10 MAY 1873

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Khiva, according to despatches published by the Daily Tele- graph,

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has sent back the Russians held in servitude, and has offered to sign any terms General Kaufmann might prescribe. It is beyond all question that the prisoners have been...

Czar Alexander and Kaiser William are still, as it were,

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locked in a prolonged embrace. Day after day we hear of their solemn and tender proceedings at the centre of a world which appears to be mainly composed of Princes, Ambassadors,...


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W E have lost in Mr. John Stuart Mill a great and lucid thinker, though not one who, to our mind, has led English philosophy into the right track towards Truth. He died on...

A Conservative has been returned for both Bath and Glouces-

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ter this week, each seat being a loss to the Liberals. At Bath - the Licensed Victuallers had combined against Mr. Murch (who would not promise to vote against the Permissive...

A very important judgment has been delivered on the de-

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murrers taken on each side in the case of "O'Keeffe versus Cullen," which, though it does not settle the ultimate question of the libel, goes a good way towards defining the...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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The Judicature Bill was read a third time in the

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House of Lords on Monday night, and goes down to the House of Com- mons practically the same measure that was introduced by Lord Selborne in the first week of the Session. It...

Having thus determined the amount of local taxation now existing,

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Mr. Stansfeld went on to propose his first Bill, which is to do away with a great number of exemptions from rateability, and so extend the area of rateable property. All mines...

Mr. Stansfeld introduced his three Bills on Local Taxation laSt

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Monday in a speech of pure exposition, and it was at once obvious enough that, as we anticipated, they were to be exceed- ingly modest Bills. Mr. Stansfeld stated that the real...

The Italian crisis has ended in the return of Signor

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Lanza's Ministry to office, at the repeated request of the King. Signor Sella appears to have imposed conditions which will render the Italian Parliament for the future more...

As far as we can judge from the various rumours

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current in Paris, and the line taken by M. Thiers' own paper, the Bien Public, it is to be feared that M. Thiers is likely to act just as we anticipated, .and lean more on the...

There is but little news from Spain, and what there

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is, is not very consistent with itself. Sefior Nouvilas, who was recently conduct- ing the campaign against the Carlists in the North, has been made Minister of War, and...

The other two Bills may be briefly enough described. The

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object of the second was to generalise and render uniform the measures for valuation and assessment. ,pThe number of standards now applicable is so great that all is chaos....

We learn by telegram from Melbourne that the decision of

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the Treasury on the proposals of the Intercolonial Conference, held at Sydney in January, on Postal matters, has given great dis- satisfaction in the colony of Victoria. At the...

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The Vienna Exhibition will probably be a great success, perhaps

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the greatest of the series of all the world-shows, some time before it closes. As yet it can hardly be said to be other than a rough sketch of such projected success ; and it...

The Times of Friday contains a rather alarmist communication from

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its Portland correspondent, founded on a rumour that the Admiralty have been advised to trust the Devastation no further - westward than Portland, for fear of serious rni ,...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson brought in the Permissive Bill last Wednes-

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day, in a very amusing, but not at all convincing speech. His chief point was that the best Licensing Bill the House could concoct had been passed, and yet the drinking of the...

Mr. Bernal Osborne made a very entertaining speech against the

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Bill. He said that he had received a number of lithographed letters about the Permissive Bill, with signatures clearly not written "Un- der the influence of tea," for the only...

Both Houses of the Convocation of Canterbury have been discussing

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a declaration about the Athanasian Creed, which is supposed by its supporters to be likely to give relief to the consciences of those who at present object to the Creed. The...

The Royal Academy dinner this day week was more than

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usually amusing. Mr. Gladstone was absent iu the country and Lord Granville supplied his place in returning thanks for the Government, and was exceedingly entertaining on the...

It is curious to note how great a change has

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come over the spirit of Oxford and Cambridge in relation to the endowments of those Universities and their Colleges. Last year we criticised a demand for reform, originating...

Consols were on Friday 93f to 93i.

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THE CONSERVATIVE VICTORIES. B OTH Bath and Gloucester have declared for the Conserva- tives under the Ballot, and in Gloucester the defeat of the Liberals is a considerable...

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unlooked-for termination. The Khan is said to have recoa of

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keen apprehension, at least, in the Khivan capital. nised that discretion is the better part of valour. He has put Moreover, they professed to be plenipotentiaries em- his Uzbeg...

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T HE Bath Election, coming on the head of so many defeats in which the Licensed Victuallers have exercised a per- nicious influence on the constituency, created something like a...


