11 JUNE 1870

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The rumours of M. 011ivier's coming fall grow very thick.

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He seems to have lost all hold on the Chamber, and to be main- tained by the Emperor alone, who would like M. Rouher better. It is said that he at last perceives what he ought...

The Spanish Cortes are going to perform an unusual feat

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; make a Queen Bee by Act of Parliament. All members are requested to be in their places on a day fixed for the election, and the candidate who obtains a majority out of the...

The first peerage conferred on an Irish Catholic for personal

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merit and service to the State since the reign of James II. has been conferred this week on the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who is to be raised to the Peerage of the United...

The statement that the Prince of \Vales intends to purchase

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Tollymore Park has been denied on authority. The announcement will be received with deep regret by every Irishman, and every English Liberal who remembers that caste pride is as...

An Order in Council, dated Juno 4th, was published on

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Tuesday, directing that after 31st August next all entrance appointments to all situations in all civil departments of the State, except the Foreign Office, or posts requiring...


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T HE author who had attained by far the greatest popularity ever won in a lifetime, Charles Dickens, died on Thursday, at his house at Gadshill, after an illness of little more...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Pero, the foreign quarter of Constantinople, has been burnt down.

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The fire broke out in the night of 5th June, and raged over a district a square mile in extent, and destroyed 20,000 houses, from 300 to 900 human beings, and the British...

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Mr. Forster received a deputation at Bradford this day week,

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a deputation which waited upon him to complain of the Education Bill in its present form. The general drift of the demands urged was,—(I) that all new schools should be...

It is perfectly clear that the chief opponents of the

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Government Bill are very much at sea as to their own aim. Here, for instance, is a circular on the subject from the " Central Nonconformist Committee - Rooms " at Birmingham,...

Mr. Lowe on Thursday surrendered a clause in the Income-Tax

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Bill which had created a curious amount of annoyance. Govern- ment had proposed that all employers should return lists of all their employes, with their salaries. The result of...

The detailed accounts we have received of the Fenian invasion

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of Canada present an even more ludicrous picture of immediate and blank failure than the telegrams themselves. Before crossing the frontier, General O'Neill said, " Soldiers of...

On Monday, Lord Derby laid the first stone of the

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Stanley Hospital, a new hospital on the north side of Liverpool, providing space ultimately for 176 beds, and the land for which, about 8,000 square yards, was given by Lord...

The House of Commons re-assembled on Thursday, and after amusing

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itself with the woes of sugar importers, who say Mr. Lowe has given them insufficient notice of his reductions, got on with the military estimates. The soldiers are better tem-...

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Yesterday week the Fathers of the Vatican Council, by a

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requi- sition signed by 150 prelates, demanded the closing of the general debate on the preamble to the scheme on the primacy of the Pope. The vote was taken, and a great...

There is one great defect in the intellects of English

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swindlers. They will have it that the public has some sense, yet nothing can be more certain than that it has none. It was proved on Tuesday at the Mansion house that one...

We call the attention of our Roman Catholic contemporaries to

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Professor Max Muller's assertion that St. Josephat, whose festival is celebrated in the Roman Church on the 27th November, never was a Catholic or a Christian at all, but only...

We fear from the latest accounts published before going to

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press that both the contest in the Isle of Wight and that in South Leicestershire are lost by the Liberals,—the latter certainly. Ac- cording to the Conservative return, Mr....

The Master of Balliol, Dr. Scott, has been offered and

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has accepted the Deanery of Rochester, vacant by the death of Dr. Dale. He is the joint author with Dr. Liddell, the Dean of Christ -C'hurch, of the well-known Greek lexicon by...

Lord Derby made another, and an even better speech, by

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way of appeal for the restoration of Chester Cathedral, on the follow- ing day (Tuesday), at St. George's Hall, Liverpool. It seems that Chester Cathedral has just been...

The proprietor of the Figaro has this week amused himself

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by hoaxing half Europe. He announced that he had sold his paper for a huge sum to the Republicans, but had consented to edit it for a day in their interest, and accordingly...

The Court of Common Pleas decided on Thursday that bribes

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given to influence a test-ballot were bribes given to influence an -election, and therefore invalidated such election. This decision, given immediately in the case of Bristol,...

Mr. Goldwin Smith thinks he is the Oxford Professor alluded

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to in " Lothair." He has, consequently, published in the principal London papers the following savage letter, addressed to Mr. Disraeli:— " Cornell University, Ithaca, State...

Consols were on Friday evening 92i to 92k.

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CHARLES DICKENS. T HE greatest humourist whom England ever produced,— Shakespeare himself certainly not excepted,—is gone ; and though we have no intention here of making one of...

