12 APRIL 1873

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The discussion which followed the Budget was, as usual, de-

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sultory, and not particularly instructive. Mr. White (M.P. for Brighton), while approving the Estimates and the Budget, op- posed any attempt at reducing the Debt, and seemed...

Out of this surplus he proposes to pay half the

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Alabama indemnity (21,600,000), leaving £3,146,000 for the relief of taxation. Mr. Lowe then gives up ld. in the income-tax, which will dispose of £1,425,000 in the current...

Some of his friends ought to warn Mr. Plimsoll that

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he is in danger of going just a little too fast and a little too far. In the redress of real grievances the zeal that outruns discretion is one of the most dangerous qualities a...

As regards the comparison between the estimates of revenue and

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the actual revenue, the estimate had been for £71,846,000, and the actual revenue was £76,608,770, so that the actual revenue had exceeded the estimate by £4,762,770. Of this...

The Prince of Wales commenced the observance of Passion Week

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in a way that, if it cannot be said to do any one any harm, is not calculated to add to the honour that ought to hedge the personage who stands on the next step to the Throne....


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LO WE made a rather short and probably popular financial _LT L statement last Monday. He observed that the unfavourable harvest and the disturbances in France and Spain,...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The contest for the Speakership of the French Assembly did

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not end as we expected last week. When it was thoroughly well known that M. Grevy's resignation would not be withdrawn, the Government proposed M. Martel as his successor, while...

The result of the party struggle as to Local Taxation

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will pro- bably depend in no small degree on the line taken by the chiefs on both sides in relation to the Tenant Farmers' Bill, —called the• "Landlord and Tenant Bill"...

The Canadian inquiry into the loss of the Atlantic has

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ap- parently proved that the stock of coal with which the ship sailed was not 967 tons, as stated by the Company here, but 887 tons ; at least, that is the evidence of the chief...

The prospects of the Republic in Spain do not as

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yet improve. Even the official accounts have throughout the week been very gloomy, though they have improved a little at the last moment. General Velarde, who is now in command...

The chief subject of difference at present between the moderate

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and the extreme Left is the competing candidature of M. de Remand (the Minister for Foreign Affairs), and it Barodet, the Mayor of Lyons, who represents the cause of the...

From Mr. Gladstone's answer to a question of Mr. Dixon's.

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concerning the day when Mr. Forster's amendment of the Edu- cation Act is to be introduced, it appears that the first party struggle after the recess will be upon the question...

The Tyrone election has resulted in the return of the

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Hon. Captain Corry (Tory) by a majority of 36 over his opponent, Mr. Macartney, who is said to have united the suffrages of the Roman Catholic priesthood and peasantry with...

In reply to Mr. Stapleton on Monday, the Prime Minister

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stated that the advertisement in the Westminster Gazette for sub- scriptions to aid the Carlist cause was, in the opinion of Sir J. D. Coleridge and Sir G. Jessel, not illegal,...

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Stuttgart, the capital of Wiirtemberg, of all places in the

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world, has been in tumult. It is a place where the cruel and cruel-making mediaeval traditions against the Jews have still great vitality, and during the last week in March a...

An Irish landlord, Mr. W. A. Nicholson, writes a rather

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captious letter to the Times of Friday, headed, " Difficulties of an Irish Landlord," in which he complains that one of his tenants, Mrs. Sarah Gilgan, who had always been...

A dead set is being made by the Irish newspaper

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Correspondents and by some of the Irish Judges against Lord O'Hagan's Irish Jury Act, but the majority of the failures about which so much fuss is made appear to be due simply...

The Evesham Journal of this day week gives an account

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of a rather remarkable charge made before the magistrates at the Winchcomb Petty Sessions against some agricultural labourers for assaulting two young men, Mr. T. A. Ilubard and...

Consols were on Thursday 93+ to 93k.

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The Belfast rioters of both parties have received a very

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just though severe sentence from Mr. Justice Lawson. Nearly sixty were brought up for sentence, and two of them received a sen- tence of five years' penal servitude. They had...

There has been a discreditable row at Rome, in which

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one of our own countrymen, Mr. Arthur Vansittart, an L"ltramontane, has either inflicted or suffered, or both inflicted and suffered, considerable injuries. It appears that the...

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THEBUDGET. M R. LOWE has learnt the same lesson from his own experience of Estimates and Revenue which we tried to enforce last week. He is no longer disposed to estimate...

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R. GLADSTONE'S reply to Mr. Stapleton on Monday in AL relation to the Subscriptions invited by the Westminster Gazette for the Carlist cause in Spain was hardly in the tone that...


