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The Osservatore Romano, generally believed to speak under pre- cise

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orders from the Vatican, calls upon all Catholic Powers to aid the Turks. It appears to consider that the war is one between Islam and Russia, and contrasts the toleration of...

The Turkish Government has announced once more officially that "

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the service of the Debt must be postponed." The money of the English bondholders is needed to kill down the Bulgarians. The Paris correspondent of the Times states, that as soon...


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T HE latest news is, on the whole, not unfavourable to the Ser- vians. On the east, it is stated that Osman Pasha has made a seventh and final attack upon Saitschar, but was...

A case of considerable importance endediu the Court of Common

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Pleas on Thursday. Mr. Twy cross, shareholder in the Lisbon Tram- ways Company, sued Baron Grant for £700, for " knowingly and fraudently omitting to mention in the prospectus"...

Mr. Disraeli was questioned again on Monday night by Mr.

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Forster about the massacres and other still more fearful atrocities in Bulgaria, the reports of which, in the Daily News of Saturday last, were most elaborate and explicit, and...

The Emperors of Russia and Austria held a short interview

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at Reichstadt on the 8th inst., which is said to have satisfied them both. No authentic account of anything that passed has appeared, but according to the most probable rumours,...

That these stories of atrocities,—to which was added on Thurs-

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day a statement that the Turks are carrying about cart-loads of women's and girls' heads in the district of Bazardjik, in order to strike terror into the inhabitants,—are more...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Lord Sandon has much improved his Education Bill, but he

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has done so by dealing with it in a manner which will not gain the praise of those who eulogised his statesmanship in. declaring that the principle of direct compulsion had been...

Mr. Ward Hunt is certainly not likely to leave behind

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him a reputation for good judgment in his administration of the Admiralty. 021 Tuesday night, Mr. Ashley brought forward a motion mildly censuring the Government for its conduct...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach announced on Wednesday, somewhat to the surprise

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of the House, that the Government intended to accept the previous vote of the House on Mr. Smyth's Bill for the restriction in Ireland of the sale of liquor on Sundays, as a...

The absurd and injurious practice of electing Coroners was condemned

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in the House of Commons on Tuesday by a unani- mous vote. Lord F. Hervey moved that further legislation was desirable in regard to the qualification and appointment of Coroners,...

Mx. Hayes has accepted the Republican nomination for the Presi-

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dency, in a letter in which he says that, if elected, he will endeavour to reform the Civil Service ; expresses himself in favour of a single term, even promising not to accept...

The quarrel in the French Chamber over the Municipal Bill

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has been settled as we expected,—the extreme Left, under plea of anxiety not to help the Bonapartists, declining to vote. The Government therefore carried their proposal to...

Mr. Richard opposed the Bill on Tuesday, on the old-fashioned

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ground that compulsion in matters of either religion or education is intrinsically undesirable ; but much more strongly on the Dis- senters' ground that, at all events,...

The surprise of General Custer in the Black-Hills country appears

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to have inspirited all the Indian nations, and at Washington they expect a great Indian war. General Sheridan has been ordered to collect all the troops he can, and take the...

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The admirers of that content and pliancy which ignorance is

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supposed to foster in the poor should consider the case of the labourer, William Parris, who was convicted at Maidstone on Wednesday, before Baron Huddleston, of the brutal...

Mr. Cross was almost mobbed at the Home Office on

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Monday by a crowd of excited doctors, who attended to pro- test against the Government's Vivisection Bill. The corridors, as well as the, reception-room, were crowded, and the...

The latest Revenue report strongly confirms the view we have

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taken of the prevailing " hard times." They are hard times for the well-to-do, rather than for the bulk of the people. The Com- missioners report that in 1875, in spite of...

Vice-Chancellor Sir R. Malin had on Monday to decide a

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curious case. H. Stuart Duncombe, son of Mr. Duncombe, a solicitor of some property, in 1868 appeared at his father's office and asked for assistance. His father, who had...

Mr. Gladstone, in giving the prizes to the students of

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the London Hospital on Thursday, spoke of the great danger of modern life as " specialism," but held that the medical profession would exercise an increasing influence over men,...

The Bravo case, or "the Balham mystery," as it is

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now called, was reopened on Monday by Mr. Carter, the Coroner who presided at the former investigation. As, yet but little evidence of interest has been produced, the Coroner...

Is it the growing modesty of the young, or the

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growing coldness of the old, which seems to discourage so much the rise of new oratorical ability amongst us? Here is Lord Dufferin, whom none of us knew to be a finished orator...

Consols were on Friday 941 to 95.

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MIL DISRAELI AND THE BULGARIAN ATROCITIES. i1 R. DISRAELI has done himself more harm in the House of Commons by his jaunty replies in reference to the questions put to him as...

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THE NEWS FROM THE EAST. T HE point now to be

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decided is the staying-power of the two combatants. It is clear, from the reports of the meeting at Reichstadt between the Emperors of Russia and Austria, that the Servians and...

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1 HE SILVER COMMITTEE. T HE very clear and able Report

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of the Committee of the House of Commons appointed to inquire into the depre- ciation of Silver does not contain much to comfort Anglo- Indians, or any one else interested in...

