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The rumours of an almost immediate dissolution turn out to

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be in- ventions. Whether the Cabinet at its second meeting, this day week, discussed the policy or not, —and it appears to be most pro- bable that it did,—the resolution to hold...

The trial of Marshal Bazaine commenced on Tuesday. It is,

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of course, impossible for us to summarise these proceedings in these columns every week until they close, and we must content ourselves with saying that the prosecutor is...

The prospects of the Comte de Chambord have not improved.

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Besides" the issue of M. Thiers' letter, and the exceedingly mild speech of M. Gambetta at Perigueux, the Monarchists have now to contend with the defection of all the Left...

The German people and the Government of Berlin seem to

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be very hostile both to the Comte de Chambord and the Duc d'Aumale. The former is described in the Cologne Gazette—an independent paper, but usually in strong accord with the...


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TR. DISRAELI is the Liberals' strength and shield. In him J_V1 they may put their trust, and not be confounded. By the won- derful letter to Lord Grey de Wilton, of which we...

M. Thiers' letter to the Mayor of Nancy, declining for

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the present the urgent request that lie would come and receive in person the thanks of the people for the policy which had achieved so early the liberation of the territory from...

Mr. Bright has published his address to the electors of

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Bir- mingham, stating that he has accepted the Duchy of Lancaster, that he Las not changed his old principles, and that rather than be unfaithful to them, he would retire from...

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Colonel Loyd Lindsay made a speech to the Berkshire electors .

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on Tuesday which sets one's teeth on edge. He stated, truly enough, we dare say, that for every man who had gone to Ashantee fifty would have volunteered, and that in the event...

The Liberals of Hull have started Mr. E. J. Reed,

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the former Chief Constructor, and perhaps the worst candidate they could find in the Islands. The Tories have only to reprint his own defence of his own conduct about the "...

The result of the "new rule" adopted by the Commissioners

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of National Education in Ireland, after the report of Mr. Bouverie's O'Keeffe Committee, is precisely what we said that it would be. The Commissioners met on Tuesday, when Lord...

There would appear to be no means of ascertaining any

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truth about the hill skirmishes which the Carlists, like our own Jaco- bites in 1715, are pleased to call " battles." On the 6th inst., a correspondent of the Times, writing...

The effects of the new German persecution laws on the

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Roman Catholic Church in Posen seem likely to be very disastrous. The. • Prince-Archbishop of Posen (Monseigneur Ledochowski) has been repeatedly fined for appointing priests...

Liberalism has a good many friends in France, and among

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them M. Beuld, Minister of the Interior. He gave the Siècle the other day a warning for republishing M. Gambetta's speech, and when taxed with his conduct in the Permanent...

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Mr. T. Brassey, M.P., delivered- an excellent address on Economy

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and Trade on Tuesday at Norwich, in which he said that he thought coal must fall in price in about two years, though it would probably never be sold again at the pit's mouth at...

The four - torchlight processions of the agricultural. labourers Somersetahire in

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the first week of October appear to have been agreat success, and to have passed off "without even any anxiety as to the disturbance of order. About 16,000 persons seem to have...

Mr. Bell, of Glasgow, carcase butcher, apparently, or grazier, aeeras

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to have some originality. Re is bringing over some twenty-four head of cattle a week from Canada, and finds that he clears from £10 to £15 a beast. The profit with steamers...

If the members of the Alliance would stick a little

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to truth and common-sense they would , double their influence in a year. Mr. Dawson Burns will have it that the British people spend £60,000,000 on drink, which, if they saved,...

The most remarkable feature of the new Owens College buildings

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is the Chemical school, where Professor Roscoe has a laboratory, that is said—on as good authority as we can have, that of the Professor himself—to be far the best in Great...

We regret deeply to notice the death of Lieutenant-General Charles

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Hay, the officer who supported Sir J. Whitworth in introducing small-bore rifles, and for nearly fifteen years as Head of the Hythe School of Musketry trained the regular...

Owens College, Manchester, opened its new buildings, erected at a

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cost exceeding £100,000, with much state on Tuesday, under the presidency of the Duke of Devonshire,—the Principal of the College, Professor Greenwood, afterwards pronouncing a...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92i.

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AT TRIERS has struck a hard blow at the pitiful Ad- .111. ministration which, through the former blunders of the Republicans themselves, has now, it maybe, got it in its power...


