12 FEBRUARY 1876

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Lord Granville told a very good story of the Canal,

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to illus- trate, as he said, the French proverb that "Man proposes, and God disposes." Lord Palmerston opposed M. de Lesseps' project, and this so excited the French that they...

The Government has not loaded the Queen's Speech with Bills,

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but Her Majesty promises measures for regulating the ultimate Tribunal of Appeal ; for amending the Merchant Shipping Laws ; for doing something about University Reform and...

Lord Derby replied on the whole speech, but we can

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only condense the more important portion. The Government had signed the Austrian Note because they believed that the Imperial Powers intended to pacify the disturbed districts...

The Address was moved in the Upper House by the

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Earl of Aberdeen, and seconded by the Earl of Ellesmere, in speeches calling for no comment, and then Lord Granville began his gentle and solvent criticism. He remarked on the...

The mover and seconder of the Address in the Commons—Mr.

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Ridley, the Member for North Northumberland, and Mr. Mulholland, the Member for Downpatrick—both made much abler speeches than is usual with Members discharging that at once...


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T " Queen opened Parliament in person on Tuesday, amid a ceremonial which is described as most imposing, though marred by the unmannerliness of the Commons, who, in their rush...

• no * The Editors cant undertake to return Manuscript

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in any case.

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It will be remarked that the most serious subject of

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the Recess, the mismanagement of the Admiralty, was scarcely mentioned in the debate on the Address ; Lord Granville, indeed, delibe- rately put it aside, as a topic upon which...

Lord Hartington's speech reads, as usual, much better than it

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sounded to the ear, for his delivery, always heavy and wooden, was more than usually so on Tuesday night, and Mr. Disraeli's compliment to his "rhetorical skill" must have been...

Mr. Gladstone followed Mr. Disraeli in a striking little speech,

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delivered expressly as the sole remaining representative in that House of the British Government which engaged in the Crimean war. He declared that the Government of that day...

With regard to the Eastern question, Mr..Disraeli pointed out that

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it was the express wish of the Porte that we should not stand aloof, if the other European Powers pressed the Austrian proposals upon it. And on this subject, it was noticeable...

Mr. Disraeli's reply was explicit and effective. In relation to

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the first Fugitive-Slave Circular, he admitted his responsibility, although he had never seen it, but he was " not there to defend it for a moment." "The country has condoned...

The Queen's Speech contains an allusion to some new title,

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which Her Majesty is to assume, after a necessary statute has been passed, in order to mark her relation to India. It is under- stood that she will be declared by the Act,...

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A correspondent of the Times gives an ominous account of

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the way in which the private fortune of the Khedive and the public fortune of Egypt are intermingled. The Khedive has bought and inherited land until he owns one-fifth of the...

Mr. Osborne Morgan, instead of pressing his Burials Bill, for

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which he seems to have gained in the ballot a very distant day, is to move, on Friday, the 3rd March, the following resolution:— "That the parish Churchyards of England and...

M. Buffet has been at his old work again. M.

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Renault, the Prefect of Police, to whose very admirable speech in favour of the Consti- tution accepted last year, we referred last week, has been com- pelled by M. Buffet to...

M. Gambetta, on the other hand, displays as much moderation

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as M. Buffet displays violence. He made a speech at Lille on the 3rd inst., in which he admitted that Monarchy had done much for France, though its utility was now dried up ;...

Mr. Cross is, on the whole, the most successful Commoner

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in Her Majesty's Government. We very much doubt if the Peers will allow his Enclosure Bill, if it really resembles the Bill he described on Thursday, without emasculating...

Mr. Whitbread (M.P. for Bedford), whose influence in the Liberal

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party is quite that of a leader, has given notice for Tues- day week (22nd February) for a motion on the Fugitive-Slave Circulars, which will test the discipline of the...

The London School Board Budget, which was produced this week,

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was a rather alarming document. It threatens London immediately with an education rate of 4 1 1-d. in the pound, and the rate shows so rapid an increase of late years, that it...

Consols were at the latest date 94 to 94g.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FIRST DEBATE. W HETHER is it easier, for a Liberal Government to lean with credit towards a Conservative policy, or for a Conservative Government to lean...

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T HE "Domesday Book" of England and Wales has at length appeared, and when its true character has been recognised, will create an unusual amount of social and perhaps political...

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T H E. foreign policy of Great Britain may be drifting, as it usually is, but it is drifting in a direction which, in our judgment, Liberals may cordially approve. We hold that,...

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the leading place in its columns to a review, by the well-known military correspondent, Herr von Wickede, of the condition and training of the Turkish Army during recent years,...

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'W E agree with Mr. Reed that the Government protests too much on behalf of the Shipowners. They are a very noble class of men, no doubt, but if it is thought necessary for...

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T HE papers on the Suez Canal presented to Parliament on Tuesday will not help the Government much in the coming debate. Indeed, we should not wonder if they fur- nished...

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T HAT Her Majesty has been well advised to assume a new title which may announce at once the legal supremacy of her government in India, and the increased official dignity which...

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WHETHER Gwendolen Harleth be the leading character in George Eliot's new story or not,—rumour says that the first section is misleading in this respect, and that we shall find...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Snt,—Allow me to point out a slight mistake in your review of an article in this month's Fraser's Magazine. I refer to the fol- lowing...


