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As the war draws near, the efforts of the Kaiser

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and King to obtain the support of Germany become more evident. The Austrian representative in the Diet laid the forcible expulsion of Generil Gablenz before the Assembly, and...

The Princess Mary was married on Tuesday noon at Kew,

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in presence of the Queen and a brilliant assemblage of magnates. It is reported that the Prince of Teck looked " gallant " and the bride pale, but that while he made the...

Mr. Kinglake made one of his best pro-Austrian speeches in,

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the House of Commons on Monday night. He charged Lord Russell with having privately pressed on the Austrian Govern- ment the cession of Venetia, and gravely censm.ed the advice...


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T HAT cannon shot has not been fired, but one can almost hear the rumbling of the tumbrils. Garibaldi, who never moves till action begins, has landed in Genoa and gone on to...

Yesterday week Mr. Disraeli replied to Lord Clarendon's observations in

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the Upper House on the previous Tuesday as to the part taken by the latter with relation to the Belgian press in the Congress of Paris. Mr. Disraeli quoted the resolution which...

His manifesto is shaped as a letter addressed to M.

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Drouyn de Lhuys for publication in the Chamber of Deputies. It is intended to be reassuring, "declares that had Conference met, the Emperor would have repudiated all idea of...

The Reform debate of Monday was one long battle for

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delay on the part of the Tories. Mr. Hunt moved that rating, and not rental, should be the basis of the 14/. county franchise, and after a short debate the obstructive policy of...

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The Prince of Wales made a rather skilful little speech

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in laying the foundation-stone for the Bible Society on Monday last. He said that he had an hereditary interest in that society, since Luther's translation of the Bible was...

Mr. Hussey Vivian, member for Glamorganshire, moved on Tuesday for

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a Royal Commission to investigate the present condi- tion of the coal-fields of Great Britain, which he believed to have been unfairly traduced. After an admirable speech, the...

Lord Hartington is not getting on with those new breech-

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loaders very fast. He hoped on Thursday night to have 50,000 issued by the end of the year. With all Europe in the crucible, and Antwerp speculating upon its destiny, it might...

One of the most remarkable and characteristic documents bear- ing

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on the German quarrel was published here this day week— we mean Count Bismarck's despatch of the 4th June to the Prus- sian Ambassador in Austria. It is perhaps the haughtiest...

Dublin is furious at a dreadful accident, which is laid

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to the charge of the Corporation. A-fire broke out on Thursday week in a house occupied by a merchant tailor, whose wife, three daughters, a servant, and a Mr.- Strahan, engaged...

The absurd " Ryves Case," an account of which we

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give else- where, has aroused the old question as to the surname of the Royal .family. People are deceived by the false analogy of "Louis Capet," and will have it that the...

Lessees of theatres are allowed by law . to steal the

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plots, dia- logues, and characters, the property of novelists, make them into plays, and act them. If they publish the plays at Lacy's they are fined, but if they publish them...

In the debate on the Oxford Test Bill on Wednesday

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Mr. Glad- stone very unexpectedly, and also, as we -have elsewhere pointed out, very unwisely, made a rather warm speech against permitting Dissenters to belong to the governing...

Mr. Gladstone, in replying to Mr. Kinglake, admitted that England's

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belief that the cession of Venetia would strengthen Austria had never for a memeiat.been oencealedArom the Cabinet of Vienna. Indeed it dated back from Lord Palisersten'e admin-...

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There is a large increase in the stock of bullion

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in therBank of England, and the supply now amounts to 14,481,894/. The cir- culation of notes has been increased to 26,578,4461., and the reserve of notes and coin is only...

We last week published an article based upon a despatch

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said to have been transmitted by the Austrian Government to Paris, refusing the Conference. Beater on Monday pronounced the despatch, which was forwarded by a rival...

Notwithstanding the inconvenience of 'war on the Continent, the Com'

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market during the week -has on the whole been firm. There have been periods, however, of slight depression, but the decline in prices which then took place has been recovered....

A prospectus has been issued of the New Reform Club,

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for the accommodation of members of the advanced section of the Liberal party. To this undertaking influential support has already been promised. Among the provisional committee...

One Sweeny, Fenian "General," has invaded the British Empire. On

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the night of the 31st May some 1,300 Fenians in Buffalo, instigated by him, crossed the Niagara, and captured a rained farmhouse called Fort Erie. They seized provisions, Im-...

The causes of the failure of Overend, Gurney, and Co.

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are becoming clear. It is ,a.very bad business. The old firm which sold the business was simply insolvent at the time ; the new Com- pany trusted four directors ; those...

The closing prices of the leading British Railways yesterday

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and on Friday week were :- Friday, June 8. Friday, ditte 14. Greet Bastern Great Northern Great Western.. •• .. .. 38 122 .. 1 3 21i Do. West Midland, Oxford •• 39 ••...

William Smith, the journeyman hatter of Eton, charged with the

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murder of Sarah Millsom, housekeeper to Messrs. Bevington, leathersellers, of Cannon Street, was tried on Wednesday and Thursday, before Baron Bramwell, the sternest judge on...

