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The European event of the week has been the abdication

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of the King of Spain, which has been carried out with a kind of theatric promptitude. Amadeo gave his people less notice than a groom gives his master. On Saturday he told S....

This involves separation of Trinity College from the Uni- -versity

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of Dublin ; the separation also of the theological faculty of Trinity College from Trinity College, and its trans- lerence, with a charge on the revenues of the - College for...

On Thursday night also Lord Selborne produced in the Lords

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his Bill for the reorganisation of the Courts, which was very well received. We have described it elsewhere, but may state here that its principle is to fuse the Appellate...


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VJR. GLADSTONE made his great statement on the Irish ill University question to a crowded House on Thursday night in a speech of great skill, and loaded with that lucid and...

It is obvious that the critical points of this measure

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with the Trinity College party will be the taking away from them the degree-giving power, and the handing it over to the new body,— which they will dislike, as likely to lower...

* o w The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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It is not probable that this order will be maintained,

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though it may be, for it was maintained under Prim, and the Princes are rushing to seize the vacant prize. Don Carlos, it is expected, will take the field in person ; Alfonso...

The Friesian Parliament is greatly interested by a very serious

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scandal. Herr Laeker has asserted in his place that persons in office, naming specially Privy Councillor Wegener, have sold railway concessions, and demanded a public inquiry....

After Mr. Bruce's statement, Mr. Vernon Harcourt let off the

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long-primed gun he had loaded for Mr. Ayrton's benefit. His speech was certainly clever, but inaccurate. He was safe while he kept to making fun of the Park rules, of which he...

Mr. Bruce produced on Monday his new Park Rules over-

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riding Mr. Ayrton's. No address is to be delivered, except in the part of Hyde Park "which is bounded by the horse-road running from the Marble Arch to Victoria Gate, and thence...

The President of the Board of Trade has brought in

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a very dull 'but, as we suspect, very important Bill, to prevent the great carrying companies, railways, and canals from worrying each other and the public. Those companies are...

Under the Ballot the Liberals were horribly beaten in Liver-

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pool, and there was, too, a very great deficiency in the number of voters, though apparently a larger vote than in 1868. In 1868 the numbers were as follows :-- Mr. Graves...

The Strike in South Wales continues, and the distress is

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said to be terrible. A compromise has been suggested which has been eagerly accepted by the men, but the masters are not willing to listen to anything but unconditional...

Mr. Forster moved for and obtained a Committee on Tuesday

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to inquire into the working of the Endowed Schools' Act, with a view to renewing it for next year,—Mr. Miall making a speech in favour of putting a Nonconformist on the new...

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Mr. Charles Reade is a great deal too sensitive. He

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recently pro- duced a drama called " Shilly Shelly," founded on Mr. Trollope's novel, "Ralph the Heir," and as there are vulgar people in it, he makes them use vulgar sayings....

The Yankees are beginning to fight over the Geneva spoil,

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and General Butler appears to advise that what the United States counsel claimed as damages for individual ship -owners should now be admitted to be a good deal too much, and...

The Deceased Wife's Sister is not going up in the

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world. In fact, she attracts altogether less interest than in former year!. Mr. Chambers carried the second reading of the Bill for legiti- mising a marriage with her on...

The evidence of the British engineers on board the Murillo,

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Mr. Bethel and Mr. Goodeve, and of the English passenger, Mr. Bell, leaves no kind of doubt that the Murillo was the ship which sank the Northfieet. They all testify...

The Swiss Government has threatened Monseigneur Mermillod with banishment unless

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he resigns the office of Vicar- Apostolic over Geneva conferred upon him by the Pope. Geneva is evidently determined to have either a Catholic Church directed by the State, or...

It is evident that the prosecutions of the priests and

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the Bishop accused of intimidation in the Galway election will all fail. The strongest case was against Father Loftus, who used intimidating language if ever any man did, and...

The Gibraltar Chronicle relates a story which might have given

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a hint to Edgar Poe or Coleridge. The Dei Gratia, British ship, on 5th December, fell in with an American brigantine, the Mary Celeste, in lat. 38.20 N., and long. 17.15 W. The...

