15 JULY 1882

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A LEXANDRIA has ceased to exist. The British Admiral, suspicious of the official assurances, instituted inquiries for himself, and became satisfied that armaments were still...

The Admiral, of course, expected that the enemy, with his

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forts destroyed, would offer terms ; and, accordingly, seeing a flag of truce on board the Mahroussa,' the Khedive's yacht, sent an officer, to repeat that if the forts wore...

All Thursday and Thursday night the fires continued to rage

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and spread, until on Friday " two miles of fire" were visible, and it was known that the whole European quarter and the whole centre of the city, a city of 200,000 souls, had...

Showers of questions have been hurled on the Ministry all

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the week, but the most important discussions occurred ou Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Sir Wilfrid Lawson poured out a fierce, though facetious, harangue, in which lie...

During the whole progress of the bombardment, the greatest fear

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was entertained for the safety of the Khedive, whose death would have created serious complications. He was safe, but the fears were justified. It appears from the report of the...

The general situation, from all the best accounts, may be

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taken to be this,—Admiral Seymour is in possession of burning Alexandria ; and the Khedive is nominally reigning, a most important point. Arabi Pasha, with about 10,000...

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The bombardment of Alexandria is absolutely without a parallel, in

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one respect. All Europe seemed to hear the dis- charges from the Fleet. The correspondent of the Standard, stationed in the Invincible,' 800 yards from shore, telegraphed...

On Monday, Mr. Gladstone explained, as a sharp-witted Whig said,

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that he was going to accept his defeat " with patience, but without resignation." He could hardly have done differently. Of course, in a more quiet time the Government might...

Notwithstanding this defeat, Mr. Gladstone declined to delay the progress

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of the Bill, which he considered essential to the restoration of authority in Ireland, and it was resumed on the same evening at nine o'clock and concluded and read a third...

The Tories, on Thursday, offered, in the shape of questions,

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a host of criticisms of a different kind. They all meant that the Government should have foreseen the contingencies of utter anarchy in Alexandria and the disappearance of the...

The Division List shows that no fewer than twenty-five. Liberals

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went over to the opposite party for the purpose of forcing on the Government a fresh restriction on liberty, which the Government thought more mischievous than useful. These....

An odd, little incident occurred in the afternoon sitting of

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yesterday week, too late for us to record it, before going to press. On the report of the "Prevention of Crimes (Ireland) Bill," the Government brought up the new or amended...

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Consols were on Friday - 99.i to 99

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The Stock Exchange has been excited all the week, and.on

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Friday another severe fall occurred in all Egyptian Stooks. We have no sympathy with Egyptian Bondholders, who are much overpaid, but those among them who are poor should avoid...

The Salvation Army is developing a somewhat unspiritually belligerent spirit,

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in some of its officers. Its " captain " at Salisbury appears to have declared that, " but for the grace of God," he would " pull the noses " of " the bobbies, magistrates, or...

The Arrears Bill has been discussed in the Commons, on

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Monday, a motion by Sir Stafford North cote, requiring an application to the Court for the remission of arrears to be made jointly...

The evidence appears to be satisfactory as to the scientific

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working of the great scientific machines which have been tried for the first time before Alexandria. The Inflexible ' and the Tem6raire,' at least, have been worked. with as...

On Friday week, after the passing of the Prevention of

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-Crime (Ireland) Bill in the House of Commons, Sir John Hay moved that so much of the resolution as included Mr. Marum in the suspension of the previous Saturday should be...

Sir Charles Gavan Duffy writes an excellent letter from Paris

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to yesterday's Times on the subject of the Chairman of Commit- tees and his coup d'e'tat, though he insists more on the injustice of Mr. McCarthy's suspension than on any other....

On Thursday, a somewhat important extension was agreed to by

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tho Government for the Arrears Bill, by virtue of which the Loan Clauses of the Act of 1881 will be revived and strengthened, for the benefit of all those tenants who, not being...

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THE BOMBARDMENT OF ALEXANDRIA. -E UROPE, in its conflicts with Asia, often displays some- thing of that half-supernatural power which Mr. Percy Greg, in " Across the Zodiac,"...

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B Y far the greatest puzzle in the situation, to English observers, is the attitude of France. It is so opposed at once to her traditional course of action and to her most...

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S IR WILFRID LAWSON'S outbreak on Wednesday, in relation to the bombardment of the forts of Alexandria, was, no doubt, an inevitable event, for Sir Wilfrid Lawson would not have...

