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We question if the War Office is wise in allowing

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Sir Nathaniel Rothschild, or any other individual, to present the British Army in Egypt with tons of tobacco and thousands of pipes. The intention is most kindly, and the...

Lord Northbrook then passed on to answer Sir Stafford Northeote.

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Sir Stafford had declared the Afghan and Egyptian wars exact parallels ; but he forgot that in Af- ghanistan Lord Beaconsfield opposed Mohammedans, pur- sued a policy exactly...


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T HE news of the week from Egypt is almost nil. The Khedive* and his Ministers are gathering up the threads of the admin- istration, and punishing enemies in the provinces. The...

Nothing further of an authentic kind has been sent over

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as to the new Egyptian Army, the Correspondents, in their eagerness for news, elevating the most contradictory rumours to the dignity of facts. It is, for instance, positively...

Lord Northbrook, on Thursday, at Liverpool, defended the policy of

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the Government, in a speech which, though curiously reticent, was full of spirit, and on points most instructive. Ho maintained that the duty of putting down the military in-...

Mr. Dodson is the first Cabinet Minister who has spoken

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about the war. He addressed his constituents at Scarborough on Wednesday, and told them that they had fought in Egypt for interests as directly affecting them as if the war had...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in anycase.

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Dr. R. D. Lyons, Member for Dublin, publishes through the

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Tinics a notable suggestion for introducing Grand Committees, without altering the existing forms of the House. His idea is 'that as upon many subjects only experts attend the...

It is hardly possible to believe that the Tories. really

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intend to attack the Government upon the ground that they ought not to have gone to war in Egypt, but it looks very like it. Mi. Clarke, at Darlington on Monday, made a speech...

The withdrawal of American aid from the Land League shows

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what was always suspected,—that the American-Irish were the , real instigators of violent action. They were not, in fact, de- sirous of any Land Act at all, except as a means to...

The Italian Premier made a most significant speech to his

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constituents on Sunday. He is appealing for support, be it remembered, to an entirely new electorate, and the single ground of his appeal for confidence is the material progress...

We note with satisfaction that both Mr. Chamberlain, speaking to

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an interviewer at Moscow, and Mr. Court- ney, addressing a Liberal club at Plymouth on Wednes- day, expressed a strong feeling against the dominance of the financial " Rings "...

The Committee appointed by Government to consider the' subject of

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the Channel Tunnel have presented their report. They are almost all scientific soldiers of mark, the president being Major-General Sir A. Alison, and their verdict is, on the...

The Editor of the Irish, World has announced publicly that

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he will forward no more subscriptions for the Irish Land. League, the Parnellites having virtually abandoned their old: programme of '" the land for 'the people." He adds, that...

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The son of " General" Booth, of the Salvation Army,

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who is called Chief of the Staff, and is to succeed his father as auto- crat of the new sect, was married on Thursday, with rather too much beating of cymbals. .The Standard,...

All French accounts agree in stating that the Republican Government

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intends to pursue a policy of aggression in Mada- gascar. The claim of France to the territory occupied by the Sakalaves is to be supported by force, and the dominant race, the...

We omitted to note last week that the Curators of

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Edinburgh University, on the 3rd inst., filled up the Greek Chair, vacant by the resignation of Professor Blackie. The Chair is the best of Edinburgh appointments, yielding,...

The efforts to arrange a general strike of coal-miners in

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order - to secure a rise of fifteen per cent. in wages still continuo, and it is believed in the North that they will be successful. The masters declare that coal-mining even...

The Geneva correspondent of the Times reports a most sin-

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gular religious movement at Basle, upon which he might have expended a few more words. The Evangelical Protestants there, who are important, both from their position among...

The Sultan, for the third time in his reign, has

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removed the Grand Shereef of Mecca, the second personage in Islam, and appointed a successor. This time, he has chosen a young man of about thirty-two, named Aou.n Refik, of...

The Government of Spain did not intend, it appears, to

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close all negotiations with Groat Britain for a commercial treaty, by their recent sharp note. The Spanish Foreign Secretary wrote on August 12th to say that he had meant no...

