14 AUGUST 1869

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After this we give up Queen's Speeches. It is vain

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even to hope that they will ever be decent productions, as good, say, as an average , bulletin from France. Mr. Gladstone is such an orator that his enemies talk of the "...

Australian loyalty is clearly genuine, for it stands the money

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test in its most extreme form. The Melbourne Argus, a most respectable paper, the first in Victoria, announces that the Duke of Edinburgh's club bill for cigars and wine being...

The accounts received from Spain this week of the Carlist

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move- ment are almost unintelligible. Three statements and two rumours seem, however, to have some foundation. The statements are that Don Carlos is still in Spain, that Prim is...

Nothing is sacred to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, not

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even the pound sterling. He intimated to the House of Commons, on Friday week, that he was inclined to reduce the bullion in the sove- reign from l 231 to 122; grains,...

The Senatus-Consultum is getting through the Senate, but will not

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be ready by the fête-day of the Napoleons, the 15th August. There is a hitch about the second clause, asserting that Ministers are responsible, and it has been postponed. M....

Mr. Gladstone has filled his first bishopric by the nomination

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of Dr. Moberly to Salisbury. Dr. Moberly, as Tutor of Balliol, Head Master of Winchester, and Bampton Lecturer, has earned the reputation of a "sound" but moderate Churchman, a...

The last act of the Lords has been to reject

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the measure for making education universal in Scotland. The Government, in order to conciliate the House, introduced this Bill in the Lords first,—a mistake, we trust, that they...


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P ARLIAMENT was prorogued on Wednesday last, the 11th inst., with little ceremonial, the Queen's Speech being, in fact, a formal message, read by Commissioners to a nearly empty...

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

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Our contemporaries, and ourselves more especially, must be cautious in

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future in reviewing Conatiat books, or discussing scientific speculations, for it appears to be a libel to call any one an Atheist. Mr. James Grant, in a book on " The Religious...

The colony of Victoria is extremely anxious to attract immi-

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grants, and the Government has proposed a new Land Bill. Under this measure any settler will be able to select a block of from 80 to 640 acres on any part of the Crown lands,...

Is the luck of Napoleon turning ? If ever the

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Emperor needed an able administrator, trusted by soldiers, at the head of his Army, it is now ; and he seems about to lose the one he had obtained. By the latest accounts,...

The Czar has published an ukase., abolishing the hereditary character

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of the Russian priesthood, which is now a caste, com- prising 700,000 families. The right to obtain ordination is now extended to all, while a priest's son. can betake himself...

Mr. Bright's tendency to support the tradesman against the community,

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which came out so strongly in the discussion on false weights and measures, was apparent again in a little debate of Friday. An Act was passed last year ordering Railway Com-...

The Regency in Spain has at last declared open war

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upon the priests. S. Zorilla, Minister of Grace and Justice, has issued a circular to the Bishops, in which he tells them pretty distinctly that they are civil servants of the...

The Pall Mall Gazette, we are glad to see, declares

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for a single municipality for Loudon. Such a body, it believes, would be entered by very able men, would be closely watched, and would be able to raise ample funds for the needs...

Sir Roundell Palmer on Friday se'nnight exposed in an admirable

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speech the absurdities of our laws of marriage. Even in England, the two grand requisites, previous publicity and cer- tainty, are not secured. Anybody can be married by banns,...

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The " international " boat-race between Oxford and Harvard has

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been fixed for four o'clock on Wednesday, the 25th inst. The race excites an extraordinary interest, more especially since it has been discovered that the race is to be a race,...

A crime was committed in London on Monday which might'

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have afforded De Quineey a new text for his " Murder Considered as a Fine Art." Mrs. Peake, the wife of a controller of the Ex- cise, was resting on a bed in her house in...

Mr. Joel Rowsell, respectable bookseller, went, on the day of

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the Viceroy's visit, to the Crystal Palace. In his eagerness to see the fireworks, Mr. Rowsell got on a chair placed on a table in the third-class refreshment-room. G. Lawrence,...

The Mold rioters have received a terrible, but we fear

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not a need- lessly severe, sentence. It will be remembered that on June 2 two men were sentenced at Mold, Flintahire, to imprisonment for assaulting the manager of a colliery....

A correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette, apparently an Englishman,

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reports a most extraordinary state of feeling in the Dutch East Indies. The entire Dutch population, including the troops, is discontented, ready to declare a Republic or to...

Improved dwellings for working-men in London pay. Sir Sydney Waterlow's

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Company have comfortably housed 4,515 per- sons, and although the half-year has been a bad one, Mr. Disraeli having raised the rates some 60 per cent. by abolishing the com-...

The threat of a Land Tenure Bill for Ireland is

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already trying the reins of the landlords. A club is to be formed for the discussion of tenure, the Times has sent a commissioner to Ireland with orders to " tell the truth, "...

Consols were on Friday evening 92i to 92g.

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Mr. Lefevre, on Monday, brought in a Bill, which is

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really a Lode of Mercantile Marine Law, and contains 800 clauses. Of course, nothing is to be done with it this year, but its introduction enabled Mr. Lefevre to make a most...

