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The situation in Bulgaria still changes with bewildering rapidity. Prince

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Alexander was received by his people and the Army with enthusiastic delight ; but he had no sooner reached Sofia than he announced his intention to abdicate. His officers...

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The British Government is evidently deeply irritated by the events

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in Sofia, and on Monday, Sir James Fergusson, who represents the Foreign Office in the Commons, publicly de- plored the " treachery and violence by which the Prince's reign had...


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T HE House of Commons is beginning to get through its financial business, the Parnellites waiving their right to pro- tract discussions on theEstimates, in consideration of the...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to explain the reasons which persuaded

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Prince Alexander to this strange step; which may be briefly summed up as a conviction that Berlin and Vienna desired his abdication. He himself, in his proclamation, declares...

It is stated that the Sultan is calling out fresh

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Reserves, and that in Syria there is much resistance to the decree, the con- scripts flying in thousands and being pursued by cavalry. The statement is probable enough, as the...

Yesterday week there were two remarkable little debates in the

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House of Commons, the first arising on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's motion to give Supply preference over all other business. On this, Mr. Parnell not being present, Mr....

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The "No Popery" days are indeed over. Not only has

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a Roman Catholic been twice elected for a great Birmingham constituency, but Lord Randolph Churchill, when remonstrated with by the Directors of the Scottish Protestant Alliance...

Mr. Labouchere, who tries to combine the functions of leader

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of the Extreme Left with those of jester-in-ordinary to the House, next moved the reduction of the salary of the Chancellor of the Exchequer from £5,000 a year to 02,000. His...

Lord Randolph Churchill was very bold and very happy in

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an attack on Mr. Labouchere on Thursday night. The Member foi Northampton hates the House of Lords, and on Thursday moved a reduction in the vote for paying its officers. The...

It was followed, however, by another little splutter from Mr.

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Labouchere on the subject of Lord Randolph Churchill's February Belfast speeches, the language of which, on the bringing up of the Report, Mr. Labouchere proposed to censure....

On this appeal, Lord Randolph Churchill very wisely and prudently

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gave way. He could not, he said, hold out the slightest hope that the Government would accept Mr. Parnell's temporary Bill. But he admitted Mr. Parnell's responsibility, and if...

Mr. Parnell, who had in the meantime returned to the

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House, then rose, and in a speech of the most carefully marked modera- tion, declared that the economic prospect for the winter is much more serious than it was in 1880, when...

The Emigration Question was also discussed in the Congress, and

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it was demanded that a reform of the Land Laws should precede any movement in the direction of emigration, on the rather foolish plea that we ought not to wish English labourers...

The Trades' Union Congress at Hull has engaged in the

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discussion of some deep questions, on the most important of which we have said enough elsewhere. The address of the President, Mr. F. Maddison, which was delivered on Tuesday,...

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The suspiciousness of the French Administration is rising to a

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point at which it becomes at least a very impressive symptom of the panic to which France is sometimes subject, and therefore a source of real danger to France, since a...

During the interesting discussion of the British Association on colour-blindness

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yesterday week, which was in many respects too scientific for popular apprehension, Dr. Michael Foster men- tioned a curious fact, that smoking, if persisted in for a long time,...

We regret to record the death of Mr. S. Morley,

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in many ways the leading Nonconformist in the country. Though some- what narrow and Philistine, he probably owed much of his great influence to those qualities, which placed him...

We have received the following explanation of the destruction of

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the healthy dog sent to the Dogs' Home at Battersea, and destroyed by the order of the police because it had been shut up with a dog found to be suffering from rabies :— (COPY...

One of the most impressive ceremonies of the Roman Catholic

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'Church, the " enclosure " of a community of Poor Glares, was performed on last Tuesday by the Bishop of Southwark, under circumstances which lent it a romantic aspect. The...

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Here is a chance for a speculator with faith in

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science. Pro- fessor H. Carvell Lewis, in the course of a paper read before the British Association, declared that the diamond-fields at Kim- berley were pierced with " pipes "...

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T HE abdication of Prince Alexander does not improve the situation from any point of view ; but it does make it more intelligible. Very few persons in Europe know or can know...


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MR. PARNELL'S BILL. NsT E should be very heartily grieved if the Liberal Unionists were not found willing and anxious to consider the proposals of Mr. Parnell's Bill in a...

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T HE Government are, we think, fully justified in appointing a Commission of Inquiry into the Currency Question. Apart altogether from the strong feeling which has arisen in the...

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T HE Trades' Union Congress at Hull has been nibbling at a good many rather serious questions to the thorough discussion of which none of the speakers seem to have seen their...

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T HE sudden rise of China to a place among the " world- powers " is by far the greatest change which this genera- tion has witnessed in Asiatic politics. It is scarcely yet six...

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T O the unscientific mind, by far the most interesting discussion which took place at the meeting of the British Association last week was that on the question of allotments and...

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M R. SAMUEL MORLEY was in no way a great man, belonging as he did essentially to the British middle class, sound in feeling, bard of head, and narrow iu thought ; but the...

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S IR GEORGE CAMPBELL'S proposal at the British Association to supersede love-making as a preliminary to marriage, and to make marriage instead a great institution for improving...

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I LEFT England with a definite, if not a very ambitious,

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plan of a tour in Brittany, and I find myself, my holiday, alas ! more than half over, still almost at the very first stage of my carefully prepared itinerary. The very first it...

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BUSINESSLIKE CO-OPERATIVE FARMING. [FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] HAVING been for many years interested in co-operative farming, it was with pleasure that last week I accepted an...

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MEL PARNELL AND IRISH OUTRAGES. TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sut.-1. My former letter was a specific disproof of a specific charge. With reference to the one which you...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You take me to task for imputing to Mr. Gladstone in my criticism of his pamphlet, " motives which are not worthy motives." I have...


