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Mr. Ward Hunt, on Tuesday, made a speech nearly resembling

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Dr. Ball's, but, of course, not eloquent. lie bit at the Bill morsel by morsel. Utterly disapproving the whole of the legalization of the Ulster custom as the perpetuation of a...


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O N Monday Lord Carnarvon made a good speech on the shabby and dangerous conduct of the Colonial Office to New Zealand, and would have made a better, if he had not been a good...

1 .* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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On Wednesday a great Conservative banquet was held in the

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City, to celebrate the success of the Conservative operations in the registration of electors,—but somehow the great Conservative leaders would not show. Mr. Disraeli was...

General Prim has declared in the Cortes that every member

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of the Government, except Admiral Topete, is opposed to the election of "M. Antoine de Bourbon," the Duo de Montpensier. The Regent's Government appears to have given up the...

Two of the most noteworthy speeches upon the Bill were

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made by Mr. Read and Mr. Henley, and curiously enough, they took directly opposite views of one and the same provision. Mr. Henley, whose other objections we have noticed...

The Tory speeches on the Irish Land Bill are all

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in one tone,—a tone of strong dislike suppressed for prudential reasons. That of Dr. Ball, on Monday, was at once the most decided and the ablest. Throughout his speech, from...

Mr. Lowe seems to get along better with his deputations.

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As explained elsewhere, he quite charmed a malt-tax deputation which visited him on Tuesday, and was so delighted with his benignity that it cheered him ; and on the same day he...

NOTICE.—On Saturday, March 19, we shall give with the SPECTATOR

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a SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT, completing the Series .of Papers on TILE PROVINCIAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND, con- taining the History of the Four Northern Counties ; and 'these Papers will be...

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The Count de Montalembert has been again writing very dis-

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respectfully, not to say almost hysterically, of the Ultramontane party. The Count draws a distinction between the Gallicanism which he ridiculed in 1847, and the GallicaniSm...

Mr. Maguire, who opened the debate on Tuesday, and sup-

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ported the second reading, though insisting much on the need of amendments in Committee, gave many very telling instances of the effect of insecurity even under good landlords....

Perhaps the best expression was given to the feelings of

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the moderate Conservatives by Sir Rodidell Palmer, who compli- mented the Ministry on their Bill, which he pronounced "large and important, but not revolutionary," but was...

It is scarcely possible to include the members who moved

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and seconded the amendment rejecting the Irish Land Bill, Mr. Bryan, M.P. for the county of Kilkenny, and Captain White, M.P. for Tipperary, amongst the principal speakers on...

Sir John Gray on Thursday night was amongst the few

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to support the amendment, which he did in a very rambling speech, involving apparently a good deal of effort rather than much earnestness. He argued at tedious length against...

The O'Donoghue followed in a pleasant and dignified speech very

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nearly in the same tone, referring sarcastically to the freaks of those members who now opposed the Bill as " the gambols of excited patriots." Aud the Irish Solicitor-General,...

Mr. G. H. Moore, M.P. for Mayo, who attracted so

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much attention by his infuriated speeches during the vacation, appeared in his place on Tuesday to make a very moderate and sensible speech, declaring that as he believed the...

There seems to be no doubt that the proposition for

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defining infallibility was distributed to the Council on the 7th March, but the discussion will of course be a long one. The Monde, a Catholi c paper generally well informed,...

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The accounts of the sinking of the Oneida, twenty miles

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from Yokohama, Japan, by the Bombay, read badly. The Bombay agent of the P. & 0. Company telegraphs that the Bombay on 24th -January was steaming eight knots an hour, when the...

Mr. Berkeley, the Member for Bristol, and persistent advocate for

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the Ballot, is dead, and .three candidates are worrying the -constituency on the Liberal side. Mr. Kirkman Hodgson, Ex-Governor of the Bank of England, and Mr. Robinson, local...

S. Sella, the Italian Minister of Finance, produced his budget

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on March 10. The budget for 1870 shows a deficiency of £6,440,000, to which must be added £320,000 for "unforeseen expenses," making £6,760,000 as the deficiency of the year....

A most extraordinary case was heard before the Lord Chief

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Justice at Chelmsford on Saturday. An unmarried woman named Smart gave birth to a seven months' child in the presence of her mother and Eliza Stark. The child was either...

The Irish correspondent of yesterday's Times refers to an obser-

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vation of ours some weeks ago on the extreme untrustworthiness of the statements made in this and other Irish correspondences of English papers, in order to indicate the truth...

A certain County Court Judge, Mr. W. H. Cook, Q.C.,

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has been quite a subject of interest this week in Parliament. First, Mr. Eykyn wanted to know whether he was the same Mr. Cook scheduled as a briber at Beverley, which Sir R....

