16 OCTOBER 1886

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It is said that the rumour that the English are

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to be com- pelled to evacuate Egypt is embarrassing trade and speculation in that country. The theory is that the Sultan, who, it is certain, was markedly discourteous to Sir E....

It will be extremely difficult for the Great Sobranje to

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discover a possible candidate for the Bulgarian throne. Half of those suggested in the newspapers are prohibited by the third clause of the Treaty of Berlin, which shuts oat all...

Two separate accounts are circulated of the intentions of the

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Russian Government. According to the first, the Czar, who is convinced that Germany will not allow war even if Bulgaria is occupied, will take advantage of some riots during the...


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T HE week has been marked by political torpor. The statesmen are enjoying the holiday which they need, whether they have deserved it or not, and the politicians are imitating...

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

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The elections in Bulgaria have ended in a victory for

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the Government, almost unexpectedly complete. Out of 580 Deputies elected, 530 are decidedly for the Regency, and only 50 for the Russian party, even if we count among them the...

The Daily News of Saturday startled a few, and amused

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many, by a statement that the Government, in concert with Lord Hartington and Mr. Chamberlain, had adopted a modified scheme of Home-rule. All power over Irish affairs, as much...

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A Blue-book has been published containing the most recent information

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as to Upper Burmah. It is so far satisfactory that Lord Dnfferin looks forward with evident security to the com- plete pacification of the new province, where he thinks events...

The latest item of intelligence from Sofia is that General

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Kaulbars has been ordered to Tirnova, where the Great Sobranje will meet. This means that the Czar still trusts his work to his chosen agent, and will neither recall nor disavow...

The Finance Committee of the French Chamber adhere to their

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project of establishing an Income-tax. The Minister of Finance has admitted to the Bureau that M. de Freycinet did mean the Income-tax when he alluded to new imposts at...

It appears that the Hindoo population of India had some

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reason for its fear that the British Government would prohibit child-marriage, or at least render it illegal. Such a proposal was actually brought before the Supreme Council,...

The tone adopted by Russian agents in Bulgaria is perhaps

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best exhibited in a letter from M. Nekliudoff, Consul at Sofia, and supposed to be made rather more polite by his instructions, as well as his temperament, than General...

The National League evidently do not like either the new

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Government, or the comparative quiet in Ireland. They want to hearten the people up a bit. Mr. Healy announced on Tuesday at the fortnightly meeting of the League that during...

The Berlin correspondent of the Times believes be is in

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a position to affirm that the Staff of the German Army have not only adopted the repeating-rifle, but have armed the four divisions of the Army nearest to France with the new...

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The use of coffee appears to be rapidly declining in

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England. The reduction of the duty to three-halfpence a pound has had no effect on consumption, and the Commissioners of Customs report that in the year ending March 31st, 1886,...

The Great Republic is as severe on anarchists as any

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Empire. Seven of the men who broke out at Chicago and threw bombs at the police have been sentenced to death,. while one, guilty only of incitement, was condemned to fifteen...

We have received a correct, or at least an accepted,

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report of the sermon by the Bishop of Salisbury on which we recently commented. It is at least as strong in its effect as the con- densed report, and the words we quoted were...

There seems to be no limit to the expenditure on

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war. Europe will spend in this year and the two following at least £10,000,000 upon the new rifle, and now the French Minister of Marine has introduced a Bill demanding...

Lord Halsbury and the solicitors do not appear to agree

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as to the method of facilitating the transfer of land. The Lord Chancellor is understood to have prepared a scheme based upon registration ; but the Incorporated Law Society do...

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We would call the attention of our readers to a

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paper printed elsewhere, on the "Colonisation in South America." It is heavy with facts and gritty with figures ; but it describes in detail two of the great movements of the...

The Times, in an article of Wednesday upon the currency,

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puts the extreme theory of the high economists in a very clear, and therefore answerable, way. The writer denies that there can be such a thing as inconvenient contraction of...

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M R. SPENCER WALPOLE, in the able and interesting "History of England since 1815" which he has just concluded, says the English and Irish always miss each other's meaning, for...


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THE ONE HOPE OF PEACE. T HERE is not much to inspirit dreamers in the present position of Europe. There never was a period when force ruled it more completely. We may talk about...

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T HE end of last week and the first few days of this have been given up by the Opposition Press to the discussion of a political canard of somewhat clumsy construction, put in...

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T HE news from Vienna will no doubt revive that trepidation about the spread of anarchist opinions which in this country is always reviving and always dying away. The news is,...

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O FFICIAL sanction has, within the past few days, been given by the German authorities for the establishment of a " National " Transoceanic Bank, having its headquarters, at Rio...

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A MONG other useful bodies whose existence was cut short by the fatal dissolution of the summer, was the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Educational Endow- ments....

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O NE of the best and most practical papers at the recent Church Congress was read by Mr. James Cropper, lately, -though, we regret to say, no longer, Member for South Westmor-...

