13 MARCH 1886

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A graceful and deserved compliment was paid to Lord Iddes-

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leigh on Monday. He was entertained at Willis's Rooms by 150 gentlemen from both parties, most of them Peers or Members, who presented him with a splendid testimonial of the...


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M R. GLADSTONE has been confined to his room all the week by a troublesome cold, which does not, however, inspire any serious anxiety. His absence from the House of Commons has,...

Mr. Labouchere's resolution of Friday week, declaring that no man

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ought to legislate by hereditary right, was only defeated by a majority of 36, no less than 166 Members voting for it, against 202. That is not pleasant reading for the Peers,...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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Lord Hartington delivered a speech of considerable import-

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ance to the Eighty Club b om he was entertained at dinner, yesterday week. He the Liberal Party as having set in motion all the mo erful of the agencies by which the country is...

The Anarchist mania is rising to strange heights in France.

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On Friday week, a man, believed to be named Gallo, though he himself gives a Polish name, walked into the gallery of the Bourse, and flung down a bottle filled with liquid among...

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The House of Commons on Thursday voted, by 131 to

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114, that no more national money should be paid for the main- tenance of the London Parks. As no other provision has been made for keeping them up, this was a most reckless...

Mr. Dillwyn on Tuesday brought on, at eight o'clock,—af ter

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a wearisome preliminary debate on a private Bill in relation to the Manchester Ship Canal,—his resolution affirming" that as the Church of England in Wales has failed to fulfil...

A somewhat remarkable debate occurred in the House on Tuesday

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night, on the question whether the Manchester Ship Canal Company should or should not be set free from the restriction imposed on railways, — That they are not to pay dividends...

Mr. Richard seconded Mr. Dillwyn, and Mr. Albert Grey then

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moved the amendment intended to indicate that the true path of reform is not Disestablishment, but comprehension so as to include the chief Welsh Churches within the scope of...

• Are Engliahmen beginning to think begging creditable? On Saturday

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night the performance at Her Majesty's Theatre ended in a most extraordinary scene. The performers in the Italian opera, Faust, had not been paid, and after two or three scenes...

The French Ministry is evidently greatly perplexed by the growth

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of Socialist feeling within the Radical Party. It cannot break with that party, and it cannot accept its ideas, n,nd pre- sents itself accordingly in an apologetic attitude. On...

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So many bad stories are just now under discussion in.

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the Courts, that it is a pleasure to record a good one- The. late Mr. Joshua Dixon, shipowner of Liverpool, died. in the autumn of 1885. He had, in February of that year, made a...

There was a false rumour on Tuesday that Mr. Drew

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(Mr. Gladstone's son-in-law) had been presented by the Lord Chancellor to the rich living of East Farleigh, which is not even vacant. The Pall Mall, however, which was most...

Bank Bate, 2 per cant; Consols were on Friday 100i

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to 101.

The Turks complain most bitterly of the Greek armaments. They

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say they have been compelled to transport great bodies. of troops from Asia into Epirus and Macedonia3.in order to defend those provinces, and that, they have consequently been...

It has been usual to order a Parliamentary inquiry.into the

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Government of India every twenty years. The last inquiry, however, was in 1852; and as the Indian Administration has been radically changed since then, the late Government...

We are glad to see that Sir Henry Roscoe has

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asked Mr. Chamberlain, as head of the Local Government Board, to make some inquiry into the facts concerning M. Pasteur's muchaauded inoculation for hydrophobia. We really want...

Mr. Take's letter on Ireland, published last week, has excited

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so keen an interest, that we are overwhelmed with letters. We have done our best, but we fear those who are not interested in Ireland will find thn he mass of our correspondence...

The worst of all the features of the Irish problem

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is the loathsome cruelty which the people evince towards those whom they choose to regard as taking the landlords' side ; and not only against them, but against their innocent...

We greatly regret to observe the death of Dr. Storrar,

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one of the first M.D.'s of the University of London, and its Chairman of Convocation during twenty-one years of an active life. He was an energetic-member of the Endowed Schools...

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LORD HARTINGTON'S ATTITUDE. T 4 OED HARTINGTON'S speech of Friday week to the Eighty Club has been regarded, both by many who applaud it, and by many who censure it, as an...

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T HE honour paid by both parties to Lord Iddesleigh, shown during the entertainment given to him on Monday in a burst of almost emotional cordiality, is in every way justified....


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W E attach almost no importance to the rumours flying about as to the precise form in which the proposal of Home-rule is about to be made. Only two men probably know it pretty...

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FT1HE debate and the divisions on-the Welsh Church were not 'without real significance, though the significance of the -divisions was to a considerable-extent diminished by the...


