17 JULY 1869

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T HE event of the week has been the publication of a letter from the Emperor Napoleon to the Legislative Body. It was read to the Chamber by M. Rouher on Monday, the 12th inst.,...

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

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We have elsewhere discussed the meaning of the Emperor's letter,

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which seems to us illusory, but it was followed by the resignation of the Ministry. M. Rouher's dismissal is definitive ; M. de Lavalette retires from the Foreign Office ; and...

Though a colonial empire, ranging over the diameter of the

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earth does not interest the House of Commons, the ladies' grat- ing in that assembly does. Yesterday week, when Lord Bury seemed to have some difficulty in getting any hearing...

The news from New Zealand is depressing enough. By the

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latest telegram (dated Sydney, June 19th) it appears that "the rebels have surprised the troops,—four officers and nine privates were killed." This must refer to an expedition...

Lord Bury is to call the attention of Parliament on

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Thursday next to the affairs of New Zealand. Let us exhort honourable members not to regard the debate (on the De minimis non curat lex principle) as if it were one on the...

The Church Bill was read a third time in the

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Lords on Monday and passed. After the third reading, however, the Peers accepted two very important re-amendments. By the first, introduced by Lord Devon, strongly supported by...

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There are signs that the Spanish Government means to sell

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Cuba. The want of money at home is extreme, the Treasury cannot bear the expense of further reinforcements, and it is evident from the tone of the new Captain-General that he...

The dreaded 12th of July passed off in Ireland withont

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an insurrection. There was a riot or two of course, and two or three lives were lost, and a few Catholic schools were sacked ; but in Ulster those are trivialities. The...

Sir Roundell Palmer, in a peculiarly striking speech, drew from

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Mr. Bright's admission the inference that the spirit of Protestant ascendancy, however broken, still lingers amongst us, and shows itself in this inability of the British...

The morale of our London Police is clearly in need

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of improve- ment. Five clerks in a joint stock bank were on Thursday charged with assaulting the police in the Haymarket, and with using obscene language. An inspector, three...

Mr. Gladstone explained on Thursday night that he was going

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to propose that the House of Commons should disagree to every amendment of the slightest importance proposed by the Lords. A half-exception was the amendment of the Lords...

Lord Derby, with some forty-seven other Peers, have signed the

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"protest" against the third reading of the Irish Church Bill. The eight reasons given for the protest were the old stock reasons. But two of the signataries, Lord Cairns and the...

Earl Grosvenor on Tuesday asked the House of Commons to

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remit the whole or part of a sum of £.260,000 borrowed by Cheshire to pay compensation to the owners of cattle slaughtered during the plague, and now a burden upon the county...

On Thursday night the Lords' amendments in the preamble, on

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the date, on the deduction of curates' salaries, on the glebe houses, on concurrent endowment, and on other smaller matters were actually disagreed with.

The debate of Thursday was not one of great note.

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Mr. Dis- raeli, who would not fight a stroke for concurrent endowment, was advisedly weak. Dr. Ball defended concurrent endowment, quoting from Mr. Bright's letter written 17...

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The popular demonstrations against the Lords' Amendments have been coarse

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affairs,—the stump reduced almost to a level with the mud. Thus one speaker at St. James's Hall argued - that because the French priests support Napoleon against the people, the...

Mr. Locke King brought on his annual motion for the

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abolition of primogeniture on Wednesday, and it was carried for the first time by a vote of 169 to 144. Those numbers, however, are very small for this House, where members...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 93.

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The Tablet of last week contains a letter full of

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misunderstand- ings as to the relation of the London University examination in intellectual and moral philosophy to the Roman Catholic body. It assumes that the University has...

The Austrian Red Book contains a despatch from Count Beust

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which throws some light upon Lord Clarendon's Belgian policy. It appears that so far from pressing Belgium to yield in the railway negotiations, his lordship rather dissuaded...

The Prince of Wales, on Tuesday, laid the first stone

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of a new .orphanage at Watford, Hertfordshire, whither the Clapton , Orphanage, now sixty years old, intends to migrate ; and the proceedings were marked by a noteworthy...

The Bishops' Resignation Bill was read a second time in

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the House of Lords on Tuesday, ensuring at least /2,000 a year to the retiring Bishop, besides all the temporalities and other emolu- ments, and in certain cases the episcopal...

The French Atlantic Cable has been laid successfully. There are

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now three of these lines in working order. By the time there are thirty, M. Reuter will probably be ready to give the public a little non-commercial news from the States, where...

Mr. Eastwick, Member for Penrhyn, on Friday se'ennight elicited from

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Mr. Grant Duff a formal statement of the policy of the India House in Central Asia. It amounts to this,—that Government intends to let Central Asia be. In a very able speech,...

