14 FEBRUARY 1874

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• .HE Conservative reaction is a real one, and there is nothing A-z- - sr the Liberal party to do but exhibit all the fortitude and resignation they can muster, and go out of...

Mr. Disraeli made a speech at Buckingham on Tuesday, in

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which he was very cautious, and did not show his hand in relation to policy at all, except,. perhaps, by intimating that the Nonconformists had nothing to hope in relation to...

We have noticed Mr. Disraeli's policy as to the Indian

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labour test elsewhere, but must add here that he threw out in his speech at Buckingham a hint of devoting the surplus to a Famine. grant. That policy, recommended, we see, also...

The defeat of the Liberal party will be fully as

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great, and perhaps greater, than we anticipated last week. We then sug- gested a maximum majority of fifty as the probable result. At the time we write, the results of about...

The Famine news is, on the whole, disastrous, the correspondent

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of the Daily News announcing that hundreds of deaths have occurred in Sarun, and that high-caste women are working on the roads ; according to the Times' correspondent, Dinage-...

In Scotland the number of seats gained have been two,

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Ren- frewshire and Elgin and Nairn, besides the seat won from Mr. Bouverie (a Cave-Liberal) at Kilmarnock, while nine seats have been lost, leaving a net loss of seven. But the...

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The Canadian Elections have resulted in a return of a

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four- fifths majority in favour of the new Government. Of 206 seats, only 50 have been carried by Sir J. A. Macdonald. That is a decisive verdict for the Tories, but as the...

The election for Perthshire is a Liberal loss, but one

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less or more makes little difference, and Sir Stirling Maxwell, of Keir, is a distinct gain to Parliament. If he will only work, he is the natural Tory Commissioner of Public...

We were mistaken in supposing last -week that Sir Fowell

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Buxton's candidature for Westminster was supported by the- Licensed Victuallers. It seems that they supported almost unanimously the Conservative candidates. Sir Fowell Buxton,...

Next to the Westminster election, perhaps even beyond it, the

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snot crushing defeat suffered by the Liberals has been in Middle- sex. The numbers there were,—LordsG. Hamilton, 10,343; Mr. Coope, ; Lord Enfield, 5,623; awl Mr. Lehmann....

The French correspondent of the nines states that a book

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has just been published in France by the Abbe Raboisson in which he proves, from the Book of Daniel, that the Comte de Chambord, foe of the Beast with ten heads, i.e., the...

Rumours are being somewhat eagerly circulated of the rapid reorganisation

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of the French and German armies. As they come from Germany, they must be demi-official, and must be intended to help on the new Military Bill which is to be passed this Session....

Up to the evening of Friday the result of the

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election for Wick had not been announced, but the Standard reported that the- counting had finished in six out of eight places, and that Mr. Bryce was believed to have won the...

The French Committee of Thirty on the Constitutional Laws is

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said to have resolved to abolish voting by list for each department, and to substitute voting by arrondissement. The object of this change, which will, it is said, be carried...

M. de Broglie has been " interviewed " by a

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correspondent of the Telegraph, and has made a declaration of his ideas which, and his denials of his reported statements, we have criticised elsewhere. His words amount, on the...

By a slip of the pen we last week named

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Mr. Perry Watlington, Member for West Essex, instead of Mr. Wingfield Baker, candi- date for South Essex. The latter's seat we believed to be unsafe, and he is dismissed, but...

Mr. Locke King, the doughty foe of primogeniture, has lost

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his seat for East Surrey after holding it for twenty-seven years, and has lost it by a considerable majority, his return showing 1,300 votes fewer than the Conservative, Mr....

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But nevertheless not a reply which was permitted to pass

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muster. Mr. Fremantle, Rector of St. Mary's, Bryanston Square, —with whom we very much agree, except in relation to what it is reasonable to expect from persons situated like...

The Italian Parliament and Statesmen are models of diplomatic tact

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and sobriety. The mode in which they have dealt with. Prince Bismarck's absurd charge against La Marmora of pub- lishing forged despatches, and dealt with it without either...

The Bishops of the English Church would certainly have a

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hard - time of it, if it were a matter of great importance-to them, —which it is not,—to please the different schools among their clergy. - The three Bishops in whose dioceses...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 92,

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We cannot understand how Mr. Bright, standing so high as

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he does both in the respect of statesmen and the love of the people he has helped first to feed and then to enfranchise, can permit himself the angry outbreaks by which he...

David Friedrich Strauss, - the author of the once celebrated mythical

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theory of the New Testament history, died at Ludwigs- burg in Wiirtemberg on Monday last, aged 65. His general view was that the expectations which tradition and legend had...