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IT is settled that Napoleon is to reign, and that the nominee I Chamber, elected under a different constitution and through official influence, is to continue in existence. The...


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C LASS Government has received another severe blow. The first effect of the Order in Council signed by the Queen on Saturday, throwing open the whole Civil Service of Great...

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have given up attempting to divine their own future by watching the flights of birds or examining the con- ditions of their interior organs, but we have a very fair sub- stitute...

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I T would be di ffi cult to imagine a political scene more bizarre, more nearly approaching the grotesque, than that which is now transacting itself in Madrid. The representa-...

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A NYONE who will turn over the forty or so clever carica- tures of living statesmen which are contained in the Vanity Fair album just published, will be first struck per- haps...

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M R. HENRY SIDGWICK, in an essay * which indicates the most delicate moral discrimination on the ethics of sub- scription and conformity, and as such deserves the closest...

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Tv IOST educated men, we imagine, agree in considering Mr. Goldwin Smith's letter to Mr. Disraeli a blunder ; and it may be worth while, in a very dull time, to state some of...

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CHURCH COMPREHENSION. MO THE gDITOE OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Most certainly I would have all laymen " eschew every combination" under the name of " Church" which is...


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MR. ROSSETTI'S POEMS.* MR. RossErrl's poems, though few and not diffuse, take a great deal of reading. Most of them are archaic in form, which is one obstacle to rapid...

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IN the opinion of Mr. George Ticknor Curtis, the time has arrived for writing and publishing the life of Daniel Webster. We question very much whether the public will think that...

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with which Mr. Luard commences the present volume of his collections, appear partly to have been used by Thomas 1Vykes as the basis of his better-known chronicle, and partly to...

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IT might be as interesting and profitable a task as could be under- taken by a Mezzofanti, or a strong combination of accomplished linguists, to give to geographers and the...


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THE last work (for such, we learn from Mr. Savage's dedication, the 1Voman of Business is to be) of the author of the Bachelor of the Albany and the Falcon Family, deserves, on...

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collected a number of opinions on the various points which most affect the legal relations of England to her Colonies, and has appended careful and exhaustive notes upon each...

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STOUGHTON'S CHURCH. OF TLIE RESTORATION.* IT must certainly be difficult

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for an ecclesiastical historian, and particularly in the epoch between the Protectorate and the Revo- lution, to avoid dwelling too much or too little on secular and civil...

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Restoration of Health. By Thomas Inman, M.D. (H. K. Lewis.)—

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Dr. Inman, whose medical theory may be described as mainly orthodox, with an inclination to eclecticism, writes on the subjects of his profes- sion for general readers, and, as...

English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases. Collected, arranged, and annotated by

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W. Carew Hazlitt. (J. R. Smith.)—The indefatigable industry of Mr. Hazlitt has given us this large volume of 500 pages and more, containing, as after a rough calculation we...


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Contemporary Review. June. (Strahan.)—Many readers will turn at once to the essay in which Mr. George Potter discusses "The Trade Societies of England " " from a workman's point...

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The Club and Drawing - Room. By Cecil Hay, M.A. 2 vole.

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(Hard- wicke.)—Mr. Hay, with considerable,—shall we call it courage?—" wishes it to be distinctly understood that ho has on every occasion, when it has been necessary to...

An Old - Fashioned Girl. By Louisa M. Alcott, author of "Little

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Women." (Sampson Low and Co.)—We are glad to see that Miss Alcott is becoming naturalized among us as a writer, and cannot help congratulating ourselves on having done something...

Martha Planebarke. A Romance. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—When an author writes

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"A Romance" on his title-page, he seems to give himself a licence to violate all probabilities. We take an instance out of the book before us. Martha Planebarke is an...

possible combinations of incidents? It is de rigueur that the

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principal interest should lie in a love-story ; and there is still a strong prepossession in favour of this love story concerning two unmarried persons. The necessary obstacles...

The Lyrics of Horace done into English Rhyme. By Thomas

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C. Baring M.A. (Rivingtons.)—It does not impress one favourably to find on the very first page Horace calling Mteconas " thou guardian angel." But Mr. Baring's work, though very...

Sketches of Modern Paris. Translated from the German by Francis

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Locook. (Bentley).—Herr Abeling, the author of this book, is apparently a German resident of some standing in Paris, not so much in love with the place as Frenchmen commonly...

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teristics, even an outsider, as the present writer is, recognizes

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at once. May we say that one of them is the " only one ha'porth of work " to "an intolerable quantity " of play ? We speak of the " Oppidan " side of Eton, with which, indeed,...

Phconicians, but the fact is that Malta has never had

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any history except at rare intervals, and then but for a short time. It comes into the light for a while during the visit of St. Paul, if, indeed, Melita be Malta, and not...