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NAPOLEON'S COMPROMISE. " T ET me act as I please, and I will let you talk as you 12 please." That is the substance of the compromise which the Emperor of the French has so...

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I T is now clear that not a single amendment of the slightest moment carried by the Lords will be accepted by the House of Commons,—but it is not yet clear what the result of...

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TS it not just possible,—we ask the question with a full sense J. of the annoyance it will create,—that the working of this Constitution of ours, as it stands, has become...

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T HERE seems to us no doubt at all,—from whichever point of view we approach the question, the Romanist or our own,—that the (Ecumenical Council will form one of the great...

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1TE DNESDAY, as most of our readers are aware, is the VY day given up by the House of Commons to individual crotchets, ecclesiastical reforms, the rights of women, the teetotal...

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V ERY few, indeed, of the popular notions about "Heaven,"— using that word as the popular synouyme for the future life, and not as the alternative to Hell,—will bear the most...

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I T is really a very embarrassing task to inspect Prize Babies. Nothing short of that devouring and not unfrequently unhappy pasilon of devotion to the service of the public by...

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CX.—•TH-E WELSH MARCH :--SHROPSHIRE.—GEOGRAPHY. S HROPSHIRE forms a nearly square block of territory, with an area of 1,291 square miles, or 826,055 statute acres (of which...

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THE COLONIAL CHURCH. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sis.,—As many of your readers, doubtless, take an interest in watching the working of the Synodical system in the...

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[To ma EDITOR OF T1E " Branum:1 am sorry to have misled your readers, even for a week, by my letter contained in your issue of February 6, and thank Sir George Grey for...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. riELED NOTICE.] THE sculpture exhibited in the Central Hall is - well seen there. The sculpture gallery proper is a small space for its purpose, but of...

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MR. GLADSTONE ON HOMER.* Mit. GLADSTONE, besides doing much in the way of compressing and arranging the materials which were included in the Homeric Studies of 1858, has also...

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MR. STOPFORD BROOKE'S SERMONS.* THESE sermons appeal to modern minds,

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and especially to minds familiar with the London of our day. The practical philan- thropist, grappling with the social 'difficulties of an overgrown city, must gladly know that...

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E2011160/f remarks, we think, in his English Traits, on his having met not a few men in English society who were unknown to the world, and had done nothing to be known, but who...

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THE QUEEN OF THE AIR.* Ir the subject of this

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work were that which the title-page announces, we should firobably have been able to welcome in it, if not any contribution of serious value to the understanding of mythology,...

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wish that this book bad been written by some one else. It is a most unfair wish, when the author has done her • Memoir of John Grey, of Dilston. By Josephine E. Butler....

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The North British Review. July. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—We have in

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this number an appropriate tribute to the memory of a philoso- pher from whom the .North British has received no little of its inspira- tion, though we do not find it mentioned...


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Theological Review, Silly. (Williams and Norgate.)--This is a notice- able number, for the merit, and still more for the peculiar interest, of some of the articles. Among these...

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Mexico and the United States. By Gorham D. Abbot, LL.D.

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(New York : Putnam.)—Dr. Abbot is a fervent admirer of Mexican Repub- limns, and an equally fervent enemy of the Pope. He might have found space in his volume, which is indeed...

Early Sassanian Inscriptions. By Edward Thomas. (Triibner.)— The central point

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of interest in this volume, which generally does. credit to the zeal and energy of the writer, is the account of the in- scriptions of Sapor, especially that in which he...

Medicine in Modern Times. (Macmillan.) — This is a volume or discourses

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delivered to a professional audience, at the meeting of the British Medical Association, held last year at Oxford. Their interest is, as may be supposed, for the most part of a...

The Girl He Married. By James Grant. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—We

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can always look to Mr. Grant with some confidence for a readable novel,. with characters, if not profoundly studied, yet distinctly marked, and with,—for that is an unfailing...

Sir Edward Cast gives us in two parts his third

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volume of Lives of Warriors of the .Seventeenth Century. (Murray.) — The first of the two is devoted to military, the second to naval, heroes who have had com- mands "before the...

The Dublin Review. New Series. July, 1869. (Burns, Oates, and

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Co.)—Whatever Protestants find objectionable in the Dublin Review,— and as the best informed organ of the logical Ultramontane Catholi- cism, they will, of course, find...

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Two old favourites, the Swiss Family Robinson and Evenings at

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Rome, have been put into words of one syllable by Mary Godolphin. (Rout- ledge.)—We do not feel altogether convinced of the benefits of the plan ; a rigid adherence to it...