A fire broke out yesterday afternoon in the Pantechnicon, Belgravia,

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the frontage of which is on the north side of Mot.. comb Street, the main body of the gigantic building running northwards towards Knightsbridge and immediately in the rear of...

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WHAT SHOULD MR GLADSTONE DO? NAT E sincerely trust that Mr. Gladstone and his colleagues will not be persuaded by any precedents into meeting Parliament without having...


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I T will be observed that the Conservative reaction, for our steady belief in which we have been so much ridiculed by some of the political critics of the day, has passed...

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/THAT part of the work is over. There is no more need now, 1. we presume, to assert the reality of the Bengal Famine. For three months past, or rather more, since October, the...

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W E may, we think, take it as settled that the French Premier did wish the statements attributed to him by the correspondent of the Telegraph to go forward to the world. M. de...

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I T is now pretty evident that the Ballot has not, so far, worked as in one respect we feared it might. It has not diminished the total number of voters. In the City of London,...

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THE Conservative reaction has extended in force even to Scotland. It is true that a saloon carriage might still suffice for the conveyance to London of the Tory contingent sent...

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T HE result of the Irish Elections so far—and all the Borough elections, three-fourths of the County elections, are now over—nearly, if not completely confirms our...

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MITE Rev. Harry Jones, Rector of St. George's-in-the-East, must be a chip of the very soundest wood in the block from which the English Establishment was cut. His manifesto...

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TT is very curious to hear of the death of Baron Meyer de Rothe- 1. child, fourth son of the original owner of the Red Shield, the sign over the little house in Frankfort, and...

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pRIEDRICII STRAUSS, when he died last Sunday in his native particular periods have an affinity with each other, and it may justly be said that Strauss's early thinking...

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" SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Everyone practically acquainted with the work of education will agree with you in rejecting in toto Mr. Lowe's suggestion as to non-compulsion in the case of...


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ELECTORAL ARBITRATIONS. [TO THE EDITOR 011 THE SPECTAT0R:] SIR,—I cordially agree in the objections stated in Mr. Maurice's letter, in your paper of last week, to arbitrations...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIH,—It is gratifying to

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find an advocate of Vivisection taking up an intelligible and logical position, but Dr. Pye-Stnith's " modera- tion " appears to me to hinder his getting the full beuefit of his...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPUTA:TOL-I SIR,—Why should not our surplus of five millions be spent to save Bengal? Nothing short of some such effort will do the work before us, and...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") &R,—In the Spectator of the 7th inst. allusion is made to the enthusiasm excited by Professor Fawcett's reference to the famine at one of his...


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(TO TIIII EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —I feel bound to offer a few words in explanation of the view which you attribute to me, in regard to the question of Vivisection as a...

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ONE FLIGHT. I WISHED for the wings of a bird to fly Into the blue heights of the sky. Sudden I sprang from the scented grass ; I saw tall trees like flower-stalks pass. The...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your article on the "Titles of Sovereigns," published on the 7th, you say that the title "King of the French" has been nowhere...


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THE WATER-COLOURS AT THE DUDLEY GALLERY. THERE is sore tribulation at the absence of Mr. Burne Jones, and the decline of the Archaic school at the Dudley Gallery. We are...

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THORPE REGIS.* THIS is the first considerable tale of English life, we believe, by the author,—no doubt a lady,—who told us so well those tales of the South of France called...

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THE "three great volumes" with which the biographer of Archibald Constable comes before the public are full of interest- ing material. It did not require any plea drawn from the...

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A RESIDENCE of thirty years in New Zealand, during which Mr. Kennedy studied the history and traditions of that deeply and vari- ously interesting country and watched the...

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THIS is a very fresh and genial book. Through its pages, from beginning to end, there blows a genuine breeze from the mountains, scented with the perfume of pine-bark, and...

TO ROME AND BACK.* THE title of Mr. Capes's book,

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coupled with our experience of other works which describe the first part of that journey, reminds us of the story of one of Lord Palmerston's Bishops being in a railway carriage...

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Professional Dissertations for 1871-2, 1872-3, of University College, London.—These two sets of Dissertations represent a now idea in England, though Germany, as usual, has been...

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Poems by Robert Bridges. (Pickering.)—Mr. Bridges is, anyhow, taking the

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first steps on a path which may lead him to high fame as a poet. He has carefully studied good models, has acquired much general culture, has mastered the technical rules of his...

Old and New London. By Walter Thornbury. Vol. L (Cassel/

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and Co.)—Mr. Thornbury begins by taking us eastward of Temple Bar. This, indeed, is "Old London," and so rich in traditions, associations, and the Great Fire notwithstanding,...

Brave Hearts. By Robertson Gray. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This is

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a story, told with much spirit, of the life which men lead in the wild regions of Western America. The steno is laid a few years back, before the Pacific Railroad had come...