13 NOVEMBER 1869

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There is an irony in history as well as in

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nature, and the Fenians seem disposed to give us a striking illustration of it. They are adopting at many of their meetings in Ireland the motto, "Trust in God, and keep your...

Things are not pleasant in Paris. The arrival of the

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ci-decant aristocrat who aspires to be Mirabeau, and is only Mephistophiles, does not matter much, but the applause which follows him where- ever he goes does. "M. Rochefort,"...

A stronger compliment than even Mr. Gladstone's is to be

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paid to America through Mr. Peabody. A funeral service has been performed over his remains in Westminster Abbey, thus conceding to him the honours of burial in the British...


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MHE usual dinner was given to Her Majesty's Ministers on the 9th November in Guildhall, and five of the Ministers made speeches. Mr. Cardwell uttered perfectly meaningless...

Dr. Temple was elected to the Bishopric of Exeter on

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Thurs- day by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, and obtained a majority of 13 to 6. Dean Boyd, Chancellor Harrington, Archdeacon Phillpotts (eldest son of the late bishop), also...

The "gentle, childlike, poetic soul of Kickharu," as the Member

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for Dungarvan—Mr. Henry Matthews—described, in the canvas which preceded his election for that borough, the spiritual principle of one of the Fenian leaders, seems to be still...

The Queen proceeded in state to the City on Saturday,

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" opened " Blackfriars Bridge and the Holborn Viaduct, and was received by a great concourse of people, who were universally delighted to see her. The visit was in its way a...

*,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Whether the outbreak will come or not we cannot judge,

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but we note a fact. The Inpatients do not seem to havc a soldier of any known capacity in their rank. Colonel Charras has never been replaced, and had he lived, would, we doubt...

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In delivering the prizes to the pupils of the Liverpool

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Institute on Wednesday, Mr. Forster made a speech in favour of confining educational endowments to these three purposes :—(1) Securing a small, but only a small, income for head...

The King of Italy has had a severe attack of

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inflammation of the lungs, and on Saturday received extreme unction. He has, however, recovered, and is now pronounced out of danger. He showed in his extremity the bull-dog...

Mr. Layard took occasion, in a lecture which he delivered

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at Newington on Tuesday night on "Pompeii," to reply to Mr. Ayrton's speech of the day before, and it is obvious that there is no love lost between the new Spanish Minister and...

Mr. Ayrton, the First Commissioner of Public Works, was re-elected

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for the Tower Hamlets on Monday without opposition, and seized the occasion to prove that the critics who preferred Mr. Layard's carefully cultivated taste at the Board of Works...

The Vice-President of the Council of Education, Mr. Forster, received

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a deputation at Liverpool on Wednesday, on the subject of the University Tests' Abolition Bill, which several gentlemen of weight and influence in Liverpool urged the Government...

Mr. Gladstone is about, it is said, to create ten

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new Peers :- The Earl of Southesk, the Earl of Listowel, Lord Edward Howard, the Right Hon. J. Fitzpatrick, M.P., Sir John Acton, Bart., C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P., Colonel...

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Just look at the system? The St. Pancras Guardians have

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been quarrelling with each other, the Board, and themselves, to the neglect of every duty for months, till the old famine fever has revisited the parish. The elected Minister...

Mr. Maurice's farewell sermon and communion at St. Peter's, Vere

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Street, on Sunday last, made of the day one not to be easily forgotten by any who were present on the occasion. Besides regular attendants, the church was crowded, not with the...

Consols were on Friday evening N* to 94*.

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The working men's candidate for Southwark has not yet been

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determined upon. Mr. Allan, the Secretary to the Amalgamated Engineers' Society, has, as we understand, declined to stand, and at present the most likely candidate seems to be...

It is well for the Guardians of St. Pancras that

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Englishmen are the most patient of mankind, and Londoners the most patient of Englishmen. While they have been maintaining their right to do as they like against their legal...

Mr. Thomas Hughes, the Member for Frome, made a bright

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speech to his constituents on Thursday se'ennight, a speech full to overflowing of sanguineness and strength. Mr. Hughes believes in the present House of Commons,—which, we may...

Mr. Edward Wilson, an eminent Australian colonist, and one of

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the chief proprietors, we believe, of the Melbourne Argus,—the greatest of the colonial newspapers,—wrote a very able letter to Wednesday's Times on national disintegration,...

There is something wonderfully grotesque in the Japanese mind, with

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all its genuine force. It appears that whenever the Mikado goes abroad the upper windows of the streets through which he passes are closed and sealed up with paper bands, "so...

The Bishop of Oxford, in his farewell charge to his

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clergy, whom he leaves for the new diocese of Winchester "with con- flicting feelings almost too deep for utterance," made a special attack on the practice growing up amongst...

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MR. GLADSTONE AT GITILDRALT, M R. GLADSTONE sees land. That, it appears to us, is the only reasonable deduction from the earnest speech he delivered on Tuesday in Guildhall....

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T HE Emperor Napoleon is allowing the Impatients their full swing, and it is extremely difficult to understand why. Nothing in his character, his history, or his position...