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POOR, troubled heart, if thou would'st find relief, And think'st thy woe were eas'd if it were heard, Go, 'prentice thee to that sad-colour'd bird, And learn to make the world...


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LIFE. On sadness of decay ! The Autumn fields are grey, And long-forgotten is the hedge-row tune; How sick the shattered fern, How harsh the woods and stern, How pale and...


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THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR CHESS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me, before the present interesting corre- spondence is closed, to add a few remarks on the subject...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Waiving pedantry, and admitting the whale as a fish, perhaps I may be allowed to say that it is an error to suppose, with your...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Mr. Hall grounds his belief that the Burials grievance is "infinitesimally small" on the alleged fact that "the great bulk of...

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THE DUDLEY GALLERY. Tars Exhibition at the Egyptian Hall, though it is the youngest of all the Water-Colour Galleries, has always possessed a peculiar interest. For it is here...

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ETCHING AND ETCHERS.* EIGHT years have passed since the first edition of this book drew - public attention in England to the excellent art of etching and its attempted revival...

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music, as distinguished from the rudimentary knowledge of twenty years ago, is in large measure the creation of a single mind. The great work of Helmholtz, published in 1862, at...

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MR,. G. BARNETT SMITH'S ESSAYS.* TELE eight papers composing this

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volume are reprinted from magazines, a habit with modern writers which is not necessarily blameworthy. The best literary productions of our century, from the exquisite essays...

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"Dsarrow ! " exclaims Goldsmith's Chinese philosopher, in the Citizen of the World—when he has been shown a monument in " Poets' Corner," adjoining those of Shakespeare, Milton,...

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THE career of Prince Charles, the Young Pretender, has been, ever since the remarkable events in which he played the principal part, a subject of considerable interest to many...

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The Portfolio. February. (Seeley and Co.)—Although, perhaps, hardly reaching the high mark of the January number, the new number of the Portfolio is quite up to the average, and...

Gravenhurst. (Second Edition.) Knowing and Feeling. By William Smith. With

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a Memoir of the Author. (Blackwood.)—The author of " Gravenhurat, or Thoughts on Good and Evil," and of "Thorndale, or the Conflict of Modern Thought," is by this time known to...

Edith Vavasour. By Mrs. Graham Branscombe. S vols. (Hurst and

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Blackett.)—This is one of the novels which it is not easy to account for. It is a tedious story of love-making, happy or unhappy, not plea- sant, certainly, to read, not...

_The Works of Antonio Canova. Engraved in outline by Henry

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Moses. With a Biographical Memoir by Count Cicognara. (Chatto and Windus.)—Canova forms one of the historical landmarks in the history of sculpture. The art had fallen away even...

British Manufacturing Industries. (Edward Stanford.) — Iron and Steel, by W. Mattieu

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Williams, F.C.S.; Copper Smelting, by T. Arthur Phillips, F.C.S.; Brass - Founding, Tin - Plate, and Zinc - Working, by Walter Graham. The rending public are often unable to...

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On Restoration. By E. Viellet-le-Due. And a Notice of his

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Works in connection with the Historical Monuments of Frande. By Charles Wethered. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This is the article, done into Eng- lish, contributed by M....

The Life of Saint Theresa. By the Author of "Devotions

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Before and After Holy Communion." (Macmillan.)—A saint distinguished by good-sense is happy in finding a biographer endowed with the same gift. " Good-sense," indeed, must be...

Ten Years of My Life. By the Princess Felix Salm-Salm.

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2 vole. (Bentley.)—The words "my life " imply an egotistical book, but in this book the egotism is not at all offensive. The author has seen and dons many things that are...

The Manchester Man. By Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks. 3 vols.

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(Hurst and Blackett.)—This is an excellent story, in which a very genuine and, as far as we can judge from little instances happening to come within our own range, very close...

The Barrys of Beigh. By E. Hall. (McGlashan and Gill.)—In

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reading this story, we have been led on from chapter to chapter, in the constant hope of something turning up, something substantial, either in incident or development of plot,...

Time and Time-Tellers. By James W. Bros in. (Hardwicke.)— This

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is an interesting treatise, and written by one evidently well acquainted with the subject. Its weakest poiut is the ancient history of " time-tellers." A fuller account of tho...

an intelligent study of an interesting question in theology. One

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of the commonest faults of English divines is to look on all the Scriptures from the same point of view. And indeed, to the believer in the ' scribe' theory of inspiration,...

Tastes and Habits, Personal and Social, with other Essays. By

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Samuel B. James, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—We looked into this volume with some interest, because we happened to know that the author had lately lit up a considerable blaze...

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The Agricultural legislation of last Session is the subject of

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two volumes,—The Agricultural Holdings' Act, by Henry Winch (Weldon and Co.), and The Law of Compensation for Unerhausted Agricultural Improvements, by W. Willis Brind....

NEW Eurrioss.—The Complete Angler. By Izaak Walton. (Elliott Stock.)—This is

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an exact reprint and fec-simile of the original edition of The Complete Angler, published in 1653, a date which is a curious com- ment on the blessing which, by way of...