The Telegraph mentions a story for which we have seen

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no other authority, that the Italian Government have engaged the services of Baron Haussmann to build a completely new capital for Italy, to be called Nueva Roma. The idea is a...

The question whether insanity can be pleaded as a bar

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to divorce will be argued next term before a full Court. Lord Penzance, in making the order, observed that whatever the result of that argument, the petitioner ought to be...

The llfarseillaise publishes a letter purporting to be from O'Donovan

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Rossa, in which he states that he is compelled to rest upon his knees and elbows to take his food, is half-starved, deprived of light, and given " chains and a Bible." Once a...

Consols were on Friday evening 921 to 921.

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THE BOISTEROUS CONSERVATIVES. 1,upt. DISRAELI was "indisposed "—and Lord Derby and AL Lord Salisbury apparently unable—to attend the Con- servative banquet in the City on...

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mined by the local authorities." The negative character of this

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amendment strikes us as indicating exactly the unsatis- factory and not altogether sincere position which has been throughout taken up by the League. Mr. Abbott has pointed out,...

to saying that a fine for an assault is not

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intended to prevent side who rose to the level of the occasion. In assaults, but only to punish assaults when they have been coin- his eloquent peroration he laid down a...

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W E are bound to say that the charge which we last week brought against the Ministry—want of consideration for agriculturists—is ceasing to be true. Their great fiscal...

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T HE new Irish Solicitor-General, Mr. Serjeant Dowse, in the course of a legal duel last session with Mr. T. Chambers, the Comthon Serjeant of London, ironically described his...

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T HE Government of India has recently had to deal with a very curious phenomenon, a disposition among Hindoos to set aside their own religious law of inheritance, the law upon...

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T HE new volume of Mr. Emerson's essays• opens with one exceedingly characteristic of that subtle and acute inter- preter of nature, whose principal fault it is that he makes it...

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T HE verdict of the Coroner's Jury on the Old Ford tragedy was, as we believe, correct, and was certainly the one which it was most merciful to return. There are elements in the...

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S INCE Mr. Deutsch's first letter on the inscribed stone at Dhiban (the ancient Dibon) appeared in the Times of February 10th, and gave us the wonderful prospect of being soon...

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NONCONFORMISTS AND THE "RELIGIOUS DIFFICULTY." go THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Permit me as a Nonconformist to express my obligations to to you for last week's article...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 Sirt,—There appears to be a dread, erroneous as it seems to me, but still existing, among many who are not practically conversant with the...


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ITO THB EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Srn,—Very often a comparison of extreme statements on contested points gives a fair measure of their real character. Allow me, then, to place...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.') SIR,—Mr. Davies has again hit the right nail on the head in his suggestion that one chief work of the School Boards under the proposed new...

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[TO THE EDFfOR OF THE SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In Mr. W. G. Clark's interesting and able pamphlet, "On the Present Danger of the English Church," I find these words :— " The formularies...

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THE RECOGNITION OF GENIUS: A SONNET. WRITTEN IN A POPULAR EDITION OF WORDSWORTH'S POEMS. TIME was, great Seer, when in thy mountain place Thou dwelt'st apart, and river,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your very humorous and not unkindly notice of my novel " Fallen Amongst Thieves," you imply that I am wrong in supposing that cider...


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THE EARTHLY PARADISE *— PART M. WHITHER shall a reader turn in these days who longs to escape for a while from all the toil and clamour and strife of the world; and to roam at...

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WE are always compelled to admire, but very seldom allowed to agree with, Mr. Greg's political writings. He is an ideologue, with the style of a consummate journalist and the...

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affirmed by Coleridge that in order to produce a total loss of memory, there is nothing so efficacious as devoting yourself exclusively to the reading of journals and...

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THE TOURIST IN NORTH-WEST FRANCE, WE have coupled together the

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two volumes before us mainly for the practical reason that English tourists commonly include the two adjacent provinces of north-western France in one trip. This naturally...

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ALTHOUGH few of these essays have a direct bearing on the Irish Land Question, the writers have always kept it steadily in view, and their frequent allusions to it show them to...

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books together because the two writers propose to themselves the same object, and seek to attain it by something of the same method ; nevertheless, we owe Mr. Urlin an apology...

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• The Caged Lion. By Charlotte M. Yongo, author of "The Heir of Radcliffe." (Macmillan and Co.)—There are very few women (or men) of our day so well read in mediaeval history as...

Annals of Industry and Genius. By C. L. Brightwell. (Nelson.)—

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There are some twenty stories in this volume, most of which have already been told more than once. This is no reason, however, why they should not be told again. The books which...

Illustrated Travels. Edited by H. W. Bates. (Cassell and Co.)—

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This is a very handsome volume, illustrating in a remarkable way the wonderful activity of travel which makes the Englishman a familiar presence in almost every land. One...