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MR. DISRAELI'S LETTER. T HAT hustings eloquence should tend to become violent, and even a little vulgar, after a great reduction of the franchise, was perhaps inevitable. A very...

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I T is asserted that, at the Cabinet of Saturday, the Ministry came to the resolution not to dissolve at any rate before the spring ; and whether that decision was or was not...

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T HE Church of England appears to have wakened up to the seriousness of its relation to the Agricultural movement. At the Church Congress held this week at Bath, the subject was...

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IT is too soon yet to form any clear idea of the State of Spain, for Emilio Castelar has been but a short time in power, has not yet found a revenue, and has everything, from...

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I T is natural, perhaps, that there should be some stir about the present high price of Coal, for not only is it dear, but bread also is rising, and altogether the winter...


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G LANCING over a queer and carelessly made up little book of Proverbs, just issued by Messrs. Routledge, it occurred to us that there is one string on which almost all...

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T HE answer which we publish to-day to our correspondent of last week who described his gambling experience at Saxon- lea-Bains is a curious illustration of the depth to which a...

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THE CLERGY AND THE AGRICULTURAL LABOURER. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR, —I trust to your courtesy to allow me to say a few words in answer to " A Hampshire...

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[TO THB EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—On my return from a prolonged absence, I find a con- troversy going on which I cannot help thinking might be brought to a very simple...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—It may, perhaps, allay the apprehensions of "A Country Parson," and those who share his fears with regard to the Agricultural...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—What in the world is the Spectator driving at ? For some months it has been snarling at the Government for not dissolving Parliament....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me to say a very few words more upon the Education question? You ask in your article of the 13th ult., "Is mot concilation...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Pray suffer me to close with a few more questions. You -say " The Spectator has maintained that the equalisation of wages and of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] S1R,—I am, I need not blush to confess, the unknown gambling friend of your correspondent of last week, " An Instructed Gambler," and I wish...

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SIR ED WLN LA.NDSEER. THE late Sir Edwin Landseer was a man of original genius, and his death has occurred at a period of his career which is not unfavourable to an estimate of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTITOR.1 SIR,—The article on " Epitaphs " in the last Spectator contains a just complaint that epitaphs seldom have a " touch of graphic form." In...

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PAMELA.* HAD this edition of Richardson's celebrated novel been issued in a handsomer form, we should have looked upon it as a literary counterpart of the eighteenth-century...


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IN OCTOBER. THE calm of Autumn broods upon the trees, And Earth like to a comely matron bears A face serene, untouched by wintry cares ; Soft as in April plays the Western...

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THAT any one proposing to write a book about Cuba, especially of a picturesque sort, should have fixed upon "The Pearl of the. Antilles" as its title, is so very probable and...

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THE light thrown by Sacred Art upon the doctrines and practice of the early Christian Church must always be a subject fraught with interest to every unprejudiced mind, and...

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Forms] from his native country, under sentence of death if he returned thither, warned against remaining in Rome, where he was an object of suspicion to the police, regretting...

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THE WOOING O'T.* TIM novelists of a few decades ago

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might supply us with plentiful food for the sententious speculation in which we sometimes in- dulge respecting the sentiments with which our predecessors in life would regard...

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THE STAMP DUTIES.* Tins book belongs to a class which

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we are glad to think is becoming increasingly popular. It is written by a man who is practically conversant with the subject of which he treats, and who, though principally...

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THE Contemporary for October has some valuable, though no very brilliant papers. Mr. Herbert Spencer concludes his papers on the " Study of Sociology" with one in which he half...

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CURRENT LITERATUREi , .=,•• The Portfolio. October. (Seeleys.)—The best of this

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month's illus- trations are, to our mind, the two small etchings which accompany the instalment of the editor's " Sylvan Year." One is a study of sheep by M. Massard, after...

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Porrar.— Gerard's Monument, and other Poems. By Emily Pfeiffer. (Triilmer.)—Miss

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Pfeiffer's "metrical romance," as she calls the prin- cipal poem of her volume, is _quite above the average of ordinary volumes of'verse, both in conception and execution. The...

v Passion Flower: a Novel. (Burns and Oates.)—There is little to

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say about this'novel, except that it is very well written. The noble or well-ham ladies and gentlemen whom the author introduces to us do not interest us much ; even Agnes,...