17 JANUARY 1880

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And in Afghanistan the case, said Sir.W. Harcourt, was even

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worse. There, the gain which the Government promised, which they boasted of having secured, had turned to the heaviest possible burden in our hands. The scientific frontier,...

Sir William Harcourt delivered an address at a dinner of

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his Oxford constituents on Tuesday, which was full of his char- acteristic force and vivacity, and which has, of course, therefore been branded by the saturnine journals which...


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THE Sultan has revenged himself for Sir H. Layard's lectures by inflicting on him a public humiliation. It will be remembered that Lord Derby, when Foreign Secretary, demanded...

0 wing to the death of Mr. John Torr, the

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junior Member, which occurred on Friday, there will be a contest for Liverpool before the next general election. The event was unexpected, but the Liberals will not bewithont a...

The news from Afghanistan is slight, the Viceroy allowing as

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little as possible to be reported, but that which is received is The news from Afghanistan is slight, the Viceroy allowing as little as possible to be reported, but that which...

NOTICE.—With this"week's number of the SPECTATOR are issued the Index

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and Title-page for the Volume for 1879.

** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The resistance to the law in the west of Ireland

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still continues,. and leads to most distressing scenes. It is necessary, under the present system, that notices of ejectment for non-payment of rent should be fixed to the doors...

With regard to political prospects, Sir William Harcourt was very

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sanguine. The first day of the new Parliament would, he said, be the last day of the present Administration; and he offered as evidence of the revolution in public opinion,...

A serious incident has occurred at Kalisch, on the German

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frontier of Russia. The Russian officers stationed there invited the officers of a German regiment in the neighbourhood to dinner, and after dinner gave expression to very...

M. Gambetta was re-elected President of the Assembly on Tuesday,

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when the French Chambers met in Paris,—for the first time,.since the Franco-German war,—but by a smaller number• of votes than on any previous occasion. - Of -the 533 Members,...

Lord George Hamilton, formerly Under-Secretary of State for India, delivered

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a lecture in the Music-hall, Edinburgh, on Wednesday, to the members of the Edinburgh Conservative Association. Lord George had estimated the number of words in the longer...

Sir Stafford Northcote spoke at Stroud on Thursday, and Mr.

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Smith, the First Lord of the Admiralty, at Sutton, in Mid-Surrey,—both speakers taking a rather aggrieved and complaining tone, as of men sadly misunderstood, who had suffered...

Pesth, usually quiet, has been almost in rebellion this week.

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A Liberal Deputy (M. Verhovay, editor of a Magyar paper), exposed what he considered the fraudulent proceedings of the directors of a bank. Baron Maithenyi, alleging himself in-...

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Consols were on Friday 971 to 975,

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London, Mr. Arthur Charles, Q.C. That disbelief is strengthened by

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what we see of the composition of the Liberal Committee for the sitting Member, Mr. Lowe. The Committee has hardly been many days in existence, and yet it contains one hundred...

A telegram from Cape Town announces that the tele- graphic

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communication with the Transvaal is interrupted. `This may mean that the Boers, excited by the arrest of Mr. Pretorius, have risen in earnest ; and we note that two regi- ments,...

The Bishop of Durham, if he be rightly reported in

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the Times of last Saturday, wishes to obtain a "legislative" power for the Convocations of both Provinces, York and Canterbury, without associating any lay element with those...

Sir Robert Christison, the great Scotch chemist, has made some

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curious observations on the effects of a cold, wet season in diminishing the normal growth of trees. He makes out, on careful measurements, that comparing 1879 with 1878, eleven...

The Queen's Bench Division has given a severe blow to

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the Railway Commissioners. That body, at the request of the corporation of Hastings, had ordered the South-Eastern Railway to make certain improvements in their stations in that...

Sir Charles Dilke writes to the chairman of a meeting

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at 'Chelsea that he intends, as soon as Parliament meets, to call its -attention to" the hanging of Afghan private soldiers for fighting .against us, under the orders of their...

Mr. H. T. Fletcher, who writes to Tuesday's Times,. from

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Bicker, Lincolnshire, believes that those small birds which do not easily change their habitat have been grievously injured by the cold and wet seasons. " Of thrushes,...

The Paris correspondent of the Standard asserts positively, giving details,

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that Prince Dolgoroukoff, Governor of Moscow, has discovered proof of the• existence in Moscow of a secret committee, having for its object the assassination of the Czar. They...

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THE MAGNITUDE OF THE AFGHAN WAR. W E wish to bring strongly before the public a fact in con- nection with the Afghan War which demands the closest attention of the country, and...

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT is a capital political battering- ram. to else the Government affect, they never affect not to feel his blows ; and it would be very foolish if they did,...

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pathetic about the speeches of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the First Lord of the Admiralty, on Thursday. Both speeches are in the minor key, plaintive and remonstrant....

