13 NOVEMBER 1880

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T HE state of Ireland is still the great anxiety of the Govern- ment, and is, we fear, an increasing rather than a diminish- ing anxiety. The area of disturbance spreads, and...

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Sir William Harcourt had an amusing little brush with the

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Sheriffs,—one of whom, Alderman Fowler, M.P. for the City of London, is a strong Conservative,—when he declared that he thought Gog and Magog must have been the primeval...

But the most English of speeches was the Prime Minister's,

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grave, dignified, and hopeful, and without a single flash of party feeling, but certainly not sanguine, and in relation to Irish politics a speech of warning. We have said so...

The Lord Mayor's Day is, as the French Ambassador said

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on Tuesday, one of the most English things in England, and pro- bably it was never more thoroughly English than under the presidency of its new,—some say its first,—Irish...

The " Boycott incident," the principal event of the week

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in Ireland, was and, for that matter, may still be a very dangerous one. We have described the main facts - elsewhere, and it is clear from them that but for Mr. Forster's nerve...

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Mr. Bourke, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs under the late Government,

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delivered himself on Thursday, at King's Lynn, of a very fierce speech. He declared that the Treaty of Berlin was only a substitute for the Treaty of San Stefano, and by no...

Sir Bartle Frere was entertained by his friends at a

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public banquet on Saturday at Willis's Rooms, Sir R. Temple taking the chair, and pouring out a flood of eulogy upon the guest of the evening. We have quoted some sentences from...

The sitting on Thursday was marked by a deplorable incident.

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M. Baudry d'Asson, an ardent Legitimist, had on Tuesday called the Government a " Government of pick - locks " (" des crocheteurs "), and was excluded, in punishment, from the...

The Ferry Ministry in France has fallen and risen again,

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and now sits in a slightly dazed condition. The Chamber was re- opened on November 9th with-a speech from M. Jules Ferry, in which he defended the dissolution of the...

The Colonial Office received on Tuesday a very ominous telegram

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from the Cape. The " officer administering the Government " writes, on-.November 3rd, that the " position has not improved" since thelast despatch. Brigadier Clarke did not...

The Russian Government seems to believe that it has at

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last discovered the secret of the Nihilist organisation. At least, it has allowed telegrams to be forwarded from which it appears that an acts d'accusation has been published in...

The latest telegram from Constantinople (Friday) reports that the Albanian

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leaders had agreed to surrender Dniciguo to the Montenegrins, but there is no confirmation of this news from the spot where " negotiations" are still pursuing their in-...

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The Times has written a set attack on the new

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Oxford Stat- utes for the revision of the duties of the University Professors, but we should be sorry to pass as yet any deliberate judgment on their effect, for they need...

Lord Rosebery's Rectorial address to the students of the University

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of Aberdeen, delivered yesterday week, was evidently one of much more mark and originality than the public is accnstomed to expect from this sort of deliverance. Its chief point...

Mr. Joseph Thomson, the young African explorer who, at the

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early age of twenty-two, was called upon to head the expedition to' Lake Tanganyika, in consequence of the death of Mr. Keith Johnston soon after the start from Zanzibar,...

Consols were on Friday 991 to 99j.

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We are glad to see that the Liberals of Carnarvonshire

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have requested 'Mr. William Rathbone, formerly M.P. for Liverpool, who canvassed South-West Lancashire with so much public spirit last spring in the Liberal interest, and made...

At a distribution of prizes to the Art classes at

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Chesterfield on Thursday night, a letter was read from Mr. John Ruskin, in answer to a request that he would come to deliver a lecture. _Mr. Ruskin said, " I could not if I...

South Austria was-visited on Tuesday, the 9th inst., with a

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severe earthquake, which was felt from Vienna to Trieste, and as far eastward as Serajevo. Its greatest violence -was, however, expended on .Agram, the capital of Croatia, where...

The trial of Thomas Wheeler for the murder of Mr.

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Anstie, at Marshbank, near St. Alban's, has resulted, as everybody expected, in the conviction of the prisoner, whose identity was sworn to by one woman, who pointed him out...

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MR. GLADSTONE AT GUILDHALL. M R. raGtbLeArDiSsTtOtNtEh'eS better , a f t e r Guildhall is e n t o e t s t i le p w l i o e rs i t y e , What was wanted was the exhibition of a...

