16 OCTOBER 1880

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The Catholic Church in Ireland has pronounced against the Land

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League, and all terrorism exercised upon landlords. Its official representative, Dr. McCabe, Archbishop of Dublin, in a pastoral charge read on October 10th in all the churches...

A rumour has reached London which for several reasons deserves

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notice. It is stated, with some authority, that the Powers concerned believe that peace iu the East would be more strongly secured if the line of Othman, which is worn out, were...

The Government, it is believed, is about to take a

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decided step to moderate the fury of the new Irish agitation. It has, it is reported, determined to use the existing law, and prosecute the leading agitators for speeches...

The news has been received in many capitals of the

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Jontinent—particularly in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris—with a feeling of relief, each State having its own reasons for thinking that the combined action of Europe might not end in...

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T HE Sultan has surrendered Dulcigno to the Montenegrins unconditionally, though he expresses a hope that the Naval Demonstration may, in consequence, be withdrawn. Up to Friday...

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The news from the Cape is worse than ever. According

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to the correspondent of the Standard, who telegraphs on Wednes- day, the Basutos have assumed the offensive, and have sur- rounded Colonel Bayly in Maseru, and Colonel...

The unexplained resolve of the Government to remain for the

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winter at Candahar is already giving rise to anxiety. Accord- ing to recent telegrams, Ayoub Khan is not considered, in Afghan circles, at all a discredited man. On the...

The war in South America between Chili and Bolivia, with

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Peru for the ally of the latter, which has been raging so many months, has at last come to an end, Chili and Peru having accepted the mediation of the United States. It is...

The prospects of General Garfield, the Republican can- didate for

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the Presidency of the United States, have greatly improved during the week. The autumn elections have been held in five States, and 28 Republicans and 14 Democrats have been...

We have said enough elsewhere about the Election Commis- sions,

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but must here make one apology. We last week overrated the honesty of rascals. We said that ander the Ballot men capable- . of taking bribes seemed, nevertheless, to be...

Gordon Pasha, who is returning from China to England, evid-

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ently does not believe that Egypt is regenerated. In a letter written in the Red Sea, he declares that slave-hunts still go on in the Soudan, that rescued slaves are merely...

A telegram was received in London on Tuesday stating that

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the King of Burmah had resolved to invade Pegu. His troops were collecting upon the frontier, and he bad demanded compensation from the British for allowing a Burmese Pre-...

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The Geneva correspondent of the Times tells an extra- ordinary

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story. It appears that in the Canton Schwytz, where manners are still simple and people unsuspecting, there is no prison. Instead of one an old farmhouse is used, the guardian-...

The Social-Science Congress at Edinburgh broke up on Thursday. It

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has been the dullest, the least instructive, and above all, the worst reported, of such assemblies for many years. Mr. Hastings, the Secretary, affirms that the discussion on...

A railway accident believed to be entirely without precedent occurred

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on the Midland line, at Kibworth, near Leicester, on Saturday night. Something had gone wrong with the Scotch express, and the driver stopped in a dark cutting near Kib- worth,...

We are afraid Mr. Merivale cannot permanently win his case

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against theatrical managers. He was dreadfully annoyed because a manager to whom he had sold a play left out a character in performing it, and applied for an injunction to...

A telegram has been received in London through Reuter, announcing

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that the Czar is ill. It is unusual to mention the illness of Sovereigns unless it is serious, but no further intelli- gence has been received.

Sir Stafford Northcote on Thursday delivered some feeble platitudes at

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a place near Honiton. He thought politics gained by a party occasionally "lying fallow," which, if true, suggests that the Liberals are just now in the best position to produce...

Consols were on Friday 981 to 98{.

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The American shipping trade is dead, owing to high wages,

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protective tariffs, and it is suggested, to a growing dislike among the people for disagreeable modes of life, a dislike so great that born Americans scarcely ever become...

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THE policy of patience in Ireland has borne some fruit this week. Englishmen are too much accustomed, in their indignation at the new agitation and some of its results, to think...


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MR. GLADSTONE IN THE EAST. O NE deduction, and it is a most important one, may be safely drawn from the surrender of Dulcigno. Mr. Gladstone has, from the first, rightly...

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I N commenting last week upon the proceedings of the Election .Commissions, we pointed out that the evidence altogether falsified the confident prediction of many sanguine...

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in this week from Basutoland more than justifies our worst anticipations. The war which the Cape Government recklessly provoked, and upon which the colonists entered with an...

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IF the statements made in the British Medical Journal, and quoted in the Times, are correct, the crisis at Guy's Hos- pital has passed out of the acute stage, and we may reason-...

