13 JANUARY 1866

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There is clearly a hero among literary men whom editors—and

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the poor also—should delight to honoui. In relleyclay's Pall Mall Gazette appears the first of a short series of letters wiittenbya gentle- man who tested forhimself, at the...

Thursday was a day of severe trial to the flesh

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of all Londoners. - The morning trains were late, the cabs were not at all, the slush was ancle deep, the wind was furious, the snow was being shovelled off the houses on to...


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M R. GOSCHEN has, we believe, been admitted into the Cabinet. There is apparently some hitch or obstacle of etiquette to a formal acknowledgment of the fact, but still he has in...

The insurrection in Spain has been going on all the

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week, but the Government has contrived to suppress almost all information. Judging from visible facts only, it would appear that General Prim and about 1,200 cavalry have made...

['he cattle plague has increased again, the returns of seizures

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eing 9,120 for the week against 7,693 the week before. The per- centage of cures never varies, being always 10 per cent. The disease is onlydecreasing in the northern andsouth...

The snowstorm which caused all this was really one of

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the heaviest we have had for many years, and especially fatal to tele- graph wires, to which the snow clung as tenaciously as Blondin, breaking them rather more easily, just at...

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The existence of Bethnal Green is the best proof of

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English civilization. That social order must indeed be strong which pre- vents people living as its people seem to do from making a rush upon their happier neighbours, " to live...

The trustees of Mr. Peabody's gift appear to have used

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his money well. They have spent half of it on buildings in Spited- fields, Islington, and Shadwell, of which the first two are finished and occupied. There are about 800...

The Jamaica news tells us only that the Legislature were

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pre- paring to commit their constitutional reform entirely to the Home Government, and that a despatch—or extracts of a despatch— from Mr. Cardwell, apparently approving of all...

The treaty with Bootan appears to be breaking down. Sir

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W. Mansfield, the Commander-in-Chief, has arranged that if the two guns taken at Dewangiri are not restored by the 1st January the army shall commence its march on Poonakha and...

Mr. Gladstone has addressed a letter to Sir T. D.

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Lloyd depre- cating a State insurance for cattle. He believes that as the consumer is sure to pay for the loss in the end in the increased price of meat, it would be unfair to...

Admiral Sir J. D. Hay intends to contest Tiverton as

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an out- spoken Tory partizan. He will not resist a good measure, from whomsoever it may come, but he prefers Lord Derby. His ad- dress to the electors was brief, and had Lord...

Our readers may remember that our. New York correspondent denied

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during the war, the assertion frequently made here and at the South, that the Federal armies were largely recruited from the foreign population of the United States and from...

A case was heard at the Old Court on Wednesday

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involving an extraordinary conflict of evidence. A young man named William Shirley, on the 2nd ult., asked his former employer, Mr. H. Hus, of Roupell Street, Lambeth, for a...

The New York correspondent of the Times believes that the

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American Fenians will really make an attempt upon Canada, and gives one strong reason for his belief. The new " President " Roberts and his Senate represent the immediate war...

The Prussian project of annexing the Duchies hangs fire, an

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it is said that Herr von Bisniark has received a serious check. The Russian Court, which is just about to proclaim the betrothal of its heir to the Princess Dagmar, does not...

The Austrian Treaty of Commerce is not so one-sided as

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it was alleged to be. It appears from the text published in the Gazette of the 9th inst., that while Austria promises from January, 1867, to levy no duties heavier than 25 per...

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A man has been badgered into poisoning himself. A meeting

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of councillors, butchers, doctors, and others, was held in Berlin on the 18th ult., to discuss trichiniasis, and a diseased sausage was exhibited. A veterinary surgeon, however,...

Mr. Fechter's new tragedy, grounded, indeed minutely grounded, on the

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dramatic elements in Sir Walter Scott's Bride of Lammer- moor, is likely to be a success. It is a piece indeed which does not give any adequate scope to Mr. Fechter's own...

The leading Foreign Securities left off at the following prices

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yesterday and on Friday week:— Greek Friday, Jan. 5. Friday, Jan. 12. •• Do. Coupons Mexican 2721 Spanish Passive • • .. 221 26 251 Do. Certificates 13 Turkish 6 per...

The Eastern States of the Union, so much beyond the

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others in almost all other respects, are far behind the West in their theory of trade, and Mr. Sprague, of Rhode Island—the same, we con- clude, who fitted out a regiment or...

The French Government is in a mess, probably designed, possibly

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only the result of carelessness. It has made a treaty with that wretched little Prince of Monaco, giving ships with his flag nearly the same rights as ships with the French...

The Times has been writing a number of articles warning

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us against trusting the United States too much with oar exports, lest our customers there should be unable to meet their engagements, and heavy failures in England should ensue....

The Bank Return being more favourable, and the rate of

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dis- count in the open market having fallen about 1 per oent., the Consol market yesterday was firmer, and an advance of per cent. took place in the quotations, the latest...

