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General Phayre's force-7,000 men in all, a completely organised little

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army—rendered General Roberts no help, being paralysed by want of forage and transport. We would urgently ask Members of Parliament to demand an inquiry into the causes of this...


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G ENERAL ROBERTS has extricated the Government from the Afghan quagmire. His splendid march into space has been followed by a brilliant victory. After his arrival near Canda-...

Of course there was a storm. From the deliberate earnest-

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ness of the speaker, and the fact that the Home Secretary and Mr. Bright had also attacked, the Lords, it was at first thought that the words indicated. a resolution of the...

Mr. Forster has given us the sensation of the week.

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Mr. Parnell moved on Friday se'nnight to " tack " the Irish Registration Bill, so cavalierly thrown out by the Lords, be- cause they had not time to consider it, to the...

Parliament is prorogued at last. The Houses finished their business

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on Tuesday, when the Queen's Message was read by the Lord Chancellor. Her Majesty states that the Govern- ments have communicated to the Sultan their judgment on the...

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

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The victory was achieved by generalship, and with very little

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loss, about 200 killed and wounded, although there was strenuous lighting in the villages. Regret is expressed that so few of the enemy were killed ; but they lost 1,000 men,...

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As we expected, the Lords were contented with the Commons'

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amendments to the Burials Bill, and on Friday week the Bill passed, the Bishop of Lincoln, a bitter opponent of the measure, winding up the debate in a speech of much dignity,...

The European Fleet, under the command of Admiral Seymour, will

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be by Monday collected at Ragusa,—where, indeed, all the steamers, except the French, are already at anchor. England, Ger- many, Austria, Russia, France, and Italy will all be...

The Commons on Friday week agreed to the Lords' amend-

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ments in the Ground-Game Bill, with one complete and one partial exception. The Lords, with a curious, and we confess, to us unintelligible contempt for their tenants' right to...

Lord Sandon, on Saturday, made a speech to the Conserva-

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tives of Chester, which was one series of charges against the Government. They had encouraged the admission to Parlia- ment of a man who had " lifted high the flag of atheism...

The Session was not to end without one more "

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scene" in the Commons, which was not altogether an injurious one, as it made "scenes " not a little ridiculous. Mr. Callan, on Friday night, pro- fessing to wish to know...

Mr. Gladstone reappeared in his place in Parliament on Saturday,

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amid a tempest of welcome, just in time to set down Mr. Cowen, Mr. Balfour, Mr. Ashmead-Bartlett, and the rest who, under different disguises, are afraid that the Government...

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The Emperor of Austria has been making a progress through

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Galicia, and has been received by the Poles with an enthusiasm which has excited serious political attention. That the peasantry should applaud the Emperor who, in 1849, made...

The leading French Republicans have evidently an idea that though,

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pending her opportunity, France should be cautious or quiescent in Europe, she should accept every chance of extending her frontiers abroad. The Government is increasing its...

The Liberal Government has not been in power six months,

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and already the farmers have obtained two important benefits. Mr. Gladstone's Budget removes their greatest economic griev- ance, which the Tories, though specially their...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 971.

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The papers have been full of a grand cricket-match, played

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:at the Kennington Oval between the All England Eleven and a -team from Australia, who have been very successful against many English cricket-clubs. This time the Australians...

For once, an Irish agitator has shown himself more moderate

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out of Parliament than in it. The regular course for an Irish Member of the ultra kind has been to utter in his county a speech taken to be intended to incite the people to...

The Irish anti-rent agitators are not good men, but those

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who regard them as dangerous demons should remember what they once thought about the Catholic priests of Ireland. For centuries they held them to be malignant incendiaries, only...

The,Timee correspondent at Shanghai forwards a most in- teresting account

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of Colonel Gordon's opinions upon Chinese preparations for war. He recommends that the Chinese should give up free emigration to America, that they should submit the Kuldja...

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MR. FORSTER AND THE PEERS. I T is not unnatural that the Peers, and those Tories who think that the first object of a State is to maintain a social hierarchy, should be in a...

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T HE credit of perceiving that Candahar could best be re- lieved from Cabal, and of sending General Roberts with an army of 10,000 men into space to relieve it, belongs, we...

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THOSE who complain of the meagre results of the Session I. which came to a close on Tuesday, seem to forget that for all practical purposes Parliament has only been sitting...


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I T is evident from Mr. Gladstone's resolute speech of Satur- day, a speech which delighted the House, quieted even Mr. Cowen, and reduced Mr. Ashmead-Bartlett to his natural...

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ENGLISH " LARRIKINS." E VERYBODY is scolding at Sir W. Harcourt

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for his blun- der in the case of Walter Dean, and apparently with some reason. He yielded to a hasty emotion, has done in- justice to a magistrate, and has, in intention at all...

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CHURCH PARTIES AND CHURCH PATRONAGE. perfectly effectual test. If they

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do not care enough for the teaching and worship to which they have been accustomed to find money for its maintenance, the change which will take place, unless they do find...

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E Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Charge delivered at Dover on Tuesday—a charge marked by great argumen- tative force and a fine spirit of toleration—does, in the first part...

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rrtFE successful completion of Mr. Gladstone's tour in the Grantully Castle ' suggests the question why the remedy for broken health and jaded nerves which he has tried with...

