11 JANUARY 1868

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General Menabrea has reconstituted his Ministry, that is, he has

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introduced three new men, Admiral Ribotti, Minister of Marine, Deputy de Filippo, of Justice, and Count Cantelli, of Public Works. They may be excellent persons, but they are...

Wheat went up again in Mark Lane on Monday from

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three to four shillings a quarter ; the reports from France, East Prussia, and Northern Russia are most discouraging, and there is, we fear, little hope for months to come of...

A new and remarkable proof of the power of the

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Rotnish Church over her servants has just been given at Rome. Cardinal Andrea, it is well known, has for some time past been afflicted with Italian and Liberal opinions, has...

Prussia is almost aghast. The King looks serious, Count von

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Bismarck drops his voice, and special correspondents hardly dare to record the news. It is, nevertheless, only too sadly true that there will be a deficit of 300,000/. in this...

The Investigating Committee of the Caledonian Railway have presented their

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report, and it seems to please the investing public, for the shares have slightly advanced. It certainly will not please anybody outside that particularly stupid class, for it...

We do not object, if Her Majesty so pleases, to

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the foundation of an "Order of Merit and Old Age," but we do object very strongly to calling its members Field-Marshals. Four officers were advanced to that rank on Tuesday, Sir...

We suppose Lord Malmesbury has ability of some kind or

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he would not have been Foreign Secretary, but it is never apparent in his speeches. He has been addressing the farmers in the Vale of Avon on the House of Lords, and said that...


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R EALLY we English are the most abjectly incompetent people in the world I Amidst the terrible distress in the East End there are a score or two score charitable agencies at...

Mr. Forster made a very able speech on education at

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St. James's Hall on Tuesday night. He declared himself for State interference to enact "ignorance laws" against the st:uvation of the mind, analogous to our "poor laws" against...

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A book is coming home from India which ought to

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be of rare interest. It is a collection of reports by the leading Indian officers as to native opinion on the comparative merits of Native and British Governments in India. It...

M. Maurice Block, a sound French statist, gives the following

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as the real numbers of the armies maintained by the great military monarchies. The North Germans have 421,528 active soldiers, 298,113 reserves, and 95,000 reserves of the...

Many of the working-men who have had,—thanks to the great

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philanthropy and incessant labour of Mr. Hodgson Pratt,—an opportunity of visiting the Paris Exhibition, met on Monday last in Cavendish Square Rooms to present him with an...

The American Surgeon-General reports to the Minister at War that

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the precise number of white soldiers officially known to have been killed on the Northern side during the Civil War is 244,747, besides nearly 30,000 negroes. Moreover, 208,000...

Though we are far from certain that the new French

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Army Bill, painful as it is, does not really carry the assent of the great mass of the people, as it clearly did of the Deputies,—it is clear that there are districts in France...

It is stated on good authority that Prince Lucien Bonaparte,

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Prelate of the Pope's Household, will be one of the next batch of Cardinals. The appointment will be made at the solicitation of the Emperor Napoleon, who has not forgotten that...

A horrible railway accident, and one of an almost unique

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kind, is reported from America. On 18th December a railway train running from Buffalo to Cleveland, Ohio, passed over a broken rail. Two cars were thrown off the track, the...

Will some one of our Irish correspondents send us the

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actual facts, as shown by the old experiments, about the capacity of Ire- land to grow tobacco? The cultivation is prohibited, but if the plant can be made to grow over any...

The Bishop of Kerry, Dr. Moriarty, has declined to allow

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requiem masses and other solemn services to be celebrated for the three executed Fenians in Kerry Cathedral. It was not, he said, in his address on the subject, that he objected...

Stansfeld has also declared himself for compulsory educa- tion in

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a speech at Halifax, and this in a way that shows him to have made up his mind anxiously but definitively upon it. lie justly observed that "conscientious conviction" usually...

The statement of the Panama Star that Lopez has accepted

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terms of peace is unfounded. According to the latest intelligence, Paraguay fights on, and Humaita has not fallen, facts we recom- mend to the consideration of people who...

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We have received two communications from " Lady-Visitors " with

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reference to our criticisms last week on their functions and their influence on the Professors of Ladies' Colleges. In one of them a very eminent lady-visitor at one of the...

In the Pall Mall Gazette of Saturday the editor seemed

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to imagine that we had been casting aspersions on its geographical knowledge in the remarks we made on the blunder of its corre- spondent "Curator," with respect to the locality...

According to the latest telegraphic news from Naples, dated Thursday,

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Vesuvius is still very unpleasantly active, and the flow -of lava is accompanied by shocks of earthquake. A few days before, on the 5th January (Sunday), M. Renter's...

The fluctuations in the value of Home Stocks have been

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con- fined to about k per cent. On Monday, Consols, for money, were done at 92f, I; and 92*, f, for the account. Yesterday, the closing quotations was 92*, f ; Reduced and New...

Stroud has given Mr. Horsman a very Radical colleague in

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Mr. Henry Winterbotham, in the place of Mr. Poulett Scrope, who was a very moderate Liberal. Mr. Winterbotham was feasted last week, on occasion of his return by his new...

