10 MARCH 1866

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After the message followed, on the 22nd ult., a speech,

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de- livered on occasion of the anniversary of Washington's birth- day,—a speech at once fierce and vulgar, and far more dis- creditable to the President than the unfortunate...

The Duke of Somerset has quite cleared himself from the

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charge of participating in any degree in the responsibility of the Devonport scandal. He knew nothing even of the telegraphic message till after the notice of motion in the...

The Church-rate abolition debate on Wednesday, introduced by Mr. Hardcastle,

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member for Bury St. Edmunds, and prolonged in the usual tone by Mr. Walpole and Mr. Ducane, suddenly assumed a real interest from Mr. Gladstone's speech proposing a compromise,...

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Lord Hartington introduced the Army Estimates on Tuesday, in,

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a speech good but wearisome—his singular la eve sentence, a habit of which a little exertion se [dm, being more marked than ever. He was a little careless, too, about totals,...

-On the 19th ult. Mr. Johnson vetoed the Bill for

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extending the Freedmen's Bureau in the Southern States, the most moderate of the Radical party's measures, and one even supported by the Conservative Radicals. His reasons are...

The relations between Berlin and Vienna have not become more

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pleasant during the week. It is stated that Napoleon has signified his intention to remain neutral, and that final propositions have been submitted to the Kaiser by the King....


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TrIHROUGEIOUT the week the air has been heavy with rumours .1. about the details of the Reform Bill, of which five-sixths are guesses, and the remainder able a priori deductions...

The most peaceful-looking symptom in this affair is the Kaiser's

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tenacity in dealing with his Hungarian subjects. He cannot fight Prussia without them, but in his answer to the Address he declared that while he accepted the Pragmatic Sanction...

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The detailed news from Jamaica, for which we had to

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depend on Mr. Renter's express last week, confirms in general the view we then took. The evidence as to the flogging with cats made of " piano-wire" was explicit, because not...

The House of Commons has plucked up courage to deal

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with the Gas Companies. On Tuesday Mr. Crawford moved the second reading of his Bill to enable the Corporation to supply the City with gas, alleging that under the monopoly the...

Mr. Gregory brought on a debate on maritime law yesterday

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week, by a motion to exempt private property except contraband of war, whether in neutral or enemy's ships, from capture on the high seas,—but not calling in question the value...

The French Government has, it appears, given way in the

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matter of the Extradition Act, which is to be continued. Its abolition was evidently unpopular in the Chamber, there was no chance of material change in England—even with Lord...

No returns of the cattle plague were published on Friday,

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but Mr. Hunt's Bill, sadly shorn of its proportions, was passed on Thursday. A great deal of discussion occurred on an amendment forbidding the Privy Council to stop...

A curious old scandal has turned up once more in

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the Court of Probate. Prince Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, fourth brother of George IIL, was privately married before the Royal Marriage Act to Olive Wilmot, daughter of...

Mr. Disraeli agreed to the second reading of the new

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Oaths Bill on Thursday night, but insisted that the oath should be to the dynasty, not only the monarch, that it should recognize the Act of Settlement which limits the throne...

The investigations of the Commission seem to have been very

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ably conducted by Mr. Gurney and Mr. Mettle. The Commis- The investigations of the Commission seem to have been very ably conducted by Mr. Gurney and Mr. Mettle. The Commis-...

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Mr. Coleman, proprietor of the Spiritual Magazine, published recently an

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article, said to be extracted from a New York paper, accusing Mr. Sothern, the well known actor, of having committed a rape on a lady under mesmeric influence, and made his home...

The Consol market has continued greatly depressed, and a further

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decline has taken place in the quotations. Yesterday the latest quotations were:—For transfer, 86t, f ; for time, 87*, t. The shares of the Joint-Stock Discount Company (101.)...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the following prices :— G reek - .. ... •• Mexican •• .. • • Spanish Passive - .. Do. Certificates .. Do. Coupons .. .. .• • as • • •• 23 27 5 ▪ 7 ••• •• Friday,...