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p EOPLE tell us that the new House -of Commons shows an unusual appetite for work, and that it puts down windy speech-makers with an .abrupt decision which suggests strong...

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T HE advocates of State Socialism could not do a better thing for their cause than reprint Mr. Lyulph Stanley's Report on the management of the Royal Liver Friendly Society. The...

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T HE old idea that education would of itself extirpate crime has gradually been dissipated by experience. It was a foolish idea a priori, for there is nothing in the mere...

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THE very valuable and important letter written by Mr. Barnett, the Vicar of St. Jude's, to this week's Guardian on the vast amount of mischief which the Mansion House Fund is...

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M EDICINE-MONGERING of one kind and another has always been a Jewish speciality, and from the time of the Babylonian quacks, whose prescriptions may be found in the Talmud, down...

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Return of Agricultural Holdings in Ireland, compiled by the Local

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Government Board of Ireland from Returns furnished by the Clerks of the Poor-law Union in Ireland in January, 1881. Over £4, and at RI or under, or under £10. Over 210....


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THE AGRARIAN PROBLEM IN IRELAND. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR "1 Sta,—As there is a curious discrepancy in the published state- ments as to the number of holdings in...

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Tuke's letter in your issue of March 6th is a most valuable contribution towards the solution of this problem. Theorists, with a mere superficial knowledge of this country, rush...


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Sm.,—It is desirable that difficulties should be stated plainly ; and no man has a better right to be heard about our Irish agricultural difficulties than Mr. Take, who for many...

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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — Your correspondent, Mr.

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Take, has shown, unanswerably, that there are deep evils in the economic condition of Ireland which would not be touched even by such an utter effacement of landlordism as has...


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Sig,—Can you find space in your columns for one or two remarks on Mr. Tuke's letter in your issue of March 6th P Mr. Tuke's signal services to the cause of practical philan-...

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lTo THE EDITOR OF THE " SIPECTATOI you allow me to offer some remarks on the question of Home-rule in general, and the arguments of the Spectator against it in particular ?...


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SIR,—IS it not an obvious answer to Mr. Tuke's argument— that to one million of persons in Ireland ownership would not be more advantageous than annual tenancy—to say, "If...

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THE "SPECTATOR-"] Sia,—Mr. Gladstone, being asked by a Scotch correspondent what attitude he, as head of the Liberal Party or as leader of the House, would assume towards the...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " specrAros.")

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Sin,—Within the last twenty years, the world has witnessed the reconstruction of three great nationalities,—those of "Italy," of the "United States of America," and of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The honour of being unintentionally misrepresented by the Spectator is sufficient in most cases to enable one to bear such laurels in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " $PECTATOR." J SIR, — Last week, during three whole days, people hereabouts, like the people of neighbouring districts, were completely cut off from all...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SmTATon."1 Sia,—Mr. Moggridge's letter expresses a half-truth with much ability. Following after Christ is indeed essential to Christianity but it will...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 S1R,—On Wednesday last the English public was informed through the Press of M. Pasteur's latest triumphs. The famous chemist—in iscalled by...


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fro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SM.—Having been a subscriber to the Charity Organisation Society for some years, and having derived much benefit from the use of its...

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PROFESSOR KNIGHT'S WORDSWORTH.* WITH the eighth volume Professor Knight brings this most valuable edition of Wordsworth's poems to a conclusion,—an edition which contains not...


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SONNET: A CRY FROM IRELAND. I HEARD a voice come moaning over sea, "England and ye who fain would legislate, Heart-cankering woe and immemorial hate Are not the servants of a...

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Tins interesting, though unsatisfactory, volume belongs to an exceedingly small class of books ; so small, that we can remember only two works cast in an exactly similar mould,—...

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IT is about six years since Mr. Gosse published his volume of New Poems, and about twelve years have passed since the lyrics • Finking in Exile, and other Paerns, By Edm2nd...

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A NEW HISTORIC PEERA.GE.* TEE history of England daring the

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four centuries which followed the Norman Conquest, as it appears in all bat a few recently written books, is the history of the English Baronage; and • The Official Baronage of...

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MODEST worth has often to wait a long time for its acknowledg- ment. Sometimes, indeed, it is plumed over altogether. Not so -with our friend the pig. "The gintleman that pays...

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Tiiis is a most exhilarating book, redolent of fragrant heather, mountain air, and sea breezes. From first to last the reader will not find a dull page. The habits and instincts...

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The Heretic, March. (E. W. Allen.)—An excellent title this for a magazine, if we take the word in its favourable sense of that which exeroises a deliberate ohoice, it may well...


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to Girton ; neither is she the chief person- age of the story. Nevertheless, she is a charming and an original girl ; moreover, she is a surprise to us, for Mrs. Edwardes does...

