14 MARCH 1874

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Earl Grey writes a prolix letter to the Times criticising

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the necessity of the march to Coomassie, and doubting whether Ashantee will not one day have another fight, but suggesting that the best way to govern the Protectorate, 250...


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A I R. GLADSTONE has so far reconsidered his determination to retire from the leadership of Opposition as to consent for -the present Session at least to assume his old...

The Ashantee Expedition has ended well. Sir Garnet Wolseley finding,

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on February 6, that the King would neither negotiate nor come in, and that the rivers were rising behind him, burnt down Coomassie, blew up the King's palace, sent the Europeans...

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

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The Duchess of Edinburgh was introduced to the capital of

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her new country on Thursday, in a snowstorm that blotted out a good deal of the gaiety and splendour of the reception. Oxford Street and Regent Street, which were as Russian in...

The terms of the Treaty are not yet officially proclaimed,

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but it seems to be beyond doubt that Sir Garnet has demanded the cession of Adansi, the gate of Ashantee, or at least the renuncia- tion of all claim over the king and his...

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There is no change in the state of Spain, except

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this,—Moriones has not only resigned, but departed sick. Serrano is indirect corn- mand at Santander,and is accumulating all the available soldiers in Spain. He is said to have...

The Bishop of Treves has followed Archbishop Ledochowski into confinement

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for not obeying the new ecclesiastical laws of Prussia, and the Catholics of Treves were so angry when the seminary of the priests was closed by the Government on Mon- day that...

The Pall Mall Gazette of Thursday demands, in an article

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of singular strength, that Dr. Kenealy shall be tried by the Benchers- for the offences imputed to him by the Bench and jury engaged in the trial of the Tichborne case. The...

Ireland seems discontented at the exclusion of Irishmen from the

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Cabinet, which contains only Lord Cairns, who is no longer in any sense a resident in Ireland, nor, indeed, deeply interested in the Irish side of political life. It is true...

The latest telegram from Melbourne (March 10) announces that the

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Victorian Parliament has been dissolved, the issue before the country being the extinction of the Upper House. The Government proposes that whenever a Bill coming from one House...

Prince Bismarck seems to be doing his best to produce

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in France the impression that he despises, and wishes it to be known that he despises, the French people. Last week he took some pains, in answering the appeal of the Alsatian...

M. Batbie has brought forward in the French Assembly the

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new Electoral Law, as prepared by the Constitutional Committee. Its provisions are all intended to be restrictive of universs,r suffrage, and of the right of the people to...

Charles Orton has made a clean breast of his collusion

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with the pretensions of his brother Arthur, to a correspondent of the Daily 'Telegraph, having confessed with much naiveté that he should never have deserted his brother but for...

Nobody is forgotten so soon as an American ex-President, and

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the death of Mr. Fillmore will probably excite much less atten- tion than that of Senator .Sumner. The former, indeed, was. never known to this country, where nobody understood...

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A Ritualist, as rule, believes in Bishops. But .he never

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be- lieves in his own Bishop unless a Ritualist also, and usually finds a moral stimulus in setting him at defiance. The Bishops, rather - tired of this position, and of...

Mr. Holloway; who has already, we believe, begun to build

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a couple of large -lunatic asylums in the neighbourhood of Virginia Water, is stated to be intending to devote at least half a million to found some institution for the sick in...

Sir Andrew-Clarke, Governor of the Straits Settlements, seems to-have done

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a creditable thing. He. found on- his arrival in Penang that a civil war was raging in the strip, of the Malayan Peninsula ,which stretches from Penang to Singapore, that our...

We have described elsewhere the smiling misery of Sir Stafford

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Northcote under a shower of deputations, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer is not the only Minister to com- plain. The Licensed Victuallers have been at Mr. Cross already,...

The Parsees in Bombay, who occupy much the position -of

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the Jews in London, are very , much aggrieved, it appears that they have published Iiving's "Life of Mohammed" in `Guzerattee, and the Mahommedins are very much offended.. Con-...

We do not understand the outcry against the attempt 'to

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ensure that the middle-class, too, shall not leave its children uneducated. Ne doubt in a class where the presumption raised by social, habits always is in favour of the parent,...

It seems that the Chinese or Malays have succeeded in

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producing a species of convolvulus which changes its colour, at least under a tropical sun, three times a day,—in other words, has a separate costume for morning, afternoon, and...

Consols were on Friday 92 to 92i.

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THE LEADERSHIP OF OPPOSITION. M R. GLADSTONE'S letter to Lord Granville brightens materially the not very cheerful prospects of the Liberal party, and every true Liberal will...

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W E said the Ministry would be bothered by the "Interests," and it is bothered. Everybody scolds Mr. Lowe for rapping deputations, and everybody expected the Tories to be very...

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T HE alternatives of hope and fear are over, and the intelli- gence received on Wednesday from the Gold Coast shows that the Ashantee Expedition has been a complete success. Sir...

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T HE Committee of Thirty, urged, ibis said, by extreme pressure from the Government to finish their work before M. de Broglie is ignominiously defeated in his own Assembly, have...

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W E observed only a fortnight ago, in speaking of Von Moltke's great speech, that there appeared to be some- thing of meditated policy in the tone of ostentatious precaution...

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T HE merits and defects of M. Gambetta as Minister of War are not unlikely to furnish a theme for sharp debate, not only in the journals, but in the National Assembly. The great...

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I N the compass of some thirty pages, every line in which is marked with the delicate discernment due to intimate know- ledge, Dr. Curtius, the distinguished historian of...

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p AGEANT under- difficulties has at least this advantage, — that it tests much more effectually the good-will both of the deviser of the pageant and of those for whom it is...

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Petronius should die, that Socrates of dilettanteisin opened his veins

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as calmly as if he were making an eveniug call, talked with his friends about the songs and the trifles of the hour, laughed and chatted gaily, and then fell asleep in death,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Permit me most heartily to endorse your recommendation to the electors of Hackney to do themselves the honour of sending Professor...


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AFRICA OF THE ANCIENTS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Stu,—In my last letter I endeavoured to make it clear to your correspondent "S. D. C." that the Phcenicians...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-1 Sin,—Your correspondent "M.'s" protest certainly does not come- too soon, though why she should feel surprise in finding what she complains...

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ASS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] article in the Spectator of February 21 upon Mr. Cliffe L2s1ie's recent paper in the Fortnightly on the taxation of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In your notice of "The Book of the Axe" you say, "Dr. Johnson, we believe, said 'The farther I go West, the more con- vinced I am that...


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OUT OF COURT." THIS is a story of much power, and though written with a moral purpose, which is visible enough through the literary art by which it is hardly concealed, it is a...

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MR. AUSTIN'S serious poetry somewhat puzzles us. Not only is its workmanship good, but its general conceptions have something large and impressive in them; yet when we come to...

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A LINE in the Brother Smiths' Rejected Addresses has, we find, been persistently recurring to us during our perusal of Dr. Davies's amusing, but prolix and even painful book. We...

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WE have noticed before the best paper in the Contemporary, " Cmsarism and Ultramontanism," but Mr. Fitzjames Stephen, in a very temperate letter to the Pall Mall Gazette,...

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V Mr. Dixon writes to justify his spelling of 'Fitzwater,'

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and his statement that the latter was created Earl of Egremont, with which wo found fault in last week's notice of his History of Two Queens. Ho rests his justification on the...


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Among the number of magazines which we have received, but which we are unable to notice at any length, are Temple Bar, The Argosy, Tinsley's, Gases/i's, and Evening Hours....