16 MAY 1874

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We have discussed elsewhere the debate on Mr. G. 'rrevelyan's

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Bill to assimilate the franchise in counties and boroughs, and need here only remark on some oddities in the Division List. The second reading was negatitred by 287 to 173, a...

Lord Carnarvon on Tuesday explained the Government plan for the

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reorganisation of the Gold Coast. We have discussed it 'elsewhere, but may here remark that Lord Carnarvon repudiates the idea either of abandoning 'the settlement or paving:...


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W E have two sharp quarrels with American Republics this week on hand. The first case is rather obscure, inikit would seem that Captain Hyde was in command of the steamship '...

- The House of Lords discussed Archbishop Tait's public Wor-

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ship Bill on Monday, in almost the only field-night of the preeent Session. It was severely criticised by :Lord Shaftesbury, who said that while it did not touch . confession it...

A correspondent - of the Times, who signs himself "C.," writes

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an able letter to show that the admission of the labourer into the franchise would not.give him' representation: There are six peasant boroughs," and they do not represent...

• * * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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As far as could be judged from Lord Granville's cautious

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speech at the public presentation of degrees on the following day, his own mind is somewhat disinclined at present to the admission of women to degrees, or at least if not...

Late on Tuesday evening the same University's Convocation rejected, by

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a majority of nearly 4 to 1 (59 to 16, including tellers), a resolution of Mr. R. IL Hutton's requesting the Senate not to permit "painful experiments on living animals" in the...

The Convocation of the University of London came on Tues-

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day, by a majority of 83 against 65, to an important decision, — that the degrees of the University ought to be thrown open to - women. The debate has hardly been more than...

Lord Russell's Foreign Policy motion of last week, and the

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reply to it by Lord Derby, have elicited an odd line of remark from the semi-official German Press. These organs of the Government say that Lord Derby virtually committed...

By a curious oversight, we forgot to mention last week

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the remarkable result of the conflict in the Irish Church Synod on the subject of the Athanasian Creed. After much dividing and a failure in the House of Clergy to obtain a...

Mr. Cross's Licensing Bill is not through yet, or likely

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to be. The Victuallers are not satisfied with it, and everybody else is more or leas against it, while Mr. Cross on Tuesday told the House that the hours he had inserted in the...

The hew German Press Law appears to be a more

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liberal one than we imagined. According to the Berlin correspondent of the Times, no paper in Germany mat now he -seized preventively except-When the police assert that the...

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Little news has come to hand this week of the

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Bengal Famine. There is no doubt that at present the relief is adequate to the prevention of a high death-rate, though not to that of deep wretchedness in many districts, and...

The Duke of Rutland has issued a delicious circular to

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the labourers on his estates. He tells them, in a grandfatherly way, which we cannot reproduce without reproducing the letter, that their conduct has been exemplary ; that as...

The Czar arrived in England on Wednesday evening. He was

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to have arrived in the morning, but waiting a little too long at Flushing, the tide ran out too far, and his yacht grounded. The only effects of the mishap were the delay and...

Mr. Forsyth, Q.C., was entertained at the Agricultural Hall, Islington,

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on Wednesday, by the Marylebone Conservative Registration Union, to celebrate his return for Marylebone, Lord John Manners being in the chair, and seven hundred banqueters...

Marshal Serrano, after a week's reflection, has turned out his

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Ministry and appointed another, much more Conservative, indeed almost Monarchist. He has sent for 12,000 men to Madrid, and has induced or compelled General Pavia to retain his...

A meeting of the British and Foreign School Society was

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held on Monday, under the presidency of Earl Russell, at which a letter from Mr. Bright was read, apologising for his absence, and saying, what will hardly please his...

Consols were on Friday 93+-9311.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE HOUSEHOLD SUFFRAGE IN THE COUNTIES. T HE important debate raised on Wednesday by Mr. G. Trevel- yan will have this beneficial result at once. The repre-...

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"What is the real root of this evil ? It is that we have governed, or rather that we are attempting to govern, the Church of England by obsolete law. The laws of the Church were...

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T HE policy which the Government has adopted with respect to West Africa, a policy clearly explained by Lord Car- narvon on Tuesday, would, but for one terrible defect, be...

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T HE Convocation of the University of London decided on Tuesday, by a majority of 83 to 65, to .do all in its power for the admission of women to its degrees. Without the...

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O NE of the most heroic acts of self-sacrifice on record was the secession of close upon five hundred ministers from the Church of Scotland, on the 18th of May, 1843. We may not...

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T HE world does not know M. Thiers. That fact is made clear by a letter which he wrote to M. Emile de Girardin while he was President of the Republic, and which has recently...

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A AR. GALTON contributed a paper to the proceedings of the 1 Royal Institution two or three months ago, which has just been published among the proceedings of the Institution,...

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T HERE are plenty of reasons why the English people should receive the Czar with respect, with courtesy, and even with some distinct and apparent expression of pleasure ; and...

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THE - FAMINE IN BENGAL. [FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Northern Behar, April 8, 1874. Wrrunt the last fortnight much has been done towards the relief of the worst tracts,...

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DR. ANSTIE ON VIVISECTION. [TO TEN EDITOR OF T1111 "EPEOTATOR:1 SIR,—In answer to your article of last week, I must ask leave to make one or two remarks which I think...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Sir John Lubbock's researches into the qualities of the Busy Bee are conceived in a spirit which should render them very gratifying to...

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"TELLING THE BEES." [However naturalists may determine as to the sagacity of bees, the compliment they receive in several countries of being " told " when the master of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—It is, I think, a generally accepted fact that before legisla- tion is made, it must be proved that it is required. I had expected that,...


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE] SINCE the opening of the exhibition, a lively controversy hae sprung up in the Times on the old claims of landscape painting to better...

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LORD ELLENBOROUGH'S INDIAN CAREER.* UNDER the title of Lord Ellenborough's Indian Administration, Lord Colchester has published a volume of State papers "without introduction...

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To say of At Her Mercy that it is amusing, is to give an idea of its character at once true and yet not quite just, for the plot is of a grave and even tragic character, and it...

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MRS. BARBAULD.* IMMEDIATELY after Mrs. Barbauld's death, a memoir of

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her was written by her niece, Lucy Aikin, and published with her collected works ; but in telling the story of her aunt's life, Mies Aikin was hampered, not only by those...

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IRISH STATE PAPERS, 1603-1624.* The volume, which is the sixth

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and last of the entire "Calendar of the Carew Papers," furnishes a somewhat scanty series of documents relative to the entire reign of James I., whose whole Irish policy policy...

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The Four Civilisations of the World: an Historical Retrospect. By Henry Wikoff. (Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott and Co.)—The book before us, under the title of An Historical...

Veritas : Revelation of Mysteries, Biblical, Historical, and Sociat. Henry

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Melville. Edited by F. Tennyson and A. Tudor. (Hall and Co.)— If anyone seeks to know Masonic mysteries without going through initiation, and does not mind running the risk of...