There is a new contribution to the Junius controversy in

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the shape of a lot of secondary evidence as to Mr. Pitt's belief. The Governor of the Mauritius, the Hon. Arthur Gordon, wrote to Sir John Shaw Lefevre on November 17, 1871,...

The Prussian Government has replied to the memorial of the

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Roman Catholic Bishops against the new measures, which we noticed last week, in a very stern and decisive tone, through the semi-official Provincial Correspondenz. In effect,...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92+.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE PREMIER'S IRISH UNIVERSITY PLAN. I T is too soon to form an estimate of the reception of Mr. Gladstone's plan for Irish University Reform, but...

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I T is of course impossible until more time has elapsed to criticise fully, or even to appreciate so large a scheme as that which was on Thursday laid before the Peers by Lord...

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A N event absolutely without precedent has occurred this week in Europe. A King has abdicated his throne with- out naming his successor, indeed expressly renouncing any...

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M R. AYETON has evidently studied the Apostolic precept, "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility." His speech on Monday night was a very ostenta- tious...

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T HERE are two blots and, so far as we yet perceive, only two, in the arrangements revealed in the Correspondence with Russia just presented to Parliament, and of these one is...

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W E should not wonder if the Abdication of Amadeo turned out a great blow to the cause of Monarchy. It is cer- tainly a great blow to the House of Savoy. That House has been...

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M R. LIONEL TOLLEMACHE has written a paper in the Fortnightly of this month on what the school to which he belongs call, by a wise euphemism, Euthanasia,'—a paper of which we...

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Sre,—As a constant reader of your journal for many years past, I have learnt to appreciate your desire to represent justly the opinions you criticise. You do me the honour to...


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THE MEETINGS IN DEFENCE OF THE ATHANASIAN CREED. [TO THE EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR, —The questions which are raised in this controversy about the Athanasian Creed are...


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Sue,—In your article on "The Athanasianists' Meeting," you "express your own bewilderment that" the defenders of the Athanasian Creed "should be so little able to enter into the...

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tually deny that the faith in the Holy Trinity and

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in the Incarna- Sin,—May I suggest an excuse for the seeming unreasonableness tion of our Lord Jesus Christ was essential to salvation in those of Athanasianista "in not so far...

lectually while the Catholic faith was unassailed. But when Sfit,—Having

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done me the honour to review my article on heresy, with rude and irreverent hands, attempted to depose Him "Instinct," I trust you will now kindly do me the justice of allow-...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —As the Coal question is at present taking up a deal of public attention, perhaps a few words from a coal-miner himself will be read...


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MR. GROSA.RT'S EDITION OF ANDREW MARVELL.* BURNET, speaking of Marvell's witty encounter with Bishop Parker in the "Rehearsal Transprosed," describes him as the "liveliest...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sxn,—One word as to your note appended to my last letter. I assumed that the concession of the Church party was made when the Cowper-Temple...

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'THE title-page of Mr. Boyle's book defines its purpose and enumerates its contents so fully, that it saves the reviewer the trouble of doing either. The work fulfils the...

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CotoxEr. HAMLEY has greatly improved an excellent book by bringing his comments up to the level of late experiences, and correcting some striking errors which appeared in the...

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HIS LEVEL BEST.* MR. HALE'S name heads, alphabetically, the list

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of those mono- syllabic ones which spring up so rapidly just now in the United States associated with wit and fun. Hale, Harte, Hay, Twain, and Ward are most of them names well...

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THE Fortnightly is this month, we think, best worth its price. It has at least four very striking articles, one which we notice elsewhere, on the right of society to put...

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Soldiering and Scribbling : a Series of Sketches. By Archibald Forbes. (H. S. King.)—Mr. Forbes has served both with sword and pen, and therefore writes with the familiarity of...

Little Kate Kirby. By F. W. Robinson. (Hurst and Blackett.)—

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This is the best of Mr. Robinson's novels in the category to which it belongs. which we may call the "Grandmother's Money" category. The other, which has a separate aim—the...