12 AUGUST 1876

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The statement that Ristics, the Servian Premier, is seeking mediation

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is repeated and denied every day. The most probable story is that Prince Milan, who never quite believed in the war, is overwhelmed by his misfortunes, but that Ristics, a man...

The Daily News has received full confirmation of its statements

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as to the atrocities in Bulgaria, and on Tuesday night the state- ments of its correspondent, given in full elsewhere, were brought to the notice of the House. Mr. Disraeli did...

One Bishop has protested publicly against the support given by

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her Majesty's Government to an Empire capable of repressing insurrection by extermination, and we need scarcely say he is the Bishop of Manchester. In a letter from him, read at...

The intelligence from Constantinople is as gloomy as ever. The

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Empire is still governed by a Council of Pashas, who are co- optative, who have nothing to lose by defying civilisation, and who are determined not to allow their own power to...

The cue of the Mahommedan journals in London just now

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is to admit massacres, suppressing the Daily News telegrams, in order that their readers should think the massacres confined to men, but to deny the sale of women and children...


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news from Servia is most disastrous. The Turkish army, 30,000 strong, advanced on the 4th inst. against the Servian entrenchments at Gurgusovatz, and in two days' fighting...

The antimony has not been found in the cesspool for

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all the stirring. The inquiry into the Bravo case ended on Wednesday, Dr. Gully having occupied the previous two days as a voluntary witness, and on Friday the jury returned a...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Lord George Hamilton, in the course of his speech, made

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one of those wonderful blunders which would destroy any politician not a Duke's son with a safe seat. He preferred to raise money, he said, in India, because if he borrowed...

The Wesleyan Conference, after a most excited discussion, has decided

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that a plan for the admission of laymen into Confer- ence shall be prepared in time to be formally accepted by the Con- ference of 1877, and prepared by a mixed committee of...

Lord George Hamilton brought forward the Indian Budget on Thursday,

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in a long speech penetrated with an optimist tone, which contrasts oddly with Lord Lytton's evident alarm, as shown by his order directing all public works not indispensable to...

The Vivisection debate of Wednesday was a rather poor affair,

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the Government having come to a compromise with the men of science which took the meaning out of it. The physiologists all through have desired to be allowed to make private...

Lord Lytton has issued (August 5) a resolution giving a

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picture of Indian finance far less favourable than that of Lord G. Hamilton. He states that the loss by exchange will render necessary a loan of £4,000,000 in Great Britain,...

The Education Bill was swept through the House of Lords

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after a single night's debate, and with only verbal amendments. During the discussion, the only noteworthy speech was that of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who commenced with a...

The Educational compromise, which last week we did not under-

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stand, proved on full reports to be fair enough. Lord Robert Montagu desired that when School Boards declined to pay the fees of poor children, the Boards of Guardians should...

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At the last meeting of the Philoslav Committee of Moscow,

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the strongest fears were expressed lest the Western Powers, and especially England, by protecting the South Slovenians, should take the lead of the Panslavic movement out of the...

Mr. Lowe made a savagely clever speech against the whole

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policy of the Government in Egypt, which, he said, began with 44 intrusion," for the Khedive did not want Mr. Cave ; continued with "inquisition," Mr. Cave overhauling...

The first Conference on South-African affairs was held at the

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Colonial Office on Thursday week. The delegates were addressed by Lord Carnarvon in an exhaustive speech, in which he denied in the strongest terms that he desired to force...

Two new Bishoprics will, it appear', soon be in marching

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order. The project for the creation of the Bishopric of St. Albans was almost baffled by the great difficulty found in selling Winchester House, St. James's Square, at any...

The long-postponed debate on Mr. Cave's Mission to Egypt came

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off on Saturday, the occasion being the vote of 12,000 for Mr. Cave's expenses. Mr. Cave defended himself, maintaining the substantial accuracy of his Report, though admitting...

The French Chamber, indignant at the clerical influence to which

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it ascribes its defeat on the University Bill, has avenged itself by rejecting the vote for regimental chaplains. It has not the power to abolish the chaplaincies, which were...

Lord Salisbury, on Friday week, explained to the House of

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Lords his idea as to the position of the Secretary of State with. regard to the Indian Government. He reaffirmed his proposi- tion that it is "impossible to recognise in the...

An American correspondent of the Birmingham Daily Post, who, though

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obviously well-informed, is, we hope, something of a pessimist, sends a lamentable account of the distress just now endured in some of the American cities. In New York, between...

Consols were on Friday 96i to 96i.

