12 NOVEMBER 1870

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M. Jules Fevre announces to French agents abroad that "

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Prussia " has refused the armistice, in a despatch through which there runs a slight tone of depression. Though energetically exposing the impossibility of accepting an...

The Evening Standard of Thursday announced in a special despatch

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from its Tours correspondent that General D'Aurelles had advanced at the head of the Loire Army on Wednesday (9th November), and dislodged the Bavarian force under Von der Tann...


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W E were too confident last week in the prospects of an armis- tice. Count Bismarck had, as we imagined, declared himself ready to concede one ; but, as it now seems clear, only...

The Lord Chief Baron, Sir F. Kelly, delivered himself on

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Wednesday of a most extraordinary harangue. It is usual to present the new Lord Mayor to the Barons of the Exchequer, and for the Chief Baron to make some sort of a...

'V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Count Bismarck, judging probably by reports from the occu- pied

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provinces, believes firmly that a freely elected Assembly would make peace upon his own terms. He is also alarmed at the absence of any legal government in France, which, if...

Of Lord Granville's account of the mediation and its failure

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we have given an outline elsewhere. It was, as is usual with him, most happily phrased so as to give offence to neither party, and yet not so as to appear watery and unmeaning....

Mr. Gladstone, in his speech at the Mansion House, said

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that everything at home was flourishing, though the prospects abroad continue so gloomy ; but on the Continent of Europe was a war which in three short months had cost more...

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The first election which has occurred in Germany since the

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war is that of the Provincial Parliament of Hanover. An address was proposed to the King, exulting in the victories over the foreigner and the "near prospect of a durable peace,...

The useless negotiations for armistice have prevented any consider- able

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sortie during the week ; but perhaps we shall hear to-morrow or Monday of another as having taken place yesterday, as Friday sorties have been so long the fashion. According to...

General Trochu has generally been thought an Orleanist. For- the

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present, however, he is certainly strongly Republican. At least he said to the National Guard on Thursday week, when they congratulated him on the Paris vote, "The Republic...

An ingenious plan is said to have been laid before

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the Academy of Sciences at Paris for floating an aerial telegraph by balloons. A captive balloon would be sent up with another (free) balloon, to which it would pay out wire,...

Immediately after the release of the Provisional Government by the

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National Guards and Mobiles, General Trochu ordered a mass vote of confidence or no confidence to be taken in Paris. This was accordingly done on the 5th November, and all Paris...

Paris has begun to eat the poor beasts in the

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Jardin des Plantes (Zoological Gardens). Several buffaloes have been sold to the butchers, but the butchers ask enormous prices for buffalo beef.. We have not yet heard that the...

The rumours that General Trochu intends to make his grand

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sortie this week increase, but appear to be based mainly on a decree dividing the armed force in Paris into three parts ; one to act as an army, one to serve as garrison, and...

Verdun has capitulated. Moreover, affairs do not apparently go very

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well for France in the Vosges. The surrender of Scheleatadt has been followed by the surrender, first, of the outlying fort of Neu Breisach (Fort Mortier), and last, by the...

The American elections to Congress have resulted in a partial

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triumph for the Democratic party. Their alliance with the Free- traders has brought them many votes, and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives will, it is...

Garibaldi has issued one of his lyrical appeals to his

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followers,. whom he calls "the cosmopolitan nucleus that the French Re- public is rallying in her midst," and of whom he asks "coolness and discipline,—indispensable in war." He...

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A great many good candidates are now canvassing for the

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Metropolitan Education Board, amongst them Mr. Hughes, (M.P. for Frome), and Lord Edward Fitzmaurice, (M.P. for Caine), both of them for Westminster ; and both profess...

The world seems to be finding new treasures every day.

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It -seems certain that the Cape diamond field is one of extraordinary Tichness, and covers a tract 500 miles long, and now it is said that the product of silver in America is to...

A letter of Dr. Newman's that has just been published

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in the Tablet, gives a characteristic and amusing denial to a new version of the old report that he is contemplating a return to the Anglican Church. "I have been a Catholic,"...

"J'. T. K." has made an excellent suggestion to several

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of our -contemporaries that some provision should be made by those who -commiserate the sufferings of the victims of this terrible war for providing the immense population of...

We are assured, on the best authority, that the son

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of the late Mr. Gurdon-Rebow, Member for Colchester, is not a Tory, but as sound a Liberal as his father. He was, however, too young to exercise his father's influence with the...