The Cambridge local examinations for girls in London, Brighton, Bristol,

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Cambridge, and Sheffield have been a great success-76 went in for the senior examination and 50 for the junior, of whom 23 seniors (nearly 37 per cent.) and 8 juniors (just 16...

Lord Derby on Friday se'nuight produced his accounts as trustee

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for King Leopold of Belgium. That monarch, as husband of the Princess Charlotte, was entitled to an annuity for life of .50,000/. from Great Britain. On his election to the...

Lord Brownlow thinks he has -a right to seize Berkh.ampstead

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Common, and being a Peer formidable in law courts seized it, and built three miles of iron railings round it. The commoners think lie has not a right, and as one of them happens...

One of the mast terribly pathetic stories connected with the

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sinking of the Loam has not yet appeared in print. One of the many la-lies on beard hed selecte I the ship because she was near her confinement. Under the strain of that long...

A meeting was held in Willis's Rooms this day week,

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the Earl -of Carnarvon in the chair, to consolidate the London workhouse hospitals, obtain a vote for their support, and general inspection to secure their efficiency. It was...

The Master of Trinity died, in consequence of the injuries

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received by the recent fall from his horse, on Monday, aged 71. Dr. Whewell was a man of wonderful attainments, and very little discrimination as regards his own powers. He had...

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF REJECTING THE REFORM BILL. I T is useless to speculate further on the contents of the Reform Bill, or even to urge the principles upon which it should be...

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frift, war between the President and the Radical Republi- 1 cans has broken out at last with great fury. Both par- 'ties were in fault, but the unhappy freedmen will for the...

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M R. GLADSTONE has shown the delicacy of his moral discrimination in judging of the temper of the House frequently this session, but we doubt if he has ever shown the delicacy...

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is a little cloud, no bigger as yet than a man's r E h RE and, in the Napoleonic horizon which the Emperor watches with ill-concealed anxiety. The debates this year on the...

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THEDECLINE OF RECRUITING. "N OTHING," said Major Myles O'Reilly, in the

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debate of Monday on the Army Estimates, " has been reduced but the soldiers, and they have reduced themselves." Owing partly, it may be, to the spread of Fenianism, partly to...

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S IR JAMES WILDE'S proposal,—for it is his, though he is not a member of the Legislature,—to admit the evidence of prin- cipals before the Divorce Court, has been postponed for...

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I T President Johnson had happened to take the side of the • freedmen instead of the side of their former masters, every paper in England would be laughing by this time at the...

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E Restoration placed the Marquis of Ormonde at once in the front rank of the politkal world. On the 1st of June, 1660, he was appointed Lord Steward of the House- hold and sworn...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, February 23, 1866. MR. JOHNSON has put in his first blow, and ho has hit hard and drawn blood. - On Monday of this week he returned...

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New York, February 6, 1866. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,--Your New York correspondent, in the Spectator of January 20, has made a lengthy and elaborate attempt to...

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THE HILDEBRANDT GALLERY OF WATER-COLOURS, FROM CHINA, JAPAN, AND MANILLA. THERE is just now quite a novel and unusual artistic exhibition on view in the rooms of the...

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SIR BULWER LY'TTON'S LOST TALES OF MILETUS. , SIR BULWER LYTrox never seems to us so successful as in trifles like these, in which he has a tale to tell, and not a tale of...

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TIGRESSES IN LITERATURE.* How did the tigress first make her

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way into English literature ? No novel is now complete, and very few novels are successful, -without a specimen of a bad woman of a peculiar kind, hard as steel and as...

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Ma. HARDY would have done better to write a book upon Buddhism specially adapted for English readers. He has a deep practical knowledge of the creed as obeyed in Ceylon, from...

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TURNER'S RIC EIMONDSHIRE IN PHOTOGRAPHS.* Tim is an admirably executed

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reproduction by photography, from the best original proof prints, of the engravings of one of Turner's most beautiful series, the twenty pictures of Richmond- shire engraved for...

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The North British Review. March. (Edinburgh : Hamilton and Adams.)—This number of the North British Review is decidedly good, and in parts excellent. The serious subjects are...