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THE FIRST HOUSEHOLDER PARLIAMENT. T HE great fact of this Session is that the Revolution of 1867 has been successful, that the Reform Bill has worked as it was expected to...

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I T is very much easier to admire the policy of Count Beust than it is to admire him. Indeed, any careful study of his personal characteristics is apt to produce a secret doubt...

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M R. HADFIELD proposes, in language which certainly deserves the praise of courtesy, that the Bishops "should be relieved from the duty of attendance in the House of Lords." He...

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T HERE are certain points connected with the punishment of crime upon which the British mind appears to be hopelessly irrational, unable to perceive either its own interest or...

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I S the work of M.P.'s becoming harder than it was, because the subjects they are occupied with are more disagreeable, more full of dry business, and of a more scientific cast...

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T HE Women are turning the tables on us with a vengeance. It is scarcely a month since legislators were quoting with approval Mr. Lowe's argument that to punish a woman for...

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G LANCING the other day over the Duke of Argyll's essay on " Primeval Man," it struck us, as it bad often struck us before, that a little too much is made nowadays of man's...

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S OME time in the earlier half of last year an obscure star in the constellation of the Northern Crown, which had hitherto been barely noticed by the astronomers, was observed...

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THE BATTLES OF THE ENGLISH, WELSH, AND NORMAN-FRENCH LANGUAGES. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—It is, I suppose, acknowledged by all modern historians that we have no...

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Sift,—In a prominent column of the advertisement sheet of the Daily News of Tuesday last appeared the following :— P OLAND. — TERCENTENARY ANNIVERSARY. — To commemorate the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") think you have exposed triumphantly those objections to Proselytism which proceed from a dislike of all earnest convictions. But there is an...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.''] SIR, —Will you allow me, as one who knows something of the question, and takes great interest in it, to say a word on your paragraph...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.''] Selt,—In your well-compressed paper on Meteors, there is doubt- less nothing omitted that rests " on stronger evidence than the notion that...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR-1 SIR,—I must beg that you will correct the statement in reference to M. Boutet's bridge, which appeared in your article of the 31st ult. It is...


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—4— FRA PAOLO.* A LIFE of Sarpi is a desideratum in English literature. Not only was his career a distinguished one in an age replete with great men and great careers, but the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE ''SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is so seldom that the Spectator calls names instead of giving arguments, that the following words, being part of a sen- tence on...

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MR. YATES'S NEW STORY.* THE first half of this story

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is nearly as good as the Black Sheep— by far the best of Mr. Yates's novels—but the second seems to us not only inferior to that, but to its author's less successful pro-...

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MR. SIMCOX'S POEMS.* IT seems likely that the present century

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will do something to redress the extraordinary preponderance which Cambridge has had over Oxford in the number of poets whom the two have numbered among their alumni. It is...

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Mn. BLACEMORE is really a public benefactor : he has produced a thoroughly good novel, just as all the world has leisure (which is the mother of desire) to read it. It might...

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WE are afraid we cannot take the view of the letters collected in the volume before us which the writer and his friends were inclined to hold. The bulk of them were the...

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An Historical Exposition of the Book of Daniel. By W. H. Rule, D.D. (Soeleys.)—Dr. Rule's book seems to be the work of considerable industry and knowledge. He gives full...

Hunting, Steeple-Chasing, and Racing Scenes. Illustrations by Ben Herring, descriptions

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by J. Hewitt. (Peddie.)—The frontispiece repre- sents Tattersall's where is centred, the editor tells, the interest of the three great sports. But he speaks of it only as a...

Chronic Bronchitis. By E. Headlam Greenhow, M.D. (Longman.) —Dr. Greenhow

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here publishes some clinical lectures which he delivered at the Middlesex Hospital. By clinical—literally, bedside—it is to be understood that the lectures were delivered on the...

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The Parks, Promenades, and Gardens of Paris. By W. Robinson.

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(Murray.)—Why did not Mr. Robinson make four books at the least out of the vast amount of materials which he has put together in this one ? He gives us, among other things, an...

Salem Booss.—The Ana ly sis of Sentences Applied to Latin. By 0.

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P. Mason, B.A. (Walton.)—It will be at once objected to the system which Mr. Mason wishes to introduce into the teaching of Latin, that it substi- tutes scorpions for the whips...

Mr. E. W. Cole, of Melia:tarns, has written and published

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the Real Place in History of Jesus and Paul, of which he has given to the public one volume, "complete in itself," as he tells us. Unfortunately fur us, this description is...

Some Aspects of the Reformation. By John Gibson Cazenove, M.A.

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(Ridgway.)—We have read Mr. Cazenove's essay with great pleasure. It was suggested, as the writer tells us, by Dr. Littledale's notorious lecture on " Innovations." It treats...

Memoir of W. H. Harvey, M.D., F.R.S. (Bell and Daldy.)—No

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one will feel disposed to find any fault with the resolve which has given this memoir, intended originally for private friends of the deceased, to the public. It may seem,...