14 DECEMBER 1867

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The Publisher of the SPECTATOR will fed obliged by Advertisements

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intended for the Current Number being sent in as early in the week as possible. It is impossible to guarantee the insertion of Advertisements sent in after 12 a.m. on Friday.

A declaration, as yet only reported by telegram, has been

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pub- lished in Ireland, demanding equality for all religious professions as essential to order and good government. It is signed by Lords Fingal, Granard, Kenmore, Dunraven,...

It is reported—truly or falsely—that Lord Stanley, immediately on the

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receipt of M. Rouherls speech, telegraphed to the British Embassy to say, that such being the Imperial programme, Her Majesty's Government definitively .declined to enter the...

Moved by the widespread character of these demonstrations, the Government

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resolved at bat to suppress them. On Thursday, the Lord-Lieutenant issued a proclamation, stating that such pro- cessions, as tending to excite hatred and contempt of the...


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A_ FRIGHTFUL atrocity was committed on Friday evening, apparently by Fenians. "Colonel" Burke is detained in the Clerkenwell House of Detention, and a barrel of gunpowder was...

The talk of the week in home politics has been

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still of Feniaus. The notion of funeral processions in honour of the "Manchester Martyrs" struck the Irish mind alike on its poetic, its religious, and its anti-Saxon side, and...

We mentioned cursorily last week the tenor of M. Rouher's.

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speech on the Papal question on December 5, the telegraphic summary of which alone we had then received. It was very able,. in its strong, rather coarse, highly flavoured,...

M. Rouher's declarations as to the future are precise enough.

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"The French troops will remain at Rome as long as their pre- sence shall be necessary for the security of the Pope, and by the word 'security' the Government mean to speak not...

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The speeches of the week have been chiefly on education,

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Mr. Stansfeld and Mr. E. A. Leatham having spoken on it at Dewsbury, with an evident bias towards compulsory education ; Mr. Austin Bruce, at Halifax, having advocated his own...

They certainly do things on a noble scale at Manchester.

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Owens College is trying to raise a fund for a new Professorship of Engineering. 8,750/. is already subscribed by little more than a dozen subscribers, one firm alone, Messrs....

Mr. Dudley Baxter writes an excellent letter to the Times

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about the distress of "East London," the irregular square, containing 4,480 acres, on which stand Clerkenwell, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, St. George's, Mile End Old...

A conference was held on Wednesday at the City Terminus

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Hotel, Cannon Street, Mr. Miall in the chair, on the right course to pursue with respect to the Irish Established Church. The Conference agreed that the Irish Establishment...

The fire on Friday week at Her Majesty's Theatre, which

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ended in its total destruction, has produced the usual crop of suggestions to prevent fires in theatres, an object, we fear, unattainable. There must be a wooden stage, built in...

Lord Granville has had a pleasing little correspondence with the

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Duke of Marlborough. The Duke,—who evidently had never read the Conscience Clause,—said that the chief objection of the clergy to it was, that it did not only protect the...

It was expected in Paris that M. Gamier Pagbs' interpellation

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on German affairs would elicit from M. Rouher Some distinct state- ment of the Imperial policy, perhaps a declaration that Prussia should " never " have Rastadt. Prussia,...

Mr. Seward has really bought and, according to the Herald,

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taken possession of St. Thomas and St. Croix, the Danish West India Islands, which will, therefore, be governed as a Territory. It is by no liaisons certain, however, that the...

An inquest on a child who died this week in

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the house of a man named Cooper, in Hackney Road, has brought to light a shocking system of moral infanticide prevalent in our midst. The boy, it appeared, was the illegitimate...

The Pall Mall Gazette traces the discreditable break-down of the

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Poor Law Board to the influence of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Fleming, who, it is hinted, pooh-poohs complaints. That some influence hostile to all vigorous reform is at work...

The Italian Budget for 1868 was proposed on December 12,

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by the new Finance Minister, S. Cambray Digny. No details are given in the telegram, but it is announced that the Government intends to levy the multure tax, an impost which, it...

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Dr. Newman gives a graphic picture, in one of his

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lectures on " Anglican Difficulties," of the advantages resulting to the Church from the foreign character of the Papacy, and its perfect independence of the domestic influences...

Professor Henry Smith, the Savilian Professor of Geometry at 'Oxford,

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sent to the Times of Tuesday an account of the very .curious tactics of the Hebdomadal Board in respect to the attempt .of Balliol College to get power to admit certain...

We deeply regret to record the death of Mr. Ebenezer

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Charles, of the Chancery Bar, who was some years ago, before professional engagements multiplied upon him, a valued contributor to this journal, and who, though still young, had...

Dr. Rolleston informs us that the cat of the ancients

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never had any rat-devouring to do, for the rat is a medireval animal, first noticed in English literature in Piers Plowman. Lintueus even fancied that the elder of the two rata,...

Frederick Baker, the attorney's clerk who out up a little

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girl at Alton, has been sentenced to death, and the day of his execution cuss been fixed. No one doubts his guilt, or that his guilt deserves • the highest penalty, but serious...

Although the transactions in all National Securities this week have

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been very moderate, no change of importance has taken place in the quotations. On Monday, Consols for delivery were quoted at 92f, ; and for the 7th of January, 924, 93;...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, Den G. Friday, Dec. 13. Mexican 15f ... 181 Spanish Passives 25* ... 25f Do. Certificates ... ... ... ... ... 19 ... 10 Turkish 6...

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FRANCE AND ITALY. • L ACORDAIRE, in the enthusiastic universalism of,his first vision of the Roman Catholic Church, once spoke of the various separate elements of that Church as...