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E VERYBODY is talking of the possibility that the period of depression, which has now lasted some thirteen years, is at last drawing to a close ; but though there is hopefulness...

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T EN days ago, one of the most interesting figures in English literature passed away almost without notice. The Rev. William Barnes (known, where he was known at all, as the "...

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I T is an undoubted fact, and a curious one, that after a period of nearer thirty than twenty-five years of authorship, Mr. George Meredith should have suddenly arrived at...

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T HE Chateau de B— has two avenues ; one of them leads down to the village and the church, and has a fine name of its own in the old plan of the estate, " All& de mon plaisir,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIR,—In any measures that may be proposed to promote the industrial prosperity of Ireland, the Deep-Sea Fisheries must have a primary and...


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[Our correspondence on "The Ripon Millenary" is unavoidably -held over.—ED. Spectator.] THE TITHE-RENT CHARGE. TO THE EDITOR OF THY "SPECTATOR".] SLR,—In considering the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the note appended to the letter which you kindly inserted in the Spectator of October 9th, you ask Is it not the fact that a...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Would not the application

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to shops and warehouses of clauses similar to those of the Factory Acts which govern the employment of women and "young persons" settle this much- discussed question ? Many...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your issue of October 9th, you compared the buying of the assent of the Irish Parliament to the Act of Union by direct bribery of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'l Sis„—As a warehouseman and shopkeeper, and as one who gave evidence before the Select Committee of the House of Commons in favour of...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." Sin,—You have misapprehended two words of mine. The "plain fact" which I mentioned was not my view, but the fact that Christiats generally...

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DR. PORTER ON KANT'S ETHICS, IT need scarcely be said that Dr. Porter's exposition of Kant's ethical theory is very accurate and able, and forms a valuable addition to Griggs's...


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• A VILLAGE TRAGEDY (CHESHIRE).—A SEQUEL. Um yonder ?—Dick White, do ye meaiin P- Why 'e's not abo forty year otr d !— th' trubb'e an' iorrov 'e's ieeän _A s 'as aged 'im a...

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T1115 is a book of pleasant reading,—of very pleasant reading indeed. "A gossiping volume," the author rightly calls it; but a gossiping volume which can be read without...

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FAR from the madding strife of the politics of to-day, Mr. Bagwell traces in a deliberate narrative the earlier stages of the melancholy history of distressful Ireland. From the...

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Tun volume is a worthy companion to Mr. Cruttwell's History of Roman Literature, and to those who are acquainted with that valuable book requires no further commendation. It has...

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MR. CRESSWELL has managed to write a very striking book. Still, striking and readable as is The Survivors, it is not a satis- factory novel. Its very excellences act as...

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BETWEEN the City of the Sultans thirty years ago and the Constantinople which is to-day familiar to thousands of English travellers, there is a difference which contradicts the...

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Church Quarterly Review, October. (Spottiswoode and Co.)—The first article in this number, bearing the title "Expansion or Dis- ruption?" is a well-written and generally...

London Quarterly Review, October. (T. Woolmer.) —Perhaps the most interesting

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article in this number is that on "The Origin o! the Primitive Methodist Connexion." It deals with one of the most im- portant questions of the internal politics of Methodism....

Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors. By

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F. S. Bassett, Lieutenant U.S. Navy. (Sampson Low and Co.) —This is a book which, were it not so full of interesting matter, would be pro- voking on account of its extreme...

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Memoir of Percy Bysshe Shelley. With new Preface by William

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Michael Rossetti. (Slark.)—Critics who find it impossible to accept Mr. Rossetti's exalted estimate of Shelley, will give him credit for the most painstaking veracity. He is...

Katie ; an Edinburgh Lassie, by Robina F. Hardy (Oliphant,

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Anderson, and Ferrier, Edinburgh), is a simple tale, with illustra- tions, of humble life, the heroine being a domestic servant of a rough, but honest and loyal, Scotch type....

21n, Essay on the Improvement of Time, with Notes of

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Sermons and other Pieces. By the late John Foster. (G. Bell and Sons.)—It was in the first decade of this century that the Baptist Minister, John Foster, published a volume of...

ordinary popularity enjoyed by Richardson in France, for he translated

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and freed from their redundancies his three celebrated romances. Dr. Johnson thought Richardson a highly moral writer, and his "Pamela," which has always seemed to us, in...

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Eleanor's Ambition. By Sargon C. J. Ingham. (Wesleyan Methodist Sunday

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School Union.)—This is a short, very slight, and very uninteresting tale of a young lady, who is prevailed upon to give up her ambition of passing an examination in order to...

Simon Holmes, the Carpenter of Aspendale. By J. Jackson Wray.

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(James Nisbet and Co).—This tale, consisting of 350 pages, is of the exaggerated " religions " type. Its spirit is represented in the following extract :—" At every house the...