16 JANUARY 1886

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M. Grevy's Message, read to the French Chambers on Thurs-

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day, is nothing. The President acknowledges the honour done to him in his re-election, which "especially marks the value France attaches to stability in the Government of the...

M. de Freycinet has made an extraordinary selection for the

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Residency at Had. The new Resident, who is in future to represent France throughout Anam and Tonquin, is M. Paul Bert, the physicist, who knows nothing of diplomacy and very...


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T HE Queen opens Parliament in person on the 21st inst., and all political business halts until the Speech has been read. Every kind of rumour prevails as to the intentions of...

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Parliament met on Tuesday ; the House of Commons for

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the election of a Speaker and the swearing-in of Members. Sir John Mowbray moved the election of Mr. Arthur Peel to the office of Speaker, referring to the sense of satisfaction...

It is believed that Lord Carnarvon has resigned, or is

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imme- diately about to resign, the Viceroyalty of Ireland, and that he will be followed by the Chief Secretary, Sir W. Hart Dyke. The policy of fighting agrarian revolt through...

Mr. Peel then submitted himself to the disposal of the

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House, enlarging on the great need in which he should stand of support and forbearance ; and after being conducted by Sir J. Mowbray and Mr. Bright to the Chair, he thanked the...

* 41 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Mr. Trevelyan spoke at Croydon on Thursday, on behalf of

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Mr. Sydney Buxton, who is courageously contesting that rather hopelessly Tory seat, vacated by the promotion of Mr. Grantham to the Bench. As Mr. Grantham got in by a majority...

Mr. Chamberlain, in speaking at the Westminster Palace Hotel on

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the allotments question on Monday, referred to the crisis, of which he spoke as one which some Liberals thought too grave for humble details like the allotment question. But he...

In his speech at the Mayor's banquet at Chester on

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Tuesday night, the Duke of Westminster permitted himself the use of pretty strong language as to the Irish Nationalists. The Par- nellites, he said, had, he thought, obtained...

At the suggestion of the Russian Government, all the Great

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Powers have joined in an identical Note asking Servia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey to demobilise their forces. The troops once sent home, it is thought the diplomatists would...

The " tension " between the Slav and German races

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seems daily to increase. The Czech and German Deputies in the Austrian Parliament almost came to blows last week ; the Russian Government is forcing its language on the Germans...

On Wednesday, the Speaker, going to the Bar of the

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House of Lords, informed their Lordships of his election, and received the assurance of the Queen's approval of the choice of the Commons, and then made the usual claim for the...

As Sir Matthew Ridley has not been elected to the

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new House of Commons, he has resigned his post as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, which is to be conferred, or has already been conferred, on Mr. Jackson, the Member for...

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It is stated that the new Bishop of Manchester is

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to be the present Bishop of Melbourne, Dr. Ikloorhouse, a Bishop who for ten years has been very popular in his diocese amongst Noncon- formists as well as Churchmen. He is...

The facts now proved as to the condition of the

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bayonets supplied to the British Army are most disgraceful. During the recent operations in the Soudan, it was discovered that the bayonets in many instances bent when used ;...

We regret to announce the death of Sir George Udny

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Yule. He was only an able Bengal Civilian of the older and more active type ; but he once did a wonderful thing. In 1858 he was a Commissioner in Bengal Proper, when three...

Paris is in a panic. M. Barreme, Prefect of the

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Eure, has been found murdered on a railway, ten miles from Paris. He had evidently been stunned by a blow from a life-preserver, then shot in the head with a small revolver, the...

Sir John Lubbock then gave his list of the hundred

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books which seemed, on the whole, to be oftenest referred to by reading Englishmen as the most worthy to be read, excluding the books of living authors, and, with few...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 100 to 1004 Zd.

Sir John Lubbock delivered an interesting lecture this day week

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at the Working-men's College, on "Books," remarking that while one of the greatest of the privileges of the present day is the easier access to books, this easy access results...

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M R. TREVELYAN'S speech at Croydon seems to indicate his wish to get rid of the present Tory Government as soon as may be. We are not at all disposed to quarrel with that...


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THE LATEST SUGGESTION ON HOME-RULE. T HE letter, signed "Economist," which appeared in the Statist of the 9th inst., and which is attributed by a sort of consensus of opinion...

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I N his speech at the Westminster Palace Hotel on Monday, Mr. Chamberlain not only took up once more the subject of Local Government in connection with allotments for the...

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T HE retirement of Lord Carnarvon from the Viceroyalty of Ireland, and that of Sir W. Hart Dyke from the Secretary.. ship, mark the failure of an experiment which may have been...

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J N an age when men are said to move too much in grooves, it is pleasant to see individuality asserting itself. It is true, the enjoyment may be dearly purchased. There is an...

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I T is quite possible that the pleasing dream of peace in Eastern Europe may be rudely broken. We are not alarmist; and have, as a rule, no belief in Greek "designs," the...

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S IR JOHN LUBBOCK'S wonder, as expressed in his lecture of last Saturday at the Working-men's College, that so little care is given to the selection of books to read, is...

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THE NEW "ASIATIC QUARTERLY." T HERE is one side of the

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British connection with Asia which, whenever it is brought into notice, excites in the experienced observer a sort of tranquil despair, the kind of feeling with which we regard...