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T HE Government has behaved unexpectedly well about the Irish Bill for closing public-houses on Sunday. That Bill expresses the opinion of a great majority of Irish Members, and...

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THE OFFICE OF CORONER. T HE debate on the qualification and

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appointment of Coroners was entirely one-sided, and by consequence unexpectedly satisfactory. It is often so difficult to abolish a popular right which has ceased to have any...

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THE Doctors who interrupted Mr. Cross so pertinaciously in his reply to them at the Home Office, on Monday, are evidently underrating the force of the public opinion in favour...

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N o one can have read attentively the correspondence in the Times between Lord Nelson, Mr. Bowden, and Mr. Stanton respectively, and the comments of the leading journal upon...

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T HERE are hundreds of Englishmen and thousands of English- women who are made quite angry and fretful by the details of this war in Turkey, and that for a somewhat creditable...

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE SCOTCH KIRK AGAIN. [To THE REIM Or THIS " SPECTATOR1 Sur,—Lord Henry Lennox is not an idiot, but he has contrived to persuade the whole of Scotland that...

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[TO THS EDITOR OP THE " EPICTATOR.1 SIR,—The following is a translation of part of a letter which ap- peared in the 7'urquie of the 29th ult., dated Philippopoli, June 22. This...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—De minims non curat lex, and I suppose for much the same reason the present Government does not greatly concern itself about the fate or...

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LORD AMBERLEY'S "ANALYSIS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF."* [FIRST NOTICE.] THIS work has more than one claim on the reader's attention. Its intrinsic interest is considerable, but we can...


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(TO THE EDITOR 01 VII "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—It can hardly now be said that there is need to call atten- tion to this matter. The public mind is becoming informed, and no small...


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[To no EDITOR OF THE "sPICOTATOR."] is most true, as stated in your article entitled, " How Public Opinion is Formed upon Foreign Affairs," that "Lord Palmerston treated the...


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[TO THB EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SI11,—Will you allow me a few lines to correct what is a serious error in the interesting notice of William Blake which you pub- lished in...


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POLITICS ARE DEAD. " POLITICS are dead ! " every question settled, So I hear it said,—and it makes me nettled. Questions still are plenty in our little isle ; I could tell you...

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TEE last Queen of France will not hold a place in the romance of history so large and lasting as that which Mary Stuart has occupied, nor can controversy concerning her have so...

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THE book before us is the most complete guide that has hitherto been published to the knowledge of one of the most important dependencies of Russia, the province that she...

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THE movement for the endowment of research is no longer the impracticable crusade which it appeared to be twelve months ago. The activity of its , promoters, and the unexpected...

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Temple Bar for July (Bentley) has two articles antithetically placed in close neighbourhood, "The Last of the Grand School of Connoisseurs" and " The First of the English...

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Argo ; or, the Quest of the Golden Fleece. A

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Metrical Tale in Ten Books. By Alexander, Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. (John Murray). —It would be ungracious to refuse the recreation of verse to a writer who has done so...

This Son of Vulcan. By the Authors of "Ready-Money Mortiboy."

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3 vole. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Thero is plenty of matter in this story, of incident and of character. It can hardly bo said that there is a plot, if this means any complication...

The Gentleman's lltagazine for July (Grant and Co.) has a

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very in- teresting article by Mr. Hepworth Dixon on " The Three Emperors' Policy." He evidently does not believe in Russia,—she has great armies, but she cannot move them. He...

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. By Mark Twain. (Ghetto and

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Windus.)—This tale of boy-life on the other side of the Atlantic will amuse many readers, old as well as yofing. There is a certain fresh- ness and novelty about it, a...

An Exposition of the First Twenty Chapters of Exodus, by

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S. R. Bosanquet (Hatchards), seeks to show " how, in these twenty chapters, God disclosed to the children of Israel the whole doctrine of religion ; from the Fall to the...

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A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. By the

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Rev. W. Denton. Vol. II. (Bell and Sons.) A very carefully co mpiled and complete commentary. Mr. Denton does not profess to do much that is original with his subject ; indeed,...

We have much pleasure in noticing the third volume of

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The Exposi- tor, edited by the Rev. Samuel Cox. (Hodder and Stoughton.) Mr. Joseph Hammond continues his difficult task of defending the "Vin- dictive Psalms." We cannot pretend...

Blotted Out. By Annie Thomas (Mrs. Ponder Ondlip). 8 vole.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—If the anther is holding up the mirror to the nature of woman, she has a very ungrateful task to perform. Blotted Out is a story of how a clever and good...

Mr. Dorillion. By Jean Middlemass. 3 vols. (Chatto and Winans.)

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—We shall quote a specimen from page 3 of the first volume, to account for the weariness which has absolutely prevented us from getting through this book :—" As this was the...

NEW Enrizows —In theology., we have Characteristics of Christian Morality,

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The Bampton Lectures for 1873, by the Rev. J. Gregory Smith (James Parker). a worthy member of a series which has pro- duced some really valuable works, and not unfavourably...