11 MARCH 1876

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Mr. Disraeli on Tuesday refused to answer a question put

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by Mr. Samuelson as to the title to be assumed by her Majesty under his new Bill. Mr. Samuelson thereupon gave notice that on Thursday he should move that the House proceed no...

President Grant, rather to the surprise, we suspect, of General

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Schenck's friends, has treated his resignation as final, and has nominated Mr. R. H. Dana Minister to England. This is a return to the ancient practice of selecting American...

Don Carlos landed at Folkestone Saturday, and was very ill

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received, the Foresters and other bodies who had assembled on the pier to receive a deputation expected by the same boat hooting him somewhat savagely. The hooting was most...


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T HE supplementary elections in France have not greatly altered the position of parties. The Republicans of all shades have, as'we expected, 330 members against -200 of all...

M. Dufaure's Cabinet is at length formed. He is to

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remain Minister of Justice, and to be besides President (instead of Vice- President) of the Council,—a deviation from the recent practice as regards the Marshal's Prime...

What Mr. Disraeli said of the relations of the Colonies

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to the British Crown is more or less true now, but is less true than it was, and in another hundred years may very likely be hardly true at all. " The condition," he said, " of...

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

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There seems to be a tendency on the Stock Exchange

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to fluctua- tions of a kind hitherto more frequent in New York than London The jobbing in " Egyptians " has been on. an unprecedented scale, and within the last ten days North...

" Great excitement" is reported from America as arising from

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General Belknap's confession. The House of Representatives has impeached him, and he has also been prosecuted in the ordinary way for corruption, a charge which makes him liable...

Yesterday week Mr. Osborne Morgan asked the House of Commons

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to affirm that Dissenters are entitled to be buried in the national burying-grounds with religious services other than that of the Church of England, and with services conducted...

A very important memorial in favour of making some concession

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to the Dissenters in this matter, signed by more than four hundred clergymen of the English Church, and which might easily have obtained, we are told, a great number of...

Mr. Disraeli followed almost servilely in the wake of his

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Home Secretary. He resisted the motion, first, because those who took the greatest interest in it wished to go further to Disestablishment ; and next, because sanitary reform...

On Tuesday Lord Cardwell presented to the House of Lords

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a petition from the general body of the Protestant Dissenting Ministers of the three denominations residing in London and Westminster, praying for the immediate and...

The insurgents of the Herzegovina have formally decided not to

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yield to the Turks, who, they know, the moment the eyes of Europe are withdrawn will begin oppressing them all. They de- mand complete autonomy, and in proof of their resolution...

The Queen visited Whitechapel on Tuesday, to open the new

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wing of the London Hospital, just given by the Grocers' Com- pany. Her Majesty was well received, the East-End turning out its hundreds of thousands to welcome her in a district...

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Sir Wilfrid Lawson was, as usual, amusing about the Army

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Estimates. He was well pleased that our rulers had now adopted a new mode of gaining that influence for England of which the popular party seemed so ambitious, namely, that of...

Our County Magistrates seem to punish nothing so lightly as

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-cruelty to animals. In a case commented on a few days ago by the Pall Mall, four boys, brought up at Balsall Heath Police Court, pelted a horse out of one field into another,...

Mr. Disraeli made a curious statement in his speech on

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Thurs- day night. He said,—" I remember twenty years ago a very dis- tinguished statesman who would willingly have secured a Duke- dom of Canada. But Canada now does not exist....

Lord Salisbury's Oxford University Bill came to its second -reading

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on Thursday night, when, after a speech from Archbishop Tait, and a very able one from Lord Morley, Lord Salisbury ex- plained that there was no intention to alter in any degree...

A money-lender of Cambridge has been amerced by a jury

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in £100 damages, under rather unusual circumstances. He lends money, at immense interest, to undergraduates, and lent some to Mr. F. H. Linklater, a young man then of twenty...

Sir George Campbell has given notice of his intention to

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raise a regular debate on the financial relations between the British Government and the Government of Egypt, which are not quite intelligible. It is the desire of the...

Consols were at the latest date 94 to 94.

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MR. DISRAELI THIS WEEK. M R. DISRAELI has not been succeeding this week. There is an indefinable impression abroad that his power of management is declining, whether from...

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THE NEW SITUATION 1N FRANCE. T HE whirligig of time certainly

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never brought about its revenges with a neater irony than when it presented M. Raspail to France as the temporary spokesman of the new Legislature, whose duty it was to arrange...

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who is confessedly responsible for the first and worst Fugitive-Slave Circular, and who takes a tone of perplexed wonder in commenting on the attitude of the public in relation...

