17 APRIL 1886

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

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On the same night, Sir John Lubbock made an admirable

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speech, chiefly on the economic dangers of this measure to Ireland. He attributed the restlessness and discontent in Ireland largely to her poverty, and anticipated a further...

Lord Hartington's speech was one of great power. He con-

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trasted Mr. Gladstone's earliest speech in Midlothian in November with his present policy. Mr. Gladstone had then said that " every man, woman, and child amongst us is con-...

Mr. Chamberlain on Friday week explained his resignation, in a

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very able and acrid speech. He had entered the Cabinet, he said, after a correspondence which convinced him that Mr. Gladstone would not go beyond the lines of his address, and...


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M R. GLADSTONE'S Home-rule Bill passed its first reading on Tuesday without a division, after a debate which in some respects rose fully to the level of the situation, and in...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Sixteenth of...

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Mr. J. Morley, who replied to Lord Hartiugton, hardly satis-

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fied the expectation of his friends. He seemed troubled and nervous, and did not rise to his own usual level ; but he endea- voured to be even franker than usual, and did not,...

Mr. Goschen, following Sir William Harcourt, remarked that the House

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had heard, he would not say the opinions, but the language of the latest convert to Home-rule. When he was told that they could not refuse the wish of the Irish people, he...

Mr. Gladstone's reply on Tuesday was full of fire, and

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pro- duced even more effect than his great opening speech. He insisted on the duty of undoing the great act of fraud by which the Union was carried. He made light of the...

Mr. Burt and Mr. Arch,—the one the representative of the

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Northern colliers, the other of the newly enfranchised labourers, —are heartily supporting Mr. Gladstone, to whom they show a very natural and praiseworthy personal loyalty. But...

On Monday night the weight of the debate fell on

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Lord Randolph Churchill and Sir Charles Russell. The former clearly was determined, while opposing the present Bill, not to pledge himself never to bring in another of the same...

The Attorney-General, Sir C. Russell, who answered Lord Randolph Churchill,

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made a speech which, we are told, pro- duced a great impression, but which reads like any other Home- rule speech by a moderate and able man. His main argument was that the...

Sir William Harcourt, who opened the final debate on Tues-

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day, made an excellent debating speech, full of Parliamentary "points." He did not believe that if Liverpool were governed by Manchester, Liverpool would like it, even if...

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An impressive meeting was held at Her Majesty's Theatre on

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Wednesday evening, to protest against the Home-rule Bill, —Earl Cowper, the Liberal Irish Lord-Lieutenant of 1880-82, in the chair. It was attended by Lord Salisbury, Mr. W. H....

Sir William Harcourt's Budget on Thursday was preceded by a

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curious little passage. at-arms between Mr. Lewis (M.P. for Derry) and the Irish Secretary, in which Mr. Lewis did not come off with flying colours. Mr. Lewis complained of the...

Prince Bismarck's attempt to lay a ghost with artillery has

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failed, and he has admitted it. In a speech on the 12th inst. to the Prussian House of Lords, he abandoned the May Laws, which he declared he did not even accurately know, as...

Our article on "Mr. Forster " last week has been

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misunderstood as asserting that Mr. Forster's demand for a Crimes Act in 1882 was refused altogether by the Liberal Cabinet of that day. We read it simply, as asserting what is...

For the year 1886-87, the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave

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his estimates of revenue and expenditure as follows :— REVENUE. EXPENDITURE. Customs 219,70 4 ,000 Consolidated Fund Charges £30 , 639,917 Excise 25,710,000 Army...

The election for Ipswich on Wednesday was not favourable to

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the Government. Ipswich contains a large body of working men, and the Home-rule candidates were both strong, one being Sir Horace Davey, and the other Lord J. Hervey, locally a...

Sir William Harcourt discharged what he called the "un- accustomed

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duty " of making a Budget statement with his usual tact. But he did not supply all the usual figures. As to the last year's revenue and expenditure, for instance, he dealt only...