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THE IRISH QUESTION IN A WORKMAN'S LIGHT. [TO THE ED/TOR OF THE ..smrsron.'l Sin,—It is very interesting to see what "A Workman's" view is of the Irish Question; but I should...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Our statesmen, in their lack of statesmanship, seem determined to concede a very large measure of autonomy to Ireland. The concession...


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rTo THE EDITOR Or TILE " SPECTATOR."] are told that in any concession of self-government to Ireland care must be taken to preserve "the unity of the Em- pire, the supremacy of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR, - Mr. Llewelyn Davies writes acrimoniously about my recent article on self-government in the Church. May I be allowed a few words of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, - I see in the Inquirer, December 26th, an article upon me cited from the Spectator. May I ask of your kindness a little space for...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." _I Sfa,—Daring the last Election the desire of the Nationalist leaders to unite all sections of the Irish in a Home-rule agitation led to...

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"DES CTLTORY READING." SUGGESTED BY THE ARTICLE IN THE "SPECTATOR " OF JAS. 2s. 0 FINEST essence of delicious rest ! To bid for some short space the busy mill Of anxious,...


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THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN OIL. COLOURS. [LAST NOTICE.] TuE chief peculiarity of this central gallery is the large number of landscapes, of a more or less important...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I am glad to see that the flippant and unbecoming tone adopted by Dr. Stokoe at the prize-giving at King's College School on December...

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HUNTING-TRIPS OF A RANCHMAN.* SOMETHING like a growl escaped us on our first glance at this superb volume—a royal quarto, printed in grand type, on thick, creamy, rough-edged...

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AFTER an interval of silence which has, we think, been some- what longer than usual, the delightful writer whom we all think of as Miss Thackeray presents us with the...

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Tsis is a good romance in blank verse, with lyrics often of considerable grace and beauty freely interspersed. The main criticism which the book suggests is that the story,...

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THE summary of facts contained in this volume is very clear, concise, and accurate ; and with Mr. Wright's Memorandum, the Cobden Club Essays, and divers other publications on...

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THREE NOVELS BY LADIES.* IN skilful simplicity of plot-construction, in

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lightness of artistic touch as exhibited in the delineation of character, and in general literary excellence, At Ow Bed Glove is the most perfect and enjoyable of all Mrs....

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The Works of William Nakepeace Thackeray. Vole. XXV. and XXVI.

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Miscellaneous Essays and Reviewa. (Smith, Elder, and Co.) — It is the misfortune of great writers that when the grave covers them they cannot be let alone. The literary...

The Outlaw of Iceland. By Victor Hugo. Translated by Sir

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Gilbert Campbell. (Ward and Downey).—Critics, even competent ones, are not often nnanimone ; but had this romance been pub- lished anonymously, we really believe that the voice...


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The Old Church and School Libraries of Lancashire. By Richard Copley Christie. (Printed for the Chetham Society, Manchester.) —Though it may not find much favour with the...

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The Seven Gifts. By the Archbishop of Canterbury. (Macmillan.) —This

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volume oontaina the charge delivered to the Clergy and Churchwardens, by the Archbishop, at his primary visitation, together with some similar addresses (the charge is...

Footsteps of Jeanne d'Arc. By Florence Caddy. (Efurst and Blackett.)—An

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eminently readable book, albeit on a well-worn theme, about which there is little, if anything, new to ho said, pretty nearly all that is Worth knowing about La Pacelle having...

Mr. William Conn edits (Sonnenschein and Co.) an English edition

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of M. Victor Meignan's From Paris to Pekin, over Siberian Snows. It was worth translating, for it is a very readable book, even although its style, as Mr. Conn tells us in a...

Our Horses; or, the Best Muscles Controlled by the Best

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Brains. By Alfred Saunders. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Of books about horses there is no end, probably because those who love horses are never tired of reading about them. The...

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We have received another volume of The Pulpit Commentary, edited

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by the Rev. Canon Spence and the Rev. Joseph S. Exell.—The volume deals with Jeremiah xxx. to end, and with the Lamentations. Dr. Cheyne, whose appointment to the Professorship...

We have received three neat volumes, conveniently enclosed in a

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case, which bear the title of Representative British Orations, with Introductions and Explanatory Notes, by Charles Kendall Adams. (T. Fisher Unwin.) —The first of these...

Punch and Judy. By Frederic E. Weatherley. Illustrated by Patty

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Townsend. (Marcus Ward and Co.)—The pictures in this book are charming,—so quaint, so humorous, and so prettily coloured. And good 88 the "Punch " pictures are, the " card "...

acter, devoted to the breeding of dogs chiefly, though discussions

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on the breeding of cattle seem also to be admitted. The Christmas number, however, contains a number of very striking photographs of dogs of good breed, among them some of the...

Golden Legends of the Olden Time. By John Stoughton, D.D.

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(Hodder and Stoughton.)—Dr. Stoughton has gone to various sources for his materials, and especially to the great Acta Sanctorum of the Bollandists ; and these materials he uses...

Wallenstein : a Drama. By Friedrich Schiller. Translated by J.

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A. W. Hunter, B.A. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Mr. Hunter challenges a formidable comparison in Coleridge's translation—a translation which it is easy, indeed, to surpass as...