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N OTHING is more noteworthy in the tone of the Tories, who just now are claiming a monopoly of patriotism, than their readiness to appeal to British fears. Their theory is that...

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THE " ERA " LIBEL CASE. T HE Spectator has never

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been reckoned among the journals hostile to a Law of Libel, or disposed to argue that alone among the community journalists should be legally irrespon- sible for their public...

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C ARDINAL NEWMAN gives us, in his religious autobio- graphy, a striking account of the solitary musings in which his own faith was nursed. One of the great Oxford men of his day...


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I N dealing with the case of " The South-Eastern Railway Company v. the Railway Commissioners," in which judg- ment was given on Tuesday, it is very necessary to separate the...

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TrirE were told, a few days ago, that an old project had VI' recently been revived at Constantinople, and that the Porte, despairing of raising money in any ordinary way, had...

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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [FIRST NOTICE.] Tins winter's exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery comprises works in water-colours, and studies in chalk, pencil, charcoal, &c., by living...


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DETERMINISM AND SH . AWE [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sta,—In your review of "Mind, on Free-will," you say that a belief in determinism would take away a man's shame for...

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BISHOP WILBERFORCE.* Bmwor WILBERFORCE was a man of great powers, yet he could hardly, in the strict sense, be called a great man. He was en- dowed with a most watchful and...

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told, was intended by the author as a com- plete history of the rival parties which have in turn ruled France for the last hundred years. But Mr. Macdonell did not live to carry...

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OXFORD.* Tuts is not an entertaining little book. The author

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falls between two stools. He hopes that " by adopting the narrative form, the dry bones of a handbook may be made to live." The result is a weak broth,—mere bones and water, in...

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ANGLO-INDIANS, who usually know at least the traditional out- line of the history of British India, think of Sir Gilbert Elliot, Lord Minto, as a second-rate Governor-General,...

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IT seems to us a mistake on the part of Mr. Tom Taylor to have published these fugitive papers by Mr. Mortimer He is an excellent judge in these matters, and one to whom we...

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Sunday Magazine and Little Snowflakes. (Daldy, Isbister, and Co.) —The Sunday Magazine and its Christmas Number, Little Snow- flakes, emanate from the Evangelical party in the...

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A Yachtsman's Holidays ; or, Cruising in the West Highlands.

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By the " Governor." (Pickering.)—The author bad four yachts in suc- cession, and had, it would seem, the good-fortune to be well pleased with all of them. We can only wonder...

Outlines of Field Geology. By A. Geikie. Second Edition. (Macmillan.)—This

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compact pocket volume on field geology origi- nated in two lectures given by the author, in 1876, at South Kensington. These lectures were on the subject of geological maps and...

The Romance of the London Directory. By Charles W. Bardsley,

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M.A. (" Hand and Heart " Publishing Office.)—This is a reprint of some papers which appeared in The Fire.ide, papers which are not only readable and amusing, but show also no...

The Australian Abroad. By James Hingston. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr.

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Hingston, after "twenty-five years of active occupa- tion in Melbourne, was enabled to indulge his long-cherished desire of making a tour of the globe." But like other men, he...

Notes of the Debates in the House of Lords, officially

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taken by Henry Elsing, Clerk of the Parliaments, A.D. 1624 and 1626. Edited from the Original MS., in the possession of E. G. Carew, Esq., by Samuel Rawson Gardiner. (Camden...

Cottages : How to Arrange and Build Them. By "A

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Sanitary Reformer." (Bemrose.)—A useful volume, full of hints and directions which ought to be serviceable to any one about to undertake the task, necessary, though thankless,...

Geological Glossary. By the late Dr. T. Oldham. Edited by

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R. D. Oldham. (Stanford.)—A neat, condensed, and useful book for students using such geological text-books as have not the now rather common and quite desirable addition of an...

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A Child of the People, and other Poems. By James

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Chapman Woods. (C. Began Paul and Co.)—The " child of the people" is a girl taken from the gutter and gently reared. She has a lover, an idle man of fashion. Then comes a...

The Telephone, Microphone, and Phonograph. By Count du Moncel. (C.

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Kegan Paul and Co.)—Du Moncel is the chief authority in France upon the subjects here discussed. He has mastered each development of these new inventions directly it has been...

NovELs.—Drifted Together. By Elizabeth Savile. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Mrs. Savile

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begins her novel with a happy marriage. Winifred de Valine marries Lord Mortimer, and though there is,con- siderable disparity between their ages, is happy ever,after; and what...

Our Old Nobility. By "Noblesse Oblige." (Howard Evans.) Second series.

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(Published for the Political Tract Society, by C. J. Kibblewhite.)—The author continues to deal with the great English families, explaining how they came by their possessions,...

Electric Lighting, and its Practical Application. By J. N. Shoolbred.

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(Hardwicke and Bogue.)—Many interesting and some useful bits of information concerning electric lights and electric light- ing will be found in Mr. Shoolbred's small volume. It...