Professor Plumptre, in an able and interesting letter to the

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Guardian in defence of Mr. Gladstone's measure abolishing compulsory Church-rates, suggests that the ultimate result of that measure may be to render it necessary to restore...

Lord Ebury is a . sanguine man. He thinks a

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Commission appointed to revise the Burial Service would agree "in ten hours, I had almost said ten minutes." And .then he gives us his own " sketch-estimate" of the...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, JoneS. Friday, Mine /5. Mezioan • • • • - •• • • Spanish Passive •• .• • • . .20 Do. Certificates • • •• •• Turkish 6 per Ceuta.,...

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NAPOLEON AND THE WAR. T HERE is a class of men in the world in whom candour is a vice, because it springs from scorn, and truthfulness an op- pression, because it is the result...


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UR. GLADSTONE made on Wednesday, in the discussion It I. of the Oxford Test Abolition Bill, one of those great errors which show that he is neither fully alive to the duties of...

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P risquite natural and very proper that the principle of limited liability should just now be redisenssed. About eight thousand families have within the past month been heavily...

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THE " PRMESS OLIVE" SCANDAL THE week has seen the

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exposure of a stupid and raja- .), chievous fable respecting the family of George Di, which has been floating about for half a century, which is in some quarters, we believe, an...

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T HERE are few reservoirs of knowledge existing in the world like the House of Commons. Its members are linked with every society, every country, and every business, and...

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D ICKENS relates of some lady in Dombey and Son, if we remem- ber rightly, that she used to recall the great Mohammedan formula in the very lucid form, "There's no what's his...

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THE acquittal of William Smith for the murder -of Mrs. Millsom, -the housekeeper in Cannon -Street, an acquittal which we may as well say at once was not-only inevitable, but...

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T Nugents, whose name has become prominent on the Continent of Europe as well i as in England and Ireland, put forward a pedigree which, if proved, places them in point of...

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[Fitoii OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, May 18, 1866. Timex is now sitting at Alexandria, on the Potomac, opposite Washington, a body known as the Union State Convention...

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GENERAL scurr.

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, June 1, 1866. ALL the public offices are closed to-day, Congress adjourned yesterday until next week, and in New York business...

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THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Visiting some time ago the vast subterranean cave of Adelsberg, I lingered for some moments beside the famous river which has no outlet into the upper...


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Melbourne, April 25, 1866. Szu,—I am happy in: being able to announce now that our difficulties are over. After the tariff had been again sent up by the Lower House and rejected...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In your excellent article in reference to the Bishop of Natars Hymn-Book, you notice the possible inference which hostile criticism...


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THE WATER-COLOUR SOCIETY. UNLEss the doctrine said to have been lately propounded by a Royal Academician, that landscape painting is fast dying out in England, be accepted as...

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MR. SCOTT'S DISCOURSES.* SEVERAL notices of Mr. Scott have appeared III this journal. General readers may have thought some of the expressions in them exaggerated ; those who...

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ALL Mr. Disraeli's novels are worth reprinting, not because they are any of them very good as novels, or indeed very good in anyother respect, but because they show a great deal...

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF AHMEDABAD.* THIS magnificent volume can scarcely be

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said to have been pub- lished. About ten years ago the Government of Bombay, awaking to a consciousness of the many treasures of art within its dominion, • The Architecture of...

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THERE are perhaps few questions of such importance so undecided as the ancestry of the English people. The popular theory of to-day is that we are all "Anglo-Saxons," that the...

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Sermons by the late Rev. Thomas Best, MA. Edited by Rev. R. E.. Roberts, M.A., Rector of Richmond. 2 vols. (Seeley, Jackson, ancl Halliday.)—The author of these sermons was one...

The Romance of a Court. Translated from the German. By

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A. G. Vaughan. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—There is not much more to be said about this novel than that it is a richauffe of memoirs relating to the Court- of Frederick the Great. The...

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Social Life in Sydney. An Australian Tale. By Isabel Massary.

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(Simpkin and Marshall.)—There is not much looal eolouring.aboub this- story. There is certainly a convict in it who troubles the households. of his respectable son and daughter,...

Domestic Pictures and Tales. By Mrs. Alfred Getty. (Bell and

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Daldy.)—There fen° one at the present day who writes more charming' stories for ohildran than Mrs. Getty. The present - pleasant little volume contains eight in her best style,...

Men of History. By Eminent Writers. (Nimme, Efiinburgh.)—ThisP seems to

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us a happy idea of the publisher's. We get in a handy volume - estimates of the most considerable personages of history-by ammo- of the best judges. We -do not always agree with...

Letters from Florence on Me. Bettina - Movements in Italy. By

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W. Talmadge, B.A. (Rivingtons.)--This -small volume, the greater part of which has appeared in the columns of the Guardiln , is intended to interest English Churchmen in the....

The Prometheus Bertnetof ./Eschylus. Literally translated into English. verse. By

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A.uguata•Webster. Edited by Thomas Webster, MA., late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. (Macmillan.)—The• ladies are ousting. us from one "coigne of vantage" after another....