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M R. AYRTON is a man of very considerable ability, who fully deserved the trial which be has received and is receiving in the Ministry, but the more we see of him as a Minister,...

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T HE real and the great merit of Victor Emanuel—that which makes his dangerous illness a misfortune for his country, and has called out an unexpected expression of popular grief...

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O N the 30th of June, 1868, the Government of India, with a view "of encouraging natives of India to resort more freely to England for the purpose of perfecting their education,...

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T HERE is more than one good reason for examining some- what closely the new quarrel which has arisen between the Prussian Liberals and the Government. If only as an additional...

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TUE despatch in which Dr. Livingstone describes his discoveries as to the true sources of the Nile stamp him as one of the great- est explorers who ever lived, will probably...

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It has been decided, of course, that the discusaions of the (Ecumenical Council should be held in Latin. The Roman authorities, however, find themselves confronted with this...

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A STRONOMERS have been revealing so many wonders in the vast globe which rules the planetary scheme, that we cannot yet hope to see the startling results of their researches...

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still be discovered in some places, and on the side

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of the road (which have been by some identified with Coccium) are described between Overborough and Lancaster, a milliare or Roman milestone as being those of a station about...

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THE IRISH LAND QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I proceed, by your permission, to state some reasons why the indispensable end of security of tenure for the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SPBOTATOR.1 SLE,—Will you permit me to correct a slight inaccuracy in a paragraph in last week's Spectator relating to the admission of women to the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] [The following extract from a letter of a young English girl gives a bright and clear account of a trip through one of the loveliest portions...

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ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS. "Many are called, but few are chosen." THERE are who find their life's delight, 0 Lord ! in Thee, on whom Thy grace Sets from the womb the halo-light...

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THE LIFE OF DR. ROBERT LEE.* ONE of the greatest evils attending a great empire is the semi- obscurity into which its vast extent and the magnitude of its imperial concerns...

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Palmstra Gallica; or, an Introduction to the Philology of the French Language, for the Use of Colleges and the Upper Forms of Public Schools. By A. L. Meissner, Ph.D. Professor...

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MR. PIAIT'S POEMS.* THIS volume is one among not a

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few recent proofs that America is acquiring a poetical literature that is distinctly her own. It is, we should say, to the development of the genius of second and third-class...

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JANUS ON THE COUNCIL.* EsEcoND NOTICE.] " IN this volume, for

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the first time, it has been attempted to furnish a history of the Hypothesis of Papal Infallibility, from the first * Der Papst end das Canal. Von Janus. Leipzig E. F....

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of letters who sang or said under the ascendancy of the Georgium Sidus, it is quite an exceptional comfort to meet with one who was simply an honest English gentleman, and such...

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edition of Blackstone, describes Reeves's History of the English Law as a work "of high character, but less read, perhaps, than it deserves. Though its method is somewhat dry,...

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The Blackbird of Baden, and other Stories. By Robert Black,

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M.A. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The seven stories of this volume are reprinted, for the most part, from Chambers' Journal. This is, of itself, something of a recommendation, nor will...

Viola. By the Author of Caste. (Hurst and Blackett.)—The writer

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certainly has a most amazing wealth of words, (might we suggest that she should diminish her stock by one, " geniusy," which can hardly be allowed to stand for "full of genius "...

War Justified. By a Lover of Peace. (Hamilton, Adams, and

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Co.)— We imagine this to be a question on which argument has even less practical effect in the way of causing conviction than it commonly has. Most men will think it altogether...

lnedited Tracts. Printed for the Roxburgh° Library.—Mr. Hazlitt edits in

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this volume three tracts, all of which afford interesting illustra- tions of English life during the fifty years which concluded the sixteenth century and began the seventeenth....


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Roma Sotterranea ; or, Some Account of the Roman Catacombs. By the Rev. J. Spencer Northcote, D.D., and the Rev. W. B. Brownlow, M.A. (Longmans.)—This is a volume of very great...

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The Roots of Christianity in Mosaism. By Russell Martineau, M.A.

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(Williams and Norgate.)—In this lecture Mr. Martineau seeks to establish the thesis that the spirituality of Christianity had its prototype in Mosaism. For this purpose he draws...

Love, Law, and Theology ; or, the Outs and Ins

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of the Veto Case. By Alexander Macdonald. (Cameron and Ferguson ; Griffin and Co.)— This is, as the author acknowledges, and holds indeed to be inevitable, something of a...

Memoir of the Life of Major - General Colby. By Lieutenant - Colonel J.

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E. Portlock. (Seeleys.)—To an unprofessional reader this book looks. tobe something of a tangle. General Colby was connected with the- Ordnance Survey of Great Britain and...

Cut Adrift. By Albany Fonblanque. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—There is something

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about this novel which reminds us—we wonder how many of our readers will be enlightened by the comparison—of Albert Smith's "Christopher Tadpole." The scene in which the hero...

A Book of Worthies. By the Author of the "Heir

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of Redclyffe." (Macmillan.)—Miss Yonge speaks in her preface of the "Nine Worthies" famous in inediasval times. She finds it convenient to increase the number of her own heroes...