15 MARCH 1873

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The Irish University debate of this week was renewed by

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Mr. Vernon Harcourt, on Monday, in a speech of apology for the Bill, which was of course not unseasoned with sarcasm. He spoke of Mr. Lowe as " the Philippe Egalite' of...

France, and indeed Europe, have been agitated this week by

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a rumour of M. Thiers' illness, which seems to have been well founded. He was confined for a day or two to his room by a severe bronchial attack, which threatened at one moment...

The situation in Spain remains almost unchanged, but the Government,

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supported by the armed mob of Madrid, have carried their Bill ordering a dissolution, and three at least of the Ministers have assured Barcelona that the result will be a...

'The Ministry have resigned, that is certain, and is all

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that is certain yet. According to the most probable accounts, Mr. Gladstone, after a Cabinet Council, at which some difference of opinion was expressed, placed his resignation...

A rumour prevails that Mr. Gladstone will not go back

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to power in any case, but will leave the headship of his party to Lord Granville. If that is true, the Catholic Bishops will have inflicted an almost, irreparable loss upon the...

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NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE Irish University debate terminated early on Wednesday morning with the defeat of the Government by a majority of three (287 to 284), in a House, including...

„,* The Editors cannot undertake to retUrit Manuscript in any

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A correspondent of the Times, who writes from Zanzibar, and

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is obviously well informed, states that the Sultan has _finally refused to sign a Treaty binding him to suppress the slave,,trade. He alleges that slavery is permitted by liep...

Mr. Gladstone made the chief point of his reply, turn

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on the tenderness betrayed by Mr. Disraeli for the Con- current endowment which he had fornially declared to be dead,—the Prime Minister stating in one pert of his speech with...

We imagine that the " gauge question " in India,

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which for years past has created so much heartburning, has been settled at last, and settled against the "break." On Friday week the question was brought before the House of...

Mr. Disraeli, except.when he was amusing, wasrather grandiose.

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He dwelt too long on the eccentric proposal to let all the religious bodiesin Ireland give divinity degrees, deelaring•with mock, horror that it was luckyhe did not venture...

The first county election under the Ballot, that of Mid-Cheshire,

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was carried against the Liberal - candidate by a very much in- creased majority as compared with the majority of 1868. Then Mr. George Cornwall Legh had a majority of- only 604...

The last night of the debate was memorable chiefly for

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the closing speeches of the leaders, but earlier in the evening Mn Myles O'Reilly had made a very effective attack on the Queen's University, declaring that Mr. Heron, one of...

The German Emperor opened his Parliament on Wednesday in a

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speech, the most important portion of which was a.recogpsi- tion that the internal condition of France had been pacifically developed, that the sums due for the indemnity had...

The Bill legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister was

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thrown out on Thursday in the Lomb by a vote of 74 to 49. The- speeches were of the usual kind, and the division litt&_no party character, Lord Kimberley voting. fer the Bill,...

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Prince Bismarck has again been taking a very prominent part

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la-the discussions of the Herrenhaue. And he has at last openly identified himself with the Liberal party of Prussia. " The progress of Liberalism," he told the Prussian House...

Mr. Roebuck made a speech at Sheffield on Monday, in

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which he developed all his ideas against Trades' Unions, or rather against their working machinery. He denounced the Union delegate as a kind of typical demagogue, and advised...

Lord Selborne's Judicature Bill was read a second time on

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Tuesday, amid a perfect chorus of approval from all the legal personages in the House. Lord Ilatherley concurred with Lord Selborne from beginning to end ; Lord Chelmsford...

The Archbishop of Posen has been the first ecclesiastic in

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Germany to make a rather grave mistake. The Catholic Bishops are in theory fighting the German Government on religious grounds only, but Mgr. Ledochoweki has forbidden priests...

Mary Anne Cotton, the woman suspected of twenty-one murders, but

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convicted only of one, the murder of one child, Charles Edward Cotton, was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Archibald yesterday week, after a three days' trial. It is, of...

It has been announced that Dr. Hayman, having unreservedly retracted

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all his charges against Mr. Scott, the Governing Body of Rugby have determined to consider the matter as at an end. Will the public do the same ? We fear not. Nor will the judg-...

Viscount Ossington (Mr. John Evelyn Denison) has not sur- vived

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much more than a year his elevation from the Speaker's Chair to the House of Lords. He died yesterday week, at the age of seventy-three. He had been a Junior Lord of the...

The extraordinary sensitiveness of the French Assembly was well illustrated

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in a debate of March 11th. The Marquis de Franclien, a member of the extreme Right, made a violent speech against M. Thiei's, declaring that the Legitimists had been cir-...

Consols were on Friday 92f to 92g.

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THE MINISTERIAL CRISIS. S OME of the gossip current about this Ministerial Crisis is to us almost unintelligible. An extremely proud and sensitive Premier, who believes in...

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to them while not one was made to the Irish Catholics. the next Election than he would have gained by the sacri- If the hill, as Mr. Gladstone first explained it, satisfied...