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IF any situation were ever serious in the United States, where something in the air seems to make all troubles sit lightly, the situation in Washington would be serious now. The...

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RE are a couple of tables in the March number of the Fortnightly Review which it would be well if every Liberal in the country would learn by heart. They are to be found in an...

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rt Duke of Argyll is ill at ease upon the subject of mpensation to dispossessed farmers for their unexhausted improvements. It is a subject in regard to which he cherishes...

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N OT many years ago, Sir Joseph Arnould, one of our Bombay Judges, decided a suit in favour of the heir of the Chief of " the Assassins,"—the man known and feared among the...

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THE visit paid by the Queen on Tuesday to the London Hospital is one of the wisest and most gracious things her Majesty has lately been advised to do, and this not only because...

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SWIFT AND STELLA'S "LITTLE LANGUAGE." [TO THE EDITOR OF THE EPROTATOR1 Szu,—I have just read the first volume of Forster's "Life of Swift," and find he lays some stress on the...

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[TO THE EDITOR. OF THE "EPROM/M.1 SIR,—May I ask for a hearing for an argument on this question. which I do not think has received sufficient attention ? The Daily News, in a...

[TO TEl EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR..'] SIN—A few words of explanation

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relating to the clerical Memorial • recently addressed to the Prime Minister on the Burials question (a copy of which I enclose) may be acceptable to your readers. The movement...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Six, —Being one of the few persons who, although not resident in Lostwithiel, take an interest in that little town and its inhabitants, I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEl " SPROTATOR.1 Sin,—Your correspondent, "A Peer," has, I think, nearly hit the point. Lord Macaulay used to say that, at the time of the Union, a great...

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DR. NORMAN MACLEOD'S " MEMOIR." • READERS of Gibbon will remember the story of Ali, the loved Cousin of the Prophet, and the first after his wife to believe in him,—how, twice...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR" SIR,— Permit me to correct an erroneous impression which is con- veyed to your readers by the pleasant article upon Charles Kingsley in last...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.1 aru,—The evidence taken by the Royal Commission proves (1), that the reports of the cruelties in foreign schools of vivisection were not...


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ONE DAY OUT OF SEVEN. Brims cannot always sing ; Silence at times they ask, to nurse spent feeling ; To see some new, bright thing, Ere a fresh burst of song, fresh joy...

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Mx. GLADSTONE shows, in this book, a mastery of detail and a persuasive power that are characteristic of him. Sometimes, perhaps, he transfers to his pages the habitudes of the...

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THE ANNALS OF TACITUS.* AN English scholar can hardly undertake

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a more arduous enter- prise than the translation of the Annals of Tacitus. The task stands quite by itself, and is encumbered with difficulties peculiarly its own. The text is,...

MISS MOLLY.* Tars is a charming little tale, of a

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slight kind, but without a flaw in it. We do not say that it proves genius, or even very great talent in the author. There is no great breadth of character- painting in it, for...

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• TizE Magazines are very good this month, each one containing some paper which either contributes a little to the sum of human knowledge, or makes the number for itself worth...

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Roderick Hudson. By Henry James, junior. (Boston, U.S., .1. R.

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Osgood ; London, Triibner.)—American novels have mostly something characteristic about them. The personages are distinctive, though it often happens that their distinctiveness...

The Soldier of Fortune. A Tragedy in Five Acts. By

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J. Leicester Warren. (Smith and Elder.)—The author of "Philoctetes" will always have a claim to attention, but it is impossible for a critic, with even the most favourable...

Christ Our King. By the Rev. W. H. Pinnock. (Bell

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and Sons.)— Dr. Pinnock is well known as the author of some very useful text-books of history, sacred and secular. We cannot see that this volume is more than a manual on an...


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The Portfolio. March, 1876. (Seeley and Co.)—With the exception of an engraving from M. Ronsselet's " India and its Native Princes," the illustrations to this month's number are...

Copley's Life and Paintings. By Augustus T. Perkins. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—Relatives are not usually the beat biographers. They bask in the brilliant rays of their distinguished kinsman, and if they can add to that brilliance, they benefit by...

Animal Parasites and Messmates. By J. P. Van Benoden. (Henry

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S. King and Co.)—We suppose the duties of an executioner, however revolting to the uninitiated, have a certain interest almost scientific to him, which renders nil any...

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We have before ns the third volume of M. Henri

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Van Lann's ad- mirable translation of The Dramatic Works of Moliere. (William Paterson.)—This volume contains " The Princess of Elis, a Comedy- Ballet," one of the amusements in...