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T HE Russian columns are now in full march towards Khiva. They are converging on the last oasis in Turkestan which resists and defies their power. If the desert tribes pos-...

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I T is very curious to observe the panic which Mr. Howard's and Mr. Clare Read's Landlord and Tenant Bill for England is producing in both the Conservative and the Liberal...

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T HE conclusion of the Treaty for the liberation of the French territory is already producing its effect in putting an end to the provisional niginze at Versailles. First of...

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T HE Auersperg Ministry has at length accomplished the great task to which it has devoted its energies since its assumption of office. The Direct Elections Bill has passed the...

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T HE Court Circular of Tuesday contains an extraordinary announcement. It states that " the Prince of Wales was installed as Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of England...

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A RUSSIAN artist, Basil Wereschagin by name, who accom- panied the Russian expedition to Khiva in 1868 as a volun- teer, has lent a number of paintings and sketches to the...

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THE CLERGY AND THE CHURCH.—I. [TO THE EDITOR OF TAR SPECTATOR."1 SIR, —Your interesting criticism of Mr. Aruold's " Literature and Dogma" handles only the question of the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 ' SIR,—May I say a few words in answer to a review on " The True History of Joshua Davidson" which appeared in the Spec- tator of March...

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SIR,—In a review of " Joshua Davidson " (Spectator, March 22), p. 376, the following remarks on Christian communism occur :- " That the first Christian society was more or...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —I am perfectly amazed to find so many people writing to you against the Dissenters' Burials' Bill, and to notice on what unreal and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOILl SIR,—As your review of "The Cavalier and his Lady" seems to - me unfair, I ask your leave candidly to give my grounds for thinking so. I...

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PHILLIP'S PICTURES. To place together a considerable number of an artist's works is always a trying test of his fertility and depth. Two deceased British artists are now...

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KENELM CHILLINGLY.* NONE of Lord Lytton's books would give so pleasant an impres- sion of the author as this. The first volume is full of his peculiar cleverness, of the...

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POEMES BARBARES.* THE latter part of this century has witnessed

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the disappearance- of most of the highest ornaments of French literature, and their places remain vacant. A country cannot, it is true, boast many times of periods equal in...

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CHESTERLEIGH.* IT seems a pity that authors who can write

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well and graphically about working people, who know the sort of opinions they hold and the language in which they clothe their thoughts, and have caught so admirably their...

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THE title of this book conjures up a vision of delight. To one who knows Florence it recalls the City of Flowers as he has seen it in the fair spring-time, surrounded with its...

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FOUCHE AND COMMUNISM IN 1793.* FOUCHi: is best known to

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the present generation as the type of a police minister. The services he rendered to the Imperialist cause, while Napoleon was firm in his seat, the transfer of his allegiance...

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The Portfolio. April (Seeleys.)—The literary and the artistic interest of

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this periodical are equally well sustained. In the present number wo find a truly admirable article by Mr. Sidney Colvin—on whose appointment to the Slade Professorship at...

The Natural History of Birds : a Popular Introduction to

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Orni- thology, by Thomas Rymer Jones, F.R.S. (Warne and Co.). Notes on the Birds of Damara Land, and the Adjacent Countries of South- West Africa, by the late Charles John...


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British Quarterly Review. April. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The most striking, if not the ablest, essay in this number is that which treats of "The Government Purchase of...

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Ready, 0 Really! or, These Forty Years. By the Captain

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of the Cumberland. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The Cumberland is a training ship for boys, for whose benefit the Captain tells the story of his life, and tells it in a way that...

Una ; or, the Early Marriage. By Harriette Bowra. {Hodder

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and Stoughton.)—This is a didactic tale, which may, perhaps, be pronounced to he as successful and interesting as such tales commonly are. Una Randolph, daughter of a rich...

The Insidious Thief; a Tale for Ifundok Folks. By One

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of Themselves. (Samuel Tinsloy.)—This is a temperance story, and at least as good as the average of that class of literature. We need not specify who or what is meant by " The...

The Pelican Papers. By James Ashcroft Noble. (IL S. King.)—This

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is an interesting book, which we can best describe by comparing it with one with which our readers, we hope, are familiar, Mr. T. T. Lynch ' s " Memorials of Theophilas Tzinal....

Pious Jeathnir, a Doleiid Tale. (W. P. Nimmo.)—It is difficult

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to say which is the worse part of this book, the doggrel rhyme, or tho scratchy, coarse illustrations with which it is furnished. What a strange notion of fun some people seem...