15 AUGUST 1868

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Dr. Jackson, an aged and most influential 'Wesleyan minister, has

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addressed a letter to Conference declaring that the reunion of the Connexion with the Established Church, which forty years ago was considered probable and expedient, has now...

Congress has passed a Bill declaring that naturalized citizens of

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the Union owe no allegiance to any foreign government, and directing that they shall receive the same protection as the native born. If the President hears that any such citizen...

It appears to be true, incredible as it seems, that

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a pseudo- Bishop of Natal is to be consecrated in England. The Arch- bishop of Canterbury, it is stated, has applied for a Royal mandate permitting such a ceremony, and the Duke...

Mr. Roundell Palmer has at length, in an address to

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his con- stituents at Richmond, explained his position with referenco to the Irish Church. He yields to no one "in personal and political attachment to Mr. Gladstone," and is...

Sir Henry Bulwer seems desirous of filling the vacant place

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in the Radical party, that of a commoner capable of filling the office of Foreign Secretary. He is standing for Tamworth, has taken all Radical pledges, apparently with perfect...

Mr. Forster, Member for Bradford, made his annual address to

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his constituents on Monday. We have analyzed his speech on the Irish Church, perhaps the most solid he has ever made, in another place ; but he also explained his views on...


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MHE Emperor of the French arrived at Troyes, in Champagne, on the 8th inst., and received the Mayor, who read an address, previously, of course, sent him for the purpose. It...

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La Lanterne, the biting little paper edited by M. Rochefort,

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has been seized in Paris, and its editor, already sentenced to four months' imprisonment for an assault under extreme provocation, has retired to Brussels. The seizure we do not...

"S. G. 0." writes to the Times to say that

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the great cause of the unpopularity of sermons is "pulpit cowardice." The clergy are afraid, he says, to speak to the educated and the rich as they speak to the poor and rough....

The telegrams still constantly mention disturbances in Spain. This time

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A ragon is troubled by bands of insurgents, and troops have been sent in pursuit. Local movements of that kind come to little, but it is affirmed that the rural and civic guard...

There has been a demonstration in Paris to which some

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sig- nificance is attached. The Prince Imperial was invited to preside at the annual distribution of prizes to the students of the Lycees, and one prize fell to young Cavaignac,...

A telegram from New York of the 12th inst. announces

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the death of Mr. Thaddeus Stevens, the leader of the extreme section of the Radical party. As a consistent and sincere abolitionist, a determined foe to secession, and the best...

Baron Beast seems, in his final speech to the riflemen

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assembled at Vienna, to have laid down moral conquest as the programme of Austria. He disclaimed, on her part, any intention to "intrude" in the affairs of Germany, but "no...

Lord Napier (of Magdala) has taken advantage of a public

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dinner given him by the Corporation of Welshpool, to contradict the report that he had deceived Theodore. He never deceived him, having never altered his terms, which were the...

It has been at length decided for the first time

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that "picketing" is an offence against the criminal law. Three stonemasons accused on this charge at Leeds have been found guilty, and sentenced to four months' imprisonment....

M. C. Potier, barrister, of Paris, has published a pamphlet

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analyzing the result of French elections. In 1866 there were in the 89 departments of France 9,975,615 registered electors, of whom 5,354,779, or a clear majority of all...

The "dead-lock in Victoria" has complicated itself a little farther.

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The Ministry not choosing, under instructions from England, to propose the grant to Lady Darling, except in a separate Bill, the Legislative Assembly has passed a vote of want...

The Times has made an effort to revive the discussion

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about the proper length for holidays, by publishing a letter from Mr. Samuel Tolfrey, who complains that, owing to the " dishonest " example of Eton and Harrow, fathers now have...

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The new Act for the regulation of Railways abolishes two

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nuisances in railway traffic. The Companies are ordered to pro- vide means of communication between passengers and the guard, under penalty of 10/. for every instance of...

. Of all the marriageable boroughs Athlone has the most

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suitors. No less than twelve candidates are asking the suffrages of the -electors, one of them supported by Dr. Manning. It is believed that Sir John Ennis, who is making a...

The half yearly report of the Great Eastern Railway is

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a most .satisfactory document. Lord Salisbury's pluck and honesty seem - to have inspired the directors; the new traffic manager is up to his work, though he cuts off too many...

The prospectus has been issued of the French Atlantic Telegraph

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Company, with a capital of 1,200,0001., in 20/. shares, the instal- ments on which extend up to May, 1869. The Company have obtained the concession granted by the French...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations:— Aug. 7 761 85 521 151 kug. 14. 'Aug. 7. Aug. 14. 77 Russian (Anglo-Dutch) , 93 931 851 Spanish, 1567 1 an 14 521 Turkish, WS 67 674 151 „ 1562...

We wonder whether advertisements like this, of which several have

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appeared within the last few years, ever met with an answer? It is from the Athenmum :— TO MEMBERS of PARLIAMENT, &e.—A gentleman of education, aged 24, seeks a good Government...

The Directors' report of the Royal Insurance Company is very

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favourable. Both in the Fire and Life departments business has been steadily on the increase. At the annual meeting the usual dividend of 7s. per share was declared.

The first private execution under the new law took place

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at Maidstone on Thursday, the culprit being Thomas Wells, a railway porter of eighteen, who deliberately murdered a station- master in revenge for a reprimand. The execution was...

The Postmaster-General, in a report upon the statistics of the

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Post Office for 1867, mentions that the customof sending valentines is by no means on the decrease. On the contrary, the number rose from 997,900 in 1866 to 1,119,142 in 1867....