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I T is never wise to judge from a single election, but we are not disposed to undervalue the warning conveyed to the Liberal party in the recent campaign for Mid-Cheshire. It is...

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filsTE of the strangest and most unexpected results of uni- versal suffrage seems to be a diminution of the national idea. It is not twelve years since the minority in the...

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THE MEN OF THE DEBATE. E VERY great debate is a

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fresh test of Parliamentary ability and statesmanship ;—it develops the heat by which some of the invisible lines of political character are brought out, and by which the...

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A VERY remarkable paper in the new number of the Cou!cei- porary Review, by the Rev. George D'Oyly Snow, does more to recast the whole subject of Natural Theology in a form...


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T HE Lord Chamberlain seems to us to have behaved with great tact and moderation in the Court Theatre affair. The facts, as we understand them, are sufficiently simple. The...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 1314101.1.201%.1 SIR,—Yon admitted into your paper last week a letter from an " Ex-Candidate" on the probabilities of the Mid-Cheshire elec- tion. Now...


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THE. QUARTERLY REVIEW ON THE AMUR ALTY [TO TER EDITOR OF TER"SPECTATOR. " ] Sin,—It has been stated in your impression of the 8th inst., under the head of "The Quarterly on...

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SIR,—It would occupy much more space than you can afford me, and it would take more time than I can well spare, were I to give an exhaustive answer to Mr. Malcolm Maccoll's...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Permit a few words of explanation. Trinity College is now -denominational. The Bill would place it, with £50,000 a year of its...


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to see the Spectator, which has always been so scrupulously fair and just to the Catholic Church, ridicule our Bishops on Saturday in language worthy of the Record. You say that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—An acute man seldom grapples with any question, of which he possesses a competent knowledge, without touching the hinge of it,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THI1 9PSO2.43011.1 Sin, —I think we have great reason to be thankful to Mr. Arnold for his " Literature and Dogma." He has not done what he intended to do,...

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DR. LECHLER ' S LIFE OF WICLIF. * THE work before us is the result of long and loving study. It is now twenty years since Dr. Lechler gave the first-fruits of his researches...


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[TO TRH F,Drroa OF TAB " spErrero4.1 Sra,—Possibly it has not occurred to your correspondents, when advocating Euthanasia, that the majority of people over fifty have passed...

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IT is seldom that we have laid down a book with a more hopeless feeling of inability to detect and explain our reading of its theory of life. It expresses with so much power the...

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ST-I krk ESPEARE'S SONNETS IN GERMAN.* FlIE contempt felt for

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Shakespeare's Sonnets by men like Steevens and Dr. Johnson excites the wonder of the modern critic, who finds in these wonderful poems the richest imagery, the profoundest...

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AMONG the number of novels which are conventional while they are also extravagant, so that the excitement of the unex- pected has no share in the feelings with which they are...

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Ma. STEPHENS has produced a work of permanent interest and value in this Life and Times of St. Chrysostom. He is not, indeed, free from the fault which seems almost inseparable...

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EVERY thoughtful and liberal Englishman who reads these volumes will feel that Principal Tulloch has laid him under obligation in writing them. It is not the first time we have...

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IT is a fact not sufficiently remarked that Frenchmen are- becoming less and less deserving of the sarcasms which their ignorance of English history and social organisation have...

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Essays of a Birmingham Manufacturer. By William Lucas Sargant. Vol. IV. (Williams and Norgate.)—We cannot think that Mr. Sargent is here as happy as usual. This...

The Epistles and Art of Poetry of Horace. Translated into

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English metre. By Andrew Wood, M.D. (Nimmo.)—This is one of the books which are really very puzzling to the critic. Here is a gentleman who has the good taste to admire Horace...

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A Handbook of Hygiene. By G. Wilson, M.D. (J. and

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A. Churchill.) —Dr. Wilson is the medical officer of the Convict Prison at Portsmouth, and his experience, together with a very careful study of the results of observations in...

Hidden Perils. By Mary Cecil Hay. (Hurst and Blackett.)—There is

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so much promise in this novel, and some of its merits are so attrac- tive, that its faults are, we think, worth pointing out to the author, evidently an inexperienced, and...

Frank Lawrence; or, A Young Man's Fancy. By the Rev.

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IL. G. Adams, M.A. (Bentley.)—This is a truly surprising book.. If, when taking one's walks abroad, one were to meet a tranquil,. nibbling sheep, and on a nearer view the...

The D'Eyncourts of Fairleigle. By Thomas Rowland Kemp. 3 vols.

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(S. Tinsloy.)--Wo must once again remonstrate with Mr. Samuel ;Insley. He told us some time ago that he was going to publish good novels in one volume, and the announcement was...

The Best of All Good Company. First Series. By Blanchard

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Jerrold. (Houlston.)—Mr. Blanchard Jerz•old gives biographical memoirs of six of the great writers of this century, the six being Dickens, Thackeray, Lord Lytton, Mr....

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Golden Lives : Biographies for the Day. By H. A.

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Pa g e. (Strahan and Co.)-The subjects of these ton brief bio g raphies aro well chosen, widely various, and yet alike in this, that they were all of real value to the world...