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The split between the United States and Spain, to which

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we recently called attention, is widening fast. It appears that so long ago as 29th October, Mr. Fish informed General Sickles, the Spanish Minister at Madrid, that it had...


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A GREAT, if not a grand figure has departed from among us. The Emperor Napoleon died at 10.45 a.m. on Thursday, at Chiselhurst, Kent, and enemies as well as friends feel that an...

As the first notice received by the public of the

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Ex-Emperor's illness was published on Saturday, and his death occurred on Thursday morning at a quarter to eleven, without any very " grave " bulletin being put out till the...

Dr. Conneau, who was amongst the Emperor's latest attendants, was

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also one of his very earliest friends, having been one of the legatees of his mother's will made at Arenemberg, in Switzerland, in 1837, in which Hortense, after leaving a...

On Wednesday, the Duke of Somerset, presiding at the Devon

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Chamber of Agriculture at Newton Abbot, carried his great fund of political vivacity into the subject of the land laws, devoting himself chiefly to prove, against Mr. Vernon...

Count Schouvaloff, Head of the Russian High Police, and an

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intimate of the Emperor, has been despatched to England to hold a personal conference with Lord Granville. It has been at once perceived that this embassy must have an important...

The Editor cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Mr. Gladstone has republished a report of the address which

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he recently delivered at Liverpool,—the one on the sceptical tendencies of the day, illustrated from Dr. Strauss's new creed, on which we commented at length at the time,—with a...

Lord Derby at Manchester on Monday made a speech about

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the value of Industrial homes. He had an idea that we had in England much more than our fair share of " roughs and Arabs," men and boys who lived in idleness, and obtained...

It is affirmed in a telegram from Calcutta that Sir

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W. Muir, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-Western Provinces, is to be the new financial member of the Indian Council, in succession to Sir R. Temple. This means, we imagine,...

Reuter's agents do their work very clumsily. Contrary to public

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expectation, the Bills for the control of the Churches have been brought into the Prussian Diet, and are three in number. They refer to "change of creed, preliminary training of...

The miners on strike in South Wales will, we fancy,

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lose this battle ; at least we do not see howthey canwin it. Three-fourths of all the men out have no Union, they do not sea class save money, and only a certain number of them...

Market-gardeners are in great trouble. It appears that when the

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Tithe Commutation Act was passed, hop lands and market gardens were very heavily taxed, and a clause was introduced providing that if those cultivations were abandoned, the...

The right of meeting, even under cover, appears to be

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coming to an end in England. On Tuesday, Sir C. Dllke was announced to speak at Derby, on the Land Laws, in the Temperance Hall, but it was rumoured that the meeting would be...

Mr. Samuel Laing has carried the Orkneys by a small

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majority, only 25 in a constituency of 1,537, of whom 1,298 went to the poll. The Radicals had a very poor candidate, Sir P. Taft; the landlord influence, which is fatal, was...

Mr. Bright forwards to the Daily News a long letter

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from Mr. Cobden, published anonymously nine years ago, on peasant pro- prietorship. It does not now seem a very strong letter. Mr. Cobden affirms that the French peasant is more...

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The Publishers' Circular gives a rationale of the books issued

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in 1872, classified according to subject, and thereby it may be seen that theology quite bears the palm among the various sub- jeets as regards the number of books issued,—we do...

A Cincinnati paper has published an advertisement in which a"healthy

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young man," unable to procure other means of liveli- hood, offers himself as a fit subject for "almost any" experi- ments in surgery and medicine, " for reasonable...

Mr. Justice Denman having made some very just and weighty

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remarks during his circuit on the mischievous economy,—to whomever it was due,—of not allowing for Crown prosecutions a sufficient expenditure on maps and plans, where these are...

The French correspondent of the Times forwards a summary of

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the French Census which is very disheartening, France has declined in population during the last five years. She was in 1868, 38,067,094, and is now 36,101,921, a loss of...