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f To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." Sia,—In your article of September 4th, entitled "The State of Parties," you appeal to Liberals not to ally themselves too closely with the...

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LTO TIM EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." j SIR, — There is so much that must commend itself to the thoughtful and impartial reader in your eminently practical and suggestive article...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Sin,—I had not thought of saying a word about the late goings- on at Ripon. They were a very fine thing for the reporters to have to...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Doubtless there are many clergymen, employers, and others who desire at the present moment to facilitate the visits of workmen to the...


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I. ANOTHER age ground down by civil strife ! Rome by her children impious and accurst Down-trampled out of life ! Great Rome, our Rome, our mother, she that erst Rolled back...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—In your list of new books for this week, you mention one of mine thus :—" Young (Sir It ), by H. F. Charles." As I am naturally, if...

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" ANDALOUSIE ET PORTUGAL."* FEW people are probably aware that the most brilliant French female writer, next to George Sand, of the last half-century is the Countess Agenor de...

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ENCOURAGED by the success which attended the publication some time ago of a volume of lectures on the Kirk Session and Presbytery records of Scotland, Dr. Edgar, the parish...

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THE FALL OF ASGARD.* HisToarc.sr. novels receive rather a cold

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welcome in England at present. Critics complain that they are wearisome, and recom- mend the authors to write history instead ; and publishers, according to Mr. Anthony...

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Her Majesty's Colonies is the ill-chosen title of "a series of original papers issued under the authority of the Royal Com- • Her Mgjesty's Colonies. London William Clowes and 6...

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BETTY'S VISIONS.• M.R.S. OLIPHANT'S marked success in telling tales with

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a thread of the preternatural or supernatural in them may have stimu- lated Miss Broughton to the efforts which produced this tiny volume. If so, she has no reason to feel...

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Urbana Scripta. By Arthur Galton. (Elliot Stock.)—Mr. Galton makes an

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honest, painstaking effort to criticise the poetry of the day. He is not a partisan, but is nullius addictus jurare in verbs magistri ; he can praise or blame, as the occasion...

The Spanish Armada, 1538. With Historical Introduction by T.

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C. Noble. (A. R. Smith.)—Mr. Noble gives in his introduction some interesting facts about the Armada. It consisted of 166 ships, with 27,128 soldiers, marines, &c., and 180...


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Thirty Sermons for Children, delivered in the Parish Church, Watton, Herts. By the Rev. George Litting, M.A., LL.B. (R. D. Dickinson.)—These are very simple and vigorous sermons...

The Olive-Leaf. By Hugh Macmillan, D.D. (Macmillan.)—These sermons of Dr.

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Macmillan's are happy specimens of the illustration of spiritual truths from facts of Nature. The preacher is a careful and well-instructed observer, and he exercises a very...

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The History of Israel and Judah, from the Reign of

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Ahab to the Decline of the Two Kingdoms. By Alfred Edcrsheim, M.A. (R.T.S.)—We should be sorry to venture an opinion as to the particular class of readers for whom this book may...

This volume is based on some articles originally contributed to

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a periodical, and will be found to be a very valuable contribution to the subject. The general reader will meet in it much to entertain him, while to those who are more...

Our Colonies and India : How We Got Them, and

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Why We Keep Them. By Cyril Ransome, M.A. (Cassell and Co.)—The publication of this little book is opportune, in connection with the Exhibition. It. consists of four lectures,...

The Education of the Artist. By Ernest Chesnean. Translated by

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Clara Bell. " Fine Art Library." (Cassell and Co.)—" Throughout Europe art is in its decadence," is the opening statement of the book ; the only exception that is made is in...

How to Use our Eyes. By John Browning. (Chatto and

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Windus ) —We do not remember to have seen this little volume before, though it bears on its title-page, "fourth edition, seventh thousand." That is a fact which is more to the...

author claims for his story that it is "a true

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one, and that, whether it is believed or not, it has the merit of being a simple transcript of events which were written large in his life." He adds that " he is no doubt...

Co.)—We are afraid this contribution to Shakespearian literature will be

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found to possess little or no value ; the so-called analysis is of a very loose and rambling character, and shows such a want of analytical power that wo hold that the author...

My Mistress the Queen : a Tale of the Seventeenth

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Century. By M. A. Paull. With fear illustrations by C. T. Garland. (Blackie and Son.)—The Queen is Mary, wife of William III., and the period, the latter days of Charles II. to...

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The Chemistry of the C el Tar Colours. Translated from

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the German of Dr. R. Benedekt, and edited by E. Knecht, Ph.D. (George Bell and Sons ) —This is rather a chemistry than a techno- legical guide for the ordinary dyer. The...

The Public School Chemistry. By J. H. Anderson, M.A. (Cassell

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and Co.)—This is an abstract of the most important reactions of the elements and their compounds. It contains also an introduction on specific heat, and other parts of chemical...

The Dyeing of Textile Fabrics. By J. J. Hammel. (Cassell

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and Co.) —Mr. Hummel treats of the plants from which textile fabrics are derived, their manufacture therefrom, their physical properties, as e.g., hygroscopic power, elasticity,...

Microbes, Ferments, and Moulds. By E. L. Tronessart. (Kegan Paul

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and Co.)—This is one of the "International Scientific Series." M. Trouessart gives an interesting account of the various parasites of wheat, grasses, and rye ; the moulds of...

Dad's Parliamentary Companion for the Parliament Elected July, 1886. (Whittaker

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and Co.) —We are always glad to welcome Dad's most useful Parliamentary Companion, and especially when a House of Commons has been elected on lines so new as those of the...