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The Newcastle election has ended in the return of Mr.

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Cowen . 4ay a majority of 1,003 over his opponent, Mr. Cowen polling 7,356 votes and Mr. Hamond 6,353. At the last election, in 1868, the returns were :— Sir Joseph Cowen 7,057...

The Cologne Gazette has published this week a Papal Brief

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on the subject of the Conclave to be held on the death of the pre- sent Pope, for the election of his successor, the authenticity of which has been vehemently denied by the...

Nothing satisfactory has been heard from the Bengal famine dis-

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tricts except a statement, which we believe to be correct, that large quantities of food have been purchased secretly. On the contrary, the latest telegram from the Viceroy, who...


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_T IIE De Broglie Ministry has been restored to power. After three days of intermission, marked, it is said, by severe in- ternal struggles among the politicians, the Extreme...

The elections fo the German Paliament have evidently not given

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Prince Bismarck any satisfaction, and the Times' correspondent at Berlin has reported rumours of a remedy which does not sound very dignified or very honest. The statement of...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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The Serrano Cabinet has commenced its reign with a bit

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of good-fortune. Cartagena has surrendered. On December 10, General Dominguez captured or "conciliated" Fort Atalaya, and the other forts surrendered, Saez, the mad postman, in...

The members of the Spanish Government have issued a Circular,

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in which they state that the Cortes had deposed "the eloquent Tribune, the honoured patriot and eminent patriot who had used his Dictatorship with such judgment, loyalty,...

Mr. Bright has written a very short letter on the

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Ashantee War, which, however, short as it is, seems to us exceedingly mischievous. In it he expresses his approval of a resolution passed at a meet- ing of the Midland...

President Grant appears to be unlucky in his Chief Justices.

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The Chief Justiceship of the United States is vacant, and he at first named for it his Attorney-General, Mr.Williams, a gentleman -whom he had picked up somewhere in Oregon....

It appears from a telegram dated 13th inst., Lisbon, that

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Sir - Garnet Wolseley, with his Staff and the Naval Brigade, left Cape Coast Castle on December 27 for the Prah. The first detachment of troops would be landed on New Year's...

Captain C. S. Maunsell, captain on half-pay, who last week

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struck the Duke of Cambridge in Pall Mall, was on Wednesday committed for trial. His defence was that he had served at the Cape, in India, in China, and in Abyssinia, and had...

Mr. Goldwin Smith prefers Canada to the Union as a

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place for emigration, and for this reason, among others, that his expe- rience convinced him that the dislike among Americans to Eng- land was very strong and deep-rooted....

Mr. Goldwin Smith on Wednesday gave an interesting lecture to

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the Congress of working-men at Sheffield upon his own. experiences. He regards the Cornell University, in which he is still Professor, as partially a failure, the reason being...

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The Dutch are not getting on very fast at Atcheen.

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They have captured, it would appear, a part of the fortifications called " Missegit," or rather the Mosque, but have made no impression upon the Kraton or inner citadel. They...

Mr. Ray Lankester is anxious for any good physiological autho-

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rity hostile to the scientific importance of vivisection. We will give him one, which we extract from the Times of Saturday, April 20th, 1867 We have great pleasure," said our...

It is quite clear from the correspondence we publish in

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another column, that if physiologists are to be allowed to make experiments on living animals at all, the most careful regulation of such experi- ments should be imposed by the...

Dr. Kenealy, under strong hints from the Court, ended his

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de- fence of the Claimant on Wednesday afternoon, and Mr. Hawkins 'commenced his reply on Thursday morning. As he does not wander from the point, or attack the Judges, or speak...

The Under-Secretary for India, Mr. Grant Duff, in a later

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speech to his constituents than that on which we commented last week, while referring—in terms very honourable and cordial to this journal—to our comments on the comparative...

Lord Derby made a really amusing speech at Liverpool on

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Wednesday, in answering to the toast of his health as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment of the 1st Lancashire Volunteers. He said he had made so many speeches in one position or...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 921.

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M. DE BROGUE AS A CONSERVATIVE. T HE Due de Broglie has saved himself once more, and has only saved himself to show that he has learned nothing by the severe warning he has...


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II R. GRANT DUFF, in his second speech to his Elgin 1.11. constituents, made one very good point, which we would recommend to the consideration of Mr. Richard and the various...

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MR. LOWE AND SHERIFF BELL. T HE curious ill-luck as well

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as hostility which accompanied Mr. Lowe in the Exchequer seems to attend him also in the Home Office. The main business of that Office he is doing well. He keeps the Magistrates...

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W E greatly fear that English readers, with their intolerance of repetition, will, till the weekly death-rate reawakens their flagging interest, feel slightly bored with...