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T HERE was something grotesque about the little defeat suffered by the Government on Friday week. It was very odd to see the Conservatives vying with the dubious Liberals in...

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T HE fact which makes the Czars great powers in Europe, makes every Russian hero a formidable person. There is in the Russian character a quality not displayed in the same...

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W E have often regretted the short-sightedness of Trade Unions in not bringing the benefit of the consumer within the sphere of the supervision which they exercise over their...

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C ANON FARRAR'S sermon, published in last week's Guardian, on the Salvation Army and its doings, is full of good-sense and Christian tact,—is, indeed, a very remarkable sermon,...

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I T is difficult to read the report of operations such as those before Alexandria, without a mental speculation whether' the art of killing without personal collision, which is...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sim—The tidings of the death of the hero of our time only reached me three days ago, in this grove of palms. If you have not heard the...


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AN AMERICAN VIEW OF THE IRISH QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "" Sia,—Observant Americans will hardly challenge the accuracy of the English side of the "Bird's-eye...

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(To THR EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In your review of Herr Storm's " Englische Philologie," June 17th, you refer to that excellent scholar's opinion of the Philological...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TUB " SPROTATOR.1 doubt if the interesting old records quoted by your correspondent throw much real light on this matter. Tilllately, there were no trained...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sra,—I wish to call your attention to a great and indefensible anomaly in the Arrears Bill. That Bill is a proposal to make it compulsory...


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" SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Your instructive article on "The Progress of Life In- surance" contains this remark :—" We are not sure whether an office might not succeed which, in case...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —The concluding sentences of Mr. E. W. Gosse's mono- graph on Gray (recently published in Mr. John Morley's " English Men of Letters ")...


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THE GALLICAN CHURCH AND THE REVOLUTION. 11 ' [SECOND NOTICE.] MR. JERVIS does not tell us enough of that ecclesiastical phe- nomenon, the Constitutional Church of the...

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Tins is a curious book, and must have cost the compiler no small amount of labour. With the literature of the last cen- Char - Booke of the Eighteenth Century, with Pawinitilas,...


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are quite right in publishing the collected edition of Mr. Charles Reade's novels, an edition singularly well printed and arranged, without numbers to the volumes, so that...

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IT seems a mistake on the part of the translator of Auerbach's work to change his title of Spinoza, Life of a Thinker ("Ein Den- kerlebon "), in to Spinoza, a Novel, than which...

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RECENTLY there appeared an encyclical letter of Pope Leo XIII., on the restoration of Christian philosophy in Catholic univer- sities, according to the mind of St. Thomas...

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WHILE the English Palestine Exploration Society were making their survey of Western Palestine, the American Society under- took the survey of Eastern Palestine. But when the...

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—"All lovers of books like to know something about the

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writers of books ;" and so Mr. W. Shepherd is going to give us a series of " booklets " dealing with the subject of the "Literary Life." The volume before us is the first of tho...

Bits from Blinkbonnie. By John Strathesk. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier.)—"

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A Tale of Scottish Village Life, between 1841 and 1851," naturally has much to do with the Disruption. Mr. Barrie, minister of Blinkbonnie, the hero of the tale, just as his...

A Key to Tennyson's "In Memoriam." By Alfred Getty, D.D.

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(David Bogue.)—It is possible that the reader may have a prejudice against keys and commentaries, and the like ; they are, indeed, often tiresome and unprofitable. Dr. Gatty's...


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Thirteen Satires of .Tuvenai. Translated into English by H. A. Strong, M.A., and Alexander Leeper, DZ.A. (Macmillan and Co.)— The translators, both Oxford men, and both holding...

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Partners. By E. Werner. Translated by H. G. Godwin. (Remington

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and Co.)—This is a spirited tale in Mr. Werner's well- known style. It is apparently very well translated, though we ob- serve that in one or two cases a German idiom has been...

The (Edipus Tyrannus of Sophocles. The Antigone of Sophocles. By

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F. A. Paley, M.A. Cambridge Texts, with Notes. (Deigliton, Bell, and Co., Cambridge ; Whittaker, London.)—We are not induced, by those fresh specimens of Mr. Paley's work, to...

The Highland Sportsman. By Robert Hall. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—Mr.

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Hall supplies a quantity of miscellaneous information that should be useful to tourists and sportsmen, and, indeed, to others'; gives a list of great Scotch landowners, headed...

Vignettes from Nature. By Grant Allen. (Chatto and Windus.)— Many

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readers will have been charmed with the sketches when they first appeared in the Pall Hall Gazette, and will be glad to possess them in this permanent form. A careful and loving...