General Trochu, in announcing the fall of Metz to Paris,

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gives no hint either of treachery or slackness, but calls the defence heroic. This must count heavily in favour of Marshal Bazaine. On the other hand, General Coffiniare,...

Consols were on Friday 93 to 93i.

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The Solicitor-General, Sir J. D. Coleridge, in addressing the Edinburgh

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Philosophical Institution last week, said that while he admitted in the broadest way that scholarship is not essential to great public and professional success, "yet it...

M. Regnier, the M. or N. of the "Strange Story,"

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has published the history of that intrigue in a pamphlet. It appears certain from this statement, if we accept it as true, that Bazaine did offer to capitulate on condition that...

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.■41,1■■■ THE NEUTRAL MINISTRY AT GUILDHALL. N OTHING could be more severely neutral than the speeches of Ministers at the Mansion House on Wednesday. A neutral Ministry has...

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T HE chances of France are few, but we cannot see that they are fewer than when the talk of an armistice first began. Indeed • we should say that, on the whole, they were...

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S AINTE BEUVE'S wonderful criticism on the manufac- tured type of Cxsar will occur to everyone who reads that strange confession which the Ex-Emperor of the French somehow...

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T HERE is one quality in this German Army, this mar- vellous weapon which the Hohenzollerns have forged and reforged for a hundred years till it is to other armies what a...

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G ARIBALDI has published a General Order, addressed not to Frenchmen, but to the Cosmopolitan Republicans, Italians, Spaniards, Poles, and Frenchmen who look to him as their...

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S UPPOSING the Fog,—such a fog as that of Lord Mayor's Day in London, or worse, we have seen worse,—were to last a year, and that, in the almost equally blinding shape of mist,...

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tir R. HELPS seems inclined, in one of his recent chapters of In Friends in Council, to indorse the well-known opinion of Macaulay, that there is no such thing as military...

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xiv.—IIENRY V. T HE historical fate of Henry of Monmouth has been a strange one. He has long been the darling of popular fame, first as the actual hero of the battle of...

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LATENT THOUGHT. [TO TELE EDITOR. OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 Sat,—The important question,—Can the brain be properly said to "secrete thought ?" discussed in an interesting article in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..EPEOTATOR.1 gSIE.,It is almost too easy to answer Mr. Pearson ; I will answer Um mainly with his own words. This is his account of the 'foundation of the...


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you for a very kind and instructive comment on my recent little essay in Macmillan's Magazine on 44 Unconscious Cerebration." Failing to concede the premisses on which I...

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LIFE is so cheap and yet so dear We prize it, but we scorn it too, And plod our round from year to year With little or to hope or do ; Each day brings fretful cares and coil,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—In justice to the publisher who has spent lavishly, to me, who have laboured diligently, and to the eminent French an English scholars...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your last number you write as follows, "The Prussian hospital service, for example, is penurious to an unjust degree. There are not...

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LORD PAT MERSTON.* [FIRST NOTICE.] SIR HENRY SIILWER tells us that his first idea was to sketch Lord Palmerston as he had sketched Mr. Canning in his Historical Character& We...

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AT a moment like the present, when the thoughts of every intelligent man and woman in the country are occupied with the question of national education, it cannot be irrelevant...

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that such and such a book is written in a merely popular style, you generally accept the remark as a depreciatory criticism, and you imagine an account composed in a shallow, ad...

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IT may be a source of satisfaction to Mr. Shand to reflect that, during its appearance in the Cordial Magazine, his story was commonly attributed to Lever. But while this speaks...

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IT is fitting that one of the most familiar of English poets should be included in the beautiful " Globe " series. Cowper's poetry lacks colour, and music, and wealth of...

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* No doubt, as Mr. Benham suggests, "lot" is a

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misprint for "lock." its chief value from its " commercial " information. To know what the noticeable pictures sold in this country during this century have fetched is a very...


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The North British Review. October. (Edmonston and Douglas.)— Every one should read the article on the "Vatican Council," which we- may take to be an authoritative exposition of...

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The Prophecies of Our Lord and His Apostles. By W.

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Hoffmann, D.D. Translated by M. J. Evans. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This is a volume of sermons preached by Dr. Hoffmann, who is one of the King's Chaplains in the Cathedral...