At a meeting held at Tiverton on Tuesday, to promote

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religious instruction, the Bishop of Exeter (Dr. Temple) pressed with his usual force the necessity of letting religious instruction be given by rue of strong personal religious...

The inquest on the Great Comm Street murder has not

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been well directed by Dr. Lankester, who has allowed the inquiry to diverge into all sorts of irrelevant channels, and has interspersed it with jokes neither very good in...

Lord Selborne has recommended Mr. C. E. Pollock for the

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Puisne Judgeship in the Exchequer Court vacant by the resig- nation of Mr. Justice Channell. Mr. Pollock, who is only forty- seven, had no party claims whatever, being a...

Consols were on Friday 91i to 911.

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THE IMPERIALIST PARTY. T HE Death of the Emperor Napoleon is, we believe, a cata- strophe for the Imperialists in France. At all events, it must greatly modify and weaken their...

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T HE man who in Europe occupies the most unique position is, perhaps, of all men in Europe, the one least under- stood. The Czar Alexander is the only European Sovereign...

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I T is quite possible, it is even probable, that the very dearest interests of Great Britain, interests which the electors can understand and on which they will have a resolute...

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rtiEttE are difficulties enough about the Irish University question, without inventing difficulties which do not really exist. The Daily News of Thursday, wishing no doubt to...

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\ TE confess we do not understand precisely what the Land V Reformers are driving at. They are publishing letters, and documents, and narratives by the ream, which, as they...

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T HE second Napoleon who has governed France, and the second who has perished in exile the prey of painful disease, will cer- tainly not be regarded as a faint shadow of the...

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D R. CARPENTER, whose physiological and psychological essays are always instructive, and who would be more nearly the popular physiologist he deserves to be than he is, if he...

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A QUESTION FOR THE EDUCATION LEAGUE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. Joseph Chamberlain has written to you at some length to denounce the payment of fees to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR " ] SIR,—Mr. Chamberlain's argument is that of the Liberal party leader, not of the Liberal statesman. The business of the party leader is to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—The recent correspondence in the Times on Spiritualism is not a little singular. It can scarcely have escaped the observa- tion of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —In your notice of Mr. Fitzjames Stephen's edition of the Indian Evidence Act you question the value of illustrations in a Code. They...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR; —In the paragraph on page 3 of last Saturday's Spectator referring to the Daffy controversy, you altogether fail to do justice to the...


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BISHOP BEKYNTON.* HAD this book appeared some thirty years ago, when the Camden Society gave to the world Jocelin of Brakelond's Chronicle, our literature might possibly have...

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ZOOLOGICAL MYTHOLOGY.* THIS book, written by a Professor of Sanskrit

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at Florence, though published in England and in English, is one of many symptoms of the new revival of letters in Italy. The Italian intellect, so long fettered by the policeman...

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[THIRD NOTICE.] To seek to win the affections of his new Belgian subjects was a very natural object for King William of the Netherlands. It was no less natural that he should...

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WHEN Mr. Morris completed his Earthly Paradise, we expressed the hope that he would some day fulfil promises of dealing with certain Greek stories which had been held, out in...

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THE CANARIAN.* " WE here propose to speak of the

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enterprise undertaken by the Sieur de Bethencourt, Chevalier and Baron, born in the kingdom of France, in Normandy, who set out from his house of Grainville la Teinturiere en...

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HAPPY thought,—.skip this review if you read Punch regularly.. More happy thought,—skip it under any circumstances ; get the books, and form an independent judgment. For our own...

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Cassell's History of the War between France and Germany, 1870 - 1. (Cassell and Co.)—These two large and handsome volumes form as complete, and as far as we can judge, as...

The Young Squire; or, Peter and His Friend, By Mrs

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Elloart. (Warne and Co.)—Peter is a country lad full of fun and courage, who triumphs over a wicked squire and still more wicked bailiff. His contests with evil-disposed...