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THE motion that an Address be presented to the Crown, .1_ praying that the Royal assent may be withheld from the new scheme of the Endowed Schools' Commissioners relating to...

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RS. GROTE, in the very interesting life of her husband ..1.11. which she has just published, raises expectations which she seriously disappoints, when she says in her preface...

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M ll. TOM TAYLOR'S chief difficulty in the great attempt he is making with so much ability and spirit to represent Shakespeare's plays adequately at the Crystal Palace, will...

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rpHE coldest day of the spring, and a steady down-pour of rain, turning the garden walks into ponds and the garden beds into quagmires, filling the open space with driving...

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THE CHURCH AND THE CLERGY.—V. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE ePHOTATOR:] SIR, —I trace the evils which afflict the Church to its bureaucratic form of government, in other words, to the...

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[TO THE Forroa OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Many of your readers will have seen an article in the Con- temporary Review on the meaning of Mr. Tennyson's King Arthur, explaining the...


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think the writer of the letter on "The Church and the Clergy" in the Spectator of the 26th ult. has exaggerated the degree in which " the clergy and the Church have become inve-...

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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE SPECTLTOR.1 Sin,—The House of Commons will be asked next Wednesday to assent to the second reading of Mr. Cowper-Temple's Occasional Sermons' Bill. As...

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[To THB EDITOR. OF THE SPECTATOR. - ] SIR,—Will you allow me briefly to reply to the comments of some of your correspondents on the letter of mine which appeared in your columns...


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“SPEOTATOB•1 Sin,—It will probably have occurred to you, as an argumentum ad hominem, that the best way of bringing to a sense of his rudeness (not to use a stronger word) the...


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[TO THE EDITOB OF THE " SPECT ATOR."] SIR,—There appeared in the Spectator of April 26th a re- view of a story called " Wages," and as its author, I desire to express to my...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SFROTATOR:] SIR,—I beg you to pardon my misunderstanding of the expression in your article on "The New Liberalism on Church and State,' which you...

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THE DEMISE OF THE CROWN IN HAWAII. [nom I CORRESPONDENT.] [We have been favoured with the following extracts from private letters, which, though now a little out of date,...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. A TENDENCY to a better class of portraiture, a more than usual admixture of good landscapes with many bad ones, and some diminution of the number of made-up...

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RED COTTON NICTHT-CAP COUNTRY.* Ma. BROWNING is the most abrupt and inquisitive of imaginative writers. His works often remind us more of the manner half amused, half...

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MR. ANTHONY TROLLOPE apparently aspires not merely to write as many novels as Alexandre Dumas, and (it is whispered) to surpass the mightiness of Nimrod in hunting, but will...

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- THE " whim " of Squire Silchester is to bring up his son and daughter without teaching them to read and write. There is much * Spire &Wester's Whim. By Mortimer Collins. 3...

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ONE thought strikes us at the first glimpse of this volume, that before we have mastered all it teaches, and are ready to begin "getting on," the time will certainly have...

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THE MIDDLE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.* ANY genuine contemporary narrative of the frightful Civil Wars which agitated Ireland daring the reign of Charles I. and the Commonwealth...

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The Six of Spades. By the Rev. S. Reynolds Hole.

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(Blackwood.)— A delightful book this, as those who read Mr. Hole's "Book about Roses" will have expected. The Six of Spades is the title of a small club of gardeners, which...

Christ in Modern Life. By the Rev. Stopford A. Brooke.

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(H. S. King.)—It is pleasant to note by each succeeding volume how Mr. Stopford Brooke grows in power of thought and expression. Those sermons are some of the very ablest that...


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The Dublin Review. April. (Burns and Oates.)—This (somewhat belated) number of the Dublin is one of the very best we have soon for many quarters back. The political article,...

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Archceological Essays. By the late Sir James G. Simpson, Bart.

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Edited by John Stuart. 2 vols. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—One might call these essays the amusement of the accomplished physician who produced them, were it not for the...

Memoirs of a Professional Lady Nurse. By M. Stannard. (Simpkin.,

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Marshall, and Co.)—Lest anyone should be led by the title of this book to imagine it may contain any information useful to women intending to devote themselves to the work of...

Handbook of Social Economy. By Edmund About. (Strahan.)— That what

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M. About writes is entertaining va sans dire. "It is hardly an exaggeration," as Mr. W. F. Rae puts it, in his introduction to the volume before us, "to say that M. About could...