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MR. DISRAELI IN BULGARIA. T HE deliberate suppression of facts by which the Mahom- medan journals of London hope to diminish the effect of the Turkish method of making war,...

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T " physiologists are wise in their generation in permitting the Government,—as they seem to be intending,—to pass this Session its severely vivisected, and we might almost say,...


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P Lord Derby wishes to undo the effect of Mr. Disraeli's pro-Turkish policy upon the minds of the Slav popu- lation of Eastern Europe, and secure reparation for the...

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W HY do the Conservatives hate School Boards It is not because they are, for the most part, anti-denomina- tional, for in the lax and general sense in which School Boards can be...

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I T appears to be nearly certain that General Grant will be the last of the American Presidents whose office will be continued for a second Term. That the popular feeling in the...


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I T has for some time been rumoured, and it may now be regarded as tolerably certain, that next Session will wit- ness the appearance of a new Party in the House of Commons....

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Royal Commission on Army Promotion just presented to Parliament is enough to drive politicians, who think of the Army as one of the great instruments of the State, and not as a...

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are afraid there is very little prospect of a fall in the price of Meat. It may be hoped, no doubt, that cattle- plague, pleuro-pneumonia, and the other diseases of animals,...

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have immensely improved the machinery of procedure. All the technicalities which hampered the action of the Judges have been swept away. The merits of a well-tried system,...

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T HE clever and rather cynical author of the paper, "Virginibus' Puerisque," in this month's Cornhill, expresses in a refined way a feeling which thirty years ago found constant...

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I F there is anything more remarkable than the dominance which Prince Bismarck exercises in the counsels of Germany and of Europe, it is the fact that in Europe, and even in...

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THE NIZAM'S CLAIM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOE.1 SIR,—Permit me a few remarks on your notice (p. 986 of the 5th August number) of Mr. Laing-Meason's article in Macmillan...

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[TO THR EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIE,—The import of wheat from India is beginning to attract public discussion in Calcutta, and is not unworthy of public attention in England,...

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HOGAN, M.P.* ON the title-page of this book are printed several weighty sentences, from Mr. Lecky's History of Rationalism, bearing on the character of the Irish Parliament...


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[TO THE Emma OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —The literary notices of the Spectator are always full of interest and instruction, and the eloquent article in your last week's number,...

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IT is a truism to say that there is nothing so interesting as reli- gious discussion, and yet it is, at the same time, a paradox, for there is nothing which has been, and often...

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but her stories leave a bad flavour in the mouth. Her powers of description are quite above the average, her men and women are alive, and the dialogue is always easy ; but one...

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THE essays collected in this volume and edited by the care of Dr. Hunter are interesting specimens of a class of work which forms a frequent adjunct of the more severely...

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THE poetry of culture, as distinguished from the poetry produced by what, for lack of a better term, we call "poetical inspiration," is sure to have many disciples in a literary...

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The Cretan Insurrection of 1866-7-8. By William J. Stillman. (Henry Holt, New York.)—This is not a new book (it was written in 1874), and it relates events between eight and ten...

Sonnets and Songs. By "Proteus." (John Murray.)—The world is ready

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enough to listen to a now singer, if he has anything to say, even though the language in which the thoughts may be clothed is some- what halting, not to say uncouth. What shall...

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Shakespeare Scenes and Characters. A Series of Illustrations, with Explanatory

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Text, selected and arranged by Professor E. Dowden. (Macmillan.)—This handsome volume has a character of sterling worth which books meant to lie on drawing-room tables do not...

'Voris ; or, the Three Creeds. By Dr. Maurice Davie.

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3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Dr. Davies's hero begins as a Theist, becomes, by some process of thought which it is not easy to understand, a Roman Catholic, and ends as a Broad...

The Races of Mankind. 2 vols. By Robert Brown, M.A.

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(Cassell and Co.)—These two handsome volumes (four, we should rather say, bound up in two) contain "a popular description of the characteristics, manners, and customs of the...

London Lyrics, by Frederick Locker (Henry S. King and Co.),

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appear in a "new edition, enlarged, and finally revised." It is a volume which does not now need any critic's commendation. Most people are agreed to accept the London Lyrics as...

Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man. By

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George Harris, LLD. 2 vols. (G. Bell and Sons.)--There can be no mistake that the author of these two formidable volumes is a man of wide reading. To judge from the foot-notes,...

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The Balearic Islands. By C. T. Bidwell. (Sampson Low and

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Co.) —Mr. Bidwell, who is British Consul for the islands, gives us in this volume an interesting and perfectly candid account of them. They have advantages and disadvantages,...