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T HE alleged Papal Brief which the Cologne Gazette has brought to light is most probably what it is now affirmed to be, an incorrect copy of a draft not yet issued, but which...

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T EE telegrams from Copenhagen which have been so frequent of late on the subject of dissensions between the House of Commons or Folksthing and the Government, can only be...

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T HE interesting memoir just published of the late Lord Denman contains an account of the very curious variety of Aphasia from which he suffered for nearly two years, between...

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W E do not know that there is anything very ridiculous or reprehensible in the grant of a Pension to Mr. Martin Farquhar Tupper, reported in so many journals. If, indeed, he...

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[To TIER EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In common with, as I suppose, most of your readers who have not avoided the subject, I have read with horror, only relieved by...


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Sr.n,—I shall be glad if you will give me the opportunity of recording the impressions of an eye-witness as to vivisection. It is scarcely necessary to say that, on the...


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October 7, 1873, and have a distinct recollection of seeing on the placard of a newspaper which must have been the Standard, " The Bath Election. Letter from Mr. Disraeli." No...


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MR. DISRAELI'S BATH LETTER. (TO THE EDITOR OF THB "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Agreeing as I do entirely with Mr. Forsyth that "the Bath Letter had about as little to do with the result...


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am already so greatly indebted to your courtesy for allowing me valuable space in your columns, that I will not venture now to ask for more than permission to rectify several...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THU "SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—As a constant reader of the Spectator, I know your earnest desire to be fair to those with whom you do not agree. You will, I feel sure,...

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"SPECTATOR.') Sin, —In your notice, in the Spectator of the 3rd, of my article in this mouth's Contemporary on "Ethical Teaching v. Religious Teaching in the National Schools,"...


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THE PARISIANS.* THE Parisians is an overgrown book, with a great deal that is dull and poor in it, and a little that is very bright and clever. All the romantic part, that...


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Ow ;Lai "Trap. I dreamed of a desert drear, And one that walked thereon ; When he came the violet verge anear My dream was gone. I dreamed of a sail all white, Over a purple...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—I learn from Lord Warwick's letter in Tuesday's Times that the political debates of Rugby boys are penetrated by a most dangerous...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —I attended the evening service on Sunday at St. Barnabas', Pimlico. The preacher proposed to consider the reason why sinners were...

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MR. MYERS ON CHRISTIANITY.* WE have long been acquainted with

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Mr. Myers' admirable Lectures on Great Men, but it was from the perusal of the present volume that we first learnt that Mr. Myers was a great man himself. We do not mean to...

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MAURICE'S "FRIENDSHIP OF BOOKS." SHAKESPEARE, whoknew everything, saw how near

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the springs of action lie to those of thought, and how really the man of thought is akin to the man of action ; and, therefore, he closes the life of Hamlet, in whom more than...

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* Memorials of the late Wharton Booth Marriott, B.D., FAA., 1 - c. Edited by Fenton John Anthony Hort, Id-EL, dte. London : John Mitchell. 1875. THE Marriotts were a gentle,...

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Luna : a Mere Love Story. By Margaret C. Helmer°.

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2 vols. (Smith and Elder.)—We feel perversely inclined to take a greater interest in the personages whom Miss Helmore displays to us for a brief time in her "Introduction," than...

Hubert Freeth's Prosperity. By Mrs. Newton Crossland. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—This is a painful story which, though written with some ability, does not attract the reader to follow it very atten- tively, or at least very eagerly, to the...

Searching the Net : a Book of Verses. By John

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Leicester Warren. (Strahan.)—Mr. Warren does not make the advance which we hoped to find in a new volume from his pen. There is, it seems to us, less thought in these poems than...


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British Quarterly Review. January. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— The contents of the number before us are, for the most part, of the gravest kind, and though not inferior in ability...

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'Juice Dom= : Essays on Home Life. By Frederick Perry,

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M.A. (Stt : ahan.)—This is one of the books to which the best critical test that can be applied is that very simple one,—is it readable ? We may answer that it is se, at least...

Sermons Preached in _Several Synagogues. By the Rev. B. Artom.

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(Triibner.)—This volume would deserve, apart from other considera- tions, to be noticed as a literary curiosity. Mr. Alton; who is Chief Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese...

Pictures by Sir Edwin Landseer. With Descriptions and a Bio-

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graphical Sketch of the Painter. By James Dafforne. (Virtue, Spalding, and Daldy.)—Mr. Dafforne makes, as is usual with him, an interesting sketch of his subject. Landseer's...

A New Biographical Dictionary. By Thompson Cooper, F.S.A. (Bell and

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Sons.)--Mr. Cooper, who was associated with his father, Mr. Charles Henry Cooper, in the great work of the "Athena, Cantabri- gienses," makes here a very valuable contribution...