter in Lordon. No questions are ever asked, and the evidence afforded by...


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TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] F.sa,—Mr. L. Davies thinks it a peculiarity of the clerical conscience that it should shrink from expressing "sure and cer- tain hope of the...

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(Translation of Mr. Tennyson's Epitaph on Sir John Franklin, from the Monument in Westminster Abbey.] "Nor here : the white North has thy bones, and thou, Heroic sailor-soul,...


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THE BLACK AND WHITE GALLERY AT THE EGYPTIAN HALL. Tins exhibition is not one which is likely to impress a beholder with a high opinion of the originality and artistic power of...

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THE ENGLISH POETS.* THE editor's brief preface explains very distinctly the purpose of this anthology. "Our design," he writes, "has not been to present a complete collection of...

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THERE are some books, not necessarily worthless or hurtfud ones, which are the despair of the conscientious reviewer, whiclt lie by from day to day, and week to week, and month...

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• Edgar Allan Poe: Ids Life and Writings. By 3. 11. Ingrain. In Two Volumed. London: Julio uosg. Tim darker shadows that have rested on time memory of Pots may now be said to be...

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Tuts is a book with a very special purpose. It is written for the glorification of Rome, Rome Pagan and Rome Papal. The latter, it aims at showing, was, under divine Providence,...

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TWO BOOKS ON DEMONOLOGY.* How difficult it is, in an

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age which is, in the narrower sense of the word, so strictly " scientific" as ours, to place ourselves in imagination in the position of those whose every thought was penetrated...

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NONE of the Magazines are very striking this month. The Con- temporary is perhaps the best, but that is also a little heavy. "A Few Weeks upon the Continent," by the Duke of...

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A Holiday in Iceland. By N. L. Van Gruisen, Jun.

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(Elliot Stock.) —This is a pleasant account of a summer tour in Iceland, not to be compared with some books on the same subject that have been pub- lished before, but yet worth...


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Religious Philosophy : a Forecast of the Religion of the Future. By 'W. W. Clark. (Triibner and Co.)—Forecasts of the future are always hazardous, and for our own part, we...

Her Dignity and Grace By "C. N." 3 vols. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—We are reminded, in reading this novel, of Mrs. H. Wood. But the writer has certainly not attained anything like the skill in plot-weaving which distinguishes the...

Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion, as Illustrated

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by the Religion of Ancient Egypt. By P. Le Page Rcuouf. (Williams and Norgate.)—In these lectures, which were delivered last year, accord- ing to the conditions of the Hibbert...

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Water Gipsies ; or, Tag, Bag, and Bobtail. By L.

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T. Meade. (J. F. Shaw and Co.)—This is really a religions tale, but is of far deeper interest than most of its kind ; for it gives in a graphic way, and with many touches both...

Souvenir of Old England. By an Anglo-American. (Simpkin and Marshall.)—There

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is very little here of the reflections and observations, always interesting in their way, which an American makes when he visits the "old country." The "Anglo-American" was...

NEW EIHTIoNs.—To a third edition of "Hours with the Mystics,"

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by R. A. Vaughan, B.A. (Strahan and Co.), there is prefixed an interesting notice of the author's intellectual development and literary career, from the pen of his son. Of the...

Working and Living. By James Cromb. (Dundee: Lang.)—This s a

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volume of pleasantly-written sketches, reprinted, for the most part, from a Scottish publication, The People's Friend. Some are of the more serious, as that which gives a title...

Joan of Arc: "The Maid." By Janet Tucker. (Marcus Ward.)

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—This is one of the excellent series which goes under the name of "The New Plutarch." There is no speciality about Miss Tucker's treatment of her subject, which has been already...