15 MAY 1880

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The powerlessness or the trickery of the Turkish Government has

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produced a serious crisis in Albania. The districts to be ceded to Montenegro having been occupied by the armed members of the Albanian League, a great meeting of the clans was...

The speeches at the Devonshire Club dinner were all of

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them good. Lord Hartington, as usual, was extremely moderate, and anxious in the hour of triumph to sober the party which Mr. Gladstone had led to victory; but for that very...


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T HE event of the week has been the publication of a letter from Mr. Gladstone to Count Karolyi, explaining the former's position towards the Austrian Empire. Mr. Gladstone, on...

In Conservative eyes, the Liberals just now can do nothing

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right. Even the Standard is childishly irritated with the Devonshire Club for evincing its gratitude on Wednesday, by giving a banquet to those defeated Liberals who led the...

This letter, the most important sentences of which are given

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textually elsewhere, has been followed by a shout from the Tories of "What humiliation !" The words of the document are not well judged, Mr. Gladstone having been far too...

4111 `** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Herbert Gladstone in his speech bore convincing testimony to

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the compensating disadvantage—and his great success at Leeds has still more strongly illustrated the advantage—of a great hereditary name. Whenever he was wrong, he was wrong,...

Lord Hartington, in returning thanks for the toast of his

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own health, deprecated the disposition to expect any great legislative activity during the short session between Whitsuntide and he autumn recess, putting his plea expressly on...

Sir William Harcourt has been defeated at Oxford by a

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majority of 54,-2,735 voting for Mr. Hall, against only 2,681 for the Home Secretary. So, for the present, the Home Secre- tary cannot appear in Parliament. The defeat is due to...

The Bradlaugh Committee has met, in spite of the somewhat

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factious opposition made by seventy-four Conservatives, unsup- ported by their leader, to its appointment, and has decided, by the casting-vote of the Chairman, Mr. Walpole,...

Lord Granville presided, as usual, on Wednesday at the public

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day for the presentation to the new graduates of the University of London of their degrees and the various honours obtained by them, and in the speech which he made he re-...

Dr. Carpenter, who for his great services as Registrar to

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the University of London has been very rightly placed by the Crown on its Senate,—appropriately enough, as it happens, in the place left vacant by another eminent physiologist,...

Mr. Lowe took leave on Wednesday of the University of

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London, which he has represented in the House of Commons for twelve years, and expressed in very sincere and cordial lan- guage his gratitude for the confidence bestowed on him....

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The authorities of University College, Oxford, clearly under- stand one

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Latin sentence,—" Solitudinem faciunt, pacem ap- pellant." After the "bump supper," some Undergraduates, inflated with wine and boyish spirits, "screwed in" Mr. Chavasse, the...

How Mr. Gladstone must sigh over American finance ! On

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May 11th, Mr. Sherman, Secretary of the Treasury, made a speech, reported in brief by Reuter, in which he declared that the Union had entered on a cycle of prosperity, that the...

Mr. Forster has met at Dublin Castle a strong deputation

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of the Mansion-House Committee, and told them that he was quite aware that, although there had been exaggeration about some places, the Irish distress was most real in others....

The new Government of India ought to be in full

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working order by June 20th. Lord Hartiugton is already seated as Great Mogul, declares that he stands aghast at the weight and complexity of Indian affairs, and is working at...

Mrs. Garrett-Anderson, M.D., delivered a lecture at the rooms of

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the Social Science Association, in the Adelphi, on Tuesday, on the educational pressure put on children, and especially on girls, in some of the best secondary schools. Her...

The French Government is still afraid to concede an unlimited

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right of public meeting. It has brought in a Bill containing a clause enabling the agent of Govern- ment present at a meeting to dissolve it, if the chair- man tolerates appeals...

Sir W. Harcourt has received his first deputation as Home

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Secretary. It was one from the City Commissioners of Sewers, and its real object was to extract some idea of the Government plan for dealing with the Water Companies. It failed....

Prince Bismarck is in trouble again. He wants the Free

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Cities —Hamburg, Bremen, and Liibeck—to give up their privilege of being Free ports, and devised a way to make them. He proposed to cut off a bit of Hamburg, and then to put the...

Cowls were on Friday 991 to 99:.

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT'S defeat at Oxford will cer- tainly be regarded by a great number of people as proving the inconstancy and insignificance of popular opinion. We ourselves...


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MR. GLADSTONE'S LETTER. T HE publication of Mr. Gladstone's letter to Count Karolyi, without the papers or memoranda of conversations which called it forth, has been a...

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THE ALBANIAN REVOLT. T HE Albanian incident brings out in the

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strongest way the central difficulty of the Eastern Question,—the absence of any trustworthy or powerful authority at Constantinople. Under the Treaty of Berlin, the Sultan...

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W E are not quite sure that the constitution of modern society does not expose great statesmen to a new and very dangerous form of temptation. They are as great, or greater,...