There was another case, last Saturday, of a charge against

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a man, —apparently of education,—for going to church on purpose to -disturb a ritualistic service and annoy the Ritualists. Mr. Langston, of Dalston,—the Hackney region seems...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, Jan. 3. Friday, Jan. 10.. ... 151 ... 341 ... 59 57 x. d. ... 711 M exican ... ... ... ... 151 Spanish New ... ... ... ... 34...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British Railways left

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off at the annexed quotations :- Friday, Jan. 3. Friday, Jan. 10. Great Eastern... Great Northern Great Western Lancashire and Yorkshire ... London and Brighton ... London...

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THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE IRISH MEMBERS. W E should feel some hope for Ireland if we could believe that the statement of Sir John Gray last week at Kil- kenny, that "the Irish...

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T HE late Mr. Cobden had not many political crotchets, but he had one which has produced very considerable mischief to the country. He had an idea that diplomacy was nearly...

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M R. GOLDWIN SMITH acted as Chairman to the meeting of the Reform League assembled on Tuesday to hear Mr. Forster's lecture on Education. In moving and seconding the customary...

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employment of force. He therefore discusses education just duce, and

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the slightest appearance of oppression will inflame as he would discuss poor-relief, or recruiting, or the rural police, their half latent reluctance into furious opposition. It...

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THE LAWS OF ALLEGIANCE. • J. T is very possible,

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we think it nearly certain, that the Laws of Allegiance will next Session come before Parliament in a very serious form. The "tall talk" in the American House of...

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P ROFESSOR HUXLEY has told the working-men of South London, in a very fine passage of his most masculine English, what seems to him the highest meaning of education. It is such...

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T HE New Queen's Theatre opened badly with Mr. Charles Reade's melodramatic play of The Double Marriage, which was as ill adapted to bring out the great powers of the manager...

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Fno[ OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] The Narrows, Long Island. 'I'nn recent extension of the Suffrage in Great Britain, and the attempt to extend it here until its only limits are...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sea,—One morning towards the end of last week I took a railway. ticket to Poplar, with the object of reporting what I might be able before...

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THE QUEEN'S HOLIDAY RAMBLES.* Tim is a very modest book. If any oae finds a difficulty in realizing that the Queen is a human being—and the difficulty is not entirely...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —I addressed last week a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette com- menting upon a subscription proposed by MM. Consul at Arch- angel for the...

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.MEXICO.*—[FinsT No - ricE.] A HALO hangs around the name of Mexico,

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which even recent events have proved powerless wholly to overshadow. There is a spell inwoven with those names, so strangely unpronounceable by us, those Tenochtitlans,...

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THESE are not ambitious poems, or rather, we should say,—for ambitiousness in the sense of straining at something above one's power to feel truly, is almost the very antithesis...

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Tars novel originally appeared in Macmillan's Magazine. Whether it was accepted on its merits, or because it was the work of the Hon. Mrs. Norton, is hardly a question for the...

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THREE editions in the course of a few months of M. Jules Simon's new work show the interest which it has aroused. It is perhaps the most striking, and with L'Ouvribv, the best...

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The Legendary Ballads of England and Scotlard. Compiled and edited

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by John S. Roberts. (Warne and Co.)—There are about two hundred ballads in this collection, and it comprises, all or nearly all, that arc most popular and deserve to be so. The...


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Anecdotes of the Upper Ten Thousand. By the Hon. Grantley F. Berkeley. Two vols. (Bentley.)—We are sorry to hear that on the publication of Mr. Grantley Berkeley's former work...

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What is Free Trade? By Emile Walter. (New York, Putnam

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; London, Low, Son, and Marston.)—This is an adaptation of Bastiat's Sophismes Economiques designed for American readers. It is not difficult to see the transition from the...

Songs and Ballads. By John James Lonsdale. With a brief

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memoir. (Routledge.) Oswald of Deira. A Drama. By Georgians, Lady Chatter- ton. (Longmans.) Themes and Translations. By John W. Montclair. (New York.)—Two or three of the short...

Les Comp'eres du Roy. Par Charles Deslys. (Hachette.)—Readers of Quentin

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Durward will be glad of the opportunity offered them by this story of renewing their acquaintance with Louie XL The scenes in Switzerland, which comprise the battle of Morat,...

Longinus on the Sublime. Translated by Thomas R. R. Stebbing,

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M.A. (Oxford: Shrimpton.)—This translation seems flowing and easy. Being the work of an Oxford Fellow and Tutor, it must be correct. Mr. Steb- bing apologizes for his...

Lady Bountiful's Legacy : a Book of Practical Instructions. Edited

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by John Timbs. (Griffith and Farran.)--Instead of being a single legacy, this book is a whole will, and Mr. Timba's readers are the resi- duary legatees. Lady Bountiful's wealth...

How to Make Cakes in One Hundred Different Ways. By

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Georgians (Routledge).—Another of Miss Hill's useful and suggestive hundreds. Madeleine cakes, Turkish cakes, Florence cakes, Duchesses and Sally Lanus, Nun's cakes and bride...