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NAPOLEON'S NEW POSITION AT HOME. T HE reflex effect within France

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itself of the policy which Napoleon has adopted in Italy must necessarily be great. The direct power of the Priesthood, to begin with, has been thereby enormously increased....

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A LMOST any great idea, certainly any great trite idea, probably any great false idea, is stronger than any human organization. The idea of the unity of the Godhead has...

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A RCHI3ISHOP TRENCH, Bishop Sumner (of Winchester), 11. Bishop Browne (of Ely), Bishop Ellicott (of Gloucester and Bristol), and Bishop Selwyn (Bishop Designate of Lichfield)...

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T HE Times of Wednesday published a leading article which must have created no little bewilderment in the majority of its' readers. It was a protest, quite explicit and very...

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O NE of the ablest moralists we ever knew, a man much sterner to himself than to the world around him, used to say that of all crimes theft was the one which showed the basest...

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/THE late Mr. Pritchard, Cigar-maker, recently of Bromley, has 1. been a great ethical problem to the London Press. There is no doubt as to the facts of his case. He lost...

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T "years which followed the signature of Magna Charta in 1215,

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including the remainder of the reign of John, and those of his son and grandson, Henry HI. and Edward I., were troub- ions times for the citizens of London. King John, as is...

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[Fnom OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] The Narrows, : Long island. AUTUMN, who in this country always goes robed in mellow splendour, rarely fails to litre me away from town, and...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 11 SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—There is one point of some moment, I think, on which it was scarcely possible for me to touch in the letter you so kindly found a...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Your correspondent "H. F." charges the promoters of the Free Christian Union with a misapprehension of religious dogma, and even...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You are always a consistent advocate for making the Church of England as Liberal as possible in point of doctrine, would you not also...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—If you and your readers are not already "weary o' cats," allow me to give you, from personal knowledge, a few facts which indicate both...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR ."] SIR,—I have to thank you for publishing my letters on the state of Ireland. My last proposal, to give to an evicted tenant-at-will an...


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A WHITE-WINGED thought came to me in the night : Then said I to myself, "I will engrave This heavenly message on my brain, and save One gem from the rich mine long lost to...

PUBLICATIONS OF TH.E. WEEK. Publishers.--s d Anecdotes of the Aborigines,

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with portraits, 8vo (Partridge) 1 6 Britton (J. J.), Ganglia, Lyrical Lays, ' &c., leap 8vo (Bennett) 3 6 Sooner or ' (Bradbury) 21 0 Cohen (J.S), Inhalation, its 'Therapeutics...

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MR. KING ON INFERIOR GEMS. * WE have reviewed Mr. King's book before, but we have something to say about this greatly expanded edition. In two very hand- some and well printed...

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THREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS.* THESE are three children's books, all capital

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of their kind, and of the three best kinds for children's amusement,—adventure, humour, fancy. As to the sometimes disputed authenticity of M. du Chaillu's travels in the...

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ONCE again the time has come round which is so distressing to the sternly conscientious reviewer. Once again the table is covered with gorgeous books, rich in gilt bindings, and...

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IT is probable that photography-will gradually work a complete and most wholesome revolution in the nature of the illustrated books that abound at this season of the year. The...

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Mae. HEATON'S little memoir of Sir D. Wilkie* does not pretend to contain any new particulars about him, but only by the juxta- position of the most important facts of his life...

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A DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY.* Tins large octavo volume, of 1,300

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pages, turns out to be a new edition of our old friend Maunder. The editor would perhaps have acted more wisely, and certainly protected himself from pos- sible unpleasant...

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Gerald and Harry; or, the Boys in the North. By

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Emilia Marryat Norris. (Griffith and Farran.)—How the boys came to be in the North, and what they did there, will be seen on reference to Mrs. Norris's story. If the adventures...

Nursery Tales. A New Version. By Mrs. R. Valentine. (F.

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Warne and Co.)—We object on principle to the critical method being applied to that portion of the early history of mankind of which the scene is laid in the nursery. Whether the...

A Bushel of 41feny Thoughts. By Wilhelm Busch. Described and

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ornamented by Harry Rogers. (Low, Son, and Marston.)—The illus- trations in this work have appeared in a Munich comic paper, and are well known in South Germany. Their style of...

The Belgravia Annual. Edited by Miss Madden. (Belgravia0ifice.) Golcl, Silver,

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Lead, otherwise 1Varne's Christmas Annual. Edited by Mrs. R. Valentine. (F. Warne and Co.)—These two collections of seasonable stories and verses may serve as types of the many...

The Vernons of Holly Mount. By Maggie Symington. (A. W.

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Bennett.)—A fair little story, which would be better if its moral was not forced upon its readers, and if all its incidents were not too abrupt in themselves, and too closely...

Upside Down; or, Turnover Traits. From original sketches by the

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late William McConnell. (Griffith and Farran.)—Some of these eketches impress us more favourably and give us a higher conception of Mr. McConnell's power than the drawings which...


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Branuras.—Of ten as we have been puzzled to find an appropriate heading for paragraphs which seem mere quotations from library cata- logues, we never felt this want so keenly as...

1 Old Merry's Christmas Party. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)— The

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contents of this book are just what we might expect from its title. The young folks are supposed to have a Christmas party, in the midst of which some well known writers are...

Handy Royal Atlas of Modern Geography, exhibiting the Present Condition

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of Geographical Discovery and Research in the several Countries, Empires, and States of the World. By Alexander Keith Johnston. (Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1868.)—This is Mr. Keith...