15 MAY 1886

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Lord Hartington began by disputing Mr. Gladstone's defini- tion of

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experimentation in politics. Experimentation in politics is not, he said, the proposal of grave changes without grave causes, but the proposal of grave changes, even for grave...

The part of this speech which was waited for with

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the greatest eagerness was that containing the concessions offered to those Radicals who insist that the Irish Members shall be left in Westminster. It is said that Mr....

Mr. Gladstone then went on to deny that his proposals

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were in any sense a mere political experiment. He regarded experi- menting as the proposal of "grave changes without grave causes ;" and he did not fail to show that in this...

In some respects, the speech of the evening which told

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most heavily on the side of the Government was the speech of Mr. W. O'Brien, the Editor of United Ireland, and, at the time when he first entered the House, the most violent,...


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T HE debate on Home-rule proceeds; but except when the great men speak, is dull, the subject having been thoroughly thrashed out. It is to proceed after Monday continuously, and...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.

Mr. Gladstone's speech on moving the second reading of the

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Irish Home-rule Bill, on Monday night, was not such an effort as that which he made in moving its introduction, and hardly so powerful as his reply at the close of that first...

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The other speeches of the evening, which included one of

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Mr. Ashmead-Bartlett's diatribes, were not of great consequence, though Mr. Lewis, the Member for Derry, descanted with con- siderable force on the great advance in the material...

The rumours of Mr. Gladstone's readiness to yield to Mr.

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Chamberlain can have very little foundation. It is said that Mr. Chamberlain intends by his proposal to retain the Irish Members, to retain also the nomination of the Executive...

Lord Granville spoke at Manchester, and Mr. Trevelyan at Galashiels,

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yesterday week,—the former, of course, on behalf of Mr. Gladstone's Irish measures, Mr. Trevelyan against them. Lord Granville, as his custom is, was amusing. He described all...

Lord Rosebery has succeeded in arranging a commercial treaty with

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Spain, by which British goods are admitted under the most-favoured-nation clause, while this country promises to tax port and sherry as if their alcoholic strength were less...

The visit of the Queen to Liverpool on Tuesday to

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open an International Exhibition, was spoiled by the wretched weather but was still, in one way, a success. The people turned out in masses ; and though umbrellas interfere with...

Greece has apparently yielded without yielding. The

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Ministers of the Powers left Athens on Sunday morning, after proclaiming a " pacific blockade " of the Greek ports ; and on the same day M. Delyannis, after a violent speech to...

Sir Henry James's speech, which opened Thursday's debate, was much

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the most remarkable speech delivered on that day. Indeed, excepting Mr. Campbell-Bannertnan's, to whose remarks on Mr. Gladstone's concessions we have referred in speaking of...

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The Chinese Government, rather to the surprise of the Euro-

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peans in Pekin, recently consented to the despatch of a mission from Calcutta to Thibet, and a carefully selected party will, at the end of a month, leave Darjeeling for Lhassa....

The Archbishop of Canterbury moved ou Thursday the second reading

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of a Bill intended to diminish the abuse of patronage in the Church, in a speech in which he showed how strong the objections were to Mr. Leatham's Church Patronage Bill, read a...

Mr. M . Lare, hi-ember for Stu ttird, on Wed_needa,y carried, by

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203 to 103, the second reading of a Bill which materially modifies the method of settling compensation for land taken far public purposes. Hitherto the plan has been to assess...

The Socialists in Chicago remain cowed and peaceable, but the

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American pollee have discovered evidence both there and in Cincinnati that the anarchists had serious designs. Their idea was, at any risk, to give the propertied class a...

Mr. Tuite (N. Westmeath) on Wednesday carried, by 174 to

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56, the second reading of a most extraordinary Bill. It is intended to reduce election expenses, but incidentally compels candidates who do not receive half as many votes as the...

Dank Bate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 10l A. to 101i'a.

France is still wealthy. The peasantry and the tradesmen save

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in spite of the hard times, and in their distrust of other securities, and inability to employ their money, are eager-for Government Bonds. The new loan of twenty millions...

The President of the Congregational Union for this year, the

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Rev. Edward White, delivered his address on Wednesday, one of great power. It was chiefly on the relation of grace to law in the Christian revelation, and deprecated the idea...

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SHOULD MR. GLADSTONE RESIGN OR DISSOLVE I W E may, we think, take it as fairly certain that the Government will be defeated on the second reading of the Home-rule Bill. The...


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W E never quite believed in the widely spread rumour that Mr. Gladstone intended to accept Mr. Chamberlain's main proposal. Such a course was at variance with the character of...

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M R. HERBERT GLADSTONE, in the letter which he has addressed to us to-day, explains the sense in which, in his speech at Leeds, he made the apparently paradoxical admission that...