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THE CASE AGAINST HOME-RULE. T HERE have been many powerful speeches during the week against Mr. Gladstone's bold and novel proposal, --Bowe of /10.4 like Lord Hartington's and...

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M R. GLADSTONE is thought to have made a great point when he declared that there was no alternative plan before the country, and that his own " was in possession of the field ;"...

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B Y far the most formidable, we do not say the most able, speech delivered in defence of Home-rule has been the one in which Mr. Gladstone summed up the debate on Tues- day...


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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT is exactly the man for chatting pleasantly about a commonplace and common- sense Budget, which was the description which he himself applied to his Budget...

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T HE new policy of the Papacy, or, rather, the revival of it old policy, is succeeding in every country except France. Leo XIIL, a wise and reflective man, with a deep belief...

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T HE result of the Socialist trial leaves one with a feeling that substantial justice has been done in a rather clumsy and confusing way. The four defendants are mischievous...

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A VERY interesting Report on the condition of the peasantry of the German Empire has been written by the Vicomte llorric de Beaucaire, Secretary of the French Embassy at Berlin....

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A SINGULARLY able essay on " Science and the Super- natural," by Professor A. J. Du Bois, " of the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale College," has been republished in England,...

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I T has chanced to the writer to read recently a number of memoirs, biographies, and sketches, all intended to describe " society " in its technical sense,—the upper society,...

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THE COLONIES AND MR. GLADSTONE'S IRISH SCHEME. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SpEcrAToa. - I Sia,—There are two questions which may be regarded as not without importance in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SITCTATOR."1 SIR, — Analysis of the argument for Home-rule appears to present this result :—Ordinary government and extra-ordinary govern- ment have...


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[Timoleon, after taking part in the murder of his brother, who aimed at the Tyranny of Corinth, being sent in command to Syracuse, expelled Dionysius the Younger, razed the...


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PTO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.”1 SIR, — In your short notice of the recent meeting of the Church Reform Conference, you give only one-half of the resolution proposed by...

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THE versatility of Mr. Crawford's genius nearly takes away one's breath. Last year he produced an historical novel, giving a minute account of Belshazzar's Feast, and describing...


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brings out the second volume of his edition of Sophocles. Having regard to the brevity of human life, if not to the danger of such studies being forbidden as "frivolous," we are...

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FOR a thoroughly elementary book on the great question of Theism, it would be hard to imagine one better fitted to drive home the simplest and deepest of the reasons for...

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THESE songs may well be popular with Harrovians, for even to those who are not Harrovians they will give a very lively plea- sure. They are full of humour, life, and even...

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The Boke of Beome was printed from a man uscript vol u me recently discovered in the muniment-room of Brome Hall, in Suffolk. It contained religious poems, documents of...

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THE difficult work undertaken by Miss Hamilton and Miss Jones has been carefully and competently done. Lotze's work abounds in technical terms, both scientific and...

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An Old Shropshire Oak. By the late T. W. Warter. Edited by Richard Garnett, LL.D. (C. K. Paul and Co.)—As the editor of this book says in his prefatory note, the reader who can...

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POZTEY. —Loved Beyond Words. By George Barlow. (Remington and Co.)—Mr.

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Barlow labours at his poetical vocation with a com- mendable industry. But we are inclined to think that his labour is not spent as profitably as it might be, if he would write...

Lord Vanecourt's Daughter. By Mabel Collins. 3 vols. (Ward and

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Downey.)—No reader of this novel can complain of want of variety or surprise in the incidents. Early in its course we are con- fronted with a problem which would, we think, very...

England's Supremacy. By J. S. Jeans. (Longmans.)—By ordinary readers, and

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by public speakers and writers more especially, this volume on the "sources, economics, and dangers of England's supremacy," will be found valuable rather as a quarry of...

Sunshine and Sea (Kogan Paul, Trench, and Co.), is a

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lively account of a yachting visit to the Channel Islands and the coast of Brittany by a country doctor. If, indeed, it can be said to have any fault at all, it is that the high...