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John Maidnzent. By Julian Sturgis. 2 vols. (Longmans.)—The hero of

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this novel is one of the disappointments of life. His friends believe him to be of fine gold throughout ; but when the test is applied, he is found to be, if not wholly of base...

Journal of Education, March. (W. Rice.)—This number, though with nothing

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particularly noticeable about it, is up tattle average in interest. Mr. Jolly publishes a paper on "Prevalent Defects in Schools," read before the Educational Congress in...

Knowledge, March. (Wyman and Sons.)—There is the usual variety of

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information in this magazine, which now appears in a monthly form. In astronomy, which is naturally a strong point, in electrical science, and other matters which belong to...

A Singer's Story. By the Author of " Flitters, Tatters,

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and the Counsellor." (Chapman and Hall.)—Miss Hester Dalrymple finds out that the death of the uncle with whom she has lived leaves her aunt with but a small pittance, and...

Tales for Sportsmen. By " Dragon." (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.) —There

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are only two tales, properly speaking, in this volume, the longer being a sufficiently pleasant story of the loves of an M.F.H. ; but, perhaps, the volume is not the worse for...

Arnold Robur. By Martin Combe and Duncan Lisle. 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—lt is quite possible that either of the two authors whose names appear on the title-page would have produced unassisted a better novel than that which their...

The Mercat Cross. By Thomas Arnold. (W. Paterson.)—This is an

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opportunely published account of the Cross of Edinburgh, lately restored by Mr. Gladstone. Several crosses have succeeded each other in the Scottish capital, and that which has...

Array and Navy Magazine. (W. H. Allen and Co )—This

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maga- zine is an interesting illustration of the wide range of our military and naval interests. Mr. C. T. Bnckland tells the story of how he served in the Calcutta Volunteers...

Elementary Algebra. By H. S. Hall, B.A., and S. N.

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Knight, B.L. (Macmillan.)—This book is the outcome of considerable experience. Teachers differ from each other considerably in the order in which they introduce to the notice of...

Key to the Elements of Euclid, by J. S. Mackay,

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M.A. (W. and R. Chambers), contains the solution of a great number of deductions on Euclid I.-IV. and VI., and some miscellaneous matter. It com- pletes what is a most valuable...

A Knave of Diamonds. By Keith Robertson. (William Paterson, Edinburgh.)—The

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cover and the title of this book are most attractive; but all is not diamond that glitters, and the inside is imitation jewellery of a paste description. The book reads like a...

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The Head-Station. By Mrs. Campbell-Freed. 3 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—In

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this "novel of Australian life," Mrs. Campbell- Freed shows the characteristics with which readers of her fictions must be familiar. She shows them, indeed, in a marked way, for...

Wild Life in Canara and Canjam. By Gordon S. Forbes.

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(Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—It is possible that every one of our readers may not know that Canara is a region in the Madras Presidency on the Western Coast of Hindostan,...

Truth in Tale. By W. Boyd Carpenter, D.D. (Macmillan and

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Co.) —Bishop Carpenter, in these "Addresses, chiefly to Children," has fol- lowed the lines of that remarkably successful book, Bishop Wilber- force's " Agathos." There is much...

Under the Mendips. By Emma Marshall. (Seeley and Co.)—Thie is

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a story of country life as it was in the West of England in the earlier part of this century. The scene is laid at Wells, in a country which the author seems to know. The...

How to Make the Land Pay. By Henry P. Dander,

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1d.A. (Long- mans.)—Mr. Dunster gives two chapters to dairy-farming and its products, one each to bacon and cognate substances, poultry, and rabbits, four to fruit, and three to...

Differential and Integral Calculus. By A. G. Greenhill, M.A. (Mac-

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millan.)—This is an effort by a teacher of experience to give an elementary knowledge of the use of the calculus to students, who require it for practical purposes ; such, for...

Essays in Translation. (W. Rice.)—These are the "prize translations" which

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have appeared during the last three years in the Journal of Education, together with some miscellaneous contributions to the same publication, viz., "Lists of Greatest Men of...

Griselda. By the Author of "The Garden of Eden." 3

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vols. (F. V. White and Co.)—In the world of fiction at least there is a kind of predestination in names. If a heroine is called "Griselda," we know pretty well what we may...

A Drive through England. By James John Marley. (Bentley and

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Son.)—Mr. Hissey started from London, drove up to Scotland, and drove back again. The experience seems to have been a pleasant one, as, indeed, it should be for a sensible...

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But we would like to have some more regular balance-sheet

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before -starting. In the first place, how is the E20 made up? What does a farmer get as the wholesale price of his milk ? Then about the cost. A practical neighbour tells the...