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THE BRADLAUGH CASE. T HE division of the Committee on Mr.

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Bradlaugh's case takes the public to some extent by surprise. If we are not misinformed, the division was a strictly party division, except that one Member, a strong...

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THE PINCH OF WEALTH. N i i R.PAYN says, in this month's

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Nineteenth Century, that 1 t is not easy to find the "pinch of poverty," though he admits its existence, and allows that the true " grip " of poverty is very visible indeed ;...

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T HOSE who heard Cardinal Newman's address on Wednes- day, nay, even those who read it as it was reported in the Standard, — the very poor summary in the Times was in every way...

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THE CONTROVERSY AT GUY'S HOSPITAL. go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") S111, - 1 - 011 may well wonder at the fullness of the reply which Miss Lonsdale's article has called...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") Silt,—As a clergyman who has always voted for the Liberals, mainly because I believe that the general interests of the country, foreign and...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THR " SPECTATOR:1 Sia,—Your Art critic, in his first notice on "The Royal Academy," speaking of Mr. Prinsep's Indian picture, says :— "It is impossible to do...


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[TO THZ EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:I SIR,—Several letters on these subjects in your last issue deserve notice. I must first apologise to your correspondent "H." for having too...

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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [FIRST NOTICE.] THE Grosvenor Gallery is rapidly losing the high place amongst picture exhibitions which it at first held, and becoming, with each...


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(TO THE EDITOR OP THZ SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Unexpected circumstances, wholly unconnected with the Election, took me to Oxford on May 3rd, and detained me there -until the Monday...


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rrO TUE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Your article on this subject has touched on the very difficulty that prevents a large and sincerely patriotic class of Englishmen from...

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MR. CHEYNE ON ISAIAH.* A NEW commentary on Isaiah reminds us of that description in Mr. Carlyle's Barter Besartus of the worth of a true Book. Such a Book, which may be given...

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Jr is long since we have read a story in which excellence of plot and excellence of character-painting are so well combined. From the first page to the last, the reader is...

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FOREIGN WORK AND ENGLISH WAGES.* "READERS of the following papers,"

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says Mr. Brassey, in his- preface, "will not fail to discover for themselves my heavy obligations to the Press." An epithet more apt than "heavy could scarcely have been chosen,...

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Mr. BARING-GOULD has given us a most interesting repository of facts about Germany and German life, leaving out little that could yield either light or shade to his picture. He...

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IN the dedication of this book to his Italian friend and trans- lator, Signor Alberto Caccia, Mr. Collins takes occasion to remark that he respects his art far too sincerely to...

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Shorter Works in English Prose. Selected, edited, and arranged by

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Henry Morley. (Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.)—This volume is part of the very useful and valuable "Library of English Literature," which Professor Morley has now been for some...

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Trish Saints in Great Britain. By the Right Rev. Patrick

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F. Moran, D.D. (M. H. Gill and Son.)—Bishop Moran has studied his subject carefully, and has produced a book which should rank as an authority. Unhappily, to mar its utility, it...

Rhymes and Recollections of a Hand-loons Weaver. By William Thom.

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Edited, with a biographical sketch, by W. Skinner. (A. Gardner, Paisley.)—This is a reprint of a little work that made some small noise in its day. Poor Thom was one of that...

What I Saw in Kaffir-land. By Sir Stephen Lakeman (Mazhar

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Pacha.) (Blackwood and Sons.)—Sir S. Lakeman's recollections refer to the Kaffir war of 1847, in which he served as a volunteer, leading a regiment of some such stuff as was...

The Psalms : the Authorised Version in the Original Rhythm.

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By the Rev. W. Macdonald Sinclair. (Hatchards.)—The Psalms are arranged here according to their authorship, real or supposed, the editor following the titles, and so ascribing...

The Fathers, for Filiglish Readers. Saint Ambrose : his Life,

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Times, and Teaching. By R. Thornton, D.D. (S.P.C.K.)—St. Ambrose is a remarkable proof of how far ecclesiastical order, even in the Orthodox Church, was from the stereotyped...

Art in the Mountains: the Story of the Passion-Play. By

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Henry Blackburn. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr. Blackburn dwells, but not exclusively, on the artistic side of the Passion-Play, and while criticising a few details, none of them of...

Old Glasgow : the Place and the People, from the

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Roman Occupation to the Eighteenth Century. By Andrew MacGeorge (Blackie.)—Mr. MacGeorge's handsome volume is worthy, both within and without of the great town whose growth it...

Masters in History: Gabon, Grote, Macaulay, Motley. By the Rev.

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Peter Anton. (Macniven and Wallace.)—These arc all interesting sketches, and may be read with at least some pleasure. In the fourth, Mr. Anton has found a subject comparatively...

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NOVEL8.—No Relations. By Hector Malot. Edited by the Author of

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"Hogan, M.P." 3 vols. (Bentley.)—This is an excellent noveb showing all the vivacity which we are accustomed to associate with French fiction, and wholly free from any of its...