Console were on Friday 101 1 1 6 - to 101*.

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T HE refusal of the American Irish, represented by the Irish World, to send any more money to the Irish Irish, represented by Mr. Parnell, because the latter are inclined only...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY MINISTERS ON EGYPT. T HREE Cabinet Ministers have spoken on Egypt this week, Lord Northbrook at Liverpool, Mr. Dodson at Scar- borough, and Mr. Chamberlain...

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W E have little fear that in the approaching Election to the London School Board, the reactionaries will secure the triumph for which they struggled so hard and so...

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W E have repeatedly called attention to a fact in politics, the full importance of which is scarcely yet recog- nised,—the growing dissonance between the views expressed in...

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T HE minor Conservative orators, who have been keeping up a desultory and somewhat spiritless fusillade ever since Sir Stafford Nortbcote opened the autumn campaign at Glasgow,...

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T HE Church Congress exhibited, on the last day but one of its meeting, a very curious and suggestive contrast. From ten o'clock till one the members discussed the possibility...

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I T is difficult to estimate the share which mere difference of language may have in embittering, if not creating, international disputes, and in delaying and hindering their...

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W E May begin by saying that we have not the faintest belief in the virtues of any divining-rod, whether made of hazel, yew, ebony, or any other wood. It would require an...

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M R. IRVING has added the character of Benedick to the list of his impersonations of Shakespeare, and by the time this journal is in our readers' hands, all the notices of the...

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SIR GARNET WOLSELEY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Bra,—Sir G. Wolseley's ability has always been acknowledged, but there have been those who looked on him with a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OR THE " BPEOTATOR."] Sta,—Recent utterances make it plain that our Government do not intend to restore the status quo ante in Egypt in its entirety. What may...


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[TO THE MATO& OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIN—Venice has lost in these last few years much of the charm• that attracted to her such men as Pr•out, Bonington, Stanfield, and Turner....

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MR. GLADSTONE'S LATIN VERSION OF TOPLADY'S " ROCK OF AGES." [This fine Latin version of the "Rodlc of Ages," almost an im- promptu, we believe, by Mr. Gladstone, was first...


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[To THE Dorm OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—IN the Spectator of the 7th inst., there was published a letter from Goldwin Smith on Ireland, in the course of which he said that " the...


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THE PORTUGUESE EXPEDITION TO WEST AFRICA.* READERS of The King's .Rifle—Major Serpa Pinto's narrative of his own arduous and important share in the expedition sent by the...

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THE BURMAN.* Wass the critic to the Batanswill Gazette had

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to review a work on Chinese metaphysics, he got the Bacyclopcedia Britannica, read for metaphysics under the letter " M," and for China under the letter " C," and then combined...

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WE can recommend these pleasant volumes very warmly to the 4 ' eternal reader," as he is quaintly termed in the preface to Troilus and Cressida. They will, we are well assured,...

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ALTHOUGH only written as part of a Handbook of Political Economy," Professor Brentano's new treatise, of which the full title is given below, and which is also printed...

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MANY who were at school or at college when Mr. Arber was bringing out his series of cheap reprints still remember the anxiety with which they anticipated the appearance of some...

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Christianity end Modern Scepticism.. By the Vicar of All Saints', Clapham Park, the Rev. A. G. Girdlestono, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This is not an appeal addressed to the...

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The New Clarissa. Translated from the French of Lord Monroe.

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(Remington.)—This' painful tale of an innocent victim of what is known as the White Slave-trade, professes to be founded upon events that have really occurred. The subject is...

The Human Race, and Other Sermons. By the late Rev.

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F. W. Robertson. (Kagan Paul and Co.)—As years go by, the value of each production of this eminent man's mind seems to increase rather than diminish. These sermons are less...

vy Ballades in Harvard China. By E. S. M. (Williams,

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Boston, U.S.) -There are verses grave and gay in this collection, but the gravity • of a somewhat common-place type, and the gaiety hardly raises a li ssh. The author has...