Mr. Bovill, M.P. for Guildford, was entertained last week by

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his constituents, and made a speech on reform, demanding that the House of Commons as at present constituted should be proved to have been faithless to its trust before the need...

The following were the closing prices of the leading British

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Railways yesterday and on Friday week :— Caledonian .. •• Great Pastern Great Northern .. Great Western.. Do. West Midland, Oxford Lancashire and Yorkshire tendon and Brighton...

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THE CABINET. T HREE weeks more, and Parliament will be sitting ; another month, and the sharpest political campaign of many sessions will have fairly begun. The interval which...


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IF it be an admitted function of the press to criticize the characters of public men, it is also the privilege of the press to defend them when attacked. We can ill afford to...

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meeting of the London clergy to demand the reform .l ofConvocation, so as to make it a more truly repre- sentative body,—at least a body more truly representative of the...

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T T was the lot of the writer of this article some five years ago to be thrown for six weeks into the company of a Spanish gentleman who, himself a Spaniard of Spaniards, had...

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T HE Times of Monday startled its readers by an excla- mation, a column long, that it was time to begin paying off the National Debt. It was honest to pay one's debts, and...

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A REMARKABLE article in the new number of the Westminster Cl Review on the writings of Coleridge, an article evidently from the hand of one of the finest of living critics, and...

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T HE two next Earls of Kildare made little political figure in the history of their country. John, the eighteenth Earl, only son of the seventeenth Earl, whom he succeeded in...


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O F course winter is very beautiful. All the poets, and most of the popular authors, Charles Dickens more especially, will have it so ; and who are we that we should contest...

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[PROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) New York, December 29, 1865. Ist the Spectator's notice of the dispute which exists between two London publishers (Messrs. Sampson Low and Mr....

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sist,—I read all your sayings on the Reform question (or questions rather) with mach interest, and hope (where poi' seem suspicious or...


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H A REM LIFE IN EGYPT.* THERE is no problem in literature so difficult as to write on deli - cate things delicately, and Mrs. Emmeline Lott—if there be such a person—certainly...

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THE strong impulse which almost all people who love poetry, and are not themselves poets, feel to select their own selection of poems is curious enough. The dislike to using the...

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LA FAVTLLE BENOITON.* WHAT forms of satire the Second French

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Empire will not brook is sufficiently shown by the condemnation and hunting down of M. Rogeard for the Propos de Labilnas, and the condemnation of M. Maurice Joly for his...

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A BOOK has been written on the fertile subject of what men have said of women. There is room for a companion volume, to be called, " What Authors have said of Publishers."...

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Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes," Mrs. Stowe gives a series of lectures on those "unsuspected, unwatched,...

Follies of the Year. By John Leech. With some notes

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by Shirley Brooks. (Bradbury, Evans, and Co.)—It is enough to announce that this volume contains the series of illustrations to Punch's Pocket - Book from 1844 to 1864, and that...

The Path on Earth to the Gate of Heaven. By

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Rev. F. Arnold. With sixteen illustrations drawn from ancient and modern masters. (Warne.)—The reverend author deals here in succession, he says, with the leading principles of...

Verses New and Old. By Arthur Munby. (Bell and Daldy.)

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Lyrical Fancies. By S. H. Bradbury (Qaallon). (Moron.)—We put these two books together for the purpose of contrasting them. They are both written by gentlemen who would scarcely...

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The Last Warning Cry. By Rev. John Cumming, D.D. (Nisbet.)—

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In the words of Horace, slightly adapted, "Tenacious of his prophecies, And just except the Pope he spies, The valorous doctor will not quit, For all the wicked London wit ;...

own words, "a bald translation of an elementary work," and

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declining to wait a day, although the original author, a learned Georgian, informs us that he is meditating a complete history of his Church that shall be free from "the...

The Temple and the Sepulchre. By S. Smith, MA., Vicar

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of Lois Wooden and Rural Dean. (Longmans.)—Mr. Smith has reprinted in this small volume, with additions, some interesting letters that ho wrote on Mr. Ferguason's side in a...

The Art Journal. January. (Vir tne and Co.)--In this number

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of the Art Journal there is an interesting account of the new " Graphotype " process, with an excellent illustration. Tho picture produced, as we are informed, in less than an...

The Atlantic Telegraph. By W. IL Russell, LL.D. Illustrated by

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Robert Dudley. (Day and Son.)—" Muftis ilk bonis fiebilis " may with truth be said of the Atlantic cable, "nulliflebilior " than by Messrs. Day and Son, who have spared no pains...

The Popular Magazine of Anthropology. No. I. January. (Triibner.) —It

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is an ill wind that blows nobody good. So why should not the Jamaica breeze tarn the mill of the Anthropologists ? These gentle- men have been hitherto left out in the cold ;...

The Pleasures of Memory. By S. Rogers. Illustrated. (Sampson Low,

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Son, and Marston.)—The large illustrations in this pretty-looking volume are produced by a new method, which is thus described by the publishers. The drawing is made with an...