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S IR HENRY JAMES at least did not make his objections to the Irish Government Bill bear_chiefly on detail. He pressed with singular and singularly vivid force the two main...


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T HAT Lord Rosebery has been in the right in compelling Greece to disarm, may be fully admitted without join- ing in the chorus of spiteful depreciation which is just now...

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T HE division on Sir Joseph Pease's proposal to abolish the penalty of death is satisfactory, as showing that in this particular, at all events, the new House of Commons is not...

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-L AST autumn, in consequence of a speech of Mr. Chamber- lain's, which betrayed, as we thought, ignorance of the particular case, and also a total misconception of the powers...

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I T must be pleasant for a man to make an afternoon call upon a nation, and find himself welcomed as a friend ; and that pleasure will certainly fall to Dr. Oliver Wendell...

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AGGRESSIVE IRRELIGION IN FRANCE. [To THE EDITOR OF TRY " SPECTATOR." j MONSIEUR LE DIRECTEUR, —J'ai rep nn mimeo) de votre Spectator, 2t Avril dernier, oil, sous le titre...


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M ISS LINDO'S admirable project, communicated on Monday last to a meeting of ladies and gentlemen, held at the rooms of the " Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,"...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE ' 6 SPECTATOR." SIR, —I am glad to hear "J. L.'s" report of the purity of Tweed and Gala. If he had waded in them, instead of riding near them, his...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I SIR,—As you were good enough to notice some remarks which I made last week at Leeds, perhaps you will allow me to state accurately what I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In my paper on " Musical Literature," I find that by an oversight I inadvertently substituted " sparing "—the Word which ends the...


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THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS. [FIRST NOTICE.] Tins year's exhibition of water-colour drawings by the members of the Royal Society of Painters in...


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[To TEE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In your issue of May 8th, under " News of the Week," you refer to Canon Harper appointing a churchwarden, " a Liberationist and a...

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REYNARD THE FOX.• Ma. AINSLIE prefixes to his version of Goethe's rendering of this cynical old poem the words with which Goethe described his own work, " hovering between a...

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THE DORSET DIALECT.* " My Lords and Gentlemen,—The satisfaction with

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which I ordinarily release you from discharging the duties of the Session is on the present occasion qualified by a sincere regret that an important part of your labours should...

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AN UNCONVENTIONAL BOHEMIAN.* Wno does not cherish affectionate memories of

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that Bohemia wherein George Warrington dwelt and Pen sojourned for a while ? Prague is the most picturesque capital in Europe, Thackeray tells us—though he was not a Bohemian...

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LET us reverently confess the coming of a tenth Muse—the Muse of Needlework—in Lady M. Alford. She dedicates her work, with Olympian condescension, to the Queen, whose mere...

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THE " Right Honourable" of this story—to which the novel interest of collaboration of a kind more exceptional than that of MM. Erckmann-Cbatrian attaches—is a statesman who,...

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The Poets' Beasts. By Phil Robinson. (Chatto and Wiudus.) —The

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Poets' Beasts is an exhaustive inquiry by Mr. Phil Robinson into the estimation in which animals are held by the poets. Mr. Robinson's extreme indignation at the over-estimate...

Letters and Despatches of Horatio, Viscownt Nelson, K.S. Selected and

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arranged by John Knox Laughton, M.A. (Longmans.)—Mr. Laughton's qualifications for the task he has undertaken in this volume will not be disputed. As a Professor of Modern...


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• Flying Leaves from East and West. By Emily Pfeiffer. Second edition. (Field and Teen) —There is something of picturesque con- trast in the subjects of Mrs. Pfeiffer's Flying...

of ancient Rhodes,—and our knowledge has been materially increased of

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late. " Some three hundred and fifty inscriptions have been found in the island since Hamilton found the first in 1837." Many statuettes, coins, gems, &c., have also been...

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Vanity Pair : a Novel without a Hero. By W.

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M. Thackeray. Vol. L (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—This is a perfect and marvellously cheap edition of Thackeray's great novel, light to hold, exquisitely clear in type to all but the...

Outlines of Geology. By James Geikie, LL. D. (Edward Stanford.)

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—It is a great advantage when men thoroughly conversant with a scientific subject are willing to write elementary books upon it, because it gives to the student a guarantee for...

Ned Sta f ford's Experiences in the United States. By Philip Milford.

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(Sampson Low and-Co.)—Ned Stafford is the son of a Black-Country artisan, and follows his- father's business of tool-making. He emigrates to Canada, finds that he can earn good...

University Sermons. By William Lee, D.D. (Hodge, Figgie, and Co-,

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Dublin.)—The late Archdeacon Lee was a man of learning and ability. Both of these qualities are fully displayed in this volume. But his theology was of a typo which does not...