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C AN nothing be done about London Fogs ? We are going to be wrapped in their horrible folds for two long months, and nobody but Dr. A. Carpenter so much as shouts us a word of...

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L AWN-TENNIS, like other products and inventions of the nineteenth century, has grown with marvellous rapidity, Seven years ago it did not exist, and now there are thousands of...

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A SINGULARLY interesting meeting took place iu the Rothay Hotel, Grasmere, on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 29th, to inaugurate the Wordsworth Society, the Bishop of St....

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THE NATIVES. [Facia • CORRESPONDENT.] Rugby, Tennessee. Want all is said and sung, there is nothing so interesting as the man and woman who dwell on any corner of the earth ;...

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(To VIE EDITOR OF iIIB " SIISCTATOR. - ] SIR, -- I beg your permission, as a hospital physician, to point out to you what seems to me to be an entirely erroneous assump- tion as...


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FORCIBLE EVOLUTION. [To res mama OF TWA " SPEOTAT011.1 SIR, — You appear to think it remarkable that a physician who, on theoretical grouuds, would maintain the wisdom of "...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, - Y011 say, in your last issue, " A theatre which would pay at low prices would probably be a theatre where fine thoughts and good...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") read with surprise in your article on Mr. Stopford Brooke's secession that,—" It is evident that Mr. Brooke is no Unitarian, in the ordinary...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sra,—Though I am a constant reader of the Spectator, I had not observed until to-day a letter signed "E. L. Garbett," in your paper paper...

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CARREG CENNEN CASTLE. Aaousx thee from six centuries of sleep, 0 Warder of the Crag ! and cast thine eyes O'er thy grim stronghold open to the skies,— Its guarded gateway, its...


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McCARTHY'S HISTORY OF OUR OWN TIMES:* Ws have so recently stated our opinion of Mr. McCarthy's historical powers, that there is no need for us to repeat it here. His new volumes...

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Tins is a novel which no one can read without pleasure. In plot, in treatment, and as regards most of the characters, it is almost devoid of faults. The least admirable things...

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ARE things " generally known " for the most part things worth knowing, and are things worth knowing for the most part over- looked ? is a question that suggests itself in the...

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Ma. HOWOBTH continues and concludes his exhaustive account of the Mongol tribes and peoples of Asia in these two volumes, which, like their predecessor published three years...

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ODD, OR EVEN ?* Tuts is another of Mrs. Whitney's

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New-England stories, and it is far from being an improvement on her former works. She has written some good tales, which have become popular in this country as well as in...

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TASTE.* IN spite of a very ambitious and somewhat alarming

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title, this book is by no means dull, and it is not extravagantly absurd. It is a thin volume, well got up, and charmingly bound, profess- ing to be the work of G-.-L.," and...

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Belles and Ringers. By Captain Hawley Smart. (Chapman and Hall.)—The

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title of this book, Belles and Ringers, is an elegant and facetious paraphrase for "young ladies, and the gentlemen who wish to marry them," though why any gentleman should wish...


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The British Quarterly Review. October. (Hodder and Stoughton.) —The critical essay on Mr. Tennyson's poetry with which the num- ber opens is scarcely equal to the somewhat lofty...

Birds, Fishes, and Cetacea of Belfast Lough. By Robert Lloyd

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Patterson. (David Bogus.)—This is a very interesting monograph, in which the naturalist and the sportsman will find much to suit their tastes, and which the reader who has no...

general interest, but all seem worthy of preservation. Of the

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latter class, perhaps the best is that on " Editors and Contributors," by Mr. H. Franks, a very shrewd and entertaining paper, and manifestly the work of one who knows what he...

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A Guide to Modern History. By William Cory. Part I.,1815-1830.

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(C. K. Paul and Co.)—Mr. Cory calls this book a "guide." It really is a political history of England during the fifteen years which followed Waterloo (of the conduct of which...

NOVELS.—Monsell Digby. By W. Marshall. 3 vols. (Remington.) —This is

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a tale of the troublous times when the working-class was struggling against the introduction of machinery. As a tale, it wants clearness and unity of interest. Mr. Marshall has...

Indian Industries. By A. G. F. Eliot James. (W. H.

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Allen and lo.)—Mr. James has collected, in the form of a dictionary, a num- ber of articles on the natural products and on the manufactures of India, such items as "Cotton,"...

Celtic Scotland : a History of Ancient 11/ban. Vols. I.,

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II. By W. F. Skene. (Edtnonston and Douglas, Edinburgh.)—Mr. Skene has attempted the difficult task, for which we trust our northern friends will be duly grateful, of critically...

A Short Biography of Robert Halley, D.D., late Principal of

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New College. By R. Halley, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—It is diffi- cult for a son to speak of his father to the public. It is difficult to record, so as to make them...