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LIFE IN A BERNESE VILLAGE. [FROM • CORRESPONDENT.] Oberhofen, Lake of Than, August 31st. I AM within forty minutes' walk or twenty minutes' steam of busy Thun, and yet in the...

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Sin,—It is many years since I addressed you last over this sig- nature, indeed, I should doubt if five per cent. of your present readers will remember having ever shared for a...

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THE IRISH LAND QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THB"SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Though many persons have of late years written on this difficult question, it is still a subject that...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In your summary of

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news referring to Mr. Tuke's pam- phlet regarding Ireland, you quote from a letter appended to the second edition of the pamphlet, " These poor creatures [the ten- ants in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TILE SFECTATOR."] Snt,-After what has appeared in your columns on the subject of the minority principle, it might be interesting to your readers to bring...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,-Will you permit me to invite your consideration of the striking historical parallel which exists between the seizure of Spain by the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Will you permit me to challenge a remark made in your review'of this month's Magazines,—" There is nothing particularly noteworthy in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTATOR.1 SIR, — Far out in the Atlantic, 184 miles very nearly due west of St. Kilda, and 290 from the nearest part of the mainland of Scotland, there...

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THE MANCHUS.* No event more remarkable in its way than the conquest of the Chinese Empire by the Manchu Tartars has occurred in modern times. Approximating in many of its...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 Sra,—The Spectator has often and justly to use severe words, but it does not often allow in its judgments harsh and inconsiderate ones. In...


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LOVE'S HERALDS. THERE is no summer ere the swallows come ; Nor Love appears Till Hope, Love's light-winged herald, lifts the gloom Of years. There is no summer left when...

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TWO JEWISH NOVELS.* Kam, Eam, FRANZOS is, like Sacher-Masoch, to

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whose novels we have before drawn attention, half German, half Slay. And what Sacher-Masoch is to the Galician Pole, Franzos endeavours to be to the Ruthenian or Little Russian....

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SCOTCH SERMONS.* IT may seem extravagant to say it, but

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it is a simple fact that the representatives of the true and old tradition in the Scottish Church, are the men who are now so often condemned as innovators . and destroyers,—the...

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A JAPANESE ROMANCE.* TEE customs and opinions of a nation

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will always be best illus- trated by its own writers, and can hardly be otherwise accurately known, even by observant travellers with every opportunity of anukingura; a...

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Lyrics and Idylls, with other Poems. By Edmund Clarence Stedman. (C. Kogan Paul and Co.)—Mr. Stedman has selected, we aro told, for this volume, "those poems which ho desires to...


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Tin reader of A Modern Greek Heroine will certainly have a surprise. A quotation from a " Cretan poem," with which the author has artfully adorned his title-page, will have led...

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The Day, the Book, and the Teacher. A Centenary Memorial.

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By Edwin Paxton Hood. (Sunday-School Union.)—The "centenary" of which this is a memorial is the centenary of Sunday-schools. Mr. Hood makes a reasonably good little book out of...

The History of France, from 1789 to 1848. By M.

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Gnizot. Edited by Madame de Witt, née Guizot. Vol. IV. (Sampson Low and Co.)— It is not clear how much of this volume is due to the authorship of M. Gnizot. On the whole, we...

The London Market-Gardens : Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables, as Grown

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for Market. By C. W. Shaw. (37 Southampton Street.)— This book is primarily meant for purposes of trade, but private growers and amateurs may learn not a little from its pages....

Recollections of Workhouse Visiting and Management. By Louisa Twining. (C.

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Kegan Paul and Co.)—Miss Twining contributed an article on this subject to the New Quarterly Magazine last year, and this she new reprints, with additions and appendices. The...

Imperial England. By Montagu Burrows, R.N., M.A. (Cassell, Petter, and

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Galpin.)—This is but a mean result of the richest Pro- fessorship of the University of Oxford. To think what is done in return for the poorest stipends in Germany, and then to...

Memoir of the Rev. Henry Venn. By the Rev. William

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Knight. (Longmans.)—Mr. Venn was the seventh in descent of a long line of clergymen, the first of whom, William Venn (or the first that can be traced) was vicar of Otterton, in...

London Town: Sketches of London Life and Character. By Marcus

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Fall. Two vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—We cannot say that we have found any amusement in Mr. Fall's humour. A caricature, to be successful, must at least remind us of the original....

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Advanced Manual of Teaching ; for Teachers of Elementary and

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Higher Schools. (National Society.)—This is a useful volume, full of practical suggestions of no small value. Teachers may learn much from it ; and examiners also, who are...

NOVELS.— George Vanbrugh's Mistake. By H. Baden Pritchard. 3 vols. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—There is very little to be said about the nominal hero of this tale. George Vanbrugh is a common-place person, and Mr. Pritchard has not that art of interesting us...

The Wandering Naturalists : a Story of Adventure. By J.

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A. Law- son. (Remington.)—The narrator represents himself as travelling with a French naturalist throughout a considerable portion of Northern India, in search of specimens....

Theodora, or, Star by Star. (Lippincott.)—This is one of the

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many books whose raison d'être it is not easy to see. Of course, this may be said of a number of foolish tales ; but this cannot be called a foolish tale. On the contrary, it is...