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T HE French Chamber is, we fear, getting out of hand, and as soon as the Bill establishing the Scrutin de Liste has been passed, should be dissolved. The foolish attack upon the...


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T HE Americans have invented, and Englishmen are slowly adopting into their political vocabulary, a new word, in- tended to account for the otherwise unaccountable popularity of...

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DEAD by the light of the past history of Ireland, the It Boycott affair is by far the most instructive episode which has yet occurred in the new Irish agitation. It indi- cates...

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I a letter which we print to-day, Dr. Liddon contests our in- terpretation terpretation of the word "persecution," as applied to Mr. Dale. The immediate difference between us...

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T HE return of Colonel Gordon, and the uncertainty which marks the relations between Russia and China, will both serve to direct greater attention than before to the attitude of...

THE GREEK . QUESTION AT CAMBRIDGE. T HE University of Cambridge have

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decided, by 185 votes to 145, against relieving the Candidates for Honours of that University—the proposal was limited to Honours men—from the necessity of taking. up Greek...

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SIR JOHN LUBBOCK will certainly earn the praise of • IJ accumulating more •facts upon which we may found reasonable inferences as to the intellectual character of the Ant,...

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W E are inclined to think that both of Mr. Pawcett's now schemes for enabling poor people to save will succeed.- Indeed, the little one has already succeeded in a way which has...

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A PYRENEAN HOLIDAY.—III. TO LOURDES. [TO TER EDITOR OF TEM " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—During our stay at San Sebastian, Henry appeared to be much excited on the subject of...

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PERSECUTION AND PROSECUTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Six,—When you say that I am wrong in applying the term " persecution " to the treatment which Mr. Dale is...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Six,—The brief notice that you have given of my paper on " Deliberative Procedure," in the Contemporary Review, does bare justice to my...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " esporneR.1 S111,—I am somewhat amused at . finding myself taken to task for praising "the smug virtues." I have often been rebuked for passing them too...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ) SIR, —Here is an authenticated instance of practical joking fitly reciprocated :—A friend of mine has a rough-haired collie, wise and...


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THE TWENTY-NINTH NIGHT OF ILIAD. So both the armies slept, the Greeks secure Within their trench, the Trojans on the plain. Bat Hector slept not; him the manly joy Stirred to...

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MISS BIRD'S JAPAN.* [FIRST NOTICE.] REA.DERS of these volumes, if they should have entertained an idea of visiting Japan, will probably relinquish their purpose by the time...

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INGENUITY is a quality of great value to novelists, and espe- cially when they adopt the serial form as their method of in- teresting readers in the fate of their creations. Mr....

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GEORGE SMITH, OF COALVILLE.* WHATEVER the mental attitude theologians or

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men of science may assume with regard to any system of Christianity, it will yet, in its innermost spirit, be found to be the great working hypothesis for the civilisation of...


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As far as our memory serves, there are few great English' novelists who have been successful in writing short tales. In • Pamoges from the Diary of an Early Methodist. By the...

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Is fiction, as in character, there are' re types which are deserving of praise, and which, if the truth be said, seldom meet with their deserts. Through some unfortunate failing...

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Sylvan Spring. By F. G. Heath. (Sampson Low and Co.)—A

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sympathetic and pretty volume about spring in the woods and fields. Here are twenty wood engravings of scenery, after drawings by Harrison Weir, Birket Foster, and E. M....

POETRY.—Ripples and Breakers, by Mrs. G. Linnmus Banks (C. K.

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Paul and Co.), contains many short poems, and a few legendary tales in verse which are the best things in the book, for, though by no moans perfect in expression, they aro...


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Hymns and Other Poetry of the Latin Church. Translated by D. T. Morgan. (Rivingtons.)—Mr. D. T. Morgan, who has long taken an interest in Anglican hymnology, and some of whose...

Roy and Viola. By Mrs. Forrester. 3 vols. (Hurst and

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Blackett.) Roy" and " Viola " are, as might be expected, lovers ; but - "Roy," or at foil length, " Sir Douglas Roy," does not make the acquaintance of the heroine till she is...

Sleep, and How to Obtain It. (Ward, Lock, and Co.)—This

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is not the least useful of the series of little manuals of health, &c., to which it belongs. To the man of forty, who has chosen the better of the two alternatives commonly said...