We quote Consols 931-, for money, and 93i, 94, for

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the Sep- tember account ; Reduced and New Three per Cents., 93i, 94; Exchequer Bills, 13s. to 18s. premium. On the whole, the foreign market has been dull, but there was a...

We are sorry to hear that the recent increase of

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fares on the Southern railways does not pay. The weekly receipts on most of the lines have actually fallen off, and there is therefore little hope that the Northern, and...

A return presented to Parliament in 1866 shows that the

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average cost of a county seat in England is 2,0411., and of a borough seat 950/. This is inclusive of incontested returns, and exclusive of all irregular—we do not mean...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British Railways left

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off at the annexed quotations Aug. 14. Aug. 7. Aug. 14. 581 Lou. Chatham, & Dover 19 191 1061 Metropolitan 1161 1161 Midland 1061 106/ 1291 Nrth-Eastern, Berwick...

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MR. FORSTER AT BRADFORD. conclusive. His address this year to his constituents at Bradford, delivered on Monday, is a fine example of his best manner,—a speech which he who...

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T HE uneasiness expressed in Paris as to the external rela- tions of the Empire seems to derive its nutriment mainly from the extreme dullness of the time. There is nothing for...


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I T is not difficult, now that Mr. Burlingame's Treaty has been published, to perceive the line of policy upon which - the Court of Pekin is entering, and which, if the European...

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S the Liberal party justified in contrasting its management I. of the finances when in power with the management of the Tory Administration ? The question came up in the last....

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T HERE is no more remarkable example of the trite common- place that if you throw enough of mud at anybody some of it is sure to stick, than the notions which most Englishmen...

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T O confound cause and effect, the disease with the mere symptom, is one of the most fruitful sources of error in the world. Something is evidently wrong in the system of the...

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D R. HINDS has gone just a little too far. In a pamphlet of unusual cogency, yet marked by an unusual moderation, the late Bishop of Norwich has maintained a thesis which will...

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A LMOST all the city delusions about the country are more or less poetic, and most of them are harmless, or were harmless till citizens, innocent of country facts, gained so...

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— NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AND WARWICKSHIRE :—THE TOWNS. N ORTHAMPTONSHIRE at present has one city, Peter- borough ; the county town—Northampton ; two other borough and market...

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fro THE EDITOR OF TIIE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The two writers who explained some time ago in your columns,—the one why he went, the other why he did not go to Churcb,—agreed, if I...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR."] cannot think that the question which has been raised respecting the Coronation Oath is a light one. It touches very deep moral principles ;...


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"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your impiession of last Saturday you ask, "Is it, or is it not, true, that while Mr. Spurgeon could ask the Dean [of Can- terbury] to preach in the...

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DE BONNECHOSE'S HISTORY OF FRANCE.* "THE history of France," said Napoleon I., "must be written in two volumes, or in a hundred." M. Emile de Bonnechose, mind- ful of the...


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[TO TIIE EDITOR OF TIIE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. G. W. Cox does not apprehend the point which I wished to make. I see no inherent improbability in the central fact of the Trojan...

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Jr is worth while to read this book on Iceland. Yet the subject will scarcely commend itself to a very wide audience, unless indeed the present excessive heat invests Jiikulls...

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Tins is a curious book, and will be welcome reading alike to those who seek political information about the momentous Eastern Question, or wish to know something of the social...

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THERE is little in these sunny descriptions of Algerian life to attract the reader in search of information. The aim of the author is to record impressions, rather than to...

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ANOTHER of the great charitable organizations which the late American War brought forth—the United States' Christian Com- mission—has published to the world its final record....

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To write elaborate epitaphs is to employ the dead as custodians of the wit of the living, a practice savouring of irreverent egoism, and no doubt incongruous with the piety of...

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John Hailer's Niece. By Russell Gray. (Tinsley.)—These vol- umes contain

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some isolated scenes that are fairly conceived and executed, but the book, as a whole, is very weak. John Haller is a gentleman who has been jilted, and vows that he will never...


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Memnon, and other Poems. By John Edmund Reade. (Moxon.)— Memnon is an Egyptian republican who rouses his countrymen to rebel against King Amasis, refuses the crown for himself,...

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Prosy Jane; or, the Puritan's Bequest. 2 vols. By Gregory

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Graves, M.A. (Virtue.)—The only thing in this book which suggests a comment is the title. We cannot see why the heroine, Jane, if heroine she is, should be called "prosy "par...

The Tables of Stone. By the Rev. H. M. Luckock.

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(Macmillan.)— This is a volume of sermons on the Commandments preached in one of the parish churches of Cambridge. One of them—that on the Fourth C o mmandment—is very good. The...

Diary of a Sister of Mercy. By C. M. Brame.

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(Burns.)—This is a collection of about as melancholy a set of little tales as we ever saw. The character of the writer is, we suppose, assumed, nor is it supported with more...

The Decked - Welled Fishing Boat. By Harry Dempster. (Glasgow. Porteous).—Mr. Dempster

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has views about sea fisheries which seem very reasonable. He is especially emphatic on the necessity of having the fishing boats provided with wells in which the fish might be...

The Master and Servant Act, 1867; with an Introduction, Notes

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and Forms, and Tables of Offences. By James Edward Davis. (Batterworths.) —Mr. Davis gave evidence on the law of master and servant before the select committee of 1866, and some...

Grace's Fortune. 3 vols. (Strahan.)—A young lady gives up her

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fortune, about which there has been some little mystification, to save the honour of her father, who has speculated with and lost a ward's money. So she cannot be married. But...